Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1263800 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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Jane Says

New York, NY

#924122 Jun 13, 2013
The Obama Era - proof that libs are only tolerant with those who agree with them

The Obama administration is facing scandals everywhere — using the IRS to punish political enemies, seizing the telephone records of reporters, monitoring phone and e-mail accounts of millions and making up stories about what happened in Benghazi.

In other words, the sort of government overreach that hardly raises eyebrows in Russia, China and most of Africa and Latin America is felonious here in the freest society in the world. Because of America’s unique Constitution, and especially the Bill of Rights, for over two centuries Americans have taken as their birthright privacy and free expression, so that even the slightest infringement becomes cause for outrage — and correction.

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#924123 Jun 13, 2013
positronium wrote:
<quoted text>Yes I did. Meanwhile they keep.....Have you checked the intercept threads yet.
It's amazing.
Not yet, but I can imagine what's going on there.
The Obamabots are trying to divert the attention to Snowden to prevent the attention from being focussed where it needs to be, on the government spying. The RINOs are helping them.

Is that close?
Jane Says

New York, NY

#924124 Jun 13, 2013
The Obama Era's Errors

We also have wide margins of error in energy. President Obama still keeps the Keystone Pipeline on hold. He has frozen almost all new gas and oil leasing on America’s vast public lands. Yet throughout the 2012 campaign, the president also BOASTED that gas and oil drilling in the United States had reached all-time highs.

Despite, not because of, the president’s efforts, production rose due to a long history of protecting private property rights and ownership of subterranean resources. The country also inherited a can-do tradition of private enterprise using innovative new technology to cut costs and increase efficiency.

In contrast, much of Europe has outlawed fracking. Elsewhere there is not the expertise to use sophisticated recovery techniques. Only in the United States can the private oil and gas sector not so easily be shut down.

The result is that the president has the luxury of lauding record production while doing his utmost to STOP it.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#924125 Jun 13, 2013
Scarlet Pimpernel wrote:
Under the Bus Obama.” The list of those Obama has thrown under the runaway buses of neoliberal capitalism, military empire, and white supremacy is daunting. His resume of betrayal includes his maternal grandmother, his preacher, the labor movement (betrayed and abandoned on global trade, labor law reform, the Wisconsin rebellion, the wage- and job-slashing terms of the much-ballyhooed auto bailout and more); environmentalists (abandoned and betrayed on offshore drilling, hydraulic fracturing, global trade, global carbon emission reduction-efforts, nuclear power, clean coal and more), senior citizens (betrayed by the president’s ongoing effort to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits), immigrants (betrayed by a president who has actually increased the number of deportations) civil libertarians (abandoned and betrayed on Guantanamo, rendition, warrantless wiretaps, secret kills lists, whistleblower protection, domestic drones, the infiltration of protest organizations, and more), the mainstream press (recently betrayed by the president’s arch-authoritarian seizure of Associate Press phone records), nuclear disarmament advocates (recently betrayed by Obama’s $547 million request for the B61 nuclear gravity bomb in Europe), and the antiwar community (betrayed by Obama’s sick global drone war, the undeclared war on Libya, the escalating U.S. invasion of Africa, U.S. saber-rattling in relation to Iran, Syria, and East Asia and much more). Last but not least and of special interest to this panel, we have Black America, betrayed by a first technically black president who has said and done less about racial inequality than any American chief executive in recent memory.
“From racial profiling to mass incarceration to affirmative action, his comments have been sparse and halting.”
Well stated.

Obama's efforts to drive Black America deeper into poverty are particularly despicable. But politically effective.
Jane Says

New York, NY

#924126 Jun 13, 2013
Obammy Inherited a Strong Military

With the Obama administration’s scheduled Pentagon cuts, on top of the sequester reductions, about $1 trillion over the next decade will be slashed from the military budget.

The president still is fighting a war in Afghanistan and has intervened in Libya.

Obama can oversee massive military reductions, and yet project force almost anywhere in the world, precisely because he inherited the largest, most potent armed forces in the history of civilization.

