Barack Obama, our next President

There are 20 comments on the Nov 5, 2008, Hampton Roads Daily Press story titled Barack Obama, our next President. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...

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Jane Says

New York, NY

#766891 Oct 10, 2012
abbynormall wrote:
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Oh really? Unlike the liberal media who took a perfectly INNOCENT but strangely positioned photo and made fun of a little girl too? How do you think that picture makes HER feel. Bet she's having a bad time at school today, thank's to the AP.
i remember a not so innocent picture of Gary Hart and a woman sitting in his lap. no worries there for Obama though, the wearer of Mom jeans is more likely to have Big Bird sitting in HIS lap than a woman. next we'll hear Michelle and Valerie have banned Big Bird from the White House the way Oprah was.
Jonathan Hemlock

Bronx, NY

#766892 Oct 10, 2012
It has always seemed unnatural and unwise to me whenever I hear someone who's been slandered by a particularly egregious lie reply that they're not going to dignify that accusation with a response.

For it has always been crystal clear to me that whenever your honor, integrity and reputation are called into question that you should be quick, thorough and – when circumstances demand – quite loud in defense of them.

Otherwise, people will assume that the accusation must carry some weight and the falsity levied against you just might end up sticking.

That's what has happened to the political party that I belong to – the Republicans. For decades the Party of Lincoln has been under almost constant assault for being "racist" and "openly hostile" to blacks.

However, nothing could be further from the truth – but you would never know it by the party's spineless, practically nonexistent defense of its record on race and civil rights.

From the days of Lincoln until the present, blacks have had no better friend, party-wise, than the Republicans. Since its inception in the mid-19th century, the GOP has built an exemplary record on civil rights, particularly if you want to use the Democrat Party as a comparison.

The party's first president, Abraham Lincoln, issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, the height of the Civil War, squelching any chance that the European powers of the day would intervene in the conflict in favor of the Confederacy. With the stroke of his pen, Lincoln destroyed the last real hope the Confederacy had for a victory.

Soon after the war ended, it was a Republican-controlled Congress that rammed through the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution that, among other things, abolished slavery, guaranteed equal protection and due process and addressed blacks' right to vote.

In the late 19th century, Democrat governors and Democrat-controlled state legislatures in the South couldn't pass Jim Crow laws fast enough. Those Democrats created a nearly century-long, legal racial caste system that relegated blacks to the lowest educational, political, economic and social strata. I have family members who grew up under Jim Crow. To hear them tell it, it weren't no joke.

And let us not forget that during the same period it was Democrats throughout the United States who organized and ran America's premier terrorist organization – the Ku Klux Klan.

And speaking of the Klan, remember the great Democrat President Woodrow Wilson? After a screening of D.W. Griffith's paean to the Ku Klux Klan, "Birth of a Nation," Wilson, turned-movie critic, said of the film: "It is like writing history with lightning. And my only regret is that it is all so terribly true."

Needless to say, the NAACP had a different outlook. After its viewing, the civil rights organization was mortified to the point of launching a nationwide protest in 1915 against the film. The group was equally appalled by President Wilson's comments and it launched a public protest against him.

“What goes around, comes around”

Since: Sep 08

Ocala, FL

#766893 Oct 10, 2012
Lily Boca Raton FL wrote:
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What will Romney do to remedy that? He has proposed increased defense spending of $2.1 trillion and plans to attach it to GDP.
I side with the American people first and am against losing more American lives for an unnecessary war with Iran.
Sales of existing businesses are happening here, houses in this town are being sold in one day! And there are 50 new construction projects in the works for apartment complexes.
Businesses that only give parttime hours do so so that they don't have to pay benefits, this is not a new tactic. Walmart has been doing this for years and instructing employees on how to apply for Medicaide. Making healthcare more affordable will solve this problem. When Mitt said you just have to go to the ER and it will be free; it was absolutely preposterous. That is the reason that we have the healthcare problem in the first place, he of all people knows this and said as much when he created Romneycare in MA.
It's a matter of opinion whether a war with Iran would be unnecessary. I think IF they get nuclear weapons, they will be a danger to more than just those in the region. They don't care if they set off an entire nuclear conflaguration as long as their imam comes out of that well...they would destroy themselves to create the chaos that scenario requires. Also, think of the fallout if everyone over there shoots off nukes, and what's to stop Iran from doing just that. Not to mention, they can export their technology to militant groups who would use the weapons directly against the US.

A lot of businesses in the past have done just what you state above for the reasons you state above. But a lot MORE will do it in response to Obamacare now, hurting the working people who need jobs the most. Caused by a decree of the government, not just the company's deciding right or wrong whether to provide benefits.

