Obama’s first 100 days, first 100 mistakes (Update)

Today is officially the 100th day of Obama’s presidency and we’ve come a long way in terms of revealing just how inept Obama may be at actually leading.

The New York Post put together a collection of the first 100 days and the first 100 mistakes of the Obama presidency.

For you Obama voters and supporters, try to premise each one of these items with “what if Bush did it” and then ask yourself how outraged you’d be if Bush did even half of these things.

I have picked a few of the worst, most egregious errors and broken promises to post below with a little commentary following each item:

1. “Obama criticized pork barrel spending in the form of ‘earmarks,’ urging changes in the way that Congress adopts the spending proposals. Then he signed a spending bill that contains nearly 9,000 of them, some that members of his own staff shoved in last year when they were still members of Congress. ‘Let there be no doubt, this piece of legislation must mark an end to the old way of doing business, and the beginning of a new era of responsibility and accountability,’ Obama said.” — McClatchy, 3/11

That was one of the worst. Obama did promise to curb spending and cut earmarks yet he did the complete opposite. It was a joke and it shredded Obama’s credibility with regard to keeping any campaign promises he made about government responsibility, transparency and wasteful spending.

2. “There is no doubt that we’ve been living beyond our means and we’re going to have to make some adjustments.” — Obama during the campaign.

Yet the first thing Obama does is increase this living beyond our means tenfold.

3. This year’s budget deficit: $1.5 trillion.

Yet again, that’s way over double anything Bush ever did. Democrats can no longer mention Bush and spending without mentioning Obama’s obscene spending which makes Bush look fiscally responsible.

4. Asks his Cabinet to cut costs in their departments by $100 million — a whopping .0027%!

This was a joke. Then the next day he announced billions in aid for the IMF. $100 million is hardly a sacrifice in a trillion dollar budget, it’s like a $1.50 from your home budget.

13. Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega went on a 50-minute anti-American rant, calling Obama “president of an empire.” Obama didn’t leave the room. “I thought it was 50 minutes long. That’s what I thought,” he said.

Why doesn’t Obama defend America? Why does he sit in rooms and let dictators run down his country? Why does he take it from people who deny their own citizens basic rights? Obama needs to stand up for American’s freedoms once and a while.

15. “For months, the Obama administration and members of Congress have known that insurance giant AIG was getting ready to pay huge bonuses while living off government bailouts. It wasn’t until the money was flowing and news was trickling out to the public that official Washington rose up in anger and vowed to yank the money back.” — Associated Press, 3/18

Contrived outrage over what they already knew. They were trying to cover it up since they made sure the bonuses still existed.

16. “After pushing Congress for weeks to hurry up and pass the massive $787 billion stimulus bill, President Obama promptly took off for a three-day holiday getaway.” — New York Post, 2/15

The “hurry up and go nowhere” argument. Once again, Obama lost credibility.

24. Rasmussen finds 58% of Americans believe the Obama administration’s release of CIA memos endangers the national security of the United States.

Obama seems intent on making America less safe despite the implications. If another terror attack occurs during his presidency, it is squarely his fault.

30. Timothy Geithner nomination as Secretary of Treasury was almost torpedoed when it was discovered he had failed to pay $34,000 in Social Security and Medicare taxes. He also employed an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper. He was confirmed anyway.

Geitghner is a disgrace and a joke yet Obama defended him. Shouldn’t the guy in charge of collecting your taxes be decent enough to pay his own? Such a lack of integrity and once again, an erosion of Obama’s credibility.

36. “We have begun to modernize 75% of all federal building space, which has the potential to reduce long-term energy costs by billions of dollars on behalf of taxpayers. We are providing grants to states to help weatherize hundreds of thousands of homes, which will save the families that benefit about $350 each year. That’s like a $350 tax cut.” — Obama, describing something that doesn’t cut taxes.

Obama is very good at saying he’s cutting taxes while he does the exact opposite. He and Biden are very good at trying to convince people the government is “helping” them when in reality the government is wasting taxpayer money.

46. Obama asked Congress for an extra $83.4 billion to fund operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, a special funding measure of the kind he opposed while in the senate. As a candidate, Obama promised to cut the cost of military operations.

Obama railed against spending on the Iraq War during his senate term yet, of course, as President he supports the funding so he doesn’t look like he’s retreating and abandoning the soldiers. I’m glad he didn’t stick to his principles on this.

58. “Chicago has yet to recoup the $1.74 million cost of President Obama’s victory celebration in Grant Park — despite a burgeoning $50.5 million budget shortfall that threatens more layoffs and union concessions.” — Chicago Sun-Times, 2/20

Obama has shown nothing but arrogance in his spending while Americans tighten their belts.

72. On Earth Day, Obama took two flights on Air Force One and four on Marine One to get to Iowa, burning more than 9,000 gallons of fuel.

