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For those who ignorantly claim The President " hasn't done anything "...just hit them with this incredible list....which PROVES that he's done more in 20 months than most have in 2 terms.
Fight Lies with TRUTH !....GOTV...and share this everywhere !!!


This special list was compiled by Robert P. Watson, Ph. D., who is a presidential historian and Professor of American Studies at Lynn University. As some falsely claim " he hasn't done anything " you can plainly see by the incredible list, President Obama has OBVIOUSLY accomplished more in just 20 months than most president's have in 8 years. And there's MUCH work still ahead...which is why it is of VITAL importance that we work hard, through make sure that EVERYONE we know votes on November LITERALLY Save America ! GOTV !

CLICK HEREfor list of President Obama's 244 Accomplishments !

Originally posted to gregjones on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 05:50 PM PDT.

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    •  He forgot a few... (3+ / 0-)
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      nippersdad, output, Switched On

      Established a ground breaking policy of targeting US citizens for killing at the president's say so without judicial oversight due to "state secrets".

      Established a new category of "indefinite detainee" where a person can be held forever with no charges at the president's say so without any habeas rights or any other legal recourse.

      Tripled the number of troops in Afghanistan and succeeded in getting the entire country we are "helping" so much to really truly hate us.

      Created a new category of non-war in Iraq where our troops and hired mercenaries can engage in unbridled combat with out in being actual "combat."

      Got really busy shooting the heck out of villages in Afghanistan and Pakistan using really cool remote control airplanes in total violation of a whole bunch of international law, but who cares because he's so cool and accomplishing so much...

    •  you should change the link in your post to the (2+ / 0-)
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      marabout40, yellow cosmic seed

      direct page with the list...
      (it's confusing to go to the b4b website...)

      "teabaggers say: i want my country back. well, i say: i want my country forward! ... " (bill.maher)

      by CoEcoCe on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 06:17:12 PM PDT

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  •  Obama Achievements Center (10+ / 0-)

    Thanks for this list! Another resource is The Obama Achievements Center which lists President Obama's accomplishments by category. The categories expand to show the achievement with links to source information:

    Obama Achievements Center list of accomplishments

    Obama Administration’s Achievements (Thus Far)
    Click any category or: Expand | Collapse All Items

    Arts and Culture  
    Banking and Financial Reform  
    Civil Rights  
    Commerce, Trade and technology  
    Education: College  
    Education: Health of Children  
    Employment: Jobs  
    Energy: Green  
    Energy: Old  
    Energy: Oil  
    Foreign Affairs and International Relations  
    Government Efficiency  
    Health and Wellness  
    Health Care Reform (See also Taxes)  
    Law and Justice  
    Medicaid/Medicare/Social Security  
    Military and National Security  
    Military Veterans and Families  
    National Disasters and Emergencies  
    National Service  
    Scientific and Medical Research  
    Space Exploration and Space Station  
    Transparency and Accountability  
    Recovery, Progress and Change  


    I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. ~Jimmy Dean

    by ParkRanger on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 05:55:44 PM PDT

    •  They actually felt the need (2+ / 0-)
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      neroden, output

      for a center to keep up with this Administration's achievements? That doesn't sound in the least defensive.


      "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Oscar Wilde

      by nippersdad on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 06:06:38 PM PDT

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    •  I think... (3+ / 0-)
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      nippersdad, output, Switched On

      The Obama Achievements Center is actually housed in our new $1B embassy in Baghdad.

      •  or on the head of a pin. nt (1+ / 0-)
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        don't settle for the lesser evil! vote for blanche lincoln!

        by output on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 06:39:54 PM PDT

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      •  How very trolly of you :) I've noticed that when (2+ / 0-)
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        wwjjd, SoCalSal

        anyone talks about Obama's accomplishments, it brings out the trolls.

        And I appreciate the opportunity to talk to you.  I'm 62 and have been an Independent all my life. I have voted in every single election for the best person, but I will not vote for a Republican now.  They almost destroyed this country and they seem bent on making sure they finish the job.

        The Republican party used to have good ideas.  Now they don't.  Their plan just plain didn't work and no amount of blustering, lying or trying to hurt or intimidate people will make it right.

        I see people like you who seem to spend your time going into progressive sites to comment to try to be disruptive. Why are you wasting your time making comments designed to demoralize others?

        I feel sure you're not one of the millionaires that benefit from the Republicans being in power.  Why are you spending your time doing their work so that they can get more of our/your money?

