Why President Obama sucks

Why President Obama sucks

Almost three years ago, I was one of the roughly 100,000 people in Grant Park celebrating the election of Barack Obama. However, today, if the Wall Street Journal polled me on President Obama, I would say I disapprove of the job he’s done as president.

I’m not alone. Early Tuesday morning, two new polls came out showing President Obama’s approval ratings at an all time low. ABC News/Washington Post poll has his approval at 43% with disapproval ratings of 53%. NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has his approval at 44% with a disapproval rating of 51%.

73% of those polled in the NBC/WSJ poll felt the nation was on the wrong track; while 19% thought the nation was headed in the right direction.

I’m left wondering who is that 19 percent?

President Obama has some real problems if I’m flirting with Mitt Romney. I’m a left leaning, black, urban professional with a law degree. Thinking back to 2008 and the type of voter Obama did well with, I hit all of the demographics: I’m black, college-degreed and live in an urban center (Chicago at that). If I’m thinking of abandoning him, then he has some real problems.

The reason I’m reading Mitt Romney’s economic plan is because it doesn’t appear Obama has one. He’s been in office well over two years and he has to give another speech on his jobs plan? Unemployment has been over 9% for two years. Why don’t I know about his jobs plan already?

And the drama about the speech highlights his real problem: the President of the United States has no spine. The President of the United States wanted to give his jobs speech on Wednesday but backed down after Republicans condemned him for his timing. I am bone tired of the President wanting to do something, Republicans blasting him for it and him backing down. It doesn’t matter what he does, Republicans will blast him; he needs to act like he’s the President rather than getting permission from John Boehner to take a piss.

Would George W. Bush change the timing of a speech to placate Democrats?

Another example: President Obama wanted to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Republicans argued that security would be compromised and the prison is still open. Question: If President George W. Bush wanted to close Guantanamo Bay, would it still be open?

As much as President Bush’s policies can be questioned at least he knew he was the President and acted like it. Instead acting like the President and leading Americans, Obama tries to build consensus by giving speeches and delegates everything to Congress. Think about the debt ceiling debate, he implored Congress to get him a proposal instead of creating and fighting for his own plan. The same is true with his landmark piece of legislation, health care. Republicans mistakenly call it Obamacare, like he was the one who created it. It should be called Pelosicare. Like everything else, Obama gave speeches imploring Congress to pass universal healthcare and then went off somewhere hoping Congress would give him something sign.

It is a very long time until Americans decide whether Barack Obama is a one-term president. A lot of things can happen which could sway Americans back into his camp. But if Barack Obama really wants to continue being the President of the United States, he needs to get someone in the Oval Office to teach him how to act like it. If he starts acting like the President, rather than whining about Congress (which is more vulnerable than he is) and delegating everything to it, his approval ratings might go up.

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  • Thanks for saying. I speak from personal experience when I say that any and all negative talk about Obama is looked at as either racist or self-hating(uncle-tom). So get ready to bashed by a demographic that is emotional attached to the president. These people don't believe in logic.

  • In reply to Evan Moore:

    I disagree with Evan. The reason America elected the best qualified candidate who happened to be African American was because the majority of voters aren't clueless and were fed up with Politics as usual.

    However, the past couple years has been politics as usual, with 80% of campaign promises dumped in the name of bipartisan politics. Hence, if the Presidential election were held today, the turnout wouldn't be nearly as high and the President could forget about receiving 90% of African Americans votes.

  • In reply to Roscoe63:

    Since Obama actually has gone on with "politics as usual", it means that "the majority of voters [who] aren't clueless" actually ARE clueless. I and the others who voted against him saw his high-flown rhetoric was just that, rhetoric. We were not the clueless ones.

  • In reply to Nate Whilk:

    When you voted against President Obama three years ago, you voted for having Sarah Palin one heartbeat away from being the leader of the free world?

    Voting against that scenario does show collective wisdom among the majority of voters.

    That being said, Presidential elections only come around once every four years. Whether the President is reelected or not, he will certainly feel the dissatisfaction of his performance (from low voter turnout) of those who currently support him.

  • In reply to Roscoe63:

    Wrong. Palin, despite her flaws, would never have done as much damage as Obama. Oh, and by the way, McCain is still alive - she would still be VP and doing about the same as Biden; doing the presidential dirty work with an occasional amusing gaffe.

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    In reply to Roscoe63:

    Oh yeah like having biden and pelosi (at one point) a heart beat away. Oh so much better. LMFAO! Let alone we have an idiot for president by the name of obama who doesn't have a clue WTF he's doing and never will. He continues to decline the quality of the american way of life. "SO HOW'S THAT HOPE & CHANGE WORKING FOR YOU?" LMFAO

  • In reply to John Kostick:

    John, thanks for reading and commenting. I disagree with you that the president is solely responsible for the decline of the American way of life. No single president can ever be responsible for the decline of American life. If our way of life is declining, and you certainly can make a good argument it is, its not up to the president to save us-- it's up to us.

    So if Obama is driving the car into a ditch, you can either stay in the car and continue bitching about the driving or get out and help the rest of us push!

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    In reply to Brian C. Thomas:

    Brian you seem a bit more enlightened than the normal liberal, but you are still missing the point. Obama likes to blame Bush for the troubles now and after 2 years now he likes to blame the congress. The facts are that Bush had a liberal congress and senate for his last 2 years. And Obama had the same for his first 2 years to do what ever they wanted. So while Obama might only be 1/3 responsible then you have to say the say about Bush don't you? But when the liberals control all 3 branches of government then the they are 100% responsible.

  • In reply to Brian C. Thomas:

    What if we think the road is on the other side of the car from where Obama thinks it is?

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    In reply to John Kostick:

    obama is giveing guns to brown people so the us people dies and take over tx and the us army can stop them for comeing and put obama in jail

  • In reply to Evan Moore:

    Well, I agree on your "Uncle Tom" analysis because I see read you & and Brian T. are clearly two. You and B. Thomas manage to put a little coin in your pockets and forget the struggles that come with being a Black in America..Let alone a Black President (the 1st at that) in still what is "White America". You think Obama can play by the same rules as Bush or his predecessors? Get a clue! Of course he can't..that's why the Republicans show the blatant disrespect, contempt, and down right treason that they do. He has to play the balanced, tempered, non-finger pointing figure that has been. White America is watching..he can't fall into the angry "Black Man" trap the Republicans are baiting him do. You sell out selfish Niggas sicken me with your continued "Slaved mindsets". Now Obama is weak & feeble because he's not doing the typical nigga response and going off the deep end? It takes a strong man to temper his emotions, weather the slights, endure the critics, and ride out the storm..All w/o negativity. You have no clue just how strong Obama truly is. He gets it! Unfortunately, you so called Successful Black Men of today (What a joke!) don't!!

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    In reply to Cwilly:

    You're just plain wrong, CWilly. I didn't vote for Obama, but it has absolutely nothing to do with race. My wife and I said when Obama was elected, "OK, he won, so we'll give him a fair chance". Well, he's blown it with his socialist agenda, giving money to his buddies at General electric and Solyndra, and his dismal, pathetic job with the economy. Not to mention his class warfare (again, the socialism).
    It's time to beat Obama with a Cain.

  • In reply to Cwilly:

    You need to clean up your language moron, your premise that the Democrats ever treated Bush with any respect whatsoever is indicative of your ignorance.

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    In reply to straightshot:

    Thank you Straightshot it's nice to see that some people in here actually have some common sense.

  • In reply to Cwilly:

    It is not racial to want someone as President that is not on hard left.
    Would you rather have someone who has had no experience creating jobs,certainly not a community organizer but
    a good business man who has and knows how to get this country going again, that is not racial these are facts.

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    In reply to Cwilly:

    you are an idiot. lemme guess you have to vote for him cause he is black? so if all the whites vote for romney because he is white is that ok? hell no you would scream racism from the hills. the few responsible african american conservatives are open minded truth seekers. you are a racist yourself. and obviously mentally challenged.

  • In reply to Joey Haston:

    got to see this 2min video and pass it on ,,Get Out - Patriot Super PAC

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    In reply to Cwilly:

    Is there some GOOD reason why a black man it woman shouldn't do well for themselves and their families? Is there something wrong with being successful? In America, anyone can do well if they set their mind to it, and WORK HARD. As for obama, nobody gives a damn if he's black!! HE is the one who keeps making it an issue. He is COMPLETELY clueless about America.

  • In reply to Evan Moore:

    Got to see this 2 min video,Get Out - Patriot Super PAC

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    In reply to Evan Moore:

    Well said

  • I still approve of President Obama's track record. Maybe that's because as a leftie, I thought of him as a middle of the road alternative to the unmitigated disaster that would have been a McCain presidency. Now, in spite of the best efforts of Congress to make sure Obama wouldn't be allowed to get us back on track, we're making economic progress. If they GOP really had their way, we'd be in the biggest depression to ever hit this country. We're not. And that's why I'm voting for him again.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    The difference between a recession and a depression:

    A recession is when you're out of work.

    A depression is when I'm out of work.

    Obviously, you're still working, and can thus afford to vote for four more years of the Obama administration.

    I'll take a pass, thank you.

