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Is 2014 going to be a banner year for Obama?

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  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    I received a White House Report, which I signed up for during my supportive comments to Obama's initiatives. I receive these reports often and most request some feedback. Anyway I thought this latest one would be good one. I believe in Obama's agenda and support his administration as best I can. I even saw in todays news that the Pope has Obama's back, which is a good playing card for Catholic votes in 2014 or a Go Democrat Rally. Anyway the latest:

    Obama's 2013 success:

    America is getting better health care with millions receiving increased protections and benefits. I know it's hard to swallow because of the turmoil in the ACA startup, however, this is true that millions will receive better access to health care when they had none prior to ACA.

    The auto industry is thriving again which added 15,000 jobs and the United States sold off its final stake in GM shares. This is true and will be big at the polls, especially when the Republicans and Tea Partiers wanted to let the auto industry fail.

    On the job side, 2013 added over 2 million jobs. This is good for the economy, which my stock reports are taking off like rockets to the moon. There must be some validity to this because Wall Street is responding likewise.

    The economy is mush better, growing 4.1% this summer, which is the strongest pace in 2 years.

    The deficit has been cut in half since 2009, which in 4 years is fastest deficit reduction since WWII.

    More oil was produced within the United States than what was imported. This is good, however, my vice is still having a big oil sucking Ford truck, which by the way was the hottest selling vehicle for 2013. I had to throw that in.

    The above White House Report I hope was scoped out for truth in throwing material to the public. I know you Republicans and Tea Partiers will cut this up into nonsense and just for being anti-Obama, but this is it. I'm a democrat and I love the hype of Obama's successes. We could look at all this above and think, just what would of happened if Congress cooperated in 2013. Having a dysfunctional Congress and still performing the above list of America's success with Obama in Office.................priceless.

    ......and now it's the gallery's turn to take pot shots........oops that pot for Colorado only.
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  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Amc...thanks for the info. You asked so let me begin and I'm definitely not a Repub or TP, just a person who can see all sides of the issues. Some can't, or won't, you know.

    ..."that pot for Colorado only"... I thought Washington was a stoner state, as well.

    Let's see...to your/their point about Obamacare: neither you nor I nor anyone else knows how good or how bad it's going to be. President Obama told lie after lie after lie to get us to this point so I'm sure not going to believe anything else they say about a law which has not yet taken effect. As bad as the rollout was, the implementation may be even worse. Let's just reserve our judgment until the thing gets started. Or we can believe the PR/propaganda machine as some people will. They seem to be counting their chickens well before they hatch.

    ..."The deficit has been cut in half"... well, yeah, but it's the deficit that President Obama himself ran up. Small detail but very important. And we still have a HUGE deficit. President Obama cutting his own deficit in half is like a department store raising prices 100% then bragging about having a half-off sale.

    There have been accomplishments, yes, but let's be truthful about ALL these talking points. How about ending the war in Afghanistan, which should have been done 4 years ago, now THAT would be something to brag about.


  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Long question....... short answer: N O
    Pres. Obama will have a pitiful balance of his presidency. Reason: Partisan politics. Congress will continue to be useless. If the 2014 elections can move strongly democratic, then there's a chance for something meaningful to get done. Otherwise, forget about it.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Tony's right President Obama is already a lame duck. Just how lame will depend on how Obamacare does in the coming year.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    His legacy is first black president. If he can rescue Obamacare in the next in the next few months he can claim two legacies, if not it will forever mark him as a failure instead!
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    pr Wrote: His legacy is first black president. If he can rescue Obamacare in the next in the next few months he can claim two legacies, if not it will forever mark him as a failure instead!
    I guess some other failures are his foreign policies and his love for the Pentagon; he wants to continue the wars and even expand those under his term.
    An additional 10 years in Afghanistan; just about a war in Syria; drones in Yemen and Mali; army people sent to South Sudan etc etc.
    Furthermore signed a 650 billion plus additional expenditure for the Pentagon, undoing the sequester reduction.
    No, this is a president who is in the grip of the lobbyists and bows to them; he's good with dogs and handing out medals, that is about it. Amen
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    I like to add as well the next two years will be a "dead" in the water show for him; the oxygen will come too late because he did not sign up on to his own care. The only words which he often says will stay in the memories of people: And.........and............and...........and...........and.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Dutch President Obama is a great speaker and now he is known, and will be remembered for the lies he told more than anything truthful that he said.