        Why not use all that energy to come up with something that works or working for some positive plan for the Republicans?  That's what I don't understand.

        Republicans look so weak to feel they have to lie, frighten or bully people so that they can come into power.

        This country naturally goes from one party to another from election to election and that's how the country stays in balance. If the Republican/Tea Party cause is just they will win. They won't have to hurt or threaten anyone.  It would happen because they truly do have something to offer.

        All that's happened for me with the fear, lying and threats is that I now wouldn't vote for a Republican for anything. And for the first time in my life I signed up for Organizing for America to work to get out the Democratic vote.  What you are doing right here in response to my comments just makes me more determined to do more for Democrats and with more enthusiasm.  You are polarizing people and there are many, many more Democrats than Republicans.  This is the midterms and you may make some gains, but it won't last.

        It's an absolutely senseless thing to do and I feel so sad. Tea Party members say they want the past back and so do I.  I want the sane Republican party of the past back.

        I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. ~Jimmy Dean

        by ParkRanger on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 07:41:30 PM PDT

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        •  Great! (3+ / 0-)
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          neroden, wabird, Switched On

          I am glad that you do not think that Republicans have "good ideas anymore."  You are absolutely correct in that. That you ever thought that they did is sort of telling because your support for Obama now is pretty much like supporting Republican ideas from a previous era. They say that Clinton was the best Republican president ever, and I guess they are correct. The cozy relationship with monster military corporatism that Clinton spearheaded and that this president has instantiated is nothing short of remarkable. Nixon would never have dreamed of such an incest, nor would he have condoned it, but here we are. The President ordering the killing of US citizens, drone strikes wherever the great Obama wants, indefinite detention of "terrorists" at his whim. We have come a long way, and I can see why, as a former "independent" that you approve. Just don't put me down for this type of "change" because it is definitely not what I was voting for.

          •  Didn't say I was EVER a Republican. I have (0+ / 0-)

            always been an Independent and voted for the best candidate for the job.  Nationally that was usually a Democrat.  If I voted Republican it was usually on a state or local level.

            And I sure don't remember Nixon the way you do.  Nor did I vote for him EVER.

            I'm not interested in a flame war on issues with you at all. Not at all.

            So, if you are answering for the group that left comments for me and you are all progressives, then I would rephrase my question.  Why do you spend your time coming into diaries that are positive about Obama in order to make disparaging comments?  Why do you waste your time? Why do you insult others in this community? There's an anonymity because most of us don't use our real names, but we are still people. Why be so negative when you make a point? What are you trying to accomplish? Are you working for anything?

            I read diaries that have facts I am interested in learning about. If I'm not interested, I don't read it. I sure don't go into one I disagree with and make fun of their viewpoints or leave disparaging comments.

            Are you one of those guys that likes to argue?  Some people think thats enjoyable.

            All I know is that I sure as hell don't want the Republicans in charge.  

            I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. ~Jimmy Dean

            by ParkRanger on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 08:52:29 PM PDT

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            •  I don't want the Republicans in charge either (0+ / 0-)

              On that we agree.

              •  I'm glad you answered, MediaFreeze (0+ / 0-)

                I was so tired last night I could hardly think.

                Here's what gets me.  DailyKos is supposedly a community that is working to get more and better Democrats. We are a community.  A family.

                And people see President Obama differently, but both sides supposedly want to work for better Democrats.

                To me, this diary wasn't very good, but he was trying to add talking points that would be support for Democrats. I would have expected it to get 4 or 5 comments and pass away.

                Instead there was snarky, snotty gang of comments about Obama including responses to a resource I listed.

                This is a community.  To have that happen is like walking down the street by my home and having a gang of high school kids bump me, push me and make fun of me.  Can I handle that?  Sure I can.  Do I understand it here?  Not at all.

                What purpose does it serve to harass someone for appreciating Obama on a web site that is supposed to be about helping good Democrats get elected? He's the leader of the Democratic party.  I get the Daily Snapshot and he flies out almost every day to fund raise for Democrats. I can't find the link, but he has given millions of dollars from his own funds to the Democratic party.  Whatever you think of him or why he's doing it, he is working very hard to get Democrats elected.  What does it hurt you if someone else likes him?

                RedState Tea Partiers use emotional tactics, not reason.  I can't tell the difference between trolls and supposedly progressive Democrats that harass here -- the tactic is the same.  Disillusion and demoralize.  They not only affect people who read those comments and get hit by the snark or anger, but it affects everyone that person talks to and convince they are right, and everyone they talk to and so on.  

