Barak Hussein Obama entered the Office of President of the United States as the solution to all that ails the country. The new President was anointed the Messiah, the new MLK, JFK, Ronald Reagan, and Malcolm X, all rolled into one; quite a stature to live up to…
When my children were young they used to chant: The bigger you are the harder you fall! In simple English what they said was that the larger the expectations, the more severe the failure.
Expectations from President Obama are enormous. Some are due to promises he made, and some simply because of his political stature, and oratorical skills. Reasons notwithstanding, the level of performance expected from President Obama is unprecedented.
Even if the high bench-mark set for Obama is ignored, in his scant seven months in office the young President was able to set a number of records in incompetent governing, or even in the simple management of the Office.
The increase in United States national debt since Obama took office dwarfs the national debt by all forty some Presidents before him. Not only is the level of debt out of control, it is debt that the Unites States will not likely be able to pay withing Obama term(s) in office, and well beyond Obama into the future.
The uncontrollable debt is not only an economic issue, the debt has significant national security implications.
Before examining the debt further, let give credit were credit is due. George W. Bush, with the housing bubble, and two unfunded wars, and Bill Clinton with Enron, the e-commerce bubble, and the start of Madoff, handed President Obama a situation that is very difficult to manage, but not one that is unmanageable.
The fact that Obama was handed a bad hand does not excuse the President from doing the job for which he was elected.
In the area of national security, Obama has been failing by seeming not to understand the implications of out of control debt to foreign nations, of an ever shrinking manufacturing economy, and for the need of overwhelming force in Afghanistan. President Obama failures in this area are compounded by campaign promises that perhaps should not be kept (such as pulling US troops too completely, and soon, from Iraq.).
Adding to President Obama’s failures, may be a characteristic that has its roots in his Islamic birthrights. The President unrealistic and condescending overtures toward the Islamic world did not only make him appear as a toothless tiger, it created a nearly insurmountable chasm between the United States and its only dependable ally in the Middle east, Israel. Obama’s dealing with Iran (which ridicules him,) the Arab nations (that, at best humor him,) and Israel, is a case study on how diplomacy should not be conducted.
Obama’s dealing with the economy, national security, the Islamic world, and Israel, coupled with broken promises (such as those to gay in the military,) political expediency over personal commitments (i.e. Wright, Ayers,) and the sacrificing of allies to boost his image (such as Israel,) suggest that the President may be joining the list of worst Presidents of the United States.
Unless Barak Obama is able to fly to Jerusalem, identify a location of a United States Embassy to Israel in East Jerusalem (with PA/PLO blessings,) drives to Ramalah and get the PA to formally accept Israel’s right to exist (while George Mitchell, his emissary, does the same in Gaza with Hammas,) then on to Tiberius and walk across the lake water down the Jordan river south to the Sinai, where he gets new tablets from the Creator suggesting that there is only one Creator (even though man made references to three [Jehovah, God/Jesus, and Allah],) get all monotheists religions to accept the new tablets as a legitimate message from the Creator, and because of those accomplishments, also getting Iran to cooperate with the family of nations and stop its nuclear activity. While, at the same time, get the Muslim nations to collectively agree to sell all the oil the United States needs for an acceptable price so it (the US) can return to being a manufacturing economy; unless such miracles are performed, Barak Hussein Obama is likely to earn the position of Co-worst United States President (tied with George W. Bush, and Jimmy carter,) and in 2012 relinquish the job to the likes of Mit Romney, or another savvy Republican candidate.
An blog with closer analyses of the economic, security, and general character issues will follow soon.