Originally Posted by mrblanche
Yes, well, Bush supporters put up with 8 years of abuse, I guess what goes around comes around.
I said throughout the Bush administration that I missed being able to diagram the Bill Clinton's sentences, even when he spoke extemporaneously. I was hoping Obama would be similarly well-spoken; that's a very good example for young people (and I'm speaking here as a former English teacher, frustrated with the current lack of correct speech and writing). And generally, he does quite well, although he is beginning to get a reputation for shooting his mouth off half-cocked. Some say Obama's problem is his overconfidence in his ability to persuade with his speech.
I am told by people who know (and I have had acquaintances who were friends of George Bush and some who were friends of Bill Clinton) that Bill was the same in public and in private, always extremely well-spoken, but George Bush in private comes off as much more intelligent and well-spoken than he does in public. Maybe he should have gotten a permanent teleprompter, too!
I loved that both Clinton & Bush could poke a little fun at themselves, and were not afraid to show their human side. Not so with Obama. He takes himself way too seriously. He can't apologize when he screws up. He can't even place his damn teleprompters so that it looks like he is talking to the camera when he's giving a speech. Instead he looks shifty, like he is afraid to make eye contact, and therefore comes off as insincere. These are not mistakes that either Clinton or Bush would have made.
I just don't like him. I don't like the tax cheats he put in his cabinet - especially when one (Geithner) is the high boss of the IRS. I don't trust his lack of experience in governing anything. I don't like his relationships - Ayers, Wright, Rezko. I don't like that he came from the notoriously corrupt Chicago political machine. I don't like his lack of experience, and obvious lack of protocol experience when dealing with foreign dignitaries. And I certainly don't like his arrogance and his total inability to be contrite when the need arises ("I could have callibrated my words differently") - What? What's wrong with, "I spoke out of turn, without knowing all the facts, and for that I'm sorry"?
Compared to every other President (yes, even Carter) I've experienced during my lifetime, he comes off as insincere, inept, ill-informed, inexperienced and unprepared for the job of leading this country in tough times.
Realizing that everyone has some redeeming good qualities, I will say that he appears to be a devoted family man who loves his wife and children very much.