An accumulation of gaffes, fuckups, narcissism, coersion, thuggish behavior, socialist economics, and cowardly foreign policy, on the part of President Punch-Drunk.
As compiled by the New York Post.
Obama criticized pork barrel spending in the form of ‘earmarks,’ urging changes in the way that Congress adopts the spending proposals. Then he signed a spending bill that contains nearly 9,000 of them, some that members of his own staff shoved in last year when they were still members of Congress.
This year’s budget deficit: $1.5 trillion.
Asks his Cabinet to cut costs in their departments by $100 million — a whopping .0027%!
“The White House says the president is unaware of the tea parties.” — ABC News, 4/15
“Mr. Obama is an accomplished orator but is becoming known in America as the ‘teleprompt president’ over his reliance on the machine when he gives a speech.” — Sky News, 3/18
The picture of Obama and Hugo Chavez shaking hands.
Hugo Chavez gave him the anti-American screed “The Open Veins of Latin America.” Obama didn’t remark upon it. At least it wasn’t DVDs.
Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega went on a 50-minute anti-American rant, calling Obama “president of an empire.” Obama didn’t leave the room. “I thought it was 50 minutes long. That’s what I thought,” he said.
Executives at AIG get $165 million in bonuses, despite receiving an $173 billion taxpayer bailout.
“For months, the Obama administration and members of Congress have known that insurance giant AIG was getting ready to pay huge bonuses while living off government bailouts. It wasn’t until the money was flowing and news was trickling out to the public that official Washington rose up in anger and vowed to yank the money back.” — Associated Press, 3/18
“After pushing Congress for weeks to hurry up and pass the massive $787 billion stimulus bill, President Obama promptly took off for a three-day holiday getaway.” — New York Post, 2/15
“The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today.” — Department of Homeland Security intelligence report
Nixes a “buy American” provision in the stimulus bill.
“Yes, Canada is not Mexico, it doesn’t have a drug war going on. Nonetheless, to the extent that terrorists have come into our country or suspected or known terrorists have entered our country across a border, it’s been across the Canadian border. There are real issues there.” — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The 9/11 hijackers did not come across the Canada border.
“Obama thanked CIA employees for their work and said they’re invaluable to national security. He explained his decision to release the memos, then told everyone not to feel bad because he was now acknowledging potential mistakes. Theirs, not his. ‘That’s how we learn,’ Obama said, as though soothing a room full of fourth-graders.” — The Oklahoman, 4/23
Timothy Geithner nomination as Secretary of Treasury was almost torpedoed when it was discovered he had failed to pay $34,000 in Social Security and Medicare taxes. He also employed an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper. He was confirmed anyway.
“You’re sitting here. And you’re — you are laughing. You are laughing about some of these problems. Are people going to look at this and say, ‘I mean, he’s sitting there just making jokes about money–‘ How do you deal with — I mean: Explain. Are you punch-drunk?” — Steve Kroft, “60 Minutes,” 3/22
“We have begun to modernize 75% of all federal building space, which has the potential to reduce long-term energy costs by billions of dollars on behalf of taxpayers. We are providing grants to states to help weatherize hundreds of thousands of homes, which will save the families that benefit about $350 each year. That’s like a $350 tax cut.” — Obama, describing something that doesn’t cut taxes.
“The Obama administration has directed defense officials to sign a pledge stating they will not share 2010 budget data with individuals outside the federal government.” — Defense News, 2/19
Backtracking on a campaign promise he made to black farmers, Obama significantly lowered the amount of money they could claim in a discrimination settlement against the Agricultural Department. “I can’t figure out for the life of me why the president wouldn’t want to implement a bill that he fought for as a US senator,” said John Boyd, head of the National Black Farmers Association.
Obama lifts travel and remittance restrictions on Cuba.
Obama considers dropping the embargo on Cuba.
After warming signs from Raul Castro, Fidel Castro says Obama “misinterpreted” his brother’s words, and that Cuba would not be willing to negotiate about human rights.
Obama is considering dropping a key demand to Iran, allowing it to keep nuclear facilities open during negotiations.
Obama bows to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at a G-20 meeting in London.
“Chicago has yet to recoup the $1.74 million cost of President Obama’s victory celebration in Grant Park — despite a burgeoning $50.5 million budget shortfall that threatens more layoffs and union concessions.” — Chicago Sun-Times, 2/20
Firing Rick Wagoner as president of GM.
Threatening to fire Vikram Pandit as CEO of Citigroup.
Threatening to fire anyone the administration doesn’t like from any company.
“In the stimulus, of the more than $200 billion that went directly to states and cities, nearly 70% went to education and healthcare spending. Only 24% went to infrastructure spending.
“But the states and cities in the most trouble already spend way too much on education and healthcare, pushing taxes up and sending private industry away. They don’t spend nearly enough on infrastructure, which attracts the private sector and builds the real economy.
On Earth Day, Obama took two flights on Air Force One and four on Marine One to get to Iowa, burning more than 9,000 gallons of fuel.
“President Obama’s plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs for the treatment of troops injured in service has infuriated veterans groups who say the government is morally obligated to pay for service-related medical care.” — Fox News, 3/17
“And I believe the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it.” — Obama during his first State Of The Union address. A German invented the automobile.
Forced banks that didn’t want TARP money to take it, then added on stipulations about pay and government control after the fact. Secretly forced Bank of America to buy Merrill Lynch, then allowed the bank to be criticized for overpaying.
The $49 million inauguration — triple what taxpayers spent at Bush’s first inauguration.
Giving the Queen of England an iPod full of his own speeches.
“Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother.” — Obama to Rep. Peter DeFazio, after the Democratic congressman voted against the stimulus bill.
And there’s so much more to come before 2012.