The majority of presidential experts agree who was the worst president in American history

How much expertise do you really need to know this: Most Presidential Experts Agree: Obama is Worst President In History. And it’s not even close.

It appears that by a three to one margin presidential scholars are now convinced that Barack Obama has been the worst president ever. For as far left as most in academia are, this is quite a shock, really.

On this President’s Day we find that Obama is a massive failure according to historians.

In the past I have been fond of saying that it is hard to assess a president’s legacy until he has been out of office for at least ten years. It usually takes about that long to see the effect wrought by all the things he did in office. I have also seen this sentiment echoed by several historians and scholars in the past. But apparently Obama has been particularly destructive for them to already be determining that his regime has been an abject failure.

Before you liberals out there start yelping about “conservative lairs” and all, this determination came from the far left think tank the Brookings Institute, not any conservative group. That makes it all the more amazing.

Brooking says, “Those who view Obama as one of the worst American presidents outnumber those who view him as one of the best by nearly a 3-1 margin.”

Brookings added, “nearly twice as many respondents view Obama as over-rated than do those who consider him under-rated.”

“Few think of Obama as an excellent president, while many more rate his presidency quite low, with the bulk of experts appearing to give him a passing grade but not one that would get him on the Dean’s list,” the liberal group continued.

Obama also fails on diplomacy, military and legislative successes. Obama is also viewed as one of the most polarizing figure ever to sit in the White House. Only W. Bush is worse in the latter category.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the worst ever has been followed by potentially the best ever. Early days, but the runs are on the board and his innings have only just begun. The following list from Legal Immigrants for America is for us to take some pleasure in, differences PDT has already made which is a partial list but does hit many of the high spots.

1.Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch appointed and approved by Senate
2. Illegal immigration down 70%( the lowest in 17 years)
3. Keystone pipeline approved
4. Allowing private healthcare choices for veterans and many VA employees out
5. More than 600,000. Jobs created
6. Median household income at a 7 year high
7. The Stock Market at the highest in history
8. $600 million cut from UN peacekeeping budget
9. Targeting of MS13 gangs and many already deported
10. Giving power to states to drug test unemployment recipients
11. Unemployment lowest since May 2007
12. End of DAPA program
13. Highest manufacturing surge in America in 3 years from major businesses like Exxon, Bayer, Apple, SoftBank, Toyota,
14. UN advised their migration program of settling middle east refugees (the New Americans) throughout the United States will end
15. Sanctuary city problem being addressed by Attorney General
16. Both House and Senate passed largest tax cut to US taxpayers in history
17. Presidential pay check donated to Veterans issues.
18. And just in:: Objections to Trump travel ban are overruled by the Supreme Court

And of course, just today, the United States has decided to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

The political wars of our time are ideological and not pragmatic so the left remains on the left since their only aim is to smash capitalism and tear down what exists. They are nihilists and bitterly deranged. It is their inner misery that drives them, not visions of improvements in the governance of the communities in which we live.

SOME FURTHER THOUGHTS: Was reminded by one of the comments how genuinely stupid some people are about the importance of power and powerful friends in this world of political horrors. The flags in the picture show the Israeli flag side-by-side with the American. But side-by-side there could just as well have been next to the American the flags of South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, the UK, the countries of Western Europe, most of Latin America, Canada, New Zealand and of course Australia. That Israel is an intense example of the role of American power is no more than one example of the role of American power in making us safe here, to the extent we are ever going to be safe.

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71 Responses to The majority of presidential experts agree who was the worst president in American history

  1. PB

    19. Fighting to the last American to make the Middle East safe for Greater Israel.

  2. mh

    When terrorists blow up Israelis, why don’t Australia’s prominent public buildings get lit up in blue and white colours? I would definitely support it.

  3. Steve, my old friend, I’d have to have a drink or three before I’d be prepared to discuss that list and particularly it’s overriding assessment.

    Obama’s actual as opposed to partisan-claimed record is less than substantial, certainly, on domestic and economic policy particularly, but I seem to remember the Republicans spending eight years obstructing #44 while they amused themselves with spoiled-brat parlour games in Congress, and wrecked the joint and GOP reputation, thereby allowing someone none of them really wanted (the First Apprentice) to get a rails run at nomination. In my view, he won the election because Hillary Clinton was unelectable (something the Democrats knew but Hillary in her hubris ignored).

