Man Up, Mr. President!

I did not vote for President Obama.  Some might call me a racist, but I voted against him based on the issues.  A 5-minute google search and his interview with Bill O’Reilly revealed to me that he was a far-left guy and told me everything I needed to know about him.

He said he was in favor of a one-payer healthcare system.  According to him, it wouldn’t happen right away, but first “we need to take back the White House.”  (Translation:  BIG government.)  He also said he believed in redistribution of wealth.  (Translation:  HIGHER taxes.)  He also supported the Freedom of Choice Act.  (Translation:  UNFETTERED abortions.)  All no-no’s in this conservative’s way of thinking.

But, when November 4, 2008, rolled around and he won, he became my President.  I remember getting emails from some distraught friends of mine and I simply told them, “this too will pass.”  So, I installed a countdown clock on my computer and each day I see the years, months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds ticking down until Election Day 2012.  What more can I do?  For now, Barack Obama is my President.

From the President’s actions, you’d think someone forgot to tell him he won and that he is the President of all the United States and all the citizens of this country.  Can someone please also remind the President that currently the Democrats hold majorities in both the Senate and the House and that he doesn’t need one Republican to pass any of his far-left agenda.  (I’m praying, of course, that all that changes in a couple of weeks.)  So what’s he complaining about and why is he always crying about the Republicans?

Every time I turn around, the President is either campaigning, complaining or on vacation.

Months after Obamacare was signed, he’s still on the campaign trail pushing healthcare reform.  He’s now trying to explain to the American public what a great program he created.  With 55% of likely voters in favor of repealing the bill and with elections just around the corner, he’s trying to sell the American public on Obamacare and convince them the Democrats who passed this mess shouldn’t get booted out of office.

What I don’t get is that he forgets he represents all Americans.  There’re always going to be those who adore him and those who loathe him and those in between that just don’t get what he’s doing.  Unfortunately, the President has the thinnest skin of any President in my lifetime.  We saw some real defensiveness in President Clinton during an interview with Peter Jennings when questioned about his moral authority, but nothing compares to President Obama’s oversensitivity to criticism.

The President chides the Republicans for just about everything.  For the second time, can someone please tell this man he doesn’t need one Republican vote so why does he care if they oppose anything he does?  He doesn’t need them!  If it’s not their rhetoric on healthcare, it’s on corporate campaign cash.   If he’s not criticizing the GOP for its opposition to his stimulus package, he’s criticizing its “Pledge to America.”

Besides being very thin-skinned, President Obama doesn’t have much of a memory either.  During his inaugural address, he directed his comments to a world-wide audience when he said, “To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”  Well, isn’t that exactly what he’s doing today – silencing dissent?

In May, he wasn’t too crazy about a heckler in the audience who was pushing for repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.  In response, the President said, “C’mon, man, I’m dealing with Congress here, it takes a little bit of time.”  (Do I need to repeat myself for the third time about Congress?)

What I find far more disturbing is his criticism and mocking of the Tea Party Movement.  I’m a conservative and identify very strongly with the Movement’s commitment to the Constitution.   I think the President sounds very un-Presidential when he so disrespectfully diminishes me and those who oppose his big government-big tax agenda with more to come if he has his way.

What is also frightening is the President’s ranting about Fox News.  In his recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he said, “Fox News promoted a point of view that was ‘destructive’ to the growth of the United States.”  Keep in mind Politico’s latest poll showing that 42% of respondents say Fox News is their main source of cable news, compared with 30% for CNN and 12% for MSNBC.  Not surprising, 49% of respondents believed Bill O’Reilly had a positive impact on political debate in this country.

The fact that 90% of all media are in love with President Obama isn’t enough for this guy.  I’ve watched all the cable news shows and not one presents all sides of a story on a regular basis, except for Fox and, particularly, its hard news shows like Special Report with Bret Baier.  I see far more liberals on Fox News, than conservatives on CNN or MSNBC.  I’m sure you’ve all read Bernie’s columns and books and he’s the expert on the lamestream media’s “Bias,” and “Arrogance” and its “Slobbering Love Affair” with President Obama.  Every time the President tries to minimize the impact of Fox News, its viewership rises.

