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Joe Guzzardi Even with $1 billion war chest, President Obama could be in trouble against Republican rival

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Joe Guzzardi

Posted: Saturday, April 9, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:45 am, Sat Apr 9, 2011.

President Barack Obama's official announcement that he will seek re-election came as no surprise on Capitol Hill.

I (for one) don't understand it. Why doesn't Obama quit while he's sort of ahead? Obama's already experienced the exhilaration of being swept into the White House on a wave of national adulation, won the Nobel Prize, hosted state dinners and traveled in luxury on the taxpayer's dime with Michelle to plush far-away places. To Obama, that's old hat. What lies ahead for him is a brutal re-election campaign that he may not survive. And even if he wins, he'll be paralyzed in his second term by a Congress controlled by House and Senate Republicans. Obama will be a figurehead president.

So, repeating my earlier question: Why not retire, become what I'll loosely refer to as a statesman, give speeches around the globe for astronomical sums and write a book? If Sarah Palin made millions on her autobiographies, Obama could earn tens of millions.

Obama's joy ride from four long years ago has crashed and burned. No longer is Obama the relatively unknown first-term Illinois senator and the first African-American seeking to reclaim the presidency for the Democrats from the widely unpopular George W. Bush.

His successful 2008 strategy that included brass bands on stages decked with American flags won't cut it in 2012.

"Change you can believe in," Obama's hypnotizing campaign pledge, stands exposed today as the empty words they always were.

Among Obama's broken promises are the 3 to 5 million jobs that he didn't deliver on. And while his adorning audience in the mainstream media like to promote the infinitesimal decline in the unemployment rate from 8.9 to 8.8 percent as a "recovery," numerous studies found that the precious few jobs created during the last few months paid between $9 and $12, an unlivable wage.

The trend won't end any time soon. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that nearly 400,000 food preparation and service jobs will be created by 2018 (average pay: $16,430), while only 11,100 financial examiner jobs (average pay: $70,930) will be created.

Republicans should have a heyday attacking Obama's failed fiscal policies, which include his controversial health care package, rammed through Congress against the American people's will, the wasteful stimulus programs and the stalled budget negotiations.

What Obama hopes will bail him out will be his $1 billion war chest that he's off and running to accumulate. If you're a skeptic of money in politics, a $1 billion campaign should truly disgust you.

The Congressional newspaper The Hill wrote that that Obama's formal filing to run in 2012 gives him the legal opportunity to use the campaign infrastructure his staffers have already secretly built to start his aggressive fundraising effort.

Obama may be in for a rude surprise. Even his most fawning ultra-liberal Hollywood fans have soured on Obama. Matt Damon, informally representing his peer group, told CNN that he thinks Obama is a failure.

In the end, 2012 will not be about Obama. After four years, America knows what it has in the Oval Office. As the old saying goes, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

Obama has to keep his fingers crossed for this is not only about $1 billion. That huge sum won't be enough to save him against an effective Republican challenger. In their conversations with each other, Obama's advisers have to be praying for the Republican ticket to be headed by someone as inept as John McCain. If that happens, Obama's path would be all downhill.

Joe Guzzardi, a registered Independent, reminds readers that 2008 he warned against buying into the Obama hype. Contact him at guzzjoe@yahoo.com.

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27 comments:

  • oliver alexander posted at 5:03 am on Tue, Jan 3, 2012.

    oliveralexander Posts: 1

    The most important sentence in Mr Guzzardi's article is this: "That huge sum won't be enough to save him against an effective Republican challenger". With the current pack of carnies Obama could win with a $1 war chest.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:41 am on Fri, Apr 15, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated...Again, Mr. Baumbach, since you are apparently unable to pinpoint the exact wording, where does this EO say all that YOU said it says...

    Ms Bobin.. I simply have zero motivation to provide the answer you seek... SINCE you are not seeking truth, you just want to stir the pot... if you were seeking truth you would have answered my question below " which is 'are you disputing the information... are you stating that this executive order did not do the things stated?"... You know it did which is why you have not answered. Instead, you want to change the subject.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:01 pm on Thu, Apr 14, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Joanne wrote:

    Hope you all enjoy your experience in bed with Donald Trump - another person I would love to see run for and win the presidency so we can see how fast he runs to cover up his dirty deeds.

    -This is the closest I have seen Joanne somewhat admitting EVEN Obama has attempted to cover up HIS dirty deeds. But I'm not going to hold my breath.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:54 pm on Thu, Apr 14, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    So Joanne,

    Are we to conclude you don't think there is anything sinister with B.O.?

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:49 pm on Thu, Apr 14, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Darrell wrote:

    ...the only problem is that even if it resulted that way, his policies that damaged our economy, and the damaged economy that resulted cannot be withdrawn.

    -And as evidenced by what is going on now here in the U.S., there is ample evidence B.O. has done damage to the economy that may take a generation to repair.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:44 pm on Thu, Apr 14, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Joanne wrote:

    Your credibility is fading...if you actually ever had any.

