During his 2008 campaign, Barack Obama was like a mixture of the Teletubbies, a Hallmark card, and Morgan Freeman's portrayal of God in Bruce Almighty all mixed up in one big fruity glass. Every time you listened to the guy it was "hope" this, "change," I love "unity," "we are the ones we've been waiting for," and creating a "new tone" in D.C. That strategy turned out to be plausible because Bush was so unpopular and Obama's entire career consisted of getting elected to office and moving on before he had time to accomplish anything. That allowed Americans to see what they wanted to see instead of the real Barack Obama.
Since then, the American people have gotten an opportunity to see Barack Obama perform up close and personal in the world's most high profile job and they've found out the reality isn't much like the pretty picture the media and Obama's teleprompter painted for them in 2008. Barack Obama is not a nice guy, a genuine fellow, or someone you'd enjoy going to a ballgame with. He's everything people hate about politics personified: He's a nasty, habitually dishonest, hyper-partisan extremist whose entire strategy seems to be to drag the country off to the left while he blames other people for his failures and pits Americans against each other as much as possible. Comparing him to Nixon is even a bit of a stretch in that Tricky Dick may have been a son-of-a-b*tch, but he was at least a bipartisan and competent son-of-a-b*tch, which is something you can't truly say about Obama. There are, however, a lot of other points of comparison.
1) President "punish our enemies:" On Univision radio, Barack Obama actually referred to Republicans as "enemies" of Hispanic Americans,
And if Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, we're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us, if they don't see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it's gonna be harder - and that's why I think it's so important that people focus on voting on November 2.
You could say that the President of the United States telling an entire ethnic group that an opposing political party is its "enemy," like Al-Qaeda, because they don't agree with his political stance represents a "change in tone," but it's a change for the worse.
2) Obama's Bain attacks: It's hard to find an example of political cynicism that tops the way Barack Obama is treating Mitt Romney's time at Bain Capital. At the same time that Obama is running ads attacking Romney for working at a private equity firm that cost some people jobs while it created even more jobs for other people, Obama is doing fund raisers with other private equity groups. In fact, in 2008, Obama raised almost twice as much as McCain in private equity, hedge funds. Additionally, one of Obama's top bundlers, Jonathan Lavine, used to work at Bain. Even more importantly, "employees of Bain Capital and Bain & Company have given more than $152,000 to Obama's campaign and the joint fundraising operation he runs with the Democratic National Committee." Arguing that Mitt Romney was incompetent at his job would be one thing, but if Obama is going to argue that working at Bain Capital is so disreputable that it should be a disqualifier for the presidency, then maybe he shouldn't be taking their money.
3) Fast and Furious: Nixon had Watergate and Obama has Fast and Furious. In both cases, there has been stonewalling and a cover-up by the Administration, but there was no bodycount associated with Watergate. The Department of Justice under Barack Obama helped facilitate the death of hundreds of Mexican citizens and at least one American. Although Obama talked a lot about "transparency" when he was running for President, it looks like Republicans may have to hit Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder, with contempt charges just to get the basic information they need to investigate the scandal.
4) Teabaggers: It's no surprise that the bottomfeeders in the left-wing media use the sexual slur "teabaggers" to describe Tea Partiers they disagree with. However, when the President of the United States uses a crude sexual term to describe his political enemies, it stands out.
In Jonathan Alter’s “The Promise: President Obama, Year One,” President Obama is quoted in an interview saying that the unanimous vote of House Republicans vote against the stimulus bills “set the tenor for the whole year … That helped to create the tea-baggers and empowered that whole wing of the Republican Party to where it now controls the agenda for the Republicans.”
The same guy who lectured the country on the importance of civility after Gabrielle Giffords was shot also refers to people he disagrees with politically as "teabaggers." That says a lot about his, "There's one set of rules for me and another set of rules for the rest of you" mentality.
5) "I won:" Anyone who wanted more evidence that all of Obama's "unity" and "new tone" talk was pure phoniness got their proof early in his administration.
The top congressional leaders from both parties gathered at the White House for a working discussion over the shape and size of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan. The meeting was designed to promote bipartisanship.
But Obama showed that in an ideological debate, he’s not averse to using a jab.
Challenged by one Republican senator over the contents of the package, the new president, according to participants, replied: “I won.”
The statement was prompted by Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona , who challenged the president and the Democratic leaders over the balance between the package’s spending and tax cuts, bringing up the traditional Republican notion that a tax credit for people who do not earn enough to pay income taxes is not a tax cut but a government check.
Say good-bye to post-partisanship and hello to arrogance.
6) "Don't do a lot of talking:" Along those same lines, Obama didn't sound so concerned about reaching out to the GOP when he simultaneously blamed them for all of America's problems and told them to shut up and do as they were told,
"But I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.."
Wow, this guy has trouble playing in the sandbox with Republicans? What a shocker.
7) Get under the bus, grandma! There was one indication of Barack Obama's surly, narcissistic temperament during the 2008 campaign that was very telling. At the time, he was standing with his anti-Semitic, anti-white, anti-American spiritual mentor Jeremiah Wright because he had voluntarily associated with him for 20 years. While giving a speech defending his association with that vile hatemonger, he besmirched his own grandmother as part of his defense of Wright.
“I can no more disown (Jeremiah Wright) than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.”
In the history of American politics, I'm not sure there has ever been a politician before Obama who was willing to smear his own grandmother because he thought it might help him politically.