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Speaking at a recent fundraiser in Florida, Barack Obama extended his congratulations to the city of Miami for having the world champion Miami…”Heats”. Mascot confusion aside, his affinity for Miami and its players shouldn’t come as a surprise.

After all, four years ago, LeBron James urged Ohioans to vote for Obama, saying, “I think all of us want to see a change. And in order for us to see a change, we have to get out and vote.” He then added, “Thank you Cleveland. Of course you all know I love you all of course. I love Ohio and I ain’t going nowhere.”

Of course we know that . . .

President Obama has a similar track record when it comes to keeping his promises. He promised, for example, that the stimulus would keep unemployment below 8 percent. But today, we’ve seen over 40 straight months of unemployment at or above that rate.

He also promised to cut the deficit in half. But instead, we’ve witness record levels of spending under his administration and record deficits.

(And remember when he predicted that LeBron would lead the Cavaliers to an NBA championship? He failed at that, too.)

Ohio doesn’t need more LeBron James-style broken promises.

Nor do we need the kind of cynical politics we’ve gotten over the past three and a half years. Those are also of the LeBron James variety.

Addressing his critics after the 2011 season, James said:

Because at the end of the day, all the people that was rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that.

They can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal, but they have to get back to the real world at some point.

Unfortunately, this attitude is all too true of the Obama administration. The President can travel the country for his celebrity fundraisers, but at the end of the day, 23 million Americans can’t find full-time work. People across the country are struggling to afford food, their mortgages, and college tuition for their kids.

But the President insists that the private sector is “doing fine.” Indeed, it’s time for him to, as LeBron would say, “get back to the real world.”

P.S. I couldn’t do a LeBron related post and not remind everyone about how Barack Obama’s #1 Ohio cheerleader, Ted Strickland, humiliated himself and lowered the Governor’s office to the level of singing to him before he left Ohio and wiped it’s dust from his feet. A sad and pathetic spectacle indeed.

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