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  •  The big difference (7+ / 0-)

    Both Kennedy and LBJ did not have to fight Congress the way Obama has. It's easy to look strong when your party controls both Congress and the White House.

    Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

    by moviemeister76 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 06:22:03 PM PST

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    •  In a way, you are accurate, but Obama (0+ / 0-)

      has not even tried half the time.  He caves before he even starts.  The biggest problem with Obama is one of integrity.  He makes wonderful promises that only the most naive people believe anymore.  His word means nothing and that is not good.  He is great in situations where he can relate to common people...that is his strength...but it proves to be ineffective because his policies do not reflect the same type of concern.

      If Obama was not strong enough to tackle the Congress he inherited, he should never have run for the presidency.  That might sound callous, but these are very dangerous times and they require a very strong leader, which he is not.  One of his biggest failures also is on climate change.  His record has been abysmal, and it is the single most important issue facing our nation/the world at this moment.

      Part of the problem might be the changes in attitudes of the younger Democratic base.  This group is way too callous and indifferent to the suffering of others, which is the total opposite of how liberals felt during the 60s.  They just do not believe Obama is doing that bad.  They have no idea how many problems they are going to have to deal with because of his policies.

      •  You're making massive generalizations (4+ / 0-)
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        And many of them are nonsense. You're doing the typical "blame the young liberals" when it's the older ones in power who are doing nothing to change things. It is the older people in power who are putting forth callous policies. And quite frankly, the liberals of the 60s are the ones in power right now in the Democratic Party. It is never good to generalize.

        Your generalizations about Obama are also not really accurate. There is no Democrat who could have done better. The GOP decided before Obama even took office that they were going to try and ruin him. They would have done it for any Democrat. They are following Newt Gingrich's old playbook from the 1980s to the letter. Luckily for the country, it only worked out for them in 2010.

        I would argue that the folks who are callous are all the people here on DKos who think it's great that we are likely going to go over the fiscal cliff. It might not hurt a lot of members here, but the fiscal cliff is going to have real consequences for the most vulnerable in this country the instant we go over. Perhaps the reason the president has been struggling so hard to make a deal is because he cares more about the people who depend on unemployment benefits than Democrats who only care about how Obama looks.

        Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

        by moviemeister76 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 07:50:41 PM PST

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        •  Or perhaps, he is just wrong. (0+ / 0-)

          I'm sorry that you think people of my generation are callous.  That is not what I experienced when growing up.  We were very concerned about people in general and we worked very hard to rectify a lot of wrongs.  You should have been there.  It was much harder than anything Obama has encountered, and yet we had the courage to see it through until we won.  We were demonized, spit on, called every despicable name in the book, but we succeeded in changing the political climate in D.C.  We won a lot of victories for the poor, minorities, and women.

          The younger people that I was referring to are the ones who sit by idly and watch innocent children killed by drones and never raise their voices in protest; they're the ones who watch the destruction of our planet but never protest when Obama allows another energy company to rape our land; they are the ones who watch Obama put our social safety net programs on the negotiating table and instead of protesting they scream at all of us oldies to stfu.  They are the ones who believe there is nothing wrong with breaking campaign promises; to them, it is just politics as usual.

          They have no problem with the 17 million children who go to bed hungry everynight.  As long as they can point the fingers at the Republicans, they don't have to feel responsible for enabling a President who has all but ignored the poorest people in our country.

          If you're not one of those type of people, then I have no problem with you.

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