Obama in focus
September 30th, 2011
05:37 PM ET

Obama in focus

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    Kind of isolated.....isn't he?

    September 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • jean2009

      Lot of people in the photo, the rest are not in focus.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Trace

      @Rick McDaniel,

      Your hypocracy shows consistently in every one of your posts. You are always criticizing the president. If a person was reading your posts, they would think Obama has yet to DO ANYTHING right...and that's literally impossible. Even Bush did some things right....speaking english properly wasn't one of them.

      Anyway, I'm trying to give you the benefit of the doubt in assuming you have a decent level of intelligence. But that position consistently gets challenged when I see your silly, hateful, near moronic statements about this president

      I'm just sayin'

      October 2, 2011 at 10:14 am |
      • GetErDonee

        I actually had some glimmer of hope that when elected he might be "different" and get something meaningful accomplished. I also had hoped he wasn't as wacky as it seemed with all those weird associations he maintained.

        Stupid me. I cannot think of a single significant accomplishment for him. The economy is tanking and he focuses on health care and badly at that. Promises no more than 8% unemployment and didn't even get close. Everyday I hear him talk he just shows how way over his head he is. He has no chance in 2012.

        October 2, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • Goodguy1

      He did get a Nobel Prize for Peaceful behavior.

      October 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
    • Howard

      Once Obama is in focus, you can see what an incompetent nincompoop he is !!!

      October 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  2. 1FreeWorld

    INFLATION WILL ROB YOU of YOUR SAVINGS!

    IF YOU HAVE A MORTGAGE
    THAT HAS
    A fixed-mortgage-rate
    KEEP THE FIXED MORTGAGE RATE,,,

    PAY IT OFF WITH INFLATED DOLLARS!

    IF you do not understand, ask your financial advisor!

    DO IT!

    September 30, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  3. 1FreeWorld

    For the Folks that want a little history,,,

    Check out the Liberal Encyclopedia!!!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inflation_in_the_Weimar_Republic

    IF YOU OWN A HOME,,, PAY THE MORTGAGE!!!

    You all may want to look up PROPERTY RIGHTS,,,

    NO, Not like HOMES,,,,

    Like CARS, TOOLS, BUSINESSES, TAXI-CABS, SHOPS, MONEY, etc!

    http://commentarama.blogspot.com/2010/05/primer-on-capitalism.html

    Check this one out too!

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/895421/posts?page=1

    September 30, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  4. 1FreeWorld

    For the Folks that want a little history,,,

    Check out the Liberal Encyclopedia!!!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inflation_in_the_Weimar_Republic

    IF YOU OWN A HOME,,, PAY THE MORTGAGE!!!

    You all may want to look up PROPERTY RIGHTS,,,

    NO, Not like HOMES,,,,

    Like CARS, TOOLS, BUSINESSES, TAXI-CABS, SHOPS, MONEY, etc!

    http://commentarama.blogspot.com/2010/05/primer-on-capitalism.html

    Check this one out too!

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/895421/posts?page=1

    More to come!

    September 30, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  5. GetErDonee

    I would probably find some "technical difficulty" if I had to report on Obama and his stupid comment today about the US becoming soft. Nothing is ever his fault ...

    September 30, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  6. Sabrina

    i wish people would stop acting like he was not handed a big thing of shit when because head of state and for real if you are middle class and hating on him your life goal must be to have the statue of lower class just think about this bush was a republican and was only out for the rich and dumb so if you are tying to say that are head of state now does not care and has messed up united states of america you are only correct of you are republican that was dealing in them under the table deals because he put a stop to them and he has tired to make sure that if you are middle class that you get a cut in taxes and have health insurance and for the people who are on social security can keep it yes he is so wrong and yea he suck ass because he cares about middle class cause well if you didnt know he not middle class he rich o yea another thing is if you think gas and the price of living is high now go head vote for a republican and your not rich you be lower class because it wont be no more middle class and you wont be able to ever stop working because it wont be no more social security and for some weird reason something will happen to the computers and all the 401k will be lost and any other type of retired funds will be lost as well and guess what when it all goes down you be like i wish i would have voted for the half black guy so be a lil bit more supporter

    October 1, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
    • GetErDonee

      Every president is handed a pile of stuff. Obama KNEW he was going to inherit this stuff and he PROMISED he was going to quickly fix it and he FAILED on all fronts. This just shows how completely over his head he was and he also has all the social crap from the left that he was trying to implement. Focusing on feel-good social stuff at the expense of the economy was just bone-headed. What a failure.

