Skip to comments.Obama Skitters, Scampers and Scuttles Away From Failure
Posted on 07/11/2014 4:25:51 AM PDT by Kaslin
Skitter, scamper, scuttle. That seems to be the mode of the Obama administration of late.
Skitter away from your red line in Syria. Scamper off to a meeting you'd previously nixed with Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Scuttle as much as the Constitution as you can, at least until you get called on it by 9-0 majorities in the Supreme Court, as the justices did on recess appointments, warrantless cellphone searches and $75,000 a day fines for disturbing supposed wetlands.
It's not a very effective way to make public policy, and it tends to put you in an embarrassing public posture. But that's what happens when you start off believing you know all you need to know and that the world is endlessly enchanted with you.
Skittering away from the consequences of your economic and big government policies takes the form, often, of averring that you're going to pivot to the economy.
But that pivot never seems to get very far. Last winter, Barack Obama was talking a lot about income inequality.
Something must be done about it, he said. But the specific policies he advanced would do pathetically little to change things.
Raising the minimum wage always scores well in polls, but most of the gains go to households well above the poverty line. And it leaves some people with minimal or entry-level skills out of a job.
So now Obama has apparently stopped talking about what he used to call "a fundamental threat to the American dream." Perhaps he's noticed that while Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," advocating 80 percent income taxes on high earners, has been a big seller that, to judge from Amazon Kindle highlighting, has held the attention of few readers.
Scampering seems to the mode of choice in addressing menacing developments in the Middle East.
Obama used to proclaim his total withdrawal of troops from Iraq a great success. But now that al-Qaida-linked terrorists have been capturing Iraqi cities and proclaiming a caliphate, he is sending several hundred troops back there.
Antiwar activists with long memories will remember that this is how things started off in Vietnam. Supporters of military action in Iraq will argue that this is too little too late, and that Obama should have pushed through a status of forces agreement keeping more troops in Iraq back in 2011.
Scampering has also been his response to the flood of illegal underage migrants from Central America coming across the border into Texas. This seems to be a response to the president's proclamation that he wouldn't enforce immigration laws against many of those brought here illegally as children.
Obama has oscillated between saying that most of the underage illegals will be sent back and saying they won't, while the government sends them off to relatives in the U.S., on condition that they attend immigration hearings later.
Meanwhile, Obama went to Texas on Wednesday -- not to visit the border but to speak at three political fundraisers -- which brings his total close to 400 since taking office.
Gov. Rick Perry initially declined to meet him at the airport, saying, "A quick handshake will not allow for a thoughtful discussion." Then Obama skittered and promised Perry a meeting in Dallas.
All presidents find that events at home and abroad don't always unfold as they had imagined or hoped. They find that they're often unable to get things to turn out as they'd like.
This realization seems to have come as something of a surprise to a man who, while campaigning for the office, proclaimed that he was a better speechwriter than his speechwriters and a better political director than his political director.
And who prophesied that his victory would be the moment when the seas stopped rising and the planet began to heal.
Events have taken a different course from what he expected. Obamacare and the stimulus were not met with grateful rapture. Europeans who once cheered him now call for an American foreign policy that is less, well, European.
Skittering and scampering doesn't seem to be making things better. Blasting House Republicans for blocking legislation when they have passed more bipartisan bills than the Democratic Senate doesn't pack much wallop.
Scuttle policies that aren't working. The alternative is something Obama does not seem to have considered: Back up American promises and pledges abroad. Govern within the Constitution.
Any chance he will?
“Away” from failure? Hardly, Mikey. More like he’s off to the next failure...
Not so fast.
He is trying to provoke. If he is successful and Americans fight back for what is ours, he will declares martial law.
Slithers is the word that comes to my mind.
At this point he’s probably only worried about lining up a job with whatever Corporate entity he’s been pimping the TPP for.
“Scuttle policies that aren’t working. The alternative is something Obama does not seem to have considered: Back up American promises and pledges abroad. Govern within the Constitution.
Any chance he will?”
Nope. He will double down on stupid and one again the Mediacrats will proclaim how courageous he is.
Obama’s an epic failure. Rush was right.
He doesn’t skitter, scamper and scuttle.
He minces like a Nancy Boy.
What are they going to do with deflation if we have minimum wage? Being paid $5 an hour is not realistic unless hyper inflation economics is in the play.
I say.... let's have that fight. Hardly anyone will support the bastard at that point. Martial law would impress everyone that we have a huge problem at the top that needs to be excised immediately. If things are made very inconvenient and uncomfortable then even the morons would revolt.
nicely played .
And the media do all they can to help him do so.....
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Odumbo has never, and will never take credit for any of his failures. In his own mind, he is perfect and narcissists are never wrong.
Shuffles, skedaddles, scoots, shimmys
If ... you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
f you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally
you might live in a country founded by geniuses and run by idiots.
If you have to get your parents permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion you might live in a country founded by geniuses and run by idiots.
If the only school curriculum allowed to explain how we got here is evolution, but your government stops a $15 million construction project to keep a rare spider from evolving to extinction you might live in a country founded by geniuses and run by idiots.
If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book, but not to vote for who runs your government you might live in a country founded by geniuses and run by idiots.
Somehow, I’m sure, that title is “racist”...
Isn’t there some stereotype about “shuffling” or something?
I have a different take on affairs.
The Obama minions know that he must never be allowed off the leash, to wing it. They have prepared a tight schedule for every day of every month far into the future. The schedule rules, every contingency is choreographed, no deviation is permitted.
Obama is forced to maintain the schedule that is designed to have him and thus the press to promote some moonbat goal. This goal promoting is really all the man is capable of doing. The apparatchiks prepare the programs and develop the strategies and send Obama out to make the speech.
Few actually hear the speech until the key sound bites are blasted across the media. The pundits using their daily propaganda talk sheets amplify and extend the president’s efforts.
The President is sometimes forced by events to depart the manicured schedule. He either can’t or won’t. He dithers. The staff dithers. Decisions are impossible because the schedule rules
The result is photos playing pool and drinking beer while disaster is in process. The pool shooting photos will be measured on a historical scale featuring Nero fiddling while Rome burns.
More like “shuckin’ and jivin’.”
Scuttle diplomacy...yeah, I noticed that.