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So I have updated my earlier list of excuses commonly used to counter criticism of President Obama and present it here.  As originally suggested, it would be more efficient to simply refer to the excuse number instead of writing a lot of text to make a point.

I would be happy to provide a wallet sized laminated copy for only shipping and handling.  And I'm working on an app for smart phones too, but you'll have to wait on that.

I think this covers the most commonly used excuses, which is another way of saying that I - and Obama defenders - are out of excuses.  Suggestions for additional excuses are, however, welcome and the new list includes a number of excuses suggested by others and I formally thank them for their contributions.

Excuse #1.    It’s Kabuki theater.
Excuse #2.    He’s playing n-dimensional chess. (where “n” = any number greater than 7)
Excuse #3.a. It’s a trial balloon.
Excuse #3.b. He hasn’t proposed it yet.
Excuse #3.c. It hasn’t happened yet.
Excuse #4.    It’s a trap for Republicans.
Excuse #5.    He’s smarter than you.
Excuse #6.    It’s the Republicans’ fault.
Excuse #7.    He’s not perfect.
Excuse #8.    Too bad he doesn’t meet your expectations.
Excuse #9.    Look at how much he’s accomplished.
Excuse #10.  He’s just being pragmatic.
Excuse #11.  He the adult in the room.
Excuse #12.  He knows things we don't know.
Excuse #13.  He's better than Romney (or McCain).
Excuse #14.  This isn't what it appears to be.
Excuse #15.  He's just playing rope-d-dope.
Excuse #16.  You're just a racist.
Excuse #17.  He doesn't have a magic wand, you know.
Excuse #18.  He said he would do this.
Excuse #19.  So what, he's done so many good things.
Excuse #20.  Obama.

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