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Letter: Not incompetent

September 18, 2013

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To the editor:

From 2001-2008, President G.W. Bush showed an amazing incompetence as he allowed his vice president to run the country and the neocons to lead the U.S. into an unnecessary war. However, we were all too polite and too respectful of the office to use the word “incompetent” to describe him in public. The headline writer for Charles Krauthammer’s Sept. 13 column showed no reservations in using that word to describe President Obama, even though the columnist only used that word to describe his opinion of current diplomatic efforts in Syria.

Since 2008, President Obama has faced continual opposition from the infighting of the GOP isolationists, GOP neocons and anti-government tea party members. He has tried to work with Congress to improve the bad economy he inherited, while at the same time juggling crisis after crisis arriving almost daily from the Middle East. You may disagree with any statement, any policy or any decision this president makes, but you may not call this president incompetent! If you have not read his “Dreams From My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope,” do so before making future judgments about him. Having lived under 11 other presidents, I believe that President Barack Obama is the most competent of them all.

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purplesage 6 months, 4 weeks ago

"There are peopole who find fault with whatever he does simply because they don't like the man." It is harder to like arrogant people than ones who are more personable. For example, "most thinking people would agree with the letter" reveals the incredible arrogance of the liberal left.

President Obama has bumbled his way through 60% of his presidency. And he isn't done ruining America.

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Lynn731 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Hogwash. Obama has done more to ruin America than any President in history. He lies so much that no one with any sense can believe any thing he says !!

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fmrl 6 months, 4 weeks ago

What an accolade for Obama; some people think he's not incompetent. Here's the truth: Obama is a puppet. Romney would have been a puppet (he's probably very grateful he didn't win.) Bush was a puppet. Clinton was a puppet. Reagan was a puppet.

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Chris Golledge 6 months, 4 weeks ago

There are people who find fault with whatever he does simply because they don't like the man. He sought support for action in Syria from congress and was criticised for delaying action until it had little meaning, but if he had not worked with congress, he would have been branded a war-hungry dictator. It's like that for most things.

In the end, the current situation is the best that can be hoped for. Yes, we are committed to not taking action against Assad until the chemical weapons are destroyed, but the alternative would be the very real risk that extremists, bent on attacking America, would have gotten possesion of these weapons in the chaos of declining order in that country. The only way to minimize the risk of that would be to put US forces there to capture the weapons ourselves, and nobody wants that. So, go ahead, criticise the man who worked us into the best possible scenario there.

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Timothy Eugene 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Holy cow! really? Seriously?

And we wonder why our once great country is going the way of the Roman Empire?

The author of this drivel and the approving commentators are completely delusional!

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Trumbull 7 months ago

And it ain't over yet. The Republicans are again going to risk sabotaging the US Treasury by threatening to not raise the debt ceiling. The hostages are the American people, and the ransom is the Affordable Care Act.

The impact this could cause to our treasury bonds rating, our stock market, the interest we pay on US debt, could all be disastrous. This to me is incompetence if not pure sabotage.

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weeslicket 7 months ago

so, i'm trying to remember when acrimony has ever been helpful to me, personally. other than i got to practice patience a little more.

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yanman 7 months ago

I am still amazed that people like Audrey are still so enamored with our current President. Obviously holding someone accountable for their campaign promises is not important to them.

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wow_wow_wow_wow_wow_wow 7 months ago

A case can now be firmly made that Barack Obama is the most incompetent and dangerous chief executive our country has ever had.

http://pjmedia.com/ronradosh/2013/09/01/is-barack-obama-americas-worst-and-most-incomptent-president/

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weiser 7 months ago

Lincoln (republican) freed the slaves. Southern governors (democrats) stood in front of schools with their police and megaphone saying "no Negros in our schools."

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oldbaldguy 7 months ago

I served under Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush I, and Clinton. Carter was the only one that could be labeled as incompetent. The others all had their own faults.

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jayhawklawrence 7 months ago

Definition... Competence: The ability to do something successfully or efficiently.

If you consider the definition it would imply that success depends on how well everyone is working together. The use of the term incompetent loses value as a word you can use to intelligently evaluate a President.

The reason CK uses it is because he writes propaganda which does not have to be intelligent.

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wow_wow_wow_wow_wow_wow 7 months ago

I can be proud to tell my grand kids I did not vote for the first black president, seeing as he's been an utter disaster to this nation and the world.

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wow_wow_wow_wow_wow_wow 7 months ago

Actually, "ineptitude" is more aptly descriptive of Obama's record.

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jimmyjms 7 months ago

Way to totally not read more than the first paragraph.

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Steven Gaudreau 7 months ago

Obama cares more about the Obama brand then what's in the best interest of our country.

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KURocks 7 months ago

You forgot to mention the book "The Amature". It is very sad that you think Owebama is the most competent president in your life time. He is by far the most incompetent president in history, and continues to demonstrate that daily.

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heygary 7 months ago

Refreshing letter. Most Obama supporters have finally seen the light and scraped the Obama bumper stickers off their cars! Most have realized that this guy has competently taken this country down a path we will regret. Funny how no one can mention any of Obama's many gaffs without referring to Bush.

In terms of the GOP supporting Obama ... do you not remember the first 2 years of his "reign" ... dems controlled both houses ... they did not even invite GOP members to meetings.

