Why Does Obama Take Credit For Something He Did Not Do?


I am writing this to set the record straight about President Obama and his part in the Iraq withdrawal.

President Obama is very quick to place the blame (for instance) for a horrible economy he “inherited” on the Bush administration. He hasn’t stopped placing this blame in fact. It also is the mantra for the Democrats going into the November elections. Ignore what they really did for the past eighteen months (to destroy the country) and focus on what the Bush administration did, essentially the Dems must LIE to deflect the blame for our country’s woes.

Yeah- let’s see how that’s working for you Mr. Obama. Let me quick check those popularity numbers. Oh – and let me check the deficit as compared to what it was under W. Oh, and while I’m at it, let me check those unemployment numbers under the Bush administration as compared to what they are today. What? We've more than doubled the joblessness numbers since your brilliant ideas to fix all of this was implemented? Housing sales have plummeted to historic lows, lows we haven't seen since the 1960's?? The Summer rally for blue chips faltered when all the data was accumulated because the economic outlook is so grim? Weak firms pile on debt and more trouble? Issuers of credit cards faced with new Obama regulations so choking, they are now scrambling to figure out how to make any money at all given that business is shrinking and now it's more costly to operate? All after you took office Mr. Obama and you and the Democrats passed a bunch of destructive laws/bills/pork and what-not to help our economy?

Who knew?!

Liberals will make the excuse, “It can’t be done quickly, it takes time.” Good answer I admit. Even I would have to agree to some extent that this is true. It can't happen over night. However herein lies the problem with that. The Genius—otherwise known as BH Obama – promised, and I mean over and over and over in speech after speech—if we just elected HIM and we allowed him to use HIS genius economic strategy (billions of dollars of TAX PAYER bail-outs as just one of his economic genius ideas...) HE PROMISED unemployment would never go above 8%! He's SO danged smart after all, he had this whole economic thing down to a science! He told us so! And then when he took office, because his ideas were so brilliant, so fantastic, even though none of it could be fixed overnight as any reasonable person would know, his measures would at least stop the terrible slide to destruction. Oh, that didn't happen? Really? Then it must have at least slowed it down a lot! What's that? Are you trying to say to me it got worse, FAR FAR WORSE? And the outlook is so grim we are nearing Greek-like economic implosions?? No! Say it ain't so!

Regardless – even under Bush, it was Democrats in the House and Senate that began bringing us down the path of economic destruction in the first place. http://hubpages.com/hub/Joe-Biden-Are-You-On-Drugs

Then President Obama became President and things merely went from disaster to catastrophic disaster.

But that’s not why I write this today.

This Hub is to correct the very wrong impression that President Obama has been trying to foist upon the American people regarding the war on Terror. Inclusive, to correct the lies of the Democratic party prior to President Obama taking office. The “there is no exit strategy” lie that the socialist-stream media perpetuated for years prior and during Mr. Obama's campaign for President of the United States.

Here are the facts.

1. Mr. Bush most definitely had an exit strategy and I have to blame them for not making this abundantly clear at the time. How can I write this unequivocally? Because my husband headed up the team that determined the strategy to hand over control of Afghanistan and transition into NATO control. Today this has happened. When did my husband head up the team to work this aspect of the exit strategy? November of 2008. President Obama simply followed the Bush plan – essentially, to the letter.

It ticks me off that there is this notion that President Bush had no strategy. My husband missed our only son’s High School graduation and all my son’s Lacrosse games as his team’s captain that year just to come up with this plan as part of the bigger exit strategy to EXIT Afghanistan.

The media was so bent on repeating the "No exit strategy" lie that I had the opportunity to see this cover-up in action for myself.

I was on the Community Editorial Board for The Lansing State Journal here in Michigan at the time of my husband's deployment. When we met each month the head editors attended the meetings. They were present the day I announced that my husband was deploying to Afghanistan as part of an exit strategy. The silence in the room was so thick I couldn't have cut it with a buzz saw.

The awkward silence only ended when the editor quickly called an end to the meeting and they all beat feet out of the room. No one from the paper asked me details. No one from the paper called later to interview me. They simply continued to print their articles that proclaimed, "Bush has no exit strategy." The irrational hatred was alive and well in that newsroom as it was across most newsrooms of the country at the time. The truth would have ruined their propaganda machine. As the famous line from "A Few Good Men" goes, "You can't handle the truth!" They definitely couldn't handle the truth. It didn't fit their liberal agenda propaganda machine. This all occurred in 2006-2007. Gee, somebody please tell me who was President at that time?

