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Crossposted from Hillbilly Report.

In a videotaped message to the fourth Netroots Nation conference of his administration President Obama had a simple message to Progressive activists that had hoped his election would signal a change in the direction of our country. His message? "Change is hard". Indeed, for a man elected with such soaring "hopes" for "change" by a country that was starved for a leader that would simply fight for the interests of our country as a whole and not the selfish very few, change has been coming very "hard". In fact, we have seen little change at all.

Here is the video Obama sent to supporters at Netroots Nation:

My message to the President is simple. In 2008 we had a huge mandate for change from the whole country. Eight years of the idiocy of Republican rule, six of which saw a Republican Congress give the worst President in American history ever failure he wanted had depleted and demoralized our country. Our people voted for a bold new leader with a bold new vision and the courage to make it come about. We were tired of the reverse-Robin Hood policies that had wrecked our country and our middle-class.

Everywhere we saw the consequences of failed Republican and Corporate Democratic policies. Wages for workers had stagnated while wages for the top 1% skyrocketed. The war on working Americans saw our middle-class jobs being outsourced as the tax burden for those who shipped them overseas decreased. Benefits on what jobs that were left were non-existent and workers seemed to die every month from the disgraceful handling of the regulation of workplace safety.

Our society had become a place where only greed and wealth were rewarded. Honest, hardworking Americans that should have been able to attain the American dream of a middle-class were looked upon with scorn. Unions that protected their rights and allowed them to negotiate in good faith for their labors were weakened and on the brink of destruction. Our country was a divided melting pot of greed and ignorance in which a very few people were allowed to prey on the great unwashed masses who were too enamored by the shiny object to even give a damn about their own families and futures.

Yes, our country was itching for change. People were tired of working harder to live in poverty and watch their children go hungry. Countless tens of millions were without health insurance and one misfortune away from losing everything. Tens of millions more were at the mercy of the greed of insurance companies if misfortune struck them. We had watched in horror as the greed and idiocy of the very few, whose wet dreams had come true for the better part of three decades brought it all crashing down. The American economy, and millions of jobs were destroyed and what happened next??

Americans watched in horror as the politicians in Washington from both parties who were bought and paid for bailed the very folks out that had caused all the problems. Their greed in hording the money to the top had caused the problems but along came the American taxpayer to reward them for bad behavior and essential provide them with no-risk investments after they lost it all. Now, as a result the only folks in America who have recovered from our crashed economy are the very folks who caused it.

Yes, America needed change. Real serious change in the way that business and government operate. Rules that keep the very same bad things from happening again. Unfortunately for our country, and now for Obama's re-election chances that was not what we got. What we got was just more of the same garbage from a different President.

Right away, Democratic "leaders" took single-payer healthcare off the table. Unfortunately too many had been bought and paid for by the insurance lobby, just like Republicans. Because of that, even a public option was killed. Now, despite all the bluster by both sides things have changed little. Americans are still vulnerable to the greed of insurance executives for their healthcare.

Sadly the capitulation continued. Far from addressing wages or outsourcing gutless Democrats refused to fight for working Americans. They would not even consider the Employee Free Choice Act which would end corporate harassment of workers who simply wanted to negotiate in good faith for their labor and restore generations of workplace rights. Hell, when some real Democrats simply tried to raise minimum wage to make up for how much inflation has eroded it the cowards in this Administration and in the Democratic Party leadership left them hanging all alone by themselves.

And through it all what were the major things we "accomplished"? A debt-ceiling deal in which working Americans and the most helpless in our society were told that they would be the only ones to sacrifice for our country's troubles again. Worse yet, the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts for the very wealthy which had skyrocketed our debt and shifted all America's wealth to just a very few citizens.

I will not continue. The failures of the last four years are well documented. The sad part is now Republicans will run saying that Obama tried Progressive vision and it failed, when actually President Obama merely extended failed Republican policies that did what they always do. Fail for 99% of us. Sadly, Progressive vision was scrapped from the start and none of our country's problems were addressed.

Which brings me to my message to President Obama. Yes, change is hard but there is something that makes it a lot easier. You must want it. You must believe in it and sometimes you must stand up and make the tough decision that you are going to fight for it. Sometimes there is no compromise and sometimes you must remember who put you where you are, not stab them in the back.

