Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1508094 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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United States

#979910 Sep 10, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
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That is worth saying again.
so Iraq was a lose lose.

Cape Canaveral, FL

#979911 Sep 10, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
Interesting article shedding some light on Syria's history - worth the read:
Syria has always been a complex place religiously. The country has a substantial Sunni Muslim majority, but it also has large minority communities of Christians, Alawites and others.
Alawites are members of an Islamic sect that draw heavily from Christian roots and who celebrate Christmas. They were long known as “Little Christians.”
Christianity made its cultural and intellectual home in Syria. St. Paul famously visited Damascus, and Antioch was one of the world’s greatest Christian centers flourishing under Islamic rule.
In the 1920s, the French arbitrarily carved out the country’s most Christian sections and designated that region “Lebanon” with its capital at Beirut.
But Syria changed after the First World War, and 1915 marked the beginning of the genocide of perhaps 1.5 million Armenians as well as hundreds of thousands of Assyrians, Maronites, and other Christian groups.
However, by the 1990s, five of seven Hafez al-Assad's (President from 1971 through 2000) closest advisers were Christian. His son Bashar is the current president and America’s nemesis in the region.
Christians in Syria today make up around 3 million people including many refugees and disguised crypto-believers.
Already, Christians have suffered terrible persecution in rebel-controlled areas with countless reports of murder, rape and extortion.
The present nightmare is if the present regime collapses, a radically anti-Western regime would emerge and kill or expel several million Christians and Alawites. This would be a political, religious and humanitarian catastrophe unparalleled since the Armenian genocide almost exactly a century ago.
The United States government may be pushing towards not a commemoration of the genocide but a re-enactment.
One more reason why we're in such a pickle. We don't know who the "rebels" are and know Assad's regime is evil.
Alewites drink liquor too.

You don't know who the rebels are, FOX hasn't told you. The CIA and by proxy the administration knows who the fck they are. John McCain got his azz tricked though__didn't he?
Bernard Forand

Cape Coral, FL

#979912 Sep 10, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Raw jobs numbers can be deceiving when the numbers are insufficient to keep up with population growth and the percentage employed continues to decline.

The book,“ Bulls Bears and the Ballot Box. By Bob Deitreick and Lew Goldfarb” inspired the following;
Ever wonder which party is the party to attend to.
Republicans are the worst stewardship in our nations 80 years history. Promoting Inequality through the Income Gap, as one example, of many.

A mathematical investigation was produced by the statisticians Pedro Santa Clara and Rossen Valkanov that exposes the superior performance of the stock markets under democrats. That this is but one example of the democrat’s superiority, as there are more.
Their study encompasses 80 years. Study demonstrates systematically and positively surprised by democratic policies. Comparing the stewardship of the two parties. They calculated each economic indicator as an “annual average” during the democrats and republicans of their economic stewardship of their 40 years each. Turns out to be a landslide for democrats providing beneficial returns to the nation. One example; Democrat’s presided over a very respectable average annual compound return of 9.60% during their 40 years where in as republicans averaged a dismal 0.58%.
Consider this; a 401K plan invested in stocks and had a value of $100,000 at the beginning of the 40 years. Democrats would accumulate in compound interest $ 3,912,210 where in as republicans would only produce $126,027 . Another example; “IF” an employee were to invest $5,000 per year into their 401K for 40 years in a democratic stewardship the employee would have $1,985,526 in the bank. Where as the republican would produce a dismal $224,375.
That republicans advocate that they are good for businesses is false as compared to the democrats
Another interesting fact emerges within the statistical study. The income gap between the 99% and the top 1% has widened considerably under republicans. Averaging .49% as compared to the democrat’s .41% That is to say under republicans the income gap in 40 years, widened by 19.6% and narrowed 16.4%. Resulting in a 36% difference.
LOL on debt republicans increased debt by 2.5 times greater than that of the democrats. Republicans $7.1 Trillion vs. the democrats $2.8 Trillion.
GOP’s Self-Proclamation for economic dominance; in fact it is a misnomer to call the GOP a fiscal responsible party and or a smaller government, when in fact the contrary is true.
Obama’s administration indicates he sought the great leaders on these issue. Eccles and FDR, Clinton and O’Neill to do what is most productive for our nation.
Now pass on this one small example of the fallacies of the republican’s erroneous policies and deceptions..

John Galt

Temecula, CA

#979913 Sep 10, 2013
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Syria’s chemical arms handover will only work if the US and its allies renounce the use of force against Damascus.

