Mitt Romney, as of late, seems to be right about many of the issues he debated with Obama about during the 2012 elections. From Russia to Iraq, time has proven to be an enemy of Obama's foreign policies. Russia has already annexed Crimea from Ukraine and is currently being sanctioned by the western world for it's current actions in Eastern Ukraine. Romney predicted Russia as a "geopolitical foe" after Obama sent him a zinger, "The 1980's called and they want their foreign policies back. The Cold War has been over for 20 years." Despite Obama's denial, we may be heading into ANOTHER Cold War.
From the economy, which is not as strong as is being reported, to the dysfunction in Washington, Obama seems to be losing his ability to lead the country in a unified direction. For all the promises he made during his 2008 and 2012 campaigns, Americans should be disappointed with the results. The middle class is disappearing, an unprecedented number of individuals are on government aid, and the "recovery" that has taken place has benefited those at the top, not those on "main street." I understand Congress is a mess and cannot get anything accomplished but could it have anything to do with how Obama interacts with them? Leadership matters. Or lack thereof. Fish stinks from the head down. Bill Clinton got a lot done even though he had a difficult Congress to work with.
I don't have a major problem with Obama being wrong with his foreign policies and I cannot blame him completely for what is going on with the economy, but I have a major problem with his lack of leadership. Obama has golfed over 200 times since taking office and vacations more than any other president in recent memory (Bush too). He decided to attend a scheduled two week vacation at Martha's Vineyard while Israel and Gaza are at war and while the Ferguson protests have unraveled into chaos. Where is his leadership? Where is his presence? When people die and the world is on fire, his presence means something. Even foreign leaders have criticized his absence. United Kingdom Prime Minister, David Cameron, cancelled his vacation after news broke about the horrific beheading of American Journalist James Foley. Obama decided to continue with his vacation despite so many domestic and foreign crises unfolding.
ISIS is also slaughtering "infidels" by the hundreds and Boko Haram is still terrorizing Nigeria. And our border is still a sieve and comprehensive immigration reform has not been implemented. If I, as an American, cannot board a plan without going through extensive security, why are people allowed to cross our borders at will? Remember, Obama was more interested in attending fundraisers in Colorado and Texas than he was making a trip to the border. He was FUNDRAISING for the midterm elections while the border situation escalated. Both Democrats and Republicans should be pissed. Its not a political issue, it is a leadership issue.
I can't imagine how difficult it is being the President of the United States, but Obama wanted and accepted the job. And Americans elected him based on the promises he made to us all. Hope and Change. Hope is a passing thought and change has not been for the better, thus far. I would never take a vacation at work if my company were in chaos. I would cancel my vacation and ensure things are taken care of. Is asking the President of the United States of America to be leader during times of chaos too much to ask?
Obama once said, "The bargain that any president strikes with is, you give me this office and in turn my, fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure is gone," Obama said. "I am giving myself to you."
The reality of the matter is summed up by a funny Jimmy Fallon joke, "A new survey finds that 75% of Americans don't use up all of their vacation days. While the rest apparently loan them to President Obama. He's on vacation again!"
By the way, I was hopeful Obama would make necessary changes to our country but I am utterly disappointed.