Obama at 100 days: Taking stock

Well, it’s 100 days into the first Obama term, and the reviews are pouring in. At the New York Post, they’re listing Obama’s 100 mistakes in 100 days. For example, Mistake #9:

“Turkey tried to block the appointment of Anders Fogh Rasmussen as new NATO secretary general because he didn’t properly punish the Danish cartoonist who caricatured Mohammed. France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany’s Angela Merkel were outraged; Obama said he supported Turkey’s induction into the European Union.”

The Wall Street Journal editorial board recounts all the major shifts in policy undertaken by Obama, noting that “the only two comparable moments in the last century were 1965, which gave us the Great Society, and 1933, which bequeathed the New Deal. Mr. Obama’s goals are at least as ambitious, resuming the march toward the European welfare state that was stopped by what Democrats like to call the Reagan detour.”

“In a mere 100 days, the Democrat has silenced eight years of criticism about the Imperial Presidency. It is once again the liberal hour in American politics, and the media and political classes now see energy in the executive as a national asset,” the board writes. Curiously, however, the board also concludes that “one lesson from the first 100 days is that the President doesn’t like to do things that are politically difficult.”

The most important verdict, of course, is that rendered by the American public. In a new poll, the folks at Gallup report that “At 100 Days, Obama Approval Broad as Well as Deep: Solid majorities of everyone but Republicans and conservatives approve.”

“The new president’s approval rating at the 100-day mark is notable in that nearly all major demographic categories of Americans are pleased with his job performance, as evidenced by approval ratings above the majority level,” Gallup reports. “Only in terms of political and ideological categories does Obama have a significant proportion of detractors; a majority of Republicans and self-described “conservatives” disapprove of his job performance.”

Two data points jump out at me from the Gallup numbers. Among independents, the approval/disapproval numbers are 64/27, a very healthy spread. And even among conservatives, 42 percent approve and 53 percent disapprove.

163 comments Add your comment

ByteMe

April 29th, 2009
12:05 pm

Conservatives and Republicans thought Hoover was right, too.

Truth hurts them.

ByteMe

April 29th, 2009
12:09 pm

Michele Backmann took stock of Obama’s 100 days and compared him to FDR and Carter, claiming he signed the “Hoot-Smalley” anti-trade bill and perpetuated the last global flu epidemic. Totally f@cked up, but it’s a “Hoot” to watch typical Republican stupidity in action:

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/04/historian-michele-bachmann-blames-fdrs-hoot-smalley-tariffs-for-great-depression.php

Please don’t stop doing what you’re doing, GOP. No wonder that Jon Stewart wasn’t worried he was going to run out of material with Bush out of office.

AmVet

April 29th, 2009
12:15 pm

The only shred of hope for the neo-conned is that BHO gets a hummer from an intern…

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

April 29th, 2009
12:15 pm

100 days to unwind all the good and great things this nation accomplished in the 85,035 before.

The only way in which President Ob-amateur could become more subservient to the degenerate European welfare state, would be to ask Sarkozy for a golden shower. Perhaps such a request that is why the lovely Mrs. Sarkozy, who has been bedded more often than Holiday Inn, pulled away from our President so abruptly.

I Report/ You Whine

April 29th, 2009
12:16 pm

Curiously, however, the board also concludes that “one lesson from the first 100 days is that the President doesn’t like to do things that are politically difficult.”

He let Pelosi write the porkulus, is what I believe they meant.

And how come bookman doesn’t share the low poll numbers on Obozo’s policies?

Oh, yeah, because they’re low.

jt

April 29th, 2009
12:24 pm

“Obama at 100 days: Taking stock”
Watch what the R&D does to yours.

Mrs. Godzilla

April 29th, 2009
12:27 pm

Hot Damn!

We’ve had a great 1st 100 days, and I see even better days in the future.

Mind you he ain’t perfect, but I give him a 93.

I can’t wait to read the rad-right comments to come, chuckles are always
welcome!

jt

April 29th, 2009
12:30 pm

“Taking stock”
Haven’t they taken enough?

Class of '98

April 29th, 2009
12:31 pm

So Jay, you’re saying the media loves Obama? I’m shocked!

Bosch

April 29th, 2009
12:31 pm

I give the new Prez an A minus. I think he’s doing a good job.

Mrs. G.,

I quoted you downstairs. You’re a woman of wisdom:

“Birthers. Teeheehee”

Taxpayer

April 29th, 2009
12:31 pm

Anything Obama does to continue making the right wing fringe cringe is good by me. May Obama have many more 100 day reviews with comparable results.

AmVet

April 29th, 2009
12:34 pm

I’m still chuckling at the fate of the Vandy Nazi.

Alas and alack, the ever-disappearing base of Reich-wingers loses another fine foot soldier in their delusional war against everything and everyone. That’s three in three months here at JB’s.

Man that’s a shame…

Mrs. Godzilla

April 29th, 2009
12:36 pm

Bosch

Thanks.

Birthers are terribly silly. More so than flatearthers, but they are our fellow Americans and we can’t ship them off to an undisclosed location.

@@

April 29th, 2009
12:39 pm

Damn! Turkey is one policy where I agree with Obama, jay. Cautiously optimistic.

The Europeans need to get the heck over themselves.

The Armenian issue was mentioned. Obama said it was among one of the world’s greatest atrocities. In this case his words DID matter and he chose them carefully.

Jury duty calls.

