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Re: A list of Barack Obama's achievements as President
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Re: A list of Barack Obama's achievements as President
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Re: A list of Barack Obama's achievements as President
« Reply #917 on: October 04, 2013, 09:33:53 PM »


   By all rights whatever "prize" the warmongering Obamessiah got in the past should be rescinded, forthwith, and given to someone who actually deserves it...
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Re: A list of Barack Obama's achievements as President
« Reply #918 on: November 26, 2013, 12:26:45 AM »

Economically, Could Obama Be America's Best President?

With the stock market hitting new highs, some people have already forgotten about the Great Recession.

Recall 2009. Things looked pretty bleak economically.

But the outlook has changed dramatically in just 4 years.  And it has been a boon for investors, as even the safest indices have yielded a 250% return (>25% annualized compound return:)

Interview with Bob Deitrick, co-Author “Bulls, Bears and the Ballot Box” (BBBB):

Q- Bob, how much credit should Americans give President Obama for today’s improved equity values?

BBBB – Our research reviewed American economic performance since President Roosevelt installed the first Federal Reserve Board Chairman – Republican Marriner Eccles.  We observed that even though there are multiple impacts on the economy, it was clear that policy decisions within each administration, from FDR forward, made a clear difference on performance. And relatively quickly.

Presidents universally take credit when the economy does well (such as Reagan,) and choose to blame other factors when the economy does poorly (such as Carter.)  But there was a clear pattern, and link, between policy and financial market performance.

Although we hear almost no one in the Obama administration taking credit for record index highs, they should.   Because the President deserves attention for how well this economy has done during his leadership.

The auto rescue plan has worked.  American car manufacturers are still dominant and employing millions directly and in supplier companies.  Wall Street reform has been painful but it has re-instated faith amongst investors.  The markets are far more predictable than they were four years ago, as VIX numbers demonstrate greater faith and less risk.

Even for small investors, such as those limited to their 401(k) or IRA investments, the average annual compound return on stocks under President Obama has been more than 24% since the lows of March, 2009.  This is a better result than either Clinton, Reagan or FDR – who were the prior winners in our book.

Q- Bob, what policies do you think were most important toward achieving today’s new highs?

BBBB – Firstly, let’s review just how bad things were in 2009.  In 2000 America was completing the longest bull market in history. But by the end of President Bush’s tenure the country had witnessed 2 stock market crashes, and the DJIA had fallen 58%.  This was the second worst market decline in history (exceeded only by the Great Depression,) and hence the term “Great Recession” was born.

In 2000, at the end of Clinton’s administration, the Consumer Confidence Index was at a record high 140.  By January, 2009 this index had fallen to an historic low of 25.3.  Comparatively, when Reagan took office at the end of the economically weak Carter years the Confidence Index was still at 74.4!  Today this measure of how people feel about the country is still nowhere near 2000 levels, but it is almost 3 times better than 4 years ago.

Significantly, in 2000 America had a budget surplus.  By 2009 surpluses were long gone and the country was racking up historic deficits as taxes were cut while simultaneously outlays for defense skyrocketed to cover costs of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Additionally, banks were on the edge of failing due to unregulated real estate speculation and massive derivative losses.

Today the Congressional Budget Office is reporting a $200B decrease in the deficit almost entirely due to increased revenue from a growing economy and higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans.  The deficit is now only 4% of the GDP, down from over 10% at the end of Bush’s administration – and projections are for it to be only 2% by 2015 (before Obama leaves office.)  America’s “debt problem” seems largely solved, and almost all due to growth rather than austerity.

We can largely thank a fairer tax code, improved regulation and consistent SEC enforcement.  Also, major strides in health care reform – something no other President has accomplished – has given American’s more faith in their future, and an increased willingness to invest.

More here:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2013/05/16/economically-could-obama-be-americas-best-president/



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Re: A list of Barack Obama's achievements as President
« Reply #919 on: November 26, 2013, 08:53:38 AM »


   By all rights whatever "prize" the warmongering Obamessiah got in the past should be rescinded, forthwith, and given to someone who actually deserves it...


The 'guy' on the right is a turd.
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Re: A list of Barack Obama's achievements as President
« Reply #920 on: December 12, 2013, 07:03:51 PM »

The press appears to be getting uppity again.  Time for another secret meeting with 44.

Obama’s Orwellian Image Control
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/12/opinion/obamas-orwellian-image-control.html?_r=1&

THE Internet has been abuzz over the spectacle of President Obama and the prime ministers of Britain and Denmark snapping a photo of themselves — a “selfie,” to use the mot du jour — with a smartphone at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday.

