“The President’s very bad week”
The Washington Times calls it one of the worst weeks in history for a sitting president. It started when President Obama weighed in on the tragic death of a teenager in Florida before the facts were known and managed to elevate it into a full blown racial issue. You may recall that the President acted similarly when he said the police acted “stupidly” in arresting a Harvard professor and later had to apologize to the policeman after the facts were known.
Then, the President was caught on a hot microphone in Seoul, South Korea whispering to Russian President Medvedev that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with controversial issues such as missile defense after the 2012 elections, and that incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to give him “space.”
Republican House Leader, John Boehner, responded to the Presidents remarks in a letter that said, in part: “America’s missile defense program is critical to our homeland security and the collective security of our NATO partners, and it has clear implications for the security of our allies in the Middle East. I and other members of the House have previously expressed concern about your administration’s apparent willingness to make unilateral concessions to Russia that undermine our missile defense capabilities. Your comments reinforce those worries.”
While the President was in Korea, the Supreme Court took up the single most important achievement of Mr. Obama’s presidency when they met to hear arguments on the constitutionality of Obama’s health care law. By most accounts, the Administration’s lawyers were all but laughed out of the courthouse. They were even stumbling over softball questions lobbed by Mr. Obama’s own hand-picked justices.
To top off the bad week, the Democrats and Republicans in Congress united when they unanimously voted (414 to zero) to reject President Obama’s budget.
The Washington Times concludes: “So, in one week, Mr. Obama got caught whispering promises to our enemy, incited a race war, raised serious questions about his understanding of the Constitution, and then got smacked down over his proposed budget that was so wildly reckless that even Democrats in Congress could not support it.”
Printed in the Aril 5th, 2012 edition.