Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Obama Concedes He Has Failed To Bring Nation Together.

Associated Press

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says he has not succeeded in bringing the country together, acknowledging an atmosphere of divisiveness that has washed away the lofty national feeling surrounding his inauguration a year ago.

"That's what's been lost this year ... that whole sense of changing how Washington works," Obama said in an interview with People magazine.

The president said his second-year agenda will be refocused on uniting the country around common values, "whether we're Democrats or Republicans."

"We all want work that's satisfying, pays the bills and gives children a better future and security," Obama said in the interview, which the magazine conducted with the president and his wife, Michelle Obama, at the White House last Friday.

The president's comments came as Republican leaders rallied against the core items of his agenda, from his economic stimulus plan to health care. The mood of the country has remained in a sustained slump, too, as double-digit unemployment followed a campaign built upon "hope" and "change."

Obama said people have "every right to feel deflated, because the economy was far worse than any of us expected." But he insisted that his government's economic steps in 2009 are paying off and that people should have confidence in this new year.

The President concedes he has not accomplished his goal of bring Americans together. While acknowledging nothing has really changed in the way business gets down in Washington, he doesn't offer anything beyond that which we have already heard.

The President acknowledges the mood of the country is "deflated", yet he seems unable or unwilling to recognize his agenda is partially, responsible for this.

Until the President understand that the nation he leads is largely more conservative than either Pelosi and Reid, as well as himself, he will be unable to unify the nation. 

For everyones sake lets hope The President gets it right going forward and perhaps then, and only then will the nation start to come together. 

It is more likely however that we the people will need to make our voices heard at the polls in 2010 and 2012, and vote the largely corrupt and tone deaf legislators out of office. Lets call it "The Time of National Dusting and Cleaning."

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Via: Memeorandum
Via: Yahoo News


  1. It doesn't matter what he does. The far right will never suport Obama on any issue. The far right has it's own propaganda media outlet in FOX News.

    I consider the biggest travesty in regards to our Nation being brought together was when Bush had a 91% approval rating. A few years later it was in the 20's.

    I'm not liking some of the decisions and comprimises Obama has made. But I am willing to give him time.

  2. Obama has done a pretty good job of uniting the various groups of conservatives, libertarians and patriots. Solid B+

  3. Truth - For some this may be true, just as it was when Bush was in office and the shoe was on the other foot. Perhaps we will see history repeat itself.

    The path to socialism is paved with good intentions.

  4. innominatus - Excellent point. If he unites independents in large enough numbers with them "The Time of National Dusting and Cleaning" will be at hand.

  5. Rational...

    The path to indentured servitude is paved with good intentions too...

    Watching the testimony today about the financial meltdown and then tuning into Jon Stewart this evening it reminded me ONCE AGAIN...

    The the real enemy is BIG BUSINESS....and special interests...

    So, tell me, which do you prefer socialism or fuedalism because THAT is the real choice we face in this country...

    Take your pick!

  6. TAO - I agree that special interests are the real enemy, and they must be taken out of the equation.

    Big business is part of the problem and to some degree because they became accomplices with the Federal Government in the subsidy and special interest game.

    I accept neither socialism or indentured servitude as a rational or ethical way to live ones life.

    The reality is we have what we have, and must live with it unless we can change it.

    So, once again I say, unless and until we set our feet upon the path to liberty and an ethical capitalism we will continue to have what we currently have, or worse...

    The realist (or betting) side of me is betting on worse. Nonetheless, liberty and an ethical capitalism is worth fighting for!


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