THEODORE ROOSEVELT: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” BARACK OBAMA: “The United States would like to apologize…”

Citing an insane supposed “duty to retreat”, even from your home (it has a back door, doesn’t it?), President Obama remarked that when a citizen lawfully uses force when there is a way to “exit the situation, is that really going to contribute to the peace and security and order that we’d like to see?”. That’s it! Leave the thug free to continue his predations. Next time he may find an unarmed person (maybe you; few people always carry) who is not able to flee. Obama’s way provides criminals with a safer work environment.

Our former President speaks like the kid who never got to school with his milk money. Run away from a schoolyard bully and, at the time and place of his choosing, he will corner you and beat the crap outta you. But if you make him pay even a small price (bullies are not used to being hit), he’ll flee in terror or, at the very least, leave you alone in favor of softer targets.

Such a man (our ex-potus) would send forth his equally callow Secretary of State with a plastic re-set button (you think I am making this up, don’t you?) while the grinning, almost-embarrassed Russkies had to be thinking, “Holy Stolichnaya! What an idiot!”.

Russia learned that it has little to fear from the U.S. when Joseph Stalin so got over on FDR at Yalta. Roosevelt fawned over “Papa Joe” while Stalin picked his pocket, but at least FDR didn’t give him a re-set button (sounds like a punchline, doesn’t it?). He did, however, make dealing with Russia (then, of course, the U.S.S.R.) much more difficult for his successors, exactly as Obama has done.

Now, Jimmy Carter style, Barack Obama is oblivious to the fact that, by any standard you wish to apply, his presidency was a failure. Foreign policy: tanked. Race relations… how in the good Christ (excuse me, Angie) can a black President of the United States squander his office and preside over the worst down-trend in race relations in my lifetime? And just like Jimmy Carter, Obama hasn’t the decency to simply shut his mouth, enjoy his retirement, and hope that his successor will be able to do better.

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