Has President Trump performed better than President Obama thus far?
On Trump's lack
of decorum, dignity, and
My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers)
constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s
lack of decorum.
They ask if I don’t think his tweets are
“beneath the dignity of the office.
Here is my answer:
We Right-thinking people have tried dignity.
There could not
have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W.
he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated
hatreds that undermined his presidency.
We tried statesmanship.
Could there be another human being on
this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as
We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever
than Mitt Romney?
the results were always the same.
This is because, while we
were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and
propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged
in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul
Alinsky and the Chicago
I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or
“proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went
down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial
hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.
I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the
deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an
innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.
I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing
the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and
Yes, Obama was “articulate” and
“polished” but in no way was he in the least bit
“dignified,” “collegial” or
The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the
rise of the Children of the ‘60s.
To them, it has been an
all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen
as beyond the pale.
It has been a war they’ve fought with
violence, the threat of
violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent
take-over of the universities – till today.
The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the
only side fighting this war.
While the Left has been taking
a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has
continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.
With Donald Trump, this
all has come to an end.
Donald Trump is America ’s first
wartime president in the Culture War
During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality”
simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for
in their warriors.
Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior
in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the
Army for conduct unbecoming.
Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety
and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding
their slaves today.
Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I
cannot spare this man.
General George Patton was a vulgar-talking, son-of-a-bitch.
peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank.
had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum
then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades
into their thousand-year
Trump is fighting.
And what’s particularly delicious is that,
like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks
obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent
bastards, I read your book!”
That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see
that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left
using their own tactics.
That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules
for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war
against America that it is
and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration
and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior
It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of
us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to
whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to
Trumps tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he
is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do.
First, instead of going after “the fake media” — and
they are so fake that they have literally gotten every
single significant story of the
past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to
the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what
really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri —
Trump isolated CNN.
He made it personal.
Then just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky
described as “the most powerful weapon of all.
importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable
and unwinnable position.
They need to respond.
leaves them with only two
They can either “go high” (as Hillary would
disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would
disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly
and accurately report the news or they can double-down on
their usual tactics and hope
to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and
The problem for CNN (et al.
) with the former is
that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news,
that would be the end of the Democratic Party they
It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read:
propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.
Imagine, for example,
if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate
Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid
Khalidi), domestic terrorists
(William Ayers), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils
of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.
if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of
the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be
used against their political
opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or
the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens
and the Obama administration’s cover-up.
So to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as
well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president
could be “collegial” and “dignified” and proper”? Of course I do.
These aren’t those times.
This is war.
And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting
without opposition for the past 50 years.
So, say anything
you want about this president – I get it – he can be vulgar,
he can be crude, he can be undignified at times.
I can’t spare this
He fights for America!
I find it very interesting that most conservatives on this platform ask baited questions that pit Obama, the first multiracial (or according to the 1% rule, just black) liberal president, against Trump, a proven bigoted, narcissistic, womanizer.
Since I’m trying to provide a fair answer, let’s start with analyzing the nature of your question: Has president trump performed better than president obama thus far?
Ahh yes, so if we’re asking an unbiased question about presidential performance, your question would have been better presented as “How would you compare the beginning stages of the Obama and Trump administrations” However, your question insinuates an opinion that Trump performed better from the start.
Furthermore, your question seems to disregard a simple fact that Trump hasn’t even been a year in office, while Obama’s term spanned 8 years.
The Campaign: Obama’s campaign trail began and centered around ‘Hope’ to improve on America’s greatness.
Trumps campaign began and centered around ‘Mexicans being rapists and murderous, and some maybe being good people’.
And a recording of his misogynistic nature with believing he can grope and kiss any woman he likes (whilst being married), then blowing it off as locker room talk, is definitely the best way to start your political/presidential career.
Let’s totally make America Great Again by getting rid of any people we don’t consider as typical bible belt conservative American.
After Campaign: Obama’s inauguration day was filled with joyous grandeur and celebration from all walks of life.
Trump’s inauguration day was filled with solemn and uninspiring dread, and a newly elected president visibly showing his immaturity by comparing crowd sizes.
Arguably being the very first lie our sitting president committed.
Within less than a month, Trumps presidency began with an immediate investigation into possible collusion with Russia, which from what I can tell, is causing problems for his administration’s longevity.
Furthermore, Trumps first year has seen more chaos and hate group support than any recently remembered presidency.
With spiteful tiki torch racists coming out the wood works, and people like Bannon and Spencer showing their support for him, it’s obvious that Obama’s 8 year term of relatively peaceful and world harmonizing awesomeness was too much for what they call far-right populists (racists).
With Trump’s first year not even finished, we’ve seen him:
This is just to name a few things that happened under the Trump presidency within less than a year.
And yet, you have the nerve to ask such a baited question.
Why do people like you keep comparing Trump and Obama? Why don’t you compare Trump to Kennedy, or Lincoln, or even Jefferson or Clinton? Not only is your question telling about the nature of your ideological agreement with the many hate groups that support Trump, but it also shows your ability to completely gloss over some very egregious acts by a sitting leader of the free world.
Oh, yes, Trump wins in many areas already:
CHOCOLATE CAKE: First, there’s the fact that Obama couldn’t kill and chew cake at the same time.
Sad! In contrast, Trump was able to kill people while eating “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake you’ve ever seen.
” Obama would have been stuck in the Situation Room in the White House, making sure the missiles bombed the right country.
But Trump never gets “lost in the weeds” with details like that.
Iraq? Syria? It was one of those countries, he wasn’t even sure, but who cares? They were Mooslums and he had chocolate cake!
