Do you really see "the change" in Obama?

President Barack Obama - The newly elected president of America is looking sharp in this photo.
In behalf of all Filipinos, congratulations for the sweet victory of President Obama.
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@ronreyes (4724)
Philippines
November 7, 2008 4:05am CST
First of all, I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to America. It seems that you finally found the hope amidst the economic crisis you've experienced with the previous administration. Now that President Barack Obama is now leading the most powerful country in the world, do you really think he can handle this kind of responsibility? Good enough that the change he's saying will be clearly seen by 305,595,000 Americans. I know this is not the right time to be judgmental about anything but perhaps some American myLotters will contribute some useful insights about the newly elected president.
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Hey roneyes! Thank you for the the kind words of encouragement for our new President Barack Obama! We are hoping that he will be able to get us out of the mess that our current President has gotten us into. But, we are not fooling ourselves that this will be a very difficult task for anyone. He knows this too. He even said that it might not be able to be done in one term. It is a shame that he is coming into office with such a terrible mess to deal with. No matter how good a President he may be it is almost impossible to fix what has already been done in the eight years that Bush was in office. We can only pray that our new President can make som head way in trying to change some of the things that have been done to hurt our country. So we all are wishing President Obama well and are praying for him!
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
Same here. Philippines and America have a good and strong relationship. Filipinos will certainly include this in our prayers.
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@blanne (174)
• Philippines
15 May 09
i don't think Obama is as friendly as Bush when it comes to Philippines. i mean, our president even had a hard time contacting Obama. i think Obama won't be that concerned about us. he has a huge country to fix..
@maximax8 (29130)
• United Kingdom
7 Nov 08
I am not from America but I know that he is the first black president to be elected. I imagine that he will help many black people feel good about themselves. He should be an excellent role model. I am a teacher and sometimes when there there are 2 black children in a school when everyone else is white I want to show the black children that they are valued and respected. I hope that Obama will show America a positive change. Sadly he does not believe in having live aborted babies cared for so they can live. Having read Giana, a book about a lady that survived abortion I think Obama's idea on that matter needs some thought. Apart from that I think he should make a wonderful president for America. Good luck to the USA and its new president Obama.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
That's very sincere! A+ Being the youngest and the first black president, Barack Obama created a significant mark in America's history. I'm glad that he's now the pride of black people.
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@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
7 Nov 08
ron, Barack is the 4th youngest to be elected President of the U.S. John F. Kennedy was 43 Bill Clinton was 46 Ulysses S. Grant was 46 Just to set the record straight for you. PEACE
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
OIC. Thanks for the info. What's Obama's age then?
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@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
7 Nov 08
He cannot do anything for atleast 10 more weeks. Bush is still our president until 01/20/2009; however, I don't expect him to do much between now & then except make things more difficult for Obama. Obama is our President-elect until 01/20/2009. Then he officially becomes our President. I don't expect immediate results out of Obama. This crisis has occurred over many years & will take many years to repair. I have my doubt that Obama will get it all cleared up during his time in office even if he's in for 8 years. However, I do believe he will make considerable strides in the right direction. I admire anyone who is willing to wade into this situation knowing that everything he does will be considered wrong. In Obama's case he has many who already know that everything he plans on doing will be wrong as they have already made up their mind & have no plans on providing any support. I feel some hope that he will atleast try to do the right thing. I don't agree with everything he stands for; but, I do plan on supporting our NEW President in his efforts to revive our country!!! I wish everybody would get past the fact that he is black. He is a man, our President, who just happened to be born black. I feel a lot of this is up to the American people as we had a HUGE contribution into this economic problem!!! And we, the people, will be the way out of this problem!!!
@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
Wow! Thanks for the information regarding 01/20/2009. At least I've learned something. If possible, it would be nice to see President Bush and Obama working together in this two months span. I hope Bush will contribute any "change" so that the workload for Obama will be slightly decreased.
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@LadyMarissa (12160)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Thank You for the Best Response!!! - I do appreciate your taking the time to realize the thought I put in your discussion. Your BR is GREATLY appreciated!!!
Bush has invited Obama to the White House this coming Monday to make it appear he is working with him. Unfortunately, Bush has not worked toward a positive change in 8 years, I seriously doubt he will now. In politics, they begin looking toward the next election the second they realize they lost this election. The Republicans will do everything in their power to make the Democrats look bad as will the Democrats to make the Republicans look bad. I look forward to the change coming in our future. I fully expect to give until it hurts, as I reaped the pleasures while this crisis built up to a head. I admit my responsibility as part of the problem & feel that I should also be part of the solution!!! Thank you for the BR my friend!!!
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
Welcome! I saw one of the videos of the Presidential Debate between him and McCain. He's criticizing the Bush administration, and soon he will meet the former president. Whooh! I wonder what Obama would feel on Monday.
