President Obama had a bad year… but America had an even worse one

With Glenn on vacation for the holidays, TheBlaze’s national security editor Buck Sexton filled in as host of the Glenn Beck Radio Program this morning. We have recently heard politicians and pundits from both sides of the aisle refer to 2013 as the worst year of the Obama presidency, but Buck argued there is more to the story than the President’s approval rating. While 2013 was a bad year for President Obama, it was a worse year for the United States of America.

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Obama the worst. I know what you’re probably thinking. I’m just referring to the fact that he may be duly considered the worst president in, I don’t know, over a hundred years if you’re so inclined. And he views, though, this past year as the worst for him because it’s really a reflection of the narcissism in this president that when the American people have a bad year, the biggest problem, the biggest issue as he sees it is that he’s having a bad year. I don’t really care that President Obama’s having a bad year. In fact, I don’t think the media should care, either, because vast riches and untold accolades await him in public life no matter what happens from hereon out. So just remember that as those of us in the conservative movement, those of us on the conservative side of things keep on pushing and spreading the truth about this administration. President Obama is going to end up, after his time in office, an incredibly rich and powerful and celebrated man.

So it’s with that in mind, and I know you say that’s probably unfair but it’s also true, and I guarantee you it is true. With that in mind, though, I care much more about the fact that America has had a bad year. But it’s not enough to think of this as one bad year. It’s really just the culmination of a five-year progression towards a progressive agenda. This is the year during which we found ourselves constantly stumped by the lies, constantly left in the lurch because we had been promised so much. And even those of us who knew those promises would come to naught were surprised with the speed and ferocity with which they crashed on the shoals of the free market, on the shoals of the American way of doing business.

It’s been a bad five years really. It’s just that this year was the first time that the quisling partisans failed to explain it away. It was too much of a gut punch, too difficult for all of us. And so 2013 I think will be the year when we look back and say that the progressive central planning agenda collided with the reality of a free market and a free, though rapidly dwindling, economy. It is a year in which the president lied to us on a number of issues, and I think it’s very important to recognize that these weren’t lies that are easy for us to pass by and explain away. These were lies that affect us all. These were lies that you could even say in some regards subvert the democratic process, subverted the democratic process.

President Obama told us, as you know, that if you like your plan, you can keep it. President Obama’s senior advisors told us that Benghazi was a response to a video, that it wasn’t clear who was responsible from the outset. At first they said that the IRS was abusive and weaponized, weaponized for political purposes, probably the most frightening agency of the federal government has now turned on the American people, a subset of the American people. Those who like to use words like “freedom” and “patriot” and “liberty.” That’s quite a commentary on the federal government out of D.C. that those were the terms that marked you for extra scrutiny, as the bureaucrats said.

President Obama now says that that was not, in fact, anything to be concerned about, it was nothing about which we should be overly worried. In fact, it’s really just right-wing hysteria, isn’t it? Oh, no, the IRS, yes, yes, the inspector general from within came out and said it was completely unacceptable. And when the news cycle was against this president, he came out and said, “I won’t stand for this.” He did a fantastic job of false outrage and yet it quickly withered away, and we knew he was as unserious about accountability in the IRS as he was accountability for his own words on Obamacare.

The subversion of the democratic process through the lies of the chief executive, through the lies of the most powerful man in the world, the leader of the free world, whether he chooses to adopt and use that title or not, is something that I think will go down and mark this year as one that we should remember, unfortunately for many of the wrong reasons, or many reasons that are saddening to patriots and those who care about the Constitution and liberty. And yet, despite all of this, despite everything that I have told you as we go into the heart of the Christmas season and into the new year, 2014 is going to be a fight. I promise you that much. Don’t think that it is not. 2014 is going to be a knock-down, drag-out between the forces inside America who say “Enough. We are standing athwart the proposed progress of the American left and saying, “You are taking us into a place we do not wish to go.” Do you think that they’re going to look at the past year, they’re going to look at this year that we’ve just gone through as essentially the end state, the natural progression of the past five years? Of course not. Just bumps along the road. Just a few little issues, a few little things to be pushed aside, tossed away. No worry about your healthcare plan. Hey, plenty of time to get through a pathway to amnesty, plenty of time to use executive fiat to get regulations for the environment through that will cripple business, harm the economy and will never go through congress because if this president has done one thing, he has shown us that the legislature is useful for one thing and one thing only and that is for constantly whining and carping and saying that “they won’t do my bidding.”

