Never before in our nation's history have we had a President less likely, or less willing, to take responsibility for his failures. Unlike President Truman, who famously had a sign on his desk that read, "The Buck Stops Here," President Obama avoids responsibility like the plague.
It can be seen in his handling of the Democrat written, Democrat passed, economy-destroying health care initiative--to which he contributed little, but rhetoric and which he allowed his Democrat allies in Congress to write.
It can be seen in his Libyan War-that is not war--the planning of which and the decision for which he deferred to our NATO allies, jumping on board after they had made the decision.
It be seen in his record as a member of the Illinois Senate where he voted "Present" more often than he voted "yea," or "nea" on any issue (though he did manage to vote "yea" on the killing of a baby that survives a failed abortion). [. . . okay, a little hyperbole there, but still over 130 times on critical issues]
That is the Obama model of "leadership." In military circles it is called "leading from behind," with the derision it deserves. Obama is to leadership what Marx was to individual liberty (that's Karl Marx, not Groucho Marx).
President Barack Obama couldn't lead a train if he was his name was B&O . . . Oh! . . . Wait . . . umm . . . nevermind.
For the first two years of his administration, President Obama blamed everything--and I do mean everything--on former President Bush:
- run up the national debt at a record rate--blame Bush
- continued high and then record unemployment--blame Bush
- ever-worsening economy--blame Bush
- BP oil spill--blame Bush (no seriously, he blamed Bush; I'm not kidding you)
When he wasn't blaming former President Bush, he was seeking some other scapegoat. Whether it was "big oil," "big Pharma," the banking industry (among whom are some of his most ardent supporters and enablers), the tea-party (referred to with typical liberal class as "tea-baggers) and their unwillingness to allow him to raise taxes, global climate change deniers (like it's their fault he was gullible enough to have bought into a badly researched mythology created by faux science and power hungry politicians), or "messy democracy;" with Obama it's always somebody else's fault.
Lately, when confronted with the (still worsening) declining economy, Obama has variously blamed the European economic difficulties, the Japanese earthquake, and the so-called "Arab Spring," (which he has variously, ignored, sought to take credit for, and exacerbated with military action).
Obama's failures . . . and they are legion . . . are never his fault. This is typical of behavior one expects from a man suffering from a narcissistic personality disorder. His posture, his demeanor, his rhetoric and his inability to accept responsibility for his failures all provide evidence of his narcissism.
This severe character flaw is disturbing not only because it leads him to believe in his own infallibility, but dangerous, because it makes him unable to learn from his mistakes. How can one learn from his mistakes if he is incapable of making them?
Another indicator of his illness can be seen in his lack of empathy for the very people who elected him. When confronted with the fact that his trillion dollar stimulus package failed to generate jobs in significant numbers, he joked that "I guess those shovel-ready jobs weren't so 'shovel ready.'"
It is this inability to connect on an emotional level with people that enabled him to support the Illinois bill allowing abortion survivors to die. Only a narcissist (or a complete psychopath) could believe those innocent "accidents" were inconsequential, or would subordinate those lives to his personal political aspirations.
This is a President who mocks the unemployed, shows utter contempt for the truth, ridicules our Constitution and those who seek to impose it's restrictions on government, and demonstrates absolutely no capacity for leadership beyond empty rhetoric.
His statements are more reminiscent of Bart Simpson than of Franklin Roosevelt (to whom the press and his supporters like to compare him).
"I didn't do it, nobody saw me do it, there's no way you can prove anything!"That line may be funny coming from a cartoon character, but it is profoundly disturbing when it comes out of the mouth of the President of the most powerful nation on Earth.
President Obama is the ultimate placer of blame, he is the consummate avoider of responsibility, he is the antithesis of President Truman (and of every other President in history). One might call him "The Blamer in Chief."
On his desk one might expect to find a sign that reads: "The Buck Stops Anywhere but Here!"
One might call him, President Bart Simpson.
Reporter: "Mr. President, how do you explain the historically high unemployment figures given that you have spent so much tax-payer money on a stimulus bill intended to create jobs?"Yeah, that sounds about right.
President Bart Simpson: "I didn't do it, nobody saw me do it, there's no way you can prove anything!"
Long Live Our American Republic!!!