I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, social moderates perspective

I have never supported a candidate that received the Democratic Parties nomination for President since Jimmy Carter. In my own defense, I was naive and too young to vote. At the presidential level I have never voted for a democrat and this election was no exception.

While I don't like political labels, if I had to wear one, I would call myself a fiscal conservative and a social moderate. I have been accused of being "conflicted' because despite my candidate losing, there was a large part of me that was happy that the US had elected someone that was not the standard white male (and was not Hillary Clinton). I was optimistic that we could put much of the race question behind us now that we had elected a Black President. I was now concerned that if he screwed it up his election could do more harm to the cause of racial equality.

Why did I not vote for Obama. The answer is simple, he is too inexperienced, too liberal, and wanted to spend too much (how ironic), and I he wanted to pull out of Iraq too quickly.

The big surprise to me is that I have not anticipated a change in administration as I have this one since Ronald Regan took the oath of office and that time my candidate won! So what has changed?
  • He is inexperienced, however the way he has handled himself and the building of his administration had done much to alleviate that concern

  • His rhetoric at least does not sound like a flaming liberal that his voting record suggested

  • He seems to be very willing to live up to his commitment to break this partisan war we have been in

  • He has greatly changed his statements about how he will handle the 2 conficts the US in embroiled in

  • The biggest concern, while he is going to spend more money that anyone could have imagined before the election, the circumstances have changed. These taxpayer monies are going to be spent to stimulate the economy, not by giving checks to consumers to be spent at Wal-Mart but that will benefit the long term competitiveness of the US.
  • Our antiquated electrical grid will be updated

  • Alternative fuels/Energy will be invested in

  • Green Technologies developed

  • Infrastructure repaired roads, bridges, levies etc will be repaired.


These are all initiatives that will put people back to work and with long term positive impact for the US and the world.

So I am cautiously optimistic. I did not vote for him but Barack Obama is my President and he has my support. I don't want him to fail, I want him to be a fabulous success for many reasons.

President Obama we Americans, Republican and Democrat alike, will be watching you very closely. Trust but verify is a smart credo. We are looking to you for leadership. The leadership that will inspire us to make the right changes. You campaigned on change but real change has to come from the grass roots, the coach does not win the game but he prepares his players to do so.

Don't let us down and Good Luck and God Bless.

Peter Zoné

peterzon-378988

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Good morning and thank you Mark Good message, pin-points the real issues of the situation in the US today, and the effects it could have in the long term. Think you also focused on solutions - that everybody can and should do their part. It is always so easy to put the blame on the President, whoever he is. Somehow we must move away for this dog-eat-dog world. Thanks and have a nice day Peter Zoné, Sweden

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Mark Dabbs

markdabbs-94356

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

The US has had scary trends for many years that everyone's known about - from social security and medical care to household debt and government debt. Undoubtedly, the US is not solely responsible. I just had a lot higher hopes that the US would one day take these problems head-on to achieve effective solutions. Throwing money at problems and hoping they will go away, doesn't work. Any financial stimulus must be matched by an equal stimulus of people and policies with demonstrated trends of success to replace the people and policies with demonstrated trends of failure. Median US income is (or was) about $43.6k annually. Average debt per household is about $8.2k (23% of annual income). National debt per household is $36k (83%). Base level taxes are 13%. Social security at 7%. Various state/local/sales taxes range widely. It's pretty darned hard to get excited over a $400-800 tax rebate, when the Obama administration and the Congressional Budget Office is indicating that national debt will increase at at least 4-5% for the next 10 years; that equates to $1,600 per year. Interest rates not included. Of course, we can take the Obama strategy of printing more money, which drives down the value of the dollar. There's distinct threat of many countries dropping the dollar from their reserves, which will drive it down more. Prices will go up as result; and jobs are going down. None of this factors in any of the extreme variables that may extend from the collapse of Pakistan, issues with Iran or North Korea, more financial trouble coming out of Russia, or any of a number of probable natural disasters to take place in the next 10 years. The critical solution to this mess is not going to come from the government, politicians, banks, or mega corporations. The solution come from average individuals bootstrapping their way out of hell - and a whole bunch of them. Now, I know this is pretty extreme - but it's worth considering that if you are truly sick of the way things are in the west, leave! Find a country where conditions are suitable for you where you can have a positive impact; teach others how to do business, work on computers, etc. Just by being an expat, you gain an automatic exemption on a portion of your taxes in most cases. There are nurses in Ukraine for example working for less than $200 monthly, some make that a day in the US. Computer programmers are making $200-300. In short, there are lots of opportunities all over the world if you care to look for them AND help develop them to compete with western counterparts. That's one option. Something far less extreme, is to develop something to the effect of 1,001 ways to help fix the global economic crisis - putting effort into making them solid and complete, and attempt to get this into the hands of people who can put them into motion. This would require a lot of organization to weed out redundancy, research, evaluate, etc. No reason even for one person to come up with one idea each; 10 or 100 people could work to develop one idea. If we can't get 10-100k people to save our collective butts - than we deserve a dog-eat-dog world.

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Peter Zoné

peterzon-378988

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Hello Roger and Danielle Sorry I seemed to stur up some misunderstanding. Not my intention. Regret that you " read my lines" in another way than I had expected. But no hardfeelings. Of course with a population of 200 million people, there are all kinds of people, with all kinds of ideas of how to live/ manage their money etc. Think Danielle put it nicely, a great majority of the voters ( not only in the US) choose their representatives according to " what´s in it for me/ my own pocket book" But still think all Americans, Democrats or Republicans alike, should spend sometime pondering " how did the US get itself in this sticky financial situation?" Then of course - what to do about it. Wish you all a nice week-end Peter

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Roger H Panton

rogerpanton-190373

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I obviously missed the point. My most sincere apologies to both of you. Regards Roger

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Roger H Panton

rogerpanton-190373

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Danielle Please do not fall for Peter Zone's deliberate grammar erors. Roger

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Peter Zoné

peterzon-378988

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Thank you Danielle, by reading your posts I have learnt alot about how the US lawmaking and federal budget process works. You seem very emotional about the subject and have good knowledge about the system. Seems a very strange system. Why should I who is not an American bother, whats is happening in the US? Well, everything that happens in the US effects everybody else. Look at the subprime loan crash last year, really the event that started the financial chaos worldwide. So it is interesting for me to following this thread. You Danielle write the most interesting posts. Have a nice evening/Peter

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Ann Pate

annpate-188532

A profound short little paragraph that says it all...

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it." ~~~~ Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931

1 comments

Suzanne Erkel

suzanneerkel-338239

IWhere is all the Money going?

For everyone who voted for Obama., how do you like him now? Trillions of dollars are being dished out to the wealthy Liberals who voted for him, and campaigned for him. How many of us are seeing any money? Our retirement funds are going to be in the negatives soon. Putting this money in the world, where it does not get spent is going to hurt us all. A loaf of bread is going to cost $40.00 when he is done. Inflation. Where are the jobs he promised? The increases on taxes is costing jobs, as employers cannot pay employees and the govt. too. If you vote in 2010 please replace you DFL represeentative with a GOP, so we can get some balance in the govt. THis is so crazy. Does anyone care that we will be owned by CHina? I look forward to reading the replies. Suzanne Erkel Your Mary Kay Consultant "How old you are is your business, How YOUNG you look is mine!" 612-240-9495 Cell 763-413-1195 www.marykay.com/serkel Shop online and earn 2 points for every dollar you spend, redeemable in cash or product... www.marketamerica.com/suzanneerkel

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Nataly Veremeeva

natalykostukova-167219

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Very smart and clever ideas, Chuck! Fully agree with you. Though not being an American citizen, I couldn't vote for any candidate altogether, I am still watching closely what happends here. So let's watch, take notes, learn the history and politics lessons, and be active to help Obama be great success! One person can't do history, but only united - citizens, nations, countries - we will be a success. Best wishes, Nataly Kostukova Binary Studio Software // www.binary-studio.com Focus on your clients - your IT is our care! address: Artema str., 64/3, UA-83055 Donetsk, Ukraine office: +38 062 305 36 73 mobile: +38 050 17 00 155 e-mail: nataly@binary-studio.com ICQ#: 280112733 MSN: k.natasha@hotmail.com Skype: Nataly_Kostukova

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David Gallagher

davidgallagher-67079

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but..

....going back to the original post, what's wrong with flaming liberalism any how? David www.b2bcopywriter.co.uk www.chapterandverse.co.uk

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Dr. Joe Mwangi Symmon

joesymmon-299642

I vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, social mo

I voted for OBama and I feel great he won. Dr. Joe M. Symmon

1 comments

Steve Pearman

stevepearman-350519

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I did not vote for Obama either. I hope and pray that he will be everything good that his supporters hoped that he would be. There is a lot of things that need to change in this country. If this president can remember that greatest attribute that a leader can have is a servant's heart than we will be in good shape.

