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Filed under: prairie musings, political musings, print news, Barack Obama — Peg Britton @ 3:38 pm

You Americans Have No Idea Just How Good You Have It With Obama
Many of us Canadians are confused by the U.S. midterm elections. Consider, right now in America, corporate profits are at record highs, the country’s adding 200,000 jobs per month, unemployment is below 6%, U.S. gross national product growth is the best of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. The dollar is at its strongest levels in years, the stock market is near record highs, gasoline prices are falling, there’s no inflation, interest rates are the lowest in 30 years, U.S. oil imports are declining, U.S. oil production is rapidly increasing, the deficit is rapidly declining, and the wealthy are still making astonishing amounts of money.

America is leading the world once again and respected internationally — in sharp contrast to the Bush years. Obama brought soldiers home from Iraq and killed Osama bin Laden.

So, Americans vote for the party that got you into the mess that Obama just dug you out of? This defies reason.

When you are done with Obama, could you send him our way?

Richard Brunt

Victoria, British Columbia



Filed under: prairie musings, political musings, Barack Obama, GOP — Peg Britton @ 9:11 am

Job losses were cut by more than 50% within his first 4 months in office.

He saved the American auto industry.

Has cut our deficits by more than half.

Killed Osama bin Ladin.

Got Syria to give up their chemical weapons without firing a single shot.

Presided over record breaking stock levels (with the Dow closing over 17,000 for the first time in its 118-year history).

Reduced unemployment from 10% to 5.8%.

We just saw the best year of job growth in the United States since 1999.

The quickest drop in unemployment in 30 years.

57 straight months of private sector job growth.

Over 10 million private sector jobs created.

Over 8 million people signed up for health care thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

Millions of Americans have gained, or kept, health care coverage thanks to Medicaid expansions and being able to stay on their parents’ insurance longer.

He hasn’t started a single war.

He hasn’t tried to confiscate a single gun.



Filed under: political musings, Barack Obama — Peg Britton @ 2:24 pm

1. Insurance companies will no longer be able to charge women more than men.
2. Women can no longer be denied insurance for having a “pre-existing condition.”
3. All new health insurance plans will cover maternity care.
4. Women no longer have to pay a co-payment for birth control.
5. Women now have access to depression screenings.
6. Women can seek counseling for domestic violence at no added cost.
7. Women are entitled to a mammogram every two years.



Filed under: prairie musings, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, George Pyle — Peg Britton @ 5:22 pm

I’ve found George Pyle! George is my favorite newspaper writer and I’ve tried to follow him as he wandered the country.  It hasn’t been easy.  Under his leadership, the Salina Journal was my favorite read of the day.  Then I found him again in New York and followed him to Salt Lake City. And I lost him.

Yesterday a good friend in SLC sent me the following two articles from the Tribune…and there was George.  Hallelujah!

“George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.”

Here are the two articles while keeping in mind Mitts Mormons  predominate Utah…

Obama has earned another term

Tribune endorsement (Barack Obama) goes viral … 

Thanks for tuning in…



Filed under: prairie musings, Tyler Britton USAF, Barack Obama, Drew Britton, Mackenzie — Peg Britton @ 12:10 pm


Grandson Drew Britton met President Barack Obama in Denver.  Drew, Senior Relationship Banker at Vectra Bank Colorado, drove a vehicle transporting personnel to the site of Obama’s speech. Look at that eye contact.

The motorcade drivers that safely transported all the supporting staff to the speaker’s site are pictured above.  Grandson Drew is third from the left, on the President’s right.


My grandson, Tyler Britton, met President Obama in Cleveland OH earlier this year.

Both of my grandsons have had the opportunity to meet and exchange a few words with President Barack Obama. None of this would have been possible without the help of a very generous and thoughtful friend, Sammy Finke.

Now, I would like to see my granddaughter Mackenzie Britton, who worked tirelessly for Obama before his last election, meet him too.  Then the grandma picture would be perfect.

