“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” – Matthew 7:24-27
Way, way back in 2008 I commented that the most amazing thing about Barack Obama was that he somehow managed to make it to his mid-40’s without leaving any footprints. I guess it would have been more accurate to say that any footprints he made were quickly washed away.
I was still a liberal Democrat and regular at Buffoon Juice when Obama won the Iowa caucuses. People were saying lots of good things about him so I figured I should check him out. I was expecting to be impressed but instead, I was underwhelmed. My first impression of Obama was that he was too unaccomplished and inexperienced to be considered for the top job. The only thing I really liked about him was the fact that he was black.
I concluded that Obama would be better suited as the VP candidate and that in 4-8 years he could run for president again. Little did I know that at that moment my opinion of Barack Obama was peaking. What initially turned me against Obama was his supporters. When I expressed my opinion of Obama to the Buffoons I was quite surprised and taken aback to be informed that my opinion was racist. Apparently, thinking that Obama should be VP was just like telling Rosa Parks to get out of my seat.
That was back then. More recent events are giving me a schadenboner that the cat couldn’t scratch:
High-profile Obama administration alumni pointedly warned the Democratic presidential candidates to “be wary of attacking” the popular two-term president’s record, in the wake of Wednesday’s debate where top-tier contenders bashed his legacy in a bid to score points against former Vice President Joe Biden.
While all 10 White House hopefuls on stage during the second night of back-to-back Democratic nomination debates fired away at Republican President Trump, Barack Obama’s name was invoked 23 times during the showdown.
Specifically coming under attack were ObamaCare – the president’s signature domestic policy achievement that dramatically transformed health care in America – and the Obama administration’s policy of stepped-up deportations of illegal immigrants.
Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel – who served as Obama’s first White House chief of staff – on Thursday morning called the jabs by fellow Democrats “nuts.”
Emanuel told Fox Business Network’s “WSJ At Large,” in an interview airing Friday at 9:30 p.m., that his former boss “is at 90-odd percent among Democrats. He’s the most successful progressive president … since the Great Society.”
And Eric Holder – who served as attorney general for much of Obama’s presidency – issued a warning on Twitter.
“To my fellow Democrats. Be wary of attacking the Obama record. Build on it. Expand it. But there is little to be gained – for you or the party – by attacking a very successful and still popular Democratic President,” Holder wrote.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that a man who accomplished nothing before he became president would continue that pattern in the Oval Orifice.
Obama went to Columbia and Harvard Law School. He was president of the Harvard Law Review. So what did he accomplish at Columbia and Harvard?
Nothing. Nothing we know of, anyway. His records at both places are sealed. He didn’t publish anything in the Harvard Law Review. Neither of his memoirs mentions any accomplishments he made while attending those places.
Obama brags about having been a community organizer, but what did he accomplish during his time in the South Side of Chicago?
What did Obama accomplish as a state senator in Illinois?
What did Obama accomplish as a US Senator?
The gulf between the Obama that was advertised and the Obama that was delivered is approximately the size of the Gulf of Mexico.
We were told that Barack Obama would be the smartest president ever. He was a Jedi Master of politics with mad skillz at persuading and inspiring people both individually and in large groups. The Obama that we were promised would be a game-changer, a once-in-a-lifetime leader who would make America great again. They told us that Obama had transcended race and was the Magical Unity Pony that had been prophecied. He would heal the breach caused by slavery, segregation, and racism, We would gather together as a nation, hold hands, and sing “Kumbayah.”
The Obama we were promised was a Lightworker. The Obama we got was just a light worker. He was smart, but not nearly as smart as he thought he was. His political skillz were lacking, his speeches were uninspiring, and he turned out to be the most divisive president ever.
His policies were bad, his appointees worse, and he was not even involved in crafting the program that was supposed to be his lasting legacy and still carries his name.
Obamacare is truly Obama’s legacy. It was supposed to heal the sick, raise the dead, and halt the rising of the oceans. Obamacare would cover more people for more things and it would also save us money. It would transcend math, medical science, and human nature. Best of all, if we liked our doctors we could keep our doctors. If we liked our plan, we could keep our plan.
Contrary to what we were promised it was crafted in secret. When we asked Nancy Pelosi for specifics we were told we had to pass it to know what was in it. It was jammed thru Congress without a single GOP vote. Democrats were so sure that we would love Obamacare that they set it up to take effect AFTER Obama was reelected.
Obamacare turned out to be an abomination. It would cost the Democrats the House of Representatives, thus halting the rest of Obama’s legislative agenda. The Obamafluffing media could cheerlead for Obama and cover for Obama, but they could not make 2+2 equal 5.
Obamacare remains on the books but it is effectively dead.
We Americans are an ornery bunch. If you try to jam something down our throats we’ll jam it up your ass. Treating us like children and forcing us to swallow something under the theory that if we try it we’ll like it is a dubious idea at best, and it is downright silly in the case of a piece of crap like Obamacare.
America is a democratic republic. In order to achieve lasting change you must have the support of the general public. You need their support to pass it and you need their support to keep it. Without the support of the voters you are building castles in the sand.
Obama failed to win widespread support for his policies and programs. His frequent use of identity politics and the race card divided the country. People did not appreciate being told that their opposition to Obama’s agenda was based on racism. If you pass something with 50%+1 votes the other side only has to flip one vote to tip it back the other way.
Barack Obama has no official power anymore. He doesn’t have the kind of wealth that would allow him to buy influence. All he has left is his voice. And for many people (including us) his voice is like nails on a slate chalkboard. The crowds no longer chant his name. His endorsement has never carried much weight.
Obama used to be important, but now he is impotent. He can do nothing as Donald J. Trump erases his legacy and writes his own. Ain’t that a shame?