Published: Thursday, May 29 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
"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.
I agree.This President and Administration has a penchant to totally
focus on messaging after-the-fact rather than solving problems before they blow
up in their face.They operate in a very detached non-functional way.
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)
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