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Obama’s Hallmark Moment

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Posted on Apr 29, 2009
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Looking tired: President Barack Obama waves as he leaves the White House on Wednesday for a trip to St. Louis.

President Barack Obama addressed a crowd in Missouri on Wednesday, stating he’s “pleased … but not satisfied” with his first 100 days in office and he’s eager to get beyond this “Hallmark holiday” in order to focus on the challenges that lie ahead.

Obama will address the nation in a press conference Wednesday night (airing on all major networks but Fox News).

AP:

In office just three months, the Democrat enters the next phase of his new presidency with a high job approval rating and a certain amount of political capital from his history-making election last fall. But he also faces a thicket of challenges as he seeks to move ahead on multiple fronts both foreign and domestic amid recession and war. He will need continued public support to accomplish his lofty goals.

“We have begun to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off, and we’ve begun the work of remaking America,” Obama proclaimed. But he acknowledged, “We’ve got a lot of work to do because on our first day in office, we found challenges of unprecedented size and scope.”

And, Obama countered critics who said he’s taking on too much, as he works to turn around the recession while revamping energy, education and health care in the United States.

“The changes that we’ve made are the changes we promised,” Obama said. “We’re doing what we said we’d do.”

Obama drew a standing ovation from the crowd as he noted his first 100 days, saying: “That’s a good thing.” He also hailed the day as “the beginning of another long journey,” given the challenges facing the country. And he said he’s pleased the public seems to understand that.

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By AFriend, May 1, 2009 at 3:15 am Link to this comment

Outraged,

Why not try making your point in these posts like an adult? People will take you a good deal more seriously.

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By Outraged, April 30, 2009 at 11:11 pm Link to this comment

Re: jonr

Your comment: “FOX spins right because they’ve found that they do well in that niche.  I doubt that Bill O’Reilly believes more than a fraction of what comes out of his mouth on the air, but what he says on the air sells.”

Does it…?  I’m not so sure.  Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPKVqbj09B8

Re: AFriend

Your comment: “He made a terrible rookie mistake and hurt an ally in a horrible way. He seems still not to understand that each and every decision has both exacting and far reaching importance.”

Bush, aka “Mr. Ruined Every Venture he endeavored to Pursue”, was a “ROOKIE”.  And he didn’t even PLACE, excepting of course if you include LAST! (place that is).  Get real.

You’ll have to do better than that.  Rookie?....Ally?..... do you know any entertaining jokes or is this all you have?

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By AFriend, April 30, 2009 at 2:44 pm Link to this comment

I thought it interesting that the French President was recently quoted as saying that President Obama was naive, ill briefed, and full of his own messianic image. I also found it extremely interesting that after being asked what most surprised President Obama after taking office; he said he didn’t realize that every decision the president makes is so very important.

Make no mistake please. I like the man on a personal level. But I am in no way comfortable with his knowledge or abilities. I do not see the brilliance others see.

—-

The president made a tremendous rookie mistake last night. His comments about Pakistan has put that government in a horrible position with her people at a time when it’s fighting for it’s very existence. We absolutely must have a stable Pakistani government.

Every internal enemy of the Pakistani government is using the U.S. president’s comments as evidence that the current government can’t house, educate or feeds it’s people.

He made a terrible rookie mistake and hurt an ally in a horrible way. He seems still not to understand that each and every decision has both exacting and far reaching importance.

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By dihey, April 30, 2009 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

Mr. Obama’s weaseling on torture is an insult to weasels.

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By geronimo, April 30, 2009 at 1:17 pm Link to this comment
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President Obama Says We’re At The Beginning Of A Long Journey

“To nowhere.”

“Based on?”

“His wishy-washiness & caving to whatever the pressure from the powers that be.”

“Instead of?”

“Full speed ahead.”

“But what about bipartisanship?”

“A trap.”

“Why is that?”

“What’s the middle ground between health care for all and 50 million of us without health coverage.”

“Thousands of us dying for want of health care.”

“Cause of death?”

“Bipartisanship.”

“The answer being?”

“Yes we can.”

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By jonr, April 30, 2009 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment
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Other than Rupert Murdoch’s FOX, I would argue that the MSM (assuming this means Mainstream Media) is just that: Mainstream.

FOX obviously caters to a large group of people who have in common the fact that they truly appreciate the style of FOX.  Right-wing?  No question.

On the other hand, and the same point applies whether the media is accused of being too liberal or too conservative, it is not the job of individual media entities to spin the news a particular way.  The media publishes what sells. 

FOX spins right because they’ve found that they do well in that niche.  I doubt that Bill O’Reilly believes more than a fraction of what comes out of his mouth on the air, but what he says on the air sells.  There could be networks on the other end of the spectrum that use the same strategy, except there’s no market for it.  The opposite of being told what to think isn’t the left; the opposite of being told what to think is rejecting being told what to think and educating one’s self and applying faculties of reason and critical thought.

The MSM knows this very well, which is why they’re NOT too liberal and they’re NOT too conservative.  They are what sells to the largest number of people and, for better or worse, an excellent finger on the pulse of what “mainstream” really means. 

The MSM is crass “mainstreamism” at its best and worst.

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By samosamo, April 29, 2009 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment

*****
“The changes that we’ve made are the changes we promised,” Obama said. “We’re doing what we said we’d do.”
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You may have done some of the changing you camaigned on but some of the changes or things you have done were not mentioned in you campaign.
Anyway, I do believe you said something about straightening out the strangle hold the 4 or 5 conservative owners have on the MSM, I see nothing. As I consider the information the people are allowed to have or not have of utmost importance, I surely expected this to be taken care of or something started to break this treasonous monopoly up and divvy up the broadband(that’s the publicly owned broadband)to allow opposing views to be available to the the people, you know, those listless veggies that are gettig their information from disneyland’s fantasy land.

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