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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:13 AM

Obama has earned even more "political capital" that Bush declared he earned in 2004.

Let's not forget these words from George Bush after he won the 2004 election:

"Let me put it to you this way: I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it. It is my style...Iíve earned capital in this election ó and Iím going to spend it for what I told the people Iíd spend it on,

Bush won the 2004 election with 286 electoral votes. Obama just won on Tuesday with 303 electoral votes.

In effect, Obama brings more "political capital" to the table than George Bush declared himself to have in 2004.

Bush also said, ďWhen you win, there is Ö a feeling that the people have spoken and embraced your point of view...And thatís what I intend to tell Congress, that I made it clear what I intend to do as the president; now letís work.Ē


I know that Obama is not George Bush. Obama is wise, mature, compassionate and diplomatic. It's not his style to stand on the capitol steps and declare that he will engage in bulldozer, ego-driven politics.

However, Obama's re-election signals that he has power--given to him by the American people--to save Social Security, preserve Medicare and Medicaid, ensure that the rich pay their fair share and control defense spending--which siphons off the largest share of the Federal Budget. That's what Obama said he would do. The American people said they agreed and voted accordingly.

Of course, Obama should not be like the petulant, self-focused George Bush.

However, Obama should should operate from a position of strength and authority--that he clearly earned from the American people in this election.


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Reply Obama has earned even more "political capital" that Bush declared he earned in 2004. (Original post)
CoffeeCat Nov 2012 OP
ProgressiveProfessor Nov 2012 #1
barbtries Nov 2012 #2
PoliticAverse Nov 2012 #3
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Response to CoffeeCat (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:18 AM

1. I did not believe it then or now

He does not have both houses, things are nastier than they were then (regardless of reasons). So I think little to nothing is changed at a practical level for the administration other than its time in office being extended.

Obama's first real test will be what he does about sequestration. The administration has sent mixed messages and OPM is only now publicizing what it means to the Federal work force.

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Response to CoffeeCat (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:20 AM

2. definitely.

one might even say he has been given a mandate by the american people.

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Response to CoffeeCat (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:28 AM

3. Arguments about whether he has political capital or not seem to me to be a waste of time...

What is Obama going to be able to get passed ? "The proof is in the legislation". n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:05 AM

4. Plus... who here really believe the repub controlled House will get off their asses

President Obama MIGHT be able to get a few things through the House, but overall I'm betting that they'll keep being just as obstructionist and do-nothing in the next two years as they've been the past two years.

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