Skip to comments.Jonathan Alter: You Think Obama's Been a Bad President? Prove It
Posted on 08/26/2011 10:38:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Tell me again why Barack Obama has been such a bad president? I'm not talking here about him as a tactician and communicator. We can agree that he has played some bad poker with Congress. And lets stipulate that at the moment hes falling short in the intangibles of leadership.
Im thinking instead of that opening sequence in the show Mission Impossible, the one where Jim Phelps, played by Peter Graves, gets his instructions.
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Johnathan, I believe the usual rejoinder is, “SCOREBOARD.”
From Jonathan Alter to FReepers....
Your mission, Jim (and readers named something else), should you decide to accept it, is to identify where Obama has been a poor decision-maker. What, specifically, has he done wrong on policy? What, specifically, would you have done differently to create jobs? And what can any of the current Republican candidates offer that would be an improvement on the employment front?
Im not interested in hearing ad hominem attacks or about your generalized disappointment.
I want to know, on a substantive basis, why you think he deserves to be in a dead heat with Mitt Romney and Rick Perry and only a few points ahead of Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann in a new Gallup Poll. Is it just that any president — regardless of circumstances and party — who presides over 9 percent unemployment deserves to lose?
Would a good president spend more in 2.5 years than the previous president in 8?
Jonathan, prove his social security card is legit
Jonathan, I can name that tune in three notes....
That’s 17% unemployment and 9% inflation.
The Government’s statistics are the only thing the Government keeps tightly in check.
This guy is a joke.
*If any other of our presidents had doubled the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have Approved?*
*If any other of our presidents had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read, would you think that he is just an ignorant hot head? *
*If any other of our presidents joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal Immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder who's side he was on? *
*If any other of our presidents had pronounced the Marine Corps like Marine Corpse, would you think him an idiot? *
*If any other of our presidents had put 87,000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that Have one of the best safety records of any industry because one foreign company had an accident, would you have agreed? *
*If any other of our presidents had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed would you support him? *
*If any other of our presidents had been the first President to need a Teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would You have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes? *
*If any other of our presidents had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take his First Lady to a play in NYC, would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had reduced your retirement plan holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought it a proud moment for America ? *
*If any other of our presidents had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a Minor slip? *
*If any other of our presidents had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, Would you have approved? *
*If any other of our presidents had stated that there were 57 states in the United States , wouldn't you have had second thoughts about his capabilities? *
*If any other of our presidents would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking Out his front door in his home town, would you not have thought he was a self-important, conceited, egotistical jerk. *
*If any other of our presidents had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, wouldn't you have winced in embarrassment? *
*If any other of our presidents had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?*
*If any other of our presidents' administrations had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11? *
*If any other of our presidents had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than In New Orleans , would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence? *
*If any other of our presidents had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America , would you have ever approved. *
*If any other of our presidents had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved? *
If he didn’t tell the truth here, is it possible that every other decision he’s made is suspect too?
I believe the proof is a media that walks by Himalayas of economic ruin and pretends to see nothing but flat land.
The governments official statistics, don't really look to good (9.1% Unemployment according to the White House), errr, Clinton even had the common sense to doctor the stats by redefing everything downward to make himself look better.
Cash For Clunkers
Failure to go to Congress prior to attacking Libya (which is all the more bizarre because he’d have GOTTEN approval)
Using regulations to achieve what he couldn’t through legislation (EPA, NRLB, etc.)
Abandonment of Poland, etc. vs. Russia on missile defense
Alter seems amazed that conservatives actually DISAGREE with Obama’s policy choices. I also think Obama is incompetent EVEN for a leftist, but that’s beside Alter’s point.
One word for this diatribe - delusional.
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