Mrs. Godzilla

April 29th, 2009
12:47 pm

“Countless media outlets are paying close attention to the benchmark of President Obama’s 100th day in office. Not as many are focusing on the first 100 days of Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. ”

More here:

http://www.senateguru.com/diary/684/michael-steeles-first-100-days-a-retrospective

ALSO – it’s being reported that the RNC is going to be putting some
“restrictions” on Mr. Steele…..

Jake

April 29th, 2009
12:48 pm

B. The Good – Ended elitist government for the rich, maintains high visibility, responds to issues. The Bad – Big budget, Big government, Big deficit, may be a little soft on foreign policy.

Bosch

April 29th, 2009
12:59 pm

TnGelding

April 29th, 2009
1:03 pm

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

April 29th, 2009
12:15 pm

Good and great? Must not have been very many if he has already unwound them or else he’s a miracle worker.

Carter had the prudence to sell the presidential yacht. I’d like to see Obama do the same with the AF1 fleet, or reassign it to ferry the troops to the Middle East in style. Until they could be brought back home for good, of course. The sooner the better. Ditto for Japan, S. Korea and Europe. We need those GI “bills” to rebuild our economy. But where to house them after BRAC?

Susan Myers

April 29th, 2009
1:04 pm

President Obama is off to a great start and I believe he has the courage and stamina to continue engaging and improving the herculean agenda he has inherited thanks to the selfish policies of his predecessor.

Redneck Convert

April 29th, 2009
1:08 pm

Well, this Obama done just awful in the first 100 days. It’s what you expect from a alien that was born in Africa and got the Hawaii guvmint to make up a fake birth certificate for him. I don’t know how he done it, seeing as how he couldn’t talk when he was born. If this keeps up us rednecks won’t have nobody to look down on and the Republican party won’t have no way of making it. What’s the good of working your way up the chain if a guvmint is going to act like there’s no diffrence between you and some welfare bum or illegal or Those People? I’m so disgusted I won’t even tell you to have a good day.

N.J,

April 29th, 2009
1:10 pm

I think the Europeans have actually behaved like adults, compared to the rather juvenile behavior exhibited by the previous administration, which treated other nations like slaves who had to obey the orders of the president of the U.S. The difference? When the previous presidents father needed a coalition to deal with Iraq and Saddam Hussein, it was Germany and France that picked up the lions share of the cost.

The last president had a coaltion of the willing, but a large and under reported part of the Iraq war expense was the increased foreign aid given to those who joined the coalition of the willing, and the cuts to those who did not.

In the first case, Europe largely paid the economic cost of the Gulf War, in the second case the United States paid other nations to take part, a very expensive coalition.

N.J,

April 29th, 2009
1:11 pm

Interesting that the largely conservative supreme court ruled that Obama’s birth certificate was legitimate. Bush’s owe appointees voted to throw the cases over Obama’s birth certificate out of court as “frivolous”

TnGelding

April 29th, 2009
1:12 pm

I’d give him a B+, but only because he’s allowed himself to get caught up in the extravagant and wasteful lifestyle. Somebody needs to get the word out that the federal government is broke and only maintains its AAA credit rating the same way AIG, GE and the others did; through a corrupt credit rating system.

Paul

April 29th, 2009
1:16 pm

100-day mark: ’bout where one would expect. Give it time. His personal numbers may be high – but if the economy doesn’t go in the direction, as fast, as people want and you start seeing those numbers go down while the ‘unhappy with (policy) go up… but the Pres already knows that.

Which is why he isn’t pacing himself and waiting for a second term to address some issues. Much to the consternation of the party members who run for reelection every two years.

In many areas we’ve seen act one: engage with a new tone and build relationships. Results? Iran: nil. Europe: nil. NATO: nil. N Korea: nil.

So what’s act two? More of the same? Or more reversion to the predecessor style (”Hey, I asked, I invited, you wouldn’t go along, so now we do it ourselves”). Already seems to be the style with Afghanistan.

Well, ‘they’ liked Sally Field, too. But at least she got an award.

david wayne osedach

April 29th, 2009
1:16 pm

He has done a lot more than he promised. He’s making changes daily. Good work President Obama!

Paul

April 29th, 2009
1:18 pm

NJ

[[When the previous presidents father needed a coalition to deal with Iraq and Saddam Hussein, it was Germany and France that picked up the lions share of the cost.]]

Actually, I believe that would be the Saudis.

And the no matter how cordial the interactions, the Europeans are still in Nancy Reagan mode: “Just say No.”

Bosch

April 29th, 2009
1:25 pm

Paul,

From yesterday – there are things that Obama has done that I’m not comfortable with, but there’s a big difference between what you say in the campaign and dealing with reality.

Obama seems to be making good decisions based and seems to be methodical about collecting facts before making any decision. So, why it seems that he is going along with Bush’s policies, I feel that he is acting cautiously – and not acting in response to what he said he’d do in the campaign, but making the best decisions for the present time. Those could still change, but I feel confident that he’ll make much, much better decisions about anything than his predecessor.

This morning I heard Valerie Jarrett on CNN talking about the photoshoot. She said the President was furious and is ordering an inquiry into it BEFORE he does anything. I think that’s very wise not to just fly off the handle and start firing people – you need to make sure you are firing the right person who bungled it – and that person may not even be one of your own. I like that.

