"If you’re President of the United States, and therefore unofficial Leader of the Free World, then your most important job every day is to make everyone feel calm and secure even as chaos reigns.
POTUS is supposed to be a global figurehead for stability.
That’s why when George W Bush was told about the second World Trade Center attack while sitting in a classroom full of kids, he didn’t jump up and race out of the room. He remained sitting, determined not to exude fear or panic in front of the cameras. It’s what Presidents have to do.
That’s also why Martin Sheen’s character President Jed Bartlet in the West Wing was so popular – he took everything, even being shot, in his easy, confident, reassuring stride.
Yet today, Barack Obama gave a speech to fellow Democrats in New York where he said the following words: ‘There’s a sense possibly that the world is spinning so fast and nobody is able to control it.’
Really, Mr President? You think what we all need to hear that from you right now is that the whole planet’s going to hell in a handcart?
YOU’RE the guy who’s supposed to be controlling it!
Perversely, Obama then went on to infer he HAS got everything under control, boasting of how America’s had to tackle just about every major problem facing the world right now - ISIS, Ebola, Russia, climate change – virtually on its own.
Interestingly, he also deployed the word ‘we’ as he took credit throughout this speech – in direct contrast to the word ‘they’ he deployed last week when chucking his intelligence agencies under the bus for NOT stopping the rise of ISIS. I’ve never trusted bosses who say ‘we’ when talking about supposed success and ‘they’ when talking about failure.
The popular version: Martin Sheen’s character President Jed Bartlet 'was so popular – he took everything, even being shot, in his easy, confident, reassuring stride.'
I trust Obama even less when he talks up the way he’s dealt with ISIS, Ebola and Russia as some kind of triumph.
In every case, the glaring warning signs were ignored until it was way too late. ISIS is now on the rampage thoughout the Middle East, Russia grabbed Crimea and is trying hard to grab vast swathes of Ukraine, and Ebola’s both out of control and now on American soil.
All this comes as former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta gave a damning verdict on Obama’s leadership skills, particularly over Syria, in his new book.
Obama, of course, vowed to hit Syria hard militarily if they ‘crossed the red line’ and used chemical weapons, but then did nothing when Assad promptly used them to kill 1,400 of his own people.
‘It was the right thing to do,’ said Panetta, ‘but once he did that, the credibility of the United States is on the line. It was important for us to stand by our word and go in and do what a commander in chief should do.’
Obama seems to have a lot of trouble standing by his word.
He repeatedly promised to close down Guantanamo Bay if he became President. It’s still open.
He repeatedly promised Newtown families he would get action on gun control after Sandy Hook. Nothing happened.
He repeatedly promised ‘no more secrecy’ in open, more transparent government. Five years later, we discovered the NSA were secretly bugging and hacking almost the entire planet.
As a father of four children, I’ve learned the hard way that the number one rule of parenting is never break a promise to your son or daughter. If you say you’re going to do something, then do it.
By not keeping his promises, Obama has emboldened Assad, Putin and ISIS on the foreign stage. And made America less safe."