By Carole on Jun 18, 2011
The US economy is in serious danger of a double-dip recession, our military is embroiled in at least three wars, unemployment is over nine percent and the national debt is surging ever closer to the debt ceiling. So to what issue does President Barack Obama devote his weekly address? What a good dad he is.
Filled with his trademark overabundance of self-references (saying "me," "my” or "I" 27 times in a four and a half minute speech), a self-pitying reminder of his own childhood and a self-congratulatory nod to a handful of government-funded new programs that offer fathers "a little extra support"; the crescendo of the address was his declaration that he recently "took on a second job: assistant coach for Sasha's basketball team. On Sundays, we’d get the team together to practice, and a couple of times, I’d help coach the games."
Imagine the unmitigated gall required to say such a thing while millions of Americans are taking on actual second (and sometimes third) jobs just to feed, clothe and shelter their children. That comment was at least as offensive as GOP presidential candidate and multi-millionaire Mitt Romney's recent attempt at a joke to a group of unemployed citizens that he's "also unemployed." But Mr. Obama's insensitive and out-of-touch remark will certainly not get the same level of mainstream media coverage as Mr. Romney's.
Some may suggest that the "teachable moment" in today's address from the president was that if a man with such an important job can find time to parent, then so should all the less important fathers in America. But we know that this particular man with the important job can find plenty of time for his own amusements and has a full government-paid staff to see to his every want and need. Helping to coach his child's basketball games "a couple of times" does not make him the shining example he claims to be.
This address was like almost every other made by our Candidate-In-Chief; all about him and offering nothing to solve the real problems the nation is facing.
Meanwhile, Senator John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) delivered the Republicans' weekly address today using the opportunity to call on President Obama to send a number of free trade treaties to the Senate for ratification. "Free and fair trade agreements can help us create the kind of pro-jobs, pro-growth economy that will lift our nation up," he said. "Good fiscal control and a legal tax, and a regulatory environment that promotes private investment and business innovation, can help us to create jobs, grow our economy, and reduce our deficit." (source)
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