Arlington VA June 14, 2016
Is Obama a leader or a follower?
Listening to all the rhetoric coming out of the White house, including his latest interview with Good morning America yesterday (6-13-2016), it appears that US, in terms of Obama, has several problems:
- He has become basically a caretaker in office, refusing to take stands on issues (Except, of course, gun control), and is simply waiting in hope that world does not fall down around his shoulders before the end of his term. LEGACY is most important now.
- His consistent refusal to admit that much domestic terrorism is linked to international terrorism is appalling, and not rational. During the ABC interview, he carefully parsed his words to indicate his view that this was a lone gunman, not affiliated with anyone, and certainly not ISIL. Yet, from what information the FBI has already provided, it is clear that he had early and consistent desires to follow the radical Islamic terror path—trying to support ISIL in Syria, speaking about his friend who died there, being investigated for the very things Obama claims he was not connected with, and finally calling to 911 to proclaim his public allegiance to ISIL. That set of information seems awfully persuasive.
- Using his public press conference on the Orlando Massacre to again discuss gun control was a major political error—one which could cause serious problems for the Democrats in November. Virtually every public social media source has made mincemeat of his statement, causing his adherents to rush to his defense. What is interesting here is the very low numbers of those defenders this time.
- Waiting until Thursday to even go to Orlando, and refusing to discuss the issue with the Governor of Florida directly is even more egregious. In times of crisis, we are Americans first, and political animals a distinct second. Obama either does not understand that, or could not care less. There is little wiggle room between the two, and Obama has opted for playing down the tragedy for whatever reasons he has in his head.
In times of crisis, our citizens look to their leaders, particularly the President for guidance, support, and compassion. This man is showing none of those attributes, thinking perhaps that downplaying events, as he usually does, will make them go away. Unfortunately, they will not until we decide to actively do something about terrorism in any form.
This man does not have the fire of a true American—one willing to fight and die for his country. Instead, he has the cold political heart of a politician who only understands how to get votes, and keep them. This is legacy time for him; he will stay hidden in the White House to keep a low profile that will not hurt that legacy. The American people will probably suffer further events between now and January 20th, 2017, when he at long last takes his final exit from the White House into ignominious retirement. To that I say, GOOD RIDDANCE TO A BAD PRESIDENT.