Why I am disappointed with Obama

  • silverfox

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    Aug 12, 2010 2:20 AM GMT
    It has little to do with his policies or his appointments. I believe that anyone who inherited this mess would have had similar results.

    But what is missing for me.....is the inspiration.

    During the worst of times Presidents such as Franklin Roosevelt never lost the ability to inspire. There were questions whether the programs implemented during his Presidency actually helped.....but he never lost the ability to lead.

    And this is what surprises me.
    Obama is not leading.


    Thoughts?
  • creature

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    Aug 12, 2010 2:32 AM GMT
    I don't think there's really been a president in our modern times who qualifies as a "leader." Well, not the way we would want to see them. It's partly them, but mostly it's the hold that corporations and special interests have on our government. We need someone to come to Washington who isn't set out to make nice, but rather to cut through the bs and get things done as they truly see fit.
  • KepaArg

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    Aug 12, 2010 2:39 AM GMT
    Can we switch presidents for a month? The only good ''La Reina'' did was strongly and vocally support gay marriage and adoption and signed it as soon as it passed congress, but overall she makes me depressed.
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    Can I ask you....does it bother you that Obama is on twitter and/or facebook and youtube to ''connect'' with the public. Does appearances on shows like ''The View''. Always uses pop culture references to lame people like Snooki in addresses?

    Again, I can't answer your question as I'm not there.

    However, I'm in the same boat- I wish I had a president that lead our country to it's former pre-1940s glory and stopped stealing from the people.


  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 12, 2010 2:44 AM GMT
    KepaArg said

    However, I'm in the same boat- I wish I had a president that lead our country to it's former pre-1940s glory and stopped stealing from the people.





    I'm sure Warren G. Harding would be the first to agree....
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    Aug 12, 2010 3:51 AM GMT
    In my mind, I can easily see Obama sneaking to a secluded bathroom, pulling out a Newport and blasting "What Do You Want From Me." It should really be his theme song. icon_rolleyes.gif

    I dont think Ive ever seen a president, who's actually trying receive such BS criticism. I remember all the knocks bushhead took, and the idiot deserved it all and much more. He most definitely wasnt a leader and his 2 terms will go down in history books under 'WTF were you americans thinking?'

    But Obama IS trying, he's doing everything he should be. As I see it, his only flaw is he needs to stop being so damn nice and put the haters and finger-pointers in check and remind them who's in charge.
  • silverfox

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    Aug 12, 2010 3:52 AM GMT
    Hey I just wished he was the guy who was doing the campaigning. I mean, when they asked him how we could cut down on fuel consumption his answer, plain and simple was "keep your tires inflated." This was brilliant....and true!

    Sad to say this is probably one of the highlights of his Presidential years for me.

    It just feels like.....every decision goes through "the think tank". Whether he is or is not an "elitist".....he sure is perceived as one by me at least.
  • swimbikerun

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    Aug 12, 2010 4:07 AM GMT
    What have you done to help your community?
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    Aug 12, 2010 4:09 AM GMT
    Oldscorp saidIn my mind, I can easily see Obama sneaking to a secluded bathroom, pulling out a Newport and blasting "What Do You Want From Me." It should really be his theme song. icon_rolleyes.gif

    I dont think Ive ever seen a president, who's actually trying receive such BS criticism. I remember all the knocks bushhead took, and the idiot deserved it all and much more. He most definitely wasnt a leader and his 2 terms will go down in history books under 'WTF were you americans thinking?'

    But Obama IS trying, he's doing everything he should be. As I see it, his only flaw is he needs to stop being so damn nice and put the haters and finger-pointers in check and remind them who's in charge.


    Agreed.
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    Aug 12, 2010 4:30 AM GMT
    Oldscorp said
    But Obama IS trying, he's doing everything he should be. As I see it, his only flaw is he needs to stop being so damn nice and put the haters and finger-pointers in check and remind them who's in charge.


    What's amazing to me is that he's had 1 1/2 years barely, and the carping and criticisms are the sort that would be fair, let's say, after at least one term. It shows me that the whining is coming from those who just lost an election.

    Why? No reasonable person would be blaming the President for anything at this point....even the economy. Of course it DOES matter if his economic policies fail.

    But, the fact of the matter is that Obama himself (and many economists along the way) expected the deficit to go up, unemployment to go up INITIALLY and then recoup. So I was trying to figure out why, if this is true, that people are using the fact that unemployment has gone up and so has the deficit as "proof" of failed policies...policies that are not even 1 1/2 years old.

    Unemployment has started to decrease, by the way.

    It's why I find the endless carping, and whining, here on RJ about "failed policies" so much BS. By the way, he still inspires me. Anyone that take the sniping he's taken, and maintain his sense of humor and equanimity is to be admired, in my book.
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    Aug 12, 2010 4:54 AM GMT
    The first paragraph of this post by Glenn Greenwald, replete with documenting links, explains (in ironic fashion) why many of us are disgusted by Obama:

    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/08/10/gibbs/index.html

    Continuing policies that actually violate the Constitution and looking for ways to get around court decisions in that respect indicate a lot of "trying" -- trying to do the wrong thing, things Obama specifically opposed as a candidate.

    Also read Update II of the post if you're convinced it's only the rabble who are disgusted with Obama.

    There's a lot more to Obama's disappointments than his action on the economy.
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    Aug 12, 2010 5:04 AM GMT
    silverfox1 saidIt has little to do with his policies or his appointments. I believe that anyone who inherited this mess would have had similar results.

    But what is missing for me.....is the inspiration.

    During the worst of times Presidents such as Franklin Roosevelt never lost the ability to inspire. There were questions whether the programs implemented during his Presidency actually helped.....but he never lost the ability to lead.

    And this is what surprises me.
    Obama is not leading.


    Thoughts?


    I disagree...he might not be out there gallivanting and being dramatic with his role as president but he is doing his job as a leader. He knows the issues that are affecting the people of the United States and he is work ing with his Democratic party to try and solve these issues. Rome wasnt built in a day and in order for this country to come back to its glorious standing..one must be patient and sympathetic to the leader of the "so called free world". Now if this man was not a good leader..or a smart one..he would not have realized that the individuals responsible for the education of youth were public schools teachers and he would not have worked with his party to come up with a bill to save their jobs. President Obama is tackling the issues facing this country level by level. I wish some of you Americans would just have patience. Read this.
    http://www1.voanews.com/learningenglish/home/President-Signs-Bill-Protecting-Teachers-Jobs---100481599.html
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    Aug 12, 2010 5:15 AM GMT
    Obama has done a lot of good and I don't think any president could have fixed our current mess as quickly as a lot of people seem to want. Also, I think that given the revolutionary nature of Obama's candidacy, a lot of people projected their hopes and dreams on to him and are now disappointed that he hasn't already filled all of them. I voted for the man and am glad I did.

    That said, I do have my disappointments and I think the big/main one is his apparent need to please Republicans more than Democrats. It honestly makes no sense to me. Obama needs to stop making nice and start being a bastard like LBJ was.
  • calibro

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    Aug 12, 2010 5:27 AM GMT
    oh i think it has plenty to do with his policies and appointments. the guys gets under my skin like no other.
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    Aug 12, 2010 6:58 AM GMT
    Well always count blessings: it could have been McCain and Palin. Remind yourself of that when Obama´s actions don´t even travel in the same direction as his lofty words. He is too fearful and too conservative, trying, absurdly, against experience and against wisdom, to make the Party of No say "Yes we can". HELL NO THEY WON´T.

    But, I repeat, it could have been

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    I resubmit this article. read it.

    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/08/10/gibbs/index.html