Obama the Legacy-Hunter
On June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy stood behind a long table on the steps of the Rathaus Schöneberg in West Berlin, Germany speaking to an estimated crowd of 450,000 West Berliners when he uttered the German words, “ich bin ein Berliner.”
Kennedy had said, “I am a Berliner.” In doing so he said with deliberate impact and brevity just exactly who our allies were and who they weren’t.
Deep into the Cold War and deeper in the heart of the divided city of Berlin, the forces of freedom clashed with the enslavers of socialism. The East German government, a proxy government of the Soviet Union, built the Berlin Wall not to stop western spies from entering their country as they claimed, but to stop East Berliners from fleeing theirs.
Standing against evil empires is not for the faint of heart.
President Ronald Reagan did so again 20 years later on March 8, 1983 in a speech to the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida when he referred to the then Soviet Union as the “evil empire.” Like Kennedy, Reagan made the contrast between free and enslaved, good and evil.
A few years later on June 12, 1987 at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, Reagan would directly challenge the totalitarian oppression of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc European nations by stating unequivocally and directly to Mikhail Gorbachev; “if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
The lines were drawn with unmistaken clarity and the enemy was called out with specificity for who he was. These lines were not blurred or clouded in any way.
On November 9, 1989 the Berlin Wall came down. On December 26, 1991 the Soviet Union was dissolved.
Now our “legacy-hunter in-Chief”, Barack Obama is in Cuba paying homage to the communist, military dictatorship of Raul Castro, brother to the freedom-hating and savage revolutionary Fidel Castro. Obama is seeking a legacy and make no doubt about it that his trip has nothing to do with defeating evil, and everything to do with gaining an historical, presidential footnote.
The Obama Administration has taken extraordinary steps to open the doors of friendship with Cuba. Having been shut out of diplomatic relations since Fidel Castro’s reign of terror from 1953 to 1959, when he led a revolt to overthrow the Cuban government of Fulgencia Batista and install a communist paradise, Obama thinks it important to treat them as a friend.
What’s in it for America? Nothing. Cuba has absolutely nothing to offer the U.S, and there is no credible evidence that it benefits our nation to engage Cuba.
Next question; what’s in it for Obama? A legacy moment to add to his Nobel Peace Prize he received for being black.
In 2015, the Obama team, led by Secretary of State John Kerry, negotiated quite possibly the worst nuclear deal with the Iranian’s, even trumping Clinton’s North Korea nuclear debacle from the 90’s.
The deal bars U.S. nuclear inspectors from inspecting Iran’s nuclear sites, lift’s economic sanctions against Iran releasing $150 billion in revenue that can be pumped into Iranian state terrorism or missile technology, allows Iran to engage in arms deals with Russia and China, and requires a 24-day notification window of any nuclear site to be inspected of which Iran can attempt to block.
If that’s not giving away the farm, along with the farmer’s daughters, then the Moon is made of cheese, Pinocchio speaks only the truth, and Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West is a Victoria’s Secret angel.
When the deal was done, Obama was carving another notch in his legacy belt.
Finally, let us not forget the apology tour of Barack Obama. He circumvented the globe from France, to the G-20 Summit, to the America’s, and across the Muslim world where he has offered up the United States in shame and disgrace for every wrong Obama could pin on us.
There are nine months left in the Obama presidency and it’s highly unlikely that he’s done offering up America as a sacrifice for his legacy.
Currently, the U.S. has a help wanted job notice out. Several have applied and American citizens are now reviewing their resumes to determine the right mix of experience, capabilities, and results. What’s mostly sought after is real results-driven leadership.
Legacy-hunters need not apply.