AFTER DINNER ENTERTAINMENT: This is another one in which Trump absolutely clobbered Obama already.
Obama offered up really lame entertainment for his dinner guests, like Lin Manuel Miranda previewing Hamilton.
But Trump’s people are now bragging about the cruise missile attack as “in lieu of dinner entertainment, and it didn’t cost Trump a cent.
” Of course not, even though it cost $87 million, because Trump doesn’t pay taxes! That lame knucklehead Obama actually paid taxes.
What a loser!!
CABINET: Second, the net worth of President Obama’s Cabinet didn’t come close to the Trump menagerie.
And Obama had no one like that Betsy de Vos, Secretary of Educatuon, which is hard to even write in Quora’s editor because the spell checker keeps trying to make me spell it “Education.
” How was Betsy able to Tweet a misspelling of her own title? Talent! Just the raw talent of that Trump Cabinet.
GOLF: And Trump has played 16 rounds of golf already, while Obama, that slacker, hadn’t so much as hit a single golf ball at this point in his term.
VACATION: Trump thinks outside the Constitutional box by vacationing at places he owns, so he profits off of the Secret Service protection.
And Obama let that Constitution hold him back, so he never thought of running up those costs in places he owned just because it’s unconstitutional.
Obama was also a slacker on the cost of his vacations.
His cost the U.
taxpayers $97 million over his eight years in office, while Trump is blowing him out of the water—now on track to cost us that much by November.
DISAPPROVAL RATING: Obama couldn’t touch Trump’s disapproval rating.
At this point, his was 23% and Trump has more than doubled Obama’s total.
FAILED BILLS: Trump’s health care promises set a record for the fastest total collapse of a campaign promise in the history of our country.
Obviously, Obama never even thought of going for that record.
And since Obama had a 69% overall approval rating at this same point, he probably wasn’t capable of such failure.
Trump wins again.
PUSSY GRABBING: Obama is a total lightweight compared to Trump.
There was a guy who loved his wife and kids and was kind and decent to women.
Again, such a slacker compared to Trump.
I mean, we know, according to Trump, Obama could have, right? They’d have let him because he’s a star.
NEPOTISM: I’ve sneaked back in and edited this thing, with gratitude to astute commenter Andy Buckley (see comments below).
It’s such a good one, I had to come back and insert it.
Thanks, Andy! Once again, Trump has blown Obama out of the water with nepotism.
But that’s not fair to Obama because Trump has blown every previous President out of the water on nepotism.
No one has ever come close.
(And please, don’t comment about Bobby Kennedy.
He was highly qualified to be the AG, and that was his own job rather than sitting in the Oval Office every day.
) Another winner for Trump.
Remember, he promised us we’d get tired of his winning.
HIGH CRIMES AND TREASON: But the real superiority of Trump is something President Obama couldn’t have dreamed of touching: Massive FBI, CIA, House, and Senate investigations.
Again, that President Obama was such an unimaginative, law-abiding, rule-follower! Sad!
HISTORICAL RECORD: I trust that Trump will go into our nation’s history books with records for many things.
Hopefully, number one will be the fastest anyone has ever been impeached.
And for the shortest Presidential term in history, except for the unfortunate ones who died early in office.
(RIP!) In eight years, Obama couldn’t conjure up a single investigation or indictment.
TOO LATE NOW: President Obama is out of office now and there’s no way he can ever catch Trump on these points.
He was a real loser and, in the hopes of Trump’s eventual impeachment, I trust that Trump will keep beating him.
Is anyone tired of all this winning?
Amen! There is no comparison.
On that note.
Obama rescued an economy careening toward a second Great Depression, passing two of the five largest tax cuts in history, saving the American auto industry, stabilizing a financial sector in crisis, marshaling more than $1 trillion of support to restore credit, growth, and jobs in the global economy, stabilizing the budgets of states and localities, financing hard-hat projects that upgraded 42,000 miles of road, averting 300,000 teacher layoffs, investing in education and scientific research, investing in energy efficiency and renewable technology (e.
nine of the world's largest solar farms), creating a popular new competitive grant program called TIGER for innovative transportation projects, privatizing the space industry, funding urban farms, funding preschool development grants, expanding broadband access, creating workforce redevelopment programs, helping responsible homeowners stay in their homes, prompting more than 1,000 communities in all 50 states to prioritize smart-growth, livability, and sustainability when developing plans for housing, transportation, and economic development, raising academic standards nationwide, helping America's high school graduation rate reach a record high, capping student loan repayments at 10% of monthly incomes, expanding Pell Grants, streamlining financial aid forms, releasing a college scorecard, extending overtime protections, requiring federal contractors to provide their employees with paid sick leave, creating "myRA" accounts, expanding the "investment advice fiduciary" definition, making the tax system fairer, implementing international financial rules, adopting money market fund reform rules, improving fraud enforcement, establishing fair and transparent practices relating to the extension of credit, cutting interest rate hikes, restricting late fees, eliminating over-limit fees, reforming Wall Street, enforcing corporate transparency rules, disclosing corporate welfare costs, fighting for fair pay for all genders, helping unemployed Americans get back to work, providing $600 million in competitive job grants, launching tech job and education initiatives, launching a new manufacturing network, reducing tariffs on imports U.
manufacturers need to make their products, switching the U.
patent system from a "first-to-invent" to a "first-to-file" system, making the R&D tax credit permanent, helping small businesses get back on track (e.
small biz securities deregulations and $12 billion in small biz loan support), supporting the FCC's net neutrality decision, cutting veterans homelessness and unemployment by more than half, providing more than $11.
8 billion in relief for at least 29 million consumers via the CFPB, lifting more than 7 million Americans out of poverty, reducing the severity of poverty for 32 million more Americans, and designating 22 Promise Zones across the country to revitalize hard-hit communities by attracting private investment, creating jobs, improving access to affordable housing, expanding educational opportunities, and partnering with local leaders to navigate federal programs.
