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  •  IF is the key (0+ / 0-)

    IF we do the right things.

    And the pity is in the "IF".  Obama's clearly not the guy to support if we want someone to do the right thing, unless by right we mean far right.

    •  I disagree (0+ / 0-)

      I think this president wants to do the right things. the problem is the congress and the people won't make him. (or even help him)

      In order for real changes to occur, the people have to want real change. they gave it lip service and voted for the change guy in 2008 and the minute he started to change things they freak out.
      "He's doing too much"
      "He's not doing it fast enough"

      We are our own worst enemy.

      "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." Daniel Patrick Moynihan

      by atlliberal on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 10:31:00 AM PDT

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      •  But what is "Real change"? (0+ / 0-)

        I have said repeatedly that Obama employed what I thought a brilliant strategy during his campaign by using high lofty ideals articulated in wonderful rhetoric with little minutia to get caught up in.

        He used terms like "Hope", "Change", "Real Change" as well as "Change you can believe in" and then would get everyone fired up with his chants of "yes we can" and "Fired up...Ready to go.."

        What was brilliant about that strategy was he offered himself as a blank canvas and allowed everybody to paint him in whatever image they wanted to see.  Reagan did the same thing - and it worked for him too.

        As you point out, people criticize him for "doing too much" or "doing too little".  I tend to believe that your outlook on that score strongly depends on which brush you used to paint him with.  The LGBT crowd certainly had one view of "real change", while the environmentalist may very well have had another.

        •  Real change is (0+ / 0-)

          a health care bill that for the first time  enshrines in law that everyone has a right to healthcare, even if it falls short of meeting that goal and needs fixing. Now that it has passed, and once it is in the public's minds that it is a good thing, it will never be repealed, but it most likely will be improved.

          real change is changing the actual law that will allow gays to serve in the military and won't be overturned with the stroke of the next republican president's pen.

          Real change is change that may take longer to enact, may get fought every step of the way, but will in the long run be better for the country.

          I disagree that he offered himself as a "blank canvass". I think many people were not paying attention. He went into detail on many issues during the campaign and in less than two years has kept many of the promises he made then.

          Check out Politifact to see how many are either kept or in the works. You may agree or disagree with how he has kept them. You may think he has compromised too much or not done what you would like him to do, but given the circumstances he is in, with two wars, a financial disaster and an opposition party that are acting more like spoiled children than lawmakers,  I think he's done about as well as expected.

          "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." Daniel Patrick Moynihan

          by atlliberal on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 12:31:04 PM PDT

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