Obama, then and now

President was hailed as America's savior. So what happened?

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Barack Obama received what could legitimately be described as a messianic welcome to the presidency.

After a Greek-column backdrop of a candidacy, fainting audience members and a news media that got a thrill up its leg at his oratory, Mr. Obama spoke to adoring masses in Europe – and was handed a Nobel Peace Prize mere months into his presidency – not for achieving anything, but for talking like he might.

Today, his credibility at home and likely abroad is in a freefall after multiple scandals enveloped his administration. There’s even a petition to strip him of his Nobel Peace Prize, after his maintaining and even expanding drone strikes in the Mideast.

And if the Nobel committee thought he was going to help the world reduce its nuclear weapons, or even the interest in them, guess again: North Korea has become nuclear on his watch, and Iran is about to.

While his personal popularity remains fairly high, his presidency is stuck in cement and besieged by critics.

And did you ever think you’d live to see this day? A Gallup Poll shows the much-maligned President George W. Bush is now more popular than President Obama.

What in the world has happened?

A number of things, in our view.

Mr. Obama might be the first to tell you that being president is a lot harder than it looks. The federal government is a behemoth with a lot of moving parts. And for every action in public office, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

And let’s face it: Life has a way of sending us near-constant reminders that not even the most powerful man in the world is in complete control of things. Events take on a life of their own; human nature makes certain of it.

But Mr. Obama has brought on a lot of his problems himself.

His presidency has been hyperpartisan, perhaps the most partisan in history, yet his Democratic colleagues on Capitol Hill also complain of his complete lack of interest in a working relationship.

If the news and entertainment media had stratospherically unrealistic expectations of this man, he encouraged it with his soaring oratory and promises. One of his speeches suggested history might say his nomination “was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal …”

You have to wonder if he was qualified to begin with. Nothing in his work history suggested experience or ability in juggling a mammoth bureaucracy.

And despite the happy, hip persona he puts on in public, nothing in his limited engagement with lawmakers has demonstrated the people skills required of a president who needs to press an agenda through a recalcitrant Congress.

As scandal and difficulty erupt all around him, he falls back on fundraising and campaign-style appearances, though he is term limited.

The latter is a peephole into what may really be going wrong with his presidency.

In retrospect, most of this president’s priorities have revolved around solidifying a power base. It’s become clear that centralizing power in Washington, and more specifically in the executive branch, and creating a permanent Democrat Party ruling majority is Job 1 with this president. From health care to student loans to the auto industry and more, we haven’t seen this much of American life nationalized since FDR.

This sort of top-down, central-planning approach has never worked for long, and certainly is incompatible with the American system of self-governance – the foundation of which is individual liberty.

So, not only is he in troubled waters, but he’s swimming upstream.

If nothing else, future generations should recognize the folly of putting so much blind faith in one person, particularly one so utterly unproven and untested.

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carcraft
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carcraft 06/23/13 - 10:11 am
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b b b bubba, remember Obama,

b b b bubba, remember Obama, since 2008 focusing like a laser, pivoting to, etc. job creation during the summer of and subsequence summers of recovery? Well unemployment is still about what it was when Obama took office!

b b b bubba
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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 10:14 am
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@jtf.... draper book
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what I found was that Obama was negotiating with Boehner and it involved some medicare and social security cuts in return for an increase of revenue .......... of course, the republicans would not "compromise" and so.... nothing came of this......
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Boehner is such a weak, ineffectual house leader. He cannot even get his own party members to vote to pass the 2014 farm bill. The majority cannot get a majority?.....lol

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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 10:17 am
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@ carcraft....... jobs
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Obama has proposed several job bills........ the republicans have blocked these either by filibuster or by not even bringing it to the house floor ..... whatever jobs bills the republicans have presented have always contained language abolishing the affordable healthe care act ........ and do they really think that Obama will sign that? .... republicans always put poison pills into whatever legislation they present......

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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 10:19 am
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@jtf ......draper book excerpt
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Amazing how you were able to quote from the book but could not discern what page you were on!!!

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maryhamm 06/23/13 - 10:22 am
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Same old rhetoric from ACES

Rather than constantly showing your bias against President Obama, I suggest you direct your comments toward the Republican based mayor and city officials in Augusta, Georgia. The dismal graduation rates from the local high schools along with the unbelievable maternal death rate reported by your paper leaves me shaking my head. You need to be proactive in cleaning up your own backyard before taking on the President. As a white female college graduate I say God bless President Obama and the United States of America. Despite your constant negativity to the opposite, we live in the greatest country in the world. The mess President Obama inherited in taking office is the result of George W. Bush's ineptitude.

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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 10:25 am
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@maryhamm
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well said... bravo.... =^.^=

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justthefacts 06/23/13 - 10:29 am
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bubba

I told you I made it up.

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justthefacts 06/23/13 - 10:31 am
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Mary

Really, don't you think the blaming Bush is getting just a tad old? I mean, it's been 5 yrs already.

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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 10:31 am
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@ jtf... of course
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of course..... just another lie to promote some scandal....
typical GOP modus operandi ......
you have proved my point !

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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 10:33 am
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@ jtf .... just stating
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mary is not blaming .... she is just stating a fact ...... are you claiming that W. Bush did NOT leave a mess when he left office?

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justthefacts 06/23/13 - 10:43 am
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Another quote: Don't know page #

From Draper book: .” Democrats find another kind of unity in the debt fight, as the president betrays them. “The president is the worst negotiator who has ever owned that title!” says California Rep. Dennis Cardoza to Pelosi. “I didn’t know Millard Fillmore, but… he’s the worst. He doesn’t know how to do this.

Pelosi’s response: “Yeah, but he doesn’t think so.”

