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David Corn: "Can right-wing blowhards get away with such absurd hyperbole? The answer, alas, is yes."

President Obama pauses while making a statement after being briefed on the BP oil spill response efforts, 06/04/10. (photo: AP)
President Obama pauses while making a statement after being briefed on the BP oil spill response efforts, 06/04/10. (photo: AP) your social media marketing partner


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+47 # Guest 2010-06-07 12:27
Well, rightwing blowhards ARE experts on the subject of incompetent traitors as President -- after all they helped put W in that job twice.
+3 # Guest 2010-06-07 18:50
Sir,, perfect comment,,, perfect.
+1 # Guest 2010-06-13 02:21
+40 # Guest 2010-06-07 12:30
The only thing "wrong" with Barack Obama is the fact that he's -- yikes! -- black. These crumbball cretins can't stand the fact that Obama is so competent, against their cockeyed convictions. They rant, rave, and ridicule and think they're hiding their prejudice, and above all they're out to drive their all-too-many readers/listene rs into their ranks. What's "wrong" with Obama is the fact that he's correct on so many issues (I can't use the word "right" here). They're working feverishly to blunt perception of his effectiveness -- can't allow him to be "successful."
+11 # Guest 2010-06-08 01:44
I don't think there is a level low enough that the NeoCons won't go to try to destroy THIS president. I think that they did a good job doing that with President Carter, and put the Clintons through hell and back. I knew it was going to be bad when we elected, by a sizable majority, President Obama, I just didn't know it was going to be so aggravating and stomach churning. I try to keep positive and often send our dear President mental well wishes.
+30 # Guest 2010-06-07 12:34
Factions that have no ideas of their own always criticize those that do!

Nothing changes.

In the meantime the nonthinking ad libbers spout off with foxnoisenewsbit es and turn them into The Gospel of The Teabag Party.

I predict;


No matter what President Obama does.

Stupidity carries weight in this country.

Oh you already knew that?

Mea culpa.
+42 # Guest 2010-06-07 12:50
I wish that before writers spoke about Jimmy Carter's "incompetence" during the hostage crisis, that they would actually review all the facts. Go back and read more about it and you will see that he no longer seems that foolish.

The media and the Republicans were out to destroy him, and they succeeded. They were the same group who mocked him for trying to save energy. Remember? The MOCKED him. yet years later, it seems clear that had we listened, we would not be in these wars nor would we be trying to clean up this oil mess.

Don't trust your memory. In those days, before the internet, less information was available to the public.
+36 # Guest 2010-06-07 14:14
Good point! I think Carter was a very good president, and yet not only vilified by the right, but also ignored by Democrats. It hurt me so much to see him alone in a corner when Obama invited previous presidents to a reception in the White House. While Obama stood close to the Bushes, Carter seemed alone and far away. Thank you then for remembering a good, honest president, a man, perhaps the last we had.
+12 # Guest 2010-06-07 19:12
Carter has always been one of my favorites. But he was a bit naive at that time, as were many people. Foolish is far too strong a word though to describe his "Raid on Iran" to attempt to save Embassy workers. Over the years he has cultivated himself like no other past President in our lifetime. I have the utmost respect for Jimmy, and the work he now continues.
+11 # Guest 2010-06-07 21:37
We Canadians observed many of the US Presidents and Jimmy Carter in our book was one of the most honest president your country had. Can it be that the hostage crisis was aggravated by the incoming presidency? One should read a bit more about your history. Perhaps you would find out that some dirty tricks were played in that election...
-2 # Guest 2010-06-09 07:01
The truth is, President Carter was easy picking for the GOP. He couldn't match the Republicans wits anymore than President Obama can. They just don't have the courage to do so. Personally, as a Mexican-America n, I didn't like that southern peanut farmer hillbilly farmer but I despised the "luv'able" Irish Leprechaun, Ronald Reagan, more!

