In one more stark symbol of just how pathetic Obama’s presidency is turning out to be, his educational namesake, Barack Obama Elementary School in Asbury Park, New Jersey – Bangs Avenue School, until last year – is closing.
Even more apropos, it’s doing so because of steep declines – much like Obama’s approval rating – in the larger district’s total enrollment over the last ten years or so.
Do you know how many jokes Jay Leno could get out of this situation?
The problem is that the Obama administration in and of itself is a joke, though not the kind that makes you laugh. And everybody knows it.
As John Podhoretz recently asked in the New York Post, “Where is the president?” amidst severely heightened turmoil in the Middle East and multiple catastrophes in Japan, not to mention the deteriorating state of financial stability in the United States.
But while “This is not a time for leadership; this is the time for leadership,” Podhoretz notes that Obama “is not merely… [not] rising to the challenge. He is avoiding the challenge. He is Bartleby the President. He would prefer not to.”
A friend of mine has proposed adopting that comparison for good and referring to the President as Herman Melville’s head-scratchingly complacent character, “Bartleby,” from now on in. Personally, I second the motion.
And it seems that we’re not the only ones who think Podhoretz nailed it…
Obama Fails to Impress on a Global Scale
Across the Atlantic, in Express.co.uk, Anna Pukas observes how “Ineffectual, invisible, unable to honour pledges and now blamed for letting Gaddafi off the hook… Obama’s gone from ‘Yes we can’ to ‘Er, maybe we shouldn’t.’”
Titled “Barack Obama: The Weakest President In History?,” Pukas notes one example of passivity after another, concluding:
“All of which means that it is starting to look as if Obama and the Democratic Party have but one aim in mind for the rest of this presidential term: to get elected for a second. That means not doing anything that might upset any number of special interest or niche groups, which in effect means not doing very much at all.”
From the U.S. to the U.K. to the Middle East and Japan, the world is starting to recognize that Obama is anything but the man for the job.
2013 can’t come sooner.