Disappointed? Don't Blame Obama
President was victim of unrealistic expectations: Gideon Rachman
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 2, 2013 11:16 AM CDT
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a joint press conference with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete after meeting together at State House in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Monday, July 1, 2013. Teeming crowds...   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

(Newser) – Amid concerns over surveillance and drone attacks, liberals at home and abroad have lately been making their disappointment with President Obama clear. And it's true that "when it comes to foreign policy, Mr. Obama campaigned with the human rights rhetoric of Jimmy Carter but has governed like Henry Kissinger," writes Gideon Rachman in the Financial Times. But stop before you call Obama a "fraud." First of all, some of his moves despised by the left are simply a means of adapting after making decisions they approved.

Take the drones: They follow Obama's decision to deescalate the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "If you are not going to go after your enemies on the ground, you may need other methods," Rachman notes. As for surveillance, Obama renounced waterboarding, "but the need to gather information on terror threats remains." And the US isn't the only country to eavesdrop on allies: The UK has considered spying on the US but feared getting caught; Israel's spy on the US was convicted. While Obama's enthusiastic backers dreamed, "Obama was living in a real universe, full of hard choices. It was his overheated critics who lived in a fantasy world." Click for Rachman's full column.

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KennyLLC
Jul 6, 2013 10:48 PM CDT
Yeah. Don't blame Obama. It took a lot longer than that for America to deteriorate than just two presidential terms: If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.If you have to get your parents permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for who runs the government you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.If, in the nation's largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is cute but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.If the government's plan for getting people back to work is to provide incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was diligently sought, but couldn't be found you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself makes you more safe according to the government you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots. Obama is not the first idiot to ever grace the floors of the Whitehouse !
NorCalHal
Jul 3, 2013 10:44 PM CDT
NO, don't blame Obumbler. It was all George Bush's fault (and the fools that voted for the worse president we have ever had - now officially beating out Carter).
Tology
Jul 3, 2013 11:43 AM CDT
The real problem is the world is suffering from a bad case of TMI...Too Much Information about things we really don't need to know.