Skip to comments.OBAMA: BUYER’S REMORSE
Posted on 05/30/2009 8:45:38 AM PDT by yongin
Admittedly, I was one of the moderate conservatives who was wooed by Obama during his PR campaign to become the country's next president. Sadly, even though I was still unsure of my vote until the week before the election, I know better now. I truly had no idea he would turn out to be the radical tax and spend liberal he's revealed. Since the beginning of his presidency, Obama seems more interested in making policies and decisions that grab headlines than those in the best interests of the country. The announcement of his whopping $3 trillion budget, trailing the $800 billion bank bailout, was shocking and yet the media seemed to rally around him. The president wants to do everything at one time, national healthcare, economy, taxes (wealth redistribution), clean energy, infrastructure, education and more. He acts very king-like, expecting Congress to endorse everything he floats their way, but his high octane PR strategy--loaded with smiles and good oratory may be fading.
Mr. Obama spends money like its coming out of his own piggy bank and expects Congress to rubber stamp his agenda at every turn, which they have been doing except when it came to the closing of Guantanamo Bay prison. This is when the pie in the sky headline grabbing Obama style of governing met reality. Mr. Obama asked Congress for $80 million to build a new prison (it's just more money to pile on the ginormous debt) but they paused, scratched their heads and couldn't just go along with this brazen request without more details from King Obama. Even more hilarious was when the administration said it would just relocate these terrorists to state prisons but governors stopped that bad idea --- "not in my back yard." Even FBI Director Mueller nixed the idea as highly risky because terrorists could easily plot attacks on the US from within prison, recruiting other terrorists, organizing, fundraising etc.
Before this miscalculation, the President listened to his faithful servant Rahm Emanuel and released CIA memos about harsh interrogation tactics used on terrorists under the Bush administration. Many people including Defense Secretary Gates thought this was a bad idea and would endanger our troops needlessly not to mention reveal interrogation methods to our enemies. Once again, the president got great headlines from the partisan press which bashed President Bush and the interrogation methods he endorsed during his administration.
But as the reality of keeping this headline grabbing story going began to sink into President Obama's head, he started walking backwards on the topic weighing the risk in the reality of the situation. This is when the administration had Attorney General Eric Holder tell the media that the Justice Department wasn't going to prosecute former Bush officials. Shortly after this, the president announced he wouldn't release photos of detainees being interrogated. Why engage in any of this in the first place? Releasing interrogation memos and detainee photos only harms our intelligence community and puts American's at risk. Incidentally, the Wall Street Journal was the only paper to relentlessly criticize the administration about taking this action.
These recent events, the planned closing of Gitmo and "CIA-gate", have made the president look very inexperienced and unpolished in his ability to lead the nation and only widened the partisan bickering in Washington. Oh, yeah and Speaker Pelosi's memory lapse over when and what she knew about waterboarding looks sloppy, as if she's trying to hide the truth. It doesn't help the president and certainly doesn't look like change we can believe in or need.
On a side note the president's comments about his nominee to the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, are also cause for pause. He said he picked her because she would show empathy. While Supreme Court justices are human and bring experience to their work, they're tasked with finely reviewing cases, considering the Constitution and using their intellect to arrive at rulings. Emotion isn't part of the job. Even more disturbing are Judge Sotomayor's comments that judges make policy.
It seems like the president's image is unraveling in recent months and we're getting a look at the real Obama underneath the PR, razzle, dazzle veneer he sports so well. I think Americans are growing weary of the sparkle, shine and high-spending policies this president is selling and want to see something more. Every week he is on TV holding a press conference for this or that announcement on funding, bailouts or programs to expand government exponentially. As my father exclaimed recently, "when does he have time to run the country, if he's on television everyday." This is a question to be pondered. Team Obama may have won the presidency through an innovative public relations campaign but winning over the confidence of Americans and setting the country on the right course will require careful thought, temperance and bipartisan collaboration.
A smile and eloquent speech won't make it all right.
Crystal isn’t the brightest bulb, is she.
Dumb as a post, they are.
< shakes head >
Obviously, the person who wrote this article never visited FreeRepublic... we've predicted the "O" disaster long before the election...
“Admittedly, I was one of the moderate conservatives “
What the heck is a moderate conservative? (scratches head)
My first reaction to the first sentence was....IDIOT!
Then you're an idiot.
Pathetic. B.O.'s ultra-leftist track record was clear to all who did even a minimum of research.
I’m so sick of these whining, “I didn’t think he was a liberal” voters with buyer’s remorse.
Looking at Obamination’s voting record isn’t rocket science. It’s the most truthful, revealing way of interpreting how a candidate, especially one that crows “we won,” will rule once in office. There was NO indication that this commie would be anything but liberal and socialist.
Elections have consequences and our great, great, great, great grandchildren will be paying for them.
No conservative voted for Obama. Not a single one, anywhere in America.
I consider myself a moderate conservative too and was never even close to being fooled by Obama. I don’t understand how even centrist liberals could be fooled by this guy, let alone anyone who considers them self to be conservative in any way.
Was this fool in a cave during the whole Joe the Plumber ordeal?
I have NO idea who this loon is, but can anyone here tell me what a Moderate Conservative is???? Good grief, does every label need an adjective? Don’t post this tripe from her mouth again, please!
At some point..”the Worst Economy Ever” with 4.5% unemployment and 2.0% inflation is gonna be looking mighty good.....
I hope that critical masses of voters just like you realize where we are headed, and join the tea parties and other such groups.
Also, I hope you realize that a Democrat Congress and Democrats in other offices enable this president. So I hope you vote Republican in the 2010 mid-term elections. Also, vote Republican for any office on your ballot, whether it’s for governor, senator, congress, or state legislators in your state next year.
I think the 2012 election will be not only a referendum on the Obama 1st term, but also on the direction of the country. It’s a cliche that every presidential election is described as the most important, the most consequential, etc. but 2012 might really be a tipping point for our country. Stay engaged, and stay focused. And I certainly hope you speak for critical masses of dissolusioned Obama voters who will vote “no” on him in 2010 and 2012.
Then you aren't a very bright person, are you. That also means that nobody should even listen to anything you say because you obviously do not research and investigate your subjects very well.
Nor does it lend any credibility to your claim of ever having been a "moderate" conservative.
Of course, now that half the country is either on the dole or isn't paying taxes, we are all screwed.
Sad and unfortunate as it is, that makes you a complete incompetent dumbass. This is how most of the "moderates" think. They are a completely useless political waste!
Crystal, if you are a republican, GTF out of my party!
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