Obama Diminishing the Presidency on the Taxpayer Dime?
posted at 8:12 pm on April 30, 2012 by Dustin Siggins
Allahpundit has a fuller post on the President’s snide stab at Mitt Romney in today’s press conference with the Japanese Prime Minister, but I wanted to throw in my two cents related to two different angles on the event: how I think the President is a) diminishing the stature of his office with a childish attack next to a foreign dignitary, and b) yet again campaigning on public dollars.
Regarding the second point, Americans must hold this President accountable for his “legal only in Washington” travels. Recently, the national liberal media finally picked up on how Obama is likely breaking the law, prompted by the Republican National Committee’s complaint on the matter to the Government Accountability Office and ABC’s Jake Tapper hammering of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Conservatives should keep the issue in the public discourse as we head into the general election season.
When it comes to how the President is diminishing his office, we should be a bit more careful – after all, most of us in the pundit world (including amateur pundits such as myself) are not qualified historical experts on the Executive Branch. It could very well be that every President since Washington has campaigned in the petty manner Obama has mastered. However, I doubt most Presidents made such silly and petty remarks next to the Japanese Prime Minister. To make things worse, this attack has been proven wrong for almost five years, and even PolitiFact has to stretch to call the President’s claim a half truth.
Now, the commenters at Race42012 are beginning to tell me I’m overreacting and making an issue out of something that really isn’t worth noting. However, I think it’s a small part of the much larger puzzle of just why and how President Obama has failed so badly at his job. I welcome your thoughts in the comments.
Dustin Siggins is an associate producer with The Laura Ingraham Show and co-author with William Beach of The Heritage Foundation on a forthcoming book about the national debt. The opinions expressed are his own.
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