Barack Obama finally got around to taking a position. Now that the dust is settling in Libya, Barack Obama is taking a position. This is exactly the same as he’s done for his entire career.
And the position he’s finally gotten around to taking is Sarah Palin’s. She got there on February 23.
Now, as Gaddafi is mopping up, Barack the Bold appears on the horizon.
In the Illinois State Senate, Barack Obama voted present 128 times. He would often use it to duck the tough issues.
Sometimes the “present’ votes were in line with instructions from Democratic leaders or because he objected to provisions in bills that he might otherwise support. At other times, Mr. Obama voted present on questions that had overwhelming bipartisan support. In at least a few cases, the issue was politically sensitive.
Not every state allows the “present” vote, but then hardly any other state can compete with Illinois for pure corruption.
If there was any doubt about voting present being Obama’s mother’s skirt, it was dispelled by on the debt his vote against raising the debt ceiling in 2006. Back then Obama said this:
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.
He voted against it, knowing that he could vote against it. When pressed to explain the vote, Robert Gibbs mumbled
Gibbs said Obama’s vote was not necessary at the time to secure passage of the bill, which squeaked by 52-48, and that he was using the occasion to call for fiscal discipline.
Thus Obama could stake out the noble position without any political risk and without having to be point man.
Just like now.
The assertions that Obama was being “deliberate” and/or “thoughtful” with regard to Libya are ridiculous. They are the pathetic efforts of liberals to cover for this complete absence of leadership.
The need for a no-fly zone is past. It’s too late. Way too late.
But only then does Air Obama take to the skies.
The world called the US at 3 AM and there was no one to answer. The world was looking for a leader and none was to be found.
France is to host talks on Saturday with senior politicians to discuss what course of action to follow in Libya. The UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain will send fighter jets “in the coming hours” to enforce the no-fly zone.
Only then in the shade of political safety did “Brackets” Obama make an appearance.
On March 12 the Arab League voted to support a no-fly zone and asked the UN to impose it.
On March 16 Hillary Clinton called vote that a “sea change.” And still nothing happened.
So there it is.
The Arab League opened the door for Obama on March 12. They all but begged him to go to the UN and stir action.
Sarkozy and Cameron probably threw their arms into the air waiting for President Godot and decided to go without him.
Only when Gaddafi was closing in on the Benghazi finale does Barack Obama get off the recliner.
Game over, man.
If you appreciate that unique and ideal combination of ineffectiveness, meaninglessness and tardy symbolism in a President, Barack Obama is your guy.