Written by Daniel Greenfield
Last night Obama delivered a speech about a war that he exploited for political advantage during the election, and ignored the rest of the time. A war that he tried to sabotage as a Senator, and neglected once in the White House. Where Bush conducted constant conferences with commanders in the field, Obama has let the clashing egos of former Clinton Administration staffers, and a few imported radicals, determine how the war will be conducted. Of all the charges leveled at Bush over the war, he could never be accused of just not giving a damn. Yet that is exactly the case with Obama. He just doesn't give a damn.
While US soldiers are still dying in Iraq, Obama did his best to take credit for ending combat operations. And used his speech as a opportunity to show off his new Oval Office decor. The level of tone deafness involved in using a wartime speech to show off your new office furnishings, while most Americans are cutting back is completely incomprehensible. It shows a profound contempt for both topic and audience, and a self-involvement that borders on the pathological. It's as if Obama only managed to interrupt his countless rounds of golf and his vacations, just to put on his best sad face and show off his new rug.
Obama has never had much patience for doing the hard work of governing the country. Instead he shuttled from country to country, golf course to golf course, and resort to resort-- while shifting the real work onto congress and his aides, who shifted it onto their aides. What America got was the unlimited power fantasies of immature radicals with no responsibility given flesh in legislation that hardly anyone in the majority party seemed to even bother to read. Meanwhile, having confused his job with that of a King or a Pope, Barry dispensed his wisdom on every random topic from police procedures in Massachusetts to sports picks in the NBA and the NFL. It was as if Obama did not understand that he had won the right to do a very difficult and unpopular job. Instead like the contestant who is picked out of the audience at a game show, he only seemed to understand that he was suddenly very rich and famous.
The Obama Administration hopelessly blurred the lines between Reality television and politics, giving us a self-indulgent child in the Oval Office, who is always eager to pose for photos and be fawned upon, but does not understand that he has responsibilities, rather than unchecked powers. The difference between Barack Obama and Levi Johnston, is not in intelligence or ethics, it's in marketability. Obama was the ultimate marketable candidate. And the equivalent of the economies of some small countries were spent marketing the hell out of him. But how do you market failure? And what do you tell customers when the product they bought turns out to have nothing inside?
When Obama ran for office, his theme was that he had "New Ideas" to offer. Even more than the ubiquitous Hope and Change was the promise of new ideas. These new ideas weren't communicated as such, instead the campaign focused on its social media strategy, its posters and all the other accouterments of its "cool" image. And now toward the beginning of the end of a new year, it is impossible for even Obama supporters to find any actual "New Ideas".
Yet Obama and his media lackeys have decided to again adopt "New Ideas" as their talking point. At the beginning of the month, Obama warned that Republicans "have no new ideas". Always a day late and a trillion bucks short, Biden chimed in last week on message, echoing his boss by warning that the Republicans have no new ideas. This would be a more potent talking point if the public weren't sick and tired of new ideas that put their grandchildren deep into debt while taking away their jobs. And if Obama actually had any new ideas.
But the country in 2008 actually was ready for new ideas. But what people meant by new ideas, had more to do with removing the obstacles and barriers, the high costs and frustrations of the very brand of government that the Obama Administration has so devotedly championed. Had most Americans understood, that the Obama Administration's policies were a much more severe and irresponsible version of the programs of previous administrations, implemented with no restraint, and practiced with no oversight, 2008 would have produced dramatically different results. But by its actions, the Obama Administration has also brought into being the first widespread and heavily organized opposition to that same brand of government that America has seen in some time.
As Obama takes time out from his busy schedule of playing golf and looting the country to speak to the peasants, his voice has lost the magic power it once had. His image has become ubiquitous and worthless. His rallies go unattended. Because his power always lay in the promises that his followers projected onto him. His magic was the magic of a longing for change. That longing for change is stronger than ever, but it is not to change with him, but to change from him. To change a government that they don't like, for one that actually listens to them. Like his economic policies, Barack is bankrupt. And unlike them, he is the one that will have to pay the bill.
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