President Obama's popularity and cool image continue to trump his actual record with faithful supporters and mainstream media alike.
Americans reelected the most popular guy in the class as president. That's a good thing, right? Well, it's at least cool, and that's what's most important in high school.
President Obama has reminded us publically more than all of his predecessors combined that he is the president. Why? Maybe it's just a personality quirk. Regardless the reason, President Obama has consistently praised his administration for successes and blamed George W. Bush and congressional Republicans for every failure in Washington.
Of course his progressive acolytes in Washington and the mainstream media have parroted Obama's talking points without challenging the facts.
Recession ended in June 2009 when GDP grew a whopping 4 percent; last year under Obama's fiscal policies GDP shrunk to 2.2 percent, and actually dipped into negative territory of minus .1 percent the last quarter of 2012. President Obama's reckless spending has increased the public debt from $10.6 trillion to $16.6 trillion in just four years without a budget.
Gasoline prices averaged around $1.89 when Obama took office; gasoline prices today are way above record prices at nearly $4 per gallon, and basic grocery prices and other daily commodities households depend on have skyrocketed. Median family income has dropped by about $4,000 over the past four years and taxes have risen.
As the 2012 presidential campaign rose to a crescendo at the Democratic Convention September 6, President Obama led cheers proclaiming, "A new tower rises above the New York skyline, Al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama Bin Laden is dead." Five days later Islamic terrorists (a term Obama has forbidden) murdered four brave Americans in Benghazi, the President prepared for a campaign trip to Las Vegas the next day, and then spent the next few weeks blaming a YouTube video for whipping up what he called "a bump in the road" during an interview on "60 Minutes."
In his latest Saturday address, President Obama asked, "Are Republicans in Congress really willing to let these cuts [sequestration] fall on our kids' schools and mental health care just to protect tax loopholes for corporate jet owners? Are they really willing to slash military health care and the border patrol just because they refuse to eliminate tax breaks for big oil companies? Are they seriously prepared to inflict more pain on the middle class because they refuse to ask anything more of those at the very top?"
Sadly, Obama's supporters actually believe the president's rhetoric that Republicans prefer "to protect tax loopholes for corporate jet owners" while cutting "our kids' schools and mental health care." I'm no fan of Republicans who are equally responsible for the fiscal mess in Washington, but I recognize sleazy political rhetoric especially when it's slimed on as thick as Obama's Saturday address.
American's elected the coolest dude in the world as president, and we'll have to live with that decision the next four years. President Obama has surrounded himself with the most progressive advisors in history, has promised to raise taxes and spend even more money while promising Americans in his State of the Union address, "Nothing I'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It is not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth."
And, if you believe that? I'm just saying.
Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at Daniel@DanLGardner.com, or visit his website at www.danlgardner.com Feel free to interact with him on the Clarion-Ledger feature blog site blogs.clarionledger.com/dgardner/