Obstruction made president look bad

Who to blame, the leader or the followers? The president advocates and Congress legislates. There are problems needing solutions and proposals to address them. But obstruction by filibuster has prevented solutions to those problems. To make the president look bad, obstruction has worked.

Marv Tripp

Oakland

President has failed in essential areas

It is very difficult to assess the performance of any of our previous presidents even after many years have passed. We are still experiencing the effects of Bush, Clinton, Truman, Roosevelt and even Lincoln's administration.

What must be included in any assessment are the actions taken and not taken regarding the issues in the U.S. and the world. Additionally, one must also consider which party is in the majority in both the House and Senate that may have impeded many proposals.

Since a fair response would require a massive document to do any justice to the topic, listed below are the areas in which Obama has received a failing grade.

Economy: The U.S. doesn't even come close to supporting the current infrastructure and must borrow yearly to keep the ship afloat. No one knows how much longer this can continue.

Education: Most public schools are not preparing students for the jobs that are currently seeking workers, resulting in high unemployment and crime.


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Health care: A program was launched to force a system upon people for which no real funding was ever established.

Energy: Green sources of fuels are being developed, which is a long-term process, to the detriment of standard industries.

World peace: After enduring many wars over the last 100 years, the situation in the U.S. is more precarious than ever.

Waste: The U.S. continues to scrap about 50 percent of all food produced and a much higher percentage of autos, clothes, etc.

David Brusiee

Pleasanton

Obama has done well under circumstances

Considering President Barack Obama's opposition and his lack of executive experience, I think his presidency has been reasonable. The Republicans were determined to make him fail. Nice, huh?

The president should have been, but wasn't, prepared for the viciousness of his opposition. I blame the Democratic power brokers for pushing an inexperienced one-term senator into the fray. It seemed more about winning than governing.

In addition, it never seemed to me that Obama had the "fire in the belly" as they say. He failed in a few notable ways that I think still haunt his presidency. The failure to take on the banksters and his immediate capitulation on the public option in the health care bill were the major failures.

Some issues over the Bush tax cuts were problematic as well. The latest pronouncement about inequality in America seems long in coming. Could the president count on the Democrats for more spine or was it the president's problem? I don't know.

Having said all that, I believe we have an honest, decent person in the White House and we are fortunate.

Anne Spanier

Alameda

Disappointing, but better than Congress

I'm not satisfied with President Barack Obama's job performance. While I still prefer him to "W," his performance is disappointing.

Guantanamo Bay is still active, despite his promise to close it. We are still in Afghanistan, and I don't see it winding down. Immigration reform is still wishful thinking. The Affordable Care Act doesn't seem to live up to its first name, and he and Congress are at odds with each other. America's work isn't getting done.

I think what makes this so glaringly apparent is the expectations he created leading up to the elections. He touted so much change, and had many glorious aspirations.

If it hadn't been for that, these failings wouldn't be so obvious. He set the bar very high.

On the bright side, even if his approval rating is in the 30 percent range, it is still three times that of Congress.

Jim Cauble

Hayward

People were lied to about health care

What kind of man would stand in front of the U.S. citizens for 31/2 years and lie: "If you like your insurance plan (or doctor), you can keep your insurance plan (or doctor)."

And then, when it is evident that these are lies, President Barack Obama refuses to take responsibility and blames us, the citizens: "I am sorry that they (the citizens) are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me."

Obama is not sorry. Obama and his staff planned for him to lie because, otherwise, the citizens would not have accepted what he did to our health care.

Obama is the worst person ever to be elected to the office of president.

As of this date, after 31/2 years, the Obamacare website is still not totally coded -- the payment piece of the system is missing and there is no security for any personal information a citizen is required to enter into the system.

Pauline Zazulak

Oakland

Outraged by long list of one man's failures

Satisfied? Americans should be outraged at President Barack Obama's long line of failures, starting with his big decision to go on an $800 billion spending spree of borrowed money that worsened and prolonged the recession. He also promised to close Guantanamo Bay, a promise he knew was false, since President George W. Bush had already tried.

Then he shoved Obamacare down everyone's throat, despite intense opposition from a majority of the people, and now we learn that it's doing just the opposite of what he promised.

Not only is Obamacare raising health costs and increasing the deficit, it's turning our health system upside down.

No slacker when it comes to crony capitalism, Obama doled out billions of our money to his campaign supporters' businesses, sticking the failures to taxpayers. He has alienated just about every country on the planet, and after lying to Americans about the debacle in Benghazi, his bright line for Syria's chemical weapons quickly faded into another false promise.

There can be no satisfaction with the most arrogant, dishonest, inept and divisive president we've had in decades.

Dick Patterson

El Cerrito

Obama's moves don't make sense

It is difficult for me to even think of one thing he has done that made any sense. (Oh, he did give the order to kill Osama bin Laden, which any president would have done.)

He said he would transform America when he was running for office, and it appears he is doing it, only in a bad way.

Along with the scandals, his policies have crippled hiring, especially with the specter of Obamacare hanging over the nation.

Unemployment since he took office has been very high, and it's worse than reported, as the people who have given up looking for a job aren't even counted anymore.

We are about to lose the best health care in the world when Obamacare is fully implemented next year. Millions of us will lose our policies and doctors who we liked, and will be forced to sign onto a government run so-called health care policy.

We will most likely lose our doctors; decisions on our care will be made by a government bureaucrat instead of a doctor or nurse.

We may end up with insurance but no medical care. The worst thing was he lied for several years, telling us that if we liked our health care, we could keep our health care -- and our doctors.

I feel he can't be trusted to tell the truth about anything. The health care bill would never have passed had he told the truth about it. Now we are learning what's in the bill, and we don't like it. Our health care is of vital importance to each and every person; to have government destroying our comfort zone is devastating.

I have lived through many presidential administrations, and none have worried me as much as this man's has.

I fear for our country, wondering what damage President Barack Obama can do with his remaining three years in office.

Dorothy K. Baker

Newark

His job performance has been horrible

Am I satisfied with President Barack Obama's job performance? What job performance? The economy is the same if not worse than in 2008.

Full-time jobs have become part-time jobs, thus affecting livelihood and revenue while at the same time increasing income tax, mandating medical premiums for less quality medical coverage. If you don't comply, you get fined.

Is this the hope and change this president was voted for? No. I'm not satisfied.

Rudolph Jimenez

Newark