President Obama: The Man Who’s Owned the Republican Party Since 2008

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president-obama-smiling-5There are plenty of reasons why Republicans dislike President Obama. First of all, he’s a Democrat, so that instantly makes him a “filthy liberal who hates America” – or at least something along those lines. Most of us know the main reason why this particular president seems to be hated to such an extreme length has to do with the fact he’s half black with a “foreign-sounding” name. In a day and age where many conservatives are so paranoid that they seem to think anyone who’s brown with a slightly less-than-traditional name might be a terrorist, it was only natural that their ridiculousness would be far worse during Obama’s presidency.


But getting beyond all of the superficial nonsense, there’s another reason why Republicans can’t stand this president: He’s owned them since the day he was elected.

It started when he absolutely crushed John McCain in 2008 and hasn’t really stopped. Sure, Republicans have done a great job at obstructing anything and everything they can, but when it’s gotten right down to the big issues – this president has kicked their asses practically every single time.

Take the Affordable Care Act. Granted, due to Republicans it isn’t the perfect (or even close to perfect) law that President Obama wanted it to be, but he still got it passed. Not only that, but it’s been Constitutionally upheld – twice – by a Supreme Court comprised of a majority of conservative justices.

Then on issues like the debt ceiling, Republicans had absolutely no shot at “winning” anything. Sure, they tried extortion to get their way by using the debt ceiling as leverage, but President Obama knew letting the country default on its debt (for the first time ever) would ultimately end up backfiring on the GOP. So he sat back and watched them make fools out of themselves by proving that many of them don’t even know what the heck the debt ceiling is. And in the end, every-single-time, he’s out-strategized them and usually gotten most of what he wanted.

We can’t forget the government shutdown that accomplished absolutely nothing other than hurting families. Think about it, our government was shutdown by Republicans for the first time in nearly 20 years for absolutely no reason other than the fact that quite a few conservative members of the House of Representatives don’t understand how our government works.

While this president wasn’t always in favor of same-sex marriage, his views evolved and ultimately – thanks to the ruling by the conservative-controlled Supreme Court – gay Americans are now allowed to get married in this country. President Obama didn’t have much directly to do with the decision, but he was the first president in U.S. history to publicly put his support behind the legalization of gay marriage. Along with the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the LGBT community has seen historic gains toward true equality during Obama’s presidency.

He even managed to broker a historic nuclear deal with Iran despite just about every Republican in this country throwing a massive hissy fit over the agreement. But in the end, there’s absolutely nothing they can do to block it.


In other words, another win for this president.

Oh, and did I mention history will always show that President Obama is the one who ordered the mission that found and killed Osama bin Ladin? Republicans always love it when I remind them of that.

Then there’s always the fact that he managed to save the American auto industry, reduce deficits by over $1 trillion (with a T) and preside over the longest streak of private sector job growth in our nation’s history – all while Republicans tried to sabotage him at every turn.

And I would be doing an injustice to the truth if I didn’t mention that our unemployment rate under President Obama is lower than at any time during Reagan’s eight years in office.

While Republicans have undoubtedly prevented this president from doing a lot of what he wanted to accomplish (especially on guns, the one big issue where he hasn’t been able to get common sense legislation passed), considering the circumstances he’s faced throughout most of his presidency, I think he’s done a damn fine job of getting done what he could.

When it’s all said and done, much of the turmoil we’re currently seeing within the GOP today has to do with the fact that, no matter how much Republicans have tried to beat this president, he’s owned them since the moment he was elected.



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Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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