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Obama, Searching for a Vision (Is the Left unhappy)
New York Times ^ | April 9,2011 | PETER BAKER

Posted on 04/09/2011 4:27:35 PM PDT by Hojczyk

WASHINGTON — When President Obama emerged from spending talks last Thursday night, he went before cameras to insist that an agreement was needed to avoid a government shutdown that he warned would damage the country. What he did not do was make a public case for what should be in the agreement itself.

During a week of budget brinkmanship, the president who signed the largest stimulus spending program in American history largely left it to his Senate allies to respond to the sharp clarity of the Republican austerity message rather than outline a clear vision of what the role of government should be in the era of the Tea Party and rocketing national debt.

His reserved approach came at a time when he is being pressed as never before to define what American liberalism means for the 21st century. In the same week he kicked off his re-election campaign, he suggested that the incumbent of 2012 will not be the same as the candidate of 2008, as he pivoted on counterterrorism policy, embraced another free trade pact and managed his own military intervention in the Middle East. And yet he seemed reluctant to be drawn out too much as he confronted challenges that were never part of his original agenda.

“How does he define himself against this wave of conservative rhetoric and ideology?” asked Robert Dallek, the presidential historian. “It’s hard for him to say I’m an old-fashioned New Deal, Great Society liberal. He can’t say that and expect to win reelection. So you fudge. It’s like what they said about Roosevelt being a chameleon on plaid, changing coloration and shifting forms. But it’s much more difficult now because of the 24/7 news cycle.”

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; obama; vision; wtf

1 posted on 04/09/2011 4:27:36 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk
“He wants to be the forward-looking optimist. That’s his vision of an attractive liberalism for the 21st century. It can’t be a preservationist liberalism; it has to be a reconstructionist liberalism.”
Hope and Change by any other name...
2 posted on 04/09/2011 4:34:08 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: Hojczyk

“His reserved approach came at a time when he is being pressed as never before to define what American liberalism means for the 21st century.”

It means the same thing it always has ... attempts to take money and property from some and GIVE it to others.

And that ends in bloodshed. Every time.


3 posted on 04/09/2011 4:36:25 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Money...can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them." - Rand)
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To: Hojczyk
( Obama, Searching for a Vision ) for America.





4 posted on 04/09/2011 4:36:38 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Hojczyk

Hell yes the left is bent.....they saw what happened and know the debt ceiling is comming up...

They are extremely pissed and feel Obama caved and/or was stabbed in the back by Hairy Reed(spelling intended).

Toss in the loss in Wisconsin as a cherry on top...

Yes...the natives are restlesss...


5 posted on 04/09/2011 4:45:08 PM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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To: Hojczyk

I’ve got a vision for OBummer, it involves one of my hands and just one finger of that hand.


6 posted on 04/09/2011 4:45:21 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Bachmann, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: Hojczyk

I’ve never in my life seen so many articles and essays that worry about how the president will “find”, “see” or “categorize” himself, so many dealing with all this introspective “finding myself” nonsense. I don’t give a rat’s arse what this asshat’s “definition of himself” is.

Give it a damn rest, already, you sycophantic media wipes!


7 posted on 04/09/2011 4:49:48 PM PDT by workerbee (We're not scared, Maobama -- we're pissed off!)
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To: Hojczyk
He may be searching but he couldn't find his ass with both hands...

BUBBLES
8 posted on 04/09/2011 5:00:22 PM PDT by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: samtheman

A forward looking optimistic liberalism?
Their whole philosophy is based on the principle of
“everything sucks!”


9 posted on 04/09/2011 5:13:14 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: The Cajun

Got a saying for that...

“Time for the eye test....how many fingers am I holding up”

Feel free to use it....


10 posted on 04/09/2011 5:19:30 PM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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To: Hojczyk
"His reserved approach came at a time when he is being pressed as never before to define what American liberalism means for the 21st century."

The New York Times, in the very next sentence, provides Obama's "vision" for 21st Century liberalism:

"In the same week he kicked off his re-election campaign,"

Obama's "vision" is his own re-election.

He cares not at all for America. Only for himself.

11 posted on 04/09/2011 5:20:26 PM PDT by chs68
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To: workerbee
The are part of the same artificial organism.
12 posted on 04/09/2011 5:20:48 PM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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To: jessduntno

“And that ends in bloodshed. Every time.”

You nailed it, jessduntno.

The Chicago thug thinks he’s going to escape his karma.

Uh-uh. He should take a trip to Piazzale Loreto in 1945 and see his fate.


13 posted on 04/09/2011 5:22:53 PM PDT by sergeantdave (The democrat party is a seditious organization and must be outlawed)
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To: workerbee

Obuznuts doesn’t need to worry about finding himself. The Donald will do the job for him.


14 posted on 04/09/2011 5:29:31 PM PDT by Pit1 (Remember Ft Hood, even though obeeeee thinks it never happened. God bless our brave warriors.)
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To: jessduntno

Unfortunately, the hen doesn’t get really pissed until the federal farmer steals about 25% of her eggs. She is perfectly happy to give up 19% or 20% of her eggs forever.


15 posted on 04/09/2011 5:29:54 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom (lee lexico desozibed)
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To: Hojczyk

“The 24/7 news cycle makes it harder for him to appear brilliant.”

Fix:
“The 24/7 news cycle spreads his lies quickly across the country, opening him up for the worst kind of ridicule, and revealing his vapid, girlie-boy character for all to see.”


16 posted on 04/09/2011 5:33:00 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Hojczyk

We have no use for goosestepping pigs in 21st century America.


17 posted on 04/09/2011 5:34:34 PM PDT by sergeantdave (The democrat party is a seditious organization and must be outlawed)
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To: American Constitutionalist
You need bigger pictures. /s

Seriously, you can put ", width=800>" after the imgsrc="" part and they'll show at a more reasonable 800 pixels wide instead of the full 2800.

18 posted on 04/09/2011 5:42:30 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: Hojczyk; All

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19 posted on 04/09/2011 6:34:36 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Hojczyk
"But it’s much more difficult now because of the 24/7 news cycle."

The 24/7 news cycle is what made this con man the president.

20 posted on 04/09/2011 6:39:30 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: newzjunkey

Sorry for the big pictures..


21 posted on 04/09/2011 7:15:48 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: American Constitutionalist

Try getting yourself an unlimited Photobucket account. It costs $25 a year, and it gives you some pretty good photo editing tools along with automatic sizing. I’ve had mine for years now and I don’t know what I’d do without it...


22 posted on 04/09/2011 7:28:13 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: FrankR

Yeah, it’s nice to be the “king,” but it’s a bummer when you have to do any real work aside from running your mouth on a bunch of nonsense someone wrote for you from a teleprompter.


23 posted on 04/09/2011 8:11:01 PM PDT by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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