I have increasingly noticed the change in tone on Sunday mornings. The endless parade of news talk shows on network and cable channels seems to be getting shriller and shriller when the subject is President Barack Obama’s performance.
Not long ago, one usually informative roundtable, for example, focused on the problem with Syria. What started out as a question of international security quickly became a point of how the President was handling the nervy situation. While the notable panelists stopped short of taking the President to task, the theme seemed to be that he was a) not doing enough b) might wind up doing too much and c) wasn’t being decisive in his rhetoric.The panelists admitted that they, too, weren’t sure what he should do about it.
That sort of sums up the POTUS’ quagmire. He is a lame-duck president — that’s the term we keep hearing and will continue to hear throughout his second term. The President will never run again for the White House, so he is helpless to get anything done, especially in the area of gun-control legislation. This has been a constant theme, too. Some of the flak is well deserved.
Before anything else, Barack Obama comes across these days as an easy target. He is low-hanging fruit right now. It’s arguable that he is a much better campaigner than administrator but he wouldn’t be the first White House resident with that credential.
Maureen Dowd, seeking to reclaim her perch as the media’s chief class wit, came after Obama as well. In a biting column, she accused him of failing to act as a genuine leader — again, her criticism is valid but she also did go after quite a convenient target.
Immediately after the Boston Marathon/national security story and angle dissolved, President Obama became The Main Event again on Sunday morning news shows. He will continue to be, of course.
It would be interesting if any of the illustrious panel shows took a different tack, though, and gave the President the benefit of the doubt, for a change.