The presidency of Barack Obama is deteriorating at an alarming rate — and few in the so-called mainstream media are taking notice yet.
Job losses and a declining confidence in his leadership on the economy have now bled into all other aspects of his presidency. Let us examine a few:
1) The decision of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to try the 9/11 terrorists in criminal court in New York City — conveniently announced while the president was in Asia and as far away from the controversy as possible — will lead to events and subplots that boggle the mind and show why over-educated, Ivy League liberals don't understand the real world. This clearly will be the biggest, most covered-trial in American history. As such, all sorts of mischief — both inside and outside the courtroom — are likely.
What if a publicity-seeking, malcontent, trouble-making egomaniac, perhaps Muslim, juror sees dollar signs in his eyes? Can you imagine the book: "The Juror Who Said No To Torture"?
We often have seen jurors do this type of thing — despite rigorous voir dire by the attorneys.
Plus, defense attorneys will see a chance to make a name for themselves by propagandizing and grandstanding — in and out of the courtroom. The media contingent attending each day will be just too much to walk by without saying or doing something.
Most of all, this Obama-Holder decision is in fact their long-time liberal dream: Put G.W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and the CIA on trial. That is what this is all about.
2) The announcement, and then back-tracking, about women not having a recommended mammogram any more at age 40 is yet another sign of total incompetence by this administration.
They have sent mixed messages, then trotted out Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to renounce the original announcement.
And this confusion has greatly harmed their campaign to get their healthcare bill passed.
It is as if this mammogram cutback is the tip of the iceberg of what is to come if national healthcare is implemented.
3) President Obama’s endless thumb-twiddling over Afghanistan has now become comical. On this trip to China, he finally told the media that an announcement is coming soon. Then his staff said the announcement still is weeks away.
Of course, what is going on here is all politics. Obama is afraid to anger the left — either on healthcare (by dropping the public option to get 60 Senate votes) — or on Afghanistan (by sending 30,000 more troops).
So he is holding off an Afghanistan announcement until he gets a better picture of the lay of the land in the Senate.
Meanwhile, as the troops flounder and the president’s hand-wringing indecision emboldens the Taliban, Obama’s approval rating continues to decline.
He is now under 50 percent, an amazing drop for someone with a compliant news media and total control of both houses of Congress.
During an NBC interview from China, he talked of “all these airplanes circling the runway right now and we need to land one of them but the runway is congested right now.”
Oh, really? And just who “congested” it? Who put too many planes in the air at the same time?
You, Mr. President!
You have tried to do too much, too quickly at too great a financial cost — and you seem oblivious to the public outcry over it.
He is indeed more Jimmy Carter than Ronald Reagan.
Conclusion: More and more people are opposing this administration. That does not mean they are embracing the GOP; Bush's tenure still tarnishes the Republican brand.
Instead there is a leadership vacuum, unlike anything we have seen since the late 1970s.
The next three years will be fraught with danger and the unexpected. Obama has lost his one-time opportunity to pull this nation together and lead it. He is already in decline and unable to even get his own party to do what he wants.
Get ready for a spate of events to unravel soon.
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