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Barack Obama’s Legacy

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 12, 2017

According to one classical definition, “legacy” is “anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor”. American presidents often consider their potential legacies as they are leaving the White House. During the waning weeks of the Obama administration this has been a focus of the President.

Since the election of Donald Trump and the defeat of the President’s Party, Obama has taken steps that are legacy focused. Perhaps the most surprising was his anti-Israeli vote (abstention) in the United Nations where he broke decades of American precedent only after there would not be political consequences. In addition, the President and some advisers have been making speeches in attempt to write history in advance. While legacies are ultimately viewed as positive or negative, they are created by history and historical facts, not political narratives.

Prior to the New Year, Obama was asked by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria about his biggest policy disappointment. Obama’s response:

pew-study-gun-control“If you ask me where has been the one area where I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on Earth in which we do not have sufficient common sense gun safety laws.”

While gun control is an issue with thoughtful people on both sides of the debate, the President placing it as his biggest disappointment shows a disconnect with the American People. According to a 2016 Pew Research poll, those in favor of gun rights is at its strongest since the study began. During the same period, support for gun control is at its lowest.

Most Americans agree, irrespective of Obama’s recent pronouncements, that race relations in the United States has deteriorated during the past eight years. On the economic front, wealth disparity in the United States has grown. Internationally, the US’s relations with China and Russia deteriorated and the Middle East has become an even greater firestorm. Given these realities it is rather incredible for President Obama to claim his greatest disappointment with his administration relates to the failure to increase gun control. If this illogical conclusion is not the result of the President being out of touch with the electorate, it then must be chalked up to an attempt to deflect from the more serious problems that have grown under his watch.

Eight years ago Barack Obama became President with great opportunity. Five days before taking the oath he said: “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Obama’s legacy will ultimately be created by the results of the policies implemented under his watch, not by preemptive speeches.


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Liberal Law Professor Alan Dershowitz Slams Obama

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 29, 2016

Since the election of Donald Trump, liberal pundits have come up with all sorts of excuses for the outcome. At best they look to voter apathy on the Left. More troubling excuses include racism, sexism, homophobia, etc., the “deplorables” according to Hillary Clinton. These head-in-the-sand excuses ignore the weakness of candidate Hillary Clinton and the difficult economic state many Americans find themselves in, which as not improved under Obama’s Presidency.

The excuse-making machine on the Left has ignored the fact that many liberals are displeased with the Obama Presidency. Many expressed this dissatisfaction by supporting Socialist Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary. Others have come out more recently with President Obama throwing Israel under the bus.

Last week the United Nations held a vote that basically blames Israel for the stalled Middle East peace process. While hidden behind the narrative that the vote was about Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the vote was a much more general combination of Israel. Such anti-Israeli votes in the Security Council have become commonplace in recent decades. However, votes the United States has historically used its veto power to block them. Incredibly, this lame-duck president in his last three weeks of office went against American policy back by both Republicans and Democrats and abstained, allowing the condemning of Israel to pass.

The outcry against Obama’s decision has been crosses political parties with many prominent Democrats coming out quite vocally in opposition. One example is Alan Dershowitz, a retired Harvard Law school professor who has been a lifetime Democrat and supporter of Barack Obama. His comments, included in the videos below, include:

He defined the president’s handling of the resolution as a “bait and switch”:

He pulled a bait and switch. He said to the American public ‘Oh this is all about the settlements deep in the West Bank’ and yet he allowed his representative to the U.N. to abstain, which is really for, a resolution that says Jews can’t pray at the Western Wall. Jews can’t live in the Jewish quarter where they’ve lived for thousands of years. And he’s gonna say ‘Whoops. I didn’t mean that.’ Well, read the resolution. You’re a lawyer. You went to Harvard Law School.”

Dershowitz went on to call Obama one of the worst presidents ever on foreign policy. Strong words from a liberal Democrat!

While this Blogger agrees with Dershowitz’s comments, the good Professor and others from intellectual Left bear responsibility for Obama’s policies and duplicity. It was known before Obama’s first election that he held questionable/radical political views and had contacts with some shady characters including Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayres of Weather Underground fame and others. Many on the Left made excuses for these associations, giving Obama a pass. Now, as Rev. Wright once so infamously said: “the chickens have come home to roost”.


