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What has President Obama done in his first year?…..Plenty…..

In this piece on President Obama’s first year, by Jacob Weisberg, he is measured largely in the expected passage of a Healthcare bill….but I will also add another thing…..This country may still have high unemployment…..but, the economy is on the mend….the piece give a thumbs up to the Stimulus package that the White House got passed….and President Obama gets props on that also…Finally, while the foreign affairs thing has consisted of mostly apologizes……there have been not demonstrations against the policies of the american government for almost a year…something impossible under the previous administration…..

Not bad for a rookie….Not bad…..


November 29, 2009 - Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Media, Military, Politics | , , , , ,


  1. I think it’s still wide-open how this presidency will develop. But quick stimulus and more-or-less health bill, that’s impressive. Foreign policy – who can tell. There’s so much behind the scenes. But after reading “The Inheritance” by NY Times David Sanger, anything better than the disastrous Bush mismanagement in every thinkable aspect, on Iran. Iraq. Afghanistan. Russia. North Korea. Possibly China. Anything other is good.
    But 80% bet the current WH is spot-on and repairing things.

    Comment by richnodul | November 29, 2009 | Reply

  2. I agree…but there are whole lot of people out there who just view him thru the unemployment figures…and of, course the republicans still can’t believe he won…..

    He, he, he…even some the GOP faithful are happy to see Bush….and Cheney gone……

    Comment by jamesb101 | November 29, 2009 | Reply

    • Good point.
      And the jobless rate might well hit 13-14% next year. Lots of deadweight cutting these days.

      they’ll probably save some money for spending in 2012, reversing all figures and pleasing the polls and masses 🙂

      Comment by richnodul | November 29, 2009 | Reply

  3. come-on…..13-14%?…….

    as i said…. thru the unemployment eyes,huh?

    Comment by jamesb101 | November 29, 2009 | Reply

    • Who knows.

      if the last three decades were all hot-air and house of cards, we’ve not hit rock bottom yet.
      The Dow was 1.000 points back then. Lots of “growth” since, but mainly credit and gambling on wall street. And machines have replaced humans everywhere, production is left to asia, and lots of services are done there as well.
      We all go around shopping with borrowed money – and chill out in offices doing dilbert-work.
      Something has to cave eventually 🙂

      Comment by richnodul | November 29, 2009 | Reply

  4. and I wouldn’t doubt your idea with the money at all……

    Comment by jamesb101 | November 29, 2009 | Reply

  5. something did cave….most of the planets economies…..good point on the productivity thing….the dow never went below about 6,000….

    …… from the New York Times on March 1st, 2009……
    …..In the United States, the Dow fell 299.64 points, or 4.24 percent, to 6,763.29, while the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index fell 34.27 points, or 4.66 percent, to 700.82. The Nasdaq composite ended 54.99 points, or 3.99 percent, lower, at 1,322.85…..

    I don’t know….. but all those people in India answering the phones….. I think lost their jobs to americans back home…..

    And rememeber…even with the unempl rate at 10.2%…there ARE jobs that americans simply will not do…….

    Comment by jamesb101 | November 29, 2009 | Reply

  6. Yep. Will be interesting to follow the figures the next few months. But the jobs are still disappearing, only at a slowing rate.

    The dow-part; not very important – but was referring to the 30-year “bubble”/”house-of-cards” since Reagan and the 80s.

    From 1965 to 1980 the Dow was lurking steadily around 1.000 points, and than it made a 14-doubling from 1980 to 2008.
    Might seem an odd reference, but some are still questioning that “growth” and the quick rebound this summer. It’s just a confidence “poll” made by investors who are risk-junkies and gambling-addicts.

    So again, guess the times are uncertain and changing..

    Comment by richnodul | November 29, 2009 | Reply

  7. And rememeber…even with the unempl rate at 10.2%…there ARE jobs that americans simply will not do…….


    I finally get it

    Your a comedian that rallies the Obama troops

    “job Americans simply wont do” what a crock of shit

    Comment by Timothy Peter Leal | November 29, 2009 | Reply

  8. TPL…that is not a joke….how many of your friends would do cleaning in stores?…how many would be willing to pick crops?…..how many would be willing to be bus boys?……

    Comment by jamesb101 | November 29, 2009 | Reply

    • WOW

      you just listed jobs my friends have done

      and they are all natural born citizens

      Comment by Timothy Peter Leal | November 30, 2009 | Reply

  9. well, kudo’s to your friend they among the working class……

    Comment by jamesb101 | November 30, 2009 | Reply

  10. Actually when I was younger , a lot of those jobs were done by teenagers. I’m a little disappointed with President Obama’s 1st year. He seems to be caving in to his far left in the party.(Pelozzi) If your going to reform health care , then REFORM it.Put caps on lawsuits , get tougher on Doctors who don’t make the grade , control drug prices and offer the insurance pool to people who buy their own. These are common sense reforms (I think anyway) but special interests form both sides are spending millions to block them. President Obama needs to lead by pushing for what is best for the american people not the lobbyists.

    Comment by bug9523 | March 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Hear….Hear!

      I’m with that!

      Comment by jamesb101 | March 4, 2010 | Reply

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