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The President Liberals Were Waiting for Is (Finally) Here (VIDEO and TEXT)


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, Obama, 2nd term, progressive liberals, democrats, americans, congress, elections )

Carrie
- 451 days ago - washingtonpost.com
Couched in rhetoric about the need to come together as a country was a strong -- and surprisingly pointed -- invocation of a laundry list of progressive principles: gay rights, voting rights, climate change and the inherent value of entitlement programs...



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Angelika R. (143)
Monday January 21, 2013, 8:02 pm
I can just repeat my comment on your other previous submission: a GROUNDBREAKING, unprecedented, history making speech! Dear Barack Obama, please stay the way we witnessed you today!
 

Carrie B. (279)
Monday January 21, 2013, 8:03 pm
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last week.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Monday January 21, 2013, 8:08 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Carrie because you have done so within the last week. ;)
 

Arielle S. (313)
Monday January 21, 2013, 8:10 pm
BBC referred to this speech as "steeled resolve". This is a leader who is willing to take on the challenges we face. So nice to have a president we can be proud of again.
 

Ro H. (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:52 am
ty
 

Chris C. (131)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 11:24 am
This is the President I helped to elect! I'm SO proud of him. I watched the Inauguration all day and found myself praying for the safety of Barack and family! I LOVED watching him chewing his gum (nicorette, I'm sure) and interacting with his sweet, NORMAL family as they watched the parade! I can't but believe he will be our finest president, ever! His wonderful speech gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. He will prove to be a force with which to be reckoned!
 

Betsy Bee (1354)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 11:26 am
Thank you, Carrie. Great angle on such an important event. I can and will send you a green star.
 

Brian M. (143)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 11:30 am
This President is neither progressive nor liberal. In his speeches and his policies, he clearly defines himself as a capitalist and a political centrist. His foreign policy is right of center.
 

Thomas P. (459)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 11:33 am
Thanks Carrie. This is the only chance I'll get to read his speech. I've heard only good things about this speech.
 

Dotti Lydon (118)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 12:32 pm
The entire thing was amazing. A couple of things brought tears to my eyes. What Chris C. said are my exact feelings.
 

Roger M. (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 12:44 pm
I thought it was a very astute piece of writing.

Issue by issue, I agree with him. Trouble is, we all know that there are those who don't agree and aren't likely to be helpfully changing their minds any time soon. And so I fear that what was delivered as a manifesto will end up being more rhetoric. I hope my fears turn out to be unfounded.
 

Mitchell D. (123)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 12:50 pm
I'm in the same place as Angelica.
I believe Pres. Obama will go down as one of the most wonderful presidents we have ever had, and given the stonewalling, and agenda, of the right, he is here at the right time.
Except for Roosevelt, who was in office when I was born, Pres, Obama is head and shoulders above the rest. Pres,. Clinton had a shot at greatness, perhaps, but he messed it up.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 12:51 pm
To make sure that he'll practise his preach you all just have to keep pressing to make him do it, as he asked you to do!
 

Carol H. (229)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:25 pm
he was fantastic!! thanks Carrie, noted
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:52 pm
Yes, a wonderful speech filled with passion and grace. After 8 yrs. of Bush, I became a huge cynic who breathed an enormous sigh of relief when the man I voted for became Pres. But, 4 yrs. later, I'm a cynic again on so many issues that I'm cautious of what actions will actually come to pass. I will continue with others to press forward towards progression, and hope he listens to Progressives....because what we want is progress.
 

Yvonne White (232)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:57 pm
I love that he Finally seems to have a Liberal Agenda to get to!:)
 

Allan Yorkowitz (461)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 2:48 pm
I really don't understand these comments. Having failed to deliver a single campaign promise, there stood a President talking about progress - once again. Gay rights? The environment?Where the hell has he been for the last 4 years?
His tone was stronger, but, in Obama's case, words speak louder than action.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 3:33 pm
I think he was always there. We just couldn't see him through the mountain of right wing, obstructionist bull sh*t. Ryan just paraded his extremist budget in committee on C-span. He still wants to cut our elderly's SS insurance payments and health care. Meanwhile, the top 100 billionaires made 4 times the money to end world wide hunger.

The site is finally up...

http://www.nobillionaires.com/
 

Diane O. (151)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 3:41 pm
Obama is a legend in his own mind. Allan, the liberals are consumed with everything Obama. They are drunk on Obama and it's wrong for America.
 

Diane O. (151)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 3:48 pm
Jason, Obama has failed at everything so far. Thank God for that. The hard reality is that it has cost the taxpayers for decades.

If WE are going to save social security we have to reform it. If we don't reform these runaway spending machines we'll not see it last.

