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Michael Moore: "All that stands in the way is your understandable desire to sing 'Kumbaya' with the Republicans. Don't waste your breath. Their professed love of America is negated by their profound hatred of you. Don't waste a minute on them. Fix the sad mess we're in."

Portrait, Michael Moore, 04/03/09. (photo: Ann-Christine Poujoulat/Getty)
Portrait, Michael Moore, 04/03/09. (photo: Ann-Christine Poujoulat/Getty)


An Open Letter to President Obama

By Michael Moore, Michael Moore.com

20 November 12

 

ear President Obama:

Good luck on your journeys overseas this week, and congratulations on decisively winning your second term as our president! The first time you won four years ago, most of us couldn't contain our joy and found ourselves literally in tears over your victory.

This time, it was more like breathing a huge sigh of relief. But, like the smooth guy you are, you scored the highest percentage of the vote of any Democrat since Lyndon Johnson, and you racked up the most votes for a Democratic president in the history of the United States (the only one to receive more votes than you was ... you, in '08!). You are the first Democrat to get more than 50% of the vote twice in a row since Franklin D. Roosevelt.

This was truly another historic election and I would like to take a few minutes of your time to respectfully ask that your second term not resemble your first term.

It's not that you didn't get anything done. You got A LOT done. But there are some very huge issues that have been left unresolved and, dammit, we need you to get some fight in you. Wall Street and the uber-rich have been conducting a bloody class war for over 30 years and it's about time they were stopped.

I know it is not in your nature to be aggressive or confrontational. But, please, Barack - DO NOT listen to the pundits who are telling you to make the "grand compromise" or move to the "center" (FYI - you're already there). Your fellow citizens have spoken and we have rejected the crazed ideology of this Republican Party and we insist that you forcefully proceed in bringing about profound change that will improve the lives of the 99%. We're done hoping. We want real change. And, if we can't get it in the second term of a great and good man like you, then really - what's the use? Why are we even bothering? Yes, we're that discouraged and disenchanted.

At your first post-election press conference last Wednesday you were on fire. The way you went all "Taxi Driver" on McCain and company ("You talkin' to me?") was so brilliant and breathtaking I had to play it back a dozen times just to maintain the contact high. Jesus, that look - for a second I thought laser beams would be shooting out of your eyes! MORE OF THAT!! PLEASE!!

In the weeks after your first election you celebrated by hiring the Goldman Sachs boys and Wall Street darlings to run our economy. Talk about a buzzkill that I never fully recovered from. Please - not this time. This time take a stand for all the rest of us - and if you do, tens of millions of us will not only have your back, we will swoop down on Congress in a force so large they won't know what hit them (that's right, McConnell - you're on the retirement list we've put together for 2014).

BUT - first you have to do the job we elected you to do. You have to take your massive 126-electoral vote margin and just go for it.

Here are my suggestions:

1. DRIVE THE RICH RIGHT OFF THEIR FISCAL CLIFF. The "fiscal cliff" is a ruse, an invention by the Right and the rich, to try and keep their huge tax breaks. On December 31, let ALL the tax cuts expire. Then, on January 1, put forth a bill that restores the tax cuts for 98% of the public. I dare the Republicans to vote against that! They can't and they won't. As for the spending cuts, the 2011 agreement states that, for every domestic program dollar the Republicans want to cut, a Pentagon dollar must also be cut. See, you are a genius! No way will the Right vote against the masters of war. And if by some chance they do, you can immediately put forth legislation to restore all the programs we, the majority, approve of. And for God's sake, man - declare Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid untouchable. They're not bankrupt or anywhere near it. If the rich paid the same percentage of Social Security tax on their entire income - the same exact rate everyone else pays - then there will suddenly be enough money in Social Security to last til at least the year 2080!

2. END ALL THE WARS NOW. Do not continue the war in Afghanistan (a thoroughly losing proposition if ever there was one) for two full more years! Why should one single more person have to die FOR NO REASON? Stop it. You know it's wrong. Bin Laden's dead, al Qaeda is decimated and the Afghans have to work out their own problems. Also, end the drone strikes and other covert military activities you are conducting in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Colombia and God knows where else. You think history is going to remember the United States as a great democracy? No, they're going to think of us as a nation that became addicted to war. They'll call us warlords. They'll say that in the 21st century America was so in need of oil that we'd kill anyone to get it. You know that's where this is going. This has to stop. Now.

3. END THE DRUG WAR. It is not only an abysmal failure, it has returned us to the days of slavery. We have locked up millions of African-Americans and Latinos and now fund a private prison-industrial complex that makes billions for a few lucky rich people. There are other ways to deal with the drugs that do cause harm - ways built around a sense of decency and compassion. We look like a bunch of sadistic racists. Stop it.

4. DECLARE A MORATORIUM ON HOME FORECLOSURES AND EVICTIONS. Millions of people are facing homelessness because of a crooked system enacted by the major banks and Wall Street firms. Put a pause on this and take 12 months to work out a different way (like, restructuring families' mortgages to reflect the true worth of their homes).

5. GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS. You already know this one. The public is sick of it. Now's the time to act.

6. EXPAND OBAMACARE. Your health care law doesn't cover everyone. It is a cash cow for the insurance industry. Push for a single-payer system - Medicare for All - and include dentistry and mental health. This is the single biggest thing you could do to reduce the country's deficit.

7. RESTORE GLASS-STEAGALL. You must put back all the rigid controls on Wall Street that Reagan, Clinton and the Bushes removed - or else we face the possibility of another, much worse, crash. If they break the law, prosecute them the way you currently go after whistleblowers and medical marijuana dispensaries.

8. REDUCE STUDENT LOAN DEBT. No 22-year-old should have to enter the real world already in a virtual debtors' prison. This is cruel and no other democracy does this like we do. You were right to eliminate the banks as the profit-gouging lenders, but now you have to bring us back to the days when you and I were of college age and a good education cost us little or next to nothing. A few less wars would go a long to way to being able to afford this.

9. FREE BRADLEY MANNING. End the persecution and prosecution of an American hero. Bush and Cheney lied to a nation to convince us to go to war. Manning allegedly hacked the war criminals' files and then shared them with the American public (and the world) so that we could learn the truth about Iraq and Afghanistan. Our history is full of such people who "break the law" for the greater good of humanity. Army Specialist Bradley Manning deserves a medal, not prison.

10. ASK US TO DO SOMETHING. One thing is clear: none of the above is going to happen if you don't immediately mobilize the 63,500,000 who voted for you (and the other 40 million who are for you but didn't vote). You can't go this alone. You need an army of everyday Americans who will fight alongside you to make this a more just and peaceful nation. In your 2008 campaign, you were a pioneer in using social media to win the election. Over 15 million of us gave you our cell numbers or email addresses so you could send us texts and emails telling us what needed to be done to win the election. Then, as soon as you won, it was as if you hit the delete button. We never heard from you again. (Until this past year when you kept texting us to send you $25. Inspiring.) Whoever your internet and social media people were should have been given their own office in the West Wing - and we should have heard from you. Constantly. Need a bill passed? Text us and we will mobilize! The Republicans are filibustering? We can stop them! They won't approve your choice for Secretary of State? We'll see about that! You say you were a community organizer. Please - start acting like one.

The next four years can be one of those presidential terms that changed the course of America. I'm sure you will want to be judged on how you stood up for us, restored the middle class, ended the s***ting on the poor and made us a friend to the rest of the world instead of a threat. You can do this. We can do it with you. All that stands in the way is your understandable desire to sing "Kumbaya" with the Republicans. Don't waste your breath. Their professed love of America is negated by their profound hatred of you. Don't waste a minute on them. Fix the sad mess we're in. Go back and read this month's election results. We're with you.

 

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+274 # MD426 2012-11-20 09:29
Bravo Michael !!!!! Well put.
 
 
+137 # robniel 2012-11-20 11:23
I've asked Elizabeth Warren to keep us in the loop, possibly via MSNBC spots. I now extend the invitation to President Obama.
 
 
+21 # NanFan 2012-11-21 19:03
Great letter. Thank you! And hear, hear.

N.
 
 
+76 # hilchris 2012-11-20 13:27
Wow!! Michael, I felt as though you were reading my mind!! Excellent advise.....One more thing I would add to the Repubs declaaration about Rice for Sec of State that they will not allow her to be proposed. I look at this as another of their (Repubs) baiting the hook....I believe they want to "make" Obama add her to the mix....don't fall for it...pick the best you can for the job...it will require someone with excellent qualifications in this present climate of hostility in the Middle East.
 
 
+39 # lelandt 2012-11-20 17:54
I agree with everything Michael said. However, he missed one important point:
11. Henceforth, Mitt Romney should only be referred to by the name Grover Norquist gave him: Poopy Head.
 
 
-33 # RLF 2012-11-21 06:46
I think Michael is high on the fumes of the election. This president is politically in the same area as Raygun...there is no way he is going to swing so far back...he is too worried about the good, do-nothing, millions paying job he gets from industry when he is done and the invitation from the Carlisle group to invest his millions. Think Leiberman and then you won't be quite so unhappy when you get that.
 
 
-37 # marla623 2012-11-21 20:21
The fact this sellout douche frames it as "its all the republicans fault", ignoring what I'm sure he knows is true about obama's own right wing political leanings because he was calling him out in the past year for that very thing, (that is until voting time rolled around), makes this phony ass appeal from this sloven pos really appalling. He's just covering his ass for supporting obama, knowing obama wont be any different this round, so he's pretending he thinks it's possible..then he'll act surprised when it doesn't happen. He could also be an agent to keep the libs hanging on to "hope" of a "progressive" Obama which will NEVER happen, so they don't wake from their obamacoma, finally see him for the extremist right wing warmonger he's been all along, and start actually giving a fuck. Please dismiss this idiot from here on out. He has ZERO integrity, ZERO credibility.
 
 
+12 # dovelane1 2012-11-22 04:22
A cynic is someone who is prematurely disappointed in the future. You sound like a cynic. You also sound as if you have a crystal ball, or precognition.

What will you do or say IF you happen to be wrong? I mean, never is a long, long time.

I don't have a problem with you, or anyone, being critical of our "leaders." I mean, you could be right. But you don't sound like you can even admit to the possibility that you might be wrong.

In the mean time, I and a lot of others will be working to prove that you are wrong. Because you are so assured in the belief that you couldn't possibly be wrong, what are you going to do? Sit on your thumbs? Watch more Fox news?

There is not much citizenship involved when the only alternative you allow yourself is cynicism.
 
 
+1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-24 17:35
One additional thing we could pursue. Include an Item # 11. A third term for Obama so that he can get all of his work done.
 
 
+240 # welthy 2012-11-20 09:34
Right one, Michael Moore! You have voiced the sentiments of millions of people. Now, how do we get the attention of the White House and the media nerds there? It is time for action and some real reform. And actually, you left one very important thing off of your open letter. What about action on the most important issue facing the planet - climate change? Goodbye oil, hello sun - and a Manhattan style crash project to reform our energy future.
 
 
+100 # grandma lynn 2012-11-20 10:39
Yes, to all of this, and to awareness / action on saving our planet as we know it. Also, kudos to a medal for Bradley Manning. I just wrote him a note quoting this, that Michael M. recommends for our hero.
 
 
-218 # Robt Eagle 2012-11-20 12:03
Yeah! Michael Moore will have Obama do all the things that God himself can't do, but hey, Obama does think his is a diety. This is such trash it is unbelievable! Obama will do further destruction and all this social BS will go by the wayside as Obama allows the economy to self destruct with his failed and continuing failed policies. Wake up and see the reality of what Obama is...destructiv e.
 
 
+71 # robniel 2012-11-20 15:56
Wake up and get out of the bubble -- your side lost.
 
 
+30 # Bruce Gruber 2012-11-20 17:19
Amazing how Conswerves gravitate and band together at the pituitary, trigger finger and foaming mouth while decrying any group or movement that assembles for humanistic purposes as being socialist, communist or some other '-ist'. Their 'selfist' cries for individualism, self reliance and lone wolf howling merges into whimpering or snarling collective fund raising against anyone ELSE who works together for change or principle. No deity (sic) would take pride in the awful self interest and defensive oppression this malarkey represents.
 
 
-63 # Robt Eagle 2012-11-20 21:55
Bruce, when it all collapses due to Obama's failing policies who will you blame it all on? The result will be destruction, but what difference will it mean when the poor have less than they have now, and the middle class are the new poor, and the wealthy are struggling under the weight of the demands of those who only take? All the social safety nets will be gone and everyone will suffer, but hey, Michael More will be correct, and Obama will be Emperor, and the result will still be the losing party's fault??? Reality is the truth and it will be what goes down, which will be America under Obama's failing policies. Arrrrrgh!
 
 
+23 # Bruce Gruber 2012-11-21 06:42
"Obama's failing policies ...?!? Talking point without merit! You blame it on one man simply because he's ha;f black=racist. The poor can't have less than they have now. They have nothing. Small hour, small wage, no contribution to SS or Medicare contributions by 'sub-job creationist employers', no hope of affordable (unfunded) education. Poor struggling rich have only amassed 75% of the wealth generated by others labor over he past 50 years. and all you can focus on is Rush's simpleton convincing propaganda that Joe Sixpack is smarter than any college professor. I guess books should be burned and all you "self made individualists" should gather at Romney's mansion gates to yell for bread and words of opportunity.
 
 
+11 # RLF 2012-11-21 06:52
Bobby...trickle down died with Raygun...if the rich are hurting, they can't invest in military and Brazilian stocks...big f%*king deal! The group of people who only take continues to rise because of the fascist's education policies. They won't be helping the economy enough until every worker is in a company ghetto (town) getting more and more in debt. Oh! Wait! we're already there!
 
 
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-24 21:56
There is a place in this world for negative "thinkers" like you. Yes, there really is. You could be an example, a leader. With your great capacity as a negative "thinker" You could be a leader in mistakes. Well, you might say, "waa wulds ahh wants ta do dat?" Well, you life would not be a complete failure. You could always serve as a bad example for the rest of us.
 
 
+2 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-24 22:03
Why argue with the lunatic fringe of the GOP, the Tea Baggers?
 
 
+25 # dovelane1 2012-11-21 05:12
Hi R E - Just out of curiosity, how much control does Obama have over the congress and their voting for policies? If the policies fail, isn't this a problem with the congress more than the president?

Obama is an easy target, but I believe the real culprits are the Tea Party idiots in the house, and their counter-parts in the senate. Especially the main obstructionist, Mitch McConnell. If his name was Pinochio, he wouldn't be able to move his head without hurting other people.
 
 
-40 # RLF 2012-11-21 06:53
Wow...the tea party is great for Obama...he doesn't have to take the blame for anything!
 
 
+18 # dovelane1 2012-11-22 04:29
Given your way of thinking, the Bush/Cheney/ Republican part wasn't responsible for any of the mess he left Obama in 2008 either.

Oh, and where were Bush and Cheney during the last election? Could it be the Republicans didn't want either of them around to remind people of what a mess they left, and how bad they were for the country?

According to another article on the Reader Supported News site, McConnell and other Republicans met as Obama was being sworn in, and made a pact to do everything in their power to obstruct anything Obama and the Democrats tried to do, so they could make Obama look bad and win this last election. Gosh darn, another failed Republican strategy, in a long list of failures.
 
 
+7 # Christopher Warren 2012-11-23 13:19
I remember Pelosi passing 185 Bills that were stopprd by the Republicans in the Senate, that would have dispensed the Recession and good for all of us but they sabatoged the Economy just to get at Status Quobama, our Republican Goldman Sachs Prex.
Are Repubs willing to take that BLAME and admit That it couldn't be his mostly pro-business policies and appointments and it was because he's half-black?
Nothing else adds up.
 
