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More than a few political pundits nowadays are bemoaning the obvious fact that America’s President Barack Obama just can’t seem to to anything right nowadays.
Which makes some of us here at Capitol Hill Blue wonder: When is the last time America had a President who did things right?
For all practical purposes, Barack Obama has been a disaster as a President. Yes, he was a charismatic candidate who enthralled a nation in need of hope after a disastrous eight years with George W. Bush in the White House but he wasn’t up to the job, didn’t have the experience necessary to be a President and lacked any real substance to back up all that grandiose rhetoric.
Obama limped into a second term only because the lackluster Republican Party dished up Mitt Romney to try and unseat him in 2012.
Obama’s Presidency owes more to the inability of the Republican Party to find a viable alternative than to anything else. When the choice on the other side was John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008 or Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in 2012, then what real choice did the American voter have?
At this point, someone will probably claim America had a viable third choice — the Texas doctor named Ron Paul who tried — and failed spectacularly — to become President three times before finally leaving Congress and going home to Texas to count his millions garnered from racist newsletters and financial advice that made himself rich but left his contributors busted.
Paul’s “legacy,” if one can call it that, is his dentist son Rand, the Kentucky Senator who is planning his own Presidential run but will most likely flame out just like his father. The Pauls appeal to a small, but vocal cult-style following who cling to notions that no longer exist and dreams that cannot be realized.
Which brings us back to America’s current failure-in-chief: Barack Obama.
In many ways, Obama’s ascension to the Presidency is a testament to the breakdown of the American political system. It’s a breakdown that goes back many years. When is the last time America really had a President we could trust or admire?
Richard Nixon resigned from office in disgrace after Watergate. Gerald Ford was so incompetent that he lost to Jimmy Carter, who lasted only one term before being replaced by an actor named Ronald Reagan.
Bill Clinton replaced one-termer George H.W. Bush and distinguished himself by leaving his semen on the dress of a White House intern who noshed on his Johnson while he chatted with foreign leaders on the phone.
Then we had eight years of George W. Bush, a President so corrupt, so dishonest and so war mongering that voters were willing to try anyone different — even Barack Obama.
We can, of course, go even back further than Nixon to find questionable Presidents. Lyndon Johnson? God help us. John F Kennedy? Another skirt chaster.
Which leaves us with the future. The Democrats currently hope former First Lady and Obama’s one-time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is ready for the top job. Wasn’t this the same Hillary Clinton who claimed she didn’t know her husband was nailing an intern and any other willing woman?
Republicans are so desperate that they are looking at a couple of first-term Senators: Marco Rubio of Florida or — heaven forbid — even Rand Paul. Didn’t we learn from Barack Obama that first-term Senators don’t have enough experience to be President?
Turn out the lights America.
The party isn’t over. It ended a long,m long time ago.