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President Obama’s competence problem is worse than it looks (Cillizza at WaPo turns on O)
WaPo ^ | Chris Cillizza

Posted on 07/29/2014 5:47:47 AM PDT by RoosterRedux

You can understand President Obama's current political problems -- and how those problems could make things very tough for his party in this fall's midterm election -- in a single word. And that word is "competence".

Obama was elected in 2008 on a stated promise that he would restore competence to government. He pitched himself as the antidote to "Heck of a job, Brownie" and the Bush years, the person who would always put the most qualified candidate in every job in his Administration. That the basic functioning of government would never be in question.

Almost six years on from that election, however, Obama is faltering badly on the competence question and, in so doing, badly imperiling not only his ability to enact any sort of second term agenda but also Democrats' chances this fall. A series of events -- from the VA scandal to the ongoing border crisis to the situation in Ukraine to the NSA spying program -- have badly undermined the idea that Obama can effectively manage the government.

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1 posted on 07/29/2014 5:47:47 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

Hire a rookie to do the job - what could possibly go wrong?

Hire an arrogant, air-headed rookie with a racist chip on his shoulder and a head full of simplistic socialist ideas and the odds get worse.


2 posted on 07/29/2014 5:53:55 AM PDT by Iron Munro (IRONY)
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To: RoosterRedux
badly imperiling not only his ability to enact any sort of second term agenda but also Democrats' chances this fall

Never underestimate the GOP's ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, however, because they don't offer an alternative.

3 posted on 07/29/2014 5:55:34 AM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: Iron Munro

And hire a rookie that learned the little that he does know from Chi-town Thugs.


4 posted on 07/29/2014 5:55:55 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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To: RoosterRedux

This is a guy who had a eight-line resume. For the matter of US Senator? He basically walked in...did about twelve months of nothing (there’s no single legislation that you can attach to his name for the first year)....then shifted into campaign mode for year two as a Senator and barely appeared once a month...strictly for big-name voting situations in the Senate.

What great feats did he do as a state senator in Illinois? Well...nothing.

What big-name accomplishments did he have as a community organizer? To this date....no US media organization can indicate anything worthy of an award during this period.

So I go back to the Chauncey-character of the movie Being There...an empty suit guy with slogans that seem to work only when you don’t ask in depth questions. The nation was talked into bringing Chauncey onto the scene, and this is the reward for those voters.


5 posted on 07/29/2014 5:59:34 AM PDT by pepsionice
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4 Weeks
29%

Support It Or Lose It

6 posted on 07/29/2014 5:59:46 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: RoosterRedux

Libs see their party taking a shellacking in 99 days.

Libs never accept personal responsibility for anything.

Hence Libs are going to blame Obama for the butt-whoopin’.


7 posted on 07/29/2014 6:01:47 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: pepsionice

They don’t call him Zero for nothin.


8 posted on 07/29/2014 6:02:57 AM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: RoosterRedux

Given his stated purpose of “transforming” America, Clown Prince nobama is being very effective in implementation. Everything this criminal degenerate does is intentional. Most appear to have a difficult time accepting that this affirmative-action hire is a treasonous destroyer.


9 posted on 07/29/2014 6:04:02 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: RoosterRedux
Obama was elected in 2008 on a stated promise that he would restore competence to government. He pitched himself as the antidote to "Heck of a job, Brownie" and the Bush years, the person who would always put the most qualified candidate in every job in his Administration. That the basic functioning of government would never be in question.

My Gawd if that doesn't reek of unicorns and fairy tales today! Of course most of us knew back in 2008 that it was a liberal fantasy.

10 posted on 07/29/2014 6:06:25 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: hal ogen
Given his stated purpose of “transforming” America, Clown Prince nobama is being very effective in implementation. Everything this criminal degenerate does is intentional. Most appear to have a difficult time accepting that this affirmative-action hire is a treasonous destroyer.

You are correct. He is very competent in his desire to take this great nation down and at the same time make us a socialist quasi Marxist nation.

11 posted on 07/29/2014 6:07:15 AM PDT by cpdiii (deckhand, roughneck, geologist, pilot, pharmacist. The constitution is worth dying for!)
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To: RoosterRedux

He’s not as incompetent as he is malicious.


12 posted on 07/29/2014 6:08:18 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: RoosterRedux

This was predicted by someone, can’t remember who. might be Rush. Since Obama is tanking in approval, the idea is to make it all appear to be incompetence instead of stinkin’ ideology in order to preserve progressivism AKA communism.

I wish people would quit the incompetence thing. The damage to home and abroad was a planned strategy and nobody can deny that they are successful in their plans.


