Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The decision to postpone the most crucial aspects of Obamacare until January of 2014 would have been remembered as a “Sarah Palin as your running mate”-quality strategic blunder — if the president had lost on Tuesday.

But now President Obama has guaranteed that his second term will transform America, putting a serious dent in the 26,000 Americans who die each year for lack of insurance and the incredibly wasteful way we rely on emergency rooms as primary care for millions.

Second terms are notoriously hard. Reagan’s was defined by Iran-Contra, Clinton’s by impeachment and Bush’s by Katrina.

No such nightmare seems to be imminent from this White House, but The New York Times’ Nate Silver could probably start a model to guess what irrelevant, trumped-up “Worse than Watergate!” scandal the GOP will try to impeach the president for. At best, the House GOP and the minority in the Senate will simply obstruct to construct talking points about how long it’s been since a budget passed while setting new records for repealing Obamacare.

Yet, the full implementation of Obamacare is just one way that Obama’s next term is destined to succeed.

The next few months will be one of the most difficult stretches of Obama’s presidency. He needs to make a large debt deal that will likely forestall the sequester spending cuts and ending of the Bush tax cuts for the middle class. If this “grand bargain” looks anything like the last “grand bargain” he almost signed, it will raise the eligibility age for Medicare and include some cuts to Social Security.

However, it’s likely that the president will get a much better deal than he would have in 2010.

Why? Now he can afford to play chicken. If the GOP won’t extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class without including the rich, he can let them all expire and watch the GOP try to blame the guy who never has to win another election.

Also, if the president does raise the eligibility age for Medicare, he will do so knowing that any American who can’t afford insurance will have it provided through the Affordable Care Act—a guarantee he simply couldn’t make in 2010.

Still, any deal will rightly disappoint many liberals—and if the president is successful in ending the Bush tax cuts for the rich, it will disappoint even more Republicans.

After this fight, is there anything else the president will be able to achieve legislatively?

Yes. Comprehensive immigration reform.

  • Share this on Google+0
  • Share this on Linkedin0
  • Share this on Reddit25
  • Print this page
  • 996

134 responses to “President Obama Will Have A Great Second Term (Whether The GOP Likes It Or Not)”

  1. If Congress would let him, President Obama would make a great Leader. GOP needs to step out of the way and let a leader lead.

    • Sand_Cat says:

      I like Mr. Obama, and his heart is in the right place. But “great leader”? When the going got tough, he got going – somewhere else. If the man had made even half an effort, he probably could have gotten at least somewhat more than the pathetic lukewarm “support” his Democratic Senators grudgingly yielded, and some of the good work House Democrats did might have gone somewhere.

      A great leader overcomes opposition with courage and determination but fairness and willingness to accept legitimate compromise, not by giving away everything of importance before the “negotiation” even starts.

      • What a bunch of crap! Stop parading like you are a Democrat and in support of the president while, at the same time, bitch-slapping him. You are only a right-wing troll masquerading as an Obama supporter.

        • LOL You Can Smell The Trolls A Mile Away!! The Stink Can Be Smelled For Miles!!!!LOL Shape Shifter Just Like Romney!! LOl

        • Maynard says:

          Your heartfelt advice has forced me to fess up “STIS”. I am a former Ron Paul supporter who voted for Obama out of fear of Romney and his neo-con backers. I am only marginally happy Obama won. He has made historic Republican figures like Nixon and Reagan look liberal. His excuse for “health care”| is stop gap at best. He’s hinting he may go after Social Security funds too even though we have totally paid for them for many years in advance. Just a second STIS. I got Obama on the line. Listen:

          “But Mr. Obama, you act like Israel is your best buddy. I thought Nutty Yahoo and Mitt were the ones joined at the hip.

          “Anyway, listen Mr. Obama. All you have to do is call China’s bluff. They’ll have to keep supporting us. There is no way in hell they can call that loan due without endangering their newly found luxuries. If push comes to shove, offer them something in exchange. I hear Canada has a lot of filthy, polluting oil shale. It’s better to let them have it over there where we won’t suffocate as bad. Besides, then Canada will have to build that pipeline to Vancouver rather than over our huge, clean aquifer – you know, the one that is the biggest in the world and worth a lot more than that unrefined, filthy crude oil. The oil companies don’t wantthe oil for here, anyway,they just want to get paid for refining and shipping it.
          “Oh, Mr. Obama, you say you already got that pipline in the works. Oh, you say it’s coming down the Mississippi waterway right where it’ll pass the New Madrid Fault. That’s the one that is due to erupt. Yeah. I know it’s not well-known Mr. Obama. But 150 years or so ago it went off for months and rerouted the Mississippi. Yes, Mr. Obama. Yes, You probably will be resigned before it erupts, but . . . . but . .. . .

          Do you believe he hung up on us??????

      • I think you are ignoring the fact that the gop made it clear they were not going to compromise or work with the President. Their whole mindset was to destroy him and get him out of office. He was there with a strong stance from the beginning until the end and that is why we put him back in office for four more years. It is obvious that you don’t understand that the entire teapublicans did not have any intentions of working with President Obama. The “good ole boy” days are far gone and those of you that aren’t willing to accept it are going to always be unhappy.

        • NINA_2_KK says:

          But we the people cannot turn our backs after electing him like we did in 2008. The Senate as well as the House was not held to the fire when things went wrong. We need to keep an eye and make our voice heard throughtout the next four years.

          • commserver says:

            As long as House is in the hands of the GOP and the Senate isn’t fillibuster proof then Obama is going to have problems.

      • tl;dr, scare quotes render your argument invalid.

