By Mike Farquhar
Watching our President-elect attempt to put together a working cabinet, it finally dawned on me what he was struggling with. He's got no peeps!
Having sprung so suddenly and so successfully onto our national – even the world stage — he's been abruptly confronted with success he for which he is woefully unprepared. So he went on vacation.
In the course of a normal politician's life, he or she would have come up through the ranks, serving at local and state level—perhaps even in the military or in law enforcemen— before seeking national office. Then that candidate, with a full résumé of experience and accomplishments, would seek the presidency. That candidate would have a very big Rolodex of trusted friends who could be called upon for higher office when the candidate won.
But Mister Obama has no large Rolodex of friends, outside of the corrupt streets and back-alley dealings of the Chicago Democratic machine - and of course his very special group of preacher friends.
Now, with no actual experience with the inner workings of the Federal Government, he will be running it in just days. He is scrambling to find people who he can trust—and who are willing to work for him.
And that's a tough decision for many of the folks he's talking to, since with his zero leadership record, nobody out there has a clue what kind of a boss or commander-in-chief he'll actually be.
Many who have survived and even prospered after serving Carter and Clinton are reluctant to risk another thankless tour of government service in the ruthless spotlight of Washington today. And with the memory of how fast The Messiah reversed himself and flung Reverend Wright under the bus, anybody contemplating working for His administration knows they will always be just one hiccup or crisis away from becoming road kill.
With no peeps of his own, Mister Obama has resorted to the whisperings of the Clintons—and is picking and choosing from amongst their shopworn former retainers. Thus the selection of Governor "Pay to Play" Richardson to lead Commerce. As it turns out, some of his "commercial dealings" are being scrutinized by a grand jury. Ooops!
Would it be too cynical to suggest that ~ just maybe ~ the Clintons might misguide The Messiah enough to crack open the door to 2012? Naah, they wouldn't sink that low!
And with his well-known disdain for our military and intelligence services, it is little wonder that he picked retired Clinton budget wonk Leon Panetta to become his chief spymaster. Obama already believes he knows all the answers, and can resolve all disagreement by face-to-face negotiations. So what does he really need a functioning intelligence agency for anyway? Simply plug a proven old bureaucrat into General Hayden's empty chair, and everything will be just fine.
Now a callous or skeptical observer might conclude that this is really a plot to resume Jimmy Carter's dismantling of our intelligence services. I would never believe that of such a patriotic man as our President-elect, even if he doesn't render customary honors to our flag, and wants a new "less warlike" national anthem.
No, Obama's problem is that he and his Faithful Followers are just full of ideas about how things should be run, what laws need to be passed, and what our government should look like. But none of them have ever actually ever run anything of a serious nature.
Mrs. Clinton once worked as an attorney in Arkansas—but managed to lose her billing records in the move to Washington in 1993. And her legal assistant, Vince Foster, killed himself just six months later. Throughout her marriage, she was unaware or unmoved by her husband's serial philandering which led to his impeachment in 1998. Now, she will help formulate, direct, and deliver our nation's foreign policy, and oversee some 288 embassies and missions worldwide, always keeping tabs on subtle nuances in the positions of all of our friends and foes? She is just so well qualified!
Governor Richardson was once our high-profile ambassador to the UN—but no amount of diplomacy will get him out of his pending legal problems. His idea of Commerce is "Pay to play" with a list of his favorite projects delivered to contract bidders. His decision to "withdraw his nomination" will not end the scandal, or absolve Obama from the burden of another public display of poor judgement.
Even political wizard and campaign genius Rahm Emanuel is connected to too many Chicago politicians of questionable virtue, and who today knows for sure what US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has on tape? When before in history has a president-elect and his chief of staff been questioned by law enforcement weeks before taking the oath of office?
We could have seen this coming. When he picked the village idiot – Joe "Lying Lips" Biden to become his official stooge, we should have seen that The Messiah was preoccupied with getting elected, and hadn't given a moment's thought to actually governing. He certainly wasn't thinking about our country in the event he died in office.
Why doesn't Mister Obama have good people around him—qualified, trustworthy people?
The American press and the American voters should have been asking this throughout the election cycle. But the huge crowds of adoring worshipers, the Obama T-shirts, the bumper stickers, and the highly successful web-based campaign hid a fatal shortcoming—Obama doesn't make friends easily. He's not that kind of person. He doesn't need friends. He needs mirrors, microphones, admirers, worshipers, sycophants, fawning adulators, and supplicants . . . but not friends.
He is almost a textbook case of narcissism. His two books were about himself, planned packaging for his eventual presidential run. He wrote nothing about his vision of how to run the country, beyond the basics of Socialism. Was he keeping it a secret, or was there really no detailed vision?
Who are this man's close friends and buddies? Who are his wife's close friends and buddies? Is anybody close to this most unusual man? Nobody asked these questions throughout the campaign. They just felt chills running up their legs, they worshiped, and they voted.
And now we have a president-elect with no close trusted friends, and no people around him that he's known for years who are qualified for key high-level appointments. Since most of you reading this can think of at least one person far more qualified to be our next spymaster than "Save the Seals" Panetta, why couldn't Barack Hussein Obama?
Anybody worried yet?
/s/ Iron Mike
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