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No link, but President Downgrade had a 39% approval rating according to the latest Gallup Poll. My question is who are the 39% who think he's actually doing a good job? I'm trying my best to wake these people up, but some of them simply won't listen.

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I'm sorry but George Soros and his paid for politicians will just not be swayed from their mission to get the United States to submit to the U.N in FULL authority.

Hillary, Pelosi, Reid, these are the ones you must talk sense into, and I think that will only happen with extreme measures, and therefore won't happen.

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No link, but President Downgrade had a 39% approval rating according to the latest Gallup Poll. My question is who are the 39% who think he's actually doing a good job? I'm trying my best to wake these people up, but some of them simply won't listen.



I agree... What is troubling though, is that there are some on the uber left that don't approve of him because he hasn't taken things FAR enough... Ridiculous... We've given entitlements until we are literally bankrupt, and now we should give more?

Anyone not on the far left that thinks this jackass is doing a good job is uttlerly brain dead or isn't paying attention. His lies are the worst part. He came into office touting jobs as his #1 priority and did NOTHING about it for 3 years. He knew that he HAD to get his HC plan passed before mid-term elections, or he was going to lose seats and it would never get done. He sat on his thumbs on doing anything that would actually create jobs for three years while he bullied his HC bill through Congress, and now he's whining and crying and touting his "accomplishment" that VERY few people wanted.

His Presidency is such a disingenous joke it's ridiculous. His own staff has admitted that he doesn't even get daily or even weekly economic updates. He literally doesn't care about the economy. Instead he goes on vacation ALL over the place. I'm sorry, but when GWB went to Crawford, he used it as a home office. Barry O has the helm at one of the most tempermental times in history, and he's asleep at the wheel...


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Well his platform was hope and change. For a change he thought the president could actually take a vacation when on vacation and hope for more jobs!

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Yup, he's taken our dollar and reduced it to change!!!

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remember you heard it here first, so I would like 25 cents for every bumper sticker sold!

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I've seen the following shirt worn at my work place without regard to others who don't share their socialist views. So I am considering having my own shirt printed up and wearing it, but am concerned that I would be unemployed rather quickly. But it's still funny and true enough to share!



If by a ‘Liberal’ they mean someone who looks ahead to days of socialism, getting the example from behind the Iron Curtain, someone who cares about making everyone live on welfare ~ their free health care, their free housing, their substandard school curriculums, their Union jobs, in spite of their Civil Rights, and regardless of their civil liberties ~ someone who believes, “Yes we can” break through the stalemate and suspicions that are destroying our government from within, if that is what they mean by a ‘Liberal,’ then many who are destroying free America, are proud to say, I’m a ‘Liberal’.

John F. Kennedy, Democrat, revised for 2012

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Peter Schiff is one of my favorite economists and he sums up Obama well here:
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Job Killer in Chief
By: Peter Schiff | Fri, Sep 2, 2011

This morning many on Wall Street were stunned by the big fat zero put up by the August jobs report, the worst showing in 11 months. The data convinced many previously optimistic economists that the United States will slip back into recession. I believe that we have been in one giant recession all along that was only temporarily interrupted by trillions of useless and destructive deficit and stimulus spending. Unfortunately, the August numbers will increase the talk of government efforts to stimulate the economy.

But while President Obama prepares to unveil a new plan for the Federal Government to create jobs, evidence is rapidly piling up on how his Administration is actively destroying jobs with stunning efficiency. Recent examples of this trend are enough to make anyone with even a casual respect for America's former economic prowess hang their head in disgust.

The assault on private sector employment began in April when the democrat controlled National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint seeking to force Boeing aircraft to move Boeing's newly opened non-union production facilities in South Carolina back to its union controlled plants in Washington State. Although Boeing simply says that it is looking to open a cost effective domestic manufacturing facility (an endangered species) to employ American workers, the NLRB alleges that the company was punishing union workers in Washington for past strikes. Despite a lack of any direct evidence that Boeing was being punitive, and the fact that the company was not laying off any union workers, the NLRB has not backed down. Against little public support and nearly universal revulsion among business leaders, the NLRB is continuing its campaign to keep Boeing from exercising its freedoms and to employ people in a manner that makes sense for its business.

