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Jerry Shenk


Obama Sends in the Clowns

by Jerry Shenk
 

Admittedly, I sometimes find humor in things others don't, but some events are simply too ironically amusing to overlook.

For example, since Democrats suffered massive losses in last November's midterm election, left-wing commentators have declared American politics "dysfunctional."

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman wrote: "We've just had a nonsense midterm election."

Times columnist Nicholas Kristof petulantly declared: "The American political system is broken."

When they win, Democrats embrace the results as evidence of their persuasive messages, brilliant campaign strategies and the superior judgment of America voters. But, when Republicans prevail — even by landslides — Democrats and progressive media dismiss the outcomes as faulty — results of a "broken system."

Following the October, 2013 partial government shutdown, when President Barack Obama's administration closed national parks and barred veterans from veterans memorials, the president taunted congressional Republicans to win elections, saying: "You don't like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out…and win an election."

In the November, 2014 midterm election, Republicans won — big. Obama, who, as a candidate promised to "fix" American politics, was politically rebuked by "dysfunctional" voters whom he and fellow Democrats had angered.
That's amusing, but this is funnier:

To mollify France and the international community for Obama's failure to attend or send a high-level representative to the Charlie Hebdo massacre rally in Paris, Secretary of State John Kerry (who once ran for president touting his finely-tuned international affairs credentials) belatedly appeared in Paris speaking execrable French, offering hugs -- with an elderly former-addict in tow who consoled the grieving French people with a schmaltzy rendition of "You've Got a Friend."

The Obama administration's response to Islamist barbarism? Awkward hugs and forty-year-old bubblegum rock.

Metaphorically, world listeners heard "Send in the Clowns."

More irony: When gas prices exceeded $4 per gallon, grassroots demonstrators chanted "drill, baby, drill!" believing that increasing domestic drilling would boost supplies, lower prices and dependence on foreign oil -- and improve the economy.

President Obama called it "…a gimmick…a bumper sticker…not a strategy."
In a 2012 "energy" speech, Obama said: "They were waving their three-point plans for $2-a-gallon gas… Drill, baby, drill. … And none of it was really going to do anything to solve the problem."

Today, after discouraging drilling and mocking its benefits, Obama is attempting to take credit for the economy-improving, privately-capitalized domestic drilling on private land which has produced billions of barrels of new American crude, slashed world oil prices and added more than $100 billion to American household budgets.

During the 2014 campaign season, Obama insisted he was unconcerned about Democratic candidates distancing themselves from him, but, then, in an interview, foolishly said: "[T]hese are all folks who vote with me; they have supported my agenda in Congress…"

In a column, Washington Post opinion writer George Will observed that Obama just isn't very smart.

How could Will possibly be right? Didn't nearly every college professor in America vote for Obama -- twice? Surely, thousands of PhDs know witlessness when they see it.

Don't they?


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