Distraction is a hallmark of the Obama presidency

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CHARLOTTEFebruary 26, 2014 – Sometimes you just get the feeling that Barack Obama wakes up in the morning and says to himself, “How can I screw with the American people today?”

Lately it seems as though the president sees his administration getting shorter by the day, so he is making decisions at warp speed to initiate as many of his pet philosophies as quickly as possible. Forget about the freeloaders and hangers-on who will support Obama regardless of what he does. Ignore the politicians who are obliged to follow party lines even if they might disagree with them. That is just politics as usual. But what about the rest of the country?

Certainly the media isn’t going to say anything about the current state of affairs. In fact, the administration is throwing so much “stuff” at the wall these days, even Barack Obama’s  loyalist press cannot keep up with him. One thing is sure, when Obama leaves office, he has a surefire career ahead of him with Cirque du Soleil as a master juggler.

“I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” said the president and that may be the only promise he has kept during his five years in office. As if the non-scandal scandals that permeate the “most transparent” presidency in history, along with the healthcare fiasco, weren’t enough, the president has decided that reducing the military and telling state attorneys general they can ignore the law have now been added to controversy mix.


You really have to wonder whether this is an effort to get the ACA out of the national conversation or if it is an accelerated tactic to enact more of Obama’s misguided values before the leaves office. Perhaps it’s a combination of both.

Barack Obama’s expertise at creating controversy, whether by accident or design, makes the Clintons look like amateurs.

For eight years the American people were treated to images of George W. Bush as being a cowboy, but in his wildest imagination, Bush was never as lawless at Barack Obama. Some conspiracy theorists have speculated in recent years that when the time comes for Obama to be evicted from the White House that his contempt and disrespect  for the Constitution may lead to a loophole that keeps him in power.

Even Obama’s most avid critics thought such an idea to be absurd beyond measure, but given some of the president’s recent maneuvers, it may not be as far-fetched as it seems. What authority exists that could stop him? Attorney General, Erik Holder? Not much of a roadblock.

Not only is Barack Obama never at fault, he is never wrong. It is a dangerous combination. One  person out of more than 300 million citizens holds the most powerful position in the world and believes he is ordained to use that power to the nth degree because he believes he is also the smartest human being on the planet.

Never in American history has there been a president who has been so disengaged with issues of national interest, unless they are concerns that he personally deems important. Only then does Barack Obama act with decisiveness and expediency. All politicians are first and foremost self-severing, but none have ever reached the overbearing narcissism Barack Obama wields over the people who elected him. He is a man obsessed with his own authority.

The sad thing is that, as the first black president, Obama could have been a source for positive change unrivaled in American history. Instead, he squandered that opportunity, and, in the process, he has made a mockery of the presidency. Not because he is so important, but because he is so incredibly small. Not only has Barack Obama altered perceptions of statesmanship and diplomacy to their lowest levels in memory, he has also diminished American credibility and respect throughout the world.

To some that might seem like a failed presidency. It certainly represents five years of largely wasted time and money. To Barack Obama, however, this is a mark of success because he gives no indication of having any allegiance to a strong America regardless of how much that strength might represent a force for what is good in the world.

Night will soon be upon us. And Barack Obama will once again be in sweet repose, dreaming up new ideas to distract the media and the American people from the real issues of the day.

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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  • William Henry Bowen

    I’ve said over and over again that, even assuming he was born in the United States, OBastard is NOT an “American” in the way most people of this country would define that term.

  • rugvendor

    I could not agree more

  • Sherill Weber

    More and more people are saying that they feel there will not be another election in 2016. If that should happen you know there will be a revolution in this country. Reports coming out now that Obamacare is going to cost employers and employees a huge premium. Something he has been hiding. Also in his Speech to the Nation he said 9 million had signed up….today it was reported just under 4 million have signed up. Isn’t Holder suppose to resign before the end of this year? You think if Obama had plans on staying on for a 3rd, 4th, etc term,,,Holder wouldn’t be resigning. Oh does he see the hand writing on the wall? On a lighter note,,,if Obama decides to take over and not leave office,,,perhaps the leader of the Revolution will be Hillary. After all she won’t be able to run for president then will she. I don’t understand those that stand by him don’t see what he is doing,,,,or are they just too afraid?

    • sweetie

      Hi Sherill, is there a law or is it in the constitution that a president can only be elected twice ?

      • twoforme

        the 22nd amendment to the US constitution….

      • Suagati

        ….Only elected 2Xs but will he move out of WH. Holder will not enforce any law he doesn’t like.

      • Johnny Richard

        He will leave the WH before his term is up.

      • Sherill Weber

        It’s the Twenty-second Amendment of the US Constitution,,,sets a term limit for election to the office of President. On March 21, 1947 Congress passed the amendment. “Consecutively”
        I use to think it was just radical thinking about this president not leaving office but lately with all that is going on,,,I just don’t trust him or anybody in his administration. The more you read out on the internet from other members of Congress,,,,it’s like they are afraid of him. That’s not good or a good sign. In his speech to the nation he said he didn’t need Congress because he had his pen and his phone. He seems to want to run things only his way because he has either let the title President go to his head because he is the first black American President, he is completely narcissistic & doesn’t have a clue OR he is the puppet for the puppet master. Our government was created by our forefathers to have a check and balance. We don’t have that today. He is putting in Ambassadors that are people who have contributed $500,000 to his campaign and don’t know a darn thing about the countries they are being put in, his signature Obamacare is a total disaster and he keeps lying about it, he has worked with our state governors to create a one school system called Common Core (a few states are starting to see that isn’t good), he is talking about cutting back our military which is not a good thing, he has the agreement with Iran locked up and won’t let the American people see the whole thing which we are entitled to see. Iran, North Korea and possible China are all ready to come after us. He’s making Putin look good to me and that is not a good thing.

      • NothingMan00

        As if The One cares about anything as petty as “The Constitution” or “laws”.

  • thinkingabovemypaygrade

    This president’s acts are mainly guided by….. an almost blind love for islamic extremists with an almost blind love for extremist gay agenda. I’m not talking about reasonable human rights for all humans. It’s as if the phrase “civil rights” is code for “extra special Presidentially ordained special rights”.

    • thinkingabovemypaygrade

      and those who only get info from the main media…or who believe whatever a teacher tellsthem …will blindly follow along. And not do their own research.

  • Clyde Picht

    Being a Democrat doesn’t necessarily equate to supporting democracy.