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Some Good Questions About Obama

As the nation's political junkies dissect the recent stimulus package proposed by Congress and the historic inauguration of The One himself approaches, Weekly Standard Editor Fred Barnes asks questions that anticipate the readiness and efficacy of the upcoming Obama presidency.

Barnes' questions do not focus on policy minutiae but rather examine the character, management style and leadership qualities of the President elect, all of which are distilled to just a few questions:

1) Does Obama know what he is talking about?
2) Will Obama be a pushover?
3) Will Obama be another Jimmy Carter on national and foreign security policy?
4) Does Obama have the "nerves" for the job?

These are questions that are explicitly or intuitively part of the process that voters use to decide any candidate's qualifications. They are common in both the private sector and politics. For example, we can be sure that Democrat House and Senate leaders have been weighing these questions very carefully since the election. The recent $850 billion dollar wager on stimulus indicates that Congress knows who and what they are dealing with in the Executive.

Our enemies have been conducting the same analysis for many months which makes the foreign policy part of this equation much more problematic. Whereas skyrocketing crude oil prices were the cause célèbre in the summer of 2008, the plummeting prices of energy recently have made President elect Obama's foreign policy challenges much different.

A worldwide crash in commodity prices offers welcome relief to net energy importers (us) and crisis for exporters from Iran to Russia. It's estimated that Arab investment losses in the last several months exceed $2.5 trillion dollars. That amount of money will alter the foreign policy of any country, friend or foe.

President elect Obama is ascending to the presidency at a tumultuous moment in global politics. While his supporters cling to the "it's all Bush's fault" argument, we will soon see if this man is up to the job.


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President elect Obama is... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

President elect Obama is ascending to the presidency at a tumultuous moment in global politics. While his supporters cling to the "it's all Bush's fault" argument, we will soon see if this man is up to the job.

Well, keep your eyes & ears open, HughS. President Barack Obama is going to show ReThugs how it's done. You might learn something. ;)


3 More days! Woo Hoo!

1 NO2 YES3 YE... (Below threshold)
NoEggplants:

1 NO
2 YES
3 YES
4 NO

Show how it's done?<p... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Show how it's done?

The only thing he has done is to get elected to office. Other than that, he has never showed any kind of leadership or succeeded in any task where he had to actually show results or be accountable for failure.

Well, keep your eyes & e... (Below threshold)
macofromoc:

Well, keep your eyes & ears open, HughS. President Barack Obama is going to show ReThugs how it's done. You might learn something. ;)

For example.......

For example.......</... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

For example.......

Like.... how to get us out of this recession, how to have affordable healthcare, how to end the War in Iraq, how to build America's image after George Bush torn it down, how to respect the Constitution, how to create jobs.

How To Respect & Live By The Constitution!!!!!!!!!

Any questions?

Does Obama know what he is ... (Below threshold)

Does Obama know what he is talking about?
He's flying by the seat of his pants.

Will Obama be a pushover?
He was, is and will be.

Will Obama be another Jimmy Carter on national and foreign security policy?
Absolutely.

Does Obama have the "nerves" for the job?
Yes, as long as he has a cigarette at the ready.

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J58 , in post #5.Y... (Below threshold)
Sky_Captain:

J58 , in post #5.

Yes, I have a question.
Where is the Chosen One's qualification to be President? You know, the one REQUIRED by the Constitution?

Where is the Chosen One'... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

Where is the Chosen One's qualification to be President? You know, the one REQUIRED by the Constitution?


You're really being ridiculous. President Obama wouldn't be president if he hadn't met the qualifications. Geez, why am I even answering this question? (Eye Roll)

How To Respect & L... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
How To Respect & Live By The Constitution!!!!!!!!!

True, but it won't be the same Constitution as the Forefathers signed. It's going to be a new set of rules imposed on a North American Union. The United States as we know it is being dissolved.

If Obama is still in office, I can't wait to see what his excuse will be for invading Afghanistan.

I think Obama's past succes... (Below threshold)

I think Obama's past successes will show us what kind of success he will have as President.

Past successes??Wh... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Past successes??

Which ones?

What has he actually accomplished, well, besides 1dding at least 7 states to the union(by his count) and getting his bulldog faced wife a kickback job because of pork he directed at a local hospital.

your questions about this t... (Below threshold)
bill pulkownik:

your questions about this thing that was chosen by the evil powers{the money men of this world} and the shadow brokers, plus his commie friends, when he thinks he can slither to fulfill his obligations to these people. do not cry americans when you hear and feel the pain, and the I TOLD YOU SO'S. IT IS COMING

"True, but it won't be the ... (Below threshold)
Dave Noble:

"True, but it won't be the same Constitution as the Forefathers signed. It's going to be a new set of rules imposed on a North American Union. The United States as we know it is being dissolved."

May the gods continue to give you visions, Delphic Oracle.

We await with bated breath your coming revelations from the Swirling Vapors.

Justice 58....The Constitut... (Below threshold)
J Weaver:

Justice 58....The Constitution is something that the ex Professor should know about. Everyone in Kenya knows he was born in that country[Kenya] not Hawaii. He is just one slick cookie. Don't forget, "I told you so".

J Weaver,Just stop... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

J Weaver,

Just stop. Is that all you've got? Please! (Major Eye Roll)




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