Obama's college campign
Our Readers Who Comment are reliving the arguments they had before the 2008 presidential election as they debate the importance of President Obama's plan to stage rallies on college campuses to urge young voters to get out there in November and vote for Democrats for Congress.
Republican-sounding readers are calling Obama the worst president ever, predict disaster for the Democrats, attack health care reform, and note that the first rally is scheduled for Madison, Wis., the location of a state university widely regarded as liberal. Democratic-sounding readers point to health care reform and economic recovery and attack memories of George W. Bush.
As Philip Ruckerand Anne E. Kornblut write, "without Obama on the ballot this year, his grass-roots network is a shadow of its former self. And with just five weeks before the midterm elections, Obama's political advisers acknowledge that transferring the goodwill he cultivated over a historic presidential bid to an array of other Democrats has proved difficult."
We'll start with these opposing views of the world:
ggrant9170 wrote, "United States has been extremely fortunate to have Obama as its president. Obama came into a situation of massive unemployment losing up to 800,000 jobs a month and was ask to preform a miracle on not only stopping this extreme loss of jobs monthly but to reverse it, which he has managed to do in 20 months. so thank you President Obama..."
But nosocialist1 said, "Obama surpassed Jimmy Carter as the worst president in U.S. history and it only took less than 24 months to accomplish this feat. This congress is no doubt the worst congress in U.S. history, so needless to say, the dems will be voted out of congress in November and out of the White House in 2012. I just hope that by 2012, the damage obama inflicted on this once great country is not irreversible."
Straightline wrote "Too little, too late. No one is buying the hopey changey thing any more."
But wilder5121 immediately said, "It was "independents" that gave us eight years of George W Bush and almost destroyed America. Are they REALLY going to make the same mistake again?"
markdz302 wrote, "I think if he has some really big styrofoam Greek pillars in the background this strategy will work."
BugEyedVinnie said, "Bold move, holding a desperation rant at a liberal college campus. Maybe a few of those kids still have stars in their eyes and just might fall again for the "hope and change" crock. Perhaps a few will pass out buttons and bumper stickers. Whoohooo! Let's see how many times he says "let me be clear" or "make no mistake". Go away, Barry. Amateur hour is over."
camasca wrote, "After witnessing the "Pledge" by the Republicans, Democrats must rally around their elected officials. Independents must seriously reconsider their voting strategy. The Democrats are by far the stronger party for the American people... Vote for courage, vote for progress, vote for attempting to take on the tough problems of our nation and people, vote for the Democrats."
To which PennyWisetheClown replied, "Millions of unemployed citizens and you guys go crazy for illegals at the cost of the unemployed citizens. Banksters are still giving themselves bigger bonuses for FAILING and nothing is done. Obama care is a giveaway to big insurance which did nothing to control costs. Guantanamo is still open. Wiretapping has been expanded. We are still at war. Suing a state for doing the job the federal government refuses to do. So tell me again why i should vote for the Democrats?"
tdstds said, "Obama talks a good game about jobs, but does nothing to create them. There's something fundamental that he doesn't understand: One cannot love jobs but hate employers. With his continued class-warfare drumbeat, he hates employers."
wilder5121 predicted that "Republicans are in for a big surprise this November. Somehow they think all of America has forgotten what they did to our country...and are ignoring how they've turned into the American Taliban.They think Americans are morons. They aren't."
sayitlikeitis wrote, "This effort to recruit young people on college campuses to vote for Democrats on this late date looks and feels desperate. Obama is a disappointment. Who ever would have thought in 2008 that the great orator couldn't speak without reading from 2 teleprompters. It makes you wonder if he has an independent thought or knows the answer to any question put to him. The country will be relieved to see him leave the White House and return the government to someone qualified for the job."
bkarpus said, "I think people are getting tried of President Obama's campaign speech & promises. What ever happened to transparency in his administration? We can include most of "our" elected representatives in that category too. Action speak louder then words, for me at least. This no longer a Democracy but a Cashrarocy."
wilsan wrote, "In my family, the younger ones are against obama. They don't need to be on mommy & daddy's healthcare, and they don't like being forced into a insurance requirement on the government's choosing. Plus, they can add; They see the deficit numbers... and know that is THEIR future being spent today."
We'll close with today's shot at the Elite Eastern Establishment press with subframer, who said, "Thanks for this DNC puff piece, WaPo. Unfortunately, no amount of spin, hope, or change is going to alter your fate, and I cannot wait to witness the crippled, sobbing WaPo and NYT on November 3rd. No doubt they'll blame the voters, for not being smart enough to know that you know what's best for them."
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