Let Us Count the Ways the Obama Administration Has Been Given a Pass

 

With only three days until election day, I thought it would be interesting to reflect upon the under-reported and under-discussed issues of the last four years. Let us Riochetti count the ways the Obama administration has been given a pass – by the media, liberals, conservatives, the American public, academicians …. you name it. What topic do you think received less attention than it deserved? I’ll start.

I think the way Obama decreased our chances for energy independence at a time when it affects our independence as a nation (given current dynamics in the Middle East and Venezuela) was given too little attention. From his often disparaging remarks about “big oil’ and the coal industry to shutting down the Keystone XL Pipeline to the near-moratorium on offshore gas and oil exploration, Obama decreased our chances for energy independence. Yes, we must balance our energy production with concern for the environment and the search for energy alternatives. But, are the countries from which we buy our oil and gas caring for their environments?

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  1. Profile photo of KC Mulville Member

    The press has watched Obama and the Democrat Senate stop pretending to exercise representative government, following the 2010 shellacking. Almost all of the exercise of government has been carried back door, through regulation and agencies, where the Senate can prevent any interference. 

    The executive branch is supposed to propose a policy, have it validated by Congress, and only then can they implement the policy. With a mischievous president and a partisan Senate, the president doesn’t have to care about Congressional review. 

    It’s Madison’s nightmare; government with no check or balance. 

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    • November 4, 2012 at 1:18 am
  2. Profile photo of Barbara Kidder Member

    How apropos that you should ask the question, posed by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, because the loyalty of the press is , indeed, akin to a love affair!

    Would that most spouses were half as loyal!

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    • November 4, 2012 at 2:05 am
  3. Profile photo of BlueAnt Member

    He’s been given a pass on sheer incompetence. Whatever metaphor you use for the Presidency–CEO, commander, decider, leader, etc–at its most basic he is expected to competently manage a large organization.

    “Process” and other inside baseball stories are boring; individual ones can be outliers, quirks in the bureaucratic system. But the sum of all stories coming out of the Obama Administration paint a portrait of a man who does not manage his underlings at all. His staff may present material to him, he may express an opinion, and he may set a vague ideological direction from time to time. Once he even made a “bold decision” to risk the lives of Seal Team Six, as Obama has reminded us every 30 seconds since Benghazi blew up.

    But as the head executive, Obama simply does not execute. He doesn’t get involved in policy workings, not even his signature Obamacare achievement. He doesn’t prune the dead weight from his staff to incrementally make them better. He doesn’t know the regulations his bureaus inflict on the public.

    He does not govern, period. And a press which demands good governance should be all over him for his shortcomings.

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    • November 4, 2012 at 2:16 am
  4. Profile photo of HVTs Member

    Let’s prioritize. The most important topic the media give Obama a pass on is massive deficit spending and skyrocketing national debt. Obama makes declarations about needing to do something, then demagogues tax-the-rich schemes which even if implemented would be like placing a Band-Aid over a severed limb.

    You would think uber-CEO Romney would stump the fact the Nation’s CEO can’t manage a budget. He doesn’t play that theme much because it’s (a) dull; (b) not uniquely the fault of the Executive Branch.

    Congress could control what the government spends. It chooses not to. Our looming national debt crisis is a systemic failure: our Constitutional system’s checks and balances are broken.

    We will continue to fail absent dramatic changes in how (and therefore, who) we elect our representatives. Since incumbents are, by definition, satisfied with how they get elected, there’s no meaningful pressure for reform. There was no meaningful pressure for reform in Greece and a similar fate awaits us unless we act quickly. If we go down, there’s no Germany we can pester for help. We will be, in Mark Steyn’s memorable title, America Alone.

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    • November 4, 2012 at 2:36 am
  5. Profile photo of FirstAmendment Inactive

    How about the hurricane Sandy fiasco? Just imagine if the images of dumpster diving, gas lines and so forth were playing out with George Bush as president? We’d have non stop coverage of “the failures of the administration” and how everything is Bush’s fault. Where’s the coverage of Obama’s inept mobilization of federal resources?

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    • November 4, 2012 at 2:44 am
  6. Profile photo of Zafar Member

    The use of drones in Pakistan – it’s sowing the wind for long term US interests in the area.

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    • November 4, 2012 at 2:58 am
  7. Profile photo of Layla Member

    Y’know, Anne, it’s funny that you should mention Keystone. I was just reflecting on that one today. In one of the debates, Mitt Romney brought up Keystone and said that he’d definitely move forward on that. The President’s response was–and I’m paraphrasing, as his exact words escape me–that we already have miles of pipeline that crisscross this country.