      October 3, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  7. Mouth

    Obama in focus:
    Amnesty so that we can provide jobs to struggling illegal immigrants. (Because we have an overabundance of jobs)
    Shutting down NASA so we can afford another bank bailout. (Because NASA is useless and banks are GREAT!)

    Importing low paying workers and shutting down high technology.
    Focus on that middle class.

    October 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  8. makom8

    Did you really think a community organizer would go about this any other way? The obama plan is to destroy america. The actions, the results can point to no other direction.

    October 3, 2011 at 7:18 am |
  9. Liz Carter in Georgia

    All PRESIDENTIAL candidates make promises to the people of what they plan to do, based on how they feel and see it from a distance! They find out once they get into the OVAL OFFICE, it's easier said than done! Especially are the timeframes they establish in their compaigns, soon compromised! Why would it be expected to be different with OBAMA? TRUMAN stepped in behind FDR and we really didn't start seeing a simulance of flicker shining at the end of the tunnell until EISENHOWER! So what do you clowns want?

    October 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
    • GetErDonee

      Ronald Reagan inherited a nightmare from Carter and turned it around in four years. Liz, you are in the tank for Obama and glossing over his complete lack of progress on anything. Obama, so far, has been a READER and not a LEADER.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    How in the world can you compare what Reagan faced or walked in on after Carter to what Obama faced or walked in on top of left by Bush? It was nowhere near as bad! America wasn't tumbling off the cliff! We weren't standing on a banana peel with the other foot in the grave! 'Glossing over'? You've been glossing over the total incompetancy of The Bush Era decisions and failed policies, that can be footprinted all the way back to Reagan and before! The 'hotbox' blew up under Bush! Obama is trying to fix it!

    October 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • GetErDonee

      Wow Liz, you must not have been an adult during the Carter years who had to pay for their own stuff. It was at least as bad and it was turned around by a leader.

      Bush? He wasn't perfect – but he made some quick, hard decisions after 9/11 that kept us safe. Decision so good that Obama has continued the majority of those policies when he originally said he would kill them. Obama can't decided which side of the bed to get out of on any given day unless there is a teleprompter and a handler to tell him.

      Too bad you have been brain washed – probably have been for a long time. Herman Cain has excellent ideas with a leadership background and if it seems to matter to you – he is black too (makes no difference to me).

      I went long – sorry – I am eating in to your brain washing time...

      October 5, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  11. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Oh and yes, I AM in the OBAMA tank! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012! You're right about that and I will be here until something BETTER comes along! BTW, I see you have a beautiful selection to pick from in the GOPs'/T-partys' circus! LOL!!

    October 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • GetErDonee

      You see, better options for you will simply mean someone who is loony far left like you who has no concept of reality and live in a bubble. I work for a living and I pay my own way and I will stick with my guns and religion as Obama has indicated I would.

      October 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  12. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @GetErDonee; Oooh! So are you saying a 'leader' came in and turned everything around after Carter who had to pay for all his 'stuff'? What 'stuff'? The only thing I remember Carter saying he had to pay for was his campaign! Is that the 'stuff' you're talking about? Is the leader you speak of who came in behind Carter, Bush or Reagan? If my memory serves me correct Reagan came in behind Carter, then Bush 41 came in behind Reagan, Clinton came in behind Bush 41 and then Bush 43 came, so GetErDonee right! LOL!

    October 5, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  13. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Oh yes, I was full grown when Carter became President...working for the government myself, I'm going on 64 years old and proud of it! That's the very reason you can't sit up there and tell me that what Carter left behind to the next President-elect was as bad as what Bush left behind for OBAMA, OK? I know you may have been hoping I was not an adult, but I was! Like MJ asked..'DO YOU REMEMBER THE TIME'? I remember the times! Nowhere near as bad! BTW, we are still paying for those quick hard BUSH DECISIONS!

