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Grading Obama’s Second 100 Days

How’s he doing with the economy, domestic issues, foreign policy and the very important “personal performance”


 

Grading Obama’s Second 100 DaysOver the next few days, with CNN devoting a full show on Thursday to it, we can expect the report cards to come in. With a decrease in approval ratings (down from a high of 62 per cent to a Real Clear Politics average of 54 per cent), we can anticipate a more critical look at the performance of the Obama administration. In the first 100 days, the evaluation was largely dictated by the novelty of a new President who was eloquent in expressing his vision and inspirational in his tone. He contrasted with his unpopular predecessor, thereby paving the way to a more indulgent political assessment.

It was evident that Obama intended to be an activist President and would act quickly on his major electoral promises. The promise of change was becoming an everyday reality and his Republican opponents seemed in disarray, unable to agree on a common message except responding “no” to efforts by Obama to forge a more bipartisan agenda after decades of increased polarization. The general consensus after the first 100 days was highly positive and a grade of A  or B+  was not seen to be an exaggeration by independent observers.

Since then, we are still seeing an activist President acting as the communicator–in–chief, driving initiatives both internationally and domestically. The only difference is that the reality of governing is beginning to catch up with the administration. While this White House is possibly the most tightly knit group since the Reagan presidency, it cannot escape from the magnitude of the problems it has inherited. Two wars, an economy in deep recession, a loss of reputation on the world stage, along with growing problems in health care, the environment and education do not disappear overnight with a new occupant in the Oval Office. And it would not take long before the Obama team and its policies would have to be evaluated by its results. While the major problems were deep-rooted, the voter often lacks the patience to assess the long-term view. Unemployment has grown exponentially in recent months leading many to question the historic (in amounts of money) stimulus package and its impact. Americans are still dying in the conflicts abroad with a shift in losses from Iraq to Afghanistan. And the President’s signature issue, health-care reform, is stalled in Congress and losing support among the crucial independent voter. The further we move away from the Bush years , the more Obama is accountable. The second 100 days will surely result in a more mixed evaluation.

The president would certainly concede that the reality of governing is more than delivering a speech (which all concede he is great at doing) or giving a policy direction (which he never hesitates to do). It involves building support, it is  getting the votes to pass needed legislation and obtaining tangible results. His recent misstep in the Gates-Crowley affair illustrates the complexity of actually governing. A local incident in Cambridge, Mass., derailed a pivotal press conference on the administration’s priority issue—resulting  in a one-week diversion on racial politics. And it was self-inflicted.

A usually disciplined and strategic White House embarks on a campaign to produce a health-care bill only to see it challenged by a conservative opposition from within its own ranks, the so-called Blue Dog Democrats. And President Obama’s  hopes and efforts  for bipartisan solutions have been generally rebuffed by the Republicans. Fortunately for Obama, the Republicans seem as confused as they were in the first 100 days and are offering no real alternative policies, or else the impact on his approval numbers could be greater. Yet, while the President seems solidly in charge and has the numbers in Congress to advance his agenda, the honeymoon is now clearly over.

The key criteria for evaluating the second 100 days remain the economy, domestic issues, foreign policy and the President’s personal performance. On the economy, the results are decidedly mixed. The stock market has rebounded significantly after a disturbing dip in early spring and most experts concede that the risk of depression is gone and the recession may be bottoming out. No one expects a short-term job recovery but the stimulus plan still has to work its way through the economy. Many economists recognize that the administration has improved the economic prospects, while remaining worried about long-term deficits and spending. The grade should be a solid B.

On domestic issues, the President was successful in his selection of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the US Supreme Court—an historic and welcomed occasion for America. She will most likely be confirmed by the end of the week. The Clunker for Cash program seems to be working by general consensus, the U.S. car industry now has a lifeline and promising programs on credit and mortgages were adopted. The health-care issue has not, however, been as successful. Obsessed with not adopting the 1993 Clinton strategic approach to health care reform, the administration seems to have lost the upper hand it had in the first 100 days.  This is serious for a President who has made this his signature domestic policy for his first term. The return of Congress in September will make this the defining issue for the next 100 days. In addition, expect battles on cap and trade and debate on budgetary issues. The grading here should be B minus.

