So, the Obama Administration. Working hard, or hardly working
That's the question on everyone's minds today as we look back at the 100 days of Barack Obama and Joe Biden. This thread isn't about general politics, it's about discussing Obama's performance as a President since January 20th; a discussion that has long been overdue. Surely, some of you must have been disappointed by some of his actions by now, so lets hear your gripes. Everyone's rating and grading various aspects of the administration. While some are disappointed, they are offset by others whom are pleasantly surprised. Some national report cards show Obama receiving grades as low as F+ or D- on his weaker subjects such as the economy, but he has managed to excel in other areas. How does D&D grade him?
Let's recap just exactly what's happened to this country, do bring up anything I may have forgotten:
Obama took action quickly in his first few days. He started off by passing a bizarre bill out of nowhere, then closed Guantanamo, froze white house salaries, passed the stimulus, ended the stem cell research ban, killed pirates, found a puppy and opened up travel to Cuba. Clearly, the dude actually does stuff. Joe Biden: not so much.
Obama made quite a debut overseas. And who the fuck knew that Cuba would be willing to sit down and discuss "everything", or that Chavez would apologize a little bit and offer a gift (in the form of a book about how the United States has totally fucked over Latin America)? Regardless, Obama is improving the reputation of America around the world. Some would say that he may be taking this too far, like his bowing
to King Abdullah or not totally blowing Chavez off for being a douche, but perhaps now things could be different.
Obama remains very marketable; half politician, half celebrity. One expects any decent President to at least maintain high approval through the honeymoon period. So far there is no sign he is a total failure or whatever. He's adapted to his role quite well and the doubt over his abilities has dissipated some what. He's also brought with him to the White House a casual style that is friendly and approachable. He has also been very good about taking responsibility for stupid shit that happens, such as dudes flying Air Force One ominously low over New York.
Iraq is Over-
With a deadline of August 2010 in place for the withdrawal of most troops in Iraq, and a new shift in focus to Afghanistan, Obama has managed to get us out of the quicksand. It seems like we are poised to finally start killing real terrorists again in Afghanistan, without blowing a shitload of money.
Black to the Future-
Obama has kept in touch with the times, he's doing the weekly Youtube Address as he said he would and has become the first President to wield a Blackberry in office. He's super popular on twitter and facebook, and when he's not too busy he finds time to make it onto talk shows to chat with guys like Jay Leno. The "Five Days of Public Viewing on the Internet" before passing a bill thing got off to a shitty start but he seems to have gotten it together, I think.
What I want to know is how the hell did four people get through the vetting process when they very clearly had not paid some of their damn taxes? And of those 4, the one that actually got to stay was probably the least competent (Geithner) and is still perceived as being sketchy as fuck. This is not really exclusive to Geithner though (although he does suck and should be replaced ASAP), as the general opinion seems to be that the entire Cabinet has a bit of a competency problem.
Release of Torture Memos-
There was no real need for this to happen, so why did it? Obama said he wanted to look forward, not back, but the release of these memos so we can go after the previous administration is petty at best, and dangerous for our national security at worst. This is kind of flip floppy on his part. There's also a possibility that this might blow up in his face, because some of the torture actually did
work, and is documented, and was
for justice. Now Obama is being pressed to release that information too.
A fiasco. This thing costs way too damn much and has a shitload of pork. I do not want to see what future tax raises will be needed to pay for this shit. Clearly a product of our subpar Congress (though you can't really blame Obama for their stupidity).
It's still shit, jobs aren't getting made fast enough and it's his fault. He said so himself. And don't forget Geithner and the AIG shenanigans.
So far the bailouts have just been a disappointment, and a constant source of irritation for the American public. Nice Job, O-Team. People are getting way too comfortable with talks of "nationalization" of various industries. We also shouldn't have to pay for our irresponsible neighbor's mortgages God damnit
It's pretty hypocritical of Obama to say "O YEA GUYS WE'RE GONNA BE TRANSPARENT"... and then hire a shitload of czars who answer to no one. Seriously, what is up with this? Czar's could be doing all sorts of shady shit behind the scenes to get things done and the public would never know about it. And these czar's are just as important as cabinet members? What the hell?
Let's face it, Obama has not been very bipartisan, and with Specter switching parties and tilting even more power toward the Dems I would be very surprised if Obama even gave a shit about what Republicans will have to say from now on, though it's reasonable to believe he was only pretending
to in the past. The dude is many things, but a uniter is not one of them. Consider the fact that we had more bipartisanship in George Bush's first year than all of Obama's 100 days. I fear what crazy shit the Dems will pass now without the Republicans having an influence. Of all his shortcomings, this is the one that hurts the most.
So, what do you think of President Obama?