 
+2 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-24 22:01
RLF He does have to take some blame for what he does. Your line of negative thinking is that he must also take the blame for the Tea Baggers. "Anything" when used in a cynical way is a lot like being a grand piano player in a marching band. Maybe you need to not only tune up your piano, but leave the marching band. Doesn't fit.
 
 
+156 # jjj 2012-11-20 09:48
YES! Thank you Michael. You didn't leave out a thing. May I (and at least 63,500,00 others) sign this letter too? And listen to or better yet watch you read it to President Obama face to face? (Send a copy to each member of the house and senate too if possible).
 
 
+18 # Nel 2012-11-20 13:19
Yes,he did: USA support for Israel occupation Palestinian territory
 
 
-18 # Independentgal 2012-11-20 21:48
Israel left Gaza in 2005.
 
 
+52 # DPM 2012-11-20 09:59
I suppose we can hope. We've done it before.
 
 
+129 # Trodabumsout 2012-11-20 10:02
Renewable energy now. Help us to drag the earth back from edge.
 
 
+101 # btfeldman 2012-11-20 10:07
Michael Moore always seems to be the one who articulates things just right.
 
 
-111 # Milarepa 2012-11-20 10:07
Great, Mr. Moore. Only I'm afraid you're talking to a hollow suit. This man sits down every Tuesday and marks people on his 'kill list' for extinction by droning, knowing full well that the so-called collateral damage will include women and children. This man believes in what is now called 'cutting the grass' or 'mowing the lawn'. How will you yourself look in the future? You're playing a dangerous game involving a dangerous man.
 
 
+49 # Robert B 2012-11-20 11:05
EVERY President is a dangerous man. Didn't you know that? Truman nuked Japan. I'm sure you would have said the same thing in 1945. The people on Obama's kill list do not represent any nation; there's a guy here and a guy over there, a few guys in Yemen, etc. They are scheming every minute of the day to kill as many Americans as possible, and there are several thousand dead Americans on their resume already. Doesn't that bother you just a little bit? Taking out Osama bin Laden was a bold mission that was "extra-legal." Would you have preferred we do nothing? The real "hollow suit" was Romney, who would not have touched OBL. Obama was right about people like you: you need your head examined.
 
 
+35 # PGreen 2012-11-20 13:01
I would have preferred if we put bin Laden on trial as we did the Nazi war criminals. When we abandon our principles, the terrorists don't need to blow us up because they are destroying us in more subtle ways.
 
 
+22 # futhark 2012-11-20 18:41
On what grounds would Osama bin Laden have been tried? The FBI never accused him of complicity with the 9/11 attacks because they did not have evidence for such a charge that could have stood up in court.

Bin Laden's role in 9/11 was that of a stooge, a target of accusations and hatred that diverted the public away from demanding a real investigation that may have revealed the real perpetrators of this monstrous crime. He was ultimately assassinated because, had he been tried in open court, he may have been able to bring certain facts to the fore in his defense that would have brought into question the popular notion that he was a Satan-incarnate terrorist. People may have then begun to suspect that someone else may have been the real guilty parties in planning and executing these attacks.

I'm not claiming Osama bin Ladin was any kind of saint, just that the continual focus on him has kept the American people from demanding a real investigation into what happened.
 
 
+1 # dovelane1 2012-11-21 05:18
Though I agree that a real investigation needs to be done about 9/11, I was wondering if bin Laden wasn't, in some way, involved in some of the other al Queda (sp) attacks.

If I'm understanding things correctly, he provided the financing for some of these attacks, and may have been involved in the planning.
 
 
+1 # PGreen 2012-11-21 12:39
Good point. Which is why he should have been tried rather than executed, as we do (theoretically, at least) with suspects under our laws. If the evidence didn't point to him he should have been released. The administration seemed to be conceding that it had no evidence to try him-- or none that they were willing to release.
 
 
+2 # PGreen 2012-11-21 12:42
Even the worst deserve their day in court.
 
 
-57 # Bildo 2012-11-20 15:22
At least now they can stop waving the dead guy at us. Bin Ladin was dead long ago. The seals did not get him and dump him out of a chopper. Why do you think the members of that seal team were mostly, if not all, exterminated.
Osama did not do 9-11. Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, and even if they did, they were supplied by the US.
Absolutely right, Romney would not have touched OBL. Maybe because he knew that we are aware that OBL was already dead.
Also agreed, Obummer is a dangerous man, almost as dangerous as those who control him.
 
 
+5 # reiverpacific 2012-11-22 13:53
Quoting Bildo:
At least now they can stop waving the dead guy at us. Bin Ladin was dead long ago. The seals did not get him and dump him out of a chopper. Why do you think the members of that seal team were mostly, if not all, exterminated.
Osama did not do 9-11. Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, and even if they did, they were supplied by the US.
Absolutely right, Romney would not have touched OBL. Maybe because he knew that we are aware that OBL was already dead.
Also agreed, Obummer is a dangerous man, almost as dangerous as those who control him.

Prove it with backup.
 
 
+2 # Bildo 2012-11-22 18:36
Quoting reiverpacific:
Quoting Bildo:
At least now they can stop waving the dead guy at us. Bin Ladin was dead long ago. The seals did not get him and dump him out of a chopper. Why do you think the members of that seal team were mostly, if not all, exterminated.
Osama did not do 9-11. Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, and even if they did, they were supplied by the US.
Absolutely right, Romney would not have touched OBL. Maybe because he knew that we are aware that OBL was already dead.
Also agreed, Obummer is a dangerous man, almost as dangerous as those who control him.

Prove it with backup.

Gooooogle it! Sift out the crap, have an open mind. Doesn't take too long.
 
 
+49 # bmiluski 2012-11-20 11:48
For the love of God......get out of your mother's basement and breath some mothballless air and stop mixing President Obama up with nixon.
President Obama does not sit down every Tuesday to mark people on his kill list. He has much more important things to do then fulfill your fantasy.
 
 
+19 # PGreen 2012-11-20 12:58
Wish you were right about Obama, but while the letter of what you say (every Tuesday) is accurate, the spirit of it is not. As the NYTs reported on May 29, 2012:
"Mr. Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret “nominations” process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical."
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/29/world/obamas-leadership-in-war-on-al-qaeda.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
While it is fairly clear from his rhetoric that Romney would have been worse, Obama is certainly no saint. His record on civil liberties (Manning, Guantánamo, etc.) is atrocious. Improvements in the president's policies is what Moore's list is about, and it's a good agenda.
 
 
+44 # PGreen 2012-11-20 13:11
Nevertheless, it is a good thing Moore does to "prod" the president. FDR once told the progressives, "I agree with you. Now make me do it." The results weren't perfect, but FDR's policies were better than most presidents.
I agree that it is hard to know if Obama is truly sympathetic to the agenda that Moore lays out, but he was the most realistic candidate that we could have elected who might listen. It is worth a shot to petition him. In the meantime, we should work for these goals ourselves, and not wait for him.
 
 
-29 # Bildo 2012-11-20 15:09
Quoting Milarepa:
Great, Mr. Moore. Only I'm afraid you're talking to a hollow suit. This man sits down every Tuesday and marks people on his 'kill list' for extinction by droning, knowing full well that the so-called collateral damage will include women and children. This man believes in what is now called 'cutting the grass' or 'mowing the lawn'. How will you yourself look in the future? You're playing a dangerous game involving a dangerous man.

I see you are high in the negative numbers. Too bad. I agree with you completely. I don't believe the people in this country will wake up in time. Unfortunately, those of us who are awake will go down with the sheeple when THEY pull the plug.
 
 
+8 # dovelane1 2012-11-21 05:23
I think you could aim that statement at the people who are in denial of the climate change problems, and be just as correct, if not more so.

