Barack Obama: Leadership Under Whelming

by Proof

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Barack Obama is back, hawking his "National Day of Service and Remembrance". Why do I get the impression that he would like it to be a "National Day of Service, Forget the Remembrance"?

From Obama's weekly address (He generally addresses the nation weakly) :


That is why we mark September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. For if there is a lesson to be drawn on this anniversary, it is this: we are one nation – one people – bound not only by grief, but by a set of common ideals. And that by giving back to our communities, by serving people in need, we reaffirm our ideals – in defiance of those who would do us grave harm. We prove that the sense of responsibility that we felt for one another was not a fleeting passion – but a lasting virtue.


"If there is a lesson"??? Is cluelessness a prerequisite for the modern presidency?
"If there is a lesson"? And then, the "lesson" he expounds is not one of standing up to our enemies to preserve freedom, it's to "give back to your community".

Imagine: It's Poland, 1939. Obama's message to the Poles is: Sure, you've been invaded by Nazi Germany. But, consider how much satisfaction can be had by reaching out to others in your community! Reaffirm your ideals – in defiance of those who would do you grave harm. Think of what that would say about you as a people!

Or Dec. 8, 1941, from the Oval Office: "My fellow Americans, if there is a lesson to be learned from Pearl Harbor, it is this: we are one nation – one people – bound not only by grief, but by a set of common ideals. And that by giving back to our communities, by serving people in need, we reaffirm our ideals – in defiance of those who would do us grave harm. We prove that the sense of responsibility that we felt for one another was not a fleeting passion – but a lasting virtue."

To paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen: "Mr. Obama, we knew FDR, FDR was a friend of this country. He envisioned social change but did not shy away from defending this country and our freedom when it became necessary.
Mr. Obama, you're no FDR."


Is there a lesson? Is there only one lesson?? One of the lessons of Pearl Harbor was "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition"!

I get the impression that either Obama isn't sure what those lessons are, or that foreign policy, foreign wars and the global war on terror are simply distractions to Obama, keeping him from all the domestic programs he'd like to use to remake America.

H/T Gateway Pundit
Cross posted at Proof Positive

6 comments:

  1. You make excellent points, Proof, but I thought that hoary old, touchy-feely service day shibboleth was dropped last year. If he is still huckstering that old pile of manure, it is supremely offensive and insulting to the memories of the almost-3,000 who perished in 2001.

    That -- like the fawning obeisance to silly, flouncing-nancy, limp-wristed, leftest drivel like Earth Day (cf. the George Carlan routine), go-along-to-get-along with those dictators who wish us ill, and not keeping score in youth-league soccer -- is abhorrent.

    I count the days until this festering road pie dessicates, dries up, turns into a mountain of horse manure dust, and blows away in a stiff Santa Ana.

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  2. Two simple words - community agitator.

    No, actually, two more - Saul Alinsky.

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  3. What "lesson" can be learned when this stupid and pathetic excuse of a leader has forbidden the word Islam to be used with the word terrorists? Since we were attacked by Islamic terrorists, the lesson to be learned is how far they're willing to go to advance their goal of a world caliphate. Since Obama doesn't believe in Islamic terrorism, the lesson is completely lost on him. I think if FDR gave his speech on December 8th, FDR would had been impeached.

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  4. Remember this o'bummer! You will be gone in 2012!

    If there is a lesson here, it is you should be enjoying your short tenure!

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  5. "I thought that hoary old, touchy-feely service day shibboleth was dropped last year"
    Unfortunately, no, WP. The quote is from this year, Sept. 11, 2010.

    And it is every bit as much the same horse hockey he was peddling last year. Some people never learn.

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