Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Go On and Fade Away, Please


A very good read today, from columnist Michael Goodwin, of the New York Post, lovingly lifted from their website, http://nypost.com/2016/06/15/obamas-tantrum-a-striking-display-of-failed-leadership/

    If it is true that the best defense is a good offense, [controversial leader Barack] Obama should be celebrating in the end zone now. Obviously furious over criticism that his anti-terror policies are weak and that the Orlando slaughter proves it, he went on a televised tirade to let America know he’s mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.

    He laid waste to a field of straw men, cable-TV pundits and the always-evil “partisan rhetoric,” by which he means anyone who disagrees with him. It was a striking display of personal anger and pent-up grievances — and a total failure of leadership during a national crisis.

    It also, inadvertently, captured why Donald Trump was able to brawl his way to the GOP nomination. All his nice Republican rivals couldn’t stir voters because they never knew how to rattle Obama the way Trump is doing.
Obama’s demeanor and tone were far from presidential — tantrums rarely are. Nor was he effective in rallying the nation to his cause. No surprise there. His cause is himself, always and only, and his greatly diminished historic presidency looks especially insignificant next to the bloodshed in Orlando. The iconic redeemer who promised hope and change never seemed so small and hopeless.

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    At one point, Obama denounced politicians who tweet and go on cable TV. My first reaction was to wonder whether he meant Trump or Clinton, or both. Of course, when Obama does those things, it’s cool.

    Most telling, and least surprising, was that his defense of why he doesn’t say “radical Islam” revealed there’s no there there. The idea that linking terrorism to Islam smears the entire religion is preposterous, as is his claim that it “does the terrorists’ work for them.”

    We are long past the point where Obama’s saying so makes it so, or even worth discussing. His fundamental problem is that he has nothing to show for his approach. If he had been right over the last eight years, we should be seeing big-time gains by now.

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