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Thomas Friedman: ‘Barack Obama is worst president I’ve ever seen’

posted at 12:52 pm on May 27, 2012 by

Extra! Extra! Read all about it. Liberal New York Timescolumnist Thomas Friedman calls Obama “worst president ever.”

Oh, forgive me. I was quoting out of context. What Friedman actually wrote in a Saturday op-ed was:

Barack Obama is a great orator, but he is the worst president I’ve ever seen when it comes to explaining his achievements, putting them in context, connecting with people on a gut level through repetition and thereby defining how the public views an issue.

I committed the sin of quoting out of context because I thought that was acceptable practice among liberal members of the press and the political class. They certainly had a field day with Mitt Romney’s comment in February about not being “concerned about the very poor,” purposely omitting the following explanatory sentence about a built-in societal “safety net.” Admittedly, the remark was a stupid one to make in the first place, but it was made far more pernicious by being taken out of context.

But let’s get back to Friedman’s argument. It is one Obama made himself multiple times. In 2010, the president said with respect to the wildly unpopular health care reform act that if he just explained it, say by giving a speech (or two … or three hundred), the American people would finally embrace the law (assuming they had the brains to understand the thought processes of a man of his stature).

Friedman in his musings takes another shot at explaining ObamaCare on the president’s behalf. He writes, “Think about this: Is there anyone in America today who doesn’t either have a pre-existing medical condition or know someone who does and can’t get health insurance as a result? Yet two years after Obama’s health care bill became law, how many Americans understand that once it is fully implemented no American with a pre-existing condition will ever again be denied coverage?”

There is no question that eliminating the one-year waiting period on pre-existing conditions is a good thing. That is why it appears in the Republican plan to replace ObamaCare with a viable reform package that includes other benefits ObamaCare doesn’t, such as portability of premium purchases across state lines and tort reform, both of which would drive down the cost.

Friedman turns to another topic that he thinks Obama did a lousy job of explaining: His auto bailout. Not only, Friedman writes, did Obama “save the auto industry from bankruptcy” but “he also got all the top U.S. automakers to agree to increase mileage for their vehicle fleets to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, from 27.5 m.p.g. today.” As proof of what a positive development this is, Friedman quotes a Popular Mechanics article that proclaims this as “the largest mandatory fuel economy increase in history.” This time it is Friedman who quotes out of context. Here is rest of the Popular Mechanics article, beginning with the next paragraph.

The ambitious new standards have encountered strong opposition from automakers, who suggest that the rules will mean large increases in cars’ sticker prices. But, as part of the announcement (where the CEOs of the Detroit big three and several foreign automakers were in attendance), Obama said that consumers would save an average of $8000 per vehicle in reduced fuel costs once the regulations are in full effect in 2025.

Make no mistake about it: The new regulations are hugely important. They will save consumers boatloads of money they would’ve spent on gas, drastically reduce American’s fuel consumption and carbon footprint and change the way cars are made. But, they present a major challenge to automakers, who must determine what technologies or combination of technologies will allow average fleet fuel economy to climb so high. They’ve got a lot of work to do.

Andrew Del-Colle, the author of the quoted article,is enthusiastic about the proposal—but expresses serious reservations about whether the plan is do-able. So far, there is nothing beyond a pie-in-the-sky promise from an administration that has a proven track record of breaking its promises.

In fact here is another the Obama White House made vis-à-vis the auto bailout: “The money that this administration invested, about $60 billion, we believe we’re on the path to recouping all of that.” That was on July 30, 2011. But on December 11 of that year, then-car czar Steven Rattner sang a different tune about recouping that $60 billion.

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Obama “worst president ever.” Oh, forgive me. I was quoting out of context.

I like your ‘out of context’ comment. It is 100% correct, IMO! I feel bho will go down in American history as the worse president we ever had, period!
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letget on May 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM

but he is the worst president I’ve ever seen when it comes to explaining his achievements,

Yes, he’s quite bad at explaining his role in getting bin Laden. He merely o.k.ed a particular mission, and leaked so much about it that a man is facing 33 years in a Pakistan prison (read: death sentence.)

What other accomplishments does he have, aside from 100 rounds of golf?

rbj on May 27, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I despise the cowardly way the Times cuts off comments before a story can be distributed around the blogosphere, assuring most comments come from the mostly liberal regular readers.

TheLastBrainLeft on May 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Thanks for the chuckle. You got me. I thought, maybe… Friedman had finally come to his senses. What was I thinking? LOL

Fallon on May 27, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Anyone notice the title of Friedman’s column, “Obama should seize the high ground”? Hasn’t Obongo already gotten to the highest ground possible?

stukinIL4now on May 27, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Barack Obama is a great orator, but he is the worst president I’ve ever seen when it comes to explaining his achievements, putting them in context, connecting with people on a gut level through repetition and thereby defining how the public views an issue.

