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Other presidents had it tougher

Published: Thu, September 20, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Other presidents had it tougher

Upon observing politics for the past 40 years, I find it amazing that this is the first president who accepts no responsibility for absolutely anything adverse that happens. What is worse, however, is that the mainstream American press is actively agreeing with his assessment instead of confronting him like they did President Bush. Mr. Obama is getting an unwarranted free pass.

To have letters to the editor stating that President Obama has inherited more problems than any other president in the past 60 years is just wrong. President Nixon had a stagnant economy, race and college riots, and the Vietnam war. President Carter had a stock market that had collapsed, aggressive Soviet policy, the Iranian revolution and the taking of our embassy. President Reagan inherited a dispirited nation, rampant inflation, interest rates in the high teens and a broken economy. Lastly President Bush inherited a recession and stock market that collapsed in March of 2000 along with 9/11.

In addition President Obama promised to improve the economy. He failed just as President Roosevelt did during the Depression. The unemployment rate in 1932 was 24 percent, in 1938 it was 18 percent. This was hardly a successful policy. To re-elect an individual whose policies have been a failure and who never even operated a business leaves me bamboozled.

Also, for the individual who stated that Mr. Obama would have prevented 9/11, didn’t we just have an ambassador murdered last Tuesday and a government totally surprised by the events in the Middle East? To apologize for our freedom of speech along with a weak response leaves one amazed at the popularity of Mr. Obama.

Jim McCloskey, Boardman


1Rockyroad(149 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

"Also, for the individual who stated that Mr. Obama would have prevented 9/11, didn’t we just have an ambassador murdered last Tuesday and a government totally surprised by the events in the Middle East? To apologize for our freedom of speech along with a weak response leaves one amazed at the popularity of Mr. Obama."

Jim, you're reaching buddy, comparing a plot like 9/11, that occurred IN THIS COUNTRY to an attack on a consulate in Libya?? You also reach with this Mitt Romney "apology" blather. Your boy Romney is not suited to run for dog-catcher and that opinion is coming from Republicans. In fact, Mitt looks to be unraveling as the days go by. Was Mitt ever kicked in the head by one of Ann's dressage horses? That injury may be showing up now with his feckless campaigning.

Jim here is the sad truth about the Republicans of today which is perfectly reflected in your letter: The Republican shift to the right shows up in polling. In the 1960s, more than two-thirds of Democrats and Republicans alike expressed trust in government. That has fallen to about one-third for Democrats — and to just 5 percent for Republicans.

For me, the saddest polls are those about facts. A Dartmouth poll this year found that Republicans believe, by a ratio of more than 3 to 1, that “Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the United States invaded in 2003.”

The same poll found that Republicans believe, almost by a 3-to-1 ratio, that President Obama was born in another country. Democrats also suffer from self-deception (such as a reluctance to credit improvements under a Republican president), but today’s Republicans seem disproportionately untethered to reality. Almost more cult than political party.

Jim, quit deceiving yourself. Unless you make 7 figures a year, Mitt ain't helping you. Move toward the light, buddy. I know it is difficult to get used to the idea of a black man as President for most of you white males on the far right, but the truth is Obama is doing a very good job. It ain't the color of the skin, it's the blood flow to the brain. Mitt is Unfitt

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2Rockyroad(149 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

P.S. How about this headline:
"The Beirut Barracks Bombing (October 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon) occurred during the Lebanese Civil War, when two truck bombs struck separate buildings housing United States and French military forces—members of the Multinational Force in Lebanon—killing 299 American and French servicemen. The organization Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing."
That was under your boy Reagan, wasn't it??? Almighty Ronald, the actor. Oh how we forget!

How you diss FDR is amazing...FDR saved your butt and everyone else's. Don't try to re-write history, my boy! Now Obama came to your rescue with saving the banks and with the stimulus (which you right-wingers claim to know much about, but like the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Affordable Care Act, you only know what Rush tells you). You see, Obama is President of Republicans and Democrats and everyone in between and helps everyone. Not like Mitt, who only wants to help himself and the rest of the country-club set.

