I listened to Obama’s first press conference last night, and I was taken aback.  Why?  Well, after eight years of a man who could barely string a coherent sentence together in desperate attempts to explain his imperialistic view of the world, we now have a president who can string together whole paragraphs that actually make sense.

While I do think sometimes Obama took a tad too long to respond, I imagine it is because he actually has a thought process going on in his mind – something Bush sorely lacked.   I bet Obama’s ability to address press questions with ease and directness irritates the Republicans who are so intent on deep sixing his plans for our recovery.

After all, Republicans are backed into a corner.  They no longer control anything, let alone their futures.  If they continue to oppose Obama, they run the risk of losing even more seats in 2010 – especially if Obama’s stimulus plan salvages this nation from eight years of an imperial presidency intent only on restructuring the Middle East rather than paying attention to his own constituency.

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President Obama at first news conference

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About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. john b. kalb says:

    Charlotte: Just exactly when will you say that Obama’s Economic Spending Plan is a success? What metrics will you use to make any measurement of this success? Jobs created (in non-public arena)? Make-work jobs (in public sector)? Payback of any of the over $1,000,000,000,000,000 cost of this give-away? Return of any public confidence in our National Government?

    Or will the answer be the old saw: “We can’t expect anything to work in this business climate”.

    I have placed a future note, one year from now and 18 months from now, to follow up with you to either congratulate your people – or, more likely to say: “I told you so!!!”

    Any bettors out there?

  2. John:

    Wouldn’t you think it is a bit too early to call everything a failure? But I do get it – the Republicans – who, by the way trashed the American economy and budget – are just going to be whiners and obstructionists.

    Will his plan be a success? I don’t know and neither do you or any of the other pessimists in this country. I guess I am amazed that the “other” side just isn’t willing to work with anyone on this.

    I am not throwing any blame onto “this business climate.” But I was struck in watching his conference and his appearance in Elkhart. He really seems at ease with us “commoners”, and he really appears to care – unlike Bush who bragged about being surrounded by the “haves” and “have mores.”

    I guess we will see in a year and a half. I understand that this is not going to be an easy process, but I would hope that even bitter Republicans would at least try to work with Obama.

  3. Judith says:

    President Obama has the deliberations of a large, diverse group of economists, business leaders and professors to formulate the Economic Stimulus Plan. And Pres. Obama has the leadership and intellectual skills to take the opinions of many and find what will work. He asked for input into the discussion from any who were willing to participate, but most Republicans could or would not bring new ideas nor ideas from the past that had proved successful. Yes, tax cuts stimulate some advantage, but investments for jobs have proven to bring much more.

    Fortunately there were three moderate Republicans who made the Stimulus Bill a bipartisian one, in spite of the sneers of the Republican leadership.

    I have written to Rep. Mark Souder imploring him to support the bill this time because of his business education and experience. Certainly one who has a business degree would agree with the vast majority of economists (including an advisor to John McCain during his campaign) that this stimulus is necessary.

  4. Iceironman says:

    I dont agree that BO is a great speaker without a tellaprompter or planted questions. He says uhh 3 times for every word. He often times mis-speaks and needs to be corrected. He gets fustrated with questions easily and thinks he is above answering.

    Keep blaming Reps for this, Im going to take the reasoned approach and say Fanny and Freddie and the mental reasoning that created “loans to everyone” mentality started this mess on the economy. I would also argue that during a depression, the worst thing that can happen is the govt take over. It has been said the Great Depression would have lasted only a year or so–except for the fact that the govt got involved and dragged it out for years.

    I thought the politics of fear wear over, but someone needs to tell BO that.

  5. Andy says:

    “It has been said the Great Depression would have lasted only a year or so–except for the fact that the govt got involved and dragged it out for years.”

    This is a futile attempt to try to “rewrite history” and distort the facts. My grandpa, grandma and great aunt all lived through the Great Depression. There were no jobs, no money to spend, no hope and plenty of despair. To this day, they still store and keep on hand stockpiles of canned food in their basement. They all lived through and suvived a desperate and bleak time in our nation’s history. My grandpa was fortunate enough to get a job with the Civilian Conservation Corps.

    Unemployment was climbing and our country was headed into a downward spiral. The argument being made by some that FDR’s New Deal did not succeed, or would not have been necessary IF we just would have cut taxes, is so off base and perhaps even insulting to the many people who actually lived through the Great Depression.

