by Jerry Richardson 7/20/14
There is a very appropriate Obama Creed, written by Michael Nadler, and posted on America Thinker (July 18, 2014). However, with due respect to Michael Nadler’s timely article, I think the creed needs a bit of an update. Here’s how I think it should read:
THE OBAMA CREED (REVISED)
Neither scandal nor crisis nor disaster, foreign or domestic, stays this president from taking his recreation and vacations, or from making partisan speeches or attending fundraisers.
“…today [July 17, 2014], despite the breaking news of possible Russian involvement with the missile attack against a Malaysian Airlines airliner carrying 295 [latest report: 298] passengers, crew and over 20 [this number is questionable] Americans, President Obama forged ahead with his previously planned infrastructure speech in Delaware. (But first he paused for a few seconds to say, “looks like it may be a terrible tragedy.”)
“Then he proceeded as normal, including some lighthearted remarks.
Afterwards, he grabbed a burger and fries (“I’m starving” he was quoted as saying), and tonight he will attend a few fundraisers in New York. Just a typical day in the life of our 44th president. Obama is aiding world tranquility after all!
—Obama Fund Raising
The words and actions reported in the above quote belong to the acclaimed so-called most ‘brilliant’ President ever:
“Barack Obama is the smartest man with the highest IQ ever to be elected to the presidency, historian Michael Beschloss told radio talk show host Don Imus in November of 2008.
“So what is his IQ?” Mr. Imus asked. Mr. Beschloss didn’t know. He was just assuming.” —Obama’s Smarts
Obama, The ONE anointed by the progressive media, the ONE assumed brilliant by the gullible, for his only demonstrated skill (his ability to read glibly from a teleprompter); Obama, the ONE, could only speculate about the seriousness of a plane crash that killed 298 people:
“Looks like it may be a terrible tragedy.” —Barack Obama
Naturally, public speculation, from Obama, is called-for when the event might somehow prove later to be embarrassing for Obama and his administration—can’t just come right-out and actually speak the truth in public.
“Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer bemoaned the “disinterested, detached” response by President Obama to the likely shoot down of a civilian jetliner by Russian or Russian-backed forces in Ukraine, claiming he knows but is “unwilling to say the truth” about who is responsible for the attack.”
If the Russians are somehow responsible, where does that leave Obama and Hillary Clinton with their infamous “reset” vis-à-vis Russia?
“The administration’s [Obama’s] reset with Putin’s Russia has failed completely. Its weak sanctions in feeble response to Russia carving up Ukraine has emboldened Putin’s extravagant and illegitimate ambitions to reverse the outcome of the Cold War. Poland’s Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski laments that a strong alliance with the United States “isn’t worth anything” and “is even harmful because it creates a false sense of security.” Our Eastern European NATO allies no longer trust the United States to defend them against Putin.”
One has to wonder if Hillary Clinton will be bragging about the “reset” if and when she decides to run for President in 2016.
“I think it was a brilliant stroke,” Hillary Clinton says of the “reset” policy the United States pursued toward Russia when she was secretary of State. She has an odd understanding of brilliance. The “reset” gave us a world where Georgia remains illegally occupied, where Poland and the Czech Republic lack missile defenses, where American parents cannot adopt Russian babies, where Russian bombers fly within 50 miles of the Pacific coast, where Ukraine is sundered, where the prospects for ground war in Eastern Europe are high, where Putin says U.S. sanctions against his cronies will take bilateral relations to a “dead end.” —Reset
“Looks like it may be a terrible tragedy.” —Barack Obama
The missile-downed Malaysia airlines flight MH17, may be an inconsequential tragedy; or it may be a mediocre tragedy; or it may just be your average everyday tragedy; or since only 298 people were victims, it may not be a tragedy, terrible or otherwise; it may only be a “bump in the road” on the way toward Obama’s vainglorious vision of what the world should be.
Be assured that the families of the 298 victims of the missile-downed plane do not have to speculate about the seriousness of the incident or consider that it “may be a terrible tragedy.”
And neither do we have to speculate about the seriousness that is the Obama Presidency: It is a terrible tragedy—period.
Michael Nadler modeled his suggested “Obama Creed” upon an inscription on the James Farley Post Office in New York City—often referred to as the Postal-Service Creed, even though it is unofficial—which reads as follows:
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” —Postal Service
I certainly do not, and I feel certain that Michael Nadler did not, intend any disrespect toward the Postal Service by using the above as a model for an Obama Creed.
The two creeds are diametrically opposed: One is service-centered (Postal-Service Creed), the other is self-centered (Obama Creed).
But after all, given his continually demonstrated inability to prioritize and manage Presidential activities, what kind of creed do you honestly expect from this most narcissistic man ever to occupy the White House?
As a modern buzz-phrase puts it: He is what he is.
But can we compare what he is to what Regan was by comparing The Obama Creed to The Reagan Creed? Well maybe, but what could be called The Reagan Creed?
Ronald Reagan was a champion of freedom. He was also a realist. So any creed that would purport to be The Reagan Creed must connect powerfully with the concept of freedom and with realism. The following quote might just fulfill that requirement, as it shows both a high regard for freedom and a wise realism concerning freedom’s fragility:
“Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.” —Ronald Reagan
THE REAGAN CREED
Neither political setbacks nor an attempted assassination nor critics, foreign or domestic, stay this president from fighting for freedom, or from encouraging the American people to do the same.
Forget comparing Barack Obama to Ronald Reagan, there is no comparison.
The follow-up article to this one is The Obama Doctrine.
© 2014, Jerry Richardson • (1186 views)