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Why are some of us pissed off and uneasy?


Obama Administration: US Forces Can Assassinate Americans
NYT: Obama Administration Pressuring NY AG To Accept Bank Settlement Instead Of Prosecuting
Feds threaten crackdown if medical-pot makeover becomes law
White House visitor logs riddled with holes
Obama’s John Yoo Moment– Cherry Picking Lawyers
Activists cry foul over FBI probe – The Washington Post
Emails Show White House Promotes Genetically Engineered Crops in Wildlife Refuges
Obama Broke Pledge to Force Banks to Help Homeowners
Obama’s tough budget cuts: money to help needy pay for heat
Labor unions uneasy as OSHA withdraws proposed rules
Justice Department seeks to have all web surfing tracked
Treasury Blocks Legal Aid for Homeowners Facing Foreclosure | The Nation 
US to lift ban on new cases for Guantanamo detainees
Obama administration keeps new policy on Miranda secret
Drug Makers Win Administration Support in Price Dispute
Counterinsurgency Outsourcing: America’s New Mercenaries in Afghanistan, Middle East, Africa
Obama administration readies indefinite detention order for Guantanamo detainees
War Room: Contrary to public statements, Obama admin fueled conflict in Yemen
A Reversal on End-of-Life Planning Under Medicare
Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe
U.S. drops demand for Israeli settlement freeze
Obama waiver allows U.S. aid to 4 countries using child soldiers
The Deal with the Hospital Industry to Kill the Public Option
Blackwater Wins Piece of $10 Billion Mercenary Deal
U.S. Is Said to Expand Secret Actions in Mideast
Obama invokes ‘state secrets’ claim to dismiss suit against targeting of U.S. citizen al-Aulaqi
Despite Fresh Rhetoric About Saving U.S. Manufacturing, Obama Is Quietly Pushing Failed Bush Trade Policies
Administration backs utilities in climate case 
DOJ gags scientists studying BP disaster
US Still Holds Detainee Pentagon Wanted Freed in 2004
Banks to benefit most from White House program to help fight foreclosures
White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity
White House Mulling Business Group’s Regulatory Hit List
Obama Hires Fmr. Wellpoint Exec to Implement Health Care Law
Obama – Scientists expected Obama administration to be friendlier
Across From White House, Coffee With Lobbyists 
Administration Hardens Stance Against Leaks to Press
Obama administration backs private twist to public housing
Lawsuit to Challenge Salazar’s Wholesale Disregard of Marine Mammal Protection Laws in Gulf of Mexico
NOAA Warned Interior It Was Underestimating Threat Of Serious Spill
Feds on GMO Labeling: Don’t Tell, Don’t Ask
New rules on terror custody being drafted
Afghans ‘abused at secret prison’ at Bagram airbase
|Obama administration backs telecom immunity
Obama Packs Debt Commission with Social Security Looters
Pesticide Lobbyist Gets Posted as Chief Agricultural Negotiator 
Environmentalists Blast Obama Mining Reversal
More Obama DOJ attacks on whistle-blowers
Obama’s Sudden, Senseless Assault on Medical Marijuana

To name a few.

If course, sources are challenged, messengers attacked. You have comments like this

88. President Obama could crap gold bricks, that crowd would just accuse him
of spending too much for food at the White House. Nothing will satisfy them, or teafucks.
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That poor, poor man! Others, sarcastically post photos of the dog and Obama with babies to appease the malcontent.


My head is spinning from the realization that some former PUMAs (still calling themselves “liberal”) are cheering the police state – Obama’s police state.

So, I went over to Obama’s other supporters and found this interesting conversation

Why can’t Obama issue a “Chill the fuck out, I got this!” over #occupy?


You know? sit down to a beer summit with some of the protesters. Hear them out. He’s been pretty middle of the road over #occupy. Last night he mentioned Occupy and the tea party in the same sentence, so it sounds like he gives them both equal value. That was disappointing.

The answers are fun. Some of course justify everything Obama does.

24. No, you are a useful idiot for the 1%.
 Starbucks Anarchist
You nutjobs who demand some sort of liberal utopia do nothing but attack Obama based on false evidence (like demanding he talk about the issue hours before it actually happened) and proudly state you won’t vote for him, which is an in-kind donation to the GOP, the people who truly side with the 1%. Besides, if Obama did address the issue, you’d claim it was “just a speech.”