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3halvid(1 comment)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Palmer, Hillary Clinton and President Obama did apologize for the video tape made by one man in California saying it was disgusting and blaming it for the attacks in Libya. Which we all know was another naive and weak attempt to blame it on anything but the real reason, Terrorism. It was another premeditated attack on Americans on Sept 11. Now I know why my father told me to learn from History or it keeps repeating itself. Kinda reminds me of being a kid and Carter couldn't do anything to get our hostages back. It took a strong leader like Reagan to bring them home. No Apologies! Please people wake up. Keeping you in Poverty because of lack of work is not being a champion for the poor. Obama's policies have failed. Unemployment is the same if not worse,more people on food stamps and welfare. This area is depressed. Boardman and other usually thriving cities look like closed up Ghost Towns. I may not agree with Romney on everything. But he has proven to be a successful businessman who gave many people jobs so they can feed there own families. That is a success story. Not like the Breaking News Story the other day that ALL WARREN SCHOOL CHILDREN WILL RECIEVE FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH BECAUSE SO MANY QUALIFY. That is a failure story that has OBAMA'S name written all over it. But your right BLAH, people in this town will never learn from History and keep getting what they have always gotten.

Oh and by the way!! Free Breakfast and free lunch aren't free...The middle class(this includes all of us who make under $250,000 a year) will be picking up the tab on that one and the other entitlements.

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4Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

"This area is depressed. Boardman and other usually thriving cities look like closed up Ghost Towns."

Have you driven on 224 lately? I would hardly say it was a "Ghost Town."

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5cambridge(3299 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

The teabagger/republican senate just voted and blocked a bill creating jobs for veterans. The bill called for a 1 billion dollar investment in our veterans, about what bush spent in Iraq every three days.

Once again the priority is tax breaks for the top 1% and corporate welfare for oil, gas, tobacco, factory farmers and companies that off shore jobs.

U.S. oil companies are back in business in Iraq and these veterans serve no further purpose. The teabagger/republicans are done with them so just kick them to the curb and lets focus on those tax cuts for the top 1%. The link says it all.


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6peacelover(805 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Cambridge, I read that 4 republicans who were co-authors of the bill voted against it. Only three rep.'s voted for it.

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7redeye1(5063 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

cambridge Congress and the president last year set limits of what congress could spend. Now you want congress to break the rules just to satisfy you. I for one am glad the GOP stay with the rule. But once again the bleeding hearts are looking to blame others, after they set the rules. too. WOW

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8jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Hey cambridge, you were shot down before with the same nonsense. When will you learn not to repeat?

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9jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Hey palmer, you better go back & read the letter above your post & then repost. Mr McCloskey appears to be a true historian.

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10JBullfrog(21 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

halvid, please go back and actually learn history before yous start referencing it. Carter did all the work in bringing the Iranian hostages back. They were released just after Reagan completed his inaugural address as one final jab against Carter. Say what you want about Carter, but his foreign policy record is strong. It was a bumpy road, but he brought our people home.

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11jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Hostages were held for 444 days - that's four hundred and forty days.
Carter had some success with the Israel & the Muslim nation - since abandoned, but overall, he was one of our very worst presidents. Do you remember 15% interest rates on new construction? This was a very ugly part of our American history.

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12rickking123(320 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Jimmy Carter's foreign policy record is strong, give me a break. Jimmy recognized the PLO, see how great that was. You can also blame him for Iran. Jimmy was an anti-semite. If you look back at his policies you can see that clearly now.

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13WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago


Why do you have teabagging on your mind? Are you trying to tell us something?

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14WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago


Just read the 'article' you linked to and must say I am surprised you'd get behind such a weak and pathetic piece of journalism, let alone fall for the duplicitous rhetoric presented to defend this Bill. To quote:

"Democratic lawmakers turned to the legislation shortly before they... adjourn[ed] for the final weeks of this year's election campaigns. The bill had little chance of passing the House this Congress, but it still allowed senators to appeal to a key voting bloc."