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Roger H Panton

rogerpanton-190373

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Charles, Never having been a smoker, I do not understand the concern for them, so no comment there. On the other points; good luck with your monitoring. Regards Roger

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Leanne Watson

leannewatson-205454

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Hi Chuck, I'm not American and so was unable to vote in your election. However it was followed pretty closley by journalists here in Australia. What a great article, I like the way you're prepared to back the leader, even if he isn't the leader of your choosing. That shows a real team player. In defence of inexperience, I think sometimes it's a good thing, particularly if it comes with great heart and commitment, which Obama has shown through your election process as well as through his career and in his family life. I do hope the rest of America follows your example and supports him to create the changes that seem to be in order and I hope the media stick with him as well ... they do seem to have a lot of power to make or break a situation. I liked Danni's comments about how the running partners are chosen were really informative too. Love life and live it creatively, Leanne Watson www.yoursuccessfulmind.com

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Roger Cummiskey

rogercummiskey-320454

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

This thread must stop soon! Original charcoal drawing $570.00 includes P&P. Prints numbered and signed $50.00 - seven only. 12 x 18 inches - 32 x 46 cms. Roger. www.rogercummiskey.com

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winsin wang

winsinwang2-338194

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

dear Chuck happy new year! wish you have a nice day nice business nice fmaily!welcoem to you china! New year gets rich! Healthy! Peaceful! new year! New project new wealth! Fresh target new hope! Hoped that we have more project cooperations - in 2009! my Seller New product : the electricity saving product - miniature commerce projecting apparatus (and handset same size) - electricity warm clothes vest - electricity warm glove - LVD festival electric lamp-Solar energy serial products--Solar energy garden lamp--Solar energy board--Solar-powered water heater--Solar energy battery charger--Water clarifier product -security door lock--The cabinet has---Printing propaganda book - packing production and so on - project! my all --business regards winsin wang www.fit88.com my msn:winsinwang@live.cn

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Johan Markusse

johanmarkusse-141630

I did not vote for Barack Obama either

Hi, I did not vote for Obama either, because he is too inexperienced, and has too many problems to solve. So far he is doing pretty good, although he is changing plans already. But the people have to stand behind him in support and prayer. Kind Regards Johan

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GuruDan Ram

gurudan-400371

The Obama Renaissance...???

In response to the subject matter of this blog - for those interested in a world filled with Obamamania - here's a very definitive prediction. Check out my blog, The Obama Renaissance...???.

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Yvonne Wu Author Assistant

yvonnewu1-268990

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Change is good, I am hopeing that Barack will do one thing that was missing before unite the country. There needs to be more equality and he may be able to bring it. We need someone who has experienced how the poor and middleclass live and can feel for them as well. YvonneW Author Assistant

2 comments

Aqeel Nagi

aqeelnagi-232242

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Again, we have to give Obama a chance in domestic economic policies and abroad. I also feel sorry for Obama’s administration to deal with the huge mess that is left behind by George Bush. Just on the Foreign policies and the hostile situation that we are in today has been building for some time now but it was only George W. Bush and his team of Hawks who radically made it more unfavorable with their one sided views and autocratic, arrogant foreign policies. Points to ponder .......... Obama‘s administration must look into the past and learn from it that at one point we gave millions & billions in money and weapons to Iraq so we can bring down Iran – Result: We created a Monster ourselves and then decided to slay the monster. We are still working on that. Another point in history we funneled millions and billions again to the Pakistanis to create and train a group of fighters (now called Taliban) to fight the Russians, which they did! Result: We again created a radical group who then turned around and challenged the hand that fed them. We thought we could eradicate Taliban in Afghanistan from air with a bombing campaign that the world has never seen before. Result: Only for the Taliban survivors to take refuge in the Northern mountains of Pakistan (neighboring country) and start new nests of terror and now we also have Pakistan (our former ally) infected and on our list of problems. We have to give Obama a chance! And I only hope that Mr. Obama would be more conscience of all these things and above all would use the sentence “by the grace of God” more often in his speeches  than just saying “we will prevail” like George W. Bush. The man I voted for!!!!!!!!! It is encouraging that Obama says that he is willing to resolve issues peacefully because we need a strong and prosperous America that can set an example but strong enough to pick up the big stick as well only if necessary. ~Aqeel~

1 comments

L@i@ Olivier

laiaolivier-401748

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Well, I did vote for Obama and I'm very proud to say I did. He was my first presidential vote. I am embarrased anyone ever voted for George W. Bush and I don't even think he won fair and square to begin with. I think it's wrong for our government to saddle us with any kind of war debt. I am pro peace. Namaste, L@i@

1 comments

Dawn Pigoni

dawnpigoni-365004

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I am still a little uneasy about Obama, but the points that you make, if he follows through, are good. Dawn Pigoni Social Media Virtual Assistant Be Social Worldwide I will go forward in gratefulness and live more wisely in 2009

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Aqeel Nagi

aqeelnagi-232242

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Let’s get real! Our country is at one of the lowest points in American history. We used to be looked up as Leaders and now we are called Bullies. As far as Obama spending more money, it cannot get worst than what it already is….. our children and their children will be in debt if we don’t undo the damage that is already done. Thanks for the post P.S. I am a republican who voted for Bush! ~Aqeel Nagi~ "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." -Charles Darwin-

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Roger H Panton

rogerpanton-190373

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Whilst in the RAF, I met quite a few Americans. In fact, I was a member of the Bedford and County Athletics Club with some of them who were based at the nearby Chicksands Base. One joke that was prevalent among them was that for Texans, Texas was the USA. It probably explains GWB, but I am grateful to GWB because he made Obama possible.

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Filipe AlvesFerreira

filipealvesferreira-182098

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Dear Chuck, Thank you for your article. Your Barack Obama may be the first world President and he has my support as you may see with my proposal for him and his Government Team. I don't want him to fail, so I'm asking him to launch the money datevaluation practice. Because I want him to be a fabulous success for many reasons and I give 2 of them : - Africa cannot sleep for longer ; - People cannot be happy without a personalized motor-for-savings ; - World Economy cannot go on without an investment's substitute . Regards/FilipeAlvesFerreira#4(1942) Filipe Alves Ferreira (1942)

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Roger H Panton

rogerpanton-190373

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Louis Derrick Your comment about "American values" reminds me of a comment of one of the CNN commentators that went somethig like this: "Looking in that Reviewing Room, for the first time, the folks there are truly representative of these United States." Perhaps the values you are referring to have just been updated.

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Dr. Joe Mwangi Symmon

joesymmon-299642

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Dr. Joe M. Symmon Well said Chuck. You are smart to have a change of heart, Even though Obama is not perfect as all of us are, he has inspired us and chosen a great team to help rebuild America and its image around the globe. I appreciate your capacity to change with respect and wisdom. My question is, would you support me to run for a State office next year?

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Dr. Juliet Bucoy

dr-julietbucoy2-312415

There is always a saying... Give him the CHANCE...

Prof. Juliet K. Bucoy, RSW, MSSW, Ph.D Hi Chuck: I appreciate your blog. You are entitled to your thoughts about your President just as I am to my Philippine President- But I was stuck by the last paragraph you wrote -you said that change must come from the grassroots -wow! - I am impressed you speak like us in social development - we always believe that for a country to prosper one must be deeply culturally rooted, abreast with the plight of all stakeholders in suffering and above all must see life's meaning in relation to everything God's integrity of creation. I don't like to sound religious here but I can only say that we have to give him the chance - change is from within and if we contribute towards the realization of what we hope for everyone in the planet, then this will happen. I don't like to be biased about anyone in this world - I see everybody as a child of God - therefore all of us are created GOOD. so I guess decision of pulling the troops in Iraq is a challenge and a major decision he has to take - perhaps that is what he thinks best to promote peace and harmony with all nations. Like I said we are all connected to each other - although you live in the first world and poverty is not felt I would still say that we are equal in many ways - there are innate rights afforded to us - we all have dignity and worth, intelligence and freewill. So even if you say your President is inexperienced but for as long as he makes decisions collegially and decisively with definite data then his decisions will mean prosperity for you and perhaps for us in this part of the globe. To be honest with you, this is the first time ever in the history of America where I have felt happiness and the feeling of I belong when President Obama won - His principles and stance on varied issues resonated on my own perspective of life and issues of humanity. This in him I have appreciated very much. I have tracked his campaigns and his speeches were all delivered with compassion and pride as an American - his down to earth approach have gained much popularity and acceptance for me as a Filipino. Our country have been under America - but through the years I felt that we have not totally gained our independence because in between the relationship of Philippines and America I have witnessed the control of power over us and our resources (sorry no intention to hurt you or any American). I am just being truthful about my feelings. But with the new breed of leadership that is given to America perhaps with high hopes we can see change. This is an opportune time for us to see other people as EQUAL - helping one another towards achieving the best for humanity in this planet earth.