      • michaelc says:


      • Grunge45 says:

        I would say he adopted some wrong strategies, such as handling medical costs, before creating jobs. And you can’t overcome opposition, when they have too much power in order to blockade.

      • ALLLLAMERICAN says:

        HE IS A GREAT GUY!!!!!

        Here are a FEW people obama has had killed!!!
        If anyone knows anything about obamas past—HE HAS THEM KILLED

        Andrew Breitbart: SAID—-“Wait ‘Til They See What Happens March 1st”. In a stunning coincidence, It appears Andrew Breitbart suffered his untimely death just hours before he was set to release damning video footage that could have sunk Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Around three weeks ago on February 9 during the ‘Blog Bash’ event in Washington DC, Breitbart made a prophetic comment that takes on a somewhat chilling nature given the fact that he died in the early hours of March 1st.

        Also: Brietbarts Coroner died of Arsenic Poisoning on the day that Andrew Breitbarts autopsy results were to be released.

        Obama and his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel are lifetime members of the same GAY bath house in uptown Chicago, according to sources in Chicago’s gay community
        Jeremiah Wright, the pastor of Obama’s former church of 20 years, matchmaking service for gay —
        the matchmaking club was called the ‘Down Low Club’
        Donald Young, an openly gay man who reportedly had a SEXUAL RELATIONS with Obama.

        Two other gay members of the church were Larry Bland and Nate Spencer.
        Young and Bland were brutally MURDERED, execution style, in late 2007.
        Bland was murdered on November 17, 2007 and

        Young on December 24, 2007. The latter was killed by multiple gunshot wounds. Spencer reportedly died on December 26, 2007, official cause of death:
        The church’s choir director Donald Young was murdered on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2007, at the begining of the presidential campaign.

        Larry Sinclair, the gay man who claimed to have had two sexual encounters with Obama in Chicago in 1999, wrote a book,
        “Cocaine, Sex, Lies & Murder,” in which he states that Obama was linked to Young’s murder.
        Sinclair wrote that he was in contact with Young shortly before his murder and Young revealed his relationship with Obama.

        obama has everyone KILLED THAT REALLY KNOWS WHO HE IS!!!!!!!!!


        SUCH A GREAT GUY—-Just don’t get on his bad side

        • Stella53 says:

          You have some serious issues with gullibility and the ability to believe anything! Get help now!

          • ALLLLAMERICAN says:

            STELLA—–BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!

            These are FACTS—-LOOK THEM UP

          • ExPAVIC says:


            Are you serious? They have places where your kind is put away forever. Even their bones are kept under wraps.

            Have you thought about euthanasia?

          • ALLLLAMERICAN says:

            The funny thing is—YOU don’t know what’s going on around you.

          • ExPAVIC says:


            You are a nut case. Send your Social Security number to the nearest law enforcement agency for registration.

            Help keep nuts under control, ask Gabby Gifford.

          • Maynard says:

            They are alleged. More investigation needs to be done. But Breitbart should have kept the information in several separate locations and given the keys to some unknown confidantes. Dorothy Kilgallen claimed to have vital knowledge provided her by Jack Ruby relating to JFK’s assassination. Soon both she and her personal secretary died under mysterious circumstances. Look it up.
            On the internet there are unproven innuendos that Obama and one of his bodyguards are “close.” I watched them congratulating each other on stage after the Victory Speech and their conduct was inconclusive. Personally, I don’t care either way. The murders of the parishioners, however, need to be investigated in the interests of serving justice.

            Keep an open mind and note what just happened to General Betraus (sp?). However, even his name informed us he was not completely trustworthy.

          • ALLLLAMERICAN says:

            David Petraeus— another obama inside deal

          • commserver says:

            Just ignore him. He just wants the attention.

          • ALLLLAMERICAN says:

            and WHAT do you believe???

            and where are you getting your information!!!!

            YOU believe anything you hear and read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • hilandar1000 says:

            It doesn’t seem apparent that you read much of anything, UnAmerican. Apparently everything you state as fact comes from your mind and whatever it wants to believe. For instance, where did you get your information that the Patraeus affair was an inside deal? Are you saying the President set Petraeus up for the fall or that he was trying to cover up for Petraeus? Wouldn’t it be better to wait for the facts, instead of immediately starting to point your finger at the president, with no facts whatsoever to base your statements on? Better give up on trying to make the facts fit your story. It makes you look foolish at best and paranoid at worst.

        • Richard says:

          Beware the boogey-man in the White House. Oh no he’s coming after me next. Grow thw hell up. Another Rethuglican thug and his conspiracy theory. And you wonder why you a called the party of thugs. Don’t believe anything you read and only half of what you see,or are you saying you saw this happen. Hateful party till the end.

        • ExPAVIC says:


          Quick, turn yourself in before you harm someone and yourself. You are a first grade nutcase who needs to be put away. Really.

        • Ed says:

          You sir, are living proof that brainwashing is real and effective!

    • Lynda says:

      The record number of filibusters used by the GOP Senators to block fits well with your comment. Perhaps the next four years they will help just a little, which would be good for the country and their party. We can always hope can’t we?

      • You Got The Right Always Keep The Faith Hope And The Voter Booth Ready Always!!!! H. Reid And The Rest Are Making Laws As We Type To Cut The Filibustering Down To The Size That It Will Fit In Their Butts!!! Kind Of Like They Said They Would Do With Government!!! LOL

        • Ron Silver says:

          hey Fern, we’re on Earth not bizzaro world that the GOP has been living in. You’re lucky that Obama won whether or not you believe it.

