President Perks

Has there ever been a president more in love with the perks of office and less interested in the actual duties? It’s hard to think of anyone who comes close to Barack Obama in that regard. And now that he is well into his second term and losing popularity, President Obama seems to be retreating into a preoccupation with the pleasures and perks of office, leaving the heavy lifting to political hacks. The read of the day is an article in the Free Beacon by Matthew Continetti, making the case that Obama is now “dialing it in,” interested mostly in having fun. The entire piece is worthwhile, but here are two excerpts. He knows that his agenda is now limited to executive orders and bureaucratic regulation, and that even these measures are likely to be in the courts for years. He knows that his foreign policy agenda of engagement with the enemies of America will prove controversial and unpopular. He knows his staff has been ducking-and-covering ever since Lois...(Read Full Post)