Writes Thomas McArdle:
A full year into his presidency we suddenly discover what it takes to get Barack Obama all worked up.
In the president’s estimation, a near repeat of the Lockerbie bombing Christmas Day wasn’t worth remarking on until three days later.
Not the risk of a fiscal doomsday.
Only after 12 months of joint one-party rule to secure his place as the biggest-spending president in history does he call for a bipartisan spending-restraint commission and a spending freeze. Both the commission and the freeze don’t come along until the fall at the earliest, if they materialize at all.
But when the Supreme Court nullifies congressional incumbents’ legislative attempts to suppress the threat of political speech via modern means of communication, he runs to the microphone as if it were a national emergency.
“With its ruling today, the Supreme Court has given a green light to a new stampede of special-interest money in our politics,” he declared, promising swift action. “We are going to talk with bipartisan congressional leaders to develop a forceful response to this decision.”
Millions of Americans are suffering from double-digit unemployment. And now the nation has been assessed by the congressionally mandated Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation as being unprepared for a biological terrorist attack. The panel slapped the Obama administration with a failing grade on its readiness and response plans to combat the use of deadly viruses or bacteria by an enemy.
Yet what does the president devote his radio address to last Saturday? Accusing the high court of the land of issuing a ruling that “strikes at our democracy itself.”
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