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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lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#939957 Jul 8, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
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Parsing the psychology of the president’s bond with Ms. Jarrett has become something of a West Wing pastime: is she some sort of mother or sister figure to an only child whose own parents variously abandoned him?
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/us/politics...
The NYT's article goes on to say "After the downgrade in the nation’s debt last year, it was not the Treasury secretary at the president’s side helping map out how to manage the market’s reaction. It was Ms. Jarrett."
So what? Who cares? I suppose you think the republicans should choose the Presidents advisors? Get a grip.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#939958 Jul 8, 2013
Hey you people in Florida Chantal will be knocking on the door around Friday.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#939959 Jul 8, 2013
frontporchreactionary wrote:
<quoted text> Maybe ,if we called abortion clinics 'fertilizer plants' then Republicans wouldn't be trying to shut them down.
If we called abortion clinics "fertilizer plants", then they would receive more rigorous health and safety inspections.
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#939960 Jul 8, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
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How 'bout The New York Times?
A Chicagoan who helped Mr. Obama navigate his rise through that city’s aggressive politics, Ms. Jarrett came to Washington with no national experience. But her unmatched access to the Obamas has made her a driving force in some of the most significant domestic policy decisions of the president’s first term, her persuasive power only amplified by Mr. Obama’s insular management style.
"She is the single most influential person in the Obama White House,” said one former senior White House official.
She is the guiding hand in everything from who sits on the Supreme Court to who sits next to whom at state dinners. The White House staff memos are peppered with “VJ thinks” or “VJ says.”
Her direct access to the president has at times led to half-baked decision making and unclear lines of authority.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/us/politics...
Them's pretty powerful words. Her direct access to the president has "led to unclear lines of authority."
And Homer isn't even sure who she is.
Weren't you people complaining about Washington 'insiders' the first time when Palin was running?

Now it's a 'bad' thing?

Boy you people can't make up your minds.
Lily Boca Grande

New Britain, CT

#939961 Jul 8, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Why? You're getting cwazyer every day.
That's how you get more Democrats.
Jane Says

New York, NY

#939962 Jul 8, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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At least now that Karl Rove is out of the spotlight, he is now free to marry his lover Jeff Gannon Guckert. You know nothing about the real Karl Rove; you probably never gave him a moments thought; afterall, he's a white man.
Every President has a top advisor; so what? What bugs you? That she's a woman? A woman of color? It's not her job to be in the spotlight, and President Obama has his own brain. Perhaps Bush didn't.
why didn't Obammy just appoint Oprah. at least she's been a successful businesswoman, and there would have been at least ONE person as an advisor who'd ever had a real job.
NJ raider 1

Newark, NJ

#939963 Jul 8, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
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Parsing the psychology of the president’s bond with Ms. Jarrett has become something of a West Wing pastime: is she some sort of mother or sister figure to an only child whose own parents variously abandoned him?
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/us/politics...
The NYT's article goes on to say "After the downgrade in the nation’s debt last year, it was not the Treasury secretary at the president’s side helping map out how to manage the markets reaction. It was Ms. Jarrett."
So what! It was Chaney who was Bush's advisor & basically commander & liar, pushing the initiative to invade a sovereign nation that by all accounts was complying with the UN sanctions. So who was really president?

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#939965 Jul 8, 2013
Homer wrote:
<quoted text>I don't care. We had Cheney as VP, you cannot get any worse than that, well except for maybe Dan Quayle.
Oh, yes, Homer, you CAN get much worse than that.

Rahm "dead fish" Emmanuel.
Tony "jailbird" Rezko.
Bill "domestic terrorist" Ayres.
Van "avowed communist" Jones.
Anita "Mao Tse-Tung admirer" Dunn.
Valerie "slumlord" Jarrett.
Eric "above the law" Holder.
Rev. "blame whitey" Wright.

Gee, the list goes on and on. Give me a minute. There's a lot more.

But it most definitely can get worse than Cheney and Quayle who were guided by their convictions. You just didn't like their convictions.

Give me convictions even if I disagree over the above list any day.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#939966 Jul 8, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Why? You're getting cwazyer every day.
It was just a question. So, has he?

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#939967 Jul 8, 2013
flack wrote:
Hey you people in Florida Chantal will be knocking on the door around Friday.
Fundraising for Obama?

Thanks for the heads up....
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#939968 Jul 8, 2013
flack wrote:
Hey you people in Florida Chantal will be knocking on the door around Friday.
Yup
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#939969 Jul 8, 2013
NJ raider 1 wrote:
<quoted text> So what! It was Chaney who was Bush's advisor & basically commander & liar, pushing the initiative to invade a sovereign nation that by all accounts was complying with the UN sanctions. So who was really president?
Rove.
Jane Says

New York, NY

#939970 Jul 8, 2013
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#939971 Jul 8, 2013
Homer wrote:
<quoted text>Homer would pay higher taxes for a smarter populace. It is in the best interest of the country. Why are rightwingers so down on education, smart people, and have an overall disdain for intelligence?
Education and intelligence are not the same.

Many of the public school systems with the highest per capita expenditures have the worst results.

If you start with substandard raw materials, no amount of money spent on union labor can produce a quality product

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#939972 Jul 8, 2013
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>Weren't you people complaining about Washington 'insiders' the first time when Palin was running?
Now it's a 'bad' thing?
Boy you people can't make up your minds.
Admit it. You had no idea who Valerie Jarrett was or her significant influence over this president.

