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Obama’s increasing record of incompetence

By DOUG THOMPSON - A Capitol Hill Blue Commentary
October 28, 2013

President Barack Obama: Just not up to the job.

President Barack Obama: Just not up to the job.

So many examples that illustrate that Washington is composed of jut one amateur hour after another bombard us each day that keeping track is all but impossible.

Over the weekend, President Barack Obama took center stage as the leader who just can’t get things right.

Our leader faces increasing questions about the use of the National Security Agency’s spying apparatus to track the phone calls and other activities of leaders of nations that we supposedly consider our allies.

Reports now suggest the NSA has been tracking German Chancellor Angela Merkel since 2002, at least, and an open question is how long Obama knew about the spying and what, if anything, he did to stop it.

Some say the President ordered the tracking of Merkel and other leaders of allied nations stopped when an internal review revealed the actions.  Others suggest he knew about it all along and only took action to halt it when it threatened to become public.

On another front, as more and more information emerges, it becomes all-too-apparent that Obamacare was far from ready from its rollout earlier this month and needs a lot of fine tuning and reworking before it becomes workable, assuming such is even possible.

The latest prediction by the Obama White House is that the technical problems that continue to haunt the healthcare.gov web site that was rushed into place long before it was ready for prime time will, somehow, be corrected by the end of November.

Another empty promise by an administration that is defined by missteps?  Yes, more than likely.  A problem with the so-called health-care reform program’s data operation shut down enrollment in all 50 states over the weekend.

In retrospect, the rabid right Republicans who laughingly made the demise of Obamacare the centerpiece of their failed strategy that led to the government shutdown and debt limit debacle would have been better off if they had just shut up and left the debut of Obamacare’s health exchanges alone to fail on their own.

The problems that keep the healthcare.gov web site down more often than up stem from inherit ineptitude that has become the hallmark of the Obama White House — just the latest example of what can happen when the American voting public is conned into turning the leadership of America over to a junior Senator who lacked neither the experience for the job or the ability to find competent people to occupy important jobs in his administration.

Hard-core supporters of the President who is not up to the job pick and choose from his mounting list of failures a few items that, somehow, managed to succeed in spite of the missteps of an administration that is not really up to the job.

We here at Capitol Hill Blue become more and more convinced that Barack Obama is a failure as President and a monument to what can happen when style overrules substance in a political campaign and voters make the mistake of choosing rhetoric over reality..

Granted, the Republicans did more than their part in offering failures like John McCain and Mitt Romney as alternatives in 2008 and 2012 — a repeat of the mistakes made by Democrats who offered no real choice to the mismanagement and mistreatment of America by George W. Bush.

In the end, we have an America devoid of leadership and controlled by a government that stumbles from one crisis to another with the grim reaper of disaster also watching, always looming and always ready.

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4 Responses to Obama’s increasing record of incompetence

  1. Lisa Johnson

    October 28, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Doug, I am asking this question in all seriousness: What type of experience would qualify someone for the position of President? It seems as though previous political experience at the federal level isn’t necessarily an indicator. Likewise, having an MBA or being a former governor doesn’t seem to do the trick either. So what is it that is needed? Thank you.

    • Doug Thompson

      October 28, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Lisa, I’m not sure there is a definitive level of experience in a particular area but some experience is preferable to little or none. Some feel governors make good Presidents but we’ve had good and bad Presidents who were governors.

      From a resume point of view, George H,W, Bush had what appeared, at least on paper, to be good qualifications: war veteran, former Congressman, former director of the CIA, former ambassador and a vice president. But he was a one term President because he care more foreign policy than domestic issues and he lied on his promise to not raise taxes (“read my lips, no new taxes”).

      Since a President is the “chief executive” of the United States, it would seem executive experience as a governor would be helpful but that is not always the case. The President is also the “commander in chief” but military experience seems less important nowadays than in the past.

      I wish I had an answer. Unfortunately, I don’t.

      • Lisa Johnson

        October 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

        Doug, your thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.

  2. Walter Wouk

    October 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

    “…Liberals, by voting for Barack Obama, betrayed the core values they use to define themselves—the rule of law, the safeguarding of civil liberties, the protection of unions, the preservation of social welfare programs, environmental accords, financial regulation, a defiance of unjust war and torture, and the abolition of drone wars. ”

    — Chris Hedges

    The argument that Obama — bad as he is — was better than a Romney-Ryan victory doesn’t wash. Had they won the result would have been a strident and enduring resistance to the rabid right wing policies espoused by the Tea Party Republicans.

    Even more important, it would have sent a message to democratic party establishment that “we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore.”

    Where’s the liberal opposition to Obama’s malfeasance now? It’s virtually non-existent and, come 2014, the useful idiots that gave Obama a second term will — once again — repeat the mantra, “Stand with Obama.”