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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justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/23/13 - 10:26 am
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OK

Dareese won't supply the page # of her quote so it appears she falls into the class of those who just feel they have to say something.
Now to the golf course!!

carcraft
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carcraft 06/23/13 - 10:26 am
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Let's blame Bush, that card

Let's blame Bush, that card didn't take long to come up. Obama promised he would be DIFFERANT THAN BUSH. So lets compare Obama to Bush..LOL

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 10:30 am
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Can not be done

It is pointless to believe in Obama's down-fall WITHOUT BLAMEING BUSH AND THE REPUBLICIAN PARTY !!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 10:32 am
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Quote from editorial

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

Blame the disfuncional Congress House of Reps.

b b b bubba
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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 10:33 am
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@carcraft..... 111th congress
Unpublished

111th congress count of senate:
Senate: 55 Democrats; 41 Republicans; 2 Independents - Illinois and Minnesota "vacant"
They did not have the 60% to avoid filibuster from republicans.
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however, despite that....... they got a lot done ! ....passed the affordable health care act ..... enacted regulations on the financial sector ..... established consumer protection agency ..... and so on
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then the 112th congress began their heavy obstructionism

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 10:36 am
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Quote from the editorial

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

Blame obama AND ALSO the disfuncional House of Reps.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 06/23/13 - 10:36 am
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chascushman

Somehow, amazingly, your 10:01 post managed to make Mike Ryan's editorial today look like a the work of a reasonable, fair-minded, objective commentator. It can't have been easy.

b b b bubba
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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 10:39 am
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@ carcraft .... W. Bush
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Will you admit that W. Bush left the great recession mess, the two wars financed with borrowed money, the medicare drug benefit that was not financed by increase in payroll taxes, ...... will you admit that W.Bush left a mess for the next president.... no matter who it was?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 10:41 am
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Quote from editorial

"Mr. Obama might be the first to tell you that being president is a lot harder than it looks."

Blame the disfuncional House of Reps.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 06/23/13 - 10:41 am
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Clinton 's

Ya'll do know Obama is hated by the Clinton's. Obama's puppet masters have made a fool out of him and he could care less. When he leaves office he will have lots of money in his pocket and lots of celebrity friends. I am actually embarrassed for the poor guy NOT!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 10:42 am
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Question

Does anybody know if HA posts on Sunday ?

b b b bubba
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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 10:44 am
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@carcraft.....Let's blame Bush, that card didn't take long to
Unpublished

will you at least admit...... that W. Bush left a housing bubble/financial collapse mess, two costly wars financed by borrowed money, medicare drug benefit not financed,.... and so on...
will you at least admit that W. Bush left a mess for whoever the next president was??????

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 10:46 am
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LillyfromtheMills @ 11:41

Even if the Clintons do hate Obama, they have a vested interest in how Obama's Presidentcy goes and ends.

J.C.King
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J.C.King 06/23/13 - 10:48 am
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@ carcraft.... W.Bush

will you at least admit that W. Bush left the housing bubble/financial collapse mess, the two wars financed with borrowed money, the unfinanced medicare drug benefit ,....etc.
will you at least admit that W. Bush left a mess for whoever the next president was?

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faithson 06/23/13 - 10:49 am
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gotta love the irony...

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. Had this been the right's mantra 12 years ago, we could have saved a whole bunch of lives and money. AND anyone who really believes that ALL this consternation in government these days can be laid at the feet of ONE MAN need to really 'think' about it... Oh, that 'thinkin' thing... easier to live with 'my way or the highway', than taking into account the whole picture.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 10:52 am
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Quote from editorial

"The federal government is a behemoth with a lot of moving parts."

I don't believe that George H.W. nor George W. did anything about this either.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 06/23/13 - 10:54 am
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Obama only

Wants the dems to rule (minus the Clinton's at this time). His only mission is to stay out there campaigning, not running the country. If you can't see that with all the scandals, you have blinders on. Blame the GOP all you want -they are as shocked as the rest of the country - why he hasn't been thrown out of office is beyond me.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 10:56 am
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faithson @ 11:49

You said what needed to be said !!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 11:00 am
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LillyfromtheMills @ 11:54

Impeachment is probably NOT a road that the Republican House of Reps. wants to go on their records.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 11:05 am
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Quote from editorial

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

SOOO, The Republican House of Reps. has absolutely NOTHING to do with this ??!!

b b b bubba
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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 11:07 am
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>>>>>
Unpublished

and??????

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/23/13 - 11:14 am
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Quote from editorial

"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."

Republicans believe "from the top down trical down economics" works. What is the difference ??

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dahreese 06/23/13 - 11:17 am
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@justthefacts 06/23/13 - 11:10 am
Unpublished

My bad. I didn't mean to mislead.

That information (the quotes) itself is included in various pages of the book "American Theocracy" by Kevin Phillips.

But the information, in the form that I posted it, is from the net.

Note that I could have left out the part about Martha Stewart and the comparrison of the "two" "crimes", but I thought it was of interest (and no one on here would have known the difference - but then, that would have been dishonest, wouldn't it?)

b b b bubba
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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 11:24 am
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some cowards...
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if the argument I make is besting yours...... then you flag me for review and try to have me blocked? what cowards.....

allhans
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allhans 06/23/13 - 11:30 am
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Every president goes into

Every president goes into office with the opposition determined to make him a one term president. McConnell had the ----- to say it, he was open about something that was never a secret anyhow.

This applies to all elected officials.....yes, even here in RC.

allhans
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allhans 06/23/13 - 11:37 am
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At least we now have to admit

At least we now have to admit to something we knew already: that without Bernanke pouring billions into the economy on a regular basis this slow recovery would not have happened.
Republicans tried to tell the public that the numbers coming from the White House was artificial and had no meaning but were call Obama haters, obstructionists, dysfunctional.....

allhans
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allhans 06/23/13 - 12:17 pm
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oops

dup

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/23/13 - 12:03 pm
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Logic would dictate that if

Logic would dictate that if Obama is not guilty of any scandal or misdeed then Bush should equally qualify. So just bad luck uh.

b b b bubba
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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 12:09 pm
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@bizkit....both....
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Haven't you noticed that presidents cover for each other?
Ford pardoned Nixon, Obama did not prosecute W. Bush & Cheney...
so .... what is your point?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/23/13 - 12:09 pm
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Every president adopts a

Every president adopts a mess-so did George Bush entering in a recession from the Dot.com bubble burst. They get elected to fix them. You can bash Bush for not doing so but you have to equally bash Obama for not doing so either. I haven't seen the paradise the progressives were in so in "hope" for. Is gitmo closed, are health costs still skyrocketing, is our international bargaining status weak at bests-China, Russian, N Korea, Iran all laughing at our weakness and inability to do anything to stop them??

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