Leaving aside whether it was appropriate, the moment captured the democratization of image making that is a hallmark of our gadget-filled, technologically rich era.

Manifestly undemocratic, in contrast, is the way Mr. Obama’s administration — in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on — has systematically tried to bypass the media by releasing a sanitized visual record of his activities through official photographs and videos, at the expense of independent journalistic access.

The White House-based press corps was prohibited from photographing Mr. Obama on his first day at work in January 2009. Instead, a set of carefully vetted images was released. Since then the press has been allowed to photograph him alone in the Oval Office only twice: in 2009 and in 2010, both times when he was speaking on the phone. Pictures of him at work with his staff in the Oval Office — activities to which previous administrations routinely granted access — have never been allowed.

Instead, here’s how it’s done these days: An event involving the president discharging his official duties is arbitrarily labeled “private,” with media access prohibited. A little while later an official photo is released on the White House Flickr page, or via Twitter to millions of followers. Private? Hardly.

These so-called private events include meetings with world leaders and other visitors of major public interest — just the sorts of activities photojournalists should, and used to, have access to.

In response to these restrictions, 38 of the nation’s largest and most respected media organizations (including The New York Times) delivered a letter to the White House last month protesting photojournalists’ diminished access.

A deputy press secretary, Josh Earnest, responded by claiming that the White House had released more images of the president at work than any previous administration. It is serving the public perfectly well, he said, through a vibrant stream of behind-the-scenes photographs available on social media.

He missed the point entirely.

The official photographs the White House hands out are but visual news releases. Taken by government employees (mostly former photojournalists), they are well composed, compelling and even intimate glimpses of presidential life. They also show the president in the best possible light, as you’d expect from an administration highly conscious of the power of the image at a time of instant sharing of photos and videos.

By no stretch of the imagination are these images journalism. Rather, they propagate an idealized portrayal of events on Pennsylvania Avenue.

If you take this practice to its logical conclusion, why have news conferences? Why give reporters any access to the White House? It would be easier to just have a daily statement from the president (like his recorded weekly video address) and call it a day. Repressive governments do this all the time.

American presidents have often tried to control how they are depicted (think of the restrictions on portraying Franklin D. Roosevelt in his wheelchair). But presidents in recent decades recognized that allowing the press independent access to their activities was a necessary part of the social contract of trust and transparency that should exist between citizens and their leaders.

Consider these moments: John F. Kennedy’s son peeking out from under his desk; Richard M. Nixon flashing a two-armed V-for-victory sign as he departed office in disgrace; Ronald Reagan waving from a hospital window after cancer surgery to assure America that he was O.K.; George W. Bush’s astonishment on learning of the 9/11 attacks, and his remarks to rescue workers at the rubble of the World Trade Center days later.

It’s true that photojournalists will on occasion capture embarrassing gaffes (think of Gerald R. Ford’s stumbling on the steps of Air Force One or Mr. Bush’s reaching for a locked door at a news conference in China). These images show — surprise — that the president is human.

Allowing media access and providing official photos are not mutually exclusive. News outlets can choose (as The Times has occasionally done) to use an official, or handout, photo when its news value is compelling and the photo is taken in a place logically off limits to journalists, like the private residential quarters of the White House. But The Associated Press rejects a vast majority of White House handouts because they show newsworthy activities of public significance, in locations where we strongly believe journalists should have access.

Until the White House revisits its draconian restrictions on photojournalists’ access to the president, information-savvy citizens, too, would be wise to treat those handout photos for what they are: propaganda.
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Re: A list of Barack Obama's achievements as President
« Reply #921 on: December 12, 2013, 07:17:40 PM »

People that are deceitful don't like to open themselves up to outsiders.
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Re: A list of Barack Obama's achievements as President
« Reply #922 on: December 17, 2013, 09:34:13 PM »

Obama claims 3 of the top 10 biggest Pinocchios.

The biggest Pinocchios of 2013

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2013/12/16/the-biggest-pinocchios-of-2013/

  • “If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it.”
  • “The Capitol Hill janitors just got a pay cut”
  • “The day after Benghazi  happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism.”
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Re: A list of Barack Obama's achievements as President
« Reply #923 on: December 18, 2013, 05:08:59 PM »

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Re: A list of Barack Obama's achievements as President
« Reply #924 on: December 18, 2013, 05:10:33 PM »

LOL, not sure which one I laughed at harder....this one, or the women's conference one on the other thread.
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Re: A list of Barack Obama's achievements as President
« Reply #925 on: December 19, 2013, 09:35:19 AM »

     It's an accomplishment, of sorts, if turning paradigms upside-down can be so described: Obama/Soetoro is no Leader of the Free World.  "America" is not free of anything except its history.  POTUS is leading it into a tyrannical despotism only envisioned - but never achieved - by his forebears in NAZI Germany, the  Soviet Union, and post-Imperial China. 

