Obama’s Dean/Dukaksis Moment


A couple days ago, President Obama tried to distance himself from his carefully crafted image of an intellectual “Joe Cool” relative to the Gulf oil spill. He said,

“I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”

Contrast that with his response to his own team’s infamous response to the “boot on the throat” remark.

“I would say that, you know, we don’t need to use language like that…”

Ouch. As much as I truly didn’t want to acknowledge it, I listened to the “ass kicking” display and felt the same embarrassed awkwardness I felt when Howard Dean and Mike Dukakis tried to channel their own inner manly man.

Back on Sept. 29, 2009 I wrote the following about Obama and Afghanistan:

Damn the truth, and damn the proper, Obama is just a Chicago politician with an agenda to “fundamentally transform” America… Full blur ahead! He is after all, “Community Organizer in Chief“.

That contrived gauzy blur may have worked in the shadows of the slurry that is Chicago politics, but it sure as hell doesn’t work on a national or a global stage.

Hollow theatrics don’t matter when push comes to shove; they just are embarrassing in the face of the environmental disaster that is the Gulf oil spill. Say what you will about Dubya, one fact about him remains clear – he never resorted to “acting” due to a lack of insight or conviction in his beliefs — regarding Katrina or any other challenge he faced.

So where are we now? President Obama is lost. He’s pushing an immigration bill that the people don’t want. He doesn’t know what to do with the Gulf oil disaster (just ask über-liberal James Carville). And of all things, for reasons that seem defy comprehension, the president has hit the road trying to campaign for a health-care bill that has already been rammed down the throat of the electorate.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know of the upcoming mid-term elections and the importance and weight of the senior vote. But still, you don’t heal a wound by ripping it back open and pouring in salt.

But when all is said and done, a very simple question hangs in the air: “Why?” In my humble opinion, it all boils down to this: “Obama/Dean/Dukakis Confusion” is what happens when agenda, intellectualism, and entitlement crash into the real world…

How sad.

Alan Speakman


One Response to Obama’s Dean/Dukaksis Moment

  1. WilliamA.Barrow says:

    represenatives in DC.

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