Obama after 1 1/2 years in office.

United States
July 24, 2010 9:32pm CST
If you helped elect him in to office,would you vote for him again?Or has he screwed up so much that that you can't even fathom another 4 years of him?
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@tb1990 (9)
• United States
25 Jul 10
I would definitely vote for Barack Obama again in the next 4 years. A lot of people have to realize something also. Obama has to deal with the mess that Bush made on top of other things. Our world was already messed up before he was in office and people are expecting him to pull a magic wand out of his behind and just presto-chango everything just like it didnt happen. He's dealing with a lot of pressure and a lot of people do not give him credit for the things that he has done. Majority of the people arent pass the fact that he is also a black president that wants everyone to work together. That includes whites and black the rich and the poor. Even if he doesnt make it in office I hope someone does think like him in the next term.
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• United States
25 Jul 10
OMG is anyone intelligent enough to get past the the "Blame Bush Mentality". If you are determined to make excuses for the worst president this country has ever had could you not find anything better that than "Blame Bush". That is excuse has gotten so old and over used it does not hold any water.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
25 Jul 10
Whiteheather, are you saying that all of the mistakes made by the Bush Administration have been corrected or that he wasn't responsible for any of the problems we've had and still have in this country? Also, where do you stand on blaming President Clinton for Bush's problems and giving Reagan all the credit for the good that happened during the Clinton years? Annie
• United States
26 Jul 10
No matter who the president is, he cannot be exclusively blamed for the mess we're in. Remember it is Congress who legislates policy, the President either vetoes (Congress can override his veto) the bill or signs it into law and our court system is suppose to interrupt the law. Every branch of government has to take responsibility for their part in our problems. The American voters also have to take some responsibility for the mess we're in when we continue to put the same people back into office.
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@matersfish (6311)
• United States
25 Jul 10
I disagree with President Obama at an ideological level. Everything else is just everything else, like the smears, the bickering, and questions of experience, etc etc... I do not believe America is best suited with a "fundamental change" and wealth redistribution and more social policies than the out-of-control policies we already have. I'm not 100% for the "free market," either. I want a careful balance of freedoms and only the most necessary regulations that ensure able people make their own way in life while only the truly needy are subsidized on any level. It's just not in me to support a politician like Obama. But it doesn't stop there. I don't support the other side's platform, with their "progressive" vision of big government (just not as big as liberal progressive) and a more by-the-bible America. I hope Obama doesn't serve 2 terms. I don't think we could take it. But I also don't see another option out there for President that would be any better in the long term. Someone has to step up with some common sense solutions and not all of this "change, change, change" BS that we the taxpayers suffer over.
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@dboman (457)
• United States
27 Jul 10
"But I also don't see another option out there for President that would be any better in the long term." Really? Normally I agree with you on things, but we are in significant disagreement on this one.
• United States
27 Jul 10
Well, let me be more specific about it than just general. When it comes to viable Republican candidates that could realistically run and win, I'm not sure if I'm buying their brand of solutions in the sense I think their actions will meet their rhetoric. It sounds great on paper. And I'm thinking Romney, Huckabee, Newt, that ilk... Not that I don't favor any one of them over Obama tremendously. I'm just a little cynical that I'd be thumping my head with my palm a year after they're elected, too, due to another Bush-like era coming where we're asleep at the wheel on some issues. I just personally want someone who isn't an ideologue. I don't want the R and D power struggle on the surface masking the fact that they're all just power-hungry politicians seeking to exercise control over America. Admittedly, I think the R version of control is less instrusive on my life than the D. But I'm rotting for someone with I principles.
@dboman (457)
• United States
28 Jul 10
Makes more sense. I agree with you that the "bigwigs" of the Republican party are not the answer, but there are some with more I principles...but they don't get covered as much. I like Romney, don't forget he was the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, so he atleast knows how to run something. Other than that, you have Jindal, John Thune (SD), Chris Christie and I'm sure some other competitors that I don't even know of. I understand the apprehension for the Republican party (the party of less spending, but spending nonetheless), but I don't think the country can survive another Democratic administration after what we've seen from this one. Republican establishment types need to go, but that doesn't mean the entire party is the typical "Religious Right" types. Or we could all just vote for Ron Paul. :)
• United States
25 Jul 10
I did help him get into office, and I WOULD vote for him again. If you look at the FACTS of what he walked into, the country was totally screwed well before he came into office. It is going to take years if not decades to fix the mess that was created over the last 10 years. REMEMBER: It took Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton 6 YEARS to fix the mess left from the Reagan recession, and that wasn't even in the same league as this repression. I am sure that McCain is happy he lost, who really wants to lead the country when you can't do anything to fix it.
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• United States
26 Jul 10
How long do you think it will take our next President to fix all the things Obama has screwed up it just 1 1/2 years?
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• United States
26 Jul 10
One, Obama can set the country straight, it is just a matter of time. But, we are a very impatient country!!!!!
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@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
29 Jul 10
If the president who follows Obama's second term is also a Democrat, he may not feel the need to straighten out anything. He (or she) might just have to do some fine tuning.
