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  •  I'm glad it's a lesson he finally learned (17+ / 0-)

    It drove me crazy for 2 1/2 years, as I'm sure it did many here, to watch him accede to and appease the Rs even when they acted their most crazy and hate-filled - and I think it was reflected in approval polls of the time, when his ratings dropped to the low 40s.

    Bqhatevwr, dude. Srsly. Bqhatevwr.

    by Fordmandalay on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 07:01:13 PM PST

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    •  Don't forget that he took all (33+ / 0-)

      that abuse in order to prove what a lot of this country is finally figuring out.  Republicans are all about the wealthy. It wasn't a mistake it was a plan, and it got the RW nutters actually saying what they mean, fighting for tax breaks for the wealthy and rejecting every jobs bill.  their unpopularity is not a fluke.

      I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

      by I love OCD on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 07:59:31 PM PST

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      •  Exactly (13+ / 0-)

        Well said     :)

        "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

        by Onomastic on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 09:43:00 PM PST

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      •  So he planned to allow them to take the House (7+ / 0-)

        in 2010 and actually give them power to stop anything he wants to propose? If that was all part of the plan, it was a deeply flawed plan.

        If there is no accountability for those who authorized torture, we can no longer say that we are a nation of laws, not men.

        by MikePhoenix on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 10:31:03 PM PST

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        •  they took the house because of gerrymandering. (2+ / 0-)
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          i'm not convinced there was much we could've done either way on that one, frankly.

          I think the evidence is clear that without their gerrymandering Pelosi would have the gavel right now. We did our vote them.

        •  No, that was a side-effect of (1+ / 0-)
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          the usual low turnout for Dems in midterm election years plus a generally piss-poor attitude about government that got the Tea Baggers unusually motivated.

          I'm saying that if you read his books, read his speeches, pay attention to what he says, over and over again, what you'll find are common themes.  

          One of the most common is actually one of George Washington's 4 premises for the long-term success of our Grand Experiment, the idea that we're all in this together, which means that personal agendae must bow to those precepts that best advance the good of all.  Obama's pretty clear that the Republican agenda only advances the blessed few at the top, and that their single-minded pursuit of that agenda is making the country ungovernable, and eventually unlivable.

          Another is that a strong and responsive Federal Government is critical, another of George Washington's assertions.

          Another is that working together there's nothing we can't accomplish, working as rugged individuals blocks forward progress for all.  

          He didn't run for President without being deeply aware that Bill Clinton was neutered early in the first term, essentially powerless in the second, thus DADT, DOMA, repeal of financial regulations, NAFTA without a thorough look at what that might mean.  Oh, and no health care reform, BTW.  

          He also saw what the Bushies had managed fiscally, that they were breaking the Federal government and damn near destroyed the entire economy.  He knew that we never prosper as a nation with Republicans in charge, and still they held the title of The Party of Fiscal Responsibility.  He knew they were appalling on Foreign Affairs and in love with resource wars but still held the title Strong on Defense and Able to Keep Us Safe, even after 9/11.  He knew that they held the Morally Superior position, despite incredible amounts of evidence to the contrary, and he knew that none of those common beliefs would be broken by a sudden burst of energy from our media, actually reporting news and shit.

          The major job of the first term was to show the country that Democrats are willing to negotiate, compromise, work for the best for all citizens, listen to other points of view, get the job done.  The side benefit of that was that the Republicans kept ending up having to defend their passionate support for tax cuts for the wealthy, and that it was clearer with each battle that they were willing to sacrifice everything else in order to hold onto them.  Even, now, letting our national safety be endangered (maybe, maybe not but that's the perception being built) in order to keep taxes low for the wealthy.

          Pretty interesting that the Republicans have lost their 3 most powerful attacks against Democrats and are actually seen as dangerous.    


          I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

          by I love OCD on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 11:56:37 AM PST

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    •  I'm glad America is finally giving the man his due (4+ / 0-)
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      It drove me crazy for >4 years to watch President Obama use the bully pulpit, kick Republican ass, and generally be a great president despite unprecedented opposition and conservadems torpedoing him at every turn.

      It drove me crazy to see liberals and progressives calling him a spineless weakling Republican who was trying to destroy Medicare and SS.

      I'm not sure what's changed our minds, but I'm happy to see the man finally getting his due.

      This from people who loved Bill Clinton, the man responsible for DOMA, DOTA, Welfare "reform," financial deregulation, NAFTA, "the end of big government is over," etc.

      When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

      by PhillyJeff on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 07:55:45 AM PST

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      •  This is the difference between one term (2+ / 0-)
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        and two.

        Had Clinton lost in 1996, his presidency would have been regarded as a failure.  Had Carter survived and ridden the economic cycle in 1980-1984, he would have been regarded as a success.  

        Two terms Presidencies are even more important now.  By 2016, the judgment of history on the Bush Administration is going to start to ossify and the demographic and social changes will have made this a different country.  Even if Obama doesn't get much more of his agenda done, the impact of the full 8 years will be exponentially more important than the impact of the first four years alone.

        “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

        by ivorybill on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 08:46:33 AM PST

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