President Obama’s historic election in 2008 seemed like it could be a turning point for America. He campaigned and was elected on a platform to end income inequality, racial inequality, aggressive military policies, and trampling of individual rights in the US. Unfortunately, he failed on every one of these measures.
Here is our list of the top 5 reasons Obama is the worst president in history.
Guantanamo Bay detention camp
Obama made several pledges to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay during his campaign for president in 2008 calling it “a sad chapter in American history”. To this day, the facility remain in operation.
Obama campaigned on opposition to former President Bush’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Afghanistan was began on October 7th 2001, and the US handed the country over to NATO Peacekeepers on August 11th, 2003. (America remained only as support for the NATO Peacekeepers.
On December 1st, 2009, President Obama announces a troop “surge” into Afghanistan returning American troops to major combat operations. In 2016, the US still has a heavy military presence in Afghanistan.
March 20th, 2003, the US invasion of Iraq began. By May 1st, the Iraqi Government had fallen, and a coalition government was formed by August. The Iraq insurgency caused continuing military operations in Iraq for many more years.
In November 2008, the The U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement, between President G.W. Bush and the democratically elected Iraqi government stipulated all US troops would leave Iraq by 2011.
President Obama ignored this agreement, and there are currently (2016) over 5,000 US troops still in Iraq.
In addition to Iraq and Afghanistan, President Obama has expanded former president Bush’s “war on terror” and throughout his presidency has had major military operations in:
In addition SOCOM has Special Operation units involved in combat operations in 134 countries
The Surveillance State
While campaigning for president in 2007, Obama said: “No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime, no more tracking citizens…”. Obama also said that mass surveillance of the American people put “forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we provide.” Things changed once he became president however. In 2013, after news broke that the US government was collecting and monitoring all Americans cell phone date (including numbers called, and GPS locations and time stamps), The Obama administration released a statement saying the blanket, unwarranted surveillance of American citizens was a “critical tool in protecting the nation from terror threats” and that “[t]he president welcomes a discussion of the trade-offs between security and civil liberties.”
Although it seems as if president Obama is saying that these sacrifices of personal liberty are necessary to preserve our safety, terrorist attacks are on the rise. many would argue that it is president Obama’s very policies that have allowed more, deadlier, and more frequent terrorists attacks to occur.
Obama campaigned as an opponent to the surveillance state, and presided over the largest expansion of the surveillance state in history.
For many of us, the 2008 election of President Obama seemed to symbolize the end of racism in America. It was proof that we, as a people, had overcome this stain on our nation. As someone who grew up in the 1980’s and 90’s, I felt that I had seen race relations steadily improving through the late 90’s and early 2000’s, and that the election of a black president was a symbolic victory over racism in this country.
However, since the election of President Obama, race relations have nose dived. This country, racially, is in far worse shape then it was when I was a child in the 1980’s or any time since.
A Rasmussen poll early this year showed that 50% of Americans think race relation are getting worse, and only 20% think they are getting better.
Time magazine, the New York Times and CBS also say race relations have deteriorated under the Obama administration. The New York Post declared that Obama has “turned back the clock on race relations”. PJMedia calls it “The Tragic and Complete Collapse of Racial Relations”. townhall.com says that “Race Relations Have Taken a Nosedive Under Obama”
The National debt in 2008 (the last year of President Bush’s term) was $10,024,724,896,912.49. When Bush took office, the debt was $5,674,178,209,886.86. This means that G.W. Bush raised the US National Debt $4,350,546,687,025,83. In 2016 it has ballooned to $18,825,061,664,535.94. This means that President Obama raised the National debt $8,801,736,767,623.45. That is more then double what GW Bush did. Think about that. Under Bush, many people complained of insane government spending to fund 2 unpopular wars and the expansion of the surveillance state. Obama doubled that spending yet still cut benefits to the American people.
economic growth rate
The Bureau of Economic Analysis has calculated the GDP since 1929. In that time, there has never been a time where the GDP has not gone over 3% during a 10 year stretch until President Obama. In 2006, under President Bush, the GDP slipped to 2.7%. It has not gone above that since. In 2016, Bloomberg reported that the first quarter had a GDP of 0.5%. (Under President Bush, the media started saying we were in a recession when the GDP slowed to a 2.3% growth… The economy is far worse now.
While the Obama administration likes to claim that it is doing good on the unemployment rate, the truth is otherwise. The administration claims a 4.7% unemployment rate. However they are using the U-3 unemployment numbers which doesn’t included a lot of people that are unemployed. Using the U-6 numbers, the unemployment numbers are at 9.7%. This is still far higher then pre-recession numbers.
% of Americans on public assistance
Forbes has reported that more then half of the country is now receiving taxpayer funded government subsidies. There is a theory that the only way to turn a democratic society to socialism is to make things so bad for the majority of people, that they demand socialism.
Growth of economic divide
President Obama has been at the forefront of slamming the top “1%” in this country, but according to Huffington Post (usually a cheerleader for the Obama administration) “the top 1 percent of U.S. earners captured 93 percent of all the income growth in the country” during Obama’s Presidency. This is a huge increase from the 65% of income growth that the 1% gained under former president Bush. The New York Times states “Income inequality in the United States has been growing for decades, but the trend appears to have accelerated during the Obama administration. ”
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