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In Obama’s second inaugural address, he calls on U.S. to help poor, elderly

January 21, 2013

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— Declaring “our journey is not complete,” President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term before a crowd of hundreds of thousands Monday, urging the nation to set an unwavering course toward prosperity and freedom for all its citizens and protect the social safety net that has sheltered the poor, elderly and needy.

“Our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it,” Obama said in his relatively brief, 18-minute address. “We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class,” he added, echoing his calls from the presidential campaign that catapulted him to re-election.

The president declared that a decade of war is ending, as is the economic recession that consumed much of his first term.

The inaugural fanfare spread across the capital Monday, with a joyful parade down Pennsylvania Avenue and two glitzy inaugural balls in the evening. The president also lunched with lawmakers in the Capitol following his address.

Before diving into the afternoon celebrations, Obama previewed an ambitious second-term agenda, devoting several sentences in his address to the threat of global climate change and saying that failure to confront it “would betray our children and future generations.” Obama’s focus on climate change was notable given that he barely dealt with the issue in his first term.

In an era of looming budget cuts, he said the nation has a commitment to costly programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. “These things do not sap our initiative, they strengthen us,” he said.

Sandwiched between the bruising presidential campaign and relentless fiscal fights, Monday’s inaugural celebrations marked a brief respite from the partisan gridlock that has consumed the past two years. Perhaps seeking a fresh start, Obama invited several lawmakers to the White House for coffee before his speech, including the Republican leaders with whom he has frequently been at odds.

Among then was the Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. In a statement following Obama’s swearing-in, McConnell said the president’s second term represents “a fresh start when it comes to dealing with the great challenges of our day.”

Looking ahead to those challenges, Obama implored Congress to find common ground over the next four years. And seeking to build on the public support that catapulted him to the White House twice, the president said the public has “the obligation to shape the debates of our time.”

“Not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals,” Obama said.

Moments earlier, Obama placed his hand on two Bibles — one used by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the other by Abraham Lincoln — and recited the brief oath of office. Michelle Obama held the Bibles, one on top of the other, as daughters Malia and Sasha looked on.

Vice President Joe Biden was also sworn in for his second term as the nation’s second in command. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, several Cabinet secretaries and dozens of lawmakers were on hand to bear witness to history.

Monday’s oaths were purely ceremonial. The Constitution stipulates that presidents begin their new terms at noon on Jan. 20, and in keeping with that requirement, Obama was sworn in Sunday in a small ceremony at the White House. Because inaugural celebrations are historically not held on Sundays, organizers pushed the public events to Monday, the same day the nation marked the late civil rights leader King’s birthday.

Obama soaked in the history on a day full of traditions as old as the Republic. Gazing over the crowd before retreating into the Capitol, he said, “I want to take a look, one more time. I’m not going to see this again.”

After a stunning sunrise, the weather for the swearing-in and parade was chilly — upper 30s rising into the lower 40s — and overcast.

Once the celebrations subside, Obama will be confronted with an array of pressing priorities: an economy still struggling to fully a recover, the fiscal fights with a divided Congress, and new threats of terrorism in North Africa. The president has also pledged to tackle immigration reform and stricter gun laws in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., — sweeping domestic reforms that will require help from reluctant lawmakers.

Obama is also facing fresh concerns about terrorism in North Africa. In the midst of the inaugural celebrations, a U.S. official said two more Americans died in Algeria, bringing the U.S. death toll from a four-day siege at a natural gas plant to three. Seven Americans survived, the official said.

The president did not offer any specific prescriptions for addressing the challenges ahead, though he is expected to offer more detail in his Feb. 12 State of the Union address.

Asserting “America’s possibilities are limitless,” he declared at the Capitol: “My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together.”

“We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit,” he said. “But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.”

Obama’s second inaugural lacked the electric enthusiasm of his first, when 1.8 million people crammed onto the National Mall to witness the swearing-in of the nation’s first black president. Far fewer people attended this year’s inauguration — officials estimated up to 700,000 people — but the crowd still stretched from the Capitol to the Washington Monument. And shortly before the president spoke, U.S. Park Police announced that the public viewing areas on the Mall were full.

