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Companies don’t create jobs. Customers do. It would be nice to have a President who helped communicate that reality to the American public. Hullabaloo

I voted for Barack Obama to be President in 2008 to put a stop to this Bush-era bullshit. That he has been completely corrupted by the neo-conservative September 11 cowards that make up the security aparatus of our government is inexcusable. In a just world, congress would launch investigations, the FBI would be arresting people, the NSA would get split up into different agencies, its director would resign, people would be fired. People would go to jail. NSA Knew About Heartbleed Bug and Has Been Using It To Spy On You For Years

A majority of Americans may not want to intervene in Syria, do anything serious about Iran or care what happens in Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt or Ukraine. They may prefer a minimalist foreign policy in which the United States no longer plays a leading role in the world and leaves others to deal with their own miserable problems. They may want a more narrowly self-interested American policy. In short, they may want what Obama so far has been giving them. But they’re not proud of it, and they’re not grateful to him for giving them what they want. President Obama’s foreign policy paradox

If this is socialism, where is my free health care and college education and high-speed rail? Why aren’t the war criminals of the previous administration and the Wall Street racketeers in prison? Fergit, hell!

Even the GOP can’t decide if he’s [President Obama] a hopeless novice or a demagoguing dictator. The right wing paints him as a radical jihadist while left wing progressives whine he’s a cowering conciliator. Making him a little bit Malcolm X and a little bit Urkel. Will Durst

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By the first days of his presidency, Barack Obama made direct promises to see NAFTA renegotiated, to raise the minimum wage in his first months in office, to close Guantanamo, to create a path to citizenship for the undocumented, to make union organizing easier, to cease kidnappings, secret imprisonment and torture, and craft an open, transparent process for the drafting of what became known as Obamacare. The thing of it was, that all these were promises made to poor people. Thus they were of little and soon disregarded. But they were not his only promises. Barack Obama made other early promises as well — to wealthy interests, to the Pentagon, to Wall Street and London banksters, to charter school sugar daddies, the galaxy of public employees and private contractors euphemistically known as the “intelligence community.” He promised them that no torturers would stand trial, military manpower and budgets would continue to rise, that greedy drug companies and private health insurers would be protected over the public, that so-called “entitlements” would be reined in, and that Wall Street would be protected against the mobs and their pitchforks, and apparently that public education would be privatized. Unlike his promises to the poor, President Obama has striven mightily to keep all these. Promises To The Poor, or Promises to the Rich? Which Ones Does Barack Obama Intend To Keep?

This pattern — the ascent to become presider-in-chief over large projects without any encumbering record of commitments — followed Obama into a short and uneventful legal career, from which no remarkable brief has ever been cited. In an adjacent career as a professor of constitutional law, he was well liked again, though his views on the most important constitutional questions were never clear to his students. The same was true of his service as a four-term Illinois state senator, during which he cast a remarkable number of votes in the noncommittal category of “present” rather than “yea” or “nay.” Finally, the same pattern held during his service in the U.S. Senate, where, from his first days on the floor, he was observed to be restless for a kind of distinction and power normally denied to a junior senator. The Leader Obama Wanted to Become and What Became of Him

Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency. President Obama

Budgets are moral documents revealing our deepest values, not just our fiscal priorities. As an evangelical Christian, my primary concern with any budget proposal is how it treats those whom Jesus called “the least of these.” ​In offering a budget that focuses on expanding economic opportunity for working people, strengthening tax credits for low-income families, and investing in our nation’s infrastructure to benefit all of us, President Obama has demonstrated his commitment to the common good. There are many good ideas here that - by any measure - truly will help vulnerable people and deserve the support of leaders from both parties. The moral test of any budget will always be its practical effects on people’s lives, not ideological purity. Both parties should work together to protect people on the edges of our society and help families to lift themselves out of poverty by making sure there are real ladders of opportunity. Jim Wallis

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