Obama wins re-election

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 7:55 PM
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and winning four more years in office despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions.

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President Barack Obama waves as he walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha at his election night party.  ASSOCIATED PRESS
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President Barack Obama waves as he walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha at his election night party.

"This happened because of you. Thank you" Obama tweeted to supporters as he celebrated four more years in the White House.

Romney telephoned the president, then spoke to disappointed supporters in Boston. In a graceful concession, he summoned all Americans to pray for the president and urged the night's winners to put partisan bickering aside and "reach across the aisle" to tackle the nation's problems.

After the costliest — and arguably the nastiest — campaign in history, divided government seemed alive and well.

Democrats retained control of the Senate with surprising ease. Republicans were on course for the same in the House, making it likely that Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Obama's partner in unsuccessful deficit talks, would reclaim his seat at the bargaining table.

At Obama headquarters in Chicago, a huge crowd gathered waving small American flags and cheering. Supporters hugged each other, danced and pumped their fists in the air. Excited crowds also gathered in New York's Times Square, at Faneuil Hall in Boston and near the White House in Washington, drivers joyfully honking as they passed by.

With votes counted in 75 percent of the nation's precincts, Obama held a narrow advantage in the popular vote, leading by about 25,000 out of more than 99 million cast.

But the president's laserlike focus on the battleground states allowed him to run up a 303-203 margin in the competition for electoral votes, where the White House is won or lost. It took 270 to win.

Obama captured Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Hampshire, Colorado and Nevada, seven of the nine states where the rivals and their allies poured nearly $1 billion into dueling television commercials.

Romney was in Massachusetts, his long and grueling bid for the presidency at an unsuccessful end.

He won North Carolina among the battleground states.

Florida remained too close to call, a state where there were long lines of voters kept the polls open in some areas well past the appointed poll close time..

The election emerged as a choice between two very different visions of government — whether it occupies a major, front-row place in American lives or is in the background as a less-obtrusive facilitator for private enterprise and entrepreneurship.

The economy was rated the top issue by about 60 percent of voters surveyed as they left their polling places. But more said former President George W. Bush bore responsibility for current circumstances than Obama did after nearly four years in office.

That bode well for the president, who had worked to turn the election into a choice between his proposals and Romney's, rather than the simple referendum on the economy during his time in the White House.

Unemployment stood at 7.9 percent on election day, higher than when he took office. And despite signs of progress, the economy is still struggling after the worst recession in history.

There was no doubt about what drove voters to one candidate or the other.

About 4 in 10 said the economy is on the mend, but more than that said it was stagnant or getting worse more than four years after the near-collapse of 2008. The survey was conducted for The Associated Press and a group of television networks.

In the battle for the Senate, Democrats won seats currently held by Republicans in Indiana and Massachusetts.

In Maine, independent former Gov. Angus King was elected to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe. He has not yet said which party he will side with, but Republicans attacked him in television advertising during the race, and Democrats rushed to his cause.

Polls were still open in much of the country as the two rivals began claiming the spoils of a brawl of an election in a year in which the struggling economy put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions.

The president was in Chicago as he awaited the voters' verdict on his four years in office. He told reporters he had a concession speech as well as victory remarks prepared. He congratulated Romney on a spirited campaign. "I know his supporters are just as engaged, just as enthusiastic and working just as hard today" as Obama's own, he added.

Romney reciprocated, congratulating the man who he had campaigned against for more than a year.

Earlier, he raced to Ohio and Pennsylvania for Election Day campaigning and projected confidence as he flew home to Massachusetts. "We fought to the very end, and I think that's why we'll be successful," he said, adding that he had finished writing a speech anticipating victory but nothing if the election went to his rival.

But the mood soured among the Republican high command as the votes came in and Obama ground out a lead in critical states.

Like Obama, Vice President Joe Biden was in Chicago as he waited to find out if he was in line for a second term. Republican running mate Paul Ryan was with Romney in Boston, although he kept one eye on his re-election campaign for a House seat in Wisconsin, just in case.

The long campaign's cost soared into the billions, much of it spent on negative ads, some harshly so.

In the presidential race, an estimated one million commercials aired in nine battleground states where the rival camps agreed the election was most likely to be settled — Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada.

In a months-long general election ad war that cost nearly $1 billion, Romney and Republican groups spent more than $550 million and Obama and his allies $381 million, according to organizations that track advertising.

In Virginia, the polls had been closed for several minutes when Obama's campaign texted a call for volunteers "to make sure everyone who's still in line gets to vote."

