There are words that can describe what is happening in the final stretch of the 2012 presidential election. Competative, calculating, even. More importantly there are words that can describe the the incumbent President’s campaign. Petulant, vulgar, desperate. Not words commonly associated with the “leader of the free world”, nor an accomplished Harvard attorney. Here are a few more…
Deceptive or incompetent
In the last few weeks, the Obama Administration has come under fire for misleading the public. That’s the very nice and politically correct way of saying lied to the public. Which is the only way to view the news about Benghazi. Time and again the public has been told that there was no information that what is now known as a terrorist attack, was known on September 12th or the immediate days after. Except there is ample proof that this is not true.
The House Oversight Committee found evidence and witnesses that told a story of an Administration that had ample knowledge of what was to come, and what was happening. The CIA had credible knowledge within days of the attack. But now there is news, found by Rueters, that mere hours into the attack the White House knew this was a terrorist action. But the public wasn’t told. Why?
Petulant or desperate
As the days wane, President Obama is reaching out to voters. He is spreading a message – ‘I’m a nice and popular guy’. Such is the manner in which he is presenting himself. Appearances on Jay Lenno are perfectly suitable for Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, touting a new movie that may affect the mood of an audience for a few hours and pandering with their popularity. But for a President that is looking to direct the future for generations of Americans, in a reportedly tight race, Lenno is a more patronizing approach. It seems to scream, ‘for those of you unable to rise up and understand the stakes involved, I’ll bend low and just smile and wave so you will vote for me. Not like you make informed choices.’
Of course there is something to be said for an appeal to the masses. It did wonders for Elvis, and whomever won American Idol. But we wouldn’t suggest them for political office either.
Mockery or anger
There have been a few instances where President’s have been known to use profanity. We would imagine President Roosevelt said off-color remarks when learning about Pearl Harbor – but that didn’t get to the newspapers. President G.W. Bush was no Roosevelt, but his words in 2006 (in reference to Hezbola) were held to criticism from all sides, and the news media did not forget. But at the least, it was not a glib off-hand use of vulgarity for the sake of pettiness.
President Obama though, has been well quoted by now for his personal attack against his challenger in Rolling Stone magazine; that not only is punctuated by its vulgarity, it is also done in a manner so casual as to infer a correctness of use. While we doubt the media will scold Preident Obama as it did President Bush, it does not change the fact that such pettiness is more akin to bar room brawls than the Oval Office.
Worse is the attempt by the White House to brush aside any admonishment for such profanity. Again the public, this time more directly, are being told not to be “distracted by the word”. It’s only the most powerful man in the world, a well educated Harvard Constitutional law professor, reduced to the mindset and level of a drunken sailor. Why would anyone notice that?
Childish or selfish
Polls are only important when they reveal what the President wants them to display. Consistent poll results showing the majority of Americans against the Health Care Reform were only people that were mis- or uninformed – regardless of the fact that even after knowing more than most members of Congress about the law the opinions have yet to change. But that was the past.
Polls showing President Obama leading the presidential race were fine. There was no dount in their credibility or accuracy, when they showed the President with a lead. But now that the lead, as an aggregate of polls and with specific segments like women and White male voters, are in favor of the challenger well that is a different story.
“When you see polls that completely run counter to that historical fact, they’re probably worth putting in the waste bin.” – White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer
Indeed there are many words that can be used to describe the end of the 2012 election. For President Obama, none are “Presidential”.