Earlier this month, in an interview with Matt Lauer, Barack Obama lowered the standard for the nation’s chief of state when he used a vulgarity in an interview for the “Today” show. Consumed with frustration over his inability to turn back the tide on the Gulf Coast, Barack Almighty delivered the now infamous line, “I want to know whose a– to kick.” On Tuesday, he found one. No! He found two – the American people and the American economy.

In his Oval Office address to the nation, Obama was a cross between a slick politician and a bully.

Who is getting bullied? We are.

Bullies never miss an opportunity to kick a person who is down.

On Tuesday night, the president seemed determined to kick the life’s blood out of our struggling economy and consumers who are doing their best to weather this storm.

Instead of addressing the crisis at hand, Obama took a page from Rahm Emanuel’s (you never want a serious crisis to go to waste) playbook and used this moment to advance another of his unpopular agenda items.

In this dreadful economy, the people of the United States are hurting. The oil leak in the Gulf has left many in that region feeling hopeless. They needed to hear this president say that he would waive the Jones Act, which has prevented nations with the most advanced oil-cleanup rigs from coming to our aid. They needed to hear this president say he would lift the moratorium on offshore oil drilling and protect thousands of jobs that are at stake in the region.

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Instead, Obama hit them, and us, with another dreadful blow, by vowing to shove the cap-and-tax bill down our throats at a time when we can least afford it.

This does absolutely nothing to help the situation in the Gulf. Furthermore, this bill, which will tax carbon emissions, adds to our economic woes by driving up the cost of fuel and everything that is manufactured or transported, and all in the name of combating an unproven theory called “human-induced global warming.”

This is far from a crisis! In fact, there is strong evidence to suggest that the earth may be in the beginning of a cooling trend. Nevertheless, Obama is using the old “bait and switch,” substituting what well may be a phony crisis for the real crisis.

Looking for alternate forms of energy is a good thing. Pretending that there is no more oil to harvest here at home or that we have to force oil companies to drill 50 miles offshore – in the danger zone – is a bad thing. However, taxing carbon emissions in this economy is sheer folly. It is tantamount to telling a family, where the head of the household is out of work, that they have to leave their perfectly good home and move to a more expensive place right now!

The economy of the Gulf Coast is dependent on three things: fishing, oil drilling and tourists. The oil spill has wiped out No. 1. This irresponsible president is wiping out 2 and 3 by putting a moratorium on oil drilling and adding to the cost of a vacation for already cash-strapped families who regularly visit the region.

Yes, kick ’em while they are down!

Obama had the nerve to brag about the credentials of Steven Chu, his secretary of energy, the man who has been helpless in this crisis, the man who wants gasoline to be as expensive in the U.S. as it is in Europe.

Still, the most disingenuous part of the president’s speech came in his closing remarks where he sought to connect with our deep spiritual roots. Obama, who finds time to play golf and entertain celebrities but does not attend church, invoked the name of God three times and used the word “prayer” five times.

Please spare us!

One could be charitable and say that this president is simply inept. After all, before being elected president of the United States, this man had never run so much as a candy store.

Nevertheless, it appears that Obama is so committed to a leftist agenda that he will stop at nothing to attain it.

Yes, kick ’em while they are down! And, if you examine the sermons of Jeremiah Wright, the pastor of the church Obama faithfully attended before coming to Washington, D.C., you get the feeling that perhaps – just perhaps – he thinks we deserve it.

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