So go ahead and be “done.” The GOP and the Koch Brothers thank you for your support. So fuck you. Permalink 

But then you have those

4. Because he serves at the pleasure of the 1%. Seriously, can
you believe the President could appear on a comedy show at exactly the same time his constituents were getting gassed, shot with rubber bullets and beaten down by the cops?

What does that tell you?

Thanks to DUer ‘ChandlerJr’ for pointing out that juxtaposition of Obama and Leno yucking it up while people were getting shot. Un-fucking-acceptable.

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and upon someone objecting that Leno was taped in the morning

Here was my experience: on the TV I saw Obama yucking it
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 01:34 AM by coalition_unwilling
up with Leno. AT EXACTLY THE SAME TIME, on my laptop I watched livestream as flashbang grenades detonated.

At the same time Occupy Oakland was being criminally assaulted by the Oakland Gestapo, Obama was appearing at a $7500/plate dinner right across the bay and couldnt’ be bothered to say a fucking thing. Fuck that and fuck you.

You go ahead and justify that to your heart’s content. You are a lickspittle and toady for the 1%.

I am so done with Obama and his cohort.

and this conclusion

23. Perfectly stated.
The guy developed an embarrassingly slavish cult following, but anyone that thought he was anything other than just another product of the Chicago political machine (and a corporate sock puppet) need to be beaten with a cluestick.Permalink


There has been a painted truck for years in our neighborhood. Its owner likes to express his political views on it.

Before 2004 it make me smile by sporting a ballot box on its back featuring Bush and someone else – with a check on the second choice.

In 2008 it made me cringe by sporting a “love your president” logo. I have been meaning to make a Goldman Sachs sticker and cover the “your” but I confess I never got around to it.

Which is just as well, because look at its message now:

Of course, the question arises – why would anyone take voting advice from this guy now?.

Oh, noes!

Well DU has become quite the Obama bash fest….

what the hell happened to DU, seems to have merged with freerepublic.

Only one breaks the chorus of approval

24. I know

Having people criticize the president on here for accepting republican narratives absolutely makes this message-board the equivalent of an insane bigoted far-right message board. 

Its like they say, if you criticize a democrat from the left that means you are a secret republican operative.   Permalink

The loyalty train  is chugging along however

***Check in if you’re proud of President Obama and his SOTU tonight***

Not 100% agreement from me, but very good.

William Pitt is not aboard

Is this as bad as I think it is?

I have been known on more than one occasion to defend the President even when he didn’t necessarily deserve it. I’ve also kicked him in the ass more than once.

This is an excellent Republican speech. There were a few belly-rubs – new energy policy, and oh we love the children – but he has been kissing GOP ass from beginning to end.

Please tell me I’m just an insane person. Been writing all day, maybe I’m addled.

But Jesus God…what is this crap?

Best Republican speech I’ve ever heard.

Total poop grenade.

Shit everywhere.


answering to a cheerleader saying Obama is doing right

10. He hasn’t lit the podium on fire or thrown up or anything
but I wouldn’t call this “doing great.”  Permalink

There were plenty of articles, material for this one in 2008 too, but they ignored it

Time Magazine Cover of Obama: Why Obama Hearts Reagan

Some excerpts from the article

Since the November elections, Obama has brought corporate executives into the White House, reached out to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and made compromise his new watchword. He signed a surprise $858 billion tax cut that would have made Reagan weep with joy and huddled with Reagan’s former White House chief of staff Ken Duberstein for lessons learned when the Gipper governed amid economic troubles.Over the Christmas break, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs tweeted that Obama was reading a Reagan biography, and just to confirm the bond, Obama recently wrote an homage to Reagan for USA Today. “Reagan recognized the American people’s hunger for accountability and change,” Obama wrote, conferring on Reagan two of his most cherished political slogans.

Of course, the defense team is ready this time as well

7. The full article is pretty interesting. OP’s excerpts are kind of misleading.
It isn’t about how “Obama is just like Reagan”. Nor is it that “Obama Admires Reagan’s Policies” which he doesn’t. It has more to do with using Reagan’s style to counter R meme that “government is the problem”  Permalink

and one of the cheerleaders nails it

9. We knew this since the primaries. Did you vote for Obama? n/t   Permalink

Another subversive idea

How to fix Social Security in one graph

Here’s an interesting view on civl rights, and very likely the DUdie

Obama administration demands Dan Choi pay $2500 for DADT discharge

To which cheerleading O responds

2. Shame on Choi – easier for him to be a perpetual victim, apparently
Grandstanding to try and embarass the administration that has done so much for this cause.  Permalink

A truth that shall become obvious  to many

Obama Single-Handedly Destroyed Social Security

Good bye, Social Security. You did a great job for 75 years. Apparently, the President is ready to pull the plug on you, if not on Grandma herself.

