Published On: Sun, Jul 27th, 2014

Obama: Fundraiser-in-Chief

As Russian shells rain down on Eastern Ukraine and a new Intifada brews in the Middle East, President Obama is engaged in his favorite pastimes; fundraising and playing golf.

And while ISIS overruns much of Iraq – committing mass murder, rape and forced conversions to Islam – the President entertains Hollywood donors on Air Force One.

When quizzed at a White House briefing about the President’s frequent absences and lack of concern for world events, Press Secretary Josh Earnest replied; “I think that there have been a number of situations in which you’ve seen this administration intervene in a meaningful way, that has substantially furthered American interests and substantially improved, uh, you know, the tranquility of the, of the global community.”

Tranquility of the global community? The President must be receiving a lot of flattery on his fundraising tour not to notice that America’s influence is evaporating across the globe.

But, no worries! – our man John Kerry is on the job. Even though he’d rather be windsurfing off Nantucket, the Secretary of State visited Israel and created this reassuring photo-op with Netanyahu:

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Kerry and Netanyahu in Tel Aviv

Could these two men dislike each other more?

Kerry proposed a one-week ceasefire which the Israelis rejected, followed by a counter-proposal of a 24-hour ceasefire which the Palestinians refused, leading to more bombings and escalating death tolls that may very well turn into a full-blown war.

Meanwhile, in Libya, did you know that our entire embassy of 150 workers in Tripoli had to be hastily evacuated yesterday? A convoy of SUV’s carried our diplomats and military personnel across the desert to Tunisia. Thankfully, all arrived safely. But in their wake, the President’s policy of “leading from behind” and “the Arab Spring” were left in the dust.

American foreign policy is not just weak. It is in full retreat. How long before we witness the evacuation of our embassy in Baghdad and the loss of Iraq?

Back at home, Mr. Obama’s domestic agenda is not faring well either. The border crisis is worsening by the day as large influxes of immigrant children overwhelm local resources and state budgets. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), Obama’s signature piece of legislation suffered a serious setback last week when two appeal courts split on “whether the law’s premium subsidies are legal in 36 states”. If the negative ruling stands, the provisions for providing federally funded exchanges would collapse, jeopardizing ObamaCare across the country. You’d think this would concern the President, but he remains strangely aloof.

Is President Obama simply out-to-lunch?

Many commentators, both liberal and conservative, have remarked upon Obama’s lack of interest in his own policies. He no longer seems a commander-in-chief, but a fundraiser-in-chief. Isn’t he concerned with his presidential legacy?

But perhaps there is a method to the President’s indifference.

If Obama’s domestic and foreign policies continue to fail, it will likely fall to the next Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, to explain why. Obama can effectively pawn off his policy failures to Hillary as she runs for the White House in 2016.

After all, she was an accessory to many of his stated policy goals. The “reset button” with Russia was Hillary’s idea, the failure in Libya can be traced to Hillary’s awful testimony on Benghazi (“What difference does it make?”), and before there was ObamaCare, there was HillaryCare in the 1990’s.

Going forward, the President can avoid any unpleasant questions by simply saying; “Ask Hillary”.

Blood Feud

Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas

He is used to dumping people by the side of the road. Why not dump his policy manure on Hillary’s doorstep and ring and run? According to a new book on the Obamas and the Clintons called Blood Feud, there is no love lost between the two families. In fact, they hate each other.

Obama isn’t fundraising for the Clintons, he is fundraising to burnish is own political image. He is helped by fellow travelers in the Democratic Party who still believe in his dystopian vision of fundamentally transforming America. They will keep his myth of “hope and change” aflame, no matter the reality of his failed policies. The detritus of his Presidency will fall upon the Clintons to deal with, not him.

You almost feel sorry the old dame, Hillary. The men in her personal and political life are roués, selling her out at every turn. She has suffered these louts in the hope of becoming President herself one day. But that dream is quickly fading.

It remains to be seen, however, if the Republican Party can capitalize on the cracks in the DNC and get its act together in time to take back the Presidency in 2016. It needs a coherent message on foreign and domestic policies that offer solutions to the ongoing recession and general malaise in America. It also needs to shore up its political base which is smarting after recent losses on immigration and social issues. The civil war between the Tea Party and GOP has to be stopped and a truce settled upon. The infighting is costing votes on election day.

Meanwhile, President Obama will keep jet-setting around the country as fundraiser-in-chief, while the hapless John Kerry flails around the globe in search of a peace process. What a thankless job it has become to serve this very charismatic, but ultimately shallow President.

About the Author

- Robert Maley has worked in publishing, banking and – as incongruent as it may seem – the theatrical world. After many years of living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, he now resides in the more pastoral setting of Virginia. A playwright with an MFA from Columbia University, he has had several plays produced off-off-Broadway. Presently, he is a critic of the Cultural Marxism to which he once allied, especially as it pertains to the arts, faith and academia.

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