The President must be sore from the beating he is taking at the hands of Republicans and the media after his sad attempt at giving a positive State of the Union speech.
It may have been NBC’s Richard Engel dealing the President the most damage as he seemed to imply that the President must be operating under some kind of delusion on foreign policy issues. Engel went down a list of foreign policy quotes from the SOTU speech and one by one showed how they were each patently false!
Engel’s money quote – “It sounded like the president was outlining a world that he wishes we were all living in, but is very different from the world that you just described.”
Then on Fox News, journalist Nina Easton from Fortune Magazine slammed Obama for not having the intelligence, or at the very least, the manners to soften his positions after the drubbing he took in the 2014 midterm elections. Easton negatively compared President Obama to President Bill Clinton in 1996 and found that while Clinton could soften his liberalism for the betterment of the country (and the will of the people), it seems that President Obama can not (or will not) do the same.
“With this president, I don’t see any evolving. It was deja vu. It’s almost as if there is file folders of Obama speeches dating back to when he declared for president in 2007, and he closed his eyes and reached in and picked one out and freshened it up…”
The sad reality is that Obama has been a small President who has proven ill-equipped for a BIG job. And America is suffering because of it…
NBC’s Richard Engel:
“It sounded like the president was outlining a world that he wishes we were all living in, but is very different from the world that you just described. Terror raids taking place across Europe, ISIS very much on the move.
One thing that the president said: “American leadership, including our military power is stopping ISIL’s advance.”
That just isn’t the case, according to military officials I’ve been speaking to, they’re taking new territory. The U.S. has been removing — by that I mean killing — about 1,000 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria every month, but they are replacing those with new recruits — with 1,500 fighters [per month].
The president said: “Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition to destroy ISIL.
For the U.S.,  was the year when 2,000 troops were sent back to Iraq. When we are being dragged back into the war, when we thought we had closed the chapter on Iraq.
He talked about: Building and supporting the moderate Syrian opposition.”
That, effectively, is not happening. There is not real support for the moderate Syrian opposition. In fact, one military official told me that they are calling the moderate Syrian opposition the Unicorn, because they have not been able to find it.
There was a general tone of suspended disbelief when he started talking about foreign policy. There are not a lot of success stories to be talking about in foreign policy right now. And the general tone, which was, moving on, starting again, starting a new chapter, moving beyond the 9/11 generation. It doesn’t feel like we necessarily have been able to put that generation behind us.”
Here’s Easton’s comments:
Nina Easton: In 1996, Bill Clinton declared the era of big government over in the State of the Union address. And, at that time — this is a president who is not only a smart politician but one that worked with Republicans to balance the budget, and it showed a man evolving, a politician who evolved to declare that he was questioning the beneficence of Washington programs. That was a huge deal. With this president, I don’t see any evolving. It was deja vu. It’s almost as if there is file folders of Obama speeches dating back to when he declared for president in 2007, and he closed his eyes and reached in and picked one out and freshened it up — a couple of paragraphs with a different terror group. They couldn’t fit in al-Qaeda because he put in ISIS in those two paragraphs devoted to terrorism on page 8. If you like Obama, if you like a Washington that offers free stuff and taxing the rich, that’s what you get. I don’t see him evolving as a president.
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