Former Lifelong Democrat Admits "Obama Is A Failed President"

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Authored by Eric Zuesse via,

I’m a former lifelong Democrat, stating here a clear and incontestable fact: Barack Obama is a failed President.

It’s true not just because of the sad realities such as that «Top Ex-White House Economist Admits 94 % Of All New Jobs Under Obama Were Part-Time» — or, as the economists Alan Krueger and Lawrence Katz wrote in the original of that study: «94 percent of the net employment growth in the U.S. economy from 2005 to 2015 appears to have occurred in alternative work arrangements». («Alternative work arrangements» referred there to Americans who were involuntarily working only part-time jobs — they simply couldn’t find full-time, though that’s what they wanted.) In other words: Obama’s failure isn’t just because of America’s increasingly sales-clerk, and burger-flipping, workforce.

And Obama’s failure is also not just because «Poverty Rose In 96 % Of U.S. House Districts, During Obama’s Presidency». (However, that reality turned out to be decisive in Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump on November 8th, as Nate Cohn pointed out in The New York Times on December 23rd, headlining, «How the Obama Coalition Crumbled, Leaving an Opening for Trump». Hillary was running on Obama’s poor record.)

Obama’s failure is also because of other important reasons. Among them is the uncounted thousands of people who were killed in, and the uncounted millions of people who became refugees from, the places where Obama (or else his installed regimes) bombed and caused the residents to either die or flee. George W. Bush’s destructions of Iraq and even Afghanistan were now being followed by the destructions of Libya by Obama and Sarkozy, and of Syria by Obama and Saud and Thani and Erdogan, who armed the tens of thousands of jihadists and sent them into Syria to overthrow and replace Assad — and Bush’s destructions were followed also by Obama’s keeping in power the barbaric junta-regime that replaced the democratically elected Honduran Presiden Manuel Zelaya on 28 June 2009 shortly after Obama entered the White House (and this junta-regime, in turn, caused Honduras’s murder-rate to soar 50% to become the world’s highest, which then caused hundreds of thousands of Hondurans to flee and become undocumented U.S. immigrants, against which Donald Trump campaigned).

The Obama regime has thus created far more misery outside America, than inside it. Failures such as those didn’t cost Hillary Clinton many (if any) votes (because most voters didn’t even know about these foreign-affairs matters), but those failures were actually even bigger than Obama’s failures in purely domestic U.S. policy matters (which voters do know about). Trump campaigned against ‘illegal immigrants’, but he never even called attention to those people’s fleeing the hells that the U.S. regime had created in not only Honduras but earlier in Guatemala and El Salvador — coups and U.S.-trained death squads.

In noting Obama’s failures, I’m not a Republican; I’m no one who is condemning Obama for his allegedly being a ‘Marxist' ‘Muslim’, or some other imaginary distraction from the reality (a reality which is too Republican for Republicans to be able to criticize — so, they’ve insteadignored that reality, and cited fake ‘reasons’ against him, including ‘death panels’ and other fabrications, which Republicans then forgot about after their fraudulent allegations against him became clear, to all but insane people, as being just Republican lies). 

Obama is a failure not because he wasn’t sufficiently conservative or ‘Christian' (as Republicans had constantly accused him of having been), but instead because he wasn’t sufficiently progressive (nowhere close to being a progressive) — and, in many ways, he was actually far more conservative than any of his duplicitous campaign-rhetoric had pretended him to be. He’s an extraordinarily gifted liar — he was phenomenally successful at that.

And I am not blaming Obama for congressional Republicans’ having been more obsessed with making him be a failed President, than they were interested in making America be a successful nation. Republicans lie at least as much as he does, just not nearly as skillfully. (They especially can’t feign compassion as skillfully as he.) This article thus does not blame him for what the overt Republicans were doing to cripple the little good he had actually tried to achieve — such as closing Guantanamo. It’s only about Obama’s failure.

