There are many valid complaints against this administration. Lack of intelligence is not one of them. This president, more than most, is a very focused and thoughtful person. He is not impulsive. He is analytical and works through details with the end in mind.
Out of respect for his abilities, personality, character, and knowledge, I'm willing to consider the possibility he may be making the best choices possible. I am not saying they are good choices. There are times when life doesn't leave you with good options.
After careful consideration, I think I can focus on one strategic mistake that gives rise to most of the complaints I have. If that problem were addressed, it would help a lot of the symptomatic problems that bedevil us.
Inthe original piece I wrote in support of Obama almost two years ago, Doubting Obama, I reached this conclusion:
We are not seeking to canonize a saint. We are seeking to hire a chief executive we reasonably believe will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Itwas clear on the day of his inauguration that Obama had taken that oath of office to heart. When someone is more conversant with the presidential oath of office than the Chief Justice of the United States, he has obviously given itconsiderable thought.
If you take fidelity to the Constitution and use it as a yardstick to measure Obama's performance compared to his predecessor's, it is also clear which one has dutifully executed the responsibilities of his office. There is no point in rehashing the many crimes committed by the one who allegedly described the Constitution as "nothing more than a goddamned piece of paper." Whether Bush said that or not, his actions were certainly consistent with that sentiment.