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Obama Explains the Responsibilities of Being a President - Says He Has Faith in American People Options
Hope123
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2016 2:28:32 PM

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FYI - a five minute video about the seriousness of being a president from a common sense down-to-earth man - I found this video I was looking for yesterday by President Obama about the policies of the Republican candidates in this election - all those candidates, not just Trump. Obama has faith that when the entertainment and rhetoric clears and reality sets in that the American people will understand the responsibilities of a president. That the president has the nuclear keys in his pocket and can send twenty-one year olds to fight on the ground. He says the American public will do the right thing by electing a president who cares about ALL the American people and is also ready to do something about climate change. He says a lot of people in the world are counting on the US to get it right.

http://youtu.be/YIdvEUxCN5o
azbnb
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2016 6:14:11 PM

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you have got to be kidding - this particular president does not care about all Americans, he is a liar and we will be well rid of him.
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Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2016 7:38:40 PM

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azbnb wrote:
you have got to be kidding - this particular president does not care about all Americans, he is a liar and we will be well rid of him.


This is why we can't have nice things.
Listening . . .
Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2016 4:59:03 PM
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I (resistantly) watched this video but, Hope, since you posted it I was interested in what it might tell me. 😊 Sadly, the only thing I got out of it was that Obama never answered the question regarding how much responsibility does Obama take for the reservoir of anger in the American public that is responding to (alluded to) Trump. Why didn't he answer the question? 🤔 This is an important aspect of why Trump is seeing a successful campaign.
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Posted: Friday, March 18, 2016 2:13:25 PM

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Hi Listening,

Well, first off, Barack asked the correspondent to stick to two questions, but he got in three. And Obama started with the last one, didn't get to the first one here and we don't see what else he said, if anything, as they cut the video. After five minutes of anwering off the cuff, I know I would have forgotten to go back to the first question so to me it seems understandable that he didn't address it as directly as you wished.

Secondly, he didn't say outright that there are so many causes for the anger that it would be hard to answer - and my policies (which ones should he choose?) have contributed to it - which is what I guess you wanted him to say? Would any politician? And is it all really his fault? Unless the president and congress are from the same party these days, nothing gets done. He did admit earlier that he wished he'd had the skills to bring the two parties closer and get them to work a little better together.

But in a round about way he did say that being president means you have to do unpopular things, that a president can't just play to the crowd back home, and that he/she is responsible for not only the USA but for other countries that count on the US to he
lp.

If people are angry because they have lost jobs and expect protectionism is going to bring them back, then they are blaming the trade agreements. Then they have forgotten the shape the country was in when Obama took office, how he saved the car industry, how you are now out of recession with jobs being created, the stock market is up, and housing prices have risen dramatically.

They forget that it is the opponents' policies of 'trickle-down don't tax the wealthy' and 'give corporations tax breaks so they move jobs to places where wages are less' have been a lot of the causes for the loss of jobs. What does Trump say about that? Will he follow the GOP policies if elected? Is he going to raise taxes on himself?

Less than a week ago I sent an insurance claim to my private insurance company. And I sent it electronically - took pix on my iPad, filled out a form online, clicked submit, and this morning while doing online banking we saw that the direct deposit had been made automatically.

I wonder how many jobs I helped to eliminate by filing electronically. The paper industry, the post office, the gas needed to go to the bank and all the jobs connected with that,.. well you get the idea. The types of jobs created by my buying an iPad are the kind that need education. And I only buy one once every so many years.

And then maybe if the US had more social nets for people to fall back on in the US, there would not be that anger. He tried to get healthcare for all but was blocked so did the best he could with what the opponents would pass. But how many more million people are now covered? Maybe a tendency to 'light' socialism is not so bad.

