This afternoon, after a round of phone calls and face to face contacts, I sat down, prior to going to the Carver County Fair for my 3 hour tour in the booth, to catch up on the news of the past few days. I was reading the UK Telegraph and stumbled across this article: The Stunning Decline of Barack Obama: 10 Key Reasons Why the Obama Presidency is in Meltdown (http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100050412/the-stunning-decline-of-barack-obama-10-key-reasons-why-the-obama-presidency-is-in-meltdown/). I understand that many that read the blog have railed against me as I have put Obama under the microscope but rest assured if/when Republicans regain control of Congress and/or the White House my venom for them will be just as harsh if they do not follow fiscal conservative roads.
The 10 reasons given by Nile Gardiner are:
- The Obama presidency is out of touch with American people.
- Most Americans don't have the confidence in the president's leadership.
- Obama fails to inspire
- The United States is drowning in debt
- Obama's Big Government message is falling flat
- Obama's support for socialized health care is a huge political mistake
- Obama's handling of the Gulf oil spill has been weak-kneed and indecisive
- US foreign policy is an embarrassing mess under the Obama administration.
- President Obama is muddled and confused on national security.
- Obama doesn't believe in American greatness.
Mr. Gardiner offers examples for each one to defend his opinion. I do agree that the plethora of vacations for the First Family is stained with an arrogant thought of entitlement. Not because they are taking the vacations rather to which locales they are going. Right now we have a Gulf region that is reeling from "the worst oil spill in US history" (which can be argued it was not) and instead of spending a significant amount of time vacationing there they choose more ritzy locales like Spain. I know the First Family will spend about 28 hours in the Gulf "vacationing". Can one really vacation for 28 hours?
While I agree with Mr. Gardiner that Obama's handling of the Gulf was pathetic, he did manage to extort a slush fund from BP so I don't see how that is completely weak-kneed. The Stimulus package and other items pushed forth by the White House under the banner of Big Government is a failure. The two benchmarks set forth by the Obama administration during the Stimulus push was that unemployment will not surpass 8% and it would create over 3 million jobs; neither of which happened. We were all warned of Obama's short-comings on foreign policy which was a motivating factor of putting Biden on the ticket. Even with Biden as VP the foreign policy has consisted of apologies and expansion of wars efforts.
I look forward to see how historians compare Carter to Obama as Obama is destined to be a one-term President. Obama may get saved though if Republicans take back Congress and prop up Obama as they did with Clinton. No matter which side of the aisle or fence one finds themselves on the reason given above are worth considering and discussing as we assess the policies of Obama.