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The President and Family were in Chicago for the weekend. The following is his weekly address to the American people.

WEEKLY ADDRESS OF THE PRESIDENT

TO THE NATION

February 14, 2009

This week, I spent some time with Americans across the country who are hurting because of our economic crisis -- people closing the businesses they scrimped and saved to start; families losing the homes that were their stake in the American Dream; folks who've given up trying to get ahead, and given in to the stark reality of just trying to get by.

They've been looking to those they sent to Washington for some hope at a time when they need it most.

This morning, I'm pleased to say that after a lively debate full of healthy differences of opinion, we've delivered real and tangible progress for the American people.

Congress has passed my economic recovery plan –- an ambitious plan at a time we badly need it. It will save or create more than 3.5 million jobs over the next two years, ignite spending by business and consumers alike, and lay a new foundation for our lasting economic growth and prosperity.

This is a major milestone on our road to recovery, and I want to thank the members of Congress who came together in common purpose to make it happen. Because they did, I will sign this legislation into law shortly, and we'll begin making the immediate investments necessary to put people back to work doing the work America needs done:

The work of modernizing our health care system, saving billions of dollars and countless lives; and upgrading classrooms, libraries, and labs in our children's schools across America.

The work of building wind turbines and solar panels and the smart grid necessary to transport the clean energy they create; and laying broadband Internet lines to connect rural homes, schools, and businesses to the information superhighway.

The work of repairing our crumbling roads and bridges, and our dangerously deficient dams and levees.

And we'll help folks who've lost their jobs through no fault of their own by providing the unemployment benefits they need and protecting the health care they count on.

Now, some fear we won't be able to effectively implement a plan of this size and scope, and I understand their skepticism. Washington hasn't set a very good example in recent years. And with so much on the line, it's time to begin doing things differently.

That's why our goal must be to spend these precious dollars with unprecedented accountability, responsibility, and transparency. I've tasked my Cabinet and staff to set up the kind of management, oversight, and disclosure that will help ensure that, and I will challenge state and local governments to do the same.

Once the plan is put into action, a new website -– recovery.gov -– will allow any American to watch where the money goes and weigh in with comments and questions –- and I encourage every American to do so. Ultimately, this is your money, and you deserve to know where it's going and how it's spent.

This historic step won't be the end of what we do to turn our economy around, but rather the beginning. The problems that led us into this crisis are deep and widespread, and our response must be equal to the task.

For our plan to succeed, we must stabilize, repair, and reform our banking system, and get credit flowing again to families and businesses. We must write and enforce new rules of the road, to stop unscrupulous speculators from undermining our economy ever again. We must stem the spread of foreclosures and do everything we can to help responsible homeowners stay in their homes.

And in the weeks ahead, I will submit a proposal for the federal budget that will begin to restore the discipline these challenging times demand. Our debt has doubled over the past eight years, and we've inherited a trillion dollar deficit –- which we must add to in the short term in order to jumpstart our sick economy. But our long-term economic growth demands that we tame our burgeoning federal deficit; that we invest in the things we need, and dispense with the things we don't. This is a challenging agenda, but one we can and will achieve.

This morning, I'm reminded of words President Kennedy spoke in another time of uncertainty: "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks."

America, we will prove equal to this task. It will take time, and it will take effort, but working together, we will turn this crisis into opportunity and emerge from our painful present into a brighter future. After a week spent with the fundamentally decent men and women of this nation, I have never been more certain of that.

Thank you.


The Worst Perversion

(Reuters photo: Kevin Lamarque)

T he Obama administration was full of scandal, though we have a lazy and partisan news media that is determined to see no scandal in it.

The lame-duck columns have been nearly unanimous on the point: Barack Obama is remarkable among recent presidents for having been utterly untouched by scandal, personal or political.

The personal can be conceded: There is no serious allegation that President Obama suffered from the liberated appetites of a Bill Clinton, and the White House interns have by all accounts gone unmolested. But this is hardly remarkable: There were no such allegations about George W. Bush, either, or about George H. W. Bush, or about Ronald Reagan, or Jimmy Carter. Richard Nixon’s name is a byword for scandal, but not scandal of that sort. Nixon’s shocking personal perversion was his taste for cottage cheese with ketchup.

So, three cheers for Barack Obama’s manful efforts to live up to the standard of Gerald Ford. Well done.

The political issue is a different question entirely.

