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President Barack Obama’s tepid response to the Gulf Oil spill that is spreading into a massive environmental crisis highlights both his inability to deal effectively with a national crisis and a growing public awareness that this President is just not up to the job.
New York Times columnist Frank Rich notes that Obama’s “lingering failings should and could be corrected.”
When an Obama cheerleader like Rich joins the “Obama is a failure” crowd you know the President is headed for a one-term disaster.
We still want to believe that Obama is on our side, willing to fight those bad corporate actors who cut corners and gambled recklessly while regulators slept, Congress raked in contributions, and we got stuck with the wreckage and the bills. But his leadership style keeps sowing confusion about his loyalties, puncturing holes in the powerful tale he could tell.
Obama’s confusion is not hard to understand. He’s in over his head, trying to cope with a job that he had neither the experience or ability to handle. America elected an unqualified President and now it’s paying the price.
Jeffrey Sachs, normally an Obama cheerleader, writes in The New York Daily News:
What the disaster truly makes clear, however, is the inadequacy of the administration’s own approach to overhauling America’s energy system.
Rather than pressing ahead from the start with a bold, imaginative, and specific long-term strategy – together with a plan to implement it – Obama has relied on the least appropriate of political strategies: the backroom deal. This is not what we should expect from a talented man who came to office with no shortage of vision, and who pledged to break from the old ways of doing business in Washington.
Legendary GOP political consultant Eddie Mahe said of former President George H.W. Bush: “He lacks the courage of his convictions.” Obama lacks both courage and conviction. His policies and decisions wander all over the place. He’s backtracked on so many campaign promises that even a Cray supercomputer would have trouble keeping up. His leadership style is marked by indecision, evasion, duplicity and inability.
Instead of the President who might have been, Obama has become the President that never was — an illusion that swept over the American electorate like an alcoholic haze.
Now it’s the morning after, America is waking up and the hangover hurts like hell.