President (If you disagree with me, you’re a racist!) Obama isn’t what’s wrong with this country. Neither was (It’s Bush’s fault) George Bush. We elected them, right? Twice!
The President is currently abused for his handling of the Ukraine situation. He is accused of dining on: “Chicken Kiev.” His Red Line in Syrian sand evaporated; Egypt has traded him in for Putin. It isn’t yet his fault, but China is now pushing its China Sea neighbors around. After, one notes, invading Tibet. Is Obama the president of the world? Was George Bush? Both have acted as if they were, with Iraq and Afghanistan; President Johnson acted so in Vietnam, too. As let’s face it, did Truman in Korea. We note here, the U.S. has not won a war since WWII but for the Gulf War, which really wasn’t a win since we had to return shortly after it. President Obama inherited all that.
He hasn’t turned Afghanistan and Iraq into victories, but no one can make a silk purse from a sow’s ear. He hasn’t resurrected the declining economy by his spending of your kid’s money but he didn’t bankrupt it; that was done by his predecessors. He has prescribed for political advantage rather than for economic health; that’s how he and his predecessors achieved election. That is what we voted into power; is that now his fault?
He does not know what to do; if he did, he’d not dare prescribe it. America, Europe and most of the allegedly “developing” world have been living beyond their means and running up unsustainable debts for too long, the needed retrenchment will bring pain no politician could survive outside a police state. That is why Congress has legislated the full apparatus of such a structure, which is now engaged in stocking billions of rounds of anti-personnel ammunition. President Obama did not create any of that; Congress did.
Our President is perhaps a greater talker than leader and may appear in later histories as one of our less effective presidents; it’s far too soon to say. But he didn’t create the world with which he’s dealing and his power to affect it is much less than he, or we, assess it to be. Current events are larger than is our Prez; that’s hardly his fault. We should not be too hard on him; he’s our selection. And as the bills come due, it will be we who will pay them … as it should be.