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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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George W. Bush’s Popularity Increasing

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 24, 2013

G. W. BushA reasonably objective review of the George W. Bush presidency would indicate successes and some failures.  On the negative side was the war in Iraq that with the benefit of hindsight was not required given Iraq not having weapons of mass destruction.  In addition, Bush’s economic policies led to increased deficits and bailouts of irresponsible and failed companies.

On the positive side, George W. Bush’s response and leadership after the 9/11 terrorist attacks was artful.  In addition, whether one agreed or disagreed with his foreign policies, they were at least consistent and coherent.

B ObamaHistory is beginning to look more kindly on the George W. Bush presidency.  According to a recent CNN/ORC International Poll, 45% of Americans now view his presidency in a positive manner, up 13% in the past four years.

While some of the positive trend can be attributed to the passage of time, the disappointments of the Obama presidency are likely adding to a more positive view of the Bush years.  To many, President Obama does not always act presidential.  He is the most partisan president of modern times.  In addition, while Obama has continually blamed Bush for the ongoing failures of his policies, George W. Bush has been a perfect gentleman, never responding to any of these attacks.  The difference in approaches help define the differences between a community organizer and a president.

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Colin Powell Holds Back Second Obama Endorsement

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 22, 2012

Four years ago former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a member the Republican Party, endorsed Barack Obama over John McCain for the presidency.  During an interview on NBC’s Today show on May 22, Powell declined to endorse Barack Obama for a second term at this time.

It is likely that four years ago Powell got caught up in a strong emotional environment that surrounded the possibility of the first African-American president.  Powell may now be suffering from buyer’s remorse like many others who cast their vote based on emotion and the promise of hope and change.

In making his comments, Powell seem to offer justification for his previous support of Obama pointing out three of the President’s accomplishments; stabilizing the financial system, repairing the auto industry and putting America on the path to ending the Afghanistan War.  This Blog respectfully disagrees with Colin Powell on these supposedly accomplishments:

Stabilizing the Financial System – The economic policies of the Obama Administration that included bailouts, stimulus spending, and low interest rates have not stabilized financial system. These policies took a problem of excess private sector debt, mainly the banks, and placed the debt plus the excessive government spending on the balance sheet of the United States federal government.  In addition, the economy’s growth is anemic and unemployment remains high.  Similar Leftist policies implemented in Europe had once again brought the world to a financial precipice with the sovereign debt crisis.

Repairing the Auto Industry – While Obama’s bailout of Chrysler and General Motors allowed these to failed companies to continue to operate, Powell and to many others had ignored the costs.  Missing from Powell’s conclusion is any semblance of a cost-benefit analysis.  In addition, there will be unintended consequences of this governmental intervention.  For example, the government intervened and changed the preferential positions of the bondholders.  This will negatively impact future bondholders chase in the rule of law that will ultimately increase the cost of corporate borrowing in the future leading to slower growth.

Ending the War in Afghanistan – The Bush Administration correctly decided that the war in Afghanistan could not be won via conventional military tactics and never committed substantial number of troops to that effort.  Obama significantly increased the troop commitment, which greatly increased American casualties and did not result in an improved military situation.  To now credit Obama with removing our troops from the war defies logic.

Colin Powell is a great American who has served his country with distinction.  He was, however, in error when he endorsed Barack Obama for president four years ago.  He should now be man enough to admit that error.

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Santorum Prefers Obama Over Romney?

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 25, 2012

During a campaign speech in San Antonio Texas, Republican Rick Santorum seemed to suggest that he would prefer sticking with Barack Obama rather than having Mitt Romney become president when he said:

“You win by giving people a choice.  You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there.  If you’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future.”

Neither Republican presidential contender, Santorum or Romney, are the type of game changers required to make a real difference for the Country.  However, for Santorum to infer that the Country would be better off with President Obama, the worst president of modern time, the nearly anyone else is downright bizarre.  It is indicative of a man who puts his own personal desire for the office above that of the Country’s overall good.

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A Canadian’s View of Barack Obama

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 19, 2011

It is apparent to all but the most ardent supporters of Barack Obama that his presidency will go down in history as a failure.  One question that will be studied is how Obama was elected to the presidency with such an empty resume and lack of experience.  Certainly the highly unpopular George W. Bush presidency and the deteriorating economy made the election easier for any Democrat.  However that does not explain Obama’s success in the Democratic primaries against a pro like Hillary Clinton.

