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  •  Oh, he's plenty skilled. (5+ / 0-)
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    To question his skill at this point is risible.

    But I do believe -- and I say this with admiration -- that he has a bit of Michael Corleone in him.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 10:23:27 AM PDT

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    •  Why I question skill (3+ / 0-)
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      Anyone who thinks we can fix our economy by taking money from the working class and giving it to the most wealthy is not smart.  There's plenty of empirical evidence over the years that proves trickle down economics is a joke.

      Any leader still clinging to those long discredited theories is not a smart person.  Opinionated, perhaps, but not smart and certainly not skillful.  

      "The international world is wondering what happened to America's great heart and soul." Helen Thomas

      by Betty Pinson on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 10:27:56 AM PDT

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      •  Whose intelligence are you questioning... (3+ / 0-)
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        President Obama's or Larry Summers'?

        Either way, you're kidding, right? Disagree with Summers all you want, but the man is clearly very far removed from stupid.

        And if you're now questioning Obama's smarts in addition to his skills, you're joking, right?

        How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

        by BenderRodriguez on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 10:35:00 AM PDT

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        •  I question both (1+ / 0-)
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          and yes, I do question Obama's smarts.  He delivers a good speech, but I haven't seen any proof through his terms in office that he is an intelligent person.

          I'm not one of those people who see Obama as a blank slate on which to project my fantasies about what a brilliant person he is.   If you watch what he does, instead of what he says, he's a different person.

          Some of it depends on how you define intelligence, but his decison-making skills have been consistently lacking. Sorry, but its just my opinion.

          "The international world is wondering what happened to America's great heart and soul." Helen Thomas

          by Betty Pinson on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 11:14:20 AM PDT

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          •  We'll agree to disagree. (2+ / 0-)
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            Just wondering, though: Did you write this comment in 2007?

            President Obama's still a "blank slate" to you? Really? After five years in office and a list of remarkable achievements?

            You also write, "If you watch what he does, instead of what he says, he's a different person."

            No, I'm sorry, but he's pretty much done exactly what he set out to do as a candidate in 2008, and the facts back me up. Do I really need to list for you his 2008 campaign promises and how he's gone about achieving them?

            Please keep on living in your fantasy world where Barack Obama is a blank slate of questionable intelligence and have yourself a fine day.

            How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

            by BenderRodriguez on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 11:35:07 AM PDT

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            •  In 2007 (1+ / 0-)
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              he was an unknown quantity to me.  His speeches didn't say a great deal to me. They were very vague, full of clever but simple rhetoric.  I knew he was being careful to say things that would inspire voters without giving any real information about what he believed or what he was likely to do.  He was simply using vague language to say what he thought would appeal to the largest number of people.  That's pretty much what most modern politicians do and Obama was no different in that respect.

              Through his terms in office, I've always hoped he would live up to some sort of transformational promise, but that hasn't been the case.  He's a status quo kind of guy.  Once he dealt with staunching the Wall Street crisis, he's pretty much just maintained status quo.

              Because health care reform was such a major issue in the 2008 campaign and had so much momentum behind a couple of reform plans, he went along with it.  Most of the work crafting ACA was done in the House and Obama used his influence in the Senate to pare away and weaken some of the better components.  That was a team effort, led by insurance industry executives working temporarily in the Senate and later for Obama in HHS.  We are now struggling with some of those changes they made, primarily the rules that farmed out so much control of the program to states.

              Obama has surrounded himself with advisors like Summers who prevented some truly good and innovative changes in public policy.  That he's continued to stick with those bad actors tells us that he agrees with them.  A lot of mistakes have been made, particularly those in economic policy that could have brought us a stronger, faster recovery.

              "The international world is wondering what happened to America's great heart and soul." Helen Thomas

              by Betty Pinson on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 12:23:26 PM PDT

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          •  LOL! (0+ / 0-)

            Oh man, that's some funny shit right there!

            I'd love love LOVE to see the list of your accomplishments! Oh, that would be something. We could compare your CV to Obama's, and then go through accomplishments, tit for tat.

            Oh the sanctimony! The ego! The presumption! The arrogance!

            Performance art, right? It can only be!

            ROFL!  Bravo!!!

            Imagine the most profound idea ever conceptualized occupying this space. Now expect exactly the opposite. You'll never be disappointed.

            by Gurnt on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 11:42:00 AM PDT

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            •  Obama works for all of us (1+ / 0-)
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              as does any POTUS.  He's accountable to us, we are not accountable to him.  He chose to run and was elected and as such is subject to criticism from the people whose lives and communities have been affected by his decisions.

              The same applies to any elected official, including members of Congress.  They work for us and we have every right to demand results.  

              "The international world is wondering what happened to America's great heart and soul." Helen Thomas

              by Betty Pinson on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 12:26:19 PM PDT

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              •  Yup, performance art (0+ / 0-)

                Because this reply has nothing to do with the idiotic opinion that Obama is not a bright guy.

                Maybe by smart you mean "someone who listens to ME ME ME!!!"? Obama was elected to do a job using his best judgement, judgment that has served him well (he IS President, and has racked up an impressive list of accomplishments, while you have....?), not cater to the whim of every yokel with internet access and an opinion, no matter how highly you think of yourself.

                But please, do continue with your performance, it's pretty funny!

                Imagine the most profound idea ever conceptualized occupying this space. Now expect exactly the opposite. You'll never be disappointed.

                by Gurnt on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 01:40:36 PM PDT

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                •  Lying about Social Security is smart? (0+ / 0-)

                  Believing in supply side, Reagan voo doonomics is smart?   Bailing out banks without holding criminal executives is smart?  Watering down financial regulations so the same financial collapse can happen all over again is smart?

                  You really don't want me to keep listing these mistakes, do you?

                  "The international world is wondering what happened to America's great heart and soul." Helen Thomas

                  by Betty Pinson on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 05:28:01 PM PDT

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    •  Take the Canoli, please /nt (6+ / 0-)

      Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

      by annieli on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 10:28:45 AM PDT

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