Evidence of the astonishing incompetence of the Obama administration continues to roll in. It started with the stimulus package. One-third of the money went to public employee union members — a political payoff not very stimulating to anyone else. Billions went to green energy loans, like the $500 million that the government lost in backing the obviously hapless Solyndra. Infrastructure projects, which the president continues to tout, never seem to get built. He´s been talking about dredging the port of Charleston, for example, to accommodate the big container ships coming in when the Panama Canal is widened. The canal widening is proceeding
The only problem with Hopkins is that he was a communist mole and a spy. Appointment good for Stalin not millons killed and enslaved by him with Hopkins help. It is incompetence by Mr. Barone not to know this fact.
FDR appears to have some strengths, mr. o. only has ValJar, and look at the incompetence that flows from her decisions. Not to mention the most tragic, the "stand down" decision it is rumored she made about Behghazi.
Au contraire, Mr Barone, the Obama Administration is succeeding beyond the Won´s wildest dreams. If you measure success as the destruction of the Rule of Law, the shredding of the Constitution, the expansion of government to gargantuan proportions, the collapse of the free market economy and the creation of millions of new government dependents. Plus he is protected by his media Praetorian guards who denounce any criticism as racist. All in all, Obama is making out like a fat rat. The country, not so much.
While I there are many issues that I disagree with FDR, he faced circumstances for more serious and dangerous than anything BO has faced and FDR addressed them in arguably in the "best interests" of the US and the civilized world, particularly with foreign policy.
BO´s biggest concern is his tee time, what is on the menu, where and when will be his next vacay and what is the most effective way to insult the American people and our foreign allies, while befriending and embracing our mortal enemies.
FTA "We have a president who delights in delivering partisan speeches to adoring audiences but doesn´t seem interested in whether his administration gets results." The adoring audiences are usually some college or university with a bunch of students with skulls full of leftist mush. But he is getting the results he wants but Barone just can´t bring himself to believe it. The destruction of the Republic and the Constitution continues at a torrid pace and neither might survive obama, the communist Democrats and the msm.
So it begins it is not statist policies that fail but Obama. Obama failed because of the policies he is committed to. It is not racist to oppose Obama´s policies it is just sane. FDR with the new deal was getting these policies started. The fact that they don´t fail right away is no credit to FDR. The whole FDR ( not Bush ) mess is blowing up in Obama´s face. Socialist - Statist policies are doomed to fail because they are not adult responsible policies but a childish fantasy, a revolt against reality.
Interesting piece. My only quibble: Barone says that Fauxbama has made some good appointments. I´d like to know who they are. Holder? Hagel? The PIAPS? Lurch? Now Cass Sunstein´s freckled wife who toddles off to Ireland rather than doing her job? The energy secretary who doesn´t drive but wants gas prices to triple? Plugs? Looks more like a funny farm or house of horrors to me.
I think that saying Obama is incompetent is being too kind. Everything he is doing is being done by design, not due to incompetence. For instance, with Obamacare, his team is purposefully breaking the current health care system and getting people thrown off plans, destroying the traditional work week, etc., with the simple goal of getting the American people to then demand a government run system for everyone so that they can have health care. The Panama Canal...same thing. We will be at a disadvantage, while China will be at an advantage. It´s all about bringing American down a few notches so that we "level" with the rest of the world. Obama doesn´t believe we are exceptional and wants to make sure we can no longer make that claim.
No, it´s not incompetent; it´s willful and being done out in the open with a complicit press.
Where is the Harry Truman wing of the Democrat Party? Despite the Thomas E. Dewey momentum in 1948, Truman remained in the WH, because enough voters felt comfortable with him in charge at the end of WWII. Harry was a little more "warm and fuzzy" than the patrician-looking, Dewey.
After Truman, the succeeding Democrat Presidents have progressively worsened to the point we now have a blatantly unAmerican president whose decisions border on traitorous - I guess "None Dare call It Treason".
Incompetence has very, very little to do with what is happening to this nation.
The Mulatto Marxist was born into and raised in a Socialist/Marxist home by people who hated this nation and everything She stands for; he was schooled at the knee of Frank Marshall Davis, and every Marxist position he was taught has been fine-tuned, honed, and practiced.
Everything that´s happening is completely by design; incompetence is only a small part. I don´t buy into the "Soros [or someone] is pulling his strings." Every bit of this is pure 0bama. Start to finish. The only "outsiders" who have a hand in it are the fellow travelers that he´s "appointed" as either cabinet members of Czars. How on earth Barone could possibly believe that he´s made good appointments tells me that Barone should immediately make am appointment with a good optometrist.
At leas FDR was an American citizen. He dabbled in Communism which takes him off the radar for me as being a good President. He was not exposed until it was too late Obama has been exposed as Mr. Barone has said, almost immediately. As much fighting as the tea party has done, there are too many Americans who are disinterested and clueless because of the media. We have to keep on fighting and it is gratifying that a couple of people are trying to expose it, but it isn´t enough. We are in great peril because of our fellow Americans.
