Something you are generally not reading in the mainstream American media right now: criticism of Barack Obama’s handling of – well – pretty much everything.
A week ago, Barack Obama spoke at the graduation ceremony for students at the Roman Catholic university of Notre Dame in Indiana, and he was given an honorary degree in law. The event and the award of the degree split not just the university but also, after a fashion, America. It led news bulletins on all the networks – not because the President had anything momentous to say, but because the issue that the ceremony threw into focus is one of those that polarises politics in this country: abortion.
What followed was a classic Obama manoeuvre. With protesters heckling him from the audience, and many graduands having boycotted the ceremony because of the President’s support for abortion, Mr Obama simply appealed for understanding on both sides. While to many it may seem that abortion is not an issue on which there can be compromise – you either have one or you don’t – the President appealed for those in opposing camps to have respect for each other’s point of view. Then, in a gesture to his predominantly pro-life audience, he won applause for suggesting that there should be more help for disadvantaged women who wish to carry their children to term, and more support for adoption agencies. He had not changed his views at all, but was assailed afterwards by the pro-abortion lobby for surrendering to the pro-lifers.
The speech gave a crystal-clear view of Mr Obama’s approach to politics, but was also a token of how increasingly difficult he will find it to govern so long as he persists in thinking he is still on the campaign trail, rather than in the White House and actually running the country. Despite having won his election nearly seven months ago, and perhaps because of grumblings from critics that he could emulate Jimmy Carter and be a one-term Democrat president, Mr Obama cannot help but try to court popularity. He often does this, as in the abortion speech, by seeking to create an idea that he is somehow above differences within the American nation, and that he can represent neither camp or both camps on any question, however tendentious. It won’t work.
There is a lot more. Please read the whole thing.
To date, the Obama administration has, apparently, spent more time grabbing an American automobile company away from its secured creditors than it has on thinking of ways to keep North Korea from detonating nuclear weapons.
To date, the Obama administration has spent money until the United States is essentially broke – in the words of the president himself.
To date, Obama has practiced double-speak of ridiculous proportions, promising one thing while delivering the exact opposite. (To both the left and the right, one might add.)
But if it is so blatantly obvious that it can be seen from the other side of the planet, perhaps it is time for America to start paying attention.