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article imageOp-Ed: Obama looks backward in SOTU, not forward, as economy stalls

By Lynn Herrmann     Jan 25, 2012 in Politics
Washington - Looking backward, President Obama noted in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night the country’s current economic malaise is due to “bad behavior” from the Bush administration, proving yet again American politics knows no shame.
Current economic woes the majority of middle- and lower-class Americans awaken to each day can be traced by going backward, according to the president. “In the six months before I took office, we lost nearly four million jobs.  And we lost another four million before our policies were in full effect,” he noted in his speech.
In January 2009 Obama sent a message to the country that we needed to forget the past in regards to the Bush torture regime and warrantless wiretapping, stating, “We need to look forward as opposed to looking back.”
Obama’s forward-not-backward mantra was reiterated five months later, when in May 2009 he noted, “I’m a strong believer that it’s important to look forward and not backwards, and to remind ourselves that we do have very real security threats out there,” as reported by Huffington Post. This comment was made over the possibility of a Spanish court investigation over the Bush administration’s complicit role in allegations of torture by six Spaniards held at Guantanamo.
Yet, in his SOTU on Tuesday, a speech sounding like nothing more than re-election rhetoric, Obama clearly pointed the finger backward toward Bush.
Even more absurd in his hypocrisy, Obama pointed to the nation’s current momentum, adding the country is getting stronger and, “As long as I’m president, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum.”
Apparently unfamiliar with the latest news from the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) released Tuesday morning, Obama preached to us Tuesday night about momentum. The IMF, however, sees things differently.
The IMF notes the European debt crisis fell into a “perilous new phase” in late 2011, a peril affecting “other parts of the world including the United States, emerging markets, and developing countries.”
But in the land of the free, Obama notes Wall Street is now “accountable” and the Wall Street crisis will “never” happen again.
The IMF goes on to note the world economy is on the ropes. “The outlook for growth is mediocre, and it could be worse,” said Olivier Blanchard, IMF Economic Counselor, at a Tuesday press conference in Washington, D.C., according to an IMF statement. He added “the world recovery, which was weak in the first place, is in danger of stalling.  The epicenter of the danger is Europe, but the rest of the world is increasingly affected.”
On Monday, a day before Obama’s re-election speech, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagard warned of the possibility the world faces a “1930s moment” if Europe can’t fix its economic crisis. Apparently, Obama is clueless to the world, save for those drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen.
Even with 14 million Americans searching for work, Obama had the audacity to note he’s heard “from many business leaders who want to hire in the United States but can’t find workers with the right skills.” Pointless babbling by a desperate man coming to the realization the GOP party is getting ready to bombard him with a barrage of negativity which will make today’s Gingrich-Romney cat fight pale in comparison. After three years of being the country’s first do-nothing president, it will be a well-deserved barrage.
The IMF’s Blanchard continued with his dire warning of an intensified European economic crisis. “In this case, the world could be plunged into another recession.” He called for urgent measures to be taken in avoiding the upcoming calamity. Good luck with that.
One of the most amusing parts of the SOTU speech, a part providing insight into Obomba’s penchant for targeting innocent civilians in foreign countries with drone missile strikes, came when he noted his grandmother “worked on a bomber assembly line,” helping turn out some of “the best products on Earth.”
This is a sick and disgustingly nauseating president.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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