Sometimes it seems that if one problem doesn't get us, another one will. Ignorance abounds in all kinds of areas. Focusing on only one of them may end up being as much of a problem as ignoring or denying all of them.
 
 
+15 # jerry mack 2012-11-20 10:13
i know moore is sincere,,in his diatribe...ok..mike..
lets say .MR PRESIDENT..PLEA SE BE A PRESIDENT OF US ALL..100 %
LETS FIND A WAY .SIR TO DO THAT..
WE CANT BLAME EVERYTHING ON THE RICH.??OR THE WHITE RACE..WHO CARES WHO S FAULT.??
WE RE ALL FOR YOU ,EVEN THOSE WHO VOTED AGAINST YOU..
SO MAKE US ALL PROUD OF YOU AND YOUR LEGACY..EVEN MR..MOORE.
.JERRY PATTERSON
UNITED STATES CITIZEN/REPUBLI CAN/INDEPENDENT ..
 
 
+58 # ansleypk@aol.com 2012-11-20 10:15
Good for you Michael! I was also thrilled at President Obama's performance at the news conference.
I now call McCain and Lindsey Graham,
THE BULLY AND HIS BITCH!
Thought you'd get a kick out of that.
 
 
+68 # peggym 2012-11-20 10:20
Yes!!!! You nailed it Michael. I couldn't agree more with everything you articulated.
 
 
+25 # AMLLLLL 2012-11-20 10:32
Thanks Michael, for your words so aptly put. What's your opinion of the Strike Debt movement? Here's a segment from Up With Chris Hayes, the best panel show on the air right now:

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/49263362#49865398

And here's Strike Debt's website:


http://rollingjubilee.org/

If this movement grows, it might answer the foreclosure crisis and thumb our noses at the banks responsible.
 
 
+63 # tswhiskers 2012-11-20 10:35
I second this letter with all my heart. Please stop all kowtowing to the right. If THEY don't want to compromise, then ignore them. I don't call this payback. I call it governing sensibly while ignoring the would-be bully in the room. Call out the Reps. when they refuse to act with bipartisanship. Tell us whenever they obstruct, or try to obstruct important legislation. This was one of your biggest mistakes in your last term; you didn't tell us how badly the Reps. tried to clip your wings. You left it to the media to do it and you surely know they can't be trusted anymore to tell us what's going on as well as they could. Talk OVER the media directly to us. Then neither the Right nor the Left will be able to spin your messages. FDR was known for his Fireside Chats; do something similar. The Far Right, with a few exceptions, are still as bitter and as walled off from Reality as before the election. Their concern now is how to win elections using the same "don't tax the rich" ideology as before, not to change their ideas so as to win over more of the electorate. Use that against them. Learn to rise above criticism; THEN you will be a president of and for the
people.
 
 
+34 # Lolanne 2012-11-20 11:37
Hear, hear, tsw! See my other post for a suggestion. I think we need to literally smother the White House under an avalanche of real, old-fashioned mail and let the President know in no uncertain terms what we want and expect from him.

Before the election, I kept saying we must re-elect Obama and get as many Dems as possible into Congress and then HOLD THEIR FEET TO THE FIRE! This is how we begin to do that. They, from the President on down, need to feel the heat from all of us, and it needs to be hotter than what they get from Wall St and all the lobbyists.

Strength in numbers, folks!
 
 
+22 # tbcrawford 2012-11-20 12:38
It is so important to send hand-written letters!!! Thank you for saying this. An avalanche indeed...Wonder ful because it might also save the Post Office!
 
 
+1 # dovelane1 2012-11-21 05:26
Do you have the address? Do we know who reads the letters? How do we know if, or when, they are passed on?
 
 
+1 # dovelane1 2012-11-22 04:31
As I found out after I made this post, the address is listed further on down the postings.
 
 
+34 # zitzwitz@mac.com 2012-11-20 10:51
All well said, well meant and doable. Unless we get stronger antitrust laws (Media especially) the brainwashing and dumbing down of the public at large will continue. Rupert Murdoch buying the Chicago Tribune ? The FCC trying to change the rules to make it easier for this to happen? Can't we initiate libel laws to prevent the outright lies in the media?
Obama did give us hope and I surely hope that he will not forget
 
 
+11 # futhark 2012-11-20 11:05
Thanks for listing all the reasons I had for voting for Jill Stein instead of Barack Obama. Dr. Stein had a platform that included all of Michael Moore's points and wouldn't have needed to be "pressured" by her constituents to enact them.
 
 
+14 # D12345 2012-11-20 11:35
Very nice to have a "platform." Does Jill Stein have a movement?
Does the Green Party do anything from one election to the next?
Not in New York City where i live.
I am no supporter of Obama. Only a mass movement can change things....not someone with a platform and no grass roots efforts.

We need 1000 Acorns!
 
 
+32 # freeportguy 2012-11-20 11:05
Don't give in to hostage takers and blackmailers in any field of life cause: 1) they don't care about the hostages, hence will NOT compromise, 2) they will NEVER hold their end of the bargain, hence Weill screw you in the end no matter what, and 3) they will never STOP.

Mr President, the outcome of this will likely become your true and enduring legacy. And not only did you win the Electoral College vote AND the popular vote, but also the popular vote on Congress!! The majority of American voters are WITH you! Time to be the People's President!!
 
 
+45 # Dumbledorf 2012-11-20 11:15
Finally Michael Moore has hit the center of the issues - not left leaning or right tilting.

One last thing, Let's bring Both Bushes, Cheney,Rumsfeld , et al to Justice for their crimes against humanity.
 
 
+36 # zgpinc 2012-11-20 11:19
As Obama said on Letterman, he's only the President. He can only follow the people's directives. It's a democracy, clearly we've forgotten. We are like lambs who are used to being fed on a teat. We need take a new posture for we are not alone. We have the power, only if we understand that its application depends upon us picking it up and using it. It's not Obama to whom these remarks should be directed, but the people who got off their duffs and elected Obama. The sorry truth is we, like the fat cats we have become just sat back and celebrated in 2008 and did not again wake up until this last election. So, friends, do we go back to sleep and again hope for the best, a lot of good that did, or stand up and start taking responsibility for our precious democracy.
 
 
-18 # Bildo 2012-11-20 17:54
Quoting zgpinc:
As Obama said on Letterman, he's only the President. He can only follow the people's directives. It's a democracy, clearly we've forgotten. We are like lambs who are used to being fed on a teat. We need take a new posture for we are not alone. We have the power, only if we understand that its application depends upon us picking it up and using it. It's not Obama to whom these remarks should be directed, but the people who got off their duffs and elected Obama. The sorry truth is we, like the fat cats we have become just sat back and celebrated in 2008 and did not again wake up until this last election. So, friends, do we go back to sleep and again hope for the best, a lot of good that did, or stand up and start taking responsibility for our precious democracy.

Now, ask yourself, when did it change from the Republic the founders gave us to a Democracy? AND, since when did Obummer actually follow the peoples directives? And as to your "precious democracy", you can keep it. I'll take the Republic that we were given any day.
 
 
+17 # Don Thomann 2012-11-20 11:27
I want to sign my name to this also!
 
 
+48 # Dr. Amy L. Beam 2012-11-20 11:27
Thank you, Michael Moore. Now if only someone will tell President Obama to read your list and ACT. I'd like to add some more:
1. stop persecuting and prosecuting Julian Assange and Wikileaks and whistleblowers.
2. Close Guantanemo prison like you promised four years ago. End the military tribunals. Release the prisoners that have already been ordered by courts to be released. You can't figure out how to do this? Really?????
3. Revoke the right you gave yourself to have a Presidential Kill List to assassinate US citizens without charging them and giving them a trial.
4. End drone warfare.
5. Stop allowing fracking for oil in America. This is not a solution to our oil addiction. Support alternative, available energies.
 
 
+44 # Lolanne 2012-11-20 11:30
I am going to print this article and mail it to the President, along with a cover letter endorsing its contents and adding action on climate change to Mr. Moore's to-do list.

