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After President Barack Obama took office, two influential Republicans made statements to show the world that the Republican Party had no intent to cooperate with him in solving problems and putting the country back on the right track. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stated his party’s top priority was to deny the president a second term — not to fix the country’s problems. Thus came minimum cooperation and continual obstruction of the bills introduced by the president and of his policies. Rush Limbaugh made it very clear when he said, “I hope he fails.” Didn’t these two realize that if the president fails the country fails, or did they even care?

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  1. "Didn't these two realize that if the president fails the country fails, or did they even care?"

    Answer: Apparently not!

  2. Letter writer is wrong. President Obama as the leader must forge alliances within his party and the opposition to move the country forward. His power of persuasion is the issue not the republicans. He failed. And after the mid term shellacking of 2010, in which the American voters kicked out democrats in favor of republicans, what did President Obama do? Doubled down and moved more to the extreme left. President should have taken a lesson from former President Clinton and moved to the center. Apparently President Obama doesn't know his political history or more sadly didn't care.

    CarmineD

  3. "After President Barack Obama took office, two influential Republicans made statements to show the world that the Republican Party had no intent to cooperate with him in solving problems and putting the country back on the right track."

    Reed -- you seem to be clueless about how this republic works. One of the fundamentals is the checks and balances in the Separate Powers Doctrine -- three branches of government equal in power to the others. The purpose was to prevent a tyranny of, say, a dictator. So McConnell was right.

    No one We the people elect can take office without swearing an oath of office, each one's promise to each of us to support, defend, etc., the Constitution. That would make faithfulness to our republic's organic law the priority over getting along with another politician.

    "Letter writer is wrong. President Obama as the leader must forge alliances within his party and the opposition to move the country forward. . . . .Apparently President Obama doesn't know his political history or more sadly didn't care."

    CarmineD -- you seemed to miss that about separate powers, too. No president is this country's "leader" for the reasons posted above. That would make him an autocrat. Yeah, could maybe just be a difference in semantics.

    "We have long since made clear that a state of war is not a blank check . . . when it comes to the rights of th[is] Nation's citizens" -- Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, 542 U. S. 507, 536 (2004)

  4. The Koch brother's Tea Party pledged to 'primary' (fund a challenger in the 2010 primary election) any Republican who worked with the President. They followed thru with their threats and knocked out many true Republicans that wanted to repair the damage they created. This sent a clear message to all Republicans...cross the line and help the country and we will replace you with one of our puppets.

    I believe the 'information age' is finally awakening...shown by the 10 point swing in Obama's favor in national polling.

  5. Mr. Reed,excellent letter,it's what the republican's have said and done that have driven myself (life long republican) along with countless others to vote democrat. Republicans hopeing that the president fails is like saying to all of us,it's our way our the highway. The polls this Nov 6th. will show the difference with results in favor of the re-election of Pres.Obama.Stupid is as stupid does(forest gump).

  6. "CarmineD -- you seemed to miss that about separate powers, too. No president is this country's "leader" for the reasons posted above. "

    Nay, nay. The President of the USA is the strongest position in the world. Often called, for that reason, the "Leader of the Free World."

    On your other point, checks and balances are what keep the president a leader of the people and not the dictator of the people.

    CarmineD

  7. "Nay, nay. The President of the USA is the strongest position in the world."

    CarmineD -- only if you believe the headlines and the hype from the likes of John Wayne and other faux-patriots. He's subject to Congressional veto and impeachment, and getting cut off at the knees by the Supremes. As illustrated by that "blank check" quote I posted earlier.

    "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." -- George Orwell's "Animal Farm" (1945)

  8. I wanted to comment on Mr. DiFazio's comment at 4:36am, but just couldn't say it in a few words; only thing that camne to mind was "what are you talking about??" But thankfully, El-Lobo has said it for me: ""He refuses to recognize the fact that the Republicans had NO intention of working with President Obama from day # 1. There main objective was to ensure that Obama would not win re-election in 2012...""

    And this has just about been confirmed since day one on every media site and, more damaging, from some Republicans themselves.

    Thank you, El-Lobo.

    .

  9. Ah yes kepi, nothing posted on www.barackobama.com could ever be less than the absolute truth.

    I assume since you seem to feel that a presidential campaign wouldn't lie that you also accept everything on www.mittromney.com as truth also?

  10. When George W was running for re-election in 2004, I remember something my Dad told me years ago: "Whether you like that president or not, when the country is in trouble and facing problems, you let that president serve more time to continue to try and solve those problems". In Bush's case, we were in the middle of the war on terrorism, something he was forced to start after 9/11. The country needed continuity. We didn't need a changing of the guard in Washington. The country had to let him finish what he started, or continue what he started (some of which turned out to be "not so good"). Notwithstanding the financial boondoggle that happened on his watch, he believed his efforts after 9/11 with terrorism were done for the best interest of the country. (Obviously many of us still don't agree with all that he did!!) I understood why he won another term. Of course, John Kerry was running against him and that guy wasn't exactly the best the Democrats had to offer. I believe even if we had a reincarnation of JFK to run, Bush would have still won because of that continuity.

    I don't know if I'm making myself really clear here (I'm sure Carmine will come up with something to contradict what I said), but I think you can understand what I'm saying. Bottom line: like him or not - Obama deserves to win another term to do his best and to continue his efforts. And those living on Planet Romney - Romney is not going to make it better either in his one and ONLY term IF he wins.

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  12. Thank you, Killer, for the quote from Animal Farm. I often find myself as bewildered as those farm animals looking from pig to man and not being able to tell the difference between them any more.

  13. Recall President Obama had a democratic controlled House and Senate for 2 years. Wasted his political capital on Obamacare, not the priority: Jobs and the economy.

    CarmineD

  14. "He's subject to Congressional veto and impeachment, "

    Pretty hard if President has his party in control of Congress.

    CarmineD

  15. Obumpkin has been in office for almost 4 years and unemployment has been above 8% for 42 straight months! Only a fool would relect him!

  16. Mr. Teamster:

    You said: "PRESIDENT OBAMA promised hope and change and he DELIVERED."

    May I complete your statement for you...."DIVIDE and CONQUER."

    What's the president's stand on the CTU in Chicago Illinois? Inquiring minds want to know.

    CarmineD

  17. "WE'RE NOT STUPID!"

    Who are speaking for other than yourself?

    CarmineD

  18. "So, I have 1 more post 95% written, & I have to see my mechanic b4 I hit the campaign office, but carmine et al..in reply to "who's stupid ",I believe I made teamster's & my point."

    Was their a point in your voluminous diatribes?

    CarmineD