If I wasn’t sure that America will be a better country in 50 years I would have given up long ago. Conservatives just don’t seem to care about anything anymore if it doesn’t give them a chance to bash President Obama. I’ve heard a litany of lies about the man and it seems that every day when I come to work here in at The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork there’s another internet thread about him working a new angle for Conservative whites to feed upon about how he’s destroying America. To those people who gleefully send these things out to their friends and work colleagues I have to warn you that you’ll very likely be doing this until late Janaury 2017. Hopefully by then many of the ardent yet ignorant on the Right will have become too enfeebled to see a computer screen and there’ll be the start of a better America.
President Barack Hussein Obama is certainly a President of firsts. Here's a fairly comprehensive list: (Read them and weep for our nation)
1st African-American President (actually 1/2 African-American) in history.
The is some speculation that Warren G Harding may have been bi racial.]
1st President to claim that under his presidentcy the, “rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
[This, of course, was taken out of the context of a speech Obama gave as a candidate in Minnesota in June 2008. The full quote is: "The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. "]
1st President to rack up over 5 trillion dollars in debt in less than four years.
[The off books cost of the War in Iraq alone from 2003-2007 is $3 trillion.]
1st President to bow to foreign heads of state.
1st President to have the national debt exceed 10, 11 , 12 , 13 ,14 and 15 trillion dollars.
[This would have happened to the whomever won the 2008 election.].
1st President to preside over a cut in the credit rating of the United States.
[I stand corrected here: This from a reader at State Street, "“We [S&P] lowered our long-term rating on the U.S. because we believe that the prolonged controversy over raising the statutory debt ceiling and the related fiscal policy debate indicate that further near-term progress containing the growth in public spending, especially on entitlements, or on reaching an agreement on raising revenues is less likely than we previously assumed and will remain a contentious and fitful process,” the ratings firm said.”]
1st President to spend a trillion dollars on shovel ready jobs that he later admitted never existed.
[The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was $840 billion not $1 trillion and only a portion of that was for "shovel ready" job creation.]
1st President to invest/loan hundreds of billions to solar energy firms going bankrupt, then re-write the loans so the taxpayers were in last place when they did go bankrupt and his supporters walked away with their pockets full.
[The Solyndra loan guarantee was $535 million, not billions.]
1st President to have coninuous 8% or higher unemployment for over a continuous three year period.
[The US unemployment rate was above 10% from 1930 until 1941.]
1st President to preside over a period where over 45% of the American public paid no taxes.
[This number rose dramatically during the Bush administration.]
1st President to appoint a Secretary of Treasury (and five other top posts), an individual who is a tax evader owing the US government tens of thosuands of dollars.
[If Tim Geithner was a tax evader he would be in prison.]
1st President to have over 45% of the American people on Government assistance.
[I attribute this to the housing crisis, the Great Recession and the thousands of military families who are on Food Stamps.]
1st President to publically threaten the Supreme Court while it was deciding a case…particular a case regarding his own initiative.
[It's called politics for a reason.]
1st President to preside over passing legislation to take over the entire health industry, which proposal and legislation is what the Supreme Court is deciding on.
[I'll wait for the SCOTUS.]
1st President to deliver a eulogy for a communist activist (Saul Mendelson)
[Saul Mendelson was quite a great Human Being.]
1st President to openly state his refusal to uphold Federal Law (DOMA)
[Unfortunately, DOMA is unconstitutional.]
1st President to have 17 vacations in his first four years.
[This gives the impression that the President had taken 17 average vacations of 2 weeks which would be or 238 days off. That is not accurate at all according to CBS News in August 2011, "So far, President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch.
Among recent presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off -- 28 days.
To be fair, a presidential vacation away from the White House is not the same as a vacation for the average person. The president is still in contact with his advisers and on call for any emergency."]
1st President to issue an unlawful recess appointment when the Senate was not in recess (against the advise of his own Justice Department).
1st president whose Attorney General presided over an illegal sale of thousands of illegal weapons to the Mexican drug cartels.
[Two words. Iran.Contra.]
1st President whose Attorney Genral blatantly dismissed charges against New Black Panthers who were filmed wearing camo uniforms and wielding Billy Clubs initmidating voters during the 2008 elections. Simply dropped the charges.
[This was dismissed while Mukasey was AG in December 2008.]
1st President to repeatedly and purposely fail to issue Presidential statements at Christmas and Easter.
[Also wrong President George W Bush never issued any such proclamations.]
1st President to call for our ally, Israel to retreat back to the pre-war 1967 borders.
