B-plus? Obama is delu­sional

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - David Lim­baugh

It’s bad enough for Amer­ica that Pres­i­dent Barack Obama is a com­mit­ted far­left ide­o­logue, but when you cou­ple that with his nar­cis­sism, you’ve got a recipe for a ma­jor dis­as­ter.

He told Oprah Win­frey he de­serves “a good solid B-plus” for his first year in of­fice. The only things stand­ing in his way for that cov­eted A are — for the most part — other peo­ple, such as evil Repub­li­cans who op­pose so­cial­ized medicine.

It’s ob­vi­ous that Mr. Obama is as self-ab­sorbed as he is delu­sional. While most Amer­i­cans are wor­ried about the fi­nan­cial de­struc­tion of our coun­try and our re­sult­ing in­abil­ity to be­queath our heirs a land of lib­erty, Mr. Obama is fret­ting over the stresses the job is plac­ing on him.

“The big­gest bur­den on me right now is that eco­nomic growth has hap­pened, but job growth has not hap­pened.” Note the “bur­den on me.” Sim­i­larly, he said his painfully be­la­bored de­ci­sion to send 30,000 ad­di­tional troops to Afghanistan hit him “in the gut.”

Mr. Obama in­sists eco­nomic growth has re­turned and job re­cov­ery is just a mat­ter of time, but many are not so sure of ei­ther. But all are sure that his un­wa­ver­ing debt path is un­sus­tain­able and sui­ci­dal.

When the Ge­orge W. Bush econ­omy was hum­ming for al­most eight years, Mr. Obama and his me­dia friends gave Bush no credit be­cause, they said, we were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing “job­less growth.” Th­ese par­ti­san char­la­tans char­ac­ter­ized 4.5 per­cent un­em­ploy­ment as “job­less­ness.” What does that make 10 per­cent — es­pe­cially in light of Mr. Obama’s prom­ise to keep it less than 8 per­cent?

Shouldn’t Mr. Obama be held to the same stan­dard that he and his lib­eral friends set for Pres­i­dent Bush? A June 10, 2007, ed­i­to­rial by Ge­orge F. Will had it just right: “In 2002, when (Mr. Bush’s) tax cuts kicked in and the econ­omy be­gan 65 months — so far — of un­in­ter­rupted growth, crit­ics said: But it is a ‘job­less re­cov­ery,’ (even though) the un­em­ploy­ment rate steadily de­clined (to) 4.5 per­cent.”

Lawrence Kud­low wrote in 2006 that Democrats who pro­claimed a “job­less re­cov­ery” in 2003 and 2004 “had to eat crow.” “Right now,” Mr. Kud­low wrote, “to­tal em­ploy­ment in the U.S. stands at a record high of 144 mil­lion. This is a big num­ber, just as 4.6 per­cent un­em­ploy­ment is a low num­ber.”

But de­spite the ob­jec­tively pos­i­tive data, lib­er­als wouldn’t per­mit any pos­i­tive per­spec­tive on the Bush econ­omy, to the point that they had con­vinced 64 per­cent of Amer­i­cans (ac­cord­ing to a Gallup Poll) that the econ­omy was do­ing poorly.

Na­tional Re­view On­line’s Vic­tor Davis Han­son af­firmed the lib­er­als’ delu­sional naysay­ing on eco­nomic and for­eign pol­icy is­sues. He wrote: “For some time, a large num­ber of Amer­i­cans have lived in an al­ter­nate uni­verse where ev­ery­thing is sup­pos­edly go­ing to hell. If you get up in the morn­ing to read the New York Times or Wash­ing­ton Post, watch John Murtha or Howard Dean on the morn­ing talk shows, lis­ten to Na­tional Pub­lic Ra­dio at noon, and go to bed read­ing Newsweek it surely seems that the ad­min­is­tra­tion is in­com­mu­ni­cado (cf. ‘the bub- ble’), the war is lost (‘un­winnable’), the Great De­pres­sion is back (‘job­less re­cov­ery’), and Amer­ica about as pop­u­lar as Nazi Ger­many abroad (‘alone and iso­lated’).”

Yet Mr. Obama pats him­self on the back be­cause “we are on our way out of Iraq,” and he thinks “we’ve got the best pos­si­ble plan for Afghanistan.”

How he can give him­self credit for Iraq is be­yond com­pre­hen­sion. He vig­or­ously op­posed the surge, which every­one ac­knowl­edges turned the war around, and he stead­fastly re­fused to ad­mit he was wrong. Our with­drawal from Iraq is only pos­si­ble be­cause wiser heads pre­vailed. As for Afghanistan, he ul­ti­mately made the right de­ci­sion to lis­ten to the gen­er­als — par­tially. He re­fused to send the num­ber of troops they re­quested, de­mor­al­ized our forces and em­bold­ened the en­emy in need­lessly de­lay­ing his de­ci­sion, and tele­graphed our luke­warm com­mit­ment to the war by set­ting a short-term with­drawal date just as he was in­creas­ing troop de­ploy­ments.

How about Mr. Obama’s restora­tion of Amer­ica’s im­age? Well, he’s gone around the world telling peo­ple how ter­ri­ble we are — not ex­actly the smartest PR move. He’s con­sis­tently in­sulted our great­est ally, Bri­tain; a Wall Street Jour­nal ar­ti­cle this week notes that he snubbed Bri­tain by fail­ing to men­tion its sup­port in Afghanistan while tout­ing na­tions of­fer­ing less sup­port. He disses our ally Is­rael, treat­ing it as a ter­ror­ist na­tion and de­mand­ing that it uni­lat­er­ally cease set­tle­ments in a por­tion of its own land.

And how about Mr. Obama’s pro­mo­tion of cap and trade in the midst of Cli­mate­Gate, his re­fusal to back down on Oba­macare de­spite 56 per­cent pub­lic op­po­si­tion, and his plan to spend the bil­lions of TARP re­pay­ments while the na­tion is on the brink of bank­ruptcy from his spending? B-plus? “Delu­sional” is an un­der­state­ment.

David Lim­baugh is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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