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Keima Sinclair

keimasinclair-364873

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Hello Chuck, I appreciate your expressive and thoughtful message. You just maybe helping someone else out here LOL! "Seeing things in a whole new light can be a blessing unto us". I believe whether or not the President we chose or didn't choose, we have to look at things from a different perspective sometimes with change in mind, even if we like or dislike our New President that governs/run our Country. It may be hard to do, especially if we didn't vote for the one who will be running our country. That's why prayer is key. You'll be surprised... The Bible declares. "Pray for those in authority/leadership"... I trust in God just as our USD's (United States Dollar) says'. "In God we Trust". I trust God that when I pray for my new President that the Lord will lead and guide him in every arena, goals and plans as he runs our Country. I also hope, pray and believe God to strengthen, protect, continue to bless his mind and heart and give him the wisdom needed to make right choices and sign the right needed bills coming ahead. I pray for him to be bold, brave and more knowledgeable, growing from any possible mistakes he may be critisized for. I pray for President Obama's Vice President, Secretary of State, and all those who are working closely with him in and out of the office that he would be surrounded by trust worthy people who lift him up and encourage our President unconditionally. Oh, and most definately his spiritual life to be enriched and encouraged! "Good Health to you Obama". "Do your thing!!!!" I am proud of you, You sure made History!!!! Thank you for posting to your Blog Chuck. >> I appreciate your voice. Take Care! As long as God the creator lives "The Best is yet to come".

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Louis Derrick

louisderrick-59061

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

One has to take but a scant look at history to realize socialism is not good for individual rights, liberty, or freedom. It is also against our Constitution! The spending and socialism proposed by President Obama we cannot afford as a country. The spending literally and socialism philosophically. I don't care about race or political party, what I care about is an individual that believes in our constitution and American values. We have not had this kind of president since Reagan. The words of Thomas Jefferson have never been more true: "In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." Thomas Jefferson

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Sylvia McCormick

sylviamccormick-393697

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I just want to say this, about Barack O'bama and as President he does not have the Power to change anything. -which someone commented on to this blog. I do think that this time It's going to be different, and I tell you why. When he selected those that will work closley with him, (they were sworn in today) They had to agree to do things, with their own style but ,His Way. As far as I Understand, if they do something that is against what he Stands for, He has the right to remove them. That's what I understand to be his Platform and they have all agreed to this when they were chosen. He is very Forward Thinking. thanks Sylvia McCormick

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N'damba Nadege

ndambanadege-372963

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Yes we can, The world with need for Barrack Obama. Nadège

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N'damba Nadege

ndambanadege-372963

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Oh America, I love you for all this joy LIVES Mr PRESIDENT BARRACK OBAMA, lives American, lives America populate American your road is beautiful with Barrack Obama. Congratulation . Nadège N'damba www.nadege-fashion.com nadegefashion@yahoo.fr 0033144640804

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Mariéme Jamme

mariemejamme-226210

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Very good Blog! I have voted for Obama, assisted the Inauguration, and I am extremely proud to be part of this history. We all have our part of responsibility in this world. I am certain that he will not let any one down as he has been clear since day one! People are entitled to have their reservation! But he will sort out the mess his predecessor left behind, unite the nation again and do what he has to do as a man of dignity and integrity. He is the President of all Americans wherever they are! Obama will develop effective communication based on mutual trust and understanding. He knows his responsibility and is aware of his task. Let's give him time to prove himself. I have no doubt that he will succeed. Obama est à la Hauteur! Best Regards Marieme

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Robert Lewis

Westafricaco

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I am not an American, but; I do believe in CHANGE. I would just like to refer you to the story of Dwright David Eisenhower and how he was ranked among his superiors before being made a 1-Star General to qualify him to attend his first meeting of Generals; during World War II. Did you see his outspokenness in that first meeting? Also, did you keep record of what he did leading to the down fall of HItler of Germany, today? At least I did some American and World History. The age of M have nothing to do with the WISDOM of S. You got what I mean? Relax and see; also CHANGE for a "bit". Robert. N.B.: Tell me, if you were to do business in Africa, what business would you like to do? Feel free to let me know, or ask me questions.

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Joseph Gordon

josephgordon-376749

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Chuck I agree and I also did not vote for President Obama either. Since he has won the election and through his inauguration I have been impressed by what he has said and what it looks like he is striving to do. I am a Republican but he is my President and I will support him as long a he continues on the path it looks like he has started down. My hopes are that him and his administration does such a stellar job over these next four years that when time for the next election rolls around I will be one of the first in line to vote for him. Take care and Good Bless. Joe Gordon

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Marco Dor

marcodor1-262901

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I did not vote for Barack Obama, because I am Dutch, but if I was an American I had voted for him. The world needs Barack Obama because I hope that he can help us change the world in a better place. Marco Dor

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Kimberly (Kim) Railla

kimberlyrailla-355387

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Kimberly Railla WELL...I DID vote for Obama...I am a registered Independent....yes, I know what Rush says about Independents! And I think the US needed that so badly to happen. I have ACTUALLY even considered moving back to my homeland !!

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Gary Largent

garylargent-311886

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I support President Obama and all fellow Americans in rallying together to overcome these difficult circumstances. It will be very interesting to see how he specifically proposes to overcome widespread partisanship and brutal economic realities.

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Leon Benjamin

leonbenjamin-15187

Doing better with less

Barack Obama at least recognises the future is about less: Let us dream: A politician takes the side of talking to us about the world as it is, as it risks becoming; he or she forecasts not sweat and tears, but difficult tomorrows; she or he proposes that we talk about it, as responsible citizens, and allows us to perceive robust paths along which to advance, with a smile, towards the era of less ... A less that will consequently take on the character of better. Robert Lion, France, circa 2007 It is not what leaders do or say, but the inner place from which they come. This at the very least is a big departure from the previous incumbent. Chuck - strongly recommend you read this research on Right Wing Authoritarians. Leon.

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Guida Bull

guidabull-115507

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Dear Chuck, Thank you for inviting me to comment on your blog. It is very interesting and I have gained a better idea of American opinion - from those who have not voted for Obama. The way I see / read it is that the American people voted for change. In times like these, depressed economic times, people need to keep their hopes up and motivate them to help turn around such difficult economic conditions. The euphoria of this historic moment marked by such political & social changes, may be the element that America and the World needed to gather the strength and the pace that will be needed to build a better economical, political and social environment. I wish all the best to the new American President and hope that he and his newly appointed administration will have the experience and the wisdom needed to lead America successfully out of this depression, and that perhaps they will become one of the World's pillars in the facilitating of the much needed change of the World's Political and Social scenery in order to unite the World's Nations and People, despite their races and religious differences, for the good of Mankind. All the best Guida

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Ann Pate

annpate-188532

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Chuck, Your comments are very valid and I believe felt by most of us labeled as Conservatives. I did not vote for him either for a lot of the same reasons. However, he is our President and I will support him as an American should support their President and hope and pray for our Country. Ann

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Hassan Soukar

hassansoukar-343502

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Your take on the inauguration of Obama sounds very interesting to most of us who thrive to make a positive change in relation to the USA, and its international policies. I agree with you, it would be a critical challenge for Obama; especially when we are facing such a mulish financial crisis and muddles everywhere through up the world. Hassan Soukar, MD, Luxury World Co., www.luxuryworldmagazine.com

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Engela van Staden

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Hi Chuck, interesting observations, I am from South Africa and people laughed at me in the beginning when I said Obama was going to walk this election, he has all the qualities a good leader should posess and more! I am glad he won, I think America needs change and Obama is going to deliver. How? With the help of America's people, they voted for him and they are committed to his vision. They want it to work, he has their buy in and if you have that you are halfway there! Good luck America, may you always be free! Engela van Staden Accredited Estate Agent Jordan Properties --- Office: +27 (0) 15 793 0471 Mobile: +27 (0) 82 565 3611 http:/rocketseed.saipex.co.za/rs/70m1_t Visit our website at: www.jordanprops.co.za --- ---

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Martin Murphy

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Martin MurphyI hear there's a pond on the White House lawn and a sign on the grass saying "Please don't walk on the water!!"

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Sandy Mooney

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. You have a RIGHT to be here. I hope he does a good job for you guys over there.Wishing you all the best. Kindest regards, Sandy http://lifeisgood.mymaxsystem.com/land5.php

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Ann Andrews CSP

annandrews-72869

He also needs people to support his decisions.....

and some of those decdisions are going to cause pain. Sadly when we elect someone who is different from what we have had before (like post MArgaret Thatcher and now post Tony Blair) we epect them to create miracles and make everything alright for us. They can't - they can only deal with the cards they have been dealt. As humans we tend to expect someone to fix things for us...without realising if things need to be fixed then we will all have to be part of the solutions and share the pain ......already Kevin Rudd (Australia) is being villified because Australia is experiencing job losses - so the Australians are blaming him - not sure what anyone could do given the current circumstances - it is a storm we will all have to ride out......blaming the very person we voted for is fairly futile. ann Ann Andrews The Corporate Tool-box Online Training Resources

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Manoj Chhabria

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Well I dont actually judge so soon. Uptill now Mr.Obama as being respected for his coming and people have faith in him that he will bring changes, but soon the action will prove, who stands for it. Cheers. Manoj Chhabria

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Chuck Zdrojowy

charleszdrojowy-128575

Gordon Wheaton

Gordon you said "I did not vote for Obama either. But I think he might make a better president than anybody else would have done and quite possibly a better president than anyone expects" From what I have seen many people have almost canonized him. A buddy of mine said his mother put Barack's picture above Dr. King's in her business. Yes the moment is historic but what made it historic is what the voters have done. Barack has done nothing really except leave a positive impression on people and won a majority of our votes. How can anyone equate that with what Dr King did? He may yet do great things I hope he does but he has not done them yet. I suspect he will be a better President than what people like you and me thought when we did not vote for him, but there are also many people that have expectations so high that they are bound to be dissapointed when the political realities come home to roost. He is just a man, gifted though he may be, but nevertheless a man that can't get much done if we don't grab and ore and start rowing.

