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Ed Driscoll

Is Obama Still President?

October 29th, 2013 - 8:40 pm

That’s the question that Victor Davis Hanson is asking at NRO today:

Three considerations are keeping the U.S. afloat without an active president. First, many working Americans have tuned the president out and simply go on about their business despite rather than because of this administration. If gas and oil leases have been curtailed on federal lands, there is record production on private land. Farmers are producing huge harvests and receiving historically high prices. Wall Street welcomes in capital that can find no return elsewhere. American universities’ science departments and professional schools still rate among the world’s best. There is as yet no French or Chinese Silicon Valley. In other words, after five years of stagnation, half the public more or less ignores the Obama administration and plods on.

Second, the other half of Americans gladly accept that Obama is an iconic rather than a serious president. Given his emblematic status as the nation’s first African-American president and his efforts to craft a vast coalition of those with supposed grievances against the majority, he will always have a strong base of supporters. With huge increases in federal redistributive support programs, and about half the population not paying federal income taxes, Obama is seen as the protector of the noble deserving, who should receive more from a government to which the ignoble undeserving must give far more. And if it is a question of adding another million or so people to the food-stamp or disability rolls, or ensuring that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon or that China does not bully Japan, the former wins every time.

Finally, the media accept that Obama represents a rare confluence of forces that promotes a progressive agenda. His youth, his charisma, his background, his exotic nomenclature, and his “cool” all have allowed a traditionally unpopular leftist ideology to enter the mainstream. Why endanger all that with a focus on Benghazi or the disaster of Obamacare? We have had, in the course of our history, plenty of Grants, McKinleys, Hardings, Nixons, and Clintons, but never quite an administration of scandal so exempt from media scrutiny.

As far as his image goes, it does not really matter to what degree Obama actually “fundamentally transforms America.” For the media, that he seeks to do so, and that he drives conservatives crazy trying, is seen as enough reason to surrender their autonomy and become ancillary to the effort. The media believe that once he is out of office, they can regain their credibility by going after the next president with renewed vigor as recompense.

In other words, the presidency has become a virtual office. Almost half the people and most of the media do not mind, and those who do just plod onward.

Or to slightly paraphrase something I asked earlier today, what did the president not know, and when did he first become aware of not knowing it?

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It'll be interesting to find out what really happened during Obama's term, though we probably won't know for several decades (the same way we know now that JFK spent his presidency getting high, banging coeds and almost getting the US into a nuclear war - which contradicts the decades long lies about his actual conduct in office). Its obvious he has not really been in charge since the very beginning as anyone with any interest in leadership should be able to tell you if they are paying attention. At the same time its important that he be convinced that he is in charge. Pretty fascinating actually, if only we weren't the subjects of this experiment.
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Obama was selected by the Chicago Democrats for his ability to project and exotic, detached coolness. But most on the left believed that, like his attempts to claim he was a moderate, it was an act, and once elected president he would reveal a Type A take-no-prisoners personality that would banish his and their enemies.

We're actually fortunate Obama couldn't pull that subterfuge off and that his detachment is a political laziness born from having other liberals do all the heavy lifting for him while giving Obama all the credit for their work, specifically because of all the liberal programs they thought they could get passed with the right front-man selling the product. In the end, that's really all Obama is -- the hired spokesperson for big government, ready to tout it but with no plans whatsoever to try and fix it if the product fails to live up to its billing.


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In other words, the presidency has become a virtual office. Almost half the people and most of the media do not mind, and those who do just plod onward.

Maybe it's just me (in fact, I'm sure it's just me), but it seems that a President and Administration that lets the productive sector "plod on" without interference is pretty much the ideal.

Unfortunately, while President Seven-Iron may be a virtual human, his handlers and their loyal foot-soldiers aren't about to practice any sort of non-interference.

Pity.
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Obama: America's first non-sentient President.
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President Potted Plant.
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