President’s ineptness quite clear after a year

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    Feb 01, 2010 5:57 PM GMT
    Not my point of view, I think we should still give Pres. Obama a chance.

    President’s ineptness quite clear after a year
    By E. THOMAS McCLANAHAN
    The Kansas City Star

    What happened to the bright dreams, the hope and change? A year ago, fate handed President Obama one of the most tantalizing political opportunities in history.

    His party enjoyed a blowout election. The Republicans were leaderless and devoid of ideas. The Democrats had hefty majorities in both houses of Congress. Obama had stratospheric approval ratings and the support of a nation profoundly fearful of the future.

    And then he threw it all away. He outsourced chunks of his job to a left-wing congressional leadership that has learned nothing and forgotten nothing for the past 35 years.

    What came next was one appalling legislative blob after another: the stimulus package that hasn’t stimulated, the cap-and-trade monster, the health care power-grab.

    When Obama assumed office, he was still something of an enigma. Many asked: Who is this guy?

    Well, now we know a lot more. The bottom line: He isn’t a good politician. Politics is an art, and Obama’s basic competence is highly suspect. He lacks the personal radar an effective politician must have — the instinct to know when you’re on solid ground and when you’re tilting at windmills. Obama has spent a year tilting at windmills.

    The “art of the possible” isn’t static. With steady accomplishments, an effective leader can expand the zone of the possible. A winner draws new adherents, builds coalitions, acquires new strength for the next challenge.

    For a weak leader, the opposite applies: His credibility shrinks, and so do the ranks of his followers. His ability to accomplish anything becomes doubtful.

    This is the vicious circle that now ensnares Obama. He has succeeded mainly in uniting his opposition and dividing his own camp. House and Senate Democrats are openly sniping at one another. The hard left — Obama’s base — is writing him off as inept.

    The sense of disarray was only reinforced by his State of the Union speech.

    Let’s give a cheer or two for the proposed cut in the capital gains tax for small businesses and the spending freeze plan — while noting that the latter applies to only a small part of the budget, doesn’t begin until next year and comes only after spending was recklessly accelerated. Obama wants to “freeze” outlays at stratospheric, stimulus-package levels.

    If Obama is serious about two of his main points — a second stimulus package and his renewed call for Congress to pass health care reform — then he has learned nothing from the last year and the political earthquake in Massachusetts.

    Despite its enormous cost, last year’s stimulus package has failed to live up to expectations. So, his response is: Do it again?

    On health care, he offered no suggestions to deadlocked Democrats as to how they should pass a bill disliked by most Americans. The House can’t pass the Senate bill and the Senate couldn’t pass the House bill. Obama’s advice: Keep trying what isn’t working.

    Like Jimmy Carter, Obama squandered much of his political capital in his first year. Before last week’s speech, it was possible to argue that it wasn’t too late for him to adopt a new approach and move toward the center. Now it’s clear he has no such intention.

    A big clue to Obama appeared long before his election, when he was still a senator.

    He’s stubborn. With the tide indisputably turning in Iraq, he remained opposed to the troop surge and claimed it was bound to fail. When he took office, the economic landscape was completely transformed. But he refused to put off health care and cap-and-trade, even though voters thought the economy was a much higher priority.

    He has another problem, most evident in his handling of foreign policy.

    He sold out the Czechs and Poles on missile defense to appease Russia — and got nothing in return. He stuck with “engagement” on Iran, missing an opportunity to voice full-throated support for the Iranian opposition. In dealing with China, he shrank from the topic of human rights.

    The question raised by French President Nicolas Sarkozy — “Is he weak?” — must be answered in the affirmative.

    The media portrait of Obama during the campaign made much of his cool, unflappable temperament. But that ignored his most telling qualities. Stubborn and weak is not what you want in a president. No wonder he’s already talking about the prospect of a single term.

    To reach E. Thomas McClanahan, call 816-234-4480 or send e-mail to mcclanahan@kcstar.com.

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    Feb 01, 2010 6:19 PM GMT
    And what exactly have you given us? I've researched his views on a number of topics, and he's a rabid right-winger. He's slammed every single thing Obama has done, and yet he praises the wisdom of Sarah Palin.

    Sharing legitimate points of view with us is one thing; dropping biased, distorted and fanatical propaganda in here without telling us the background hardly seems like good form, does it?
  • DCEric

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    Feb 01, 2010 7:12 PM GMT
    Thanks for the copy paste. I didn't read any of it. I'd rather make up my own mind rather than just repeat what an opinion piece says.