13 posted on 07/29/2014 6:08:34 AM PDT by dforest
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To: RoosterRedux

WaPo is attempting to divert attention from deliberate sabotage to incompetence IMO. It’s called let’s take the focus off of the Democrat’s deliberate attempt to murder the Constitution (They say it’s a living document) of the U.S.A., and make it look like it’s all an incompetent Obama’s fault...Yeah that’s the ticket.

They know the party is in trouble, and it’s time to focus the blame. Shucks we were suckered JUST LIKE YOU.


14 posted on 07/29/2014 6:09:01 AM PDT by rockinqsranch ((Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.))
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To: DJ MacWoW
What great feats did he do as a state senator in Illinois? Well...nothing.

Nothing? Come on, give the guy his due. He was extremely accomplished at getting divorce proceedings released - no small feat!

15 posted on 07/29/2014 6:10:37 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: All
2008 Obama promised Americans that he would restore competence to government, that he would always put the most qualified candidates in every job in his Administration.

OBAMA ANNOUNCES NATIONAL SECURITY APPOINTMENT:

Tommy Vietor, Obamba's (ahem) van driver, got national
security clearance; the dude attended WH Situation Room
meetings; Dude Tommy is now working for Hillary, and masterminded her disastrous book tour.

FEEL SAFER YET, AMERICA?

=============================================

Not to forget the imbeciles at Hillary's all-girl State Dept openly mocked by reporters for their dumbness, unable to cite even one
foreign policy success.

16 posted on 07/29/2014 6:10:54 AM PDT by Liz (Another Clinton administration? Are you nuts?)
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To: RoosterRedux
the Washington Compost finally shows up
17 posted on 07/29/2014 6:11:52 AM PDT by JPG ("So sue me". OK, we will.)
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To: Iron Munro; RoosterRedux

Don’t forget -

O’s never wrong.

All faults fall on everybody else ....... Buck never stops at O’s lap.


18 posted on 07/29/2014 6:11:52 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: RoosterRedux

He is enacting his second term agenda quite well, thank you.


19 posted on 07/29/2014 6:13:38 AM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: All

20 posted on 07/29/2014 6:14:20 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (‘You can avoid reality, but you can’t avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.’)
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To: RoosterRedux

Hard to understand how a community organizer turned president could fail.

Although many don’t think he has failed. Many think he is right on target achieving what he set out to do - undermine America.


21 posted on 07/29/2014 6:15:24 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: All

22 posted on 07/29/2014 6:15:36 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (‘You can avoid reality, but you can’t avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.’)
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To: RoosterRedux

To further demonstrate the bias of the enemedia, the editor chose the word “competence” to headline a story about the jug-eared moron’s incompetence.


23 posted on 07/29/2014 6:15:51 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: pepsionice

“So I go back to the Chauncey-character of the movie Being There...an empty suit guy with slogans that seem to work only when you don’t ask in depth questions. The nation was talked into bringing Chauncey onto the scene, and this is the reward for those voters.”

Basically it was, “let’s find us a black guy who doesn’t have the rap sheet of Jackson, Sharpton or Farrakhan, can read from a TelePrompTer and speak at the same time, has a family and has no discernible past that can be dug up and proven and let’s make him President.”

What they found was an Islamofacist, white hating Marxist, Communty Organizer from Chicago was was trained by Alinsky.

And they thought this was a good idea.


24 posted on 07/29/2014 6:17:13 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (GM is dead and Al Queada is alive.)
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To: All
Even more delicious is that Boobamba's incompetence is imperiling Democrats----chief among them---2016 wannabe Hillary Clinton. Running in the toxic fallout of a two term blundering black president is a Sisyphian challenge.

The Clintons are relying heavily on "white privilege" to get back into office. The Clintons' have benefitted from, and are climbing back into office, using privileges far beyond those of the "community of color" to whom they plan to appeal.

"White privilege" denotes the array of advantages the Clintons have cultivated over years in public office. The gold-plated, endless perks of "white privilege" include:

<><> their personal massive wealth in the $2 billion range....

<><> ownership of multiple homes in posh enclaves....

<><> the chain of high public offices they've held....

<><> privileged friends in high places....

<><> global connections....

<><> constant affirmations of their own worth....

<><> greater social status...

<><> the expansive freedoms wealth and connections provide...

<><> unlimited access to the press to speak freely.....

<><> their memoirs made millions....

<><> Dec 2000 book deal $8 million; 2014 book deal $14 mill....

<><> three tax-exempt Clinton family foundations worth hundreds of millions....

<><> Clinton foundation "endowment" skyrockets to $200 million overnight....

<><> Hillary's $200,000 speeches.......

<><> Bill's tax-paid cushy pensions/benefits....

<><> tax-paid Clinton Library (Hollywood honey Sultan of Brunei a donor).....

<><> Chelsea's paid-for $10 million uber-condo.

2016 Hillary was relying on the "income equality" bugaboo to hoist herself into office......as good a definition of "white privilege" as any.

