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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 7 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

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Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Bring on Gingrich! It's no wonder that "Obama remains buoyant"! the Republicans consistently demonstrate that they won't nominate any rational candidate, especially if he is LDS. So they turn finally to a thoroughly discredited political loose canon. Watching the Republican presidential nomination circus transpire this year has given tremendous aid and comfort to Obama in particular and the Democrats in general.

But the notion that Mr. Obama has a "poor record" is a right wing sponsored label pasted upon him by Republican partisans that wanted him to fail from even before he took office. These right wing reactionaries have done everything they possible to limit or discredit his accomplishments.

I suggest that the author reconsider this President's real record. Start with a review of his foreign policy and his record on national security. The oft told sophistry that Obama has a "poor record" is a poster child for the "big lie" that once repeated loud and long enough, fools many. This editorial is just one more ditto-head voice pushing that right wing biased political agenda.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Republican claims against Obama are baseless. He has lowered your taxes and is about as socialist as Regan. The republican core will never believe but the republican core is probably 50 million people out of 300 million people in the US.

Esquire
Springville, UT

The thing is, Obama doesn't have a poor record. When the Republicans have been unable to stop him, there have been some awesome accomplishments on a wide variety of initiatives. And even with the Republicans fighting him every step of the way, even willing to destroy the nation to get their way, he has made progress in cleaning up the disasterous mess made by the Republicans.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

The people don't like Obama or Democrats... but they like Republicans even less. In 2010 Republians could avoid much scrutiny because they were the minority party. Now that they have the House they get more blame for things not going right and overall people seem to like what the Senate is doing more than the House.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Obama's record:
#1: A $15 trillion national debt and growing at the rate of about $4 billion/ day with no end in sight.
#2: Wasted nearly a trillion taxpayer dollars on the greatest financial debacle in the history of the world-"stimulus package." Which caused unemployment to increase, not decrease as he promised.
#3: 44 million Americans on food stamps, the most in the history, with no end in sight.
#4: For the first time in our history, America's credit rating was downgraded.
#5: Consumer confidence at the lowest level since the 1920's.
#6: Another unfunding and expensive war in Libya.
#7: Passed Obamacare in the dead of night and behind closed doors and rammed it down the throats of America. Over half the states have filed lawsuits against Obamacare, so far.
#8: The value of your home continues to decrease with no end is sight.
#9: The value of the US dollar has lost nearly 30% of its purchasing power during Obama's watch.
#10: Double digit inflation of food and energy prices with no end in sight. Time for Obama to go before he and the Democrats completely destroy this country!

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

So just why aren't Huckebee, Daniels, and Christie, running. Public reasons aside, if the President were really this vulnerable one of them would surely swoop in and rush to the white house. Maybe they know something the right aplogists aren't willing to acknowledge..Obamas record isn't really as weak as you pretend, and this isn't a cake walk.

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

To "Esquire | 7:48 a.m." if Obama doesn't have a poor record, how do you explain the fact that despite the fact that most news agencies only write positive stories about Obama, his approval rating is down to Jimmy Carter levels.

You also forget that the Republicans were only cleaning up the mess left by Clinton. You know, the terrorist organizations that were allowed to run around freely, and the recession that began in 2000, before Bush was in office.

We need government to stop trying to "fix" anything. They usually cause more damage trying to fix something than would have occured without the fix.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@redshirt1701
"and the recession that began in 2000, before Bush was in office."

So Obama is only cleaning up the mess left by Bush. After all, Obama inherited a -700k jobs/month rate, within a year was back to growth and now has 22 straight months of gains.

