POLITICAL observations & opinions

* President Obama has the soul of a community organizer … willing to do what he thinks is the best he can to help those Americans who are most in need … we may disagree with his actions, but we should not doubt either his courage or the strength of his beliefs

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 7, 2010

standing in the middle of the fray ... trying to help those who need help the most

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”Sympathetic as I am to those who prefer a fight over compromise, as much as the political wisdom may dictate fighting over solving problems, it would be the wrong thing to do,” Obama said. “The American people didn’t send us here to wage symbolic battles or win symbolic victories.”

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CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press, writes (12/7/10) …

  • Republicans control neither the House nor the Senate — and certainly not the White House.
  • But they largely dictated the terms of President Barack Obama’s proposed tax-cut compromise, which disgruntled congressional Democrats want to discuss in closed meetings that are likely to be rowdy.
  • Obama explained Monday that the concession was the only way to prevent a congressional impasse that would cause the tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 to expire for all taxpayers.
  • With 9.8 percent of Americans unemployed, he said, that would be “a chilling prospect.”
  • Liberal groups were furious at his willingness to bend, but Obama said he rejects “symbolic victories” that hurt average Americans.
  • His plan also would renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.
  • The president had barely stopped speaking before top Republicans applauded his proposals, while most Democrats kept a sullen silence.

read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101207/ap_on_bi_ge/us_tax_cuts

LMW COMMENT …

It occurs to me, as I share the fury over Obama’s concession to Republican blackmail, that perhaps we got exactly the president we voted for. Republicans don’t care one whit for the middle class or the unemployed or the poor. Obama does. He disappoints by not fighting harder, but I am sure he believes he got as much as he could standing between the extremes of both the Democratic and Republican parties. Obama promised to care for those who need help the most. That’s exactly what he’s done. We can argue with his decisions. But we should not doubt either his courage or the strength of his beliefs.

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4 Responses to “* President Obama has the soul of a community organizer … willing to do what he thinks is the best he can to help those Americans who are most in need … we may disagree with his actions, but we should not doubt either his courage or the strength of his beliefs”

  1. maureen hanahan said

    Splitting the Democratic party is exactly what our opposing
    party is about…THE VOTE…Not the middle class or needy..
    we must keep in mind the constant silent courage of President
    Obama and his priorities….yesterday..the tax cut compromise
    was based on the millions of Americans on unemployment and I
    admire President Obama for his decision…risking, once again..
    his popularity for his cause to help those in need…
    Maureen Hanahan…Stuart, Fla

  2. Lew Weinstein said

    I didn’t say I agree with Obama, just that I’m trying to understand him. I think he should fight now, and should have been far more forceful for the past 20 months. As should the Democrats in the Senate, who should long ago have taken a filibuster. Appeasement never works. Look at what the British and French did with Hitler in the 1930s.

  3. Karen said

    Lew, you are too kind. Obama is setting himself up for a one-term presidency so what does caving in do for the constituents of the communities he’s organizing!

  4. Roger said

    Obama needs to run the country. The economy is in a very fragile position. Playing games could be very dangerous to our economic health. There are many other issues out there- i.e. treaty with Russia.

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