I posted a thread about Protectionism in the wrong sub forum, it should be in the Finance instead of the Politics one. In it I mentioned that the Ontario Provincial Govt is testing a minimum income plan so people don't fall by the way, get angry, and think withdrawing from the world is going to help them personally. http://forum.thefreedictionary.com/postst144525_Is-the-World-Economy-in-for-an-Upset-because-of-Protectionism-.aspx

And thank you for the honor of watching the video because I had posted it. :)
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Posted: Friday, March 18, 2016 4:13:05 PM
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Listening, why do you think the public is responding to Trump? Because of a lack in Obama? Why don't they latch onto someone who is not so dangerous? I dread to think what kind of messes internationally Trump could get us into. I personally think it is all the low-life's (people or activities characterized as being disreputable and often criminal. "crackheads, loafers, and general nineties low life". Whatever it is, it is very sad.
Hope123
Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2016 12:36:51 PM

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I got these excerpts from an article about Obama's pending speech in Cuba. This is an example of what many people in democracies around the world think about Obama.

This is the ending quote -

"But for all of the bitter controversy about Obama, Americans may one day look back to the 2008-2016 period as a golden age when a first-class brain with a 21st-century vision — somehow — occupied the White House."


http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/03/19/the-rebirth-of-barack-obama-burman.html


"No president, until Obama, has been given the opportunity to speak to the Cuban people about his vision of greater freedoms and more economic opportunity.

...It will be added to his breakthrough on global climate change, the historic nuclear agreement with Iran and his efforts to shift American priorities in the direction of Asia.

It is too early to assess the enduring impact of the rest of Obama’s record — or, as his critics would put it, the list of what the president didn’t do. But not surprisingly, Obama himself — as he approaches the end of his second term — is entering the debate.

That much is clear from a remarkable 20,000-word essay — titled The Obama Doctrine — written by journalist Jeffrey Goldberg in the latest edition of The Atlantic magazine. The article is based on hours of interviews with the president and explores how Obama sees the world and America’s role in it.

In stunning detail, it reveals Obama’s belief in the “limits” of American power and his disdain for the “Washington foreign-policy establishment” that, in his view, sees military intervention as the fallback option in any global crisis.

Although Goldberg’s analysis and context enrich the essay, the article’s strength comes from the direct words of Obama himself. It reads like notes for a chapter in a future Obama autobiography.

...But for all of the bitter controversy about Obama, Americans may one day look back to the 2008-2016 period as a golden age when a first-class brain with a 21st-century vision — somehow — occupied the White House." End quote.

Tony Burman author of this piece, is former head of Al Jazeera English and CBC News, and now teaches at Ryerson University's School of Journalism.
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Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2016 3:06:12 PM
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I don't know Obama personally so I can't, honestly, claim to know anything about how he acts in private or what his thoughts are on specific subjects. With regard to political candidates from either of the two entrenched parties (the Democratic and Republican parties), I initially assume that the candidates are candidates only because the parties that back them and the major businesses and religious groups that, in turn, back those parties know that they can get what they want out of the candidate.

I have found very few examples of politicians who promised their (true) backers one thing and then went and did right by the nation as a whole once in office. I do reevaluate my opinion of politicians from time to time if I find credible evidence and I have found some actions by President Obama to fairly credibly reveal that while he may know where is bread is buttered, he has and does want to do the right thing.
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Posted: Monday, March 28, 2016 1:51:54 PM

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Listening, here is another video. The question is not on the video but Obama discusses his responsibility for the anger and rise of Trump and what is happening to the Republican party.

http://youtu.be/BAlYYsTzK90

Blaidd-Drwg
Posted: Monday, March 28, 2016 2:03:56 PM

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Hope123 wrote:
Listening, here is another video. The question is not on the video but Obama discusses his responsibility for the anger and rise of Trump and what is happening to the Republican party.

http://youtu.be/BAlYYsTzK90



Thank you for the video Hope. He is spot on from start to finish.
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Posted: Sunday, May 1, 2016 4:46:40 AM

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azbnb wrote:
you have got to be kidding - this particular president does not care about all Americans, he is a liar and we will be well rid of him.

Shame on you Shame on you Shame on you Shame on you No No, Bad obama, Bad obama.....Speak to the hand Speak to the hand Speak to the hand
Blaidd-Drwg
Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2016 6:21:56 PM

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Hope123 wrote:
Listening, here is another video. The question is not on the video but Obama discusses his responsibility for the anger and rise of Trump and what is happening to the Republican party.

http://youtu.be/BAlYYsTzK90



I think this needs a bump.
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