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@kwenge (2492)
• Kenya
7 Nov 08
Am not an American but I thought its good to passby this wonderful discussion and drop my two cents. America has suffered alot in the hands of the last regime, mostly the last for years. The mess is too huge to clear in one term but I believe that the change will be noticed eventually. Obama is young, with energy and he can be trusted to move America to a better place.
@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
I agree. Obama certainly has the aura of change in him. For now, it's quite impossible to overturn the economic crisis immediately. But with the help of his fellow Americans, I know it will be possible.
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• United States
8 Nov 08
Like a true politician, President-Elect Obama is already campaigning for the next election before even taking the Oath of Office by stating that it may take more than one term to straighten out the mess we are in. I am going to sit back and take the attitude "Don't tell me what you are going to do, SHOW ME." I still think he is just "Another Slick Politician." My two cents on this subject.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
8 Nov 08
"Don't tell me what you are going to do, SHOW ME." Good point! As the cliche goes, actions speak louder than words.
• India
7 Nov 08
Not only you and me.. But the entire world is especting the Steps taken by the new president of US, Mr. Obama.. He is having some good thought which will clear the present crisis of the world, even though if it affects the present situations of some of the neibour countries, in the long run, the same will give the good result to the entire nation/world.. He may charge some of the taxes and the additional Taxes for the outsourcing from teh other counties like india and other countries, this will give some negative results for the other countries, but in the coming days, this will become set it alright.. Like that, his every moments will defenately will help the entire world in the coming days. Initially he will work out a plan, for the US unemployment crises, and the recent economy problem of US. in this activity some of the other countries will get it affected, this is only the temprorary problem, this also will get it alright soon.. And also our stock market also will get it alright in the next 2 or 3 quarters.. after he take the incharge of the post. Everything is under "HOPE", and this is not only my hope, the entire world's "HOPE".. Hope OBAMA will being the true of our "HOPE" Have a good day.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
Very nice insights. HOPE is indeed the word for this election. The success of Obama and America will be a success of many countries. Like you, I also hope that the change will be made possible. Let's expect that no promises should be left undone.
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
8 Nov 08
Oh Cheryl, you put your thoughts out so well and so passionately. I just want to slap negative people, but I cannot lower myself to their disgusting level.
@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
7 Nov 08
i think he will do the very best he can. but the mess he's inherited from bush took 8 years to make & he's not going to get it cleaned up overnight just as he said.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
Definitely! The workload for him is too much. I hope CNN will broadcast Bush saying sorry to Obama.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
7 Nov 08
i hope cnn shows bush being shippedoff to tem -buckto. good riddance .
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
HAHA! ...along with a Greenday song playing in the background.
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
7 Nov 08
[i]Hi ron, I have no idea but I am hoping he will be an instrument with the help of everyone for a change! I know it will be a tough challenge for him as a President and hope he will have all a great people working with him who will really think about what is good for everyone![/i]
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
True! Obviously, he can't handle it by himself. He need the help of his fellow Americans.
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@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
7 Nov 08
As an American at this point I am just waiting to see Obama take office in January. I'm done listening to talk about what all he is going to do. Now I say shut up talking and show me what you are going to do. Honestly I don't look for much out of Obama for the simple reason he is a black man and this fact alone will keep him from getting enough help to do much of anything. The poor blacks may have gotten him elected but they won't be able to help him on Capital Hill. The only way Obama could do anything right now to help the working class people of America would require him to get into the pockets of the rich and they will not allow that to happen. I figure the quicker we admit we are beat and then get to work getting ready for the worst the better off we will be. I say let the auto makers fall a long with the big insurance companies and banks and give that money to the people in the form of food stamps that can only be used to buy food. This would give our food industry a badly needed shot in the arm. Above all we must keep our food and water supply flowing. These are the ones we need to be bailing out not the greedy bankers.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
I appreciate your insights. Personally, I think the greatest challenge for Obama is the urge for him to get the economy working well again. This will not only create a positive effect for America, but for other countries as well.
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@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I hope Obama can do everything he said he would but I will have to see it to believe it. I agree that Bush and his bunch sitting and doing nothing had a hand in all this mess but this wasn't done by the Government. The big money people all over this world are the ones that did this. They let their greed get the best of them and simply reached too far too fast. We need a lot of changes made in this world, not just in the US. Certain things must be controlled and very closely policed or this will just keep happening. It doesn't matter if it's in the US, China, Russia or where ever there are certain things you just can't do and get away with it. They know exactly what people did to cause this mess. Now is the time to step up and outlaw a bunch of this crap so it doesn't happen again. They won't do this though because they may be stepping on someones rights. I say we have every right to demand our Governments to protect us from crap like we are in now.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
Well that's one of the responsibilities of the government - to protect the citizens and the country as a whole. I think America did a great job on this. I mean it wouldn't become the most powerful country in the world if the government's not an expert of protecting the country itself.
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@GardenGerty (111862)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Ron, based on the performance of the stock market, we are still not feeling any hope in the economic crisis. The markets are still falling. Obama will only succeed if congress and the people support him. One man cannot possibly make that much of a difference, without support.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
Well I do believe that it will take some time before the change will be evidently seen. It's true that Obama needs support, so I hope that all Americans will support him. If Obama will succeed with his good and productive plans, this will be a great news for many countries.
