Since my last post didn’t list too many accomplishments in 2009 by President Obama, I figured I should give credit where credit is due and list some of the other many accomplishments of his presidency. This list is courtesy of Victor Davis Hanson, as he compares the Obama presidency to something made of china, fractured and glued back together:

Here is a random selection. I provide no chronology or theme. Nor do I judge the relative importance of any one incident. The point, again, is only that each was a fissure, some small, some major—all were glued over. The result is that now the public understands that its china presidency is fragile and held together by mere glue.

Here it goes:

  • Constant apologies abroad for everything from slavery to Hiroshima
  • Bows to Saudi royalty, the Japanese emperor, and Chinese autocrats
  • The on-again/off-again Guantanamo shut-down mess
  • The fight with the former CIA directors
  • The public show trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed
  • The reach out to Ahmadinejad Castro, Chavez, and assorted thugs
  • The Honduras fiasco
  • Czars everywhere
  • The serial “Bush did it”/reset whine abroad
  • The Queen of England/I-pod fiasco
  • Gordon Brown gets snookered in his gift-giving
  • Unceremoniously shipping back the Churchill bust
  • The end of the special relationship with the UK
  • The New York on-the-town presidential splurge
  • Anita Dunn and her Mao worship
  • Timothy Geithner/Tom Daschle/Hilda Solis and their taxes
  • What ever happened to Gov. Richardson?
  • “No lobbyists” = gads of them
  • The Podestas’ insider influence-peddling empire
  • Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” chauvinism
  • The Special Olympics silly quip
  • Trashing Nancy Reagan
  • The Skip Gates/police acting “stupidly” mess
  • The get-Chicago-the-Olympics jaunt to Copenhagen
  • Cap-and-trade boondoggle
  • “Millions of green jobs”
  • Ignore gas, oil, coal, and nuclear power production
  • Cash-for-clunkers
  • The Joe Biden gaffe machine
  • Jobs “saved” or “created” rather than references to the actual unemployment rates
  • Van Jones, the racist and truther
  • Desiree Rogers won’t testify
  • The blowback from, and silence about, the Rangel/Dodd corruption
  • The White House party crashers plan to take the 5th Amendment
  • The ‘bipartisanship’ con
  • The pork-barrel stimulus spoils
  • The demonization of the Town-Hallers
  • The Acorn Mess
  • The Kevin Jennings/Safe School Czar embarrassment
  • The SEIU direct access to the White House
  • The Asian Tour comedown
  • The politicization of the take-over of GM and Chrysler
  • The Obama readjustment in the order of paying back car creditors
  • Car dealerships closed on shaky criteria
  • Obama as “Caesar”
  • The Emanuel “never let a serious crisis go to waste” boast
  • The Black Caucus/Rangel/Waters bid to bail out the inner-city radio stations
  • Yosi Sergant and the NEA
  • $1.7 trillion deficit
  • The planned $9 trillion added to the national debt
  • New income tax rates; health care surcharge talk; and payroll tax caps to be lifted
  • Rahm Emanuel’s promised payback to those states that trash the stimulus
  • The supposed C-span aired health care debate
  • The promised website posts of pending legislation
  • Czechs and Poles sold out on missile defense
  • Sermons to and finger pointing at the Israelis
  • The failed ‘Putin helps to stop a nuclear Iran’ gambit
  • Voting present on the Iranian reformers in the street
  • Serial but empty deadlines to Ahmadinejad
  • The good war/bad war twisting and turning on Iraq/Afghanistan
  • The months-long dithering over Afghanistan
  • Renditions, tribunals, Patriot Act, etc. once trashed, now OK
  • Health-care take-over
  • The 2,000 page proposed new health code
  • The embarrassing Nobel Peace Prize nomination
  • The attacks on surgeons, Chamber of Commerce, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, etc.
  • The Islam mythologies in the Cairo Speech
  • The al Arabiya “Bush did it” interview
  • Obama’s TV “my Muslim faith” gaffe

Some comments on Hanson’s blog point out a few more gaffes, and I add a few more that happened after he posted this list:

  • Justice Department drops Black Panther prosecution after winning the case
  • Snubbing the king of Norway
  • Air Force One buzzing New York
  • Firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin
  • Hubris: “I like being President. And it turns out I’m pretty good at it.”
  • Refusing to call the Fort Hood shootings “terrorism”
  • Telling soldiers “You make a great photo op”
  • Terrorism = “man-caused disaster” / War on Terror = “Overseas Contingency Operation”
  • His constant reliance on the teleprompter
  • Civilian trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York
  • Golfer In Chief
  • “The system worked” / “The system failed” within 24 hours by Janet Napolitano

At some point, a piece of china placed under much abuse will become more cracks and glue than fine china. But I don’t think we are at that point with Obama’s presidency. And yet it certainly is getting hard to see the presidential china because of all the cracks and glue.

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