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100 Days, 100 Mistakes

100 Days, 100 Mistakes

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Last updated: 12:38 pmApril 27, 2009
"Obama criticized pork barrel spending in the form of 'earmarks,' urging changes in the way that Congress adopts thespending proposals. Then he signed a spending bill that contains nearly 9,000 of them, some that members of his ownstaff shoved in last year when they were still members of Congress. 'Let there be no doubt, this piece of legislation mustmark an end to the old way of doing business, and the beginning of a new era of responsibility and accountability,'Obama said."
-- McClatchy, 3/11
"There is no doubt that we've been living beyond our means and we're going to have to make some adjustments." --Obama during the campaign.
This year's budget deficit: $1.5 trillion.
Asks his Cabinet to cut costs in their departments by $100 million -- a whopping .0027%!
"TheWhite Housesays the president is unaware of the tea parties."
-- ABC News, 4/15
"Mr. Obama is an accomplished orator but is becoming known in America as the 'teleprompt president' over hisreliance on the machine when he gives a speech."
-- Sky News, 3/18
In early February, the 2010 census was moved out of the Department of Commerce and into the White House, politicizing how federal aid is distributed and electoral districts are drawn.
Obama taps Nancy Killefer for a new administration job, First Chief Performance Officer -- to police governmentspending. But it surfaces that Killefer had performance issues of her own -- a tax lien was slapped on her DC home in2005 for failure to pay unemployment compensation tax on household help. She withdrew.
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 AngelaMerkel were outraged; Obama said he supported Turkey's induction into the European Union.
. . . . and he never mentioned the Armenian genocide.
The picture of Obama and Hugo Chavez shaking hands.
Hugo Chavez gave him the anti-American screed "The Open Veins of Latin America." Obama didn't remark upon it.At least it wasn't DVDs.
Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega went on a 50-minute anti-American rant, calling Obama "president of an empire." Obamadidn't leave the room. "I thought it was 50 minutes long. That's what I thought," he said.
Executives at AIG get $165 million in bonuses, despite receiving an $173 billion taxpayer bailout.
"For months, the Obama administration and members of Congress have known that insurance giant AIG was gettingready to pay huge bonuses while living off government bailouts. It wasn't until the money was flowing and news wastrickling out to the public that official Washington rose up in anger and vowed to yank the money back." -- AssociatedPress, 3/18
"After pushing Congress for weeks to hurry up and pass the massive $787 billion stimulus bill, President Obama promptly took off for a three-day holiday getaway." -- New York Post, 2/15
 "Obama soared to victory on the hopeful promise of a new era of bipartisanship. During his inaugural address he even promised an 'end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far toolong have strangled our politics.'"Too bad it took all of three days for the promise to ring hollow."Start with Obama's big meeting with top congressional leaders on his signature legislation -- the stimulus -- on theFriday after his inauguration. Listening to Republican concerns about overspending was a nice gesture -- until he shutdown any hopes of real dialogue by crassly telling Republican leaders: 'I won.' Even the White House's leaking of thecomment was a slap at the Republican leadership, who'd expected Obama to adhere to the custom of keeping privatemeetings with congressional leadership, well, private."It's only gone downhill from there. The stimulus included zero Republican recommendations, and failed to get a singleHouse Republican vote."It's not just the tactic of using Republicans for bipartisan photo-ops, and then cutting them loose before partisandecisions, that irks Obama's opponents. The new president wasted no time rushing forward with policies and legislationguaranteed to drive Republicans nuts. The first bill he signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- a partisanhot-button that drew all of eight Republican supporters in the entire Congress. Then there was the swift reversal of Bush policies on abortion and embryonic-stem-cell research -- issues dear to the Republican base."And when Obama and the Democrats in Congress took up SCHIP -- the children's health-insurance bill thatRepublicans say vastly expands government's role in health care -- they had an easy chance for real bipartisanship. After all, the bill had been hashed out in the previous Congress, and a bipartisan accord was reached before President Bushresponded with a veto. Did the Obama team push for the compromise version in the 111th Congress? Nope. They went back to the drawing board, ramming through the Democrats' dream version."Of course, the lack of bipartisanship isn't limited to Capitol Hill. Obama has taken gratuitous swipes at the Republicanswho recently decamped Washington, blaming President Bush for everything from the economy and the war to the lack of 
sufficient puppies and rainbows. And who could forget the Rush Limbaugh flap -- in which Obama's top advisers,including chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, orchestrated a public relations campaign meant to undermine theRepublican National Committeechairman, Michael Steele, by framing talk-radio personality Limbaugh as the real head of theRepublican Party."For now, Obama's back-pedal on the bipartisanship promise just makes him look insincere. But the real consequences of the mistake will be felt soon enough. As Presidents Bush and Clinton could tell him, congressional majorities do change-- and at some point, Obama will need Republicans on his side. He'd be smart to spend his second 100 days making upfor the serious snubs of his first."
-- Meghan Clyne is a DC-based writer.
"The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because theywere disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today." --Department of Homeland Security intelligence report
Nixes a "buy American" provision in the stimulus bill.
"Yes, Canada is not Mexico, it doesn't have a drug war going on. Nonetheless, to the extent that terrorists have comeinto our country or suspected or known terrorists have entered our country across a border, it's been across the Canadian border. There are real issues there." -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The 9/11 hijackers did not comeacross the Canada border 
"The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and many economists favor, to help pay for overhauling the health care system.The proposal is politically problematic for President Obama, however, since it is similar to one he denounced in the presidential campaign as 'the largest middle-class tax increase in history.' " -- New York Times, 3/14
"During his historic inaugural speech,Barack Obamapromised to usher in a transformational age where hope wouldreplace fear, unity would overtake partisanship, and change would sweep aside the status quo. But early in PresidentObama's first 100 days it is obvious that the only thing that is changing is the Candidate of Change, himself."The same politician who proclaimed during his inauguration that 'on this day we have chosen hope over fear' soonwarned Americans that the US economy would be forever destroyed if the stimulus bill was voted down."Why was it that same man who promised to put Americans' interests ahead of his own political ambitions chose insteadto use the suffering of citizens to advance his agenda?"Maybe he was following the guidance of Rahm Emanuel, who famously said, 'You never want to waste a good crisis.'"They didn't."The White House's warnings were so over-the-top that Bill Clinton felt compelled to warn the new president againstmaking such grim pronouncements. Americans would quickly warn that the White House would not channel FDR'seternal optimism but rather embrace the gloomy worldview of Edgar Allen Poe."The Candidate of Hope also quickly adopted the Nixonian worldview that Americans voted their fears rather than their hopes. Over Mr. Obama's first 100 days, that cynical calculation paid off politically for a White House that seemed mostinterested in appeasing the most liberal members of his Democratic Party."I expected more from Barack Obama. For the sake of my country, I hope I get it from the new president over the next100 days."

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