100 DAYS- A MEASURE OR A MYTH

OK, were forced to play the 100 day game mainly because since Teddy Roosevelt we’ve had to.  Granted a President has never faced times like these since Teddy and some say today is even worse than Teddy faced . (I’m one of them)  A quick look at the problems handed off to Obama reveal a country in steep economic decline not seen since the Last  Great Republican Depression.  A nation fighting two wars (both unwinable) and costing hundreds of billions of dollars.   A nation who’s morality has been raped by the Republicans use of torture in violation of all we believe in.  A huge trade deficit a huge national debt.  A world image of the country lower than low.  Into this steps the first Black President of the United States, Barack Obama.

So now, 100 days into his Presidency we are asked to grade his performance!

The following evaluation is based solely on my expectations of the President at the beginning of his term.

Image: I was longing to be able to watch the President on TV or in interaction with other leaders without being embarrassed by or being ashamed of his appearance.  President Obama gets an A++++ in this department.  Every speech or town hall meeting have been presented with humor and candor and has shown a good command of a wide range of subject matter.  His interface with all the leaders of the world to date have been well done , he has upped the image of the country by showing his willingness to talk to anybody , anywhere about all subject matter.  No peacock strutting bad ass but a like able guy who all seemed to enjoy his company.

Torture: I have a very mixed opinion of his actions in this department.  I was pleased when he discontinued torture as a policy but disappointed when he took the individuals who did the torture off the prosecution list.  He seemed to me to be forced into letting Ag Holder investigate and maybe prosecute those who ordered it.  While it may sound good to say he would rather look forward than backward, all crimes are by nature backward and have to have their day in court or we will carry this shame forever.  Best I can do on this subject is a C-

The Wars: I was pleased to see him in the very first day order the end to the Iraq War (sorta) .  We now get to quibble over who are combat troops and who are support troops.  A support force of 50,000 is totally ridiculous . If you can’t support an embassy with the same amount of troops any other embassy in a troubled company has then you shouldn’t be there at all.  Out of Iraq in my book means out of Iraq period.

Afghanistan: The increase troop level to this region is total folly.  When you start adding troop levels of Iraq to the force projections in Afghanistan you come real close to the force that was in Iraq at it’s peak.  One , we can not afford to have this many troops in the field at the cost of 100’s of billions of dollars a year.  Two, The Russians had 150K troops in Afghanistan for 10 years and had to leave with a loss and bankruptcy of their country.  If anything we have created even a worse battlefield than they had to face.  There are 20,000,000 Pushtans and every damn one of them is either a Taliban or will soon be one.  These guys have never been defeated by anyone at any time.  Meantime,

Pakistan is falling apart , and Obama has upped the use of drones in an attempt to do what I am not exactly sure.  Only one thing I’m sure of it creates 10 new Taliban for every civilian killed, no way to win doing this.  The horror of all horror is Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, they got em, could they fire them , who knows.  I’m am pretty sure if Pakistan falls into the Taliban’s hands we will take out the nuclear capability.  One can only guess where this mess will end.  Best grade I can muster is a D

CABINET: Mixed bag here.  Disappointed in his economic advisers and appointments , considered them to be dealing out more of the same fixes the previous team dished out.  Sure enough that’s been the story to date. It hasn’t worked and most likely is just the first in many tacks they take.  A whole change of team might be necessary to head in the right direction.  Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff most thought was a bad choice, given his rep I thought at least he might be a good guy to whip the Congress into line, don’t seemed to have worked yet.  Bothered by his Israel connection.  The rest of the staff seem to be OK so far, we haven’t really had a chance to see them in action.  This flu thing is giving us a chance to see how they react to crisis and I think they get high points for putting out information.  Best grade I can muster is a C , big worries over the economic picks.

