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    lcbo, Armando

    as the article does belittles Obama's attempt to bring as much intelligence and balance to the nation's issues as the political climate will tolerate. issues like nuclear disarmament, which have more to do to the continued existence of the human race on this planet, than with race issues in the US, have been consistently articulated by president Obama, and the policy approach is there for anyone to see who cares to look it up. Health care reform will benefit almost everyone, and the fact that some are left on the wayside is clearly not what the president intended. Whether you agree with it or not, Obama has made clear his wishes for gun control measures, in the wake of the shooting at the Sandy Hook school in Connecticut. On defense issues, he has tried to rein in some of the excesses of the Pentagon budget, and resisted at least some attempts by the chronic hawks to initiate fights around the globe, while trying to be prepared for some of the real threats, including terrorism. IMO, to focus solely on the race issue is a form of ignoring some of the real achievements of the Obama Administration--especially the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA)--one law that had been 100 years in the making. IMO, Obama's Administration has achieved far less than voters have hoped for, but mainly because the Republican Opposition in Congress has fought needed reforms tooth and nail. If people really want more progressive change, then electing more progressive Democrats to Congress will do more to further that cause than any sideline criticism from an article with a cataract-clogged myopia about presidential leadership.

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