I will send an old-fashioned, paper, hold-in-your-ha nd-and-read letter, sent by USPS mail, not e-mail. Only if enough of us do this, or just write in support of the article, can we make enough of an impression to actually get the president's attention.

This kind of concentrated action is necessary to "make" the president act in our interests rather than in the interests of the corporate lobbyists and the already bloated wealthy.

There are millions more of us than of them. Let's do it, everybody!
 
 
+15 # Freedom13 2012-11-20 11:31
So well put that I just liked MichaelMoore.co m on Facebook. Oh yeah, and I loved "Sicko", too.
 
 
+27 # tm7devils 2012-11-20 11:32
Let's start now! Michael Moore for president in 2016.
We don't need politicians...w e need thinkers and doers.
By the way, you left out one important item - find a way to get the major media to inform the public in a factual and honest manner...this means ALL the news that is pertinent - which will allow Americans to make informed decisions. Lies, obfuscation and spin are neither moral nor democratic. Like the man said...you can have your own opinion, but not your own facts.
Without a useful and honest Fourth Estate democracy is not possible.
 
 
+13 # Dr. Amy L. Beam 2012-11-20 11:41
Yes, Michael Moore for President. Seriously.
 
 
-95 # Doc E 2012-11-20 11:36
Moore's a boar for sure. He can give his millions away if he wants, but, Noo, he can't do that, he just wants everone else to give their money. And rather than learing from history where the US treasury received more $$ due to tax cuts, he wants to wreck the economoy. He also should walk everywhere because he has no business riding in jets around the world as he currently does. Typical LIb hypocrite.
 
 
+24 # dkonstruction 2012-11-20 12:26
Quoting Doc E:
Moore's a boar for sure. He can give his millions away if he wants, but, Noo, he can't do that, he just wants everone else to give their money. And rather than learing from history where the US treasury received more $$ due to tax cuts, he wants to wreck the economoy. He also should walk everywhere because he has no business riding in jets around the world as he currently does. Typical LIb hypocrite.


Please provide a source for your "supply-side economics" claim that the US gets more tax revenues when taxes are cut because it simply isn't true as the following article clearly demonstrates.

http://dollarsandsense.org/archives/2011/0611reuss.html
 
 
+13 # robniel 2012-11-20 16:04
Apparently Doc E has a bubble problem. There are no facts inside the bubble.
 
 
+26 # Robert B 2012-11-20 12:58
In 30 years, those "job creators" haven't created a single job. What were they supposed to do with their huge tax cuts? Expand their facilities and hire a bunch of people... to do what, exactly? Stand around the store looking at all the poor people peering in the window like Tiny Tim in "A Christmas Carol"? After 30 years of trickle-down economics, I think we can all safely call it a LIE. Except for people like you, who seem to be among the people who can be fooled all of the time.
 
 
+9 # freeportguy 2012-11-20 13:26
We're all in the same boat together, hence EVERYONE has to pay his fairs share, otherwise that would make those who don't MOOCHERS and a TAKERS...
 
 
-3 # Bildo 2012-11-20 15:02
Quoting freeportguy:
We're all in the same boat together, hence EVERYONE has to pay his fairs share, otherwise that would make those who don't MOOCHERS and a TAKERS...

We're not all in the same boat together.
Do you know where your "fair share" money goes? I'm not a moocher and taker either. Those people signed up for corporate benefits that I'm not eligible for since I am classified as a non-taxpayer/no n-US citizen. I work hard as an American and lawfully get my paycheck without "income tax" taken out. Look at the IRS Code. Are you a Federal Employee? Do you "reside" in a Federal Territory? You have been deceived. I agree with Robert B, it's a lie. All of it. High time to find out how they fooled you.
 
 
+6 # dovelane1 2012-11-21 05:37
Doc E. - Are you a doctor of something, or is that a gratuitous little something you did for your ego?

Check out the article "Ten Numbers The Rich Would Like Fudged" on Nation of change.

As far as Obama using the jet, were you also criticizing Romney for his jet use, or either Bush or son? If not, that would make you the Typical Conservative hypocrite, would it not?
 
 
+8 # NLB47 2012-11-20 11:46
Git 'er done.
 
 
+13 # TNBOBCAT54 2012-11-20 11:47
So how can we make sure President Obama reads this and at least thinks about it? Anyone know?
 
 
+25 # tbcrawford 2012-11-20 12:50
Print it out and send it to the White House

Barack Obama, President
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Add a comment but be respectful.

AND, Send a copy to each of your Congressional representatives . If you can afford the postage, send copies to
your local newspaper(s), radio and tv stations.

Create the Avalanche!
 
 
+7 # Lolanne 2012-11-20 21:54
Quoting tbcrawford:
Print it out and send it to the White House

Barack Obama, President
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Add a comment but be respectful.

AND, Send a copy to each of your Congressional representatives. If you can afford the postage, send copies to
your local newspaper(s), radio and tv stations.

Create the Avalanche!


Thank you, tbcrawford! YES!!!
 
 
+13 # vitobonespur 2012-11-20 13:26
I have just gone to the below-noted White House contact form for President Obama and sent him a copy of Micheal's letter. Maybe some copies will actually get through to him if WE ALL do likewise.

On the other hand, maybe not. But it certainly can't hurt to send it regardless. Or maybe, if his email readers see enough of these being sent in, they'll make a special point of bringing it to his attention.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments
 
 
+4 # Kathymoi 2012-11-20 16:32
good idea. I did the same.
 
 
+17 # bmiluski 2012-11-20 11:51
A better way of getting the student loans down is to do something about college sports and the obsene salaries paid to football and basketball coaches.
 
 
+8 # Doubter 2012-11-20 16:44
As long as there exists a public willing to pay to be distracted by the mentioned Roman Circus those coaches and players will justify their high pay.
 
 
+13 # joanfr 2012-11-20 11:57
wow way to go michael moore
please add to your list free leonard peltier an innocent man
 
 
+22 # fishermanbob 2012-11-20 11:58
Well put Michael except you forgot two important items which should have been at the top of your list. First climate change and second habeas corpus. I know you read gg today and he reminds us all about our hypocracy going on withh this administration. Close Guantonomo. Thanks Michael and keep the heat on.
 
 
+31 # reiverpacific 2012-11-20 11:59
And INFRASTRUCTURE restoration including and especially high-speed inter-city rail and regional spurs, from which real jobs will spring across the professional and labor spectrum, paying living wages and encouraging private small business.
Buy up the areas and neighborhoods destroyed and devalued by foreclosures, preventing slum lord takeovers and gouging rents. Pay for it by taxing the rich and cutting military spending, turn the financing over to regional and neighborhood banks to finance the bid packages.
This way the private and public sectors could work in some kind of concert so nobody gets to feel left out. And this includes Indian Reservations, the most poverty-stricke n and ignored demographic in the nation (and don't give me any of that reactionary crap about "Rich Casino Indians!"). I mean, when was the last time a president visited a Res'?
 
 
+10 # reiverpacific 2012-11-20 12:41
Quoting reiverpacific:
And INFRASTRUCTURE restoration including and especially high-speed inter-city rail and regional spurs, from which real jobs will spring across the professional and labor spectrum, paying living wages and encouraging private small business.
Buy up the areas and neighborhoods destroyed and devalued by foreclosures, preventing slum lord takeovers and gouging rents. Pay for it by taxing the rich and cutting military spending, turn the financing over to regional and neighborhood banks to finance the bid packages.
This way the private and public sectors could work in some kind of concert so nobody gets to feel left out. And this includes Indian Reservations, the most poverty-stricken and ignored demographic in the nation (and don't give me any of that reactionary crap about "Rich Casino Indians!"). I mean, when was the last time a president visited a Res'?

Oh aye, almost forgot: FREE LEONARD PELTIER!!!! As well as Bradley Manning. Both are heroes to their peoples.
 
