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According to the Obama campaign and its friends in the mainstream media, North Carolina is still in play. It's a great way to judge whether or not someone is actually analyzing the campaign or just regurgitating the spin from the Obama campaign. Obama won North Carolina four years ago by 14,000 votes, a tiny margin, which if the state had mattered would have certainly been challenged.
It's not scientific but it's pretty telling. I know a number of people who voted for Obama four years ago who are not going to vote for him this time around. I don't know anyone who voted for Sen. John McCain four years ago who is going to vote for Obama this time. It was easy to believe in "Hope" and "Change," but it is difficult to believe in what Obama has done in the past four years, regardless of your political affiliation.
Four years ago Obama had no trouble filling Mile High Stadium in Denver for his acceptance speech. This year the campaign had to move the acceptance speech from Panther stadium in Charlotte, which was set up to hold 80,000 people, to Bobcat arena, which holds 20,000. If you believe it was because of he weather, which was nice that evening, then you probably also believe that God and Jerusalem got left out of the platform because of a typo. The event at Charlotte Motor Speedway at the beginning of the convention was also moved to a far smaller venue because all of those empty seats don't look good on television and there was no way they were going to come close to filling up the stands at the race track.
It's not just there. Obama is not drawing the crowds that he was four years ago. One reason is he is not as popular with students. He is now the man sending their friends to die in Afghanistan, and he gets the blame for there not being any jobs for students when they graduate.
Even Obama doesn't think he has done a very good job as president. When asked to grade himself he gave himself an "incomplete." His term will be complete in four months. The people elected him for a four-year term and he has almost finished it. An incomplete at this point is pretty close to failing, and that is the grade that he has given himself.
Go back and take a look at Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic convention in 2008 and then watch his acceptance speech last week. There was a great deal of excitement in the air at Mile High Stadium when Obama accepted the nomination promising "Change you can believe in."
Watch his speech in Charlotte. Even Obama isn't excited. Maybe because even Obama can't figure out what "Forward" means.
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Obama doesn't like Israel or Great Britain, two of our most important and most loyal allies. Obama once snubbed Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by going upstairs to the White House residence to eat supper, leaving Netanyahu to cool his heels on the first floor. It would be incredibly rude in business; in international diplomacy it is an unheard of affront.
But now Obama is going one better. Obama is simply refusing to meet with Netanyahu when the Israeli prime minister will be in New York later this month. The White House excuse is that Obama and Netanyahu won't be in New York at the same time. But because the Israelis know about air travel, Netanyahu offered to meet with Obama in Washington.
Obama doesn't want to meet with Netanyahu and must have told Netanyahu he was going to be washing his hair that evening, so even if he were in Washington they couldn't meet. Obama knows that Netanyahu is going to demand that the US do something about Iran and its continuing progress toward building a nuclear weapon. This is one instance where Obama is probably secretly hoping that he doesn't win the election and the whole Middle East crisis will be Mitt Romney's problem and he can go play more golf.
While Obama doesn't have time to meet with Netanyahu and help avoid a nuclear war in the Middle East, Obama does have time to be on the Late Show with David Letterman. It is all a matter of priorities. Obama's priority is rewarding a talk show host who is fawning in his support of Obama, not to try and work with the prime minister of a country he doesn't like in order to avoid its annihilation.
Another huge US ally in the Middle East, Egypt, doesn't appear to like us too much anymore, either. It used to be that Egypt and the US were big buddies. But this week the Egyptian people mobbed the US embassy, climbed over the wall, tore down the American flag and burned it. That is not how friends treat each other's embassies. You have to wonder where the Egyptian troops were that should have been protecting the embassy.
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Obama is a huge supporter of unions and they are huge supporters of Obama. But it doesn't appear as if the Chicago Teachers Union is interested in helping Obama because the strike is emphasizing just how out of touch government unions are with the real world. The average Chicago teacher's salary is $76,000 for a six-hour teaching day, and the teachers turned down an offer of a 16 percent raise.
Not to mention that the Chicago schools by any measure are failing. So you have overpaid teachers and failing schools, and the teachers go on strike for more money and a shorter workday. This is the world that Obama wants us all to live in. Fortunately in North Carolina government employee unions are not allowed to negotiate contracts. But there was a move in Washington early in the Obama administration to change that. If Obama gets reelected and the Democrats control Congress, it will probably happen. Obama cannot say no to the unions.
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I love the spin the mainstream media put on the Obama administration. They write about how many jobs have been created during the administration, and whatever number they use sounds like a lot. But it doesn't make any difference what number they use because the truth is it hasn't been nearly enough. If the policies of the Obama administration had created enough jobs then the unemployment rate would not be over 8 percent. The only reason the unemployment rate has dropped is that people have given up looking for work.