Obama is a "Sophisticated Consumer of Intelligence"
"The President is among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet. He receives and reads his [Presidential Daily Brief] every day, and most days when he's at the White House receives a briefing in person." National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor
Translation: Obama is so smart and so sophisticated that he does not need a briefer. He does not need an expert to walk him through the intelligence, answer his questions or dive deeper into the findings presented. Reading the PDB briefing every day, his people argue, is just as good as meeting in person every day with his intelligence officials to discuss issues. To put it quite simply, bull excrement.
“There were too many politicians in Washington who spent too little time reading the intelligence reports, and too much time reading public opinion. The lesson of Iraq is that when we are making decisions about matters as grave as war, we need a policy rooted in reason and facts, not ideology and politics.”
Fayetteville, North Carolina
March 19th, 2008
And then in May of 2008 via ABC News:
"The Obama campaign is taking issue with a comment President Bush made while speaking to the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of Israel's statehood."
"Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along," the President said to the country's legislative body, "We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: 'Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.' We have an obligation to call this what it is -- the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history." President G.W. Bush
In a statement, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., shot across the bow: "It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 6Oth anniversary of Israel's independence to launch a false political attack. It is time to turn the page on eight years of policies that have strengthened Iran and failed to secure America or our ally Israel. Instead of tough talk and no action, we need to do what Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan did and use all elements of American power -- including tough, principled, and direct diplomacy - to pressure countries like Iran and Syria. George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists, and the President's extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel."
Leave it to the narcissist to think Bush was talking about him rather than the two contrasting approaches, strength vs. appeasement.
Are we better off today?
216,000 fewer jobs than when Obama took office. 822,000 fewer Americans have permanent jobs. Record numbers on food stamps. Median household income continues to fall. 43 straight months of unemployment over 8%. U.S. credit rating gets a downgrade. Gas prices six days after Obama took office, $1.84, now $3.79.
Heck, even Bill Clinton said: "No president, no president, not even me, not any of my predecessors, no one could have full repaired all the damage that he found in just four years".
But there's a big problem with that statement and the Obama sychophants may not want to hear it but Reagan faced an unemployment rate as high as 10.8% and was able to drive it down below 8 percent within 14 months. By contrast, unemployment under Obama peaked at 10.0%, eight months after his “stimulus” was passed, and after another 43 straight months it is still above 8%.