    Have a nice day.
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    Feb 01, 2010 7:21 PM GMT
    The author doesn't know anything about economics.
    The author doesn't know anything about foreign relations.
    The author barely has a grip on domestic policy.

    There is plenty to criticize Obama about. But the author could well have drawn all of his sources from rants on LiveJournal.

    meh.
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    Feb 01, 2010 7:54 PM GMT
    I think this article is well-written. Yes, it is mostly opinion based but the guy does make a point that Obama squandered a huge advantage he had in getting this country back on its feet. He gave the country (even red states) hope that he would change Washington.

    Then he made a couple big blunders. Several of his Cabinet selections did not pay their taxes. And President Obama vowed to make everything more transparent, and within the first few weeks broke his own rule.

    Now I still have hope for the President and believe in many of his policies. But he does have to act a little stronger. And that goes for Democrats as a whole. They have little to no balls.

    That said, I believe that his State of the Union was well delivered and if he can get his act together and carry it out, he will have more than redeemed himself.
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    Feb 01, 2010 10:15 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidThe author doesn't know anything about economics.
    The author doesn't know anything about foreign relations.
    The author barely has a grip on domestic policy.

    There is plenty to criticize Obama about. But the author could well have drawn all of his sources from rants on LiveJournal.

    meh.

    McClanahan is a fucking joke as is his shit tastic newspaper the Kansas City Star. 4chan is a more credible source than 90% of journalists.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 01, 2010 10:17 PM GMT
    I agree, Obama has been a bit of a major disappointment. He has wasted too much time and political capital on this horrendous, socialist style health care reform that many Americans myself included are now strongly opposed. It has been one gaffe after another. Putting this country into deeper debt is also taking a damaging toll. But I am willing to give Obama a chance because this is only his first year in office. I am hoping that things will make a turn for the better and his performance in office will eventually get higher approval ratings. He needs to get serious about reducing the nation's stratospheric debt. The federal government needs to cut spending across the board, enough of this free spending idiocy that is going to bankrupt and possibly even destablize this great country.
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    Feb 01, 2010 10:21 PM GMT
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    Seems like a pretty well written and grounded piece to me. But of course "red" vespa would get all unhinged.


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    Feb 01, 2010 10:24 PM GMT
    You should get George W. Bush back, he was brilliant. Look at all the wonderful things he did...

    erm.

    Can't fink of anything George W. Bush did, oh, war war and more war.
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    Feb 01, 2010 10:29 PM GMT
    What's clear after Obama's first year - is NOT Obama's ineptness - rather it's Bush Jr's ineptness that's become greatly more evident.
    The massiveness of the scope and quantity of problems he created during his time in office has become even clearer as we've seen Obama tackling the problems, and trying to find the least-bad solutions on the table.
    Such gross incompetence and irresponsible inaction has surely earned Bush Jr. a place among the very worst presidents in U.S. history.
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    Feb 01, 2010 10:34 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidAnd what exactly have you given us? I've researched his views on a number of topics, and he's a rabid right-winger. He's slammed every single thing Obama has done, and yet he praises the wisdom of Sarah Palin.

    Sharing legitimate points of view with us is one thing; dropping biased, distorted and fanatical propaganda in here without telling us the background hardly seems like good form, does it?


    YOU KNOW RED.... I have to say, EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO POST things no matter what.

    BUT YOU, have a tendancy to say something bad about the person posting, BECAUSE they posted something you just don't like.

    Do everyone a favor and post your opinion ABOUT THE TOPIC and NOT THE PERSON who presented it.

    Thank, Lance
  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 01, 2010 10:37 PM GMT
    The term "inept" is hardly accurate. I find the opinion lacking in many areas.. "fact" to start with. But of course, everyone is entitled to their opinions... right .... or wrong.
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 01, 2010 10:56 PM GMT
    I, a liberal, largely agree with the editorial. Just this weekend, a story came out that Obama is pushing the DOJ to investigate the BCS bowl system for anti-trust violations.

    Now, I'm all for the playoff system, but for crying out loud!!! How is that a mover and a shaker for Obama but investigating and prosecuting torture abuse is not???!!!!

