December 16, 2009

The 2009 Obama Achievement List

jackhornerplum.jpgThe kid gives himself a grade in a job that's traditionally Pass/Fail every single day. That grade is "B+". Well, isn't it pretty to think so?

Victor Hanson looks back at the "historic" year of this "historic" presidency in " Why Are We Tiring of Obama?" and finds the real record not even rising to an "F" for the Tiger Woods of Politics:

  1. Constant apologies abroad for everything from slavery to Hiroshima

  2. Bows to Saudi royalty, the Japanese emperor, and Chinese autocrats

  3. The on-again/off-again Guantanamo shut-down mess

  4. The fight with the former CIA directors

  5. The public show trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed

  6. The reach out to Ahmadinejad Castro, Chavez, and assorted thugs

  7. The Honduras fiasco

  8. Czars everywhere

  9. The serial "€œBush did it"/reset whine abroad

  10. The Queen of England/I-pod fiasco

  11. Gordon Brown gets snookered in his gift-giving

  12. Unceremoniously shipping back the Churchill bust

  13. The end of the special relationship with the UK

  14. The New York on-the-town presidential splurge

  15. Anita Dunn and her Mao worship

  16. Timothy Geithner/Tom Daschle/Hilda Solis and their taxes

  17. What ever happened to Gov. Richardson?

  18. €œ"No lobbyists" = gads of them

  19. The Podestas' insider influence-peddling empire

  20. Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” chauvinism

  21. The Special Olympics silly quip

  22. Trashing Nancy Reagan

  23. The Skip Gates/police acting "stupidly"€ mess

  24. The get-Chicago-the-Olympics jaunt to Copenhagen

  25. Cap-and-trade boondoggle

  26. “Millions of green jobs”

  27. Ignore gas, oil, coal, and nuclear power production

  28. Cash-for-clunkers

  29. The Joe Biden gaffe machine

  30. Jobs “saved” or “created” rather than references to the actual unemployment rates

  31. Van Jones, the racist and truther

  32. Desiree Rogers won’t testify

  33. The blowback from, and silence about, the Rangel/Dodd corruption

  34. The White House party crashers plan to take the 5th Amendment

  35. The ‘bipartisanship’ con

  36. The pork-barrel stimulus spoils

  37. The demonization of the Town-Hallers

  38. The Acorn Mess

  39. The Kevin Jennings/Safe School Czar embarrassment

  40. The SEIU direct access to the White House

  41. The Asian Tour comedown

  42. The politicization of the take-over of GM and Chrysler

  43. The Obama readjustment in the order of paying back car creditors

  44. Car dealerships closed on shaky criteria

  45. Obama as “Caesar”

  46. The Emanuel “never let a serious crisis go to waste” boast

  47. The Black Caucus/Rangel/Waters bid to bail out the inner-city radio stations

  48. Yosi Sergant and the NEA

  49. $1.7 trillion deficit

  50. The planned $9 trillion added to the national debt

  51. New income tax rates; health care surcharge talk; and payroll tax caps to be lifted

  52. Rahm Emanuel’s promised payback to those states that trash the stimulus

  53. The supposed C-span aired health care debate

  54. The promised website posts of pending legislation

  55. Czechs and Poles sold out on missile defense

  56. Sermons to and finger pointing at the Israelis

  57. The failed ‘Putin helps to stop a nuclear Iran’ gambit

  58. Voting present on the Iranian reformers in the street

  59. Serial but empty deadlines to Ahmadinejad

  60. The good war/bad war twisting and turning on Iraq/Afghanistan

  61. The months-long dithering over Afghanistan

  62. Renditions, tribunals, Patriot Act, etc. once trashed, now OK

  63. Health-care take-over

  64. The 2,000 page proposed new health code

  65. The embarrassing Nobel Peace Prize nomination

  66. The attacks on surgeons, Chamber of Commerce, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, etc.

  67. The Islam mythologies in the Cairo Speech

  68. The al Arabiya “Bush did it” interview

  69. Obama’s TV “my Muslim faith” gaffe

  70. “It’s clear we are on the precipice of achievement that’s eluded Congresses, presidents for generations — an achievement that will touch the lives of nearly every American.” [Added by GV to bring him up to date.]

