Obama in Trouble

August 14, 2010

Although it sounds like an understatement, President Obama is in trouble, and continues to go from bad to worse.  It’s like the old commercial “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

Nile Gardiner, a Washington-based foreign affairs analyst and political commentator, calls it a “stunning decline” and has offered 10 reasons why President Obama is in trouble. I commend the article to you for the rationale behind each choice.  For now, here is the list:

1. The Obama presidency is out of touch with the American people

2. Most Americans don’t have confidence in the president’s leadership

3. Obama fails to inspire

4. The United States is drowning in debt

5. Obama’s Big Government message is falling flat

6. Obama’s support for socialised health care is a huge political mistake

7. Obama’s handling of the Gulf oil spill has been weak-kneed and indecisive

8. US foreign policy is an embarrassing mess under the Obama administration

9. President Obama is muddled and confused on national security

10. Obama doesn’t believe in American greatness

They sound like a Blinding Flash of the Obvious (BFO). In the Gulf and in foreign affairs, he makes Bush look proactive and skillful. He supports projects most Americans oppose – people may want a solution to the problem, just not his solution. He bows to third world leaders, blows off the boy scouts, and is on constant vacation at taxpayer expense.

Mr Gardiner sums it up calling it “a distinctly Titanic-like feel to the Obama presidency”.  I agree.


How Obama Destroyed the Gulf Economy

June 9, 2010

Our President says he’s going to get tough with the oil companies.  He’s having his Attorney General prepare to prosecute BP officials.  He’s going to ask them to compensate all the fishermen, and the tourism industry, and anyone else affected by the oil spill.

That’s what a community organizer does.  He makes them pay.  But first he makes sure the situation is bad.

What was the first thing Mr Obama did when the oil well caught fire?  He said he was concerned, but that’s all.  When the oil started leaking, he had the Coast Guard  drop a dispersant, but all that did was drop the slick under water, where it couldn’t be skimmed on its way to the beaches.

Louisiana Governor Jindall asked for permission to build artificial reefs to protect the wetlands.  The administration sat on the request.  It still isn’t approved, though the Governor recently order building the barrier be started anyway.

And what does BP say?  According to Reuters, the foreign-owned company said they will pay reasonable costs for damage caused by the  spill.

I’m thinking that most of the costs are going to be disallowed by BP.  They’re gonna claim the spill was exacerbated by the government.  Then they’re gonna leave.  Oil costs in the US will jump, and the economy will suffer trying to pay for restoration of the gulf states.


“All Hat”

May 6, 2010

Great analysis at FoxNews.  And they used the phrase “all hat, no cattle.”  I called him an empty suit.  Whatever phrase you use, it’s clear that either the administration is lying, or it is inept.

When the explosion first happened, the administration made a choice to rely on BP.  They were the experts and assured him they could handle it. So he went on a vacation in North Carolina.  His interior secretary also went on vacation.

“For 9 days after the initial explosion the president remained silent. His administration relied on BP to respond instead of swinging into action with every asset available to insure a rapid, necessary and proper response. The administration’s immediate response was to state that this was BP’s problem and that they would be held accountable for any and all damages that flowed from their accident.”

Finally, the uncontained spill began to threaten the US coast, and the President sprang into action.  He went to go see the beaches one last time before the oil got there, and mobilized his staff to start telling everyone they were working on the problem.  Listen to how many times you heard “from day one” on the Sunday talk shows.

Fox News points out this sounds a lot like the attempted Christmas day airline bombing, “the first act on terror on American soil since 9/11.”  Secretary Napalitano had thought it was a single individual acting alone, and Attorney General Holder read him his rights and gave him a public defender.  Mr Obama was vacationing in Hawaii and didn’t weigh in for 3 days, not until it became clear the man was working as part of a Yemeni Al Qaeda terror group.

And so we say he is “all hat, no cattle” – all talk, no action.  I believe that he underestimates the importance of the office, of prompt action on the important issues, and that he is generally ineffective at controlling the situations.  I have to.  The only other explanation is that he is lying about his involvement and purposely waited until a small problem became a major crisis for him to step in to fix.  He’s not that uncaring, is he?

or 9 days after the initial explosion the president remained silent. His administration relied on BP to respond instead of swinging into action with every asset available to insure a rapid, necessary and proper response. The administration’s immediate response was to state that this was BP’s problem and that they would be held accountable for any and all damages that flowed from their accident.