Obama's Bravado Is Showing Some Wear

Monday, 27 Jan 2014 11:16 AM

By James Walsh

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Then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, in his Berlin speech on July 24, 2008, noted: “I know I don’t look like the Americans who’ve previously spoken in this great city.” This was an early example of his infusion of racism into his delivery, an infusion that has become a disturbing pattern over the years.
 
It is a pattern followed by the president and his spokespersons whenever he doesn’t get his way. His recent references to race are a sure sign of his sinking popularity and effectiveness as president.
 
With national polls showing a decline in his popularity, leadership, and presidential competency, the president and his minions are reverting to Saul Alinsky’s "Rules for Radicals" in dealing with opponents. Victimization and racial prejudice are replacing “hope and change” in the Obama vocabulary. Even his likability numbers are down, making this decline the most significant among all his poll numbers. Many people don’t trust him anymore.
 
Obama granted an interview to David Remnick, first reported online and now in The New Yorker magazine, just before his State of the Union speech. In the interview, Obama raised race as a factor in his sinking likability ratings.
 
Reminiscent of when Libyan Muslim terrorists murdered the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, the Obama administration is once again using the political gambit of flooding the Sunday television talk shows. For instance, the president sent out his spokespersons last Sunday to “explain” the fine points of the president’s State of the Union address.
 
On the Sunday talk shows, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and senior presidential adviser Dan Pfeiffer repeated the Obama blowhard assertion that he had his “pen and phone in hand” to swat down congressional critics who don’t accede to his wishes. Obama’s leadership style increasingly consists of Executive Orders and bureaucratic memoranda.
 
Thus, his spokesmen use the news media to mouth Obama’s defiant assertions — that the president has “pen and phone” at the ready to enact his agenda of change, wanted or not. This is pure Alinsky/Chicago hard-ball politics.
 
White House representatives make it clear that Obama, in his State of the Union, is going to repeat his old bromides: He is working for the middle class, he is the advocate for illegal aliens, he is the nation’s financial savior, and he is the protector of the environment. Obama promises he will accomplish his agenda with or without Congress, referring to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
 
The president might well go easy on the Republicans in his State of the Union address, since bad-mouthing them fails to produce fruitful public acceptance or his desired results. Obama might, for the country, acknowledge that he will be amenable to piecemeal immigration reform bills.
 
The White House, as ideologically radical as it is, now understands that the president has a credibility problem. The Hispanics have heard since 2007 Obama promises of immediate enactment of comprehensive immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship for all illegal aliens in the country.
 
Obama’s newly confirmed Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, in a speech to U.S. mayors on January 24, stated that illegal aliens have the right to be citizens. That is the Obama immigration agenda — open borders, open citizenship.
 
A recent Pew poll showed that 61 percent of Hispanics prefer a “legalization” bill rather than a “citizenship” bill; they prefer the realistic rather than the worn-out, unfulfilled promises of the president.
 
Meanwhile, embattled Speaker of the House John Boehner plows along a straight line planting the seeds for a passable series of immigration bills to be proposed by the Republican majority in the U.S. House, during the coming weeks. The speaker’s approach is reasonable, doable, and beneficial to citizen and immigrant alike.
 
One facet of the Republican immigration plan is legalization for those illegal aliens who qualify. Yes, there will be some Republican opposition, but the speaker’s plan promises to be just and reasonable.
 
The Senate bill that the Democrats sent to the House is so flawed that even DHS career personnel object to it. Time is showing the Senate immigration bill to be an unworkable open-borders piece of illogical, amateurish legislation that would only serve as an immigration sieve.
 
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has blocked every immigration bill that the House has sent to the Senate since 2011. Will Reid, who has assumed the position of “de facto” president, continue to defy the will of most Republican and many Democrat voters?
 
In Latino circles, Obama’s broken promises have come to be known disparagingly as “La promesa de Obama.” The president’s bravado and defiant statements are starting to sound like the shrill gasps of a defeated ideologue.
 
James H. Walsh was associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1983 to 1994. Read more reports from James Walsh — Click Here Now.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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