Whew. That's quite a list. Reading it over it strikes me that one of the problems that America has never had to deal with is a president who actively and in the marrow of his bones hates America. Until now.

Posted by Vanderleun at December 16, 2009 3:44 AM
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I read the list quickly so I may have missed this one:

The completely tone deaf response on the day of the Fort Hood shooting....remember the asinine "shout out" to somebody, and the total (and deliberate - after all, Leftists don't give a crap about this sort of thing) ignorance as to what a "Congressional Medal of Honor" is and is not? And THEN he kicks into some lame and emotionless prepared words.

The underlying cold malevolence of this guy's very essence has become more and more evident with each passing month.

Posted by: southernjames at December 16, 2009 7:47 AM

Every time he adds something to VDH's brutal list, he loses another group of voters. The last year of this presidency, which could be starting anytime, is going to be interminally gruesome.

Posted by: Askmom at December 16, 2009 9:08 AM

Picky, picky, picky.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at December 16, 2009 9:09 AM

Gitmo in Illinois.
Black Panther "security" at the polls.
Accepting the Nobel.
Flipping off his political opponents.
White House Victory Garden.
Michelle Obama's extravagant staff numbers.
Gov't employee raises.
Letting Valerie Jarrett run the country.
Writing his own speeches.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at December 16, 2009 9:35 AM

The revolutionary does not fear failure, he fears loss of momentum, examination, and introspection. He can manage failure, because that is all he has known; it is his form of success.
None of this is new, it is the same playbook for the New Deal.

Garet Garrett, 1937--
"In a revolutionary situation mistakes and failures are not what they seem. They are scaffolding. Error is not repealed. It is compounded by a longer law, by more decrees and regulations, by further extension of the administrative hand....When you have passed one miracle you have to pass another one to take care of it, so it was with the New Deal.
Its cruel and cynical suspicion of any motive but its own was a reflection of something it knew about itself. Its voice was the voice of righteousness; its methods therefore were more dishonest than the simple ways of corruption.

Revolution in the modern case is no longer an uncouth business. Outside of the Communist Party and its aura of radical intellectuals few Americans seemed to know that revolution had become a department of knowledge, with a philosophy and doctorate of its own, a language, a great body of experimental data, schools of method, textbooks, and manuals.
There was a prodigious literature of revolutionary thought concealed only by the respectability of its dress.
To the was knowledge that gave him a sense of power. One who mastered the subject to the point of excellence could be fairly sure of a livelihood by teaching and writing...and meanwhile dream of passing at a single leap from this mean obscurity to the prestige of one who assists in the manipulation of great happenings.
The revolutionary mind that did at length evolve was one of really superior intelligence, clothed with academic dignity...and at ease in all circumstances.
What it represented was a quantity of bitter intellectual radicalism infiltrated from the top downward as a doctorhood of professors, writers, critics, analysts, advisers, administrators, directors of research, and so on-–a prepared revolutionary intelligence in spectacles."

Posted by: james wilson at December 16, 2009 9:44 AM

Is that all? There have to be a few more.

Posted by: Fat Man at December 16, 2009 9:51 AM

I would insist on the inclusion of the created "Office of the President-Elect".
This guy just could wait to play President.

Posted by: Milwaukee Mike at December 16, 2009 2:01 PM

Re the quote by Joan of Aargh! above:

The Revolution Was

Posted by: concerned american at December 16, 2009 7:53 PM

Don't forget having Air Force 1 buzz New York City to either:

1) Take file photos for no particular reason or
2) Take big donors for a flyover of NYC for no particular reason.

It was a miracle no one was badly hurt while evacuating those buildings in such a hurry.

Posted by: Boots at December 16, 2009 9:30 PM

How can you forget trying to bill private insurance for treatment of veteran’s war related injuries?

Posted by: Old Sailor at December 17, 2009 9:33 AM

james wilson

The National Socialists built their particular "scaffolding" using the same materials.

The scaffolding of failures that supports the socialist revolutionary structure is held together with lies.

Posted by: monkeyfan at December 17, 2009 12:03 PM
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