Great op-ed in the Washington Times- Classless Presidency from a classless, in way over his head and clueless inexperienced man-child…
President Obama has degraded the office of the presidency – once again. Coming under increasing criticism for his inept handling of the BP oil spill, Mr. Obama is resorting to being vulgar in the hope of appearing tough to the American public.
“I was down there a month ago, before most of these talking heads were even paying attention to the Gulf,” the president said. “And I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar; we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”
Really? Mr. Obama should be ashamed of himself. Presidents historically have used salty, even profane language in private discussions – Andrew Jackson, Harry Truman and Richard Nixon being the most notable. Yet in public statements, they understood the need to represent the dignity and decorum of the Oval Office. Every president has – until Mr. Obama.
The presidency is not just the highest office in the land; it embodies the collective will of America’s democracy. Mr. Obama occupies a sacred and noble position entrusted by the American people. His comments convey utter contempt for the office he occupies. This is street-gangster language more befitting a community organizer in the South Side of Chicago than the leader of the Free World. It is political posturing masquerading as decisive leadership.
For weeks, Mr. Obama has been under growing pressure from his leftist allies to unleash his inner demagogue regarding the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They want him to show more empathy, passion and outrage. They want him to express more solidarity with the fishermen, small-business owners and wildlife in the region. Instead, the president has been aloof and disengaged – cold in the face of the worst environmental disaster in American history.
Like a leaking boat, even many of his most die-hard supporters are turning on him. Maureen Dowd, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow – these leftists are coming to realize, to their horror, that Mr. Obama is incompetent. Their political messiah is turning out to be an imposter. Rather than leading America to the liberal promised land, he is crashing upon the rocks of reality.
Read the rest in the Washington Times- Kuhner: Classless presidency