And she says that we’re being rather naughty.
Politico reports how Oprah Winfrey appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning and had a few things to say about all of the criticism thrown at Obama these days.
“I feel that everybody has a learning curve, and I feel that the reason why I was willing to step out for him was because I believed in his integrity and I believed in his heart.”
She also had these pearls of wisdom to impart to the nation:
- “I think everybody complaining ought to try it for once.”
- The position of president “holds a sense of authority and governance over us all.”
- “Even if you’re not in support of his policies, there needs to be a certain level of respect.”
I don’t know about you, but suddenly, I feel highly ashamed of myself for saying what I have about our president.
Or do I?
Oprah’s Exceedingly Generous “Learning Curve”
With no disrespect meant to the esteemed Oprah Winfrey, who is clearly qualified to chastise us for our uncivil rhetoric, it is rather curious that she never spoke up on the subject three or four or seven years ago when Bush was in the hot seat.
For that matter, I didn’t know that we typically gave presidents two-year learning curves.
Businesses certainly don’t.
When people are hired based on their purported skills and know-how, they are expected to live up to the self-promotion they did in their cover letter, resume and interview. And if they don’t – and certainly if they mess up so badly and so frequently that they affect the company’s future sustainability – they get canned… well before the two year mark.
Besides, the very fact that Oprah feels the need to use the term “learning curve” is a tacit admission that Obama is not performing like the expert he claimed to be during the 2008 elections.
You see, learning curves are for beginners. They’re for people who are not the best and the brightest. They’re for people who, for whatever reason, can’t get it right on their own.
Nobody gives anybody with a modicum of intelligence in any position of authority or importance a two-year learning curve. It’s both unreasonable and dangerous to do so.
A Few Words about Oprah’s other Words
Oprah may or may not be right about President Obama’s “integrity” and “heart.” I tend to go off of facts rather than feelings, however, which means I can’t help but notice how:
- Obama’s faithful adherence to reversing climate change at the expense of American businesses, jobs and the larger economy is looking more and more foolish… not that he pays any mind to differing opinions.
- Obama’s continuing speeches about the superiority of his health care reform law over the status quo (at the expense of taxpayers’ money and patients’ safety) are becoming more and more ridiculous… not that he accepts any facts or figures other than his own.
- Obama’s repeated stances, policies and lawsuits that broadcast our willingness to encourage illegal immigration by making it easy for them to enter and stay in our country are becoming more and more obvious… not that he seems to care how blatant he is about it.
All of that indicates not only that Oprah is destructively incorrect about her continuing endorsement of the president, but that America can’t afford to endure another two years of his policies, learning curve or not.
His alienation of our traditional allies; accommodation of countries that hate us, such as Russia, Iran, China and North Korea; tendency to favor one race over another, as demonstrated in the policies of his attorney general, Eric Holder; and blatant disregard for America’s opinion on everything, including cutting back on national spending, all support the same conclusion.
Sorry Oprah, but Obama Has Got to Go
Possibly, regardless of whether Oprah wants to admit it or not, those grievances are why the American people are complaining. Perhaps, the majority of us do believe in the dignity of the office of President of the United States of America, and that’s the reason why we’re so disgusted at seeing it misused to this degree.
Maybe, just maybe, we have every reason to demand a higher standard in the governance of our nation, crazy though that idea might seem.