I think Obama has done a good job of being President. He said, and we all acknowledge, that he is not perfect. We've never had a perfect president.
He does not do things or accomplish things the way certain folks would have him go about it. He does not rush in where fools fear to tread. He takes his time. That is his way and I respect him for doing it his way. Not always the way I would have like him to respond or act, I admit.
I know the buck stops with him. But NO president has ever started his term as president having had a bunch of Republicans meet in some place immediately after he was elected and vow not to let him pass or do ANYTHING. They said what they meant, and meant what they said. The Congress of No. Would they have reacted differently if he had invited them over to the White House to chat more often? I think not. I recall he invited them over and sometimes they did not even accept the invitation or go over there.
When the GOP insisted that Obama "give" them something in order to pass something he wanted, they asked for ridiculous/unreasonable "gives."
It is not difficult to see/observe, the GOP treats our president like a pile of _____. They do not respect him. And, it is not because he is a poor/bad/bogus president.
Certain faction in the South and Confederate flag wavers live in a fantasy world. They are sometimes the cruelest people I have ever met or heard of. The Civil War was over long time ago. We are one United States of America.
I like my president Obama and feel he has done the best he could have done with what little cooperation the Congress has given him. His accomplishments are many and he will be remembered for a lot of good things. Maybe even health insurance. [Yep] We are all computer people here. We know what a gigantic computer program was being rolled out for the first time with so many complex facets. I hope I hope it works out to the good of all who need health coverage and I believe in the end, it will.
Agreed. mostly. Let's not forget the absolute total sh!tbucket he was handed on day one. Let's not forget the "secret" GOP meeting on his Inaugaration day to do any and everything to make him fail. And so on.... Rookie material? Yep. But, hey, we elected him and unless I see the GOP actually working with him even a little bit.. the teeniest bit and he still failed.. then maybe I could lay the blame at his feet. He's been cock-blocked worse than any President I can remember.
Well, Darlin'. Am I disappointed? On some levels, yes. On others, not in the least. Normally, I follow the if a job's worth doing, it's worth doing right rule. But given the political landscape and the partisan polarization we've seen for too many years, I've got to be happy with do the best you can. And I think Obama has come close to that.
I think the ACA is the best example of that. Far from perfect but a step forward. Some other, earlier legislation has been way gooder than what we'd have had under McCain or could have expected under His Romnimpotence.
At this point, I just wanna get through '14 and hope that '16 will bring some sanity and relief. And will I vote for Hillary if she runs? Can't say right now, because I see a Clinton admin as another "derangement" syndrome on the right. And who wants another 4 or 8 years of that?
If you think the people must be disappointed with him imagine how disappointed he must be with us (U.S.)
Here we had someone who genuinely cared about the issues making life next to impossible to live with... The lack of gay rights, the lack of healthcare, fraudulent banking organizations and credit card co.s, catastrophic bankruptcies leading to foreclosures... you name it...
Even though we were bleeding out of every orifice due to the last greedy twerp he tried to put things right
He appointed the best people, helped laws to be passed.. all he was asking of U.S. was that we DO THE RESEARCH... learn the ins & outs of programs put in place to help us, support them and his efforts on our behalf (and help each other to better understand and take advantage of these various programs for those less tech & research savvy.)
But What Did He Get? Whinging, Beaching & Moaning!
"We don't get it!” "We don't understand how it works!"
..and instead of THANX......... he gets BLAME!
"It's OBAMA’S FAULT For Not Using 27 8x10 color glossy photographs with circles & arrows and paragraphs on the back of each one explaining what it was to be used for.” (Not to mention the aerial photography. )
IMO It's like being given a FREE Copy of "PHOTOSHOP" then whining because you're too dumb to figure it out.
_________________________ . "...or am I a butterfly dreaming she's a woman?"
Loc: Pinellas Park, Florida
Man in checkout line bemoaning the "horrors" of the ACA, staing that his daughter's insurance provider changed her policy to less coverage and her doctor no longer accepts her insurance. Asked whether she had checked her options on the ACA exchange, he emphatically replied, "No!"
There is no help for people who will not help themselves.
The only thing President Obama "FAILED" at was failing to realize he'd be continuously held back from getting more done because we demanded everything be SPOON-FED to us like cranky children while we kicked & fussed as bad as the Repugnican'ts.
...nor that we'd be infiltrated by Tokyo Roses who'd doggedly harp upon & help spread the doubt & fear learned at Rush Limbaugh's knee just for the sake of making idle conversation.
_________________________ . "...or am I a butterfly dreaming she's a woman?"
I feel pretty much the same way. I knew that President Obama would never suit whatever crazy-ass, Paul Wellstone/Russ Feingold northern progressive fantasy I had for the office. I didn't expect though that I would be so unenthusiastic about the things he did right (foreign policy), so disheartened about the things Republicans sabotaged (fiscal policy and health care), and so disappointed in the policy area that I care most about, education.
There have been some terrible, borderline racist education secretaries in our history (William J. Bennet), but Arne Duncan is one of the most clueless and damagingly ignorant sacks of puss ever to occupy that office. The few things that the DoE has done right over the last five years have been watered down far enough not to matter. Everything else they have done has been damaging to future generations of students.
That said, I don't regret any of my votes for President Obama. Given the circumstances, he has built up a record that will probably look better in a number of years when all of the pettiness of day-to-day politics is forgotten. Soon enough, we'll have another open primary and it'll be cool to vote in another presidential primary.
There also seems to be some progressive energy around Chicago these days in part because of the worst of the Obama Era that came home and decided to slither his way into the mayor's office. Rahm is organizing progressive opposition in Chicago the exact same way that Bush seemed to rally Democrats all over the place.
I try to be optimistic.
The Blackhawks have also won two Stanley Cup Championships during the Obama Presidency. So there's that.
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