Michael Goodwin at the NY Post:
The rising clamor over the beheading of two Americans, and rapidly sinking polls, forced President Obama to reassure the nation last week he had a plan to deal with the Islamic State. He did some of what he had to do, but only some, and so most military analysts believe the expanded airstrikes will not be a sufficient match for the size and weaponry of the terrorist army.
They miss the point. The disjointed speech wasn’t really about terrorism and launching a new war. It was about saving Obama’s presidency.
He is sinking fast and could soon pass the point of no return. In fact, it may already be too late to save the SS Obama.
The whole second term has been a string of disasters, with the toxic brew of his Obamacare lies, middling economic growth and violent global breakdown casting doubt on the president’s stewardship. Six years into his tenure, nothing is going as promised.
Earlier on, he could have trotted out his teleprompters and turned public opinion his way, or at least stopped the damage. But the magic of his rhetoric is long gone, and not just because the public has tuned him out.
They’ve tuned him out because they’ve made up their minds about him. They no longer trust him and don’t think he’s a good leader.
That’s shocking — but not surprising. Barack Obama was not ready to be president, and still isn’t. It is a fantasy to believe he’ll master the art in his final two years.
Barack Obama was not ready to be president, and still isn’t.
Tell us something we don’t know.
This used to be one of my favorite topics to write about. Not favorite in the sense that I liked talking about it, but rathor favorite in the sense that I wrote about it a lot. Eventually I got tired of repeating myself.
I honestly don’t know how many posts I have written in the past six and one-half years. Thousands at least. During the first couple years I must have written several posts a week talking about how Obama was not ready to be president. Actually, it was more like “Obama will never be ready to be president.”
Not now, not then, not ever.
As the 2008 Democratic primary began I really didn’t know anything about Obama, but he began creating quite a bit of buzz so I figured that I should check him out. What I found was not negative, just underwhelming.
Obviously I noticed right away that he was black. I considered that to be a plus, but not a reason to vote for him. He was a year younger than me, which made me feel old, but that was not a strike against him.
What bothered me was his lack of accomplishment. Sure, he had Ivy League degrees from college and law school, but those things are common at that level. He said he was against the war in Iraq, but so were all the other Democrats who were running. All I saw was a first-term senator from Illinois who supposedly gave really good speeches.
There were several other Democrats running who were senators too, except none of them was a freshman like Obama. Every single one of the other candidates had more experience and more accomplishments, including Mike Gravel.
My initial impression of Obama was that he was a rising star in the Democratic Party, but he wasn’t ready for prime time just yet. I thought he might make an interesting vice presidential candidate. If he won he could gain experience and then run for president sometime in the future.
I never watched Obama’s 2004 keynote speech, nor did I hear his 2002 anti-war speech that his campaign recreated. I skipped his Iowa caucuses victory speech too. I read about them though, and I was aware that some people were really impressed.
The first time I ever sat through an Obama speech from beginning to end was his Throw Grandma Under the Bus race speech. That was also the last time I ever sat through a whole Obama speech. By the time that speech was made my opinion of Obama had solidified and hasn’t gotten any better since.
For me the first red flag was Obama’s creepy cult following. If that was the kind of people he attracted I wanted no part of him. Then there was the race card he played on Bill Clinton. They say politics ain’t beanbag, but that was about as nasty as it gets, or at least I thought so at the time.
That was about the time I began to learn more about Barack Obama. First there was the underhanded way he got Alice Palmer kicked off the ballot to win his first election. Then there was the way he voted “present” over a hundred times as a state senator. He got elected to the U.S. Senate by even sleazier methods when both of his major opponents had messy divorce records made public.
Next came the revelations about Obama’s acquaintances, including Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. As the weeks and months passed in the Spring of 2008, the more I learned about Obama, the less I liked.
In the six years since Obama was elected POTUS my opinion of him has only gotten worse. He has not learned anything or grown in the job. Meanwhile his character defects have been magnified.
It is no surprise that people now think Obama is a lousy president. What is surprising is that it took them so fucking long to figure it out.