I walked into the boss’s office the other day. We both see eye to eye politically and spend a fair share of time in the same echo chamber, so our biases are evident. But we still both has to shrug our shoulders because while there’s trouble brewing (again) in Iran, a war going on in Afghanistan, a health care debate going on that the President likes to use the politics of fear with saying that people are going to die if his bill isn’t passed, and an economy that’s still in the crapper…yet the President is going to Brussels just to argue for Chicago to get the Olympics in 2016. Really Sparky?
As a side, imagine the news outrage if George Bush did the same to bring the Olympics to Houston. Just saying.
The President seems to not like to stay home and/or go to work, or at least make it look like it which is just as important. Now, admitting that I spend a fair share of time in the echo chamber, I have been known not to be fair, but even cats from his own side of the aisle are starting to call him out on it. Richard Cohen, the floor is yours…
The trouble with Obama is that he gets into the moment and means what he says for that moment only. He meant what he said when he called Afghanistan a “war of necessity” — and now is not necessarily so sure. He meant what he said about the public option in his health-care plan — and then again maybe not. He would not prosecute CIA agents for getting rough with detainees — and then again maybe he would.
Most tellingly, he gave Congress an August deadline for passage of health-care legislation — “Now, if there are no deadlines, nothing gets done in this town . . . ” — and then let it pass. It seemed not to occur to Obama that a deadline comes with a consequence — meet it or else.
Obama lost credibility with his deadline-that-never-was, and now he threatens to lose some more with his posturing toward Iran. He has gotten into a demeaning dialogue with Ahmadinejad, an accomplished liar. (The next day, the Iranian used a news conference to counter Obama and, days later, Iran tested some intermediate-range missiles.) Obama is our version of a Supreme Leader, not given to making idle threats, setting idle deadlines, reversing course on momentous issues, creating a TV crisis where none existed or, unbelievably, pitching Chicago for the 2016 Olympics. Obama’s the president. Time he understood that.
I wonder what lobbying firm is paying Richard Cohen to say such hateful things aboot the President. I keep waiting for my check from the insurance lobby.