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Early View of President Obama’s Legacy

In a couple of weeks, we the people of the United States of America shall elect someone to follow President Barack Obama as president of the United States.  This election is as important as 2008 when he was first elected and in 2012 when he was affirmed by the people with reelection.  President Obama is […]

19Oct2016 | | Comments Off on Early View of President Obama’s Legacy | Continued
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Is Ted Cruz The Republican Obama?

Bear with me please.  Barack Obama stormed the castle in 2008.  He conquered the dragon – and no one saw it coming – well, perhaps Dick Durban.  But everyone today concedes that Obama is a masterful politician.  Like him or not, agree with him or not, Obama came to play hardball.  He came with masterful […]

15Jan2016 | | 1 comment | Continued
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The Gun Control Debate is no Longer About Guns

The vitriolic language from the far right over Second Amendment rights tells a story beyond the fear of losing the right to a thirty round clip in the favorite 9mm semi-automatic hand gun.  This debate is not about guns – this debate is about fear of government.  That is one way to say it – […]

14Feb2013 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Lt. Gen. Boykin Conservative Video and Response

YIKES!!!!  Check out the video and a response by a thoughtful man in Virginia.     The following diatribe was cut from a conservative email floating around the country – this is an example oof how really crazy some people are – We are not talking about a healthy think-outside-the-box crazy – but dangerous crazy. Here […]

6Jan2013 | | Comments Off on Lt. Gen. Boykin Conservative Video and Response | Continued
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Drop Secret Service Protection, Arm The Candidates

FOX News is making a big toot about a recent law that bans protesting within a certain distance from anyone who is protected by the Secret Service.  FOX is proud to note that “Obama signed the Law” – as if the President acts alone in passing laws.  The Republican House passed the law.  The Democratic […]

22Apr2012 | | 1 comment | Continued
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An Open Letter To Obama Haters

Once again my friend Herb Shane has posted something on facebook that is so well done that I am compelled to cut and paste it into a post on this site.  Thanks Herb.   Open letter to the Obama Haters: To your distress, for most of the rest of your life, you will bear this: […]

11Apr2012 | | 8 comments | Continued
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“…a false sense of urgency.”

We are worn out from GOP primary fatigue.  Is that redundant?  Doctor John Sharp, Harvard Medical School psychiatrist and  author of The Emotional Challenge, recently said, “…fatigue dis-emboldens us.”  The 21st Century has proven to be fast and furious.  War is present.  Facebook dominates.  Ipad, ipod, smart phones, wi if, financial upheaval – economic uncertainty, […]

13Mar2012 | | Comments Off on “…a false sense of urgency.” | Continued
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Why We Continue to Support Our President

President Obama had a news conference last week.  He talked sincerely about the state of our economy.  We agree with him.  We believe that the partisan politics in Washington is as responsible for the down economy as any other given factor. We really do find ourselves in a chicken-and-egg scenario. Current budget projections are based […]

2Jul2011 | | 3 comments | Continued
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The Obama Doctrine – Think, Feel, Act

There is a new sheriff in town.  He has decided to round up the rascals in Lybia.  President Obama is not inclined to act on feelings of insecurity – as we witnessed in the immediate past Administration.  Presidential Doctrine has been a subject of debate for about as long as there have been Presidents.  We […]

20Mar2011 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Searching for Honesty and Integrity in Nationally Known Politicians

Sometimes I just write satire, or just sarcasm.   The folly of national politics seems somehow unworthy of serious commentary.  But however foolish the politicians seem – the business of our government is serious.  Real people are directly and immediately impacted by political decisions.  Real wars are fought.  Real soldiers die.  Real debt is incurred.   Generations […]

16Aug2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Of Wars and Politics – Patraeus and Obama

War is a mystic business.   Mystic because there seems some supernatural quality required for agreement on strategy.  September 11, 2001, defined a moment – a moment of political cohesion.  Pearl Harbor served that role in WWII.  The Lusitania was the protagonist in WWI.  The battleship Maine served the focal point of the Spanish American War […]

7Jul2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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The Cold Blooded, Calculated, Leadership of President Obama

President Obama is a surprise to almost everyone.  From his emotionally charged dynamic election speeches to his staggering military assault on terrorist supporters in Afghanistan – Barack Obama has proven that he can and will make tough decisions.  His decisions are not based on emotion, not based on Democratic Party platforms, and not based on […]

