On the other hand: The sources, who represent creditors to Chrysler, say they were taken aback by the hardball tactics that the Obama administration employed to cajole them into acquiescing to plans to restructure Chrysler. One person described the administration as the most shocking “end justifies the means” group they have ever encountered. Another characterized Obama was “the most dangerous smooth talker on the planet- and I knew Kissinger.” Both were voters for Obama in the last election. One participant in negotiations said that the administration’s tactic was to present what one described as a “madman theory of the presidency” in which the President is someone to be feared because he was willing to do anything to get his way. The person said this threat was taken very seriously by his firm.
All part of a piece: That the Sado-masochist relationship swings back and forth between abuse and pleading; between domination and subservience; between beating and groveling. The characters change roles as events and mood determine. One can see this behavior at any public place: where a couple, man and wife or wife and child, for example, face some authority or figure they wish to impress. One will suck up to the figure and then turn and abuse the partner to show "loyalty and submission" to the figure. The actual status of the figure doesn't matter. It could be Europeans sucked-up to and American captains of industry maligned. It's a personality disorder dramatized. It's why Obama bows to the King of Saudi Arabia. Why he sneers at reporters who question him.
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