How is Obama going to win over people who did not vote for him?

United States
November 7, 2008 9:10am CST
Obama won the election. But 56+ million people in this country did not vote for him. They voted for McCain or a third party choice. That is a lot of people that are currently not happy. How can Obama bridge the gap? What does he need to do to make those people feel better about him being the president?
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@Latrivia (2889)
• United States
7 Nov 08
If Obama and his administration bring the economy out of the pit it's falling into, respect the rights of the people, and contribute towards the gay rights movement, they'll have my respect. We'll just have to see how everything goes. I'm not expecting great things from the guy, but if he does good, I'll give him credit for it.
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• United States
7 Nov 08
I am not expecting great things either. But if he does I will also give him credit for it.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I think he has to stay away from giving obvious support to specific groups of people - I think that he has to stay neutral and make sure that what he does serves the majority of the American people.
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@eyewitness (1577)
• Netherlands
7 Nov 08
There will always be people not feeling happy about a new president.You could ask the same question in the time Bush was chosen.It was foolish to choose him twice.But because of 9/11 people only wanted to hear anout fighting against terrorist.It only brought more problems for americans. Why would you want to choose another president who only wants to fight from the money of the citizens but not work out the problems in his own country. Why should he make those people happy?He's finally a person who stands up for the right people not like all the other presidetns.I bet a lot people chose for Mc cain because he would make the rich more rich and the poor more poor. Obama is the person who stands up for everyone.He has my blessings.I wish he would serve my country. But then again every good person who wants to change the country in a good way get's killed.
• United States
7 Nov 08
He is never going to win me over. We do not have the same values. As he would say, I am just "typical white folks."
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• United States
7 Nov 08
I know he can not win them all over.But I think a good starting point would be also appointing Republicans to his cabinet positions. He needs to be seen as being VERY bipartisan. He has got to be seen as working with both sides.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
7 Nov 08
So far, he's batting a zero with bipartisan picks for this staff!
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
8 Nov 08
He got a lot more votes than Bush did and Bush sure wasn't worried about "winning over" those who didn't vote for him nor did he ever have a bipartisan thought in his life. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for unity and working together but Obama has a lot more "political capital to spend" than Bush had in 2004 when he made that remark. Annie
• United States
7 Nov 08
As the whole world knows, Bush was not elected in his first election at all, and the second was dubious. He won over nobody, and alienated most. Had he been a good president and paid attention to more than just special interests, he probably would have gotten a little support, but he didn't even try. He treated the Aemrican people as if we were fools who would fall for anything because it came from the White House. Obama can't do any worse. He can do a lot better. He cautions us all that nothing is going to happen in a flash, and that we all need to work together to accomplish many goals. Many will never join with him, but most will. At least there is some hope for this country, which has not been the case for almost a decade! Nobody has ever had everyone's support, and as long as we're human, nobody ever will. Obama will do things of which we approve and things of which we don't. Such is the nature of humankind.
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• United States
7 Nov 08
As I said before I do not think we need to use Bush as a standard that we judge other presidents by. Bush made a lot of mistakes. One of them was not uniting the country and another was not listening to anyone who did not agree with him. He thought his way was the only way and there was not room for compromise. Does Obama really need to repeat those mistakes?
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• United States
8 Nov 08
Bush was certainly not the only example; just the most recent. No President has ever held the loyalty of all Americans. Nobody has ever found total agreement. Obama isn't going to be the President until January 20, so it will be some time before we know what he can or will do.
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• United States
7 Nov 08
Lots and lots of people did not vote for Bush W. but he didn't bother winning them over. He just used scare speeches to try to keep everyone quiet, which worked quite well. For the people who did not vote for Obama, they don't need to be won over, they need to be converted, they need to be listened to. Viva la differance!!! Celebrate the differance!!!
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• United States
7 Nov 08
I agree they need to be listened to. But converted? Sounds too cultish to me. I do think he needs to win them over. By doing good things for this country. With the way our country is right now, if he can fix it, a lot of people that did not vote for him will at least be happier with him. By the way...using Bush as an example is not really a good thing. He does not need to any kind standard that we judge our presidents on. He was not a good presidents. So we should not be saying well bush did this so it is ok for other presidents to it too.
• United States
8 Nov 08
Oops! It's supposed to read "they don't need to be converted..." LOL!!! Changes the whole meaning of my post to leave that out, I know! Saying that I can't use our most recent president as an example isn't being reasonable. Admittedly, the W. Bush administration lowered the bar as far as what we can expect from our leaders but it's more incidious than that. W. Bush couldn't do it alone, the position of President does not grant that kind of power We need to think abuot the people who control the president and allow for these outrageous things to happen. It's not necessary for Obama to win anyone else over in order to be president, but if he needs to win the rest of us over, the powers that be will use the media to insure that we're won over.
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@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
8 Nov 08
He will have to keep his word for one thing & maybe that will help. I know I have hated Bush & I have also liked him... I guess you grow to love & accept things.
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@xfahctor (14131)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
7 Nov 08
He can win me over by simply recognizing the constitution as supreme law of the land, sticking to it's principals and abandoning his nationalist views. Simply that. Anything short of that and I will publicly and angrily call him out on it. I want him to defend and uphold the constitution and stay out of my state's business. I want a number of so called "presidential directives" repealed, I want the 10th amendment adheared to, I want ALL the amendments adheared to, I want Posse comitatus adheared to. I want my internet to stay open, I want my phone calls, emails and mail private, I want to be able to listen to my choice in radio and tellevision with out the government choosing the content of what is broadcast. I want to be able to drive in my state 60 miles away from the border and not be stopped by random border patrol check points demanding a citizenship statement. I want the constitution upheald as his oath demands.
