Skip to comments.Helen Thomas: "Democrats Get Wake-Up Call-President Obama Has Learned Hard Lessons" [GRAPHIC IMAGES]
Posted on 01/22/2010 3:03:53 AM PST by seanmerc
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is a much wiser man as he starts his second year in office.
When he arrived at the White House, Obama inherited an insurmountable legacy of a deep recession and two wars in the Middle East. These are issues hardly adaptable to instant solutions for an impatient public.
He was flying high as a presidential candidate offering "change" from the heavy hand of conservatives empowered from the days of Ronald Reagan, who had turned the country to the right.
Since those halcyon inaugural days the president surely has learned that there is no such thing as bipartisanship. The Republicans in Congress have formed a solid wall of opposition to all of his first year initiatives, especially universal health care.
The plan to provide affordable medical security for millions is now in great jeopardy with the surprising victory of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown in the special election for the seat of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
Brown has vowed to vote against the health care bill when he takes his Senate seat. His election also means that Senate Republicans now will have 41 votes, enough to block any effort to end filibusters.
Obama also has learned that party loyalty is not a high priority among some Senate Democrats, including Evan Bayh of Indiana and Ben Nelson of Nebraska.
Congressional Democrats are worried about the November mid-term elections in the aftermath of Browns victory and Republican wins in gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey.
The trend portends bad news for other reforms that Obama hopes to make in the financial world. Other progressive plans for energy, education and global warming may be blocked by supporters of the status quo.
But not to worry, the president will have all the Republican backing he needs to pursue a hard line foreign policy and possible military interventions in Pakistan, Yemen and Iran.
As for his first-year performance, Obama gives himself a B-plus. That seems about right to me.
On the plus side, Obama has introduced the world to a more caring U.S. image, compared to his predecessor who violated international law against torture.
Obama also gave a hand to the beleaguered auto industry in hard-hit Detroit and other parts of the Midwest.
He pushed through Congress the child health program that the Bush administration had rejected.
He also was successful with some of his social agenda, including unemployment benefits.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama has "an awful lot to be proud of."
The chief executive also rose to the occasion with an immediate humanitarian response to the earthquake catastrophe in Haiti.
Gibbs acknowledges some missteps by the White House and said "nobody believes you can pitch a perfect game."
Obama has disappointed members of the liberal wing of his party. And he has yet to fulfill the promise of more openness in government.
Gibbs said the presidents top priority during the year is "to get the economy back on track, and "creating jobs will be a top priority."
My suggestion as he starts his second year in the White House: Get tough. Learn to fight back against political foes.
Yes, Helen, take your advice...Be even more tone deaf and leftist!
Her argument falls apart right away.
Ugly is usually skin deep but with her it goes to the bone. B+? Even from a liberals point of view Zero is a failure. He is not going to pass , thankfully , health care , cap and trade , card check, and who know what else other horrors.
LOL...A Helen Thomas ping list? That’s a good one.
REagan turned the government to the right, not the country.
"well, there goes my eggs over easy, dimmit"
Michelle: Barry, answer the phone.
Barry: What time is it?
Michelle: It’s three a.m. Answer the phone.
Michelle: Answer the phone Barry. What is the problem? Answer it.
"My name is Zdenka, and I'm here to help."
Our gal during the Carter administration using the latest technology.
You must be referring to the typewriter because it couldn’t be oil of olay.
Not at all an attractive woman, but at least she didn’t want to make you gouge your own eyes out like she does now.
LOL! Yes, I was referrring to the typewriter.
I really, truly, believe that thinking socialist thoughts for long periods of time tends to take a toll on your looks.
Well, if you’re wrong, you can’t prove it by sweet Helen.
Anyone who not only writes this drivel but actually believes it is not only too dumb to dress or feed herself, but must also be on a respirator as even the most automatic of nerve impulses is non-existent.
Wrong? Wrong? What is that? Now, your tagline, I understood, and would like to quote Homer's reply: "I dunno. Coast Guard?" (Homer Simpson, that is)
Have a great day!
LOL, I like that!
I mean, she was no prized pig in the Carter years, but she is downright ghoulish now...
“President Barack Obama is a much wiser man as he starts his second year in office.”
Her very first sentence is a lie. I refuse to read any more of that garbage.
Hmmm... Could be. ;)
The LBJ years...I wonder what she's saying to him...Pretty darned familiar of her to put her hand on his arm...
Glad you had a chuckle!
I never,ever,ever,ever get tired of this pic..it is priceless! It’s worth getting on these HT threads to see it...
Ah yes, Johnson, the most aptly named President yet. It would have been a close call except Roosevelt wasn’t named “Spawn of Satan”.
Maybe we should start calling her "Johnson's Lewinsky"...on second thought that could get confusing.
Are you kidding me? Not if I have to look at that thing every time.....
Any pic of Helen on this thread is a WAKE UP CALL.
So SHE was writing bad things about Bush, or getting a head start on doing so, at least.
Helen looks kinda’ cute in that leopardskin. For Helen, that is.
Consider it stolen. Thanks! :-)
Is this woman 150 years old now? My, my, she has aged horribly!
Our baby's due date is 9.17.2010!
Arab women: Go to bed with Paula Abdul, wake up with Helen Thomas.
“...learn to fight...”
She’s a maroon. Obama cut his teeth in Chicago and knows all about fighting. He just doesn’t know what to do when someone fights back!
LOL, Hellen. You slay me.
SM: thanks, for the ping....
TR: you can still look @ the pictures...
& lose your most recent meal.
I think we should petition Jim Rob to ban anyone who posts a picture of Helen Thomas.
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