President Obama Just Doesn’t Get It

Opinion

on February 07 2012 12:03 PM
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands after speaking about the economy in Arlington
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands after speaking about the economy at Fire Station Number Five in Arlington, Virginia February 3, 2012. REUTERS

If President Barack Obama has demonstrated anything of note this week it's that he simply doesn't get it.  He has zero grasp of what made America great and, as a result, no capacity to fix our problems.

He made this quite clear during an interview with NBC's Today show with Matt Lauer when he said that he is getting better as time goes on.

To see what better means, let's glance at the numbers.  From Inauguration Day to today, United States national debt has increased by 44 percent.  The number of food stamp recipients has increased by 47 percent.  The price of gasoline is up 85 percent.  The price of health insurance premiums is up 23 percent. And the official number of unemployed Americans has increased by 1 million since the president took office.  If this is better, I'd hate to see what the country would look like if Obama was doing his best.

What these numbers tell us is that the highly touted stimulus package was a failure.  Promising a new pay as you go method to rein in spending was simply rhetoric.  Obamacare has increased costs, not alleviated the burden on Americans.  In short, aside from killing Osama bin Laden, the first three years of the Obama presidency have been an utter failure.

In the interview, Obama said: What's frustrated people is that I've not been able to implement every aspect of what I said in 2008. Well, it turns out our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes.

Unfortunately for the president, but fortunately for the rest of the country, the Founding Fathers designed a system to frustrate power-grabbing presidents like ours, even if he may not appreciate the Constitution and the limits on his power.

What the president fails to understand is that the inability to implement his policies is not the problem -- it's the policies themselves and his philosophical foundation. 

But the bewildering statements didn't end there.

 I do think the vast majority of the American people understand. We want everyone to be successful, and nobody begrudges people who have been successful because they're making things, creating new products and services, that's the American way - but what people also want to see is that everybody is doing their fair share, Obama said.

This seems to be a 180 on behalf of the president, as it implies he no longer begrudges the people at the top -- a far cry from the self-proclaimed class warrior whose campaign strategy entails pitting Americans against one another.  

What I took away from the Lauer interview is very simple-Obama does not get it.  But, I believe the rest of America does, which is why Nov. 6, 2012 cannot come fast enough. 

Kayleigh McEnany is a writer and political activist who graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and studied at Oxford University.  She is the founder of www.RealReaganConservative.com. She writes every Tuesday for the International Business Times.

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