On foreign policy, Obama has changed the dynamic. His openings in the Middle East are still too early to assess but it is a clear improvement on the Bush years. Initiatives with Russia and China are encouraging. Obama has changed the tone and is seen in a much more favorable light in the world community than his predecessor. Diplomacy and multilateralism are back in fashion. In addition to Obama, kudos must go to Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Bob Gates—an impressive team with a sense of direction and an understanding of its priorities. The recent success with President Clinton in liberating the two journalists from North Korea presents possibilities with respect to that country. The grade should be B+.

Finally, on the President’s personal performance, much has been written about the recent beer diplomacy. To assess real leadership, one needs to observe a President when faced with adversity. Obama has displayed a coolness and a grace under fire as well as a capacity for growth in the future. I remain most impressed by his comment that he was not on ‘a 24-hour news cycle.’ Conservative columnist David Brooks wrote recently in the New York Times about the search for dignity in our public life. He concluded that whatever one’s politics, Obama’s presidency “may revitalize the concept of dignity for a new generation.” I agree, and on that basis, he deserves an A+.


 

Grading Obama’s Second 100 Days

  1. Excellently written article and analysis. I agree for the most part. I would actually give him a C+ on domestic policy. The Obama adminstration and congressional democrats have allowed the Republicans and right-wing wackos to control the messages on the stimulus package and healthcare. They got to get the control back. I think the Obama administration is still in campaign mode. Time to get down and dirty, and actually govern.

  2. A comparison of Gallup polling at this stage compared to other post WWII presidents have him near the very bottom of approval ratings.

    One thing is certain: listening to the media's evaluation of Obama, is about as reliable as listening to the used car salesman's take on how good the peddled car will run.

    As the anger at the summer "town halls" continue to boild over regarding the public's shock of nationalized car companies, government takeover of health, deficits that make Bush's look like spare change, and massive spending bills that are not even read by lawmakers and signed "as is" by Obama (if you get your news from the mainstream you likely don't even know what I'm referring to re: the town halls), it will only get worse.

    The independents are already steeped in buyers remorse. Conservative leaning democrats are also falling fast. The fringe left will be all that is left. He won't go a second term and will be considered a first term "lame duck" this time next year.

    • Biff is Gaunilon`s clone ,no doubt. Obama is actually trying to do something for a change. Compare the record , not the polls. Republicans ,like Biff ,always attack the person . Where is the buyer`s remorse,I ask.He is still at 54 percent. disapproval is under 40 percent . He would win again tomorrow with even more.I agree the guy has the temperament . The right wing and pro birthers like Biff and Gaunilon have trouble with Obama in the WH . And I think we are beginning to guess why.It was called the elephant in the room in Tom Bradley`s day.

      • You're right, there is only one conservative out there, we're all the same person, Biff, Gaunilon, me, and all the other conservatives.
        BTW, nothing you have said actually addresses anything that was said by Biff. His approval numbers have been droppping fast for months, you can be sure he will not be at 54% for long.

    • The comments are just right wing wishful thinking. Need i say more!

    • IN YOUR DREAMS! OBAMA WILL HAVE TWO TERMS. NO OTHER PRESDIDENT HAS COME INTO OFFICE WITH TWO WARS-A FINACIAL MELT DOWN-A NATONAL DEBT SPIRELING OUT OF CONTROL-HEALTH CARE COSTS EXPLODING ETC ETC……THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REALIZE THESE FACTS!

  3. The assessment is utterly rosy, and utterly incorrect, but credit where credit is due: I applaud Parisella for attempting to address most of the real issues at hand for Obama, including some of those that are less palatable for Obama supporters.

    • Incorrect and rosy , you say. Yet ,it is clear that it is stated that his health reform is in trouble . On the economy , it is not great but we are nowhere near where we were. Paresella could have given credit to Peterson who brought Tarp against the wishes of Republicans last October.
      On foreign affairs, Somali and Clinton with NK were spectacular . And he has done well in foreign affairs. Strong but open . As for his character , you may not like him personally but he does not seem overtaken by events.
      We can quibble about grades but this is a good start.

