As my readers know, I anxiously await January 20, 2017. On that date we will rid ourselves of Barack Hussein Obama (don’t expect him to be quiet and reverent of the presidency like George W. Bush, however) and we will begin to learn whether Donal J. Trump can deliver on his promises – some of which are remarkably out-sized.
It is a good time for a trip down memory lane.
I used to be a big fan of George F. Will. No longer. His implacable dislike of Donald Trump is unfathomable. But today he penned a beauty.
[Source: Obama was indeed transformational, unfortunately, by George F. Will]
I will extract from Mr. Will’s article.
Obama has been among the most loquacious of our presidents, but can you call to mind from his Niagara of rhetoric a memorable sentence or even phrase? If power is the ability to achieve intended effects, his rhetoric has been powerless to produce anything but an empty, inconsequential reputation for speaking well.
In 2007, Obama said, “Let us transform this nation.”
In 2008, he assured supporters, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
On Jan. 16, 2008, Obama told the Reno Gazette-Journal, “I want to make government cool again.”
He assured congressional Democrats that they could safely vote for Obamacare because “you’ve got me.”
Wow! Is there a slight whiff of ego in those statements? Ego maniacs cannot learn as they go along. A former colleague of Obama’s on the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School described him as someone who never learned anything from anyone with whom he disagreed.
Obama was a shining example of the foundational tenet of progressivism: we will show disdain and hostility to the separation of powers. And, as Mr. Will so eloquently describes, they proceed with a breezy indifference to the take care clause (the president “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed”) and to the first sentence of the Constitution’s first article (“All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress”).
Good bye and good riddance, Mr. President.