Our Snake-bit President
You know, Barack Obama not only inherited a receding economy from George W. Bush, but he inherited a triple A credit rating too. Maybe we should call him Lemony Snicket, given the series of unfortunate events that have taken place on his watch. There was the BP Oil spill and a terribly bungled Presidential response complete with a disastrous White House address. The Gulf Coast is still reeling from the loss of jobs the President’s policies then caused.There was and is the botched debacle in Libya where we may or may not be involved while we ignore the same thing happening in Syria. We are, after all, “leading from behind.”Then there was, going all the way back to the beginning, his bungled diplomatic support for the communist sympathizers in Honduras against that nation’s own constitutional, democratic processes.Along the way, federal spending has gone up 76% from the time we got our last tax cuts, tax revenue has gone down due to economic conditions (not the Bush tax cuts), the number of people who have given up on searching for unemployment is the most it has been since 1983 and the number of people on food stamps is more than ever.In fact, during this President’s tenure, we’ve reached benchmarks not seen since the Great Depression in terms of negative economic news. His is a food stamp Presidency.Now the stock market has gone down due a series of unfortunate events in a daily succession not seen since Jimmy Carter. But that’s all because of the Arab Spring, mother nature, George W. Bush, and those damned Europeans. Please ignore all this about it being his economy.“Give it to me,” he said of the economy. We did and on Friday we lost our credit rating.On Saturday, Seal Team Six got blown out of the sky in Afghanistan. At least Katrina happened under someone else’s watch.And hey!, there’ll always be Bin Laden, and we can presume the President knows it as he is helping Hollywood roll out a movie about it right before the election to help his poll numbers.At some point we might want to consider that this President’s Presidency is snake bit. Through it all, the man has refused any responsibility and, if anything, behaved more like a professional victim than a leader. His Presidency’s motto is not “the buck stops here,” but “it’s all George Bush’s fault”. Of course, George W. Bush, even with a Congress controlled by Democrats, did not lose us our AAA credit rating and somehow was able to make progress without throwing up his hands and blaming gridlock. Maybe the Presidency is just too much for Barack Obama.