The Boeing move served notice that the Obama's loyalties were firmly tied to the Union interests that were so critical to his election in 2008. This week, the anti-business tendencies of the administration came into even sharper focus.

In the telecommunications industry, service provider AT&T made the seemingly essential move in its attempt to acquire wireless specialist T-Mobile. But the Justice Department sued to block the $39 billion deal on antitrust grounds, saying that the merger between the second and fourth largest cell phone providers would unfairly restrict competition and raise prices.

In so doing, the DOJ seems to be operating under the assumption, without any direct evidence, that at least four companies are needed to provide healthy choice in the marketplace, and that three providers simply won't cut it. More broadly, competition may increasingly come from outside the telecommunications sector (in particular from cable and satellite industries). Plus, with the speed of technological change, who knows what types of competitors will arise in the years to come. The situation reminds me of the broken merger in 2004 and 2005 between Blockbuster Video and Hollywood Video. Based on antitrust concerns emanating from the Justice Department, Blockbuster backed off from the deal. Of course, just a few years later the whole sector was made obsolete by Netflix, and any advantage Blockbuster would have gained would have only been temporary.

In light of the current and future competition that is sure to change the way consumers talk with one another over great distances, AT&T and T-Mobile are much better positioned to survive as a combined entity. In any event if AT&T can't buy T-Mobile, someone else will. The company's parent, Deutsche Telecom, has stated its intention to divest itself of its American subsidiary.

So why not help American business survive in an increasingly competitive market?

Most likely antitrust lawyers at the DOJ have been otherwise bored with the lack of merger deals to scrutinize (another downside to a weak economy), and this transaction just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But the legal activism will certainly cost jobs. Even the unions recognize this and have supported the merger.

But the absurdity of the current environment reached a peak when the DOJ, and agents from, get this, the U.S. Fish and Wild Life Service, raided the Nashville factory of the legendary Gibson Guitar company. The raid resulted in agents carting off more than a half million dollars of supplies and essentially shutting the company down. The take down of one of America's commercial icons apparently resulted from Gibson's purchase of partially finished ebony and rosewood guitar fingerboards (these endangered trees are carefully managed) from an Indian supplier.

Now here's the interesting part. The Indian government had issued no complaint about the transactions and there was no evidence that the company had violated U.S. law.

The DOJ acted simply on suspicion that Gibson had violated Indian law. Since when do U.S. companies have to make sure that they comply with laws of every country in the world before they produce a product?

I had the good fortune on interviewing Henry Juszkiewicz, the CEO of Gibson on my radio show this Thursday.

After speaking to him, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at the stunning economic incompetence of our government officials, who in the cause of arbitrary regulatory nitpicking, seem willing to sacrifice the reputation and prospects of one of the few remaining American manufacturers. God help us all.

On the other side of the coin, the government's own efforts to create jobs in the private sector have met with little success. It was announced yesterday that Solyndra LLC of Fremont California, a manufacturer of solar panel has filed for bankruptcy protection and has laid off its remaining 1,100 workers. The development is notable because the company was a veritable poster child of the Obama Administration. The president himself visited their facilities in May of 2010 and touted the company as the template for America's "green technology" future. As a result of its politically advantageous profile the company was able to secure $535 million in loans guaranteed by the government.

But apparently government blessing does not guarantee market success. Unfortunately, Solyndra could not sell its products profitably despite the government support and cheerleading. Instead $535 million in investment capital was diverted from potentially money making enterprises to a money losing enterprise. This is what happens when government calls the shots.

When it comes to the financial sector, the government can't seem to decide whether it wants to preserve jobs or destroy them. After bailing out the banks three years ago (and making some of them too big to fail), it was reported today that the government is preparing to launch a multi-billion dollar lawsuit to recoup losses that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac suffered on mortgage backed bonds (loans that the government itself encouraged the banks to make). If the government were to prevail, job losses would surely emerge in the sector, and the government may need to bail out the banks once again!

