President Obama has taken the office of POTUS to a new low (if I had a dime for every time I’ve said that….). He is now holding a raffle, to give 4 people the opportunity to have dinner with him and Vice President Biden. All of this for the low, low price of a $5 campaign donation!
I’m beyond stunned. Being the President of the United States used to mean something. Unfortunately, since the day Obama was inaugurated, he has done nothing but demean and diminish the office. He travels across the globe, apologizing for America to one world leader after another. He goes out of his way to be friendly to leaders of countries who wish to destroy us, while shunning our allies. When Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, our closest ally, visited the White House in 2010, not only was there no press conference or photo op, but after their unproductive meeting, Obama retreated to dine privately, and left Netanyahu to dine alone. Who does that to a guest and friend of the U.S.? However, when Chinese President Hu Jintao, a Communist leader of a country cited for numerous human rights violations, visited the U.S., Obama held a state dinner, with over 200 guests, and gave him the red carpet treatment.
Let’s look at some of Obama’s speeches at home and abroad.
These are highlighted as Obama’s five most embarrassing speeches, in an
article by Nile Gardiner, in The Telegraph (these are just during
2009!). In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, he
criticized the counter-terror policies of the Bush administration, and
condemned actions of our closest ally, Israel. In a speech in Strasbourg,
he talked about American arrogance and apologized for U.S.
foreign policy and the war on terror. This, while in front of a French
and German audience, who opposed our actions in Iraq. In Cairo, he
attacked our decision to go to Iraq. In Prague, he downplayed the
threats by rogue states like Iran and North Korea. He also promised to
stand behind the Czechs, then just months later decided to ditch the missile
defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic . And at a National Archives speech in Washington,
he again apologized for the war on terror and attacked the Bush
administration’s successful counter-terror policies.
In a time of severe financial instability, Obama is more focused on his golf game than on fixing the economy and bringing down the debt. He’s played 75 rounds of golf in just over two years, and has been on the course for the last 13 weekends in a row. Meanwhile, budget talks between Republicans and Democrats, led by Vice President Biden, came to a grinding halt last week, when the GOP walked away from talks, due to the Democrats’ refusal to take tax hikes off the table. It took this drastic move for Obama to finally agree to step in and get involved.
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There are also the little things, like incessant gum chewing, or more like chomping, during the Joplin memorial ceremony, a display of complete disrespect, in my opinion. He also mocks people who oppose him. He has referred to the tea party as a “teabag, anti-government” movement. He mocked the concerns about border security by making jokes about how Republicans are never satisfied, and will be asking for moats and alligators next. He made references to Republicans standing around sipping Slurpees while the Democrats do all the hard work, pulling the proverbial car (economy) out of the ditch. He invited Paul Ryan to his budget speech, sat him in the front row, then attacked his plan, claiming it will strip healthcare away from the elderly and kids with disabilities and autism. He also race baits, by insinuating that Republicans would make race an issue and scare voters by suggesting Obama has a “funny name” or “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills”. He also insinuated that the Arizona immigration bill is racist.
President Obama is also distracted from his duties, by spending an enormous amount of time campaigning. To date, he has held 33 fundraising events. Contrast this with Bush’s three events in the same amount of time, during his presidency. And now this? A raffle? It’s deplorable (and really cheesy, but I digress). Then, to make matters worse, it appears he has broken campaign finance laws, by creating this “Dinner with Barack” ad in the White House. Obviously, his aides are trying to defend the ad, with the default “Bush did it!” claim (Bush did make political ads, but not fundraising ads, which is where the illegality lies). But, it’s likely nothing will happen. Who is going to go after him? Not the media, and certainly not Holder.
Would George W. Bush ever do these things? Obviously, he wasn’t perfect, and I didn’t agree with every decision he made while in office. However, I truly respected him as a leader. President Bush was much more
concerned with maintaining the integrity of the office than he was
about his own popularity. But Obama has this attitude that he is the
president, so he can do whatever he wants. He likes the power that comes
with the position, but seems to care little about the integrity of the
At what point do we say enough is enough?