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Obama Fails the Test of Office
American Thinker ^ | June 07, 2010 | J.R. Dunn

Posted on 06/06/2010 10:54:58 PM PDT by neverdem

Over the past few weeks we've been treated to a precise and detailed preview of what the rest of the Obama presidency will be like: a sky black with chickens coming home to roost and blaming George W. Bush.

Not even midway into the Obama presidency, we've been hit with two major crises and a scandal. Comprising the first serious challenges to confront this administration, they arrive quite belated, occurring eighteen months into Obama's first term. Obama has had plenty of time to prepare (recall that Bush was thrust into his moment of truth less than nine months after taking office). So how has he done?


The crises are, of course, the Deepwater Horizon blowout and the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan. (The Israeli maritime strike against Hamas has not yet blown up to crisis level, though the administration is doing its best to accomplish that.) The scandal is the Sestak affair, now promoted to the Sestak-Romanoff affair.       

George W. Bush was condemned by everybody from the man in the street to Heaven's mighty seraphim due to the fact that federal aid did not arrive in New Orleans for three whole days after Hurricane Katrina struck. (This was -- and remains -- standard operating procedure for federal disaster assistance. It's hard to see how it could be otherwise -- but we'll skip that.) It has been six weeks since the Deepwater Horizon blowout. And what has the Obama administration accomplished in a time period fourteen times longer than that granted to Bush?

Well, we've seen Obama frowning. Obama sticking his fingers into the sand. Obama saying he's frustrated. Obama telling us a heartwarming story about his daughter. He even, according to spokesman Robert Gibbs, said "damn" at one point. (Though this has not yet been independently verified by a third party.)

That's it. That's the sum total of accomplishment by Barack Obama, his administration, his party, and his bureaucracy, in facing his first major domestic crisis.

The hardware and ancillary equipment necessary to deal with a seabed blowout is well understood. (This information has been nicely presented elsewhere, here in particular, but we'll repeat it because the exercise is so fulfilling to the soul.) Floating booms trap the oil and keep it from dispersing. Burn booms isolate floating oil and set it ablaze. Tankers can be equipped to sweep the oil off the ocean surface. Not a single one of these items was available to any of the parties responsible for responding to a potential disaster in the Gulf. Not BP, not the Interior Department, not the federal government as a whole. The feds tried to borrow a fire boom from a private party, to what purpose is difficult to surmise -- a single boom would be about as useful as a plastic bucket in a disaster of this magnitude. Much of the past month and a half has been spent playing catch-up on the equipment front, and we have not yet seen the end of it.

(For a sense of perspective, in those three days when Bush was doing "nothing", the U.S. Army was moving entire units into Louisiana from as far away as Kentucky, the Coast Guard was rescuing from twenty to thirty thousand trapped flood victims, FEMA was launching the mammoth logistical effort to move the materials necessary for recovery. So what did Bush do wrong again? Looked out a plane window, you say?)

It's actually far worse than it seems, since Obama's failures extend to well before the blowout ever occurred. His appointee to Interior, Ken Salazar, supposedly a new order of Green crusader, failed to provide any meaningful oversight to the agencies under his control, or even give them so much as a quick examination, as far as anyone has been able to tell. But this is easily topped by the pure idiocy of announcing a new effort on offshore drilling without close consultation with industry experts, which might have revealed that at least one company was cutting corners. So the big blowout is not only a failure, it's a multidimensional failure occurring over a lengthy duration.

We came at last to the Jindal plan, the sole attempt on record by any government official to do anything at all to halt the encroaching oil slicks. Bobby Jindal wanted to build a series of berms along the Louisiana coast. He needed federal backing for this, since the plan was a big-ticket item, with some estimates reaching $360 million. So how did the administration of President Trillion-Dollar Deficit respond? Not at all, you'll be shocked to hear. The governor heard nothing from the feds for weeks as oil began to saturate the coastal wetlands. Then, far to the north, Sarah the Huntress raised her fearsome fingers to tweet a message south: Gov.Jindal: to avoid ravished coast, build the berms. Ask forgiveness later;Feds are slow to act, local leadership&action can do more for coast.

Only then did the administration at last break its silence to order British Petroleum to pay for five berms. Why this could not have happened a month ago is anybody's guess, as is the question as to why they did not agree to the sixteen berms that Jindal says are necessary.                        

The Deepwater Horizon disaster is a twofer: the worst environmental disaster on record matched with most incompetent response. And all on the watch of America's greenest president. Who'd have ever guessed?