I did, however, campaigned, voted and donated to President Obama's because I believed in what he said about change. He, however, betrayed those who voted for him and now the entire Democratic party is in doubt. I have a 9 year old great-grand son that could've told Obama that "partisan" is a dirty word for Republicans. Those hound dogs won't hunt!

One amusing thing about Carter I observed, while he was preaching in the "Rose Garden", his mom "lily" was attending KKK rallies because she thought "they are interesting" and Reagan was making deals with the nation's enemy, the Iranians to him ousted!
+19 # Guest 2010-06-07 17:25
Yes, they are trying to sabotage the Obama presidency the same way they sabotaged the Carter presidency and how shameless they are in their tactics. They use the same tactics on Jerry Brown who left the state in the best condition of all recent governors with a large surplus and many good programs in place that worked such as the California Conservation Corps. But all the press brings to the front now is 'moonbeam' and 'medfly' memories. No mention of the surplus or environmental protections or energy conservation measures.

Carter has been a stellar former President and would have been a good second term president given the chance. I didn't vote for him the first time, but I did the second and would again even at his age.

Obama may have been able to do better than he has, but I shudder to think what a McCain/Palin regime would have been like. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeek !
+4 # Guest 2010-06-07 19:05
No it was a botched mission. They used helicopters not right for the desert. The military was in disarray because of underfunding and ignoring it. It is the ONE good points Republicans make about that time period. Even at that time I would not use the word "incompetent" though. He needed better military advisors. That was not his forte.

Carter became one of the greatest humanitarians after his Presidency. He was always a nice man, but was a bit thin at foreign policy at the time, perhaps confused by his church ties. Once he consolidated these issues with himself he has gone on to be one of our greatest diplomats all time.
+5 # Guest 2010-06-08 00:29
Carter's learning curve on Washington politics was a little too long. On the other hand, great statesman that he is, Carter achieved a long lasting peace between Israel and Egypt. Then there was Three Mile Island. According to PA Governor Thornburgh it was Carter who organized and prevented a nuclear disaster the size of Chernobyl that would have left much of the northeastern US uninhabitable with many thousands of casualties.
+3 # Guest 2010-06-11 20:52
I've read it was coordinated for the hostages to be released shortly after Carter was out of office, so the following president would gain the credit for that transaction.

Carter was--and is, a great man.
+8 # Guest 2010-06-08 00:51
JC was the last president to champion the interests of the common man, and for that i will ever respect his administration. He was forward-thinkin g, intelligent, and compassionate, but his presidency was sabotaged by the DC money machine. And what kind of traitorous, nefarious deal did conservatives make with the Iranians concerning the hostages? We may never know for sure but something about it smells very fishy...
+6 # Guest 2010-06-08 02:00
Thank you so much sir!!! This has needed to be said for a very long time and it needs to be said many more times. President Carter was a good man who was truly intelligent and had the country's best interest at heart. I might add probably the last honorable president we've had.
I've said before that it was with his administration that the repubs started their dirty business that has now become their trademark. This was done in preparation to get Regan in office. Like you said, 'don't trust your memory' Read up on it folks, do your homework.
By the way, when you're doing your homework about Carter, google Obamas executive orders and check that out if you think he hasn't done anything and that he's a wimp. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised to see all he's done. These are things he can do without the approval of Congress. He has reversed many things G.W. (Great Waste) did.
+16 # Guest 2010-06-07 13:05
There are those who think "history," is some course they had to take in high school, and don't realize that its the story of what happened and how we got here.
+2 # Guest 2010-06-08 12:53
Quoting Wallace Olson:
There are those who think "history," is some course they had to take in high school, and don't realize that its the story of what happened and how we got here.

As Santyana said, Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
+1 # Guest 2010-06-13 00:16
...and its written (published at least) by the winners, and they have an AGENDA.
NOTHING controls a population more than past protocols and their mental images of ideals and heroes past... i.e. heritage.
Those who don't know it, may as well be leaves in the wind.
+31 # Guest 2010-06-07 13:32
America's right wing believes that above all it is in all ways right no matter what. Big Oil bought Reagan's presidency and had him kill off nearly alternative energy research. Given half a chance they would do it again. The automobile companies destroyed nearly all mass transit and were fined $5,000 each for cost this nation trillions in infrastructure development.