ECONOMY: Having this mess handed off to him is a bit like being a quarterback and being handed a burning football.  First inclination is to get rid of the thing fast.  I consider their initial bailout programs to be just that , do something to at least make it look like you got rid of the football.  It’s common knowledge to some that there is no one who really knows the true state of all these funny money contracts that are out there and just how deep the problem goes into what parts of the system, so , my guess is what we have seen to date is just that , get rid of the football till we figure out what the hell we really have.  I think just today you have been shown the path to the future in the proposed GM deal.  A Nationalization of the auto manufacturers followed by the banks.  I personally believe this is the only way this football fire can be put out.  The opposition will scream SOCIALISM, and I don’t really care what they call it, they don’t have idea one except to do the same thing that got us here.  The depth of the problem handed to him requires much more than 100 days to fix, after all it took 30 years to get us to this point.  There is little doubt that Obama was handed the SECOND GREAT REPUBLICAN DEPRESSION .  Please keep in mind the right claim we got out of the first depression by going into WWII.  We can get out of this one by the smart spending of large amounts of money.  Hell it’s only money which is a lot better to spill than blood.  I can barely muster up a C for this one but with a footnote of expectations of an A next report.

GENERAL FEELINGS AND IMPRESSIONS: Overall the First Family makes you feel good.  I think we missed being able to watch the President and his family present themselves to the nation in a very open and friendly way making you able to enjoy watching them.  The President presents himself in a smooth, congenial , intelligent way that makes you want to listen to what he has to say.  His command of most subject matter it is obvious he knows of what he speaks, (sometimes I disagree with him) but somehow feel he would be fine with that.  He admits mistakes when he makes them (that’s unusual of late) and promptly adjusts his thinking to rectify the situation.  The whole Obama family present themselves with style and grace intertwined with humour and banter, such a relief!

THE NOT SO LOYAL OPPOSITION: An evaluation of the first 100 days would not be complete without comment on the opposition.  The right DON’T KNOW DICK and prove it every day,even their own base is deserting them (down to 24% of voters) because of their lackluster performance.  Anyone can Filibuster as the republicans prove every day.  In the midst of the greatest economic crisis of our history they play their blocking game over trivial bullshit that is so apparent even to their own single minded clansmen who view their actions as repulsive.  They have not offered one constructive addition to or new legislation in these 100 days.  Remember their budget, not one number, a bloody insult to all of us.  Their blocking of prospective  Cabinet appointment would be laughable if there wern’t so many crisis matters on the table.  To block a nominee because of a pro choice footnote written 20 years ago is a perfect example on their block head stupidity.  They haven’t invented a grade low enough for these pukes.

HOPE FOR THE FUTURE: A glimmering of hope exists I think on the economic front.  The  GM proposal shows they are recognize their actions  to date are not working and this PLAN B will be tried next.  Applied to banks and other financial institutions could actually work.  At least we now know they are willing to try other things and that in itself is change.

The attitude toward the two wars I think I am beginning to see a change in heart as to their stated intended actions.  Generals are beginning to talk a different walk and seem to be shifting away from combat to hearts and minds operations with not much enthusiasm for adding more troops.

With the prospect of having   60 Senators the outlook for Obama’s progressive programs look a lot brighter. Health Care. Green Energy, Climate Change, Alternate Fuels might actually be passed.

So it is with HOPE in my heart I pass on this evaluation to you.  Please take the time to comment on my work.

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One Comment on “100 DAYS- A MEASURE OR A MYTH”

  1. Junior Says:

    You know what, Tiger? Your report card sounds like mother fucking John King on CNN. Oh, it’s so sad Jack Kemp died, he had such a great head of hair! Who gives a fuck if he was a fascist jock? Is there any anchor more gay than John King? Who takes it up the ass from public officials more consistently? I think not.

    But I digress. Fuck Michelle Obama and her $700 sneakers. Fuck the first family. We’ve been shanghaied. The whole thing is a farce. If you really want to teach these idiots something, why don’t you use the philosophy you used with your kids? There’s only one way to do things. The right way!

    Obama gets a big fat fucking F.


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