The legislature in the republic that we live in now is increasingly superfluous. It’s unnecessary. It’s extraneous. We have a consolidation of power in this White House that even ten years ago nobody could have dreamed of. We have a president who openly defies not just the will of congress but defies the Courts who say, “You know, what you’re doing is flatly unconstitutional.” Does the administration back down? Do they say, “Okay, I will accept this court of appeals decision”? No. They take it to the Supreme Court. They take it to the mat. Just as he had to take his signature legislation to the Supreme Court, which passed only through a level of sophistry and trickery that is unbelievable to anybody who can read plain-letter English. That’s the legacy of this president. That’s the legacy of this four years which now has finally added one more onto the pile that tells us everything we needed to know.

And here we see today a deadline passes. You won’t hear much about it. Many of you are out shopping spending time with your families focused on other, and quite honestly for the time being, more important things. Today was the day that you were supposed to have signed up for Obamacare to have coverage starting on January 1st. I don’t even know if that’s true anymore. I don’t know if it’s true because I don’t know what the law actually says because the law has become meaningless. The law has become a tool, something to be used by the whim of the chief executive. That’s it. Doesn’t hold him back.

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  • Bonnie Somer

    If Congress just uses Section 5 of the 14th amendment it GIVES ONLY THEM THE POWER OVER THE DEBT LIMIT JUST THEM AND THEY DO NOT HAVE TO NEGOTIATE OVER IT W/BULLY OBAMA OR H HITLER REID. THEN POWER OF THE PURSE IT IS THEIR JOB TO WATCH THE MONEY BUT IT IS OUR JOB, WE THE PEOPLE, TO WATCH THEM 2014 IS COMING

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Oh that poor baby. I mean come on he had this coming to him ever since he pushed Obamacare. This is people rejecting liberalism and seeing it for it’s true colors of hate the poor and make sure no one can be rich and the numbers against Obamacare and poll numbers say that 71% of this country fear bigger government. you know that this is a rejection of liberalism because it is sad when more people signed up to get a reality TV star back on TV in two days at the same time Obamacare can’t even get pass 2 million in three months. It shows me that people are sick of liberalism and their over reaching government and the time for change is coming. Thanks liberals for waking people up to your evils by acting like yourselves you just gave us 2014 and 2016 please keep it up so no one will ever vote liberal ever again.

  • Anonymous

    Indeed, we have had a bad year, the fifth in a row under the current administration. So lets do as others suggested, and strive to counteract the Socialistic movement of the President, and return our land to freedom and being a Republic.

  • Anonymous

    Mr Fisher,

    I believe what we are now seeing happening to the administration is the ‘sew the wind, reap the whirlwind’ made reality. The inevitable cost for their dark deeds and deals is coming due, and may it bring an end to the progressive movement.

    And yes, I agree, thanks to the liberals for waking people up, and in the process, showing us the danger we are truly in.

  • Anonymous

    A test of the present administration will be to witness how they surrender power when the time arrives. One of the first tests for The New Republic was to see if George Washington would step aside, peacefully relinquish all power and let the Republic proceed as designed. There were calls at the time for President Washington to continue on. In what may be his greatest achievement Washington let the power transfer peacefully and The New Republic was on its way.

  • Anonymous

    Mr Bigs,

    Given the narcissistic mindset of the president, in addition to other mental conditions that rendered him unstable, I have grave doubts about him willingly leaving office.

    I pray he does, yet I speculate that we may see the next lawfully-elected president call upon the armed forces to support his removal.

  • Anonymous

    Buck did a great job……

  • Ben Brewer

    Sorry, Obama may not be the greatest president ever, but G. W. Bush was by far the worst president ever, although Obama does still have some time to catch up to him.

  • Marilyn Wengert

    ~ I worry most for my grand children and the country they will inherit, and that is what validates my boldness. I pray that our nation as a whole, will realize what direction the progressives (elitists) want to take us! I believe the goal is to do away with the middle class, small business, and Christians.Personally, I get comfort in knowing that my Lord and Savior sees all and knows all, and His ways are not our ways <3

  • Marilyn Wengert

    AS MY DECEASED FATHER SAID MANY TIMES, “WE NEED TERM LIMITS,THE ELECTED GET TO POWERFUL AND GREEDY”….indeed Pop <3 I am glad he is not here to see where our country is headed! He was a decorated Army Vet who served in the Battle of The Bulge, and he seen and experienced more than many of us.

  • Jeffrey Varnish

    Now that’s funny…

  • Anonymous

    You are the most delusional political hack on here tonight. You just can’t reconcile the fact that you voted for the worst president in American history, twice. Obama makes Carter look like a fiscal genius and his foreign policy with Iran seem inspired. G.W. Bush was, is, and will forever be infinitely better than Obama in every conceivable way.

