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Obama’s First 100 Mistakes

May 7, 2009 by  

If you’re as tired as I am of all the hoorays and hallelujahs an adoring press has bestowed on Barack Obama for his first 100 days in office, here’s a welcome respite.

To help counter all that saccharine applause, one of the left’s sharpest critics in Washington, D.C. prepared a different sort of list. Gary Bauer, who heads the Campaign for Working Families, compiled a list of Obama’s 100 mistakes, misstatements, and missteps since he assumed our nation’s highest office.

Granted, not every one of the items listed below threatens the foundations of our Republic. But taken together, they reveal that we are witnessing the transformation of a limited, Constitutional government into a socialist morass.

Gary has divided his list into four categories, starting with values and going to national security, free enterprise, and personnel. See if you don’t agree that it’s quite a litany.

Undermining Our Values

1. Calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act on the White House website.

2. Calling on the White House website for the expansion of federal hate crimes to include homosexual behavior.

3. Calling on the White House website for policies like the “Fairness Doctrine” that could silence conservative and Christian talk radio.

4. Repealing limitations on taxpayer-funding of human embryonic stem cell research.

5. Repealing limitations on taxpayer-funding of abortions overseas.

6. Pledging $50 million to the United Nation’s Population Fund, which supports China’s draconian one-child policy.

7. Proposing new rules to gut conscience clause protections for pro-life doctors and other medical personnel who don’t want to be forced to perform abortions or other procedures that violate their values.

8. Proposing increased funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

9. Calling on the White House website for “a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year,” (mandatory volunteerism).

10. Inviting homosexual families to the White House Easter Egg Roll.

11. Allowing his attorney general to call for the reinstatement of Clinton-era restrictions on the Second Amendment.

12. Breaking his promise not to appoint lobbyists to his administration. He hired 17 in his first two weeks.

13. Breaking his promise to sign legislation only after a five-day period of public comments.

14. Asking that the monogram for Jesus Christ be covered up during a televised speech at a Catholic university in which Obama quotes the Sermon on the Mount.

Undermining Our National Security

15. Apologizing for America in Europe and Latin America.

16. Bowing before the Muslim king of Saudi Arabia.

17. Pledging to base America’s foreign policy toward Iran on “mutual respect” in a video to the Iranian people and Iran’s Holocaust-denying dictator.

18. Returning the bust of Winston Churchill given to George Bush after 9/11 by our British allies.

19. Giving British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the leader of America’s most loyal ally, a box of DVDs that don’t work in British DVD players.

20. Ordering Guantanamo Bay closed without any idea of where to send the terrorist suspects held there.

21. Suggesting that some of those terrorists now at GITMO may kill again, but may also be released onto U.S. soil and set up with welfare benefits.

22. Caving to communist Cuba by relaxing travel restrictions and remittances for Cuban Americans before any Cuban political prisoners have been released.

23. Shaking hands with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez.

24. Sitting silently though a 50-minute anti-American diatribe by Nicaragua’s communist president, Daniel Ortega.

25. Releasing Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who is suspected of masterminding the 2000 suicide bombing of the U.S.S. Cole.

26. Releasing classified CIA memos outlining our interrogation techniques.

27. Telling our CIA agents not to be discouraged when he acknowledges their “mistakes.”

28. Declaring a new openness to “truth commissions” and prosecuting intelligence officials involved in enhanced interrogations of terrorists.

29. Proposing to send a $900 million foreign aid package to Palestinians in Gaza.

30. Asking Congress to relax the law so that some of that money could go to the terrorist organization Hamas.

31. Calling for the U.S. to eliminate its nuclear weapons.

32. Telling Russian President Demitri Medvedev that America’s commitment to missile defense is negotiable.

33. Dropping the term “enemy combatants” for GITMO detainees.

34. Dropping the term “terrorism” for “man-made disaster.”

35. Dropping the term “Global War on Terror” for “overseas contingency operations.”

36. Giving his first interview as president to the Arab language network Al-Arabiya.

37. Telling the Muslim world that his “job” was to communicate “that the Americans are not your enemy,” when it’s Muslim extremists who have declared war on us.