Obama’s failure was all his own — it’s not because of the good things that Republicans had blocked him from doing; it is instead because of the horrible things (such as his failed TPP, TTIP and TISA trade-treaties, and his successful 2011 killing of Gaddafi, and 2014 coup in Ukraine) that were central to his actual agenda — a conservative, even reactionary, agenda, which favored the interests of the hundreds of billionaires who control U.S.-based international corporations, above the interests of the 300+ million American people, whom the U.S. President is supposed to be serving.

I voted for Barack Obama both times, because both of his opponents («Bomb bomb bomb Iran» McCain in 2008, and «#1 geopolitical foe» Romney in 2012) were clearly determined to focus America’s enormous military expenditures away from exterminating the jihadists and their Saudi funders, toward instead conquering Iran (McCain) and Russia (Romney), and also because Republicans — throughout at least the period extending from 1910 to 2010 — consistently had, in fact, produced a record of far less success with the U.S. economy, than did Democrats, and especially because neither McCain nor Romney had repudiated the very worst President in U.S. history (at least prior to Obama) and his atrocious record of lies and needless bloodshed and invasions: George W. Bush — Bush’s Party instead reaffirmed that monstrous President.

And, consequently, I never expected Barack Obama to turn out to have been, quite possibly, even a worse President than Bush. Nobody expected that — except Republicans, for whom Bush wasn’t bad enough to satisfy them (and certainly not bad enough for them to apologize for — so, they did not apologize for him).

Here, then, is Obama’s astounding record of failure:

«From a Democracy to a Plutocracy»

«Understanding President Obama’s Strategy to Force Cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid»

«Obama Finally Lays His Cards on the Table»

«Barack Obama Is Now Completing His Long-Held Plan to Subvert the Democratic Party»

«Obama: ‘I Don’t Care About the Public’s Welfare’».

As that last one documented, the Obama ‘Justice’ Department scored an all-time low number both of financial institution fraud prosecutions, and of white-collar-crime prosecutions. Obama came into power immediately after an economic crash that was loaded especially with financial-institution frauds. He protected the banksters. So, financial-executive-fraud prosecutions didn’t soar, like they should have; instead they plunged. Like Obama told the Wall Street bigs, near the start of his regime, on 27 March 2009, in private, inside the White House: «My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks. … I’m not out there to go after you. I’m protecting you… I’m going to shield you». And that’s what he did. And, on 20 September 2016, Dave Johnson of the Campaign for America’s Future, headlined «Banks Used Low Wages, Job Insecurity To Force Employees To Commit Fraud», so there was no way that the employees could keep their jobs except to do the crimes that they were being virtually forced by their bosses to do.

The criminality was actually at the very top — where Obama had promised «I’m protecting you». So, the TARP’s Inspector General urged, on 26 October 2016 (since the President was refusing to prosecute those people), «that Congress remove the insulation around Wall Street CEOs and other high-level officials by requiring the CEO, CFO and certain other senior executives to sign an annual certification that they have conducted due diligence within their organization and can certify that that there is no criminal conduct or civil fraud in their organization». The Special Inspector General of TARP, Christy Goldsmith Romero, was proposing this, as being the way to make prosecutions, of these top-level fraud-executives, so easy that the Obama Administration’s claims — that there was no top-level fraud that could be prosecuted — would be an even more blatant, absurdly false, lie, than it had been.

If this country were Ukraine, or even Russia, then Americans (trained by decades of a CIA-controlled ‘free press’) would say «Oh, of course those countries are corrupt, but America isn’t like that». But, at least under Barack Obama, ‘we’ were that. This was America — and ‘our’ President was protecting the elite fraudsters, instead of prosecuting them.