Security was tight across Washington, with streets closed off for blocks around the White House and Capitol Hill. Military Humvees and city buses were being used to block intersections. Volunteers fanned out near the Mall to help direct the crowds.

David Richardson of Atlanta and his two young children were among the early-goers who headed to the Mall before sunrise.

“We wanted to see history, I think, and also for the children to witness that anything is possible through hard work,” Richardson said.

Wendy Davis of Rome, Ga., was one of thousands of inaugural attendees who packed Metro trains. Davis came four years ago as well but was among the many ticketholders who couldn’t get in then because of the massive crowds.

“I thought I was early last time, but I obviously wasn’t early enough,” she said.

By 8 a.m. thousands of people were also waiting in security lines that stretched a block to gain access to the spots along the parade route that were accessible to the general public without a special ticket.

The cold weather was easily tolerated by Marie-France Lemaine of Montreal, who received the trip to the inaugural as a birthday present from her husband. She headed up an Obama advocacy group in Quebec that cheered on the president from north of the border.

“The American president affects the rest of the world,” she said.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 2 months ago

"Americans more downbeat than at any time since Carter, poll says."

http://www.gallup.com/poll/160046/americans-downbeat-state-prospects-future.aspx

Barack Obama is reincarnation of Jimmy Carter. Hopeless change!

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JR_Quintas 1 year, 2 months ago

This is why president Obama should eliminate republicans from the voting landscape by becoming president for life.

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies… America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

– Senator Barack Obama on March 20, 2006

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Agnostick 1 year, 2 months ago

There once was a man name Barack,

Whose re-election came as a shock.

He raised the taxes I pay,

And then turned marriage gay.

And now he's coming after your glock.

-- Stephen Colbert

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blindrabbit 1 year, 2 months ago

After being "comment removed" on my prior this subject, I edit my comments! It is funny to read all of the Teabagger comments about President Obama's speech. Don't these people realize that they are setting up the GOP to future election losses. Don't blame the President for your election losses/woes, just look to what you had to offer (look in the mirror so to speak). The blame lies with/among the following culprits, Limbaugh, Missouri Akin, Indiana Mourdock, Koch's, Perry, Romney, Santorum, Rove, O'Reilly, Faux News, Cantor, Boehner and Citizens United. Additionally, two long time GOP'ers are especially guilty: (1) The long term Senator and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was willimng to sacrifice the well being Country in order to deny the 2008 election results, utilizing over 200 fillibusters to obfiscate Obama's leadership. McConnell is acting now in a concratulatory tone, realizing that he will probably face Ashley Judd in the 2014 Senate race.. (2) Senator John McCain, with whom I served with on the USS Oriskany, a flipflopper of the first order who has become the darling of the Sunday TV talk show circuit, as the "Sabbath Blabbermouth", a guy who cannot resist a vacant microphone.. This is the same individual who was willing to foist Caribou, Momma Bear Barbie on the country. God bless us all, and Anchors Aweigh.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 2 months ago

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destroythegop 1 year, 2 months ago

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reality_check79 1 year, 2 months ago

Liberals think that business owners should pay more in taxes, more for healthcare, and hire more people, the unemployed should get extension after extension, and welfare recipients should get a raise... All the time making illegal immigrants, legal??? Yeah, he is a great leader teaching the hard lesson of "sit on your butt and let everyone else work for you" .... What was the point of getting an education when people on unemployment can work for cash, and still get money every week??? Pathetic

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Agnostick 1 year, 2 months ago

So many things one could say to some of the poseurs above, prattling on in their hatred and bitterness. Sometimes, though, words are a waste of breath. Our First Lady "said" it best.

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Agnostick 1 year, 2 months ago

The GOP to America: "We're from the government, and we're here to help ourselves."

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WristTwister 1 year, 2 months ago

Obama to America: "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help".

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 2 months ago

And so the imperial presidency of Barack Hussein Obama II continues. All hail King Barack and Queen Michelle. I predict Obama, the "constitutional scholar", will continue to rule his subjects with an iron fist through executive orders. I have four important words in response to his second term agenda of amnesty for illegal's, environmentalism extremism, gay rights and growing our national debt....... I HOPE HE FAILS!

