Last weekend, before getting dressed up to tell jokes at the Gridiron Dinner, Barack Obama enjoyed his 61st round of golf since his election as President. When he is not playing golf, he is engaged in spirited contests of pickup basketball. In fact, he loves basketball so much that he has periodically assumed the job of game announcer and is known for the accuracy of his NCAA tournament predictions. Today on ESPN, the President’s Final Four selections will be announced. He is making his predictions in the White House Map Room where Franklin Delano Roosevelt oversaw military operations during World War II. Roosevelt was showing leadership during a national crisis, while Obama is indulging in a selfish pleasure of picking college basket teams. It is an interesting contrast of military versus trivial pursuits, compliments of our man-child in the Oval Office. While we are thankfully not in a world war, we are facing a multitude of international catastrophes. At the very least, Obama should be exuding calm leadership; instead, he is expressing utter indifference. Last week, his major speech focused on the topic of school bullying, while his radio address dealt with women in education. On Friday, he entertained the winners of the Stanley Cup, the Chicago Blackhawks, at the White House. Clearly, the President enjoys sports, which would be fine if he was a talking head on ESPN, but he supposedly has more important things to do.
As the nation waits to see who Obama is picking to win the NCAA tournament, the rebels in Libya are losing their war against a tyrannical dictator. For weeks, they have been pleading for any support from the United States and NATO allies. All they have received is empty rhetoric and more study of a no fly zone. Pretty soon, the issues will be resolved and the rebels will be vanquished by the brute forces of a madman. As the freedom fighters are being exterminated by a terrorist, the President is dithering. He is not acting like a Commander in chief; he is our bystander in chief, except when it comes to the NCAA pairings.
A biological and ecological disaster has struck Japan and the world is on edge about a potential nuclear catastrophe. Will the President fly to the danger zone to show his solidarity with the Japanese people? No, he is scheduled to go to Rio and other South American countries next week. While the world worries about nuclear radiation, Obama will be sightseeing along with his family. It is as though the man is living in an alternate universe.
On the home front, his lack of leadership is equally apparent. As the economy remains in a deep freeze and the Congress tries to fashion a new budget, Obama is absent from the scene. It is no surprise that his approval rating has plummeted to a mere 43 percent, according to the Rasmussen report. The American people are not satisfied by his domestic polices which have made our economy worse and his foreign policies which have been ineffective or non-existent.
Since Barack Obama was elected, not only has the deficit and debt soared, but so has gasoline prices. Unemployment remains too high; the housing crisis shows no signs of abating. As wages remain stagnant, working Americans are being squeezed by higher food and fuel costs. What is the President’s plan to deal with these problems? Other than a bigger dose of government spending, the President has no plans.
He has no grand vision for American recovery at home and no vision to defeat our enemies abroad. As former Alaska Republican Governor Sarah Palin stated, the next election cannot get here soon enough. It is clear that America and the free world cannot afford a second term of Barack Obama.
Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com. E-mail him at [email protected].