“When a man ain’t got no ideas of his own, he’d ought to be kind o’ careful who he borrows ’em from.”
– Owen Wister (The Virginian)
More kumihimo and beading tutorials or a blog post, such is my dilemma. As this day dwindles away, it’s obvious which choice won out for most of today. I tried to listen to this vapid, clueless President of ours attempt one more shameless, face-saving measure with this address at West Point this morning, but frankly his smugness made my blood boil.
President Obama, in my opinion (worth about as much as him talking about hammers and nails), is singularly the most incompetent US President in my lifetime, possibly even in US history. To say such, invites charges of, “you’re racist”, to which I am going to dare say what should have been said long ago, “this man is the shining example of Affirmative Action run amok!” He rode the race card through America’s top universities, not on his merits. Then he found himself a lucrative living, ensconced in grievance politics in Chicago. He knows absolutely nothing about military matters, leadership or foreign policy, yet he is who the American people chose to steer the ship of state in these very treacherous, troubled seas.
Even now, his support among blacks and other minorities remains solid, despite the stagnant American economy and many of them faring far worse under his many ill-conceived domestic policies. They will still jump up and defend him, no matter what. His sycophantic supporters, particularly those in the media, still carry water for him, but around the world, other leaders see him for the weak waffler he is, which bodes poorly for America.
Today’s speech, following the Afghanistan dog and pony show, crossed my threshold for disingenuous grandstanding! He just gave the Taliban the green light in Afghanistan with his attempt to look like a CINC, by showing up to rally the troops with a withdrawal speech on Memorial Day. “Hooray, troops, we’re deserting the battlefield, be proud”, was his message…. Today at West Point, here is how he followed up the withdrawal speech, courtesy of the NY Times:
“America must always lead on the world stage,” he said. “But U.S. military action cannot be the only – or even primary – component of our leadership in every instance. Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail.”
La, la, la, “…if I had a hammer…” You can expect the Obama spin machine to nail us with three pennies worth of hollow sound bites. They still have no coherent strategy, but they’ve constructed a catchy metaphor. This man wouldn’t know the difference between a common nail and a roofing nail. He’s perfected constructing political straw men – no hammer and nails, Mom jeans optional, teleprompter required…
Mr. President, “You didn’t build that military!”, but we will give you full credit for dismantling it. Rant over, back to learning basic beading, time to calm my nerves.