  4. Everyone will always give the president a hard time., plain and simple, it's the people around him who matter.

  5. What a crock. The media is still fawning over the jerk.

  6. He is good enough, he is smart enough and doggone people like him.
    While at least untill he tried to ram through his health care plan, Chicago style.

  7. I agree with the first poster that BHO's first few months in office have been somewhat positive, but no cause for celebration.

    The discussion as to whether any meaningful change is achievable, one needs to accept the underlying system of moneyed-politics that saw DC as corporate-annexed territory throughout the entire Bush Administration and to a great extent under the Clinton Admin vis-a-vie Tom "the hammer" Delay's K-Street project. For example, the limitations on pursuing a public option in health-care is directly due to the co-opted pols like Sen. Max Baccus (D-MT), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), and the Blue-Dog dorks. These politicians have been bought like Eastern European sex-workers to prostitute themselves and limit public debate on cogent change.

    On Foreign Affairs, neither Obama or the Dems in congress have lived up to what they ran on; which was ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is unreasonable, except for those in the military-industrial complex, that US troops remain in Iraq two years after the lower house was retaken on this singular issue. Anti-war voters never voted for troops to remain in Iraq until the next election and most certainly did not vote for there to be an expansion of the Afghan conflict.

    Of course the 10 trillion dollar gorilla in the room is the fact that the Banks as Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IN) stated, "own the place." Goldman Sachs, Citibank, BoA,… have all reverted to business as usual and are now even bigger than when they were considered to big to fail. They continue to prevent and foil meaningful debate, regulatory changes, and legislation that would prevent their venality and global economy destroying practices.

  8. "There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can't keep track of all of them here at the White House, we're asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov." White House website

    You forgot to give Obama a grade on his level of fascism. I think he's doing pretty well so far, at least a B+, but I don't know what others would give him.

    I wonder how the msm would have acted if Bush had asked people to spy on one another and report back to the White House? I think we know the answer to that. The Lives of Others was meant to warn people off this kind of thing, not to encourage them to emulate it.

    Hey kids, do your parents ever say/write anything 'fishy' about The One? If so, email flag@whitehouse.gov. It is your duty!

  9. "There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can't keep track of all of them here at the White House, we're asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov." White House website

    You forgot to give Obama a grade on his level of fascism. I think he's doing pretty well so far, at least a B+ , but I don't know what others would give him.

    I wonder how the msm would have acted if Bush had asked people to spy on one another and report back to the White House? I think we know the answer to that. The Lives of Others was meant to warn people off this kind of thing, not to encourage them to emulate it.

    Hey kids, do your parents ever say/write anything 'fishy' about The One? If so, email flag@whitehouse.gov. It is your duty!

  10. "There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can't keep track of all of them here at the White House, we're asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov." White House website

    You forgot to give Obama a grade on his level of fascism. I think he's doing pretty well so far, at least a B+, but I don't know what others would give him.

    I wonder how the msm would have acted if Bush had asked people to spy on one another and report back to the White House? I think we know the answer to that. The Lives of Others was meant to warn people off this kind of thing, not to encourage them to emulate it.

    Hey kids, do your parents ever say/write anything 'fishy' about The One? If so, email flag@whitehouse.gov. It is your duty!

  11. I believe he is on a sliding scale . My grade would be a D. He is losing on healthcare . No progress on the econmy . And in international stuff , we appear weak . I think Jolyon got it just right .

    • ''And in international stuff , we appear weak ''

      Thanks to your republican friends.

  12. President Obama is trying to do an impossible job with ball and chain from the existing US system. He inherited a sinking ship with uncooperating passengers. In time, I think he is can save the ship and some ungrateful passengers as well. I hope he will get the credit for his work. Good luck President Obama. Be yourself and not let the system change you. I did not expect the job will be easy and it will not be. If you succeed, history will be kind to you.

    • You are wrong . Even on north Korea ,he was wrong . Former UN Ambassodor John Bolten makes a convincing case against the Cliton trip . It shows weakness.

