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President Obama IS The Best President We’ve Ever Had!

I make that bold statement because when you add up everything that is stacked against him and the forces that are trying to take him down, he continues to rise above it and make serious change happen in this country. All of us liberals, of course, wish the change would come faster and also bigger, but when you look at the forces arrayed against this president from both the right and the left, he is undoubtedly the best damn president this country has ever seen.

As someone who has supported him since his keynote address in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention, I have not wavered in my support. It isn’t because of some blind, cult-like belief in him like so many in the “firebagger” crowd (Hamsher, Greenwald, Uygur, Huffington et al) would want you to believe. They share that attitude with people on the far right, which should say something to you about the firebaggers. I’ve railed against those asshats plenty, go to the archives to see it, if you are interested. But my support of Senator Obama, candidate Obama and now President Obama is because he has a clear vision for what he sees as the role of government to average people. Not the ones who can afford a lobbyist, but real people like you and I. Since President Obama’s speech on Tuesday, there have been many great articles that speak to that vision. Rick Ungar at Forbes has a most excellent column on President Obama’s character, go read the whole thing. Here is a snippet…(emphasis mine)

What did it for me in Obama’s plan to get the nation’s finances in order was that the President took his stand against the GOP effort to take away the soul of this nation while staring directly into the eyes of Rep. Paul Ryan- the architect of the document that would remake this country in the mold of third world nations where there are rich people and poor people with nobody in the middle.

Unlike the taunts, personal insults and barbs that Ryan and his companions lob at the president on a daily basis from the safety of a television studio, Obama took the route that requires character.

He did it to Ryan’s face.

The President invited the Wisconsin congressman, and a few of his congressional confederates, to attend the speech, placed them right up front and proceeded to call these people out for the hegemony they would visit on millions of Americans to benefit their wealthy political patrons with a trillion more in tax cuts.

Character.

The response from the right wing speaks volume about their character. The same people who go on Fox News and hurl insults and blatant lies about our president have the audacity to cry about the President telling them, to their faces, that they are wrong and going into details on why they are wrong, that takes character. Getting in front of a Fox News camera where you know you won’t be challenged and can say any crazy thing you want, SHOWS NO CHARACTER.

Click Read More for the rest of the story…

The environment that the Obama administration is operating under is unprecedented, there has never been anything like it in our history. Comity is gone, replaced with vileness, invective, petulance, naiveté and stupidity. I’m returning to Indra Nooyi’s comments to Fareed Zakaria on CNN, because it says is so well…(emphasis mine)

ZAKARIA: You think about leadership, what do you think about President Obama as a leader?

NOOYI: I think he’s a remarkable individual, but let me put this in context, Fareed. Just imagine that you are the CEO of a company. Just bear with me for a while, while I talk you through the story. Imagine you are the CEO of a company and your executive team, half want you to succeed, half want you to fail.

ZAKARIA: Republicans and Democrats.

NOOYI: Yes. And then imagine that your functional team, you can’t hire them without the approval of your executive team.

ZAKARIA: Half of whom want you to fail.

NOOYI: That’s exactly right. Also imagine that every word you say is debated in the public media every minute of the day. Also remember that your board of directors is a fragmented group who really cannot get together to fire the executive team if they don’t tow your line.

ZAKARIA: The American public.

NOOYI: That’s exactly right. That’s the environment in which the president of the United States is working today. It’s not as if the president is maintaining a successful country. The president is turning around a difficult situation. So all things considered, you’d say he’s doing a pretty good job.

Of course Indra left out a whole lot of other factors that are at play in this environment like Fox News, right-wing radio, internet chain emails with racist pictures, egotistical-click-hungry-opportunists like Jane Hamsher and a barrage of daily polls which dictate what the media focuses on. Oh, and phenomenon like the Donald Trump Clown Parade that keeps marching across my television set. So although Indra completely nailed her analogy of the modern presidency, I would only amend the final sentence from above to read, “So all things considered, you’d have to say he’s doing an incredible job.”

