The Cool Cat President

| October 29 2012
Burt Prelutsky

I don’t like Barack Obama.  I don’t like anything about him.  I don’t like his arrogance or his air of smug superiority.  I don’t like his sense of entitlement.  I don’t like his attacking his predecessor or his opponent, both of whom are decent human beings who aren’t carting around baggage that includes the likes of Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright.

Most of all, I am disgusted by the assumption that the only reason anyone would find his person or his politics repulsive is because of his race, whatever that happens to be.  I mean when someone is apparently 50% white, 45% Arab and 5% black, just about anyone who disapproves of him could be labeled a racist by somebody.

Obama goes to the U.N., but, even with the Middle East and North Africa in flames, Iran racing towards a nuclear bomb and Europe in a financial meltdown, he is too busy attending fund-raisers to meet with any of the national leaders congregated in Manhattan.  But he has time to go on The View and refer to himself — and the reason I don’t make these things up is because I simply lack the comic genius — as “eye candy.”

The thing that astounds me isn’t that I find Obama as obnoxious as I do, but that everyone doesn’t feel the same way about him.  I mean he’s no longer a pig in a poke.  He’s been in the Oval Office for four years, so he’s had plenty of time to make his mark.  After all this time, our economy is as bad as it was when he was elected.  In some ways, it’s worse.  After all, thanks to all the dollars being printed by the Treasury and all the money we’ve borrowed from China and other creditors, our dollar is worth less than it was and our credit rating is at an all-time low.

I get that he’s supposed to be cool and groovy.  That would explain why young people are infatuated with him.  Being young typically means you lack wisdom and experience, and will be attracted to fool’s gold.  It also figures that people who regard Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, David Letterman and Bill Maher, as cultural icons would respond to Obama’s shallowness.  He is, as we well know, the sort of president that a teenager would be if they could elect one of their own.

After all, he’s always ready to party; to surround himself and Michelle with Hollywood celebrities; to run off and play a round of golf; and to go to any lengths to avoid the drudgery of actually getting things done in Washington.  How is he any different from the typical teenager who will use any excuse to avoid doing his homework?

So it was that he let Pelosi and Reid handle the details of the trillion dollar stimulus.  He let Congress go off the deep end with sequestration, thus gutting the military because he had other, fun things to do to keep himself occupied.  It’s so much easier to blame House Republicans than it is to work with them as his favorite mouthpiece, Bill Clinton, managed to do in the 90s in order to get a few things done.

Having said all that, what I don’t get is why any adult, including Democratic politicians, think he’s doing a swell job.  For one thing, it was ObamaCare that cost Pelosi her majority in the House two years ago.  Furthermore, you’d have to be on salary like Jay Carney in order to keep a straight face while insisting that Obama is a friend of Israel’s.  Oh, I know that Obama says all the right things about our unbreakable alliance with Israel, but it is such obvious hooey, I have no idea who is supposed to believe it. On an open mic, Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy shared their opinion of Bibi Netanyahu, with Obama getting in the last word when he sulked, “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you.”

What I fail to fathom is why with so many Jews in the House and Senate, not one of them ever stands up to Obama when he himself takes every opportunity to show his contempt for Israel’s leader, most recently begging off a meeting in New York because he had to visit the ladies on The View.

I mean, I understand that the Democrats are supposed to show unity with their Commandant, but when you get right down to it, Obama needs people like Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Henry Waxman, Brad Sherman, Frank Lautenberg, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Charles Schumer, far more than they need him.  Most of them were there long before he arrived and they’ll be there, alas, long after he leaves.  So what, aside from a complete lack of political backbone, prevents their speaking out?

If you ask them, they will tell you that they speak to him behind closed doors.  It’s funny how that works, though.  When Obama bad-mouths America or praises Islam, he does it openly for all the world to see.  When he snubs or otherwise insults Prime Minister Netanyahu, he also manages to do that for the cameras.  It’s only when Jewish politicians allegedly confront Obama that such an unlikely event is left to our collective imaginations.

Come to think of it, Obama, on another occasion, told Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to tell Vladimir Putin that after the next election, he’d be even more flexible in his dealings with Russia.  However, after having already done his bidding by denying Poland and the Czech Republic a promised missile defense system and vowing to cut America’s nuclear arsenal, Putin must have been left wondering what more he could possibly expect.  Paul McCartney’s autograph?  An invitation to appear on “Dancing with the Stars”?  A CD of Joe Biden’s goofiest gaffes?

It seems that if you want to get the truth out of Barack, you first have to fool the putz into thinking his microphone is turned off.

Finally, it isn’t true that Obama only went on The View in the hope of picking up a few more female votes.  Rumor has it that after the election, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be stepping down, and Obama wanted to find out if Joy Behar would consider taking the job before offering the gig to Sarah Jessica Parker.

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