  • In reply to MarkRVillano:

    Clever, but pretty far off the mark. No pun intended. Perhaps if you're unemployed it's more of a reflection on you and not the president. Without the stimulus a lot more people might be in the same boat as you. In any case, we were in a recession no matter how depressed you may be personally.

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    In reply to niuhuskie1:

    "Perhaps if you're unemployed it's more of a reflection on you and not the president."

    I'm sure that there are a whole gaggle of NASA scientists and technicians who would vehemently disagree with you...

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    In reply to niuhuskie1:

    Uhhh... you didn't get the memo? The stimulus created ZERO JOBS!

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    In reply to niuhuskie1:

    "Perhaps if you're unemployed it's more of a reflection on you and not the president."

    Oh sure, my degree from a T50 university, professional certification and 10 years experience working for two Fortune 500 companies is just not enough for me to land a position.

    I interviewed with three companies recently. Two out of the three decided not to hire any candidate for the position. So if companies are placing ads, however decide to hold off hiring new staff, how is that a reflection of the job hunter?
    Do you have any idea how ignorant your statement is?

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    Now it is everybody's fault but Obama, get a grip!!!!

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    WHAT economic progress are we making? I am a registered nurse and have been for 19 years and I WAS LAID OFF!! Nurses, yes nurses are losing their jobs left and right. Medicare, medicaid cuts, doctors tripling the amount of patients they are seeing due to these cuts; hospitals cutting back. You call this progress? Why don't you check out dailylayoffs.net and see the amount of people losing their jobs. I have applied for every job I can think of...waitress, housekeeper, dog walker, bus cleaner, retail and was offered a job doing home care as a NURSING ASSISTANT making $8.00/hr. I wish the public was aware of the falsification of this nursing shortage. Everyone thinks anything in healthcare is recession proof.....WRONG! Since Obama got into office, NOTHING IS RECESSION PROOF. If OBAMA has his way...we will be in a depression in the blink of an eye. I have relatives in Europe living under socialized medicine (OBAMA'S plan) and let me tell you it's horrible. You better "hope and pray" Obamacare does not go through, because God forbid it does, you better "hope and pray" you don't get sick. Been there, done that and I know what it's like. Do you want to wait four months to see a doctor for a simple infection? And you approve of his "TRACK RECORD"? You contradict yourself because then you say "in spite of the best efforts of Congress to make sure Obama wouldn't be allowed to get us back on track"......SO, WE'RE STILL OFF TRACK. "Making economic progress".....show me the proof.

  • In reply to unemployedRN:

    I'm a court reporter and I couldn't agree more. I'm working with attorneys who thought the legal profession was recession proof -- wrong... I have had attorneys tell me they are thinking about getting a second job. Some court reporters have left the profession b/c people aren't paying their bills. My income has declined every year for the past few years. This president's policies are to blame, I believe...

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    In reply to Cheryl:

    Cheryl you are the perfect example of clueless. I guess that you forgot that liberals had control of congress and senate for the last 2 years of Bush and the first 2 years of Obama. So for the first 2 years of Obama in the white house they could do whatever they wanted. So you approve of high unemployment, more regulation to hurt business, more reliant on energy from foreign countries and more spending than all the past presidents. Oh and also higher debt than we have ever seen. But you go on thinking that this current congress is what is keeping up off track. You are a typical uninformed voter that just follows the liberal media and believes everything that they tell you.

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    In reply to Cheryl:

    Couldn't disagree more with you Cheryl; to place sole blame on the GOP and Congress is over simplifying our current gridlock problems. Communication is a two way street, and if I recall correctly, Obama was quite adversarial in 2009 during the Heads of State Address. I knew right there once Obama publically called out the GOP during a major public addresses, I knew we were going to be in for a very long four years. The POTUS should have set a more professional, less adversarial tone, especially being in office for only eight months.

    You also fail to acknowledge that when elected, Obama was working with the 111th Congress which both parts were Democrat majority. The GOP also only controls the House—the Repubs are still a minority in the Senate. Democratic Senators and Representatives have also declined to support some legislation Obama wanted to pass—certainly not the GOP’s doing right there. Obama is also not the first president to have to deal with working with Congress which has a majority from the other party. Clinton successfully dealt with a majority GOP Congress (with Newt Gingrich being Speaker no less) and he was able to successfully pass legislation, avoid gridlock, and balanced the budget. So did Reagan when he was elected.

    People really need to stop making excuses for Obama. It is sad and clear that Obama is incapable of communicating and comes off divisive; he certainly is not the same guy who campaigned in 2008. While I agree that Obama is not fully responsible for the current recession, he did add an additional $5T to the deficit, and there is no solid proof which supports his claim that 4M long term new jobs were created.

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    In reply to Cheryl:

    Maybe your forgot that congress had a super majority for the first two years of Obama's first term. They could have passed anything and everything yet could not. Some in congress realized how progressive and socialist leaning the Obama agenda was and were worried that the American people would notice if things change too much so fast. In their world it is all abot them and their power.
    Obama is an anti Colonialist because of his father, period. Read his own words in his book Dreams FROM my father. From is a big deal if you understand him. He hates America because we are a superpower. He wants America brought down and third world countries brought up at our expense. He could care less about global warming. It is just a tool to take America down. If you maintain that frame of mind you go in the opposite direction which is communist, socialist, fascist idology. If he gets another term America is a third world country and the entire world will be brought back to the mentality of the 1500's. The lights will go out around the globe.
    The bible was written by candle light. The bible was first read in America by candle light. The Constitution was written by candle light. Then, with freedom and liberty, the bible, the constitution and any other medium can be read at any time by a light bulb. In just 200 years or so freedom and liberty gave us the 5000 year leap of candle to light bulb. Freedom is an amazing thing. Please do not toss it aside The Constitution is at stake.

  • I thought this article was going to be about Michelle's boobs.

  • It bothers me when I read articles like this and the writer insinuates that President Obama doesn't have a spine. The fact that he won't be part of the problem, but part of the solution is one of his greater attributes. One of the biggest problems in our country today is the fact that we don't talk and listen to one another. We yell insults through the media and it just further divides us. So Obama decided to move his speech to a different day. That is showing a willingness to compromise. It does not mean President Obama doesn't have a spine. I will remain an Obama supporter -- especially when I look at the long list of people who want his job.

  • In reply to Jesus Fan:

    Throughout his entire career, both political and scholarly, Obama has refused to be a part of anything.

    As head of the Harvard Law School Journal, he never penned a single missive, and his record of voting "present" in both the Illinois State House and the United States Senate is unrivaled. He's loathe to attach his name to anything that might indicate that he actually made a decision about something.

    Gutless.

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    In reply to Jesus Fan:

    You must be one of those people that are fine with the insults that they hurled at Bush but when it comes to criticism of Obama that's when they have gone to far? Sounds like the typical liberal. Please tell me what it is about Obama that you like so much? His fix for health care? His fix for unemployment? His fix for the budget? His fix for the debt? His fix for the housing market? His fix for social security and medicare? His recent insult to Poland? He needs to fix his teleprompter...

  • In reply to Jesus Fan:

    America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President

    When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America ’s four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general and Israel in particular. So perhaps the most accurate description of his antipathy toward Catholics, Protestants, religious Jews, and the Jewish nation would be to characterize him as anti-Biblical. And then when his hostility toward Biblical people of faith is contrasted with his preferential treatment of Muslims and Muslim nations, it further strengthens the accuracy of the anti-Biblical descriptor. In fact, there have been numerous clearly documented times when his pro-Islam positions have been the cause of his anti-Biblical actions.

    Listed below in chronological order are (1) numerous records of his attacks on Biblical persons or organizations; (2) examples of the hostility toward Biblical faith that have become evident in the past three years in the Obama-led military; (3) a listing of his open attacks on Biblical values; and finally (4) a listing of numerous incidents of his preferential deference for Islam’s activities and positions, including letting his Islamic advisers guide and influence his hostility toward people of Biblical faith.

    1. Acts of hostility toward people of Biblical faith:
    •April 2008 – Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they “cling to guns or religion” and have an “antipathy to people who aren't like them.”1
    •February 2009 – Obama announces plans to revoke conscience protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical activities that go against their beliefs, and fully implements the plan in February 2011.2
    •April 2009 – When speaking at Georgetown University , Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus' name be covered when he is making his speech.3
    •May 2009 – Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House.4
    •April 2009 – In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican ; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three.5
    •October 19, 2010 – Obama begins deliberately omitting the phrase about “the Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence – an omission he has made on no less than seven occasions.6
    •November 2010 – Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law.7
    •January 2011 – After a federal law was passed to transfer a WWI Memorial in the Mojave Desert to private ownership, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the cross in the memorial could continue to stand, but the Obama administration refused to allow the land to be transferred as required by law, and refused to allow the cross to be re-erected as ordered by the Court.8
    •February 2011 – Although he filled posts in the State Department, for more than two years Obama did not fill the post of religious freedom ambassador, an official that works against religious persecution across the world; he filled it only after heavy pressure from the public and from Congress.9
    •April 2011 – For the first time in American history, Obama urges passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring protections for religious groups, forcing religious organizations to hire according to federal mandates without regard to the dictates of their own faith, thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring.10
    •August 2011 – The Obama administration releases its new health care rules that override religious conscience protections for medical workers in the areas of abortion and contraception.11
    •November 2011 – Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial.12
    •November 2011 – Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving speech.13
    •December 2011 – The Obama administration denigrates other countries' religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights.14
    •January 2012 – The Obama administration argues that the First Amendment provides no protection for churches and synagogues in hiring their pastors and rabbis.15
    •February 2012 – The Obama administration forgives student loans in exchange for public service, but announces it will no longer forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion.16