Someone even offers a summary


1. In the new Obama/Republican Tax Cut Compromise, a 2-year payroll tax holiday (which funds Social Security) is included which would decrease FICA contributions by on the employee side.
2. 60 members of the Senate are UNWILLING to raise taxes. Considering the recent elections, a majority of the House will not want to raise taxes either. It is also likely we will have a Republican president in 2 years, or Obama will continue to cave to Republican demands, so, same thing.
3. The Payroll tax Holiday will then likely become permanent because pols are unwilling to “increase taxes” (like the Bush Tax Cuts) which will double the Social Security shortfall.
4. We end up with a “starve the beast” scenario. This funding shortfall will cause a crisis in Social Security which will eventually lead to cuts across the board (severe means testing where only the really indigent will receive SS) therefore obliterating widespread support. Permalink

while the loyalists don’t believe it

16. Unrec for unsubstantiated rumors.

More hair on fire rhetoric from FDL. Permalink

and this was a clever sneaky one

Joe Scarborough unveils Republican campaign talking point

Obama is not serious about deficit reduction because he just added one trillion to the deficit by renewing the bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

As dissapointed as I am, I am more pissed at the Democrats in Congress.

Of course – anyone but the one.

One still thinks R have nothing on Obama

11. But they suck at 11-D chess

The chess master will beat them in the end. He has a secret recipe for winning: Preemptive surrender at every step. Permalink

and then sees the sequel

9. Coming soon: “Obama: We must cut Social Security to reduce the deficit”

“and I invite my Republican superiors to join me in this effort” Permalink

Loyalists are on the offensive

KUDOS to President Obama for pushing back on the unappreciative left. . .

The usual propaganda follows and ends with

GO AHEAD PRESIDENT OBAMA, I got your back!Permalink

Some quibble

6. that was sheer unadulterated awesomeness … although..

…. I wouldn’t call it “the left.” The puritanical, 99% is simply not good enough for me lot aren’t the whole left. There a tiny but loud few. Permalink

Others felt different

Obama seemed condescending when talking about left today?


Some enjoyed it

60. The bashing of the purists was a thing of beauty. Permalink

Someone wants to change the title

4. Again

I think the missing word in your post was “again”.

He is really impressed with himself and very frustrated in people who don’t see just how brilliant he is. Permalink

And some made me sad – much as I shouldn’t feel sorry for them

7. That’s cuz we’re f#cking retarded. Remember.

I’m being sarcastic, I’m actually heartbroken. I have a sterling silver Obama logo necklace that I wore proudly until a few months ago. I’m so sad about how I feel. Permalink

some good (if too late)observations

14. In my eyes, the president has two tones: condescending and angry.

Rarely have I seen any alternative attitudes come through, except maybe timid. So his condescension today was no surprise. He is as snide as it gets. Permalink

Don’t you fucking yell at us, Mr President. And your podium

pounding has little effect anymore!

Reminding how Clinton handled identical situation ( as I hear “Obama is as bad as Clinton”)

How Clinton handled Republican blackmail – he used it to destroy Gingrich

This is exactly what happened when Gingrich and company tried to blackmail Clinton into all sorts of crazy shit, saying they’d shut down government if he didn’t give in. Clinton knew most Americans agreed with him, and he strode onto the TV and said “Those fuckers are trying to force me to do stuff that most Americans don’t want, and so they’re shutting down the government. I don’t want to shut down the government, but I’m not going to put up with blackmail.”

The Republicans were in flames in days, and Gingrich eventually got the boot. From Wikipedia:

The Republicans blamed Clinton for the shutdown, and Clinton blamed the Republicans. Public opinion favored the president; Clinton’s approval rating rose to the highest it had been since his election. The Republicans’ support was further diminished two days later when Gingrich made a widely-reported complaint about being snubbed by Clinton; Tom DeLay called it “the mistake of his life”.