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• United States
9 Nov 08
I appreciate your response, GardenGerty, and you're correct, one man cannot make much of a difference without support. That is something Bush got very little of. Almost from the beginning of his first term the Congress did their best to thwart him at every turn and the Republicans were too mousy to prevent it. The media, who for the most part wanted Gore to win in 2000 and Kerry in 2004, have done everything in their power to make Bush look bad. Bush's economic policies were working until the Democrats took control of Congress in 2004 and though the war is unpopular (mainly due to negative reporting by the media), we are winning and we have not been attacked since 9/11.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Time will tell. He is not immediately placed in office. The old administration has a few more months to go before he will be sworn in. Time will tell.
@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
It sure is! I just hope time will work best with Obama.
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@nini89 (670)
• India
25 Nov 08
Even I congrats Americans and Barack Obama for his selection as the President of America. He is the right person i think he will rule the world. Hope that we woont get in trouble like the earlier president George Bush. Hope Obama will eradicate all the problem which are presently worsening in the country likerise in price, inflations. Hope he will rule the world upto the maximum he can. Happy mylotting and have a good day.
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@imbrod (268)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
16 Nov 08
You Americans are fooling yourselves. Obama IS the guy on the right side of the force - in Star-Wars terms ;) - but he won't change anything, until the bunch of US government/lobbies/leaders that installed him change their way of thinking: stop polluting, stop being aggressive, stop expanding their lousy economy such as junk food to every single village in the world, start being educated (for example, an average Croat speaks at least one foreign language, and you consider us to be primitive?) etc. etc.
@23uday (2998)
• India
16 Nov 08
Hi frnds, the obama was elected as a president post in the america.now he is a very responbile person to their respective country.Now the obama has to see a change in their country.now america is economical down,no jobs in america.obama has very much ability to change the america by very powerful country in the world and he can ful of change in america.He is a powerful person he can do anything what he says he will be success in the future. All the best for future and happy life.
@KYEEDAH1 (139)
• United States
12 Nov 08
To be honest ronreyes, it is important to know whether he would be able to handle some of the mess that America is in but that would be the case for any presidnet elect. I do have faith in Obama to at least ut his best foot forward not only due to his intelligence (Harvard law top graduate)but also due to his ability to influence others. He does have a lot on his shoulders because again, we are in a big mess. And do not be surprised if the media and America in general, critizes him for not completing certain tasks because there is just so much clean up to do in the white house.
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@nini89 (670)
• India
7 Nov 08
Hi ronreyes! Congradulaion to America and Obama. I hope that he can handle all types of responsibilities. Let everyone support him to rule. Happy posting and have a good day.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
7 Nov 08
cant see anything yet he dosent go into office till Jan something I think I read 70 more days The stock market dropped again for 2 days . and this was thought it would go up when he got elected!. Just have to wait and see if all the stuff he is getting handed to him will turn for the better!
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
8 Nov 08
Yeah, I was informed by the best responder about this. Like you, I also hope that things will turn out good. As always, time will tell.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
8 Nov 08
yes it will tell
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
7 Nov 08
i am hoping that Bush is not going to mess more before Obama take presidency in his hand. I do believe that Obama is very powerful and he will work hard on his promises. I think that first time the election results made the whole world happy, including our troops in Iraq.... We hope to end this war and take care of our own citizens.
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• United States
7 Nov 08
i feel the same way hope or troops can back again
@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
Sending the troops in Iraq is what I consider as one of the worst decisions of President Bush. Now that Obama is soon to take over the office, I'll be looking forward to see some good changes in the troops' lives.
7 Nov 08
Hi ronreyes, I am not an American but I think think he should be given a chance, he has not yet set his foot in the white house yet, but I know that he has his work cut out for him, he is young and I think he will pull it off, it will take a long time before we see any changes but that is what that country needs, afterall all it will our own country too, th UK. Tamara
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
8 Nov 08
Well, not just UK but my country Philippines as well.
@bibi1224 (37)
• United States
7 Nov 08
he as the president will probably be good i just hope he doesn't die meaning someone assisinates him because we all know how this world is full of descrimination even though allot of people don't admit it.
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@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
I've heard this one in the news. So horrible! People had gone mad - overflowing with jealousy - lacking self-control - this world is hell. Obama should really create a change from now on.
@jworkman (38)
• Sweden
7 Dec 08
This is not the right time to judge the performance of President Barack Obama since he's not in control of the office for now. I heard that he will take over President George W. Bush in January 2009 so we should wait for 2 months. However, personally I do believe that Obama will do good in handling his responsibility as a leader of the most powerful country which is America. I have faith for his vision which is to bring change. Let's just pray that he will make this happen in no time. Change - the process of becoming different. President - the head of state of a republic, a representative democracy and sometimes (in cases of constitutional violations) a dictatorship.