    October 5, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    ...Furthermore, you claimed they kept us safe? We are still sitting on a 'hotbox'; we had lost our good standing in the world thanks to those decisions and until BARACK OBAMA became President we didn't see an avenue to rehabing that face. Now since YOU say BUSHS' policies were so good that OBAMA decided to keep most of them, what are you 'cons' so upset with him about? He kept the majority of your HEROES 'good' policies you say! Why are you all raising so much hell then? You should be happy, I would think!!

    October 5, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  15. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Brainwashed huh? Don't let HERMANATOR CAIN fool you all! If anyone's BRAINWASHED, it's him. I don't care if he IS black! Oh it makes a difference to you, not me, that's why you mentioned it. When the deal goes down and the TEA-PUBLICANS get through using him for running interference against OBAMA, they wouldn't have him as an ornament on their CHRISTMAS TREES! Can't lasso me with that one. The GOP isn't interested in his 999 plan either! LOL! That's just a scheme for stealing votes from OBAMA! WON'T WORK!

    October 5, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Well Liz, if it takes "brainwashing" to become the CEO of a national organization like Cain or Chris Gardner or Stanley O'Neal (oh, maybe it was his Irish heritage that got him the job), then count me in! I'd love to be brainwashed to the point where I could lead huge organizations! Where do I sign up?

      As far as Obama's chances, they are a lot slimmer than you want to think, and here's why...stay with me through this–

      Obama ran in the primaries as a far left liberal with socialist leaning ideals. He did this to build up the base and strengthen his chances to win the left. As Axelrod said, the 08 campaign the wind was at their back. It was fairly obvious that the country was tiring of the wars and it was easy to paint McCain as Bush II. Therefore Obama and Clinton really just had to run against each other, may the best Liberal win, because whomever took the Dem nomination had a relative easy street to the White House.

      In this process, he completely alientated himself from the right, not because of his skin color, but because of the "radical left" ideas he presented to win the Dem nomination. Strike 1.

      An emboldened left, with wins in 06 and 08 sought the opportunity to pass ACA. In Colorado, I saw specifically, and in other areas around the country, there were Democrats elected on the 06/08 wave. There were at least 2 in Colorado that one historically conservative districts and voted for Obamacare against the wishes of the majority of their constituents (70%+ in District 4, I think)–very anti-representative. After ramming that legislation down the throats of the constituents, they were promptly voted out of office, with many others in '10. Strike 2

      After election, Obama either realized the "wave of liberalism" was not as big as he thought, there was more to running the country than he realized, or was actually more moderate than he'd held himself out as during the primaries. He'd already alienated the right, and now the left is turning on him because he isn't acting as Marxist as they hoped. All the while, the economy continues to suffer, and he has fewer and fewer followers because he divided our house. Strike 3

      I am not living in a tea-party/fox news fantasy world as some of you will want to paint it, I listen either to moderates or leftist, MANY of whom are saying they have OBR (Obama Buyer's Remorse). Read the NYT or Washington Post political/editorial pages. They are not saying this as a way to re-energize the base, they outline exactly what their frustrations are with him. The fill like they were sold a bill of goods, but the crate never arrived. The Dems had 2 years to put plans in place, with 2 years prior to that for Congress to start establishing a liberal path for the incoming 08 president to pave. If Dem policies work, they were remiss in putting them in place over that 2+2 year period. If they did put any in place, we should have seen some positive impact by now.

      I believe this "campaign" on the "jobs bill" is his last ditch effort to yell "obstructionists" and try to save his '12 bid by rebuilding the base from '08. Unless we see MARKED improvement in the economy in the next 12 months, Obama is out because the American public always holds the top man responsible, regardless of what the underlings have done.

      October 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  16. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @GetErDonne..one more thing, congratulations on still having a job to work for a living and pay your own way. I did that until I retired and am still paying my way! From my pension, I still pay taxes, insurance premiums, and medicare premiums; I buy my food, pay my utilities, my rent, my gasoline, making ends meet with anything else I need. So don't feel like the 'LONE RANGER'. Everybody isn't as blessed as you, Mr/Ms Sticking to your religion person. Keep sticking! Guns? There'll be many 'LONE RANGERS'!

