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Friday, November 03, 2017

Saving Obama's legacy

The initial success of Donald Trump's presidency is sinking in for Democrats. Sure, they still can get the media to parrot talking points, but the words ring hollow. It's an echo chamber, after all.






During the campaign, Trump tweeted, "President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!"

Obama went on Jimmy Kimmel's show, read the tweet, and replied, "At least I'll go down as a president."

Fifteen days later, we elected Trump as Obama's successor.

A year later, Obamanauts held their first reunion at the Marriott Marquis in Chicago. They were there for the first meeting of the Obama Foundation.

Edward-Isaac Dovere of Politico attended and wrote:
Obama spent two feel-good but amorphous days making pop-in appearances at sessions and watching with bemusement, first as people didn’t realize he was in the room, then at the wave of squeals and applause that swept over as they realized he was there. José Andres was at the hotel bar. Prince Harry was on stage, in jeans.
Popping in and out for adulation, but not adding much to the conversation. Sounds like he is pretty much doing what he did at the White House.

Matthew Continetti of the Washington Free Beacon wrote:
The summit Dovere describes is a parody of a group therapy session for the liberal gentry, a cutaway scene from Veep minus Selina Meyer. "There was a morning meditation and yoga session, and an evening concert with Chance the Rapper and The National," he wrote. Lucky ducks. He noticed a chalkboard where attendees were free to write down their hopes. "Samples: ‘We speak better and listen,' ‘Americans will see each other'; ‘my nephews will escape toxic masculinity.'" One speaker asked the crowd, "Is there space among the woke for the still-waking?" (Not on college campuses.) The same speaker also mentioned something called the "starfish illusion." Pretty psychedelic. I had to look it up.
Obama knows he failed.

From the Politico article:
A lot of people misunderstood his slogan in 2008, Obama said, closing the event.
“Hope does not mean that tomorrow everything’s going to be better," he said. "Where hope comes in handy is when you’ve put everything you have into something and it hasn’t worked yet —and it hasn’t worked the week after that, and the week after that, and six months later and a year.”
He had eight years.

People put their faith in him.

He let them down.

Obama can spin, but his legacy is set. He was the first black president (hooray). He failed, but at least he cleared the way for Donald Trump (double hooray).

The Politico piece ended:
“Politics matters,” Obama said, surprising a session Wednesday morning where Kennedy was interviewing former Italian Prime Minister Mateo Renzi. “The question then becomes how do we change the culture so that people are not turned off by politics but rather turned on by being engaged in politics. And how do we get some of the best talent to say, at some point, this is an option for them?”
“I don’t have all the answers,” he added.
He engaged people in politics, and his poor results turned them off again.

All the answers? He did not have even one answer.

That applies to everything.

President Trump has answers. They are working. He will go down in history as a president. And a pretty good one, too.

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18 comments:

  1. I don't see our best and brightest, generally, going into politics. I personally would rather my son create a business than regulations.

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  2. I'm wondering if there will be any trials out of all of this. Trump swore that Clinton was going to jail....but wasn't Obama deeply involved as well? Seems like a lot of feces is bubbling up.....the Pedophilia barrier has been breached.....what about Epstein and the Lolita express? That's part of the big O's legacy as well. Just think....some believe that the Express was a huge blackmail operation, just like the little girls from Haiti. Doesn't seem such a far stretch now, does it?

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  3. I am not turned on by politics. I do not want culture changed.
    I am as uninvolved and unevolved as possible.

    Not my fault. They smell funny.

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  4. I presume it was too late to cancel the shindig this soon after Hillary's "unmasking". It sounds like they knocked down the rhetoric quite a bit. It sounds like a political version of a Star Trek convention.

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  5. "He was the first black president"

    Billy Connolly describes brown sauce as "a sauce having no other property than that it's brown."

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    1. In addition to being the "first black president" he also was the first person to be awarded a Nobel Prize.....for nothing other than being (half) black!

      Many thought the Nobel prize was a mistake: ....."Six years later, even many of Obama’s supporters might question whether the award was deserved. In a recent memoir, Geir Lundestad, the non-voting Director of the Nobel Institute until he retired last year, wrote that awarding the prize to Obama “was only partially correct......Many of Obama’s supporters believed it was a mistake,” he wrote. “As such, it did not achieve what the committee had hoped for"......

      Jeez! Ya think??

      https://thinkprogress.org/the-truth-about-obamas-nobel-prize-dcafb8e9d521/

      Tends to make a "thinking person" believe that the Nobel has become just another "participation trophy"!

      WC

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    2. When did the 'one drop' rule become the accepted norm?

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  6. LibCong tears sweeten my coffee.

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  7. Without all those liberal hopes and dreams projected onto him Obama would have spent his days as an unproductive law professor who would never be called upon to be of support in any important litigation.

    A loser, but one lucky enough to ride the affirmative action roller coaster to a life of ease.

    We all know people like this.

    If we don't want to risk having another Bozo like this in our highest office we need to eliminate those programs.

    Or just burn our universities to the ground and start over.

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    1. Agreed. When we burn the universities to the ground we'll need to form a strong perimeter around them to ensure no one gets out alive. It's a lot like smoking out cockroaches. We don't want a reinfestation. - Elric

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    2. Learn to embrace the healing power of *AND*.

      ;-)

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  8. An empty suit speaking to a bunch of empty heads.

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  9. On the award to Barry, you can't blame the Swedes for that mistake; blame the Norwegians. Any organization that would a "peace price" to a mass murderer and warmonger like Yasser Arafat (1994) lacks credibility.

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  10. I believe the so-called Deep State is real, and that, until the Donald, all our presidents were on board with it. But when you take a step backward and focus, to me it seems pretty clear that Republicans revere it while Democrats exploit it.

    That seems to me like the real divide in American politics. Democrats pretend to love and worship big government, and Republicans pretend to hate it. But Republicans really love it and Democrats really love what it's doing for them personally.

    It would be interesting to know when and how it formed and have a complete understanding of its agenda. That's a deeper subject for another time.

    But it explains why Democrats and Republicans alike have always joined the CFR and why Republicans have always tolerated the UN. From the Deep State's perspective, they advance under Democrats and consolidate under Republicans. Democrats are their champions and Republicans are the conservatives' Grima Wormtongue, telling the base everything is under control, now go back to sleep.

    The Deep State is well-served when Republicans solemnly, in their Brooks Bros. suits, say (in Mark Steyn's characterization) outrageous things in calm voices; they are well-served when Democrats use the state as a place to win worship and score chicks. The Deep State can even tolerate a certain amount of personal profiteering.

    However, acting through Mueller, the Deep State seems concerned that the incontinent corruption of the Clintons is exposing them. If seen through this light, it makes sense of Mueller going after both Manafort and Podesta. The Deep State wants the appearance of sanity to cover their shenanigans.

    Donald Trump brings not peace but a wrecking ball. He says reasonable things in an insane manner. The Deep State's surrogates attack the manner of in which he says them, but are more truly concerned about the reasonable things he advocates.

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  11. Let's all give thanks for the fact that Obama was too incompetent to destroy America, despite all his efforts. It gives me joy to imagine his despair as his cherished dreams of a Communist America fade away to nothing.

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  12. Obama committed treason with the Iran deal.

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