Evidence can't be ignored: It's been a disaster

Little more than a year into his presidency, Obama's luster is tarnished by a dismal record

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President Obama's core supporters, though increasingly lonely, are no less convinced of his greatness a year-plus into his presidency.

CHARLES DHARAPAK/ASSOCIATED PRESS
President Obama’s positions and action on the economy, immigration, terrorism and other salient issues earns him poor marks as a leader.

The problem is, like a writer to The Chronicle's Rants & Raves on Thursday, they're hanging their hats on the indisputable glory of his breakthrough election in 2008 -- not on what he's done or not done since.

Supporters claim his critics just can't get over his election; in truth, it's his supporters who need to move on, as the rest of us have.

A dispassionate review of the president's actual record -- not emotions for or against him -- is what we should judge him by, and what historians absolutely will weigh.

We should all want a functional and well-working Washington. That could only help the rest of America recover and rebuild from the collapse of 2008. Thus, it should give no one pleasure, and it gives us none, to find that Mr. Obama has been every bit of a disaster as the gulf oil spill.

More so, really, since it looks like the oil spill will likely be capped well within four years.

Mr. Obama's performance has ranged from the feckless to the negligent. On every issue of great import, and even those of little consequence, the president has either performed at a minimally adequate level or has failed utterly. Mostly the latter.

His most significant achievement, without question, is the health-care reform bill. Remarkably, though, a Rasmussen Reports poll earlier this month found that a jaw-dropping 63 percent of Americans support a quick repeal of the bill. In other words, nearly two-thirds of the nation wants to undo Mr. Obama's crowning achievement.

We're not sure how much more you need to know about his presidency than that.

Beyond that, though, Mr. Obama's best performance area seems to be in the area of the larger economy -- if you believe the president is responsible for it. There are green shoots that indicate an economy on the mend, along with consumer confidence, though growth did slow in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.

Again, it's likely presidents are given too much credit and blame, both, for the broader economy. But to be charitable, give him a "C" on the economy.

THE ATTENDANT problem, however, is that the jobs aren't following. Unemployment remains at 9.9 percent; the administration itself argued that without its massive stimulus package last year, unemployment would soar to 8 percent; and yet, with the stimulus, we still hit 10 percent unemployment.

By his own measurement, then, you'd have to give the president an "F" on jobs.

ON IMMIGRATION, the president and his Cabinet have criticized an Arizona law that is clearly constitutional -- and without having read it. He has ignored pleas for help from border states, only recently announcing plans to dribble out 1,200 National Guardsmen, roundly criticized as far short of what's needed.

Late last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had to warn Texas authorities of a Somali terrorist preparing to cross the border from Mexico -- as have, reportedly, hundreds of other Somali terrorists.

In fairness, Mr. Obama did not create the border problem, and his predecessor was just as much of a disaster on the issue. But Obama is president now, and he certainly hasn't fixed it; and his belligerent attitude toward Arizona -- and his agreement with the Mexican president that Arizona is only being racist -- may actually be hurting the cause. Give him a solid "F."

IN A RELATED subject, Mr. Obama's and Attorney General Eric Holder's clumsy handling of terrorists is becoming legendary. They've got officials reading international terrorists their Miranda rights. What next? Drunk tests? Seat belt citations? And with each new Muslim terrorist attack, they seem utterly incredulous that the perpetrators aren't acting alone and might be motivated by radical Islam. Their plan to try key 9-11 suspects in a civilian courtroom in New York was met with a national firestorm of fury. Mr. Obama's bending over backward to the Muslim world seems not to have slowed the attacks in any way. And his ballyhooed plan to close the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay last January seems no closer to fruition than it did on inauguration day.

Is there anything below "F"?

MR. OBAMA'S handling of the gulf oil spill aftermath is rightly being called his "Katrina" -- although, to be fair to his predecessor, the perception of a slow federal response to that hurricane came after the disaster, not during it, as Mr. Obama's inept and hands-off performance has been in the oil spill. Even his biggest fans on the liberal left have assailed him, including commentators Chris Matthews and James Carville.

"These people are crying," Democratic consultant Carville said. "They're begging for something down here. And it just looks like he's not involved in this."

Speaking to commentator David Gergen, CNN's Anderson Cooper recalled Gergen saying that "if we fought World War II with the same kind of attitude and energy with which the government is fighting this (oil spill), a lot of us would be speaking German."