Healthcare could be made more affordable by allowing insurance companies to compete across state lines. Competition would bring the cost down. Somehow, when the government gets involved in dictating things, they don't turn out well. It's why many Canadians come here to pay for their health care...it's a better product that what has been provided by their government. And if you think that Obamacare is not implicitly working towards a one-payer system, I don't believe you understand the entire ramifications of it and what it will eventually lead to.

BTW, I have been broke in the past with no insurance and went to the ER. They saw me...no problem. I did get a bill later...couldn't pay it, but I GOT health care. No one's gonna die. Let's take the time to fix the current market, not turn things over to government control.

Just my opinion and thanks for asking me.
FREEDOM TO SPEAK

Woodbridge, VA

#766894 Oct 10, 2012
THE DEBIL wrote:
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LES' VOTE ON IT, BITCH
Did I hurt your feelings by telling the truth? Let's vote on it, bastard.

“Bill Clinton could have ”

Since: May 10

Prevented this

#766895 Oct 10, 2012
State Department admits Obama lied about consulate murders in Benghazi. Should Obama leave office now?
I think so.
Jonathan Hemlock

Bronx, NY

#766897 Oct 10, 2012
Now this guy sounds like OBAMA Before we move on, one more thing about President Wilson. He was the president who led our nation into WWI with the ringing declaration that it was to make the world "safe for democracy." In Woodrow's mind, though, "democracy" applied to everyone except those annoying little dark-skinned people in America who are always clamoring for civil rights. In 1913, Wilson introduced segregation into the federal government.

Yes, dear readers, the man who is worshipped as the utmost "progressive" (where and by who have you heard that term used lately?) of his time allowed federal officials to segregate "toilets, cafeterias and work" areas of various federal departments.

It was left to Wilson's successor, Republican Warren G. Harding to scrap the segregation policy. And Warren G. didn't stop there. In 1922, Harding delivered a bold speech in Birmingham, Ala.,(A Democrat stronghold that was later known by blacks as "Bombingham") in which he called for black equality. Up to then, no U.S. president had ever spoken so forcefully about civil rights.

Harding was elected in 1920. Funny thing about the Republican Party platform that Harding ran under. It called for federal anti-lynching legislation. Guess which party didn't? If you said Democrat, go to the head of the line.

Moving on, in answer to the burgeoning civil rights movement in the '50s, it was Democrat governors and Democrat-controlled state legislatures in the South that placed the Confederate battle flag on their state capitol flags. It's an issue that continues to inflame racial passions even today.

In 1957, Orval Faubus, the governor of Arkansas, called out his state's National Guard to prevent the integration of Central High School in Little Rock. In response, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent U.S. troops to the city to escort nine frightened black teens into the school past riotous mobs inflamed by Faubus' defiance of a federal court order. Faubus was a Democrat. Eisenhower was a Republican.

On June 11, 1963, Alabama Gov. George Wallace stood in the doorway of the University of Alabama to block its integration. Wallace was a Democrat. Now, I grant you, John F. Kennedy was the Democrat president who federalized the Alabama National Guard and ordered its units to the university to force its doors open to black students. But it's not generally known that the then-Sen. Kennedy – with an eye on the Democrat presidential nomination for 1960 – voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the law that really got the ball rolling on federal civil rights legislation.

“What goes around, comes around”

Since: Sep 08

Ocala, FL

#766898 Oct 10, 2012
fetch almighty wrote:
<quoted text>The White House breaks down the $90 billion on green energy projects in the stimulus bill like this:
$29 billion for energy efficiency, including $5 billion for improvements in the homes and apartments of low-income households
$21 billion for renewable electricity generation, including wind turbines and solar panels
$10 billion for grid modernization, including millions of “smart meters” that read themselves, eliminating the need for meter readers
$6 billion to help establish factories to make batteries for electric cars and other components of advanced vehicles
$18 billion for fast trains
$3 billion for research and development into capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide
$3 billion for job training and scientific advances in green energy
about $2 billion to help build wind turbines, solar panels and similar “green” products
Great explanation. Some won't take the time to search for the facts, they just hear someone call "LIE" and believe it. Sometimes, just sometimes, I think they don't WANT the facts. Hope I'm wrong.