          • Parisgirl says:

            If you are on earth and not ‘bizzaro’ you should recognize that luck has nothing to do with the re-election of a great president. You should be aware that the GOP is running out of voters. They continue to alienate everyone but some rich white guys and a handful of religious zealots. Granted, they take advantage of the under-educated populous base in the red states, but even those followers are dwindling. You are hanging on to a party that many Republicans, including the daughter of John McCain, is admitting to be a dinosaur running quickly towards extinction…whether you believe it or not. I actually hope none of you wake up. It will keep you out of office.

          • awklause says:

            We were not lucky. We all worked together to make it happen!

          • We are not “lucky” that Obama won or that Romney lost… neither one truly understands that our country is no longer the “land of the free and the home of the brave”. It is the country of the few that provide for the many. And believe me, that cannot last very long!

          • amarquez647 says:

            If by the few you mean the very wealthy who put their dollars offshore to avoid paying taxes. Or is it the industrialist and entrepreneurs, for whom I have great respect for if they are not sending jobs to other countries. Are the many those who actually work for a living? The teachers who are villainies by those who have no idea what it is to sacrifice to teach. Or the people, who produce the products we use, keep us safe, tend to us when we are sick, fix our roads and build our buildings. Do you really think that someone is taking something from you, and those who would do that are the majority? Most people on welfare are children who I have seen beg for work
            Yes we are truly brave and we are constantly fighting for our freedom. and we are our brothers keeper, if not who would keep us.

        • RobertCHastings says:

          Correction – it was Grover Norquist who said he wanted to shrink government to the size that he could fit in his bathtub and drown it. Filibustering is a valid function of the minority party, as we all remember from James Stewart’s role in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”; however, the GOP has used it all too frequently and for no other purpose than to obstruct progress. Hopefully, Reid can do something to limit its use. And while they are at it, maybe the House will finally figure out that wasting their time by bringing up the repeal of Obamacare every week over the past two years is much more than just plain stupid.

          • Grunge45 says:

            I would like to see actually implement the filibuster rule. All the Republicans have to do is threaten to use it, and Reid quits. Make them keep talking day after day so the American people can see obstructionism up close.

      • liestopper says:

        Your right, they have no choice but to help because just like they won the 2010 mid terms they can lose the 2016 mid terms especially with Obama and Clinton being able to help candidates beat vunderable repubs. So I look for them to start working instead of saying no because this time the eyes are on them to cooperate.

      • ALLLLAMERICAN says:

        Why do you think this is????

        The Republicans are Conservatives!!!!!

        Not spend thriffs—-Like the LIBS
        For one: passing a bill for Tallahasee to waste six billion dollars on three turtle tunnels.
        also $3.4 million and counting in stimulus funds for Turtle crossing signs in Florida.

        The LIBS only solution is spend spend spend and make more money and get in more dept.
        If you DON’T have the money, you DON’T spend it!!!!!!!!!!

        • Ron Silver says:

          You apparently have little knowledge of economics. You SPEND your way out of a recession which requires the gov’t to lead. If not for the Stimulus (which started with Bush by the way), we would have sunk into a depression. Once we’re above water ony then can the debt reduction begin in earnest. Nobody likes the debt but there was no choice. Also, Rep Governers refused stimulus help wich would have put millions of Americans back to work on infrastructure projects. How the hell do you think we bagan to climb out of the Great Depression. Go back to school.

        • Maynard says:

          I am as liberal as they come but I am also outraged about this turtle talk. Do you have documentation? If possible, could you please post it? You see, I may be liberal, but I am NOT stupid. What good are those Turtle Crossing Signs if they did not appropriate at least another $10 million to teach the turtles how to read???????

        • Grunge45 says:

          Conservative. Yeah. Destroy all our beautiful natural resources so a few “entrepreneurs” can rip off the country. What are you “conserving”? Ignore reality like global warming, so you can conserve this planet. No, profits come first. And Greed.

    • WOW…is the weather on MARS!!?

    • That Why They Are On The People’s Get The Hell Out Of Office Hit List We Will Remove As Many As We Can The Next Go Round In 2014!!! We Are A Force (When We Unite) To Be Reckon With We Will Get Their Asses Out Of Office If They Don’t Do Their Real Jobs Not The Corporation Job!!!

    • george says:

      Carrol–Leaders lead because they motivate those who follow them. Obama is a non leader. Read the new book by Bob Woodward. Obama had the house and senate his first two years and got us into debt. When the voters gave him a Republican House he then began blaming Congress for his troubles. He has not submittted a budget in four years. Is that leadership? Congress is supposed to check the President in his leadership. How can they do that when he refuses to work with them? You like many will find him to be worse than you can ever believe.

      • northroader1775 says:

        He had an filibuster proof majority for 73 days total in the first two years…look it up. Here’s another news flash he inherited the debt fully 13.2 trill from Reagan bush and bush…the interest on that debt ran up another 2 trill and he added 1.4 trillion in four years WHILE IN RECOVERY…pretty damn good if you ask me.

        The overall spending increase for the Obama admin has increased spending at the lowest rate in history. But inside the bubble he is a wild assed liberal tax and spend mad man, he has ended one war is ending another and is well liked and respected around the world (Except Israel and Pakistan..the only two counrties that prefered Romney) but inside the bubble he is a forign policy liability and a danger to our borders.

        The problem isn’t Obama…it’s the impermeable bubble of lies surrounding the minds of the GOP.

    • RobertCHastings says:

      We will know about that before they adjourn for Thanksgiving. By then, the battlelines will have been drawn on sequestration and the fiscal cliff. Hopefully, Obama listens to Krugman who said to let it happen and let it be on the Republlicans. Clinton shut the government down several times in order to get the attention of the Republicans – Obama can do the same thing.

