Mr. Zuckerman correctly points out that when the President of France criticizes an American President as not being forceful enough, there's a huge problem. All emphasis is mine:
French President Nicolas Sarkozy openly criticized Obama for months, including a direct attack on his policies at the United Nations. Sarkozy cited the need to recognize the real world, not the virtual world, a clear reference to Obama's speech on nuclear weapons. When the French president is seen as tougher than the American president, you have to know that something is awry. Vladimir Putin of Russia has publicly scorned a number of Obama's visions.But his best and most devasting comment is this,
America right now appears to be unreliable to traditional friends, compliant to rivals, and weak to enemies. One renowned Asian leader stated recently at a private dinner in the United States, "We in Asia are convinced that Obama is not strong enough to confront his opponents, but we fear that he is not strong enough to support his friends."
Much of what is now unfolding could have been avoided had the media only followed the unwritten mandate of the fourth estate, that of properly vetting presidential candidates BEFORE elections...doing so afterwards is far too late. Here's my comment from the comment's section:
If you had taken the time to do some basic research, research that the MSM had, and continues to refuse to do, you would have seen a man of very little experience. America, historically prefers to have state governors as a stepping stone to the presidency because having run a state, gives a candidate important exective experience...something both Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain lacked.My most important comment though is found in the title "Jimmy Cart Redux Is the Best We Can Hope For At This Point." Unfortunately, we're well past that point. We have a president who is seen as both weak and ineffectual internationally. His standing at home is falling faster than any of his predecessors has, and his ramming through his economically crippling domestic agenda will have the effect of permanetly diminishing the ability of America to recover from what should have been a relatively short recession.
Mr. Obama has never had to meet a payroll, nor has he ever had to remain within a budget...household budget notwithstanding. Looking at what he has said in the past 20 years. Looking at what he has written in the past 20 years would have given a sharply defined glimpse within the carefully maintained shroud of secrecy that he and his coterie have erected. His earliest mentor, Frank Marshall Davis was a member of the Chicago area communist party "organizer" who was sent to Hawaii to work. "The 1951 report of the Commission on Subversive Activities to the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii identified him as a CPUSA member."
His attendance at a radical church for twenty years, whose senior pastor, Jeremiah Wright, continually rants on racists and anti-semitic topics, was shrugged off. His political career was started in the living room of an American terrorist, who wasn't prosecuted due to police incompetence and was released on a techinicality...
All of these should have rung alarums throughout the media...but were quietly ignored by the media who was in love with the idea of electing "the First Black President" of the US. This same media has only just begun to realize the huge mistake they have made...hence the beginnings of the muted rumblings heard in the distance.
Mr. Obama is a Chicago machine politician, and they way he pursues policy, against the wishes of the public at large (see the passage of the "Health Care 'Reform'" bill, written and negotiated behind closed doors...along with painting anyone who opposes him and his policies as "racists" has angered a majority of the public. Look at his polls as they continue to slide, just as Mr. Carter's did in the last 2 yars of his presidency...but this is the FIRST two years of this president's tenure.
All of this will come to haunt the Democratic Party this fall...I believe that we will see a historic tidal wave against this party and president. At least 80 seats will change hands in the House and as many as 11 in the Senate. Because this President hasn't a clue nor do his closest advisors.