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The Trump Transition

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 22, 2016

We will shortly have a new president, one from a different political party. This Blog wishes the new president success in addressing the issues the Country faces. This hopefully is the desire of all Americans, irrespective of political leanings.

Given it has been eight years since we have prepared for a new president, it is an appropriate time to reflect on changes that have occurred during this period. Blog reader Jim Mahoney shares his reflections in the post below “A Tale of Two Transitions”. As Jim concludes: “They [the media and the Left] have painted a caricature of Donald Trump as being so buffoonish and inept, that he will hit a home run if he comes into office acting even halfway presidential.” This Blog will hold Donald Trump to a much higher standard.

A Tale of Two Transitions, By Jim Mahoney

Remember back in November 2008? Barack Obama had just won the election and expectations for his presidency were running white hot for no apparent reason. Throughout the campaign liberals, the media and the Obama campaign constantly reminded us about his high level of intelligence and capability and the official narrative was that he would easily be able to solve all of the country’s problems. This led some of us at the time to question exactly what in his background made him so qualified. For those who may not remember, here is a rundown of Barack Obama’s resume.

By his own admission, Obama had a lackluster high school academic career in which he spent most of his time smoking pot with his friends in the Choom Gang. That didn’t prevent him from being accepted to Occidental College and later transferring to Columbia University in his junior year. After graduating in 1983 he had brief stints as a research associate at a New York Public Interest Research Group and as the Director of the Developing Communities Project on Chicago’s South Side.

Obama entered Harvard Law School in the fall of 1988, where he was selected as an editor of the Harvard Law Review at the end of his first year, president of the journal in his second year, and two years as a research assistant to the constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe. After graduation, he was an associate with Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a 13-attorney law firm specializing in civil rights litigation and neighborhood economic development. He also taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School as a Senior Lecturer until 2004.

Obama was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996, where he developed a habit of voting “Present” to avoid taking a stand on any tough issues that might give him a legislative paper trail.   Sensing an opportunity to run for the United States Senate, Obama became an early opponent of the George W. Bush administration’s 2003 invasion of Iraq. The Illinois U.S. Senate seat was open in 2004, giving Obama the opportunity to win a landslide victory in the March Democrat primary. The primary victory made him an overnight rising star in the Democrat Party and led to him being selected to deliver the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Obama’s expected opponent in the general election, Republican primary winner Jack Ryan, was forced to withdraw from the race in June 2004 after sealed court records from his divorce proceedings were made public. With no viable opponent, Obama won the November 2004 general election with 70% of the vote. After serving 144 days in the United State Senate, Obama was suddenly on the fast track to the Presidential nomination and ultimate victory.

Bear in mind that this biographic information came from the left-leaning Wikipedia website, which presumably would give the most glowing accounting of Obama’s accomplishments. Even if we accept Obama’s resume as fact, (and we have no choice since none of his school transcripts have ever been made public), there is nothing in his official background to suggest he had any executive experience or that he was even remotely capable of addressing the complex level of economic and structural problems facing the country at that time. Of course, in what rapidly became standard operating procedure for the Obama administration, anyone who dared to question the party line on any aspect of Obama’s intelligence, experience or intentions, even based on legitimate policy differences, was preemptively labeled a racist. What is now abundantly clear in hindsight is that with his wafer-thin resume, Obama was probably the emptiest suit to ever occupy the Oval Office.

obama-pres-electThe media were deeply invested in the charade, and they dutifully played along by immediately shifting all attention away from George W. Bush, other than to continually highlight his falling poll numbers, and turned the spotlight almost exclusively on Barack Obama. During the transition period, we received daily briefings and pronouncements from Obama. He even created something called the “Office of the President Elect”, complete with a sign for his podium. There is no provision in the Constitution for such an office, which should have been our first indication of how Obama planned to govern for the next eight years. Of course, the press covered all things Obama with all of the seriousness of a presidential press conference. They breathlessly reported each day’s pronouncement and the brilliance of each of Obama’s cabinet announcements. Concurrently, the media initiated the narrative that since there were so many problems created by the Bush administration that needed to be addressed, “some people” thought it was a shame that Obama had to wait until January 20th to take office. They longingly wished the Constitution could be changed so he could take office immediately and get right to work curing all of the nation’s ills.

