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Only took him two years…

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    TinaR
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    Osama found. Osama gone.  George looked all over [Iraq] for him…nine years.  Only took Obama 2.

    Good news.

    Osama found. Osama gone.  George looked all over [Iraq] for him…nine years.  Only took Obama 2.

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      jag
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      Well, he did threaten to send in Oprah and Michelle……..  

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      jag
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      Well, he did threaten to send in Oprah and Michelle……..  

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        jag
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        A.  GW's Presidency lasted only 8 years-it happened in the first year of his presidency. 

        B.  Now Obama has been in office for 2.

        Your warped mind seems to think that all of this happened 11years ago?

        9/11/2001-5/1/2011 is less than 10 years.

        Sorry, I just thought you might a little help with the math-genius.  Now go get your mop and finish cleaning up Burger King.  Let the mop dry when your done, don't just leave it there all soaky and gross.  Rinse it and then dry it.  Then punch out, go home and throw your greasey shirt in the wash.  

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        jag
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        A.  GW's Presidency lasted only 8 years-it happened in the first year of his presidency. 

        B.  Now Obama has been in office for 2.

        Your warped mind seems to think that all of this happened 11years ago?

        9/11/2001-5/1/2011 is less than 10 years.

        Sorry, I just thought you might a little help with the math-genius.  Now go get your mop and finish cleaning up Burger King.  Let the mop dry when your done, don't just leave it there all soaky and gross.  Rinse it and then dry it.  Then punch out, go home and throw your greasey shirt in the wash.  

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        TinaR
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        Yea, the weapons of mass destruction must have done a number on my brain, too.  Oh, wait, never mind, I'm just tired. Three jobs will do that to you.  Just think, if GWB hadn't destroyed our economy I'd be able to make ends meet with one job, but I do get all the free Whoppers I can eat.  Amazing perks for part-time work.  How "uniquely American",  right? Thanks for the contribution of your cracker-jack calculations, way to focus on the most relevant issues of the evening!

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        TinaR
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        Yea, the weapons of mass destruction must have done a number on my brain, too.  Oh, wait, never mind, I'm just tired. Three jobs will do that to you.  Just think, if GWB hadn't destroyed our economy I'd be able to make ends meet with one job, but I do get all the free Whoppers I can eat.  Amazing perks for part-time work.  How "uniquely American",  right? Thanks for the contribution of your cracker-jack calculations, way to focus on the most relevant issues of the evening!

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        TinaR
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        p.s.  Let's remember those who died and pray for those in harms way. Good news for Americans tonight.

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        TinaR
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        p.s.  Let's remember those who died and pray for those in harms way. Good news for Americans tonight.

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        jag
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        “cracker-jack”? I should have known.
        I would like fries with my whopper please, just don’t super-size me.

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        TinaR
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        Hmmm, a bit OCD today, John?  You should be basking in the warm glow of another evil-dooer burinng in Christian hell!!!  Maybe it meant 9 years Osama has been on the run…will be 10 years September 2011. Who cares, though, at the very least our dead have finally been avenged.  Doesn't bring them back and that is still so painful. I know it's not all over… I'm just satisfied that the person responsible has paid for his crime :)

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        jag
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        Well, I suppose 2 wrongs don't make a right,sad but I must give you kudos for not even reacting to BG's lunatic rantings.cheeky

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        TinaR
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        Oh, I can only deal with one lunatic at a time ;)   

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        TinaR
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        Oh, I can only deal with one lunatic at a time ;)   

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        jag
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        Well, I suppose 2 wrongs don't make a right,sad but I must give you kudos for not even reacting to BG's lunatic rantings.cheeky

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        TinaR
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        Hmmm, a bit OCD today, John?  You should be basking in the warm glow of another evil-dooer burinng in Christian hell!!!  Maybe it meant 9 years Osama has been on the run…will be 10 years September 2011. Who cares, though, at the very least our dead have finally been avenged.  Doesn't bring them back and that is still so painful. I know it's not all over… I'm just satisfied that the person responsible has paid for his crime :)

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        jag
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        “cracker-jack”? I should have known.
        I would like fries with my whopper please, just don’t super-size me.

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      BarbieGirl
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      Um.. didn't Clinton know where he was and let him go??   Just saying…..

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      BarbieGirl
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      Um.. didn't Clinton know where he was and let him go??   Just saying…..

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      BarbieGirl
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      OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD!!  OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD!!

      I GOT UP FROM BED, TO TAKE A PAIN MED,

      AND HEARD THE US FINALLY GOT THAT RAGHEAD!!

      YIPPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

      MAY HE BURN IN THE HOTTEST, MOST HORRID SPOT IN HELL!

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      BarbieGirl
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      OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD!!  OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD!!

      I GOT UP FROM BED, TO TAKE A PAIN MED,

      AND HEARD THE US FINALLY GOT THAT RAGHEAD!!

      YIPPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

      MAY HE BURN IN THE HOTTEST, MOST HORRID SPOT IN HELL!

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        BarbieGirl
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        ps… I'm so PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!!!!!!

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        BarbieGirl
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        ps… I'm so PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!!!!!!

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        LV
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        Yes, a truly crazed, hateful man is dead. We are arguably safer.

        But dancing in the streets about it makes us no better than those who danced when the twin towers fell.

        I feel lucky to be American (most of the time), but proud? I didn't do anything but be lucky enough to be born here. That's kind of like being proud of being tall, or blonde; an accident of birth, not an acheivement.

        But BG, I'm calling you out on your little 'raghead' rant. That's the kind of thinking that insures that there will always be wars aplenty.

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        BarbieGirl
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        I don't think OBL was hateful and crazed, I think he was evil incarnate.  EVIL he was.  Now where's that #2 guy–the doc?

        I don't understand how you can compare us dancing in the streets to THEM dancing in the streets when the towers fell.  They killed 3,000 innocents on our own soil, with OUR planes and OUR training, under the leadership of OBL.  I don't live in NYC and didn't know a soul who was killed or injured that day, but I cried like a baby thinking of all those who lost their lives, and the parents, husbands, wives, children, sisters, brothers and friends that were affected that day.  And for what reason?  None…other than an EVIL man who hates us because we're American infidels.  (LOL–remember on the Dark Side when I wrote Imbeciles instead of Infidels??  hahah!!)   When we danced in the streets, it's because that EVIL MAN was captured and killed!  I compare it to V-J day, and the famous picture of the sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square when WWII was over.  We have REASON to celebrate—-our military, CIA, Obama, whoever…. snuffed out the life of an EVIL MAN and sent him straight to hell.  What reason did THEY have??  The thrill of killing 3000 innocents?  C'mon—no comparison!!  (I know, I know—this is where you say…."But GWB caused MORE deaths than that afterwards.")  Yeah.. thousands and thousands and thousands of lives have been lost BECAUSE of the attacks on 9-11-01.  People say Sadam wasn't involved—maybe, maybe not, but he, too, was an EVIL MAN.  Hell, he killed his own family if they looked at him wrong.  GWB didn't do it for "shits and giggles" like THEY did; he declared war on terrorism, and followed up on it!   I STILL believe there WERE weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.  My analogy, like I've said all along, is it's like the police telling a drug dealer…."Hey, next week, we're going to come bust you for all the drugs in your house."  We (the U.S.A.) gave them TIME to move the WMD's out of the country!   My opinion only, but I have a right ot my opinion! =)

        Yes, I am PROUD to be an American.  Yes, I was lucky enough to be born here, but I could've moved to and become a citizen of another country, right?   I am lucky AND proud to be here!!  I'm lucky because my ancestors moved here.  I'm proud for our liberty and freedom, thanks to our military men and women defending those liberties and freedoms!  I sometimes embarrass my family, because when I'm in public and I see someone in uniform, I go over and THANK THEM.  It's just something I feel I need/have to do.  They put their lives on the line every single day (WILLINGLY now, instead of drafted!).    You and I have the right to disagree… isn't that wonderful??? =)

        Ah… raghead.  I was tired and in pain and couldn't think of another word that rhymed!  LOL!  It's a lot better than some OTHER words I've heard him called!  Guess I should have said "that turban-wearing mofo".    Would that have been more "PC"?  Name-calling is STILL name-calling, isn't it?  My bad.  =)

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        BarbieGirl
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        I don't think OBL was hateful and crazed, I think he was evil incarnate.  EVIL he was.  Now where's that #2 guy–the doc?