Obama’s meteoric rise to power was facilitated by the mainstream media who all but crowned him king midway through the primaries.  When history judges the Obama presidency, it will also need to judge the role that the media play in creating this President.

Respected Canadian columnist and CBS commentator Rex Murphy last week wrote a column posted below (emphasis added by this Blog) for the National Post that lays out the unhealthy relationship between the mainstream media and President Obama.  This is but the initial stages of reflection that is to come about the media’s dereliction of duty with the ascendancy of Barack Obama.

The media’s love affair with a disastrous president, by Rex Murphy, Sep 17, 2011

As the bad economic news continues to emanate from the United States – with a double-dip recession now all but certain – a reckoning is overdue.  American journalism will have to look Back At the period starting with Barack Obama’s rise, his assumption of the presidency and his conduct in it to the present, and ask itself how it came to cast aside so many of its vital functions.  In the main, the establishment American media abandoned its critical faculties during the Obama campaign – and it hasn’t reclaimed them since.

Much of the Obama coverage was orchestrated sycophancy.  They glided past his pretensions – when did a presidential candidate before “address the world” from the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin?  They ignored his arrogance –  “You’re likable enough, Hillary.”  And they averted their eyes from his every gaffe – such as the admission that he didn’t speak “Austrian.”

The media walked right past the decades-long association of Obama with the weird and racist pastor Jeremiah Wright.  In the midst of the brief stormlet over the issue, one CNN host – inexplicably – decided that CNN was going to be a “Wright-free zone.”  He could have hung out a sign: “No bad news about Obama here.”

The media trashed Hillary.  They burned Republicans.  They ransacked Sarah Palin and her family.  But Obama, the cool, the detached, the oracular Obama – he strolled to the presidency.

Palin, in particular, stands out as Obama’s opposite in the media’s eyes.  As much as they genuflected to the one, they felt the need to turn Rottweiler toward the other.  If Obama was sacred, classy, intellectual and cosmopolitan, why then Palin must be malevolent, trashy, dumb and pure backwoods-ignorant.

Every doubt they hid from themselves about Obama, every potential embarrassment they tucked under the blanket of their superior sensibilities, they furiously over-compensated for by their remorseless hounding of Palin – from utterly trivial e-mails, to blogger Andrew Sullivan’s weird speculations about Palin’s womb, musings that put the Obama “Birther” fantasies into a realm near sanity. (We are now seeing an echo of that – with a new book promoting all sorts of unconfirmed gossip about Palin, including her alleged sexual dalliance with a basketball star.)

As a result, the press gave the great American republic an untried, unknown and, it is becoming more and more frighteningly clear, incompetent figure as President.  Under Obama, America’s foreign policies are a mixture of confusion and costly impotence.  It is increasingly bypassed or derided; the great approach to the Muslim world, symbolized by the Cairo speech, is in tatters.  Its debt and deficits are a weight on the entire global economy.  And the office of presidency is less and less a symbol of strength.

To the degree the press neglected its function as watchdog and turned cupbearer to a Styrofoam demigod, it is a partner in the flaws and failures of what is turning out to be one of the most miserable performances in the modern history of the American presidency.

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Obama Embarrasses Himself and the Presidency on Jon Stewart’s Show

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 29, 2010

The Presidency of Barack Obama is floundering and in danger of falling off the proverbial cliff.  Obama’s many snafus have placed his Administration and the Democrat Party in precarious positions.

Obama started his Presidency by signing an order to close GITMO, yet the prison remains open today.  This earliest of gestures that remains unfilled nearly two years latter is emblematic of Obama’s style; style over substance.

Shortly after his election, Obama traveled the world to apologize for America’s past.  Obama then promised that unemployment would not exceed 8 percent with the passage of his Stimulus Package, only to have it go up to 10 percent.  He also jumped into the Professor Gates/Sergeant Crowley matter before knowing the facts.  Not to be outdone by such trivial failures, Obama rammed through a healthcare reform that the American people did not want.  Many  more examples could be listed.

All but the most narcissistic of individuals would be humbled by so many failures.  But not Barack Obama.  Instead, he has all but abdicated his Presidential duties in recent weeks campaigning in a desperate effort to stop the coming meltdown to his Party.  This effort is doomed to fail given the unpopularity of the President’s policies.