We have a culture that permits legislation to be bought and sold. That will hang this nation.
+25 # Guest 2010-06-07 14:04
With all due respect to the Progressive/Lib eral/Lefty pundits and commentators who are suicidally compelled to be even handed and criticize both parties, they too have contributed to the diminished stature of Barack Obama.

In this poisonous atmosphere, Obama needs loyalty. The truth is that there is no one out there as smart, competent and capable as this president. Name one single person who anyone would rather deal with the mess (figuratively and literally) of our modern times. There is no-one, and we need to be careful that we don't end up ridding ourselves of the only leader of any stature able to guide this ship.
+4 # Guest 2010-06-07 18:50
Loyalty to policies - absolutely. Loyalty to personalities belongs in fan clubs.
+1 # Guest 2010-06-13 00:21
Looks like Exotikat's sentiment is getting more votes, mate; at least in this particular venue.
+20 # Guest 2010-06-07 14:26
Obama makes a decision.

Right wingers apoplectic.

Big surprise.
+3 # Guest 2010-06-07 14:30
I don't mind the rightwing so much. That's their business, as someone has already pointed out.

What irks me badly is those "liberal" writers, like this Corn chap, who cannot do without reading the rightwing tosh and worse, commenting on it so as to give it currency and also so that liberal readers can read it and feel the rightwing pressure?

Does the rightwing go about regurgitating the views of the left?

Be sensible, chaps.
+1 # Guest 2010-06-13 00:37
Exactly, I've often wondered 'what side' Mr. Corn is really on- or any other 'prominent liberal writer' paid to hash through all the nonsense and propaganda of Washington for the benefit of us little consumer folk. The problem is, what he does in fact (about 90% of the time) is to repeat and reiterate the beltway nonsense and propaganda, supposedly for the benefit of us little people.
In reality, the 2 sides are the ELITE (politically correct/scripte d 'Left' and 'Right' factions thereof) vs. the MAJORITY (of ordinary, common-sense, unscripited, un-bought-and-paid-for).

Its been that way since the time of the pyramids. Don't be fooled by the 'Left-Right' pantomime. They're all on more-or-less the same payroll these days.
+9 # Guest 2010-06-07 15:06
You could have thought of a better title for the majority of readers who don't get past that much.
+27 # Guest 2010-06-07 15:28
Look. the right wing doesn't spring up anew each day, it is an establishment. They are on the side of big oil and BP. They are on the side of utter disregard for the environment.

