Published December 28, 2009
"We do not yet have all the answers about this latest attempt, but those who would slaughter innocent men, women and children must know that the United States will ... do more than simply strengthen our defenses..." "We will continue to use every element of our national power to disrupt, to dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us, whether they are from Afghanistan or Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia, or anywhere where they are plotting attacks against the U.S. homeland."-The Great Disappointment-President Obama 28 Dec 2009
Gee, sounds a bit familiar to me-remember this? :
"But they have stirred up the might of the
American people, and we're going to get them, no matter what it
"This act will not stand; we will find those who did it; we will smoke
them out of their holes; we will get them running and we'll bring them
to justice. We will not only deal with those who dare attack America,
we will deal with those who harbor them and feed them and house them,"
the President said." -former President G.W. Bush on 15 Sept 2001
Hey-I'm not the only one dissapointed:
So. Saturday, President Obama gave a speech.
In that speech, to the Human Rights Campaign at their National Dinner in D.C., he promised, yet again
to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell—and then failed utterly to offer a time
table, a strategy, or any other details that differentiated the promise
this time from any of the other times he's made it before.
Pam Spaulding says, "the low expectations I had regarding LGBT policy were unfortunately met," and Andrew Sullivan describes the speech as "much worse than I expected."
And then there was this: After promising the LGBTQI community in his speech
"I'm here with a simple message: I'm here with you in that fight," it
was reported by CNBC's Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood that
a White House adviser told him that consternation with the failure of
movement on LGBTQI rights issues is viewed by the White House with
utter contempt: "Barack Obama is doing well with 90 percent or more of
Democrats so the White House views this opposition as really part of
the 'Internet left fringe,' Lester. And for a sign of how seriously the
White House does or doesn’t take this opposition, one adviser told me
today those bloggers need to take off the pajamas, get dressed and
realize that governing a closely divided country is complicated and
12 Oct 2009
Copenhagen : On the final day of UN climate talks Barack Obama tells world leaders: 'I come not to talk but to act'
Barack Obama stepped into the chaotic final hours of the Copenhagen summit today saying he was convinced the world could act "boldly and decisively" on climate change.
But his speech offered no indication America was ready to embrace bold measures, after world leaders had been working desperately against the clock to try to paper over an agreement to prevent two years of wasted effort — and a 10-day meeting — from ending in total collapse.
Obama, who had been skittish about coming to Copenhagen at all unless it could be cast as a foreign policy success, looked visibly frustrated as he appeared before world leaders.
He offered no further commitments on reducing emissions or on finance to poor countries beyond Hillary Clinton's announcement yesterday that America would support a $100bn global fund to help developing nations adapt to climate change.
He did not even press the Senate to move ahead on climate change legislation, which environmental organisations have been urging for months.
Lubbock, Texas, activist Abby Tomlinson, who said she voted for Obama last year as the "peace" candidate, told Sunday's Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram she has been disappointed in his Iraq and Afghanistan efforts so far.
"One of the major platforms of the Obama campaign was the move to end the war in Iraq," she told the newspaper. "Many voters chose him because of that fact alone. He ran, whether he meant to or not, on a platform of peace. I guess we probably did put too much hope in him. I know that I did. I feel disappointed and a bit betrayed by Obama's choice to send more troops anywhere overseas."
oooh, and this:
It was like old times Monday outside the White House — anti-war protesters waving hand-painted signs, displaying photos of war victims and bellowing belligerence at the Oval Office occupant.
But with a difference. The target wasn’t George W. Bush or even Richard Nixon, but Barack Obama, someone many in the angry assemblage probably voted for last year believing he’d get us out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
No such luck. While violence in Iraq is down, a reduced U.S. force is likely to be there for some time. And Obama is pondering a request for up to 40,000 more troops for Afghanistan, the "necessary war" as he once dubbed it.
"Change? What change?" read one protester’s sign board. "The Audacity of War Crimes!" read another, mocking the title of one of Obama’s best-selling books.
The war protesters are not Obama’s only critics on the left. Liberals have found cause to grumble about Obama’s handling of Guantánamo, labor legislation, Wall Street regulation, retention of Bush-era policy on terror detainees and health insurance.
Their beef with the president includes delay (on regulating a reckless financial industry); failure to lead (a public option heath plan), and abandonment of previous commitments (on Guantánamo and treatment of detainees).
Civil libertarians are disappointed at Obama’s delay in closing Guantánamo. That was bad enough, they thought. But they were incensed on learning he’d continue the Bush policy of holding terrorism suspects without charge or trial.
Organized labor was "all-in" for Obama after eight years of the business-cozy Bush administration. With Obama and big Democratic congressional majorities, it would finally gain unionism’s Holy Grail — "card check" legislation allowing unions to organize workers without a secret ballot.
Not from this Congress and not with such limp leadership on the matter from the White House.
Consumer groups and liberal economists may finally get some legislative crackdown on the "greed-is-good" guys on Wall Street who crashed the economy. But it’s a long time coming. And it’ll have to overcome a multimillion dollar Wall Street campaign against any real regulation — and then only with more forceful support than Obama..." 07 Oct 2009
The mood is turning decidedly ugly in the United States as the public becomes more and more horrified at bailout efforts by President Barack Obama and his team. The latest outrage involves the unceremonious axing of the head of General Motors, without handing out pink slips to the Wall Street and other financial sector incompetents who ruined the global economy.
There are many of US who voted for Barry-O (Barry, Oh, how disappointed we are !) that do not (yet) wish to publically express our disappointment-and I understand
Many,many years ago I lived in Atlanta, Georgia.
The area I lived in was composed of inter-racial couples, hippies and gays. Being a HIP-EE at that time, did not make me hip to gay 'culture'-so,yes, I made many faux pas.
I lived across the street from Piedmont Park, which I was told was the "only air-conditioned park in the world..."(think about it). One night, my new neighbors invited me to an area bar. They assured me that the crowd was 'mixed'. At the bar, I was intrigued by a lovely, petite blond. We danced and talked and talked and danced. We got high and danced and talked some more. She invited me home with her. I-politely-went to my new neighbors and told them that I would not be going back with them, but home with this little cutie.
They said "Ohio, sit down a minute" and proceeded to tell me that my "cute little blond" was a man. Listen, my experience with drag queens started and ended with Uncle Milton Berle-definately NOT a cute little blond.
Whether or not I went home with "her" isn't important-what IS important is that being duped,snookered or suckered is not a pleasant experience----the difference HERE is-going home with a good looking broad that ISN'T-- is a surprise with more or less than expected. The Obama Disappointent is costing us,U.S., the lives and minds of this country's children.