The Clintons strategy is to label others as "different" while presenting themselves as "normal." The Clinton "normal" is couple billion dollars laying around without having a real job.

The Never-Enough Clintons had planned to run a populist campaign, critical of the Wall Street types”....that's after the world was informed that speaker Hillary was pocketing $200,000 a throw from Goldman Sachs.....and other corporate giants.

Even though they were "dead broke" (snix), the greedy, mega-wealthy Clintons have money pouring in from everywhere without lifting a finger...said to be worth couple BILLION dollars.

Never-enough Bill/Hillary look to cash in w/ another go-round in the White House. The Clintons owe bigtime......money is pouring into their three tax-exempt foundations......and these donors expect payback.

25 posted on 07/29/2014 6:18:06 AM PDT by Liz (Another Clinton administration? Are you nuts?)
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To: dforest
I wish people would quit the incompetence thing

I would include "incompetence" in his list of characteristics. I agree that he had an agenda he wanted to achieve, but it hasn't gone as planned.Obamacare leaves us with seriously deficient medical care, the Muslim Brotherhood can't govern, and arms to "friendly" rebels created ISIS, chaos in Libya, and a reversal of gains in Iraq and Afghanistan. We're running out of friends, globally. He isn't in control of his stunt with "children" overwhelming our southern border. Summary....he has miscalculted everything he's touched.

What overshadows and magnifies his incompetence problem is that he's vindictive and intellectually lazy.

26 posted on 07/29/2014 6:18:52 AM PDT by grania
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To: RoosterRedux

The writer has a nine year long WaPo weblog so he is a left journalist insider. He is a frequent contributor to MSNBC and has done lead in hosting for Andrea Mitchell MSNBC.

He is 38 years old and in the prime of his career.

The rats are leaving the ship.


27 posted on 07/29/2014 6:21:26 AM PDT by KC Burke (Gowdy for Supreme Court)
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To: RoosterRedux

some of us did not fall for the B/S speeches or the living cult media.

Now we have ended up in a world which is a mess, illegals now coming here in an invasion, and all this idiot who has never had a real job in his life is doing is fund raising, golfing and vacationing while giving snide remarks like a little child at school who is running for class leader


28 posted on 07/29/2014 6:23:09 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
I disagree with Sowell's comment. The RNC force-fed us McCain as a candidate. McCain would've blown the world up by now, eliminated all conservative influence and erased our southern border. At least with Obama in there, conservatives have some voice as the opposition.

Republicans will lose again if they ignore constitutional conservative values.

29 posted on 07/29/2014 6:23:48 AM PDT by grania
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To: RoosterRedux
It's all for show.

As soon as he does something that pleases the Washington Post/New York Times, it will be Comeback Kid 2 time

30 posted on 07/29/2014 6:23:50 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: RoosterRedux
have badly undermined the idea that Obama can effectively manage the government

OK, skip my opinions about Chris Cillizza specifically and WaPo in general, and go right to the big issue: What is wrong with people, people in general (including us, BTW) who believe that "no prior executive experience" is not a disqualifier for the Presidency?

In the past, a track record of executive accomplishment was a big plus. Now, not only is it not necessary, it is somewhat of a negative.

When "Obama" came into office, the Europeans and the American intelligensia were absolutely PEEING THEIR PANTS with excitement about how well he would manage the Executive Branch.

Forget that he's a Kenyan. Forget that he's a commie. Forget that he's a muslim (or, more likely, an atheist).

THERE WAS NO REASON TO BELIEVE HE COULD MANAGE HIS WAY OUT OF A WET PAPER BAG.

Why did such a large number of otherwise clever people ever believe otherwise?

31 posted on 07/29/2014 6:25:11 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise. Hat)
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To: informavoracious

the homosexuals and druggies sure think he;s doing a great job along with illegals


32 posted on 07/29/2014 6:25:20 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: RoosterRedux
It amazes me how someone can write an article bemoaning the fact that Obama's incompetency is causing damage for Democrats seeking re-election and never once mention the damage it's causing the country (and possibly even the world) as a whole.
33 posted on 07/29/2014 6:25:41 AM PDT by DeakonSmith
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To: MrB
"He’s not as incompetent as he is malicious."

...and especially as he is traitorous.

34 posted on 07/29/2014 6:28:57 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: grania

I agree, but the damage he has done is irreversible in many cases. Our sovereignty is gone.

Problem is there are people in both parties that go along with the plan, they just disagree on who would be better at running it. The people in the GOP are not adverse to religion and Jews as the Marxist left is.

Yes, Obama is a bumbler in so many ways, but those who run the behind the scenes operations are downright evil and committed. Their idea is total destruction and chaos, and when the bottom falls out, they promise to “fix it” by taking total control their way.

