John Bolton

John Bolton

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Obama's 100 Days of Disappointment, Double Talk and Deception

He has squandered his chance to be a great president with attack on the right and knee jerk obedience to the left!

Wednesday, April 29 marks the end of Obama's first 100 days in office. All week long we can expect glowing tributes from the "news" media similar to the cheerleading we saw from them during the campaign. They seem to focus more on what Michelle Obama is wearing than what her husband is doing or more importantly, what he is NOT doing to address key problems in American economic, domestic and foreign policy.

To provide some counterpoint to media cheerleading the following list, in rough chronological order, reminds us all of how Obama has failed to live up to his campaign promises to be post partisan president who ushers in an era of cooperation and unity.

  1. The first sign that things might get ugly during the Obama years came on Inauguration Day when the crowd, well below the reported two million people or the five million forecast, turned the National Mall into a trash dump. So much for a "green" Inaugural.
  2. Obama supporters on the Capitol Grounds for the Inaugural boo President Bush demonstrating the level of class we have seen from many of them these first one hundred days.
  3. Minutes after taking office Obama's official White House web site was up and running with the first official attacks on the Bush Administration which had showed such graciousness to the Obama's during the transition. It was a clear signal that Obama intended to use Bush for a scapegoat and that he had no intention of ending partisan warfare.
  4. Obama's first major act was the signing of an executive order to close the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay within one year. The order was all show as it lacked any specifics on what to do with the terrorists many of whom have been described as "the worst of the worst" sort of killers. This order was an early signal that Obama intends to continue running a campaign against the Bush Administration rather than governing.
  5. Obama also demanded that the military tribunals of terrorists be put on hold until he could study the issue. This judicial process had already been reviewed by Congress and the Supreme Court over a number of years and had finally reached the stage where trials could begin. Much of that work has stopped.
  6. Obama overturned Bush era prohibitions on using federal money to fund abortions overseas and opened the door to harvesting embryos for stem cell research.
  7. How many votes can $1.2 TRILLION in federal spending buy? Obama and the Democrats introduce an economic stimulus bill that focuses more on satisfying a 40 year wish list of liberal demands than any sort of recognizable bipartisan effort to address pressing economic needs.
  8. Making it clear that he intends to dump his campaign promise to create a post partisan era, Obama tells Congressman Eric Cantor "I won... I will trump you on that" when Cantor requests a more bipartisan solution to the stimulus bill.
  9. In the same meeting Obama signals the first attack on Rush Limbaugh telling Congressmen: "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done."
  10. After campaigning against using fear as a political tool Obama unleashes the biggest scaremongering campaign ever to persuade Americans to accept his big government boondoggle masquerading as an economic recovery plan.
  11. Despite telling the rest of us to go green to save the planet Obama turns up the thermostat in the Oval Office so that visitors are comfortable in their shirt sleeves instead of the jackets required when Bush was in office. Chief strategist David Axelrod said “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”
  12. Obama nominates Tim Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury knowing full well the man he wants to put in charge of the Internal Revenue Service only paid $43,000 in back taxes when he was nominated. Senate Democrats call it an "honest mistake."
  13. Nancy Killefer, Obama's nominee to be Chief Performance Officer in charge of making government more efficient withdraws her nomination after it is learned she has a tax problem too.
  14. Senate Democrats briefly rally around former Majority Leader Tom Daschle who owed $100k in taxes for the benefit of a car and driver. Democrats called it another "honest mistake." Daschle later withdraws.
  15. Signaling that cutting defense will be a top priority even while government grows in every other area Obama requests Defense Chiefs cut military spending by 10% in a White House meeting on January 30th.
  16. Obama's order to halt terrorist trials at Guantanamo Bay results in charges being dropped against a suspect in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. Angry families meet with Obama one day later and want to know why?
  17. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office announced that President Obama's economic recovery package will actually hurt the economy more in the long run than if he were to do nothing.