Nonetheless, anyone who would say that the American people are not better off now than they were at the end of Bush’s disastrous Presidency would be either misinformed or lying, because there’s lots of data showing that, finally, eight years after Bush, Americans are better off than they were at the end of Bush’s miserable eight years (even though not yet better off than Americans were prior to Bush’s 2007-2008 crash). And the Administration published on December 15th its record of ‘successes’ «The 2017 Economic Report of the President» which was real but not adjusted for the fact that Obama came into office at the pit of the economic crash, which means that such ‘successes’ are almost inevitable, hardly a credit to Obama. But yet, the reality stands, that the Obama economic recovery was the weakest in the entire post-World-War-II period. Plus, the federal debt doubled on his watch, even while, as that Economic Report mentioned only in passing: «The United States has seen a faster increase in inequality in recent decades than any of the major advanced economies, and despite the historic progress made over the last eight years, the level of U.S. inequality remains high». Normally, after an economic crash, economic inequality reduces; but under Obama it remained at or near its pre-crash high. 

It was an economic record (and an invasion and coup record) of which any Republican President could justifiably have been proud (since conservatives favor inequality, a caste system) — but no Democrat could (except fake ones — such as Obama and the Clintons).

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VonPumperDic's picture




TBT or not TBT's picture

America's first openly anti-American President.  

FireBrander's picture

Obama's Crown Jewel of Achievement: 



...and your typical American DumbFuck thinks were there to free the people from Assads' Tyranny...what a bunch of fucking lies...and the MSM wonders what happened to thier credibility...

abyssinian's picture

just few more days of Obama Hell..... hang in there America!

Antifaschistische's picture

anyone who says Obama is a failure refuses to acknowledge the contributions he has made to the gender transformers.  That's what makes me proud as an American.  Bruce Jenner...and all that crap...

jcaz's picture

Aw shit-  O-butthurt is gonna light up the Kremlin when he reads this.......

tazs's picture
tazs (not verified) jcaz Dec 31, 2016 11:29 PM

Obama's accomplishments can be quite DISASTROUS.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Schizo spammer boy, did you forget to take your haloperidol?

wee-weed up's picture

Another blind squirrel finally finds a nut... big whup!

Oracle 911's picture

Failed president?! Nah, he did a great job to destroy the US EMPIRE (thus he deserves the Noble peace prize), now Trump can rebuild the US REPUBLIC.

Automatic Choke's picture

Actually, if Obama hadn't sucked so badly, Hillary probably would be our next president.   Whew.   Thanks, Barry!


CheapBastard's picture

Obama (and many of his close staff and appointees[like Eric Holder]) hate America, hate Christians, hate jews, hate the middle class and even hate middle class blacks who work hard and are successful. They all pandered to the ghettoe tripe and FSA.

Pandering to terrorists, encouraging thugs to violence and murder, handing guns to violent mexican gangs, bombing the crap out of innocent people abroad, and non-stop lying (If you want to keep your health insurance, you can keep your health insruance) all resulted in Americans waking up and throwing all these bums out.

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) CheapBastard Jan 1, 2017 7:21 AM

Fuck this 'buyers remorse jew'... So you found out that there is no Santa Claus [even for Hannukah]... You probably donated to the Jill Stein recount effort.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Its’ a new year, will us face our main core ideology?

Cognitive Dissonance By Wikipedia: Mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time; performs an action that is contradictory to one or more beliefs, ideas, or values; or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values.

Now let me explain.

The Left Wing hypocrites (communists) and the Right Wing Jingoists (fascists) are incapable of understanding, and accepting that, America decline is bigger than any president, meaning, there’s very little a president, from any party, can do to reverse.  

The problem is not that the Left and the Right espouse a certain viewpoint, or even that they do so while claiming otherwise, it's that both have taken this strategy as a way to undermine the concepts of facts, trust, honesty and integrity. The Right goes an extra step of undermine the entire US system.

Will Trump be any different?

Time will tell.



Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) Escrava Isaura Jan 1, 2017 7:57 AM

Fuck you too...


Your rantings & POV are even more annoying than Zeuss


"Will Trump be any different? Time will tell."


The quick answer is no... Why? Because it has nothing to do with Trump, it has to do with whose ass he kisses (& it's clear that Trump kisses the the ass of the same invisible 800 pound elephant in the room that nobody is ever willing to talk about)... The elephant that any idiot who uses Facebook or Twitter, of HuffPo would NEVER hear about, because their comment would get deleted... The elephant that consists of the owners, editore, & writers of NYT, WaPo, CNN, MSNBC, or any other MSN outlet... The same elephant that prints [counterfeits] your money, runs Wall St. and Hollywood.


