Lyles: Where is our commander in chief?
By Dick Lyles
After 2008, anyone who thought the major television networks or national news publications would not be acutely biased for Mr. Obama in 2012 simply wasn’t paying attention. But how many thought the blind devotion to their pro-Obama, anti-Romney mantra would permeate so-called news reporting to the current levels?
During his presidency (and during his brief stint as U.S. senator) Mr. Obama proved his skill set is limited to campaigning — not leading. And he can only do that well when he uses a Teleprompter. Take that away and his true philosophies emerge to work against him. Remember his impromptu gaffs such as, “those people cling to their Bibles and their guns,” and “you didn’t build that?” But now that his campaign is failing, the extent to which the major media is covering for him is preposterous. Look at two recent examples.
Every poll (including Mr. Obama’s internal polls) shows that if Mr. Obama’s performance becomes the issue, he loses in a landslide. Accordingly, the Obama campaign spent about $150 million so far this year on what everyone (except the hardcore Obama Kool-Aid drinkers) agrees is the meanest, angriest, most divisive, personal-attack-focused and dishonest media assault in history.
Yet despite these record-setting vicious attacks, most polls show Mr. Romney holding his own. Rasmussen, which was the only poll even close to predicting the last election, has Mr. Romney up by three points. This is an amazing campaign fete by any standards.
Yet the national media has spun this with criticism saying “Romney must not be a good candidate if he can’t separate himself more from Obama after all this campaigning.” Maybe Mr. Romney knows something these “news” hacks don’t. The election is in November, not September. He doesn’t need to win now, he needs to win then. To stay close enough to win or be slightly ahead now is a major victory, given the assaults he has endured. The second issue has to with the most recent attacks on our embassies in the Middle East. The administration proclaims these attacks are not attacks against America or the Obama administration, despite the fact that the protestors are killing American diplomatic staff, burning American flags and shouting “death to Obama.” They are not burning DVDs, attacking YouTube or, smashing their computers in response to a video most people have never seen.
Emerging evidence clearly shows the recent attacks were planned in advance and were orchestrated to commence on September 11. They were not spontaneous and coincidental. According to Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif in an NPR interview, “The idea that this criminal and cowardly act was a spontaneous protest that just spun out of control is completely unfounded and preposterous. We firmly believe that this was a pre-calculated, pre-planned attack that was carried out specifically to attack the U.S. Consulate.”
How should America respond? I agree with Kirsten Powers who says how not respond: “… our leaders shouldn’t let our enemies know that when they kill our people and attack our embassies that the US Government will act like a battered wife making excuses for her psychotic husband.” Under Mr. Obama the battered wife syndrome has become America’s current pathology. He’s saying, “Go ahead. Beat us up. We’ll make excuses for you and probably even support your misguided aims.”
No one now expects Mr. Obama to lead in the formulation of an American response. He clearly lacks the skills. But he should at least participate in forming a response rather than continuing to campaign uninterrupted. We need a commander in chief, not a chair left empty by a “campaigner in chief.”
Dick Lyles, a Poway resident, is a business/management consultant and best-selling author.
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