DeLay writes in his book No Retreat, No Surrender:
“He told a room full of reporters that he forced the shutdown because Clinton had rudely made him and Bob Dole sit at the back of Air Force One… Newt had been careless to say such a thing, and now the whole moral tone of the shutdown had been lost. What had been a noble battle for fiscal sanity began to look like the tirade of a spoiled child. The revolution, I can tell you, was never the same.”
Gingrich’s complaint resulted in the perception that he was acting in a petty, egotistical manner, and Clinton defended the seating arrangement as a courtesy to Gingrich, the back of the plane being closer to his pickup car.<1> Later, the polls suggested that the event badly damaged Gingrich politically.

The shutdown also influenced the 1996 presidential election. Bob Dole, the Senate Majority Leader, was running for president in 1996. Because of his need to campaign, Dole wanted to solve the budget crisis in January 1996 despite the willingness of other Republicans to continue the shutdown unless their demands were met. It also has been cited as a role in Clinton’s successful re-election in 1996.

and some helpful advice

How to Remove Bumper Stickers

and someone notices the change in the place

Democratic Underground RETURNS to being truly “Underground,” I guess.

or rather the fact that O’s are now officially marginalized – which is kinda late

…well according to our President (for now), we should just shut up and take it. Because we progressives and liberals with our high-minded ideals are just too stupid to understand Obama’s “long game” strategy, we just need to trust our leader. We just need to fall into lockstep with the Democratic caucus. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

I’m a member of this group because I choose NOT to fall into lockstep.

I’m a member of the underground because I choose to fight for my ideals and common sense.

I will not apologize to this President, who has betrayed his party. I will not be anyone’s lap dog.

But it calls into discussion what they’ve done

1. The “U” in “DU” had been forgotten for a couple years..

now, with so many blinders being ripped off in all directions, all at once, it seems that “second letter” is reasserting itself… Permalink

and a funny comment

75. Oh please!

Obama couldn’t find The Left with a compass and G.P.S.! Permalink

More sophistry from the authoritarian loyalists

Hmmm. Some of the same people who insist that it is their right/duty to loudly criticize President

when they disagree with him – and chafe at being told that they should be keep their criticisms to themselves – are now absolutely FURIOUS that the President had the temerity to criticize THEM.

Sorry, but we can’t have it both ways.

Took a while – they were high-fiving each other for the perfect argument, but finally someone nailed it

54. Who works for whom, here? It’s not the electorate’s job to please the President. Permalink

Turning on their pundits

Rachel Maddow is proving just how myopic the Parlor Talking Purists really are

with clever arguments like these (and this is a DUdie candidate)

12. So Obama as President can overrule what Congress and Senate do? Permalink

which mercifully get responded

44. Yeah, it’s called a veto. Permalink

and the rude awakening keeps on going

What ever happens, we are fucked. We’ve been used

and abused and there is nothing left.

One after the other, they wake up

2. I’m just mad at myself for not seeing this coming.

I was 100% snowed. 2 years ago, I never thought we’d be here. Never. 6 months ago I woke the fuck up and stopped making excuses and rationalizations. It’s gone downhill from there.

But at least my eyes are wide open now. Some are still in dreamland. It’s a blue pill red pill situation Permalink

I am mad at you too for not seeing this coming. And for attacking me and the rest who told you it was coming.

Another view on the “Unprecedented One”

I’m beginning to think Obama just isn’t smart enough to be president

Others think

3. He’s not stupid – rather he is complicit. nt Permalink

and then there’s Solomon

8. i think that you can argue both sides…that he’s being taken advantage of, and that he’s
the one taking advantage…and neither reflect nicely b/c in the first case he’s a not-so swift pol. in the second case, he’s not on our side and therefore less than trustworthy. neither of these scenarios are flattering. Permalink

and some put disappointment in verse

When we elected Obama, we thought

When we elected Obama, we thought

We elected a Thurgood Marshall,
a lion of the law,
one of the great legal minds.

We thought we elected a Martin Luther King
a guardian of rights
a courageous, peaceful warrior.

What we got was a Clarence Thomas,
Parroting the RIGHT opinions,
Deferential to conservative bluster.

So we now find ourselves ill served
Hoping that his promise of change
Means that he will change his ways.

And the DUdie

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goes to another clueless effort to distract

** So, Who wants to see Obama light a Christmas tree! **

This concludes today’s edition. See you on Tuesday!


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