Obama wants to keep the world "at bay." He doesn't know how to fix anything.....he isn't smart enough. He loves the sound of his own voice and the liberals fall to their knees like they are on a prayer carpet praising everything Obama. The blind leading the blind. Meanwhile, true Americans, who believe in our Constitution and believe in capitalism will more than likely unseat many democrats in 2014. That will be America speaking to us again like they did in 2010.

We need to stop Obama's incompetence. Obama acts like he is a Hollywood "star." We don't need Hollywood wannabees in the White House.
 

Terry V. (30)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:33 pm
many thanks
 

Arielle S. (313)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 5:16 pm
I don't know if we fall to our knees, but I do know we are so grateful to have a president who can form whole sentences that we do get carried away . That and the fact that at long last there is somebody who is compassionate, who notices there are poor, sick, and abused folk out there who need help, and who thinks the earth needs more than just big bank accounts to work right. He is a man with a beautiful family - he is respected by other countries - he has intelligence and class. Be as negative as you like, Miz O - doesn't change a thing.
 

Jason S. (57)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 6:11 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Esther Z. (101)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 10:11 pm
I always viewed President Obama more of a centrist, but with this speech he came out of the Liberal closet! I loved it!!
 

Susan Brandon (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 10:36 pm
A President for the 99%! How refreshing.
 

John Gregoire (248)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 5:22 am
I guess some would prefer an assault rifle in every closet but Mr. Obama stated the needs of this country very well. I do agree that he has been more of a politician twith an academic outlook rather than a leader. I hope this changes now that he's reached the pinnacle and doesn't have to concern himself with a second trem. Running around the country trying to sell his ideas is no substitute for staying in DC and leading hard negotiations to achieve the compromise he advocated..
 

Kenneth L. (321)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 7:03 am
Great speech. Sincere, down to earth, fortitude, passionate, decent, has integrity, and above all is intent on doing good.
 

Dandelion G. (401)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 7:26 am
Words have power.....let us hope that it doesn't end with words that actions are put in place. I've heard many fine words but seen little improvement for a vast amount of people. The failures fall not upon a singular Party but within the combination of both.

It truly blows my mind when I see comments like the one above, "Obama has failed at everything, thank God for that" ???? Really, truly, happy for failure for this Country? You know as a lifelong registered Independent I have not ever in my lifetime wished failure of a sitting President or to delight in their failure. That is wishing and delighting in failure of my Country and those who are sharing this land with me.

I feel much of the Bush Administration was a failure, but not all, but did I want Bush to be a failure or the people that were in Leadership at that time also to fail? No, I was in hopes that somehow things would work out, even though in the pit of my soul I wasn't at all in agreement with many things. As it is with Obama, there is much I do not like, things I do, but to wish him failure or delight in his failures, no that to me is not a way we as Americans should be. Might I also add that many of his failures are due to a combination of factors by many who have thrown roadblocks in the way by their tunnel vision agendas.

Now as Angelika said, let your voices be heard and push the progressive leaders to hold true to these words and as for those who only place roadblocks in the way, if they are in your State or district make others aware of this and help to vote them out.


 

Diane O. (151)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 9:10 am
Yes, I said, "Thank God for that." He is trying to run our country into the ground with his massive debt and I'm very happy that the no spending republicans are doing what is needed to stop Obama.

George W. Bush did many things right for America. He will be remembered as a saint once Obama is finally out in 2016.
 

Arielle S. (313)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 9:21 am
"George W. Bush did many things right for America. He will be remembered as a saint once Obama is finally out in 2016" - smfffrpppgfff! In your dreams....
 

Diane O. (151)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 9:30 am
Guess you'll have to wait and see, Arielle.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 12:09 pm
Diane, your cult has you blind as a bat. You've been told about right wing obstruction to make Obama a one term president. You ignore that fact. You fail to realize on all fronts of reality. You are just a troll shill, willing to spend 4 more years of your life wasting your time that could be spent with important matters.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 12:13 pm
SS is solvent for 27 more years. It is not in trouble. Just because fox and the right says so, doesn't make it so. We have a revenue problem and a troll problem. Cheese & rice, Diane! How did you get so damned stupid. Why are you showing it at a caring site?

4 more years of you? Really? OMG!!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 12:35 pm
I see you are absent from important matters, Diane...

http://www.care2.com/news/member/864072146/3518367

It says a ton.
 

Carrie B. (279)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 1:14 pm
Diane, Bush was not a bad man ~ just a really bad president! Obama, on the other hand is a good man and a good president. Get used to it because history will have only good things to say about Obama.
 

Diane O. (151)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 2:26 pm
Carrie, this is where we have a difference in our opinions. George W. Bush was a leader. He knew how to lead from the front and that he did. He has the war in Iraq on his watch but he was given the intelligence which told him what he needed to do. Then the congress voted and they voted to go into Iraq. Personally, I'm glad he got rid of Saddam Hussein who was raping, gassing, and mutilating his own people because they didn't support him. We saved many lives when we got rid of that dictator. War is bad. I hate war knowing that our young men and women are being killed as well as those being attacked in their own country. I believe GWB made the decision based on the intelligence that was handed to him. I also hate the fact that 3,000 innocent Americans were killed on 9/11.