    As to #45 potentially being the best, well the jury’s not even empanelled on that yet, and I’ll get back to you when I’ve finished giggling.

    Happy Christmas!

    RL

  4. JC

    It appears that by a three to one margin presidential scholars are now convinced that Barack Obama has been the worst president ever. For as far left as most in academia are, this is quite a shock, really.

    That’s just racist. Minority hires should never be judged by the same standards as whites.

  5. struth

    Obama’s actual as opposed to partisan-claimed record is less than substantial, certainly, on domestic and economic policy particularly, but I seem to remember the Republicans spending eight years obstructing #44 while they amused themselves with spoiled-brat parlour games in Congress, and wrecked the joint and GOP reputation, thereby allowing someone none of them really wanted (the First Apprentice) to get a rails run at nomination. In my view, he won the election because Hillary Clinton was unelectable (something the Democrats knew but Hillary in her hubris ignored).

    If that’s your Sober assessment of Trump , please spare us the assessment after a few drinks.

    Telling us RINOs paved the way for Trump………………………………….der.
    What’s that got to do with Trump’s performance as POTUS?
    The swamp was not only democrats, and it’s a two party system over there.
    He played the game masterfully and as good as could be expected in the sewer he stepped in.
    He’s done more in a short time for the states, and that is bleedingly obvious and therefore it is an accurate assessment to say that already, he has been one of the best POTUS they have had.
    Based on evidence.
    To say you will sit back and wait reeks of pomposity ensuring a denial of what is plainly observable.
    Maybe a few less drinks might be an idea.

  6. Turtle of WA

    99% of Australians, whose understanding comes from the MSM, have no idea tha Obama was a dud.

  7. marcus classis

    Major surprise that the Brookings published this.

    And we’ve had three such incompetents in the last decade, Rudd, Gillard and Turnbull.

  8. Linden

    Gee and I thought Obama could do anything; I sure he said something like that at his first inaugural speech. I must admit I thought he was going to make a great statement, yeah he sure has the gift of the gab, he should of been a criminal defense barrister, he would con any jury with his waffle.

  9. Empire GTHO Phase III

    As to #45 potentially being the best, well the jury’s not even empanelled on that yet, and I’ll get back to you when I’ve finished giggling.

    I’m giggling too – at the tripe published on the blog linked to your handle:

    Cease and Desist

    SUCH orders are given rather more frequently than might be understood in today’s media world, where genetically mixed American actresses becoming engaged to British princes fifth in line to the throne, and President Trump’s latest twittering insults to people outside the “native” white oligarchy he prefers to favour, are deemed more newsworthy than real events. Cease and desist sometimes has legal utility, though mostly it’s a waste of time (see Trump, above)

    Native white oligarchy? Oh dear.

  10. Linden

    I have some dear friends in the US who are die hard Democrats, and I said them from my perspective here in Oz, that Hilary Clinton’s campaign was just terrible, all she did was get on stage with show bizz celebrities big timing it, instead of getting to the heart of the middle class, talking the US battler. I wonder why Obama did not stand aside and let Hilary go earlier and he would still had his time in the sunshine. They were very surprised when I told them that was going to win it. They took really hard, but what’s happens.

  11. Fisky

    Obama’s legacy was erased in less than a year, so whether that makes him terrible or just very mediocre is an open question. Usually a very bad President – like the guy before Lincoln – would expect to leave a long-lasting negative legacy. But Obama won’t even have that. He’s a double nothingburger with cheese.

  12. Suburban Boy

    The lesson is clear: Never elect a boy to do a man’s job.

  13. hzhousewife

    Last I heard of Obama in retirement he was in Tahiti with Branson, partying big time. Media seem to have have lost interest since. Maybe the friends aren’t rallying around like they used to.

  14. Tel

    The other choices were John “Warmonger” McCain or Hillary “Crooked” Clinton.

    Imagine 8 years of those!!

  15. Tel

    But Obama won’t even have that. He’s a double nothingburger with cheese.

    Nothing is good in a President. Best you can hope for really.

  16. Robber Baron

    Zimbabwe. South Africa. USA. See the pattern?

    Lucky USA has The Donald.

  17. John Constantine

    Their Obama’s legacy was flirting with merkel until she became giddy enough to destroy Europe with her islamoreich.

