B-PLUS, BAM SAYS
Posted by Andrew Roman on December 14, 2009
Obviously, I wouldn’t expect the President of the United States – especially this one – to sit down in front of rolling cameras and say, “You know, Oprah, I’ve done a lousy job during my first year as President. My leftist ways are threatening to irreparably damage the greatest nation the world has ever known. I think I need to apologize to the American people, toss away my Saul Alinsky boxed set, and cuddle up with a copy of The Federalist.”
There will be prancing unicorns on the White House lawn first.
The President of the United States, whose humility is overshadowed only by his conservatism, spoke to Oprah Winfrey in a television interview that aired on ABC last evening, self-assessing his (almost) first year in the Oval Office.
When asked how he would grade his performance thus far, he gave himself a “good solid B-plus.”
The gash in my forehead from hitting it on the table when I fell out off my chair looks much better this morning.
I admittedly expected him to avoid giving an actual letter grade, seeing as even he would have to privately acknowledge that his accomplsihments in eleven months at the helm have amounted to squat. I expected a long-winded, smooth-sounding, substantively impotent answer, rife with political cliche and Democrat comma-speak.
He went with a B-plus.
A good solid one, at that.
From the Associated Press:
Speaking with fellow Chicagoan Oprah Winfrey, the president claimed progress on economic and international fronts.
Obama said the only thing that stands in the way of giving himself a better grade is the fact that some elements of his agenda — health care reform and putting more Americans to work — remain undone.
“The biggest burden on me right now is that economic growth has happened, but job growth has not happened,” Obama told Winfrey on the ABC special.
On the plus side, Obama said, “We are on our way out of Iraq.” And, he added, “I think we’ve got the best possible plan for Afghanistan.”
It was that double-digit unemployment that must have confused me. It was the weak international posturing prompting growing defiance from Iran and North Korea that befuddled me. It was the absolute failure of a $787 billion stimulus farce to stimulate anything – except in phantom districts and make-believe places – that had me thinking otherwise. It was his blaring silence as protestors were slaughtered by the government in Teheran that confounded me. It was his removal of missile defense in Eastern Europe that troubled me. It was his steady stream of apologies and atonement for his own country that was disconcerting. It was his plummeting poll numbers, and the mass exodus of independents stung with “buyer’s remorse” that must have thrown me.
And yes, he managed to once again blame the previous administration for whatever troubles America has today, saying that he inhereted the greatest set of challanges since Roosevelt, blah, blah, yadda, yadda, ishkabibble.
Outside of the billions and billions of jobs “saved” by the stimulus bill, what economic progress is Obama speaking of?
And other than bowing to international heads of state, a personal appearance to try and secure the Olympics for Chicago (a rousing success), and his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize (with a speech that made the side panel of a Cocoa Puffs box more engaging), what exactly has he done on the “international front?” Even the European press – no bastions of conservatism – are calling him a do-nothing, self-absorbed gasbag.
Incidentally, it is a source of great aggravation to hear the President laud the fact that “we are on our way out in Iraq” as a point of pride. Leaving Iraq is his great accomplishment – not America’s triumph over there.
It’s a B-plus, though.
It would have been an A-minus, he added, if he could have gotten 16% of the economy under his thumb … dammit.
In other news, the L.A. Times is reporting that the jobless rate for 20-24-year-old Americans is at 16% now – and rising.