“Get RIGHT or be left”

Since: Nov 07

www.dreamindemon.com

#766899 Oct 10, 2012
FIRE THE GOP wrote:
So now those with an opposing view from yours are mean?
Are nasty people?
How about this:
MITT ROMNEY LIED TO 72 MILLION LIVE ON TV.
carol posted the evidence on this thread on Sunday.
Mitt Romney lied: he does not cover citizens with pre existing medical conditions.
This affects 36 million USA citizens!
But but but,
He said he does cover these folks!
That is mean! That is nasty! That is disgusting. That is against God's law to lie like that?
So stuff it! Your guy sacrifices 36 million citizens, so the richest can have a little bit more government dough.
Fffffff
Fffffff
Ffffff
You!
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Pathetic lying liberal loser! You will have to get a job WHEN your savior Imam Hussein gets voted out in November!

VERIFIABLE FACTS:

Been married to ONE woman his entire life, and has been faithful to her, including through her bouts with breast cancer and MS.

2. No scandals or skeletons in his closet.(How boring is that?)

3. Highly intelligent. Graduated cum laude from both Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School ...and by the way, his academic records are NOT sealed.

4. Doesn't smoke or drink alcohol, and has never done drugs, not even in the counter-culture age when he went to college.

5. Represents an America of "yesterday", where people believed in God, went to Church, didn't screw around, worked hard, and became a SUCCESS!

6. Has a family of five great sons....and none of them have police records or are in drug rehab.

But of course, they were raised by a stay-at-home mom, and that "choice" deserves America's scorn.

7. Oh yes.....he's a MORMON. We need to be very afraid of that very strange religion that teaches its members to be clean-living, patriotic, fiscally conservative, charitable, self-reliant, and honest.

8. Liberal pundits say because of his wealth, he can't relate to ordinary Americans.
I guess that's because he made that money HIMSELF.....as opposed to marrying it or inheriting it from Dad.
Apparently, he didn't understand that actually working at a job and earning your own money made him un-relatable to Americans.

Bain Capital, starting with one small office supply store in Massachusetts, turned it into Staples; now over 2,000 stores employing 90,000 people. Bain Capital also worked to perform the same kinds of business miracles again and again, with companies like Domino's, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply and many others.
He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad's gubernatorial campaign 1 year.
He was an unpaid intern in his dad's governor's office for eight years.

Verified FACTS.

“What goes around, comes around”

Since: Sep 08

Ocala, FL

#766900 Oct 10, 2012
sonicfilter wrote:
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I'm going with what the black guy said about black folks not voting for Republicans: because we're not stupid.
Did he have any MORE to that statement...or was that just about it?

Wonder how he did on the debate team.
Jonathan Hemlock

Bronx, NY

#766901 Oct 10, 2012
And it was Kennedy's brother, Robert, who in 1964 assisted the FBI's efforts to destroy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by approving the wiretapping of the man considered the heart and soul of the civil rights movement.

And to think at one time you could find in black homes across the nation what I used to call the Black Person's Trinity: chintzy, black-velvet portraits of JFK, RFK and Dr. King painted side by side.

As far as other important civil rights legislation, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 would never have became law if not for Republican senators and congressmen whose overwhelming support offset extreme Democrat opposition.

Now honesty demands that I admit that I have never been in favor of affirmative action programs. As a black man I find them demeaning, and as an American, divisive. But that's an argument for another day. However, the fact remains that it was President Nixon who implemented the first affirmative action program with the Philadelphia Plan in the late 1960s. The plan required government contractors to set goals and timetables for hiring minorities. Nixon was a Republican.

Sure, some will say that it's all well and good to cite the historical record, but what about now? What have the Republicans done of late? I begin by pointing out that Democrats continue to demonstrate a curious affinity for standing in schoolhouse doors, especially when black children are involved.

But of late, Democrats are not trying to keep black children out, but in. In public opinion polls on school choice, blacks overwhelmingly favor vouchers to rescue their children from failing schools. No one knows better the damage that poor schools can do to their children's future and communities than blacks. Republicans are in favor of school choice. Democrats aren't.

Also in more contemporary times, President Bush appointed two blacks to the highest positions in government ever occupied by blacks in America. Today, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of State Colin Powell are very powerful, influential members of the Bush administration. Powell, in fact, is fourth in the succession line for the presidency.

“Amor patriae.”

