Saturday, January 25, 2014

Excuses-R-Us : Expect 2014 to be a Vintage Year for Presidential Whine

Over at the Political Clown Parade, The Insufferable Airhorn And His Insufferable Hubris, I took a closer look at some of the remarks President Selfie has made of late. Whine-a-palooza! Some examples from the New Yorker:

“There have been times where I’ve been constrained by the fact that I had two young daughters who I wanted to spend time with, and that I wasn’t in a position to work the social scene in Washington."

First of all, given the one hundred and fifty plus golf outings, and pictures of him playing golf on "vacation with his family", with his family nowhere in sight, make it hard for me to believe that President Selfie ever pines for moments alone with his daughters. "If you like your picture of strong fatherhood and domestic bliss, you can keep it," intones the president. Second, when has "working the social scene" ever been a prerequisite for presidential leadership? Shouldn't at least a small portion of that take place in the Oval Office? (If we could ever get him there??) Somehow Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and a few others all managed to be effective leaders without smoozing the capitol's "social scene" or being on CNN.

Or this gem?
"...the issue has been the inability of my message to penetrate the Republican base so that they feel persuaded that I’m not the caricature that you see on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, but I’m somebody who is interested in solving problems and is pretty practical, and that, actually, a lot of the things that we’ve put in place worked better than people might think. "

This, too, is laughable. President Selfie, your message has penetrated to the Republican base ever since you told "Joe the plumber" that you intended to "spread the wealth". Your problem with the Republican base is not that your "message hasn't penetrated", but precisely because it has. You have been governing against the will of the people ever since you took office. There has never been a majority of people in this country who wanted Obamacare, yet you and your fellow Democrats shoved it down our throats in an obscenely partisan manner, much to the detriment of our country. We got your message loud and clear. And we opposed it, not because you were some caricature foisted upon us by Fox News, but because we knew that the government take over of the health industry would lead to misery and a loss of freedom for millions. Millions have already lost their current insurance because of Obamacare, with millions more to come. And millions will be paying more for coverage they don't need, because your law takes away their choice.

And if the only roadblocks to your success are Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, how do you explain your failures of foreign policy? Do Putin and Assad (and Merkel, and Ahmadinejad, and Mubarak, and Morsi, and Karzai, and...) watch Fox News, too? Or does the weakness you project, in withdrawing from military conflict, the vain saber rattling about imaginary red lines you warn our enemies not to cross, that either you have not thought through the consequences or have no spine to enforce, the petulant begging from world leaders, like Putin, to give Snowden back, or the lifting of embargoes against Iran, with no concessions from them in return, make you ineffectual, and not Fox News?

"I’m somebody who is... pretty practical..." When it comes to rewarding political cronies and contributors. If you have a failing solar company like Solyndra, that cannot manufacture solar panels for less than what they sell for, give money to Barrack, there's millions in it for you! Same for electric car companies and people who build websites! Anyone want to guess what the primary qualification for building was? Follow the money! And if you want to see bumbling fools in action, who have no qualifications to become a US ambassador, other than the amount of money they donated, go here.

According to White House sources and others, the Bush recession ended in June of 2009. That was the start of the 'Obama Recovery'. How's that working out for you, Mr. President? The problem isn't that your message "hasn't penetrated", Mr. Obama, it's that it doesn't work. But, then, apparently, neither do you. Have fun on the 18th green! Spend a little quality time with your caddy!

Cross posted at LCR, Political Clown Parade

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