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Friday, April 22, 2011

Receiving Friendly Fire

As much as I look forward to the day that President Obama becomes former President Obama, I can’t help but feel a little sympathy. It’s not for him, precisely, it’s for anyone who occupies that seat and has to deal with the constant drone of noise coming from people absolutely demanding that their pet cause become the administration’s main priority. I’m sure it’s bad enough when it comes from the opposition party, but the truth is that much of the needling comes from supposedly friendly corners.

When I read some of this stuff, I can’t help but think we’ve become a nation of children who no longer understand what actually constitutes an important issue. For all of my complaints about the current administration, for example, their speed in dealing with the urgent 1915 Armenian genocide problem doesn’t really rank as one of the truly important bits.

Hundreds of protesters, mostly Hispanics demanding immigration reform, gathered to vent their disappointment with US President Barack Obama as he visited California.

Many of the activists said they were Obama supporters but felt let down by the slow pace of the change he promised in his 2008 White House run. The president is currently ramping up his campaign for another term.

Around 200 protesters waved signs and chanted: “Obama, keep your promise!” outside the Sony Pictures studio in Culver City, west of Los Angeles, where Obama attended a fundraising dinner.

“Where’s our change? We need money for housing, not for war! We need money for health care, not for war!” they chanted.

Some protesters reproached Obama for not doing enough to recognize the 1915 Armenian Genocide, while other activists demonstrated against scientific testing on animals and pacifists called for an end to war.

Just sayin’.

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I don’t envy it either. And it’s not just the loud or creepy advocates from every direction (try being a Democrat on the receiving end of threats and abuse from Operation Rescue, the NRA, John Birch Society, Eagle Forum, etc...they put Save the Whales to shame). I said before that even though I’m disappointed with the pace of things (your guys do not make it easy to get anything done, even the things we all agree on), this president in particular has faced more crises in half a term than any president in my lifetime. If I were in his shoes I would have had several nervous breakdowns by now. I guess that’s why I’ll never be president.

on Apr 22 2011 @ 05:14 PM

I’m afraid my sympathy for Obama as a human being wrestling with a huge job is somewhat drowned out by schadenfreude for him and his supporters.

We tried to tell them.

on Apr 23 2011 @ 07:01 AM

Obama has immense capability to handle all kind of issues but luck factor is always their.
luck factor need when plans are going to execute.
Kitchen remodeling

on Oct 26 2011 @ 11:29 PM

A couple of anti-spam measures might be in order. Turning off comments after, say, six months or one month or something in between…

Just a thought.

on Mar 07 2012 @ 04:24 PM
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