Obama - The First 100... Mistakes

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  1. faceking

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    100 DAYS, 100 MISTAKES FOR BARACK OBAMA - New York Post

    ...the first 40+ are below. FWIW, you are an Obamabot if you feel only a few (or none) are warranted. The census move is still frightening, and should worry all.

    1. Obama criticized pork barrel spending in the form of 'earmarks,' urging changes in the way that Congress adopts the spending proposals. Then he signed a spending bill that contains nearly 9,000 of them, some that members of his own staff shoved in last year when they were still members of Congress.
    2. "There is no doubt that we've been living beyond our means and we're going to have to make some adjustments." -- Obama during the campaign.
    3. This year's budget deficit: $1.5 trillion.
    4. Asks his Cabinet to cut costs in their departments by $100 million -- a whopping .0027%!
    5. "The White House says the president is unaware of the tea parties." -- ABC News, 4/15
    6. "Mr. Obama is an accomplished orator but is becoming known in America as the 'teleprompt president' over his reliance on the machine when he gives a speech." -- Sky News, 3/18
    7. In early February, the 2010 census was moved out of the Department of Commerce and into the White House, politicizing how federal aid is distributed and electoral districts are drawn.
    8. Obama taps Nancy Killefer for a new administration job, First Chief Performance Officer -- to police government spending. But it surfaces that Killefer had performance issues of her own -- a tax lien was slapped on her DC home in 2005 for failure to pay unemployment compensation tax on household help. She withdrew.
    9. Turkey tried to block the appointment of Anders Fogh Rasmussen as new NATO secretary general because he didn't properly punish the Danish cartoonist who caricatured Mohammed. France's Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany's Angela Merkel were outraged; Obama said he supported Turkey's induction into the European Union.
    10. . . . and he never mentioned the Armenian genocide.

    11. The picture of Obama and Hugo Chavez shaking hands.

    12. Hugo Chavez gave him the anti-American screed "The Open Veins of Latin America." Obama didn't remark upon it. At least it wasn't DVDs.

    13. Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega went on a 50-minute anti-American rant, calling Obama "president of an empire." Obama didn't leave the room. "I thought it was 50 minutes long. That's what I thought," he said.

    14. Executives at AIG get $165 million in bonuses, despite receiving an $173 billion taxpayer bailout.

    15. "For months, the Obama administration and members of Congress have known that insurance giant AIG was getting ready to pay huge bonuses while living off government bailouts. It wasn't until the money was flowing and news was trickling out to the public that official Washington rose up in anger and vowed to yank the money back." -- Associated Press, 3/18

    16. "After pushing Congress for weeks to hurry up and pass the massive $787 billion stimulus bill, President Obama promptly took off for a three-day holiday getaway." -- New York Post, 2/15

    17. MEGHAN CLYNE ON: "I WON" AND THE DEATH OF BIPARTISANSHIP

    "Obama soared to victory on the hopeful promise of a new era of bipartisanship. During his inaugural address he even promised an 'end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.'

    "Too bad it took all of three days for the promise to ring hollow.

    "Start with Obama's big meeting with top congressional leaders on his signature legislation -- the stimulus -- on the Friday after his inauguration. Listening to Republican concerns about overspending was a nice gesture -- until he shut down any hopes of real dialogue by crassly telling Republican leaders: 'I won.' Even the White House's leaking of the comment was a slap at the Republican leadership, who'd expected Obama to adhere to the custom of keeping private meetings with congressional leadership, well, private.
    18. "The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today." -- Department of Homeland Security intelligence report

    19. Nixes a "buy American" provision in the stimulus bill.

    20. "Yes, Canada is not Mexico, it doesn't have a drug war going on. Nonetheless, to the extent that terrorists have come into our country or suspected or known terrorists have entered our country across a border, it's been across the Canadian border. There are real issues there." -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The 9/11 hijackers did not come across the Canada border

    21. "The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and many economists favor, to help pay for overhauling the health care system. The proposal is politically problematic for President Obama, however, since it is similar to one he denounced in the presidential campaign as 'the largest middle-class tax increase in history.' " -- New York Times, 3/14

    22. JOE SCARBOROUGH ON: PROMOTING FEAR

    "During his historic inaugural speech, Barack Obama promised to usher in a transformational age where hope would replace fear, unity would overtake partisanship, and change would sweep aside the status quo. But early in President Obama's first 100 days it is obvious that the only thing that is changing is the Candidate of Change, himself.