    2. Acts of hostility from the Obama-led military toward people of Biblical faith:
    •June 2011 – The Department of Veterans Affairs official forbids references to God and Jesus during burial ceremonies at Houston National Cemetery .17
    •August 2011 – The Air Force stops teaching the Just War theory to officers in California because the course is taught by chaplains and is based on a philosophy introduced by St. Augustine in the third century AD – a theory long taught by civilized nations across the world (except America).18
    •September 2011 – Air Force Chief of Staff prohibits commanders from notifying airmen of programs and services available to them from chaplains.19
    •September 2011 – The Army issues guidelines for Walter Reed Medical Center stipulating that “No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading materials and/or facts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.”20
    •November 2011 – The Air Force Academy rescinds support for Operation Christmas Child, a program to send holiday gifts to impoverished children across the world, because the program is run by a Christian charity.21
    •November 2011 – The Air Force Academy pays $80,000 to add a Stonehenge-like worship center for pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans.22
    •February 2012 – The U. S. Military Academy at West Point disinvites three star Army general and decorated war hero Lieutenant General William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin (retired) from speaking at an event because he is an outspoken Christian.23
    •February 2012 – The Air Force removes “God” from the patch of Rapid Capabilities Office (the word on the patch was in Latin: Dei).24
    •February 2012 – The Army orders Catholic chaplains not to read a letter to parishioners that their archbishop asked them to read.25

    3. Acts of hostility toward Biblical values:

    •January 2009 – Obama lifts restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, forcing taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations.26
    •January 2009 – President Obama’s nominee for deputy secretary of state asserts that American taxpayers are required to pay for abortions and that limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional.27
    •March 2009 – The Obama administration shut out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit.28
    •March 2009 – Obama orders taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.29
    •March 2009 – Obama gave $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency that promotes abortion and works closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations.30
    •May 2009 – The White House budget eliminates all funding for abstinence-only education and replaces it with “comprehensive” sexual education, repeatedly proven to increase teen pregnancies and abortions.31 He continues the deletion in subsequent budgets.32
    •May 2009 – Obama officials assemble a terrorism dictionary calling pro-life advocates violent and charging that they use racism in their “criminal” activities.33
    •July 2009 – The Obama administration illegally extends federal benefits to same-sex partners of Foreign Service and Executive Branch employees, in direction violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.34
    •September 16, 2009 – The Obama administration appoints as EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who asserts that society should “not tolerate” any “private beliefs,” including religious beliefs, if they may negatively affect homosexual “equality.”35
    •July 2010 – The Obama administration uses federal funds in violation of federal law to get Kenya to change its constitution to include abortion.36
    •August 2010 – The Obama administration Cuts funding for 176 abstinence education programs.37
    •September 2010 – The Obama administration tells researchers to ignore a judge’s decision striking down federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.38
    •February 2011– Obama directs the Justice Department to stop defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act.39
    •March 2011 – The Obama administration refuses to investigate videos showing Planned Parenthood helping alleged sex traffickers get abortions for victimized underage girls.40
    •July 2011 – Obama allows homosexuals to serve openly in the military, reversing a policy originally instituted by George Washington in March 1778.41
    •September 2011 – The Pentagon directs that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriages at military facilities in violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.42
    •October 2011 – The Obama administration eliminates federal grants to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for their extensive programs that aid victims of human trafficking because the Catholic Church is anti-abortion.43

    4. Acts of preferentialism for Islam:
    •May 2009 – While Obama does not host any National Day of Prayer event at the White House, he does host White House Iftar dinners in honor of Ramadan.44
    •April 2010 – Christian leader Franklin Graham is disinvited from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer Event because of complaints from the Muslim community.45
    •April 2010 – The Obama administration requires rewriting of government documents and a change in administration vocabulary to remove terms that are deemed offensive to Muslims, including jihad, jihadists, terrorists, radical Islamic, etc.46
    •August 2010 – Obama speaks with great praise of Islam and condescendingly of Christianity.47
    •August 2010 – Obama went to great lengths to speak out on multiple occasions on behalf of building an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero, while at the same time he was silent about a Christian church being denied permission to rebuild at that location.48
    •2010 – While every White House traditionally issues hundreds of official proclamations and statements on numerous occasions, this White House avoids traditional Biblical holidays and events but regularly recognizes major Muslim holidays, as evidenced by its 2010 statements on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.49
    •October 2011 – Obama’s Muslim advisers block Middle Eastern Christians’ access to the White House.50
    •February 2012 – The Obama administration makes effulgent apologies for Korans being burned by the U. S. military,51 but when Bibles were burned by the military, numerous reasons were offered why it was the right thing to do.52

    Many of these actions are literally unprecedented – this is the first time they have happened in four centuries of American history. The hostility of President Obama toward Biblical faith and values is without equal from any previous American president.

    Endnotes

    1. Sarah Pulliam Baily, "Obama: ‘They cling to guns or religion’," Christianity Today, April 13, 2008.(Return)

    2. Aliza Marcus, "Obama to Lift ‘Conscience’ Rule for Health Workers," Bloomberg, February 27, 2009; Sarah Pulliam Baily, "Obama Admin. Changes Bush ‘Conscience’ Rule for Health Workers," Christianity Today, February 18, 2011.(Return)

    3. Jim Lovino, "Jesus Missing From Obama’s Georgetown Speech," NBC Washington, April 17, 2009.(Return)

    4. Johanna Neuman, “Obama end Bush-era National Prayer Day Service at White House," Los Angeles Times, May 7, 2009.(Return)

    5. Chris McGreal, “Vatican vetoes Barack Obama’s nominees for U.S. Ambassador,” The Guardian, April 14, 2009.(Return)

    6. Meredith Jessup, “Obama Continues to Omit ‘Creator’ From Declaration of Independence,” The Blaze, October 19, 2010.(Return)

    7. "Remarks by the President at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia," The White House, November 10, 2010.(Return)

    8. LadyImpactOhio, "Feds sued by Veterans to allow stolen Mojave Desert Cross to be rebuilt," Red State, January 14, 2011.(Return)

    9. Marrianne Medlin, “Amid criticism, President Obama moves to fill vacant religious ambassador post,” Catholic News Agency, February 9, 2011; Thomas F. Farr, “Undefender of the Faith,” Foreign Policy, April 5, 2012.(Return)

    10. Chris Johnson, “ENDA passage effort renewed with Senate introduction,” Washington Blade, April 15, 2011.(Return)

    11. Chuck Donovan, “HHS’s New Health Guidelines Trample on Conscience,” Heritage Foundation, August 2, 2011.(Return)

    12. Todd Starns, “Obama Administration Opposes FDR Prayer at WWII Memorial,” Fox News, November 4, 2011.(Return)

    13. Joel Siegel, “Obama Omits God From Thanksgiving Speech, Riles Critics,” ABC News, November 25, 2011.(Return)

    14. Hillary Rodham Clinton, “Remarks in Recognition of International Human Rights Day,” U.S. Department of State, December 6, 2011.(Return)

    15. Ted Olson, “Church Wins Firing Case at Supreme Court,” Christianity Today, January 11, 2012.(Return)

    16. Audrey Hudson, “Obama administration religious service for student loan forgiveness,” Human Events, February 15, 2012.(Return)

    17. “Houston Veterans Claim Censorship of Prayers, Including Ban of ‘God’ and ‘Jesus’,” Fox News, June 29, 2011.(Return)

    18. Jason Ukman, “Air Force suspends ethics course that used Bible passages that train missile launch officers,” Washington Post, August 2, 2011.(Return)

    19. "Maintaining Government Neutrality Regarding Religion," Department of the Air Force, September 1, 2011.(Return)

    20. "Wounded, Ill, and Injured Partners in Care Guidelines," Department of the Navy (accessed on February 29, 2012).(Return)

    21. "Air Force Academy Backs Away from Christmas Charity," Fox News Radio, November 4, 2011.(Return)

    22. Jenny Dean, "Air Force Academy adapts to pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans," Los Angeles Times, November 26, 2011.(Return)

    23. Ken Blackwell, "Gen. Boykin Blocked At West Point," cnsnews.com, February 1, 2012.(Return)

    24. Geoff Herbert, "Air Force unit removes 'God' from logo; lawmakers warn of 'dangerous precedent'," syracuse.com, February 9, 2012.(Return)

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    In reply to ashleea:

    Thank you for your hard work to shine the light.

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    In reply to Jesus Fan:

    Jesus Fan,
    Just what do you support about the President's policies? Really I want to listen. I am so curious as to what he has done for America that you support. I just cannot see it. Please let me know.

  • I feel your frustration, we are worse off than we were three years ago and though I still have my Obama pictures on the wall and still as a black man have pride for a brotha at 1600 Pennslyvania Ave, I want him to do more. I want him to stand up to the Tea Party and others that oppose him and be that hopeful, strong, smart brotha that we elected.

