July 23 2014
President Obama's Unbearable Lightness of Being
If you don’t have time to read Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland today, you can get the same surreal effect by perusing President Obama’s remarks last night at a DNC fundraiser:
“Part of people’s concern is just the sense that around the world, the old order isn’t holding and we’re not quite where we need to be in terms of a new order that’s based on a different set of principles, that’s based on a sense of common humanity, that’s based on economies that work for all people,” Obama said Tuesday, speaking at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at an Italianate mansion across Lake Washington from the downtown skyline.
There are reports the the Obama family is planning to buy a house in Rancho Mirage. I don't know about the rancho but these remarks show the president is already living in a mirage.
These are alarmingly naïve words from the man who holds the job that in former times qualified him to be styled the leader of the free world. But it does perhaps explain why the president is so placid in the face of a world erupting into crises: he lives in a world of fantasy. Former speaker Newt Gingrich captured this in a devastating piece at CNN headlined “The Tranquility of Obama’s Mind.” To re-quote from Gingrich’s piece:
From his perch in the amazingly Obama-centric world in which our President lives, look again at what the rest of us think of as serious problems.
Have any of the 1,000-plus Hamas rockets been aimed at Obama? No. That is why Obama is tranquil.
Have any of the thousands who are crossing the border tried to move into the White House? No. That is why Obama is tranquil.
Is ISIS an immediate threat to the United States that is likely to blow up the next golf course the President is playing at? No. That is why Obama is tranquil.
If you can reduce your presidency to a Starbucks visit, a man with a horse-head mask, shooting pool and visiting Joe Biden's burger joint for lunch, you can have a successful presidency as you have defined it, even if the world is disintegrating.
Of course, President Obama is correct that the old world order, a system of relative peace led by the United States since the close of World War II, has ended on his watch. But what is his evidence that we are heading for a new order that is “based on a sense of common humanity”?
Does President Obama find this common sense of humanity in the murderous expulsion of Christians, who are given a choice of death, conversion, or flight, or ruin, from Mosul, where they have lived for two nearly two thousand years evidence of a common sense of humanity on the part of Islamic radicals? Or perhaps he spots this uplifting sense of common humanity in Boko Haram’s abduction of the (now largely forgotten) girls in Nigeria?
Israel is engaged in a struggle for her very existence with Hamas terrorists who are not blind to the PR possibilities of casualties on their own side. Maybe the president isn’t aware of the mobs, sympathetic to terrorists, have recently targeted Jews in major cities, including leaflets with threats of violence against Jews in the president’s hometown of Chicago?
Twitchy has had a field day with the president's speech, asking if it constitutes the president’s most naïve statement to date. I got a laugh out of Twitchy, but it was gallows humor: the president’s worldview makes queasy.
PS. Apparently, POTUS isn't the only member of the administration who lives in Wonderland.
Do read Powerline's description of how Marie Harf and Jen Psaki deliver the "catastrophic foreign policy of the Obama administration a lighter than air, Valley Girl kind of twist. With them we can smile through the apocalypse." Again: funny but scary.