Not only was the Obama administration marked by scandal of the most serious sort — perverting the machinery of the state for political ends — it was on that front, which is the most important one, the most scandal-scarred administration in modern presidential history.

Under the Obama administration’s watch, the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies from the BATF to the NLRB were illegally used to target and harass the president’s political enemies. The IRS targeting scandal was the most high-profile of these, but others are just as worrisome. Federal investigations and congressional oversight were obstructed, and investigators were lied to outright — a serious crime. The administration protected the wrongdoers and saw to it that they retired with generous federal pensions rather than serving federal sentences for their crimes.

The Obama administration oversaw the illegal sale of arms to Mexican traffickers for purposes that to this date have not been adequately explained, and those guns have been used to murder American law-enforcement officers.

President Obama’s secretary of state was involved in a high-profile case in which she improperly set up a private e-mail system to evade ordinary governmental oversight she and her associates routinely misled investigators, obstructed investigations, and hid or destroyed evidence. These are all serious crimes.

The Obama administration made ransom payments to the Iranian government and lied about having done so.

Under the Obama administration, the Secret Service has been a one-agency scandal factory, from drunk agents driving their cars into White House barriers to getting mixed up with hookers in Cartagena.

Under the guise of developing “green” energy projects, the Obama administration shunted money to politically connected cronies at Solyndra and elsewhere.

Obama’s men at the Veterans Administration oversaw a system in which our servicemen lost their lives to bureaucratic incompetence and medical neglect, and then falsified records to cover it up.

Under the flimsiest of national-security pretexts, the Obama administration used the Department of Justice to spy on Fox News reporter James Rosen. It also spied on the Associated Press.

The Obama administration’s attorney general, Eric Holder, left office while being held in contempt of Congress for inhibiting the investigation of other Obama administration scandals.

But, no: No embarrassing stain on a blue dress.

Without minimizing the authentic personal degeneracy of Bill Clinton, sexual scandals are minor concerns. They become large public scandals because the numbskulls understand sex and can relate to sexual infidelity. If you’ve ever tried explaining to someone how futures trading works and watched his expression turn to that of a taxidermied mule deer, then you know why it is Bill Clinton, and not Hillary Clinton, who is the face of scandal.

It is one thing to have a degenerate president. It is something else — something far worse — to have a degenerate government. Barack Obama may have spent the past eight years as sober as a Sunday morning (his main vice, we are told, is sneaking cigarettes) and straight as a No. 2 pencil, but he leaves behind a government that is perverted.

The BATF harassment of True the Vote and other Obama-administration enemies is the stuff of which banana republics are made.

A liberal society with decent government requires that the pursuit of political power be insulated from the exercise of political power. That is why we have a Hatch Act and why the various dreams of the would-be campaign-finance police — who would have congressmen and presidents write the rules under which congressmen and presidents may be criticized and challenged — are in reality nightmares. (Here, let us say a word of thanks for the First Amendment and Citizens United.) Having an IRS that sorts nonprofits by their political stances in order to facilitate the harassment of political rivals is in real terms far worse than anything Bill Clinton got up to with Monica Lewinsky, and far worse than the shenanigans that Gordon Liddy and the rest of the Nixon henchmen got up to in the Watergate. The BATF harassment of True the Vote and other Obama-administration enemies is the stuff of which banana republics are made. Using the machinery of the state to seek political power and to aggrandize the political power one holds is the most destructive form of political corruption there is. A sane society would prosecute it the way we prosecute murder or armed robbery. It is a scandal and more than that: It is an assault on the foundations of a free society.

The fact that the same people at CNN who were colluding with the Clinton campaign cannot see a scandal in the Obama administration does not mean that no scandal was there.

For the Democrats and their media partisans, scandals — like homelessness and war casualties — are something that happens to other people.


Presidents Who Created the Most Jobs

President Bill Clinton created the greatest total number of jobs during his two terms. He added 18.6 million, a 15.6% increase.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the most, percentage-wise, with a 33.8% increase. During his term, he had to recover from the depths of the Great Depression. But, it's not fair to use that because he was in office for more than two terms. Out of all the two-term presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt added the highest percentage of jobs, with a 38.5% increase.

