However, The Telegraph has narrowed down Obama's disastrous decisions to the top five:
The 5 worst things that Barack Obama did in 2012 (besides winning that election)
Twenty twelve sure was Obama’s year. Not only did he make the cover of Time Magazine (an honour he shares with Deng Xiaoping and Newt Gingrich) but he also got re-elected president. It helped that he ran against a man who never really wanted to win, but that shouldn't distract from Obama’s personal victory. Despite being hampered by high unemployment and a sex-obsessed Democratic Party that oh-so wants to be invited to the Playboy Mansion, he managed to become something that in post-war history is relatively rare: a two term Democrat. Well done, sir.
While Obama sits in the White House watching video mash ups of election night to the tune of The Only Way Is Up, for the losers the end of the year is an opportunity to remember the bad times. Here are a few of the things the Prez did, or didn’t do, in 2012.
1. His administration messed up in Benghazi. How or why, it's taking a long time to figure out – because the White House isn't super keen to talk about it. Only on Sunday did the President admit there had been some “sloppiness” in the handling of this terrorist attack, which is a slight upgrade from his earlier verdict of “not optimal.” The three things we do know for certain are: a) four Americans were killed, b) the cause of their deaths was misrepresented by the administration, and c) the President went fundraising in Las Vegas just one day later. No, it's not very “optimal” at all.
2. He failed to provide leadership on the economy. Dogged by poor jobs numbers throughout the election, Obama tried to shift the nation’s attention on to the culture war. As a result, the USA looked over the fiscal cliff without any sense of what the President wanted to do for the long term health of the nation’s finances. We know that he wants to raise taxes on the wealthy, but what about entitlement reform? And what is he willing to offer the Republicans that they know he will deliver on? Obama has never given a major speech on debt and has largely ignored the advice of his own task force on the subject.
3. He took a bold stand against freedom of conscience.Obamacare should have just been about expanding access to healthcare. But Obama also used it as an opportunity to compel religious employers to provide contraception coverage to their employees. This is a big philosophical departure for US liberalism, which hitherto tended to disagree with but respect Catholic moral theology. By contrast, the President made challenging the Vatican’s position on free love a big part of his re-election drive. This included an alliance with a female student, Sandra Fluke, who wanted her Catholic college to provide contraception coverage worth $1,000 a year – a figure that works out to 6 acts of contra-celibacy per day. Time Magazine considered making her a person of the year, too.
4. He stepped up his war on civil liberties. Obama has increased random searches, indefinite detention, and the power of the state to take control of civil society in the event on an emergency (this list might read like it was compiled by Ron Paul on a liquid liberty high, but even the bit about martial law is horribly true). This year we even discovered that he’s writing a kill list, which may include the names of American citizens. Then there are the drone strikes – essentially war without risk, implicitly targeted at civilian populations. Obama is starting to look like George W Bush, minus the roguish charm.
5. His ego grew another thousand feet. When Americans gathered in December to honour the memory of Hawaii’s Senator Daniel Inouye, they probably expected the President to use his eulogy to talk about the late Democrat's service to America. Instead, he described how Inouye had done the world a big favour by inspiring a young Barack Obama to shoot for the presidency. This was illustrated with a looooong description of a vacation the Obamas took across America, during which Barack saw Inouye on TV and decided that he too – glory be! – might run for office some day. Even the usually sympathetic Slate wrote, “Someone needs to tell Barack Obama … that his own birth is not Year One, the date around which all other events are understood.”
Well, this is the end of Year 4 of the Obama revolution and we have another 4 more years to look forward to. So let us raise a large glass to a second term! After all, some disappointments are best absorbed drunk – a bitter consolation that the Mormon Mitt Romney will never share.