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riverdrifter 1 year, 2 months ago

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57565063/native-american-women-veterans-celebrate-presidents-inauguration/

I loved a beautiful and wonderful Sioux lady many years ago, but, dang, it wasn't to be. Anyway, this was my favorite part of the parade.

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Trumbull 1 year, 2 months ago

“Our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it,” President Obama

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hedshrinker 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you verity, for providing some content fr the inauguration speech....I found this AP article lacking in consistent objectivity b/c it used loaded , perjorative, rather passive-aggressive language over and over, downright snarky a couple times ...and who wrote the stupid headline which had little to do with the speech and was guaranteed to set off the tea partiers in our midst.. the article didn't talk about any of the points the President made which were almost all about our nation's universal ideals ...he spoke as the constitutional scholar he is and I am shocked at the hateful, divisive comments above. I was inspired and proud, thought the whole inauguration was wonderful...so inclusive and representative of our ever-growing and changing country. I have to say, the funniest moment was watching the procession out with Beyonce and Jay-Z being mobbed by well-wishers after she knocked it out of the park with our national anthem, and they were immediately followed by Representative Paul Ryan, looking alone and bereft!

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KEITHMILES05 1 year, 2 months ago

Truly sad there is a segment of the population who has no concept of the truth facts but only in their very small minds do they wish to convince themselves.

Ever since we've had Social Security and Medicare there have been many millions partaking. That is a fact and it's there and always will be. For those naysayers calling these people "takers" is a national disgrace and shows your true ignorance and lack of patriotism.

I could go on and on and list each and every talking point but we know what they are.

It's truly sad this country has sunk to a level of despicable behavior and attitudes towards one another.

I got a good laugh at a poster who says they spent time in the military and Obana is ruining everything said poster stood for and the poster suggested it's time to leave the country.

I agree.....get the heck out of here. We'll be better off without you!

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1 year, 2 months ago

Found something on the stages of ODS. It's still in development, but I expect it in the next update to the DSM.

Most of the posters above are at Stage 4 with some occasional Stage 5 manifestations. However, we do have some who are at Stage 6. I'll let you decide who fits where.

World renowned psychologist Dr. Christopher Zimmermann has developed a classification scheme for people who suffer from ODS.

Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS) Classification Scheme

Stage 1 Obama Derangement Syndrome Early symptoms include subtle, low level criticisms of Obama's "leadership" abilities. A simple understanding of separation of powers and what Obama can/can not do is enough to reverse most ailments.

Stage 2 Obama Derangement Syndrome At this stage, attacks on the President begin to take on a nonsensical element such as criticism of Obama playing Golf, taking a vacation with his family, or eating mustard on his hamburger. The tone used by stage 2 sufferers mimics that of a gossip tabloid or an unhappy teenager's blog.

Stage 3 Obama Derangement Syndrome As the disease progresses, deeply held anger, resentment, and fear manifests itself. Those afflicted with ODS-3 are unable to call the President by his name. They use incendiary monikers such as Barry, Obummer, Zero. The derangement begins to branch out to Obama's family. Even mentioning Michelle Obama's campaign to encourage healthy lifestyles is enough to cause hysterical fits of rage.

Stage 4 Obama Derangement Syndrome Opposition to Obama becomes not just predictable, but a force of habit. Those afflicted use phrases like, "Anyone but Obama." The diseased begin to take any position, so long as it is not Obama's position. They begin to mock ideas like "hope" and "change" as naive, simply because Obama embodies them.

Stage 5 Obama Derangement Syndrome As stage 5 ODS sets in, the assaults on the President's character begin to imply he is evil at his core. The development of conspiracies that suggest Obama is knowingly executing an agenda that will harm America are commonplace. Questions like, "Is Obama A Bigger Threat Than Al Qaeda?" and "Obama: A Radical Leftist Who Seeks To Dismantle Capitalism?" are common place.