 
+18 # Rick10 2012-11-20 12:18
As usual, Michael Moore cuts to the chase and delivers the message without compromise. We need that today more than ever. Obama's choice is to be either a profound force for good, like FDR, or an ineffectual Mugwump. His impulse, his nature, is, unfortunately, to do the latter, under the rubric of "compromise", "working together", etc. Because this is his nature, he cannot (or refuses to) see that the Republicans have no interest in compromise.
Obama can be a great orator. Unfortunately, this isn't worth spit.
We need results.
Our wars are not all overseas.
 
 
+24 # SLON 2012-11-20 12:34
Michael,
I agree with 95% of the issues which you stand for. Please contunue your pressure. Here is my hot button which would right many wrongs. There should be a small charge, i.e. $o.oo1, on every stock and bond share to the buyer and seller. Such a charge would generate huge amount of revenue for the government to do ALL the things that you expouse. You can do the math - the average number of shares and bonds traded each day is approx. 2 billion. What a cash cow!!!! Why this approach appeals to me is because it would be subsodized primarily by the TOP 2%.
 
 
+20 # abdullahiedward 2012-11-20 12:35
This was a really great read. You expressed many of the things that are near and dear to the hearts of the vast majority of the citizens of the USA and I for one can attest to the fact that I endorse EVERYTHING you wrote above. It is not necessary for me to bring out the issue of the amount of disappointment generated by the past four years of virtual stagnation. We know who caused it and we know why they did it. What I suggest that President Obama due for the next two years is to commit himself 100% to the agenda that got him elected the first time. If he sticks to his guns for the first two years of his second term, EVERYBODY, will see who the bad guys are and vote them out of office in the mid-term elections. In that way Obama will have a full two years with a Democratic Congress that will enable him to pass all the legislation required to re-activate the American Dream. GOOD LUCK!!
 
 
-19 # Bildo 2012-11-20 14:24
Quoting abdullahiedward:
This was a really great read. You expressed many of the things that are near and dear to the hearts of the vast majority of the citizens of the USA and I for one can attest to the fact that I endorse EVERYTHING you wrote above. It is not necessary for me to bring out the issue of the amount of disappointment generated by the past four years of virtual stagnation. We know who caused it and we know why they did it. What I suggest that President Obama due for the next two years is to commit himself 100% to the agenda that got him elected the first time. If he sticks to his guns for the first two years of his second term, EVERYBODY, will see who the bad guys are and vote them out of office in the mid-term elections. In that way Obama will have a full two years with a Democratic Congress that will enable him to pass all the legislation required to re-activate the American Dream. GOOD LUCK!!

Obummer will do nothing for you. Republican or Democrat does not matter. Step out of the box and take a look around you. Like my friends and relatives outside this country keep saying: You US citizens have no clue. You're stupid, and can't see what's comming at you right in front of your face." I'm really starting to agree. Yup, keep that TV on and read the mainstream newspapers. It's all truth in there! (sound of puking)
 
 
-8 # Bildo 2012-11-20 14:41
Quoting abdullahiedward:
This was a really great read. You expressed many of the things that are near and dear to the hearts of the vast majority of the citizens of the USA and I for one can attest to the fact that I endorse EVERYTHING you wrote above. It is not necessary for me to bring out the issue of the amount of disappointment generated by the past four years of virtual stagnation. We know who caused it and we know why they did it. What I suggest that President Obama due for the next two years is to commit himself 100% to the agenda that got him elected the first time. If he sticks to his guns for the first two years of his second term, EVERYBODY, will see who the bad guys are and vote them out of office in the mid-term elections. In that way Obama will have a full two years with a Democratic Congress that will enable him to pass all the legislation required to re-activate the American Dream. GOOD LUCK!!

The American Dream will not be reactivated. Obummer has proved, again, that he is the greatest gun salesman around. People are waking up. Many of you will be living in fear with all this legislation comming up. He doesn't even need anymore legislation. He's already signed enough executive orders to completely take over and wipe out this country. You need to get back to your TV and immerse yourself again before you get hurt by learning what is really going on in the United States Corporation.
 
 
+15 # IAMMe 2012-11-20 12:41
Wonderful letter, but you forgot something uber important: BAN FRACKING NOW.
 
 
+10 # kbell 2012-11-20 12:46
I have started a PETITION on signon.org for us to show our support for this Open Letter (including the bit about adding support for climate change legislation).

PLEASE tell everyone and SIGN NOW!!

http://signon.org/sign/support-michael-moores?source=c.url&r_by=529657
 
 
-24 # Bildo 2012-11-20 14:33
Quoting kbell:
I have started a PETITION on signon.org for us to show our support for this Open Letter (including the bit about adding support for climate change legislation).

PLEASE tell everyone and SIGN NOW!!

http://signon.org/sign/support-michael-moores?source=c.url&r_by=529657

You have got to tell us. How is "climate change legislation" going to help, other than all the rest of legislation, that just takes money from people who need it, and gives it to those who don't. The other planets are also warming up. So I suggest you go down to your nearest friendly IRS Store and give them all your money to fix this problem.
 
 
+10 # Kathymoi 2012-11-20 16:14
Did you enjoy the storm in NYC a few weeks ago? The ferocity of that storm was due to climate change. And the storm hit and hurt the average citizen. It probably didn't mother the wealthiest much. Climate change legislation would allow funds from all citizens and from profits of companies to help people hurt by such extreme climate (weather) disasters. Instead of abandong the people who live on 47th Street to pick themselves up by their own bootstraps, call their relatives in other states, and tell them to help their next door neighbor who was hit as hard as they were,when they have nothing to help with---we need to act as an intelligent society and provide support where support is needed. And we need to do everything we can to slow down the rate of disasterous change---that affects the ordinary person who only has one home and who has a job and who doesn't find it easy or simple to leave his home and employment behind in a flood and just carry on in his second or third residence and call his stock broker from another city. Time to wake up, sir.
 
 
-9 # Bildo 2012-11-20 18:17
Quoting Kathymoi:
Did you enjoy the storm in NYC a few weeks ago? The ferocity of that storm was due to climate change. And the storm hit and hurt the average citizen. It probably didn't mother the wealthiest much. Climate change legislation would allow funds from all citizens and from profits of companies to help people hurt by such extreme climate (weather) disasters. Instead of abandong the people who live on 47th Street to pick themselves up by their own bootstraps, call their relatives in other states, and tell them to help their next door neighbor who was hit as hard as they were,when they have nothing to help with---we need to act as an intelligent society and provide support where support is needed. And we need to do everything we can to slow down the rate of disasterous change---that affects the ordinary person who only has one home and who has a job and who Time to wake up, sir.

"Climate change legislation would allow funds from all citizens". Change the word "allow" to "steal". We don't need legislation to get funds to help these people. FEMA as usual was a complete and utter disgrace in this emergency. Their office was "Closed due to weather". Remember Katrina? Yeah, there ya go, lots of help there. The ferocity of that storm was due to climate change? Ok, then pass a law, not a statute, to get rid of climate change and hurricanes. I think you need to read up on HAARP.
 
 
+14 # MomMoFo 2012-11-20 12:47
Brilliant!! Thank you so much Michael; I know we all hope that President Obama heeds your words! May I please ask that you also ask President Obama to grant Clemency to Native American Human Rights/Environm ental Rights Activist Leonard Peltier? As you may well know Leonard has been the Scapegoat of the FBI for almost 40 years!! A ridiculous Vendetta against ONE man to cover up their felonious assaults against Our Native American Brothers & Sisters. The FBI botched up their mission in 1975 on Pine Ridge leaving 2 of their Agents dead...and putting the blame on Leonard Peltier! This is public knowledge to many of us who support Leonard!! Again, I thank you!! PEACE
 
 
+9 # ChickenBoo 2012-11-20 12:47
This letter was sent to me recently, and while I don't fuly understand the 11th gate, I do understand mass movements for peace. Animals do it all the time. On Nov.22nd, people from all over the world will be praying,chantin g,meditating for world peace. Perhaps this would be somehting that will interest some of you...perhaps some positive energy directed at Pres. Obama will get through to him. Concentrate on the issues pertinent to you. This is just the beginning!
........Dear Friends and Family,

We ARE the ones we have been waiting for.

