You know Obama may have an image problem when even MSNBC Chicago gets on his case for being a boob.
President Obama didn’t wait long after Tuesday’s devastating elections to give critics another reason to question his leadership, but this time the subject matter was more grim than a pair of governorships.
But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and inappropriately light president making introductory remarks. At the event, a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian affairs, the president thanked various staffers and offered a “shout-out” to “Dr. Joe Medicine Crow — that Congressional Medal of Honor winner.” Three minutes in, the president spoke about the shooting, in measured and appropriate terms. Who is advising him?
Anyone at home aware of the major news story of the previous hours had to have been stunned. An incident like this requires a scrapping of the early light banter. The president should apologize for the tone of his remarks, explain what has happened, express sympathy for those slain and appeal for calm and patience until all the facts are in. That’s the least that should occur.
All the president’s men (and women) fell down on the job Thursday. And Democrats across the country have real reason to panic.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – at a time when we need real leadership, we get a self-absorbed narcissist who only cares about himself and his place in history. Right now, that place in history is looking pretty shakey – does he really want to be known as the President that abandoned his allies, embraced his enemies, and single-handedly re-ignited the cold war? Hmmm, what to do, what to do? I know, let’s blame Bush!
He used the preamble of his speech to insist his administration had indeed had important successes (none of which he could name, however. ed.) and also to remind Americans of the litany of daunting challenges he inherited when he took office in January.
“One year ago, Americans all across this country went to the polls and cast ballots for the future they wanted to see,” Obama said.
But he said his administration was also confronted with a “financial crisis that threatened to plunge our economy into a Great Depression, the worst that we’ve seen in generations.”
“We had record deficits, two wars, frayed alliances around the world,” Obama added.
He said his administration had acted swiftly to save the economy from “imminent collapse.”
“While we still have a long way to go, we have made meaningful progress toward achieving that goal,” he said.
Perhaps we should ask the UK, Poland, and Israel about the state of those frayed alliances. And some of us might quibble that he didn’t so much save the economy from collapse – but rather helped push it towards collapse, a collapse that will accelerate as cap n trade and Nationalized Health Care get rammed down our throats.
It must be nice to have 2 trump cards – the “criticizing Obama is racist” card and the “it’s all Bush’s fault” card. The problem for Obama is that neither of those cards can be played an infinite number of times before “average” Americans say “wtf, dude?”. As I said – if even MSNBC Chicago is questioning Obama’s judgement – where must the rest of America be?
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