Thanks for tuning in…



Filed under: prairie musings, Barack Obama, Drew Britton — Peg Britton @ 7:35 pm


Barack Obama speaking in Denver 10/24/12

Grandson, Drew Britton, was a driver in the Obama motorcade today in Denver.  He drove the CNN crew, friend and advance press member Samantha Finke and a secret service agent. What is ordinarily a 45 minute drive from Buckley Air Force base to the Denver park where Obama spoke took 15 minutes.  He said it was interesting to drive through Denver with traffic blocked and running red lights.

Once he arrived at the park, he heard a couple voices yelling his name.  He was confused as he didn’t think he knew anyone there.  He spotted Peggy and Anna Hand right away waving and calling his name.  Peggy told me yesterday that she and her daughter were going to be there so I asked them to be on the lookout for Drew.  I was sure they would never connect in the crowd, but they did.  They had good seats close to where the president would be arriving and knew Drew would be close by.  Lori Rathbun Kerr and her daughter Maddie were also there.  Ellsworth was well represented.


Air Force One, Buckley Air Force Base, CO
No matter what political party you favor, it’s an honor to shake the hand of the President of the United States.  Drew was able to do that and introduce himself.  He also had his picture taken with the President and the other drivers.  It was an important day for Drew.  More photos will come in a week or so.

Now both my grandsons are on an even keel as they have personally met the POTUS, with many thanks to Sammy Finke for those opportunities.  That never would have happened without her.

Thanks for tuning in…



Filed under: political musings, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney — Peg Britton @ 8:09 am

The quarter before Obama took office was the worst since the Great Depression.  That was George Bush’s quarter. When Obama took office, the country was losing 800,000 jobs a month. We’re now in a different place with 29 straight months of job growth and over 4 million jobs created. Recovery takes time.

From Daily Kos:

The Most important question for the Democratic Convention this week will be:

“Are you better off Now, than you were four years ago?”

Democratic Party Leaders better have an answer, and they better be able to discuss the plans for the next four years and the reasons why the last four years have not been better.  I think that the answer to the question is that, Yes, we are better off than we were four years ago.

1.  The war in Iraq is over.
2.  Bin Laden is dead.
3.  The Stock Market is up.
4.  We are creating new jobs, not losing jobs.
5.  We have stopped the increase in medical insurance costs.
6.  More people in the USA have medical insurance than ever before.
7.  The American automobile industry is stronger than ever.
8.  WE are producing more  domestic energy than ever.
9.  We are working toward new and innovative forms of energy.

Still, wages are frozen for working people.  CEO’s are making unprecedented profits.  The income disparity in the USA is completely skewed.

We Can Do Better.  But, not by electing Tea Party and GOP representatives, Senators and Mitt Romney.  Change is the best antidote to any economic problems.



Filed under: political musings, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney — Peg Britton @ 9:15 am

Republicans Continue to Lie About Obama and Medicare—

The Republicans have been telling the American people that ObamaCare is expensive and will bankrupt the country. But when they asked the Congressional Budget Offive what would happen if they repealed ObamaCare, they discovered that it would result in an additional $716 billion in Medicare costs. Overall, the CBO estimated that the cost of repeal would be $109 billion over the next ten years. So, the truth is that ObamaCare saves us money.

In repealing the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, the CBO wrote this:    Spending for Medicare would increase by an estimated $716 billion over that 2013–2022 period. Federal spending for Medicaid and CHIP would increase by about $25 billion from repealing the noncoverage provisions of the ACA, and direct spending for other programs would decrease by about $30 billion, CBO estimates.

Don’t be hoodwinked.  Obamacare SAVES us money.



Filed under: prairie musings, Barack Obama — Peg Britton @ 2:10 pm

Barack Obama just laid down the gauntlet. Romney knows he’s losing this election and by picking Ryan as his running mate, he just sealed his fate.

“My plan has already extended Medicare by a decade. Their plan ends Medicare as we know it. My plan reduces the cost of Medicare by cracking down fraud, and waste, and subsidies to insurance companies. Their plan makes seniors pay more so they can give another tax cut to millionaires and billionaires. That’s the difference between our plans on Medicare, that’s an example of the choice in this election, and that is why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States of America.”



Filed under: prairie musings, print news, Barack Obama — Peg Britton @ 7:37 pm

President Barack Obama signed the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 into law on Monday, providing a wide-ranging package of benefits to military personnel and enacting new restrictions on protests of service member funerals.