So nothing will change... EVER.


Cognitive Dissonance (you say) ~ LOL


Almost everyone on ZH agrees that Twitter and Facebook are for 'shit for brains', but one could argue that Trump himself is the TWITTER 'User in Chief'

CuttingEdge's picture

Tsk tsk.

Failing to give Obama credit for the Ukraine fracture?

That Nudels or Jarrett's responsibility? I forget who baked cakes and who told the EU to fuck off.

Only cost $5 billion US taxpayer dollars to fuck that country up.


<rant on>

Ok, on a side note, because it annoys the fuck out of me he pops up like a bad smell on a daily basis at Fox. John Bolton must be the most ill-informed and hubristic twat on the planet. Talks like he believes the US has a god-given right to do what the fuck it wants in the world. Example - Putin is evil incarnate for targeting hospitals in Aleppo. What does that make the US after their latest effort? Exactly the fucking same, you dumb cunt. Pure fucking evil, whether you like it or not. Or is it unfortunate collateral when the US does it? All cully, like?

And Aleppo? Why is it everyone on ZH and elsewhere knew 6 months ago the 65k civillians in the pocket were being held hostage by the raghead nutjobs the CIA sponsor, and yet you, with a multi billion dollar "intelligence" infrastructure, have been thicker than pigshit on the subject? An inconvenient truth your inner hubris cannot bare to face?

John Bolton? TAKE A LOOK IN THE MIRROR, you fuckwit. And learn some fucking humility and honesty about your country's contribution to world peace in the last three decades. Because you suck at it.

<rant off>

Apologies for that - needed to let off some steam.

sister tika's picture

Bolton's "country" is Israel, not the US.

Tarzan's picture

Only a slave with his head in the sand, could call Obama a failure.

Tell me, How is he a failure, when he has successfully distracted Americans from the Banksters who are robbing them, who put him in office and fill his pockets, and done more to destroy American sovereignty then any before him?

That was the international thugs goal!

Escrava Isaura's picture

The other day a read that the highest paid professional during Roma Empire collapse was a “bread & circus” gladiator (sports).

How’s watching sports any different than playing with Facebook?

Bottom line: I don’t have either account and I don’t own a TV, but my impression of Twitter is that, it’s just text-message, meaning, no images and videos, meaning, quick way to release information.


two hoots's picture

Obama's foreign legacy can be simply explained with before and after pictures of cities and its people in the ravaged ME.

RiverRoad's picture

The entire legacy of his administration will amount to no more than a black ink blot typo in the history books:  The Trump sweep of both houses of Congress and the Presidency is the whopping incontrovertible repudiation of all he represented.

Escrava Isaura's picture

How about Bush? Reagan? Kennedy?

Check the record yourself:


two hoots's picture

The US/NATO allies bomb the crap out of/helped others destroy Syria, create untold number of refugees, feel guilty and take them in with the hope of returning them after the victory but russian spoils that chance (the payback now) and now the US/NATO allies are stuck with them and know not what to do or what to tell us that makes any sense.  That's the dominate foreign legacy I see.   will check the vid later.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Do you think that Trump's presidency will be any different?


two hoots's picture

Yes.  Trump is a results guy.  A lingering and aimless conflict that adds more problems than rewards won't work for him.

dr kill's picture

Yes, up the ass with his unused Mennorah. Own it, motherfucker. 

NoPension's picture

"So, how does it feel to be the last Black President?"


DosZap's picture

Sadly I think that's true, at least in our lifetimes.He screwed it up so badly that even subconsciously most non blacks will never vote again for a black POTUS candidate.We are so divided ideologically to the right and left, there in my mind as a member of the right, can NEVER be another Democratic majority or POTUS.Had Trump not won, I easily could see a civil war started by Hillary had she regained the Senate.

Most Americans have NO CLUE how close we came.

freedogger's picture

He sure succeeded at golfing a lot!