    • Gilbert says:

      That would be the right thing to do… BUT… republicans don’t want the truth to be known. It embarrasses them that a “Black” President is smart enough to turn their folly around, mend fences with alienated Europeans, and pull our economy back up out of the toilet… Considering the magnitude of the bank failures and insurance company fiascos, AIG, et al, it is nothing short of miraculous that Obama was able to prevent total collapse. And bailing out the auto industry saved us from a Mad-Max styled scenario. The next move… we need to replace every republican in Congress. Since they signed that pledge of allegiance to Grover Norquist, they are totally f**kin’ useless to American citizens. They are traitors who abdicated their duty!

  2. I thank all the people who voted for our President. President Obama.

  3. bcarreiro says:

    Some comprehensive government reform…..spkr boehner needs to know his objective and that is not to undermine the president nor the people, for we have spoken. what makes you a republican, how much money you have or how much you give back to your communities. find commonground set differences aside and remember its not just a selected few who maintain this country its the MIDDLE CLASS!!! Obama remember one thing ……………..stay firm and focused dont let the gop throw u off your agenda. we are all in this together whether you like it or not.

  4. mind2mouth says:

    It’s the TeaParty that needs to back off here. The real culprit right now. Obama didn’t deregulate the banks and contribute to the housing bubble bursting and foreclosures. Obama didn’t take us into two wars without end on a credit card. After all how could you justify those tax cuts for the wealthy with two wars to finance at the same time? But then we know that the wealthy profit from wars too, right? Obama just showed the spending by putting it in the national debt where it should have been all along but showing an increase in the national debt. And running a dirty pipeline through our country so that that dirty oil can be sold to possibly another country while risking the possibillity of contamination is good, right? And would it hurt anyone but those more able to pay if we just extended social security tax payments to all year for everyone, not capped? Save social security. And there has to be a better solution for saving medicare than vouchers. This is a gaurantee to retiring american workers that we have to fix and keep the benefit strong. I want my kids to have the social security and medicare that I have. We even blame the president for things that happen overseas by other countries. Give the man a break. Be real everything is not the presidents fault. There are those like Issa that I imagine just go over current events and look for anything negative to blame this administration for and there are some in out population willing to go along with it. I still think that the majority of us are optimists while the GOP aspouses obstruction and “my way or the highway” politics. This election season has been too long and too full of anamosity we need to stop and see if we can get something done and improve the lives of all here so that we are all happier seeing a bright future for us and our kids. I know that there will be those who read this and say b—- s—. but I feel that someone needed to say these things. It’s up to you how you take it.

  5. So let me ask you…when and why has it become the responsibility of the American taxpayers to take care of every individual that is unable or unwilling to take care of themselves???? I know it’s a great idea and a wonderful thought but when did the human race begin to consider itself above the laws of nature??? I hate to break it to you…every single great civilization this earth has ever seen has gone down the same path of self destruction that we are now heading down just at a much faster pace. The reality is, as in nature…not every individual can succeed, or thrive or even survive!! That isn’t a GOP thing that’s just how nature works and like it or not we are biological creatures on this planet just like any other and we to are subject the same laws of survival. Wake up…blue sky ideas are just that…nice ideas but they don’t work in the real world and have never worked!!

    • brian_dino says:

      “when and why has it become the responsibility of the American taxpayers to take care of every individual that is unable or unwilling to take care of themselves???? ” you ask the wrong question. Liberals want to give people a hand when they are down, not lifetime of free stuff. Conservatives think if you are born in America you already won suck it up and make something with your life, Liberals believe the same thing, but they also believe that sometime people get a raw deal and could use some help even if it is an ineffecient beauracracy.

      • Whether you like to believe it or not, you are cultivating an entitlement class that sits around and awaits their next hand out; welfare, food stamps, Obama phones, birth control, etc. These are the takers of society. This sort of entitlement mentality has exploded under Obama. People just want their “fair share” even if it means wealth needs to be confiscated from others. Once you can get 51% of the nation to be takers, they vote themselves goodies from the treasury. This heralds the end of the Republic.

        • hilandar1000 says:

          Whether you like to believe it or not, YOU and others like you are the ones who are enabling the entitlement class — and, by entitlement class I don’t mean the people to whom you seem to be referring. The entitlement class are the very wealthy who are receiving subsidies and benefits with tax dollars. Benefits given to low-income people are small change compared to the handouts to the wealthy. First of all, the wealthy benefit from our tax dollars that are spent on roads, railroads, and airports to get their products to market. Secondly, they benefit from corporate farm subsidies to let their land lie idle to drive up the cost of food — (no work involved there — just let their often-inherited land lie idle). Third they exploit their workers by not paying them a living wage, while they make billions of dollars from exploitation of their workers. The workers receive food stamps and medical care which they cannot afford to pay for on meager salaries provided by big businesses. Big business continues to exploit those workers and we pay the price by providing food stamps and medical care so corporations can continue the exploitation of their workers. The reason for more low-income people being on welfare in the last few years is because of job shortages. The reduced taxes for the wealthy did not provide more jobs. Our economy will not improve until we stop giving the tax breaks and entitlements to the very wealthy and insist that they pay their fair share.

