In an interview that was broadcast last night on 60 Minutes, retiring Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn proclaimed, “I’m proud of our country for electing Barack Obama.”
Senator Coburn is to be admired for his years as a watchdog on the spending habits of Congress and bureaucrats in the federal government. While I was certainly well aware of Coburn’s friendship with Obama, which developed when they were in the Senate, I am nevertheless disappointed to hear that he is proud this country elected Barack Obama to the White House.
Senator Coburn might very well love Barack Obama as a man and with it the content of his character. Alas, I do not love Barack Obama much less admire his character. I’m not proud that we elected Barack Obama to be President of the United States.
I’m not proud of President Obama when he says we’ve entered a new era of responsibility and then spends his entire presidency blaming President Bush, ATMs, the Arab Spring and tsunamis and a myriad of other excuses for his woes.
I’m not proud of President Obama for his contempt for our allies whether through abandoning missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic, his unwillingness to secure Ukraine’s sovereignty against Russian aggression, and his vilification of the State of Israel. Nor am I proud of him for leaving Chris Stevens and three other Americans to fend for themselves in Benghazi and then claim the attack was a result of a silly Internet film about Muhammad rather than a well-coordinated terrorist attack that just happened to occur on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
I’m not proud of President Obama’s endless apologies for America’s ills to countries who have far more to be ashamed of than us. It is these kinds of apologies that led Obama to normalize relations with a Cuba that is totalitarian now as it was half a century ago. I’m not proud of President Obama for giving the Castros not only a lifeline, but the entire store. I’m not proud of President Obama for giving Cuban dissidents the back of his hand just as I wasn’t proud when he did the same to Iranians clamoring for democracy when he said it wasn’t our place to meddle in Iran’s “elections.”
I’m not proud of President Obama when he refers to corpsman as “corpsemen.”
I’m not proud of President Obama for exchanging five top Taliban officials in exchange for one army deserter.
I’m not proud of President Obama when he tells us he has no strategy to deal with ISIS. I’m not proud of President Obama when he says ISIS isn’t Islamic. I’m not proud of President Obama when he refers to ISIS as the “jayvee squad” and then denying he ever said any such thing.
I’m not proud of President Obama for setting a red line in Syria, not enforcing it and then denying he ever said any such thing.
I’m not proud of President Obama for telling us if we liked our health insurance, we could keep it and then when we couldn’t keep it denying he ever said any such thing.
Do you see a pattern here? It’s too bad the mainstream media didn’t see one or just simply looked the other way. Either way I’m not proud of them either. But I digress.
I’m not proud of President Obama when he lectures us not to jump to any conclusions after the Fort Hood shootings when he is more than happy to jump to the conclusion the Cambridge Police Department “acted stupidly” when they had the temerity to arrest his dear friend, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
I’m not proud of President Obama propensity towards demagoguery. This is a man who has invoked race when it comes to the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric This is a man who lectures us to “talk to each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds” and then proceeds to claim all Republicans want is “dirtier air, dirtier and people with less health insurance.” When Obama says that about Republicans, he means you too, Senator Coburn.
I’m not proud of President Obama when he appoints an Attorney General who calls us “a nation of cowards.” I’m not proud of President Obama when he invoked executive privilege to protect Eric Holder from scrutiny in the Fast and Furious scandal.
I’m not proud of President Obama when he fans the flames of race as he has with Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner, especially when race had nothing to do with their deaths and he knows it.
I’m not proud of President Obama for telling us that Arizona’s immigration law would result in people being harassed while taking their kids out for ice cream.
I’m not proud of President Obama when he dismisses all business people by telling them “you didn’t build that, someone else did.”
I’m not proud of President Obama when he claims that every single black professional male in his age group has been mistaken for a parking valet, insinuating that these are the sorts of things “a typical white person” does.
I’m not proud of President Obama for usurping Congressional authority and unilaterally going into Libya, changing Obamacare regulations and giving millions of illegal aliens amnesty on a whim.
I am not alone in lacking pride that we elected Barack Obama not once, but twice. Given what I have described above the question is why is an honorable man like Tom Coburn still proud of President Obama after nearly six years in office.
With 25 months left in his White House tenure, I’m afraid there will be ample time for Barack Obama to say and do plenty more things which will not make me proud that we elected him President.