Video: Obama’s midterm report card

posted at 2:15 pm on January 13, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Hey, I think Bill Whittle is being a little unfair here.  Where’s the Lily Ledbetter Act? Bill scores the first two years of Barack Obama’s presidency based on Obama’s own campaign promises, and … well, see for yourself:

Bill doesn’t add ObamaCare to his list of ten promises, but does mention that its constitutionality is still an open question in court.  Otherwise, while none of these defeats mentioned by Bill are a surprise to Hot Air readers, his comprehensive presentation of them amounts of a rather damning grade of failure — and Bill never really gets around to Obamanomics.  Remember when the stimulus bill was supposed to keep unemployment below 8%?  Remember when the massive interventions in the housing market were supposed to prevent foreclosures from accelerating?  How have those worked out, too?

A little over year ago, Obama gave himself a “good, solid B-plus.”  I wonder if he’d settle for an incomplete now.


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A little over year ago, Obama gave himself a “good, solid B-plus.” I wonder if he’d settle for an incomplete now.

interpretation: “Is it spring break yet?”

ted c on January 13, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Awesome speech last night, so it’s all good.

mankai on January 13, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Obama’s Speech last night cancels out the past 2 years of misery.

portlandon on January 13, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Does it matter?
“I love you Obama!”
That’s what matters.

Electrongod on January 13, 2011 at 2:20 PM

WWMS….……what would McCain say!!

Since he hasn’t said a peep about his running mate being accused of murder…..maybe he would be willing to offer some Analysis of the President’s accomplishments (good for some media praise)?

PappyD61 on January 13, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Obama’s Speech last night cancels out the past 2 years of misery.
portlandon on January 13, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Yep. And this little wonkish Hot Air piece has zero effect against the superficial media megaphone declaring Zero’s awesomeness.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on January 13, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Awesome speech last night, so it’s all good.

mankai on January 13, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Of course. And don’t forget to pick up a T-shirt!

BuckeyeSam on January 13, 2011 at 2:27 PM

How about a nice graph, Ed?
That always persuades the masses.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on January 13, 2011 at 2:29 PM

I fully expect one of the fawning MSM types to ask Obi-Won to grade himself once again and I equally fully expect that his propensity to inflate his grade will be displayed once again.

Man, but wasn’t last night’s speech a game changer? Just like the Cairo speech?

ya2daup on January 13, 2011 at 2:30 PM

“incomplete”?

How about a STRONG D – for just showing up?

GarandFan on January 13, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Obama makes me swoon like the premiere of Twilight.

/s (<– is that even needed?)

MrX on January 13, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Ya2daup, tingles is airing a special on dear leaders first 2 years in office….should be just as good as his tea party special….nauseating to say the least

Yuck

cmsinaz on January 13, 2011 at 2:34 PM

I seem to recall that schools aren’t using the grading system any longer(it hurts their little feelings if someone is smarter), the kids just get to the next grade if they just show up. Is this how we must now grade bho?
L

letget on January 13, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Obama would give himself a good, solid PRESENT this time around.

moonsbreath on January 13, 2011 at 2:36 PM

I just feel so healed.

John the Libertarian on January 13, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Fire in the background?

Isn’t that…incendiary and potentially suggestive of violence?

And telling him he’s FAILED? WHAT THE HELL, BILL?

Tone it down! Somebody’s going to get hurt!

Good Lt on January 13, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Good solid Z minus. And only because the alphabet doesn’t go any lower than that.

rbj on January 13, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Obama=Epic Fail.

Unless, of course, you’re a liberal wanna-be dictator hoping to wreck our country and then recreate it in your own vision.

search4truth on January 13, 2011 at 2:47 PM

I just feel so healed.

John the Libertarian on January 13, 2011 at 2:38 PM

You and me both John. If fact, I will look to the Greats of civility to teach myself the ways to a better me.
David Letterman
Paul Krugman
Tingles

I am sure there are more but the healing process is taking a toll on me right now.

Electrongod on January 13, 2011 at 2:47 PM

As bad as the report card is, the situation with him doing (or not doing) all ten of those things is far superior to the situation as it would be if he had actually gone ahead.

So I’ve got to give him at least a passing grade on “stop and think before you actually do it.”

The rhetoric he used in his campaign was irresponsible and tantamount to national suicide. I don’t know if he figured that out, or merely if someone pointed out to him that the political consequences of his agenda would be the purging of the Democratic Party from the American body politic.

In short, he was elected while make unrealistic promises that a lot of suckers believed (or pretended to believe for purposes of their own).

SearchlightCrusade on January 13, 2011 at 2:52 PM

What a nasty, foul, stench is in the air today. The media reports it is rosewater and everyone is rushing out to buy a bottle.

Limerick on January 13, 2011 at 2:53 PM

This had me laughing the whole way through.

scotash on January 13, 2011 at 2:53 PM

No one, not any talking heads, not any flowery speechwriters, certainly no opinion-journalist can beat Bill Whittle. As Andrew Wilkow is fond of saying, “The Argument(s) can’t be broken”. That is true for Wilkow and Whittle.

Obamacare will be going down in flames (hopefully taking him as well). Doctors, surgeons, etc., due to excessive Federal mucking, are already setting up ‘Surgical Resorts’ in Caribbean Countries. Good for airlines who need passengers to feed into the Pat Down Maw, good for those countries, good for the individual patient and surgeon; but what about others? And, let’s not talk about the ban on Doctor Owned Hospitals growth.

SeniorD on January 13, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Obama would give himself a good, solid PRESENT this time around.

moonsbreath on January 13, 2011 at 2:36 PM

That presumes President M.T. Suit even acknowledges failure. After all, it’s always “Not Me!”

SeniorD on January 13, 2011 at 3:28 PM

A for Bill. F for Obama. Or maybe I should grade him “Ineffective.”

hachiban on January 13, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Yeah, Ed, but wasn’t Obama’s speech just AWESOME? He hit all the right notes, didn’t he, Ed? You could hardly tell there was any progressive b*llsh*t in it at all. All you had to do is believe!//////////////////////////////////////////////

pugwriter on January 13, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Mr Obama got an A+ on the last-minute pop quiz (the speech last night). But as Bill W. eloquently explains, his mid-term score is not nearly as high.

itsnotaboutme on January 13, 2011 at 3:56 PM

“A solid F+.”

Akzed on January 13, 2011 at 4:18 PM

portlandon on January 13, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Not to worry.
Life goes on and “repealing the Obamacare bill” is next up.

tencole on January 13, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Since Obama prides himself on rejecting the failed policies of the past, let’s look at the same time in the previous president’s term.

In January 2003, budget deficits were much lower than now.
In January 2003, the unemployment rate was much lower than now.
In January 2003, no oil wells had leaked into the Gulf.
In January 2003, the economy was rebounding from 9/11 and the Enron and WorldCom failures.
In January 2003, GM and Chrysler were prosperous, private companies.
In November 2002, the President’s party won 6 seats in the House, instead of losing 63 seats in 2010.

On all these issues, we are worse off now than after an equal time under the leadership of George W. Bush. Obama is a worse failure than the man he labeled a failure.

Does America miss him yet?

Steve Z on January 13, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Barry’s grade, how about a famous line: “Mr. Blutarski… zero point zero”

phreshone on January 13, 2011 at 5:02 PM

“A solid F+ Z-.”

Akzed on January 13, 2011 at 4:18 PM

FIFY

dmh0667 on January 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM