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Published: Saturday, Dec. 28 2013 3:30 p.m. MST

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george of the jungle
goshen, UT

OK, I'll say something. Lack of energy, That is the biggest problem. I look at the posture of people, it's like they have the weight of the world on their shoulders.

JSB
Sugar City, ID

Charisma is not leadership. We have a president that, frankly doesn't know how to lead and his charisma is now very tarnished. The article referred to Obama's blatant lies about health care as a "misplaced pledge." It's interesting that the media didn't have much problem with calling what Nixon, Clinton and Bush did "lying." But, Obama gets away with a "misplaced pledge!"

worf
Mcallen, TX

Is there anyone who could manage being a president?

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

Abraham Lincoln reportedly said: "You can fool some of the people all of the time and you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time."

This President did a pretty good job of fooling almost all of the people for way too long of a time, but now foreign leaders and American citizens are starting to see him for what he really is and that is a great orator with no ability to actually govern at all. I'm not sure he'd recognize the truth if it were presented to him on a platter.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

worf, certainly some could do a better job of it than others.

Tyler McArthur
South Jordan, UT

Worf asks, "Is there anyone who could manage being a president?"

Yeah, his name is Mitt Romney.

DSB
Cedar Hills, UT

Obama has far more affinity for running, winning, and holding the office of President than actually doing the hard work it takes to successfully run the country. Did anyone notice any glitches in Obama's campaign machine? Both times, they were the best coordinated, smoothest running campaigns in history. But with everything else it takes to actually make our country work, it's one ineptitude after another, with the Republicans inevitably blamed.

The level of perpetual dishonesty, incompetence, and hubris is staggering. He fooled the majority once, shame on him. He fooled the majority twice, shame on the majority and apparently we deserve what we get.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Same sour grape posts by the usual " I hate Obama too" crowd who still haven't gotten over the fact the Mitt was not seen fit for the job. No one was fooled except those who believed the republicans would win by fox, incidentally the same posters here who still believe the nonsense about birth certificates and voter fraud.

"The level of perpetual dishonesty, incompetence, and hubris is staggering. He fooled the majority once, shame on him. He fooled the majority twice, shame on the majority and apparently we deserve what we get."

The actual quote is: "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." —Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002 - GWB

...sounds like a flashback to bush more than Obama trying to undo the incompetent mess the former left.

...and since republicans have so many ideas (none) about how to fix the mess were in (doing the same things that brought us to this place) I don't see them getting very far in the next (insert conspiracy here) election.

LetsDebate
PLEASANT GROVE, UT

@HVH - the Washington Post must be among those birthers and voter fraud conspiracy theorists you decry, having reported that if the election were held today, Romney would beat Obama. Apparently many people believe they were fooled, and wish they had voted differently. And even media outlets that were always friendly to Obama feel the need to break ranks and report on the ineptitude of this administration to save their own credibility.

But, you keep holding on. I realize that with the blue-colored lenses surgically implanted, some people just will not accept the most obvious realities of this administration. Incompetence and an ends-justify-the-means philosophy of corruption and dishonesty are the permeating hallmarks of the Obama administration.

worf
Mcallen, TX

If a pilot made bad decisions, and endangered the lives of passengers, he would be held accountable and replaced.

Shouldn't we do the same with our political leaders?

We keep recycling the same people, and our country is decaying.

Time for some new leadership.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

The cry of election losers everywhere, useful nowhere: "Yeah, but if the election were held TODAY..." Please. Save it for next time. If you've got anything specific, say so, and we'll compare current with passed wrongdoings. I'm just thrilled we're not at war in the two places Mitt almost guaranteed we'd be putting "boots" on" next -Iran and Syria.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

Obama promises: "I will cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term", and "If I Don’t Have This Done (the economy fixed) In Three Years, Then There’s Going To Be A One-Term Proposition."

He should never have run again. He had no clue how to govern, and he still doesn't. I hope he gets the historical rebuff he deserves.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

As soon as the Yea Party takes over the discussing and approval of all national history, they will no doubt reveal ALL they know about Obama AND governing. BTW, how did that government shutdown thing work out?

deseret pete
robertson, Wy

Mark B
No republican gave the order to shut down the gov.t.The president had it planned all along.How do you think all the posters appeared so quickly to close all the gov't places ?
It takes weeks to get any gov't contract approved to print things up - They knew they were going to shut down long before this fight started.They wouldn't go along with the republicans to delay Obamacare for a year but that is exactly what Obama has been doing one piece at a time to try and cover up their incompetence and not have a lot of regulations kick in until after the 2014 election.

