The Obama Administration’s Legacy — Time To Talk About The Last Eight Years


President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrive at a campaign at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Obama is spending the afternoon campaigning for Clinton. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

US President Barack Obama arrives for the G20 Summit in Hangzhou. Photograph by Damir Sagolj, Reuters

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gives Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov her “reset button.” Russia apparently decided to reset to its old Soviet Union and Cold War ways as Mr. Putin took over Crimea, started an intense surrogate military insurgency in eastern Ukraine, and put combat forces into Syria. Putin also ramped up bomber patrols over NATO to a level not seen since the Cold War.


Clinton Goofs on Russian Translation, Tells Diplomat She Wants to ‘Overcharge’ Ties

Note to self: When trying to improve ties with a former Cold War-era foe, check a dictionary.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton learned that lesson the hard way Friday when she presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a gift bearing an incorrect translation — one that implied hostility, rather than peacemaking.

Clinton presented Lavrov with a gift-wrapped red button, which said “Reset” in English and “Peregruzka” in Russian. The problem was, “peregruzka” doesn’t mean reset. It means overcharged, or overloaded.

And Lavrov called her out on it.

“We worked hard to get the right Russian word. Do you think we got it?” Clinton asked Lavrov.

“You got it wrong,” Lavrov said. “This says ‘peregruzka,’ which means overcharged.”

The two top diplomats, who met in Geneva, laughed and Clinton explained: “We won’t let you do that to us, I promise.”

Clinton said earlier she was presenting the gift because it “represents what President Obama and Vice President Biden and I have been saying and that is, ‘We want to reset our relationship.’ And so we will do it together.”

Clinton adviser Philippe Reines said the typo would be fixed, noting that the correct translation for “reset” is only a couple letters off.

“Since we’re all learning a little Russian today, Opechatka is Russian for typo. So the ‘Opechatka’ is being fixed, the gift will correctly read ‘Perezagruzka,'” he said.


While warning of potential implications of Putin’s return to the presidency in 2012, Clinton did not publicly take a hard stance against the Russian leader before leaving office. She also defended the reset.

“The reset worked,” Clinton told CNN in August 2014. “It was an effort to try to obtain Russian cooperation on some key objectives while Medvedev was president.”

The previous month, however, Clinton had told CBS that the reset was wishful thinking in hindsight.

“I was among the most skeptical of Putin during the time that I was there, in part because I thought he had never given up on his vision of bringing ‘Mother Russia’ back to the forefront,” Clinton told CBS. “I think that what may have happened is that both the United States and Europe were really hoping for the best from Putin as a returned president, and I think we’ve been quickly, unfortunately, disabused of those hopes.”–russia-and-the-reset-2015-6


After negotiating a “cease fire” in Syria, John Kerry thought he could trust the word of his friend  Sergey Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia. After the agreement was made, Syrian air force jets and Russian air force jets increased their bombing of U.S. allies in Syria.

Children killed by Chemical Weapons

What happened to President Obama’s “Red Line”?

Once it was clear to everyone in the world that President Obama was not going to stop the carnage in Syria, the Middle East at large and in Africa, the world witnessed the largest human migration since the end of World War II.  The refugee/migrant/asylum seeker flow of human beings to new lands, mostly in Europe, is still with us and has cause a tremendous re-orientation for national resources in amny nations and could be playing a role in destabilizing nations.

A Tupolev Tu-22 M3 strategic bomber of the Russian Aerospace Force © Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation
President Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry have been adept at bringing people together…



Hillary is healthy enough to be President of the United States but she can’t recall how all those classified documents got into her home server because of the concussion. Not sure I would have advised her to use that excuse….

Chinese spies targeting personal emails of top Obama admin officials

– The Washington Times – Monday, August 10, 2015

The personal email accounts of several high-ranking White House officials have been directly targeted by Chinese cyberspies — and some are still actively under attack, according to U.S. intelligence reports.

NBC News obtained a classified document from an internal National Security Agency presentation given last year that suggests China has sought the private correspondence of top Obama administration figures since at least 2010, with varying degrees of success.



A Chinese Navy nuclear submarine.

A Chinese Navy nuclear submarine. Photo: Reuters

 (September 1, 2016)


President Netanyahu in Israel has had a hard time understanding the foreign policy of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry

President Obama in the White House, December 3, 2015 — the day after 14 Americans were killed and 22 were seriously injured at a Christmas party terrorism attack in San Bernardino, California.


Promising transparency but lying to cover the truth

Could you keep your doctor? Could you keep your health care plan?

No. Of course not.

President Obama lied about just about every aspect of his health care plan now called Obamacare — to get it passed through Congress despite its many flaws that would have been uncovered and discussed if the President, Nancy Pelosi and others had acted in good faith with the American people.

They lied to you and me. And we were stupid enough to believe their fairy tales.

Remember Pelosi: “We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It”.


 (August 22, 2016)

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, left, accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, speaks during a news conference at the Health and Humans Services (HHS) Department in Washington, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, to discuss the Health Department's fiscal 2014 budget. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The first time we realized that Obamacare would be a disaster was when we saw the body language of the HHS leaders Marilyn Tavenner, left, and Kathleen Sebelius. They often appeared to be unwilling or unable to answer questions from reporters and lawmakers. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)


President Obama’s Economic Legacy


A few final pictures of Syria, which has become a nation in ruins during President Obama’s administration….



Chemical weapons attacks in Syria may normalise war crimes, experts warn

Woman and two children killed in suspected chlorine attack in Aleppo – one of dozens of such attacks reported since Syria gave up its weapons stockpile

Syria is in ruins
In a city in ruins, a poster proclaiming the greatness of Syria’s President Bashar al Assad is about the only thing left….

United Nations building in New York

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