I’ve often wondered why anyone in their right mind would want to be president of the United States. Seriously.
A couple of years ago, I was at a banquet in Jackson sitting beside the former governor of Arkansas, family friend Mike Huckabee. This was before the Republican primary season. The conventional wisdom at the time was that had Gov. Huckabee decided to throw his hat in the ring the GOP nomination would have been his to lose. Huckabee does so well talking common sense and connecting with common people. But he decided not to run.
Now I’m wondering if President Obama wishes he had not run for a second term. He and his administration are embroiled in three major scandals that likely will render any legislative agenda dead in the water. Most two-term presidents become “lame ducks” after six years. Obama might become a “dead duck” president a mere six months into his second term. And he has no one to blame but himself.
Scandal number one is about dishonesty and cover up surrounding the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans in Libya last September. It is clear that his administration did not want the American people to know how vulnerable it had left Stephens after he pleaded four times to his bosses at the State Department for extra security and was denied. Many people still are stunned to learn that even after the British and the Red Cross had left Benghazi our ambassador remained, basically defenseless. (His protection was the responsibility of the office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.) Then, when Stephens was killed, the president and his team decided to hide the fact that it was a planned terrorist attack by Islamic radicals (on Sept. 11). The scandal that has ensued could have been prevented by just telling the truth.
Americans understand it’s a dangerous world. But the reason the White House went with the You Tube video over the real reason for the attack was they thought it would hurt Obama in his bid to defeat Mitt Romney.
Scandal number two is the fact that the Internal Revenue Service was discovered to have been targeting conservative groups. The IRS was doing this to block the effectiveness of these groups, namely the Tea Party, because they were ideologically opposed to Obama’s liberal agenda. Even many Democrats are expressing outrage.
Scandal number three involves Justice Department spying on many reporters of the Associated Press and secretly obtaining their phone records, etc. The AP has called this “unprecedented” assault on freedom of the press.
Who knew Obama was channeling his inner Richard Nixon?
Community columnist TIM WILDMON is a Lee County resident. He is president of the American Family Association, but the column represents his personal opinion unless otherwise noted. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.