  18. Suburban Boy

    #2578454, posted on December 7, 2017 at 6:48 pm
    The lesson is clear: Never elect a boy to do a man’s job.

    No, it should read:
    “Never elect a black man to do white man’s job”.
    I am not racist just a realist. To prove me wrong, could someone name a black man who had successfully led/ governed a country.

  19. Most Presidential Experts Agree: Obama is Worst President In History. And it’s not even close.

    It’s not even truthful. If you click through to the Brookings piece, you will see Obama is rated as the 18th best president out of 43. Dubbya is rated #35, Clinton at #8, Reagan at #11 and so on.

    You and the clowns at the Publius Forum are misinterpreting Brookings’ statement. What Brookings was saying is that there were three times as many outlier negative responses as positive. When you consider the total sample, he was rated in the top half, not worst.

    If this is the way you interpret data sets, Steve, you can’t be much of an economist. Cherry picking is bad science.

  20. Oh come on

    First, President Obama ranks 18th overall, but beneath the surface of the aggregate figures lurks evidence of significant ambivalence. For example, those who view Obama as one of the worst American presidents outnumber those who view him as one of the best by nearly a 3-1 margin. Similarly, nearly twice as many respondents view Obama as over-rated than do those who consider him under-rated. One area where there is significant expert consensus about the president, however, concerns how polarizing he is viewed as being – only George W. Bush was viewed as more a more polarizing president.

    Next, Obama does not perform well on more specific dimensions of presidential greatness, often viewed as average or worse. For example, he is the midpoint in terms of both personal integrity and military skill (e.g., 10th of 19 in both categories), but falls to 11th when it comes to diplomatic skill and 13th with respect to legislative skill. Even so, when asked which president should be added as the fifth face of Mt Rushmore, Obama ties with James Madison as the 7th most popular choice.

    What can we take away from this? First, it is easy to infer that scholars and the public alike expected greatness from Obama early on and awarded it to him prematurely. Compare, after all, the fact that Obama’s first ranking in a major greatness poll was at #15; one must go back a half-century to Lyndon Johnson to find a president who entered the rankings at a higher number (#10), and LBJ was a well-known figure on the national stage who entered office after the national tragedy of his predecessor’s assassination. Second, scholars seem to hold Barack Obama in high regard personally, but view his skills and performance as mediocre to poor. Few think of Obama as an excellent president, while many more rate his presidency quite low, with the bulk of experts appearing to give him a passing grade but not one that would get him on the Dean’s list.

    It’s true that the blog post title isn’t factually correct. However, the Brookings piece doesn’t at all paint a flattering picture of Obama’s time in office.

  21. elhombre
    #2578561, posted on December 7, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    JohnL : Mandela?

    Please list the achievements. Don’t spare the paper. Use as many pages as necessary.

  22. Chris M

    Y’all can whine on about Obama but during his term the US did better than any other country with a black African president.

    The lesson is clear: Never elect a boy to do a man’s job.

    Or a lady I take it.

  23. Empire GTHO Phase III

    Y’all can whine on about Obama but during his term the US did better than any other country with a black African president.

    Hardly a fair comparison. Baz is mixed breed raised in Asia.

  24. marcus classis

    Y’all can whine on about Obama but during his term the US did better than any other country with a black African president.

    Is there any praise fainter, with which to damn a man?

  25. Leo G

    Hillary Clinton approaches a loans officer at the Congressional Library.
    Hillary: I want to borrow William Crotty’s history book “Winning the Presidency 2016”
    Librarian: “You’ll only lose it again.”
    Hillary: “It was stolen by the Russians”

  26. Confused Old Misfit

    Obama was not a black African. He was a mulatto. A half breed.
    He identified as black because it was socially and politically advantageous so to do. He rose to his level of respective incompetence aided and abetted by those who sought to gain, either in influence of treasure, from his ascendancy.
    Politically, his entire rise was an abomination and a demonstration of the immorality of the socialist elite.

  27. BorisG

    It’s true that the blog post title isn’t factually correct.

    pretty much defines Steve Kates as the worst blogger in history.

  28. BorisG

    Politically, his entire rise was an abomination and a demonstration of the immorality of the socialist elite.

    American people elected Obama. Twice. He was still quite popular when he left office (unlike his predecessor or the next Democratic nominee). I’d say he was probably no worse than any other Democrat would be in his place, probably with the exception of Jerry Brown and a handful of others.

