Letters to the Editor

Letter: Overmatched

August 27, 2014


To the editor:

In 2008, the nation elected Barack Obama as its president. Nothing much was known of him. Raised by a single parent and grandparents, he split time between Hawaii and Indonesia. The press wasn’t interested in his college transcripts that had been sealed, as well as other college, biographical information that might be relevant to the man who aspired to be president.

The press was not interested in vetting his background, we were told, it is unimportant. This man is a uniter, a “citizen of the world” we were told. A constitutional law professor and a community organizer, he served as a state senator in the Illinois government and was elected to serve as a senator in Washington, D.C., to represent the people of Illinois. We were told, “Just look how intelligent he is.”

Those of us that opposed him asked questions like, “What has he run or managed? What experience does he bring to the office of president?” Five and a half years later, the world is more dangerous, our economy is still extremely fragile and, now, even the press calls him disconnected.

Barack Obama, from the start, has been overmatched in national and international affairs and he acts like he can’t understand why. His decisions are tentative and he lacks a grasp of reality. The world is a serious place with serious, dangerous actors. They care nothing of unity and, ashamedly, our president doesn’t have the stomach to confront the evil as it needs to be confronted.


Steve King 3 years, 3 months ago

What a bunch of baloney.

Bin Laden, et al.

You forgot Bengahzi....

Bob Smith 3 years, 3 months ago

It'll take 100 years to undo the damage the dog-eating tyrant has caused.

Munchma Quchi 3 years, 3 months ago

Well, 95 years anyway... W. left office in 2009.

James Howlette 3 years, 3 months ago

Wait. I thought the LTE writer said he was weak and not leading enough? Which hyperbolic accusation is he?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 years, 3 months ago

I know. First, they say he is doing nothing, then they call him a dictator. Makes my head spin.

Mike Ford 3 years, 3 months ago

Oh so you're calling the President a dog eating tyrant.....can I call your president W a draft dodging, pretzel choking, Katrina avoiding, WMD lying, bailout causing college flunkie who couldn't give a speech in public if his life depended on it president?

Sue McDaniel 3 years, 3 months ago

And the sad part is some still see him as hope and change. I am not seeing it and I would like to see someone actually achieve this.

Kate Rogge 3 years, 3 months ago

Then vote in a Congress that supports the President instead of one that spends its days throwing up yet another anti-ACA screed.

Kate Rogge 3 years, 3 months ago

Mitch McConnell tells the Koch crowd how he's going to destroy President Obama's legislative successes. How's that for helping move the country out of a stagnant economy and two failed wars? The GOP keeps doubling down on destruction for the big boys' dollars:


Doug Weston 3 years, 3 months ago

Obama is still dealing with the aftermath of his predecessor who confronted "the evil as it needs to be confronted" (whether his facts were correct or not). The world has more "serious, dangerous actors" today as a direct result of the instability George W Bush created in the Middle East. I agree that Obama hasn't dealt as effectively with international matters as perhaps he could, but let's not forget who created this mess in the first place.

John Graham 3 years, 3 months ago

You mean Clinton, who when president, had Bin Laden offered to him on a silver platter and declined the offer?

James Howlette 3 years, 3 months ago

So you're saying Clinton should have killed 300 women and children in 1998 in order to get Bin Laden? That was his claim. That he could have killed him, but would have needed to level a village to do so.

John Graham 3 years, 3 months ago

Apparently you have never heard of special forces. Ultimately, Bin Laden was taken out in his compound that was in the middle of a community larger than 300 and just down the street from a Pakistani police training compound. And he was taken out without any innocent lose of life. So yes I believe that special forces could have taken him out years earlier without any undo lose of life to the claimed 300 women and children.Clinton makes the claim of 300 women and children after the fact to try to shield himself from responsibility of failing to take out Bin Laden when he had a chance.

James Howlette 3 years, 3 months ago

Apparently I have heard Clinton's claim on which this was based. It doesn't matter how Bin Laden was ultimately killed, because he wasn't sitting in the same house in the same village at the same time for both choices. He could have been hiding in a tent full of children surrounded by puppies, kittens, and baby seals for all we know. What Clinton claimed is that he could have done it but would have had to level a village to do so. That's all we have. He could have been lying about either circumstance, but it makes no sense why he'd brag that he could have taken him out but then make an excuse as to why he didn't when the real face saving move would have been just to pretend like they never had the chance in the first place.

A lot changed in technology, political climate, and strategy between Clinton and Obama, (including the destruction of the Twin Towers) and Obama's play wasn't without risk to either international politics OR that village. It could just has easily have gone very very wrong.

