A 'moribund presidency'

Obama lack of 'political juice' reflected in nation's sluggishness

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White House reporters finally, and uncharacteristically, asked the president some tough questions at a press conference last week.

But not about the economy, which appears stalled, or what – if anything – he’s doing about it.

No, they wanted to know how Mr. Obama could save his presidency.

As Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank noted, ABC reporter Jonathan Karl “pointed out that Obama’s gun-control legislation collapsed, that his attempts to undo the ‘sequester’ cuts have been ignored and that 92 House Democrats defied his veto threat on a cybersecurity bill.” Karl then asked the president, “Do you still have the juice to get the rest of your agenda through this Congress?”

Milbank later opined – in a phrase that could someday be as memorable as Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” – that Obama’s is a “moribund presidency” at this point.

It’s true. Obama threw the entire weight of his administration behind gun control, and it’s gone basically nowhere. His budget is so irrelevant that nobody seemed to mind it came months late. Benghazi is still dogging him – and so far there’s been no sign of progress in his typically stern promise that he would not “waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.”

In fact, one alleged special operations insider alleged last week that the Obama administration knows full well who masterminded the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans last Sept. 11, but has allowed him to remain at large in Libya.

Whether that’s true or not, what is incontrovertible is that this administration has not brought the Benghazi killers to justice as the president had so firmly promised to do.

Of course, there’s plenty of time for Mr. Obama to turn his second term around. We’ve seen astonishing political rebounds before, and not so long ago. President Clinton was on his heels when he felt compelled to insist he was still relevant. With their bully pulpit and ability to set a national agenda, presidents have a unique way of being able to pull out of tailspins. Clinton survived the Republican Revolution, impeachment and more.

Whether Obama can pull off a Clintonesque comeback remains to be seen. Unlike Clinton – a charming, inveterate schmoozer – Obama has almost completely eschewed a president’s normal relationship-building with members of both parties in Congress. It’s precisely such a working relationship, built on trust and good faith and communication, that produces the “political juice” the reporter was referring to.

But we would submit Mr. Obama’s political destiny isn’t the important question today. It’s the country’s fate.

“Spring Slowdown Paints Ugly Picture for Jobs,” was the headline Wednesday at CNBC.com.

“The gloomy news continued for jobs as ADP reported Wednesday that private companies created just 119,000 new positions in April,” CNBC reported. “That was well below expectations and confirmation that the labor market is slowing heading into late spring and early summer.”

One CNBC expert suggested the small business sector “is seeing a slowdown likely attributable to the onset of the Affordable Care Act national healthcare plan.”

So, not only is the economy moribund, like the presidency, but the president’s signature legislation, along with his other anti-business policies, may be helping make it so.

We’re not the only ones making that observation. A consensus is building – led by Democrat Sen. Max Baucus – that Obamacare is an impending train wreck. And taking an unusual swipe at the president’s economic policies, comedian Jay Leno recently suggested a way the president could finally close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility: “He should do what he always does: declare it a small business and tax it out of existence. It will be gone in a minute.”

No amount of “political juice” will change economic realities on the ground.

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carcraft
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carcraft 05/06/13 - 05:49 am
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Gees, the lame streams only care of Obama is doing OK..LOL

I guess the rest of us don't really matter! Read where the Federal Government is running out of funds for people with costly preexisting illnesses. States that accepted the Federal money and set up exchanges may have to shoulder the cost of funding the health care for these folks. The states that rejected the federal health care dollars and didn't set up the exchanges are out of the loop on thus and won't be responsible, the Feds will be. But the Feds have no money! Welcome to Obama land and “we have to pass it to know what's in it” Pelosi land!

ymnbde
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ymnbde 05/06/13 - 05:57 am
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well, he's (excuse me!) "He's" certainly no Jackie Robinson

more the Shannon Faulkner type
she was more gender than soldier

mooseye
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mooseye 05/06/13 - 06:53 am
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It won't matter

to the voters that put and kept him in office as they are already on the dole. I am on UI, but that was paid for by my former employee, not tax payers, and I pay taxes out of it too. It is one more expense placed on private companies due to the job losses caused by the idiotic policies of this administration. I am not on any other public assistance program, and I have not had health insurance for 20 years nor been to the doctor for more than a sinus infection in that time, so why should I now be forced to pay for something that I have not used?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/06/13 - 07:18 am
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Thanks for the link, Techfan.
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Thanks for the link, Techfan.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/06/13 - 10:00 am
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Unfiar beyond being unfair

I am begining to believe that there are both political and race predjudis at Obama. I believe that this country's over-whelming problems lies at the door-step of Congress ! The ultra-conservative Republicans and conservative Democrats are so hungry to get re-elected because they know that Obama's popularity is not good at this time.

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rmwhitley 05/06/13 - 10:04 am
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65%
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of Americans are "out to lunch" at any given moment and can't tell the difference between charisma and leadership.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/06/13 - 10:57 am
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Political....absolutely.
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Political....absolutely. Racial.....Not hardly. Which of his races do you think he is getting prejudices against?

grouse
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grouse 05/06/13 - 10:53 am
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No President in my lifetime
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No President in my lifetime has had to work with a Congress so intent on obstructing any and everything proposed by the White House, even simple appointments.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/06/13 - 11:14 am
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HA here you are. Missed you yesterday !

