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Obama Overpromises and Unicorns


Dear Mark: During a "60 Minutes" interview, President Obama was asked by the host if he had "overpromised" the American people during the 2008 presidential campaign. I believe President Obama has faced obstacles that few presidents have encountered, and there's no way he could have foreseen them much less solved them all. Do you think Obama overpromised? — Middle of the Road Mabel

Dear Middle: Oh, you mean the interview at CBS where there were more kid gloves than a lost and found box at a Minnesota elementary school? I don't hold presidents responsible for situations beyond their control, such as the protests in the Middle East or the tsunami in Japan. But I definitely hold presidents responsible for situations they can control.

For instance, candidate Obama promised the most transparent administration in history, and yet his signature legislation, Obamacare, was negotiated behind closed doors and to this day, the rules and regulations have not been completed. He put in numerous czars that don't require congressional vetting or approval. I would call that an overpromise.

President Obama promised that if Congress did not pass the $800 billion stimulus package unemployment would rise to 8 percent. Today, unemployment hovering around 9 percent means another overpromise driven by his inept economic team. Maybe Obama's mojo malfunctioned and the economy didn't magically bounce back upon his merely touching the gates of the White House.

Candidate Obama promised a new tone in Washington, yet his constant class warfare rhetoric has divided the country even more than it was before he took office. Libs love to bash Newt Gingrich, but at least he and Bill Clinton worked together to pass welfare reform and balance the budget.

Obama's new tone goes into the overpromise column.

Candidate Obama promised that the world would once again love the United States, yet the situation in Iran is more dangerous than ever. Obama's mind already appears to be in Hawaii despite the fact that Iran now holds one of our top secret drones and is prepared to share the technology with Russia and China. I'd say an improvement in foreign relations was an overpromise.

It might take a Christmas miracle, but let's at least hold President Obama to the same standard as George Bush. Remember how Bush was relentlessly called a liar because weapons of mass destruction were not found in Iraq? That liberal mantra carries on today. In the words of Barack Obama, let's be "fair." We can either say that Bush overpromised or that Obama is a liar.

Dear Mark: DEMOCRAT Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is an economic moron. He claims that millionaire job creators are like unicorns because they're impossible to find. I realize liberals live in a different world than most Americans, but is Reid so blind that he can't see there are millionaire job creators even in his own party? — Job Creator in Joplin

Dear Job: There are none so blind as those who refuse to see. Some politicians hold beliefs so ridiculous that you can't convince them otherwise. Consider what some of Reid's partners in crime believe. Nancy Pelosi believes that unemployment benefits are the best way to create jobs in this country. Democratic National Committee head, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, doesn't believe that unemployment has gone up under President Obama. Maybe their brains are like unicorns.

But if Reid wants to play clever metaphor games, I'm in. Budget-cutting Democrats are like Bigfoot; I've only seen one in a grainy black-and-white amateur movie.

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