Things to Remember About Barack Obama

by Steve MacDonald

Bill Whittle helps us remember the awesomeness that is….Barack Obama.

 

H/T Hot Air

1001 Reasons to Vote against Obama – the first 100….are on the jump. (follow the link for all of them….so far.)

  1. The man started his presidency off with a bang by botching his oath of office.
  2. For good measure, he set the tone for it by blaming Chief Justice John Roberts for the error.
  3. Obama promises on the campaign trail to immediately shut down Guantanamo Bay.  The detention facility is open three years later and counting.
  4. In the same breath, he promises to restore habeus corpus. Three years into his term, he signs the National Defense Authorization Act, which leaves open the possibility of indefinite detention of American citizens.
  5. President Obama ordered the assassination of an American citizen.
  6. As Senator, Obama spoke out against but voted for the Patriot Act.
  7. As President, he extended it, with an auto-pen, while he was in France.
  8. Obama continues the “Bush practice” of extraordinary rendition.
  9. As a candidate, Obama promises to end the War in Iraq and bring all troops home within 16 months. He even says in 2007 that it would be the first thing he would do in office, and that “you can take that to the bank.” As president, he announces all troops would be withdrawn by the end of 2011 (34 months later).
  10. Obama states the Afghan War would conclude in June 2011, but projections now have us running into 2014.
  11. As Senator, Obama opposes the surge in Iraq. He claims that increasing troop levels by 20,000 would actually increase sectarian violence.
  12. When pulling troops out of Iraq, Obama tries to claim success for ending the war, without giving credit to Bush or the troops for any “victory.” The Bush surge was what turned the tide in the war.
  13. Sectarian violence is up sharply since Obama pulled troops out of Iraq in December 2011.
  14. President Obama refuses to say “victory” is necessarily the goal in Afghanistan. Obama reasons the U.S. should not project the image of Emperor Hirohito being forced to sign a treaty of surrender before Macarthur to end the war against Japan.
  15. Emperor Hirohito did not sign the treaty of surrender ending the war against Japan. It was his foreign minister Shigemitsu.
  16. Obama  plans to ease travel restrictions to communist Cuba in 2009. And in 2011.
  17. The president pledges a “new beginning” with the Cuban dictatorial regime.
  18. A glance at a Cuban-U.S. relations timeline running to December 2011 shows nothing changed.
  19. President Obama greets Venezuela’s socialist dictator Hugo Chavez warmly at the Summit of the Americas.
  20. Earlier that month, Chavez calls Obama an “ignoramus.”
  21. At the same summit, President Obama sits patiently through a 50 minute diatribe against the United States delivered by socialist strongman Daniel Ortega, only scribbling notes instead of walking out with his diplomatic team.
  22. President Obama meets a grinning Daniel Ortega at the same summit.
  23. When asked later by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper what he thought of the anti-American tirade, President Obama replies, “It was 50 minutes long. That’s what I thought.”
  24. The attempted subversion of the rule of law in Honduras by the socialist president Zelaya, which would have unconstitutionally put him on the ballot for a third term, prompts his judicial removal from office. Obama condemns the supposed “coup” as “not legal.”
  25. President Obama directs his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to cut off $30 million in aid to Honduras.
  26. Election fraud propelling anti-Israel Iranian president and saber-rattling madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad back to power leads to a mass civil uprising. Despite reports of widespread and cruel bloodshed repressing the protests, President Obama says nothing for ten days.
  27. President Obama refuses to “intervene” in pro-democratic Iranian protests.
  28. Obama’s first call as president is made to the Palestinian Authority’s Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas.
  29. Obama’s first formal interview is conducted with Al-Arabiya television.
  30. One of President Obama’s first executive orders is to greatly restrict the influence of lobbyists in his administration.
  31. Years later, it is well-known that the Obama administration routinely meets with lobbyists off White House grounds, where Secret Service logs are not kept.
  32. In 2012, Obama promotes a recent lobbyist with Mexican illegal immigration advocate La Raza from a position as director of intergovernmental affairs to director of the Domestic Policy Council.
  33. The second executive order Obama gives is one reversing Bush era rules safeguarding prior administration’s records. It narrows “executive privilege.”
  34. Obama invokes executive privilege within the first year over the gatecrasher fiasco.
  35. In late 2011, the Obama administration refuses to turn over all communiques relating to the politically seedy financing of bankrupt solar panel company Solyndra.
