Brutal Week For Obama, The Worst Of His Presidency


obama2By Charles Hurt

The past seven brutal days will go down as one of the worst weeks in history for a sitting president. It certainly has been, without any doubt, the worst week yet for President Obama.

Somehow, Mr. Obama managed to embarrass himself abroad, humiliate himself here at home, see his credentials for being elected so severely undermined that it raises startling questions about whether he should have been elected in the first place – let alone be re-elected later this year.


• Last Friday, Mr. Obama wandered into the killing of Trayvon Martin. Aided by his ignorance of the situation, knee-jerk prejudices and tendency toward racial profiling, Mr. Obama played a heavy hand in elevating a tragic situation in which a teenager was killed into a full-blown hot race fight.

Americans, he admonished, need to do some “soul-searching.” And then, utterly inexplicably, he veered off into this bizarre tangent about how he and the poor dead kid look so much alike they could be father and son. It was election-year race-pandering gone horribly wrong.

• By the start of this week, Mr. Obama had fled town and was racing to the other side of the planet just as the Supreme Court was taking up the potentially-embarrassing matter of Obamacare. While in South Korea he was caught on a hidden mic negotiating with the president of our longest-standing rival on how to sell America and her allies down the river once he gets past the next election.

• Meanwhile, back at home, the Supreme Court took up the single most important achievement of Mr. Obama’s presidency and, boy, was it embarrassing. The great constitutional law professor, it turns out, may not quite be the wizard he told us he was.

By most accounts, Mr. Obama and his stuttering lawyers were all but laughed out of the courthouse. They were even stumbling over softball questions lobbed by Mr. Obama’s own hand-picked justices.

• Mr. Obama closed his week pulling off a nearly unimaginable feat: He managed to totally and completely unify the nastily-fighting Democrats and Republicans in Congress. Late Wednesday night, they unanimously voted – 414 to zip – to reject the budget Mr. Obama had presented, leaving him not even a thin lily’s blade to hide behind.

So, in one week, Mr. Obama got caught whispering promises to our enemy, incited a race war, raised serious questions about his understanding of the Constitution, and then got smacked down over his proposed budget that was so wildly reckless that even Democrats in Congress could not support it.

It was as if you lumped Hurricane Katrina and the Abu Ghraib abuses into one week for George W. Bush. And added on top of that the time he got caught cursing on a hot mic.

Even then, it wouldn’t be as bad as Mr. Obama’s week. You would probably also have to toss in the time Mr. Bush’s father threw up into the lap of Japan’s prime minister. Only then might we be approaching how bad a week it was for Mr. Obama.

Not that you will see any trace of embarrassment in the face of Mr. Obama. He has mastered the high political art of shamelessness, wearing it smugly and cockily. Kind of like a hoodie.

{The Washington Times/ Newscenter}


  1. Good piece. I’m mystified, though, as to how Obama started the race war. I thought it was Sharpton who did that. What did Obama do or say that caused the race war?

  2. Not so sure this piece is worth commenting on. The next president of the U.S. will be rolling around in 4+ years time. The Republicans as usual come up with the most lame candidates. Bob Dole, John Mccain, even Bush was no groisa mitzea, and well Romney isn’t much of a candidate. what chance does he really have? And besides Obama didn’t really gaffe all that badly, this editorial is dreaming. If he would have brought poll numbers I would have said okay maybe, but he didn’t even do that.

  3. “Brutal Week For Obama, The Worst Of His Presidency”

    It’s been a few brutal years under his watch!

    here’s wishing him continued and even greater such weeks and in a Years time we will have a President of The United States!

  4. Halevai vaiter. He should continue with poor ratings until he’s voted out of office.
    Although this piece is biased, find one media piece which is not! The liberal media gives him a free ticket for whatever he does, not matter how low he stoops. Let’s hear it from the other side once in a while!
    Btw Chicago doesn’t want him back.


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