Blaming it on Obama

Herb Boyd | 10/23/2014, 3:40 p.m.

The jury is out on this issue, as it is generally on charter schools, but Jackson’s charge that the president has done very little for historically Black colleges and universities is easily refuted if he goes to the website of the Department of Education and sees the HBCU initiative, which may not be all Jackson desires, but is a step in the right direction.

When Jackson cites polls showing that even some Democrats have lost faith in the president’s ability to govern, we have to question the pool of those polled and how the question was put to them. For every unfavorable poll there is a favorable one for Obama. And, for the most part, they are but a momentary barometer and subject to change by the hour or the district.

What Jackson and the naysayers fail to take into consideration is that the president is not an autocrat. We have too many checks and balances to offset that possibility, even if he had such ambitions. To chastise him for the Ebola virus and bemoan the fact we have no surgeon general is to ignore the Congress, which has been an obstacle since Obama stepped into office. And Obama can expect even more impediments if the GOP gains control of the Senate in the midterm elections, which are right around the corner.

As for foreign policy and dealing with terrorism, the president is the commander in chief, but he has to deal with a number of players before any plan of his can take effect. There’s the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon, the CIA, Congress, the Supreme Court, the Defense Department, the FBI, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, to say nothing of the “permanent or invisible government.”

Moreover, Jackson should understand that the game is not over. Obama has more than two years to govern. Who’s to say what executive orders may come from him as he exits the White House. Of course, we are not holding our breaths on that, but a few wonderful surprises would be a nice parting shot.

And when these prayed for changes arrive, let’s join hands and blame Obama.