38. Proposing that military veterans use private insurance for the cost of a service-related injury before they would be eligible for coverage through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Undermining Free Enterprise

39. Signing the trillion-dollar plus so-called “stimulus” bill, which the Congressional Budget Office said would actually hurt long-term economic growth.

40. Saying Caterpillar wouldn’t lay off workers if his trillion-dollar stimulus bill passed Congress. Obama signed the bill on Feb. 17th. On March 17th, Caterpillar laid off nearly 2,500 workers.

41. Hosting a “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” one week after signing the trillion-dollar “stimulus” bill.

42. Railing against “outrageous recklessness and greed” of AIG bonuses that were legally protected in the so-called “stimulus” bill he signed four days after it passed, not five as he promised.

43. Breaking his promise on earmark reform by signing the $410 billion “omnibus” spending bill with billions in earmarks.

44. Proposing a $3.6 trillion budget that doubles the national debt in five years and triples it in ten years.

45. Proposing a “carbon cap and trade” scheme that will raise energy taxes by hundreds of billions, even trillions, of dollars.

46. Burning more than 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to fly to Iowa for Earth Day to promote “wind power.”

47. Proposing $634 billion in higher taxes for socialized health care.

48. Proposing to raise taxes on small business owners.

49. Saying the White House is open to the idea of taxing employer-sponsored health care benefits as income.

50. Signing a massive expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, calling it “a down payment on my commitment to cover every single American.”

51. Establishing the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research to give bureaucrats the power to ration health care and tell your doctors what care you can and cannot have.

52. Signing the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act, which the Sierra Club praised specifically because it “will safeguard millions of acres … from oil and gas leasing.”

53. Suggesting he has found $1.5 trillion in bogus “savings” by not spending money in Iraq that we were not planning to spend years from now.

54. Ordering his Cabinet to “cut” $100 million in spending in 90 days, after proposing nearly $5 trillion in spending in his first 90 days.

55. Proposing to limit tax deductions for home mortgage interest.

56. Proposing to limit tax deductions for charitable donations.

57. Refusing to allow banks to repay TARP money.

58. Bailing out AMTRAK with a 10% increase in its taxpayer subsidies.

59. Bailing out the United Auto Workers Union with billions of taxpayer dollars to GM and Chrysler.

60. Bailing out the United Auto Workers by giving it a majority ownership stake in Chrysler. Yes, the union will own the company.

61. Bailing out Big Labor by issuing an executive order mandating that infrastructure projects paid for with “stimulus” funds must use union labor, guaranteeing higher costs for the taxpayer.

62. Bailing out Big Labor again by repealing regulations requiring the disclosure of how union dues are spent. So much for “transparency.”

63. Saying, “The United States government has no interest in running GM, “then vowing that the government will back auto warranties.

64. Saying, “The United States government has no interest in running GM, “then firing the CEO of General Motors.

65. Allowing states to set their own fuel efficiency and emissions standards, making it harder for struggling auto makers to compete.

Personnel Is Policy

66. Nominating Timothy “The Turbo Tax Evader” Geithner as Treasury Secretary to oversee the IRS.

67. Nominating as attorney general Eric Holder, who urged Bill Clinton to pardon tax evader Marc Rich and 8 FALN terrorists.

68. Nominating David Ogden, a prominent attorney for the pornography industry, to be Deputy Attorney General.

69. Nominating Tom Daschle, who owed more than $140,000 in back taxes, as Health and Human Services Secretary.

70. Nominating Kathleen Sebelius, who is ardently pro-abortion and owed $8,000 in back taxes, to be HHS Secretary.

71. Nominating Janet Napolitano, who said, “crossing the border is not a crime per se,” as Homeland Security Secretary.

72. Nominating Steven Chu as Energy Secretary. Last September, Chu said, “Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” which at that time were roughly $8.00 a gallon.

73. Nominating Ron Kirk, who owed more than $6,000 in back taxes, as Trade Representative.

74. Nominating Bill Richardson, who was embroiled in an ethics scandal, as Secretary of Commerce.

75. Nominating Nancy Killefer, who also owed back taxes, to be the government’s “Efficiency Czar.”

76. Nominating Rosa Brooks, a leftwing acolyte of George Soros, as an advisor to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.

