Obama’s Sort of Biblical Year

by dfunzy on December 2, 2009

obama-official-photo How well is he doing?

Who?

The President?

Mr. Obama? Oh? Is it that time already? Report card time? It’s only been a few months.

It’s been a year.

January 20, 2010, 12:01 PM Eastern Time will be a year.

Stop. Answer the question.

Well, it’s been sort of Biblical.

Biblical?

Yes. It’s sort of hasn’t been Daniel in the Lions’ Den. Mr. Obama is not facing lions but wolves and hyneas. The wolves are from the insurance industry, and from the oil, gas and coal industries. The hyneas are the far rightwingers and the GOP.

Hyneas? Isn’t that kind of strong?

They’re hyneas. Little varmits, shadowing the wolf packs. There are no lions around. They hope to nibble and live on wolf kill.

According to the polls most of the people are supporting the Mr. Obama’s reforms that the insurance industry and the oil, gas and coal industries are opposing.

That’s true, but it hasn’t been an easy ten or so months.

The job has never been easy.

This President has faced vicious attacks, motivated by haters.

Haters? Aren’t you stretching it?

No, I am not. Opposition is expected. Calling for ones opponent’s political demise is normal in the course of political debate. Calling for someone’s physical death, advocating or winking at murder is not.

But who has done that?

Have you listened to the debate? Do you surf the Internet? Have you seen some of the signs, heard some of the chants of right-wingers who called themselves Tea Partiers? Do you follow right-wing hate talk radio and Fox liars news?

Oh. I see.

Back to the sort of Biblical metaphor –

Now you are going to say, Obama was Cast into the Fiery Furnace. Like the three Hebrews, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, he refused to obey King Nebuchadnezzar’s order to fall down and to worship the golden image the king had set up?

Do I hear sarcasm?

I’m just making a point.

There are kings “nebuchadnezzars.”

And they’re the kings of the energy and of the insurance industries?

Yes.

Jonah and the whale, the tale of Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale, a Biblical whale story — Obama is being swallowed up by the Bush’s debt, the Bush’s war, the Bush economy, and inside the whale, the debt, the war, the economy have become his.

The Biblical story is that Jonah got out of that whale. Mr. Obama is trying to work his way out.

Okay, it has been ten months, where is the change?

In America change is a slow go, and a handful of people who know how to work the system can slow down any change. Mr. Obama has restored America’s standing in the world.

With foreigners?

We don’t live on this planet alone.

Okay. So what has Mr. Obama done for us who are not foreigners? On the economy, what has he done?

He has been working on the economy. The economy shows signs of improvement for next year. It looks like the $787 billion economic stimulus he signed in February, along with the bank bailout schemes, prevented an economic depression.

What else has he done?

If he gets health care reform enacted, before January 20th, and it looks like he will, he will have done more in one year to improve the lives of ordinary Americans than any President has done in one year, since FDR.

So, you are a tooter of Obama’s horn?

I am not Ishmael, but Afghanistan could turn that Daniel in the whale story into a Moby Dick tale, and Mr. Obama could become another Ahab seeking one specific whale, and losing himself to the ocean.

So now you are criticizing him?

The man’s not perfect. No one is. He’s in office and he is doing a better job than most who served before him.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

dfunzy December 3, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Erik:
I do consider it helpful when people respond to what I write, and I do check out their points. However, I also keep my response strictly to the issues I raised, to keep a focus, so to prevent drifting, into repetitive and uninteresting exchanges. Also I state my opinions based on my research into the topic. Once I state my opinion, as clearly as I can, I move to the next topic. I certainly wouldn’t think of debating with the regular bloggers here. I have seen how the debates have gone. They become uninteresting, even childish. Every regular blogger here has the opportunity to post their own opinion, either in their own articles or to comment on other people’s articles. Hopefully, they will continue to do so, and without the angry name calling that only degrades their own opinions. There are many political web sites where the regulars and the guest bloggers really go at each other, not with wit, which I am all for, but with profanity, vulgarity, and undisguised , raw hatred. Hopefully, the bloggers here will avoid that. Again, I do read your stuff, and I do appreciate comments.

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Consti December 3, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Oh look! Another post by me!! Must be I’m “crazy” to try to argue with you. However, let me just point out the fallacy in your statements. I did not Obama Bash, I corrected you on your poll numbers. For someone who preaches research you failed to do yours. His poll numbers are NOWHERE near what you claim, and that is easily searchable on the net. I wouldn’t expect you to perform due dillagance, but if you are interested in accuracy and not dogma then you will.

No offence but you and Laura are in la-la-land if you thing the people upset with Obama are a minority. And in 2010 and 2012 I feel you are in for a suprise. I don’t un-brainwash people, but since you mention it, you are just another mis-guided poster boy for change.

Try to dismiss me all you like. I’m expectant of Alynski rules and you use them often. However, if you are going to write about something be accurate. Not misleading.