Meanwhile, who was that other guy that was president and didn't take Bin Laden out but did wage two very costly wars, at least one of which was under false pretenses?

John Graham 3 years, 3 months ago

Clinton had to make some excuse because other sources (Sudan) had reported they offered BinLaden to the US and Clinton declined. Clinton had to find some way to save face, so he admits he was offered BinLaden but he would have to kill 300 women and children so he declined. Now he hopes everyone excepts that stupid explanation and forgets it. If anyone buys the 300 women and children argument I have a bridge I would like to sell them. Without BinLaden it is quite possible 9/11 doesn't happen.

Joe Blackford II 3 years, 3 months ago

comment has not been posted due to restrictions on rational thought & civil discourse in the shallow end of the gene pool.

Munchma Quchi 3 years, 3 months ago

Wow. You actually printed this. The Urinal World never ceases to amaze.

James Howlette 3 years, 3 months ago

I see someone also brought your user ID back from invisibility. That's also pretty impressive.

Don Brennaman 3 years, 3 months ago

When it comes time to vet Jeb how will we look at his family's performance. The father sold the weapons that the son couldn't find. They both started wars to defend oil interests that they couldn't win or finish. The son declared "Mission accomplished." Saddam Hussein spoke of the "Mother of all wars." Hasn't it been one big war since the Bush boys?

Philipp Wannemaker 3 years, 3 months ago

Fox junkies continue to overlook what a fiasco he inherited from W and then the tea drinkers took over the house. The only thing the GOP congress has done is oppose any and all actions he tries to do.

Scott Burkhart 3 years, 3 months ago

MSNBC junkies overlook the incompetence that is the Obama administration, continually making excuses for his failed policies, preferring to blame Bush, resort to name calling and offer no real solutions. When Obama says he's working on it, you all chorus in, "It's fixed!"

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 years, 3 months ago

I don't even get my news from MSNBC, so fail. I think for myself and look at several sources keeping in mind their leanings, then make up my own mind. Try it sometime. It takes up a little bit of time, but it's worth it.

James Howlette 3 years, 3 months ago

He'd rather tell us all what someone else told him to think.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 years, 3 months ago

Let's see, Obama tried to get Republicans to address our failing health care system by adopting one of their plans, but they continue to fight that. Anything that Obama supports, they will oppose, even if they supported it before. Obama has done nothing to take their guns away, even though their hero Reagan did support and sign gun control. They whine about immigration control, then do nothing to help, including voting for a bipartisan created legislation. Of course, it wasn't written by their lord and master, ALEC. They still support the tax breaks companies get for taking jobs out of the country, and oppose Obama's support of rewarding companies who stay here and punishing the companies who leave. They want war, until Obama gets aggressive, then they become peacniks. They collaborate and meet with ISIS in Syria, but they want us to kill them in Iraq. They want to go to war again in Iraq, but don't ask them to pay the taxes for it, and don't ask them to send their own kids. Obama is one man, with limited constitutional powers. Our government is mostly run by the legislature, Scott. Why not ask them what they are doing other than obstructing the president?

And there is plenty known about Obama's life. He was born in Hawaii, he is not a Muslim, he is not gay, he is an educated man. Are your heroes Rush, Beck and Palin educated? Look up their records. Not pretty.

Scott Burkhart 3 years, 3 months ago

Tell me, Dorothy, if Harry Reid will not bring any bills up for a vote, who is actually doing the obstructing?

I would like to see the extent of Obama's education. How about let's have a peak at his transcripts and college records to view the extent of his "superior" education to the unwashed masses. Hahah!

James Howlette 3 years, 3 months ago

Since Harry Reid has brought "any" bills up for a vote, I'd say the answer is to stop considering Breitbart a reliable news source.

Scott Burkhart 3 years, 3 months ago

Well Sen. Reid's depot dominance of the U.S. Senate is coming to a close very quickly. We'll just see how loud you howl when the Republicans take over both houses of Congress and override a few vetos. All the Republicans need to do is change a few Senate rules ala Harry Reid, and voila, it's magic!

James Howlette 3 years, 3 months ago

You did learn that they need a 2/3 majority to override vetoes in school, right? There's a good chance they'll have a small majority in the Senate, but veto overriding power? In both chambers?