In Florida, there were long lines at the hour set for polls to close. Under state law, everyone waiting was entitled to cast a ballot.

According to the exit poll, 53 percent of voters said Obama is more in touch with people like them, compared to 43 percent for Romney.

About 60 percent said taxes should be increased, taking sides on an issue that divided the president and Romney. Obama wants to let taxes rise on upper incomes, while Romney does not.

Other than the battlegrounds, big states were virtually ignored in the final months of the campaign. Romney wrote off New York, Illinois and California, while Obama made no attempt to carry Texas, much of the South or the Rocky Mountain region other than Colorado.

There were 33 Senate seats on the ballot, 23 of them defended by Democrats and the rest by Republicans.

Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy, a Democrat, won a Connecticut seat long held by Sen. Joe Lieberman, retiring after a career that included a vice presidential spot on Al Gore's ticket in 2000. It was Republican Linda McMahon's second defeat in two tries, at a personal cost of $92 million.

The GOP needed a gain of three for a majority if Romney won, and four if Obama was re-elected. Neither Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada nor GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was on the ballot, but each had high stakes in the outcome.

All 435 House seats were on the ballot, including five where one lawmaker ran against another as a result of once-a-decade redistricting to take population shifts into account. Democrats needed to pick up 25 seats to gain the majority they lost two years ago.

Depending on the outcome of a few races, it was possible that white men would wind up in a minority in the Democratic caucus for the first time.

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, raised millions to finance get-out-the-vote operations in states without a robust presidential campaign, New York, Illinois and California among them. His goal was to minimize any losses, or possibly even gain ground, no matter Romney's fate. House Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California campaigned aggressively, as well, and faced an uncertain political future if her party failed to win control.

In gubernatorial races, Republicans picked up North Carolina, where Pat McCrory won easily. The incumbent, Democratic Gov. Bev Purdue, did not seek re-election.

In a campaign that traversed contested Republican primaries last winter and spring, a pair of political conventions this summer and three presidential debates, Obama, Romney, Biden and Ryan spoke at hundreds of rallies, were serenaded by Bruce Springstein and Meat Loaf and washed down hamburgers, pizza, barbecue and burrito bowls.

Obama was elected the first black president in 2008, and four years later, Romney became the first Mormon to appear on a general election ballot. Yet one man's race and the other's religion were never major factors in this year's campaign for the White House, a race dominated from the outset by the economy.

Over and over, Obama said that during his term the nation has begun to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression. While he conceded progress has been slow, he accused Romney of offering recycled Republican policies that have helped the wealthy and harmed the middle class in the past and would do so again.

Romney countered that a second Obama term could mean a repeat recession in a country where economic growth has been weak and unemployment is worse now than when the president was inaugurated. A wealthy former businessman, he claimed the knowledge and the skills to put in place policies that would make the economy healthy again.

In a race where the two men disagreed often, one of the principal fault lines was over taxes. Obama campaigned for the renewal of income tax cuts set to expire on Dec. 31 at all income levels except above $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples.

Romney said no one's taxes should go up in uncertain economic times. In addition, he proposed a 20 percent cut across the board in income tax rates but said he would end or curtail a variety of tax breaks to make sure federal deficits didn't rise.

The differences over taxes, the economy, Medicare, abortion and more were expressed in intensely negative advertising.

Obama launched first, shortly after Romney dispatched his Republican foes in his quest for the party nomination.

One memorable commercial showed Romney singing an off-key rendition of "America The Beautiful." Pictures and signs scrolled by saying that his companies had shipped jobs to Mexico and China, that Massachusetts state jobs had gone to India while he was governor and that he has personal investments in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

Romney spent less on advertising than Obama. A collection of outside groups made up the difference, some of them operating under rules that allowed donors to remain anonymous. Most of the ads were of the attack variety. But the Republican National Committee relied on one that had a far softer touch, and seemed aimed at voters who had been drawn to the excitement caused by Obama's first campaign. It referred to a growing national debt and unemployment, then said, "He tried. You tried. It's OK to make a change."

More than 30 million voters cast early ballots in nearly three dozen states, a reflection of the growing appeal of getting a jump on the traditional Election Day.

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nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 11/07/12 - 02:42 pm
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and the LORD turned his back

and the LORD turned his back and left man to his foolishness. and the govt will be runned by children. the mayan calender ended 11-06-2012.

