Obama's Cold Heart
President Barack Obama looks so warm and friendly on the podium. In Washington he's known as someone who actually dislikes people in person. He's possibly the only politician in the world who plays golf only with his aides.
Personal relationships with much of Washington - Obama is frighteningly weak. Last week, I asked a member of the Senate if he knows of anyone who really knows Obama. He said he does not. Washington is thick with stories about Obama's insularity and distance. We hear how he does not listen to criticism - he sometimes just walks out of the room...
Obama's personal coldness and arrogance are in complete contrast with his media image of the candidate who empathizes with ordinary people. In reality, he can't even offer human warmth to grieving parents. Obama's coldness shocked and hurt the families of the men killed in the 9/11 al-Qaeda attack in Benghazi.
Sean Smith's mother:
They all came up to me and talked to me and everything. I cried on Obama's shoulder. And he -- then he'd kind of looked off into the distance. So that was worthless to me.
Tyrone Wood's father:
What happened was he [Obama] came through there kind of after everyone else had been in the room circulating and he came over and shook my hand ... a whiney little voice, "I'm sorry."
I could tell by his voice he wasn't even sorry. It would be like a little kid that is told by the teacher to go apologize to Johnny ...When he looked at me, his face was pointed towards me but he couldn't look me in the eye. He was looking over my shoulder. And like I say... literally like shaking hands with a dead fish. I did not believe him at all as far as his being sorry.
The father of fallen Marine Joseph Logan is upset at the condolence form letter he received from President Obama, delivered by a UPS truck driver almost a full five months after his son's remains were brought home from Afghanistan. The father, Tom Logan, experienced Obama's form letter as profoundly disrespectful: "It opened up a wound, a hole in our heart, that you can't fix."
The 22 men from SEAL Team Six were killed three months after they took out Osama bin Laden, due to President Obama's military rules of engagement that denied them air cover in a pitched battle out of fear that there might be a civilian in the building the jihadis were firing from. It was a historic loss of American lives in a single battle in the war on terror. Their parents, too, received form letters.
In contrast, President Bush met privately with "more than 500 families of troops killed in action and with more than 950 wounded veterans ... outside the presence of the news media."
The first lady (Laura Bush) said those private visits, many of which she also attended, took a heavy emotional toll ...."People say, 'Why would you do that?'" the president said in an Oval Office interview ... "And the answer is: This is my duty. The president is commander in chief, but the president is often comforter in chief, as well. It is my duty to be - to try to comfort as best as I humanly can a loved one who is in anguish.
Obama's cold heart does not respond to people in anguish and need. He is not kind even to his own family. These are his closest relatives, people he's met personally on his visits to Kenya starting out as a young man, people about whom he wrote movingly in his fictionalized memoir, Dreams from My Father. When these relatives asked him for help for themselves and their village, Obama turned them down flat.
His father's sister, Barack's Aunt Auma, lives by selling coal on the road outside her village and can't afford basic medical care. Obama once gave her $140 six years ago, and she is still hoping he'll help with her dental problems. The author of ObamaCare has no help for her, either.
Barack Obama's very own half-brother, George Obama, lives in abject poverty, in a shack in a Nairobi slum. Yet it was not multimillionaire President Obama, but filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza whom George called for help when his son was sick in the hospital, telling D'Souza, "You are like a brother to me." "I have no one else to ask."
Obama is almost as cold-hearted about sharing his wealth with unfortunate people in America through charitable giving.
Americans are the most generous people on earth, with some exceptions. A typical middle-class American family give 3.5% of their income to charity. Multi-millionaires such as the Obamas and Romneys average 6%. The working poor give 4.5%, the most generous of all. Welfare poor (at the same income levels) give nothing.
Before deciding to run for president -- that is, before their giving level would be of interest to voters -- the Obamas gave between 0.4% and 1% of their income to charity. This is closest to the giving level of people on welfare.
At that time, State Senator Obama and Michelle were Harvard-educated lawyers, in professional jobs, with a combined income that put them among the top 10% of earners (that is, above $112,000). Michelle and Obama's combined earnings were $181,507 to $272,759 each year from 1998 to 2004. And they gave the same percentage single mothers on welfare give.
The contrast between Obama and Romney leaves Obama looking even worse. Obama is running against one of the most charitable men in America. Mitt and Ann Romney gave an average of 14% of their income over a twenty-year period. In addition, they both have served others through prodigious levels of volunteer work, serving primarily ghetto youth, at-risk teenagers, inner-city girls, families with sick children, and fellow congregants.
What charities did then-State Senator Obama and Michelle choose? They gave the most money to the Reverend Wright's hate-filled church. Their other choices: literacy, an African dance group, and CARE, a group that fights global poverty. The Obamas also illegally listed a $13,000 donation to the Congressional Black Caucus as a charity. Nice.
Barack Obama had the biggest opportunity of his life, before ascending to the Oval office, to show his caring heart when he was hired to co-chair the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, meant to improve education for Chicago's children in the public school system. Obama was given control of nearly 100 million dollars to help children struggling to learn the reading and math skills they'd need to get jobs and make lives for themselves.
His co-chair, and the man who hired him in 1995, was unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers. This is the same Bill Ayers who Obama told Hillary Clinton in their 2008 primary "was a guy who lives in my neighborhood...not somebody who I exchange ideas from" (sic). Bill Ayers launched Obama's campaign for state senator in his house that same year, 1995.
For Obama, charity clearly began by helping himself. Instead of giving the money to improve reading and math skills, Barack Obama and Ayers gave the 100 million dollars to left-wing causes and groups useful to Obama's political campaign. ACORN was a major beneficiary. So was the Developing Communities Project, run by Greg Galuzzo, Obama's first boss, who trained directly under Saul Alinksy. Ayers's "small schools movement" was funded.
... individual schools built around specific political themes push students to "confront issues of inequity, war, and violence." ... The point, says Mr. Ayers ... is to "teach against oppression," against America's history of evil and racism, thereby forcing social transformation.
Obama's and Ayers's performance in helping poor schoolchildren with Mr. Annenberg's $100 million was measured. The schoolchildren they were supposed to help showed zero improvement. The Chicago School Superintendent blasted Obama for completely wasting the money. He accused Obama of working to undermine his own successful efforts to improve public education.
There was a total lack of accountability. If you went back and asked, you'd be hard-pressed to find out how the money was spent. Very little of the money found its way directly into the classroom.
The entire episode foreshadows Obama's use of the stimulus money as president, which was directed to reward his liberal backers, through grants to maintain bloated state benefits for government union workers and nonexistent green jobs, and did nothing to help the tens of millions of suffering people out of work. Once again, the money meant to help others was used by Obama to augment his political power.
The nation has learned this to our sorrow. President Obama wants to save the world. Actual people? Not so much.
The author was a Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Senegal, a clinical social worker and psychotherapist, and a mystery author whose novels highlighted the wildlife and peoples of Kenya. She currently writes for American Thinker.