Trillions of debt, the evisceration of our military, the destruction of alliances, the bolstering of enemies; the weakest recovery on record; new records set –highest number of people on food stamps, disability rolls and the lowest worker participation rate in modern history; the stacking of federal courts so his agenda will outlive his presidency. He has succeeded in his goal of “fundamentally transforming America.” Actually, he has exceeded beyond even his own wildest dream; he has fundamentally transformed the world, with Russia running rampant, Al Qaeda and its offshoot ISIS controlling more resources and territory than ever before; Iran inches from becoming an apocalypse-seeking nuclear power.
But now his record of failure is gaining on him. His Gallup Poll numbers are the lowest of his presidency; people do not trust him to tell the truth and think he is incompetent and a bad leader. Even the media is deserting him. Or at least their collective delirium has passed. How has he responded?
Has he worked with others to fix problems? Has he toughed it out, put in extra hours, endured the pain and the setbacks and made the compromises that meeting and overcoming a challenge often bring? Has he followed John F. Kennedy’s ringing declaration about America’s choice to seek to land a man on the moon (and the mission to do other things) not because they are easy but “because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”
Has he even worked any harder at all?
The answer is self-evident. He has not put in extra hours or burned the midnight oil; if anything, his second term has been one endless vacation, in the words of Mathew Continetti. His ego has seemingly, finally, been beaten; superseded and eclipsed by the id, Freud’s pleasure part of the brain.