Jake Tapper Reports:
“Good, solid B-plus,” the president said.
Explaining, he said, “we have inherited the biggest set of challenges of any president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
“We stabilized the economy, and prevented possibilities of a Great Depression or a significant financial meltdown. The economy is growing again.
“We are on our way out of Iraq. I think we’ve got the best possible plan for Afghanistan.
“We have reset our image around the world.
“We have achieved an international consensus around the need for Iran and North Korea to disable their nuclear weapons.
“And I think that we’re going to pass the most significant piece of social legislation since Social Security, and that’s health insurance for every American,” he concluded.
Pressed by Oprah as to why only a B-plus, the president said, “B-plus because of the things that are undone. Health care is not yet signed. If I get health care passed we tip into A-minus.”
If this doesn’t scream sheer ego and arrogance, I don’t know what does. Most intelligent individuals usually know that when a question of this sort is thrown at you, the proper response would be “I believe the American people are more apt at giving me a grade than I would be…” But of course, Mr. Mirror, mirror on the wall, had to answer and gave himself a high score.
If recent polls like Gallup or Rasmussen are any indication of how the American public actually feels about him and his grade, it would seem that he really needs some extra credit or maybe some one-on-one time with his professor, the public. Obama’s approval rating has taken a nose dive while he sits at only 44% approval and he technically still has 1 more month until he reaches his one year mark.
All of the things that Obama mentions are outright lies as far as being accomplishments or things that most people look at much differently than he does.
Take for example the assertion that he has stabilized the economy; many argue that just because stocks are rising that does not mean the economy has stabilized or gotten better. We are on unprecedented territory and the unemployment rate is still in double digits. Stocks also correct themselves for inflation which is what would appear to be happening, as well as the fact that many businesses have had to cut their workforces and become more efficient with less people. For now, companies are reaping the rewards of more efficiencies, but eventually that will plateau if they want to move forward and stay ahead of their competition. There is still a chance that the economy could experience a double dip, and if it doesn’t, the most likely situation will be heavy inflation or Japanese style deflation with no growth for years to come.
How long until people get fed up with his blame game rhetoric that he has inherited this situation? He has inherited the situation from every corruptocrat dating back more than just Bush’s 8 years. We should throw in Greenspan, Clinton and even Carter for that matter if we want to really get at the heart of the issue. He should also include himself since was in fact legal council for ACORN and lead the charge in the 90’s to obtain a settlement on a lawsuit indicating that credit scores are apparently discriminatory and the CRA should be expanded – hence subprime… I could go on, but I’ve vented enough on that topic. I just can’t stand people who continuously play the victim, meanwhile, as they point the finger, opportunities and life pass them by. I have no respect for individuals who can’t take responsibility – and this is supposed to be the leader of the only super power left in the world!?
I’m not sure where he comes off saying that we are pulling out of Iraq? I’ll believe it when I see it. Seems like he is carrying out Bush’s policies for now. I think that stating his plans for Afghanistan are the best are delusional at best. Maybe, if he had listened to his general in the first place, we wouldn’t have had so many killed over the couple of months (more so than any time when Bush was in office). He still did not give them the # of troops requested but merely cut the request in half – I will forever call it Halfghanistan.
We have reset our image around the world? Funny, those whom I know living abroad who were excited about Obama, even after I tried to tell them the truth about his record and his ideology, are only now realizing what a disaster he is. He continues to snub our allies, bow to other leaders, and apologize for all of America’s perceived wrongs on his travels abroad — this has made him a laughing-stock. The liberal media lets him get away with it, but I don’t expect it to continue forever, if he continues to decline in the polls — eventually real sentiment will bubble to the surface.
When has Obama done anything about North Korea or Iran? His foreign policy seems to be avoidance. He has not called for harsher sanctions, he is not using anything other than words to try to disarm Iran. While he stares at himself in the mirror and relishes the media attention, Iran is creating weapons of mass destruction with their plutonium/uranium enrichment plants.
Health care legislation will definitely be significant but significance doesn’t always mean good. It is absolutely maddening that those in DC could care less about the polls on health care. Most of America disapproves of this bill and the way the government is handling it. I’ve seen the way government has screwed up business, the economy, and everything else it has touched, there is no way I want them making decisions about my health!
So continue to grade yourself a B+ Mr. Ego… I can only hope that one of these days somebody in the media has a ‘Come-to-Jesus’ moment of clarity and decides to do his/her job for the good of the country.
I suspect that the true grade will come for Mr. President in November 2010 – EPIC FAIL.