Obama’s Absence Is His Failure

Justine Bartko Thomas is a new contributor to The Brenner Brief. Her columns will post weekly on Saturdays.

Justine Bartko Thomas is a new contributor to The Brenner Brief. Her columns will post weekly on Saturdays.

It seems that Obama is once again campaigning — this time, at the bargaining tables to try to avoid the fiscal cliff. But, the Republicans aren’t buying it.

If they do not come to some sort of agreement this could put the economy in a recession. Obama’s target now is the everyday people, focusing on a toy manufacturer in Philadelphia yesterday. He is hoping this trip along with others in the planning stages will put pressure on Congress to reach an agreement before the January tax cuts expire.

Is it me, or should Obama be a little more concerned about what is going on in Congress rather than traipsing around the countryside ?

This past week, meetings U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice held with Senate Republicans seemed to heighten their concern with her over her comments on the  Sep. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

It seems that the Republicans do not trust Rice, now more than ever.

Bottom line, I’m more disturbed now than I was before.

~Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-SC)

Graham,  John McCain (R-AZ) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) issued a statement:

We are disturbed by the Administration’s continued inability to answer even the most basic questions about the Benghazi attack and the Administration’s response. Beyond Ambassador Rice’s misstatements, we continue to have questions about what happened in Benghazi before, during, and after the attack on our consulate — as well as the President’s statements regarding the attack.

Obama has defended Rice repeatedly, and is reportedly still considering her for secretary of state.

Rice met with the three Senators in a closed-door meeting hoping to smooth over any animosity on the Benghazi attack. In addition, she sought to gain credibility among the Republicans and help to push the votes needed to support her bid to be secretary of state.

But, the looming question still is, what about the fiscal cliff?

With all these other issues that seem to be “popping up,” it is running the clock out on any possible agreements between the parties.  Obama is running around the countryside, and not taking the seriousness of this situation in to account. It appears that Obama is purposefully avoiding making difficult decisions. He was reelected to lead, and needs to get back to the White House to do just that.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich explains how he got the job done with former President Bill Clinton:

Now, if only Obama could figure that out.


  1. There are certain “givens” in this world: (1) President Obama now has to claim the economy as his own. He can no longer blame it on President Bush. (2) President Obama does not know how to lead. He knows how to campaign, hence, his current jaunt around the country. (3) President Obama and his team duped the 51% of the voters in this country when they took the election. In Ohio, a lot of people who voted for the President and are, incidentally, receiving food stamps, are very surprised to discover that their food stamp amounts are being reduced by $50 (http://www.toledoblade.com/State/2012/11/12/Ohioans-food-stamp-aid-to-be-cut.html). People in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio are surprised that their coal mines are actually closing down instead of being given a reprieve (http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-robert-murray-layoff-prayer-20121109,0,1733895.story). Promises made about the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare) have been proven incorrect before the Act even really goes into effect (http://blog.heritage.org/2012/02/27/obamacares-top-5-broken-promises/). If people believe that things will be different in this term than they were in the past term, they need to get a firm grasp on reality and see that the President has an agenda that does not bode well for our country or the residents of the United States. The United States of America is now a thing of the past, and I fear it is something we will never be able to recover.

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