The latest effort to psychoanalyze President Obama comes from Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor of the Washington Post. Hiatt offers “a theory about why President Obama is having a tough political time right now: He doesn’t seem all that happy being president.”
But Hiatt gets it backward. Obama isn’t having political difficulty because he’s unhappy; he’s unhappy because he’s having political difficulty. Or, as the president himself put it in an Ohio ObamaCare speech yesterday:
The American people want to know if it’s still possible for Washington to look out for their interests and their future. They are waiting for us to act. They are waiting for us to lead. And as long as I hold this office, I intend to provide that leadership. I don’t know about the politics. But I know what’s right.
He knows what’s right. And he cares so much about the American people that he is determined to do what is right, whether we want it done to us or not. Yet he keeps coming up against delays and obstructions. Where’s the fairness in that? If he’s omniscient and benevolent, doesn’t he deserve to be omnipotent too?
How does Obama know it’s right to do what he wants to do? Well, he keeps reading us sob stories from people who write him letters. It just turns out that these people will be covered by the existing system, and just don’t know it. They will have all their expenses covered, and they will keep their homes, and they will receive care at some of the finest institutions.
So, in essence, there is no real reason to do this.