Obama-I-Don’t-Care is Making Uncle Sam Sick
Fred Barnes takes President Obama to task in today’s Wall Street Journal for the President’s unprecedented failure to negotiate with Republicans over the Government shutdown. It should be clear by now that Obama leads from neither a forward or posterior position. Obama-I-Don’t-Care continues to erode our once-great nation.
President Obama is sitting out one of the most important policy struggles since he entered the White House. With the government shutdown, it has reached the crisis stage. He insists on staying on the sidelines—well, almost.
His approach—dealing with a deadlock by not dealing with it—is unprecedented. He has gone where no president has gone before.
Presidents have two roles. In the current impasse, Mr. Obama emphasizes his partisan role as leader of the Democratic Party. It’s a legitimate role. But as president, he’s the only national leader elected by the entire nation. He alone represents all the people. And this second, nonpartisan role takes precedence in times of trouble, division or dangerous stalemate. A president is expected to take command. Mr. Obama hasn’t done that.
The president’s tactic of attacking Republicans during a crisis while spurning negotiations bodes for a season of discord and animosity in the final three-and-one-quarter years of the Obama presidency. That he has alienated Republicans doesn’t seem to trouble Mr. Obama.
Today the buzz in media circles in Washington is that the shutdown is a defining moment for Mr. Boehner. It may well be. But it’s also a critical test of Mr. Obama’s leadership. And by declining to lead, so far, he has failed that test. Block quote credit Fred Barnes “The President’s Shutdown” Wall Street Journal 10/2/13
Obama behaves like your co-worker who has given two-weeks’ notice and just coasts through those last two weeks; but Obama has 3 years left! Seriously, what kind of communities did this guy ever organize? – Grizzly Joe