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(National Journal)   Voters have hit the mute button on President Obama. They are no longer listening to him, and his approval numbers seem to be dropping by about a point every three weeks   (nationaljournal.com) divider line 31
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2013-07-31 10:22:26 AM
4 votes:

chiett: Instead of Obama blaming everything on others why doesn't he just come out and say it.
"I cannot govern in a two party environment"


Of course you have to ignore that his party had control of both houses for two years.


But...But....Bush,  But.....But.....those mean old Republicans.


By 2 years do you mean about 4 months?  Are you chronologically challenged or just a liar?
2013-07-31 09:54:31 AM
4 votes:

chiett: Instead of Obama blaming everything on others why doesn't he just come out and say it.
"I cannot govern in a two party environment"


Of course you have to ignore that his party had control of both houses for two years.


But...But....Bush,  But.....But.....those mean old Republicans.


Governing in a two party environment requires a principled opposition.  His opposition has no principles.
2013-07-31 09:39:53 AM
4 votes:

Diogenes: I would imagine some of this is natural during this point in any prez' second term.  And it might also explain Obama's increased public speaking.


Being a president means that every bill or decision you don't like is magnified by a voter's perception. For example I really don't like his blatant continuation of the Patriot Act policies.

Having said that, Obama has been an awfully good president who has been very obviously hamstrung by the Republican surge in 2010 and the resulting Republican stalemate and gerrymandering agenda.

Also, your blog sucks.
2013-07-31 03:12:06 PM
3 votes:

chiett: Instead of Obama blaming everything on others why doesn't he just come out and say it.
"I cannot govern in a two party environment"


Of course you have to ignore that his party had control of both houses for two years.


But...But....Bush,  But.....But.....those mean old Republicans.


January 20, 2009- President Obama was sworn in with 58 Democratic Senators.
April 29, 2009-Senator Arlen Specter switches to Democrat. 59 Senators.
May 18, 2009-Senator Robert Bird is hospitalized. 58 Senators.
July 7, 2009-Senator Al Franken finally sworn in, after the GOP contested it for seven months. 59 Senators.
August 25, 2009-Senator Edward Kennedy dies. 58 Senators.
September 24, 2009-Paul Kirk fills in for Kennedy until elections can be held. 59 Senators.
February 4, 2010-Scott Brown (R) is sworn in. 58 Senators.

And because Obama never actually had a supermajority, these happened:

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 But please, do go on about how the GOP doesn't obstruct our government.
2013-07-31 10:52:30 AM
3 votes:
I voted third party in the last election because I didn't want to support either candidate. Both of them had me terrified that they were going to further bad policies and continue to let Congressional status quos run rampant.

And here we are.

The most disappointing thing about Obama has been how he came in as a candidate who had a certain academic understanding of the US Constitution while also having an ability to connect with people and inspire leadership. He seemed like a modern JFK in 2008, and though I didn't buy into his hype then either (having already endured him as a senator in Illinois where he did next to nothing for his constituents aside from prep to run for president), I was optimistic that a national platform might do good things for him.

Instead, he's continued a lot of bad policies from the Bush era, shown an inability to get along with or to stand down an obstructionist Congress, and he's done the opposite of many of the points he campaigned on. It's pretty clear that the man is either a giant hypocrite or that he's beholden to the people who put him into power and that all of his rhetoric about hope and change was never a part of the plan. He's contributed to many millenials' lack of faith or interest in government (after inspiring them to get involved in 2008) and he's going to be remembered as a president who couldn't get anything accomplished aside from cracking down on whistle-blowers.

I wish Americans could learn from this and stop putting their faith in either of the two big parties. They're just two sides of the same coin, and both of them will do and say anything to hold on to their power. Next time, vote for the presidential candidate who stands up for what you believe in, not the guy (or gal) who got into the big money machine in exchange for his or her obedience.
2013-07-31 10:51:47 AM
3 votes:

Zeb Hesselgresser: One third of the country thinks most everything he says is the truth.  That's not accurate.

One third of the country thinks every other sentence he utters is a lie.  That's not accurate either.

The other third doesn't give a shiat for a variety of reasons.

I started out in the first group, dropped to the second, and have finally settled in with the latter.


...or, many people voted for him knowingly full well the man wasn't perfect, and could solve all of the country's problems within a 4-8 year period, but voted for him anyway because he seemed like the best choice of the running candidates, and the parties they represented.

Not everyone must alternate between absolutes and apathy. I think you should adjust your expectations of politics.
2013-07-31 10:25:40 AM
3 votes:
Obama doesn't, never has, and never will be able to effectively govern.

He's a career campaigner, and nothing else.

That's why all you Farklibs have been enthralled with him for the past 5 years, you're duped by charm and can't resist his turns of phrase. Meanwhile, all of America suffers.
2013-07-31 10:21:48 AM
3 votes:

chiett: ManateeGag: chiett: Instead of Obama blaming everything on others why doesn't he just come out and say it.
"I cannot govern in a two party environment"


Of course you have to ignore that his party had control of both houses for two years.


