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Jul 30 2011
09:02 pm

Harry Belafonte had a few words for Obama and his administration.

“There has never been such a void in moral truth as it now exists,” Belafonte said. “And what the expectation has been for many of us was that Barack Obama would bring to the table a great sense of moral fortitude. I think were he to apply that in the decisions that he would have to make, he would find that his presidency might touch on a level of greatness that he has not yet considered.”

He added, "He (Obama) has only listened to the voices that shout the loudest, and it’s all those reckless right-wing forces. It’s almost criminal.”

Wow! Some tough words. Wonder if the powers that be in the WH are listening? Oh, wait, Standard & Poors has more pull at the WH than an 84 year old actor/humanitarian/activist who tells it like it is has.
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bizgrrl's picture

Your attitutde about HC is

Your attitutde about HC is apparent. There's nothing wrong with that. Some of us tend to disagree. I'm not positive she would have made a better president. It is my opinion she would have been a stronger voice standing up to Congress and big business. I believe she is smarter than Obama, definitly more politically savvy. She also might have been better at foreign policy and dealing with leaders of other countries.

Having said that, I'm obviously not a huge Obama fan. He's doing a better job than McCain/Palin. He, IMO, is not a great communicator. It is good trobinson came up with a list of good he has done as a reminder. Although, some of those are not either good or critical, again IMO, e.g. lowered income tax, Bin Laden killed.

Virgil Proudfoot's picture

Obomber is in some ways worse than Shrub

Let me count the ways.

We're now bombing even more countries than under Bush II.

Obomber has volunteered cuts to Medicare and Social Security that BII would have loved but that O might get through with that highly touted bipartisan support.

He passed the McCain-Romney plan for insurance company profit enhancement (aka the Affordable Care Act), which BII could never have engineered.

He's expanded federal surveillance to go after whistle-blowers and anti-war protesters, to levels BII couldn't have managed, with little protest from the Professional Left.

I never had a lot of hope for Barry, but I thought a hypothetical unknown was potentially better than a known horror (Hillary, with her love for war and Dick Morris).

The problem really is bigger than personality issues between BO and HC: it's the fact that the elites in the Democratic Party are just as much owned by big business as the Republican Party; they just have to lie about it in order to get elected.

CE Petro's picture

Bottom line, Obama Failures Outweigh the Successes

The problem really is bigger than personality issues between BO and HC: it's the fact that the elites in the Democratic Party are just as much owned by big business as the Republican Party; they just have to lie about it in order to get elected.

(my emphasis)

Virgil only hits the tip of the proverbial iceberg with his reply.

The failures of the Obama administration far outweigh his successes, in that the failures have a far greater impact on everyday people than the success do.

As to Obama's war on whistle-blowers, his DOJ suffered two defeats recently. Note that the first case Glenn points to, BushII's DOJ decided not to prosecute, but Obama's DOJ switched gears and did prosecute. (Wow! Who would have ever thought I would have touted a BushII move over Obama???)

Did you realize that 500,000 people no longer have government jobs since Obama's inauguration? BTW, private job creation sucks, too.

Extending the BushII tax cuts more than wipes out the tax cuts for the disappearing middle class -- meaning the poor and working poor are getting nickled and dimed so that the poor, poor rich can amass more riches.

When you look at the FULL picture the successes pale in comparison to the failures.

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