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The Brief Against Obama: The Rise, Fall & Epic Fail of the Hope & Change Presidency


My talk on The Brief Against Obama: The Rise, Fall and Epic Fail of the Hope and Change Presidency was aired on C-SPAN’s Book TV again yesterday, and so email and Twitter is full of interesting objections from POTUS supporters who believe the airwaves should be closed to critics of the president. Good to be reminded of the mindset of the left occasionally.

The program is available from C-SPAN here.

The book continues to sell well, and as the choice draws closer, more and more people are finding it useful to forming their arguments with friends and families. The most recent reviews from Amazon:

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Title Says It All, August 15, 2012

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The author of this book (Hugh Hewitt) is not an Obama basher, he just states verifiable facts as to why the Obama Presidency is a complete failure. Once you read this book, you will see why the title says it all about the failure of a presidency and why this great country of ours has spiraled downward at an alarming rate over the past three and a half years. This book should be required reading for all young people who have never voted or are not quite sure about how they should vote in the upcoming presidential election.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading!, August 14, 2012

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Mr. Hewitt is a wonderful writer and here makes his case in convincing fashion. I had a hard time putting the book down, and recommend it for everyone who wants to know the facts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Obama: 25 Pinocchios, August 13, 2012

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This review is from: The Brief Against Obama: The Rise, Fall & Epic Fail of the Hope & Change Presidency (Hardcover)

THE BRIEF AGAINST OBAMA gives blazing clarity to the chasm between Barack Obama’s rhetoric and his results. Obama gets a Pinocchio for each chapter (for those saying “huh?” Pinocchio is the Disney character whose nose grew each time he lied; also a rating system for fact checking in The Washington Post). That’s 25 chapters, 25 Pinocchios.

Each chapter opens with Obama’s own promises in his own words on a subject — let’s say, “…(I)f you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.” — followed by the unpleasant realities. Parsing just these these two sentences, for instance, “if you like your health-care plan, you can keepit,” one recent survey said up to 30 percent of employers were considering stopping health insurance for employees once Obamacare kicks in.

And as far as “keeping your doctor,” that noted conservative bastion The New York Times wrote that the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a collection of 15 unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats that will be formed to monitor the prudent use of “the government’s money,” will “have the power to rein in Medicare payments beginning in 2015.” That’s the “R” word — “rationing.” That’s “Sorry, you can’t have that aortic stent that will improve and lengthen your life — you’re too old for the cost-benefit analysis to work.” Could that be a “death panel”? Not to mention, up to 83% of doctors are considering retirement.

And that’s only Chapter One.

It could almost make you feel kind of bad for Obama … almost. You can picture him sitting with his feet up on the historic desk in the Oval Office, thinking to himself, “If they’d just judge me on what I said so beautifully, instead of being such sticklers about results, history would think I was Abraham Lincoln, instead of an incompetent failrue.” Those pesky facts.

Want to talk about the housing crash that Obama continues to say is “Bush’s fault”? Well, except that it was caused by the pressure on the banks to issue subprime mortgages that began with Jimmy Carter and continued through Dodd and Frank and Fannie and Freddie and ACORN.

Want to talk about increasing the national debt 50 percent in four years? Want to talk about a stretch of unemployment above 8 percent longer than that during the Great Depression? Want to talk about walking out on Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, or summarily tearing down the anti-missile defense system protecting our allies in the Czech Republic and Poland?

The other huge point Hugh Hewitt makes with this book is this: If he can produce the facts that belie Obama’s puffery on these matters … why can’t the Mainstream Media? Most reporters may be Left, but they’re not stupid. Is it willful blindness? Is it agenda-driven? Is it simply that they bought into Obama so heavily in 2008, they can’t switch horses now? In what way do they serve the public interest when they suppress information that contradicts Obama’s empty promises and half-truths and distortions?

As another reviewer says, this is a book that will persuade the persuadable. It will also help remind you specifically why your stomach turns over when you hear one of those “we tried it their way … (little phony laugh) … it didn’t work” coming out of Obama’s mouth during the campaign.

More than even persuading the persuadable, it may be great for persuading those of your friends who are saying, “I just can’t get that excited about Romney.” It’s time to get excited.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read, August 13, 2012

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This review is from: The Brief Against Obama: The Rise, Fall & Epic Fail of the Hope & Change Presidency (Hardcover)

All substance and no fluff is as good a sketch as I can draw. Factual, hard hitting amply sourced and very, very readable…a must read before November!

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