Now there’s the attack on pro-lifers by the Obama Administration.  The FBI and the DOJ have teamed up with Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federal and the Feminist Majority Foundation for a training seminar whose focus is to declare as “violent” the free speech activities of pro-life Americans – activities such as praying and peaceful protesting.

He’s now condemning the U.S. Chamber of Commerce which represents the interests of more than three million businesses.

Finally, I was appalled when he criticized the Supreme Court during his State of the Union address in January when he attacked, “with all due deference to separation of powers,” its decision regarding campaign spending.  That was truly insulting and un-Presidential.  Kudos to Justice Samuel Alito who’s announced he won’t be attending the 2011 State of the Union address.

For someone who was supposed to be the great unifier, he’s managed to alienate just about everyone but his extreme far-left base.  If he intends to win back the independent vote, he’s in for a big surprise.

If my father were alive, he’d say to the President, “stop your bellyaching, you won!”  Enough said.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • The Underwearinator

    Your a rasist!

    • Chief

      Did you mean to say; ” You’re a racist” ? You are either cleverly sarcastic or a numbskull. That was the point of her story. Any analysis of the Obama presidency which does not result in glowing accolades can only be as a result of racism. Obama has the thinnest skin of any President in my 64plus years. Every criticism of this President results in his lashing out and hitting the campaign trail. Man Up Mr. O

  • Roger Ward

    The reason that Obama rates so high on the crybaby scale is attributable to one important difference between liberals and conservatives: conservatives think the liberals are wrong … but liberals think convervatives are evil. Because they occupy the hallowed ground of moral superiority (in their own minds), liberals can’t reisist any opportunity to snipe at conservatives, for their evil, craven positions on the issues.

    There’s plenty of crybabyness on the right and the center (it is politics, you know) but it will never compare to that of the left.

    Like most conservatives, I don’t think Obama, Reid and Pelose are evil … they’re just wrong in their policies and objectives. I object to what they do and what they believe in, but I don’t question their motives or their integrity; they probably do believe that they are working for the good of the country. (They’re wrong and they’re going to find out how wrong in a couple of weeks) … but I don’t equate their stance with morality.

    Whether it’s on the environment or health care or income redistribution or any of the other socialist views, the leftists continue to believe not only that they are right but that they are god-like in their movement to advance their agenda and destroy conservatives. Until they learn that conservative positions have value, that conservative goals deserve to be respected and considered, you will continue to see this behavior. Like many religious whackos, liberals believe they must attack evil whenever they see it … even if it’s just makes them a crybaby.

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  • GaryC

    Yes… Man Up Mister President… He has carried on the whining of the House & Congress that took over in 2006… Many presidents have had to give away many wants to Congress to get what they wanted passed… He has had it pretty easy so far… If he stopped complaining a little he might get something done… This is the most radical left sided president we have ever had… To bad our children and our their children will suffer many years because of his ignorance…
    Keep it up Fox News… We need the real stories not the fabricated ones… :-)

    • Clarence De Barrows

      “If he stopped complaining a little he might get something done…”. Perhaps his complaining is a blessing for the Country.



  • Ron

    President Obama may do it to a greater extent than previous Presidents but all Presidents have criticized there opposition. George Bush and Republicans have certainly criticized the main stream press. When George Bush was President, he criticized people like me when he was in Mexico and criticized the opposition to his immigration plan at home. He also criticized those of us who opposed the outsourcing of jobs when he was at a plant in I believe was India where jobs had been outsourced. Ronald Reagan did it but with more class. When he criticized Democrats, he just said “There they go again.”

  • JDO

    It’s not exactly the first time I’ve heard this and I’ve felt the same way ever since before he was elected. President Obama’s constant whining, buck-passing and overall un-Presidential behavior has more than grown tiresome. I cannot for the life of me remember a President, Democrat or Republican, that acts the way he does in office. It’s embarrassing. Man Up indeed.

