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Sarah Palin’s Presidential Temperament vs. Barack Obama’s Smoke And Mirrors

As we impatiently await an official campaign announcement, it’s fun to compare Palin versus Obama, right? …

So much was made of Barack Obama’s presidential "temperament" back in 2008. In fact, in the absence of any other rationale, it became the most popular reason for supporting him as election day neared. Even some conservative pundits  fell in love with this one-word justification for electing an unknown entity to the most powerful position in the land.

In a world gone mad, we needed someone with the right "temperament" or so they reasoned.

But what did that mean — "temperament"? And can we now say unequivocally that it was a bad idea to elect someone solely based on the perception that they didn’t rattle easily? It wasn’t even a true perception: Obama’s handlers later acknowledged that they purposely controlled all his press ops during the campaign, and he mainly read verbatim from teleprompters along the trail.

We’ve now had a chance to see Obama "unplugged" as president. And frankly, it isn’t a pretty sight.

In unscripted moments, he’s accused hard-working police officers of "acting stupidly," berated surgeons for removing children’s tonsils and diabetics’ feet just for the profit, and called Tea Party Americans by the sexually explicit term "Tea Baggers." He’s publically ridiculed the Supreme Court, and compared Republicans who opposed tax increases with "hostage takers."

He encouraged Latino Americans to "punish their (Republican) enemies," while later claiming his political opponents "talk about" him like he’s "a dog."

President Obama has passed three significant pieces of legislation, all along stark party lines. He attracted a grand total of six Republican votes in three massive government growth bills, his signature accomplishments as president:

Stimulus306-221 both chambers with three GOP votes
Obamacare279-251 final vote both chambers with zero GOP votes (one if you count the original house vote)
Dodd-Frank Financial "Reform bill" – 297-231 final vote both chambers with three GOP votes

These are not the words and deeds of a mild-mannered person with a presidential temperament. These are the words and deeds of a hardcore partisan who has never held a chief executive position, and never faced real scrutiny or opposition — until now.

That is why we can’t judge presidential temperament from scripted media appearances alone. We have to see how someone behaves in the heat of battle, performing in a job with real accountability, in which they are governing for the benefit of all the people, not just their own party supporters.

This is in part why it’s so important for a president to have serious elected executive experience.

What can we learn about Sarah Palin’s presidential temperament from her serious elected executive experience?

Here’s what Newsweek wrote about her temperament in 2007 … long before they sold their souls to elect Barack Obama.

There are more female governors in office than ever before, and they are making their mark with a pragmatic, postpartisan approach to solving state problems. …

In Alaska, Palin is challenging the dominant, sometimes corrupting, role of oil companies in the state’s political culture. "The public has put a lot of faith in us," says Palin during a meeting with lawmakers in her downtown Anchorage office. … "They’re saying, ‘Here’s your shot, clean it up’." … Although she has been in office less than a year, (Gov. Sarah) Palin earns high marks from lawmakers on the other side of the aisle. During a debate earlier this year over a natural-gas bill, State Senate Minority Leader Beth Kerttula was astounded when she and another Democrat went to see the new governor to lay out their objections. “Not only did we get right in to see her,” says Kerttula, “but she asked us back twice—we saw her three times in 10 hours, until we came up with a solution.” Next week in Juneau, Alaska lawmakers will meet to overhaul the state’s system for taxing oil companies—a task Palin says was tainted last year by an oil-industry lobbyist who pleaded guilty to bribing lawmakers.

That massive overhaul of the tax system (ACES) passed 57-1. Palin’s other significant pieces of legislation were also overwhelmingly bi-partisan. The Gasline Inducement Act passed 59-1, and her Ethics Reform bill also won nearly unanimous support.

What about bagging on the opposing party?

In her speeches, Sarah Palin does not seem to criticize the Democratic party as a whole. While she has openly challenged what she calls the disastrous Obama-Reid-Pelosi agenda, all of her criticisms are of specific ideas, and specific people, just as she makes a distinction between union "leaders" and the rank-and-file union member. In her RNC nominating speech, Palin didn’t utter the word Democrat once, except in referring to the "Democratic nominee." In her high-profile address to the Tea Party Nation conference, she talked about bringing conservative Democrats and independents on board the Tea Party agenda.

Sarah Palin is often described by the liberal media as polarizing or controversial but her sustained and unprecedented high approval ratings governing Alaska suggest that she was anything but. Almost two years into her term, she enjoyed nearly 90% approval, due to her focus on cleaning up corruption and pursuing broadly popular goals such as responsible energy development. Compare this with the fact that two years into his term, Obama was in the record books as one of the most polarizing presidents in modern history, with a 68-point gap in his approval ratings from Democrats and Republicans, due to his pursuit of divisive policies.