"Do you still believe that?" Cooper asked Gergen.

"I believe it more deeply today than I did yesterday, Anderson," Gergen said.

"I don't see how the president's position and popularity can survive the oil spill," writes columnist Peggy Noonan, who calls it his third political disaster after health care and immigration.

He's done nothing to slow Iranian designs on nuclear weapons. A CNNMoney.com story says of the president's huge debt-busting stimulus bill, "economists think the government's stimulus package and jobs bill had little to do with the rebound." Syrian President Bashar Assad said last week that the U.S. has lost influence in the Mideast under Obama, after he "raised hopes" and proceeded to accomplish nothing of substance.

Even on small matters, Mr. Obama has been bumbling -- prematurely lashing out at Cambridge police for their arrest of a black professor, for instance, while admitting he didn't know the facts. And Las Vegas officials can't count the cost of Obama's public admonition not to travel there.

Only one year-plus into a four-year term, Mr. Obama has time to turn things around. It will take an admission on his part that he doesn't have all the answers, as he seems to believe. And it will take a willingness to truly listen.

Meanwhile, a shrinking 26 percent of Americans strongly believe he's doing a good job.

Absolutely all evidence to the contrary.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/29/10 - 11:42 pm
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I'm waiting for Obama to say,

I'm waiting for Obama to say, as his aide John Brennan, almost said, that we are the blame for the terrorist attacks against us.

Or his state department representative, Michael Posner, representing us in Communist China and telling them about the Arizona immigration law. He said: "We brought it up early and often. It was mentioned in the first session and as a troubling trend in our society, and an indication that we have to deal with issues of discrimination or potential discrimination. And these are issues very much being debated in our own society."

Keep in mind, this is in Communist China which has murdered millions of its own people.

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grouse 05/30/10 - 12:46 am
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What a big surprise....(yawn)
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What a big surprise....(yawn)

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 05/30/10 - 01:20 am
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Obama's has totally failed to

Obama's has totally failed to install his socialist ideology so, in a panic, he has fallen back to all of Bush's policies, good or bad, because he is clearly in over his head, and has absolutely no idea what to do concerning anything. The Oil Spill is a perfect example of how NOT to be the leader of the Free World. He has asked anyone with a brain [or not], to submit ideas on a website so that he can try anything at all to stop the Oil Spill.
Given all of his failures that the ACES so proficiently points out, the worst is yet to come. His failed foreign policies will be Obama's undoing. Israel is own her own, with respect to Iran's nuclear threat, and North Korea knows no bounds and heeds no warnings from Obama as they blow up South Korea's ships at will, and then sit back and laugh at Obama. The World sees Obama, after his floundering requests for forgiveness of the United States for being a World Super power, as a weakling--someone they do not have to listen to, and a time for doing anything they want to do.
And on top of that, add the newest Chicago thug release starring Rahm Emanuel and none other than the only President to be impeached lately, "Slick Willie" Clinton. And if you don't think that there is anything else to be added to this little theatrical fiasco, fasten your seat belt. Hey, if you lay with Impeached Presidents and Chicago thugs, you're going to wake up with Impeached, Capone fleas.

Lobosolo
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Lobosolo 05/30/10 - 01:10 am
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Another reminder as to why

Another reminder as to why the Comical gets none of my money and I'm not reached by any of the advertisers... I forsee another bankruptcy hearing on the horizon...

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 05/30/10 - 01:24 am
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I've noticed the number of

I've noticed the number of critics of the ACES and especially their comments have become much shorter recently--I wonder why?

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 05/30/10 - 01:36 am
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President Obama's biggest

President Obama's biggest failure was caving into the national security establishment and deciding to escalate the U.S. war in Afghanistan and expand the illegal practice of committing extrajudicial executions by firing missiles into Pakistan from drone aircraft. Obama's second biggest failure was caving in to the financial establishment and bailing out big banks instead to throwing a lifeline to ordinary Americans.

The Augusta Chronicle, its owner & publisher, its editorial board, and its editorial staff have no moral ground to judge this President in his role as Commander-in-Chief because they support the ongoing U.S. war in Afghanistan and the U.S. air war in Pakistan. The Augusta Chronicle, its owner & publisher, its editorial board, and its editorial staff have no intellectual credibility to truthfully analyze this President's actions because, the yellow journalism editorial practices of The Chronicle notwithstanding, they are part and parcel of the elite, status quo, American establishment. Radical democratic change threatens their privileged position.

