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Obama's not a good president

December 2, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

To the Editor,

Now that President Barack Obama doesn't have to worry about re-election, he can do what he wants. And he will. You're about the meet the real Obama. As he told Russian president Dimitri Medvedev, "After the election, I'll have more flexibility." To do what, exactly? The Russians aren't America's friends.

One day after the election, nearly 40 companies laid off thousands of employees, anticipating a $1.6 trillion tax increase, increased regulation and the prohibitively expensive hammer of Obamacare falling. They further anticipate cost increases in utilities, in the wake of more than 200 coal-fired power plants closing since 2009, along with many coal mines, all victims of the supposedly non-existent regulatory war on coal. These closings will drastically increase electricity bills, along with the cost of everything else requiring electricity to produce, which is pretty much everything else.

Two days after the election, the Interior Department announced plans to close almost 2 million acres to shale oil and gas drilling. This, like the plant and mine closings, is another volley in the left's ongoing war to force us to go green, using sustainable resources like solar and wind power. However, wind and solar, combined, can provide only 0.07 percent of our present energy needs, and cost more per kilowatt hour than coal - another reason costs will increase.

If I were an ambassador, I'd resign, because my boss - the president - clearly does not have my back. On Sept. 11, the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked after seeing signs of targeting for months, and several times requesting increased security. All requests were denied.

When the attack came, Obama and senior staff members watched, via drone, as events unfolded - for seven hours. American forces, prepared to launch a rescue, were ordered multiple times to stand down, supposedly, because the Libyan government had refused entry into its airspace. A good president - say, Ronald Reagan, perhaps George W. Bush - would've said, "screw your airspace, I have people in danger," and gone in. But, we don't have a good president - we have Obama.

When things calmed down, with four Americans - one an ambassador, who was tortured, beaten and sexually assaulted - dead, and an embassy in flames, Obama went to bed. Then, next morning, he flew to Las Vegas for a campaign fundraiser. You've got to prioritize, right? Dereliction of duty, at best; callous, deliberate negligence, at worst.

They tried for weeks to blame it on protests - incited by a poorly made Internet film - before finally admitting the truth: terrorism; pre-meditated. When questions arose - look there - a shiny object. The Petraeus - ahem - affair coincidentally erupted, becoming the media focus, smoke-screening the Benghazi issue. Four dead Americans vs. one philandering bureaucrat.

Something had better come of this - Nixon was destroyed after attempting to conceal a break-in he knew nothing about for months - and in which nobody died. Obama watched the whole terrible, humiliating episode happen, in real time.

Humiliating America is Obama's job one - that's why liberals adore him. It's going to be a long four years.

Rob Denham


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