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• United States
7 Nov 08
As seen on this discussion there will be some that Obama will never be able to convert. No matter what he does or what changes he makes, whether they are right or not, these people are determined to find fault with his doings. Of course, isn't the way it's always been? If your candidate isn't chosen, the one that is will never be complimented for anyhing. However, on the plus side, I'm sure there are others that he could win over if he just tries to keep some of his campaign promises, especially regarding health care reform, taxes and economics. I know it will take some time for any of us to feel the effect of his changes, but if Obama and staff can make good choices and at least start forward in helping America get back up on it's feet then I think people may say, "You know, he is trying to keep his promises. It seems to be working so..."
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
8 Nov 08
Well let's put it this way, Lil - how many millions of voters hadn't voted for Clinton either time or for Bush either time and how many of them were ever really "won over"? I think that could be said about every President we've ever had but the last several elections have been more bitterly fought than those in the past with this one really taking the prize. I think many of those who didn't vote for Obama will soon simply go back to their day to day lives and not give a whole lot of thought to who's in the White House except when something major happens in the nation or in the world and their regular TV schedule is interrupted. I believe there will be some who won't be won over no matter what Obama does or no matter what happens in the years to come because that's just how they feel. There are people like that from both parties as we've all seen in the past 16 years. I'm really not sure how many people that leaves who just might be open-minded enoughto come to actually support Obama as their new President, even if somewhat grudgingly. I think he's already taken one major step towards that goal by what he did NOT do, and that's say, as Bush did in 2004, that he'd won a lot of political capital and intends to spend it. Some of us took that to mean those of us who didn't vote for Bush can now go shove it because our side lost and we no longer mattered since he didn't need our vote anymore...lol! I hope Obama keeps his promises about reaching across the aisle but I also think he has to be careful not to reach too far. By that I mean elections do matter and some of the ideas that come from the "other side" have been clearly rejected by a clear majority this time around; I'm all for bipartisanship but we have to remember it cuts both ways and one thing Obama doesn't want to do is try so hard to win over his detractors that he abandons the ones who put him there. To clarify, by "the ones who put him there" I mean the voters, not any special interest groups. Above all, I think he really has to avoid going too far to either extreme because that's definitely not where we are as a nation. I also think he has to keep his word about being honest with the American people and I think all of us, regardless of who we voted for on Tuesday, should hold his and all of our other leaders' feet to the fire! We should be fair and give them a chance because nothing is going to be fixed overnight but after a reasonable "honeymoon period" which all new Administrations and Congresses get we should constantly remind them all that they work for us. Annie
9 Nov 08
My biggest concern is with our military and foreign policy. Although I will never vote for a democrat, I'm willing to with hold judgment until Obama's actions speak for him. We'll see how good that liberal Kool aid tastes in four years.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
11 Nov 08
You say, "My biggest concern is with our military and foreign policy. Although I will never vote for a democrat, I'm willing to with hold judgment until Obama's actions speak for him. We'll see how good that liberal Kool aid tastes in four years." Are you really saying you've been happy with the current Administration's foreign policy? Personally the conservative Kool-Aid had made me rather ill these past eight years and I'm more than ready for a new flavor. Annie
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
7 Nov 08
He cannot nor should he try. Victor goes to the spoils. Obama owes everything to his Democrat supporters and owes nothing to the Republicans or those that chooses not to vote for him. Obama is going to have a lot of presser from those Democrats that gave a butt load of money to bring Barack to power that are going to demand that their issues are promoted first and only.
• United States
7 Nov 08
Wll all that money he got is certain bought and paid for by someone. I guess we will have to see what he does to know who the people are.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I agree that he probably owes some large debts to a lot of people for getting him elected. I believe that the whole situation can be summed up with the statement that Bill Clinton said Obama used when the economic crisis became apparent - something to the effect of "Tell me what to do, and I'll sell it." Obama is only the "messenger" - there are "powers that be" that are pulling his strings.
@paddyk87 (17)
• Ireland
22 Nov 08
he dont need to do nothing.why do you even post this question?if you knew how democracy works you would realise that the MAJORITY voted for him so the MAJORITY have chosen obama to lead that country. in democracy the majority rules. why would he need to do anything to make the rest "feel better." As john boorman famously said, "my dear you are a political innocent."
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
8 Nov 08
Personally I do not believe that he can "win over" those who did not viote for him and nor should he try. If everyone agreed with him and/or his policies then it would not be good for the country. Political parties need an oppostion who will question what is happening, use their conscience to vote for or against those in power. That is how nations get the best available. One President cannot be compared to another because the situation changed. What was good for a country in say the years 1989-1993 is not necessarily good for the same country in 2009-2013. That is the situation regardless of what country you are talking about and which political party is in government. What the current President-elect has to do is govern for all the people and make decisions on that basis, regardless of whether they voted for him or not. If he makes good decisions and adheres to the Constutution, then there should not be any problems from either those who voted for him, those who voted against him and those who did not vote at all are stuck with what they get.
@jend80 (2068)
8 Nov 08
(on the correct thread this time) so everybody who did vote for the new President to be is a mindless sheep brainwashed by the evil liberal biased media?
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I will never agree with Obama on certain issues, and I still have some question whether he can deliver all he has promised. My only hope is that if he can't make things better, he at least doesn't make them any worse!