      • ALLLLAMERICAN says:

        ONLY for Natural Disasters

        NOT because they don’t want to work hard

    • puzzled21 says:

      To answer your question, it isn’t our responsibility. Just like it isn’t our responsibility to respond to disasters like Sandy or Katrina or 9/11 etc. We all know that the world we live in, as humans, is just another type of jungle where the strongest survive. Survival of the fittest, great, however, we as humans are endowed with compassion for those less fortunate than ourselves, we are not animals without the ability to reason and feel, we are wired to help, to care , to reach down to those who need just a little to get them over the hump, to share some of the wealth. Which is why when the Sandy’s, Katrina’s and 9/11 come along the best in us comes out. When did we forget that no man is an island? We need each other. I agree that there are things that need to be changed, why can’t we do it collectively? We are not going to get everything we want on either side, and that shouldn’t be the goal. The goal should be what is best for the whole, and even then, someone wan’t be pleased.

      • ALLLLAMERICAN says:

        YES—in a Natural Disaster!!!! ONLY—The End

        • puzzled21 says:

          I hope that you or no one you love or care for will ever experience the tragedy of a sudden unexpected illness, cancer, Alzheimer’s, an automobile accident that leaves you or them incapacitated, a death that would impact and displace an entire family, loss of total income through no fault of your/their own. There are many types of disasters that impact people every day, if we live in the greatest country in the world then we should be able tom assist our own when in need. Not take care of them for life, be a stop gap to get them to the next level when needed. .

          • ALLLLAMERICAN says:

            We live in FLORIDA thank you
            Yes, we have had sicknesses, and auto accidents and many many ohter things that alll family have to face at one time or the other.

            PLAN A HEAD!!!!!! SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!!! TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!



      What is he going to do????

      • Stella53 says:

        Whatever he does, we can bet you’ll hate it! lol!

        • ALLLLAMERICAN says:

          He’s had four years to do SOMEHTHING

          I would had LOVED for him to do something good for our Counrty

          • darkagesbegin says:

            thing is, like stella said, no matter what does, you’ll be against it.If he were to be for deregulating the banks again, you’d be against it. If he proposed vouchers instead of medicare–suddenly republicans would be against it. Just the same old politics.

          • ALLLLAMERICAN says:

            We buy our own HEALTHCARE for our family of 6
            We don’t have Medicare or Medicade or vouchers.

            We pay for our own

          • northroader1775 says:

            GET REAL…

            here is a list of things he did that are all good for the country pick one and be happy…OR as is far more likely just ignore the whole list and go about your business of being a shithead.

            1. Affordable Care Act, half way to meaningful healthcare reform
            2. $789B economic stimulus package, still working for Americans everywhere
            3. U.S. auto industry bail out (GM and Chrysler), are healthy and making kickass cars that are winning awards all over the world
            4. Cash for clunkers
            5. Incentives for buyers of hybrid automobiles
            6. Housing rescue plan and incentives for first time home buyers
            7. Credits for purchasers of energy efficient appliances
            8. Equal pay for women, a loooooong time coming and completely just and correct
            9. $716B MEDICARE savings over next 10 years to keep program solvent, make sure you read the SAVINGS part that is way different from the BS you believe…but still true
            10. Lower drug costs for seniors and elimination of donut hole
            11. Ended policy forbidding Medicare from negotiating for cheaper drugs.
            12. Limited lobbyist’s access to the White House
            13. Ended the war in Iraq
            14. Closed secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and ended renditions
            15. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell and biomedical research
            16. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect
            17. Funded high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools
            18. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children
            19. Expanded Pell grant program and implemented easier loan repayment policy
            20. Phased out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems
            21. The Guantanamo prison camp is being phased out
            22. Torture banned. U.S. now in compliance with the Geneva Convention
            23. Better body armor provided to our troops
            24. Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear inspection talks
            25. Increased pay and benefits for military personnel
            26. Improved housing for military personnel and veterans benefits
            27. Proposed a Veterans Jobs Act (filibustered by the GOP 3 weeks ago)
            28. Ended no-bid defense contract policy
            29. Closed offshore tax havens (sorry Mitt)
            30. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to allow US government access to records of tax evaders and criminals
            31. Ended tax benefits to corporations that outsource American jobs
            32. Championed credit card consumer protection legislation
            33. Expanded loans and tax credits to small businesses
            34. Appointed the first Latina to the Supreme Court
            35. Limited salaries of senior White House aides to $100,000
            36. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel
            • 37. Pegged student loan repayment to actual income
            • 38. Supported the arab spring without sending in more troops. (and yes it’s a good thing, and yes the BS going on over the stupid film is 100% FOMENTED by religious and political leaders for their own ends and has almost nothing to do with the USA.)
            • 39. Actually worked with both sides of the aisle to put together important legislation…although one side of the aisle just clammed up and quit when they elected a bunch of teabagging D-bags.
            Ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and authorized drone strikes against Al Qaeda targets in Pakistan, Yemen and other countries

          • ALLLLAMERICAN says:

            This whole list is a JOKE!!!!

            are you kidding me—

            Yes, WE know about the stimulus packagessss and
            Yes, he do the cash for clunkers —Loser deal

            It makes me SICK to hear him say he took the credit for gettign bin Laden—REALLY??

            obama had NOTHING to do with Bid Laden—
            Find the FACTS out about Bin Laden—-
            It came from years of work, started before obama even announced he was running for office. He just happened to stumble in after all the work had been done, just in time to take credit for it.

            Bin laden never would have been found if Obama was President when Khalid SHak Muhammed was bing waterboarded.

            Bin Laden was caught after an extensive
            seven year hunt
            that started in the Bush administration.

            Give credit to the real people responsible for getting him, the intelligence services and the Navy Seals.
            The best Information is that obama deferred making a decision and that Leon Panetta made the call.
            obama wasn’t too happy about it at the time, but what could he do but try and take credit after the fact?

            Bin Laden was killed by the U.S. Navy SEALs after evading capture for nearly 10 years.


