Saturday, September 11, 2010

Barack Obama: Leadership Under Whelming

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Barack Obama is back, hawking his "National Day of Service and Remembrance". Why do I get the impression that he would like it to be a "National Day of Service, Forget the Remembrance"?

From Obama's weekly address (He generally addresses the nation weakly) :


That is why we mark September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. For if there is a lesson to be drawn on this anniversary, it is this: we are one nation – one people – bound not only by grief, but by a set of common ideals. And that by giving back to our communities, by serving people in need, we reaffirm our ideals – in defiance of those who would do us grave harm. We prove that the sense of responsibility that we felt for one another was not a fleeting passion – but a lasting virtue.


"If there is a lesson"??? Is cluelessness a prerequisite for the modern presidency?
"If there is a lesson"? And then, the "lesson" he expounds is not one of standing up to our enemies to preserve freedom, it's to "give back to your community".

Imagine: It's Poland, 1939. Obama's message to the Poles is: Sure, you've been invaded by Nazi Germany. But, consider how much satisfaction can be had by reaching out to others in your community! Reaffirm your ideals – in defiance of those who would do you grave harm. Think of what that would say about you as a people!

Or Dec. 8, 1941, from the Oval Office: "My fellow Americans, if there is a lesson to be learned from Pearl Harbor, it is this: we are one nation – one people – bound not only by grief, but by a set of common ideals. And that by giving back to our communities, by serving people in need, we reaffirm our ideals – in defiance of those who would do us grave harm. We prove that the sense of responsibility that we felt for one another was not a fleeting passion – but a lasting virtue."

To paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen: "Mr. Obama, we knew FDR, FDR was a friend of this country. He envisioned social change but did not shy away from defending this country and our freedom when it became necessary.
Mr. Obama, you're no FDR."


Is there a lesson? Is there only one lesson?? One of the lessons of Pearl Harbor was "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition"!

I get the impression that either Obama isn't sure what those lessons are, or that foreign policy, foreign wars and the global war on terror are simply distractions to Obama, keeping him from all the domestic programs he'd like to use to remake America.

H/T Gateway Pundit
Cross posted at Left Coast Rebel, Say Anything

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