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Erik the Red December 3, 2009 at 10:03 pm

dfunzy,

As can be proven by looking at any of my articles, if a person takes time to comment, even irrelevantly like Laura often does, I bend over backwards to address as many of the points as possible. Sometimes that has lead me to type comments that exceed the length of my actual article. Would I expect everyone to do that? No. But I am telling you this to demonstrate that I am putting my money where my mouth is. When a person takes time to comment, even if I may consider it to be in a derrogatory fashion, I still take it as a compliment due to the fact that something I have said has compelled that reader to some kind of emotion other than apathy.

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Consti December 3, 2009 at 9:55 pm

I’m umpressed D!! You can count! You can’t address what I am saying…. but you can count!!! Good for you!

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dfunzy December 3, 2009 at 11:36 am

Eric:
I must quote from your comment to keep this exchange focused on the point, so that it won’t wander into the hinterlands.

You wrote– a “writer (dfunzy) who has been called on the carpet to finish a debate in which he has partaken.”
This is bogus. The points Consti raised that I chose not to address are not mentioned in my post. I am not going to react to Obama bashing. I will reply to points that I make in posts or in comments.

You wrote –”In actuality, he doesn’t appear to be hitting anywhere near the truth but, even if he were, I could handle it. I prefer truth and prefer to rely on data from proven sources. ”
There you go again, thinking that I am engaging in debates with people, and that I consider you as a person I am trying to convince. I am not trying to convince any blogger here of anything.

You wrote –”Instead, what we have here is a totally subjective article where a commenter has challenged it with objective data. ”
Please! You must be joking? Consti objective? Please! The readers of this blog can judge for themselves who is and who is not objective. Is his data objective? His selection of data is not objective.

Yes, you are correct in one thing, my posts and comments are subjective. They are my opinions. I don’t make comments or posts calling bloggers here liars or fools for having a different opinion than mine. I go out of my way to be polite to bloggers here and shall continue to do so. I will use a bit of humor to blunt their most outrageous and abrasive remarks.

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dfunzy December 3, 2009 at 11:03 am

Laura:
Once again yours is the voice of reason, fairness and common sense.

Any of us can fault in any one. There are so many things for Mr. Obama to do. He came into office and inherited a horrible economy, two losing wars and with America’s standing in the world in the pits.

If anyone believes that the economy could be restored to health in ten months, they know nothing about how the economy works. If anyone thinks it is easy to get change enacted in this country, they know little about how the American government works. The American system is set up to slow down change. For example, because of the Senate filibuster rules, 40 votes in the Senate can prevent any bill from becoming law. And we have a press which operates at the bidding of the big cash and big wealth folks, who spend millions of dollars to control public opinion and the public agenda. Much of this money is spent on making people afraid of any change that will adversely effect the paymaster’s wealth.

There are some things that Mr. Obama promised to do that have been delayed, and there are other things that he has changed his mind on. I certainly do not agree with all of his decisions. There are some that have begun to trouble me. In this post I gave my assessment on what he has done, and what he may get done before Jan 20th, on his anniversary of one year in office.

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Erik the Red December 3, 2009 at 10:54 am

I don’t see any “hate mail”. I see a writer (dfunzy) who has been called on the carpet to finish a debate in which he has partaken. In actuality, he doesn’t appear to be hitting anywhere near the truth but, even if he were, I could handle it. I prefer truth and prefer to rely on data from proven sources. Instead, what we have here is a totally subjective article where a commenter has challenged it with objective data. You can try to discredit the data all you want but I am guessing that polls are extremely important to you when they give numbers you can hang your hat on. They sure were important to John Kerry in 2004. Polls had indicated that he had won early in the night. However, I don’t recall ever having a President Kerry.

If Obama pulls off Health Care and Cap and Trade, I would have no problem acknowledging it. Nor would any of the thousands of people (many of whom voted for him) who he would diss in the process. It is not enough to win an election and say “The people have spoken” but then ignore them when they call you out and tell you that, though they voted for you, they strongly disapprove of a route you have chosen after taking office because they are negatively affected.

Peace

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Laura Bramble December 3, 2009 at 10:11 am

Using polls, which are based solely on perception and not facts, as a way to justify the effectiveness of ANYTHING is bogus. Everyone knows that- so should all of you who are clinging to them in these comments as your “proof”. Until I can get to see the exact questions for ANY of the polls on ANYTHING, they are meaningless, and even then they are just a measure of the effectiveness of spin.

D, you are right. If Obama pulls of health care and especially cap and trade by Jan. 20, he will have done more in his first year than any other president in recent memory. Can you expect any of the frightwing haters to recognize that? They will hate him no matter what he does. I think Obama should just say screw it, do what he was elected to do and just forget trying to work with or appease the Party of NO, the Tea Partiers, Libertarians and frightwingers. They are a much smaller group then the volume of their voice suggests. He was elected on a platform of change-that’s what he needs to do, scardycats be damned…

You’re getting the hate mail because your comments are far closer to the truth than many here would care to admit… The louder they scream and the nastier they get, the more right you are, so take heart.