History will NOT be kind to Obama, Carrie. He has four more years driving his socialist and very radical liberal ideologue agenda. Obama's hubris will be his demise. Obama gets high on his power in the White House....and that is never good.
 

Carrie B. (279)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 3:11 pm
Diane, Bush did not lead ~ he was lead By Cheney and Rove. Bush did not have the knowledge or mental capacity to be president. He started an illegal and unjust war based on lies and personal agenda, he dragged our economy down to the worst disaster since the "Great Depression", he made this country and the American Presidency the laughing stock of the world. That is not a leader!

The kindest thing history will say about Bush is that he was an ineffectual leader who was used by two very evil men (Cheney and Rove).

Bush was the president who was full of himself and what he perceived as his power. That power was held by others and cost American lives. Remember that besides Iraq, it was Bush who ignored the intelligence about 9/11. But then that did help play into the Cheney/Rove grand scheme to invade Iraq. Something Bush was all to eager to do because he needed to rectify what he considered his father's failure ~ take out Saddam Hussein.

The intelligence about Iraq and the so called "weapons of mass destruction" was manipulated and altered to gain support for a war that should never have happened.

The qualities you seem to so admire in Bush are the same qualities Rove saw in Romney ~ someone who could hold a pen, sign his name, and do as he was told.

History will not look favorably upon Bush ~ but will show the greatness and compassion of Obama the man and Obama the President.
 

Bill K. (23)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 3:22 pm
I can't believe someone actually said Bush was a leader... and a saint!? Massive debt, two wars, recession, environmental ignorance, corporate control of every aspect of our lives..... You're joking right? tell us the truth. You're really a liberal pretending to be a conservative who says the most outrageous things to make everyone think all conservatives think like that? Nixon did that too. He hired people to pretend to be obnoxious liberals showing up at his opponents campaign rallies to make people think that's what they were all like. Did you have an uncle named Don Segreti by any chance?
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 6:31 pm
Yup! That's our brain washed, extreme fox right. They are BS crazy as they come. That's why we have to separate from them. I can't stand this crap another day.

"George W. Bush was a leader. He knew how to lead from the front and that he did"

Bush and the boys LET 9/11 happen. They could have stopped it but they needed it to happen to work off of fear. No 9/11, no fascist patriot act. No wars. Cheap oil. If we can't point you to the absolute evil in these people, we can't live with you.
Good news, Diane. With the line from VA to AZ, you don't have to move. You can stay in your tight, cushy Alexandria neighborhood and not worry about a thing. Say you will, please.
 

Dandelion G. (401)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 7:15 am
The Documental Centre for Human Rights in Iraq has compiled documentation on over 600,000 civilian executions in Iraq. Human Rights Watch reports that in one operation alone, the Anfal, Saddam killed 100,000 Kurdish Iraqis. Another 500,000 are estimated to have died in Saddam's needless war with Iran. Coldly taken as a daily average for the 24 years of Saddam's reign, these numbers give us a horrifying picture of between 70 and 125 civilian deaths per day for every one of Saddam's 8,000-odd days in power"

However.......

Over one million Iraqis have met violent deaths as a result of the 2003 invasion, according to a study conducted by the prestigious British polling group, Opinion Research Business (ORB). These numbers suggest that the invasion and occupation of Iraq rivals the mass killings of the last century—the human toll exceeds the 800,000 to 900,000 believed killed in the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and is approaching the number (1.7 million) who died in Cambodia’s infamous “Killing Fields” during the Khmer Rouge era of the 1970s.

So who did we save? As they say, with friends like that who needs an enemy. If you speak to any people who live in Iraq, and I have; they are not thrilled with our intervention. Plus we lost 4,486 service men and women between 2003 and 2012.

Some help we were with a high cost of our own in life, not included the 32,226 wounded and that doesn't count the unseen wounded that don't come up on the statistics. Also the highest rate of soldier suicide ever.

And as all I hear is about saving the tax payer monies, it was a costly war in funding there as well. Saint George. Omg......Please, tell the 1 million Iraqis that along with those usa service who lost their limbs and minds for what. A lie? As for intelligence ALL our Allies were telling us otherwise and yet the War Machine pushed by the Hawks and Big Corporations over here led us into a war on lies. There are no Saints in this, only tears and horror stories.
 

Arielle S. (313)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 7:35 am
I'm so sorry I can't send you another star yet, Dandelion, because you deserve a thousand of them. The war, for me, was the beginning of it all - George W. should have gone over there himself and fought his own battle, leaving all the rest of us out of it. We'd be better off today if he had.
 
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