Since: Feb 08

Eastern Oregon

#766903 Oct 10, 2012
THE DEBIL wrote:
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UH-HUH. THAT'S THE POINT. YOU STILL WORRIED ABOUT 4 SEALS ANNA MONKEY? ISN'T THAT A BIT DISINGENUOUS GIVEN YOU RECENT PERFORMANCE ON THE MATH TEST? MAYBE YOU NEED SOME AFFIRMATIVE ACTION? YOU KNOW, EASIER ENTRANCE EXAMS FO' MORMONS.
MORMON TEACHER: "OK, CLASS, TODAY WE'RE GOING TO STUDY BLACK PEOPLE. LET'S ALL GO OUTSIDE AND SEE IF WE CAN FIND ONE. NO, NO, NO, BILLY, THAT'S A CAT. JEANIE DON'T EAT YOUR BOOGERS AND THEN PUT THEM IN YOU POCKET! OH, LOOK CLASS, THERE'S ONE! HE'S FLYING... A SPACESHIP... OMIGAWD, IT'S JE-SUS! "JESUS, JESUS," THE CHILDREN START CHANTING. "SHHHHHHH.." THE TEACHER HISSES, "HE'S BLACK, WE DON'T WANT HIM TO KNOW WHERE WE LIVE!"
Is there a point when your profound dedication becomes self-evidently preposterous? Are you so 'up his a**' that reality takes a back seat to devotion? And please, get your "boogers" line straight.
new yawk

Tonawanda, NY

#766909 Oct 10, 2012
This one is a dumb f**k. Just as I told "it" a week ago.

"It" is either mentally impaired to the point of confusion, or really doesn't know what "It" is ... But, dumb f**k is the most accurate definition.

PS It's also all an act.
Just tryin' to mix it up to cause chaos and confusion.
I offered some suggestions on how it could "kill off" this character.
Let its stupidity wither and die on its own vine.
mdbuilder wrote:
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Links don't prove sh!t, but if you want some, you know where to look. BTW, I thought you were an Obot?

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#766912 Oct 10, 2012
Hillary Throws Obama Under The Benghazi Bus?
Phil

Saint Louis, MO

#766914 Oct 10, 2012
Trusting Romney is like trusting big corporations to do the right thing. Most have been making money through the recession, like Romney, so really haven't been effected at all by our economy. The trickle down effect is that rich people will remain rich and make all the non-rich people pay for it.

“Bill Clinton could have ”

Since: May 10

Prevented this

#766918 Oct 10, 2012
flack wrote:
Hillary Throws Obama Under The Benghazi Bus?
All Paul Ryan has to say to the brilliant Biden at the debate tomorrow night is: So Joe would you like to talk about Benghazi?
It will be over.

“What goes around, comes around”

Since: Sep 08

Ocala, FL

#766920 Oct 10, 2012
dem wrote:
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Do presidents set gas prices
Do administration policies affect gas prices?
Jonathan Hemlock

Bronx, NY

#766922 Oct 10, 2012
The 1924 Democratic National Convention, also called the Klanbake,[1] held at the Madison Square Garden in New York City from June 24 to July 9, took a record 103 ballots to nominate a presidential candidate. It was the longest continuously running convention in United States political history. It was the first major party national convention that saw the name of a woman, Lena Springs, placed in nomination for the office of Vice President. It was also known for the strong influence of the Ku Klux Klan. John W. Davis, initially an outsider, eventually won the presidential nomination as a compromise candidate following a virtual war of attrition between front-runners William Gibbs McAdoo and Al Smith.

Davis and his vice presidential running-mate, Charles W. Bryan of Nebraska, went on to be defeated by the Republican ticket of President Calvin Coolidge and Charles G. Dawes in the 1924 presidential election.
kuda

Cincinnati, OH

#766923 Oct 10, 2012
Jane Says wrote:
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will Biden talk about problems on MAIN Street or like Obama only focus on SESAME Street?
Will Biden mirror Obama's empty chair and then after the debate have to invoke Big Bird's name thirteen times, while talking about Benghazi zero times?
Will Biden brag how he is still a regular Joe who hangs out in the same diner for 25 years now?(the one that closed 20 years ago).
Will he talk AGAIN about how bad the middle class has been doing under Obama?
Will he talk about his many instances of plagiarism in his career?
Will he repeat his many, many gaffes?
Feb. 6, 2009 on the Stimulous:
"If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there's still a 30% chance we're going to get it wrong."
— Joe Biden, speaking to members of the House Democratic caucus who were gathered in Williamsburg, Va., for their annual retreat.
http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/ar... #ixzz28trQDuOK
We can always trust Uncle Joe to tell the truth, even when the truth hurts.

“What goes around, comes around”

Since: Sep 08

Ocala, FL

#766926 Oct 10, 2012
Jonathan Hemlock wrote:
<quoted text>Not all Black People vote for one party, simply because there are bigots in both party so the democrats cannot be the party of Blacks, some blacks seem to forget the nasty history the democrats have with Black People in America
And some don't know the history because they never learned any real history.
Jonathan Hemlock

Bronx, NY

#766930 Oct 10, 2012
dem wrote:
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Now if they can only teach you chimps not to masturbate in your food.
Also teach BLACK children not to play in their own BLOOD

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