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The president’s critics on the right deride him as a radical socialist seething with anti-American rage. To them, he’s a frightening success who has transformed the federal government, ruined the economy, and undermined national security. To the left, Obama is a tragic failure who squandered his chance for dramatic change: no single-payer health-care plan, no heated battle against Wall Street, and endless war in Afghanistan. If the president is struggling these days, the critics say, it’s perhaps because he’s out of touch with Americans, and even at odds with his own principles.

In his article in Newsweek dated November 17, James T. Kloppenberg, defends President Obama’s presidency. As he notes, critics notwithstanding, Obama “is doing exactly what he said he would do.” He refers readers to Obama’s two books Dreams From My Father (1995) and The Audacity of Hope (2006) for confirmation.

The purists on the left and right accuse the President of not doing what they think he ought to be doing. They in effect want to tell him what he must do in the name of the American people (always be skeptical of anyone who says he or she is acting for the American people, or even more dangerous, acts as if they know what the American people want).

For those on the right, the main goal is to defeat President Obama in the 2012 elections. This means demonizing him and any policy he favors. Their idea of bipartisanship is to just say “no” to anything the President wants to do. Why? Because the American people don’t like what this President is doing.

The left’s self-defeating attitude is if the President doesn’t do exactly what he promised or, better yet, what they think he ought to do in the name of those nonrich folks, they’ll abandon him in the next election. Man, that’ll teach him and the next Democratic president a lesson. That this course of action will return the governing of the nation to the Republicans and Sarah Palin and her ick seems to have escaped them.

The right-wingers ain’t gonna change their attitude. But you on the left remember this: politics is the art of compromise.




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During the years I crowded into a bus along with the rest of the worker drones and got off and entered a high rise building in San Francisco, I was too tired when I got home in the evening to read the newspapers, so, I got my news from television.

Upon retirement, I turned off the television news and joined those reader drones who believed that it wasn’t news if it wasn’t in a newspaper or news magazine. I spent my mornings reading the newspapers and my afternoons reading such news magazines as U. S. News and World Report.

I resisted as long as I could going online and reading the online newspapers. However, once I could no longer afford mail delivery of the New York Times, I turned to reading it free online and discovered I could read the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and many other newspapers for free (hey, we all like free stuff, right).

Still, I resisted reading online magazines until U. S. News and World Report stopped sending me the print edition, forcing me to download the online issue and read it on my computer monitor, which I had. However, I still received the print edition containing advice on various subjects, that is, until this month.

This month, on the cover is the report that no longer will the print and digital issues of the U. S. News and World Report be published. The company will, however, continue to publish the website. I still receive the print edition of The New Republic, but I suspect the online-magazine avalanche will soon overtake it too.


I must adjust to reading newspaper and magazine stories on my computer monitor if I am to survive in the Information Age. I don’t think I help the environment any when I download stories and print them because the computer monster is hard on an old man’s eyes.

But I’ve been told learning new skills may help me live longer because it keeps the brain active.



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