When a world leader is perceived to be cut off from the reality of the world, it is quite a spectacle. Frightening in its implications.
But that’s what we are seeing now when President Obama, opening his State of the Union address recently, makes a statement such as “the shadow of crisis has passed.” Did he really say that? What world is he living in? If he really believes what he said, he is totally and completely cut off from the realities of the world. He does not deserve to be president. And the country needs, somehow, to do damage control for the next two years. As in major damage control. In other words, at the very least a congressional watchdog is needed to make sure Obama does no harm to national interests. This watchdog must oversee everything he says and does.
Maybe Obama is just too busy working on his golf swing to read the newspapers or watch television. Maybe he really doesn’t know or understand whats going on in the world. Maybe he really doesn’t know what happened in the congressional mid-term elections last November. Maybe, even scarier, he doesn’t care.
Can it really be true that he has never heard of ISIS, or the Islamic State? Or Al Queda. Or Paris. Or Yemen. Or does it just seem that way. Is Obama really detached from reality? Is he living in a separate but parallel universe, as one well-known commentator recently asked. Is he really delusional, or does it just seem that way? Does the public need a dictionary definition of delusional to understand this guy? Does he really not see the threat posed by radical Islamic terrorism. If he does, why doesn’t he say so? In those words.
But it’s more than his detachment from world reality that makes one question his competence. It’s also his defiance when it comes to domestic matters. He continuously taunts the Republican Congress by threatening to veto legislation even before it comes to his desk, as in Keystone pipeline. This is the mark of someone who has his own agenda at heart, not the national interest.. Obama is obsessed with his own importance, wildly obsessed. By his continuous taunting of Congress he is showcasing his fury at being told by the electorate that it doesn’t care (to put it mildly) for his policies. The Republican party now controls Congress but Obama can’t accept it. To adopt a time-worn cliche, it’s his way or the highway. This is a dangerous state of mind for someone who is supposed to be leading the country. Very dangerous.
But Obama is more than just incompetent. He also has no credibility. He is a gifted, world-class liar, with lies flowing out of his mouth like water out of a faucet. How can anything he says or does be trusted? Is he acting in the national interest or in the interest of his own political program? He is dead set on closing Guantanamo but is the release of the detainees there in the national interest? Or Obama’s political interest? Are th0se being released a threat to America? Who’s checking on that? The WH has also said giving Guantanamo back to Cuba is not on the table. We’ll see. And his recent comment that Iran’s path to nuclear capability has been halted is too blatantly false to require further comment. Congressional oversight is desperately needed here, and has traditionally been employed, but Obama has said he will reject it.
Democracy is not perfect. Sometimes mistakes are made. Electing Obama is an example. The country must learn from this mistake and not ever again elect someone who has not proven his/her leadership traits. The country cannot afford another mistake like Obama. Nor the world for that matter. Demonstrable leadership qualities must be present in any future presidential candidate. Are you listening Hillary? But that’s a whole new ocean to swim in, which we’ll leave for another time.
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