      • So you'd rather see those two reporters forced into a North Korean labour camp?

        1) It doesn't show weakness; Bolton's a nutcase
        2) Weakness be damned. Wouldn't you want someone to come free you if you were facing 12 years in a gulag?

      • I'm not an Obama fan, but I disagree with this point. It does not show weakness, because Clinton offered nothing in return. He did not negotiate, he asked for a reconsideration on their part.
        Clinton and the government made a point of noting that it was a trip independent of the US government (although the fact he is married to Hilary made this seem unlikely, but I digress). The Koreans spun it another way, but they always do, doesn't matter what happens. Clinton did not give them any concessions for the release of the journalists. The only thing the Koreans got was more media attention, which they seem to crave. That is not weakness nor capitulation.

        However, overall, I do agree that Obama exudes weakness all over the world with his foreign policy, which seems to have no direction. For instance, whatever happens in Iran, he agress with it. Doesn't matter what happens. He is always in accordance. People see this. People note this.

  13. "There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can't keep track of all of them here at the White House, we're asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov." White House website

    You forgot to give Obama a grade on his level of fascism. I think he's doing pretty well so far, at least an A- , but I don't know what others would give him.

    I wonder how the msm would have acted if Bush had asked people to spy on one another and report back to the White House? I think we know the answer to that. The Lives of Others was meant to warn people off this kind of thing, not to encourage them to emulate it.

    Hey kids, do your parents ever say/write anything 'fishy' about The One? If so, email flag@whitehouse.gov. It is your duty!

    And B seems rather generous for foreign affairs since the world is full of gangsters and murderers but the only country he's giving a hard time to is Israel. And Gibbs said Ahmadinejad was the "elected leader" of Iran the other day and White House has so far had no comment about the show trials under way in Iran either. Why is Obama picking on the Jews but kowtowing to any number of nutters?

    • You are probably refering to the White House's BLOG entitled ''Facts Are Stubborn Things'', written by Macon Phillips. (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Facts-Are-Stubborn

      The White House doesn't ask anyone to ''spy on one another'' . It invites people to report anything that seems ''fishy''. It invites people to be better informed. To eliminate misinformation.

      What is wrong with helping the Americans to know the truth? It is wrong to lie. It is wrong to give bad information in order to win elections. It is wrong, and sad, to know that 14,000 Americans A DAY are left without health insurrance and that some politicians are not doing anything.

      You might call that fascism, but I see it as an initiative to counter the Republicans' demagogy about healthcare reform. I would give them A+ on ''demagogy'', at least.

      • A rose is a rose by any other name.

      • The truth is out there: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC. Nowhere else.

    • Great point jolyon. The heartening thing is that the american public is not fooled, as exhibited by Obama's plummeting approval numbers. I wonder if we'll see more Chicago hardball tactics showing up in Washington.

    • Yeah, trying to have a discussion about health care based on actual information and relevant facts is complete facism…

      Seriously, half the people complaining about the prospect of "socialized medicine" in the US these days are one Medicare – which is socialized medicine! And these are the ones talking in public, it's even worse on the internet. I'd hope that regardless of political slant, you'd encourage a debate based on information rather than partisan talking points, which is the entire point of the White House's campaign. They need to know what misinformation the populace believes if they're to counter it in any meaningful way.

      As for foreign affairs, there's a reason he's ignoring the gangsters and murders – because giving them public attention only encourages them. When there are factions upon factions of people screaming "death to America", and claiming that Americans are devils, it plays right into their hands to present yourself as their opponent, because it makes their propaganda justified. Ignoring them erodes their support and discredits them. Criticism, especially when demonising language is used, reinforces these dangerous people.

      Isreal, however, will listen to criticism, will listen to harsh words by Obama and the US. They rely on America and the rest of the world for support and trade, and so will be swayed but what we have to say. It's not picking on the Jews, it's using a foreign policy that will work. Grandstanding plays really well back home, but it's entirely counterproductive.

  14. With his approval rating plummeting, any grade higher than a C- is a detachment from the opinions of the American people. And you'll probably see a lot of that.

