Yesterday, I was on a flight back to Washington from Texas (a place I would much rather escape to at this point), when I caught President Obama’s speech in Cleveland, Ohio about the economy. My first thoughts were: Was Obama going to continue spewing false promises about how he plans to fix the economy? Will Obama find something or someone to blame for the current economic climate?
Throughout the speech, it appeared as if Obama could not stop blaming House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) for the current situation and citing about how his proposals will continue to add to the declining economy. The speech was filled with more blame than talking about solutions he could propose. False promises: Check, Obama blaming someone while not taking accountability: Check.
The speech (which you can find here) was filled with some hypocritical lines. For example, President Obama promised the following:
But I am absolutely committed to fiscal responsibility, which is why I’ve already proposed freezing all discretionary spending unrelated to national security for the next three years. (Applause.)
And once the bipartisan fiscal commission finishes its work, I’ll spend the next year making the tough choices necessary to further reduce our deficit and lower our debt — whether I get help from the other side or not. (Applause.)
Obama said he was committed to fiscal responsibility. Since he was sworn in as President in 2009, Obama has signed the Stimulus and Omnibus bills into law. Additionally, he wasted taxpayer dollars to bail out the failing automobile industry in Detroit and has spent excessively, forcing our country into a $13.5 trillion deficit. As for his claims to work across party lines, I think his blame game on the Republicans will not be very helpful.
There was another claim mentioned in Obama’s speech yesterday.
So, no, our job is not easy. But you didn’t elect me to do what was easy. (Applause.) You didn’t elect me to just read the polls and figure how to keep myself in office. You didn’t elect me to avoid big problems. You elected me to do what was right. And as long as I’m President, that’s exactly what I intend to do. (Applause.)
Ironically, the American people in 2008 should have looked at Obama’s inexperience before voting for him. After all, he has been showing signs of avoiding leadership at all costs. For someone who mentions, “You didn’t elect me to avoid big problems,” he has went on more vacations than his predecessors and avoiding our economic woes. Where has he been when unemployment numbers continued to climb or when the federal deficit continued to balloon? He has been out on golfing ventures, etc. He has also failed to set the budget, which could lead to gridlock.
It leads me to question: Could the America Obama believes in revolve around doing nothing? Could it be an America that avoids addressing the challenges faced on a daily basis?
President Obama should remember a line from a famous movie: “Attitude Reflects Leadership.” It’s true. In a time such as this, we need a leader not someone avoiding the issues facing the nation.