It seems that wherever the president goes, whatever he does, whenever he does it, he says just about the same thing, that our politics in Washington are broken and he’s uniquely qualified to fix them. His rhetoric since he took office differs little from his rhetoric on the campaign trail.
So there were a bunch of things taking place over the last six months that were not within our control. But here’s the thing — the question is, how do we handle these challenges? Do we rise to the occasion? Do we pull together? Do we make smart decisions? And what’s been happening over the last six months — and a little bit longer than that if we’re honest with ourselves — is that we have a political culture that doesn’t seem willing to make the tough choices to move America forward.
This rhetoric is not just highly partisan and not presidential, but it’s also vapid. He’s speaking in cliches. And the president passes the buck. Note how he makes “political culture” the actor in the final line. Political cultures don’t act, people do.
I thought he was going to be the guy to change that political culture, but even he acknowledges, it’s still not conducive to tough choices.
An introspective leader might ask himself if perhaps his leadership has helped contribute to the problem, but not our Mr. Obama. “The president,” Mortimer Zuckerman writes
. . . appears to consider himself immune from error and asserts the fault always lies elsewhere—be it in the opposition in Congress or the Japanese tsunami or in the failure of his audience to fully understand the wisdom and benefits of his proposals. But in politics, the failure of communication is invariably the fault of the communicator.
Read the whole thing. Via Jim Geraghty.