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Posted at 8:07 PM ET, 11/21/2010

Obama needs a governor in the West Wing

By Jonathan Capehart

The other night, a friend and I did what just about every Democrat and progressive has been doing since Nov. 2: We debated what President Obama could -- must -- do to pull his presidency out of its downward spiral. The shock-and-awe of his campaign has given way to the awe-hell of his governing. The White House's failure to effectively champion its accomplishments, articulate a strategy (expiring Bush tax cuts) or aggressively exploit opportunities (failure to extend unemployment benefits) has everyone wondering if the administration can get its act together.

Focusing on Obama's personnel, we agreed that the president needed to widen his circle of confidants beyond his Chicago security blanket. "He needs a governor," my friend said. My perfect candidates: Ed Rendell (D-Pa.) and Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich.).


As governors of struggling industrial states, Rendell and Granholm have had to make the painful budgetary decisions that Washington continues to put off. They have faced an angry and fearful electorate and have had to be inventive in addressing their states' problems. The people they govern are the very voters Obama continues to have trouble connecting with; remember that Obama lost the Pennsylvania primary to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who also won Michigan's "beauty contest," though Obama pulled his name from the Michigan ballot after the state Democratic Party broke national party rules by moving up its primary date.

The key advantage to bringing Rendell or Granholm to the White House staff? Both governors were early backers of Clinton in 2008. Although they are party stars who wouldn't upset the base, they could bring an "outsider" perspective to the West Wing. And because of term limits, both will be available come January.

But here's why I'd give Rendell the edge over Granholm:


First, Rendell brings a wealth of political knowledge and experience. The governor was Philadelphia's district attorney and its mayor before becoming chairman of the Democratic Party during the 2000 presidential election cycle. Most important, he has not been shy about criticizing the president. Obama needs that kind of voice in the West Wing -- someone of unquestioned gravitas who will give unvarnished opinions about what he thinks will or won't work and who can help the president make clear to the American people that he is not some elitist far removed from their concerns. (Vice President Biden fills that latter role now as chair of the middle-class task force. But he could use some high-power reinforcements.)

Rendell told Bloomberg News's Al Hunt last month that chief of staff is "the only job" he'd take in the White House. Of course, interim chief of staff Pete Rouse might well end up staying in the job permanently. But serious thought should be given to making Rendell, Granholm or someone else with similar executive experience a senior counselor to the president. That position would give him or her a role in helping the administration pull out of its policy and political nose-dive.

"If I were president, I am not sure that I would offer Ed Rendell the job of chief of staff," Rendell told Hunt. "I am a free spirit. I tell the truth, and I like to mix it up. And that is not the Obama administration's modus operandi, to say the least."

True. But that's exactly why the president should tap him.

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 21, 2010; 8:07 PM ET
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Posted by: larryotter1 | November 21, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh Johnathan, I go to bed now praying that someone at the WH is reading this and passing it along, if not to the president maybe Michelle will read this.

We are faced with a very serious notion that no one is listening even to us or anyone.

I am almost totally convinced that the WH is living as Bush did in an alternative self created reality. Yikes, what is up with that?

Everyone over "there at the WH" just keeps humming along, as if to say: SO?

Posted by: joemcnamara1 | November 22, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan my man, You're champion the President is an ideologue. He cannot think out of his mind-set box. He has preached solutions to problems with inevitably involve the state. It is stamped on his soul. He cannot listen to Americans; he cannot be flexible. Why? Because he is an ideologue. He will go down in defeat and for the next 30 years, a la Carter, will preach to us why he was right.

Jonny,... the President has a tin ear, he is arrogant, he is possessed, he is stand-offish, he has no leadership qualities other than being a demigogue (except for his famously temperate speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention), he will always fall back onto the familiar, the government is the saviour, he will never lead the US against its enemies because he thinks in his heart of hearts that his country is guilty.

So give it up...he'll make this clear by late January and his second State of the Union speech..remember the last one? Where he denigrate and sneered at the SCOTUS, the Republicans, the Military, the Church, Americans who disagreed with him? Wait till you see the next one.

Posted by: wjc1va | November 22, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

This Pennsylvanian gives a vote for Ed Rendell. If more Democrats speak like Ed does, it would resonate with common Americans far more than Tea Party nonsense. Plain-spoken, unabashedly partisan, and no fear of the liberal label, or any other label for that matter. Three attributes currently lacking in Obama's White House.