  • In reply to Shadasious:

    That you and dummy young people elected. Anybody w any smarts at all could not be happy w Obama

  • In reply to Shadasious:

    Obama is not black! He is half white and half black. he was raised by his white grandparents in hawaii. he did not know his father, nor any of his relatives in africa while growing up. HE IS CULTURALLY WHITE!!!!!!!!! what does he know about struggle? the answer is nothing. it's a scam being crafted by the democratic party to keep minorities where they want them....as pawns. the jim crow laws and the kkk were championed by democrats. Dr. Martin Luther King was a republican. Obama is a dismal failure. he was as an illinois state senator and as a junior senator from illinois in washington. DC is eating him alive.

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    In reply to Shadasious:

    Yeah he sucks and we are worse off than 3 years ago, but lets stand up for him just because he is black. Wow (If I said that about a white president they would label me as a racist, so what does that make you?)

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    In reply to Shadasious:

    So you would go against Martin Luther King Jr. and vote for the color of the skin vs the content of chartacter? Really? That just tells me that you are a racist. Go away or get smart.

  • As a registered Republican who volunteered for Obama last time, I've been disappointed by a lack of strength or will, not sure exactly, but this job just appears to be more than he bargained for. Changing my registration to Independent, but still would be hard to vote for a Republican next time.. everything is pro-business and pro-wealth and not pro-Americans. They would continue to sell us down the river for their wealthy donors. And this Perry is just downright frightening.

    Let's hope he gets some good counsel and can turn this around in short order. Unfortunately, just offering more government infrastructure jobs through more spending is not the ticket. He needs to offer incentives for manufacturing, R&D, life sciences, alternative energy research like fusion.. big picture stuff from the private sector, not more jobs standing on the side of the road.

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    In reply to Bumsteer:

    How many times does he have to lie to you before you see that he is only in this for himself? My God, he lies every time he opens his mouth. Check out just who Obama is for yourself. Watch the documentary "2016." He hates America. He wants America to become an equal to other third world countries. America must come down so lesser countries can come up. He wants our nuclear war heads to drop to 300 while Russia maintains a number of 1500. He wants America to become equal to a third world country. That is when the Middle East will run us over. If you do not believe this just watch the documentary "2016". Scare the pants off anyone that fights for liberty around the world.

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    I had to take some time to think about this one and was compelled to reply after careful consideration and listening to Fox News and more liberal interpretations of the same events. While there are problems with this administration, I strongly disagree with the criticisms that are posted here. Sadly, once again, Jon Stewart got it right where so many others got it wrong - http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/tue-september-6-2011-buddy-roemer (Is this the only voice of rational, critical thinking left in America? So far, Stewart and David Brooks are the only ones that work for me). People must resist the urge to label a desire to be reasonable and act like a responsible adult, with weakness (you do recall that any time the president sticks to his guns and is confident, he is called "arrogant" and "elitist" by the other side...and some in his party as well). There is clearly a big difference between the two. I may be crazy, but I value a person who is willing to consider the details and change a position, even when that person knows that every decision will be criticized (as each one is for this president). People in America have ridiculously short memories. 3 years ago we were at the brink of the apocalypse. Given that today conservative rhetoric every day still emphatically says "No" to everything proposed by the other side (even if it was something they actually suggested not long ago), conservative commentators and politicians who have clearly expressed their desire to ensure that this man is a 1-term president, and Democrats have been more concerned about their own power and position than the good of the country, I would say that given the circumstances I'm happy that the wheels are still on the train. We cannot fix the jobs situation overnight and the systemic and fundamental problems with our economy are bigger than any president.

    We need to consider the entirety of the work and not just the pressing issue of the day. I'm not excited about where we are today, but we cannot be short sighted headed into the fall of this year. Given where we were and where we need to go, I'm more confident that there will be a middle class left in America with this president than with the other options we had at the time. We should really carefully re-consider the yardstick by which we measure the performance of our elected officials.

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    In reply to Phil Dillard:

    Thank you for having one of the few logical responses to this article and these other commentaries. Truly, change cannot happen overnight, yet we live in a society where we demand instant satisfaction. Our GDP is back on track, Obama HAS created several millions of private-sector jobs, and is willing to listen to both political parties to ensure that the best decisions are made for our country. I cannot understand why asking the House and the Senate to overlook new policies and bills is a bad idea, since there are more elected officials that we voted for on a state basis. More voices USUALLY means that it is more fair, and more representative of the people.

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    In reply to Phil Dillard:

    I feel sorry that you choose to listen to only the liberals but you are half right. And about the republicans saying no to everything. Well the republicans are the only ones that have offered a budget and have been trying to fix the debt this country is in. But guess what the liberals shot it down. So you could say that they are the party of NO. No jobs. No Budget. No Economic Recovery. No to private sector business. They only say Yes to Unions and Spending. Not that I'm a big fan of the republican party either but the do seem a lot more pro smaller government and more fiscally responsible which is what this administration is lacking.

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    In reply to Phil Dillard:

    You sir do not understand just who the President really is. That is quite understandable as he has taken huge steps to keep just who he is quiet.
    I will not go into detail about the media bias and bashing. That is a waste of time. I will go into Obama's own words in his book Dreams from my father and just who were his mentors while growing up without a mother or a father.
    First, some history we get from Obama's book:
    He grew up in Hawaii with his mother's parents. His father left his mom and went back to Kenya with his other wives. His mother sent him to Hawaii from Indonesia when he was nine. His grandparents thought he needed a father figure and let Frank Marshell Davis infulence him with his communist beliefs. Davis was a member of the Communist party of America.
    That is ony the breif beginning of just who Obama is . Do you own damn homework. I did mine. If you think I am making up one word of this then you are just one of the sheeple that only believes what you hear without your own reseach...typical American. Dumb as a box of rocks. DO YOUR DAMNED HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU SPOUT OFF YOUR IGNORANCE!!!

  • ...President Obama sucks? Whether or not you agree with him he is still the President of the entire United States. Have more respect!!

  • In reply to counsel:

    You are absolutely right. With President Bush, I often said to respect the office, if not the person. That said, I wrote the headline intentionally strong so people would click the link and read. Not necessarily what you want to hear (or a good reason to disrespect POTUS) but that's where it came from.

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    In reply to Brian C. Thomas:

    Brian, thanks for the article. I did not vote for President Obama. I looked at his prior accomplishments and did not find the qualifications necessary to be a leader evident in his resume. His voting record in the Illinois State House showed an aversion to taking a stand on issues when he voted "present" the majority of the time. You are correct in your criticism of his approach to creating legislation. He passes the buck to others so as to avoid putting his name on anything. There is an old saying that failure points fingers and in my opinion this President points to anyone and everyone else rather than look straight into the mirror and accept the responsibility of his office. I believe in the free market, I trust business owners and corporate leaders to make the investment decisions in this country because they, not government, are the true job creators. Business owners and corporate leaders should be the one's taking the risk on investment rather than the US Taxpayers. When business fails, investors and the business leadership should take the hit not taxpayers. In this Administration we have people who are committed to centralized control of the means of production of our nation. Stimulus is government mandated investment into projects that may or may not be profitable and the taxpayer is the one who must pay for this "investment". I prefer a system where I can invest at my own risk after reading a prospectus and coming to a conclusion of potential profit on my investment. I am willing to take risk if there is a genuine reward potential. If my decision is wrong I do not expect my neighbor to make me whole. What we see on display today is the glaring differences between free market capitalism and centralized government planning of the economy. The POTUS is committed to his values, I understand that, but in the end he is trying to lead a country away from an economic system that has proven highly successful in the past. I do not believe Americans will accept the current path we are on.

  • In reply to John Egan:

    Finally, someone else who just says it as it is, thank you!

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    In reply to John Egan:

    Well stated. I also didn't vote for President Obama for many of the same reasons you outlined in your response.
    As I sit here tonight, I am reminded about how our country has evolved. We have had swings to the right and left several times in the history of this great nation.
    Obama's policies are just a bit (I use this rather sarcastically) too far to the left for most Americans. His lack of any economic recovery plan, lack of a budget, etc. will cost him in November.
    As far as race goes, doesn't matter to me. As far as our latest "gay marriage" stand...doesn't matter to me. The economy...the economy...the economy.

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    In reply to John Egan:

    Thank you John. It's nice to hear some reason and common sense in these comments.

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    In reply to counsel:

    The president does not deserve respect for being elected especially when his opponents in that election are completely impossible to vote for hence why I did not participate in that election. no confidence! no confidence in the two party system. no confidence in some puppet third party of bible thumping in-breads. no confidence in my fellow Americans to see just how far down the hole we are. the economy is just one page of this encyclopedia of disasters. and rhetoric there is no substance behind anything Obama has ever said it is only rhetoric. Tired, tired and broke what we need is grass roots get rid of 75% of the TV in your house starting with news channels and start thinking President Obama, Bush, Clinton, and Bush have all sucked and we still pay all these sleaze-bags for breathing everyday

  • Why is that Obama doesn't have a spine when he's dealing with Republicans, but he has no problem mowing over dissident members of his own party? Why is it that he can't seem to find the backbone to defend a public option or repeal tax cuts for millionaires or extend unemployment benefits or defend "entitlement" spending (you know, that spending that's already paid for through specific taxes), but he certainly can find a backbone to defend his war financing for Libya?

