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Re: The "ObamaMeter"

Postby Lincoln Park Dem » Tue May 26, 2009 12:12 pm

I would think for any president to keep 30 promises, and have 60 plus in the works for a little over 100 days in office is 'off to a good start'' at the least.

And it looks like his pick for SC is living up to another promise.

And looks like even Petraus is backing him on closing Gitmo and stopping torture:.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/2 ... 07513.html

Complicated issue but he'll get it done.

A very good start.
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Re: The "ObamaMeter"

Postby Betty Lou » Tue May 26, 2009 1:52 pm

Lincoln Park Dem wrote:I would think for any president to keep 30 promises, and have 60 plus in the works for a little over 100 days in office is 'off to a good start'' at the least.

And it looks like his pick for SC is living up to another promise.

And looks like even Petraus is backing him on closing Gitmo and stopping torture:.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/2 ... 07513.html

Complicated issue but he'll get it done.

A very good start.


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Re: The "ObamaMeter"

Postby Lincoln Park Dem » Tue May 26, 2009 2:05 pm

Quick question. What exactly would you expect a president to accomplish in a little over 100 days?

Since everything has to be passed through Congress it takes time. We've gotten a credit card bill that isn't perfect but will help the consumer, stem cell research ban lifted, Gitmo will be closing, torture has ended, health care reform is in the works and due to the stimulus package we have a good start on rebuilding our infrastructure.

Historically, Obama has done more then most presidents in 100 days in keeping promises. he is on the right track.
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Re: The "ObamaMeter"

Postby Betty Lou » Tue May 26, 2009 2:59 pm

You better research a little better LPD before you open that line....I will give you time to retrack before I explain each one of those items.

Get learning girl....I really don't think you want me to really anwer that right now.
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Re: The "ObamaMeter"

Postby Lincoln Park Dem » Tue May 26, 2009 3:24 pm

The stimulus did have money for rebuilding infrastructure:

http://www.recovery.gov/?q=content/rebu ... astructure

Obama ended stem cell research ban:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/03/ ... 3385.shtml

And yes, historically, Obama has fared far better then most presidents in their first 100 days:

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2 ... gn-policy/

1. Health Care: The Obama White House cleared an important hurdle in the health care reform debate when it appropriated $19 billion in the stimulus package to help implement an electronic medical record system. The money is paltry compared to the hundreds of billions set aside for an overhaul of the health care system in the budget. But officials inside and out of the White House say its significance is hard to overstate.

"We need to have health IT so we have a better idea both of what works but also... so people can share information," Zeke Emanuel, Obama's health care adviser told the Huffington Post in mid-March. "We are on our way in a way that we have never committed ourselves before."

2. Communications: A presidential campaign built on innovative messaging and advanced technology has, naturally, become a White House defined by similar characteristics. As such, the reach of the administration's new media efforts - from hosting online question-and-answer sessions with the president to publishing the first White House blog - has been as expected as appreciated. It's unfortunate, said one tech savvy Democrat, because the new policies have had tangible impacts. "The White House streams every event with the president on its website, even press events," he said. "It's remarkable because, this Sunday they held a swine flu press conference that ordinary people [including many who may have been personally nervous about the topic] were able to watch online... Before you had to wait for a readout or hope that CSPAN would cover it. This is one of those things that people don't quite understand the significance of."

3. Transportation: Since the passage of the economic stimulus package in mid-February, the Obama Department of Transportation has approved 2,500 highway projects. The movement of stimulus money out the door has been as swift as it has been effective: $9.3 billion has been spent in all 50 states. Touting its impact, DOT officials say 260,000 jobs are expected from this investment. And with competition for contracts fierce, the department is set to approve even more projects than previously envisioned. "There will be more money for additional transportation projects," said the official.

4. Education: Maligned for its handling of the financial and banking crises, the Obama Treasury Department has nevertheless implemented policies with real qualitative and quantitative impact on debt-burdened families. Chief among those was a $2,500 tax credit to help offset the cost of tuition (among other expenses) for those seeking a college education. Nearly five million families are expected to save $9 billion, according to Treasury officials.

5. Cars: The automobile industry at the White House and Congress's behest has undergone seismic structural changes, managerial reorganization, and massive cuts in employment. But for all the tough love, the president has put in place the framework for an industry recovery. Perhaps the most significant of steps was to allocate $2 billion in stimulus cash for advanced batteries systems. One high-ranking Hill aide called battery technology "the next big frontier" in the automotive world, adding that if the U.S. could dominate this market it would reclaim its perch as the world's premier car manufacturer.

