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It's Obama's Ball Now
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Posted on 01/03/2010 6:24:29 AM PST by Sub-Driver

It's Obama's Ball Now By Kathleen Parker

As the new year commences, two facts emerge: George W. Bush is officially retired as the fault-guy for the nation's ills, and Barack Obama owns the game.

Whether he wants to or not.

Every president deserves a year of grace to adapt to the job and adjust to its Himalayan learning curve. As Obama's first year ends -- almost with a bang, thanks to a lonely Nigerian who found love in jihad -- his grace period is up.

Indeed, depending on how he responds to the security breach that almost brought down a Detroit-bound flight from Amsterdam, Obama's presidency is at risk of being rendered prematurely impotent.

If Bush could be blamed for the dot-connecting inadequacies that helped enable the terrorist attacks of 9/11 eight months into his administration, then Obama can fairly be held responsible for the incompetence that allowed a disaffected jihadist to get explosive powder onto a plane.

The banality of our most recent would-be attack is almost too on-the-nose to exploit, but really. The son of a Nigerian banker, already a punch line to all who've been spammed by e-mailers alleging to be Nigerian bankers promising riches, packs his underwear with explosive material? Was this fellow computer-generated by a cartoon character?

If it weren't all so bloody horrifying, the incident would be ridiculous.

Which, come to think of it, is a fair appraisal of the Obama administration's initial performance when faced with a potentially catastrophic terrorist strike. The dots that needed connecting were all but performing the California Raisin dance. Were we ever justified in hoping for better?

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To: Bryanw92

Didn’t get birthed right after Bush took office and they wanted us all to stop blaming, talking, laughing, sneering at the Clintons? They wanted us to Move On?

21 posted on 01/03/2010 7:20:36 AM PST by thirst4truth (
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To: Sub-Driver
1st Year Agenda

Go on Vacation
Travel the Globe
Play Golf. Lots of Golf
Accept Nobel Prize
More Vacation
Blame Bush for everything

22 posted on 01/03/2010 7:33:18 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: CatQuilt
She’s still an idiot in my book...

Definitely worth repeating...

23 posted on 01/03/2010 8:11:49 AM PST by penowa
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To: Sub-Driver

“Barack Obama owns the game...whether he wants it or not.”

Nonsense. Reality has nothing to do with the perceptions of the electorate.

As long as President Bush is characterized as a moron, anything bad that befalls mankind will be his fault. The press and Liberal Democrats will repeat it incessantly until it is “truth” and 2010 will be nothing but a Liberal win “because those conservatives are such bible-thumping, ignorant, gun-loving morons”.


24 posted on 01/03/2010 9:11:12 AM PST by ripley
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To: ken5050
Nah..............she's an airhead, enamored by Obama and trying to change course now that he can no longer be excused.

This woman will never regain whatever respect she had before she started loving Obama and hating Palin.

It's over, Kathleen. Put down the pen.

25 posted on 01/03/2010 9:50:54 AM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: ohioWfan

Seems to me she got in at least two back handed jabs at Bush in the article anyway.

26 posted on 01/03/2010 10:09:41 AM PST by AndrewB (FUBO)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yep I agree it isObama’s game now unfortunatly his adminstartion has relied on “blame Bush’ for so long they don’t seem to understand this fact yet. IMHO if they continue trying it the more support they will lose.

27 posted on 01/03/2010 11:06:44 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: trek

Selected, not elected.

I just about blew up at work recently when I heard a left winger say that. I am silent no more.

I told him the vote count never changed, and they never found the votes that gore needed to win, no matter how many times it was counted. That every major newspaper was looking to get the votes for gore, and they never got them. That the supreme court said they had to stop counting.

I told him third world dictators recount until they win. We dont.

28 posted on 01/03/2010 11:21:43 AM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: thirst4truth

No, Move On was birthed during the Clinton impeachment. They wanted us to censure him and then “Move On” without impeaching him. Of course we can thank the spineless Senate for leaving him in office. (Sound familiar?)

29 posted on 01/03/2010 11:25:50 AM PST by The Right Stuff
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Stalin said it best ...

"It's not who votes that counts, its who counts the votes."

But unless we repeal the 15th Amendment and remove the communist judges from the voting process you can expect the franchise to mean less and less. ACORN and its ilk will insist.

To see what the final outcome looks like, check out a country like Venezuela or Iran. That is what lies in store for us unless we return to a system that limits the franchise in a reasonable way.

But where are we headed? Motor Voter and more.

30 posted on 01/03/2010 11:40:11 AM PST by trek
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To: livius

True, and didn’t the leftist Congress start voting on his selections before he was sworn in?

31 posted on 01/03/2010 4:31:57 PM PST by X-FID
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To: ripley

>> 2010 will be nothing but a Liberal win

The extraordinary support for the centrist Obama has abated indefinitely.

Now, it’s all about political strategy and tactics.

32 posted on 01/03/2010 4:46:04 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: AndrewB
Yeah, at least two slaps at Bush, and a little heavy breathing for Obama.

She's a pathetic excuse for a "journalist." I don't who's worse, Parker or Noonan.

Both embarrassments to my gender.....

33 posted on 01/03/2010 5:25:50 PM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: William Tell 2
I guess it ended when Hitlery, in the well of the senate, held up a tabloid headline saying "BUSH KNEW!"

Some grace period.

34 posted on 01/03/2010 6:59:45 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: The Right Stuff
Just for the historical record we should be glad the Senate left Clinton in office. If he had been removed, Gore would have been the incumbent in 2000 and eligible for election in his own right. He no doubt would have won, as a "reconciliation" candidate (Can't we all just get along?")and god only knows what history would have been like after 9/11 with that deranged lunatic at the helm.
35 posted on 01/03/2010 7:06:50 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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