Obama’s Useless Rhetoric

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by Richard Thompson, Hillsdale College

This Wednesday, President Obama gave a few somber comments regarding the September 11th attack on the U.S. consulate to Libya, which resulted in the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

He gave the usual speech that a public official would give after a serious tragedy, saying that we must remain united as a country, that we must work with the Libyan government to prevent any additional attacks, and that we will bring those responsible for the attacks to justice. The president tried to play the role of a strong and determined leader, but rhetoric can only get him so far.  Perhaps he is saying what needs to be said, but he is not doing what needs to be done to ensure the safety of this country.

Since he began his term in 2008, the president has attended less than half of his security briefings, showing his unwillingness to deal with foreign policy issues. According to the Government Accountability Institute, President Obama went to his Presidential Daily Brief only 536 times of his first 1,225 days in office.

President Obama’s priorities have been increasingly apparent in recent months as campaigning and defending his abysmal record seem to take precedence over solving our nation’s problems. The GAI notes that his attendance dropped significantly, from 43.8 percent to 38 percent, during this past year. Clearly this is a president who is more concerned with perfecting his golf swing and appearing on day time talk shows than with the global happenings that can drastically affect this county.

“If President Obama were participating in his intelligence briefings on a regular basis then perhaps he would understand why people are so offended at his efforts to take sole credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden,” a Dick Cheney spokeswoman told the Daily Caller via email.

By not going to his briefings, the president is showing how little he cares about the way that other countries look at the U.S. This is a president who is reluctant to accurately represent American interests abroad.  This is a president who refused to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this month because he apparently didn’t have time. This is a president who, after protesters desecrated an American flag in Cairo, asked Americans to “cut [the protesters] a little slack” rather than speaking out against this act of anti-American radicalism.

President Obama is disgracing our allies and bowing down to our enemies.  He is showing to the American people that he is afraid to get his hands dirty and that he is relying on flashy rhetoric to defend this country. The time for meaningless sentiment is over. We need a president that can protect our foreign and domestic interests, and President Obama is simply not getting the job done.

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