Most Definitely Not the Father of His Country


Each morning I wake up in the grip of fear, convinced that I’ll open the morning paper and find some new piece of information that will ratchet up my growing alarm that the fate of our nation is in the hands of a dangerous man. Every morning, it seems, the fear and alarm are justified.

On June 21, for example, a day late and a dollar short, President Obama said the following in his Father’s Day remarks to an audience at The Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus (THEARC) in Washington:

Over the course of my life, I have been an attorney, I’ve been a professor, I’ve been a state senator, I’ve been a U.S. senator — and I currently am serving as President of the United States. But I can say without hesitation that the most challenging, most fulfilling, most important job I will have during my time on this Earth is to be Sasha and Malia’s dad.

I looked and listened in vain for commentary about this shocking and revealing statement, and could find none. Contrast, if you will, the president’s admission with the self-sacrificing patriotism of General David Petraeus and of his family. The General answered the call of his commander-in-chief to assume command in Afghanistan and did so without hesitation or public tears for his wife and children. There is no doubt in my mind that the General cares as much about his son and daughter as the president cares about his offspring. But in a time of war, he went where is country needed him, an action that speaks louder than any of the president’s alleged “eloquence.”

Two fathers, one patriot

For a sitting President of the United States to state that “without hesitation that the most challenging, most fulfilling, most important job I will have during my time on this Earth” is something other than the presidency is appalling. The audience at THEARC, of course, applauded the president’s confession. One imagines the president’s handlers gleefully thinking a bit of emoting would play well in the approval polls, giving voters a chance to see that the president is a regular guy—a family man brimming with fatherly love and affection.

But that opportunistic interpretation is not my take on what the president said. What he said, quite simply, is that the presidency to which he was elected is of secondary importance to him. I don’t care how devoted a father President Obama is, if the United States of America is not his first priority he should not be its president. Period.

I do not deny that Sasha and Malia are fortunate to live in a two-parent family and to have a father who obviously loves them and cares about their welfare. I think it’s great. For them. There is a certain poignancy, too, in the fact that that their father provides them the stability and the knowledge that they are wanted his father could not be bothered to give him.

Much ink has been spilled about the president’s inscrutability. This is a foolish concern. Best to focus on what we do know; best to take the president at his word. Which in this instance is that rare case of the known being scarier than the unknown.

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11 thoughts on “Most Definitely Not the Father of His Country

  1. You can be a celebrity, a big shot, a CEO, a CFO, the Big Kahuna, etc. and still be a regular guy. Somewhat uncommon, but not rare either. You can be just about anything, but if you’re not really a regular guy there is absolutely nothing you can do to hide the fact.

    There is nothing more pathetic than a person trying their damnedest to be a regular guy. Being a regular guy can be pretty handy and it can be fun, but it’s not essential. This is a fact that most non-regular guys never get.

  2. You know I don’t know if Rush is a regular guy, or not. It really doesn’t matter and I don’t really care if he is or not.

    What I do care about is the fact that the empty suit in the White House is is either completely incompetent or he is actually pursuing an active campaign of transforming the United States into a one party, corrupt, third world nation.

    Why would you want to even think about securing the Mexican border when you appear to be trying to model yourself after the PRI down to the compliant peasant voters?

  3. All hail the Gangster-in-Chief! His DOJ has morphed into a racist-fascist -criminal corporation. Come on folks lets not pretend to be nice, or civil any more. Either you support this monster and his and toadies, or you believe that maybe, just maybe there is still time to save the constitution and the republic and you’ll do what ever you can to help. I’m tired of being polite to, or pleasant to, or tolerant of Democrat fools and their foolish ideas. Come on, hit me with your sophisticated observations and pointed analogies. Believe I can take it. The luxuries of your sensitivity and highly educated sensibilities have been paid for by the hoards of smelly, intolerant thugs who don’t respect their bettors and who always wind up spilling their blood to protect the comfortable live of the intellectually bloated parasites who make up the core of “liberalism”.

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