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Ann Andrews CSP

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As a New Zealander

I am PRAYING that Obama is able to undo all the harm Bush has done to the world - it is a big ask but I truly get a sense that if anyone can do it he can. A man for his time alright - ann Ann Andrews The Corporate Tool-box Online Training Resources

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Chuck Zdrojowy

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Philip Schulthies what do you think about the Fair Tax?

Philip Schulthies what do you think about the Fair Tax?

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Greg Della-Croce

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

It is my hope that no one reads this as anything other than my own opinion. I for one did not like any of the candidates from any of the parties. I liked a little about each one. But none had enough quality it overcome their own faults. I am glad, no I will be stronger, I am rejoicing that the American public look beyond race and saw the values of Obama. I agree with you that I did not like many of the things from his background (lack experience, voting record, stance on some issues), but, and this is a big but..... I could not stand the idea that for yet another 4 years we where asked to do the same things that have lead this nation into the mess, domestic and internationally, that we are in today. Will Obama do better? My prayer and my hope is that he does, I am sure that he can do worse, but I think he will have to work very hard at being worse than the last 16 years. Greg Della-Croce PM at Wycliffe-USA Ready Fire Aim Getting the Right Job Done Right the Right Way in the Right Time

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Judith Long

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Great article Chuck. But I did vote for Obama. He is not a savior and he is not a miracle worker but he is a hope that we have not had for a long time. I have lived through many presidents and Pres. Bush was the worst. He spent us into oblivion, got us into two wars (one through lies), has not overseen how the money was spent. I could go on and on....how could anyone be any more liberal? He embarrassed us, lied to us, made fun of us, said he was the "deciderer", had a party and played golf while people were dying in New Orleans...need I say more? Obama seems to be the one person who has enough sense to know that we will all have to work together on getting us out of the mess we are in as a country. I wish him much luck in getting the job done. Judi L

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Maria Hancock

mariahancock-295584

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Moving forward toward new horizons. I say that I am proud of my country for voting this man - President Barack Obama into the primary office. I am a mixed race female and have been to many places around the world. I was so happy to see the president sworn in to day & know that he will carry us through to better days. Ironically shortly after watching the inaugural ceremony I was brought into the office of my white bosses and told that the company was being effected by the ecomony and I was being laid off. I did not feel scared or angry. I know that we have 'choice hope today & not fear'. so as I/we move forward in the next 4 years I believe that many more dreams will come true.

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Myasha Taylor-Rodriguez

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I will speak to the race issue: The world was watching and wanted to see the level of progress we had made here, in terms of race relations. If we spoke on color, it should be noted that majority of the world is of color. I would get comments, as an African American, from Africans and other minorities, about how America was so hypocritical. They would state that if America had really grown since slavery, then America would have more minorities and women in positions of leadership. They would point out how intolerant we are of other religions outside of Christianity. To be honest, I could identify with what they said on so many levels. It's important to see America through the rest of the non-European's world's eyes. Our enemies are often the most honest when they comment on our flaws. If the decision to elect him came from the people from a myriad of demographics, and not the court systems, and we experienced record turnout-then we should all be able to celebrate/appreciate this historic moment. We still do have a long way to go where tolerance is concerned and it saddens me a bit to hear some of these posts. I do feel that we can get there somehow though. Now I truly feel that nothing is off limits for any person in America if one applies hard work and determination to all that one does. Thank you Chuck for your posts, for you seemed to be concerned about the issues and the platform of the candidates.

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Martin Murphy

martinmurphy-148010

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Personally I believe Mr. Obama has probably just ran the smartest campaign I've ever seen which I'm sure more than qualifies him to be president despite his relative inexperience. He seems to have inspired a whole new generation of voters and that can only be a good thing. The fact that a good portion of these voters are young and disenfranchised is even better. As a Uk national and someone who has come to detest American politics under George Bush (foreign policy of course!) on a par with the way I detested Thatcher in the Uk I'm relieved that my long flattened belief in a bit of the American Dream has been revitalised. I think this is a time when I can honestly say "God Bless America". Your voters have just done the image of your country no end of good around the world. Not just by electing the first black president but by saying a resounding no to the failed, insular, detached and disgraceful foreign policy of the last government!

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Jim Ziegler

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I also DID NOT vote for Obama. That being said, he is my president and I am caught up in the euphoria of optimism he brings to the table. He is inexperienced, true...but...unfortunately, we've been screwed over by so many canny, cagey, professional bureaucrats MAYBE that inexperience represents something new and better. YES, he has a tough job ahead and miracles are few and far between. It's NOT racial, 80% of the votes he received were white. Whatever it takes, I will back and support my president and his agenda. JIM

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GuruDan Ram

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

What does it mean for the world ( Canada in particular) now that Obama, the 1st "African-American" male, has been elected President in a majority government. The world is about to undergo a great renaissance beginning in the USA. Great time to be alive and living in the USA - a future to look forward to will include major social and cultural changes to the whole multicultural melting pot that makes up the USA population. Then again, what about a President who is a well-educated "African-American" Muslim male figurehead? What is his agenda beyond the economical disaster that he is currently inheriting from the Bush administration? What does this mean for the population as a whole? What is going to be done with the middle-east crisis? We can ask a lot of questions and point at the the many facets of depravation that exists and, which were allowed to breed within the ranks of the social structure - welfare, poverty, drugs, lack of social ethics, etc... I'm sure you can see the extent of the problems that need fixing. These problems exist even when the USA is experiencing economic boom. The only major change that can be predicted will happen in the "African-American" sector - a change in the mind-set of an evolving cultural group that has been taught to live by other cultural standards. Perhaps now a part of the population mix can finally establish its own cultural identity and fit into the existing social structure of the general population. As for any "socio-economic" changes...??? We'll see!

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Peter Zoné

peterzon-378988

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Chuck, read your blog. Most of the comments I have read, seem to be from your fan-club. I am not a US citizen, so if you think I should shut up, and not bother about the outcome of the US elections, well okey. For me it does not really matter who the majority of Americans vote in, as their New President. You may have any political views you like. What annoys me after reading your blog was that you often say you dislike "Obama because he is too inexperienced." That is an opinion I strongly dislike. Being President of the US is a once in a life time thing. Nobody can really train themelves for the job. Or have you ever heard of a training school for President wannabes?. You forget that Obama has been a Senator, and has also been working with politics on a high level for many years. Do you think, in general, high level managers and corporate bosses (CEOs etc) with many years of University studies in economics, and years of working as managers on a lower level, are doing a good job? Take a good look at the sad state, big companies are in today! The mess in the financial sector!! Do you really think ex.Pres.Bush did a better job the second term, compared to the first? Not all big film stars as for instance Robert de Niro, or Halle Belle do a good job everytime, but often young, inexperienced actors, unknown for most viewers, do wonderful performances. Instead of nagging about President Obamas inexperience - why not let the man have a go at it - give him some time!! Time will tell. There is a saying do not judge a dog by its hair only. Being a newly installed President at this time and age, with the huge problems of today and tomorrow, really takes a man of great courage. Have a nice evening Peter

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Toni Akabogu

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Great you put this on paper and relieved yourself the burden of disbelieve that many Republicans still carry. I salute your courage. Toni Akabogu Webmasters choice of browser better than IE My StumbleUpon Page t:+44 7932423926 http://www.cents4sense.com/bebiz-software.html(Step by step Internet Biz builder) http://www.cents4sense.com( Top Class Affiliate programs) http://tinyurl.com/2poa72( Intenet Top Pick 2008) http://cents4sense.blogspot.com (Intenet marketing tips blog) 'Have been providing online information/interneting marketing since 2000'

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Karen Pierce Gonzalez

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Karen Pierce Gonzalez Public Relations Art, Culture, Community www.karenpiercegonzalez.com kpgpublicrelations.blogspot.com Chuck,thanks for this post. What I find so hopeful about humanity is the ability to be flexible enough to respond rather than react to what presents itself. I,too, had my sights on another candidate (a Democrat), and, yet, when I realize the significance of this choice at this time, I stand in awe of our collective choice to move forward on behalf of social justice as well as economic justice. Thanks for providing this platform for all of us to share our thoughts. Best, Karen

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Ralph Brown

ralphbrown-244239

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

A lot of people voted for Obama just because the Economy was bad. What amazes me is just how few people even the so called experts remember the simplest of rules of economics. I have yet to hear the truth 97% of the homes in the USA are not in trouble. But that is the facts. There are 110 million homes in America. Four (4) million are in foreclosure, check the numbers. The media beat up the economy and produced a panic and made it worse. Don't get me wrong it is far more complicated than that. It takes years for economic policies to create a lasting effect on the economy. Bill Clinton's administration was responsible for several things that made his tenure look good at the expense of tomorrow. Yesterday's tomorrow is today. We are now paying the price for it. 1. Fair Housing Act Boosted Construction but caused bad mortgages to be written sooner or later it will catch up, Guess what it did. 2. Poor management of the Federal Reserve as it failed to raise interest rates in the late 90s. Instead they went down, increasing cash flow stretching an economic boom rather than managing it. Caused Margin buying, and irresponsible credit. The whole reason we have the Federal Reserve is to manage it, they failed in the simplist of economic rules. 3. Bill Clinton signed NAFTA. Guess What Obama is putting the same people in charge of his administration.

