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Niall Ferguson: Obama’s Gotta Go
Newsweek ^ | 08-19-2012 | Niall Ferguson

Posted on 08/19/2012 12:58:37 PM PDT by MNJohnnie

I was a good loser four years ago. “In the grand scheme of history,” I wrote the day after Barack Obama’s election as president, “four decades is not an especially long time. Yet in that brief period America has gone from the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to the apotheosis of Barack Obama. You would not be human if you failed to acknowledge this as a cause for great rejoicing.”

Despite having been—full disclosure—an adviser to John McCain, I acknowledged his opponent’s remarkable qualities: his soaring oratory, his cool, hard-to-ruffle temperament, and his near faultless campaign organization.

Yet the question confronting the country nearly four years later is not who was the better candidate four years ago. It is whether the winner has delivered on his promises. And the sad truth is that he has not.

(Excerpt) Read more at thedailybeast.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012election; hittheroadbarack; newsweek; newsweekcover; niallferguson; president; thedailybeast
This is Newsweeks COVER story this week? If 0 has even lost Newsweak just who does he have left on his side
1 posted on 08/19/2012 12:58:52 PM PDT by MNJohnnie
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To: MNJohnnie
Obama is an Islamo-Marxist-Chicago Gangster, planted in America's midst. We must cast him out.
2 posted on 08/19/2012 1:04:06 PM PDT by Armaggedon
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To: MNJohnnie

Funny! I put this up on my FR homepage a couple years ago...

Theme song for 2012: Hit the Road, B’rack

BHO:
“America, America, don’t treat me so mean.
You’re the meanest old nation that I’ve ever seen.
I guess if you say so,
I have to pack my things and go.”

We the People:
“That’s right!
Hit the road, B’rack, and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.
Hit the Road, B’rack, and don’t you come back no more!”

FUBO!


3 posted on 08/19/2012 1:08:06 PM PDT by HoneysuckleTN (Where the woodbine twineth... || FUBO! OMG! ABO!)
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To: MNJohnnie

I hope every Freeper passes this story along to others, because it is a pretty strong indictment against Obama on the facts and empirical evidence.

I share your shock that Newsweek is publishing it.


4 posted on 08/19/2012 1:14:34 PM PDT by radpolis (Liberals: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy)
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To: MNJohnnie
Just my opinion, but a) they can read the tea leaves and don't wish to look like idiots come Nov. 7, b) if the s***storm that's expected comes they'll want a Republican in office who can be blamed as of 12:01 January 20, c) business is business and nobody in the media to the left of Fox is making any money ... preaching to a left wing choir is uniquely unprofitable, and d) describing People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight as equally credible to the dinosaur news media was a Jump-the-Shark moment vis a vis the increasingly fragile egos of said "serious" (snicker!) journalism.
5 posted on 08/19/2012 1:24:56 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: MNJohnnie

“If 0 has even lost Newsweak just who does he have left on his side”

Chicago. Neo-Leninists. Paleo-Leninists. Jihadis. Anti-human greens. Planned Parenthood.

I think that about covers it.


6 posted on 08/19/2012 1:25:15 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans. Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: MNJohnnie
Yet in that brief period America has gone from the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to the apotheosis of Barack Obama. You would not be human if you failed to acknowledge this as a cause for great rejoicing.

Mebbe I'm a plankton, then. It wasn't a cause for rejoicing then, and it's sure not now. King was a sneaky Commie who used a lot of good, patriotic people to get where he did. 0bummer is a . . . well, they do have a lot in common. Give me a mass movement led by Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams, and then we'll talk about rejoicing. These America-hating socialist hypocrites are evil.

7 posted on 08/19/2012 1:27:09 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: MNJohnnie

A BTT for a very interesting piece. Thanks for posting.


8 posted on 08/19/2012 1:28:28 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: MNJohnnie

“Despite having been —full disclosure— an adviser to John McCain, I acknowledged his opponent’s remarkable qualities: his soaring oratory, his cool, hard-to-ruffle temperament, and his near faultless campaign organization.”

THIS WAS THE WHOLE PROBLEM .. all these people were so eager and falling all over themselves to tout the “remarkable qualities” .. they forgot to look under the covers and find out what Obama was really all about.

Lord have mercy!!!


9 posted on 08/19/2012 1:34:56 PM PDT by CyberAnt ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth".)
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To: MNJohnnie

Perhaps they realized there is another 3/4 of a nation who could become customers?


10 posted on 08/19/2012 2:20:16 PM PDT by bray (The Gummit didn't make my business, God did!)
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To: MNJohnnie
"...his cool, hard-to-ruffle temperament,..."

Bull crap. It was quite easy to ruffle BO's feathers. So, the MSM stopped quite quickly when they realized he was so thin-skinned (and big-eared).

11 posted on 08/19/2012 2:29:12 PM PDT by Hatteras
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To: MNJohnnie
This is Newsweeks COVER story this week? If 0 has even lost Newsweak just who does he have left on his side

Well he always has Paul Krugman who rates this piece as an Unethical Commentary citing all the errors in reporting the CBO numbers. Comments left by the readers shows Romney still has his work cut out for himself.

12 posted on 08/19/2012 2:38:06 PM PDT by StarFan
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To: MNJohnnie

“And his near faultless campaign organization.....

If you have a lapdog media covering for you and spiking any newsworthy incident that might harm your campaign, it’s pretty easy to have a “faultless” campaign. Obummer did not have to campaign in the REAL WORLD!

