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Can't This Guy Do Anything Right?

Someone, please, tell me again how smart Barack Obama is. Because I've lost sight of any proof of that statement.

First up, while the BP oil spill continues unchecked, he announces that he's going to take a break from keeping his boot on their neck to enjoy a little vacation time back in sweet home Chicago. On Memorial Day. Leaving the traditional laying of a wreath at the Tomb Of The Unknowns to Sheriff Joe.

Now, Barack Obama has no place at Arlington Cemetery. He never served in the military, has never shown any particular respect or reverence for the military, and spent way, way too much time palling around with someone who actively plotted to kill members of the military.

But the President of the United States... that's another story. It's become a tradition for the Commander In Chief, on that solemn day, to pay his respects to those who have fallen in our nation's service. It's a subtle reinforcement of the fact that our military is subject to civilian command, as well as the duly elected representative of the American people to show that loyalty, honor, and respect are a two-way street.

Media Matters, in defending Obama's decision to blow off this, cites two examples from the last 30-odd years when presidents didn't attend. (It's occasionally fun to use the "other side" as a source, and I'm perfectly content to let those tools do the rope-weaving before I hang them with it.) In 1983, President Reagan was attending an economic summit, so he sent a Deputy Secretary of Defense in his stead.

What they don't mention was that the Deputy in question was a distinguished World War II veteran, Navy ace, and former test pilot who, coincidentally enough, died barely two weeks ago. So, in that case, I think Reagan found a suitable proxy.

((On the other hand, in 1985 he pleaded guilty to participating in an insider-trading scheme where he didn't personally profit, but helped others, so he wasn't exactly a sterling character, but that wasn't known at the time he stood in for Reagan. But I digress.))

The other example was President George H. W. Bush in 1992, who -- like Obama -- took a family vacation and sent his vice-president, Dan Quayle, in his stead. But unlike Biden, Quayle had a military background -- an entirely undistinguished stint in the Illinois National Guard. And Bush himself was, like Reagan's proxy, a distinguished Navy pilot from World War II.

Another time Media Matters managed to overlook was in 2002, when George W. Bush skipped it. At the time, he was in Europe, and he paid his respects at Normandy.

Meanwhile, Obama is showing just how serious he's taking Arizona's concern about its southern border. After years of yelling, pleading, and begging, they're finally getting some National Guard support along the southern border. Obama finally heard them.

But apparently not too clearly. He's sending a grand total of 1,200 Guard members to cover the entire border, four states' worth. And he didn't bother to notify the states' members of Congress about it in advance.

VAN SUSTEREN: ...You and Senator Kyl have been writing the president on multiple occasions and for quite some time. Did the president actually respond to you and say, Senator McCain, I can't give you 6,000, but I can give you 1,200, or did you just learn about this in the press?

MCCAIN: We learned about it in the press. And the interesting thing was that at the luncheon that the president came to with Republican senators, the issue came up and I discussed it with the president, including the fact that we had to secure the borders first, otherwise, we would be faced with a continuous problem of illegal immigrants. And Jon Kyl mentioned the supplemental and that we needed additional troops, and the president didn't say anything then. And a half hour afterwards, there was a statement or a press release from the administration saying they had 1,200 -- they were sending 1,200 additional. So -- and at the same time, I had an amendment on the floor, which we'll be voting on tomorrow, to fund 6,000 additional troops. Interesting -- all these are interesting coincidences.

I can't even find any accounts of whether he notified their governors first.

In both cases, while not strictly legally mandated, it's considered a common courtesy to notify the political leaders of a state before you send in the troops. Back during Hurricane Katrina, President Bush went to great pains to keep the governors of the afflicted states -- even the astonishingly incompetent Democratic governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco -- in the loop as much as possible.

