Opinion

The preposterous president

Matt O'Connor Contributor

The Obama administration’s ineptness has given birth to a new American pastime: wondering how much more preposterous Team Obama can possibly get.

The past 20 months have been, to a great extent, a massive embarrassment for the United States, both domestically and internationally. Our president has bowed down to foreign leaders, appeared on Leno, Letterman, MTV and Comedy Central, and has most recently called in to Top 40 and hip hop radio stations. This, coupled with the fractious and acid-tongue vitriol the president has engaged in, have shown Obama to be shockingly less than presidential.

At this juncture in his presidency, Obama is largely viewed as an irrepressibly smug and unconvincingly presidential president whose thin credentials and professional alliances should have been analyzed, not distilled, by the press. For if the press had been even half inclined to roll up their sleeves and seriously vet him, Obama would likely have been an also-ran in the 2008 Democratic primaries, not the President of the United States.

However, fancy rhetoric and a failed press have proven to be a powerful dynamic in 21st-century presidential politics — a dynamic that allowed a socialist to become president.

The egg is clearly on America’s face as its president pursues social redistribution through a political religion called “progressivism,” whose political adherents, including journalists, spin through a sticky web of “social justice.” Social justice rolls off the tongue nicely and has a noble ring to it, doesn’t it?

After all, who would ever argue with such a basic concept as social justice? Yet, that is precisely what we must do.

But hope springs eternal. After 22 months of the Obama charade, it appears America is up for the challenge, as we see the dawning of a new Congress led by the voice of the people.

That voice spoke quite clearly and loudly on November 2nd, and it is ready to dispel socialism and embrace the heritage of liberty.

Matt O’Connor is a freelance writer and founder of Clarion Advisory, LLC, a media production company, and serves as the executive editor of Clarion Advisory.com, a website featuring political commentary and the continuous aggregation of national and international news covering politics and business. Prior to forming Clarion Advisory, Matt worked as a broker and vice president within a Fortune 250 company on the West Coast.