Keller @ Large: Obama Acknowledges Failure

BOSTON (CBS) – President Obama gave his final speech at the United Nations Tuesday, and struggled to identify a way in which the world is a significantly better place now than when he came into office eight years ago.

You may remember that when Obama was first elected, he and his supporters believed it would usher in a new era of enhanced popularity for the U.S. overseas, but that never happened. America haters were happy to transfer their venom from Bush to Obama. The “new era of engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect” he promised in his first U.N. speech hasn’t materialized. And while he claims major success with the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord, those claims are debatable, to say the least.

Almost mournfully, the president conceded Tuesday that “perhaps too many in Washington believed” that the world’s problems “could be solved by Washington,” and that clearly is not the case. While Russia’s aggression has vindicated Mitt Romney’s 2012 warnings, would Romney be having more success in stopping it than Obama is? Would the Middle East be a calmer place now had John McCain been president for the last eight years? I doubt it.

Which brings us to the current race for president.

The latest attacks in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota have once again forced the major candidates to address terror. Hillary Clinton offers a slightly beefed-up version of the Obama plan. Donald Trump claims he has a great plan, but has to keep it secret for fear of tipping off the enemy.

Neither response seems very inspiring. But I guess we’re making some progress. At least they’re not over-promising.

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  1. TRUMPS INSPIRES AMERICA…
    HERE IN MASS WE ELECT FAKE LAWYERS AND FAKE INDIANS AND NO ONE YET KNOWS WHO IN NEWTON MA THREATS TO BURN JEWS….WHILE SETTI WARREN IS A DISGRACE IN EXTRACTING ANTI SEM IN NEWTON…..TRUMP HAS ISSUES SO TOO DID LINCOLN AND REAGAN AND FDR WHO LED AMERICA FROM ITS TRAGIC PAST……TRUMP IS LEADERSHIP AND THE LIBERTY BELL RINGS TO GATHER ALL AMERICANS…SEND MIKE BACK IN HIS TANK…..AND TRUMP WILL UNDUE THE KERRY TRAGEDIES,,,,,FUNDING THE DESTRUCTION OF THE USA BY BILLIONS IN RANSOM AND LIES TO THE GOOD FOLKS WHO ARE IN LOVE WITH AMERICA!

  2. mstarvin says:

    We elect a President to manage the safety and economy of this country not Iran or France. Obama has failed miserably. He ignored the economy and terrorism and has made the US a much less safe and far worse off economically. Hillary promises more of the same… He is the face of why affirmative action doesn’t work and is very dangerous. He was never qualified to to do the job and has made things so much worse across the board. He does however have the protection of the media who tries to cover up all his issues no matter how vile and dangerous to America they are….shame on them.

  3. mikey says:

    … and down the drain we go, due to years of political dysfunctionality on both sides of the aisle.

    Here’s a bumper sticker that summed up my thoughts about the presidential election:

    “GIANT METEOR IN 2016 – Just end it all”

    Perfect.

    At some point in the future should this country go down the following should be chiseled into our nation’s tombstone:

    “WE DID IT TO OURSELVES”

    1. mstarvin says:

      All failed civilizations can claim that on their tombstone. The issue is that we need to separate the Judicial branch from the Executive….currently they are bed fellows and this leads to the crumbling of basic fundamentals needed to keep us going like equal protect under the law.

      1. paul dowd says:

        separate the Judicial branch from the Executive??? They are separate. Can you explain how they are bed fellows? What basic fundamentals have crumbled?

      2. mstarvin says:

        They are separate? Really so Why does the President appoint the head of the FBI and why do they pick judges? I gave you the ultimate example…the false claim that we have equal protection under the law. Currently we have seen the FBI fail to charge Clinton and the head of the IRS both caught breaking the law. If Republicans were in power it would be front page news until somebody went to jail… You can keep clicking your heels and saying this isn’t true however we are all seeing it affect Clinton’s polling numbers and I believe in the end will cost her the election.

  4. The Owl says:

    Two things, Jon, that would be different, are that our military would be in a better position to respond to the provocations of Russia and China, and our closest allies wouldn’t be questioning our ability…and willingness…to come to their aid.

    Obama has managed to squander both our power and our credibility.

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