The New York Post presents a good synopsis of The One™’s first 100 days in office. Some highlights:
1. “Obama criticized pork barrel spending in the form of ‘earmarks,’ urging changes in the way that Congress adopts the spending proposals. Then he signed a spending bill that contains nearly 9,000 of them, some that members of his own staff shoved in last year when they were still members of Congress. ‘Let there be no doubt, this piece of legislation must mark an end to the old way of doing business, and the beginning of a new era of responsibility and accountability,’ Obama said.” — McClatchy, 3/11
4. Asks his Cabinet to cut costs in their departments by $100 million — a whopping .0027%!
11. The picture of Obama and Hugo Chavez shaking hands.
15. “For months, the Obama administration and members of Congress have known that insurance giant AIG was getting ready to pay huge bonuses while living off government bailouts. It wasn’t until the money was flowing and news was trickling out to the public that official Washington rose up in anger and vowed to yank the money back.” — Associated Press, 3/18
18. “The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today.” — Department of Homeland Security intelligence report
27. By releasing the torture memos, Obama opened American citizens up to international tribunals. A UN lawyer said the US is obliged to prosecute lawyers who drafted the memos or else violate the Geneva Conventions.
28. In their first meeting, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown gave Obama a carved ornamental penholder from the timbers of the anti-slavery ship HMS Gannet. Obama gave him 25 DVDs that don’t work in Europe.
49. Obama bows to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at a G-20 meeting in London.
50. “It wasn’t a bow. He grasped his hand with two hands, and he’s taller than King Abdullah.” — An Obama aide
53. Three candidates for ambassador to the Vatican — including Caroline Kennedy — were turned down by the Holy See because they supported abortion, according to reports.
80. Forced banks that didn’t want TARP money to take it, then added on stipulations about pay and government control after the fact. Secretly forced Bank of America to buy Merrill Lynch, then allowed the bank to be criticized for overpaying.
98. “Education Secretary Arne Duncan has decided not to admit any new students to the D.C. voucher program, which allows low-income children to attend private schools … For all the talk about putting children first, it’s clear that the special interests that have long opposed vouchers are getting their way.” — Washington Post, 4/11
Full piece here.
The Post doesn’t even mention the Air Force One photo op fiasco over lower Manhattan, the gift of the (mistranslated) Reset button to the Russian ambassador, or the “How do you say ‘wheeling and dealing’ in Austrian?” gaffe.
Imagine the media outcry if George W. Bush had made even one of these gaffes. We would be hearing about it for years. But since it’s Obama’s doing, the countless blunders are flushed down the memory hole, and replaced by heavy-handed Stalinist-era propaganda like this, accompanied by hagiographic iconography that would make Leni Riefenstahl blush.
In reality, the consequences of Obama’s myriad blunders have not yet come home to roost. Three months and 10 days in office and he and Geitner have still not come up with a viable plan to resolve the banking crisis. Obama correctly observes that our economic troubles were caused by excessive spending and borrowing under the previous Administration, yet somehow imagines that the solution to our sluggish economy is far greater spending and borrowing. This is magical thinking. The costs of Obama’s profligacy will be borne for generations.
Of even greater concern are his foreign policy and national security blunders. For starters, his decision to release select CIA intelligence memos on enhanced interrogation techniques — against the advice of five CIA Directors (and redacted to paint us in the worst possible light) — can only undermine our ability to protect ourselves from another terrorist attack. This feckless move will only embolden our enemies and demoralize the members of our intelligence agencies whose vigilance has kept us safe over the past eight years. Not to mention his dithering while belligerent rogue states develop nuclear capability.
100 days, 100 mistakes and counting.
But his poll numbers remain high, so it’s been a great start.