Posted by: claudespiese1 | November 22, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama definitely needs someone who speaks truth to power. Stepping outside his circle of Chicago friends sounds like the right prescription. Unfortunately, I doubt he'll do it. I HAD such high hopes for him; no more.

Posted by: SilverSpringer1 | November 22, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Why would he put someone in that knows 10x more than he does on ANY subject? That would be more embarrassing than Biden (as if)
You and your friends need to relax, a more qualified person is coming soon!

Posted by: dcjayhawk2 | November 22, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

"...who can help the president make clear to the American people that he is not some elitist far removed from their concerns..."
But but but, he is! From his wagyu beef, partying all the time, and playing golf, he is the most elitest snob big ego next to maybe Bono to walk the planet.

Posted by: mgochs | November 22, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't want anyone in the White House more qualified than he is.

Posted by: Gidgmom | November 22, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

After Obama pull out of the Michigan Primary his campaign was begging voters to vote for an uncommitted slate of delegates. He wanted to have it both ways.

Posted by: sandmanpj | November 22, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

An excellent idea. And that's why it will fall on deaf ears.

Posted by: flyover22 | November 22, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

You've got to love the ed Rendell idea. This is the governor who didn't want to privatize the State Stores because one time cash influx to the state would not justify the loss of the constant revenue stream from the sale of alcohol by the state. Of course, for some reason, this logic did not enter into his decision to sell the PA Turnpike to a private company. Methinks it has a lot more to do with his undying love for unions than anytthing else. This would make him a perfect choice to help contribute to the demise of the US economy under the Obama administration.

Posted by: buggerianpaisley1 | November 22, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Ed Rendell is certainly more capable than Obama.

But Jennifer Granholm !!! She left Michigan in a bankrupt shambles and spent her last 3 years crying for Washington to bailout her state. She should be allowed nowhere near any government position anywhere in the future.

Posted by: pilsener | November 22, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Rendell and Grantham just lose their election? Apparentally the voters did not think they got the job done. Why would anyone listen to what they have to say? Want a governor in the WH that did something? Put Sarah Palin in there!!!

Posted by: annnort | November 22, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Both, both of these governors, he needs BOTH!!!

Posted by: edismae | November 22, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I am so glad to see that somebody else thinks that Ed Rendell is what Obama needs. I've been saying it for some time and hope somebody at the White House hears. Even Teapublicans like to hear Rendell speak, since he is a man's man, funny, brutally honest and full of common sense. If only more Dems were like him, and Repubs also. Those of us who strongly supported Obama with high hopes are so sad to see his presidency twisting in the wind and tattered, as the vicious Teapublicans subvert him and the country by not helping on anything in a time of national distress. Bring Rendell into the game now!

Posted by: enough3 | November 22, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Obama already has two governors in his cabinet, Napolitano and Sebelius, neither one of whom is doing him a bit of good. In addition, it was a monumentally stupid political move to take these two popular Democratic governors out of their typically Republican states. They'd have been strong candidates for Senate seats from their respective states.

Rendell is a Hillary Clinton supporter and has a long history of gaffes, almost another Biden. What good would he do Obama? Open mouth, insert both feet, that's about all.

Granholm isn't popular in her own state and in any case, she was born in Canada, so you can bet that the right-wingers would club Obama with that fact over and over again.

Here's an idea: Obama should step aside in 2012 and let Hillary Clinton run for president. After two more years of his incompetent bumbling, the only hope he'll have of being re-elected is if the Republicans nominate Palin. Ain't gonna happen. Even Republicans aren't that stupid.

Posted by: Bob22003 | November 22, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Mr Capehart,

face it, BHO is an embarrassing FAILURE as POTUS & NOTHING/NOBODY can save BHO from HIMSELF, as his tiny mind is solidly made up & he (and his coven of worshipers) "just doesn't get it".

BUT "relief" is coming in a little more than 2 years on 01/20/13, when the USA gets a new & REAL President, who is capable of more than reading a teleprompter.

don't you think that it's past time to get off the DIMocRATS bandwagon & start telling THE TRUTH about the pitifully weak, supremely UNqualified, arrogant, current occupant of the WH & his "handlers"?
(THE TRUTH is THE TRUTH; it is NOT "spin", "talking points" wishful thinking and/or UNinformed opinions. instead it is simply THE TRUTH.)