  29. Stimpson J. Cat

    The Goddamned Kenyan.
    F$ck off into obscurity like the footnote in history you are.

  30. Tel

    Or a lady I take it.

    Sit and twiddle thumbs until a lady candidate comes along… then we can think about it.

  31. Confused Old Misfit

    Being elected twice by the American people and being an effective president can and often are mutually exclusive. In the end it’s a matter of party politics and power positions rather than personalities. The personality being perverted to capture the power.
    The democrats (socialists) found an acceptable personality and drove a social movement fuelled by manufactured white guilt to a position of ultimate power: the white house, the senate, the house of representatives. And what, pray, did they do with it? The Affordable Care Act ? Which of these words have proved to be true? Perhaps only the word “Act”; that “Act” which had to be passed before its contents could be determined.
    Eight years of socialist white America signalling its virtue and eight years of an administration working its hardest to divide the nation on racial lines must make Barack Hussein Obama the greatest mistake in the history of the United States of America.

  32. Jannie

    Mandela is the best I can think of, maybe Seretse Khama as well. Mandela is rated highly by most white Saffas including Afrikaners, especially those still in ZA. His successors sure make him look good.

  33. Jannie

    Referring to John L re black leaders. That is.

  34. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    His successors sure make him look good.

    I remember the air of optimism when Jacob Zuma was elected.

  35. Oh come on

    pretty much defines Steve Kates as the worst blogger in history.

    Borry, is that an attempt at humour?

    I’d say he was probably no worse than any other Democrat would be in his place

    I do actually agree with that, despite it’s as clear a case of damning with faint praise as you ever could find. Since the GOP took the House in 2010 and the Blue Dogs were turfed in favour of GOP congresscritters, there have been very, very few sensible Democrats in positions of influence. Jim Webb was the only sensible Dem POTUS candidate, and he sunk like a stone. The Democrat Party is chock-a-block full of nutters from top to botton these days, and it’s led by Bernie Sanders who’s a self-declared socialist and has been a Democrat for about 10 seconds!

  36. Richard Laidlaw
    #2578278, posted on December 7, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Obama’s actual as opposed to partisan-claimed record is less than substantial, certainly, on domestic and economic policy particularly, but I seem to remember the Republicans spending eight years obstructing #44 while they amused themselves with spoiled-brat parlour games in Congress,

    (my bolding)

    How soon we forget
    The 111th US Congress was controlled by the Democrats. Pelosi was the majority leader in the House, and Robert Byrd (the KKK guy) and later Daniel Inouye were the Senate leaders.
    That’s how The Kenyan got Obamacare through the congress without anyone even reading it.
    So to suggest that the Republicans spent 8 years “obstructing” is plainly inaccurate.

    Furthermore, in the 112th Congress, the Democrats still controlled the Senate 51 to 47 with 2 independents caucusing with the Dems. The GOP took control of the House with the help of the Tea Party Movement. So The Kenyan controlled the all important Senate.

    The big difference between a Republican controlled Congress and a Democratic controlled one is that there is no RINO equivalent among the Dems. They always, but always vote as a block.
    The big problem for Trump getting his agenda through the Congress hasn’t been the Democrats, they’re irrelevant. The problem is the RINOs like McCain and Flake and at least another 4-5 Senators who are really Uniparty members. That’s why they are known as RINOs, Republican In Name Only.

    All in all, in just 10 moths, despite a hostile Senate, I’d say Trump has achieved much much more than Obama ever did.
    It’s not hard to see why. Trump is pro America. His whole agenda is America first. The Kenyan on the other hand was anti American, to the point of traveling abroad and apologising for America being America,
    Is anybody surprised considering The Kenyans mentors were people like Reverand “Goddamn America” Jeremiah Wright and the American ideal hating terrorist and Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers.

    The Kenyan is the worst President at least since Lyndon B “I’ll have those ‘n!ggers’ voting Democratic for 200 years” Johnson.
    But that’s just my opinion eh?

  37. Motelier

    Just think, our first eva female PM had the hots for BO.

    Pretty sure the first wookie and the shampoo salesman new about it too.

  38. OneWorldGovernment

    I miss the muslim Obana.

  39. Tom

    The political wars of our time are ideological and not pragmatic so the left remains on the left since their only aim is to smash capitalism and tear down what exists. They are nihilists and bitterly deranged. It is their inner misery that drives them, not visions of improvements in the governance of the communities in which we live.

