In a recent article, the inimitable Charles Krauthammer shared his thoughts about the “bystander” presidency of Barack Hussein Obama II: [emphasis added]
Barack Obama is not just late to discover the most elementary workings of government. With alarming regularity, he professes obliviousness to the workings of his own government. …
Hence the odd spectacle of a president expressing surprise and disappointment in the federal government — as if he’s not the one running it.
Hence the repeated no-one-is-more-upset-than-me posture upon deploring the nonfunctioning Web site, the IRS outrage, the AP intrusions and any number of scandals from which Obama tries to create safe distance by posing as an observer.
He gives the impression of a man on a West Wing tour trying out the desk in the Oval Office, only to be told that he is president of the United States.
It’s as if Krauthammer doesn’t realize that Obama just may be president in name only. Obama may not be simply “posing” as an observer; he could very well be nothing more than an observer.
As many of us have suspected from the beginning, Obama could be a mere figurehead, with someone else actually “working” the government (such as Valerie Jarrett). If so, that easily explains Obama’s detachment, his obliviousness, and his penchant for enjoying the trappings of the presidency (golf, White House soirees, world travel, adulation) instead of tackling the work of the presidency.
President George W. Bush said that being president is “hard work,” and got a lot of ridicule from the leftist media. Yet they have not much to say along those same lines with regard to the current resident of the White House–that guy who seems to do nothing but campaign, travel, spout memes, play golf, and party on, all on the taxpayers’ dime. To him, I dedicate this song
because Obama loves to
work at nothing all day.