A President Adrift

As he began his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, President Obama declined to congratulate Republicans on their recent election victory; something presidents traditionally do after their party has lost a mid-term election. But not Mr. Obama. He will not admit that he and his party just had their clocks cleaned. He acts this week as though he’s still in the driver’s seat, as if it were the ‘good old days’ of January 2009. But we’re now in the year 2015, and the balance of power in Washington has shifted. Mr. Obama cannot see that. There is a word to describe such a phenomenal lack of awareness.

The President went on to state, “this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.” This is beyond mere hypocrisy coming from a president who recently subverted Congress and rewrote U.S. immigration law via executive order; the same president who unleashed the IRS to target and intimidate those exercising their first amendment right to criticize his policies. Now, suddenly, this president wants us all to “play by the same set of rules.” Seriously? There is a word to describe such nonsensical posturing.

Mr. Obama also suggested that America has been made safer under his stewardship. That would be flat-out laughable, except that it’s downright frightening. The threat radical Islamists pose to democracy around the world is existential. But Mr. Obama will not acknowledge it, name it or do much about it. Other democracies are aghast. And Mr. Obama wonders why House Speaker Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to visit Congress and address our mutual concerns. Mr. Obama is stunned and suddenly concerned with matters of ‘protocol.’ There is a word to describe such incongruous thinking.

Which is worse … delusion or toxicity? Hard to say, but our president clearly suffers the former, and is well on his way toward the latter. That’s bad enough for him, certainly, but does he have to keep hoisting it on the rest of us? It makes America look bad. The world, after all, is watching. More and more, our allies around the world are worrying as well.

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