No, Matt Bai, it’s not all Bush’s fault

posted at 1:21 pm on July 3, 2014 by Noah Rothman

In an expansive essay published on Thursday, Yahoo News’ national political columnist Matt Bai dubbed George W. Bush the most influential president in decades. The imprint the former president left on domestic and geopolitics is so expansive that his shadow still looms over virtually every major issue dominating the headlines more than a half-decade after he left office.

Bai’s assessment of Bush’s sizable impact on the world was no compliment, though. It was submitted as more of an attempt to absolve Barack Obama of blame for what Americans increasingly view as his failed presidency.

“After a month that saw Iraq unravel and job growth continue to plod along, while the stock market soared, the central paradox of the Obama years, as historians will undoubtedly view it, has never been clearer,” Bai wrote. “It’s Obama’s presidency, but he’s still governing in Bush’s world.”

“Obama’s critics will no doubt hear in this an excuse for his stymied agenda and limp approval ratings, but that’s not the point,” he continued. Bai noted that all presidents are vexed by the conditions set by their predecessors. “But it’s hard to think of any second-term president in the past century, at least, who’s been so completely consumed by issues he inherited,” he continued.

This assertion undermines Bai’s claim that his is not an attempt to craft a set of excuses for Obama’s failures in office. Despite his claims to the contrary, Bai’s aims grow clearer as his column progresses. It reads, however, more like an indictment of Obama and his leadership of the Democratic Party than an acquittal.

The most obvious of these at the moment is the situation in Iraq, which Obama had vowed to put behind us once and for all, and which is now devolving into a morass of tribal and sectarian warfare — an outcome that should have seemed inevitable to anyone who ever visited the country or bothered to read a history book. There’s also the mess in Afghanistan and the cresting tide of Islamist militancy in Syria and throughout the region, all of which came in a package deal with Bush’s global war on Terror.

Then you have to consider security conundrums closer to home, like domestic spying (which Obama had excoriated as a candidate) and the quasi-legal prison at Guantanamo Bay (which he had vowed to shutter). Turns out that it takes an awful lot of resolve for any president to turn off the giant sucking machine of high-tech intelligence once the government has turned it on. And what do you know: There’s no good place to send the prisoners at Gitmo, after all — unless you want to unload them for an American prisoner of war, like the Marlins at the trading deadline. Obama hasn’t yet solved either problem.

The defining issue of Obama’s presidency remains an economic recovery that continues to leave behind most Americans while enriching a relative few, for which the president mostly blames Congress, almost six years after the Wall Street meltdown that helped propel him to the White House. The mounting debt Democrats derided as irresponsible in the Bush years has only intensified under Obama, with no greater clarity on how to get it under control.

Even today’s bitter partisanship is one of Bush’s legacy achievements:

“And let’s not forget the toxic, paralyzing political atmosphere Bush bequeathed his successor,” Bai continued. “Obama’s central promise as a candidate was to unstick us from all of that (hope and change, etc.), but his presidency has been swallowed by it, instead. Now he’s resorted to exactly the same type of governing by executive fiat for which Democrats assailed Bush.”

If only there was one simple chart to illustrate this bitter partisan divide fostered under Bush, preferably one that shows the seeds of this great chasm were sown amid Bush’s scorched earth 2004 reelection campaign:

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Well, that can’t be right.

But it is. Bai concedes that Obama probably “underestimated” the scale of the challenges that he faced when coming into office, but the president also proceeded to handle them poorly. By nearly every metric Obama set to measure his success, he has failed.

Obama promised to change the culture of Washington and reduce the influence that corporate lobbyists have over policymakers. “Six years later, that influence is not only stronger; it’s more secretive,” wrote MSNBC.com’s Jeremy Slevin.

The president promised to end the practice of crafting legislation behind closed doors only to be passed without sufficient time for the public to scrutinize new proposals. The Affordable Care Act stands as a monument to the efficacy of legislative secrecy and parliamentary chicanery. Obama promised a new era of transparency in government, a vow that even The New York Times editorial board scoffs at today.

The 44th president sought sweeping economic reforms only possible amid a 100 year economic crisis. He passed ineffective Keynesian stimulus projects which objectively failed to achieve their goals, but he has nevertheless continued to advocate for more of them. Obama could not even deliver on his 2008 campaign promises to index the minimum wage to inflation or enact a windfall profits tax on oil companies, even with Democratic majorities in both chambers of Congress.

Overseas, Obama promised to end the Iraq war within 16 months of taking office and to withdraw American forces from that theater. For a fleeting moment, he achieved that objective. But his political commitment to withdrawal allowed no consideration for strategic concerns and, within a few years, American troops were back in Baghdad conducting advisory operations alongside Iraqi security forces. Thousands of troops and naval assets remain positioned in the Persian Gulf ready to evacuate Americans from the world’s most expensive embassy if the sad history of Saigon repeats itself in Baghdad.

Obama succeeded on his own terms in implementing a “surge” of troops into Afghanistan, an operation which was modestly successful but was terminated arbitrarily and probably prematurely. Obama may yet learn from his mistake in Afghanistan, and might negotiate a Status of Forces Agreement which allows for a permanent American presence in that country – an achievement which eluded him in Iraq. If so, Obama’s promise to “end the war” in Afghanistan will have been achieved only in the technical sense that American forces are no longer spearheading combat operations.

But the hotspots that Obama inherited from Bush have proliferated during his presidency. Russia’s aggression toward its neighbors in the post-Soviet space has only grown more brazen in the last six years. China, apparently desirous of territorial expansion, is hastening the rise of East Asian spheres of influence in a post-American global order with unforeseen alacrity. A variety of South and Central American nations are today virtual failed states, creating a virtual refugee crisis on America’s southern border.

The Syrian civil war currently spilling into Iraq was not a “package deal” with the War on Terror, but one of many conflicts to erupt during the Arab Spring of 2011. The president’s response to that tectonic geopolitical event was to reverse President Jimmy Carter’s only lasting achievement: the crafting of an alliance with Egypt’s military that had endured amid changes of government in Cairo and served as a bedrock for preventing interstate wars in the Middle East for 40 years. By nearly every conceivable measurement, the Middle East is less stable today than it was during the Bush administration.

With the theater of military operations in the global war on terror expanding rather than contracting, Obama’s promise to restore America’s reputation is a punchline today. At best, the United States is ignored by its erstwhile allies. At worst, and with increasing frequency, its interests are actively opposed by nations who do not fear the consequences associated with running afoul of the world’s lone superpower.

