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  •  Have the same impression as Cohen, (3+ / 0-)
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    in that Obama comes across as over-managed, over-consulted, etc...

    Part of the problem is that there is so much on his plate, and he probably has way too many hangers on and advisers giving him voluminous advice.

    I am sure at times he feels overwhelmed, as any human would in that situation, unless they were a fence post like Gov. bush.  Unfortunately, that often ends up in taking the path of least resistance, and not getting substantial changes done. I am skeptical about "big change" in economic policy and regulation, and getting the majority of troops out of Afghanistan/Iraq.

    When he was campaigning he still had that grounded quality that came from just recently having to deal with everyday American problems like pay a mortgage, figure out how to put the kids through school, etc...

    Hope he hasn't lost that completely.

    The idea that the world must be run by the stock market is as mad as any other fundamentalist deulsion, Islamic, Christian or Marxist. -Ronald Wright

    by gereiztkind on Tue Nov 24, 2009 at 03:00:09 AM PST

    •  are you listening to the Bow Wow or the words (1+ / 0-)
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      SPEECHLESS and so much more

      check out the speeches in this diary if you have the time the time for the horse's mouth.  

      Fox Crapture from Farmageddon

      by 88kathy on Tue Nov 24, 2009 at 04:35:27 AM PST

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    •  Greenwald (3+ / 0-)

      spanks Brarb pretty food today.  


      The Barack Obama of that Philadelphia speech would not have let his attorney general, Eric Holder, announce the new policy for trying Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other Sept. 11 defendants in criminal court, as if this were a mere departmental issue and not one of momentous policy. And the Barack Obama of the speech would have enunciated a principle of law and not an ad hoc system in which some alleged terrorists are tried in civilian courts and some before military tribunals. What is the principle in that: What works, works? Try putting that one on the Liberty Bell.

      <> "Cohen is Karl Rove dressed up in pseudo-sadness."

      Read the article, everybody should.   And congrats to Barb on hitting a nerve.  This should be discussed across multiple diaries and on the front page for days.  This is my country they're burning and I don't like it one bit.  If that's whining, give me a rattle and call me Baby Huey.  

      "They hope WE fail." - Ministry of Truth

      by Nada Lemming on Tue Nov 24, 2009 at 07:14:43 AM PST

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      •  Pretty food? LOL! (1+ / 0-)
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        "They hope WE fail." - Ministry of Truth

        by Nada Lemming on Tue Nov 24, 2009 at 07:35:58 AM PST

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      •  Where's the logic here? (0+ / 0-)

        Perhaps it was lost in editing, but what in the world is the logical connection between the realism Obama expressed in Philadelphia and a view of the Constitution that says that military commissions can't be part of the rule of law? In contrast to Cohen's words, Obama is consistently being pragmatic in both. There would have been no Liberty Bell if the founders of this country didn't understand "whatever works", whether or not they said it that way, even though that wasn't their complete morality. It says something that Mr. Cohen struggles trying to come up with that cliche. Maybe he needs to understand more and pontificate less.

        The problem with articles like Cohen's or Greenwald's is they make no allowance that they might be quite wrong in what they write.

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