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  •  Hiding in a closet. (2+ / 0-)
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    No one would dare to say anything for fear of defeat at the polls. It would appear that the President and only the President is a man of convictions. He has said more than once he would rather be a good one term President rather than a mediocre two term one, and that he is intersted in governing and not running for the next election. Not only talking the talk, but last night he walked the walk to, he did and said the absolute right thing.

    •  and today he decided to move away (2+ / 0-)
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      chipoliwog, greeseyparrot

      from that stand.

      I applauded his position last night.  And now it is brought into question.

      "Ultimately, we need to move beyond the tired debates of the left and the right, between business leaders and environmentalists" - President Obama, March 31

      by justmy2 on Sat Aug 14, 2010 at 08:54:50 PM PDT

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      •  I don't think he moved away. (3+ / 0-)
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        askew, murrayewv, Bonsai66

        He supported the rights of Muslim Americans, he didn't endorse the building of the Mosque at ground zero. He simply said they had the right to build it where they owned the land. It was not a walkback, simply a clarification. People didn't listen to his entire remarks, just sound bites and they interpeted it to mean something he didn't intend. He is the freaking President of the U.S. he is not going to take sides on this issue. I think he was trying to disfuse the fake outrage that out of power politicians are trying to gin up, Gingrich and Palin included.

        •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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          I think he was trying to disfuse the fake outrage that out of power politicians are trying to gin up, Gingrich and Palin included.

          Which is why it disappoints me...

          How about standing up to them...just once...on anything...?

          "Ultimately, we need to move beyond the tired debates of the left and the right, between business leaders and environmentalists" - President Obama, March 31

          by justmy2 on Sat Aug 14, 2010 at 09:23:44 PM PDT

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          •  I was talking about the reason he spoke last (2+ / 0-)
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            night about this issue, not his so called "walkback" today. I think he did stand up to them by addressing the situation as he did. People like Palin and Gingrich and Fox news started all this carrying on about the Mosque, and they did it because all they know about gaining power again is to gin up hate and fear. Someone said, "let Obama be Obama", well last night Obama was Obama.

            •  I think today's statement has created an (2+ / 0-)
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              unnecessary gray area...

              I loved last night's speech.  It should have been left as is.

              "Ultimately, we need to move beyond the tired debates of the left and the right, between business leaders and environmentalists" - President Obama, March 31

              by justmy2 on Sat Aug 14, 2010 at 09:42:42 PM PDT

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              •  Tell his handlers who are afraid of (2+ / 0-)
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                Bonsai66, JL

                their friends losing at the polls come November. So many talk about Obama taking a stand and doing the right thing and then he does and he gets no support for doing it. The guy just can not win. I am not directing this to you, you already said you loved his remarks last night, I am just saying, that seems to be the way it is around here. I can't wait for Keith Olberman to weigh in on this one. Since he thinks he knows what the President should or should not do these days.

                •  His handlers are the problem, but he makes the (1+ / 0-)
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                  final call.

                  Every time he walks away from the appropriate position out of politic expedience, it normally comes back to haunt them.

                  I say better to stand for something.  I know that is counter to the traditional advice.  But I believe he could have changed the game.  Unfortunately, his political instincts override his personal ones sometimes...and I think it more times than not creates more of an issue.

                  "Ultimately, we need to move beyond the tired debates of the left and the right, between business leaders and environmentalists" - President Obama, March 31

                  by justmy2 on Sat Aug 14, 2010 at 10:33:44 PM PDT

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                  •  You could be correct (0+ / 0-)

                    He should have let the remarks at the White House stand. Decent people applauded him for them, and it displayed real courage. Sometimes you just have to let the stupid drown in their stupidity, clarifying and reclarifying does no good at all. What is it that Forrest Gump used to say, "stupid is as stupid does". Or something like that.

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