Obama takes the offensive, and we should be offended

During the second presidential debate, Barack Obama said he was offended about remarks concerning his handling of events in Libya. Actually, Americans should be offended. Photo: Associated Press

CHARLOTTEOctober 24, 2012 — Barack Obama was offended.

How dare anyone suggest that he, or anyone in his administration, would not make the security of the Americans in the Benghazi Consulate a highest priority?

How dare they indeed.

With each passing day it becomes increasingly clearer that the only “priority” in the president’s life is getting re-elected so he can spend more time on the golf course.

Accounts of the attacks in Libya get worse by the hour, and nothing has yet been revealed to show that Obama and his surrogates have done anything but lie to the American people about what occurred. So let’s analyze some of Barack Obama’s accomplishments.

Healthcare: According Joe Biden it was a big F-ing deal! But, then again, maybe the American people should be offended.

Why should we be offended? After all, didn’t healthcare need to be fixed? Yes, it did, but there was something more crucial happening at the time. People were hurting. They needed jobs. Families were struggling to make ends meet, yet the president chose to waste the first year of his presidency passing a bill that nobody read in a form that a majority of Americans rejected while the economy continued to tank. We, the people, are offended, Mr. President.

Osama bin Laden is dead: Yes he is, and now he is shark food at the bottom of the ocean. That’s a good thing.

Why should we be offended? Because if you look at the picture taken in the war room at the time of siege in Pakistan, the president is wearing a blazer over his golf shirt. It was a feeble attempt to mask the fact that Obama had to literally be dragged off the golf course to witness the attack.

Later bin Laden’s death became a primary theme at the Democratic convention. Obama spiked the football on more than one occasion and dared us to believe that the decision was the most critical of his term in office. We, the people, are offended, Mr. President.

Appearances on television: Barack Obama is arguably the most likeable president in decades. He has charm and charisma and Americans love that fact that as a man of the people, he is one of us.

Why should we be offended? You have a job to do Mr. President. You were elected to protect the American people, to keep our country secure, to be a conduit with other heads of state and to represent us in a dignified, diplomatic manner.

You were not elected to hob nob with George Clooney, play basketball with Michael Jordan, mug for the women of “The View” and chit chat with David Letterman while ignoring an opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister of Israel about a major global crisis. You were not elected to be likeable. We, the people, are offended, Mr. President.

Attacks in Libya: Within hours after four Americans were brutally executed in a siege on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Barack Obama and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, made a White House Rose Garden speech condemning the action.

Why should we be offended? We have yet to get the true story from the White House. For days they said the assault was the result of a YouTube video. Clinton reiterated that story at the memorial service for the dead American diplomats. Both Obama and Clinton followed-up with a commercial that was broadcast in Pakistan to apologize for the video.

Perhaps most disrespectful was that on the very day the president made his Libyan comments at the White House, he made a beeline afterward to fly to Las Vegas for a fundraiser. We, the people, are offended, Mr. President.

Debates: There were four opportunities for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to come clean with the American people and outline their goals for the next four years.

Why should we be offended? In the first debate the president was so arrogant in his debating skills that he underestimated his opponent and barely prepared for the event. Partly because he is lazy and partly because his narcissism makes him believe he is always the most intelligent person in the room.

After his failure in Debate #1, Obama sent Vice President Biden to make a mockery of the proceedings in the second debate by distracting Paul Ryan and attempting to obfuscate the sorry details of their failed administration.

Despite efforts to the contrary in the remaining two debates, facts checkers found significantly more informational distortions on the part of the president than challenger, Mitt Romney. The president has lied to the American people throughout his term in office. He has resorted to petty, insignificant, meaningless, repetitive untruths throughout the election campaign. We, the people, are offended, Mr. President.

With time running out as the election streaks to the finish line, Barack Obama is offended, and he is now taking the offensive.

Sadly, Obama’s entire presidency has been offensive, and we, the people, should be offended.

 Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in Charlotte, NC. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to Switzerland, France and Italy for groups of 12 or more. Inquiries for groups can be made at Peabod@aol.com Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others. As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 70 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.


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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

 

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