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dfunzy December 3, 2009 at 4:54 am

Eric:
I always address issues raised in my posts or in my comments on posts. I keep my focus on the points I make. I do not allow myself to wander off into the hinterland into repetitious, uninteresting and childish debate. I make my point and leave it to the reader to judge. Simply, l do not engage in pointless back and forths. When you review this exchange, you will see I kept my comment to Consti first remark strictly to the area covered in my post. We have read Consti’s opinion on Obama in dozens of posts, and he has had, and continue to have many opportunities to bash Mr. Obama on this site. This post is my assessment of Mr. Obama’s first year in office, others here will write theirs. I may or may post comments on their assessments.

Also, when some one comes on as abrasive as he does, to hear him cry about a little use of humor to blunt his edge is … Well, I am going to have to get back to you, as soon as I find a kind enough word.

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Erik the Red December 3, 2009 at 3:59 am

dfunzy,

I have been following this exchange. Rather than criticizing Consti’s zeal, why not refute his statistics? A smoke screen only makes you look like you don’t know what you’re talking about. I would even have more respect for a response like “Consti, I don’t have the numbers in front of me. Give me a little time and I’ll get back to you” as opposed to seeing you resort to insults. Since you have made it clear several times that there are many people reading this blog, perhaps it would be a good idea to use this as an opportunity to show them how much you know regarding the content of what you write. And before you give another one of those “I don’t have to prove myself to you or anyone else” comments, please just remember that once a debate has been engaged, that kind of statement only makes you look as if you are running away from facts as opposed to confronting them head on.

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dfunzy December 3, 2009 at 1:10 am

This time two rants within five minutes, keep it up. You are improving. Won’t you try for just one?

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consti December 3, 2009 at 1:04 am

And you are right. I can’t help myself I must adress lies for what they are. Why should I allow you to distort facts. Daddy always said point out lies for what they are. Get your facts straight.

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consti December 3, 2009 at 1:01 am

Lol again don’t address the facts attack the messenger. Just like they are doing for politico. If you can’t back up your arguement don’t get in the pool. Your transparent attempts to distract from the truth are funny. And typing from a crackberry is hard. 3 comments in ten minutes big whoop. You’re lucky I’m not infront of my keyboard or I’d really show you the errors of your ways. You article is full of false facts. Just like Dan Rather. Enjoy your day of Alynski rules.

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dfunzy December 3, 2009 at 12:01 am

Consti being Consti, what can I say? Can’t say I didn’t expect this sort of response. I see you got so excited that you sent three comments in a row within ten minutes. Couldn’t help yourself could you? You are so predictable. Any favorable remark about Obama sets you off. Go ahead on and be you. I don’t mind. Readers of this blog, by now should know that you just can’t help yourself.

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consti December 2, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Additionally he has had the fastest slide in his first year than any president in the last 50 years. Even bush tracked better at this point than obama does. Additionally his numbers on healthcare is in the low 40′s. So really I suggest you get your facts straight. Compairing him to religious figures is like compairing bush to mother theresa. As for the economy I got news for you most of the stimulus hasn’t been spent and jobs are still at 10.2. So really there is no improvement. And claims that its bush’s fault is laughable. Its the ONE’S baby now. Remember he said unenjoyment wouldn’t go past 8%. Guess healthcare wasn’t the only lie

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consti December 2, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Additionally he has had the fastest slide in his first year than any president in the last 50 years. Even bush tracked better at this point than obama does.

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consti December 2, 2009 at 11:25 pm

That’s not what is being reported in the news so I suggest you look again. His ratings for afghanistan are 35% and his job approval has been under 50 for the past two weeks. Nice try though. But then again I forgot for some people Obama is the second comming. Your claims about his ratings is laughable.

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dfunzy December 2, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Before Mr. Obama’s war speech and the leaks prior to the speech, that he would send additional troops to Afghanistan, his poll numbers were way over fifty percent, and he was doing better in the polls than most presidents at this point in their presidency. His Afghanistan policy, in particular, is causing an erosion in his base. Some of his most enthusiastic supporters, such as young adults, disapprove of his war policy. Leading liberals, such as Michael Moore, (link) have compared Mr. Obama war policy to the Bush policy and see no difference, and have, and are expressing their anger and disaffection. A leaning Republican poll, the Rasmussen Reports ,(link), reports today’s (12-02-09) lower numbers, with this reminder, “When tracking President Obama’s job approval on a daily basis, people sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day fluctuations that they miss the bigger picture.” And should “look at the longer-term trends.”

Polls aside, the fact is that when you compare Mr. Obama to where other presidents are, and to what they have done at this point in their terms, he is in a much better position than most.

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Consti December 2, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Yeah he’s doing SO WELL his approval is below 50% Wake up D and smell the potomic. Fantasy is best left to fiction writers.

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