The standard “do as I say” argument instead we get from all arrogant politicians. We should drive our SUVs less but Obama can take Air Force One to speak about global warming. Plus, he can send Air Force One to New York for a photo op, pathetic.

78. Adolfo Carrion was confirmed as Director of White House Office of Urban Affairs, but is serving under a cloud after allegations that he accepted thousands of dollars in cash from developers whose projects he approved.

Obama’s cabinet is riddled with scandal. If this was Bush’s cabinet, they’d be crucifying him as incompetent and unfit to serve by now.

85. Joe Biden: “You all worked for change. You wanted to see change. Well, that wasn’t a hard thing to try to communicate to the American people. Obviously, obviously, we needed a change almost no matter who was running.”

Joe Biden has been one big embarrassment. Here is is admitting that the American people were used as tools by empty promises of hope and change.

91. The $49 million inauguration — triple what taxpayers spent at Bush’s first inauguration.

92. Giving the Queen of England an iPod full of his own speeches.

93. Three prime-time briefings in his first 100 days, eating into television revenues and this Wednesday pre-empting “American Idol.”

Numbers 91, 92 and 93 again illustrate Obama’s arrogance. We as Americans should cut our budgets but Obama is so full of himself. He’s also so arrogant to think that the Queen wants to watch his speeches and the American people want to keep watching him skate around the issues on TV.

98. “Education Secretary Arne Duncan has decided not to admit any new students to the D.C. voucher program, which allows low-income children to attend private schools … For all the talk about putting children first, it’s clear that the special interests that have long opposed vouchers are getting their way.” — Washington Post, 4/11

99. Obama enrolled his daughters in a DC private school.

Numbers 98 and 99 illustrate how Obama is not interested in programs which get results if they don’t line up with his ideological leanings. The DC voucher program was an overwhelming success yet he cut the program because he’s beholden to teacher’s unions. Of course, he puts his own kids in private school yet denies the residents of DC the same option, hypocrisy doesn’t even begin to describe it.

So there you go. You can read each and every one of the 100 items here.

The floor is open for discussion.


More analysis of the first 100 days and beyond from Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion:

What history shows us is that a liberal, blame-America-first Democratic President, urged on by a liberal, blame-America-first Democratic Congress, is a prescription for political self-destruction. Leave Democrats to their own devices, and they will screw themselves politically, just when they are at the height of power.

We already see this phenomenon in action:

As to national security, Congressional Democrats are pushing for hearings and prosecutions of the authors of memos interpreting the federal anti-torture statute. These hearings will cause enormous damage to the country, reminiscent of the damage caused to intelligence agencies by the Church commission in the 1970s. We don’t know when the risks to which we are exposed turn into an attack, but it will happen because, as the 9/11 commission noted, al-Qaeda is at war with us, regardless of whether we are at war with it.

As to foreign affairs, China, Venezuela and Iran will rise in power and influence as Democrats fulfill their dream of returning the United States to its isolationist roots. The result will be that hundreds of millions of people who yearn to live in free societies will have to defer that hope for another generation or two.

As to the national debt, in a year or two the nation will wake up to the fact that Democrats have mortgaged our future to the hilt, beyond what anyone could have comprehended a year ago. When the younger generations, currently smitten with the cool President, realize that they will pay this bill, there will be a backlash. And when they see mortgage rates and inflation put the good life out of their reach, the younger generation will embrace Reaganism as the cure for the Democratic disease.

As to human rights, in the quest for revenge against the Bush administration under the guise of obtaining justice for three high-level al-Qaeda operatives who were waterboarded, we will ensure that al-Qaeda lives on to spread true torture throughout the world. The human rights and Democratic interest groups who are silent when al-Qaeda uses teenagers or pregnant women to blow up other teenagers and pregnant women are relegating tens of thousands of people to al-Qaeda terror, without so much as a second thought. For that, we will not earn the friendship the Democrats desire, but an ignoble page in history, along with Neville Chamberlain.

As to government control of private industry, government control will see the final death of the American automobile industry. Those who fret that the federal government is converting its loans to voting equity on a preferential basis are missing the big picture. Government running the auto industry will be the end of the auto industry.

As to health care, Americans will realize that nationalized health care will be no more successful than in Canada or Britain. Americans who are upset by waiting a couple of hours in a doctor’s office will go berserk over waiting weeks or months for surgical procedures. And that fury will be more pronounced than in Canada or Britain, because we will have no traditional American health care system to fall back on.

As to freedom of speech, the continued and obsessive use of the race card by Democrats and Hollywood elites will cause a simmering resentment which will boil over into retribution in the voting booth. The use of false accusations of racism as a political weapon to silence debate is the least understood, and by far the most corrosive, result of the 2008 election cycle.

So I’m not depressed about the long-term future of the country, although the next few years will be tough politically. The Democrats will screw up big time, as they did during the Carter years, and the damage they cause will be generational. But the clean-up is worth looking forward to, even if the mess is not.

Read more of it at Hot Air.