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  •  Smarts -- or Something Else? (0+ / 0-)

    "Our president, however, is nothing if not smart."

    But is it actual intelligence or simply political smarts?  Granted, Obama can speak.  He can charm the rattles off a rattlesnake.  But a president needs more than the ability to orate in his toolkit.  He must be able to persuade, AND he needs the ability and willingness to kick ass if that is what it takes to get the job done.  It is true that Obama was all too willing to channel Isaiah in his first term, but the problem with that approach is that it presupposes that the other party is able and willing to be reasonable and to actually reason back and forth.  It took Obama far too long, in my opinion, to learn that the Republicans were anything but reasonable.

    I voted for Obama both times.  But I am not afraid to hold his tootsies to the fire if I believe that he needs it.  Indeed, I was banned from one supposedly liberal website on two different occasions because I did not genuflect at the shrine of Obama to their liking.  But I believe that we progressives who voted for him and who challenge him do so because we want him to succeed.  There is an old saying that says that the criticisms of a true friend are true and beneficial.  Hopefully Obama has learned, or is learning, that truth.

    Obama is doing exactly what he needs to do -- get out of Washington and go directly to the people.  We all know that the Republicans have the media -- maybe not CBS -- in their hip pocket, and using them as the main method to get his proposals out front to the people will not work.  It is later than I would have liked, but I am pleased to see Obama stop kowtowing to the Republicans and going instead directly to those who put him in office.  So even though I may gripe and complain about him, I do wish him well, and I hope that he continues to do exactly what he's doing -- going directly to the people.

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