Is this really a “cool”, “nice”, “likeable” man???

July 30, 2010

Obama’s Mean Streak

By Ed Lasky

Barack Obama seems to have a pattern of using ceremonial or stately events as opportunities to ambush and humiliate people. This behavior is unpresidential and reveals a vindictive streak that makes Richard Nixon look like Mister Rogers.

A few examples of Obama’s taking pleasure in administering public pain to others:
During the State of the Union Address, he chose to direct his ire at the justices of the Supreme Court, located in the front rows. After the Supreme Court issued a ruling in favor of the First Amendment regarding political speech, Barack Obama famously chose to dress down the black-clad justices before the entire nation — miscomprehending the law and the ruling in a fit of (un)presidential petulance. The embarrassing spectacle was prompted by a view that the court’s ruling may make it easier for opponents of the president and Democrats to make their views known to the public.
Regardless of Obama’s pique, it was wrong on so many levels that it earned a rebuke from the Supreme Court historian, who had enthusiastically voted for him. The noted historian said it “was really unusual in my mind to see the President going after the Supreme Court in such a forum.” That is change for you. He predicted that justices may refuse to attend in the future because “you don’t go to be insulted. I can’t see the Justices wanting to be there and be insulted by the President.”
Their appearance was a mark of respect for the government of the United States, broken into three branches but united in the goal of helping fellow Americans. Barack Obama did not reciprocate the respect — and demeaned himself (though his narcissism and his cheering section entourage would shield him from such self-reflection) and the dignity of the office by needlessly ambushing the most august institution of the land.
He seems to have a penchant for ambushing financial executives, too — or people he calls “fat cats” — after he cashes their campaign checks. But he does like to tag people with labels.
While purportedly holding a meeting to work with financial executives to help stabilize financial markets, Barack Obama could not resist taunting them with the threat that “I’m the only thing standing between you and the pitchforks.” That was not why they came to a meeting supposedly called to work together to resolve problems in the financial sector.
He did the same with doctors, though. He co-opted the American Medical Association to get them on board for ObamaCare and then blasted doctors for, among other sins, taking kids’ tonsils out because doctors are greedy.
While meeting with a Democrat wavering on casting a yes vote on ObamaCare, he chose not to engage him with reasons, but instead belittled him in front of others by telling him, “Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother.” Was this form of public emasculation really necessary? No…but Obama has the itch, and it must be scratched.
He chose to snub a variety of foreign leaders, including then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, with whom he denied a diplomatic meeting during a visit (a snub that may have hurt Brown politically at home). Also, Obama walked out of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to have dinner with his family — and refused a photo-op, joint news conference, or proper welcome, to boot. Both were democratic leaders, yet Obama bows to dictators such as the Saudi King and has a hug for the thug from Caracas. The ambushing of Netanyahu may have had a goal of also hurting him with voters in Israel, who treasure their relationship with America. The ambush did not work. Israelis don’t like being ambushed — they have had plenty of experience with such treatment. The public rallied to Netanyahu after the disgraceful treatment meted out to him by Barack Obama.
Can we forget the lack of graciousness when Obama told John McCain during the health care summit that he convened, supposedly in the spirit of comity, that “the election is over“?
Was it necessary to allude that racism led Boston policemen to confront Obama’s friend, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, over what appeared to be a breaking and entering? For all the nation to see, he slurred Boston policemen as racists. Why?
In the hands of this president, the bully pulpit is used not to persuade and convince, but to bully into a public pulp those he considers his foes. At a groundbreaking for a car battery plant funded by “stimulus money” that was located in the district of Republican Congressman Peter Hoekstra (who opposed the stimulus), Obama could not resist the urge to try to humiliate Hoekstra, who also was at the opening.
There are some folks who want to go back — who think we should return to the policies that helped to lead to this recession,” Obama said later in his comments honoring a new advanced battery factory being built by the company LG Chem. “Some made the political calculation that it’s better to obstruct than lend a hand. They said no to the tax cuts, they said no to small business loans, they said no to clean energy projects. It doesn’t stop them from coming to ribbon cuttings — but that’s OK.”
This was not the first time he chose to turn a celebration into an ambush, a party into a shooting gallery.
The president was flying to Peoria to appear with the CEO of Caterpillar at a plant. Obama told reporters that he had spoken to the CEO, who he said assured him that he was going to rehire laid off employees as soon as the stimulus bill was passed. This was a surprise to the CEO, who, after the Obama appearance at the plant was over, was asked by the reporters about this so-called pledge. He stumbled over the issue — who wants to publicly call the president a liar? But the CEO said that Obama’s statement was not true, and there were no plans to rehire people. He was ambushed by Barack Obama.
So was Republican Congressman Aaron Schock, whose district encompassed the plant. Obama invited Schock along on Air Force One for the trip. In his speech, Obama singled out Schock for another Obama ambush, telling his audience to visit with Schock and encourage him “to do the right thing for the people of Illinois.” In this case, Obama’s ambush killed two birds with one stone — a rare sign of efficiency on the part of our competency-challenged President.
The body count of Obama’s ambushes will grow in the years ahead. How does this help to bring about the civility that Obama preaches should be part of our civic discourse? Of course, it doesn’t. Hypocrisy is Obama’s trademark. His style of ambushing and humiliating people is a sign of something deeper and darker in Obama’s psyche, in his emotional makeup. He is vindictive and enjoys the spectacle of belittling people in front of others and in front of cameras.
The milk of human kindness does not flow in this man’s veins, but rather something bitterer — a type of personal poison that he enjoys spraying on others.
This does not dignify the office or the man. But he doesn’t seem to care, and the courtier press that covers him with glory doesn’t, either.
Ed Lasky is news editor of American Thinker.
November 15, 2011