    • Dick Cheney spouts the fact that the US didn't have another terrorist attack on George Bush's watch as an indication of the success of that administration.

      Surely, the fact that the economic situation hasn't got dramatically worse has to be somewhat of an indication of the success of this one…

  15. Personally I would give him a B. He definitley sat in the seat at the worst possible time any prez in memory has taken the job on in. He actually got some legislation through whether you agree with it or not. He has upped the profile internationally and definitley has more political smarts than what I thought he had. I find him interesting and on occasion surprises me as he aint just a good speaker so all in all the yanks made a good choice as I honestly can and do not want to imagine what McCain and Palin would have done. Still way too soon as I think that you need one full cycle to really give a mark that means anything.

  16. And compromising with Congress hasn't gutted his climate change and health care
    proposals ?

  17. Since Harry Truman, the failure to have universal healthcare in the US has been and will always be a lack of unity in the democratic party's top brass. The so-called blue dog congressional democrats, with the majority from the south, will take the blame if this bill is defeated.. As for grading the president after 200 days, It's simply the media being creative in an effort to find something to shout about. Even Reagan did not see the results of his promised change until his second term. His first term was not a rosy one and he is now heralded as the most effective republican president in recent memory .The evaluation that counts will be in mid-term elections, then we will see how American people feel about his leadership.

  18. Memo to hosertohoosier,joetheelectrician,jolyon,bif-and other right wingers:

    Plummeting polls is not accurate when you see Obama `s latest polls which are averaging 54%on Real Clear Politics average poll ,1 point more than his vote total of last november . Polls are NOT as important as an election and he won fair and square-53% to 47%. His smart leadership on the Somali pirate case along with North Korea convinces me that this man has the leadership and the temperament to be a great leader .
    Healthcare reform is essential but right wingers do NOT care about 47 million uninsured or 14000 losing coverage daily , or refused care through a precondition , or lose their healthcare when they lose a job . You like Health Insurance companies making profits , paying exhorbitant salaries to top execitives.
    You have no alternative because YOU DO NOT CARE. It is the survival of the fittest and making money . You guys want to reduce taxes on the rich , fight judicial activism in case minorities make any gains .
    You support the Republican , white and racist southern strategy .

    • lower polls mean he cannot do it . Demint was right .

    • You are comparing vote totals to approval. That is an incorrect approach. Some people in the 2008 election approved of both John McCain and Obama (or approved of Obama and not McCain) but voted for McCain. Obama's favorability during the campaign was consistently well above the mid-50's. By his inaugural his approval ratings were even higher.

      The rest of your post is just angry blathering. Yes, because I disapprove of Obama I must be a racist, and I must think the status quo of the health care system is great. You are a prime example of why Obama will probably be just as bad as Bush – the kind of mindless partisanship on display in your post (and childish resistance to constructive criticism of the chosen one).

      • Reagan said it so well:`There you go again`.
        Reread your responses and you will better appreciate the meaning of `mindless patisanship “ and `childish resistance“.

  19. I should add to my memo to hosertohoosier and friends:
    Think of alternative policies. PLEASE!!!!

    • You sound like a typical Liberal calling people who don't agree with you (or President Obama) as racist or uncaring. Do people have to give President Obama a free pass and agree with all his policies or else? Get serious, are you twelve years old or younger?

      I'm a right wing Canadian voter and it's not that I don't care about (any) people not having health coverage but I'll guarantee you that the Canadian system is an utter piece of garbage and I will also guarantee you that the American people will be worse off if they model their plan/legislation after ours.

      Nothing wrong with opposing what is perceived as bad legislation or bad policies if for no other reason that the opposition will lead to debate which will hopefully lead to better legislation or policies.

      Have an Ovaltine.

      • Not being insured and losing your house because of an unforeseen illness,that is what you are defending . You just proved my point . Take a valium!
        Majormoron ….sounds like George W. Bush or is it Steve Harper ……………

        • What am I defending? At which point did I actually say any of what you stated?

