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No I’m not kidding, I’m completely serious.  Name another president who came into power with nearly every bank and scores of major U.S. corporations facing bankruptcy.  Name another president who walked into a housing market that had 1 in 4 American mortgage holders underwater and literally millions losing their homes in foreclosure.

Name another president who walked in to month after month of over 500K job losses.  Name another president who walked in to two unpaid for ground wars that were poorly run and creating chaos in our image across the world.  Name another president who had to deal with the worst oil spill in U.S, history and a crashing stock market.

Name another president that had to deal with a 24-hour news network that spins, slants or lies about every single thing he says.  Name another president who had to deal with an angry tea party that organized the week he stepped into power. Name another president who is leading a House that routinely brags about shutting down the government and defaulting on the nation’s debt.

Name another president who has been accused of being Un-American, a terrorist a socialist and Marxist on national TV. Name another president with a kazillion “new” web-sites and blogs that spin lies and embellish everything he says.

Name another president who has to deal with dozens of manufactured and organic uprisings in the Middle East with tyrants and former allies murdering their own people.

Name another president who had all of those events happening simultaneously during his first two years in office.

And still, In the face of all of this, he has passed, compromised or have “in the works” 78% of the 500 promises he made according to He has only broken 11% of his promises but if you read the 44 of them carefully, he tried to get most of them passed as well.

When one honestly considers the difficulties he’s had to manage over the past 2.5 years, you have to admire this great president.  He gets screamed at daily from the left, accused and lied upon from the right and completely stonewalled by congress. He gets blamed for everything and credited for nothing but he keeps fighting to improve the lives of average Americans.

Obama is one of the greatest presidents of all time because of his intellect, temperament and heart.  He’s a pragmatist that focuses on the possible and is willing to give up the best scenarios to get 80% of what he wants done.  Hillary Clinton didn’t deliver a Public Option nor did she help Americans get insurance with pre-existing conditions.  She failed because she tried to operate in a vacuum and impose her will on the congress—it never works.

Obama fixed the banks, nearly doubled the value of the market and is winding down both wars. While unemployment is still high, he still has managed to get 17 straight months of modest private sector job  growth. He has stopped the oil leak in the Gulf and is repaying claimants for their losses.  He has reversed Clinton’s DADT policy and saved GM.  He captured and killed America’s greatest enemy which Bush, Cheney nor Clinton ever done.

Think about this for a second, conservatives honestly believe Reagan was one of the greatest presidents of all time. Do you believe Obama is already better than Reagan?

What Obama needs most is a second term so he can free himself from the grind of campaigning and raising money to share more of his heart.  Obama is a great president because of his pure heart—a heart that is sometimes clouded because of exterior forces or political expediency.  But it’s still there.  

That community organizer who worked with the churches; that young senator who fought for the family farmers is still there.  That guy who fought for better education and who truly wants all Americans to have good health is still there.  That guy who has been beaten and battered by so many manufactured and real events is still standing.  

He remains a thoughtful, effective and pragmatic leader with a pure heart.

Yes, he’s already one of America’s greatest presidents and we need to give him the chance to finish what he started.

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Listen Mike, I know you blog here from time to time so I hope you’ll get a chance to read this.  I’m writing you personally to let you know you’re making me look bad.

Why me?

Because I’m a pragmatic, progressive democrat with a realistic approach to foreign policy.  

When you said OBL “wasn’t killed he was executed,” you jumped the shark in my opinion.

You see, I was totally against the unjust Iraq war and I was proud of the way you fought so hard against the neocons.

But this?

No my brother, this is where we part.

You want me to cry a river for the man who terrorized this country for two decades? Do you want me to slam Obama for keeping his promise to kill OBL even if he was hidden away in Pakistan?  You want me to worry about OBL being taken to some prison and awaiting a fake trial—with all of the international drama only to be“executed” on American soil?  

I don’t this so.

Mike, Mike, Mike, that’s some irrational stuff you’re articulating man—too pure, too unrealistic, too irrational and yes you’re making me look bad.  

You see, Obama has broken the meme of the weak-kneed, sandal wearing, democrats who smoke peace-pipes in times of war.  He has torn down Cheney’s tall tales about how our party can’t protect the United States. He’s destroyed the fraudulent belief that it takes massive armies to find those who desire to harm us. He has erased the memories of so many failed military operations by Clinton and Carter.  

You see, I’m a liberal democrat but I also come from a family of warriors who have fought for this country since the civil war.  I understand “just” military interventions, and reject “unjust” wars. I understand my rural brothers and sisters dying for all the wrong reasons—while the Heritage Foundation neocons plan new schemes.  

