Frame of reference: Think William Henry Harrison and extrapolate for 95 months.
Already looking forward to Obama’s ghost written autobiography (Bill Ayers is waiting in the wings pen in hand). Tentative title: How to Waste Eight Years and Leave No Footprints in the Sand.
Several years after Reagan left the White House it was revealed that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Predictably the jokes began…”Didn’t he always have Alzheimer’s?”, “Why didn’t they discover this in 1985?” Fast forward to 2017. The Trump team has ordered 50,000 erasers for the purposes of air brushing from the historical picture any evidence that Obama was ever President…the unconstitutional executive orders, Obamacare, the Iran deal, the TPP to name a few. With any luck at all none of his actions will survive. Obama will think he has Alzheimer’s when all record of his atrocious administration dissolves in the mists of time. All that will remain will be the George W Bush pinata in the Oval Office and the George W Bush dart boards that can be found in most Federal Offices.
We are being told endlessly by the Obama’s media support team that Trump is not qualified or is unfit to be President. Try to remember the qualifications of Obama when he was levitated to the White House. Basically he was a community agitator followed by two utterly forgettable Senate terms, one in Illinois and two-thirds of one in Washington. Obama has generously provided eight years of empirical data demonstrating his absolute lack of the qualifications, the experience or the knowledge required to hold the office. He is the male version of Susan Rice…willing to do or say anything he has been told to do or say without any possibility of critical thought. Pull the ring on the back of his neck and you get a Progressive cliche. Look at any comment about climate change or Fox News, two of his favorite obsessions. No facts, no evidence just the mindless repetition of what he was told by some person who he mistakenly believed was knowledgeable.
The most wonderful characteristic of our egoist-in-chief has been his ability to blame everything on someone else. After receiving his unearned Nobel Peace Prize he commenced an eight year apology tour. One of his first acts was to return the bust of Winston Churchill which had been a gift from the British people. Churchill was, in Obama’s fevered mind, the cause of colonialism and may even have invented slavery. He closed out his tenure by instructing our UN Ambassador to abstain from the UN vote that condemned our strongest ally in the Middle East, Israel. Ever the community agitator!
But there were clues like Hansel and Gretel’s breadcrumbs that might have tipped us off as to his now manifest character flaws. The Israel vote was foreshadowed by his performance in the Illinois and US Senates. He set records for voting “present” which reflected either his inability to make a decision or his desire to leave no evidence that he was ever there. Perhaps he believes that voting “present” or abstaining has neither consequences nor significance by way of a political statement.
An assessment of his management style is depressing. He apparently wants to surround himself only with people that are dumber than he is and that is a very small pond to be fishing in. Exhibit A: selection of Joe Biden as his running mate. Dotty old Joe was never on the MENSA fact track and when they appeared together Obama looked like Einstein. It can be assumed that no one on his team ever had the strength of character to challenge the boss. Obama suffers from terminal vainglory. As a consequence he did not benefit from the experience or expertise of those in his administration, especially those who might have disagreed with him. It is fair to say that his stupidity was amplified by his stupefying arrogance. The sycophantic Valerie Jarrett once explained that his lack of engagement was driven not by disinterest but rather by his boredom because he found so little about the job that challenged him. In school there are many bored students but most were dullards who were bored because they had no idea what was going on around them. Sadly Obama fell into one the basic childhood traps. When your mother tells you that you are the smartest kid in the class/school/world you might want to discount the observation because she just may be biased.
His arrogance has been much in evidence over the past few weeks as he personally erects the scaffolding from which he will construct his legacy. And where should he build this monument to his ego…to quote the immortal Thornton Melon…Fantasyland.
The pity is that he genuinely believes he has been successful in the following areas:
(1) Corruption: President Obama told Bill O’Reilly that there “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the various alleged scandals during his administration. This bit of perfidy is mind-boggling but it could be explained by his barely passing acquaintanceship with reality. The IRS abuse of conservative groups alone lights up the scandal meter. The fact that Obama managed to ensure that the actions of Lois Lerner would never be investigated ranks him with Richard Nixon in the corruption Hall of Fame. A fabulous treatment of the various and sundry attempts by the Obama administration to target and intimidate those who had the temerity to disagree with our whiner-in-chief can be found in “The Intimidation Game” by Kimberly Strassel. This wonderful volume also includes a great treatment of the attempts by the totalitarians in Wisconsin to destroy (unsuccessfully) Governor Scott Walker. And then there was Benghazi, the Hilliary personal e-mails, Fast and Furious, cash shipped to Iran in non-US currency and other events about which Obama claimed to have no knowledge…in each case he told the gullible world that he learned about them on the news (not FOX!) just like the rest of us.
(2) Foreign Affairs: Obama claims the world loves us more than ever and respects us as never before. In fact, Obama has waged an eight year campaign to destabilize the Middle East, capped by the abstention on the Israeli vote at the UN. Out with Mubarak and in with the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that supports terrorism. Libya was ruled by a deranged tyrant so out he goes and now Libya is a terrorist haven with a strong ISIS presence…and, lest we forget, the Obama-Hillary team did manage to get our Ambassador murdered. The Syrian refugee problem might well be called the Obama emigration program. And Russia now has a Mediterranean port. Did he really think he could draw a line in shifting sands? Iran is on the fast track to nuclear weapons and Obama sent them $140 Billion dollars to kick start the project. China and North Korea are basically unchecked. And apparently Russia took time off from invading neighboring countries to try to influence our election. But we must remember we are loved now by everyone and every nation acknowledges our strength…take another hit from the bong to facilitate this remembrance!
(3) Race relations: Those of us who lived through the sixties remember the racial strife and the last attempts by the Democrat Party to maintain segregation (picture George Wallace standing in the door at the University of Alabama barring entry to a Black student). But it is fair to say that race relations has regressed over the past eight years. When Obama was elected many felt that we were about to see a healing of our racial conflicts. Even those who saw all of his myriad weaknesses felt good about the fact that we had elected a Black President. We saw a change in the demeanor of our fellow Black citizens…more confidence, a visible pride and a sense that we just might be ready to move into a post-racial era. Alas it was not to be. For eight years Blacks have been told by the Administration that the deck is stacked against minorities, that there is a systemic racism that cannot be dismissed, that the police are at war with Blacks. Is it any wonder that Blacks have no hope about the future (is this what Michelle meant?) (Some) Black Lives Matter is a direct outgrowth of this unrelenting pessimism and fear mongering from the likes of Eric Holder and Obama. In the recent election merely voting for a white candidate was further evidence of this deep-seated racism. This is the tragedy of the Obama Presidency. An opportunity has been wasted but Obama tells us on his sanctimonious farewell tour that, despite the evidence, things have, in fact, improved. For this alone he is an abject failure.
(4) The economy: All indicators down, especially in minority communities. Enough said.
The single worst characteristic of our ditherer-in-chief is that he is delusional. Recently the media, including some in the mainstream, have referred to the childish petulance of Obama and to his delusions. He truly believes he has saved the world from another Great Depression and that the world is better off “by every measure” as a result of his embarrassing, failed Presidency. Luckily he will be staying in Washington area remind us that he was once President and to salvage some vestige of his relevance and to help shape the perception of his legacy. Here is his legacy: Obama is unarguably the worst President in our history. Jimmy Carter will attend the inauguration in part to celebrate the fact that he no longer holds that title. One can only wish that Obama would do as MacArthur so elegantly stated in his farewell speech…(paraphrased) Old Presidents should just fade away.
Here’s hoping that his ego will shrink like an old helium balloon and he will just fade away.