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American right wingers fall in love with Irish socialist politician and atheist Clare Daly

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Daly was again critical of President Obama when asked to compare him to Ronald Reagan, the Bushes and Bill Clinton.

She said: “Barack Obama is more of a disappointment than Reagan, Bush and Clinton because people’s expectations were raised as to what he could potentially achieve to advance the position of black Americans, ordinary working Americans, women, minorities and so on.

“People genuinely believed that there would be major progress in relation to ending the U.S. role in wars. People believed Guantanamo would be closed down but the reality is that the Americans are poorer now than they were before he came to power and in relation to foreign policy substantially more people have lost their lives globally as a result of unlawful drone attacks carried out at his orders.

“We have an unprecedented level of refugees in the countries where U.S. imperialism has been involved.

“The best and worst thing about Obama in my opinion is that he is a black man which is a very positive development in the United States, but obviously because of his abject failure to change anything and deliver any reform for black people, he has raised people’s expectations only to have them dashed.

“He has demonstrated that it is not simply enough to put a black face at the helm in order to deal with issues of racism and inequality. There needs to be a fundamental change in the system for that to happen.”

The 45-year-old Daly is married and has supported leftist causes such as abortion rights during her career. She is also a self-confessed atheist.

She told www.wnd.com: “I am an atheist. My attitude to right and wrong is guided by life’s experience and by a belief that it is important to respect other people’s viewpoints, I try to understand where they are coming from and to measure my actions in terms of the positive or negative contribution they can have in terms of the overall situation facing people or indeed in relation to my dealings with individuals.”

In her speech on Obama after the G8 summit in Fermanagh last month. Daly said: “Is this person going for the hypocrite of the century award?

“Because we have to call things by their right names, and the reality is that by any serious examination, this man is a war criminal.

“He has just announced his decision to supply arms to the Syrian opposition, including jihadists, which will fuel the destabilization of the region, continue to undermine secularism and set back conditions for women.

“President Obama is, in essence, stalling the Geneva peace talks by trying to broker enhanced leverage for the Syrian opposition by supplying it with arms and to hell with the thousands more Syrians who will lose their lives and the tens of thousands who will be displaced as the war continues.

“This is the man who has facilitated a 200 percent increase in the use of drones, which have killed thousands of people including hundreds of children.”

She also criticised media coverage of the Obamas visit to Ireland. Daly said: “There has been unprecedented slobbering over the Obama family to which the nation has been exposed in recent days.

“It is difficult to decide which is worse, the outpourings of President Obama and his wife or the sycophantic fawning over them by the political establishment and sections of the media,.

“While we had separate and special news bulletins by the state broadcaster to tell us what Michelle Obama and her daughters had for lunch in Dublin, there was very little questioning of the fact that they were having lunch with ‘Mr. Tax Exile’ himself [a reference to U2 lead singer Bono].

“The statement that Mrs. Obama was glad to be home was barely challenged even though ‘home’ is a country she has been in for less than one week and to which her husband has only tenuous links.

“People in this country are very fond of our American brothers and sisters. We stand far more shoulder to shoulder with them by making valid criticisms of their president who has broken his election promises rather than just pimping this nation as a tax haven for their corporations.

“I am sure the Americans would far prefer their multinationals to pay their taxes at home rather than offshore here so that they could develop their health care and would not be wasting money on arms being sent to slaughter people in other countries.”

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