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Tom (THE HARRIER!) Brown

tombrown-73368

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Thank God its all over, now lets talk about business asd usual!!! Tom Brown I.Eng, FIET, MInstLM www.ConceptPromotions.com

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clyde beard

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

1 more thing i have to say. barack is no different than the rest of the phony crap on capital hill !

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clyde beard

clydebeard-386703

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

i didnt vote for obama because i feel that every person must in there life must work hard for the things they want . mr obama wants to give your hard earned tax dollars to people that dont want to work and have no shelf accountability for themshelfs. the playing field in this country has been tilted in favor of people that dont have the experiance for alot of jobs they get but they get them anyway . if mr obama wants to make a good president he must get rid of the unfairness and push for the country to be equal . From the bottom of my heart i hope he does well and for the sake of are country

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mark yeager

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

well put Chuck. The man has no resume, stands for all things unAmerican and wants this country to be a socialist one. His followers are Nth generation bottom feeders who don't have the capacity to think through issues and make their own decisions. Rather they belong to the growing numbers of Group-Thinkers....much like a flock of birds or aq school of fish...i.e., if one turns a certain direction the rest follow without questioning the reasons why. This is so much easier than having to understand the real issues that face our nation. Issues like illegal immigrants, border security, capitalizing on domestic energy sources, supporting small businesses and holding greedy executives and congresspeople responsible for and accountable for their misdeeds which bring financial hardship to many innocent people.

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Philip Schulthies

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Chuck, You just had to go there didn't you. Someone had to get me started on politics! It may as well be you. I even wrote a song about the economy, the election etc. Its called downsizin! I think barack will be as good as any we had a chance to vote for, however the thing that really tees me off is taxes. We are taxed on so many different things and it has become so complicated that it is a joke. We now need accountants, lawyers etc just to keep it all straight. Well entertain this, if we just had one tax, a sales tax, which we already collect. we would not have to have property taxes, income taxes, fica, futa, suta, etc. We would not have to do year end tax computation, probably wouldn't need accountants, woudn't have to worry about estate taxes etc. I know it would be very high maybe 23 percent or so but who cares. We pay that much anyway and now you get penalized for working hard and trying to get ahead in the world. They can tax your property and if you don't pay your taxes take your home. Who's home is it anyway? WELL thats not all but I better stop. Thanks for getting me started. Phil

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Marie DeMaria

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I did vote for Obama

The comment has been fast and furious. Remember, watch what you wish for. This is a defining moment in our history where all remember our roots as Americans. This is what we are here for and to unite for a common cause. I may not be an economist or political pundit, but I feel a surge of unity and hope that has not happened in many years. For one, I am focusing on that Unity of Purpose. Together we are stronger than the devisiveness of the past. Marie

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Dr George Kerford

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Dr George B. Kerford, PhD I voted for Barack Hussein Obama with confidence that WE will overcome any problems that face us. This is an opportunity for America to be renewed and a majority of people will make it happen! Dr George www.wapd.org

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Dr George Kerford

dr-georgekerford-400131

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Dr George B. Kerford, PhD I voted for Barack Hussein Obama with confidence that WE will overcome any problems that face us. This is an opportunity for America to be renewed and a majority of people will make it happen! Dr George www.wapd.org

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Julie Armitage

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

If I was an American I would have voted for Barack. His energy and enthusiasm is inspiring indeed, Though there is much hard work and responsibility ahead, he feels like he has the attitude to take the country forward, not a man to agree, yet a man to listen and a president with heart, Good luck America, Julie

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Abhi Sinha

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

HI guys n gals, What ever happens in USA, I will miss my favourate comedian in office "Bush",who else will provide us with early morning dose of anti-dotes from the boring world of International politics. I hope very soon some Nation elects a bush type guy in office,i guess Nicolos is good but may be he needs of a bit of traning from bush,which he can afford to do after the this terms end :) as for Barak goes lets give him some time!

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Alan Bowman

alanbowman-330504

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Hi Chuck Many thanks indeed for your well structured blog and reasoning. As a Scot living in England I could not vote for Barack but must say I am very optimistic about his approach to Green Technologies and Recycling, see my websites and you will KNOW why he is going to be a great asset. Kindest regards Alan www.aspirationalattainment.co.uk www.pawrs.com www.ultragreengroup.com

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Gordon Wheaton

gordonwheaton-294525

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I did not vote for Obama either. But I think he might make a better president than anybody else would have done and quite possibly a better president than anyone expects Regards Gordon

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Sylvia McCormick

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

We The People are so passionate about our Choices and Parties that we belong to, it's great to see and read the comments about this post. Now America has engaged the Hope of the world, and not thru War and That is fantastic. Great post by all, thanks Chuck Z Sylvia McCormick

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Warren Sanks

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Nice blog you started here... Good job! I have much to say on this topic but will only share a few comments... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I did not vote for Barak Hussein Obama, either but... As an American, I am hopeful... As a Black man, I am overjoyed... As a patriot, who truly loves his country and knows what it means to offer your life for your country, I remain ever hopeful and ever vigilant... Obama has socialistic/communistic beliefs/leanings that I do not support. So far he has proven to be a great unifier... The main stream media (you have to admit that they are over the top in lustful love with Obama-mania), Wall Street, and big corporations are so unified behind his message of change and the audacity of hope that they all agree to spend more money (tax payer money) and to pseudo-federalize more industries and raise our taxes... all for our own good. I just wish the government was not so eager to "TAKE" our money in order to "HELP" us so much. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness... Our freedoms will not be lost through war but only if/when we give them up freely... Ever Joyfully, Ever Hopeful, and Ever Vigilant, Warren

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Lynne Brown

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Well done Chuck. It is good that you are optimistic about the future under Obama even though you did not vote for him. I think he will be a great success and I wish all Americans well. What I do not understand though is why you all insist on calling him Black. In SA if a mother is white and the father is black we call their progeny Coloured or of mixed race, they are definitely not just black!. Saying Obama is Black is like telling his mother she had nothing to do with his arrival in this world and how must his white grandparents who raised him, feel about this. You should also not be concerned that if he screws up it could do more harm to racial equality: How can it??? The man is 50% white! Hope I'm not offending anyone here but in South Africa we call a spade a shovel.

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Paul Barnes

paulbarnes3-85409

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Hi Chuck, Nice piece of work. The only thing I really hope that Obama can do is unite the people, not only the United States people but also the World abd bring us all closer to being a World that is peaceful and loving towards each other. God bless. Paul

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Rob Robson

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Obama may be "liberal" - which seems to be a bad word over on your side of the pond - but he knows he has to gain approval for change from at least the centre right (in US terms, because by our standards the Democrats are centre right). In my opinion the US is broken, and the measure of that for me is the sheer scale of inequality. You can'thave complete equality, but when you have a large underclass, who struggle to meet even their most basic needs, you are in real danger. I think the time is right for Obama, but he has a hell of a job in front of him. Rob Robson iStadia.com | Professional and Business Networking for the Sport & Exercise Community Sports Performance |Sports Psychology | Sports Science | Sports Coaching | Sports Marketing | Sports Business | Sports Management | Sports Jobs| Golf Community | Tennis Community | Football Community | Soccer Community | Motorsport Community

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Sigrid de Kaste

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

HI Chuck, fantastic response to your blog. There is really nothing to add from me. I think looking at history, change happens periodecially. There is too much of one thing and when the time comes, people take action for change. How it will all work out, we'll have to wait and see. Obama certainly has a great PR machine around him, he comes across as the real people person, just like Kevin 07 did. Now everything is shaky and of course he gets blamed for it. Keep it up, Chuck! Sigrid :)

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Vicente Riofrío

vicenteriofro-368749

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I did not vote for Barack Obama, because I am not USA citizen. But I am not agree with you Chuck. America is in the Earth Planet. No every body is conservative. We have some flags: Liberal and so on, but they are only that: flags. We need to solve our world problem and this way WE need a flexible man as a leader. Let see, ¿How far can we go by the old way?.

