It’s no secret that the vast majority of Republicans absolutely loathe President Obama. While some of it has to do with racism (especially among the tea party ranks), a lot of it stems from their jealousy of his presidency.
George W. Bush is going to go down as one of the most disastrous presidents in our nation’s history. Following his exit from the White House, he basically had one last shot at redemption: a peaceful and stable Iraq. Well, with the rise of ISIS – due in large part to the Iraq War destabilizing the entire region – that “dream” is over. Not only is Iraq plagued with horrific violence right now, but much of the Middle East has been engulfed in utter chaos because of the destabilization of the region following Bush’s war.
But even going beyond Bush’s failures internationally, his economic polices were an epic disaster here at home. Near the beginning of his presidency he professed that his tax cuts would balance the budget within a decade; instead, they nearly doubled our national debt during his eight years and his policies sent this country toward the worst economic recession in nearly a century.
Enter President Obama seven years ago. Obama was tasked with the unenviable task of becoming president in the middle of a complete economic meltdown, two wars and a country spiraling out of control. And despite what you might hear from the GOP, Fox News or the rest of the conservative media, this president has been one of the most successful in our nation’s history.
That fact really ticks off Republicans because they’ve done just about everything they can to sabotage his presidency, yet they’ve failed at nearly every turn.
Not only that, but he’s done things that Bush could have only dreamed of doing.
In just just his first six years in office, coming off the worst recession since the Great Depression, President Obama has already created more jobs than Bush did during his entire eight years in Washington.
He also created more jobs in 2014 than Bush did during any year he was in office.
On top of job growth and economic recovery, President Obama has been infinitely more successful than Bush when it comes to international affairs. It took Obama two years to do what Bush couldn’t do in nearly eight – that is, order the successful killing of Osama bin Ladin. History will always show that Barack Obama was president when the world’s most wanted terrorist was found and killed, and Republicans can’t stand to think about that fact.
Then even when you look at this nuclear deal with Iran, it’s something Republicans want no part of – because their ideology really isn’t advanced enough to even fathom using diplomacy to try to avoid war. To Republicans, Iran is nothing more than a war they’ve yet to fight. When it comes to matters such as these, the only “answer” they typically have is “let’s start a war.”
The Iraq War was a perfect example. Sure, it was easy to send troops to the region, invade the country and remove Saddam Hussein from power – but then what? Well, the Bush administration clearly didn’t have a clue. Part of their selling point for the war was that it would be over in a matter of months. We even saw the embarrassing spectacle of Bush landing on an aircraft carrier in a flight suit declaring “mission accomplished” just a few weeks after the war began. The truth is, they had no idea what they were doing, how to handle it or any sort of exit strategy once the entire mess was started.
Could you imagine if President Obama did that exact same thing? Hell, the conservative media flips out if he doesn’t salute Marines properly; imagine if he landed on an aircraft carrier in a flight suit prior to over 4,000 American eventually dying in a war that he promised would only last a few weeks.
But because he’s exhausting diplomatic efforts with Iran (along with many of our allies) to avoid another disaster like the one Bush caused, Republicans are up in arms, using all sorts of “this will lead to the end of our great nation” ridiculous rhetoric. Basically because the conservative vision for our future is so simplistic and small, they can’t grasp the “bigger picture” that President Obama sees.
All the while, he’s taken a strong stance on Israel to show that we won’t let another nation dictate to us what we will or won’t do with our foreign policy – something Republicans seem far too spineless to ever do. It’s not that President Obama isn’t loyal to our ally, but it’s possible to be loyal to a nation while still thinking that nation’s leader is pompous ass who’s trying to have proxy control over your international affairs.
Though when you look at how Republicans have behaved these last few weeks concerning Israel, one has to wonder, to what country do they really pledge their loyalty? I’ve never seen a time in our history where an entire political party showed more respect to a foreign leader than they do to our own president.
But the bottom line is, President Obama has owned Republicans his entire time in office. Despite their best efforts, our economy has still grown and our unemployment continues to fall. In nearly every major legislative battle, from the government shutdown; to the Affordable Care Act; to the Keystone XL pipeline; to raising taxes on the rich; to the debt ceiling; and even funding for the Department of Homeland Security – Obama has won every battle.
This president will go down as one of the most accomplished in our nation’s history, and that fact drives Republicans crazy.
So, while Republicans will undoubtedly always hate Barack Obama, deep down many are just jealous. He’s what they wished George W. Bush could have been, but never was – a successful president.