Aside from President Barack Obama's dismal track record on the economy, jobs, healthcare and foreign policy, his utterly misplaced priorities are appalling and maddening.
Often, the president neglects to attend Memorial Day or D-Day ceremonies, simply because he feels awkward and/or doesn't enjoy being around military people. Some would say he despises the military. I wouldn't go that far, but then again, that doesn't sound too far-fetched.
When two-star Gen. Harold Greene, 55, was gunned down near Kabul, Afghanistan recently (the latest in an atrocious string of Afghan "insider" killings in which supposed allies turn on our soldiers), neither Obama nor Vice President Joe Biden attended the funeral. Indeed, there wasn't even a White House statement issued.
Four years ago, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, 40, was gunned down in Arizona by an illegal alien using a weapon from the disastrous "Fast and Furious" operation. Obama and Biden both skipped his funeral, too. (Perhaps tee time or a Democrat fundraiser got in the way?)
Oh, but when race relations or gay rights issues come up, the O-man pops up like a jack-in-the-box with boundless energy and passion -- locution flowing like milk and honey. Recall that in 2009 there was the president's ill-advised comments on the Cambridge (Mass.) Police Department's actions regarding the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, which resulted in the inane "beer summit" a few days later. The police behaved "stupidly," said the bloviator-in-chief.
Then there was the infamous, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," an asinine and inflammatory statement made during the investigation into the shooting of black teen Trayvon Martin in Florida 2 1/2 years ago.
And how about Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, who has been jailed in Mexico since March 31 after being busted on the Mexican side of the border with three firearms in his car? He's been languishing in undoubtedly harsh conditions, but the administration has barely lifted a finger to help free him. (As compared to giving up five Taliban war criminals to secure the release of a deserter.)
In less weighty developments, when NBA player Jason Collins came out of the closet 1 1/2 years ago, admitting he was gay, Obama made a personal phone call to Collins and seemed beside himself with joy and ecstacy. Ditto for Michael Sam, the Missouri college football player drafted by the St. Louis Rams in last spring's NFL Draft.
"The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for taking an important step forward in our Nation's journey," said a White House statement. Too bad that won't help the millions of poor blacks living in crime-ridden slums, lacking adequate healthcare, dealing with abysmal schools, facing a bleak job market and struggling to survive day-to-day. YES WE CAN my ass!
In some ways, Barack Obama is like a giddy 8-year-old: Naive, innocent, simple-minded. For being a Harvard graduate, he is shockingly unaware of reality and how trivial his priorities are.
In the latest fiasco, the race-baiting nonsense going on in Ferguson, Mo., following a white police officer's shooting of a black 18-year-old, the president has sent the notorious Attorney General Eric Holder to try to sort things out. He's also assigned an incredible 40 FBI agents to try to unearth every speck of evidence in the white-police-brutalizing-black-youths bogeyman. News flash, Mr. President: It's not 1965. Bull Connor is dead, and this isn't Birmingham, Ala.
There are none so blind as those who will not see.