Obama, despite claims of extraordinary intelligence and astonishing political instincts, has proven to be a rather arrogant, self-absorbed twit. Like George W. Bush, who squandered the unity of the country in the wake of the 9-11 attacks by starting an unnecessary and costly war in Iraq, Barack Obama entered office with an enormous level of support and goodwill, but wasted it by turning harsly partisan and becoming obsessed with a Health Care Bill he surrendered to Senate Democrats.
Americans, for the most part, initally felt good and a tad self-righteous because we had elected a man of color. Me? I believed it was borderline insanity to elect as President someone who had not even run a Fraternity or 7-11. Good looks and smooth talking don’t ensure you know what to do as President. Sadly, Barack proved me and others like me as prophets. Instead of reaching across the aisle and genuinely trying to become the bipartisan leader he promised in his campaign rhetoric, he became a petulant teenager. Prone to pouting and pitching fits. “I won, you lost.”
So, why are Obama true believers so damn blind? Do they really believe that the economy is purring along like a Ferrari on the autobahn? Do they really believe that Americans love Obamacare? Do they really believe that abortion is one of the top five concerns of American voters?
Obama’s greatest strength in 2008 was the persona of hope and change he projected to the masses. Man, he promised to heal the planet, lower the ocean and teach Republicans to sing the Coke song. He was going to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. But what did he do?
He snagged the Noble Peace Prize and proceeded to out warmonger George W. Bush. Hell, he even authorized the murder of an American citizen with a drone. He became a bad motherfucker, but only when it was convenient.
Notwithstanding claims of great political acumen, Obama proved to be politically deaf. Helen Keller deaf. Faced with backlash from the Catholic Church about a part of his healthcare law, which would require Catholic institutions to fund abortions and provide birth control, Obama met the Catholic objection by telling them to fuck off. He did not say nor write, “fuck off,” but the message he sent by his failure to meet with Catholic leaders and work toward a compromise was the same as. That was more than an unforced error. This was a self-inflicted wound.
What does this mean for tomorrow? A significant part of the Catholic faithful who supported Obama in 2008 will either be voting for Romney or sitting it out. Obama did not win support with that move.
He also proved to be a colossal juvenile acting out the sexual obsessions of a teenage boy in heat. How else to explain his campaign’s focus on abortion and ensuring women can be sexually promiscuous. That might be a dandy message if the only women in the world were college girls under the age of 28, but what about those women in their late 20s who are the mothers of young girls. Does that message resonate with them or their mothers? I don’t think so. Sandra Fluck is a flake and is not representative of the average American woman. But that was the symbol Barack allowed his campaign to seize as one of its standards.
Then there is Benghazi. When the story of this election is told, Obama’s failure of leadership on this matter will be one of the deciding factors. Rather than stay at the White House and at least pretend he was in charge, he rejected pleas to intervene and help protect the beseiged outpost and then ran off to Las Vegas to raise money. His actions late on 9-11 encapsulated everything wrong about Obama as a pretend Commander-in-Chief. He wrongly assumed that he could wave Bin Laden’s scalp and not have to do anything else to validate his competence on the National Security front.
On the eve of tomorrow’s election, the trends are clear. Obama has shrunk his support among Catholics and evangelicals. Obama has alienated many black supporters by his embrace of homosexual marriage. Obama has terrified many senior citizens by actually taking money from Medicare (and he failed to make this charge stick to Romney/Ryan). The middle class is not feeling better or more prosperous. They are paying more for gas and groceries and still having trouble finding a decent paying job and secure housing. And among the youth? Their unemployment numbers are in the twenties. They ain’t feeling the love and certainly are not inspired by the former Mr. Hope-and-Change.
Obama was dealt some lousy cards when he took office. But he was given lemons and decided not to make lemonade. Tomorrow, the failed experiment of a leftist radical masquerading as a moderate comes to an end. Thank God (or Allah or Buddah). I am just thankful. Governor Romney, will you seize the opportunity that history presents you?