As a Progressive in this country I have learned one thing. The only ones that ever lose anything in any compromise are those of us who believe in Progressive values. The only thing that never gets done are those things that would help all of us who live and work in the trenches every day or those of us who through no fault of our own must depend on others to live. We are not your enemy Mr. President or the enemy of our country. We are it's backbone.

For whatever reason you and the Democratic Party you lead have set us up as the enemy and all you feel is wrong with our country. To us, you have made yourself merely the lesser of two evils. While your evil definately is the lesser, evil is evil. You have offered us no change, and for hundreds of millions of us the hope we once had that you would is a faded memory. Even as I vote, against the Republican Party more than for you I hold no illusions that you share my morals, values, or even care. If you do, I do not believe you have the courage to fight for me or anyone I care about.

Today I saw an email in which you asked me to grade the performance of your campaign. Sadly, your campaign is becoming an extension of your administration and my grade cannot be very high at all. I would just like to say in the time you have left you could do one thing to make all this go away.

Fight. Stand up and fight for what is right for once in this country again. Do no back down. Do not look at Progressives and our vision for this country as something to be ashamed of and hide away, embrace us. Your failures are in spite of us, not because of us. If you want my approval do not settle for being the lesser of two evils, but be the good we have all been waiting for you to be and fight for. Fight for us for once, not the other guys and you will find that change is never that hard if you just believe in it and make it come about. You will find that many of us still want it and will stand behind you if you just stand behind us this time around.

Originally posted to RDemocrat on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 08:04 PM PDT.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  O RLY? (26+ / 0-)

    For whatever reason you and the Democratic Party you lead have set us [progressives] up as the enemy and all you feel is wrong with our country.

    What a total crock of shit.

    To us, you have made yourself merely the lesser of two evils.

    And who elected you spokesperson for "progressives"?

  •  Markos (22+ / 0-)

    This is what Markos said when interviewed at NN.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/...

    I asked Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas if he was worried about the level of despair at the conference. He replied, “The administration should be worried about the level of despair here.” Like many attendees, he brought up the failed recall election in Wisconsin. The Republicans, he pointed out, sent all sorts of surrogates to the state to campaign for Gov. Scott Walker. “Obama stayed away,” he says. “Why? Because he would be embarrassed if he lost. I’ll tell you what. If he shows that he’s going to fight for the things that I care about, I will fight twice as hard for him.” And if he doesn’t? “Then I’ll vote for him,” says Moulitsas.
    •  I agree... (10+ / 0-)

      With him on that. I did not even go into the Wisconsin fiasco. What a disgrace. Obama needs to figure out real quick that he can compromise until he is blue in the face. Republicans are always going to hate him anyway. Reaching out to them for any Democrat only produces a bloody nub.

      Besides, this country NEEDS a fight and for once needs BOTH sides represented. Our problem is not our ideals, but that our leaders simply do not care about them. I will vote straight Democrat as always but I am too broke to contribute and too busy making ends meet to volunteer.

      I really do long for a Progressive third party that could grow big enough to be viable. That is what our country needs.

      •  Wisconsin was a disgrace. (5+ / 0-)

        But it only provided further proof that Obama is not interested in progressive values or victories and in fact is afraid of them.

        Send your old shoes to the new George W. Bush library.

        by maxschell on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 10:40:22 PM PDT

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      •  The country needs to get things DONE (0+ / 0-)

        You think it would be great if we had two sides screaming at each other. You think brute force would lead to a win, win, win. It won't.

        it can stop things from happening, bills from passing but it can not get things to happen, can not get bills passed.

        You want Democrats to be as regimented as Republicans — but they are not and never will be.

        You and your ilk are not progressives in my mind — or by any dictionary definition: you are Utopians.

        progressive |prəˈgresiv|
        adjective

        1 happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step : a progressive decline in popularity.
        • (of a disease or ailment) increasing in severity or extent : progressive liver failure.
        • (of taxation or a tax) increasing as a proportion of the sum taxed as that sum increases : steeply progressive income taxes.
        • • •
        • archaic engaging in or constituting forward motion.

        2 (of a group, person, or idea) favoring or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas : a relatively progressive governor.
        • favoring or promoting change or innovation : a progressive art school.
        • • •

        3 Grammar denoting an aspect or tense of a verb that expresses an action in progress, e.g., am writing, was writing. Also called continuous .