No truthful, objective criticism of President Obama can avoid the conclusion that the current administration has continued the failed, illegal policies and practices of the criminal Bush administration. That is Obama and America's most tragic failure.

sjgraci
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sjgraci 05/30/10 - 03:13 am
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Yawn.

Yawn.

mawtnez
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mawtnez 05/30/10 - 04:36 am
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The comments about ACES have

The comments about ACES have become shorter because it's become an apparent waste of time to point out the obvious absurdity of their writing.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 05/30/10 - 05:26 am
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It is much easier to to bash

It is much easier to to bash the cronicle than to dispute anything written in this article. The administration, along with Pelosi, Reid, Frank and a few others thought since they assumed full power in all branches of government they could do as they please and the people and their opinions be damned. He brought a change to politics, he made it worse than it ever has been, except maybe for Chicago. This is sad because so many will eventually blame this on race when in reality it is because a person who totally lacked the ability or preperation to be our President was elected and at the same time his party was in control making it easier to change things, even against the will of the people. Even those who didn't vote for Obama had "hope" after hearing him speak in front of a teleprompter but when he has spoken off the cuff (rarely since he basically keeps the press off limits) we have seen his frustration due to lack of experience, leadership, and many other quailities we need from our President.

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lsmith 05/30/10 - 05:28 am
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I think we need to sit back
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I think we need to sit back and let the Dixie Chicks decide whether he's been bad or good. They seem to have a talent for calling out a President

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carcraft 05/30/10 - 05:53 am
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Well the cost of the health

Well the cost of the health care bill has increased by 12% and it hasn't even gone into effect yet..BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA, (oh sorry yawn)

carcraft
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carcraft 05/30/10 - 05:55 am
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mawtenez-point out something

mawtenez-point out something false in ACES editorial..I'll wait and wait and wait..

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 05/30/10 - 06:13 am
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Yes, right on the mark AC, as

Yes, right on the mark AC, as it has indeed been a disaster so far. Methinks the Dixie Chicks are absolutely swooning over the sharp turn to the left that uncle hussein is trying to orchestrate for our government. Yes, he has a couple of obvious goals that are easy to discern, the end result being a global new world order of government. All the things he has done so far are just the framework being laid for this socially progressive, socially just, economically equal, pacifist, and ever so green new global society coming to a neighborhood near you soon. But, instead of being able to concentrate on these goals he is being distracted by minor nagging issues that are sapping his momentum. Things like the immigration flap, the gusher in the gulf, and the Sestak scandal. I especially have been amused by the plethora of talking heads, and the usual complicit lamestream media. They all are making this gargantuan effort to apologize, shift blame, and weasel out of making uncle be responsible for anything bad that has happened, which has become the hallmark of his administration. Pathetic....
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. -- Thomas Jefferson

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 05/30/10 - 06:15 am
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Mr. President, DO YOUR JOB,

Mr. President, DO YOUR JOB, and SECURE OUR BORDERS!!!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 05/30/10 - 06:36 am
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I notice the president's

I notice the president's supporters are yawning and dozing off. How else could they ignore the bumbling incompetence of this horrible mistake. As with Clinton, this president could use an opposing congress to make him look a whole lot smarter.

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csrareader 05/30/10 - 06:35 am
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As the late, great Lewis

As the late, great Lewis Grizzard responded when asked who would make a good democratic President... "nobody." It will be generations before this great Nation recovers from the disaster currently occupying the White House. Our children and grandchildren will pay a price for decades to come for the election of 2008.

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charliemanson 05/30/10 - 06:49 am
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It’s amazing how many people

It’s amazing how many people claim our government is inept, while at the same time believing they are behind a massive well-run conspiracy.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 05/30/10 - 07:04 am
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Yes, it's amazing, isn't

Yes, it's amazing, isn't it....since the clowns that make up our current government are so absolutely on top of everything, and so good at what they do, right?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVehAAwh0gY&feature=player_embedded#!

