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  •  I'm not a shrink, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn. (11+ / 0-)

    I think Obama is and has been an empty suit his whole life.  His core belief has been in promoting himself.  He has been able to get by on a charm offensive and a lot of help from a lot of powerful friends who have profitted from him.

    He has been a gatekeeper for the Bush/Cheney/CIA disaster and is still working to keep any of them from facing charges.  He himself faces the same charges, he has continued the same policies and made them worse.

    We can not defend the indefencible.  When we pretend that what is happening is OK, or we make excuses for his activities, we are endorsing them.


    •  I don't know why individuals do what they do. (4+ / 0-)

      I can guess of course, but it's a lot easier to make accurate assessments of people you interact with frequently.  I don't interact with the President, so I can only go by what I've seen him say and do, and I didn't really follow his life before he started running for the Presidential office.

      In the case of elected officials, I generally don't care what motivates them, other than for trying to gauge how they might act on other issues.  I'd rather focus on what they're actually doing and saying that causes others to act than on why they did it.

      •  This cartoon (3+ / 0-)
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        focuses on what this administration has been doing this summer. Obama isn't just an individual who is implementing this insane policy here and globally. He is imo a PR/marketing guy that they send out to sell whatever skullduggery the powerful interest's and this administration/ Machine Dems. are going to implement. We the people have no say we are given candidates to ratify with our vote and it seems irrelevant which poison we pick.

         Supporting policy agenda or even direction being touted as the way forward or believing in Obama or any elected  pol, at this point seems delusional. Denial abounds and people HR it because they cannot stand to listen to the reality that lurks under all the parsing, double speak and fear that the brokers of power pump out to sell the anti-democratic. immoral, and illegal, as the way forward.

        Why they do this is important and part of the process of getting your head out of the sand. If you believe in the fictitious narrative they are selling it only empowers their mendacity and allows them to continue with their destruction and NWO, both in der Homeland and globally. Why and how are not really separate here and what causes other to act is part of the what they are intent on.          

    •  You forgot, "Benghazi!" (11+ / 0-)

      Glad I could help.

      How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

      by BenderRodriguez on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 07:10:51 AM PDT

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    •  in all fairness, you could remove the name (10+ / 0-)

      "Obama" from your comment, and substitute the name of about 95% of the politicians inside the Beltway.  Few of them have any convictions; mostly they preen for mirrors and cameras, and pander to the constituencies that pay them best.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 07:17:35 AM PDT

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      •  And how is that working out for "us" -- the 99% ? (1+ / 0-)
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        •  As long as we keep voting for them, (2+ / 0-)
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          I imagine the answer is: "well enough."

          Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

          by corvo on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:26:51 PM PDT

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      •  They are in (3+ / 0-)
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        most cases part and parcel of the 'powerful interests' they serve. They do not get power unless they are. We get the occasional pol elected with 'convictions' but even the best of them work for the status quo and support the fictitious narrative that they call 'the world as we find it'. Who knows what people like Bernie Saunders, Kucinich, Grayson, Merkley or any so called progressive/liberal in our government thinks about this farce.

        They all seem willing to go along with the established reality wherein the US government is owned lock, stock, and oil barrel by corporations and their enforcers and suppliers the MIC. Axelrod calls this the world as we find it but I don't think it is.  I think it's the 'inevitable' world all our broken government and their 'clients' are busy creating.  

        Maybe the 'good' pols are only allowed as a foil, a window dressing, the pathetic vestiges of democratic representative system and the rule of law that although flawed did keep the Vandals somewhat in check and reined in. The dogs of war and bankster thieves are now running around lose to pillage and kill without restraint.  Our government not only enables them but enriches these destroyers of democracy and common good.          

    •  Chuckle, "Obama is and has been an empty suit his (6+ / 0-)

      whole life." Oh and "ENOUGH!"

      It will be a sad day when Barack Hussein Obama leaves office because he brings such enjoyment through the hatred of him.

      When he leaves office, it will be hard to find another individual who, as one commenter said, is despised more than George W. Bush.

      "Obama the empty suit"..... Oh joy!

      •  And what has he done that would lead (6+ / 0-)

        you to believe he is anything BUT an empty suit?  All the campaign talk gave way, abruptly, to kissing Republican ass and trying to gut Social Security!

        No supposedly Democratic president has ever stepped on the third rail of SS, but Obama did - practically out of the box.  

        He's prancing around Russia now, trying to puff himself up when the rest of the world has figured out what he is.  It is a sad day for me when Putin sounds more rational than our own president.

        I take no joy in this situation.  I had hopes that Obama would at least reverse some of the more egregious activities of the Bush administration, yet he has shown himself to be an ever bigger warmonger, if that's possible.  He is normalizing the craziness of the Bush years and dancing to the same tune that Bush danced to.  It is not a tune being played by the American people.  

        •  Ask people, such as folk who will benefit from (11+ / 0-)

          his healthcare plan if he is an empty suit. Ask the automobile industry, or people who will access college through Pell Grant, or women who will receive contraceptive care, or society due to the fact that he has increased fuel efficiency standards in vehicles if he's an empty suit, or the two women he has placed on the Supreme Court, or those who will benefit from his  helping to end DADT if he's an empty suit.

