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A Nation Turns Its Desperate Eyes to Obama

Posted on Dec 10, 2008
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Seventy-three percent of adult Americans think Barack Obama is off to a good start, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. An even larger number think Obama’s trials will test him more than other recent presidents. Folks are scared, and whether they voted for Obama, John McCain or Snoopy, they’re pulling for the president-elect.

Wall Street Journal:

Overall, a majority of Americans are confident in Mr. Obama’s ability to govern and unify the country, with many who didn’t vote for him now seeing him in a positive light. The poll found that 73% of adults approve of the way he is handling the transition and his preparations for becoming president.

“So far so good,” said Kathleen Broussard, a 25-year-old massage therapist from Dallas. She voted for Republican Sen. John McCain for president, but said that the day after the election she felt a sense of joy about Mr. Obama’s victory that hasn’t gone away. “I respect him. And we’re all praying for the best. We definitely needed a change, and he’s definitely that change.”

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By Bunky Harris, December 12, 2008 at 10:02 am Link to this comment
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I say, “Where have you gone, Jimmy Durante?”  Someone who’ll stand up and say, “Stop the music!”

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By Zuma, December 12, 2008 at 1:04 am Link to this comment
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-the political division is not between conservative and liberal or between parties, but between the power hungry corrupt and the ethically decent.
-obama and the bushes and the clintons et al, are either stupid or corrupt, and they are not stupid.
-between the decent and the corrupt, there is no moderate center.
-the ‘political center’ as it is now purported, would place eisenhower as a far leftist.
-and nuclear genocide as the right.

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By Folktruther, December 11, 2008 at 12:45 pm Link to this comment

It is perfectly acceptable for a pseudo-progressive newsletter like Truthdig to print the Wall Street Journals poll and anaalysis on how good a job OBAMA is doing so far.  It is merely too early for progressives to criticize how he is doing. 

As specialists know, polls are notoriously suseptaable to how the guestions are worded and timing.  Anyone buoyed by Obama’s actions so far doesn’t understand the seriousness of the situation.

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By whitebeard, December 11, 2008 at 11:39 am Link to this comment

The 73% from the extreme right wing of the Republican Party to and including Independents and the right wing of the Democratic Party?

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By Alan, December 11, 2008 at 8:40 am Link to this comment
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Well it’s a Clinton Start for Obama.
Who will be the first HMO executive to
sleep in the Obama White House?
Health Care, the cause that somehow works its way
from top of the list to bottom of the list after
each and every general election. When polled
70% of all people who read the Wall Street Journal
said “I thought I was reading USA Today”.
32.5% of the same group of respondents said
they use over the counter medications for most
medical problems including cancer and major
head trauma.

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By Little Brother, December 11, 2008 at 8:01 am Link to this comment

I don’t know who wrote the unattributed blurb preceding the WSJ quote, but the point is not particularly edifying or flattering vis-à-vis Obama.

All it proves is that fear and ignorance reduce citizens to children who instinctively leap into Daddy’s arms for protection and reassurance.

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By Tom Semioli, December 11, 2008 at 7:25 am Link to this comment
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Okay, I’ve heard all the dialogue promoting hope, belief and faith, now how do we remedey a country that is rapidly unravelling? O’s stimulus package - should he receive everything he requests - will amount to a few drops in an ocean of trouble. Too little to late methinks.

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By eileen fleming, December 11, 2008 at 4:08 am Link to this comment

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”-Gandhi

Dissent is what keeps democracies healthy and if Obama and your reps never hear from you; how will they know what you care about?

Send President Elect Obama your message:

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By socks, December 11, 2008 at 3:42 am Link to this comment

........... but to root for success of the new President.

Many realize that the Bush crime family and the Globalist Republican corporate machine have looted our nation from top to bottom, for the Olagarchy. While the Democrats sat back and allowed it to happen, some even helped.

The inevitable loss of American jobs due to monopolies ability to move manufacturing and almost all simi skilled labor to other desperate countries only helps the elite international robber barons.

Until people force Obama to take back our country, his efforts will be minimal and more likely not as effective in our revival as we need.

This is a joint effort and we must not fail to demand our country and reforms that produce a more perfect union for us all.

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By Libarchist, December 11, 2008 at 12:46 am Link to this comment

As a ultra -liberal; I can assure you Obama is simply a cult leader,  for the collective minds of a lost people, in a lost generation.

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