Just the latest goof from the gang that couldn't shoot straight.....
"I had a whole bunch of other stuff going on...so I don't know the circumstances in which this occurred." - After swearing that "I'm fully engaged," President Obama explains why he didn't know the woman in charge of overseeing oil drilling in the Gulf had resigned.
Wow...sure hope his vacation is going well, as the gusher in the gulf continues unabated and the "Top Kill" experiment fails, N/S Koreas on the brink of war, Sestak scandal is exploding, immigration issue festers, etc, etc, etc, .... pathetic...

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justthefacts 05/30/10 - 07:06 am
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Even Maurene Dowd, NY Times,

Even Maurene Dowd, NY Times, is giving Obama a hard time this morning. People are catching on.

Runner46
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Runner46 05/30/10 - 07:39 am
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The writer did not mention a

The writer did not mention a positive comment. Our President is a great orator. He always tells his audience what they want to hear. The people just love to hear him speak. He inspires enthusiasm for whatever he wants done. Foreign Heads of State love him too when he bows and scrapes in their presence. He reminds me of the Pied Piper story. Just follow him down the road to destruction.

FaceTheMusic
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FaceTheMusic 05/30/10 - 07:44 am
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Another day, another AC

Another day, another AC anti-Obama editorial. Not even worth commenting on.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/30/10 - 07:48 am
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You know I think politics

You know I think politics swing left and right and that Obama is a nice enough fellow. But he fell for this socialism angle with his limited understanding hook, line and sinker.

It's like he said blowing up your car tires would prevent us having to drill for more oil. It's kind of embarrassing to see our president falling apart before the world.

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Riverman1 05/30/10 - 08:03 am
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There is a good example of

There is a good example of what happens when you cave into those who want to be paid without working going on today. Germany, the only county in the EU keeping their finances in order, several years ago upped their retirement age from 65 to 67, is bailing out Greece which has ridculous retirement ages at 50% of income. Of course, the U.S. is also sending a billion or so to Greece.

Most Greek workers had the right to full retirement at age 58, but wait, it gets worse. Women could retire at 57. For those who worked in "hazardous" occupations, the retirement age was 55 for full retirement and 53 for partial retirement benefits. Working mothers with dependent children could retire at almost anytime. Self-employed women could retire at 50.

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southernguy08 05/30/10 - 08:07 am
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Bush visited the gulf 5 days
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Bush visited the gulf 5 days after Katrina. The libs and media tore him a new one. Obama visited the gulf 38 DAYS after this spill, and the libs still think he's the messiah. They aren't wearing blinders...they're wearing blindfolds regarding Barack's incompetent administration. He doesn't seem to be able to do anything except apologize for "American arrogance," bow to foreign kings, and whine, "I inherited this crisis from the previous administration." Pathetic.

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 05/30/10 - 08:22 am
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Any person who sought the

Any person who sought the presidency in the wake of the Bush 43 debacle had to be crazy, stupid, egotistical, or all of the above, if he/she thought that governing this wrecked country was even possible let alone easy. Obama should have decided at the beginning that he would be a one term president. That way he could push for the fundamental changes that are absolutely required to save this country instead of trying to do things piecemeal with one eye always on upcoming elections.

And make no mistake, the ACES's editorial above is a thoroughly biased piece of political work not a detached objective analysis. Obama cannot succeed while the country fails, and the country is doomed to failure without deep structural reforms and a fundamental change of course.

The only way to save this country is to IMMEDIATELY end its wars abroad. Today news reports say Pakistan militant groups are uniting and are threatening the heartland of Pakistan. The Taliban have captured a district in eastern Afghanistan. These wars are counterproductive, and they are killing America. Obama's biggest mistake and America's tragedy is the continuation of these unwinnable wars. Something to think about on Memorial Day.

NewHere
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NewHere 05/30/10 - 08:24 am
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Bias BS... Another waste of

Bias BS... Another waste of space by the aces.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/30/10 - 08:26 am
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Bush's biggest mistake was

Bush's biggest mistake was trying to meet the Democrats half-way with things like Medicare prescriptions. We simply can't pay for all the warm and fuzzy give-aways out there any more.

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seenitB4 05/30/10 - 08:27 am
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I just want to take a moment

I just want to take a moment & say....Cain glad to see ya back on your posting even though I don't agree with 98% of your thoughts....just thought something might have happened to ya.

getalife
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getalife 05/30/10 - 08:28 am
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What should we expect from

What should we expect from Obama, his only experience was being a community organizer??

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/30/10 - 08:34 am
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Beautiful speeches won't get

Beautiful speeches won't get the job done.

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