    23. Sanjay Gupta was in discussions to become Surgeon General, but the TV personality withdrew after he was criticized for his flimsy political record.

    24. Rasmussen finds 58% of Americans believe the Obama administration's release of CIA memos endangers the national security of the United States.

    25. Only 28% think the Obama administration should do any further investigating of how the Bush administration treated terrorism suspects.

    26. "Obama thanked CIA employees for their work and said they're invaluable to national security. He explained his decision to release the memos, then told everyone not to feel bad because he was now acknowledging potential mistakes. Theirs, not his. 'That's how we learn,' Obama said, as though soothing a room full of fourth-graders." -- The Oklahoman, 4/23

    27. By releasing the torture memos, Obama opened American citizens up to international tribunals. A UN lawyer said the US is obliged to prosecute lawyers who drafted the memos or else violate the Geneva Conventions.

    28. In their first meeting, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown gave Obama a carved ornamental penholder from the timbers of the anti-slavery ship HMS Gannet. Obama gave him 25 DVDs that don't work in Europe.

    29. TIM CARNEY ON: PICKING BILL RICHARDSON AS SECRETARY OF COMMERCE

    "Richardson's value in Obama's Cabinet had everything to do with appearances. First, he was the Hispanic pick. Second, because Richardson had run against Obama for President, tapping him for the Cabinet helped the media write the Obama-Lincoln comparisons by burnishing the 'Team of Rivals' image.

    30. Timothy Geithner nomination as Secretary of Treasury was almost torpedoed when it was discovered he had failed to pay $34,000 in Social Security and Medicare taxes. He also employed an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper. He was confirmed anyway.

    31. . . . Not so lucky, Annette Nazareth, who was nominated for Deputy Treasury Secretary. She withdrew her name for undisclosed "personal reasons" after a monthlong probe into her taxes . . .

    32. . . . or Caroline Atkinson, who withdrew as nominee for Undersecretary of International Affairs in Treasury Department, with a source blaming the long vetting process. Geithner still has a skeleton crew at Treasury, with no one qualified -- or willing -- to take jobs there.

    33. "Barack Obama has been embroiled in a cronyism row after reports that he intends to make Louis Susman, one of his biggest fundraisers, the new US ambassador in London. " -- Telegraph, 2/22

    34. Obama's doom-and-gloom comments and budget bill push the Dow below 7,000, from which it's only recently recovered.

    35. "You're sitting here. And you're -- you are laughing. You are laughing about some of these problems. Are people going to look at this and say, 'I mean, he's sitting there just making jokes about money--' How do you deal with -- I mean: Explain. Are you punch-drunk?" -- Steve Kroft, "60 Minutes," 3/22

    36. "We have begun to modernize 75% of all federal building space, which has the potential to reduce long-term energy costs by billions of dollars on behalf of taxpayers. That's like a $350 tax cut." -- Obama, describing something that doesn't cut taxes.

    37. "The Obama administration has directed defense officials to sign a pledge stating they will not share 2010 budget data with individuals outside the federal government." -- Defense News, 2/19

    38. Backtracking on a campaign promise he made to black farmers, Obama significantly lowered the amount of money they could claim in a discrimination settlement against the Agricultural Department. "I can't figure out for the life of me why the president wouldn't want to implement a bill that he fought for as a US senator," said John Boyd, head of the National Black Farmers Association.