[" Obama’s conservative critics charge that he won the Nobel because he’s “sided with the Palestinians against Israel.” They accuse him of being anti-Israel for “calling on Israel to retreat to the indefensible 1967 borders” in his speech at the opening of the U.N. General Assembly. In fact, Obama did nothing of the kind: he used the same language as President George W. Bush when he promised to work for “two states living side by side in peace and security - a Jewish State of Israel, with true security for all Israelis; and a viable, independent Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967…” Even Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has spoken out against these wild and outlandish charges."]
1st President to actively support the overthrow of an allied leader, at peace with Israel, in Egypt and support his replacement by militant Islamics, the Muslim bortherhood.
[This was an Egyptian matter. Any intervention by the US while Obama in office would have been seen as "meddling in the affairs of other sovereign nations."]
1st President to cancel the celebration of the National Day of Prayer at the White House but hold a day of Islamic Prayer there during Ramadan.
[Snopes covers this. It turns out that President Truman, who many Conservatives feel was a communist, started the tradition in 1952. President Obama has issued a National Day of Prayer proclamation in 2009,2010,and 2011.]
1st President to sue a State for requiring valid IDs to vote.
[President Johnson had to sign the Voting Rights Act to keep Southern governors from disqualifying minority voters for this and amny other reasons. This charge was led by the Attorney General Robert F Kennedy.]
1st President to halt deportation of illegal aliens in order to issue them temporary work permits.
[Reagan's 1986 amnesty was first.]
1st President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing Oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
[The Department of Interior was held in contempt not the President.]
1st President to sign into law a bill that permits the government to hold anyone suspected of being associated with terrorism indefinitely, without due process. No indictment. No judge or jury. No evidence. No trial.
[USA PATRIOT ACT WAS SIGNED BEFORE OBAMA TOOK OFFICE.]
1st President to appoint 45 czars to issue directives in lieu of legislation.
["Czars" are advisors they do not issue directives that have the force of law.]
1st President to bypass Congress and implement the DREAM ACT by executive fiat.
[The DREAM Act has not been codified into US law.]
1st President to threaten a private Auto Company (Ford) after it publically made light of bailouts to GM and Chrysler.
[Politcs, not threats.]
1st President to threaten insurance companies after they publically complained that the President’s health care legislation was why the had to increase rates.
1st President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.
[If so many millions of conservative idiots wouldn't believe this I would be laughing. NASA ended the shuttle program. Had Obama committed to spending billions on a new program in 2009 conservatives would have called that waste.]
1st President to require private companies to disclose their political contribution records before being able to bid on government contracts
1st President to golf over 90 times in his first four years.
[Personally, I'd prefer that relaxed guy on the golf course to a stressed out guy with all the pressures of that office.]
1st President to have 22 personal assistants/servants for the 1st lady.
[This is in line with all previous modern First Ladys.]
1st Presidnet to have a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000/year at taxpayer expense.
[The President pays Bo's trainer out of his salary.]
1st president to defy a Federal Court order to cease implementing his “Health Care Reform” law.
1st President to tell a private manufacturing company which state it could or could not locate a factory in.
1st President to refuse to comply with a Congressional Oversight Committee supoena.
1st President to withdraw an existing coal permit to a private company that had been properly applied for and granted years earlier.
["On January 29, 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that it would pull its funding for the project, mostly due to higher than expected costs. The move is likely to delay the project as other members seek the additional funds that the DOE was to provide. The sudden concern over cost after an Illinois site was chosen over those in Texas raised questions about the motives for the cancellation. Local and state officials in Illinois, including then Governor Rod Blagojevich, expressed frustration at the move, especially in light of the money and resources that the state had spent to attract the project. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois accused Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman of "cruel deception" of Illinoisans by "creating false hope in a FutureGen project which he has no intention of funding or supporting." Durbin claimed that “when the city of Mattoon, Illinois, was chosen over possible locations in Texas, the secretary of energy set out to kill FutureGen.”  Mattoon mayor David Cline said “one could question the motivation of the Department of Energy which was ready to move forward with the project until a site other than Texas was chosen.”“.]
1st President to take over a US Auto Company and determine who its executives would be.
1st President to aborgate US Bankruptcy law so he could turn the company over to his Union supporters.
1st President to issue an Executive Order making his educational, travel, and health history a national security secret.
1st President to fire an inspector General of Ameri-corps for catching a friend of the president in a corruption case.
Yep…this is the list of “1st”s this President, Barack Hussein Obama, has accomplish3ed in his first four years.
AMERICA CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER FOUR YEARS OF “FIRSTS” BY THIS PRESIDENT.
And I’m not even half way through the list and you can see how pitiful this is.