One of the few diplomatic advantages Obama inherited from Bush was the unwavering admiration of the Second World nations liberated from Soviet domination. What do the former Warsaw Pact states think of the value of relations with the United States today? “[It] isn’t worth anything,” said Poland’s Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski candidly, representative of one of the few European countries willing to participate in the 2003 invasion of Iraq in service only to its alliance with the United States. “[It’s] even harmful because it creates a false sense of security.”

No matter how much the president’s benefactors would like to salvage his reputation for posterity, these are failures Obama owns. Even Bai’s thoughtful attempt at preemptively rehabilitating Obama’s legacy betrays his inadequacy. So bereft of substantive successes is this presidency that it is the natural restoration of Obama’s predecessor’s reputation which must be thwarted.

That is the strongest, albeit inadvertent, condemnation of Barack Obama anyone could make.


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Duh, Matt Bai, it’s Jarrett’s world.

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2014 at 1:22 PM

I feel truly sorry for the next black presidential hopeful.

rogerb on July 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

obama 33
Bush 28
Carter in the 4th worst president since WWII.

Reagan waaaaaaaaay ahead of Bill Clinton.

Man, it must hurt the narcissistic oaf in the WH to be the worst, 2nd to “chimpey” and way worse than Jimmuh Carter.

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

So the Lightbearer is actually a lightweight. Who knew? Aside from us dummies.

rbj on July 3, 2014 at 1:25 PM

I feel truly sorry for the next black presidential hopeful.

rogerb on July 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

You need not worry. They’re focused on the first female/gay/Latin one now.

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Pre-emptive revisionism.

Ben Hur on July 3, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I don’t know what to make of those colorful charts above…

But one thing is for sure….

When Red and Blue mix together…

It looks like a big pile of……

Electrongod on July 3, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Any books written about the successes of the Obama administration will need to be shelved in the fiction section…

JoeHanson on July 3, 2014 at 1:29 PM

The trolls, totally missing from the Hillary-is-a-dummy thread, will be here soon.

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2014 at 1:30 PM

I knew Matt Bai’s Bush squirrel would work on someone.

Ignore the Bush talk from the Left. That’s what they want.

Obama gave Iraq to Al Qaeda. That’s what they’re trying to hide. Women voters will not be happy when they read about that.

faraway on July 3, 2014 at 1:30 PM

If Obama didn’t think he could resolve the problems left over from the Bush Administration, why did he choose to run for president in 2008? By succeeding Bush, he guaranteed that he would have to deal with whatever the situation was at the time Bush left office and its consequences.

J.S.K. on July 3, 2014 at 1:32 PM

So bereft of substantive successes is this presidency that it is the natural restoration of Obama’s predecessor’s reputation which must be thwarted.

That is the strongest, albeit inadvertent, condemnation of Barack Obama anyone could make.

Being rated lower than “chimpey” must really drive the oaf crazy.

He’s been slipping out of the WH, in sheer frustration
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Schadenfreude on July 3, 2014 at 1:33 PM

GWB is smarter than obama – he keeps his trap shut.

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2014 at 1:33 PM

There are going to be thousands of leftist excuses for our first black president’s failures. None of them will have anything to do with Obama being of mediocre intelligence and of zero real world experience.

jukin3 on July 3, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Well, Matt Bai, if those pesky Founding Fathers could have learned to live with the tyranny of King George, we wouldn’t have any this mess and we could be happy eating our crumpets and drinking our English tea. So it’s really the blame of Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, & Washington.

Bitter Clinger on July 3, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Who wrote this post, can’t be the same Noah that’s been posting here all week.

D-fusit on July 3, 2014 at 1:36 PM

I’m writing a book about Obama’s economic and foreign policy successes.
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I’m finished.

jukin3 on July 3, 2014 at 1:36 PM

“And let’s not forget the toxic, paralyzing political atmosphere Bush bequeathed his successor,” Bai continued. “Obama’s central promise as a candidate was to unstick us from all of that (hope and change, etc.), but his presidency has been swallowed by it, instead. Now he’s resorted to exactly the same type of governing by executive fiat for which Democrats assailed Bush.”

Yeah, he really tried to be bipartisan……


He said Republicans had driven the economy into a ditch and then stood by and criticized while Democrats pulled it out. Now that progress has been made, he said, “we can’t have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”

-Rat-eared bastard, October 25th 2010

Happy Nomad on July 3, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Even Bai’s thoughtful attempt at preemptively rehabilitating Obama’s legacy betrays his inadequacy.

I don’t think that word means what you think it means

pascal wager on July 3, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Dubya had to work in Willie’s world, but the Lefties weren’t interested in facts.

formwiz on July 3, 2014 at 1:38 PM

After my first effort I started writing a book about how Obama brings people together, fosters compromise, and mutual agreements.
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I’m finished.

jukin3 on July 3, 2014 at 1:39 PM

It really boils down to this:

Barack Obama was elected in 2008 because America was panicked in a financial meltdown and a rapidly exploding recession. And he proceeded to do almost nothing about either one of those, while instead blowing all of his political capital and losing a House majority pursuing the progressive pipe dreams of nationalized health care, cap-and-trade, amnesty, and a massive buildup of the welfare state.

Imagine instead if Obama had not been so obsessed with “doing something really big,” i.e. health care, and instead had focused as Reagan did on overhauling the financial system and the tax code to address the sinking economy. He would have had some Republican support, and most likely would not have lost the House majority in 2010. The Tea Party might never have existed. He would have had the votes to do a lot more smaller things that would have added up to achieving quite a lot of the progressive agenda, if not everything. He would not have had the IRS scandal (no Tea Party groups to target), the Obamacare meltdown disaster, the debt-ceiling debacles – all of which have added up to a sense that he is incompetent at best and venal at worst.

It all unraveled for Obama because he insisted on ramming through a flawed, overly complex, expensive, and undesired health care law. And that certainly cannot be laid at the feet of George W. Bush!

Heckuva job there, Barry.

rockmom on July 3, 2014 at 1:40 PM

After my first tow blockbusters, I’ve started a third book about Obama’s athletic prowess.
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I’m finished.

jukin3 on July 3, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Barack Obama was elected in 2008 because America was panicked in a financial meltdown and a rapidly exploding recession.

rockmom on July 3, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Well that and McCain.

