What partisan attacks?

Diehard Obama supporters are confusing hate with politics

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The "mainstream" media never seemed too worried about President George W. Bush and how he was holding up under "partisan attacks." It seemed to just be accepted that it came with the territory.

But CBS Early Show co-host Maggie Rodriguez seems awfully concerned about President Obama's tender ego, asking First Lady Michelle Obama, "Your husband is the target of so many of these partisan attacks ... He must get frustrated ... ."

Rodriguez even pulled the Obama children into it, wondering plaintively, "Do they not hear the attacks?"

Good grief.

For one thing, they've got a word for what Rodriguez is wringing her worried little hands about. It's called "politics."

The Obamas knew what they were getting into -- and what they got into is nowhere near as poisonous a climate as what George W. Bush endured -- when protesters hounded him on vacation, the Senate majority leader pronounced the war in Iraq "lost" and CBS News, led by Dan Rather, used forged documents to try to prevent his re-election.

Meanwhile, Obama has had the majority of the news media on his side for most of the past year; that's objectively provable, and has been admitted even by liberals in the media.

As for Rodriguez's alleged "partisan attacks," we'd simply ask: What partisan attacks?

Anyone who hasn't been in a coma the past year realizes that Republicans went easy on Mr. Obama for most of his first year in office for one very good reason: They had to! Here was the nation's first black president, and a guy with approval ratings of nearly 70 percent; Republicans knew better than to attack him.

Since then, his unyielding far-left policies have caused him to freefall in the public's eyes -- to less than 45 percent approval. That's not a partisan attack; that's the public as a whole. So when Republicans criticize his policies, they've got the weight of public opinion behind them.

If Ms. Rodriguez is staying up nights wondering if Mr. Obama's children are hurt by opposition to his policies, rest assured they, like most children, aren't buffeted by political winds.

Nor have any of the attacks been personal. Mr. Obama is still personally liked, even by his critics.

So, we don't know where all these "partisan attacks" are that Rodriguez is so distraught about. But as to her second question -- how Mr. Obama is dealing with all these "attacks" -- we seem to recall the White House essentially declaring war on critics last year, particularly Fox News. The White House retreated only when it became clear it was losing that battle.

During the 2008 campaign, the Obama camp even exhorted supporters to call and harass WGN radio in Chicago to silence a writer with damaging information on Obama's relationship with terrorist William Ayers. Prosecutors and sheriffs in Missouri were asked to criminalize any "inaccurate" information broadcast about Obama. Three newspapers whose editorial pages endorsed John McCain were kicked off the Obama campaign bus. As president, he'll meet with any dictator, but won't sit down with conservative broadcasters -- and warns others not to tune them in. Late last year, many feared a new Nixon-style "enemies list" in the Obama administration.

Just in case you were really wanting an answer, Maggie, to how Mr. Obama deals with dissent.

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 02/24/10 - 10:54 pm
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And, the Obama children

And, the Obama children haven't had to deal with the hate filled attacks by the broadcast networks like the children of Bush, Cheney, Palin and every other politician not a hard leftie. The slanted broadcasts of PBS, NBS, ABS and CBS earn their last two letters.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 02/25/10 - 02:28 am
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Good point Johnston.cliff. I

Good point Johnston.cliff. I suppose the media continually attacking Palin's daughter, family, and past career, and alluding to all kinds of despicable assertions, as if it were gospel, is somehow lost here? I can't recall any personal attacks against his family like that, can you? Poor Mr. Hussein. The best press of any president in history for his first year. Poor Mr. Hussein. The highest popularity ratings of any president in history at the beginning of his term. Poor Mr. Hussein, who had control of both houses of congress, with filibuster proof majorities. Poor Mr. Hussein. Hogwash! The man has made his own bed, and now the hand wringing and gnashing of teeth begins, simply because the american people push back against his socialist attack? What about some symptahy for the american people, who have had to live through this last 13 months of untrust, unwanted policys, unwanted and unfunded socialist takeover of 1/6th of our economy, unwanted waste of trillions of taxpayer dollars, etc, etc, etc. Now, just when we finally thought the health care fiasco was laid to rest, because the american people had totally rejected it, he once again flaunts it in our faces. The man is absolutely ruthless, and shameless, but then everybody knew that long before he ran for office. Unfortunately, the lamestream media shirked their investigative obligations, and gave him a free pass. Now, after all this, and his apalling arogance still, now we have liberals feeling sorry for him? Wow, and I thought I had seen everything.