RB from Gwinnett

April 29th, 2009
1:27 pm

Taxpayer bill for the AF1 fly-by was only $300K. It’s not like that’s real money or anything.

ty webb

April 29th, 2009
1:31 pm

Amvet,
My money is that Obama gets one from Jay before an intern.

getalife

April 29th, 2009
1:33 pm

While cons criticize his every move and want him to fail, he is doing what he said he would do in his 2 year campaign.

After his two terms, has has moved our country in the right direction and raised the bar for future Presidents to do the same.

Bosch

April 29th, 2009
1:36 pm

ty,

One what?

Paul

April 29th, 2009
1:36 pm

Bosch

Remember how I said, in response to the Ayers and Reverend talk, that I rather agreed with Krauthammer – here we have a president who will embrace those who can help him, then ruthlessly cast them aside when it’s over. I rather think those are good qualities in a pres – especially when dealing with foreigners.

I also think Presidents are pretty constrained in much of what they do. There is, in many respects, an historical American policy that transcends what a president of a particular party wants to do, which is why I had to have a bit of fun with “Obama, in many respects, appears very similar to Bush.”

It’s no secret I like his reasoned, deliberative approach. Much of what I’ve read – even by critics who’ve dug deeper – indicates Bush was also one to push for details and challenge. But somewhere along the line Bush seems, to me anyway, to have fallen down on the follow-through, or to have reached a point where he deferred to the bureaucracy.

I heard the other day that the White House Military Affairs Liason used to be a general or an admiral. Until Obama. Then it became a political appointee. Take it away from the military professional, give it to the politician, watch it screw up in a few months, eh? Somehow, I don’t think a fix will be to restore a general to the position!

But yeah, I too like his style. And I like the engagement and the willingness to try something new. But that is tempered with a sobering look at the results. And that’s where, in spite of all the examples I’ve given, that I think 100 days is still a bit soon.

md

April 29th, 2009
1:37 pm

“”Obama seems to be making good decisions based and seems to be methodical about collecting facts before making any decision.”"

Isn’t vetting his cabinet choices part of being “methodical”? Ony the washed refuse to see.

N.J,

April 29th, 2009
1:40 pm

Actually the Europeans picked up a huge amount, and our current problems with Turkey stem from the costs to THEIR economy for supporting the Gulf War, which was responsible for their reticence to take part in the attacks by George Bush in 2003

Kuwait as a single nation picked up the largest SINGLE cash amount for the Gulf War 15 billion. Saudi Arabia picked up 12 billion plus provided 3 billion ‘in KIND (equipment, bases, troops) Germany and Japan together provided more than either Saudi Arabia and Kuwait did, about 20 billion, though they had absolutely no interest in the region.

Payments were made in one of two ways: with financial assets (”Cash”) and with services such as sealift and airlift (”In-Kind”)

As of March 1992, there was a shortfall in receipts compared with commitments. The total amount committed was $54 billion but only $52.9 billion had been received. The shortfall was $1.1 billion.

Saudi Arabia provided the US Military with fuel, food, water, local transportation and facilities, accounting for the “In-Kind” assistance. This accounted for 25% of the Saudi commitment to the US Military presence and was 71% of all “In-Kind” contributions.

The US paid roughly $7 billion, less than 12% of the total US cost and less than half what Saudi Arabia and Kuwait paid.

Along with the large scale engagement of international forces (the US had over 500,000 troops while non-US Coalition forces were roughly 160,000 or roughly 24% of all forces), the large international contributions to defer the cost of the war for the US deployment provides an indication of how deep international support for that war was, at least amoung those countries wealthy enough to provide the contributions.

In the end, the war cost the US only $7 billion, less than 12% of what the war might have cost the US.

Along with this Germany also provided in kind payment and 25 percent of the troops that fought in Iraq were not American. The international cooperation allowed the U.S. to defer 88 percent of the total cost of the war.

Again, the consensus was that Iraq should be removed from Kuwait even though the only reason that Kuwait is separate from Iraq is that the British stole it in 1899..before that it had been a part of Iraq for millenia)

ty webb

April 29th, 2009
1:40 pm

Bosch,
see amvet’s post at 12:15.

ByteMe

April 29th, 2009
1:41 pm

Paul: The White House Military Office is headed by a former Secretary of the Army. Not sure what you heard that was different from that, but he’s definitely a military man through and through.

Bosch

April 29th, 2009
1:44 pm

ty,

A hummer? You think Jay might buy Obama a big SUV before an intern does? That’s weird.

AmVet

April 29th, 2009
1:45 pm

There ya go, ty!

Then the “loyal opposition” can resurrect Bob Barr and Newt’s political careers and go after the mulatto with guns blazing!

I believe BHO deserves a low B or high C.

He scores very well by over-turning quite a few of the anti-science, anti-reality BushCo “rules”. Yet he has also upheld numerous other neo-con policies.

He garners an F though, for advocating that we send two more divisions to Quagmire Part Deux, aka Afghanistan.

And his corporate-friendly actions indicate he is not going to seek economic justice for we the people nor implement widespread prosecutions against the criminals on Wall Street and K Street.

I’d give him another F in this area.

And with the albatrosses Pelosi and Reid around his neck it is hard to say how he will try to adroitly avoid single-payer health care reform. He likely is going to do next to nothing. Wouldn’t want to upset Big Pharma or the Insurance cabal would we, Mr. President?

His fiscal policy including the economic “stimulus package” is one helluva unknown at this point. And it as much as anything will ultimately determine his real grade.

