The writer is president of the United States.

Ok, maybe I missed something but did our last president ever write opinion editorials for any paper? Barack Obama has one in today’s Washington Post. I’m thinking this is a little pathetic. I mean, the guy is the leader of the free world, and he’s selling his wares in a beltway newspaper?

Stuff I don’t like in this:

The sky is falling!

By now, it’s clear to everyone that we have inherited an economic crisis as deep and dire as any since the days of the Great Depression. Millions of jobs that Americans relied on just a year ago are gone; millions more of the nest eggs families worked so hard to build have vanished. People everywhere are worried about what tomorrow will bring.

Your lives suck! You are miserable! This is as bad as it has ever been before!

Fear mongering (there seems to be a trend today)

And if nothing is done, this recession might linger for years. Our economy will lose 5 million more jobs. Unemployment will approach double digits. Our nation will sink deeper into a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse.

And an asteroid could hit the planet next week and put you out of your misery, Mr. President.

I won

I reject these theories, and so did the American people when they went to the polls in November and voted resoundingly for change.

It was a majority vote, Barry, not a freaking beauty contest. You’re starting to sound a little desperate.

It’s a pulpit, alright

Every day, our economy gets sicker — and the time for a remedy that puts Americans back to work, jump-starts our economy and invests in lasting growth is now.

Now is the time to protect health insurance for the more than 8 million Americans at risk of losing their coverage and to computerize the health-care records of every American within five years, saving billions of dollars and countless lives in the process.

Now is the time to save billions by making 2 million homes and 75 percent of federal buildings more energy-efficient, and to double our capacity to generate alternative sources of energy within three years.

Now is the time to give our children every advantage they need to compete by upgrading 10,000 schools with state-of-the-art classrooms, libraries and labs; by training our teachers in math and science; and by bringing the dream of a college education within reach for millions of Americans.

And now is the time to create the jobs that remake America for the 21st century by rebuilding aging roads, bridges and levees; designing a smart electrical grid; and connecting every corner of the country to the information superhighway.

Unfortunately it reads like one of his Sunday-sermon speeches instead of intelligent policy.

Is Obama cheapening his brand with this kind of work?


  1. Tinkerbell says:

    How can you cheapen what is not worth 2 bits in the first place?

  2. Wouldn’t we have to reach the level of the Carter years to be the worse situation since the Great Depression?

  3. Yes, I believe we’d have to surpass the misery index of the late 70’s, early 80’s before BO’s assertion would be true.

  4. Randy in Richmond says:

    I put this one on President Bush and his inept advisors. The early returns.

    Harvard econ Prof. Elizabeth Warren, testifying before a Senate Banking committee hearing underway now to judge the performance of the $700 billion bailout, said that the Treasury overpaid by $78 billion in its first round of investments into troubled banks.

    Warren said that Treasury spent $254 billion to purchase assets whose actual value was only $176 billion, “a shortfall of about $78 billion,” she said.

    Those of you who keep saying “we must do something”, when will you realize the government is not the answer. It didn’t work in the thirties here, it didn’t work in Japan in the nineties and it didn’t work here in the late seventies. Remember, the same people who are overseeing the vetting process in the Obama administration are the same ones that will macro-manage the implementation of the proposed stimulus package.

  5. Tinkerbell says:

    I see it this way: “Some” help may be needed. But Obama is withholding that help unless people agree to feed pork to his pets. It is essentially economic blackmail. One who loves the country, feels the people’s pain, etc, would not act this way.

  6. I like the way you explained that, Tink.

  7. Randy in Richmond says:

    Some of the TV pundits are reporting that the President is having a tough week. It should make him feel better that at least in one instance, legislation he voted for three times in Illinois, was carried out in Florida. There, a live baby was placed in a trash can to die after a botched abortion rather than call in an outside doctor to provide appropriate medical care. President Obama has defended this by explaining that the mother wanted the baby dead and that should be the outcome. So in the President’s way of thinking all has not been bad in what was otherwise a tough week.

  8. Tinkerbell says:

    This is sad. I googled and found this link…

    Unfortunately these events seem to be true. A few more details are provided. And could it be that the woman is suing the abortionist? Reminds me of the bible’s description of the immediate aftermath of the death of Christ: soldiers realized the truth of what they had done, as the skies darkened, the earth trambled, the tabernacle curtain was torn, and they proclaimed, “surely this man WAS the Son of God”. It seems that too slowly some people realize abortion is murder.

    It is ironic to me that Hilter favored blondes and killed those with dark hair, like himself… and in our day Obama would endorse the killing of those conceived of single mothers, like himself. It there a deep self-loathing being acted out on others by means of these policies?

    There is so much healing to pray for, in our country and the world. Perhaps the Muslims would not feel compelled to wage their “holy war” against us if we were better behaved collectively as a people, by our laws and policies and value of the dignity of human life?

  9. The Muslims wage their wars against anyone who is not one. We are far from being the most persecuted by them. Look at how they are taking over Africa. It’s their belief they must convert, subdue, or kill all infidels regardless of where they are at or what they do. You can be a filthy pig if you are a male Muslim!