Even with budget cuts, the US military will allot more to defense than what the next 10 nations spend on their militaries combined. America manages to do this, while investing less than 5 percent of its GDP, primarily because its economy remains the world’s largest, most productive and most innovative.
Scarlet Pimpernel

Bronx, NY

#924127 Jun 13, 2013
“The Age of Obama as a Racial Nightmare”(TomDispatch, March 25, 2012).

During all of this, the black bourgeois so-called leadership class has been depressingly silent both on the depth and degree of the black crisis and on Obama’s refusal to meaningfully address that crisis. It’s not just that the president is a Democrat. The black political class offered far more criticism of President Bill Clinton’s silence on race than it has of Obama’ silence on race because, despite what Chris Rock had to say, president Clinton was white and because Obama for all his Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner post-racial white-friendliness is technically black. The black political class has accepted the president’s silence on race, Harris noted last October, as “the necessary price for the pride and satisfaction of having a black family in the White House.”

“Blacks have suffered a far bigger fall in income since 2007 than any other racial group.”
Jane Says

New York, NY

#924128 Jun 13, 2013
Generation Debt

Elements of US universities are increasingly subject to global ridicule. Tuition customarily soars far beyond the rate of inflation. Aggregate student debt is now unsustainable. A lost generation of unemployed youth fails to translate their questionable degrees into well-paying jobs.

Colleges waste money on the superfluous, from rocking-climbing walls to diversity czars. College catalogs now include offerings such as Dartmouth’s “Queer Marriage, Hate Crimes and Will and Grace: Contemporary Issues in LGBT Studies” and Harvard’s “Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee.”

American universities have the luxury of offering the inane precisely because their math, science and computer departments, along with their medical and business schools, would never offer such fluff. In other words, the meritocratic protocols of institutions such as Caltech, MIT, Stanford Medical School and Harvard Business School are so successful in turning out the world’s most gifted graduates that they can afford to subsidize the widely publicized but otherwise shallow and POLITICALLY CORRECT NONSENSE (where 99% of the students who took such courses voted for Obammy).
Scarlet Pimpernel

Bronx, NY

#924129 Jun 13, 2013
Obama, like Clinton, has been worse then merely silent on the question of racial oppression. As I documented in my 2010 book The Empire’s New Clothes, the president has been openly hostile to the notion that he or anyone else in government ought to pay special attention to blacks’ needs. This is consistent with candidate Obama’s instantly and widely white-heralded Philadelphia Race Speech, which was dedicated to the proposition that Jeremiah Wright’s anger at American racial oppression was no longer appropriate in the contemporary supposedly post-racist and color-blind United States. It is consistent also with candidate Obama’s ridiculous claim that black America ’s post-Civil Rights “Joshua Generation” had comes 90 percent of the way to full equality.

Just three weeks ago, Obama gave a commencement address at historically black Morehouse College where he told young black men that “there’s no longer any room for excuses” and that “Nobody cares if you suffered some discrimination” and that, quote,“whatever you’ve gone through pales in comparison the hardships previous generations endured…and overcame.” He said all this after citing his own ascendancy to the presidency as an example that “barriers have come tumbling down” and that “new doors of opportunity have swung open.” Now can you imagine the president saying the same thing to the graduates of an all-female college or to the graduates of a Latino/a high school?

The second criticism really isn’t fair because Harris didn’t purport to write about any other than racial politics. It is simply that Obama’s racial identity – and I would add his technically Muslim ethno-cultural nomenclature – has been relevant not merely to the silencing of black elite dissent and to dissent regarding racism. It has been relevant also to the silencing of white and Latino and Asian liberal and progressive and left dissent regarding the whole panoply of interrelated oppression structures that exist today, including class, capitalism, nationality, militarism, empire, eco-cide, patriarchy, and more.
Jane Says

New York, NY

#924130 Jun 13, 2013
Obammy Loves the Green Movement (as he jets about on date nights and frequently criss crosses the nation in Air Force One to go to campaign fund raisers)

The United States has the luxury to waste billions of dollars subsidizing a failed Solyndra or insolvent electric car companies because it has the richest coal — and soon, gas and oil — deposits in the world.