    Um, what?! How did he get a complete pass on that non-answer? How more *irrelevant* to the issue could his response have been?

    I think I’m most gobsmacked by the shocking lack of curiosity among our scribbling class. To riff on the bumper sticker,

    Obama said it,

    We believe it,

    That settles it.

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    • November 4, 2012 at 3:00 am
  8. Profile photo of Copperfield Member

    Funding our flexible spending health care account for next year and Obamacare has cut the $5000 pretax limit in half to $2500. This is a direct tax on everyone, especially the working poor and the middle class. The media… crickets. 

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    • November 4, 2012 at 3:03 am
  9. Profile photo of Anne R. Pierce Inactive
    Anne R. Pierce Post author
    Layla: Y’know, Anne, it’s funny that you should mention Keystone. I was just reflecting on that one today. In one of the debates, Mitt Romney brought up Keystone and said that he’d definitely move forward on that. The President’s response was–and I’m paraphrasing, as his exact words escape me–that we already have miles of pipeline that crisscross this country.

    Um, what?! How did he get a complete pass on that non-answer? How more *irrelevant* to the issue could his response have been?

    I’d forgotten about that non-response. His non-responses to important questions should be catalogued for the record.

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    • November 4, 2012 at 3:08 am
  10. Profile photo of Retail Lawyer Member

    Recess appointments made when Congress is not in recess. Modification of laws concerning welfare and immigration enforcement. If Bush had done those, it would be front page shredding of the Constitution.

    Rearranging the priority of creditors in the GM bankruptcy. I asked my congressperson, Anna Eshoo, what was wrong with our bankruptcy laws, making Obama’s interference necessary, and whether she was going to introduce legislation reflecting Obama’s new priority scheme. No answer. I’m sure she couldn’t understand the question, but someone on her staff presumably could.

    Stimulus funds diverted to crony contributors.

    Overturning California’s Civil Rights Initiative, outlawing affirmative action in college admissions, with respect to health professional’s graduate programs, nursing, etc. Part of ACA.

    And lying continuously, and about everything – from his knowledge of his illegal immigrant aunt in Boston public housing, to his “hands off” promise regarding the management of GM. OMG – this is really unprecedented. 

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    • November 4, 2012 at 3:10 am
  11. Profile photo of ConservativeWanderer Inactive
    David Nordmark: How about the rise in poverty, homelessness, and falling wage rates? · 2 hours ago

    Not to mention the number of people who have given up looking for work. Many of them women.

    Tell me again why the feminists support him? Oh, yeah, abortion.

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    • November 4, 2012 at 3:36 am
  12. Profile photo of The Great Adventure! Member

    Gulf Oil Spill. The 100% corrupt method used to pass Obummercare. Bitter clingers. These are a few – a VERY few – of my least favorite things.

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    • November 4, 2012 at 3:36 am
  13. Profile photo of Barbara Kidder Member

    My personal choice for biggest lie (that the press must have known to be false), was the ‘double, double counting of Medicare savings, to help finance Obamacare; outrageous! 

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    • November 4, 2012 at 4:22 am
  14. Profile photo of R. Craigen Inactive

    Hard to count the ways. It’s completely systemic.

    How about his ability to start memes in the Bully Pulpit that are clearly false and yet are picked up and amplified by the media. Such as the “fair share” comments about a group of people already paying more than their share in taxes, and the ways he’s characterized the behaviour of Replublicans in Congress, almost of of which is pure projection by him and the Democrats. In particular, that they are obstructionists. First, this is only true in a limited sense. Second, the press picks up on this and vilifies them — and then they are silent when Harry Reid, the other day, essentially announces his intention to make that a basic modus operandi of a Democrat Senate if Romney wins. How do they live with themselves not calling this out?

    Or, what about the very fact that he’s continually even mentioning party politics in the BP. That should be like selling cars from the pulpit on Sunday morning. Where’s the outrage? How many times has he used the phrase “…but the Republicans in Congress …” from that podium?

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    • November 4, 2012 at 4:51 am
  15. Profile photo of Anne R. Pierce Inactive
    Anne R. Pierce Post author
    R. Craigen: Hard to count the ways. It’s completely systemic.

    ….. and the ways he’s characterized the behaviour of Republicans in Congress, almost of of which is pure projection by him and the Democrats. In particular, that they are obstructionists. First, this is only true in a limited sense. Second, the press picks up on this and vilifies them — and then they are silent when Harry Reid, the other day, essentially announces his intention to make that a basic modus operandi of a Democrat Senate if Romney wins. How do they live with themselves not calling this out?

