Many of the headlines about the recent appointment of John Podesta as presidential counselor characterize his hire as an effort to “reboot” the Obama presidency. The metaphor is certainly apt because reboot is typically what one does to a computer when absolutely clueless about what’s wrong with it or how to fix it.
Anybody who follows this president knows that the only counsel he keeps is his own and that when he seeks to bring people into the fold it is when he’s absolutely satisfied they will endorse his opinions. He’s like a prescription drug addict shopping for a diagnosis to feed his dependency. The doctor, like Mr. Obama’s trail of feckless counselors, is nothing more than an enabler.
Clearly, what Mr. Obama actually needs is a 12-step program, or at least step one — admitting there’s a problem.
When every instinct you have and every action you take has the exact opposite consequence of what was intended, isn’t it time to take a step back and re-evaluate your assumptions?
He wanted to enhance government transparency. But his actions have made the situation worse. He wanted to reduce income inequality. But his actions have made the situation worse. He wanted to expand and boost the middle class. But his actions have made their situation worse. He wanted to better the effectiveness of and faith in government. But his actions have made the situation worse. He wanted to bolster our international standing. But his actions have made the situation worse. He wanted to improve racial harmony. But his actions have made the situation worse.
Although the advisers have frequently changed, the policies and results have not.