American presidents are frequently faulted for assorted blunders.
President Barack Obama is no exception.
A small sampling of the many errors Obama has committed:
His Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act falls far short of its phony-baloney title.
His foreign policy is fraught with naivete that imperils not just the security of our nation but that of our allies.
He said “James Flacco” last month when he should have said “James Franco” while discussing North Korea’s alleged cyber offensive against the film “The Interview.” Obama apparently confused gifted thespian James Franco, who has hosted the Oscars and starred in not just numerous films but in TV’s “Freaks and Geeks” and “General Hospital,” with Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who has not been accused of using footballs deflated far below the NFL rules’ standard.
Hey, we all make mistakes.
But local residents traumatized by the relentlessly rising tourist tide can’t justifiably blame Obama for that modern menace to the timeless enchantment of our Holy City.
After all, he hasn’t been in our Palmetto State since moving into the White House six years ago. From Thursday’s Washington Post:
“President Obama’s visit to Boise, Idaho on Wednesday leaves him just three states in the entire country he hasn’t been to as president: South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah.”
OK, so South Dakota and Utah aren’t highly desired vacation spots, though the Post charitably cited as drawing cards the former’s “Mount Rushmore and roaming buffalo” and the latter’s “Great Salt Lake and Park City skiing.”
Yet as the Post also reported:
“South Carolina has charming Charleston and some solid golfing in Hilton Head.”
Whoa. Charleston is not just “charming” but has “solid golfing” of its own.
What we don’t have, though, is a long-overdue return visit from Obama, despite our immensely envied status as America’s No. 1 tourist destination in the astute judgment of Conde Nast Traveler magazine readers for the last four years.
So why hasn’t Obama, who’s way away in India today, come back as president to this special place where he had such a special time?
Flash back to Jan. 10, 2008:
Obama addressed an enthusiastic throng at the College of Charleston Cistern, 16 days before his lopsided S.C. primary victory.
John Kerry, who was almost elected president in 2004 and is now Obama’s second secretary of state, showed up to endorse the man who went on to upset seemingly prohibitive Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton, who became Obama’s first secretary of state.
Nearly 10 months after the C of C pep rally for Obama, the Hawaii (not Kenya) native told a triumphant election-night crowd in his adopted hometown of Chicago that “the front porches of Charleston” were one of the launching pads for his successful White House quest.
Plus, his wife Michelle’s grandfather Fraser Robinson Sr. was originally from Georgetown (S.C., not D.C.).
Plus, Bill Murray, who’s also from Chicago, lives here in Charleston.
Plus, Vice President Joe Biden has seemed to enjoy himself each time he has showed up in these parts long enough to snarl traffic and say strange stuff, as is his habit.
Yes, Obama lost South Carolina by nine percentage points to John McCain in 2008 and 10.5 to Mitt Romney in 2012.
But he won Charleston County both times. Charleston has even had a Democratic mayor (Joe Riley) for the last 39 years. And part of Charleston County is in the 6th Congressional District, which is represented by the U.S. House’s No. 3 Democrat (Jim Clyburn).
As for this newspaper occasionally publishing editorials that offer constructive criticism of the president’s policies, we’re just trying to help.
We also have editorialized in defense of Obama’s fundamental American right to take some time — and some job stress — off for golf.
Meanwhile, if Obama can’t get four hours free from his demanding gig for a full round of the real thing, he could practice his putting at much less time expense in the miniature golf capital of the world — Myrtle Beach.
He might even want to check out some strange sights in Columbia — as in the intriguing species at the Riverbanks Zoo, not the scary creatures in the General Assembly.
Back to the primary South Carolina attraction:
Charleston has not just grand golf venues but epic history, tasty restaurants, fascinating architecture, fun beaches and scenic vistas.
And of course, our world-renowned good manners are matched only by our endearing humility.
So in the interest of extending our nonpareil hospitality, this column delivers this appeal to our commander in chief:
Return to the city of your rousing 2008 campus celebration where Kerry publicly joined your winning team.
And bank on this ironclad pledge:
If you like your caddy, you can keep your caddy. If you like your foursome, you can keep your foursome.
Yes, you can.
Frank Wooten is assistant editor of The Post and Courier. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.