    And why was he the first to put Social Security cuts on the table?

    Think about that and decide if lack of backbone is really the problem here.

    And BTW, as for GITMO, Obama never really wanted to close it anyway. He just wanted to move it to Illinois so some of his cronies could profit off it. Indefinite detention, however, has always been in the plan.

  • In reply to Dienne:

    "And why was he the first to put Social Security cuts on the table?"

    To scare people. Seriously, you have to ask?

  • I'm sad about this article, because interesting, folks continue to not see the larger issues, facing this President... I suggest you go to the Whitehouse.gov and read the list of accomplishments President Obama has contributed.

  • The problem IMHO isn't just Obama, but the whole Government. Look at how much hard resistance he faced the moment he took office? I'd look at the bipartisanship from years back, and it seemed ever since Clinton and Gingrich, the Federal Government has been playing a civil war more and more with every passing year. More "Red VS Blue" and especially more elected officials who come into office and immediately start campaigning for their next term.

    You could put Romney, Perry, Bachmann, or even Palin in office, and then you'll see the same games, but different parties. The Democrats will then do a 100% filibuster on everything with the sole purpose of making that President a "one term President".

    What infuriates me more is the amount of apathy in the US. Even now I see people more angry that they have to "pay attention", like they want a world where they don't have to pay attention. We're stuck...and the only way out is to really pay attention and make real demands. Demand hardcore campaign finance reform. Demand term limits. Demand an end to "career politicians".

    Especially vote out people who don't do the job AND support those who will from the get-go. The very few "honest people" never get past the primaries because their corrupt opponents get way more financial backing, and it astounds me when people use TV ads, MSNBC, and Fox News as how they'll find out about who to vote for.

    You can get mad at Obama, but if he plays hardball, then nothing gets done and everyone still complains. He's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. He had a MAJORITY in 2008 and yet still couldn't get a healthcare plan agreed on. What does this tell you all? Is it his fault? Or more that we have a capital building full of Congressionals all trying to win elections and get paid more than do any work?

    So if Obama stayed 100% hard-left and uncompromising, then you all wouldn't be praising him and opposed to saying "he sucks", you'll all still be complaining at the status quo and how nothing's getting done, and people would have still stayed home in 2010 and put the GOP back in power. This is the time we need to think like the 60s again. Make a lot of noise, scare the establishment, shut down the country even.

  • In reply to djamnfx:

    Very True. I also believe that the whole Red vs. Blue is just a show. They both support Non-Capataistic Ideals, and quite frankly they don't give a damn about the average American, wether it be a Democrat or a Republican, they are fundamentally the same.

    "And So it Goes"(Kurt Vonnegut)

  • Good article. The "headline" was provocative, sure, but I agree, you needed it to be. I appreciate your courage to voice your disappointment. That's the true start to civil discourse.

  • I understand the frustration here. I am so far refusing to believe in the possibility of a Romney administration with a Republican Congress, however. We already live in a society where it is actually starting to become acceptable to consider the possibility that the theory of human evolution has a viable alternative based on theological myth. Economically, we've veered so far to the right that the possibility of returning high wage taxes to the rates they were under Reagan is considered treasonous.

    If Obama tried some of the stuff Nixon did, like wage and price controls, or what Ike did, like a massive infrastructure program similar to Ike's federal highway program, he'd probably be called much worse things than he's called now by the propaganda machine that is driven by Fox News.

    People who complain about Obama's capitulations and say they'll possibly vote for Romney are capitulating in a much more serious way, because turning over the government completely to Republicans would be catastrophic.

    Obama's biggest problem is that he simply doesn't seem to have very strong views about much of anything. He displayed courage in nailing Bin Laden the way he did -- sending in ground troops was a huge risk that would have destroyed his presidency if it had failed. No, courage is not his problem. His problem is that he is what he once described himself to be -- a blank slate. He has no strong convictions about some of the issues so many progressives have.

    If I regret anything, it's that I didn't vote for Hillary, whose bulldog tenacity and strength of convictions I never worried about. I have no doubt that if she was in office, we progressives wouldn't be ceding key points to conservatives prior to beginning the negotiating process with them.

    We have to accept Obama for who he is. He's not an ideologue in the way Reagan was.

    However, it IS Obama's responsibility, since he appears to have no strong convictions of his own, to represent those who thrust him into power.

    His failure to do that will cost him this election, but it is we who will pay the ultimate price as the country will surely fall into third world status as its infrastructure continues to fall apart and unemployment continues unabated.

    It would be easy for me, as someone who makes good money for a high tech firm that employs lots of labor from all over the world, to simply say, hey, survival of the fittest. I work among folks from all over the world in a highly competitive environment. But I don't want the US to continue to slide and I want our education infrastructure to improve, something that will never happen under a Republican government.

    Voting for Romney is capitulation in its most extreme form. Don't like Obama's approach towards government? Get out in the streets and protest. That's what the Egyptians did.

  • Thank you all for reading and your comments.

    I had more trepidation/anxiety posting this submission than any of my other posts. My finger hovered over my mouse prior to clicking on "post" for a long time. I do not like publically blasting the most powerful person on the face of the planet-- a person I respect. I'm not Ann Coulter looking to blast good people for sport.

    But I did post it and after getting some feedback (negative and postitive) I'm glad I did. I posted this because when I started this blog its purpose was to be even handed, not pro-Obama or pro-GOP. If anything, I wanted to be pro "little-guy" (us) who doesn't have a voice.

    And I think many of us are disappointed. And we are allowed to be disappointed and even "disapprove" of Obama. But that doesn't mean we want him to fail. I certainly don't want him to fail because if he does, that means WE fail. But I think he can do better. And I hope he does. I think Bumsteer speaks for many of us, Republican and Democrat alike.

    I supported Barack Obama and probably will support him again in 2012 (depending on what the GOP gives us). I certainly didn't expect miracles from him, but I expected more.

    Thank you again for reading and especially commenting. Please keep them coming.

  • In reply to Brian C. Thomas:

    I still don't get the "depending on what the GOP gives us" part.

    Sorry to be an angry white guy, who is supposed to be on the right side, but you sound a lot like Obama when you say that.

    God, I miss angry black men sometimes. I grew up with them on the South Side of Chicago, before they all died off and became part of the history that Republicans truly desire.

  • Question: If President George W. Bush wanted to close Guantanamo Bay, would it still be open?

    Answer: President George W. Bush DID want to close Guantanamo at least by 2006, realizing what a public diplomacy disaster it had become. & ya know what? He was no better able to close it than Obama. Just because Bush fueled the fires of fear didn't mean he could control them once they were no longer useful.

    & as for Obama's deference to Congress: remember the knock on "HilaryCare," that she was too imperious, not sufficiently deferential to Congress? Its collapse doomed health care reform for nearly two decades: a lot of suffering howled in its wake. Obama got something passed, something that, given a chance (& Obama's re-election!), will relieve the suffering of multitudes.

  • In reply to Skratz:

    Obama set the standard, though, see? You are correct and I like your comment. But Obama drove millions into the streets, almost like what happened in Egypt, and he slammed us with this idea of hope that of course couldn't happen in one term.

    He carried himself in a loving crowd, and he is stumbling. Do we help him now? Or let him fail, and let this author's rich lawyer crowd, who will persevere no matter what, help shape the debate?

    I say that anybody willing to let Romney win is ok with the aftermath.

  • In reply to Skratz:

    You propose to know what Bush wanted to do with Guantanamo? Wow. I'm pretty sure the records stands against you on this one. Good try, though.

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    OBAMA SHOULD BE IMPEACHED!! He has done nothing but cause this great nation of ours hardships because of his lack of leadership and the policies that he has set forth. He may be smart but has NO CLUE what he is doing!!!

  • In reply to JoeisALWAYSRIGHT:

    Very well thought out post, Joe. Can you share your opinion of the Smurfs, too?

  • I am very dissapointed but the alternative mainly romney or run for the hills rick perry imo would be a disaster.The president has done some good things but seem floundering and not very tough especialy a guy from chicago.

  • Is the country in great shape now? No, but I think its in better shape now than it was before Obama took office, any one who's currently disappointed with President Obama was probably expecting some sort of political savior who was going to come in single handily change how everything is done which is impossible in a bureaucracy.
    I don't think its fair to say that Obama has no backbone for wanting to keep focus on the issue and rescheduling his address instead of acting like a twelve-year-old who refuses to move the date of their party which is on the same day as his friends party. Besides giving his address after the republican debate gives him a chance to respond to any issues or criticisms they may bring up.
    As far as what would Dubya do, I don't think Obama wants to leave behind the same sort of legacy Bush did. The president has to work with congress in order to get anything done, Bush got away with as much as he did because he was able to use patriotism as his sheep dog and congress bowed. Obama is a moderate democrat and I don't agree with everything he does but I think what he's doing is better than being an extreme liberal and dividing the country as Bush did, even though there seem to be more than a few crackpot representatives who seem more than happy to continue down that road. Being left leaning voter you should be able to appreciate an official with policies geared at helping low and average income citizens, do any of the republican candidates have any such ideas, or is it all about the bottom line and keeping whats mine?

