As President Barack Obama’s First Term comes to a close, and his second term begins tomorrow at 12 Noon, CBS News’ Mark Knoller helps us to take a look back at the First Obama Term by the numbers. Here’s just some of the statistics:
*Number of speeches, remarks and comments: 1,852
*Number of speeches delivered with Teleprompter: 699
*Number of speeches in which he referred to Slurpees®: 35 (During the 2010 midterm election campaign, Mr. Obama often portrayed Republicans as “sippin’ Slurpees®” while Democrats struggled to pull the U.S. economy out of a ditch.
*Number of domestic trips as president: 245 (spanning 417 days; this does not include local outings in the DC area)
*Number of states visited to date: 44. States not yet visited: 6 (Arkansas, Idaho, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah)
*Town hall meetings: 58
*Vacations: 13 (spanning all or part of 83 days)
*Bills signed into law: 654 (90 of which named U.S. Post Offices)
*Bills signed into law by Autopen: 3
*Cabinet meetings: 19
*Commencement speeches: 15
*Visits to Camp David: 29 (spanning all or part of 72 days)
*Foreign trips: 25
*Nations visited: 35 (several more than once)
*Golf outings: 113 (Most frequent venue: 52 rounds at Joint Base Andrews)
*Media interviews: 591 (The major TV networks got 104 interviews)
*News conferences: 21 formal, solo, full-length White House news conferences (Mr. Obama had 108 press availabilities of all varieties including 57 joint sessions with foreign leaders)
*Meetings with foreign leaders: 131 (multiple meetings with many of them over 4 years) State dinners at the White House: 6 (India, Mexico, China, Germany, South Korea, Great Britain)
*Addresses to the nation: 8
*Addresses to Joint Sessions of Congress: 6
*Flights on Air Force One: 836
*Flights on Marine One: 801
*Evening outings (dinner, theater, shows): 57
*Days with no public or press appearances: 93
*Presidential pardons: 22
Here is complete of President Barack Obama’s marathon “framing” speech today in Ohio designed to reset his Presidential Campaign and frame it as a clear choice between two visions for the nation.
It was like the hundreds of other speeches you have heard Barack Obama read, designed to paint Republicans as the bad guys and himself as the champion of the people. In fact, if you did not know it to be true, you would think Barack Obama has not been President for 3 1/2 years, and that he never had control of both Houses of Congress for his first two years. Obama got everything he wanted for two years – and it did not work. But he is now trying to frame the election as the choice between finishing the job – which he has not even begun to start correctly – and “stalemate.” Obama actually wants to be re-elected with Democrat control of the House and Senate once again. But the reality is that the re-election of Barack Obama will ensure “stalemate” – because the Democrats won’t win the House and could very well lose the Senate.
There really was nothing new here – just more of the same. Obama is a one-note piano. His “hope and change” rhetoric is all he has – and his agenda to radically transform America into a far-Left European style Socialist state. His biggest problem now is that Americans are onto his game. Now, unlike in the 2008 Election, more than 46% of us know what he actually means by “change we can believe in.”
Here is video of Gov. Mitt Romney predicting that President Obama’s “Framing” speech today – designed to reset the Presidential Election Campaign – will be long on words but short on substance and reality. Romney said Obama will “be asking for four more years,” even though Obama said himself in 2009 that if he did not have the economy turned around in 3 years he would be looking at a “one-term proposition.” Romney urged people to look past Obama’s empty words to his dismal record in office.
Here is video of President Barack Obama addressing the American people tonight from Afghanistan. Obama said “the goal that I set” – to defeat Al-Qaeda – “is within reach.”
Somehow, I thought the goal to defeat Al-Qaeda started long before anyone even knew who Barack Obama was?
Here is video of President Obama in a VERY odd moment at the Washington Navy Yard where he went to speak today. Obama went to the lectern as if he was ready to speak, and then stood in silence for a full minute. In actuality, he was waiting on a 21-gun salute in the distance to be concluded in his honor, but it was not apparent to many tuning in via Television why he was waiting in silence.
Here is video of Charles Krauthammer reacting to President Obama’s speech last night on the Debt Limit. Krauthammer called the speech “purely partisan,” and a speech that was completely “yesterday.” By that he meant Obama was not dealing with reality – that even Democrats in Congress have given up the idea of raising taxes as part of a Debt Limit Deal. Obama is still pushing for tax increases.
Krauthammer said Obama is trying to “go to the people” as Reagan did, but with very different priorities. “Let’s see if this works,” Krauthammer said.
Here is complete video of President Obama’s address to the nation tonight, in which he tried to rally Americans to his side in the Debt Limit Debate.
