Post Inauguration Threats (v5)
Now, more than 18 months after the inauguration, it seems to some people that the greatest threat to the Nation is the very transparency that was trumpeted as the new Administration took power.
In October 2008, then Vice Presidential candidate Biden professed that President would be challenged in his first six months in office.
Of course, challenges come with the office. And almost without fail, those challenges happen daily, often without warning or prediction, sometimes on a small scale and other times on a Global Stage. The country has faced financial difficulties, it has faced terrorism threats from within by its own citizens, it has seen the murder of innocent soldiers by a jihad-inspired Army psychiatrist who now stands trial for his crimes. The country has continued to debate the issue of illegal immigration and has had to balance the associated humanitarian issues. We have to deal with the narco-war south of our border while we placate Mexico's president and allow him the pulpit to criticize the Arizona attempt to stem the tide. And now, we face the environmental debacle of the ages, as well as the potential for accelerated violence in and because of the Middle East (Israel and the Gaza blockade).
Yet, it is possible that Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal observed correctly that our greatest threat lies in the belief that "he was supposed to be competent"
I don't see how the president's position and popularity can survive the oil spill. This is his third political disaster in his first 18 months in office. And they were all, as they say, unforced errors, meaning they were shaped by the president's political judgment and instincts.
As with almost every leadership position, that of the Presidency can be a thankless job. Every decision can be second guessed. It is an imperative that crises happen, without warning, and that whenever the next Administration takes office, whether in 2012 or 2016, they will happen. Whatever that crisis is, it will definitely "test the mettle" of the person seated in the Oval Office. It is always a question of whether that person is "up to the challenge."