After it was over I picked up the phone and called a friend back home. "It's worse than we thought," I told him. "The guy's actually crazy."In today's Telegraph, she reminds us of Obama's grandiose plans expressed so recently, yet so long ago. The 21st Century Messiah promised to confront
"terrorists who threaten our security in Afghanistan... the traffickers who sell drugs on your streets... defeat the Taliban... help the Afghan people develop their economy and rebuild nation... renew the goal of a world without nuclear weapons... secure all loose nuclear materials... stop the spread of nuclear weapons... reduce the arsenals from another era... join in a new and global partnership to dismantle the [terror] networks that have struck in Madrid and Amman; in London and Bali; in Washington and New York."But, wait! There's more!
[He would] "build on the wealth that open markets have created, and share its benefits more equitably... forge trade that truly rewards the work that creates wealth, with meaningful protections for our people and our planet."There's still more!
[It was time to] "answer the call for a new dawn in the Middle East... [Iran] must abandon its nuclear ambitions... [He would] support the Lebanese who have marched and bled for democracy... [lead] Israelis and Palestinians to a two state solution... support the millions of Iraqis ...[as they] rebuild their lives, even as we pass responsibility to the Iraqi government and finally bring this war to a close."
[People must] "come together to save this planet... resolv[ing] that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands... all nations [must] reduce the carbon we send into our atmosphere."
[To] "lift the child in Bangladesh from poverty... shelter the refugee in Chad... stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe... [give] meaning to the words 'never again' in Darfur"AND
"Banish the scourge of AIDS in our time."Wow, I'm all tuckered out just reading the wish list.
It turns out Obama is tired, too. Too tired, in fact, to give visiting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a proper welcome as the Head of State of our most valiant and trusted ally.
The Telegraph reported Saturday that
Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been "overwhelmed" by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.British officials said
that Obama aides seemed unfamiliar with the expectations that surround a major visit by a British prime minister.Obama defenders countered, The Messiah's weariness in the Oval Office photo-op with PM Brown
illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president's surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.And this is the man who said he'd be ready to lead the free world on Day 1!
A well-connected Washington source close to Obama inner circle members, said
Mr Obama had failed so far to "even fake an interest in foreign policy".The source went on:
"Obama is overwhelmed. There is a zero sum tension between his ability to attend to the economic issues and his ability to be a proactive sculptor of the national security agenda.As he was flying home, Gordon received a phone call from Obama apparently trying to smooth over a rough start. But, still Obama and his aides didn't get the significance of the round of gaffes. A State Dept official involved in planning the Prime Minister's visit let the cat out of the bag when he dismissed the assertion the US-UK relationship is something special.
"That was the gamble these guys made at the front end of this presidency and I think they're finding it a hard thing to do everything."
"There's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment."A prominent, but anonymous, African American Obama apologist says he knows Obama's character weakness.
"The one real serious flaw I see in Barack Obama is that he thinks he can manage all this... He's underestimating the flood of things that will hit his desk."A friend to senior White House aides who is a Democrat strategist said that Obama
...regularly appeared worn out and drawn during evening work sessions with senior staff in the West Wing and has been forced to make decisions more quickly than he is comfortable... on several occasions the president has had to hurry back from eating dinner with his family in the residence and then tucking his daughters in to bed, to conduct urgent government business. Matters are not helped by the pledge to give up smoking.After eight years of being the last real President, George W. Bush never complained of being too tired to do the people's business, never said he was overwhelmed by the job, never needed a cigarette (or a drink) to get through the day. A word with his Lord was all he needed.
"People say he looks tired more often than they're used to. He's still calm, but there have been flashes of irritation when he thinks he's being pushed to make a decision sooner than he wants to make it. He looks like he needs a cigarette."
Obama hasn't been the White House resident for 100 days yet, and he or his aides offer excuses that Obama is too tired, the job is too hard, and he needs a smoke. As for drinks, Obama has allowed himself to be photographed frequently downing a glass of booze. Then there's his every Wednesday evening Animal House Party... toga, toga, toga!
Face it, Barry, or whatever your name is. You weren't ready for the job and stroking your ego is not part of the people's business. Please, resign before you embarrass America any more, or we have enough evidence to remove you as a usurper.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.