COMMENTARY: Obama’s Failed Presidency: ‘Bad Luck’ or Bad Policy?

By John W. Lillpop
John W. Lillpop
John W. Lillpop
Just what in the hell brand of liquid refreshment do they serve on that Obama campaign bus, which, lest we forget, is operated and maintained at taxpayer’s expense?

The question, though mostly rhetorical, does have a serious quality when one considers Obama’s latest “Blame Everyone But Me” blurb from the bus whilst on “official business” in Iowa. 

As reported at the reference, in part, The One elevated the art of political misrepresentation to a precise science when he said:

We had reversed the recession, avoided a depression, gotten the economy moving again,” Obama told a crowd in Decorah, Iowa.

He continued,” “But over the last six months we’ve had a run of bad luck.” Obama listed three events overseas — the Arab Spring uprisings, the tsunami in Japan, and the European debt crises — which set the economy back.


Odd that the President failed to give even honorable mention to other events directly tied to his performance. 

Events such as:

His proposed budget for 2012 which merely sought to freeze spending at the level which has produced trillion dollar deficits over the past two years;

His failure to lead on raising the debt ceiling and his insufferable refusal to engage the issue seriously by presenting any sort of written plan;

The humiliating and costly downgrade of America’s AAA credit rating, the first such downgrade in our history;

Implementation of ObamaCare, the total cost of which is still unknown, but which will surely exceed the wild promises Obama made in order to get the unconstitutional bill through his Marxist Congress;

His dreadful “stimulus” bill which added close to a trillion to the deficit, but which did nothing to improve the unemployment situation;

His incessant badgering of private enterprise with new regulations and threats of higher taxes, actions which cause responsible business people to hesitate when it comes to investments that would add jobs;

His myopic, ill-informed view that government can create jobs, when, in fact, government can only eliminate jobs as his presidency has proven; and

His constant bullying of Americans with the drive and intelligence to succeed (The rich), and his anti-American notion which holds that government has a moral obligation to redistribute wealth to the poor and less successful.

Branch Rickey, the innovative baseball executive, once famously said, “Luck is the residue of design.”

With all due respect, Mr. President, your failed presidency is mostly attributable to the design of your bankrupt policies, rather than any “bad luck.”

 John W. Lillpop lives in San Jose, CA. He denies that he is the only conservative in Santa Clara County! His email: