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Obama puts country over politics

February 3, 2010

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“Come now, let us reason together ...” — Isaiah 1:18

A few words about that important speech President Obama gave last week. No, not “that” important speech, the other one.

Granted, Obama’s State of the Union address was the one parsed, sifted and winnowed by pundits for clues as to where he wishes to take the country in the days ahead. But one could argue that in its way, a less-noticed speech two days later in Baltimore tells us as much if not more about the intentions and ambitions of this president.

Not so much about specific policy and legislative initiatives. But Obama’s speech before a gathering of GOP representatives and the freewheeling, unscripted Q&A that followed, spoke volumes about how he proposes to make those initiatives reality: i.e., through civil negotiation, compromise and consensus — things that have been scarce in the public sphere since the days of Jheri curls and power suits if not longer.

If you haven’t seen the video of the session, you should. It’s easily found on YouTube and on the White House Web site (www. whitehouse.gov). While it takes a while to view, it is worth the investment of time; you will seldom see a more riveting political exchange. Or one more oddly hopeful.

You have to wonder, after all, what Obama thought he stood to gain. If the meeting offered Republicans a chance to refute the Democratic contention that they are a party of no ideas, it is harder to see any immediate political gain for the president, especially considering that last year’s attempt to reach out to the GOP was rebuffed by them and drew mixed reviews from observers.

So no, there was not a lot of evident upside in Obama’s decision to renew the effort. That being the case, one is forced to consider that maybe political gain wasn’t the point. Maybe he means it. Maybe he is in earnest when he says he wants to see a new model of governance.

In last week’s session, Obama was energetic and effective in defending his administration from ad hominem attack ads disguised as questions. He also accepted his party’s share of responsibility for the “sour” state of Washington politics. But time and again, he returned to his central theme: the need to draw back from the shrill, slash-and-burn tactics and rhetoric that reached a high mark — or, if you prefer, a low mark — last year. If only, he said, because such behavior makes it nearly impossible for deals to be made or compromise done. And that’s the very soul of governance in a democracy.

“Many of you,” said Obama, “if you voted with the administration on something, are politically vulnerable in your own base, in your own party. You’ve given yourselves very little room to work in a bipartisan fashion because what you’ve been telling your constituents is, this guy is doing all kinds of crazy stuff that’s going to destroy America. And I would just say that we have to think about tone.”

Yes, politics is politics is politics, and there is nothing inherently wrong — indeed, there is something inherently “right” — with our adversarial system. But that’s not what we’ve had these last years. No, we’ve had a system of hyperpartisanship, intellectual dishonesty and reflexive ideology, of permanent argument but no real attempt at solution or persuasion.

The price of which has been high — a nation cleaved in two, a people who no longer seem to like, trust or believe in one another. So if Obama’s asking the opposition party — and his own — to behave as if their words and deeds have consequences is not good short-term tactics, it is still a welcome counterweight to this present era of divide and conquer politics.

Too many elected officials seem to think re-election is what matters most. Credit Obama for an earnest, necessary reminder:

Country matters more.

— Leonard Pitts Jr. is a columnist for the Miami Herald. He chats with readers from noon to 1 p.m. CST each Wednesday on www.MiamiHerald.com.

lpitts@miamiherald.com

Comments

notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

porch_troll (Ignoramus) says…

"So Pilgrim2 “overmatching” himself is what you call “piling on”?"

Poor little P.P. - too stupid to even understand he's at the bottom of the pile.

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jaywalker 4 years, 2 months ago

(tee hee hee)

Makes me so happy I'm giddy!

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porch_person 4 years, 2 months ago

TomShewmon,

So Pilgrim2 "overmatching" himself is what you call "piling on"?

(laughter)

This explains the endorsement of Sarah Palin. You don't know any better.

(laughter)

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 2 months ago

WOW! The pile-on porch person is taking is almost making ME feel sorry for him--------almost.

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jaywalker 4 years, 2 months ago

notajayhawk,

Aaaha! Satirical!! Mystery solved, well done. And I stand corrected with your last; we can change the wording to "will definitely respond with something repetitively demented"?

