Obama’s Failed Presidency

14 10 2009

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Another Failed  Presidency
By Geoffrey P. Hunt – August 31, 2009 – http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/08/another_failed_presidency.html

Barack Obama is on track to have the most spectacularly failed  presidency since Woodrow Wilson.  In the  modern era, we’ve seen several failed  presidencies — led by Jimmy Carter and LBJ.   Failed presidents have one strong common trait —  they are repudiated, in the vernacular, spat out.

Of course, LBJ wisely took the exit ramp early,  avoiding a shove into oncoming traffic by his own  party.  Richard Nixon indeed resigned in  disgrace, yet his reputation as a statesman has  been partially restored by his triumphant overture  to China .

But, Barack Obama is failing. Failing big. Failing fast. And failing everywhere: foreign policy, domestic initiatives, and most importantly, in forging connections with the American people.

The incomparable Dorothy Rabinowitz in the Wall Street Journal put her finger on it: He is failing  because he has no understanding of the American people, and may indeed loathe them. Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard says he is failing because he has lost control of his message, and is overexposed.  Clarice Feldman of American Thinker
produced a dispositive commentary showing that Obama is failing because fundamentally he is neither smart nor articulate; his intellectual dishonesty is conspicuous by its audacity and lack of shame.

But, there is something more seriously wrong: How could a new  president riding in on a wave of unprecedented  promise and goodwill have forfeited his tenure and become a lame duck in six months? His poll ratings are in free fall.  In generic balloting, the Republicans have now seized a five point advantage.  This truly is unbelievable. What’s
going on?

No narrative. Obama doesn’t have a narrative. No, not a narrative about
himself. He has a self-narrative, much of it fabricated, cleverly disguised or written by someone else. But  this self-narrative is isolated and doesn’t connect with us. He doesn’t have an American narrative that draws upon the rest of us. All successful presidents have a narrative about the American character that intersects with their own  where they display a command of history and reveal an authenticity at
the core of their personality that resonates in a positive endearing way with the majority of Americans. We admire those presidents whose narratives not only touch our own, but who seem stronger, wiser, and smarter than we are.  Presidents we admire are aspirational peers, even those whose politics don’t align exactly with our own: Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Harry Truman, Ike, Reagan.

But not this president. It’s not so much that he’s a phony, knows nothing about economics, is historically illiterate, and woefully small minded for the size of the task — all contributory of course.  It’s that he’s not one of us.  nd whatever he is, his profile is fuzzy and devoid of content, like a cardboard cutout made from delaminated corrugated  paper.

Moreover, he doesn’t command our respect and is unable to appeal to our own common sense. His notions of right and wrong are repugnant  and how things work just don’t add up. They are not existential. His descriptions of the world we live  in don’t make sense and don’t correspond with our experience.

In the meantime, while we’ve been struggling to take a measurement of this man, he’s dissed just about every one of us — financiers, energy producers, banks, insurance executives, police officers, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, post office workers, and anybody else who has a non-green job. Expect Obama to lament at his last press conference in 2012: “For those of you I offended, I apologize. For those
of you who were not offended, you just didn’t give me enough time; if  only I’d had a second term, I could have offended you too.”

Mercifully, the Founders at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 devised a useful remedy for such a desperate state — staggered terms for both houses of the legislature and the executive.  An equally abominable Congress can get voted out next year. With a new Congress, there’s always hope of legislative gridlock until we vote for president again two short years after that.

Yes, small presidents do fail, Barack Obama among them. The coyotes howl but the wagon train keeps rolling along.

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