  18. Signaling yet another disturbing partisan move, White House officials let it be known they intend to control the census, which determines congressional district apportionment and federal benefits, from the White House.
  19. Obama's State Dept. praises the vote in Venezuela which gives dictator Hugo Chavez the ability to become president for life.
  20. After Obama bashed President Bush repeatedly on the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina, any mention of the lingering problems in that disaster area disappear from Democrat stimulus bills.
  21. Obama's economic policy is so disturbing that even the Russians are warning us. Here's the money quote from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's speech in Davos Switzerland: "In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state's role absolute. In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated."
  22. Obama insults Great Britain, our #1 friend and ally in the world by banishing the bust of Winston Churchill from the White House. One Obama official went so far as to say that there is no "special relationship" with Britain.
  23. Eric Holder, Obama's Attorney General accuses us of being a "nation of cowards" when it came to race issues.
  24. Obama's Energy Secretary Steven Chu expressed total cluelessness about his job when he said this in February: "I will be speaking and learning more about this in order to figure out what the U.S. position should be and what the president's position is."
  25. As part of his campaign to undermine the military Obama further enraged military families by releasing Binyam Mohamed from Guantanamo Bay.
  26. After insisting that he would veto any spending bill with earmarks, Obama signs one in secret that contains 9,000 earmarks of pork.
  27. Making matters worse Obama acolytes claim the spending bill he signed was a "Bush holdover" completely ignoring that an entirely new congress was seated and that Obama would be the one signing it.
  28. Following up on his earlier efforts at fiscal responsibility, Obama introduces his budget blueprint which triples the national debt in ten years with deficits in the trillions as far as the eye can see.
  29. Obama's budget is based on rosy scenarios that directly contradict the analysis by the Congressional Budget Office and Blue Chip Economic Indicators.
  30. Obama delivered his first big speech on Iraq where he never used the word "victory.
  31. Hints that Obama may hand Russia a veto over NATO missile defense systems fails to gain any help with Iranian nuclear issue.]
  32. "I've been practicing bowling. I bowled a 129. It was like the Special Olympics or something." -- Obama on "The Tonight Show."
  33. Allies like Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine are left wondering if they can count on American resolve after hints of missile defense pullout surface.
  34. Rather than deal with mounting economic problems the White House organizes a campaign to attack Rush Limbaugh who said he doesn't want Obama to succeed in destroying the country.
  35. Continuing to show his contempt for the "special relationship" with Great Britain, Obama disses visiting Prime Minister Brown with a very low key White House welcome.
  36. Further inflaming already raw sensitivities Obama gives Brown a stack of DVD's as a welcome gift. DVD's that won't play on British DVD players.
  37. While America's unemployment rate continued to rise and Obama trashed bonuses for corporate executives his Vice President Joe Biden visits a Miami Beach resort and tells big union bosses: “You all brought me to the dance a long time ago, and it’s time we start dancing.”
  38. Obama's Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, embarrasses us all when she hands the Russian foreign minister a button that translates to "overcharge" when she meant "reset." Some way to start off a new tack in relations.
  39. Hillary sticks her foot in her mouth again by telling a group of European legislators "I feel the same way about our own democracy, which has been around a lot longer than European democracy." Apparently she's never heard of Greece.
  40. The 9/11 terrorists on trial at Guantanamo Bay make a mockery of Obama's plan to trash the Bush Administration for how it treated terrorists by declaring "With regards to these nine accusations that you are putting us on trial for; to us, they are not accusations. To us they are badges of honor, which we carry with pride. Many thanks to God, for his kind gesture, and choosing us to perform the act of Jihad for his cause."
  41. Treasury Secretary Geithner seems overwhelmed by his new job and Obama left nearly all of the key offices in that department unfilled for months.
  42. Obama pushes a "cap and trade" program which does nothing to save the environment but does allow for massive income redistribution and more taxes.
  43. Economists give Obama and Treasury Secretary Geithner failing grades for efforts to revive the economy.
  44. After bashing McCain on the same subject during the campaign the Obama Administration opens the door to taxing health care benefits.
