What Is It With The Obama Haters?

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
August 30, 2010 6:58pm CST
Before I start, yes, I'm ignorant about American politics and I'm sorry about that BUT I cannot understand why there are so many Obama haters in the US. Are these haters the same people who voted him in or are they all Republican voters or what? I mean, you can't blame him for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so what else is upsetting you all? Is he coming out with promises he can't keep or is it the health reforms..what? He can't be any worse than Bush, surely? From the outside looking in the guy IS trying and I quite like him, in fact many Brits like him. We can't help ourselves. Dare I say you don't like him because he's black? I'd really like to know as, like I say, I'm ignorant about these things.
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@p3ks626 (6552)
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
I also dont understand the reason why there are so many people in America who hate Obama. I am from the Philippines and every week I see something in the news that has something to do with him. I think the main reason why a country will not progress is because they lack support for their leaders.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
31 Aug 10
Well said my friend! It must be such a stressful job to be a President or Prime Minister of any country. I wouldn't fancy it!
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• Pasay, Philippines
5 Sep 10
I also agree! we are fund of complaining about our leaders without realizing how stressful it is to solve the country's issue. In fact we should not always rely on leaders but we have to do something for the improvement of our country.
@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
31 Aug 10
When America was the Greatest Democracy ever created, its citizens united behind their President, immediately he was elected - whither or not they had voted for him. Everyone fell in behind their new leader, and tried to make the country better. America grew and prospered, but as time went on America grew fat, lazy, and corrupt. Nobody wants to work, and everyone craves what others have. Corruption and greed in America of late, has almost brought the world to its knees. Only God knows what will become of America, and She is not telling!
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
31 Aug 10
Whoa, have I stirred up a hornet's nest here or what. It's great!
@urbandekay (18314)
31 Aug 10
Actually US did not become a democracy, in any meaningful sense, till 1965, when it achieved universal suffrage and will not become a great democracy till it achieves universal health care, free at the point of contact all the best urban
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
31 Aug 10
So urbandekay, you like Obama then? I reckon you do. Excellent!
@punkincat (216)
• United States
31 Aug 10
Right, lets get one thing stright, very few President ever have everyone liking them. He's the Pres. so the buck stops with him. When Americians get mad we tend to blame the gov ( and who's ever at the top ) His spending and lack of concern over the people of America cause great anger. Now before you blast me, let me explain. There was a big flood where a lot of people and business lost homes and money. He did not make a show and we were told to fend for ourselves. We have, but that lack of caring with make a difference when I vote. It really makes me mad when people say that if you don't like him its because he black. Don't take this the wrong way but why should I care what other countries think of our Pres. Until you live somewhere you can't always tell what's really going on.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
31 Aug 10
So was Bush any better when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans? The only reason I mentioned Obama being black is that certain quarters in the US don't like black people, it's a fact. I'm not saying all Americans that don't like him are racist but some are. They just won't admit it. I appreciate what you say, I really do.
• United States
1 Sep 10
Bush at least visited the sites which was more than Obama did. You know most people I know who are racist will admit it. I think some of the problem lies in the fact that every single time someone questions or dislikes anything he dose they are accused of being racist. This only makes things worst the one thing he did that I agreed with was to go on TV and state ( he was asked if he thought people who didn't like one of his reform was racist ) he said that he did not. That in politics people had very different and passionate views, and felt very strongly about them. It would be more racist to just like him because he was black, like every other president before him, he will have to earn our respect. Oh and by the way we have had other President besides Bush he's compared himself to others. So do I feel better with Bush ( I didn't hate Bush but I have like another better )
• United States
31 Aug 10
One thing many forget is that he did not wreck the economy, it was already wrecked when he walked into office. Oh by George no other president even in two terms could fix the world. So why on earth are people Judging the man when he hasn't even completed one term. Ya got me.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
31 Aug 10
Interesting point you make there. It takes time doesn't it..and America is such a huge country, it must be so difficult to get ANYWHERE with new policies and the like. I admire the guy for trying, at least he's doing that. I'm a bit perturbed about his Nobel Peace Prize though and I think he was a bit embarrassed about it, actually which gives you an idea of how his brain works. If his ego was large he'd be rather arrogant about it and did he give the money to charity or something? Can't remember off-hand.