Bantana
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Bantana 11/07/12 - 02:49 pm
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Lux no need...

to parse it out for me. my wife is an administrator with a catholic healthcare system. in the 1990's she became pregnant with our second child. unfortunately, it was an ectopic pregnancy that went until my wife
hemorrhaged and an emergency d and c was performed along with a tubal ligation after she was transported to another healthcare facility. neither proceedure was covered under the terms of my wife's health insurance. her case was cause, in part, for changes instituted that later provided coverages for a more inclusive range of female reproductive issues at her workplace.

so you see, no need to parse it out for me. it's that sort of sanctimonious drivel that impedes any hope for evolving in a positive
manner.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/07/12 - 02:59 pm
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Well with 4 trillion new debt

Well with 4 trillion new debt (as the White House Budget office explains by 2016) and all the money he will raise by taxing the wealthy and really taxing the middle class too with new penalties and fines technically not called taxes but he gets your money-he has to have massive spending planned too. We can bet specific blue states will be bailed out-mainly because a lot of red solved their own problems with Rep govenors (I wish we were so lucky). Further stimulus to big businesses and unions, and expanding govt with more intrusions. Can't wait. What we have 2% growth in our economy-I'm dumbfounded people can eat that crap. We've been out of a recession for three years and we are putzin' along rather our usually rocket to success. You can't blame Bush on that.

dfcrutch
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dfcrutch 11/07/12 - 03:07 pm
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No Fiat_ Lux - Not Kidding,So Glad You Know it ALL!

Since you seem to think we are all simpletons and you are a Albert Einstein -- thank you for clearing everything up for all of us dumb Obama blind folk. You seem to be the only one to have it all figured out.

Of course you know I'm being facetious -- what's horrible is people like you refusing to allow change and give the President a chance to do his job.

What is refreshing to me is that peolpe like you are the not the majority! Thus the election results!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/07/12 - 03:12 pm
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Interesting not a single

Interesting not a single comment against the man personally, his ethnicity, nothing except his policies and performance. But we are haters. Yet Bush was demonized and Cheney became Satan incarnate-long outta office progressives even begrudged the man a new heart-that's sick. I mean the last of the Bush years were so replete in attacking the man personally as well as performance it will scar the GOP for a decade. Rep did nothing to assist the president either-especially since they were so culpable in spending like drunken sailors. Funny the very thing progressives demonized about Bush and incurring our huge debt now they support as Obama promises more debt on an order almost exponential to Bush . Doesn't make sense does it??? No one seems worried about 20 trillion in debt which we will lose all AAA ratings and be a minor economic power unable to borrow.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/07/12 - 03:16 pm
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Does This Sound Familiar?

Communism (from Latin communis - common, universal) is a revolutionary socialist movement to create a classless, moneyless, and stateless social order structured upon common ownership of the means of production, as well as a social, political and economic ideology that aims at the establishment of this social order.[1] This movement, in its Marxist–Leninist interpretations, significantly influenced the history of the 20th century, which saw intense rivalry between the "socialist world" (socialist states ruled by communist parties) and the "western world" (countries with capitalist economies).

Retired Army
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Retired Army 11/07/12 - 03:18 pm
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In Case You Missed It

Just in case you missed it over on the R&R

Recipe for Humble Crow Stew:

6 frehly killed and cleaned crow
1 quart of decent bourbon

marinate the crow in the bourbon 4-6 hours.
throw away the damn crow and drink the marinade(Unless of course you are taking Dr. prescribed medications for some of our more "seasoned" posters)

Retired Army
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Retired Army 11/07/12 - 03:24 pm
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In Other News

Allen West, that funfilled Tea Party furrball from Florida is seeking new employment, courtesy of "Come to Jesus" sensible Florida voters.

Rumor has it that he will be available for a talk spot on Fox in the 2AM "Really Viscous Loony Hour".

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/07/12 - 03:25 pm
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dfcrutch

He had 4 years, democat controlled Congress and Bush was not president.

I thought part of his job was to protect the 4 Americans that he murdered in Benghazi, Libya.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/07/12 - 03:34 pm
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RA, Darn Good Stew

but you must use Crown Royal extra XR rare Canadian Whisky and spice it up with 1 or 2 Oxycontin.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 11/07/12 - 03:36 pm
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Bill Maher

Bill Maher and the entire comedy writers union extended thanks to the voters in Michelle Bachman's district.