Here are the 10 presidents who created the most jobs between 1929 and 2020, with each entry noting the percentage jobs increased during the president's term(s):        


‘The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama’ by David Remnick

David Remnick is an American journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer whose 2010 biography of Barack Obama, The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, is considered the most complete account of the 44th president’s life, political ambitions and achievements, and prospective legacy that has been published so far. Including stories about former-president Obama’s parents, as well as interviews with other family members, friends, teachers, mentors, critics, and even Obama himself, Remnick has compiled a touching, compelling, and inspiring profile of a man who changed the history of the United States.


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Day 25 of the Obama Administration - History

Here’s a typical workday for Texas’ attorney general: "I go into the office, I sue the federal government and I go home," Greg Abbott was quoted as saying to a tea party group in an April 30, 2013, Associated Press news story.

Speaking to FreedomWorks Texas in Austin on April 27, Abbott said, "I’ve sued the Obama administration now 25 times, over the last four years."

Last fall, the Associated Press tallied two dozen: Abbott "has filed 24 lawsuits against the federal government since Obama took office — litigation that has cost the state $2.58 million and more than 14,113 hours spent by staff and state lawyers working those cases," said a Sept. 9, 2012, news story.

Abbott spokeswoman Lauren Bean emailed us an updated list of Texas’ lawsuits against the federal government: three during President George W. Bush’s tenure and 27 since President Barack Obama’s Jan. 20, 2009, inauguration. (Abbott himself was sworn in Dec. 2, 2002.)

Outcomes of the 27 Obama-era lawsuits, by our count: five clear-cut "wins," eight "losses," four cases in which Texas agreed to dismiss its case when circumstances changed, nine cases in progress -- and one that could be called a partial win, perhaps: 2010’s 26-state challenge to Obamacare that ended with the Supreme Court declaring it was legal to tax individuals without health care, but states could not be required to expand Medicaid.

Abbott’s staff, Bean said, would count eight "wins" during the Obama administration, including the Medicaid decision and two dismissals in which "the state got what it wanted." Bean noted all but one "win" are final (can no longer be appealed) and of the eight "losses," she said, six are being appealed and one could be appealed.

In our count of five "wins," four lawsuits were against the Environmental Protection Agency and one against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The EPA has appealed one ruling to the Supreme Court, and FERC filed for a clarification of the judgment in its case.

In most of the 27 cases, Texas was the lead plaintiff or only plaintiff. These included lawsuits in which Abbott was acting at the request of a department or branch of Texas state government. Bean said, "We file them on behalf of state agencies. We’re the lawyer, they’re the client."

Twice, Texas was originally listed among other states but not as the lead plaintiff, and in 11 cases Texas and other states or parties filed similar lawsuits that were bundled together by the courts sometimes resulting in Texas not being listed as the lead, or original, plaintiff.

Both cases in which Texas was an original plaintiff but not the lead plaintiff involved challenges to Obamacare: the 2010 lawsuit by 26 states that ended with the Supreme Court declaring it was legal to tax individuals without health care and the 2012 case in which seven states sued over a requirement that religious employers offer insurance covering certain birth control methods.


Barack Obama

Why Famous: Obama served as the 44th President of the United States (2009-2017). Previously he was a Senator from Illinois before a 2004 speech at the Democratic National Convention cast him into the spotlight, leading to a successful 2008 presidential campaign.

His election was a watershed as he was the first African-American President of the United States. His first term was focused on dealing with economic crisis brought about by the Great Recession, signing in a number of important bills as part of an economic stimulus. In his first two years he brought in an overhaul of the healthcare system, known as "Obamacare", and became the first sitting President to support same-sex marriage. In 2009 he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

In foreign policy Obama sought to reset relations with Russia which culminated in the New START Treaty signed in 2011. Relations however reached a low point not seen since the Cold War once Vladimir Putin returned to power in 2012. He ordered military operations in Libya to assist the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, ended military involvement in Iraq and ordered the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. Once ISIS captured large parts of Iraqi and Syrian territory in 2014, he authorized operations to resume in Iraq and ordered airstrikes in Syria. In other areas of the world he concluded a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran, normalized US relations with Cuba, began a drawdown of forces in Afghanistan and signed the Paris Agreement to combat climate change.

Obama defeated Mitt Romney in 2012 to win a second term. In this he advocated for gun control after the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre and supported legislative and judicial efforts to support LGBT Americans. After Russia invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea in 2014 he initiated sanctions against them, and did the same in response to alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

After a lengthy and contentious election campaign, he was succeeded by Donald Trump on January 20, 2017.