“We have a moral sacred duty to our men and women in uniform,” Obama said before signing the bill, according to a pool report. “The graves of our veterans are hallowed grounds.”

The new law will have strong implications for the Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas-based organization which the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League have labeled a hate group. Westboro Baptist Church has drawn media attention for its brand of protest, which frequently links the deaths of soldiers to America’s growing acceptance of gays.

Under the new legislation, protests must be held at least 300 feet from military funerals and are prohibited two hours before or after a service. The law counters a 2011 Supreme Court ruling, which found that displays such as Westboro’s were protected under the First Amendment.

Members of the church responded defiantly to a Huffington Post report following Congress’ passage of the bill, claiming that the law’s restrictions could also have an effect on counter-demonstrations organized in response to Westboro’s attempts to disrupt military services.

Two of these counter-efforts drew national attention last month, when large groups of people turned out in both Missouri and in Texas in an attempt to create “human walls” to shield attendees of military funerals from Westboro’s demonstrations.

(Photos of the Texas event below)

In an interview over the weekend, Westboro spokesman Steven Drain told CNN that the new law was “not going to change our plans at all.”

According to the Army Times, future violations of The Honoring America’s Veterans Act would include the possibility of $50,000 in statutory damages.

For more on The Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, click here.


Filed under: prairie musings, print news, Barack Obama — Peg Britton @ 5:22 pm

The Wall Street Journal

Commentary: Government outlays rising at slowest pace since 1950s
May 22, 2012|Rex Nutting, MarketWatch
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Of all the falsehoods told about President Barack Obama, the biggest whopper is the one about his reckless spending spree.

As would-be president Mitt Romney tells it: “I will lead us out of this debt and spending inferno.”

Almost everyone believes that Obama has presided over a massive increase in federal spending, an “inferno” of spending that threatens our jobs, our businesses and our children’s future. Even Democrats seem to think it’s true.

But it didn’t happen. Although there was a big stimulus bill under Obama, federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s.

Even hapless Herbert Hoover managed to increase spending more than Obama has.

Obama spending binge never happened
Rex Nutting
Commentary: Government outlays rising at slowest pace since 1950s
Here are the facts, according to the official government statistics:

• In the 2009 fiscal year — the last of George W. Bush’s presidency — federal spending rose by 17.9% from $2.98 trillion to $3.52 trillion. Check the official numbers at the Office of Management and Budget.

• In fiscal 2010 — the first budget under Obama — spending fell 1.8% to $3.46 trillion.

• In fiscal 2011, spending rose 4.3% to $3.60 trillion.

• In fiscal 2012, spending is set to rise 0.7% to $3.63 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate of the budget that was agreed to last August.

• Finally in fiscal 2013 — the final budget of Obama’s term — spending is scheduled to fall 1.3% to $3.58 trillion. Read the CBO’s latest budget outlook.

Over Obama’s four budget years, federal spending is on track to rise from $3.52 trillion to $3.58 trillion, an annualized increase of just 0.4%.

There has been no huge increase in spending under the current president, despite what you hear.

Why do people think Obama has spent like a drunken sailor? It’s in part because of a fundamental misunderstanding of the federal budget.

What people forget (or never knew) is that the first year of every presidential term starts with a budget approved by the previous administration and Congress. The president only begins to shape the budget in his second year. It takes time to develop a budget and steer it through Congress — especially in these days of congressional gridlock.

The 2009 fiscal year, which Republicans count as part of Obama’s legacy, began four months before Obama moved into the White House. The major spending decisions in the 2009 fiscal year were made by George W. Bush and the previous Congress.

Like a relief pitcher who comes into the game with the bases loaded, Obama came in with a budget in place that called for spending to increase by hundreds of billions of dollars in response to the worst economic and financial calamity in generations.



Filed under: political musings, print news, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney — Peg Britton @ 12:27 pm

The Salina Journal Opinion Page, July 25, 2012 ; Article by Mike Mattson
That’s all you need to know

If Obama had an ‘R’ by his name instead of a ‘D,’ he’d be loved by Republicans.

