...because that's a high grade to give to someone who, as chief executive of the United States, has overseen the following:
-Another 3 to 4 million jobs lost, and the unemployment rate rising from 7.6 percent to 10 percent.
-In ten months, the national debt has risen from $10.6 trillion to $12 trillion.
-We're not sure the housing market has hit bottom; loan-modification programs aren't working.
-Trade disputes with China, Canada, South Korea, Mexico, Panama and Colombia . .
-Iran ignoring our efforts to reach out, and bloodily smashing a pro-democracy movement.
-Israel furious, and the Palestinians as stubborn and unyielding as ever.
-Khalid Sheikh Mohammed coming back to the Big Apple.
-Average retail price of gasoline rising from $1.86/gallon to $2.61/gallon. (and this one drives me crazy, incidentally. When Bush was president, every time the price of gas moved up a nickel there was a hue and cry from the media on how painful it was for the average working schlub. This increase here costs the same schlub approximately $800/year over 2008. And this is before cap and trade...)
-A stellar cabinet of Tom Daschle, Bill Richardson, Nancy Killifer, Van Jones, Kevin Jennings..
Can I add deteriorating race relations and frozen job markets (due to concern about what wacky scheme Obama will pull on us next) to the list?
The nation is still standing; for that I guess he gets a passing grade. But it stands as a nation that is much poorer, not just today but for the next 20 years, and a nation that is about to become much less free, should Obama's prized health care reform and "cap & trade" environmentalism pass into law. It is a nation who is having is envied economic engine pulled out from underneath it by a dispassionate president, a president who would rather quit than fight, who would rather give away his people's wealth than defend its very existence, as well as the morality that made it possible.
A B+? Well, only if he looks at the above, and still feels he hasn't quite finished the job he has so clearly set out to do....