Obamaâ€™s contingency excuse
By: Peter Lemiska
The economy is in shambles, and Barack Obama is running out of excuses.
For two and a half years, he blamed President Bush. It was a fairly effective strategy for a while, though it wasnâ€™t particularly dignified for a world leader. After all, the presidency wasnâ€™t thrust upon him one morning, while haplessly wandering the halls of Congress. He fought tooth-and-nail to win that office, presumably bringing with him solutions and, perhaps, a sense of responsibility.
Nonetheless, Obama and his administration successfully blamed his predecessor throughout the first two years of his presidency. But nothing lasts forever, and that strategy began to wear thin. Obama, himself, has admitted that if he could not fix the economy in three years, he would be a one-term president. Then in June, Democratic Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz acknowledged, â€œWe own the economy.â€
So having exhausted the blame-Bush pretext, Mr. Obama recently offered another excuse, complaining that his economic recovery had been thwarted by events completely beyond his control: the Arab Springâ€™s effect on oil and gas and the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. That excuse didnâ€™t go over as well. It was even less credible than the one blaming ATMs and technological advances for the soft job market.
Now, thanks to the 2010 elections, Obama has a newfound understanding of Americaâ€™s two-party system, and a new scapegoat. Heâ€™s again shifted responsibility for our economic woes, blaming congressional opposition, accusing Congress of holding back the recovery by blocking his â€œcommon sense measures.â€
Many politicians, like narcissists, have an uncanny ability to deflect blame, and Obama has proven to be more resourceful than most. No matter what goes wrong, heâ€™s somehow able to find an excuse to absolve himself.
Now as conditions worsen, and Obamaâ€™s numbers continue to plummet, Democratic Representative Andre Carson and others in the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are upping the ante, employing that thread-worn contingency excuse, racism. At a recent CBC event, Carson argued that congressional opposition to Obamaâ€™s policies was intended to hurt African-Americans. He bellowed, “Some of them in Congress right now with this tea party movement would love to see you and me… hanging on a tree.”
And, in response to these vile and baseless accusations, we heard not a word of condemnation from our â€œpost-racial President.â€ While it may be unseemly for Obama, himself, to level such inflammatory charges, it appears that heâ€™s perfectly content to leave that to the likes of Carson and others in the CBC.
But while they work tirelessly to convince their constituents that Obamaâ€™s woes are due to racism, they conveniently overlook the fact that in January 2009, America was in love with Barack Obama. And that affection crossed racial lines. In fact, he could not have won election without the support of vast numbers of whites. One poll, back then reflected a 65% approval rating, with only 30% of respondents disapproving. Not only did he have popular support, but he had a Democratic majority in the House and Senate.
Americans truly believed they had elected a winner, not a whiner.
And while the country was still solidly behind him, he successfully implemented most of his far-left agenda without regard to cost. Today, weâ€™re feeling the impact of his policies.
Two and a half years after his election, the same poll showed Obamaâ€™s approval rating had fallen to 42%, while his disapproval jumped to 57%. Now, Obamaâ€™s skin color hasnâ€™t changed since he was welcomed with open arms in 2008. So what caused the reversal in public opinion?
Could it be that those former supporters have seen the effect of unbridled government intrusion and spending for endless entitlement programs? Maybe theyâ€™ve come to understand that it does nothing to reduce the poverty level, and in fact, has the opposite effect. It bankrupts our economy and destroys jobs.
Everyone understands that there are, indeed, still pockets of bigotry in this country. Some still hate blacks simply because of their skin color. And some hate whites for the same reason. Congressman Carson may even know a few of them. But his inflammatory and unfounded accusations do nothing to explain or mitigate Obamaâ€™s failures. They only stoke the embers of racism.
Congressional Republicans oppose Obamaâ€™s policies, not because of race, but for the same reason the rest of the country rejects them – because they have failed.
And thereâ€™s another reason for Obamaâ€™s sinking poll numbers. Americans feel duped.
They believed his promise of hope and change.
They believed his promise of transparency.
And they believed his pledge of harmony and unity when he proclaimed, â€œThis is not a white America, or a black Americaâ€¦. This is the United States of America.â€
Peter Lemiska is a former Senior Special Agent of the U.S. Secret Service, and holds a BA degree in psychology. He has contributed political commentary to www.renewamerica.us and numerous other conservative websites over the past several years, and he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The writer is a former Senior Special Agent of the U.S. Secret Service and holds a BA degree in psychology. His commentaries appear on various websites, and he can be contacted at email@example.com.