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Obama’s whining is puerile

11:35 AM, May 26, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Barack Obama, at an exclusive fundraiser last night in San Francisco for Senator Barbara Boxer:

Let's face it this has been the toughest year and a half since any year and a half since the 1930s.

This is the most revealing comment Obama has made publicly in a long while. It shows his self-absorption and utter lack of a sense of history. 

Sure, FDR had a tough ‘30s with the economy and all, but by the time the ‘40s hit, it was smooth sailing. (What’s worse: the Nazis and the threat of world-dominating totalitarianism or the obstructionist Republicans?) And President Harry Truman really had an easy time ending World War II, and having to nuke the Japanese. President Dwight Eisenhower only had the Korean War to worry about – and who remembers that, anyway? JFK and LBJ had Vietnam – not to mention the worry that the Russians might nuke America from Cuba, or any other place in the world, etc., etc., etc.

Obama’s whining is puerile. One does hope it’s been the toughest year and a half he’s ever had. He is the president, and it’s a job that requires a bit of work. But to treat the previous presidents with so little respect is unbecoming. Sure, he has two wars to fight – just as his predecessor did – and a global struggle against radical Islam. But he isn’t even focusing (with a few exceptions) on these events. What seems to have him down is that he has a political opposition resisting his agenda. 

The presidency is a job that you really have to want in order to get. The last thing people want to hear from a president is even an iota of self-pity.

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