Initially, the President’s campaign efforts focused on blaming his predecessor for the Country’s current problems.  When that failed, he demonized news outlets that did not drink the Kool-aid, as well as politicians who opposed his vision.  After the polls showed these efforts t have failed, the President resorted to a last ditch effort to energize the Left-wing base.  This included visits to college campuses, playing the race card and most recently a visit to Comedy Central, Jon Stewart’s show.

The President’s visit Comedy Central was a rather lame effort on Obama’s part to get the Left-leaning hip crowd enthused for next week’s elections.  Instead, it showed Obama acting very un-presidential and at times inept.  Stewart’s questions put the President on the defensive.  However, the biggest embarrassment came when Stewart called the President “Dude”.  How denigrating to the President.  How denigrating for the Office!

The President’s decision to go on Comedy Central was poorly conceived for the Democrat Party and its campaign.  It is just the latest failure for a President that is clearly in over his head.

 

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Obama’s Presidency Defined

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 26, 2010

Those who saw Barack Obama as an emperor with no cloths prior to the election defined the man before his failings as President.  For the majority of Americans who voted for Obama, many are in shock for they saw a young man from a new generation who was good looking, intelligent and articulate, who they believed would take this Country on its next leg of evolving towards a more perfect union.  Instead, Obama turned out to be a beautiful book cover, but without substance.  He has damaged the Country in his never-ending quest to tear down what was created before Obama and in the name of “change”.

Obama’s rapid rise to power has only been eclipsed by his falling in popularity.  He came to the White House with the large support of Independent voters who also gave him nearly super majorities in both houses of Congress.  Instead of using this historic mandate to build what Americas wanted, he used it to ram through Progressives legislation that Americans don’t want.  Instead of using his pulpit to build bridges between races and classes, he took on issues, such as Professor Gates/Sergeant Crowley, that divided Americans.  He broke nearly all of his pre-election pronouncements (promises) including no-brainers like transparency in government,

Now, yet again Obama is on the trail to divide Americans, this time on the issue of the proposed mosque near ground zero.  Obama and his Progressive friends have attempted to bill this narrative as an issue of religious freedom, which it is clearly not.  The simple fact is that Americas do not want a mosque in this sensitive location for reasons to obvious to repeat.  But the President will not even mention these sensitivities simply because he does not feel them.  This President views America’s past and its heritage as part of the problem, not something to be honored.

Blog reader Lee sent in an article by J. R. Dunn published in americanthinker.com titled “Obama’s Point of no Return” that is a wonderful analysis of the Obama Presidency and where it is headed.  A link to the posting is included below.  Some points Dunn makes include:

  • There comes a moment in a failing presidency where the incumbent, through some single gesture, action, or statement, crosses a certain line from beyond which there is no return.
  • With Richard Nixon, it was the “eighteen-minute gap.”  An oval office tape recording turned over to Judge John Sirica, …….
  • For Jimmy Carter, it was the “malaise speech” of July 15, 1979, in which he attempted to shuffle the blame for his tepid performance as president from his own administration onto the shoulders of the American people.
  • With Obama, we have an abundance of riches: the multiple vacations, the legal harassment of the state of Arizona on behalf of illegals, the clownish response to the Gulf oil blowout.  But when historians come to select the moment when Obama went over the edge of the world, I think they’ll find the great Iftar mosque speech of August 13, 2010 hard to beat.  …  During a White House dinner celebrating Ramadan, the president found it appropriate to come out in favor of religious freedom.  Not in support of Christians being attacked by janjaweed gunmen, or Bahá’ís tormented by Iranian mullahs, or Jews being stalked by assassins, or even American citizens being told that they cannot pray in public, but in favor of a shadowy foreign foundation with suspicious financing and disturbing jihadi connections that wishes to build some kind of victory monument congruent to the site of the 9/11 massacre.

Dunn concludes by saying: “The past two years are the best Obama will ever see.  The real crises of his presidency are still to come, and they are easily visible as they move toward us — Iran, terrorism, the economy, the collapse of the national health care system hastened by his own policies.” While we can hope Dunn’s conclusion is not correct, the combination of audacity, incompetence and policies out of step with most Americans that comes from the Obama Administration, is not promising.