    A perfect explanation of the difference between the 20th century left and the 21st century left. On the same battlefield, they would be bitter opponents.

    The reason the 21st century left is a nihilistic clusterfuck is hubris: the left has overrun almost every institution except democracy itself and therefore believes there’s no point in continuing to pretend it isn’t a totalitarian army that bans personal freedom and that it will be satisfied with anything less than the destruction of capitalism, which — infuriatingly — endures because it is a raging success.

  40. Tom

    pretty much defines Steve Kates as the worst blogger in history.

    Boris, you are a communist. Kates is an analyst and supporter of capitalism and free markets. Therefore, he is your ideological opponent. You’re either too stupid or dishonest to identify why you disagree with him.

  41. Malcolm

    fake news from Steve Kates yet again. He can’t read a Brookings report properly. Kates is a pathetic blogger.

  42. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    A Big welcome to our marxist trolls, now put your head on the chopping block and shut up.

  43. Peter

    “The political wars of our time are ideological and not pragmatic so the left remains on the left since their only aim is to smash capitalism and tear down what exists. They are nihilists and bitterly deranged. It is their inner misery that drives them, not visions of improvements in the governance of the communities in which we live.”

    I love it. I wish I could express my contempt for the left with such emphasis, force and clarity. So many leftists I meet are of a kind – well two kinds actually. The archetype is well described above: ugly, nihilistic and empty of soul. They live to tear things down. The remainder (the vast majority) are of the empty headed variety: half-witted, willing and useful idiots who think its trendy, sexy or my personal favorite – “edgy” to be lefty. They do not think because after decades of the left’s march through the institutions they are now well trained not to think, just to “feel”. I cannot express strongly enough my contempt for these two types. Yes they are the enemy.

  44. Mother Lode

    Once again the astute Malcolm puts his finger on the nub of the matter.

    By ‘astute’ I mean ‘imbecilic’

    By ‘finger’ I mean ‘hand’.

    By ‘nub of the matter’ I mean ‘his todger’.

    But I stand by everything else I said.

  45. Ubique

    The Brookings Institute assessment is nearly 3 years old, so this is hardly news. And yet it’s still far too early today to expect a realist assessment of Obama’s record. Emotions are yet to cool and fade. Until then, Obama’s achievements and failures won’t get proper scrutiny from historians or political analysts. I reckon his ranking will slide over time.

  46. Barry 1963

    Obama saw off the GFC. He inherited a sick US economy and it was booming when he left. Also, don’t forget that NK developed the capacity to deliver a nuclear strike on the US under Trump. These are just facts–not opinions.

  47. Mark A

    Barry 1963
    #2579092, posted on December 8, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Obama saw off the GFC. He inherited a sick US economy and it was booming when he left. Also, don’t forget that NK developed the capacity to deliver a nuclear strike on the US under Trump. These are just facts–not opinions.

    You truly have to be bloody joking! (and I’m not usually vulgar)

    NK developed delivery systems in less than a year? Suddenly? What weed are you on?

  48. Leo G

    What Brookings was saying is that there were three times as many outlier negative responses as positive. When you consider the total sample, he was rated in the top half, not worst.

    Not so.
    Brookings gave Obama a rating of 58.24, about a quarter of a standard deviation above the mean. But an overwhelming majority of Bookings’ 391 expert political scientists rated Obama somewhat below the average. That implies a number of those polled must have rated him at close to 100, ie not just slightly better than Martin Van Buren, but likely better than Abraham Lincoln.
    Those inordinately high scores would be the outliers.

  49. duncanm

    one little nuggest regarding Obama that isn’t widely known – repeated last night on SBS (of all places) by Ali Khedery, “the longest continuously serving American official in Iraq, who was a senior aide to five U.S. ambassadors and to CENTCOM chiefs, including Gen. David Petraeus during President Obama’s first term”.

    He quite squarely places the responsibility for the fall of Iraq and rise of ISIS at the feet of two presidents. Bush for invading, and more significantly, Obama for ignoring the 2010 election results which the non-sectarian Ayad Allawi won.

    Al-Maliki was placed in for a second term as prime-ministers and drove Iraq off the sectarian cliff.

