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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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Obama, Racism, And Gun Violence in South Chicago

A family buried their daughter today.  15 year old Hadiya Pendleton was killed earlier this week by that crazy phenomenon of irrational gun violence.  Did I mention that Hidiva was black?  Did we note she was killed on Chicago’s South Side – the epicenter of gun violence in new reports.  This is tough to talk […]

9Feb2013 | | 4 comments | 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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2011 – Dawn of the 21st Century

On  September 11, 2001, the rooster crowed.  A new age was upon us but the world was slow to awaken.  Stumbling in the early morning darkness we knocked over two countries, alienated our friends, and disrupted world commerce.  The people of the United States have finally wiped the sleep from their eyes and the Dawn […]

11Sep2011 | | Comments Off on 2011 – Dawn of the 21st Century | Continued
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Birther Bullstuff, Obama, Trump

Donald Trump with Meridith Vieira – This episode is a tragedy of American Journalism. Vieira let Trump ramble around without challenge. NBC should step up, as a network that claims professional journalism, and correct this travesty of justice. It is a travesty because millions of people get their world view from the NBC Today Show […]

7Apr2011 | | 1 comment | 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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A View From Egypt

The firesidepost.com has no concrete position on the present happenings in Egypt – Only because we do not have enough information or insight into the present day problems.  We are happy however to present information from others that we find reasonable and thoughtful: This post was taken from islamreview.com. Written by Tawfik Hamid I was […]

30Jan2011 | | Comments Off on A View From Egypt | Continued
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Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

In 1993 Former President Clinton and the 103rd Congress implemented Title 10,654 otherwise known as the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy.  While there was some resistance, this was a great way to get bipartisan support on a delicate issue.  With every bill passed there will always be an inherent flaw, but for the most part […]

27Nov2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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President Obama Teaches Kindergarten

President Obama is like a Kindergarten teacher – patiently bringing his pupils along.  We the pupils are not so patient.  This reminds me of a story about one of my grandchildren. Jubilum is one of the younger children in my growing family.  She is as sharp as a whip, quick as a snap, curious as […]

27Sep2010 | | 4 comments | Continued
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A Soldier’s Funeral, A Sour War

We Americans should never forget the cost of War. And the death of a soldier warrants more than an incremental ticker on Page Two B

22Jul2010 | | 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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The Need For A Really Big Government to Intervene in the Gulf

British Petroleum, along with their contractors, has created the worst environmental disaster in history.  But that does not clearly state the magnitude of the devastation.  We too often throw words around – words like environmental disaster – and then a real disaster strikes and we sound like the boy who cried wolf.  As President Obama […]

26May2010 | | 1 comment | 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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Personal Experience With Tea Bag Mentality

This is a sad post for me to write.  I live in northwest Missouri – in the isolated world of simple people relishing ignorance.  The reverse discrimination against education and professionalism permeates the culture.  My sadness surrounds my family – a people proud of being in the lower economic class.  Most of them are adamant […]

12Apr2010 | | 32 comments | Continued
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Social Solidarity in a Troubled World

When people suffer anxiety and fear, whether from physical insecurity, economic strife, or terrorism, they form what Robert Muchembled calls social solidarities. These systems of survival come in a variety of forms. Many folks form loose confraternities around causes: Global Warming, Abortion, Guns, Political Parties, Civil Rights, Feminism, Gay-Lesbian Rights, and even around faith based […]

7Apr2010 | | Comments Off on Social Solidarity in a Troubled World | 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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Limbaugh Republican Political Strategy Fails

One year has passed. Barack Obama is President. The Patron Saint of Republicans is Rush Limbaugh – and Rush Limbaugh called for the failure of the new President. The strategy was simple minded – block every legislative effort, force failure, then recapture the Congress in 2010, then the Presidency in 2012. The passage of the […]

23Mar2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Marching for Health Reform

THE     P R E S I D E N T ’ S     P L AN    F O R    HE A L T H    R E F O RM “At this moment, we are being called upon to fulfill our duty to the citizens of this nation and to future generations… I don’t […]

18Mar2010 | | Comments Off on Marching for Health Reform | 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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Huckabee with Michelle Obama

Governor Mike Huckabee is a real gentleman – too bad he is also a wacky fundamentalist Christian and works with the yellow journalists at FOX News.  His interview with the First Lady was enduring.  It seems Huckabee understands that Michell Obama is the First Lady – she is not the President.  Huckabee correctly follows a […]

21Feb2010 | | Comments Off on Huckabee with Michelle Obama | Continued
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Angry Electorate Kicks the Family Dog

Many are ready to condemn the President. People are hurt – and are responding with anger. Any good anger management program teaches how to best focus or direct the anger. The classic story concerns the frustrated employee who comes home at night and kicks the family dog.

