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Friday, April 25, 2014

Measuring Obama's Achievements Against LBJ, FDR and Lincoln

"Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact."

― Lyndon B. Johnson


"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

- Franklin D. Roosevelt


"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."

- Abraham Lincoln


"That's some good sushi right there."

- Barack Obama


Do you recall Obama's 2011 claim regarding his White House achievements:

"As you said yourself, Steve, you know, I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln — just in terms of what we’ve gotten done in modern history."

Well, with respect to legislative accomplishments, I believe that the staggering costs of Obamacare ("If you like your doctor or health care provider, you can keep them") will only become apparent in 2015. On the other hand, with respect to foreign policy, I think Obama's accomplishments are painfully clear.

Obama has just left Japan after failing to reach a trade agreement.

High stakes peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis, organized by John Kerry, have crumbled and given rise to Hamas-Fatah reconciliation.

With regard to the Ukraine and Crimea, Vladimir Putin, who was promised "flexibility" by Obama in his second term, is ignoring American whining. In fact, it's gotten so bad that the Russians are not even answering Chuck Hagel's phone calls (see: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/25/chuck-hagel-cant-get-russian-defense-counterpart-p/).

But can you really blame Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu for refusing to speak with Chuck? Everyone knows Hagel is a moron (see, for example: http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/chuck-hagel-jokes-that-indian-man-asking-him-a-question-is-a).

Whereas JFK's "Camelot" consisted of the "best and the brightest," Obama has managed to surround himself with the worst and the dumbest.

And although Kathleen Sebelius has finally resigned, Kerry and Hagel are going nowhere.

No, it can't get any worse.

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