The 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama, recently performed a self-assessment, which aired on NBC before the Superbowl last Sunday.
In a pre-Super Bowl interview aired on Sunday, President Obama said that despite being unable to completely turn the economy around in three years, he still deserves to be re-elected.
“I deserve a second term but we’re not done,” Obama told NBC’s Matt Lauer in an interview broadcast from the White House.
Lauer noted that in a pre-Super Bowl interview three years ago, Obama had said “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”
Obama said that three years ago the economy was losing 750,000 jobs a month and the latest unemployment data from Friday shows. “Now we are creating 250,000,” he said.
Obama said that more needs to be done to boost manufacturing and improve worker skills.
“The key right now is just making sure we aren’t turning in a new direction that could throw that progress off,” he said.
In the NBC interview, Obama reiterated that at this stage military options are not off the table in dealing with Iran’s possible quest for a nuclear weapon.
Obama said that diplomacy is preferred because of the risks of military action.
“Obviously any additional military activity in the Gulf is disruptive and has a big effect on us,” he said, noting “it could have a big effect on oil prices.”
Obama said that he doesn’t think Israel has decided whether it would attack Iran, but indicated his belief the U.S. would not be blind-sided.
“We have closer military and intelligence consultations than we ever had,” he said.
The president’s glowing self-assessment of his job performance hardly represents a consensus of America’s opinion.
According to realclearpolitics.com, the president’s job approval stands at 48.6% favorable, 47.4% expressing disapproval, representing an average of 5 different polls. An average of five different polls indicates that 29.6% of American believe that we’re heading in the right direction, compared to 63.4% of us who believe that Obama’s leading the country to Hell in a hand basket.
Those polls help to explain the resurgent popularity of a painting completed in 2010 by Christian conservative artist John McNaughton. (click on the image below to view full size image)
KXNT CBS Las Vegas has the story:
Sales soared for a painting depicting Obama trampling on the Constitution after a story CBS Las Vegas produced last weekend went viral.
John McNaughton’s “The Forgotten Man” sold in one day “what we would sell in three months.”
The amount of traffic the story generated even crashed his website.
“I hate to think of the sales I lost with the site being down, but I’m pleased that the message got out,” he told CBS Las Vegas.
His webmaster needed to increase the amount of bandwidth for the site four times before it went back up Saturday night.
While sales of the painting went up, McNaughton said he got reactions from a “mixed bag of people” over the story.
“People really loved the painting and some were really angry,” he told CBS Las Vegas. “Our country is really divided and emotions run high on both sides of the aisle.”
Because of the delicate subject matter raised in his art, McNaughton was often accused of racism.
“I think racism is a legitimate issue. But I think if you want to speak out against Obama and his policies is one thing, but being called a racist gets tiresome when it has nothing to do with the painting.”
McNaughton was hesitant to paint “The Forgotten Man” before it was released in 2010, but “pushed to do it” despite his friends’ reservations.
Since “The Forgotten Man” was released, McNaughton painted what he described as “a sequel.”
The painting is called “Wake Up America” and it features “The Forgotten Man” trying to saw himself out of the chains of debt.
Throughout the tableau there are faces of sadness, blame, and desperation. President Obama is also prominently featured as a ring leader to the madness.
McNaughton also did another painting called “Via Dolorosa” in which historical figures bear witness to Jesus’ crucifixion.
“A lot of it has to do with modern day Christians and where they stand in history,” McNaughton said about the painting.
As for his next work, McNaughton is keeping the details under wraps.
“It’s called ‘One Nation Under Socialism.’ It’s political, but I want to keep it under my hat. I want to surprise people so there are no misconceptions.”
“One Nation Under Socialism” will be released in about a month.
Barack Hussein Obama is turning out to be the most divisive president in U.S. History.
With his recent decision to force Catholic hospitals to offer all forms of birth control, including the controversial morning-after pill, he has demonstrated a laser-like focus on completing the socialist course which he has charted for the greatest nation on God’s green earth (i.e., “spreading the wealth around”)…regardless of the consequences or the wishes of its citizens, and, in the process, ignoring the oath he swore on January 20, 2009:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.