In an embarrassingly wistful New York Times op-ed Tuesday, David Brooks - the Grey Lady's token "conservative" - looks at the current crop of presidential candidates and prematurely declares, "I miss Barack Obama."
"I disagree with a lot of Obama’s policy decisions," Brooks concedes. "I’ve been disappointed by aspects of his presidency. I hope the next presidency is a philosophic departure."
So do we, David, so do we.
But Brooks went on to lament that the candidates of the current campaign lack Obama's character traits, the most important of which is his "basic integrity." I'll let you process that for a moment before I post Brooks' next whopper: "The Obama administration has been remarkably scandal-free... He and his staff have generally behaved with basic rectitude."
I hardly know where to begin responding to that. Maybe this example of a scandal will suffice: Fast and Furious. How about Benghazi? "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor"? Lois Lerner and the weaponization of the IRS? Does the name Bowe Bergdahl ring a bell? But let's move on with more of Brooks' delusional musings:
"He and his wife have not only displayed superior integrity themselves, they have mostly attracted and hired people with high personal standards."
Those people have been hired mostly from his circle of radical leftists, like Eric Holder, whose high personal standards include a commitment to racial payback and subverting the Constitution, and the Muslim Brotherhood, whose high personal standards include destroying Western civilization.
Speaking of Muslims, Brooks then praised Obama's "sense of basic humanity. Donald Trump has spent much of this campaign vowing to block Muslim immigration. You can only say that if you treat Muslim Americans as an abstraction. President Obama, meanwhile, went to a mosque, looked into people’s eyes and gave a wonderful speech reasserting their place as Americans" - which you can only do if you treat Muslim Americans as a protected class, quietly ramp up Muslim immigration, and promote Islam as a religion of peace while whitewashing the growing Islamic extremism on our shores.
Brooks went on to laud Obama's "sound decision-making," "grace under pressure," and "resilient sense of optimism" before conceding, in the Understatement of the Year thus far in 2016, "No, Obama has not been temperamentally perfect. Too often he’s been disdainful, aloof, resentful and insular." Agreed. Not to mention racist, anti-Semitic, petty, egomaniacal, arrogant, and generally anti-American.
Brooks concludes on this vomit-worthy note:
"Obama radiates an ethos of integrity, humanity, good manners and elegance that I’m beginning to miss, and that I suspect we will all miss a bit, regardless of who replaces him."
That's the New York Times conservative's take on Obama's departure. Here at TruthRevolt, our attitude is, "Don't let the White House front door hit you on your way out."
Photo by Doug Mills for the New York Times, from the article.