Attacking Obama is a preemptive tactic. They know that if they make such noises the discussion will move to being about Obama and his response, not about the causes of the disaster in the first place. That's what they want. Don't give the right wing the courtesy of regarding what they say as a thought or even as an opinion. It's all the product of a tactic. Find the articles that tell how a BP official ordered the platform operators to perform an operation the operators knew was dangerous. Report that. This was preventable - responsible people tried to prevent it. BP ordered them to go ahead with an unsafe operation. That's the news.
+3 # Guest 2010-06-07 18:51
You are right on, you have a grip on what's going on for the most part. Obama is fighting corporate power here and is on our side as much as he can possibly be given their immense power. A GOP President would not defend us AT ALL. That is their track record since 1980. NO one can deny it but a partisan fool.
+15 # Guest 2010-06-07 16:04
Jimmy Carter is also the only President who has been able to broker a peace treaty in the middle east.
+5 # Guest 2010-06-07 18:58
Not really true. The 1993 Oslo Accord under Clinton's direction was signed by both sides. Israel never lived up to the document though so its not worth the paper its written on.
+2 # Guest 2010-06-07 16:13
Obama steers gently, rarely grasping the wheel. He gave us watered-down GOP healthcare--wit h not one GOP vote. He bailed out the big banks--and they spread bonuses with the money. And he missed the boat--and the significance--o f both the BP eruption and offshore drilling. He has left many, if not most, of his supporters cold. Trust has two parts: competence and duty. I see little of either. I also see a guy at the bully pulpit apparently afraid of the ring wing bullies. It's crunch time. Play or sit it out. Sink or swim.
+1 # Guest 2010-06-13 01:00
This man- er Fredboy- speaks truth. 'Obama' (whomever his 'real' father is) is without a doubt the most compromised President in modern US history. Love him or not, who can deny that he seems scared sh&tless by the GOP bullies, and largely retaliates by giving them more of OUR lunch money. And are the bullies appeased by this? Well if they were reasonable then they wouldn't be bullies then, would they? If there's anything worse than a bully, its those who buckle under to him, passing the buck along onto the next unsuspecting (numnutz) sap, thus perpetuating the cycle of dysfunction.
G*d has given us (in addition to backbones) many gifts of judgment and discernment. Use them!
+16 # Guest 2010-06-07 16:20
Beck, Palin, Limbaugh, Bachmann, THESE are the enemies of the United States. They are the Lord HawHaws, Tokyo Roses and Axis Sallys of the the 21st century who, unable to reason like NORMAL human beings attack and vilify what they don't understand and never will. They have been so brainwashed by the bushniks and cheneyites of the World that they FIRMLY believe that the Earth is flat, was created in 6 days, and God hates EVERYBODY that THEY hate. Sadly, they are given a voice to spew their misinformation and vitriol to those who are unable, ala "dubya", to connect more than two (2) syllable words together in a sentence. Expecting President Obama to come in and repair eight, long, murderous years in an instant is not only unfair, it is next to impossible. However, considering his tenure so far, I believe he has done very well if you consider that he got NO help from the regressive Republican Party of NO.
+6 # Guest 2010-06-07 16:30
In reference to the comment: "True, the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has provided conservatives fodder, for perhaps the president could have done something sooner to deal with this tragedy (though who knows what would have led to a faster or better remedy)." The Obama Administration could have fined BP billions of dollars on the spot! This, I assure you, would have motivated BP to stop the gushing oil immediately!! The White House continues to fail to fine BP the billions they owe us and our government!
+3 # Guest 2010-06-07 18:56
Sorry Amy but you must understand BP's interlocking with our government that grew to epic proportions under Bush's laissez-faire economics plan that allowed these industries to run amuck.

Obama cannot simply waive a magic wand and have the immoral structure built up for eight years under Bush plus advances by predecessors for the corporate elites simply go away. He is just one man fighting the fight any way he can. he stands for America and Americans this time at least, unlike the war criminals we have had to endure for 8 long years before.
+3 # Guest 2010-06-08 00:46
Come on now. Fining would NOT have resulted in BP magically able to plug the hole. Our government has gone on for years allowing the corporations to evade regulations. They've accepted poppycock corporate claims for safety of drugs, oil wells, coal mines, power plants. You name it. When you privatize the parts that shouldn't be privatized, this is what you get.
+3 # Guest 2010-06-07 16:40
Are we reacting or are we causing to happen? If Obama is reacting, he's lost the game. If he's causing to happen, he wins and so do we. So, who reacts and who causes to happen...I think we have to pick and chose carefully what it is that we cause to happen though. We might accidentally poke a hole in the earth and all of it's guts spill out. We have to cause them to stop.
+2 # Guest 2010-06-07 16:46
Wake up, people! Obama is just another corporate shill!! You can't be president of the USA without the approval of the oligarchy, and if you get out of hand while president, well, just ask the Kennedys or the Wellstones what happens when you cross the corporate elite. JFK tried to break their stranglehold on America when he had the treasury print up government notes, thereby bypassing the Federal Reserve. Within months, he was dead. So, don't expect too much of this president, or any other president, just because he talks a good talk.
+2 # Guest 2010-06-07 18:41
Obviously the corporate elite barters with a Demo president at least. GOP leaders are laissez-faire in mentality and give megacorporation s free-lance tacited approval always by default so they don't barter at all. Though it is clear corporate interlocking is still great, it is even more clear GOP serves corporate interest the very most of all. Where have you been?????
+1 # Guest 2010-06-13 01:08
Robhood was not talking about Dems. or GOP, just mentioning the corporate elite paymasters of BOTH. Don't be a lib-tard.