But let's cut O a little slack. After all, as his supporters say, it's not as if nothing else was happening. There's no end of urgent matters to occupy the presidential time. What about Korea?

Okay, what about it? North Korea, the most rogue of rogue regimes, torpedoes a warship, the corvette Cheonan, at the coast of 46 lives, in the most blatant act of aggression since the armistice was signed in July, 1953. And Obama's response was...

Nothing. It's as if nobody was sitting in the Oval Office. As far as anyone has been able to discern, there has been no consultation with Japan, no attempt to nudge China, the sole ally North Korea has, no gesture toward UN involvement, for what that would be worth, no realignment or reinforcement of military forces to pressure the North. The entire administration response is encompassed in a single remark from Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs: "We certainly don't want a conflict."          

That's it. The most fraught encounter of the Cold War, a three-year clash costing 60,000 American lives, 650,000 + Chinese, and well over a million Koreans, looks as if it's about to explode once again and what do we get from the U.S. government? "We don't want no trouble, Mr. Kim. I mean that. Just tell us what you want us to do." (The Pacific president then underlined his negligence by canceling a trip to the region for the second time.)

What do I think? I think that Kim, facing his impending death, is lashing out in the style of Tiberius. ("When I die, let fire the earth consume.") We'll be hearing more from north of the 38th parallel - and I doubt it will wait until 2012.

Evidently, Joe Sestak doesn't exist either.

Bill Clinton, that great, close friend of Obama, offered Sestak not a job, but a seat on some kind of intelligence council unknown to even the most experienced Washington media hands. A useless position, without even a salary, and one which, it turns out, Sestak wasn't even eligible for. This as the payoff for backing out of a viable senate campaign in one of the key mid-Atlantic states. That's what Mister I-didn't-have-sex-with-that-woman wants us to believe.

This is obviously a story cooked up to curtail further inquiries while legally covering everyone involved. It follows several months of complete silence apart from the customary runaround from Robert Gibbs. The fact that there must be more to it would not have escaped the attention of a small child, as long as that child was not employed by a major media outlet.  

The story grew legs last week when it was revealed that Colorado senate candidate Andrew Romanoff, was offered a choice of three positions by White House apparatchik Jim Messina if he too abandoned his campaign.

So now we have two identical potential felonies connected with the administration. Excitement on our side of the fence has reached a high pitch, with speculation concerning impeachment or a forced resignation. Is there anything to it?

Sad to say, probably not. The classic formulation concerning political scandals is that they work best the less you need to explain them. Watergate scarcely needed any explanation. A burglary of Democratic headquarters by shady operatives on behalf of a paranoid Richard Nixon? The story in all its ramifications told itself with no effort whatsoever. But this? Somebody in the White House -- nobody knows who -- wanted to give a guy a job. There's no resonance to this story; it opens no broad vistas of criminality and corruption. Push it too hard as it stands and it's likely to generate a blowback in favor of Obama as much as anything else. (Besides, it was Big Bill who offered the deal, and he's already been impeached once. It didn't even slow him down.)

All the same, Obama is repeating Nixon's mistake in trying to ignore the scandal out of existence. They called this "stonewalling" back in 1972. It works for awhile but not forever. If something else comes up, it could blow the whole thing wide open. Perhaps Darrell Issa will track down something interesting. We can hope.

There are three markers for dismal in modern American politics. Bush's Katrina effort for natural disasters (unfair, I know, but there it is). Jimmy Carter's inertia during the Iranian hostage crisis for foreign relations, and Richard Nixon's Watergate fiasco for internal scandals. As of this moment, Obama has matched all three, and, it can be argued, exceeded them in the case of Bush and Carter.

As for future crises, all planted, fertilized, watered, and ready to emerge, we have:


...along with the inevitable unforeseen eventualitythat always hits at the precise wrong moment.

Previous presidents have often grown in stature when trouble hits. FDR, Harry Truman, and Bush all manned up when confronted with unexpected and overwhelming crises, which is why we look back at them with affection and respect (yes, even FDR). Can anybody picture O doing the same? Well, Salvador Dali, maybe, but I'm not him.

