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Published: Thursday, May 29 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

"If he had been attending to the duties of his office, he would have had the time and attention to devote to the issues that are now scandals. " I'm not sure how significant the "scandals" you mention are, I'll wait and see.

However, let me draw your attention to 2009, the first year of Obama's presidency. As you may recall we literally didn't know where the economic bottom was - the economy was descending like a rock. It was a catastrophe for many. But in the hands of a less resilient personality it could have been terminal. So in 2009, at least, Obama did his job. However I may criticize him, I will always give him credit for that. So should you.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

barack told us he'd cut the deficit in half in his first term or he'd be a one term president

He increased it

He promised everyone would be able to keep their insurance plan with obamcare

He was wrong(or he lied)

He promised everyone they could keep their doctor under obamacare

He was wrong(or he lied)

Either barack doesn't understand what he's talking about or he's purposefully lying to all of us.

Not sure which of those is worse?

Salt Lake City, UT

We currently have the least productive, most obstructive congress in history, EVER, and yet:

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act
Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act
Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act
Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Small Business Jobs and Credit Act
Food Safety and Modernization Act

That's a tiny, partial list of the legislative accomplishments of this administration.

With the exception of the VA, the other "scandals" have proven to be smoke-and-mirrors from FOX.

And if you think the genuinely scandalous problems at the VA began with Obama, or have nothing to do with 12 years of two foreign wars and chronic, hypocritical underfunding of the VA by Republicans who think that wearing a flag lapel pin is all it takes to say you "support our troops," then you're kidding yourself.

Othello, WA

This letter hits pretty close to the mark. However, not all of these problems or issues stem from bho's self absorbed focus on his arrogant self, and focus on non presidential issues, but he is actually the cause of some of these issues. The IRS scandal doesn't come from his lack of attention, it more likely started with him.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm so proud to be an American.
We have one of the best presidents in our Nation's history.
He can't be replaced, but I have no doubt the next president will also be one we can be proud of!

Can't say that much about the previous administration.
The problems left by Bush/Cheney will be with us for decades.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Holy Cow!
If I wanted to listen to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck - I'd turn on my radio and listen to them...

What a myopic, 100% biased - I hate Obama - letter.

If the Do Nothing Congress, and their pitiful 9% approval rating, was doing their jobs - the President wouldn't have to be doing it FOR them.

Where was this guy for the first 10 years of this Century?

You'd have thought that after the last administration that the President's job was to --
start wars over imaginary Weapons of Mass Destruction,
give non-bid multi-billion dollar contracts to your own Vice President's Company,
wipe out a budget surplus and create a $10 Trillion deficient,
hand out free TARP bail-outs to your friends and bankers on WallStreet.

Good Grief.
Let me guess -- Benghazi?

Huntsville, UT

Careful there Gary, you're right on the edge of the Earth and if you move any further to the right, you're going to fall right off.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

Its hard to understand the deep antipathy that the right holds for President Obama. He has faced almost unprecedented opposition by a far Right which is careening off into the irrational fringe.

Every catastrophic "scandal" has turned out to be a unfortunate error followed by unrelenting howling by conservative pundits, most of whom are making a handsome living playing to the hardest of the hard right.

Despite this President Obama has almost halved the federal deficit he inherited from Bush, he has brought down the unemployment rate from a Bush induced 10% to around 6.3% in April, He has almost completely extricated us from two Bush/Cheney wars. and we are seeing a sharp drop in the number of Americans without healthcare.

Oh, and did I mention that teen pregnancy, violent crimes, and abortion rates have been falling throughout Obama's tenure?

Sounds like a pretty good leader to me!

clearfield, UT

Well Gary, get ready. I could almost list the posters who will come after you for telling the truth (which to them is disrespect) about the President.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Congress represents the people and the States, it does not represent the President and it has no obligation to listen to the President. The President MUST execute the laws passed by Congress unless the Court declares those laws unconstitutional.

Clearly, the President does not understand his duties. He has refused to implement ObamaCare. He is involved in a cover-up concerning Benghazi. He has used the IRS to harass political opposition. If he does understand his duties or if he has misused his office, then he has violated his oath of office and must be removed. (Article II, Section 4) The House has the duty to impeach, which simply means that the House has found sufficient grounds for a trial to be held. The trial is held in the Senate.

A simple resolution for Obama is to publicly apologize to the nation and then to restrict himself to the duties assigned to him by the People.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

What's funny is watching the right flip flop every other week calling Obama a wimpy pushover to dictator and bully.

Which is it, repubs? It's so difficult to follow you when you're flip flopping so often!

Furthermore, the letter writer attributes the issues with the IRS to the dysfunction between the executive and legislative branches. Interesting. Now, answer this truthfully, which party vowed to be so obstructionist that they'd make Obama a one-term President? Which party even admitted that his whole job was to hurt Obama politically?

So how is it Obama's fault when one political party decided to be so obstructionist that they fight against their own ideas? How can our government operate when one political party wants to run the government into the ground so they can finally privatize and profit from it?