So as we wait with eager anticipation as to what the President may reveal in his jobs speech next week, you can be sure that it's not going to help America regain its competitive edge. The sooner we regard the government as a job killer rather than a job creator, the sooner we can all get back to work.


http://www.safehaven.com/article/22401/job-killer-in-chief

For those who don't know, Peter Schiff was one of the few who were predicting the housing bubble and financial meltdown years in advance.

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Crony Capitalism rears it's ugly head yet again:
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Green Pigs Don't Fly
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Reportedly, Obama's jobs speech will focus on infrastructure spending, and much of that spending will undoubtedly be tied to the creation of "green jobs." The problem is, what he has already spent has not created jobs. According to the Heritage Foundation, it may well have cost jobs. It has, however, enriched some of his wealthiest political contributors. And that seems to be the real motive behind the president's infrastructure spending. Not green jobs, but green pork.

That appears to be the case with Obama's $535-million loan guarantees to Solyndra Inc. During a 2010 visit to Solyndra's plant in Fremont, California, Obama insisted that the solar panel company would create "one thousand long-term jobs." Solyndra has since declared bankruptcy, and it seems unlikely that the taxpayer will recover any of the $535 million in loans.

The half-billion that Obama threw away on Solyndra is only a small part of $60 billion earmarked for alternative energy in Obama's 2009 stimulus bill, and that $60 billion is only a fraction of the $100 billion that Energy Secretary Stephen Chu envisions "investing" in alternative energy. Solyndra is not the only green jobs company to receive stimulus funding -- hundreds of them did. And dozens of them have gone bankrupt already, including Evergreen Solar, taking billions of taxpayer money with them.

The GAO's Franklin Rusco has raised questions about the transparency and rigor of the approval process for the Solyndra loan guarantees. It has been suggested that the White House took a special interest in Solyndra during the loan guarantee application process, monitoring the process, and perhaps communicating with officials in charge.

That should be a question for congressional investigations, and thankfully the investigations have begun. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is seeking White House documents regarding Obama's role in obtaining the loan guarantees for Solyndra. So far, the White House has stonewalled, refusing to supply the requested documents.

Reportedly, Solyndra CEO Christian M. Gronet, who received ten million stock options on the same day the $535-million loan guarantee was approved, donated to "Friends of Barbara Boxer" in 2009/2010. According to other reports, Tulsa billionaire George Kaiser, a prominent Obama campaign contributor and bundler, was a major Solyndra investor as well. It is an open question as to whether political contributions from Solyndra executives and investors influenced the administration's decision to back the loans.

The latest green power company to receive federal loan guarantees is SoloPower Inc., which just this month revived a $197-million loan guarantee to build a solar film factory in Oregon. The initial phase of the project, funded with the help of the federal loans, along with $40 million in loans and tax credits from the state of Oregon, is expected to create 170 new jobs, according to company projections. By my calculation, that is $1.4 million per job -- not exactly a bargain for taxpayers who will then also have to pay higher fuel bills as a result of green energy mandates.

Before coming to SoloPower, CEO Tim Harris was a successful executive at Seagate Technology, where he is credited with setting up an operation creating 15,000 jobs. Those jobs were not in America, however; they were in Malaysia, the same country where First Solar, another major recipient of Obama loan guarantees, has located most of its new jobs.

In fact, Obama's green energy stimulus has done more for job-creation in Malaysia and China than it will ever do in the U.S. Under Obama's massive loan guarantee program, the American taxpayer has footed a $60-billion bill largely for Asian job creation.

Ironically -- or perversely -- the president is doing everything possible to kill off the one industry that is producing jobs that cannot be exported to Asia. America possesses vast new reserves of oil and gas that can be developed only with American labor. If only the administration would rescind unnecessary regulation, those jobs would double virtually overnight. Not only that, but federal and state royalty collections would double as well, and the U.S. trade balance would stabilize as less oil and gas was imported. But so far, the president continues to press for more taxes on conventional energy companies. And never at any time has it occurred to him that it might be in the national interest to support energy independence by making it easier for American energy companies to drill right here in America.

