Abandoning Obama


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Messaging aside, all of the White House departures come at a time when the administration is beset by a series of assaults attacking its very competency. The backdrop to this scene is the coming release of Bob Woodward’s book “Obama’s Wars,” an expose on the administration’s first 18 months. Excerpts have already appeared in the Washington Post, and while the White House says it is pleased with the portrayal of the president, others say the early returns seem to portray an administration out of its depth.

Obama’s problems have gotten so bad that even Jimmy Carter felt compelled to come to his defense. Unfortunately for Obama, it was to accuse all his critics of being fueled, not by honest objections to his policies, but rather by racism. Already under criticism for its use in overplaying the race card, the White House now has to assure already skeptical voters that their opposition to Obama doesn’t necessarily qualify them for membership in the Ku Klux Klan.

Carter then offered his own helpful comparison of the Obama White House to his own administration. In an interview promoting his newly released book “White House Diary,” Carter said, “I overburdened Congress with an array of controversial and politically costly requests. Looking back, I am struck by how many unpopular objectives we pursued.”

In an apparent tag-team effort, Carter’s Vice-President, Walter Mondale, told The New Yorker magazine that there were striking similarities between both administrations saying, “We’re going through this drama again. November might be a disaster.” The last thing Obama needs at this point is to have his presidency compared to what is widely believed to be the worst in modern times. When that happens, it’s probably time to acknowledge the true depths of your problem.

Now, to be evenly balanced, it doesn’t require Jimmy Carter or Walter Mondale to point out the parallels between the two administrations when the handwriting on the wall is clear to any person who either lived through the Carter years or who possesses a modicum of historical knowledge. The similarities between the two are somewhat eerie.

Both men share personal characteristics of iciness and a penchant for being thin-skinned; both were swept into office on a wave of transformational politics that promised to change the tenor of current political dialogue; both inherited bad economies with policy solutions that inflamed the problem; and both men have a common need to scapegoat their own failings.

However, with so much in common, there is one difference between Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. Carter faced a 1980 primary challenger to his run at a second term in the guise of the late Senator Edward Kennedy. While a potential opponent has not yet risen, the fallout from the impending election disaster may leave Obama confronted by that painful reality.

If Democrats truly crash in November and lose the House and/or the Senate, the finger pointing will begin in earnest. At the top of the blame list will be Barack Obama, who will need to answer for his part in the electoral debacle. If he does desire another term and makes a run in 2012, there will be no shortage of challengers willing to take a run at the crown.

For Obama, this threat could come from either wing of the Democratic Party: Centrists appalled at the runaway progressive ideology enmeshed in the party and liberals angered at what they perceive to be Obama’s limited commitment to enact their full agenda,

Of course, all of his political fortunes can still turn around. Two years to recover is an eternity in American politics and much will depend on how Republicans handle their anticipated electoral success and who heads their 2012 presidential ticket. Still, for a president who entered office with near stratospheric approval numbers and a party firmly in control of all levers of government, the plummeting of his political fortunes has been quite breathtaking.

If things continue at this pace, Barack Obama may have one last final thing in common with Jimmy Carter: a one-term presidency.

Frank Crimi is a freelance writer living in San Diego, California. You can read more of Frank’s work at his blog, www.writingwithoutanet.com or contact him at frankcrimi@sbcglobal.net

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  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    The "undocumented worker" presiding in the White House may or may not "desire another term in 2012". But the real question is how long can a civilized nation play "presidential poker" being aware that the opponent blatantly bluffs, yet not demanding to open the cards. In a civilized nation such a bluffer may have only one term – and that would be the prison term.
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    • bubba4

      You must not have a single, rational person in your life who can b*tch slap that tinfoil hat off your head. How long can a civilized nation survive when it's populated by conspiracy minded fools.

  • andres de alamaya

    Bravo, Alexander and Amen.

  • Firewalker

    Thanks for reminding us that both Cheney, Bush and their 'legal' advisers should be in prison by now, ( possibly Guantanamo? ) paying for for all the lives they have uselessly cost the U.S., Iraq, Afghanistan and who know where else…

    • wsk

      You sir, are a mucking foron!

    • Gary from Jersey

      It takes quite a bit of bitter fanticizing to make that comparison.

  • BS77

    ……watch the crew row away in their little lifeboats!!!! How pathetic….

  • http://apcnational.wordpress.com/ Mike

    Now that the radical Left has steered the Democratic ship on to the shoals, one can only wonder if the party will wake up and move towards the center. After they get massacred at the polls in November, it will be interesting to see if they do some honest soul-searching or continue down Obama's delusional path of denial.

  • MsJuJuB

    Obama is a malignant narcissist that views himself as the center of all things. He is not capable of understanding that the uproar of the American people is against his policies, afterall, who could not be charmed and resist The One. The average citizen has no value to him and he is incapable of empathy or understanding life as a real working person. Obama has never been employed at a "real" job and lacks the real world experience and ability to comprehend the anger and frustration of those that refuse to follow him into economic and social hell.You can be sure that he hears. He and the other Progressives simply do not care. Afterall, their leadership and guidance is required to keep the "little people" controlled.

    • Lori

      You Got That Right!Control! It Is Interesting! The Little Foxes are doing the Scheme Behind the scene! It Is acting!Poker? Or Maybe Trying to eat the vine? Who Knows we better be Looking! on the Watch! at what really is going on here. Let Us all be Aware Of The Foxes who try to Spoil The Vine!