    Now that is what I call INEPT! This factor has forced me to close my mind to Obama and his 3-ring circus of an administration. Third party, here I come...
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    Feb 01, 2010 11:07 PM GMT
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  • EricLA

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    Feb 01, 2010 11:08 PM GMT
    Am I 100% happy with Obama, no, of course not. But let's not forget what the man inherited. Even if Obama had been elected five years ago he would have had a lot to undo from Bush, but things were broken left and right from the Bush era. And even Republicans admit to this. Here are comments made by McCain's Top Campaign Adviser admitting that record deficits would have happened under McCain, as well, though the stimulus plan wouldn't have been as large (and who knows what the ramifications of that would be):

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/01/mccains-top-campaign-advi_n_444458.html
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    Feb 01, 2010 11:11 PM GMT
    EricLA saidAm I 100% happy with Obama, no, of course not. But let's not forget what the man inherited. Even if Obama had been elected five years ago he would have had a lot to undo from Bush, but things were broken left and right from the Bush era. And even Republicans admit to this. Here are comments made by McCain's Top Campaign Adviser admitting that record deficits would have happened under McCain, as well, though the stimulus plan wouldn't have been as large (and who knows what the ramifications of that would be):

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/01/mccains-top-campaign-advi_n_444458.html



    Whatever he "inherited", he's too weak to take on the difficult tasks. Beer summits and BCS bowl games seem to be his view of statesmanship.

    Where is he on suspending discharges on DADT until it is repealed?

    Where is he with investigating torture?

    Where is he with real healthcare reform?

    Aloof is the word of the day!
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    Feb 01, 2010 11:21 PM GMT
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60U1PZ20100131

    The White House will predict a record budget deficit in the current fiscal year and more big shortfalls for the next decade in its upcoming budget proposal, a congressional source told Reuters on Sunday.

    In its budget proposal to be released on Monday, the White House predicts a record $1.6 trillion budget deficit for the fiscal year that ends September 30, the Capitol Hill source said.

    According to the estimate, deficits will narrow to $700 billion by fiscal 2013 before gradually rising back to $1.0 trillion by the end of the decade, the source said.


    The graph was from last year. You will see that both the white house and CBO projections for 2010 were over 300 billion less than what they will be.

    The spending "freeze" to cut 250 billion in 10 years is mostly a take over of student loans and a cut to NASA.... does that really make any sense at all? In fact the freeze will ratchet up the budget to all-time highs before its used in 2011.

    It's like saying, I've spent 4000 and 8000 on my credit card each year for the past two years, but I really need to start spending nothing since I'm in debt. Here's my solution. Next year I'll spend 11000. The I'm going to freeze it at 11000 for the next three years. Now I'm unable to get out of debt. That is the freeze is the right plan according to Obama... same concept. It's all word games to try to appeal to those who are too gullible to figure it out
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    Feb 01, 2010 11:26 PM GMT
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    Red_Vespa saidAnd what exactly have you given us? I've researched his views on a number of topics, and he's a rabid right-winger. He's slammed every single thing Obama has done, and yet he praises the wisdom of Sarah Palin.

    Sharing legitimate points of view with us is one thing; dropping biased, distorted and fanatical propaganda in here without telling us the background hardly seems like good form, does it?

    YOU KNOW RED.... I have to say, EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO POST things no matter what.

    BUT YOU, have a tendancy to say something bad about the person posting, BECAUSE they posted something you just don't like.

    Do everyone a favor and post your opinion ABOUT THE TOPIC and NOT THE PERSON who presented it.

    Thank, Lance

    False. I indicated I researched the author of the views posted, and found him relentlessly biased to radical and extreme right-wing views; those comments of mine did indeed address the topic. I did fault the OP for not revealing this fact about the source document, which I feel is disingenuous on his part, or just weak scholarship.

    Yet the OP did state these were not his own views. Fine, but I criticized him for posting propaganda, not facts, which makes him an unwitting conduit for lies which he didn't identify.

    If you fail to recognize this distinction I cannot help you. While it is true that anyone here can post virtually anything, calling them on lies being posted is not a personal attack, as you claim. It is a challenge to the material presented. It is YOU who hide behind such divisive claims, a typical change-the-topic Republican tactic.

    So, can you get back to discussing the FACTS of this article that were posted by the OP, or would that be politically embarrassing for you? I wonder just WHO is going for the ad hominem attack.
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    Feb 02, 2010 12:30 AM GMT
    HOLY COW!

    All these people who want to keep blaming Bush!

    Bush SUCKED!

    But...

    Lets say you had an employee who wasted $30,000.00 dollars in attack ads against your competition. Your business continued to do poorly, but at least your competition was gone.

    So, you fired him, then you hired me in his place.

    An entire year has now passed, and I have spent ANOTHER $90,000 dollars of your hard-earned money. The only thing I have done differently was to stop attacking the competition. I have now gave away $90,000. That's THREE TIMES what my predecessor spent. Only I gave the $90,000 away to my friends who recommended me for the job.

    When you demand to know why things aren't improving, I just quip, "It's not MY fault... It's the OTHER guy's fault! He wasted $30,000!"

