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What the hell is Obama's presidency for? Ascent had meaning, but now his interventions are too rare
The Guardian ^ | February 23, 2014 | Gary Younge

Posted on 03/09/2014 10:57:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

A few days after John F Kennedy's assassination, Lyndon Johnson sat in his kitchen with his key advisers working his first speech to Congress. It was the evening of Kennedy's funeral – Johnson was now president. The nation was still in grief and Johnson, writes Robert Caro in The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power, was not yet able to move into the White House because Kennedy's effects were still there.

He had been a hapless vice-president; now he had to both personify and project the transition from bereavement to business as usual. In the midst of the cold war, with Vietnam brewing, the Kennedy administration had been trying to get civil rights legislation and tax cuts through Congress. There was plenty of business to attend to. Johnson's advisers were keen that he introduced himself to the nation as a president who could get things done.

For that reason, writes Caro, they implored him not to push for civil rights in this first speech, since it had no chance of passing. "The presidency has only a certain amount of coinage to expend, and you oughtn't to expend it on this," said "one of the wise, practical people around the table". Johnson, who sat in silence at the table as his aides debated, interjected: "Well, what the hell's the presidency for."(continued)

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: economy; obama; obamacare; socialism

Gary Younge

A clue as to where this columnist is coming from:

Guardian pulls Gary Younge article on US racist killing (Zimmerman/Trayvon incident)
http://21centurymanifesto.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/guardian-pulls-gary-younge-article-on-us-racist-killing/

1 posted on 03/09/2014 10:57:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Gary, my man, you have been had.
2 posted on 03/09/2014 11:00:00 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2016: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s all about making guilty white liberals feel good about themselves.


3 posted on 03/09/2014 11:01:38 PM PDT by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For all the real estate that exists in his skull, it sure is empty in there!


4 posted on 03/09/2014 11:16:08 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yvW5aynsB8I


5 posted on 03/09/2014 11:21:22 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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“What the hell is Obama’s presidency for?”

It’s all about free vacations and golf.


6 posted on 03/09/2014 11:25:18 PM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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Lining DemocRat cronies pockets. Meet the new DNC ... same as the old DNC.


7 posted on 03/10/2014 12:51:39 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Since when do presidents have an “ascent”? We’re not a monarch or a theocracy.


8 posted on 03/10/2014 1:10:49 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Marguerite
he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed
“What the hell is Obama’s presidency for?”
"It’s all about free vacations and golf"
. . . and generally, all about Barak Obama, and nothing to do with keeping faith with the law.

9 posted on 03/10/2014 3:40:42 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ("Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: Marguerite
he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed
“What the hell is Obama’s presidency for?”
"It’s all about free vacations and golf"
. . . and generally, all about Barak Obama, and nothing to do with keeping faith with the law.

10 posted on 03/10/2014 3:40:42 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ("Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As a commie, Obama’s only goal is to destroy everything in his path.


11 posted on 03/10/2014 3:51:17 AM PDT by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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One of the lowest times in this country’s history was Lyndon Johnson’s ascendancy to the presidency. We are still bound by his liberal insanity. A more vile power hungry and power abusing individual would be hard to come up with!!!


12 posted on 03/10/2014 4:15:03 AM PDT by ontap
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To: ontap

Wait...I think we managed it!!!!


13 posted on 03/10/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT by ontap
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Old Sarge; blam; TigerLikesRooster; M. Espinola; Chunga85; Errant; golux
Please watch this video:

Judge Jannine Pirro -- "Did Obama Lie His Way into the White House?"

My answer: "Does a bear **** in the woods ?"

14 posted on 03/10/2014 4:23:22 AM PDT by ex-Texan (The Time to "Wake Up" is Over !)
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Ascent had meaning

Man, I hate it...hate, hate, HATE it when people say this.

I hate it just as much when Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck say it as I do when leftists writing for eurocommie fish wrap say it.

NO...IT...DIDN'T. The only "meaning" it had was that the Republicans were too weak and too corrupt to prevent it.

15 posted on 03/10/2014 4:24:21 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: ontap
Lyndon Johnson

He truly was a Johnson.

16 posted on 03/10/2014 4:24:37 AM PDT by windsorknot
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Johnson had nothing on Carter. Good God those were some horrible times. Makes today seem like paradise.


17 posted on 03/10/2014 4:28:05 AM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Catmom

It’s all about ..... over.

The error in the piece is that Barack Hussein Obama is already a lame duck.


18 posted on 03/10/2014 4:33:30 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: ex-Texan

19 posted on 03/10/2014 4:48:35 AM PDT by Old Sarge (TINVOWOOT: There Is No Voting Our Way Out Of This)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What the hell is Obama's presidency for? Ascent had meaning, but now his interventions are too rare

It's the Asendency Of The Moochers And The Grifters.


20 posted on 03/10/2014 5:13:41 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Albert Einstein: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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“Judge Jannine Pirro — “Did Obama Lie His Way into the White House?”..

I like her and the “in your face” way she tromps on odumbo at every opportunity. She nailed it in the video, that’s for sure. Odumbo continues to lie and has lied his way all along. A lot of his “worshipers” still believe everything he says. Stupid, stupid people!


21 posted on 03/10/2014 5:15:13 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: ontap

Add to that, he’s most likely the one who masterminded JFK’s assassination. Read Cairo’s book and you’ll see the Kennedys, especially RFK, had him on the skids and he was likely to be criminally prosecuted in addition to being removed from the 1964 ticket.


22 posted on 03/10/2014 5:24:10 AM PDT by libstripper (Asv)
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To: Marguerite

$800b in freebies under a so called stimulus package w no controls or oversight.


23 posted on 03/10/2014 5:47:44 AM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Try as I might I could only get through about half of the article.


24 posted on 03/10/2014 6:30:26 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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