Born: August 4, 1961
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Age: 59 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Leo


What we believe

More politically divided

Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in November’s bitterly contested election, becoming the first person ever to win the White House with no prior political or military experience. But the divisions that emerged during the campaign and in its aftermath had been building long before Trump announced his candidacy, and despite Obama’s stated aim of reducing partisanship.

Partisan divisions in assessments of presidential performance, for example, are wider now than at any point going back more than six decades, and this growing gap is largely the result of increasing disapproval of the chief executive from the opposition party. An average of just 14% of Republicans have approved of Obama over the course of his presidency, compared with an average of 81% of Democrats.

Average % approving of president&rsquos job performance during each administration

Average approval among own party

Average approval among other party

Notes: Data from Eisenhower through George H.W. Bush from Gallup. Because some earlier data did not include partisan leaning, Republicans and Democrats in this graphic do not include leaners. Source: Survey conducted Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2016.

% approving of president&rsquos job performance, by party

Average approval among own party:

Average approval
among other party:

Notes: Data from Eisenhower through George H.W. Bush from Gallup. Because some earlier data did not include partisan leaning, Republicans and Democrats in this graphic do not include leaners. Source: Survey conducted Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2016.

% approving of president&rsquos job performance, by party

Average approval among own party:

Average approval
among other party:

Notes: Data from Eisenhower through George H.W. Bush from Gallup. Because some earlier data did not include partisan leaning, Republicans and Democrats in this graphic do not include leaners. Source: Survey conducted Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2016.

Obama’s signature legislative achievement – the 2010 health care law that informally bears his name – has prompted some of the sharpest divisions between Democrats and Republicans. About three-quarters of Democrats approve of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” while 85% of Republicans disapprove of it.

But the partisanship so evident during Obama’s years is perhaps most notable because it extended far beyond disagreements over specific leaders, parties or proposals. Today, more issues cleave along partisan lines than at any point since surveys began to track public opinion.

Between 1994 and 2005, for example, Republicans’ and Democrats’ attitudes toward immigrants in the U.S. tracked one another closely. Beginning around 2006, however, they began to diverge. And the gap has only grown wider since then: Democrats today are more than twice as likely as Republicans to say that immigrants strengthen the country.

Gun control has long been a partisan issue, with Democrats considerably more likely than Republicans to say it is more important to control gun ownership than protect gun rights. But what was a 27-percentage-point gap between supporters of Obama and John McCain on this question in 2008 surged to a historic 70-point gap between Clinton and Trump supporters in 2016.

Climate change marks another area where the parties are deeply divided. Wide partisan divides stretch from the causes and cures for climate change to trust in climate scientists and their research. Only about a fifth of Republicans and independents who lean Republican say they trust climate scientists “a lot” to give full and accurate information about the causes of climate change. This compares with more than half of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents.

Skeptical of government, other institutions

If views of some issues changed markedly during Obama’s time in office, views of the government did not. Americans’ trust in the federal government remained mired at historic lows. Elected officials were held in such low regard, in fact, that more than half of the public said in a fall 2015 survey that “ordinary Americans” would do a better job of solving national problems.

Americans felt disillusioned with the way Washington responded to the financial meltdown of 2008. In 2015, seven-in-ten Americans said that the government’s policies following the recession generally did little or nothing to help middle-class people. A roughly equal share said the government’s post-recession policies did a great deal or a fair amount to help large banks and financial institutions.

Against a backdrop of global terrorism – including several attacks on American soil – Americans also became less confident in the ability of their government to handle threats. In 2015, following major attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, the public’s concerns about terrorism surged and positive ratings of the government’s handling of terrorism plummeted to a post-9/11 low.

Americans also had serious concerns about privacy, though the government was not the sole focus of skepticism in this respect. During the Obama years, Americans were highly skeptical their personal information would remain private and secure, regardless of whether it was the government or the private sector that collected it. In a 2014 survey, fewer than one-in-ten Americans said they were very confident that each of 11 separate entities – ranging from credit card companies to email providers – would keep their records private and secure.


Obama’s failures during the 2009 pandemic

Just after announcing a national emergency to combat the N1H1 H1N1 virus in 2009, President Obama went out for a round of golf. Later, he appointed Elmo, the Sesame Street character, as the national spokesperson on how to combat the virus. See https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/01/AR2009090103135.html

All told, nearly 13,000 died from the virus. But President Obama got nary a mention of criticism during the year-long battle against the virus.

