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Obama: Lost President, Desperate Candidate

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This is the worst of times for President Obama. He’s a president on the ropes, up for re-election in the worst economy since the Great Depression with no successes to run on and a Supreme Court who may rule this month his signature initiative Obamacare is unconstitutional. And just when you think Obama can’t step into any more proverbial poop . . . well, he does.


With nothing left in his arsenal and desperate to save his job, Obama has resorted to pandering to black voters, whom he largely has ignored during his presidency, and petty attacks on Mitt Romney. Obama is losing ground with black voters among the 95% of blacks who voted for him in 2008. Outraged over Obama’s support of gay marriage, the Coalition of African American Pastors said they would not support him in 2012. A new poll found Romney would get 20% of the black vote in North Carolina if the election was held today. What does Obama do to keep blacks happy? He launches a slow jam radio ad this week with a deep voiced black man urging blacks to show Obama “We’ve got your back.”

The ad is insulting on many levels. Not only is it void of any message but the subtext is all Obama has to do is throw blacks an ad filled with R&B music and blacks will vote for him because he’s black. The ad is particularly repugnant when you take it’s words to heart. With black unemployment at 13.9% and in 2011 the jobless rate was at an historic high of 16%, the highest since 1984, black wealth plummeting compared to whites, more blacks plagued by foreclosures, it doesn’t look like America’s first black president “has your back.”

But Obama had even more laughable moves this week. Because Obama can’t give the American people a reason to re-elect him, other than his worn out 2009 excuse he needs four more years to get us out the of mess he inherited, he has turned his attention to personal attacks on Romney.


During a recent speech in Philadelphia, Obama said Republicans and Romney’s campaign message could be fit in a tweet: “Things aren’t as good as they should be and it’s Obama’s fault.” The inconvenient truth is Obama refuses to take responsibility for his presidency and the bad economy is a result of his failed policies and therefore his fault. Obama is full of excuses like the big bad Republicans. Reagan and Clinton managed to get things done with Congresses controlled by their opposing parties.

Democrats enjoyed a supreme majority during Obama’s first two years in office and what do they have to show for it? Zero economic growth, $16 trillion in debt, US debt downgrade, historic unemployment, $1 trillion plus deficits, etc.

Obama added in his Philadelphia rant, “They [Republicans] ran up the tab and are trying to pass off the bill to me.” No, Mr. President, you came into office and inherited $10 trillion in debt then ran the tab up yourself on failed a $800 billion stimulus, $80 billion in auto bailouts, $1.7 trillion Obamacare, and more.

Attending all those fundraisers, 160 to date, seems to be distracting Obama from his day job of running the country because it’s been “Junius Horribilis” for Obama, as described by Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank. The month looks a little like this: Walker victory, Bill Clinton’s support of Bain Capital (can we say Romney’s “stellar” performance at Bain) and extending all the Bush tax cuts, weak jobs report, national security leaks to reporters, Attorney General Holder mess, and the list goes on.


But after three and half years long years of sucking up to the Commander- in- Chief, the liberal news media finally seems to be ready to acknowledge Obama’s failures. As Milbank admitted, “In Washington, there is a creeping sense that the bottom has fallen out and there may be no second term.” No, Dana many of us realized Hope & Change bottomed out a long time ago but we’re glad you’re gaining consciousness to this reality because Obama’s presidency can fit into one tweet with #characterstospare: Failure.

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