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President Barack Obama: whatever happened to hope? For many Obama has lost his air of can-do heroism
The London Daily Telegraph ^ | November 4, 2012 | Andrew Marr

Posted on 11/04/2012 12:19:15 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

So Sandy arrived right in the last act, smashing and thrashing, killing and ripping. Has this latest tempestuous eruption, following the storms Beryl, Florence, Joyce and Nadine, been the deus ex machina — or the deus ex Atlantic — to settle one of America’s most extraordinary and bitterly fought presidential elections?

It won Obama a gold-plated endorsement from one of America’s most popular Republicans, the New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who fears that climate change is to blame; and an embrace from another admired Republican governor, Chris Christie of New Jersey.

But will the Sandy Effect really sway votes in swing states thousands of miles away? Obama has not had a good campaign. His hugs and his rousing words after the hurricane were one thing, but his low-energy, stumbling performance in the first presidential debate left supporters aghast and Mitt Romney’s team suddenly emboldened.

It has been a savage campaign, and for good reason. America’s culture wars have never been angrier. The country remains mired in debt — $16 trillion, up $6 trillion under Obama — of which $1.4 trillion is owned by America’s new existential rival, China. The US Treasury says that the legal debt ceiling will be hit by the end of the year.

Jobs have been exported in huge numbers. The middle classes have been getting poorer for years. Only the super-rich have experienced a rise in real incomes...

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: economy; infrastructure; obama; romney
OUCH!!
1 posted on 11/04/2012 12:19:22 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Within the article, the race card is played.


2 posted on 11/04/2012 12:23:11 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It furnished a test to Barack in which he largely failed to live up to his savior image to those who were up close and personal to it. It could be the wedge that helped turn New York state red. Not that Mitt could fundamentally do a lot better, but he wouldn’t raise unrealistic expectations.


3 posted on 11/04/2012 12:27:22 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (cat dog, cat dog, alone in the world is a little cat dog)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bloomberg is neither popular nor a Republican.


4 posted on 11/04/2012 12:27:46 AM PDT by twister881
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My grand pappy used to say that you could-

“hope in one hand and sh!t in the other and see which one
fills up faster”

Now after four years of Barry we have no hope and big piles of
sh!t everywhere.


5 posted on 11/04/2012 12:33:01 AM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (I am become Barry... destroyer of wealth)
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To: twister881

Bloomberg is neither popular nor a Republican.

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

And Obama never had any “can-do” heroism. An “air”, perhaps,
but it was clearly a scam to anyone with a hint of analytical objectivity.


6 posted on 11/04/2012 12:58:52 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Coming down off Obamas Hopium sucks..


7 posted on 11/04/2012 1:00:18 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: twister881

If Priebus had a pair, he would’ve kicked out this self-proclaimed Republican off the party.


8 posted on 11/04/2012 1:15:34 AM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...one of America’s most popular Republicans, the New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg...

Bloomberg's a Republican?

Since when?

9 posted on 11/04/2012 1:19:54 AM PDT by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama never listened and squandered much of the goodwill Americans bore towards him by taking his election as a mandate to push America to the Left when in reality it was nothing more than a reputation of Bush fils. And for that, he is now paying the price.
10 posted on 11/04/2012 1:21:27 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: John Valentine

He ran as one at the beginning, IIRC.


11 posted on 11/04/2012 1:25:38 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I find that you are right: after a lifetime as a Democrat, Bloomberg became a Republican hoping to siphon off some of the popularity that had accrued to Rudi Giuliani, but when convenient, he dropped his Republican affiliation like a Sophomore drops a Saturday morning class. He toyed with bringing his nanny-state loving, global-warming-smarmed personality to the Presidential race as a Republican, but that notion was drowned in bitter tears after the unwashed rejected the jackass out of hand.


12 posted on 11/04/2012 1:35:46 AM PDT by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s interesting to Marr’s review of our presidential election finals in UK’s Telegraph is the references to the two Republican politicians.

Bloomberg is hardly considered “popular” or even being a “republican” in the lowest case with Republicans particularly in the conservative wing. Both Bloomberg and Christi are being ridiculed or even excoriated because of their catering to the disaster known as Sandybama.

