I never bet against President Obama
If I had a penny for the many times the American Press pronounced President Barack Obama’s presidency dead, I’d be a millionaire. This year, the benchmark it used to measure his presidency was based on the proverbial glitch in the Affordable Care Act Website. But beyond that, every methodical step he’s taken since he’s been president has been reported on by some, from a negative point of view. Whether it was the BP oil spill, foreign policy decisions on Libya or Iran, the reporting began by asking questions about his ability to do it right, fix it or screw it up.
Time and again, with condescension, sometimes even from people on the left, he was derided as lazy or weak. For those of us who support President Obama, we see clearly what some in the media, along with the GOP, are doing. The media couches its disrespect in its so-called reporting. For many in the GOP, it is based on resentment and hate. At every juncture, they have have attempted to underestimate his ability, and have failed miserably. In the end, when it is clear they have been proven wrong, we are treated to their tired and worn out default position. He is lucky. Had to be luck that the Iranian talks worked out. Had to be luck that the Treasury sold GM’s final share. Heck, had to be luck that he even became President of these United States – twice!
President Obama, from my vantage point, has been the most scrutinized president I have known since I came to this country. That includes Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, as I was a young exchange student when Carter ran against Ford.
Of late, the new meme is that 2013 is the president’s worst year. Forget about all the important things he’s done, despite unprecedented obstruction by the Republicans. Even some on the left cannot bring themselves to give him the credit he deserves without the obligatory but…..
President Obama will be the first one to tell you that he is not perfect, by no means. But given the massive obstruction, and one can argue, a huge assist from the press, he has routinely outwitted them. Proven them wrong. By now they should know that betting against him is never a wise thing to do.
Even John McCain was compelled recently to remind them about this (USA Today).
Yet, they never learn. Here is a list of a few, among President Obama’s numerous accomplishments that’s been derided, but returned to slap both Republicans and media folks in their respective faces.
With the website glitch, which even President bemoaned, the MSM deemed his presidency over. It is yet his umpteenth Katrina. Or in David Gregory’s words, his Iraq. Ezra Klein, who got the ball rolling on the Woe is me, Obamacare, just recently had this little gem:
10 reasons Obamacare is in much more trouble than it was one week ago: http://t.co/U14tkcZSvr
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) November 13, 2013
For many, Obamacare was always covered from a negative place, especially by people with their good employer insurance plan. But not all would let them demonize the law. Here, Los Angeles Times Michael Hiltzik debunks and speaks the truth about Obamacare.
Another Horror story debunked: LA Times
Another Obamacare myth exposed: The California doctor ‘boycott’: http://t.co/1Y1J8KhNJi
— Michael Hiltzik (@hiltzikm) December 12, 2013
The myths of Obamacare’s ‘failure’: LA Times
The Obamacare success stories you haven’t been reading: http://t.co/ftfqLiSOBD
— Michael Hiltzik (@hiltzikm) November 27, 2013
Now, as the numbers begin to roll in, the silence in the MSM and from GOP is deafening:
Obamacare hits a HUGE milestone http://t.co/z8a0lfZc6g
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) December 29, 2013
General Motors Auto Bailout
When President Obama made the decision to save GM, there were outright condemnations from the right and some in the media:
Auto bailout was not unmitigated success: Washington Post
Heck, when it looked to be improving, Mitt Romney tried to take credit for it (see here)
This year the U.S. Treasury sold GM’s final shares of Common Stock.
Statement from Treasury Jack Lew: see here
The Civil War in Syria was another disaster for president Obama. In fact, who can forget this piece from Joe Klein. “Obama and Syria, Stumbling toward Damascus.” Here he goes on twitter:
Obama’s uneven Syria response has weakened the nation. It’s time to pivot | http://t.co/DtT18YBr52
— Joe Klein (@JoeKleinTIME) September 11, 2013
But we all know today, Syria has agreed to give up its Chemical Weapons. Hmmm. This, my friends, according to Joe Klein, is how you weaken a nation.
Consumer Confidence on the rise
Just this week, there wass big news that Consumer Confidence has blown expectations out of the water for the month of December. Did something like this happen in a vacuum? Not hardly. But if an alien just stopped by this earth from Mars, one would think that by osmosis it just simply happened. None of President Obama’s plans to revive the economy had anything to do with it. OK, then.
BEAT: CONSUMER CONFIDENCE SURGES TO 78.1 (76.0) http://t.co/SrUcgZMR8B
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) December 31, 2013
Dow Jones and S&P Soar
Wow. Who can forget the free fall that was the U.S. Economy before President Obama even took his oath of office in 2009? Today with record highs, the Dow and S&P are soaring to new heights. And some of the same men and women with pockets full and investments to boot, continue to dismiss President Obama. Hence, the hypocrisy we see not just in the Republican Party and Wall Street, but from our erstwhile Beltway Media. For Shame.
In 2008, this is where we were:
Fighting the Financial Crisis, One Challenge at a Time: NYT
Today in the age of Obama, we are here. Socialist!
— NewsBreaker (@NewsBreaker) December 26, 2013
Historic Iran Nuclear Weapons Deal
The United States and other nations held talks with Iran on its nuclear weapons and reached a deal. Let the tweets from Rouhani, State Department and others tell the story:
The important thing abt the agreement in Geneva is not what happens during the coming 6 months, but the principles on which we have agreed
— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) November 26, 2013
Agreement in Geneva: first step makes world safer. More work now. -JK #IranTalks
— Department of State (@StateDept) November 24, 2013
— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) November 24, 2013
We have reached an agreement.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) November 24, 2013
Statement By The President On First Step Agreement On Iran’s Nuclear Program: see here
As I watched this historic moment unfold, I was reminded of President Obama’s words at his Inaugural address in 2009:
“To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.
To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”
No, he is not perfect. But in my book, he comes darn near close, given the massive obstruction he faces from the GOP and to some degree, egged on by the U.S. Press.
I am so glad I got to meet you in 2004, President Obama.
OOPS. HOW WE GOT HERE: PBO 2004 Convention Speech. I can never get enough. Never. http://t.co/RPwpy013vH
— KSK(africa) (@lawalazu) December 29, 2013
A big thanks to Secretary of State John Kerry for the introduction.
Happy New Year TODers. Thank you Chips for this most wonderful place.