Obama improved health care for all Americans, bringing the uninsured rate below 10% for the first time in history, providing the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history, reducing premium costs for tens of millions of families and small business owners who had been priced out of coverage, establishing essential health benefits, expanding health coverage to 4 million more children, helping to insure millions of young adults, reducing the Medicaid coverage gap, modernizing medical records, bolstering preventative care, ending discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions, creating a national strategic plan to overcome Alzheimer's disease, releasing the first-ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy, providing health monitoring and financial aid to sick 9/11 workers, funding child nutrition and free lunch programs, banning trans fat, shifting the focus of federal regulators from responding to contamination to preventing it, giving the FDA power to regulate the tobacco industry, banning smoking in all public housing units, reforming federal policy on mental health care, easing the development and approval of experimental treatments, boosting funding for medical research, bringing U.
abortion and teen birth rates down to all-time lows, reducing the number of people whose families are struggling to pay medical bills by 22% (or 23 million people), and bringing our budget and economy on a more stable path by reducing the deficit by more than $100 billion over ten years — and more than $1 trillion over the second decade — by cutting government overspending and reining in waste, fraud and abuse.
Obama slowed the rate of federal spending the most since the 1950s, reducing the federal deficit from 9.
8 percent of GDP in 2009 to 3.
2 percent in 2016, while bringing it below the historical average of the past 50 years and with only 8 more years until a budget surplus (Note: the fiscal situation was much more dire at the height of the recession, two wars, and Bush tax cuts, the single strongest contributing factors for the initial sharp increase in the national debt).
Moreover, he issued an executive order cutting waste, streamlining government operations, and reinforcing the performance and management gains achieved under his administration.
Also, he improved organizations and procedures of the Department of Defense for the acquisition of major weapon systems, saving billions of dollars.
And he created a 21st-century regulatory system – one that considers the costs and reduces the burdens for American businesses and consumers, expands opportunities for public participation and comment, simplifies rules, promotes freedom of choice, ensures that regulations are driven by real science, and most of all, protects public health and welfare while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation, resulting in billions of dollars in federal savings.
Obama protected the environment, protecting more natural habitat and preserving more public lands and waters than any other president in history, protecting the health of America's waters, restoring the Gulf Coast ecosystem, making buildings more efficient, removing carbon pollution from the air, fostering climate literacy, working to protect the Alaskan Arctic, investing in clean energy, raising fuel efficiency standards, investing in climate resilience, reducing the government's emissions, preserving open spaces and endangered species, leading the Paris Agreement, making homes more efficient, working with Canada to protect the Arctic, signing the first major overhaul of toxic chemicals rules in 40 years, establishing 48 national electric-vehicle (EV) charging networks on nearly 25,000 miles of highways in 35 U.
states, and driving the decoupling of carbon emissions (down 9%) and economic growth (up 10%) for the first time in history, boosting efficiency, productivity, innovation and bottom lines, cutting costs for consumers, and delivering big returns for shareholders in addition to saving the environment and helping to avert $340 billion to $690 billion in federal revenue losses annually.
Obama expanded equality and social progress, extending the time period for parties to bring pay discrimination claims, prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against employees who choose to discuss their compensation, expanding the Violence Against Women Act to include LGBT Americans, immigrants, and Native Americans, allowing girls of any age to buy birth control, expanding all military positions to women, allowing gay men and women to serve openly and with integrity in the military, expanding the 1969 U.
federal hate crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim's actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability, lifting a 22-year old immigration and travel ban on U.
citizens with HIV, prohibiting hospitals from denying visitation privileges, aiding and promoting gay rights around the world, ceasing legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act, modernizing SSA policy to allow transgender people to change the gender designation in their records, granting health care, housing and other benefits to same-sex military spouses, banning workplace discrimination against millions of LGBT employees of federal contractors and the federal government, increasing federal employment of individuals with disabilities to the highest level in three decades, allowing individuals with disabilities receiving benefits to earn assets without risk of losing needed health benefits and income assistance, creating a new savings account for families with people with disabilities, implementing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, banning solitary confinement for juveniles and low-level offenders in federal prisons, allowing roughly 12,000 prison inmates to go to college, reducing the disparity in amounts of powder cocaine and crack cocaine required for the imposition of mandatory minimum sentences, eliminating the mandatory minimum sentence for simple possession of crack cocaine, stopping the outsourcing of federal prisons to private prison companies, cracking down on homelessness criminalization measures, and signing the first religious freedom bill passed in the U.
to offer explicit protection and track persecution of non-theists, humanists, and atheists overseas.
In addition to jumpstarting the economy, safeguarding the environment, and extending social freedoms, Obama defended limited government and civil liberties, challenging voter suppression, issuing fewer executive orders on average than any president since Grover Cleveland (120 years ago), becoming the first president since LBJ to leave office with a federal population smaller than the one he inherited, commuting more sentences than the past 11 presidents combined, overturning a 20-year ban on loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges, lessening the federal government's role in hemp and marijuana legalization, gutting No Child Left Behind, allowing the public to create online petitions, issuing instructions to all agencies and departments in his administration to "adopt a presumption in favor" of Freedom of Information Act requests, strengthening the government's open records laws, requiring internet providers to get permission before using sensitive customer data such as location or browsing history, increasing oversight on government surveillance, ending the government's limitless stockpiling of raw data on the timing, location and numbers of ordinary phone calls, ordering the closure of "black sites," fighting to close "Gitmo," banning the use of torture and other illegal techniques, and reducing the U.
war footprint in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to just over 18,000 troops.
