Rich Scribe

13Jul10

Billionaire Mort Zuckerman says he wrote a speech for President Obama.

The liberal Zuckerman, owner of the New York Daily News and editor-in-chief of U.S. News & World Report, is the co-founder of Boston Properties, and, of late, a critic of the president. Last month, he wrote of Obama:

He has seemed uncomfortable in the role of leading other nations, and often seems to suggest there is nothing special about America’s role in the world. The global community was puzzled over the pictures of Obama bowing to some of the world’s leaders and surprised by his gratuitous criticisms of and apologies for America’s foreign policy under the previous administration of George W. Bush.

Obama’s policy on Afghanistan—supporting a surge in troops, but setting a date next year when they will begin to withdraw—not only gave a mixed signal, but provided an incentive for the Taliban just to wait us out.

It’s good to have liberals recognizing, and acknowledging, the failures of the president, and confirming the criticisms that conservatives get attacked for. Coming from one of Obama’s speech writers makes it all the better.

The Obama presidency has so far been characterized by a well-intentioned but excessive belief in the power of rhetoric with too little appreciation of reality and loyalty.

Take out the well-intentioned part and I have to agree.



One Response to “Rich Scribe”

  1. 1 mrDarcy

    “The Obama presidency has so far been characterized by a well-intentioned but excessive belief in the power of rhetoric with too little appreciation of reality and loyalty.”

    I agree with the quote except for the “well-intentioned” part. Although I DID believe it to be good intentions gone bad for the first 12 months or so, I have come to believe (and accept) that it’s arrogance and elitism that drive the President and Congressional leadership. Good intentions are the spin placed atop these slavish qualities.

    These people alone know what’s best for America – even if it’s the nation’s demise (of sorts). This is the truly scary part.

    Not only is this reckless and foppish, it’s very much against the oath (Constitution, Article II, Section I) that Obama took (and then retook one or two more times because his ego got in the way of the words) upon assuming office:

    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    The President could, quite arguably, get into trouble with the “best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend” part. Debasing or outright dismissing the Constitution before other nations and their leaders runs counter to preserving and protecting it. Yup, this man is One and Done.

    And let the NAACP proclaim me a racist because I espouse an opinion that differs with theirs only to align with the principles of the Tea Party. As my Irish grandmother would say, “Feck them all but for the six,” in reference to the pall bearers selected to carry her away to her final resting place. This certainly applies to the NAACP’s racist and ranting resolution.

    Jim Skinner, McDonalds Corp CEO for President in 2012


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