"Certainly, this is all reasonable, it will function and will work out, only if the US and those who support it on this issue pledge to renounce the use of force, because it is difficult to make any country – Syria or any other country in the world – to unilaterally disarm if there is military action against it under consideration," President Putin said on Tuesday.

Your move, Barack.

“Bill Clinton could have ”

Since: May 10

Prevented this

#979914 Sep 10, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text> Thank you Rush Limbaugh for creating jackasses like Wretch Almighty.
You can blame Rush-seems like that is what O'bama does. A president blaming a talk show host, it is delicious...isn't it? I lived in Wisconsin before I moved to Chicago--really we used to laugh at the liberals down there. But it isn't funny once you have to live among the enemies of the country. I couldn't get out fast enough.

Since: May 11

Aspers, PA

#979915 Sep 10, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> No he didn't Dilbert. Learn to read.
Your mental twin Dumbwaiter stated statistics that were brought about by the recession.

He said it was because of Obamacare.

Therefore either he must think Obamacare caused the recession or his statement was false.

Its called logic.
Buroc Millhouse Obama

Hamden, CT

#979916 Sep 10, 2013
Buy American or Drop Dead wrote:
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Of course, if Bush/Cheney were still in power, a full scale invasion would have been launched months ago for the sole purpose of funneling a few more billions in no bid government contracts to their political cronies. Of course, at least this time, they would have found WMD.
Instead, now we have clowns running the country every other country laughs at.

United States

#979917 Sep 10, 2013
Diplomacy Obama Style Continues to Prove the Critics Wrong

If President Obama followed the desires of the do nothing critics, these developments probably wouldn’t have occured. He would send a message to rogue states and non-governmental rogue actors that they can violate international norms with impunity. It would also be saying to our friends in the international community that they are on their own.

If he followed the do anything but force crowd, this is a case in which diplomatic efforts without force, if necessary, would not be taken seriously. The agreement came because Syria wanted to avoid punitive strikes by the U.S. and its allies.

Another set of critics advocate the opposite extreme of the do nothing crowd – regime change, which would entail a more extensive use of force than punitive strikes would entail. Never mind, that Obama’s approach is heading in the direction of diplomatic success in a potential crisis without resorting to the extreme of going to war.

Some critics of the U.S.’s possible use of punitive strikes against Syria point to the U.S.’s lack of moral authority because of its inconsistent record with regard to violations of prohibitions against chemical weapons. Okay, the fact is we violated international norm with Bush’s torture policy being one shining example and we looked the other way when our friends did the same. One example is Israel’s continued expansion of settlements. Suggestions that we do nothing based on these facts indulge in the fallacy that two wrongs make a right. How does turning a blind eye to Syria rectify the settlement problem in Israel? How does allowing Assad to get away with gassing his own citizens, including sleeping children, compensate for Bush’s torture policy?

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#979918 Sep 10, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
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Iran is shipping hundreds of tons of weaponry to Syria to kill the Al Qaeda insurgents. Al Qaeda is Suni. Iran is Shi'ite. This is really no more than the usual Suni-Shi'ite medieval mentality war.
Assad has maintained peace with Israel for a long time. Everyone has a vested interest in that.
If the Muslim Brotherhood takes over Syria, that won't be the case anymore.
There is a reason the Muslim Brotherhood was thrown out of the government of Egypt. The Egyptian military thought they were dangerous to have in government. There is a reason they were not able to secure power in Libya. They are considered to be too dangerous there, too.
If you look at the big picture, the United States should be helping prevent them from gaining any influence anywhere in the world.
The Muslim Brotherhood represents the most radical Islamist mentality that is the sole motivation for international terrorism from Sunis.
Why should be help them in any way?
And, how the hell did we end up with a Muslim Brotherhood president and administration?
If your claim is true - that Obama is part of the Muslim Brotherhood - then that certainly would explain why he'd want to weaken our ally against Israel.

But nothing is clear at this point.

So I can only assume Assad is the bad guy and Putin is the bad guy who wants to help out the bad guy and Obama will likely let him...which wouldn't make sense if, in fact, Obama was rooting for the MB...unless Putin's offer pressured him to keep Assad in power.

As I said, nothing is clear at this point. Except that I don't trust this president any further than I can throw him. Never have.

Since: Nov 11

Marengo, OH

#979919 Sep 10, 2013
The incompetent man-child Liberal's messiah Obama to take credit for Putin's foreign affair idea.

Only Liberals fall for it!!!
Bernard Forand

Cape Coral, FL

#979920 Sep 10, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Galt does not discuss his personal life, but poofballs like Patrick would be summarily executed by your Islamic buddies just for the fact of what you are....

