The AP on exceptions

28 Dec

The AP recently published an op-ed about President Obama, claiming he had a terrible year. Unfortunately for the writers, however, Obama somehow managed to not fuck the world up ENTIRELY, so the article had to pay service to a few of his minor victories with:

From the start, 2010 delivered a string of setbacks that built up to an electoral shellacking come November, to use the president’s own word.

No matter that the recession was officially over. That sweeping health care changes at last had been enacted. That combat operations in Iraq ended. That General Motors was making money and hiring again. That banks paid back most of the billions they’d borrowed from the government.

Well, sure he oversaw the end of the recession, passed a sweeping health care reform, wound down a costly war (though not really), stabilized the auto industry and ensured the bank bailout was repaid in full. Is that you got, Mr. President?

In a related story, when the authors were asked about the Lincoln administration, they responded with, “With a few minor exceptions, including the abolishment of slavery, the management of the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and overall reuniting of the nation after years of divisiveness that threatened the very core of this great country’s existence, Lincoln’s presidency was marked with disappointment. The main problems included rising inflation, his failure to save his mother from her death caused by milk sickness, his chin-strap beard that was roundly mocked in fashion circles, and his inability to invent the internet, therefore robbing the populace of the wonders of YouTube and fetishistic porn.”

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