The man is a legend in his own mind. Mr. Obama recently delivered his farewell address, in which he talked for almost 10 minutes longer than the farewell speeches of Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton… combined! He has a very high opinion of himself and a staggeringly inflated view of his “legacy”, which in real terms boils down to this: he was the first bi-racial president of the United States. That is his only permanent achievement, as his solitary legislative fiat, Obamacare, will soon be repealed, and Trump will erase Obama’s executive orders just as they were created, with the stroke of a pen.
Mr. Obama’s delusions of grandeur have been on full display the past two weeks, as he has made the rounds giving speeches in praise of himself and his self-perceived accomplishments in an attempt to shape the media’s narrative of his presidency.
Obama’s repeatedly claimed that by nearly every standard, Americans are better off today than they were when he was elected. He must be willfully ignoring that this economic “recovery” is the weakest since WWII, and under his administration, labor force participation has fallen to levels not seen since the 1970’s, food stamp dependence has increased 32%, median income has fallen almost 5%, home ownership is at a record low, and all of the 10 million jobs created in the past 8 years are part-time or service industry/restaurant jobs that don’t even approach the middle class earning potential of the millions of manufacturing and white collar career positions lost throughout his presidency.
There are a record 95 million healthy working-age Americans who are NOT working today according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since Obama was elected, 14.5 million Americans have been forced out of the work force, or in other words, 18% more Americans are jobless now than when Obama was elected.
It gets worse. There are record-breaking millions of foreigners under H1-b and other specialized visa and federally approved programs that are holding US jobs at the expense of American citizens, and at lower wages to boot, thus driving down wages for those Americans who are still lucky enough to remain employed.
The New York Post further destroys Obama’s economic recovery delusion with some additional facts:
“Obama’s is the only modern presidency that failed to show a single year of growth above 3 percent … Plus, the Obama economy failed to prosper even though the Federal Reserve had its pedal to the metal. Its quantitative easing, $2 trillion balance-sheet expansion and zero-interest-rate policy all produced zilch. … The recent declines in the unemployment rate are due less to the uptick in employed persons than to an increasing number of persons leaving the labor force.”
Mr. Obama’s presidency lies in the bottom 4 of 44 for GDP growth, and while ZIRP and pumping $2 trillion into the market created record highs for the Dow Jones and S&P, they merely stoked an even bigger bubble than the dotcom setup.
Moving from economics to demographics, “Race relations have improved under my administration” is another Barack Obama delusion he shared with the world last week. “I am absolutely convinced that race relations on the whole are actually better now than they were 20 years (ago),” Obama said to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
All evidence points to the contrary. Under his administration we have seen race riots in Ferguson, dozens of knockout game attacks on whites, and the kidnapping and torture of a white man by four young african americans. The fictional story of “hands up don’t shoot” was repeated ad nauseum by the liberal media, while the Black Lives Matter domestic terrorists shut down commerce at the Mall of America and blocked transportation on numerous highways and major thoroughfares. In the past few years we have witnessed targetted assassinations of police officers by African Americans, and a president who not only declares that all police are infected with systemic racism, but who questions their motives, decisions and actions at every turn.
According to an AP/NORC poll just released, “Only 27 percent of Americans think Obama has been successful in uniting the country, while 44 percent say the United States has become more divided.” A Washington Post / ABC poll shows Americans overwhelmingly feel that race relations have gotten worse under Barack Obama, with 66% believing race relations were “generally good” in 2009 and now 63% stating in 2016 they are “generally bad”, a total revearsal, revealing his deluded claim to the contrary as a lie.
This, and Obama’s petulant habit of demonizing any who oppose his radical policies have sealed his fate as one of the most divisive presidents in history.
On the international front, Barack Obama said last week that America is stronger and more respected by the international community than when he took office. That claim is decimated by recent world events such as China fearlessly stealing 21 million background checks and personal histories of federal workers by hacking the OPM (an act of war which Obama ignored), Russia invading and annexing Crimea, Syria continuing to this day the use of chemical weapons despite Obama’s professed yet never enforced “red line”, and Iran accelerating not only their nuclear refinement but their missle delivery systems as well. Incidentally, this week Obama helped arrange for Iran to take delivery of over 120 tons of uranium.
Not content with just his soapbox speeches, Obama has also submitted a very lengthy diatribe on his role in the criminal justice system to be published in the Harvard Law Review. Two of his delusional claims contained therein:
“There is no growing crime wave.” and “Crime remains near historic lows.”
The FBI beg to differ. Comparing the first six months of 2016 to the first six months of 2015, murders in our largest cities increased a staggering 21.6%. Violent crime as a category including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault increased 9.7%.
Violent crime increased in all city groupings. Among cities, violent crime rose the most over the previous year (9.7 percent) in those with populations of 1,000,000 and over. In cities with populations from 500,000 to 999,999, violent crime increased 5.2 percent, and in cities with 250,000 to 499,999 inhabitants, violent crime was up 4.3 percent.
From the economy to race relations, from our international standing to domestic crime, while a deluded Barack Obama figuratively sings from the rooftops that we are in a much better place today as a direct result of his presidency, the opposite is true. Facts bear this out, but the man’s fragile ego and his desire for a legacy blind Obama to the truth.