My own theory is that since three of the four states have Republican governors (California's Schwarzenegger, Arizona's Brewer, and Texas' Perry), politics probably played a part. New Mexico's Bill Richardson might have gotten a tip-off, but there's an old saw: "never ascribe to malice that which can be adequately explained by incompetence." Considering how inept this administration has proven thus far, I'll grant them the benefit of the doubt and guess they only thought of Brewer and Perry, and said "screw 'em." They simply didn't think about it enough to realize the full implications of the deployment.

The biggest problem Obama seems to have is that the guy just won't listen when others try to tell him he's making a mistake. Worse, he's surrounded himself with tons of people who won't even try to tell him.

Remember that Obama attended Harvard Law School? There's an old saying that comes to mind: "You can always tell a Harvard man, but you can't tell him much."

Because they already know it all. Just ask them.


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Comments (25)

Obama isn't going about thi... (Below threshold)

Obama isn't going about things any differently than his predecessors (approach, not substance).

For example, Bush usually didn't listen to those who thought he was making a mistake. In fact, he doubled down with the surge... much to the delight of your readership. While Bush did pull Miers' nomination, it was because he realized he couldn't get her confirmed, not because he thought he made a mistake.

As far as notifying the local governors, a President plays to a national crowd, he wants to control his message... so of course Obama is going to keep it quiet and not tell a bunch of Republicans what he's up to.

And as far as Memorial Day, he's making a calculated decision that not showing up isn't going to hurt him in the polls. He may be right, I hope he's wrong, but it is normal for President's to show up where they think it will do them the most good and to not bother showing up where they don't think it will help them to show. That's why Obama is finally getting down to the Gulf (and making a show of interrupting his vacation to do so)... his advisers figured out it would hurt him not to do so.

And he's (unfortunately) plenty smart. He got himself nominated and elected with a paper thin resume and ridiculous economic theories. He's used the press to his advantage. He got his health care and financial reform through. Has there been a single big issue that he hasn't gotten through? I wish he were dumber.

First up, while the BP o... (Below threshold)

First up, while the BP oil spill continues unchecked, he announces that he's going to take a break from keeping his boot on their neck to enjoy a little vacation time back in sweet home Chicago.

Actually, he's kicking things off with a fundraiser for Boxer first in CA. She herself is responding superbly to the incident, as chairman of the of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, by introducing legislation to ban offshore drilling. Gotta have priorities.

"he's making a calculated d... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"he's making a calculated decision that not showing up isn't going to hurt him in the polls."

Well, Yeah. Anyone who would be offended is already pissed at him for his shabby treatment of the troops and his two faced positions on terrorism. Those who would approve are already in the tank for him and would be offended that he showed any respect to the military by showing up. So he gains and loses nothing by snubbing the military or the nation.

Actually, having Biden go is a win all the way around. We don't get obama and his self congratulatory crap taking credit for what our nations soldiers have sacrificed for and denigrating their contribution to our freedom. AND, we get Biden who is bound to put his foot in his mouth and say something stupid like, "Hey, what's the name of the guy buried here?" when he puts up the wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

"Has there been a single bi... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"Has there been a single big issue that he hasn't gotten through? "

Getting through does not mean getting through successfully or being on the right or winning side. The democrats were on the side of the Confederacy. They 'got through' the Civil War. You call getting through a success? I would beg to disagree.

In the same vein I would say the obama 'getting through' the problems of this presidency is not being successful in doing so. I would point to his polling as evidence that I am not by any means alone in that sentiment.

Obamalala is a contrarian. ... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

Obamalala is a contrarian. Not in the sense that you problem solve but, going against the common sense approach to anything. He is the smart-ass at committee meetings that thinks it's his job to keep everyone else "honest". He is the jerk that stands at the back of the room and shouts out, "how's that workin' out"? He is the strange uncle at the wedding that will insult everyone in the family just because he has had a shot of "bravery" at the open bar. He will scratch his face with his "bird" finger but, doesn't have the guts to really "flip it" at someone like he did to Hillary.
"Plug the damn hole", he shouts in the Oval ofiice. Wow, what a guy. That'll work. What a liberal dope.