Just because the paymasters give you a FALSE DICHOTOMY, doesn't mean that's the be all, end all.
+4 # Guest 2010-06-07 18:48
After JFK's death, LBJ, a Texan escalated the war in Vietnam. At the time, Nov. 22nd 1963, less than 200 Americans were KIA. Some believe he would have stopped this escalation.

Expect too much? He has already accomplished more than the last 4 Presidents combined. He far exceeds my wildest expectations, particularly knowing the corporate stranglehold our structure faces. He is the BEST President of our lifetime. YOU HAVE NO ARGUMENT just emotional rhetoric ROB HOOD. If you accept the oligarchy is in place, you must also accept Obama's work is ground breaking.
+1 # Guest 2010-06-13 01:18
Speaking of emotional rhetoric, what makes you presume that "the Democrats" (nice name) would not be under the same oligarchy as Republicans? Something about Thomas Jefferson or James Madison rhetoric? That was all before Woodrow Wilson's signing over of control of the US currency to the global banking cartel. Why would they (above mentioned cartel) stop at dominating just one party when they could have both? Can anybody answer this question?
+4 # Guest 2010-06-07 16:48
One quibble. This quote.

"Our political leadership won't come to grips with the fact that we have enemies."

Shouldn't this read, "Our political leadership won't come to grips with the fact that we ARE enemies?"

That would actually be much closer to the truth and the real source of the problem. Bipartisanship has gotten Obama precisely nowhere...excep t alienating his base. Incompetent, no. Foolish, perhaps. Blinded by traitors within his own cabinet? Certainly.
-10 # Guest 2010-06-07 17:07
Well, I'm glad even though I'm a Democrat I didn't vote for Obama. Unfortunately, he is the incompetent President that I thought he would be. My only regret is that Hillary took the State job. Now who will I support?
+10 # Guest 2010-06-07 17:39
From my point of view, attacking President Obama for BP's multiple sins is ill considered. It's time for a new energy policy that benefits humanity not corporate profits.
+11 # Guest 2010-06-07 18:35
I am proud of Obama. What he is accomplishing against the interests of the Power Elite that actually controls this country mostly, is remarkable.

