Several times in recent weeks I’ve found myself in conversations with liberals who shake their heads sadly and express their disappointment with President Obama. Why? I suspect that they’re being influenced, often without realizing it, by the prevailing media narrative.
The truth is that these days much of the commentary you see on the Obama administration — and a lot of the reporting too — emphasizes the negative: the contrast between the extravagant hopes of 2008 and the prosaic realities of political trench warfare, the troubles at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the mess in Iraq, and so on. The accepted thing, it seems, is to portray Mr. Obama as floundering, his presidency as troubled if not failed.
But this is all wrong. You should judge leaders by their achievements, not their press, and in terms of policy substance Mr. Obama is having a seriously good year. In fact, there’s a very good chance that 2014 will go down in the record books as one of those years when America took a major turn in the right direction.
Oh true, we should judge any president by achievements, and frankly, everything Obama has achieved is an abject failure and bad, very bad for this nation. The economy is worse, foreign policy? Don’t get me started on the stupidity and incompetence this administration has shown. The border? ObamaCare? The war on coal? The delaying the Keystone Pipeline? The blatant disregard for the rule of law? The IRS being used as a political weapon? How about the fact that this president and his part have done more to divide and embitter Americans against their fellow Americans? How about the despicable rhetoric pitting rich against everyone else? How about Fast & Furious? Benghazi? Good grief Krugman is either delusional or he simply loves the fact that this president is doing great harm to our nation. I will put money on that second option.