  6. Iceironman says:

    Andy, if learning from mistakes is re-writing the history, lets rewrite it and not repeat it

    Read em and weap

    U cal and UCLA are not know as conservitive strong holds and notice the date of 2004. Argue what you want, I just dont thing govt is the answer to everything.
    Reagan said govt is not the answer, it is the problem. BO says only govt can fix this. I just agree with Reagan. The first stimulus went to banks to loan out supposedly, this one is going to people like acorn, planned parenthood, and that ilk. How does that create jobs. The Great Depression was caused by a run on the banks and lost confidence. Obama has not exactly been a great leader on this and instilled confidence, he has instilled fear, using words like catastrophe, total collapse, and armegedon. I dont agree with the govt giving banks money unless it is available to “qualified” barrowers and repaid in certain terms.

  7. Andy says:


    You successfully found a publication from a minority of individuals who would argue that FDR’s New Deal actually prolonged the Great Depression. It is factual to say the majority of economists, historians, and Americans believe FDR’s New Deal, although far from perfect, was instrumental in putting Americans back to work and getting our economy back on track. Even more than fifty years later, its no coincidence FDR is consistently ranked as one of our best Presidents. You don’t get elected to be President four times in a row, if the majority of Americans feel you are hindering the progress of the country or taking our country down the wrong path. FDR was not without criticism or even making huge mistakes (confining Japanese-Americans in detention camps), but I among many would say he delivered on providing leadership, substance, and solutions for programs to stop the bleeding and put Americans back to work during such a grueling time.

    And just to remind you, the infamous stock market crash, “Black Tuesday”,occurred in the fall of 1929 – this is the event most people recognize the US entered into the depression. FDR did not take office until March 1933 (nearly four years later). And who was the President of the US during the years after the stock market crashed from 1929 to March of 1933 ? Republican Herbert Hoover. Under his watch, America slipped further and further into the depression. He tried in vain to stop the downward spiral, but instead was best known for the shanty towns of unemployed, homeless people called Hoovervilles.

    Its no wonder FDR’s New Deal was a welcome alternative to the millions of Americans who had lost their jobs, savings, homes and hope under the leadership of Herbert Hoover.

  8. Iceironman:

    Today is Presidents’ Day – guess where FDR has consistently ranked even among conservatives? You betcha – right at the with the likes of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt. See the following website.

    And here is a rebuttal to your article about FDR prolonging the Great Depression.

  9. Iceironman says:

    That is your guy’s rebuttle. No actuall facts, no arguements. FDR is great is all you can do. It is not called re-writing history, it is called learning from it.

    How does 87 billion to govt healthcare tracking help the working man?

    This is a clear postering to take over healtcare, and shield it as a package. Itelectual honesty is important in debate, I dont sence any here.

    Ps andy if you care to look up the lesbian MRS fdr, you would see she tried to create a utopian sociaty, everything taken care of, guess what, didnt work. Today, BO is trying to recreate this sociaty. And he keeps making curiously racist remarks along the way. I guess if you are black or hispanic andy, you are taken care of with one of these construction jobs. As for me, if I lose my job Im screwed, Im white and male.

  10. Andy says:

    Iceironman –

    As for FDR’s New Deal getting credit for putting unemployed Americans back to work, I can see you are convinced the private sector would have done a better job. My response would be this scenario had four years to happen under Republican President Herbert Hoover, but didn’t. The country only continued to unravel and unemployment grew at an unbelievably fast rate.

    Again, the Great Depression started with the stock market crash of 1929. When President Hoover took office unemployment was roughly at 4%, four years later when he left office unemployment was nearing 25 %. Under FDR’s watch, unemployment continually dropped every year, with the exception of the brief recession of 1937. If you like graphs, here’s one on US Manufacturing jobs from 1920 to 1940:

    * Take note of the sharp drop from 1929 to 1933, and the pretty much steady climb from 1933 on.

    And regarding FDR’s wife Eleanor Roosevelt, I find her to be an admirable, determined and exceptional individual. Her contribution to the world-wide human rights movement was monumental and helped to ensure every human being regardless of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, birth classification, language, etc. is entitled to live a life based on freedom and equality.

  11. Iceironman says:

    You are right Andy, the govt should chose lifes winners and losers. Now if you will excuse me, I need to go speak with my county judge/realator. I heard he can magicly make my mortgage go down. What a world we live in!!!!!!!!!

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