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Debt Crisis Shows Obama Lacks Presidential Skills (Now they tell us!)
US News and World Report ^ | July 29, 2011 | Mary Kate Cary

Posted on 07/31/2011 9:41:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

As the negotiations and the vote-getting on raising the debt ceiling have dragged on these last two weeks, it's became clear that President Obama really is not a good negotiator. Several times, just as a deal seemed imminent, the discussions have collapsed—and very publicly. There were leaks from the administration, he-said-she-said accounts from both sides, angry White House press conferences—just a "parade of horribles," as lawyers would call it. The result is a rising tide of public disgust and frustration. Not only has he lost bipartisan support in both the House or the Senate, his lack of ability to persuade people to join his cause has cost President Obama the vital center of the electorate.

According to yesterday's Pew Research national survey, with results collected just this week, only 31 percent of independent voters want to see Obama re-elected, down from 42 percent in May. Two months ago, Obama held a 7 point lead among independent registered voters two months ago, but independent support has swung 15 points the other way, giving an 8 point advantage to a generic Republican. "This is consistent with a drop in Obama's approval among all independents. Currently, a majority (54 percent) disapprove of Obama's performance for the first time in his presidency," according to Pew.

Maybe it's because Hillary Clinton's "three in the morning" ad was right—maybe he just doesn't have the experience to be president. Of the top 100 jobs that would qualify one to be president, being a law professor isn't one of them. A plumber would be better qualified than a law professor. Seriously—a plumber is a problem solver who has to keep customers happy. A used car salesman knows how to close a deal. A UPS deliveryman knows how to meet a deadline. A diplomat knows how to be, well, diplomatic. Meaning he doesn't lecture people about "eating their peas" when he needs them to jump on board.

Think about some of our former presidents and their qualifications for the job. Bill Clinton had been a governor, a job that involves being an executive decision-maker. Ronald Reagan had headed the Screen Actors Guild and worked for General Electric, in addition to being governor. President Bush 41 had served as ambassador to the U.N., liaison to Communist China, head of the RNC during Watergate, director of the CIA during its most difficult years, and had even served as a freshman Republican in a Democratic Congress. Harry Truman had run a men's clothing store that failed in a recession and narrowly escaped bankruptcy—certainly something that would have prepared him for the job today. Surely some of them got elected for reasons other than their qualifications—after all, the desire for economic or political change can be a powerful force among voters, no matter who is running— but certainly some presidents' past experiences helped them once they got in office.

Peggy Noonan writes today that "the secret of Mr. Obama is that he isn't really very good at politics, and he isn't good at politics because he doesn't really get people." I think that's right. Being a plumber or a used car salesman—or a union organizer or a men's clothing store owner or the liaison to Communist China—requires you to know how to deal with people and how to negotiate in good faith. Being a law professor doesn't.


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KEYWORDS: congress; debtceiling; fail; obama
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He wasn't even a law professor, he was a lecturer, which is the bottom of the totem poll, as I understand it.
1 posted on 07/31/2011 9:41:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Captain Obvious checks in!


2 posted on 07/31/2011 9:42:05 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West (this tagline under review))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Most dictators do not like to negotiate...


3 posted on 07/31/2011 9:45:07 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Welcome to the Obamanation!


4 posted on 07/31/2011 9:46:17 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Maybe it's because Hillary Clinton's "three in the morning" ad was right—maybe he just doesn't have the experience to be president. Of the top 100 jobs that would qualify one to be president, being a law professor isn't one of them. A plumber would be better qualified than a law professor. Seriously—a plumber is a problem solver who has to keep customers happy. A used car salesman knows how to close a deal. A UPS deliveryman knows how to meet a deadline. A diplomat knows how to be, well, diplomatic. Meaning he doesn't lecture people about "eating their peas" when he needs them to jump on board. "

Reminds me of William Buckley's remark to the effect that "he would rather be governed by 100 names drawn at random from the phone book than by the faculty of Harvard University."

5 posted on 07/31/2011 9:47:13 PM PDT by cookcounty (Nullius in Verba. "Take no man's word for it.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think the birthday boy was just distracted with the planning of his upcoming, big birthday party extravganza with all the hoods in Chicago. LOL!


6 posted on 07/31/2011 9:47:17 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey Barry! Compromise this!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

An adjunct lecturer. A part timer that is not tenure track. IOW, a part time guy for a limited amount of time. A temp that is now president.