Finally, Obama remained relentless in taking action against terrorist networks, ordering a targeted, risky and gut-wrenching operation against al-Qaeda's leadership, effectively killing Osama Bin Laden.
He formed a broad international coalition to degrade and destroy ISIL, killing most of its top leaders.
Furthermore, Obama led a global effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials, reducing the number of countries with weapons-usable nuclear material from 41 to 25.
He signed a treaty with Russia, reducing the number of strategic nuclear missile launchers in the U.
and Russia by 50%.
And he normalized relations with Cuba, facilitating greater travel, commerce, and people-to-people ties, and as a result burying "the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas.
" Also, he funded the Iron Dome system, signed the largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in history with Israel, rolled back Iran's nuclear program, and bolstered NATO common defense, while expanding areas of cooperation with China, modernizing alliances with Japan and South Korea, concluding new defense agreements with Australia and the Philippines, deepening relations with key emerging partners like Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, and Malaysia, supporting Burma's historic transition to democracy and the global economy, and forging a 21st century partnership with India that includes closer cooperation on development and trade, defense and security, and clean energy and combating climate change.
TRUMP'S FIRST YEAR STATS:
Congressional Research Service:
Federal Government Shutdowns:
(Trump is the first president to preside over a government shutdown under one party control, this early in a presidency, and on the first anniversary of his inauguration)
NBC's Trump Property Tracker:
In 365 Days:
Days at Golf properties: 94 (26%)
Days at Trump properties: 121 (33%)
Cost to U.
taxpayer: At least $50m (according to FEMA)
(Trump outpaces Obama in both likely and confirmed golf outings, while also leading every recent president in "vacations" during the first year, costing about half the total of Obama's travel spending all eight years)
Trump Administration Departures:
At least 30 total:
Health and Human Services Secretary
Chief of Staff
Deputy Chief of Staff
Another Deputy Chief of Staff
Director of Public Liaison
Office of Pubic Liaison Communications Director
Assistant Press Secretary
Another Communications Director
Rapid Response Director
National Security Advisor
Deputy National Security Advisor
Another Deputy National Security Advisor
Advisor to the National Security Council
Director for Intelligence Programs at the National Security Council
Deputy Chief of Staff at the National Security Council
Director of Strategic Planning at the National Security Council
Middle East Advisor at the National Security Council
Chief White House Strategist
National Security Aide
Dozens of U.
National Economic Council Deputy Director
Domestic Policy Council Deputy Director
Chief of Staff to the Vice President
Press Secretary to the Vice President
Director of the Office of Government Ethics
Special Advisor to the President on Regulatory Reform
(WSJ: Trump's first-year turnover rate among senior officials was 34%, while Obama's was 9%)
CNN's Trump Nomination Tracker:
Positions for Trump to fill: 4,000+
(1,200+ require Senate confirmation)
(Obama: 658 nominations and 452 confirmations)
GovTrack's Signed Bills Tracker:
(Trump has signed the fewest bills into law by this point in any recent president's first year at least as far back as Eisenhower, and despite GOP control of every branch of gov't)
NPR's Trump Law Type Tracker:
Modifies existing program: 37
Repeals rules and regulations: 16
Encourages innovation: 13
Names something/statement: 12
Temporary funding/disaster relief: 7
Personnel related: 6
New Policy: 3
Basic maintenance governing: 2
("This tax bill is a big deal," said John Frendreis, professor of political science at Loyola University Chicago.
"But I don't think anybody would regard anything else that has come down the line as a significant legislative achievement.
WaPo's Trump Promise Tracker:
Promises Kept: 11
Promises Broken: 15
Not Yet Rated: 0
(Bloomberg: At least 22 of Trump's 67 deregulatory actions were started under Obama, while other actions had little impact, were part of actions typically taken by the federal government, or have not yet gone into effect)
Stock Market: Up
GDP Growth: Up
Jobs Gained: Down
Jobs Outsourced: Up
Trade Deficit: Up
Int'l Tourism: Down
Federal Deficit: Up
Innovation Index: Down
Wage Growth: Down
Uninsured Rate: Up
(Dow/S&P in the first 11 months: Obama: +33.
7%, Trump: +26.
0%; Trump currently trailing Obama on U.
job creation; Reuters: Only 2% of U.
adults report bonuses, raises from GOP tax law)
Promises Kept: 9 (8.
Compromise: 6 (5.
Promises Broken: 7 (6.
Stalled: 32 (31.
In The Works: 47 (46.
(Obama kept/compromised over 72% of his campaign promises)
The White House:
Executive Orders signed: 58
(Obama issued an average of 35 EOs per year, the fewest in 120 years)
WaPo's Trump Lie Tracker:
In 355 Days: 2,001 False & Misleading Claims (5.
6 Per Day)
(NYT: In his first 10 months, Trump told ~6x as many lies as Obama told during his ENTIRE presidency)
Guilty Pleas: 2 (5)
Indictments: 4 (19)
Counts: 14 (?)
(Only Phase 3 of 10; Obama: Zero)
Per CNN's Count:
Russian / Trump associate contacts: 12
Face-to-face meetings/interactions: 19
Communications (meetings, calls, emails, msgs, etc.
