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Obama: Diary of a Teflon Presidency

Teflon-Definitions noun 1.® polytetrafluoroethylene, when used in nonstick cooking vessels adjective 2.(facetious) denoting the ability to evade blame ⇒ the Teflon president

President Barrack Hussein Obama's presidency has become infamous in its ability of avoid blame.  Like Teflon, nothing seems to stick to this phenom of a President.  Likewise, the Republican Party, especially the members of the house, have become the Super Glue to Obama's Teflon.  The economy? Republicans.  Jobless rate?  Republicans.  Sequester?  Republicans.  Climate change?  Republicans.  Middle East trouble?  Republicans.  Gun violence?  Republicans.  And the list goes on and on and on and on...

Somebody help me with this, but I thought Obama won the last two elections.  I thought that he was the President.  Top dog.  The leader of our country.  The big kauhuna.  Am I missing something here?  No matter what ills the country has; no matter what is going wrong; for the first time in my life, nothing is blamed on the President.  As a matter of fact, most President's have usually accepted responsibility for what ails us. 

Harry S. Truman so eloquently defined responsibility when he stated; "The buck stops here."  In other words, there is no one else to blame and he took personal responsibility of how the country was governed.  He even placed a sign on his desk in the Oval Office to remind him of that very notion on a daily basis.  This motto has been used by every President since.  That is, until Obama. 

The true testament to a good leader is that they take responsibility for the good and bad, of not just themselves, but everyone beneath them. Under this Administration, the President has managed to blame almost everyone but himself.  For the first term of his presidency, you would have thought that George W. Bush was still occupying the White House.  After all, everything was his fault.

Four years later, it has now become the Republican House members.  Or the rich.  Or the corporations.  Or the TEA Party.  Truth of the matter is that it is everybody else's fault.  No, the buck doesn't stop anymore at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., but at E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE 20004, or better known as the U.S. Capitol Building. 

Former President Ronald Reagan once proclaimed, "The era of big government is dead."  Obama's proclamation reads more like, "The era of personal responsibility is dead."  True leaders don't make excuses.  True leaders get results.  True leaders don't blame others. 

If you wondering what is wrong with this country, on can simply point to the fact that this country is lacking leadership.  When your one single, and what you claim to be your biggest accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, doesn't even kick in until you pack your bags after second term, that is not leadership.  When you you bring two budgets to the floor and not one person on either side of the aisle can vote for it, that is not leadership.  When you pass the buck to the former President for nearly four years into your own, that is not leadership.  And when you fail to even recognize the pending problems you face to try to pass your own agenda, that is not leadership. 

Leaders find a way to get things done.  They work within the system.  But most of all, the own it.  Obama could still be a leader.  After all, he does have four more years.  But it is not in his DNA.  I spoke of it prior to his election win in 2008.  The guy had voted present for 90% of the votes he took as an Illinois legislator and U.S. Senator.  Sadly, my predictions have panned out.  He has voted present on the economy, on foreign affairs, an unemployment and now the sequester facing this country.  I see him as the kids running around in the Family Circus cartoons shouting "Not Me." 

The legacy will be that  Obama was the "Teflon President."  And that is sad.  So much was expected, yet so little was delivered.

