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BARACK OBAMA Was Worst Economic President Since 1949 – Now He’s TAKING CREDIT For Trump’s Booming Economy



Barack Obama was the worst economic president since World War II.

It’s common knowledge that Barack Obama was the worst economic president since at least 1949.

Barack Obama was the only President to have not had even one year of 3% GDP growth.

Here is the complete list of average annual real GDP growth by postwar president (in descending order):

Johnson (1964-68), 5.3%
Kennedy (1961-63), 4.3%
Clinton (1993-2000), 3.9%
Reagan (1981-88), 3.5%
Carter (1977-80), 3.3%
Eisenhower (1953-60), 3.0%
(Post-WWII average: 2.9%)
Nixon (1969-74), 2.8%
Ford (1975-76), 2.6%
G. H. W. Bush (1989-92), 2.3%
G. W. Bush (2001-08), 2.1%
Truman (1946-52), 1.7%
Obama (2009-15), 1.5%

Barack Obama’s best year of GDP growth was 2.6 in 2015 (a year in which the stock market decreased in value).
2009 — -2.8
2010 — 2.5
2011 — 1.6
2012 — 2.2
2013 — 1.7
2014 — 2.4
2015 — 2.6
2016 — 1.5

President Trump has seen quarterly GDP rates of 1.2, 3.1 and 3.3.

The New York Federal Reserve revised its estimated fourth quarter GDP of 2017 to 3.93.

This will give President Trump an annual GDP rate of 2.9 in 2017 or possibly higher.
President Trump’s first year in office will beat Barack Obama’s best year ever.

But that won’t stop Barack Obama for taking credit for President Trump’s stunning results.

In a speech yesterday in Chicago Barack Obama took full credit for President Trump’s record economic numbers.

The Washington Times reported:

Former President Barack Obama is taking credit for the robust economic growth that is taking place under President Trump.

At a conference of mayors in Chicago, Mr. Obama congratulated himself Tuesday for strong employment numbers in the U.S. this year, saying his climate-change policies have contributed to growth.

“As we took these actions, we saw the U.S. economy grow consistently,” Mr. Obama said. “We saw the longest streak of job creation in American history by far, a streak that still continues by the way.”

He added wryly, “Thanks, Obama.”

What a complete lunatic.

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Trump defends congratulating Putin: What’s wrong with getting along with Russia?




He had five possible ways to spin the “congratulations” news. He chose the worst of the five.

He could have ducked the subject of what he said to Putin entirely by insisting that the real story here is the leak. And he’d be sort of right about that.

He could have cried “FAKE NEWS!” and claimed that the papers have it all wrong. He didn’t congratulate Putin. He did reprimand him over the Skripal poisoning. The Fake News Media is so obsessed with its narrative that Trump is in the tank for Russia that it refuses to report when Trump confronts him! Even if all of that was a lie, vanishingly few people would be in a position to know. But no, here he is admitting that he really did congratulate Putin. So … why are they the “Fake News Media”? They got it right.

He could have said that he was briefed by phone before his call to Putin, not via written materials, and no one on the call advised him not to congratulate him. In fact, one White House source did claim that to Fox News.

Trump can’t really use that spin, though, as it implies that he would have followed orders from his staff and refused to congratulate Putin if only he’d been told to do so. That would make him look weak and easily led. Better to reaffirm his interest in good relations with, uhh, the guy who interfered in the last U.S. presidential campaign than claim that the subject of congratulating Putin never came up.

Lastly, he could have pointed out the various ways in which he really has been confrontational with Russia. New sanctions. Antitank missiles for Ukraine. Solidarity with the UK over the Skripal matter. And coming soon: Tearing up the nuclear deal with Moscow’s friends in Iran. That is, he could have used the news over the “congratulations” thing to counterprogram the narrative that he’s endlessly doing Putin’s bidding. Instead he played into it by not only pining again for better relations with Russia but blaming his two predecessors, Bush and Obama, rather than Putin for the adversarial U.S./Russian relationship of the past 15 years. Bananas. If “Little Rocket Man” could stand some insults from the presidential Twitter account and still be willing to make, Putin can stand it too.