        I don't understand how you can compare us dancing in the streets to THEM dancing in the streets when the towers fell.  They killed 3,000 innocents on our own soil, with OUR planes and OUR training, under the leadership of OBL.  I don't live in NYC and didn't know a soul who was killed or injured that day, but I cried like a baby thinking of all those who lost their lives, and the parents, husbands, wives, children, sisters, brothers and friends that were affected that day.  And for what reason?  None…other than an EVIL man who hates us because we're American infidels.  (LOL–remember on the Dark Side when I wrote Imbeciles instead of Infidels??  hahah!!)   When we danced in the streets, it's because that EVIL MAN was captured and killed!  I compare it to V-J day, and the famous picture of the sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square when WWII was over.  We have REASON to celebrate—-our military, CIA, Obama, whoever…. snuffed out the life of an EVIL MAN and sent him straight to hell.  What reason did THEY have??  The thrill of killing 3000 innocents?  C'mon—no comparison!!  (I know, I know—this is where you say…."But GWB caused MORE deaths than that afterwards.")  Yeah.. thousands and thousands and thousands of lives have been lost BECAUSE of the attacks on 9-11-01.  People say Sadam wasn't involved—maybe, maybe not, but he, too, was an EVIL MAN.  Hell, he killed his own family if they looked at him wrong.  GWB didn't do it for "shits and giggles" like THEY did; he declared war on terrorism, and followed up on it!   I STILL believe there WERE weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.  My analogy, like I've said all along, is it's like the police telling a drug dealer…."Hey, next week, we're going to come bust you for all the drugs in your house."  We (the U.S.A.) gave them TIME to move the WMD's out of the country!   My opinion only, but I have a right ot my opinion! =)

        Yes, I am PROUD to be an American.  Yes, I was lucky enough to be born here, but I could've moved to and become a citizen of another country, right?   I am lucky AND proud to be here!!  I'm lucky because my ancestors moved here.  I'm proud for our liberty and freedom, thanks to our military men and women defending those liberties and freedoms!  I sometimes embarrass my family, because when I'm in public and I see someone in uniform, I go over and THANK THEM.  It's just something I feel I need/have to do.  They put their lives on the line every single day (WILLINGLY now, instead of drafted!).    You and I have the right to disagree… isn't that wonderful??? =)

        Ah… raghead.  I was tired and in pain and couldn't think of another word that rhymed!  LOL!  It's a lot better than some OTHER words I've heard him called!  Guess I should have said "that turban-wearing mofo".    Would that have been more "PC"?  Name-calling is STILL name-calling, isn't it?  My bad.  =)

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        LV
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        Lol! All of it.

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        LV
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        Lol! All of it.

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        LV
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        Yes, a truly crazed, hateful man is dead. We are arguably safer.

        But dancing in the streets about it makes us no better than those who danced when the twin towers fell.

        I feel lucky to be American (most of the time), but proud? I didn't do anything but be lucky enough to be born here. That's kind of like being proud of being tall, or blonde; an accident of birth, not an acheivement.

        But BG, I'm calling you out on your little 'raghead' rant. That's the kind of thinking that insures that there will always be wars aplenty.

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        Yawn
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        "Raghead" <–? 

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        jag
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        What is <– for?

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        jag
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        What is <– for?

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        BarbieGirl
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        Usually, the (<—–) refers to yourself.  So you're saying you're a raghead?  No offense meant to anyone except that dead-head bin Laden.

        Hey, I'm kinda-sorta PO'd at you.  You haven't emailed me back in forever. Hmmph! 

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        BarbieGirl
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        Usually, the (<—–) refers to yourself.  So you're saying you're a raghead?  No offense meant to anyone except that dead-head bin Laden.

        Hey, I'm kinda-sorta PO'd at you.  You haven't emailed me back in forever. Hmmph! 

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        Yawn
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        "Raghead" <–? 

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      Kimmer
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      What matters, IMO, (most humble) is that UBL is gone.

      I understand that the name of a courier was obtained at GITMO about 4 years ago (sure they asked real nice) and that the CIA has been watching, listening and following  ever since.   UBL was hidin,g basically, in plain sight.

      Terrorism isn't eliminated by any stretch of the imagination, but we are at least somewhat safer this morning.  In my black heart, I had wished that someday UBL would be captured and made suffer for his actions.  But that was my evil side; this is better.  He is just gone.

       

      k.

      I pray for peace, really I do but there is an  old south.ern defense…"he needed killin'."

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      Kimmer
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      What matters, IMO, (most humble) is that UBL is gone.

      I understand that the name of a courier was obtained at GITMO about 4 years ago (sure they asked real nice) and that the CIA has been watching, listening and following  ever since.   UBL was hidin,g basically, in plain sight.

      Terrorism isn't eliminated by any stretch of the imagination, but we are at least somewhat safer this morning.  In my black heart, I had wished that someday UBL would be captured and made suffer for his actions.  But that was my evil side; this is better.  He is just gone.

       

      k.

      I pray for peace, really I do but there is an  old south.ern defense…"he needed killin'."

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      Bonnie Lea
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      I was listening to a radio show out of L.A.  and usually up here, the one I hear is from the night before, but our affiliate, put the radio host on Live.  Cannot recal what time it was.  (wee small hours for me)  My mother actually stayed up for her news (closed captioned)  and knew of it prob way before I did.

      I was almost chortling when I heard.  It woke me up, which caused me to freak out about the CPAP thingy on my face, and thus I was woken up and stayed and listened.

      I wish that terrorism would simply simply just vanish.  But I am glad OBL is gone.  I am glad that they know 99.99% sure that it was he.  I pray that no one will 'step in and take his place'

      This has been a horrid decade for the world.

      Bonnie Lea

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      Bonnie Lea
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      I was listening to a radio show out of L.A.  and usually up here, the one I hear is from the night before, but our affiliate, put the radio host on Live.  Cannot recal what time it was.  (wee small hours for me)  My mother actually stayed up for her news (closed captioned)  and knew of it prob way before I did.

      I was almost chortling when I heard.  It woke me up, which caused me to freak out about the CPAP thingy on my face, and thus I was woken up and stayed and listened.

      I wish that terrorism would simply simply just vanish.  But I am glad OBL is gone.  I am glad that they know 99.99% sure that it was he.  I pray that no one will 'step in and take his place'

      This has been a horrid decade for the world.

      Bonnie Lea

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      BillMFl
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      The invasion of  Iraq (especially the occupation) was Georgie's fuck up and had no actual connection to Bin Laden. Think revenge and big oil.

       

      Georgie also hesitated to use US troops in Tora Bora where Bin Laden was holled up in the caves. Instead they used local Afgan forces who gave Bin Laden and his supporters food and water and waved goodbye as they escaped to Pakistan. Remember, Bin Laden had supported the Afgans against Russia and was very popular with all Afgans except The Northern Alliance who fought against the Taliban.

       

      Finally Bush drew down US forces in Afganistan and sent them to Iraq, especially thr Special Forces who had been imbeded with the local anti Taliband forces and were our most effect troops on the ground.

       

      So cheers to Obama for having the balls to use US Military force within Pakistani territory. Had it failed (think Carter and Iran) it would have been a major scandal the Repubs would have pounced on.  As it is, he now goes down as the guy who got the job done!!!  And he didn't have to stage a photo op landing on a carrier to pump himself up. Obama is a thoughtful low key leader that some mistake as weakness or indecisveness.  But compare that to the brash "from my gut" ill prepared decision making by Bushwacker Jr. :)

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        TinaR
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        For Bill…Your post popped up in my e-mail and had to come visit a fellow Obama supporter . I am so thankful we have a quiet, thoughtful leader .You don't need theatrics when you are actually working on the problem – big difference in leadership :)  Obama seems to be a patient man no matter who is on his case–not jumping the gun, manufacturing and proclaiming victory.  Heard yesterday was the  anniversary  of Bush's "Mission Accomplished". Funny.   As for getting a code name 4 years ago… for almost ten years we've had the actual names of lots of people -including Osama—-it only helps if you REALLY do something about it.

        For LV… I agree, you can't celebrate death. I would have preferred capture- but thrilled he is out of the picture. Oy to the horrible bigotry  and ignorance – it's also the reason people like Bush, Santorum Palin and Bachmann are embraced  and why we have to take the long road to address every situation. Tedious.

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        BillMFl
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        Amen sistah!   Bush's arrogant posturing and shoot from the hip decision making cost the Repubs the presidency. I admire and respect Obama's presidential leadership style. Doesn't it just rankle so many southern red necks to see a black man with such class and ability lead this country.

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        BillMFl
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        Amen sistah!   Bush's arrogant posturing and shoot from the hip decision making cost the Repubs the presidency. I admire and respect Obama's presidential leadership style. Doesn't it just rankle so many southern red necks to see a black man with such class and ability lead this country.

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        TinaR
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        For Bill…Your post popped up in my e-mail and had to come visit a fellow Obama supporter . I am so thankful we have a quiet, thoughtful leader .You don't need theatrics when you are actually working on the problem – big difference in leadership :)  Obama seems to be a patient man no matter who is on his case–not jumping the gun, manufacturing and proclaiming victory.  Heard yesterday was the  anniversary  of Bush's "Mission Accomplished". Funny.   As for getting a code name 4 years ago… for almost ten years we've had the actual names of lots of people -including Osama—-it only helps if you REALLY do something about it.

        For LV… I agree, you can't celebrate death. I would have preferred capture- but thrilled he is out of the picture. Oy to the horrible bigotry  and ignorance – it's also the reason people like Bush, Santorum Palin and Bachmann are embraced  and why we have to take the long road to address every situation. Tedious.

