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Cut Obama some slack, wait and listen
Men's News Daily ^ | Nov. 6, 2008 | John David Powell

Posted on 11/07/2008 6:11:45 AM PST by John David Powell

The first comment I received from someone not on my television screen regarding the election of Barack Obama as the next president of the United States came via email early the day after the election. It asked simply, “Now what?” Those two words coalesced the questions facing not only our new president, but also the people of our nation, regardless of ideology or political affiliation.

Now we wait, I replied, and guard the house, and protect the chickens, and peer deep into the night and listen.

It occurred to me that my reply may sound skeptical, indeed fearful, of Mr. Obama. Quite the contrary. I meant to point out folks should react cautiously, but not anxiously. Those who did not vote for him have no need to grab their rifles, run out into their yards with hair aflame, and fire blindly at imagined intruders.

Those who voted for the current Mr. Bush the first time must remember their outrage when supporters of Al Gore derided the nation’s new leader before he could prove himself one way or the other.

Yes, there was much anger and even considerable suspicion regarding the election, bad feelings that remain to this day. But it’s different this time. The outcome is clear. No chads hanging the election in the balance. Back then, in 2000, Mr. Gore received half a million more votes than Mr. Bush. This week, Mr. Obama outpolled Mr. McCain by more than seven million votes. Even though he did not win, Mr. McCain received more votes than Messrs. Bush and Gore and even Ronald Reagan in either of his landslide elections.

Mr. Obama will become president of a nation divided strongly along many lines. Nearly 56 million of his fellow citizens preferred another candidate, another set of ideas, another plan for change. He will learn on the job, as did every other president before him, the best way to lead his nation in the direction he believes best. In the process, he will lose many of his followers, people who want to take their leader to places he does not, or cannot, go. He will find, as did every other president before him, that the Oval Office is a lonely and confining place.

That’s why we the people need to cut him some slack and resist the temptation to nitpick, to continue the mean-spiritedness that has infected our nation and has made a sport out of making sport of someone we don’t particularly like. The level of political intolerance and nasty rhetoric seems to have increased considerably during the last couple of years. Were the commentators and comedians to blame or did the campaigns set the tone that others mimicked? It doesn’t matter today. The election is over and both candidates, in their respective concession and acceptance speeches, achieved the level of eloquence we should see during a campaign, not just at the end.

Mr. McCain began his speech by asking the crowd to stop booing at the name of Barack Obama. And then he urged his supporters to join him in congratulating the next president and in offering Mr. Obama “our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together to find the necessary compromise to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited. Whatever our differences,” he continued, “we are fellow Americans.”

It is natural, he said, to feel disappointment. “But tomorrow, we must move beyond it and work together to get our country moving again.”

Mr. Obama echoed in his acceptance speech that call for national unity. He told the world that the citizens of our nation “have never been a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and always will be, the United States of America.”

And then, on a night filled with history, he called forward the memory of Abraham Lincoln, a Republican from Illinois, who was the first to carry his party’s banner to the White House. “As Lincoln said to a nation more divided than ours,” he said, “we are not enemies, but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too.”

That statement answers the second email I received the morning after the election, sent by a person who wrote, “He will never be MY president.” Our political system, the envy of the world, allows us to embrace fully the victor while guarding the house and peering deep into the night and listening. Then, if we find ourselves at odds with what comes to our front door, we can take up our ballot, not our rifle, and change our leadership again.

John David Powell is an award-winning Internet columnist and writer. His email address is johndavidpowell@yahoo.com.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 11/07/2008 6:11:46 AM PST by John David Powell
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To: John David Powell

barf


2 posted on 11/07/2008 6:15:14 AM PST by thesetruths
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To: John David Powell

Cut some slack? Sounds like he sure is hiring Rahmbo as his top guy. He’s going to “reach” across the aisle... and bash their heads in.


3 posted on 11/07/2008 6:15:39 AM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: John David Powell
Cut Obama some slack...

then cut your own throat.

4 posted on 11/07/2008 6:15:51 AM PST by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: John David Powell

Yeah. Do nothing until it is too late.

http://change.gov/americaserves/


5 posted on 11/07/2008 6:16:09 AM PST by LRS (Just contracts; just laws; just a Constitution...)
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To: John David Powell
And I will be your president, too

So, Mr. Obama is going to be the president of all us bitter people, too? This article is dribble. The public doesn't even know the man they elected.

