If you don’t read Toby Harnden’s articles in the the UK’s Telegraph, you should. Whereas the media here in the U.S. willfully ignores much of the mess that is the Obama Administration, the Brits wade right in — and get it right. In a piece entitled “Barack Obama must stop campaigning and start governing,” Mr. Harnden nails it:
Essentially, however, Mr Obama won because of his persona – post-racial, healing, cool, articulate and inspirational. In a sense, therefore, his greatest achievement in life is being Barack Obama. Or the campaign version, at least.
Therein lies the problem: Mr. Obama has achieved virtually nothing. We knew he was an empty suit during the 2008 Election, and it seems he is working hard every day to prove us right. Post-racial? Yes, to everyone but the Democrats. Healing? Sure, just ask the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Cool? Arctic, actually. Articulate? Uh, let me be clear . . . not so much. Inspirational? Well, yes, he has inspired millions of previously uninvolved Americans to get politically active in an attempt to stop the over-reach of the Federal government (i.e., Mr. Obama himself).
Failing to move forward from the candidate persona into a confident leader is a major misstep for the President. He uses the previous administration as a crutch, but it’s far past the time to put down that crutch and take ownership of the harsh realties facing our nation. Rhetoric has carried him these last nine months, but if he continues this bland leadership style, it will carry him right back home to Illinois in 2013.