Happy Nomad on July 3, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Dubya had to work in Willie’s world, but the Lefties weren’t interested in facts.

formwiz on July 3, 2014 at 1:38 PM

And Sandy Berger got rid of the facts so Willie and Hillie will never have to own up to them.

rockmom on July 3, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Honestly I didn’t read the Matt Bai article so I’ll ask anyone here that did, Did Matty mention anything in regards to Barky taking the Debt to 17 Trillion or did he somehow manage to blame that on Boooooossssshhhhhh as well.

D-fusit on July 3, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Check the record, wreck the checkered… whatever.

Must be heck for O, presidentin’ in the shadow of Mt. Bush all these years.

Marcola on July 3, 2014 at 1:44 PM

According to the left, King Barack the Magnificent makes no error. The Chosen One is without fault. HE walks on water.

HIS policies only fail because of the ineptitude of others. Others HE appointed. Oh, …… wait……..

“It’s all Bush’s fault!” is a Registered TradeMark of the DNC

GarandFan on July 3, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Well that and McCain.

Happy Nomad on July 3, 2014 at 1:43 PM

McCain was actually leading in the polls until September 19 happened. The financial meltdown gave Obama the election. But he was so full of himself he thought he had gotten America’s endorsement for his whole crazy progressive agenda. And then took two years to get a financial reform bill done that didn’t even address what caused the meltdown and left the big banks even bigger.

rockmom on July 3, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Barack Obama was elected in 2008 because America was panicked in a financial meltdown and a rapidly exploding recession.

rockmom on July 3, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Gee, I thought it was because Sarah Palin was the doofus to end all doofuses. That’s what the Establishment tried to say.

Bitter Clinger on July 3, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Yahoo News’ national political columnist Matt Bai

…Matt Bai wears knee pads AND lotions his hands!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 3, 2014 at 1:49 PM

“It’s Obama’s presidency, but he’s still governing in Bush’s world.”

Jeb for President! /s

airupthere on July 3, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I recall someone (Rove perhaps) commenting the books that Dubya read on a monthly basis and how they’d compare noted and observations on any books they had in common.
King Putt is so smart he has read only three books:
Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope … he’s read these so that he can pretend he wrote them.
The third book he’s read is the Koran. He reads that because of ‘His Faith’.

Missilengr on July 3, 2014 at 1:52 PM

He never understood what it means to be president. He never understood the job he was applying for in the first place.

He thought he was applying to be a super senator. A mega congressman… some sort of supreme legislator. Someone that makes laws.

But that’s not what the president does. The president runs things… but he doesn’t decide the rules. He executes them.

Now can a president set policy? Yeah… because congress is vague on certain points and gives the executive discretion to execute rules.

Karmashock on July 3, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Sorry Matt….obama signed up for the job with the promise of ending or reversing all of those horrible things Bush did. He either lied or he’s incompetent. Or both. He had control of Congress the first two years in office. He’s had the full weight and support of the media behind him for the past 5+ years.

He’s a failure, he was designed to be a failure, he could never be anything else other than a failure and you created him.

“And let’s not forget the toxic, paralyzing political atmosphere Bush bequeathed his successor,” Bai continued. “Obama’s central promise as a candidate was to unstick us from all of that (hope and change, etc.), but his presidency has been swallowed by it, instead. Now he’s resorted to exactly the same type of governing by executive fiat for which Democrats assailed Bush.”

“I Won” BHO January 23, 2009

Name me a president who has demonized his opponents more than obama.

Oh and by the way, who created that toxic atmosphere back in 2001-2008? Oh yeah, the democrats.

HumpBot Salvation on July 3, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Bai noted that all presidents are vexed by the conditions set by their predecessors. “But it’s hard to think of any second-term president in the past century, at least, who’s been so completely consumed by issues he inherited,” he continued.

Obama failed to bring the change he promised on many fronts simply because he chose to continue the GWB policies, and in many cases chose to double-down on them.

It is not a case of ‘could not change it’, but rather he decided he ‘did not know how to change it’, or ‘it is too hard or risky to change it’.

Bottom line is Obama is not a competent executive, and the ultimate failure of his presidency falls at the feet of the voters for electing an incompetent executive.

s1im on July 3, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Top 50 Obama failures. All in one place:

1. Passed Health Care Reform: After five presidents over a century failed to create universal health insurance, signed the Affordable Care Act (2010). It will cover 32 million uninsured Americans beginning in 2014 and mandates a suite of experimental measures to cut health care cost growth, the number one cause of America’s long-term fiscal problems.

2. Passed the Stimulus: Signed $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 to spur economic growth amid greatest recession since the Great Depression. Weeks after stimulus went into effect, unemployment claims began to subside. Twelve months later, the private sector began producing more jobs than it was losing, and it has continued to do so for twenty-three straight months, creating a total of nearly 3.7 million new private-sector jobs.

3. Passed Wall Street Reform: Signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) to re-regulate the financial sector after its practices caused the Great Recession. The new law tightens capital requirements on large banks and other financial institutions, requires derivatives to be sold on clearinghouses and exchanges, mandates that large banks provide “living wills” to avoid chaotic bankruptcies, limits their ability to trade with customers’ money for their own profit, and creates the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (now headed by Richard Cordray) to crack down on abusive lending products and companies.

4. Ended the War in Iraq: Ordered all U.S. military forces out of the country. Last troops left on December 18, 2011.

5. Began Drawdown of War in Afghanistan: From a peak of 101,000 troops in June 2011, U.S. forces are now down to 91,000, with 23,000 slated to leave by the end of summer 2012. According to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the combat mission there will be over by next year.

6. Eliminated Osama bin laden: In 2011, ordered special forces raid of secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in which the terrorist leader was killed and a trove of al-Qaeda documents was discovered.

7. Turned Around U.S. Auto Industry: In 2009, injected $62 billion in federal money (on top of $13.4 billion in loans from the Bush administration) into ailing GM and Chrysler in return for equity stakes and agreements for massive restructuring. Since bottoming out in 2009, the auto industry has added more than 100,000 jobs. In 2011, the Big Three automakers all gained market share for the first time in two decades. The government expects to lose $16 billion of its investment, less if the price of the GM stock it still owns increases.

8. Recapitalized Banks: In the midst of financial crisis, approved controversial Treasury Department plan to lure private capital into the country’s largest banks via “stress tests” of their balance sheets and a public-private fund to buy their “toxic” assets. Got banks back on their feet at essentially zero cost to the government.

9. Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: Ended 1990s-era restriction and formalized new policy allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military for the first time.

10. Toppled Moammar Gaddafi: In March 2011, joined a coalition of European and Arab governments in military action, including air power and naval blockade, against Gaddafi regime to defend Libyan civilians and support rebel troops. Gaddafi’s forty-two-year rule ended when the dictator was overthrown and killed by rebels on October 20, 2011. No American lives were lost.

11. Told Mubarak to Go: On February 1, 2011, publicly called on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to accept reform or step down, thus weakening the dictator’s position and putting America on the right side of the Arab Spring. Mubarak ended thirty-year rule when overthrown on February 11.

12. Reversed Bush Torture Policies: Two days after taking office, nullified Bush-era rulings that had allowed detainees in U.S. custody to undergo certain “enhanced” interrogation techniques considered inhumane under the Geneva Conventions. Also released the secret Bush legal rulings supporting the use of these techniques.

13. Improved America’s Image Abroad: With new policies, diplomacy, and rhetoric, reversed a sharp decline in world opinion toward the U.S. (and the corresponding loss of “soft power”) during the Bush years. From 2008 to 2011, favorable opinion toward the United States rose in ten of fifteen countries surveyed by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, with an average increase of 26 percent.

14. Kicked Banks Out of Federal Student Loan Program, Expanded Pell Grant Spending: As part of the 2010 health care reform bill, signed measure ending the wasteful decades-old practice of subsidizing banks to provide college loans. Starting July 2010 all students began getting their federal student loans directly from the federal government. Treasury will save $67 billion over ten years, $36 billion of which will go to expanding Pell Grants to lower-income students.

15. Created Race to the Top: With funds from stimulus, started $4.35 billion program of competitive grants to encourage and reward states for education reform.

16. Boosted Fuel Efficiency Standards: Released new fuel efficiency standards in 2011 that will nearly double the fuel economy for cars and trucks by 2025.

17. Coordinated International Response to Financial Crisis: To keep world economy out of recession in 2009 and 2010, helped secure from G-20 nations more than $500 billion for the IMF to provide lines of credit and other support to emerging market countries, which kept them liquid and avoided crises with their currencies.

18. Passed Mini Stimuli: To help families hurt by the recession and spur the economy as stimulus spending declined, signed series of measures (July 22, 2010; December 17, 2010; December 23, 2011) to extend unemployment insurance and cut payroll taxes.

19. Began Asia “Pivot”: In 2011, reoriented American military and diplomatic priorities and focus from the Middle East and Europe to the Asian-Pacific region. Executed multipronged strategy of positively engaging China while reasserting U.S. leadership in the region by increasing American military presence and crafting new commercial, diplomatic, and military alliances with neighboring countries made uncomfortable by recent Chinese behavior.

20. Increased Support for Veterans: With so many soldiers coming home from Iraq and Iran with serious physical and mental health problems, yet facing long waits for services, increased 2010 Department of Veterans Affairs budget by 16 percent and 2011 budget by 10 percent. Also signed new GI bill offering $78 billion in tuition assistance over a decade, and provided multiple tax credits to encourage businesses to hire veterans.

21. Tightened Sanctions on Iran: In effort to deter Iran’s nuclear program, signed Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act (2010) to punish firms and individuals who aid Iran’s petroleum sector. In late 2011 and early 2012, coordinated with other major Western powers to impose sanctions aimed at Iran’s banks and with Japan, South Korea, and China to shift their oil purchases away from Iran.

22. Created Conditions to Begin Closing Dirtiest Power Plants: New EPA restrictions on mercury and toxic pollution, issued in December 2011, likely to lead to the closing of between sixty-eight and 231 of the nation’s oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants. Estimated cost to utilities: at least $11 billion by 2016. Estimated health benefits: $59 billion to $140 billion. Will also significantly reduce carbon emissions and, with other regulations, comprises what’s been called Obama’s “stealth climate policy.”

23. Passed Credit Card Reforms: Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act (2009), which prohibits credit card companies from raising rates without advance notification, mandates a grace period on interest rate increases, and strictly limits overdraft and other fees.

24. Eliminated Catch-22 in Pay Equality Laws: Signed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, giving women who are paid less than men for the same work the right to sue their employers after they find out about the discrimination, even if that discrimination happened years ago. Under previous law, as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., the statute of limitations on such suits ran out 180 days after the alleged discrimination occurred, even if the victims never knew about it.

25. Protected Two Liberal Seats on the U.S. Supreme Court: Nominated and obtained confirmation for Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and third woman to serve, in 2009; and Elena Kagan, the fourth woman to serve, in 2010. They replaced David Souter and John Paul Stevens, respectively.

26. Improved Food Safety System: In 2011, signed FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which boosts the Food and Drug Administration’s budget by $1.4 billion and expands its regulatory responsibilities to include increasing number of food inspections, issuing direct food recalls, and reviewing the current food safety practices of countries importing products into America.

27. Achieved New START Treaty: Signed with Russia (2010) and won ratification in Congress (2011) of treaty that limits each country to 1,550 strategic warheads (down from 2,200) and 700 launchers (down from more than 1,400), and reestablished and strengthened a monitoring and transparency program that had lapsed in 2009, through which each country can monitor the other.

28. Expanded National Service: Signed Serve America Act in 2009, which authorized a tripling of the size of AmeriCorps. Program grew 13 percent to 85,000 members across the country by 2012, when new House GOP majority refused to appropriate more funds for further expansion.

29. Expanded Wilderness and Watershed Protection: Signed Omnibus Public Lands Management Act (2009), which designated more than 2 million acres as wilderness, created thousands of miles of recreational and historic trails, and protected more than 1,000 miles of rivers.

30. Gave the FDA Power to Regulate Tobacco: Signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (2009). Nine years in the making and long resisted by the tobacco industry, the law mandates that tobacco manufacturers disclose all ingredients, obtain FDA approval for new tobacco products, and expand the size and prominence of cigarette warning labels, and bans the sale of misleadingly labeled “light” cigarette brands and tobacco sponsorship of entertainment events.

31. Pushed Federal Agencies to Be Green Leaders: Issued executive order in 2009 requiring all federal agencies to make plans to soften their environmental impacts by 2020. Goals include 30 percent reduction in fleet gasoline use, 26 percent boost in water efficiency, and sustainability requirements for 95 percent of all federal contracts. Because federal government is the country’s single biggest purchaser of goods and services, likely to have ripple effects throughout the economy for years to come.

