The Creative, in a state of rest, is one, and in a state of motion it is straight; therefore it creates that which is great. The Receptive is closed in a state of rest, and in a state of motion it opens; therefore it creates that which is vast.
- I Ching, Chinese Book of Changes (B.C. 1150?)
The appearances and the perks, the golfing and the vacays, the adulation and the accolades, it’s clear that Barack Obama relishes his role as Celebrity-in-Chief, but how has the Obama presidency worked out for the rest of us?
The two most important components Obama campaigned on when it came to health care reform – promising that there would be a public option and assuring America there would be no individual mandate – does anyone remember Obama fighting to ensure those promises became reality? The answer is no, because he didn’t. He didn’t even put up a fight.
Obamacare was passed without a single Republican vote, meaning Obama’s party had complete and total control over that 13,000-page monstrosity of a bill and yet where was the leader of the Democrat party during the whole process? Nowhere.
When it comes to a piece of legislation that controls one-sixth of our economy, if your party is in full control of Congress and you can’t even get your own party to make good on the two most important points you campaigned on, you are worthless as a president, absolutely worthless.
It was the same with the three-quarter-trillion-dollar stimulus bill, Obama was more than happy to leave it up to the Democrat-controlled Congress to put in the actual work of working out the details, content just to show up for the photo op as he signed the bill into law.
When it comes to attending fundraisers, no president can match Obama, it’s not even close. When it comes to tending to the economy however, well, we all know how that’s gone.
When world leaders meet at the U.N. and Benjamin Netanyahu would like to discuss with the president the fact that ONE Iranian nuclear bomb could wipe out his entire nation, Obama’s too busy sitting on the couch acting as “eye candy” for the women on The View.
The analogies between this failed presidency and the failed presidency of Jimmy Carter are many – gasoline prices doubling while the government forces green energy on a market that won’t bear it, an American ambassador assassinated (first since Carter), a false hope for diplomatic solutions in dealing with jihadists who value death over life, yet for all economic malaise and loss of American stature that happened under Carter’s watch, one thing can be said in his defense, at least that president was engaged.
In the first executive role of his life, it turns out that our current president doesn’t really care about making time for meetings with this cabinet or meetings with his jobs council or showing up for his daily intelligence briefings. As a matter of fact, Barack Obama doesn’t really seem to really enjoy his role as the chief executive (you know, that whole “managing” part of being our nation’s manager). Instead, he’d much rather be hobnobbing with Hollywood stars at $50,000 a plate fundraisers, racking up record time on the golf course and singing slow jams on late night TV.
The truth is, Barack Obama likes everything about being president except for the actual work of being president.