Contrast the coronation atmosphere created for Obama with the hostile reception being given to the incoming Trump administration. The media’s emphasis is still squarely on Obama as they cover his world tour “explaining” Donald Trump to world leaders and they cheer his last minute flurry of unconstitutional executive orders in an attempt to institutionalize his policies into the future. Any coverage of Trump consists of highlighting the controversies of the ongoing protests against his election, the attempted liberal hijacking of the Electoral College, hit pieces on his Cabinet choices and comparisons to Hitler. They are performing a full court press to cast him as an illegitimate president before he even takes office.

If you look at Donald Trump’s Wikipedia page to get an indication of his background and experience you will have to wade through paragraph after paragraph detailing active and pending litigation against him, unsubstantiated sexual misconduct allegations, his bankruptcies and aspersions on his legitimate use of the Federal Tax Code. However, if you do a little digging, you will find that Trump graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 and followed his father into a career in real estate development. He was made head of the company in 1971, and expanded it beyond real estate development into the successful, multinational organization it is today. Based on his 45 years of experience running large companies, managing complex projects and recruiting and evaluating talent, it certainly appears that Donald Trump is far more qualified than Barack Obama to tackle the problems of a bloated, out of control federal government bureaucracy. After all, the federal government is the nation’s largest creditor, debtor, lender, employer, consumer, contractor, grantor, property owner, tenant, insurer, health-care provider, and pension guarantor. In many respects it is similar to a large company in need of effective management, which is right in Donald Trump’s wheelhouse.

Despite the manufactured feel-good stories coming out of the Obama administration, this country faces problems today that are even more ominous than they were in 2008. Consider the following troubling statistics:

  • There are currently 96 million Americans out of work, over twice as many as when Obama took office;
  • The US debt stands at 19.8 trillion; after Obama added more to the national debt than all of his predecessors combined;
  • One in six households currently has no adult in the workforce;
  • Our total debt now stands at 106% of GDP;
  • 45 million Americans are living in poverty and receiving food stamps, up from 32 million when Obama took office; and,
  • Obama is the only president who never achieved a 3% growth in the economy in any year of his presidency.

This country is on its back, and when you add in the problems of a federal government unmoored from the Constitution, unchecked illegal immigration, unvetted Islamic refugees and worldwide tensions we need some help fast. Could you imagine the reaction of liberals and the media if we were to suggest that with all of these major problems facing the country it would make sense for Donald Trump to be able to take office right now to start fixing things rather than waiting until January 20th? The same mainstream media that protected Obama and amplified his meager accomplishments are already in full attack mode against Donald Trump and anyone who dares to support him. The mask has finally come off the media in this election cycle. We used to think they were cheering liberal candidates from the stands, now we know they are really sitting on the bench. However, Trump understands something that made Ronald Reagan so effective; the value of bypassing the media filter and delivering his message directly to the American people – and public seems to be responding positively. The stock market is hitting new highs and a recent poll showed that 70% of Americans surveyed are feeling optimistic, the highest level since 2004.

In many respects, Donald Trump was created by the media. They built him up during the primaries, believing he would be the weakest candidate to face Hillary Clinton, secure in the belief they could tear him down at the right time during the general election. His tendencies to say what’s on his mind and shoot from the hip were also great for their ratings. What the media failed to consider was that his message was resonating with a sizeable portion of the American people who felt the country is on the wrong track. They are tired of the lackluster economy of the past eight years, they are tired of massive government intrusion into every aspect of their lives and they are tired of having their traditions and beliefs ridiculed by elitists.

So buckle up everyone, because the over-the-top behavior we’re currently seeing from liberals and the media will only harden and intensify over the next 8 years. At the same time, liberals have really overplayed their hand. They have painted a caricature of Donald Trump as being so buffoonish and inept, that he will hit a home run if he comes into office acting even halfway presidential. There will be no honeymoon period with the press for the incoming administration, but positive results Trump achieves will speak the loudest.

