Posted by: Debby Durkee | April 20, 2011

Obama’s focus is backwards in time.

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Obama’s focus is backwards in time.

Yesterday, when Obama came out talking about a bi-partisan solution for “comprehensive immigration reform,” I thought, good grief, what the hell does that have to do with our serious problems in this country? Absolutely nothing. He can’t seem to get it in his head that it is not 2008. We’ve had a serious economic crisis that he keeps on exacerbating, so he’s changing the subject to yesterday’s topics. And, doesn’t he remember that he’s not a candidate, he is the current president—so he has some ‘splainin’ to do to the jobless and the fact that the price of gas and everything else is going up in price?

He spent the first two years cramming Obamacare down the nation’s throat and totally ignoring the economy, and he continues to do things that don’t matter to the American people except for the fact that everything he does is making their lives more miserable and totally ticking them off. Since he’s in constant campaign mode now that he’s announced his intention to run again, he doesn’t want to talk about what he’s done the past two years to get us into the mess we’re in, so why not go backwards in time? Noemie Emery at the Washington Examiner sees Obama as behind the times in other ways as well.

Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post and others have noted that President Obama seems a few beats behind things; unable to anticipate things as they develop, and awkward when forced to catch up. When he responds, his answers seem lacking.

Good politicians are in tune with their times, great ones foresee them, but Obama seems out of step with his times, and behind them.

He is in the right job (he thinks), at the wrong moment, handed a crisis he never expected, and is doing his best to ignore. He was told, and believed, he was the new FDR at the start of a new age of expansion, and it would be his job to redeem the old liberal vision.

How could he know that a few months into his term the welfare state would implode both at home and in Europe, and that, instead of restoring the liberal creed to Depression-age glory, he would preside over its final demise?

Two years ago, Time had him on its cover as FDR redux, and Newsweek was saying that we were all socialists now. Soon after that, the real socialists threw in the towel in Europe, admitting their system had not been successful, urging retrenchment and large cuts in government spending.

Obama’s response was to spend still more money, tout speed rail and windmills, and treat warnings at home and abroad of a debt-fueled disaster as part of a ploy by the Right in its drive to starve children.  Snip –

…They thought economic collapse would make people long for the strong hand of government; they were wrong about that.

They thought people would love health care reform (they didn’t) and not resent the way it was handled (they did.) …

She goes on to mention the treatment of the Tea Party, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Paul Ryan’s serious attempt to set the country on the path to prosperity…all denigrated by Obama and his minions while Obama continues to look backwards at things he so much wants to put into place. Everything is political with this administration, nothing is as important as his re-election, the future of the country be damned.

In 2008-2009, magazines showed Obama with FDR’s hat and cigarette holder; in 2011, the National Review gave them to (Congressman Paul) Ryan, as the New Deal’s reviser. History gave Obama his chance to make history by creating a sustainable safety net for the 21st century, and he is blowing it. If he doesn’t do it, someone else will.

He’s already put his finger to the wind on his outrageous budget speech of last week, which figuratively beat Paul Ryan about the face while Ryan sat there listening to his lies and drivel. Well, it seems his poll numbers took a hit and Standard and Poor’s came out with their negative rating for the U.S., so he’s sounding a bit more conciliatory. Don’t’ fall for it, Americans. Ignore his shifting positions – he doesn’t mean them. Read all of Emery here:


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