77. Nominating Harold Koh, an ardent supporter of using international law in the interpretation of our Constitution, to be the top legal advisor to the State Department.

78. Nominating Carol Browner, who was a member of the Socialist International, to be “Climate and Energy Czar.”

79. Nominating John Holdren, an environmental extremist and advocate of population control, as the White House Science Advisor.

80. Nominating Dawn Johnsen, who is so pro-abortion she once compared pregnancy to slavery, to direct the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department.

81. Nominating Charles Freeman, an anti-Israel, pro-Arab apologist, to be head of the National Intelligence Council.

82. Nominating Tony West, who represented American Taliban John Walker Lindh and exposed the Bush Administration’s terrorist surveillance program, to the Justice Department’s Civil Division.

83. Nominating Annette Nazareth to be Deputy Treasury Secretary, who withdrew after a month-long probe into her taxes.

84. Trying to nominate pro-abortion Catholics to be ambassador to the Vatican, a move even John Kerry opposed.

85. Appointing Ellen Moran of the pro-abortion group Emily’s List as his White House communications director.

86. Appointing Melody Barnes, a board member of Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood, as his director of the Domestic Policy Council.

87. Appointing Harry Knox of the Human Rights Campaign (the largest homosexual rights lobbying group) to the White House’s Faith Based Advisory Council.

88. Appointing Adolfo Carrion as Director of White House Office of Urban Affairs, even though he is under investigation for kickbacks in a scandal nearly identical to one that cost GOP Senator Ted Stevens his election.

89. Nominating David Hamilton as his first appointment to a federal appeals court. Judge Hamilton has issued a number of controversial rulings, including prohibiting the Indiana House of Representatives from opening sessions with prayers in the name of Jesus.

Other Obama Outrages

90. Telling congressional Republicans to stop listening to Rush Limbaugh.

91. Coordinating attacks on Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santelli and Jim Cramer out of the White House.

92. Hosting weekly parties at the White House, serving up $100-a-pound Waygu beef during what Obama called, “the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.”

93. Laughing it up on 60 Minutes as the country is mired in a recession.

94. Allowing Air Force One to buzz the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan, creating panic in New York City.

95. Disparaging Special Olympians on the Tonight Show.

96. Allowing his Department of Homeland Security to issue a report accusing pro-life, smaller government conservatives and returning Iraq/Afghanistan veterans of being “rightwing extremists.”

97. Promising to push for comprehensive immigration reform, i.e., amnesty.

98. Killing the school voucher program in the District of Columbia, while sending his two daughters to an elite private school, rather than D.C.’s public schools.

99. Moving the Census out of the Department of Commerce and into the White House.

100. Relying too much on his teleprompter.

Thanks, Gary, for reminding us of many of the things an adoring press has already swept into the dustbin of history.

If you’d like to receive Gary Bauer’s insightful and sometimes biting commentaries each day, go to As he says there, his Campaign for Working Families is unapologetically pro-family, pro-life, and pro-growth. He is definitely (and sometimes defiantly) on the Right side of the issues of the day.

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • LB

    Excellent information!

    • s c

      B O’s #1 flaw is in not understanding or caring about the Constitution. He has stooped to using union puppets to stifle free speech (yes, the First Amendment). The First Amendment means nothing to him. Could it be that he never read the Constitution? Can he read?
      Are there any libs in America who give a damn about free speech – let alone true leadership? Grow a spine, lib weasels, and tell the truth.
      Have American libs ever believed in free speech? Sadly, the answer is no. This administration is living proof of that.

      • David

        What constitution????

  • jack martin

    I appreciate your list and agree with the tone of your article. I think the worst thing that BO has done is create an oligarky by running the country with cronies that don’t have to be approved and basically making the cabinet and the congress a worthless unit.

