a reply to: ketsuko
Oh, which concerns are we talking about?
The utterly banal prattle of the birthers? Or would that be the worries of fundamentalist Christian Conservatives, or as I like to call them the
Oxymoron Club Of America, about the issue of LGBT right to marriage and social support equal to that received by heterosexual couples? Or would it
perhaps be the concerns of those who simply disliked the idea of having a President who is not white?
I have had to say this before, and I will say it again, you CANNOT fairly compare the concerns that Trumps detractors have, with the concerns that
Obamas detractors had at the same stage in his Presidency. For a start, the concerns that people have about Trump are valid, and can be shown in
facts. For example, Trump will have wasted more money on golfing trips by the end of this YEAR, than Obama spent in one whole term on travel, if
current trends are anything to go by, and if nothing else, Trump is a creature of habit. Obama during his first hundred days, had four days of time
away at a private retreat. Trump has had 25 days, yes, nearly a month of time off, and the spending differences will show in that. Trump has been
golfing 19 times, since first taking up the position he now holds, and that started virtually immediately after he took office. Despite being
criticised by Mr Trump for taking time away to go golfing, Mr Obama waited an entire four months before going golfing for the day for the first time,
after winning the Presidency.
And then you have the difference in terms of their performance, with regard to what they have actually gotten DONE during that time. First of all, Mr
Trump has signed some thirty or so executive orders, despite the fact that he was less than complimentary about Obamas use of executive orders, during
the campaign. But despite having both chambers of Congress being Republican controlled at this time, nothing he has tried to do has stuck, with
defeats for things like the repeal of the ACA, among other things, simply being slapped down. Obama however, was not so prone to failure, despite
having a much less favourable Congress to deal with than Trump. For example, during the same period we are talking about in HIS presidency, Obama got
hundreds of billions of dollars of stimulus approved (say what you will about that, the man got the thing done), signed a fair pay bill into law, and
passed legislation expanding the State Childrens Health Insurance Program.
Going back to Trump for a moment, even his Executive Orders are getting slapped down, so in terms of his actual achievements during the first hundred
days of his Presidency, he has achieved...not a great deal actually. That is not to say that he has not tried, but he simply cannot get a thing passed
into law. He is simply bad at the job, because he does not understand it, or how anything actually works, and if you cannot understand how a thing
works, you cannot effectively rebuild it to work better. You have to have deep structural knowledge to be able to take a thing apart and reconfigure
it. The only thing he has a deep structural knowledge of however, is the inside of a can of spray tan.
Obama inherited some of the worst economic conditions in the modern era, from his predecessor, George W. Bush, and has, contrary to the utterly
erroneous (I am being generous there, we know its just more lies and spin, because that is all conservatism actually is at the top level) suggestions
made by talking heads, passed on a comparatively lively and stable economy, to Mr Trump. Its not fantastic, but it is not the dead dog that Trump and
his sort were suggesting previous to the election.
So, when people say they have concerns about Trump, let us remember that there are actual reasons for those concerns, which is in stark contrast to
the absolute LACK of a reason that anyone had in the first hundred days of Mr Obamas presidency, to dislike the mans business like approach to getting
things done. By comparison to Mr Trump, Obama was a proactive, energetic and capable figure, doing a hard job in hard times. Mr Trump however is a
shirker, who achieves little, while saying a great deal.
There are genuine reasons to be very concerned about his lack of enthusiasm for the work he is doing, genuine reasons to be concerned at his aptitude
for it, which is seriously lacking if his performance, with a favourable Congress no less, is anything to go by (and it most certainly IS something to
go by). The things I have gone over above, do not even take into account some of the greatest hits, the most famed public gaffes and failures that he
has ever been a part of.
Those who disliked Obama at the same stage in HIS presidency, did not have reasons relating to his performance. They disliked him because he was a
Democrat, they disliked him because he was intelligent, and they disliked him because they did not like the idea of a black president, and those are
the only reasons in truth, that anyone had the slightest, tiny issue with Obama at the hundred day mark.