Ya know, our president is kind of a jerk

May 23, 2009

Oh, for Pete’s sake! It’s Memorial Day weekend, you dope. A day on which you, the Commander in Chief, are supposed to express the nation’s appreciation to our Armed Forces for all the sacrifices they make. Do you think you could lay off slagging the prior administration and lying about its record just this once? Just this once, would it be possible for you to act like a president and not a candidate?

In his weekly sermon from the throne radio address, President Barack Obama had this to say:

"Our fighting men and women – and the military families who love them – embody what is best in America. And we have a responsibility to serve all of them as well as they serve all of us.
And yet, all too often in recent years and decades, we, as a nation, have failed to live up to that responsibility. We have failed to give them the support they need or pay them the respect they deserve. That is a betrayal of the sacred trust that America has with all who wear – and all who have worn – the proud uniform of our country."

Emphasis added.

As Stirewalt and others have noted, President Obama relies heavily on setting up straw men, false problems or choices, so that he can then present himself as the one who can bring resolution because he’s above it all. He did that time and again in his speech Thursday at the National Archives, and he did it again in his radio address.

Only, this time, he couldn’t resist slandering the Bush Administration by setting up another straw man: this time, that "we, as a nation, have failed to live up to that responsibility." And you know darn well he really means "Bush, Cheney, and all those nasty neocons," because they were the ones responsible to see to the troops’ welfare.

This is an appalling lie. If there’s one thing I realized about George W. Bush over seven years of war, it’s that he truly cares for the fighting men and women of the United States. I’d see it time and again as reports came out of how he’d visit the wounded or the families of the fallen, or to write them letters of condolence and comfort. It came out over and over in his speeches to the graduating classes at our military academies or at military bases, or when he’d choke up while presenting yet another posthumous medal. If there’s one thing one can say about George W. Bush, it’s that he took his responsibility to our Armed Forces very, very much to heart. It wasn’t a photo-op for him, it was his duty and his honor.

Contrast that with his successor, who, when on his World Victory Lap after having won the Democratic nomination, canceled a visit to wounded American servicemen in Germany because he couldn’t take a camera crew with him.

Callow. Narcissistic. Shallow. Yeah, our president is a jerk. Angry

(hat tip: Power Line)