This column was originally published on July 13, 2011, and edited to incorporate recent events.
LOS ANGELES, November 17, 2011—Once again the man who does the least is lecturing the rest of us, while he lives in perpetual intellectual and political slumber.
Barack Obama thinks his fellow Americans are lazy.
In 2007, references to laziness were directed at another candidate. That man was just a lovable Bassett Hound who would have liked nothing better than to ignore his job responsibilities, curl up by a warm fire with some milk in the Oval Office, and take a nice long nap while others did the real work.
That was the unfair description of presidential contender Fred Thompson in 2007, from Bill Maher on Hardball with Chris Matthews. No one cried bigotry at the time, since lack of motivation has nothing to do with race.
This point is raised to fend off the inevitable boring charge of racism that the left tosses out when a conservative accurately describes Barack Obama.
President Obama takes brief interludes from playing golf and his perpetual fundraising to hold a Milli-Vanillion press conferences. When the debt crisis reached the boiling point, would that finally be the moment when Obama would show leadership? Would he be the president of all of us? Would he put aside his hard left ideology and work with the GOP?
Of course not. He gave more campaign speeches where he blasted Republicans for their refusal to consider tax increases. He called for bipartisanship while demonizing his political opponents for having the nerve to stand for something.
When a liberal tells a conservative to “be bipartisan,” what that liberal means is “shut up and agree with me.” Conservatives understand that raising taxes in a weak economic climate is political suicide and miserable policy. Yet whether one agrees with the GOP proposals or not, at least they have been offered. Obama has not submitted his own proposal for the same reason he struggles on virtually every policy issue.
On matters of policy, his problem is clear: Barack Obama is lazy.
He had the nerve to call the American people soft and lazy.
Wrong. Obama has a work ethic that would make Maynard G. Krebs proud.
He is good at giving speeches. He is a master of ribbon-cutting ceremonies. It is ironic that he flubbed protocol in front of the Queen of England; he is the only person besides her and Hillary Clinton who receives a paycheck to smile and wave “hello” to adoring crowds.
The man does not do any real work. He does not know how. He has coasted through life with people telling him how exceptional he is, despite a track record of accomplishment that screams mediocrity.
During the 2008 campaign it was pointed out that he had never run a state, city, or business. As a community organizer, his job was to stand on the corner yelling “no justice, no peace.” Compared to most people who have to be at work at a certain time and maintain certain hours doing real tasks, he pretty much led a charmed life. He was Barry the stoner in college, and used his gift of gab to charm the right people. They then promoted him all the way to the White House.
Yet once the inaugural balls were over, he showed a complete disinterest in doing the work. He blamed his predecessor and displayed remarkable petulance for a man unwilling to contribute actual effort regarding legislation.
His water carriers will praise him for passing health care, but this is not true. He had all but given up the issue for dead. Like her or not, it was the Pelosiraptor who rammed the bill down American throats and into law.
His own budget proposal was so ludicrous that it was rejected 97-0. Paul Ryan offered a serious plan. Obama responded with everything but his own proposal.
How does a man not have a plan for something as serious as the debt ceiling? How does a man wait months and months until the eleventh hour and then tell everybody else that they need to treat the matter seriously?
What do you call a man who talks about cutting spending, but cannot find one single domestic discretionary program that he would actually cut?
We call that man lazy.
During the campaign he kept repeating meaningless blather about “cutting programs that don’t work,” and “cutting waste, fraud, and abuse.” Those are platitudes. Challenge him to name a specific program, and he is lost.
He is like the baseball relief pitcher who comes in midway through the ninth inning and tells all the other players who played the first eight innings to get ready to play.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pointed out that nothing serious will get done until there is a new president.
This is because no analysis of Barack Obama could show anything resembling a work ethic.
He outsourced the hard choices to a non-partisan debt commission. Whenever somebody wants to avoid doing real work, they appoint a commission. Many politicians do this. Yet Mr. Obama then rejected the advice of his own commission.
This would be tolerable if he then offered an alternative vision. That vision never came.
After three years in office, certain valid questions should have been answered.
What specific programs would the president cut?
He wants us to innovate. What does that mean?
Where are the jobs?
Why did the stimulus fail?
Where is his budget plan?
He has a “jobs plan,” but it is simply the same failed ideas he has been trotting out for the last three years. He proposed something that he knew would be rejected so that he would be able to campaign against a “do-nothing congress.” If he were to propose something others could support, then he would have to do real actual governing work. That is not his skill set. He likes the title, just not the responsibilities that come with it.
At this point it is too much to ask this man to contribute anything worthwhile from a policy standpoint. Americans hoped Obama would channel his inner Bill Clinton. Clinton knew how to triangulate after a disastrous midterm shellacking. Obama instead tacked further to the left, reinforcing the idea that academics never learn.
Obama needs to do the one thing even Bill Clinton forced himself to learn how to do. He needs to be quiet and get out of the way. Let the adults handle things.
Somebody get Mr. Obama, his children, and their puppy, and give them all some hot cocoa and read them a bedtime story. Joe Biden is available and has the skill set for this.
Let the three Obama children and the family puppy have naptime. The problems America faces are far too serious to be left to somebody so unserious.
He does not want to do the work, and it is time he be called out on this.
He is not just an ideologue. He is not just a failed leader.
He is even worse than an absentee leader. Bill Clinton was an absentee leader. Barack Obama is an intrusive obstruction, a political pothole on the road to ruin.
The American people are as tough, resilient and hard-working as ever.
Barack Obama is the one who is just plain lazy.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian.
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