2Jun2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Elana Kagan – Supreme Court Nominee (Editorial)

As the editor of thefiresidepost I am proud to support the President of the United State in most of his endeavors to help create a more perfect union.  With that in mind we pass along to you some commentary from the White House on Elana Kagan, the Supreme Court nominee: President Obama announced this morning […]

10May2010 | | Comments Off on Elana Kagan – Supreme Court Nominee (Editorial) | Continued
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Obama’s American Revolution – 2010

We are ready.  We are ready for change.  We are ready for a Revolution. The American people have already demonstrated a powerful desire for revolution.  Witness the elections of 2006 and 2008.   Democrats have registered to vote in historic numbers.  Barack Obama – a relative unknown – won because he represented the best chance […]

9May2010 | | Comments Off on Obama’s American Revolution – 2010 | Continued
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Regaining Respect for the Office of the Presidency.

We, in this country, have a proud history of respect for the office of the President. We rally around those who inspire us and lead us through troubled times. We have worked to separate the man from the office, and we have been successful in the past. There have always been jokes about the President, and comedians are supposed to push the envelope, to go where you don’t expect them to go. Something has changed, however, in the last decade. Where there was once reverence for the office and a certain degree of respect for the man in the White House, there is now complacency about the treatment of the Presidency. In previous generations, bad jokes about the President would have been met with a frown or, at best, a nervous chuckle. But today, the Presidency is the bread and butter of late night routines and gets only slightly better treatment in the mainstream media.

18Apr2010 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Obama To Appoint Tina Fey To Supreme Court

Have you ever actually read a Supreme Court ruling?  Those stuffy old people are really boring.  Most of us don’t get what they are talking about – so we are left to our politicians to interpret for us.  That will no longer be the case when Obama appoints Tina Fey to the Supreme Court. Even […]

12Apr2010 | | Comments Off on Obama To Appoint Tina Fey To Supreme Court | Continued
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Racists and Birthers Are Not Just Dim-Witted Rednecks

In 1776 immigration was unchecked in the American colonies.  The people living here decided to form their own government and bypass the King’s tax man.  Those folks wrote some rules that defined our form of Government and who was eligible to hold office.  The President had to be a natural born citizen – meaning that […]

1Apr2010 | | Comments Off on Racists and Birthers Are Not Just Dim-Witted Rednecks | Continued
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Obama, Oil, And Rational Leadership

I wanted a new car – but I didn’t have the money.  I wanted to go skiing at Aspen – but I didn’t have the money.  I bought a good used car for cash and drove it to the local Missouri ski slopes.  I am relaxing today with my feet immersed in hot salt water […]

31Mar2010 | | Comments Off on Obama, Oil, And Rational Leadership | Continued
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Obama Delivers On Student Finance Reform

The reforms that President Obama signed into law include historic investments to make education more affordable, and deliver on another key campaign promise. The legislation: * Ends subsidies to special-interest private lending companies * Doubles funding for Pell Grants to help more students afford a college education * Will cap a graduate’s annual student loan […]

30Mar2010 | | Comments Off on Obama Delivers On Student Finance Reform | Continued
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Why the Health Care Reform Bill Passed

This is an issue of public opinion, and it is an issue that has been long considered by the public and their representatives. It is a political hot potato, and the potato has landed in the hands of the Obama administration. The reason that the previous administration did not address the issue with proposed legislation is that they were fully aware that any attempt at trying to solve the problem is most likely political suicide.

26Mar2010 | | Comments Off on Why the Health Care Reform Bill Passed | Continued
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Health Care … A More Perfect Union

“We the People of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect union…. ”  The preamble to the Constitution of the United States does not claim perfection – but rather seeks a government format that can progress toward a more perfect union.  The political label ‘progressive’ has been dissed for many […]

22Mar2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Funny Obama WEB Pictures

Let me be perfectly clear – I am a big fan of President Obama.  So there.  Last week some Republican used some pictures he found on the WWW in a PowerPoint presentation to some Republican cash donors.  The goofy liberal media jumped up and down with protest.  The idea of the pictures was to instill […]

9Mar2010 | | Comments Off on Funny Obama WEB Pictures | Continued
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The First Family – Obama’s are Marital Inspiration

President Obama and First Lady Michelle are celebrating Women’s History Month.  The kicked off the month with a White House gathering of women from the Girl Scouts to local Georgetown groups.  We find their intriguing presentation more than the typical political theater – the Obama’s are an inspiration to harmony in marriage.  Check this out: […]

9Mar2010 | | Comments Off on The First Family – Obama’s are Marital Inspiration | Continued
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Obama meets House Republican Conference 1/29/10

President Obama is a very unusual man. He has a striking intelligence – nothing really special about this – there are a lot of smart people. There are lawyers and Medical Doctors and PH.D’s in the House and Senate. Our Government is well populated with intelligence. What strikes us about Obama is his phenomenal patience.