        Not you, but this is:
        Utopia |yoōˈtōpēə| (also utopia)
        noun
        an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. The word was first used in the book Utopia (1516) by Sir Thomas More. The opposite of dystopia .
        ORIGIN based on Greek ou ‘not’ + topos ‘place.’
        and from wiki
        Utopia (juːˈtoʊpiə) is an ideal community or society possessing a perfect socio-politico-legal system. The word was imported from Greek by Sir Thomas More for his 1516 book Utopia, describing a fictional island in the Atlantic Ocean. The term has been used to describe both intentional communities that attempt to create an ideal society, and fictional societies portrayed in literature. It has spawned other concepts, most prominently dystopia.
        Create away. But quit speaking for Progressives. You ain't. But go on with recruiting another Ralph Nader.

        Or come down to earth and work HARD for someone of like mind to be elected to further your interest.

        I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

        by samddobermann on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 09:10:17 PM PDT

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    •  "I'll vote for him" was my decision months ago (16+ / 0-)

      If I didn't live in a swing state, I might be wavering on that decision now.  As to "fighting," our POTUS told the AFL-CIO in 8/10:

      And we are going to keep on fighting to pass the Employee Free Choice Act.
      This WH and Senate Dems "fought' for EFCA in 2009-10 (when it mattered) roughly the way that the French fought the Germans in 1940.  Same thing goes on the PO and for drug reimporation.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 08:29:32 PM PDT

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      •  Not to mention (16+ / 0-)

        That when President Obama went to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to fire up the AFL-CIO in the traditional Labor Day kick off of the 2010 election season, he addressed a crowd that was half the size of the crowd candidate Obama addressed in 2008.

        Two years after candidate Obama got all the support he needed from organized labor,President Obama stood in the same place and could not even mention the EFCA, not once in the entire speech. I can't for the life of me understand why Obama wasn't even willing to mention EFCA or at least bullshit the workers and claim that Democrats will be getting back to us on that one.

        We Union members were all fired up and ready to defend the Democratic House majority after hearing a bunch of road building platitudes from the man who only gave us a quorum at the NLRB because Chief Justice John Roberts embarrassed him and threatened to liquidate the NLRB if he did not make a recess appointment. We were all about volunteering once we heard that health care reform had targeted us as people with "Cadillac coverage."

        It didn't work out so well for the House of Representatives and even though Russ Finegold had the good sense to make sure he was somewhere else in Wisconsin the day Obama addressed organized labor in Wisconsin it didn't work out so hot for him either. That was heartbreaking and as a Union member it was grounds for not volunteering and not sending any cash in the 2010 election.

        Oddly enough Obama is still the best choice for organized labor. Not like the game isn't rigged or anything and it's not like Obama is a good choice. Just because I'll vote for him dosen't mean I have to start bullshitting myself and claim that he has anything to do with either "Change" or "Hope."  

        I wonder how many people will show up for the 2012 Milwaukee kick off or did will the Democrats just find a new city like years back when they moved from Detroit to Milwaukee because Detroit was lost to organized labor.    

      •  drug importation is a myth (0+ / 0-)

        and often a scam.

        One example: Some doctors decided it would be worth it to import a cancer drug from overseas with cost ~ $400 less than the "same drug" sold in America. Unfortunately it got in and patients were dosed with stuff that had none of the actual drug in the injections. Though the feds tracked down the guy waging the racket; he had started in Montana, iirc, then when that was closed down he ran overseas and continued. He doesn't sell it in the country in which he lives or operates.

        This operation was shown on either 60 Minutes or PBS News Hour.

        You can order drugs from overseas now. You can go abroad and buy and bring in 3 months supply for your own use.

        I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

        by samddobermann on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 10:10:18 PM PDT

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  •  You Know (17+ / 0-)

    I have historically been one of President Obama's harshest critics.  I saw the President's video yesterday evening, when it was originally played.  And I'm trying to figure out you took some of the things from it you did.  Nowhere did he create a dichotomy between us and his Administration, let alone set progressives up "as the enemy."

    That's IMO your projection, based upon your disappointments.  I've had mine too so I certainly understand the concept.  It's not, however, what the President actually said.

    If you don't stand for something, you will go for anything. Visit Maat's Feather Yes, I finally got Twitter - @shanikka1961

    by shanikka on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 08:24:36 PM PDT

    •  Fair enough... (4+ / 0-)
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      This actions of his administration as a whole make me feel that way not these comments by him in particular. I should have clarified that.

      To be Progressive in this country for my life, born in 1970 has been like heads they win, tails we lose. I get tired of being ignored no matter who is elected.

