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THE DAILY BLADE: Supercommittee failure proves Obama has been a lame duck president since the day he took office

In August 2009, The Stiletto noted that with his passive management style – which we now know as “leading from behind” – President Barack Hussein Obama had “made himself largely irrelevant on many of the issues he ran on, from healthcare ‘reform’ to ‘resetting’ our foreign relations (second item). Just seven months after was inaugurated into office Obama was already a lame duck – a condition characterized by political impotence and sclerosis that typically doesn’t manifest until mid-term elections in a president’s second term. The Stiletto concluded:  


[T]he 2010 election could put checks and balances on [then House Speaker] Pelosi and Obama – which will make it even harder than it has proven thus far for the president to keep his campaign promises. And when he runs for re-election in 2012, disappointed, disillusioned and dispirited libs and young voters may not report for duty at Organizing for America, or flock to the polls as they did in 2008.
 
Shortly after her column was published on the FOX News Website – garnering nearly 500,000 page views, by the way – The Stiletto happened to run into a well-known conservative syndicated columnist in the “FOX News Watch” green room who thought she had been more than a bit rash in her assessment. For her part, The Stiletto thought (but was too polite to say) that since she wasn’t being paid the big bucks this pundit was, she could afford to flout the conventional wisdom that Obama had plenty of time to turn around what already looked like a failing presidency.
 
We are now a year from the 2012 election and Obama has run out of time. Deep down inside, he knew he wasn’t prepared for the job that he BS’d his way into, so Obama has often been paralyzed by indecision and as he waits for others – advisors, cabinet members, Congressional leaders – to come to a consensus on what to do about pressing domestic and foreign policy issues.
 
There are profound disagreements between the executive and legislative branches – for instance, closing the military prison at Gitmo and incarcerating accused terrorists in a prison on the mainland until they are tried in criminal court, which Congress put the kibosh on – as well as between Democrats and Republicans in Congress – for instance, whether raising taxes on the wealthy or cutting spending will be more effective in reducing the federal debt. But Obama has outsourced his leadership role to others – most notably, to Pelosi, who authored the disastrous stimulus bill
 
In August when Congress was feverishly negotiating to avoid defaulting on the national debt, The Washington Post noted that Obama “looked increasingly like a bit player in the larger drama, waiting for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to do the heavy lifting and present him a debt ceiling plan.” Nothing’s changed since then. WaPo economics columnist Robert J. Samuelson marvels that “[w]e haven’t had the robust democratic debate about the role of government that lies at the heart of America’s budget stalemate” and blames the president:  

Only President Obama can start such a debate. He has the bully pulpit, but he hasn’t used it. … There is no leadership from the nation’s “leader.” [Note: The use of quote marks to denote derision are Samuelson’s.]
 
For his part, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg chided Obama for failure in leadership after the so-called supercommittee threw in the towel on a debt reduction deal. “It’s the chief executive’s job to bring people together and to provide leadership. I don’t see that happening.”
 
One indication that Obama is now widely perceived as a lame duck is that he gets no respect – not even from members of his own party who are worried about their own re-election prospects (third item). Here are six others:
 
1. A majority of voters disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as president and no longer view him as a strong leader (53 percent and 51 percent, respectively), according to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll. Three-quarters also believe the country is “pretty seriously” off on the wrong track.
 
2. It’s not just the economy. Americans are dismayed and angered that the leaders of two countries that we selflessly sacrificed to free from tyranny are undermining our foreign policy objectives in the Middle East, with Iraq providing moral and financial support to embattled Syrian despot Bashar al-Assad and Afghanistan cozying up to Pakistan and trying to curry favor with Iran. Our influence in the region has waned to the point that “[o]ver this year of Arab Spring revolt, Saudi Arabia has increasingly replaced the United States as the key status-quo power in the Middle East,” writes David Ignatius, The WaPo’s foreign affairs columnist, adding: 

For Saudi watchers, this change is striking. The kingdom’s old practice was to keep its head down, spread money to radical groups to try to buy peace, and rely on a U.S. military umbrella. …
 
President Obama is seen as a relatively weak leader who abandoned his own call for a Palestinian state under Israeli pressure. The United States isn’t exactly the god that failed, but its divine powers are certainly suspect in Riyadh.
 
A poll in May found that 47 percent think that Obama gets little or no respect from fellow world leaders – for instance, in September, French President Nicholas Sarkozy rolled Obama and took the lead at the U.N. when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was pressing for Palestinian membership – and a Time Magazine/Abt SRBI poll conducted in October found that 71 percent of Americans believed that our position in the world has been declining in the past few years. This may explain a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project that finds Americans are now “far less likely to say that their culture is better than others.” Three years of Obama apologizing for America, bowing to other world leaders and being disrespected by them has caused the majority of Americans to doubt this country’s exceptionalism for the first time in our history – 49 percent in this survey, as compared to 57 percent in 2007 and 60 percent in 2002. 

