Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1522443 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Nov 5, 2008, 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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East Stroudsburg, PA

#791563 Nov 2, 2012
Generator Theft??

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the City of Bethlehem deployed generators to key intersections to aid in the flow of traffic after the sweeping power outages. We wanted to provide the public service of enabling people to move safely through the most heavily traveled areas and to keep the roadways open to get to St. Luke’s Hospital.

When we placed our generators at these intersections, we knew that we would be leaving a hot commodity exposed, so the generators were chained to the light poles. We didn’t expect what happened next.

We began to receive calls from concerned citizens that people were hanging around the generators looking as if they were going to steal them. Upon investigation, we learned that no one was looking to steal them, but instead they were charging their cell phones, iPads and other portable devices. The generators usually have four electrical outlets and we are using one to power the traffic signal. The remaining outlets were free and were being used by resourceful(?) people to keep their electronics charged.

This raised a good question. Is that theft? Maybe. But what is the cost? The generators must be run to power the traffic lights and it arguably does not take any more fuel to attach a small cell phone charger to it. The decision was simple, let them charge away. In these times, the cell phone/iPad is one of the only ways to stay in touch with the world when the power fails. We even resort to Twitter and Facebook to try to get as much information out the public as possible. Maybe in the future, we should require everyone to follow us on Twitter to get a charge on their device.

Well done. F Twitter though lol

Since: Jul 08

We will not go gentle

#791564 Nov 2, 2012
I know someone that got a baby on day one from a hopsital where a ilegal went there, had the child, and this person was there to be a fostercare person. The woman got paid well over a thousand dollars a mouth to take care of this child. When she adopted the child, she didn;t have to pay out a pennt for it.
Why do we have to pay thousands of dollars to buy our own American babies, but you can get a illegal one for free?
Are you for real? You sound more satirical than many Onion articles...Sheeeeeeeesh!

East Stroudsburg, PA

#791567 Nov 2, 2012
flack wrote:
All no. Gas rationing by odd/even license plate numbers. Does that sound familiar to anyone? My god it is the Carter years all over again. Which means there will be a Reagan to clean up the mess.
Typical Republican just have chaos with no fcking plan. I repeat: you are an idiot.

Falls Church, VA

#791569 Nov 2, 2012
flack wrote:
All no. Gas rationing by odd/even license plate numbers. Does that sound familiar to anyone? My god it is the Carter years all over again. Which means there will be a Reagan to clean up the mess.
I remember those days. It really sucked too!

I thought Lord Obama would have that fix by now.

How can he fix something like this, when he didn't care to sell off half of our oil supply?


Cincinnati, OH

#791570 Nov 2, 2012
new yawk wrote:
I read nothing of "threat of personal harm".
Can you post that specific threat?
TIA ...
<quoted text>
You’re right. It was not abbynormall, but the person to whom he/she was responding that made the threat (actually more than once).

Thanks for seeking clarification.

Falls Church, VA

#791572 Nov 2, 2012
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>Are you for real? You sound more satirical than many Onion articles...Sheeeeeeeesh!
I am only telling the trouble. You should try it sometime. You might even start feeling better and liking yourself better.

Indianapolis, IN

#791573 Nov 2, 2012
Barack Obama's Columbia GPA Ferreted Out By The Daily Caller Via Random Guy From The Interwebs

Go ahead and give Mitt Romney all of your unskewed Electoral College votes, folks, because The Daily Caller has done changed the game with their recent report that President Barack Obama earned a mediocre grade point average at Columbia University, according to some random anonymous guy that they met on Chatroulette, or something.

According to the Daily Caller's source, who we are assured is a "wealthy donor" to Columbia (thus ruling out all of Columbia's poverty-stricken donors), Obama's GPA was scandalously middling, probably:

In 2004, after Obama’s successful speech at that year’s Democratic convention, a Columbia University official told him Barack Obama's GPA, he explained to TheDC.

"This person told me that he [Obama] was a pre-law, poli-sci major, had a lot of incompletes, and as best could be determined after sorting through the incompletes, had a GPA of 2.6," said the businessman, a former Marine Corps combat veteran.

Cool story, guys. I say we just confirm this sucker, assure readers that there isn't any contradictory evidence, find a way to make a larger point about Obama's stay at Columbia and we can wrap this up with a bow.

They add that "The 2.6 grade can’t be confirmed, is contradicted by some evidence, and it doesn't say anything about the courses, professors and associations Obama was immersed in during his two-year stay in Columbia."

Ah well, you know the whole nature of journalism is different now that we're all huffing spray paint, I guess.

