I’ve said before how I don’t remember a president that has so divided a nation — politically, by socioeconomic status, by geography, whether you are one of the “folks waving tea bags around,” and ironically, by race. But it’s also true that no president has been so abjectly crass in his politicking (despite his campaign promise to be above all of that), and unwittingly transparent in his strategy for maintaining his hold on power — as Barack Obama. In fact it has been thus since he was elected. He’s been campaigning for a second term practically full-time since he won his fist term.
That he now figures he’s pulling one over on us is at once insulting, horribly disgraceful, and harmful to the very prestige of The Office — and the man. Possibly it’s because the left-wing media has always fawned over him, and they incessantly tout his uncommon “intelligence” (which I’ve never seen, quite honestly), he has come to believe their rhetoric himself. He seems to believe nobody could possibly figure out what he thinks is a complicated matrix, but what I think is just another pedantic, overtly political, class war tactic. It seems as though he’s completely oblivious to the fact that there are actually people as smart and smarter than him, who can see through him like he’s made of gas.
Columnist Charles Krauthammer, who, incidentally, is far smarter than Obama and most of us, lays it out for us beautifully today in his column. Here’s a snippet:
Obama’s Campaign for Class Resentment
The president has nothing to run on but crude populism.
In the first month of his presidency, Barack Obama averred that if in three years he hadn’t alleviated the nation’s economic pain, he’d be a “one-term proposition.”
When three-quarters of Americans think the country is on the “wrong track” and even Bill Clinton calls the economy “lousy,” how then to run for a second term? Traveling Tuesday to Osawatomie, Kan., site of a famous 1910 Teddy Roosevelt speech, Obama laid out the case.
It seems that he and his policies have nothing to do with the current state of things. Sure, presidents are ordinarily held accountable for economic growth, unemployment, national indebtedness (see Obama, above). But not this time. Responsibility, you see, lies with the rich.
Or, as the philosophers of Zuccotti Park call them, the 1 percent. For Obama, these rich are the ones holding back the 99 percent. The “breathtaking greed of a few” is crushing the middle class. If only the rich paid their “fair share,” the middle class would have a chance. Otherwise, government won’t have enough funds to “invest” in education and innovation, the golden path to the sunny uplands of economic growth and opportunity.
Where to begin? …