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Brad Owens 02/25/10 - 05:35 am
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Fed, you forgot pullling

Fed, you forgot pullling their hair and tearing their clothes...

brayton99
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brayton99 02/25/10 - 06:15 am
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You must see, my uneducated,

You must see, my uneducated, hateful fellow residents, the attacks on President Obama are fueled by the frustration of the repubs that lost their reign in Congress, after years of raping our nation and the American people. The repubs are still pouting about their losses, the scandals involving repub lawmakers being caught in sex scandals, being caught in the bathroom at an airport soliciting sex from a man, and not being able to come up with a plan to save this country from the destruction caused by the bush administration. Thank goodness the American people see past your petty little attempts to discredit a President who is trying to desperately to right the wrongs brought on us from the repubs.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 02/25/10 - 06:58 am
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Brayton if you are trying to

Brayton if you are trying to tell the truth and be factual you are waaayyyyy off base. But if you are trying to be a comedian you are doing pretty good because I laughed so hard my coffee came out of my nose.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 02/25/10 - 07:26 am
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LOL brayton. Way off subject,

LOL brayton. Way off subject, but a great job application for CNN. Well done. Don't forget global warmism.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 02/25/10 - 07:36 am
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Gee BRAYTON, never saw you
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Gee BRAYTON, never saw you object to the attacks on Bush by "uneducated, hateful fellow residents." Maybe it doesn't count until a Dem president is in office. Your Dems are getting their butts handed to them, and polls show that more "change" is coming in November. I personally want to thank Barack Obama. Because of his arrogant, ignorant leadership, the spineless, clueless Dem Party will be losing elections for years to come. Thanks Barry. They said it couldn't be done.

willienelson
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willienelson 02/25/10 - 08:19 am
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Humble pie doesn't really

Humble pie doesn't really taste that great. Before I criticised the dems too much I would take a broom to the repub side as well. Career politicians are the real problem. If we believe that power in DC corrupts, then why would we continue to reelect these guys to life long offices? It's time to vote out all incumbents, start fresh and enforce term limits at the polls.

willienelson
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willienelson 02/25/10 - 08:20 am
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Humble pie doesn't really

Humble pie doesn't really taste that great. Before I criticised the dems too much I would take a broom to the repub side as well. Career politicians are the real problem. If we believe that power in DC corrupts, then why would we continue to reelect these guys to life long offices? It's time to vote out all incumbents, start fresh and enforce term limits at the polls.

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grouse 02/25/10 - 08:32 am
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You guys at The Chronicle
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You guys at The Chronicle live in an alternate universe. Republicans went easy on Obama? Please! The partisan attacks began from day one, before actually. Dick Cheney is unprecedented in his attacks on this President. No Vice President in my lifetime has been so vocal. That's just to name one. How can The Chronicle's editorial staff be so disingenuous and sleep at night?

constitutionnow
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constitutionnow 02/25/10 - 09:04 am
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OK grouse. Uh....let me

OK grouse. Uh....let me think....how bout Al Gore!

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justthefacts 02/25/10 - 09:10 am
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Dick Cheney criticizes

Dick Cheney criticizes President Obama's foreign policy and approach to the war on terror. I don't recall him ever attaching Obama personally. And even that pales in comparison to Jimmy Carter's criticism of President Bush.

Chillen
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Chillen 02/25/10 - 09:13 am
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grouse The very fact that

grouse The very fact that Dick Cheny is so vocal against this administration should make you stop and think. There must be something really, really wrong.

brayton, you are right, Obama is trying desperately (to make us socialist), but he is failing miserably at fixing and uniting this country. Maybe he should put less effort into things & perhaps our economy will straighten itself out. His socialist actions are a huge part of the problem, they are scaring the pants off of folks who run businesses and do the hiring - that is why there are no jobs!

Notreally
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Notreally 02/25/10 - 09:21 am
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It's all HATE... simple as

It's all HATE... simple as that... from this one, to you posters here, from that one, even from those over there, and yes a few right there... HATE. A non white is president and people can't seem to get over it. Going into the second year of his presidency HATE yet abounds towards Obama. Sad.

Chillen
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Chillen 02/25/10 - 09:30 am
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notreally you are so

notreally you are so predictable....it must be easy for you to post. Just pull out one of your 6 standard "everyone is a racist" responses.

It is actually love for this country that makes folks like us criticize this president. In our opinion he and all his minions are taking us down the wrong path. We are concerned for this country and its future for our kids & grandkids (and ourselves!). Take a minute, open up your eyes, see past your racial diatribe and look at peoples comments for what they are. Criticisms of policies and his style. Not the mans race. Geeze.

Notreally
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Notreally 02/25/10 - 09:38 am
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The truth hurts.... I have

The truth hurts.... I have never seen anything like this before in my life and the HATE only grows.

dashiel
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dashiel 02/25/10 - 09:46 am
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You said it Notreally. Deny

You said it Notreally. Deny it as they will, they really do hate Obama because he's a smart hybrid with a risky gas pedal. Hate and fear? Dick Cheney will remain world champ as long as his evil heart ticks. He loves (profiting from) his country though. Halliburton shares were $23 in 2003 and $68 in 2006. Coincidence? God's will? The right thing to do? God bless America!

orgpsych
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orgpsych 02/25/10 - 10:05 am
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"Anyone who hasn't been in a

"Anyone who hasn't been in a coma the past year realizes that Republicans went easy on Mr. Obama for most of his first year in office for one very good reason: They had to! Here was the nation's first black president, and a guy with approval ratings of nearly 70 percent; Republicans knew better than to attack him."

