The Pardu

The Pardu
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Friday, September 25, 2015

A Week in US History With Few Equals. The Common Thread: Barack Obama

.....the man, the leader, the President

The most productive week in recent US history is coming to an end with major social and political accomplishments "happenings" over-flowing any plate of expectations. From the first Papal visit in many decades trough multiple request from Russia's Putin to meet with President Obama next week, US history will include many passages about late September of 2015. 

Pope Francis has spent three days in our nation while spreading a heavy layer of progressive thought and humanity unsurpassed in decades. It is clear Pope Francis welcomed his visit to North America with purpose and focus.  He has unequivocally delivered.

I have recently read Pope Francis may have given his approval (even if not direct approval) of the Iran Nuclear Deal. His sole handshake to Sec'y of State John Kerry may have signaled what was to come in his UN Speech regarding the Iran Deal. Francis also offers clear appeals regarding climate change, all while delivering messages to stiff shirt conservatives, he prefers to intermingle with the young and the less economically fortunate. From the Papal to agreements among the worlds two greatest industrial powers.

China's President visits the United States the same week as the Pope's visit and will leave with major agreements with the US. Agreements on climate control, militarized hacking, and unconfirmed suspicions of talks regarding North Korea. If we really believe the two visits were not timed for impact, we really are a naive people. Such visits do not occur in a vacuum. 

You may correct me if I am wrong about reading Putin has requested an audience with President Obama in NYC in the near future. A productive week is putting it all mildly.

I turn, now, to those who have lamented about how Obama would spend his final two years in office. The innuendo of common lame-duckism flowed like the Mississippi River. And, each person who went there should evaluate their attention to and perception of the nation's 44th President over his first six years. Why would anyone question his leadership and his umph as he moves away from the Oval Office? Such lamenting wasn't refined to American conservatives.

As the nation approached the 2014 midterm elections, MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Hardball, hosted a segment with obvious design in disparaging President Obama. The segment followed previous angst filled segments in which Chris Matthew over-the-top railed about Obama not taking action against ISIS. While Matthews is a committed liberal, he has found a degree of success in playing to conservative viewers who probably quickly turn to Fox News once Hardball gives way to Chris Hayes's ALL IN.

The segment below ran on October 24, 2014. Matthews sat with the following guest for a segment obvious developed to mailing the Obama Administration and to exact specific criticism of President Obama.
Below the video, we posted a few comments from Matthews who was obviously much more damning of Obama than any of his guest. At one point Matthews seemed to chastise a guest, Paul Singer, USA TODAY, who chose words that indicated a desire to moderate his personal level of criticism against the nation's 44th President.


 A sample of Matthews's segment comments.  Not one of his guest matched the following level of vitriolic and criticism of Obama. 
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Do you think Obama is ready to change in his last two years and become a real chief executive, not just a really good speech giver, or an inspirational leader, but actually accept the job of running the U.S. government? Is he ready to take that job on every day, 24/7, I'm the guy running this place? Is he ready to do that?  

While pandering for conservative viewers, Matthews really should look back on that segment with self-reflection regarding his veracity as a progressive news host. Matthews referred to Obama as "just a speech giver!" It is amazing the lack of deep thought inherent in today's news personalities. Why wouldn't Matthews and others know that Obama signaled his desire to get things done out of the dynamics of public scrutiny? He clearly told the world he would talk with Iran behind the scenes if elected. The China agreements were clearly negotiated away from conservative US media and outside the purvey (and snark) of conservative obstructionism.

The Rachel Maddow Blog's Steve Benen has published a piece  regarding the China Climate agreement. For contrast, compare the short YouTube clip regarding GOP obstruction and the reason such deals are best handled by serious politicians and leaders away from child-like regressive stooges of wealthy US oligarchs. 

As the week fades into next week, the nation should give pause and think about the effectiveness of Obama Administration professionals who joined the Obama team and their tireless and effective work with counterparts in other nations.

Did someone think Lame Duck?

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