Six of the stupidest things President Obama did in his first year.
I know we are in the first month of 2010 and should be inclined to look forward rather than backward. Yet I think it’s only fair to look back President Obama’s past year in office and revisit some of the dumber things he did.
Now one must realize that the challenge here hasn’t been to come up with six stupidest things Obama has done. That’s the easy part. The challenge is what to leave off the list. There was his joke about the Special Olympics. There was the time he told our troops they made a good photo-op. Who could forget when he told the nation we could have Obamacare without adding a dime to the deficit? How are those cabinet appointments for Janet Napolitano and Eric Holder working out? Snubbing fellow Nobel laureate the Dalai Lama was not one of Obama’s brighter moments. Not to mention all that incessant apologizing and bowing. So here’s the stupidest of the stupid.
6. Accusing Cambridge, Massachusetts Police
Sergeant James Crowley of “Acting Stupidly”
When a politician is asked about an ongoing judicial matter it is customary for a politician to say that it is a matter before the court that he cannot comment upon.
But instead of displaying propriety in his response, President Obama let his friendship with Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. cloud his judgment. Although Obama admitted he didn’t have all the facts before him, he nonetheless concluded that Sergeant Crowley had “acted stupidly.” To his credit, Sgt. Crowley stood his ground and called Obama’s comments “way off base.”
Of course, the air would be cleared with a beer summit at the White House. But there would have never been a need for such a meeting had President Obama politely declined comment.
5. Declaring War on the Fox News
What was the White House thinking when it decided to single out the Fox News Channel for derision? Sure it might have impressed some of Obama’s most ardent followers, but as a general rule it’s not a good idea to insult the viewing public. After all, Obama won over a lot of FNC viewers when he appeared on The O’Reilly Factor in September 2008.
President Obama did himself no favors by dismissing FNC as “a talk radio format.”
Shortly after White House Chief of Staff David Axelrod stated FNC was not “a legitimate news organization” the White House attempted to exclude the network from a press pool interview with the White House pay czar Ken Feinberg. The other networks, to their credit, refused to play ball and the Obama Administration relented.
This was a fight the Obama Administration picked and lost badly.
4. Scrapping Missile Defense Programs in Poland
& the Czech Republic
It’s difficult to see how it is in the interests of the United States to scrap the construction of a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. In fact, there are only two reasons for President Obama to have made this decision — to placate Russia and to take yet another swipe at President Bush.
Now Russia is supposed to help us rein in Iran. Yet scarcely a month after abandoning the missile defense program, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said,
“We are convinced that threats, sanctions, and threats of pressure in the present situation are counter-productive.” Lavrov made this comment right after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had paid him an official visit in Moscow. Gee, great work guys.
The Obama Administration hasn’t exactly endeared itself to its Eastern European allies. Czech parliamentarian Jan Vidim remarked, “If the (Obama) Administration approaches us in the future with any request, I would be strongly against it.”
Talk about rewarding your enemies and punishing your friends.
3. Saying We Will Not Meddle in
So overwhelming has President Obama’s desire been to engage Iran he was prepared to throw its democracy activists under the bus even when it became clear its “elections” were a fraud. “It is not productive, given the history of U.S.-Iranian relations to be seen as meddling — the U.S. president, meddling in Iranian elections,” said President Obama last June. But that didn’t stop Iran’s regime from accusing Obama of meddling, now did it?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?