32. Passed Fair Sentencing Act: Signed 2010 legislation that reduces sentencing disparity between crack versus powder cocaine possessionfrom100 to1 to 18 to1.

33. Trimmed and Reoriented Missile Defense: Cut the Reagan-era “Star Wars” missile defense budget, saving $1.4 billion in 2010, and canceled plans to station antiballistic missile systems in Poland and the Czech Republic in favor of sea-based defense plan focused on Iran and North Korea.

34. Began Post-Post-9/11 Military Builddown: After winning agreement from congressional Republicans and Democrats in summer 2011 budget deal to reduce projected defense spending by $450 billion, proposed new DoD budget this year with cuts of that size and a new national defense strategy that would shrink ground forces from 570,000 to 490,000 over the next ten years while increasing programs in intelligence gathering and cyberwarfare.

35. Let Space Shuttle Die and Killed Planned Moon Mission: Allowed the expensive ($1 billion per launch), badly designed, dangerous shuttle program to make its final launch on July 8, 2011. Cut off funding for even more bloated and problem-plagued Bush-era Constellation program to build moon base in favor of support for private-sector low-earth orbit ventures, research on new rocket technologies for long-distance manned flight missions, and unmanned space exploration, including the largest interplanetary rover ever launched, which will investigate Mars’s potential to support life.

36. Invested Heavily in Renewable Technology: As part of the 2009 stimulus, invested $90 billion, more than any previous administration, in research on smart grids, energy efficiency, electric cars, renewable electricity generation, cleaner coal, and biofuels.

37. Crafting Next-Generation School Tests: Devoted $330 million in stimulus money to pay two consortia of states and universities to create competing versions of new K-12 student performance tests based on latest psychometric research. New tests could transform the learning environment in vast majority of public school classrooms beginning in 2014.

38. Cracked Down on Bad For-Profit Colleges: In effort to fight predatory practices of some for-profit colleges, Department of Education issued “gainful employment” regulations in 2011 cutting off commercially focused schools from federal student aid funding if more than 35 percent of former students aren’t paying off their loans and/or if the average former student spends more than 12 percent of his or her total earnings servicing student loans.

39. Improved School Nutrition: In coordination with Michelle Obama, signed Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010 mandating $4.5 billion spending boost and higher nutritional and health standards for school lunches. New rules based on the law, released in January, double the amount of fruits and vegetables and require only whole grains in food served to students.

40. Expanded Hate Crimes Protections: Signed Hate Crimes Prevention Act (2009), which expands existing hate crime protections to include crimes based on a victim’s sexual orientation, gender, or disability, in addition to race, color, religion, or national origin.

41. Avoided Scandal: As of November 2011, served longer than any president in decades without a scandal, as measured by the appearance of the word “scandal” (or lack thereof) on the front page of the Washington Post.

42. Brokered Agreement for Speedy Compensation to Victims of Gulf Oil Spill: Though lacking statutory power to compel British Petroleum to act, used moral authority of his office to convince oil company to agree in 2010 to a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; $6.5 billion already paid out without lawsuits. By comparison, it took nearly two decades for plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez Alaska oil spill case to receive $1.3 billion.

43. Created Recovery.gov: Web site run by independent board of inspectors general looking for fraud and abuse in stimulus spending, provides public with detailed information on every contract funded by $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Thanks partly to this transparency, board has uncovered very little fraud, and Web site has become national model: “The stimulus has done more to promote transparency at almost all levels of government than any piece of legislation in recent memory,” reports Governing magazine.

44. Pushed Broadband Coverage: Proposed and obtained in 2011 Federal Communications Commission approval for a shift of $8 billion in subsidies away from landlines and toward broadband Internet for lower-income rural families.

45. Expanded Health Coverage for Children: Signed 2009 Children’s Health Insurance Authorization Act, which allows the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to cover health care for 4 million more children, paid for by a tax increase on tobacco products.

46. Recognized the Dangers of Carbon Dioxide: In 2009, EPA declared carbon dioxide a pollutant, allowing the agency to regulate its production.

47. Expanded Stem Cell Research: In 2009, eliminated the Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, which shows promise in treating spinal injuries, among many other areas.

48. Provided Payment to Wronged Minority Farmers: In 2009, signed Claims Resolution Act, which provided $4.6 billion in funding for a legal settlement with black and Native American farmers who the government cheated out of loans and natural resource royalties in years past.

49. Helped South Sudan Declare Independence: Helped South Sudan Declare Independence: Appointed two envoys to Sudan and personally attended a special UN meeting on the area. Through U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, helped negotiate a peaceful split in 2011.

50. Killed the F-22: In 2009, ended further purchases of Lockheed Martin single-seat, twin-engine, fighter aircraft, which cost $358 million apiece. Though the military had 187 built, the plane has never flown a single combat mission. Eliminating it saved $4 billion.

Ned Pepper on July 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Oh and by the way, who created that toxic atmosphere back in 2001-2008? Oh yeah, the democrats.

HumpBot Salvation on July 3, 2014 at 1:54 PM

but only because of Bush. All bad things are Bush’s. All good things are from Obama….which stands at ZERO.

jukin3 on July 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Bush!!!!!!!!

cmsinaz on July 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

No matter how much the president’s benefactors would like to salvage his reputation for posterity, these are failures Obama owns.

No, these are failures in which they all share blame. Bush and his party opened the door to Obama and his party. Everything Obama has done is merely a continuation of Bush-RINO policies, as those policies are merely continuation of others, and on and on. There’s no excusing Bush and his party. If the GOP were a genuine party of individual rights and Laissez-faire, we’d never have the likes of Obama. Unfortunately, in most conservative circles, those moral and political virtues are not asserted. What we do get is a lot of propaganda about Bush and his party, as if they are offering a real alternative to Democrats.

rickv404 on July 3, 2014 at 2:02 PM

41. Avoided Scandal: As of November 2011, served longer than any president in decades without a scandal, as measured by the appearance of the word “scandal” (or lack thereof) on the front page of the Washington Post.

Ned Pepper on July 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Now that’s funny right there.

Bitter Clinger on July 3, 2014 at 2:04 PM

He never understood what it means to be president. He never understood the job he was applying for in the first place.

He thought he was applying to be a super senator. A mega congressman… some sort of supreme legislator. Someone that makes laws.

