Glad you asked but, the loss of confidence and associated distrust is not only in Obama but in many of our national and cultural entities such as the media, colleges and universities, and numerous, if not all, government agencies. Why, you ask again? The postures and policies of this president, the blatant use of temporary majorities, trickery, obfuscation and bribery to shove through massive unread bills that a majority of Americans feel will damage the economy and the nation not to mention subvert the United States Constitution have done nothing if not raise the level of distrust. At what point is enough enough?
Well, enough was enough in 2010, when the American people took some of teh bite out of the Democratic party and called an abrupt halt to their bobsledding-off-the-deep-end leftist agenda.
The next step is for the same American people to decide if they want to give the Community Organizer another four years experience....
Right now it looks like he will have a great chance at another four years. There is not ONE GOP candidate showing any real promise. Unless the economy gets worse, much worse, no one will give any of the GOP Candidates a second look.
Cj, there are plenty of people showing potential. An 11 y.o school girl has a conscious and can read from a teleprompter. Regardless of what the media makes you believe, the majority of the country is Center RIGHT. Black people came out of the wood works to vote in the first black President and make history.
They voted BECAUSE he was black, not in spite of it. Obama won't get another term. Look at the mess were already in. Did the midterms tell you nothing. A complete overhaul of the Democratic party should be a omen for liberals. Their "saviour" will not be around to screw with our Constitution to much longer.
Excellent comment, tobey100; and enough is enough. I want an administration that follows the Constitution and Bill of Rights, or I want them not just gone, but imprisoned for NOT following those documents.
Let's see, could he be because he's a lying narcissist that doesn't care what Americans want and only cares about pushing his socialist agenda on America?
The basic premise of the post ignores reality.
"Will Obama's poll numbers scare off some challengers?
By Ezra Klein
I don't tend to take poll numbers very seriously until an election is right around the corner. A poll in January is just not sufficiently predictive enough of a poll in November for me to care about it. So the fact that Obama is topping 50 percent in a slew of recent polls doesn't interest me much.
But there's one way in which it could matter: No Republicans have yet announced that they're running for president in 2012. Plenty are testing the waters, but as Dave Weigel noted, by this time in the 2008 campaign, 14 candidates were officially in.
That Obama's poll numbers looking surprisingly strong at a moment when they should be looking fairly weak might push some of the stronger candidates who are on the fence about running in 2012 -- Chris Christie, say, or John Thune -- to hold off until 2016. And a weaker field is always good for the incumbent."
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-k … scare.html
Ignores reality???? Are you quite sure you actually know what reality is or are you basing your reality on ideology?
Mighty Mom and I linked to recent poll data, scientific polls, to come to the conclusion that Obama's popularity is on the rise. Probably not reported on Fox. Y ou linked to NOTHING to support the OP. We saw it, and so did everyone.
It was reported on Fox. They had a few words about it. I'm happy for him. He's apearing center and bi partisan just like Clinton did. He is very decetful. It's amazing, he ruins the county, raises debt faster and higher than any President before him, and spits all over the Constitution and no liberal can argue back with facts.
Maybe because facts don't support the socialist agenda's of these terrorists in office.
Ezra Klein is a numb skull.
http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/ezra-k … n-is-hard/
I'm not American but I take an interest in your politics. When Obama was in Europe he was greeted by millions like he was going to be some kind of 'saviour'. Why? He was largely completely untested and I always thought it was going to be difficult for him to live up to the hype. As voters we generally have fairly unrealistic expectations of our leaders and their abilities and therefore they generally disappoint.
Every time I talk to someone who is from Europe or not of American nationality, they tell me the same thing. They say they arn't 100% happy with their Government, and that Obama is leading America towards the same policies.
Confidence in Congress has been in the dumps since the Bush administration. Regardless of which party is in "control" of the House and Senate, if the body is not producing legislation that the people want, they are not doing their jobs.
What we've seen for the past several years is ridiculous partisanship. We do no elect our representatives to go and throw sand and refuse to play well with others. We elect them to DO THEIR JOB.
Confidence in the American education system is also low.
The reasons for that are obvious. We are graduating kids from high school who lack basic knowledge. Our community colleges are more like junior high schools.
I don't think we can broadbrush colleges and universities, however. Private institutions have not lost our trust. They are just outrageously expensive!
The media has lost whatever thin patina it once had of credibility. It would be more honest if all the supposed "news" stations changed their names to "biased opinions" or "news as WE see it." It's sad to see journalism so diminished. Another profession trounced to the ground.
As for Obama, his approval numbers are actually quite good. Whether or not he gets a second term really comes down to 1 issue. If the economy continues to rebound, he will get reelected. If we head into a double-dip recession (which I have heard some discussion of) he will be booted out.