2. Mr. Obama also did not devise/come up with/determine the course of/ nor anything even resembling active involvement—in leaving Iraq. Much to the liberal’s dismay, and unfortunately what they don’t know is, this too was planned during the Bush administration. And once again, my husband deployed to implement a large portion of this plan in this case to Iraq to head up a huge team of experts to transition 30,000 prisoners/detainees to the Iraqi government. I wonder, do liberals even know there are other prisoners than the ones at Guantanamo Bay? 30,000 that were treated perfectly well. Some so much so, they begged the Americans to "keep" them.

This detainee "hand off" as it were - was a major part of the larger plan of LEAVING IRAQ – otherwise known as AN EXIT STRATEGY. This began in July of 2008-2009.

While my husband was deployed that time, he missed the wedding of our only son as well as the birth of his/our first grandchild.

And again, President Obama changed NOTHING of this plan. He implemented NOTHING NEW with regard to this plan and this stands true for the larger plan of drawing down troops and leaving Iraq. This transition of detainees was just a part of the bigger exit strategy done under the Bush administration. How can I say this with absolute certainty? My husband left for Iraq in July 2008 to devise and implement this plan. Long before Mr. Obama even took the oath of office. My husband was recalled from his RETIREMENT – and had to turn down an offer of a lucrative civilian job BTW which in Michigan was rare, to serve as the head of this contingent.

I remember when my husband told me about the request to recall him from his retirement. I at first said, “Say no.” I have always supported his deployments, but I admit I was ready for retirement from the Army after 30 years, even if he wasn’t.

He said (and I quote), “Carol my country has called me, how can I say no?”

What do you say to that? So I reluctantly – once again – gave my support.

And lest you think for one second he was the only one sacrificing – there was a team of lawyers on my husband's staff at the Iraqi headquarters. One was the grandson of a very, very famous film producer. An extremely bright young man of privilege who was on his second tour in Iraq as a reservist because he believed he was needed (he was) and wanted to serve his country. Another was a Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer who was losing untold thousands of hours of dollars a month to serve his country in this capacity. He too left a wife and small children back in the states. There was story after story like this of great heroic men and women who sacrificed so much for something the media claimed didn't exist!

To be clear – Mr. Obama neither devised, nor did any “team” or even “czar” of his develop any of this. He followed the Bush administration’s plan to the letter. How do I know this? My husband knows the plan for both Iraq and Afghanistan and so far, all is going well…as planned. Nothing was tweaked or changed. All of this done under the Bush administration.

Yet this is something that President Obama isn’t mentioning. The fact that he merely picked up where the Bush administration left off is somehow inexplicibly overlooked when he constantly looks back to BLAME the Bush administration for everything from the economy to the color of the White House curtains. Well - maybe he didn't publicly complain about the curtains, but Mr. Obama has not been shy about the "Blame Bush" game. Yet he is somehow, inexplicably, taking full credit for "ending the Iraq war." even making a lovely speech – “See what I did? I said I’d exit, and I DID exit! Excuse me while I bend over a little further attempting to pat myself on the back for doing…well…nothing other than staying out of the way and letting the adults maintain control of at least this situation.”

What despicable behavior. But then, why am I not surprised?

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV


My opinion was stated in my hub.


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Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

Carol, This is excellent! I think this should be sent to Beck & O'Reilly, at least they wouldn't be affraid to say it. You my dear, are to be commended. As is your huband and so many others. H

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Why thank you Harvey! Carol

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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

When the economy drops again, all of his lying will bounce right back into his face.

Keep on hubbing!

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Eovery - we can only PRAY that happens! Thanks so much for your comments!

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sheila b. 6 years ago

Don't we all know someone just like him? And don't you think he has someone else's blueprint for the economy that he's following? My bet - George Soros. I think he likes to sit at that empty desk and think, "I won".

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

You may have something there Sheila. I can only hope that his corruption will destroy him and his house of cards from within.

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Carol, this is a very important piece of writing. I would love to see it picked up by whatever newspapers we have left in this country. This entire administration is built on smoke and mirrors. Thumbs up, Awesome!

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Barbara Kay 6 years ago from USA

Very Republican. No other comment.

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CornerStone51 6 years ago from Mifflintown, PA

Great hub Sis. I was talking back to the TV the day I heard him say that he said he would end the war in Iraq and he just kept that promise!!! What a lie! I told Mother then that he was lying, that this was already decided before Pres. Bush ever left office! He can't say that Bush's surge won the Iraq War, so now he's trying to say HE DID!!! Just incredible. And people out there are gullible enough and uneducated enough about the facts to believe him! Thanks for getting the word out and also, I think you should send this to O'Reilly or Beck! Someone needs to call him out on this one.


