Mon Jan 21, 2013, 11:57 PM
DonCoquixote (10,767 posts)
Inauguration: the sweet and the bitter
Now, just to clear things up, as I am called an Obama bot/cheerleader whatever.
Has Obama fallen short on some promises?, yes.
Is there a need to keep genuine, constant pressure on him?, yes
Did he, and many others in the DLC, underestimate the need to look leftward, to actually use the left and ignore many who were pulling towards the center.
And was the inauguration a bit of overkill,especially as religious types tried to make a slice of history into a loaf of cultural domination? YES.
And can we finally use an actual commitment to peace,with an acknowledgement that we cannot, nor should not, continue to be the world's cop, yes
However, with all of that, we do have a right to celebrate this day. Not because Obama does speeches well, we all know that, but because, very simply, we did not allow the country to put the GOP back in the White House.
The first black president will indeed be a two term president, not a fluke, , This happened despite many on the right who want him killed, in the center that wanted him replaced with Hillary, and yes, even some (note I say some) some fringes on the far left who wanted him punished because he did not whip up a 12 course dinner of revolution like it was a big mac.
In short, the country has changed, and will keep changing. The center is finally moving,despite whatever the HUFFPos say.
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Inauguration: the sweet and the bitter (Original post)
Response to DonCoquixote (Original post)
Tue Jan 22, 2013, 12:03 AM
Mdterp01 (144 posts)
1. I gotta admit...
I think his re-election was more significant than his first election. The country was in such turmoil and he had sparked such a tone of change that I think people in part wanted to literally change the face of the Presidency. However, I was still wondering if this was America's "social experiment" and that given the ADD society many are, I figured if things hadn't changed enough they would've booted him out. I'm glad to see people realize it takes a lot more than four years to solve what took more than 4 years to create. Granted his re-election was also in part due to his amazing ground game and changing demographics of the country, but I feel if he hadn't been re-elected the storyline would've been it being a fluke or some crap like that. Given what we now know about the election results, I think Democrats could keep the Presidency for a generation.
Response to Mdterp01 (Reply #1)
Tue Jan 22, 2013, 12:09 AM
kestrel91316 (50,423 posts)
2. It takes some emotional maturity to recognize that this mess isn't going to be fixed in 4 years.
I have had my faith in the American people at least partially restored with his reelection.