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Monday, November 18, 2013

The beginning of the end for Barack Obama -- By Joseph Curl, The Washington Times

United States President Barack Obama, center, watches the action while sitting behind his brother-in-law, Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson, front left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland in College Park, Md., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Second-term presidents in the past 30 years have had some pretty embarrassing news conferences, full of frank admissions of failure, submissive spasms of shame and groveling, grieving apologies.

Bill Clinton had to admit that he actually did have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky; George W. Bush finally thought of something he might have done wrong; his dad had to explain all those new taxes after his unequivocal pledge; and even Ronald Reagan ate crow over the Iran-Contra affair.

But there has never, ever, been a more pitiful presser than the one conducted last week by President Obama. In a nutshell, he said sure, everything's a mess, but he just didn't know. Introspective for the first time, he acknowledged he "fumbled the rollout" of Obamacare, said his "you can keep it" pledge "ended up not being accurate" and admitted that his "credibility" is in the dumper. And he tossed out this gem: "What we're also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy." Ya think?

This second-term unraveling has beset nearly all modern presidents. Like Mr. Clinton before him (whose second-term agenda was derailed by a stained little blue dress), George W. Bush's ambitious plans, including an overhaul of entitlement programs, died suddenly after the Hurricane Katrina debacle. His own party abandoned him on immigration reform, and he was left counting the days until he could go home to his Texas ranch. Even the Republican nominee for president didn't want him around.

Almost the exact scenario has played out with Mr. Obama — the president's credibility is shot, gone. His plan to revamp immigration? Dead. As is the rest of his legislative wish list. And we'll have to see whether Hillary Rodham Clinton wants him anywhere near the campaign trail in 2016.

 Funny, it was Mrs. Clinton's husband who played a big role in the meltdown. Slick Willie, with an eye on his wife's coming run, tossed out the idea that the president should — shocker — honor his commitment that "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it." That gave fellow Democrats the cover to bail on the embattled president — and they did, in droves.

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