Based on words and deeds, Palin seems to know more than Obama how to serve the common good. As she said in her nominating speech:

Politics isn’t just a game of clashing parties and competing interests. No one expects us to agree on everything. But we are expected to govern with integrity, good will, clear convictions, and … a servant’s heart.

And what about presidential temperament? Here’s what one of Palin’s commissioners said about her emotional makeup and fitness for higher office:

"She is free-spirited, generous of heart, funny, spontaneous and, most importantly, fearless. She is all about her family and very grounded in who she is. She is a workhorse, has incredible charisma and touches the hearts of people. She is very intuitive, self-confident, and very, very strong. … If she runs in 2012, it will be a whole new ballgame."

Certainly in 2012, no one will suffer any delusions about Obama’s true temperament. And maybe, the media might discover the truth about the woman they’ve falsely called polarizing for three years.

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  • Rose F

    Wonderful article! This is the kind of thing I can link to and email apolitical friends!

  • Polarbearpapa

    And she is downright good people…….

  • Jim R

    Excellent article Nicole

  • Nancy6

    I think we get in the way of his tee times.

    • pgroup

      I intend to make him have to have TEA times. Over and over. 

  • Sue Lynn

    WOW…What a great post …This is the true message of Sarah Palin. That is get stuff done for the American people!! Both parties have got us to where we are today and that is going over a cliff and loosing our Liberty every single day being gobbled up by big government!!! They have left us with no money, big dept that will take help from God Almighty to pay back. It’s like our country has been taken over and stolen from us!!! Now is the time now it is up to us everyday American’s to rise up and be counted!!!! NOW IS THE TIME FOR SARAH PALIN!!!!!! Thanks again Nichole…Keep up the good fight!!!!!!!!

  • Nancy6

    And Nicole another great post! Thank you!

    His temperament is that of a 3 year old’s wanting his own way and pouting when he doesn’t get it + the laziness of a teenager + a 35 year old dude with no responsibilities living in his mom’s basement + the incredible snobbery of a fat cat lawyer.

  • fesofee

    Not meaning to nit-pick but the porkulus bill was passed with the help of Arlen Specter and the terror twins from Maine.  That plus his jump to the dems was what did in snarlin’ Arlen. Hopefully the good people of Maine will send Olympia Snowe packing next year.  Fingers crossed.

    • Nicole Olmstead Coulter

      Fixed it. Thanks Fesofee.

  • OldDude111

    Excellent job, Nicole!  In a word, Sarah is authentic; in a word, Obama is artificial.  You can count on Sarah to walk the talk and you can count on Obama to talk, talk, talk!  He will throw down anyone at any time for any reason as long as it furthers his persona.  It’s all about him and his warped narcissism.  I’m not sure there is a servant’s bone in his entire body let alone a servant’s heart!

    • Sue Lynn

      When he opens is mouth to deliver lie after lie I have to run and get a barf bag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • pgroup

        Glad stretch bags, I hope. 

  • Palinpower

    Bill O Reilly has another misinformed opinion piece in the NY Post talking how Bachmann is more palatable to the GOP than Sarah Palin, because Bachmann has lower negatives.  He misquotes numbers on her negatives among GOP ‘ers which are totally wrong. I always regret when I read something from O’Reilly.

    • Sue Lynn

      I stopped watching him months ago…Let the rating do the job! I’d rather watch TLC Man Verses Food….We live in a day where we can’t trust the media PERIOD!!!!

    • Guest

      O’Reilly , Morris, etc ( foxnews) don’t like Gov.Palin ; they are using  Bachmann to push Gov.Palin out of the way.

      • ADRoberts

        Do you think it’s working?

        • Sue Lynn

          HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • pgroup

        They are trying to push her. In the famous words of Seven of Nine, "They can try. They will fail." 

      • rainbow59

        Do you know the real reason O’Reilly does not like the Gov. I remember when he got angry at the law suits being filed against her and said he will put up money to set a fund to help pay legal bills. It was not that long ago what the hell happened?

    • stevethird

      He’s a lying sack plain and simple.

    • Sharon Wilson Clark

      I don’t think O’Reilly wants Sarah to run (or win) –  he’s had this poll up for a month with Sarah leading by  over 20-25% and he won’t put it up.Looks like he wants to wear us supporters out! Waiting for him to man up and finally post i t ! Please vote for Sarah at

      • stevethird

        Don’t hold your breath. He’s a weasel. If she were behind he’d have declared her dead weeks ago. What a dirtbag. He likes to create the impression that he’s a real badass. What a joke he is.

    • rainbow59

      I feel so foolish I use to trust O’Reilly 95.5%

  • Guest

    Great read. Thanks Nicole!