  36. Another early executive order froze pay for White House staffers making over $100,000. A year later 74% of staffers got a pay raise, many of them to well over a $100,000. (Freezing pay does not apply to promotions or position changes.) The average boost was 9%, three times private sector average.
  37. The next year, 54% got a raise. The average increase was 8%, and of those who got raises, it was nearly 16%.
  38. Barack Obama was declared by presidential historian Michael Beschloss as “probably the smartest guy ever to become president.” Beschloss gushed that Obama’s IQ was “off the charts,” but when pressed by radio host Don Imus, he could not say what Obama’s IQ was.
  39. Despite being heralded as a brilliant thinker, Obama still to this day refuses to release his college records.
  40. Barack Obama received a degree from prestigious Columbia University, where hardly anybody recalls him attending there.
  41. As editor of the Harvard Law Review, Barack Obama anonymously wrote one article – championing abortion.
  42. The one quote provided from the article cited by Politico contains a grammatical error – “in to” instead of “into.”
  43. A letter to a Harvard newspaper written by Obama shows rampant grammatical errors, including a demonstrable lack of subject-predicate agreement.
  44. In Dreams from My Father, Obama makes known that he “chose his friends carefully” and deliberately sought out “Marxist Professors,” “structural feminists,” and discussed with his friends the socialist, anti-colonialist revolutionary Franz Fanon.
  45. Before becoming president, Barack Obama authored not just one, but two biographies, making him millions of dollars.
  46. In his book The Audacity of Hope, Obama was cited as saying The Constitution is a “living document,” that can be interpreted “in the context of an ever-changing world” (i.e. however he wants).
  47. Before becoming an author, the president admitted he wrote some “very bad poetry.” This is true. Just one sample shows the same tendency to split a conjoined word: it’s not “under water,” it’s “underwater.”
  48. Literary analysis performed by an expert at detecting forgery and fraud points to the strong possibility that Obama’s biographies were written by a ghost writer.
  49. Additional evidence shows that the ghost writer may very well have been unrepentant socialist terrorist and then-contemporary English professor William Ayers of the Weather Underground.
  50. When Barack Obama was young, he was mentored by Moscow-connected Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis. Identified as only “Frank” in his biography Dreams from my Father,  it was claimed that “Frank” was a poet on par with contemporary communist poet Langston Hughes. It was later discovered that this had to be Davis, a poet who had indeed joined the Communist Party USA. Obama later confirmed the relationship with Davis while attempting to distance himself from him.
  51. In late 2008, Obama’s spokesman Robert Gibbs denied to Chris Matthews that William Ayers held a fundraiser for Barack Obama. Later on, William Ayers was caught on tape admitting that he held a fundraiser for Obama in which the future president was in attendance.
  52. As ABC News reported in March 2008, Obama’s pastor of 20 years, baptizer of his children, and “close confidante” Reverend Wright was confirmed on numerous occasions as incorporating heated anti-American rhetoric into his sermons, such as “goddamn America,” and claiming 9/11 was deserved as “America’s chickens coming home to roost.”
  53. As Politico and ABC News reported, criminal Tony Rezko, who was convicted of corruption, gave President Obama a sweetheart deal on real estate property and donated $120,000 to Obama’s Senate campaign.
  54. Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was reported by Think Progress as probably having been the whistleblower who outed impeached and convicted former governor Rod Blagojevich in the pay-to-play scandal. Such an action suggests that Emanuel may have been seeking to distance Obama from Blagojevich. Recordings of Blagojevich repeatedly mentioning Emanuel along with potential candidate and Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett, and testimony that Emanuel relayed a message to the governor that Obama would “value and appreciate” consideration of Jarrett, provide strong appearance of ethical misconduct.
  55. Multiple sources provide documented, archived evidence that Barack Obama was a member of the Democratic Socialists of America-connected “New Party” in Illinois.
  56. Verifiable communist Alice Palmer, who worked for well-known Soviet front group U.S. Peace Council, hand-picked Obama to be her successor as state senator. Described by the LA Times as Obama’s “mentor,” she later endorsed fellow Alinskyite Hillary Clinton.
  57. As state senator, President Obama voted “present” nearly 130 times.
  58. Obama was given 100% “pro-choice” rating by abortion advocates NARAL. As state senator, Obama voted against banning partial birth abortion.