The Abuser in Chief

By Ed  Lasky

Calling  America “lazy”  last weekend was only the latest and broadest insult from President Obama.  America has become accustomed to Obama’s lashing out at entire groups of  people.  What has been all too little appreciated is his seeming delight in  bullying, if not demeaning, individuals face-to-face.  He is protected from  angry responses not just by the Secret Service, but by the reverence his victims  have for the office he  holds.

This  is a level of respect for the institution of the presidency that Obama does not  share or hold dear.  For him, the bully pulpit has taken an entirely  different — and disgraceful — meaning from the one given to it by Teddy  Roosevelt.  What does it say about Barack Obama that he indulges in  personal insults? What does this mean for America?

Barack  Obama first rose to national prominence when he gave his speech at the 2004  Democratic National Convention.  The soaring rhetoric — there is no white  America; there is no black America; there is no blue America or red America;  there is the United States of America — established him as a person who could warm our hearts with promises of unity and  not division.  He seemed ever so likeable.

But  the façade soon slipped when we began to hear the real Barack Obama — not the  one reading so well from the teleprompter that fateful night in Boston.   The pose could last for only so long.

The  mask began to slip, of course, way back in April 2008, when we learned how Obama  really felt about small-town Americans:

[T]hey  get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t  like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to  explain their frustrations.

His  handlers punished him with a gag order for the rest of the campaign.  After  pocketing the presidency, he has felt less restrained.  Not only were the  ego and the superego unleashed, but so was…well, a lot of bitterness towards  people who are not like himself.

Hence,  the attacks against policemen (stupid and probably racist for doing their job in  Boston by apprehending a suspected criminal, that happened — too bad for them — to be a  Friend of Barack); greedy doctors (for yanking out kids’ tonsils and lopping off  legs of diabetic for  fun and profit); “fat-cat” bankers; stupid  Republicans (who needed Obama’s jobs bill legislation broken into bite-sized  pieces because they couldn’t understand it all at once); and other numberless  straw men whom Obama periodically sets up before he sets a match to them.   Even his lame and rare attempt at poking fun at himself for being a poor bowler  was tarnished by an insensitive comparison to Special  Olympians.

Victor  Davis Hanson has a collection of groups that Obama has demonized in Obama’s  Target List; Randall Hoven also has done so in his Insulter-in-Chief  column for American Thinker.

Perhaps  some of this can be chalked up to partisan campaigning.  Obama is always in  campaign mode — his favorite activity other than golfing; basketball;  luxuriating away at estates in Martha’s Vineyard, Hawaii, and points around the  world; and basking in the glow of worshipful supporters.

However,  what does it say about Barack Obama the man when he “goes granular” and focuses  his ire on individuals? Why bully a particular person or small group of people  in front of others and in front of the nation?  Why use the power of the  presidency to insult and humiliate?

How  hypocritical for Obama to deliver these  lines at the memorial service for the victims of the Tucson  shooting:

At  a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are  far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those  who think differently than we do,” he said, “it’s important for us to pause for  a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals,  not a way that wounds.

