Barack Obama made it worse. More evidence every day. More material for Republican truth ads every day.
Here is the last campaign speech, the last list of questions for voters, that Republicans in 2012 will make:
“Next Tuesday is Election Day. Next Tuesday all of you will go to the polls, will stand there in the polling place and make a decision. I think when you make that decision, it might be well if you would ask yourself, are you better off than you were four years ago? Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago? Is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago? Is America as respected throughout the world as it was? Do you feel that our security is as safe, that we’re as strong as we were four years ago? And if you answer all of those questions yes, why then, I think your choice is very obvious as to whom you will vote for. If you don’t agree, if you don’t think that this course that we’ve been on for the last four years is what you would like to see us follow for the next four, then I could suggest another choice that you have.”
The shocking, ugly, truth is that four years before election day 2012 it was very very bad – but Barack Obama has managed – through a combination of corruption, treachery and boobery – TO MAKE IT MUCH WORSE.
Consider Obama and Iraq. Yesterday Barack Obama made a celestial choirs “Mission Accomplished” announcement. However, according to the New York Times “Iraq withdrawal outcome of Obama negotiating failure”.
“When Barack Obama announced yesterday that all US troops would return from Iraq, he framed it as a campaign promise kept, although Obama promised to pull the troops out in 16 months and ended up sticking with the timeline set by George Bush instead. He also neglected to mention that his administration had spent the last several months trying to avoid the outcome he proudly proclaimed. This morning, the New York Times makes clear that neither side wanted a full withdrawal from Iraq, and that the collapse in negotiations came as a result of bungling by the White House“
“Bungling by the White House”????? How can that not be? Bungling (we call it “boobery”) is an Obama White House specialty, polygamously wedded to treachery and incompetence.
The Obama lovin’ New York Times on Obama lipstick on a pig:
“BAGHDAD — President Obama’s announcement on Friday that all American troops would leave Iraq by the end of the year was an occasion for celebration for many, but some top American military officials were dismayed by the announcement, seeing it as the president’s putting the best face on a breakdown in tortured negotiations with the Iraqis.
And for the negotiators who labored all year to avoid that outcome, it represented the triumph of politics over the reality of Iraq’s fragile security’s requiring some troops to stay, a fact everyone had assumed would prevail. But officials also held out hope that after the withdrawal, the two countries could restart negotiations more productively, as two sovereign nations. [snip]
Over the last year, in late-night meetings at the fortified compound of the Iraqi president, Jalal Talabani, and in videoconferences between Baghdad and Washington, American and Iraqi negotiators had struggled to reach an agreement. All the while, both Mr. Obama and the Iraqi prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, gave the world a wink and nod, always saying that Iraq was ready to stand on its own but never fully closing the door on the possibility of American troops’ staying on.”
Keep an eye on that “restart negotiations” bit. It has implications.
The New York Times writes that in June Obama agreed to leave 10,000 troops to train and equip Iraqi forces. This past August “debates between the Pentagon, the State Department and the White House” resulted in a 3,000 to 5,000 troop number. The arguments of Hillary Haters Thomas E. Donilon (the “Obama enforcer”, and Denis McDonough (the “sewage pipe”) “prevailed over those of the military.”
The Times writes that the Obama boobs forced the issue of “immunity for troops”. We are then informed “they misread Iraqi politics and the Iraqi public.” It was boobery. It was, according to the Obama lovin’ Times “a severe tactical mistake.”
That “restart negotiations” bit? It turns out that “the two sides are continuing to discuss a continuing military relationship.” Ordinarily this would be an occasion for joy in that previous boobery could be redressed and turned to something better than boobery. But remember we are dealing with Barack Obama here, and you can’t spell “boob” without a double dose of “B” “O”.
Prepare for a double dose of boobery:
“On Friday evening, an American official in Iraq, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deliberations are confidential, said that negotiations would now center on arrangements that would begin next year, after all United States troops leave.
Possibilities being discussed are for some troops to return in 2012, an option preferred by some Iraqi politicians who want to claim credit for ending what many here still call an occupation, even though legally it ended years ago. Other scenarios being discussed include offering training in the United States, in a nearby country such as Kuwait, or having some troops here under NATO auspices.”
“In other words, Obama wants to make a little political hay on the Left thanks to what looks like incompetence. That may come back to bite Obama, however, as some of the same troops whose return Obama wants to hail may have to make a U-turn in the next few months [snip]
As part of his “mission accomplished” speech yesterday, Obama insisted that we need to focus on rebuilding our own country. How exactly will he sell the return of thousands of American troops to Iraq?”
If you are at all afraid that this Iraq boobery depletes the Obama boobery stockpiles, be not afeard. There’s lots more boobery from this fountainhead of boobery.
Back in 2009 we discussed the real “clunkers”, namely Obama and his team of Geithner tax cheats and liars. We derided, “‘Cash For Clunkers” is when you donate to the Obama Dimocrats.” Now one of those clunkers speaks up –
Yup, the guy that secretly called Canadian officials during the 2008 primaries against Hillary Clinton to secretly tell them that Obama was lying about NAFTA and not to worry about Obama lies on the campaign trail is talking a bit. The latest from Austen “Goolsbee: Cash for Clunkers, home-buyer tax credits were mistakes:”
“Barack Obama told Jake Tapper on Monday that “I believe all the choices we’ve made have been the right ones” on economic policy. One of the architects of Obamanomics disagreed just a few days later. Austan Goolsbee, one of Obama’s key economic advisers, admitted on Thursday’s Morning Joe that the gimmicky, short-term stimulus approach was a failure [snip]
Not only did they misjudge the difficulty of recovery, the same short-term, gimmicky approach made it even more difficult to do so.”
Obama made it worse. Yet… Obama thinks he’s perfect. Obama is a clunker. Obama is the problem.