Hillary is prepared to be president in the way that most government employees in Washington are prepared for the job: They’ve shown up for work.
In Washington, what happens is, you occupy a post, you spend some time in it, and then people figure it’s time for you to move up to the next highest position. And you move along until pretty soon you find yourself in a senior position, and everyone invites you to parties and thinks you must be great. You might even get to be Secretary of Somethng, who knows?
Hillary Clinton was first lady, then a senator, then secretary of state. She did nothing impressive in any of those positions. But she showed up for work — as in, “she traveled more miles than any other secretary of state.”
And so now she must be ready for the White House! But she’s not ready at all. Although Obama is right, she is better qualified than he was, though that’s saying not-too-much because he wasn’t the least bit qualified at all.
Obama also bumped into another truth: “She never, ever quits,” he said of Clinton. That’s correct, and that’s been a big problem for the country.
President Obama understands the threat Donald Trump represents to his legacy. He has taken Trump seriously for months, unlike many in the media.
From a piece I have running today in LifeZette:
The media, most of whom have never created a business or a job in their entire lives, love to mock Donald Trump. The man who somehow earned billions of dollars and then clawed his way to the GOP nomination is somehow insincere, silly — a clown.
But one man who knows better is taking Trump deadly seriously, and has been for months.
President Obama, held by friends and enemies alike to be the greatest politician of his generation — how else does one parlay an empty resume into the presidency? — knows a political threat when he sees it. And he understands that Donald Trump, despite charges from some on the Right that the New Yorker isn’t conservative enough, will undo much of the Obama legacy and ensure that the man who fancies himself a great historical figure ends up as something on the order of Millard Fillmore.
If Congress stays in Republican hands, Trump will eviscerate Obamacare instead of saving it with the “public option” backed by Hillary Clinton, which would socialize medicine once and for all by having the government provide health insurance directly. With the stroke of a pen, Trump will undo Obama’s executive actions providing amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants . . .
The man who has done more than anyone to heighten tensions between law enforcement and black communities by repeatedly suggesting wrongdoing on the part of police before the facts were in — and others who are even less responsible hype the charges — came to Dallas Tuesday to give a fake eulogy for the five slain officers.
It was a “tribute” that included indictments of police departments for racism and, of course, a dose of political rhetoric suggesting the need for more gun control.
“With an open heart, police departments will acknowledge that, just like the rest of us, they are not perfect; that insisting we do better to root out racial bias is not an attack on cops, but an effort to live up to our highest ideals,” he said.
Well, it ends up an attack on cops.
The principle reason African Americans are shot by police officers and have bad experiences with law enforcement is that they commit a disproportionate number of crimes. This is because they have been relegated to ghettoes by the very liberal policies Obama supports. But that’s another argument for another day.
What Obama helped do, and continued to do in Dallas, is elevate a relatively rare occurrence — racist cops killing blacks — into what threatens to become a national race war. You’ll hear no tribute from him to the innocent victims of rampant black-on-black violence. That’s the most profound cause for sadness. But instead of facing problems, it’s easier and more fun to relive the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.
And, of course, there was the usual call for gun control, with the new twist — born of the tragedy in Dallas — that we need to limit access to firearms so police don’t get confused about who that bad guys are.
“We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book, and then we tell the police ‘You’re a social worker, you’re the parent, you’re the teacher, you’re the drug counselor,’” Obama said.
As Obama made this statement, the police directly behind him did not applaud. They sat there stone-faced. They’re gun owners too.
Obama has already talked endlessly about such things as police brutality and gun control. He should have just focused on the cops Tuesday, not promoted his agenda.
Or perhaps he might have given a tribute to police officers who now must face the prospect of simply doing their job and having the president of the United States jump up and prejudge their actions by siding with the “victim.” Or a pre-eulogy for officers who in the future will be killed because the rhetoric of Obama and the Black Lives Matter movement caused them to second guess the accurate judgement that their lives were in danger.
I get what the president thought he was trying to do in Dallas. He told himself that he was being evenhanded, saying the police have a point, and the protestors have a point, and that we all must see each others’ views, join hands together, etc. etc.
But his words belied his true feelings. Here he is assuming, even though these cases have not been adjudicated, that the two black men recently shot by police in Louisiana and Minnesota were killed unjustly.
