CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 13, 2014 — As November elections loom, Barack Obama’s mask is rapidly melting away. The president’s true personality is steadily emerging from the façade of those early glory days when his rhetoric was fresh, bold and captivating for so many Americans.
The days of “Yes, we can” have become “So sue me.”
Something eerie is happening in Washington. Something has changed, and not for the better. Trying to determine when or where it happened amid myriad scandals and crises is virtually impossible. But something is different and, whatever it is, the United States has never seen anything like it before.
Throughout his five-plus years in office, Obama has taken heat for being an absentee president. Jokes have been made and debates have been waged about the embarrassing number of rounds of golf he has played. Analysts have argued ad nauseam as to whether Obama is disengaged, incompetent, inexperienced, out of touch or some combination of them all. Others have pointed out that the president is thin skinned, vindictive and narcissistic.
“President I-Don’t-Do-Photo-Ops” was recently videotaped nonchalantly playing pool while the porous border between the U.S. and Mexico has been flooded with children from Central America. There was something terribly unsettling about those images of the president.
They were surreal, troubling and disheartening all at the same time.
There was a lot more going on than an innocent game of pool. The president was snubbing his own country. He was telling America to “Go to hell” because he is the president and we will do it his way or not at all. He was letting everyone know that he checked out.
Former advisor for both Bush presidencies, Mary Matalin, was quoted as saying, “He has no empathy. It’s just, everything’s a celebration of him or some self-consciousness-raising of him. It’s just like he’s always laughing and beering around. I don’t understand it.”
Obama’s recent persona runs deeper than Matalin’s assessment, however. That is why it is so upsetting. This story goes far beyond merely “laughing and beering around.”
A day or two after the pool parlor episode, Obama chastised hecklers during a speech by claiming he is the only one in Washington who is doing his job. He joked about impeachment and laughingly made comments about spending taxpayer dollars to get him out of office. His comments were not those of a confident person. They were defensive, derisive rationalizations.
The images were disturbing. Something is seriously wrong. Presidents do no respond the way this president is currently handling the self-inflicted chaos that has gradually wrapped an inescapable cocoon around him.
Barack Obama’s favorite strategy has frequently been to create a new crisis whenever an old crisis has reached critical mass. Be it domestic or international, the tactic has often been to divert attention from an issue by generating some new controversy.
The problem for the president is that some of the games he’s been playing have had genuine and serious consequences in other parts of the world, and the perpetual wheeling and dealing without solutions have now accumulated to a point where they are no longer manageable.
The problem for the American people is that two more years remain in Obama’s presidency.
This is not a man who will relent. He was not brought up that way. He was handed everything on a silver platter, including the presidency, yet, in his own mind, he is still, and always has been, a victim. That is classic thinking in the part of the world from which the president spent the first third of his life. Now it has erupted like a volcano on American soil.
Barack Obama is not at the end of his presidency. Rather he is at the beginning of his rampage to incorporate as much of his rogue ideologies into our system of government as possible before he leaves office.
Realizing he will not achieve everything he desires in his remaining months in office only makes Obama more dangerous. After November there is no longer any barrier to impede his efforts.
Somewhere in the Library of Congress there may be a document that precisely states proper protocol regarding respect for the office of President of the United States and the person who holds that office.
Even if there isn’t, there has always been an unwritten code of reverence for the presidency that has disappeared during the Obama administration.
Politics as usual is anything but usual. As the world burns, there is something terribly askew in Washington; something that transcends politics the likes of which the country has never before experienced.
We are battling a sinister agenda without leadership to bring it under control and a two year gap for the menace to run amok.
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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