I get all of that.

However, I also understand that when OBL created his plan that flew hundreds of “terror-filled-Americans” on four “stolen American planes” and crash them into “three important American buildings” and kill “thousands of innocent Americans” in the process --he had to pay the ultimate price.  

We needed to meet him in his home while he was still dreaming and belching after a good meal and wake him up with a group of angry “Americans” in his bedroom.  And, before he could hit some detonating button or pull another Toro Bora they "rightly" said “night, night”—just as Obama promised.

So, no---Michael Moore, this is where we part.

I reject your idealistic version of liberal America.

Back away now from your nutty OBL statements while there is still time because you’re making us look bad.

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Crossposted from The People's View

Last Friday, the Obama Administration finally cut a deal with the Republican House that averted the shut down of the Government while the Republicans were boasting that the spending deal provided the biggest budget cuts in history to only find out how they have been outsmarted by the Administration and lo and behold according to the CBO, the budget deal actually will cut spending by only $352 Million this year.

But, some who always get caught by surprise after President Obama makes his decisions (which I don't understand why people are surprised) nonetheless said,

...the President is the world's worst negotiator and progressives must stand up to the president.

...President Obama is the most dangerous President in the history of our party.

...the President is missing in action and questioned where "this bland, timid guy who doesn’t seem to stand for anything in particular" is?  Side note: Could it be that he is working with the terrorists to blow America? Good grief/shrug.

They said, the President "has destroyed the hopes of millions, and shifted power and wealth in the direction of those who are fueled by hatred and anger" and continues to ignore "me" when I write diary after diary telling you (Mr. President) what you should be doing. How dare you ignore me?

Glen Greenwald a few days ago said,

Obama agreed to billions of dollars in cuts that will impose the greatest burden on the poorest Americans. And now, virtually everyone in Washington believes, the President is about to embark on a path that will ultimately lead to some type of reductions in Social Security, Medicare and/or Medicaid benefits under the banner of "reform.

Well, they went on and on and on just throwing jabs that mis-characterizes the President and his administration in the worst possible light.

You would think after the tax deal that was demonized late last year before the details were even out but is benefiting so many Americans would have been a lesson to hold our tongues before jumping the gun but no, all hell did break lose even before we saw the tax deal details because the President found a common ground with the Republican House majority.

Well, was it not the same story all over again with this budget deal to avert a Government shutdown?

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I am not here referring to the prima facie differences in functionality implemented in the shift to DK4. I have other things in mind.
Rather, I'm going to try to expand on a very narrow concept slinkerwink describes in this diary, and speak to the larger syndrome.

I am more concerned with what appear to be changes in site policy, rather than superficial things such as this ugly-ass, stupid, squiggly eyesore that looks like it came off a thrift-store sofa, below which I will continue.


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There is so much misinformation that get circulated in some progressive/liberal blogs, it is quite inconceivable how much we do ourselves a disservice to promote our own cause.

I think it is important to make sure that we all have the facts straight on the tax deal that was made late in December of 2010 and that it is crystal clear so that there is no misunderstanding of what its intended purpose was and the fact that it is only a two years extension that is suppose to expire by 2012.

AGAIN, IT IS ONLY A TWO YEAR EXTENSION and it is not going to be PERMANENT as some would like to spin it.

I don't believe many ask the question about how they would feel had the tax deal was not struck and that they will be paying $3,000 more in their taxes on the average or that they won't receive a $1000 per-child tax credit up to $3,000 or those 7,000,000 unemployed Americans won't collect any kind of unemployment income or lose a $2,500 in tax savings to help pay for their children college tuition, and on and on.

However, averting the Government shut down by compromising with a Republican Majority congress in fact will only reduce the actual budget from the 2009 level by only $33 Billion and not by the $73 Billion in imaginary, government-speak dollars that is now characterized and framed according to one DailyKosblogger as:

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Crossposted from The People's View

I am not just a blind follower of my President even though some do think that about me but I really don't give a damn about what people say especially from those who are hell bent to destroy him. The facts are irrefutable for why I support my Democratic President. I classify myself as a well informed pragmatist progressive/liberal who is results oriented. To that effect, look no further than what President Obama and the Democratic Congress have accomplished in the last two years. After all, progressive means to make progress and there is no better person to lead America to progress than President Obama if you look at what he has accomplished to date.

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Crossposted from The People's View

Some good news on the Jobs front.

The economy has added 216k jobs in the month of March lowering the unemployment number to 8.8%. It is obvious something is working so why do Republicans want to push a spending bill that economist Mark Zandi says will cost 700,000 jobs as Ezra Klein reported in the Washington Post article.