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Obama’s View of Hillary in 2008 Versus 2016

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 15, 2016

Barack Obama once said words matter.  His words, however, don’t seem to matter all that much.  Below is a rather hilarious video put together showing Obama’s view of Hillary when she was an opponent in 2008, versus today when she is the candidate for the presidency for his party.  If words truly matter, either Obama was disingenuous in 2008 or he is being disingenuous in today.

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Obama’s Legacy: Increased Executive Branch Power

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 14, 2016

When asked about Barack Obama’s legacies, supporters will universally list Obamacare as number one.  As for the problems the country faces, Obama has had a Teflon coat with supporters either ignoring the issues or blaming them on his predecessors.  Problems include the growth of international terrorism, the Middle East in flames, and significantly increased racial tensions in the Country.  Under the radar is perhaps one of the most dangerous Obama legacy; significantly increased power within the presidency and executive branch of government.

The New York Times published an article by Applebaum and Schear titled Once Skeptical of Executive Power, Obama Has Come to Embrace It that chronicles Obama’s power grab.  The article concludes that Obama, who prior to becoming president was publicly critical of executive power, has since embraced it stating: “Mr. Obama will leave the White House as one of the most prolific authors of major regulations in presidential history.”

The Times also states:

  • “Blocked for most of his presidency by Congress, Mr. Obama has sought to act however he could. In the process he created the kind of government neither he nor the Republicans wanted — one that depended on bureaucratic bulldozing rather than legislative transparency.”
  • “The Obama administration in its first seven years finalized 560 major regulations — those classified by the Congressional Budget Office as having particularly significant economic or social impacts. That was nearly 50 percent more than the George W. Bush administration during the comparable period, according to data kept by the regulatory studies center at George Washington University.”
  • “The Obama Era …. And it has imposed billions of dollars in new costs on businesses and consumers.”

obamaThe Times offers concern with the growth of the executive branch and regulations quoting Robert Hahn, a regulatory expert at Smith School at the University of Oxford: “The big issue that I grapple with is that the regulatory state keeps growing.  And as it keeps growing, when does it become too much?”  We have already crossed that chasm.  On the economic front the country has been in the midst of the slowest recovery since the Great Depression.  Socially, the dissatisfaction in the inner cities is at a level not seen in decades.

Since embracing increased executive authority, Barack Obama has spoken arrogantly of this power stating: “an increasingly dysfunctional Congress: … Where they won’t act, I will.”  In addition: “Whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”  These are remarkable statements from someone supposedly expert in the Constitution.  The Constitution divides our government into three branches, equally dividing power.  Its purpose is clear, to stop any branch or individual from having their way with law, irrespective of the validity or quality of their proposed action.

While the Obama power grab and myriad of regulations are negatively impacting the country now, there is a more sinister impact to come.  Future presidents will be intoxicated by power and likely bring more authority to the Executive Branch, at the expense of individual freedom for Americans.

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Obama’s Failed Foreign Policies

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 19, 2016

The current political atmosphere is sucking the oxygen out of the news media’s bandwidth.  On the Republican side, the Donald Trump story has created ratings for the media, which they cannot get enough of.  The Democrats are in the midst of a primary battle in which the Party’s chosen candidate, Hillary Clinton, is having challenges defeating a 74-year-old Socialist.  In this atmosphere, President Obama is almost an afterthought by the news media, but this week garnered some news attention nominating Merrick Garlandfor the Supreme Court.

Today, viewing the news is tantamount to watching a reality show that many Americans have become so fond of.  While entertaining, this diversion mask more significant challenges the Country faces, both economically and on the foreign affairs front.

Obama’s foreign policies have resulted in almost universal failure.  He and his former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, once famously announced a reset in America’s relationship with Russia.  Ever since, Russian strongman Vladimir Putin has dedicated Russia’s policies that are anti-American and anti-Obama.

In Asia, China has been saber rattling seeking greater control of the Pacific Ocean.  North Korea threatens the use of nukes on its enemies.  The Middle East is in shambles with too many hotspots to mention.

The only foreign policy “victories” claimed by the Obama Administration is the nuclear deal with Iran, which shortly thereafter they began illegally testing ballistic missiles.  In addition, Obama has opened up diplomatic relations with Castro’s Cuba.  With victories like this, who needs defeat.