  • In reply to Dell80:

    People were expecting a political saviour because his promises to be one were single-handedly what got him elected!

    Experience? Nope. Leadership? Nope. Political Saviour? He said he was.

    I wanted him to do well, but now I'm more interested in seeing who the republicans will put up. If he/she is halfway reputable, my vote is going in that direction.

  • The decision to move to his speech taken alone would not provide any evidence of a leadership void in the White House, but taken with all the other actions of the executive branch are illustrative of a pattern. Initially, it should be noted the speech would not have to be moved if it were a speech to the nation and not to a joint session of Congress, The President would need nobody's approval for a speech from the White House. It is the political decision that lead to a conflict and the White House again capitulating. We cannot continue to blame the know nothing nabobs on the right, we all know what they are doing and how they are doing it and have for some time. When the Bush tax cuts were being debated everybody was hoping that the President would stand his ground or at least extract something in return for a compromise like an increase in the debt ceiling. At the time the President stated he did not believe he needed to include the debt ceiling to the tax cuts, because he believed the Republicans would act appropriately. This flies in the face of everything he had experienced to that point, lacks vision and common sense. The President promised hope and change and gave us more of the same. His Presidency included hold overs from the previous administration, retreads from the Clinton years and precious few new faces with new ideas. Given a chance to choose a new chief of staff he choose a Daley.
    This President was faced with an unprecedented crisis, while we have thus far survived, there is no real vision as to how we navigate from this scenario. At the outset the President choose to side with Wall Street and the Big Banks, the Pharmaceutical Companies and not main street. The President and his advisors were preaching we were on the road to recovery when in fact we never started. His party had the White House and Congress, he choose an ill advised health care plan instead of focusing on the economy and jobs. Two years into his Presidency and tonight we hear about his focus on jobs when he started his Presidency with the economy in peril.
    A President does not lead from the back or allow others to shape his vision as President Obama has done. Even with Health care he presented an idea and let others shape the policy and the terms of the debate.
    A man who campaigned on hope and change gave us more of the same. The American people do not want to hear about what can pass through Congress, we want to hear what your plan and vision is for this country and its future. Challenge Congress to be obstructionist and the people will see that clearly.

    The Midterm Congressional elections were not a mandate to move to the right, but a repudiation of more of the same. We want a leader with vision and conviction, with bold ideas that work. What we saw was a President who surrounded himself with the same old political hacks. They have failed to appropriately communicate a vision and articulate their plan while having some foresight and flexibility to deal with the many challenges that appear. We want FDR not Hoover.

  • In reply to Dean:

    Applause. Very well said. I need to make that a stand alone post.

  • I voted for Obama because I expected a more liberal, reasoned, doesn't put his foot in his mouth every time he opens it, not at all like Bush president and that's not what we're getting. Granted, he's easy to listen to and I don't cringe when he opens his mouth but he's caving in to the extremist Republicans, and now even parroting extremist conservative talking points like the recent letting business off the hook for polluting because it supposedly hurts the economy. That's just nonsense and I expected better from Obama. I want a prez who pays atention to science and is more forward thinking. I want a pez who stands up to right wing extremists and tells them where to go. Compromise is one thing but rolling over and giving up is something else. Obama has given up way too much already instead of standing up to Tea Party wackos who, no matter what you give them will never appreciate it and will ALWAYS diss you and demand more. He needs to STOP giving in.

  • Obama doesn't suck. He just cares a bit too much. If anything, I think that would be his achilles heel. He gives a damn when countless others do not.

    I wouldn't get on him for moving a date for his job announcement, but I agree that it should have taken less than 2 years for him to adopt one. Maybe he was too concerned with getting health care passed or there were way too many balls to juggle (oil spill, hurricanes, drought, disasters) across the entire country along with the the tea party, and the onslaught of laws regarding repealing abortion in some capacity, immigration reform, NPR news funding and so many things that some how didn't make much news until after he made it into office.

    I was there on the 4th also. I had tickets. I'm still happy for the achivement, but yeah, I wish he could do more, step up a bit more in a few areas. I think it is too late and unfortunately, he will not win a second term unless there is a great shift. I don't see that happening, so maybe i should look at Rommney's plan too (although he didn't even know if it was free or not on Kindle- but he mentioned it was in color!

  • I think the reason Obama is having trouble acting like the president is because he doesn't know how to dress like a president. I'm tired of seeing my president, leader of the free world, dressed in an open-collared shirt, no tie, and slacks. He looks like he's going to a barbecue. I've got enough friends who dress down. I don't care if it's a republican or democrat in office . . . I want my President to look and act like the position demands. C'mon . . . you're the President of the US of A . . . dress like one. Wear a suit for goodness sakes and act decisive.

  • Did President Obama forget to tell Chicago politicians that he is running for re-election. Is this still the home town of the president's 2012 election? This is a great time to demonstrate how Chicago democrats feel about collective bargaining rights. I think that the Republicans will and should use this to their advantage. Chicago teachers need to become the poster children of the Republicans. This is going to be one of the best Fox News/Bill O'Reilly (No Spin Zone) stories ever!!!!. Obama's home state/city strips away teachers rights, school by school. -----you have now entered the no spin zone....Let the man point his finger in Bill/O'Reilly's face and cuss him out on national tv...GOOD LUCK OBAMA/ yes we can!

  • Doubtful I would agree with Mr. Thomas on much but the only reasonable rating for this Pres. is "POOR". If this 'jobs bill" (which does not exist on paper by the way) was so important and had to be done on the night of the GOP debate why the vacation first? Why a war in Libya? Why Gitmo open? Why still in Iraq? Why still in Afghanistan? The $800 billion stimulus "kept us out of a depression" is total BS. If the argument of "jobs saved or created" (an econonmic measure never used before) is accepted please look at the cost per job. This poor guy is in so far over his head it is laughable. He is the poster boy for "empty suit". Why no budget? To sit and blame his failed policies on Repubs is a stupid argument as well. Healthcare is Obama's waterloo moment like it or not and regardless of almost everything else will cost him reelection. This pres is quite possibly the most intellectualy dishonest person ever to hold the office. The "rich must pay their fair share"? Why, if this is so important, did the Dems not take it up when they controlled both houses of Congress and the Pres? The simple fact is (I could go on forever about this idiots failings) the American people have FINALLY woken up to the ruse that is Barry Sortero. Just take a minute to look in to how he won every elective office he has ever held. All of you Libs can laugh and laugh about the supposed "ignorance" of the Repub field but the POTUS will get hammered in a debate with any one of them. The man is a walking gaffe machine without a teleprompter to tell him what to say. I am not often on this site but if I am wrong and this man is relected I will come onto this site the day after and admit my opinion was wrong but I'm quite confident that will not be necessary.

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    It is the Constitution which delegates much authority to Congress --- look into it. This Congress has been unprecedentedly, nihilistically obstructionist. Republicans in Congress are deliberately hurting the economy because they don't want Obama to be re-elected.

    It is strange that someone who voted for Obama now expresses enthusiasm for the way that George W. Bush acted. Bush made our country into a global laughingstock. How soon we forget.

  • In reply to Scott:

    "Republicans in Congress are deliberately hurting the economy..."

    Wow. What are you people drinking out there? Get off the bi-partisan BS, and demand more from all of our politicians!

  • "The reason I’m reading Mitt Romney’s economic plan is because it doesn’t appear Obama has one."

    So when you say "it doesn't appear Obama has one," I think you really meant "I'm too lazy to go to whitehouse.gov and read Obama's jobs plan and/or too lazy to listen to a single one of the dozens of speeches he's given over the last two years outlining his ideas on how to grow the economy." When you say he doesn't have a jobs plan, I think you really meant "I'm going to pretend the Recovery Act never happened, the payroll tax cuts never happened, the unemployment extension never happened, the green energy initiative never happened, the push for infrastructure investments never happened, and just say 'Obama has no plan' because otherwise the core of my link-baiting 'Obama sucks' post would be demolished and I wouldn't get any traffic."

    "He’s been in office well over two years and he has to give another speech on his jobs plan? Unemployment has been over 9% for two years. Why don’t I know about his jobs plan already?"

    You would know about his jobs plans if you had bothered to visit whitehouse.gov at any point from January 2009 until now, or bothered to go on YouTube and find one of his multiple speeches on jobs. But yeah, I guess it's pretty hard to click two links in a web browser. Maybe Obama should have personally come to your house to discuss his plans with you one-on-one, that would have made it easier for you to learn.

    "And the drama about the speech highlights his real problem: the President of the United States has no spine. "

    Yes, the President of the United States has no spine. The man who bet his presidency on a risky SEAL raid that killed Bin Laden has no spine. The man who defied Congress and pushed for involvement in Libya, ultimately helping save thousands of civilians and liberate that country, has no spine. The man who doubled down on healthcare reform after the Scott Brown election and spent all his political capital get it passed has no spine. The man who made a risky bet on bailing out the auto industry, saving millions of jobs as a result, has no spine. The man who accepts responsibility for the safety and welfare of the most powerful country on earth, making life and death decisions every waking hour of the day, has no spine.

    "The President of the United States wanted to give his jobs speech on Wednesday but backed down after Republicans condemned him for his timing. I am bone tired of the President wanting to do something, Republicans blasting him for it and him backing down. It doesn’t matter what he does, Republicans will blast him; he needs to act like he’s the President rather than getting permission from John Boehner to take a piss."

