President Barack Obama’s shameless fundraising tours in the midst of a world in chaos have brought immediate comparisons to Ronald Reagan. Led by his erstwhile advisers, such as Michael Deaver, who understood imagery, Reagan would have been back in the Oval Office, looking presidential and sounding like the statesman he was. Reagan would likely have brought his government together, State Department, NSA, Pentegon, CIA and taken an assessment of how it could all impact on American economy and lives. He would likely have given a national address, reassuring the nation and signalling the world how we expect civilized people to act.
On the surface, Obama’s actions are incomprehensible. There is no explanation. Obama appears transcendent, not responsible for his own administration and uncaring about the world around him.
It has been the Obama style from the beginning. The economic crisis was the fault of the previous administration. When his own stimulus program could not produce one of the one million jobs he promised, it was replaced with more of the same and blame on congress for failing to immediately enact more of what wasn’t working.
The president declared that he had no responsibility for the IRS which was blatantly being used for political purposes, he had nothing to do with the failed Healthcare website and nothing to do with the Veteran’s Administration which was corrupt on his watch. Whatever happened to Harry Truman and his Oval Office motto, “the buck stops here?”
It was not just that the president was not in charge of anything, or seemed to know anything, or should be blamed for anything, it was also when we found out differently he didn’t apologize. When we learned, for example, that the $678 million , no bid, Healthcare website was awarded to Michelle Obama’s buddy from Princeton, the White House ignored it all. When a news agency asked about it they were charged with racism. (Michelle Obama and her friend were both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.) When the president’s hand picked political lieutenant at the IRS claimed she had lost her emails the president defended her.
Sometimes, these juxtapositions can get downright comical. Recently, General Motors was fined millions of dollars by the Justice Department for faulty ignition issues when, in fact, at that time, the company was owned and being run by the U.S. government. Should the Justice Department fine itself? When Obama ran for re-election he bragged about saving the auto industry? But he has no responsibility for the company he bought. The President is too big to fail.
On closer examination, Obama’s recent actions make sense. He is angling for his post presidential role. He will either be the Secretary General of the United Nations or else he will be some NGO equivalent. Thus, he spent the week campaigning for the Democrat Party and ultimately Hillary Clinton whom he will need as an ally if he is to realize his ambition. Nor would he want to poke the Russians more than necessary.
And the Federal Aviation Administration’s sudden cancellation of all flights to Tel Aviv? At a cost to Israel of millions of dollars? At first we were told that the president didn’t get involved in such things. And given the fact that the president isn’t responsible for the economy, the IRS, his own Healthcare namesake and the Veterans Administration, to name a few departments, then one could almost believe it. What does he do with all that free time? But if he is now on track for his post presidency then it makes perfect sense. The U.N. votes solidly against Israel, with only American on her side. Obama will need to have some more of these anti-Israel moments to shore up his support from the African and Arab nations who dominate the the U.N. and will dictate the reach of any international role.
There was an awkward scene on CNN last week. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg snapped at Wolf Blitzer. The CNN reporter had asked if the FAA decision represented policy. Given Obama’s anti Israel record it was a reasonable question. And it had just been raised by a U.S. Senator. A testy Bloomberg was outraged at Wolf Blitzer for daring to ask such a thing. It was another shameful moment. Bloomberg has taken a lot of heat for his slavish support of Obama, in spite of his record toward Israel.
The irony was that Bloomberg’s very appearance was proof of the politics of the policy. If Tel Aviv was safe, and Bloomberg could fly there, then why was it ordered closed to all American airlines? And if it wasn’t safe, why was it opened up again after the American people reacted to the FAA’ decision with outrage?
Oh, by the way, as someone who once worked in the White House, I can tell you that no one at the FAA would make such an unprecedented and politically charged decision without the okay of the president of the United States. Sorry.
It all points to this very likely scenario. We will have Barrack Obama on the world stage for a very, very long time to come.
Below was a controversial “what would Reagan do” moment during the Egyptian crisis and the Arab spring. On this segment, several years ago, I voiced a lonely position that turned out to be prophetic.