Exit question: Has the time come to put the phone away?

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REPORT: McCabe Authorized Criminal Probe of AG Sessions After Top Dem Senators Urged FBI to Investigate “All Contacts” Sessions May Have Had With Russians




Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired dirty cop Andrew McCabe late Friday evening just days before his scheduled retirement and the fake news media lost their minds.

The investigation into McCabe’s corruption started BEFORE Trump became president but the fake news media is making it sound like the firing of the Deputy Director of the FBI was ‘politically motivated.

It is now being reported Andrew McCabe authorized the criminal probe into Attorney General Sessions after top Democrat Senators urged the FBI to investigate all his contacts with Russians.

ABC News reported:

Nearly a year before Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired senior FBI official Andrew McCabe for what Sessions called a “lack of candor,” McCabe oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions lacked candor when testifying before Congress about contacts with Russian operatives, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly accused Sessions of misleading them in congressional testimony and called on federal authorities to investigate, but McCabe’s previously-unreported decision to actually put the attorney general in the crosshairs of an FBI probe was an exceptional move.

One source told ABC News that Sessions was not aware of the investigation when he decided to fire McCabe last Friday less than 48 hours before McCabe, a former FBI deputy director, was due to retire from government and obtain a full pension, but an attorney representing Sessions declined to confirm that.


According to the sources, McCabe authorized the criminal inquiry after a top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, and then-Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., wrote a letter in March 2017 to the FBI urging agents to investigate “all contacts” Sessions may have had with Russians, and “whether any laws were broken in the course of those contacts or in any subsequent discussion of whether they occurred.”

It’s unclear how actively federal authorities pursued the matter in the months before Sessions’ interview with Mueller’s investigators. It’s also unclear whether the special counsel may still be pursuing other matters related to Sessions and statements he has made to Congress – or others – since his confirmation.

In March 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he will recuse himself from investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign including the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.


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Joe Biden: In high school I would have slapped the taste out of Trump’s mouth for the “Access Hollywood” comments




Not the first time that the former Vice President of the United States has fantasized about taking the current President of the United States and kicking a knot in his ass, if only somehow time travel were possible. Is that just “Joe being Joe”?

The last time he said it was during the 2016 campaign, so this must be Joe just being Joe. Although…

“When a guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,’” Biden said. “They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said no. I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.’”

Biden made another jab. “I’ve been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life. I’m a pretty damn good athlete,” he said. “Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest SOB in the room.”

Taking a tough-guy approach to Trump isn’t a bad macro strategy for 2020. It scratches Democrats’ anti-Trump itch; it panders to women by presenting Biden as their valiant defender; it appeals, in theory, to the working-class voters who responded to Trump’s alpha-male swagger last time; and it distinguishes Biden from a Democratic field whose most formidable candidates are shaping up to be women. Unless Bernie Sanders runs again, the big three among current officeholders in 2020 might be Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand. Could be that Biden’s trying to brand himself as the most ferocious “fighter” by, ah, posturing literally as a fighter. Although many would dispute it (and some who don’t would be loath to admit it), it may be that a woman nominee is an especially risky match-up for Trump because they’re already battling a stereotype that women leaders aren’t as tough as male ones are. With Trump that problem is magnified because so much of his own persona is based on “toughness” and “strength.” Did that contribute to Hillary’s razor-thin deficits in the Rust Belt two years ago? No way to tell, but *if* there’s a problem for Dems in being seen as too soft, nominating Fightin’ Joe might solve it.

Or maybe Biden’s just trying to bait Trump cronies into responses like this:

Ah well. In an alternate universe, on Earth 2, Trump said this about Biden first and CNN is doing round-the-clock concern-trolling about a holder of high office proposing violence as an answer to disfavored speech.

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