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  • He's Your President for Goodness sake!

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    15 posts, 6 voices, 1063 views, started Nov 18, 2010

    Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2010 by Denise Richardson




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      America - He's your President for Goodness Sake!

      By William Thomas

      There was a time not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political stripes, rallied round their president. Once elected, the man who won the White House was no longer viewed as a Republican or Democrat, but the President of the United States . The  oath of office was taken, the wagons were circled around the countrys borders and it was America versus the rest of the world with the president of all the people at the helm.

       Suddenly President Barack Obama, with the potential to become an exceptional president has become the glaring exception to that unwritten, patriotic rule.
      Four days before President Obamas inauguration, before he officially took charge of the American government, Rush Limbaugh boasted publicly that he hoped the president would fail. Of course, when the president fails the country flounders. Wishing harm upon your country in order to further your own narrow political views is selfish, sinister and a tad treasonous as well.

      Subsequently, during his State of the Union address, which is pretty much a pep rally for America , an unknown congressional representative from South Carolina , later identified as Joe Wilson, stopped the show when he called the President of the United States a liar. The president showed great restraint in ignoring this unprecedented insult and carried on with his speech. Speaker Nancy Pelosi was so stunned by the slur, she forgot to jump to her feet while clapping wildly, 30 or 40 times after that.

      Last spring, President Obama took his wife Michelle to see a play in New York City and republicans attacked him over the cost of security for the excursion. The president cant take his wife out to dinner and a show without being scrutinized by the political opposition? As history has proven, a president in a theatre without adequate security is a tragically bad idea.

      Remember: Apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?

      At some point, the treatment of President Obama went from offensive to ugly and then to downright dangerous.

      The health-care debate, which looked more like extreme fighting in a mud pit than a national dialogue, revealed a very vulgar side of America . President Obamas face appeared on protest signs white-faced and blood-mouthed in a satanic clown image. In other tasteless portrayals, people who disagreed with his position distorted his face to look like Hitler complete with mustache and swastika.

      Odd, that burning the flag makes Americans crazy, but depicting the president as a clown and a maniacal fascist is accepted as part of the new rude America .

      Maligning the image of the leader of the free world is one thing, putting the presidents life in peril is quite another. More than once, men with guns were videotaped at the health-care rallies where the president spoke. Again, history shows that letting men with guns get within range of a president has not served America well in the past.
      And still the birthers are out there claiming Barack Obama was not born in the United States , although public documentation proves otherwise. Hawaii is definitely part of the United States , but the Panama Canal Zone where his electoral opponent Senator John McCain was born? Nobodys sure.  

      Last month, a 44-year-old woman in Buffalo was quite taken by President Obama when she met him in a chicken wing restaurant called Duffs. Did she say something about a pleasure and an honour to meet the man or utter encouraging words for the difficult job he is doing? No. Quote: Youre a hottie with a smokin little body.

      Lady, that was the President of the United States you were addressing, not one of the Jonas Brothers! Hes your president for goodness sakes, not the guy driving the Zamboni at Monster Trucks On Ice. Maybe next itll be, Take Your President To A Topless Bar Day.

      In President Barack Obama, Americans have a charismatic leader with a good and honest heart. Unlike his predecessor, hes a very intelligent leader. And unlike that presidents predecessor, hes a highly moral man.

      In President Obama, Americans have the real deal, the whole package and a leader that citizens of almost every country around the world look to with great envy. Given the opportunity, Canadians would trade our leader, hell, most of our leaders for Obama in a heartbeat.

      What America has in Obama is a head of state with vitality and insight and youth. Think about it, Barack Obama is a young Nelson Mandela. Mandela was the face of change and charity for all of Africa but he was too old to make it happen. The great things Obama might do for America and the world could go on for decades after hes out of office.

      America, you know not what you have.

      The man is being challenged unfairly, characterized with vulgarity and treated with the kind of deep disrespect to which no previous president was subjected. Its like the day after electing the first black man to be president, thereby electrifying the world with hope and joy, Americans sobered up and decided the bad old days were better.

      President Obama may fail but it will not be a Richard Nixon default fraught with larceny and lies. President Obama, given a fair chance, will surely succeed but his triumph will never come with a Bill Clinton caveat if only hed got control of that zipper.

      Please. Give the man a fair, fighting chance. This incivility toward the leader who won over Americans and gave hope to billions of people around the world that their lives could be enhanced by his example, just naturally has to stop.

