A Wasted Presidency

It is now amazing to me that Barack Obama had the gaul to accuse Bill Clinton of being a "non-transformative President" and praise Ronald Reagan for being one. 

Transformative Presidents get things done and usually have highly productive first years.  Reagan got his big tax and spending cuts in his first year which changed the tax code in this country for years to come.  Even Bill Clinton managed to pass a significant tax increase and gun control laws. 

Barack Obama has done nothing transformational in his first year.  He has sat around wasting his time, trying to be bipartisan.  And dont expect it to get any better.  When Presidents get things done, it is in their first year.  You get one year to get things done and then the window closes.

It is looking like Barack Obama wasted a chance to change this country in the way that he promised to.  He is not going to reform healthcare or anything else.  He is going to simply maintain the status quo.

Maybe he will get lucky like Bill Clinton did and have teh economy surge enough to bring down unemployment below 7.5% in two years so he can get reelected.  However, I doubt it.  And for that matter, I really dont care whether he gets reelected. 

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I'm sorry.

I couldn't get beyond your imbecilic misspelling of the word "gall" in your first sentence up there, which to a more literal person might nonsensically read, "It is now amazing to me that Barack Obama had the french person to accuse Bill Clinton of being..."

by sricki 2010-01-24 03:51AM | 1 recs
RE: I'm sorry.

I saw that someone had commented and came to read only the comment. So although this diary has made it to the rec list, apparently no one has read it. That's very cool.

by QTG 2010-01-24 03:55AM | 0 recs

So although this diary has made it to the rec list, apparently no one has read it.

That's probably a pretty common occurrence at MyDD.


by sricki 2010-01-24 04:02AM | 1 recs
Not a wasted Presidency

So although this diary has made it to the rec list, apparently no one has read it. That's very cool.

A wasted diary.

by NoFortunateSon 2010-01-24 12:47PM | 2 recs
Not so respectfully disagree

Any president who can win a nobel peace prize, reverse a serious (infrastructure-threatening, global, viral) banking and economic crash, and damn near pass radical reform in the first 10 months of his tenure deserves credit.


What happens in America is that we tend to transfer our feelings about our fathers - into whomever is president, and talk about them. Thats why the GOP is on the verge of falling completely apart (self identified independents, catastrophic losses in 2008, etc. etc.) - they made a little cottage industry out of hero worship when Bush was in place + thanks to news media entertainment they don't really have to fact check to keep that going. They have their loud personalities that they tune into - some of them, even constantly.


But in the end, they , are largely illiterate, uninformed, and merely repeating the talking points emailed to them .

Not so respectfully - I disagree with the diarist.

by Trey Rentz 2010-01-24 07:43AM | 0 recs
Paulson and Bernanke pevented the financial collapse

Obama and his surrogates, on this and many other issues, try to have it both ways. When the issue of TARP---which is fairly unpopular---comes up, they revert to their favorite tactic of blaming Bush, and tying the previous administration to the bank bailout. But in the next breath, they try to claim credit for saving the country from a collapse of the financial sector. Just a little disingenuous, don't you think?

As to the "GOP falling completely apart", I don't think that statement makes a lot of sense. Coming on the heels of Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts---not to mention that they lead the Dems by 8 points on the generic ballot---most think that they're on the verge of a resurgence.


by BJJ Fighter 2010-01-24 01:01PM | 0 recs
Respecfully Disagree

First, what's wrong with being respectful? You seem to defend Obama, yet you haven't learned at least one lesson from the man you admire. If anything, Obama has been nothing but respectful.

Second, the Nobel Peace Prize was given for his potential and not for anything he's actually done. I believe there is enough debate either way regarding whether or not President Obama has in fact diverted any kind of financial crisis.

As far as I'm concerned, there are too many "damn nearly passed" reform issues with Obama for my comfort level. President Obama spent a year discovering he couldn't possibly fulfill his huge list of campaign promises. You see, I still do believe he actually intended to come through for us.

by zenful6219 2010-01-26 04:05PM | 0 recs
there is a good point here

and i too gagged whenever obama kept trying to align himself with transformational people like reagan, who certainly merited that moniker, but not for any reasons a good progressive would agree. you must know what you want to do, and truly believe in it, when you want transformation. darn near passed health care...well, with 60 votes in the senate and a huge congressional margin, i would darn well hope so. neither reagan or clinton had such margins. the floundering of the obama administration is becoming quite clear, and all the words of all the cool kids cannot transform a darn thing. they just keep believing in audacious change they were waiting for, well, we are still waiting. but, the cool kids are still cool.

by blackflag 2010-01-24 08:07AM | 0 recs
Get Bent.

And for that matter, I really dont care whether he gets reelected.


