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Obama: Presidents ‘don’t start with a clean slate’
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Posted on 01/19/2014 12:08:36 PM PST by Sub-Driver

Obama: Presidents ‘don’t start with a clean slate’ By: Reid J. Epstein January 19, 2014 12:41 PM EST

President Barack Obama believes his presidency can be successful even if none of his policy goals are accomplished during his term in office, Obama told New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick.

“One of the things that I’ve learned to appreciate more as president is you are essentially a relay swimmer in a river full of rapids, and that river is history,” Obama told Remnick. “You don’t start with a clean slate, and the things you start may not come to full fruition on your timetable. But you can move things forward. And sometimes the things that start small may turn out to be fairly significant.”

Obama spoke to Remnick several times in the White House and aboard Air Force One for a profile that runs 17,000 words and is set to appear in this week’s issue.

Obama described his role as president as steering the country in a direction that’s more advantageous to the middle class and the poor, even if he doesn’t succeed in winning the reforms he seeks while in office.

“I can tell you that I will measure myself at the end of my presidency in large part by whether I began the process of rebuilding the middle class and the ladders into the middle class, and reversing the trend toward economic bifurcation in this society,” Obama said.

Without comparing himself to predecessors directly, he cited Lincoln, Roosevelt and Reagan as examples of presidents who steered the country to fit their will.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: davidremnick; newyorker
Bush's fault.......
1 posted on 01/19/2014 12:08:36 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

~~~Obama: Presidents ‘don’t start with a clean slate’~~~

Or a birth certificate!!


2 posted on 01/19/2014 12:10:06 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well, he’s right on this one. It’s going to take his successor years to purge Obama’s evil influence and rebuild the country.


3 posted on 01/19/2014 12:10:52 PM PST by livius
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To: Sub-Driver

Wow, he just said non of his policy goals have been accomplished. I thought he’s gotten everything he asked for.


4 posted on 01/19/2014 12:15:16 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I thought that ole Double Barrel Biden said Zer0 was clean....


5 posted on 01/19/2014 12:16:39 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: andyk

Actually the Dems spent so much time on Obamacare during the 2 years they controlled Congress and POTUS, that they whiffed on Cap N Tax and card check for unionization.

Cap N Tax has sort of happened via a bunch of EPA decrees, but the failure to pass card check probably means the death of unions eventually. That was the only way they can “win” in the workplace these days.


6 posted on 01/19/2014 12:19:26 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: andyk

“I thought he’s gotten everything he asked for.”
It’s the things that he hasn’t dared ask for that he laments.
Like us still being alive and armed.


7 posted on 01/19/2014 12:20:19 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Sub-Driver

Read the laughable line of pseudo-intellectual bullshyte from Obungu. Trying to look intelligent for the presstitutes at the NY Times. Obungu knows how to connive his way into power with the help of evil genius David Axelrod. But as far as governing and making America a better place, the man is a complete idiot. He is the male version of Moochelle Obama


8 posted on 01/19/2014 12:22:52 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Paladin2

They don’t come with a clean slate,but they do come with a resume,and yours Obama is one of a hatred of America .
So take your slate and stick it


9 posted on 01/19/2014 12:23:35 PM PST by ballplayer
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To: Sub-Driver

When you set the bar low enough, you will have to eventually dig a hole and toss the bar into it.


10 posted on 01/19/2014 12:39:05 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Sub-Driver
Two things, maybe three:
Number one: He inherited a bad economy. It is what you want when you take office. If you are a coach looking for a job in the NFL, you have an easier time taking a job with a team that went 3-13 than one that won the Super Bowl. 8-8 would be considered a success.
Number two: he marketed himself as a messiah. He had all the answers. Was he wrong? Was he lying?
Number three: Did he think he had a blank slate when he was campaigning? Is he really that stupid?
11 posted on 01/19/2014 12:43:05 PM PST by fhayek
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To: Sub-Driver

“...a profile that runs 17,000 words...”

And doesn’t amount to a cup full of warm spit.


12 posted on 01/19/2014 12:47:26 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Sub-Driver

If a Republican is elected president, it will be funny to watch the media discover unemployment, how low the workforce participation rate is, how many people have lost their homes, and all the other wretched facts about the economy. And, as always, the homeless will reappear.


13 posted on 01/19/2014 1:08:50 PM PST by TheGipperWasRight
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To: Sub-Driver

Up a river without a paddle..

Nothing but his inflated ego..

Enjoy the rapids..

And watch out for the gators.


14 posted on 01/19/2014 1:26:41 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: F15Eagle

Kinda sounds like he’s hinting he’d like another ten or twenty years to totally complete his destruction of the Republic.


15 posted on 01/19/2014 1:38:40 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: F15Eagle

Kinda sounds like he’s hinting he’d like another ten or twenty years to totally complete his destruction of the Republic.


16 posted on 01/19/2014 1:38:50 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Don Corleone

He is doing the work of his father, the Father of Lies.

Bringing America down so it can more easily fit into the NWO.


17 posted on 01/19/2014 1:40:43 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Sub-Driver
"...I will measure myself at the end of my presidency
in large part by whether I began the process
of rebuilding the middle class
and the ladders into the middle class..."
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EPIC FAIL!
18 posted on 01/19/2014 1:51:15 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Sub-Driver; All

If I recall, the corrupt media promoted Obama as being the closest thing that humanity has come to deity, the gap actually wider than the known universe, in order to make Obama president.


19 posted on 01/19/2014 2:09:28 PM PST by Amendment10
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Yeah, his plate has a a little line of blow on it.

Thanks Sub-Driver.


20 posted on 01/19/2014 2:30:01 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Sub-Driver

Wow, so with this logic, everything wrong on Bush’s watch was Clinton’s fault, which was George Bush 1’s fault, which was Reagan’s fault, which was Carter’s fault, which was Ford’s fault...all the way down.


21 posted on 01/19/2014 2:36:05 PM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: F15Eagle

Or a paper trail...

Or a membership card to the heterosexual party...

Or a brain...

Or a clue...


22 posted on 01/19/2014 2:45:08 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: riri

Damn whoever preceded George Washington...


23 posted on 01/19/2014 2:45:55 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: Sub-Driver
I can tell you that I will measure myself...

Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin.

24 posted on 01/19/2014 2:57:27 PM PST by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Obama: Presidents ‘don’t start with a clean slate’”

Doesn’t mean you try to make it dirtier.


25 posted on 01/19/2014 3:09:56 PM PST by Politicalkiddo (Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. -M. Twain)
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To: LucianOfSamasota; MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

