Already the Worst President; Can We Get Bush Back?
Today the African-American lady who is the mother of one of the victims of the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole refused to meet with Obama in the wake of the throwing out of the case against the Jihadist bomb-master due to a recent Executive Order by Obama regarding Guantanamo.
What else have we seen in just two weeks? What else can go wrong?
1. Ricardson withdraws as SecCommerce due to corruption.
2. Daschle withdraws as SecHuman Services due to corruption and unpaid taxes.
3. The Europeans and the Canadians scream Smoot-Hawley due to Obama’s buy- American provision.
4. India screams objections to Obama’s intercession in Kashmir.
5. Iran throws Obama’s plaintive plea in his face.
6. Tax-cheat Geithner appointed SecTreasury (and head of IRS) with huge Democrat vote.
7. Catholic hospitals in revolt as Obama forces them into abortions.
8. One trillion dollar Democrat pork bill mislabeled stimulus bill receives 34% national approval even with on-going recession.
9. Baby murdered after botched abortion, following policy laid down by Obama.
10. New CIA neophyte, Panetta, admits rough questioning may be necessary, contradicting Obama’s orders.
11. Russia snatches Kyrgyztan from Obama endangering our effort in Afghanistan.
12. Obama insults Petraeus, Zinni mistreated and lied to, Solis in trouble, Kelliher withdraws, Volcker shut out
13. Obama pushes for overturning private voting in secret for unions.
14. Obama breaks his promise on lobbyists; appoints dozens - gives many ethics waivers.
15. There is much more, but this will do for now.
It certainly appears that the slime of Chicago politics was not limited to Blagojevich, that the slime has moved into the White House in the form of Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama.
The only thing that has gone right in the last two weeks was the free election that took place in our new ally in the Middle East, free Iraq.
So Much For Hope Over Fear
By Charles Krauthammer February 06, 2009 RealClearPolitics.com (Excerpt)
"A failure to act, and act now, will turn crisis into a catastrophe."
-- President Obama, Feb. 4.
WASHINGTON – “Catastrophe, mind you. So much for the president who in his inaugural address two weeks earlier declared "we have chosen hope over fear." Until, that is, you need fear to pass a bill.
And so much for the promise to banish the money changers and influence peddlers from the temple. An ostentatious executive order banning lobbyists was immediately followed by the nomination of at least a dozen current or former lobbyists to high position. Followed by a Treasury secretary who allegedly couldn't understand the payroll tax provisions in his 1040. Followed by Tom Daschle, who had to fall on his sword according to the new Washington rule that no Cabinet can have more than one tax delinquent.
The Daschle affair was more serious because his offense involved more than taxes. As Michael Kinsley once observed, in Washington the real scandal isn't what's illegal, but what's legal. Not paying taxes is one thing. But what made this case intolerable was the perfectly legal dealings that amassed Daschle $5.2 million in just two years.
He'd been getting $1 million per year from a law firm. But he's not a lawyer, nor a registered lobbyist. You don't get paid this kind of money to instruct partners on the Senate markup process. You get it for picking up the phone and peddling influence.
At least Tim Geithner, the tax-challenged Treasury secretary, had been working for years as a humble international civil servant earning non-stratospheric wages.
Daschle, who had made another cool million a year (plus chauffeur and Caddy) for unspecified services to a pal's private equity firm, represented everything Obama said he'd come to Washington to upend.
And yet more damaging to Obama's image than all the hypocrisies in the appointment process is his signature bill: the stimulus package. He inexplicably delegated the writing to Nancy Pelosi and the barons of the House. The product, which inevitably carries Obama's name, was not just bad, not just flawed, but a legislative abomination.”
The abomination of the U.S.S. Cole:
Judge drops charges in USS Cole bombing case
Friday 6 February 2009 Breaking News - Source: Reuters (Excerpt)
By Jane Sutton and Andrew Gray
MIAMI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – “The judge overseeing U.S. war crimes court at Guantanamo on Thursday dismissed the charges against a Saudi prisoner accused of plotting the bombing of the Navy warship USS Cole, the Pentagon said.
The move avoided a showdown between the U.S. military and President Barack Obama. It cancelled a hearing that had been set for Monday in the Guantanamo war crimes court, despite the fact Obama had ordered a freeze in proceedings there.
Susan Crawford, the retired judge who oversees the commissions, issued a ruling dismissing without prejudice all charges against Saudi national Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, said Pentagon spokesman Navy Commander J.D. Gordon.
Nashiri is accused of plotting the attack on the Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors in the Yemeni port of Aden in 2000.
The dismissal of the charges eliminates the need for Monday's hearing but al-Nashiri would remain in U.S. custody and could be recharged under the commissions system or a replacement drawn up by the Obama administration.
"It was (Crawford's) decision, and it reflects the fact that the president has issued an executive order which mandates that the military commissions be halted, pending the outcome of several comprehensive reviews of our detention operations at Guantanamo," Gordon said.”