But it demonstrates the influence our media has overseas on others when they offer their evaluation and report on the American scene. They’re beginning to learn when using such publications as the New York Times or most of the major news outlets as references they’re getting a skewed outlook and eventually will hopefully discard using them as such.


13 posted on 11/04/2012 1:17:12 AM PST by mosesdapoet (The best way to punish a - country is let professors run it. Fredrick the Great para/p)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This was a very interesting read.

After reading it in full (and allowing for his “moderate” beliefs and misunderstanding of America and Americans) I believe this man is sincere in his assessment. When taken together, this isn’t at all good for Obama.


14 posted on 11/04/2012 1:45:27 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Barack Hussein Obama was never “can-do” - he was and is only “can-talk.” His whole life has been a preparation in ‘talking’.

Unfortunately, no one ever gave him the inspiration and work ethic to do anything about the talk except blame someone else when the outcome (certain) is bad.

He rolled into office on a wave euphoria founded in liberal ideology (hope, change, feelings) and misplaced white guilt, and he will be rolled out of office in a Tsunami of voter rejection Tuesday.

With him, he takes the tattered remains of what some used to call ‘beyond race’ and relegates that dream to some point far down the line, if ever.


15 posted on 11/04/2012 1:53:33 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Although this is rather damning of Obamugabe, Europeans still don’t get it. I did find this funny:

“...although the President is formidably intelligent, he may over-rely on it... He is an extremely solitary man. He is the most introverted president we have seen in the United States for decades... Barack Obama sits alone in his presidential study, up in the White House, for hours at night, writing and thinking and looking at memos and processing.”

Yeah, right. My guess is, he’s of very average intelligence. Instead of reading memo’s and writing, he is more likely spending “quality time” with Reggie Love.


16 posted on 11/04/2012 1:53:37 AM PST by rashley (Rashley)
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To: max americana

I believe Bloomy ran as an independent last time. No longer a Republican.


17 posted on 11/04/2012 1:54:49 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Eccl 10:2
And Obama never had any “can-do” heroism. An “air”, perhaps, but it was clearly a scam to anyone with a hint of analytical objectivity.

It continues to amaze and confound me how such an amazing proportion of American citizens could not see right through this little snake. And many still can't.

18 posted on 11/04/2012 2:18:12 AM PST by JustaCowgirl (Mitt Romney -- Obama asks for votes for revenge, I ask for votes for love of country)
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To: rashley

Right. The “intellectual” Obama is another fantasy.
It shows how far Britain is mired in delusion that the Telegraph is what passes for that country’s most conservative newspaper.


19 posted on 11/04/2012 2:19:25 AM PST by Malesherbes (- Sauve qui peut)
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To: onyx

***Within the article, the race card is played.***

Typical British biased liberal press. My sweet, naive Brit sister finally understands how she has been brainwashed by the BBC and UK’s newspaper pablum.

When BO was ‘elected’ and I didn’t share her admiration - she accused me of being a ‘racist’!!!!!! Her eyes are finally open.


20 posted on 11/04/2012 2:20:48 AM PST by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“When taken together, this isn’t at all good for Obama”

True words, CW.

This “journalist” with the built-in misunderstanding both of America (a center right nation, in trouble because of bad, overgrowing government) AND Obama (an anti-American rabble rousing flim flam man) TRIED to understand it, tried to “get it”, but as they all do, HE FAILED.

But at the same time, he reflects the truth that even HIS kind of people see more of the real Obama and less of the fake presentation we got and to an extent, are still getting.

And that’s not good for Obama.

Americans are sick and tired of media wondering “how will this affect Obama”.

So it’s a double-edged, journalistic “sword” the writer is wielding.

But a worthy read from across the pond.

The “Mother Country” never understood us when we tossed them out and broke FREE in a monumental REVOLUTION all those years ago.

And they still don’t.


21 posted on 11/04/2012 3:40:03 AM PST by txrangerette ("hold to the truth...speak without fear". (Glenn Beck))
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To: txrangerette
.....The “Mother Country” never understood us when we tossed them out and broke FREE in a monumental REVOLUTION all those years ago. And they still don’t.

