A presidential history lesson for Barack Obama

President Barack Obama has a special thing going for him: he’s mastered the art of rhetoric. Nobody else can make empty air on the breeze sound like a choir when aided by a teleprompter manned by a talented writer. His rehersal abilities are only rivaled by maybe United States Senator Marco Rubio.

But let’s dispel with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing.

In yet another blow from the Democratic establishment against Senator Bernie Sanders, President Obama stated in his endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President, “I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office”

And no, this is not The Onion.

The idea that of all the people that have actually held the office, let alone even run or entertained the thought, Hillary Clinton is the most qualified is beyond ridiculous. What qualifications does Hillary Clinton have? She married a guy who was impeached for having an affair in the Oval Office and was a failed Secretary of State that is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Congratulations President Obama, you’re officially one of the most incompetent people to ever have access to the nuclear codes.

Is Hillary Clinton more qualified than George Washington? Washington, beyond being the first President in United States history, was also general and commander-in-chief of the colonial armies during the American Revolution. He played a critical role in the founding of our nation and securing the freedom that is the foundation of the American legacy.

Clinton didn’t serve in the military. Also, whereas Washington was staunchly opposed to political parties, Clinton is a strong supporter of them and often puts them before her own country. Senator Bernie Sanders has frequently been criticized for not being a real Democrat.

What does that even mean? Why should it even matter what party you are and whether or not you’re loyal to it? The first and foremost priority of a President should be to the betterment of their country. This was Washington’s point.

Cycling through other individuals who have held the office, there is John Quincy Adams who was a vocal opponent of slavery and represented the Amistad captives who rebelled against their captors. General Dwight D. Eisenhower commanded allied forces as they stormed the beaches of Normandy as part of a push that would liberate Europe from the horrors they experienced during World War 2.

There is also Thomas Jefferson who wrote the Declaration of Independence, which represented our break from the tyrannical rule of the British Crown. James Madison was also a President and is described as the “Father of the Constitution” for his contributions during the document’s drafting.

The history books go on with a number of intriguing characters who have been or tried to become President of the United States. Some were awful, some were acceptable, and then some characters were great contributors to the American legacy, such as Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Adams, and Eisenhower. It doesn’t stop there, either.imgres

The idea that Hillary Clinton was any better than any of these individuals is incomprehensible. Not even those most ignorant of history could suggest such a thing. Is her nomination historic? She is a woman and she is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But our standards for presidential qualifications should exceed our sex and criminal investigations.

President Obama not only demonstrated his complete lack of knowledge regarding the basics of American history, but he also disrespected a great number of important figures in our nation’s history. The comments made in the endorsement of Clinton were nothing short of disgraceful.

Chris Dixon is a liberty activist and writer from Maine. In addition to being Managing Editor for the Liberty Conservative, he also writes the Bangor Daily News blog "Undercover Porcupine" and for sports website Cleatgeeks.

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