Robert_GatesLast week one of Obama’s former Defense Secretary’s, Robert Gates, was interviewed by Fox News Bret Baier on one of the failures of Middle East policies occurring under Obama’s watch, the Egyptian revolution of 2013.  During the interview, Gates indicated that President Obama disregarded the advice of all of his senior advisers when he backed the overflow of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak stating:

“Literally, the entire national security team recommended unanimously handling Mubarak differently than we did.  And the president took the advice of three junior backbenchers in terms of how to treat Mubarak.  One of them saying, ‘Mr. President, you gotta be on the right side of the history.’  And I would be sitting there at the table, and I’d say, ‘Yeah, if we could just figure that out, we’d be a long way ahead.’”

Obama’s ill-conceived Egyptian strategy did more than damage that country.  It further lowered America standing with allies who no longer trust the only remaining superpower.

Obama’s ill-advised decision concerning Egypt is just one example of an inept foreign policy that places wishful thinking over reality in decision-making.  It is unfortunate that the current political atmosphere does not allow realistic discussion and assessment of the downward spiral of America’s foreign policies, as well as other strategic issues facing the Country.

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Deteriorating Race Relations an Obama Legacy

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 13, 2016

Typically, a president’s last State-of-the-Union address is not focused on future legislative action, given the chief executive’s lame-duck status.  Instead, focus is on legacy building for the departing president.  Unfortunately for Barack Obama, it is hard to see a positive legacy given the myriad of chaos internationally, as well as an economy that is weakly limping along.

tavis_smileyObama’s legacy will also be damaged by the state of race relations within the United States during his tenure, an area that should have been a strength for this President.  Obama was elected with a mandate to bring hope and change to the country.  Here was the Country’s first African-American president who could bridge the gap between races.  Instead, the President used race to further his political agenda and the results of been catastrophic as race relations in the United States has significantly deteriorated s under Obama’s.  This has been exemplified in the various American cities where racial tensions have broiled over to rioting.  While the reasons and/or justifications for the rioting can be argued, the fact that these events have increased during Obama’s tenure is undeniable.

It is natural for those who are right-of -enter to be critical of a liberal president.  But, when this comes from individuals that are left-the-center, it is hard to argue that partisanship is the cause.  Such was the case this week with the comments made by PBS host Tavis Smiley during an interview with Megyn Kelly of Fox News that included the following exchange

Kelly – “On the subject of race, are we better off now than we were seven years ago?”

Smiley “I’m not sure we are, and I think ultimately the president missed a moment”. Who further went out the state: H “on every leading economic issue, on the major economic issues black Americans have lost ground in every one of those leading categories.  So for the last 10 years it hasn’t been good for black folk.”

This is the president’s most loyal constituency that didn’t gain any ground really in that period.  Now, the debate’s going to be for years to come whether he wasn’t bold enough, or whether he obstructed.

Smiley correctly concludes: “I think the answer’s both.  Historians are going to have a field day juxtaposing how in the era of the first black president, the bottom fell out for black America.  Black people are still in many ways politically marginalized, socially manipulated, and economically exploited.  That’s a lot to try to square how all that happened in the era of the first black president.”

Why, given this history of failure under Leftist policies to improve the well-being of minorities in America, do African-Americans continue to give nearly unanimous support to the Democratic Party?  It is time for reasonable people on the Left including Mr. Smiley, to bring this question to the forefront of political discourse in America.

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Obama Compares Republicans who Oppose Iran Nuke Deal to Iranian Hardliners

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 6, 2015

Proving once again that he is the most divisive President of modern times, Barack Obama had the gall to this week compare Republicans who disapprove of the proposed Iranian nuclear deal to the hardliners; i.e. Radical Islamists, in Iran.  The President’s said:

It’s those hardliners chanting ‘death to America’ who have been most opposed to the deal, they’re making common cause with the Republican caucus.”

KhameneiThis morning, Obama’s Propagandist-in-Chief, Josh Earnest, was grilled on MSNBC’s Morning Joe concerning the President’s incendiary language.  Instead of backing down, Earnest parsed words and incorrectly attempted to change what Obama said, as shown in the video posted below.