  45. Wayward conservatives realize they were conned by Obama's promise to be a centrist and begin drifting back to the fold. They said we who warned Obama was a socialist were scaremongers. I guess they learned the hard way.
  46. The Pew Poll shows that Obama is the most divisive and polarizing president in the modern era.
  47. Early Obama backer investor Warren Buffet worries that Obama's effort to push a liberal wish list is "a mistake, I think, when you've got one overriding objective [the economy], to try and muddle it up with a bunch of other things."
  48. Business pundit Jim Kramer is attacked by the White House after saying Obama is "following a radical agenda" that led to the "greatest destruction of wealth by a President."
  49. Even the news media began to wonder if Obama had not gone too far. Stuart Taylor at National Journal said "The house is burning down. It's no time to be watering the grass."
  50. Even Obama cheerleaders like Paul Krugman at the New York Times was concerned: "Among people I talk to there's a growing sense of frustration, even panic, over Mr. Obama's failure to match his words with deeds."
  51. In March we learned of coordinated White House efforts to play attack politics towards critics rather than focus on governing.
  52. Annette Nazareth, who was nominated for Deputy Treasury Secretary withdrew her name for undisclosed "personal reasons" after a monthlong probe into her taxes.
  53. Obama calls the "fundamentals" of our economy "sound" after trashing John McCain for saying the same thing during the campaign.
  54. Continuing attack politics as opposed to governing, White House Press Secretary Gibbs rudely slams former Vice President Cheney after an interview he gave critical of the Administration: "I guess Rush Limbaugh was busy, so they trotted out the next most popular member of the Republican cabal."
  55. Obama's town hall meeting in the White House featured questions from a member of the pro-Obama Service Employees International Union, a member of the Democratic National Committee who campaigned for Obama among Hispanics during the primary; a former Democratic candidate for Virginia state delegate who endorsed Obama last fall in an op-ed in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star; and a Virginia businessman who was a donor to Obama's campaign in 2008." -- Washington Post, 3/27
  56. Obama becomes the butt of jokes and this classic web video for his unprecedented reliance on teleprompters.
  57. Showing how clueless Obama is even with a teleprompter he reads the wrong speech during a St. Patrick's Day visit by the Irish Prime Minister.
  58. Obama's Treasury Dept. was behind the change in the stimulus bill that protected bonuses for AIG executives.
  59. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is the only man in that job who could make Scott McClellan, the hapless Press officer for President Bush look good. This video shows that the man may need his own teleprompter.
  60. Obama's "punch drunk" performance on 60 minutes showed just how out of touch he is with the economic reality of what is happening to average Americans.
  61. Obama violates NAFTA and the U.S. Constitution by his ban on Mexican trucks on U.S. highways in another reward for his union cronies.
  62. From President Obama's news conference at the end of March:"This is a big ocean liner. It's not a speedboat. It doesn't turn around immediately. But we're in a better place because of the decisions we have made." So, full speed ahead on the most massive federal spending spree of all time!
  63. While Obama and the Democrats were publicly demanding that AIG executives return their bonuses, we learned that Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, received hundreds of thousands of dollars in stock and options as a director in failed mortgage giant Freddie Mac. Appointed to the job as payback by President Clinton
  64. As the federal government takeover of General Motors got underway Obama declared: "Starting today, the United States government will stand behind your warranty."
  65. Kathleen Sibelius, another Obama nominee with tax problems admits "errors" and pays $7,000 in back taxes. Another honest mistake? The Senate confirms her anyway.
  66. Despite his pledge not to raise ANY of the taxes for people making less than $250,000 Obama raises cigarette taxes which impacts the poor and minorities the most.
  67. Obama bows to King Abudllah of Saudi Arabia at G20 meeting in London.
  68. Obama's press operation lies about Obama bowing making us wonder what else that isn't painfully obvious they are lying about?
  69. Michelle Obama violates Royal protocol and puts her arm around Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
  70. Obama gives Queen Elizabeth II an iPod with his speeches and some show tunes.
  71. In a speech in France Obama calls America "arrogant" and "dismissive."
  72. The North Koreans launch a missile over Japan despite the Obama Administration begging them not to.
  73. Obama demands united action on North Korea: "All nations must come together to build a stronger, global regime. That’s why we must stand shoulder to shoulder to pressure the North Koreans to change course.” The U.N. and every world government ignores him.