  • http://donthaveone Beberoni

    The worst thing he’s done is masquerade as someone who would know what to do if he got elected, now he is exposed for not having a fricking clue of what he is doing, just blinding repeating whatever the guys pulling his strings write on his telestrator. America, you sure goofed up this time. Please, please – next time, at least read up on who the candidate is, and what he stands for. This guy showed nothing at all, revealed nothing at all, but you all bought into hearing the words change – change – change. What a shame on the state of things.

    • http://2009PersoalLibertyDigest Guin Chapman

      Oboma does not have a clue on how to run a Nation, but he sure knows how to ruin a nation. First he loves himself and he thinks he is God.
      He said like Jesus he was a community organizer. Jesus was not a community organizer he is the Son of God. He was without sin, but died for our sin. There is hope if we return to God. I for one will say I will not have this man {Oboma] rule over me . We got in this situation when the people told Moses they would not have God rule over them. they said give us a king. God told Moses give them a king. but remember what ever he wants to do he can because you chose him. EXIT TODAY–If we ask God to take control, he will. We must put Jesus back in our schools along with prayer , then we could teach our children morals that they have forgot. The teachers have the children singing praises to Oboma, who should not be praised.A teacher once told my grandaughter, after she had been to bible study with me and was telling some of her friends about Jesus, Teacher said to her, we dont talk about that in school.They want to talk about gay people and how unfair they are being treated. We cannot let this go on we must take back our schools our children, our Nation. In God we trust

    • David

      You seem to think he was ELECTED!!!!

  • Patti Berry

    Our strong-willed-anti-white-lobbying-voters that support anything-other-than-the-good-and-moral-issues…elected a man with skin color to prove a point but instead have proven that this “man” is a spineless-black-african-non-naturalborn-citizen of who knows where actually hates all races openly- except for his own supreme leader the king of a mideastern nation of which he has sworn his soul and our money to. Needless to say, I am not impressed and infact say daily I-hate-you-Obama – you low-life-lying-son-of-a-non-american-citizen-usurper! Off with your tiny noids…My God in heaven will have his day with your meanderings against an entire nation. And YOU shall NOT teach my grandchildren you ignorant self-serving-b@st@rd.

    • AMTaylor

      You Go Girl, DITTO

  • L2

    Mark my words, at some point this man is going to do away with the term limit on the office of the President. He is a true dictator. My bet is that now that he is in power he has no intention of relinquishing his power. People will think that sounds crazy, but all one has to do is follow his unimpeded take over of our financial, auto and health care industries. Observe his total disregard, for our constitution. He has loaded up the supreme court to legislate and rule in his favor. He thumbs his nose at the people he was sent to Washington to serve. We the voters of this country had better pull our heads out of our a$$es or we are going to lose our freedom, WHAT’S LEFT OF IT!!!!!!!

    • Diana Baria

      I’m with you 100%…..

      • David

        If he finishes the second year we are too late. This comes from an anaylist in Russia.

  • Auroranorth

    I am Shocked that you didnt list the 2 biggest mistakes,
    1.using a crystal ball to guess that the people on social security would not experience inflation for the next two years and using this as an excuse to wipe out their cost of living increase,
    2.targeting medicare a p[aid health insurance program for the elderly and disabled with cuts to pay for health care for illegal aliens
    and finally the strong racial aspect to this planned attack of the ww2 generation of elderly White Americans strongly echoes of LA Radicals it is the duty of the old gringos to die mentality

    • AZ Rifleman

      Don’t forget his dependence on the Criminal Organizations ACORN and SEIU to get him into office in the first place and his hope they will be around to get him re-elected. Taht by the way is also our Tax dollars at work…

  • Stan Richart

    Being a Gay Man and have had a partner for 23 years, Why am I not entitled to the same benefits as a married couple? I pay taxes, go to work daily eat, drink and socialize the same as straight people. What are family values today? WE HAVE NONE. I am not a supporter of BO nor did I vote for him. The sooner he is out of office along with Nancy Polosie the sooner this country will change.

  • Peter B.

    This pretender to the throne sits in a church for over twenty years listening to anti white, anti American sermons and claims not to have heard anything {asleep at the wheel?}, his friends are terrorists and he says that he was seven at the time, as if it that justifies his actions. If you used his middle name
    “hussein” during the campaign you were chastised, but gets sworn in with that name. This man is nothing but a marxist who hates the fact that America is a superpower. Can you say “redistribute the wealth”?