The White House continues to insist that the $60 billion in alternative energy funding, along with tens of billions approved in other legislation, was a wise "investment." Most real investors, having lost billions on alternative energy, would shy away from solar and wind projects. But Obama continues to throw money away. In September alone, the president approved an additional $622 million in loan guarantees for solar companies. Even Democrats like Senator Jeff Bingaman admit that Obama's loan guarantees "have not worked." Yet Bingaman himself introduced a bill to fund a "clean-energy bank" to make more loans to the same kind of companies. Apparently, Bingaman's logic is, "It doesn't work, so let's do it again."

That seems to be the rationale for Obama's latest green jobs initiative. Bingaman is asking for $10 billion for his clean-energy bank. I'm sure Obama will top that by a couple hundred billion. That funding, if approved, will disappear into the pockets of Democratic Party supporters, just as surely as it has in the past, though much of it will be passed along to Democratic candidates in the 2012 elections. If that sounds like "pay to play," you can draw your own conclusions.

After all, the guiding principle behind Obama's green jobs initiative all along has been how much it will contribute to his own reelection. The fantasy of green jobs presented him with a unique opportunity to please environmentalist supporters while at the same time rewarding wealthy contributors who also happen to be investors and executives in alternative energy companies.

It is unlikely that Obama will ever desert this winning combination, even as his scandalous relationship with one bankrupt company after another comes to light. No matter how many billions end up being wasted, the president will continue to insist, as did an official at the Department of Energy just last week, that the green jobs program "is on pace to create thousands of jobs." Already Obama has spent as much as $10 million each for the thousands of green jobs, he claims to have created. Is there no limit, and no shame?

Actually, there is not. Because more important than actual green jobs is green pork. Obama is relying on green pork, along with union pork and trial lawyer pork, to get him reelected. Green jobs are at the heart of his domestic agenda because green pork results in donations to the Democratic Party. Whether it results in any jobs, to say nothing of "long-term" jobs, is irrelevant. It's his own job that Obama is focused on saving.


http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/09/green_pigs_dont_fly.html

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This is such a dum thread it makes me laugh :lol:

BTW...here is an interesting link to presidential approval from the WSJ

http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/ ... 05-31.html

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Why is it "dum"? You would be more credible if you could atleast spell the word correctly. Just saying. Furthermore, if you don't like this thread, you could always post in the "Obama Love Thread". It hasn't been used for several months now, but it's here somewhere. :lol:

To further show everyone how the Obama libtard/progressive/statist/socialist agenda has fallen, Bob Turner has just won Anthony Weiner's old seat in NY-9. If the GOP can win there, they can win anywhere. It looks like people are finally waking up and it's about damn time. :D

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To quote Reagan, "There ya go again":
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LightSquared: Another Solyndra?
A pattern of providing White House support to favored companies — at taxpayer risk — is emerging.

September 15, 2011 - 12:00 am - by Richard Pollock There’s a White House scandal involving favoritism towards a specific company high on President Obama’s political agenda — and it’s not Solyndra.

In this case, the company owner happens to be a big Democratic Party donor. And in the pursuit of giving preference to a specific company, the White House undercut a legendary four-star general and potentially undermined U.S. national security. Adding fuel to the explosive story: at one time President Obama was a personal investor, with $50,000 of his own money.

A report by Eli Lake at the Daily Beast charges that the White House pressured U.S. Air Force General William Shelton, commander of the U.S. Space Command, to change his testimony about the $14 billion LightSquared wireless internet project. The Space Command and Gen. Shelton warned that LightSquared could cripple the Pentagon’s Global Positioning System (GPS). Lake writes:

Shelton’s prepared testimony was leaked in advance to the company. And the White House asked the general to alter the testimony.

Other commercial industry figures agreed that the new wireless system could interfere with aviation safety, disrupt military and rescue operations, and interfere with high-tech farming equipment and consumer navigation devices.