At some point, our margins of error will disappear and with them the indulgent toying with our freedoms, defense, energy, education and food. Americans will then have to reawaken and act more like our no-nonsense predecessors — if our successors are to inherit what we have taken for granted.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#924131 Jun 13, 2013
A Los Angeles bus driver was killed yesterday by an unlicensed illegal immigrant from Guatemala who drove his speeding tow truck through a red light.

Democrats immediately demanded that illegal aliens be licensed to address this critical safety issue.


Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#924132 Jun 13, 2013
Scientists are estimating that the first AI will become self-aware in the next ten years.

Are we becoming a one world wide brain? With the advent of pcs and smart phones we are tackling problems on a global scale. A problem arises and within minutes people around the globe are discussing, working, and coming up with solutions. This will change the way people interact and in fact will change the way people view the world. This will be a major game changer as more of the world comes on line.

“Gloria Ad Caput Venire”

Since: Jan 08

Wekweti NT

#924133 Jun 13, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Has anybody ever heard of or seen a "transvaginal probe" except hysterical Bocajews like lily and Jean?
I have no Idea if anybody has.
Scarlet Pimpernel

Bronx, NY

#924134 Jun 13, 2013
Obama would betray black Americans and be a negative for the struggle against racism ,“The president has been openly hostile to the notion that he or anyone else in government ought to pay special attention to blacks’ needs.” the predominantly white governing class and the imperial establishment play clever Machiavellian games with race and gender and ethnicity and religion and sexual orientation, using these and other aspects of social identity as seductive propaganda tools to bamboozle millions into seeing democratic transformation when the underlying reality is the deepening grip of the unelected and interrelated dictatorships of money and empire.

We knew what Martin Luther King knew when he rejected efforts to enlist for a presidential run in 1968.“The black revolution,” Dr. King wrote that critical year, is “exposing evils that are rooted deeply in the whole structure of our society. It reveals systemic rather than superficial flaws and suggests that the radical reconstruction of society itself is the real issue to be faced.” The changes we needed to avert catastrophe and build a human civilization, King felt, could not be limited to the periodic re-shuffling of the names and faces and parties in nominal power. It had to go deeper than replacing one brand or shape or color of corporate- and military-captive office-holders with another such brand once every two, four or eight years.

We knew that, as Howard Zinn said,“the really critical thing isn’t who’s sitting in the White House, but who is sitting in – in the streets, in the cafeterias, in the halls of government, in the factories. Who is protesting, who is occupying offices and demonstrating – those are the things that determine what happens.” It’s not about running for president.


“Bill Clinton could have ”

Since: May 10

Prevented this

#924135 Jun 13, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
These fools on here are all like the Rainman, Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi.
Larry Flynt On Republicans: They're 'Mean-Spirited,''Racist' And 'A Nightmare'
Larry Flynt???? is that who you hold up as a leader of the democrat party??? ROTFLMAO-I believe it--there is the reason the country is in trouble. Larry Flynt: Typical Democrat.

Since: May 11

Newville, PA

#924136 Jun 13, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Which effort to "gut the immigration bill"?
The one that puts border security first?
The one that puts a mythical standard that would take years & years to obtain.

Galt: "Mommy, I want to go out & play"

Galt's Mother: Not until your room is clean.

Galt cleans his room.

Galt" Mommy O cleaned my room!"

Galts Mother: " Galt, you moron, that room isn't clean! There's dust on your table"

Galt dusts the table.

Galt: "Mommy I dusted the table, Can I go Now?"

Galt's Mother . "Galt, you moron, there's dust under your bed."

On & On & on.

What s "clean" jus like what is "effective control" have a wide range of opinions.

“Bill Clinton could have ”

Since: May 10

Prevented this

#924137 Jun 13, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
Excuse me. You forgot to mention that the 3.5 trillion in debt due to the Great Arab War Against Wahhabistan was not in the budget.
You also forgot to mention the Great Recession started in 4th quarter of 2007 that you have failed to list the legislation the Democrats passed to create it in just 9 months as you claim.
Three of the richest men in the world – Warren Buffett, George Soros and John Paulson – are selling millions of shares in United States companies at a shocking rate.

