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NYT: Obama-Care Roll-Out Like Bush’s Katrina

From the always dependable New York Times:

Health Law Rollout’s Stumbles Draw Parallels to Bush’s Hurricane Response

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR | November 14, 2013

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama won the presidency by exploiting a political environment that devoured George W. Bush in a second term plagued by sinking credibility, failed legislative battles, fractured world relations and revolts inside his own party. President Obama is now threatened by a similar toxic mix.

Has the Syrian Electronic Army hacked the New York Times website again? Don’t worry. The article quickly reverts to type:

The disastrous rollout of his health care law not only threatens the rest of his agenda but also raises questions about his competence in the same way that the Bush administration’s botched response to Hurricane Katrina undermined any semblance of Republican efficiency.

And never mind that the federal government’s response to Katrina was unprecedented, in quickness and in scope, and of course in terms of money spent. In fact, it was the state and local Democrats who delay their help by refusing to let the federal government in. But ‘The Paper Of Record’ will never admit that.

But unlike Mr. Bush, who faced confrontational but occasionally cooperative Democrats, Mr. Obama is battling a Republican opposition that has refused to open the door to any legislative fixes to the health care law and has blocked him at virtually every turn.

What a laughable lie. Name a single issue that the Democrats ever cooperated on with President Bush? In fact, the Democrats tried to make him lose the war in Iraq and, when that failed, they did their best to talk us into a recession.

A contrite-sounding Mr. Obama repeatedly blamed himself on Thursday for the failed health care rollout, which he acknowledged had thrust difficult burdens on his political allies and hurt Americans’ trust in him…

Contrition is worthless unless you make amends. Obama is not making any amends. He is simply kicking the can past the elections.

But earning back the confidence of Americans, as he pledged to do, will require Mr. Obama to right more than just the health care law. At home, his immigration overhaul is headed for indefinite delay, and new budget and debt fights loom. Overseas, revelations of spying by the National Security Agency have infuriated American allies, and negotiations over Iran’s nuclear arsenal have set off bipartisan criticism.

In other words, the only way Obama can restore his credibility is to ram through amnesty, raise taxes, destroy NSA and let Iran have nuclear weapons. Got it.

For the first time in Mr. Obama’s presidency, surveys suggest that his reserve of good will among the public is running dry. Two polls in recent weeks have reported that a majority of Americans no longer trust the president or believe that he is being honest with them.

“When you start losing the trust and confidence, not only of Congress, but the American people, that makes it even more difficult,” said Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia. “You can work yourself out. But you have to be sincere, and you have to be honest.” …

Which lets Obama out.

Never before has Mr. Obama been as hard on himself and his staff in describing failures of both policy and politics. He repeatedly apologized and said that the criticism of the health care rollout was more justified than criticism of him in the past.

“There were times I thought we got slapped around unjustly,” the president said. “This one is deserved. It’s on us.”

But speaking to steelworkers later in the day in Cleveland, Mr. Obama was combative. “We are not going to gut this law,” he said, adding that to “those who say they are opposed to it and can’t offer a solution, we’ll push back.”

What? Did The Times believed him? Suckers!

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 15th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “NYT: Obama-Care Roll-Out Like Bush’s Katrina”

  1. captstubby says:

    sitting in the captains chair at Damage Control,

    President Obama turns to his Science officer( officially called Spock),

    Obama-“Spock,what is happening out there?”

    Spock-“Checking Captain.”

    (beep from intercom).

    (voice of Fed Chairman “Scotty”.)

    Scotty-“Captain, the Economy Engines are Loosing Power!”

    Obama-“Can’t you buy another 85 billion in bonds?”

    Scotty–“I’m giving her all she’s got!, any more and it will burn out the value of the Dollar!”!”

    Obama-” Keep it going Scotty!”

    Obama-“What do we got Spock?”

    Spock-“Even with the Modifications of The Prime Directive, this Disturbance should not be happening.”.”


    Spock-“Tricorder readings of the Cause/Effect Equation are all negative.”

    Obama-“”Spock, what is it?”

    Spock-“”there is no trace of Its Bush’s Fault.”

    Obama-“”how can that be?”

    Sock-“” Highly Illogical, Captain.”

  2. untrainable says:

    Starting to lose credibility? STARTING? Holy crap, what would he have to do to finish losing credibility? I can’t think of a single thing the man has said in 6 years that IS true. Has he said ANYTHING that is true… ever? As a classic sociopath, the man lies for the sake of lying. If he’s ever said anything true, it was an accident. And with the active support of the media and the willingly uninformed Obamatons, his lies go unreported and unquestioned until the effects of them reach critical mass… or his poll numbers go down… or they are able to throw something shiny in front of us to take our minds off the lies. At that point, that same lickspittle media does their level best to cover for him, and if he hasn’t already thrown someone under the bus himself, the media will pick someone and do it for him.

    The other question of credibility is the fact that the man claims total ignorance of EVERYTHING. He didn’t know about the IRS targeting conservatives. He didn’t know about the gun running Fast and Furious. He was ignorant of the security situation in Benghazi. He knew nothing about the scrutiny of reporters at the AP and Rosengate. He was oblivious to Pigford-gate. He was ignorant of his GSA going wild like a college kid with a new credit card. Solyndra… need I say more? And if we want to talk about Obamacare, he didn’t know what was in the law, he didn’t know how it would hurt the American people, and he had no idea that the website was going to turn out to be a throwaway line in every late night comedian’s monologue.

    The Obama administration is the single most ineffectual, incompetent, uninformed, amateurish, inefficient, irresponsible, utterly useless collection of talking heads in the history of our country. Even Jimmy Carter’s presidency doesn’t come close to the incompetency of Obama’s.

  3. mr_bill says:

    So nerobama’s signature piece of legislation is roughly akin to a Cat 4 hurricaine, in terms of destructive force? I think that’s underestimating nerobama’s legislation, by a long shot.

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