He  does not practice what he preaches, but then again, has he  ever?

This  attitude was most notably on display when Obama used the 2010 State of the Union  address to chastise the members of the Supreme Court for their decision in the Citizens United case ( a decision that imperiled his own political  prospects, as it has led to more fundraising targeting him personally).   The assembled jurists do not have to attend the State of the Union speech; they  attended as a sign of respect.  How was that respect returned?  Obama  lashed out in a stinging personal rebuke, calling into question their  intelligence and legal reasoning.  The jurists have never responded, save  for a reflexive “you’re wrong” wagging  of the head by Justice Alito.  Obama, constitutional lecturer or not,  was wrong.

But  there have been a litany of these types of personal attacks and ambushes.   Lest we forget, Obama insulted Hillary Clinton during a 2008 debate by saying,  “You’re likeable enough.”  How  gallant!

But  it gets worse.

John  McCain was trying to get a point across to president Obama regarding the process  by which the health care bill was produced.  Obama chose not to respond on  the merits, but just to slap McCain down — letting him know his place — with  the rejoinder  “the election is over, John.”  Surely McCain dealt with worse at the hands  of the North Vietnamese, but why did Obama have to taunt him?

Obama  revels in his victory, though, and instead of being gracious, he brandishes it  with relish.  Three days after his inauguration, when the nation was in the  throes of financial panic, Congressman Eric Cantor brought a plan to the White  House to help America.  Obama dismissed it with the boast “Eric, I won.”   One month later, at a “fiscal responsibility” (how ironic that looks  almost three years and trillions of dollars later) summit, Obama singled  out Cantor for particular opprobrium: “I’m going to keep on talking to Eric  Cantor.  Someday, sooner or later, he’s going to say, ‘Boy, Obama had a  good idea.'”

Obama  enjoys ambushing people.  He invites them to events just to humiliate them  in front of an audience.

President  Obama invited freshman Republican Congressman Aaron Schock to fly on Air Force  One with him for a visit to a Caterpillar plant in Schock’s district.   Schock was thrilled to hitch a ride — who wouldn’t be?  But it was a  ruse.  Obama was drumming up support for his stimulus bill and wondered out  loud if Schock would measure up to the two men who had the seat before  him.

Lynn  Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times gives us a  flavor of this treatment:

Said  Obama at the plant, “I want to thank Peoria’s own Ray LaHood, who is doing  outstanding work as my Transportation secretary.  You know, Ray comes from  a long line of Republicans I love, starting with Bob Michel and — you know,  they’re just — I think there’s a common-sense, Midwestern, can-do, bipartisan  attitude that Ray represents.  And I am so pleased that he’s in my  Cabinet.

“Now,  his successor, Congressman Schock — where is he?  He’s back here.   He’s right here.  Stand up, Aaron.  This is — Aaron’s still trying to  make up his mind about our recovery package. … So, you know, he has a chance  to be in the mold of Bob Michel and Ray LaHood.”

Schock  is the youngest member of Congress.  How courteous was it for the president  to lure him into a joint appearance at the plant, merely to put him on the spot  like that in front of the assembled employees (and voters) at the plant?   Cordial in private, but arm-twisting in public.  There is a name for  someone like that, and it should not be “President.”

People  should be wary of appearing at these plant visits by Obama.  They are  Obama’s happy hunting grounds.  He meted out the same Schockian treatment  to then-Congressman Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, who was running for governor at  the time.  Obama was attending the groundbreaking of yet another advanced  car battery factory in Michigan — a Japanese-owned plant that received stimulus  dollars.  Hoekstra opposed the stimulus bill but was there for the  event.  Hoekstra was sitting in the front row.  Obama saw an easy —  and cheap — shot, and he took it.

Scott  Johnson of Powerline picked  up the story that somehow major media outlets missed (italics in  original):

For  reasons that remain mysterious to me, Obama seized  the opportunity to attack Hoekstra:

There  are some folks who want to go back — who think we should return to the policies  that helped to lead to this recession,” Obama said later in his comments  honoring a new advanced battery factory being built by the company LG  Chem.  “Some made the political calculation that it’s better to obstruct  than lend a hand.  They said no to the tax cuts, they said no to small  business loans, they said no to clean energy projects.  It doesn’t stop  them from coming to ribbon cuttings — but that’s OK.

