Obama and his Constant Struggle for the Low Ground! – Reason #73

Only 82 Days Remaining!

When Convictions and Campaigns Conflict

During his 2010 State of the Union Address, President Obama startled America when he directed his displeasure directly at the black robed figures respectfully congregated a few yards in front of him and representing the Supreme Court of the United States and the third branch of government – the Judiciary.  Showing his ire, Obama placed the Justices on a “Hot seat” from which they were neither invited nor expected to respond:

“With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests –- including foreign corporations –- to spend without limit in our elections. (Applause.) I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. (Applause.) They should be decided by the American people. And I’d urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to correct some of these problems.”

Obama was addressing the issue of the so-called “Super PACs.”  Later, at a 2010 Campaign rally in  Philadelphia, Obama added to and clarified his State of the Union remarks, pronouncing:

“Now that’s not just a threat to Democrats, that’s a threat to our democracy.”[i]

Here was obviously a man of conviction.  Recall that in a 2007 campaign rally, candidate Obama excoriated John Edwards for saying he was against 527s (PACs), but, then having such a group, headed by his former campaign manager, purchase $750,000 in television time.  Obama righteously went on to say at that time:

“So, you can’t say yesterday, you don’t believe in them and today, you have ¾ of a million dollars being spent for you.  You can’t just talk the talk.  The easiest thing in the world is to talk about change during an election time.  Everybody talks about change during election time.  You’ve got to look at how do they act when it’s not convenient – when it’s hard…”[ii]

Still apparently protecting Democracy and standing on his convictions – even in hard times – oops!  It seems a funny thing happened on the way to the 2012 election…Obama’s Campaign Manager – Jim Messina – stated in February, 2012, that:

“With so much at stake, we can’t allow for two sets of rules. Democrats can’t be unilaterally disarmed.” [iii]

Unilateral disarmament in this administration, is apparently restricted to nuclear warheads and national defense – not for campaigns.  And with that, the Super PACs were alive and well in the Obama campaign.  Apparently, there was more at stake than walking the talk – more at stake than Democracy.  Apparently, President Obama’s principled stand is largely contingent upon his re-election prospects.

What a surprise.


[i] President Barack Obama, quoted in My Fox Orlando web-site, (Feb. 7, 2012), Team Obama Wants Super PAC Spending… So Obama Can Stop Super PAC Spending; Romney Attacks Elevate, retrieved February 7, 2012 from http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/news/Team-Obama-Wants-Super-PAC-Spending-So-Obama-Can-Stop-Super-PAC-Spending-Romney-Attacks-Elevate-Santorum_67703630

[ii] FoxNation, (Feb. 9, 2012), video provided by TheRightScoop.com, Right Scoop: Obama Will Do and Say Anything to Get Reelected, retrieved February 9, 2012 from http://nation.foxnews.com/president-obama/2012/02/09/right-scoop-obama-will-do-and-say-anything-get-reelected

[iii] Jim Messina, quoted in My Fox Orlando web-site, (Feb. 7, 2012), Team Obama Wants Super PAC Spending… So Obama Can Stop Super PAC Spending; Romney Attacks Elevate, retrieved February 7, 2012 from http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/news/Team-Obama-Wants-Super-PAC-Spending-So-Obama-Can-Stop-Super-PAC-Spending-Romney-Attacks-Elevate-Santorum_67703630

Reason 9/10 – Obama the Warrior/A President as Good as his Word

154 Days Remaining!

Over the past year, we’ve witnessed almost everything we would never have believed.  As our soldiers put their lives on the line for Afghanistan, Afghan soldiers – the ones we’re training – the ones we’re protecting – are killing our people.  Our leader’s incredibly strong response:  apologize when possible.  When the Secretary of  Defense visited our troops, they were ordered to leave their weapons outside the tent – because Afghans – the same ones that are killing them – were reportedly unarmed and we didn’t want it to appear uneven.  Shortly after we withdrew from Iraq, there were more killings.  Since the writing of this book however, Iraq seems to have fallen silent.  But, is it?  On Sunday, a religious ruling was published in the country, in which Ayatollah Kazim al-Haeri – who lives in Iran –  forbade voting for secular politicians.  al-Haeri is the spiritual mentor of “Muqtada al-Sadr, an anti-American Shiite cleric,” who is opposing the current Prime Minister – Nouri al-Maliki – also a Shiite.   The majority of al-Maliki’s opposition reportedly comes from secular groups.[1] On a different note, are you impressed with the amount of money expended in presidential elections?  Here’s what Obama promised in 2008 – and what he actually did.

Reason #9

Obama the Warrior

On October 27, 2007, then Senator and Presidential candidate Barack Obama, promised to end the war in Iraq and bring troops home immediately after becoming President.

“I will promise you this – that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am President – it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home.  We will bring an end to this war.  You can take that to the bank.”[i]

More than four years later – and nearly three years into his Presidency – Obama made good on the promise, leaving Iraq on an announced timetable he helped finalize and in a condition that brought terrorist attacks within weeks of our withdrawal.

Reason #10

A President as Good as his Word

Recently, some have questioned President Obama’s reversal on the issue of “Super PACs.”  After openly attacking the Supreme Court ruling on PACs in his 2010 State of the Union Address and later calling Super PACs “a threat to our Democracy,” he decided to take advantage of them to assist his 2012 re-election bid.  But, for those who were surprised by this flip flop, we have only to look back to his last Presidential campaign, where he promised to join Senator McCain, in conducting his campaign under the constraints of the Public Financing System.  He proudly announced in the Fall of 2007:

“If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.” [ii]

That lasted until he got a glimpse of how much money he could collect without a public finance restriction.  By June 19, 2008, his tune had changed:

“We’ve made the decision not to participate in the public financing system for the general election.” [iii]

This was the first time since the system was created, that any “major nominee has declined public financing.”[iv] According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Obama raised approximately $745 million, while McCain, who kept his pledge to use Public Financing for the General Election, raised less than half of that.  McCain, because he kept that pledge, “faced an $84 million limit on what he could spend during the general election, putting him at a huge disadvantage compared to Obama, who raised $66 million more than that in September alone.”[v]

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1  ZeeNews.com (June 3, 2012), Zee News web-site, Religious Edict Seen as Aiding Embattled Iraq PM, retrieved June 3, 2012 from http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/religious-edict-seen-as-aiding-embattled-iraq-pm_779561.html

[i] Senator Barack Obama, (2007), YouTube web-site, video posted by “Illuminati Seer,” (November 13, 2009), Obama to End War, retrieved January 3, 2012, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn134-KLL7Y&feature=player_embedded

[ii] Senator Barack Obama, (2007), quoted in Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact.com web-site, On Public Financing of His Campaign, retrieved February 8, 2012 from http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2008/aug/04/barack-obama/he-said-hed-pursue-it-but-opted-out/

[iii] Senator Barack Obama, (June 19, 2008), quoted in Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact.com web-site, On Public Financing of His Campaign, retrieved February 8, 2012 from http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2008/aug/04/barack-obama/he-said-hed-pursue-it-but-opted-out/

[iv]Bill Adair, Angie Drobnic Holanl, (August 4, 2008), Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact.com web-site, On Public Financing of His Campaign, retrieved February 8, 2012 from http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2008/aug/04/barack-obama/he-said-hed-pursue-it-but-opted-out/

[v] Center for Responsive Politics, Open Secrets web-site, 2008 Election, retrieved February 8, 2012, from http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/summary.php?cycle=2008&cid=N00006424