At any rate, the jury is still out as to whether this is going to reshape the presidential campaign in its last 96 hours. Clearly, there is much more to learn about this Barack Obama fellow than can be gleaned from his policy preferences, speeches, debate responses, campaign website, widely available plans, interviews and the many books that have been written about the things that happened during his first term.

So if you are a random person who has heard something -- anything, no matter how unbelievable or made-up sounding -- about Barack Obama, just email me and I'll report it while protecting your anonymity. Right off the bat, I need someone to confirm the rumor that the honorary degree that Obama received from the University of Michigan was printed on rolling papers.(Just send me an email with the subject line, "The Honorary Degree That Obama Received From The University Of Michigan Was Totally Printed On Rolling Papers," that reads, "I can confirm this, but I can't say anything more. I'm in too deep!")

Time is running out! In fact, it's running out so fast that I hear Barack Obama is going to cancel the daylight savings time adjustment scheduled for this weekend by executive order just so all of you don't have that extra hour to send me your weird emails. So hurry!

Falls Church, VA

#791574 Nov 2, 2012
LOL trouble. I mean tell the truth. Well, it can be taking both ways, i guess.

Hamden, CT

#791575 Nov 2, 2012
Alloramadai wrote:
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Nope. Strong Democrats, college educated, college educators, active in their community as volunteers. Just like our parents. Good, honest upbringing. Taking care of ourselves and others
The Democrats of today are NOT like the Democrats of our parents age. They have "eveolved" into socialists. Honest? Ha!

Since: Jul 08

We will not go gentle

#791576 Nov 2, 2012
<quoted text>
By her user name. It makes one think what type of job (if she did have a job) that she would have. LOL
Whereas you're a charter member of Weaker Sisters of the Boor? "1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not acharity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2 And though I have the gift of aprophecy, and understand all bmysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the apoor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

4 aCharity bsuffereth long, and is ckind; charity denvieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5 Doth not behave itself aunseemly, seeketh not her bown, is not easily cprovoked, thinketh no evil;

6 Rejoiceth not in ainiquity, but rejoiceth in the btruth;

7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8 Charity never afaileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a aglass, bdarkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth afaith, bhope, ccharity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."


Hamden, CT

#791577 Nov 2, 2012
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>Are you for real? You sound more satirical than many Onion articles...Sheeeeeeeesh!
You must smell like an onion. Waaay too much acid, man.


Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#791578 Nov 2, 2012
Alloramadai wrote:
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I have a Yotel wood burning stove and firewood. I've hauled that stove with me for 20+ years from MO, AZ, VA, SD and now TX. Only place I didn't have it was in Italy. Always have access to heat and cooking. It has come in handy everywhere but AZ!
I have a smoker grill for cooking but it can't heat the house. As you know Hampton Roads is only really cold maybe 90 days out of the year. Heck it's 60 degrees right now. The furnace hasn't come on all day. It can be in the 50's and I walk around outside with just a pair of shorts on. Neighbors think I'm nuts.

East Stroudsburg, PA

#791580 Nov 2, 2012
Are there no good decent Republicans left posting on here?

Indianapolis, IN

#791581 Nov 2, 2012
This election year, community activists working to get more Latinos to turn out and vote have enlisted the help of an unwitting ally: Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the brash-talking embodiment of the battles over illegal immigration in Arizona and beyond.

When they knock on doors — trying, at first, to persuade Latinos to join voter rolls, and later returning to make sure they cast their ballots — the activists resort to the same question to drive the conversation: Don’t you want Sheriff Arpaio out of office?
Lily Boca Raton FL

Boca Raton, FL

#791583 Nov 2, 2012
OzRitz wrote:
<quoted text>
Funny you should say that, but Obama has had less time off than Bush & Reagan combined for the same period in office. Google it and see, as usual right wing Fox BS comes back to bite when you don't do any research. Fox news would not know research if it hit them in the face they ran with this Obama holiday crap at least 2yrs ago but failed to look at their own canidates in office. It was embarassing to say the least.
But Americans remember Republicans in power, they know the truth.
Obama 2012
Black people aren't allowed to take vacations, don'tcha know that by now?
I hear these retardicans say stupid things like "he's taking Air Force One" everywhere!
Did they think he was going to take Jet Blue?
They're so stupid.
new yawk

Buffalo, NY

#791585 Nov 2, 2012
Welcome & Thanx for clarifying.
kuda wrote:
<quoted text>
You’re right. It was not abbynormall, but the person to whom he/she was responding that made the threat (actually more than once).
Thanks for seeking clarification.
Razors Edge