Inequality In The USA. Has the highest level among the advanced industrial countries. Comparing to some such as Hungary, Belgium and France which have no significant increases to their inequality. Where in as the USA has been increasing to be more aligned with Iran, Jamaica, Uganda and the Philippines.
GDP does not take into account the measure of inequality. Does not measure the security of its citizens.
All boats rise equally on the rising tide is no longer applicable here in the USA. We have harbors that restrict through manipulation the rising tides. The few affluent yachts at the open end of the harbor suffer no restrictions of significance, equal to the manipulated incoming tide, to the boats in the restricted harbors. Tide dams have been erected to offset the flow of rising tides within the harbors.
Example; Presently USA CEO’s have 200 to 1 ratio in income to the average laborer. Japan as one example has a 16 to 1 ratio. Less than 50 years ago USA had a 30 to 1 ratio. This rising inequality has stimulated additional wanna-be’s executives to seek the same. One example can be found in the UK. The UK’s “High Pay Commission” reported that their top executives were approaching Victorian levels. Presently though they are at the levels of the 1920’s as measured for inequality in laborers’ productivity distributions of wealth.
Sweden, UK and additionally some of the Scandinavian nations and some within the European Union have taken steps to nip this inequality of distributions. Restricting CEO’s pay to a ratio of corporations earnings and out law golden parachutes. Bonuses and gifts as well. There is a provision that allows for parts or all to be circumnavigated if the voters agree. That is, not the voters of the corporation boards but all citizens voters. Sweden passed it in 2012 the others are putting it up for debate and or vote by their citizens.
Now why can’t we do that here in the USA? Oh Yeah , right wing austerity for their 1% magistrate.

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#979921 Sep 10, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
Russia s looking for a way out of being forced to defend Syria for its use of chemical weapons.
Kerry gave him an out.
Putin took it.
Good for Putin & Kerry.
No one can confuse the Obama /Kerry position as just more of the same Bush/Rumsfeld unilateral militarism. "During interviews on CNN and Fox News, President Obama’s plan to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons without launching a single missile became obvious, as he is outsmarting the media and his Republican critics" ... "When asked by Wolf Blitzer if the proposal for Syria to turn over their chemicals weapons to the international community for monitoring was a way to possibly avoid a military strike, the president said:

It’s possible if it’s real, and I think it’s certainly a positive development when the Russians and the Syrians both make gestures towards dealing with these chemicals weapons. This is what we have been asking for not just over the last week, or the last month, but for the last couple of years, because these chemical weapons pose a serious threat to all nations, and to the United States in particular. That’s why 98% of humanity said we don’t use these. That protects our troops and it protects children like the ones that we saw on those videos inside of Syria, so it is a potentially positive development.

I have to say it’s unlikely that we would have arrived at that point where there were even public statements like that without a credible military threat to deal with the chemicals weapons use inside of Syria, but we’re going to run this to ground, and John Kerry and the rest of my national security team will engage with the Russians and the international community to see can we arrive at something that is enforceable and serious.

One reason why this may have a chance at success is that even Syria’s allies like Iran detest chemical weapons. Iran unfortunately was the target of chemicals weapons at the hands of Saddam Hussein during the Iran/Iraq War. And so we may be able to arrive at a consensus that doesn’t solve the underlying problems of a civil war in Syria, but it does solve the problem that I’m trying to focus on right now which is making sure that you don’t have over 400 children gassed indiscriminately by these chemical weapons. "
Bernard Forand

Cape Coral, FL

#979922 Sep 10, 2013
No Surprize wrote:
<quoted text>Over 70 percent democrats oppose obama's warmongering tactics invading Syria...
In what whine and crybaby mode are you in today Patrick??
It's the culture..