          You know what I would do if I were you? I would ignore all of what I just wrote and repeat to yourself a hundred times.... "He's an empty suit, he's a empty suit, he's an empty suit...."

          It brings such joy to believe this, and I would hate to ruin your day.....

          •  I second that. (4+ / 0-)

            If I had bothered to read your comment first I could have saved myself the trouble below ;-).

            Maybe just maybe our foremothers and our forefathers came to this land in different ships. But we're all in the same boat now. - John Lewis

            by bluesheep on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 08:11:35 AM PDT

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          •  The healthcare plan will be tested now, (5+ / 0-)
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            my kids found they will have to cough up an extra $600 a month for catastrophic care for their kids.  Some of the features of the ACA are good, many are going to prove to be catastrophic, they made sure those didn't kick in until after the election.  Big retailers are cutting hours on employees now to keep from paying insurance.  Will the good out weigh the bad in the end?  Could we have done all this in a much simpler fashion without the big wet kiss to the insurance industry?  Sure

            I could cynically say that the rest of what has happened is not unlike Clinton who threw crumbs to the progressives when he came in and then went totally corporate.

            Your sarcasm doesn't bother me, I don't "hate" Obama, I'm just disgusted that we have another war monger who is normalizing the craziness of the Bush years and we would go along with it because he has done a few good things?  

            In the end, he is dismantling the Constitution just as thoroughly as Bush or Clinton.  What will we have in the end when there are no Constitutional protections?

        •  well, for starters (7+ / 0-)

          Lilly Ledbetter, ACA (my son has a pre-existing heart condition, so thank you POTUS for his coverage!!!), Auto Industry Rescue, DADT, getting the private middleman out of student loans, his EPA declared CO2 a pollutant...

          Consumer Financial Protection Bureau!!!

          expanded investment in renewables, appointed two highly qualified women to the SCOTUS...

          And that's just off the top of my head.

          Maybe just maybe our foremothers and our forefathers came to this land in different ships. But we're all in the same boat now. - John Lewis

          by bluesheep on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 08:09:49 AM PDT

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        •  'An even bigger warmonger'. Iraq called, and (5+ / 0-)

          asked what you were smoking?

          While you dream of Utopia, we're here on Earth, getting things done.

          by GoGoGoEverton on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 08:26:14 AM PDT

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          •  Iraq didn't call, they are still too busy (3+ / 0-)
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            killing each other.  Afghanistan hasn't called, either.

            Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Yemen, where in the middle east aren't we stirring up trouble?  Oh, Saudi Arabia, our BFF's, are counting on us to keep them in power.  

            Now we are putting the big footprint in Africa - AFRICOM, because we just can't be too many places at once defending multi-national corporations.  

            •  We made war on Egypt and Iran? (5+ / 0-)

              Libya was NATO, no boots. Syria, some support for the rebels, no strikes or boots. Iran, nothing but sanctions that the int'l community also participates in. Yemen, strikes against Al Qaeda with the government's approval.

              Nice goalpost move there too...'bigger warmonger' to 'stirring up trouble'.

              While you dream of Utopia, we're here on Earth, getting things done.

              by GoGoGoEverton on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 08:44:31 AM PDT

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              •  One might ask what your smoking...... (2+ / 0-)
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                If you think for a moment that we weren't knee-deep in all of this crap and that we didn't have the CIA and mercenaries in there and that we didn't supply the money and guns, you are living in a dream world.  

                Strikes against Al Qaeda in Yemen were drone strikes, some against American citizens.  

                We cannot continue to defend the indefensible, regardless of who is in power.

                The silence from the Left in the face of all this aggression is disheartening.  

        •  This president... (1+ / 0-)
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          has faced the hardest and most obscene political resistance of any president in the history of our country, and for obvious reasons.   Historically unprecedented temper tantrums on the right have largely crippled the agenda he came to office with.  It's a small miracle we got through the ACA even in it's current Heritage Foundation format.  

          It was this unprecedented intransigence that has all too often forced Obama to concede much ground to the right.  To simply call the man an empty suit seems disingenuous at best.

          Maybe i'm just an optimist.  But I don't see the empty suit.  I see an American President facing an incredibly difficult situation taking an unpopular stance that he believes is right.

          Education is the progressive discovery of our own ignorance. -Will Durant

          by Blue Dream on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 01:27:43 PM PDT

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          •  That is how they got us to defend Clinton..... (0+ / 0-)

            The right was after him every minute from the time he took office opening investigation after investigation, special prosecutors.....

            In the end, Clinton helped them get everything they were after in that time frame - Welfare Reform, The Telecommunications Act, repealing Glass-Steagal, rendition - it is all a sham.  They work hand in glove to create the illusion that there are two parties.  When in fact there is only a corporate party.

            Again, we cannot defend the indefensible.  Monica Lewinski was indefensible and gave Bush a leg up in 2000.  Aside from her and Ralph Nader, Gore would have had a much wider lead - but - then, we would have ended up with Al Gore - another globalist.  

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