Now it's his responsibility

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What would the left-leaning "mainstream" media say if this scenario were reversed? Barack Obama has hit the links more in nine months than George W. Bush did during his presidency.

That might seem like a petty, partisan observation except for three things:

- The revelation comes not from Obama's supposed mortal enemy, Fox News, but from one of the left-leaning lapdogs, CBS.

- President Obama, like his predecessor, is a wartime president -- and he's hardly acting like it. Fact is, morale is said to be slipping badly among U.S. forces in Afghanistan as Obama dithers on how and whether to win the war. His commanding general there and his secretary of State have both publicly prodded him to decide.

- Obama and his minions continue to laugh off the lingering economic crisis as somebody else's mess -- even pretending to mop it up last week.

Well, partisan audiences may lap up the mop jokes, but the truth is that it's time for this president to admit first to himself and then to others that he has been president for the length of a school year.

This is no longer somebody else's responsibility. It's his.

"At some point it's your rubble," writes Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan. "At some point the American people tell you it's yours. The polls now, with the presidential approval numbers going down and the disapproval numbers going up: That's the American people telling him."

Even before last year's election, the New York Times wondered whether Obama was too aloof.

"However forceful and passionate Mr. Obama can be," wrote Patrick Healy in September 2008, "his speeches and public appearances this week have underscored how he is sometimes out of sync with the visceral anger of Americans who are losing their jobs and homes. He often talks about growing up on food stamps and about having paid off his student loans only recently, yet his tone and volume, body language, facial expressions and words convey a certain distance from the ache that many voters feel."

Worse than aloof in wartime, the president and his men are sounding like artful dodgers.

"President Obama, in office a month longer than Bush was when 9-11 hit, now owns his presidency," writes Noonan.

Nearly nine months in, President Bush stood on the rubble of a disaster he didn't cause and took ownership of fixing it, Noonan says, adding that Obama needs to do the same.

The falling public opinion polls are proof, she says, that the public is holding Obama responsible even if he is not.

Meanwhile, CBS News reports that Obama has certainly taken ownership of fund-raising for Democratic candidates: He has attended nearly four times as many political fund-raisers (23) as Bush did in his first year (six).

At some point, it's time to leave the campaign trail and golf courses behind and take responsibility for what's happening.

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wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 11/02/09 - 03:37 am
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You know that hussein is not

You know that hussein is not going to accept responsibility for ANYTHING.He's gotten used to "It's Bush's fault"or "It's Clinton's fault"or "It's Carter's fault"I'm waiting for him to put the blame on George Washington next.

GGpap
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GGpap 11/02/09 - 04:11 am
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Unlike his predecessor,

Unlike his predecessor, President Obama is modern multi-tasker; he can actually walk and chew gum at the same time. His "appearances" in public here, there, and everywhere are far more "presidential" and acceptable to a majority than were his predecessor's penchant for spending his time (for 8 years) between Camp David and Crawford, Texas; well out of the public arena.

As for Obama's trips to the links (hogwash!), why not run comparison statistics on how many times a president and his predecessors empty their bowels?

Sheesh, stupidity at its epitome!

GGpap

wildman
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wildman 11/02/09 - 05:20 am
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He better start walking and

He better start walking and chewing because we are in a mess.

Lumbarsupport
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Lumbarsupport 11/02/09 - 05:34 am
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It's better, as President

It's better, as President Obama has decreed it so. To say or think otherwise is a vestige of the racism that whites are born with, and then cultivate throughout their lives.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 11/02/09 - 05:41 am
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GGpap.......can you tell us

GGpap.......can you tell us what he has done that has helped the country?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/02/09 - 05:46 am
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A one term president, ala

A one term president, ala Jimmy Carter.