When Michael Barone says Obama “has made some high-quality appointments,” I’m sure he’s referring to tee times. Who wants to tee off at a bleary-eyed 6AM when you can embark upon the first fairway at 10? Then break for a leisurely lunch, go on to play the back nine after having been fed, refreshed and re-sharpened your scorecard pencil.
Pundits such as Michael Barone have been around for a long time. They study and write extensively about America’s presidents so I don’t have to.
What we have here is a mystery Muslim Marxist Metrosexual schooled in a Madrasa and married to a big spending, not very pleasing to look at, Aunt Esther. Please don´t compare him to any American president.
The fact that this joker got reelected proves there is no longer any rationale for one 4 year term. The presidential bar has been set so low even the best limbo artist alive can not slither under the pole.
Where are the Truman democrats - mostly voting com the cemetery. The "Reagan Democrats" are collecting Social Security" and what´s left of "conservative Dems" are voting Republican. The reason the GOP is dissing conservatives is because those "moderates" are being left behind by Dems. Bitter clingers are already "trapped" in the big tent. This country revolves around wealth redistribution politics these days. The rest is who cares stuff.
I just heard the grand champion irony for perhaps the entire decade if not the century. It was a UNION open letter to our government and the people of America explaining how bad obamacare is and how it is destroying the historic 40 hour work week. The unions go on to say that it will impoverish the workingman (read union member) and destroy our health care system. Aren´t these the same tireless workers who put Obama, that steaming pile of cowflop, in to the White House for two terms? May the unions that helped create this poisonous scum be destroyed by him.
O-Bomber shamefully turned a glorious and historic White House into...
a White Hutt with a Brown-stain on it.
Perhaps the Smithsonian could make a special request to receive Half-Bro´s hut from Kenya and put it on display as a reminder for a comparison that is instructive... just as they have some Star Wars movie memorabilia there on display...
This one could be labeled... "Actual domicile of Jobless in da Hutt..." and note that he´s part of the Star Wars Cantina scene of our First Black President.
#27, I should say that I agree with your final sentence about the stain.
I am confident that we shall overcome... the hideous nightmare O-Bomber has deliberately inflicted on our once-great land.
I know Mitt Romney could clean it up and I´d also love to see Ted Cruz get in there... Mitt is squeaky clean and a financial whiz plus a nice cooperative guy... Ted Cruz as we know is brilliant and our next great hype and hope, we think...
That´s why I favor Cruz-Romney.... or Romney-Cruz... for 2016... Either way, I´ll take it... Romney can be Cheney to Cruz´s Dubya... Know what I mean? With Romney the emphasis will be on the finances... whereas Cheney is a national security maven...
No it´s not. Look at Clinton. Look at Carter. Appointment of lesbians, midgets, and every other type of reprobate. OK, no one can help that they were born a midget. But the ideology is quite another matter...
I was a young child when The Soviet Union became the poster child for nations needing help to escape the horror of Hitler.We were asked to give our pennies to save Russian children . it was the ultimate to honor those brave people. The the gov. had nothing to do with their courage. This was pushed by Mrs. R who actually bought into the Commie creed and when FDR refused to grant the Soviet Union more she formed the 5th column. Later when when he began to slip she ran the country with the help of those minions.
Earlier Tuesday, NBC News reported that President Barack Obama had shaken hands with Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe. However, the UK Telegraph´s Josie Ensor reported that Obama "was asked to take his seat just before reaching Mugabe." Complicating matters, another article in the UK Telegraph also claimed that Obama had shaken hands with Mugabe--in very similar terms to those used in the NBC article. Breitbart News caught the discrepancy--and suddenly the NBC News article was corrected, with no notice. Before: On his way to the rostrum, Obama also shook the hand of Robert Mugabe, the strongman ruler of Zimbabwe, and hugged Dilma Rousseff, the
The budget deal announced Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) would boost federal spending by around $65 billion over the next two years. This new spending is offset by increasing user fees, boosting pension contributions by federal employees and the military, and other minor changes. Ryan and Murray also say that the deal will reduce the deficit by $23 billion over the next 10 years. This reduction, however, doesn´t start until 2022. According to a 4-page summary document of the deal obtained by Breitbart News, "[t]he budget proposal saves $28 billion over ten years by requiring
President Obama will extend his mini-amnesty for young illegals, said Cecilia Muñoz, White House director of domestic policy. “As long as this president” is in power, “you will be able to renew your deferred action,” Muñoz told one questioner during an online question-and-answer session on immigration conducted via Skype. So far, Obama’s deputies have granted the two-year “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” amnesty to at least 567,563 illegals, giving them the right to get jobs in every state, get drivers’ licenses in some states, to enroll in school and to receive government aid. Only 21,162 illegals have been rejected. Roughly 11 million
The White House insisted Wednesday that President Obama’s credibility had not been damaged by the botched rollout of Obamacare, despite a series of recent polls showing his diminished standing with the American public. "I don´t think I agree with that conclusion,” White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said of the assertion that fewer Americans trust the president because of broken promises over his signature domestic achievement. However, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 54 percent of respondents disapproved of the president’s job performance, driven mainly by the problem-plagued rollout of Obamacare. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed said Obamacare was
