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What The Buddha Might Say To President Obama

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What The Buddha Might Say To President Obama

A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker. -The Buddha

Why is there so much confusion about President Obama? It is being said that he is dealing with a broken government. Perhaps what is most needed is for him to speak out more directly and openly to the people. Writing this blog made us realize how vague things appear in the White House, how we are not in touch with what Obama thinks.

When he started his campaign many of us felt that we were important to him and that he cared; now there seems to be more distance between us and less connection. We need to know what he is feeling, we need to believe that we have chosen a president who can carry through with what he promised during the campaign, that he was in it for others and not for himself. We need to know he will not compromise his truth.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. -The Buddha

In the eyes of his enemies, of which there are many, it seems that President Obama can do no right. They twist and turn everything he says and does, and the name-calling is endless. Apparently he is killing far too many terrorists, they say with utter disbelief how he wants us all to have health care and to do it with bi-partisan support no less, and now he is spending way too much money to make jobs available. How awful is that!

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3:42AM PST on Nov 14, 2012

Thanks for posting this.

5:44PM PDT on Apr 12, 2010

Thanks for the article.

8:55AM PDT on Mar 30, 2010

hmmm. . .

4:02AM PST on Mar 8, 2010

Message to Lin C I hope you will send an email to Pres. Obama. Please let your voice be heard.

4:00AM PST on Mar 8, 2010

A message to Lin C, Please copy and paste your comments to the WHite House. Your voice must be heard.

9:22PM PST on Mar 7, 2010

Lin C, I agree with you about broken promises but... I am really tired of people blaming Obama for our current debt, that was created by the Bush administration and the wars he has created.

9:00PM PST on Mar 7, 2010

I voted for Obama and I must say the man from the campaign isn't the man in the White House!! I would tell him to stand up and carry thru with the promises he made FOR THE PEOPLE & TO THE PEOPLE. He's just not shown any "balls" for lack of any other word, on the issues. This health reform act is a joke - I watched Bill Moyers tonite and he had on a former VP of Cigna ins. who's gone rogue on the ins. industry yet supports this bill, and a very good dr. who told us why this bill is a total failure, the ins. companies will win big time AGAIN. So I would ask him to please be the man he was on the campaign trail, the man who the Crow Nation adopted, the man who gave us hope with "Yes We Can!", who so far has done nothing but put us in terrible debt, lost jobs, saved companies and Wall St. once too often while the little man on Main St. still suffers and waits. I had hoped we had a President who was above back room deals, we actually gave a sh_t about the American People. I, for one, am sorely disappointed and unless he shows some spine, I will not be voting again for him (but I will NEVER vote Republican!! either). I'd just as soon move to Canada or some other country who cares for their people!

5:04AM PST on Mar 2, 2010

I still have to laugh when America is referred to as the "most powerful" nation! How is that so? Condemning, disregarding, egostistical maybe.... powerful, certainly not!
Our president does the best that he can, I believe, with what he's been given to work with.
I hope that all of our meditations will focus on peace between people and unity. We have the power to be the change. Wasn't that our presidents message? When did we stop believing in our own power and strength?

11:01AM PST on Feb 28, 2010

Hi all - Barack Obama has been the U.S. President for little over a year. Lets' give him some time before we come to conclusions on what he is about. He is a good man who cares about the people.


7:27PM PST on Feb 27, 2010

He does seem to be going neutral as he seeks to create bipartisan support - as if he is holding both sets of ideals and methods together as one. But he is a man of principle and will keep his word if we allow him to. I voted for him because he is brave, intelligent, well-balanced and compassionate, and I still believe he is.

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