@mountainman
1. He's offered 3-4 trillion dollar deficit reduction deals.
2. The month the stimulus passed we lost 600k jobs. Obviously we were going to still be losing jobs even if the stimulus created 100k each of the next 20 months. I think what's noticable is that within a year of the stimulus passing we went from -600k jobs/month being lost to job gains.
3. Where's Boehner's jobs bill to help address that?
4. Due to lack of spending cuts (maybe Dems fault though they offered trillions), lack of tax increases (Republicans fault), and brinksmanship (Bachmann et al.)
5. No surprise; republicans oppose every jobs bill.
6. Cost minimal compared to the other wars.
7. Debated for almost a year is not a ramming.
8. Romney wants it to fall more.
9-10. Overall inflation is low. You literally are blaming Obama for houses costing less and food costing more.

Whos Life RU Living?
Ogden, UT

To Mountanman:

Here I will also help you out. Obama's record continued:

#11: The value of my car consistently decreases each year as it gets older.
#12: My cat penelope died and I've seen other cats in the neighborhood have passed away on Obama's watch.
#13: I was denied credit for the first time in the history of my life, thanks a lot Obama.
#14: My lawnmower is still broken, what's going on Obama?
#15: Gay marriage? Get on it Obama.
#16: The internet keeps giving my computer viruses. Keep those computer immigrants out! Thanks for everything Obama.

Hope this helps.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Redshirt1701, the media writes mostly positive things about Obama? What planet are you living on? A visceral hatred for the President can't cover up the fiction being spouted.

KM
Cedar Hills, UT

Ah yes our dear leader has his head in the clouds because he's in over his head. You see, his only qualification for his job was as a community organizer, along the lines of Saul Alinsky. We definately paid for what we got with this President.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'But in light of objective conditions, Obama should be more vulnerable. Health care reform, his signature presidential achievement, is durably unpopular. Economic growth under Obama has only slightly exceeded the average of the 1930s. Chronic unemployment and housing market declines are at their worst levels since the Great Depression. The number of people in poverty has increased at a record rate. Federal spending and debt are at their highest share of the economy since World War II. America's credit rating has been downgraded for the first time in our history.' - Article

Selective.

And Propaganda.

Promise:
*'Obama HRC Speech: "I Will End Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Says President Obama' - By CHRISTINE SIMMONS - Huffington Post - 10/10/09

Delivery:
*'Obama signs 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal' - By Pauline Jelinek - AP - Published by DSnews - 12/22/10

Promise:
*'Obama to pull combat troops from Iraq by August 2010' - CNN - 02/26/09

Delivery:
*'Last U.S. combat brigade leaves Iraq' - By Rebecca Santana - AP - Published by DSNews - 08/19/10

And:

*'Osama bin Laden Killed: 'Justice Is Done,' President Says' - By DEAN SCHABNER - ABC News - 05/01/2011

*'We have been waiting for this moment': Libya confirms Gadhafi is dead' - MSNBC - 10/11

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Stimulus alone: 1.0-2.9 million Fulltime jobs: 1-4 million.
Source? Congressional Budget Office (CBO) - 09/08/2011

Other benifits of Obama:

Ordered the Pentagon to cover expenses of families of fallen soldiers if they wish to be on site when the body arrives back in the US (2009)

Ended the Bush-era blackout imposed on media coverage of the return of fallen US soldiers (2009)

Ordered better body armor to be procured for US troops (2009)

Funding new Mine Resistant Ambush Vehicles (2009

Working to increase pay and benefits for military personnel (2009)

Improving housing for military personnel (2009)

Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses (2009)

Authorized construction of additional health centers to care for veterans (2009)

New GI Bill for returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan (2009)

Eliminated co-payments for veterans who are catastrophically disabled (2010)

Instituted enforcements for equal pay for women (Lilly Ledbetter Bill) (2009)

Appointed Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina, to the Supreme Court (2009)

Signed the first major piece of federal gay rights legislation that includes acts of violence against gays under the list of federal hate crimes (2009)

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Reversed the Bush-era practice of politicizing Justice Department investigations and prosecutions against political opponents (2009)

Signed an extension of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Bill to provide federal research and support for treating the disease (2009)

