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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Darby
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Darby 06/23/13 - 12:59 am
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"was handed a Nobel Peace Prize mere

months into his presidency – not for achieving anything, but for talking like he might."

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True, but so what? The Nobel Peace prize has been for years now, just one of those things liberals to for each other as a sign of their undying love and affection.

A real "Mutual Admiration Society".

It lost all meaning decades ago, so who cares which liberal will be next in line?

And BTW - OzBama didn't really talk like he might accomplish anything. He just said what other liberals wanted to hear.

That was enough to get the prize.

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Rhetor 06/23/13 - 06:26 am
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sigh

The problem, ACES, is that random, personalized dislike does not make your charges against the President to be true. To the conservatives, this presidency has all been about personality, not policy. The virulent attacks against Obamacare, which was a Republican concept to start with, are merely evidence of this. The conservatives have repeatedly switched course to oppose their own ideas just because Obama endorsed them. Make-believe scandals based on overstated and unverified "facts" do not constitute a basis for your hostile attitude. BTW, the size of the federal government (in real life, not in the fevered imaginations of Fox commentators) is lower as a percentage of GDP than it has been in decades. Federal tax rates are far lower than they were under Nixon. Government spending has been almost flat for the past four years. And so forth. In other words, in real life the government has not been growing into a huge behemoth. It's not Obama who's personalized this presidency, it's the conservatives: who stand angry about things that aren't really happening and fearful of events that aren't coming to pass. Well, thanks for writing, and have a good day.

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owensjef3 06/23/13 - 07:16 am
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Mr. editor please do a follow
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Mr. editor please do a follow up on the so called IRS Scandle.i know you won't because ther was none.

myfather15
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myfather15 06/23/13 - 07:24 am
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Yes of course; the old

Yes of course; the old "Nothing to see here." Deny it, until it goes away because it always does. We the People's attention span is very short, that's a fact!! It's also the reason politicians get away with their corruption.

myfather15
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myfather15 06/23/13 - 07:26 am
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Federal spending has been

Federal spending has been flat? Yet, we've doubled the national debt in the last four years? Using simple math, how is this possible?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/23/13 - 07:42 am
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Some good news

As the Obama scandals multiply his power is weaken. He is already a lame duck.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 06/23/13 - 07:51 am
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More made up scandals
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More made up scandals

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/23/13 - 08:03 am
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Funny joke

First slide a man is calling his wife to tell her he is coming home. Second slide shows beautiful blond haired, blue eyed woman saying "what are you going to do when you get home". Man says, " I would rather show you when I get there". Women says, "come on... tell me". Last slide shows Obama on a phone saying, Yeah, come on, tell her, we want to hear!!"

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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 08:11 am
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hyperGOPartisanship
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Look at this part of the ACE :
"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."
How naive of ACE to believe that the American people do not realize what republicans have done since the Obama administration started. The GOP have been obstructionists. They have brought the USA to the brink of defaulting on its debts. They have obstructed all jobs measures that Obama wanted to pass.
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"Roger Draper book details how in 2009 senior Republican figures planned a campaign to bring Washington to a standstill"
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/26/democrats-gop-plot-obstruct-...
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I have noticed that whatever GOP spouts about the intentions of the Democratic party are actually what they are scheming to do. They have gerrymandered districts in the states to make lose-proof Gop representatives to Congress. Now, if they could only suppress the nonrepublican voters from casting their votes, then they could dominate the senate and white house. They have their purity tests to make sure who is and who is not a "real republican". Those who fail the purity test are called RINOs. Yes, they have a plan and they have billionaires backing it and they will lie feverishly to accomplish the establishment of their "authoritarianism".

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/23/13 - 08:24 am
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And then the not so funny

Obama in Germany, “we can . . . reject the nuclear weaponization that North Korea and Iran may be seeking.” Really? MAY be seeking. One wonders if Obama ever attends his security briefing.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/23/13 - 08:52 am
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bubba

Look, I really appreciate you trying to cheer us Republicans up, I really do. But, I just don't think all your delusional accusations would stand up in a court of law. Fun to dream though.

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Pops 06/23/13 - 08:54 am
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Just like Jimmy Carter

in that he is woefully unqualified to do the job.

b b b bubba
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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 08:57 am
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@jtf
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You do not believe that the GOP has gerrymandered the state districts? Do you really think this ?

