Maureen Dowd rips Obama, golfer-in-chief

This is about as much physical risk a president should take / Photo: U.S. embassy, Jakarta, used under Government Works license
This is about as much physical risk a president should take / Photo: U.S. embassy, Jakarta, used under Government Works license

CHARLOTTE, N.C., August 24, 2014 — One lovefest is over, but another is just beginning. President Barack Obama is now officially a lame duck, and Hillary Clinton is the new chick in the liberal barnyard.

When Maureen Dowd goes off on one of her own people, it’s time to accept the fact that the curtain has closed. The Obama drama is about to shuffle off the stage, and all that remains is to play out the final act to less than rave reviews.

Taking a page from one of the greatest presidential orations in history, Dowd has adapted the “Gettysburg Address” to Obama. Obama sometimes claims that he has attempted to emulate Abraham Lincoln during his tenure, but as Dowd sees it, Obama has fallen so far from grace that now the only greeting for which he is qualified is addressing a golf ball.

Using the golf course as Obama’s battlefield, Dowd writes, “We have to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for my presidency, if I keep swinging from behind.

“Yet it is altogether fitting and proper that I should get to play as much golf as I want, despite all the lame jokes about how golf is turning into a ‘real handicap’ for my presidency and how I have to ‘stay the course’ with ISIL.”

Perhaps the saddest thing about Dowd’s comments, which are far more accurate than Obama’s drives, is that the president could not care less.

The words which, when Obama was still an unknown, so eloquently reverberated at the Democratic National Convention have become the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow”; the rhetoric is empty and the country is governed by the headless horseman.

Obama has created so many brushfires both domestically and internationally that Smokey Bear couldn’t put them all out with the help of every bear in Yellowstone Park, including Yogi and Booboo.

Rush Limbaugh has put forth a theory which — of course he named after himself — that all of Obama’s presidential walkabouts are by design so that he cannot take blame for anything that goes wrong during his administration. That might have worked for Obama had there not been so many things that actually did go wrong.

When Obama was a mere senator, his approach to his work was the one he uses as president. Voting “present” was no different than heading to the golf course or making a beeline for a fund-raiser. As president, hiding is impossible, so that voting present thing had to be modified into something more suitable for the office.

It is merely speculation, and not a ringing endorsement of anything the Republicans have done in the past six years, but it is a good bet that neither the president nor the Democrats have a clue about how angry the “common folk” — the people who pay for all of the Obama family’s extravagance — are.

That anger may bite a great deal deeper than Democrats expect in the coming mid-term elections. In the meantime, the Maureen Dowds of the world are abandoning the USS Obama in the hopes that in the next two years, the Republicans will go down faster than the Titanic and the Queen Hillary I will sail into harbor.

If it does, we can at least take a break from golf, although we may be forced to write about baking cookies. The good news is that we will have another presidential term chock full of controversy and lying.


Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( His goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

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