Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The real elitist is in the Oval Office

Mitt Romney's 47% "gaffe" is still dominating the news, it's all most pundits and journalists want to talk about. And with good reason: it's seriously juicy red meat, easy to parlay into lengthy opinion pieces about Romney, his wealth, and his elitist nature. Forget the truth contained in what Romney said--four months ago--stoking up the outrage furnace is the name of the game in punditry land.

Meanwhile, anti-Americanism remains a problem in the Middle-East and beyond, as the Administration obstinately clings to an unsustainable narrative about the attack that left four Americans dead in Libya and about the unrest in general: "the movie did it." At the same time, the Fed has taken the nation into uncharted economic territory with QE3, a move that will likely help the stock market in the short term, but will do little for sustained growth and may even herald the return of stagflation.

And what is our supreme leader up to, these days? Why, he went on the David Letterman Show, then followed that up by clubbin' with J-Zay and Beyonce. Life is good. No doubt he'll find time to work in another round of golf in the very near future.

President Obama, Harvard man and legal scholar, who parties with the beautiful people, takes lavish vacations around the world, and plays more golf than any President since Eisenhower, he's a man of the people. But Romney, he's the elitist. Riiiiiight.

Now some may say the golf angle has been done to death, but I really don't think so. Remember the Arch-villain George W. Bush, who is--according to Obama--responsible for all that ails the nation and the world? He liked to play golf, too. He was hitting the links periodically--actually frequently--even after 9-11. But then he had an epiphany, of sorts. He decided to stop playing golf while in office in August of 2003, after hearing about casualties in Iraq while on the course.

Nothing has kept Obama from the links, not war, not the economy, not violence in the Middle East, nothing. That's commitment. Even Obama's legendary "laser-like focus" on jobs was put on the back burner when it was time to swing the sticks. And this need to golf--coupled with his lavish vacations--is a truly fascinating thing, given what the President once said about his office, when he was but a humble Senator (hat tip to Caroline May at the DC):
But essentially the bargain that any president I think strikes with the American people is, you give me this office and in turn my fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, gone. I am giving myself to you, and the American people should have no patience for whatever's going through your head, because you've got a job to do. And so how I think about it is, that you don't make that decision unless you are prepared to make that sacrifice. That trade-off, that bargain.
Got it? According to Senator Obama (this was from 2006), when one assumes the office of President, things like vacations and leisure activities (golf) are gone. They don't just take a back seat, they are gone, period.

And remember the background here, what was going on in 2006: Democrats were constantly criticizing Bush for his "working vacations" at the Crawford ranch, for his sleep habits (he liked to go to bed early), and the like. Obama's comments here were not-so-subtle digs at the then-current occupant of the Oval Office.

But wow, how a couple of years changes things. As President, Obama has played over 100 rounds of golf in less than four years, more than 25 rounds a year, even as military action continued, as the economy broke down, through all manner of critical events, both here and in other parts of the world. He's hobnobbed with the Hollywood elite, and he's taken extravagant vacations--at tax-payer expense--to Martha's Vineyard and Hawaii. His family has taken some pretty nice ones without him, as well, though that's not really on point.

The point being the two faces of Obama: the hardworking man-of-the people guy who would give 100% of himself to the Office and work tirelessly for the nation versus the smug elitist who is more than happy to enjoy the life of a wealthy celebrity  Will the real Obama please stand up? But we don't need an admission. After all, actions speak louder than words, don't they?

Cheers, all.

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