    Last time I checked, our government isn't a dictatorship, but actually has three equal branches. Last time I checked, John Boehner runs the House of Representatives where Obama wanted to make his speech. So if John Boehner wants the President to speak on a certain day, the President has no authority to say otherwise. Was it disrespectful? It sure was. So blame John Boehner and the Republicans for that. Punish them at the ballot box. Oh, but instead you're going to reward Boehner's behavior by voting for Mitt Romney. Yeah, that makes sense.

    "Would George W. Bush change the timing of a speech to placate Democrats?"

    So you want Obama to be George W. Bush? Do you remember what a catastrophic failure that man was? Do you have that short of a memory?

    "Another example: President Obama wanted to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Republicans argued that security would be compromised and the prison is still open. Question: If President George W. Bush wanted to close Guantanamo Bay, would it still be open?"

    Question: Who opened Guantanamo Bay to begin with? Oh that's right, George W. Bush and the Republicans. So let me get this straight:
    1) George W. Bush and the Republicans opened Guantanamo and are responsible for the entire mess.
    2) Obama tried to close the prison, was denied by Republicans in Congress.
    3) You're pissed, so you rip Obama and threaten to vote for a Republican.
    Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

    "As much as President Bush’s policies can be questioned at least he knew he was the President and acted like it. Instead acting like the President and leading Americans, Obama tries to build consensus by giving speeches and delegates everything to Congress."

    So "building consensus" and allowing Congress to do its job is now a bad thing. Instead, Obama should act like a cowboy. He should ignore everyone he disagrees with, steamroll congress and the world to implement his radical ideology, watch as his policies backfire (tanking the world economy and making everyone hate him in the process), then blame the other side for not fixing the mess fast enough. Yeah, Bush did a heckuva job, we need more presidents to act like him.

    "Think about the debt ceiling debate, he implored Congress to get him a proposal instead of creating and fighting for his own plan. The same is true with his landmark piece of legislation, health care. Republicans mistakenly call it Obamacare, like he was the one who created it. It should be called Pelosicare. Like everything else, Obama gave speeches imploring Congress to pass universal healthcare and then went off somewhere hoping Congress would give him something sign."

    And yet he actually got a healthcare law signed, unlike 100 years of presidents before him. But hey, I guess actual results don't matter (and those 30 million people who will now get health insurance likewise don't matter). Instead, Obama should have rigidly fought for a single payer law that only 40 senators supported, let the law go down in flames like Clinton's law, then have to wait another 50 years for the next filibuster proof Democratic majority to come along. Makes sense.

    "It is a very long time until Americans decide whether Barack Obama is a one-term president. A lot of things can happen which could sway Americans back into his camp. But if Barack Obama really wants to continue being the President of the United States, he needs to get someone in the Oval Office to teach him how to act like it. If he starts acting like the President, rather than whining about Congress (which is more vulnerable than he is) and delegating everything to it, his approval ratings might go up."

    Yes, and the man who was elected president of the Harvard Law Review, elected to the Illinois state senate, elected to the U.S. senate, and elected President of the United States should take election advice from some random blogger who's never won an election in his life. That makes sense.

  • In reply to rob311:

    Hi, Michelle! So, where is your next vacation paid by tax payers' money going to be? Can't wait to see the pics! :)

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    Why does Obama suck?

    Because he is an inept, clueless, malignantly narcissistic psychotic with delusions of grandeur. He is about as qualified to run what is left of this dying nation as one of the Three Stooges. The best thing Obama could do for the American people is to admit failure and resign, but he is even too stupid to do that.

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    It's not so much about Obama being wrong as Bush being right. You mentioned being urban for instance. The whole "urban" movement is at complete variance with where we as a nation have chosen to live. In the last year numerous population trends have shown that even African-Americans have finally left the cities and moved to the suburbs...like everyone else! But the Obama Administration is saturated by people who think we should use social engineering and "transit" to put us back into one-bedroom condos in 200 story high rises. The list goes on and on for an ideology that is not middle class, but elitist and disdaining of what the average person sees as good for themselves.

    Obama was dragged down with all the crackpot schemes and hucksters who attached themselves to his name. The sad thing is...I think for his age, and his personal beliefs, I think he would have made an ok republican.

  • Wow, the undying support of leftie Obama supporters confounds the imagination! I speak as someone who voted for Obama and is grossly unimpressed with his performance on the economy and typical political sideshows.

    What none of Obama's supporters can seem to digest is the reality, that his stimulus package and policies have done very little to reverse the economies slide into depression era levels. That is a clear fact! Have the Repubs been difficult of course they have, and yet he still was given a massive stimilus package that had minimal effect on the economy. Even worst monies used to bailout out Wall street were given at below market rates, which Wall St in term sold AT market rates. What a way to reward the rats of a sinking ship.

    And yes Obama has no spine. The issue on Obama's leadership cuts sharper than his policies, his demeanor, and his political positions. His overall character is suspect. Every Obama supporter is hard pressed to answer one question. What single issue/cause has Obama nurtured and believed in prior to the election, that he would fight and spill blood for? Just one?

    Not a one, Bush (no child left behind), Hillary Clinton (universal heathcare), McCain (immigration reform), Gore (the environment).

    You can't expect a guy that publicly takes the neutral position on every tough argument, to come out fighting for anything.

    Voted "present" for the war in Iraq, railed agains the Patriot Act yet kept remnants in place, derided Wall St. (during campaign) yet propped them up, called for immigration reform (yet more immigrants deported than under Bush).

    But you now Obama's the progressive. BWAHHH!!! Obama gets a free pass from most of his diehard supporters that are made up of yellowdogs and low information voters. I get that. What I dont get is how ppl who are informed of the facts still support the guy simply because who share the same skin tone. Ridiculous.

    And for the record I'm Black. Obama is not "Black" in the same context of a person born of the Black community. His father for the record was an African exchange student, born in Hawaii, and raised in leftie intellectual university circles, and educated abroad and in prep school. Doesn't quite sound like the experiences of the Black community. But i digress.....Obama has no clothes!

  • I am a white, college-educated, conservative woman. I didn't vote for Mr. Obama, but I also didn't expect him to solve our nation's issues in 18 months. It is naive and silly to think anyone can take office and resolve problems that had their beginnings decades ago not just in the last administration. I don't envy Mr. Obama's position regardless of his party affiliation. Our current challenges are not unprecedented, but it appears the expectations of the public are.

  • The nations situation was was pretty dismal when President Obama took office and people expect him to solve a slew of problems in just under 2 years that began during the 8 year Bush administration or prior to it. It seems to me if he were given a mound of dung and made a replica of the statue of David people would complained that it stunk. I imagine it would be hard for any president to accomplish all they wanted when they have some members of congress who seem like they would rather see the capital burn than to appear to agree with him on anything.

  • We should remember that before he ran for U.S. Senate, the president was a pretty unremarkable State Senator. I mean, who really heard of him in Chicago during the '90s? What were his key accomplishments in Springfield? When he became U.S. Senator, what were his key accomplishments? What organizations has he run? Businesses. I do not think Harvard Law Review is equivalent to running a major organization. The president lacked experience needed to succeed as president. He then also chose poorly in selecting his team. They poorly advised him in handling the economic crisis. The truth is that deep down, the President has succeeded by scheming and luck. He challenged all his opponents petitions so he could run unopposed in his first primary. Scandals on both the GOP and Democratic side allowed him to win as Senator. His team outmaneuvered Clinton by racking up delagates in the small caucus states to get the nomination. So by hook and luck he has gotten to where he is today. Now we face real problems that need real solutions. When he had the political capital to push through real solutions to the crisis such as a stimulus focused on putting the hard core unemployed right to work fixing infrastructure and cleaning up our countries literal mess, instead, he and his advisors saw this as an opportunity to pay off their supporters with bucketloads of federal (stimulus) cash. The felt that simply shoveling boatload of cash out of the door would stimulate a tremendous economic recovery. They failed to understand the true nature and magnitude of the problem. Now, that they see that they basically wasted a trillion dollars we don't have to waste, they need to come back and ask for more to try to really fix the economy. Obama lost me when he bailed out the Wall Street firms but forced the no more poorly run Auto Companies into Bankruptcy. Citigroup, AIG, Goldman stockholders should have been wiped out but the government chose to invest in those companies. On the auto side, they forced the companies into bankruptcy and while the auto industry seems to be saved we forget that the stockholders- ordinary people like you and me and our pension funds lost billions. Meanwhile, if you hold Citigroup stock, you might salvage your investment courtesy of Uncle Sam. AIG was bailed out so Tim Geithner's pals at Goldman Sachs would not have to take a hit. I was totally disgusted by the total incompetence of George Bush and his team but I am not really any happier with the current occupant.

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    Still in wars in the mid east.
    Spending money to bailout the rich.
    Not stopping the war on drugs.
    Not trying to reform wall street.
    Covering up war crimes.
    Giving guns to Mexico.
    A GREAT REPUBLICAN!

