If you had the misfortune to live through Jimmy Carter's presidency, the current epic fail of the Obama administration in all areas -- especially economic and in foreign policy -- probably seems very familiar.
How familiar? Apparently the close similarity of these two presidential epic fails extends all the way down to Carter's famous "malaise" speech.
"And maybe we’ve simply evolved as a nation past the need for a competent president. Having a good president was an absolute necessity early on in our nation’s history when we were still struggling to survive. But now even our poor people are fat, and no matter how bad the president is, it’s not likely that we’ll starve to death. Plus, having a good president may just make things too easy. Remember how easy it was to succeed in the 80s? It hardly took any effort, and that probably made us lazy. But with the way the economy is now and with added things like Obamacare trying to crush small businesses, only the really smart and the hardest workers will to be able to make any traction. So, in a way, instead of looking at Obama as a horrible president, you could simply see him as an added layer of difficulty to spur us on to be even better."
So in a way, the Obama presidency is like progressive weight lifting. All the taxes and spending and overregulation is for your benefit! That's why, as soon as you figure out a way to lift the weights, he piles on some more. That tax was too easy? Here's another one!
... What could the Ambassador to England [Louis Susman, appointed by Obama] have on his schedule that is more important than attending a celebration and commemoration of a US president? Isn’t this, in part, part of the job? When a foreign country goes out of its way to honor your country, doesn’t that give you a unique leverage that should be capitalized on? Doesn’t it follow that the only way to capitalize on it is to actually be there?
From all reports, Susman was not sick, stricken with illness or involved in a really intense game of Farmville. He simply didn’t show up, as the representative of the United States, to an event honoring one of the greatest presidents in US history. Susman didn’t show up to honor the long standing relationship that the US and Great Britain have; one that solidified in World War II, and was made stronger through the Cold War and its eventual end — and end that was percipitated by the man they were there to honor! (PJ Tatler)
First of all, there was a big shift in Congressional states from "blue" to "red" states. Texas is the huge winner, picking up 4 seats. NY and Pennsylvania both lost seats. California failed to gain any seats for the first time.