  59. In 2007, Senator Obama was rated as the most liberal senator, according to his voting record.
  60. Obama had been given glowing endorsement by the Communist Party USA.
  61. In early 2009, President Obama says the following, “I don’t like the idea of spending more government money, nor am I interested in expanding government’s role.”
  62. Time magazine reports that Obama’s $787 billion “stimulus” plan, which no GOP in the House voted for, fails by its own measures. Unemployment still above 8%, economy continues to bleed jobs.
  63. Candidate Barack Obama publicly promises to go “line by line” through legislation to remove wasteful earmarks.
  64. Obama stimulus gave $200,000 to teach Siberian lawmakers how to engage Russian policy makers in Moscow.
  65. Stimulus funding of $250,000 went to bug storage for an insect museum at North Carolina State University that gets 44 visitors a year.
  66. Gave $500,000 to put microchips in recycling bins to check up on the recycling efforts of senior citizens.
  67. $5 million to create a geothermal energy system for the Oak Ridge City Center shopping mall in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
  68. $9.38 million to renovate a century-old train depot in Lancaster County, Pa., that has not been used for three decades.
  69. Provided $712,000 spent on a project by researchers at Northwestern University to develop “machine-generated humor.”
  70. Buses in Winter Haven, Florida that average two riders per hour got $2.4 million so that the two riders per hour would have brand new buses to ride on.
  71. A Georgia Tech assistant music professor got $760,000 so he could jam with “world renowned musicians” to “create satisfying works of art.”
  72. The California Academy of Sciences got $2 million dollars to send people to the Indian Ocean to photograph ants.  “Everyone has run into ants … now we need to listen to them,” one ant photographer said.
  73. The University of North Carolina received $762,000 to create a YouTube dance application.
  74. $462,000 to purchase 22 concrete toilets for use in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri.
  75. $3.1 million to transform a canal barge into a floating museum that will travel the Erie Canal in New York.
  76. $3.4 million to create an underground turtle tunnel, or eco-passage, in Lake Jackson, Florida.
  77. About a half-million dollars to give smartphones to people trying to quit smoking so they could “contact their quitting support groups by text message or phone calls to prevent relapses.”
  78. Almost $300,000 to study how Yoga might reduce menopausal hot flashes.
  79. $983,952 for street beautification in Ann Arbor, Mich., including decorative lighting, trees, benches and bike paths.
  80. $1 million for Portland, Ore., to replace 100 aging bike lockers and build a garage that would house 250 bicycles.
  81. $700,000 to Oregon crab fishermen to help recover lost crab post.
  82. $1.5 billion for a Carbon Capturing Contest.
  83. $300,000 for a GPS-equipped helicopter to hunt for radioactive rabbit droppings at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state.
  84. SUNY Buffalo received $390,000 to study young adults who drink malt liquor and smoke marijuana.
  85. Montana received $2.2 million to install skylights in their state-run liquor warehouse.
  86. $800,000 given to John Murtha Airport to repave a back runway used by about 20 passengers a day. This was in addition to millions given to this airport over the decades.
  87. $1 million was given to a Chicago dinner cruise company to “combat terrorism.”
  88. $30 million for a spring training baseball complex for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
  89. The Coast Guard gets $572 million to create 1,235 new jobs. This comes to $460,000 per job.
  90. $11 million for Microsoft to build a bridge connecting its two headquarter campuses in Redmond, Wash., which are separated by a highway.
  91. $1.15 million to install a guardrail for a persistently dry lake bed in Guymon, Oklahoma.
  92. $2.5 million in stimulus checks sent to the deceased.
  93. $6 million for a snow-making facility in Duluth, Minnesota.
  94. Millions spent on signs advertising the “American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.”
  95. Barack Obama carries out much of the $700 billion TARP program. Obama forces banks to take money, and even refuses to accept repayment in some cases to wield control over them.
  96. President Obama takes over two of three top U.S. automakers GM & Chrysler.
  97. Obama essentially fires GM CEO Rick Wagoner.
  98. Obama replaces the previous GM CEO with “Auto Czar” Steve Rattner, who had no experience in the automobile industry.
  99. Steven Rattner was appointed (without Senate confirmation) while he was under SEC investigation in NY for illegal kickbacks in exchange for pensions fraud.
  100. Rattner estimated the cost to U.S. taxpayers for auto bailouts at $14 billion.

List compiled by Kyle Becker

 

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