Obama’s le­gacy: a warn­ing to oth­ers

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

As we wit­nessed Pres­i­dent Obama des­per­ately flail­ing for some kind of an agree­ment with the Ira­ni­ans, we were re­minded once again of the prime mo­ti­vat­ing force com­mon to all of Mr. Obama’s machi­na­tions: an anx­ious­ness to con­struct some kind of no­table le­gacy at the eleventh hour of his ten­ure.

How typ­i­cal that Amer­ica will be hung out to dry once again by the man whose ego brought us Solyn­dra and that failed firm’s pie-in-the sky ilk, bil­lions of wasted “stim­u­lus” dol­lars, the Af­ford­able Care Act (hav­ing noth­ing to do with af­ford­abil­ity), Benghazi and its at­ten­dant loss of life, the cal­lous wast­ing of Amer­i­can blood and trea­sure by a pre­cip­i­tant with­drawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, the flac­cid re­sponse to the Is­lamic State, per­sonal dis­dain for Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Benjamin Ne­tanyahu, and med­dling in the re­cent Is­raeli elec­tions.

En­dan­ger­ing our na­tion by el­e­vat­ing his le­gacy to a na­tional pri­or­ity is not only pa­thetic, but it is also crim­i­nal. Given this litany of dis­as­ters (a com­plete list would re­quire more space) one has to won­der why Mr. Obama has avoided even the whiff of im­peach­ment. Re­call­ing the acts that led to the 1974 im­peach­ment and res­ig­na­tion of Richard Nixon, whose dirty deeds amount to tin­ker toys when com­pared with this ad­min­is­tra­tion’s felo­nious be­hav­ior, it is re­mark­able how im­mune Mr. Obama and his min­ions re­main to con­fronta­tion and legal ac­count­abil­ity.

One can ar­gue that the pres­i­dent’s page in his­tory has al­ready been writ­ten by his own pen. De­spite his best ef­forts, Mr. Obama’s le­gacy will be that of a de­cid­edly self­ish, di­vi­sive and im­po­tent pres­i­dent. His chron­i­cle of fail­ure will serve as a warn­ing to fu­ture pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls who elo­quently talk the talk but fail spec­tac­u­larly to walk the walk. How dis­as­trous for our great na­tion.

JOHN M. DANIEL Leonard­town, Mary­land

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