7 posted on 07/31/2011 9:49:15 PM PDT by morkfork (Candygram for Mongo)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Of the top 100 jobs that would qualify one to be president, being a law professor isn’t one of them.”

Good Lord if the MSM weren’t so blinded by their obscene idolotry of the great pretender they would have reported this back in 2007.


8 posted on 07/31/2011 9:50:12 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama is a broken window politician.


9 posted on 07/31/2011 9:50:40 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin ("Credit is the ruination of a nation")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mary Cate!!!!!! Shame on you!!!! Did you go to Harvard? Are you an example of affirmative action? (Employer....please take THIS out of her paycheck.....)

“it’s became clear...”


10 posted on 07/31/2011 9:50:40 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

True that and his class was on RACE........how to use it to sue.


11 posted on 07/31/2011 9:50:42 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What kind of an idiot says, during intense negotiations,

“Dont call my bluff!”

He never ran a lemonade stand. He never negotiated a contract.


12 posted on 07/31/2011 9:51:31 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Damn here all the while ,we have Nincompoop in the oval office,I thought the Rats Knew their Shuffling & Childish PET a little better than that?


13 posted on 07/31/2011 9:51:36 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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14 posted on 07/31/2011 9:54:18 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Knowledge is pitiless.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

oh....and Mary Cate....did you find his school records or talk to his professors?


15 posted on 07/31/2011 9:55:50 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Right and he isn’t even currently a lawyer!! He lost his license!!!!


16 posted on 07/31/2011 9:58:41 PM PDT by GatorGirl (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: DennisR; 2ndDivisionVet

>>> Most dictators do not like to negotiate...

Hyperbole doesn’t help us one bit. He is simply a failed president. And his failure was pre-ordained by the contempt in which he holds the people he is supposed to lead, and his failure to prepare for the realities and needs of the job.


17 posted on 07/31/2011 9:58:45 PM PDT by tlb
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Being a plumber or a used car salesman—or a union organizer or a men's clothing store owner or the liaison to Communist China—requires you to know how to deal with people and how to negotiate in good faith. Being a law professor doesn't.

Hey Mary. Where were you in the '08 election with these observations? This woman is a clueless dope.


18 posted on 07/31/2011 10:00:27 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The happiest man in the world right now is John Boehner. Obama saved Boehner from agreeing to an $800 billion dollar tax hike (and thereby ending his speakership) when Obama made an additional $400 billion demand at the last minute.


19 posted on 07/31/2011 10:03:33 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

US Snooze. Another one of those wafer-thin publications headed for Palookaville.


20 posted on 07/31/2011 10:05:09 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Bean Counter

“Can you beat a pair of twos?”


21 posted on 07/31/2011 10:06:01 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: vbmoneyspender
The happiest man in the world right now is John Boehner. Obama saved Boehner from agreeing to an $800 billion dollar tax hike (and thereby ending his speakership) when Obama made an additional $400 billion demand at the last minute.

Oh my goodness -- you're right. The whole thing was a macabre dance of the brain deads.

22 posted on 07/31/2011 10:14:07 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am glad someone told us, otherwise, we woldn’t have a clue. How are you feeling BTW? You have been in my prayers.


23 posted on 07/31/2011 10:20:16 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Man, and I going to have a field day telling a bunch of stupid friends: “I told you so!” Obozo’s one talent is reading a teleprompter. Everything else is a fraud.
24 posted on 07/31/2011 10:24:45 PM PDT by econjack (Some people are dumber than soup.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, this no talent ass clown has been kicking our asses. The GOP is the only thing propping him up.


25 posted on 07/31/2011 10:27:48 PM PDT by MattinNJ (Perry/Palin vs. Obama/Biden.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Like Clinton, Obama is having an "I'm still relevant" moment.

Only for Obama, it's going to be more than a moment. Hot dog.

26 posted on 07/31/2011 10:29:12 PM PDT by Justice
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To: Travis McGee
Only a fools says “Dont call my bluff!” when holding a losing hand. And when you call their bluff they become a cry baby throwing a conniption fit. He has just been tested and now everyone knows the Emperor has no clothes.

I only give the definition so everyone knows how perfect it describes the event.

A conniption fit is generally characterized by a tirade of strong language accompanied by signs of frustration, rage and/or sadness. Sometimes a person having a conniption fit is reduced to stutters and incomprehensible epithets.

