The Obama Legacy Spirals Downward

Monday, 14 Jul 2014 10:23 AM

By Clarence V. McKee

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It was really embarrassing: The president of the United States, in shirt sleeves, laughing and joking, telling an audience in Austin, Texas, that “I’m just telling the truth now, I don’t have to run for office again.”
 
The question is Mr. President: What were you not telling us the truth about in 2008 and 2012?
 
We now know that “You can keep your doctor” and “You can keep your healthcare plan” were not true statements.
 
And remember this one: “transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency?”
 
What else did we miss?
 
It’s no wonder that a recent poll rated Obama the worst president since World War II. 
 
Why? 
 
While Obama was making jokes in Austin, drinking beer and playing pool in Colorado, thousands of illegal immigrant children were languishing in makeshift warehouses and processing centers on our Texas border and elsewhere with Air Force One a few short minutes flying time away.
 
He could have taken the initiative and accepted Texas Governor Rick Perry’s invitation to visit the border facilities overrun with these children.
 
He did not!
 
He could have been a leader and co-opted his adversaries by going to the border not only to thank the caregivers, but also to deliver a harsh message to those sending and permitting the passage of these children to the United States.
 
He did not. He was MIA — missing in action!
 
After all, how would Obama explain going to the border to view firsthand the immigration crisis when he has not seen fit to visit his own hometown of Chicago in the midst of its own crisis: an epidemic of violence where over 3,000 have been shot since 2013 including this year’s bloody Fourth of July weekend where 82 people were shot and 16 killed.
In large measure, the border crisis is of Obama’s own making. It was his “Dreamer” executive order ending deportations of illegal immigrants who entered the country as children with their parents that has led to this tidal wave of children.
 
Throughout Central America, the word went out: “Send us your children; we will take care of them.” 
 
And they did!
 
And we will!
 
So, what is the president’s solution to this problem that he in large part created?
 
He now wants Congress to give him nearly 4 billion dollars to do just that — take care of the thousands of illegal children including paying for their education, healthcare, and lawyers — not stop the influx or beef up border security. 
 
But, there is growing pushback.
 
As one Houston black housewife said in a recent television interview, “What about our kids in our neighborhoods?”
 
Even the Rev. Jesse Jackson was forced to say that, while we needed to help those on the border, "We can't turn our backs on our children at home, either.”
 
In many ways, the border crisis is fast becoming another Obama scandal to be added to an already crowded list: 
  • The Veterans Administration
  • The IRS
  • Fast and Furious
  • Benghazi
  • Trading a suspected army deserter for five high-level terrorists while heroic Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi languishes in a Mexican jail
  • Being accused of stifling the free expression of information and transparency by 38 news organizations
  • Sending “pink slips” to soldiers, many of whom are still in combat in Afghanistan 
In addition to the above, the Obama administration has been on the losing side of over a dozen U.S. Supreme Court unanimous decisions against its efforts to expand the reach and power of the executive branch of the federal government. Look for more judicial defeats to come regarding the administration's unilateral changes to Obamacare.
 
If all of this were not enough of an indictment of a failed presidency, keep in mind that there could be many more troubles for Obama if it is discovered that his already secretive government is hiding the truth — lying — about the true potential for a public health crisis because of diseases these children and the expected 90,000 more by September — aided by drug cartels, human traffickers, and coyote smugglers — could expose our own children to: tuberculosis, chicken pox, swine flu, and scabies. 
 
And lest we forget, how many of these older illegals are sent by design by our enemies to one day play terroristic havoc in one more of our cities — remember Boston?
 
When elected, hopes were high — especially among most blacks, the liberal left, and media — that Obama would do great things for the country at home and abroad and heal old wounds and divisions. He was supposed to unite, not divide, the country.
 
Instead, he and his minions have made racial and class warfare an art form — criticize him and his policies and you are a racist, a homophobe, anti-woman, against the middle class or worse. 
 
And so, given this picture, it is not looking good for the legacy of the “first black” president.
 
If he, and those who think they are serving him, continue the current pace of scandal, incompetence, and lack of leadership, history may rate him as one of the worst presidents — and not just since World War II!
 
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns and has appeared on many national and local media outlets. Read more reports from Clarence V. McKee — Click Here Now.
 
 
 

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