          The only thing I ever said is that if the Americans are planning an Canadian style health care system they will be severely disappointed.

          Fact is that I've paid into the Employment Insurance system here in Canada for the last 20 years and if my company goes belly up in this economy I won't be able to collect.

          Fact is that right here in Canada even with our wonderful health care system should I or even my wife get sick odds are pretty darned good that I WOULD STILL LOSE MY HOUSE.

          So go ahead and tell me what I'm defending or will I only make sense if I agree with everything you say?

          • if you paid into the EI and you lose your job , you have access to collect EI. Not so for your wife . I have faced serious health care issues and NEVER had to go in debt. So give up that Reform party BS !
            defend what you want but stop inventing things to promote your right wing agenda.
            We are not perfect but everyone is insured .I see through your hypocrisy . Support the failure of Obama to promote the secret Harper agenda.

          • stop embarrassing yourself

  20. I didn't vote for Obama. But I give him a B on domestic policy and an A on foreign/national security policy.

    He's doing ok legislatively. I don't like all the legislation he has in motion, but the world isn't going to come to an end if they become law.

    I think he was wise to continue the foreign and national security policies of the last administration. Those policies evolved substantially in Bush's second term, became more pragmatic and less ideological. And Obama has chosen a first class national security team, the best America has fielded in ages.

    Having given Obama good scores for the first 200 days, I wouldn't encourage Canadian friends (or my Canadian grandchildren) to think that they are going to like what they see coming out of Washington in the days ahead. You will not like Obama's trade policies, his border security policies, or his erratic environmental policies.

  21. The President's lower poll ratings don't express the American people's dissatisfaction with the President's expressed policies. Quite the contrary: they express dissatisfaction with his not being able to advance them as quickly as possible. He need to connect with the people and he needs to play tough with his opposition. These are what make leaders in our time successful.

    Give the President an Incomplete.

  22. The Obamanation is a bust.

    He's dropped the mask with his Bates comment – he;s just another race baiter like Sharpton and Jackson.

    Also he hates Israel like Wright and will try and do as much damage there as possible.

    Finally, we all learned what Alinski is (the shadow of Lenin) because
    Barrie has no truth touchstone – its all agitation for socialism and control.

    He's going down and that is good.

    • you wish but your hate mongering will go nowhere.HE`S NOT GOING DOWN.

  23. The guy is an idiot. In a couple of years they'll come to the realization that Bush isn't the worst president in American history and some of things had done were actually not that bad.

  24. I seriously doubt it, Matt. Not even close. No way could Bush be other than the worst president. That would mean demoting Van Buren, and that isn't likely.

    As for dgene's comment: what are you talking about? I mean, I'm American and not privy to all things Canadian, but I thought we all spoke English (or French) together. But I guess not. You have another way of seeing and saying things that just doesn't accord with my reality — and I'm closer to the action. There's nothing socialist about this president, although I guess you're speaking about Canadian politicians? Or Reverend Wright? Or whom? Your "blacks are racist" theme is really funny, too humorous to be ironic.

  25. I seriously doubt it, Matt. Not even close. No way could Bush be other than the worst president. That would mean demoting Van Buren, and that isn't likely.

    As for dgene's comment: what are you talking about? I mean, I'm American and not privy to all things Canadian, but I thought we all spoke English (or French) and saw things more or less the same. But I guess not. You definitely have your own way of seeing and saying things that just doesn't accord with my reality — and I'm closer to the action. There's nothing socialist about this president, although I guess you're speaking about Canadian politicians? Or Reverend Wright? Or whom? Your "blacks are racist" theme is really funny, too humorous to be ironic.

  26. I seriously doubt it, Matt. Not even close. No way could Bush be other than the worst president. That would mean demoting Van Buren, and that isn't likely.

    As for dgene's comment: what are you talking about? I mean, I'm American and not privy to all things Canadian, but I thought we all spoke English (or French) and saw things more or less the same. But I guess not. You definitely have your own way of seeing and saying things that just doesn't accord with my reality — and I'm closer to the action down here.

