As the Obama farewell tour marches on we are treated to a television broadcast of Joe Biden debating a young startup congressman with Eddie Munster hair and from the looks of it the elder statesman should have made short work of the kid. Instead Biden had the time of his life laughing at the suggestion that the outgoing administration has been incompetent, arrogant and nothing short of a complete failure. This made Biden look a little weird and unhinged. Who would ever think?
What put the Vice President in stitches was when the kid brought up the Libyan debacle which resulted in American lives being lost. Biden shot back jovially that the terrorist attack and the administration’s handling of it was business as usual and any suggestion otherwise was a “bunch of malarkey”.
The malarkey will soon hit the fan when it becomes apparent that the State Department was responsible for turning down the request from Benghazi for more security. It is expected that Hillary Clinton will say the request never reached her either which seems to suggest a pattern. So either Obama, Hillary and-okay Biden too-will say they turned down the request or continue to admit that they have fortress’s around the world and no one at the top is minding them. In short, it’s not their fault, they just run things.
President Obama is getting ready for his next debate and he’s likely to take in a lot of practice time because in the first debate-if you listen to the bipartisan assessment of his performance- got clobbered. I will have to be a contrarian on this one. Sure Obama lost the debate but in my view he did the very best he could possibly do and in fact never looked better. See, it wasn’t Obama’s fault that he lost; it was the mentioning of everything that had to do with the economy and Medicare that made him look bad. Again, not his fault. But at least he had the country come to a consensus.
After the debate the Obama team decided to put out an ad that pit Mitt Romney against Big Bird suggesting that Big Bird, according to Romney, was responsible for our current economic calamity. The ad failed miserably as Obama continued to slide in the polls. No one seems to be buying that the “rich” “folks” on “Wall Street” are to blame but it does reinforce the implication that the economy stinks and it’s just a matter of where to point the finger. Just don’t point to Obama.
Whenever Obama blames he accepts the premise that there is a poor economy in the first place. This in turn undermines the other selling point in that his polices are working just fine. Either his ultra-Keynesian scheme worked or they didn’t and thus attribute failure elsewhere. Which is it? Even the blames are not consistent. Was it Wall Street or Pennsylvania Ave of the previous administration?
Exactly how is it supposed to look like for someone to be convinced that the Obama farewell tour is actually a campaign for a second term?