Saturday, November 7, 2009

Rigidity, Thy Name is Obama

Over the past 9 months of his presidency, Obama has shown that he is, if nothing else, inflexible.  Here is a man who sets his sights on something and refuses to admit error or change course, even when the need to do so is obvious to everyone else. 

His singular focus is on national health care and not even the unspeakable tragedy at Ft. Hood could derail his talk to native Americans on pushing his health care through.  Obama showed incredible insensitivity and poor judgment in proceeding with his talk, in a light-hearted vein I might add, as though nothing untoward had happened. 

Articles have been written in which the judgment of his advisers was questioned.  This man is president of the United States; does he really need advisers to tell him that choosing to proceed as he did was inappropriate?  Why couldn't he discern that on his own?

There is obviously a problem here, but just what is the nature of that problem?  Is obama so lacking in empathy that he is unable to perceive pain in others?  Is he so determined to force governmental health care on us that he will push aside common decency to attain his goal?  Or is it that he relies on handlers to tell him what to do and when to do it and is incapable of making decisions on his own?   Or, sorry to say, perhaps the problem is multifocal and involves all of the above. 

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