    A summary here on the doco shown: https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/longest-serving-u-s-diplomat-in-iraq-obama-gave-us-isis/

    (one other notable event in that doco — Putin giving what-for at the UN and making a whole lot of sense)

  50. meher baba

    Leaving aside the question of Obama’s performance (which I’d rate as between poor and mediocre, but certainly not the worst ever), I would love Dr Kates or one of the other Trump fans on here to explain to me why I’m supposed to be happy about the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    I’m a strong supporter of Israel, and I note that many Israelis seem to be happy about this development. But to me, it looks like a purely symbolic action that will only lead to lots more trouble for everybody involved, and therefore illustrates the truth of the old bon mot that there are only two tragedies in life: not getting what you want or getting what you want.

  51. Leo G

    I would love Dr Kates or one of the other Trump fans on here to explain to me why I’m supposed to be happy about the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    Though I’m more of a Trump realist than a fan, my view is that the US recognition does not imply acceptance of the 1980 Jerusalem Law, it merely accepts the reality that Jerusalem is controlled by Israel and is the seat of government, and there is wide international support for it to be the capital of both Israel and Palestine.

  52. Speedbox

    Obama saw off the GFC. He inherited a sick US economy and it was booming when he left. Also, don’t forget that NK developed the capacity to deliver a nuclear strike on the US under Trump. These are just facts–not opinions.

    hahahahahahaha……stop…….hahahahaahhahahahahaha………stop, please………….hahahahaha……..jesus, you’re funny. Are you taking your show on the road?…………hahahahahahaha

  53. Robbo

    The question asked is how much expertise do you need to know that Obama was big fat dud? Well the answer is obviously little or no expertise but the big question still remains as to when you made that decision. At the risk of being labelled as someone pumping up their own tyres I can honestly claim that I labelled him as a fraud, a liar and incompetent before he was even sworn in for the first time. How that peanut persuaded voters to support him TWICE in Presidential elections still amazes me. Voters in the US must be the most gullible in the world. Don’t get me started on Hillary Clinton.

  54. I would love Dr Kates or one of the other Trump fans on here to explain to me why I’m supposed to be happy about the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    Because it’s about equality, Jerusalem is Jerusalem, say yes to recognition.*

    *h/t: The Lefty Guide to Making Meaningless Nebulous Emotional Arguments In Order to Advance Socialism

  55. meher baba
    #2579119, posted on December 8, 2017 at 10:12 am
    I would love Dr Kates or one of the other Trump fans on here to explain to me why I’m supposed to be happy about the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
    I’m a strong supporter of Israel, and I note that many Israelis seem to be happy about this development. But to me, it looks like a purely symbolic action that will only lead to lots more trouble for everybody involved, and therefore illustrates the truth of the old bon mot that there are only two tragedies in life: not getting what you want or getting what you want.

    This is about the location of an embassy. It was always symbolic to NOT have ones embassy in the designated capitol of a nation.

    As far as this move by Trump. I’d say Trump is doing a Trump and creating leverage. Palestinians are already being isolated. Egypt, Jordan and Sauds are all on Trumps side. Only Turkey and Iran are still backing the Palestinians.
    Palestinian authority has already shut down its Washington faux embassy in protest, and soon will have very little voice. and much of their corrupt funding will dry up.

    At that stage, Trump will say “if you don’t want me to move my embassy, come to the table and give me a genuine and lasting two state peace deal.”
    If the PA does come to the table, Trump will still build the building, but instead of calling it an embassy, he will call it a diplomatic mission. That way it will always be a reminder to the PA not to piss fart around.

    As far as the whimperings from the EU goes, well, what did we expect from the cowards at the EU? They imported hordes of medieval savages, now they are shit scared that those savages will run riot about the embassy move. So they appease as only the cowardly Europeans can do.

  56. Linden

    She sure did, wonder if there will be any role reversal with sexual harassment complaints going public, will the former POTUS Obama make it official and complain that his black ass was grouped by one JG former PM of Oz!

