Rich Galen

Barack Obama may be the most surprising President in the history of the Republic. In his two-and-a-half years in office, no matter what has happened, it seems to have come as a surprise to him.

Shovel-ready projects? Unexpectedly, they didn't exist. The only shoveling that went on was shoveling about $700 billion of our tax dollars into projects that didn't help jump-start the economy way back in 2009.

Health Care? Obama was shocked when it took a whole year and passed the House by just seven votes - at a time when Obama had a majority of 75.

Mid-term elections? He was startled when his Close-Your-Eyes-and-Swing-at-the-Piñata style of government cost his party six seats in the U.S. Senate and an astonishing 63 seats in the U.S. House.

Increase taxes? In December 2010, during the lame duck session when Democrats still had their wide pre-election majorities, Obama seemed bewildered by Republicans insistence on keeping current tax rates and refusing to allow him to roll back what he and his pals in the popular press called the "Bush Tax Cuts."

Recovery Summer? That was supposed to have happened LAST summer. The President appears to be completely befuddled by an unemployment rate of 9.2 percent a year later.

Now President Obama has appeared to have been stunned at being forced to cut spending before Republicans will allow an increase in the debt limit.

Unless his daughters told him, I'm pretty sure the President was clueless about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II breaking the old record for a film on its opening weekend by $10 million when it took in $168 million domestically and $476 million - just under a half billion - worldwide.

And all those are just the domestic surprises.

The highly touted "Arab Spring" (which actually began in December 2010 in Tunisia) was supposed to lead to a region swinging over to popular democracies as country after country threw off the yoke of dictators and monarchs in favor of popularly elected governments.

The big one was Egypt where the demonstrations started right after New Years Day and led to the military tossing Hosni Mubarak over the side of the boat and into the Nile River promising to bring democracy to the most populous country in the region.

That led President Obama who, like everyone else on the planet, was totally unprepared for the velocity of Mubarak's demise said, "Egypt will never be the same."

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at