Stage 6 Obama Derangement Syndrome This stage is mostly reserved for birthers and bigots. People who have developed ODS-6 are offended by Barack Obama's very existence. The subtle racial undertones, kept concealed in the previous stages of the disease, can no longer be contained. They find it impossible to believe that a black man could be elected President of "their" country, despite the overwhelming evidence that the President was born in America

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WristTwister 1 year, 2 months ago

Strange that this President did not address the issues which pose the greatest threats to our nation. The economy and terrorism were never mentioned.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 2 months ago

Come on, Verity. These teabaggers got their collective butts kicked in the election and are flailing around to establish some sort of viability. That entails discrediting the lawfully elected president.

Look fotr this Rush Limbaugh style of commentary from the far right for the next four years.

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verity 1 year, 2 months ago

I listened to President Obama's inaugural speech. I must have heard a completely different speech than many commenting here heard. I didn't hear any promises of free stuff.

I'm looking at the transcript right now. No, no free stuff promised.

"Each time we gather to inaugurate a President we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional -- what makes us American -- is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'"

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beatrice 1 year, 2 months ago

A lawfully elected man was re-elected as OUR President. May we wish him success in leading our nation and may he make America a better place than when he began.

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ThePilgrim 1 year, 2 months ago

Just had a thought - if Romney would have won, would he be swearing in with his hand on the Book of Mormon?

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Gotland 1 year, 2 months ago

Nothing creates job security like making everyone poor and claiming the democrats need to be in power to help them.

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Centerville 1 year, 2 months ago

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lunacydetector 1 year, 2 months ago

are we about to see what would have happened if our most distinguished of any and all elderly statesmen, jimmy carter, won a second term?

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Brendon Allen 1 year, 2 months ago

Armstrong: Yeah I wish we could just go back to Nixonian rates for those in my tax bracket. Ahh the good ole days! urrrrr wait...

http://policygrinder.com/jimmagruder/files/2011/04/Income_Corp_CapitalGains_Rates-650x603.png

But don't let a little thing like facts get in the way!

Also I have an insurance plan through my work so the affordable care act does nothing to or for me.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 2 months ago

I sort of get amused when I look over the comments to some of these articles. The comments, that is , that this newsrag does not censor or delete.

In many any other coungtries in the workd, the author of some of these remarks would be jailed or shot for making them pubicly. We have the First Amendment that allows anyone, including myself, to vent their spleens no matter how obsoxious such discourse may be (except anything that the Journal-World is frightened of)

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bjfisher 1 year, 2 months ago

You Brain Dead Obama supporters will soon be standing around asking yourselves, "What the hell went wrong?"

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Brendon Allen 1 year, 2 months ago

Oddly I just looked at my paycheck and due to brownbacks cuts I am paying less now that I was last year for this same paycheck. His cuts offset and then some the payroll tax coming back. So go back to your right wing quote book and find another gem to throw out that is not true. We can discuss what Sam's cuts will mean to our future but the fact is I doubt anyone has had any assault on their paycheck and to say so is just plain uninformed. But again I expect nothing less...

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Armstrong 1 year, 2 months ago

I expect nothing less form Dobama then another 4 years of assult on my paycheck and watching the takers enjoy it.

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Brendon Allen 1 year, 2 months ago

I think the main point that is missed in the second amendment is that it, itself has the term regulation in it, so how regulation of guns is striking down any part of it when it, itself mentions regulation is just too much for me. Again when reagan did these exact steps (and more) as president and then after he was out of office I never heard impeachment after the firearms owners protection act was passed. Come on right wingers who hold Reagan up as Messiah what did you say then? Much like the bible I am sure you over look this and just pick and choose what serves your purpose, especially when one who is "not like us" is holding office.

Citing statistics suggesting 9,200 murders are committed each year in the United States using handguns, Reagan said, “This level of violence must be stopped. Sarah and Jim Brady are working hard to do that, and I say more power to them.” It was a 180 degree turn from Reagan’s 1975 piece in Guns & Ammo magazine, when he said that gun control is pointless because murder cannot be prevented.

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Centerville 1 year, 2 months ago

A very bad time to stake your living on government benefits. The further off the plantation you can operate, the better.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 2 months ago

First threew words of the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:

"A well-regulatedMilitia" "A Well-regulater militia" "A wel-regulated militia"

Dare I say it again........"A well-regulated militia"

Where does it say that the founding fathers intended for insane, idiot murdurous gun-nuts have the right to own weapons that the founders could not have possibly imagined and be free to purchase, trade or deal in such killing devices unfettered by common sense??

