I, like a lot of other people, was incredulous yesterday at the sight of the current holder of the presidency walking to a podium with a past holder of the office and then with a hearty pat on the back and a handshake announced he was off to a party with his wife, leaving the former president to face a press corps and answer questions about what is arguably the number one issue on everyone's mind.
This was more then somebody stepping up to bolster his position on a piece of pending legislation, it was a complete handoff of responsibility and authority. Never before in American politics have we ever seen a more open display of a man overwhelmed by the office. Now that the shock of watching him walk off has subsided, I am left to wonder what all of our enemies are thinking today.
In the eyes of the world we cannot but appear to be a wounded animal, limping away looking for the security of a hidden burrow. To be witness to the spectacle of who is supposed to be the leader of a nation just turning over power like that, with all of the trappings of the office on display like the podium and seal in the background, any foreigner who doesn't speak English or only witnessed this event with no sound probably would have come to the conclusion that the current president was resigning and turning the office over to a predecessor.
Now is the time to get scared. If Obama cannot hold up to the blathering of his left wing former supporters, who are never happy anyway, how can we expect him to face down the more serious enemies we face? I am once again experiencing the shame of being an American that I felt during the Carter years. I don't know, people, but the next two years are going to be fraught with peril and threats from internal as well as external parties. The sharks are smelling more then blood in the water now, they are picking up the vibrations of severely wounded prey and soon they will quit circling and move in for the kill.