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notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

jaywalker;

I have no objection to the addition, except it's not technically true he tries to get the last word - it's more a case of the umpteenth repetition of the first word. (And it's still wrong - but he's more adamant about it.)

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jaywalker 4 years, 2 months ago

Like a good dog, porch does not disappoint. Hence the addendum. Second?

"It is amazing to me that we are doing as well as we are."

I'm wondering if it's not all a mirage, to be honest. We don't make/create much in this country anymore. House of Cards doesn't seem so idiomatic when talking about our economy today.

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jayhawklawrence 4 years, 2 months ago

It's too bad that at a time when our country faces a national emergency, the pending collapse or our economy, our congress could not get it together.

It is amazing to me that we are doing as well as we are.

Eventually, we are going to have to stop spending money and raise some taxes. Like any business, you have to invest sometimes. Do we expand the national debt through government spending or through tax cuts?

Who will benefit?

I think the American people should be allowed to decide without all the political trash talk.

How can we ever be proud of our country when all you see in congress are a bunch of selfish people, many of them, like John Boehner, look like they have been sitting in the cocktail bar too long.

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notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

We don't need to be stupid and uninformed, pooch.

That's what we have you for.

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porch_person 4 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, you tried this last night, jaywalker and the only thing that it accomplished was to make you look like you were trying to get the last word.

You guys have been driven down to childish maneuvers like "If you say something, you're only trying to get the last word".

That's funny. Why don't you guys start your own private blog, where you can be stupid and uninformed to your heart's content? It worked so well for Marion.

(laughter)

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jaywalker 4 years, 2 months ago

Excellent. I did suggest an addendum to the Porch Playbook that stresses his obsession with getting in the last word, so he WILL respond, no matter how demented or repetitive the post might be. As evidenced above.

As a dog returns to his vomit, so does a fool to his folly.

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porch_person 4 years, 2 months ago

You guys done "group hugging"?

(laughter)

You know it's group hugging because it typically has nothing to do with any argument that was presented and it's all "encouragement". What Eric Berne used to call "stroking" in his Transactional Analysis books. Positive reinforcement and building up of self-esteem.

(laughter)

Funny how two algorithms have been produced, describing some sort of method that I supposedly apply to arguments and this knowledge has had little to no effect on the outcome of any discussion we have.

(laughter)

I find that funny. Have fun boys. Don't stay up too late. There's work to be done tomorrow. For some of us.

(laughter)

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Jane 4 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, someone nailed pp's m.o. PP's m.o. is why I scroll past his/her posts. It should be posted on every thread that pp comments on, right after his/her first post.

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jaywalker 4 years, 2 months ago

snap, Isn't it cool?! I just want to congratulate and thank whomever took the time and nailed it.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 2 months ago

jaywalker, that's porchie right down to the ground.

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Finding_Uranus 4 years, 2 months ago

Tom, I'm not sure her comment made sense to his adoring media.

They must think she's a bad wife.

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jaywalker 4 years, 2 months ago

Uncanny, nota. And I got the visual of you and Liberty pullin' a Moe to porch's Curly. Slappity slap!

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beobachter 4 years, 2 months ago

Tom, was that a quote from your "wife"? And she says, “I don't think my husband is that interesting.”

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 2 months ago

For the first time in my adult life, I can honestly say I think Matt Lauer got under Michelle Obama's hide. She seems irritated at about 4 minutes into the interview....well, here, you take a look-see..........

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/02/michelle-obama-on-today-i-unde.html

And she says, "I don't think my husband is that interesting."

WOW!! Does Mack D. need to get a hook-up from Larry Sinclair and hole-up in the east wing with mama for a couple days.

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notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

beatrice (Anonymous) says…

"nota, glad my paraphrasing your statements comes across as intelligent to you."

Wow, great comeback, bea. Did you get help from your three-year-old great-grandchild for that?

