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Wed Nov 27, 2019, 11:12 AM

President Obama Appreciation Thread

Examining the misery and nasty of Trump is necessary but disheartening. So with thanksgiving tomorrow I figured we could lift the spirits going into the holidays by remembering with appreciation the last time America had a real President would be a marvellous way to go into the long weekend.

So to kick it off three words to describe President Obama, I am going with

Graceful
Insightful
Compassionate

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Soph0571 Nov 2019 OP
Poeraria Nov 2019 #1
Soph0571 Nov 2019 #12
Botany Nov 2019 #2
Stuart G Nov 2019 #33
lamp_shade Nov 2019 #3
50 Shades Of Blue Nov 2019 #4
rzemanfl Nov 2019 #5
safeinOhio Nov 2019 #6
Soph0571 Nov 2019 #13
cilla4progress Nov 2019 #7
Soph0571 Nov 2019 #14
cilla4progress Nov 2019 #19
Aristus Nov 2019 #8
cilla4progress Nov 2019 #20
Aristus Nov 2019 #25
cilla4progress Nov 2019 #28
Arthur_Frain Nov 2019 #9
Soph0571 Nov 2019 #15
Arthur_Frain Nov 2019 #16
Soph0571 Nov 2019 #17
Arthur_Frain Nov 2019 #27
LyndaG Nov 2019 #10
Soph0571 Nov 2019 #11
Judi Lynn Nov 2019 #18
A HERETIC I AM Nov 2019 #21
ornotna Nov 2019 #22
lunatica Nov 2019 #23
Cha Nov 2019 #24
Locutusofborg Nov 2019 #26
yellowdogintexas Nov 2019 #29
Demsrule86 Nov 2019 #30
VOX Nov 2019 #31
Mc Mike Nov 2019 #32

Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 11:17 AM

1. Character. Honesty. Empathy.

I miss having a presidential president.

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Response to Poeraria (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 07:08 PM

12. Courage. Intelligent. Upright.

I miss him too

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 11:18 AM

2. Remember when? The class, the kindness, and how he tried to make people feel better.

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Response to Botany (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 12:14 PM

33. This defines "Class", Thank You for posting this: K and R above video, post #2

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 11:18 AM

3. Intelligence

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 11:20 AM

4. K & R!!!

Even if I ever disagreed with him about anything, I was still always soooooo glad he was president, and dreaded the day he left the WH.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 11:24 AM

5. Best President of my longish lifetime. n/t

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 11:27 AM

6. Great Irish Man

and I just happen to be half Irish too.

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 07:09 PM

13. O'bama

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 12:34 PM

7. I really can't add to this...

but will try to, anyway:

Smart
Cool
Inspiring

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 07:11 PM

14. Going to add to this with..

Authentic
conscientious
Straight forward

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Response to Soph0571 (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 08:02 PM

19. Very

niiiiiice! 👍👍👍

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 12:36 PM

8. Like that time Rome went from Marcus Aurelius to Commodus...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 08:04 PM

20. Hi, Aristus!

The breadth of your knowledge never ceases to amaze!

Care to give a nutshell history lesson? Or would you recommend I simply Google it?

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #20)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 08:51 PM

25. Well, the movie 'Gladiator' will give you a highly-fictionalized version.

But the historical version is that Marcus Aurelius was the last of the "Five Good Emperors", the rulers of Rome beginning with Nerva after the death of Emperor Domitian. The Julio-Claudians, and the Flavians, of whom Domitian was the last of three, were family dynasties in which a family member, however well or ill-qualified, succeeded the previous emperor. This led to trouble when incompetent or crazy men like Caligula or Nero took the throne.

Nerva decided to break the curse by starting an adoptive dynasty. The Emperor would adopt as his son a well-qualified potential successor (usually a successful general with administrative experience) and groom him to be emperor when he died. Nerva selected Trajan, who selected Hadrian. This led to the peaceful, prosperous reign of Antoninus Pius, who selected Marcus Aurelius.

Aurelius broke with the tradition that had given Rome nearly a century of peace, and decided to let his son, Commodus, succeed him. 'Gladiator' portrays Commodus as murdering his father to seize power, but Aurelius most likely died of the plague that was ravaging the empire at that time. Commodus, around 19 when he succeeded, became drunk with the immense power that came with the office, and ignored the immense responsibilities that went with it. He has been portrayed as shallow, narcissistic, and even crazy by popular culture. But historians think he just wasn't very bright, accepted bad advice, and ignored good guidance.

Commodus' reign is seen as the dividing line between the Golden Age of Rome, and the beginning of the decay of the empire.


One interesting footnote: The movie 'Gladiator' actually portrays an attempt by Marcus Aurelius to convince his general Maximus, to succeed him, adhering to the adoptive tradition. A move thwarted by the embittered Commodus, who murders his father before the succession is announced. Maximus is portrayed as hailing from the Roman province of Spain, just as the real-life emperor and general Trajan did.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #25)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 02:24 AM

28. Wow - amazing!

Thank you. History is incredible. The more things change...

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 12:36 PM

9. One word

Class

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Response to Arthur_Frain (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 07:13 PM

15. Yes, and this...

prestigious
righteous
authentic

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Response to Soph0571 (Reply #15)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 07:15 PM

16. If I had to pick a second word,

After putting up with 3 years of the orange turd knee jerking and tweeting his way through his policy decisions, Id say.....

Measured.

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Response to Arthur_Frain (Reply #16)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 07:18 PM

17. Well I wanted three words and measured is really up there in downward comparison...

that is Trump

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Response to Soph0571 (Reply #17)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 11:00 PM

27. I knew I'd miss him

Never knew how much though. The contrast is numbing.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 01:30 PM

10. Nice thread

Admirable
Empathetic
Charming

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Response to LyndaG (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 07:06 PM

11. And...

Laudable
Praiseworthy
Estimable

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 07:28 PM

18. Disciplined, thoughtful, selfless. n/t

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 08:09 PM

21. This is the photo Michelle Tweeted earlier today, as her Thanksgiving greeting;

(This should open to a large format pic)
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EKadEPvX0AIw0SR?format=jpg&name=large





Sasha is stunning in this pic. Both girls are gorgeous, but Sasha has certainly grown into a beautiful young woman.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 08:14 PM

22. Intelligent, soulful, accessible

He was a good man.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 08:26 PM

23. Educated, knowledgeable, witty.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 08:36 PM

24. Brilliant words to describe President Obama, Soph..

and what a great idea to talk about the positive things we are grateful this Thanksgiving.

Loving, Courageous, and a Wonderful sense of humor

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 09:21 PM

26. 62% Obama final job approval rating in Trump's favorite poll!

Rasmussen Reports. And the Gallup Poll had President Obama at 63% approval in a retrospective job approval rating after he had been out of office for a year.
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/obama_approval_index_history
https://news.gallup.com/poll/226994/obama-first-retrospective-job-approval-rating.aspx

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 11:11 AM

29. reassuring, intelligent, kind nt

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 11:16 AM

30. President Obama Thank you for saving my husband's job...you were the best president in my lifetime..

and maybe ever...you saved the economy, helped usher in Gay marriage (my daughter thanks you too), and saved millions of lives by passing health care...not other president was ever able to do that...and it was a big fucking deal!

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 11:26 AM

31. Genuine. Gifted. Honest.

Add: truthful, composed, gentlemanly, empathetic, tolerant, enduring.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 12:05 PM

32. Diligent, intelligent, good. rec, nt.

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