  • Terence A Craig

    I think your “translations” are a little skewed and flat-out wrong. You are reaching with some wild conjecture, particularly on the “Take back the White House” and “Freedom of choice act” references.

    You speak of how wonderful Faux news is and you use O’Reilly as an example but you fail to mention Beck and Hannity. Considering the garbage they put out on a nightly basis, the President is justified in saying, “Fox News promoted a point of view that was ‘destructive’ to the growth of the United States.”

    Maybe you should set your computer clock for 2016.

    • JDO

      Seems like ya might need a clock yourself. Last time I checked, both Beck’s and Hannity’s show run for an hour each, which add up to exactly two out of the twenty-four hours the Fox News Channel is on. I’ll go ahead and add that neither Beck nor Hannity (nor O’Reilly) promote their shows as “News” shows. They’re “Opinion” shows. Any “news” they might show is tied into whatever opinions/segments they run during their show. Opinions/segments that, quite often, include someone with a “liberal” point of view. So, how again is the President justified in his ridiculous, less-than-Presidential “call out” of the Fox News Channel?

      • Terence A Craig

        Ahhh, the old … “they’re an opinion show, they don’t count” argument.

        JDO, I think Bill O’Reilly would feel a little insulted if you lumped his show in with Beck and Hannity. But, since you did, you may want to check your “two hour” number. You are forgetting that these shows are rebroadcast, and O’Reilly is on 3 times in a day. That brings the number up to 7 hours for three hosts (not to mention any of the other “offenders” on Faux News.)

        Now that we’ve established (a minimum) 29% of opinion shows on Fox News, we can keep going and include other hosts to get well over 50%. Maybe they should change their name to Fox Opinion.

        So you are saying the President is NOT justified in “calling out” Faux News because the “opinion” shows are just frilly time killers not the “feeble attempt to influence how people think” shows . Beck pawns himself off as some “half-a***d” professor and Hannity is constantly saying, “we’ll be back with more news” before going to a commercial. They seem to like disguising themselves as something other than an opinion show.

        Truth be told, I don’t mind the right leaning O’Reilly and Van Susteren and I don’t suspect the President does either. The problems arise when the “agenda” surfaces on the aforementioned Beck and Hannity shows … among others.

        • Jeffreydan

          It’s troubling to see a president call out any channel the way BO has, and it’s only part of his pattern of outwardly discouraging dissent.

          He’s the most powerful guy in the world, and he continues to speak out about anyone who might not or does not agree with his policies. If that doesn’t trouble you even a little, then you have a problem. If that’s the case, then feel free to remain silent if (God forbid) a Republican president ever pulls the same crap.

          President Bush was falsely accused of stifling dissent by liberals, on and off for 8 years, but when a website was set up by their guy urging people to report opposition to Obamacare to the White House, no reaction from them.

          If someone ever told me long ago that an American president would take office with his side running Congress and the majority press defending him zealously, and then constantly bad-mouth and take on those who don’t support him, I wouldn’t have believed it.

          And it doesn’t matter whether you like FNC or not, any opposition to his policies expressed on the channel is just that: opposition. His statement about it being destructive was self-serving carping. It had nothing to do with concern about America.

          • Terence

            Jeffreydan, I don’t agree with your impression that the President “speaks out” about anyone that disagrees with his policies. The “speaking out” is directed at outright lies and misleading information. The President has shown he will enter into honest debate with the Republicans but has had his hand slapped on too many occasions. With that said, I would like to expand on your “Republican President” roll reversal. If a Republican President was having the likes of Glenn Beck speak of Concentration Camps for American citizens, or the likes of Hannity talking about how Sharia Law is going to supplant the Constitution or both talking about Death Panels coming after Grandma; it is fear mongering and disgusting. I would have no problem with a Republican President setting the record straight and pointing out blatant lies.

            Thankfully Beck has lost about 1.5 million viewers and at least 1 million change the channel when O’reilly’s show is over.

            Thanks again for the comments in the “Liberals Unhinged” article, hope you saw my response.


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