For years within the telecom industry there have been persistent complaints that LightSquared majority owner Philip Falcone’s political connections with the White House and the Federal Communications Commission have led to political and regulatory favoritism for his company. Falcone is a hedge fund investor who made a fortune shorting subprime debt. He is worth $2.2 billion and has been close to the administration and to Democratic Party officials.

On Thursday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski was slated to testify before the House Armed Services Committee about the political patronage in the granting of fast-track waivers for the company. But Genachowski stood up the committee — he refused to appear. Said Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH):

I consider the chairman’s failure to show up today to be an affront to the House Armed Services Committee.

Turner added he wanted to hear personally why the FCC agreed to a conditional waiver for LightSquared.

Both the Solyndra and LightSquared scandals are part of a larger, emerging narrative about the Obama administration’s decision to pick business winners and losers. Like the solar scandal, LightSquared is part of an Obama industrial policy to reshape America’s business landscape in the Democrats’ own political image. In this case, Obama’s dream was universal wireless broadband for all Americans.

In the Solyndra scandal, the White House pressured the U.S. Department of Energy to provide a half-billion dollar grant to a financially questionable solar energy company in pursuit of the president’s agenda for “green” technology.

In this LightSquared scandal, General William Shelton was asked by the Office of Management and Budget — an arm of the White House — to change his testimony. Even more damaging, OMB shared the general’s testimony with LightSquared.

LightSquared employs an army of eight high-powered lobbying firms, including one headed by former Democratic House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt. In 2011 alone, LightSquared spent $720,000 on lobbyists.

Quoting Rep. Turner, Lake reported:

“There was an attempt to influence the text of the testimony and to engage LightSquared in the process in order to bias his testimony,” Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) said in an interview. “The only people who were involved in the process in preparation for the hearing included the Department of Defense, the White House, and the Office Management and Budget.”

iWatch, a project of the Center for Public Integrity, has conducted an exhaustive investigation of LightSquared and its high-level Obama connections. They found that in addition to the president, Donald Gips — Obama’s former personnel chief — had $500,000 invested in LightSquared. Gips raised half a million dollars as a “bundler” for the president’s 2008 campaign, and now has the politically coveted position of U.S. ambassador to South Africa.

iWatch also had harsh words for Obama’s head of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski. Genachowski also was one of Obama’s biggest fundraisers, bundling $500,000 for Obama’s presidential run. Under his chairmanship, the FCC granted special rulings and waivers to allow LightSquared to operate.

Falcone and his company also made major contributions to the FCC while his case was pending before the commission. In September 2010, LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja made a $30,400 contribution to the Democratic Party, the maximum donation allowable by law. Falcone twice gave the maximum allowable.

iWatch traced LightSquared payments to contacts within the administration. On September 22 Ahuja met with James Kohlenberger, Obama’s chief of staff for the White House Office of Science and Technology. A day later Ahuja gave $30,400 to the Democratic National Committee. A week later, on September 30, Falcone and his wife reportedly each gave $30,400 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

“Hi Aneesh!” LightSquared representative Dave Kumar wrote to Aneesh Chopra, the president’s chief technology adviser on Sept. 23, 2010. “I touched base with my client Sanjiv Ahuja and he expressed an interest in meeting with you. … He is going to be in D.C. next week for a fundraising dinner with the president.” The email was one of 300 emails obtained by iWatch.

In two separate rulings, the FCC favorably approved LightSquared requests: on March 26, 2010, and on January 26, 2011. The rulings allowed the company to switch from a satellite company to a wireless system based on 400,000 towers. The tower system could interfere with many GPS signals.

GPS proponents have been dismayed by the quick FCC rulings. “The whole process has been highly unusual,” said Dale Leibach, a spokesman for the industry group Coalition to Save Our GPS . “The FCC typically doesn’t act quickly on matters before them, and they acted with great haste and lightning speed” on LightSquared.