Obama sought to go over the heads of Republicans in Congress directly to the American people, even quoting another President who did that very effectively – Ronald Reagan.
But Barack Obama is no Ronald Reagan. President Reagan would go to the people to get them to put pressure on Congress to rein in Government, and lower taxes. Obama, tonight, tried everything he could to get people to rally to the cause of higher taxes and keeping Government as large as possible. Obama shamelessly told Americans he could not guarantee Social Security checks would go out on August 3 if Republicans don’t do it his way in the Debt Limit Crisis. Of course, that is patently false. Even if there is no deal, there is plenty of money to pay Social Security, interest on the debt, and the Military. What Obama might have to do is decide not to pay for some of the mindless junk the Government is funding. The only way Social Security checks won’t go out is if Obama orders them not to. That’s not going to happen.
We’ll see if Obama is able to get Americans as a whole to rally to his cause of higher taxes, that will kill even more jobs. If anything, I would guess that Capitol Hill is going to be flooded with people asking Congress to NOT raise taxes and to STOP the spending!
Here is video of President Obama this morning making a statement in the White House Rose Garden in which he reacted to the disastrous June jobs numbers by saying, “we still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do.” But he took no responsibility for the increase in Unemployment to 9.2% despite all the massive spending he has engaged in under the guise it would turn the economy around. Let’s face it: Obamanomics doesn’t work and doesn’t let anyone else work either.
FOX NATION: His hair looking noticeably more gray, President Obama delivered a dreary statement in the Rose Garden this morning after a dismal jobs report, which showed the US economy adding just 18,000 jobs in June, the unemployment rate spiking up to 9.2%. A year after the WH proclaimed “recovery summer,: and two years after a trillion dollar “stimulus” program, the President blamed a series of “headwinds” for what he described as a “rocky” “recovery.” . . . Read More
Here is complete video of President Obama’s speech today at Arlington National Cemetery where he paid tribute to American Soldiers who have given their lives for the cause of Freedom.
President Obama loves to give speeches – but this one should come back to haunt him. It is from February 2009, just after he took office. Here he pledges to cut the annual U.S. Budget Deficit in half by the end of his first term! He talks about how terrible the deficits of the Bush years were. In reality, no deficit during Bush’s term reached $500 Billion in a single year. The Obama Budget Deficit this year is projected to be $1.65 Trillion. Instead of cutting the $500 Billion annual deficit in half – as he pledged – he has more than tripled it on his watch.
Gateway Pundit has an eye-opening chart that illustrates how seriously Obama takes reducing the nation’s deficit.
Here is video of former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton responding to President Obama’s speech on Libya last night. Bolton said that Obama’s handing control of operations in Libya over to NATO is like “handing from your right to your left hand. President Obama may be the only person in the world who doesn’t understand that NATO is the extension of American Military Power in Europe and the Mediterranean.”
President Obama addressed the nation tonight about U.S. military involvement in Libya. At times, he sounded a lot more like “President of the World” than “President of the United States.”
Obama made no case for military action in Libya being in the vital national interests of the United States. Instead, he based our action there on the need to avert a slaughter of Libyans by the forces of Dictator Moammar Gadhafi. That is a very legitimate concern – but instead of acting when the opposition forces were closing in on Gadhafi in Tripoli, he waited more than two weeks while Gadhafi massacred much of the opposition by using his air power to drive them all the way East to Benghazi. Only when given approval – not by the U.S. Congress – but by the United Nations and the Arab League did Obama act.
Obama tonight set forth a doctrine that seems to say that the United States is going to act militarily only in league with international coalitions and under the approval of the United Nations.
Obama said the continuing U.S. role will be limited, and that we will not go after Gadhafi himself – but will leave that to the people of Libya.
It is so interesting to see Obama – the man who rose to power by opposing U.S. Military action to bring down a despot in Iraq – justifying his own decision to use the U.S. Military against a brutal despot in Libya. Saddam Hussein was far more dangerous than Gadhafi, and had slaughtered hundreds of thousands of his own people. In Dallas, George W. Bush must be watching Obama’s radical change with great interest.
Here is audio of a statement President Obama made from Brazil this afternoon on the beginning of military action against the forces of Libyan Dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
Obama said: “We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that “there will be no mercy,” and his forces step up their assaults on cities like Benghazi and Misrata, where innocent men and women face brutality and death at the hands of their own government.
So, we must be clear: Actions have consequences, and the writ of the international community must be enforced.”
Obama emphasized once again – twice – that the U.S. would not put any ground forces in Libya. From his comments, the U.S. role will be to primarily take out Gadhafi’s air defenses while France, Great Britain and other nations will carry out the no-fly zone over Libya.