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Shrinkage: Obama’s Second-Term Disaster
Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2014 | Derek Hunter

Posted on 01/23/2014 5:16:10 AM PST by Kaslin

When Barack Obama took the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2009, he had everything a president could dream of – a 70 percent approval rating, his party firmly in control of Congress and the media firmly in his back pocket. The economy was in a recession, and the country was willing to try anything to get out of it. His term was a blank canvas on which he could paint nearly anything.

Few presidents assume office with the stars aligned so perfectly. But somehow, he managed to squander it all.

His actions seemed to doom his chances right from the start. Rather than unite the country behind his agenda, President Obama insulated himself inside a bubble of extremist progressive advisors who’d had a wish list of radical policy proposals that had failed around the world.

There was no grand, inspirational push, not even any inspiring words about America itself. What we got was a scolding. We were unfair as a nation. We needed a “fundamental transformation.” American Exceptionalism was a thing of the past, a divisive force that needed to go into the trash in favor of the message of government salvation. “Yes, we can” became “No, you can’t. At least not without the help of government.”

His rhetoric never matched his actions. His political skill never matched the promise so many held for him. He never bothered to engage Republicans, and he didn’t do much to reach out to Democrats either.

There was no great vision, we soon learned. What we had was a remarkably hands-off executive who ceded the writing of his agenda to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He signed everything they put in front of him and didn’t seem to read any of it.

More importantly, he either didn’t notice or doesn’t care that none of it has had the promised benefits. Unemployment has fallen only because millions have been out of the workforce so long they no longer are counted as unemployed. His plan to revive the economy – which seems to revolve around printing enormous sums of fiat currency – was long ago outsourced to Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and the central bankers. And his health care program has produced nothing but a broken website, skyrocketing premiums and millions of Americans losing their coverage.

Thanks to a lazy, complicit media and a public that genuinely wants him or any president to succeed the president had remained relatively popular in the polls. The public simply didn’t associate him with his failures. But that all changed as Obamacare began to come on line.

The “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period,” lie has let a lot of air out of his media-inflated bubble. Unfortunately, reality crept into the public’s consciousness only after the 2012 election.

Now, a year into his second term, his credibility is completely gone.

There is no grand vision, no transformation of Americans as a people. There is only defense of his previous missteps and pandering to his base in hopes of holding it in line.

This means empty rhetoric about the “unfairness” of someone who works earning more than someone who doesn’t. It means talk of job creation is replaced by attempts to inspire jealousy of the “1 percent.”

It means, on the foreign front, “restoring the image of the United States” has given way to appeasement and dispatching Secretary of State John Kerry to see any despot who will meet with him. It’s gotten so bad the Russians have had to go out of their way to create face-saving opportunities for us in Syria.

And, in his latest attempt to hold on to support of millennials, the president has ditched promises of jobs for young people and a better economic future and switched to passive support of marijuana legalization.

The grand vision literally has gone up in smoke.

Think what you will of legalization or decriminalization, but the notion it would occupy any president’s time during a period of economic stagnation, high unemployment and world turmoil just demonstrates how desperate this president is to hold on.

All presidents find themselves to be ordinary men in an extraordinary position when they take office. Most, though, tend to grow – both in rhetoric and ideas. They take on larger themes, express grander visions … even when they know those visions won’t be attained during their terms or even their lifetimes.

But President Obama has gone from big to small; from a grand vision of fundamental transformation to pot legalization. He’s shrunk in office and shrunk the office as a result.

Failure can inspire. It took Thomas Edison forever to create the light bulb. “I have not failed,” he would say. “I’ve found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” But failure also can cause people to recoil, to contract. President Obama’s life had had so much success – from exclusive private school to elite universities to professional grievance organizer to politics to the White House – with so little accomplishment that it’s not surprising his first failure, as president, has elicited this reaction.

The presidency can be acquired through charm and pretty speeches. But governing demands leadership, inspiration and more. And it’s just not happening right now at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. As President Obama’s lame-duck administration limps to its conclusion, baring any cataclysmic event, he will slouch toward the finish line pay-off of book deals, paid speeches and corporate boards in an ever-shrinking manner. The country will survive. The ideals of America are too great for any one man to completely ruin. But all of us will be smaller for having hired him.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: georgekostanza

1 posted on 01/23/2014 5:16:10 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Think what you will of legalization or decriminalization, but the notion it would occupy any president’s time during a period of economic stagnation, high unemployment and world turmoil just demonstrates how desperate this president is to hold on.

He never left the "Choom Gang".

2 posted on 01/23/2014 5:22:20 AM PST by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: Kaslin

Why do these writers come up with articles like this? Obama didn’t squander anything. He is doing exactly what he said he was going to do. Why can’t this writer report that? After 5 years, this reporter should know.


