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Obama had his chance to get before the American people and, unfiltered, tell them what he was going to do for the economy. The result was the disastrous debate where the American people who were watching discovered that the president has no plan and really isn't very interested in the economy or jobs or much of anything other than his anniversary.
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The mainstream media made the mistake of believing what they had been writing for the past four years. They had written time after time about how wonderful Obama was, and now on national television they saw the reality of what Obama is. One of the keys for politicians is not to believe their own press releases. It goes doubly for the folks writing those press releases.
The mainstream media couldn't cover up for Obama because it was too much, too bad and too public. Plus they were caught off guard. If they had not believed their own lies they would have expected Obama to do poorly and could have been prepared. Remember, Obama flew to Copenhagen to beg the International Olympic Committee to choose Chicago for the Olympics. His friends in Chicago would have made billions of dollars if it had been chosen, but instead Chicago came in last. Obama actually thought that his presence alone would change the vote of the Olympic Committee.
According to anonymous sources, Obama thought he did well in the debate. He didn't fall asleep. He didn't say "pass" on any of the questions and he was up there at the podium being Obama. Really, that should be enough. After all, that was enough for him to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Even the Nobel committee had to admit that he had not done anything to deserve it, except be Obama.
Anonymous sources also said that he refused to prepare for the debate, and it certainly appeared that way.
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What has Obama done? Obama held cabinet meetings in January and in July. So every six months he holds a cabinet meeting. You might think that Obama would want to get his closest advisers together and get some advice, but evidently he does not.
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Romney made a strong speech about his foreign policy plans at Virginia Military Institute this week. A telling part of the speech is where Romney says, "It is time to change course in the Middle East. That course should be organized around these bedrock principles: America must have confidence in our cause, clarity in our purpose and resolve in our might. No friend of America will question our commitment to support them … no enemy that attacks America will question our resolve to defeat them … and no one anywhere, friend or foe, will doubt America's capability to back up our words."
He also spoke about the importance of getting back in sync with Israel. Romney and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu worked together in Boston in the 1970s and have been friends ever since. Israel is the most important ally of the United States in the Middle East, and currently we have a president who won't even meet with Netanyahu.
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The New York Times ran a front-page article on the problems with the effort to reduce the calories in children's school lunches to 850 calories without ever mentioning First Lady Michelle Obama. When the plan was touted as brilliant it was Michelle Obama's plan. But when the idiocy of the plan could not even be ignored by The New York Times, it suddenly had no connection to the White House.
That is simply dishonest. And I know the first lady doesn't have the power to implement any plan. But Lady Bird Johnson is still known for her beautification efforts and Laura Bush for reading, while Hillary Clinton is known for not baking cookies and for her failed health care initiative. Michelle Obama has made nutrition and childhood obesity her issues, and in particular this federal regulation on school lunches. It is her program and was widely recognized as such until people all over the country realized how stupid it is for someone in Washington to decide what is going to be served in school lunches all over the nation.
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More information is coming out about the security situation in Benghazi leading up to the attack on the American compound that resulted in the deaths of American Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Stevens had asked for increased security. He had reported that he had concerns about the safety of American personnel. But instead of getting more security the State Department pulled out a team that had been protecting Stevens.
It is a tragedy that for the first time since James Earl Carter was president that a US ambassador has been killed in the line of duty, but at this point nothing can be done about that. What can be done and what isn't being done is the US could investigate what happened and go after the people who did it. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were not allowed to visit the site for over three weeks, and during that three week period the site was not secure, which means all sorts of people sifted through the stuff that was left, and a CNN reporter even found a journal kept by Ambassador Stevens.
We are supposed to believe that the United States of America doesn't have enough personnel to secure a State Department compound and keep looters away from American possessions?
Without an investigation and evidence of who committed this crime, how can the US make certain those people who attacked and killed Americans on what is internationally recognized as American soil are punished?
Has Obama taken any action to ensure that the people who did this are brought to justice? If he has, then he is being very quiet about it.