"Let me be clear..."
I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of hearing Obama preface nearly everything he says with that phrase. Instead of just talking about being clear, Obama would do well to actually BE clear.
The man is a gifted orator. His speeches were once eloquent and inspirational...and in my opinion, they were a significant reason Obama was elected in 2008. Obama's themes of "hope" and "change" resonated with the majority, many of whom had grown weary of George W. Bush.
After having assumed the very real responsibility and accountability of the presidency, the novel ideas of "hope" and "change" borne from Obama's community organizing days quickly evaporated as he struggled to be clear in reporting to Congress and the American people. His spin doctors had to work overtime preparing his speeches for the TOTUS (TelePrompTer Of The United States), and Obama was unable to provide clear explanations or take responsibility for his rapidly mounting failures.
To quote Shakespeare, his speeches became "...tale[s], told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.". The only thing clear was the lack of clarity.
He tried to excuse his incompetence by blaming others and whining about having "inherited" this economy.
To be sure, he did inherit the economy - but he wanted to inherit it. He fought hard day in and day out for months trying as hard as he could to inherit this economy!
For two years - half of his term - his Democrat party controlled both houses of Congress. This is a Democrat president's dream, and essentially allowed Obama to deploy his agenda for America with relatively little resistance. This was the best opportunity for him to kick off his "fundamental transformation" of America...and kick it off he did.
Obama's first term lowlights include increasing the debt more than every single president in history combined. He promised to cut the deficit in half, but instead he tripled it. He took over healthcare, nationalizing an industry that represents 17% of the economy.
He lined the pockets of the UAW while leaving GM investors with nothing and taxpayers with billions in losses. He prevented the purge of illegal aliens while refusing to secure the border.
He has trampled upon religious liberty by forcing religious institutions to pay for contraception and he has ensured that taxpayer money will fund abortions.
After taking credit for the killing of bin Laden, his idiot VP endangered our special operations warriors. Obama blamed an American for attacks on our Libyan embassy and the killing of our diplomats rather than blaming extremism and terrorism.
Eric Holder, Obama's attorney general, is directly responsible for countless deaths associated with the "Fast and Furious" operation, and actively fights against efforts to combat voter fraud by filing suit against every state that passes voter ID laws. He also helped Obama ensure illegals enjoy a comfortable stay in America by suing Arizona in response to its efforts against illegal immigration.
Obama talked a lot about jobs, but the unemployment rate kept climbing and has never fallen below the level it was when he took office.
In January of 2009 when Obama was inaugurated, the average price of gas was $1.84. Today it is $3.69.
Now at the end of his first term, there is real clarity. Barack Hussein Obama has clearly failed as President of the United States. If you or I were to perform at our jobs the way Obama did at his, we would have been fired a long time ago.
We are not better off than we were four years ago. It would be impossible for a reasonable person to conclude otherwise. I simply can't wrap my head around the fact that once again, even after all these miserable failures, there is so much support for Obama.
Let me be clear: Obama has got to go!