      Progressive vision has saved our country before and I cannot understand why Democratic leadership simply will not accept the fact that it is the only thing that can save it this time around.

      •  I was born in 1946, and the President is (6+ / 0-)

        as liberal as any President in my lifetime. And yes, that includes JFK and LBJ.

        LBJ did enact some of the best legislation in my lifetime, and I applaud and honor him for it, but it was accomplished because people were in the streets demanding equal rights. Maybe where you live, people were at the town hall meetings demanding passage of HCR and other legislation you would like, but in the town hall meetings I went to, we were shouted down by the tea partiers. Where were the marchers for liberal values these last 4 years? Yes, there is OWS, but there is no cohesive message there for average Americans to connect to.

        You bemoan bailouts, but without them, the economy would be much worse. Yes, the investment bankers caused the mess, with the help of the Bush administration policies. But do you think you would be better off with bank failures? With a shutdown of the entire banking industry? Because that was the alternative. Yes, the automobile industry caused its problems, but would we be better off with Toyota owning GM and Honda owning Ford? I think not.

        Take a longer perspective and you might be happier with what Obama has accomplished. Is it everything I want? No, but it is in the right direction and that is a BFD, as the VP might say.

        You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

        by sewaneepat on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 05:42:05 AM PDT

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  •  Not perfect but. (7+ / 0-)

    Obama has tried but with a repub contolled congress... We can do better, give Obama a Democratic congress and more will change.   There has never been so much disrespect for a  president as we have seen in recent times. Yes maybe in the start where they were dueling each other. Maybe if they had to duel or compromise....

    Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things. Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Just A Real Nice Guy, thinking out loud.

    by arealniceguy on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 08:24:56 PM PDT

  •  We had a huge mandate in 2009???? (17+ / 0-)

    And then there was that amazing Senate -- with Lieberass, the Nelson twins, Lincoln, Landrieu -- did I miss any other asshole Blue Dogs or out right Republicans???

    I honestly think lots of folks were totally asleep during the 2008 primary season and had no clue who Obama is/was or what he actually said.  I never heard:  "I'm a progressive."  

    And, I'm a progressive and never heard what the tiny contingent here keeps repeating -- Obama hasn't dissed me.  You folks should stop whinging because it is boring and you have nothing else other than to stamp your feet and stay home in November.  Good luck with that crap.

    Vi er alle norske " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 08:25:38 PM PDT

    •  W had Dems controlling Senate 4 of 8 years (8+ / 0-)

      He never had anything close to Senate control Obama had in 2009-10, and he had Chaffee, the Mainers, and Specter in that caucus.  Plus, Obama came in w/ a huge electoral mandate while W took office via judicial fiat.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 08:33:42 PM PDT

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      •  BTW, on the dissing issue--Gibbs and Rahmbo (8+ / 0-)

        sure as hell dissed us even if their boss never did.

        Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

        by RFK Lives on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 08:36:23 PM PDT

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        •  Boohoo (10+ / 0-)

          get a thicker skin if you are hurt because of those two.  I've been around since LBJ so weenies in the white house saying mean things about me really is sort of silly.

          Vi er alle norske " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

          by gchaucer2 on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 08:37:52 PM PDT

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        •  According to our traditions (1+ / 0-)
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          whatever comes out of the mouth of the Press Secretary is supposed to be taken as coming out of the mouth of the POTUS.  That's why it's such a delicate position.  So when Gibbs disses us, he disses us--unless he makes it very clear in public his Press Secretary was out of line.

          Being ignored is the difference between being a one percenter and an American.--sweeper

          by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 01:09:55 PM PDT

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        •  No they said things in annoyance (0+ / 0-)

          with two specific groups. And i agree with them.

          Rahm had been arguing that running ads against Democrats threatening them on Health care vote was fucking stupid. It was.  

          And people who were being paid for their ravings who said Obama = Bush were crazy ticked Gibbs off and I agree with that.

          Neither said all progressives are fucking stupid or crazy.

          You all sound like the t partiers who went ballistic when the NAACP said they ought to act against some racists in their ranks. They choose to take it as the NAACP said they were all racist.  But at least they have dropped it by now.

          Insult clutchers. Assumed victimhood.  

          Excuse for laziness.

          I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

          by samddobermann on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 03:26:11 AM PDT

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          •  Your prose is the epitomy of laziness. (0+ / 0-)

            As are your incoherent comments.