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/02/09 - 06:01 am
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I've seen PRESBO stand and

I've seen PRESBO stand and read, but never walk and chew. I've seen PRESBO talk the talk (and talk and talk and talk), but never walk the walk. I've seen PRESBO promise every promise on the list, both sides of every promise, but N-E-V-E-R make good on any. I think it's finally become obvious to the vast majority that this Charlie McCarthy has too many secret Edgar Bergens. The only sure thing we can say about this puppet is that if it's anti-American, he's for it and if it's pro-American, he's against it. Even if Obama throws off the cloak of puppethood and becomes a real man, I don't ever see him taking up the American creed. What a terrible mistake the voters made this time. Responsibility? I don't think that will ever be on his list.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 11/02/09 - 06:11 am
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If he's not "a real man", WP,

If he's not "a real man", WP, what is he--a BOY? Wonder where I've heard that before...

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/02/09 - 06:15 am
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Ah-h-h, deductive reasoning

Ah-h-h, deductive reasoning from the government educated. Who knew it would be so brilliant?

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/02/09 - 06:19 am
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Well, I am sure running

Well, I am sure running something the size of our Fed Gov is not an easy task and I bet it is hard to even imagine how much pressure is on the President right now. Biden said we didn't need OJT for this position yet, to be fair, nothing can prepare you to be the U.S. President. I think Obama will start to move but he needs to get out of 'campaign' mode and replace that 'candidate brain' with 'President Brain' and start to 'govern'. I think one year is about how long it probably takes to get to understand your duties as President and learn the system. That is the reason he has a cabinet, is to help him run the government without taking his entire time on the ACTUAL running of it. He is now the CEO and he should put pressure on his cabinet to provide some answers quickly so he can become the 'Decider' instead of the 'Golfing Fundraiser' he is now. Stop campaigning and start to govern soon please Mr. President.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 11/02/09 - 06:29 am
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He is a campaigner and that

He is a campaigner and that is all this empty suit is. He plays golf and jets to places to party, party party while troops are dying during his "studious thinking" on the subject of troop strength. If just sitting back and thinking could win a war we would rule the world by now.

fred1217
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fred1217 11/02/09 - 06:41 am
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Did the Augusta Chronicle

Did the Augusta Chronicle Editor forget that George W. Bush took a 30 Day vacation leading up to September 11, 2001 with golfing, fishing and clearing the ranch? True it was called a "Working Vacation" by the propaganda ministers, but who was Bush working for? That's a pretty good vacation period for a "new employee". I still remember the 2002 news conferences on attacking Iraq given from Bush's Golf Cart. This is why some folks often accuse the Augusta Chronicle (and Fox News) of being just a wee bit partisan.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 11/02/09 - 07:05 am
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Exactly, Fred.

Exactly, Fred.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 11/02/09 - 07:09 am
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Your "reasoning", WP, leads

Your "reasoning", WP, leads you to the conclusion that our President is "anti-American". Only thing is, you've left out the intervening steps that led you to that brilliant deduction. In other words, as the Dude would say, "That's just, like, your opinion, man."

southernguy08
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southernguy08 11/02/09 - 07:10 am
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Haven't you all heard? Obama
Unpublished

Haven't you all heard? Obama has a new economic plan that will fix all the problems we have in this country. He'll announce it soon, whenever he can get booked again on Conan O' Brien.

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/02/09 - 07:10 am
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The thing that seems to

The thing that seems to escape you, fred217, is that on Bush's working vacation, he actually worked and made decisions. Our current president does the vacation stuff with great panache, but always seems to skip the work stuff. Come on Obama, decide something, besides to put off the decision.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/02/09 - 07:11 am
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Are you people serious? Tell

Are you people serious? Tell us how many times he had a bowel movement?How many times has he passed gas? How many times does he blink in an hour. Also what brand of underwear, deodorant and tooth paste? You people are seriously obsessed with this man.

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/02/09 - 07:14 am
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New to the news, HotFoot?

New to the news, HotFoot? Just get your information from NPR and CNN? Still having reading problems? The president may not be anti-American, but his actions are. President seizes GM and Chrysler, president sets wages in mortgage and bank institutions, president tries to take over health care industry, president continues to golf and dither as soldiers die in Afghanistan...all anti-American actions. Like, can you dig it man?

