Barack Obama was aroused early Memorial Day with news that Communist North Korea’s beloved dictator, Kim Jong-Il, had exploded his largest nuclear bomb yet.
The Dear Leader, as the comic little figure is worshipfully known north of the 38th Parallel, then punctuated what he had been threatening to do all along by firing off six rockets capable of delivering thermonuclear annihilation.
How’s that for a wake-up call, Mr. President? Quickly now, the teleprompters!
By now, Obama must be beginning to feel like a tormented zebra surrounded by jackals taking turns taking serious nips at his haunches.
If it’s not North Korea, it’s Iran, threatening to erase Israel from the map.
If it’s not Iran, it’s Israel, locking and loading to take out Iran’s nuclear-bomb factory preemptively without Obama’s permission.
If it’s not Israel, it’s Gitmo that Obama’s own party won’t let him close down.
If it’s not Gitmo, it’s Dick Cheney, who won’t close down, either.
If it’s not Cheney, it’s Obama’s own military commanders who scowl him down on flashing to the enemy some photos of terrorists being interrogated.
If it’s not the generals and admirals, it’s his own vice president, whom he has to keep sending to his room for babbling when he should be paying attention.
And if it’s not Joe Biden, it’s Nancy Pelosi, whose busy mouth keeps her in hot water, this time even while in China away from the Washington Beltway press.
Next thing Obama knows, his new dog may have soiled the Oval Office rug.
And he thought this week ushered in by Memorial Day would have been an ideal time to spring his Supreme Court nominee without startling the horses.
What’s a novice Barack Obama to do?
He does what he always does, what he always does best. He says words.
He says North Korea should not have violated (for the zillionth time) the United Nations Security Council resolutions prohibiting nuclear testing.
He says this is bad, really not good for stability in the region.
He says that, if North Korea doesn’t stop being bad, he will tell the Security Council on it, and it will issue one of its statement, maybe even an actual resolution.
He does, and it does, as usual. The world is not stunned.
Then he has his ambassador to the U.N. say the Security Council will issue even stronger words. So there, too.
This is the equivalent of a full-force broadside, a veritable fusillade of words.
Obama’s actual saying of words is, by his own words said to Senate President Harry Reid, a natural power that is truly awesome: “Harry, I have a gift.”
You just have to know that Obama’s speech writers are busily loading his twin teleprompters with . . . stand back, here it comes! . . . a speech.
That’s Obama’s biggest, baddest weapon: the bunker-buster speech.
The current secretary of state aced Obama during a campaign debate last year when she told the television multitudes that, if she became president, she would bring experience to the job, while “Obama will bring a speech.”
But Hillary Clinton lost, Obama won, and that must have Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il and tyrants everywhere quaking in their tents, caves, and marble palaces as they ratchet up their acquisition of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.
All in all, a Memorial Day to remember for the Gifted One.
John L. Perry, a prize-winning newspaper editor and writer who served on White House staffs of two presidents, is a regular columnist for Newsmax.com. Read John Perry's columns here.
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