Many Americans will be (are) going to the polls (or sitting this one out) saying, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

He makes a point of quoting someone in the story who says Obama is failing because Americans don't like the color of this man. But they can't make this a logical argument or paint America and Americans with that smear because it is obviously a lie.

Obama is being rejected for his European socialism, love and push for big-government, his anti-American positions, his loathing of our allies and love of our enemies. He's been repeatedly exposed as the Racist in Chief not the Commander in Chief.

22 posted on 11/04/2012 3:51:48 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: onyx

“unprecedented level of disrespect for this president” ...


23 posted on 11/04/2012 4:06:20 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Gaffer

He was clear from the beginning that he wanted to fundamentally re-make America. I found that repugnant.


24 posted on 11/04/2012 4:09:36 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Well, they do talk about the “unprecedented level of disrespect for this president”.

This coming from those who gave massive disrespect for President Bush.


25 posted on 11/04/2012 4:12:43 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

Only when speaking to his people. When in front of mixed audiences (i.e., white independents) he was more general and gave no outward clear - only nebulous feelgoodisms.


26 posted on 11/04/2012 4:19:10 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yeah, he quotes someone playing the race card, but nowhere and no way does he - nor can he - back up that angle.

Obama hasn’t delivered the goods, he’s delivered the “bads”, if I might make a play on words, and at the same time is so ideologically driven to turn us into something - as Paul Ryan repeatedly reminds - “we were never meant to be”.

Meanwhile, the nation is DROWNING in Obama rhetoric. Which is no longer uplifting or inspiring but is divisive, low-brow, silly drivel said to cheering sychophants used as political props.

Embarrasing the entire nation. And outraging it!

This is the insult added to the injury of these past 4 years.

But the article shows that even people who don’t get it, see that Obama is nothing like what he portrayed himself to be in 2008.

That’s certainly TRUE, and I’ll take it.


27 posted on 11/04/2012 4:25:59 AM PST by txrangerette ("hold to the truth...speak without fear". (Glenn Beck))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
For many Obama has lost his air of can-do heroism

Many others knew all he had about him WAS 'air'.

28 posted on 11/04/2012 4:48:22 AM PST by MamaTexan (I am a Person as Created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: John Valentine

Bloomingidiotberg started out running as a Republican, “evolved” into an “Independent” and is in the pupae stage of becoming a hard left commie. And folks say people can’t change....


29 posted on 11/04/2012 5:07:13 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: Gaffer

Indeed. How in the world can an adult man who had never done ANYTHING in his life be considered “can-do”? It flabbergasts me to think people can be so stupid.

Romney has a true record of accomplishment.


30 posted on 11/04/2012 5:09:03 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama has lost his air of can-do heroism

It was inevitable since it was all air to start with. He'd never accomplished anything on his on. Some day the American Left will wake up and realize they elected Al Sharpton. Sadly, some won't be bothered by it.

31 posted on 11/04/2012 5:10:20 AM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama has lost his air of can-do heroism

It was inevitable since it was all air to start with. He'd never accomplished anything on his on. Some day the American Left will wake up and realize they elected Al Sharpton. Sadly, some won't be bothered by it.

32 posted on 11/04/2012 5:12:08 AM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: hosepipe
Video of inaugural speech, good for a laugh now.

"Obama Promises The World

33 posted on 11/04/2012 5:53:48 AM PST by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("You're doing a whale of a job there, Christie.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
WATCH and SHARE (Free for the first time on Hulu):

THE HOPE & THE CHANGE

(From Citizens United, of the famous Citizens United Supreme Court case that got Obama so steamed.)

34 posted on 11/04/2012 5:59:00 AM PST by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("You're doing a whale of a job there, Christie.")
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To: BunnySlippers

Yep. I believe the quote was: “We live in the greatest country in the history of the world, help me change that”


35 posted on 11/04/2012 7:19:14 AM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: sodpoodle

I’m so glad she finally came around to see the folly and lies.


36 posted on 11/04/2012 11:58:18 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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