The Petulant Pres still will not stop being the
I remember back in 2008 when Barack Obama was running for president and people wondered if he had the experience to be commander in chief.
Our economy was crashing, we were up to our necks in wars on the other side of the world, people were fearful of losing their jobs, 40 some million Americans had no health insurance, and 11 million illegal immigrants were somewhere in this great country.
Obama, the new kid on the block, had an answer for everything it seemed. During that campaign, he made promises to the American people, a lot of promises.
There were big ones like fixing the economy, and little ones like shutting down
Guantanamo prison in Cuba. More big ones like promising to end all wars
and bring all our troops home, in his first term no less.
His was a campaign of Hope, Peace, and an end to partisan politics.
When he won the Democratic nomination, he stood between giant Roman columns in
like a conquering Roman emperor. During
the campaign, he even promised thousands of people in Germany, of all places, that peace
was on the horizon.
The media loved him with his progressive agenda to give labor unions more power, while Wall Street loved him because he promised Goldman Sachs protection from prosecution.
He railed against too much money in politics while shattering the spending record for campaigns by spending more than a billion dollars to win a job that paid $400,000 a year, or $223.84 per hour.
Media hailed him as the conquering hero when he won the presidency in 2008 with 52.9% of the vote, a margin that slipped to just 51.1% of the vote in his 2012 "landslide" re-election. Since when did a landslide come from winning less than 43% of the vote.
In truth, Obama became the first winner in our history to get about 25% of the eligible vote, a sad commentary on voting in
America. In case math is difficult for you, than means
75% of the eligible voters did not vote for Obama, or three out of every four
did not vote for him.
Here are a few other truths.
We still have troops in
and Afghanistan and now we
are fighting in Syria.
The prison in
remains open seven years later.
We helped overthrow bad guys during the Arab Spring of 2010 that left
Tunisia, Egypt, Libya,
and Yemen with no leader,
while also destabilizing governments in Bahrain
We pulled most troops out of
and Afghanistan but both required
us to keep some in place or send them back, while we also initiated one of the
largest and most expensive bombing campaigns in history in Iraq, the
country we liberated just a few years earlier.
Immigration Reform, which he promised the first year, has gone nowhere.
He did get his national health care which he signed into law March 23, 2010, and five years later everyone with insurance is paying more while the number of uninsured Americans today, five years later, is still about 36 million, down from 49.9 million in 2010 but much of it was due to Medicare not new insurance.
The economy is sputtering along as the unemployed stopped looking for work and working people had no increase in salary, since he took office.
There was no action on campaign reform so he spent two billion dollars for re-election, which means he still makes about $223.84 per hour, though he delivered on about none of his many promises.
On the positive side, he wants the minimum wage increased from $7.25 per hour to $9.00 per hour, which is only $214.84 less than he makes.
Of course, George Bush left office seven years ago but Obama still blames many of his problems on Bush.
Then, there is the issue of the dastardly Republicans. Conveniently, Obama blames them for everything he could not do. So much for bringing to an end partisan politics, finger pointing, and character assassination.
Over the years, he has broadened his assaults as he blames
Russia, Putin, or China for every single problem of
the Administration it seems, if he does not blame it on the Republicans.
Unfortunately, his intransient nature regarding his policies, have alienated
Russia, China, and Israel at a time when we need them
With little over one year left to serve, Obama is alienating the rest of the world and the American public. it comes from his refusal to work with Russia and China - especially when it comes to terrorism, his indifference to Israel, his Red Lines in the sand and veto threats rather than trying to work with people, and his trashing of anyone who questions anything he has done.
It is a good thing
understand he is a lame duck, a seriously wounded lame duck, so they have no
expectations of anything from him.
Once upon a time American presidents used to build worldwide coalitions to advance causes. Now he will have to eat a mighty amount of humble pie is he is to receive any help from
Russia and China.
Obama and his mouthpieces should just shut up, the world is not interested in his problems, or in hearing why the
United States is so weak. For those who supported Obama, it was a good
try but he really had no experience and really never grew into the role of
commander in chief.
It is far too late to defend him, the record I reviewed of his broken promises is clear. Just use your efforts to get him to work with
because right now they are the leaders of the world and have demonstrated the
most maturity when it comes to working with other nations.