The  president’s remarks were both classless and petty.  Hoekstra aptly  commented: “It demeans the office of the president.  It’s  disappointing.  It is unpresidential.”  Hoekstra added: “This is my  home district.  These people are paying the taxes that he’s handing out  today.  I’m here to respect the office of the president, and I don’t think  he reciprocated.” Video of Obama’s attack and Hoekstra’s response is accessible here.

Hoekstra  was respecting the office of the president.  Were Obama to do the same, he  might find that he can gain allies across the aisle — as did President  Clinton.

Instead,  Obama seems to delight in ridiculing Republicans in front of  America.

Congressman  Paul Ryan has earned the respect of millions of Americans for his hard work on  the budget and for developing his plan for dealing with the fiscal and debt  challenges facing the nation.  Earlier this year, Ryan and a few other  Republican leaders were specifically invited by Obama to attend one of his  speeches.  Ryan was given pride of place in the front row.  Ryan said  that he and others were hopeful that Obama was signaling a shift and a  willingness to work with them in the spirit of bipartisanship that Obama  preached in 2008.  The congressman should have learned that hope was just a  four-letter campaign  slogan:

However,  to Ryan’s amazement what he got from Obama, publicly, was not an olive branch at  all but Obama poisoning the well! In front of the whole audience Obama lashed  out specifically at Rep.  Ryan! It was like watching a strict school  teacher chastising a wayward school boy in front of the class.

Obama insulted  Ryan and the other Republican “guests,” dismissing Ryan’s plan as unserious and  un-American.  Lori Montgomery of the Washington Post was perplexed  by the president’s behavior:

“What  came to my mind was: Why did he invite us?” Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) said in an  interview Thursday.  “It’s just a wasted opportunity.”

The  situation was all the more perplexing because Obama has to work with these guys:  Camp is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, responsible for trade,  taxes and urgent legislation to raise the legal limit on government  borrowing.  Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Tex.) chairs the House Republican  Conference.  And Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is House Budget Committee chairman  and the author of the spending blueprint Obama lacerated as “deeply pessimistic”  during his 44-minute address.

At  a time when the parties risk economic catastrophe unless they can come together  to raise the debt limit, Obama’s partisan  tone made no sense, Republicans across Capitol Hill said Thursday.   Even some Obama allies wondered whether the president had made a tactical  error.

Ryan  said he should have suspected that something was afoot when he did not see the  White House budget director or the secretary of the treasurer at a speech billed  as the rollout for Obama’s budget plan.  (As has been true of so many  anticipated Obama plans, what Obama introduced as his budget plan in this case  was “vaporware.”)  Whom did he see?  David Plouffe, Obama’s senior  political adviser.

Obama  had again lured Republicans into an ambush.  (Memo to the GOP: Priam and  his people learned their lesson about accepting gifts when they took in the  Trojan Horse.  Beware of invitations from Obama.)  In his quest to  score cheap political points or vent his rage at those who resist his plans,  Obama again put partisanship above country.  What was needed was comity and  maturity, not political ambushes.  Washington works best when leaders  grease the gears of government by at least being cordial to each other — but  this is a lesson Obama has failed to learn.

Perhaps  Barack Obama needs a remedial course from Miss Manners.  Not only is his  behavior affecting his ability on the domestic front, but it is not helping on  the international front, either.

What  does it say about a president who insults foreign leaders?  The personal  insults have multiplied as time goes on.  He stalked off for “dinner with  the First Lady” when he had differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin  Netanyahu.  He made a crack about the looks of French President Nicolas  Sarkozy to  his face.  He brushed off a meeting with the leader of our closest  ally, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, that elicited a great deal of negative  coverage across the pond and, for good measure, returned a bust of Winston  Churchill to England.  Even Good old Winnie gets the treatment.  Obama  never has liked colonialist nations, after all.

Barack  Obama does not reserve his spite just for the high and mighty.  He is an  equal-opportunity abuser.  He takes on everybody — protected by the shield  of the presidency.

Obama sarcastically  suggested that a journalist who asked him a question was “the spokesman for  Mitt Romney.”  He had a temper-tantrum  when answering questions from a Texas television reporter who apparently was not  giving Obama enough time to answer questions.  Even his own secretary of  energy, Stephen Chu, saw his rudeness on display.  Chu was trying to  explain the complexities of the BP oil spill to Obama when, after a mere six  slides of Chu’s PowerPoint presentation, Obama simply stood up; said, “Steve,  I’m done“; and strode out of the room.

