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And Now, This Presidential Appraisal From Scarlett Johansson

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Posted on Feb 8, 2012
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There may be untold millions of onetime Obama boosters whose feelings of hope have significantly diminished since, say, November 2008—and with good reason. But on Tuesday night, one of the president’s celebrity supporters, Scarlett Johansson, showed she’s still willing to stump for Obama at a gathering in New York that brought fashionistas and politicos together. Here’s how the pro-Obama starlet thought he’s performed during his first three years in office.  —KA

The Huffington Post:

“I think people are really in dire straits and they are very reasonably and understandably upset,” she said. “I mean Obama inherited a turkey, he really did, and he’s working to… he’s fighting a kind of uphill battle in a sense and he has these past four years. And he never ran his first term as that—he was always going to be a two-term election in that sense. And change doesn’t happen overnight, you know, we know that.”

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By berniem, February 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment

At this stage in the history of Amerika, does it really matter who the Fuhrer is? FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!!

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By Maani, February 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm Link to this comment

rend it:

I, too, am disappointed in Obama.  But for VERY different reasons than you stated, all of which are simply incorrect.

Re “getting our financial house in order,” what rock have you been living under?  LOL.  First, his policies and actions prevented the recession from being even worse than it was/is.  And had the Repugs not stymied him at every turn (after all, they wanted him to be a one-term president, so they made sure to keep the economy as bad as possible), it is likely that we would be even further out of the woods.  Yes, it is hard to “quantify” the reverse: i.e., since he was able to forestall any further crash, we can’t really know how much worse it MIGHT have been.  But I would side with those who believe it would have been MUCH worse.

Second, despite the attempts of the GOP to stop him, he single-handedly - and yes, he gets ALL the credit - brought back the U.S. auto industry, which was in imminent danger of complete collapse.  And over 90% of those bailout funds have been repaid.

Third, far from being “addicted” to wars, he ended the war in Iraq (albeit a tad later than he hoped), and has already agreed to an earlier drawdown timetable from Afghanistan than had initially been planned.  Yes, there are still aspects of this that are troubling (particularly Pakistan and drones), but to call him “addicted to war” is absurd given the facts.

As for being “owned,” perhaps.  But if he is, so is every other candidate in either party.  So blaming him specifically in this regard is disingenuous.

I think Obama has performed quite well with respect to the economic situation, given what he inherited from GWB (who, you will remember, took a surplus given to him by Clinton and not only squandered it, but added another 10 trillion to the debt through HIS addiction to war…).  And he has been okay (but not “great”) re wars.

The things I have issues with have more to do with civil liberties, freedoms, civil rights, etc.  His unwillingness to reverse the worst of GWB’s policies and signing statements re these things is FAR more troubling to me than anything else - particularly because he is a constitutional lawyer who should know better.

Still, if it is the lesser of two evils, I would rather vote for someone who may continue to erode my freedoms and civil liberties slowly than vote for someone who is likely to curtail them in a much more immediate and dramatic fashion.

Peace.

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By EmileZ, February 10, 2012 at 1:28 am Link to this comment

My burning question is:

How does Ashley Judd feel about Obama’s first term???

She’s way more beautiful then Scarlett Johansson.

Ashley, you’re a red hot sexy mama!!!

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By ksoskin, February 9, 2012 at 8:19 am Link to this comment

Really?  A Scarlett Johansson lead article that links to Huff Post? 

I hope Freddie Mack is right and it’s just a slow news day and not a new approach
to “broadening” Truthdig’s audience.

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By Oceanna, February 9, 2012 at 7:17 am Link to this comment

I doubt if Obama has near the support from celebrities that he had in ‘08,  so I
guess this is newsworthy in that respect. 

I don’t think starlets and fashionistas can grasp and speak for the difficulties that
the middle and working class are going through.  They’re not the ones impacted
by a perpetual war economy and refusal to give the banking and financial
industries adequate regulation. 

I guess it’s appropriate that those who make their fame and fortune from
performing fantasy should endorse President Obama.  Nonetheless, I think there’s
even a shortage of shiny tinsel to wave for him.

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By Freddie Mack, February 9, 2012 at 4:26 am Link to this comment

A slow news day?

I registered just to be able to comment on this article. More on that and the TOS shortly.

But first…

Glad to see you giving Scarlett a platform. Those that would consider her opinion on the Prez’s performance going into an election year deserve more of Obama. At least you had it in Arts and Culture.

Getting back to the Terms of Service and reasons to deny people access…

“statements which may be construed as urging attacks on political leaders, officials, security forces or civilians—American or otherwise”

That one stipulation reminded me to ask Truthdig…

Why have you not given any coverage to the Andrew Adler story?

The owner and publisher of the Jewish Times of Atlanta has called for Mossad to assassinate the president of the USA in an article he penned last month. Is that not as newsworthy as Scarlett Johanson’s political opinion?

You do not have to dig too far for that truth.

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By Robespierre115, February 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment

Wow, such serious journalism Truthdig!

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By John Poole, February 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment
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Maybe she can tout the obligatory community service which Obama felt he would
need to have in his portfolio while aspiring to the office of POTUS.  Obama’s
community service roots are as deep as the latest Chia pet novelty and those other
terrarium based air sucking exotic plants.

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By rend it, February 8, 2012 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment

This is kind of easy, but scarlett is pretty much a weird nose job and that’s it if this is what she thinks. First off Obama said, he should only get one term if he couldn’t get our financial house in-order in four years. Was she not paying attention to that? Its been close to 4 years and things are awful and he is dong nothing to adjust the tax rates or punish the $%^&heads; who slaughtered the financial system. Then the are the wars, the endless wars, which he seems to have become addicted to, taking time out last week to prattle on about the upside of Drone Tech. I didnt vote for him the first time and will abstain again from the presidential line come November. Its a lost cause. He is so owned. Scarlett? she gains nothing by making these statements, I’m not sure why she bothers.

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