27 posted on 07/31/2011 10:31:36 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Orange1998

“they become a cry baby throwing a conniption fit”

Obama threw a major [bleep]-fit late this afternoon
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2756820/posts


28 posted on 07/31/2011 10:34:35 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Darwinism is to Genesis as Global Warming is to Revelations.)
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To: tlb
He is simply a failed president. And his failure was pre-ordained by the contempt in which he holds the people he is supposed to lead, and his failure to prepare for the realities and needs of the job.

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Spot on tlb.

I AGREE WITH THAT

His 'leadership' style is classic liberalism: No vision + utter incompetence = total failure

debt-direction2

We said; cut, cut, cut. But it looks like we got; spend, spend, spend. A hamburger today for payment later.

So Obama's economy continues on a downward track. Once you go over a cliff you cannot stop half way down, and the DeathCare bill that he and Nancy put in place might finish it off.

BOHIC-A!

What the Tea Party wants is what most Americans want - fiscal sanity. I don't think it is possible for this country to have a more sorry bunch of losers running the show.

 An arrogant Marxist was spending
 Trillions of bucks without comprehending.
 The piss-stream media concurred
 Without saying a negative word
 For the Republic they thought was ending.

The Gross Domestic Product, Second Quarter 2011 (Advance Estimate) is reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis at 1.3% (as of 8:30 A.M. EDT, Friday, July 29, 2011). If they tell us we had 1.3% growth, it really means we had no growth or negative growth.

2011 Q1 GDP was revised down from 1.9% to 0.4%. So in the first quarter, real GDP increased 0.4 percent. We're economically frozen as a nation with this jackwagon president in office. We have an economy that lags behind Canada and Mexico!

June's employment report showed a growth of just 18,000 jobs, and July is on track for about 85,000 -- that's below our population growth.

God help us all.


29 posted on 07/31/2011 10:47:11 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: Bean Counter

Don’t call my bluff!


30 posted on 07/31/2011 10:49:08 PM PDT by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: MattinNJ
Well, this no talent ass clown has been kicking our asses. The GOP is the only thing propping him up.

I disagree. The Dems won big big big in 2008. Obama did his damage until the GOP took the House and stopped him. Rather, Obama let Reid and Pelosi loose. It's been downhill for them since.

This was a big loss for Obama personally. He'd hope to make the GOP complicit in the economic woes and split them from their base with new taxes. Fail.

31 posted on 07/31/2011 10:52:02 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Red Steel; Las Vegas Ron; little jeremiah; STARWISE; rxsid; butterdezillion; ...

(Facepalm)

Ok.... who is the photoshopper here???

We need a blending of Oblidiot’s face and ... wait for it..... Megamind... you know the little blue freak in the cartoon movie. Yeah, and use Megaminds play off of the red and blue “Hope” poster that says .... “oh no I can’t”

Beyond that, has anyone else seen Leo Donofrio’s post on July 1, 2011????? It has a link to this post: http://naturalborncitizen.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/the-express-lane-to-natural-born-clarity/#comment-18616

Justia.com - the supreme court site, has been deliberately erasing references to Minor vs. Happersett since 2008. WTH is SCOTUS doing erasing case law? More importantly THAT case law? The one with binding legal definitions of a natural born citizen being born to TWO parents who are citizens????? Woah.....


32 posted on 07/31/2011 10:57:16 PM PDT by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Newsweek went for a buck, this one is probably worth two bits


33 posted on 07/31/2011 11:02:18 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama is a fool—running for President when he was woefully unqualifed. There is no finer example of faileed affirmative action. The silver lining will be total repudiations of leftist ideology for at least a decade.


34 posted on 07/31/2011 11:04:02 PM PDT by LALALAW (one of the asses whose sick of our "ruling" classes)
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To: vbmoneyspender

The new “deal” will bring tax hikes


35 posted on 07/31/2011 11:06:05 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: D-fendr

This new deal will bring us higher taxes. The debt commission will say raise taxes and this bill says if Congress says no there will be real cuts in defense/medicare that the MSM will use to bludgeon the GOP.

It’s as plain as the nose on Waxman’s face


36 posted on 07/31/2011 11:10:41 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Danae

Good catch, Danae, thanks for posting this.

Quote from Leo (Leo: thanks for your tireless efforts on this):

“This is a very important point we take from Minor v. Happersett, that some ‘born citizens’ are not ‘natural born’.”


