The un-Inspiring President Obama

Speaking at a fundraiser in San Francisco, President Barack Obama continued the meme that he started over a month ago when he opined that America is getting”soft.”  At a $5,000 per ticket event, the President Obama stated:


“We have lost our ambition, our imagination, and our willingness to do the things that built the Golden Gate Bridge…”

Having failed so often, the President finally succeeded in outdoing the infamous President Carter “malaise” speech.  People look to the President for inspiration. Think President Bush standing in the rubble of the World Trade Center, his arm draped around a firefighter, letting America and the world know that we would not allow this murderous attack to go unanswered.  Think President Reagan at Checkpoint Charlie, stating clearly, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”  Or, his vision of a shining city on a hill.  Think of President Kennedy, who willed America to take on space exploration and put a man on the moon.

President Obama’s objective wasn’t to inspire but rather to discourage, dishearten and dispirit.  But, in the end, he underscored the meme that has been the hallmark of his presidency – it’s not me, it’s you….and I’m the answer.

I’ve summed up Obama’s views on foreign policy , the “Obama Doctrine”, as “What I want, when I want, where I want, how I want – Nobody does it better than I.”  In his talk in front of the crowd in San Francisco, he proved the Doctrine can be applied to domestic policy as well (which is, to say, it doesn’t matter what he’s talking about, the Obama Doctrine is all about him!)  Obama wants to paint the picture that America has gone soft, America has lost its edge.  That America, and Americans, are incapable. But, if we listen to Obama, if we do what Obama says, if we live up to the standards Obama sets for us (Obamacare, the Democrat-defeated jobs bill, cap and trade), America will be better.

It is no wonder that Obama’s poll numbers are so low.  Americans, with the exception of hard-core ideologues and some attendees at Occupy Wall Street, aren’t buying what Obama is selling.  Not his Doctrine, nor  his negative view of the American people.  At this point, Obama is incapable of inspiration. With 9+% unemployment, a U-6 over 16%, a misery index of over 12% and the states of Ohio, Florida, and Virginia up for grabs in 2012, it’s looking like President Obama is also incapable of re-election.

About the Author
Tony Katz is the host of The Morning News with Tony Katz on 93.1FM WIBC (Indianapolis.) Working his way through current events and pop culture, Tony entertainingly exposes media hypocrisy and makes the complex easy to understand. Different than other talk show hosts, Tony focuses on right vs. wrong, instead of right vs. left. Follow him on Twitter @tonykatz. Listen to Tony Katz Monday - Friday, 5-9am on 93.1FM WIBC and

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