Obama’s ‘Excellence’ Problem

The changes in direction of President Obama’s rhetoric from year to year are so dizzying that I hope Dramamine is fully covered under the new health care law.

The latest line is how America should always lead the world and that nothing short of excellence and total economic victory is acceptable:

There’s a new slogan in town, and it’s a winner.

At least that’s what President Barack Obama has in mind.

The president unveiled his “Winning the Future” mantra in his State of the Union address, and now the upbeat but amorphous phrase is part of every speech, policy and pronouncement coming out of the administration.
There’s no room for losers is the implicit flip side of the message.

“We’ve got to up our game,” Obama told a crowd in Wisconsin.

The nation must ensure “America is still on top” in a decade, the president said on YouTube.

“Winning the Future” of course gave Sarah Palin an spot-on acronym to work with, and I also think that Obama owes Newt Gingrich some money for use of the slogan.

Pardon my disbelief in Obama’s sudden commitment to American excellence, because that clarion call comes from the same person who once said this:

We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.

And this:

“In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world,”

Suddenly Obama is channeling Vince Lombardi and saying, “For America, winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”? Sorry if I’m not buying.

Author: Doug Powers

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