Yet with all of the above he is still infinitely better to date, than the previous clown…

ByteMe

April 29th, 2009
1:45 pm

NJ: See here http://www.investorsinsight.com/blogs/john_mauldins_outside_the_box/archive/2009/04/09/obama-s-strategy-and-the-summits.aspx for why Obama is backing Turkey over Europe and why @@ is supporting this strategy when she won’t support most anything else Obama is doing.

Paul and Bosch: Was reading this over the weekend (http://www.2000wave.com/article.asp?id=mwo041009) and now I’m worried that mid-2010 through end of 2012 will not be a good time for the economy… which means not a good time for Obama and crew.

ty webb

April 29th, 2009
1:46 pm

Bosch,
yeah, that too. ha!

Paul

April 29th, 2009
1:53 pm

ByteMe

Yeah, and that’s a civilian job, too. Mostly done by those who are politically connected. Caldera’s a bright guy – West Point, a few years’ service – but that does not, even with a stint as Secretary – give him the same perspective or attitude as a general officer who’s been around for 30 years.

Haven’t been able to confirm it, but it still doesn’t take away from the point that this administration chose to take a serving military guy out of the directorship and change the billet to a civilian-politician.

I Report/ You Whine

April 29th, 2009
1:53 pm

President Barack Obama has been in office less than a month, and already his proposed stimulus plan to get America out of the recession is meeting expectations. The plan was approved by the Senate late Friday night by a vote of 60-38, and now only needs Obama’s signature to make it law.

Signing the measure at a location far removed from the politics of Washington, Obama called the legislation “the most sweeping economic recovery package in our history.”

Sing and rejoice, brainwashed, Obozo has “saved” us, yay!

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy shrank at a worse-than-expected ~~~~~~6.1 percent~~~~~~~ pace at the start of this year as sharp cutbacks by businesses and the biggest drop in U.S. exports in 40 years overwhelmed a rebound in consumer spending.

Hello Depression.

Gee, thanks, Obozo.

ew

ty webb

April 29th, 2009
1:55 pm

I think it’s too early to give him a grade either way. So far he has an incomplete.

Susan Myers

April 29th, 2009
1:56 pm

After GWB’s first 100 days, he had only worked 52; 48 were spent clearing brush and choking on pretzels.

Bosch

April 29th, 2009
1:56 pm

ByteMe,

Yeah, I agree. I feel that Obama would benefit over the next three and a half years to be honest and keep the public informed of what’s going on and what the plans are to help the economy.

Paul

April 29th, 2009
1:56 pm

Bosch

Jay drives an 80 Toyota and the AJC’s broke, so I don’t think he’ll be the source for a Hummer for Obama. Then again, you can buy them one year old for, what, about $1.37 so I guess anything’s possible.

’sides which, the Pres has those neat armored Suburbans. Chevy’s still going strong, Hummer’s going out.

AmVet

Ditto!

just had to say that….

Paul

April 29th, 2009
1:59 pm

ByteMe

Pres Obama’s already said he has until 2011. We’ll see if the Gods of Fortune smile.

But even then, it doesn’t necessarily mean the Dems will lose the White House.

Susan Myers

April 29th, 2009
1:59 pm

A very productive 100 days!

President Obama has already restored much of America’s lost optimism. Consumer confidence is up, and an astonishing 43% believe that our country is on the “right track,” up from a dismal 9% in the closing days of the Bush administration.

Change!

Ray

April 29th, 2009
2:00 pm

Bookman,

Fanning the fires again? Why don’t you advance a topic that is on the other side of the chasm that separates the left and the right? You remind me of the race baiters Sharpton and Jackson. They incite their followings with abundant rantings about how bad whitey is….. you do it by allowing your lemmings to rant and rave about how bad Bush and company were, emphasis on were, and how anyone with a distaff opinion is a bottom feeder. Are AJC ratings so bad that your bosses think it best to hold onto quasi debate at any cost? That’s not journalism…. far from it. You call yourself a journalist…. try to introduce something of interest to all of your readers, not just the ranting liberals on this blog. And then sit back and listen…. you might learn something.

Mrs. Godzilla

April 29th, 2009
2:04 pm

Nathan Deal is gonna’ run for Gov!

Easy pickens…..

Copyleft

April 29th, 2009
2:05 pm

I see Ray needs another dose of the Disclaimer. I’ll take it this time. Ahem:

This is the Opinion section. Moreover, it’s a BLOG offshoot of the Opinion section of the paper. Comments about “objectivity” and “journalistic integrity” and “fair and balanced” are patently silly here because this is an EDITORIAL region of the paper’s web site.

Repeat as needed, until it sinks in.

ByteMe

April 29th, 2009
2:07 pm

Paul and Bosch: unless the underlying problems are magically wisked away, 600,000 foreclosed homes not yet up for sale by the banks and another 2-year burst of reseting mortgages starting next year… I just don’t see how we don’t get around more asset devaluation and recession during 2010-2012 timeframe.

For all the partisan teeth-gnashing, I just don’t see politicians being able to do anything at all about what’s coming other than to try to shore up the dam before the next batch of rain comes.

N.J,

April 29th, 2009
2:10 pm

If one uses BUSH style accounting and REMOVES the cost of the two Bush Wars from the budget Obama’s 2010 Budget increases the budget by about 2/3rds the average annual increases under Bush.