30Jan2010 | | Comments Off on Obama meets House Republican Conference 1/29/10 | Continued
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Really Tired of Liberal Complaining

It is just me – or has the left wing of the liberal loonies gone completely Rovian.  You surely remember Karl Rove – the master of negative Rovian Politics (RP’s).  Liberal wackos like Arianna Huffington and Ed Shultz are taking their cues from Mr. Rove.  In rural Missouri parlance it is called: Bitch! Bitch! Bitch! […]

28Dec2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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A Personal Note From President Obama on Christmas Eve

This personal note came in the form of an email.  I was surprised because I was not aware the President had my email address – usually he just sends a text message.  Anyway, I felt compelled to share the message.  Merry Christmas all. Ohg — Although it’s Christmas Eve, I wanted to share some exciting […]

24Dec2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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The Humble Process of a Confident Barack Obama

President Obama is a confident man, a humble man who does not always have to be right. President Obama easily accepts the input of others – he seeks the input of others.

23Dec2009 | | Comments Off on The Humble Process of a Confident Barack Obama | Continued
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Obama’s Oslo Noble Prize Speech 2-10-09

President Obama has accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with a historic speech delivered in a time of war.  We present here the video and the full text: Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Distinguished Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, citizens of America, and citizens of the world: I receive this honor with deep gratitude and […]

10Dec2009 | | Comments Off on Obama’s Oslo Noble Prize Speech 2-10-09 | Continued
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Obama Holds U. S. Military Accountable

President Obama announced a few days ago that he was sending 30,000 more America troops to Afghanistan.  They will be supplemented with around 10,000 NATO troops.  That meets the leaked request from the military.  But the President gave the Generals some goals to meet.  That is very appropriate. A bunch of blowhard senators  (John McCain […]

3Dec2009 | | Comments Off on Obama Holds U. S. Military Accountable | Continued
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Nobel Prize for Audacity of Hope

President Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  Some ask why.  What has he done.  He has been the President for a mere nine months.  Wars continue.  The economy struggles.  The Middle East continues to defy peace.  What has President Obama done? President Obama has inspired a future of hope, a future of […]

9Oct2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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President Obama Is Not Like Other Liberals

President Obama is not in the same league, the same class, the same stratus as the rest of us liberal thinkers.   The rest of us enjoy a good old fashioned fight.  President Obama seems to steer clear of roughhousing.   Who does he think he is – the President? Keith Olberman loves a food fight.  If […]

6Oct2009 | | Comments Off on President Obama Is Not Like Other Liberals | Continued
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GOP McCarthyism in 2009

Here is a montage of video clips comparing the rhetoric of 2009 right wing proponents with Senator Joe McCarthy.  This is a must see for those who continue to support the far right.

21Sep2009 | | Comments Off on GOP McCarthyism in 2009 | Continued
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Obama Apologies – Appropriate? Or Not?

Does President Obama apologize unnecessarily for America?   President Obama faces the world with legitimate humility, humbled by the embarrassment of the past administration.  President Obama is working hard to remove the plank from our own eye before trying to remove the splinter from adversaries.   We live in a harsh and brutal world, a world of […]

18Jun2009 | | Comments Off on Obama Apologies – Appropriate? Or Not? | Continued
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Of Fear, Faith, and Foreign Affairs

Fear and faith do not live in the same home.  The word ‘faith’ conjures images of peace of mind, hope for the future, for the fellowship of man.  Faith speaks to the lion lying with the lamb – and the lamb can sleep with both eyes closed.  Fear exists in a troubled mind, a troubled […]

5Jun2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Obama Speech in Cairo, Egypt 6-4-09

President Obama spoke in Cairo, Egypt.  The text of the speech follows the video. I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning, and for over a century, Cairo University has […]

4Jun2009 | | Comments Off on Obama Speech in Cairo, Egypt 6-4-09 | Continued
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The Rise And Fall of 20th Century Fundamentalism