Does it not seem like such an insane idea to continue to push down working Americans? It is quite inconceivable a party that was shouting "where are the jobs" is now actually working to wipe out jobs that have been made in the last three months.

And then we have John Boehner's HELL YOU CAN'T rant where he thinks getting rid of Government employees and having them stand on the Unemployment line is perfectly fine to him.

They really hate America, don't they?

Seriously, since January 2010, this means we have created 1.7 million private sector jobs. At 200K new jobs a month for the next 9 months, 1.8 million new jobs can be created reducing unemployment well below 8%. That is progress I can believe in and why I am grateful for the leadership of the Obama Administration while the road ahead is still rough.

Don't you just love this graph?  

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch)-- Job growth accelerated in March, the Labor Department said Friday. Total nonfarm payrolls increased by 216,000, higher than the 192,000 gain expected by Wall Street economists. The unemployment rate ticked lower to 8.8% in March from 8.9% in the previous month. This is the lowest unemployment rate since March 2009. Economists had expected the unemployment rate to rise to 9.0%. Average hourly earnings were flat at $22.87. Economists had been expecting a 0.2% gain. Earnings are up 1.7% in the past year. The average workweek was unchanged at 34.3 hours.

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Jon Stewart really lit into the potential Republican presidential contenders for 2012.  I mean, seriously, for all the potential candidates Jon highlighted, the material he used can and should be used by some Democratic group to throw back at them in an ad in the general election for whichever one comes out of the GOP primary.  To not do so would be political malfeasance.

NEWT GINGRICH (3/27/2011): I have two grandchildren - Maggie is 11, Robert is 9.  I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they're my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists.
I don't want to... obviously, I don't want to nitpick this, but how could a secular atheist country be dominated by religious extremists?  I mean, you can have one but I don't believe you can have the other.  Atheist Islamists... atheist Islamists.  So is an atheist Islamist, what, do they pray five times a day to a God they don't believe exists?  Is that...?

Of course, Gingrich has had to fight twice as hard for the vote in Republican Base-i-stan because his values voter cred is somewhat damaged by his Value-pak amount of wives.  But he's working hard to explain his past infidelities.

NEWT GINGRICH (3/9/2011): There's no question that at times in my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard, and that things happened in my life that were not appropriate.
"Yes, I strayed.  But she was wearing a flag-pin on her vagina.  To not fuck that would let the terrorists win, and I....."
Video and transcript below the fold.
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There is new evidence that Obama-bashing is really a limited foray.

According to a new CBS poll, Americans aren’t blaming him for the state of the economy, and they oppose Republican austerity efforts.

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President George W. Bush had refused  for a number of years in the past to endorse a U.N. declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of gays and lesbians around the world in an efforts to make it a worldwide policy.

Well, we do live in the present and it has been indeed a time for CHANGE where America is witnessing a sea of changes and broad transformative short and long-term policies being implemented by the Obama Administration in a wide range of issues affecting Americans.

Yesterday was one of those days again where the Administration stood tall and draw the line stating that human rights "are the inalienable right of every person, no matter who they are or who they love" acknowledging that discrimination against gays and lesbians around the world is unacceptable and must be fought and stopped.

Obama administration calls on United Nations to support gay rights by Julie Mianecki, Washington Bureau:

"Human rights are the inalienable right of every person, no matter who they are or who they love," Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, U.S. ambassador to the council in Geneva, said in a statement. "The U.S. government is firmly committed to supporting the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals to lead productive and dignified lives, free from fear and violence."


Last weekend, in a statement with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, President Obama announced the creation of a government position to monitor gay rights in the Western Hemisphere.

Fred Sainz, vice president of communications at the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights advocacy group, said the U.S. was finally stepping into the role it should have held all along as a worldwide leader in promoting equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

"For those who have been denied their equality for decades, change will never come soon enough," Sainz said. "But there should also be no doubt that in the past two years more positive change for and on behalf of gay people has been made than ever before."

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Part 3 features reports from the Department of Defense:

- The U.S. military's role in providing aid to Japan (Operation Tomodachi).

- Updates on the strikes against Qaddafi's defenses (Operation Odyssey Dawn), including the President's announcement of his authorization of U.S. support for the international effort.

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Part 2 features:

- The President's Nowruz message, in which he directly addresses the people of Iran

- The President's Weekly Address, in which he discusses the importance of strengthening our economic partnership with Latin America, opening global markets and increasing exports to create more good jobs in the U.S.

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