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• United States
25 Jul 10
I'm disappointed in President Obama in many ways, but he's still preferable to anyone that the Republicants could possibly put on the table. The move is to keep him in office through 2016 and use that time to push Congress in a more progressive direction in order to generate a more progressive slate of Democratic candidates to succeed him.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
25 Jul 10
Yes, I helped elect him and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. As it stands now I absolutely will vote for him again in 2012. I'm not of the opinion that he's "screwed up so much" and what I can't fathom is the idea of ANY of the current breed of high profile Republicans in the White House. That isn't to say I haven't been disappointed in President Obama in some ways but I guess I've reached the point through all the years I've been interested in politics where I realize we always set our expectations too high. Nobody is going to please anybody totally on everything 100% of the time! That having been said, I've still found myself somewhat hopeful that a Democratic candidate will actually turn out to be as liberal has he campaigned on being but I know deep inside that's not about to happen as long as the right wing media and the special interest lobbyists are around. The very tone and the direction this discussion has taken is a good indication of what's wrong in this country today. You ask a very good question in a very respectful way yet several of those who responded couldn't resist the temptation to insult the intelligence of those of us who disagree with them. I know both sides are guilty of this but what does it really accomplish other than dividing us further? I think it's only common sense that we didn't get into the mess we're in overnight and that it usually takes much longer to clean a mess up than it takes to make it. I'm also aware that the President, regardless of his or hopefully eventually party, can't do it all alone, some cooperation from the opposition party in Congress is necessary. Our more successful Presidents - Reagan and Clinton are the two most recent - have had that to some degree. President Obama has NOT, I'd hope that's something we can agree on. Annie
• United States
26 Jul 10
I agree with your statement but with a major correction...."I've still found myself somewhat hopeful that a Democratic candidate will actually turn out to be a liberal but I know deep inside that's not about to happen as long as Obama is the Democrat of choice"....Bring back Bill Clinton!!!
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
26 Jul 10
Whiteheather, that's one thing we're in total agreement on. I'd have voted for Bill Clinton for a third or fourth term had he been allowed to run. When Arnold first became Governor of California and people were talking about how it was a shame he could never run for President since he wasn't born here I was wishing the two parties would "make a deal" where the Dems would let Arnold run if the GOP would let Clinton run again! (I know it's not that simple but it WAS a fantasy...lol!) Annie
• United States
26 Jul 10
It would take two constitutional amendments for that to happen. One to allow "none natural born citizens to become president" and another taking off term limits. would not support either amendment. And I don't see congress doing it. I am not a Bill Clinton fan....but after looking at Bush's time in office and now Obama's...well lets just say Clinton's presidency is looking better and better all the time.
@irishidid (8563)
• United States
25 Jul 10
Has he even been a president yet? I think his motto ought to be "I'm not a president, but I play one on TV". Didn't vote for him-wouldn't vote for him. I just changed my political affiliation to Libertarian from Democrat. Those folks have gone crazy!
• United States
26 Jul 10
I too had to change change my political affiliation from Democrat as I believe Obama is the bad apple that has spoiled the whole barrel full of Democrats.
• United States
25 Jul 10
I did not trust Obama from the first minute he appeared on the presidential campaign trail. Too many unanswered questions, smoke screens covering every aspect of his life which I thoroughly researched. So no way in hell did I even consider for one moment to vote for this puppet my only question is who is pulling his strings and financing all the cover up? Obama is a glib speaker when using the teleprompter but does not have the necessary intelligence to speak without a script. I am really worried what will be left of our once great nation if this nefarious phony and his crew of hand picked tax evaders,crooks and socialist sycophants are left to govern for the rest of his term. As for voting for another 4 years of treachery I very seriously doubt the mental capacity of anyone who does vote for him again after getting a sample of how much he is determined to bring the USA to it's knees.
@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
17 Sep 10
Amen to everything whiteheather states. I cannot fathom even one minute of the monstrous usurper-in-their sitting in the office of the president.
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
29 Jul 10
I voted for him and I will vote for him again. I disagree with the general consensus that we need to get rid of incumbents who are mostly Democrats. I think we need more people in the congress willing to consider the proposals and support the good ones. Since the Republicans just shoot down everything as Democrat because they are terrified something good will get passed and credited to the opposition, that means more Dems and more independents need to be put in this November Case in Point: the Republicans just got rid of the Disclosure Act. It wount even come to a debate. So, big money can now decide elections. BUT as soon as that money turns out to be Democrat money, they will have a problem and it will come bak to bite them. Frankly, I hope enough will come back and bite them between now and Nov that we can get more support for President Obama who has doen the best he cn with this Republican obstructioism blocking him every step of the way.
• United States
26 Jul 10
I didn't vote for Obama and he has done nothing that persuades me to vote for his in the next presidential election.
@Qaeyious (2362)
• United States
25 Jul 10
I voted for Ron Paul, because I had more confidence in him. The changes he proposed were more radical, but it made more sense then your typical repubocrat. And next election the people will elect another repubocrat. And things will continue the same as they ever was ~ same as they ever was ~ same as they ever was ~ same as they ever was ~