Barack Obama, our next President

There are 20 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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sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#907836 May 20, 2013
Whatever wrote:
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When you knowingly collude with the DOJ to discredit whistle blowers- as Media Matters did and still does -you ARE censoring free speech.
Why would any ethical person think this is okay?
was it ok when:

The war on whistle-blowers

U.S. officials have long retaliated against employees who speak out, burying the dangers they expose. Now, Congress wants to give whistle-blowers greater protection -- but President Bush vows to stop it.

....a six-month investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting, in collaboration with Salon, has found that federal whistle-blowers almost never receive legal protection after they take action. Instead, they often face agency managers and White House appointees intent upon silencing them rather than addressing the problems they raise. They are left fighting for their jobs in a special administrative court system, little known to the American public, that is mired in bureaucracy and vulnerable to partisan politics. The CIR/Salon investigation reveals that the whistle-blower system — first created by Congress decades ago and proclaimed as a cornerstone of government transparency and accountability — has in reality enabled the punishment of employees who speak out. It has had a chilling effect, dissuading others from coming forward. The investigation examined nearly 3,600 whistle-blower cases since 1994, and included dozens of interviews and a review of confidential court documents. Whistle-blowers lose their cases, the investigation shows, nearly 97 percent of the time. Most limp away from the experience with their careers, reputations and finances in tatters.

Legal experts and lawmakers say the system is badly in need of reform. In fact, new legislation to strengthen whistle-blower protections has been moving through Congress this year, with strong bipartisan support, and is expected to come before the Senate this session. But in the latest setback to the system, the Bush White House has vowed to veto the legislation, citing among its criticisms a risk to national security.

http://www.salon.com/2007/11/01/whistleblower...

a risk to national security.

and there ya go.
OBAMA the GENIUS

Pittsboro, NC

#907837 May 20, 2013
frontporchreactionary wrote:
<quoted text>Sorry, you're right within limits--Obama's civilian conscription corps could have come in handy in helping those people out in Oklahoma be safe and rebuild .
It is a great time to bring up:

Republicans say: hey OK! fix it yourself, we cant afford it.

After all billionaires need more tax cuts. Hey GOP: give a billionaire $50 million dollars like Bush did.

TORNADO? feds are broke Yo! Clean up your own mess......the GOP RED WAY! HYPOCRITES!

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#907838 May 20, 2013
shinningelectr0n wrote:
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Yeah but he needs a million reprints of the Red Book of Mao first to hand out to those willing minds of mush.....
The only 'little red book' President Obama might have ever read was more likely Texan author Edwin 'Bud' Shrake's ," Harvey Penick's Little Red Book:Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf". http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx... ;
Whatever

Gering, NE

#907839 May 20, 2013
How do we know we have an administration out of control?

When we have foreign press discussing the DOJ's decision to now prosecute reporters.
Whatever

Gering, NE

#907840 May 20, 2013
OBAMA the GENIUS wrote:
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It is a great time to bring up:
Republicans say: hey OK! fix it yourself, we cant afford it.
After all billionaires need more tax cuts. Hey GOP: give a billionaire $50 million dollars like Bush did.
TORNADO? feds are broke Yo! Clean up your own mess......the GOP RED WAY! HYPOCRITES!
The tcrude rhetoric from the Progressives gets more desperate.

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#907841 May 20, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Trying to respond to your insensitive and inappropriate political comment as politely as possible, these folks have plenty of trained local and state personnel to assist them.
The last thing they would want is a horde of untrained teenagers from New York and elsewhere complicating their lives. Particularly when they are defenseless, probably having lost their firearms in the tornado.
However, Christie and Bloomerberg may want that type of unqualified "help."
Have a nice day.
You're the insensitive dope,ya know. Those folks down in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina were more than glad to see a 'horde of untrained teenagers' from church relief groups go in as first responders to help them when Bush 43's Brownie-headed f*ck'd -up FEMA couldn't even get to the city outskirts with helicopters and armored half-track military vehicles .

