President Obama as a Mere Mortal
The anointed one, the savior of the left in America, the first “post modern President” who actually “gets it” (according to his supporters), is actually crashing to earth as a mere mortal. Just another human politician in America.
The articulate columnist Charles Krauthammer, well known for his direct and insightful perspective, writes in his September 4th (2009) column (see www.realclearpolitics.com )
What happened to President Obama? His wax wings having melted, he is the man who fell to earth….After a disastrous summer -- mistaking his mandate, believing his press, centralizing power, governing left, disdaining citizens for (of all things) organizing -- Obama is in trouble.
Things got worse still. With answers so slippery and implausible and, well, fishy, he began jeopardizing the most fundamental asset of any new president -- trust. You can't say that the system is totally broken and in need of radical reconstruction, but nothing will change for you; that Medicare is bankrupting the country, but $500 billion in cuts will have no effect on care; that you will expand coverage while reducing deficits -- and not inspire incredulity and mistrust. When ordinary citizens understand they are being played for fools, they bristle.
So what happened to the new President? What we are seeing is an excellent campaigner who can articulate his views in the public square, (with the full support of the Obama mesmerized media), but yet, the new President lacks the actual experience in governing and real leadership. So exactly what has Barack Obama managed or what was his executive experience prior to serving as the US President? Being a community organizer? Being a state Senator in the corrupt state of Illinois? Running an “anointed one” campaign complete with Roman like fiberglass columns in Denver? Clearly we are seeing a lack of executive experience, a lack of a moderate or balanced perspective and a lack of understanding of the American people. In addition, we are seeing an inexperienced President in an office that is beyond what he can personally handle. Simply put, Obama is in over his head. Political posturing and smooth talking will not substitute for actually leading as the President. Is it Obama’s lack of leadership and governing skills necessary to be the leader of the free world that are missing? In fact it may be worse than it appears. The President may really believe his press, his leftist worldview and his distain for the right of center American voter. And when this leads to mistrust by the American people, the President will lose his moral authority and the trust earned by action, not rhetoric. Now the only question is: Will President Obama continue his drift into ineffective leadership combined with an apparent disconnect with the American people? Or will he be able to reverse the years of influence by left wing ideology, radical friends and the adoring liberal press?
His next attempt to remake his image and follow his handlers’ teleprompter script will be before a joint session of Congress this week. However, talk is cheap when real leadership is needed. My prediction: More of the same smooth talking President Obama with the main stream media giving him the full benefit of the doubt, while the American people ask the fundamental question of their duly elected President, “Do we trust you?” And the voters answer, based on their observed behavior of the President and his Democrat allies in Congress and his administration: probably not.
© 2009, Four Corners Media, Jasper Welch www.jasperwelch.com