CHARLOTTE, NC, October 24, 2014 – Former Vice President Dan Quayle became a media laughingstock when he could not spell the word “potato.” Not only did it produce a feeding frenzy of media frivolity, it plagued Quayle for the remainder of his political career.
The current Vice President, Joe Biden, has far exceeded Quayle’s miscues with countless gaffes that have been considerably more indicative of his intellectual shortcomings. Media gives Biden a pass, however, by referring to him as “good ol’ Joe” or some other innocuous moniker.
More recently, First Lady Michelle Obama did further damage to the administration’s credibility while filling in for her husband on the campaign trail.
While stumping for Mark Udall (D-COLO) in Denver on Thursday, Michelle said “As a fifth-generation Coloradan, Mark understands what makes this state special. He understands the values of independence, and fairness-all the things folks here believe in.”
It sounded good until it was pointed out that Udall was born in Arizona and was a former congressman from that state. He also attended high school in Arizona and did not move to Colorado until after he graduated from college.
Even worse for the first lady is that Udall’s opponent Cory Gardner (R-COLO) actually is a fifth-generation Coloradan with roots in the state dating back to 1886.
An honest mistake you say. It could happen to anyone. True, but consider how vocal the press was about Dan Quayle, and then review another appearance by Mrs. Obama in Iowa earlier this week.
Bruce Braley (D-IOWA) is running a tough campaign for an open U.S. Senate seat against Joni Ernst (R-IOWA). During an appearance early in October, Michelle referred to the Democratic candidate as Bruce “Bailey” throughout her speech. In an effort to bring humor to her remarks on Tuesday, Obama said with a smile, “Bruce Braley. Now, some of you may remember the last time I was here, I got it wrong…a couple of times.”
Nice try Michelle but it didn’t work.
Unfortunately for the first lady, the printed material that was handed out listed Braley as a candidate for “governor.”
How do you spell “potato” Mrs. Obama?
Misspelling the word “potato” truly was a harmless error. Getting candidate’s names, positions and background wrong is just plain sloppy.
It demonstrates that the words are meaningless and the candidates themselves are inconsequential to the Obamas other than the fact that they have a “D” attached to their names.
The president himself had two major mistakes this month with statements that threw his own party under the bus. Most of the media wasn’t paying attention, but the Republicans certainly were.
Mixed in the midst of the recent Obama boners, some Democrats have publically expressed that they are tired and embarrassed by the inept way the administration governs.
The real question is whether the current White House is, indeed, inept or if it is the product of an agenda gone amok with power and narcissism. Either way, the result would be the same.
Writing in “Business Week” Joshua Green said “Administration veterans describe Obama’s crisis-management process as akin to a high-level graduate seminar. Six years in, it’s clear that Obama’s presidency is largely about adhering to intellectual rigor – regardless of the public’s emotional needs. Obama disdains the performative aspects of his job.”
Unfortunately for Barack Obama, the world is not an academic exercise. It is a real life experience filled with rapidly changing ideas and crises that must be dealt with in real time.
Nice as it would be to “get all the facts” before we respond, sometimes common sense and logic must also be incorporated into a decision.
The administration’s actions in the Ebola crisis are a perfect example of Obama’s hesitancy.
As Joshua Green points out, “the White House response to this latest national crisis had already run a familiar course: the initial assurance that everything was under control; the subsequent realization that it wasn’t; the delay as administration officials appeared conflicted about what to do; and the growing frustration with a president who seemed a step or two behind each new development.”
Part of the problem, of course, is Obama’s inability to deal with any situation honestly. That creates indecision which creates uncertainty which creates a lack of credibility.
Obama was essentially correct about the fear factor of Ebola. As one publication pointed out, “cooler heads have noted that more Americans have been married to a Kardasian than have died from Ebola.”
Call it a conspiracy theory if you like, but the appearance of ineptitude in the White House is all part of a much larger plan.
Calling the White House inept is to give far too much credit to Barack Obama’s intellect and far too little acknowledgement his manipulative agenda.
* Cartoon by Branco, via LegalInsurrection. Reprinted by permission.
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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