"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
barack told us he'd cut the deficit in half in his first term or he'd
be a one term presidentHe increased itHe promised
everyone would be able to keep their insurance plan with obamcareHe
was wrong(or he lied)He promised everyone they could keep their
doctor under obamacareHe 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?
We currently have the least productive, most obstructive congress in history,
EVER, and yet:Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay ActChildren's
Health Insurance Reauthorization ActAmerican Recovery and Reinvestment
ActFraud Enforcement and Recovery ActCredit Card Accountability,
Responsibility, and Disclosure ActWorker, Homeownership, and Business
Assistance ActHiring Incentives to Restore Employment ActPatient
Protection and Affordable Care ActSmall Business Jobs and Credit ActFood Safety and Modernization ActThat'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.
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.
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.
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, and hand out free TARP bail-outs to your friends and bankers on WallStreet.Good Grief.Let me guess -- Benghazi?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
You are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!!!
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.
@Gary LewisThe 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.
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.
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.
Roland KayserYou 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".
@Chris BYour 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
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)
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.
Before anybody pretends I said this (because I didn't). I never said the
President isn't intelligent. Obviously he is. Just the people around
him, who are supposed to keep him informed on current events, don't seem to
be doing their job very well.It seems like he's always just
learning about something important when it shows up in the news papers (like the
rest of us). Seems like he should already know about it and be briefed on it
and be ready to comment on it (without having to retract that statement later
claiming he didn't have the information info at the time).If I
were him... I'd be VERY mad at the people who's job it is to keep me
Can any of you bho worshippers name a specific lie that you claim Chris B listed
in his post? None! The anointed one is a proven, known liar, and Chris B just
scratched the tip of the iceberg on that fact. All you leftists want
to give bho credit for cutting the deficit. I give him credit for raising taxes,
which helped. I will give him credit for imposing the sequester, which is the
biggest reason for improved deficit. However, the sequester is like shutting
down the government, libs hate to admit their role in it!
He also didn't know about... and won't accept responsibility for the
long waiting lists (resulting in veteran deaths) at VA hospitals. And yet... he wants the VA system to be the prototype for the future for ALL
of our healthcare?He didn't know about it till it broke in the
news. But they were trying to hide it (so I don't totally blame him for
that). But now that we know about it... it seems like with this President, the
buck stops anywhere but with him...Seems like back when Bush was
President, people said the buck ALWAYS stops with the President. Even stuff
outside his control... like things terrorists did (not something he can
control).But with this President... the buck NEVER stops with him...
and the people who used to say "Regardless of his involvement, the buck
always stops with the President, the executive in charge at the time"... now
the same people insist the buck must NOT stop with the President... it's
ALWAYS somebody else's fault, or another administration's fault.
@HaHaHaHaEvery single plan on the insurance market that existed before
Obamacare was passed could be kept. The only ones that couldn't are plans
created after Obamacare passed that didn't meet Obamacare requirements. The
insurance companies knew when they made them that those would be temporary,
unless Obamacare were changed or repealed.
What nonsense! Did the same standards apply to Bush, or to Reagan? Or is this
just right wing partisanship, yet again?
@Esquire and others:In my letter, I didn't say that Pres. Obama
was the only president who has a problem priorizing time and duties. I think
that Pres. Washington was the only president who really understood the
appropriate constitutional limits to his office. Ever since, presidents have
steadily chipped away at the separation between executive and legislative
functons.I also didn't condemn Pres. Obama for his liberal
views. The issue I am addressing is that he spends a significant part of his
time and attention pushing legislation or signing executive orders that modify
legislation. He is distracted from focusing on those duties tha rightly belong
to the Executive branch.
Barack Obama will be judged by history as a great president who wrought a
revolution in humane health care, brought recovery to a disastrous economy,
ended the insane "war on terror," and established a new doctrine of
hopeful, peaceful diplomatic leadership in the world. He did all this despite
the obstructiveness of the bitterest opposition party since the Civil War,
motivated by racism and selfishiness beyond belief. I thank heaven for Barack
Obama... a true hero.
VST - There was a BIG difference between our planned mission to capture/kill bin
Laden and the attack on the Benghazi compound. In the first one, we attacked
someone else. In the second, someone else attacked us. If the present was
clairvoyant perhaps he could have stopped the whole attack by being there in the
situation before they attacked. Do you see how much sense your comment makes
now?And just to verify you are saying that "according to one of
his staffers" no one knew where the President of the United States was all
evening. Now what is the likelihood of that? Just give it some thought.
Teddy Roosevelt just used the bully pulpit to occasionally address the American
people? You are kidding, right? He forced Congress to pay for the rest of the
unauthorized world tour of the Great White Fleet (our Navy) when he used all
funds available to him to get them as far as Japan. He started construction of
the Panama Canal without Congressional authorization. Among the list of
legislation he presented to Congress includes, consumer protection, meat
inspection, conservation, designating national parks and monuments, more teeth
in antitrust laws etc. He ended the coal miners strike by threatened military
operation of the mines and forcing the owners to meet with the labor union in
the White House. Presidents throughout our history have constitutionally exerted
far more powers and duties than you have limited them too. They can propose
legislation to Congress. Obama has been far less assertive than the presidents
like Lincoln, T.R., Wilson, FDR, Truman, Johnson and Reagan.
