Barack Obama speaks of the presidency as though it were his birthright.
What else are we to make of his constant harping on all the problems he “inherited.”
Obama keeps whining about how he “inherited” a bad economy. When need be, he whines about how he “inherited” a bad situation in Iraq and Afghanistan.
His rationale for re-election is that he has done the best he could under the circumstances he “inherited.”
The point has been made before, often enough, that no one inherits the American presidency. America is not a hereditary monarchy.
Obama is president because he wanted the job, lusted after the job, competed for the job and even fought for the job.
Of course, he did try to persuade voters that the job was his by right. In many cases he succeeded. He might succeed again. Still, he did not inherit the office of the presidency or the challenges that come with it.
Yet, Obama continues to complain about the situation he inherited because he is a master at shifting the blame. When something goes wrong it is never his fault.
Digging a little deeper we could add that if Obama has the feeling that he inherited the presidency, then perhaps he is signaling that the job he thought he would have is not the job he does have.
Considering how little Obama knew about the functioning of the federal government it makes sense that he was running for a phantasm of a job, not the real thing.
Once he found himself in the Oval Office he did not know who he was, where he was, or what he had to do to fulfill the terms of a job that was differed radically from what he had imagined.
By saying that the job is not what he wanted and not what he asked for, he is admitting, unconsciously, that the job is largely beyond his abilities.
Were he to do the honorable thing Obama would not run for a second term. But that would not be the Obama way.
Our president wants to be re-elected because he wants the American people to declare him a great success, his record notwithstanding. As a product of a self-esteemist culture, Obama seems to believe that if enough people can be conned into thinking that he is doing a great job, then he is doing a great job.
Or, at least, he is doing the best that could have been done under the circumstances.
All the while, Obama is basing his re-election campaign on the unspoken premise that his opponent sees the presidency as his birthright.
You can't get more shameless.