David Limbaugh
President Obama recently lamented: "You can't change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside." I think this statement reveals more about Obama and his plans for a second term than meets the eye.

Elaborating, Obama said, "I got elected and ... big accomplishments like health care got done ... because we mobilized the American people to speak out."

Rubbish. Obamacare was not some outside, grass-roots-driven legislative achievement. Obama could never persuade Americans to support his bill or lobby Congress to pass it. He cobbled together his majority in the most inside of insider venues -- the bowels of Congress, in secret rooms, where he twisted arms, made false promises and offered bribes to persuade congressmen to defy their constituents' wishes. He didn't persuade congressmen through reasoned arguments.

His entire adult life, from what we can best determine, Obama has always been animated by some big cause. He revels in activism and has leveraged his leadership roles in these causes to propel himself into ever-greater positions of influence, from editor of the Harvard Law Review to the Illinois Senate to the United States Senate to the presidency.

There seems to be little evidence that, once he arrived at any of these positions, he did much -- other than what he had to do -- to position himself to graduate to the next level. He wrote little as law review editor and sponsored few bills as a legislator. His focus was always on upward political mobility.

Obama's stock in trade has always been rabble-rousing, community organizing and campaigning. When it comes to actual governing, he's a fish out of water -- an alien visitor without a spaceship. It's obvious that he simply does not enjoy actually doing the jobs he is elected to do.

Don't get me wrong. Obama has not solely been concerned with acquiring power for the sake of satisfying his narcissistic appetite for attention, fame and power. As a leftist radical, he happens to fervently believe in the causes he has pursued.

But when he arrived at the highest office in the land, he still lacked skills at basic governance and disliked the mundane parts of the job, which he probably considered beneath his self-perceived calling to revolutionize America. So even as president, he's remained the persistent community organizer and the perpetual campaigner for this or that initiative, such as the stimulus and Obamacare, and then for his re-election effort.


David Limbaugh

David Limbaugh, brother of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, is an expert on law and politics. He recently authored the New York Times best-selling book: "Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel."

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