“In the same way that our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy was shaped profoundly by 9/11.. I think this disaster is going to shape how we think about the environment and energy for many years to come.” – Pres. Barack Obama
If only Pres. Barack Obama had personally reacted as if the BP blowout was our environment 9/11 (as I wrote here long before Obama invoked it). He did not. All this statement does is remind us all, not only of the Rolling Stone article and the reporting of Lisa Myers, but that Obama didn’t feel the need to react personally until the narrative got out of his control. But never fear, Obama’s teflon presidency is not in any danger. They like him. They really like him.
One can only imagine what would have happened if George W. Bush did what Barack Obama did yesterday. Oh, right, he did. Michael Moore documented it. However, it’s unlikely that Mr. Obama will receive the same treatment, even if it’s richly deserved.
It’s good to be Barack.
And after all this time, Barack Obama still won’t pit Republican policy bankruptcy against the enlightenment of Democratic Party principles. Obama’s focus is on brand, his brand and nothing else. It takes time to make Teflon non-stick. In fact, he won’t even call out the culprits stopping the Democratic agenda during this historic time of a Democratic majority.
The politics of purpose has meant no we can’t.
I’ve linked to and mentioned several times Matt Bai’s “Democrat in Chief?” recently, because it pits Obama’s brand obsession against the real need the Democratic Party has to have a leader that takes Democratic policy beliefs and points them forward to solving our immense challenges. After hearing the activist left rail against Bill Clinton’s inability to build a wider base in the 1990s, it’s no wonder we’re hearing even louder dissent grow against Pres. Obama who is more interested in the politics of compromise and consensus than the principles of Democratic purpose. As we saw in the health care debate, Obama is reactive, not pro-active, otherwise he would never have let Sarah Palin’s “death panels” squeal rise up above the Democratic public option narrative, and Ken Salazar would never have been unleashed on the environment, to concoct the worst record since Reagan’s James Watt.
Segue to Roger Simon’s odd interview with Pres. Obama, which was posted yesterday on Politico:
“Some of the same folks who have been hollering and saying ‘do something’ are the same folks who, just two or three months ago, were suggesting that government needs to stop doing so much. Some of the same people who are saying the president needs to show leadership and solve this problem are some of the same folks who, just a few months ago, were saying, this guy is trying to engineer a takeover of our society through the federal government that is going to restrict our freedoms.”
There was some real irritation in his voice when he said: “And so – and this translates into very concrete terms – I think it’s fair to say, if six months ago, before this spill had happened, I had gone up to Congress and I had said we need to crack down a lot harder on oil companies, and we need to spend more money on technology to respond in case of a catastrophic spill, there are folks up there, who will not be named, who would have said this is classic, Big Government over-regulation and wasteful spending.”
Why Pres. Obama is acting like an insurance claims officer is beyond me.
The last paragraph above, delivered as a big fat whine, reveals such weakness and egotism as to be embarrassing for the man who holds the most powerful office in the world. Obama actually seems to care that there are some people who would complain about big government at a time when only government can solve the problem. However, considering what a colossal screw up Interior Sect. Ken Salazar has proven to be, even complicit in BP’s blowout, it’s not surprising. Obama’s whine is so anti-FDR as to be completely devoid of any Democratic foundation whatsoever. You’d think this was all about him. Unfortunately, for he and his loyalists it is.
Out of a long post on which I agree, Joan Walsh wrote four words that transcend both of our lengthy opining on Obama’s lack of leadership and current state of whining: Grow up, Mr. President.
Amidst an environmental 9/11 and ecological holocaust we’ve got a President who didn’t notice the moment until his own brand started to sag. Lucky for his Teflon presidency he caught it in time. But really, who can be angry at a man who never picks fights when needed, let alone on purpose, preferring to blame an amorphous “Washington” where Democrats work long hours in Congress to make changes that will help the American people.
Poor Congress. They suck up to Mr. Executive Branch, but all they’ve got to show for it is the back of Obama’s hand. I only wish it would teach these legislators that the founders’ gift of independence and separateness from the Executive Branch is power that should never be ceded.
All Obama’s whining comes on the wings of a disaster he and his administration helped create and where his actually policy prescriptions bode ill for any truly Democratic progress, but also for the brand that will be around long after Barack Obama is history.
The Democratic Party is rudderless, regardless of having a majority. Obama may survive and one hopes he will, as the alternatives appear worse at this point, though that’s not even a given at this point. But Obama does remain liked by the majority of Democrats, which Obama loyalists are always quick to point out and on which they remain correct.
But the Teflon coating sticking to the Obama brand is remarkably similar to the oil slicked Gulf that was allowed to happen on his watch. For Democrats it may leave a slimy sheen they won’t be able to wash off for years.