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      BillMFl
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      The invasion of  Iraq (especially the occupation) was Georgie's fuck up and had no actual connection to Bin Laden. Think revenge and big oil.

       

      Georgie also hesitated to use US troops in Tora Bora where Bin Laden was holled up in the caves. Instead they used local Afgan forces who gave Bin Laden and his supporters food and water and waved goodbye as they escaped to Pakistan. Remember, Bin Laden had supported the Afgans against Russia and was very popular with all Afgans except The Northern Alliance who fought against the Taliban.

       

      Finally Bush drew down US forces in Afganistan and sent them to Iraq, especially thr Special Forces who had been imbeded with the local anti Taliband forces and were our most effect troops on the ground.

       

      So cheers to Obama for having the balls to use US Military force within Pakistani territory. Had it failed (think Carter and Iran) it would have been a major scandal the Repubs would have pounced on.  As it is, he now goes down as the guy who got the job done!!!  And he didn't have to stage a photo op landing on a carrier to pump himself up. Obama is a thoughtful low key leader that some mistake as weakness or indecisveness.  But compare that to the brash "from my gut" ill prepared decision making by Bushwacker Jr. :)

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      anne
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      The man's been busy. Here's a quick compilation of his accomplishments. From other sites ( forgive the mistakes- bleary eyed)

      WHAT OBAMA HAS DONE IN TWO YEARS 
      It's amazing that he has accomplished as much in mid-point of his administration. Losing a 60 vote majority in the Senate and STILL PASSED major legislation. What Obama has managed to achieve has not been seen in this country since FDR and the NEW DEAL and on a smaller level LBJ after President Kennedy was assassinated. The past two years have been historic. The last time any president did this much in office, booze was illegal.  Meanwhile, in less than 2 years, Obama has done what most had said was politically impossible and absolutely essential for us to maintain a competitive economy in the future (Universal health care), tackled highly challenging and comprehensive economic reforms (Financial industry reform), and stabilized a very troubling economy.  Oh,and then there's OSAMA BIN LADEN. After all of these achievements, it will be interesting to see what else Obama can get done over the next few years of his first term.  Even if he did not achieve anymore legislative accomplishments during the remainder of his tenure, Obama will have had one of the most productive terms of any president in the history of our country.
       
      Obama Has Accomplished 85% of First Term Agenda in 2 Years after finding the nation on it's knees economically when he took office.
       
      JOBS:
       
      Twelve  straight months of private sector job creation resulting in more than one million new jobs over the last year.   More Private Sector Jobs Created In 2010 Than During Entire Bush Years. Added 3.3 million private sector jobs.  Stimulated the economythrough the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:
      http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2311303720100223
       
      The fair pay act for women-the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act amending the 1964 civil rights act for equal pay for equal work.
       
      Protected 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors through the Recovery Act that would have otherwise been lost:
      http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2010/02/02012010a.html
       
      Extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the nation's unemployed from 9 months to 15 months. Workers laid off between September 1, 2008 and February 28, 2010 qualify:
      http://bucks.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/23/how-to-get-extended-cobra-health-coverage-subsidies

      Extended  unemployment benefits for 2,000,000 unemployed Americans by 20 weeks. At the time the bill was signed 7,000 unemployed Americans were losing their unemployment benefits each day:
      http://money.cnn.com/2009/11/05/news/economy/Extending_unemployment_benefits/index.htm

      Allocated special funding to the Labor Department to provide green job training to veterans:
      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/promise/466/create-a-green-vet-initiative-to-promote-environ

      Allocated funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police or firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession:
      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/promise/188/increase-funding-for-local-emergency-planning

      Cracked down on companies that deny sick pay, vacation and health insurance to workers by abusing the employee classification of independent contractor. Such companies also avoid paying Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance taxes for those workers:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/18/business/18workers.html

      Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities:
      http://www.serve.gov

      Provided affordable, high-quality child care to working families:
      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/promise/244/provide-affordable-high-quality-child-care
      Credit  card reform, Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act to protect Americans from unfair and deceptive credit card practices:
      http://www.newsunfiltered.com/archives/2010/02/pew_finds_credi.html
       
       
      ECONOMY
       
      THE  $789 billion STIMULUS PACKAGE— helping pull this country back from the brink of a great depression. This pumped about $100 billion into the crumbling embarrassment of our national infrastructure and transportation system.It was the largest investment in infrastructure since Ike.  The vast majority of economists and experts say that the nation had a high chance of slipping in to a Depression had this stimulus not passed along with the innovative actions of the Fed.  Obama has worked with Bernanke and the Fed, put a team of some of the best economic minds around him, helped save America’s 3 major car manufacturers from going out of business, passed the largest economic Stimulus Bill in the nation’s history, and executed other legislative changes to keep liquidity flowing in our economy, save jobs that would have otherwise been lost, and fund areas of our economy that are strategic and important for our long term economic competitiveness including health care, education, green energy, science, and infrastructure.

       

       
      Reversed the downward spiral of the stock market. On January 19, 2009, the last day of President Bush's presidency, the Dow closed at 8,218.22.  It's 12,823 as of today 5/3/2012. http://stockcharts.com/charts/historical/djia1900.html
       
      Increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect: (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglectIncreased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) :
      http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/stimulus/2009/01/08/poll-americans-strongly-back-increase-in-infrastructure-spending.html

      US Auto industry rescue plan 

      http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-03/31/content_11102980.htm

      Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles

      http://www.hybridcars.com/federal-incentives.html

      Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulated auto sales

       
      Provided new car tax credit:
      http://www.soundmoneymatters.com/new-car-tax-credit
       
      Credit card reform:Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act to protect Americans from unfair and deceptive credit card practices:
      http://www.newsunfiltered.com/archives/2010/02/pew_finds_credi.html
       Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures, providing $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and helping to stabilize the housing market for everybody:
      http://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage/2009/05/21/president-obama-signs-helping-families-save-their-homes-act

      Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009.Provided tax credits to first-time home buyers through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 to revitalize the U.S. housing market:
      http://www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com

       
      Designated $1.5 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in the states hardest hit by the housing crisis: California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan. The MBA forecasts that foreclosures will peak in the last quarter of 2010:
      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35476054/ns/business-stocks_and_economy

      Housing rescue plan and Home Financing plan:

       Ihttp://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/
       
      Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying
       
      US financial and banking rescue plan
       
      Closed offshore tax safe havens. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminalsNegotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals:
      http://www.law.com/jsp/law/international/LawArticleIntl.jsp?id=1202433002570

      Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back

      Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s predatory practices
       
      15 billion Small Business Lending Plan 
       
      Launched Business.gov – enabling conversation and online collaboration between small business owners, government representatives and industry experts in discussion forums relevant to starting and managing a business:
      http://www.business.gov

      Increased minority access to capital:
      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/promise/16/increase-minority-access-to-capital
       

      TAX CUTS:    It's difficult to understand a philosophy that overtaxes underemployed people, then raises their expenses on every single front while allowing corporations to continue making obscene profits without paying taxes. To say nothing of having created wholesale unemployment in the first place. There are no jobs "coming back" from overseas!
       
       Provided tax credit to workers thus cutting taxes for 95% of America's working families:
      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2008/sep/18/barack-obama/a-credit-for-workers-cuts-taxes-for-middle-class
       
      Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax havens:
      http://www.financialtaskforce.org/2009/10/27/the-foreign-account-tax-compliance-act-of-2009
       
      Closed offshore tax safe havens. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminalsNegotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals:
      http://www.law.com/jsp/law/international/LawArticleIntl.jsp?id=1202433002570
       
      In his  fiscal year 2012 budget proposal, Obama calls for allowing those tax cuts to expire at the end of 2012, as scheduled, for individuals making more than $200,000 and couples earning more than $250,000. The budget proposal also would restore the estate and gift taxes to their 2009 levels.

      The president’s budget (table S-2) says the tax proposals would result in $807 billion over 10 years. ( How much are the Bush tax cuts worth to millionaires? They’re worth an estimated $32.7 billion this year alone, according to an analysis the Joint Committee on Taxation produced during last year’s debate. That’s a lot of money, for sure, and without exaggeration

      ENERGY and Environment 

      The largest investment in clean energy ever
       
      Passed legislation to curb greenhouse gases and improve the environment.
       
