- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The ever-restless news media tracks presidential activities — sometimes as sport, sometimes for political purposes — calling attention to how many times President Obama has gone to the golf course (180, or thereabouts) or how much he’s spent in taxpayer funds to fire up Air Force One for fundraising or recreation. That’s around $44 million, according to a Judicial Watch tally.

Meanwhile, the president has some 30 months left in office, and the dreaded “L” word looms — “L” as in “legacy.” As his days in the White House dwindle down to the proverbial precious few, Mr. Obama’s legacy building is likely to commence sooner rather than later. The hunt will be on for authentic achievements with quantifiable gains and laudable forays across the aisle. When analysts and pundits finish squawking about it all, the historians will emerge to sort things out, a process that can take decades.

But alas, the press is busy charting the White House trajectory in terms of failures, not victories.

“If President Obama wants to change his legacy from massive immigration failure to bipartisan immigration reform, his best bet is to work with Republicans to craft a measure that addresses the humanitarian crisis, helps secure our southern border — and puts us in a better place to pass the other reforms we need,” says a New York Post editorial, which offers a little advice.

“Back in 2008, the president’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, famously said, ‘You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.’ The border now presents Obama with such an opportunity to move America forward on immigration. But it requires a president willing to lead rather than play politics.”

FOR THE LEXICON

“Chiraq”

— New term for the city of Chicago, site of 84 shootings during the Fourth of July holiday, from syndicated columnist Roland S. Martin.

“A major American city is quickly being lost to guns, gangs, drugs and hopelessness, and political and business leaders are giving lip service to the problem. Yet while our politicians dither, the city’s South Side and West Side residents are living in perpetual fear, afraid to walk the streets,” Mr. Roland writes.

“It’s time for Mayor Rahn Emanuel to put his ego and political ambitions aside. It’s time for him to ask the state police and the National Guard to come into Chicago and assist the police department in regaining control of the city’s streets.”

FOR THE LEXICON, PART 2

“Choomer-in-Chief”

— From a CNN headline, after President Obama was offered marijuana by a bystander during a public appearance in Denver on Tuesday. Mr. Obama laughed but declined the invitation.

PERRYIFIED

What really went on during the “roundtable meeting” between President Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry? Mr. Perry will share what he knows Thursday night with Fox News host Sean Hannity, in a broadcast from the Lone Star state that includes a helicopter tour of the Texas border with the governor. Air time is 10 p.m. Eastern time.

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