Bush’s 2009 budget came in at 3.1 trillion

This excluded the cost of the Iraq War. As well as the fact that the Bush Budget was a defense contractors dream:

Last week, President Bush submitted his $515.4 billion defense spending budget for FY ‘09. Contained within that budget is a windfall for defense contractors — “$104.2 billion for weapons procurement and nearly $80 billion for research and development.” This budget is 7.5 percent higher than the current year’s.

Even Defense experts are surprised at how generous the Bush administration is willing to be with the taxpayers’ money, in light of a faltering economy and deep cuts to domestic programs:

“The expectation has been that it can’t continue to increase as it has,” Phil Finnegan, a defense analyst at the Teal Group in Fairfax, said of defense spending. “But it has surprised everyone to see how long this increase has continued. This budget was a great budget for all defense contractors.” [...]

“The fiscal year 2009 budget may be about as good as it gets for defense contractors,” said Steve Kosiak, vice president of budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. “We have had eight years of quite dramatic growth in [the Defense Department's] weapons acquisition accounts. Whoever the next president is, it is unlikely that we are going to continue a major buildup.

The LARGEST single beneficiary of the Bush 2009 Budget. Halliburton.

The Comptroller General of the United States has repeatedly complained about the staggering lack of oversight over defense contractors.

Susan Myers

April 29th, 2009
2:11 pm

Overall President Obama has raised the bar. We can no longer afford or be satisfied with those who want to be president because they believe God wanted them to be. We can no longer tolerate those that have a disregard for intelligence to lead our country on “gut” instinct. That road leads to self destruction.

N.J,

April 29th, 2009
2:18 pm

Obama’s stimulus package, everyone forgets, is a ten year package, which amounts to about 79 billion a year, though it is a bit front loaded, more than half of it will be spent after 2011.

If we compare both Ronald Reagans first tax cuts even without adjusting them for inflation, the Reagan tax cuts cost Americans more than Obama’s stimulus package per year and the Bush tax cuts cost and are still costing Americans three times as much per year as the Obama stimulus.

It is forgotten that not one red cent of the Bush tax cuts were derived from offsets saved by cutting government spending. They were all based on GAO projected tax surpluses anticipated by Clinton policies with regard to saving, rather than spending Social Security payroll tax surpluses.

The entire Bush v Gore campaign of 2000 was based on whether to wait until the surpluse were actualized before they were spent, which was Gores position, or to spend them before they came in, which was Bush’s position.

Paul

April 29th, 2009
2:21 pm

ByteMe

Interesting point. Politicians govern with their eyes on the next election. Economic cycles and other events don’t. If they happen to coincide with a politician’s goals, then good for him and he gets reelected. If they don’t, well sorry, (this may be extremely difficult for many Democrats to contemplate), no one ever said life is fair.

Susan Myers

and after all those God references Pres Obama makes…..

Pres Bush was famous for his ‘gut instinct’ approach. Pres Obama seems to give short shrift to that style. But as an article at boston.com (The next decider
The election isn’t just a referendum on ideology. It’s a contest between two modes of thinking. By Jonah Lehrer October 5, 2008 )

illustrates, this is another case where being at the extreme isn’t a good thing.

The Oddball

April 29th, 2009
2:22 pm

Chill out, y’all. It’s only been 100 days. The Republic survives.

We know our new President thinks carefully before he speaks or acts, seeks out advice, and listens to his political opponents. We know he is intelligent and has surrounded himself with very capable people, as even his opponents (such as Ed Rollins) acknowledge. He has made a concerted effort to introduce himself to foreign leaders good and bad. That’s about all any President can do in 100 days, and he’s done well.

Let’s take a breather from the instant analyses.

Ray

April 29th, 2009
2:22 pm

Copyleft,

Then let’s quit calling Bookman a journalist and start calling him a pitch man. Journalists usually agree that the other side is not always wrong. Things like objectivity, journalistic integrity and fair and balanced are appropriate in any print setting which seeks to serve the public, as AJC has stated. Blogs of this kind only serve to drive the sides of the debate further apart rather than bring us together. But then we couldn’t call each other names, could we? Pander to someone else other than liberal opinion. There are others who read this sheet besides seething liberals but probably not for long. 46% of Americans did not vote for your savior. Journalists don’t bait their readers with daily rantings about how bad everyone else but them seem to be. Call it what you will but you liberals are not only people with opinion that matters. I’m afraid that this has had time to sink in very well and certainly does not need to be repeated. I see that he is still letting his lemmings defend his actions, more like Sharpton every day. A true journalist was embodied in the form of Chronkite, Severeid, Murrow and company. Chronkite was often voted best respected journalist in the US, although a staunch Democrat. Now we have Keith Oberman, Ann Coulter, Hannity and company who shout at each other across the chasm. Which is better?

Midori

April 29th, 2009
2:25 pm

$300k???

DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY BIRTH CERTIFICATES I CAN BUY WITH THAT??

Susan Myers

April 29th, 2009
2:25 pm

One more achievement many who don’t surf the web might not know about:

President Obama has, just by being elected, destroyed the morale of right-wingers from coast to coast.

Mrs. Godzilla

April 29th, 2009
2:28 pm

Ok you guys…..it’s time to untie Ray and stop making him
post here.

It’s soooooo wrong to make him blog against his will like that!

