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  •  conservatives think (5+ / 0-)
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    Smoh, cocinero, zizi, Matt Z, WakeUpNeo

    ...their side has capitulated on everything, so to me that means Obama has been a pragmatic, moderate leader who yes, compromises to get things done.

    clearly, the American people agree and that's why we reelected him. the ideological purity demanded of Obama by some liberals is no different than Teabag extremism. it's naive and selfish.

    Obama isn't President of the Liberals. He's President of the United States and i think he has been very effective and accomplished a great deal.

    "An inglorious peace is better than a dishonorable war." -Mark Twain

    by humanistique on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:07:32 AM PST

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    •  Neither is he a (0+ / 0-)

      particularly liberal President.  President Obama is who he is and, in my opinion, focuses very hard on compromise in most cases and sometimes to his detriment.  That doesn't make him a bad President but just because he was re-elected doesn't make him a great President.  Heck Bush was re-elected.  What we do know is that more people thought he was better than Romney.  Not necessarily a great measuring stick but it was the only one he had.

      "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

      by newfie on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:56:56 AM PST

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      •  good, bad, indifferent (1+ / 0-)
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        Expecting more of Obama does not equate to "ideological purity", methinks.

        I voted for him twice - I hope and still hope for change.

        However, I remain seriously disappointed.

        His continuation and expansion of unprecedented and dubiously legal foreign policies of rendition, imprisonment and assasination should be troubling for EVERY American.

        Turning the blind eye of Dept. of Justice away from even investigating war crimes,  "cutting deals" with feloneous mortgage banking, aggressively persecuting whistleblowers and escalating the "war" on drugs are grevious short comings.

        Affordable Health Care, ok, a compromise that improves the policy and leaves open hope for an even better future.  However, under cutting it by negotiating the "Grand Bargain" to undermine the foundations of Medicare and Social Security is wrong and demands citizen action to prevent.

        My overall point is this -  Obama could do ALOT more with executive power.  Compare his record of action to Bush, Clinton, Nixon, et. al.   He has taken very little action.

        Yes, I am liberal.  No, I am not satisfied with Obama just being the Un-Rmoney/Un-Bush.

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