I don’t want to come right out and say that BO is losing it. But for a guy who has been regaled for his rhetorical gifts, has raised over $1 billion in campaign funds, and ran a political organization the envy of Tammany Hall, how else do you explain all these things?
Tell me, how can someone like Big Guy surround himself with so many incompetent people heading up so many agencies that keep coming up with such “suboptimal outcomes?”
For starters: an IRS staffed with senior management who either know nothing,
or are unwilling to tell us what they do know, for fear of incriminating themselves.
An Attorney General who knows even less,
and an ex-Secretary of State who doesn’t even know what difference it makes.
So Big Guy gets a chance to change the subject from a week of embarrassing non-testimony on the Hill about various scandals by addressing the graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy yesterday. And what does our Orator in Chief do? Give a soaring patriotic speech just ahead of the Memorial Day weekend? No. He goes off and gives a tone-deaf commencement
lecture speech. Add our speech writers to the growing list of “sub-optimal.”
“Every day, elected officials like those on this stage, but also all across the nation, devote themselves to improving our communities and our country.
But all too often we’ve seen a politics where compromise is rejected as a dirty word, and policies are driven by special interests rather than the national interest.
And that breeds a cynicism that threatens our democracy.
Every day, our civil servants do their jobs with professionalism -- protecting our national security
and delivering the services that so many Americans expect.
But as we’ve seen again in recent days, it only takes the misconduct of a few to further erode the people’s trust in their government.
That’s unacceptable to me, and I know it’s unacceptable to you.
And against this backdrop, what I said here four years ago remains true today: Our military remains the most trusted institution in America.[ed. not to diminish that distinction, butt the competition is growing smaller all all the time] When others have shirked their responsibilities, our Armed Forces have met every mission we’ve given them. When others have been distracted by petty arguments, our men and women in uniform come together as one American team.
And yet, we must acknowledge that even here, even in our military, we’ve seen how the misconduct of some can have effects that ripple far and wide. In our digital age, a single image from the battlefield of troops falling short of their standards can go viral and endanger our forces and undermine our efforts to achieve security and peace.
Likewise, those who commit sexual assault are not only committing a crime, they threaten the trust and discipline that make our military strong. That’s why we have to be determined to stop these crimes, because they’ve got no place in the greatest military on Earth.
Excuse me? Did I hear that right!? He’s lecturing the graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy about sexual assault? At their graduation ceremony!!?? Is that really appropriate, even if you are the man who can fix anything with his silver tongue?
When was the last time a Commander in Chief gave a political speech at a graduation ceremony of one of the Armed Services Academies? Oh yes, that would have been Big Guy, last year; at the Air Force Academy commencement.
“Our economy was in the worst recession since the Great Depression. Around the world and here at home, many questioned whether the United States still had the capacity for global leadership.”
“Today, you step forward into a different world,” Obama said, before implicitly giving his own policies credit for changing perceptions of American leadership and his nation’s position in the world. [ed. thanks to me]
Gosh, I don’t know what to make of all this. Maybe it’s time to go shopping for a new chair?
“Okay, that one looks just right. And very presidential, even empty; I’ll take it.”
Of course, it looks far more presidential with a President in it.
Cross-Posted on Patriot Action Network