The Onion Dip: Nearing end of second term, President Obama having trouble delegating authority

By David Martin || Satirical Columnist

President Barack Obama, along with Grounds Superintendent Dale Haney and Chief Usher Rear Admiral Stephen W. Rochon (Ret.), participates in a commemorative tree planting ceremony on the North Grounds of the White House, Oct 28, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

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WASHINGTON—Sources close to President Obama report that, lately, POTUS has had a lot of trouble delegating authority, even on the most menial of tasks. They cite numerous examples including when just a week ago President Obama, looking out the Oval Office window, muttered “Oh they’re completely screwing it up,” in reference to two White House gardeners that were filling mulch in around a tree.

To the chagrin of multiple aides, President Obama marched out to the lawn, grabbed a gardener’s shovel, and began to fill in mulch. Top aid Aaron Cole pleaded with the President, “Sir there’s really no need for you to do that I’m sure one of the gardeners will be—”

“They’re just not doing it right, it has to be just …. like …. this,” President Obama interjected. Sources say this isn’t the only time the President has done this in the past few months. He’s also been rumored to have personally led three White House tours, vacuumed the Oval Office floor, and drove his kids to school on multiple occasions.

The inability to delegate even the simplest of tasks to his army of workers has led many to wonder if this is potentially related to anxiety over his second term coming to a close. One source commented, “He’s afraid of leaving his baby (the White House), I mean, when you look at who might take the reins, can you blame him?”

Fox News has even speculated he might have trouble giving up the White House next year. Such commentary would seem sensational had President Obama not given fuel to the fire in a recent [http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/28/politics/obama-third-term-win-ethiopia/ ] in his home country of Ethiopia.

The President is reported to have said, “I think if I ran again, I could win.” Obviously this President has some serious fears about leaving power. Let’s just hope this madman is stopped before this great country is ruined any more than it already is.

Senior David Martin is a satirical columnist. His email is dmartin4@fandm.edu.

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