       Implemented new regulations on power plants, factories, and oil refineries to limit greenhouse gas emissions and curb global warming
       
      Required energy producing plants to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources,
       
       States are now  permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards
       http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/26/us/politics/26calif.html

      Increased, for the first time in more than a decade, the fuel economy standards for Model Year 2011 for cars and trucks so they will get better mileage, saving drivers money and spurring companies to develop more innovative products:
      http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/22650.html
       

      Funded investment in clean energy technologies through a combination of spending and tax breaks
       
      OMNIBUS PUBLIC LANDS BILL: which allows for 2 million more acres to be declared wilderness,
       
      Enacted plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government
      http://blogs.edmunds.com/greencaradvisor/2009/06/gsa-buys-210-million-worth-of-fuel-efficient-vehicles-from-us-carmakers.html
       

      Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions

       
       Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production
       
      Issued a Presidential Memorandum to the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances, like dishwashers and refrigerators. Through this step, over the next three decades, we’ll save twice the amount of energy produced by all the coal-fired power plants in America in any given year:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/ApplianceEfficiencyStandards

      Unveiled a program on Earth Day 2009 to develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. These regulations will enable, for the first time ever, the nation to tap into our ocean’s vast sustainable resources to generate clean energy in an environmentally sound and safe manner:
      http://www.earthday.org
       
       Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions, and addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ-SMqh7q3o

      Supported the first steps of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide:
      http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2009/2009-02-16-02.asp

      Strengthened the Endangered Species Act:
      http://www.stopextinction.org/media/releases/89-release-president-obama-restores-endangered-species-protections.html

      Enhanced earth mapping 

      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/promise/345/enhance-earth-mapping

      Increased funding for national parks and forests in 2010, and plans to do it again for FY 2011:
      http://www.defenders.org/newsroom/press_releases_folder/2010/02_01_2010_obamas_budget_includes_key_funding_for_land_and_water.php

       
      Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic
      Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions

       
      EDUCATION:    The largest investment in education in our country ever.
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education

      Made higher college more accessible and affordable through significant increases in scholarships and funding, funded early learning programs, and, most importantly, through an innovative program called Race to the Top, spurred reforms in state and local district K-12 education by providing states with incentives to make positive changes to their education systems.  Race to the Top prompted 48 states to adopt common standards for K-12.  Some notable changes prompted by the program include Illinois lifting a cap on the number of charter schools it allows, Massachusetts making it easier for students in low-performing schools to switch to charters, and West Virginia proposing a merit pay system that includes student achievement in its compensation calculations.

       
      Student loan reform (He overhauled  the student loan system in which banks were being subsidized to give loans that were guaranteed by the government anyway, a license to print money. That was ended-the savings put toward actual aid to students).
       
      Increasing student loans:Increased funding for student loans and pell grants for 2010 students:
      http://www.ourfuture.org/report/2009031325/obama-s-budget-supporting-students-not-banks
       
      Students struggling to make college loan payments can now have their loans refinanced

      Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program

      Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools

      New funds for school construction
       

      Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program
       
      Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education which was significantly increased during the Bush Administration to $176 million annually-( savings for something parents should be doing at home!)
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/20/bush-teen-pregnancy-cdc-report

      Invested heavily in education both as a way to provide jobs now and lay the foundation for long-term prosperity:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education

      HEALTH:  Ours is the most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health insurance and millions more under insured

      Obama accomplished what no prior Democrat could in expanding coverage to 32 million more Americans while simultaneously reducing the deficit by an estimated $1.3 trillion over the next 20 years  Health
       
       care reform will cut the deficit .10-year deficit reduction figure was $210 billion
       
      Expanding children’s health insurance President Obama also expanded state kids` health insurance to cover another four million kids)
       
      Health care reform. : TWO OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES OF HEALTH CARE REFORM ( "Obama Care ( Obama cares!) :
       
      #1.  made it illegal  to deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and capping out of pocket expenses when people get sick
       
      #2.  stopped Health Insurance companies from dropping  people for preexisting conditions (lIKE CANCER)and stopped the max caps on insurance policy payout limits
       
      Family can cover their unemployed children until age 26.
       
      Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children
       
      Expanding vaccination programs
       
      Lower drug costs for seniors
       
      Ended the previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings
       
      Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare
       

       Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis:
      http://www.christopherreeve.org/site/c.ddJFKRNoFiG/b.4442889/k.EC4B/Christopher_and_Dana_Reeve_Paralysis_Act.htm
       
      Provided new federal funding for science and research labs:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/18/science/18sfstimulus.html

      Other benefits of Obama Health Care Reform: Helps shift our medical system’s focus to preventative care by covering the cost of early warning tests so our doctors find diseases before they are too advanced – avoiding larger medical expenses down the road and requires the largest and richest American companies to provides insurance for all their employees.It attempts to lower health care costs by requiring all Americans to have medical insurance and pay their fair share so the system is more efficient – similar to how all Americans need to have car insurance – while providing tax credits to help the poor and small businesses afford this coverage.It increases competition by creating marketplace exchanges to make it easier for small businesses and those without insurance to shop and compare plans.  It funds co-ops who can offer competitive insurance plans and provide further competition for insurance companies.  It allows insurance companies to offer plans across state borders further increasing the supply of competitive plans.  It provides funding, infrastructure, and support to automate, digitize, and unify the country’s outdated medical information system reducing system-wide costs, improving care, and increasing productivity.  Perhaps most importantly, it sets up an independent commission of doctors and medical experts to identify and root out medical system waste, fraud, and abuse and includes many pieces of reform that will reduce the most wasteful medical system practices.  

       
      WALL STREET REFORM:
       
      Financial industry reform: The most sweeping financial industry reform legislation since the Great Depression, this legislation tries to correct those industry issues that helped create the current recession we are still digging outselves out of.  It provides a system to allow the government to break apart large financial institutions that threaten the economy, creates a council of federal regulators to coordinate the detection of risks to the financial system, subjects a wider range of financial companies to government oversight, creates a Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to help protect citizens from unscrupulous practices, and reins in banks’ ability to trade in risky financial instruments such as credit derivatives.
       
      Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act which gives the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud, from lending to the financial system, and creates a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial practices that brought us to this point:
      http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/05/obama-signs-hou.html
       
      Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax havens:
      http://www.financialtaskforce.org/2009/10/27/the-foreign-account-tax-compliance-act-of-2009

       U.S. financial and banking rescue plan:
      http://www.america.gov/st/econ-english/2009/February/20090210163128saikceinawz0.7537805.html

       
      MILITARY
       
      FOUND  OSAMA  BIN LADEN
       
      Support and participation in currentmilitary mission in Libya
       
       Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
       
      Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/19/washington/19gates.html

       

      Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with theGeneva Convention standards :
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva_Accord

      Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq
      Obama has reduced troops from a peak of 170,000 down to 50,000, with the remaining troops focused on training and recruiting Iraqi forces, rather than participating in combat.   Iraq is not in utter chaos as it once was at the peak of the insurgency and it stands a chance of having a reasonable future and being a reasonably stable Democratic state in the Middle East.

       
      Improvements to the G.I. Bill
       
      Improved housing for military personnel
      Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses
       Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals
       

      Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans

      Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act authorizing advance appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs by providing two-fiscal year budget authority thus enabling better medical care for veterans. Endorsed by the American Legion, American Veterans, Blinded Veter…ans Association, Disabled American Veterans, Jewish War Veterans, Military Officers Association, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Vietnam Veterans of America:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-at-Signing-of-the-Veterans-Health-Care-Budget-Reform-and-Transparency-Act

      Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel This  is improving benefits for veterans…you don't need it you don't notice it.  Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America’s Veterans:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/veterans

       Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record for members of the U.S. Armed Forces to improve quality of medical care:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/04/09/The-Care-They-Were-Promised-and-the-Benefits-That-They-Have-Earned

       Committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq through the Defense Authorization Act. For your reference:
      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/promise/132/no-permanent-bases-in-iraq

       
      Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs the largest spending increase in 30 years to improve medical facilities and national cemeteries, and to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities:
      http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1671

      Changed failing war strategy in Afghanistan:
      http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/12/01/obama.afghanistan/index.html

      Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB

      Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier’s family
       Provided better body armor to our troops:
      http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-03-26-body-armor_x.htm

      The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010

      http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=62548

      Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols:
      http://articles.latimes.com/2009/sep/25/world/fg-obama-nuclear25

      Established a new cyber security office

       
       Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts
       
       Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weapon_Systems_Acquisition_Reform_Act_of_2009

      Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan

       
      Developed a comprehensive new strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan that will help defeat Al Qaeda and authorized the deployment of more than 21,000 troops to Afghanistan:
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/27/AR2009032700836.html
       
      Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan- the real war on terror…not the trumped up Iraq war
      New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans

      Ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay and a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture:
      http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/22/guantanamo.order/index.html

      Ordered secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_site

      A nuclear arms deal with Russia that would reduce both countries` arsenals by a third.He created a new global nonproliferation initiative to keep nuclear materials out of the hands of terroristsHe set forth an international way forward on that *radical left-wing proposition of Ronald Reagan*, a world without nuclear weapons. Then there are the legislative and policy achievements that don`t just build on previously-set precedents, but set new ones.
       

      He canceled a weapons program that was bloated, unnecessary and totally irrelevant to either of our current wars, the F-22. (Why even mention the cancellation of a single weapons system? Because that never happens. Weapons systems never get canceled. The F-22 did, which is itself a miracle.) THIS WAS ALSO THE LARGEST TAX CUT EVER.

       http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/06/gates.budget.cuts
      Began the  process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.

      GOVERNMENT:

       
      Tobacco regulation!The Food and Drug Administration permitted for the first time to regulate tobacco).
       
      Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which, for the first time, gave the U.S. Food & Drug Administration the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco.