6. Pakistan: Cognizant of a destabilizing situation in Pakistan, the administration's diplomatic team, with a major assist from Japan, secured $5 billion in aid commitments "to bolster the country's economy and help it fight terror and Islamic radicalism" within the country. The money, as Pakistan observers -- notably Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry - note, will prove instrumental in bringing the nation away from the brink of failure and increased Taliban control.

7. Cities: More than any prior president, Obama has put a spotlight on America's struggling cities, even creating an office of Urban Policy in the White House. It is the Justice Department, however, that lays claim to one of the most consequential of urban affairs achievements. Through the Recovery Act, DOJ secured $2 billion for Byrne Grants, which funds anti-gang and anti-gun task forces. The money, cut during the Bush years, is expected to have massive ramifications on inner-city crime and violence.

8. Engaging the Muslim World: While certainly discussed, foreign affairs experts insist that Obama's engagement with the Muslim world has been at once remarkable and under-appreciated. From the first interview with Al Arabiya to his Nowruz address to the Iranian people, to his proclamation that "American is not at war with Islam" during an appearance in Turkey, seasoned observers have been routinely impressed. "Through these [statements and interviews]," said one Democratic foreign policy hand, "He has been able to dramatically change America's image in that region."

9. Forests: Since taking office, the White House has put under federal protection more than two million acres of wilderness, thousands of miles of river and a host of national trails and parks. The conservation effort - the largest in the last 15 years - came with the stroke of a pen when Obama signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 in late March.

10. Tone: Leaving a meeting at the White House on Tuesday a progressive member of the House of Representatives commented to the Huffington Post just how impressed she was with the president's manner. "He is so calm," said the member, "and has a great ability to make you feel like you're being respected and listened to."

It is not, necessarily, a unique observation. But among many Democrats and even casual observers, Obama's tone is cited as one of the chief catalysts for his outstanding early poll numbers. "Despite record job loss," said one Democratic aide, "there's still hope in America." Indeed, from the beginning of his presidency the percentage of people who believe the nation is headed in the right direction has risen from 19 percent to 42 percent, according to a recent ABC News-Washington Post Poll. Minus that calming influence, these numbers don't exist and neither does the Obama agenda as we know it.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/2 ... 92603.html
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Re: The "ObamaMeter"

Postby someonewhocares » Tue May 26, 2009 5:21 pm

Lincoln Park Dem wrote:I would think for any president to keep 30 promises, and have 60 plus in the works for a little over 100 days in office is 'off to a good start'' at the least.

And it looks like his pick for SC is living up to another promise.

And looks like even Petraus is backing him on closing Gitmo and stopping torture:.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/2 ... 07513.html

Complicated issue but he'll get it done.

A very good start.



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So............. when voting which promises do you believe? Seriously.... for someone to come out and promise to do everything under the sun in no time flat well you know that is some high standards and if you can't reach wow guess you should not promise such things. I really could care less who backs him and who does not bottom line is he got overly excited that every dem would back him with no question and now he has been proved wrong end of story. Maybe he will learn not to be so cocky .
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Re: The "ObamaMeter"

Postby Lincoln Park Dem » Tue May 26, 2009 5:29 pm

At the end of his presidency we'll all be able to judge his success. Right now all anyone can say he what he has done to date...which is a very small amount of time compared to the big picture.

Personally, I'd rather have a president with high expectations and one who wants to change so much. it's a lot better then having someone not even try and accept defeat before they've tried.

I also happen to think he has the best shot at health care reform then any other president. Helping to stop global warming as well. very ambitious agenda he has.
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Re: The "ObamaMeter"

Postby Betty Lou » Tue May 26, 2009 6:18 pm

"Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it." -- Woodrow Wilson
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Re: The "ObamaMeter"

Postby Lincoln Park Dem » Tue May 26, 2009 6:59 pm

I read the article. Looks like it is pretty early to judge and say he is a failure after 100 days, whih by the way way whole point. Thanks for posting it.
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Re: The "ObamaMeter"

Postby pcmoore28 » Tue May 26, 2009 8:17 pm

Torture is not over.....we are just sending them to other contries that will. This was done under Bush and is still being done under Obama.....Look it up...simple search on the web will support this statement. I am not doing the research for you.....LPD.

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