Last week, President Barack Obama gave his first State of the Union address. After two years of having the media, political pundits, and citizens in general fall all over themselves toting what a great speaker but president is and how provoking he is motivating the country to unite and make the United States a better place, this particular speech seemed less than inspiring.
Is Barack Obama losing his touch? Is his trademark talent beginning to wane? The past year brought Obama has gotten in front of just about every TV camera he could, TelePrompTer alongside, ready to rally the American people to action in support of his policies and agenda. According to several polls, he did get a bump in popularity as a result of the state of the union, but how long will it last? For the president to maintain an approval rating above 50%, he has to convince the American people that he will go in the right direction -- a direction that is best for both the country and the citizens.
President Barack Obama claims he is not an ideologue. He came to office with an agenda in mind. He promised the American people hope and change. However, the American people had a different idea of what hope and change meant than President Obama.
Obama turned out to be more of a progressive than the American people thought. First of all, America believed it needed a new direction because of a faltering economy. Unemployment was rising and the GDP was falling. Now, after a year, we are still uncertain about the direction of the economy. The number of jobs is falling as is the unemployment rate. Not sure how that works-one would think that these two figures would be inversely related.
It did not take long for the Liberals to jump on Sarah Palin for writing a few words on her hand during a keynote speech at the Tea Party convention. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was also poking fun at Sarah Palin by writing words on his hand. That just goes to show how immature this administration will behave. What Gibbs did should be an embarrassment to the administration. But it wasn't.
Receiving lesser coverage, which means it was only covered by Fox news, was Barack Obama giving a speech recognizing military corpsman. What is well-documented is Barack Obama's dependence on teleprompters. And what was illustrated by this under reported story is that Brock Obama-who wants a reputation of being smarter than everybody else-needs to have several words on his Teleprompter written phonetically. He pronounced corpsmen as 'Corpse man'. Sure, anyone can mispronounce a word here and there, but Obama repeated it several times. Why would a person as smart as Obama mispronounce the same word multiple times? The mainstream media is giving a pass on the commander-in-chief mispronouncing military words. Now we know why the mainstream media is sometimes called the lame stream media.
Athletes trained for decades. They waited for years. Finally came their chance to participate in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver British Columbia. But where's the snow? It was 50° and raining. The hopes were dashed, the dream is gone. And it's all attributed to global warming.
But the story gets worse. Multiple snow storms marched their way up the East Coast shutting down the United States government for about a week. Even though it cost $100 million a day, it was a cheap week. Cheap compared to what Congress would spend. The snowstorms hit the south. The states that had not seen snow in years, now saw snow. And the reason for this? It's global warming.
The Louisiana purchase was not enough. But Cornhusker Kickback was not enough. The omnibus bill was not enough. The federal government is now going to kick into high gear wasteful spending across the United States in an effort to shore up the reelection of Democrats in the fall election. In short-the Obama administration is going to waste taxpayer money buying votes.
Kicking off this week, President Barack Obama is fueling up Air Force One for a cross country tour to campaign for Democrats. He has lined his pockets with about a half trillion dollars from his failed stimulus bill that was passed last year. A year later, the Obama administration has been touting how well it has worked. Yet, only about a third of the money allocated has been paid out. According to Joe Biden, that is how it was designed. The administration must be proud that all the unemployed people who have lost their jobs since Obama has taken office, will only have to wait out a few more months for the government to take action.
2010 was supposed to be the year that the Obama administration turns their main focus to job creation and economic recovery. After a couple of weeks, the focus was again shifted towards the passage of a government run health care bill.
Obama has staked his presidency and the success of his presidency on the passage of a health-care reform bill. After spending all his political capital in 2009 over the passage of a health-care reform bill, President Obama came out earlier this year saying he was going to slow down and concentrate on a good bill rather than trying to ram through the monstrosity that the original bills had become. But, seeing that that looked too much like hard work, Obama is again trying to pass the Senate bill.
Health care reform and climate change. Two recurring news items. At the end of 2009, it seemed like we were going to be able to move beyond these two stories. But they keep coming back. Is it Groundhog Day? Is it a recurring nightmare?
President Obama said last month that in 2010 he was going to make jobs is number one priority. The next day, he moved on to health care. We abandoned health care ever since. After a 7 1/2 hour lunch meeting, we find that nothing was accomplished. No minds were changed. In January after the Massachusetts Senate election, President Obama said in a news interview that he was going to slow down and get things right. One could almost interpret that as taking the health care bill, scrapping it, and starting over from scratch putting in the ideas that are needed and leaving out the arm twisting, backroom deals, etc., also known as sausage making. Now, the president wants to ram it through within six weeks. Is this supposed to make the American people more confident in our government?