Inequality numbers census.
Are you curious as to how much the Price For Inequality has cost you with the 2008 economic debacle? Right wing austerity for the 1% is your bill.
Find your category and figure it out. Enjoy your slide to …. Heh, heh I’ll leave that to your imaginations.
Inequality for the median and the impoverished has risen to favor the 1% with 40% gains in income. For the middle and below minus 6.1%.
Our median household income rose to $52,100 from its previous trough of $50,700 in 2011, remaining $2,400 lower with a 4.4% rate of inflation decline from its 2009 levels. Add the 1.8% Decline during the Great Recession and we get $3,400 below its December 2007 levels. That’s when the economic slump for the median and below began for them.
Largest decline went to the African American and Southerners who did not attend college.
Lower the income level the faster the rate of decline in earnings to Purchase Power as a percentage of real growth of the nations income. Gordon W. Green Jr. and John F. Coder of the Sentier Research that researches household income data stated and I quote; “Groups with low incomes tended to have steeper declines in income,” The preview of the official Census Bureau income statistics will be available in September of 2013. Sentier’s computations was based on the current population survey of 50,000 homes. Both of these sources have supported the conclusion of an increasing of inequality of economic dispersal. Going back years in its role of increasing inequality to favor the 1%.
President Obama at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois recognizes the problem of the increasing inequality within our nation. Stating “Even though our businesses are creating new jobs and have broken record profits, nearly all the income gains of the past 10 years have continued to flow to the top 1 percent. The average C.E.O. has gotten a raise of nearly 40 percent since 2009. The average American earns less than he or she did in 1999.”
Recent graduates with associates or bachelors degrees were no protected from the on slaught of the ever increasing inequality in lost income earnings purchasing powers.
Homes with a High School education experienced a 9.3% decline with $39,300 earnings. Associate graduate homes lost 8.6% to $56,400 and the Bachelor degree homes lost 6.5% to $84,700.
People under the age of 25 fell 9.6% to income earnings to $31,300
Those 25 to 34 lost 4.5%.
Those 35 to 44 lost 5.7%
Those 45 to 54 lost 2.5%
Those 55 to 64 lost 7%
Southern States showed largest declines. Losing 6.2% for earnings to $47,900.
Western States lost 5.2% for earnings to $56,400
Northeast States lost 3.9% for earnings to $56,800.
By adding, the declined lost of earnings to purchase power, to the 1% gains of{40%} and you can estimate how much inequality your particular sector experienced, for just this one last Great Recession. Final tally of the increase to inequality will not be available until at least 2020.
Republicans have mathematically exposed themselves for over 80 years to be responsible for increasing inequality through various austerity polices that they support.
No Surprize

Saint Petersburg, FL

#979923 Sep 10, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
delusional...Obama may lose in Senate as well as in House...
Barack Obama is proving an embarrassing amateur on the world stage compared to George W. Bush

It's the culture...

Cape Canaveral, FL

#979924 Sep 10, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Galt does not discuss his personal life, but poofballs like Patrick would be summarily executed by your Islamic buddies just for the fact of what you are....
He's right pal, you live here, up to 16 hrs per day, most days and you post elsewhere on topix as well.

It's my guess that 30 posts per day X 350 days per year X 6 years equals a very special kind of insanity.

30 posts per day is probably on the light side__eh?
Bernard Forand

Cape Coral, FL

#979925 Sep 10, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
President George W. Bush did not offer any opinion on Obama's foolhardy plan to attack Syria.
The hand writing on the wall is for all to read. From 1848 with 50 countries revolting against the dictatorial, hierology, oligarchies, etc. etc. Voice of the suppressed has risen and sustained through the years. Slowly gaining ground, progressing to the demise of inequality and those that support austerity policies.
Political change resulted whether the demonstrations by the suppressed actually lost their cause goals. Remaining in their wake currents that had politics drifting to the causes of the suppressed demands.
1848 all 50 countries in voicing their discontent were silenced by military might of their sovereignties. In the wake of that military or political suppression through the years the voices of those silenced haunted the sovereignties who then made subtle changes that recognized officially what was voiced by their constituents.
Prague Spring of 1968 was silenced. In its wake in less than 30 years exposed the failure of the Russian oligarchy. Its inability to compete on the Liberal International Free Trade Markets of the world. And the “Walls” came a tumbling down.
Recently we have had the Flower children voicing their disapproval of inequality in the 60’s. They were silenced. In their wake voices rose to challenge the financial inequality of the 1%. Both of these causes reverberated through out the world in various countries.
Arab Spring; Syria, Libya, Egypt or Tunisia, where seldom a voice was allowed to rise, has now voices of all fractions within themselves openly communicating their preferences‘.
Autocratic sovereignties of these nations kept them in uneducated, overly populated and poverty. As it has been for nations seeking the liberty of democracy, blood of the martyrs for liberty will once again nourish the soils for democracy. Years in its growth and formation. Steadily growing to the light of the Liberal Free Trade Markets rewarding illuminations of unity and peace.

