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President Obama: Grace Under Fire

Updated on August 28, 2011

For the past three years since his inaguration, I have watched President Obama as he has tried to make sense and justice of the muddled mess he inherited from the past adminstration. I am still in awe!!

With tears in my eyes I watched as he was elected to bring equality and hope to the many thousands of people who voted for him. I was among those who hoped this was the person who would make sense of the mess we as a country found ourselves in. He inherieted a broken economy, wars in which we should have never been involved and a myramid of other problems. During this period I saw a man who was calm, cool, collected, well spoken and intelligent. He showed no signs of nervousness or hesitancy when he took the oath of office. He appeared as always confident, unshaken and the shining example of courage and grace.

I was honored to have cast my vote for Obama. I did not see skin color, race, or anything other than a very well educated man who was able to bring all races together to accomplish the American Dream, " One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all".

It didn't take long for the ugly side of politics to rear its ugly head. First it was his citizenship in question. Although he was born in the United States, his father was from Africa. He was our first BLACK PRESIDENT!! This somewhat amazes me since he is also half white on behalf of his mother and raised by his white grandparents. If you are half white and half black, why do people concentrate on only the black part of his lineage? His mother was an American citizen, so even if he were born abroad that would make him an American citizen in those years. My oldest daughter was born in Mexico, but since I was an American citizen, she was by default an American citizen. The soap opera went on and on.....

The next thing to come up was the war in Afghanistain and Iraq. First and foremost , he was not the one to iniate the war, that would be our former President George Bush, also the former Govenor of Texas, the great state where I have resided for the past 30 years. President Obama was left to decide how to fix the mess left to him. I personally feel he has done what was necessary. Now the former president Bush's croonie Rick Perry who suceeded him as govenor of Texas, has thrown his hat into the political arena. BUYER BEWARE!!! Before you cast that Perry vote...take a very long, hard, zoomed-in look at Texas under Perry. In Dallas alone, we let go of 800 teachers, our libraires and other resources are closed much of the time due to cuts in funding and staff, and during all of this time we continue building prisons at break neck speed. Our penal system is the largest in the world..Texas has earned the name "Texas the Execution Machine", my beautiful state has become the world leader is executions. Even those for whom there existed doubt about their guilt were "put down" like unwanted animals. Texas prison system has its roots traced all the way back to slavery and to this day is the model for other states to follow. But don't worry...for those who decide to vote for Perry, thier uneducated children will still have a job...working for free in the prison empire...that is until they are executed.

Then came the killing of Osama Bin Laden. It brought a fire storm of controversy and critisism. He wasn't in the big chair at the head of the table, he didn't look over-joyed enough or happy enough...on and on. To me I didn't care what chair he was in or stupid things like those flying around in the media. I personally feel that anytime another human being is killed, it is not a time to rejoice, laugh, party...whatever. It is a time of saddness.

On the debt ceiling issue he has been bashed over and over. T o those like myself, on Social security and medicare, he is my hero. He didn't sell us out. yes, he had to give to get what we as a nation needed, but that is life. Everything is a give and take and the republicans have not made it easy for President Obama, even when the end result would have been the best for the American people. President Obama has made a good start and if given the chance will continue to take this nation to where it is once again strong and proud.

After the death of Osama Bin laden, I watched in anger and amusement as the right-wingers in my hometown of Dallas, where former president Bush now resides, hung signs that said" Obama forgot to say thank you to Bush". Thank you???, for what a war that has lasted 11 years, soldiers that continue to come home in caskets...and an economy that is devasted. Nothing ceases to amaze me.

Through it all, I have watched as President Obama, my President, as he weathered the storms that come with making change. Always soft-spoken, gentle and kind, he remains an example of what society should be proud to call their leader.

On an after-thought, he has been blamed for using hurricaine Irene as a ploy to relection. Could this be because Bush and associates screwed up so royally in the aftermath of hurricaine Katrina?? As a survivior, I say kudos to President Obama for the advanced preparations made and the suffering it will save. The months of no electricity, no federal aid, shortages of food and bare necessities made life after Katrina hell. I am glad that the actions to keep others from the same were taken. It was a job very well done.

Do I think there have been mistakes?? Maybe. But not in the election of my President. Do I think he is a savior or walks on water?? No, but compared to what we had before...Damn close.

To you, President Obama, you are truly an example of Grace and Courage under fire.

OBAMA 2012!!!!!


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      christalluna1124 6 years ago from Dallas Texas


      thanks for dropping by again. I have really missed you guys. It is almost election time again and I am all geared up to support my President again. I thank you for standing behind me and our precious President. He is a stallar example of true grace under fire.

      OBAMA 2012

      Warmest regards,


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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      It has been five monthe since i made a comment..I remain committed to President Obama. I believe he will be remembered as a GREAT president when history is recorded. His 'Grace under fire' makes me proud to be an American.