Provided increased school projects for Indian lands and increased funds for the Indian Health Service (2009)

Increased funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2010)

Signed Executive Order to promote the federal government as a model employer when it comes to hiring the disabled (2010)

Elena Kagen appointed to Supreme Court (2010)

Authorized construction funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access in K-12 public schools (2009)

Launched Educate to Innovate, a public/private partnership making $236 million available for science, mathematics, and technology education programs (2009)

Demonstrated an immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters (2009)

Ordered that funds be released and red tape be streamlined for the ongoing Hurricane Katrina recovery effort in the Gulf Coast (2009)

- Established an emergency Haiti Task Force in the State Department

- Dispatched the US Navy floating hospital (USNS Comfort) and, within 5 days

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Response from Republicans?

139 Senate filibusters. Almost DOUBLE from when Democrats were in power.

*'Republicans bail on budget talks, blame Democrats' - By David Espo - AP - Published by DSNews - 06/23/11

Result?

*'S&P warns it may downgrade U.S. credit rating' - By Martin Crutsinger - AP - Published by DSNews - 07/15/11

Credit downgrade.

And:

*'Dow average plunges 513, worst drop since 2008' - By David K. Randall - AP - Published by DSNews - 08/04/11

Continuing obstruction:

*Senate Republicans likely to kill Obama jobs bill By Andrew Taylor AP Published by DSNews 10/11/11

Republicans on Foreign affairs?

9/11 and...

"The Iraqi regime . . . possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons.' - George W. Bush - Ohio Speech 10/7/2002

*'US gives up search for Iraq WMD' - BBC News - 01/12/05

Result?

*'U.S. Military deaths in Iraq war at 4,485 - AP - Published by the DSNews - 11/22/2011

Whereas with Obama:

*'Obama announces total Iraq troop withdrawal' - By Ben Feller - AP - Published by DSNews - 10/21/2011

Total troop withdrawl, from Iraq.

I know where my support goes.

And it's NOT to the Republican party.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Middle-class Americans believe their country is on the wrong track, exceeds those who think it on the right track, all caused by Wall Street, K Street and the Koch Brother's Crony capitalism that is the dark side of American politics and economics. The level of corruption in Washington is staggering, growing, and rife in both parties. Congress dispense billions of dollars of favors to political supporters like a non-stop vending machine. Congressional insider trading and stimulus corruption, the phrase "crony capitalism" is getting noticed. If you are a member of Congress and you sit on the defense committee, you are free to trade defense stock as much as you want to. If you're on the Senate banking committee you can trade bank stock as much as you want, and that regularly goes on in all these committees. Right Sen. Hatch?. No shortages of Tea-Party-opinions on the topic and no one correct answer, the GOP don't tend to lean toward full disclosure of conflicts, caused by relationships between politicians and on-air reporters, just lies, sound bites and half truth's, to-cover-up the fact's and real truth, that their Party is crooked as a $3-bill.

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

You would too considering that Newt Gingrich is the Jerry Sandusky of the Republican Party today. He can't even , and she wasn't talking about his cheating on two wives in service to his country. Just think, if he were to become president, wife three would have to make space for Affair #3.

As for Mitt Romney, it appears that no one likes him. He can't even get over 25% acceptability within his own Party.

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

Please ignore my previous post, somehow I lost a section of the text through quirky word processing behavior.

The text was to continue, " . . . Jerry Sandusky and not cheating on two of his wives during his political career, particulary wife #2 during the years he was hounding Bill Clinton for his marital infidelity. Even Michelle Bachmann says that he is "corrupt and despicable" which is even worse than she says about Barack Obama . . . "

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Mountanman: Most of the "Obama" failures you suggest were actually created during the Bush years and before. Like most right wing ditto-heads you are a master of blame transference. Get away from Fox news for awhile and think for yourself.

BobP
Port Alice, B.C.

Obama's bouyancy is in the same nature as whistling pass the graveyard

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