    There's nothing socialist about this president, although I guess you're speaking about Canadian politicians? Or Reverend Wright? Or whom? Your "blacks are racist" theme is really funny, too silly even to be ironic.

  27. I seriously doubt it, Matt. Not even close. No way could Bush be other than the worst president. That would mean demoting Van Buren, and that isn't likely.

    As for dgene's comment: what are you talking about? I mean, I'm American and not privy to all things Canadian, but I thought we all spoke English (or French) and saw things more or less the same. But I guess not. You definitely have your own way of seeing and saying things that just doesn't accord with my reality — and I'm closer to the action down here.

    There's nothing socialist about this president, he's centrist through and through. Or maybe you're speaking about Canadian politicians? Or Reverend Wright? Or whom? Your "blacks are racist" theme is really funny, btw, too silly even to be ironic.

  28. I seriously doubt it, Matt. Not even close. No way could Little Bush be other than the worst president. That would mean demoting Van Buren, and that isn't likely. It would also mean that Shrub did some good in eight years, which would be awfully hard to prove.

    As for dgene's comment: what are you talking about? I mean, I'm American and not privy to all things Canadian, but I thought we all spoke English (or French) and saw things more or less the same. But I guess not. You definitely have your own way of seeing and saying things that just doesn't accord with my reality — and I'm closer to the action down here.

    There's nothing socialist about this president, he's centrist through and through. Or maybe you're speaking about Canadian politicians? Or Reverend Wright? Or whom? Your "blacks are racist" theme is really funny, btw, too silly even to be ironic.

  29. Well, dgne, the blast of socialism is what America needed, and it appears to be working. You would prefer 30 million unemployed and a 'pure capitalist democracy' one supposes. Anyone who argues against a regulated and controlled economy just hasn't been listening. Regulators sometimes screw up, no doubt, but in the long run they have more to offer Joe average than slash and burn capitalists, like the credit card industry and the stock promoters who got the country into its current mess.

    Gaz

  30. Hey truthbetold, where did you get your lying monniker ?

    If you had any coin (methinks you are still living in your mom's basement) I would bet you that the serial lying Alinski thug with the hidden birth certificate, Barrie Hussein Soetero, not only is going down, but has already gone down.

    You are as believable as he is.

  31. Nice to know you're the bearer of all truths, dgene. You want a certificate to that effect? They're all printed in Kenya, y'know.

  32. Big mistake in not getting the heath care bill done before the recess. The right wing corporate mis message thuggery is likely to take its toll on his credibility. Amazing how truly uninformed Americans are about how the rest of the world's heath care operates, -as in "in the business of health care" and not "health care as a business". It is a moral issue! Every human being should have a right to life, liberty and free basic heath care covered by their tax money no matter who or where they are. Canadians must realise that if the insurance companies win this one south of the border, they will come after us all the more impowered.

  33. Hey truthbetold, where did you get your lying monniker ?

    If you had any coin (methinks you are still living in your mom's basement) I would bet you that the serial lying Alinski thug with the hidden birth certificate, Barrie Hussein Soetero, not only is going down, but has already gone down.

    You are as believable as he is.

    And Gary, socialism is beautiful, but deadly. And it never never workd.

    • Idiocy has a new name -it is dgene !
      Spewing racist , hate mongering garbage like the rest of your fraternity. The more you read these far right looney tunes , the more I am convinced Obama will triumph . Idiocy like dgene has limits.Thank God.

  34. Well, this article was written AGAIN by a true Lib….and all of you who continue to say Obama inherited the mess…come on…wake up.
    Things were going well…even with the War in Iraq…until Libs took over Congress…AND in two years…everything fell apart. Bush was trying to be the 'nice guy' and get along with the Libs…instead should have said NO…used Veto powers…so GET OFF THE INHERITED thing..LOOK how the FREIGHT TRAIN is going down the track…spending trillions like it was a hundred dollar bill…People are upset…and EVEN THOSE who voted for CHANGE….ya, they got change alright and wonder what hit them. Have a good day!

  35. how can you grade the performance of obama and do it fairly? ask yourself the following question: has he delivered on any of his campaign promises?

    NO.

    he gets an "F."

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