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SHADOW PRESIDENT UPDATE

Obama and USA Fall From Top Spot

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President Barack Obama could not bring the congressional leadership in Washington, D. C., together to prevent a government shutdown.  The government did, in fact, shut down, and the country‑‑not to mention Congress and the two political parties‑‑was negatively impacted.  Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin eclipsed President Obama as the world's most powerful man on the Forbes List. To some it may be shocking, yet Mr. Putin took the spotlight from Mr. Obama and the United States, and had the world questioning U. S. world eminence when the Russian president was able to steer the situation of Syria's chemical-weapons violations to his and Russia's advantage.  President Obama's lack of definitive leadership stance and his rescinding of the declaration of military action against Syria for weapons violations opened the door for Mr. Putin to outmaneuver President Obama and prevent a change in the regime of one of Russia's key allies.  China was a major critic of the Obama administration's indecisiveness and did not think it sent a good message to the world relative to U. S. leadership globally.  There is no disputing the larger size of the U. S. economy and military, yet Mr. Obama as a leader has been weakened politically by his indecisiveness on Syria.

ObamaCare has proven to be one big quagmire and misstep that has impacted millions of people.  Critics of the roll out of the healthcare plan  point out that President Obama promised an administration of transparency and progressiveness, yet his state-run Web sites and his choice of government contractors who secured the lucrative contract to build the exchanges speak to cronyism, authoritarianism, and secrecy.  Opponents of the policy insist that Healthcare.gov is not needed, and that there is no need for state-run websites.  The Obama administration insists that exchanges are necessary because they protect the privacy and enrollment information of applicants, yet there are other federal agencies that transmit personal information to private companies.  During the first few days of the plan's roll out, only 248 people successfully signed up for health insurance according to a U. S. House of Representative committee report.  The Obama administration has brought in experts to fix the problem.

President Obama signed a bill ending the 16‑day partial government shutdown after some fierce political infighting.  The entire nation became more disillusioned with the political leadership.  Mr. Obama pledged to represent change in Washington, yet it seems as if his leadership style has been polarizing.  Hopefully, going forward, he can be the uniter that he promised to be.

Dr. Matthew Anderson
Shadow President

 

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