Obama’s disrespect to the Office of the Presidency second to none

March 29, 2015
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The phrase du jour for Obama supporters is: ”Even if you don’t respect the man you should still respect the office”.

But what to do when that man turns out to be the one who disrespects the office the most?

What is America to do when the President of the United States gets up every morning, looks in the mirror, and staring back at him is a man that has shown more disrespect for the office of the Presidency than any occupant in its history?

From his post-election taunt “elections have consequences and I won”, to the flippant “Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected,” to the infamous “if you like your healthcare plan you can keep your healthcare plan”, to his edict of amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, Richard Nixon is a choir boy compared this President.

Mr. Obama has amassed a list of Oval Office disrespect that is second to none.  And this past Wednesday exposed some of the worst of the worst.

The morning discussions broke with a New York Times article that “If an agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear capability is reached by deadline in the next seven days, one thing may be missing: an actual written accord, signed by the Iranians.”

Get that?  Evidently the President is so obsessed at getting a deal with world’s number one sponsor of state terrorism that he won’t even require  its “Death to America” leader to sign it.

On the plus side for Obama though, that at least means no pictures of him stepping off a plane with a “peace for our time” piece of paper when the next President has to clean up his mess.

At the White House press briefing Jonathan Karl of ABC News responded to Josh Earnest’s claim that Yemen was still a “successful counterterrorism strategy with: “That’s astounding,”…“You still see Yemen as a model? Building up a central government, which has now collapsed? A president who has apparently fled the country? Saudi troops massing on one border, the Iranians supporting the rebels? You consider this a model for counter-terrorism?”

Then there was the 5 year Obamacare anniversary celebration.  Claiming 16 million people now have health insurance, the President left out that over 6 million had their previous policies canceled and were forced to sign up, ignored the millions more that were not new insurance sign ups but instead Medicaid expansion of an already broken system, or that all his executive exemptions are still shielding the public from worse yet to come, and he didn’t dare let slip that 30 million plus Americans still refuse to bend to his will.

After CBS News’ Scott Pelley parroted the 16 million number, Keith Koffler’s White House Dossier noted “CBS “Research Department” apparently located in West Wing”.

Rounding out the day was the Army announcing that it was charging once Obama hero Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and “misbehavior before the enemy”.  The same Bowe Bergdahl that National Security Advisor Susan Rice has stated “served the United States with honor and distinction”.  Adding insult to injury, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that the President’s decision to trade the Taliban 5 for Bergdahl: “Was it worth it? Absolutely”.

“Worth it” if you mean that it got the President 5 terrorists closer to his campaign promise of closing Guantanamo Bay.  Absolutely gut wrenching to the families of the men killed in action searching for Bergdahl after he deserted.

And Bloomberg View noted Tuesday that Mr. Obama would not meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stotlenberg even though he specifically requested one. (Evidently perpetuating the Obamacare myth is more in America’s national interest than discussing Mr. Putin’s increasingly aggressive behavior.  Flexibility does have its benefits.)

Respect is not given, granted or demanded.  It must be earned.

And until Mr. Obama learns that its currency is not lies and deceit but action and deeds, his much longed for “respect” will remain forever at bay.

PUBLISHER’s NOTE:  A version of this column first appeared in the Sunday, March 29, 2015 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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