In two weeks as president, Barack Obama has thrown away his credibility and destroyed trust — more than any other President of the United States in the History of the Republic.
Let’s just say that for the sake of argument.
This is now like bleeding from a thousand cuts.
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Nothing like Bill Clinton’s early-going gays in the military effort or Hillary’s closed door try at revising the American medical system in the dawning days of Bill’s presidency….
But Barack Obama’s preaching about “bipartisanship” was not matched with actions as Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats crafted the economic stimulus package without taking into account Republican viewpoints.
Maybe if Barack had been in the Senate longer he’d know more about bipartisanship….
“We won” Republicans were told, when they objected to certain stimulus package goodies like funding to fight bird flu.
That only saves jobs if workers don’t die at work….
The Treasury Secretary admitted to tax evasion. Ditto the president’s nominee for HHS, Tom Daschle.
Psst: This is what transparency gets us. The right thing to do when things like this come up is to ask the guy to withdraw, not ask for an ‘exception.”
Nancy Killefer, who failed for a year and a half to pay employment taxes on household help, has withdrawn her President Obama nomination to be the first chief performance officer for the federal government, the White House said Tuesday.
White House spokesman Gibbs said, “Nobody’s perfect.” Did he mean Daschle?
The nominee for Deputy Secretary of Defense used to be a lobbyist. He’s still in the running, despite the president’s vows against lobbyists and for ethics.
On al-Arabiya TV the president made a plea to Muslims. So Iran demanded an apology for American wrongs.
Just 11% of U.S. voters think America should apologize to Iran for “crimes” against the Islamic country.
The stimulus bill written by Democrats has a “buy American provision.” China, Germany and others objected.
Canada hopes U.S. officials will exempt America’s top trading partner from “Buy American” provisions in the economic stimulus bill before Barack Obama arrives in Canada this month for his first foreign trip as president.
The stimulus, meant to create jobs, contained at least two two questionable items — $75 million for smoking cessation programs and $400 million to slow the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted disease. Both have already been dropped from the most recent draft of the measure. You can recall others like the sod for the Mall in Washington DC….
Nearly half of U.S. voters (49%) say Barack Obama is politically more liberal than they are.
The president promised to close Gitmo and pull out of Iraq. He has done neither: but has angered some militay people.
He has cut defense by 10% and started to discontinue the term “war on terror.”
The president has opened an exchange of words with radio personality Rush Limbaugh….
The number of voters saying Obama is more liberal than they thought on election day is growing…..
Tough two weeks. Even with a dedicated Democratic House and Senate the public can lose trust and confidence …..
John E. Carey
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US President Barack Obama, seen here on January 29, 2009, sits alongside Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner
The New York Times also has an editorial on Tuesday suggesting that Mr. Daschle should withdraw his name too.
Bill Richardson withdrew after being nominated as Commerce Secretary as a grand jury was at work investigating portions of his state government.