(Only during the campaign or transition)
Per WaPo's Count:
Claims of sexual accusations against Trump: At least 13
(Only those that have publicly come forward w/ witnesses)
Days to hit 61% disapproval (Gallup):
(Trump's 2017-2018 yearly approval average is not only the lowest for a first-year president, it ranks among the 10 worst for any president in any year since Gallup began regularly measuring job approval in 1945)
Global confidence in Trump (Pew):
Sweden: 10% (-83)
Netherlands: 17% (-75)
Germany: 11% (-75)
South Korea: 17% (-71)
France: 14% (-70)
Spain: 7% (-68)
Canada: 22% (-61)
UK: 22% (-57)
Australia: 29% (-55)
Japan: 24% (-54)
Senegal: 26% (-51)
Brazil: 14% (-49)
Chile: 12% (-48)
Mexico: 5% (-44)
Italy: 25% (-43)
Indonesia: 23% (-41)
Colombia: 15% (-41)
Peru: 17% (-36)
Poland: 23% (-35)
South Africa: 39% (-34)
Turkey: 11% (-34)
Ghana: 49% (-33)
Kenya: 51% (-32)
Hungary: 29% (-29)
Tanzania: 51% (-27)
Argentina: 13% (-27)
Philippines: 69% (-25)
Greece: 19% (-22)
Lebanon: 15% (-21)
India: 40% (-18)
Vietnam: 58% (-13)
Tunisia: 18% (-9)
Venezuela: 20% (-6)
Nigeria: 58% (-5)
Jordan: 9% (-5)
Israel: 56% (+7)
Russia: 53% (+42)
Worldwide: 22% (-42)
(64% expressed confidence in Obama to direct America's role in the world)
Gallup: Global approval of U.
leadership sank to its lowest point in nearly two decades in 2017, shattering the previous record low of 34% in the last year of Pres.
Bush's second term, and more than tripling the number of countries where the majorities disapprove of U.
News and World Report: The U.
has dropped to 8th place on the "Best Countries” list due to Trump’s unpopularity, with other countries viewing the U.
as less progressive/trustworthy and more politically unstable since he took office.
Freedom House: The United States’ political rights rating declined from 1 to 2 due to growing evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, violations of basic ethical standards by the new administration, and a reduction in government transparency.
2018 Presidents and Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey: Trump placed last for overall greatness, with Republicans and conservatives ranking him the fifth-worst president.
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Let me stop laughing for a second.
Trump is not only not a better president but is the worst president in the history of this country.
He is making Obama look like a master statesman.
Trump is the best thing to happen to liberals since the great depression.
I keep waiting for one hour that he won't lie.
Or even one day without embarrassing our great country.
Trump campaigned on criticizing Secretary Clinton on using a non secure email.
His team has used insecure email and cellphones since day one.
He criticized Obama for taking frequent vacations on the taxpayers.
Trump has taken more vacations in his first 60 days them Obama took in a year.
Trump accused Secretary Clinton of being unpatriotic but during his campaign he pleaded with an adversarial foreign power to interfere with an American election and evidence now is showing that the Trump campaign actively colluded with the Russians.
A crime much worse than Nixon did with Watergate.
Trumps economic policy will almost assuredly lead to an economic collapse per Nobel prize winning economists.
His foreign policy of insulting our allies will lead to unwanted antagonism exactly when we will need the world community to fight climatic change, terrorism, and rogue nations with nuclear weapons.
The current administration’s choices in cabinet members would have been almost comical if they were not so inept and dangerous.
More like filling the swamp with alligators rather than draining it.
Odds are with so many scandals in the first 30 days, more than during the Obama's two terms including even the Clinton administration (oral sex not withstanding) that it is unlikely that he will complete his term.
Nope, this is the saddest time in our country's political history.
Well, at least for traditional Republicans and independents.
Is Trump performing better than Obama?
Of course, it depends on who you ask.
In my opinion, there is no comparison.
Trump is intellectually and emotionally unfit to be president.
He is both shockingly ignorant and a “professional liar” who is incapable of putting the needs of this country and its citizens above his own selfish wants and needs.
He lacks the ability to feel empathy or accept responsibility for his own words and actions.
As a consequence, every decision he has made as president is either about himself, his jealousy and vindictiveness towards Obama, or some as yet undetermined ties to Putin and Russia.
He has a long history of corruption and deception, and his vulgarity and moral turpitude are unprecedented in US presidential history.
In 20 short months, Trump has managed to turn this country from a respected ally of democratically run nations into the laughingstock of the international community.
He has implemented cruel policies like the separation of migrant children from their parents and has done whatever he can to strip healthcare from the most marginalized members of society.
He has reversed all regulations put in place by the Obama administration to protect the environment and slow the progression of climate change, so that big corporations can go back to polluting our air and water and disregarding the safety of consumers.
In fact, his economic policies are all designed to benefit the wealthiest Americans, not the working class people he has claimed to represent.
On the other hand, Obama is a man of integrity and compassion, whose decency has been made only more evident in contrast to Trump’s utter lack of decency.
During the Obama administration, tens of thousands of uninsured people were able to afford health insurance, facts and science were the basis of policy decisions and the needs of marginalized citizens had priority over making wealthy people even wealthier—though, due to relentless Republican obstructionism, the wealthy did indeed get wealthier as income inequality grew wider.
But, unlike Trump, Obama faced an economy in a state of free fall when he entered office.
Nonetheless, he managed to reverse the downward course and deliver to the American people an economy with a steady rate of growth and long term stability.
There is much discussion these days about the state of the economy under Obama vs today’s economy under Trump, but the data strongly suggests that what is being labeled a booming economy right now is merely a continuation of the recovery set in motion during the Obama administration:
So, the answer to the question is a resounding NO: Trump is NOT performing better than Obama!!
Not even remotely.
Obama didn’t live up to the hype and hope, that much is true.
Some of that was his fault, and some of it was that he was seen as a great socialist progressive saviour despite his own policy pronouncements to the contrary during the 2008 campaign (e.
progressives were disappointed when he sent troops to Afghanistan that he’d withdrawn from Iraq, forgetting that he said on the campaign trail several times that he was planning to do that).
But by the standards of US presidents, he was a fairly decent guy who served two terms without significant scandal or wrongdoing.