Fundamentalism is always reactionary, always combative, always fearful, and often militant.  The term originated with American Protestantism and gained momentum in the early 20th Century, but may now be aptly applied to a variety of religions and politics.  According to Merriam-Webster fundamentalism is “a movement or attitude stressing strict and literal adherence to a set […]

28May2009 | | 4 comments | Continued
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Obama on National Security, Text and Video, 5-21-09

We are proud of our President for being mature, honest, moral, and non partisan.  President Obama continues to do as he said he would do – he looks for practical solutions while protecting our safety and the integrity of this great nation: Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Remarks […]

21May2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Obama’s Notre Dame Speech

Thank you, Father Jenkins for that generous introduction. You are doing an outstanding job as president of this fine institution, and your continued and courageous commitment to honest, thoughtful dialogue is an inspiration to us all. Good afternoon Father Hesburgh, Notre Dame trustees, faculty, family, friends, and the class of 2009. I am honored to […]

17May2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Liberal Blog Proud of President Obama

We are proud of our President.  And we are considered by the radical right to be far left liberals.  But President Obama has thrown some change-up shots across home plate.  We used to say, “Never throw a change-up to a weak hitter.”   The weak hitters are swinging like lunatics at some of President Obama’s policy […]

15May2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Michelle Obama, The New Princess Di

President Obama and the First Lady, Michelle Obama, have taken the stage in Europe.  While the G-20 Summit frames the visit by the American President, Michelle Obama has become an iconic presence.  Like Princess Diana of Great Britain, Mrs. Obama is known for her compassion, style, charisma – and her high  profile marriage. The public […]

3Apr2009 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Obama’s War – Afghanistan

At what point does President Obama assume responsibility for a war?  Is accepting responsibility for the war the same thing as owning the war?  When does any President ‘own’ a war?  This is a curious talking point for the 24/7 news media.  Historically, we generally do not tag our Presidents as owners of wars that […]

28Mar2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Creating Countries in Our Own Image

President Obama has upped the ante in Afghanistan. He is sending another 17,000 troops to the beleaguered nation to ‘take the fight to Al Quaeda.’ One of the criticisms of past military efforts in this erratic region of the world is in defining the mission. Well, what is the mission? It is two fold: We want to punish those who attacked our country on 911, and we want to make sure they do not attack us again.

27Mar2009 | | Comments Off on Creating Countries in Our Own Image | Continued
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Political Parlor Games and Obama’s Oracle

The Obama Oracle predicts the need for at least 825 BILLION in additional stimulus to the economy. It seems the parlor games are in full swing. The Democrats put some dubious spending in the proposal. Things like re-sodding the lawn on the Washington Mall. The oinking could be heard across the aisle. Too much pork the Republicans cried. Not enough tax cuts was the simple refrain. Obama was listening to the poetry of the Congress. Obama chose to go to Capital Hill himself to meet with Republican leaders (Republican Leader is an official oxy moron).

28Jan2009 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Obama, Cheney, Gitmo, and the Founding Fathers

In the beginning there was a revolution. Talk of revolution whispered through the ranks of community leaders. The whispering was necessary because if King George III heard of the treasonous acts he would have the perpetrators jailed, and the possibly deported to some far off prison colony – all with out the benefit of due process. The leaders finally agreed on revolution, a Declaration of Independence was drafted, and the participants secretly stole into Philadelphia to sign the now historic document.

14Jan2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Obama’s Team Chemistry – the X-Factor

President Elect Barack Obama is forming his team for governing the United States of America.  The buzz in the media centers around the personalities and talents of selected team members.  The entertainment value of media questions has been noted by the President Elect, “I know you are having fun with this,” when asked about previous […]

4Dec2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Governing from Center Left or Center Right

Americans are finally experiencing rational government.  As the Obama transition progresses we watch, with hope and with fear.  The troubled world is scary and important decisions are at hand.  Nearly every day there is a headline in the news about the transition.  One day the media reports a ‘center-left’ process.  The next day another headline […]

29Nov2008 | | Comments Off on Governing from Center Left or Center Right | Continued
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Barack Obama – The Color of Water

These are troubling times of war and of economic despair. Yet there is a sense of hope. 50 million people in this country lack health care. Yet there is a sense of hope. We speak of immigration as if we are talking about cattle. Yet there is a sense of hope. Hope transcends troubles. Hope […]

30Oct2008 | | 9 comments | Continued