            1. Rahm called progressive "fucking retards."  And everything else he has said and done shows he really truly believes this.  He was Obama's Chief of Staff and therefore had a vast amount of control over who Obama saw, what he did and the information he received.

            2. Gibbs speaks as/for Obama but he crafts the messages in concert with Rahm.  (See above.)

            3. You jokers are all the same: hurl insults and then play the race card.  You should have learned by now that this is a clear sign that you are not supportive of the progressive movement but instead are acting as a member of a cult of personality.

            Send your old shoes to the new George W. Bush library.

            by maxschell on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 04:38:58 PM PDT

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      •  Obama had no Senate control (9+ / 0-)

        and this point is beyond having an argument over because it is tedious.

        Vi er alle norske " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

        by gchaucer2 on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 08:39:10 PM PDT

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        •  He had the best Senate he'll ever have in '09-'10 (3+ / 0-)
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          You're basically saying IOW that he won't accomplish anything in his 2d term, as he'll lucky to have a bare nominal majority in the next Senate.

          Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

          by RFK Lives on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 05:15:06 AM PDT

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          •  Yes (2+ / 0-)
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            it is quite possible that what we end up doing for the next two years if fighting a rearguard action.

            That is to say, it's possible that no further progressive action will be taken, but we will be able to block further rightward movement.

            That may be the best we can do. I hope we can do better, and am willing to work to try to make it so.

          •  for 6 months. Where were you RFK Lived n/t (0+ / 0-)

            I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

            by samddobermann on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 03:32:00 AM PDT

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        •  Obama was golden when elected and he (2+ / 0-)
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          RFK Lives, kurt

          had the momentum of a country behind him, which means he had a true mandate for change...for the better.

          Forget blaming Lieberscum, he should've never been appointed to the DHS but that guy could've, and should've, been stripped of his plum assignment at DHS (for many things), and that goes for others that people use for excuses.

          The Repub party was toast, burnt toast, then Obama starts appointing Repubs instead of Dems (no qualifiers on the Dem side?) and started making them a big part of every single issue, time after time. He treats the nut case arguments of Ryan as "serious",giving him credibility he certainly didn't (& still doesn't) deserve, and ignoring 'The People's Budget'.

          All while freezing out the largest Caucus in Congress, the Progressive Caucus, on the insurance company profit protection legislation, the tax cuts for the uber-wealthy (they're now the Obama tax cuts), and the ridiculous debt limit fiasco (where Obama offered huge cuts to SS) until Dems like Nancy Pelosi were openly angry about being excluded from negotiations.

          The Repubs owe an awful lot to Obama and all the DINOs for their position of influence.

          without the ants the rainforest dies

          by aliasalias on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 11:39:48 AM PDT

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      •  he didn't get a lot of what he wanted (0+ / 0-)

        Social Security privatization ?

        I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

        by samddobermann on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 03:28:28 AM PDT

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    •  Wah! There's to many of them! I'm not even going (15+ / 0-)

      to try!

      Obama came in on a Dem tidal wave and got off to ride a "I'm above party-politics" row boat. It was was a bizarre thing to watch - and it was watched by Boehner and Party with astonishment, I'm sure, and they took advantage of it every way they could. I believe - hey, I could be wrong - that if Obama had stayed strong on Dem policies (as he campaigned, IOW), he could have gotten much, much more from what would have been a much more cowed group of Rs. That could have also had a big effect on the 2010 elections.

      But we'll never know, will we? Because we got a president who was above Dem policies, and who treated complete fucking maniacs like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell like good reasonable people. Hence the extension of the Bush tax cuts, and a thousand other cuts...

      •  Agreed (3+ / 0-)
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        Thanks for reading and replying.

      •  So let me see if I have this straight (4+ / 0-)

        Obama campaigned as a post partisan politician, and got resoundingly elected. Then you wanted him to ditch it and become a hyperpartisan Democrat?

        •  Obama campaigned as a union-loving, (0+ / 0-)

          tax-cut-hating, women's rights-loving Dem. Every candidate throws out platitudes of "let's get above politics." What you describe is a hallucination.

          •  I think your 'hallucination' is personal (0+ / 0-)

            projection on your own part.

            The 2008 7% national popular vote victory
            is not what most rational folks would consider
            a 'tidal wave'. Your projections of a mandate
            may be an appealing sort of wishful thinking,
            shared by more than few here, but as was
            seen recently, offended a majority who disagreed
            with your 'reality based projections' at the polls.