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | November 22, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

SURE ~ put a real POLITICAL ANIMAL in there ~ I'm SURE that'll work...NOT.

Rendell's testosterone is so geared toward #POTUS it makes Ur teeth ache watching him dance about in 'agony'.

Nope ~ give the lady a chance if anyone. And I don't see any changes any time soon.

The Young Philosopher King has found out that sword is stuck tight in that stone.

Posted by: mommadona | November 22, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

So what you are really saying is that Obama needs to appoint a real President. I could have told you this would happen. When you look at him objectively, Obama has no experience governing, or administrating anything. So, of course, we elected him to the most difficult CEO position in the World. No one should be surprised that he is failing miserably at it. I actually agree with this Idea, but I don't expect Obama's Ego to make it a practical reality. No, we will have two more years of disaster so bad that people will be having fond memories of Jimmy Carter. I hope the Union can survive it.

Posted by: rsjsteel | November 22, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I've got an idea. Why not lobby for a SUCCESSFUL governor to join the White House? Better yet, why not just replace Obama with a successful governor?

I think Fast Eddy's numbers are actually quite a bit lower than Obama's. Granhom is just another socialist.

When are you folks going to wake up to the fact that the "downward spiral" is NOT DUE to some mysterious failure of messaging. It's about the man and his crummy policies.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | November 22, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

So what you are actually saying is. He is incompetent. He needs the experience of a governor to help him govern. No news there. The best training ground for a President is a governorship. May i recommend a former Governor who is not only competent but has enormous political power. Sarah Palin.

Posted by: wxyz6200 | November 22, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

So what you are actually saying is. He is incompetent. He needs the experience of a governor to help him govern. No news there. The best training ground for a President is a governorship. May i recommend a former Governor who is not only competent but has enormous political power. Sarah Palin.

Posted by: wxyz6200 | November 22, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama is rudderless. He needs someone to kidnap Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and hide them on a mountaintop someplace inaccessible for two years. He seems totally dominated by these two. Some folks think Obama is controlled by George Soros. I think it is Dame Pelosi that calls the tune that Daddy Long Legs Barry dances to.

Posted by: jkk1943 | November 22, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama can not be helped by an advisor. He has a fixed sense of what he wants to do and that is vastly expand the role of government and gain firm control of business by higher taxes and more regulation. He surrounds himself with sychophants because he brooks no challenge to his world view. His Chicago team do not challenge him, they act like cheerleaders to boost the ego of "the annointed one". He hasn't and won't clearly communicate his world view not because he can't because he would be even more totally rejected by the voters if he did.

Posted by: jkk1943 | November 22, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

The manchild is beyond help.

Posted by: drowningpuppies | November 23, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

An advisor can not help Obama. He has no experience in management. We will just have to suffer on to 2012 and find someone qualified next time.

Posted by: hughmarcporter | November 23, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Jesus himself will not help our president. You, the readers of this newspaper, have elected him, now just suffer, preferably quietly.

Posted by: NoWeWillNot | November 23, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Obama is all talk. Thats all he has.That and the ability to make you think he is talking to you. This man does not need Gov Rendell or anyone else to step in and do his job. A job he is not capable of doing his self. Obama should resign ASAP and I for one believe North Korea will be too much for him and he will invent some family related reason to step down. If not he is an impeachment waiting to happen. The man is fiction from start to finish always has been.

Posted by: 7670 | November 23, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

My, my another clueless column by a blue bleeder. Granholm ? You're kidding , right ? Her 2008 MBT basically killed job growth in MI over the past two years, along with the Democratic controlled state senate - which just got "blown away" ( a favorite Jenny quote) on Nov 2. She sucked up to the public sector unions at the expense of the private sector. Actually , she might be a good fit for the Obo administration, as this is the same road they have chosen to go down.

Posted by: humbucker | November 23, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps what we we need is a governor with experience behind the desk in the Oval Office.

I think that America is proving too big of a community for our inexperienced president to organize.

Posted by: paulthiel1 | November 23, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Underscore how little experience Obama has in running anything. We should have elected someone who has been a governor (even if for two years) instead of someone with no experience whatsoever. Remember this in 2012. We have a chance to recover.

