CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 18, 2014 — President Obama has checked out.
He has now officially become the lamest lame duck president in history. Once known as POTUS (President of the United States), Obama has morphed into PINO (President in Name Only).
The ship-of-state is now rudderless, and will be for more than two more years.
Obama has resorted to token actions and hollow rhetoric to deal with any given situation. But while the president abdicates his responsibilities and phones in policies that need to be dealt with, he continues to actively manipulate the legal system to impose other policies that are dear to his heart.
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Critics have been more vocal than usual about Obama’s latest rounds of golf and fund-raising activities in the midst of yet another Middle East crisis. Attacking the president at this point carries no more weight than his own empty rhetoric. Golf and fund raisers are SOP when noose of global politics tightens around Obama’s neck.
The truth is, the president doesn’t have a clue about how to deal with the multitude of scandals and international events that surround him, and so he retreats.
Avid supporters used to say that Obama was “cool” when he pulled his little AWOL outings. Others said he was taking time to “contemplate all of his options.”
At long last Americans have come to realize that the president is running away from his obligations because he has no idea how to deal with them.
The most discouraging aspect of this is that Obama himself does not realize the American people have finally figured out his strategies and no longer buy into them.
Even if Obama were providing poor leadership for the United States, it would be better than no leadership. Therein lies the danger of the next two-plus years he is in office.
Without someone at the helm of the ship, those who would do us harm will do everything possible in the remaining days of Obama’s presidency to rock the boat beyond our capacity to remain afloat.
Putin knows it. So does ISIS and the rest of the Middle East. Europe can no longer rely on American strength.
One recent political cartoon in a European newspaper showed Obama on the golf course with the following paraphrased caption, “Obama deals with Iraq by ordering all golf flags to fly at half-mast.”
How sad to see how far the United States has fallen in prestige and respect thanks to the incompetence of our president.
It used to be said that America survived because we had leaders who rose to the top during periods of crisis. Time and again the right person came along at the right time to make the right decisions at the appropriate moment in history.
Today we are witnessing a president who is overwhelmed by his personal inadequacies, which means that we currently have the wrong person in charge at the wrong time.
Unfortunately, the president is narcissistic enough to believe that he is equal to the task, and so he will continue to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on the backs of the American taxpayers, while the country limps along to survive.
Barack Obama is the presidential version of Bowe Bergdahl. He deserted his country in its hour of need. Perhaps that is why the president was so proud of Bergdahl’s release.
That is typical of the way Obama thinks. Everything is his mind is a rationalization and a justification.
And so there will be more golf and more fund raisers in the future, and the country will hold its collective breath for another two years.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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