Hank Jr
Draper, UT

Obama's presidency is not beset by fits, it's beset by scandals as history will certainly prove.

LetsDebate
PLEASANT GROVE, UT

@Mark B - we know plenty to conclude the Obama administration is dishonest and incompetent. You want specifics? Look at Badgerbadger's comments, plus:

Obama claims he knows nothing about Fast & Furious, the IRS scandal, and spying on AP journalists until he hears news reports. Sure.

Obama is allegedly incensed about Fast & Furious, Benghazi (caused by a video!), IRS Scandal, spying on journalists, etc., and he's going to "get to the bottom" of these outrages and hold people accountable. After the election, of course, if anyone is still interested and he has the time.

With Obamacare, policy premiums and health care costs will be lower, our national deficit will be reduced, and everyone who prefers the plans and doctors they have can keep them - PERIOD! And, he's incensed at the botched rollout and will hold people accountable.

To improve our economy and create jobs, Obama wants to raise the minimum wage, decimate the coal industry, delay the Keystone Pipeline, pour hundreds of millions into unproven green energy schemes, double our national debt, and impose financially draconian health care mandates on employers. Yeah, that'll work.

Dishonesty and Incompetence are the twin pillars of this administration.

LetsDebate
PLEASANT GROVE, UT

@Mark B - we know plenty enough to conclude the current administration is dishonest and incompetent. You want specifics? Look at Badgerbadger's comment, plus the following:

Obama claims he knows nothing about Fast & Furious, IRS scandal, and spying on AP journalists until he hears news reports. Sure.

Obama is allegedly incensed about Fast & Furious, Benghazi (caused by a video!), IRS scandal, spying on journalists, etc., and he'll "get to the bottom" of these outrages and hold people accountable. After the election, of course, if anyone is still interested and he has time.

With Obamacare, policy premiums and health care costs will be lower, our national deficit will be reduced, and everyone who prefers the plans and doctors they have will be able to keep them - PERIOD! And, he's incensed at the botched rollout and will hold people accountable.

To improve our economy and create jobs, Obama wants to raise the minimum wage, decimate the coal industry, delay the Keystone Pipeline, pour hundreds of millions into unproven green energy schemes, double our national debt, and impose financially draconian health care mandates on employers. Yeah, that'll work.

Dishonesty and Incompetence are the twin pillars of this administration.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

LD, even if I believed all the accusations you make, which I don't, they would still be pathetic next to the cascade of error and loss started by the decision to attack Iraq, a process which we should all now be quite familiar with. In the ten years since. I cannot recall a single GOP bigshot renouncing this decision: McCail, Romney, their running mates, members of Congress and freelance Republicans like Huckabee or His Rushness - NONE of them.

I believe that every president makes so many decisions that there are bound to be errors somewhere along the way. What baffles me is that no one will admit the Iraq debacle just because no one wants to be reminded. Until someone does, it's hard to think of these professional saboteurs as leaders.

LetsDebate
PLEASANT GROVE, UT

Facts and truth do not require your belief, Mark B, and you can deny reality all day long despite voluminous indisputable evidence of frequent dishonesty and unparalleled incompetence in every aspect of governance. There's a pretty big difference between acting on intelligence about Iraq believed the world over, and domestically by even every Democrat you may adore, which later turns out to be inaccurate, and just engaging in one blatant lie after another to ram your agenda onto America because the ends justify the means.

Obama is making Bush look pretty trustworthy, and the whining about Iraq is what's really so pathetically stale. Of course all the Democrats renounce the Iraq decision. Golly, it couldn't possibly be political, could it?

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

Mark B, there's nothing to apologize for regarding Iraq, as many Democrats in Congress agreed with the action. Only later did they rescind their support. Does "I voted for it before I voted against it" sound familiar? But at the time, they agreed with it.

Obamacare, on the other hand, was unpopular with over 65% of the citizens and yet was still placed into law by the majority party, without a single supporter among the Republicans. That is what should receive an apology, as well as immediate repeal. Everyone says "But you Republicans offer no alternative" and act as if that is justification for the mess that we "had to pass to find out what was in it." And now that we know, I hope all the Dems in a close contest that voted for this pig are turned out of office. We know they are never going to fix it, even though the President had too modify it a couple of times (which is not legal or constitutional, either, but alas, I digress). It's a train wreck of magnanimous proportion.

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