And I don't really care what you think.

by you like it 2010-01-24 01:50PM | 1 recs
RE: A Wasted Presidency

Upstate Kent on "Talk About Politics" unloads his latest rant and get recommended? OK.

by spirowasright 2010-01-24 02:26PM | 0 recs
One year = wasted presidency

money = speech

Corporations = persons

Got any more wisdom for us?

by Moonwood 2010-01-24 02:59PM | 0 recs

Obama has sharply escalated the Af-Pak war, which is mostly bombing of civilian targets while trying to set up huge, unprecedented embassies and military bases to protect client regimes all over Central Asia to control(not gain access to, control) Central Asian energy resources.  This is in addition to decisively supporting the Israeli annexation plan designed to abolish Palestine and the major human rights violations and his green lighting the US military's continued attempt to establish a client regime in Iraq and his continued threatening of Iran.  All of these are major violations of international law.  This has earned him a Nobel Peace Prize.  

The real unemployment rate, when you take out the misleading deflation measures(such as dropping people off after unemployment benefits run out), is about 17% and the underemployment rate is 25%.  Those high numbers would be even higher if there wasn't a social control oriented prison system that keeps the "superfluous" population locked up.  

The so called "radical reform", which is a contradiction in terms, is neither radical, nor is it reform.  It is a corporate welfare package that will reduce quality, increase costs and ruin more lives.  

by The Weekly Glass 2010-01-24 06:55PM | 0 recs
You are absolutely right

A waste, a waste, a waste, and a waste.

Remember, Obama gave us great speeches. We are going to change the way Washington does business.

Well let me tell you. A waste, a waste, a waste, and a waste.

Good Post Kent. I am glad you had the courage to say this.

Hillary 2012

Obama = Carter   One term

by mtg44234 2010-01-24 08:37PM | 0 recs
RE: You are absolutely right

The post I remember most from this person was when he called a woman the most extremely rude term for her genitalia.

From that point on, I knew that UpStateDem/Kent had no courage.

by Khun David 2010-01-25 01:31AM | 0 recs
RE: A Wasted Presidency

Just a few notes on the diary...

1. Obama's trying, he's just giving up the farm in trying to get it done.  Even his team admit it's been harder than they expected it to be, but then again quite a few of us knew it would be and aren't really that surprised.

2. While I was hoping for more, I never really thought there would be any real change or substance for that matter, but at least there are some who keep pushing and maybe he still can get something done.

3. Hillary WON'T run in 2012, so we can just stop w/ that right now.

4. Obama, as bad and as unsuccesful as he's been is 1000x better than the alternative, and while we should keep prodding and poking the WH to keep their promises and not give away everything in order to just get a check in the done column, we need to FORCE him to go to an actual progressive agenda, but do so while getting him re-elected.

5. If you're still of the mind that he's gonna be a one-termer, then show me who will replace him and be able to win?  Hillary's not gonna run, that's for sure.  So who else?  Bayh? Grayson? Frank? Pelosi? Schumer?  No one.  So we better shape up the one we've got, or it's gonna be a real shit sandwich.

by TxDem08 2010-01-25 12:41AM | 1 recs
RE: A Wasted Presidency

"Thats why the GOP is on the verge of falling completely apart (self identified independents, catastrophic losses in 2008, etc. etc.)"

Are you serious? Do you watch the news? Read the paper? Read polls? We are in the process of grasping defeat from the jaws of victory in the most absurd manner I have witnessed in many many years of observation.

The problem is that we are allowing the right to control the message. Obama is not "The Great Communicator." I think he will go down in history known as the Great Non-Communicator.

by nytrialman 2010-01-25 08:20PM | 0 recs
OBAMA -- The Harvard man in the Empty Suit

I agree with all those who are wondering "how in the world did Obama get a job teaching Constitutional Law"? Huh? Whose constitution did he teach. When I studied constitutional law in college, we can to believe that over the last 120 years, the powers in the constitution were gravitating to the Presidency. The Congress is too busy getting money from lobbyist and corporate / rich donors for their offshore bank accounts so they have continually ceded power to the President. Then along comes Obama and POOF -- he goes hat in hand to the Congress like a lap dog. He lets these overpaid banker clods run all over him, he gives the Republicans more air time than they get on Fox Network.......Its incredible!!!!I can't figure him out--was he only in the campaign because he liked that? Was even he surprised that he won? Does he want to get the hell out of that job -- too hard--long hours? Or does he just like riding in a big limo and flying all over in AF One.

This guy is such a WHIMP--I just hope no foreign power decides to give us a showdown i.e. Russians over missiles in Cuba in 1962....this guy would just cave in and run off to Cheynne Mountain...

by hddun2008 2010-01-26 09:57PM | 0 recs


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