  57. Paul

    On Fox news, the US Congress are finally asking the right questions about the fake Russia Dossier.
    I have mentioned this on a couple of your posts before, that the FISA court issued survelliance on the Trump campaign based on fake Russian collusion intelligence.
    It had to be fake, because there is no collusion and so far to date nothing has come up, and Mueller is now looking everywhere else now.
    Congress will tie it all together, a fake dossier paid for by the Clinton campaign, probably also by the FBI, presented to the FISA court by Strzok, with knowledge of it by Comey, Clinton, AG Lynch, and Obama to spy on oppositions campaign. Obama was obligated by the constitiution to ensure a fair campaign, but also a fair transition.
    The transition has been marred by anti trump #Resistance, protests, and the Russia collusion allegations.
    All the while anti Trump, pro Clinton elements in the FBI have been working against Trump.
    The evidence against Clinton’s email server, and the soft handling of her crimes are proving bias in favour of Clinton, and therefore putting the FBI in direct opposition to the Trump campaign.
    The Mueller investigation will probably end sooner rather than later.
    Jail time for some FBI and demorats.

  58. Defender of the faith

    I suppose it’s possible that there have been worse Presidents but Trump has set the lowest standard in record time. I truly hope that he ends up behind bars.

  59. Leo G

    This is about the location of an embassy. It was always symbolic to NOT have ones embassy in the designated capitol of a nation.

    Yes. The Sydney Morning Herald editorial described Trump’s move to drop the obvious-to-all pretence that Jerusalem is NOT Israel’s capital as “detonating explosive charges along the region’s faultlines”.
    The Herald’s editor asserts that “a wave of protest across the Arab and Muslim world” will demonstrate that accepting realities “will not solve the region’s problems”.
    Negotiating from the weakest possible position is the only way forward.
    Trump’s motives in trying to “break the deadlock in the peace process don’t justify a rational solution, he argues. Trump is merely exploiting an opportunity to further his own personal ends- “fulfilling a campaign promise to Israel’s backers in the US” and “creating a major distraction from … his campaigns links to Russia”.

  60. BorisG

    But to me, it looks like a purely symbolic action that will only lead to lots more trouble for everybody involved,

    We live in a world where a lot of the right things are avoided not because they are wrong but because they will cause trouble, send the wrong signal etc. But if you think about it, it is called cowardice and appeasement. But actually doing what is right, recognition of reality, may cause some short term trouble but may help in the long term because it will set realistic expectations for everyone involved.

    The main fault of Obama’s policy in this arena was that his pressure on Israel removed any incentive for Palestinians to talk (cos’ Obama will do it for us). it was never going to happen but it created wrong expectations on their behalf. When they have realistic expectations, they act differently. Remember Anvar Sadat.

  61. Bruce of Newcastle

    Remember Anvar Sadat.

    Quite so. Sadat made peace with Israel and was assassinated for it.
    The Palis refuse to make peace with Israel.

    Pressuring Israel is a complete waste of time since they’d be fine with a peace deal. It’s the Palis who always refuse. So everyone should be pressuring them.

    On the other hand getting assassinated would ruin your whole day, so there is that.

  62. sdfc

    Israel’s bizarre lebensraum policy is an obvious barrier to peace.

  63. Zatara

    I would love Dr Kates or one of the other Trump fans on here to explain to me why I’m supposed to be happy about the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    I’d like to know if you were as confused when the last five US Presidents said exactly the same thing that Trump did during their administrations, or when the US Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995?

    Obama.

    Bush and Obama.

  64. Boris

    Pressuring Israel is a complete waste of time since they’d be fine with a peace deal.

    I think it is fair to say that the current administration is not really keen on any Palestinian state. However if there is genuine interest on the other side, Israeli public opinion will change and force policy change.

  65. Ray

    For any interested, here is the original article https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2015/02/13/measuring-obama-against-the. It appears the quotes and headline have been taken quite out of context, so far even as to be called deceptive.

  66. Jef

    Totally agreed that Obama is the worst President America ever had. I agree he is a good speaker but only with the help of a teleprompter. He made himself a clown at times when he spoke without it. We can agree that an empty vessel makes the most noise !We cannot get a more classic example ..lol ! Useless piece of shit !

  67. mh

    I agree he is a good speaker but only with the help of a teleprompter. He made himself a clown at times when he spoke without it.

  68. BorisG

    How that peanut persuaded voters to support him TWICE in Presidential elections still amazes me.

    Actually Obama was the best, or close to the best, POTUS the Democrats could offer. If you oppose Democrats you will be opposed to Obama. That’s ok. But it is not hard to understand why he won. About half of US voters are Democrats, so a slight advantage in looks, speeches etc. can make a lot of difference. and GWB helped as well.

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