Politics

Obama’s Fallen and He Can’t Get Up

Remember when your small child used to say, “I fall down and go boom”? Perhaps that is what’s happening now on the world scene. The President of the United States has fallen down, and we can only hope that neither he, nor we, go “BOOM!” But to hear what others have to say on the matter…”The state-owned Syrian newspaper Al Watan put it bluntly in a headline on Thursday: “Moscow and Damascus pull the rug out from under the feet of Obama.”

Perhaps the President needs to subscribe to LifeCall. Remember “I’ve fallen…and I can’t get up!”® a TV commercial catchphrase for a LifeCall medical alert systems to be used by people who are subject to falling at inconvenient times in inconvenient places. Perhaps some of our leaders could do well to memorize this commercial. Al Watan’s comment is only the latest in a whole series of stumbling and bumbling that have plagued this President from the git-go.

It seems that from the beginning of Barack Obama’s tenure as President, again and again, he has fallen. Maybe he should have the handy button to punch to gain somebody’s attention. Rather than asking for help to “get” up, his administration seems to divert the attention of the drive-by media and many of our fellow Americans to some other crisis. But it so often happens that his diversion leads to another scandal or unsavory situation. Let’s look briefly at a few of them.

DOJ scandal: Which one? Let’s just pick one. Black Panthers were intimidating voters (November 4, 2008): Seems that a group of New Black Panthers took it upon themselves to hinder and even intimidate voters in one precinct. The DOJ lawyer decided that they should be prosecuted under Federal law. However, once Eric Holder became Attorney General, he ordered the investigation to cease and the potential prosecution squashed. There must have been some dead people who hadn’t had a chance to vote yet.

Solyndra Scandal: Solyndra bailed out in 2009; went bankrupt in 2011: This was a doozy. Obama himself went to Solyndra manufacturing to tout the forward looking producer of solar panels and to assure them of a financial bailout, 535 million dollars. Sure enough, it worked. They were bailed out. The owners of the company pocketed a fair sum and then in 2011, Solyndra went bankrupt. Was the White House embarrassed? Did the White House mend its ways and never ever bailout another clunker? If you believe these statements are true, I have some beach front property in Western Kansas I would let go for a small price.

Benghazi4Benghazi Attack and Cover up: September 11, 2012: Four Americans, including an American ambassador, were killed when armed insurgents fired upon a Consulate in Benghazi, Lybia, which is sovereign property belonging to the United States. At first, the administration blamed the attack on an anti-Muslim video that had wide circulation. When that proved useless, they tried to just ignore the incident. The then Secretary of State, Hillary I-might-just-run-for-President-again Clinton declared that she was taking responsibility for what happened. It worked. She took the responsibility, and virtually all Congressional hearings ceased or at least slowed. I wonder if Al Capone had taken that position, his conviction on tax evasion might have been dismissed, and he could have died in peace in his Chicago apartment of syphilis.

NSA Scandal: June 10, 2013 Edward Snowden’s Revelations: A low level contract worker with the National Security Agency didn’t like what he was seeing come across his desk or his monitor, and decided to blow the whistle. Regardless of whether you take the position that the guy is a hero for revealing some very questionable activities of the NSA spying on American citizens, or that he is a traitor for revealing classified secrets, you do have to admit that Edward Snowden shook things up. Do I expect anything to change as the result of these revelations? Of course not. Nothing will change except for the arrogant indignity shown by government officials and drive-by media commentators. Snowden now resides in Russia, and I’m sure that he will be consulted by Premier Putin when it’s time to take possession of Syria’s sarin gas supply.

There are other scandals. I can’t keep up with them. I’m not sure I agree with Al Watan that Russia and Syria “pulled the rug out from under the feet of Obama.” More likely, he stumbled because of his own clumsiness. He’s fallen and he can’t get up. He just continues to do a low crawl on his belly from one scandal to the next one with no sense of dignity or embarrassment at all.

 

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About the author

Harry Livermore

Harry Livermore spent a lifetime teaching English in high schools and junior colleges in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Georgia. He now writes for and is editor of the Valdosta Magazine. Harry and his wife Janice live in Valdosta, GA. They are members of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Valdosta. Harry has two sons, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren who live in Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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