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jaywalker 4 years, 2 months ago

nota,

Will do. Have you seen it? It's a thing of beauty! I had to save it:

Porch_person's modus operandi when confronting opposing viewpoints:

(Step 1) Quote something completely random the opponent says. It doesn’t have to be a full sentence or more than 5 words . (Step 2) Claim their quote should be interpreted to mean s/he supports ‘X’ ('X' = anything you want, like paving the streets with post-notes. Similar to how porchie claims you say something, even when he quoted you saying the exact opposite. It really doesn't matter what 'X' is, as long as it is ridiculous, and keeps the opponent on the defensive to distract from the fact you can't back up your argument). Alternatively, repeat step 1, and using the two random quotes claim they contradict each other.

(Step 3) Mock opponent for believing ‘X’

(Step 4) When opponent claims s/he didn’t say that, respond by stating that you quoted him/her directly (even though when you paraphrase the statement it isn’t anything close to what s/he actually said)

(Step 5) Insert “(laughter)”

(Step 6) If opponent continues to claim s/he didn’t say ‘X,’ use a specious analogy.

(Step 7) If opponent continues to respond, claim s/he is “in Garfinkel mode” trying to get away from the fact he said ‘X,’ and/or contradicted himself. But never explain how the quote you randomly pulled is anything close to ‘X.’ And never respond to his/her questions.

(Step 8) Insert “(laughter)”

(Step 9) If this does not work engage in personal (attacks) by making up facts about opponent, again using random quotes, as described in Step 1

(Step 10) Repeat until you have lost all credibility on the issue.

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barrypenders 4 years, 2 months ago

'Bent' is really starting to show his years and years of 'Imprinting' from his Preacher Reverand Wright. The years and years of pew sitting was 'Imprinting' him a hatred for America during a 'formative' phase of his life. It's really kind of unfortunate because Harry Reid had described 'Crooked' with the best intentions. Let's 'Hope' that Iran and their Proxys fall for 'Bent's Noble Peace Laureate schtick.

Stimulus, Wright Imprinting, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 2 months ago

Who says "far-left liberal media"? That's as absurd as saying Barack and Michelle hate whites. It's all a bunch of hooey.

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beatrice 4 years, 2 months ago

kj, thanks for the honest response. I don't agree with you, but I appreciate your actually explaining why you disagree. That goes far further with me than those who are just screeching things like "socialism ... far-left liberal media ... the Chosen One ... etc..."

nota, glad my paraphrasing your statements comes across as intelligent to you.

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notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

jaywalker;

Wasn't me. I wrote a primer on boohoozo, but someone beat me to porchfinkel. My guess would be Liberty, but I can think of a few other possibilities. PM me if you can't find it.

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porch_person 4 years, 2 months ago

Jeez, with memories like that, no wonder you guys lose arguments.

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jaywalker 4 years, 2 months ago

notajayhawk,

Unrelated to string, but I read a breakdown of porch person's modus operandi the other day (I'm callin' it "The Porch Playbook") and I'm trying to track down who wrote it. Another poster had copied, saved, and pasted it on another string. My initial guess was either you or LIberty One. Was it you?

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barrypenders 4 years, 2 months ago

Militant PADs are trying to attack Palin!

http://thesciencedilettante.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/kirk-and-tribbles.jpg

Stimulus, Pitt PAD, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 2 months ago

UH-OH!

How many more problems do the already-in-record-time-out-of-order Dems need to contend with right now, or in the future/near future?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35191288/ns/politics-more_politics/

WOW!

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notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

beatrice (Anonymous) says…

"waaaaaa …. waaaaaaaa …. waaaaaaaaa."

Quite possibly the most intelligent utterance we've ever gotten from bea.

Definitely the most characteristic of her posts.


Cappy (Anonymous) says…

"There's this non-binding group of doctors and health administrators reviewing procedures to figure out which are most effective and cost-controlling. And what do the republicans do? Start stirring up the tea-baggers with talk about “Death Panels”."

So Cap, I'm just curious - what happens when that non-binding group of doctors and health administrators reviews a procedure that's needed to save your life - or that of one of your kids - and finds it to be less effective and not cost-controlling?

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rhd99 4 years, 2 months ago

What planet is Pitts from? Obama is so self-centered, he only cares about one thing: Socialism in our health care system. Enough already!