“That’s all you people need to know.”
— Ann Romney

“You people.”  That was Ann Romney’s response when asked why her husband has released only an incomplete tax return for one year and an estimate for another. With a jutting jaw and a toss of the head, she gave an unmistakable indication of what she thought of the unwashed masses, of those who would dare question the royal We, of “you people.” Mitt and Ann Romney don’t expect to be elected, they expect to be crowned. They expect “you people” to not only applaud at their coronation but to genuflect at the same time. In my 70-plus years, I cannot remember such arrogant snobbery in a presidential candidate and his wife.

I doubt that Mr. Romney, to the manor born, has ever broken a sweat in his life. His path to success was a direct shot to the top. Well, I guess that is the luck of the draw. But one can only surmise whether Romney would have been the “success” that he is were he born the son of a peanut farmer or raised in the household of an abusive alcoholic, or the product of a mixed-race union and a welfare mom.

Romney made his fortune with other people’s money on other people’s backs. He has wallowed in his wealth while the victims of his success have struggled to repair their broken lives. Is that how the Jesus of Nazareth, with whom conservatives love to associate  Themselves, would define success?

He has sneered that President Barack Obama is foreign while his jokers neigh that Obama is un-American. All the while, he has had his loot stashed in foreign banks. He pleads for more and more tax breaks for the “job creators” while refusing to explain how investing in tax dodges in the Cayman Islands creates jobs in the U.S. Those are the so-called job creators that got multiple tax breaks in the Bush years and virtually no new jobs were created. In the end, we got the Great Recession. With the lowest tax burden in 70 years, how could that be?

If low taxes encourage job creation, how in the world did we make it through the Fabulous Fifties when the top marginal tax rate was over 70 percent? Did nothing get done from World War II to 1960? Did no one have a job? Well, actually, just the opposite was true. With a flood of educated people, thanks to the GI bill, with a housing boom, thanks to FHA and VHA loans, and with the largest investment in infrastructure in the country’s history (even larger than the New Deal, thanks to Republican President Eisenhower), the country was booming.

Republicans have called President Obama foreign and un-American when, in fact, he is the embodiment of the American dream. His only
real problem is not that he is half black. There are plenty of high profile black Republicans. His real problem is that he has a capital “D” after his name instead of an “R.” Without any change of his positions, had he simply declared himself a Republican instead of a Democrat, Republicans would be falling all over themselves with their accolades.

His health care initiative was the product of the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation think tank. It was championed by then-speaker  Newt Gingrich as an alternative to Hillary Care. It was put into action by then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who applauds it as a conservative solution while at the same time damning it as a socialist plot under Obama. Is there any flip that he won’t flop? Obama
proposed cap-and-trade as a market oriented solution to greenhouse gas emissions. That was a Republican idea until it was a Democratic one.

Obama gave an unacknowledged nod to the gun community by relaxing restrictions on gun possession in national parks. While he  recognizes rights for gays and lesbians, so do Dick and Liz Cheney. Of course, what choice did they have?

The Obama administration has deported more undocumented workers in 31⁄2 years than George Bush did in eight. He has doubled the size of the border patrol. He increased the number of drone strikes in Pakistan to the delight of the neocons. He extended the Bush tax cuts and dedicated one-third of his stimulus program to additional tax cuts. There is a lot for Republicans to like if only he were an “R” instead of a “D,” and there is a lot to make progressives squirm even if he isn’t.

Today, the so-called left wing would be considered off to the right 40 years ago. If he had only called himself a Republican, he would be well on his way to re-election and the Republicans would have the first black president asterisk in their column.

— Salinan Mike Mattson is a landlord, furniture builder and general hand.



Filed under: political musings, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney — Peg Britton @ 10:50 am


Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:22 AM EDT

Romney has only released a complete return for 2010 and an unfinished estimate for 2011. This is less than any other presidential candidate in recent history. As The Times put it in a scathing editorial this week, “what information he did release provides a fuzzy glimpse at a concerted effort to park much of his wealth in overseas tax shelters, suggesting a widespread pattern of tax avoidance unlike that of any previous candidate.” Blind trusts, Swiss bank accounts and Bermuda accounts designed to shield your money from the taxing agency of the country you want to lead just doesn’t sound right. And Romney’s reluctance to reveal more suggests that there is more that’s distasteful.