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      JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa


      '' every time my President opens his mouth, I become more confident that he can handle even the filthiest of filth that has been coming from the conservatives.''

      One must get by the propaganda offered by the Obama Administration and the Democrat Senate.

      The real truth and facts!

      The Senator Coburn report '' WASTE IN GOVERNMENT''


      ‘’ Back In Black’’

      Pass these links to your friends,They will NEVER SEE them on the liberal media channels.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      As you could easily find out by visiting my hubs, that I am one that would not concur with your opinion. As a matter of fact, I could find several reasons why I do not care for his leadership.

      But, I will not come into your hub and demean your passionate and well written view of this POTUS. He has taken on a heavy load, more than I think anyone could ever imagine.

      I will vote up, and interesting.


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      JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa


      AMERICAN JOBS ACT,Obama sent to Congress on Sept.14,2011

      . On Sept29, 2011, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV introduced President Obama's American Jobs Act in the Senate as S. 1549. Rep. John Larsen, D-CT introduced the identical bill in the House as H.R. 12

      The bill has not yet been sent to any Senate committees. At 412 pages, the bill is complicated but manageable. Given the politics, it will not move quickly. Congress just isn’t interested because it affects your life, not theirs.

      So how exactly does a bill become a law? While not all bills are the same

      pass it around

      One has to feel sorry for all those who believe and trust the ''man's words'' when all they are getting is is a steady diet of political propaganda from Obama, Democrats and the Mainstream media, who aren't reporting the true facts.

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      My Esoteric 6 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Oh, btw @Harvey, here is a link to a hub I am writing on Obama's accomplishments, with comments and some analysis.

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      My Esoteric 6 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      I think I have given out three awesomes to-date, you Christalluna are number four; extremely well written and oh-so correct, despite all of the revisionists of history that are saying to the contrary in your comments.

      I believe one pointed to Obama's father not being in his life then made the generalization that that is true of all blacks; taking that lead and example, since my dad wasn't involved in my life and he was white as I was, and that I have other white friends who white fathers were not involved in their lives either, then I suppose I will extrapolate and say that is true of all white fathers are bad fathers just like @SheriSapp does of blacks.

      As to the Dems supporting the Bush invasion of Iraq, if Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld hadn't stacked the information deck and actually told the truth Saddams lack of involvement in 9/11, I don't think Bush would have gotten the Democratic support; the Conservatives would have attacked anyway, I suspect.

      Let's see, how does that song go? Oh yeah, "I can do anything better than you can, I can do anything better than you" so let's talk about labor violence and who has done what to whom? I suspect with just a liiitle bit of digging, for everyone example of bad union behavior, I can match it with 1.5 examples of equally bad management behavior.

      @Harvey, I was, still am I guess, a Colin Powell, Olympia Snowe type of Republican; there are extremely few of those in existance today; most Conservatives, and I suspect you as well Harvey, would make excellent anti-federalists back in the day, you say the same things they did as they tried to stop America from becoming a reality; even after the promise of the Bill of Rights.

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      JON EWALL 6 years ago

      Harvey Stelman

      The links are interesting, all Chicago style .

      THAT'S THE WAY union guys operate. If they get a chance they will do it.

      A family member ( a carpenter foreman ) was confronted by a B A and 2 thugs (always big guys ).My guy was threaten, they told him ( a union card carrier and a vet veteran ) that the company would need to hire union local men to be able to work in their area. It got rough, they approached the foreman with intentions to rough him up. The foreman drew his hammer from his pouch and said ‘’ you may beat me up but one of you guys is going to take a hammer to the side of your head’’. They backed off and we later resolved the union problems without a confrontation.

      One of many union/management stories in my career in the construction industry. Chicago and Joliet are rough and tough union cities..

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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

    • JON EWALL profile image

      JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa

      Harvey Stelman

      How about CORRUPT , the same old lies about the Republicans and Congress, failure to enforce the immigration laws and his disregard of the US Constitution.

      It was reported that the trade bills are in Obama’s office

      How about INCOMPETENT, not listening to the generals in the field of war

      How about ARROGANT, spending money in Libya without the Congress’s approval ( act of war )

      How about UNTRUTHFUL , reports as to unemployment and the state of the economy.( 40% of reports are wrong )

      How about LEADERSHIP, continuing blaming Bush for all the nations problems. Just a reminder that Obama, Reid and Pelosi were a part of the problems with a majority Democrat controlled Congress in the last 2 years of the Bush administration.

      On sept.8, 2011 the President will present his supposedly new jobs plan before Congress and the American people. Don’t miss the event!