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 2 months ago

Why does the nutty left say "Republican obstructionism"? The Dems have complete control. Isn't that what you wanted? The Republicans are obstructing nothing. The left has said ad nauseum that Repubs are "irrelevant" and "out in the wilderness" then turn around and blame the healthcare mess on them---HA! What a frigging joke! The Dems are out of order and infighting is at an all time high. They are imploding. The people have spoken over and over and they are backed into a corner. You'll see the results of Mass/Brown on a widespread scale this November.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 2 months ago

Beatrice, it's not a question of should Obama "fix" things this fast so much, but should he exponentially worsen things in order to establish maximum control. Does Obama want a crisis---chaos, then assume control? He is following Alinsky to the letter.

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jaywalker 4 years, 2 months ago

I, for one, loved what he had to say before the GOP. It was an honorable and I believe honest extension of his hand in partnership. When it comes down to it, that's all I want of my reps; honest discourse that unselfishly puts the country first instead of the non-stop campaigning. Unfortunately, this New Way of making everything bitterly partisan probably isn't that easy to overcome, and that's on either side of the aisle. The President's obstacle course winds through his own party as well. Things look bleak from where I'm sitting.

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ComradeRedRooster 4 years, 2 months ago

I had to read the headline twice. It should have read:

Obama Bends Country Over Barrel

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Olympics 4 years, 2 months ago

Earlier today....FOX News has given up trying to act impartial. President Obama giving a speech: CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC are all covering it live.

FOX News is running a piece on how a terror attack on America is inevitable.

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JackKats 4 years, 2 months ago

Cappy,

No nothing is being done about the waste and nothing would be done if the changes were made by passing a HC. That is another 500,000,000 that you can add on top of reform. Nothing is being done.

And Beatrice, O-Drama is moving things in wrong direction by his decisions to spend, spend spend. He is also willing to spend the TARP money that is being repaid. He is anti business and thinks Government is the solution to all our problems.HE is raising taxes, spending more and more, wants to spend even more by passing entitlement programs and then says, "We need to work on reducing the deficit" after offering the largest budget in history. He is a liar, he misleads, his words and deeds don't match, and he is the worst President in history.

I also believe that Bush made many mistakes but they will pale in comparison. Bush made the mistake of leaving the conservative doctrine and moving to much to the center in economic policy.

Cut programs with a large knife and not a scalpal, get rid of government workers and duplicate programs, cut taxes, eliminate waste, and release all interests in private busnesses. This should keep all those in Washington busy long enough and move things in the right direction.

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kneejerkreaction 4 years, 2 months ago

beatrice, no one expects BO to fix things in one year. His problem is that he starts with a false premise (America's HC system is broken; the globe is warming and we can fix it; We can spend our way out of a recession) and then takes off in the wrong direction. Doing this, you can only end up in the wrong place.

BO is not on track. The train is beginning to pile up, but because he was unsuccessful in passing HIS version of HC reform and Cap & Trade has not been passed, we're standing on the sidelines and watching instead of being passengers.

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beatrice 4 years, 2 months ago

jumpin-c: "He's been in office a year, its his baby now."

Does anyone really believe that things should be fixed in just one year? Really? Also, does anyone think that John "the economy is fundamentally sound" McCain would have turned things around by now had he been elected? Really?

I agree that the decisions Obama makes are his, and I can respect that others may not agree with him, but you have to admit that his decisions are all in reaction to the horrible situation he was handed. Wouldn't you at least agree with that? What we are really arguing about is how to best fix what was already horribly wrong by the time he took office. If you can't admit that, then you aren't being honest with yourself.

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Stuart Evans 4 years, 2 months ago

i'm amazed that this article begins with a religious passage about reason. This comes from likely the most unreasonable book on the planet. I chose not to read the rest of the tale that follows in Pitts article. If you lead with something that ridiculous, I can only imagine what follows.

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jumpin_catfish 4 years, 2 months ago

Please! I wonder if Pitts can keep a straight face when he writes this stuff. And all of you who like to remind us that he inherited this mess need to remember he was a part of the congress and the party that made this mess. He's been in office a year, its his baby now.

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kneejerkreaction 4 years, 2 months ago

Cappy, my nagging question too. If these savings are there, where is the committee set up to identify these savings and take advantage of them today?