            Who did the unions in the WI recall endorse for the D primary?

            Did this effect the recall participation and outcome?

            Did the 38% of union members who re elected Walker
            recall Big Dogs signing of NAFTA into law, and noticing
            the decimation of their numbers since then, come to
            share your opinions on the stark similarities of choices?

            Why did Barrett not send a surrogate here for appeals?

            Do you think Obama would have vetoed EFCA?
            Isn't that what a true 'corporate puppet' would do?

            Care to explain why the 'mandate congress' didn't
            send him that legislation for signing into law?

            No groups are entirely hegemonic, especially those in
            the political arena. The ghosts of msoc only frighten
            themselves, and those who wish to verify their own
            preconceived and somewhat isolated perceptions.

      •  Cowed? They were saying out loud and (0+ / 0-)

        in public they didn't intend to let anything of his pass.

        Do you really think he is stupid? That he doesn't know how to size up people and situations? Or how to get people to do what he wants — by letting them have some sort of a win to save face?

        So what elected office have you served in? What laws have you gotten passed — or were a major part of their drafting or passing?

        Above Dem policies? He got Health care reform passed. There are a whole long list of things he has gotten done that are on the list of Democratic policies. The biggest R&D money for alternative energy. $250 to every one on social security to make up for no COLA in 2009. Increased school feeding programs.

        A lot of things could not get done because the financial collapse in October 2009 and measures required for that and its effects got in the way. That came after a lot of promises were made to do things in the first year or term. Reality sometimes sucks. Most of the time in fact.

        I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

        by samddobermann on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 03:49:07 AM PDT

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    •  "ou folks should stop whinging because it is (5+ / 0-)

      boring."

      Deep, man. Wow.

      "...you have nothing else other than to stamp your feet and stay home in November."

      You should join the Republican "voter fraud!" squad. Because the number of people here who arent' going to vote in November (for Obama) is about as big a problem as voter fraud.

    •  As I Said.. (2+ / 0-)
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      I will vote straight Democrat as always in Nov. I did hear what Obama was and stood for in the primary and supported another. In retrospect that was a huge mistake too. Unfortunately in retrospect we had very little to "hope" for in that primary.

      I thought and said all along Obama was a centrist. Unfortunately he may have actually been barely right of center all along.

      •  So you were for someone who wanted the mandate (0+ / 0-)

        from the get go and like would have had us in another war by now — or were you for the total fraud who talked about the poor until he got to Iowa then it was all about the middle class and the word poor was missing from his vocabulary.

        Wonderful.

        I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

        by samddobermann on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 03:54:01 AM PDT

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    •  A mandate is not the same thing as (0+ / 0-)

      a good Democratic Senate or even a progressive Democratic Senate.
      A mandate refers to what the people think of you and your project, not the assholes you have to work with on Capitol Hill.
      And yes, we had a huge mandate. The biggest one of my lifetime (I was born in 68).

      Being ignored is the difference between being a one percenter and an American.--sweeper

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 01:08:32 PM PDT

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  •  Expected (9+ / 0-)
    Right away, Democratic "leaders" took single-payer healthcare off the table. Unfortunately too many had been bought and paid for by the insurance lobby, just like Republicans. Because of that, even a public option was killed. Now, despite all the bluster by both sides things have changed little. Americans are still vulnerable to the greed of insurance executives for their healthcare.
    This was expected even in 2008.

    Q. Who was Obama's healthcare adviser in 2008?
    A. Jim Cooper

    Q. Who is Jim Cooper?
    A. Jim Cooper is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition of conservative democrats - Jim Cooper is in the pocket of healthcare providers & insurance companies. He was a key figure in scuttling President Clinton's Healthcare reform plans. Here is a 1994 article from New York Times

    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    It has also become a pocketbook issue for Mr. Cooper, and whatever the fate of his health plan, he is already a winner.

       In less than a year, the mild-mannered Democrat from the most rural House district in Tennessee has become the toast of health care providers and insurance companies, which have channeled tens of thousands of dollars of contributions to his campaign for a Senate seat.

       Mr. Cooper is only one of the many politicians benefiting from the fund-raising frenzy set off by the national dialogue over health care.

