Niall Ferguson: Obama’s Gotta Go

(Sunday, August 19th, 2012)

By Niall Ferguson for Newsweek Magazine:

I was a good loser four years ago. “In the grand scheme of history,” I wrote the day after Barack Obama’s election as president, “four decades is not an especially long time. Yet in that brief period America has gone from the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to the apotheosis of Barack Obama. You would not be human if you failed to acknowledge this as a cause for great rejoicing.”

Despite having been—full disclosure—an adviser to John McCain, I acknowledged his opponent’s remarkable qualities: his soaring oratory, his cool, hard-to-ruffle temperament, and his near faultless campaign organization.

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Yet the question confronting the country nearly four years later is not who was the better candidate four years ago. It is whether the winner has delivered on his promises. And the sad truth is that he has not.

In his inaugural address, Obama promised “not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.” He promised to “build the roads and bridges, the electric grids, and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.” He promised to “restore science to its rightful place and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost.” And he promised to “transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.” Unfortunately the president’s scorecard on every single one of those bold pledges is pitiful.

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5 Comments

  1. Joe Yeshivish says:

    Don’t forget, he also promised “the most transparent White House” in History! LOL!

  2. yet says:

    it’s time for him to go…

  3. ahavas_yisroel says:

    Wow! I can’t believe Newsweek would publish something so true!

  4. dmmd says:

    A president must have a congress that is negotiable. Obama had a congress that was dedicated to oppose him at every attempt to lead. The Republicans succeeded to ruin his presidency just as they did with Clinton ( ie Monica). Politics in the USA has one goal, power at any cost. The needs of the people are secondary. Little wonder that congress has such a low rating by Americans.

  5. wallflower says:

    yeah it’s great that obama got elected, but calling it “apotheosis” is going a little too far.

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