Here is another post that I had been kicking around for a while but never got around to writing. And like a few others I finally finished this one once it again became topical.
A few months ago I had had Fox News’ morning show on in the background as I was getting ready for work when Sarah Palin came on to criticize President Obama’s excessive vacation trips. Sister Babe overheard this in passing and pointed out that Palin was a hypocrite, as she and other Republicans never had any issue with George W. Bush’s vacations. I agreed, and added that the Dems are just as bad for their complaints for eight years over Dubya and sudden silence that came about in January 2009. But that got me thinking about the partisan direction of both sides’ attacks – shouldn’t they be grateful?
Think about this for a minute – as a member of the party that is no longer in power, chances are you do not agree with the president’s actions most of the time. If, when the president is doing his job he is going to be supporting legislation or interacting with world leaders in a manner that you don’t approve, shouldn’t you be happier if he’s doing nothing?
This came to mind after the foreign policy disaster that was the attacks on our embassies in Egypt and Libya. If you’re reading this you probably already know that instead of dealing with the facts on the ground, the president had his team spinning this idiotic narrative that the attacks were caused by a poorly made video, and not by a planned terrorist attack. He also then went on to hob knob with some wealthy donors at a fundraiser in Las Vegas, and then went on to show his leadership by going to play slap and tickle with David Letterman.
We saw this again a few days ago when rather than meet with Netanyahu or other world leaders around the U.N. Summit, he was yukking it up on The View where he made what may have been the most honest assessment of his presidency, “I’m just the eye candy.” Even the court eunuchs in the mainstream press couldn’t ignore this one, and Obama took on some friendly fire from his own. Conservatives naturally blasted Obama for this, but I say… “So what?”
Yes, I agree that the president should be acting like, well, a leader. That’s just not one of his skill sets – anyone who did any homework on his background knows that he’s never had a real leadership role (much less a real job) in his life. He’s never shown any aptitude to be a leader, so why would we expect him to behave like one? Had Obama agreed to meet with Netanyahu I’m sure he would have found some way to slight or offend our most important ally in the Middle East. So do I like the choice he made to appear on The View? Of course not. But given the likely alternative I’ll take it.
Do I with he were spending less time on the golf course or heading out with Michelle on expensive taxpayer funded vacations? Sure I do. I’d love it if he were otherwise spending that time picking up some books and educating himself on the basics of Economics, Accounting, leadership, and our nations’ history (not written by Howard Zinn). And then, armed with this basic knowledge maybe he could sit down with Republicans to have some constructive conversations. Maybe instead of being the standard bearer of the radical wing of his party, he could understand why its ideas don’t work and reign it in as Clinton did. Maybe he could go on to take the leadership needed to get us into a real economic recovery and have a foreign policy where we’re not apologizing for being the greatest country in world history and not working to diminish it.
And we all know that is never going to happen. So what is it I want to hear Obama say when he starts his first daily meeting of the day?
Cross Posted from Brother Bob’s Blog
Cross Posted from Brother Bob’s Blog