                The negativity and hatred here was driving a lot of people from the site.  Then all of a sudden a truce was called so that we could pull together for the midterms and now I see people coming back.  

                Karl Rove is already working to get Republicans in power in 2012. I suspect after the midterms Daily Kos will be back to hate, hate, hate again.

                If I wanted to read hate and anger I could go to Politico or watch the news channels.

                If this is a progressive site as it says it is then what I would like to see after the midterms are diaries about how we can build the progressive base.  There were a few like that this summer.  I would love to see that happen here.

                I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. ~Jimmy Dean

                by ParkRanger on Wed Sep 29, 2010 at 08:02:02 AM PDT

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          •  Every time. (1+ / 0-)
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            My spidey sense twitches when the cheerleading starts. Every single time I get the impression that I'm listening to an ex-Bushite lecture me on party loyalty and showing daddy the love that he deserves.

            Once in a while they slip up and show their hand.

    •  Hilariously the categories don't expand for me (0+ / 0-)

      So I guess they haven't listed any achievements yet.

      Well, it'll probably be just as full of lies as the 244 list.  I don't know why people can't stick to the real accomplishments, few and far between though they are.

      Like, y'know, "Changed foreign views of the US government for the better", "Allowed children under age 26 to stay on parents' health insurance provided the parents have employer-provided health insurance not from Tricare".

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 08:13:31 PM PDT

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  •  Is this a joke? (9+ / 0-)

    • Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible.

    And then there's this one:

    • Placed limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House (2009)


    •  Agreed, some of this stuff.... (3+ / 0-)
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      nippersdad, Losty, Switched On fluff, and I'm not sure creating deficit-reduction and Social Security commissions (bi-partisan, no less) are good things.

      "...if my thought-dreams could be seen, they'd probably put my head in a guillotine...." {-8.13;-5.59}

      by lams712 on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 06:01:11 PM PDT

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    •  I made it all the way up to where (7+ / 0-)

      it was touted as an accomplishment in the GWOT that more unmanned drones were dropping bombs on Pakistanis.

      I am actually pretty proud of myself.

      "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Oscar Wilde

      by nippersdad on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 06:01:36 PM PDT

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    •  you call it a joke because a few points are weak? (2+ / 0-)
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      amk for obama, ParkRanger

      even 240 is pretty good... come one cheer up.

      "teabaggers say: i want my country back. well, i say: i want my country forward! ... " (bill.maher)

      by CoEcoCe on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 06:20:23 PM PDT

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      •  A few points are weak? (4+ / 0-)

        That's a joke too. What is weak is the army of Obama defenders who are dwindling by the day, and growing more comical with their desperation.

        •  we both know that it's easier to be cynical, (1+ / 0-)
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          but that doesnt take you anywhere...
          the progress made in the last 22 months will be the base for the progress made in the next 22 months...

          "teabaggers say: i want my country back. well, i say: i want my country forward! ... " (bill.maher)

          by CoEcoCe on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 07:09:59 PM PDT

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          •  Cynical? (2+ / 0-)
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            neroden, Switched On

            I see too many people struggling to survive right now to care about some freaking list. Bring the list to show to all the people in the unemployment line, it will make them feel better.

            Bob Dylan says times are changin', but I know they never will. Oh me heart is livin' in the sixties still. - The Saw Doctors

            by SpecialKinFlag on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 07:23:48 PM PDT

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            •  what about all the people who have been helped (1+ / 0-)
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              by policy ??
              i'm not diminishing those who need help, just that we are also doing good stuff.

              "teabaggers say: i want my country back. well, i say: i want my country forward! ... " (bill.maher)

              by CoEcoCe on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 07:55:17 PM PDT

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              •  Oh, there've been a few good things (0+ / 0-)

                There've been so many bad things that the good is already outweighed.  And the best stuff came from Pelosi, so far.

                -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

                by neroden on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 08:14:45 PM PDT

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              •  Sorry, (1+ / 0-)
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                these lists do diminish the plight of struggling Americans. Especially with some of the silly things on this one. You can't take your bows to people who don't have a job, or who just got a 23% increase in their health insurance.

                Bob Dylan says times are changin', but I know they never will. Oh me heart is livin' in the sixties still. - The Saw Doctors

                by SpecialKinFlag on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 08:19:15 PM PDT

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              •  Cherry-picking the negatives makes you awesome. (1+ / 0-)
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                And most certainly not a tool of Republicans looking to play you like a xylophone, no sir.

