Letters to the Editor

Enjoying Obama

September 9, 2011


To the editor:

Yes, Mr. Shewmon, I AM enjoying the changes that President Obama has brought to the office of the presidency. We now have an intelligent person in the office who understands the Constitution and who is respected by world leaders. He appointed two women to the Supreme Court. He saved the auto industry. His health care bill has already given thousands access to affordable coverage. The Ledbetter Act calls for equal pay for equal work. He is pushing to eliminate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the military, as well as working for better care for returning veterans. He is bringing home the troops … and on and on.

The change I do NOT like since the 2008 election is how the GOP members of Congress have refused to work out any compromises on any issue, even on bills which they once introduced themselves. They have acted like children in saying “no” to every proposal supported by the president regarding jobs and then they blame him for not creating jobs! Congressional GOP members have signed no-tax pledges, becoming slaves to Grover Norquist and the tea party caucus. Nothing is left of that once-proud political party to which I once belonged. No president has ever had to deal with such an obstinate group of legislators as he tries to address this economic crisis, which was not of his own making. As Michael Tomasky stated on June 9 in The Daily Beast, “We did not spend our way into this crisis, we de-taxed our way into it.”

Yes, I fully support the president, and I will work for his re-election in 2012!


moonflower 6 years, 8 months ago

whoa, is this kinda of positivity even legal?

Liberal_Theorist 6 years, 8 months ago

Case study KHJ43664. Specimen exhibits temporal movement when stimulated. No longer lifeless.

Abdu Omar 6 years, 8 months ago

Right on the money Audrey. This is exactly how it is and for reason becomoming more and more obvious. Racism! I think Obama was tied up the minute he took office by those who see him as only a black man imposter. First they wanted to decry him a Muslim as if that is a grand sin. Second they wanted to make him illegal and said he was born outside of the USA. Now they want to ensure he has only one term and that is the whole program the Repugs want to participate in. All of Obama's ideas are wrong and there is no compromise. How is this the American way? How is this a way to ensure that the Americans have what they need and will enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

How is this the American way? = How is this a way to ensure that the Americans have what they need and will enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

It isn't.

cro·ny·ism (krn-zm) n. Favoritism shown to old friends without regard for their qualifications, as in political appointments to office.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 8 months ago

Time to set the Kool-Aid down, citizens.

Getaroom 6 years, 8 months ago

Obviously, it is way too late for you Snappy and I bet you didn't even notice the taste was off a bit. No wonder the Crackle went away and never came back! Get out much?

Scott Drummond 6 years, 8 months ago

Time to face the music, right wingers and dullards.

BigAl 6 years, 8 months ago

Actually, everything Audrey said is true. You can call her names and talk about "Kool Aid" and maybe even mention "Pinheads" and other FOX News words but the fact is, she is right. From the minute President Obama took office, the Republicans didn't even try to hide the fact that their primary job was to make sure he didn't get reelected. So much for putting the country first.
Nice Letter Audrey.

independent_rebel 6 years, 8 months ago

Neither did Obama. Or have you already forgotten his famous words when the Republicans first met with him? "We won!" cried Obama, and from that ignorant statement became a stalemate where neither side wishes to cave in to the other.

Well, the people spoke again by voting in a Republican House. So, they can say "We won" as well.

It won't matter who is President. Until all entitlements except Social Security and Medicare (and few, few others) are eliminated this country will never get back on track. No free stuff for moochers!

ddayot 6 years, 8 months ago

Calling idealogical differences with the man to be racism, is for the simple minded.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 8 months ago

The signs upon signs strutted around by tea baggers at rallies calling the president "boy", "nappy", "Hussein Osama" and everything else up to and including the "N" word mean nothing, then, I guess. The only things missing are the sheets and the hoods. No, sir, calling blatant racism "ideological differences" is what's "simple minded. I think you need to get out more.

Scott Morgan 6 years, 8 months ago

cait.......Biden called President Obama Nappy.

Racism is when citizens turn a blind eye towards incompetence in leadership due to race. Most citizens would love leadership coming from a purple striped albino since almost 3 years of constant bad news.

One more, what nations admire Obama?