If  that is how Obama treats friends, it’s no wonder that so many people are leaving  his administration.  Do not be surprised if, once Obama leaves office, the  memoirs that follow are filled with stories of ungracious behavior on the part  of our president.

Partisan  and non-partisan, high and low, domestic and international — Obama feels  entitled to insult a broad swath of people.  He has taken the trash-talking  appropriate for the basketball court — if not a schoolyard playground — and  brought it into the public arena.


Presidents  are supposed to be above insults.  They have a stable of attack dogs to  deliver the partisan attacks.  Nixon had his Agnew, for example.   There is a surfeit of people Obama can rely upon to smear Republicans.  Joe  Biden is too congenial to be the messenger, but certainly Nancy Pelosi and Harry  Reid can assume these roles, as can DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who  happily attacks Republicans when given the microphone.  But despite claims  that he outsources the “dirty work” to  others, this seems to be the one type of “work” that Obama enjoys doing  himself.

Many  might be tempted to say that this reflects Obama’s outsized ego.  He has  been coddled, and his path to success to a great extent paved, by others who  mentored him.  But perhaps there is another dynamic at work.  Obama’s  political career was made in the Democratic stronghold of Cook County.  He  never had to cut deals across the aisle.  Any success he had when he served  in Springfield was due to bill-jacking; the hard work across the aisle was done  by others, but Obama’s political mentor, State Senate President Emil Jones,  schemed to have Obama’s name attached to the bills so he could make a United  States senator out of his protégé.  Obama never learned to deal with  Republicans, and so he takes personal umbrage when he has to exert himself to  work with them (see also my earlier  article on Obama’s work ethic).  Compromise is not in his nature —  nor, apparently, are manners.

In  short, Obama personalizes policy disputes and thereby puts himself, and his ego,  before the needs of the nation.

Ed  Lasky is news editor of American  Thinker.

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March 27, 2012

President Put-Down

By Ed  Lasky

Barack  Obama has had one passion that has been consistent over the years:  himself.  His healthy self-regard is well-known by now.  From the  omnipresent posters of his jutting face to the spectacle of the Democratic National Convention with Styrofoam Greek columns  to the disgraceful alteration of the official presidential seal during the 2008 campaign to his constant presence on  our airwaves (Really, do we care about his sports commentary?  Or his  brackets in the NCAA tournaments?), we know that this is a man with a hunger for  the spotlight.

But  Obama’s ego needs more than the worship of others.  His ego also needs the  boost that comes from insulting and denigrating others and rubbing in their  faces how well he has fared compared to them.  The latest example is culled  from the upcoming hagiography of him from the writer David Maraniss:

Will  Burns, who worked for Obama when he was a state senator, recalls walking the  precincts of their district in the fall of 1997, rounding up petition signatures  for Obama’s first reelection campaign. “Obama was even competitive about getting  signatures,” said Burns, now a Chicago alderman. “We would go to someone’s door  and he would say afterwards, ‘See how smooth that was. See how good I am at  this. I got a full sheet! You only got a half sheet.’ And I would think, ‘Well,  you’re the [expletive] candidate, of course you got a full sheet!’ That was  him.”

Other  examples of the Ego in the Oval Office:

I  think I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters.

I  know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy  directors.

And  this boast from 2004 before his breakout speech at the Democratic  National Convention:

I’m  Lebron, baby. I can play on this level. I got game.

Hillary  Clinton was just “likeable enough” — ah, the back-handed “compliment” that is  actually an insult.  Obama doesn’t deliver his putdowns with the humor of  Don Rickles.  He truly is the Insulter-in-Chief, who has a mean streak that flourishes when he abuses and demeans other people.

But  for what purpose does he use putdowns?  Why does he seemingly need to  trash-talk people on a regular basis?

His  belief in how own superiority is clear.  We certainly know how disdainful  he is of small-town people based on his view of them as bitter clingers to guns  and God who fear foreigners.  Lest we forget, though, he later smeared all  Americans by blaming weak economic growth under his reign on Americans who have  grown “soft.”  Americans have been “a  bit lazy,”  too.

Nor  are African-Americans spared his putdowns.  He spoke back in 2011 to  an African-American group and told them to stop criticizing him and get to work  on his re-election.  He exhorted them to:

Take  off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop  complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying.