If you’ve never read George Lakoff, I highly recommend his blog. I personally look forward to reading his books Moral Politics and The Political Mind, which a friend has recommended to me. George has an excellent post about the President’s speech, another must read for real liberals, I’m sure it will just piss off the people suffering from “Obama Derangement Syndrome”. Here is a piece from one of his latest posts…(emphasis mine)

The basic idea is this: Democracy is based on empathy, that is, on citizens caring about each other and acting on that care, taking responsibility not just for themselves but for their families, communities, and their nation. The role of government is to carry out this principle in two ways: protection and empowerment.

Obama quotes Lincoln: “to do together what we cannot do as well for ourselves.” That is what he calls patriotism. He spotlights “the American belief … that each one of us deserves some basic measure of security… that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, hard time or bad luck, crippling illness or a layoff, may strike any one of us.” He cites the religious version of this moral vision: “There but for the grace of God go I.” The greatness of America comes from carrying out such moral commitments as Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid.

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It is rare that a presidential speech provides such opportunities for Democrats, whether in office or not. The President has made overt the moral system that lies behind every progressive position on every issue. He has done it with near perfection. He went on offense, not defense. He didn’t use conservative language tied to conservative ideas. He correctly tied his moral vision to the American moral vision and the very idea of American democracy — and patriotism. He used systems thinking throughout. He tied every part of his budget proposal to the American moral vision. And he showed clearly how the Republican budget rejected those American moral ideals in every case. It was not merely high political art. It is a model to be studied and followed.

I agree with all who say that the President’s speech is a must read/watch. I’ve never underestimated this president and his team. And that speech, which certainly was political, is just a taste of what is to come. The 2012 election is going to be fun.

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April 18, 2011 - Posted by | 2012 Election, Politics, President Barack Obama

9 Comments »

  1. holy hell, I think you’ve jumped the shark with this one.

    Comment by frank | April 18, 2011 | Reply

    • How could someone even make that statement with a straight face?

      It’s laughable!

      “Best President ever”. Gimme a break.

      Comment by OC | April 18, 2011 | Reply

    • Did you read the post? Or just the headline?

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | April 18, 2011 | Reply

  2. Record setting unemployment duration
    US Credit rating being lowered
    $5.00 a gallon gasoline
    Accumulated MASSIVE US debt
    Has no specific plan to reduce deficit
    Has no clue how American Business run
    Answer to everything is to increase taxes
    Campaign promises kept
    Close Gitmo Nope, Reduce deficit Nope, Reduce lobbyists influence Nope, Transparency Nope.
    He has accomplished some things, Blame Bush for everything and when people don’t believe that any more Blame the rich and the GOP.

    He needs to go back to organizing a community because he couldn’t screw up as bad.

    Comment by atlanta ralph | April 18, 2011 | Reply

  3. Fewer Americans than ever will be paying income taxes today, with more of the wealthy upper class getting off the hook, YET the REICH will repeat their FALSE mantra (and the MSM repeat it ad nauseam) that “we don’t have a revenue problem, only a spending problem” (and Obama and the “tax and spend” Democrats are to BLAME!!!).

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110417/ap_on_re_us/us_no_taxes

    E.J. Dionne writes today:

    An enlightened ruling class understands that it can get richer and its riches will be more secure if prosperity is broadly shared, if government is investing in productive projects that lift the whole society, and if social mobility allows some circulation of the elites. A ruling class closed to new talent doesn’t remain a ruling class for long.

    But a funny thing happened to the American ruling class: It stopped being concerned with the health of society as a whole and became almost entirely obsessed with money.

    Comment by Grant in Texas | April 18, 2011 | Reply

  4. Jeebus luvs our TROLL Atlanta Ralph who seems to hate people who are poor through their fault, through their most grievous fault.

    BTW, in a Kinder Poll of Texans published today in the Houston Chronicle, 72% believe poor people in the U.S. are poor because of circumstances BEYOND THEIR CONTROL which is up from 52% from a poll taken in 1999 (during the halcyon days of President Clinton).

    The same poll reveals 48% believe government should DO MORE to solve the country’s problems, UP from 36% in 1996….52% believe government has a responsibility to reduce inequalities between rich and poor, up from 45% in 2009. The same poll says 47% believe the U.S. government spends too much on foreign aid, up from 42% in 2009.