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#979926 Sep 10, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>These fkn idiots on here hate Obama to the point that they're selling out their own nation. TeaParty scumbags__not patriots.
The Obama administration/CIA/Pentagon ran a game on Assad and his allies Russia and Iran and they all bought in knowing that the alternative was to "put up" which none of them could do.
Syria's a broken pizz pot that couldn't face off with the rebel factions without help from Iran, laughing, and Russia, whose been selling/trading junk weapons for decades and doesn't want to face the embarrassment of the world knowing that it's "junk don't work."
We know that the US weapons of war work as intended__we watched the US Air Force drop a bomb down a smokestack during Shock and Awe and stick a cruise missile through the front door of a hotel during the brief Bush I Iraq escapade.
Russia has nothing to counter Tomahawk missiles__no one does and it's very unlikely that Russia can defy the US stealth systems that shield our aircraft and ships from land based missiles.
Our sht works__theirs doesn't__they understand that!!!
We gave the mutts a way out of a certain azzwhoopin and they jumped all over it.
I, personally, don't hate Obama. He would have made a great celebrity among his own kind, especially since he's reached out to Hollyweird more than Congress.

You hated Bush to the point where you were selling out your own country. Or just advertising your hypocrisy.

That door swings both ways.
Bernard Forand

Cape Coral, FL

#979927 Sep 10, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
delusional...Obama may lose in Senate as well as in House...
Lost jobs stagnate wages for the past 30 to 40years for laborers, lost of homes to 8 million American families, college graduates burden with thousands if not, tens of thousands and unable to find employment, land of the improvised expanding to over lap the middle class. Just a few questions that have not been addressed. What ever could have produced such a scenario? Has it ever occurred before? Could it come to occur again? Who is the advocate for such ideologies that can continuously produce this cycle? First let us identify the culprit or culprits. The Cause…
Precisely the results of the price for inequality. Right wing austerity policies have driven the America land of opportunity to the realms of a land of mythology.
C The Gini Coefficient
Gini is a measurement that is used to identify, mathematically, the inequality of individual nations. A rating of one {1} is considered perfect inequality, as a rating of zero {0} is perfect equality.
Nations such as Germany, Norway and Sweden have a Gini of .3 or less.
South Africa and Latin America have a .5 or above.
USA’s Gini in 1980 was .4 Presently it is at 4.7. This is according to the U.N.’s data. Rendering the USA in the category of nations such as Iran and Turkey.
USA’s inequality may be even worse than what the Gini indicates. In the advanced industrial nations, such as may be found in Europe and Scandinavian, their citizens have Universal Education, Universal Health Care from birth to death and large safety nets for securing the laborer’s income security. Where in as the USA, middle class on down have none of these benefits or a small fraction there of. Increasing the insecurity of their citizens in their jobs, homes, education and health.
Insecurity is manifested and fueled by the inequality factor. Greater the inequality the greater is the demise of that nation’s ability to survive in competition with an advanced industrial opponent. Insecurity will manifest in emotional dysfunctional laborers, quick to rebel. Productivity decreases.
Simply look around to the various nations and observe. Observe those that had a less or NO recessions and grew say during 2000 and 2013 that would be a good indicator they are doing something better than US… Sweden is but one example where you could start.
Lets emulate our forefathers of 1773 and gather up the Tea and cast it out unto the waters of political oblivion come 2014.… Be There!

Cape Canaveral, FL

#979928 Sep 10, 2013
flack wrote:
Rumor has it that the CIA is removing CW's from Libya. The reason for all the hush hush.
All what hush hush? Last I heard the CIA left Libya with the Benghazi survivors and deceased months ago. Are you saying they went back already?

Maybe that's why Issa's committee lost interest?

What happened to the 20,000 stingers? Hah, did you know that BushCo claimed that 30,000 stingers were missing in Iraq?

And btw__I told you Gino Smith would be an outstanding pro QB.

Since: May 11

Aspers, PA

#979929 Sep 10, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> I have better question. Why do you libtards insist on burning our food,making food prices to spike world wide and causing much of the unrest in the middle east? Oil moves the world cheaply and efficiently. If it wasn't for libtard policies oil would be cheaper and so would food and maybe, just maybe, the world wouldn't be on the verge of collapse.
I have news, we can grow more food & we expanded our corn production to meet the increased requirements for ethanol.

Food spikes have much more to do with fraughts & other farm related issues than ethanol.

A CBO report done in 2009 said that of the 5.1% increase in food prices, only .5 to .8 percentage points were because of ethanol.

If we did not use ethanol, then our use of oil for transportation would go up by 10% increasing the demand for oil & raising the cost of fuel. We would be exporting tens of billions of dollars instead of spending that money here in the US.

The way to cheaper oil is to use less. But you right whiners refuse to conserve. All you fricken morons do is scream " Drill, Baby Drill" being too GD stupid to know the supply of oil is limited.

You b*tch about Syria & the Middle East as you fund the tyrants with your thirst for oil.

Those older well in the Middle East are producing oil at a cost at the head of under $3 a Barrel. Oil is over $100 a barrel. I think they can afford to spend an extra 1% a year for food.

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