Homer apparently didn't.

Now you should ask yourself, "Why is that?"

Shouldn't we know who influences the president's decisions and/or makes them for him?
LCN Llin

United States

#939973 Jul 8, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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So what? Who cares? I suppose you think the republicans should choose the Presidents advisors? Get a grip.
fauxites stick to one particular item, ACORN, President Obama's church, a few people from the 1960s influencing his thought :-) and hammer away into the air with nothing of importance.
WOW

Bronx, NY

#939974 Jul 8, 2013
War by remote control AUSTRALIANS under attack in some future war may be able to call in cyber specialists able to infect an enemy aircraft with a Trojan horse virus and force it to land or to crash, its pilot helpless to intervene.

That's one reason, says national security specialist Des Ball, that Australia needs to develop its own offensive cyber capabilities.

This extraordinary notion, worlds away from the layman's view of dogfights, ack-ack fire and even long-range missile attacks, is contained in a series of papers, to be released today by the Kokoda Foundation think tank, on security challenges facing Australia.

In a joint paper, Ball and former Royal Australian Air Force officer Gary Waters say the government acknowledged in the defence white paper that cyber warfare posed a serious threat to Australia's military capabilities and to the nation's critical infrastructure and commercial operations.
Iran Air Flight 655 in July 3, 1988 killing 290 innocent civilian from six nations including 66 children.



Because of the delay in takeoff, it appeared on the Vincennes’s radar at 10:17, and at 10:19, the Vincennes began to issue warnings on the Military Air Distress frequency. According to U.S. government accounts, Vincennes mistakenly identified the Iranian airplane as an attacking military fighter. The officers identified the flight profile being flown by the A300B2 as being similar to that of an Iranian Air Force F-14A Tomcat during an attack run. According to the same reports Vincennes tried more than once to contact Flight 655, but there was no acknowledgement. The official ICAO report stated that these attempts to contact Iran Air 655 were sent on the wrong frequency and addressed to a non-existent “Iranian F-14&#8243;.

The Iranian F-14s at Bandar Abbas have been set to squawk in “Mode II,” a mode that would identify to the U.S. ships that the aircraft in question were military, and Iranian. Being a commercial flight, Iran Air 655 was instructed to squawk in Mode III, a signal that identifies civilian traffic. A unique transmission code number, 6760 in this case, was assigned to distinguish this particular flight from others.

During the next three minutes, the Vincennes issued a number of warnings on both military and civil distress frequencies, it (mistakenly) identified the Airbus 320 as a possible Iranian F-14, it (mistakenly) reported hearing IFF squawks in Mode II, and it (mistakenly) reported the aircraft as descending toward the ship when it was in fact still climbing according to its usual flight plan.

At 10:24 am, Captain Rogers, the Commanding Officer of Vincennes ordered to fire two SM-2ER antiaircraft missiles at the assumed F-14 fighter jet. A few seconds later, with the Airbus still on its assigned climb out, and slightly to one side of, but well within air corridor Amber 59, it was intercepted by one or both of the missiles at a range of eight nautical miles and an altitude of 13,500 feet. Flight 655, with some 290 people, tumbled in flames into the Persian Gulf. The whole flight had taken less than seven minutes. There were no survivors. By noon that day, Iranian helicopters and boats began to search the area and recover the bodies. It was not until later in the day that the officers and men of the Vincennes would learn that what they had shot down was not an Iranian F-14, but a commercial, civil flight.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#939975 Jul 8, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
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Oh, yes, Homer, you CAN get much worse than that.
Rahm "dead fish" Emmanuel.
Tony "jailbird" Rezko.
Bill "domestic terrorist" Ayres.
Van "avowed communist" Jones.
Anita "Mao Tse-Tung admirer" Dunn.
Valerie "slumlord" Jarrett.
Eric "above the law" Holder.
Rev. "blame whitey" Wright.
Gee, the list goes on and on. Give me a minute. There's a lot more.
But it most definitely can get worse than Cheney and Quayle who were guided by their convictions. You just didn't like their convictions.
Give me convictions even if I disagree over the above list any day.
A person who is guided by convictions is not a thinker. Bush was like that; that's why he was dangerous and got us into wars.
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#939976 Jul 8, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
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Oh, yes, Homer, you CAN get much worse than that.
Rahm "dead fish" Emmanuel.
Tony "jailbird" Rezko.
Bill "domestic terrorist" Ayres.
Van "avowed communist" Jones.
Anita "Mao Tse-Tung admirer" Dunn.
Valerie "slumlord" Jarrett.
Eric "above the law" Holder.
Rev. "blame whitey" Wright.
Gee, the list goes on and on. Give me a minute. There's a lot more.
But it most definitely can get worse than Cheney and Quayle who were guided by their convictions. You just didn't like their convictions.
Give me convictions even if I disagree over the above list any day.
the conviction that we should find more oil for Cheney's buddies brought us an unfunded illegal war.

i'll take the right wing fear-mongering over that conviction.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#939977 Jul 8, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
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Fundraising for Obama?
Thanks for the heads up....
Fundraising? Is he running for office? You're outta yer minduh.

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