  • excopconservative

    Another letter to Gov. Palin;

    Republican leadership is again floundering.  It appears that they have forgotten the election of 2010.  They have forgotten that smaller government and reduced spending won over ever increasing growth of government.  There is no consensus of opinion among our elected Republicans on how to deal with  President Obama.  They have played golf with him, run to meetings he has called, and are considering "revenue enhancements" after he refused to meet with them at their request. 

    TEA Party members are fearful that we stand to again lose at the negotiating table the gains we made in the 2010 elections.  The conservative wave that brought power to the establishment Republicans is leaderless in Congress.  The support for smaller Constitutional  government is strong among voters, but those people who self-appointed as leaders for our positions in the Congress have failed to state our views in unmistakable terms.  If Republicans cave on the debt ceiling, TEA Party support will be lost.

    We badly need leadership.  Leadership that you, as the driving force behind the gains we made in 2010, can provide.  Our announced Presidential candidates are mute and seem unwilling to take on the Progressive agenda.  We badly need spunk.  We badly need courage and we badly need our views spoken clearly to power.  We need you to speak for us.  The outcome of the 2012 election is being determined this month.  If we lose the battle for the Republican Party, running for President becomes a moot point, we lose in 2012.

    Please don’t let a minor civic duty prevent you from taking the place you are meant to occupy at the forefront of the conservative movement.  Please take your position at the head of the line.  By next month, we may have already lost 2012.

    • korn8131

      Very well stated!!!!!!!!!

    • ADRoberts

      Well, think about it.  If you were Republican establishment like Cornyn, you would want someone who plays ball with the power people and goes along to get along.  The problem is the ones they have that will do that have TERRIBLE baggage.  Oh, any of them can beat Obama, because Obama is just horrible.  But, none of them stand up against an undeclared like Sarah. 
      (By the way, if Sarah does not run, for whatever reason, there are going to be a lot of disappointed and mad people)

      The establishment knows that they are out of control as soon as she announces.  And they don’t have anything left to negate her.  Unless they can threaten her with a believeable threat of violence agains her family.  (Something changed in Goldwater between the time he announced and election day.  I have always thought someone got to him)

      • pgroup

        No. If I was Cornyn, I would want to be on the side of the next power people group. Not the past power group.

        Dinosaurs became extinct. So will spineless politicians. 

        • ADRoberts

          It’s called the Benedict Arnold syndrone. One person’s patriot is another person’s traitor.  Just like the whole nation of Viet nam.  The trick is to pick which side is going to win. 

          • pgroup

            Well, it looks like what he’s good at is picking his nose. 

    • Sarah4Prez

      When Sarah was being accused of complicity in the AZ shooting, here was the GOP establishment’s response:
      (cricket sounds)…

    • pgroup

      One minor correction – TEA party people are NOT fearful.

      They are, however, pi$$ed. Very pi$$ed. 2012 will not be pretty.

    • ADRoberts

      Unfortunately, the Tea Party has resisted allowing one leader to step forward.  It might be to their advantage to do just that and allow one to lead.  To my thinking, it would be much better to take over the Republican Party than to go off on our own.  I know that the establishment seems to control the money sources, but the reality is that little people with little money have LARGE numbers of votes.  Up until now, the establishment has been able to maintain control with their money.  It is time for that to change. 

      Can you imagine how much they can do with JUST  the establishment voters. 

      • WardR

        And guess what?  The "little people" (I hate that term) have the votes but collectively they also have the money.  A politician would have a lot more respect for a candidate with a million dollars raised from 1,000 people than one with a million dollars from 10.  The money is the same but the vote count certainly is not.

        • ADRoberts

          I like the term little people.  (I am 6′ 3″ and weigh about 330.  Besides, the verse says that " to whom much is given, much is required."  I have been blessed with a high IQ, a good wife and have reached retirement.  I have not authority and therefore do not have the burden of accounting to God for all those decisions, that I think are being so badly made.  Peace is nice. 

    • DDJ58

       exconservative said: "…but those people who self-appointed as leaders for our positions in the
      Congress have failed to state our views in unmistakable terms…"

      This is why Michelle Bachmann has failed the people. She went so far as to start a Tea Pary Caucus. Then she ran out to campaign for another position without fulfilling her obligations to the people. Her rallying cry has been that she has fought behind closed doors. But she neglects to say that the fighting hasn’t accomplished a thing.

      Yes, we do need leadership.

    • Fran Conlan

      Sarah has to wait until her two years are past – something to do with Alaska state law.  If she declares before that date (July 31 I think), then the ankle biters and the news media will start yelling that she’s not following the law.

  • jhva99

    This post is going in the Favorites Palin folder.  I love this quote:

    “She is free-spirited, generous of heart, funny, spontaneous and, most importantly, fearless. She is all about her family and very grounded in who she is. She is a workhorse, has incredible charisma and touches the hearts of people. She is very intuitive, self-confident, and very, very strong. … If she runs in 2012, it will be a whole new ballgame.”

