Obama’s White House is Falling Down

By Daniel Greenfield
In the sixth month of his presidency, Obama has turned an economic
downturn into an economic disaster, taking over and trashing entire
companies, and driving the nation deep into deficit spending expected to
pass 10 trillion dollars.

Abroad, Obama seems to have no other mode except to continue on with his
endless campaign, confusing speechmaking with diplomacy. It is natural
enough that Obama, who built his entire campaign on high profile public
speeches reported on by an adoring press, understands how to do nothing
else but that.

While the press is still chewing over Obama’s Cairo speech, this
celebrity style coverage ignores the fact that Obama’s endless world
tour is not actually accomplishing anything. Instead his combination of
ego driven photo op appearances and clueless treatment of foreign
dignitaries have alienated many of America ‘s traditional allies. Those
who aren’t being quietly angry at Obama, like Brown, Merkel or
Netanyahu, instead think of him as as absurdly lightweight, as Sarkozy,
King Abdullah or Putin do.

While his officials carry out their dirty economic deeds, Obama responds
to any and every crisis as if it were a Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland
musical, with a cry of, “Let’s put on a show.” Thus far Obama has put on
“shows” across America , Europe and the Middle East . And what the
adoring media coverage neglects to cover, is that Obama’s shows have
solved absolutely nothing. They have served only as high profile

Neither alienating America ‘s traditional allies, through a combination
of arrogant bullying and ignorance, nor appeasing America ‘s enemies,
has yielded any actual results. Nor does it seem likely to. Islamic
terrorism is not going anywhere, neither are the nuclear threats from
North Korea and Iran . While Obama keeps smiling, the global situation
keeps growing more grim.

At home, if Obama was elected as depression era entertainment, the charm
of his smiles and his constant appearances on magazine covers appear to
be wearing thin on the American public. Despite the shrill attacks on
Rush Limbaugh or the Republican Enemy of the Weak– the Democratic party
of 2009, is polling a lot like the Republican party of 2008. The
Democrats have suddenly become the incumbents, and the only
accomplishment they can point to is lavish deficit spending, often on
behalf of the very same corporations and causes they once postured

The European Union Parliament’s swing to the right cannot be credited to
Obama, though doubtlessly some European voters seeing socialist economic
crisis management on display in the world’s richest country decided they
wanted none of it, but it is part of a general turning against
And Obama’s entire program is dependent on heavily entrenching
federalism at the expense of individual and state’s rights. Yet that is
precisely his Achilles heel with independent voters who are polling
against more taxes and expanded government. And no amount of speeches by
Obama can wish away his 18 czars [now 43 czars] or the national debt he
has foisted on generation after generation of the American people. That
leaves Obama with a choice between socialism and the independent voter.
And thus far he has chosen socialism.

Obama’s tactic of hijacking Bush Administration era policies on the
economy and the War on Terror, and exploiting them as Trojan horses to
promote his own agenda, have left him coping with a backlash from his
own party, as well as general Republican opposition.

His Czars are meant to function as the bones in an executive
infrastructure accountable to no one, but a lack of accountability isn’t
just another word for tyranny, but for incompetence. A functional chain
of command is accountable at multiple levels if it is to function
effectively. Obama’s White House by contrast is in a state of
over-organized chaos, the sort of organized disorganization that
undisciplined egotistical leftists naturally create for themselves,
complete with multiple overlapping levels of authority and no one in
charge but the man at the top, who’s too busy doing other things to
actually be in charge.

Dennis Blair as National Intelligence, who collaborated with the Muslim
genocide of Christians in East Timor, trying to muscle out the CIA to
create his own intelligence network, is typical of the kind of chaos
being spawned by every chief in an expanding government bureaucracy
working to make sure that all the Indians answer to him. Similarly the
National Security Council wrestling with the State Department,
highlighted by Samantha Power getting her own specially created NSC
position to butt heads with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,
illustrates the state of conflict and chaos in American foreign affairs.
A state of chaos so pervasive that incompetence has now become
commonplace, and no one can even be found to double check the spelling
of a Russian word that is meant to be the theme of American’s diplomatic
reconstruction with Russia, or to pick out a gift for the visiting
British Prime Minister. 

Meanwhile on the economy, Obama exploited the ongoing bailouts,
transforming them from bailouts into takeovers meant to shift the
balance of power in what had been a democracy and socially engineer not
only corporations, but the lives of ordinary Americans. But the public’s
patience with corporate bailouts is at an end, most Americans were never
happy with them to begin with, and want them to end. The death of
Chrysler at the hands of Fiat and the UAW might look like a victory in
the union ranks, but it doesn’t play too well outside Detroit . And
tacking on CAFE standards that will kill the pickup truck and the SUV
will badly erode Obama in the swing states, if exploited properly in
2010 and 2012. Despite the constant media barrage, orchestrated out of
the White House, the public is growing disenchanted with the performance
of Obama and the Democrats.

With unemployment booming and the economy dropping, the jobs aren’t
there and the spending is out of control. Republicans today are polling
better on ethics and the economy, than the Democrats are. That shows a
trend which is likely to register in the mid-term elections in 2010, in
the same way that the EU parliamentary elections served as a shock to
the system.

In the opposition, Republicans are free to embrace the rhetoric of
change, to champion reform and push libertarian ideas about the size and
scope of government. In turn all Obama has is his celebrity fueled media
spectacle world tour. A charade now serving as a parallel to the
depression era entertainment that functioned as escapism in a dour time.
But before long, it may be Obama that the American public will want to
escape from.

Obama has tried to play Lincoln, Reagan, JFK and FDR– but in the end he
can only play himself, a shallow, manipulative and egotistical amateur
who is in over his head, and trying to drag the country down with him.
Obama’s White House is falling down and while the flashbulbs are still
glittering and the parties are going on in D.C.. and around the world,
Obama and the Democratic Congress may be headed for a recession of their


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