Washington has become very fond of the word “unprecedented.” In contrast to “broken,” another favorite applied to things that the president disapproves of and wants to revamp, such as our health care and immigration systems, the “unprecedented” label is freely slapped on every action he takes.
For example, while the recession was ravaging the nation, the president worked diligently with Congress to give us the Recovery Act, “… an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century.” 
The result: billions doled out, bank bonuses paid, 9.5% unemployment, and fears of a slowing economy and second recessionary dip.
Last April, when an offshore well began spewing a never-ending stream of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, doing potentially irreparable harm to the ecosystem and gulf coast economies, we witnessed an “…unprecedented federal response to the BP oil spill.” 
The result: three months later, there is optimism about BP’s efforts to cap the well. The president has focused his efforts on an offshore drilling ban, which may further damage coastal economies.
Moving west of the BP spill, we have “…the unprecedented resources and efforts already devoted by this Administration to securing the Southwest Border.” 
The result: the president will send an additional 1,200 National Guard Troops to the border. Arizona, the excuse behind the muted display of federal force, will receive less than half of the troops deployed, and will have to wait until August, three months after the president began taking credit for his unprecedented efforts. 
What truly has been unprecedented is the arrogance of an administration that habitually takes credit for victories that do not exist, for solving problems that have not gone away, and for taking action that has not yet occurred, which is why we still have 9.5% unemployment, oil in the Gulf of Mexico, and trouble at the border.
1..U.S. Small Business Administration. Economic Recovery: Overview of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).
2..Joint Information Center. The Ongoing Administration-Wide Response to the BP Oil Spill. May 24, 2010.
3..Summary of U.S. Officials Meeting with Arizona Governor Brewer. The White House. Office of the Press Secretary. June 28, 2010.
4..Summary of U.S. Officials Meeting with Arizona Governor Brewer. The White House. Office of the Press Secretary. June 28, 2010.