Things You Wouldn’t Have Believed About President Obama and the 2014 Election
Think back six years to the day President Obama was elected. Tens of thousands gathered in Grant Park in Chicago. There was cheering in the streets across the country. Commentators were breathless and tearful. The president-elect gave an excellent speech. Most Americans exulted at Hope and Change.
Imagine if someone had told you that night that within six years, the man just elected president would have:
Pivoted from a campaign theme of unity to a habit of insinuating Americans who opposed his policies were racists, sexists, classists, or bigots.
Run one of the most divisive reelection campaigns in recent memory on a theme of class warfare.
Lost the Massachusetts Senate seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy to a Republican with health care as the issue.
Driven approval of the Democratic Party to its lowest point in 30 years, with Republicans on the verge of their largest majority in the House in more than half a century.
Allowed western Iraq, then a story of hard-earned recovery, to fall into the hands of a terrorist organization more extreme than Al Qaeda that would declare it had reestablished the caliphate.
Allowed Vladimir Putin to invade and annex a large territory of a major European country.
Done nothing when Russian militants shot down a civilian airliner flying over Europe.
Declared as a “red line” the use of chemical weapons in Syria and then done nothing when it was crossed.
Abandoned several longstanding U.S. allies in the Middle East in favor of Islamist agitators–allowing Egypt, a tourist destination in 2009, to fall into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood and Libya to fall into the hands of terrorists.
Entered negotiations with Iran that did not require Iran to halt its nuclear weapons program.
Caused a humanitarian crisis with a flood of immigrant children on our border, who came here because the President promised not to send them home and declared his intention to grant amnesty by executive order.
Told the American people a Soviet-style lie about this crisis, saying the children on the border suddenly came to the U.S. because of violence which had been going on in Central America for years (a lie which the media accepted with barely a comment).
Signed a law reorganizing the country’s health care system despite the fact that neither he nor a single person who voted for it had read it.
Passed his health care law supposedly to achieve universal coverage, only to have roughly as many people uninsured 5 years later.
Caused millions of Americans to have their health insurance plans canceled, after promising repeatedly they could keep them.
Caused premiums to increase by 100% in Delaware, 90% in New Hampshire, 54% in Indiana, 53% in California — the list goes on.
Spent $2 billion on a health care website that became a national embarrassment.
Assured Americans Ebola would not spread to the United States, weeks before it did.
Insisted all employers provide free contraception to their employees, even over their religious objections.
Won the Nobel Peace Prize while waging two wars and killing hundreds of civilians a year with drones.
Allowed the U.S. to spend four years (and counting) without the capability to send its astronauts into space, forcing us to rely on Putin’s Russia for access to space.
Characterized supporting a traditional definition of marriage (as he did when he was elected) as divisive and discriminatory.
Spent weeks misleadingly characterizing a premeditated terrorist attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya as a spontaneous protest, apparently for political reasons.
Brushed off extensive evidence that senior IRS officials targeted his political opponents, calling it the work of “two dilberts in Cincinnati” which involved “not a smidgen of corruption.”
Overseen an IRS that mysteriously lost the hard drives and backups of up to 20 IRS employees at the center of the targeting scandal.
Tolerated damaging national security leaks that cast him in a favorable light.
Placed a respected Fox News reporter under criminal investigation for his story about North Korean nuclear tests.
Employed for years an Attorney General who was held in contempt of Congress for refusing turn over evidence about his knowledge of a program that resulted in the death of a border patrol agent, and who lied under oath about the DOJ snooping on phone records of AP reporters.
If someone had looked into a crystal ball and made any one of these predictions in isolation, you probably would not have believed it. If you had been read the entire list, you would have concluded that President Obama turned out to be the exact opposite of what Candidate Obama promised–and you would have understood why Democrats would be in such a precarious position heading into election day 2014.