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Helen Elizabeth Howes

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Helen Howes The Power Of Self Hi Chuck and thank you for your kind request that I may comment on your blog, As you know I am from the UK and I feel I have little right to comment on your new leader. I believe your nation is strong and supportive and has my respect at the way you stand together for each other in times of distress. And I believe you will do what is right for your president and show him support when he is right and persuade him otherwise when he is wrong and when you are not sure can allow him the benefit of your doubt. I wish him and your fellow country men and women the power and the strength to stand tall and proud, and above all else that health and happiness will be with you always. Have a great day Helen PS: Please can you send us a new leader too, we are in desperate need :-)

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keng yik chan

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

dont know what to say just say God bless Usa

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Wanda Bruce

wandabruce-321548

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Our great friend, the South African Zulu shaman, or sanusi, Credo Mutwa, has written a poem to express his thoughts on what he sees as the true nature of Barack Obama and the agenda for Africa and the world that he represents. "An actor walks upon the floodlit stage of life wearing a mask of an angel beneath a demon's gown. Pretence smiles upon the crowded hall of life holding out hope as bright as it is false. Son of a woman in whose veins flows the blood of ancient Ireland and dark Africa's plains. You are Obama, nick-named the standing king You are Barack, oh, son born to deceive The suffering hoards of Africa look up to you, See a black saviour where nought but a Judas strides. An entrapper of nations, bringer of dismal war Behind the robes and the nylon wings of hope Oh, may those who look upon you, see you as you are. May those who hope in you behold you as you be A prince deceitful to bring down Africa's shrines A siren who leads Africa's ships onto rocks of obliteration. Your rule my lord will not be one of peace Your reign my king will not be one of smiles Even as we speak in caves both dark and dank Enraged fanatics plot your dark demise They will put around your head a bloodwet martyr's crown. Oh black Kennedy following the one before May God forgive thee and thy fiery spouse As you walk in silence from the stage of life Barack Obama, blessed son, Oh standing king". By: Credo Mutwa

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Roger Molera

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Thank you for asking me to comment on your blog, first and foremost am really proud of the fact that Obama has Kenyan roots!he has managed to achieve a feat which no other indegeneous African American has managed to.For me the quesation whether one voted for him or not is not really important, the fact is, Americans needed change - a change in status quo.Barrack represented the change people could believe in, none of the other candidates did.Ameicans needed strong leadership, more so visionary leadership, because this has been lacking since the days of Abraham Lincoln, and the likes of George Washingtone. Obama has come at no better time than this especially during this current financial crisis.Whether he lacks experience or not he has what it takes to make history again, remember all throughout his life Obama, has been a history maker-that is his track record,read for yourself.The fact he has Kenyan blood in him, you can be sure he will win this race!.The economic problems America is facing is like, a marathon or long disatance race, which only Kenyans are excellent at, that means by the end of his 10 year presidency I predict, Obama would have won the economic race, and put America on the global map again.Kenyans are also known for resilience, industry, energy and hard work-Be sure that is what you will expect from the American President Barrack Obama.I salute you Obama!you have made us proud, you will yet proove again the words of Martin Luther King, that it is not about your skin pigmentation/or rather the clour of your skin, but the content one has in the mind and in his character-that delivers the goods!.I wish the American people and their president every bit of success, you have the goodwill of the world behind you!.I take the opportunity to welcome all Americans to Kenya, to come and see the birth place of the father to their Great and Remarkable leader!you will be inspired by what you see lie your president was! Peace and blessings!

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Siddharth Kalelkar

siddharthkalelkar-306214

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Nicely put Chuck! I think Obama will bring a fresh perspective to what the US is all about.

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Nitin Nanivadekar

nitinnanivadekar-101912

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

The test for Obama is to stand tall in the trying times in international politics, which reflect USA in every way. Yesterday I saw famous MLK speech on CNN. If Obama shows even a fraction of involvement MLK showed, he would drive the world out of many problems.

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Thomas Power

thomas-power-8

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Chuck good to read your POV. Hold onto it. I love Obama and think the USA is long overdue his (and Michelle's) kind of change ...enjoy the next 8 years rollercoaster ...surely he can't be any worse than Bush, the worst President in my lifetime at least since 1964. Thomas Power Chairman, Ecademy thomas.power@ecademy.com +447875695012 Web 1.0 - Find Me Web 2.0 - Join Me Web 3.0 - Follow Me

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Chuck Zdrojowy

charleszdrojowy-128575

I want to thank you all

I wrote this blog, really to get my thoughts organized about how I was feeling leading up to the inauguration and wanting to understand why I was feeling the way I was. Writing it down seemed to help and I decided to post it as a blog here. I have not finished reading all the comments but I want to thank those of you that posted thoughtful replies. I had considered only informing my US contacts about this blog and am very glad I did not leave out the rest of my contacts around the globe. It is very instructive if not surprising to see how much people from outside the USA know what goes on here. It is even more instructive to get a glimpse of how we are perceived. Thanks again.

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Chuck Zdrojowy

charleszdrojowy-128575

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

The fair housing act requiring Jenny May and Fannie Mac to buy garbage loans, Ralph I agree with you on this point. Why don't you blog about it?

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Eben Nelson

eben-nelson-38122

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

3 Cheers to that Chuck Z. I have supported Obama from day 1 but can totally relate to your thoughts. Eben Nelson

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Chuck Zdrojowy

charleszdrojowy-128575

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Donn Thanks for the compliment but honestly I don't think the Republicans have a monopoly on closed minds do you? There has been plenty of partisan BS on both sides of the aisle

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Chuck Zdrojowy

charleszdrojowy-128575

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Interesting insite as it was world war 2 that got us out of the depression and not Roosevelts programs but how can you say it was a mistake. The advent of the world war ended the experiment if you will

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Ralph Brown

ralphbrown-244239

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I did not vote for Obama and I am sick of everyone blaming the wiplash economy on Bush. Our economy is a complicated issue but there are a few obvious issues. Economics 101 teaches us that it takes eight to ten years to see the affects of economic policy. Look back at the 90s and see several items that killed our economy ten years later. The fair housing act requireing Jenny May and Fannie Mac to buy garbage loans, the failure of the Clinton Administration to raise interest rates when the stock market went up by 400 percent. It is very complicated but that killed us years later. And NAFTA Clinton signed it. Now who does Obama put in his team the same guys that screwed it up in the first place. While blaming the wrong guy. Unfortunately I believe many a person thinks with his ears and heart. Obama tells you a lie, and you want to believe it, so you do. We need truth, not lies. Not the same old garbage.

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Gerrick Busl

gerrickbusl-355395

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Something on the order of 70 t0 80% of exit polled African Americans said they voted for Barry only because of his race.

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Chuck Zdrojowy

charleszdrojowy-128575

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Ralph, I did see his official portrait and the lapel pin issues seems to have been resolved. He is wearing it and he has already won the election. What bothered me along the race issues was different. But you might find this observation interesting. The Bubba Vote, that apparently is a bubba, translate Red Neck that no matter what his or her party is will never vote for a black man. Now the Bubbas and the Bubbetts are White. Now while most assuredly there are people that would feel this way and cast there vote accordingly what about the other side of that coin. Ok do you hear it? I am opening the proverbial can of worms......are we to think that nobody voted for Barack because he was not white? What would we call that voting block?

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Birdie Courtright

birdiecourtright-271786

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I DID vote for Obama, although I did not get on the Obama train early on. I do pray for the leadership of our nation at all levels of government. That I hear racial inuendo still coming forth at this point deeply saddens me, and I pray that the people of this nation will reconcile their beliefs with what we stand for as Americans. We are One nation...under God; all Americans--no matter our racial heritage...our deeper heritage is wrapped in the struggles and the successes of more than two centuries that have provided us with freedom and liberty not found anywhere else on earth. That is a great blessing! I look forward to the next eight years of the Obama administration. I am encouraged and hopeful that we will see strong leadership and decisive action to shore up the many issues we face today. Blessings, Birdie Courtright FWSkySpirit@aol.com www.shoutlife.com/birdiecourtright

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Bill Bates

william-s-billbates-340854

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

HI Chuck, You have come very close to expressing my feeling about President Obama. I also am what I call a left leaning Republican, believeing the country has a degree of social responsibility for those who can not defend or support themselves. I have been intrigued with him since he started rising above the horizon politicallly, but was also very leery of his lack of expereince and far to the left liberalism. I must also say I only reluctantly supported McCain as the last Republican standing. Obama is proving to know how to support himself and with the possible exception of Hillary, he is picking a strong team, that provides a broad spectrum of views in key areas of concern. Among other things I am a retired US Marine officer and in a debate with a retired Marine friend who was an Obama supporter, when he was elected, I said now we ALL stand at attention, salute and say yes sir. Let's put the politics behind us, as well as the folks in the congress will let us and just get on with fixing the mess. Bill Bates

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Myasha Taylor-Rodriguez

myashataylorrodriguez-326153

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I enjoyed your post. I voted for him because I wanted a new approach to diplomacy, serious attention directed toward public education, eco-friendly technology, and bipartisanship. As a minority from the deep south, I was excited to seem him elected, as this marks a turning point for America in inviting the much-needed open dialogue of race relations.

