Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Playing the Pity Card
So, now the president laments that "they talk about me like I'm a dog".
Poor baby. Has he forgotten that he waltzed into the Oval Office with nary a bit of vetting by the national press? Has he forgotten that much of that same press is still flaking for him, even as he fails miserably at just about everything he has attempted? Has he forgotten that, for the last 20 months, he has had a willing Congress rubber-stamping his every whim? Has he forgotten that his predecessor was derided as a simpleton, called every name imaginable by the national and international Left, with the derision culminating in a film fantasizing about his assassination?
The fact is that the Bush administration began with the Left literally questioning the legitimacy of the 2000 election, thus questioning the legitimacy of the president himself. Pausing for a period of "rallying 'round the flag" after 9/11, the Left resumed their unprincipled attacks and Hitlerian (or worse) allusions.
I might also add that he took, and continues to take this abuse without uttering a word of complaint.
Considering the current state of the country, President Obama has had it easy. He has used his predecessor as a repository of blame for all of our problems, though he has occupied the office for nearly two years, and his party has controlled Congress for nearly four years. If anyone could magically turn back the economic clock two, or four years, I'm sure they'd jump at the chance. I know I would.
This self-pitying remark is unbecoming of a president and further underscores President Obama's thin skin that has been evident for some time. My advice for the president would be to lead, follow, or get out of the way. We need a leader, not a whiner.
Posted by Dale Weeks at 11:00 AM