    October 5, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • GetErDonee

      Love the banter Liz. Tell me, sounds like you are doing ok, are you paying EXTRA taxes to help those less fortunate? Do you trust Obama to take that extra donation and use it wisely on your behalf? I don't. It is legal for you to take that excess money and give it to the government – I curious how much extra you are giving – just a rough percentage.

      October 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  17. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Since you decided not to respond to my posts, by answering the questions I put forth to you...I will answer yours. As of Jan 1, 2011, my pension stipend was close to $100.00 less, due to a hike of $60.00 of my health insurance premium; $33.00 hike in my federal taxes 0K? That's been across the board for many of us who consider themselves 'middle-class'! So how can Congress kick, scream and holler that the 'wealthy' not be expected to pay their 'fair share' towards bringing the nation back to good standing?

    October 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • C-Lo

      I have posted a few items Liz that are awating moderation. I love how some of the "crap" gets through unabated and yet actual debate/discussion is always waiting "moderation"! Doesn't seem like "CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion." The want bumpersticker slogans and hate spewed. Those make it through the firewalls pretty quickly.

      October 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  18. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Yes...I've had to adjust my whole financial situation because of the reduction that was mandated against my pension check; however, I still hold my head up high because I know it is for the good of the nation and it's citizens who are not as blessed as I am to even recieve a check, period to try to live on. Yes..I believe and trust GOD that Pres OBAMA is trying to do do the right thing for the greator good of the whole country. The devious GOP/TEAPARTY and even some bought-out Dems don't want him to fix it!

    October 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  19. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Yes...I trust Pres Obama to use my extra (mandated) donation wisely for the good of America. BTW, I've trusted at least the last 7 or 8 Presidents in my lifetime and look at where it ultimately landed us! BROKE, BUSTED and DISGUSTED, all fighting over who did this and who did that! Since earlier brought race to the debate using blackman Herman Cain, I will ask you this...do you honestly trust or think Cain's smarter than blackman OBAMA? I think not; Cains what many refer to as an 'uncle Tom'.

    October 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Why is Cain a "uncle Tom?" I've asked before, don't know if the qustion got "moderated." Why does the black community demonize successful African Americans rather than appreciate their success in light of the challenges they overcame? Why does LZ Granderson speak generally to this point in a recent editiorial? Why is Will Smith more celebrated than the person he portrays, Chris Gardner? Do you feel the same about Stanley O'Neal?

      Liz, why is economic success through business not celebrated in the black community the way sports stars and entertainers are? Why is Oprah more celebrated for her entertainment value than her business acumen? As an everyday ordinary white guy, I have often had these questions, but no one to discuss them with. Will you provide some insight?

      P.S. I don't mean to sound condescending, if that's the way this comes across, I am interested in civil feedback. And anyone else who'd like to weigh in, please do.

      October 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • GetErDonee

      Thanks Liz for answering my question – frankly I am shocked at the answer. I have never personally met someone (if you call meeting via a chat board, a meeting) someone who really and truly believes in Obama at all costs and without reservation. I am never in the tank for any politician 100% as you are for Obama.

      I am trying to understand how you complain that you have less money due to the tax increases and healthcare bill pushed through by Obama and yet you don't blame him. One other item – simple math has shown that if you took ALL the money from the rich, it will not pay for more than a few months worth of debt already accumulated by Obama and the Dems.

      So now answer this question – how much should a rich person pay (percentage) and what do you consider a rich person? Also, do you actually know what percentage of the total tax base people making over $200k contribute?

      October 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  20. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Who told you that black success was not honored and celebrated in the black community? We are always proud to see one of us has gotten through the 'wilderness' to succeed in this 'whitemans' country! However, just because he was 'lucky'; at the right place and time to get over, blessed enough to be networked with the 'right' people, yet turns around and acts likes we all should have 'succeeded' just like he did, literally forgetting where he came from, OMG! Some of us get to thinking we are 'supremacists'!!

