Of all the fabricated benchmarks created to judge President Obama, the first 100 days is one of the most excitingly noteworthy and easily digestible.
Sure, President Obama has downplayed the importance of the event. Senior Advisor David Axelrod even called it a "Hallmark holiday," thereby belittling other Hallmark holidays like Grandparents Day and Administrative Professionals Day.
But ever since gaining those dead pirate points, Obama can only win support from the media coverage, and so Obama will "pay homage to his 100 days with a Wednesday trip to… Missouri," the state where every exciting thing ever happens.
In honor of the landmark, we decided to celebrate Obama's milestone by over-oversimplifying it further and boiling it down to a nice simple chart comparing President Obama's first 100 days to the accomplishments of history's most famous presidents in such a way that even an idiot could understand…
Tags: Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, Franklin Roosevelt, George W. Bush, George Washington, John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Thomas Jefferson, White House
FDR Was A Big, Fat Stupid Head: The Republicans are gobbling up a revisionist history book that paints FDR's New Deal policies as failures, which makes them squeal with joy. Capitol Hill drama club Politico.com explains it all. [politico.com]
Latinos In A Lose-Lose Situation: The economic reality of Mexico is hardly hopeful, which is why immigrants risk life and limb to scurry over the border to America, just so they can face gringo hostility. Daphne Eviatar highlights a report about immigrant discrimination. [washingtonindependent.com]
Racist Rally About Racism: Why is that, in the manicured world of international diplomacy, walking out of a meeting in a huff is a masterly insult? Anthony Lerman wants the West to debate racist loonies who rant at anti-racist conferences about other races. [guardian.co.uk]
Chrysler to Big Government: Nuts To You: Blogger Rob is a true Darwinian capitalist: if you're company sucks, it should go down. And that means, if you're a struggling car company, you shouldn't accept government handouts. Build a better car, or hit the bricks. [sayanythingblog.com]
Tags: Franklin Roosevelt, Racism, The Blog Hole, United Nations
Obama Has Gigantic Brain, Not Afraid To Use It Johnathon Alter writes President Obama a love letter, comparing him to FDR. For instance, Obama smokes cigarettes, and so did Roosevelt. They both attended Ivy schools. And they both love gambling on big Federal projects. [newsweek.com]
Also: President Obama A Hand-wringing, Manipulative Power Monger When Lloyd Brown refers to President Obama as a "Prince," he doesn't mean the hard-rocking, purple leprechaun nor a noble person. He's referring to "The Prince," the go-to tome for back-stabbing snakes-in-the-grass. [americanthinker.com]
There's Nothing Wrong With Rush That A Slide Whistle Wouldn't Fix Rush Limbaugh isn't so bad, says Andrew Klavan. He suggests pinko liberals who hemorrhage at the very mention of talk radio's avenging Humpty-Dumpty take a moment to listen to Rush's show, so they know what they're talking about. [latimes.com]
President Hillary Clinton Will Be President, Just You Watch The creators of this website get a blue ribbon for commitment to their cause, who lost her bid for President. Their love of Hillary Clinton and disregard for reality is strangely admirable, and utterly terrifying. Check it out: Obama is a crimelord. [hillaryis44.org]
Tags: Franklin Roosevelt, Hillary Clinton, Rush Limbaugh
Does Barack Obama Really Have It Worse Than FDR? (Besides the Fact That He Has to Deal with Joe Biden)
There’s nothing wrong with impolitic, gaffe-prone Vice President Joe Biden that a well-timed honking horn, quacking duck, or fog horn wouldn’t cure, or at least, soften…
In a 20-minute speech in the lobby of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Biden said President Obama "has inherited the most difficult first 100 days of any president, I would argue, including Franklin Roosevelt."
Honk. Quack. Aooooga.
See? It's all better. Granted, he was defending his boss, a man he makes grimace more than a country club full of AIG robber barons. But it’s a lame defense.
Seriously, Joe, sometimes you remind me of a cross between the oracle in 300 and the father of a girl I was dating in high school, who met me in his underwear and asked if I was "packing" condoms. ,
The problem with claiming our current Hobopocalypse is somehow worse than the existential economic flattening that happened in the 1930’s is that it’s a patently dishonest rhetorical tool. It’s really no different than the Bush Administration telling Americans that the War on Terror was somehow equitable to World War II. Apples and oranges, industrialized, fully militarized Nazi Germany and Middle Eastern rednecks with attack camels.
It's revisionist, drama-queen hyperbole. There are huge differences between the Great Depression and our current crisis. For instance, bank deposits weren’t insured, 25% of Americans were unemployed, and "dollar menus" were called "soup kitchens" where scalding hot boot leather bisque was ladled directly into your mouth. Plus, cannibal newsies pitchfork fought in the streets.
Economic meltdowns aren't competitions. We aren't reliving The Great Depression, or The Greatest Depression. This is our own, unique, special mess. Most likely, it's just The I Will Rent Forever, Never Pay Off Student Loans, And Eat Nothing But Easy Mac, God This Sucks Balls Recession. And that is good enough for me.
Tags: Barack Obama, Economy, Franklin Roosevelt, Joe Biden
Our old friend G. Xavier Robillard explains why such a big deal is being made of Obama's first 100 days…
[A]t the time of our country's founding, back in 1776, years were much shorter — twenty-five days to be exact — so an entire four-year presidential term lasted 100 days. It's also important because President Franklin D. Roosevelt set the gold standard for action within the first 100 days of office.
Within three months of being swarn in, FDR pulled America out of the Great Depression, prevented Hitler from invading Poland, personally coached Jessie Owens to win the Olympic gold and tilted over the Great Lakes to irrigate the Dust Bowl that was causing such food shortages across America.
But all of these feats are nothing compared to his battle with King Kong.
If that's true, then I guess what Obama would have to do to measure up is have some kind of heroic battle against a gigantic animal beast.
But hasn't he already done that?
(By the way, you can hear Mr. Robillard talking with Cube on the internet radio show Unusable Signal. Oh, and you can buy his book, Captain Freedom – A Superhero's Quest for Truth, Justice and the Celebrity He So Richly Deserves, here.)
Tags: Barack Obama, Economy, Franklin Roosevelt