    "you can keep your health care plan. Period!"

    And you can keep your doctor, don't remember the uncle he lived with, didn't know the NSA was spying on us, didn't know you could lose your insurance, didn't know the web site wouldn't work, didn't know what the IRS was doing, didn't know the justice department was investigating journalists, didn't know Benghazi was a terrorist attack...and on and on.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    American's have incredibly short memories and Presidents are typically remembered for one or two things if they are lucky to be remembered at all. Former Presidents are typically looked at far more fondly than when they were in office and I don't see President Obama being any different. If you don't believe me, just take a look at our most recent example. He left office at a miserable 22 percent approval after plunging our country into a severe recession and marching us to two separate ground wars without thinking about paying for them. He is now sitting at a 47 percent approval rating. As you can see, Americans tend to like their former presidents. Even if they do a terrible job in office.

    It may seem like President Obama hasn't accomplished much these past few years, but I can think of a few things that will definitely make him be remembered for decades to come. For starters, he was our countries first black President. While we have already gotten used to that fact and it hardly played a factor in his re-election bid, this is a huge thing for our country. There are still plenty of people in the South that think fondly of the Jim Crow era where they had the privilege of eating at restaurants without having to intermingle with blacks and now they are turning on their televisions every day and see one sitting in the White House. It is of no surprise why they will look upon this unfavorably.

    I also believe that President Obama will be remembered as America's first "gay" President. We have made massive strides towards equality for our gay citizens and it is in large part to him. Everything starts with the military and him forcing Congress to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" back in December of 2010 was a huge first step. The military fought tooth and nail against this and dragged their feet as long as they could, but the President stood firm. Since then, the Supreme Court has ruled DOMA unconstitutional and state after state is either legalizing same sex marriage or having a Federal Judge rule in its favor. This will only continue until it is legal in all 50 states, but it may take a few of the deeply southern states a little while longer than others.

    And let us not forget where we were at when President Obama was at when he took over the Presidency in 2009. It's easy to brush that over, but I feel that historians will credit him with saving the economy from falling off of a cliff into a great abyss. Everything isn't all rainbows and sunshine, but things could have turned out far worse for our economy and nation as a whole had he not taken some of the dramatic steps that he and his administration did.

    Those are just a few of the things that I think he will be remembered fondly for. And if the American people continue to look at their former Presidents fondly, I imagine seeing him having 70-80 percent approval ratings within a decade or so. If you don't believe me, just look up President Clinton's current approval rating. He had one of the toughest eight years a President could have and was nearly thrown out of office, yet he sits at a 70 percent approval rating. Just think of the day when a former President Obama, who will still be rather young when he leaves office, can do and say things that he was not able to as President. His Presidency will be just a blip on the radar and he will be remembered most for what he does after he leaves office.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    Obama is still going to have a rough time achieving any success in 2014. Even if the ACA evolves into a great moment in American history, Obama has many issues on his agenda from Immigration, Gun Control, Foreign Policy, Social Security, National Debt, and to the economy. Obama will be opposed again this year by the GOP with continued hatred of by the Right and many still hammering away at "making him a one term president", "claiming he has no legal birth certificate as an American", and the opposition by folks whispering, "Obama shouldn't be President because he is black". Oh yes, there is racial overtones in Washington DC amongst many State Representatives, Congress and lobbyists. America needs Obama to be successful and there are many that desires his failure and are working toward that goal.

    You may call the GOP, now the GOOP. "G" for Greed with all for the rich and powerful and less for the poor and middle class. "O" for oppression of our poor, children, sick and depriving rights to battle these forces against oppression. The Right desires to put America into Serfdom oppressing minorities, women, children and old age persons for their right to control our living a better life, control our voting rights, control our own bodies, and control our ability to an education. "O" for obstruction keeping barriers against our rights to vote, filibustering Congress into denying a Bill passage, and keeping Obama on defense of his administrations activities and his presidency. Lastly, "P" for Pollution where the Right gives Big Business free passage to endanger our environment polluting the world and it's natural resources. The Clean Air Act has been struggling for years and needs additional backbone policy improving methods to control toxic pollutants from entering our environment.

    So GOOP, keep trying your best because America is wising up to your ill fated Greed, Oppression, Obstruction and Pollution to our right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit Justice.

