CHARLOTTE, NC, November 4, 2014 — Word inside the White House, according to Politico, is that President Barack Obama is “fed up” with running the country.
Is it any wonder? The “American Idol” president is singing a different tune now that the halcyon days of being a rock star are coming to an end.
It has to be difficult for Obama to suddenly come to the realization that the universe really doesn’t revolve around him the way he thinks it does. Use the present tense because Barack will never admit that it doesn’t.
The president has always lived in a theoretical world. Life has been good. Up to now he has been handed everything on a silver platter. Being forced to deal with reality has dramatically changed his playing field.
According to the Politico article, Obama has “an unhappy-camper body language when he finds himself back in the depressing slipstream of Ebola confabs and national-security-crisis-of-the-day meetings.”
In a word, that means “work” for the president, and it is guaranteed not to be nearly as much fun as the golf course.
“(I) do like campaigning….It’s fun,” said Obama during a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud in Maine.
No kidding. Really?
It is not called “campaignment” Mr. President. We call it “government” which means that after the “fun” is over YOU are supposed to be in charge.
Barack Obama wants us to feel sorry for him. He is the ultimate victim. Nothing has ever been his fault.
The true e-BO-la epidemic began about seven years ago. It was created by a highly contagious airborne disease where words infected large segments of the population. But the words were lies disguised as “hope and change.”
The symptoms of e-BO-la were extended periods of euphoria followed by a heavy dose of disillusionment. The incubation period was lengthy; about six years.
Then came the cure from victims who were able to fend off the disease. It was called an “election.”
There will still be a lengthy recovery period, and there is a good chance of a relapse because e-BO-la will fight off the antibiotics. That will make President Obama even more dangerous.
Despite that, it will all be over in 2016 and though weakened, the infected American people will do their best to recover fully.
As Politico puts it, “(Obama) both resents the narrative that he’s basically irrelevant and doesn’t much relish the fact that many of his longest-serving staffers, the remnant core of his once-buzzing and brash White House, are strapping themselves to ejector seats.”
One former advisor from the Obama campaign told Politico, “I sense a certain fatalism there, and it’s disturbing.”
Disturbing for some perhaps. Not for others.
Another anonymous insider told Politico, “There’s a sense that ‘I’ve tried everything, and look where it got me.’ People misread it as disengagement. It’s frustration. But who cares? It’s a bad mind-set.”
In other words there is only one way to do something and that is the Obama way.
Barack Obama die-hards have long been fond of telling media that the presidency is a 24/7 job which is their way of saying the president is on top of things even when he is on the golf course.
What they do not say is that the golf course actually became Obama’s refuge. It was a place to run away from trouble instead of attacking it. Rather than seek solutions to problems, the president sought fairways where birds chirp and soft breezes waft through the trees and turmoil suddenly disappears.
Somebody forgot to tell Barack Obama that being president is hard. The real job is not the campaign trail and fund raisers with celebrities. More to the point, foreign policy meetings, scandals and contagious diseases are not fun things to consider. Earth to Barack, they are not supposed to be because they represent real life emergencies and not the academic theoretical classroom presidency he expected.
So the president is “fed up.” Well here is a news flash for the White House. The American people are “fed up” too, and they are lining up in large numbers on election day to prove it.
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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