      Dismantled  the scandal-plagued Minerals Management Service: broke it into three parts so that the folks who collect money from oil leases aren`t the same ones regulating the industry. And now, it will actually investigate the industry that it was busy schtupping and doing drugs with during the last administration).

       
      Rescinded the Global Gag Rule:
      http://www.guttmacher.org/media/inthenews/2009/01/23/index.html

      Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history including more women appointees than any other incoming president:
      http://www.diversityinc.com/content/1757/article/6319

       

      The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act Issued a Presidential Memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act instructing the Attorney General to issue new guidelines to the government implementing those same principles of openness and transparency in the processing of FOIA requests:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Freedom_of_Information_Act

      The Executive Order on Presidential Records brings those principles to presidential records by giving the American people greater access to these historic documents, severely curtailing the ability to use executive privilege to shield those documents:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential_Records

      Empowered states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves. Fourteen states have allowed some use of marijuana for medical purposes: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington:
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/19/new-medical-marijuana-pol_n_325426.html

       Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient

      Issued an executive order to create the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform:
      http://money.cnn.com/2010/02/18/news/economy/obama_debt_commission/index.htm
       

      Lobbyist Reform Limited lobbyist's access to the White House:
      http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/20/obama-outlines-lobbying-restrictions

       Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration

      Recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, an unprecedented step to provide transparency and accountability through technology:http://www.recovery.gov/Pages/home.aspx

      More transparency : Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration—-Answered questions at the first online town hall from the White House that were submitted and voted on transparently by the public at WhiteHouse.gov:
      http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h2uzQs2_XBgeHotRBvNhY7DR572g

       Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures, providing $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and helping to stabilize the housing market for everybody:
      http://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage/2009/05/21/president-obama-signs-helping-families-save-their-homes-act
      Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act that made it a federal crime to assault an individual because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity:they said could not be done(the Matthew Shepard Act. It had languished in Congress for years),
      http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/10/28/hate.crimes/index.html

      Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules

      Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports :Issued an Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Memorandum-for-the-Heads-of-Executive-Departments-and-Agencies-3-9-09

      Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000

      Renewed loan guarantees for Israel– Isreal is the stabilizing democratic force in the Middle East…without them, our national safety is at risk.
       
      Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform
      The most expansive food SAFETY BILL SINCE THE 1930s. 
       
       Executive Order on government contracting to fight waste and abuse:

       
      Ramping up the budgets at NASA, the National Science Foundation, and an experimental energy research agency (that was created under President George W. Bush, but never funded until now).
       
      Appointed the first ever Federal Chief Information Officer to provide management and oversight over federal IT spending:
       
      Signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Office of Urban Affairs:
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/02/AR2009070201410.html
       
       A few LITTLE THINGS:
       
      Committment to bring back  “middle class” and stop the corporate abuses  ( tax reform and regulation of corporations, Wall Street,  Energy and Environmental oversight, etc.)
       
      Preventing a 2nd Great Depression: "While preventing a depression is not sexy and certainly is reactive, history may say that this is still one of his most important accomplishment to date.

      The vast majority of economists and experts say that the nation had a high chance of slipping in to a Depression had this stimulus not passed along with the innovative actions of the Fed.  Obama has worked with Bernanke and the Fed, put a team of some of the best economic minds around him, helped save America’s 3 major car manufacturers from going out of business, passed the largest economic Stimulus Bill in the nation’s history, and executed other legislative changes to keep liquidity flowing in our economy, save jobs that would have otherwise been lost, and fund areas of our economy that are strategic and important for our long term economic competitiveness including health care, education, green energy, science, and infrastructure. The critics  will say that the economy today is still sputtering, holds some risk of sliding back in to a recession, and that a real recovery will take many years.  These are all true statements and Obama has not moved us from a possible Depression to a fast growing economy – but this is a completely unrealistic, almost childish, expectation given the severity of the financial crisis, our current debt, and other economic realities that we have to deal with. Could he have done more or done it differently?  Certainly.  I would have loved to see Obama do more, faster to invest in small businesses, help them get loans, and help them become more competitive with the large corporations that increasingly dominate our economy.  But today we are not in a horrible depression and things are stable and this alone is a tremendous accomplishment"
       

      Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office- not vacations…engaging with other countries FOR progress. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2009/nov/19/chain-email/chain-e-mail-claims-obama-has-visited-more-countri
      Earned an unprecedented success rate of 96.7% on winning congressional votes on issues where he took a position. He did even better than legendary arm-twister Lyndon Johnson who had a 93% success rate in 1965:
      http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122436116

      Provided affordable, high-quality child care to working families:
      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/promise/244/provide-affordable-high-quality-child-care

      Renewed dialogue with NATO and other allies and partners on strategic issues:
      httphttp://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/04/04/Afghanistan-and-NATO

       
      President Obama brought dignity and respect to the office of the president of the USA. He is intelligent, poised, well educated, well spoken, communicative and sensitive to all peopleRestored America's reputation as a global leader that will do the "right thing" in world affairs:
      http://pewglobal.org/docs/?DocID=12

       Appointed Special Envoys for Climate Change, Southwest Asia, the Middle
      East, Sudan, and a Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
      :
      http://www.america.gov/st/peacesec-english/2009/January/20090122175146idybeekcm1.328677e-02.html

       Announced a new U.S.-Mexico border initiative:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Administration-Officials-Announce-US-Mexico-Border-Security-Policy-A-Comprehensive-Response-and-Commitment

       Concluded cyberspace policy review:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Statement-by-the-Press-Secretary-on-Conclusion-of-the-Cyberspace-Review

       Announced a strategy to address the international nuclear threat:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-By-President-Barack-Obama-In-Prague-As-Delivered

       Established a new "U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue":
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Statement-On-Bilateral-Meeting-With-President-Hu-Of-China

       Announced new policy steps towards Cuba:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/05/world/americas/05cuba.html

       
       Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones
       

      Successful release of US captain held bySomali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job
       
      US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast
       
      Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness and provided immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters ( Think Katrina and lack of response by the Bush Administration- a national embarrassment)

      Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy

       
       Played a lead role in G-20 Summit that produced a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis:
      http://www.g20.org

      Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons

      Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive

      Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court

       
      Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters

       Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket

       
      Executive Order establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls to provide a coordinated Federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and
      families:

      http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/11/obamas-council-on-women-and-girls
       
      Appointing two Supreme Court Justices: When people consider their presidential voting decision, most don’t consider that amongst the most important and enduring presidential responsibilities is the president’s ability to appoint supreme court justices. This is arguably a president’s biggest opportunity to influence his country,He has added two Democrats, replacing two moderate Democrats in the process.  If a Republican has won the presidency instead, we would now be looking at an unbalanced Supreme Court with six conservatives and only three liberal judges – a balance that would have been in place for many many decades.  In the appointment process, Obama also introduced needed diversity to the bench with two more women on the court, bringing the count to a record three women sitting, while also introducing the nation’s first Hispanic to the Supreme Court with his choice of Sotomayor.

       Repairing Our Image Abroad: After 8 years of damage to our country’s image, Obama has helped repair badly damaged relationships with foreign powers across the world from Russia to Europe and reached out to the Arab world.  This is necessary and critical in order for the most influential countries to work together to fight challenges such as Global Warming and Nuclear expansion.  It also helps to fight terrorist recruiting by helping change America’s negative image.  It is increasingly important for the US to engage with other countries as fast-growing nations like Brazil, China, and India join the traditional powerhouses and as America adjusts to a world with more diverse and influential players in the political equation.  "

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      The man's been busy. Here's a quick compilation of his accomplishments. From other sites ( forgive the mistakes- bleary eyed)

      WHAT OBAMA HAS DONE IN TWO YEARS 
      It's amazing that he has accomplished as much in mid-point of his administration. Losing a 60 vote majority in the Senate and STILL PASSED major legislation. What Obama has managed to achieve has not been seen in this country since FDR and the NEW DEAL and on a smaller level LBJ after President Kennedy was assassinated. The past two years have been historic. The last time any president did this much in office, booze was illegal.  Meanwhile, in less than 2 years, Obama has done what most had said was politically impossible and absolutely essential for us to maintain a competitive economy in the future (Universal health care), tackled highly challenging and comprehensive economic reforms (Financial industry reform), and stabilized a very troubling economy.  Oh,and then there's OSAMA BIN LADEN. After all of these achievements, it will be interesting to see what else Obama can get done over the next few years of his first term.  Even if he did not achieve anymore legislative accomplishments during the remainder of his tenure, Obama will have had one of the most productive terms of any president in the history of our country.
       
      Obama Has Accomplished 85% of First Term Agenda in 2 Years after finding the nation on it's knees economically when he took office.
       
      JOBS:
       
      Twelve  straight months of private sector job creation resulting in more than one million new jobs over the last year.   More Private Sector Jobs Created In 2010 Than During Entire Bush Years. Added 3.3 million private sector jobs.  Stimulated the economythrough the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:
      http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2311303720100223
       
      The fair pay act for women-the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act amending the 1964 civil rights act for equal pay for equal work.
       