Her extremly narrow comeback victory ensures that with the defeats of so many of her Tea party collegues, including Allen West, Todd Aken, Richard Mourdock and of course sometimes sojourner Mitt Romney, there will still be an ample supply of freah material for the folks of their craft.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/07/12 - 03:43 pm
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"Eating crow" is a stretch-it

"Eating crow" is a stretch-it wasn't a landslide victory. More like a good day in the electoral college with about half of the populace still disliking you. But "V" is for victory so I give him credit for a winning campaign strategy-unethical but winning. So did the president win or his strategist and campaign just be more effective.Just think how much debt could have paid off if both sides said "heck let's take it all and pay down some debt". Wow wouldn't that be a refreshing 'change'. Ole Alinsky really was a genius-perhaps the GOP should pick up on the president's reading list.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 11/07/12 - 03:42 pm
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CobaltGeorge11/07/12 - 03:34 pm

Now just how patriotic is that? Canadian Whiskey? Really!

Good ol' all Amurican Jack Daniels not good enough?

Maybe you should replace that half mast American flag with a Canadian one to go along with your tastes.

Or is this a "secret" wish for Americans to switch to all things Canadian especially the healthcare where you can get the oxycontin for free.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 11/07/12 - 03:46 pm
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Ah Well.

Time for my afternoon nap. Y'all don't run off to Sean and tell him I've been playing mean this afternoon now OK?

A couple of "Dexter" re-runs on "Showtime on Demand" and I'll be ready to play again.

burninater
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burninater 11/07/12 - 03:47 pm
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Does This Sound

Does This Sound Familiar?
Communism (from Latin communis - common, universal) is a revolutionary socialist movement to create a classless, moneyless, and stateless social order structured upon common ownership of the means of production, as well as a social, political and economic ideology that aims at the establishment of this social order.[1] This movement, in its Marxist–Leninist interpretations, significantly influenced the history of the 20th century, which saw intense rivalry between the "socialist world" (socialist states ruled by communist parties) and the "western world" (countries with capitalist economies).
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The fact that anyone in their right mind believes that this accurately describes the policies and practices of the current administration suggests that they are not in fact in their right mind.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 11/07/12 - 03:49 pm
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Bizkit11/07/12 - 03:43 pm

Bizkit writes: "Eating crow" is a stretch"

Nobody said eat crow biz. Just drink the marinade to ease the pain.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/07/12 - 04:01 pm
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Ah I didn't pick up on that.

Ah I didn't pick up on that. It is downright unAmerican =Canadian whiskey. Try Rittenhouse 100 proof Rye. It's real rich and maybe a bit too sweet. But it's the 100 proof part that grabs ya. But I can swallow some crow with that as chaser. Belly up to the bar guys and gals-I'm buying the first round. To our newly elected Prez-may God bless him and US. We could use it. I hope he makes Bill Clinton look like a loser by comparison ( I adore Bill). I gotta my rants out so now time to add my support and hope.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/07/12 - 04:09 pm
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To Bantana

Your wife didn't get the care she required at one hospital because they didn't have either the staff (most likely) or the necessary facilities available. No Catholic hospital would ever deny a woman care that she needed to save her life, and an ectopic pregnancy certainly qualifies as a life-threatening emergency. The Catholic Church never blocks any attempts to save the life of a pregnant woman, even if that attempt ends the life of her unborn baby. It simply forbids killing the child outright; the death of the child must not be the specific objective of a procedure, but must be the unfortunate and undesired result.

I don't know why her insurance coverage didn't include the procedure she had because a D&C and tying off the affected fallopian tube would have been for an ectopic. The thing that probably would not have been covered--and you didn't say that she had this done--would have been an elective ligation of the other fallopian tube. That would have constituted artificial birth control.

If you really believe it was Catholic doctrine that sent your wife to another hospital to get emergency help, or that a Catholic-hospital would actually provide an insurance policy covering something that the Church absolutely forbids without special authorization/dispensation, then you are really in the dark. If you want something a Catholic heathcare system doesn't provide or cover, best get your insurance through your job instead.

