Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1578884 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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“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1049929 Dec 30, 2013
Other paths to debt – and dropping out
“A lot of these kids come up against this wall of bureaucracy,” said Jennifer Silva, author of Coming Up Short, a book about working-class young adults.“They lack mentors to help them navigate the system” of admissions, financial aid, and choosing classes.“It ends up leaving them feeling kind of betrayed.”
This maze of red tape caused Hector Gonzalez, 30, to drop out of college more than a decade ago. Gonzalez—who was born in El Salvador, raised in San Jose, Calif., and didn’t have a green card—couldn’t get a straight answer as to whether he qualified for loans.
“I felt bounced between a lot of people, and it seemed like no one had the answers,” he said.“[Financial aid officials] would look at my documentation and become uncertain and unsure.”
When a private Christian school in San Diego finally approved him, he got $6000 from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for each semester, but halfway through the spring, school officials told him he didn’t qualify after all. He tried working three jobs for the rest of the semester in order to pay the tuition, but it wasn’t enough. Twelve years and a chunk of interest later, Gonzalez still owes money to the school and on his FAFSA loan.
“At the age of 18, I was stuck with a $12,000 bill and nowhere to go,” he said.“I wish a counselor at my high school would have sat me down” and explained that “private universities aren’t always better.”
And neither are for-profits, where one-fifth of the nine million yearly Pell grant recipients end up matriculating, according to an Education Trust analysis of federal education data. Mary Nguyen, an analyst at Education Trust who led the Education Sector study last year on students who drop out with debt, found that many students choosing exorbitantly expensive for-profits don’t know the difference between a for-profit college and a regular one. They enroll “based on inadequate information,” overwhelmed with “the confusing array of choices,” she said.
Drew Scott, 26, registered for the for-profit Art Institute to study video game arts because he was attracted to the accelerated program.
“I didn’t completely understand what I was getting into,” he said.“I knew it was more expensive, but at the time, I thought,‘they wouldn’t be charging more if it wasn’t better, right?’”
After two years of uneven teaching quality—“some of the teachers didn’t quite know what they were doing”—Scott concluded he wasn’t getting his money’s worth. He left the program earlier this year, owing $30,000 to the government and $15,000 to his parents. Scott now lives in Seattle and makes $11 an hour working part-time at a game-testing job.“I definitely didn’t need to go to school” to do this job, he said.
Scott has yet to mail in a loan payment, but others have gotten used to the stack of monthly bills. Rich Bisset, 25, a sales associate at an electronics store in Jersey City and the first in his immediate family to go to college, budgets $700 every month to various student loans. He owes $60,000 after a few semesters at Farleigh Dickinson, a private university, and then a cheaper stint at Rutgers University. He dropped out because he was working too much, and his grades plummeted as a result.
“I try not to think about that $700 because I already know it’s going somewhere,” he said.“If I got to keep it, I’d move out”—Bisset still lives at home in Colonia, N.J.—“or do some repairs on my car.”

Since: Apr 09

Elmont, Long Island NY

#1049930 Dec 30, 2013
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
Your logic is what comes up lacking with a big dash of pettiness to top it off.
FOCUS: The topic is appointed positions. The positions I listed fell into that category---
All appointed positions may be terminated at anytime for any reason
Still following...
Sibelius is an appointed position and can be removed at anytime for job failures.
And here I thought the Progressives couldn't screw this one up.
you mean like Phil of Duck Dynasty????

“Bill Clinton could have ”

Since: May 10

Prevented this

#1049931 Dec 30, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
<quoted text>
Which is the exact reason I am lobbying to have our bankruptcy laws changed so that those who do not carry health insurance cannot have credit card expenses, loans, law suits or bills associated with health care expenses discharged in bankruptcy. As long as these loons think their assets are protected they will continue to gamble on their health...at our expense.
Hey that's great!!!! make sure the ones that can't afford their deductible under O'bama care to be included also.'Cause we all know that these 'loons' as you call them, will not be able to pay their 5000 dollar deductible--you go old lady!!!!
sonicfilter

Greenwood, IN

#1049932 Dec 30, 2013
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
Foolish to even post partisan think tank links.
Try to re-read the comment as not only have you assumed something not stated but totally missing what was said.
You have confused graciousness with prophecy.
Okay, someone who is being gracious will not be hypercritical of another however that cannot be confused with the person actually predicting a future event.
Knock off the childish name calling. Can't we all at least pretend to be adults for at least a few posts.
childish?

Obama's poll numbers will not stop him from shutting down any stupid republican bill that might make it's way to the WH.

poll numbers for an incumbent mean nothing. well, unless your last one set a record.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/washingto...

but i could have told you 13 years ago that Bush was going to be a failure. and i was right!
Whatever

Scottsbluff, NE

#1049933 Dec 30, 2013
Ray Donovan wrote:
<quoted text>
Impeachment? LOL
https://www.google.com/search...
I am beginning to wonder if the outburst of bitterness and hate from the Progressives is the final implosion of a movement based on such falling in onto itself.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1049934 Dec 30, 2013
Dreams deferred
Bisset hopes to return to school “when my finances are more stable,” but Harmony Glenn is fairly sure she’ll never go back.
“I never assumed [retail] would be my career,” she said.“I always assumed it was what I was doing until I finished my degree.” Becoming a manager at the skin care store would help her pay off the family debt, while going back for a political science degree promises her nothing.
Both Glenns do worry about what their parents think; their families stressed the importance of college early on. Harmony “walked into kindergarten knowing that what came after high school was college.” Christopher’s father, just 18 when he was born, tried to steer Christopher away from his own profession as a paramedic because of the low pay. His father worked two jobs so Christopher’s mother could go to school, and she’s now a city comptroller.
“My mom is kind of the poster child for ‘a degree will get you farther,’” Christopher said.“But at this point, it doesn’t always work like that.”
Education coverage for NBCNews.com is supported by a grant from the Gates Foundation.
Whatever

Scottsbluff, NE

#1049935 Dec 30, 2013
Notice Nuc is in full meltdown because I am not responding to him.
tell it like it is

Norman, OK

#1049936 Dec 30, 2013
Random post

'Entitlements don't run out like unemployment."

