You almost have to feel sorry for Barack Obama. Almost.
Obama unwisely attempted to upstage next week’s Republican Presidential Candidates Debate by scheduling his highly anticipated “Jobs Plan” speech to occur at the same time. As if that wasn’t brassy enough, President Obama in his ever growing need for attention, decided to go for broke by presenting his jobs plan to a joint session of Congress. One problem: He forgot this would require the cooperation of Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Bad move Barry. As Doug Powers writes, it winds up looking…
“as if the president invited himself to someone else’s house without first finding out if they wanted company that night.”
I think it’s worse than that. It was a stupid game of “Chicken” that only someone as egotistical as Barack Obama would be foolish enough to think he could win. And it leaves him with sufficient egg on his face to make an omelette large enough to serve all participants in the upcoming Republican Presidential Candidates Debate.
One can only imagine the conversation in the White House Office Of Damage Control:
“Hey, Mr. President… we”d expect something as dumb as this from Vice President Biden, but… WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING?”
Perhaps he figured with so many people out of work, everybody would gather at the Mountain Top to hear his decree, leaving the Republican candidates with a smaller viewership than normal (which is, let’s face it, usually abysmal for either party’s debates). However, by challenging (and failing to upstage) the debate, all he has accomplished is to add a klieglight to the debate stage.
On the surface, it might seem to be a simple game of one-upsmanship. But it’s a far more telling example of how Obama’s ego blinds him to the fact that he no longer has carte blanche to do whatever he wants. Perhaps another way of putting it: without the combined houses of Congress to back his playshe still has his writers drafting ten-gallon hat speeches, but he’s now delivering them while wearing a beanie.
Still, there’s Little President Fauntelroy, demanding attention by scheduling a prime time address to discuss the jobs plan he apparently had to journey to the sand traps on the golf courses of Martha’s Vineyard to find. But in doing so, his ego may have just written another check to be returned by the First National Bank of Action marked “insufficient funds.” Because while we can all be assured the White House Peacock will be in full strut, anything less than a viable plan that has a realistic chance of success without digging the country deeper into financial chaos will result in an even bigger embarrassment for his administration.
And, somehow, I don’t think the sand traps of the golf courses on Martha’s Vineyard yield anything close to what Obama needs to avoid that.