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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t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/06/13 - 04:25 pm
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Now we are on Obama Care ??

I feel like a broken record, if you are old enough to remember records. Obama Care WILL take more people off of Medicaid so they will start paying some of their health care bills. I thought this is what conservs. want, for people to start having their own fiscal responsibility ??!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/06/13 - 04:32 pm
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Let me see if I got it right:

Conservs. don't want more gun laws because they are paranoid about the government going "road-rage" on U.S.

Conserves. don't want Obama Care because they are OK with continuing to pay out Medicaid.

Conservs. don't want Hispanic Citizenship because they would rather treat Canadians with more respect than Mexicans.

DID I LEAVE ANYTHING OUT ??!!

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 05/06/13 - 04:41 pm
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T3

No, you did not get it right. Do you really believe what you just wrote?

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LillyfromtheMills 05/06/13 - 04:42 pm
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Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/06/13 - 04:45 pm
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Explain exactly how Obamacare
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Explain exactly how Obamacare will take more people off of medicaid.

As for this statement "Conservs. don't want Hispanic Citizenship because they would rather treat Canadians with more respect than Mexicans."

That is just absurd. For starters, it's not true. Second....explain HOW Canadians are treated any differently than Mexicans.

As for your statement above. Conservatives don't want more gun laws because they are unconstitutional.

OJP
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OJP 05/06/13 - 04:48 pm
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Good lord, this is just absurd.

"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."

Do we need to point out that Bush NEVER got Osama bin Laden?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/06/13 - 04:54 pm
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At least Bush never said that
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At least Bush never said that Bin Laden attacked us in a protest over a youtube video.....which is now shown to be a bald faced lie.

Also....Bin Laden would never have been caught without enhanced interrogation.

OJP
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OJP 05/06/13 - 05:31 pm
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@Humble Angela

Irrelevant to the point.

If you are going to attack the current President for not catching them 8 months after the attack, you have to attack the previous President for not catching them 7 YEARS after the attack. It took THIS President coming into office to catch bin Laden. Bush never did.

It's a hard pill for conservatives to swallow.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/06/13 - 05:40 pm
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What has this President done
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What has this President done to catch those responsible for Benghazi? It seems that all he has done about it is lie. What did this President do to catch Bin Laden?
"It took THIS President coming into office to catch bin Laden."

Really? Are you saying that no other president would have given the ok?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/06/13 - 07:24 pm
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HA will you EVER meet in the middle ??

"Explain exactly how Obamacare will take more people off of medicaid.

As for this statement "Conservs. don't want Hispanic Citizenship because they would rather treat Canadians with more respect than Mexicans."

That is just absurd. For starters, it's not true. Second....explain HOW Canadians are treated any differently than Mexicans.

As for your statement above. Conservatives don't want more gun laws because they are unconstitutional."

New gun laws: not going to take your precious guns away !

Obama Care: takes people OFF OF Medicaid, because it will force people to pay for more of their medical bills !

Canadians (BY THE TENS OF THOUSANDS ) ARE ALLOWED TO COME TO U.S., work and earn money, then go back home to Canada ! I don't believe we even consider this for Mexicans !

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/06/13 - 07:39 pm
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As for the attacked embassey

If I were one of the family members of any of the thousands of U.S. Troops that have been killed in action, I would be screaming, "The lives of these 4 people ARE NOT WORTH ANY MORE THAN OUR LOVED ONES THAT HAVE BEEN KILLED IN ACTION !!"

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carcraft 05/06/13 - 09:49 pm
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t3bledsoe unfortunately the

t3bledsoe unfortunately the ARMED services are different from the diplomatic corp. The armed services actually engage in armed conflicted with real people shooting real bullets at each other, the diplomatic corps not so much. When the Diplomatic corps and those that were providing them security told the State Department that the situation in the area was deteriorating, for instance the British had pulled out and the State Department did nothing to improve security we got what happened. Hilary Clinton ran the State Department, the buck stops at her door. Pushing the lie about a demonstration is Obama's fault. The press failing to follow up is to be expected, protect Obama at all costs! Troops dying in battle is a very sad waste of life, allowing diplomates who are not armed or supposed to be in combat to die is criminal!

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allhans 05/06/13 - 10:17 pm
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The Benghazi hearing will be

The Benghazi hearing will be aired 11:00 Wed AM on CSpan 3..

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/07/13 - 07:44 am
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Bledsoe. If people can't
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Bledsoe. If people can't afford their own medical care, and are getting medicaid. how is forcing them to pay for it going to make them able to afford it now. If that works, then why don't we force the homeless to buy a house?

As for this statement. "Canadians (BY THE TENS OF THOUSANDS ) ARE ALLOWED TO COME TO U.S., work and earn money, then go back home to Canada ! I don't believe we even consider this for Mexicans !"

Work visa laws are EXACTLY the same for Canadians as they are for Mexicans. Where are you getting your information?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/07/13 - 07:46 am
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"New gun laws: not going to
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"New gun laws: not going to take your precious guns away !"

Again...are you not familiar with the law proposed that would make many guns non-transferable. Meaning that once I die, they are turned into the Government.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/07/13 - 08:42 am
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HA I will argue some points about our disagreements

"New gun laws: not going to take your precious guns away !"

"Again...are you not familiar with the law proposed that would make many guns non-transferable. Meaning that once I die, they are turned into the Government."

Again, conservs. WILL MAKE SURE that your guns will remain a family tradition. I stand by my three statements about how conservs. depict Immagration Reform, gun laws, and Obama Care. I don't think The President "lies" about every thing !! Have you ever heard of brain-washing ??!!

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Humble Angela 05/07/13 - 08:47 am
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"Again, conservs. WILL MAKE
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"Again, conservs. WILL MAKE SURE that your guns will remain a family tradition. "

NOT if the proposed law passes. That is why we oppose the law. Maybe you should actually read some of these proposed bills instead of just guessing and hoping that they turn out ok.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 05/07/13 - 08:50 am
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As far as your statement of
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As far as your statement of "will you ever meet in the middle?"

NOT when it comes to my constitutional rights. Would you have wanted the slavery abolitionists to meet in the middle and only take away SOME of the people's rights?

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