Obama’s Thin Skin

Obama is many things. Tolerant of criticism isn’t one of them—but then, since when do dictators take criticism well? Writing about this aspect of Obama’s character at Politics Daily, Peter Wehner said:

Not surprisingly, Obama’s thin skin leads to self pity. As Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standardpointed out, in a fundraising event for Sen. Barbara Boxer, Obama said, “Let’s face it: this has been the toughest year and a half since any year and a half since the 1930s.”

Really, now? Worse than the period surrounding December 7, 1941 and September 11, 2001? Worse than what Gerald Ford faced after the resignation of Richard Nixon and Watergate, which constituted the worse constitutional scandal in our history and tore the country apart? Worse than what Ronald Reagan faced after Jimmy Carter (when interest rates were 22 percent, inflation was more than 13 percent, and Reagan faced something entirely new under the sun, "stagflation")? Worse than 1968, when Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. were assassinated and there was rioting in our streets? Worse than what LBJ faced during Vietnam — a war which eventually claimed more than 58,000 lives? Worse than what John Kennedy faced in the Bay of Pigs and in the Cuban Missile Crisis, when we and the Soviet Union edged up to the brink of nuclear war? Worse than what Franklin Roosevelt faced on the eve of the Normandy invasion? Worse than what Bush faced in Iraq in 2006, when that nation was on the edge of civil war, or when the financial system collapsed in the last months of his presidency? Worse than what Truman faced in defeating imperial Japan, in reconstructing post-war Europe, and in responding to North Korea’s invasion of South Korea?

Yes, I think that’s about right. It’s a rather sobering list, actually, and definitely puts things in perspective. Obama, as President of the United States, should be conscious of that history, and it should inform his every decision. Instead, he speaks and acts as if he’s ignorant of it, and you know what they say about forgetting history.

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