Presidential Character by Michael Reisig
The character of a president has often been a highly debated issue, but certainly not since the presidency of Richard M. Nixon has there been such a plethora of questionable actions and statements regarding a sitting president as we have now, with Mr. Barrack Obama.
The problem in all of this is discerning “the truth,” and as I have written before, truth can be inconvenient, and when this happens, it becomes subjective and abstract. All of this is exacerbated by a far left media that is largely controlled by, and in allegiance to, The White House (i.e. Media Matters and George Sorros, Public Radio, NBC, ABC, CBS & MSNBC). Never in the history of the United States has a president so completely owned the news media in America. It is uncomfortably similar to pre-World War II Germany and early 20th Century China.
When you look at the list of concerns regarding Barack Obama, without the whitewashing or flagrant exclusion by news agencies, there is a sense of arrogant certainty about our president, a confident knowledge that his power is growing and his need to conform to what has been the standard decorum of a president for the last couple of centuries, is no longer necessary. When you look back on what has been concealed, buried, omitted or simply “disappeared” to put this man where he is, it becomes frighteningly apparent that he may be correct in the arrogant assumption that his scat no longer has odor.
But what’s most important here is that the issues involved are not simply political in nature – this is not just about Democrats or Republicans, conservatives or liberals. This is about character and integrity, and most particularly an actual love of country, and what the ultimate result may be for a nation with a leader who doesn’t possess these qualities.
We have a president who has fought the release of his Occidental, Columbia and Harvard college records, his Selective Service registration, his law client lists, and the number of his passport that he traveled under as a young man journeying to Pakistan with individuals would later become Muslin extremists – a President who has yet to explain why he received “foreign student aid” while attending college. A President who mysteriously surrendered his license to practice law, and spent over $1 million dollars in an attempt to keep his birth certificate “unavailable.”
Our sitting president has exercised a form of “executive privilege” three times in just the last few months – three times…. Once squashing information to save his Attorney General, Eric Holder from certain disgrace and prosecution, once to circumvent Congress and rewrite U.S Immigration laws (for a second time), and once, providing an unprecedented level of authority to his office and the federal government, establishing his authority to take over all the fundamental parts of our economy – in the name of national security. Someone without any knowledge of this situation might well consider this man Caesarean in nature and above the law.
But above all, I am troubled by Mr. and Mrs. Obama’s lack of innate affection for this nation. The element conspicuously missing in almost everything they do is love of country. They seem to have no limit in their concern for Muslims, minorities, countries in the Middle East and Africa, and religions other than Christianity, but nowhere can I find that genuine endearment to America, honest pride in their country, and respect for their nation’s flag (which Obama rarely even salutes.)
Sometimes it is the smaller things that paint the largest picture.
In September, 2011, during a ceremony in honor of the victims of the 911 attacks, Mrs. Obama was caught on camera as she turned and whispered into her husband’s ear with an expression of disdain. “All this just for a (<snip>ed) flag?” She pursed her lips and shook her head, while her husband smiled slightly and nodded perceptibly, staring ahead.
Now this wasn’t audible, but dozens of lip readers from across the country witnessed it and were quick to outrage. The video went viral, but it wasn’t just an Internet thing. It was written about in The Washington Times. I found the tape and watched it, and I read lips well. The effrontery I witnessed there, and the blatant, genuine disdain made my stomach clench. This wasn’t some Wall Street Occupier couple insulting our nation and our flag, this was the President of the United States and his wife.
If you put aside everything else and just consider the ramifications of contempt this carries you can’t help but be horrified that this is the couple making decisions for our country.
It’s not just a “<snip>ed flag,” Mrs. Obama. It’s my flag, and hundreds of thousands of Americans have died protecting what it stands for, and it makes my skin crawl that you and your husband could carry such indifference and distain for this country’s symbol of independence and freedom. And if there weren’t a hundred other things that scare mainstream America about you and your husband, this one incident should strike the core of honor and pride in our country and serve as a reminder that, above all the posturing and pretense, this is who you really are.