According to Buffet’s website…

“It is very likely that these professional investors are aware of very specific research that indicates a massive market correction coming very soon… as much as 95%– enough to cause nightmarish conditions that make the 2008 financial debacle pale in comparison.

Scarlet Pimpernel

Bronx, NY

#924138 Jun 13, 2013
If we’re going to get a radical politics, including a radical black politics, back in this country, we have to drop out of major party electoral-ism and bourgeois identity politics once and for all. We have to get back to supposedly old-fashioned Marxist and black-nationalist understandings of how race, racial identity and sham electoral democracy function together within the overall and interrelated frameworks of capitalism and imperialism.
Scarlet Pimpernel

Bronx, NY

#924139 Jun 13, 2013
So, you know, liberals ask me,“gee whiz golly shucks Mr. Street , but isn’t there anything good about the Obama experience and presidency from a racial justice perspective?” And I will report that I simply cannot listen to all the “black role model” talk any more after everything this man has done in office. At this point, I’m not sure I would rather have Black American youth dreaming of being a Jordan or a JayZee or a Beyonce than of being an Obama or a Colin Powell or a Condi Rice or a Susan Rice or a Cory Booker T. If there’s anything good about the Obama experience and era, I think it is that professor Obama has given billions of ordinary people at home and abroad an advanced seminar on who really runs this vicious capitalist nation state beneath and beyond its quadrennial major party big money candidate-centered electoral extravaganzas. He has given us an extreme tutorial on the idiotic futility of seeking progressive change through the bourgeois ballot box and bourgeois identity politics. He has been a perfect embodiment of how the ruling class can flip the old racial divide-and-rule over in a devious way to put false rebels’ clothes on the persistent, predominantly white plutocracy and its bloody empire. The lesson of Obama…it’s the lessons that Occupy acted upon before it got shut down to make way for the year long election spectacle – the lesson once again that its not about who’s sitting in the White House, it’s about who’s sitting in the streets, who’s occupying the shop-floors, who’s occupying the public square, who’s occupying the schools and the media and the legislative halls from the bottom up.

“Gloria Ad Caput Venire”

Since: Jan 08

Wekweti NT

#924140 Jun 13, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Everybody with a brain knew that the government was spying on them.
Snowden just gave the program a name and a face.
Where's the beef?
Those citizens without a brain know that too now and that is a problem, Isnt it?
You know, all those lemmings and sheeple?
Unlike us.
Who might advocate for them.
Just thinking.
Scarlet Pimpernel

Bronx, NY

#924141 Jun 13, 2013
So, you know, let the president dream his dreams of Mount Rushmore. Let him have his global ex-president foundation and his untold millions in corporate speaking fees and his Secrete Service detachments. Let him send Sasha and Malia to the Deerfield Academy and Harvard or Oxford and let him drone on about how that proves that equal opportunity has come to America for all who refuse to “make excuses.” I know Obama still has business to finish up for the ruling class, like cutting back Social Security and Medicare, final Keystone Pipeline approval, sneaking through the Trans Pacific Partnership and positioning the Pentagon to more effectively confront China. Yes, we have to resist him and the ruling class he supports right now, everyday, Still, we can already feel the president starting to slip under the bus of history. That’s a good thing. I don’t think either Hillary Clinton or Marc Rubio can give this vicious sociopathic racist empire a deadly re-branding to anything like the same degree as what Obama did.

In the meantime, those of us on the real left have got bigger and better things to worry about than the life and times of Booker T. Obama. We have a bigger timeline than the two-and four-year election cycles of American politics, not to mention the quarterly earnings statements of capital, the real executive authority beneath and beyond the comings and goings of politicians. We are in pursuit of what Dr, King rightly called the real issue to be faced beyond superficial matters – the radical reconstruction of society itself. Thank you very much.

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