With the successes and popularity in his first term in Office it appeared that Obama would continue to accomplish more in his second term even with the extreme partisanship in Congress. After all, the polls showed that he was the most popular man in the country.
However, with just 5 months in his second term his choices are beginning to fade and the system of government that he created is beginning to become dysfunctional. Criticism is mounting on all fronts, his handling of the attack on the Benghazi embassy in Libya, his inability to work with Congress on important issues like the debt ceiling, the economy, even though it is improving, recovery is dreadfully slow. He seems unwilling, or at least reluctant, to share documents and information that might cast a shadow on his Administration. Now the IRS has lost all credibility by harassing Conservative groups. He has said that partisanship in Congress would improve in his second term but if anything he has contributed to its becoming even more divided than before.
There is so much bickering, deception, one-upmanship and misinformation from both Parties it’s hard to tell where the truth lies on any issue but the Republicans appear to have the high ground at the moment, especially since the IRS fiasco story broke.
If the President, with his popularity waning, is unable to turn things around he soon will face insurmountable opposition to accomplish anything in his second term and not just from Congress, the people may also lose confidence in his ability to lead the Country.
That being said, we must guard against any rush to judgment on these snapshots of current issues. There is simply too much that remains to be sorted out and far too much at stake to make snap judgments based on opinion, incomplete, twisted information and Party values over what is best for the country.
President Bill Clinton turned over to President George W. Bush a 1.3 Trillion budget surplus, a strong economy and a Nation at peace, no wars.
President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Chaney turned over to President Barack Obama a huge budget deficit, a wrecked economy in deep recession, Unresolved 9/11 attack in our Country by Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda and two wars. The World is better off without Saddam Husain but the high price we paid for the Iraq War that took the lives of so many American soldiers and killed many more innocent Iraqi citizens was unnecessary and unforgivable. The economic mess he left behind, that contributed to the poor economy of the entire world, was so large and devastating that many thousands of people who have lost jobs and Homes will never be able to recover.
President Barack Obama has saved us from another great depression, reigned in reckless Wall Street, saved the auto Industry from complete collapse, improved the stock market and, according to leading economists, steadily growing the economy and jobs in America. He reformed healthcare, saved Social Security and Medicare, pulled us out of the Iraq war as promised, dismantled Al Qaida and got Bin Laden.
This list of accomplishments would have received much greater National acclaim except for one thing, he is the first Black President of the United States. Racism is dividing the country as much as ideology or Party values. ”When they say it’s not about Race… It’s about Race”.
Jeb Bush misspoke in his “Face the Nation” interview on Sunday March 10, 2013, saying Obama won the election in some ways by dividing the country.
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