Thursday 27 October 2016

If the US was a rental, Obama would pay for the damage

Published 25/09/2016 | 02:30

U.S. President Barack Obama. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters
U.S. President Barack Obama. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

There's an old rule of thumb which goes like this - leave it as you find it.

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It's a handy guide for life and makes everything easier for everyone. It doesn't always work out like that, of course.

If America was a rental car, Obama would be made pay for the damage when he finally returns it in November.

Has there been a more disappointing president in our lifetime? You could argue that George Bush was worse, but in terms of sheer disappointment, nothing compares to O.

His predecessor came into office in the wake of the voting scandal and despite winning a second term, he seemed to lurch from crisis to the next.

Obama, on the other hand, arrived on a wave of genuine optimism and, yes, hope.

He was young, bright, charismatic and I know plenty of Americans who were happy to vote for him the first time. But they didn't vote for him the second time, and most are now just weary of his reign and want him gone.

As you read this, American cities are once again burning in riots not seen since Rodney King.

He has managed to sow discord in almost every section of American society.

But even though Obama looks like he is even more eager to leave the gig than his critics are, he seems determined to leave a legacy of avoidance and appeasement.

His assertion this week that climate change increases terrorism is a case in point.

People have always fought over resources. But in all the threats and justifications given by ISIS or their acolytes in the West, I've never heard any of them blame climate change. Lots about gays and Israel and how the West is decadent. But nothing on climate change.

My God - are ISIS climate deniers?

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