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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Obama abdicates

Last week our illustrious president held a press conference in order to try to push his compromise on the extension of the Bush tax cuts (somewhat misnamed as these have been the tax rates for the last 10 years, so it's really an extension of the current rates not a tax cut.)
Facing a revolt in his own party, Barack Obama decided to call in the big guns — former President William Jefferson Clinton.
And then he ducked out of his own press conference to go to a Christmas party.
You read that right — just a couple of minutes into the press conference he called to try to mollify his base the president, the leader of his party, his country and the free world — ceded leadership to one of his predecessors.
It's pretty sad when the president cannot even rally his own party behind a proposal.
It's even sadder when he ducks out of the press conference he called because "he's been keeping the first lady waiting for 30 minutes."
So we were then treated to the spectacle of Bill Clinton, once again with the presidential seal behind him, handling the press as masterfully as ever.
I'm no fan of Bill Clinton. I could was poetic for hours about the failings, both political and moral, of Bill Clinton. I certainly didn't agree with most of what he had to say in the presser. Everyone who has read my column knows where I stand on taxes.
However, Clinton at least exhibited leadership.
It's becoming painfully obvious even to members of his own party. Even to the people who most strongly supported him, that Barack Obama is exactly what we on the right said he was — an inexperienced, lightweight, ideologue.
I don't want to beat a dead horse, but before the election everyone on the right was scratching their head trying to figure out why a junior senator who had been in office less than two years was even running.
Then we scratched our heads trying to figure out how he got nominated.
Then we were duct taping our heads back together when he got elected.
We saw this coming.
We knew what he was.
If this seems a bit like "I told you so," perhaps it is.
But any joy we on the right take in saying "I told you so," is more than offset by the horror we feel at what he's doing to this country.
We prayed that whatever his personal ideology, he would realize that in order to govern effectively he would have to compromise.
And then he proceeded to jam unpopular bill after unpopular bill down our throats. He alienated our closest allies while trying to cozy up to our enemies in the theory that if we were just nice to them they would like us. They simply snickered behind their hands and ramped up their opposition to us.
The man who is supposed to be the leader of the free world has been unable to deliver anything internationally. Not at the G20, not at Copenhagen. He couldn't even get the Olympics in Chicago.
The Founders wisely created an executive branch. No committee, and that's what congress is, can exercise power. Someone, ultimately, has to be in charge. The problem now is no one seems to be.
As a result our nation is floundering. Obama seems now to be blown by the wind.
Steven Green over at the blog Vodkapundit suggested over the weekend that perhaps it's time to invoke section four of the 25th Amendment.
The 25th Amendment was ratified in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination to clarify what happens when the president is unable to perform his duties, but is still alive.
Section four is a rather frightening section which allows for the president to have his power removed without a formal impeachment.
It reads in part: "Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President. "
I would agree with Mr. Green except that doing so would give us Acting President Joe Biden, who is even less a leader than the man currently occupying the oval office.
Someone, however, is going to have to step up and lead this nation. Perhaps that will be Speaker-elect John Boehner or someone else within Congress — I don't know.
What I do know is that there will be no true economic recovery, let alone a renaissance of this nation without leadership.
All IMHO, of course.

1 comment:

  1. I thought both tickets in '08 had too junior candidates.

    I don't consider long Congressional careers as good proving grounds for a President. I'd much rather see multiple governorships or cabinet positions on the resume so we can have a better idea of what we're getting.

    On my blog, I like to use NFL Head Coaches as an example. Owners don't put high school assistant coaches in as head coach. They also don't hire long-term talent scouts or sports reporters to be head coach.

    Usually they pull their head coaches from a pool of current or former head coaches, assistant coaches or high-level college coaches.

    Most people understand that. Most fans wouldn't want the owners of their favorite NFL franchise to take a long-shot on unproven coaching talent. It baffled me when the American public did just that with both tickets for President.

    I saw a clip from Chris Matthews not long ago on this similar topic and part of his rationale for Obama's credentials was that he wrote a book. I thought that was funny and sad.