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John Madafferi

johnmadafferi-385880

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

For god's sake! What a lot of wind over a Presidential choice, Inexperienced or not, who cares! he is in, he clearly outclassed McCain, again, so why all the concerns. He will be no different to all the other Presidents that have come and gone, he will do some really good things and some stuff ups!! But for heaven's sake, he is only one man, collacting all of the wise men around him ideas, and then picking out a good one according to him!! This is not Rocket Science, and for those so callled Political Experts, Advisers, etc, back off! what would you guys know, have you ever been held responsible for your decisions, I think not!! Political Adviser is a Non Position, and one I would be ashamed to say I was. Same as the Financial Advisers that have put this world into the crisis it is now suffering, who is taking responsiblitity for it! I haven't seen to many Financial Advisers put their hand up lately, have you??? Give this guy a go, and hope to god he gets it right,and if the doesn't vote him out next time, no big deal! Life still goes on!!! John J.Darsp

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John Davis

johndavis5-382304

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Well, I am one of the 58% of Americans who did vote for Obama. I don't necessarily agree with all the planks of his platform. Personally I think Planned Parenthood should be investigated by the Justice Department and I feel it is time for the social discussion to change. Jesus didn't ask his followers to fight for anything and that has to be taken out of the discussion. Respectful disagreements and debate are what we need. But not now. Right now we have a fiscal crisis that needs fixing. It is clear that some old institutions have to go. They need replacement by new ones. I would start with the Federal Reserve. Am I mistaken that we are the only industrialized nation in the world that allows its currency to be regulated by a private corporation? More oversight is needed in their activities. Banks need to be better regulated and so does the stock market. Infusion of capital into the market will help as well. Right now, any job that pays will help. It doesn't matter if they are government jobs. I feel that NASA needs a mission to aim for and manpower to accomplish the mission. I don't care if it is putting man back on the Moon or putting man on Mars, we need something like that to infuse a sense of national cooperation and accomplishment. We have the technology and we can develop new technologies in the process. How much would it help us to clean up our environment by copying technology used in spaceflight and colonization to do the same thing? Can you imagine what we would learn just in the preparation? We need to put people to work fixing roads, bridges and railroads. They have been too long overlooked in the name of fiscal conservative philosophy. I ask you all: What is the purpose of government? Is it not to safeguard the people and promote the common welfare of all? Even the rich need good roads. Religious social conservatives have only got a grasp on part of Jesus' message on social justice. While they are quick to scream "Pro-Life", they advocate the death penalty, war (just or unjust it doesn't matter as long as we are killing for Christ), and the abolition of social welfare programs. So let us say that somehow abortion gets outlawed. Who will provide the prenatal care these women will need and cannot afford? We will need national health care. Then one of the main excuses for having abortions will disappear. Also, National Health Care would eliminate the problem of poorer states not being able to offer adequate Medicaid coverage to the poor as well as help with Medicare costs. We don't need something like they have in England and Canada. The delivery system is fine here in the US. It is just biased to those who can afford expensive health insurance. It would also take the burden of offering health coverage to employees off the backs of employers. If someone does not have to depend on an employer for health care, they can work on the jobs they are best suited for. Even the disabled could work. Businesses would thrive...It is a win win scenario. So, you see a change in the discussion here would benefit all. Only time will tell how good of a president Obama will make. He is beset with critical challenges on Day One. Thank God that the Israel/Palestinian crisis has abated I pray to God he is the man for this hour. John B. Davis Catholic Lay Minister in Peace and Social Justice Peace, Love, Hope, John

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Gregor P. Lehmann

gregor-p-lehmann-358359

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

The clear win of the Presidential elections by Barack Obama was a long time expected win in the history of modern America. From the perspective and simply demographical data this fact is now fact and Barac Obama is the President of the United States. This fact is also hold as huge win by 75% in the scale of the country. There is no more 1% between competitors as usually. The United States after Second Iraq War and NY catastrophe need to have strong President not only just for the votes. There we talking about someone who knows really good all aspects of rule one of the biggest countries on the planet and his citizens. I was counting on Barac Obama just because the both of Americas are changing slowly and it cut be good reason to have him as President for the next 4 years. Of course I am coming from the mining he will be proceeding with all necessary tasks to have USA out from the financial recession and unnecessary war costs. Gregor P. Lehmann ps.happy new year chuck :-)

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Sherri Spence

sherrispence-403958

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Hello, I did not vote on this election at all. I am going to be either very impressed or very disappointed. I know that the president does not have the power to change the country it is the puppet master's that have the control. It is the International Monetry Fund that controls our country and all the other countries in the world. So we will see what there plan is. Positively, Sherri Spence

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Sylvia McCormick

sylviamccormick-393697

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I have voted both Democrat and Republican and I am a registered Democrat leaning towards being an Independent. What troubles me is my perspective of what it means to be a Republican and fiscal conservative. Don't vote for a Democrat, they spend too much money. Yes they have more social programs that help people in difficult positions, Democrats usually try to bring people together and they accept the reasoning that people were created differently. Some with mental handicaps, some physical, most without health coverage, some are without work and loosing their homes, which believe it or not is not new. It's just the magnitude of what is happening now that is the difference. Ok, Cut me some slack, here. I truly am confused about someone who is a Republican, and fiscally responsible. Let's just say for instance. The new incoming President would be a Republican and the outgoing President would be a Democrat. What a mess this Democratic President has left for the Incoming President. He gives more assistance to Business's, He cuts spending by slashing to the bare bone all Assistance Programs for the needy, all programs for single Mothers,all the helping hand programs for Children across America, and he cuts taxes for for the wealthy. He also cuts Govennment spending for the Military and cuts any new Programs for our Vetrans. What then? When it comes time for raises for the Congress and the senate, he never says anything. Now the upcoming Budget for the new Fiscal year is in order. Everyone is now in Profit. Hear me out now. My question is what does he do with the money?. Does he pay down the National Debt? Does he approve any spending on our badly needed infrastructure, or does he take more money to other Countries and build them- up to date roads, new government buildings, and electrical systems and grids? I am serious about this Folks. I am not a newcomer to Politics, I am 70 years old and not an expert by any means. I have been around for awhile and always listening and observing. and voting and hoping that we can get away from the selfishness of our government leaders, and vote them out of office as we did with this election. So what does the Republican President do to be fiscally Responsible? and Conservative. He spends money on alot of things that are wasteful. Why do we have to spend money on new drapes paying thousands of Dollars a pair? What about the carpeting- it's more lush than any of us have ever walked on and what about those new dishes that cost thousands of dollars for dignitaries to eat on. Let them "Eat Cake" on Paper plates. Of course I am just being funny in my exasperation, of how all Presidents spend our money and then tell us to tighten our belts. I am still asking myself why,? With all the cuts made on the back's of everyday hardworking Union People in this country and with all the money saved because of cuts from the budget of every Social Spending for the poor in this country and with all of the Republican Religious Condeming Fiscally responsible pompus outspoken Religious Leaders, is that the poor in this Great Country are going to bed hungry. Mothers and Fathers can't put bread on the table, because the father can't find a decent paying job. These parents go to bed feeling inept because they can't provide for their families and have to work 2 or 3 jobs, just to try to survive. But Religious leaders stick out their chest as if to say God is a Republican. Shameful. Yes I voted for Barack O'Bama and I am Proud of the fact. I have 10 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. I am a White Caucasen female and I could not be happier that a Person, a Black Person, with a great education- could climb the ranks and one day be My President. It's thrilling just to think that maby my great grandchildren will have the same chance that an Illegal Imigrant for a college education. Do I sound Like an angry Bigot. Hmm! What about those that say there shouldn't be an unions.? Hey did you see that fantastic job of Landing that plane in the Hudson River? That my friend is just an example of a Union Worker, the best in the Wold just doing his job. Yes I am extremely proud of the American People, all Peoples Black, White, Yellow & Red that went to the voting booth and put this man into power. God Bless America and thank you. Sylvia Mccormick

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Diane Achatz

dianeachatz-399021

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Diane B. Achatz Independent Wellness Consultant and Lifestyle Coach http://www.MaximizeYourWellness.com http://www.OwningOurDream.com You have but one life; maximize your wellness!

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Kylee Hastie

kyleehastie-400163

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

That is down to the point. Maybe he will be the better President for America this time. Kind Regards, Kylee

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Wanda Cooper

wandacooper-392001

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I ask that all of us keep President Barack Obama in our prayers and ask God to cover him and his family with his love and protection for the many challenges ahead, most of which he has inherited. We as citizens of the United States have to answer the call by helping him to resolve economy issues through our many sacrifices. He cannot do it alone and doesn't pretend that he can. We as the world can come together for world peace and work together to alleviate world issues. Once we understand the impact all of us can have on pulling America out of the 'quick-sand', the better we can feel about ourselves making it a more stronger and honorable country than it was ever before. Wanda Cooper

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Dijana Macura

dijanamacura-352131

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

"There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction" Winston Churchill For the sake of the world prosperity I hope Obama will do his best. Dijana M.

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Zaid Dinally

zaiddinally-269064

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but then again...

...I am from U.K. Besides Corporations, Military-Industrial Complex, and Financial interests decides where Obama's loyalties really lie. Expect more of the same (although President Barack Obama is very intelligent) and will pursue same goals as that of previous administrations from President Theodore Roosevelt onwards. Back to rebuilding the so called 'New American Century' and continuing the vision of Zbigniew Brzezinski.

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Lian Zhen

lianzhen1-323862

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I think that the people of the United States have voted for Obama not so much for a change of politics as for a change of atmosphere, may be the Americans have had enough of the arrogance and bullyboy image of some Americans so far, personally I am sick of the arrogance of some American whites, it is natural that people want some kind of new air to breathe, and Obama is a poet and a philosopher, United States will have a more beautiful look under the guide of a poet rather than a bullyboy.