Obama got into office under false pretenses, a fact that has now become undeniable. He was omnicompetent, eminently intelligent, the man -- the god, according to some -- with all the answers. Now the lifeguard is at the deep end of the pool, over his head and floundering, with the bath house on fire and alligators jumping into the children's end. It is our task as citizens (and I include those who voted for him) to assure that he doesn't pull the U.S., not to mention the rest of the world, down with him, while also somehow dealing with all those other challenges. This should keep us busy until 2012.

I take great comfort in Adam Smith's dictum, "Be assured that there is a great deal of ruin in a nation." This holds far more truth for the United States than for many other countries. Even today, with all that we've endured, we still have suffered only a few dents and scratches. The U.S. is tough; whatever comes, we'll get through it all right. In truth, much of our problem lies in the fact that we've become a bit spoiled -- as O's election demonstrates clearly enough. We need some of that kicked out of us by circumstances. When the Interregnum is over, we'll in better shape than when it began.

And I'll tell you something else: he'll crack before we do.

J.R. Dunn is consulting editor of American Thinker.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cluelessindc; democrat; democrats; epicfail; impeachobama; obama

1 posted on 06/06/2010 10:54:58 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Could not have written it better myself.


2 posted on 06/06/2010 10:59:19 PM PDT by no dems (I never thought I could loathe anyone more than the Clintons; enter Barack Hussein Obama.)
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To: neverdem

It’s a very nice, sad (in a truthiness kinda way) , article.


3 posted on 06/06/2010 11:03:32 PM PDT by period end of story (Give me a firm spot, and I will move the world.)
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To: neverdem

Obama’s 3AM call came in weeks ago and the phone is still ringing.


4 posted on 06/06/2010 11:08:10 PM PDT by highlander_UW (Education is too important to leave in the hands of the government.)
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To: neverdem

“Obama got into office under false pretenses, a fact that has now become undeniable.”...BUT THE LAME STREAM ARE STILL COVERING FOR HIM.

THEY NEED TO CRACK.


5 posted on 06/06/2010 11:08:23 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: neverdem
the lifeguard is at the deep end of the pool, over his head and floundering, with the bath house on fire and alligators jumping into the children's end

Great read.

6 posted on 06/06/2010 11:09:07 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("The first unintended victim of almost every government program is common sense." - Ari David)
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To: neverdem
The problem for Obama is he is not his own man and Chicago Gangster politics does not operate well on the federal level (not yet anyway).
7 posted on 06/06/2010 11:12:14 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (11/03/2010 - What did Obama know and when did he know it?)
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oBimi is a rookie major lib.

Not a great combo. Not even close.

We know how he was elected. Let's make sure this catastrophe never happens next time, or ever again.

I remember about two weeks ago after an lib exchange with a shallow lib about oBama, I simply asked what oBama has done in nearly a year and a half?

Big surprise......

.......crickets. No answer by the lib writer or anyone else. Thanks for keeping an eye on this rookie pRez. I just hope he doesn't do more harm that we cannot easily un-do. ( we can un-do anything is my response).

8 posted on 06/06/2010 11:16:39 PM PDT by NoRedTape
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To: neverdem

A president who’s underlying philosophy is “never let a crisis go to waste” will soon find himself embroiled in round-the-clock crises, in front of hundreds of millions of people.


9 posted on 06/06/2010 11:49:57 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: neverdem

This article is a keeper. No need for me to repeat points, they`re all good, but if I could add one it`d be that some of Obama`s critics seem to have missed that I don`t think any of this is part of Obama`s plan to institute Big Government as the only source of everything. It is a silly collegeboy idea from someone who`s never had to grow beyond that mindset, and it`s running into the real world...and he`s just standing there, stutterring, when a socialist like him SHOULD be running in and saving us all and saying `See, I told ya government can do all!` But when faced with the total failure of gov`t. to be able to magically solve all in hours he just...goes to weekly frat parties, thinking he`ll pass the class cuz he`s never been required to write to for law review he edited, so just as then, he`ll get another pass, more special treatment, and continue to fail upward.


10 posted on 06/07/2010 12:04:06 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 ("You seem to believe that stupidity is a virtue. Why is that so?"-Flight of the Phoenix)
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11 posted on 06/07/2010 1:16:40 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem
I take great comfort in Adam Smith's dictum, "Be assured that there is a great deal of ruin in a nation." This holds far more truth for the United States than for many other countries. Even today, with all that we've endured, we still have suffered only a few dents and scratches. The U.S. is tough; whatever comes, we'll get through it all right. In truth, much of our problem lies in the fact that we've become a bit spoiled -- as O's election demonstrates clearly enough. We need some of that kicked out of us by circumstances. When the Interregnum is over, we'll in better shape than when it began.