37 posted on 07/31/2011 11:13:09 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And the media lacks vetting skills. Thanks media for being the bright bulbs you are. Now don’t let the hitcha....


38 posted on 07/31/2011 11:14:54 PM PDT by rosepetal2010 (The government is NOT your friend)
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To: rosepetal2010

that’s ‘door hitcha...’ must be bedtime.


39 posted on 07/31/2011 11:20:17 PM PDT by rosepetal2010 (The government is NOT your friend)
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To: thecodont

I have passed this onto a radio personality I have done an interview with in the past. I am hoping he jumps on this.

This scares the pee out of me. This happened in June of July of 2008. Someone hoofing for Obama in SCOTUS was laying the path, they KNEW there was a problem.

Who has the ability to edit Justia.com??? Thats no little matter. Who had that ability in 2008? Man I want to connect the dots on this.


40 posted on 07/31/2011 11:26:28 PM PDT by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: Danae; STARWISE

“...Bauer is Obama’s chief “birther” lawyer. His job is to keep Obama’s personal artifacts hidden from the American People. He has demonstrated that he will use all available means to do this...”

http://romanticpoet.wordpress.com/2009/10/23/robert-bauer-and-anita-dunn-a-match-made-for-obamas-white-house/


41 posted on 08/01/2011 12:09:10 AM PDT by Fred Nerks (,)
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To: tlb
Obama is not simply a 'failed president' he had done all he can to destroy this nation.

Would you regard traitor as hyperbole?

42 posted on 08/01/2011 1:05:53 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: Danae

Okay, I’m confused about why this a big deal to you. Justia.com is a commercial site not a government site. The SCOTUS isn’t involved with and doesn’t oversee Justia.com. It’s late - what am I missing?


43 posted on 08/01/2011 1:11:17 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: GeronL

We don’t know all this yet. The details remain, and more fighting, then the big battle, 2012.

For a little buck-up, try this:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/08/obamas_failed_presidency.html


44 posted on 08/01/2011 1:20:17 AM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"The result is a rising tide of public disgust and frustration."

Doug Urbanski has a theory. His idea is that Obama knows he can't raise his own poll numbers. So his strategy is to lower everyone's numbers, make people just get disgusted at the whole lot of them. Get people thinking, it doesn't matter, who you vote for, because nothing improves.

In Obama's eyes, that's his path to re-election.

I think it's an interesting take on what's going on. I believe the response to this strategy is to primary RINO squish Republicans to stoke the enthusiasm of the TEA Party, who'll then turn out in droves.

45 posted on 08/01/2011 5:20:59 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Which just goes to show, the MSM still hasn't vetted him.
46 posted on 08/01/2011 5:28:14 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In looking back to pre-November of 2008....I can't seem to find this article anywhere.

One wonders.....why???

47 posted on 08/01/2011 5:38:21 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason (The stain must be REMOVED (ERADICATED)....NOW!!)
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To: D-fendr

2.4 Trillion dollars will buy a lot of peas, but don’t worry Mr. President; you will have lots of TEA to wash them down with.


48 posted on 08/01/2011 5:39:05 AM PDT by csmusaret (The only borders Obama has closed is a bookstore.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; LucyT; Bikkuri; faucetman; warsaw44; ColdOne; wintertime; Fred Nerks; ...
Ping..............

When liberals start admitting that an 0b0z0 couldn't be POTUS, we may have a glimmer of hope. Read the article that says, in part :

Maybe it's because Hillary Clinton's "three in the morning" ad was right—maybe he just doesn't have the experience to be president. Of the top 100 jobs that would qualify one to be president, being a law professor isn't one of them. A plumber would be better qualified than a law professor. Seriously—a plumber is a problem solver who has to keep customers happy. A used car salesman knows how to close a deal. A UPS deliveryman knows how to meet a deadline. A diplomat knows how to be, well, diplomatic. Meaning he doesn't lecture people about "eating their peas" when he needs them to jump on board.

BTW, 0b0z0 IS NOT a "law professor" either!!

49 posted on 08/01/2011 5:58:14 AM PDT by melancholy (Papa Alinsky, Enslavement Specialist)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Us" hell! "Us" already knew that,unfortunately for "us", there was more of them. To those who voted against obama, I emphatize with you.

To those who voted for obama, in my opinion, you cannot suffer enough. You are getting and will get what you deserve.

50 posted on 08/01/2011 6:05:30 AM PDT by sport
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