Meanwhile, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has just released his book, in which he depicts Obama as inappropriately disconnected from the Gulf oil spill, more concerned about his political image than with the spill itself. Upon arriving in Louisiana, an angry Obama confronted Jindal on the tarmac for having sent the administration a routine letter requesting authorization for food stamps for those who'd lost their jobs as a result of the spill. Obama was livid that the letter could make him look bad and subtly threatened Jindal, "Careful, this is going to get bad for everyone." Had Obama not been so preoccupied with politics, his obsessive environmental concerns and protecting his union allies, he would have done less posturing and accepted offers from foreign countries for assistance with the crisis.
Perhaps the worst example is Obama's just-ended Asian trip. It would have been offensive enough for him to have spent hundreds of millions (or whatever unconscionable figure it turns out to have been) indulging himself and his entourage like hedonistic royalty if his trip had been reasonably productive. But it was an unmitigated bust, even according to mainstream media sources.
The ever-reliably pro-Obama New York Times said, "Obama's Economic View Is Rejected on World Stage." The Washington Post said, "Obama, weakened after midterms, reveals limited leverage in failed S. Korea deal."
With his typical narcissistic approach, Obama counterproductively accused the other nations whose cooperation he sought -- Germany, China and Brazil -- of causing our primary economic problems, which have been brought on largely by Obama's reckless policies. For all the left's criticism of President Bush for his "go-it-alone" attitude, Obama seems to be the one driving down that lonesome road. He couldn't persuade other nations to try his Keynesian prescriptions last time, and their economies are growing. Yet he somehow thinks he has the credibility to try to impose his will on them again?
And while Obama complains about barriers to free trade from South Korea, he refuses to honor the agreement President Bush made with that country -- a pact the U.S. International Trade Commission estimates would increase our exports by some $10 billion per year and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce calculates would lead to 250,000 new jobs. Obama is brazenly demanding more concessions from South Korea instead of honoring the already-negotiated deal.
If space permitted, I'd explore one final egregious example: Obama's disgraceful granting of 111 waivers from Obamacare to employers, insurers and unions in his mad rush to force that monstrosity on Americans.