These events are carefully planned and orchestrated, and I'm sure his stage managers meant to convey a sense of single-minded purpose and rugged individualistic determination. You may recall they staged the same setting to imply the President's sole responsibility for the concerted effort that resulted in the killing of Osama Bin Laden. But Mr. Obama didn't come off determined and individualistic Thursday. Instead, he just looked alone – and scared.
There was a air of desperation in his voice and in his demeanor. Mr. Obama seems to be suddenly aware of the Constitutional quick sand onto which he is venturing. I don't mean to insinuate that he is afraid of the Congress or of the Courts. His Illinois experiences have taught him to believe that he can bribe or blackmail anyone in Washington – even Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. And Congressional leaders like Mich McConnell have demonstrated amply their preference for personal wealth over the welfare of the people.
No, Mr. Obama is afraid of something else. Behind that Chicago gangster bravado there is a real fear – a fear of us, the American people. Mr. Obama's faith in our stupidity has been shaken. And an unshakable belief in the stupidity of the people is the foundation of every tyrant's courage.
Politically, Mr. Obama feels he has to make this move, but for the first time in his Presidency, he feels uncomfortable using our Constitution as toilet paper. He knows that, despite the predominance of registered Democrat voters in the electorate, he lost big on November 4th. And he knows that that loss was a referendum on his policies and that it signals a newly awakened and wide-spread opposition to those policies.
Mr. Obama has good reason to be afraid.
But only if we do not relax.
The election is over, but our work is just beginning. Mr. Obama's political machine is right now busily cranking out diversions and lies designed to lure us back to sleep. Expect, in the coming weeks, a media blitz of groundless and meaningless speculation on the potential candidates for the 2016 presidential elections. And expect more and more smoke to be blown about the threat of ISIS and allegations of "racism" in Ferguson and the recalcitrant patriotism of Congressional Republicans.
This is all smoke, calculated to take our minds off the completion of the job we started in November. We must stay the course and work with our representatives in Washington and with our Sate legislatures to negate all of this would-be emperor's plans for our destruction.