Cross-posted by Gary Fouse
"What do I do, Mr President?"
Driving home from work this afternoon, I caught parts of President Obama's town hall meeting in Orange County. While I missed parts of it, I did come away with a definite impression based on the parts I did hear.
The man has no clue.
First of all, it is undeniably true that once you take that telePrompter away from him, he is lost. The great oratorical skills vanish into thin air as he is reduced to a string of verbal tics and joking asides as he attempts to formulate an answer.
The first portion I heard was when someone asked him what he was going to do about immigration reform. Obama, realizing that his questioner was for a lenient policy, proceeded to wander through every talking point on both sides of the issue in an effort to please everybody. He wanted "comprehensive reform"-but not amnesty, mind you. He expressed concern about undocumented workers being exploited. He referred to a path to citizenship-again assuming they all want to be US citizens. He said they had to go back to the end of the line. They had to learn English. he's going to Mexico to meet with President Calderon, etc. etc....... Bottom line?
Hell if I know. However, if you read between the lines, don't look for this president to seal that border or put a stop to illegal immigration.
Then I heard the final question from a man who had lost his job (auto worker) and was unable to find another job because he had committed a felony 20 years ago.
"What do I do?" asked the man.
Unfortunately, he asked the wrong guy because Obama had no idea what to tell the man. As he began his long, tortured reply, Obama talked about how the man had obviously put his past mistakes behind him. He talked about the bad economy. He talked about the "programs" he wanted to initiate. He talked about the need to build environmentally friendly cars, solar energy, wind-something-or-others. He asked the man what company he had worked for, and the reply was "Toyota". (Too bad Obama couldn't mention any bailouts). Finally, the President wished the man well and said goodbye to the crowd.
"What do I do?"
President Obama must be thinking the same thing right about now.