17Feb2010 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Angry At Government – Or Just Angry

The word ‘angry’ is being thrown around with loose abandon.  Editorials across the free press note the ‘anger of the voters.’  There is legitimate anger.  But there is also illegitimate anger.   Does legitimacy make any difference?  Is anger the same whether legitimate or not?  Is an angry voter a rational voter? The essence of anger […]

12Feb2010 | | Comments Off on Angry At Government – Or Just Angry | 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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Is A Partisan America About to Lose The Future?

Petty squabbling is consuming The United States Government.  There is gridlock on Capital Hill.  It appears that most people in Congress are running for reelection in 2010 and their message is to blame the other party.  Is this leadership?  Is this the solution to the mounting problems of America?  We need only to look back […]

29Jan2010 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Partisanship – Conflicting Opinions or Theological Hatred?

Churchill negotiated a settlement in a Catholic/Protestant Ireland in the 1920’s. He later said that he knew he had been fair because neither party was happy with the results. It seems to us that we can know President Obama has been fair and non-partisan because both the left and the right are protesting his policies.

28Jan2010 | | Comments Off on Partisanship – Conflicting Opinions or Theological Hatred? | Continued
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Make Hay While The Sun Shines

The Democrats thought the sun was shining.  The election of 2008 swept the Democrats back into power in Washington D.C.  – or so they thought.   It now appears that Washington is not so different than Punkin Center, Missouri.  Here in Punkin Center we live and die by old sayings.  The relevant saying aptly applied to […]

26Jan2010 | | Comments Off on Make Hay While The Sun Shines | Continued
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The Sick, Pathetic, Right Wing Leadership and the disaster in Haiti

Pat Robertson has been a leader of the right wing ‘conservatives’ for many many years.   He has even run for President.  I live in Punkin Center, Missouri – so I know a few right wing nut cases.  When Robertson ran for President one of the local wackos said, “Wait till they find out he went […]

14Jan2010 | | 1 comment | 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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The Conscience Clause, Death Panels, and Health Care Reform

The idea of legalizing a medical conscience for Health Care providers originated with the debate around abortion.  The idea was simple enough: If a physician was morally opposed to abortion, he should be allowed to follow his conscious.  Fair enough.  But the conscience clause evolved under the Bush Administration, growing nasty tentacles of religious dogma. […]

14Aug2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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The Rat In The Corner – Iran, Health Care, etc.

To paraphrase Henry Kissinger:  Never back a rat in to a corner – he will come out fighting.  Always leave your opponent an escape route – a means by which they can save face.  President Obama recently used a phrase much as this when referring to Iran.  He said something like, “We are trying to […]

10Jul2009 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Celebrity Medicine, The AMA, Ethics, and Health Care Reform

What is going on with medical practitioners and celebrities?  Michael Jackson is just the latest in an ever increasing list of celebrities who have died at the hands of their enabling medical doctors.  Where is the American Medical Association (AMA) on this issue?  Is the AMA the go-to-guy for advice on health care reform? This […]

29Jun2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Is Ten Percent Too Much For Health Care?

President Obama is having his fourth news conference as I type.  He is suggesting health care will cost us ten percent of our national budget if we do not gain control over costs.  Is that a bad thing?  How do we measure the health of our population against other priorities? When President Eisenhower left office […]

23Jun2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Tobacco Legislation – Save Our Children

President Obama signed legislation today placing tobacco under the authority of the Food and Drug Administration.  Well, finally!.  Nicotine is a drug; a very powerful drug.  Nicotine should be regulated, as much as heroine or cocaine or methamphetimines. Actually, regulation is not the correct word, or correct response to nicotine.  Nicotine has an addiction rate […]

22Jun2009 | | 2 comments | 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