This message is about a global meditation that is to take place on 11-22-12 at 11:11am GMT,
as described in the video. We are all going to raise the vibrational level of the planet and
create a tipping point for humanity with our combined efforts!

Please help spread this information to all your friends and social websites and make it viral!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp5UhUcC1xI&feature=player_embedded

Love and Light,
John Blanpied
Many Blessings to all, and happy Thanksgiving!
ChickenBoo
 
 
-8 # robniel 2012-11-20 16:09
A waste of time.
 
 
+4 # Lolanne 2012-11-20 22:00
Quoting robniel:
A waste of time.


Maybe...maybe not. How would you know? It can't hurt! And therefore, is worth doing.
 
 
-22 # Milarepa 2012-11-20 13:01
Mr. Moore, you are falling into the Gorbachev trap, who thought
reforming a few basic weaknesses (with glasnost, perestroika) could make the Soviet Union continue as before. You believe fulfilling the suggestions on your check list would make the US viable again. Gorbachev survived the Soviet Union. Hopefully much as you will survive the United States!
 
 
+8 # Kathymoi 2012-11-20 16:02
Gorbachev's perestoika enabled the end of the cold war, the end of the Soviet Union charade. It was a good thing. And if Obama is able to check off as done the things on Michael Moore's list, it will be good for people. If the style of government of the US changes over the next 4-8 years too, that may not be a bad thing. Let's accomplish these things on the list and go from there.
 
 
+7 # Suitsme 2012-11-20 14:06
Free Don Siegleman.
 
 
+2 # zebec 2012-11-20 14:59
Amen!
 
 
+4 # RicKelis 2012-11-20 15:03
Regarding 10. ASK US TO DO SOMETHING - In the petition I'm posting, we offer to do something by being there, continuing to support him. We can make all the demands we want, but we should explicitly off our backing to do the things that are necessary. Here's the whole post I've been placing on Facebook to the many support groups that now exist:
Let's Stay Together with Barack Obama
http://signon.org/sign/lets-stay-together-with?source=c.fwd&r_by=431548

Remember when Barack sang one line of "Let's Stay Together"at the Apollo? In it, Barack sings of his love for all: "I'm so in love with you." Politicians and celebrities proclaim their love all the time but not as convincingly as Barack Obama.
The rest of the song, in its expanded form, conveys his desire to stay together. And he has asked that we come together, work together, stay together -- all through his presidency.
The entreaty to stay together is so important now that we have coalesced around the president -- and will be even more important going forward. We can't just stand back and tell Barack Obama to do it all himself while we just watch. It's time that we stay together for the next four years and beyond.
Please do "add your name" to the petition and share it around with other Obama supporters.
(The completed song can be found on YouTube: Let's Stay Together_Barack , Al, Tina at the Apollo http://youtu.be/kFOC1oFXe8w)
 
 
0 # RicKelis 2012-11-20 16:42
RSN seems to lack the implementation required to handle html appropriately (or I don't know what to do to enable it :-), so in order to add your name to the Let's Stay Together with Barack Obama petition, you're going to have to copy and paste the link into your browser. Please do so -- it's important to commit to continued support of the president -- if we want to get all the demands accomplished, we have to do our part, like we have done leading up to the election.
http://signon.org/sign/lets-stay-together-with?source=c.fwd&r_by=431548
 
 
+16 # readerz 2012-11-20 15:37
Women elected President Obama, more than men, and where are women in your agenda?

I would say, please Mr. President, appoint Supreme Court Justices that stand for women.

Please Mr. President, focus on grants for medical research for diseases that affect millions of women, such as autoimmune diseases, endometriosis, and complications of childbirth, or affect women differently than men with different symptoms such as heart disease.

Please Mr. President, make foreign policy based on whether or not countries educate, protect, and provide appropriate medical care to women and girls.

Please Mr. President, speak to Ireland about sanctioning murder of a grown woman to save her fetus which had no chance of survival; Ireland should be strongly cautioned about this, just as much as any country is strongly cautioned about civil rights violations.

And please Mr. President, do not forget the disasters affecting everybody here at home. With the fact of climate change slamming us (notice the disasters in your first term; they may only get worse), there needs to be better planning, better disaster relief, and especially affordable housing on higher ground.

While on the subject of climate: please do not let the oil companies ruin all the higher ground by fracking and destroying our drinking water. Please continue a focus on truly clean energy.
 
 
+9 # Kathymoi 2012-11-20 15:57
Yes on every single point. This is what we want from President Obama.
If he doesn't do these things, or at least most of them, then, we wasted our votes.
 
 
-4 # Bildo 2012-11-20 18:20
Quoting Kathymoi:
Yes on every single point. This is what we want from President Obama.
If he doesn't do these things, or at least most of them, then, we wasted our votes.

Tell you right now, you wasted your votes.
 
 
+5 # fishermanbob 2012-11-20 16:13
Thanks to reiverpacific for reminding me too request too to free lLeonard Peltier
 
 
+5 # granny6 2012-11-20 16:21
I think it is time to start a Congressional "Hit List" NOW! Mitch McConnell should be on the top of the list
followed by John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Michelle Bachman, and a few others. Let them know that they are being targeted and so will other who are not voting to what is best of the Country as a whole.
 
 
0 # DakotaKid 2012-11-20 16:55
This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post. Here's the URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-moore/obama-second-term_b_2158845.html
 
 
+3 # Bruce Gruber 2012-11-20 17:36
Wonderful article, Michael.
As an aside I have been toying with the idea of lowering taxes by the 47% that goes to defense and making our nation's security a fee based "pay as you are" system. Each "equal" American would be responsible for his or her "equal" value with an automatic deduction for the assessment of that fee. THEN the FEE would be appropriated on the basis of the value of the STUFF that's to be defended.

Trump, Disney, GE, Frist, Michael Moore, Adelman, Dow, shareholders, cash in the bank scrooges, me, Glaxo Smith Kline, etc., etc. would pay a fee proportionate to their STUFF (capital value) that is being protected ... NO EXEMPTIONS. The fee RATE would be determined by the budget passed by the Congressones - who would (of course) have to ante up for what they and their spouses hold of value as well ... whatdayathink?
 
 
0 # dovelane1 2012-11-21 05:53
Bruce - My question would be, who would you pitch this idea to? same goes for an earlier post about taking a minute percentage on stocks being bought and sold.

Who can we send these ideas to, who will be effective in getting them looked at?
 
 
+4 # Bruce Gruber 2012-11-21 06:46
I suspect the Occupy movement represents the smartest, most open-minded aggregation of thinking people -young and old- who are trying every possible direct action to help PEOPLE ... From Occupy Wall Street to Occupy SANDY. Politicians will only hear wealthy (MONEY) or loud (MANY) voices.
Since Roosevelt's Brain Trust and Carter's Kitchen Cabinet there hasn't been a thinking contest in politics. They're all too busy chasing bucks and future income.
 
 
-3 # dovelane1 2012-11-22 04:34
Go for it. Keep us posted. (Pun intended.)
 
 
+5 # mdj 2012-11-20 18:37
Well written. Now if only we can get the President to read it!
Then act on it!
 
 
+9 # HarrietEliz 2012-11-20 19:21
Excellent letter! Michael Moore tells it like it is. Please, please, President Obama, read it and run with it.
 
 
+1 # robcarter.vn 2012-11-20 20:30
Best writing yet Michael Moore thanks.
Now read the General's bed advice poor Obi has to work with as well as a hostile house.
 
 
+5 # Lowflyin Lolana 2012-11-20 21:35
This is all very nice, but none of it is worth jack if there's another quake and what's sitting over there in Japan's Reactor 4 spent fuel pool tumps over.

