Those Calling 2013 “Obama’s Worst Year Yet” Prove They Don’t Know What They’re Talking About

obama-smilingI have to laugh at this wave toward the end of the year of people saying 2013 was Obama’s worst year since he became president.  I’m sorry, but I just don’t get that.

Why was this his worst year?  Because of an IRS “scandal” Republicans pushed relentlessly until it the facts came out that showed it wasn’t just conservative groups being targeted?  Oh, but you didn’t hear much about that part of the story in the media.  Anger and fear sell much better than simple facts.

Or was it the Edward Snowden/NSA thing?  Again, who didn’t assume this was going on to begin with?  And for the record, the NSA surveillance program isn’t an “Obama thing.”  The Patriot Act (you know the law that gave the NSA much more power than it already had before) was actually a bill built by Republicans.  Though I find it quite ironic — now that this “news” has come to light, suddenly Republicans want to act appalled about it.  As if they had nothing to do with it.

Perhaps it was the Benghazi thing?  I mean, really?  How many times will that story be debunked before it just goes away?  Even most Republicans have given up on it.  It only remains relevant to those on the far right (and a few others) who just seem unable to let it go.  Oh, and they want to keep it somewhat of an issue in a desperate attempt to have something to use against Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The government shutdown?  Speaker of the House John Boehner (a Republican) refused to let the House vote on a clean version of the Senate’s continuing resolution, which would have passed the House and kept the government open.  How exactly is that Obama’s fault?  I’d love to know.

Oh, I know, it’s the rough start to the Affordable Care Act, right?  Granted, the website was an absolute mess.   That’s on President Obama because that was a complete embarrassment.  I wouldn’t even try to defend it because it was indefensible.  But now it’s working (for the most part) just fine — and suddenly Republicans no longer want to talk about it.

Then there was the “broken promise” about Americans being able to keep their old health insurance plans.  So, let me get this straight.  The Affordable Care Act requires health insurance companies to provide actual health insurance as opposed to just the illusion of coverage like many had been doing.  Therefore, many of these substandard (and quite honestly “fake health care”) plans were cancelled by the health insurance companies and this is somehow President Obama’s fault.  Oh, and that’s a bad thing?

I’m sorry if I don’t feel requiring health insurance companies to actually provide real health coverage is a “bad” thing.  I do feel bad for those people who had their premiums go up, but were premiums going down before the Affordable Care Act?  Besides, most of these companies are hiking premiums to keep their bloated profit margins at record highs.  They’re simply using the Affordable Care Act as an excuse to do it.

But let’s look at what else has happened this year in this country:

  • DOMA was struck down by the Supreme Court, opening the door for gay marriage to be legalized in the United States.
  • Stock markets hit multiple record highs.
  • We experienced our largest quarter of economic growth in five years.
  • We experienced job growth in every single month of 2013 (assuming December will be positive for private sector jobs).
  • Unemployment dropped to 7%.
  • We eclipsed 8 million jobs created since 2010 under President Obama.
  • Millions of Americans who didn’t have health insurance will now have access to it due to the Affordable Care Act.
  • We got Syria to agree to surrender their chemical weapons without using our military.
  • We took the first steps toward hopefully ending Iran’s nuclear program (though this is in its infancy for certain).

I’m going to go ahead and just stop there.  There are more things that went on, but even with just that list, I’d say that seems like a pretty decent year to me.  Sure, it wasn’t flawless and some of the issues I laid out earlier are real to many people.  But it certainly wasn’t this “disastrous” year many Republicans are trying to paint it as.

I’ll put it this way: if the success we saw in 2013 equates to “Obama’s worst year,” I’ll take it.

Sure, you would rather some of the negative stuff not be there — even though much of it was media driven, like the IRS, NSA and Benghazi stories.  But considering all of the good that happened this year in this country, if this is indeed “Obama’s worst year,” I think most presidents would gladly take that.

Allen Clifton

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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  • Connor Clay

    The NSA leaks are legit and the President rationalized with their methods, but he doesn’t mind the discussion and is willing to pull them in (hopefully). Aside from that and the grandfather clause of Obamacare, there’s hardly scandalous about the IRS and Bengazi. I’m a liberal Democrat myself, turned away from the GOP, but I wish you weren’t so dismissive of what the NSA’s unwarranted mass surveillance was capable of. It’s worrying.

  • Jo Clark

    Mr. Clifton: I’m going to fix the beginning phrase of paragraph 8 for you:

    “I’m sorry (well, not really, just being polite) if …”

    There certainly are no apologies necessary for doing and thinking the right thing. A guy pointed out my habit of using that phrase a long, long time ago, out of habit, and now, if I type that, I stop and think, what exactly am I apologizing for here? It rarely stays in =)

  • DrDon

    Would someone please tell this to the mainstream media and Mara Liasson over at Fox/NPR? That’s all they can harp on, day after day. Whose approval ratings are at 8%? The Boehner-led GOPer-majority Congress and the filibustering fools in the Senate led by McConnell. Whose are five times that? Our president.

  • Be careful what you say…………..

  • Gdjohn52

    Allen Clifton, you’ve been drinking the kool-aid haven’t you, So you are say Benghazi is a non-issue, When the commander-in chief said stand down to saving 4 lives, To bad yours wasn’t one of them, How about fast and furious? You state facts that come out of DC, the only reason unemployment is down is because of all the people dropped from unemployment payments, Guess what after this latest stop of payments , Unemployment will drop some more, You may have a degree from some match book cover. But you have proven that you are just as brainwashed as the liberals want you to be and they give you a web page and most likely a paycheck from the government , Which I may remind you comes from tax money which only makes you a working welfare recipient. As far as nobamadontcare goes, premiums didn’t just go up a little and you can put the blame on anybody you want, (cause thats what you liberals do, NOBODIES ACCOUNTABLE) You failed to mention the deductible amounts which if they were 500, They are now 5000, Get the facts you DC puppet