Wow, there's some serious venom about conservatives in here!
Do I dare even post???
For everyone who is quite sure that it is ONLY the Republicans and Right-Wing Pundits who were/are incredulous that Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, try these on for size:
Air America correspondent Ana Marie Cox wrote on Twitter, "Apparently Nobel Prizes are now being awarded to anyone who is not George Bush."
Jennifer Loven at the Associated Press wrote: "He Won, But For What?"
Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein joked on Twitter: "Obama also awarded Nobel Prize in chemistry. 'He's just got great chemistry,' says Nobel committee."
The Daily Beast's Peter Beinart wrote: "I like Barack Obama as much as the next liberal, but this is a farce."
Michael Russnow wrote on the Huffington Post that he too is an Obama supporter but, "Whatever Happened to Awarding for Deeds Actually Done?" Russnow likens the "extremely premature" award to "giving an Oscar to a young director for films we hope that he or she will produce."
(Yup, the the "wing of the Republican Party, according to the White House, Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,564303,00.html
None of those are even close to right-wing pundits. Those sources are about as liberal as you can get. It is really partisan politics? This post was started by Tricia - an adamant Bush detractor and Obama supporter. Even her post stated:
Originally Posted by jcat
It seems awfully early to me, though I think he has tried to change the international political climate.
If you read these last 2-4 pages (like I just did, catching up), it's all about the evil conservatives who "hate" Obama. Um, what?
As far as I know, even the evil conservatives and right-wing pundits are over this bump.
If you believe that Obama couldn't have possibly done anything to assuage the mess left by the previous administration, then you must also acquiese that Bush really had nothing to do with the 9/11 terrorist acts, since those took place not quite 9 months into his Presidency. It only stands to reason if Obama can continue to blame Bush for everything happening now, then 9/11 wasn't Bush's fault at all - it must have been Clinton's fault.
Here's the thing. I KNOW that Obama supporters/Bush detractors/haters do not believe that at all. 9/11 was Bush's mess and he had to take responsibility for it. He did, after all, take the responsibility and not blame it on Clinton. Other pundits brought up some failings by the Clinton administration, but Bush did not. He got on with taking care of business is the best way he saw fit. Hindsight being what it may be, he didn't keep looking backward for a scapegoat - he looked forward for solutions.
What I'm seeing now in this thread (and pretty much any US political thread that goes on for more than about 4 pages) is that it comes down to this: Hard core Obama supporters will never see him as doing wrong and will always point the finger at the GOP/conservatives as being whiners, and (racist) uneducated blowhards who don't know what they're talking about. Oh yes, and we are a "global community", and Obama plays well to that ideology. Hard core Obama detractors...well, lately have just shut up after a few pages because it's pointless to argue, unless they/we just keep going after one point like a dog on a bone. Even if they/we aren't actually saying anything bad about Obama and his agenda, it gets turned around that way. Moderates from both sides stick it out for about the first 2-3 pages and then fade away because neither side pays them and their opinions any attention regardless.
Sad, really, that we can't even have a civil discussion without it turning to name calling on either side beyond 3-4 pages.