Obama Promises – His Long Tail Game Will Work -If Given the Chance
GIVEN THE ENORMITY
of what Obama inherited, and given what he explicitly
promised, it remains simply a fact that Obama has delivered in a way
that the unhinged right and purist left have yet to understand or
absorb. Their short-term outbursts have missed Obama’s long game—and why
his reelection remains, in my view, as essential for this country’s
future as his original election in 2008.
Andrew Sullivan has written a MUST READ piece called,
How Obama’s Long Game
Will Outsmart His Critics
Former editor of The New Republic, weekly columnist for the Sunday Times of London, Andrew brought his hugely popular blog, The Dish, to the Daily Beast in 2011. He’s the author of several books, including “Virtually Normal,” “Love Undetectable,” and “The Conservative Soul.”
This is the best, most researched article, and everyone, Republicans too, should read it. A president in the last year of his first term will always get attacked
mercilessly by his partisan opponents, and also, often, by the feistier
members of his base.
FACT – When Obama took office, the United
States was losing around 750,000 jobs a month. The last quarter of 2008
saw an annualized drop in growth approaching 9 percent. This was the
most serious downturn since the 1930s.
Obama did several things at once: he continued the bank bailout begun
by George W. Bush, he initiated a bailout of the auto industry, and he
worked to pass a huge stimulus package of $787 billion.
these decisions deserve scrutiny. And in retrospect, they were far more
successful than anyone has yet fully given Obama the credit for. The
job collapse bottomed out at the beginning of 2010, as the stimulus took
effect. Since then, the U.S. has added 2.4 million jobs. That’s not
enough, but it’s far better than what Romney would have you believe, and
more than the net jobs created under the entire Bush administration. In
2011 alone, 1.9 million private-sector jobs were created, while a net
280,000 government jobs were lost.