       Since drug companies, hospitals, insurers and doctors have so much at stake in the legislation that may emerge from the Congress, many are investing all they can in lawmakers whose proposals would be most favorable to them -- or the least damaging.

       They are showering millions of dollars in donations to members of Congress with prominent roles in the debate, like Mr. Cooper, whose plan is the alternative to President Clinton's proposal most often preferred by business because it neither requires employers to provide coverage nor limits insurance premiums.

    Mike Lux blogged about this on OpenLeft

    http://www.openleft.com/...

       I was part of the Clinton White House team on the health care reform issue in 1993/94, and no Democrat did more to destroy our chances in that fight than Jim Cooper.
     
     It is such a huge mistake for Obama to use a guy like this to defend their position on health care. The signal it sends to reporters, organizations, and activists like myself who know something about the old health care battles is that Obama truly doesn't care about comprehensive health care reform or universal coverage, and that the health care package you would propose if President would be a conservative, pro-insurance industry bill.
  •  Thank you, RDemocrat. (7+ / 0-)

    Yes, change is hard.  But surely he didn't think it would be easy, did he?  I don't agree that he had a huge mandate in the beginning, because Congress was full of Blue Dogs who were just as obstructionist as the Republicans.  But he could have tried.  He could have stood up to both the blue dogs and the Republicans, and used the bully pulpit to rouse support among the American people for the "change" he sought.  He failed to do that, time and time again.  Instead, he continually searched for that "Grand Bargain" that would somehow go down in history and secure his place as a "great" President.  Or at least that's the only motive I've ever come up with for the things he actually did, like taking the public option off the table and putting entitlements on the table.  And please, please, please, nobody give me that whole 11th dimensional chess bit.  If you believe that, you are simply delusional.

    Some things he could have done without Congress, too.  He could have stopped the deportations of people who were  brought here as children by their parents, and grew up here.  Instead, more deportations have occurred in his term than any other President in history.  He could have made government more transparent and efficient, by relaxing standards of classification and rewarding whistelblowers.  Instead, his is one of the most secretive administrations in history, and his prosecutions of whistleblowers are nothing short of a stain on this nation.

    I won't even get into national security and domestic security issues, since you didn't mention them.  Suffice to say his policies there are also a disappointment.

    Great diary, tipped and recc'd.

  •  The President is all about blame and... (3+ / 0-)
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    obfuscation when he talks to 'us'. We're props for him. He gets to show his RW cred, chastising needy libruls. We never get some vision of what he's trying to do on a larger scale, or a list of programs he wants to work on next. We just get reminded of what he's already done and told to hush up if we want any more than that.

    •  Exactly when has Obama chastised libruls? (1+ / 0-)
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      You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

      by sewaneepat on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 05:56:00 AM PDT

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      •  'sanctimonious" and "purists" are two insults (2+ / 0-)
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        Before President Obama's Tuesday news conference, it was clear that his willingness to compromise with Republicans on extending George W. Bush-era tax cuts had left many liberal Democrats angry and dismayed. By the time the president stepped away from the White House podium 32 minutes later, it was equally clear the feeling was mutual.

         Obama's tone was alternately defensive and fiery. He dismissed his Democratic critics as "sanctimonious" and obsessed with staking out a "purist position." He said they hold views so unrealistic that, by their measure of success, "we will never get anything done.
        (emphasis mine)http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

        without the ants the rainforest dies

        by aliasalias on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 11:53:02 AM PDT

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        •  How about "You don't understand (2+ / 0-)
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          how DC works" (my personal favorite, dripping with condescension.  Usually came via Rahm or Gibbs though).

          Being ignored is the difference between being a one percenter and an American.--sweeper

          by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 01:12:45 PM PDT

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        •  How would you characterize someone who, (0+ / 0-)

          in order to make sure the wealthy pay a 3.5% higher marginal rate, would sacrifice middle class tax cuts, tuition deductions, unemployment benefits, and a host of other provisions benefiting the middle and working class, if not purist? And to say that making the wealthy pay more at that particular time is more important than things that help real people who are not wealthy, if not sanctimonious?

          I  am a liberal and would not make that sacrifice of benefits to non-wealthy people so I am not insulted as a liberal.

          You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

          by sewaneepat on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 02:23:44 PM PDT

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          •  You act like that's the only way it could hve gone (1+ / 0-)
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            down. It is simply not the case.

          •  So you don't deny that he chastises us. (1+ / 0-)
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            You just agree with his commentary. Which is fine, but you can't both deny that this is how he handles us and applaud him for it.