"I wish he were dumber."... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"I wish he were dumber."

He only has to be smarter than those who voted for him. And that ain't sayin' much. He doesn't have to be smart at all. All he has to do is push the same agenda the media wants. If he was so damn smart he wouldn't need union leaders to tell him what to do. If he was so damn smart ... eh, nevermind.

"never ascribe to malice th... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

"never ascribe to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity." FTFY

Steve... "He got his health care and financial reform through."

This would explain why the public thinks that his health care program should be revoked stands at a two to one margin.

I'm also impressed by the number of Democrats that are running away from his programs and consider an appearance by 'The Won' to be the kiss of death for their reelection effort.

Gotta give him credit for becoming a pariah in under two years and possibly being the worst president of the United States EVER.

Really took a 'smart' person to do all that in such a short time, really.

He has never shown any p... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

He has never shown any particular respect or reverence for the military

As a civilian Commander in Chief, I'm not sure you want to show reverence for the military, those who died on the battle field yes, and respect certainly, but reverence for the military?

Wasn´t it Ike, who said in his farewell address, "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex".

In a democracy, they like religious leaders should come under scrutiny like everyone else.

How about Cap and Tax? That... (Below threshold)
Stan:

How about Cap and Tax? That is still languishing in the Senate and will likely not be voted on in the near future. If things go right in November, it will die the death it deserves and hopefully so will the rest of the Obama/Democrat agenda.

Gmac:""never ascribe... (Below threshold)
Brian The Adequate:

Gmac:
""never ascribe to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity." FTFY"

Don't forget the other side of this:

"Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice" - Grey's Law

I'll take the best of both ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I'll take the best of both worlds. I honestly believe that he is BOTH incompetent AND malicious.

I'm interested in seeing wh... (Below threshold)
Meiji_man:

I'm interested in seeing whether the troops deployed will be on the border, or if they will surround a local ice cream shop while a photo-op father and daughter get an ice cream unmolested.

Mejii - nope, just a sop to... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Mejii - nope, just a sop to quiet the populace and make them feel (being the operative word) that something will be accomplished.

The NG's duty will be to go get coffee for the BP agents. The NG won't be "enforcing" anything, and I seriously doubt you will see any pictures of them ARMED.

"She (Boxer) herself is res... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"She (Boxer) herself is responding superbly to the incident, as chairman of the of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, by introducing legislation to ban offshore drilling."

Oooops! Babs better back up and talk to her fellow Democrats in Sacramento.

It's the two-step budget tango time once again in Sacramento. Time to paper that $20 BILLION shortfall (again). So one proposal is to raid the "recycling deposit fund" (the nickel extra you pay at the counter on that can or bottle) - to the tune of $8.9 BILLION (not everyone turns that stuff back in for their 'deposit').

So the Democrats are going to go to Wall Street and "securitize" that "loan". How will they pay that money back?

SELLING OFF-SHORE OIL LEASES!

Babs? Babs? Hello? You there?

Don't be surprised if it tu... (Below threshold)

Don't be surprised if it turns out that those 1200 guardsmen end up interfering with local law enforcement and ranchers.
The cynical part of me says that Obama gave his buddy Calderon a "heads up" saying "Cool it on the border for a while to make me look good!"

Jay Tea: I agree wit... (Below threshold)
langtry:

Jay Tea: I agree with you completely. But you may want to change the state of Dan Quayle's National Guard service to the unit he actually served with, the Indiana National Guard. As Quayle is a lifelong resident of Huntington, Indiana, that was the unit with which he was a pilot.

The NG's duty will be to... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

The NG's duty will be to go get coffee for the BP agents. The NG won't be "enforcing" anything, and I seriously doubt you will see any pictures of them ARMED.

That'd be provocative, after all... and we cvan't have THAT.

