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When Barack Obama tried — as much as his ego would allow — to accept some of the responsibility for the shellacking the Democrats took from voters in the mid-term elections it seemed the President might — after early two years of missteps — finally understand that there is a lot of difference between campaigning and governing.
Then he boarded Air Force One and split town — jetting around the world in a series of International meetings that did nothing but highlight just how out-of-touch and clueless HE can be when he makes the jump from first-term Senator to President.
The votes sent a clear message: Fix the economy, get people back to work and pay attention to details here at home. But Obama didn’t get the message. He was in Indonesia saying “Indonesia is always a part of me.”
Too bad the plight of ordinary Americans isn’t a part of him. In fact, after watching this silver-tongued devil at work for a few years, I’m wondering what — if anything — is a part of him.
The Obama who took up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is a far cry from the polished candidate who slid through the electoral process without any real missteps or problems.
As President, Obama is as clueless as George W. Bush — just another vapid political deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming truck and too damn stupid to get out of the way.
Political pundits waste airtime telling us how smart Obama is. He’s not smart. In fact, he’s dumb as a barnyard mule when it comes to running a country. He may be educated but there’s a big difference between being educated and smart.
Bill Clinton was a smart President who did stupid things but had the ability to bounce back. When his venture in the bowels of liberalism cost Democrats control of Congress in 1994, Clinton adjusted his Presidency — becoming a moderate when he had to — and putting Republicans on the defensive time and again. Even with his pants unzipped and the Presidential schlong embedded in Monica Lewinsky‘s willing mouth, Clinton kept his focus on what needed to be done to salvage his Presidency.
Obama is so wrapped up in playing the role of America’s first African-American president that he can’t focus on the problems at hand. The faltering economy no longer belongs to George W. Bush. It’s Obama’s economy. The Afhgan war is no longer Bush’s war. It belongs to Obama.
Obama promised change without really understanding what needed to be changed or how to go about changing it. He populated his inner circle not with young guns and change artists but with the same, old, tired Washington veterans who served Clinton and — in some cases — even Bush.
He promised to close Gitmo. It’s still open. He promised health care for everyone with a public option and lower costs. Millions of Americans still can’t afford health care because his empty promises produced a health care “reform” that make insurance lobbyists happy but didn’t fulfil a single promise from his campaign.
And when Americans looked towards their government and hoped — in the aftermath of a “game changing” mid-term election — to see determination and a willingness to get to work, Obama goes globe-trotting.
A planned meeting between Obama and Republican leaders has been put off until Nov. 30 — at the request of Republicans who seem as disinterested as Obama in tackling the problems our nation faces.
Before the election, both Republicans and Democrats stressed the urgency of needed action to address the nation’s ills.
As soon as the polls closed on Nov. 2, that sense of urgency vanished amid the hangovers of GOP celebrants and washed away in the jetstream of Air Force One.
And the mantra of change will remain on the shelf until it is needed for the 2012 elections.