That’s my favorite line from this piece by Dennis Kneale at CNBC: Obama is a Bully. It’s my favorite line, not only because it’s witty, but because I agree with it, completely. I’ve been shocked by Obama’s bullying tactics since day one.
Bam is a bully. Bad enough that he bashes Wall Street, but this President has gone farther than any in modern history in putting the wrong kind of “bully” back into what Teddy Roosevelt had called the bully pulpit.
Obama’s latest broadside came over the weekend, when he vehemently criticized the state of Arizona and its (Republican) governor for passing a tough new law on illegal immigration.
The President called the measure “misguided” and all but labeled it un-American. He even ordered the Department of Justice, before the ink on this bill-signing has even dried, to examine the civil-rights “implications” of the new law. Seems like the courts and rights groups could handle that once any problem actually emerges.
Can you remember any other modern President, wagging a finger from on high, so directly and bitterly criticizing a new law passed by any state?
This is hubris at best and ignorance of the Constitution at worst. The U.S. was founded in part on the precept of states’ rights as an important counterweight to a rapacious federal government. Thus a President must step softly here, questioning gently but avoiding rancor and browbeating.
This episode brings to mind Obama’s chiding of the Supreme Court at The State of the Union address, which showed a shocking lack of decorum and civility, as well. One expects to hear a statesman at a State of the Union address. Instead, we got a bully:
Obama the Bully, at his State of the Union address, had the temerity to criticize the Supreme Court of the United States for its new ruling that companies have a right to free speech in political campaign advertising (a right that unions already enjoyed, by the way). He did this as the justices themselves sat before him in the audience, paying their respects to a leader who showed them none.
Perhaps President Obama had forgotten an American civics lesson: The Supreme Court is the supreme law of the land. It is unseemly and disrespectful for a President to so bluntly and blatantly question the justices’ judgment and intent—especially right in front of their faces.
I can’t remember of any other President in my memory having done this. Nixon maybe? An unfortunate comparison, indeed.
Read it all. Kneale also delves into the President’s unseemly demonization of Wall Street, and his predecessor, GW Bush. I would also add the tea party people, since he’s singled them out on more than one occasion to mock them, and Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. We’ve been forced to witness this shockingly unpresidential behavior for 15+ months .
That and the lies…the constant, bold faced lies….
People are noticing.