  • http://none Jerry Lamason

    One thing that becomes obvious is that ‘Don’t take BO for his word, only for what he does’




    Lord William Jefferson Clinton has a contract on that mantle


  • Diana Baria

    Many of us agree that apparently we have been duped! We fell for the promises and now are very fearful that this presidency will change our lives for the absolute worst….he is giving us change alright, but not what we wanted. LET’S HAVE A DO OVER…..he would not be elected today!! WE must stand together and vote all these people OUT of Congress. I hope we wake up as a nation and do not allow this to continue….more and more are being heard and standing up against this bunch of idiots in Washington, THEY WORK FOR US. LET’S FIRE ALL OF THEM AND START OVER WITH REAL PEOPLE, NOT PUPPETS AND RADICALS!
    BO scares the heck out of me….

    • David

      You are another one who seems to think he was elected.

  • Lori Barnes

    Amen sister, lets get it done.

  • Barbara

    What are the requirements for impeachment? Sounds like a good way to go to git rid of undesirables!

  • http://att Linda

    I just luv President Obama,I think that he is among the greatest.
    Don’t be jealous and hate the man for who he is.

    • s c

      Linda, you probably won’t respond to this, but that’s OK. First, you misspelled ‘luv.’ Did you mean lust? What do you mean when you say greatest?
      For anyone to be jealous of Obummer, it would be necessary for him to have some ability or do something that makes people compare themselves to him. Other than mock and shred the Constitution, what has Obummer done for America?
      As for hating him, that’s not yet quite the proper term. Disgust comes to mind. Contempt, recognizing a horse’s asset the first we see it, and a deep need to be rid of someone who’s not qualified to clean toilets in the White House, yes, but not hatred.
      And never forget, Linda, people like YOU voted for him.

  • David

    It seems to me that no one here has bothered to find out that the constitution has been gone since 1933, or that the Federal Reserve owns the “United Stetes Federal Government, Inc.”, or that deficits are nothing more than marks on paper (or digits in a computer). Folks, nothing is what it looks like.

  • s c

    Chip, this article is almost a year old. So how much has the list grown since King Obummer invaded the White House? I can’t be the only one who would be interested in seeing the updated master list.

  • Shibamom

    I agree with SC. What else has “The Great Pretender” misspoke on, misstepped over, or completely disregarded?

  • libra

    THE KENYAN BORN, HALF WHITE(MARXIST PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS) IS MOSTLY ARAB And carries a very small fraction of black blood in his veins..the blacks who change their american names to arab and muslim names amuse me.. why–because it was muslims who sold them into slavery.the kenyan sat in a black liberation church for 20 years–black liberation is only another name for marxism. we have never seen any of his writings or papers from his higher education–why –because like his wife the papers are hate filled marxist leaning words. eventually–all will be revealed–the passport he traveled on as a teen to pakistan,his words of hatred for capitalism and wealthy folks. did you know that he signed a book deal with an advance of 500k the day before he was sworn in as president? the deal would have been illegal the day after. i suspect that it will be a walk in the park for him as his buddy bill ayers is his ghostwriter. did anyone ever check out jeremiah wright? as a young man, he was in the navy,trained as a corpsman(obama butchered that word), did wright go to viet nam? no, he was chosen to care for lbj after lbj had a coronary. wright lived a pampered life in the whitehouse and is now a multimillionaire and lives in a million dollar masnsion in chicago. yet he damns the usa. he hates the usa and all it represents. obama should have gone to jail due to his financial dealings with tony reszko. read up on why tony went to jail.. who was shoveling the funds to tony to “rehab slum propertiies for the poor. obama had to know where that money was going.. did some of it purchase the mansion obama owns in chicago? read up on that disgusting theft of taxpayer funds. read about the earmark to the hospital michelle worked in as soon as obama hit the u.s. senate — most of the earmark went to raise her pay from 125k per yr. to 325k per year.. neither of the obamas hold active law licenses. muchelle’s was forced by a judge into suspension. for what–we cannot find out.


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