            •  No, I deny that he "chastises libruls," (0+ / 0-)

              I agree that he "chastises" a subgroup of people who focus on one thing and see all things through that narrow prism. That's why I said that as a liberal, I don't feel chastised or put down. I saw nowhere in his comments where he talked about "liberals." He seemed to be speaking only about the group that wanted the Bush tax cuts on the wealthy to end, no matter the cost to the rest of the country.

              Purists, whether left or right, are not the same as liberals or conservatives. Unfortunately, the Republican party has been taken over by purists of the "I hate government and taxes" group. I would hate for the Democratic party to be taken over by a small group who is focused only on seeing that the marginal tax rate of rich people goes up, much as I agree that that should happen - just not at the cost it would have entailed at that point. There are more important issues, IMO, including not raising taxes on the middle and working class during a recession and extending UI benefits. People that believe that are also liberals and were not chastised by the President.

              You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

              by sewaneepat on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:59:19 AM PDT

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  •  Yeah, it's much easier to just recyle the same (2+ / 0-)
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    cronies. Geithner, Gates, and so on.

    "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is." - George W Bush

    by jfern on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 10:09:34 PM PDT

  •  Excellent diary. (3+ / 0-)

    Well-written clear and absolutely on the mark.

    T&R'd.

    Send your old shoes to the new George W. Bush library.

    by maxschell on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 10:36:37 PM PDT

  •  Yawn, why is so afraid to show up? (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe its arms length politics, or Rahm still doing his best "Cheney" impersonation.

    He and Hillary both came in 2007, they needed our votes, I guess they dont need those votes so bad.

    And before you flame, what the difference between a personal speech on our stage, versus the ones at fundraisers.

    Shoot make the tables 20.12$

  •  Why is the President's office so important? (4+ / 0-)

    Sure, it's THE single most important office in the country...hell, the whole world. But it's not the most important thing coming in 2012. An Obama win alone isn't as good as an Obama win + flipping the House + strengthen Senate control.

    400+ Congress seats n' countless state, town, local races happening in less 5 months. Lots at stake. And there's a lots more to do and fawning/crapping over one man in one race out of possible thousands is semi-productive.

    If there's a progressive running against a corportist incumbent in your congressional district, let us know on Kos. There's hasn't been enough diaries on congressional districts in my opinion.

    Wisconsin was an epic fail BUT we shouldn't mourn or complain. We should get MAD AS HELL and fight back. We realize now we're not only going up against the greedy puppetmasters but the ignorant ilk that vote to take away our rights and the future's of us, our families, and our neighbors.

    Two choices: fight for tomorrow or,,,,,fight amongst yourselves.

    Your choice.

  •  I'm glad PBO didn't go (3+ / 0-)

    All that delusion of grandeur from a bunch of whining privileged fauxgressives? Why would POTUS want to be around that? People so self-absorbed and intent on being "disappointed"? F that.

    btw, exactly what is the big "fiasco" in WI? That Scott Walker is now a figurehead with a Dem Senate majority? sigh.....so set on being UPset can't even see what happened.

  •  I think Obama could have said it better (0+ / 0-)

    What he should have said was something along the lines of ...

    - When the people of this country believe in our vision, then we can politically make things possible
    - This is why it's so important to keep fighting to win minds and change attitudes
    - It's not about winning an election here or there
    - It's about people believing again that we can make a difference

    Republicans understand that it's not about an election. This is why they focus again and again on their beliefs. Sooner or later, we're going to have to do this too or we risk irrelevancy.

    To some extent, I think Obama has recognized this, but his message to the nettroops could have been more inspiring.

    •  Nothing he could say would please this crowd (0+ / 0-)

      Obama's message is out. It is a hard slog.

      And Republicans lie about their beliefs. Well except for their main religious tenet: reduce taxes and everything will be better.

      I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

      by samddobermann on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 04:09:06 AM PDT

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  •  We would have seen a great deal more change (4+ / 0-)

    had not the catastrophe of 2010 occurred.  The "cause" of 2010 is irrelevant to its effect on change, so I'm not going there.

    History merely repeats itself; it doesn't cure its own ills. That is the burden of the present.

    by ZedMont on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 06:28:31 AM PDT

  •  Yes, Change is Hard (5+ / 0-)

    Change is difficult, particularly when President Obama doesn't fight for it.

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