Saturday, June 26, 2010

"Mr. President: Do your job; secure our borders"

Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona, with parts of the state turned into a "don't go there" zone. Plus O's broken promise to deploy National Guard troops.

Update from the GatewayPundit website. Here's a look at the Arizona counties that are now off limits to U.S. citizens.

Thank God this country has some governors who know how to lead: Brewer, Christie, Jindal . . .

So where will O be playing golf this weekend? Evidently when he got off the helicopter in Huntsville, Ontario for the G8 Conference, O's first comment was "You've got a lot of golf courses here, don't you?" What is this ridiculous obsession he has with golf? He's so shallow and proves it every day. As one commenter said, "He could have said, 'Wow, what a wonderfully scenic part of Canada to tackle some serious world-wide problems'"--something that might demonstrate he has a halfway serious intent to focus on the job at hand.

Update: I found this Mark Steyn article linked on HotAir, written by Mark Steyn: "The Unengaged President." I love Steyn's stuff--he gets it right every time. Steyn's premise in the article is that O's lack of interest in the world is evident in his handling of the oil spill and the Afghan War.

Barack Obama is a thin-skinned man and, according to Britain’s Daily Telegraph, White House aides indicated that what angered the president most about the Rolling Stone piece was “a McChrystal aide saying that McChrystal had thought that Obama was not engaged when they first met last year.” If finding Obama “not engaged” is now a firing offense, who among us is safe?

Steyn continues about the 2,000 oil skimmers in the United States. Weeks after the spill, writes Steyn, only 20 of them are off the coast of Florida. Raising the problem, Senator George Lemieux (R-FL) found the president unengaged and uninformed. “He doesn’t seem to know the situation about foreign skimmers and domestic skimmers,” reported the senator. He doesn’t seem to know, and he doesn’t seem to care that he doesn’t know, and he doesn’t seem to care that he doesn’t care.

Stein goes on to write about O's unengagement with the Afghanistan War, the one for which O was supposed to be, during the campaign, "an especially ripe promoter." Afghanistan, you’ll recall, was supposed to be the Democrats’ war, the one they supported, the one the neocons’ Iraq adventure was an unnecessary distraction from. Yet naturally once he found himself in the Oval Office, Afghanistan looked a bit different to him. The “pragmatist” settled for “nuance”: He announced a semi-surge plus a date for withdrawal of troops to begin. It’s not “victory,” it’s not “defeat,” but rather a more sophisticated mélange of these two outmoded absolutes: If you need a word, “quagmire” would seem to cover it.

Pragmatist? Stein mocks Richard Cohen, writing in the Washington Post last week, who asks the burning question about O, "Who is this guy? What are his core beliefs?" Gee, writes Stein, if only your newspaper had thought to ask those fascinating questions oh, say, a month before the Iowa caususes. Cohen says that Obama's "opaqueness" allows "his enemies--they are not mere critics" (I can imagine George Bush could help him out with that concept if there's any confusion there) to define him as they choose. Cohen--O is not a socialist, not a Muslim, not a leftie--no, concludes Cohen, above all, O is a "pragmatist." Spare me.

So Stein answers Cohen's belalted burning question: he’s a guy who was wafted ever upward from the Harvard Law Review to state legislator to United States senator without ever lingering long enough to accomplish anything. “Who is this guy?” Well, when a guy becomes a credible presidential candidate by his mid-forties with no accomplishments other than a couple of memoirs, he evidently has an extraordinary talent for self-promotion, if nothing else. “What are his core beliefs?” It would seem likely that his core belief is in himself.

Stein goes on to make the case for O's unengagement with the health-care debate, for Afghanistan, and finally for the Gulf oil disaster: It took the oil spill to alert Americans to the unengaged president. From Moscow to Tehran to the caves of Waziristan, our enemies got the message a lot earlier — and long ago figured out the rules of unengagement.


Anonymous said...

Obama believes himself to be above the Presidency. That little job and it's demands and perks is just something that he has to endure as he shapes his role in history and the reshaper of the our nation. He and MO seem agressively to contradict any suggestion that they show respect to the office. Two MO examples: MO's cocktail sheathe at the posthumous medal award ceremony and her trashy look at the Grand Canyon. BO's constant bowing appears to be a chance to "teachable moment" us that it is not important that we fought a revolution to ensure that Americans never had to bend the knee to royalty (even minor royalty such as the Governor of Florida).

Labwriter said...

O seriously screwed up, I believe, running for POTUS. I've seen comments that say the job he would have been best suited for (lifetime) would have been on the Supreme Court. Personally, and I'm only guessing here, based on watching this guy do the job for the past year and a half, I think he hates the job. He is abysmally ignorat about what constitutes executive leadership. His comfort zone is campaigning--period--and so that's where he goes, every chance he gets.

I think one of the reasons he doesn't respect the office, and I absolutely agree with you--he doesn't--is that so much of his formative young life was spent outside the U.S.

He does, however, as you say, love, love, love the perks that go along with the job--and at this point he and MOO have been flipped into "We're entitled" to every fun, fun perk the can think of. His incessant vacationing is beyond belief, but also is part of his entitlement mindset.

Labwriter said...

"ignorat"--heh. I kinda like it.