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  • whitehouse.monkey whitehouse.monkey Aug 20, 2013 5:07 PM Flag

    Why Obama Is Looking More and More Like Jimmy Carter

    Why Obama Is Looking More and More Like Jimmy Carter
    By DAVID FRANCIS and ERIC PIANIN and JOSH BOAK, The Fiscal Times
    August 20, 2013

    President Obama returned to Washington on Monday from a week’s vacation on Martha’s Vineyard – and now has his hands full with a litany of challenges while wielding strikingly diminished influence:

    • Egypt is on the verge of a bloody civil war, while much of the rest of the Middle East is in turmoil. But the president has little leverage to shape events, and appears mostly to be an observer as the debate builds about U.S. aid to Egypt.

    • Congress and the White House are caroming toward another budget and debt ceiling crisis this fall, but Obama lacks a clear strategy to pressure the GOP into a deal on his terms. Republican and Democratic lawmakers have dismissed most of his proposals –including his latest offer of corporate tax reform and infrastructure spending.

    • Obama had to postpone for a year several important provisions of his Affordable Care Act, while his signature 2010 law is under siege by GOP lawmakers and conservative groups and has the lowest approval rate to date, according to the latest CBS News poll. The success of his program could hinge entirely on the ability to convince 2.7 million young people to sign up for health insurance.

    • Russian President Vladimir Putin snubbed Obama’s request to extradite NSA leaker Edward Snowden to the U.S. for disclosing classified details about government surveillance programs.

    • The economy appears to be locked in perpetual doldrums, with every modest gain quickly offset by some economic disappointment or setback.

    Momentum is working against Obama, whose lame duck status gets more prevalent with each passing day. Political journalists have already turned much of their attention to the possibility of a Hillary Clinton run for the presidency three years from now.
    he'll go down as the most corrupt incompetent president...EVER...

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