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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      Jon, That was the Japanese. H

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      JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa

      godzillas ghost

      ''3.he has bowed to the chinese''

      Cost of the stimulus package $878 billion now $1 trillion.

      Check out this Series of articles tracking the stimulus money.By Russ Choma

      Blown Away: Tracking stimulus grants for renewable energy

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      godzillas ghost 6 years ago

      mr stellmen et all,

      i will give you his accomplishments

      1.according to fact he has broken over 755 of his campaign promises

      2. he has fooled some of the people 1005 of the time say30-405 and Some of the people some of the time 555 was his 5 in election and fooled some of the people 05 of the time

      3.he has bowed to the chinese

      4. Berated average american

      5. Inherited a 5% unemployment and turned it into 9-10%-great job

      6. he had continues to blame his predissessor, republicans the tea party , the earth, Rush limbaugh average americans , joe the plumber, sean hannity , the police eorge bush, ronald reaan the american people , fatty foods , big oil little oil car companies, car and american businesses anyone who looks cross at him . religeon other than muslims.

      7. FYI-Quinipiac pole 52% obama not reelected 42 yes reelect him...6%-um I dont know...

      have a nice day-


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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      To Any Obama Supporter, I have aked for anyone to tell me of his Presidential accomplishments, that have worked. I'm still waiting. H

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      JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa


      You said

      ‘’I have watched President Obama as he has TRIED to make sense and justice of the muddled mess he inherited from the past administration.’’ ’’ He inherited a broken economy, wars…’’’’The next thing to come up was the war in Afghanistan and Iraq’’

      Candidate Barack Obama in 2008 made PROMISSES to the American people that if he was elected to the presidency he would turn the economy around. Barack Obama was elected by a majority of voters and became the 44th president of the United States in Jan. 2009. Obama has many times spoken of the mess he inherited. Are you aware that Senator Obama was in Congress (2005-Nov 2008).During the time of the mess the Democrats had majority control of the House and the Senate (2007-2008 ) The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were conducted because of the 9/11 attack on our country. The war on terror was commenced with the approval of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans VOTED to approve the country going to war.

      In 2009 President Obama started his term with a SUPER majority controlled Congress .Obama and the Democrats had 100% control of the government from Jan 2009 to July 2010.

      President Obama needs to be judged on what his administration has accomplished or not accomplished. The fact is that the Democrats have had a 2/3’s control of the government since 2007- Aug 2011. For the president to CONTINALLY blame Bush and the Republicans for today’s problems is to expose his inability to lead the country out of the recession.

      Bush increased the National debt $4 trillion in 8 years. President Obama has increased the National debt $ 4.5 trillion in ONLY 2.9 years and still to be raised even more. In 2006 unemployment was 4.6%, today it is 9.1% with creative accounting.

      One must listen closely as to what President Obama says because in most cases what he actually does is somewhat different than what he says publicly.

      Have a good day and please excuse my long reply

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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      poe, The elderly were never in trouble, it was another Obama lie. H

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      While I totally concede that the man inherited a horrid situation, I can’t say I think he has done anything but make it drastically worse. I think this was a well presented argument and hub, I just don’t agree with some of the premises behind it.

      I’m glad the elderly continue to get checks. They should. They are the reason the money was ever there to start with. Because they earned it and they paid it in. Where is the money now?

      What has happened to it under the current administrations watch? Why was he on vacation right after the credit downgrade? It hasn’t been fixed. It has only stalled at considerable expense to the people. Why is not he, and all of his co-workers be they from whatever side, sitting down and hammering out some much needed solutions?

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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      always, Can you tell me what positive things Obama has accomplished? H

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      OMG, This is the BEST!! I am with you all the way, your words are true. I worked hard for President Obama and i will again. Thank you, Thank you...........

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      SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia

      I can respect your opinion though I in no way agree with the points you made. It still baffles me why libs, who SWEAR race should have no meaning, cite it as a plus for the pres. You are correct, he is half white AND half black. Sadly, like many young blacks, his father didn't bother to participate in his upbringing, that was left to his white relations. Mr. Obama is a gifted speaker, but so were a few other not so great guys. He HAS increased the debt faster than any other previous president; in HIS own words, he called Bush "irresponsible and unpatriotic" for doing this too. I didn't approve when Bush did it, and I don't approve now. As for killing Bin Laden, I say kudos where they are earned. BO gave the order, and the world is better off without that terrorist scumbag in it.

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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      H. Not all Republican's are too far right, and the same goes for Democrat's being too far left.Please tell me what you consider too far right.

      I'm a Republican, and I test as a Centrist. H

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      Howard Schneider 6 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Excellent Hub Christalluna. I agree with all of your points. President Obama has done a fine job with the terrible hand he was dealt. From the beginning, Sen. McConnell voiced the Republican position, their only goal was to defeat President Obama. That is un-patriotic and un-American. You are right. He has handled it with grace and deserves another 4 years to complete the work. The alternatives in the Republican party scare me. They are so Far Right.