            HE WASN’T TO HAPPY ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            bama likes to act like that the nation’s two wars are ended while planning behind the scenes for a longer-term war against Al Qaeda terrorists, the man who pledged to bring America’s wars to an end has instead laid the basis for an endless battle.

            and you are soooo wrong on many of the others—military
            I just read how he had lowered their pay!!!

          • hilandar1000 says:

            All(non)American — you make a very good case — for REPEALING the right to free speech. Your unsupportable lies and opinions are nothing less than despicable!

          • ALLLLAMERICAN says:

            I DO NOT LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!

            I tell YOU Libs the Facts and you DON’T want to hear them and refuse to get educated!!!!!!!!!!!

            I DO NOT LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!


          • hilandar1000 says:

            Thanks for thinking of our educational enlightenment, but I think most of us here prefer to form our opinions based on REAL, provable facts — not FANTASY FACTS.

          • hilandar1000 says:

            Thanks for taking the time to write this listing of the accomplishments of our President, Northroader. It needs to be repeated often — not for the benefit of those who want to believe the snarky lies and non-issues that they dig up from who-knows-where. That type of person will only believe what he WANTS to believe or can manufacture in his own twisted mind. But it needs to be repeated for those who might be gullible enough to be influenced by those who read the words of someone like All(non)American.

  7. It is easy to dictate from the sidelines, but a President’s job is difficult and complex. I wish the President the best and I am hopeful he will take care of the issues in due time.

  8. Obama didn’t have a good first term and he won’t have a good second term. Most people didn’t vote for him because he stands for high principles, rather they voted for him because they don’t want to lose stuff that they think other people should pay for. I’m a second grade teacher and under Obama they’ve piled 33 kids in my classroom. Obama is for education? You’re kidding, right? Do you think No Child Left Behind is gone? Oh, no, we just have worse. All my textbooks are filled with stories of immigrants from Mexico and China. So, go ahead and throw all your bravado at me…it’s just a bunch of smoke and mirrors. Your story is a lie and Obama is, and has always been, a lie.

    • Progressive Patriot says:

      Republican and entertainment media talking point pap.

      Thank Republican policy for the cuts to education. As the conservatives held Congress hostage and forced rediculous cuts into every piece of legislation, the flow federal funds to the states slowed to a trickle. As always, the first place the states look to cut, to address budget shortfalls is our schools; classeoom size and teacher salaries. No YasminButtercup. Congress (and you know who that is), not The President, is responsible; and I’m truly sorry. It is Congress, not The President, who holds the pursestrings for the country.

      You and our children deserve much better!

    • puzzled21 says:

      You sound like someone that should be filtered out of the teaching profession, as you are obviously unaware as to the cuts in the education budget, how it has affected the education system throughout the country, who was responsible and the effects of such. A teacher should know this. I can understand that 33 students in one class is a challenge, educating children is a challenge. If you don’t come to the field with energy, creativity, resourcefulness, ability to be a self starter, ingenuity and most of all a deep seated love for teaching, it may not be the field for you. To place all of the blame for the problems of the educational system in this country on the shoulders of President Obama,indicates to me that you lack the ability to gather information and make rational decisions, again maybe this is not the field for you. You mention most people voted for the President because they didn’t want to give up things other people are paying for. Do you know any of these people? Aren’t you a Union member? What do you base your premise on? Why the comment about the stories of other cultures? isn’t education about exploring all types of cultures and learning new things? Your myopic view is not one that would be conducive to a positive classroom environment, as your bias would cloud your the atmosphere. Find a new profession and stop poisoning little minds.

    • Stella53 says:

      Sure, Yasmin. Whatever makes you feel better about Romney’s humiliating loss. Deal with it sweetie.

    • darkagesbegin says:

      I voted for him to get my free obama phone, and because he is santa claus…You listen to too much Rush and if he convinces all you republicans that you lost because all Obama voters wanted santa claus, you will continue to lose. I voted for Obama to keep Karl Rove from buying and controlling our country with a little bit of slimey money. and to keep nutcases from enacting laws telling me to believe that the earth is flat and only 4000 years old. Maybe an exageration there, but not too far fetched.

      So, please, all of you republicans continue to follow pied piper Rush and Hannity right off the cliff and leave the rest of us to live in the real world.

  9. Annemb says:

    Amen to that! … whether the GOP likes it or not.

    If the GOP filibusters they must be reminded that they were elected to represent the people not their own interests and then be censured …

  10. nckerl says:

    Really, a great heart??? I truly hope he does do a great job and works for ALL the people and stop trying to make everyone so dependent on government. Is that really what you want? What happened to people taking responsibility for themselves and working hard? Are those ideal of the past. There are two sides to every issue and we ALL need to be open to considering ideas that may not be exactly like our own. Don’t be so judgemental and stay open. Might be the thing that moves this country forward.

  11. ChristoD says:

    Watch out for those determined hate Obama mongers in the House. They are DETERMINED to get our DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT, at all costs. Their attact dog Issa is already diabolically scheming to go after him via Benghazi or whatever else may peek over the horizon that has the SLIGHTEST opportunity to attacK the LEGITIAMATE FOR TWO TERMS IN A ROW President.
    It is time to go on the attack and call these determined extremists for what they are.

  12. DKDC says:

    And don’t forget, there is at least one other important way that Obama’s second term will be a success; at least one, if not two appointments to the Supreme Court will be well-reasoning jurists and not conservative ideologues in the mold of Justices Alito and Scalia.

