On the eve of the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s inauguration, three noxious numbers reflect some of the reasons why the majority of U.S. citizens disapprove of his work.
The estimated number of lobbyists in Washington that helped weaken the Waxman-Markey environmental bill in the U.S. Congress.
President Obama campaigned against the influence of lobbyists, but this bill and health care reform show that tenants of The Hill only try to push the other party off it.
The number of inmates being held at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan.
President Obama campaigned against unlawful detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but not only does that blight still operate (albeit with a much diminished population), there is now another base taking its place.
The number of days without a White House news conference.
President Obama campaigned against the veil of secrecy in the previous administration, but while he gives many eloquent addresses and comments, he resembles President Bush in the number of times he goes before the press corps to answer tough question.