Earlier this week, I was thinking about Obama and his apparent inability to act Presidential when it comes to addressing terrorism against this country and its citizens. It always seems like it takes a while for him to say anything, and then when he does, it is either underwhelming, or I get the distinct impression that it pisses him off to actually have to address it and talk about being a bad thing for the believers in the Religion of [Flaming] Pieces™ to be so actively engaged in killing Americans. The more I pondered this, the more I realized that this really wasn’t the only thing that seemed to make him irritable. It also manifests itself when he is asked real questions. Does anyone remember this moment?
But then, we’d seen this face before.
“Just trying to be left alone.”
Yeah. You’re campaigning for a 24/7 job that inserts you squarely in a fishbowl, and you’re “just trying to be left alone.”
Here’s a hint. If you don’t want the responsibility, don’t ask for the job.
Of course, a year on the job hasn’t tempered his attitude any.
Whether it is an obvious irritation with the expectation that he break from his Christmas Vacation in the Hawaiian Islands to address the government’s astounding failure that almost allowed a Nigerian Jhadi to blow up his underwear, and the plane he was on over Detroit…
Or his inability to quit campaigning when the American People need to know that he is “on top” of an attack that can only be considered an act of terror…
[I can’t help but to wonder what the Medal of Honor winner he was shouting out to was thinking?]
To vacation after vacation after vacation.
The constant fickle finger of blame being pointed at Bush…no matter what the failure is, Obama “inherited it”. Bush should count himself as the most effective President ever. He managed to screw up everything so bad that the person who was destined to heal the holes in our souls, and stop the warming of the earth and the rise of the oceans couldn’t stop historic and unprecedented unemployment, despite the Chicago Messiah actually getting the obscene and reckless spendulous bill passed. Obama cannot effectively meet the challenge of terrorism, despite the Apologize for America tour of 2009, no doubt because Bush so damaged our reputation with the world. Obama couldn’t get his step to single-payer health care package passed when he wanted, despite his own party’s commanding majority in Congress, because that damn Bush had allowed the peasants to think for themselves.
It’s enough to make a world leader roll up his sleves…and hit the links. A lot. But no matter. When a Republican President does it during a war on two fronts, it is “horribly insensitive” to the sacrifices that Americans are making. When a Democrat does it, it is just a well-deserved respite from a difficult job fraught with innumerable difficulties inherited from a Republican predecessor. These obstacles are so grueling that despite being on the Gulf Oil Spill “From Day ONE!!!11!!”, he had to vacation more than once, because an uncooperative federal judge refused to let his administration shut down an entire industry central to that region’s economy. Thankfully, there were plenty of beaches far away from the Gulf Coast that he could escape to.
And now, as his malaise settles in over a country that struggles with unemployment and the looming threat of new taxes and regulations that will continue to squelch economic and employment growth for the foreseeable future, it appears that even his own base is giving him trouble, as indicated by his Designated Liar and Spinner, Robert Gibbs:
The White House is simmering with anger at criticism from liberals who say President Obama is more concerned with deal-making than ideological purity.
During an interview with The Hill in his West Wing office, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs blasted liberal naysayers, whom he said would never regard anything the president did as good enough.
I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, it’s crazy.”
The press secretary dismissed the “professional left” in terms very similar to those used by their opponents on the ideological right, saying, “They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality.”
Of those who complain that Obama caved to centrists on issues such as healthcare reform, Gibbs said: “They wouldn’t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was President”.
And that malaise seems to be seeping into the rest of his administration.
It is a sad day. A gifted talker, in love with himself finds that the job that appealed to his vanity doesn’t get done by offering well-delivered platitudes and condescending lectures. We might yet see a phyrric victory from this. The situation might get so bad that he will abdicate his duties in name as well as in spirit. Then maybe we can get a capable, uncomplaining leader who really will inherit the result of his predecessor’s shortcomings…and apply the quiet competence of the American Exceptionalism the current pResident of the Oval Office lacks and so despises. And Obama can go back to eating his waffle on the 19th Hole.