But...But....Bush,  But.....But.....those mean old Republicans.

let me put it this way for you

You need your car to get to work.  Your car doesn't start one day and you can't get to work.  Now, is it the car's fault for not starting or your fault because you can't drive a car that won't start?

 Well if I can't fix it myself it's my fault for hiring a mechanic who sucks!


This is very possibly the stupidest thing ever written in the English language.
2013-07-31 10:14:42 AM
3 votes:

bdub77: Diogenes: I would imagine some of this is natural during this point in any prez' second term.  And it might also explain Obama's increased public speaking.

Being a president means that every bill or decision you don't like is magnified by a voter's perception. For example I really don't like his blatant continuation of the Patriot Act policies.

Having said that, Obama has been an awfully good president who has been very obviously hamstrung by the Republican surge in 2010 and the resulting Republican stalemate and gerrymandering agenda.

Also, your blog sucks.


It's going to take me a long time to forgive the Democratic voters who decided the 2010 midterms weren't important and stayed home on election day.
2013-07-31 10:03:57 AM
3 votes:

chiett: Instead of Obama blaming everything on others why doesn't he just come out and say it.
"I cannot govern in a two party environment"


Of course you have to ignore that his party had control of both houses for two years.


But...But....Bush,  But.....But.....those mean old Republicans.


let me put it this way for you

You need your car to get to work.  Your car doesn't start one day and you can't get to work.  Now, is it the car's fault for not starting or your fault because you can't drive a car that won't start?
2013-07-31 11:36:20 AM
2 votes:

Devo: chiett: Instead of Obama blaming everything on others why doesn't he just come out and say it.
"I cannot govern in a two party environment"


Of course you have to ignore that his party had control of both houses for two years.


But...But....Bush,  But.....But.....those mean old Republicans.

and they got the ACA passed. pretty remarkable I can't think of any piece of legislation that is going to have a bigger affect on our day to day. he got plenty done in two years.


On the "but...but...Bush" front, Republicans controlled both houses and the Presidency for 5 years. The result? Runaway debt and spending (not ONE spending bill vetoed), and a near collapse of the United States.

Great job, Repubs!!!
2013-07-31 11:30:21 AM
2 votes:

Aristocles: Pappas: It's starting to look like he's not going to get elected in 2016.

I've read this silly comment made several times in this thread.

Here's the irony: Obama won the presidency on his campaign of "Not Bush," "Change," and "McSame." So, just because Obama's name might not be on the ballot, he's approval is not something that should be written off.


Sure it should.  Morons are led to believe that Benghazi, Solyndra and IRS mean something.  Morons are led to believe that Obamacare is going to rape and murder their grandmother (not in 1990).  Morons are led to believe... well, I'll let you fill in the rest from first hand experience.
2013-07-31 11:12:28 AM
2 votes:

chiett: Instead of Obama blaming everything on others why doesn't he just come out and say it.
"I cannot govern in a two party environment"


Of course you have to ignore that his party had control of both houses for two years.


But...But....Bush,  But.....But.....those mean old Republicans.


Why do you have to repeat known lies about controlling both houses for two years?
2013-07-31 10:36:53 AM
2 votes:

chiett: Instead of Obama blaming everything on others why doesn't he just come out and say it.
"I cannot govern in a two party environment"


Of course you have to ignore that his party had control of both houses for two years.


But...But....Bush,  But.....But.....those mean old Republicans.


Are you counting the 6+ months that Al Franken couldn't sit in the Senate because Norm Coleman is not a fan of democracy when it doesn't go his way? Are you actually saying Ben Nelson and Evan Bayh are the same as Ron Wyden and Bernie Sanders? Are you actually counting Joe Lieberman as a Democrat?
2013-07-31 10:31:04 AM
2 votes:
As a warning, Aristocles is not posting in good faith, and is a self-admitted troll (though he wound up outing himself in a thread that got un-greenlit).

http://www.fark.com/comments/7856783/85539614#c85539614 and http://www.fark.com/comments/7856783/85540067#c85540067  for admissions.

Just, you know, before you waste any time on him.
2013-07-31 10:29:34 AM
2 votes:

Aristocles: Obama doesn't, never has, and never will be able to effectively govern.

He's a career campaigner, and nothing else.

That's why all you Farklibs have been enthralled with him for the past 5 years, you're duped by charm and can't resist his turns of phrase. Meanwhile, all of America suffers.


Given what he has managed to accomplish despite the unprincipled opposition, I'd have to say he's governed even better than many of his priors.

But seriously, I'm growing to suspect you don't even believe the nonsense you post.  You're just playing a little game.
2013-07-31 09:51:36 AM
2 votes:
Instead of Obama blaming everything on others why doesn't he just come out and say it.
"I cannot govern in a two party environment"


Of course you have to ignore that his party had control of both houses for two years.


But...But....Bush,  But.....But.....those mean old Republicans.
2013-07-31 09:47:15 AM
2 votes:
I convinced that I'll never vote for the man ever again.
2013-07-31 09:19:20 PM
1 votes:
he's pretty much failed hope and change

though republicans can share in aiding that failure.