    I’m glad you brought this up. On CNBC, Jim Cramer et al. had a field day with Republican “obstructionism” – for months – never mentioning that Obama et. al. didn’t reach out to or try to work with “Republicans in Congress” – that Obama and crew instead stereotpyed, misrepresented and demonized republican congresspeople. Obama never tried to pass a budget; he made speeches and took extravagant fund-raising tours instead.

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    • November 4, 2012 at 6:31 am
  16. Profile photo of Tom Lindholtz Inactive

    Think about it. Has the MSM held Obama’s feet to the fire on ANYTHING? It began with the failure of Justice to investigate the Black Panthers intimidating voters, and it has continued through his failure to close Gitmo, his bump in the war in Afghanistan, Fast & Furious, the failure of his economic policies, the increased stature of America in the world, the continued rise of the oceans, …..everything. Some of the above list we may agree with, Gitmo, for example, but it was a violation of a campaign promise on which he skated.

    It has made me realize that, as much as I hated the clear bias in much of the Bush Bashing, the media was at least doing its socially appointed job. The failure of the media to hold Obama accountable, and the concomitant decline in the fortunes of America at large, demonstrates how important their role in society is, and how poorly we all fare when they neglect that role.

    I don’t know if it is fixable in the legacy media. They’ve pretty much shot themselves in the foot. But, fortunately, the blogosphere has stepped up. If you want to find out, you can.

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    • November 4, 2012 at 6:32 am
  17. Profile photo of HeartlandPatriot Inactive

    How about:

    1. The promise to post all legislation on the internet for five days before signing it?

    2. Jetting off to Denver immediately after the vote that “couldn’t wait” and then waiting for five days to sign Obamacare?

    3. Deamonizing GWB’s anti-terror policies before the election, then retaining and expanding them all once elected?

    4. How about the implicit promise that we could put race issues behind us? We’re not post-racial; his administration is the MOST racial.

    5. When exactly we’re we supposed to see 5.6% unemployment again?

    6. Sigh . . . .

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    • November 4, 2012 at 6:53 am
  18. Profile photo of HeartlandPatriot Inactive

    Weren’t we supposed to be looking at an administration devoid of lobbyists?

    What happened to the “most transparent administration ever”?

    Where are the five million “green energy” jobs we were supposed to have by now?

    Ask the folks in Manhattan if his promise to stop the rise of the oceans has panned out?

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    • November 4, 2012 at 6:57 am
  19. Profile photo of Peter Christofferson Inactive

    Possibly the President’s most annoying tics are his dauntless battle against armies of straw men, and his use of phrases like “experts say” and “everybody knows” to dispose of issues that are settled only in his own mind.

    Members of the press should be ashamed of themselves for letting him get away with these things. But even more, they should be ashamed that they have continually allowed him the pretense that he is everything he is not.

    He is not a uniter, he is a divider. He is not a moderate centrist, he is an entirely conventional modern liberal. He is not open to any good idea, no matter where it comes from; he is perfectly committed to his own progressive ideas and intentions. He is impervious to persuasion. In fact, as near as I can tell, he hasn’t absorbed a new idea since he completed his college-era indoctrination.

    President Obama is a poseur; his vaunted “moderation” is a convenient lie, one the press has seen fit not only to swallow but to perpetuate. Their behavior from his campaign through his presidency has been contemptible.

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    • November 4, 2012 at 7:00 am
  20. Profile photo of Anne R. Pierce Inactive
    Anne R. Pierce Post author
    Peter Christofferson:

    He is not a uniter, he is a divider. He is not a moderate centrist, he is an entirely conventional modern liberal. He is not open to any good idea, no matter where it comes from; he is perfectly committed to his own progressive ideas and intentions. He is impervious to persuasion. In fact, as near as I can tell, he hasn’t absorbed a new idea since he completed his college-era indoctrination.

    So well said…..

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    • November 4, 2012 at 7:02 am
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    Anne R. Pierce Post author

    And then there are ALL the ways and ALL the times Obama/Clinton/Panetta abandoned allies, abetted the world’s worst dictators, “deconstructed” our national security strategy, ignored human rights, discarded American principles. We think Benghazi gets too little attention, and we are right. But, what of the almost total pass Obama-team foreign policy was given before Benghazi?

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    • November 4, 2012 at 8:21 am
  22. Profile photo of Larry3435 Member

    To my mind, the most significant job of the President is the appointment power. In this, Obama has been horrendous. From top to bottom, his appointments have been stupid, ideological and/or incompetent. From the “Wise Latina,” to the 1/32 native American (and 31/32 liar) nominee for the Orwellian-named Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to the worst Attorney General since Ramsey Clark, to the non-recess recess appointment of union thugs to the National Labor Relations Board, and don’t even get me started on Van Jones, the appointments of The One have been unbelievably hideous, grotesque and abysmal, and that’s the nicest thing I can think of to say about them.

