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June 27, 2014 - 10:22 am

President Obama brushed off polls reflecting that more than half of Americans have lost confidence in his ability to lead, telling ABC News, “I’ve been dealing with stuff like this since 2009.”

“There have been a number of times where, you know, the punditry said, ‘Gosh,’ you know, ‘how do you turn it around?’ And what we do is stay focused on what matters and chip away at it and try to make progress. People have healthcare. The economy has gotten a lot better. What I do worry about is that right now we’ve got a Republican Party that seems to only care about saying no to me,” Obama said.

He called House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) impending lawsuit for executive overreach a “stunt.”

“You notice that he didn’t specifically say what exactly he was objecting to. I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something while they’re doing nothing,” the president said. “…You’re going to squawk if I try to fix some parts of it administratively that are within my authority while you are not doing anything?”

Obama also touched on the influx of child immigrants at the southern border, stressing “the problem is that under current law, once those kids come across the border, there’s a system in which we’re supposed to process them, take care of them, until we can send them back. It’s a lengthy process.”

“Our message absolutely is, ‘Don’t send your children unaccompanied on trains on through a bunch of smugglers.’ That is our direct message to the families in Central America. Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they’ll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it.”

When asked if the U.S. is under a serious threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), Obama replied, “You know, I think we have been under serious threat my entire presidency. And we have been under serious threat pre-dating 9/11 from those who embrace this ideology.”

He acknowledged they’re “gaining strength in some places, but we’ve also got a lot better at protecting ourselves.”

Obama said Americans aren’t always going to support his foreign policy at every minute “because there are going to be times where the world is messy.”

“One of things you also realize during the course of five years is is that if the problems were easy, somebody else would have solved them already,” he said. “And one of the great challenges of this job, but one of the great privileges of this job is that, you know, you’re tackling stuff that is really tough. And I’m glad that after five years, I’m still here able to do it.”

 

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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Leading is harder than voting "present" 129 times.
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He believes the entire world situation boils down to "Sometimes, ‘the World Is Messy’?" ISIS, Russia, China, all at once? Does he even understand the potential S***storm that's been set up here? ISIS, China and Russia all arrayed against us?

Impeach him for being a spineless, Microcephallic, sub-grade moron. How the living Frak he even breathes without an obvious brainstem is beyond me...

/incensed by the incompetence
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Aw, Dear Liar picked the wrong time to be president. If only he had it easy in 1941 or 1917 or 1950 or any other f*cking year.
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Thus speaks a figurehead who got his early education overseas and was brought into politics as a community organizer in arguably the most corrupt city in America.
He has been able to seal what must have been truly abysmal college grades for public view. I seriously doubt he will be able to do the same with the history books even with the shameless pandering medial support he has enjoyed his entire administration.
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“I’ve been dealing with stuff like this since 2009.”

So he's been doing this foreign policy stuff for a couple of years, eh? He can't even claim rookie status yet let alone be the star player - and it shows in the horrible death and destruction and instability his actions have caused.

The ignorance and arrogance is astounding and destructive. He's just rephrasing his main presidential meme: It's not my fault. This time, it's the world's fault. Jeesh.
9 weeks ago
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A moronic viewpoint, expressed in juvenile language. Yep, that's the Obama we know.
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"Life is unfair." -- JFK
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The world is messy. Especially so when it is overseen by a child.
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OMG he says the republicans said no to him. What was it you didn't get, Zero?
Anything you libs bring up, I can show the bill where Harry Reid (D) killed it.

Didnt get your jobs plan? Killed by Harry Reid (d)
Didn't get your gun bill? Killed by harry reid (d)
etc etc

AND you have no idea what laws you violated? Mr Consitutional lawyer supreme being, you dont know Jack Chit.

As for foreign policy being messy, you havent accomplished squat and in all cases made it worse. Every country hates you because you out and out lied to them about surveillance. Now you have five wars you created on your own accord.

Would someone please take the red crayon away from the kindergardener!!
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“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself…”

“The world is messy.”
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Yeah, well, that's why so many of us shouted "He has no EXPERIENCE!" Now, it's just not him singing the blues. Just about the whole d*** country is.
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“…You’re going to squawk if I try to fix some parts of it administratively that are within my authority while you are not doing anything?”

And for some more b!tching and moaning from the CIC (Complainer in Chief...)

http://washingtonexaminer.com/10-times-obama-made-fun-of-republicans-in-the-past-year/article/2550278
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You know, Obama wouldn't have so much to answer now for if he hadn't campaigned on a platform of HopenChange, the seas ceasing to rise, greek columns, being the designated "lightworker", and being worshipped as the "most intelligent man to ever be President", etc. etc.

If he had run on a platform of - "Hey it's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it and I'm willing to do the hard work and take all the hard shots" then he'd have considerably more good will in the tank.

Also it would help if he didn't sneer his way through the last election campaign talking down Mitt Romney and his oh-so-twentieth century thinking, and saying witty things in debates like "Hey, Governor Romney, the 1980s called and they want their Cold War Back", and crowing "Osama Bin Laden is Dead, and GM Is Alive!".

We remember that kind of stuff as we savor dumping on that ignorant, cocky sob now.
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DT Florida, "Osama Bin Laden is dead, and GM Is Alive" is to Obama what "Mission Accomplished" is to Bush, Jr. SHEESH...I could be a better advisor to our recent POTUS'S than the ones they have or had!!
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Any such glib statement from Obama, Biden, Bush anyone...just makes you think, geez, how brain dead do you think we are ?

In the immediate aftermath of 911, George Bush was out there with the "religion of peace" meme, which prompted me to learn firsthand that that was completely nonsensical.

State Senator Obama at the time wasn't much better, muttering about a lack of "empathy" in the Muslim world.

Our best and brightest don't run for president, at least true for most of my lifetime. Maybe Ted Cruz will fix that (Political Ad Alert :) )
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