Basically Obama is just proof that it doesn't matter who's president, cuz money rules your 'democracy' anymore.
2013-07-31 01:11:56 PM
1 votes:
01/26/09 Obama's approval rating drops 15 percent in one week
04/06/09 The Obama honeymoon is officially over
04/28/09 Second-least-popular president in 40 years
07/09/09 Mr. Obama's popularity appears to be dropping
07/16/09 Obama's poll numbers dropping faster than an Air France jet in a thunderstorm
08/27/09 Obama's poll numbers continue to go down faster than Rosie O'Donnell chasing a fallen doughnut
12/23/09 Obama now more loathed than Bush was at the end of his second term.
01/02/10 As Obama's descending approval rating sets new records, Democrats whine about the pollster
10/21/10 News: Obama's approval ratings plummet to lowest ever. Fark: Still ahead of Clinton and Reagan
12/08/10 George W. Bush is more popular than Obama, this is not a repeat from 2008
03/30/11 Obama's popularity poll drops to record low. Again
06/27/11 Obama's poll numbers plunge to the lowest levels yet recorded on an index the author of this article seems to have just made up
08/16/11 Obama's approval rating - 40%, disapproval rating - 52%. At this point even Sarah Palin is starting to look pretty good
08/22/11 Obama says his low rating is ... *shakes Magic 8-ball* ... reflection of public unhappiness with Congress
06/18/13 The bad news: Poll data reveals President Obama's approval ratings are plunging. The good news: He most likely knew that already from PRISM data
07/31/13 Voters have hit the mute button on President Obama. They are no longer listening to him, and his approval numbers seem to be dropping by about a point every three weeks

He must be in the negatives by now
2013-07-31 11:44:23 AM
1 votes:

bgddy24601: verbaltoxin: MindStalker: Marcus Aurelius: I convinced that I'll never vote for the man ever again.

Has any president in modern history gone on to run for any other electable office?

Andrew Johnson was elected to the US Senate, and William Howard Taft was appointed to the Supreme Court.

John Quincy Adams was a member of the House of Representatives for something like 16 years.


That's right! I thought there had to be another. The President's post-Executive lives could be quite interesting. Most retired, but a few mounted attempts for 2nd or 3rd terms, and some remained political meddlers until the ends of their lives.
2013-07-31 11:00:58 AM
1 votes:
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2013-07-31 10:58:07 AM
1 votes:

chiett: Instead of Obama blaming everything on others why doesn't he just come out and say it.
"I cannot govern in a two party environment"


Of course you have to ignore that his party had control of both houses for two years.


But...But....Bush,  But.....But.....those mean old Republicans.


Yeaaaaah no.  Given that Franken wasn't sworn in until July 7th, Ted Kennedy's vote wasn't available until September 24th when Paul Kirk replaced him (giving the Dems 60 votes), and Brown won Kennedy's seat in Early 2010, they had a filibuster proof senate for about 14 weeks.  Given the GOP's penchant for filibustering pretty much everything, that doesn't leave all that much time to take advantage of said control.
2013-07-31 10:42:17 AM
1 votes:

verbaltoxin: MindStalker: Marcus Aurelius: I convinced that I'll never vote for the man ever again.

Has any president in modern history gone on to run for any other electable office?

Andrew Johnson was elected to the US Senate, and William Howard Taft was appointed to the Supreme Court.


John Quincy Adams was a member of the House of Representatives for something like 16 years.
2013-07-31 10:27:08 AM
1 votes:
We need to vote the bums out in Congress, unless we do that Obama will continue to be irrelevant.

This is up to us.
2013-07-31 10:26:54 AM
1 votes:

Aristocles: Obama doesn't, never has, and never will be able to effectively govern.

He's a career campaigner, and nothing else.

That's why all you Farklibs have been enthralled with him for the past 5 years, you're duped by charm and can't resist his turns of phrase. Meanwhile, all of America suffers.



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2013-07-31 10:18:11 AM
1 votes:
Obama has been trying to work with the GOP for about 4 years too many.
2013-07-31 10:01:52 AM
1 votes:

chiett: Diogenes: chiett: Instead of Obama blaming everything on others why doesn't he just come out and say it.
"I cannot govern in a two party environment"


Of course you have to ignore that his party had control of both houses for two years.


But...But....Bush,  But.....But.....those mean old Republicans.

Governing in a two party environment requires a principled opposition.  His opposition has no principles.

Yeah, almost as bad as Nancy Pelosi!


Oh, that's right.  I forgot we were living in Bizarro World where we measure accomplishment but how much we don't get done.
2013-07-31 09:27:36 AM
1 votes:

hinten: The fact that he governs less like a president with extremes and more like a professional bureaucrat is probably the right thing after eight years of invasive foreign policy and reshaping of civil liberties.
The downside is that it makes for bad PR.


And with your opposition continuing to make outrageous and insane claims, it's probably not wise to give the exclusive use of the microphone.
2013-07-31 09:24:51 AM
1 votes:
The fact that he governs less like a president with extremes and more like a professional bureaucrat is probably the right thing after eight years of invasive foreign policy and reshaping of civil liberties.
The downside is that it makes for bad PR.
2013-07-31 09:15:25 AM
1 votes:
Can we get 535 more mute buttons?
 
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