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My, my how the time flies…Seems like only yesterday the media was falling over themselves to pinpoint Obama’s first mistake.
And look, NY Post has compiled a list of 100, and only some of them are crazy Murdoch/GOP claims.
Take away the idea of “mistakes” as he is not in school, but supposedly in a high responsibility job, and there are many of the NY Post blunders that stand on their own:
14. Executives at AIG get $165 million in bonuses, despite receiving an $173 billion taxpayer bailout.
46. Obama asked Congress for an extra $83.4 billion to fund operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, a special funding measure of the kind he opposed while in the senate. As a candidate, Obama promised to cut the cost of military operations.
47. After trying to woo Europe as the “anti-Bush,” Obama made an impassioned plea for more troops in Afghanistan. “Europe should not simply expect the United States to shoulder that burden alone,” he said. “This is a joint problem it requires a joint effort.” Only the UK offered substantial help, most others refused.
54. After saying he wouldn’t have lobbyists in his administration, Obama made 17 exceptions in the first two weeks in office.
72. On Earth Day, Obama took two flights on Air Force One and four on Marine One to get to Iowa, burning more than 9,000 gallons of fuel.
I skipped the bow and the many appointments that misfired (Richardson, Daschle, Geithner’s taxes, 3 rejected Vatican appointments et al), the bow to King Abdulah etc. And while I was surprised about how much I could agree with from a NY Post article, the most shocking fact was that they’d get critical of Teh One at all)
Of course, many of what they see as mistakes are in line with Cheney’s views about torture and GOP’s ideas of spending.. Still, there is one on torture I agree with:
26. “Obama thanked CIA employees for their work and said they’re invaluable to national security. He explained his decision to release the memos, then told everyone not to feel bad because he was now acknowledging potential mistakes. Theirs, not his. ‘That’s how we learn,’ Obama said, as though soothing a room full of fourth-graders.” — The Oklahoman, 4/23
Things NY Post didn’t see as ‘mistakes”, but they are big in my book:
- escalating the war in Afghanistan (after declaring it a lost cause)
-prolonging the war in Iraq (from 2010 to 2011)
-putting Social Security on the chopping block
- zombie banks
- treating Wall Street in an obviously different way than manufacturers, Unions
- making torture a political football – rather than the obvious crime it is
I am sure the comments can add more. Just as I do know, one man’s blunder is another’s Mishun Accomplished… because, let’s face it – big money has been invested in Obama doing most of what he just did
Obama gets mediocre approval rates from Gallup for this milestone day (56%), but you wouldn’t know it from the coverage
here are other Presidents numbers at this moment in their presidency
Bush the dumber 62%
Clinton, 1993 55%
Bush the smarter, 1989 58
Reagan, 1981 67
Carter, 1977 63
Nixon, 1969 61
Considering the kind of coverage Clinton was getting, his being practically at the same mark is quite astounding!