During our latest brainstorming session, one of us made a very interesting comment. All but two of us agreed with this: If we use the “rock star” analogy that has been so often applied to President Obama, it’s as though during his candidacy, he was the warm-up band. Obama the President is the main act. And as is so often the case, the warm-up band far outshines the headliners. And as often happens when this happens, you find yourself bored to tears and you start looking for the Exit and at your watch and wondering when it will all be over.
The two dissenters said that even as a candidate, he was boring as a chewed up toothpick. A few of us agreed, but we realize that for huge number of Americans (far too many it turns out), he was a rock star; and this was the basis (stupid as it was) for their vote. That and the “anyone but Bush” mentality – which is almost as stupid.
So we’re bored to tears with this guy. He’s not like Nancy “Nails on Chalkboard” Pelosi or Barbara “The Gargling Wonder” Boxer or the Queen of Shrieks, Maxine Waters. No – this guy is like one of those terrible university professors who can squeeze the fun out of any subject – no matter how interesting it might intrinsically be. You know the kind – before class starts, you’re wondering if it’s over yet or you’re hoping upon hope that you get a substitute teacher.
But no – we’re stuck with the Borer-in-Chief for another 3+ years.
But unlinke how it is with the yawner professor, the stakes are too high to fall asleep in this class. We have to stay vigilant with this guy. Because if we do fall asleep, he’ll destroy this country and turn us into a Venezuelan clone. Sometimes it really seems like he’s currying favor from foreign dictators rather than We the People.
Arguably, one of the most important groups of people in this country are our military and veterans. Without them, we simply would not have a country. And one of the most important, if not the most important roles of the President – any President – is his/her service as Commander-in-Chief.
While we believe it is reasonable that military personnel will prefer one CiC to another, one would expect that the difference in preference would not be usually be tremendous, which is the way it generally happens in the workplace. You get a new boss; you loved the old boss, but the new boss is OK too and things are fine. The old boss comes back for a visit and everyone gets a little excited to see an old friend, but the new boss, over time, becomes a friend, too. Once in awhile, but not that often, you come to realize that one of the bosses was really a jerk by comparison to the other boss.
This is what we saw at West Point the other night with the current President. The videos tell the tale. First the Messiah:
The reception of the President happens about 1:30 into the video.
Now – contrast this with how West Point – the same venue – received President Bush.
There is no way that anyone is going to tell us that West Point students, staff and military personnel must be restrained as a function of decorum. That lie is put to rest with these two videos.
The current President makes us feel similar to, but worse than, how we felt during the Carter years. Afraid of our government and afraid for our country. We are thus forced to call Jimmy “The Peanut Brain” Carter Obama-lite.
We really miss President Bush. We didn’t know how good we had it under him – mistakes and all. A real patriot; unlike the current guy. A man who tried to do right by America; unlike the current guy. A guy who fought wars (however ineffectively) with a mind to win them; unlike the current guy. And a President who not once in our memory, threw anyone under the bus; unlike the current guy.