And I long for the days when the man in control of the world’s most powerful nuclear arsenal had a grasp of international affairs, a cool head and significant analytical prowess.
Trump has none of those things.
The evidence we have at our disposal from his first eighty days or so shows him to be impulsive, uninformed, petty, petulant, and unpredictable in terms of policy.
The two most critical issues facing America and the world — the issues against which all others shrink by comparison — are anthropogenic climate change and the nuclear threat, because they’re the only issues with the potential to devastate the world beyond just America.
Trump has abrogated American leadership with respect to the former, ignoring the mass of scientific evidence supporting the existence of the problem in favour of believing that it’s a “Chinese hoax” or whatever he heard on Fox News this morning.
As to the latter, tensions between America and Russia are even higher than they were at the end of Obama’s presidency.
Hillary Clinton had a lot of shortcomings as a candidate (in my opinion), but she did possess the same skills as Obama.
And it’s those very skills that a US president has to have at what appears to be a critical point in the history of human civilization.
And which Trump lacks.
Original Question: Has President Trump performed better than President Obama thus far?
Trump has been a far more effective traitor to his country than the right accused President Obama of being.
Obama was such a slacker at treason.
All he did was to show respect to the customs of other countries and to suggest that the United States is not entitled to dictate the destiny of other nations.
Sure, Obama meant to betray the United States, but he was all talk and no action.
Not like Trump.
Trump actually facilitated an enemy attack on our elections by willfully refusing to report their activities to the FBI when he knew about them, and then further, once in office, he attempted to obstruct the FBI investigation into that attack.
But beyond that, Trump actually attacked the integrity of the FBI for the benefit of Russia.
Obama didn’t do any of these things.
When it came to treason, Obama was all talk and no action.
And now that I think about it, Obama didn’t even talk treasonously.
He was obviously attempting to convince right-wing America he was a traitor when he was nothing of the sort.
Typical Democrat—he pretends like he’s going to tear down our Republic and replace it with a fascist dictatorship, but then does he follow through.
That’s why we love Trump.
He is actually following through on his plan to destroy that namby-pamby American democracy and replace it with the right wing dictatorship Americans crave.
Trump is finally doing something to, if not end Congress completely, to make it irrelevant.
That’s certainly a step in the right direction.
Americans hate Congress, but that damned Obama, he acted like, well, that he believed that the Constitutional role specified for Congress means something.
I really do not know what was so wrong with Obama that he coudn’t see that the United States needs a strongman who can crack some skulls and get things back “in order.
You know, Obama was only President in name.
And even at that, only because of Affirmative Action.
Obama clearly refused to see that sometimes a President just has to ignore the Constitution and deal harshly with dissenters for the good of the Nation.
So hell yeah, Trump is waaaaayyy better than Obama.
Four more years of this and maybe we can get rid of the Constitution entirely.
Then we’ll see some real progress.
DRAINING THE SWAMP
His battle cry during the election.
Obama was an establishment fancier.
So Trump was gonna do something about that.
Trump was admirably against all these leach sucking corporate elites exploiting and siphoning off hard earned dollars from hard working Americans.
So the last thing we need is these horrible corporations getting more power than they already have? Someone must stand up for Americans and drain the swamp from these billionaire exploiting elites.
Thank God Trump was gonna sort this out.
Lets look at the cabinet Trump appointed in his crusade – Read very carefully – appointing these people to the cabinet gives them MORE power
Department of the Treasury
Vice President-elect Mike Pence,
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Commerce
TRUMP CHARACTER – Much better than Obama from a certain point view
Trump succeeded in making the swamp of the Obama administration exponentially larger.
The answer to that is obvious of course President Trump has made so much more progress.
President Trump made so much more progress in 6 months than President Obama has in 8 years.
He started his presidency with an epic statement saying that he had the largest inaugural crowd ever.
On the very first day he says something so ridiculously false.
Man he definitely hit the ground running.
You say Obama did too much golfing and took too many vacations.
Wait till u see president Trump….
pfft at the end of his term Trump is going to go golfing more than Tiger Woods.
NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL PROGRESS
Just a few months into his presidency .
There was such a huge scandal about him colluding with Russia and many people were saying it is way bigger compared to the WATERGATE SCANDAL…NOW THAT IS STUFF OF LEGENDS…what did u do Obama use drones to spy on people that's cute!!
Just 6–7 months into his campaign he has fired his FBI director,his National Security Advisor,his chief strategist,his chief of staff,his press secretary,US attorney Preet Baharara and Sally Yates and his deputy assistant.
NOW THAT IS HOW YOU GOVERN …WELL PAYED SIR(RESPECT LEVEL-10000000000)
He said that he can easily solve the healthcare problem and he has learned everything there is to about it…but he failed so many times .
But that does not matter who needs healthcare when the president makes us feel immortal…it feels like 10 generations have passed since his inauguration.
Quite a vague question, which will allow all the negative, anti-Trumpers to complain about two scoops of ice cream and the Russians.
Often brought up is the obtuse “First 100 days” which really mean almost nothing.
We elected a President, not a King whose very word is law.
The President must work with the Congress to tick things off his list.
So let’s look at the basics, no arbitrary time frame:
From Bloomberg, about November figures:
From US News and World Report (hardly a right-wing outlet) about December figures: “Trump Victory Shoots Consumer Confidence to 15-Year High .
From Rasmussen: Since the Election of Trump, the public feeling about how the country is headed has jumped from the 20%s during most of 2016 to as high as 47% under Trump.
Notably, the only time during the Obama years, it rose to close to that level was at election time, when the Republicans were voted in.
So obviously, the country in general has a positive sense about what’s going on.