13BEAU 6 years, 8 months ago

WHAT "signs upon signs" are you referring to?? Were YOU there?? Did YOU see any signs?? There were no such signs. It's almost hilarious how the pseudos make up their little stories and expect everyone to take them as FACT. What a bunch of two year olds. One would hope they are being naive instead of being just plain STUPID. sheeeeeesh.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

One could take an obstinate position and point out that since we have already had a Republican President (Ronald Ray-Gun) that used to be an actor, now we need a Democratic President that has a bright future as an actor, since he appears to be so good at it.

Maddy Griffin 6 years, 8 months ago

Shewmon? As in Nancy-Tom? Pffffftt! Obama 2012!

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

Better Obama than Palin, and no one will ever be able to change my mind about that.

KayCee 6 years, 8 months ago

Mind set in concrete, huh, just like all libs.

Liberty275 6 years, 8 months ago

"Stereotyping people, huh, just like all cons."

LOL. Irony much?

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 8 months ago

I really think you need to research the history behind the Lily Ledbetter Act. "Equal pay for equal work" has never been guaranteed and even though the passage of the Ledbetter Act does correct it to some extent, it still isn't guaranteed. Get your head out of your nether parts.

jayhawxrok 6 years, 8 months ago

Let's not forget the stem cell ban was lifted under Obama, he's really accomplished a lot considering he's had nothing but opposition for opposition's sake from the Republicans.

More private sector jobs were created under Obama in 2010 than the sum tolal of Bush's eight years in office. Are jobs being added at the pace he likes and we like? No, but 18 straight months of positive job growth is the right direction and the opposite of where the Reps would have us if given their way

rtwngr 6 years, 8 months ago

Sorry, but you got your facts wrong. We have not had 18 months positive job growth. The revised figures, that were recently released showed that we actually lost more jobs in June and July. The private sector jobs he created were of a temporary variety and had no lasting effects. Census workers, for example. No, this president is a failure.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

Are you bringing up that earthquake in Washington, D.C. again?

Liberty275 6 years, 8 months ago

Obama should have gone on TV and told the world that he inherited the earthquake from the previous administration.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 8 months ago

Obama was elected to the presidency as a college lecturer with no significant experience outside of academia and government, and remains extraordinarily unfit to serve in the office he holds. He has no leadership qualities to speak of, has made no effort whatsoever to uplift Americans in their feelings toward their country, and has failed abysmally in leading America through very difficult economic times. One cannot think of FDR and Obama in the same vein - the striking differences are palpable, while the striking similarities with Jimmy Carter are all too real.

As arch-liberal Drew Westen, a professor at Emory University, noted recently in a scathing criticism of Obama appearing in the New York Times:

"Those of us who were bewitched by his eloquence on the campaign trail chose to ignore some disquieting aspects of his biography: that he had accomplished very little before he ran for president, having never run a business or a state; that he had a singularly unremarkable career as a law professor, publishing nothing in 12 years at the University of Chicago other than an autobiography; and that, before joining the United States Senate, he had voted 'present' (instead of 'yea' or 'nay') 130 times, sometimes dodging difficult issues."

Of course, many of us were saying that well before the 2008 election, noting repeatedly that Hillary Clinton was a much more capable candidate for president.

Abdu Omar 6 years, 8 months ago

And what would have happened if McCain and Palin were elected? Ever think about that? How many wars would we be in and how high would our deficit spending go? This was certainly a better choice even though there is a lot of those who hate that a black man is president. He inherited a whole lot of trouble from an alcoholic president who was not fit to be in Washington let alone in the White House. He got us into a war for lies, remember? How did this happen even though there were two democratically controlled houses?

I hated Bush for lying to the world but no one had the cajones to do anything about it. Now this pres is saddled with his mistakes and they were so tremendous that 3 years into his term he is still fighting against them with a "just do nothing congress".

We need new leadership, certainly. But not because Obama failed, but because the congress failed. Maybe Hilary's time has come, but not someone from the repugs.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 8 months ago

What Obama inherited was caused by government housing policy going back to 1979 and fostered by liberal Democrats, not George W. Bush. Your hatred of Bush, and perhaps specifically the Iraq War, should not blind you to the reality of what caused the subprime crisis.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 8 months ago

No, it was caused by corruption and fraud within the banking and investment industry.