3 posted on 01/23/2014 5:27:02 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Kaslin

Cue George Kostanza.


4 posted on 01/23/2014 5:27:27 AM PST by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: Kaslin

The President of The United States is a murderous islamist.


5 posted on 01/23/2014 5:30:05 AM PST by onedoug
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To: caver

You are right. This is inside the beltway gibberish.


6 posted on 01/23/2014 5:38:53 AM PST by Luke21
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To: Luke21
This is inside the beltway gibberish.


7 posted on 01/23/2014 5:42:22 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Rockitz

LOL, that was my first thought.


8 posted on 01/23/2014 5:47:10 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: dfwgator
Clown Prince nobama hates you, hates your family, hates your Freedom, hates your initiative, hates your success, hates Free America, hates Americans, hates the Constitution, hates the Bill of Rights, hates the Rule of Law and hates meritocracy. nobama is a hate crime foisted upon Free America. nobama is the DESTROYER . Everything nobama does is intentional. God help us all.
9 posted on 01/23/2014 5:48:13 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: hal ogen
Clown Prince nobama hates you, hates your family, hates your Freedom, hates your initiative, hates your success, hates Free America, hates Americans, hates the Constitution, hates the Bill of Rights, hates the Rule of Law and hates meritocracy.

And he hates these cans.

10 posted on 01/23/2014 5:49:26 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: caver

“Roger” that.


11 posted on 01/23/2014 6:18:10 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: dfwgator

12 posted on 01/23/2014 6:19:18 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: hal ogen

He knows this country is the keystone in the arch of Western Civilization, and he (and the barbarians on the other end of his BlackBerry) know that if the keystone is destroyed, the whole arch comes tumbling down.

Most of us dead, the rest in chains.

That’s their goal.


13 posted on 01/23/2014 6:20:38 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Kaslin

“...But all of us will be smaller for having hired him....”

Not “all” of us.

That is a seriously good write up. Thanks for posting.


14 posted on 01/23/2014 6:28:25 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: onedoug

“The president’s specific words: I’m “really good at killing people,” authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann write”


15 posted on 01/23/2014 6:29:48 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: DuncanWaring

“...Most of us dead, the rest in chains.
That’s their goal...”

From one “Pound Dawg” to another: When the choice is between Verdun or Dachau, I’ll take Verdun...


16 posted on 01/23/2014 6:34:23 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Kaslin
"There was no grand vision…"

Au contraire, Mr. Hunter. The vision hasn't changed one iota. The ignorant rubes bought the "hope and change" Shuckin' and jivin' hook, line and sinker.


17 posted on 01/23/2014 6:40:44 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Paladin2
And everyone in Congress who doesn't call him out for being a murderer is complicit in those murders.
18 posted on 01/23/2014 6:41:18 AM PST by onedoug
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To: MissMagnolia

He never left the “Choom Gang”.

************
A profound irony. He’s come full circle, right back to where he started. Good post.


19 posted on 01/23/2014 6:50:41 AM PST by Starboard
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To: caver

Thank you!! Obama is my candidate for worst EXCUSE FOR A PRESIDENT in American history but I have said all along that he can never disappoint me because I expected nothing other than a determination to wreck this country from the start. I also do not accuse him of lying about his intentions, he is one of the most amazing liars of all times but he actually did tell us exactly what his intentions were if a person bothered to pay attention. I find it amazing that so many still seem to think the problem is one of simple incompetence and that Mr. Obama would do great things for America if he actually knew how.

We all know that he actually is incompetent to be a GOOD president but that is not the main problem, the main problem is that he NEVER had any benign intentions toward this nation, not ever.


20 posted on 01/23/2014 7:15:35 AM PST by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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To: Kaslin

FTA: “President Obama’s life had had so much success – from exclusive private school to elite universities to professional grievance organizer to politics to the White House – with so little accomplishment that it’s not surprising his first failure, as president, has elicited this reaction. “


That surprises me NOT A BIT. I worked a while in “academentia” and saw some of these affirmative action types. People like that (including 0bama) are useless when the stuff hits the fan - when they actually have to produce.

The most useless people on campus were the AA types who peopled the “diversity” and “harrassment” indoctrination sessions (AKA “community organizers”). Without those jobs, they’d be teaching some class with “studies” in the title or on welfare.


21 posted on 01/23/2014 8:10:59 AM PST by Peet (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: Rusty0604
When I saw the words obama and shrinkage I thought it was a story about his wife.
22 posted on 01/23/2014 8:31:46 AM PST by peeps36 (I' Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: Kaslin
“Few presidents assume office with the stars aligned so perfectly. But somehow, he managed to squander it all.”

No president could have had such a start since neither American Culture nor Journalism as a profession has ever before been DISHONEST enough to facilitate it...until now.

23 posted on 01/23/2014 8:47:55 AM PST by TalBlack
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