Obama’s failure…

Dr. MichaeBarack 4l J. O’Connell, New Hampshire commented that every time Obama appears at press conferences or interviews, it becomes clearer that the presidency is not what he expected or was prepared for.  He started his first year in a very good strategic position, because the situation could hardly have been worse.  We were still in conflicts in both Afghanistan and Iraq, the economy was bordering on depression, and manufacturing jobs were fleeing overseas while our unemployment rate hovered at 10%.  Our relations with other developed nations was suffering from the ‘bravado approach’ of which Bush junior was accused.  Nothing could have been better for Obama, because only improvement on all fronts could be anticipated.

So what has Obama accomplished given this perfect set up for success?

  1. He has mandated a massive overhaul of healthcare that has disenfranchised many physicians and pushed many hospitals and healthcare systems to the brink of ruin. Patients are herded through provider offices like assembly line widgets, vocal interaction with the doctor is minimized, that frequently quoted “40 million Americans without insurance” has changed little, and those who are now covered have either catastrophic policies with huge deductibles they can’t afford, premiums that are out of sight, or they qualify for Medicaid that many providers will not accept due to dreadfully poor reimbursement for medical services.
  2. He has pulled troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, with no deal with the existing government for maintaining air force bases in the desert, as had been an exit strategy by Bush. He must now rue that decision since our troops are slowly returning to Bagdad to “protect our interests” as ISIS extremists slowly bear down on the Iraqi capital, unraveling all that had been accomplished.
  3. Thanks to sloppy oversight, Edward Snowden has single handedly given our enemies and allies alike our blueprint for success in preventing further terrorism on our soil, in commerce and trade overseas, in competition with China, Europe et al. Our allies all now know that we spy on them, as they do on us, and more importantly, they now know how we do it.  Relations with our allies is arguably worse than at any time in the past two decades.
  4. Asleep at the wheel, and with our intelligence crippled by #3, Obama allows Russia to divide the Ukraine, and annex Crimea. A land grab.  Something no developed nation has done since WWII.  Again due to crippled intelligence, he has allowed moderate factions in Syria to whither, unaided and now disenfranchised.
  5. The economy limps along, gradual improvement in unemployment, some job creation…and it has taken nearly 7 years of Obama’s ‘laser beam’ concentration on this issue to accomplish a half-hearted recovery.
  6. Despite obvious need to trim back the government, return to fiscal responsibility, and stop stacking our massive debt on the backs of our youth, Obama continues to spend dollars we don’t have.
  7. Global warming, admirably part of the Democratic campaign platform, has been given lip service by this president

It must be shell shocking to the president that his famous campaign slogan of “yes we can” has clearly become “guess we can’t.”  His record is abysmal.  His extraordinary naiveté will be his legacy.  In some ways he seems to have learned few lessons from the oft criticized Bush administration.  In other ways he has fled so far from some of the controversies of that pervious president that he has run too far in the opposite direction, putting us in different but grievous risk.  “Change we can believe in”?  Unfortunately, I can believe it.

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see: https://michaeloconnellmdnh.wordpress.com/

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