I hate to bring up Sandy, but i think Obama reaction to the storm resonated well with those voters ...
HE's A LIKABLE MAN, PERIOD...Very well said!! He IS a great representative PERSONALLY of what America should be (humble, smart, compassionate, good family man, drama free, good character, etc etc etc). Where he "fails" is building a consensus with those that oppose him. Clinton LOATHES Newt! Has no respect for him as a person BUT he was able to work with him and get things done without being so devisive. If Obama ever learns to do that he could be a great president but until he does I am not sold.
I hope Obama sees how polarized the country is and doesn't think a re-election is a mandate, especially because a strong GOP candidate could have knocked him off.I do too! I think he will because he doesnt have to worry about getting re-elected. He clearly cares about the country and the crash course on the job training he has gotten the last 4 years has to have had an effect on him. lets hope you are right.
I'm talking more in terms of perception down the road. He will be the guy that was in power when the recession ended and will be connected to that, right or wrong.Okay, then I agree. I figure by 2016, the economy will have recovered to 2003 levels. Obama will have had nothing to do with that- it's simply the cyclical nature of the U.S. and world financial markets. But you're right that whoever the sitting president is generally inherits the credit or blame for the state of the economy, even though he has only the most indirect, glancing effects upon its performance. American voters don't care though and generally support this false notion. That we have the same Congress as we did on Nov. 6 is a little interesting. I think many are in for a rude awakening.
You can even say that about Bin Laden to a point.Actually, this is one of Obama's bigger successes. He was the one who stepped up drone strikes, dumping all over Pakistan and okay'd a pretty rude unilateral mission that ended in a desirable way. Its effects on the "War on Terror" are debatable, but still, Obama deserves a share of kudos here.
I can confidently say he will not balance the budget or even get that close but he can lower it. Will he is the big question.No, but this isn't his fault. Again, Americans largely don't know how their own government works. The House of Representatives is the only body capable of proposing and advancing a budget. (Who's in control of that again ?) The POTUS might submit a desired budget, but he isn't assured of any of it. At best, the President can veto whatever House-submitted budget makes it past the Senate onto his desk -- often at his own peril.
...when the opposition is meeting on the nite of your inaugural and planning, (SCHEMING) to roadblock anything you want done, and make life for you as difficult as possible, and pledge to make you a one term President, then maybe its time to speak to that other side about compromising a little...That may be true but when you put forth ideas and you get LESS votes than you did before those ideas then maybe YOU should look at the positions you are taking are the right ones!
Please, god, make this the end of the tea party.Michelle Backman still in the fight of her life for her seat!
I'm very curious to see what the GOP does to respond. They have lost touch with younger voters, especially on social issues, and that could prove to be catostrophic because they are the ones easiest to sway and when they chose a party it becomes harder and harder to sway them. Same with minorities, if things remain on track minorities in Texas could be a majority, and if the GOP loses Texas you can just forget it. Looking at possible people to run in 2016 I see a big mixed bag of choices.GOP is simply too extreme on social issues. gay rights, abortion, immigration, search seizure, etc. It is those extreme views that are their undoing. The Moral Majority is neither!
mystified, is that all you got. mystified, there are only a few posters that you are intellectual superior and they are all righties.Your terrible grammar notwithstanding, You can join PROF in the Special Education room.