      Protected 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors through the Recovery Act that would have otherwise been lost:
      http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2010/02/02012010a.html
       
      Extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the nation's unemployed from 9 months to 15 months. Workers laid off between September 1, 2008 and February 28, 2010 qualify:
      http://bucks.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/23/how-to-get-extended-cobra-health-coverage-subsidies

      Extended  unemployment benefits for 2,000,000 unemployed Americans by 20 weeks. At the time the bill was signed 7,000 unemployed Americans were losing their unemployment benefits each day:
      http://money.cnn.com/2009/11/05/news/economy/Extending_unemployment_benefits/index.htm

      Allocated special funding to the Labor Department to provide green job training to veterans:
      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/promise/466/create-a-green-vet-initiative-to-promote-environ

      Allocated funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police or firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession:
      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/promise/188/increase-funding-for-local-emergency-planning

      Cracked down on companies that deny sick pay, vacation and health insurance to workers by abusing the employee classification of independent contractor. Such companies also avoid paying Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance taxes for those workers:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/18/business/18workers.html

      Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities:
      http://www.serve.gov

      Provided affordable, high-quality child care to working families:
      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/promise/244/provide-affordable-high-quality-child-care
      Credit  card reform, Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act to protect Americans from unfair and deceptive credit card practices:
      http://www.newsunfiltered.com/archives/2010/02/pew_finds_credi.html
       
       
      ECONOMY
       
      THE  $789 billion STIMULUS PACKAGE— helping pull this country back from the brink of a great depression. This pumped about $100 billion into the crumbling embarrassment of our national infrastructure and transportation system.It was the largest investment in infrastructure since Ike.  The vast majority of economists and experts say that the nation had a high chance of slipping in to a Depression had this stimulus not passed along with the innovative actions of the Fed.  Obama has worked with Bernanke and the Fed, put a team of some of the best economic minds around him, helped save America’s 3 major car manufacturers from going out of business, passed the largest economic Stimulus Bill in the nation’s history, and executed other legislative changes to keep liquidity flowing in our economy, save jobs that would have otherwise been lost, and fund areas of our economy that are strategic and important for our long term economic competitiveness including health care, education, green energy, science, and infrastructure.

       

       
      Reversed the downward spiral of the stock market. On January 19, 2009, the last day of President Bush's presidency, the Dow closed at 8,218.22.  It's 12,823 as of today 5/3/2012. http://stockcharts.com/charts/historical/djia1900.html
       
      Increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect: (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglectIncreased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) :
      http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/stimulus/2009/01/08/poll-americans-strongly-back-increase-in-infrastructure-spending.html

      US Auto industry rescue plan 

      http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-03/31/content_11102980.htm

      Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles

      http://www.hybridcars.com/federal-incentives.html

      Cash for clunkers program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulated auto sales

       
      Provided new car tax credit:
      http://www.soundmoneymatters.com/new-car-tax-credit
       
      Credit card reform:Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act to protect Americans from unfair and deceptive credit card practices:
      http://www.newsunfiltered.com/archives/2010/02/pew_finds_credi.html
       Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures, providing $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and helping to stabilize the housing market for everybody:
      http://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage/2009/05/21/president-obama-signs-helping-families-save-their-homes-act

      Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009.Provided tax credits to first-time home buyers through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 to revitalize the U.S. housing market:
      http://www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com

       
      Designated $1.5 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in the states hardest hit by the housing crisis: California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan. The MBA forecasts that foreclosures will peak in the last quarter of 2010:
      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35476054/ns/business-stocks_and_economy

      Housing rescue plan and Home Financing plan:

       Ihttp://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/
       
      Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying
       
      US financial and banking rescue plan
       
      Closed offshore tax safe havens. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminalsNegotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals:
      http://www.law.com/jsp/law/international/LawArticleIntl.jsp?id=1202433002570

      Ended the previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back

      Ended the previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s predatory practices
       
      15 billion Small Business Lending Plan 
       
      Launched Business.gov – enabling conversation and online collaboration between small business owners, government representatives and industry experts in discussion forums relevant to starting and managing a business:
      http://www.business.gov

      Increased minority access to capital:
      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/promise/16/increase-minority-access-to-capital
       

      TAX CUTS:    It's difficult to understand a philosophy that overtaxes underemployed people, then raises their expenses on every single front while allowing corporations to continue making obscene profits without paying taxes. To say nothing of having created wholesale unemployment in the first place. There are no jobs "coming back" from overseas!
       
       Provided tax credit to workers thus cutting taxes for 95% of America's working families:
      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2008/sep/18/barack-obama/a-credit-for-workers-cuts-taxes-for-middle-class
       
      Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax havens:
      http://www.financialtaskforce.org/2009/10/27/the-foreign-account-tax-compliance-act-of-2009
       
      Closed offshore tax safe havens. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminalsNegotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals:
      http://www.law.com/jsp/law/international/LawArticleIntl.jsp?id=1202433002570
       
      In his  fiscal year 2012 budget proposal, Obama calls for allowing those tax cuts to expire at the end of 2012, as scheduled, for individuals making more than $200,000 and couples earning more than $250,000. The budget proposal also would restore the estate and gift taxes to their 2009 levels.

      The president’s budget (table S-2) says the tax proposals would result in $807 billion over 10 years. ( How much are the Bush tax cuts worth to millionaires? They’re worth an estimated $32.7 billion this year alone, according to an analysis the Joint Committee on Taxation produced during last year’s debate. That’s a lot of money, for sure, and without exaggeration

      ENERGY and Environment 

      The largest investment in clean energy ever
       
      Passed legislation to curb greenhouse gases and improve the environment.
       
       Implemented new regulations on power plants, factories, and oil refineries to limit greenhouse gas emissions and curb global warming
       
      Required energy producing plants to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources,
       
       States are now  permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards
       http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/26/us/politics/26calif.html

      Increased, for the first time in more than a decade, the fuel economy standards for Model Year 2011 for cars and trucks so they will get better mileage, saving drivers money and spurring companies to develop more innovative products:
      http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/22650.html
       

      Funded investment in clean energy technologies through a combination of spending and tax breaks
       
      OMNIBUS PUBLIC LANDS BILL: which allows for 2 million more acres to be declared wilderness,
       
      Enacted plans to purchase fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government
      http://blogs.edmunds.com/greencaradvisor/2009/06/gsa-buys-210-million-worth-of-fuel-efficient-vehicles-from-us-carmakers.html
       

      Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions

       
       Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production
       
      Issued a Presidential Memorandum to the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances, like dishwashers and refrigerators. Through this step, over the next three decades, we’ll save twice the amount of energy produced by all the coal-fired power plants in America in any given year:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/ApplianceEfficiencyStandards

      Unveiled a program on Earth Day 2009 to develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. These regulations will enable, for the first time ever, the nation to tap into our ocean’s vast sustainable resources to generate clean energy in an environmentally sound and safe manner:
      http://www.earthday.org
       
       Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions, and addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ-SMqh7q3o

      Supported the first steps of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide:
      http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2009/2009-02-16-02.asp

      Strengthened the Endangered Species Act:
      http://www.stopextinction.org/media/releases/89-release-president-obama-restores-endangered-species-protections.html

      Enhanced earth mapping 

      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/promise/345/enhance-earth-mapping

      Increased funding for national parks and forests in 2010, and plans to do it again for FY 2011:
      http://www.defenders.org/newsroom/press_releases_folder/2010/02_01_2010_obamas_budget_includes_key_funding_for_land_and_water.php

       
      Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic
      Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions

       
      EDUCATION:    The largest investment in education in our country ever.
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education

      Made higher college more accessible and affordable through significant increases in scholarships and funding, funded early learning programs, and, most importantly, through an innovative program called Race to the Top, spurred reforms in state and local district K-12 education by providing states with incentives to make positive changes to their education systems.  Race to the Top prompted 48 states to adopt common standards for K-12.  Some notable changes prompted by the program include Illinois lifting a cap on the number of charter schools it allows, Massachusetts making it easier for students in low-performing schools to switch to charters, and West Virginia proposing a merit pay system that includes student achievement in its compensation calculations.

       
      Student loan reform (He overhauled  the student loan system in which banks were being subsidized to give loans that were guaranteed by the government anyway, a license to print money. That was ended-the savings put toward actual aid to students).
       
