In order to keep this article to a manageable length, it will consider only the major Keystone Kop sequences of the President's second term, starting from January 2013. Early in the year, Lois Lerner, Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division, revealed that, prior to the 2012 elections, the IRS had been directed to deny tax exempt status to conservative political action organizations, thus hampering their ability to challenge the President's election.
A month later, while Obama was still reeling from the IRS scandal, NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA was illegally spying on U.S. citizens.
Then Health and Human Services Director Kathleen Sebelius decreed that it would be better for ten year old Sarah Murnaghan to die than for Sebelius to change arbitrary government rules that would save her life.
In August, the President attempted to distract the American public with a blustering but toothless warning to Syria's Bashar al-Assad that the use of chemical weapons would trigger U.S. military action. When the Al Queda affiliated Syrian rebels used chemical weapons and blamed it on Assad, Obama skittered for cover like a crawfish. When people laughed at his fecklessness, he went through a frenetic week of swinging franticly from bellicose belligerence to dithering indecision, ending in abject surrender to the wise counsel of Russia's Vladimir Putin.
The launch of the President's signature legislation, which he had for years proudly referred to as Obamacare, was such an unmitigated disaster that he has taken to calling it the "Affordable Care Act." Apparently he'd rather dissociate his name from this obvious and widely predicted train wreck.
Then, as millions of people lost their existing health coverage under Obamacare, the President's oft-repeated assurance that "If you like our health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period!" was lampooned as the biggest lie of the century.
Then, after bloviating as a candidate in 2008 and for over five years in office about the priorities of veteran's medical care, he is caught in the revelation that his political hack Eric Shinseki has perpetrated – with the President's full knowledge – the greatest disservice to U.S. veterans since Herbert Hoover turned Douglas McArthur's tanks loose on World War I veterans in 1932.
Then, in an effort to distract the American public from his VA scandal, he attempts to create a positive PR event by bringing an American soldier home from five years captivity in Afghanistan. In order to accomplish this feat, however, he turns loose from Guantanamo prison five of the most heinous anti-American Taliban terrorists in the world.
Knowing that the Congress would not approve this "prisoner exchange," he violates the precepts of the National Defense Authorization Act, which he himself signed into law 26 December 2013, barely 5 months earlier. This, as well as his turning loose five enemy combatants who have done everything in their power and will continue to do everything in their power to harm the United States, has understandably angered even members of his own party in the Congress.
Then it turns out that the soldier for whom he's traded virulently anti-American terrorists is not exactly a "hero." In fact, he was a deserter who voluntarily left his post to search out the Taliban in order to join them in their fight against the American Army. And furthermore, his desertion did more than inconvenience his superiors – it cost the lives of six of his comrades.
And then he puts Susan Rice, of "it was a video" Benghazi fame, on the airways to tell us that Sgt Bergdahl "served the United States with honor and distinction." Is he really stupid enough to think that anyone would believe Susan Rice??!
And I thought Lucille Ball was funny!