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#907842 May 20, 2013
Whatever wrote:
How do we know we have an administration out of control?
When we have foreign press discussing the DOJ's decision to now prosecute reporters.
They're taking notes for their own state security agencies. When America sneezes ;the World catches a cold.
Whatever

Gering, NE

#907843 May 20, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
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was it ok when:
The war on whistle-blowers
U.S. officials have long retaliated against employees who speak out, burying the dangers they expose. Now, Congress wants to give whistle-blowers greater protection -- but President Bush vows to stop it.
....a six-month investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting, in collaboration with Salon, has found that federal whistle-blowers almost never receive legal protection after they take action. Instead, they often face agency managers and White House appointees intent upon silencing them rather than addressing the problems they raise. They are left fighting for their jobs in a special administrative court system, little known to the American public, that is mired in bureaucracy and vulnerable to partisan politics. The CIR/Salon investigation reveals that the whistle-blower system — first created by Congress decades ago and proclaimed as a cornerstone of government transparency and accountability — has in reality enabled the punishment of employees who speak out. It has had a chilling effect, dissuading others from coming forward. The investigation examined nearly 3,600 whistle-blower cases since 1994, and included dozens of interviews and a review of confidential court documents. Whistle-blowers lose their cases, the investigation shows, nearly 97 percent of the time. Most limp away from the experience with their careers, reputations and finances in tatters.
Legal experts and lawmakers say the system is badly in need of reform. In fact, new legislation to strengthen whistle-blower protections has been moving through Congress this year, with strong bipartisan support, and is expected to come before the Senate this session. But in the latest setback to the system, the Bush White House has vowed to veto the legislation, citing among its criticisms a risk to national security.
http://www.salon.com/2007/11/01/whistleblower...
a risk to national security.
and there ya go.
The Obama administration has taken this all to entirely new level.

-The Obama admin has leaked classified memos for the sole purpose of discrediting a whistle blower
-The Obama admin through the DOJ used the power of their office to gather info about whistle blowers, congress men and journalist in order to leak to a Progressive site to discredit them.
-The Obama admin is attempting to make it criminal for journalist to report any classified information

This sounds like the gestapo and you are whining about what, skippy?

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#907844 May 20, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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Under the federal sales tax, would I charge my export cusomer's sales tax?
No. Exports are not consumed in this country so they are not taxed. Imports are consumed in this country so they are taxed.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#907845 May 20, 2013
OBAMA the GENIUS wrote:
<quoted text>
It is a great time to bring up:
Republicans say: hey OK! fix it yourself, we cant afford it.
After all billionaires need more tax cuts. Hey GOP: give a billionaire $50 million dollars like Bush did.
TORNADO? feds are broke Yo! Clean up your own mess......the GOP RED WAY! HYPOCRITES!
Not a problem.

We can fix our own communities.

But please ask Christie and Bloomerberg to pay back the $85 billion.
MissyM

Highland Park, IL

#907846 May 20, 2013
Yep I used to think it's just chicago style politics,,more like Nazi.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#907847 May 20, 2013
frontporchreactionary wrote:
<quoted text>You're the insensitive dope,ya know. Those folks down in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina were more than glad to see a 'horde of untrained teenagers' from church relief groups go in as first responders to help them when Bush 43's Brownie-headed f*ck'd -up FEMA couldn't even get to the city outskirts with helicopters and armored half-track military vehicles .
You people never let a crisis go to waste.

God has a special place for you.
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#907848 May 20, 2013
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
The Obama administration has taken this all to entirely new level.
-The Obama admin has leaked classified memos for the sole purpose of discrediting a whistle blower
-The Obama admin through the DOJ used the power of their office to gather info about whistle blowers, congress men and journalist in order to leak to a Progressive site to discredit them.
-The Obama admin is attempting to make it criminal for journalist to report any classified information
This sounds like the gestapo and you are whining about what, skippy?
[sigh]

HUBRIS: The Bush Admin's Push To Silence Iraq War Whistleblowers

Whatever

Gering, NE

#907849 May 20, 2013
So what is Obama's solution for HIS DOJ going after whistle blowers and the press?

Does he tell the DOJ to back off? Heck no

They brag about it

"“We have tried more leak cases—brought more leak cases during the course of this administration than any other administration,” Holder said before the Senate Judiciary Committee last year.…

Between 1917 and 1985, there was one successful federal leak prosecution. The Obama White House, by contrast, has pursued leaks “with a surprising relentlessness,” as Jane Mayer wrote in her masterful New Yorker piece about the prosecution of Thomas Drake."

The 2009 bill wouldn't do much to temper that relentless push.

