John Ransom

Former GOP presidential aspirant, Governor Tim Pawlenty, on Wednesday took up my call from last week of the president as Mr. Chicken, calling Obama the “Barney Fife of presidents.”

Hollywood actor Don Knotts was famous as the do-nothing deputy Barney Fife in the Andy Griffith Show. Fife, like Obama, was all mouth and no action; brave and boisterous until action was called for and then timid and fearful. Knotts also starred as the famously fearful Mr. Chicken- actually the character he played was named Luther Heggs- in the juvenile movie The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.

“The former Minnesota governor,” says CBS News, “who dropped his bid for the White House in August and endorsed [Mitt] Romney in September, went on to call the president ‘stumbling, bumbling, [and] ineffective’ and compared him to former President Jimmy Carter.”

Except, Carter rarely hesitated in making decisions.

I don’t know how Jimmy would have decided every question Obama has faced; probably wrongly, but he would have been at least boldly wrong.

Obama can’t even get basic President 101 questions right, like approving the XL Keystone Pipeline, which would create hundreds of thousands of high-paying American jobs without Congress having to spend a dime.

Obama’s on record as neither for the pipeline or against it. He thinks American jobs ought to wait until after his election.

And with that attitude,  job creation is guaranteed to wait until then 

As the president continues his Occupy Brain Space reelection campaign designed to get Americans bickering amongst each other,  the Senate Republicans on Wednesday pushed for an early decision on the XL Pipeline by Obama, which if started, would contribute 20,000 jobs in the US right away, plus add hundreds of thousands of ancillary jobs.

The bill contemplated by Senate Republicans would force Obama to make a decision on the pipeline within 60 days.


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.