President Barack Obama – and his presidency – are fading right before our eyes.
The Gulf oil disaster combined with Obama's ham-handed way of dismissing the majority public opinion on healthcare, immigration, and the economy have taken this once golden child and reduced him to scrambling to defend himself.
The Matt Lauer "Today" show interview is yet the latest example of Obama trying to be someone he is not. The kicking “ass” statement was so contrived and scripted as to be laughable. Here was "no drama Obama" under fire for being his usual too-passive self. And now he is reacting to this criticism by pretending to talk tough!
This comes after two trips to the Gulf and a self-centered press conference in which the president tried to convince the country that he cares deeply about the spill.
Well, the best way to convince us is not by telling us you care but by doing things which prove it — such as treating this like a deadly amphibious invasion and marshalling all our military and Coast Guard assets to repel the invaders. (The leak is up to BP to stop; but the USG can take over the cleanup – with BP paying for all of it – because we have enormous military manpower and ships and equipment which ought to be mobilized.)
Obama should move himself and his White House high command down to the Gulf for the summer – until this thing is under control.
In the meantime, an ongoing American political revolution is continuing. Tuesday’s primaries – with the exception of Blanche Lincoln’s surprising survival in Arkansas – show that the electorate wants to throw out establishment figures. The people are not dumb; they know the political establishment of both parties has almost bankrupted our nation. So, if you’ve been around a while, you’re automatically in big trouble.
This is a wonderful development.
I have been on this kick for 30 years. When I was a congressman I saw it up close and personally: the leadership class of our country is corrupt. Period. Politics, media, business, academia. All of it has been infected with corruption, greed, selfishness, political correctness, and lack of good character.
This new revolution is aimed at that corruption.
Let us all hope it succeeds. And let us all help it succeed.
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