  • many of you Repubs or ex democrats, now independents, are maddening! Yeah vote Republican like Cain or Rommney and get what you deserve.
    To think corporations or private enterprise will create more jobs let alone well paid and jobs with good benifits is so naive. Corporations and businesses have been doing exactly the opposite. The jobs they will create once they no longer have to be regulated (like you repubs want) will be the kind without health care, pensions, sick leave or over-time. Think Wal-mart..... 10-15 dollars and hours with nothing more then that. You rich professionals out there pushing for this kind of scenario are safe in your white corporate worlds and think of nothing about the middle class.

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    In reply to zebbie:

    So, if corporations and private enterprise don't create more jobs, where do you posit jobs come from, zebbie?

  • In reply to zebbie:

    What a STUPID statement. I am a professional Registered nurse. I was just offered a job in Texas paying $10.00/hr plus daily per diem since I don't live in the state. I said to the recruiter "are you joking?" I would jump at the chance right now to take ANY job at Walmart that's paying $10.00/hr. Nurses have to pay a big portion of their health benefits and it's only getting worse thanks to Obamacare and his medicare cuts; And in a sense you are right.....hospitals are now big corporations, yet laying off employees while the big administrators are making MILLIONS per year with not even a Master's degree. Nurses (the backbone of any hospital) are losing their jobs, doctors are closing their practices. We "professionals" DON'T GET PENSIONS. It's these big labor unions and the guys waving flags on the streets that are collecting pensions. And the government pensions....how do you think they are funded? By your hard earned TAX DOLLARS in case you didn't know. Do you really think everyone gets a pension? What rock have you been living under? PLEASE..... Define rich professional you moron. Stop blaming the republicans. You damn democrats and liberals want everything for nothing. Try working for a living, saving your money and don't spend what you don't have (in other words....don't do what the president IS DOING....spending money he DOESN'T HAVE!!

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    So the author says he is an educated lawyer. Yet he votes for an inexperienced community organizer who refuses to reveal any details of his background. This does not strike me as the sort of decision that an educated person would make. Which tells me all that I need to know.

  • In reply to Vito Boscaino:

    Vito, thanks for reading. I'm certainly NOT the most educated person of the 69.5 million people who voted for Obama in 2008. Hopefully for you those other overeducated idiots, as you imply, are not your doctor, dentist, lawyer, accountant or employer. Otherwise, you're screwed! I'm sure all the people you need to get along in this world voted for McCain, which is a good thing for you at least! The rest of us will be lagging behind you and Rush.

    Thanks again for reading!

  • I cant help but think we derailed long ago, and this last election is proof of that fact. Obama was elected because he was not a politician, and lets face it my then 2 year old may have had a shot to win the republican nomination! I am so discouraged about the state of our nation, that I've been searching my soul for answers...where do we go? Are others as upset as I in the entire political process?
    What has helped me the most.I had my cable shut off.I yelled at "occupy" protestors...I would have stayed to find out their cause, but I had to go back to work...besides,with out me slaving away they wouldn't be able to "occupy" anything!!
    Work-I expect more from my employees then I do from my elected officials...how did we get here? Integrity, when did we lose it? Honor? Commitment...I thought by sparing the rod and allowing schools and our goverment to tell us how to raise our children, we would have wiser citizens...instead all I see are selfish adults who cant read or write (at least 19%), wanting the government to take care of them...and now most are old enough to vote!

  • In reply to lessa:

    So well said. I couldn't agree with you more. I spoke to a woman from the tax assessor's office the other day and she told me to "take 1500 and "times it" by 4%." I had to bite my tongue. What the hell is this country turning into. Well, you answered it.....selfish adults who can't read or write (or speak proper English for that matter). My 8 year old niece doesn't even say "times it." Yes....the dumbing down of America is getting "worser"....lol

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    First off commend you for questioning your decision. A lot of people do not have the level of self awareness and analysis. However, I think your characterization of the president is wrong. The president's job is not to act as a dictator and make decisions without the backing of congress. The president really is a check on congress. Obama really is not much different than Bush. He signed and extended the powers of the Patriot Act. He has spent and spent just as Bush did. He doubled the number of troops in Afghanistan. Romney will be the same guy as Bush and and Obama because of they are all in the back pocket of the corporate interest groups. The real answer is to get back to the Constitution of which the country was built upon.

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    Obama needs to go. He promised everyone turn around economy, unemployment below 8%, jobs, schools, development in infrastructure and much more. What has obummer achieved? Not just spending more than any president, but any president combined. Really, healthcare? I work in the health care industry, government has more tentacles in that industry than it does in your pocketbook. Great doctors are wanting to flee to other states or countries where there is less restrictions on practicing medicine. Because we don't practice medicine, we practice treatment.

    So what else has o'bummer achieved? 207 fundraisers, 102 rounds of golf, 100's of broken promises, 100's of new ways to tax and spend on stupid government controlling programs. Facts are facts.

    HE HAS DONE NOTHING. He's not even good at golf. and his last fundraiser in Chicago, 51% populated.

    Only people who don't want to investigate how bad obama is will vote him back for another 4 years of flushing your children, and children'schildren future into the gutter.

    He touts equal prosperity. He's placating to the people who have entitlement complexes. You have to do more to get more.

    So before you elect this bozo in again,

    You have to remember the truths of life... You cannot be rich and powerful without being a jerk. You cannot be a politician without having achieved the prior, plus being inveterate liar. Third, you cannot ever be rich living off the government. Fourth, they can never be rich with you living off the government. Fifth, life never gets easier or cheaper. So apply yourself to achieve the most you can, to get all that you can. The more you create and learn, the more you will gain and earn. Enriching you and those around you. And if you don't have a heart, you'll achieve the first line.

    You can't get ahead taking the easy route. You can't get again taking handouts. Balls in your court people. Get to work. Jobs out there. Job starts with voting this HNIC out of office.

  • I have never seen collectively so many people who support a failed economy and failed president! I like what Evan said these people have an emotional attachment and the country suffers! I hope this time people are smarter!

  • While I am only a seventeen year-old, publicly educated, Negro[I've always hated "African-American", I'm not sure why, but bare with me, please.], I find myself in similar circumstances to a multitude of people here. That being that I am unable to find work. Even living in what is known as a retirement community, filled to the brim the elderly, for whom I attempt to, an in some cases, do housework[Painting, floor tiling, replacing shingles on roofs, etc., etc.] for, but even when they are able to hire for these jobs, which as I said, is rare, that is all I am able to do.
    No matter to what extent I branch out to, even looking for work twenty miles away, and further, from my home, I find myself unable to find work even during the summer, a difficult feat in Rehoboth, DE to be sure. Not because I am unqualified, but because the business owners, both small and large, don't have the funds to hire new employees, due in no small part to Obama's "Taxing the rich". The "Rich" aren't just "overweight felines" as many on the left, some of whom are wealthy themselves, to which I say "Where is your "Fair share?", would suggest, but are the small business owners as well.
    I personally never had hopes for Obama, because I, unlike my classmates, both then and now, actually knew a thing or two about the man. Such as his socialistic beliefs, "Redistribution of the wealth.", as mentioned in a voice recording of his from the 90's and later in his autobiography, is not something I felt comfortable with.

    [I would like to stop and apologize, I realize now that I am rambling to an from different topics.]

    While I will be unable to vote in the upcoming election, I still have the hopes that Mitt Romney will be elected, he is not a "quick fix", but he is an intelligent businessman who is, without a doubt the best hope this country has.

    -Steven Gary. "Gary."
    -I would also like to apologize if any of the statements I have made are found to be factually incorrect.

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    In reply to Gary:

    "I'm not sure why, but bare with me, please."

    I'm supposed to get naked now?

  • This article is a waste. It's amazing it's had so many hits. Worthless. The Pres can't do anything without congressional approval -- that point alone, plus the fact that impatient Americans such as yourself elected a bunch of Tea Party idiots, invalidates your main argument. Politicians run scared. You should know that. He's a second term bloomer.

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    Dan - first, you are wrong. The President can do a whole lot without congressional approval. Second, the article isn't about legislative process; it is about the fact that we have a spineless jellyfish in the white house whose solution to every problem is to throw trillions of dollars (read taxpayer money) at it and then blame the wealthy or congress or republicans or a stupid cartoon about a Muslim prophet when things don't go his way. The man is an economic, political, fiscal and social disaster and needs to see the other side of the unemployment line that he has mushroomed during his incompetent presidency (lower case intended!)

  • Entertaining... one candidate is a multimillionaire and a friend to billionaires and the other an errand boy to multimillionaires and billionaires. (same with Clinton and most other US presidents (Bush excepted as well)) before someone takes issue with the word errand boy) Both parties have the same head just different dramas to entice those who still don't see the illusion. The only way out of this mess is to vote third party which will be a vote against the existing farce of a system and a vote for the possible change of the national conversation. There was an opportunity to vote for Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich but that chance was avoided by voters driven by fear. Either party is a wasted vote so why not have fun and screw up the masters of our lives. Peace Out.

  • Has anyone else been alive in the United States for the last four years??? That's really all I have to say.

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    hey two words he sucks

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    Another example of the quality journalism for which Chicago Now has become known!

  • this barack obalma is the mosted kocksucker ive ever seen on the internet!! what a looser and shit head bum weirdo sissy ice creem eaten homo!! obadough yo your an insult to all men i said men of good will you county jail punk!!

  • obozoo the masted hated man in the world i wouldnt want that rap on my head you moron!

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