Anatomy of a politician…. Chicago style, or The Great Pretender


Let’s call it: WWBD…. “What Would Bill Do?”

Scenario:

The President of the United States has just had his ass kick by the Israeli premier and is made to look the incompetent teenage community organizer that he is; the worst death tornado death toll in 60 years devastates Missouri, his party declares there is no real budget/deficit/debt crisis and we must spend more, he’s in charge of a two front war and a third is emerging and he is scheduled to visit Ireland to search for his “Irish roots”.

What does POTUS do?

1). Do everything at once by skillfully using a kept press to convey multiple images and messages giving the impression of caring, being supremely focused and masterfully multi-tasking regardless of hardship or crisis… while spending most of the time hustling chicks. Perhaps he could bite his lip in a thoughtful, emotional way or perhaps, despite all odds,  “discover” white stones on Utah Beach on the anniversary of D-Day and fashion them into a cross, precisely lining up the cross, himself, a U.S battleship and U.S. TV cameras.

And despite being a proven draft dodger, get away with that and everything else for eight years.

Or,

2.) Affect a pathetically embarrassing Irish accent, worse than the Lucky Charms ads, get your car high centered on a speed bump, and party down at a pub over pints of Guinness while expressing regret that you didn’t bring your golf clubs.

If you are scoring over the last two decades, that would be…  Clinton– 1), and Barry Otero– 2).

DUBLIN (AP) — He downed a pint of Guinness with a distant cousin and checked out centuries-old parish records tracing his family to Ireland. From the tiny village of Moneygall to a huge, cheering crowd in Dublin, President Barack Obama opened his four-nation trip through Europe on Monday with an unlikely homecoming far removed from the grinding politics of Washington and the world.

Full quote: “The first time I had Guinness,” Obama said, “is when I came to the Shannon airport. We were flying into Afghanistan and so stopped in Shannon. It was the middle of the night. And I tried one of these and I realized it tastes so much better here than it does in the States.” via Weasel Zipper: Obama: “The First Time I Had Guinness” Was in an Irish Airport, “I Realized It Tastes So Much Better Than it Does in America”…

Which begs the obvious question, how would he know it tasted better than the stuff in America if it was the first time he tried it?

He’s so damned stupid he can’t even keep his lies straight.

But Barry doubles-down:

“My name is Barack Obama, of the Moneygall Obamas, and I’ve come home to find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the way,” a clearly tickled Obama – make that O’Bama – told the overflow throng at Dublin’s College Green with his wife, Michelle, right by him. “We feel very much at home.”

Huh? Let me point out there is no such thing as a “Moneygall Obama”… since it was Fulmoth Kearney, the president’s great-great-great grandfather on his mother’s side, who immigrated from Moneygall to Ohio in 1850. Meanwhile, the The Obamas were still throwing rocks and spears at other Kenyans.

“You’ve got to remember that the president’s grandfather was born into the Iron Age. Onyango was born in 1895 into a society that didn’t use the wheel, that didn’t have a written language. His grandfather did not see a white person until he was 11 years old.” — NYT

When  tracing your ancestors, you can’t pick and choose… you have to take the good with the bad.

The third option is wistful… for a great president who measures up to the greatest nation in the world without regard to what focus groups think he should think…; a leader who cares more for the values of the American society over all others, who is a realist who makes decisions based on thoughtful reflection, the advice of his cabinet and key legislators, and as just a guardian of history’s only true republic he must fulfill his oath to protect and defend it to his last breath.

But what we do have is this:

Obama Signs Westminster Abbey Guest Book…Using 2008 Date!

And of course, where would a commander-in-chief supposedly conducting major military operations in three or four fronts, and man responsible for killing the greatest economic engine in world history and a leader who’s nation’s midsection has just been devastated by wildfires, raging storms, floods and record killer tornadoes, be?

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About Gary Alexander

Volunteer coordinator for veterans support network in North Texas. Now retired from his private psychotherapy practice, I specialized in the diagnosis and treatment posttraumatic stress, working with victim assistance programs, veterans and the Veterans Administration for over 20 years. After being wounded in action in Vietnam, I was medically retired from the Marine Corps and know first hand many of the readjustment difficulties and psychological stresses experienced by today's OIF and OEF veterans. I am available, at minimal cost, to speak at your functions on several subjects including veterans issues, Vietnam, the Medal of Honor, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and critical incident debriefings.
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