The Obama Way

Yesterday, quite a few people were commenting on President Obama’s handling of the budget impasse. He made a public statement on how important it was, how critical it was that it be resolved quickly, how all parties have to make compromises, and said that he was summoning the key leaders — House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — with their aides to the White House to hammer out a deal.

And then he hopped on Air Force One for a little day jaunt.

Those who expressed surprise or disappointment at this showed their ignorance — this is Just How Barry Rolls.

If you look back over his career, a pattern emerges: he doesn’t do hard work. He lets others do the heavy lifting.

When a big issue arrives, in most cases, Obama gives his pretty speech, stresses how important thigns are, and usually often pledges that he “will not rest” until the situation is fixed. And then he skedaddles while others do the actual work. Then, when it’s all settled, he comes back to announce the victory.

Unless it fails, in which case he gives another pretty speech.

It’s a pretty smart strategy. He claims the credit for the win, dodges the blame should it fail, and avoids having to make any promises or concessions personally during the deal-making process.

During the BP oil spill, he gave his speeches, then went golfing.

Remember ObamaCare? It would be more accurate to call it “PelosiCare.” Obama did all the pretty speeches and stirring calls, but the actual bill was written entirely by the House Democrats (and their paymasters). And once we saw, as Pelosi said, what was in the bill after it was passed, Obama is spared most of the blame for its flaws.

The Libyan situation was slightly different. Obama skipped the speeches entirely, letting our European allies take the brunt of the responsibility for the whole mission. Never mind that our military was doing the majority of the heavy lifting on it; it wasn’t an America-centered, American-led effort.

For a quick diversion, here’s a brilliant quote on just how ludicrous that notion is from P. J. O’Rourke’s “Peace Kills: America’s Fun New Imperialism:”

But, when America acts, other nations accuse us of being “hegemonic,”
of engaging in “unilateralism, of behaving as if we’re the only nation
on earth that counts.

We are. Russia used to be a superpower but resigned “to spend more
time with the family.” China is supposed to be mighty, but the Chinese
leadership quakes when a couple of hundred Falun Gong members do tai chi
for Jesus. The European Union looks impressive on paper, with a greater
population and a larger economy than America’s. But the military
spending of Britain, France, Germany, and Italy combined does not equal
one third of the U.S. defense budget. The United States spends more on
defense than the aforementioned countries — plus Russia plus China plus
the next six top defense-spending nations. Any multilateral military or
diplomatic effort that includes the United States is a crew team with
Arnold Schwarzenegger as coxswain and Nadia Comenici on the oars. WHen
other countries demand a role in the exercise of global power, America
can ask another fundamental American question: “You and what army?”

“You and what army?” Well, apparently, ours, as “volunteered” by parties unknown.

And now with the budget situation, we see the Community Organizer In Chief in action again. Or, rather, in inaction and in motion, but definitely not in action.

We oughta get used to it, because we have almost two more years to put up with it.

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