One of the most important — and weirdest — tools in the Obama toolbox has been his ability to pretend to not be President. The most recent manifestation? His guidelines for 21st Century Policing.
Oh, but were Obama President why, these guidelines could be used to help mend American communities troubled by anti-police sentiment. Gee whiz, he’s got it all figured out. Do a little of this, a little of that and presto, American inner cities would be postcard perfect examples of good police-community relations.
Yes, it’s at this point in the article some mouth-breathing, snaggle-toothed progressive is scratching the fuzz on his face and saying something that starts with “Well, George Bush”. Check. Got it. Thing is, George Bush hasn’t been President in almost eight years. Got it?
It’s as though the Obama administration has had nothing to do at all with Trayvon Martin, Ferguson, Freddie Gray, or any other instance in which he or a member of his team has decided to come out of the woodwork to denounce “police” acting “stupidly”. It’s as if his Justice Department hasn’t been dispatched routinely to municipalities across America to all but take over local police departments.
That’s how progressives behave, as if Obama hasn’t been involved in any of this until the release of his guidelines for policing. Another way to look at it — imagine Obama as the Captain of a cruise ship. The ship drifts into hazardous waters. He dithers around. Sends his mates and hands to meddle. He pops in and offers up navigation advice that is neither helpful nor impartial. The ship drifts further into dangerous seas. Impending calamity is evident. Then he assembles his crew and passengers and presents them with his own 21st Century Guidelines for Getting Us out of this Mess. Hooray! He’s rescued us all. Give that Obama fellow an S to wear on his chest!
Or, start treating him in a factually accurate way. He has been President since he was sworn into office January 2009. Treat him that way.