Mike Ford 3 years, 3 months ago

Your party never proposes any clean bills.....they either have "stick it to Obama add ons" or bills written entirely by the fossil fuel industry, the gun lobby, the chamber of commerce lobby, the religious lobby, or any other large lobby wanting deregulation which your party advertises itself as. You can't run from that. Until your side of the aisle realizes that they've lost two presidential elections and the people still voting no in midterms are sore losers you just come off as mad little kids needing time out. I fell out of my seat when US Senator Jerry Moran spoke of proposing a fix to the SCOTUS ruling called Carceiri that affected federal tribes being able to put lands into trust because of the year 1934 when the Indian Reorganization Act was passed that stopped tribal land theft through allotment. The States Rights quorum of Alito, Scalia, Roberts, Thomas, along with a swing vote screwed up land into trust to give states an up on tribes without legal objectivity. However out of the other side of his mouth this senator was trying to use tribes to get over on unions wanting to work and organize when working on casino and other building projects on trust lands. You all always have an angle. Stop harping on this bill passing nonsense because none of the bills suggested are worth the paper they're written on. President Obama went to Occidental College, Columbia, Harvard Law and U of Chicago Law. He uses his education on the job. There is NO WAY for all the education that Ted Cruz received that he uses that much of his education saying "NO" and repeating often proven wrong nonsense.

Leslie Swearingen 3 years, 3 months ago

There are those who believe that there is no reason the United States cannot be fighting someone somewhere. Will someone explain to me just why the US is the one country who should tell every other country what their policies should be and then enforce that?

President Obama agenda has been and continues to be to use American know how and resolve to solve the problems we have here. It would not be remiss to get our own house cleaned up before we start on someone elses.

If there are people who are so sure that we are on the side of the saints and have a right and a duty to attack and obliterate evil, as we see evil, then we cannot in good conscience turn around and condemn ISIS for doing exactly the same thing.


Scott Burkhart 3 years, 3 months ago

Leslie, there is nothing I can say to someone who assigns moral equivalency to the United States and ISIS. You are deluded beyond belief and live in a world that believes that if you just don't bother them, they will leave us alone. It isn't like that at all.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 3 months ago

Stonewalling eh?

ANYBODY HAD ENOUGH OF GOP STONEWALLING YET? GOP stonewalling is THEIR way to kill the economy over and over and over.

How many more Reagan/Bush and Bush/Cheney home loan frauds does America need? NO MORE OF COURSE!

Why let these irresponsible Supply Siders control the show? Let’s cut corporate welfare to the wealthy across the board tomorrow…. Absolutely. Tell them to pay their own way !!!!~

The USA needs a Robin Hood Tax http://www.robinhoodtax.org

Social Security does not add to the debt and the USA has 20 years to make adjustments. Leave Social Security Insurance alone !

--- Killing Social Security Insurance Is Not An Option. This would add billions to the debt a put the economy at yet a larger risk.


--- SSI Not Going Broke. That's right nothing but political rhetoric.


--- Paul Ryan Killing Medicare Insurance is simply not an option!!! http://www.thenation.com/article/159769/paul-ryans-plan-destroy-medicare

--- INSTEAD we improve medicare insurance to reduce the cost of government. Bingo! No deductibles / No Co-pays



MPROVED Medicare Single Payer Insurance for ALL would cover every person for all necessary medical care 24/7 to include:

Wellness /prescription drugs / hospital / surgical / outpatient services / primary and preventive care / emergency services / dental / mental health / home health / physical therapy / rehabilitation (including for substance abuse) / vision care / hearing services including hearing aids / chiropractic / medical equipment / palliative care / long term care

No deductibles / No Co-pays http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf ( note substantial savings)

Richard Heckler 3 years, 3 months ago

Issues of morality ….. my word.

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many billions and millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance.


--- 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.



--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT – Bailing Out Big banks. 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?


Richard Heckler 3 years, 3 months ago

Morality ……

In claiming that the rate of return on a stock investment is guaranteed to be greater than the return on any other asset, Bush was lying. If an investment-firm broker made this claim to his clients, he would be arrested and charged with stock fraud. Michael Milken went to jail for several years for making just this type of promise about financial investments.


On WMD's Bush was lying to the world ……

Mike Riner 3 years, 3 months ago

All Presidents are liars. Not just Bush. Not just Republicans. All of them.

Leslie Swearingen 3 years, 3 months ago

Sarge: [after Napoleon complains that the president has lied] All presidents lie, ###! That's their ### job. No president has told the truth since Truman. And do you know what he said? Napoleon: No, Sarge. Sarge: He said that the buck stops here.

From The Hills Have Eyes,11


Steve King 3 years, 3 months ago

The reason he doesn't bring up the GOPTP bills is because they all have riders that cancel the ACA or approve the Keystone. Look it up.

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