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  •  I'm glad America is finally giving the man his due (4+ / 0-)
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    ericlewis0, doroma, askew, elwior

    It drove me crazy for >4 years to watch President Obama use the bully pulpit, kick Republican ass, and generally be a great president despite unprecedented opposition and conservadems torpedoing him at every turn.

    It drove me crazy to see liberals and progressives calling him a spineless weakling Republican who was trying to destroy Medicare and SS.

    I'm not sure what's changed our minds, but I'm happy to see the man finally getting his due.

    This from people who loved Bill Clinton, the man responsible for DOMA, DOTA, Welfare "reform," financial deregulation, NAFTA, "the end of big government is over," etc.

    When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

    by PhillyJeff on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 07:55:45 AM PST

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    •  This is the difference between one term (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, ericlewis0

      and two.

      Had Clinton lost in 1996, his presidency would have been regarded as a failure.  Had Carter survived and ridden the economic cycle in 1980-1984, he would have been regarded as a success.  

      Two terms Presidencies are even more important now.  By 2016, the judgment of history on the Bush Administration is going to start to ossify and the demographic and social changes will have made this a different country.  Even if Obama doesn't get much more of his agenda done, the impact of the full 8 years will be exponentially more important than the impact of the first four years alone.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 08:46:33 AM PST

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