Like solar energy, Obama has pressed for a bold agenda for universal broadband availability. In his 2010 State of the Union address, the president became a big cheerleader for the idea. The president demanded that broadband be given to 98% of the American people. In February 2010, Obama released a bill called the American Jobs Act which called for universal coverage. He told a group of college students: “This isn’t just about faster Internet or being able to find a friend on Facebook. It’s about connecting every corner of America to the digital age.”

The president wasn’t only intellectually involved. Investment manager George W. Haywood steered Obama toward putting some of his personal money into the wireless company. Obama bought into it with a $50,000 investment, according to his 2005 Senate financial disclosure form.

Haywood has remained close personal friends with the president. Haywood and his wife attended the first White House state diner and a Super Bowl party at the White House in 2009.

In February 20, 2001 Haywood and Genachowski together met at the White House. A White House spokesman said the two men watched the NBA All-Star Game with Obama in the White House residence quarters. “That was a poker game,” said Haywood. “It was poker, pizza, beer and the … game.”

Obama explained during the 2007 campaign how he invested in the wireless company. “After I got my ($1.9 million) book contract, I had money to invest,” he said, referring to his second book, The Audacity of Hope. He said he wanted “a more aggressive strategy than the normal mutual funds.”

“I thought about going to Warren Buffett and I decided it would be embarrassing with only $100,000 to invest to ask his advice,” Obama told reporters. Instead, Haywood recommended a UBS stockbroker, who bought more than $50,000 in stock in SkyTerra Communications, which would become LightSquared.

For quite some time Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) has been trying to get the FCC to disclose information about LightSquared’s investors and their relationship to the White House. His office says they have had no success. Grassley asked:

Are there ties between the investors and the administration that might lead to the perception that the administration is biased toward approval? … In the absence of transparency, the perception might be that the FCC is rushing the public’s business to help a friend in need, regardless of the consequences for the public and the economy.

Thirty-four senators, including eight Democrats, wrote Genachowski in May of this year asking the commission to rescind LightSquared’s waiver. “GPS is integral to the functioning of our economy, and is essential for public safety.” Until the company can prove that its wireless system does not affect GPS use, “we request the Commission rescind LightSquared’s waiver.”

On May 31, Genachowski said he would not permit LightSquared to go into commercial service, but he did not rescind the waiver.

On June 23, the House Appropriations Committee passed a resolution to halt FCC expenditures on the LightSquared project until there are assurances it won’t disrupt GPS signals.

The LightSquared case has been quietly simmering in the background for years within the telecom community. But now with possible tampering of a four-star general’s testimony, the episode should get a greater public airing.

If so, in addition to a sinking economy the other narrative that might emerge is that the Obama administration — which promised openness and integrity in governance — is an administration full of insider dealings, political favors, and deceit.


http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/lightsquared-another-solyndra/?singlepage=true

This is just the start. By the time the 2012 election gets here, Obama's corruption will catch up to him and he'll be toast. The question should be whether he'll win a single state. :D

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I won't post the entire article, but I love this paragraph:
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Barack Obama will therefore not be reelected for the simple reason that, despite all the false hype and marketing, media sycophancy, corporate cronyism, community organizing, special interest-pandering, and union thuggery, and that solely by virtue of his dismal performance in office and the disaster he has wrought upon our people and our progeny, a majority of Americans have come to learn over these past three years that Barack Obama simply isn't a trustworthy man of truth and integrity. Rather, he's an impotent, naïve leader and an intransigent ideologue; and despite his Ivy League education, he isn't brilliant or even well-informed, and possesses no special wisdom, expertise, common sense, or talents beyond that of a local TV news anchorman empathetically reading a teleprompter with charm and aplomb. He can't perform messianic miracles; he was not the hope and change he claimed the world was waiting for; nor can he fundamentally transform our country into his own personal Kingdom of Heaven on Earth with social and economic justice for all, forever and ever, Amen. And any remaining delusion to the contrary, like him, is one hell of a joke.


http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/09/obamas_none-too-divine_comedy.html

You could put a red nose and clown shoes on Obozo and he wouldn't look any more ridiculous than he does now. Stick a fork in him. He's done.