N.J,

April 29th, 2009
2:29 pm

Carter was following the example of Thomas Jefferson who managed to run the country totally on taxes raised from foreign tariffs and to not tax Americans at all. Jeffersons solution was simple. He didnt just sell the presidential yacht. He drydocked the United States Navy, as both he and Madison beleived that the United States had no need for a permanent military. When war was needed, the nations could raise levies, and when the need to deal with piracy or some other form of terrorism against America occured, they gave Congress the power to issue Letters of Marque, which simply meant they authorized Congress to pay a private force or foreign military to go after those who harmed the United States or its interests.

I still find it amusing that those who call Obama, Obozo for his stimulus package do not equally attack Bush’s stimulus packages, which consisted of 2.1 trillion dollars in tax cuts, at the beginning of his administration, which according to the majority of economists didnt stimulate the economy at all NOR did it create a single job. Then his last stimulus package in early 2008 143 billion which was supposed to end the recession by the end of 2008. And which had no effect at all either.

Or Reagans tax cuts, which economists assert did not create a single job or stimulate the economy.

Since 1980, the United States has seen only one period of good economy and that was during Clintons years. Reagan, Bush 41, and Bush 43 had presidencies which all presided over bad economic conditions.

Tom

April 29th, 2009
2:29 pm

No matter the truth and facts, ignorance and raw hatred never take a day off from the Republiscum. Pitiful.

BMC

April 29th, 2009
2:31 pm

Obama deserves an A+ in his job so far, the first 100 days have been a refreshing change seeing a president working and not shirking as Bush did. His success is in the optimism of his supporters. His success can be seen in the actions of his opponents. They are disorganized, dispirited, and given to wild hyperbole talking about the decline of America and socialism and nazism, anything they can dream up…quite amusing.

I just took a two week trip through the mid-south and can tell you one thing: America is as strong as ever, building roads, bridges, churches, houses, businesses, you name it. From Tulsa to Memphis to Nashville to Indianapolis, all “red” country, I saw a lot of growth and prosperity. Those hollering about weakness are spittin’ in the wind.

Ray

April 29th, 2009
2:32 pm

Mrs. G,

You just don’t get it, do you? Answer with trite sarcasm but with little to nothing of substance.

ty webb

April 29th, 2009
2:33 pm

hmmmm. “hatred”…”republiscum”. So tolerant.

Paul

April 29th, 2009
2:36 pm

[[raw hatred never take a day off from the Republiscum]]

Some people never see the irony in their own posts.

LOLOLOL!

Dave R

April 29th, 2009
2:40 pm

Hope & Change gets a big, BIG A+, 100% score from me in his first 100 days.

He’s moved this country faster towards the Socialist heaven you libs and closet Socialists always wanted.

The only problem is that your grandchildren will be paying for all this once you’re all dead and buried. Way to go, American Idol Generation. You got what you wanted. Instant gratification, instant debt for generations, and instant government when you fail.

DB, Gwinnettian

April 29th, 2009
2:45 pm

About what I expected from this politically savvy, center-left Democrat. Give him a B+.

Red Foreman

April 29th, 2009
2:45 pm

F+…Revolution is comming…Libtards vs Conservatives…Libtards lose…

Paul

April 29th, 2009
2:47 pm

Tom: 1

Red: 1

It’s a tie!

Mrs. Godzilla

April 29th, 2009
2:47 pm

Ray honey….it’s you who don’t get it.

You decry name calling then call us lemmings, and post some more.

You insult the AJC and Jay, your hosts, and post some more.

This blog is this or that or the other thing….whine, moan, b!tch
and still you post some more.

The repeated beating of your head against the brick wall you see as this blog will, if it has not already, cause brain damage.

This format may not be what you’d like, but it is what it is.
You cannot control it. You cannot change it.

Get this Ray, as long as you continue to do that which you say you don’t like, you will not be taken seriously.

It’s like when the kids where small….

Mom it hurts when I do this… and mom says well then don’t do this!

DB, Gwinnettian

April 29th, 2009
2:48 pm

The Eighth

April 29th, 2009
2:51 pm

I would give Obama a D+ to date. I think the country needed a statesman and Obama could have certainly filled that role but he chose to surrounded himself with subpar talent and then instead of lifting the country up he chose to bad mouth and belittle our nation. It is sad because he does have a gift and could have used the gift to inspire and help bring this country back together, at least those of us with some rational sense. Instead he is only playing off the hate from the far left…..just as many of you have accused the far right of doing the same thing. Hopefully he will come to his senses by I don’t hold out much “hope”.

Paul

April 29th, 2009
2:53 pm

Mrs. Godzilla

You’re really Henny Youngman?

Or the mom version?

DB, Gwinnettian

And don’t you forget it!

Copyleft

April 29th, 2009
2:55 pm

Ray: I get what you’re saying. And the decline of journalism is a serious problem facing America.

But why complain about it HERE, in an OPINION blog that’s not even part of the paper?

There’s not SUPPOSED to be any objective, balanced journalism going on here on this page. It’s a _blog_. It’s for _opinions_. Get it?

Copyleft

April 29th, 2009
2:56 pm

Eighth: Some links or proof, please? When did Obama “bad-mouth and belittle” America?