It's not about healthcare reform, START treaty, the war in Afghanistan, his response to Egypt uprising, stimulus packages, or anything else. Who was it who coined the phrase, "It's the economy, stupid!"? I think it was Bush Sr. How right he was!
To illustrate how bad the media has gotten I offer this example.
Walter Cronkite was a COMMUNIST! Tell that to the MOST Conservative geezer you know and they will call you a liar! The point being, Walter believed deeply in the feesibilty of Communism. However his political views were NEVER a part of his Journalism. He was probably more liberal than Olbermann!
Im a "conservative geezer". I know Cronkite was a liberal. In fact, the only news agency that will agree is Fox. Theres a reason Fox is at the top of the charts consistantly for years at a time.
Cronkite was more than a liberal. He was a socialist. He wanted a one world Government. He was such a terrible anchor that CBS, of all news outlets, replaced him because he (slanted the news to far to the left).
It's interesting you used Cronkite. Why not just use Obama as the example. Recently the mainstream leftist media has started to bash him (mainly because his approval ratings were low and the people who work for him are jumping ship because they know something we don't), but just a few months ago the only place to get real fair and balanced news coverage was from the top of the charts, FOX.
Liberals, of course don't like Fox. Facts do not help Liberals out at all. Facts and morality go against the socialist agenda of the current administration and most liberals just blindly follow the first black president.
Facts say that this President has spent the country into the abyss and raised the National debt faster and higher than any President before him. He has had over two years to fix any so called "problems" from Bush.
Very well written , Mighty Mom. As I read your comment I realized that no matter the truth in content and bottom line. At this time in this nation under this adminstration, there is a large portion of Great Americans you can't convince that Obama did, do, or done anything right. I hope that their desire to make Obama a one turn president don't change America forever. At this time the nation really needs a strong intelligent leader like never before. If our leaders are denouncing each other while our nation and the world coming apart we are in deep trouble.
I was very hopeful when he was elected but now I'm unsure if he can deliver nay needed change at all.
I do not have much faith in very many politicians at this point.
I like Sanders, Wiener, and a few others.
Obama lost me at GMO.
The recent continuation of Bush Biotech agenda with the deregulation of the industry without protections for small farmers or organic farms or even biotech crop farmers is disgusting.
Not only that but he continued the same practices of Bush such as lending the USA legal team to Monsanto to fight supreme court battles against small farmers.
We are talking about a company who hires Blackwater - sorry XE or whatever- to harass small farmers. They have sued 127 small farmers.
It really is disappointing but not surprising.
But I would still never vote Republican at least not for any Republican that exists at this point in time.
Speaking of communists ... oops, I mean socialists (it's so easy to confuse those two words, isn't it), Mr. Sanders is being labeled as a socialist on another forum for proposing a single payer health system in VT.
So truly, megs, unless you want to give up your LIBERTY for TOTAL CONTROL of your LIFE by a GOVERNMENT that TAKES ALL YOUR MONEY and GIVES IT TO OTHER PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO WORK ... you might want to rethink your choice.
(I think Bernie Sanders rocks and I think Wiener's a rising star -- going places.)
Wesman Todd Shaw: What are you? A lobbyist for the prison industry? Do you really think our current prison system could support that many new inmates?
Simple. Well paid for, well orchestrated, well acted Psy-op!
Began WAY before BO took office.
At the moment the wingnuts are pushing the line - "Why is it nobody likes Obama?" in the hope that people who like Obama (the majority) will change their mind to conform with the perceived herd. AC also posts anti-Obama cartoons, which is fine but with NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT about policy. It's all bashing.
Why is it nobody likes Obama?
I don't know about "like" (do they mean as in Facebook "like"?) but his approval numbers are climbing. Not only that, but his DISAPPROVAL numbers are falling.
So it appears that fewer people are "not liking" Obama every day!
From the Huff Post. Other polls of individual states show different disapproval #s. Numbers range from 50/50 to 45/55 or so
Obama's best month ever
Obama poll-watchers have been waiting to see a "bump" upward in public opinion job approval ratings pretty much ever since he took office. In two years, there really hasn't been one. Until now.
In January, President Obama's approval rating went significantly higher, while his disapproval rating continued a trend of dropping with a big spike downward.
What both of these meant, taken together, is that Obama is once again "above water" in the polls, with his approval rating beating his disapproval rating. This hasn't happened since last June. But, in reality, Obama has pretty much erased his past entire year's slow slide in poll numbers -- in a single month. Obviously, he didn't hit an all-time high in absolute numbers, but still, when taken month-to-month, January, 2011, was Obama's best month of his entire presidency. Not only did he finally get his bump -- but it was a truly significant bump.