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ann February 18, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Someone want to tell this Troy the Tool that Obongo had Democratic Senate and House for his first two years and he still couldnt get along with them?
J. B. Schmidt February 18, 2013 at 02:09 AM
@ Troy Which part do you object to? Has he not created an executive order that will be put in place if he does not get the compromise he wants? If you told your wife you wanted to discuss the financials about a possible car purchase after you signed the papers to purchase, are you really looking for her input? Do you object to his budgets being something that the Republicans could not approve? Or do you fail to understand that they might represent conservatives in their districts? Are you objecting and saying that he has spent long hours trying to get a budget signed in the last 3 years, one of which he had complete control of congress? How do you not get your budget passed when your party controls both House and Senate? He can't even compromise with his own people! Troy, I hate fox news. I don't watch it and don't use their internet site. They are cheerleaders. Just like MSNBC (most likely your brand of choice).
scot February 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Should be "Diary of a Clown", Brian Dey`o
Brian Dey February 18, 2013 at 02:32 PM
FTT- Sorry Troy, but the map is taken from Politifact. I assumed that since most of the Obama supporters used that site as a reference, I would do so in-kind. The fact of the matter, and you prove it so well, is the double standard your side has. Everything is everybody else's fault but the President, and when bush was in office, everything was the President's fault and no else. I've seen you post on Patch many times how everything wrong in Wisconsin is Walker's fault. Yet you apply a different standard to the leader of the free world. And that is the jest of this topic. You can't claim increased employment as the unemployment rate was virtually the same from the day he took office to the day he got re-elected. Recovery? We are one quarter away from recession according to the federal reserve chair. Despite unprecedented opposition? The guy had 2 years of total control and all he could do was muster up a horrible healthcare bill, that he had to pull some stunts to pass and then it doesn't even kick in until he's out of office. A party and country that supports him? Really? 50% is only half in case you need to be reminded. The reality is he couldn't lead us out of a paper bag. Rhetoric is not leadership. But you would rather here a good speech than see anything get accomplished.
CowDung February 18, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Troy: The 'gerrymandering' really doesn't seem to be as out of line as you think it is. From the Milwaukee Journal's article linked below, it seems that out of the 8 districts, 3 are strong democrat (Districts 2,3,4), 1 (maybe 2) are strong republican (districts 5,6), and 3 or 4 are tossups that narrowly went republican last November. All in all, I don't think that the Republicans have as many 'safe' seats as the democrats do... http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/189585801.html
ann February 18, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Teflon president? Hell, name one black person in position of power who isn't teflon?
CowDung February 18, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Michael McGee comes to mind...
Lyle Ruble February 18, 2013 at 03:35 PM
@ann....Your racist attitudes are coming through loud and clear.
ann February 18, 2013 at 03:39 PM
ah yes, the predictable emotive response from Lyle, the Northshore Nancy.
ann February 18, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Cow, I said in a position of power. His last gig was a DJ at some AM station with 28 listeners.
CowDung February 18, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Think about it Ann. The fact that he isn't Teflon is the biggest reason that he is no longer in a position of power...
ann February 18, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Thought about it cow, McGee was never in a position of power. I am talking about guys like Jesse Jackson JR, Al Sharpton, Obama, Charlie Rangel, etc.
CowDung February 18, 2013 at 04:16 PM
McGee may not have been in power at the national level, but locally was indeed in a position of power. Certainly more powerful than Al Sharpton. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from congress and has agreed to plead guilty to federal conspiracy charges. Charles Rengel was found guilty on 11 ethics charges. They are hardly Teflon...
Lyle Ruble February 18, 2013 at 04:40 PM
@ann....Why do you find a racial identification important if you're not a racist? Ronald Reagan was the original "Teflon President". As far as my response being emotive; I am rationally responding to your emotive statement.
J. B. Schmidt February 18, 2013 at 04:44 PM
@Lyle You are only saying that about Reagan because he is white.
Bob McBride February 18, 2013 at 05:02 PM
I think it breaks down more along party lines than color line. Coming to mind, recently, is Herman Cain, who certainly wasn't cut any slack because of his skin color. Clarence Thomas faced a relentless gauntlet of questioning. Condy Rice and, to a lesser degree, Colin Powell were not spared barbs when they were part of the Bush administration. I do think that if you're black and a Republican, you are treated as a sell-out and as someone working against the best interests of "your people". From that standpoint, I do think there's a racial element to it. As for Jesse Jackson Jr, his situation has been "clouded in mystery" for well over a year. I think, were he not the son of a noted and respected national religious/political figure, the press would have been all over his case and gotten to the bottom of his "problems" a lot sooner. Michael McGee, Sr was, literally, begging to be made an issue of throughout his active career - whatever you may wish to call it. He thrived on being a colorful character bucking authority and he pretty much got what he wanted. Two different cases, both involving black "political personalities" (for lack of a better term), treated in a non-similar fashion for reasons having very little, actually, to do with their race.