Waltham, MA


Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

To Chris B: "barack told us he'd cut the deficit in half in his first term or he'd be a one term president"

OK it took him five years to cut it in half. He underestimated by a year.

Pleasant Grove, UT

@Gary Lewis

The President also has the duty of chief executive -- taking care that the laws are faithfully executed. Obama has made a mockery of this duty.

He ignores laws he doesn't like, and uses executive orders and regulatory power to create laws he does like. (I'm talking about this whole business of using his phone and his pen to bypass Congress, which he brags about.) This does nothing but erode the rule of law, replacing it with rule by executive fiat.

Working through the IRS, Obama is now making up Obamacare as he goes along. As if two thousand pages of new legislation weren't enough, the IRS now issues federal rulings that alter and extend Obamacare, making it virtually impossible for Americans to know from month to month what their obligations are under the law, and having little connection with the legislation approved by Congress. It is rule by making stuff up.

Soon to come are a set of regulations called "affirmatively furthering fair housing" (AFFH), which will follow the same pattern. There is no way Congress will pass AFFH, but Obama intends to do it regardless.

salt lake city, utah

How convenient to forget Gary the huge Walter Reed VA scandal under Bush that was uncovered by reporters..not the administration. They were living with rats, and filth while waiting treatment.

PS sir, if you were at all interested in the truth you would know treatment of wounded veterans has been a scandal after every war including the revolutionary war.

Of course we've talked about Benghazi until you can hardly get the world out of your mouth, and the impossibility of securing embassies as evidenced by the 13 attacks under Bush and the one single embassy that was attacked under Regan 6 different times. But no let's not talk about how we could better secure our ambassadors, let's spend our time talking about whether the most recent incident was called a terrorist attack or a mob attack in the first twenty four hours. I'm sure the families of the next ambassador or civilian killed in an embassy will be very grateful to you all for making that distinction and at the same time cutting funding for the embassies.

Burke, VA

Liberal Larry said, "Its hard to understand the deep antipathy that the right holds for President Obama."

Really? C'mon Larry. You know why. It's because, in their eyes, he's an uppity black man who doesn't know his place in society. It's because he proposes opportunities and programs - education, healthcare, housing, etc. - that only the upper class should have access to. And every time they see his face on TV it reminds them that they are slowly, but surely, losing the status they have held their whole life for nothing more than their name or their race.

VST wrote, "They operate in a very detached non-functional way." I'm thinking of the pictures taken at the White House Situation Room where the President and his National Security Team sat suspensefully watching Navy Seals carrying our their mission to capture and/or kill Osama bin Laden. The stated evidence from Secretary Gates to others involved say the President considered evidence and arguments from both sides and then made the decision to carry on. It was not detached, it was classic collaboration of the best minds leading to the best decision.

clearfield, UT

Roland Kayser

You say Obama has cut the deficit in half in 5 years. How is that even important or relevent when during his 5 years the DEBT has risin from 10 trillion to 17 trillion? With numbers like that cutting the deficit is like buying a 400 thousand dollar Rolls Royce, and then claiming you are saving money by putting in "Regular Gas".

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

@Chris B
Your laundry list of lies, pales in comparison to the last 4 presidents (I'm including Clinton) so nothing special there.
But I appreciate your trying every day to say something negative against the POTUS, perfection is something you work towards, and Obama is Not perfect, thanks for pointing out his minor errors vs those major ones that got so many Americans killed for?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I'm proud to be an American too...

That said... this President seems to be the least informed President we have had in my lifetime. It's like the people who are SUPPOSED to keep him informed, are actually TRYING to keep him in the dark!

Seems like every situation, he either claims he knew nothing about it, or he makes a misinformed statement initially, and later has to retract and admit he wasn't informed when he made that statement.

Henry Louis Gates arrest controversy -
He came out initially with very harsh comments blaming the police, then later retracted that statement, saying he didn't have all the information at the time he made that statement.

I suspect the Pew Research poll that found that 41 percent disapproved of Obama's "handling of the situation", while only 29 percent approved, and support from white voters dropped from 53 percent to 46 percent... had something to do with the retraction as well.

IRS targeting opposition groups - I knew nothing about it..

Benghazi - I didn't know the details initially (Who said it was a video protest? Where was he when the attack was going on? Still hasn't answered that question)

clearfield, UT

Too all the defenders of Obama here. Several questions. If he is doing so well (as your vivid immaginations seem to make you believe) why is he so low in the opinion polls? Why are Democrats running away from Obamacare and much of Obama in general if he is such a successful President? Why is America seen in the world as a weak country by both our allies and enemies? Why are the Democrats looking at losing the House and Senate in a few months? If that happens in the House, it will be the 3rd successful election keeping the T-Party in power. If it happens in both the House and Senate, Obama will become as lame duck as George Bush was after the 2006 elections. If those things happen, as polls show likely right now, then Obama will have left the Democrats in a shambles, just as Bush did for the Republicans when he left office. If this is your idea of a successful President, you can keep him.

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