It is remarkable that President Obama, who has been on the wrong side of nearly every issue relating international politics since the day he entered office, has the nerve to compare Republicans to the radical mullahs in Iran.  Let us remember that is less than two years ago Obama called ISIS the “JV team”.  Since then they have become one of the most powerful radical forces in the Middle East.

American politics in Washington had dubious morality long before Barack Obama became president.  However, this President has taken the White House and politics to a new low, a standard that will haunt the Country for years to come.  This legacy will have more long-term negative effects than the questionable policies implemented by Obama.

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Americans Believe Race Relations Deteriorating

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 23, 2015

A New York Times/CBS poll indicates the deteriorating race relations in America.  Of those who responded, 60%, both black and white, believe race relations are bad with 40% indicating that it has gotten worse since Barack Obama’s election seven years ago.  This is a significant turnaround given that shortly after Obama’s first election approximately 66% of Americans surveyed indicated a belief that race relations were good.

Indicators of America’s poor race relations have been demonstrated through well-publicized events.  Early in Obama’s first term was the incident involving the arrest of African-American professor Henry Gates in Massachusetts, which President Obama commented on national TV as the police acting “stupidly”.  Later came the shooting of Treyvon Martin that was promoted in the media and by some politicians as a race issue.  Then came the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by a police officer that was initially portrayed in the press as a wrongful and racially motivated shooting leading to significant civil unrest in Ferguson.  The US Department of Justice and a grand jury later determined that Michael Brown was the aggressor and the shooting was justified.

Most recently there has been the civil arrest and significant rioting in Baltimore, Maryland that occurred after the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.  Six police officers have since been charged and are awaiting trial.  There have been other incidents of African-Americans being shot by police that have also caused strains along racial lines.

The African-American community may have legitimate grievances against some police departments that need to be addressed.  However, this does not explain why race relations have deteriorated in the last seven years, as a New York Times/CBS poll indicates.  Are the police becoming less sensitive to the needs of their local communities?  Are the local communities becoming less tolerant of the police?  Is racism a significant factor in inner cities?  An open discussion on these important questions could only help improve race relations going forward.

After the election of America’s first African-American president, many Americans, irrespective of political philosophies, believed that race relations would improve because of Obama’s election.  The fact that this has not occurred is therefore lost opportunity.  Many factors could be involved with the negative direction of America’s race relations.  At the same time, as president, Barack Obama must accept some responsibility.  It is evident that he overpromised the benefits of his economic policies under which less advantaged Americans have not fared well.  In addition, the President’s rhetoric has placed blame for the failed policies on others including the Congress (Republicans) and by inference wealthier Americans and racism.  This has not led to viable economic solutions, but have instead fanned the flames of racial division.

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Obama’s View of World Opinion Shows Extreme Narcissism

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 9, 2015

President Obama has shown a detachment from reality when it comes to the public’s view of his policies and Presidency.  After receiving a stinging rebuke in the last mid-term elections, the President doubled down on his radical leftist policies.  For example, irrespective of the public’s dislike of Obamacare, the President claims it to be a success, showing disdain for those who elected him.  But last week Obama took this tone-deafness to the next level, reaching narcissism when he claimed that the United States is more respected today throughout the world than it was before he was elected.  Specifically, the President said:

“People don’t remember, but when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barely above Russia, and today once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth, and part of that I think is because of the work we did to reengage the world and say that we want to work with you as partners with mutual interests and mutual respect.

It was on that basis we were able to end two wars while still focusing on the very real threat of terrorism and to try to work with our partners in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It’s the reason why we are moving in the direction of normalize relations with Cuba.  The nuclear deal that we are trying to negotiate with Iran.”

Wow!  Once again the President claims that the electorate is stupid, or at least lacking in memory skills from before he was anointed.   In addition, his claim of ending two wars seems delusional.  The war in Iraq is once again ratcheting up and the US’s involvement is growing.  As for Afghanistan, the Taliban do not seem to have agreed to that war’s conclusion.  It is slipping back into violent chaos as the United States draws down.

The Obama’s claim that America is viewed more positively worldwide since he took office is too incredible to be that of a misinformed President.  It is a statement from a man who has allowed his own narcissism to block out reality.

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