Gene’s Nickel: Obama the Amateur

Submission by Gene Brown

There is a significant body of thought that holds that President Obama is too unqualified and incompetent to remain president. One of the news blogs I read has tapped into that market with a weekly selection of amateurish, crude, and inept activities by President Obama.

Now, human nature shows that once you have made a character assumption, every action you witness will only reinforce that assumption.

If a citizen believes that Obama is narcissistic, then his speech on job creation on January 22nd, 2010 in Elyria, Ohio, where he used I, me, my, mine 132 times would prove his point.

If a citizen believes that Obama’s education credentials are overblown or overhyped, then his thrice repeated mispronunciation of “Navy corpsman” during a February prayer breakfast would prove his point.

If a citizen believes that Obama doesn’t really understand or respect our founding documents, then his reference during the 2010 State of the Union Address, “We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our Constitution: the notion that we are all created equal …” proves his point. The document was the Declaration of Independence and it referenced our creator as the source of that equality.

Now, some folks may claim these are trivial and in no manner reflect Obama’s intelligence; they were mere gaffes. I might acknowledge that thought, but not from someone who used President George Bush’s pronunciation of “nuclear” as an indication of his intelligence!

My favorite indicator that Mr. Obama is in over his head or worse, purposefully allowing the nation to run off of the rails, was another part of his 2010 State of the Union Address. On national television, in front of the combined legislature, he blatantly scolded the Supreme Court of the United States for its decision in Citizens United v. FEC. To me, it showed a manifest disregard for the principle of Separation of Powers that really is enshrined in the Constitution.

During the scolding, he made this statement; “Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests …” He was egregiously incorrect. The High Court overturned The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002; McCain-Feingold was only 8 years old.

However, the most popular act of amateurism, and my second favorite, happened after President Obama made his famous or infamous deal with Republicans, who were out of power, to extend the current tax rates of the Bush Administration.

While trying to rally support within the Democrat controlled House and Senate and his very Liberal base of supporters, President Obama had former President Bill Clinton accompany him to the podium for a press conference. Then, he abandoned the podium, left Slick Willy alone, and went to a Christmas party.

Now, it is not uncommon for a president to leave his Press Secretary, an informed member of his inner circle, alone after an announcement to answer questions, but not someone from outside the administration.

Many voting Americans see such behavior as amateurism in governing.

That’s my nickle.

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