President Obama will be in office for another 346 days. But David Brooks misses him already:
Obama radiates an ethos of integrity, humanity, good manners and elegance that I’m beginning to miss, and that I suspect we will all miss a bit, regardless of who replaces him.
I wonder why the Obama White House didn’t see fit to hire Brooks. Perhaps he is more useful to them as a New York Times conservative.
As much as I loathe Donald Trump, I loathe Barack Obama even more and would not miss him for a nanosecond. After all, if it weren’t for Obama’s deference to our enemies and disdain for America and her Allies, there would be no chance that Trump would be a viable presidential candidate.
Brooks praises Obama’s integrity for running an administration which has been “remarkably scandal-free.” Well, how about Fast & Furious, The VA, The IRS & Benghazi? If the Obama Administration is willfully giving guns to Mexican drug gangs, allows veterans to die waiting for health care, makes a concerted effort to stifle free speech while refusing to help the four Americans under assault from terrorists doesn’t merit the word scandal in David Brooks’ book, then he demonstrates no capacity for reason. Then again, the New York Times only prints the news it sees fit printing and Fast & Furious, the VA, the IRS, and Benghazi don’t fit into their agenda.
Brooks praises the Obamas’ “superior integrity” and praised them for hiring people “of high personal standards.” Where is the superior integrity in accusing Republicans of being “a potent recruitment tool for ISIL” for opposing the entrance of Syrian refugees? Where is the superior integrity in the First Lady accusing an elderly woman of racism because she needed help reaching the top shelf at Target? Where is the high personal standards of a press secretary who says Benghazi happened a long time ago? It was, in fact, less than a year. Where is the high personal standards of hiring a Secretary of State who suggests there was a “rationale” for the killing of cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo?
Where for that matter is the high personal standards of his predecessor who used a personal server to receive classified material? Indeed, Brooks writes, “Hillary Clinton is constantly having to hold these defensive press conferences when she’s trying to explain away some vaguely shady shortcut she’s taken, or decision she has made, but Obama has not had to do that.” And in exactly whose administration did Hillary Clinton make these “vaguely shady shortcut she’s taken”? Is Brooks trying to tell us naming Hillary Clinton to be his Secretary of State isn’t a reflection of Barack Obama’s judgment?
Brooks praises Obama’s humanity by citing what he termed “his wonderful speech” at the Islamic Society of Baltimore last week. Where was President Obama’s humanity when he said it wasn’t his place to “meddle” after the Iranian regime murdered its own people in broad daylight after its fraudulent election? President Obama only wanted to do a deal with the devil and the hell with how it hurt the Iranian people or American soldiers.
At times, Brooks is just plain cheap:
He’s exuded this basic care and respect for the dignity of others time and time again. Let’s put it this way: Imagine if Barack and Michelle Obama joined the board of a charity you’re involved in. You’d be happy to have such people in your community. Could you say that comfortably about Ted Cruz?
Yes, in fact, I would be more than comfortable having Ted Cruz as a part of my community. He isn’t my first choice for President, but I recognize that he has accomplished a great deal in a short time, much more so than Obama. How many people get to argue cases before the Supreme Court? The above passage says a lot more about David Brooks than it does about Ted Cruz.
It seems that David Brooks is going to miss a lot more than the crease in Obama’s pants. But I don’t see why. Even after Obama leaves office, he isn’t going to leave public life. Does anyone honestly think Obama is going to be content painting landscapes. No, he’ll do something big. Maybe UN Secretary General. If not, we will hear a great deal from Obama, especially if a Republican is elected President. David Brooks won’t miss Obama for a second. Unfortunately, neither will the rest of us.