On Wednesday, The New Republic's Molly Redden wrote that the administration's prosecutions has a real effect on journalists' ability to do their jobs.

[Prosecutions have] unnerved reporters,[Times reporter Scott Shane] and others said, but even more so their sources: national security officials. In fact, it’s hard to call a reporter on this beat who hasn’t felt sources withdraw as the subpoenas and seizures have piled up.“Officials are reluctant to get anywhere close to the line,” Shane said.“Take drones. The official position is that the government cannot confirm or deny the existence of a drone program in Pakistan. But the president has spoken several times, publicly, about the program. Is someone going to get into trouble for talking about it?” Few want to test the limits.“Sometimes they’ll offer some black humor about it.‘So you want me to be the next person to go to prison?’ But it actually has been much harder to get people to talk about anything, even in a sensitive-but-unclassified area.”

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/...

However, though the bill would do little to protect journalist from his own DOJ, Obama likes it because strangely it would shield him.
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#907850 May 20, 2013
The Bush administration, seeking to limit leaks of classified information, has launched initiatives targeting journalists and their possible government sources. The efforts include several FBI probes, a polygraph investigation inside the CIA and a warning from the Justice Department that reporters could be prosecuted under espionage laws.

In recent weeks, dozens of employees at the CIA, the National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies have been interviewed by agents from the FBI's Washington field office, who are investigating possible leaks that led to reports about secret CIA prisons and the NSA's warrantless domestic surveillance program, according to law enforcement and intelligence officials familiar with the two cases.

Numerous employees at the CIA, FBI, Justice Department and other agencies also have received letters from Justice prohibiting them from discussing even unclassified issues related to the NSA program, according to sources familiar with the notices. Some GOP lawmakers are also considering whether to approve tougher penalties for leaking.

In a little-noticed case in California, FBI agents from Los Angeles have already contacted reporters at the Sacramento Bee about stories published in July that were based on sealed court documents related to a terrorism case in Lodi, according to the newspaper.

Some media watchers, lawyers and editors say that, taken together, the incidents represent perhaps the most extensive and overt campaign against leaks in a generation, and that they have worsened the already-tense relationship between mainstream news organizations and the White House.

"There's a tone of gleeful relish in the way they talk about dragging reporters before grand juries, their appetite for withholding information, and the hints that reporters who look too hard into the public's business risk being branded traitors," said New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller, in a statement responding to questions from The Washington Post. "I don't know how far action will follow rhetoric, but some days it sounds like the administration is declaring war at home on the values it professes to be promoting abroad."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...

just because FOX ignored doesn't mean it didn't happen.

Since: Apr 13

Orlando, FL

#907851 May 20, 2013
How sad for the people in Moore, Oklahoma.

37 confirmed dead so far - most are children who were at school.

The worst tornado recorded in Oklahoma.

We should keep these people in our thoughts and prayers even as we discuss politics.

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#907852 May 20, 2013
another School Fatality where is the democrats, we need laws to ban Tornados.

Dozens killed as tornado tears through Oklahoma, leaving miles of debris

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/20/18...
Whatever

Gering, NE

#907853 May 20, 2013
frontporchreactionary wrote:
<quoted text>They're taking notes for their own state security agencies. When America sneezes ;the World catches a cold.
You are beyond help

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Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#907854 May 20, 2013
Whatever wrote:
How do we know we have an administration out of control?
When we have foreign press discussing the DOJ's decision to now prosecute reporters.
America is no longer that shinning city on a hill that once beckoned to the weary and downtrodden. It is becoming a dark city sunk into a dark valley and any light is to be found elsewhere.

The Boy Messiah symbolizes all that is wrong with America.

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Gering, NE

#907855 May 20, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
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[sigh]
HUBRIS: The Bush Admin's Push To Silence Iraq War Whistleblowers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =r65LcszE2gMXX
Chew on this Sonic your Obama and his DOJ has been ruthless

"“We have tried more leak cases—brought more leak cases during the course of this administration than any other administration,” Holder said before the Senate Judiciary Committee last year.…

Between 1917 and 1985, there was one successful federal leak prosecution. The Obama White House, by contrast, has pursued leaks “with a surprising relentlessness,” as Jane Mayer wrote in her masterful New Yorker piece about the prosecution of Thomas Drake."

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