  74. Obama requests more help from our allies in Afghanistan. He is ignored
  75. French President Sarkozy sees what so many of us see and calls Obama "weak."
  76. Dismissing the North Korean missile threat, Obama orders the Pentagon to cut missile defense.
  77. Obama asks Pakistan for assurances aid will be spent to counter terrorism. Pakistand says "NO" and demands control of Predator drones.
  78. Reviews of Obama's first world apology tour are not good. One British writer calls him "President Pantywaist - new surrender monkey on the block."
  79. Hinting at more embarrassing family problems than Jimmy Carter endured, Obama's half brother is accused of sexual assault on an underage girl.
  80. Obama's Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, insults our troops and raises suspicions of a coming police state by releasing a report suggesting right wingers are at risk of becoming domestic terrorists.
  81. Secretary Napolitano later insults our neighbors to the north in Canada by wrongly saying the 9/11 hijackers crossed the border from Canada.
  82. Obama confuses Tax Day on April 15 with April Fools Day by declaring "families that earn less than $250,000 a year will not see their taxes increase by a single dime. And we have kept to those promises that were made during the campaign." See #59 above.
  83. Showing how out of touch he is, the White House admits that Obama was "unaware" of the tea parties that were protesting his big spending/big government boondoggle nationwide.
  84. The Obama White House demands that Georgetown University, a Catholic school, cover religious symbols before Obama speech.
  85. Obama buddies it up with Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's president for life, in photographs that send a clear negative signal to democrat and human rights activists in Latin America.
  86. Following up on that first succesful propaganda coup Chavez gives Obama a book "Open Veins of Latin America" which is widely regarded outside of leftist circles as "The Idiots Bible."
  87. The Obama Comedy Hour opened with his latest bid to take fiscal responsiblity seriously by making a miniscule $100 million cut in federal spending while running a deficit of nearly two trillion.
  88. Obama throws another bone to his left wing masters by releasing the Bush Justice Dept/CIA memos with the legal justification for the enhanced interrogation techniques which saved thousands of American lives.
  89. Obama raises the prospect of prosecuting Bush Administration officials for their role in formulating enhanced interrogation policy. But ignores requests to release memos which show how interrogations saved lives.
  90. Obama again trashes the military and risks inflamming Islamic terrorists by agreeing to release old photos of alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners.
  91. Obama's muddled and confused signals on interrogations cause concern at CIA and risk agents not willing to connect the dots in future to stop terror attacks.
  92. Obama broke his promise to honor the campaign pledge he made to allow the public to have five days to read bills before signing. \
  93. Obama broke his promise to end income tax on seniors making less than $50,000.
  94. Obama broke his promise to prohibit lobbyists from working in his Administration in their former fields.
  95. Obama broke his promise to provide a $3,000 tax credit to businesses who hire new workers.
  96. Obama broke his promise to allow penaly free withdrawals for hardship from retirement accounts.
  97. Obama broke his promise to recognize Armenian genocide after criticizing Bush officals for not doing so.
  98. Obama continues to be in campaign mode and ignores the difficult work of governing. Results matter more than photo-ops. Someone should tell him.
  99. Showing total insenstivity on religious matters he tried to appoint pro-abortion Caroline Kennedy to be Ambassador to the Vatican.

And the big 100 is:

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Henrietta Hughes is still struggling to make ends meet.

Unemployed and homeless, she caught national attention during President Obama's visit to Fort Myers when she asked for his help. After her plea, Hughes was given a free place to stay, but she still can't find a job and may soon find herself homeless again.

From CNN to Fox to WINK News, her story was everywhere. Today though you'll find her at the Career Service Center in Fort Myers.
And Edith Childs, who led the "yes we can" brigades for Obama in South Carolina in the key primary phase is dissapointed. she's not interested in hearing his stories about flying to Europe or fighting pirates. "I guess he's just working his way down the list, and he'll get to us," she says.

Tell that to the millions out of work who thought Obama was going to solve all their problems with empty campaign slogans and broken promises. Remember the words of Peggy Joseph in Florida who thought all her troubles would be over and she wouldn't have to worry about putting gas in her car and paying the mortgage.

Peggy said: "If I help him, he's going to help me." How's that working out for you Peggy?

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