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http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011 ... ill-burton

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Why Obama should withdraw

When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election in 1984, his slogan was "Morning in America." For Barack Obama, it's more like midnight in a coal mine.

The sputtering economy is about to stall out, unemployment is high, his jobs program may not pass, foreclosures are rampant and the poor guy can't even sneak a cigarette.

His approval rating is at its lowest level ever. His party just lost two House elections — one in a district it had held for 88 consecutive years. He's staked his future on the jobs bill, which most Americans don't think would work.

The vultures are starting to circle. Former White House spokesman Bill Burton said that unless Obama can rally the Democratic base, which is disillusioned with him, "it's going to be impossible for the president to win." Democratic consultant James Carville had one word of advice for Obama: "Panic."

But there is good news for the president. I checked the Constitution, and he is under no compulsion to run for re-election. He can scrap the campaign, bag the fundraising calls and never watch another Republican debate as long as he's willing to vacate the premises by Jan. 20, 2013.

That might be the sensible thing to do. It's hard for a president to win a second term when unemployment is painfully high. If the economy were in full rebound mode, Obama might win anyway. But it isn't, and it may fall into a second recession — in which case voters will decide his middle name is Hoover, not Hussein. Why not leave of his own volition instead of waiting to get the ax?

It's not as though there is much enticement to stick around. Presidents who win re-election have generally found, wrote John Fortier and Norman Ornstein in their 2007 book, "Second-Term Blues," that "their second terms did not measure up to their first."

Presidential encores are generally a bog of frustration, exhaustion and embarrassment. They are famous for lowest moments rather than finest hours. Richard Nixon was forced to resign in disgrace, Reagan had the Iran-Contra scandal, and Bill Clinton made the unfortunate acquaintance of Monica Lewinsky.

Administration officials get weary after four years and leave in droves. The junior varsity has to be put into service. New ideas are hard to come by.

Someone said that when a man is smitten with a beautiful woman, he should remember that somebody somewhere is tired of her. Likewise, the most inspiring presidents get stale after years of constant overexposure.

In the event he wins, Obama could find himself with Republicans in control of both houses of Congress. Then he will long for the good old days of 2011. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner will bound out of bed each day eager to make his life miserable.

Besides avoiding this indignity, Obama might do his party a big favor. In hard times, voters have a powerful urge to punish incumbents. He could slake this thirst by stepping aside and taking the blame. Then someone less reviled could replace him at the top of the ticket.

The ideal candidate would be a figure of stature and ability who can't be blamed for the economy. That person should not be a member of Congress, since it has an even lower approval rating than the president's.

It would also help to be conspicuously associated with prosperity. Given Obama's reputation for being too quick to compromise, a reputation for toughness would be an asset.

As it happens, there is someone at hand who fits this description: Hillary Clinton. Her husband presided over a boom, she's been busy deposing dictators instead of destroying jobs, and she's never been accused of being a pushover.

Not only that, Clinton is a savvy political veteran who already knows how to run for president. Oh, and a new Bloomberg poll finds her to be merely "the most popular national political figure in America today."

If he runs for re-election, Obama may find that the only fate worse than losing is winning. But he might arrange things so it will be Clinton who has the unenviable job of reviving the economy, balancing the budget, getting out of Afghanistan and grappling with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Obama, meanwhile, will be on a Hawaiian beach, wrestling the cap off a Corona.

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Even his base is beginning to wake up:
Human Events wrote:
Obama Is In a Vortex
by Wynton C. Hall
09/21/2011

The gentle currents of liberal discontent have now churned into a full-fledged vortex that threatens to further suck President Obama’s already dwindling support down to irrecoverable levels.

Consider:

Clinton strategist James Carville has sounded the red alert by declaring that President Obama must “Fire somebody. No—fire a lot of people. This may be news to you [Mr. President] but this is not going well.” Carville’s immediate advice to Mr. Obama: “Panic.” As Carville puts it: “For God's sake, why are we still looking at the same political and economic advisers that got us into this mess? It's not working. Furthermore, it's not going to work with the same team, the same strategy and the same excuses…It's time to show them the exit. Wake up—show us you are doing something.”

