I began rebutting these points one by one but someone already did a great job
1. Offended the Queen of England.
The only ones “offended” were right-wingers. Obama gave the Queen of England the gift *she requested*. An Apple iPod filled with Broadway
musical numbers, and video of her previous trip to the US. In addition, she also received a signed, rare edition of a Rogers and Hammerstein
manuscript. The queen was not offended, she was actually quite pleased.
2. Bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia.
Is that better or worse than Bush kissing him and holding his hand whenever they met? I forget.
3. Praised the Marxist Daniel Ortega.
If by “praise” you mean cutting $64 million in aid to his country because of his posture and remarks, then yes, Obama praised him. Obama knows
the difference between words and actions. In addition, at a speech given by Ortega in Spain in April, Obama is reported to have “endured” it. He
didn’t praise Ortega, nor did he rebuke him.
4. Kissed Hugo Chavez on the cheek.
Obama and Chavez shook hands (as did George W. Bush) and had a joking conversation.
5. Endorsed the Socialist Evo Morales of Bolivia.
Obama initially pledged co-operation with Boliva because of long-standing trade agreements with the country. Unfortunately, the United States
doesn’t always get to pick and choose the leaders of various nations (that doesn’t go for Iraq and Afghanistan obviously).
But on July 1st, the US halted $25 million in annual trade benefits to Bolivia, prompting Morales to say “Obama “lied” about cooperation”.
So much for that so-called praise:
6. Announced we would meet with Iranians with no pre-conditions.
Yes, you’re absolutely correct. I happen to think the President is right for doing so. You may disagree, but we tried it your way (not talking
to Iran) for over 8 years and it got the USA no where. You’re guy lost, it’s time to give a carrot a try instead of a stick.
7. Gave away billions to AIG also without pre-conditions.
Actually there are many measures in place to protect tax payer money with the bank bailout, but I agree there could be more accountability in this
8. Massively Expanded the bailouts.
What was the alternative? Let unemployment drop at an even faster rate? Sink even deeper into recession faster? Would you have not attempted to
stimulate the economy at all and just “stuffed money under your mattress”?
Again, this was tried for 8 years. Tax cuts for the rich, huge spending in Iran and Afghanistan (foreign nations, not the US). Didn’t work.
I’d rather go into debt for money spent in our own country than giving away billions to other countries to wage war.
9. Insulted everyone who has ever loved a Special Olympian.
Wow, the President is human being who makes mistakes! Imagine him making an in-appropriate remark about the Special Olympics! Was it bad, sure.
Did it offend everyone associated with the Special Olympics? No. Plus, unlike Bush who could not, EVER admit a mistake, Obama later apologized for the
10. Tripled our national debt in his first 100 days in office.
Completely untrue and a lie. Most of the current debt (over 80%) is due to Bush policies and bailouts that was started BY HIM. In addition, Obama
removed the traditional “let’s hide all the debt” accounting used by presidents in the past to give the American people a true picture of the
federal budget. Sometimes reality is a tough pill to swallow.
Conservatives seemed fine with it for 8 years while the country was going deeper and deeper into debt fighting 2 wars and cutting taxes. Now, that
money is being spent on America and American programs, you have a problem?
I suggest you go read this excellent piece by the NYT and then reconsider this unfounded accusation.
11. Announced a termination of the space defense system the day after the North Koreans launched an ICBM.
Everyone agrees that missile defense is important, but not when it doesn’t work. The so-called missile defense shield has been plagued with
problems from day one.
In addition, other, newer systems are now being tested.
12. Despite the urgings of his own CIA director and the prior 4 CIA directors, released information on intelligence gathering.
Sometimes transparency can be a good thing. That being said, I don’t know enough about the subject to speak with any authority regarding if the
United States should or should not be announcing how intelligence is gathered.
13. Accepted without public comment the fact that five of his cabinet members cheated on their taxes and two others withdrew after they couldn’t
take the heat.
I never agreed with Obama’s willingness to post people who hadn’t completed their taxes correctly. He should never have appointed those people
in the first place. I agree with this point.
14. Appointed a Homeland Security Chief who quickly identified as “dangers to the nation”, groups including veterans of the military, and
opponents to abortion on demand….and who ordered that the word “terrorism” no longer be used but instead referred to such acts as “man made
Like it or not, the department of Homeland Securities report on disgruntled veterans is right on the money. Levels of extremism have been rising
in this country since Obama’s election and some of them have to do with ex-military people who seem to think it’s their right to take up arms
against the President of the United States.
Two Atlanta area police officers were even suspended for doing an unauthorized “background check” on the President.
Gun owners have been stockpiling weapons and ammo for fear that Obama is “about to take away their guns” although, historically speaking gun
owners enjoy more rights now than they did under President Clinton. Not only that, but Obama recently signed a bill that makes it EASIER for people to
carry guns in National Parks. Reagan opposed such a measure. Obama backed it.
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