  • Lucas Martinez

    You are a SORRY ASS!!!

  • Sandra Parks

    why are people all over our president can’t you see this was Hillary Clinton’s

    doing she is the one that started this health plan , when she saw that it was not working she got ghost

  • landofaahs

    Have you ever noticed how the liberal media report on Obama failures by measuring how it will reflect on him? To hell with how it reflects on him, what about how it effects the American people? Liberals are the most self-absorbed ego maniacs I have ever seen.

  • Anonymous

    I hate to say this but 2014 will see a worse year. There is something nasty on the horizen for America; they are gearing up for it, some man made natural disaster (if u get my meaning) or false flag event, maybe even war on our own soil.

  • Anonymous

    I hate to say this but 2014 will see a worse year. There is something nasty on the horizen for America; they are gearing up for it, some man made natural disaster (if u get my meaning) or false flag event, maybe even war on our own soil.

  • landofaahs

    Obama spends millions on everyone of his vacation splurges and just think how many homeless children that would clothe and feed. I guess that proves Obama doesn’t really care about the poor as long as he can get in some golf in Hawaii.

  • landofaahs

    Obama spends millions on everyone of his vacation splurges and just think how many homeless children that would clothe and feed. I guess that proves Obama doesn’t really care about the poor as long as he can get in some golf in Hawaii.

  • Anonymous

    I think I am going to petition for the “Buck Hour” on a continuous basis ! Very nice commentary !

  • Anonymous

    Land of aahs,

    No he does not appear to care. Given his narcissistic personality, this renders him incapable, as I understand the disorder, of focusing upon the worries or concerns of anyone other than himself.

  • Feet2Fire

    Sorry, can’t read this article–seems to be in all-italics. (Maybe it’s just this browser? If not, why use italics for an entire article? It’s meant for EMPHASIS–a word or two or a sentence or two. Any more than that is eye-torment.)

  • Feet2Fire

    Not even close. The nonstop LIES alone make the ONE the WORST.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    gotta say love it when i hear someone (buck) droll on about this president as i do in my living room. company loves me back (sarcasm).

    BUT is it not this dreadful?

    YES, it is dreadful. bho is dreadful and he dragged this country down into the dregs where he lives.

  • Paul P

    Obama is doing better. Look this up..at the beginning of his year he was worth bout 2 million or less. He is now worth over 12 million. He is certainly doing a lot better.

  • Anonymous

    I suspect the Bush/Gore election insanity will be small potatoes compared to what may come if this country doesn’t quickly find a way to work Constitutionally and together.

    As it is, laws have become “ideas” that need to “evolve” at the Executive Order (whim) of the dear leader.

    There is a grasping at power right now being hidden by a veil of “Health Care”, Benghazi, Fast & Furious and numerous other scandals. As we become desensitized to scandals — any of which could have led to impeachment some decades ago, the grab for power will become easier and easier because it will be “business as usual”.

  • kiskin

    Hahaha. Very objective don’t you think. Some of you are lost but the good thing is that there is nothing you can do about it.

  • Beckerheads suck

    American has had “an even worse year.” Record stock market prices makes a liar of Sexton. A prevented war with Syria makes a liar of Sexton. People, who have never had health care before now getting signed up for it makes a liar of Sexton. A third quarter of 4+% growth makes a liar of Sexton.

    If American has had a bad year, it’s because of the do-nothing, reactionary Congress of tea baggers shutting the government down and preventing any legislation that would solve problems.

  • Anonymous

    You do understand that 1) record stock prices are from companies seeking favors from the government, not producing and innovating on their own, 2) Obama wanted to start war in Syria, it was Congress that stopped him from warmongering (especially after he tried to use Benghazi to funnel Libyan weapons to Syria), and 3) more people will have lost coverage under Obamacare than gained it.

    You need to educate yourself instead of reiterating talking points. And by the way, the “do-nothing” Congress was elected to do just that… stop Obama’s agenda.

  • Anonymous

    It still doesn’t change the fact that you and Ben are complete and totally uneducated losers. Your stupidity has shown the true face of liberalism to the moderate voters of America, and they don’t likewhat they see. Good luck keeping hold of the Senate and winning the presidency or the House anytime soon in the next few election cycles.

  • Crassus

    Soros Lib Troll Rule #4: When completely stumped, bring up Bush.

  • Crassus

    Soros Lib Troll Rule #3: Always refer to the Tea Party as tea baggers or some other derogatory term.