Similarly, liberal economist Jeffrey Sachs crushed Leftist hearts on Obama’s economic leadership (lack thereof) when he announced on MSNBC of all places that:

"We're almost three years into this administration, and there's never been a plan. And that's what everybody feels. And the president didn't lead. He waited. The quintessential image, sadly, of an administration that I supported and hoped for much better, is the president waiting by the phone to hear what Congress calls to tell him. It doesn't work in this country that way….We've been drifting down. And we had a short-term plan that failed. A short-term stimulus that was supposed to get the economy back on track, but it failed. And now we have nothing behind it. And we have no agreements, and we have no leadership. And, frankly, I do think it's pretty odd the president's on vacation right now. Normally I wouldn't care about such things, but the world markets are in deep crisis. It's no joke. This isn't just an up-and-down little blip. This is a very serious situation."

Adding power to the vortex is a new book by Ron Suskind​, Confidence Men, that quotes Obama’s former Director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers as telling Obama’s former OMB Director Peter Orszag that “we’re really home alone. I mean it. We’re home alone. There’s no adult in charge. Clinton would never have made these mistakes.”

Then there’s far Left economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman who recently confessed that America is “already in something that is functionally a depression.”

Even Mr. Obama’s electoral stronghold—support among his African American base—has begun to add power to the whirlwind. Congressional Black Caucus member Congresswoman Maxine Waters has said that the Obama economy’s creation of “Depression Era levels” of black unemployment are “unconscionable” and that Mr. Obama must speak directly to black America’s present economic freefall and the disappearance of America’s black middle class.

Other Black Caucus members, like Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, are also at the end of their rope with Mr. Obama but have thus far withheld their fire for fear of emboldening the president’s opponents. Still, says Congressman Cleaver, “If Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House.”

Black liberal discontent among those in academe has also joined the chorus of Democratic discontent. Princeton Professor Cornel West has dismissed Mr. Obama, whom he backed for president in 2008, as “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats.”

If Mr. Obama thought the announcement of his latest jobs bill was enough to still the roiling waters, he was wrong. Even as Mr. Obama stumps across America attempting to build support for his $447 billion stimulus plan and tries to use the plan as an electoral bludgeon against Republicans, members of his own party, not the opposition, are proving to be among his most vocal critics. “I think the American people are very skeptical of big pieces of legislation,” says Democratic Pennsylvania Senator Bill Casey. “For that reason alone I think we should break it up.”

Another Democrat, Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, has taken issue with the bill’s tax on the oil industry, an interest vital to her state’s struggling economy. “I have said for months that I am not supporting a repeal of tax cuts for the oil industry unless there are other industries that contribute.”

The Democratic senator who once ran a campaign ad featuring him blasting a rifle at the Obamacare bill, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, is now verbally blasting away at Mr. Obama’s new jobs plan. “I have serious questions about the level of spending that President Obama proposed.”

On the House side, Mr. Obama is also drawing Democratic fire. Congressman Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon is against the plan because it offers tax cuts. Others, like North Carolina Congressman Heath Shuler, have been noncommittal.

Further pulling Mr. Obama into the whirlwind is a growing movement within his own base that wants to see him face a serious primary challenger.

And as if all that weren’t devastating enough, the editor of Mr. Obama’s hometown newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, is now calling for Mr. Obama to withdraw from the 2012 entirely.

The velocity of the vortex Mr. Obama finds himself in will only strengthen as congressional Democrats draw nearer to the 2012 election; Democrats locked in tight races will increasingly need to distance themselves from—and in some cases outright reject—the president and his failed policies.

For all his GOP-bashing rhetoric, perhaps Mr. Obama’s real target should be the growing legion of liberals who stand ready to reject him. After all, it is their voices, not Republicans, powering the vortex that is pulling this president down deeper into the electoral abyss.


http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=46333

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