By Carole on Jan 21, 2012
On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union Address. Traditionally the unofficial kickoff of an incumbent president's re-election campaign, he cannot be faulted for using this Constitutionally mandated speech as a political opportunity (though one could argue he's been campaigning more than governing for years). But in a video released this morning to millions of his supporters, he previewed an address designed to win a first term for an untested candidate, not a second term for a president that has already failed.
In the video, Mr. Obama says he will concentrate on four areas designed to restore economic security for the long term: manufacturing, energy, education, job training and a "return to American values." As he has many times during his first three years in office, he is promising to concentrate or focus on the economy as if he's seeing the problems (and potential solutions) for the first time.
But unlike in 2008 (and 2009 and 2010 and 2011), these alleged intellectual pivots to the economic problems we face are not the proposed actions of a new chief executive taking over from a predecessor he constantly blames. Mr. Obama is now the incumbent who, if he truly believes presidential concentration needs to be adjusted, has only himself and his administration to blame.
As Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) said in today's GOP weekly address, "Regardless of the president's good intentions, his policies have failed the American people. His policies haven't just failed to make the economy better - they have actually made it worse." Congressman Hensarling then cited the most recent example of Mr. Obama's failure - blocking the Keystone XL oil pipeline which "buried 20,000 shovel ready jobs."
Yet our Campaigner-in-Chief will take to the grand stage Tuesday night to again play the only role he knows - that of a long-winded orator who claims to have all the answers and promises to provide them to us if we will only give him the power to do so.
He's banking on no one noticing that he was already given that power three years ago, promised to focus like a laser beam on the economy time and time again and failed so miserably that even he is claiming he now needs to concentrate to restore economic security.
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