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I was watching Fox (I think as we are in Vegas and it's a novelty not on the t.v. in Canada) when they had some clip of the old Obama saying now with his greying hair he would be more willing to speak his mind. It seemed like a odd statement from a person in such a powerful role.
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I was watching Fox (I think as we are in Vegas and it's a novelty not on the t.v. in Canada) when they had some clip of the old Obama saying now with his greying hair he would be more willing to speak his mind. It seemed like a odd statement from a person in such a powerful role.


He promised the Russians that he would have more flexibility once the 2012 election was over. He has been true to his word. Has a U.S. president ever been so pliable and bendy in the firm hands of Russia?
post #393 of 551
Indeed. Those actions, or lack thereof, are the reason why Trump seems like such a breath of fresh air. Sadly he appears to be that compared to every typical political speach I have heard in both the American run and our own sad Canadian election.

Putin for the win it seems.
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Nothing new. Same thing happened in Somalia when they were using Toyota trucks modified with Russian weapons around the time of the Black Hawk Down incident. They are either buying the trucks, or bartering with oil from the fields they control.
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"If you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in"... "then you're just copying the US's foreign policy since Vietnam."

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Wēksos meister. Wēksos
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Let's take advice on how to deal with Muslims from Russia. That makes sense.

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Waiting for the weekly Friday afternoon Obama document dump. What will it be today?
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The Reality of the Anointed One


Obama’s legacy of do-little leadership leaves the US bitter
Daniel Henninger||
The Wall Street Journal|
December 5, 2015 12:00AM|



Barack Obama has provided ammunition for Donald Trump.



We are near the end of the seventh year of Barack Obama’s presidency and by any measure the US is a fractured nation. Its people are more divided politically than at any time in recent memory. Personally, many are anxious, angry or just down.


Whatever Obama promised in that famous first inaugural ­address, any sense of a nation united and raised up is gone. This isn’t normal second-term blues. It’s a sense of bust.

The formal measure of all this appeared last week with the ­release of the Pew Research poll, whose headline message is that trust in government is kaput. Forget the old joke about the government coming to “help”. There’s a darker version now: We’re the government, and we’re here to screw you.

In a normal presidential transition year, voters would be excited at the mere prospect of new leadership. Instead, the American ­people are grasping for straw men.

Donald Trump declared for the presidency in June.

The New York prankster travels from state to state opening the nation’s political fire hydrants, and no one seems able to stop the result: years of pent-up political and cultural ­contempt pouring into the streets.

Black Americans, who expected better, live in urban neighbourhoods with soaring murder rates, angry marchers and confused police who are utterly alienated from the people they are supposed to protect.

Young black men have the worst job prospects of any group in the US. The New Republic’s cover this week says: “Why Hillary Clinton will do more for black people than Obama.”

Our political vocabulary is now uniformly stark. Presidential ­candidates in both parties have built campaigns around income gaps, a struggling middle class, immigrant phobia and, back again, the war on terror. One of Obama’s claimed legacies is he prevented an economic depression in 2009. But we’re still in a depression.

Hope and change was the promise. What happened?

Screens on Kindle readers will crack paging through books explaining what Obama could have, should have and would have done. For now, the short version is enough: America and the world failed because they didn’t do what Obama told them to do.

For seven years, he has been instructing everyone on the “right thing to do”. If Obama seems down these days, it is because so many — from former house ­Republican speaker John Boehner to Vladimir Putin to the man in the street — persisted in doing the wrong thing.

Iran’s ayatollahs got the Obama message, though, and that deal is the legacy.

The other half of the non-­domestic legacy is supposed to be climate change. His appearance in Paris this week was Obama’s last turn on the big global stage, ­barring a national crisis. Anyone watching the angular figure of the American president making non-stop pleas at the Paris climate summit this week had to be struck by a sense of what the French would call tristesse, a melancholy, even pathetic sadness.

He alone in Paris seemed to take seriously the notion that the climate windmills can be reset to less than 2C above “pre-industrial levels”. In the last of many public apologies for the US, Obama confessed that his own ­nation is a grievous “emitter”.

Liberals think the Right is gloating at Obama’s end-of-term difficulties. No one is gloating. The nation is either furious (the Right) or depressed (the Left) at eight wasted, wheel-spinning years whose main achievement is ­ObamaCare — a morass.

Obama will go off to do something else, but he leaves behind a country littered with public and private institutions in disrepute.

Whatever the cumulative causes for this, a president bears responsibility for maintaining some bedrock level of respect for institutions that are the necessary machinery of the nation’s daily life. Instead, Obama spent much of his presidency vilifying the private sector — banks, insurers, ­energy producers and utilities.

The public’s low opinion of congress is well known, but consider: The Pew study reports the favourable rating for the Department of Justice is just 46 per cent. That not half the country respects something called the Justice ­Department is a travesty.

Obama has repeatedly mocked institutions he didn’t control and abused the powers of those he did. Almost always, the ridicule and condescension came in front of cheering audiences. It’s hardly a surprise that Trump is exploiting and expanding the loss of public faith. Obama spent seven years softening up Trump’s audiences for him.

We may get a third Obama term after all.

The Wall Street Journal
post #403 of 551
But what about Hope and Change?

And where's my $2,500 Obamacare savings?

And pay-go? Pay as you go?

And he was going to cut the deficit in half.

And the world was going to love us again.




What about Hope and Change?
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And he was going to cut the deficit in half.



Yeah, total failure on that one bored.gif
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You have to give Obama credit for the recovery, even if it has been by far the slowest and most expensive in history.

Wait, do you?
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