                The Obama/Biden Inaugural -- the exact moment when the world went from gray to colorful.

                by alkatt on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 09:08:40 PM PDT

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          •  You truly don't get it do you? (3+ / 0-)
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            neroden, CanyonWren, Switched On

            I don't criticize Obama for what he hasn't done. I criticize him for what he has done.

            Right now, for example, and this is just one example, Obama is committing a crime against nature and the people of the Gulf by authorizing the continued spraying of Corexit in secretive night flights. People are getting sick, not just from oil, but from the toxic soup created by mixing coerexit with the chemicals released in the spill.

            This is unforgivable.

            His neoliberal response to the economic crisis is as bad as any right wing fucking Republican. Do you even know what neoliberal means? They want to shrink our wages, raise our rents, privatize our schools and everything else, and CUT or ELIMINATE SOCIAL SERVICES.

            I'm tired of morons thinking that Obama's appointment of Bernanke, Summers, Arne Duncan, Tim Geithner and all the other neoliberal corporatist idiots was for no reason.

            He's surrounded himself with these people because HE AGREES WITH THEM.

            •  please are we in a depression (1+ / 0-)
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            •  that's just whining. policy is a function of (1+ / 0-)
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              government. obama is only in-charge 1/3 of that government.
              fetishizing the president is futile. clearly we have much more work to do in the senate and house to even allow for what you mentioned above..
              btw, calling obama a neoliberal is not supported by lack of philosophy-driven agenda. he's a clear pragmatist.

              "teabaggers say: i want my country back. well, i say: i want my country forward! ... " (bill.maher)

              by CoEcoCe on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 08:02:30 PM PDT

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              •  He's definitely not a pragmatist. (2+ / 0-)
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                CanyonWren, Switched On

                He's what I'd call a blinkered or phony pragmatist.  He's been convinced that some arbitrary list of options is all that is "pragmatic".  Unfortunately, many of those options are not actually pragmatic at all, and many other options are pragmatic, because he's completely misread the situation (treating Republicans as if they were negotiating in good faith, for the most obvious example).

                -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

                by neroden on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 08:09:41 PM PDT

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              •  Just remember that I tried to have an (6+ / 0-)

                intelligent conversation with you. You choose to demean my concerns as "whining".

                I've spent most of my adult life, going on 40 years now, trying to help Americans get a fair wage so they can support their families and have a decent life, trying to get them affordable medical care so they can go to the Dr. for treatment when they get sick, and trying to defeat the takeover of this country6 by greedy psychopaths who would sell their mother for a few pennies more.

                If you think calling people whiners, most of whom, like myself, care deeply about what we see happening to our people and our world, helps your cause, then you are  sadly mistaken.

                have a good day

              •  You're clearly just an uninformed sycophant (0+ / 0-)

                then, if you believe that "Obama is only in charge of 1/3 of that government." Which third are you referring to, and how do you break it down into thirds?  The US government is primarily made up of agencies, and the President is the head of all agencies and sets the policy for them.  Agencies do not act independently of the President, as he appoints his own people to run them and deliver his vision.  Every four years each agency's policy is at the whim of the voters, which we have seen at the EPA, for example.  Lisa Jackson is a very competent and thoughtful regulator, as per her record, but has had to resort to environmental travesty in adhering to Obama's policy position with regard to the Gulf.  Had it been her call we would have seen a much different picture, to be sure.  

                Whining?  No.  Just seeing the facts and not making excuses for them....which you have done here, therefore casting yourself into the sycophant camp.

                See how easy that is, to name-call and belittle someone's argument?  

                Sarah Palin: All pistol and no squint.

                by CanyonWren on Wed Sep 29, 2010 at 01:27:38 AM PDT

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  •  I can hear the diary police sirens. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Oh, there you are, Perry. -Phineas -SLB-

    by boran2 on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 05:59:27 PM PDT

  •  You're kidding right (3+ / 0-)
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    I just looked at the accomplishments and it's about as meaningful, in depth, and results based as what one would expect from research from a 2nd grader. In fact even less so because it's more pretentious!
  •  Errrr.....ummm (6+ / 0-)
    Are you for sure? On this list is...

    * After organizing studies on the topic in 2009, tasked the Pentagon to eliminate "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (2010)

    If you're interested in helping, learning or wish to donate please, please go to Young Dementia dot org.

    by BFSkinner on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 06:06:05 PM PDT

  •  Great list. Obama's been busy for 2 years (6+ / 0-)

    One thing about this presidency is that Obama tends to focus on pragmatic changes. Three is a reason why he is known as 'No Drama' Obama. His policies reflect that.
    But this has been an activist administration.

