President Barack Hussein Obama is an educated man. He is a family man. He was re-elected to a second term. Yet, from his first day in office he has faced an uphill battle. Why? 

As, mentioned he has credentials as good or better than any President and far better than some. He is not a philanderer. He has passed significant legislation. There are other things, but it comes back to the same question. Why is this President constantly rowing upstream? 

Despite strong opposition from the opposing Party, through the power of bipartisanship, other Presidents have managed to make strides that helped the American people. Then why has this President been subjected not only to one-sided opposition when not a single Congressional Republican vote came his way, but targeted anti-Obama campaigns generated by wealthy individuals hiding beneath fancy organizational names. Why?

The New York Times:

"This organized schadenfreude goes back to the dawn of Obama’s presidency, when Rush Limbaugh, later joined by Senator Mitch McConnell, said their No. 1 goal was for the president to fail. A CNN poll in 2010 found 61 percent of Republicans hoping Obama would fail (versus only 27 percent among all Americans)."

Again, why? 

Even before the President served a week in office there were voices from the United States Congress against him. How can anyone evaluate another person without knowing a thing about him? Why would anyone hope for a President to fail when such a failure would negatively affect Americans citizens? 

Too liberal? Progressives have complained that the President has been far too conservative for their tastes. Even centrist groups say that the President spends far too much time trying to negotiate with a Republican Party determined not to work with him.

Indeed, President Obama spent considerable time reaching across the aisle to build a bipartisan consensus, but all he received for his efforts was, no. Why?

President George W. Bush received rampant criticism during his terms in office, but never was the office of President disrespected. Never was he called known racial epithets such as "boy" and "uppity." Why?

That one is easy. Whites have no history of those words having a negative connotation, on the other hand, such words and plenty of others have been used in reference to the President. Why?

During a State of the Union address, the President was not only interrupted, but called a "liar," not by a protester, but by a member of Congress. Why would a member of Congress feel that he could do such a thing? Why?

In an editorial in the New York Time, Timothy Egan wrote:

"It’s hard to remember a time when a major political party and its media arm were so actively rooting for fellow Americans to lose."

From the day Senator Barack Obama became a serious contender for the Presidency of the United States, he has been striding over hurdles and slipping tackles, not only of the typical political ploys, but additional road blocks never seen in Presidential politics. Why?

With an already shaky economy, the highest poverty rate in American history and with healthcare costs eating up major portions of American income, it would seem attacking those issues would be a priority, but they aren't. Why?

Rather than passing legislation of their own, why did denying a second term to the President become a Republican priority that overrode the significant problems listed above.


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Comment by Donald R Barbera on December 3, 2013 at 10:46pm
Loren, I agree! Instead of governing, they are obsessed with one man. They were caught with their pants down and around their ankles .
Comment by Loren Miller on December 3, 2013 at 8:49am

Count the number of filibusters during this administration, then compare with the others.  Obama's judicial appointees have draw more resistive action than any other administration in the history of the US, to the point where the comparison between his current five years and that of Bush 43 or Clinton become ludicrous.

Obstructionism of Obama has, for all intents and purposes, become a plank in the GOP platform.  Mitch McConnell as much as said so when he announced that the primary gold of his party was to deny Obama a second term.  This is particularly interesting in that current polling for McConnell's reelection to the Senate is far less secure than he might wish it to be.  Could be more than a little embarrassing if one of the main obstructionists got his hat handed to him next November.

Part of this mindset may have come from Karl Rove and his efforts to secure a "permanent Republican majority" during the Bush 43 years.  His failure to deliver the White House in 2008 is likely a large part of the cause of the reaction we're seeing among Republicans.  They thought they were in the catbird seat, and when it turned out that they weren't, the overall atmosphere turned sour in a real hurry.

This isn't politics as usual.  This is the devolution of politics ... and we'd better stop it now before our government becomes a boat anchor.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on December 3, 2013 at 8:32am
Yes, mudslinging is a staple of politics, but in this particular case, it has gone past traditional dirty politics to actual hatred and given that this man is similar to most Presidents, there should be no more or less flack given to any of the others. One factor stands out as the only difference between the current President and those before him and that is skin color.
Comment by Randall Smith on December 3, 2013 at 7:16am

While what you say is true, may I remind you, "t'was ever thus". Political differences, hence, mud slinging, etc., go way back to the Hamilton vs. Jefferson rivalry. Even the Sedition Act was implemented. Lincoln, Wilson (vs. T. Roosevelt), Truman, Clinton--well, hardly a president was ever immune to vitriolic criticism. It goes with the territory.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on December 2, 2013 at 5:15am
Laura--boy is my memory short. I didn't even stop to think that he stepped into the worst recession ever and that he has tried to implement change, something that is absolutely terrifying to many, especially for ultra conservatives.
Comment by Luara on December 2, 2013 at 4:14am

I reflected when Obama was first elected that our first (half) black president was coming into office at a time when the economy was in a horrible state, that he was taking on terrible problems. 

Also he's tried to introduce a huge change - Obamacare. 

Comment by Donald R Barbera on December 1, 2013 at 11:53pm

I am seriously for trashing the entire system and starting from scratch with only input from persons with no connection with government, business or the military. Interesting that you mentioned Bill Clinton. Yes, they tried until Larry Flynt threatened to reveal GOP indiscretions. That sand castle washed away quickly. I serious about starting a grassroots movement to set term limits. No votes from Congress but a public referendum.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 1, 2013 at 6:36pm

No, I wouldn't be surprised, Donald.  It would seem that God's Own Party is made up entirely too much of spoiled brats whose sense of entitlement knows no bounds. 

Still, I point back to those crowds that the candidates drew.  The Republican Party remains that of old, frightened white men who frankly don't play well with others.  Most of them are scared, to one degree or another - scared of those who are not like them, scared of losing their influence to those who are not like them, and most of all, scared of falling out of the catbird seat which they see as their birthright.  The real shame is that at least some of them gave lip service to the idea of a black or woman president ... until one was actually elected ... from the "wrong" party.

I still see them as dangerous, too, both for their obstructionism and their potential willingness to do damned near anything not to fall any further than they already have.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on December 1, 2013 at 6:19pm


I didn't want to say it, but you'd be surprised--nevermind--you wouldn't be surprised, that many actually had their mind made up to cause as many problems for this President even before he took the oath of office.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on December 1, 2013 at 6:12pm


I certainly agree. It has been tough from the beginning. I've seen Republican and Democrat Presidents, but never have I seen one treated this way. I would say it is un-American, but there is so much crap going on that I don't no where to start. I guess Congress's level of approval being at an all-time low is proof enough that the system needs change. Not just change, but radical change.



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