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Thank you Mr. President for not allowing the ignorance of others to get on your last nerve. Not giving you the respect that your office holds, not believing in you as a person of good...You have given the people something to think about and ignorance is allowing them to behave in this manner.

Posted by: Cheryl Gonzales | November 4th, 2010

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I have to take exception to your article about respecting presidents. In an ideal world, of course, everyone would agree and make nice all the time, but this seldom happens in politics. (Some exchanges in the British Parliament over the years would make a good reality show.) While the office of the President should command respect, the occupant is often another matter. The citizens, who must bear the burden of the policies enacted, have every right and obligation to speak up if they disagree, even if they do so in crude ways. In response to a few of the specific points in the article…

-----Four days before President Obama's inauguration, before he officially took charge of the American government, Rush Limbaugh boasted publicly that he hoped the president would fail. Of course, when the president fails the country flounders.-----

Limbaugh hoped the president would fail because he believed the president intended to implement a vast and expensive expansion of government reach and government power over the citizen. This is exactly what the president has done, so sometimes when a president succeeds the country founders. (BTW, the word is founders; a flounder is a fish.)

-----The health-care debate, which looked more like extreme fighting in a mud pit than a national dialogue, revealed a very vulgar side of America. President Obama's face appeared on protest signs white-faced and blood-mouthed in a satanic clown image. In other tasteless portrayals, people who disagreed with his position distorted his face to look like Hitler complete with mustache and swastika.-----

The health care debate revealed a very ugly side of congress, which used every means, fair and foul to push through a massive program with a bill that that few of them had even read and which most Americans opposed. Some of the protest signs did show disrespect, but the president and congress showed equal disrespect for the citizens. The difference is that the signs were harmless, but the actions of the president and congress will adversely affect the lives of millions.

-----Unlike his predecessor, he's a very intelligent leader.-----

To many writers on the left anyone who disagrees with them qualifies as unintelligent, but based on what, exactly? Where they went to school? Bush graduated from Yale and the Harvard Business School, not something dummies usually do. It's true Bush is less articulate and glib than Obama, but then he never talked about 57 states and never thought there was a language called "Austrian" as Obama did.

-----The man is being challenged unfairly, characterized with vulgarity and treated with the kind of deep disrespect to which no previous president was subjected.-----

No previous president? Lincoln was routinely depicted as a baboon in editorial cartoons of the time, and that was in the north. And anti George Bush protesters displayed more swastikas and pictures of Hitler than Germany did in 1939. They also called for Bush's assassination, or trial as a war criminal. Obama's treatment has been tame in comparison.

Of course, things would be easier for any president if everyone would just agree with him all the time, shut up and keep paying their taxes without protest, but that's not the way a free country works.

Posted by: J. Reisinger | November 7th, 2010

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We have received many emails regarding this past election and most has criticized President Obama for not standing up to the Republican Party long before the election began. It is said that he has surrounded himself with his so-call friends and ivy league pals that was feeding him the wrong information just to enrich their pockets and egos. But let us look at the Presidents words when he spoke about the Bush tax cuts, and if the Republican take over the House they would repeal the Bush tax cuts. The President won that battle. That is exactly what the Republican Party is going to do and the President is going to help them with that tax cut. That's on the back end, on the front end if the Republicans get their way this will take the whole country backwards because of the Founding Fathers slavery tactics to control the Office of the President.

Posted by: Charles Fletcher | November 11th, 2010

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