First, could you please read your e-mails.

"Racial.....Not hardly. Which of his races do you think he is getting prejudices against?"

THIS STATEMENT JUST PROVES MY POINT !!!!

Remember your e-mails.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/06/13 - 11:19 am
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Explain how it proves your
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Explain how it proves your point. He's half Caucasian and half African American....so which race?

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allhans 05/06/13 - 01:43 pm
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When your own party begins to

When your own party begins to turn against your policies then I would say, yes, it is political.
Racial?...Yes, for those who continue to support him simply because...

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/06/13 - 11:21 am
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HA and allhans

Both of your statements PROVE RACIAL PREJDISUM (spelling) !! I am beginning to think you both don't even recognise predjudisum !

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/06/13 - 11:28 am
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How does my stating of facts
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How does my stating of facts prove racial prejudice? How is it prejudice to acknowledge that someone is of a certain race? Please explain. I'm personally tired of being accused of being racist or prejudice simply for mentioning someone's race. It is getting really old.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/06/13 - 11:33 am
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HA you can be soooo..............

Just that you point out his racial make-up is signs of racial discrimination. I believe that I am correct on this one !! Now, I guess you will look-it-up and quote the diffenision ( spelling ) for me ??

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/06/13 - 11:38 am
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HA Nothing you have stated is

HA Nothing you have stated is prejudice, and T3 is just stirring an empty pot like always.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/06/13 - 11:39 am
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HA what is getting old

Ultra-conservatives claiming that us libs. voted for him because he is a man of color. We libs. voted for because, for one thing, he is the president that will run interferanse ( spelling ) for libs. against you conservs.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/06/13 - 11:40 am
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T3, so you can be informed:

T3, so you can be informed: The word prejudice refers to prejudgment: i.e. making a decision before becoming aware of the relevant facts of a case.

Seems the fact is pretty clear that the President is of two separate races and it has been stated as such. Nothing prejudice in it.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/06/13 - 11:41 am
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ICL I am hurt !

What empty pot ??!! Libs. don't have the right to call you conservs. out?!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/06/13 - 11:44 am
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Campaigning Again

I heard Obama is going out on the campaign trail later this week to gin the media up to back him on a new bill to raise the minimum. That won't help the unemployment situation. Study after study show that raising the minimum wage results in higher unemployment, particularly among low-skill workers.

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dahreese 05/06/13 - 11:48 am
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"Read where the Federal
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"Read where the Federal Government is running out of funds for people with costly preexisting illnesses."

This is a rather interesting, if not contradictorary, statement coming from a conservative/Republican.

Seems I recall conservatives/Republicans being against any kind of "Obama care" where the government helped those who can't help themselves with health care, and saying government ought to leave health care to private insurers.

Do I note a bit of hypocracy, here?

Or is it just another opportunity to bash Obama no matter what he does?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/06/13 - 11:48 am
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OK folks, got to go

Hopefully we can pick these "wonderfull" arguements up this after-noon. There are 3 good LTE's today. Perhaps I will see you there later.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/06/13 - 11:49 am
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T3, Don't have an issue with

T3, Don't have an issue with you calling a conservative out but only if you are right......looks like in this case, it has been proven you are wrong.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/06/13 - 12:01 pm
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Bledsoe, I appreciate your

Bledsoe, I appreciate your good natured banter; you seem like the kind of liberal I could sit down with and have a "beer summit."

What you don't have the right to do however, is "call out" conservatives using false premises. Call out with facts all you like; I will probably agree with you a lot of the time as I have little patience with politicians in general.

If you read back, you brought race into the debate, not HA or Allhans.

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Red Headed Step Child 05/06/13 - 12:54 pm
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racial

I find it interesting that race is documented on loan applications, census forms, etc. and nothing is said about it BUT if you bring up the fact that someone is of a specific race in conversation, you're being racial. What happened to it being a descriptor? Such as "That white fellow over there sitting on the bench" or "That black fellow over there sitting on the bench". How is that racial??

Racism to me is when someone either GAINS something they otherwise wouldn't or is UNABLE to gain something they otherwise would simply because of their race. That applies to everyone, right? To have it apply to only one or two races would be, well, racist...right?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/06/13 - 01:10 pm
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Mr Bledsoe...YOU were the one
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Mr Bledsoe...YOU were the one that brought up race to begin with....so are YOU the prejudiced one?

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deestafford 05/06/13 - 01:10 pm
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Apparently, the time of dazzling with BS is giving way

to the showing of the incompetence which many of us knew was there all along.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/06/13 - 01:45 pm
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I guess that the President
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I guess that the President was guilty of racial discrimination when he told the world that his mother was white and his father was black. After all "Just that you point out his racial make-up is signs of racial discrimination."

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justthefacts 05/06/13 - 03:38 pm
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dareese

That comment was more a commentary on the Federal gov't's inability to do anything right than a complaint. It is also a beacon of things to come.

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Humble Angela 05/06/13 - 02:53 pm
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