Contrast the media coverage of the 2009 outbreak with the press attacks on President Trump. DaTimes went so far as to call COVID-19 “the Trumpvirus.” See https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/opinion/coronavirus-trump.html

After looking through the archives of DaTimes and DaPost, I found almost no serious analysis of what Obama did wrong in 2009.

In April 2009, the virus was a combination of bird, swine, and human flu viruses further combined with a Eurasian pig flu virus, leading to the term “swine flu.”

The Centers for Disease Control estimated the following illness and death rates from April 2009 to April 2010:

–CDC estimated that about 61 million people were infected.
–About 274,000 people ended up in the hospital.
–About 13,000 people died, mainly people over 65.

The leading suggestions from the Obama administration at the outset of the pandemic included washing hands and sneezing into one’s arm.

An internal report, which was completed six months after the outbreak of the virus, suggested that the president appoint one official to coordinate the efforts. See https://www.medicalcountermeasures.gov/BARDA/documents/2009%20pcast-h1n1.pdf

Trump made his vice president the coordinator almost immediately, although he faced widespread criticism for the choice.

As the crisis worsened, Obama and his team ramped up the production of a vaccine. By October, an estimated 120 million doses were supposed to be available. Only 15 million hit hospitals, with people waiting in long lines to get the vaccine.

In one of the rare criticisms of the Obama effort, DaPost wrote: “The federal government’s unprecedented campaign to protect the nation against the swine flu pandemic has gotten off to a sputtering start, frustrating parents, pregnant women, and others anxious to get immunized against the new virus.” See https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/22/AR2009102204707.html

Compare the stumbling performance of the Obama team to the 2009 crisis with that of the Trump administration. Maybe the media should do the same, but that’s not going to happen because today’s journalists don’t let the facts stand in the way of a good story.


Obama's Disastrous Legacy

Obama is proud of himself. He and his devoted followers believe he has left America in better shape than when he found it.

To avoid the accusation of bias and (fake) "fake news," let's use the mainstream news media and government websites, in almost every case, to prove that Obama and his core followers are misjudging their own country and the world.

Foreign Affairs

1. His Benghazi policy was deadly for four Americans.

These deaths happened in September 2012, before his re-election, so the DNC had to adopt a false narrative about a video because terrorist groups were supposedly in retreat.

2. Obama withdrew the troops from Iraq prematurely.

We should have kept a military base there for as long as we have in Germany, Japan, and Korea. But Obama believes the standard leftist lie that America around the globe causes problems, not solves them.

3. The rise of ISIS "took me by surprise."

It did not surprise all of U.S. intelligence. The generals told him trouble was brewing.

4. Syria and northern Iraq are disaster zones.

Refugees are streaming out of the area.

5. ISIS has gone global.

6. U.S.-Israel relations has deteriorated under Obama.

His recent refusal to vote against the U.N. resolution that restricted Israel's right to build where it thinks best in Jerusalem indicates the deterioration.

7. Russia did provocative flybys near our ships.

8. Obama said on a live mic to Medvedev that he'd be more "flexible" after the 2012 election.

9. The Iran deal is a betrayal without getting anything in return except promises.

We will one day wake up to hear the news that Iran can weaponize nuclear power.

10. About 400 million dollars for hostage payment.

We should have gotten the hostages out from the very beginning &ndash without begging or paying.

11. American ships captured by Iran showed weakness to a second-rate terrorist nation.

12. The Cuba deal got nothing in return.

Dissidents are still in prison the economy shows no sign that it will come out from under communist oppression.

13. China's expansion in South Pacific will cause conflict.

Like Russia, China took the measure of the leftist president and concluded he is weak.

14. He shows no caution in his immigration philosophy &ndash both from south of the border and from Syrian war zones.

These suffering humans need safe zones closer to home.

15. He is all in for climate change.

One question: Did the climate change before humans got here? Of course. So there are many factors to its changes beyond a prosperous economy that the left wants to put in shackles.

16. Gitmo prisoners have been released and gone back to fight for terrorist groups.

National Economy

17. The corporate tax rate is higher than it is in other industrialized nations and third highest in the world.

"The United States has the third highest general top marginal corporate income tax rate in the world, at 38.92 percent."