And tax cuts to the wealthiest of the wealth while simultaneously starting two pointless wars.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 8 months ago

Without the government housing policies of which I speak, Bozo, the subprime crisis could never have happened. It's called "but for causation." Read up on that concept and educate yourself.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

Sometimes there's an invisible third signature.

The bailout by the taxpayers if things go bad.

Linda Endicott 6 years, 8 months ago

It happened, even with both the senate and the house being controlled by Democrats, because of 9/11...Bush had everyone convinced that we had to go after Iraq because of 9/11...Bush used 9/11 for his own purposes for quite awhile...and nobody in Congress voted against the war because back then you were viewed as unpatriotic, un-American, and even a traitor if you disagreed with Bush...because he was the savior of 9/11 and nobody dared disagree with him...

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Cait McKnelly 6 years, 8 months ago

Actually it goes way beyond the eight years Bushco had. In the last thirty eight years only ten (so far) have been under a Dem president. There's a helluva lot to correct. Clinton went a long way toward doing that in the eight years he was in office and he left with a multi-billion dollar surplus. But in the eight years he was in office Bush tore up the playhouse and left us with a trillion dollar deficit and destroyed everything Clinton went a long in fixing and then some. Obama is dealing with problems that go all the way back to Reagan. So no, three years isn't enough by a long shot. Especially when he has to deal with things like ALEC, the Kochs and a GOP that could give a rat's rear end about the country so long as they can make him a "one termer".

Jake Esau 6 years, 8 months ago

It's unfortunate that neither party will allow a moderate to get through the primary process to become the nominee to the presidency. On the republican side if you support gay rights, abortion rights, or any kind of tax increase, you don't have a chance. On the Democratic side, if you don't support higher taxes on the rich, universal healthcare, and opposing "big oil", you don't have a chance.

It would be nice to have a president more willing to work with the other side, and members of congress more willing to leave the wings of their party and come to the middle. This is an problem on both sides, not just on the right as many seem to imply.

If I remember correctly, Kevin Yoder was one of a few house Republicans to not sign a "No New Taxes" pledge. Good for him for doing so, I believe that shows he's willing to make the correct choice between pleasing the republican base and fixing the debt problem.

imastinker 6 years, 8 months ago

We don't need a moderate. We need a fiscal conservative. Neither party has any, or very few. I am beginning to think I could support Hillary over some of the republicans.

What you describe is the problem today. The democrats try to court the takers in society to garner votes, and the republicans try to court the religious right to get their vote. The result is two parties who spend too much money.

What happened to the Democrats of a few decades ago?

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

Larzia? I think that the unfortunate thing is that we have only two political parties of any significant size.

Political parties are not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution of the USA, they were a later idea.

And unfortunately, that idea has stuck really well.

independent_rebel 6 years, 8 months ago

The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best.

-Will Rogers, Illiterate Digest (1924), "Breaking into the Writing Game"

Nellane Laney Croan Stussie 6 years, 8 months ago

RE: “…GOP members of Congress have refused to work out any compromises on any issue…”

For Goodness Sake Ms. Mortensen. Have you forgotten how the Dem majority in both houses treated the GOP during the first 2 years of this administration? Compromise? They did not even invite them to the meeting.

The President’s Jobs Plan has a number of very positive components that might be expected to actually improve the economy … it’s a shame he has to wrap everything he does in give-aways to appease his base!

imastinker 6 years, 8 months ago

"We now have an intelligent person in the office who understands the Constitution and who is respected by world leaders." He understands how to wipe his butt with it.

"He appointed two women to the Supreme Court." Good for him. I find it interesting that you don't say he appointed the two most qualified people. That's awful sexist of you, and of him if his intentions were only to appoint women.

"He saved the auto industry." He saved the UAW. Nothing else. GM and Chrysler would have filed bankruptcy and reorganized again. What they have now isn't sustainable either. It will fail again. He took market share away from Ford and Toyota who didn't need help.