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    • November 4, 2012 at 8:21 am
  23. Profile photo of Richard Fulmer Member
    Obama’s failure to lead: – No proposal to deal with fiscal cliff – No pushing Senate to produce a budget – No credible plan to reduce debt – No credible plan to deal with Iran MSM’s failure to follow up on scandals: – Fast and Furious – Benghazi Obama’s abandonment of allies: – Agreeing not to deploy missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic w/o consulting either country – Serial affronts to Israel – Abandonment of “special relationship” with Great Britain – Tacit support for Argentina’s claim to the Falkland Islands – Failure to reach a military support agreement with, and  subsequent abandonment of, Iraq. Obama’s appeasement of dictators: – Having the Dalai Lama to leave by the back door to appease China – His “amigo,” Hugo Chavez – Abandonment of human rights – Failure to support Iranian dissidents – Support for corrupt UN committees  Obama’s crony capitalism: – A123 – Abound Solar – Beacon Power – Energy Conversion Devices – Evergreen Solar, Inc. – General Electric – Range Fuels – SolarReserve – Solyndra – Spectrawatt – Thompson River Power, LLC
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    • November 4, 2012 at 9:46 am
  24. Profile photo of Richard Fulmer Member
    Obama’s power grabs: – EPA’s CO2 emission controls – Asking defense contractors to ignore WARN Act – Assuring defense contractors that government will cover litigation costs if employees sue for failure to disclose pending layoffs – Taking control of educational loans – Redirecting GM money to unions during bailout – Granting de facto amnesty to selected illegal aliens – Taking control of commercial fishing – Claiming power to declare martial law – Claiming executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents

     

    Obama’s illegal actions: – NRLB actions to keep Boeing from opening a plant in right-to-work South Carolina – Justice Department lawsuits to end voter ID laws in Arizona and South Carolina – Three recess appointments when Congress was not in recess – EEOC’s attempt to reinstate a minister who was fired for her doctrinal disagreements with her church – HHS requirement that religious entities provide contraception, including abortifacients, to employees
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    • November 4, 2012 at 11:28 am
  25. Profile photo of gnarlydad Member

    Telling the ways the Obama administration has been granted a pass is rather like trying to understand the motion of the planets sans Copernicus’ heliocentric thesis: it’s much simpler to recount the ways the administration has been held accountable.

    Listen closely, you can hear them, much as stargazers ancient and modern do.

    Crickets.

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    • November 4, 2012 at 11:45 am
  26. Profile photo of David Nordmark Member

    How about the rise in poverty, homelessness, and falling wage rates?

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    • November 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm
  27. Profile photo of Richard Fulmer Member
    Obama’s broken promises: – Cut deficit in half – Unprecedented transparency – No lobbyists in administration – Post bills on Internet before votes – Close Guantanamo Bay – End dependence on Middle Eastern oil – Healthcare plan will lower insurance premiums – Healthcare plan will allow people to keep their current doctors and current coverage – Protect Social Security Obama’s Lies – Planned Parenthood provides mammograms – Benghazi violence sparked by video – Fast and Furious began under Bush administration – Fence between US and Mexico is “Practically Complete” – Rich don’t pay their fair share. – Federal dollars will not be used to fund abortions under Obamacare
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    • November 5, 2012 at 1:14 am
  28. Profile photo of Anne R. Pierce Inactive
    Anne R. Pierce Post author
    Richard Fulmer: Obama’s broken promises: …… – Unprecedented transparency – No lobbyists in administration – Post bills on Internet before votes ………

    Richard, After your first two posts, I had a feeling you’d come up even more. You’re on a roll! These three – having to do with the openness and accountability that were promised along with hope and change – give me chills.

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    • November 5, 2012 at 1:58 am
  29. Profile photo of Richard Fulmer Member
    Anne R. Pierce
    Richard Fulmer: Obama’s broken promises: …… – Unprecedented transparency – No lobbyists in administration – Post bills on Internet before votes ………

    Richard, After your first two posts, I had a feeling you’d come up even more. You’re on a roll! These three – having to do with the openness and accountability that were promised along with hope and change – give me chills.

    This little exercise has been profoundly depressing. There is so much out there and so little interest on the part of the MSM. The Press has abdicated its responsibility. And if he wins another term?

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    • November 5, 2012 at 2:11 am
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