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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      Chris, Of coure he's graceful, that's what he does. He recently blocked (through Eric Holder) the courts from opening his actual birth records, those shown were not original. Why block it? I have no idea if he was born here or not. Why not lets the actual papers be shown, like his school records. We still have not heard a ord frm an "old friend." This isn't the transparency he promisedd.

      A video shows him saying, George Bush pushed the defecit to $4 trillion. I will reduce it, now it's over $14 trillion.

      Obama-care will destroy the medical and Phara industry, ask your doctor what he/she thinks. Europe hardly produces any new drugs, is that what you want?

      Cash for Clunkers-Failure

      Stimulus Package-Failure

      What has this man accomplished? Don't say Bin-Laden. A plan was in place, and he was pushed into saying, GO!

      What leader sits in the back of the room, with his head in his hands?

      He has been a disgrace to our best allies, and a friend to most enemies.

      He looks a lot older, because he can't vote present anymore.

      And who cares if he's BLACK, the WHITE vote put him in office. H

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      Justsilvie 6 years ago

      Excellent HUB!

      One thing that this presidency has shown is that we have a long way to go before we can actually be the cradle of Democracy and Equality we try to push on others all over this planet.

      I am not saying anyone has to like President Obama; HOWEVER, living outside of this country it is wonderful to see what support OUR president gets from Americans Overseas and the rest of the world. Looking from the outside in seems to open people’s eyes wider.

      My stance in 2012 is Obama, unless you show me someone better for the job. Has not happened yet, but we all should put our vote where our mouths are. And if we don’t want more of the former Administration, we better get active and not with the same negative garbage used by the detractors. But by pointing out the positives the administration has accomplished even under fire instead of letting the internet and the airways be filled, with lies, misconception and pure hatred.

      They like to use stats to point waning support, but those stats come from people who speak up and the detractors are. We need to do the same.

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      stanwshura 6 years ago

      Lady, you need to clone yourself some 100,000 times and hit the streets!

      Isn't it amazing how, when one is driven either by political ideology (like Michelle Bachman or, this is going back, Ross Perot), or by political ambition (almost every politician that ever lived), how s/he just won't let the truth get in the way of their message?

      I'll tell you something, I think I know when the mud REALLY started to fly, and that was when my president, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, took on a galley of republicans in a sort of debate-slash-discussion-slash question and answer "clearing of the air".

      They were not throwing softballs. They asked him every nuanced and semantic question and hypothetical they could think of.

      And he CLEANED THEIR CLOCKS! He wiped the floor with 'em! They were even so stunned as to be found sort of "um...uh...well...uh...then what do you think of... um...".

      President Obama had a learned and articulate answer (no teleprompter there, folks!) for every single question from every single one of them.

      In a desperate attempt to break his momentum (and it wasn't momentum, see - it was ability) one congressperson asked the president if he would like to take a break.

      You know what his answer was?

      "You know - I'm havin' fun."

      And - oh this is delicious - the only thing you heard from the sea of red mad dogs was a lone voice stammering "w-we are, too!".

      I laughed my ASS off!

      They tried to show him to be this empty shell of a token president who happens to have a silver spoon in his mouth, and he showed them what a well-prepared, well-educated, well-spoken, and READY president can do - even when it's dozens against one!

      The debt ceiling fiasco? Don't get me started - that makes me SEETHE with contempt. The Weeper of the House, John BONER, is the biggest obstructionist since Rosa Parks.

      'Cept that she had a righteous and moral motive. And courage. And no more power than any black woman had in those days.

      And look what she accomplished?

      John Bohner has no righteous mission, is completely lacking in the guts to tell the Tea Party to jump of a boat somewhere in Boston, is possessed of the wisdom of an Ivy league frat boy, and more power as the speaker of the house then he could EVER deserve or have earned!

      And his claim to fame (and which I think will stain his historical record for all time) is that he STOPPED THE GOVERNMENT FROM GETTING THE JOB DONE!

      We definitely "traded up" in the White House. I was tearful and giddy as well - and not because he happened to be the first black American to win that office. I'd heard him speak. I knew his position on the issues. And I was PUMPED.

      Then from Pelosi to Boner. A Lincoln to a Pinto.

      Obama 2012, absolutely! And let's hope he gets a congress that cares more about America than about partisan politics and getting re-elected (or maybe some of THEM have a brother who can swing the Supreme Court to disregard the vote and spit in the face of democratic principals.

      Either way - every time my President opens his mouth, I become more confident that he can handle even the filthiest of filth that has been coming from the conservatives.

      They're bitter. They don't like playing ball against somebody who has game.


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