Incompetence gives the left a way out. You can see the strategy forming for the 2014 elections. All those little Marxists are now campaigning against him to save their skin. They all adored and protected him before. Now that the plan is exposed and more and more are horrified, they know they have to pretend otherwise.


35 posted on 07/29/2014 6:29:29 AM PDT by dforest
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To: RoosterRedux

He doesn’t say a word about the IRS auditing conservatives or Lois Lerner. I really hope the next republican president we have sends the IRS after every liberal media person in this country.


36 posted on 07/29/2014 6:43:16 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: RoosterRedux

It’s just a roflmao moment to contemplate that any human anywhere EVER had even a single momentary thought that this dumbass was, of all things, competent!!!


37 posted on 07/29/2014 6:47:17 AM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: Jim Noble
THERE WAS NO REASON TO BELIEVE HE COULD MANAGE HIS WAY OUT OF A WET PAPER BAG. Why did such a large number of otherwise clever people ever believe otherwise?

A media-driven but largely self-induced hysteria? I really can't answer...

38 posted on 07/29/2014 6:49:29 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: RoosterRedux
All one has to do is look at performance, what he did, (that he shouldn't have) and what he didn't do (that he should have).
The man is, in every possible way, the empty chair portrayed by Clint Eastwood a few years back.

So, even for us, the ones that knew he was a nothing in 2008, we lost the election but we said, hey, give the jerk a chance, who knows, maybe he will prove to be better than expected. After all, Americans still want the President to do a good job.
From day one is was already looking bleak but hey, he's new, inexperienced and feeling out the office.
Now, 6 years later, the devastation is visible for all to see. He has set back US and Western interests 35 years!

What is really sad though, is that he still has more than 2 years to finish the US and her allies off. Absolutely depressing.

39 posted on 07/29/2014 6:50:05 AM PDT by Netz
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To: Iron Munro
Hire an arrogant, air-headed rookie with a racist chip on his shoulder and a head full of simplistic socialist ideas and the odds get worse.

And then, after he's proved himself a failure, rehire him for another 4 years to finish off America.

40 posted on 07/29/2014 6:59:46 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: grania

I agree, McCain would have been a disaster too, but Romney would have been been a BILLION times better.


41 posted on 07/29/2014 7:03:04 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: RoosterRedux

All hail King Putt, the emperor has no clothes!


42 posted on 07/29/2014 7:16:03 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: RoosterRedux

He’s not incompetent. He’s accomplishing everything he set out to do. He’s evil!


43 posted on 07/29/2014 7:22:10 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Truth is the enemy of our dysfunctional government.)
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To: RoosterRedux
I'm truly surprised that people question obama's competence.

He said he was going to fundamentally transform the nation and he's done a remarkably effective job so far.

The mistake people make is to ASS-U-ME that they and obama see the same problems or see them the same way or that they share the same American point of view to solve them.

Adjust the point of view until cause and effect line up, regardless of the words being said, and it all makes sense.

44 posted on 07/29/2014 7:38:53 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Romney would've been a BILLION times better

Keep in mind that Romney would've been President if:

Instead of backing off on Benghazi he had destroyed Obama with the issue.

Not been afraid to campaign for votes in challenged areas. If he'd gotten just 15% of that vote (the outliers) it would've meant a few states.

Had been as aggressive against Obama as he was against his primary challenges. Was it latent racism and fear of being labelled as such?

Disowned Romneycare.

Come out STRONG about protecting our borders. It being listed as an "issue" wasn't enouth.

Spelled out an actual plan for small businesses to emerge again. His corporate raider resume did not inspire voters to change sides.

I supported Romney, one reason being cultural decency returning to the WH would've been awesome. But I'm not sure he "gets it" what middle America is looking for.

45 posted on 07/29/2014 7:42:12 AM PDT by grania
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To: pepsionice

Good summation and then he went rogue golfing, fundraising, vacationing and promoting his LGBT lifestyle cause and throwing fund raising pot(+) parties in our former White House. May the devil call him home in a lightning bolt flash before more damage.


46 posted on 07/29/2014 9:59:55 AM PDT by mcshot (..."And this too shall pass.")
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To: Iron Munro

Hire a rookie to do the job - what could possibly go wrong?

Wrap together affirmative action and on-the-job training and you get OBAMA!!!


47 posted on 07/29/2014 10:03:12 AM PDT by JayAr36 (o)
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To: grania

I agree with your summation


48 posted on 07/29/2014 11:12:51 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: luvbach1
And then, after he's proved himself a failure, rehire him for another 4 years to finish off America.

Booting him out of office would have negatively impacted his self esteem.

We all know it would be racist to do that.


49 posted on 07/29/2014 4:05:21 PM PDT by Iron Munro (IRONY)
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