How Republicans plotted to sabotage President Obama’s presidency in spite of two wars and the economy tanking

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As we come to President Obama’s second inauguration, it is encouraging to see that at least some in the media are finally focusing on the what happened during the president’s first inauguration.  Considering the dire straights that the economy was in at the time, it is really hard to believe that these Republicans gave a damn about what might happen to the American people.

From Frontline’s Inside Obama’s Presidency – a report on The Republicans Plan for the New President:

On the night of Barack Obama’s inauguration, a group of top GOP luminaries quietly gathered in a Washington steakhouse to lick their wounds and ultimately create the outline of a plan for how to deal with the incoming administration.

“The room was filled. It was a who’s who of ranking members who had at one point been committee chairmen, or in the majority, who now wondered out loud whether they were in the permanent minority,” Frank Luntz, who organized the event, told FRONTLINE.

Among them were Senate power brokers Jim DeMint, Jon Kyl and Tom Coburn, and conservative congressmen Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan.

After three hours of strategizing, they decided they needed to fight Obama on everything. The new president had no idea what the Republicans were planning.

Read more about the Republicans sabotage attempt at The Audacity of Nope.

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Obama Better For Economy, Business Executives Say

LONDON, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Twice as many business executives around the world say the global economy will prosper better if incumbent U.S. president Barack Obama wins the next election than if his Republican challenger Mitt Romney does, a poll showed on Friday.

Democrat Obama was chosen by 42.7 percent in the 1,700 respondent poll, compared with 20.5 percent for Romney. The rest said “neither”.

via Obama Better For Economy, Business Executives Say.

Pundits frequently call on the president to call for policies he’s already proposed | TPM2012

Whatever happened to journalistic standards?

President Obama would have this election in the bag, according to a number of leading columnists, if only he would act more like President Obama.

A number of pundits are turning up the volume on demands that the White House offer a jobs plan based on new infrastructure spending, a long-term deficit plan that includes taxes and entitlement cuts and a market-based health care plan, among other requests. Obama will have a hard time taking their advice, however, given that he’s already proposed those very ideas.

more at Pundits Urge President Obama To Back President Obama’s Proposals | TPM2012.