Mrs. Godzilla

April 29th, 2009
2:59 pm

Paul

Henrietta Oldbroad

You Distort/We Deride

April 29th, 2009
3:01 pm

10 Achievements You Didn’t Know About:

Health Care: The Obama White House cleared an important hurdle in the health care reform debate when it appropriated $19 billion in the stimulus package to help implement an electronic medical record system. The money is paltry compared to the hundreds of billions set aside for an overhaul of the health care system in the budget. But officials inside and out of the White House say it significance is hard to understate

“We need to have health IT so we have a better idea both of what works but also… so people can share information,” Zeke Emanuel, Obama’s health care adviser told the Huffington Post in mid-March. “We are on our way in a way that we have never committed ourselves before.”

Communications: A presidential campaign built on innovative messaging and advanced technology has, naturally, become a White House defined by similar characteristics. As such, the reach of the administration’s new media efforts – from hosting online question-and-answer sessions with the president to publishing the first White House blog – has been as expected as appreciated. It’s unfortunate, said one tech savvy Democrat, because the new policies have had tangible impacts. “The White House streams every event with the president on its website, even press events,” he said. “It’s remarkable because, this Sunday they held a swine flu press conference that ordinary people were able to watch online… Before you had to wait for a readout or hope that CSPAN would cover it. This is one of those things that people don’t quite understand the significance of.”

Transportation: Since the passage of the economic stimulus package in mid-February, the Obama Department of Transportation has approved 2,500 highway projects. The movement of stimulus money out the door has been as swift as it has been effective: $9.3 billion has been spent in all 50 states. Touting its impact, DOT officials say 260,000 jobs are expected from this investment. And with competition for contracts fierce, the department is set to approve even more projects than previously envisioned. “There will be more money for additional transportation projects,” said the official.

Education: Maligned for its handling of the financial and banking crises, the Obama Treasury Department has nevertheless implemented policies with real qualitative and quantitative impact on debt-burdened families. Chief among those was a $2,500 tax credit to help offset the cost of tuition (among other expenses) for those seeking a college education. Nearly five million families are expected to save $9 billion, according to Treasury officials.

Cars: The automobile industry at the White House and Congress’s behest has undergone seismic structural changes, managerial reorganization, and massive cuts in employment. But for all the tough love, the president has put in place the framework for an industry recovery. Perhaps the most significant of steps was to allocate $2 billion in stimulus cash for advanced batteries systems. One high-ranking Hill aide called battery technology “the next big frontier” in the automotive world, adding that if the U.S. could dominate this market it would reclaim its perch as the world’s premier car manufacturer.

Pakistan: Cognizant of a destabilizing situation in Pakistan, the administration’s diplomatic team, with a major assist from Japan, secured $5 billion in aid commitments “to bolster the country’s economy and help it fight terror and Islamic radicalism” within the country. The money, as Pakistan observers — notably Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry – note, will prove instrumental in bringing the nation away from the brink of failure and increased Taliban control.

Cities: More than any prior president, Obama has put a spotlight on America’s struggling cities, even creating an office of Urban Policy in the White House. It is the Justice Department, however, that lays claim to one of the most consequential of urban affairs achievements. Through the Recovery Act, DOJ secured $2 billion for Byrne Grants, which funds anti-gang and anti-gun task forces. The money, cut during the Bush years, is expected to have massive ramifications on inner-city crime and violence.

Engaging the Muslim World: While certainly discussed, foreign affairs experts insist that Obama’s engagement with the Muslim world has been at once remarkable and under-appreciated. From the first interview with Al Arabiya to his Nowruz address to the Iranian people, to his proclamation that “American is not at war with Islam” during an appearance in Turkey, seasoned observers have been routinely impressed. “Through these ,” said one Democratic foreign policy hand, “He has been able to dramatically change America’s image in that region.”

Forests: Since taking office, the White House has put under federal protection more than two million acres of wilderness, thousands of miles of river and a host of national trails and parks. The conservation effort – the largest in the last 15 years – came with the stroke of a pen when Obama signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 in late March.

Tone: Leaving a meeting at the White House on Tuesday a progressive member of the House of Representatives commented to the Huffington Post just how impressed she was with the president’s manner. “He is so calm,” said the member, “and has a great ability to make you feel like you’re being respected and listened to.”

–Sam Stein

Midori

April 29th, 2009
3:02 pm

Meanwhile, the previous president’s 100 days:

George W. Bush has been out of office for 100 days, has stayed out of the news (even made a point to SAY he’d stay out of the news), and get this — his numbers went DOWN in our NBC/WSJ poll, from 31% positive in January before he left office to 26% now. Cheney’s numbers also went down, from 21% positive in January to 18% now. Cheney’s drop makes sense to us, because he’s been in the news battling the Obama administration. But Bush? He hasn’t done a thing…

DB, Gwinnettian

April 29th, 2009
3:02 pm

There’s not SUPPOSED to be any objective, balanced journalism going on here on this page. It’s a _blog_. It’s for _opinions_. Get it?

Doubtful, given how a lot of news consumers these days literally do not know the difference between news, news analysis, and opinion pieces.

Dave R

April 29th, 2009
3:03 pm

Copylefty, you wouldn’t call it bad mouthing or belittling America when our President goes overseas and calls us arrogant, but others might.

Stop channeling Susan Myers. Find your own links.

N.J,

April 29th, 2009
3:06 pm

Dave R, you neglect the fact that the largest increases to government spending were largely Republican initiatives, with 89 percent of the national debt being either directly or indirectly linked to defense expenditures such as 67 percent of the Department of Energy’s budget simply producing fissionable materials for the cores of nuclear weapons. As weapons get older, you have to replace the cores. It spends almost nothing on programs that are actually devoted to producing energy.