When the history of the amazing rise to power of Barack Obama is written, it will focus on how a country was mesmerized by style over substance.  It will review how a man without any executive experience was hired for the most complex executive position in the world.  It will question how the electorate was so blinded by the superficial that it did not realize it had elected a radical Leftist when it had thought Obama was a centrist.

Obama’s Point of No Return, By J.R. Dunn

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One Person’s View of the Obama Presidency

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 9, 2010

The words below are included in an editorial sent in by a reader with one individual’s view of Barack Obama.  The source might be as interesting as the views expressed.

the author of L’Ancien Régime and Democracy in America would be less than impressed with the extravagance and arrogance on display among the White House elites that rule America as though they had been handed some divine right to govern with impunity.”

“It is the kind of impunity that has been highlighted on the world stage this week by Michelle Obama’s hugely costly trip to Spain, which has prompted a New York Post columnist Andrea Tantaros to dub the First Lady a contemporary Marie Antoinette.”

“As The Daily telegraph reports, while the Obamas are covering their own vacation expenses such as accommodation, the trip may cost US taxpayers as much as $375,000 in terms of secret service security and flight costs on Air Force Two.”

“the American public is increasingly turning to alternative news sources, including the British press, which has a far less deferential approach towards the White House.”

“It is epitomised above all by the President’s relentless drive towards big government against the will of the American people, and the dramatic increases in government spending and borrowing, which threaten to leave the US hugely in debt for generations.”

“There is however a political revolution fast approaching Washington that is driven not by mob rule but by the power of ideas and principles, based upon the ideals of the Founding Fathers and the US Constitution.”

So who penned these words?  Glenn Beck?  Sarah Palin?  Newt Gingrich? A Tea Partier?  No, they were written by Nile Gardiner, a Washington-based foreign affairs analyst and political commentator who appears on American and British television and radio, including Fox News, CNN, BBC, Sky News, and NPR.  It seems ironic that some British have seen that the emperor and has no cloths before some Americans saw this reality.

The Obama presidency increasingly resembles a modern-day Ancien Régime: extravagant and out of touch with the American people, by Nile Gardiner

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Obama’s Memorial Day Snub

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 31, 2010

Since entering the national political scene just a few years ago, Barack Obama has shown an unusual characteristic for one seeking the Presidency of the United States.  It has become evident that Obama feels little connection to the history and heritage that made the United States what it is.  To the contrary the evidence indicates that he views much of America’s past with the disdain typically found in Progressives from outside the United States.

There many examples of Obama’s negative view of America’s past.  Listed below are just a few:

American Flag Lapel Pin – During the campaign in October, 2007, a flap developed over the fact that Obama was the only candidate who did not where the American flag on this lapel.  When questioned, his reasons for not wearing the flag were not credible.

Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security.”

Bunk!  Showing the flag does not indicate ones agreement with any governmental policy or public official.  This is Progressive dribble was meant to obfuscate the real answer to the question.

I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest.  Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testament to my patriotism.”

What a telling statement; what arrogance.  America was great long before Obama came along.  Hopefully it will be great after he is gone.

Refusal to Salute the American Flag – In October 1, 2007 “Time” had a photo that showed Obama, Clinton and Richardson on September 17 in Iowa.  During the National Anthem. Richardson and Clinton had their hands on their heart as a show of respect. Obama felt no such need.

Forgetting ones view of how to conduct oneself during the playing of our National Anthem, the US Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Section 171 is instructive reading: “During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.  Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.

Obama clearly feels no need to respect what has come before him.  It is probable that his narcissistic views place the individual, himself, above the prestige of the office that he was running for.

Apologizing to Europe – Shortly after his elections, Obama made a speech to Europeans that included:

In America, there is a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”

The president skipped the part about listing how Europe has led in the past 100 years.  But facts have never gotten in the way of an Obama oratory.  And as far as “celebrating your dynamic union”, given what is now occurring in Europe, such celebration was clearly premature.

Bowing to the Saudi King– In April 2009, President Obama bowed to the Saudi King, as shown throughout the world in a photograph.  To show such reverence to a man who is not elected by his people and to the leader of a regime that has nothing in common with Western values is denigration to the office of our Presidency.  Once again, with Obama’s narcissism the office he holds takes a backseat to the individual holding it.  It is ironic that the same man that has disdain for any showing patriotism to his own country would show such respect to a foreign totalitarian leader.

