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Alien In The White House

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 8: 25 AM

Dorothy Rabinowitz in today’s Wall Street Journal:

A great part of America now understands that this president’s sense of identification lies elsewhere, and is in profound ways unlike theirs. He is hard put to sound convincingly like the leader of the nation, because he is, at heart and by instinct, the voice mainly of his ideological class. He is the alien in the White House, a matter having nothing to do with delusions about his birthplace cherished by the demented fringe.

One of his first reforms was to rid the White House of the bust of Winston Churchill—a gift from Tony Blair—by packing it back off to 10 Downing Street. A cloudlet of mystery has surrounded the subject ever since, but the central fact stands clear. The new administration had apparently found no place in our national house of many rooms for the British leader who lives on so vividly in the American mind. Churchill, face of our shared wartime struggle, dauntless rallier of his nation who continues, so remarkably, to speak to ours. For a president to whom such associations are alien, ridding the White House of Churchill would, of course, have raised no second thoughts.

Obama is not only making himself an alien to the American people, he is making a fool of himself with statements like this:

“I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar. We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers so I know whose ass to kick.”

So he’s not looking for a solution to the Gulf oil spill, he’s looking for someone’s ass to kick. This is not, ah, “presidential.” It’s not because the American president occupies a different sort of position than say, the Prime Minister of England. The Prime Minister is the head of the government, but not the head of the state. The Queen occupies that role, and accordingly she is expected to maintain a greater degree of decorum. If the British Prime Minister said he was going to kick someone’s ass people might accuse him of rough talk. If the Queen said such a thing everyone would be aghast, and rightly so. The head of state is a more dignified position, standing as a symbol of all the people not just the party of the current Prime Minister.

In the United States we don’t have Kings or Queens. Our President is both the head of government and the head of state. He (or she) is expected to act and appear a bit more exalted than a mere prime minister because he represents the State, not just the government. He is supposed to be the President of all the people, not just those in his party. That is why a President cannot be easily removed. Prime Ministers, on the other hand, can lose their jobs with a simple vote of no confidence.

Barack Obama has chosen to talk and act like a Chicago Thug. He has thus diminished himself and disrespected the office to which the American people have entrusted to him. Shameful.

Here is the video of his statement:

Alien in the White House. Indeed.

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