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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Growing up in the segregated society of East Tennessee, my friends, classmates, and I were taught that we always had to be on our best behavior in public because any negative behavior would reflect on all Negroes in America. In other words, we were not to express ideas with which the majority of Blacks did not agree.
I have never felt comfortable not being able to express ideas that went against what Black leaders felt was right. Hey, man, you’d be called “uncle Tom” and few other names.
I don’t know if the post-racial society has arrived with the election of a Black President, but certainly this election cycle has seen an increase in Black candidates participating in the Republican primaries. According to the New York Times, at least 32 African Americans are running for congress as Republicans. Three of them are in the south and have won the primaries in South Carolina’s First Congressional District; in North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District; and, a real surprise, in Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District.
The brothers may not win in the general election. No matter, they have proven, as did Obama, White folks will vote for a Black candidate that has some of the same ideas about government, etc as they do.
We don’t have to think in lockstep because we’re Black. Such thinking is defeatist because it means we are unwilling to face different ideas, especially ideas we feel White folks have even when the ideas have nothing to do with race, and may benefit all citizens.
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Man, I tell you being Black in America is a hard job, even in the era of the first Black president. The recession done hurt us more than any other Americans. Theys more of us outa work and more done lost they homes cause of the mortgage mess them White folks started.
More racism is accepted on TV and other places what put out the news. We all know President Obama done got goo-gabs of hate mail.
Man, the Congressional Black Caucus wants the President to do something bout the mess we Blacks in. We still gettin the short end of the stick.
The problem is they aint too much the Pres can do. Let’s face Black folks, without the White folks, Obama would not have become president. Now you askin him to make a special effort to give us Black folks some special favors? Get Real. It aint gonna happen. Cause he still got to deal with the White folks. He cant do it.
So, come on, let’s give the Pres a break.
Maybe some of them programs the politicians talkin bout will help us as well as other folks in America.
I got to mention two more attacks on President Obama. Based on these attacks, some folks seem to think he’s a dangerous man.
On October 15, Yahoo News had an article on its website an opinion piece from The Nation online ‘zine. It seems some folks think President Obama is “obnoxiously articulate.” My god, an articulate president! The country is going to the dogs in a hand basket.
I first read about the second attack in my hometown news paper. Lamar Alexander is one of the senators from my state of Tennessee. I voted for the man cause I thought he’d make a good senator. But now, here he is blaming President Obama for fighting back against the lies and misrepresentations the Republicans and others have said about his administration and him personally.
Alexander claims that the Obama administration making an enemies list kinda like former president Nixon did.
It seems he and other Republicans don’t like it the Obama administration taking on it critics from the media and interest groups. I think they especially don’t like him taking on Fox News, the PR firm for the Republican Party. What they want is for him to sit down and shut up so the lies and misrepresentation can continue. Them folks don’t want no opposing views heard, especially from the man they are attacking.
Their stance is just plain un-American.
But it says one thing: President Obama just might be winning the battle of words.
The Nobel Prize committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to our President, Barack Obama.
While some, especially them fellows what calls themselves Republicans are mad about it, I say CONGRATULATIONS MR. PRESIDENT.
How come them Nobel fellows to give our President the prize? To quote one report for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” They also noted his efforts “to pursue a world without nuclear weapons.”
Okay, I’m aware the Pres done been in office only nine months, but man he been working hard them nine months to get them world leaders to see that peace is better than war and especially nuclear war. Them Nobel fellows wanted to reward him for his tireless efforts. Who knows what he may accomplish down the road?
For once cant we put aside the rancor and be proud that the President of the United States was given the Nobel Peace Prize?
The way I see it, them Republicans want to see the President fail cause they believe it’ll help them win the next election. What I’m thinkin is they dont give a damn bout whether the country is headed for hell in a hand basket, just so they win the presidency in 2012. How come that kind of thinkin aint considered un-American?
I know you’ll done seen all the fuss bout some folks who dont know how to act in public. Well, Common Sense wants to know whatever happen to his cousin Civility?
That dude from South Carolina called the President of the US of A a liar to his face. Man, did that take some balls? Hell no, cause he knew it would git him in good with the folks back home in South Carolina, and sho nough it did. He done raised a lotta cash for his reelection bid. Hell, with the kinda cash he done collected, I’d called the President a liar too. Civility be damn when it comes to gettin cash for reelection.
Now, I got no excuse for Miss Serena Williams. But, come on, you dont cuss and threaten the tennis official, not ifn you want to win and not give up some cash for you bad behavior. What was goin through that girls mind? Them apologies, man, forget it. Common Sense say she was no more sorry than I am, and I aint done nothin.
Last is that fool Kanye West. He got nothin else to do but embarrass hisself? His situation wouldn’t be worth mentioning if it weren’t for the young lady he embarrassed.
My man President Obama can’t catch a break. No matter the man says, somebody gits pissed off. I aint talkin bout that fool from South Carolina. In the Washington Post on Saturday, Sept. 12, the President and CEO of Partnership for Public Service didn’t like the President using the work “bureaucrat” to describe government workers.
I worked for the Federal government for 32 years, and I didn’t mind being referred to as a bureaucrat. Hell, it made me proud, and I didn’t give a damn that some politicians used the word in a derogatorily. I knew that we at the Social Security Administration were competent because the beneficiaries received their checks on time every month. But I don’t think the President meant any disrespect for government workers. He was making the point that folks didn’t have to worry bout the government taking over healthcare and telling folks what they could or could not have.
Man, give they guy a break. His job is hare enough and gettin harder.