Will Obama dodge the second -term curse?

Posted 21 Jan 2013 by Walaa Idris

Barack Obama

Obama’s second term began with record unemployment levels, hostile political battles and a very divisive re-election campaign that took the shine off the optimism and hopes that were the backdrop of his first historic election. But what will his second term be like? How will his legacy and presidency be remembered? Plus will he dodge the second – term curse?

The second – term curse that plagued every president from George Washington – who had angry mobs surrounding his home in Philadelphia to denounce him for the Jay Treaty – to Bill Clinton who was impeached in 1998 and every second – termer in between, from FDR, Nixon, and even Reagan.

Lefties on both sides of the Atlantic will not admit that Mr Obama’s second term, while historical, will most probably be less productive than his first. Despite Obamacare, his endless stimulus in the first four years and the latest two legislative successes – fiscal cliff and debt ceiling – his second term shows signs of being very challenging.

Gun control is set to divide the country further, while the economy is still on rocky grounds – not to mention, form recent events, killing Ben Laden did not actually kill Al Qaeda. All three are unforgiving back breakers he has to face head – on; my bet one of them will be his jinx.

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If Obama is moving ‘Forward’ why then is his campaign focused backwards!?

Posted 7 Sep 2012 by Walaa Idris

President Obama acceptance speech was puzzling. First, and by comparison to his usual style it was rather flat, even though he was preaching to the converted. Which brings me to another peculiar thing with the speech; it offered nothing to independent and floating voters. Strange, because how does he think he won the 2008 election? Yes he energized and maintained his base, but it was undecided voters and those outside his base that won him his fabulous majority last time!

Thirdly, during the whole speech, he never once said what went wrong since Hope and Change ….! Never talked about the jobs he promised to create but failed to, or the businesses that went under on his watch. He did not say a word about the homes that were repossessed and the families that lost everything, he didn’t even talk about his legacy and pet project, Universal Health Care. Come to think about it, last night, President Obama said very little about what mattered to Jo Public and Middle America and talked loads about ‘just give me a second chance, because Michelle, Joe and Bill think I am a good man and will be better than the other guy’ !!!!

I never had any doubt that one day after the novelty in gone; the true Obama will have to stand naked for all to see his true substance. That day came last night in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Of course Obama can do good!

Posted 17 Aug 2012 by Walaa Idris

Obama bobby hand shake

Those who think I am biased against all things Obama and cannot see any good or positive in anything he does, are very wrong!

Even though, I believe is he hasn’t done much good in his first term as president, and think his ideas of what is good for people don’t match mine. President Obama believes in handouts which on the face of it might seem caring yet ultimately they are crippling. They create a culture of dependency rather than self-reliance and pride in personal achievements. That type of kindness, long term, never uplifts or empowers people to become independent and be the very best they can be.

However, one Obama act (2009) will stay with me forever. See the posted photo, the policeman’s million dollars smile says it all! For the full effect and why I feel it was an extra special moment, watch the whole clip (here).

Who cares if Gordon Brown feels too precious to shake hands with the man that guards him and his family when the leader of the free world is more than happy do it with a smile!


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If Obama’s birther is a fake, then who should be punished and what’s their punishment?

Posted 12 Apr 2012 by Walaa Idris

President Barack Obama

Before the 2008 US elections, when the Obama birth certificate saga first started, like many people I was intrigued but kept an open mind. Because there was every possibility he was born outside the US just as there was a very good chance that he was born inside it. However, I knew his supporters; especially his African American supporters will play the race card. Simply because they can, and because race is a great weapon to use to hush people fast!

The matter was never fully resolved, no full birth certificate was produced before the 2008 elections, but ‘the powers that be’ killed the issue and took it out of the national and international media. As it turned out, it (the issue) was just comatose till after the elections and a couple of years later it resurfaced. The second time the search for Obama’s birther took center stage, it was led by non-other than the Donald himself.

When Donald Trump chased and pushed for a birth certificate to be made public, somehow one magically surfaced. Again the race card was tossed around here and there but this time folks have a paper document verifying Mr. President’s legitimacy, end of story!

Or so we though until a few days ago, when questioning Barack Obama’s birther authenticity has become a global subject discussed as far as Russia, or as close …… depending on which state you’re in.

My question is, if it turns out that Obama is not an American by birth, what does it say about the mighty US Security Services and who should be punished for that mistake/cover-up/ irresponsibility?

Personally I would like to see the Democrats banned from holding the office of President of the United States for the remainder of this century.

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Obama the not so frugal president!

Posted 17 Aug 2011 by Walaa Idris


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Barack Obama, the reluctant president!

Posted 1 Aug 2011 by Walaa Idris

President Barack Obama

Surreal, how by each passing day and as the 2012 US Elections approaches, President Barack Obama seems more like Jimmy Carter than Bill Clinton in his presidency!

