Friday, May 23, 2014

All the President's Men & Women.

President Obama picked the worst kind
of Cabinet since Jimmy Carter.
The VA "scandal" , by the way using the word "scandal" got me thinking on my blogging today about something that I have noticed over the years with President Obama . FIRST of all .  (1) I don't believe Obama to be a bad person . Sure he came to the Oval Office with good intentions , (3) . but Mr. Obama has surrounded himself with incompetent people who are getting him into hot water.  Eight or so  years ago, when it was clear that he would be the Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama famously declared that, if elected, he would want “a team of rivals” in his Cabinet, telling Joe Klein, of Time magazine, “I don’t want to have people who just agree with me. I want people who are continually pushing me out of my comfort zone.” His team of rivals , sure he choose the opposition . Hillary Clinton , Joe Biden,  etc .  President Obama has been getting  himself into too many embarrassments ,you have to thank the "political advisers " he as chosen , not  much all else that has taken place .  (2) The GOP has got him hook line and sinker on everything he does . Yes , I blame not as much Mr. Obama, but his extraordinary cabinet of fumblers who have made a professional man look stupid in the eyes of the public over the years.  The San Jose Mercury News posted a commentary by Victor Davis Hanson  today basting the Obama administration's  " Cabinet" is totally incompetent . Here I am quoting exactly what he wrote . Hanson names  former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius promised before, during or after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act came true. She was also cited by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel for violating the Hatch Act, as she improperly campaigned for Obama's re-election while serving as a Cabinet secretary. He  blasts Susan Rice, former U.N. ambassador and now national security adviser, deceived the public on five TV appearances about the Benghazi catastrophe. She insisted that the deaths of four Americans were due to a riot induced by a reactionary video maker -- even though she had access to intelligence fingering al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists as the culprits who planned the attack on the anniversary of 9/11. Rice recently blamed Obama foreign policy failures on domestic political polarization. But that is best described as the give and take of democracy and was once thought to be our foreign policy strength. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left office with American foreign policy in shambles. She has been unable to make the argument that a single initiative -- reset with Russia, lead from behind in Libya, red lines on Syria, deadlines to Iran, complete withdrawal from Iraq, pressure on the Israelis, outreach to radical Islam and Latin American communist dictatorships -- had met with success. Clinton dismissed the lingering mysteries surrounding the Benghazi deaths with, "What difference at this point does it make?" She also refused, despite numerous entreaties, to place the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram on a State Department terrorist watch list. Eric Holder is the first attorney general to have been held in contempt of Congress. He always seems to find himself at the center of scandals. He permitted the federal monitoring of the Associated Press journalists. He green-lighted the Fast and Furious gun-running scam. He has failed to bring to account rogue IRS officials. Holder is the most morally compromised attorney general since Nixon appointee John Mitchell. Former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu left under a cloud of controversy involving crony capitalists getting millions of dollars in green loans that produced nothing but failed companies. Former top officials such as Timothy Geithner, Peter Orszag and Larry Summers have given new meaning to the revolving door between Wall Street and the White House. Hanson rightly calls it  politics trumped ethics "  Taken these considerations , Mr. Obama's worst enemies lie right on his doorstep , his Democratic party . I don't trust any of the Clinton's , sure they have a lot of political aspirations after 2016 . Sure enough democrats are going to put the bag on Obama ( sadly enough) .

(1) .  First, (as noted by Robert Farley), the presidency’s constitutional weakness extends deep into the executive branch. (2) . Republicans, poised for strong gains in the midterm elections, are offering starkly conflicting messages about President Obama to rally their voters. In one moment, they say the president is feckless and weak. But in the next, they say Mr. Obama is presiding over an “imperial presidency” that is exercising power that verges on dictatorial. (3 ). President Obama has never managed a business in his life.  Not even so much as a hot dog stand.  He has never competently managed anything.  Before becoming a Chicago politician, he worked as a "community organizer" (big deal!) making perhaps $12,000 a year. President Obama isn't quite what anyone had expected.  After only a few weeks in office, even some of his strongest supporters began to see (at last!) that he couldn't deliver on any of his grandiose promises.  The people who voted for "hope" and "change" are getting very little of either.

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