"A well-regulated militia" Anyone hee not understand the real meaning intended here?????

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ljreader 1 year, 2 months ago

Obama should take his own advice. Is he helping his elderly aunt who is here illegally and was living in public housing? How about the drunk driving uncle who is also here illegally- How much money does he send his kin in Kenya who live in shacks and huts? I did see the photo op where he and Michelle (in her designer clothes) applied a little varnish to a book shelf- O the sacrifice of public service.

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pigballin 1 year, 2 months ago

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waitjustaminute 1 year, 2 months ago

and did you see those Bibles the Pres and VP were sworn in with? Wrapped in asbestos it looked like.

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pigballin 1 year, 2 months ago

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fearsadness14 1 year, 2 months ago

After reading the above posts, I've learned that I need to move to a country with more liberal policies and wayyyyyyyyy less religion.

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waitjustaminute 1 year, 2 months ago

Preserve . . . protect . . . defend. In this case it was closer to being he'll make it subserve . . . completely reject . . . try to descend. That's what a socialist will do.

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LJ Whirled 1 year, 2 months ago

I cannot help the poor if I am made one of them.

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geekin_topekan 1 year, 2 months ago

Yer guy lost. Get over it already!

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Centerville 1 year, 2 months ago

Yea, it's a big help to the elderly poor to take that $700 billion out of Medicare. Or moving everyone who's worn out their unemployment into Social Security Disability, which now makes retirement benefits on a path to be cut by 25% in 15 years. But just say to yourself "How dare anyone mention that!" and you'll feel better.

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Milton Bland 1 year, 2 months ago

I served my country proudly, many years ago. I used to get goosebumps whenever I heard the national anthem. But all that I fought for, and all that I was so proud of, is history. Obama has nearly destroyed this country in four short years. In four more years we will be lucky to be a 2nd class nation. If I were a few years younger, I would be looking for a new place to live! God I feel badly for my grandkids!

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akt2 1 year, 2 months ago

He could have started by circumventing the taxpayers money on pomp and circumstance, and using it to feed the hungry or some other useful purpose. It's sickening to think of the expense and what a waste it is. All for a few pictures for the history books.

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Timothy Eugene 1 year, 2 months ago

Forward....like lemmings off a cliff. Sheeple.

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Keith 1 year, 2 months ago

The bu**hurt is strong today.

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verity 1 year, 2 months ago

Really? That's what some of you took away? I feel really sorry for you and your sad, pitiful, negative lives and misinterpretations of what people have said.

A comment I heard was something to the effect---make me believe in the possibilities of America again. We have taken some real hits lately and a lot of people have suffered, are suffering, often through no fault of their own.

We need to walk forward together with optimism.

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In_God_we_trust 1 year, 2 months ago

The worst President in the history of this country. He now wants to help the poor, (now that the country is in debt to it's eyeballs), and thanks to his policies, there is more unemployed and poor in this country than ever before. Now he wants to abuse the office of President to infringe on the 2nd amendment. The country is in mourning.

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Brendon Allen 1 year, 2 months ago

cheeseburger: Ronald Reagan manhandled your beloved 2nd Amendment way more than Omama has done where were you then? Did common sense prevail? If you want to talk about trampling the constitution I would start with what the Bush and Obama administration has done to your 4th and 1st amendment rights. How come right wing wingnuts come off the handle about the 2nd amendment but the reason they often give is the government infringing their "god" given rights and they need guns to stop the tyranny but then the very reason they want them is being taken from them and they say nothing. Start there...

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lawrenceguy40 1 year, 2 months ago

barry o will not be content until he has destroyed our country.

To all of the lazy idiots that voted for him - you will not get your free gas! The only thing you want that barry o will deliver is the selfish pleasure you derive from watching your hard working neighbor lose his livelihood. But liberals would rather see all in poverty than allow the hardworking gain any more than the most idle bum.

Be careful with you vote in November 2016 (if we have one).

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cheeseburger 1 year, 2 months ago

Translation: I believe in redistribution, and I will work vigorously to enact and enable it.

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