... this has been the best month in terms of change-over-time that Obama has ever seen, and has reset his standing with the public back at least a full year (if not even further). That's a pretty good month, all around.
This is the same way they say that "The American People" want the healthcare bill re-pealed. 18% does not "The American People" make! Plus, they NEVER spoke for most of us the whole 20 out of the past 30 years they've been in charge!!! They don't speak for America...they speak for the wealthy few. Which is becoming more and more apparent by the day.
Errr, where are The Jobs that they all were harping about while they were trying to get elected? Where ARE they? They got their tax-cut....AGAIN. No new jobs with it.....AGAIN. Legislation for new jobs? Uh, Nooooo. But SURE do harp about abortion--to take away rights. Healthcare....to take away care. For Big Business....to take away needed reforms. They serve the Radical Religious Right. PERIOD. And again. And I'm not one of them. And neither are 72% of us!
The veneer is gone fella's. We See You. AGAIN.
Obama,Bush,Clinton,Carter etc.We must stop looking at party politics.Democrat,Republican,Independent,matters not.When your leaving the Track or the Casino,did you make any money? SIMPLE.Are you better off now than you where before.Is America better off now.Look,not one of these Politicians has come forward and demanded to be covered under Obama's health care plan.Does that tell you something? The Congress is full of Millionaires who try to convince everyone they are just like you.Our Congress has become an old age home.Billions of tax payer money flying out the window and no one accounts for it.Our National debt is a disaster.Will someone in the House or Senate stand up for America.Lead,follow,or get the hell out of the way.....A Veteran.
Democrats stand for my right to have an abortion. Republicans don't. SIMPLE.
It's freedom, or it isn't. Republican does not equal freedom. Republican equals freedom to be like they demand you be.
Democrats let you be who you are...in the light of day.
Democrats care for people. Republicans care for money.
Anyone who says they are the same is wrong......An American who was called a traitor for questioning Bush.
Basing the casting of a Presidential or Congressional vote on one issue, such as some bogus fear of not having the right to have an abortion, or more importantly of not having the right to abort at any stage of pregnancy/gestation, which is murder with each passing late term day that the mother dwells on her killing decision, is terribly bogus and short sighted IMO.
I truly do not believe any of Obamas rhetoric and certainly not any of his executive orders in lieu of legislation have had Any sort of positive impact on our economy. I think our economy would be at the same point today, MUCH better, without any Obama bogus socalled stimulus, that was all grotesque pay back to liberal backers, and the bail out of the financial institutions was in place by the time he took office, not his deal.
History will not credit Obama with saving this country from financial crisis, but rather, history will show a sigh of relief that he was not allowed to worsen us financially in a second term or politically on the international front, thanks to Hillary and Bill Clinton, and history will show that he came close to bankrupting us with his so called stimulus and social justice policies. Just IMO, and I actually hope I am proved wrong.
Will you at least give Obama credit for appointing Hillary Clinton Secretary of State?
You mean the State Department that didn't see Iran's brutal suppression of it democratic uprising? or Do you mean the State Department that tolerates the imprisonment of China's Nobel Prize winner? or Do you mean the State Department that failed to fore see the current uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Jordan? or Do you mean the State Department currently run by the world's smartest cuckold?
You make some really good thinking points, the worst, or best, of which is the *cuckold* term, and I do so very much hope you and others, myself at times, are proven wrong. And if Hillary is being used as a cuckold, that she kicks some butt before she disappears from the national stage.
Secretary, Smarty Pants Suit, BillJefferson's Cuckold, Hillary - I dropped the Clinton for a reason during my campaign - Rodham - oops no Rodham now - Clinton -- Is that who you mean?? The shrillest woman in the world -- oops again -- that should read smartest woman in the world?
Always, she is his only saving Grace....... IMO.
"It was as if God and the devil had some unfinished business. Locked in a perpetual and immortal grapple. He stood in the center of that arena of contest. There was no need to see if any life had survived the energies unleashed - there wasn't any life, not even microbial, ever, now or ever will be. The lifelessness of the place was as impenetrable and immortal as the battle that gouged this place out of the Earth before there was even an Earth. Yet here he stood at the apex and nadir."
That gets the prize for the most loaded combination condemnation/backhanded compliment evah
Whoooose this obama person? I've been chasing the sun for awhile and just came up for a breather. Things look a little different since last I looked????
Obama just needs a good shovel ready project, the entire resources of the film industry and a good director - it works miracles and horrors.
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