Black  groups complained that such language was racially tinged.  Imagine if a  white president had used such language toward an African-American group,  accusing them of always demanding more and being lazy to boot.

But  there is always more when it comes to Barack Obama.

There  is this grandiose claim made to a Democrat House member who was wavering  over casting a vote in favor of ObamaCare because he might face voter problems  in his next campaign for office —  especially since HillaryCare went down in flames in 1994:

Well,  the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.

However,  Obama’s ego needs more than his own high self-regard and the worship of millions  of besotted followers.  He delights in delivering insults and reminders of  his own success.

President  are normally gracious in victory.  Victory speeches are usually filled with  praise for the defeated opponent.  Bygones are bygones.  Presidents  are the most powerful people in the world, after all.  They can be  magnanimous without reveling in the defeat of others.  Not this particular  president, however.

When  Republicans expressed differences with Barack Obama’s tax plan, President Obama  dismissed their concerns and ideas with the reminder that “I won.”  That bipartisanship he peddled to his dreamy  and dewy-eyed supporters was tossed under the bus on Election Day.  But he  upped the insult level when he refused to address legitimate concerns expressed  by Senator John McCain during the 2010 “health care summit” and instead  responded with the retort that “we’re not campaigning anymore.  The  election is over.”  McCain deadpanned that “I’m reminded of that every  day.”

Obama  is not man enough, is not a gentleman enough, to let bygones be bygones.   He must rub his success and his superiority in other people’s faces.  But  sometimes his sense of superiority escapes all sensible  bounds.

There  is his Dominion Over the Earth, when he challenged the Almighty for dominance  over our world.  During his 2008 celebratory speech on becoming the Democratic nominee for president, he  said future generations would remember:

This  was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to  heal.

The  narcissism of Barack Obama is beyond belief.  His excessive use of the  personal pronoun “I” is yet one more example.  President George H.W. Bush  had his speechwriters search through and delete as many instances of the word I as they could in his own speeches — such a contrast to the current  occupier of the Oval Office.  But Obama’s Obama Obsession goes beyond just  his own well-developed self-regard.  He is not happy unless he can pair it  with denigrating others — for instance, saying Republicans opposed his  boondoggle and politically generated “jobs bill” because they could not  understand it, so he would have to break it into bite-sized pieces so they could  understand the bill.  Yet there were Democrats who admitted they did not  understand ObamaCare when they voted for it — including Speaker of the House  Nancy Pelosi.  Did Obama ridicule them?

He  said that Republicans want to build moats around America and fill them with alligators to eat illegal  immigrants coming into America.  Is that even remotely funny?  Is that  the great presidential rhetoric we were supposed to be hearing from the greatest  orator since Pericles?

Then  there is Obama’s penchant to personalize political differences and demean others  in doing so.  There are “fat cat” bankers responsible for all our problems,  the ever-present George Bush to use as a punching bag, greedy doctors who yank  out tonsils for fun and profit, stupid cops, Republicans who have to sit in the  back of the bus, and inevitably, Fox News.

Whoever  makes straw should be doing quite well, because Obama makes straw men on an  assembly line.

The  list of people Obama looks down upon is ever-growing.

Then  there are his moral equals — apparently.  His wife, Michelle, who said  America was a “mean” country which she gained some modicum of respect for only  when her husband became the Democratic nominee for president.  There is Attorney General Eric Holder, who calls  us a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race.  His “moral compass” and  “mentor” Jeremiah Wright, who was happy to see America’s chickens come to roost  on 9/11 and views white people as the source of black people’s problems.   Muslims, who can commit no wrong — where was his call for American Muslims to  search their souls when one of them went on a shooting spree, wounding and  killing many soldiers down in Texas?  Or when many others have tried to  commit terror attacks in America — where is the call for soul-searching by  President Obama?  Do they get some sort of exemption?

Presidents  are supposed to be role models.  Remember the cliché “I want to grow up to  be president”?  Presidents are supposed to inspire us to do great things — to think of something greater than ourselves.  Ronald Reagan dismissed  praise of himself as being a Great Communicator.  He said in his parting  speech as president, “I wasn’t a great communicator, but I communicated great  things.”

What  “great things” has President Obama communicated over the last few  years?

Ed Lasky is news editor of American  Thinker.

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