18. Median household incomes have dropped over the past seven years.

It has dropped from about 57K (2007-2008) to about 52K (2014). Thankfully, however, the incomes have recently risen, but rising from the basement is a small step.

Real Clear Markets: The Obvious for the Decline in Median Income (The obvious is that people are working fewer hours.)

19. Obamacare is still a disaster.

In 2016, the overall premium increase across the fifty states is 25%. In many states, the rise is much higher. It means that businesses won't hire full time, and they reduce the number of hours their current employees can work.

20. We're broke: The national operating debt has reached gargantuan proportions.

The debt is almost $20 trillion, about $3-4 trillion over the yearly GDP.

21. The stimulus didn't stimulate, but put us deeper in debt.

22. As of November 2016, the U-6 unemployment number is 9.3%.

This measurement, not the U-3 line, reveals the true unemployment number.

23. Economic growth is slow.

It hasn't broken through 3% &ndash a historic record. "On Friday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that 2015 U.S. real GDP (RGDP) growth was 2.38%. No matter what revisions are subsequently made, 2015 will have been the tenth year in a row that RGDP growth came in at under 3.0%. The longest previous such run in U.S. economic history was only four years, and the last time that this happened was during the Great Depression (1930 - 1933)."

24. The federal government has grown more than it did under Bush and Clinton.

The article's answer: "By many measures, the federal government has indeed grown during Obama's tenure."

The bigger the public sector, the smaller and slower the private sector.

Domestic and Social Issues

25. The IRS harassed conservative groups.

"The IRS admitted that it targeted nonprofit political advocacy groups with the terms 'tea party' or 'patriot' in their names."

26. As of December 2016, there have been five terror attacks on U.S. soil since Obama took office.

That number doesn't count the ones that have failed.

For another report in September 2016, see the New Observer Online: ISIS Terror Attacks Sweep US.

27. Racial division is worse.

28. Black people are doing worse economically.

29. The murder rate has gone up.

Chicago leads the way with a 41.8% increase over last year, but there 14 other troubled cities.

30. Heroin smuggling into the U.S. from Mexico has increased.

Open borders &ndash based on a refusal to tighten them up &ndash allows for the surge.

31. P.C. culture has become more intense.

Obama never said "Merry Christmas" on White House greeting cards. Trump says he intends to change that P.C. policy.

32. The rise of the radical left has led to less religious freedom.

Bakers and florists have lost their businesses because they refused to share in a same-sex commitment ceremony.

33. His SCOTUS appointments have not respected the Constitution.

The left loves it because they need to lead stupid sheep, also known as the Average Common Sense American, toward their enlightenment.

But Article Three is slapping around Article One. It's rule by judges, a kritocracy.

34. He spent $85 million for vacation expenses over eight years, paid by our taxes.

35. Executive orders were abused.

They were a reaction to GOP congressional victories in 2010 and 2014. It's not so much the sheer number of orders (though that's bad enough), but the scope of them.

36. The only good news: The Democrat Party has been decimated.

"His legacy regrettably includes the more than 1,000 Democrats who lost their elections during his two terms. Republicans now have total control in half of America's states."

Obama has been an eight-year mistake for this wonderful country. It's soon to be a happy day when he is gone.

Obama is proud of himself. He and his devoted followers believe he has left America in better shape than when he found it.

To avoid the accusation of bias and (fake) "fake news," let's use the mainstream news media and government websites, in almost every case, to prove that Obama and his core followers are misjudging their own country and the world.

Foreign Affairs

1. His Benghazi policy was deadly for four Americans.

These deaths happened in September 2012, before his re-election, so the DNC had to adopt a false narrative about a video because terrorist groups were supposedly in retreat.

2. Obama withdrew the troops from Iraq prematurely.

We should have kept a military base there for as long as we have in Germany, Japan, and Korea. But Obama believes the standard leftist lie that America around the globe causes problems, not solves them.

3. The rise of ISIS "took me by surprise."

It did not surprise all of U.S. intelligence. The generals told him trouble was brewing.

4. Syria and northern Iraq are disaster zones.

Refugees are streaming out of the area.

5. ISIS has gone global.

6. U.S.-Israel relations has deteriorated under Obama.

His recent refusal to vote against the U.N. resolution that restricted Israel's right to build where it thinks best in Jerusalem indicates the deterioration.