Posted by: rdemczuk | November 23, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

And, as a bonus, Rendell and Graholm both enjoy even lower approval ratings than Obama! Certainly sounds like a winning strategy to me.

Posted by: MrBurningMan | November 23, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

And, as a bonus, Rendell and Graholm both enjoy even lower approval ratings than Obama! Certainly sounds like a winning strategy to me Jonathon. Good thinking.

Posted by: MrBurningMan | November 23, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Obama is like the mule that won't listen to you. He needs a 2x4 across his head to get his attention. But, it appears than BO is even dumber than a mule because he can't get hit with a bigger 2x4 than the Nov 2 elections and yet he still sings the same, lame song, about it NOT being any of his policies or fault!

he needs an ex-gov as well as ex-Ceo's. both types will bring the experience that BO NEVER had, even though most of the past presidents were measured against their experience in the real world.

BO wasn't Vetted like past candidates. AT ALL! Community Organizer resume was good enough for WaPo, NYT, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, etc etc. now you see the result of YOUR failures!

Heckuva Job, Lib Media. 2 years in and BO still needs RE-Training! LOL

Posted by: morphy | November 23, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart...

What you fail to grasp--most likely due to your rebreathing of all that inside-the-beltway outgassing; is that even if Joe Biden had done EXACTLY THE SAME THINGS, that "DearLeader" Obama has done, we would react IN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY! It's not about message conveyance or ethnicity.


I say this as a person of color, middle-class, and currently unemployed.

This Crypto-Socialism, our nation is engaging in is as toxic to a healthy economy, as in-your-face Socialism is...

Posted by: mbs1960 | November 23, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

To even suggest that Granholm should be considered continues the proof that Dems including yourself are in disarray. Granholm's leadership has been a disaster. Its time to face the fact that Obama is too far gone and Democrats need to find another candidate if they stand any chance of retaining the white house.

However this will never occur as the party returned Reid and Pelosi to leadership roles oblivious to voter discontent. The shellacking the party received will be looked back on as just the beginning of a larger change.

Posted by: topgun97365 | November 23, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Obama has difficulty with anyone who is not consistently feeding his ego.

Posted by: wheeljc | November 23, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

It is laughably ironic that Jonathan Capehart proposes that "the president needed to widen his circle of confidants beyond his Chicago security blanket." This coming from a relatively new member of the Washington Post staff that already includes Eugene Robinson, Courtland Milloy, and Colbert King. Ya, that's what the Post needs, another "progressive" liberal Democratic black columnist, just like the President needs someone outside his "Chicago security blanket." (Oh, by the way, ya, that's what the White House needs, Jennifer Granholm, fresh from the success of her administration in one of the most economically devastated areas of the country. Great idea (not).)

Posted by: Husker78 | November 23, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

What Obama needs is either Chris Cristie or Rick Perry as his Chief of Staff. Of course those Governors stand for the exact opposite of his liberal agenda - lower taxes, less regulation, lower spending, no deficits, and growth in the economy and jobs lead by the private sector.

Posted by: Berndh | November 23, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Capehart: "help the president make clear to the American people that he is not some elitist far removed from their concerns. "

But Obama really is some elitist far removed from their concerns. He is a NetRoots president, a Jon Stewart/Daily Show president--a president for the young, hip, urban secular yuppies who love Jon Stewart.

And these urban sophisticates regard everyone else in America as dull, backward, superstitious rubes who need to be led by the sophisticates.

In short, Obama and his fans believe that they are America's "Inner Party" (in the Orwellian sense)--the small cadre of intellectuals who will tell the proletariat how to behave for their own good.

You can't change that dynamic no matter whom Obama appoints. Because that mindset is engraved on his inner soul.

And on the soul of his America-hating wife Michelle too.

Posted by: sinz52 | November 23, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

"Obama needs a governor in the West Wing"

Oh obama needs *AMERICANS* in the West Wing. Americans don't like being ruled by the anti-Americans, and that includes the President, who, clearly is NOT america's President.

And Capehart, dude, you need to give it a rest, now. It's really over. The biggest fat lady has sung. And that's just the beginning. Wait till she screams and uses her Constitutional right to remove any governement she does not like---with or without elections. So here;s an idea---make yourself invisible.

