Is President Obama a Good "Public Servant"?

United States
June 11, 2011 12:31pm CST
In answer to an earlier discussion, President Barack Hussein Obama was considered a good servant of the people. That got me thinking... what do YOU think of THAT? I am not asking if you like his politics or even like him personally, but do you think he is a good public servant? I am gathering information and perspectives for my new blog on politics, so I would appreciate your thoughts.
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@Rollo1 (16676)
• Boston, Massachusetts
11 Jun 11
I think you could say that he wants to control the public and serves an agenda. His agenda is often at odds with the public good. Certainly, one cannot separate him or his intentions from his politics, but even the most generous interpretation of his demeanor and methods make the title "public servant" a lie.
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
11 Jun 11
Hello valentine. Personally I don't think President Obama is really a servant of the people. I think he has his own agenda and nothing will make him change that no matter how bad his agenda is. He doesn't listen to the people. He gave a speech down in Texas telling them how safe the border is but two ranchers have been killed and the illegals jut keep coming across the border and building tunnels into the US. He give a speech on how great things are then business close. He is so out of touch with the business world that he is breaking it.
• United States
12 Jun 11
Good point... a good public servant has to see reality for what it is and help others see it as well.
• United States
12 Jun 11
I beleive Obama is a lousy public servant. For two years, he and the democrat congress ignored the American people as well as the rest of congress. They shoved through legislation without debate or even reading the legislation! He has installed czars and created agencies that are not accountable to congress or the American people. He seems to believe he is above the law. He and his administration have no respect for our constitution, nor the people of the United States. As for valentinesdiner, is your blog set up yet? I just started one and would like to see yours.
@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
13 Jun 11
Naturally if you oppose him the answer will be his is a bad public servant and if you support him the answer will be he is a good public servant. Few can separate their personal feelings and answer this question objectively. Barack Obama was elected to run this country the best way he knows how to, and to be objective I have to say that he has done exactly than. Sure people can oppose how he has run the country that does not mean that Obama is a bad public servant. The opposition needs to understand that their views are not the only views in this country. So to get back to whether Obama is a good public servant, he was elected in a very difficult time to lead the country out of those time, and he has guided the best way he knows how to lead. That makes him a good public servant.
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@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
14 Jun 11
Does that mean the constitution and the rules and laws the president and federal government must abide by are irrelevant if he "thinks" it's ok to violate them?
@dark_joev (3043)
• United States
12 Jun 11
I think that he believes that he firmly believes that what he is doing will be good for the Future of the United States. I believed this about our last President I didn't like his policies but I also don't think that someone volunteers for the possiblity to lead a country just to destroy it also the president doesn't have that kind of power Congress would have to agree with the President. So I think that Obama is doing the best he can based on the level of Experience he has which is very limited he also seems like he was a compromise create win win situations type of person and well has realized that the Job may be more jarring for him. So I think he is a Good person and well an Good Public Servant for trying to improve this country. I don't agree with his direction but he was elected for his vision of the Country which I hope is why presidents get elected.
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@lawdude (237)
• United States
12 Jun 11
I like the highbrow way you expressed yourself. I have a policy and philosophical dispute with much of the Obama agenda but bear no personal animus toward the man or his supporters. I have to classify him as a good public servant and a man of good will. I think the same about Bush despite his many wrongheaded policies.
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@SAMKAT (91)
12 Jun 11
This guy is an agent for change not just to the Americans but worldwide. He has made Arabs country accept democracy as part of todays new game. He has got back the tainted name of the Americans from the rest of the world. He does not just preach, he follows his words until he delivers. What more to say?
• United States
12 Jun 11
Strong words that you back up - - thanks!
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
11 Jun 11
Let me start by saying...I do NOT like ANY politician!!! I find ALL politicians to be liars who ONLY work for themselves!!! I think Mr Obama tries hard to be a good public servant; but he came into office at a bad time!!! No matter what he does, somebody will say it's wrong!!! Therefore, no matter what he does right; nobody will admit it's right!!! People have rightfully lost their trust in politicians & therefore cannot give them their full support!!! I personally feel that ANYBODY wanting to run for President should NOT be allowed to as I feel they are NOT mentally stable!!! WHY would anyone want to be abused like we abuse our politicians now days???
• United States
12 Jun 11
First of all, I agree 100 percent. But since I also would love to be President, I must respond, "I resemble that remark"
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• United States
13 Jun 11
This is a tough one. I know in my heart that I will vote for President Obama in 2012, but I don't know for sure that I could say he is a good public servant. I really do think that he is trying the best that he can to keep everything together. I also believe that he has done a lot of good in the short period of time that he has been in office. At the same time, I feel like there is a lot left to be done that has not yet been accomplished. I would really like to see some progress made on regulating Wall Street. There just doesn't seem to have been enough there. If you are not helping Main Street to recover enough from the attack that Wall Street did to it, then I don't know if I could call you a good public servant.
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@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
12 Jun 11
PLEASE! Could you be serious? The crimial known as Obama/Soetoro/Dunham/Soebarkah serves first Satan, then himself, then his puppeteers. The only way he serves the public is as sacrifice to the above-mentioned, on a "silver platter" or as lambs to slaughter. This is beyond politics and personalities; it's pure evil.
• United States
13 Jun 11
No offense to your perspective but I always thought George Steinbrenner was a servant of the first satan. How else do you explain the New York Yankees success? Seriously, thanks for your perspective.
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@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
13 Jun 11
I'm afraid I don't understand your reference to "the first satan" or the significance of baseball humor. Sorry about that! But, I do appreciate your humor and your discussion. And, kudos to Taskr for such an accurate, measured, and reasoned response!
@ladybug565 (2217)
• United States
19 Jun 11
hahahahahahaha! ok. No he is not. he is self serving, he doesnt keep promises and he cant even think for or stand up for himself or his beliefs.
• China
12 Jun 11
In my opinion, Obama has a lot of personal charm from his speech. He is probably a good public servant and otherwise, he won't be a president.
• United States
12 Jun 11
I think he is a good servant of himself (like many politicians) and a decent servant to his party. To the general public, I would rate him fairly low on service. In a restaurant setting he would probably be fired, but that is also not unusual for a politician. The difference between what a politician claims to want to do, really wants to do and is capable of attaining are so far apart I've learned to be wary. I really did not have higher expectations of Obama than any other President. Both those who think he is driving us into some sort of Socialist Nightmare State and those who saw him as a Savior are equally wrong. He's just another politician. Vote Rat in 2012!