The ‘overpromise’ presidency enters its last 100 days — Government isn’t working for most people, and Obama is a big reason why.

President Obama’s First Inauguration, Tuesday, January 20, 2009


By Daniel Allott
The Washington Examiner

Barack Obama ascended to the presidency with sky-high public approval ratings, control of both houses of Congress and a great deal of unearned goodwill around the world.

His goal was ambitious: To expand government in order to “fundamentally transform” the country. To do so, he would persuade the public that Washington was a powerful force for good that could be relied upon to fix their problems.

But when Obama leaves office in 100 days, he will leave behind a legacy that can only be seen as a failure to those who treasure limited government and constitutional democracy. Obama certainly expanded the role of government, but, in part as a consequence, trust in government and other public institutions have fallen to historic lows.

Obama’s first two years were his most productive. He signed a raft of consequential laws, including the financial stimulus, the auto bailout, the Dodd-Frank financial regulations and Obamacare.

The stimulus, a response the financial crisis, didn’t create jobs or cook up any sort of real recovery as promised. Seven years later, 32 percent of men 20 years and older still do not have paid work, more than double the share in 1948.

Obamacare, his signature domestic achievement, has helped some 10 million people obtain health insurance. But it has also resulted in skyrocketing premiums and has caused many large insurers to exit insurance markets. Most Americans continue to disapprove of the law.

Since 2010, Obama has shown almost no willingness to work with Congress, as the Constitution requires, and has instead governed primarily via executive orders and other presidential directives. By one estimate, his administration has added $488 billion in annual regulatory costs to the economy. That comes out to about $2,500 a year per person.

Perhaps Obama’s most lasting accomplishment will be his appointment to the federal bench of 329 federal judges, more than one-third of the total, including two to the Supreme Court. Those judges will ensure that Obama’s legacy of judicial activism for liberal ends will endure for decades.

Obama’s foreign policy has been defined by a failed diplomatic reset with an increasingly aggressive Russia, twin debacles in Libya and Syria, and a nuclear deal with Iran that makes the world less safe. He has dissed traditional allies and left enemies emboldened. Obama’s vision of a more restrained American foreign policy was admirable, but it has left the Middle East in flames, terrorism on the rise and the Russian bear on the prowl, filling the vacuum left by an increasingly withdrawn America.

Obviously, not all of America’s problems, or the world’s, can be laid at the feet of Obama. The public imagines the president to be more powerful than he is. And there’s only so much America, with just 4 percent of the world’s population, can do to influence global events.

That said, Obama has done damage to the body politic, some of it irreparable. He has reduced America’s standing in the world and the public’s respect for and trust in government. Seven in ten people in America think race relations are generally bad, a higher share than when Obama took office. Two-thirds think the country is on the wrong track.

Perhaps the greatest indictment of Obama’s presidency, although it is not the only cause, is that the voters reacted to it by elevating candidates such as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. The public has become even sicker and more tired of politicians, whether they be cowboys preaching nation-building or hope-mongers vowing to make government work for them. Government isn’t working for most people, and Obama is a big reason why.

Daniel Allott is deputy commentary editor for the Washington Examiner


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.

President Obama went all the way to Vietnam to go to dinner with ANOTHER AMERICAN? — Anthony Bourdain — What are we paying for? This is not, not international diplomacy…. The American people should get a refund for all the wasted jet fuel on Air Force One….

While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton began what was called the “U.S. pivot to Asia.” In this photo, Hillary Clinton talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. on September 5, 2012. Today Hillary Clinton is running to become the next President of the United States and China’s former Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has been promoted to the number three leadership within the Chinese Communist Party. China seems to be in control of most of the South China Sea and is pressuring all U.S. allies from Japan to Australia to Singapore to ally themselves with China or face consequences. In 2012, Hillary Clinton was a big advocate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). After Donald trump said the TPP was not a good deal for American workers, Hillary Clinton became against the TPP.

Those were fun times, weren’t they?  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov press a red button symbolizing Mrs. Clinton’s  intention to “reset” U.S.-Russian relations during their meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, March 6, 2009. Only the Clinton State Department Used the word for “overcharge” instead of the word for ‘reset.” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left her post as U.S. Secretary of State with a Russia in military resurgence. The button meant “Reset to the Soviet Union and the Cold War” to Putin’s Moscow government, we suppose. (AP Photo)

A general view shows destruction in Aleppo’s rebel-held Bustan al-Basha neighbourhood on October 6, 2016. Credit George Ourfalian, AFP

 (From Sunday, June 26, 2016)

Susan Rice September 16, 2012, just a few days after the attack on the U.S. at Benghazi. She told and re-told the lie that blamed the attack on a video seen as offensive to Muslims on all five major U.S. TV Sunday news talk shows. President Obama promoted her from U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations to the post of U.S. National Security Adviser.

The number of migrants and refugees during the Obama Administration has exceeded the total number from World War II.

Because the threat of Radical Islamic Terrorism was not addressed more forcefully from the start with a concerted campaign to eliminate them,  the number of killed, wounded and displaced has continued to rise. The citizens of Syria and other places gave up waiting for Barack Obama to end the war and, at great peril to their own lives, and the lives of their family members, they became refugees and migrants.  How much longer must the world stay in this state of upheaval?

President Obama now has the distinction of being the longest serving American president during war in the history of the United States. That’s his legacy.


Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes. Photo by The White House

U.S. Navy sailors taken prisoner by Iran, January 12, 2016


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