That would be a success for the President, as it is merely his presence and leadership which are inspiring hope.
He is working with the Congress to get rid of the albatross which is DemOcare, which, while it ‘gave’ coverage to many, they could not afford to use it, and is collapsing in on itself financially.
It was "written in a tortured way" to avoid a bad score from the Congressional Budget Office, using "exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter," taking advantage of voters' "stupidity" and “lack of transparency”.
More on it’s failures here: from Politico.
So while a rapid-fire legislative agenda may not be compared to FDR’s first 100 days, the economy is re-surging, after the longest recovery in American history, Jobs are being created and we’re not borrowing trillions of dollars for ‘shovel-ready jobs’ which are not.
That $Trillion ‘stimulus package” Obama borrowed from the Chinese (
) didn’t work ( ), and he got us into deeper debt… record debt… more debt than he condemned his predecessor for.
So, so far, so good.
QUORA doesn’t work.
There is no objective basis to compare the two.
The time for this QUORA would be in 4–8 years or whenever Trump leaves office.
Obama came in with a clear problem.
The Republican Borrow & Spend agenda, combined with promotion of questionable and discredited economic concepts, had almost done its worst.
Obama managed to stay out of the way of the recovery, and the incompetent Republicans couldn’t get their act together enough to screw it up [not that they didn’t try, or have since stopped trying].
Looking at Trump from the vantage point of someone who was part of the same industry he was born into, I can recognize a lot of management stunts I used routinely when correcting problem properties (my speciality as Director of Real Estate at the Law firm that Trump turned to when he started in Manhattan).
m I also recognize some emerging political tricks — which is why Reagan came to us when he wanted to run for POTUS and needed a NYS organization.
If I’m correct — and I did publish the basis of his Campaign slogan in March 2014, and predict the Republican victory — then we have many more surprises ahead.
I feel sorry for the Freedom Caucus.
They will either get in line or get crushed.
SO WAIT ON THE QUORA! On Monday he meets again with President Xi.
It will be interesting to see what comes out of that meeting.
And watch North Korea — they might not know what hit them.
Unlike Bush-43, Trump does NOT want to be a war POTUS … he wants to have a positive place in history.
That means peace — remember Obama’s signature competence was that “he” Killed Osama bin Laden, who was sitting in plain sight [within eyesight of a military base] and yet for some mystical reason, George W was too incompetent to either find or kill his oil partner’s brother.
But George W did manage to kill the American Allie who embarrassed his dad and competed with his oil partners — thereby turning al Qaeda and other Terrorists lose to create the Middle East mess Trump now has to deal with.
Well, I guess if Trump keeps going on the way he is, It will look grim for him, and the US common people, not the richest 0.
The economy rocks currently, same as in the rest of the world, only some poor souls don’t see that and want to screw it all up.
When your radio is receiving 99% quality, leave the dial alone, chances are, you touch that dial, things will get get worse.
The economic turn around, where there was one, happened thanks to Obama's policies and politics.
In big countries, policies and legislation take time to have an effect.
Also, after the crisis, the economy made an upturn, globally, not only in the US, peaking currently, or maybe in another 2 years.
ISIS was bad, But Trump didn’t defeat them just like that.
Obama started the operation in 2014.
Obama faced internal, as well as external opposition to his plans to fight ISIS from the air.
Between 2015 and Jan.
2017, Islamic State controlled area was halved.
You know this also, it is all well documented.
Obama was criticized, and rightly so, for not having moved against ISIS swiftly enough for some time, that was due to all the opposition as mentioned.
Fact is, Obama put in place the plan and the action, Trump made minor improvements and finished what Obama had put in place and motion.
This is as public knowledge, same as that the sky is blue.
(when there’s no clouds) Most of the credit should go to Obama.
Obama did not leave the nation on fire, he encountered it in deep crisis.
He took office just when the crisis hit, in 2009, all his efforts got the US to where they are today.
It was the worst possible moment to take office, beside another 9/11.
That’s how cause and effect works, the effects always lag behind, in US politics between one to several years, it is called the time lag.
Think a little about why that may be right.
Trump took over when all arrows were showing upward direction, nice to take office like that.
You know that too, it’s all public record.
Wage growth, 1,5% after inflation is laughable, especially in view of soaring corporate profits and a booming economy.
The tariffs are already hurting Trump's base, Harley Davidson is planning to move production to Mexico, ironically, so do some German automakers currently giving work to some 120′000 US workers inside the US.
I beg you check my facts, go ahead please.
Here is what Harvard Business School sais about the latest tax reform:
“corporate tax cuts increase income inequality” – Just what you needed.
– Please don’t tell me you know better, unless you can soundly argue your point.
Do you believe Trump should get credit for meeting with Kim Jong Un?
What did Trump get from Kim Jong Un?
I can tell you that Kim got exposure on world wide television as an equal with the POTUS and Trump agreed to stand down with the manoeuvres in the south China sea.
Massmurderer, brother killer and brutal ironfist dictator Kim Jong Un also got the POTUS to say on national TV that he is a great personality and a ‘smart cookie’.
The achievement here is Kim’s.
Now, Trump has become the leader with the least reliability and credibility the US has had in a long time.
Trump’s mind is on a swivel, changing over night, no one trusts him, so making deals will be a real achievement in the future.
Here is some good reading.
It doesn’t hurt, I promise.
You can stop reading anytime if you read something you don’t believe, just make sure that you believe it, if it makes sense and/or if you have no facts disproving, or arguments to refute it.
These are ten different well known historians, check their profiles, check their agendas and their bias if you feel they have one, but also ask yourself, why would you know better than these academics who have professional credibility to lose?
If anyone wants to throw around foul language and insults, go ahead demean yourself, I am immune ;-)
Simply put, no.