Posted by: SECREV | November 23, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

"Obama needs a governor in the West Wing"

Oh obama needs *AMERICANS* in the West Wing. Americans don't like being ruled by the anti-Americans, and that includes the President, who, clearly is NOT america's President.

And Capehart, dude, you need to give it a rest, now. It's really over. The biggest fat lady has sung. And that's just the beginning. Wait till she screams and uses her Constitutionally recognized right to remove any governement she does not like---with or without elections. So here;s an idea---make yourself invisible.

Posted by: SECREV | November 23, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I'd echo the comments made by many, and add a couple to the mix. The derogation of tea partiers is one of the most foolish strategies Dems take. There is a reason for the tea party - the party in power keeps spending - and tries to accelerate the spending of - money that is not only not there, but the borrowing of which requires indebtedness levels that are an existential crisis... The tea partiers and most of the rest of the country know intuitively that our nation is threatened (if it is not past the tipping point already). And they know that the profligate spending against future generations primarily is a tool for politicians to buy votes to stay in power today, and that all the moral and righteous posturing in the world does not erase that stain.

And the admin has lost trust and credibility. Obama is not what he claimed to be; he is not only less than that, but much less. He has skated through the system almost as much as Bush did, but at least Bush held executive positions. Obama is telegenic, represents a demographic missing in presidential politics, and speaks (or used to speak) movingly from an ideological frame, but utterly and catastrophically believed himself to be capable of doing more than that. He could campaign but not govern, and now that it is clear he is out of his depth in the White House, he can't even campaign any more without sounding ludicrous - so his rhetoric is shallow and provokes anger from the people to whom he used to appeal.

In terms of lack of self awareness, Barack Obama is the African-American Sarah Palin. And Sarah Palin is the female Barack Obama. Whatever good the tea party can do to demand more common sense from the government, it will be undone if Sarah Palin gets nominated on the other side. Like Obama, a telegenic ideologue who represents a missing demographic at the presidential level, but who is not prepared to lead or govern. Ed Rendell will not fix Obama's core flaws, and only the Republican primary voters can prevent Obama redux coming at us from the other side.

Posted by: lukeliberty | November 23, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Even though I am a Republican, I am in complete agreement that having Ed Rendell in the WH would be a great asset to Obama. I often have disagreed with Rendell when he has appeared as a commentator on various cable shows but I think he is tough, pragmatic and competent - three qualities in short supply in the curent Obama WH. Although I live in Florida, all my surviving family lives in Philadelphia or the suburbs so I am fully aware of the record Rendell has as DA, Mayor and Governor. And I still like him!

Posted by: sgssbi | November 23, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I am chuckling at the notion that " Fast Eddie" Rendell has gravitas. Oh, and yes, Jennifer Granholm, fresh from running Michigan into the ground and scaring away business is just what the White House needs. Give her a crack at running the whole country into the ground. Just like Dems to foul their own nests and then move on to destroy other people's. What about finding a successful governor? Oh, right, that would have to be a Republican.

Posted by: Ctmom4 | November 23, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Granholm??? Your joking right? 24% of all private sector job losses nation-wide occurred in Michigan. And you want to bring that to Washington.
How about some common sense trade agreements. That might turn things around for Obama. Protect American workers against predatory trade partners like China.

Posted by: RayGun_1 | November 23, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

First of all, we need a governor in the OVAL OFFICE; having one languish on Obama's staff isn't enough. But, I guess we'll have to wait until 2012 to make that happen. In the meantime, if Obama is only going to hire one token ex-governor to stand in the wings, I think Rendell would be great. The guy is tough, smart, and has a track record of actually turning the city of Philadelphia from a neo-socialist cesspool into a very decent city. On the other hand PLEASE (!!!) forget about Granholm. I live in Michigan and the woman is an absolute zero. A lightweight, master of the shallow PR game, and a solid record of ZERO accomplishments in Michigan over the last 8 years. Granted, she inherited a mess...but it's significantly worse now than when she took over.

Posted by: JohnR22 | November 23, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

So what this article is saying is that Obama is obviously too weak and ineffectual to govern as President (which is true), and he needs someone strong, with experience, to guide and advise him. If so, then what's the point of having Obama in the WH anyway? Just put Rendell in, make him Prez, and be done with it. Or better yet, just wait two years and the adults will be back in charge again.