6 posted on 11/07/2008 6:16:20 AM PST by aimhigh
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To: John David Powell

He may have been elected, but no kool-aid for me, thanks anyways.

There’s been too many funny associations and too much not shown. And he still never provided a birth certificate with the doctor’s name, etc. on it.

Plus, I have no respect for a man who spent 17+ years with a preacher whose good buddy is Louis Farrakhan and who celebrated 5 days after 3,000 Americans were killed on 9/11.

I’m funny like that ...


7 posted on 11/07/2008 6:16:25 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: John David Powell
That’s why we the people need to cut him some slack and resist the temptation to nitpick

Already lowering the expectations.

8 posted on 11/07/2008 6:16:40 AM PST by The Iceman Cometh (America, You're F*cked!)
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To: John David Powell
Obama is such a lovely speaker. He always says just the right thing.

Then he asks Rahm Emmanuel to be his Chief of Staff.

Unity? Unity? Are you kidding???

9 posted on 11/07/2008 6:17:13 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: John David Powell
Then, if we find ourselves at odds with what comes to our front door, we can take up our ballot, not our rifle, and change our leadership again.

That worked out pretty well in Germany a few years back, huh. I'd perfer they didn't get all the way to my front door before I stepped away from the koolaid.

10 posted on 11/07/2008 6:17:30 AM PST by itsthejourney (mtbopfuyn has risen from the ashes)
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To: John David Powell
Some of us were listening during the campaign. Usually, nothing of any substance was said. When it was, it was revealing, particularly with regard to economic philosophy.
11 posted on 11/07/2008 6:17:56 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: John David Powell

rubbish


12 posted on 11/07/2008 6:18:14 AM PST by 1Remnant
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To: The Iceman Cometh

When it comes to abortion and socialism I reserve my right to nitpick.


13 posted on 11/07/2008 6:18:22 AM PST by thesetruths
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To: John David Powell

Never. :)


14 posted on 11/07/2008 6:18:40 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin ('Taking the moderate path of appeasement leads to abysmal defeat.' - Rush on 11/05/08)
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To: John David Powell

There isn’t any need to act like moonbat libs, but while you’re busy ‘cutting slack’, we’ll be working to stop his plans to destroy this country.


15 posted on 11/07/2008 6:18:52 AM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (One good thing about 11/4: I no longer have to pretend that I like John McCain.)
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To: John David Powell

That will be a cold day in Hell. Obama is a Euro Socialist-Fascist puppet. He and Schwarzenegger are Euro plants. Schwarzenegger was a plant all the way back in the Carter days. This is payback for eliminating their cheap oil on the backs of tortured Middle east victims. We’ve been attacked once again. This time by Europe.


16 posted on 11/07/2008 6:18:57 AM PST by prismsinc
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To: John David Powell
...we the people need to cut him (Hussein) some slack and resist the temptation to nitpick...

No.

Hell no.

I will not "cut him slack" and I will "nitpick" every chance I get.

That two-bit street hustling wanna-be muslim is NOT my president, he will never be my president.

I put the POS on about the same level as I did the Clintoon.

At least that bumbling bozo gave me a laugh once in a while...this buffoon will give me a coronary.

17 posted on 11/07/2008 6:18:59 AM PST by OldSmaj (Death to islam. No to Hussein. BO stinks.)
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To: John David Powell

Well, I, for one, will be too busy clinging to my religion and guns to cut Mr. Obama any slack.

The Democrats made life for George Bush Hell on earth for the past eight years. The temptation to do the same for Mr. Obama is very alluring.

But then, I keep thinking, what it is from, Luke, “Judge not lest you be judged...?”

Nope, I won’t cut him any slack, but I will be watching intently.


18 posted on 11/07/2008 6:20:08 AM PST by RexBeach ("There is no such thing as a good tax." Winston Churchill)
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To: John David Powell

“That’s why we the people need to cut him some slack and resist the temptation to nitpick, to continue the mean-spiritedness that has infected our nation and has made a sport out of making sport of someone we don’t particularly like.”