Optimistic words, but we also have the Great Depression as precedent.

12 posted on 06/07/2010 2:46:21 AM PDT by The Duke
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To: neverdem
Of Course Barry 'Failed the Test'. He's never passed a Test in his life. Sme phantom always took them for him.

And how could he pass? His IQ is just above MORON!(1)

When you Bowl a 70 and that's higher than your IQ -- Houston, we have a problem.

13 posted on 06/07/2010 3:43:15 AM PDT by Condor51 (SAT CONG!)
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To: neverdem

It’s as if nobody was sitting in the Oval Office.
Not true an undocumented idiot is in the Oval Office.


14 posted on 06/07/2010 4:30:57 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: neverdem

15 posted on 06/07/2010 4:31:26 AM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: neverdem


16 posted on 06/07/2010 4:41:04 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: neverdem

An allegorical tale involving a mythical king named Mussolini the Red and his fateful encounter with the Piazzale Loreto comes to mind. Do we have a modern Shakespeare to write the play?


17 posted on 06/07/2010 5:22:47 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: neverdem

Awesome post.

Thanks for the ping.


18 posted on 06/07/2010 5:38:55 AM PDT by green iguana
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To: neverdem

Excellent summary.


19 posted on 06/07/2010 5:42:51 AM PDT by csmusaret (The Obamassiah calmed the angry seas by casting oil upon the water.)
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To: neverdem

Good one...thanks.


20 posted on 06/07/2010 6:03:19 AM PDT by iceskater (I can see November from my house.)
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To: neverdem

I realy like the last line, I may have to use it.

he’ll crack before we do.


21 posted on 06/07/2010 6:06:02 AM PDT by lowflyn (He'll crack before we do.)
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To: lowflyn

I like that line too. And I wonder if he isn’t already showing stress fractures. The chickens are coming home to roost...what shaped that jerk in our White House shows on his face and that of his wife’s and it is ugly. Very ugly. Arrogance always destroys it’s host.


22 posted on 06/07/2010 6:11:42 AM PDT by Republic
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


23 posted on 06/07/2010 6:15:46 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: The Duke
Optimistic words, but we also have the Great Depression as precedent.

Right now we are seeing a replay of the Great Depression, and it shows exactly why the thing dragged on as long as it did. Government interference (aka regulation) gummed up the works and prevented job creation. This eased off because of the war effort, and the postwar boom took advantage of that.

Now, it's back in full cry, and anybody with a business has hunkered down into survival mode. At least until they decide it's not worth bothering any more.

1930's redux. But you won't be told this in publik screwel.

24 posted on 06/07/2010 6:36:39 AM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: neverdem

ping


25 posted on 06/07/2010 8:37:25 AM PDT by NCBraveheart (BARACK OBAMA....A GIANT SACK OF SUCK!)
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To: neverdem
America, first led by Washington, followed by such intellectual giants as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison now needs another modern-day leader like Reagan, who understood that millions of lives of brave Americans have been sacrificed for a noble cause, not for the sake of imposing state control over individual citizens.

America needs an authentic leader: - one who has studied the history of civilization's struggle for liberty;

- one who understands the principles essential to preserving liberty;

- one who understands the human tendency to abuse delegated power;

- one who recognizes approaching tyranny;

- one whose singular passion is to preserve and protect the principles underlying the Constitution of the United States in order that future generations may live in freedom;

- one who surrounds himself with other lovers of liberty and decries all who threaten its survival;

- one who recognizes what America's Founders acknowledged in their declaration of principles--that life, liberty, rights and laws to protect them come from the hand of God: they are not the prerogative of government.

The world cries out for such an American leader. The world, for over 200 years, has looked to America as a place of refuge, of opportunity, of generosity and sharing--a literal breadbasket.

"Ideas have consequences! (Weaver)

Tyrants organize and dictate outcomes. Leaders inspire and free people to aspire, achieve, and pursue happiness.

Perhaps, once again, Divine Providence will provide a leader who understands his/her role in keeping the light of liberty beaming its message to other shores.

26 posted on 06/07/2010 8:42:46 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Running On Empty

Marking


27 posted on 06/07/2010 8:53:55 AM PDT by Running On Empty ((The three sorriest words: "It's too late"))
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

Thanks neverdem.


28 posted on 06/07/2010 3:42:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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