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WarHawk78 7 months ago

Thank you for the laugh

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John Graham 7 months ago

The problem is no one wants to listen to anyone else's ideas. Democrats have some good ideas, Republicans have some good ideas, even Tea Party and Libertarians have some good ideas. No one party has a monopoly on good ideas. Once elections are over all parties need to shake hands, act like adults and work together to address issues and not act like petulant 5 year olds. Everyone is too worried about appealing to their "base" so they can get re-elected instead of trying to actually do something for the betterment of all. We as voters also need to quit acting like petulant 5 year olds for we get what we ask for.

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kansas_cynic 7 months ago

Actually the low information voters appear to drink an excessive amount of Tea.

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Armstrong 7 months ago

In other words Barry can do no wrong in the eyes of the low information voter.

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jayhawklawrence 7 months ago

I forgot one, so I guess it is 11 presidents I have lived under.

The one I forgot was Leslie Lynch King, Jr.

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jayhawklawrence 7 months ago

I have only lived under 10 Presidents so you got me there.

It will be hard to judge Obama until after the smoke clears and the historians get a little perspective. This has always been the case.

It is important that he do well. That is the part the right wing does not get.

It is important for America that our President is successful. Their strategy of tearing down Obama is a strategy for tearing down their own country. That is the part I do not understand.

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Centerville 7 months ago

The question: is Obama a.) incompetent or b.)malicious? The author choses b.

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John Graham 7 months ago

The press in general did nothing but attempt to blame Bush for every negative thing that happened during his 8 years and for several years since. Some things can be blamed on Bush but Congress had their hands in it too. Some things blamed on Bush were no more his fault than mine, he just happened to be President at the time. Same way with Obama. Some things are his fault with the help of Congress. Somethings happened that are not his fault, he just happened to be President at the time. But to say the press and public were "too polite" to call Bush incompetent is nothing but laughable. The press and anti-Bush crowd called him every name under the sun including that he was stupid despite evidence his college scores were equal to or better than his democratic opponent. The press and anti-Bush crowd were definitely not polite nor respectful. The problem is Obama is now feeling the heat like Bush got and the press and pro-Obama crowd don't like it.

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Steven Gaudreau 7 months ago

What does Obama's book have to do with his incompetency as a president? Bush and Obama were and are sub par presidents. If people would stop towing party lines and criticize their president when necessary, maybe things would change. Both parties are hypocrites. Bush is a war criminal but Obamas drone killings are not? Wake up people. Take off your donkey and elephant kneepads and try some undependent thinking for a change.

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rtwngr 7 months ago

Oh, I get it. Bush's failures belong to Bush/Cheney and Obama's failures belong to somebody else. President Barack Hussein Obama has done nothing but campaign. He doesn't lead. He lied about the Benghazi debacle. His minions in the IRS have obstructed organizations from obtaining tax exempt status. The recovery is shameful and more people now live on government assistance than ever before. Obama should resign and let that boob Biden take over.

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weiser 7 months ago

Blame Bush....still?..... The Iranians gave over the hostages they were holding for over 400 days the day we got rid of Carter.. Bush gave money to fight AIDS in Africa than all Democrats combined and created a strong friendship with Bono....

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Richard Heckler 7 months ago

Jimmy Carter the man with the best proposal for the environment that would have been dealing with Climate Change,creating new industries and a ton of new jobs. And what party shut him down? The GOP or was it the beginning of the ALEC Right Wing Party posing as as republicans? Jimmy Carter was ahead of the times.

About BUSHCO? The letter writer got it.

What have voters forgotten?

--- BUSHCO Lying to the world about WMD's then occupying Iraq. And leaving a lot of blood behind accompanied with dead and disabled American and Muslim bodies alike. Reckless and wasteful indeed.

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

--- RECKLESS GOP Tax cuts = THE GOP ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy which do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs. Tax cuts are a tax increase to others in order to make up the loss in revenue = duped again. Bush Tax Cuts aka http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

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Liberty275 7 months ago

After humiliating America with his big talk about red lines then standing down on orders from Putin, I'd say Obama is just another Carter. Libya too.

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no_thanks 7 months ago

But not objective, unbiased people who are actually paying attention to National Issues.

His handling of Syria is an embarrassment. He uses a press conference following a national tragedy ( the shootings at the Navy Yard) as a platform to chastise Congress on not presenting a budget. Chastise them on gun control but hs comments were inappropriate and classless. Dodd-Frank will be a disaster for consumers. And we are two weeks away from Obamacare and the Nation is no where near ready to implement it. Theblist goes on and on. You can say its the Republicans fault, but the President should exhibit leadership skills in bringing parties together and leading with compromising proposals rather than saying "we won, they lost". This President as divisive as anyone in Congress.

And Merrill, the causes of the financial crisis stems from excess leverage, fraud, and greed from Big Banks. The root cause was the repeal of Glass-Stegall signed by Clinton and Barney Frank leading the charge for Fredde and Fannie o provide financing to make home ownership affordable to low income families. These were the first subprime loans. Big Banks took it from there and made huge bets that resulted in the ultimate crisis. And, this administration has done nothing o prevent a future crisis, other than limit the Governments ability to respond due to trillions of dollars added to the Feds Balance Sheet to shore up the economy.

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kansas_cynic 7 months ago

Most intelligent, thinking, reasonable people will agree with letter writer.

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