The president of the United States is the most powerful person in the most powerful nation on Earth. Yet, over just the last few days, you’ve blamed the dismal economy and jobs numbers on ”factions” in Congress, corporate jet owners, the Tea Party, the tsunami in Japan, congressional Republicans, the Arab Spring, millionaires unwilling to pay their “fair share,” Standard & Poor’s, broken politics, the European debt situation, Washington, D.C., bad luck, and George W. Bush.
Are setbacks unique to your presidency? Or are these problems simply more extraordinary than those overcome by other presidents?
Why haven’t you been able to overcome the negative impact of corporate jet owners despite having massive Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress for most of your presidency?
Do you maintain that the proper role for the president is to assign blame rather than produce results?
Why are these obstacles more formidable challenges than lowering the oceans and healing the planet?