  • Nick Shaw

    Your take home line Mr. Crimi is, "Obama's economic team members would want an early head start". Seriously, that's all it is. Enough of them are smart enough to realize their opinions and advice will be so discredited by the end of The One's one and only term that they would find it difficult to find work elsewhere dispensing the same crap. Even now, I find it simply amazing that Rohmer and Summers are actually being accepted back into academia to spout their therories to impressionable young students. Unless they are going to say, "Look, this is what doesn't work, I know 'cause I tried it!".

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Rats leave a sinking ship, may it sink deep and beyond recall,
    rats do what rats do but I wonder how much of our hide is still
    on that ship and if I any is left I hope it can float…………If we get
    a plus out of this the rats will drown in their own infamy……..William

  • guest

    This self-important jackass couldn't give a damn about anyone. He has the greatest disdain for Americans, and the disgusting part is that many black Americans still cannot see how much he despises them–only useful to him as voters and contributing money, and those who thought they were getting a free meal ticket are learning that no such carrot exists on the stick they chose to chase called "hussein". Self-reliance is like kryptonite to liberals, and I hope it will be their obliteration. What remains of the United States by 2012 remains to be seen if none of this effluent can be rescinded/repealed.

  • Tamako

    When this is all said and done. Then we hunt down all those who tried to subvert our country.
    There won't be a rats hole that you will be able to hide in.
    You think our prisons are full? You haven't seen nothing…….

    WERE coming for ALL of communist TRAITORS.!!!!!!!

    • trickyblain

      Wow. What a douchebag.

  • Len Powder

    A one-term Presidency would be a gift from Heaven!

    • Nick Shaw

      Better still would be for The One to hold a press conference and say we have all just been punked and he is stepping down. It might help that he say, "Wow, this job is a lot more complicated than I thought! You better not get a liberal to replace me or you're all doomed!"

  • HenryCrux

    In the Christian Bible Jesus says, "if the tree is rotten make the fruit rotten too: if the fruit is rotten make the tree rotten also." So it is with Obama. We do not have to theorize about whether or not Obama is an evil influence, because we know that he is the most pro-abortion/murder politician that ever lived. If he, or anyone at all, can advocate and support the cold blooded murders of little innocent babes peacefully asleep in their most holy beds in the middle of their most sweet and precious night – well, such a person would support any kind of evil, anyplace, anytime. All that can come from a man who loves this most petulant kind of baby murder, is more inequity and more murder. When an ocean liner is sinking there is a cry, "women and children first" – but what no one has to say is "Pregnant women first of the first – always! No one can expect real humanity from a supporter of this horror they euphemistically call "abortion", but it is just plain cold heartless Murder of the most premeditated kind imaginable.

    • http://www.lifeshaven.net Gary McAleer

      All true and well said. Jesus called the religious leaders "hypocrites!" A synonym for the term is actor. Obama publicly claims the Christian faith. But his words and actions deny it. As you know, "Thou shalt not kill" is the 6th Commandment. What Obama is blind to see is the expanded principle behind the 6th Commandment: To neglect to save life is to kill. Without repentance he's just another lost soul who will find himself standing side by side with the most sinister of men and women through history in the great judgment day when the whole human race stands before the Saviour to give an account of their words and deeds.

      • henryCrux

        Well said Gray, clear as can be – makes one wonder why a whole bunch of other people don't get it when it is so clearly expressed.

  • Raymond in DC

    "If things continue at this pace, Barack Obama may have one last final thing in common with Jimmy Carter: a one-term presidency."

    In the run-up to the 2008 election, many liberals insisted they didn't want a "third Bush term" (i.e. McCain). I'd ask if they were ready for a second Carter term. Well, we got that, only worse. The same rank incompetence, the same arrogance, the same dalliance with terrorists, the same disdain for foreign allies (especially Israel), the same love of bigger government (Education and Energy were created under Carter), the same clean energy fantasies. Obama's "malaise" speech will no doubt come in 2011.

  • Anne Guldin

    Excellent point, Mike!
    He is certainly the very worst President for the people I've seen in my not-so-short lifetime. He has, in about 2 years…made everything from bad to worse…and SOME of the issues could have at least been temporary "band-aided", not going the opposite of the people's will in a number of significant areas.
    He could care less about how we are feeling, or suffering!!

  • Nick Shaw

    Speaking of Carter, Raymond, though it's a bit off subject, I love how he deems his term a success based on the amount of legislation passed. Liberals are so funny. They love quantity over quality in their laws and regulations but, have distain for Wal-Mart over Saks. So funny.

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  • titi

    externe fesplatte
    Speaking of Carter, Raymond, though it's a bit off subject, I love how he deems his term a success based on the amount of legislation passed. Liberals are so funny. They love quantity over quality in their laws and regulations but, have distain for Wal-Mart over Saks. So funny. In the run-up to the 2008 election, many liberals insisted they didn't want a "third Bush term" (i.e. McCain). I'd ask if they were ready for a second Carter term. Well, we got that, only worse

  • john d

    The Obama administration is clueless. I can't wait until these bozos are out of office.
    4 more years is going to bankrupt us. http://www.magicvalleysaddleclub.net/apps/blog/sh

  • john d

    The Obama administration is clueless. I can't wait until these bozos are out of office.
    4 more years is going to bankrupt us.Randy Speegle

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