      Increasing student loans:Increased funding for student loans and pell grants for 2010 students:
      http://www.ourfuture.org/report/2009031325/obama-s-budget-supporting-students-not-banks
       
      Students struggling to make college loan payments can now have their loans refinanced

      Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program

      Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools

      New funds for school construction
       

      Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program
       
      Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education which was significantly increased during the Bush Administration to $176 million annually-( savings for something parents should be doing at home!)
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/20/bush-teen-pregnancy-cdc-report

      Invested heavily in education both as a way to provide jobs now and lay the foundation for long-term prosperity:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education

      HEALTH:  Ours is the most expensive in the world yet leaves almost 50 million without health insurance and millions more under insured

      Obama accomplished what no prior Democrat could in expanding coverage to 32 million more Americans while simultaneously reducing the deficit by an estimated $1.3 trillion over the next 20 years  Health
       
       care reform will cut the deficit .10-year deficit reduction figure was $210 billion
       
      Expanding children’s health insurance President Obama also expanded state kids` health insurance to cover another four million kids)
       
      Health care reform. : TWO OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES OF HEALTH CARE REFORM ( "Obama Care ( Obama cares!) :
       
      #1.  made it illegal  to deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and capping out of pocket expenses when people get sick
       
      #2.  stopped Health Insurance companies from dropping  people for preexisting conditions (lIKE CANCER)and stopped the max caps on insurance policy payout limits
       
      Family can cover their unemployed children until age 26.
       
      Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children
       
      Expanding vaccination programs
       
      Lower drug costs for seniors
       
      Ended the previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings
       
      Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare
       

       Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis:
      http://www.christopherreeve.org/site/c.ddJFKRNoFiG/b.4442889/k.EC4B/Christopher_and_Dana_Reeve_Paralysis_Act.htm
       
      Provided new federal funding for science and research labs:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/18/science/18sfstimulus.html

      Other benefits of Obama Health Care Reform: Helps shift our medical system’s focus to preventative care by covering the cost of early warning tests so our doctors find diseases before they are too advanced – avoiding larger medical expenses down the road and requires the largest and richest American companies to provides insurance for all their employees.It attempts to lower health care costs by requiring all Americans to have medical insurance and pay their fair share so the system is more efficient – similar to how all Americans need to have car insurance – while providing tax credits to help the poor and small businesses afford this coverage.It increases competition by creating marketplace exchanges to make it easier for small businesses and those without insurance to shop and compare plans.  It funds co-ops who can offer competitive insurance plans and provide further competition for insurance companies.  It allows insurance companies to offer plans across state borders further increasing the supply of competitive plans.  It provides funding, infrastructure, and support to automate, digitize, and unify the country’s outdated medical information system reducing system-wide costs, improving care, and increasing productivity.  Perhaps most importantly, it sets up an independent commission of doctors and medical experts to identify and root out medical system waste, fraud, and abuse and includes many pieces of reform that will reduce the most wasteful medical system practices.  

       
      WALL STREET REFORM:
       
      Financial industry reform: The most sweeping financial industry reform legislation since the Great Depression, this legislation tries to correct those industry issues that helped create the current recession we are still digging outselves out of.  It provides a system to allow the government to break apart large financial institutions that threaten the economy, creates a council of federal regulators to coordinate the detection of risks to the financial system, subjects a wider range of financial companies to government oversight, creates a Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to help protect citizens from unscrupulous practices, and reins in banks’ ability to trade in risky financial instruments such as credit derivatives.
       
      Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act which gives the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud, from lending to the financial system, and creates a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial practices that brought us to this point:
      http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/05/obama-signs-hou.html
       
      Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax havens:
      http://www.financialtaskforce.org/2009/10/27/the-foreign-account-tax-compliance-act-of-2009

       U.S. financial and banking rescue plan:
      http://www.america.gov/st/econ-english/2009/February/20090210163128saikceinawz0.7537805.html

       
      MILITARY
       
      FOUND  OSAMA  BIN LADEN
       
      Support and participation in currentmilitary mission in Libya
       
       Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
       
      Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/19/washington/19gates.html

       

      Ended the previous policy; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with theGeneva Convention standards :
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva_Accord

      Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq
      Obama has reduced troops from a peak of 170,000 down to 50,000, with the remaining troops focused on training and recruiting Iraqi forces, rather than participating in combat.   Iraq is not in utter chaos as it once was at the peak of the insurgency and it stands a chance of having a reasonable future and being a reasonably stable Democratic state in the Middle East.

       
      Improvements to the G.I. Bill
       
      Improved housing for military personnel
      Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses
       Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals
       

      Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans

      Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act authorizing advance appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs by providing two-fiscal year budget authority thus enabling better medical care for veterans. Endorsed by the American Legion, American Veterans, Blinded Veter…ans Association, Disabled American Veterans, Jewish War Veterans, Military Officers Association, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Vietnam Veterans of America:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-at-Signing-of-the-Veterans-Health-Care-Budget-Reform-and-Transparency-Act

      Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel This  is improving benefits for veterans…you don't need it you don't notice it.  Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America’s Veterans:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/veterans

       Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record for members of the U.S. Armed Forces to improve quality of medical care:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/04/09/The-Care-They-Were-Promised-and-the-Benefits-That-They-Have-Earned

       Committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq through the Defense Authorization Act. For your reference:
      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/promise/132/no-permanent-bases-in-iraq

       
      Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs the largest spending increase in 30 years to improve medical facilities and national cemeteries, and to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities:
      http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1671

      Changed failing war strategy in Afghanistan:
      http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/12/01/obama.afghanistan/index.html

      Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB

      Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier’s family
       Provided better body armor to our troops:
      http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-03-26-body-armor_x.htm

      The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010

      http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=62548

      Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols:
      http://articles.latimes.com/2009/sep/25/world/fg-obama-nuclear25

      Established a new cyber security office

       
       Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts
       
       Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weapon_Systems_Acquisition_Reform_Act_of_2009

      Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan

       
      Developed a comprehensive new strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan that will help defeat Al Qaeda and authorized the deployment of more than 21,000 troops to Afghanistan:
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/27/AR2009032700836.html
       
      Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan- the real war on terror…not the trumped up Iraq war
      New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans

      Ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay and a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture:
      http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/22/guantanamo.order/index.html

      Ordered secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_site

      A nuclear arms deal with Russia that would reduce both countries` arsenals by a third.He created a new global nonproliferation initiative to keep nuclear materials out of the hands of terroristsHe set forth an international way forward on that *radical left-wing proposition of Ronald Reagan*, a world without nuclear weapons. Then there are the legislative and policy achievements that don`t just build on previously-set precedents, but set new ones.
       

      He canceled a weapons program that was bloated, unnecessary and totally irrelevant to either of our current wars, the F-22. (Why even mention the cancellation of a single weapons system? Because that never happens. Weapons systems never get canceled. The F-22 did, which is itself a miracle.) THIS WAS ALSO THE LARGEST TAX CUT EVER.

       http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/06/gates.budget.cuts
      Began the  process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.

      GOVERNMENT:

       
      Tobacco regulation!The Food and Drug Administration permitted for the first time to regulate tobacco).
       
      Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which, for the first time, gave the U.S. Food & Drug Administration the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco.

      Dismantled  the scandal-plagued Minerals Management Service: broke it into three parts so that the folks who collect money from oil leases aren`t the same ones regulating the industry. And now, it will actually investigate the industry that it was busy schtupping and doing drugs with during the last administration).

       
      Rescinded the Global Gag Rule:
      http://www.guttmacher.org/media/inthenews/2009/01/23/index.html

      Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history including more women appointees than any other incoming president:
      http://www.diversityinc.com/content/1757/article/6319

       

      The White House and federal government are respecting the Freedom of Information Act Issued a Presidential Memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act instructing the Attorney General to issue new guidelines to the government implementing those same principles of openness and transparency in the processing of FOIA requests:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Freedom_of_Information_Act

      The Executive Order on Presidential Records brings those principles to presidential records by giving the American people greater access to these historic documents, severely curtailing the ability to use executive privilege to shield those documents:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential_Records

      Empowered states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves. Fourteen states have allowed some use of marijuana for medical purposes: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington:
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/19/new-medical-marijuana-pol_n_325426.html

       Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient

      Issued an executive order to create the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform:
      http://money.cnn.com/2010/02/18/news/economy/obama_debt_commission/index.htm
       

      Lobbyist Reform Limited lobbyist's access to the White House:
      http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/20/obama-outlines-lobbying-restrictions

       Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration

      Recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, an unprecedented step to provide transparency and accountability through technology:http://www.recovery.gov/Pages/home.aspx

      More transparency : Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration—-Answered questions at the first online town hall from the White House that were submitted and voted on transparently by the public at WhiteHouse.gov:
      http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h2uzQs2_XBgeHotRBvNhY7DR572g

       Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures, providing $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and helping to stabilize the housing market for everybody:
      http://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage/2009/05/21/president-obama-signs-helping-families-save-their-homes-act
      Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act that made it a federal crime to assault an individual because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity:they said could not be done(the Matthew Shepard Act. It had languished in Congress for years),
      http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/10/28/hate.crimes/index.html

      Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules

      Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports :Issued an Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Memorandum-for-the-Heads-of-Executive-Departments-and-Agencies-3-9-09

      Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000

      Renewed loan guarantees for Israel– Isreal is the stabilizing democratic force in the Middle East…without them, our national safety is at risk.
       
      Has put the ball in play for comprehensive immigration reform
      The most expansive food SAFETY BILL SINCE THE 1930s. 
       
       Executive Order on government contracting to fight waste and abuse:

       
      Ramping up the budgets at NASA, the National Science Foundation, and an experimental energy research agency (that was created under President George W. Bush, but never funded until now).
       