But that’s not what the president does. The president runs things… but he doesn’t decide the rules. He executes them.

Now can a president set policy? Yeah… because congress is vague on certain points and gives the executive discretion to execute rules.

Karmashock on July 3, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I truly believe that he was talked into running by David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett. They assured him that with a big majority in Congress he would not have to do any heavy political lifting, that the Muslim world would throw roses at his feet and Europe would love him, and that all he would have to do was give speeches and do photo shoots for magazines.

He is sort of like the guy in the movie “Dave,” he thought it would be fun to play President and all he was told to do was give speeches and leave the governing up to his staff. But then he decided he was so good at it that he could actually do the job. Only the movie character actually was good at it, while Obama isn’t.

rockmom on July 3, 2014 at 2:06 PM

10. Toppled Moammar Gaddafi: In March 2011, joined a coalition of European and Arab governments in military action, including air power and naval blockade, against Gaddafi regime to defend Libyan civilians and support rebel troops. Gaddafi’s forty-two-year rule ended when the dictator was overthrown and killed by rebels on October 20, 2011. No American lives were lost.

Except that this created the conditions for terrorists to fill a vacuum in Libya which ultimately led to the Benghazi attack in which four American lives were lost.

Bitter Clinger on July 3, 2014 at 2:06 PM

What if we has a couple more years of this to go?

trigon on July 3, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Obama: In charge of everything; responsible for nothing.

Why can’t he use ‘his pen and his phone’ to fix everything like a magic wand or something?

Resist We Much on July 3, 2014 at 2:09 PM

3. Passed Wall Street Reform: Signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) to re-regulate the financial sector after its practices caused the Great Recession. The new law tightens capital requirements on large banks and other financial institutions, requires derivatives to be sold on clearinghouses and exchanges, mandates that large banks provide “living wills” to avoid chaotic bankruptcies, limits their ability to trade with customers’ money for their own profit, and creates the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (now headed by Richard Cordray) to crack down on abusive lending products and companies.

Ned Pepper on July 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Bless your heart. None of this does anything to address what caused the 2008 panic or prevent another one. Just created 2000 new jobs for regulators and left Citigroup even bigger and less solvent than it was in 2008. And almost half the 253 regulations it called for haven’t even been written yet, four years later. I guess that’s Bush’s fault too! Meanwhile Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are still wards of the taxpayers and credit standards are declining again.

BTW, we’ve seen this list posted here hundreds of times so don’t expect to suddenly see any Hosannas for your guy.

rockmom on July 3, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Ned Pepper on July 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

ROFLAMO…you know things are desperate when the trolls start copy and pasting crap from OFA.

Welcome back, HAL or is it lib4life?

HumpBot Salvation on July 3, 2014 at 2:12 PM

The propaganda tools of the obama admin will never ever allow facts or truth get in the way of worshipping their idol.

crosshugger on July 3, 2014 at 2:12 PM

The buck stops anywhere Odummy is not.

DWoDiego on July 3, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Bush may not have done things the way everyone thought he should have but he left everything in a stable condition. If you try to please everybody you end up pleasing nobody. All Obungle’s people had to do was keep hold of things. It all went off track when they decided to completely change it all and then ignore it. We were friends with Israel and were trying to get the other countries on board. The Chicago gang went completely in the opposite direction enabling the muslim terrorists and shoving Israel off to the side because of their anti-semitism. That is why it all went wrong.

crankyoldlady on July 3, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Just another day in obamas lawless amerika….embracing the suck that never goes away…..

crosshugger on July 3, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Oh yeah, and the one thing that Obama himself insisted be put into the Dodd-Frank Act was the Volcker rule, after he had one meeting with Paul Volcker. So far the regulators have put out a 600-page proposed rule that nobody can make any sense of, has the rest of the world’s banking regulators furious because of its unfair treatment of foreign banks and sovereign debt, and even Barney Frank has said he wished it had not been in the bill.

He even f%ed that one up.

rockmom on July 3, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Sgt. Pepper on July 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Back for more, I see.

For those who missed it the other day, enjoy my brilliant face-plant of poor Ned here:

It’s hard to tell here who Fox News hates more: Hillary Clinton, Beyonce or single women.

Ned Pepper on July 1, 2014 at 4:17 PM

And my reply:

Did you pay Joan McCarter from the Daily Kos a royalty fee for stealing her sentence, word for word?

Daily Kos, July 1, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT:

It’s hard to tell here who Fox News hates more: Hillary Clinton, Beyonce or single women.

You’re not very good at this. Now run away again like you did in this morning’s thread.

F-

Del Dolemonte on July 3, 2014 at 2:16 PM

matt bai actually gets paid to be that stupid…for most liberals it comes naturally…

crosshugger on July 3, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Next to the definition of “Paper Tiger” is a picture of Barack Obama

J_Crater on July 3, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Matt Bai’s article summed up in 7 words…

https://twitter.com/SophieRo3/status/484762795162869760/photo/1

Resist We Much on July 3, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Bush may not have done things the way everyone thought he should have but he left everything in a stable condition. If you try to please everybody you end up pleasing nobody. All Obungle’s people had to do was keep hold of things. It all went off track when they decided to completely change it all and then ignore it. We were friends with Israel and were trying to get the other countries on board. The Chicago gang went completely in the opposite direction enabling the muslim terrorists and shoving Israel off to the side because of their anti-semitism. That is why it all went wrong.

crankyoldlady on July 3, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Yep, Smart Power and all that. And it wasn’t just Israel, this gang managed to offend Britain, France, Germany, Poland, Japan, India…pretty much every traditional ally of the US now either hates us or distrusts us. If there was another Kuwait-type event now anywhere in the world, the US would be completely unable to assemble any kind of coalition to fight it. If Putin wanted to march into Poland there isn’t a damn thing the US could do about it.

rockmom on July 3, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 3, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Hahahahaha

Too easy.

rockmom on July 3, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Matt Bai, you’re fired.

Del Dolemonte on July 3, 2014 at 2:33 PM

10. Toppled Moammar Gaddafi: In March 2011, joined a coalition of European and Arab governments in military action, including air power and naval blockade, against Gaddafi regime to defend Libyan civilians and support rebel troops. Gaddafi’s forty-two-year rule ended when the dictator was overthrown and killed by rebels on October 20, 2011. No American lives were lost.