I'm sorry, how long was THIS person in a coma? The attacks started as as soon as the election results were announced.

Is it just politics? Unfortunately for the country, it appears to be so.

Chillen
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Chillen 02/25/10 - 10:25 am
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We are counting down the days

We are counting down the days until this November. And, yes, the truth hurts doesn't it?!

southernguy08
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southernguy08 02/25/10 - 10:39 am
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NOTREALLY, you have a bad
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NOTREALLY, you have a bad case of "Selective memory." When Bush was president, I went to a rally in Atlanta that he was coming to. There, I saw young AA men with "F Bush!" printed on them, only they didn't just stop with F. And let's not forget that charming Kanye West's outburst during the Hurricane Katrina telethon in 2005, "George Bush don't care nothing about black people!" Talk about hate and racism, the libs have always been experts. Just because we don't support this Marxist president, who bows down to foreign kings, doesn't make us racists.

wyochuck
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wyochuck 02/25/10 - 11:24 am
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record debt in the trillions.

record debt in the trillions. most unemployment since the great depression. small wonder that obama's popularity is dropping like a rock.

Notreally
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Notreally 02/25/10 - 12:10 pm
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southernguy08 how many times

southernguy08 how many times I have to tell you and others I voted for Bush BOTH TIMES, I like Bush even to this day. And I saw a Tshirt similiar to that when I went to the Dallas vs Red Skins game 2 years ago. Just put these names there Romo, Phillips, Owens and Dallas. I was like What...

Notreally
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Notreally 02/25/10 - 12:09 pm
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And southernguy08 you hate

And southernguy08 you hate Obama so much your veins hurt don't they LOL... don't have a heart attack and die over hating him so much.

Notreally
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Notreally 02/25/10 - 12:11 pm
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Didn't Bush bow or shook

Didn't Bush bow or shook hands with someone, TURN IT LOSE southernguy08 your conservative talking points are old. Oh wait you waiting for the next one to come out so you can spew and repeat. *YAWNS*.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 02/25/10 - 12:24 pm
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A few points: 1. Haliburton

A few points:
1. Haliburton stock like that of ALL other energy related stocks skyrocketed with the price of NYMEX oil futures and subsequently plummeted like ALL other energy related stock as NYMEX oil futures plummeted. For all those who want to make the claim that the Bush administration "ran up" the price of oil to line their and their friends' pockets need to realize the price is set in the futures market and low and behold the price of oil has doubled since Obama took office. Who will the mainstream media blame for $3+ gas in upcoming weeks? http://www.wtrg.com/daily/crudeoilprice.html

2. Public officials are subject to mass criticism. If they don't like it then don't run for office. Obama isn't special to criticism. Congress has much lower approval ratings because most of them have been on the job longer and their perfromance has sucked even worse than that of the president. Most Congress members are white which leads to the final point......

3. The race card is worn out. The diamond encrusted, titanium re-inforced race card of which hundreds apparently reside inside the cargo pants of Notreally are worn slap out. American voters, many of whom have the attention span of a gnat and who are mostly opposed to personal responsibility and who are mostly opposed to war and who are tired of wasteful spending unless it is a handout to them, voted for change but the when they got home and set the bag on the table it was just another pig in a poke.

Notreally
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Notreally 02/25/10 - 12:26 pm
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And baron with statesments

And baron with statesments like #3 from your post only yet confirms RACE yet plays a factor.

draksig
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draksig 02/25/10 - 02:16 pm
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The people on the left called

The people on the left called Bush, who holds degrees from two ivey league schools, an idiot and the stupidest president of all time. They made movies and wrote books about assasinating him. The press forged documents and released them at the last minute trying to get Bush voted out of office. Billionares spent millions of their own money to campaign against him.

What has ever been done to Obama to compare to that?

LaTwon
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LaTwon 02/25/10 - 03:14 pm
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one thing for sure about

one thing for sure about bush......... his record is perfect. he has bankrupted everything he has ever touched.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 02/25/10 - 04:10 pm
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I agree with notreally, Obama

I agree with notreally, Obama is a joke worth laughing at. If only he wasn't such a danger to this country.

wyochuck
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wyochuck 02/25/10 - 07:52 pm
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3 more years of hammering on

3 more years of hammering on bush-cheney. only excuse the democratic party can come up with. failed stimulus plan. unemployment went higher. obama never did anything as a senator. most unqualified president in history.

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