Barack Obama, when unscripted, instinctively displays the tawdry substance that burdens his character. Obama seems overwhelmingly challenged with the obligation of displaying, at the least, a perfunctory element of noblesse oblige. His latest fraudulent paroxysm regarding the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico:
I was down there a month ago, before most of these talking heads were even paying attention to the gulf. A month ago I was meeting with fishermen down there, standing in the rain talking about what a potential crisis this could be; and I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.
Just reporting Obama’s unrestrained conviction to indecency, with headlines shrieking, in various stages of paraphrase for sensationalism — Obama to Kick Some Ass. Ass-Kicker in Chief. Obama says ready to ‘kick some ass’–has dragged all who report his antics to his level of philistine chic, and obligates one to pull on galoshes, then wade into the journalistic sewer, thus the ascribed title.
Obama’s ridiculously infantile bluster, haphazardly directed at obscure windmills, sans the mettle and fortitude to bring to fruition, does not a stalwart champion make. Obama’s statements, “…so I know whose ass to kick… plug the damn hole… so I can’t dive down there and plug the hole. I can’t suck it up with a straw…” is an international embarrassment. To be clear, Obama’s juvenile bravado towards BP regarding their culpability for the oil spill in the Gulf is manufactured, false, and is the equivalent of a prepubescent pimple-faced tyke threatening citizens of the internet under the guise of “Brutus” as his mother is screaming at him to clean-up his room and quit annoying people.
BP is directed by CEO Tony Hayward. Obama stated he would have fired Tony Hayward if he were in charge, but in a perpetual display of corporate ignorance, the CEO would be the one in charge of the company. An odd statement considering that Obama has not spoken to BP’s CEO. His bizarre explanation: “Here’s the reason. Because my experience is, when you talk to a guy like a BP CEO, he’s gonna say all the right things to me. I’m not interested in words. I’m interested in actions.” The same sentiments are being rumbled about Obama’s failure as a leader regarding the BP oil spill, “if 66% of Americans who disapprove of Obama were in charge of this country, Obama would be unceremoniously fired.” Obama had finally had enough and scheduled a 20 minute meeting with the CEO of BP today–that equates to 20 seconds for each day that Obama has abstained from action while dialoging the gulf oil disaster.
Obama’s problem with his braggadocio regarding his toughness, resolve, action, etc. is that the standard for a United States President was set long ago. Seven predecessors have set the standard for a tough-as-nails President, with their ass-kicking prowess tempered by their character, morality, wisdom, courage, and foresight, which Obama is detrimentally lacking in all departments:
George Washington. Washington, without one word of bravado uttered from his lips, kicked Britain’s posterior with a ragtag, under-fed, under-clothed, under-armed, under-trained, and loosely assembled Continental Army. Washington had a legendary temper, but did not inappropriately display it for political effect. Thomas Jefferson described Washington’s volatile aptitude as such, stating he “was naturally irritable,” and when his temper “broke its bonds, he was most tremendous in his wrath.” George Washington’s morals, courage, toughness, and wisdom, when compared to Obama’s and the Left’s, are beyond reproach.
Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson set the standard for dealing with Islamic adversarials with the Tripolitan War. He adhered strictly to the Constitution’s intention of a very limited government. He and James Madison set the standard for educated, wise, intelligent, and tough Presidents.
Andrew Jackson. Known as Old Hickory, Jackson was a national hero for defeating the British in the War of 1812, and was as tough as old hickory, thus the moniker. To say that Jackson was a duelist would be quite the understatement. He participated in and survived 13 duels. His duels were fought over honor, something that has been lost on American leaders. Richard Lawrence attempted to assassinate Jackson, pulled a pistol and fired point-blank, the pistol misfired, he pulled another, it misfired. President Jackson summarily proceeded to beat Lawrence senseless with his cane, superseding any action by others. Later in life, Jackson lamented about unaccomplished deeds in his life: “I have only two regrets: I didn’t shoot Henry Clay and I didn’t hang John C. Calhoun.” Henry Clay ran a dirty campaign against Jackson, and John Calhoun was Jackson’s Vice President. Jackson carried a bullet lodged near his heart throughout his life from taking the first shot in a duel, then calmly aiming and dispatching his opponent. Disregarding his many distractions, Jackson was the epitome of a tough President.
Teddy Roosevelt. While speaking at a campaign event, Roosevelt was shot in the chest; he concluded that since he wasn’t coughing blood, the bullet had not sufficiently penetrated his chest, thus sparing a fatal wound to his lung. So he finished his speech with blood seeping through his shirt. After Roosevelt died in his sleep, a friend of his stated, “Death had to take him sleeping, for if Roosevelt had been awake there would have been a fight.” When the United States engaged in the Spanish-American War in 1898, Roosevelt quit his position from the Navy Department. Not out of protest of the war, cowardice, or to make some ridiculous statement, but to assist in forming the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, or better known as “The Rough Riders.” Then he proceeded to Cuba to kick some ass. Roosevelt coined the phrase “speak softly and carry a big stick,” which he practiced, as opposed to the current president, who seems to carry a big mouth sans stick.
Ronald Reagan. Reagan’s contribution to the established standards was his being the last United States President to try to adhere to the standards.
Aaron Burr. Burr deserves honorable mention. As a sitting Vice President, Burr shot and killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel over being personally impugned by Hamilton for employing the same character attacking tactics Democrats use today. Burr is mentioned because he was tough, fought for his honor, and if the duel were still a viable option today, perhaps politics would be more civil; that is, if two politicians with honor to defend could be found.
When measured against the aforementioned presidents, Barack Obama is a yapping little lap dog nipping at the nearest ankle for political expediency from under the safety of the Oval Office furniture.
Obama continues his losing streak against facts. He refers to the company as British Petroleum rather than BP, much to the consternation of another one of America’s allies that Obama continues to impugn. BP plc is the name on record. British own 40% of BP’s shares, while 39% are American owned. The actual rig is owned by Transocean, owned and operated from Switzerland. The drilling was performed by Halliburton, an American based company. BP is American, Swiss, and British, yet Obama is focusing his attention solely on BP, and disregarding American and Swiss complicity. Obama’s love of diversity is presenting a hard target for him to focus his faux rage upon.
Obama finally addressed the gulf oil spill with a rambling, undefined, incoherent, and disoriented speech from the Oval Office. The mode of his speech consisted of the usage of the words fight, battle, and battle plan. Since Obama’s teleprompter prompted him portray such a martial persona, then a quote from Sun Tzu’s Art of War would seem apropos:
It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.
It is the rule in war, if ten times the enemy’s strength, surround them; if five times, attack them; if double, be able to divide them; if equal, engage them; if fewer, be able to evade them; if weaker, be able to avoid them. —Sun Tzu
The President wrestles daily with wars, threats of wars, battles, and threats of battles, and Obama seems to talk quite a bit about them. Sun Tzu has advised on how to win wars and battles for centuries with effective and proven strategies. Acknowledging Tzu’s strategies and measuring Obama’s military and leadership genius, America is left with a President who has been imperiled in every battle he has fought because he knows neither himself nor his enemy, and his weapon of choice is his mouth. When ten times his enemy’s strength, he unleashes discourse; when five times his enemy’s strength, he unleashes discourse; when double his enemy’s strength, he unleashes discourse; when equal his enemy’s strength, he unleashed discourse; when weaker than his enemy, he unleashed discourse.
Obama’s and the Democratic Party’s Achilles’ heel, as they are finding out at an alarming rate, is that they do not know America.