This time around, the pajamas media is making it a bit more difficult for him. And our shiney new VP Candidate, plus the POTUS Candidate who actually WANTS TO WIN, makes LOADS of difference.


13 posted on 08/19/2012 2:38:31 PM PDT by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: MNJohnnie

Ferguson’s article is worth a read — an inspiring recap of why the Romney-Ryan ticket gives some cause for hope of recovery from Obama’s broken promises and empty dreams. But I really hope everyone will read some of the Beast “Comments”, to remind themselves how aggressively, relentlessly, deluded the Obama minions really are. These folks cannot let themselves creep out of denial — they still blame Bush, or x, or y, or z.

As Ferguson points out, Obama has “narratives”, not plans. Narratives make for pretty fairy tales, but I sure am glad Eisenhower had an operational plan for D-Day rather than a narrative. Obama doesn’t know the difference. His supporters know it and don’t care. The latter is scary.


14 posted on 08/19/2012 2:49:32 PM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: MNJohnnie
A rational argument from Niall Ferguson on the many ways Obama has failed and why he should not be re-elected. That it is in Newsweek with a cover of Obama and the phrase 'time to hit the road' next to his name and photo is remarkable. If its a ploy for readers and national attention, it works. However, it also signals that the left sees the Obama presidency as the Titanic and Obama as the hapless Captain Smith and is deciding to get into a lifeboat while they still can. That is, retain a shred of credibility. However, for Newsweek, its too little and far too late.
15 posted on 08/19/2012 2:57:14 PM PDT by Jim Scott (Obama must be defeated)
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To: MNJohnnie
If 0 has even lost Newsweak just who does he have left on his side

But isn't Newsweek the magazine that was sold a couple of years ago to the Daily Beast for $1, and now only publishes online?

Still, I hope the Ferguson piece is widely quoted.

16 posted on 08/19/2012 3:00:37 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. -- George Bernard Shaw)
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To: Jim Scott
Too little, too late, yes, if it's about accepting the inevitable loss of this election. However, it may be because the people at Newsweek have seen the internal polls and understand that they only have a few weeks to make it clear to Obama that it's his duty to the party to stand down his candidacy and anoint Hillary as the new nominee.
17 posted on 08/19/2012 3:01:17 PM PDT by Publius (Leadershiup starts with getting off the couch.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Newsweek is a liberal magazine. Why shouldn’t they support Romney?


18 posted on 08/19/2012 3:01:58 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: MNJohnnie

Ouch! That’s going to leave a mark.

The White House story will be...

We’ve asked magazines to please not support us this time around in the interest of fairness.

Ala the sparse event numbers explanation...


19 posted on 08/19/2012 3:07:04 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Nope 2012)
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To: Hatteras
It was quite easy to ruffle BO's feathers.
Sarah Palin could do it with a twist of her head.

That's why Obama went after her so hard; she was the perfect candidate to push his buttons. It's a shame the McCain campaign muzzled her (because of MSM blow back, IMO).

A good excuse to play Ray Charles

20 posted on 08/19/2012 3:17:15 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: MNJohnnie

Ferguson is certifiably brilliant


21 posted on 08/19/2012 3:17:47 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: MNJohnnie
The lengthy article is well worth the read and for keeping to debate with Libs.

One paragraph that I particularly liked was not about Obama's failings...it was about the capabilities of Paul Ryan:

Over the past few years Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” has evolved, but the essential points are clear: replace Medicare with a voucher program for those now under 55 (not current or imminent recipients), turn Medicaid and food stamps into block grants for the states, and—crucially—simplify the tax code and lower tax rates to try to inject some supply-side life back into the U.S. private sector. Ryan is not preaching austerity. He is preaching growth. And though Reagan-era veterans like David Stockman may have their doubts, they underestimate Ryan’s mastery of this subject. There is literally no one in Washington who understands the challenges of fiscal reform better.

Points that are also good to present to those who want to degrade Ryan.

22 posted on 08/19/2012 3:17:47 PM PDT by CitizenM (Obama - The architect of the decline of the U.S.)
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To: Psalm 144

Obama has ONLY DUMBASSES on his side!!!


23 posted on 08/19/2012 3:44:03 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: MNJohnnie

And just a reminder to all of you FReepers who are given to broad-brush attacks on the professoriate. That piece taking Obama’s record to pieces, was written by Professor Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, and Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford University.

Professor Ferguson has also written and given lectures on why the young, if they knew what was in their best interests, would all support austerity measures on the other side of the pond, and join the TEA Party on this.


24 posted on 08/19/2012 4:06:36 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: MNJohnnie

Hit The Road, Barack

He was in Iowa three days this week. Does that count?


25 posted on 08/19/2012 4:28:53 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: MNJohnnie

BAM! Great article. Even more surprised it was in the crappy Newsweek.


26 posted on 08/19/2012 4:47:35 PM PDT by PGR88
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27 posted on 08/19/2012 5:38:42 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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Thanks MNJohnnie.
28 posted on 08/19/2012 7:30:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: MNJohnnie
Here's how I see things:

1) Seeing the coal miners lined up to meet Romney is significant.
2) The enthusiasm of 2008 Obama voters will be dialed down many notches.
3) Some 2008 Obama voters won't vote.

4) Some 2008 Obama voters will change sides

29 posted on 08/19/2012 7:35:58 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Very interesting. that NewSpeak would publish this.

Some expect there to be a shake up on the Dem ticket soon.


30 posted on 08/20/2012 7:07:35 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: The_Reader_David

One of my favorite authors.


31 posted on 08/20/2012 7:49:54 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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