  13. Earl says:

    Wake Up America! Do you know that Obama secretly signed the National Defense Authoraztion Act New Year’s eve 2011 while everyone was celebrating? The purpose is for initiating Marshall Law here in the U.S. Also, he and his goons have given China access to the US Treasury and also have given them permisson to open their banks here and eventually they will take over all banks here Obama is a war monger. He and others are setting the stage for New World Order. Are you really listening at the things that are coming out his mouth? Again,”Wake up America”

    • oldtack says:

      Produce your documentation to your allegation.. Have you read the National Defense Authorization Act? Do you have a copy of the Act with signatures? Do you have a copy signed by the President? If not you have nothing but blather and innuendo.

    • Do you really believe the delusional drivel that you are spouting. Too funny!


      The Hidden secrets and Lies of the Obama administration

      For one—
      obamas advisor Valarie Jarrett has been involved in alleged SECRET talk with IRAN!!!!!!!!!!!!


      On November 1st Iran Military forces had shot down an unmanned US spy plane, according to the country’s semi-official Fars news agency. The media and White House kept several very important new announcements hidden until AFTER the election.

      WHY DID THEY HIDE THIS???—–“The Obama Administration is afraid to admit al Qaeda is running rampant throughout the region because it would expose the truth instead of what President Obama so pompously spouted during the Democratic Convention”

      The Fast and the Furious operation

      The Benghazi attack—-ALL HIDDEN SECRETS

    • puzzled21 says:

      Go back to sleep.

    • Maynard says:

      Even though I voted for Obama, Earl, I agree that the President has blood on his hands. What about those drones he approves and has even authorized, and has even joked he had for some young men that got to close to his daughters Except when the audience laughed, Obama said sternly “You think I’m joking.” He has the power to put us in jail and through away the key.” He calls it prolonged interrrogation. Will he or not? It’s up to us to inform him that it is Unconstitutional. After all, he was only a professor of Constitutional Law. How would he know that?

      • Maynard says:

        I just looked into the case and Earl, you are right according to the Business Insider Law & Order blog site of November 17, 2012. Judge Katerine B. Forrest, who was appointed by Obama, permanently blocked the government from enforcng NDAA 2012’s provision for prolonged incarceration of people accused merely of terrorism without proof. The Administration is trying to overturn the judge’s ruling. If we do not stand up for our rights, we won’t have them.

    • hilandar1000 says:

      Earl, Earl, Earl — do you ever bother to check the facts. Just one example of your faulty reasoning is illustrated in your statement that Obama “gave them (the Chinese) permission to open their banks here”. The fact is that there was a bank of China operating in Chicago in the early-1980’s. Are you saying that Obama was responsible for giving them permission to open that bank? Are you unable to check the facts? — or do you just enjoy looking like a fool?

  14. holtjp says:

    While I certainly was not a fan of Rick Perry, it is wrong to state that Romney moved to the right on immigration because of his presence in the primaries. Perry lacked in many areas, but he was far more enlightened on immigration than his other Republican candidates. Republican leaders in Texas have had to adjust to changing demographics or face extinction.

  15. usermanuel says:

    I campaigned for the President by emailing my extended Family, friends and neighbors. I said in my email that Pesident Barack Obam is the best leader I have known in my lifteime of 70 years . I have read a New York Times collumnist wrote that he thinks the president is a Great President. I also said that he is honest and has compassion for the down trodden. He is determined to help everyone in the USA by his domestic policies and abroad with his foreign policy.

    I think and I hope that President Barack Obama can lead this country into a Peaceful and Prosperous USA, hopefully free of prejudice and discrimination, with justice for all it’s people and at peace with other nations.

    • latebloomingrandma says:

      I tried to do my part by writing persuasive letters to the editor to our local paper, which are dominated by far right wing vitriol. I have had many people come up to me in public, or strangers call me on the phone to thank me for my voice of reason. One told me I convinced her to vote for Obama after one of my articles. In my area, it was very difficult to be a Catholic and admit to voting for Obama. I even got somewhat chastised by my priest.

      • patuxant says:

        LBG: As an ex-catholic, I understand, but you know what? I could care less what their chastisement would entail. Decades ago, I realized that their use of fear is what kept and now keeps them controlling the minds of the flock! No longer for me!

  16. jun says:

    I totally agree with what is stated in this news. I am very confident that our country will move forward especially the issue on our economy. President Obama knows that in another four years time, he will be gone as President , and he does not want to leave a legacy blaming or criticizing him by the american people if there will be no positive changes in his administration. And of course, President Obama will certainly not follow what President Bush have done, messing up almost the whole structures of the government, leaving behind him almost a free fall economy. God bless this reborn America and I am further certain that we will finally reach the light at the end of the tunnel through the leadership of President Obama this coming four years of his administration.

  17. Teddy Parker says:

    The GOP party that was re-shaped by Strom Thurmond is a relic of the past. It needs to jettison it’s “rolodex” ideals that are clearly out of touch and get inline with 21st century America.

  18. Diana says:

    MItt Romeny and Paul Ryan will become President and Vice President in January. The Yes on Prop 8 case will be headed to the US Supreme Court. The Yes on Prop 8 side can prove the Constituionally of the case. The 18th Amendment of the US Constitution. Also the movie Wake in Fright is Pornography! Barack Obama will not become President in January!

  19. @ALLLLAMERICAN You need to reread Machiavelli’s description of “Liberal” and “Conservative”. The pseudoconservative or faux-nee conservatives of the GOP are flaming liberals by Machiavellian standards. Mr. Obama is the most conservative president we’ve had at least since Teddy Roosevelt!

  20. Ron Silver says:

    The GOP could actually help itself thru cooperation but they are probably too arrogant and stuck in the mis-placed ideology to change much. In any event, The Pres has the upper hand and should press HIS agenda. After all, he won.