    The competition has returned, and your business is still going down hill, just not as fast as it was.

    What would you do?

    If it were me, I'd probably still keep the new guy, but I'd stop him from wasting any more money, and see if he managed to finally do something productive.

    I'd make DAMN SURE that EVERY PENNY the new guy wants to spend was CLOSELY scrutinized by me WELL IN ADVANCE. I certainly wouldn't be giving him a blank check or signing anything he handed me while telling me I only had two minutes to sign it!

    The new guy promised me all kinds of things if I hired him. It is time for him to PROVE IT !

    If he doesn't FIX it in the next six months, I'll be ready to can his butt and his buddies' too.
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    Feb 02, 2010 12:44 AM GMT
    DCEric saidThanks for the copy paste. I didn't read any of it. I'd rather make up my own mind rather than just repeat what an opinion piece says.

    Have a nice day.



    I agree with DCEric-
    This loooooooooooong in the tooth article was a
    waste of 3 minutes that none of us will ever get back.
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  • Anto

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    Feb 02, 2010 12:52 AM GMT
    The time of giving Obama a pass for 'what he inherited' or because 'he has a lot on his plate' needs to be over.
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    Feb 02, 2010 12:53 AM GMT
    psferrari saidIf he doesn't FIX it in the next six months, I'll be ready to can his butt and his buddies' too.

    Except, the US economy is not like a company. It's an inconceivably huge entity, that doesn't turn around in 6 months. And not with Republicans in Congress throwing every obstacle at Democrats that they can, to save their corporate contributors, and to cover their own tracks in the economic meltdown.

    When Reagan came into office the US economy totally tanked, and Republicans were blaming the previous Carter Administration for it for a good 2 years afterwards. I guess the economic delay effect only works when a Republican replaces a Democrat, and not the other way around? icon_rolleyes.gif
  • gymingit

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    Feb 02, 2010 1:35 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidAnd what exactly have you given us? I've researched his views on a number of topics, and he's a rabid right-winger. He's slammed every single thing Obama has done, and yet he praises the wisdom of Sarah Palin.

    Sharing legitimate points of view with us is one thing; dropping biased, distorted and fanatical propaganda in here without telling us the background hardly seems like good form, does it?



    THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE SAID, WHAT HAS "HE" GIVEN US? Since "HE'S" the rabid right-winger.

    By asking "you," you refer to the person that posted.

    I'm don't have to even touch your second paragraph to prove my point once again.

    AND I'M NOT REPUBLICAN. I'M JUST NICE and DON'T AGREE WITH YOUR BULLYING TACTICS OF THE PEOPLE POST. THEY'RE VERY ABUSIVE.

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    Feb 02, 2010 1:38 AM GMT
    psferrari saidHOLY COW!

    All these people who want to keep blaming Bush!

    Bush SUCKED!

    But...

    Lets say you had an employee who wasted $30,000.00 dollars in attack ads against your competition. Your business continued to do poorly, but at least your competition was gone.

    So, you fired him, then you hired me in his place.

    An entire year has now passed, and I have spent ANOTHER $90,000 dollars of your hard-earned money. The only thing I have done differently was to stop attacking the competition. I have now gave away $90,000. That's THREE TIMES what my predecessor spent. Only I gave the $90,000 away to my friends who recommended me for the job.

    When you demand to know why things aren't improving, I just quip, "It's not MY fault... It's the OTHER guy's fault! He wasted $30,000!"

    The competition has returned, and your business is still going down hill, just not as fast as it was.

    What would you do?

    If it were me, I'd probably still keep the new guy, but I'd stop him from wasting any more money, and see if he managed to finally do something productive.

    I'd make DAMN SURE that EVERY PENNY the new guy wants to spend was CLOSELY scrutinized by me WELL IN ADVANCE. I certainly wouldn't be giving him a blank check or signing anything he handed me while telling me I only had two minutes to sign it!

    The new guy promised me all kinds of things if I hired him. It is time for him to PROVE IT !

    If he doesn't FIX it in the next six months, I'll be ready to can his butt and his buddies' too.


    He's got 3 more years to make the changes he promised. Othewise, we will be getting another Republican president.
  • styrgan

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    Feb 02, 2010 2:02 AM GMT
    It's fair to say that the first year of president's term is a fairly bad judge of how well he will do over time.

    Both Bushes were loved by the end of their first year in office. Clinton's approval ratings were sinking because of his own health care debacle.

    As much as I think the President has shown poor leadership qualities over the last year, there's a lot of room to grow in this job.