Obama Lowers The Bar

Joseph Curl wasn’t too impressed with President Obama’s final news conference of 2013. But I’m sure Obama was happy it was the last time he had to face the American people after such a dismal year.

Anyway, Curl noticed that Obama’s kind of lowered the bar for himself going forward.

One truly has to wonder how the vaunted White House staff of advisers and sycophants came up with the battle plan for Friday’s presser, the last of a terrible year: “Hey, what if he goes out, lists all the things he did wrong, apologizes repeatedly, then promises to do better next year? Anyone? OK, how about he goes out and makes a few balloon animals. C’mon, gimme’ some help, people!”

Sure, he had a compliant press filling the White House briefing room, ready to lob softballs, but still, he’d have to explain a lot: The Obamacare mess, the NSA spying debacle, America’s appeasement of Iran, the gridlock on Capitol Hill that he engendered — the list goes on and on. Perhaps that explains why he was nearly 20 minutes late to his own press conference.

Right at the open, this: “When you take this altogether, has this been the worst year of your presidency?” a reporter asked.

Mr. Obama dodged, blaming Congress for inaction. But then he named two things his administration got exactly right. “We don’t always get attention for it,” he said before citing the “ConnectEd” program and a “manufacturing hub that we set up in Youngstown.” So there, America, it isn’t all bad news.

That, it seems, is the president’s new mantra. “At this point, my goal every single day is just to make sure that I can look back and say we’re delivering something.” Just “something.” Pretty low bar, that. (Read More)

Oh, and in case you’re wondering if Obama has done any work during his extended vacation, he has. He signed an executive order giving pay raises to federal employees. Feel better now?