You do not see that the Dems pushed this flawed and destined-to-fail Bill forward in a the last second before the election just to score electoral points with the military and blame the Repubs for it's failure? This is pathetic party politics from the Dems who are obviously SHAMELESS in using the military as a football to score political points. What prostitutes these Dems are. You cannot see that?

Methinks you need to head to a Critical Thinking class for an introduction and/or brush up and read 'journalism' outlets that are a little less, shall we say, "needle completely broken off on the looney Left."

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15cambridge(3299 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

ws....OK I see. Because the article is from the San Francisco Chronicle it's "weak, pathetic, duplicitous, flawed, SHAMELESS, the Dems are prostitutes and the Chronicle is the looney Left."

It doesn't change the fact that the teabagger/republicans killed a bill to put veterans to work. One billion dollars is a small fraction of 1% of the budget. Your boy bush spent that in less than a week in Iraq.

What would be good source of information? Let me guess, fix noise, the wall street journal and any other "so called news organization" owned by ruppert merdoch. I'm sure you put rush, ann and glenn in that category also.

You're allowed to have your own opinion, you're not allowed to have your own facts. The SF Chronicle reported facts. If they are untrue prove it.

I'll tell you what, "google" or go on "YouTube" and do a search for "San Francisco Chronicle lies" then do searches for "fox news lies" or "rupert murdoch lies". Let me know how that works out.

As far as your interest in teabaggers, there was one that used to post on this site that was a teabagger organizer and he always would write that he was "proud to be a teabagger." I'm honoring his wishes. He got kicked off the site like most of the teabaggers because the "Vindy" has a no s...bag rule and I really miss him.

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16WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago


Sounds like you have allowed your old Bush Derangement Syndrome to advance into full bore Anything-Remotely-Conservative Derangement Syndrome. Let's check. We know how you feel when you hear the words Fox and News. Tell me, how do you feel when you hear the words Karl and Rove, Sarah and Palin, Bill and O'Reilly? Do you feel unbridled irrational anger coupled with mental disturbance? I thought so. I would seek a qualified Psychiatrist for help before this syndrome takes any more happy time from your life.

No, the article is not weak because it is in the SFC, a notorious leftist rag, it is weak because it is a weak political hit piece that ignores objective reality. Need proof? Can you comprehend simple English? Read the quote from the article itself...

"Democratic lawmakers turned to the legislation shortly before they... adjourn[ed] for the final weeks of this year's election campaigns. The bill had little chance of passing the House this Congress, but it still allowed senators to appeal to a key voting bloc."

What does this say? Can you understand what it says? The quote says exactly what I claim it says. Learn how to read and understand. There was no chance of the Bill passing. This was a disingenuous last minute stunt by Dems where they used a phony 'we want to help the military' stunt to try to malign Repubs and pander to a voting group. Obviously. But hey, if you want to ignore reality and live in a fantasy-land then just, well, do nothing differently I guess. You're there.

Thanks for the 'explanation' but I have no interest in teabagging, you do. You can say whatever you like about the whole 'teabagging-on-the-mind' thing but you keep writing and referencing the sex act practiced by and popular with men that prefer homosexual gratification. I am not judging. Not at all. Whatever makes you and your partner(s) happy is between you and your partner(s). Have pride. Be out. That is fine with me if you like teabagging with your partners and cannot help but continue to make Freudian slips here. It's fine. Really.

Stop joking. There's not a 'no s..tbag rule' here, obviously. Funny. If there was such a rule you would get 'the chair.'

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17cambridge(3299 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

somebody needs a nap. you're a little wound up.

It doesn't matter when the Democrats introduce a bill, the teabagger/republicans will block it no matter when or what it is. That's what they do.

Why would you want to pretend I'm gay?

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