I wandered around the internet today checking out various liberal entities. From fellow piss ant WordPress bloggers to big name national publications the narrative was the same. President Obama has done a lot of great stuff!
The schizoid cherry atop this insane sundae was the New Yorker piece by Ryan Lizza I quote its closer which seems to be a big talking point:
Obama didn’t remake Washington. But his first two years stand as one of the most successful legislative periods in modern history. Among other achievements, he has saved the economy from depression, passed universal health care, and reformed Wall Street. Along the way, Obama may have changed his mind about his 2008 critique of Hillary Clinton. “Working the system, not changing it” and being “consumed with beating” Republicans “rather than unifying the country and building consensus to get things done” do not seem like such bad strategies for success after all. (emphasis mine)
Are you f!@#ing kidding me!??!?!?!?!?!
The actual state of the economy at the time Obama entered office cannot and should not be understated for partisan benefit. It MUST be conceded that the economy was in the shitter or there really isn’t any point in entering a discussion. On the flip side if one is to deny that ANYBODY has stopped something from happening they are foolishly whispering past the cemetery gates.
Folks, the world is at odds with itself over what to do.The usual suspects of Keynesian excess are pledging austerity while folks from the other side are screaming for bigger, better,more stimulating deficit spending. Nations,not just banks and companies are on the verge of collapse. The plants Obama and his bots want to claim clipping success over whilst denying any responsibility for the original seeding are in fact like the infamous kudzu plant and flourishing. Saved the economy from depression? Sorry folks at best that scores too soon to tell.
Universal Health Care
Passed it? More like rammed a pork laden suppository into the rectum of a patient that was looking for a small oral dose of something good. In EMS humor there is a classic: “Rectum? Damn near killed him”
If you ever suffer insomnia actually read the health care horror novel that was reconciled into history and be enlightened as to why some folks salivate at its abortion before it experiences full birth.
Dodd/ Frank reformed Wall St? This thing came out of the gates and went on a blind date with Sarbanes/Oxley and is now hurting the US economy. It ain’t helping the consumer either,can’t wait to hear Lizzie Warren’s spin on that.
This is kind of like one of those feedback loop kind of things. I wonder if folks like Barney Frank will deny any responsibility when the scourge of this thing plays out? I doubt it.
Here’s a memo…Reality
Do I think Obama has tried? I think this ties into a thread already up here at in2thefray. It is not so much what his effort has or hasn’t been but his actual ability. Obama apologists quote Truman’s lament about POTUS not having any real power. This is insane. Seriously folks, just think FDR,Reagan and Clinton. Like them or loathe them there has and hopefully will be those who CAN be that which being President of the United States requires as well as what the days/times demand and dictate. Barack Obama IS NOT one of those.
The three men I’ve listed could easily be joined by another 20th Century President,Woodrow Wilson or we can go back to the nations early years. Hostile Congress? Pphhtt! Unpopular policy? Really,ya going there? Tough times? OMG!
The trials and tribulations of Barack Obama are far, far from being unprecedented contrary to what some folks want you to believe. I’ll take a pail and say Obama had some ideas,hopes and a naïve but exuberant outlook. I’ll go even further and say he tried some things he thought would work well. This pail win must include the caveats though of his choosing bad advisers and accepting bad advice. One must also take into account a pretty obvious failure to evoke the mantle of office properly. Classic examples are his pathetic energy exertion for the failed and ludicrous Chicago Olympics try,as well as the Cambridge Police/Harvard professor saga. Spending clout on that but allowing Congress and hacks to muck up things he thought were truly important? Back to the title….I Just Don’t Get It.