I was talking to a very smart, very liberal business guy over the weekend, and he went to great lengths to let me know that the only thing wrong with American politics was the evil of George W. Bush. Until Bush, he claimed, he was a moderate–even a borderline Republican.
But Bush was so awful he simply couldn’t consider even thinking of being a Republican ever again, period, end of story. And that’s why, he said, he’s an Obama supporter.
Uh, OK, I replied. But what about Obama’s actual record as president? What has he done that you can support.
Silence. An embarrassing silence followed by claims that Republicans just won’t let him lead and in part it’s because they’re racist and it’s not Obama’s fault and what else could Obama do and, you’re right, I’m disappointed in Obama, too, and now that you mention it he’s not perfect but, but, but….BUSH LIED PEOPLE DIED!
I thought of this clearly intelligent but politically deranged Massachusetts liberal when I read the opening lines of Andrew Malcolm’s latest column for Investor’s Business Daily:
President Obama’s policy reset with Russia is working out as well as his economic stimulus, Guantanamo closing, spending cutbacks, green energy investments, debt discipline, Benghazi investigation, Egyptian fallout, midterm campaigning, Syrian dictator-ousting, Bush-blaming, Libya-calming, Iran-isolating, job approval, budget-passing, Kim Jong-un-taming, ObamaCare implementation and Muslim-outreaching.
Do me a favor: take a second and re-read that paragraph. It covers pretty much everything–every element of the Obama presidency. And it’s hard to objectively debate the inclusion of a single item.
What did Malcolm leave out? OK–getting Osama bin Laden. But even that accomplishment is undermined by the successes Al Qaeda has had against us since the Obama era began, most recently forcing us to close our embassies more than 20 countries across thousands of miles.
Last year President Obama bragged “we’ve got Al Qaeda on the run.” And he’s right–they have to run if they want to catch up with our fleeing embassy employees.
Which brings up the question: What has President Obama gotten right?
I’m not trying to pick a fight. I’m really looking for an answer. You name a politician from Jimmy Carter (eventually got monetary policy right) to Deval Patrick (partial de-regulation of car insurance) and I can name some significant policy or initiative that worked, that made things better or that they at least didn’t screw up.
What does Obama have? Even if you think the stimulus was the right approach, the lingering suck of the economy shows he either didn’t get it right, or the implementation was a failure.
Obamacare? Sorry, but when the Obama administration has to postpone key elements for a year, and when Obama Democrats beg to be exempt from it, you can’t call that a “win.” Add the falling support, the fiscal fiascos, etc. and ObamaCare is a flop.
Domestic policy? Yikes. Foreign policy? DOUBLE yikes!
What am I missing? I mean this sincerely: tell me something President Obama has gotten right. Could he be the storm cloud that has NO silver lining?
Please post yours below, or email to Michael@michaelgraham.com. Thanks!