President Barack Obama had a bad end of last week. The jobs report indicated that Obama’s stimulus plan so far hasn’t done squat. We haven’t even bottomed out yet; the nation’s economy is still ill — and shedding jobs — and now the talk is about extending unemployment insurance after the end of the year.
Hardly material to generate consumer confidence.
But the real capper to the week was the Copenhagen fiasco — a total political disaster from start-to-finish.
You know what this whole Chicago Olympics in 2016 was? A paean to Obama by Obama. This was a plan by Obama to immortalize himself by having the Olympic Games in his hometown as he ended his presidency — all conjured up beforehe was even elected.
As a friend of mine puts it “Obama has a problem with the vertical pronoun.” In other words, he is in love with the word “I.”
Listen to any of his speeches and you will hear that one word — “I” — used more than by any other president.
Word out of the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen was that the delegates were “put off” by speeches by both the president and the first lady. Too much about “them” and not enough about “why Chicago was the best place to host the Olympics.”
The Obamas have fallen prey to a common problem among people who rocket to fame: They begin to believe their own press releases and press clippings.
Barack Obama is a young man. Elected at 46, with almost no experience at all. It is easy to see how he has already lost his way. He can no longer distinguish what is best for the country from what is best for himself.
And he is surrounded by enablers, these pathetic suck-up staffers who last week had the temerity to utter this phrase about why they were certain Obama’s quick four hour in-and-out IOC speech would do the job for Chicago: Obama is “the best brand in the word.” Other enablers are in the so-called mainstream media. They are totally in the tank for the Obamas.
Boy, did they get their comeuppance or what?
Obama needs to understand the limits to his appeal: he is indeed the anti-Bush and anyone following George W. Bush would get heaps of praise just for not being Bush.
But Obama’s ideas, thoughts, and approach have not been judged to be mystical or prescient or the ideas of a genius. He is instead a mere mortal. And an inexperienced, surprisingly naïve one at that.
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