Yeah, great success. We gave Libya to the jihadists. The al-Qaeda black flag now flies all over the failed state of Libya (as it does in Iraq). The same rebels we supported in Libya hit us on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi.

TarheelBen on July 3, 2014 at 2:33 PM

“It’s Obama’s presidency, but he’s still governing in Bush’s world.”

If Obama were the second president would he be governing in Washington’s world in his second term? No, the British would have retaken the colonies by then.

HHW on July 3, 2014 at 2:35 PM

20. Increased Support for Veterans: With so many soldiers coming home from Iraq and Iran with serious physical and mental health problems, yet facing long waits for services, increased 2010 Department of Veterans Affairs budget by 16 percent and 2011 budget by 10 percent. Also signed new GI bill offering $78 billion in tuition assistance over a decade, and provided multiple tax credits to encourage businesses to hire veterans.

This is a joke, right? How many have died on secret waiting lists?

TarheelBen on July 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

46. Recognized the Dangers of Carbon Dioxide: In 2009, EPA declared carbon dioxide a pollutant, allowing the agency to regulate its production.

LOL. This was an accomplishment? The colorless, odorless gas that enables plants to grow, creates oxygen, and sustains life on this planet, has now been declared a “dangerous pollutant.” Like Barry told us, your energy bills will “necessarily” skyrocket.

TarheelBen on July 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

McCain was actually leading in the polls until September 19 happened. The financial meltdown gave Obama the election…
rockmom on July 3, 2014 at 1:48 PM

“The financial meltdown” timed to Sept. 19:

It’s interesting that Goldman Sachs was among Obama’s biggest donor in both his campaigns. And that they’re Hillary Clinton’s biggest donor now.

I don’t believe in coincidences, either.

Lourdes on July 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Matt Bai is an idiot, like everyone who writes for Yahoo News (chief editor: Katie Couric).

Adjoran on July 3, 2014 at 2:48 PM

11. Told Mubarak to Go: On February 1, 2011, publicly called on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to accept reform or step down, thus weakening the dictator’s position and putting America on the right side of the Arab Spring. Mubarak ended thirty-year rule when overthrown on February 11.

Amazing. Telling a 35-year ally, Mubarak, to go was an accomplishment? We then supported the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. After winning the election, the Brotherhood begins implementing sharia law, and the people rise up. After driving Morsi from office, the military is now in control. Our actions helped end the Camp David accords, the only peace treaty of its kind in the Middle East. Heckuva job, Barry.

TarheelBen on July 3, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Bai’s assessment of Bush’s sizable impact on the world was no compliment, though. It was submitted as more of an attempt to absolve Barack Obama of blame for what Americans increasingly view as his failed presidency.

Obama’s “accomplishments,” so called (and there’s more after these lists were compiled):

One list here.

Another list here.

A list of Obama’s lies can be found here but Obama’s compounded this list since the list was compiled.

Many of those Obama lies relate to his “accomplishments”.

Lourdes on July 3, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Enjoyed the distributed-Fisking of Ned’s post; it is a cautionary tale, however, because the Left actually believes those points, and doesn’t accept contrary evidence.
This was the winner, though:

41. Avoided Scandal: As of November 2011, served longer than any president in decades without a scandal, as measured by the appearance of the word “scandal” (or lack thereof) on the front page of the Washington Post.

Ned Pepper on July 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Considering that the WaPo (and NYT et al.) are openly cheering for Obama and deliberately burying any news that could reveal his scandals-in-the-making (look at when most of them started; we’re just seeing them all blow up at once), and considering that the MSM also takes any penny-ante slip by a Republican president (or wannabe) and calls it a scandal, that’s not a convincing criterion.

AesopFan on July 3, 2014 at 2:59 PM

What Obama is doing is giving up the facade of governance. He wants to consolidate as much power as he can into the hands of the national government. He works to break as many things American as he can. He destroys or steals private wealth and redistrubutes it to his friends in the U.S. or to other countries. These are the real goals and methods – the real work – for this progressive administration and always have been. He’s just dropped the pretense that anything else matters.

ROCnPhilly on July 3, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Like a lot of others I know, I supported Pres. Bush’s respect and dispatch of our US military.

Meanwhile, also like others, I heard all about Barack Obama’s vows of being “anti war” and his supporters, for years, hissing about “Bush” and “war” as reason to support Obama.

Yet when Bush left office, compared with after Obama moved in:

The United States had about 30,000 troops in Afghanistan during 2008, the last year of President Bush’s term. By the end of 2010, President Obama had increased that number to almost 100,000. It’s down to about 88,000 now, which still might surprise people who recall candidate Obama’s ringing antiwar speeches of 2008.

Lourdes on July 3, 2014 at 3:00 PM

What Obama is doing is giving up the facade of governance. He wants to consolidate as much power as he can into the hands of the national government. He works to break as many things American as he can. He destroys or steals private wealth and redistrubutes it to his friends in the U.S. or to other countries. These are the real goals and methods – the real work – for this progressive administration and always have been. He’s just dropped the pretense that anything else matters.

ROCnPhilly on July 3, 2014 at 3:00 PM

I agree with you, particularly as to what Obama’s motives are: “…he works to break as many things American as he can”.

Lourdes on July 3, 2014 at 3:03 PM

“It’s Obama’s presidency, but he’s still governing in Bush’s world.”

Wrong, wrong, WRONG!!! In a nutshell, the problem is that Obama is not ‘governing’ at all. He is masquerading as someone who is something other than a sniveling, petulant, 3rd rate community organizer.

And the world is on to the charade…

bimmcorp on July 3, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Skimming through the list Ned posted, most of Obama’s “accomplishments” are taking America in a direction with which most conservatives vehemently disagree, so one Party’s accomplishments are another Party’s failures.
The other thing to note is how many were actually done by the Congress or some other agency, for which Obama then took credit (but hey, “you didn’t build that” is his mantra, right?).

This one was cheered by both sides:

6. Eliminated Osama bin laden: In 2011, ordered special forces raid of secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in which the terrorist leader was killed and a trove of al-Qaeda documents was discovered.

Even then there is some question as to whether Obama himself contributed to the win in any way; he certainly contributed to the unfortunate tragedies involving the SEALS and our Pakistani helpers that followed.

AesopFan on July 3, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Ned Pepper on July 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Sweet jumping Jehoshaphat, but you’re a f*cking idiot.

