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Top 10 Good Things About Obama’s Presidency

Halfway through his first (and, we hope, last) term, Barack Obama’s presidency has been a disaster: staggering deficits, the health care fiasco, a moribund economy.  But being natural optimists, we try finding a silver lining in every dark cloud.  Here are the Top 10 Good Things About Obama’s Presidency:

1.  Gitmo remains open:  He wants to close it, he tried to close it, but President Obama just can’t find a way to close the facility holding terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.  Because it was such a symbol of shame to the progressive Left, Obama signed an order on his first day in office to have Gitmo closed within a year.  His failure to follow through proves that conservatives were right all along in the ugly battle the Left waged against a much-needed facility.

2.  Helped GOP retake House:  Who would have thought after the 2008 election that the Republican Party would come roaring back two years later, making historic gains while retaking the House?  Conservatives have President Obama and the unpopularity of his agenda to thank for that unlikely happening.

3.  Bush tax cuts extended:  It must have been a bitter pill to swallow for a President who wants to spread the wealth around, but Obama agreed to a tax cut for the rich (his terminology), a cardinal sin in the liberal orthodoxy.

4.  Rise of the Tea Party:  Without Barack Obama, there would likely be no Tea Party.  His big-government agenda inspired millions to become politically active and helped to reinvigorate the conservative movement in opposition to his policies.

5.  Messiah myth punctured:  Obama was presented to the people by the media as a Messiah figure.  When his ineptitude in office became apparent, that myth was punctured.  Let’s hope future generations will not fall for a slick-talking huckster pushing platitudes.

6.  Iraq and Afghanistan were not abandoned:  While there is much not to like about his war policy (like telling the enemy the withdrawal date), at least he didn’t cut and run as his campaign rhetoric indicated he might.  He will try to take credit for Iraq edging closer to a functioning democracy, but that should go to President George W. Bush’s surge, which Obama opposed.

7.  Progressives miffed:  While conservatives believe Obama is leading America toward socialism, the progressive Left thinks he is a centrist and feels betrayed because he has failed to follow through on campaign promises that are so important to them, including a public health care option and taxing the rich (No. 3).  Any time the progressives are disappointed, it’s something to cheer about.

8.  Continues many of Bush’s anti-terror policies:  Other than ending waterboarding, Obama’s anti-terror policy looks remarkably likes President Bush’s: indefinite detention of terrorists, renditions, Patriot Act surveillance, and unmanned Predators.  During the 2008 campaign, Obama harshly attacked Bush for holding hard-core terrorists for years without charging them.  Now his administration acknowledges that even if found not guilty in a trial, there are some detainees that can never be let loose.

9. Deportations of illegal immigrants: The Obama Administration’s misguided immigration policy includes attacking Arizona’s law, inadequate border security and pushing for amnesty. But at least the number of deportations of illegal immigrants has increased.

10.  Rest and relaxation:  His many vacations and golf games are a great help to husbands who need an excuse to hit the links or an employee wanting to take some days off.  They can say they are following the example of the President of the United States.  Besides, the more time he is on the golf course, the less time he has to mess things up.

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  • Guest

    I want to congratulate you on your easily recognized handle. It makes it sooooo easy to skip your postings.

    I do read them on occasion, though, whenever I want a belly laugh.

  • Gene Lalor

    Obama: The Good, the Bad, and the Most Ugly

    Before anyone starts thinking that there’s nothing good to say about President Barack Hussein Obama and his presidency, a major conservative website,, has come up with 10 good things about the man and his administration. Most of the good comes with qualifications but, hey, we can’t expect miracles.

    Among his foreign policy/anti-terrorism positives is his fundamental adherence to the initiatives of the man he consistently derided, George W. Bush. Gitmo is still open and will remain unshuttered indefinitely since Obama hasn’t the foggiest idea of what else to do with its resident terrorists and despite his pledge to close it within a year. HumanEvents also lists as a plus Obama’s not abandoning Afghanistan and Iraq, yet, despite his commitment to cut and run.

    Politically, Obama’s other plusses include his inadvertent creation of the Tea Party and his also unintentional but invaluable assistance in aiding Republicans to take control of the House of Representatives.

    On the domestic front, after kicking and screaming, Obama agreed to the extension of the Bush tax cuts, albeit for only 2 years, and increased the number of deportations of illegal aliens, although the administration went after Arizona’s new, common-sense immigration law.

    Finally, thanks to his repeated gaffes and other demonstrations that he is as flawed and inept as Jimmy Carter, Obama self-deflated the self-created “messiah myth,” annoyed those in his party even more leftist than he, and, in what may be the greatest good he has accomplished, his love of vacations and golf have afforded other Americans to goof off too:

    However, coins generally have two sides and the flip side of the Obama coin, the national damages for which he’s indirectly or directly responsible, far outweigh any good he has achieved. Compiled from various identified and reliable sources, that damage is staggering. Obama’s hope has faded rapidly while the change he promised has come to fruition although it’s not quite the type of change those who voted for him expected.

    For example, since he assumed office a scant two years ago, unemployment has climbed 23.7% and black unemployment 26.4%, the poverty rate has risen 8.3%, the number of food stamp recipients has climbed 35.1% to 43,201,000, and the national debt has soared 32.4% to $14,052 trillion.

    Meanwhile, during Obama’s brief tenure, median household income has actually fallen almost 1%, the U.S. dollar has declined 6%, and America has gone from 5th to 9th in “Economic Freedom World Rankings.” All those figures, and more, are substantiated at

    They do not include figures on the perhaps irreparable harm done to the national economy and to Americans’ health, future, and spirit by the passage of the ugliest of all Obama crimes, Obamacare, which potentially can wreak total havoc on what’s left of our fiscal integrity.

    With two years to go in his reign, the damage he could accomplish is incalculable. Give him four more years after that, it will be catastrophic. Catastrophe might very well be what he has plotted all along but, whatever bad befalls us, Obama will be certain to chant his tried and true mantra: Bush did it!

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  • Ashley Paige Ivy

    Number 4 is him getting Osama. (which took him 2 months, when it took bush 8 years, and DIDN’T get him.)

  • Ashley Paige Ivy

    This is stupid. Obama isn’t NEAR as bad as Romney. Who hasn’t done their taxes? Romney. Who keeps changing his views just to give us what we want to hear? Romney. Who’s gonna take away unemployment for soldiers after their out of the military? Romney. Americans just want one thing to stop, while not even knowing what their other option could do to this country. SAY NO TO ROMNEY. IF Ron Paul stays on the ballot, I’m voting for him.

  • Eileen Farner Beyer

    What a slanted and ridiculous article!!!

  • Eileen Farner Beyer

    Are you kidding? We are still reeling from the changes made by Ronald Regan nd he was President way back in the 80′s.

  • Eileen Farner Beyer

    GeneralAl………Here is something positive President Obama has done:
    His 2009 stimulus is still boosting jobs and that was six years ago.