    39. "I've been practicing bowling. I bowled a 129. It was like the Special Olympics or something." -- Obama on "The Tonight Show"

    40. Obama lifts travel and remittance restrictions on Cuba.
     
  2. B_VinylBoy

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    Heh... I knew the OP couldn't count that high.
    Nice try, though. :rolleyes:
     
  3. Flashy

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    maybe you should have read the sticky about posting articles in their entirety from other websites.

    it appears the OP can count...and, as importantly, follow rules, by reading the moderators regulations on posting articles from sources.

    nice try though :rolleyes:


    whether you agree with the article has nothing to do with the fact that the OP was actually following posting rules, not having trouble with his counting.

    you might want to learn how to read while you are at it.
     
  4. Flashy

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    i wouldn't say all of them are necessarily "mistakes".

    for example,

    #3 - the budget deficit for this year is really not his fault...the high number is because of the absolute necessity of the stimulus package...

    he deserves a pass on that as far as i am concerned.

    I will highlight some others i find rather questionable...
     
  5. Flashy

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    #5 and #6 are rather silly, and not "mistakes"

    neither is #12 or #13, #16 or 19

    more to follow
     
  6. mikeyh9in

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    I find this all very funny. I would like to point out the track record:

    Republicans over the past 8 years have been wrong on almost every major decision... the "liberal" left has been right.

    Now that the "liberal" left is in charge, they are saying everything Obama is doing is wrong.

    Now, if you had to bet on one side or the other... would you bet with Cheney ("I can't see the war going on for more than a few months", or "We'll be greeted with flowers", or "we'll find WMD's", or "No one leaked the name of a CIA agent from my office", or "Tax cuts for the weathly will help everyone") or the people saying "Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11", "We should not be torturing people", "There is no proof of WMD's", "Cheney's office did leak the name of a CIA agent", and "tax cuts for the top 1% will cause further economic divide and not help anyone but the rich".

    They have been dead wrong on every major decision affecting this country. Why suddenly do they think they are right? Do the same shit and expecting different outcomes is considered by many the very definition of ignorance.

    So, for me, the more the "right" believes Obama is wrong, the better we are as a nation.
     
  7. houtx48

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    i knew he could not come up with those on his own.........but he did follow the posting rules.......... how you going to fix 8 years of fuckups in 100 days?
     
  8. Flashy

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    neither is #20 his mistake

    #24 is sketchy since Rasmussen tends to lean right...i would like to see a sampling of different polls

    #25 - Ambiguous at best

    #s29-32 are petty sniping...finding people in washington of either party with no skeletons in the closet with regards to an illegal nanny, or unpaid parking tickets etc. is impossible...it is retarded from both parties.

    #33 - ambassador's aren;t always great diplomats...but i think someone more suitable should have been found for Britain...a neophyte ambassador who is being repaid for loyalty should be posted someplace like the Bahamas, not the UK.
     
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    You may want to learn how to stay off my nuts once in a while.
    It was an obvious joke, you idiot. Nothing for you to even try and get all righteous about. Learn some common sense, asshole. :rolleyes:
     
  10. Flashy

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    just because the republicans have been wrong, does not make the "liberal" left right.

    it was as i said around the time of the election...just because the Republicans justifiably deserved to lose, does not mean the Democrats justifiably deserved to win.

    and just because you went on a Cheney screed, right or wrong, does not change that.

    a very substantial portion of democrats voted to go to war...which makes them wrong, just like the republicans.

    and also, all those Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, were voted for by a number of democrats...

    most notably:

    Senator Max Baucus
    Senator John Breaux
    Senator Carnahan
    Senator Max Cleland
    Senator Diane Feinstein
    Senator Ted Johnson
    Senator Kohl
    Senator Mary Landrieu
    Senator Lincoln
    Senator Miller
    Senator Ben Nelson
    Senator Robert Torricelli

    and that bill could have been defeated, since the final vote was:

    58 yea
    33 nay
    2 present
    7 not voting


    12 democratic senators voted for it...
    the 2 who voted "present" were 2 democrats

