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Tough Political Realities Quiet Youth 'Obamamania'
CBS ^ | 9/22/09 | staff

Posted on 09/22/2009 2:45:33 PM PDT by pissant

Young Americans showed their collective power when they helped vote President Obama into office. Inspired by his message of "change," they knocked on doors, spread flyers, voted for him by a 2-1 margin, and partied like rock-the-vote stars when he won.

Since the election, though, that fervor has died down _ noticeably. And while young people remain the president's most loyal supporters in opinion polls, a lot of people are wondering why that age group isn't doing more to build upon their newfound reputation as political influencers.

"It's one thing to get excited about a presidential candidate. It's another thing to become a responsible citizen," says Jennifer Donahue, political director for the New Hampshire Institute Of Politics. She and other political analysts thinks they have yet to prove themselves.

Professors and students themselves also are noticing the quiet on college campuses, which were hotbeds for "Obamamania" during the campaign.

"They're supportive, but in a bystander kind of way," says Laura Katz Olson, a political science professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: bho44; larrysinclairslover; obama; obamamania; obamamessiah; third100days; youthvote
You can only fake your way through for so long before reality kicks you in the teeth. Ask Jimmuh Carter.
1 posted on 09/22/2009 2:45:33 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

Well..duh...maybe it’s starting to dawn on them that THEY ARE THE ONES who will have to PAY for his majesties desires! (I can only hope!)


2 posted on 09/22/2009 2:47:14 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Democrat party has always been the party of slavery, sedition, subversion, socialism and surrender)
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To: pissant

Short Attention Span Bump.


3 posted on 09/22/2009 2:47:16 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: pissant
It ain't about reality. It's about a bunch of idiot children with the attention span of six year-olds.
4 posted on 09/22/2009 2:47:37 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard (truth--the liberal's kryptonite.)
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To: goodnesswins

And pay back thousands of dollars to the government because of their student loans.


5 posted on 09/22/2009 2:49:40 PM PDT by Baladas ((ABBHO))
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To: pissant

Maybe they’re starting to look for jobs now. Oh, you mean elections have consequences? Who knew...


6 posted on 09/22/2009 2:50:09 PM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: pissant

Repeal the 26th Amendment. Stupid idea.


7 posted on 09/22/2009 2:50:26 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: pissant

how’s it feel to be yesterday’s Hooola Hoop, Barry??


8 posted on 09/22/2009 2:50:27 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: goodnesswins

Well I believe many voted for Obama based on his being the first black president in the USA. His color appealed to them more than his politics.

Now many of the smart ones feel they have been duped and many of them are still waiting for their “stuff” to arrive in the mail or in their box of Coco Puffs.


9 posted on 09/22/2009 2:50:43 PM PDT by not2worry (WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND)
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To: pissant

Cause’ their too busy texting each other saying how important they are. The one that are not, now realize what a natural born sneak, cheat and liar Obama is and that they were playing the part of useful idiots.


10 posted on 09/22/2009 2:52:04 PM PDT by ntmxx (I am not so sure about this misdirection!)
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To: pissant

>> a lot of people are wondering why that age group isn’t doing more to build upon their newfound reputation as political influencers

Because they’re fundamentally lazy. They want want want and want, but they don’t want to pay their dues and move up over time, they want it handed to them NOW. By Mommy and Daddy, or Bambi and Michelle and Harry and Nancy — who cares, frankly, as long as SOMEONE takes care of ‘em.

That’s why ‘Rat-sized Big Government appeals to the little darlings.


11 posted on 09/22/2009 2:52:27 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Stop dissing drunken sailors! At least they spend their OWN money.)
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To: pissant

Just another example of the dumbing down affect in our society.


12 posted on 09/22/2009 2:54:14 PM PDT by Commander X (Hey Barry, what are you hiding?)
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To: pissant

Carroll says. “We’re the ‘me-me-me’ generation.”

At least she’s honest about Obama’s supporters.


13 posted on 09/22/2009 2:54:38 PM PDT by MNDude (The Republican Congress Economy--1995-2007)
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To: pissant

They’re staring at the job market, and not liking what they are seeing. Probably staring at the deficit too, and wondering what that will mean as they shuffle out of economics 101.


14 posted on 09/22/2009 2:55:16 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: pissant

So, you kiddies are just now begijng to notice that Obummer is a clueless hack? Slow on the uptake, aren’t y’all?


15 posted on 09/22/2009 2:55:28 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: A_perfect_lady
Short attention span is correct.....what a 18, l9, year old cares about, differs greatly in a few short years.

His youth vote have moved on to the next trend.

16 posted on 09/22/2009 2:58:57 PM PDT by roses of sharon ( Reagan said, "When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.")
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To: pissant

They won’t show up for the midterm elections...ROFLMAO!!! I can’t wait. Who votes? Those people who shosed up in Washington, DC 10 days ago..that’s who.


17 posted on 09/22/2009 3:08:32 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: pissant

Well, I had a real epithet all written up to post, but let me just say that if you have ever come upon someone who was a really, really dangerous type and was sizing you up and down, you’d never forget it. Or, when you see shadows of snakes running up and down a person and just know the guy’s up to no good, you get little hairs standing all over your body.

You kids ain’t seen nothin’ yet from 0bama. Y’all have no internal compass and are goin’ to pay for that. We’ll be tryin’ to stay alive ourselves and might not be able to shield you. Better man up. No more hiding in Mom’s apron strings or Dad’s garage.


18 posted on 09/22/2009 3:10:15 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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"They're supportive, but in a bystander kind of way,"

They'll feel more involved when they get their health care insurance bill.

19 posted on 09/22/2009 3:25:26 PM PDT by This_far (Mandatory health insurance? I thought it was about health care!)
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"They're supportive, but in a bystander kind of way," says Laura Katz Olson, a political science professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.


Bystanders who, perhaps, are now saying, "Look at this wretchedly smelly crapfest we created. We sure hope we don't have to pay for any of this, 'cuz we weren't thinking that far ahead when we pulled the level for Barry the Boob. We would hate to have the consequences of our ill-considered actions come back to bite us in the collective butt."
20 posted on 09/22/2009 3:50:54 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: hinckley buzzard

Maybe we need to repeal the voting age amendment and push it back to 21.


21 posted on 09/22/2009 3:53:35 PM PDT by SilverKing88
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To: pissant

Ya think they have figured out they have to pay for all this spending???


22 posted on 09/22/2009 3:58:30 PM PDT by Freddd
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To: Milton Miteybad

Yes, them.

I’m sure their parents are equally pleased.


23 posted on 09/22/2009 4:13:46 PM PDT by This_far (Mandatory health insurance? I thought it was about health care!)
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To: ElayneJ

“Maybe they’re starting to look for jobs now”

That’s it. Plus they are watching their parents lose their jobs and are worried about being able to afford further tuition.


24 posted on 09/22/2009 4:28:50 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: pissant

Unemployment goes from 5% to 9.8%, -CHANGE!


25 posted on 09/22/2009 4:30:52 PM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: pissant

I would say half of them were only in it half-way (through the ‘hype’)..


26 posted on 09/22/2009 5:14:53 PM PDT by JSDude1 (www.wethepeopleindiana.org (Tea Party Member-Proud), www.travishankins.com (R- IN 09 2010!))
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