     Although there was never anything inherently "Russian" about the murderous Soviets the terms were considered interchangeable for most of a century - nearly all of my lifetime, and at least two generations before me.  The Cold War, Nuclear Holocaust, Red October, Russian Invasion et al. were frauds foisted on the American populace while "our" dear leaders were quietly preparing us for the same existence as the presumed enemy.  The wolves-in-sheep's-clothing among the American flock were (and are) as shepherds lying in wait to devour all the tasty morsels - us - our history, our present, and our posterity.  Hence the "new" paradigm.

     When comparing "apples " one would be remiss in tossing an "orange" into the mix: for simplicty's sake let's call our "apples" A and B. Both are as shepherds to their respective flocks and are household names to anyone with an interest in current, political events. Both (supposedly) make "policy" for the corporations they are CEOs of.  Both are begged by adoring media-mouthpieces for their Gospel-like opinions on even the most mundane of topics:
A says killing people thousands of miles distant is "saving lives," never met a tax he didn't approve of, doesn't believe killing innocent babies is murder, encourages physical and psychological dependency on government "programs," believes it is possible to borrow oneself into prosperity, despises Western culture and morality and is attempting to replace it with its polar opposite, can't speak publicly without a teleprompter and a speech written by someone more intelligent, wishes to impose his will on an unwilling populace, and more!
B minds his own country's business, has reduced taxes across the proverbial board, discourages abortion, encourages independence of his people, has righted an out-of-control government spending nearly to its pre-Revolutionary standard with reduced, balanced budgets, lauds western culture and morality and has incorporated them into his policies (to the chagrin of A and others) with well-spoken speeches he has largely written himself, and abides by the majority-will of his people.

    "Freedom" is a difficult concept for most people to truly understand, primarily because there are so many varying degrees of it.  None among us is every truly "free" to do as we will because of the inherent, equal rights of our neighbors - (in most cases) one's right to swing a fist around ends before the next guy's nose, for example.  We're left with comparing "freedom" in its degrees: who is "freer" than whom?  On the topical apples A and B who is leading a "freer" people and country?  Clearly it isB, clearly it is not A.  A new paradigm seems to exist: it increasingly appears the Free World is not "lead" by POTUS A but by his counterpart in Eurasia - the Russian B - and that is quite an achievement. 

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Re: A list of Barack Obama's achievements as President
« Reply #926 on: December 19, 2013, 01:01:12 PM »

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Re: A list of Barack Obama's achievements as President
« Reply #927 on: January 26, 2014, 01:36:43 AM »

Obama nominated a top political donor to be an U.S. ambassador.  It appears Norway is not impressed.

'Obama must apologise for envoy gaffe'

http://www.thelocal.no/20140124/norway-party-demands-obama-apology-for-envoy-gaffe

Norway's Progress Party has demanded a personal apology from US President Barack Obama after his nomination for Norway's new ambassador described its members as "fringe elements" who "spew out their hatred" (PLUS VIDEO).

"I think this is unacceptable and a provocation," Jan Arild Ellingsen, the party's justice spokesman, told Norway's TV2 television channel. "I expect the US president to apologize to both Norway and the Progress Party".
 
George Tsunis, a Greek-American property millionaire who was one of Obama's biggest individual campaign donors, displayed only the scantiest knowledge of Norway at a senate hearing this week ahead of his appointment, describing the Progress Party, which has seven ministers in the government, as if it were a fringe far-right group.

Obama Donor Picked for Ambassador to Norway Fumbles Basic Questions About Norway
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Re: A list of Barack Obama's achievements as President
« Reply #928 on: January 26, 2014, 10:11:14 AM »

I thought it was a well known fact that you could buy an Ambassadorship....

This guy must be wildly unqualified for Norway to care and be offended.
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Re: A list of Barack Obama's achievements as President
« Reply #929 on: January 26, 2014, 10:24:23 AM »

Wildly unqualified with extremely deep pockets that 'throw' cash toward Obama...

What I've never been able to figure out is how Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  He's a liar, a cheat and devious.  I guess thats thee qualifications to be the recipient.....
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