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Well Barbara Kay if being "very Republican" is snynomous to being "very true" then you're perfectly right.

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Pop - I hope this gets around because the truth of the matter is Obama has done NOTHING to further the exit from either Iraq or Afghanistan other than - thanks be to God - NOT screwing it up by changing anything. He stayed out of it and that in itself was the best thing he ever did. Everything he touches usually turns to crap! I do hope the truth gets out there. Even the Wall Street Journal sometime back noted Obama did nothing to change any of the strategy that had already been implemented by the Bush administration with regard to exiting both regions. Let's hope others take notice.Thanks for your kind comments kid!

Bushbasher 6 years ago

Obama's strategy is, has been, and apparently always will be: Blame bush, then do what he would have done, and if that doesn't work, blame Bush again, but if it does work, take all credit.

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Sadly, I believe you are exactly right Bushbasher! Thanks for leaving your comments.

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drcrischasse 6 years ago from NH/Foxboro

He has nbothing else positive to hang his hat on. Might as well take credit for something.

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SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia

This is such a well-written and informative piece, I wish you could get it inot the USA Today paper or some other HUGE source because this should be sen and read by EVERYONE!! I honestly hope that 2 more years of this unqualified idiot do not completely RUIN this nation. He is not a leader and his ONLY strategy is to blame Bush. I really wish he could explain what he THOUGHT the job of president would entail, because it sure seems as if he was/is clueless!!

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Dr. Chris, I think you're right. And the fact is - he at least allowed the Bush policies to remain - despite his left base pressuring him I'm sure. I can say that much about President Obama. Thank God for that! Thanks for coming by.

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you very much Sheri. That is so kind of you. I hope a lot of people read this. Not because I'm such a "great" writer or I think this Hub is so fantastic, but because it is important that for a change the FACTS are known. Thanks for your gracious comments Sheri.

Colleen 6 years ago


Excellent piece. I hope its ok,but I'm passing it on.

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Please pass this on Colleen - not for personal glory but for those like my husband who will not get the credit under the Bush administration, for all they did and sacrificed. Thanks Colleen!

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

I'd say that's about 'par for the course" with Obama. I have heard him described as a man who does not possess a vision of his own toward which to lead people. Thanks for a good write! WB

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks a million for stopping by Wayne! carol

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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

great hub.

I wonder what is taking Obama so long to produce Osama Bin Laden?


CornerStone51 6 years ago

Sis...My cousin,Steve, in Borger,Texas shared your hub on his FaceBook page!!! Thought that was cool. He shares mine frequently, so now looks like he is reading more of them! YOU GO GIRL!!!

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Dave Sibole 6 years ago from Leesburg, Oh

Great Hub Carol. I'm sharing on facebook. Hope it goes viral.

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Opinion Duck - thanks for your comments. i wonder too. But no President before him (to be fair) was able to (or willing to) either.

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

That is VERY cool Sis! I'm flattered and humbled! Thanks for telling me. Love you! c

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you so much for not only visiting my Hub but for sharing this one on Facebook. I am grateful and hope it will be helpful in informing the masses who still drink the Kook-Aid.

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

That last comment by me was for Dave Sibole - I neglected to include that in my comments.

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rkhyclak 6 years ago from Ohio

Hi Carol, great hub :) I haven't been getting notifications of your publishing, so I'm wayyyy behind in reading. Hoping to catch up! I'm not surprised by any of this business, the man's a fraud.

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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA

I am going to make a habit of sharing your hubs on my FaceBook. The more truth people get- the better!

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks so much rkhyclak - sometimes my notifications are spotty are too! Then again - I get so much ca ca in my email box along with other email that comes in. And not to mention, I'm way behind on my Hub reading as well! Thanks for stopping in and taking the time to leave a comment!

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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan Author

ReuVera - I am humbled and flattered all at the same time. Today sitting in church - I know I must be a reflection of God in all that I do. Emphasis on ALL. But I also know - the truth must be told. Jesus Christ wasn't always "tender" and sweet - "God and sin no more." Turning over the money changers tables, "Get thee behind me satan," to his own apostles! I believe because the United States of America was founded upon Jude/Christian principles, by what I do, I do it also for the Lord. I want our country to come back to the Godly principles it was founded upon. In my own small way - by telling the truth - I pray that I can make some kind of progress in that direction - by God's grace and strength. Thank you so much for your positive comments. Carol

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tom hellert 5 years ago from home


Great hub, the best part about trying to figure out who your not so freindly stalker is is- assuming its not me...;-) that i get to read and reread some of your hubbs - and with my memory- Its like I am reading them for the first time again anyway-

so a pluss for me fo sure so if I recomment- forgive me on that...




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