~~~Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin~~~

That’s what the data looks like to me.


26 posted on 01/19/2014 3:22:46 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: DoughtyOne

John Hanson?


27 posted on 01/19/2014 3:23:42 PM PST by Politicalkiddo (Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. -M. Twain)
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To: Sub-Driver

“get in the back seat... “


28 posted on 01/19/2014 3:43:37 PM PST by 4Liberty (Mr President 'If you Like your college transcripts...can we see them?')
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To: Sub-Driver

0bama is winning the only issue on his dashboard.

The promotion and spread of sharia throughout the World, and especially in America


29 posted on 01/19/2014 3:52:45 PM PST by Steven Tyler
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To: F15Eagle

What’s Obongo’s REAL Name?????????????????????


31 posted on 01/19/2014 3:59:59 PM PST by bandleader
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To: Paladin2

That’s right!The “GENIUS” VP Pronounced Obongo to be a “Clean”N-Word!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


32 posted on 01/19/2014 4:01:14 PM PST by bandleader
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To: F15Eagle

Yep.


34 posted on 01/19/2014 8:29:28 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Politicalkiddo

Beats me...

He’s to blame for everything though. LOL


35 posted on 01/19/2014 9:04:25 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: Sub-Driver

In his case, we started with a blank slate....


36 posted on 01/20/2014 2:35:41 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Sub-Driver
“I can tell you that I will measure myself at the end of my presidency in large part by whether I began the process of rebuilding the middle class and the ladders into the middle class, and reversing the trend toward economic bifurcation in this society,” Obama said.

Zero is delusional if he really thinks any of his policies were supposed to accomplish that. His policies do nothing but destroy the middle class by turning them into a dependent class while making everyone poor and dependent of the government.

37 posted on 01/20/2014 2:48:24 AM PST by Fzob (Jesus + anything = nothing, Jesus + nothing = everything)
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