Barack Obama has officially been president for five years. At this point, you would think he would “own” his presidency. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case.
The president has become infamous for his excuses – ATMs, George Bush – but recently he resurrected a familiar excuse: skin color. He told the New Yorker Magazine, "There's no doubt that there's some folks who just really dislike me because they don't like the idea of a black President. Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I'm a black President."
Has it ever occurred to him that there are many Americans who are not bothered in the least by skin color but see his policies and practices as destroying the very country they love so much? Worried about the freedoms and opportunities that will be enjoyed by our grandchildren, many Americans fear that Obama's policies (not his skin color) represent a threat to our future.
For example, CNS News has a story marking Obama's fifth year in office. According to their calculations, “Under President Barack Obama, the total debt of the U.S. government has increased by approximately $1,608,304 for each of the 4,130,665 babies born in the United States in 2009, the year Obama took office … The $104,300,803,895,565 the federal government would borrow during the lifetimes of babies born in 2009—if the government were to continue to borrow at the annual pace of $1,328,672,661,090 it maintained in Obama’s first five years—would equal approximately $25,250,366 for each of those babies.”
Where is the moral outrage over this kind of spending? Obama has a real opportunity to lead on issues such as this, but chooses not to. That is an outrage at the expense of our children's futures.
According to Gallup, Obama's fifth year job approval rating averaged just 45.8%. To put that into perspective: “Obama's fifth-year approval average is in the lower range. It is similar to George W. Bush's 45.7%, but lower than those for Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. Obama's fifth-year average exceeds Richard Nixon's 41.1% in the year ending Jan. 19, 1974.”