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  •  I don't understand the "legacy" thing. (15+ / 0-)

    He wants his legacy to be that he cut entitlements? If he was worried about legacy he should be going for something huge and transformational, visionary. Chained-CPI is his "legacy"?

    There are moments when the body is as numinous as words, days that are the good flesh continuing. -- Robert Hass

    by srkp23 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 05:59:56 AM PDT

    •  No (11+ / 0-)

      he thinks his legacy will be that he "crossed the aisle and broke gridlock in Washington".

      For some reason, he's tone-fucking-deaf to the idea that "What the Legacy Is" is far more important than "How I Got From There to Here".

      "The “Left” is NOT divided on the need to oppose austerity and the Great Betrayal. The Third Way is not left or center or even right. It is Wall Street on the Potomac."--Bill Black

      by lunachickie on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 06:35:24 AM PDT

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      •  Don't they teach history at Harvard? (5+ / 0-)

        The only way you get a legacy for breaking gridlock is by winning the war for your own side.   OMG are we fortunate he wasn't President Washington, Lincoln, or Roosevelt.  

        •  Apparently... (8+ / 0-)

          They don't teach much at Harvard.  The political, economic and legal graduates out of that college have had some real crap ideas of late.

          'Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost' - Ronald Reagan, Communist

          by RichM on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 07:57:11 AM PDT

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        •  Well.... (0+ / 0-)

          In a two party system neither side should ever win. I say that knowing we've lost.

          "Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depositary of the public interests. In every country these two parties exist, and in every one where they are free to think, speak, and write, they will declare themselves. Call them, therefore, Liberals and Serviles, Jacobins and Ultras, Whigs and Tories, Republicans and Federalists, Aristocrats and Democrats, or by whatever name you please, they are the same parties still and pursue the same object. The last one of Aristocrats and Democrats is the true one expressing the essence of all." --Thomas Jefferson to Henry Lee, 1824.

          Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

          by Just Bob on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 07:58:50 PM PDT

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    •  Think of it as a "lAgacy" (2+ / 0-)
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      as in lagging behind the direction this country both needs and wants to move.

      "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

      by tardis10 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 06:50:41 AM PDT

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    •  That's one of the most confounding aspects (1+ / 0-)
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      of this whole thing for me.

      Why this? So many ways he can shape his legacy and therefore determine how the history books are written, why does this appear more attractive than doing something regarding Social Security that is ACTUALLY POPULAR?

      For the life of me, I can't figure it out.

      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 10:58:47 AM PDT

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      •  worst part; his legacy was cast on 1/20/09 (0+ / 0-)

        Obama is and will always be known as the (actual)
         First Black President. There's no escaping that one, ever.

        This is a racist nation. Obama could nuke North Korea into a big piece of glass, but in 50 years schoolchildren (if there are still schools, and still children) will know Barack Obama as the First Black President. Whether or not he made nice with Yertle the Fucking Turtle and the Drunken Jack O Lantern will be utterly irrelevant.

        Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

        by kamarvt on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 12:01:17 PM PDT

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