Former President Barack Obama claims there were no scandals within his administration while in office. Those are the words that came from the delusional minds of a delusional administration. It’s time to take the time and look back a bit. I understand an administration that wants to project itself as being on top of its game but in the case of the last administration, that did not take place. It would have been better for Obama to have said nothing. But no, he had to open up this box, all in the hope of making Trump’s presidency look less than his own. In time we will see if this is true or not.
In recent weeks, Obama has informed the country that his administration had been “scandal free.” He also claimed to be in the top 10 of America’s greatest presidents. Don’t add fuel to the fire with self-praise. I’m still waiting on my $2,500 in insurance savings. I guess someone else got the money, because I didn’t see a penny of it. Those who supported Obama from within the liberal Left’s media dog pack and the Democratic Party see his presidency as being truly top notch. Nothing could be further from the truth, as I will show. The job of the media in the past was to hold our leadership accountable. For the most part, in the previous administration’s days in office, they lost that ability. If they, like their predecessors, had done their job, then historians would be looking at Obama’s administration in a different light.
There are many scandals. What might turn out to be the greatest of all scandals in America’s history is the spying on Trump’s campaign — which is coming out more every day. We see that there are double standards. The Left is not accountable.
Let’s talk about the $7 trillion more in debt that Obama left us with. Why? Because there were no “shovel-ready jobs” Obama spoke of and wasted $1 trillion on. Obamacare, that was just another way for the government to have more control over our lives. The cost was supposed to go down — it did not. The system that was in place before Obama came to office was not great but it did work. The sad part of that bill was the fact that no one ever read the whole thing before it was passed.
In both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, it was shown that people from overseas donated funds, most with fake identities. This is a crime in itself. No proof of identity or limit to these donations was needed after Obama’s campaign officials disabled the credit card verification system. The true amount of money that was squandered on Obama’s “green” programs might never be known. Solyndra was one of his “pet programs.” They received $500 million only to go bankrupt within nine months of receiving your tax dollars. They were not the only ones (Solar Trust, Nextera) — all of them went bankrupt in time. Unemployment for most of his time in office was 8 percent or better at times. If the truth be known, that number was closer to 20 percent. I can make anything look good on paper and our government does most of the time. If I am honest with myself and you, regardless of who is in office, it can be done the same.
Now we need to look at some of Obama’s scandals that cost American lives. Take the time to look at Eric Holder and Operation Fast and Furious. Here we have our own government getting into the gun business. They sponsored an illegal gun-running operation. What Obama’s anti-gun administration wanted was an outcry from the population, in hopes to have more gun control. All this did was to get American agents killed. It made Holder look like more than just a fool. He was complicit in their murders.
The anti-American pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright was Obama’s pastor for 20 years. For 20 years, Wright was his mentor. In March of 2008, Obama stated “I could no more disown Jeremiah Wright than I could my own grandmother.” Now tell me that Wright, with his extreme anti-American view, did not influence Obama’s presidency. There were several times when Obama should have stayed out of racial problems and left it to state-level officials to work out. He chose not to and made problems worse.
Do you like free food? Anyone would. Obama made it easy for 15 percent of the American people to get food stamps. This bought more votes for the Democratic Party. We have never had such a high rate. He also illegally ended welfare-to-work requirements that were passed by our Congress. This did not help the people, it just made some even more lazy.
This was not part of his scandals while in office, but it was a scandal that helped lead to the downfall and collapse of the housing market. While working as an attorney, Obama sued banks and compelled these banks to make loans to people who were not qualified. These loans were made to minority borrowers who were not capable of paying the money back. These loans, it seems, were the primary cause for the collapse. This action helped break the back of the nation in 2009. How was it legal to use taxpayers’ dollars to bail out private pension funds of the nation’s autoworkers? Obama sent billions to Chrysler and General Motors unions.
Waivers went to hundreds of donors who were politically connected to Obama — they were exempted from the requirements of Obamacare. Did you get exempted from having to have Obamacare and not pay a fine for not having it? I didn’t. I guess we did not donate enough money. What about the collective ring that was placed in the nose of the American people? That is what happened when Obama created more “czars.” These men and women were accountable to no one. This added new federal departments with no congressional oversight. Obama did this all on his own. But in Obama’s eyes, this was not scandalous, it was just part of doing business — Obama’s business and not the American people’s business. But we paid for it, anyway. This helped bring about the downgrade of America’s credit rating for the first time in our nation’s history. Poor economic policies share in the downgrade.
Why would any American president want to alienate and step away form our relationship with Israel? It happened at the same time that he was apologizing to Islamists and terrorists for America offending them. In 2009, he gave a speech in France and described the United States as being arrogant and dismissive. He also was very critical of Europe. This all from the president of the United States.
Will we ever forget the IRS’s former director, Lois Lerner, admitting that officials within the IRS acted improperly when it came down to the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status? How can we? If it were the other way around, the Left would not. D.O.J prosecutor Barbara Bosserman refused to bring Lerner up on charges. It’s in the records that Bosserman donated $7,000 to Obama’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. But that was not inappropriate — or was it? Hillary Clinton as secretary of state left a lot to be desired in her abilities, working within Obama’s administration. To tell the American people we have four dead Americans because of a video was a lie. Then she told her family the truth that night. The Benghazi compound requested help no less than 600 times in the months before the attack. Now add in the fact that she would not turn over her e-mails. The truth is in those records. Truth that Obama’s administration hopes will never come out.
Our former president should not point his finger at Trump’s administration. Fact of the matter is, he might pull back a nub.
Robert Lee is a concerned citizen and U.S. Marine veteran who owns and operates Rockingham Guns and Ammo. His column appears here each Saturday.