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Monday, March 16, 2009

The mask has slipped and the emperor has no clothes

We knew the president was incompetent, and not just in the general sense. For the first time in this nation's history we have a president that was elected, and lacked even a shred of a resume. Captain Ed takes note of the fact that the honeymoon just might be over for the thrill-up-the-leg media:

Not long ago, after a string of especially bad days for the Obama administration, a veteran Democratic pol approached me with a pained look on his face and asked, "Do you think they know what they're doing?"

The question caught me off guard because the man is a well-known Obama supporter. As we talked, I quickly realized his asking suggested his own considerable doubts.

Yes, it's early, but an eerily familiar feeling is spreading across party lines and seeping into the national conversation. It's a nagging doubt about the competency of the White House. ...

Polls show that most people like Obama, but they increasingly don't like his policies. The vast spending hikes and plans for more are provoking the most concern, with 82% telling a Gallup survey they are worried about the deficit and 69% worried about the rapid growth of government under Obama. Most expect their own taxes will go up as a result, despite the President's promises to the contrary.

None other than Warren Buffet, an Obama supporter, has called the administration's message on the economy "muddled." Even China says it is worried about its investments in American Treasury bonds. Ouch.

Much of the blame falls on Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, whose appalling tax problems softened the ground under him before he took office. After his initial fumbling presentations, he became a butt of jokes on "Saturday Night Live," not a sustainable image for the point man in a recession. And still the market waits for his answer to the banks' toxic assets. ...

It's also notable that four people lined up for top jobs under Geithner have withdrawn, leaving one British official to complain that there is nobody to talk to at the Treasury Department. Perhaps it was a bid to combat the Geithner blues that led Larry Summers, Obama's top economic adviser, to make an unusual appearance Friday in which he defended the spending plans everyone is so worried about.

Yet the doubts aren't all about Geithner, and they were reinforced by the bizarre nomination and withdrawal of
Chas Freeman as a top intelligence official. It's hard to know which explanation is worse: that the White House didn't know of Freeman's intemperate criticism of Israel and his praise of China's massacre at Tiananmen Square, or that it didn't care. Good riddance to him. But what of those who picked him?

Which brings us to the heart of the matter: the doubts about Obama himself. His famous eloquence is wearing thin through daily exposure and because his actions are often disconnected from his words. His lack of administrative experience is showing.

His promises and policies contradict each other often enough that evidence of hypocrisy is ceasing to be news. Remember the pledges about bipartisanship and high ethics? They're so last year.

The beat goes on. Last week, Obama brazenly gave a speech about earmark reform just after he quietly signed a $410 billion spending bill that had about 9,000 earmarks in it. He denounced Bush's habit of disregarding pieces of laws he didn't like, so-called signing statements, then issued one himself.

And in an absolute jaw-dropper, he told business leaders, "I don't like the idea of spending more government money, nor am I interested in expanding government's role."

No wonder Americans are confused. Our President is, too.

For the first and last time, Barry's not confused, He's completely incompetent and in over his head. He thought this job was going to be like a vacation, and it's turning out to be real work. And therein lies the problem: His perception of what it means to be president, and the fact his leg-tingling media gives him pass after pass after pass. But the general public isn't. The public is downright worried the man doesn't know what he's doing. A few are even concerned that he knows exactly what he's doing -- injecting hardcore socialism into the nation -- and lying to the public about it.

I have an acquaintance that I run into about once every couple of weeks, and he's a hardcore Obama supporter. He believed the hype of hope and change. He believes with every fiber of his body that Barry will be the greatest president who ever lived. And you can't talk to him about what Barry has done. Know why? He doesn't watch the news. He doesn't read a newspaper. He doesn't read anything on the Internet. In other words, he's as clueless as Barry is. He had no idea that the Pork-A-Palooza was written by the Democrats, with no Republican input. He has no clue about the nominees that have been withdrawn from Cabinet positions. He had no idea about the $410 billion omnibus bill.

In short, he is the A-typical Obama bot. The man can do nothing wrong, and anyone who speaks out against him is either: A) A racist, B) Unpatriotic, or C) A hater like Rush is in their eyes. (The latter would make sense if they'd put down the kool-aid and actually listen to Rush, but I'm sure they're too busy watching their commemorative DVD of his inauguration. Oh, and no, I'm not saying Rush is a hater. I'm saying they have accused me of being a hater like Rush because of the one simple sentence taken out of context.)

I am not a racist. Barry's race had nothing to do with my decision to oppose him. His hard Left, borderline socialist ideas did that. I'm anything but unpatriotic. I love this nation and will defend her to my dying breath if needs be. And I don't hate anyone that I don't personally know. It's illogical to even say such a thing, but society has become rather lax in it's use of the lexicon. Everyone nowadays "hates" this or "hates" that, or "hates" so-and-so when dislike, disdain, and abhor would be perfectly decent replacements for the word hate. "Hate" sends a powerful emotional message, possibly one wrapped in violence, and the last thing I want to do is commit a violent act against someone I don't even know.

But the mask has finally slipped. Barry's supporters are seeing him for what he really is, and the media is now questioning him. Will the majority of them go along now and start asking the tough questions? Of course not. They're invested in him. They climbed right into bed with him for the torrid, licentious affair and they're not about to jump ship just because his first couple of months have been rocky. But the minority in the media that are seeing this and asking the questions won't be heading back to that bed anytime soon. They've seen what Barry is all about, and they're not happy with it, nor do they think they can keep covering for such an incompetent rube.

Publius II


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