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General News and Politics
By Jim Barber, Camp Verde, Arizona
Current news and political discussion
Wednesday, December 19, 2012


 The Barbershop

If anything were to cause one to question whether Barack Obama is suited to be president it should be his response to two questions in today's press conference (a rarity in itself, since he generally refuses to be questioned in uncontrolled venues) scheduled so he could make remarks concerning the tragic murders of 26 children and staff of Sandy Hook school in Connecticut.

In the circumstances of such sorrow and mourning, not just by the relatives of the victims, but by the entire town, the state and the country, Mr. Obama still could not help himself but to inject the politics of the economic debate currently raging in Washington into the tragedy. When asked about the stalemate between him and the opposition, the president inferred that, because of the killings, his Republican foes should give in to his demands to head off the "fiscal cliff." It was crass, to say the least, and insulting to the memories of the victims, that their loss was so casually used as a political wedge, as if the two events had anything in common.

In the second instance, a journalist from one of the major networks spoke to the lack of gun violence legislation, one of the themes of Mr. Obama's 2008 election campaign, during his four years in office. He pointed out that, though this is the fourth major slaughter during Obama's first term, the president has done nothing to address the problem. Mr. Obama was visibly angry, certainly wasn't expecting such temerity from a usually-coddling, adoring press and his lips were drawn tight. But his answer said much about his leadership. He was defensive, saying that he "hasn't been on vacation." He then said that he had been busy with his legislative agenda, two wars and a bad economy. In other words, "I was too busy."

The mark of a good leader is to lead, to inspire. Not to get down into nuts and bolts of every problem the country faces, but to direct the actions of staff and cabinet members so that the wide range of problems facing our country do get addressed. When the president is so myopic, so focused on his own narrow agenda that he defaults on his obligations to the country as a whole, he displays an incompetence to be the leader of this great nation. Now that he has been re-elected, one could hope that he would widen his perspective. Perhaps if he hadn't been campaigning daily for the last four years he might have moved to address such mental illness-related violence as occurred at Sandy Hook. One thing he did prove at the press conference. If history ever looks back to rate it among former presidents, he will surely be found to have been the most thin-skinned.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012
Article comment by: Mary Jane

What sore losers you and your ilk have shown yourselves to be. You mistakenly believe that the Fox channel can be your only window to the world. The picture you painted of President Obama reminds me of exactly how Senator McCain looked when he was kow towing to the Fox pundits about Benghazi. Funny how all you losers sound the same when you cry and complain and whine about how no-one pays attention to your lies any more. Whatever you do, don't stop with the conspiracy theories and lies.

What on earth will be your options in the next election if the Dems run a white candidate? Without the hillbilly, I'll-only-vote-fer-ya-iffen-your-white demographic to count on, the GOP will really be sunk!

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