That Was Then, This is Reality (Obama Is The Bestest-Ever Edition, Featuring Slate's Jacob Weisberg)


Remember the Alamo, Goliad, and this headline?:

Obama's Brilliant First Year

By January, he will have accomplished more than any first-year president since Franklin Roosevelt.

By Jacob Weisberg

Posted Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at 8:13 AM ET

Here's a snippet of adulatory prose from the bold visionary who wrote in August 2009 2008 that "racism is the only reason Obama might lose":

The case for Obama's successful freshman year rests above all on the health care legislation now awaiting action in the Senate….

Obama's claim to a fertile first year doesn't rest on health care alone. There's mounting evidence that the $787 billion economic stimulus he signed in February—combined with the bank bailout package—prevented an economic depression. Should the stimulus have been larger? Should it have been more weighted to short-term spending, as opposed to long-term tax cuts? Would a second round be a good idea? Pundits and policymakers will argue these questions for years to come. …

When it comes to foreign policy, Obama's accomplishment has been less tangible but hardly less significant: He has put America on a new footing with the rest of the world…. No, the results do not yet merit his Nobel Peace Prize. But not since Reagan has a new president so swiftly and determinedly remodeled America's global role.

Obama has wisely deferred some smaller, politically hazardous battles over issues such as closing Guantanamo, ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and fighting the expansion of Israel's West Bank settlements. Instead, he has saved his fire for his most urgent priorities—preventing a depression, remaking America's global image, and winning universal health insurance.

Reuters' Jim Pethokoukis, with the benefit of hindsight and a bullshit detector that isn't on the fritz, compresses a more insightful analysis into a mere Twitter tweet:

One year in: No HC reform, cap-and-trade dead, card check dead, lost Kennedy seat, and House Dems looking to keep Bush tax cuts

More Pethokoukis here.

NEXT: Exiting New Jersey's Fiscal Nightmare

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  1. Even shorter version:


      1. Can’t wait for this meme to die.

  2. Everyone treats Obama like the black Jesus. Then again, Jesus was probably black or at least Middle Eastern, considering his location.

    Maybe Obama is Jesus reincarnated?

    1. Not much chance we’ll see that birth certificate, then, eh?

      /kidding, kidding…

    2. Basically like that, except the opposite.

  3. The sweetest irony of all is that, according to Mickey Kaus, Jacob Weisberg voted for Scott Brown over Martha Coakley (couldn’t stomach the Amirault prosecutions). So he helped sink his own ship!

  4. I think you mean August 2008.


  6. The upcoming State of the Union address should be entertaining: Give it up for Bouncing Nancy, Gaffetastic Joe and the Spinmeister Extraordinaire, the Lecturer in Chief, the one, the only, Baaaaaarry Oooooh!

  7. There’s mounting evidence that the $787 billion economic stimulus he signed in February?combined with the bank bailout package?prevented an economic depression.

    Double-digit inflation, even with the Total State’s numbers.

    Housing starts down.

    Dollar down.

    Foreclosures and credit card defaults up.

    Oh, yeah. That was a trillion well spent.

    1. A trillion here, a trillion there…

      Pretty soon you’re talking about real money.

      [BTW: I think you mean “double digit unemployment”.]

  8. Not double-digit inflation, double digit unemployment.

    Although we’ll get the inflation soon enough, too.

    1. Yeah, I was just about to ask how I missed those inflation numbers…

  9. So even a tweet-length list of things he’s blundered into failing right has two dozen characters of filler.

    U S A

    1. “House panel may recommend abolishing Fannie, Freddie, Frank”


  10. Wow, thats too funny dude. I mean really, Obama needs to do something


    1. This ought to be the libertarian rallying cry for the next three years.

  11. Clap, goddammit!

  12. The progressives get no health care reform, no card check, no cap and trade, no end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a continuation of pretty much all of Bush’s terror policies except for a couple of useless show trials, total blame for the craptastic economy, and are now so unpopular that they can’t win in Massachusetts. Honestly, could Karl Rove dreamed up a worse first year for Obama?

    Remember last December when Joe was saying it was 1932 all over again?

  13. I have to admit. Knowing how things have turned out, I am kind of glad Obama won. McCain would sold out half a loaf and gotten blamed for everything anyway. As it is, Obama is destroying the Democratic Party and the liberal cause for the next generation while accomplishing absolutely nothing beyond the requisite stealing.

  14. As the white progressives slowly turn on Obama, how are they going to explain this to black America after claiming for all of last year that any criticism of the “One” was rooted in racism?

  15. “When it comes to foreign policy, Obama’s accomplishment has been less tangible but hardly less significant: He has put America on a new footing with the rest of the world…”
    And a less tangible statement is hardly possible. This is one of those ‘in the eye of the beholder’ claims, I guess….

  16. “But not since Bush has a new president so swiftly and determinedly remodeled America’s global role.”


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