  • Crassus

    And just think–once Obambi leaves office he can really clean up. Speeches at a million bucks a pop. Six figure synecures as a consultant. Millions in advance for his autobiography. Who says that incompetence don’t pay?

  • Crassus

    The guy needs money for beer and weed. That’s why he gets paid to reiterate talking points on message boards such as this. I suppose in times like these it’s a decent living.

  • Nina Barber

    I don’t care if he had a bad year, we have had 5 bad years because of this tyrant and because of the spineless Republicans and the other mindless Democrats we’ll be having 3 more bad years.

  • Anonymous

    Only the rich made money on the stock market, which by the way you ignorant asshole, is only up because the FED has printed trillions of dollars – 85 billion a month – in order to ruin the dollar for the rest of us… The ignorance of you liberals is totally astounding!

  • Bill

    How long has the United States been a country? BO is the Worst president since then! I guess that just about sums it up.

  • Beckerheads suck

    Haters will hate. Leave it to a follower of Glenn Beck to know even know when the country was founded. Haters will hate, and Glenn Beck will gladly take their money.

  • Beckerheads suck

    The dollar is ruined? Only if the tea baggers vote to default on our national debt. There is virtually no inflation, so if anyone is ignorant (and hateful) here, Lamont, it is YOU.

    Time to climb down off that high rocking horse you ride during The Glenn Beck Show.

  • Guest

    Tea baggers dip their nuts into the mouths of starving Americans as they cut off their food stamps. Seems appropriate to me.

  • Guest

    Where do you get your misinformation? Oh, right, Glenn Beck, the professional liar. Lots of companies are doing well, not just the ones “seeking favors from the government. Congress never voted on war with Syria; Sec. of State Kerry stumbled into peace. No one has shown that weapons were being funneled to Syria. Just because Beck says so doesn’t make it so, AND that was last year, ignorant clown.

    If anyone needs to educated themselves, it’s people stupid and gullible enough to believe that claptrap spewed by professional liar, Glenn Beck.

  • Guest

    Got more stupid delusions to write? I am gainfully employed and post comment for fun because I LOVE mocking morons.

  • james c

    Damn glad we had GW on 911. He had the balls to do something about it.

  • james c

    WOW you are an IDIOT!

  • james c

    WOW you are a BIGGER idiot than I thought!

  • james c

    You must have the wonderful career of living off my tax dollars. Get a life would ya!

  • Liberalism Is Nonsense

    During Hussein Obama’s first four years, the number of Americans on food stamps increased by an average of about 11,000 per day.Reference: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-08-21/33-shocking-facts-which-show-how-badly-economy-has-tanked-under-obama

  • mike

    things will get worse according to plan in order to create unrest and call it anarchy. then they will call it anarchy to justify keeping the evil one in power. The move of dismissing top military brass is a preparatory strike. The stockpiling of ammo is another. The list goes on…..

  • mike

    Do you think Syria produced the chemical weapons they posses? They are the ones Bush lied about being in Iraq, fool.

  • Guest

    Yes, Obama caused the Bush recession. “Most evidence suggests that food-stamp enrollment has mainly risen due to the recession — although policy changes have played a smaller role.” Over 4 millions private sector jobs were created, too; but what’s a cherry-picking regressive like you to do?

    Ignore the facts that don’t comport with your regressive understanding of SNAP.

  • Guest

    Clearly, you are disturbed by facts. I understand; it’s a Beckerhead thing. If you’re gullible and ignorant of actual facts to believe the utter nonsense spewed by your hero/god, Glenn Beck, then you’ll find facts so “WOW,” i.e., hard to grasp.

  • Guest

    I work for a living and receive ZERO gov’t support. I have no problem being taxed to help other people getting rolled by corporate greed. It would save us all a lot of money, though, if the minimum wage were a living wage of $15/hour. Beck will have none of that because his job is to be a corporate shill.

  • Guest

    You’re the one who can’t wrap your feeble mind around the truth: Beck is a professional liar.

    Taking the same currents events exam, I’d destroy you.

  • Thomas Aquinas

    As this video demonstrates, Hussein Obama is the primary perpetrator and criminal fraudster behind Obamacare: http://youtu.be/DXqKp5B0ZLE?t=1s

  • Defend The Constitution

    Related: More casualties in Hussein Obama’s war against the middle class: http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/18/midwest-utility-forced-to-close-three-coal-plants/

  • bucketnutz

    The consequences of elections have never been so obvious and damaging than the Obamunist regime.