The past two weeks will go down as the worst weeks of the Obama presidency. Obama managed to embarrass himself abroad, humiliate himself at home, reinforcing the underlying feeling that he shouldn't have been elected in the first place, let alone be re-elected later this year.
To begin with Obama responded to the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida, by showing off his ignorance of the situation, and knee-jerk hatred of white America. Obama elevated a tragic situation in which a teenager was killed inciting a full-blown race war. Americans need to do some “soul-searching” Obama claimed, and then went off on a bizarre monologue about how he and the poor dead kid look so much alike they could be father and son. Spike Lee couldn't have portrayed better the message that Obama carelessly articulated by sending racial relations back 25 years.
Obama taking his cue from his campaign managers and fled abroad to South Korea only to be picked up by a microphone apparently not knowing that it was open. Obama remarked to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have more room to negotiate on the issue of America's missile defense in Europe after the November presidential election. "This is my last election," Obama was heard telling Medvedev, Russia's outgoing president. "After my election, I have more flexibility." What's amazing is how Obama consistently forfeits projecting American power abroad and uses every opportunity to make concessions to America's longest standing rival selling America and her allies down the river.
Meanwhile back in Washington, the Supreme Court took up the potentially-embarrassing matter of Obamacare, the single most important program of the Obama presidency. By all accounts, Obama and his lawyers contesting the case before the Supreme Court were all but laughed out of the courthouse. Even Obama's own hand picked justices couldn't help themselves by questioning whether Obamacare is constitutionally legal.
Ending these two weeks, Obama pulled off the unimaginable. He managed to totally and completely unify Democrats and Republicans in Congress to vote in unison against the President of the Unites States. Late last Wednesday night, they unanimously voted — 414 to zip — to reject the budget Obama had presented. Not one elected congressional representative voted in favor of Obama. Only a President Obama could muster across the board rejection of a projected budget, not one Democrat and not one Republican supported the Obama budget.
During Obama's latest 10 days of self-destruction, something exciting happened on the way to Election Day. The Republican candidate Mitt Romney tightened his grip on the Republican nomination this past week with a sweep of the primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia, and found himself in his first direct engagement with President Obama.
In some respect, this past week signaled the beginning of the general election. Obama for the first time singled Mr. Romney out by name, during a major address dedicated to the budget. Obama, using a mocking tone referring to perceptions of Romney's elite pedigree represents a sudden but much-thought-out shift concerning the coming national elections. Mr. Romney took his turn to strike general election themes. “President Obama thinks he’s doing a good job — I’m not kidding,” Mr. Romney said, speaking with a huge American flag behind him. “It’s enough to make you think that after years of flying around on Air Force One, surrounded by an adoring staff of true believers telling you what a great job you are doing, well, that might be enough to make you a little out of touch.”
At the very same time, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie kicked off his first official overseas meeting Israel's leader in a visit that may boost the rising Republican star's foreign policy credentials ahead of November's presidential election. Christie, has been mentioned as a potential vice presidential candidate in 2012, making a Romney/Christie ticket the most creditable Republican threat to defeat Obama's re-election. This past October Christie endorsed Mitt Romney's bid for president, ending months of speculation over whether he would run. He hasn't said yet whether he'll seek re-election as governor next year, leaving the door open to a vice presidential bid.
Governor Christies was quoted expressing some very down to earth and common sense thoughts that we in Israel feel are sorely lacking in the Obama administration. “There should be unambiguous policies standing for Israel,” Christie said. “The problems Israel is facing cannot be solved without unambiguous American commitment to Israeli security and prosperity."
"Our partnership with Israel is not based on generosity but because they have earned our support."
“Rather than use cute words and phrases, our commitment to Israel should be unambiguous and easily understood. If the world sees that solidarity, peace will be easier to achieve, not harder.
“It’s very important for you to know what you don’t know,” Christie said. “I am not going to stand here and pretend I have answers to questions that people with more experience than me don’t know. But there are general principles that our country stands for – our country was founded on pluralism, liberty and freedom and we should be standing with those in the world who stand for those principles.”
The time has arrived finally for the Republican party to get together and present a united front, a Romney/Christie ticket can galvanize the American public by providing an authentic alternative to voters who cannot bring themselves to vote for Obama again and repeat the mistake of 2008.