Lyle Ruble February 18, 2013 at 05:44 PM
@J.B. Schmidt....I am not the one who labeled Reagan the "Teflon President", that was a general term applied to him at the time. Things were going to hell at the time and none of it stuck to him. I know you worship at the "Alter of Reagan", but you were still in short pants when he was governor and president. What I am pointing out is that Reagan won his second term just as Obama won his second term. Each have their supporters as well as detractors and just as the label of "Teflon President" didn't really apply to Reagan, neither does it apply to Obama. Brian Dey likes to come up with these diatribes to do a little bashing. He and Bottom Line are proving themselves to be no different than Jason, just a right hand version.
J. B. Schmidt February 18, 2013 at 06:11 PM
@Lyle I am going to take this moment to agree with your statement as these opportunities come so infrequently. As Bob states, its more about whether or not the man in power affiliates with your party. I also don't think that Obama has won his reelection because of some slight of hand trick that allowed any level of criminality to slide off. Rather, as I posted above, Obama appears to be 'teflon' because he has no skin in the game. You can't get your neck chopped off if you never stick it out. I will say that I believe Obama has set the stage for a new presidential role. Leadership as we have seen in the past, getting dirty in the trenches, may no longer be politically savvy. He has been able to erect the facade of leadership simply via a constant campaign tour. It would be foolish for a president to get dirty running the country if the country only wants a man who will tell them everything is fine.
Brian Dey February 18, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Lyle- There is a big difference between the re-election of Reagan and the re-election of Obama. Let's start with Reagan carried 49 of the 50 states, won by nearly 20% and had 525 electoral votes. I might add that it was the biggest presidential landslide in history. Reagan received nearly 20 million more votes than Mondale. But let's get to why he won. 1981-1982 brought a recession almost, if not worse than the Bush/Obama recession. But Reagan worked with Congress, which was split with about the same Republican majority as Democrats as Obama's is today, and the Democrats controlling the House with a larger majority than Republicans today. The economy recovered quickly and Reagan and then Speaker Tip O'Neil worked together. Reagan accepted blame for the bombong of the Marines that killed over 250 Marines in Lebanon and also accepted responsibility for Iran-Contra. Obama deied any part of Fast and Furious and out and out lied to the American people about Benghazi. And as far as Teflon, Reagan was considered too be to stupid and too old to be President. The media criticized him like no other President before him. So there is no comparison other than what a leader is: Reagan, and what is not a leader: Obama.
The Anti-Alinsky February 18, 2013 at 11:11 PM
FTT wrote: " Those figure would go down significantly if the “Less Than Do Nothing” Congress would just pass the President’s Jobs Bill." From what I understand, most of the obstruction is in the Harry Reid run Senate. Maybe it's the Democrats, including some that voted against cloture.
The Anti-Alinsky February 18, 2013 at 11:12 PM
And don't think it escaped my notice that you went from "Increased employment" to "It's the Republicans fault" in one comment. You are getting as bad as Ed Schultz.
The Anti-Alinsky February 18, 2013 at 11:16 PM
FTT wrote: "From this very table proves the spending change from when GW Bush was president far outpace that of B. Obama including TARP. " Obama started out at a high level. And that one year of decreased spending is still 15.9% higher than Bush's last year.
The Anti-Alinsky February 18, 2013 at 11:19 PM
FTT wrote: "As well as a map taken from RedState. Meaning Democrats won the majority of the votes in the states but more Republicans won elections thanks to gerrymandered districts. " FTT, we've been over this. Most of the state is a light red, the two big exceptions are Madison and Milwaukee where they are not just blue, they are neon bright blue. If you compare the district from the last redistricting in 2001 to the current one, you would have to say they are similar. AND...the district stood up to the court challenge with one change made between two Milwaukee based Senate seats.
Johnny Blade February 19, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Richard ..but a dollar has a number on it like 100 dollars it is always worth 100 dollars .. silver is just wieghed in troy ounces, it doesn't have a number on it to give the sheep faith .. what will they do?
Johnny Blade February 19, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Hey but President "Drone kill Americans with no trial", won the freakin Nobel peace prize ..We live in the Orwellian Matrix .. I pity the ignorant who just can't see thier own slavery ... the best slave is one who thinks he is free ... we are all debt slaves to the banksters ... The Private banking cartel and the petro-dollar which our military must protect to keep America afloat is destroying us
Johnny Blade February 19, 2013 at 02:13 AM
Oh Mr President Constitutional lawyer who swore an oath to the Constitution wants to executive order the bill of rights away .. Seems like treason .. Oh it is Treason
Steve ® February 19, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Liberal media + low informed liberal media zombies = Obama as president, twice.
abrew February 20, 2013 at 03:26 PM
I love it when a liberal has no argument or facts, they pull out the Fox News card. Classic!
Brian Dey February 20, 2013 at 04:07 PM
But don't you dare pull out the MSNBC card cuz that's real news,..
Brian Dey March 01, 2013 at 12:28 PM
You are so right. Obama is a clown.

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