  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    No worries amc, those who desire Obamas failure and work toward that goal are not about to stop. Just like those who desired Bush's failure and worked toward that goal never stopped. And the next president will get the same treatment, as well, those will not stop either. Don't worry the GOOP, and the GOP, will never give up.

    jared Obama will be known for Obamacare, first and foremost, for better or for worser. Also doubling the national debt, and doubling the number of food stamp recepients. As far as the first black president, Clinton already claimed that title. First gay president, that's a good one, I never thought of that. I would much rather him being known as the economy president, but first he'll have to earn that title.

    "I am not a crook" - Nixon

    "Read my lips, no new taxes" - Daddy Bush

    "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinski" - Clinton

    "_______________" - GW Bush

    "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period" - Obama

    These are the signature phrases (lies) uttered by the respective presidents and they will always be remembered for them. Always.

    Someone help me out with GWB. What's his phrase? What one sentence or phrase (lie) will he be remembered for?
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    "Mission Accomplished"
  • Other Party
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    Exactly right, that is definitely the one. Thanks, johnny.

    And for Obama I will always remember him for expanding the war in Afghanistan, a war that he was supposed to end. That was a waste of untold lives, and untold billions of dollars and accomplished absolutely nothing. Afghanistan will be the same after we leave whether we had left in 2009, or leave in 2014, or another decade from now.

    The war in Afghanistan was his first huge mistake, and I still don't understand how someone as smart as him would do that.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    I don't think we are spending much time contemplating the complete quagmire that President Obama inherited in Afghanistan and the fact that the geopolitics of this war spread far beyond its borders. We should have thought long and hard after 9/11 about the response that we were going to take after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. I agree we took the worst route possible and are now paying a heavy price for it. However, I do not claim to have the right answer for how we can wind this war down and it is not right to claim that there is an easy answer to this question.

    On one hand, the American people, myself included, are tired of fighting seemingly endless wars after twelve years and counting of non-stop conflict. It has wasted American treasure and lives that we will never get back. And it, along with Iraq, has perpetuated to notion that America is just a war machine intent on dominating the world. I am tired of seeing American soldiers coming home in body bags and I am tired of wasting so much of our economic and political power on wars that were lost long ago.

    On the other hand, what happens if we pull out and it becomes more of a failed state than it already is? Afghanistan borders Pakistan, a nuclear state that is teetering on the verge of collapsing itself. And while it's not front page news every day, Pakistan and India are one push of a button away from an all out nuclear conflict. Tensions are very high in that region of the world, partly because of decisions the American government has made and partly for reasons far outside of our control.

    What should we do if we pull out Afghanistan, it becomes a failed state, Pakistan gets involved, India reacts, and a war the likes we haven't seen since the mid twentieth century breaks out? I'm not suggesting that America is the sole reason this hasn't happened yet, because India and Pakistan are their own countries and will make decisions about war by themselves, but we must not act first and think later. This withdrawal is far more complicated than pulling American boots off the ground there and we must do this soberly.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    jared where to begin? Let me put this in the most simple terms possible...you could not be more wrong. I would not have guessed that you would be in favor of war, especially useless, endless, meaningless, totally wasteful war. What would be the measure of success? What is the end game? There is none and there is none. We need to declare victory and get out. PERIOD.

    India and Pakistan have been at each others throat for a long time, certainly longer that we have had troops in Afghanistan. What the US does, or does not do in Afghanistan will not matter to either of those countries as to their relationship to each other. They hate each other, they hated each other before we got there, and they will hate each other after we have gone.

    I think you are completely blinded by your admiration for President Obama, to the point of defending the undefensible. If we had President McCain (God forbid) or another Republican in office who has done the same thing in Afghanistan since 2009 you would have a much different view of things. That is my opinion of YOUR opinion...tell me if I'm wrong and why.

    You say that... "what happens if we pull out and it becomes more of a failed state than it already is?" I answer by saying it would not become worse because it is already a completely failed state. What could happen? More bad guys move in? They already have more bad guys than we can kill. If we get out there is LESS of a reason for the bad guys to be there. There are going to be plenty of bad guys there either way!

    How many more years do you think we should be there wasting lives and wasting money? Tell me YOUR opinion of just how much more we should pay in blood and treasure? How long? One more year? Five? Twenty? A hundred? Here's some news for you: IT DOESN'T MATTER!

    Sorry jared, I respect your opinion and it's nothing personal, but this issue gets my blood pressure up a couple of points. I get pissed when I see dead G.I.'s coming back for NO good reason at all.