    Senator Akaka
    Senator Bingaman

    the 7 who were under the "not voting" category consisted of 5 democrats

    Senator Barbara Boxer
    Senator Tom Harkin
    Senator John Kerry
    Senator Pat Leahy
    Senator Patty Murray



    and 2 republicans



    19 Senate democrats could have voted against the bill, but 12 voted for it, 2 voted present, and 5 did not vote...


    U.S. Senate: Legislation & Records Home > Votes > Roll Call Vote



    and in the House

    the bill passed

    240 yeas
    154 nays
    39 Not voting


    28 democrats voted for it
    29 democrats did not vote

    the bill could would have been (if democrats had been so concerned about being "right") = 212 yeas vs 211 nays with 10 Non voting republicans and two independents, 1 who voted yea and 1 who voted nay

    http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2001/roll149.xml




    these democratic senators and congressmen/women, provided the difference...so spare me the whole "the democrats are always right" spiel

    the democrats could have stopped both those bills if they really wanted to...but they were afraid, since opposing tax cuts is a bad idea...so they were less concerned with being "right" and "fair" then they were with their political positions...in a shocking move, they chose politics over their ideology...who would expect that from a political party...even one that is always "right"? :rolleyes:


    it is tiresome, not to mention incorrect.

    both parties are despicable, and your attempt to put the shine on one is not only disingenuous, but also, simply false.
     
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    yes...you were "joking around" by insulting the OP's ability to count as somehow being indicative of the veracity of his post....very cute.

    it has nothing to do with righteousness...you knew exactly what your point was all along.

    as for your nuts, i am happy to stay as far away from them as possible, and leave them where they are, doubtless being paraded around half of Chelsea to the techno crowd. :rolleyes:
     
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    Ironically faceking disagrees with Flashy regarding his interpretation of the rules as this was said about someone's OP that was barely one third the length of faceking's OP::rolleyes:

    http://www.lpsg.org/2077042-post10.html

    Do as I say, not as I do, eh. yet again:cool:
     
  13. mindseye

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    FWIW, you are a troll if you poison the well when initiating a thread.
     
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    always a huge supporter of yours, Flash...but the vetting process failed miserably. Unpaid taxes...for those at the apex of government...transcend skeletons in the traditional political sense - i.e. infidelity, DUI's, etc. those items belong on this list.

    It is hypocrisy at the highest level. Tax liens, multiple years of tax liens, gross neglect and omission in approved write-offs, deductions, allowable expenses...these are inexcusable at any level. Highly appointed elected officials that exploit and dismiss the tax code are dismissing and mocking the very system that provides their family's fruit.

    As Obama says, "the buck stops here."

    I, for one, can't excuse the tax cheats. Its revolting for anyone, especially those that draw paychecks from the very Treasury that they are cheating.

    To that end, the number of lists that were posted which blamed Bush for everything from windstorms to steroids in baseball....this list is far from inappropriate.
     
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    At this point, it has become quite obvious that the wailing of the Post (and the rest of Rupert's Fox-y repertoire), Hannity, Limbaugh, the ghosts of Bush/Hastert/Delay, and their devoted minions; this ranting on and on; this constant spewing of an ever more rigid "party line"; this steady stream of dis; amounts ultimately to.....not much, of real consequence. And it's become evident to more and more people, that it's not even a good show.

    The words of a past master might easily have been penned with the current state of things in Republican-land very much in mind:

    "Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more: it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing
    ."
     
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    that bailout was done by bush
     
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    Bonus was paid under Obama; right under his nose. Geithner forgot to tell Obama, remember?
     
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    Number One, FUCK Rupert Murdoch... he wouldn't know proper news if it was tossing his salad.

    I didn't get a chance to look at all 100, but shaking the hand of Hugo Chavez and accepting that book were absolutely NOT mistakes. Hugo Chavez is absolutely NOT an enemy of America. The rhetoric against Chavez coming from the right is complete bluster and has no basis in actual reality.
     
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    For those that are americans are we really surprised anymore that our presidents and politicians constantly lets us down and fail us?
     
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    Agreed. IMO, some of the loudest voices from the right have a problem with those who know how to swallow their pride and try to be humble & diplomatic. They act as if we make the first move to try and squash past drama that we're the weak ones. I'm sorry, but where I'm from it takes the bigger and better man to admit their mistakes and try to work out problems without force or egos.
     
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