After three days of Mitt Romney complaining about attacks on his record at Bain Capital, it’s clear that President Obama has nothing to apologize for. If Mr. Romney doesn’t want to provide real answers to the questions about his career, he had better develop a thicker skin. … Mr. Obama’s campaign aides did go too far, perhaps, in suggesting Mr. Romney may have legal problems over this issue. But Mr. Obama’s criticism is fair. Mr. Romney has persistently refused to tell voters about his finances. Even now it is not clear how much money he has made from Bain in the 13 (or 10) years since he left the company.  The right way to respond to Mr. Obama is to release his tax returns from that period, or open up Bain documents.



Filed under: prairie musings, Barack Obama — Peg Britton @ 11:01 am

The Real Winners

Paul Krugman
The New York Times

So the Supreme Court — defying many expectations — upheld the Affordable Care Act, a k a Obamacare. There will, no doubt, be many headlines declaring this a big victory for President Obama, which it is. But the real winners are ordinary Americans — people like you.

How many people are we talking about? You might say 30 million, the number of additional people the Congressional Budget Office says will have health insurance thanks to Obamacare. But that vastly understates the true number of winners because millions of other Americans — including many who oppose the act — would have been at risk of being one of those 30 million.

So add in every American who currently works for a company that offers good health insurance but is at risk of losing that job (and who isn’t in this world of outsourcing and private equity buyouts?); every American who would have found health insurance unaffordable but will now receive crucial financial help; every American with a pre-existing condition who would have been flatly denied coverage in many states.

In short, unless you belong to that tiny class of wealthy Americans who are insulated and isolated from the realities of most people’s lives, the winners from that Supreme Court decision are your friends, your relatives, the people you work with — and, very likely, you. For almost all of us stand to benefit from making America a kinder and more decent society.

But what about the cost? Put it this way: the budget office’s estimate of the cost over the next decade of Obamacare’s “coverage provisions” — basically, the subsidies needed to make insurance affordable for all — is about only a third of the cost of the tax cuts, overwhelmingly favoring the wealthy, that Mitt Romney is proposing over the same period. True, Mr. Romney says that he would offset that cost, but he has failed to provide any plausible explanation of how he’d do that. The Affordable Care Act, by contrast, is fully paid for, with an explicit combination of tax increases and spending cuts elsewhere.

So the law that the Supreme Court upheld is an act of human decency that is also fiscally responsible. It’s not perfect, by a long shot — it is, after all, originally a Republican plan, devised long ago as a way to forestall the obvious alternative of extending Medicare to cover everyone. As a result, it’s an awkward hybrid of public and private insurance that isn’t the way anyone would have designed a system from scratch. And there will be a long struggle to make it better, just as there was for Social Security. (Bring back the public option!) But it’s still a big step toward a better — and by that I mean morally better — society.

Which brings us to the nature of the people who tried to kill health reform — and who will, of course, continue their efforts despite this unexpected defeat.

At one level, the most striking thing about the campaign against reform was its dishonesty. Remember “death panels”? Remember how reform’s opponents would, in the same breath, accuse Mr. Obama of promoting big government and denounce him for cutting Medicare? Politics ain’t beanbag, but, even in these partisan times, the unscrupulous nature of the campaign against reform was exceptional. And, rest assured, all the old lies and probably a bunch of new ones will be rolled out again in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision. Let’s hope the Democrats are ready.

But what was and is really striking about the anti-reformers is their cruelty. It would be one thing if, at any point, they had offered any hint of an alternative proposal to help Americans with pre-existing conditions, Americans who simply can’t afford expensive individual insurance, Americans who lose coverage along with their jobs. But it has long been obvious that the opposition’s goal is simply to kill reform, never mind the human consequences. We should all be thankful that, for the moment at least, that effort has failed.

Let me add a final word on the Supreme Court.

Before the arguments began, the overwhelming consensus among legal experts who aren’t hard-core conservatives — and even among some who are — was that Obamacare was clearly constitutional. And, in the end, thanks to Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., the court upheld that view. But four justices dissented, and did so in extreme terms, proclaiming not just the much-disputed individual mandate but the whole act unconstitutional. Given prevailing legal opinion, it’s hard to see that position as anything but naked partisanship.

