Temperament Counts

Article posted on June 11th, 2015 by WhatAmIMissingHere

Obama Looking in a MirrorBy Noemie Emery

President Obama, wrote the Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe in a recent story about the president’s view of his country, articulates “his vision of a nation that can acknowledge and, learn from, its mistakes.” Would that this vision applied to himself.

Not only does Obama never learn from mistakes, he doesn’t think that he makes them, and he denies that they even exist. Any regrets for the way he passed healthcare? Not that you’d notice. Any regrets about leaving Iraq? Nope — he still thinks he “ended two wars,” which the other side keeps on fighting.

The conventional view of what has gone wrong — that Obama lacked experience, and that first-term senators should be viewed with suspicion — is undercut by the fact that he has had six years of experience, and failed to learn from it. At home and abroad, Obama makes mistakes over and over, with the same result, and takes nothing from them. He disses his friends, placates aggressors and seems surprised that aggressors advance and whole regions catch fire.

He refuses to bargain with Congress, insults opponents, imposes unpopular policies by fiat and seems surprised when his measures result in court challenges, when polarization increases, opposition solidifies, divisions harden and gridlock prevails.

This has gone on since 2009, but Dana Milbank noticed only when Obama began slighting Democrats, whereupon he began taking offense.Rather than accept that they have a legitimate beef, he shows public contempt for them,” the Washington Post columnist complains, writing that Obama dissed fellow Democrats to friendly reporters as being short-sighted and dense. (Of course, he’s done that for years to Republicans, but they seem not to matter.)

But admitting mistakes — and taking advice — are not the skill set of the current incumbent, who finds them demeaning. It’s not lack of experience that hampers Obama; it’s his refusal to learn a thing from it. That’s the trait we can’t have in the 45th president — and the one we must strive to avoid.    (my emphasis)

READ all of Noemie Emery’s comments from the Washington Examiner here.

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