      Believe me, when Americans drive by the White House and see a sign on the lawn that reads: No shirt. No shoes. No service, theyll realize this new national rudeness has gone way, way too far.

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          Allinet48 wrote Nov 18, 2010
        • Unlike his predecessor, hes a very intelligent leader.-This is not respectful either.



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          Mztracy wrote Nov 18, 2010
        • All I can say is....

          AMEN!!!!! heartheartheartheartheart



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          Mztracy wrote Nov 18, 2010
        • Unlike his predecessor, hes a very intelligent leader.  

          Actually, this is kind compared to the hateful remarks from un-patriotic Americans who bash President Obama!

          And, I think an honor roll student is more intelligent than a C student at best. IMO



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          Paris Mano wrote Nov 18, 2010
        • We all have our opinions and can disagree nicely. He isn’t being treated any differently than other Presidents.  It just happens to be that he is President in very rough economic times and people are more on end.



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          Mztracy wrote Nov 18, 2010
        • Sadly Paris, he is treated differently...frown

          I’ve had more than one person call me an ‘N’ lover for voting for him. Really?? No one made racist comments about former Presidents to my face before.

          I’ll vote for him in 2012 too and will do my best to sway others my way as well.

          And this is being nice as those people who made that racist comment, ran away with their tails between their legs.



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          Mztracy wrote Nov 18, 2010
        • Many times I've heard him say it was part of the job of someone in public office to deal with this. I'm glad to know he doesn't take it to heart. That would be very troubling if he did.  

          Agreed Annie!!



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          Paris Mano wrote Nov 18, 2010
        • It doesn’t matter if he is black or white or whatever color, he talks about being bipartisan and he is very partisan. He did not and has not conducted himself as a bipartisan President. I am hoping that since the November elections, he has realized this and that everyone in the government can work together to help the people who elected them. They are there to serve us and to listen to us and so far this has not happened. I follow politics very closely and form my own opinions. I did not vote for him and would not if he runs for reelection. However that doesn’t sway my thoughts about him or his agenda. It isn’t about being Democrat or Republican, black or white....it is about listening to the people. The people have spoken and hopefully it has helped. Yes he can go on dates or do whatever however don’t flaunt it to the struggling people. We have a governor elect that was elected and the people in Florida are going crazy because...instead of getting to work as his campaign motto was....he is now planning a huge party....tickets are $95. Sometimes these officials just need to use their heads.
          I am sure in time Obama may come out better than he is now but he is our President....not a Hollywood Rockstar....he needs to govern and stay off the television shows.



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          Mztracy wrote Nov 18, 2010
        • I’m glad that no one has racially bashed to you. But it has happened to me and others I know.  

          Since this is not the politics group, I will not argue our opinions.

          We all have them and in our minds we will always be right. All I was showing was that there ARE some who look at his Presidency with a racist eye.

          Not sure where the hostility is coming from...



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          Paris Mano wrote Nov 18, 2010
        • Tracy, I am sorry if you feel I am arguing with you. Funny how expressing an opinion when it is different from others is arguing.
          People are and have always been racist and sadly it will never change. I think things are a little more sensitive since Obama is bi racial....because he has a white mother and a black father. I don’t let these things bother me. I don’t have to be right but I can have an opinion and that is what America is all about.
          However, I will say this one thing and you can verify the validity of it if you choose to do so....Obama should never have made the comment that the Republicans can come along for the ride but they have to sit in the back. So you see, we can pick at everything but I feel like racism has gotten too far out of hand. We are so sensitive to everything it is almost scary to say anything.
          So have a great evening Tracy. And if I have offended you in anyway by expressing by opinion (certainly not arguing or having to be right) I apologize.
          Enough said.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Nov 18, 2010
        • Thx Neicy for the article. I agree that he has been treated unfairly but fortunately we live in a country that allows us to form these opinions and not be jailed or worse for sharing them.

          I think I will follow President Obama’s lead and just be gracious and ignore.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Nov 18, 2010
        • Annie that is a good point!



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          Mztracy wrote Nov 18, 2010
        • Paris, so not offended at all. I was doing the same with my opinions.estatic

          I’m of the belief we can agree to disagree. I find in type we never get the true emotion of the person. Happy, sad, angry... why I think sometimes we read between the lines!!

          U have a fab night!! heart



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