ACWG6

Since: Aug 13

Bozeman, MT

#1049937 Dec 30, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
<quoted text>
Which is the exact reason I am lobbying to have our bankruptcy laws changed so that those who do not carry health insurance cannot have credit card expenses, loans, law suits or bills associated with health care expenses discharged in bankruptcy. As long as these loons think their assets are protected they will continue to gamble on their health...at our expense.
Wow...and here I thought you Proglodytes were all about paying for the good of the collective.

Guess you forgot that unlike China, your team is rife with gimme-gimme-gimme slackers. Be prepared to shell out all but what you need to barely survive. Your preferred Big Givernment will handle the rest.
Whatever

Scottsbluff, NE

#1049938 Dec 30, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
<quoted text>
republicans.
Come on Sonic you should have been able to provide something better than this
sonicfilter

Greenwood, IN

#1049939 Dec 30, 2013
right wing nut job

Self-indulged nazi republicans who believe that George W. Bush is the devine savior of the US and rest of the world. Usually identified by using the word "liberal" in a negative tone in every spoken or written sentence.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php...

childish negative tone indeed you frickin' right wing nutjobs.
sonicfilter

Greenwood, IN

#1049940 Dec 30, 2013
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
I am beginning to wonder if the outburst of bitterness and hate from the Progressives is the final implosion of a movement based on such falling in onto itself.
like republicans hating on republicans?

Since: Apr 09

Elmont, Long Island NY

#1049942 Dec 30, 2013
John Galt wrote:
Robin Roberts is a lesbian...
...who would have guessed???...
why should we care?

But I do understand her making it public. Given the hatred, bias, misunderstanding our society has towards homosexuals, I think its important that people like her and that Pro NBA'er come out and announce their homosexuality. Just to show the bigots in our society that homosexuals are normal everyday Americans.

I can still remember my grandmother referring to blacks as darkies
and my father using the infamous "N" word....however as time went on his attitude changed and became more encompassing of all Americans. I think that when he found out his nephew was gay, that wall started to crumble.

We're all in this together...its time we started thinking of Planet Earth as a lifeboat floating through space....either we all learn to work together or we all perish

“Peace on Earth”

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#1049943 Dec 30, 2013
fetch almighty wrote:
<quoted text>Hey that's great!!!! make sure the ones that can't afford their deductible under O'bama care to be included also.'Cause we all know that these 'loons' as you call them, will not be able to pay their 5000 dollar deductible--you go old lady!!!!
You have never been able to comprehend anything. Go back and re-read my post. It only pertains to those who do NOT carry health insurance. Those responsible adults who find themselves filing bankruptcy based on medical issues despite the fact they have health insurance will still be able to discharge those expenses in bankruptcy.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#1049945 Dec 30, 2013
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
Please stop feeding
Zo now ze little NAZI is telling ze other losers who they can or should reply to BetzyWetzy??

Now you want an all Teabagger forum, without other voices!! That's censorship.

Censorship is cowardice.

And you've proven what a coward you are, repeatedly.

A particularly ignorant coward you are, at that.

Since: Aug 13

Bozeman, MT

#1049949 Dec 30, 2013
Karma is a_______ wrote:
<quoted text>
you mean like Phil of Duck Dynasty????
Phil's back.

We want Sebelius gone for good. She's dangerous. Way too much power to change your so-called "law of the land" on a whim.
TSM

United States

#1049950 Dec 30, 2013
Liberals running from Obamacare in 2014 has to deal with Kerry/Obama Syndrome ‘I Was for It before I Was against it!‘
Realtime

Cape Canaveral, FL

#1049951 Dec 30, 2013
Nuculur option wrote:
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Stalingrad is the transit point for the Caucasus region into Russia.
Putin will learn that these people will use his Olympics to push for freedom from Communism.
Russia has treated the people of Chechnya, Dagestan, and other muslim republics horribly, and will reap what it has sown.
They have waited for this opportunity. Expect lots of bombings.
Obama was smart to announce he won't attend.
Looks like we'll learn what sort of leader Putin really is eh?

It'll be interesting to see how long his Islamic allies, Syria, Iran etc. will hang around when he starts slaughtering Muslims in Russia and the stans.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#1049952 Dec 30, 2013
Whatever wrote:
Notice Nuc is in full meltdown because I am not responding to him.
Nuc has run your stinky fat ass into hiding, and you're reduced to sniping from the sidelines, BetsyWetsy.

Even Emaam has abandoned you!!

I will leave now for awhile.

But rest assured, I'll be back to make you cry some more!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

“Bill Clinton could have ”

Since: May 10

Prevented this

#1049953 Dec 30, 2013
Ray Donovan wrote:
<quoted text>
Wow...and here I thought you Proglodytes were all about paying for the good of the collective.
Guess you forgot that unlike China, your team is rife with gimme-gimme-gimme slackers. Be prepared to shell out all but what you need to barely survive. Your preferred Big Givernment will handle the rest.
She is a big lobbyer. ROTFLMAO. Like she said forces people to have insurance as in O'bama care is like forcing someone to have insurance for housing--hey how about it. All those liberals aka democrats in public housing and in tax payer subsidized housing should be forced to have homeowners' insurance. It's the same as O'bamacare isn't it?

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