“But even those who dislike the phrase “Black Lives Matter,” surely we should be able to hear the pain of Alton Sterling’s family,” he said. “We should — when we hear a friend describe him by saying that ‘Whatever he cooked, he cooked enough for everybody,’ that should sound familiar to us, that maybe he wasn’t so different than us, so that we can, yes, insist that his life matters. Just as we should hear the students and coworkers describe their affection for Philando Castile as a gentle soul — ‘Mr. Rogers with dreadlocks,’ they called him — and know that his life mattered to a whole lot of people of all races, of all ages, and that we have to do what we can, without putting officers’ lives at risk, but do better to prevent another life like his from being lost.”
If you think are evenhanded — and this is Obama’s job as the boss of the attorney general, federal prosecutors, and the FBI — you not only don’t voice assumptions about guilt or innocence of the police officers involved in these case, you don’t make assumptions. The officers in these cases have not be heard from. But the juries in the trials they may face have heard the president.
Obama is about Obama and his agenda, the correctness of which cannot be challenged. It’s self-evident to him that his ideas are right and will solve problems in America. He doesn’t think he is sowing division, because he can’t imagine anyone could disagree with him. He couldn’t for a moment put his views aside and place the feelings of the Dallas police and a grieving nation first.
And then Obama went on to lecture America:
“That’s what we must pray for, each of us: a new heart. Not a heart of stone, but a heart open to the fears and hopes and challenges of our fellow citizens.”
I don’t need a new heart. Today, my heart was with the slain police officers in Dallas. That’s where Obama’s should have been too.
President Obama will travel to Dallas Tuesday to attend a memorial service for the victims of the shootings there last week. Five police officers were killed and seven injured.
George W. Bush will also be on hand. Late word has it that Pelosi will show up too, unfortunately for Dallas.
Obama’s response to the Dallas shooting has been disgraceful. I’m being nice. He has continued to politicize the issue instead of uniting the country, insisting on pushing for gun control even though it sparks anger he cannot begin to understand among many gun owners. Because, you know, it’s the right thing to do.
Fine, he has a right to his opinion. But another time, another place.
No doubt we are in for more ponderous, lengthy lectures about “who we are” as Americans. That’s what we heard endlessly from him in Europe. Obama, a run-of-the-mill egomaniac, fancies himself the arbiter of the nation’s character. Actually, his ideas, pronounced and Great Thoughts, are little more than the usual pedestrian liberal platitudes, mixed with anti-intellectual intolerance for those who disagree with him. Dude, at least show some originality and broadness of mind.
I doubt there are many in the Dallas police force – black or white – who want to see him there. They’ll be even less enthralled once he starts speaking.
President Obama and his allies on the Left have helped create an atmosphere of hostility toward the police. They’ve taken what is a very rare event, racist white cops unnecessarily shooting black victims, and blown in up into what threatens to become a race war. I write about this in my latest piece for LifeZette:
The Left needs to do some hard thinking about whether the loudest of its mouths have put blood on its hands in Dallas. The irresponsible drumbeat of accusations that have pounded into the American psyche the falsehoods that racism is endemic in criminal justice system and that police killing blacks is a pervasive problem very likely contributed to the killing of five police officers.
In the wake of isolated police killings of unarmed black men over the past two years — some justified, some not — and with passions stoked by the presence of video cameras, liberals have created a dangerous environment in which cops are villains and guys who knock over convenience stores heroes.
I think maybe President Obama needs to put a lid on it at this point. He’s already participated in exacerbating the situation by highlighting, yet again, the relatively rare and often debatable instances of white police officers irresponsibly and unjustifiably killing innocent blacks. It happens, and it’s tragic when it does, but it doesn’t appear to be a frequent occurrence, and there doesn’t seem to be an epidemic or racist cops killing blacks.
There is, however, an epidemic of African Americans killing African Americans. Maybe he can talk about that once in a while, since that is was is ending blacks live that matter, and particularly those of young blacks, today. I believe we have unnecessarily created racial tension in this country when Obama could have brought us together to find ways to stem violence in the inner cities. But that’s not as interesting or appealing as stomping your feet about racism.
So disappointed that Obama bought into the Al Sharpton approach. I thought he was something different. I was deceived.
Of course, the best way to help the inner cities is through conservative policies that take poor people off of government assistance and give them jobs and new alternatives for a better education. But that certainly would not be Obama’s focus.
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