Barack Obama under fire
WASHINGTON – As the United States of America president for the last 4-1/2 years, Obama has faced accusation after accusation of impinging on civil liberties, disappointing his liberal Democratic base and providing fodder for rival Republicans as he deals with the realities of office.
When he took office in 2009, Obama promised to close the Guantanamo camp but it remains open. Today, Obama says he will revisit that pledge and blames Congress for blocking his plan. Under his presidency, we have seen aerial drone strikes abroad, in places such as Pakistan and Yemen. We have seen repeated seizure of journalists’ files and phone records.
Even though there were reasons to think Obama would have been different from some of his predecessors, because of his background and because of what he said during the electoral campaign, we have to realize he his no different from some presidents like George W. or Nixon when it comes to balancing national security and individual liberties issues.
Obama is no Clinton and no Kennedy and his marketing and preaching approach of the presidency will never make up for his mistakes. Obama is now facing the realities of being president. When he won his place as the first African-American in the White House, many Americans applauded another advance in the country’s long civil rights movement. Since then, while Obama is still trying to present himself as a progressive Democrat, he has not been very successful at representing himself as a fiery civil libertarian. Under his presidency, there has been a constant effort from the Obama’s administration to control the message.
Even though Hilary would have been a better president than Obama and the fact that Sarah could not have done worse, whatever the situation, compared to the abuse of the George W. Bush-era, the Watergate scandal during Richard Nixon’s administration and the Iran-contra controversy during Ronald Reagan’s years, we still in the minor-abuse league.
Lets see, what will happen next.
Michel Ouellette JMD
Public Affairs & Communications
Columnist, Novelist, and Futurist
I told you weeks ago:
Hillary Clinton popularity is at an all-time high, with a large majority of Americans wanting her to be a presidential candidate in 2016.
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Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State
When asked by Marie Claire magazine last month if she would make another bid for the White House, she said, “No, I’m not.”
(USA) — After Mitt Romney’s defeat last Tuesday, the 2016 presidential campaign for the White House is already getting under way.
With President Barack Obama winning a second term on Tuesday, speculation over the next race for the White House is getting started. An incumbent will not run in 2016, meaning both, the Republican and the Democrat parties may have competitive nomination battles.
The two names grabbing the most attention in the hunt for the next Democratic nomination are Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, my money being on Hilary Clinton if she decides to run. Biden, who will be 73 on Election Day 2016, already made unsuccessful bids for the nomination in 1988 and 2008 and it is most unlikely that he will be afforded a new opportunity. With Obama going nowhere without the assistance and support of Hilary and Bill Clinton, the truth is, everyone else is frozen until Hillary decides what she wants to do.
As for the Republicans, before making any decision as to run or not, any potential candidate will better make sure that Hillary will not be running and that all the issues and internal dissension inside the party are resolved.
Running against Hillary will not be easy.
Hilary Clinton official Secretary of State portrait
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has blasted Russia and China as “despicable” for opposing U.N. action aimed at stopping the bloodshed in Syria. In his most forceful words to date on the Syrian crisis, President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. and its allies would use “every tool available” to end the bloodshed by the government of President Bashar Assad.
While the Tunisia conference offered nothing other than the threat of increasing isolation and sanctions to compel compliance from Assad, Clinton went on to predict a military coup inside Syria of the kind that ended the old regimes in Egypt and Tunisia. “We saw this happen in other settings last year, I think it is going to happen in Syria,” she told reporters at the end of the meeting. “We also know from many sources that there are people around Assad who are beginning to hedge their bets — they didn’t sign up to slaughter people.”
“It’s quite distressing to see two permanent members of the Security Council using their veto while people are being murdered — women, children, brave young men — houses are being destroyed,” she said. “It is just despicable and I ask whose side are they on? They are clearly not on the side of the Syrian people.”