If you are one of the millions of TV viewers that love the Travelers Insurance commercial of the little white dog trying to protect his bone from a myriad of threats, you can draw a parallel with Obama’s troubles in trying to ward off the problems that his administration has. But, unlike the little white dog who was resourceful and smart, Obama does not have the experience or the knowledge to deal effectively with the ghosts that haunt his sleep. Let’s enumerate just a few of the demons that keep Obama up at night…in no particular order of importance, although they are all critical to his success and popularity.
The Gulf Oil Spill – Everyone along the Gulf Coast is angry and getting angrier every day due to the ineffectiveness of the federal response to the disaster. The feds seem to be putting up obstacles rather than working the issue. Sand berms cannot be constructed, help has been denied from the Dutch, no waiver of the Jones Act, etc., etc. Billy Nungesser, Plaquemines Parish president, has ripped Obama and his team on many occasions. Last evening, on CNN’s Anderson Cooper, his frustration was viral.
Offshore Drilling Moratorium – Twisting the findings of the panel appointed to look at the Gulf spill, a 6 month moratorium on drilling is opposed by everyone except the environmentalists that have Obama in their pocket. Displaying a total lack of management skills, he knee-jerked into a position that will cost thousands of jobs in the Gulf region and set back oil production for years. This is Obama’s way of pandering to the “green” left….not the actions of a man with the best interests of the country. Wells have been drilled for over 50 years in the Gulf; and there are almost 4,000 out there….a sterling record until BP screwed it up.
The War in Afganistan – Now that McChrystal has been replaced with General David Petraeus, Obama must come off of his July 2011 withdrawal deadline since there is no way to secure the southern regions of Afganistan in 11 months. Sticking to an arbitrary withdrawal date will doom Petraeus to the same failure of McChrystal. The Taliban are so deeply embedded in the region, if we cannot guarantee a stable government, the Afgans will never get behind the US. A “hearts and minds strategy” will not win this war.
The Economy & Unemployment – The policies of the administration have failed to bolster a floundering economy. Stimulus packages, threats of financial regulation, and the uncertainty of Obama’s economic and tax policies have stalled any recovery of the American economy. Unemployment, still near 10%, should be his highest priority; but, all Obama seems to do is blame Bush! Blaming Bush is not a plan…it is an excuse!
The Arizona/Illegal Alien Issue – How can Obama justify challenging the law of Arizona since it is simply a pale version of the Federal Statures? Now a little burg in Nebraska and several small towns in California have passed similar statutes. How much of America is Obama willing to sacrifice to secure more Hispanic votes?
Rahm Emanuel – How long can Obama stand behind the small-statued bully of the White House? By the time Emanuel is called to testify at the Blagojevich trial, the dirty laundry will be hanging on the line for all to see.
The Sestak Situation – Fortunately for Obama, the Gulf disaster has taken the spotlight off the adminstration’s troubling interference (Clinton) in the Pennsylvania primary.
Obamacare and escalating costs – Even before the resignation of the Budget Director, Peter Orszag, it was becoming clear that the Democratic healthcare bill was a fraud perpetrated on the public by an overzealous reconciliation process managed by Nancy Pelosi and enabled by Stupak. And, let’s not forget that 15+ states have filed a lawsuit to overturn the legislation….another back-burner issue.
Israel – Has Obama basically thrown Israel under the bus? Israel depends on the US to support their efforts to survive the annihilation threatened from Iran, Hamas, and others in the region. I have no doubt that Neganyahu will nuke Iran’s nuclear facilities when the time comes. Their government is not weak and ineffective….they will protect themselves with or without Obama’s help.
Public Image – For God’s sake, Barack, look presidential when you play golf! Those shorts and wrinkled golf shirt look like a 25 handicapper at a muni course. I don’t care if Obama plays golf occasionally…but, please dress like the leader of the free world, not some chump who just got off the night shift!
I could go on and on, but you get the point. This presidency is in TROUBLE and the electorate will voice their dissatisfaction in November. The thing that bothers me is that Obama, Pelosi, & Reid will try to ram through as much socialist legislation as possible until the mid-term elections. They will be stopped….but at what price!