In­ept­ness of Obama leaves Amer­ica stag­ger­ing

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

That was Amer­ica stand­ing be­hind Pres­i­dent Obama in the Rose Gar­den this week as he stam­mered, and droned on and on, try­ing to ex­plain away the epic dis­as­ter that Oba­macare has be­come even be­fore it has be­gun.

“About three weeks ago, as the fed­eral gov­ern­ment shut down,” he be­gan.

Ex­pec­tant and hope­ful, Amer­ica stood tall on the steps be­hind him for as long as she could. She was proud and gazed at the na­tion’s new top health care provider proudly. But as the ex­cuses and mis­truths mounted and the bar­rage of words rolled on and on and on, she could not help but to be­gin to wa­ver.

“… hasn’t worked as smoothly as it was sup­posed to,” the pres­i­dent said. She be­gan to sway slightly. “Health insurance for what may be the equiv­a­lent of your cell­phone bill or your cable bill — and that’s a good deal!”

She tried valiantly to keep her foot­ing. “This prod­uct is good.” She blinked and breathed deeply. Looked around. “Ex­ceed­ing ex­pec­ta­tions!” She was so proud of him that she wanted to stand tall and not flag.

“… to lift from the Amer­i­can peo­ple the crush­ing bur­den of un­af­ford­able health care,” he said.

Her eyes widened. She looked to her side. There was the light.

“… to free fam­i­lies from the per­va­sive fear that one ill­ness …”

She stag­gered. Her knees weak­ened and her mind closed. She started to fall back.

The sad truth is that the em­bar­rass­ing and calami­tous scene we saw un­fold in the Rose Gar­den was a per­fect rep­re­sen­ta­tion of what has be­come of not only Oba­macare but of the en­tire Obama pres­i­dency.

The in­ep­ti­tude is painful to watch. The ar­ro­gance is truly suf­fo­cat­ing. And the cool­ness that was once Mr. Obama’s hall­mark has turned into brit­tle anger that he barely con­ceals.

He be­gan his oily sales­man’s pitch by in­vok­ing the gov­ern­ment shut­down, as if that had the slight­est thing in the world to do with the im­plo­sion of Oba­macare. It is hard to know, at this point, if he is in­ten­tion­ally be­ing dis­hon­est or if he has sim­ply be­come delu­sional. Later, he in­ex­pli­ca­bly blamed Repub­li­can op­po­nents in Congress.

In truth, all the blame rests with Mr. Obama, stand­ing there in the Rose Gar­den, try­ing to ex­plain it all away. And be­hind him was Amer­ica, wish­ing so des­per­ately for him to suc­ceed. But re­al­ity over­took her and she crumpled.

Mr. Obama stopped his speech and turned around. The day­light had left her eyes as she had gone limp. He put out his hand. “I gotcha,” he said. But it was the peo­ple around her hold­ing her up.

“You’re OK,” he said, though it was abun­dantly clear that the woman could no longer stand. Wel­come, Amer­ica, to Oba­macare.

Charles Hurt can be reached at or on Twit­ter at @charleshurt.

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