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Betty Arenson: Obama remains a question mark

Posted: July 4, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 4, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Undoubtedly by now you have observed the rather casual manner in which our president responds to each new scandal that pops up — and they do keep popping up.

Just when you think it can’t get any worse, his standard response remains one of following, depending on the timing of the scandal:

1. If it’s a recent event, Obama proclaims that he learned of it where and when you did: the newspaper. Therefore, he hasn’t had time to garner any additional facts; or

2. If it’s been around for a while, Obama’s standard response is that it’s under investigation, he’ll get to the bottom of it and, as a consequence, he can’t talk about it; or

3. If it’s been around for some time, the response is that it’s old news and, anyway, “there’s no ‘there’ there.”

Keep in mind that it’s Obama’s handlers who define what the timing is, old or new, and if anyone dare question any part of the events then that person or body is partisan, on a witch hunt trying to make political hay, the old fallback “racist.” or “what difference does it make?”

All of this begs asking: who is this guy? Is this unrelenting torrent of scandal the result of an extraordinary degree of incompetence?

Or is he intentionally inflicting this pain on our country, i.e., is he dumb or diabolical — and, if he is diabolical, toward what end?

These aren’t new questions.

In the onslaught of publicity with Obama’s first election in 2008, the nature and depth of his connections to some very unsavory characters like Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Rashid Khalidi, etc., were questioned by the “fringe” media (the mainstream media was too much in his thrall to go there).

It is well documented that these anti-Americans had a collective goal: to diminish America. They were quite vocal about their hatred of America.

Most unfortunately, “low” is where Obama has brought us in his apparent efforts to prove that our country is not “exceptional.”

America is brought down by Obama’s perpetual action of “leading from behind,” or, as a friend of mine characterized his posture, “leading with your behind.”

He never seems to be in front of the curve; always a day, a week or months behind it that is to the extent he appears to be aware of it at all.

After the horse is well out of the barn, he makes some elaborate gesture to close the door.

Take, for example, the red line in the case of Syrian chemical weapons. That particular “red line” situation was a destructive one — especially for America. There are multiple reasons why.

Obama drew his red line in August 2012. Syria tested that red line often in the year after, culminating in August 2013 when undeniably another 1,300 people died from Syria’s chemical gases.

Obama punted and days later he double-downed at the G20 Summit in Sweden and pronounced to the world from the podium, “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line.”

With that lie, he solidified to a fact any question or guess the world may have had about America’s lack of leadership, lack of grit, lack of keeping our word. He removed any doubt of whether or not America is an ally to be trusted.

Putin stood his ground in protecting Syria, knowing he would be unfettered bulldozing into the Crimea and now onto the Ukraine.

All of which brings us back to the question of who is Barack Obama?

You’ll recall the fanfare that accompanied his run for the 2008 presidency, hailed as the “Messiah” and “The One.”

Our first black president who would, once and for all, promote putting the sin of slavery behind us and move forward to realize Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a color-blind society.

Obama was to be a healer of nations and people.

Tragically, nothing could be farther from the truth; America is more embroiled in racial discussions today than at any time I can recall, not to mention the gender and class upheavals.

After an early 2012 Rolling Stone interview with Obama wherein he denied (to the surprise of many) that “race” was on his presidential to-do list, black activist Ward Connerly said, “We are not living in a post-racial society. We are living in a most-racial society.”

Not one part of the “who” question is a race thing; it’s an American thing.

Betty Arenson is a Valencia resident, has lived in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1968 and is active in a local Republican club.



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