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In a disturbing “60 Minutes” interview President Obama wouldn’t give a direct answer on  whether he’d been surprised by the frightening rise of ISIS. Instead, he instinctively blamed an underling, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who supposedly had “underestimated” the terrorist group.

Obama also claimed he left Iraq in good shape, with a strong army, when he brought home American troops, fingering Prime Minister Maliki for subsequent misgovernment. This tendency to refuse to acknowledge obvious mistakes while shifting blame to less powerful leaders is a dreadful characteristic in a president, or a person.

Obama should recall one of his heroes, President Kennedy, who earned soaring approval ratings by manfully taking personal responsibility for the Bay of Pigs fiasco, even though CIA incompetence caused the disaster. Another Democrat, Harry Truman, kept a sign on his desk saying “the buck stops here.”

For President Obama, it seems, the buck never stops.

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  1. Bruce Zittlow  •  Oct 1, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    He wanted to say it was George Bush’s fault, but didn’t think he could sell it anymore.

  2. IAC  •  Oct 2, 2014 at 8:02 am

    ‘Ther Buck stops here’.- Harry Truman
    ‘The Buck gets passed here; before I, of course, spend it’.

  3. mark scott  •  Oct 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Michael, this is who Obama has always been. A boy, young man, and man, who was told all his life that he was the best, smartest, ect. He had every door opened for him just for the asking. Just for being a “clean black guy”. (Bidens words). He wanted Columbia, he got Columbia. Not that anyone remembers him there. He wanted Harvard law, he got Harvard law. He wanted on the Law Review, he got the Review. He wanted to be President of the Law Review, he got that. (affirmative action all the way). He wanted to make money, he joined a group of thousands and published two books, and the group (Acorn) were all told to buy the books. Made him a lot of money. No one else would have bought those books. No one ever heard of him. He wanted the Senate, he got the Senate. In his whole life no one ever told him he was wrong or said no to him. In fact it probably wasn’t until he got to be President that he had his first experience with people not doing what he wanted. The Republicans. And we all know that if Barack Obama had been born white and named Barry O’Brian, and was a junior Senator, he would have been laughed out of the Capital for saying he wanted to run for President after only 2 years in office. Obama is still the most unqualified and overated (intellect) President ever. Even after 6 years of OJT. And he will never change. It is a part of his narcissistic character. I just hope the next President is Republican and has the “guts” to take the heat and reverse every Obama executive order ever given. And or enforce the laws Obama and Holder ignored.

  4. Playrighter  •  Oct 8, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Actually, “the buck stops here” refers to the fence around the White House. Plenty gets in, but that buck is judiciously protected against.

  5. jguy  •  Oct 9, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    So I have to wonder how the US would ever leave Iraq if not to just
    leave as the President has attempted to do. Iraqi military was defeated
    early on…Hussein was tried and executed…a new government was
    put in position…. It appears to me that at that point ….We win.
    If the Iraqi society is a barbaric hoard as seen by ISIS would that
    reality not take hold whenever we depart? The President made the
    move to get out before we are totally drained and destroyed by our
    own attempt to make a better world for many Iraqis. The President
    seems to see the ISIS problem as being regional and I hope he is
    correct and the Powers in the area can use their military forces to
    quell ISIS.

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