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Obama Legacy Should Reflect Disastrous Decision Making

Obama Legacy Should Reflect Disastrous Decision Making

Protesters make their way through the streets of London with a life size cut out of former President Barack Obama during the Women's March on January 21, 2017, in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 12:20 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Presidents usually have monikers or sobriquets, often more than one. Washington was American Fabius; Jackson, old Hickory; Teddy Roosevelt, trust buster; Coolidge, silent Cal; Lyndon Johnson, Landslide Lyndon; Reagan, the Gipper. But what should we call Obama?

For almost every important issue and action, Obama made a choice contrary to common sense. He took the contrary option so often it is impossible in this brief space to inventory everything that happened.

Here is a sample: 1) The pardoning of Chelsea Manning, who released top secrets through WikiLeaks, endangering the lives of many American supporters; 2) Going off to play golf or to a fund raiser immediately after the disastrous deaths of Americans in foreign lands; 3) Calling obvious terrorism work place violence; 4) Releasing dangerous terrorists from Gitmo; 5) Giving terrorists the right to be tried as common criminals rather than war criminals; 6) Unilaterally disarming missile systems protecting eastern Europe from Russia; 7) Making a crazy deal with Iran that included giving them many millions of dollars (that they'll likely use for terrorism); 8) Subverting democracy by unleashing government agencies, such as the IRS and the Justice Department, to attack political opponents.

One news observer during the first four years of Obama simply shrugged and said, "It is like these decisions are coming out of another universe." One might assume, if given a chance, he would have voted that OJ Simpson was innocent. In Obama’s world, quoting Shakespeare: "Fair is foul, and foul is fair."

You name the decision and it is likely perverse. Obama got away with decisions that made no common sense because of the type of supporters he had. A substantial bloc of his supporters evaluated him based on "style points," clever speaking, and charisma, and if Obama had nothing else, he possessed such qualities as these. This bloc of "style supporters" did not vote after evaluating what Obama actually did — his policy outcomes made no impact on these people.

Many of these people had no knowledge of his policies. Anyone who has watched the reporter in the street asking the passersby about politics has seen people say they support Obama and then the next question is: "What has he done?" and the people do not know. They certainly do not know he has tied a huge anchor around America’s neck by doubling the national debt, or why this debt is a big problem.

So Obama, largely because he sounded informed, was able to demagogue and cajole a winning vote total in two presidential elections. Many of his supporters not knowing a thing about his polices. All they heard from Obama was they should have "their fair share." Obama was little more than a fast talking music man with no band. Now he is leaving office still lying about what happened (claiming there were no scandals and no terrorist attacks) and his supporters are still no better off than before he was president.

The sad part of the story is some of his supporters were tricked. They listened to his words and failed to learn or pay attention to his actions.

John Havick has a Ph.D. in political science. He was a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology for many years, authored several books and a number of articles, including the widely cited "The Impact of the Internet on a Television-Based Society." His work has appeared in The New York Times, and his recent book, "The Ghosts of NASCAR: The Harlan Boys and the First Daytona 500," is available at ghostsofnascar.com. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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Obama got away with decisions that made no common sense because of the type of supporters he had. A substantial bloc of his supporters evaluated him based on "style points," clever speaking, and charisma, and if Obama had nothing else, he possessed such qualities as these.
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