Wow the last eight years must have really taken its toll on Barack Obama. We’ve seen how much a man ages after a few years in the White House. Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Obama all went prematurely gray after the long nights and weekend-less work weeks common for the president.
Being the leader of the free world takes its toll on a man. But we never expected it to completely warp his mind.
Obama’s never been one to mince words. His strength as an orator is what won him the presidency in the first place. His careful choice of words has made him an effective politician (but poor leader) and helped him skirt awkward or confrontational issues.
But now it seems like he’s lost a few of his marbles. Just look at what he said recently.
Obama was asked about the future of his golf game by the Golf Channel’s David Feherty in an interview that took place just before he played his 300th game as president.
“I’m not a hack, but I’m not quitting my day job,” he explained.
“Actually you are quitting your day job fairly shortly,” Feherty pointed out.
“Well then I may get good,” Obama replied grinning, before adding, “I’m being forced out, I didn’t quit.”
Okay, let’s put this into perspective. This was a puff piece for the Golf Channel, not Meet the Press. Obama has been applauded for his affable sense of humor and charm (by some). This could have been an attempt at playful humor. This was after all a talk about golf.
But seriously, what does “being forced out” mean? Is he referring to his term limits as president? He of all people should know the Twenty-second Amendment to the Constitution limits his time in office. For good reason. Does he actually believe that if he had the choice, he’d run again and win?
Eight years is a long time to preside over American politics. Most presidents (before the 22 Amendment) quit after two terms. They learned what George Washington learned: it’s a tough job running the country; you can’t do it forever.
Does this mean Obama’s bitter about having to leave? If so, whose he upset with? The American people didn’t pass the Amendment, our leaders did in 1951, after witnessing the evils of the Nazi and Communist regimes. They were reminded that power must be limited, even for the President of the United States.
I’m sorry, Barack, if you don’t like those limits. Being forced out must be very painful for you. You know what’s even more painful? Watching this great country suffer because of your poor leadership and questionable motives. Do you think we want four more years of misguided antics on the part of a “community organizer”?
We’ve had enough money shipped over to terrorists, thank you very much.