A 'very lonely man' about to get even lonelier
There is something to be said for "vetting" our presidential candidates, or the often used phrase of the "anal exam" that the media used give them. It tells us about the men (and women) seeking the presidency. It reveals their past associations, their highs and lows.
It acquaints us with their work histories, much like references tell a future employer about the person that they are considering to hire. For example, would you hire a plant manager without knowing how he deals with adversity or personnel issues? Wouldn't you want to know if he has good people skills or isolates himself from reality when the "you know what" hits the fan?
In politics, we learn all of that from serious reporters who look at the candidate's resume or ask him fair but tough questions about their past. The process is not always fair, as some of The NY Times' attacks on Senator McCain in 2008 or the silly article about Mitt Romney's high school days. However, most of the articles do tell us about the candidate and what to expect from them.
Unfortunately, candidate Obama never got that "anal exam." The media allowed a man that we knew very little about to campaign on the basis of slogans and platitudes. In a sentence, we allowed a man who had never run anything to walk into the most difficult and complicated job on earth.
Reality has caught up with President Obama and all of those who cheered him in the media.
From Maureen Dowd ("Alone again naturally") to Democrats quoted in The NY Times, Howard Kurtz is reminding us of just how isolated from his own party President Obama is:
"President Obama has few remaining friends—either in his own party or in the media.
That’s the unmistakable conclusion of two pieces this week in the New York Times. Just about everyone, it seems, is down on his single, solitary nature.
I’ve been saying for a year now that the president’s liberal media allies have soured on him. It started with the ObamaCare debacle and continued through his seeming passivity or slow reaction time in the wake of the VA scandal, the Bowe Bergdahl mess, the military collapse in Iraq and so on. At this point they’re basically Waiting for Hillary.
What is striking now is a growing sense, fairly or unfairly, that Obama is not capable of rising to the occasion, that he just doesn’t like politics, that he’s disengaged, that despite his soaring rhetoric in 2008 he has a passion deficit.
All the criticism about him playing golf and being at Martha’s Vineyard is kind of a code for his supposedly being unplugged from the job."
So we learn in year 6 of his presidency that he does not really the job after all? Or that he can't rise to the occasion? Or that he does not like politics?
Sorry but why didn't we hear that in 2008? It would not have taken a lot of "investigative reporting" to determine that a man who never had an executive position maybe wasn't quite ready for an executive position.
I just hope that the liberal base understands that Mr Obama is going to get even lonelier in the near future.
Wait until he tells them that we are going back to Iraq and bombing Syria as well.
He is going to be really lonely then!
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