Palos Hills, IL

#791586 Nov 2, 2012
Obama,is fighting for his Political Life,Why????
Which gets us to Tuesday. No one knows what will happen. Maybe that means it will be close, and maybe it doesn't. Maybe a surprise is in store. But the fact that Barack Obama is fighting for his political life is still one of the great political stories of the modern era.
Look at where he started, placing his hand on the Bible Abe Lincoln was sworn in on in 1861. It was Jan. 20, 2009. The new president was 47 and in the kind of position politicians can only dream of—a historic figure walking in, the first African-American president, broadly backed by the American people. He won by 9.5 million votes. Two days after his inauguration, Gallup had him at 68% approval, only 12% disapproval. He had a Democratic Senate, and for a time a cloture-proof 60 members. He had a Democratic House (256-178) with a colorful, energetic speaker. The mainstream media were excited about him, supportive of him.
His political foes were demoralized, their party fractured.
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He faced big problems—an economic crash,two wars—but those crises gave him broad latitude. All of his stars were perfectly aligned. He could do anything.
And then it all changed. At a certain point he lost the room.
Books will be written about what happened, but early on the president made two terrible legislative decisions. The stimulus bill was a political disaster, and it wasn't the cost, it was the content. We were in crisis, losing jobs. People would have accepted high spending if it looked promising. But the stimulus was the same old same old, pure pork aimed at reliable constituencies. It would course through the economy with little effect. And it would not receive a single Republican vote in the House (three in the Senate), which was bad for Washington, bad for our politics. It was a catastrophic victory. It did say there was a new boss in town. But it also said the new boss was out of his league.
Then health care, a mistake beginning to end. The president's 14-month-long preoccupation with ObamaCare signaled that he did not share the urgency of people's most immediate concerns—jobs, the economy, all the coming fiscal cliffs. The famous 2,000-page bill added to their misery by adding to their fear.
Voters would have had to trust the president a lot to believe his program wouldn't raise their premiums, wouldn't limit their autonomy, wouldn't make a shaky system worse.
But they didn't trust him that much, because they'd just met him. They didn't really know him.
You have to build the kind of trust it takes to do something so all-encompassing.
Peggy Noonan's Blog
Daily declarations from the Wall Street Journal columnist.
And so began the resistance, the Tea Party movement and the town-hall protests, full of alarmed independents and older Democrats. Both revived Republicans and, temporarily at least, reunited conservatives.
Why did the president make such mistakes? Why did he make decisions that seemed so unknowing, and not only in retrospect?
Because he had so much confidence, he thought whatever he did would work. He thought he had "a gift," as he is said to have told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He thought he had a special ability to sway the American people, or so he suggested to House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
But whenever he went over the the heads of the media and Congress and went to the people, in prime-time addresses, it didn't really work. He did not have a magical ability to sway. And—oddly—he didn't seem to notice.
It is one thing to think you're Lebron. Its another thing to keep missing the basket and losing games and still think you're Lebron.
And that really was the problem: He had the confidence without the full capability. And he gathered around him friends and associates who adored him, who were themselves talented but maybe not enough...not big emough for the game? wsj.

“What goes around, comes around”

Since: Sep 08

Gainesville, FL

#791587 Nov 2, 2012
new yawk wrote:
So, this must be the troll dem was refering to.
Running around using others' Screen Names to post under.
And why all of the backlash against Abby?
Something about Abby bothering you ( plural )?
Perhaps his/her courage in stating his/her views uncompromised contrary to your acceptance or opinion?
I don't believe you ( plural ) can take Abby down or out.
But if you're going to "try", at least have the balls to endeavor in your own known Screen Name.
You twitching cowardice co*ck-face!
<quoted text>
I hit him in his "soft spot." or should I say "limp spot." Or perhaps.....FLAAAAAAACID member. It doesn't work so he posts about his fanasies that he'll never be able to obtain.

Falls Church, VA

#791588 Nov 2, 2012
Homer wrote:
<quoted text>Typical Republican just have chaos with no fcking plan. I repeat: you are an idiot.
Homer, Delmar is calling you to eat. Shouldn't you have already let out? I hear they are fixin some horse meat for supper. Hurry! It is starting to turn!!

ROMNEY 2012 !!


Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#791589 Nov 2, 2012
Well the time has come for me to ride off into the sunset. A big weekend planned. No children. If anything big happens I may pop in.

You all have a great weekend!

Don't forget to set your clocks back.

Peace and axle grease!!!!

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