Remember back in 2008, when 84,000 people gathered at Invesco Field to hear then candidate Obama give his nominating acceptance speech. Apparently, another 40 million people watched it on tv – I was not one of them, by the way. But back then, everyone waited with bated breath for the Messiah to speak. It seems like fewer and fewer people are listening these days. Well, maybe they’re listening, but they’re certainly not hearing.
When he’s not campaigning, which he hasn’t stopped doing since 2008 (someone forgot to tell him he won), the President is telling everyone to be civil. Hell, he doesn’t even listen to himself.
At one point, he suggests we all learn to “disagree without being disagreeable,” but a few months later, he accuses the Republicans of holding the public hostage by blocking extended unemployment benefits.
While pandering to his Spanish-speaking constituents, he tells them “we should punish our enemies and reward our friends” and then sarcastically attacks those, like myself, who want a stronger border, by saying, “maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they want alligators in the moat.” Ridicule me all you want, Mr. President, but it doesn’t make you look like much of a leader.
And, of course, another call for “civility” came in February after the killings in Tucson when he urged all of us to “debate in a way that heals.” Yet, his own administration is suing the state of Arizona over its immigration law, enacted because the federal government won’t do its job.
Accusing Republicans of abandoning families with children with autism or Down’s syndrome or others with severe disabilities to “fend for themselves” doesn’t sound very civil to me.
All this talk about “civility” is B.S. It has nothing to do with civility because Obama’s rhetoric is anything but. I don’t buy into his whole “Rodney King look-a-like ‘why can’t we all just get along’ act.” If he really was sincere, he’s had ample opportunity to call out people like Maxine Waters, Andre Carson and James Hoffa about civility.
What I think it’s all about is that Obama doesn’t like criticism. Plain and simple. Most of us don’t, but we’re not politicians and politics is a dirty business and criticism is to be expected.
Unfortunately, he wasn’t much criticized before the election. John McCain refused to run any ads about Obama’s cronies like the America-hating bigot, Rev. Wright, or the terrorist, Bill Ayres. And he had the media in his pocket from the get go.
He had a free ride and we’re finally seeing how thin-skinned he really is because every time he calls for civility he’s actually saying, “stop picking on me.”
His latest campaign effort called “Attack Watch” was set up for people to report “attacks” and to “provide supporters with the facts they need to fight back against lies and distortions about the president’s record.”
It smells like desperation to me and doesn’t sound very statesman-like. You’re either for him or against him. It’s always “us against them.” And people thought George W. was divisive.
Mr. Obama is supposed to be the President of the United States and all her people – not just those who voted for him.
Instead, I’m the enemy because I want a stronger border, oppose Obamacare, and want significant cuts in government spending. Because these are the things I want, his supporters brand me “racist” because they’re the policies of a black man. But, you don’t hear him admonishing those folks.
None of this makes him look Presidential. Instead, he looks like a petty, incompetent, overly-sensitive, thin-skinned cry baby who hasn’t a clue how to lead a nation in very trying times. If I had the opportunity, I’d have two words for the President. “Man up.”
I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.
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