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 10:51 am
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Presidentcy first 2 years

I voted for Obama twice. One of the biggest problems was the first two years when even the Democrats in congress would not even work with him !!

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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 10:52 am
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@ jtf .... another
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Yes, Obama tried to negotiate, tried to compromise, tried to be bipartisan during his first term.... and what did the republicans do? always obstructing.... never compromising...(compromise is not in the republican dictionary) ... no bipartisanship from the republicans....
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well now it is Obama's second term .... and you know what? .... he will not make those mistakes again .... and that is good! =)

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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 10:53 am
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so jtf...
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what is your answer to:
are you claiming that W. Bush did NOT leave a mess when he left office?

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justthefacts 06/23/13 - 10:54 am
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Obama

Couldn't spell Leadership if you spotted him the whole word.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 10:54 am
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Quote from editorial

"His presidency has been hyperpartisan, perhaps the most partisan in history, yet his Democratic colleagues on Capitol Hill also complain of his complete lack of interest in a working relationship."

The republican controled House of Reps. is one of the biggest problems in this whole country !!

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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 10:57 am
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@ jtf one liner
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here is a good one too:
don't cast aspersions on my asparagus!
LOL

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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 10:58 am
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b b b bubba @ 10:53

"what is your answer to:
are you claiming that W. Bush did NOT leave a mess when he left office?"

I believe that this is one of the big down-falls of the Republican party.

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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 11:00 am
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yes T3
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notice how they avoid confirming this fact!
W. Bush left a mess when he left office in 2008-09

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justthefacts 06/23/13 - 11:02 am
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bubba

"what is your answer to:
are you claiming that W. Bush did NOT leave a mess when he left office?"

You would need to be a tad more specific.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 11:02 am
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Quote from editorial

"Today, his credibility at home and likely abroad is in a freefall after multiple scandals enveloped his administration. "

And The Republicans HAVE NOTHING TO DO ABOUT / TOWARD THIS??!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 11:06 am
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justthefacts @ 11:02

"are you claiming that W. Bush did NOT leave a mess when he left office?"

You would need to be a tad more specific."

Republicans seem to forget the shape that this country was in AS A RESULT OF GEORGE W.

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dahreese 06/23/13 - 11:10 am
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b b bubba 06/23/13 - 10:19 am
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b b bubba 06/23/13 - 10:19 am 00@jtf ......draper book excerpt

Amazing how you were able to quote from the book but could not discern what page you were on!!!

He didn't quote from the book.

A very few post here because they have something to say.

The majority post because they have to say something!

His replies to your posts are the latter.

The "editorial" (Harrump!) states, "You have to wonder if he [Obama]was qualified to begin with. Nothing in his work history suggested experience or ability in juggling a mammoth bureaucracy."

Well, the "Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff" seems to have (conveniently?) forgotton that GWB failed at every business he ever tried - even before being appointed as president of this country.

"Arbusto, an oil exploration company, lost money, but it got considerable investments (nearly $5 million) because even losing oil investments were useful as tax shelters.

"Spectrum 7 Energy Corp. bought out Arbusto in 1984 and hired Mr. Bush to run the company's oil interests in Midland, Texas. The oil business collapsed as oil prices plummeted by 1986, and Spectrum 7 Energy was near failure.

"Harken Energy acquired Mr. Bush's Spectrum 7 Energy shares, and he got Harken shares, a directorship, and a consulting arrangement in return. Harken, under Bush, brought in Saudi real estate tycoon Sheikh Abdullah Bakhsh as a board member and a major investor. Over the next few years, Harken would turn out to have links to: Saudi money, CIA-connected Filipinos, the Harvard Endowment, the emir of Bahrain, and the shadowy Bank of Credit and Commerce International.

"A 1991 internal SEC document suggested George W. Bush violated federal securities law at least 4 times in the late 1980s and early 1990s in selling Harken stock while serving as a director of Harken. This is essentially the same kind of activity that Martha Stewart is going to prison over. Except at the time of the investigation, Mr. Bush's father was president and the case was quietly dropped the case."

Yes, "You have to wonder....?

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justthefacts 06/23/13 - 11:10 am
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Ah Dahreese

"A 1991 internal SEC document suggested George W. Bush violated federal securities law at least 4 times in the late 1980s and early 1990s in selling Harken stock while serving as a director of Harken. This is essentially the same kind of activity that Martha Stewart is going to prison over. Except at the time of the investigation, Mr. Bush's father was president and the case was quietly dropped the case."
Could you please tell me what Page that was on? Thanks.

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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 11:11 am
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dahreese @ 11:06

"A very few post here because they have something to say.

The majority post because they have to say something!

His replies to your posts are the latter."

I believe THAT 100% of us "have something meaningful to say."

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 11:16 am
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Even more meaningful than the editorial

Personally, I think the over-whelming number of us have something EVEN MORE MEANINGFUL THAN THE ACES !!

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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 11:17 am
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FINALLY:

We seem to have more democrats than normal on this subject.

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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 11:22 am
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Quote from editorial

"If nothing else, future generations should recognize the folly of putting so much blind faith in one person, particularly one so utterly unproven and untested."

I guess we should vote for an insider Republican. HOW MANY REPUBLCANS could even get anything done WITH A CONGRESS LIKE WE HAVE NOW !!

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carcraft 06/23/13 - 11:23 am
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b b b bubba, Obama

b b b bubba, Obama controlled both houses of congress for the first two years of his Presidency, Obama PROMISED unemployment would not reach 8% if the porkulus bill was passed. Well the bill was passed and unemployment did not did not drop below 8% until just before the election and only then because data about California was left off. Obama and his administration lies about every thing!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 11:25 am
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Republicans

Question: How many Republicans seem to act and vote like it is still the 19th century ??

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