He’s functionally illiterate, and has already laid out his plan ~ to bring down the American government.
He’s appointed cabinet members who oppose the actions of the agencies they’re supposed to manage.
He cannot stop tweeting about Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama ~ the election is over, and it’s time for him to stop playing the blame game and actually govern.
He does not know how to do the job he was elected to perform.
He is incapable of telling the truth over even the simplest matters.
His every word is contradictory to his actions.
He’s played more golf than Obama did in 8 years, to the tune of MILLIONS of dollars.
His “healthcare plan” ~ the one that was defeated, and the one about to be defeated ~ does nothing but increase the flow of money into the coffers of the wealthy and the powerful; it most certainly does not insure the citizens of our country who most need it.
Here’s a fascinating look at the 10 Worst Presidents ~ you can easily see how Mr.
Trump fits into the ego and power of these men.
I would suggest that you go back and do some reading on what actually happened during the Obama administration, and the atrocities being committed under the Trump regime.
We have a dictator-in-chief who might one day throw a temper tantrum from which the world will never recover.
I weep for my country.
My inner Lost in Space Robot is waving his little arms in the air going “danger danger troll” but then he never seemed to realize that Dr Smith was a mincing boy hungry pedophile (though the most likely reason was that Johnathan Harris was just hamming it up for fun as he was most certainly not one: – that is just to assure people that he stole the show totally).
This type of question is pretty standard for Yahoo answers when basement dwellers with their dial up modems have found that certain Conservative news networks will pay for people to post such questions on various sites is quite a useful revenue stream.
So in conclusion the answer would be no.
Comparing him against Obama is really a bit like saying “Vae Victus” Trump won a victory even though loosing the popular vote with a sordid campaign and still whines about the fact he did not win the popular vote.
He has been devisive, petty and extremely ignorant on so many issues and is not so much corrupt but he does even hide it.
His administration has already become pure political satire for the sheer incompetence … having meetings in the dark because they can’t find the light switch has to be a nadir in the intelligence of the staff and it is safe to say that Dan Quayle was as dumb as a post but then so is his son so that is pretty certain to say it is genetic.
Already Trump has shown he had the potential to be great on the worst-ever scale.
It is no small accomplishment that his national security adviser did not last three weeks on the job and was run out of town for pillow talking and getting money with the Russians.
The fact that he lies and when he has no qualms about repeating lies on Twitter and getting his cabinet to repeat them like a human centipede there is a whole meme in that.
As for Russia – he has admitted to being fond of Putin’s management skills but then Putin does prefer his cabinet to be corrupt but not incompetent.
Admittedly Trump has not invaded any countries yet though there is a strong impression that South Korea will have several cities destroyed soon and North Korea will be a glassy puddle.
As for Barrack Obama – he was an occasional dick the one time he did behave like a dick was when the Scottish Government allowed the Lockerbie Bomber home to Libya as he was suffering from terminal prostate cancer.
The two senators who went over behaved like dicks and left with their tails between their legs.
As a rule Obama was okay and rarely managed the level of dickishness of Trump on a daily basis.
So in conclusion – Obama was a better President that Trump.
Also George W Bush is a better President that Trump.
Can there be any American so ignorant of political policy and history as to hold this view today? The Trump presidential victory is an indication of the fallacy in the concept of majority rule.
As the English journalist, Thomas Carlyle, warned the the English people in 1867 in his essay, Shooting Niagara—and After, democracy promotes everyone to the same level of influence.
To allow people not only uneducated but who neither follow nor understand current events, an equal say in determining government policy will only lead to disaster.
Such a disaster is the Trump administration.
Majority always chooses the mediocre, never the genius.
At best it chooses the safe.
In Donald Trump it has chosen the flamboyant and insane.
If Barack Obama was infinitely cautious, Donald Trump is impetuous and inspires those who are emotional and unthinking regarding reactions to their actions.
His recent attack on Syria has placed the United States in its most dangerous and precarious circumstance since the Cuban Missile Crises of 1962— but this time we have no John Kennedy at the helm.
In his place we have Donald Trump who was so moved by pictures of Syrian babies injured in a poison gas attack he broke international law and US legal precedent to deliver a bombing attack on a Russian ally.
And all this in defense of children whom six weeks before he went to unprecedented lengths to prevent them entering the US even as refugees.
The idea that the eight years of safety and growth under President Obama is eclipsed by the irresponsible and ill-considered drama of a clown prince says more about the emotional bias of the person suggesting the question than can possibly be expressed by any of the answers it elicits.
Not at all, not at all.
Obama was handed an economy in crisis – the Bush financial policy was devestating.
Under Trump, the economy is doing increadibly well.
He has been in government for two months, meaning the economy says more about Obama’s legacy and his administration.
The major problem with Obama’s economy is it’s inability to fight income and wealth inequality.
Trump fights for tax cuts, his economy won’t solve the problems the US faced under Obama.
Obama passed a large healthcare reform which improved the health care for millions of Americans.
Trump promised to improve and to a certain degree repeal Obamacare.
His healthcare act American Health Care Act would’ve made healthcare even worse than it would’ve been to just repeal Obamacare all together.
Neither did it satisfy anyone, except Trump and Paul Ryan.
Obama has been a transformative leader that has changed the entire culture of politics.
Maybe not in Washington, but that is the next step.
Obamacare has won; it won’t be repealed – people don’t want that.
It will be increadibly difficult for Trump if he wishes to tear down Obama’s legacy.
Though Obama was not perfect, but he was a good President for the United States.
Trump is far from being as good as a President as Obama, and to be honest, I don’t believe that the modern Republicans won’t be able to be better than him.
Not until they start fighting for innovation in the energy sector and a long-term fiscal conservative policy.