Even His Powers Have Limits
June 20, 2010 1 Comment
President Obama must be surprised that his words haven’t plugged the oil leak. He has given so many speeches and interviews about it now. And it’s still not plugged! How is that possible?
Obama evidently has no experience with a tangible, real world that does not bend in obeisance to his utterances. He verbally ended The Iraq War – which is why it’s over. (He promised that all US troops would be out of Iraq within 16 months of his Presidency, i.e. by May 2010.) He also verbally closed Guantanamo Bay – which is why it’s closed. More recently and notably, Obama verbally declared that the health care bill wouldn’t threaten the plan of anyone who wants to stay on their current one – and that’s totally true too!
As I wrote shortly after he was inaugurated, Obama’s is a rhetorical Presidency. Words are actions. Speech conjures reality into existence, molds it, shapes it. He says things and they happen. This has been Obama’s experience of adult life prior to becoming President.
So how confusing and frustrating it must be that repeatedly demanding the oil leak be plugged doesn’t automatically make the oil leak plugged.
You almost feel sorry for the guy.