Posted by: nealkaye | November 23, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

@JohnR22, I live in Michigan too. I totally agree, Granholm was a disaster for us. The heart of America is our manufacturing. As Michigan goes so goes America. Its time for fair trade agreements. Chinese workers don't pay into Social Security, Medicaid, and neither do unemployed Americans.

Posted by: RayGun_1 | November 23, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I think you are on to something here. I like Rendell. He is media savvy and knows how to get his message across and out to the public. He knows how to Champion Democratic causes. The midterm debauchle was a failure of messaging or as you say championing the good that they had accomplished. And too, the media is not on the side of the Dems as most of them are millionaires and billionaires.

Posted by: wdsoulplane | November 23, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

After presiding over the bankruptcy of MI Grandholm would be an EXCELLENT choice.

Now we've got Odumbo, Reid, Pelosi Galore AND Grandholm.

We are now getting into territory where even Palin could beat him.

Posted by: JohnLeeHooker1 | November 23, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich.) just spend the last few years riding the State of Michigan right down the toilet?

Why in the world would Obamy benefit from cozying up with tax-increasing, job destroying loser like Granholm?


Posted by: dheller11 | November 23, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama and the loony left wing of the Open borders, Multiculturalism wing of the Democrat party must be the only species on the face of the earth that cannot or will not learn from experience, even Animals learn from experience!

The Socialist countries in Europe , Britain, France, Germany, Greece etc. have finally recognized Socialism and the Welfare State with unlimited immigration of uneducated third world parasites flooding in to get on the public dole, does not work and are cutting back government, including numbers, wages, & benefits in order to survive as a Nation and returning to capitalism.

While here in the USA Obama and the Democrats are hell bent on taking the USA to a welfare socialist paradise in spite of proof all over the world and in the failed Blue States here that it does not work.

Illinois, Calif, New York, New Jersey, all Blue States that have been controlled by Democrat Majorities for years and long enough to try their spending and taxing that is driving business to other States or Countries while buying votes of public union members by giving wages and benefits that is bankrupting the government and pandering to illegal Aliens with citizens tax money, are now seeing the results, all are bordering on bankruptcy.

Now Obama is following the same blueprint on a vastly bigger scale for the rest of American using 100,s of billion of the simulate money to reward Democrat supporters and to keep the under worked and overpaid public unions in jobs and buy Workfare & Welfare votes!

The same multi-trillion dollar con job Obama is attempting, by open borders and giving Amnesty to the invading horde of Criminals & Uneducated Prolific breeding third world parasites & with chain immigration all the ones still left in Mexico to buy 10,s of millions of welfare votes for the Democrat party with money borrowed from China while bankrupting this Nation.

With the future & further goal of turning the USA into a Spanish speaking Third World Slum modeled on Mexico but controlled Lock, Stock & Barrel by the Socialist/Democrat party Dictatorship of the United Sates of Mexico!

Posted by: blowe09 | November 23, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Face it people. He was elected because he is black. If this man were white with a background as radical as Obamas he wouldnt have been elected dog catcher. Actually that is an insult to dog catchers.

Posted by: wxyz6200 | November 23, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is an extreme left wing radical. And i know this is brutal for liberals to face but calling people racists after Obama penned his autobiography "Dreams From my Father" is totally hypocritical. He hates white people. The book is clear as a bell. He states he regrets writing at least 50 pages of the book. Bit late bub! Would you like to discuss his mentor the Rev Wrights? ................i hear crickets! Face it. If this guy were white he wouldnt have been elected to dog catcher (with apologies to dog catchers).

Posted by: wxyz6200 | November 23, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

That is why Governor Bill Richardson should have been the natural pick for Vice President. The fact that Joe Biden was one of the Senators, along with Hillary Clinton, Joe Lie-bermen, Chuck Schumer, et. al, that cut Senator Robert Byrd's attempt to filibuster the "bill" that gave George Bush "the authority" to attack Iraq-should, it seems to me, have precluded Joe (a known hawk) from serious consideration, given the promises of Candidate Obama.

Posted by: thommie1 | November 23, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Chicago politicians get graduate degrees from Pennsylvania and they still haven't mastered it like Ed Rendell.

Posted by: duncan11 | November 24, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

how did a nobody become a president????

and now we have to live with it until he is OUT of congress.


God help us.

Posted by: tigger46 | November 24, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

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