Skip to comments.Just How “Presidential” is Barack Obama?
Posted on 06/29/2012 8:07:07 AM PDT by Kaslin
As President Obama embarks upon his quest for re-election, it's time to evaluate exactly how presidential he has been in his first term. I am going to attempt to compare him to just a few of our nations past inhabitants of the Oval Office.
Lets begin with Lyndon Baines Johnson and a quick glance at The Great Society. Its primary purposes were to implement social reforms to eliminate poverty and unchain the shackles of racial injustice. In all actuality, it was a clever political mechanism installed to keep minorities voting Democrat in every election.
Liberal supporters argued that this benefited the poor and less fortunate by assisting their needs. But the opposite was true: it made sure the poor and minorities were unable to circumvent their problems, elevate their class status and be productive in the workforce, and ensured that they were enslaved to the dependency of government.
Barack Obama epitomizes LBJ's way of promoting big government and class warfare. The two biggest examples from the current administration are the stimulus bill and what is affectionately known as Obamacare. Instead of allowing the free markets to take their course, Obama decided that government was the solution to creating jobs. He was wrong. Unemployment remains high and Obamacare is a monstrosity that intrudes on individual liberties and freedoms, and violates the Constitution with the individual mandate. Jason Stanford of The Huffington Post shows the parallel between Johnson and Obama, particularly regarding gay marriage. He compares Obamas support of gay marriage as changing the political landscape just as when LBJ supported the Civil Rights Acts.
However, the truth of the matter is that LBJ was a southern segregationist and he realized that his support for civil rights would be appealing to the minority sector. Obamas support for gay marriage came at the helm of wavering and dwindling support from the black community. Like LBJ, Obama made a political maneuver that was expedient and beneficial for the short-term, if at all.
The next President of comparison is Jimmy Carter. Michael Francis of The Examiner took a look into the Carter-Obama parallel. He points out that both Presidents were insufficient in dealing with the energy crisis. Carter did not know how to deal with OPEC and Obama has failed to allow for offshore drilling. The rejection of the Keystone Pipeline is another mindboggling example of how Obama not only rejected an opportunity for jobs to be created, but also clung to the idea of depending on international sources for oil.
Both presidents saw a spike in gas prices due to incoherent energy policies that weakened the private sector. They also oversaw tax hikes on energy companies. It must also be pointed out that both Obama and Carter had financiers that were indebted with corruption: Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) was Carters threshold of deceit and dishonesty and Solyndra has become not only Obamas burden, but a travesty at the sake of the taxpayers.
The final comparison is the infamous Richard Nixon. President Obama recently asserted executive privilege in the notorious Fast and Furious case, the case in which the U.S. Justice Department allowed the smuggling of nearly 2,000 firearms into the country of Mexico. This gun-walking program resulted in the death of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December of 2010.
Attorney General Eric Holder has refused to comply with Congress in their request for all of the documents in relation to Fast and Furious. A congressional committee decided to hold the top legal representative of the United States in contempt of Congress. President Obama, who originally claimed to be unaware of the operation, decided to exercise his power in applying executive privilege. This has sparked curiosity and raised questions from several House Oversight Committee members. Hes either part of it or hes not, said Rep. Trey Gowdy, Republican lawmaker from South Carolina.
Richard Nixon inserted executive privilege in the Watergate scandal, and he resigned from office 15 days later. Nixons involvement in Watergate revealed lies and deceit. Will Obamas involvement reveal the same? Does Obama have something to hide from the American people?
While Operation Fast and Furious can be compared to Watergate as far as being an escalated government scandal, one thing is vital to the discussion: There was not a body count in Watergate, unlike Fast and Furious.
So for those wondering if Obama is presidential, sure he is. However, being in the company of the afore mentioned presidents doesnt exactly put him in the best category.
Now I axe ya.... is that presidential enough for ya?
Obama is the result of everything wrong with the US since the 1960’s. An immoral, drug abusing, race baiting, class dividing, intentionally dishonest, empty suit affirmative action white-guilt president.
How presidential? He tweeted “Health Reform is Still a BFD” and his campaign is selling a BFD T-shirt.
BFD, as in Big F*cking Deal.
He’s still as presidential as that which I deposit in the commode early in the morning.
How presidential is President Obama?
I thought he was far beyond that.
To good liberals everywhere, he is not President Obama. He is Emperor Obamus I.
He is so far beyond mere presidential status, that we must honor him in the manner befitting his regal status...........
Just because he is president doesn’t mean he is a leader
Agreed. His power resides in his ability to whip up the rage of the unthinking.
Obama is the least presidential, the least gracious, the least honorable in many decades.
Honestly, I've seen earwax with more class.
The RaceMarxist, POS Obama is not the problem.
The problem lies with an American electorate that would empower such a radical.
We had foreshadowings of how far we have fallen in 2004 when Americans came very close to electing a wholly unaccomplished, openly traitorous gigolo as Commander in Chief.
Failing that, they doubled down and went FAR worse in 2008.
Ghetto trash moving on up to t-shirt sales person.
Just How Presidential is Barack Obama?
Compared to what?
Obama: The Post Turtle President
That would make a great tag line!
For decades, the foundations of individual liberty have been eroded and replaced with the same old counterfeit notions from which our forefathers escaped in the 17th and 18th Centuries.
By and large, the Presidents cited in the above article failed in adhering to the Founders' principles, and "the People" did little to slow the decline of liberty.
"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court even can do much to help it." - Judge Learned Hand
"If I have learned anything from the reading of history, it is that the man who, in violation of great principles, toils for temporary fame, purchases for himself either total oblivion or eternal infamy, while he who temporarily goes down battling for right principles always deserves, and generally secures, the gratitude of succeeding ages, and will carry with him the sustaining solace of a clean conscience, more precious than all the offices and honors in the gift of man." - Zacharias Montgomery, in "Poison Drops in the Senate")
After Thomas Jefferson, in his First Inaugural, enumerated the principles which would guide his Administration, he added:
"These principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and the blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety."
So-called "progressives" of the 20th and 21st Centuries, in their arrogance, successfully have removed (censored) the Founders' ideas of liberty from America's textbooks, but technology now makes those principles available to all who may wish to rediscover them.
Enduring principles, according to the Founders were just that--enduring and "self-evident."
The sacred Rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written as with a sunbeam in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power>" - Alexander Hamilton
"Kings or parliaments could not give the rights essential to happiness, as you confess those invaded by the Stamp Act to be. We claim them from a higher source - from the King of kings, and Lord of all the earth. They are not annexed to us by parchments and seals. They are created in us by the decrees of Providence, which establish the laws of our nature. They are born with us, exist with us, and cannot be taken from us by any human power, without taking our lives. In short, they are founded on the immutable maxims of reason and justice." - John Dickinson (Signer of the Constitution of the U. S., as quoted in "Our Ageless Constitution, p. 286)
Is this President "presidential"?
Read George Washington's "Farewell Address," the First Inaugural Addresses of Adams, Jefferson, the "Jubilee" Address of John Quincy Adams, as well as those of other Presidents who respected the fact that "the People's" Constitution limited their power in order to preserve liberty for their posterity, and then make your decision.
LOL -- I thought the same thing.