Cal  Thomas

There is a scene in the film "Superman II" where the Man of Steel chooses to give up his powers and become mortal for Lois Lane, the woman he loves.

A major part of President Obama's attraction, especially to the many young people who voted for him, was his supposed difference from other politicians. To those naive worshippers, he seemed so above it all, a super-apolitical man.

The president's declining poll numbers reveal the disillusionment that has begun to sink in among the politically unsophisticated. They are starting to realize that not only is this president not above politics, but that he, in fact, practices the lowest form of the profession known as Chicago-style politics.

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In a commencement speech to graduating seniors at Kalamazoo Central High School, the president exhorted, "Don't make excuses. Take responsibility not just for your successes, but for your failures as well. ... It's the easiest thing in the world to start looking around for someone to blame."

Wise words. Too bad the president doesn't practice what he preached to the graduates.

In remarks last November when he visited Norfolk, Va., the president said, "When I showed up after Inauguration, they had left a big mess on the floor. So I got a mop and I started cleaning up their mess." In fact, he has been spreading the mess around, causing a bigger mess.

In March, the president said, "By any measure, my administration inherited a fiscal disaster."

Repeatedly to the point of denying his own shortcomings, the president has blamed the Bush administration for virtually every problem that has confronted him. Seeking to explain the Massachusetts Senate victory of Scott Brown, the president told ABC News last January, "People are angry and they are frustrated not just because of what's happened in the last year or two years, but what's happened over the last eight years."

Even the BP oil spill, which he says is his responsibility, isn't really, you see. Earlier this month, the president said, "When Interior Secretary Ken Salazar took office ... he found a Minerals and Management Services agency that had been plagued by corruption for years."

The president has blamed the Bush administration for a $1.3 trillion deficit, though his administration and a liberal Democrat Congress that keeps spending and borrowing money we don't have, created much of it.

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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