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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 09:01 am
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and was it presidential....
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for Reagan to send weapons to Iran during the three years following the hostage crisis?

carcraft
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carcraft 06/23/13 - 09:27 am
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MADE UP SCANDALS? LOL

MADE UP SCANDALS? LOL because you day so? IRS 88 to 100 employees targeting only conservatives and it is not a scandal? First story, it was a few employees in the Philadelphia office
Then it turns out the Inspector General was aware of this activity years ago and did nothing! Attorney General lying to Congress over Fast ans Furious. Attorney General lying to Congress or a Federal Judge over Fox Reporter Jim Rosen! Benghazi we have the UN Ambassador lying to the American people.on 5 differant occasions! The lie was generated between 3 government agencies,CIA, State Department, and White Security office. State Department covering up the sex, drug scandal of Clinton's security detail and the Ambassador to Belgium. Finally we run into the NSA scandal. Now please explain to me what is manufacture about these Scandals?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/23/13 - 09:28 am
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Back to Bubba

You don't think Republicans invented gerrymandering do you? BTW, you may want to check out other excerpts from the book you referenced. It seems Ms Pelosi was plotting against the President as well.

b b b bubba
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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 09:41 am
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@jtf
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really? tell me which page you are looking at ...... which show Ms Pelosi plotting against Obama........ I want to see this

b b b bubba
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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 09:44 am
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also....@jtf
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gerrymandering and other stuff.....so both parties are evil then?..... or do you believe only Democratic party and Obama are evil?

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rmwhitley 06/23/13 - 09:45 am
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lefties are
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so predictable.

b b b bubba
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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 09:46 am
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@ carcraft....
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Rosen revealed that the USA has a mole planted in the North Korea government......... now that person's life is endangered and .... it was already very difficult to get an informant into that perverted kingdom .... now what? Rosen is a traitor........

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deestafford 06/23/13 - 09:52 am
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I have read and reread the editorial twice and for the love of

me I can't find the first word I disagree with. Well done!

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effete elitist liberal 06/23/13 - 09:53 am
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lessons learned

We Democrats have learned our lessons well. If and when Americans elect another Republican President, we will vow on the first day of his or her administration to make it a one term Presidency. And if this President has a Republican-controlled Senate, we Democrats will filibuster relentlessly, insuring that no piece of legislation can pass without at least 60 votes. We will attempt to block even the most routine Presidential appointments, and don't even think of even getting a floor vote on the majority of your court choices. Remember, we control the mainstream media, so we can blow up even the most minor incident to the level of major scandal and make it headline news for all our newspapers and tv networks. Then, when your next President cannot accomplish much, except by executive actions for which we will pillory him or her, we will claim he or she is too partisan and makes no effort to compromise. And of course you conservative will howl about how obstructionist we are being. Oh yes, we've learned well. After all, in politics especially, turnaround is the ultimate fair play.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/23/13 - 09:56 am
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Bubba

Here you go:In "Do Not Ask What Good We Do," Robert Draper vividly describes a closed-door caucus meeting of House Democrats just after the world learned about Mr. Obama's secret talks with Mr. Boehner. Nancy Pelosi prepared her fellow House Democrats to go to battle against the president. She told them she would deliver the message directly to the White House the next day. "Do I have your permission," Ms. Pelosi, her voice rising, asked her fellow Democrats, "to go over there and say, 'We're not cutting Medicare, we're not cutting Social Security?' " The party rank-and-file "applauded wildly," Mr. Draper says. "She had no intention of letting Obama hand the Democrats' winning formula over to Boehner as a sacrificial offering."

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justthefacts 06/23/13 - 09:59 am
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EEL

Sure hope you guys get the chance, but I doubt it. However, I doubt any person from either party could be as divisive as Obama.

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avidreader 06/23/13 - 09:58 am
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Hillary!

And remember -- Hillary is out there skulking around, taking dead aim at a run for the White House. She'll be offering up free steak and lobster while the Republicans will attempt to sell nutritious veggie platters. It's going to be a monumental task to defeat any Democratic contender.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/23/13 - 10:01 am
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Hillary

Actually she would works well with the Republicans.

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chascushman 06/23/13 - 10:01 am
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Very good column. Obama is a
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Very good column. Obama is a lying, racist, America hating Marxist/communist. He believes the USA stole its wealth from poor countries and it is his job to achieve ' Social Justice'.

b b b bubba
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b b b bubba 06/23/13 - 10:02 am
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@jtf
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and that is on what page?........... that is what I asked for....
also... the Democrats were correct to be alarmed that Obama might cut medicare and social security.....and do whatever it took to block that from happening.... so? .....
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now....... do you remember the 2010 election cycle where republicans promised America to make creating jobs a priority? and did they? no....

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carcraft 06/23/13 - 10:07 am
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EEL, Obama was working so

EEL, Obama was working so hard to pat himself on the back over getting Ben Laden that the Identity of the physician who collected DNA samples to identify Ben Laden was ID by the Pakistanis and now sits in Jail in Pakistan. Did Holder lie to a Judge and investigate Obama for security leaks, oops sorry that story made Obama look good, never mind...

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/23/13 - 10:09 am
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bubba

What page? I don't know. Hey, I just sat here and made it up. Good grief. Look it up if you need to know.

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