Oh, wait! That's all changed now with ObummerCare! Who cares what Catholics believe or practice anymore! Heck with 'em, right?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/07/12 - 04:22 pm
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No one will toast the Prez

No one will toast the Prez with me. Gee. Sure I think he has screwed up-but just maybe he will come away with this realizin' how lucky he was to be re-elected and what legacy will he leave behind and become a moderate and moderate between these two imbecilic parties. He's got a lot of splainin' to do about how he is going to get US out of this mess-he failed to mention so during his campaign-except rhetoric.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/07/12 - 04:26 pm
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To call yourself a Dem or a

To call yourself a Dem or a Rep is becoming a minority fashion-most Americans are moving Independent and moderate-I guess the Zinn way. hee,hee,eeh. the middle path-or is that the middle finger or middle leg. I get that confused. Or was that Confuscious. NO Buddha. I hate to drink by myself. How bout I fry up some squirrel wit rice and gravy-way better than crow. Of course there is goat's head soup-if yur a Rollin' Stone.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/07/12 - 04:27 pm
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Who did that song about

Who did that song about whiskey and rye? Cat Stevens. Enough politicks on wit life.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/07/12 - 04:29 pm
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@dfcrutch

Except for the Albert Einstein bit, you pretty much nailed it, although I definitely am not the only one who gets it. But the rest, well, yeah.

I'm sorry if that offends you, but how anyone who works for a paycheck (and I'm just going to think the best about you regarding that) would vote for someone who is about to take a huge bite out of that paycheck and just hand it over to The Borg bureaucracy to pass out to people who do nothing and contribute nothing but more mouths, well, df, it is a genuine stunner. Who with a brain does that kind of self-destructive thing?

As for giving Obozo a chance... Are you serious? Honestly, dude. He's had a whole term in office and all he's done is run up the national debt more than the last 5 presidents COMBINED! And for doing real and significant harm to people's pocketbook and their opportunities for the next couple of generations, Obuzzard makes Bush2 look like a total piker. Bush was a model of fiscal responsibility by comparison; Bill Clinton was a whiz next to Obumbler.

That you don't get that, and that critical mass has definitely been achieved in our national level of stupid sheep voters, should be sending off alarm bells all over the nation and the world beyond. Just think about what this megalomaniac is trying to do to our country. Just try to think critically for a moment. Please.

And, we will leave the moral bankruptcy issue for another bout of sparring. Even though it is by far the more important problem, I'll give myself a handicap for that one.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/07/12 - 04:29 pm
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dfcrutch, I believe there is

dfcrutch, I believe there is a big difference in watching on a live feed an attack on American lives resulting in their death and refusing to send help and a surprise attack killing thousands of Americans. If Bush had refused to allow Fire, EMS, and Police to assist in the rescue and recovery of those Americans attack I'd say you'd have a point but you cannot compare the two incidents.

After Obama's second term is he still going to be blaming Bush....the mess was so great he couldn't clean it up in 8 years??? Sorry excuse but guess he will try anything to keep from taking the blame.

President Obama may not have physically murdered those 4 Americans but he sure didn't do anything to help or prevent it.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/07/12 - 04:35 pm
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I fear most of the disppointed and disgusted have left

as am I about to do.

Reading what Obummer groupies post is like gazing into a rotating fan.

Pointless and, after a relatively short time, totally boooooring.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/07/12 - 05:14 pm
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whiskey and rye

bizkit..Don McClean. Pretty apropo song for today. Bye Bye, Ms American Pie.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 11/07/12 - 05:38 pm
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Bizkit11/07/12 - 04:27 pm

"and good ol' boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye, singin this'll be the day I die, this'll be the the day I die'

Don MacClean-American pie

wayne2410
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wayne2410 11/07/12 - 06:04 pm
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Goodbye America, at least
Unpublished

Goodbye America, at least what it once was. I guess something will replace it but it probably will be pretty bad.

bbright1
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bbright1 11/07/12 - 06:16 pm
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We are the United States not Divided States of America

Last night America we re-elected our 44th President Barack H Obama - a mixture of joy and pain - Joy - both factual and personally he was was the best choice and most qualified - pain - because the elections was filled with racism, lies, fraud and selfishness. America has become so divided by race, party, ignorance, disrespect, economics, civic rights, health, education, religious doctrines, etc.

We forgot to be our brother's keeper - not hand outs but human compassion. We are not all Conservatives, many more of us are Moderates and Liberals. Jesus asked us to love one another, many who pray to Jesus on Sunday, rave and rant on their post in social media against the very principles they say they live by on Sunday.

Whether President Obama earned your vote - we must pull together and support him and his administration and hold our elected officials accountable to represent the people (all) and stop voting party lines work for every citizen. We must also do our own job as citizens and use our talents and gifts to make America strong. It is time to be the UNITED not divided States of America. I am looking forward to us all working together and if you can't do that, my prayers are for you.

Congratulations on a job well done President Obama - it was a tough campaign and you are the Man for the job.

myfather15
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myfather15 11/07/12 - 08:49 pm
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"Your country is desolate,

"Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers."

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