@ElicBxn (60443)
• United States
31 Aug 10
I don't HATE Obama, but I don't like him either. I have no use for Liberals, "raise taxes" well, all that does is depress the economy and how does THAT help anything?
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
31 Aug 10
So, are you a Republican or a Democrat or would you rather not answer?
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@ElicBxn (60443)
• United States
31 Aug 10
I'm a Republican...
@ElicBxn (60443)
• United States
31 Aug 10
more than that, I'm conservative, the McCain's of the world are pretty liberal in my book
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• United States
31 Aug 10
The reason people do not like President Obama is because of his policies and how he has shoved his health care bill through that the American people wanted and how he is spending trillions of dollars to "fix" the economy, that didn't work at all and the fact that he's not really listening to what people want is why people don't like him.
• United States
31 Aug 10
I need to add that I was saying that America did not want his Obamacare bill.
@urbandekay (18314)
31 Aug 10
Actually, it seems most Americans do, what you perhaps me is you, and people like you don't want the bill all the best urban
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
31 Aug 10
Thanks for that guys!
• United States
4 Sep 10
a lot of people,it wouldn't matter who was in office or what race,but that change isn't happening fast enough for them.so they gripe. i don't know how they expect him to pick up the mess so quickly,but there it is. i wish he hadn't bailed out the companies,but what's done is done now. most of them like AIG spent it on crap like they really didn't need it.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
4 Sep 10
I know what you mean. If nothing had got done at all they wouldn't be satisfied then, either, would they? It's a known fact; "you can't please all of the people all of the time" which is so true in this case. I hate the new Oval Office decor though..it's all looking a bit too beige if you ask me. Modern indeed! I used to love that blue carpet a la "West Wing!" People are up in arms over here because a million of them are on the wrong Tax Code so will have to pay it back. If it was the other way round it would be fines and jailtime, depending on the money owed. But, as it's the government's fault there's an error..that doesn't matter. John's already been stung with Working Tax Credits (overpaid him on that) and if he gets another bill he just won't be able to afford it and that's that.
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• United States
4 Sep 10
i don't like that beige either..i'm surprised they let him change it honestly,as it was part of the "state furnishings" so to speak. oh that sucks.if it's the government's fault,they should eat it.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
31 Aug 10
of course there is alot of obama haters, but your more then likely to hear from the haters instead of the people who like him. also people are more then likely to say something if they don't like something in general especially when it comes to politics,lol(more then any other topic,really). Janey1966, in my opinion your better off being ignorant about American politics. i wish i was with all the nasty comments from people that goes along with it. also there is just so many diversions and distractions that politicians will do. some of them want even answer a question directly. i prefer the facts when it comes to topics any day. personally i like obama and voted for him as well. hes very rational from what i see so i think our country is on the right track with him in office.
• United States
31 Aug 10
left or right wing without one wing the bird can not fly
• United States
31 Aug 10
I think it all comes down to the need to turn a person's frustration on something that is tangible. Voters are upset, either because the did not vote for him and he won, or they voted for him and some policies that were promised are not being put into place. Some or all of these may not be a direct result of Obama's actions. There is a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes that many of use will probably never know of. But the human need to place our anger and frustration against something we can touch or see is probably a huge factor when it comes to people hating politicians. Politics is so overrated. They are all in it for themselves. This country is not as free as we think, regardless of who is in charge. The party system only divides us as Americans.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
31 Aug 10
Well said my friend. It's easy to blame just one person for everything isn't it? He's just the puppet really, there will be others pulling the strings, if you get my drift.
@lacieice (2065)
• United States
31 Aug 10
Hi Janey...I, too, can't understand why so many people seem to hate President Obama. Yes, he is part black, but he is part white, too. He got a health care bill through...other presidents have been trying to do that for 20 years, but I guess his success doesn't matter. Yes, he made a lot of promises during the election, and he appears to be working on them. He is not a miracle worker. He can't undo or change things that have been in place for years in the relatively short time he's been in office. People complain about all the bailout money...they don't seem to realize that much of it has already been paid back. And yes, some programs are being cut, but does anyone have a better solution? It takes more than a year or two to change a system that has been in place for dozens of years. He does not favor the rich, as some have suggested. Maybe those who protest so much are the ones who make over $250,000 a year and may have to pay a little more in taxes. People complain about the health care bill without understanding what it's about. Yes, health care will be manditory, but if you can't afford it, you will get help. Small business get tax breaks to help defray the cost they may incur by providing health care to their employees. I think we need to give it a chance and see if it helps people. I hear people say he doesn't listen to the people. I disagree completely. He is well aware of the needs of the people in America, and I really feel he is doing his best to meet those needs. I blame the media for most of this anti-Obama retoric. They are not accurate in their reporting, using the media for their own agendas, twisting items to their own point of view. I stand behind my troops, my country, and my president. Always.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
31 Aug 10
I love everything you have written there my friend. Thank you so much. I don't think our media is quite as bad as the US's but we know who's on the right, who's on the left and who is impartial (the BBC). I have watched Fox News a few times and my jaw hits the floor at some of the presenters' comments, that just wouldn't happen over here. Don't get me wrong, Prime Ministers are questioned and policies discussed but we have all points of view aired, not just the one!