Maybe because Barack Obama / Barry Obama used too many substances in his lifetime and he’s currently suffering a form of dementia or psychological impairment that includes delusions and the inability to remain lucid, particularly as to details about himself and his life history.

Or, perhaps he’s simply a lying creep.

Lourdes on May 27, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Yes, he’s quite bad at explaining his role in getting bin Laden. He merely o.k.ed a particular mission, and leaked so much about it that a man is facing 33 years in a Pakistan prison (read: death sentence.)

What other accomplishments does he have, aside from 100 rounds of golf?

rbj on May 27, 2012 at 1:25 PM

…thinking back to that photo of the concrete sidewalk that “Barry Obama” inscribed when it was still wet cement with “King Barry” (or was it “King Obama”)…

Seems that Barry/Barack has had a problem with grandiose delusions about himself his entire life. I think the guy was made this way. His drug abuse has only made his issues worse.

Lourdes on May 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Barack Obama is a great orator, but he is the worst president I’ve ever seen when it comes to explaining his achievements, putting them in context,…

Liberal cognitive dissonance rides again. How can one be a “great orator” and yet be unable to explain one’s own achievements? Aren’t great orators by definition great at explaining things? Isn’t the ability to communicate well a requirement for being a great orator?

… connecting with people on a gut level through repetition and thereby defining how the public views an issue.

AKA the objective and goal of propaganda, indoctrination, and brainwashing. Too bad lefties can’t force everyone to attend their re-education camps information awareness seminars and sensitivity training classes.

farsighted on May 27, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I despise the cowardly way the Times cuts off comments before a story can be distributed around the blogosphere, assuring most comments come from the mostly liberal regular readers.

TheLastBrainLeft on May 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Why? It’s practically an admission of defeat.

squint on May 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Lourdes on May 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM

I think a lot of little Barry’s problems originated with his mother’s worldview that blacks (and other Third World types) possess some sort of inherent moral superiority to whites, by virtue of their “oppressed” status. She marinated her impressionable young son in this drivel, while simultaneously filling his head with ludicrous fairy tales about what a brilliant and superior being his Kenyan father was.

Of course, some of Barry’s self-absorption and delusions of grandeur could have a genetic component, given that his biological father’s defining characteristics were reportedly his extreme arrogance and narcissism.

But the more interesting question, at least for me, is not what made Obama such a power-hungry narcissist, but why so many American voters and media “elites” can’t, or won’t, see him for what he is.

AZCoyote on May 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Mr. Freedman tells us that Pres. Obama saved the auto industry from bankruptcy. Anyone who makes that statement is either a liar or ignorant. Ford didn’t need to file bankruptcy, but Obama wasn’t the reason. GM filed for Chapter 11 in June, 2009 and Chrysler filed for Chapter 11 at the end of April, 2009. Bet your local rag didn’t have either of these on page 1 above the fold.

I’m sure Mr. Freedman will advise us of his status shortly. However, it’s OK if he doesn’t. I already have a pretty good idea of what he is.

WestTexasBirdDog on May 27, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Barack Obama is a great orator, but he is the worst president I’ve ever seen when it comes to explaining his achievements, putting them in context, connecting with people on a gut level through repetition and thereby defining how the public views an issue.

Translation;

Our Messiah is so brilliant, He is incapable of explaining His brilliance in terms you stupid, bigoted peasants can comprehend with your miniscule, ratlike minds.

Fortunately, you have me to do it for Him.

Once you pass anything Friedman says through an arrogance filter, it’s quite easy to figure out.

cheers

eon

eon on May 28, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Howard you actually scared me. I thought that I might be in agreement with Friedman.

jpmn on May 28, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Obama is the best President ever… if the President’s job were to spend as much as possible. Now liberals can take ME out of context. The irony here? They would prefer the FULL quote.

MrX on May 28, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Doesn’t Friedman realize that if you have to be “explaining his achievements, putting them in context, connecting with people on a gut level through repetition and thereby defining how the public views an issue” then you are automatically losing? If you have to engage in indoctrination to “define” how the public should view an issue then there must be no obvious benefit that the people can grasp at a concrete way just from living their lives. If you have to explain how they are better off unemployed or with no medical benefits or on food stamps because of your “achievements” then you have lost.

The people aren’t stupid. They know success when they see it.

crosspatch on May 28, 2012 at 10:08 PM