Last night’s political compromise, although a triumph for Conservatism and smaller government, it also saved the president from having to repeat the whole thing again nearer the election. Nevertheless and putting to one side everything else – the latest debates have irrevocably damaged the public’s perception of him. He looked and behaved like a reluctant sitting duck!

As someone who was never bedazzled by the Obama project, the President’s charm and oratory – and since I was always suspicious that this president was never equipped for the task of Commander in Chief in the good the times let alone in such serious times, I’m not at all surprised. The bad news, it turned out I was right but the good news now many more see the true Barack Obama.

My fellow Conservatives, the Republicans and the members of the Tea Party Movement now have a great opportunity to win back the White House in 2012 – win is the operative word here. Unlike most elections this is not one for Obama to lose – he already did – but for the Conservatives to win! They need to applaud and build on their recent successes, come together, not allow the left to divide them – and fight united as one!


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Why, what changed!?

Posted 16 May 2011 by Walaa Idris

Barack Obama

After reaching their fixed ceiling of $14.3 trillion dollars, the U.S. debt management is today in crisis. Nonetheless, President Barack Obama wants the current limit to be increased further so he can continue to spend. This weekend in an attempt to scare and shame Congress into approving further lifting the limit, he said in a town hall meeting: “If investors around the world thought that the full faith and credit of the United States was not being backed up, if they thought that we might renege on our IOU’s, it could unravel the entire financial system.”

However, in 2006, the same Barack Obama voted against similar proposal to raise government debt ceiling and explained it by saying: “the fact that we’re here today to debate raising America’s debt is a sign of leadership failure” then went on to say “by raising the debt ceiling, the government is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.”

Fast forward five years to 2011 and he is now pushing for increasing the ceiling – therefore shifting the burden and laying it on the back of the future generations!

Allowing the U.S. to default is extremely irresponsible but it will be even more reckless to raise the debt ceiling without at least, at the same time putting in place the appropriate steps to reduce and curb government spending.

From where I’m standing Mr. Obama can either carry on spending other people’s money or do the “right” thing and tighten his belt!


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Why did Obama release his birth certificate now!?

Posted 28 Apr 2011 by Walaa Idris

Barack Obama

Since before the 2008 presidential election and during the election Barack Obama’s birth certificate and his university record were issues that heated up debate from time to time. However, right from the start he treated both as non- issues – and for the record I think neither should have become one.

With respect to where Barack Obama was born – I have too much reverence for the United States Federal Agencies to even suppose they did not do their due diligence regarding a presidential candidate, let alone one surrounded with great controversy from the start. As for the president’s undergraduate records and grades I think that’s an issue for Harvard University and their reputation. Nevertheless, I don’t care an iota one way or the other. Especially as the problem now is not what Obama told the American people and the world what he can do back then, but what he actually did and didn’t do during his presidency so far!

On Twitter, last night I asked “Why did Obama see the need to release his full birth certificate now, some twenty seven month into his presidency!?”

True to fashion I was attacked directly and in directly for my question – most attacks hinted at race and Obama’s skin colour!! Meanwhile John Mc Cain, who was born in Panama Canal Zone – was asked the same question back in 2008, no one batted an eye then and everyone conveniently forgot all about it now.

But back to my question, why did the president release the official document now – what changed between now and then plus who will benefit form this change!?

The president is in trouble and he knows it. He also knows the GOP have lots working for them this time round and the only way he can win in 2012 is if they beat themselves – by them choosing the wrong candidate.

Donald Trump might talk a lot of sense, plus now he is the big winner who was able to accomplish what many before him including the Clintons, the press, social media and most of Conservative America has tried and failed to achieve: “the release of President Obama’s full birth certificate”. But make no mistake it isn’t Trump’s genius that pushed Obama into submission – its Obama’s calculated brilliance and desire to hand pick who will be his opponent next year. He wants the GOP to select Trump for President, and that’s exactly who they shouldn’t choose!


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Well done Mr Obama!

Posted 22 Dec 2010 by Walaa Idris

By abolishing “Don’t ask don’t tell” and signing the bill that allows gay people the right to serve in the military, president Obama has made good and delivered on a campaign promise today. It’s no secret that I am no fan of the current US president, but today Mr. Obama deserves to be commended, Good job Mr. O!


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President Me Myself and I!

Posted 11 Dec 2010 by Walaa Idris

Barack Obama

Not even an imprisoned dissident can escape the narcissism of the US president!

For the first time since 1935 the Noble Prize was won by an imprisoned person, Chinese rebel fighter Liu Xiaobo – which in itself is a major event. Who was then barred by his government from attending the ceremony to collect his prize in Oslo – another equally important event!

But what does last year’s winner, the US president do? He goes and issue a statement from the White House which in true Obama style was more about him “the chosen one” than this year’s winner – shame on you Mr. O!

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