It's clear from the audience here that public awareness of this very dangerous situation is nicely concealed by the PTB.
Ron Wyden went over there, saw the critical nature of the situation, and has been yelling about it ever since. Michael? You've done good work, but, how can you ignore Fukushima and what's happening?

I mean...how?
 
 
0 # Milarepa 2012-11-21 01:48
I'm not saying I don't understand what happened to Obama - he was corrupted. Let's say he was who he seemed to be when he got in. He's continuing to play that role but now it's an act.
That's why I call him a hollow suit. He looks like Obama, talks like Obama but his voice now wafts out over the graves of civilian women and children for whose death he is responsible. How did Clinton stay Clinton for eight years plus left a surplus? Because lucky for him, and for us, he was already southern corrupt when he became president.
 
 
+1 # futhark 2012-11-21 11:23
No, he's the same duplicitous, self-serving politician that he has always been. While serving in the Senate and campaigning for the presidency in February of 2008, he missed the Senate vote on the liberty-infring ing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2008, but issued the following statement concerning this legislation: "I am proud to stand with Senator Dodd, Senator Feingold and a grassroots movement of Americans who are refusing to let President Bush put protections for special interests ahead of our security and our liberty."

Then, on July 9, 2008, Senator Obama voted FOR the bill. This is the point at which I decided that I would no longer support his candidacy. Since then he has used his rhetorical powers to raise hope for change many times, but we still end up with more serving the interests of the military-indust rial complex, the surveillance state apparatus, and Zionist Israel. Barack Obama was corrupted long before he was selected for their support in his run for the presidency. He made a Faustian bargain to exchange ethical sensibilities for political power. Thus far, it's working for him, but not for us.
 
 
+5 # jvann 2012-11-21 08:02
Great blog. However, you didn't mention climate change. It's incredibly sad, but many of the important topics you mention will be minor footnotes if we allow civilization to be destroyed by global warming.
 
 
+7 # Michael Lindsay 2012-11-21 08:22
After the First election in 2008 Mr. President you appointed the wolfs to guard the hen house. The individuals who drafted the documents creating the mortgage mess were put in place to fix it. Hopefully you will no do that again.

REMEMBER: “The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.” (Albert Einstein)

Don't you think he was pretty smart.
 
 
-1 # eldoryder 2012-11-21 08:42
All I care about in President Obama's second term is the Supreme Court. Democrats will not retake the House soon, so they have the Executive, and Senate. Why not the Supreme Court?

Lifetime appointments have a way of outlasting SEVERAL Presidents, and if we end up with a "liberal/centri st" SC instead of the NeoCon SC we have now, then the President will have done enough for me.

Strangely enough, I have no problem with drones. As long as there is a "hard target" that represents a real threat to the USA, I'd rather see that, than thousands more of our brave troops losing their lives in the Middle East.

FOUR MORE YEARS!
 
 
+9 # artdavidii 2012-11-21 09:57
Michael,

Your letter is fantastic... and everything Mr. Obama should work on.

Please push the president to rescind the National Defense Authorization Act. (at minimum the parts of the resolution that allows for the indefinite detention of U.S. Citizens).

Keep up the good work!!

Thanks, Craig David
 
 
+7 # IAMMe 2012-11-21 11:58
So, Michael, Your letter is 98% perfect. Please add something about Climate Change / and Banning Fracking and have it reprinted here and it's perfect. We will all print out and escargot mail to the Prez. Love, me
 
 
+4 # Howard Eagle 2012-11-21 23:04
I was sent a link to this article, which was accompanied by a note that read "Michael Moore's Brilliant Letter of Advice to President Obama," and I was like, "right," and then I read the letter, and was like RIGHT!!! The only thing that I would add is that President Obama needs to dump Arnold Duncan as U.S. Secretary of Education, and choose someone who is clear, knowledgeable, and sincere about helping to address the very old, deep-seated, urban education crisis.
 
 
+3 # Merschrod 2012-11-22 11:59
Michael, you left out three key suggestions for the new get-tough Obama:
1) Make recess appointments by the gross,
2) When a boycott is threatened, make the old coots stand for weeks blabbing on
3) Use the media office to play those old coots on c-span and constant streaming to their home state/town press.
 
 
0 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-11-22 13:55
Michael Moore you state what Obama should do. How about what we should do? You said end all wars but with the closest Cold War ending it is doable perhaps immediately. Two hardline Cuban Americans lost. Council for a Liveable World won it's hotly contested Senate races but two, I don't consider Shelley Barkley of Nevada a peace activist,
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/sep/05/berkley-says-she-urged-pro-israel-change-democrati/

Richard Carmona of Arizona lost to the top opponent of the Cuban embargo in the US Senate, and Eight Ron Paul Reps won.

We can end the embargo this year before an anti-embargo chairman takes charge and end the US military base in Japan, if not put next years debate more on focus of foreign waste cuts.

The US fining foreign banks over Cuba threatens the world's financial stability,


http://readersfetupportednews.org/pm-section/22-22/14673-election-victory-use-it-or-lose-it-push-congress-to-vote-a-policy-change-this-lame-duck-session
 
 
+3 # Robyn 2012-11-22 22:02
Tell the Israelis to stop slaughtering innocent civillians and you will have the perfect letter.
 
 
+2 # FDRva 2012-11-23 06:13
Point # 7 of Moore's agenda tells you everything you need to know about President Barry Obama.

Restore FDR's Glass-Steagall firewall between community banks and Wall Street speculators, says Moore. Good Advice.

But President Obama rejected this advice 4 years ago in favor of W Bush's policy of blank check bailouts of money center banks.

At least, the Obama campaign treasury remained full to overflowing as a result.
 
 
+2 # Corvette-Bob 2012-11-23 17:55
From your lips to god's ears or at least to Obama's ears.
 
 
0 # sharsand 2012-11-24 10:57
President Obama needs to push back against Chairman Julius Genachowski, who has caved, along with the president, in giving Murdoch everything he wants in controlling the media (along with a few other right-wing news outlets), and thereby stopping real news sources. As an activist, I can tell you that all the legitimate protests on health care, human rights, workers' rights, and attempts to overturn Citizens United are not covered; facts on everything are hidden from the public who has no time or is too lazy to resource what's really happening here and throughout the world. So even though I'm thrilled that Obama won, News Corp. contribued the most to his campaign and his appointed chairman at the FCC is caving into Murdoch's demands to buy up every type of media.
 
 
0 # Charlie Peters 2012-11-24 18:45
California CARB fuel was close to zero ethanol in our fuel in 1992..

1992 fuel price about $1.40 per gallon.

Ethanol push from fed EPA and friends pushed ethanol to 5.6% and we paid more for our fuel.

Fed EPA and Big oil refiners pushed the oxygenate to 10% and we paid more.

Now BP GMO fuel is pushing for over $1.00 in corporate welfare with 15% of the fuel market while cutting back Oil and refining

Will BP GMO fuel patents generate credit trade income from the Big oil industry with the Queen Mother help.

The Queen banker friends may want a share.

So. how big does California ethanol bill need to be to qualify for the EPA waiver?
 
 
0 # davidkenney 2012-11-25 15:37
AND don't forget to Repeal DOMA!!!
 
 
0 # Carole Lutness 2012-11-25 22:36
Please go to the MoveOn Sign-a-Petition website and sign your name to "An Open Letter to President Obama" Thank you.
http://signon.org/sign/an-open-letter-to-president
 
 
+1 # jesseg46 2012-11-26 16:54
This was dull, you/Mike act as if you speak for America. I never saw you campaign or attend any rally for our President. The issues your mentioned are nothing new. Do think that as President, he only has 'your concerns' to worry about. Apparently, you have never held an elected office and can only 'yell from inside a closet'... get involved and give our President the Congress that he needs to take care of our business. Otherwise, he is stuck in the same rut as the last 4 fours.
 

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