7. Russia did provocative flybys near our ships.

8. Obama said on a live mic to Medvedev that he'd be more "flexible" after the 2012 election.

9. The Iran deal is a betrayal without getting anything in return except promises.

We will one day wake up to hear the news that Iran can weaponize nuclear power.

10. About 400 million dollars for hostage payment.

We should have gotten the hostages out from the very beginning &ndash without begging or paying.

11. American ships captured by Iran showed weakness to a second-rate terrorist nation.

12. The Cuba deal got nothing in return.

Dissidents are still in prison the economy shows no sign that it will come out from under communist oppression.

13. China's expansion in South Pacific will cause conflict.

Like Russia, China took the measure of the leftist president and concluded he is weak.

14. He shows no caution in his immigration philosophy &ndash both from south of the border and from Syrian war zones.

These suffering humans need safe zones closer to home.

15. He is all in for climate change.

One question: Did the climate change before humans got here? Of course. So there are many factors to its changes beyond a prosperous economy that the left wants to put in shackles.

16. Gitmo prisoners have been released and gone back to fight for terrorist groups.

National Economy

17. The corporate tax rate is higher than it is in other industrialized nations and third highest in the world.

"The United States has the third highest general top marginal corporate income tax rate in the world, at 38.92 percent."

18. Median household incomes have dropped over the past seven years.

It has dropped from about 57K (2007-2008) to about 52K (2014). Thankfully, however, the incomes have recently risen, but rising from the basement is a small step.

Real Clear Markets: The Obvious for the Decline in Median Income (The obvious is that people are working fewer hours.)

19. Obamacare is still a disaster.

In 2016, the overall premium increase across the fifty states is 25%. In many states, the rise is much higher. It means that businesses won't hire full time, and they reduce the number of hours their current employees can work.

20. We're broke: The national operating debt has reached gargantuan proportions.

The debt is almost $20 trillion, about $3-4 trillion over the yearly GDP.

21. The stimulus didn't stimulate, but put us deeper in debt.

22. As of November 2016, the U-6 unemployment number is 9.3%.

This measurement, not the U-3 line, reveals the true unemployment number.

23. Economic growth is slow.

It hasn't broken through 3% &ndash a historic record. "On Friday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that 2015 U.S. real GDP (RGDP) growth was 2.38%. No matter what revisions are subsequently made, 2015 will have been the tenth year in a row that RGDP growth came in at under 3.0%. The longest previous such run in U.S. economic history was only four years, and the last time that this happened was during the Great Depression (1930 - 1933)."

24. The federal government has grown more than it did under Bush and Clinton.

The article's answer: "By many measures, the federal government has indeed grown during Obama's tenure."

The bigger the public sector, the smaller and slower the private sector.

Domestic and Social Issues

25. The IRS harassed conservative groups.

"The IRS admitted that it targeted nonprofit political advocacy groups with the terms 'tea party' or 'patriot' in their names."

26. As of December 2016, there have been five terror attacks on U.S. soil since Obama took office.

That number doesn't count the ones that have failed.

For another report in September 2016, see the New Observer Online: ISIS Terror Attacks Sweep US.

27. Racial division is worse.

28. Black people are doing worse economically.

29. The murder rate has gone up.

Chicago leads the way with a 41.8% increase over last year, but there 14 other troubled cities.

30. Heroin smuggling into the U.S. from Mexico has increased.

Open borders &ndash based on a refusal to tighten them up &ndash allows for the surge.

31. P.C. culture has become more intense.

Obama never said "Merry Christmas" on White House greeting cards. Trump says he intends to change that P.C. policy.

32. The rise of the radical left has led to less religious freedom.

Bakers and florists have lost their businesses because they refused to share in a same-sex commitment ceremony.

33. His SCOTUS appointments have not respected the Constitution.

The left loves it because they need to lead stupid sheep, also known as the Average Common Sense American, toward their enlightenment.

But Article Three is slapping around Article One. It's rule by judges, a kritocracy.

34. He spent $85 million for vacation expenses over eight years, paid by our taxes.

35. Executive orders were abused.

They were a reaction to GOP congressional victories in 2010 and 2014. It's not so much the sheer number of orders (though that's bad enough), but the scope of them.

36. The only good news: The Democrat Party has been decimated.

"His legacy regrettably includes the more than 1,000 Democrats who lost their elections during his two terms. Republicans now have total control in half of America's states."

Obama has been an eight-year mistake for this wonderful country. It's soon to be a happy day when he is gone.