    October 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  21. Liz Carter in Georgia

    ....Talk about 'elitisism'! Some of us, because we've 'overcome' begin to think just like 'supremacists'. Some of us are by then so 'BRAINWASHED' that even we start reprimanding, demanding and expecting the rest of us to have been as 'lucky'! Blessed to find the same avenues available we just were afforded; and I mean afforded by the networking 'white' society. If the rest of us hadn't, then it's somehow OUR own fault! That is wrong! As TD Jakes even said..'FAVOR AIN'T FAIR', but don't stop trying!

    October 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  22. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Sidney Poitier, Halle Berry, Dianne Carroll, Ruby Dee, Harry Bellafonte, James Earl Jones and all of our entertainers, actors, (actresses) in HOLLYWOOD are celebrated because we know full well they're the results of long suffering in that 'system' of 2nd class acting; subservient roles as maids, cooks, drivers, mid-wives, nannies, jungle natives, roles of 'entertainment', as it relates to 'white lead roles! They're icons or revolutionaries in that 'system'!

    October 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      You are saying that the black actors are 'too good' to play those parts? If so then who will? Their stories will never be told. The maid, cook, jungle natives will not have a voice. Oh, no we don't want to discriminate so lets not hire black people to play those parts. How ironic.

      October 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  23. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Furthermore...they all usually give back so much to the black community. They work towards mentoringship, building Boys & Girls Clubs, Clinics, enhancing the faces of even their own communities where they came from, and throughout the United States. Many of them open up businesses in black communities, restaurants, movie theatrs, YMCAs and YWCAs, acting and dancing schools and many other advocacy organizations that are sorely needed in Black America, especially in the equal opportunity areas! JUSTICE!

    October 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  24. Liz Carter in Georgia

    C-Lo; Granted, there are many in the black business community who do the same thing. They ARE named, honored and celebrated during our ESSENCE AWARDS, TRUMPET AWARDS, NAACP/URBAN type of functions etc., giving thanks and honor for their services towards the enhancement of our communities. BTW, OPRAH has so been celebrated for her business projects in education and charity work in not only our communities, but in AMERICAS' community as well as overseas; blacks, whites, others, disenfranchised, and disabled!

    October 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  25. Liz Carter in Georgia

    As far as your 'uncle Tom' question, that title actually stemmed from some stories that were handed down to many African Americans from the time of slavery. It is who Uncle Tom was that is sometimes in question. Some say he was a 'brown-noser' to the 'Master' or 'Massuh', who'd turn on or 'back-stab' other slaves, who'd go and tell 'Massuh' what the the co-slaves said about him, talked about; even their plans to try to break-away and 'run north'. He on one hand was the two-faced one, but on the other hand..

    October 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  26. Liz Carter in Georgia

    ...I've also been told and read somewhere, I can't remember exactly where it was, but 'Uncle Tom' was just the opposite! He could really be considered a HERO! 'He' said he was an old man, not much life left, so he ran interference, distracting 'Massuh', so many of uscould get away! Often even took beatings because he wouldn't tell the others plans..whatever there secrets were, whatever they were praying for; if they were trying to get to Harriet Tubmans' Underground Railroad, to head 'north' or not!

    October 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  27. Liz Carter in Georgia

    That's my take on the two characters of 'UNCLE TOM' ...one as infiltrator of the 'cause' and one as the soldier of the cause. Of course you know the character I appreciate the most don't you? Herman Cain is the first one...most intelligent, studied blacks and whites know the difference.

    October 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  28. GetErDonee

    Well the moderation on the site makes it impossible to have a near real-time conversation with anyone. The owner should just take down the site or remove moderation; it provides little value to talk a day in the past on most posts.

    October 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  29. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Oh, our stories have already been etched in stone in this nation. You racists are in the process right now of having them scratched, chipped and erased from the books, the stones, the hearts and minds of African Americans! You don't want your grandchildren seeing and learning your true nature!. We've played those parts long enough...I thank Hollywood for finally realizing we can play more than those subservient roles. They know we're worth more than just that! We're diamonds in the rough and you hate it!

    October 9, 2011 at 2:20 am |