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Kontum1972 4 years, 2 months ago

he inherited this mess from the past 8 years....if u really want to change the situation run for the office and show us all your stuff,...wave the magic wand and make america better..and if you recall the former prez gave away all that money that clinton had stockpiled ...for all of us...that was the cushion...the country had nothing to fall back on, now the chinese own us....pfff..!

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Kirk Larson 4 years, 2 months ago

JackKats (Anonymous) says… "I have a nagging question. Since there is savings to be had in Medicare by reducing waste, what has the President done to reduce this waste?. It only makes sense if there is money to be saved to pay for health care reform in the waste, why not find it and try to use it to reduce spending. Maybe this is just too simple to be a good idea."

This is exactly what Leonard and Dems are talking about with republican obstructionism. There's this non-binding group of doctors and health administrators reviewing procedures to figure out which are most effective and cost-controlling. And what do the republicans do? Start stirring up the tea-baggers with talk about "Death Panels".

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georgiahawk 4 years, 2 months ago

Nota, the political situation is indeed two sided and both sides are at fault. Face to face, I would probably agree that it is 50-50, but I am blogging, so I say here that it is mostly the fault of the repub's (just kidding). My comment was regarding the posts that were above my comment. It was obvious that even after Obama called them on their shenanigans, they were in denial and just continuing that same line of extreme partisanship. It is the extreme partisanship that is the problem. Surely we can all back away from the BS for a little bit, do politicians always have to be campaigning? The right likes to say that Obama is a socialist, marxist, blah, blah, blah and that he is out to destroy America, but what will destroy America is the BS that all politicians are practicing.

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beatrice 4 years, 2 months ago

waaaaaa .... waaaaaaaa .... waaaaaaaaa.

Reading Republicans' posts is like walking into a theater at the end of "Beaches." Cry me a river, already.

"Democrats are only interested in bi-partisanship as long as you do it their way."

And how is that different from Republicans when they were in charge? Seriously.

My disappointment in the Democrats in Congress is that they don't act more like they are in the majority.

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notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

beobachter (Anonymous) says…

"Easy to see who won the Pulitzer and those can't make a reasoned, logical, coherent, fact based and verifiable argument"

When are you going to make one, BeO?

Pitts deserves a Pulitzer like Obama deserves a Peace Prize.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 2 months ago

Harry Reid is less than thrilled with Dear Leader. “…Reid, one of Obama's closest allies, issued a statement headlined "Reid to Obama: 'Lay off Las Vegas'" and was unusually blunt in his reaction. "The President needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn't be spending their money," Reid said. "I would much rather tourists and business travelers spend their money in Las Vegas than spend it overseas."…” http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_obama_las_vegas

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beobachter 4 years, 2 months ago

lindseydoyle, think I got my point across, you can perform a grammar dissection any time you wish. Do you dispute my point?

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barrypenders 4 years, 2 months ago

That Pitt is a knee slapper. Those Noble Laureate's like to stick together. 'Bent' lambasted Las Vegas again for some reason. Is Las Vegas not in this Country?

Stimulus, Noble Laureates and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

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jaywalker 4 years, 2 months ago

'Course, your 'situation' screams intervention.

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jaywalker 4 years, 2 months ago

"Gee, jaywalker, you're losing all that “But I'm not racist” credibility when you say things like that."

By laughing at you? Dementia can be treated, porch. Look into it.

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lindseydoyle 4 years, 2 months ago

beo "Easy to see who won the Pulitzer and those can't make a reasoned, logical, coherent, fact based and verifiable argument." You mention logic and use the logical fallacy of argumentum ad verecundiam in the same sentence.

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kneejerkreaction 4 years, 2 months ago

Georgiahawk, all your railing against "the right" is a product of the media feeding you a line of BS. Democrats have the majority in congress, they don't need "the right" for anything. Things not getting accomplished in Washington is a product of really, really bad ideas being proposed and shot down by democrats and republicans. A truly bipartisan effort.

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beobachter 4 years, 2 months ago

Easy to see who won the Pulitzer and those can't make a reasoned, logical, coherent, fact based and verifiable argument

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Random56 4 years, 2 months ago

We see who the real racist is

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kneejerkreaction 4 years, 2 months ago

Porch, so you are one of those who think you can't disagree with a black person without being called a racist? PItts is wrong in any color.