Your advice is at the very least seriously misguided.

You are telling people to just accept whatever Obama does, quietly hand him over our 401Ks, don’t dare criticize him, so we won’t appear to be “meanspirited” and learn to chant “Obama, Obama”.


19 posted on 11/07/2008 6:20:40 AM PST by FocusNexus
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To: John David Powell

Cut him some slack?

In a word:

NO


20 posted on 11/07/2008 6:21:23 AM PST by roaddog727 (BS does not get bridges built - the funk you see is the funk you do)
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To: John David Powell

“That’s why we the people need to cut him some slack and resist the temptation to nitpick...”

You need to send out barf bags with your opinion. Why would I “cut some slack” to an enemy that has vowed to destroy my family and country?


21 posted on 11/07/2008 6:21:59 AM PST by sergeantdave (We are now in the Age of the Idiot)
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To: John David Powell

A steaming pile of bull excrement.


22 posted on 11/07/2008 6:22:00 AM PST by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can.)
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To: John David Powell

“Yes, there was much anger and even considerable suspicion regarding the election, bad feelings that remain to this day. But it’s different this time. The outcome is clear. No chads hanging the election in the balance. Back then, in 2000, Mr. Gore received half a million more votes than Mr. Bush. This week, Mr. Obama outpolled Mr. McCain by more than seven million votes. Even though he did not win, Mr. McCain received more votes than Messrs. Bush and Gore and even Ronald Reagan in either of his landslide elections. “

Let’s be honest, the only reason there were no hanging chads and such is because it was called for Obama. If it had been called for McCain, we’d still be recounting votes come Spring.


23 posted on 11/07/2008 6:22:16 AM PST by autumnraine (Churchill: " we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall never surrender")
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To: John David Powell

Only two choices:

Support a marxist or don’t. My duty is clear..


24 posted on 11/07/2008 6:22:47 AM PST by vietvet67
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To: John David Powell; All
"...That’s why we the people need to cut him some slack and resist the temptation to nitpick, to continue the mean-spiritedness that has infected our nation and has made a sport out of making sport of someone we don’t particularly like..."

Gee. Maybe I have a problem with someone being a racist, socialist Marxist and the policies that might be enacted as a result of that.

Whether I like, dislike or don't know him personally doesn't make a damned bit of difference.

Gee, I wonder how long it will be before someone admonishes me for calling him a racist because he went to a so-called "church" that was run by a raging racist for twenty years and contributed lots of money to it? But hey, that isn't racist.

Calling someone "racist" for that IS considered racist by many people now.

That, and calling someone "macacca".

Welcome to 1984.

25 posted on 11/07/2008 6:23:07 AM PST by rlmorel ("A barrel of monkeys is not fun. In fact, a barrel of monkeys can be quite terrifying!")
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To: John David Powell

Sorry, don’t have the s.u.b.m.i.s.s.i.o.n gene in this pool.


26 posted on 11/07/2008 6:23:37 AM PST by bvw
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To: John David Powell
How's this:

OBAMA LIED AND FREEDOM DIED! OBAMA LIED AND FREEDOM DIED! OBAMA LIED AND FREEDOM DIED! OBAMA LIED AND FREEDOM DIED! OBAMA LIED AND FREEDOM DIED! OBAMA LIED AND FREEDOM DIED! OBAMA LIED AND FREEDOM DIED! OBAMA LIED AND FREEDOM DIED! OBAMA LIED AND FREEDOM DIED! OBAMA LIED AND FREEDOM DIED! OBAMA LIED AND FREEDOM DIED! OBAMA LIED AND FREEDOM DIED! OBAMA LIED AND FREEDOM DIED! OBAMA LIED AND FREEDOM DIED! OBAMA LIED AND FREEDOM DIED! OBAMA LIED AND FREEDOM DIED!

27 posted on 11/07/2008 6:23:42 AM PST by Jagman (Don't tax me, bro!)
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To: John David Powell

I’ll never cut him or any Democrat any slack....sorry!
Not after I’ve watched for the last 8 years of them tearing down Bush and the Republican’s.
Sorry but I don’t forget.


