President Obama officially kicked off his re-election campaign over the weekend, which was news to me. NOW Obama is campaigning ? What has he been doing thus far ? I hear him campaigning every time he stands in front of a microphone. Always have. I can't recall a more political, self-promoting President in my lifetime. Here's a thought experiment for you. Try to think of an Obama speech where he didn't attack his opposition and blame everything on them. There may be a few instances, but I don't recall them. I've heard Obama give the "it's Bush's fault", "it's the GOP Congress' fault", "it's the Supreme Court's fault" speech so many times I could recite the words in my sleep. That may be normal during campaign season, but Obama has given that speech nonstop ever since he was elected President.
Because the 2008 Obamamania Fever is lacking this time around, I'm interested in what Obama's supporters are citing as reasons to re-elect their man in 2012. Here are some comments from Obama supporters at the Obama campaign kickoff event at Ohio State University (which had thousands of empty seats):
“I’m not satisfied with his four years,” said Anita Bixenstine, 68, of Kent, Ohio. “But I think he’s been fighting a do-nothing Congress and some bad public opinion.”
“I have tremendous fear of the opposition,” added husband Ed Bixenstine, referring to Romney.
“We realize that the president did not do much of what he promised four years ago, we realize that. But you also realize the influence of the Republicans on his efforts — they have been a roadblock at every corner,” said Delia Alkhatib, 29, of Columbus. “So we’re keeping that in mind, and hoping that he’ll be more aggressive and more of who we voted for in ’08 in a second term, because practically he’ll have nothing to lose.”
“It’s been a tough four years, won’t lie,” said Brandon Toyer, a 34-year-old software engineer, from Richmond. “But things are looking up now. If we give him a little more time, we’ll see things through.”
Wendy Stewart, a retired social worker, said she turned out for the rally because “there’s a war on women.”
“I want to support Obama’s goal of helping women, you know, with birth control,” she said. ”If Romney would get in, he would take us, especially the women, back to the 1930s or 50s.”
In a nutshell, Obama's supporters aren't too wild about the job Obama's done, but AT LEAST HE AIN'T NO SCARY-ASS REPUBLICAN !!! Using that logic, they'd support Obama no matter what he did...'sure, Obama shouldn't have nuked China, run up $6 trillion in debt, and sold California to the Saudis, but at least he ain't no right-winger !"
The charge of Republican obstructionism is one at which I can only laugh. Other than blocking tax increases on the rich (that would still leave us with annual trillion+ dollar deficits), what else has the GOP blocked Obama from doing ? Obama signed the largest new entitlement program since Medicare with ObamaCare (even though Americans are against it). Obama signed the biggest new financial regulation legislation maybe ever with Dodd-Frank. Obama complains about Republicans shooting down his jobs initiatives, but that's a complete joke. No President in American history has ever received the amount of money for job creation that Obama has. He got half the TARP funds to use as his personal slush fund. That was around $350 billion. Then Obama got an $800 billion stimulus package. This President got over a trillion dollars to use for job creation, and then he has the nerve to complain about GOP obstruction on jobs ? Try to think of any other President who was handed over a trillion dollars to do with as he pleased, to fund every pet partisan project he wanted, to hand out favors to his cronies, etc. This President has been give so much leeway that we will run up nearly $6 trillion in federal debt DURING HIS FIRST TERM IN OFFICE…..and then he has the nerve to play the obstruction card ? That is an insult to our collective intelligence.
As for the alleged war on women, the lack of free birth control does not constitute a "war" against anyone. It only illustrates the war on common sense being waged by Obama and his supporters. I mean, I have to pay for my own prescription drugs. Does that mean the politicians are waging a war against men, or a war against me personally ? Of course not. It only means I am responsible for myself, a principle that people used to understand in this country before the Obamanator went to work.
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