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notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

georgiahawk (Anonymous) says…

"It is good to see the right embracing working towards solutions so readily. It is good to see the right actually show concern for America by working towards bipartisan solutions that will improve our lives. It is obvious to see that they also see that the tone of politics had turned in a direction where nothing could move forward and wanted to change that for the betterment of America. And it is good to see the local right wing elements embracing this new sentiment above. ..."

I'm confused, georgia - are you trying to imply that the left is doing any of those things?

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porch_person 4 years, 2 months ago

Gee, jaywalker, you're losing all that "But I'm not racist" credibility when you say things like that.

(laughter)

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jaywalker 4 years, 2 months ago

"I'm happy that Leonard Pitts read it the same way I did."

(laughter)

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kneejerkreaction 4 years, 2 months ago

Don't listen to what Obama says, look at what he does. Pitts is clueless. One of the blind supporters of Obama ala Chrissy (tingle in my leg) Matthews who recently credited Obama for doing more to heal racial tension than any other president. Like the Gates affair? Of course neither Pitts nor Chrissy have one shred of evidence for saying & writing this baloney.

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75x55 4 years, 2 months ago

Ha ha ha!

Basically, "we can't get our way with a majority, so we're going to blame it on the powerless minority, and then (in the height of hypocrisy) label THEM as 'partisans'..."

HA HA HA!!

They clearly think the citizens of this country are complete idiots.

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Thing 4 years, 2 months ago

Olympics, you lose all credibility when you quote from the daily kos and the daily show. Pathetic!

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porch_person 4 years, 2 months ago

Kinda hard to paint Obama as self-serving when he does stuff like this, isn't it?

(laughter)

This drop in popularity is something that every President experiences during their first year. Uninformed conservatives see this as a resounding affirmation of the policies that got their butts kicked in the last two election cycles. That's their mistake and they are welcome to it.

I have confidence that Obama has the intelligence, ability and ethic to be a great President for years to come. Events like the Q&A with the Republicans reinforce and give support to that opinion. I'm happy that Leonard Pitts read it the same way I did.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 2 months ago

If Hillary was President, she wouldn't have made such a hash of things..... BTW, linking to a poll on kos, LOLZ!

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lindseydoyle 4 years, 2 months ago

Have you ever heard the saying, "I can't hear what you say because what you're doing speaks so loudly?"

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leedavid 4 years, 2 months ago

Watching the president speak before the democrats in congress today....doesn't seem to bipartisan. Guess it depends on what group he is speaking to at that moment.

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jayhawklawrence 4 years, 2 months ago

Obama simply confronted his accusers. Not only that, he confronted a mob and he walked away the winner.

The only thing missing was the Hollywood sound effects and musical score in the background.

Today, the school board reported an unexpected increase in health care costs of $1 million at a time when they are desperately hurting for funds to keep schools open.

The Republicans may want to pretend they have nothing to do with our current problems all they want and they may be busting out happy about Massachusetts but I don't think there is anything to celebrate.

The television cameras didn't lie in Baltimore. Obama just pulled the curtain away from the Republicans and the mess they have been causing. A lot of Independents moved toward Obama after that demonstration.

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georgiahawk 4 years, 2 months ago

It is good to see the right embracing working towards solutions so readily. It is good to see the right actually show concern for America by working towards bipartisan solutions that will improve our lives. It is obvious to see that they also see that the tone of politics had turned in a direction where nothing could move forward and wanted to change that for the betterment of America. And it is good to see the local right wing elements embracing this new sentiment above. I watched the meeting between the GOP and Obama on Fox, untill they determined that it was not news-worthy, then I had to switch to CNN, but I thought it was the type of exchange that our politicians should be having. Unfortunately the repubs appeared to be petty and relying heavily on talking points without having all of their facts in a row. Obama looked to be kicking their you know whats. It just seemed strange that the "most trusted" source for news did not continue coverage of an event that was obviously news worthy. Go figure!

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diplomacy205 4 years, 2 months ago

Rahm Emanuel will not resign and the MSM will not make a big deal about his horrible words. If a Republican said that, it would have been the lead story on all the major networks.