28 posted on 11/07/2008 6:26:07 AM PST by coconut47
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To: roaddog727; All

How about, HELL NO.

Instead, I think I’ll do the same thing the Democrats have done for last 8 years. Bitch, moan, groan, obstruct, sue, block, and be all around disagreeable with EVERY SINGLE THING HE DOES. If he walks on water, I’ll say, yea, but it was shallow. If he turns water into wine, I’ll complain it wasn’t Cabernet of my specific vintage. And don’t even get me started on the fish.


29 posted on 11/07/2008 6:27:08 AM PST by farlander (Try not to wear milk bone underwear - it's a dog eat dog financial world)
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To: John David Powell

I got yer slack right here, John David Powell.


30 posted on 11/07/2008 6:27:30 AM PST by Carl LaFong (I'm Sarah Palin)
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To: John David Powell
Yep..We are gonna cut him some slack...cut our hours, cut our investments, cut our employees, cut our purchases,cut our travel and enjoy the sunset. No one to prop up now who isn't a freekin’ commie wannabe.

The greedy and the moochers have taken the last bullet of sweat they are gonna get from me. We are all French now. I want my 32 hour work week and two months holiday leave. I'm gonna sip on wine and complain about global cooling and the BAMMA Admin.

31 posted on 11/07/2008 6:27:38 AM PST by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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To: John David Powell

“but tomorrow, we must move beyond it and work together to get our country moving again.”

considering that mr. imanuel has said that republicans can go f%^k themselves and his liberal cronies referred to president bush as hitler, a moron, a dolt, an idiot and worse, from day one, then the above statement is laughable on its face.

the adolescents who have won the election will be just that;
adolescent punks, dangerously wielding power for a transition to socialism and the “re-education” of conservatives who voted against them.

if they complain that the country has to get moving again, they must be reminded that the country was moving when they unleashed their venom on a republican president whose administration presided over a good economy.

all of those liberals can go f&^k themselves with the “derivatives” which got them into power.

IMHO


32 posted on 11/07/2008 6:28:22 AM PST by ripley
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To: John David Powell

“Yes, there was much anger and even considerable suspicion regarding the election, bad feelings that remain to this day. But it’s different this time. The outcome is clear. No chads hanging the election in the balance. Back then, in 2000, Mr. Gore received half a million more votes than Mr. Bush.”

Conveniently forgetting that President Bush won the second election in 2004 overwhelmingly and THEY STILL worked to undermine his presidency, the country and are still actively working to bash him.


33 posted on 11/07/2008 6:29:37 AM PST by OpusatFR (Neither Republican or Democrat. Monarchist with allegience to The Only One.)
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To: John David Powell

“Then, if we find ourselves at odds with what comes to our front door, we can take up our ballot, not our rifle,”

This idiot hasn’t heard that things have changed.
Rifle first, ballot later, IMHO.


34 posted on 11/07/2008 6:30:30 AM PST by austinaero
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To: John David Powell
Like they cut GWB slack? In the early part of 2001 I knew libs who were blaming their lay off on him.

Payback’s a bitch. Doubled.

35 posted on 11/07/2008 6:32:22 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (If Hillary is elected, her legacy will be telling the American people: Better put some ice on that.)
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To: John David Powell

President Bush could not even claim his victory for weeks in the 2000 elections because of democRAT attempts to steal the election.

He has been insulted and degraded like no other president in memory.

I, for one, will not cut this poser or his comrades ANY slack until he is hounded out of office.

Then they can cut down the zebra curtians and fumigate the stench of AXE from the White House for a worthy occupant.

I wonder if there will be a footbath in the oval office to tear out?


36 posted on 11/07/2008 6:32:23 AM PST by Into the Vortex
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To: John David Powell
That’s why we the people need to cut him some slack and resist the temptation to nitpick, to continue the mean-spiritedness that has infected our nation and has made a sport out of making sport of someone we don’t particularly like

Oh, I get it - the meanness, viciousness and derogatory name-calling can stop now because one of your guys is president now.

Gotcha.
37 posted on 11/07/2008 6:32:24 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Obama, you are NOT my President!)
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To: OldSmaj

“No.

Hell no.