And it was Republicans who expanded the off shore drilling. Every Democratic President has had higher standards than their GOP counterparts. This is "drill, baby, drill" mentality that took us here. Had we got Gore in 100% certain no spill and we would be in a far better place. There is zero doubt, even with government ties to corporate elites in place. They barter with a Demo Prez, while they just take everything they can under the laissez-faire Republican.
+7 # Guest 2010-06-07 18:46
What a laugh! First the right wing idiots said take our country back. As if we had our country when incompetent and criminal Bush and his fellow wackos had the power. Now this. These evil, republican blowhards know they are lying BEFORE the words come out of their collective mouths. Limbaugh, Beck and the rest are store bought and are getting paid to lie. Sadly, the dumbest among us believe their lies, getting our country in danger.
+1 # Guest 2010-06-13 01:26
Don't worry- the A.I. clowns will get their comeuppance... even if it takes a bit longer these days because everyone's so distracted. The question is what should happen next; after that?
Will society still, for example, value things like property rights, privacy, freedom of speech, the 2nd amendment (or any of the Bill of Rights for that matter)?
+11 # Guest 2010-06-07 19:17
It's all propaganda and they know it. Truth doesn't matter; perception does. And that's what they are trying to change at any price. It's one thing to argue against actual policy, but it's another thing to undermine the President and by extension the country on every front on the basis of lies. Which leads me to the obvious question. Who is the traitor?
-5 # Guest 2010-06-07 20:22
I was an Obama supporter,and worked for him during the campaign. At this point, I am sorry I did. Yes, a health-care plan was enacted, but a wimpy one- he should have supported an extension of Medicare to cover everyone instead of the wishy-washy bill that was enacted (and to those who say Socialism, I say, will you reject Medicare when you are 65? Why is Socialism good for those over 65 but not those under?). s for the BP mess, he should have insisted on other oil experts being called in who weren't worried about BP profit and loss statements. The only accomplishment one can attribute to him is expanding an unwinnable war in a country we have no business being in. His appointment of Bushies to his cabinet was a big mistake, and his attempt to be bi-partisan shows a naievity beyond belief. A great orator yes, a great scholar yes, an even middling president no. He does not know how to lead.
-2 # andresorges1960s 2010-06-07 22:31
answer to ab: you wonder why can't we make wonderful medicare socialism, which is available to those who are beyond 65, extend to those who are under 65. The answer is simple. if you do this, you will kill the hen that brings golden eggs: those who are under 65 work to make medicare socialism possible. How about this piece of "right-wing" propaganda? Greetings from a European who had to endure medicare socialism for all for 20 years in Russia.
+2 # Guest 2010-06-08 08:17
I don't think Russia qualifies as either "European" or "socialist." The Soviet Union was a dictatorship without democratic institutions or a legal government. I'd be more impressed if a Swiss, Danish, or French citizen made that statement. Russia can't get anything right.
-2 # Guest 2010-06-08 07:25
Obama knows he should have stepped in on day 1 but he fears the "socialist"/big goverment rant. He governs in fear of the right wing responce. Hence Obama IS a wimp, a wussy. He is govering as a liberal Republican. He campaigned as a Democrat &,since elected, has proceeded to ignore his Democratic base. If he thinks the college undergrads & black-voters are going to be sufficient to carry him to reelection, he's wrong.
+1 # Guest 2010-06-13 01:34
George Herbert Walker Bush, Barrack Hussein Obama...
same paymasters; same policies; different color face/rhetoric...
Welcome to Globalism, Illuminati style.
When will you people ever wake up!?
+6 # Guest 2010-06-08 07:53
Yesterday I was buying dog food and started talking to a woman who was passionate about her dog, as I am, and we touched on politics. She said walling about Obama being the worst president. She couldn't name any one thing he has done. And of course she is a Fox News watcher and a republican. The problem with the US is the monopolies we have in our media. Break Up The Media Monopolies and the public will be informed and not easily deceived. We need our congress to accept nothing but public campaign financing. We need to take our government back form corporations by repealing corporate citizenship. It's not the government-it's us. We need to talk and write about this, preach about this, to everyone we meet.
+4 # Guest 2010-06-08 09:18
The difference in the media today and 'yester year' is that of course it goes back into corporations like Ruppert Murdock and Lee Enterprises. Politicians are being bought and sold by them. They are prostituting themselves and corporations are pimping them.
When media was , true journalism, you had the David Brinkleys and the Dan Rathers. They sat at a desk every night and gave the news, just plain facts and news. Now the news networks, newspapers and even news magazines give only the news they want you to have with their own slant. And then there is the internet. People no longer get objective news coverage, they listen to, read and research the net to find the news that only tells them what they want to know. If a Tea Partier runs across news that isn't spewing Palin, Beck, Limbaugh or any other nut without brains, they just simply go to the news coverage that they know they will hear what they want. Hence, they never HAVE to hear 'just the news' in any objective format at all.
+1 # Guest 2010-06-13 01:47
Lola, the phenomenon you ably describe above might be called "Franco-ization ". France is famous for its politicization of EVERYTHING, with each national newspaper or TV channel belonging to 3 or 4 national flavors of consistent ideological slant. Throw in the 'socialization' of bad debt in the 'too big to fail' banks that fund all the politicians, and you then have an ideal recipe for moving the government/publ ic share of the country's GDP towards the >50% mark- again, just like in FRANCE!
Need we mention the Jesuit fathers?
+1 # Guest 2010-06-13 01:38
Yes, it (self-governmen t) is a human right. They are messing with it.
+3 # Guest 2010-06-08 08:33
Oils spills cannot be discussed without the inclusion of the 2001 Cheney Energy Policy Commission. It is still, amazingly, a secret; but many have guessed that it a) carved up Iraq into Big Oil's spheres of influence and b) allowed anyone to drill anywhere with no environmental oversight. Cheney played hardbal to see that no one scrutinized what happened during that meeting. I feel that the Gulf oil spill is the smoking gun and demand that the meeting and the policy no longer remain secret.
+1 # Guest 2010-06-13 01:53
Sure looks like they're on the same payroll, doesn't it?
One team; two factions; lots of shadow boxing in the daylight hours.
+2 # Guest 2010-06-08 08:38
"Expecting President Obama to come in and repair eight, long, murderous years in an instant is not only unfair, it is next to impossible." is a quote from above. I believe had Obama frog marched Dick Cheney into court to explain and atone for his serial lies and mis-administrat ion, Obama would have garnered the attention of the right wing had more support, rather than no support. They don't respect him and, frankly, as long as Cheney is a free man, neither do I.
+2 # Guest 2010-06-08 15:07
My God, look how the poor man has aged since becoming president.
+1 # Guest 2010-06-13 01:58
Happens to all of them. Even GWB said it was like driving at >100 mph for (in his case) eight years.
Do they really have time to decide anything of substance, when mountains of memos and talking points have already been written to the contrary?
+5 # Guest 2010-06-08 15:41
Jimmy Carter did one thing I could neither understand, nor get an answer to: At a critical period in the history of Nicaragua Carter canceled a grain agreement that caused a serious food shortage in that country. Our farmers needed the sale; Nicaraguans needed the food.