If Obama is putting the country first, then why is he spending so much money that he is making GW look like scrooge?

His arrogance is approaching the levels of GW.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 2 months ago

What fury will Obama unleash this fall when a thunderous "NO" is heard from Cape Cod to Calexico?

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Thing 4 years, 2 months ago

Two falsehoods here. One Nota, is that there "should" be people like Grammaddy on the Nober Committee. There already are! Two. Is the assumption that Beatrice herself has an "open" mind!

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JackKats 4 years, 2 months ago

I noticed how many times Obama said "you" and "us" when he lectured at the GOP. I only see where this further divides and doesn't help find common ground. He had a majority in the house and senate and nothing got passed. This is a sign of bad policy and is not because of the GOP. The only thing Obama has done for this country is to sink it further in debt, increase government, and waste taxpayers money.

I have a nagging question. Since there is savings to be had in Medicare by reducing waste, what has the President done to reduce this waste?. It only makes sense if there is money to be saved to pay for health care reform in the waste, why not find it and try to use it to reduce spending. Maybe this is just too simple to be a good idea.

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barrypenders 4 years, 2 months ago

PAD soakers, that is, C.L.a P. supporters, don't like the word 'No'. When Nancy Reagan gave the 'Just say No' advice to kids that had indiscriminate 'Carnal Knowledge', PAD's went ballistic. Abstinence works everytime, but that word 'No', is just too affirmative to a culture that is so 'Natural' with it's urges. PADs cannot difine 'Is' and understand 'No'. Go figure.

Stimulus, Pitt PADs and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless you all

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think_about_it 4 years, 2 months ago

beobachter as in Völkischer Beobachter? Makes sense to me.

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notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

beobachter (Anonymous) says…

"See Pitts has got all the nutcases in full rant early this morning."

What took you so long to show up?

"How many of you are going to see him Friday, might learn something? That is based on a wild assumption that you have an open mind."

So when Cal Thomas or Michelle Malkin come to town, you'll be first in line for tickets, right, BeO?

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beobachter 4 years, 2 months ago

See Pitts has got all the nutcases in full rant early this morning. How many of you are going to see him Friday, might learn something? That is based on a wild assumption that you have an open mind.

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notajayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

grammaddy (Anonymous) says…

"He said he wanted to CHANGE the way the current government works all through last year's campaign. That's change i can believe in."

So you can "believe in" it because he said "he wanted to" change" (as opposed to what he's demonstrated in his first year)?

You should be sitting on the Nobel committee, grammy.

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think_about_it 4 years, 2 months ago

Democrats are only interested in bi-partisanship as long as you do it their way.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 2 months ago

Does Pitts really believe that?

That is drawing a big........WOW! from me.

I wonder if likely-soon-to-resign Rahm Emanuel even believes that? With Illinois now looking dicey for Dems this fall, how much worse can it get for Mr. I'm not an idealogue, all country, not about politics Obama?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 2 months ago

Interestingly, both Pitts and Cal Thomas chose to write on the same topic. Interestingly, Pitts encouraged moving away from shrill partisanship, and reinforced that theme throughout the column.

On the other hand, Thomas made a few isolated statements claiming the same sentiment, but throughout most of his column, he was the same ole shrill partisan that he always is.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 2 months ago

The most polarizing President ever? Mr. "I won"? The only thing Dear Leader puts first is himself.

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TopJayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

The Pitts says that Obama puts country over politics.
LOLOLOLOL.......Words Mr the Pitts. ...words......He hasn't followed a single campaign promise, he is trying to railroad through his ideas without public, or even Congressional scrutiny. Open your eyes people.......jeez.

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TopJayhawk 4 years, 2 months ago

The man talks so purdy. But his actions are not purdy. They are anti-American, socialist to the extreme. This is what he meant by changing Washington Maddy, and if that is change you can believe in, then I pity you. He needs to go, and the Congress needs to stand up to this socialist extremist.

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grammaddy 4 years, 2 months ago

He said he wanted to CHANGE the way the current government works all through last year's campaign. That's CHANGE I can believe in.

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