      Appointed the first ever Federal Chief Information Officer to provide management and oversight over federal IT spending:
       
      Signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Office of Urban Affairs:
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/02/AR2009070201410.html
       
       A few LITTLE THINGS:
       
      Committment to bring back  “middle class” and stop the corporate abuses  ( tax reform and regulation of corporations, Wall Street,  Energy and Environmental oversight, etc.)
       
      Preventing a 2nd Great Depression: "While preventing a depression is not sexy and certainly is reactive, history may say that this is still one of his most important accomplishment to date.

      The vast majority of economists and experts say that the nation had a high chance of slipping in to a Depression had this stimulus not passed along with the innovative actions of the Fed.  Obama has worked with Bernanke and the Fed, put a team of some of the best economic minds around him, helped save America’s 3 major car manufacturers from going out of business, passed the largest economic Stimulus Bill in the nation’s history, and executed other legislative changes to keep liquidity flowing in our economy, save jobs that would have otherwise been lost, and fund areas of our economy that are strategic and important for our long term economic competitiveness including health care, education, green energy, science, and infrastructure. The critics  will say that the economy today is still sputtering, holds some risk of sliding back in to a recession, and that a real recovery will take many years.  These are all true statements and Obama has not moved us from a possible Depression to a fast growing economy – but this is a completely unrealistic, almost childish, expectation given the severity of the financial crisis, our current debt, and other economic realities that we have to deal with. Could he have done more or done it differently?  Certainly.  I would have loved to see Obama do more, faster to invest in small businesses, help them get loans, and help them become more competitive with the large corporations that increasingly dominate our economy.  But today we are not in a horrible depression and things are stable and this alone is a tremendous accomplishment"
       

      Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office- not vacations…engaging with other countries FOR progress. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2009/nov/19/chain-email/chain-e-mail-claims-obama-has-visited-more-countri
      Earned an unprecedented success rate of 96.7% on winning congressional votes on issues where he took a position. He did even better than legendary arm-twister Lyndon Johnson who had a 93% success rate in 1965:
      http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122436116

      Provided affordable, high-quality child care to working families:
      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/promise/244/provide-affordable-high-quality-child-care

      Renewed dialogue with NATO and other allies and partners on strategic issues:
      httphttp://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/04/04/Afghanistan-and-NATO

       
      President Obama brought dignity and respect to the office of the president of the USA. He is intelligent, poised, well educated, well spoken, communicative and sensitive to all peopleRestored America's reputation as a global leader that will do the "right thing" in world affairs:
      http://pewglobal.org/docs/?DocID=12

       Appointed Special Envoys for Climate Change, Southwest Asia, the Middle
      East, Sudan, and a Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
      :
      http://www.america.gov/st/peacesec-english/2009/January/20090122175146idybeekcm1.328677e-02.html

       Announced a new U.S.-Mexico border initiative:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Administration-Officials-Announce-US-Mexico-Border-Security-Policy-A-Comprehensive-Response-and-Commitment

       Concluded cyberspace policy review:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Statement-by-the-Press-Secretary-on-Conclusion-of-the-Cyberspace-Review

       Announced a strategy to address the international nuclear threat:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-By-President-Barack-Obama-In-Prague-As-Delivered

       Established a new "U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue":
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Statement-On-Bilateral-Meeting-With-President-Hu-Of-China

       Announced new policy steps towards Cuba:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/05/world/americas/05cuba.html

       
       Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return home to visit loved ones
       

      Successful release of US captain held bySomali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job
       
      US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast
       
      Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness and provided immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters ( Think Katrina and lack of response by the Bush Administration- a national embarrassment)

      Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy

       
       Played a lead role in G-20 Summit that produced a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis:
      http://www.g20.org

      Authorized discussions with North Korea and private mission by Pres. Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in prisons

      Authorized discussions with Myanmar and mission by Sen. Jim Web to secure the release of an American held captive

      Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court

       
      Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters

       Paid for redecoration of White House living quarters out of his own pocket

       
      Executive Order establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls to provide a coordinated Federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and
      families:

      http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/11/obamas-council-on-women-and-girls
       
      Appointing two Supreme Court Justices: When people consider their presidential voting decision, most don’t consider that amongst the most important and enduring presidential responsibilities is the president’s ability to appoint supreme court justices. This is arguably a president’s biggest opportunity to influence his country,He has added two Democrats, replacing two moderate Democrats in the process.  If a Republican has won the presidency instead, we would now be looking at an unbalanced Supreme Court with six conservatives and only three liberal judges – a balance that would have been in place for many many decades.  In the appointment process, Obama also introduced needed diversity to the bench with two more women on the court, bringing the count to a record three women sitting, while also introducing the nation’s first Hispanic to the Supreme Court with his choice of Sotomayor.

       Repairing Our Image Abroad: After 8 years of damage to our country’s image, Obama has helped repair badly damaged relationships with foreign powers across the world from Russia to Europe and reached out to the Arab world.  This is necessary and critical in order for the most influential countries to work together to fight challenges such as Global Warming and Nuclear expansion.  It also helps to fight terrorist recruiting by helping change America’s negative image.  It is increasingly important for the US to engage with other countries as fast-growing nations like Brazil, China, and India join the traditional powerhouses and as America adjusts to a world with more diverse and influential players in the political equation.  "

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        jag
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        Great cut and paste job there, did he change his underwear too? 

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        anne
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        That wasn't a very nice comment. You are usually a fair, thoughtful, intelligent man. The post mentions it was created from many sources. The first sentence. I don't think  this was meant for you anyway.  Probably for those who don't see the progress and continually ask what our president has done for them lately. The people who can't be bothered looking for the real information, but would rather enjoy the complaints made by their party leadership and remain convinced the president has been idle.

        I bet he did change his underwear(not that it has anything to do with his work ethic or his commitment to our country).

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        anne
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        That wasn't a very nice comment. You are usually a fair, thoughtful, intelligent man. The post mentions it was created from many sources. The first sentence. I don't think  this was meant for you anyway.  Probably for those who don't see the progress and continually ask what our president has done for them lately. The people who can't be bothered looking for the real information, but would rather enjoy the complaints made by their party leadership and remain convinced the president has been idle.

        I bet he did change his underwear(not that it has anything to do with his work ethic or his commitment to our country).

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        jag
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        Great cut and paste job there, did he change his underwear too? 

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        Nancylee
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        This copy paste crap is why I dont come around that much. who cares to read this shit…

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        Nancylee
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        This copy paste crap is why I dont come around that much. who cares to read this shit…

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        anne
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         I know, it's much easier to watch Fox News. Reading is so boring. This also makes it easier to pretend Obama hasn't done a thing for our country. I agree with you, I wouldn't want to spend time any place factual information was presented.  What a waste of time !

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        anne
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         I know, it's much easier to watch Fox News. Reading is so boring. This also makes it easier to pretend Obama hasn't done a thing for our country. I agree with you, I wouldn't want to spend time any place factual information was presented.  What a waste of time !

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        jag
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        Wait a minute, one minute you are siding with Obama and the next you don't like him?  You need to pay attention to your own keyboard once in a while.

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        jag
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        Wait a minute, one minute you are siding with Obama and the next you don't like him?  You need to pay attention to your own keyboard once in a while.

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        anne
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        I'm the one who needs to pay attention? Lol !

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        anne
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        I'm the one who needs to pay attention? Lol !

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      Jerry from Cape Cod
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      First, I agree with the decision to "surgically assassinate" Bin Laden.

      However,  I can't celebrate. If we do we become like them, hatred builds and festers.   It had to be done because it would be impossible to put the bastard on trial someplace without major terrorist actions. 

      If you believe we as a society are safer than you are naive.  What we did is just make some 10 year old in a mid east country start hating the west even more and someday he will probably amass the same assets and do something equally unspeakable..  Also Bin Laden did not act alone, there will always be someone following in his footsteps.

      We are now prisoners of our own "Security" system all because of religious and cultural hatred. "When will we ever learn" it's been going on since history has been recorded.

      Secondly, I am not a liberal, or a pacifist, I've served my country and wanted to do so again in 2001.  Too old!

      God Bless America.  No, God Bless the World and all it's people.

      Jerry from Cape Cod

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      Jerry from Cape Cod
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      First, I agree with the decision to "surgically assassinate" Bin Laden.

      However,  I can't celebrate. If we do we become like them, hatred builds and festers.   It had to be done because it would be impossible to put the bastard on trial someplace without major terrorist actions. 

      If you believe we as a society are safer than you are naive.  What we did is just make some 10 year old in a mid east country start hating the west even more and someday he will probably amass the same assets and do something equally unspeakable..  Also Bin Laden did not act alone, there will always be someone following in his footsteps.

      We are now prisoners of our own "Security" system all because of religious and cultural hatred. "When will we ever learn" it's been going on since history has been recorded.

      Secondly, I am not a liberal, or a pacifist, I've served my country and wanted to do so again in 2001.  Too old!

      God Bless America.  No, God Bless the World and all it's people.

      Jerry from Cape Cod

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