"His health care bill has already given thousands access to affordable coverage." HUH?? The coverage hasn't started yet for this.

"The Ledbetter Act calls for equal pay for equal work." Nope - this extends the period in which workers can file a claim under the 1964 Civil rights act. NOTHING ELSE changed.

"He is pushing to eliminate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the military, as well as working for better care for returning veterans." Good for him.

"He is bringing home the troops." This is new to me. Everything I've seen shows he's sending more over there. He's had three years to do it and it was a major campaign pledge. How do you still support him on this issue?

conservative 6 years, 8 months ago

I love the liberals who believe the republicans are unreasonable because they don't agree to everything Obama wants. Obama is the one who started his presidency by not even inviting republicans to key discussions, refusing any kind of discussion of compromise, and stating loudly to anyone who brought up his one party approach that "elections have consequences". 2 years later his horrible handling of the economy led to a huge surge of republicans in both the house and senate and suddenly he tries to paint the new congress as obstructionists and says he wants to work together all the while continuing to say republicans won't play nice if they don't agree to 100% of his agenda.

KayCee 6 years, 8 months ago

Go ahead, roll your eyes. One time is enough for me, because his actions continue to 'speak' the same thing over and over.

Liberty275 6 years, 8 months ago

"And you asking if I'm reading a Marxist book isn't a form of ridicule?"

Why would it be? Are you ashamed of reading a Marxist book? How about Mein Kamph? What book would you be ashamed to read?

jonas_opines 6 years, 8 months ago

Even when booted, Right Thinker can troll the boards continuously. How banal.

jonas_opines 6 years, 8 months ago

It's like everything he touches turns into belligerence, cliches, and empty rhetoric. Some kind of perverse Midas touch or something.

tbaker 6 years, 8 months ago

This particular blog thread will provide a gold mine of citations after the next election.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 8 months ago

It's good to be related to the current occupant of 1600 Penn Ave. "House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) today illuminated the unseemliness of President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security rules changes and the favorable results those changes yielded for his uncle Onyango Obama, an illegal immigrant who was arrested for drunk driving — and who yesterday was quietly released from ICE custody. “It appears there is a double standard — one for President Obama’s family and one for everyone else,” Smith said in a statement in response to news reports that Obama’s uncle was “quietly released” from jail. “Last year, President Obama’s illegal immigrant aunt was granted asylum and now his illegal immigrant uncle has been released from ICE custody, even though he was arrested by authorities for drunk driving.” … “President Obama’s uncle is a test case for why this new policy is a threat to the American people,” Smith said. “President Obama’s backdoor amnesty allows drunk-driving illegal immigrants like his uncle to remain in the U.S. His immigration policies are a risk to both public safety and American lives. Why should citizens and legal immigrants be threatened by drunk driving illegal immigrants when the administration can deport them?” Truthfully, when news reports first surfaced about Uncle Omar’s drunken driving escapade, I thought it was a little unfair to pin the behavior of a relative on the president. After all, Onyango and only Ongyango bears responsibility for entering the country illegally and for driving under the influence. But the recent developments in the story certainly have an “off” appearance. Certainly, Uncle Omar’s timely release underscores the ample problems with Obama’s backdoor amnesty program — and that the policy so promptly benefited an Obama relation suggests the president just might have had his uncle’s long outstanding (since 1992!) “order of removal” in his mind when he decided DHS ought to have the authority to halt already underway deportation proceedings. Good for Smith for calling him out on it." http://hotair.com/archives/2011/09/09/judiciary-chairman-uncle-omar-shouldnt-receive-special-treatment/

parco814 6 years, 8 months ago

Thank you for your letter Audrey. You're far from alone, no matter what your detractors want to think and no matter how much they try to intimidate and insult us. The Obama-Biden administration cares about the people of America and the world and puts its values into action, even for their most ignorant, vindictive, and dishonest critics, many of whom have nothing better to do than whine and lash out on these boards.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 8 months ago

par's taken the lead in the LJW run-on-sentence competition for today.