The point is that this isn’t over — not on health care, not on the broader shape of American society. The cruelty and ruthlessness that made this court decision such a nail-biter aren’t going away.

But, for now, let’s celebrate. This was a big day, a victory for due process, decency and the American people.



Washington — President Barack Obama says he now supports same-sex marriage, ending months of equivocation on a subject with powerful election-year consequences.

Obama says he has concluded that it is important for him to affirm that he thinks same-sex couples should be able to get married. He says he came to the conclusion over the course of several years of talking to family and friends.

Obama has previously said his personal views of gay marriage were evolving, a stance that frustrated gay rights supporters.

Obama revealed his support for gay marriage in an interview with ABC News.

On the other hand…

An overwhelming North Carolina vote to define marriage as legal only between a man and woman dealt a strong blow to gay marriage supporters this week.


There are some states where it makes no sense to hold the National Democratic Convention as there is so much un-Democratic sentiment regarding civil rights/equal rights/women’s rights ….North Carolina, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma…etc. being among them.  Charlotte et al will reap 160 million over it…
Stay tuned….it isn’t over yet.



Filed under: prairie musings, Barack Obama — Peg Britton @ 8:55 am



Filed under: political musings, Barack Obama — Peg Britton @ 9:03 am

The video outlines the challenges America faced as President Obama took office at the height of the worst recession in almost a century and details the progress that has been made reclaiming the security of the middle class and building an economy that’s meant to last, where hard work pays and responsibility is rewarded.



Filed under: political musings, Barack Obama — Peg Britton @ 9:08 am

I like Obamacare. I’m proud of it — and you should be, too.
David Axelrod sent an email to supporters with a subject line that read, “I like Obamacare.” The letter said in part…
Here’s why: Because it works. “I like Obamacare.”

Obamacare means never having to worry about getting sick and running up against a lifetime cap on insurance coverage. It gives parents the comfort of knowing their kids can stay on their insurance until they’re 26, and that a “pre-existing condition” like an ear infection will never compromise their child’s coverage.

It’s about ending the practice of letting insurance companies charge women 50 percent more — just because they’re women.

And Obamacare can save seniors hundreds of dollars a year on prescription drugs — and gives them access to preventive care that is saving their lives.

Several provisions in the health care law that have already been implemented are having a positive impact.

The health care law…

(1) is combating fraud and abuse, which in turns saves Americans money;

(2) has brought coverage to 2.5 million young adults;

(3) is delivering major savings to seniors on prescription drugs;

(4) is giving a boost to small businesses through ACA tax credits;

(5) has slowed the growth of Medicare spending;

(6) has provided new treatment options for cancer patients; and

(7) has offered new coverage protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

These are tangible, real-world benefits, making a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

“Obamacare” is, in fact, delivering on its promise, and helping millions of families who need the support.



Filed under: prairie musings, Barack Obama — Peg Britton @ 8:27 am




Filed under: political musings, print news, Barack Obama — Peg Britton @ 10:11 am


Andrew Sullivan: How Obama’s Long Game Will Outsmart His Critics
Jan 16, 2012 12:00 AM EST

The right calls him a socialist, the left says he sucks up to Wall Street, and independents think he’s a wimp. Andrew Sullivan on how the president may just end up outsmarting them all.

You hear it everywhere. Democrats are disappointed in the president. Independents have soured even more. Republicans have worked themselves up into an apocalyptic fervor. And, yes, this is not exactly unusual.

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. And when unemployment is at remarkably high levels, and with the national debt setting records, the criticism will—and should be—even fiercer. But this time, with this president, something different has happened. It’s not that I don’t understand the critiques of Barack Obama from the enraged right and the demoralized left. It’s that I don’t even recognize their description of Obama’s first term in any way. The attacks from both the right and the left on the man and his policies aren’t out of bounds. They’re simply—empirically—wrong.

For the rest of the story…click here…

Obama Promises:
Throughout his 2008 presidential campaign, President Obama made more than 500 promises to our nation, according to PolitiFact, a service from the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times that assesses the truth behind politicians’ statements. As the president, hampered by a stubborn economy and lukewarm approval rating, vies for reelection this year, here’s how his 2008 promises have so far panned out.  Click here….

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