@ gmlewis, promoting legislation and issuing executive orders is part of his
job, for crying out loud! Johnson pushed civil rights legislation. Bush pushed
the Patriot Act. These are but few of the many examples going back to
To "marxist" what has Obama done? According to economists, the
financial crisis that we had in January 2009 was over by July 2009. The economy
has not improved in 5 years. Is it Obama's job to slow the economy and
prevent recovery?To "Blue" passing bills is not a sign of
success. A successful administration is one that doesn't slow the economy
down, and protects its people. It doesn't matter if they pass 10,000 new
bills, if those bills slow the economy or harms the people.To
"Roland Kayser" you do realize that when Obama promised to cut the
deficit in half that the average deficit was around $400 billion. Obama has yet
to return us to a pre-Obama deficit level. He still has nearly $300 billion to
go before he is down to Bush deficit levels.To "SCfan"
better yet, ask the Obama supporters to explain Obama's latest foreign
Coming from Texas, this weak re-hashing of right-wing sour-grapes sentiment
doesn't surprise me at all.
Hey Gary! Can't wait to hear what you think when Hillary Clinton gets
elected our next President!
To "ECR" actually Obama wouldn't have to be clairvoyant to have
saved the lives of the ambassador and the security personnel there. He could
have read the requests for additional security or he could have listened to the
intelligence reports that were out there months ahead of time saying that
violence was growing in Benghazi and that the Red Cross, England, and other
nations were pulling out.So, rather than using the information at
hand, what did Obama do? We still don't know where he was during the
attack. I would think that if an embassy was being attacked that the President
would at least get a phone call. Do you know where the President was during the
attack? Don't you think it says something about his character that the
story he keeps telling changes and deflects attention away from him?
"Every single plan on the insurance market that existed before Obamacare was
passed could be kept" Kind of a true statement, but like
everything with bho and other libs, more deception and lies then truth. Funny
thing about this issue, is that in 2013 bho and his regime had to invent another
lie, to cover for the original lie. I don't know how you even keep track of
all the lies.
ECRThe Secret Service always know where the President is. Even when
Bill Clinton was being entertained by Monica, they knew where he was and who he
was with. And that's why they call them the "Secret" service.
They don't and won't talk about anything they know about the
activities of Presidents. As for any other people close to Obama, it is
possible Obama was out of contact for several hours. And no matter where he or
Hillary were, the American people deserve an answer, even if the Democrats
don't "WANT" one. One thing we do know for sure, the next day
Obama was on Air Force One flying to Las Vegas for a fund raiser. He sure
wasn't going to let that opportunity pass because of a little scuffle in
Libya, was he.
@Esquire - There isn't anything in Article II of the constitution defining
the President's powers and duties that references pushing legislation and
writing executive orders to change legislation. Of course, I am aware that most
of our past presidents have done so, but like Political Parties it wasn't
part of the original plan. Pres. Washington warned against these things, but he
went unheeded.Those that say that the past presidents HAD to engage
in these activities because of Congressional incompetence (or maliciousness) are
proving my point that the Legislative Branch has suffered by Executive
incursion.We would be a lot better off if the Legislature were
allowed (and mandated) to get the job done themselves, and let the Executive
branch focus on its own constitutional duties.
re: Mike Richards - "...involved in a cover-up concerning Benghazi. ... used
the IRS to harass political opposition. ... violated his oath of office and must
be removed."Close-minded people repeat anything that supports
their viewpoint. So many times they only want to hear from others who support
their point of view, despite the lack of evidence to support those talking
re: Owen,It's not the Conservatives who want to hide from
Benghazi. It's not the Conservatives who want to hide from the IRS
scandal. It's not the Conservatives who want to cover up the deaths in the
VA hospitals. It's not the Conservatives who want to disown "Fast and
Furious". It's not the Conservatives who refuse to tell us where Obama
was when his presence was needed in the situation room. It's not the
Conservatives who foisted ObamaCare on us, knowing before hand that everything
was a lie. In case your memory is short, it was Obama who told us
that if we liked our doctor, that we could keep our doctor. It was Obama who
told us that if we liked our health insurance plan, we could keep our health
insurance plan. It was Obama who told us that if ObamaCare passed that every
family in America would save $2,500 per year on health insurance premiums.You might want to run and hide from the facts, but they're all out
there for everyone to read.
Benghazi facts: no coverup, more hearings than any issue in recent history, no
one hiding from anything. Previous presidents not in the situation room when
numerous consulates were attacked. IRS targeting fact: both extremes
targeted as would be expected from a watchdog, no one hiding from rational
inquiry.VA fact: problems have existed for decades, exacerbated by lack of
planning before embarking on two wars.Obamacare fact: Romneycare twin with
overwhelming support until adopted by a Dem. Facts about Hannity daily
"he lied!" talking points: I am not a crook. We didn't trade arms
for hostages. No new taxes. Iraq is buying yellow cake and aluminum tubes. Etc.
Those are facts. So I guess your left with the stupidity of Fast and
Furious. Care to measure the impact of that stupid decision to Iraq's death
@Owen,Re: Your "Benghazi facts": =====#1. "no coverup"...So... you know where President Obama
was, and what he was doing during the eight hours that the U.S. diplomatic
compound in Benghazi, Libya, was under attack? If you do...
you're the only one. All we know is, he wasn't in the situation room
with his generals. But where he actually was... nobody knows.If
they would just answer that question... it would look a LOT less like
there's a cover-up going on (to this day).8 hours...
that's a full day's work for me. And nobody knows why he never
showed up in the situation room during the whole 8 hour situation. Seems like
he would find time to wander over and check in.... It's kinda his
job...==========#2. "more hearings than any issue in
recent history"... Bogus.Remember the Valerie Plame
investigation? Way more hearings. Scooter Libby actually went to jail for his
role in the investigation (but Bush commuted his sentence).9/11
hearings? WAY more hearings on that (and rightfully so). But your claim that
more hearings have been held on this than any other investigation... just
@OwenHeber City, UTBenghazi... ========== We should just let them go with this one and let them chew on it.It will be unto President Hillary, as the "birthers" moved
was for Obama...
The Hannity fed criticism of everything all the time, constantly with a mean
spirt is obviously wearing thin.