Liberty275 6 years, 8 months ago

"He cares about power and helping the people who put him in power. "

Slight rephrase:

"He cares about power and helping the people that can put him in power again. "

Liberal_Theorist 6 years, 8 months ago

DOW drops 300 while Solyndra is Enjoying Obama. The theory being that Liberal businesses are Enjoying Obama.

weeslicket 6 years, 8 months ago

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Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago


Keep in mind a prospering america can overcome repub fear mongering... it must.

What is the repub party afraid? Why do they ALWAYS say no?


  • Fear a dramatically improved quality of life for all americans

  • Fear Jobs Jobs Jobs for americans

  • Fear New USA industry thus new wealth for america

  • Fear new cleaner energy sources because it would create so many new jobs and reduce rates across the board

  • Fear Improved Medicare Insurance for All = huge tax dollar savings to government,public schools,small business and all of us in general. Single Payer Medicare is the answer. http://www.healthcare-now.org/

  • Fear Clean Collar Industries which produce jobs that cannot be outsourced

  • Fear educated Americans because WE ask questions

  • Fear llosing of tax incentives/tax breaks for the wealthy that actually create tax increases for entire spectrum of the middleclass

  • Repubs should NOT fear a dramatically improved quality of life for all Americans but they keep saying NO

  • Repubs should NOT fear Clean air, clean water, clean energy and healthy green space scattered throughout America however they always vote NO

  • Repubs fear a dramatically improved quality of life for all WOULD keep them out of control for decades.


tbaker 6 years, 8 months ago

Its good to see Spambot doesn't have to leave the LJW site to find new cut and paste material. Yawn....

Flap Doodle 6 years, 8 months ago

I'd swear I saw that same rant by merrill on another thread of this award-winning website this morning.

homechanger 6 years, 8 months ago

The smartest president of these 57 states says Lincoln founded the GOP the Lincoln must have founded the GOP.

13BEAU 6 years, 8 months ago

UH.. was that letter written on April 1st?? You have GOT to be kidding!! Barrack Hussein Obama is the SCARIEST person America has ever had in the Whitehouse. And how can anyone who doesn't like, care for, stand, admire Hussein Obama be declared a "racist"?? Just because Hussein Obama despises the "Euro-American" culture, doesn't eliminate the FACT HE IS HALF "WHITE"!! Intelligent?? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha... well, it does appear he can READ. Otherwise, he wouldn't tote that monitor all over Kingdom Come wherever he has to give a speech. I want AMERICA back. Mr. Obama and his cohorts are NOT trying to keep America the country that has lead the world into the new realm of the future and given hope to millions and millions of people throughout the years. If America turns into another communist country or just a plain dictator-led nation, the rest of the world may as well wave "bye-bye". America - FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. Does it look like Americans are free or that they are being treated fairly or receiving justice?? That will never happen, again, as long as the pseudo-liberals are in charge of anything. The Republican Party has been infested just as the democratic party was infested years ago. The politically correct (assinine) structure and the pseudo-environmentalists are mimicing Hitler's agenda and no one can see the forest for the trees. Give me a true conservationist any day of the week. THEY are not in it for the money. They would be conservationists no matter what it paid .. and it doesn't pay well ... or nearly as well as the political "environmentalist" clubs. We Americans want our independence back. We want to be able to keep some of the $$ we EARN instead of "distributing the wealth" to those who are too lazy to work and will vote for the party that will pay them NOT to work. I hope you are kidding... because the politicians in D.C. - dems or GOP - are total JOKES and are not representing anyone but their own best interests. HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S DAY ALL YEAR LONG. 2012 - BACK TO AMERICA AND ITS VALUES AND INDEPENDENCE.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 8 months ago

"And there is another type of Caps Lock user who doesn’t capitalize whole sentences but INSTEAD capitalizes a few SPECIFIC words for EMPHASIS. Now read a sentence like that aloud, shouting every time you come to a capitalized word, and tell me you do not sound like an absolute freakin’ lunatic. This method can turn even basic known facts into crazy-sounding gibberish (“The SQUARE of the HYPOTENUSE of a RIGHT triangle equals the SUM of the squares of the OTHER two sides”).... http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/tips-for-not-appearing-crazy-on-the-internet/

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