You’ve got to admit it, things aren’t going well for President Obama these days. It seems lately that every few months, or sometimes even weeks, there’s breaking news of another scandal. It might only be something he’s done to embarrass Americans and place us in an awkward and uncomfortable position in the eyes of the rest of the world, but when a president belittles and embarrasses the nation he serves, I call that a scandal.
Take, for instance, the infamous bow to Saudi King Abdullah in April 2009. No matter how the White House tried to run damage control on this, it was a bow, and an intentional one at that. It was even noted in the UK by The Telegraph, which ran a derisive article quoting an Obama aide as saying, “It wasn’t a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah.” You’d have to be pretty far down toward the bottom of the IQ scale to give that statement serious consideration. That may be what the White House would like us to believe, but it’s obvious to anyone who has seen the video clip that Obama’s intention was to bow to King Abdullah, and bow deeply. In other words, showing utmost respect, even awe. There’s no doubt King Abdullah was pleased, and it was seen by Saudis in general as a bow and show of respect. Meanwhile, The Washington Times said it best when they called the bow “a shocking display of fealty to a foreign potentate… By bending over to show greater respect to Islam, the US president belittled the power and independence of the United States. Such an act is a traditional obeisance befitting a king’s subjects, not his peer.” You bet, and who could disagree with that?
Remember the first time Obama was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno? That was a show I didn’t want to watch, but couldn’t help myself – I had to. Sometimes I feel I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to situations like this, because it wasn’t more than two minutes into the show before I found myself imagining George W. Bush or, God forbid, Ronald Reagan bopping out from behind the curtain while The Tonight Show band played Hail to the Chief. I immediately poured myself a huge slug of Wild Turkey 101 and lit a Marlboro just to steel myself against the very unpresidential spectacle Obama was making of himself. As I watched, he talked about how cool it was to fly on Air Force One. Then he slipped up and got a little too comfortable – no doubt forgetting he was being viewed by millions when he made the comment comparing his low bowling score to feeling like he was in the Special Olympics. Oops. Not the best offhand comment for a president to make from a PR standpoint, especially since Special Olympians are to be commended for their training and efforts and don’t deserve a derogatory comment like this from anyone, much less the president.
Over the years, though, things have gotten worse for our friend in the White House. In March, there was a Washington Post article by Jennifer Rubin about a poll of our men and women in the military service who had been to Iraq or Afghanistan. They had much less respect for Obama as their Commander-in-Chief than they did for President George W. Bush. Is it any wonder? Who can forget the photo of President Bush aboard the aircraft carrier dressed in flight fatigues. Bush had a genuine fondness for and interest in our military, whereas Obama has never shown the slightest inkling of it; to the contrary, he is taking every opportunity to drastically cut the defense budget, thereby weakening our military capability to a dangerously low level.
Added to these are the Fast and Furious operation, the tragedy of Benghazi, the ramming down America’s throat of Obamacare, and the trading of five dangerous terrorists for American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who deserted his post. There are two more issues, however, that deserve special mention:
Last week, a Mexican military helicopter flew across the border into U. S. airspace and fired shots at Border Patrol agents. So far as I can determine, there’s been nothing but silence from the Obama administration.
Also, while being very vocal about not leaving our troops behind when it came to Bowe Bergdahl, there has been complete silence from Obama concerning Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, who’s been jailed in Mexico for months.
Everything that’s happened and everything that’s failed to happen over the years add up to the obvious conclusion that Obama’s presidency is not only a failure, it’s a complete and utter disaster. I keep holding onto the hope that in November the Senate will gain a conservative majority and the House will hold or increase theirs. Then and only then would impeachment and conviction in a Senate trial be possible. But as much political will as it takes to impeach, it’s going to take more still to convict Obama in the Senate. We all know it wouldn’t do any good right now, and there probably isn’t time before the November elections, but it may become possible sometime after January.
But thinking back to that night when I saw Obama on The Tonight Show, I remember it was at some point where he was cracking one of his jokes or comebacks that I realized something that took me by surprise – Obama was in his element there on that Burbank soundstage. I remember thinking, “That’s why he’s such a lousy president – he’s in the wrong business…”
Exactly. He wants and needs the attention from the news media, the entertainment media, and the public at large. And you know what? He may well have been quite successful as a stand-up comedian. Think it over. We could have all had some good times laughing along with him. What the hell, I’ll just go ahead and say it… we could have all had a good time laughing at him while being spared the train wreck he’s making of the economy and everything else he touches.