    These are the same Texans that are falsely painted as teabag lovin’ ‘muricans by the national media. Glad to see Texans have a heart and not being brainwashed by the Rethugs now dominating the Capitol in Austin.

    Speaking of Rethug hypocrisy, our Gov. Goodhair Perry, who hate the Federalistas, today asked the FEDERAL government for their aid to combat our rash of wildfires as our state enters what may be the WORST drought in our state’s history. So far only 1917 was worse.

    http://intoxination.net/jamie/rick-perry-hypocrite-day

    Comment by Grant in Texas | April 18, 2011 | Reply

  5. Just shows that 72% of the people can be wrong. Yes there are some circumstances beyond their control but the majority of poverty is voluntary. The federalists and leftists have made it far easier to live off others than work.

    The 48% who think the government should do more are probably made up of the 45% who don’t pay taxes, that from the IRS. They would rather pay no support and than bitch about those who support them, kinda like biting the hand that feeds you.

    Obama has been very successful at embellishing class envy. Wouldn’t it be better for everyone if a leader were to lead people to be successful instead of just blaming those that are. When I used the term leader, you knew I wasn’t referring to Obama because he can never lead, just complain. As part of the limousine liberal crowd, you see his lack of leadership but just can’t admit it.

    Comment by atlanta ralph | April 18, 2011 | Reply

  6. Obama 2012!

    I know politics when I see it from the foundation. Obviously after reading hundreds of comments of anti-Obama sentiments, the majority of these same people just simply are too short-sighted. It’s unfortunate, but the USA is a country that progresses the rate of fibre-lacking constipation.

    They cannot and refuse to see how all things are intertwined and how some things must be ‘spent’ in order to stabilize. Obama is doing a fine job for all the crap that has happened. The thing is, Obama isn’t even blaming anyone. He’s taking it all in and he’s taking it all in as an honorable man should. It’s a pity, a great pity how America has fallen to such low standards of civility. I congratulate Obama for his bravery and for quietly and with integrity, standing firm in his place against people like you – the ignoramuses who are the true ones pointing the fingers of blame.

    As the rest of the world progresses beyond America, we love you. It’s just unsurprising and at the same time, really too bad that your own people hate you.

    Mr. Obama come to Canada. You’ll make a great leader here, where Universal Health Care amongst many other progressive policies take place.

    Obama 2012!

    Comment by Lee | May 4, 2011 | Reply

    • If the photos of blood and gore are released, which I fear will be, it probably will more to appease the “deathers” here (AKA “birthers”) who hate this president and will never give him an ounce of credit for anything he does. Seems most of the rest of the world has accepted the fact that Osama bin Laden is truly dead. So if a nutjob preacher in Florida burning the Quran can cause death and mayhem, think of what a gruesome display of Obama’s death would. And Osama’s face wasn’t touched up by plastic surgeons and funeral home makeup artists as was the case with the Bush administration sanitizing Saddam Hussein’s sons’ photos before they were released. Plus Saddam didn’t have a world-wide network of terrorists supporting him.

      Just read the snarky REICH-wing Andrew Malcolm in the L.A. Times (BTW, that paper is now owned by the Republican Chicago Tribune). As Media Matters once reported…the “LA Times didn’t hire Malcolm for his cutting-edge insight into modern politics, maybe they wanted him for his relentlessly misleading (and often false) attacks on Democrats.”

      http://mediamatters.org/blog/201008240039

      Malcolm writes today in the L.A. Times:

      Without a body, how could President Obama prove that he was The One who brought Osama sudden justice without the burden of time-consuming civil trials involving Eric Holder’s former law partners as high-paid public defenders?

      So, although it meant only nine holes of weekend golf instead of 18, Obama OKd a May commando raid, as long as he could still attend the White House Correspondents Assn. dinner to mock that jerk Donald Trump. So on Sunday, Washington time, Obama and aides entered the basement Situation Room to watch the Osama execution reality show live from Pakistan on SEALcam.

      http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/05/osama-bin-laden-death-obama-story.html

      If I were President Obama, I think I would be more afraid to turn my back on many domestic REICH-wingnuts than on a member of Al Qaeda!

      Comment by Grant in Texas | May 4, 2011 | Reply


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