Mentaliusanything's picture

Well get the rope and finish this thing but remember He was just the pool boy or butler for his managers.

Maybe we should concentrate on them!

Koba the Dread's picture

It feels like an eternity. Or a Freddie Kruger film.

Raymond K Hessel's picture

I'm just glad nothing blew up for New Year's

Handful of Dust's picture

Where is Hillary hiding by the way?


I wonder if she had a seizure and fell down a flight of steps or something?

jcaz's picture

Ya,  if I had donors who lined my pockets with $100's of millions and I failed to deliver for them,   I'd be pretty fucking scarce, too.....

RiverRoad's picture

They probably are suffering severe cases of indigestion after that $100,000.00 a plate dinner the Rothschilds held for her on Martha's Vinyard.  With no one showing up for her rallies, the bitch just fundraised like crazy the month before the election.  Gets to keep it all unless she's forced to cough it up in legal fees..............

True Blue's picture

Strange how her campaign often resembled the plot to "The Producers" -even more strange how closely she resembled Zero Mostel in drag.

DomoJojo's picture

Hanging with the all the rope and reputation the USA has made for herself. Good luck!

Manthong's picture

Better yet, the true colors have been coming out… although we know he has long ago turned the White House into a ghetto tenement.

He F’d a bunch of Russian families over the holiday.

He F’’d Israel.

He F’d us all with thousands of brand new “by fiat” regulations.

He presided over one of the most egregious government propaganda attacks on the general population... Fake News Russian election hacking for Trump.

He has been working purely against the welfare and benefit of the American citizen and purely for selfish political purposes.

If any of the MANPADS he allegedly, summarily just shipped to terrorists in his, Hillary’s and Swiftboat's Syria debacle ever takes down a Western commercial, NATO or Russian aircraft….

He needs to be immediately apprehended and charged with War Crimes… Libya qualifies big-time, too.

Hmm.. as an ex-“Commander-In-Chief”, can’t he be handed over to a Military Tribunal ???

..and incarceration waiting for the trial in Gitmo does not sound too bad, either.

We have a few ex-Generals coming in soon.


Tarzan's picture

So, what your saying manthong, is Obama was wildly successful, meeting his goals, and not a failure.

Yes we can, fuck America up!

IntTheLight's picture

I like Assad. Gorgeous family. Arabs overproduce so they can't sustain themselves. But their leaders kept them out of Europe and controlled them. By killing Hussein and Ghaddafi we unleashed Hell. Muslim cockroaches scattered to America, Canada and Europe. But I think that was the plan, the destruction of all white countries.

CheapBastard's picture

there's alot of truth there.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"...Lifelong Democrat Admits "Obama Is A Failed President""~

Oh well, shit! Now that makes it official. As if we had not been able to come to this conclusion before this insightful revelation.

Of course, there was no problem giving a Nobel Peace Prize to a man who had done, up until that point, jack shit for peace. This was not a red flag for you democrats? Burn in hell, you sons of bitches. I hate to say it, but America deserves all the evil it has reaped from electing this man not once, but twice.What is to be seen now is if by electing Trump it can somehow make amends.

Ah, look! It's the future, here at last. Let us not wait a single moment.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

I hate to say it, but America deserves all the evil it has reaped from electing this man not once but twice...


Not giving any pass here but you may not have noticed but we've been fuckin this world up for several decades now

Kayman's picture

16 years. Dubya and Obumbler- puppets of their handlers. Kicked to the curb once their usefulness was done.  Obumbler, wakes up realizing he is a eunich,  desperately trying to make some shit stick to the wall. Pathetic.

Raging Debate's picture

Kaymen - Too much belief in the lie of empire building. 

JRobby's picture

"An extraordinarily gifted liar"

That was the best part of the article. 

Handful of Dust's picture

"If I had a son..."



Kayman's picture

Got to unload in the right hole to make a son.  All Obumbler could sire was lawyers.

Winston Churchill's picture

Its the Litani river delta stupid. not a indefensible gas pipleline through a failed state.