    •  Nice fantasyland. (4+ / 0-)

      Obama has made some positive accomplishments, mostly in the health care reform bill, in appointing Supreme Court Justices who weren't Christian Dominionists, and a few improvements in the executive branch.

      He's also trashed civil liberties, has a miserable environmental record, a miserable record on labor issues to the point where the unions are openly hostile, a dreadful record on education, a very poor record on LGBT issues, and a merely bad record on war.

      Don't get me started on the economy, suffice it to say I agree with Paul Krugman on the stimulus: necessary and should have been larger.

      This is not pragmatism.  It's blinkered inside-the-box thinking.  Sometimes the pragmatic thing to do is not the blinkered inside-the-box option, and with the Republicans become the party of NO, that is currently true.  But Obama just doesn't get it.  I wish he would.

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 08:19:35 PM PDT

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  •  Um... (10+ / 0-)

    Just to pick one:

    Commissioned a study to develop alternatives to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

    How can this seriously be listed as an "accomplishment"?  You can put DADT in the "accomplishments" column when it's repealed and when gays and lesbians are serving openly in the military.

    Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I've been busy destroying the sanctity of marriage and eroding the moral fabric of society.

    by Chrislove on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 06:10:22 PM PDT

  •  Well, (4+ / 0-)

    I'm just not feeling it.
    It must be me.

    Education is too big to fail. Truth is too big to fail. Justice is too big to fail. Peace is too big to fail.

    by Burned on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 06:15:40 PM PDT

  •  yes... but what has he done (for me) lately ??? (5+ / 0-)


    "teabaggers say: i want my country back. well, i say: i want my country forward! ... " (bill.maher)

    by CoEcoCe on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 06:16:23 PM PDT

  •  I just Wikkied Lynn University (1+ / 0-)
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    and, I gotta say, this is a pretty fascinating place. Did you know that the former President made $5,738,422 in his final year of service? Like, thirty fifth year?

    Oh, and he left the Presidency to his son, Kevin.


    "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Oscar Wilde

    by nippersdad on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 06:19:46 PM PDT

  •  What I wanna know is, (2+ / 0-)
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    neroden, Losty

    if this:

    ...placed a "freeze" on current efforts to remove alleged homosexuals from the military (2009)

    is true, then why are people still being discharged?

    Oh...and btw..."homosexual" is so 20th century, not to mention demeaning

    In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria. Ben Franklin

    by nokkonwud on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 06:23:17 PM PDT

  •  OK, OK, I'll vote for Obama! You're Welcome. (2+ / 0-)
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    neroden, Switched On

    But what does that list have to do with the Bluedogs I'm supposed to vote for and to give support to in this election?

    The democratic leadership, though their pigheaded bipartisanship fetish and their incompetent strategies and tactics have brought this on themselves.  Hopefully the stink we are raising as we do vote will convince the politicians that they must produce real governance in order to get our votes.

    But I'm telling you right now that Obama will lose my vote if he keeps using Bush war and surveillance policies and does not pass DADT and immigration reform.  He will know that and it will be up to him to decide if he wants my vote. or not.

  •  A good diary listing out the facts. (2+ / 0-)
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    ParkRanger, Tulips

    But expect TJ hugging posters trying to downplay it.

    Get in Gear. 2010 or Bust.
    A kossack hears more ridiculous opinions than a painting in the museum.

    by amk for obama on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 06:44:42 PM PDT

  •  There can be disagreements on SOME, but BOY (1+ / 0-)
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    this is an impressive list. And it's not even complete !

    Some voters could be persuaded with this. People in general don't have any idea of the level of work done in the past 20 months.

  •  OMFG that's an awful list of failures (2+ / 0-)
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    CanyonWren, Switched On

    The very first one on the list is one where he promptly broke his own order for transparency.  Repeatedly.  Look up "Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement" for one example.

    I couldn't go much further.

    -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

    by neroden on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 08:07:44 PM PDT

  •  I'm sharing it on my FB page... (1+ / 0-)
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    I've shared it and hope it will get around to as many people as possible.  I especially love it that it was written by a historian.  Brilliant!

  •  What a joke of a diary. (0+ / 0-)

    Lordy, it's getting pretty dumb around here lately.

    Sarah Palin: All pistol and no squint.

    by CanyonWren on Wed Sep 29, 2010 at 01:28:54 AM PDT

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