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    From American Thinker


    August 31, 2009
    Another Failed Presidency
    By Geoffrey P. Hunt
    Barack Obama is on track to have the most spectacularly failed presidency since Woodrow Wilson.


    In the modern era, we've seen several failed presidencies--led by Jimmy Carter and LBJ. Failed presidents have one strong common trait-- they are repudiated, in the vernacular, spat out. Of course, LBJ wisely took the exit ramp early, avoiding a shove into oncoming traffic by his own party. Richard Nixon indeed resigned in disgrace, yet his reputation as a statesman has been partially restored by his triumphant overture to China.


    George Bush Jr didn't fail so much as he was perceived to have been too much of a patrician while being uncomfortable with his more conservative allies. Yet George Bush Sr is still perceived as a man of uncommon decency, loyal to the enduring American character of rugged self-determination, free markets, and generosity. George W will eventually be treated more kindly by historians as one whose potential was squashed by his own compromise of conservative principles, in some ways repeating the mistakes of his father, while ignoring many lessons in executive leadership he should have learned at Harvard Business School. Of course George W could never quite overcome being dogged from the outset by half of the nation convinced he was electorally illegitimate -- thus aiding the resurgence of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.


    But, Barack Obama is failing. Failing big. Failing fast. And failing everywhere: foreign policy, domestic initiatives, and most importantly, in forging connections with the American people. The incomparable Dorothy Rabinowitz in the Wall Street Journal put her finger on it: He is failing because he has no understanding of the American people, and may indeed loathe them. Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard says he is failing because he has lost control of his message, and is overexposed. Clarice Feldman of American Thinker produced a dispositive commentary showing that Obama is failing because fundamentally he is neither smart nor articulate; his intellectual dishonesty is conspicuous by its audacity and lack of shame.


    But, there is something more seriously wrong: How could a new president riding in on a wave of unprecedented promise and goodwill have forfeited his tenure and become a lame duck in six months? His poll ratings are in free fall. In generic balloting, the Republicans have now seized a five point advantage. This truly is unbelievable. What's going on?


    No narrative. Obama doesn't have a narrative. No, not a narrative about himself. He has a self-narrative, much of it fabricated, cleverly disguised or written by someone else. But this self-narrative is isolated and doesn't connect with us. He doesn't have an American narrative that draws upon the rest of us. All successful presidents have a narrative about the American character that intersects with their own where they display a command of history and reveal an authenticity at the core of their personality that resonates in a positive endearing way with the majority of Americans. We admire those presidents whose narratives not only touch our own, but who seem stronger, wiser, and smarter than we are. Presidents we admire are aspirational peers, even those whose politics don't align exactly with our own: Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Harry Truman, Ike, Reagan.


    But not this president. It's not so much that he's a phony, knows nothing about economics, is historically illiterate, and woefully small minded for the size of the task-- all contributory of course. It's that he's not one of us. And whatever he is, his profile is fuzzy and devoid of content, like a cardboard cutout made from delaminated corrugated paper. Moreover, he doesn't command our respect and is unable to appeal to our own common sense. His notions of right and wrong are repugnant and how things work just don't add up. They are not existential. His descriptions of the world we live in don't make sense and don't correspond with our experience.


    In the meantime, while we've been struggling to take a measurement of this man, he's dissed just about every one of us--financiers, energy producers, banks, insurance executives, police officers, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, post office workers, and anybody else who has a non-green job. Expect Obama to lament at his last press conference in 2012: "For those of you I offended, I apologize. For those of you who were not offended, you just didn't give me enough time; if only I'd had a second term, I could have offended you too."


    Mercifully, the Founders at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 devised a useful remedy for such a desperate state--staggered terms for both houses of the legislature and the executive. An equally abominable Congress can get voted out next year. With a new Congress, there's always hope of legislative gridlock until we vote for president again two short years after that.


    Yes, small presidents do fail, Barack Obama among them. The coyotes howl but the wagon train keeps rolling along.

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    The really sad part is that anyone could have found this out prior to the election if they had just spent some time doing a little research.
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    It depends on your perspective. As far as most of us are concerned it is a failure because has done nothing to better or improve our Republic. As far as the Usurper is concerned he has succeeded in becoming the most Marxist President we ever had. He has succeeded in moving us much closer to a complete socialistic nation. He has succeeded in trashing the constitution. He has succeeded in weakening us and making us look stupid throughout the world. He has even succeeded in making Bill Clinton look almost good by comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HK4U View Post
    It depends on your perspective. As far as most of us are concerned it is a failure because has done nothing to better or improve our Republic. As far as the Usurper is concerned he has succeeded in becoming the most Marxist President we ever had. He has succeeded in moving us much closer to a complete socialistic nation. He has succeeded in trashing the constitution. He has succeeded in weakening us and making us look stupid throughout the world. He has even succeeded in making Bill Clinton look almost good by comparison.
    +1. he is doing exactly what he wants to do no matter what the people say or want. he is moving us closer to one world government by destroying our country and stripping us of our rights as americans.
    You can have my freedom as soon as I'm done with it!!!

  6. Quote Originally Posted by MADnMO View Post
    The really sad part is that anyone could have found this out prior to the election if they had just spent some time doing a little research.
    Very very true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walvord View Post
    Very very true.
    We were all right...too bad no one else knew
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  8. Quote Originally Posted by MADnMO View Post
    The really sad part is that anyone could have found this out prior to the election if they had just spent some time doing a little research.
    The weak-minded are easily manipulated by clever words, a fact shown throughout history.

    TFO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow View Post
    +1. he is doing exactly what he wants to do no matter what the people say or want. he is moving us closer to one world government by destroying our country and stripping us of our rights as americans.
    ALL TRUE... but I do have a small glimmer of HOPE that we CAN believe in...

    Our Founding Fathers had great wisdom in the way they established the government. With respect to the above concerns, they designed STAGGERED TERMS.

    In other words, halfway through Obama's miserable presidency, there will be another ELECTION, in which WE THE PEOPLE can vote many, many of these pathetic excuses for human beings out of office and out of Congress, and replace them with God-fearing, conservative CONSTITUTIONALISTS who can act as a restraining influence on Obama's horrific agenda for America.

    As the Lord Jesus said, "Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid".

    Selah!

    TFO

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    Quote Originally Posted by MADnMO View Post
    The really sad part is that anyone could have found this out prior to the election if they had just spent some time doing a little research.
    Voters that supported Obama didn't care. It was a hate Bush fest.
    "You can get a lot accomplished if you don't care who gets the credit" - Ronald Reagan

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    You all are forgetting the one thing he has accomplished like no one before him has EVER done. He has galvanized the nation, and awakened the couch potatos (or potatoes for Quail). He has caused the average American, the homeowner, the cop, the small business owner, the elderly (good God have you seen some of these people fired up!!) to get out and let their voices be heard all across the U.S. We thank you for that mr. obama, you have organized us as probably no one else could, now look out 'cause we're comin', and there will be no stopping us. You're out, Pelosi's out, Reid is out, your whole gang will join the ranks of the unemployed very shortly.

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