Skipping a Memorial Day Visit to Arlington National Cemetery– It is customary for Presidents to pay a visit to Arrington National Crematory to honor our fallen soldiers.  However, customs won’t get in the way of President Obama’s vacation to Chicago.  It is curious that the President in recent weeks found time to make two campaign visits to California to help raise money for Barbara Boxer’s reelection.  But not to worry; the President has indicated that he’ll return to Washington in time to for a White House tribute to Paul McCartney on Wednesday evening.  One would think that given the fact that this country is currently art war that its Commander-In-Chief would find time to honor those that perished preserving our freedoms.

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Any one of the above incidents could be forgiven as merely bad judgment or a miscue.  However, when considered in aggregate, it paints a picture of a man that shows little respect for this Country’s great achievements and heritage.

In October 2007, Obama’s campaign issued a statement that is relevant today: “We all revere the flag, but Senator Obama believes that being a patriot is about more than a symbol. It’s about fighting for our veterans when they get home and speaking honestly with the American people about this disastrous war.” Nearly three years later Obama doesn’t have the time to honor those that fell in service to this Country.  And yes, that includes many who have perished under Obama’s watch in his “disastrous war” in Afghanistan.

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Obama, a Sinking Ship or The Winds of Change, Part II

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 30, 2009

Yesterday this Blog wrote about the winds of change blowing in Washington and throughout the country.  That posting focused on President Obama historic weakness in the polls and on the message offered by one Republican, conservative Newt Gingrich.  However, the Republicans are play but a part in this unfolding change.  It is also being driven by the electorate’s strong disappointment with the first year of the Barack Obama Presidency.

The disappointment with Obama is not coming from the far Right or “Tea-partiers”.  Early on the White House badly misread the “tea leaves” on this.  The disappointment is coming from Middle America and incredibly, even from the Left.  While it is not surprising that the Left is disappointed with Obama’s decision to increase the number of troops in Afghanistan, they are even disappointed with more bread and butter issues.  You see, when it comes to personal security and the risk of terrorism, even those in the Left put self-preservation above ideology.

Today New York Times included an op-ed by a liberal columnist Maureen Dowd.  Given her liberal pedigree, Dowd’s strong words of discontent, some of which are posted below, are ominous for President Obama.

The ineptness with which Obama has governed would be remarkable, if not so sad.  It is likely that Obama will become a lame-duck president within two years of being elected.  Will the Republicans be able to get out of their own way and create a message that resonates with the American people?  Will allow the same knuckleheads who governed so poorly leading to the Obama election to regain control of the Party?  Is there an opening for a third party candidate?  With the rapid disintegration of the Obama aura, it is these questions that come to the forefront.

We the people have an historic opportunity to meet some historic challenges.  Let’s hope we are up to the task.

Maureen Dowd – New York Times, December 30, 2009

  • President Obama’s favorite word is “unprecedented,” as Carol Lee of Politico pointed out.  Yet he often seems mired in the past as well, letting his hallmark legislation get loaded up with old-school bribes and pork; surrounding himself with Clintonites; continuing the Bushies’ penchant for secrecy and expansive executive privilege; doubling down in Afghanistan while acting as though he’s getting out; and failing to capitalize on snazzy new technology while agencies thumb through printouts and continue their old turf battles.
  • If we can’t catch a Nigerian with a powerful explosive powder in his oddly feminine-looking underpants and a syringe full of acid, a man whose own father had alerted the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, a traveler whose ticket was paid for in cash and who didn’t check bags, whose visa renewal had been denied by the British, who had studied Arabic in Al Qaeda sanctuary Yemen, whose name was on a counterterrorism watch list, who can we catch?
  • Before he left for vacation, Obama tried to shed his Spock mien and juice up the empathy quotient on jobs.  But in his usual inspiring/listless cycle, he once more appeared chilly in his response to the chilling episode on Flight 253, issuing bulletins through his press secretary and hitting the links.  At least you have to “seem” concerned.
  • On Tuesday, Obama stepped up to the microphone to admit what Janet Napolitano (who learned nothing from an earlier Janet named Reno) had first tried to deny: that there had been “a systemic failure” and a “catastrophic breach of security.”
  • All that TV viewers heard, broadcast from a Marine base in Kaneohe Bay, was the president’s disembodied voice, talking about “deficiencies.”

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