Obama is doing his job. Whereas the Republican party is doing a smear-job on him.
+6 # sandyclaws 2010-06-08 17:45
People have forgotten that Cheney (Haliburton lackey) was the one who allowed BP to skip installing the $500,000 valve that would have prevented this catastrophe! That was the last administration, you remember… Bush...the oil man? Obama inherited not only many, but more serious problems than any other President in the history of our country. In a year and a half he has inspired Congress to accomplish huge things! We were pulled back from the brink of depression and people's portfolios values have come back. Jobs have been saved and created! New renewable energy programs have been started and health care will now be available for Americans who had nothing under the previous administrations except debt and illness!
Why are these obstructionists blaming Obama for all the things that the Republican-cont rolled Congress set into motion?
+5 # Guest 2010-06-09 12:08
Mark is right about checking history.

Carter's advisers during the Iranian hostage crisis were the best military minds of the day. He consulted with admirals and generals who collectively wore more stars than are visible in the biggest Montana sky.

They all agreed on one thing: any rescue attempt was futile.

The best scenario he was offered provided less than a 20% chance of success and most offered 0 chance. He tried anyway, mainly because of the pounding he was taking from the right (through the press) for "doing nothing" when he was, in fact, working virtually 24/7 on a diplomatic solution, even to the point of ignoring his own re-election campaign. And don't forget that Carter's diplomacy failed because the Republicans offered the Iranians a better deal.

Carter once said that history would be kind to him, but it's taking longer than I expected for the public's mind to reflect reality.
+1 # Guest 2010-06-13 02:15
Yes, the bagging of Carter in 1980 was, for lack of a better word, evil. The neo-cons (and neo-conned) have nearly run there course... albeit 30 years, ___ lives, and 50 million well-paid jobs outsourced overseas later.
We can still rebuild, the wiser for having survived three decades of their 'globalization' turbulence.
0 # Guest 2010-09-04 22:57
the only christian to say we are a non christian country who is clinging to our god and guns-Obama lied about renegotiating nafta-

Is obama a black george bush? Does the third term of george bush reak of torture, war, out of control spending and illegal immigrants??

The right and the left don't give a damn for our country-When will people get that one?

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