• India
31 Aug 10
Obama...i don't hate obama...but do not understand why there are so may haters...he seems to be a good man...he is dynamic...young..very active...has a good educational background...ofcourse sounds good...probably he got elected when the depression had almost set in America and he had to make some harsh decisions...but he did it for America
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
31 Aug 10
I like the fact he's young too..makes a change!
@carpediem17 (1317)
• Singapore
31 Aug 10
hi Janey, we in Asia generally perceive Obama quite positively as we can see that he is doing his best to mend the american economy which was in tatters anyway during the Bush jr era. In view of the global economic reach of America, this is seen as a major milestone, constructive in all ways. Also, he seems to be a bridge to the middle east and the muslim countries because of his background. In other words, he is treading the middle ground and hopefully contributing towards a more peaceful world. There is definitely no Obama-mania at my end but glad that he seems to be doing alot in putting in place policies and controls especially during the early days of his presidency. But apparently his recent comments and the general populace's perception of him are wanting - thus the dip at the popularity polls.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
31 Aug 10
At least he's trying though so has to be commended for that. These things take time and I suppose he's sick of other countries hating America and wants to make amends. I can't see anything wrong with that. What I would say about him is that he is an extremely good diplomat but maybe the people in his homeland want him to be more upfront with THEM before concentrating on matters abroad? He reminds me a bit of Margaret Thatcher who wasn't really bothered about her own country but more interested in visiting Ronnie Reagan in the US. This wound people up a lot at the time. The two go together though, don't they? Once the US gains respect abroad it opens up trade opportunities.
@eileenleyva (9786)
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
I am also from the outside looking in. Why? Because my whole family dwells in California. Now, my parents had been Bush supporters and had rooted for the McCain. I asked them before why won't they give Barack Obama a chance. They said they were in America, not Africa. Wooh!, I said, what has that got to do with the presidency? When Obama became president, he signed the Philippine Equity Bill right away. My dad and his fellow Filipino war veterans had been waiting for that for over half a century. There had been many white presidents since 1945, but it took a black one to understand our plight. Now my parents are bullish about Barack.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
31 Aug 10
Wow, something positive at last! I'm so pleased about this, I really am. What a guy! Thank you so much for telling me about it, I've got an insight now about some of the good stuff that has happened since Obama got in. How wonderful for the Filipino War Veterans..we did something similar with the Ghurkas and the Polish guys. More recognition is all they required and got it.
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• United States
31 Aug 10
I don't hate him, but I'm not too fond of him. I think most of the Obama hate comes from him making promises he hasn't been able to fulfill. He's done some good, but not as much good as he promised during his campaign. The people who hated him to begin with just hate him even more and the people who liked him aren't so sure anymore.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
31 Aug 10
What about the time factor though? Aren't there some things he's promised that are going to take time? Perhaps he was a bit naive about that. This happens over here too...or they do the exact opposite, which is even worse!
@formidexo (1351)
• Canada
31 Aug 10
I think that many people expected miracles and they are disappointed that he hasn't performed any. No man can. Only God can!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
31 Aug 10
Very good point!
• United States
5 Sep 10
"Dare I say you don't like him because he's black?" Sure you can say it but it does not mean a thing. That is the usual cop out used by his supporters. They scream racist because they cannot defend his actions. I am Democrat, I have three bi-racial great-grandsons black father white mother just like Obama BUT I despise Obama for the way he is using his presidential rank to destroy our country. You cannot believe what the Media writes about Obama you have to live in our country to understand!