President Obama had a bad week, last week, according to an opinion piece in the Washington Times, which points to several missteps and embarrassments lately.
Trayvon Martin Controversy
First described is Obama injecting himself into the Trayvon controversy, reminiscent of his "police acted stupidly" comment in 2009 in regard to the arrest of an African American Harvard Professor, made before he knew the facts. The article stated, "Mr. Obama played a heavy hand in elevating a tragic situation in which a teenager was killed into a full-blown hot race fight" and referred to how he chastised Americans and asked them to do some "soul-searching" to determine why this happened, which is an offensive statement, as the only one who needs to do some soul searching is George Zimmerman, and that is if he is guilty.
Obama Caught on Tape to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev: "After my election, I have more flexibility."
Also last week was Obama's gaffe in South Korea with the open mic, revealing a conversation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. This is what was said:
Obama: "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved, but it's important for him to give me space."
Medvedev: "Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you ..."
Obama: "This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility."
The speculation regarding the meaning of this conversation cannot be "laughed off" by the White House, as "the implications are too serious for political spin."
Supreme Court Grills Obama's Lawyers on Obamacare
On top of all this, as the Supreme Court was debating the constitutionality of Obamacare, (another potential embarrassment), Obama's lawyers were having a difficult time defending such things as what the word "essential" means, (which, according to Obama's attorney, is not used in the "true dictionary sense," to which Justice Scalia said, "When people speak, I assume they are speaking English"). The author noted that these lawyers were "stumbling over softball questions lobbed by Mr. Obama's own hand-picked justices."
Budget Proposal Unanimous Rejection
President Obama's week also included a unanimous vote by both Republicans and Democrats to reject his reckless budget proposal, by a vote of 414 to 0, thank goodness, as the budget included billions more in spending on failed green energy initiatives. Regarding the budget proposal, White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew stated, "I think there is pretty broad agreement that the time for austerity is not today." Broad agreement? By whom? The so-called economists who clearly could not foresee this mess in the first place? The raging debt crisis has created the need for austerity measures throughout Europe. However, the United States wants to double-down?
The Washington Times sums up the president's week by stating,
"So, in one week, Mr. Obama got caught whispering promises to our enemy, incited a race war, raised serious questions about his understanding of the Constitution, and then got smacked down over his proposed budget that was so wildly reckless that even Democrats in Congress could not support it."
Not to be cynical, but fortunately for Obama, the mainstream media is in his pocket. He is not challenged on the many flip-flops and missteps he has made and continues to make. Most likely these failures will not be discussed too much, and when they are, their gravity will be diminished.