Between 1980 and today the inauguration of Obama, 10.6 trillion dollars of the debt was created. , 9One trillion was under Bill Clinton.5 trillion under the three Republican administrations during that period.

Blaming Congress is not an option because every Republican president vetoed or threatened to veto any budget that they send to Congress that varied from their own spending initiatives in any way.

I am not the only one who asserts this. The ultraconservative CATO institute has asserted that the deficit is largely the result of Republican presidents who would have the U.S. play world policeman rather than a much less expensive defense policy of defending the American people and letting the world police itself. Both non defense related defense spending and corporate welfare constitute the largest reasons for the national debt

Next, it was the Cato Institute who invented the term “corporate welfare”, in which the government gives huge amounts of taxpayer dollars to corporations.

AmVet

April 29th, 2009
3:12 pm

Copyleft, I too am interested in this evidence where BHO “badmouthed and belittled America”.

I’m having a helluva time finding such evidence.

N.J,

April 29th, 2009
3:15 pm

Well the public has had 100 days to reflect on the state of the nation Bush left American to deal with. So his numbers have taken a further dive. Republican leaders in Congress are doing far worse with John Boehner having 17 percent approval and 60 percent disapproval Mitch McConnell 22 percent approval and 57 percent disapproval.

Reid and Pelosi are have approval numbers about twice as high as the Republican leadership. In fact Pelosi and Reid have overall higher approval ratings than the Democrats in Congress as a whole do. Congresional Democrat have a 43 percent approval rating, while Republicans are at about 30 percent approval and 65 percent disapproval.

You Distort/We Deride

April 29th, 2009
3:19 pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Having sex with animals could soon be outlawed in Florida.

The Senate unanimously passed a bill (SB 448) Tuesday that would make it a third degree felony for anyone to have sex with an animal. A similar bill in the House has not been debated on the floor.

Florida is one of 16 states without a law banning bestiality.

…but sodomy has been illegal for years. BJ’s bad; bluejays OK.

N.J,

April 29th, 2009
3:20 pm

My own doctors office has used government funding already to convert its records to electronic form and this has required hiring that has increased the office staff by about 25 percent. And these are not low paying service jobs, but fairly high paid medical IT people.

Im the one having problems accessing my own medical records online though. I mean they are there, but they are all in medicalese.

Susan Myers

April 29th, 2009
3:21 pm

My mantra: Socialistic capitalism forever!

Paul

April 29th, 2009
3:27 pm

Bosch!!

Special order t-shirt for Mrs. Godzilla (2:59)

“I don’t need no stinkin’ handgun…”

Dave R

April 29th, 2009
3:27 pm

NJ, I do not neglect that increase in debt. I merely put the blame properly where it belongs – with the largely Democrat-controlled Congresses and compassionate conservatism lack of vetoes.

Congress passes budgets, NJ. read up on your Constitution. And remember, when the debt went down, Clinton may have been President, but the Republicans were in charge of the budget. And no Republican ever seriously threatened, nor vetoed any budget bill, NJ. More fiction.

You need to know HOW things work to know how to analyze them.

Joe Matarotz

April 29th, 2009
3:30 pm

Hey, gang. For a professional, well-written take on this subject, go over to cnn.com and read Ed Rollins’ article, “Is Obama a Clinton or a Carter”. It’s fair, balanced and accurate – three things you will never get from Jay Bookman.

Mrs. Godzilla

April 29th, 2009
3:33 pm

Paul

Get me one too….Ladies S….Pink please!

Susan Myers

April 29th, 2009
3:34 pm

Thank you, President Obama, for working so hard and so intelligently to put our country back on the correct path. The last 8 years were a dangerous embarrassment, but you are restoring our pride and our Constitution! Thank you for all you do, each and every day, to make life better for all Americans…not just the super wealthy! We respect and admire you, President Obama! Thank you!

AmVet

April 29th, 2009
3:35 pm

Hell, the trash in Florida can’t even count their votes correctly. That’s how we got the Knucklehead-in-Chief for eight years.

Why am I not surprised that goat-sex is allowed…

Paul

April 29th, 2009
3:39 pm

Mrs. G

That one was for you – custom made!

Susan Myers

[[but you are restoring... our Constitution!]]

except for that eavesdropping stuff… and a bit of rendition… and keeping the door open on tough-stuff interrogations… and maybe going to war without Congressional authorization… but other than that minor stuff…

Dave R

April 29th, 2009
3:40 pm

Great comment, Ambling Veterinarian, except you forgot one vital point.

EVERY independent recount of ballots in Florida following the 2000 election, even using the standards Gore wanted, still gave the win to Bush.

Don’t let FACTS get in the way of a good grouse, AmVet.

I Report/ You Whine

April 29th, 2009
3:40 pm

N.J, April 29th, 2009 2:29 pm

Welcome back, Mad Harris!

We didn’t miss your spam.

When will you be flipping out and getting banned again?

Dave R

April 29th, 2009
3:41 pm

Susan Myers, please tell us exactly how Hope & Change is “restoring our Constitution”.

You might wish to actually READ it first . . .

Cherokee

April 29th, 2009
3:42 pm

DaveR you should read the entire “arrogant” quote – you took his comment out of context. But I imagine you already know that…

Dave R

April 29th, 2009
3:42 pm

And does anyone else think that Susan Myers is really just “G” back from her tingle up her thigh?