3. A majority of Americans (55 percent) expect Obama to be a one-term president – and Obama’s re-electability is also in doubt amongst “[e]lected officials and party leaders at all levels,” The New York Times reports. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) tells the paper: “In my district, the enthusiasm for him has mostly evaporated. There is tremendous discontent with his direction. I have one heck of a lot of Democrats saying, ‘I voted for him before, don’t know if I can do it again.’” Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman has even called on Obama to step aside so his party could nominate a stronger candidate. Democrat pollsters Pat Caddell and Doug Shoen are also urging him to “take the moral high ground” and “abandon his candidacy for re-election” so that Hillary Clinton can become the party’s nominee by acclamation as she is capable of “saving the Democratic Party, but more important, of governing effectively.” The two men argue that “the kind of campaign required for the president's political survival would make it almost impossible for him to govern – not only during the campaign, but throughout a second term.” In other words, it’s only going to go downhill from here. 

 
4. Obama – who campaigned on his judgment and ability to unite people and had promised voters “change we need” from his predecessor – turned out to be a political quack. In fact, 56 percent of Americans think Obama is “about the same” or “worse” than George W. Bush as a president, with 34 percent rating him as being worse, according to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll. Obama either broke or was unable to pull off the majority of his campaign promises – and succeeded (last item) only when he continued the programs and policies Bush put into place.
 
5. In September, when Obama demanded a joint session of Congress to discuss his jobs proposals, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) took great pleasure in explaining to Obama that he has to be “invited” to address Congress. And several legislators didn’t even bother to show up, because Obama has used this ploy too often and they wearied of being used as props to make the president look like he was in charge. In fact, no one in Congress listens to him anymore when urges them to “Pass this bill. Pass it now.” And the American public has tuned him out, as well – as reporters noted during a press conference about his jobs bill last month when he was asked: “[T]he American people are sick of games … Wouldn’t it be more productive to work with Republicans on a plan that you know could pass Congress as opposed to going around the country talking about your bill?” and “Are you worried about your own powers of persuasion, and maybe that the American public is not listening to you anymore?”
 
6. Obama himself has acknowledged that he is not in charge, and is being led by events when he blamed his administration’s failures on “bad luck.” He said this to a town hall audience in MN in August: 

Over the last six months, we’ve had a string of bad luck – there have been some things that we could not control. You had an Arab Spring in the Middle East that promises more democracy and more human rights for people, but it also drove up gas prices -- tough for the economy, a lot of uncertainty. And then you have the situation in Europe, where they’re dealing with all sorts of debt challenges, and that washes up on our shores. And you had a tsunami in Japan, and that broke supply chains and created difficulties for the economy all across the globe.
 
Obama – who began his term promising to implement science-based policies – has now resorted to superstition to explain his administration’s failures. As syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer put it: “A comforting fantasy. But a sorry excuse for a failing economy and a flailing presidency.”
 
Clearly, the thrill is gone, because MSNBC’s Chris Matthews asks, “Is this as good as it gets?” Sadly, yes. Obama has given everything he’s got to the office, and it’s not good enough. Time to … what’s that pithy phrase? … move on.

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Comment by Victoria Knox on November 24, 2011 at 2:36pm

I used to like Huck. I am very disappointed in him. Very. Disappointed.

Comment by Larry Cumbie on November 23, 2011 at 2:15pm

Do NOT underestimate this man! Being President has been an absentee 2nd tier priority for him. A number of Liberal pundits, notably Huffington, have written much about the "appearance of trying" as it applies to Republicans mostly. But this epithet applies mostly to Obama. The only real work he has completed in 3 years is to spend, spend, spend, and regulate, regulate, regulate. All directed and focused on one goal: reduce our nation to a wannabe European Socialist "world leader"with a defanged military, a bankrupt GDP, and a humbled and humiliated foreign policy. Whither now, Barry? Redestribution of wealth, possibly re-written Constitution, and transfer of our sovereign rights to the UN. It would take one Helluva long time, perhaps a generation, to undo, but will require extraordinary leadership. That bothers me because I don't see that leadership in D.C.

Comment by Doug Nicholson on November 23, 2011 at 3:49am

"...Obama gets little or no respect from fellow world leaders..." When Odumbo bowed deeply to Communist Chinese leader Hu Jintao, indicating great respect, Mr. Hu responded by...wait for it...not bowing even one millimeter. Hu might as well have slapped Odumbo across the face, but that, of course, was lost on "Fearless Leader".