The death of iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela prompted torrents of gushing praise from world leaders and media this week. Mandela was widely depicted as a near-flawless human being. BBC presenter Evan Davis said Mandela ranked near Jesus in the "pantheon of virtue"; Bono said Mandela was "stubborn ´til the end for all the right reasons, it felt like he very nearly outstared his maker." But the truth about Mandela is somewhat more shaded. He will be remembered for his magnificent legacy of racial unification in the aftermath of his release from prison in 1990. Mandela´s critics worried, not unreasonably,
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Most of Washington seems to have bought the White House claim that the 36 federal exchanges are finally working, and glory, glory, hallelujah. But if that´s really true, then what explains the ongoing secrecy and evasion? On Wednesday the Health and Human Services Department continued its Victorian-era strip tease and allowed a glimpse into the Affordable Care Act´s "enrollment" for November. Out of respect for a free press, reporters ought to boycott these releases because they´re so selective that they reveal little about real enrollment. But we´ll try to parse the data as best we can without the White House high
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Revelation: Colin Powell, George W. Bush´s secretary of state, has confirmed the suspicion that derailed his plan to run for president: He´s not just a liberal, but a socialist. It´s been a long time ago now, but Powell was once the dream Republican presidential candidate for a lot of pundits, campaign experts and ordinary Americans who appreciated his outstanding military service and pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps success story. Now we find that Powell is with the extreme left of the Democratic Party on health care, supporting European-style single-payer socialized medicine. "I don´t see why we can´t do what Europe is doing, what Canada is doing, what
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So here’s the photo, my photo, which quickly lit up the world’s social networks and news websites. The “selfie” of three world leaders who, during South Africa’s farewell to Nelson Mandela, were messing about like kids instead of behaving with the mournful gravitas one might expect. In general on this blog, photojournalists tell the story behind a picture they’ve taken. I’ve done this for images from Pakistan, and India, where I am based. And here I am again, but this time the picture comes from a stadium in Soweto, and shows people taking a photo of themselves. I guess it’s a
Roberto Schmidt, a German-Colombian photojournalist based in India, saw a moment worth capturing at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Soweto, South Africa on Tuesday, and capture it he did: the ‘selfie’ taken by President Barack Obama along with two other world leaders and next to a p1$$3d-off seeming Michelle Obama, immediately went viral. Mediaite sure covered it, as did most internet publications, and by early afternoon it was gristle for cable news commentators on both the left and the right—much to Schmidt’s dismay. “It’s a sign of our times that somehow this image seemed to get more attention than the event
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. In a candid moment captured by a photographer, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto’s World Cup stadium.(Snip)Mashable, the news and technology website, ran the photograph under the headline: ‘‘Dear Obama: Funerals are no place
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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
A black fashion student says he was brutally attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying, the Daily News has learned. Taj Patterson, 22, was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when he says more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men began assaulting him on Flushing Ave. and yelling, “Stay down, f----t!”
A “presidential selfie” featuring President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service began making the rounds this morning, but it’s the person not included in the frame who caught everyone’s attention: As anyone with two eyes and a Twitter account has noticed, Michelle Obama does not appear amused. Of course, though a picture says a thousand words, not all of those words are necessarily true. FLOTUS might not have even known the photo was taking place. Or she could disapprove of funeral selfies. Either way.
President Obama’s job approval among American voters has dropped to negative territory with just 38 percent voicing their approval versus the 58 who says they disapprove, according to a national poll released Tuesday by the independent Quinnipiac University. That is one percent less than the 39% who said they approved of him in last month’s poll. The majority of the 2,692 registered voters the University in early December said that the president is not honest and trustworthy. When asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?,” respondents gave Obama lackluster ratings
Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters:
Say goodbye to the 60-watt incandescent bulb. This year manufacturers started phasing out 100w and 75w bulbs. On January 1 it will become illegal to import or manufacture traditional 60w and 40w bulbs too. Time to stock up? Not so fast. First, check out Cree’s energy-sipping new 75-watt replacement bulb. I used to be outraged over the federal government’s draconian moves to outlaw traditional lightbulbs. For 100 years we’ve lived and thrived under the warm glow of incandescent lightbulbs. Aside from the fact that 90% of the electricity used by the bulbs is radiated in the form of heat rather than
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -Officials at Shaw Air Force Base are trying to determine what to do about a holiday display after a Nativity scene was taken down last week. Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Keavy Rake said Tuesday a Nativity display was set up Friday by a group of volunteers from the base chapel at a small lake on the installation. The site was near where a tree lighting ceremony was scheduled Friday evening. Rake says the Military Religious Freedom Foundation lodged a complaint about the display through the Air Force in Washington. Paul Loebe, spokesman for the foundation, said