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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

BARACK OBAMA: Year One


It's hard to believe that this time last year was the first day of the rest of our lives...or so it seemed. The election season went on for over two years. Remember when the front-runners were Rudy Guiliani and Hillary Clinton? Good times...! Well, not that good-- mostly stressful and panic attack-inducing for a lot of people. But that was a year ago. Now, it's time to reflect on the first year of the Obama presidency. And, as it turns out...people are still pissed.

This is what I just don't get: It seems to me that it took one of the worst presidencies of modern times to get people to FINALLY take their heads out of their asses, and start paying attention to the people who are running this country. Americans allowed a truly corrupt and incompetent administration run this country into the ground for 8 YEARS...and NOW you want to speak truth-to-power?! Now you want to express concern?! I guess the suspension of Habeus Corpus and Posse Comitatus, outting a CIA agent for political purposes, 9/11, Katrina, "Mission Accomplished", torture, wiretapping, deregulation, tax cuts for the rich, bail out of the airlines, energy policy, "The Bush Doctrine"...none of these things are really all that important.

Republicans love to bitch about the response to their obnoxious and unfounded criticisms of the president by pointing out that George W. Bush was often times unfairly criticized and judged by the left. And that's true...because HE GAVE EVERYONE SEVERAL REASONS to criticize him! Barrack H. Obama was in office for 2 MONTHS before people started attacking EVERY MOVE HE MADE! Two months in, the Bush economy was his, and both of Bush's wars were his. Meanwhile, our country was attacked on Bush's 9TH MONTH IN OFFICE, and NO ONE BLAMED HIM or his administration for dropping the ball! This country was attacked on THEIR WATCH! They received warnings 1 MONTH PRIOR from not only our intelligence agency, but from France, Germany, UK, and Russia! And THEY STILL DID NOTHING!!! But everyone forgot that, didn't they? No one remembers the WMD lies? No one remembers the disenfranchisement of black voters? No one remembers the Katrina response? The immigration "debate"? "No Child Left Behind?" Anyone? Bueller?

So now, it's one year later, and everyone's pissed. Gays are pissed. Progressives are pissed. Republicans...well, you know. American is "being taken away" from some...apparently. Not that it wasn't already, but now...Now that Barack Hussien STALIN-HITLER Obama is in office...it's ALL GOING TO HELL!! Good-bye America! And you were SO GOOD there for a while....! But now that "the Muslim" is in office, it's ruined.

I have honestly never seen such short-sighted, ignorant, immature, hyperbolic rhetoric in my 37 years of life on Earth (or, technically, my 15 years of following politics). How many ass-kissing Republican jack-asses can cry on television, or scream empty-headed monologues into an inanimate object (Rush and the "golden dick" he mouths at every day) before people can really see what's happening here? Quite a few, by my estimation. And you know what? It's okay. Really, I think it's okay. I am all for people showing their "true colors". I believe that people really are upset, and confused, and angry-- I see that! I feel that. Hell, I was unemployed for 8 months of this year myself, so I get it. But is that Obama's fault? No. The economy started going down hill in 2007. You'd never know that, however, to hear some of the criticism out there. But by their logic, can I now give Obama credit for the fact that I just got a new job?

Was the War in Afghanistan Obama's fault? Not really. It was started 8 years ago. Now he has to clean it up. But how do you end a war that's been going on for nearly a decade? Pull out? But then what? Reduce troop levels? Up troop levels? But then what? Lots of opinions, LOTS of options-- plenty of Monday Morning Quarterbacks out there. It's easy to criticize when you're not the one making the decisions. BUT...now President Obama has to deal with it. Who the hell knows how his decisions will affect that region, but I'll tell you this: I trust a smart and thoughtful man like him to deal with it.

I guess my point here is that I'm not ready, after only one year, to judge Barack Obama's presidency. He hasn't even completed his first term yet, people! Just imagine if we had held President Bush to the same standards that we are judging President Obama. Maybe then John Edwards wouldn't have slept with that woman (dumbass).

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