For example, Bu... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

For example, Bush usually didn't listen to those who thought he was making a mistake. In fact, he doubled down with the surge... much to the delight of your readership.

How did the surge work out? Hmm?

And as far as Memorial Day, he's making a calculated decision that not showing up isn't going to hurt him in the polls.

This is exactly the point - he doesn't actually give a shit about the service of those interred at Arlington, he's worried about himself, and the polls. The military? Just props to him, to be used as needed, rejected like a used Kleenex when not.

Memorial Day and Arlington National Cemetary are obviously of no importance to Prince Hussein. (No Tomb of the Unknown Indonesian, I guess).

The Malfeasant Media sold a... (Below threshold)
Constitution First:

The Malfeasant Media sold a bill of goods to enough uninformed and willing dupes to garner the +50% the wrest the chair from a weak & waffling challenger (if you'll remember, also chosen by the very same media), and now the rest of us must live with those consequences.

Government takeover of banks, industry and medicine are just the start of hell on earth, the energy sector and water rights are next,

Will Patriots muster in time? If 0-Bambi can shove amnesty down our throats before November, there will be 20 million more people with every incentive to vote for & demand more entitlements, pay little to no tax to cover them, that's end game. Cloward - Piven win. That must not happen.

Change, is a healthy person contracting lymphatic cancer.

If the Republic is ever to survive in any semblance of it's former self, Patriots have to fight this [email protected]@rd's plan at every turn, one third if this nation in denial, they endanger us all.

"If 0-Bambi can shove amnes... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"If 0-Bambi can shove amnesty down our throats before November"

Ain't going to happen. Barry and Company can pander to the hispanic vote all they want. A clear majority of the American public does not trust politicians on this issue. So count on Barry to beat the drum about those 'obstructionist' Republicans who 'hate' immigrants.

Barry throws a 1,200 man band-aide at the border problem, only to keep a lid on things. Not to permanently solve any problems. He'd better damned well hope that none of those Guardsmen get harmed - because they'll probably be disarmed and doing 'gofer' jobs. Go for this. Go for that. NO actual enforcement duties.

Of course the Republicans could play mind games with Barry.

"PRESIDENT OBAMA HAILED FOR SENDING ARMED TROOPS TO THE BORDER!"

Baghdad Bob Gibbs would have a heart attack racing for the WH briefing room, screaming "Supoort" they are only there for "Support", "NO ENFORCEMENT", it's all theater.

Only with Obama as Presiden... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Only with Obama as President will you see these 2 headlines on drudge simultaneously.

"Feds Issue Terror Watch for the Texas/Mexico Border"

The Department of Homeland Security is alerting Texas authorities to be on the lookout for a suspected member of the Somalia-based Al Shabaab terrorist group who might be attempting to travel to the U.S. through Mexico, a security expert who has seen the memo tells FOXNews.com.

And the 2nd story

"Still No Word on Troops to Texas-Mexico Border"

Perry's request goes ignored for more than a year


Gee lets see. Terror watch on border, Feds issue warning to Texas. Texas gov pleads for Federal help with border for a year and gets ignored.


JT, thanks........ ;)... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

JT, thanks........ ;)

Maybe some day they'll make... (Below threshold)
epador:

Maybe some day they'll make a movie bunker scene with the o starring that will be parodied ad infinitum.

As a civilian Commander ... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

As a civilian Commander in Chief, I'm not sure you want to show reverence for the military, those who died on the battle field yes, and respect certainly, but reverence for the military?

"Reverence" is not the right word, granted, but how about if the President shows the same respect for the fallen service members that he does for faggots who died from their repellent and degraded practices? Deal?

The biggest problem... (Below threshold)

The biggest problem Obama seems to have is that the guy just won't listen when others try to tell him he's making a mistake. Worse, he's surrounded himself with tons of people who won't even try to tell him.

Gee, Jay. Sounds like the same complaint all of us had about Bush that was shucked off by the other side. Maybe we'll not listen this time. Frustrating, huh.




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