    -Chuckle,

    A classic remark from a liberal when they are losing the argument. I, and I think I can speak for Darrel, would never go as far as saying EVEN Joanne actually never had any credibility. That being said, this is why Conservatism is the antithesis of Liberalism.

     
  • Patrick W Maple posted at 5:57 pm on Thu, Apr 14, 2011.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    Many of those who voted for "change" voted believing that DumBO was going to change WASHINGTON...NOT the United States. This guy is literally nothing more than a bunch of quacks in duck's clothing.

     
  • Patrick W Maple posted at 5:50 pm on Thu, Apr 14, 2011.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    ms bobin: I hardly think that my unstylish clothing or outdated attire have anything to do with Bo's BC or the tangle of other issues and knowings about him that he is keeping from the public. I can't believe that 22M people are all of a sudden archaic, outmoded, passe or prehistoric in their beliefs as to what is Constitutional. We may be local yokels to you but geee...provincial? You remind me of the person standing in a circle with 20 other people telling your boss how you have a hard time working with each of them because of some defect they have...it is time to look at yourself.

    BO is as I have said many times before...an empty suit...as he once again proved with the lame empty speech he gave last night...he needs some new comedy writers, a new make-up artist and a huge dose of humility and reality. He ain't all that!

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:55 pm on Thu, Apr 14, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Again, Mr. Baumbach, since you are apparently unable to pinpoint the exact wording, where does this EO say all that YOU said it says.

    Your credibility is fading...if you actually ever had any. Your insistence on ignoring my request to give the wording in the EO that you claim is there and then make personal attacks on me is evidence that you made statements that you cannot back up.

    Mr. Docktor: As far as the "messenger" is concerned, this hoopla over the EO (which actually states the same things that GW Bush's stated) has already been debated and is old news, but apparently you provincials just cannot let it go. Hope you all enjoy your experience in bed with Donald Trump - another person I would love to see run for and win the presidency so we can see how fast he runs to cover up his dirty deeds.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:16 am on Thu, Apr 14, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Because if it is to the contrary everything he has done as President could be argued as null and void. Let's hope we don't have to go there...
    Hummm ...when you put that way, everything null and void that he did... I can only dream...the only problem is that even if it resulted that way, his policies that damaged our economy, and the damaged economy that resulted cannot be withdrawn.
    As far as Ms Bobin... yes... her rhetoric and focus is smoke and mirrors... no substance.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:07 am on Thu, Apr 14, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Darrell,

    I think we can conclude That Ms. Bobin does not want to discuss the EO given her MO is to always attack the messenger. I do really hope Obama does turn out to be a U.S. citizen. Because if it is to the contrary everything he has done as President could be argued as null and void. Let's hope we don't have to go there.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:19 pm on Wed, Apr 13, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated...Mr. Baumbach. It puzzles me greatly how you can write paragraphs and then claim that you only wrote one word,
    Because... that is all I claim that I wrote... may I ask Ms Bobin... are you disputing the information... are you stating that this executive order did not do the things stated? All I can see is that you want to discredit Dr Bramhall and label her like you do many others rather than actually talk about the information... I do not care what she may or may not have done... I was focusing on the executive order and what it did...

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:05 pm on Wed, Apr 13, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Docktor: Please refer to my post on 4/12 regarding this executive order.

    As far as the "dr." is concerned, she has even tried to get a petition going to charge Sarah Palin with inciting violence with her crosshairs on Arizona in the Giffords case.

    Liberals? "Chuckle!" (credit to Mr. Docktor)

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:27 am on Wed, Apr 13, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Joanne wrote:

    Perhaps Mr. Nelson should read more of what SJB has to say about just about everyone, Democrat or Republican. She calls herself a "political refugee." AKA, crackpot, who left the US because she was "harassed" by the government for her political activism (not my words - you can Google a zillion articles by and about this person).

    -I have to congratulate Joanne for being a consistent Liberal that being always attacking the messenger and not the source.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:23 am on Wed, Apr 13, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2304500/posts

    Hawaii law allows an adult to alter, or amended, the birth records a hospital has on file. The original is still filed, but an amended version is created. The adult is allowed to alter information such as birth date, father, nation of birth, etc., provided they have documentation to prove what is being altered is true. BUT, with a foreign born infant, the entire birth record is considered "assumed". Because everything is "assumed", so are the alterations. No proof is then necessary for the amendment. The amended foreign born certificate, or foreign born adoption certificate, is not legally valid as proof of natural U.S. citizenship because the missing information.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:17 am on Wed, Apr 13, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Of course Joannne would not find it curious the first order of business Obama took care of on day one of his Presidency was to sign off on an Executive Order that states that only the records he chooses to be made public will be released.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:44 pm on Tue, Apr 12, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Certainly within character, Mr. Baumbach. It puzzles me greatly how you can write paragraphs and then claim that you only wrote one word, i.e., "interesting," with the "evidence" for all to see. Or perhaps at a loss as to how to explain yourself?

