CHARLOTTE, N.C., December 6, 2015 – The good news is that there are only a little more than 400 days in Barack Obama’s presidency. The bad news is that 400-plus days is too many.
During slow news days when the media eagerly holds its breath for the next scandal or Middle East crisis, there has been speculation now and then that Barack Obama might attempt to use the excuse of a national emergency to extend his term in office.
Given the president’s track record on circumventing congress and the Constitution, it seems a reasonable point of consideration.
But there is a flip side to that argument that is perhaps more credible and that we will never know until the time is upon us for it to take place.
Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh alluded to the possibility earlier in the week when he referred to an article published by the Washington Post. With time steadily waning on Obama’s presidency, the Post was smoothing the road for the next Democratic candidate, which will most likely be Hillary Clinton.
With seven years of a pro-Obama slant to its coverage, the paper lamented that the man who had been so “eloquent” in his campaign for the presidency had now somehow lost his voice. As Limbaugh paraphrased the story, Barack Obama had used up all of the words in his rhetorical dictionary, thus leaving him without any real focus in the final months of his administration.
Limbaugh countered by saying that Obama had not run out of ideas or vocabulary at all. Rather it only appears that way because his term is moving to a close. The Obama agenda has been far more successful at throwing a monkey wrench into American democracy than even he could have imagined.
Using the Paris social club gathering of world leaders to discuss climate change as an example, Limbaugh explained that the American people, by and large, really don’t care about the weather issue because there are bigger problems to confront and to solve. To which Limbaugh claims is the perfect storm for a man like Obama who can manipulate his goals with impunity because nobody is paying attention.
The idea comes full circle when speculating about Obama’s extending his presidency.
While the power of the office is an aphrodisiac, it also comes under intense scrutiny, which, even though the president has been able to pull the media’s strings like some vast marionette performance, still restricts his ability to maneuver.
Continuing to stay in office would actually offer less independence for Mr. Obama than leaving the White House; he can use his considerable resources and contacts to further his agenda in a more stealthy arena as a private citizen.
Of course, the perks of the presidency would disappear, but after eight years of living large on the backs of the American people, even that can get old. An ex-president hardly lives in squalor once he leaves office. Even high-ranking government officials like Hillary Clinton and John Kerry exist in a fantasy world far removed from the daily lives of average Americans.
Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs is so fed up with the Barack Obama that she has written something that some observers believe but no one has ever dared say:
“It’s official: Obama is evil and mentally defective. No matter how high the pile of bodies in the cause of Allah, Obama sees no Islam, hears no Islam, speaks no Islam. Obama’s cold-blooded comedy in Paris is a step too far.”
Someone has to fall pretty low to be called “evil and mentally deficient.” Even the harshest of presidential critics would never considered writing such words.
Just as a matter of pure speculation however, what if Barack Obama has, indeed, set the stage during his two terms as president to enable himself to continue his nefarious agenda without being under the microscope of the office?
Certainly the media, which have for the most part given him a pass during his presidency, will have no interest in challenging him when he no longer resides on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Impossible? Look at what a few hanging chads did for the global reputation and pocketbook of Al Gore. Would Gore even consider being president today? If a presidential loser can garner that much influence, consider what a former two-term president can do when he is no longer in the spotlight and operating in a world where Islamic jihad is gaining in strength.
It’s little more than a random thought, of course. Other former commanders in chief have used their post-presidential resources to make speeches, build libraries and serve as ambassadors for the country as elder statesmen and citizens of the world.
Given Mr. Obama’s animus for this country, however, we can only hope he spends his time driving into bunkers on golf courses rather than touring bunkers in the Middle East.
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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