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Aside from that, though, it doesn’t collect a thing.
“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat,” Obama told The Boston Globe in 2007. Aside from the occasional attack on Libya, that is.
Obama “is a disciple of the pay-as-you-go approach to federal spending that helped produce a budget surplus in the ‘’90s,” said the Detroit Free Press when it endorsed him in 2008. This will be the first fiscal year the deficit has come in under $1 trillion. Aside from that, though, the statement was pretty accurate.
“We’ve restored America’s standing” in the world, the president-elect said in 2009. With the exception of Japan and Russia, America’s favorability ratings across the world have dipped since then, according to a 2012 Pew survey of global attitudes. The “Muslim public remains largely critical” and in China, “confidence in the American president has declined by 24 percentage points and approval of his policies has fallen 30 points.” But aside from that. …
“Sea Level Rise Accelerating Faster Than Initial Projections,” reported Climate Central last year. Aside from that, Obama was correct to claim his 2008 clinching of the Democratic nomination marked the moment when “the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
According to Esquire, “20 years from now, we’re going to look back on this time as a glorious idyll in American politics, with a confident, intelligent, fascinating president riding the surge of his prodigious talents from triumph to triumph.” According to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Obama has “never done anything wrong.” According to Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, the president is “standing above the country. Above — above the world. He’s sort of God.”
Set against such puffery we have the rather damning record of the past five years. But aside from that, it’s completely true.