“I praise loudly. I blame softly.” – Catherine The Great
Tale as old as time: the blame game. Politics, if boiled down, amounts to a match in which the person who emerges with the least blame, gets the gold. That’s not to assume that there are those who come out of the political world blameless. After all, you can’t jump into a pool of blood in a white suit, and expect to come out clean. True leadership, however, doesn’t simply rest on blame, but delights in new ideas. A true sign of weakness is assigning blame when under pressure. Catherine The Great was an intelligent, and forceful leader, but I would change the above quote just a hair to reflect the current man in the White House.
“I praise (myself) loudly. I blame (others) loudly.”
Obama is the Blamer in Chief, if there ever was one. In fact, blaming is Obama’s tell. Like I mentioned before, assigning blame when under pressure is often an indication of weakness. Has there ever been an argument in the history of the world in which the person who is in the right shifts focus? No. When I am in an argument in which I know I am correct, I have a laser focus. There is never a need to pivot if you are in possession of the winning argument. So I have to wonder every time Obama shifts the focus onto someone, or something else, what is he trying to hide?
Obama’s most recent focus shifting has to do with the Bowe Bergdahl trade. You know, the deal in which Obama traded five dangerous America haters for one traitor? Yeah, that one. After a tidal wave of much deserved heat, Obama has now laid the blame at the feet of another. According to The Daily Mail:
“Final approval for the prisoner exchange that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was made by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, members of Congress learned on Monday from White House officials. ‘They indicated (it was) Secretary Hagel (who made the final call),’ Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) said after a classified briefing, ABC points out.”
Oh, so now Hagel is to blame for the trade everyone is outraged by. Thats interesting. At first, Obama was very stern in his defense of the Bergdahl trade, mentioning how no soldier is left behind, etc. But now that the heat has been turned up significantly, and it appears as though this newly minted scandal is going to hurt his legacy, and the chances of a 2016 Clinton presidential run, Obama has deflected blame to poor little Hagel. It’s really Hagel’s fault. After all, he had the final say. Please.
Obama thinks that he can just say it was really Hagel’s fault, and the American people will buy it. This isn’t 2008. The American people are wising up a bit. You can’t praise yourself one minute, and then quickly blame someone else when the milk goes sour. Obama knows that this trade was a massive mistake, so he’s flailing. We can’t let that happen; we need to turn up the heat.