Comment by heidi pascal on November 22, 2011 at 5:29pm

told you guys, Hillary is a shoe in in place of Bonzo weeks ago, libs are in retreat that where for Bonzo, he's done.  Stick a fork in him.

Comment by Bruce Baker on November 22, 2011 at 1:48pm

This is SOOOO funny .. because the Democrats and liberals have thrown everything but the kitchen sink, and I think they are saving that for 2012, at the Republican candidates for president, but WHO is ready to run if Obama is NOT the Democratic Candidate in 2012?  I can't think of one person on that side of politics who is actually ready to be believed by all Americans as a viable Democratic Candidate?  Can you?

 

Which means .. Democrats are all brag and bluff with nothing to back up their accusations at the Republican presidential candidates ... how funny is that?  Rolling on the floor laughing ... I would say...

Comment by Agi Yaeger on November 22, 2011 at 1:13pm

I wouldn't be so sure of his one term presidency, as some think. As many of you know I'm a great fan of Glenn Beck. One important reason I began to follow him is because way back in 2007, he was the only person who actually understood what Obama stood for, as I did from my experiences.

As hard as I tried to convince people around me what was going to happen, many thought I really was an "alien". But Glenn was one of the few who understood from the start. He was on the money at every turn.

It was amazing to me that an American born would grasp these evils so well. When one lives in freedom all his life, it's a big stretch. I guess Glenn's own tormented early life, and his transformation from those depths, gave a certain understanding outside the box.

Today, I watched him on Don Imus' show. The I-man asked Glenn, if he thought Obama will win re-election. He said, yes. He was asked why. Glenn said I feel this way because the way in which this administration moves, is very strange, unlike anything we knew before or experienced. They seem to always act as though they know something that the American people don't.

Just last week, I wrote about my concern about the same thing and some said not to give up. I'm not, but what Glenn said this morning really hit home. He put it in words that I couldn't, yet I have had the same feelings all along. I guess it's because I have studied and experienced their movement, I seem to connect dots others may not see.

After observing the actions of the Supreme committee and the occupy movement, the jigsaw puzzle pieces are coming together to actual form a picture. Glenn has not been wrong since he started his education of us and his interview, frankly scared me. My predictions are so much like his. Most of the time I say it to myself before I even see his show that day. Then, I hear him say it and it deeply affects me.

Comment by Juan Reynoso on November 22, 2011 at 1:11pm




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November 22, 2011

The Revolt Against Big Government

Fellow Americans, do not let this corrupt government destroy our country. Our country was born from a libertarian revolution, we are the freest country on earth, our founding fathers give us our constitution and the bill of rights that defined our future as a nation. We are a nation created by the people and for the people.

Fellow Americans, our country is being destroy from within, because our apathy and denial, our government has become so powerful and corrupt that poses a threat to the rights and freedoms of the people citizens of this United States. Today most Americans are outraged at the corruption, size and power of this government and are showing their skepticism in demonstrations reaching critical masses. We the Tea Party People, knows that government is too big, too expensive, too wasteful, too intrusive, too incompetent and corrupt, but we are not persuaded to embrace as an alternative to this government; the Libertarian principles of government in which our country was founded. One of the challenges for the Tea Party, The Wall Street protesters and indeed for all political leaders, is to channel that disillusionment into a healthy skepticism about politics and coercion rather than a dangerous nihilism that cynically rejects all order and authority. We Americans are well equipped to change our path, since our philosophy of liberty offers a consistent respect for law, order. and our profound believe that not one is above the law, adhering strictly to the ethical principle of nonviolence.

The 20th century has been the century of the state. Communism, fascism, National Socialism, military dictatorships, and apartheid were the most horrific of the experiments in organized force. Here in the United States, the welfare, socialist Marxist agenda of the democrats, also amassed more raw power and intervened in citizens' lives more closely than governments had ever done before in our history as a country; but the majority of the people of this United States never embraced any stat-ism, because is a failure policy.

Big government in our country is real and is a huge problem that is destroying our country; Democrats and Republicans are the same, they are one; together they are responsible for this e

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on November 22, 2011 at 1:07pm

BH Obama is a total disgrace to this once great nation.

Comment by Norma J. Sears on November 22, 2011 at 12:58pm

He puts more effort into vacations, golfing and dodging issues than anything.

Comment by Robert M. Kiah on November 22, 2011 at 12:52pm

Daves!     2017? don't make me sick.

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