  21. Fin says:

    i think the gops are going to be EVEN MORE recalcitrant and stubborn and hyper critical, simply because any deviation from that behavior brings MAJOR criticism from within their party

  22. Kansan says:

    Hopefully Obama will get rid of Holder and Geithner. We’ve had way too much corruption and cronyism in the administration. How about an Attorney General who will prosecute some of those billionaire crooks and paid-off bureaucratic insiders, instead of whistleblowers and licensed and overseen growers of medical marijuana?

  23. commserver says:

    Obama faces many issues in his 2nd term. The big problem that is immediate is the fiscal cliff. Hopefully the GOP will be more amendable to working with Obama.

    There are many other issues that are looming. Health care isn’t resolved. It has just been temporarily set aside. If the states can opt out of setting up partnerships then the problems aren’t going away.

    There are many foreign problems that are percolating. Look at the Euro zone. Look at the Middle East, especially Iran. Look at China and its territorial problems with its neighbors.

    Things aren’t going to be easy. Obama has to be proactive and not sit back. I think that he wants to add to his Nobel Peace Prize. Maybe he can mediate China’s problems.

  24. RR3 says:

    Is the GOP call now…do you continue blocking everything the President tries to do…eventhoug it will mean that most likely you will lose the 2016 Presidential election…or you swallow your hate and pride work together and accomplish something for a change to keep this country moving forward…you heard the American people loud and clear….now is your call

  25. Robert says:

    If its not , giong the GOP”S way, it must be going God’s way.. God has Omaba’s back beleive that.

  26. Maynard says:

    Sorry, but I am not ready to suggest a new monument be designed. Romney was almost as big a gift to Obama’s campaign in 2012 as Bush was in 2008. And now that the lesser of the two evils in the election has won, it’s not too soon to ask: What did you mean when you said you and Mitt agreed about Social Security? I have a feeling we’ll soon see, and it won’t be GOOD.

  27. george says:

    If Obama were a leader maybe you would be correct.

  28. Ed says:

    Don’t count on GOP help. The parties goal remains the same, replace democracy with a corporate america.

  29. I see Obama looking toward the future and his Presidential Library in Illinois [next to Lincoln’s Presidential Library]

  30. “Whether the GOP likes it or not.” That tells the whole story about the phone bi-partisanship, compromising, etc. My way only Obama. That’s the attitude that is destroying the country. Half the country still isn’t for Obama’s policies and you won’t be either after another 4 years.

    • ellen_h says:

      Half the country are not against the Presidents policies. Only a percentage of the people that actually vote, less than half of two thirds of the nation, are selfish, greedy republicans. If the GOP don’t transform themselves, develop a decent value system, the Democrats will win again in 2016. Instead of criticizing the Dems, look to see how you can change yourself and maybe you won’t be so bitter over losing yet another election.

  31. It’s just so incredible how the GOP continues with the same old song. It is such a blatant lie that “if you raise the taxes on the RICH, you will hurt small business”. Again, the GOP is insulting the intelligence of the majority of Americans. Explain, break in down for us. How can you, an educated man and member of Congress of the United States of America, fix your mouth to say such a ridiculous lie. Just how is a SMALL BUSINESS equal to an individual with an income more than $300,000.00 + a year. The comparison makes no sense. GOP, stop trying to protect you and your friends from paying your FAIR share.

  32. The question is…is the transformation that is going to occur, the correct transformation? Will this “transformation” be the evolution that our founding fathers foresaw? or will it be the treachery that they escaped from?? Please think seriously about the direction that our country is preparing to travel.

  33. The majority of the American people voted and elected Barak Obama TWICE to be their leader. The Republicans better take notice that the country is changing. We are more educated, have a great source of information, and are tired of their nonsense obstruction.

  34. khodgin says:

    President Obama gets to start his “On Day One” initiatives now, instead of waiting until January 21. Fortunate for the country because it will take all of the days between now and inauguration to do as many things as Former Gov. Romney had scheduled for his first day in office.

    Seriously, the country wins.

  35. I like the realistic attitude, but remember: Actions speak louder than words. And those actions need to come from us — not the President. Major progress in this country has from come the people voicing their opinion en masse. Look, I love that Democrats are caring and have concerns, but they have a new one every other week. Say what you will about Republicans, but they come out — vicious or not — to play ball. They know how to rally around a cause — crazy as some of them might be — and they get their voices heard. We’re not going to solve the Immigration Issue, the Energy Issue, the Wealth Gap (and by extension, ALL Wall Street problems), Tax Reform, Healthcare, AND Imperialism in 8 years. Pick 1 or 2 issues and deal with not getting everything all at once. I’d start with Citizen’s United and Lobbyists. But that’s just me. Good luck, everyone.

  36. Gilbert says:

    Well, now that republicans see that we can beat down any array of billionaires they can bring to the fight, maybe they will grow up and start behaving like adults. The source of their power has been broken and now that everyone sees what it takes to beat them, they will be lucky to win anything in the future. They’ve got no answers. Their fights are over phony issues. The tax argument is an outright lie. No businessman makes decisions base on the tax code, but on the basis of supply and demand. If taxes had anything to do with it, our nation’s growth after WWII would never have happened. The propaganda against The Affordable Care Act is also a lie. I was in Germany just before the wall was torn down. If there were poor people living in Germany you would never have known it. Everyone was insured. The republican plot against President Obama winning a second term has left them looking foolish. They squandered billions in lost opportunity costs by being obstructionists, another billion and change trying to “buy” the election… you’d think by now they would have gotten the message.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.