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    Got this email explaining the contest and how you can help:

    Go to this url to get more info:

    • jeffo1

      Is someone offering Undefeated shirts?

  • Jim Wagner

    Great article (as always) Nicole!

  • ADRoberts

    This is an excellent article.  I would strongly suggest that when Sarah Palin announces, this article should have space in a newspapter bought where the nation has a chance to read the truth.  I have no idea which paper it would be.  But I bet that Sarah Palin will know. 

  • irishcoins

    It is just this kind of info that puts NY in play. Last nite I finished the first third of of Jedediah Bila’s "Outnumbered, Chronicle of a Manhattan Conservative", with a promo by Mark Levin on the front. Came across this:

    "But why? Why would you ever vote for her?"

    "Well, let’s see. She has successfully run a business, a city, and a state. She’ll take on her own party in a flash – and has – if it means getting a job done right. She isn’t about to ditch her values to be popular with the media or with you and me. She understands the free market from being a part of it with her business…And she doesn’t seem to have an elitist bone in her body."

    • AmsterdamExpat

      It would be satisfying if New York state were finally to do something right in 2012!

      • TModelTom

        I live in central NY , about 50/50 Dem /Repub area and the "letters to the editor" that pertain to politics in my local newspaper have been running about 75-80% conservative the last few months.  I’m convinced there are many liberals and democrats that are finally also seeing through this fake in the White House!!

        • wodiej

          Our city has a liberal and conservative paper and I have seen the same trend in the liberal one as well.

  • Sharon Wilson Clark

    I hope the election is more than a popularity contest!

    • Sarah4Prez

      Me too! Hope the person with the most demonstrated leadership and executive experience wins. That would be Sarah Palin.

  • txpappy

    Gang, It is time our girl addressed this as well as the aforementioned items by Nicole (Great post by the way). I hope she comes out with a facebook post or tweet real soon. I just recently re- viewed her speech at Madison Wi. and was thrilled when she took  the "Establishment" to task for their wimpyness. This debt ceiling thing is getting to be a real problem what with the Republicans weakness. I know she has addressed it before but what with the 3rd party thing raising its ugly head we need a refresher.
    Take a look at three comments from hot air that addresses Rush’s reaction to Obama’s presser. You can view the rest here: 

    Here is the comments for starters.

    He is saying after multiple talks with other people that IF the Republicans cave…THERE WILL BE A 3rd PARTY!!!

    The RNC will implode and the Tea Prty will become official

    Rush says, ” I say this with ALL CONFIDENCE.”

    WOW!!! Huge!!!

    LordMaximus on July 8, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    LordMaximus on July 8, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    It’s time to melt the phonelines in the House GOP leadership.

    Cantor: 202-225-2815

    Boehner: 202-225-0600
    knob on July 8, 2011 at

    LordMaximus on July 8, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Rush is asking…”Can Boehner actually be deaf to the cries of no new tax hikes. He is under NO PRESSURE.”
    rush says Boehner’s forces are “shaken” behind the scenes and may be caving..UN-FREAKING-REAL
    LordMaximus on July 8, 2011 at
    Rush is asking…”Can Boehner actually be deaf to the cries of no new tax hikes. He is under NO PRESSURE.”

    rush says Boehner’s forces are “shaken” behind the scenes and may be caving..UN-FREAKING-REAL

    LordMaximus on July 8, 2011 at
    12:36 PM

    • txpappy

      Sorry for the ugle post. I didn’t want to edit AGAIN!!

      Go Sarah/2012 & Beyond

    • Anno76

      Rush also said that if there were a 3rd party that it would assure O a 2nd term. So, we really do not need a 3rd party, but a flushing of the RINOs and take back the Republican Party.

      • txpappy

        You are absolutely right! That’s why I would love Sarah to speak out and calm the restless troops. It might, though be a bad time for her to do that , all the candidates have spoken out on the issue.

        Still, we know everyone listens to Sarah.

        Go Sarah/2012 & Beyond

      • momandem

        I heard Rush say that too.   Not good to go third party!

    • Sue Lynn

      Just called both numbers…guess what they have heavy phone trafic …I left strong messages for both…they can count on a 3rd party if they cave…they need to fight like a girl!!!!!

      • txpappy

        You go Girl. and I the same.

        Go Sarah/2012 & Beyond

  • Nancy6

    Only 7 minutes?
    Well, Obama ruined his double-double streak.
    Double digit lies/double digit time frame.
    On occasion he has crossed the triple-triple threshold.

  • tomlyn

    Sarah we need you now  !!   I don’t think our country can take too much more of Obama and the Rinos of the Republican Party working to destroy this fine country.  I know you are waiting for some reason to  announce but the time is now.

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