    I'm concerned about your sanity. Perhaps a nice hot cup of tea is in order? Always serves to sooth my "hysterical manner." Until your next post...."Chuckle!" (credit to Mr. Docktor - don't want him accusing me of plagiarism).

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:25 pm on Tue, Apr 12, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin... you are behaving in a hysterical manner... I simply typed one word...
    "interesting" now that you have displayed this kind of behavior, I have two words to type that pertains to you... "very interesting"... I suggest if you are dying to find out ... please do it yourself... I am not that interested.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:34 pm on Tue, Apr 12, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I ask again, Mr. Baumbach. EXACTLY where in this order does it list the items you have listed in your comment of April 10 @ 10:02AM?

    Scroll down to the bottom of the page of this EO and click on the link for the EO that this EO revokes - the one signed by GWB in 2001 - which is pretty similar to the one Obama signed. In your spare time, perhaps you can go line by line and see what Obama added to his EO. GWB's EO replaced Ronnie Reagan's EO which was significantly shorter, so it seems GWB had much more to hide than Ronnie.

    Really, I'm literally dying to find out where your information (as listed on 4/10) came from.


     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:27 pm on Mon, Apr 11, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin... I only typed one word" interesting".... The rest was what actions Mr Obama took and what he thinks is important to protect from public scrutiny. I did not suggest or imply anything... just said “interesting”.. I think the information is meaningless... however, it is curious why he thinks hiding these records merit the power of an executive order. Maybe you can give everyone the benefit of the inside information you must have in order to dismiss this without even a curious “why”... Why would Obama waste his time with an executive order over such insignificant information??????? I'm surprised he neglected to protect the name of his childhood cat or when he lost his first tooth while he was at it.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:36 am on Mon, Apr 11, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Was this a joke, Mr. Baumbach... your second link to a conspiracy theorist who claims Obama is the product of a CIA plot?

    As far as EO 13489, I don't see anything sinister there. Perhaps you could give me a direct quote from the order that proves Obama is hiding something.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 6:58 am on Mon, Apr 11, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Perhaps Mr. Nelson should read more of what SJB has to say about just about everyone, Democrat or Republican. She calls herself a "political refugee." AKA, crackpot, who left the US because she was "harassed" by the government for her political activism (not my words - you can Google a zillion articles by and about this person).

    Now that Guzzardi has made the case against Obama, and previously discounted every current Republican rival, I am curious who he thinks is going to win the next election.

     
  • Charles Nelson posted at 5:10 pm on Sun, Apr 10, 2011.

    Charles Nelson Posts: 259

    Dr. Bramhall, your blogs are fascinating about Obama's past. I can't wait to read more. Thanks!

     
  • Patrick W Maple posted at 4:45 pm on Sun, Apr 10, 2011.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    Sorry Joe, but there is an old saying: "When the chickens come home to roost..."
    Southern CA is loaded with air heads and empty suits...especially in the entertainment (?) business...without Charlie Sheen they are nothing, except a bunch of missle-guided lunkheads with hidden zits and adolescent minds. Do you really think they will vote for someone else? Remember they don't vote FOR anyone they vote AGAINST someone...anyone who might not like their styles. The problem too is that LA is not alone...

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:02 am on Sun, Apr 10, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Interesting...
    Executive Order 13489: Signed January 21, 2009

    Except for Fox News, the mainstream media has virtually ignored Executive Order 13489 (http://www.fas.org/sgp/obama/presidential.html) Obama signed immediately on assuming the presidency. 13489 effectively closes off all official records of Obama’s past from public scrutiny. Among records declared “sealed” when the press has asked to see them are (see http://tinyurl.com/2g3k5vp)

    * All college records from Occidental College, Columbia University or Harvard Law School.
    * All Harvard Law Review articles and University of Chicago scholarly articles
    * Obama’s client list from the law firm he worked for in Chicago
    * His Illinois state senate records and schedules (which are supposedly lost)
    * His passport records.
    * His parents’ marriage license and divorce decree.
    * His mother’s marriage license from her second marriage.
    * His adoption and kindergarten records
    * Obama’s original 1961 birth certificate from the State of Hawaii

     
  • Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall posted at 9:52 pm on Sat, Apr 9, 2011.

    Stuart Bramhall Posts: 1

    The lack of substance here is reminiscent of the re-election campaign of George Herbert Walker Bush. Bush senior's lack of passion supposedly cost him the 1992 election. The things he really cared about - his relationship with the Saudi royal family and the Carlyle Group and his off-the-books intelligence network, etc. - had to remain hidden. He pretended to care about the failing economy and health care system that the public were so upset about. However these weren't real issues to him, so there was absolutely no passion.

    We know even less about Obama's past than Bush seniors, especially with Obama's signing of Executive Order 13489 (the day after he took office), effectively sealing his pre-presidential past. I blog about this at "The President with No Past" at www.stuartbramhall.com

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 10:10 am on Sat, Apr 9, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    PBS and Chris Matthews seem to be starting down the road of throwing Obama under the bus. Now this is revealing just how much of a bumbling idiot B.O. is.

     

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