Mona Charen

The president makes himself available to friendly questions from the press -- see the latest "60 Minutes" interview -- and is always available to chat about his basketball Final Four picks or what's on his iPod. In short, both he and his wife have mastered the art of being Celebrities-in-Chief. The man who wrote two autobiographies before he was 45 (earning a tidy fortune in the process) is a genius at marketing himself. Together the Obamas provide "circuses" aplenty for the masses. As for bread, that's another matter.

The last quarter of 2012 showed not the anemic growth rates we've been accustomed to in the Obama years but negative growth. The federal behemoth's weight tramples the private sector. Gas prices are heading toward $4 per gallon. Still, Mr. Obama's priority is clear: Above all, we must raise taxes (he calls it closing loopholes) on the rich ... again. To its credit, The New York Times was honest about it. "To reduce the deficit in a weak economy," the liberal godfather editorialized, "new taxes on high-income Americans are a matter of necessity and fairness; they are also a necessary precondition to what in time will have to be tax increases on the middle class."

The Times was also honest enough to report that the Obama administration represents a "bread" threat in another way as well: "Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration's health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers."

When Americans were under fire in Benghazi and pleading for help, we've finally learned, the president did not make a single phone call. After learning of the attack, he failed to follow up with his defense secretary, secretary of sate, or chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The following day, he left for a fundraiser in Las Vegas.

But it sure is great that he's so cool. And didn't Mrs. Obama look lovely in her shimmering, silver designer gown?


Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
 
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