Midas on July 3, 2014 at 3:12 PM

And congrats, Noah – looks like we a post where most of the comments are not about *you*. ;)

Midas on July 3, 2014 at 3:13 PM

You’re not very good at this. Now run away again like you did in this morning’s thread.

F-

Del Dolemonte on July 3, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Lucky Ned’s not so sharp on the draw ever since Rooster shot him in the lip at Winding Stair Mountain..Remember??

bimmcorp on July 3, 2014 at 3:17 PM

I had forgotten why the name “Ned Pepper” sounded familiar – Google does the heavy lifting.

TRUE GRIT: If Chaney is nasty, then Ned Pepper is just pure evil, like a little glimpse into what Chaney could become if he stuck it out for a few more years. Almost everything he does is violent, violent, and more violent. Just look at the way he treats Mattie—who, remember, is a fourteen-year-old girl (albeit one with a gun):

AesopFan on July 3, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Yep, Smart Power and all that. And it wasn’t just Israel, this gang managed to offend Britain, France, Germany, Poland, Japan, India…pretty much every traditional ally of the US now either hates us or distrusts us. If there was another Kuwait-type event now anywhere in the world, the US would be completely unable to assemble any kind of coalition to fight it. If Putin wanted to march into Poland there isn’t a damn thing the US could do about it.

rockmom on July 3, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Absolutely. He isn’t governing in Bush’s world. He completely trashed everything Bush had set up.

crankyoldlady on July 3, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Conservatives and liberals are not more “ideologically divided” than ever before. Liberals have taken leave of their senses and have gone screaming and shrieking naked into the dark night, and are trying to drag the rest of us with them. Pardon us for not being enthusiastic about it.

JoseQuinones on July 3, 2014 at 3:28 PM

http://img.tapatalk.com/42574501-2916-c176.jpg

Everybody knows Matt Bai’s part of the water carriers.

And no, I won’t read his article…

ChristianRock on July 3, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Ned Pepper on July 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

There’s some irony at work here that might be lost on you. Passing a health care law that conservatives never wanted and progs now want to ditch in favor of single-payer is not something one might hang one’s hat on.

But thanks for reminding me that the administration dumped the moon. It had been a while since I’d thought about how little effort we are making to expand into space.

The Schaef on July 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM

AesopFan on July 3, 2014 at 3:20 PM

The other day, old Lucky Ned posted some bile and I responded with “Fill your hands you sonofabltch!!!”….went right over his empty head, too…lol

bimmcorp on July 3, 2014 at 3:38 PM

In my opinion, Matt Bai hereby demonstrates that he should not be taken seriously about anything. Ever. Too bad he and so many of his ilk chose to throw away any of their credibility on the self-centered closed minded occupant of the White House.

FiveG on July 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Ned Pepper on July 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Sweet jumping Jehoshaphat, but you’re a f*cking idiot.

Midas on July 3, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Look at this one:

Killed the F-22: In 2009, ended further purchases of Lockheed Martin single-seat, twin-engine, fighter aircraft, which cost $358 million apiece. Though the military had 187 built, the plane has never flown a single combat mission. Eliminating it saved $4 billion.

Using the idiot’s logic, I guess we can do away with nuclear ICBM’s too.

slickwillie2001 on July 3, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Absolutely. He isn’t governing in Bush’s world. He completely trashed everything Bush had set up.

crankyoldlady on July 3, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Nope, Obama is destroying everything that every president, particularly since WWII, had set up.

jukin3 on July 3, 2014 at 5:22 PM

You’re not very good at this. Now run away again like you did in this morning’s thread.

F-

Del Dolemonte on July 3, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Lucky Ned’s not so sharp on the draw ever since Rooster shot him in the lip at Winding Stair Mountain..Remember??

bimmcorp on July 3, 2014 at 3:17 PM

I had forgotten why the name “Ned Pepper” sounded familiar – Google does the heavy lifting.

TRUE GRIT: If Chaney is nasty, then Ned Pepper is just pure evil, like a little glimpse into what Chaney could become if he stuck it out for a few more years. Almost everything he does is violent, violent, and more violent. Just look at the way he treats Mattie—who, remember, is a fourteen-year-old girl (albeit one with a gun):

AesopFan on July 3, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Think I’ll start calling Ned Glen Campbell…

Del Dolemonte on July 3, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Sweet jumping Jehoshaphat, but you’re a f*cking idiot.

Midas on July 3, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Look at this one:

Killed the F-22: In 2009, ended further purchases of Lockheed Martin single-seat, twin-engine, fighter aircraft, which cost $358 million apiece. Though the military had 187 built, the plane has never flown a single combat mission. Eliminating it saved $4 billion.

Using the idiot’s logic, I guess we can do away with nuclear ICBM’s too.

slickwillie2001 on July 3, 2014 at 5:14 PM

It’s totally meaningless (except to Glen Campbell here) that the F-22 has never flown a “combat mission”; the only reason that’s not happened is because none were deployed into potential combat situations until just 2 years ago. And just last year, one F-22 almost did encounter a combat situation, as it had to intercept and then chase away an Iranian fighter over the Persian Gulf.

So it could be credibly argued that O’bama, despite “killing” the F-22, was also in fact the first pResident who put the F-22 into a combat-ready environment!

Right, Ned?

Del Dolemonte on July 3, 2014 at 6:33 PM

I’m persuaded… I mean let’s look at the base claim for the whole argument.

On 9/11/2001 9 months after Bush took office, he was in control and was responsible for everything.

On 7/1/2014 5.5 YEARS after Obama took office, Obama still isn’t in control of ANYTHING.

Which simply indicates Obama isn’t 1/7th the leader President Bush was… he’s the most useless incompetent and pointless President we’ve had with the worst leadership skills we’ve ever seen.

Oh, this was a DEFENSE of Obama? Ok… but how is what I just stated NOT the main premise all the same?

When your only defense of Obama is “well it’s not fair to compare him to Bush, Bush was 7 TIMES the leader Obama could ever be” doesn’t seem that praiseworthy.

gekkobear on July 3, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Yahoo News is crap.

I see it every day, because I have had my email at Yahoo since 1997. Their pages are filled with MSNBCer types, and were there long before MSNBC existed.

I feel truly sorry for the next black presidential hopeful.

You will never see another black president. I’ll put money on the table on this bet.

It is no longer historic, and all of the other victim groups want their turn now.

Moesart on July 4, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Ned Pepper on July 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Who did you plagiarize this time?

Gator Country on July 4, 2014 at 2:06 AM