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/02/09 - 07:14 am
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ispy, we always suspected.

ispy, we always suspected. (6:11)

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 11/02/09 - 07:14 am
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If President Obama makes the

If President Obama makes the fateful decision to escalate the U.S. war in Afghanistan even by as few as 10,000 or 15,000 more American troops without a clear plan to end the war and exit Afghanistan nothing else he does during his term in office will matter. Health care reform can wait. Economic reform can wait. The most pressing problem facing President Obama, Americans, and everyone on Earth (2nd only to the necessity for humanity to end war before it ends us) is global climate change. The negative effects on earth's ability to sustain its present population of humans exceeds the number of people killed in all of the world's regional wars. President Obama cannot dither in ending our rapidly expanding wars of choice or in throwing the full weight of American innovation behind solving the pressing problem of man-made global climate change.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/02/09 - 07:15 am
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Now when an C.E.O. uses the

Now when an C.E.O. uses the golf course to relax and also conduct important business and brain storming, it is brilliant usage of his/her time.All of a sudden we are keeping track of these Petty things. This is as transparent as an MRI of APEX's brain.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 11/02/09 - 07:24 am
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain.. if

JohnRandolphHardisonCain.. if you truly believe Obama won't send more troops to Afghanistan, Uh.. I have something else to break to you.. Santa isn't real. He's make believe. Obama's campaign promises. Also, make believe. He's already increased taxes on people making less than 250,000$. Hell, he's already increased taxes on someone making 25,000$ (me). For the record, anything our country does to limit manmade pollution is for naught if China, India and other "developing" nations aren't held to the same standard. Look forward to more jobs being sent overseas if this silly Cap'n Trade junk gets passed.. And if it does, buy Goldman Sachs stock.. They've already got a lock on the "carbon futures" market.

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/02/09 - 07:30 am
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Cain, global warming stopped

Cain, global warming stopped in '98. You should realize this pretty soon. (hint: Gore isn't a genius) Entering a war with pulling out as your first priority may not be the best plan. Supporting a population that covers 2% of the land mass may not be overcrowding. Your insistence on ultra-liberal fantasies may be a bad starting point for reasoning. (morning meds?)

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/02/09 - 07:50 am
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Now it's his responsibility -

Now it's his responsibility - great title - to bad this great president doesn't realize it.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 11/02/09 - 07:54 am
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WhippingPost, quit consuming

WhippingPost, quit consuming predigested pap from non reality-based, right-wing sources like Rush Limbaugh. The reality of man-made climate change is accepted fact in the scientific community. Global warming did not "stop in '98". See "Statisticians reject global cooling"
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33482750/ns/us_news-environment
Reality, WhippingPost, check into it!

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 11/02/09 - 07:55 am
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Augusta Chronicle Editorial

Augusta Chronicle Editorial staff and most of it's posters have: Obama Derangement Syndrome = HATE = So many.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 11/02/09 - 07:56 am
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The ONLY multi tasking he has

The ONLY multi tasking he has done is playing golf and dodging reponsibility at the same time. He has avoided the health care fiasco that is about to be rammed down our throat by putting it off onto Pelosi and Reid, both of whom may and should be out of office their next elections. If the "mainstream" media acted the same now as they did during the Bush Presidency Obama would ALREADY be out of office. Yes indeed, Jimmy Carter is looking much better now.....and he was pathetic at best.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 11/02/09 - 07:58 am
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ODS do you have it?

ODS do you have it?

fred1217
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fred1217 11/02/09 - 08:15 am
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Whipping Post, on September

Whipping Post, on September 11, 2001, George W. Bush was reading "My Little Goat" to elementary students while Terrorists were attacking out great Nation. Bush spent the rest of the day in hiding. I don't consider that to be hard work. What don't you understand about that?

HotFoot
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HotFoot 11/02/09 - 08:19 am
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So, Obama "dithers"

So, Obama "dithers" (according to the reactionary rightwing press, the AC included). I suppose you would like him to be more like that brainiac Dubya, who committed our military men and women to fight and die in Iraq (which had NOTHING to do with 9/11, as has been exhaustively documented) willy-nilly, branding anyone who wanted to proceed with caution as "anti-American" and "unpatriotic". That more your speed? Thousands of deaths for naught but the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld Ego Machine? I prefer my president to proceed cautiously when the lives of our military are on the line. But that's just me.

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