I dislike the current wording in the health care section: 'He claimed that "The cost of health care now causes a bankruptcy in America every thirty seconds", an argument conservatives dispute because people who are very sick lose their jobs and income which in turn causes the bankruptcy.' What the reference says is that there were 1.1 million bankruptcies in 2008 and 2 per minute is 1.05 million and it isn't plausible that >95% are caused by health care costs. Obama's false claim doesn't have anything to do with political viewpoint.
- You only count business hours--the bankruptcy courts are only open 40 hours a week. That gives about 250,000 cases a year. RJJensen 19:14, 9 March 2009 (EDT)
Blago & company
This img is directly relevent to the subject. Rob Smith 21:03, 28 June 2009 (EDT)
Plummeting Approval Numbers
In light of the news on the front page, perhaps there should be a section added comparing Obamas approval numbers to Geroge W. Bush's for the first year in office. As I recall, President Bush had much higher approval for 2001-2002.Patriot1505 16:54, 27 July 2009 (EDT)
Celente is colorful, but his analysis has not been widely accepted by conservative economists. The article emphasizes the consensus of the conservative economists. RJJensen 09:04, 16 August 2009 (EDT)
"Rahm Emanuel has Obama's ear"?, not according to the Washington Post.
- Obama's greatest mistake was failing to listen to Emanuel on health care. Early on, Emanuel argued for a smaller bill with popular items, such as expanding health coverage for children and young adults, that could win some Republican support. He opposed the public option as a needless distraction. The president disregarded that strategy and sided with Capitol Hill liberals who hoped to ram a larger, less popular bill through Congress with Democratic votes only. The result was, as the world now knows, disastrous. Had it gone Emanuel's way, a politically popular health-care bill would have passed long ago, leaving plenty of time for other attractive priorities, such as efforts to make college more affordable. We would have seen a continuation of the momentum of the first half of 2009, when Obama followed Emanuel's strategy and got 11 substantive bills on his desk before the August recess. Instead, Congress has ground to a halt, on climate legislation, Wall Street reforms and virtually everything else.
- Emanuel bitterly opposed former White House counsel Greg Craig's effort to close the Guantanamo Bay prison within a year, arguing that it wasn't politically feasible. Obama overruled Emanuel, the deadline wasn't met, and Republicans pounced on the president and the Democrats for trying to bring terrorists to U.S. prisons. Likewise, Emanuel fought fiercely against Attorney General Eric Holder's plan to send Khalid Sheik Mohammed to New York for a trial. Emanuel lost, and the result was another political fiasco.
- Obama's problem is that his other confidants -- particularly Valerie Jarrett and Robert Gibbs, and, to a lesser extent, David Axelrod -- are part of the Cult of Obama. In love with the president, they believe he is a transformational figure who needn't dirty his hands in politics.  Rob Smith 07:32, 21 February 2010 (EST)
This article is in sore need of some updating (for example, it still lists Peter Ortzag a OMB Director); I propose some of the more dated material be spun out, and we create subheadings entitled something like ==111th Congress (2009 - 2011)== and 112th Congress (2011 - 2013)== to restructure it chronologically. Rob Smith 15:27, 16 April 2011 (EDT)