I will not “cut him slack” and I will “nitpick” every chance I get.

That two-bit street hustling wanna-be muslim is NOT my president, he will never be my president.

I put the POS on about the same level as I did the Clintoon.

At least that bumbling bozo gave me a laugh once in a while...this buffoon will give me a coronary.”

I hear he will be taxing coronaries next SMAJ, so make sure your family is provided for/sarc.

I agree with your sentiment 100%. I’m tired of being part of the party that takes the “high road.” It just makes us easier to get picked off.


38 posted on 11/07/2008 6:32:32 AM PST by austinaero
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To: austinaero

Unrelenting criticism here I come:)


39 posted on 11/07/2008 6:33:21 AM PST by Cheryllynn
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To: John David Powell

I will cut him slack the way the other side cut Bush slack...

Zero’s Fault!


40 posted on 11/07/2008 6:34:17 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Election 2010 begins today!)
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To: austinaero

Mr. Powell is naive enough to believe the “ballot” will be the type of free ballot of US tradition.At best, it will be a Hugo Chavez type ballot.More likely ,a Saddam Hussein type ballot.


41 posted on 11/07/2008 6:34:19 AM PST by Carl LaFong (I'm Sarah Palin)
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To: farlander

I think there should be a huge market right now for bumper stickers depicting Calvin (of the Calvin and Hobbes cartoons) pissing on the name “Obama” much like the Calvin stickers depicting Calvin pissin on the Ford and/or Chevy Logo.

I would certainly get one and proudly display it on my bumper.


42 posted on 11/07/2008 6:35:41 AM PST by roaddog727 (BS does not get bridges built - the funk you see is the funk you do)
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To: John David Powell

Slack is for taking up, you shithead, not for giving out.


43 posted on 11/07/2008 6:36:16 AM PST by grobdriver (Let the embeds check the bodies!)
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To: autumnraine
"Let’s be honest, the only reason there were no hanging chads and such is because it was called for Obama. If it had been called for McCain, we’d still be recounting votes come Spring."

I'm noticing there is nothing being said about the numerous states with voter fraud under investigation!

Think we'll ever hear the results & see anyone prosecuted or if everything will be overlooked & left in place so that Obama can win the next election!

44 posted on 11/07/2008 6:37:01 AM PST by LADY J
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To: John David Powell
Obama is a master of the rhetoric of inclusion and fairness. But his real history is in the bare-knuckle, say-anything, do-anything, and win of Chicago politics. On the reasonable assumption that Obama will do in the future what he has done in the past, what I am "watching and listening for" is bad on all fronts.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article, "President Obama: How Bad Will It Be?"

The Declaration, the Constitution, parts of the Federalist, and America's Owner's Manual, here.

45 posted on 11/07/2008 6:38:17 AM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.AmericasOwnersManual.com)
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To: John David Powell

Hard to believe you’ve been here since 1999, but a review of your posts indicate that you were a blog pimp before blog pimping was cool.


46 posted on 11/07/2008 6:38:28 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: RexBeach

I won’t cut him any slack, either. Nor will I cut his supporters any slack at all.

I will throw everything in their court and put the burden of all this idiocy on their shoulders every chance I get.


47 posted on 11/07/2008 6:38:44 AM PST by unkus
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To: LADY J

Yep and still no one in jail for the Fannie/Freddie colapse. Too many Dems with their hands in the pie.


48 posted on 11/07/2008 6:40:13 AM PST by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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To: John David Powell

On a cold day in hell I will cut him some slack. Screw him who will never be my president.


49 posted on 11/07/2008 6:41:24 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: ripley
I just heard that Rahm Emanuel was on the Board of Fannie Mae along with Jamie Grelick, when Franklin Raines was cooking the books by eight BILLLION dollars. If so, then Rahm also got a fat cash bonus for the "improvement" in Fannie Mae's books.

And Obama picks someone who was at Ground Zero in the financial collapse as his Chief of Staff? It is a very telling choice, and a very bad sign.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article, "President Obama: How Bad Will It Be?"

The Declaration, the Constitution, parts of the Federalist, and America's Owner's Manual, here.

50 posted on 11/07/2008 6:45:24 AM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.AmericasOwnersManual.com)
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