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Keith Bernhardt

keithbernhardt-399108

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I hope we can get the economy back in shape with jobs and money. The multi billion dollar bailout that Congress appropriated for the banks was wrong. Mainly, because there wasno accountability. I hear the new stimulus plan is to get people to spend money on vacations and discretionary items. I'm all for travel and tourism. However, people need help with mortgages, utilities and health care. I am hoping that we'll get the money to the people who need it.

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Robert Gebbie

robertgebbie-382518

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

The next few years will be interesting to watch, I see a society and world with several problems that need solutions and few good leaders with any real answers. It seems to me that even those who should be the noblest among us (our leaders) are the greatest narcissistic and self absorbed of all.

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Beverley Coy

beverleycoy-344173

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Well said! I hope Obama makes the right decisions and wish him much success. Bev.

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Roger H Panton

rogerpanton-190373

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Not being American, I couldn't vote. I must admit though that I never thought he could beat Hilary to the Democratic ticket. Once he did, I thought he could, not would, win. I am very happy with the outcome and wish him well. Regards Roger Commercial Mediator & HR Consultant Leave the problem to me and be yourself again

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Hal Glascock

halglascock-132772

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Hal at:http://www.easyaffiliatecashflow.com Well, I'm a liberal so of course Obama was a no brainer for me. It was clear from the get go that he is capable, erudite and has a sense of how to use history to inspire the future. And he has some concern for the Common Man. You have listened to Copeland's Symphony for The Common Man haven't you? A representative of the American people needs to be able to communicate. Reagan was a communicator. Obama is too. Renovating our infrastructure is essential to our national happiness. It is easier for everyone to pursue their individual happiness if the trains are clean and run on time. Best, HAL

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Apryl Roberts

aprylroberts-399095

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

It is wonderful to see that someone who may not have originally supported a candidate can be optimistic about their future adn also find some positives to the situation. That is really a testiment to your own character. Although I know that change will not occur "overnight", I am also anxiously awaiting the outcome of this historical election. Peace & Blessings, Apryl

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David Scariano

davidscariano1-394676

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

About the only part of your comments I would agree with is that he is our President and deserves our support as such. As for the rest, I feel is still naive and misguided. His choices for Cabinet level positions are no more than a continuation of the former Clinton administration which did nothing but govern by poll with no core convictions and even less integrity. He is too inexperienced to become the most powerful person on the face of this planet and his liberal voting record is exactly what can be expected to continue. We can only expect him to continue to be the person he has always been and to govern from that same position. His changing in comments about the war in the Middle East is reminiscent of another former candidate from his party that was greatly ridiculed for doing the same, John Kerry. Which leads me to believe that he will say what he feels is prudent to get elected, not the change needed he decries. What it sounds like is the New Deal all over again and if you ask most any ecomomist they will tell you all it managed to do was prolong the Great Depression by about 9 years. Investing in our electrical grid is not a bad thing but, it should not be done by the Federal Government but, by private industry. But, with all of the fringe environmentalist groups opposing almost any and all upgrading of infrastructure and not allowing the new construction or development of any domestic resources that would have greatly reduced our dependence on foreign oil that would have allowed a much more orderly transition to alternative energy sources his plan is too little too late. The need to develop North American resources to relieve our dependance on foreign supplies is where the most urgent need lies. Once that is done then and only then can a reasonable and viable research program be developed to either eliminate or at least greatly reduce our need for fossil fuels. The argument that it would take too long to bring domstic oil to the market are not valid either. It would take far less time than opponents claim and none of what they propose as alternatives even exist yet and will likely take far longer to develop. Once again he will have and deserves my support but, I am afraid that the Media has created an image and expectation that can never be met. I pray for his success but, don't see how he can possibly live up to the hype.

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Lucinda Shore

lucindashore-403680

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I like your optimistic and supportive approach without giving up on your ideals. Thanks for sharing and reminding us we are in this together to make a future for us all. It is good to be an American!!!!!

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Alain Durand

alaindurand-285715

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Many people expect too many miracles from Barack who is hero worshiped. In some African countries, there are hopes visa awarding hurdles will be eased, or even lifted. In Cameroon, some even wild dream Africans will be put on the same level as the Irish, who reportedly can get the "Green Card" much more easely than almost anybody else. I count on Barack in quickly dotting the i's and crossing the t's at least on this issue Alain

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Abeesh Thomas

abeeshthomas-279508

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I think, One of the reason, World hates Bush and Likes Obama, is because World expects Obama to meet their own selfish motives and Obama may goto that extent of accomodating the desires in order to be nice to everyone. www.ThomasEcafe.co.kr Connecting Corea, Connecting the World

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Ken Brody

kenbrody-333446

Our politics are roughly the same

So far Obama has shown intelligence, a good choice of supporting staff, political savvy and nuance. I only hope he also has common sense. I dare you to answer all these comments. What you solicit is what you got.

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Vikram Chari

vikchar-22873

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Openmindedness is the key to a successful democracy...especially the US of A. Vikram

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Alain Durand

alaindurand-285715

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Hi Chuck Good to read since it's backed by very sound reasons, I was myself for JohnnyMac, even though I thing he should have picked up either Carla Fiorinna or Meg, who has set eBay on tracks. I fear Barack will re-enact Jimmy Carter, especially on the diplomatic side Thanks again for the invitation in viewing your blog Regards Alain

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Kenneth Sprang

kennethsprang1-327560

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I appreciate your observations, Chuck. I did vote for Barack Obama. I am a lifelong Democrat, but this was the first time since the 1990's that I voted for my candidate with enthusiasm rather than against George Bush. Charles Krauthammer, the conservative columnist, who supported McCain openly, recently noted Obama's superior intellect and skill. he acknowledged that they may disagree on policy, but Krauthammer strongly indicated respect for Obama's abilities. I find that heartening. George Will, who hosted the dinner party attended by Krauthammer, Obama, and conservative columnists, ehcoed additional thoughts. One of them observed that he reflects what his opponent or adversary is saying, affirms that he understands the point of view, lays out his own point of view, and then looks for common ground or compromise. Recent polls suggest that many Americans are heartened by what they have seen in the transition. Sadly, he faces the biggest challenges of any President in decades. He will either be wildly successful and will be reelected in four years by a huge majority, or he will be a one term president. I cannot imagine being in his shoes with this economy, two wars, and more conflict in the Middle East.

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Louise DiSclafani

louisedisclafani-393210

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Chuck, I share some of your points about Obama, also did not vote for him. After all is said and done, this is the United States, fortunately, and we have a history of supporting our elected officials. True, we wait to see what they do and don't do and how that mixes with our own values. But we can still debate and question, we have channels to use for these questions, without fear of retribution.So I am using all my freedoms that allow me to observe, speak about, question and evaluate how he performs. But I think we need reminding of one very inportant component, he is one man in a process. We need to also hold that whole process of elected people to the fire for their performance in everything that we are facing and seeking solutions. Louise

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Diane Achatz

dianeachatz-399021

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Nicely put, Chuck. This country needs change, certainly, but now more than ever we need accountability. I'm tired of reading of promises that are not kept; I'm tired of the lack of accountability regarding this country's bailout. I want to receive more than an "IOU" from the State of California come tax time. More than anything I want all of the CEO's who are still out there sitting on their very well-padded bank accounts to get real! I'm tired of their greed and their arrogance. I agree, Chuck, Americans are going to be watching our new President very closely. God Bless him, because he's going to need all of our prayers when the people who sit around and criticize get all wound up. (Ever notice how those who complain the loudest often can't make it out of their homes to vote?) Mr. Obama has handled himself admirably since the country's most recent downward spiral. I'm watching him with cautious optimism, but optimism nonetheless because I think he has a real chance to affect the change he espouses.

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Mark Wiggins

mdwiggins-31191

Barack Obama : the Loneliest Man in the World

http://www.ecademy.com/node.php?id=98194

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bernard padoy

bernardpadoy-99327

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Plato used the phrase in The Republic, 360 B.C.E, "I will tell you, Socrates, he said, what my own feeling is. Men of my age flock together; we are birds of a feather, as the old proverb says;"

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Solveig McCormick

solveigmccormick-330857

Well, I was not there but it was interesting to watch....

"Turning contacts into contracts." I have one question for a lot of people: Why is there so much focus on his mixed parentage which is actually irrelevant? He seems to be young and bright and idealistic and that is a happy thing to be. I will be watching the inauguration tomorrow and also will be very interested to see how it all pans out with him at the helm. What ever his name or his parents' background; Barack Obama is American and loves his country. Solveig

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Vicente Manuel Prieto Rodríguez

vicenteprieto-313564

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Hi Chuck. Let´s see, I´m cuban. All administrations of EE.UU took a hard polity against my country and the blocade for more 40 years it´s a fact. I guess that the change could be good, but, the positions of Obama it´s not clear. Cuban people have not expectative with the new President, he represent the interest of their political managers, the cuban community in Miami is strong, they gave votes, and they have a visceral hate to Cuba. I would like said that Obama bring a real changes, but I remember Carter and Clinton, they had been soft and nice with my country, but, in theirs goverments periods the Torricelli Law and Helms-Burton Law took high levels, and my people have a pain yet. I wait for time. I will see what Obama do in front of claims of cuban community in USA. He´ll take off Guantánamo? He´ll change the agresive policy against my island? I don´t know. I just wait. Best regards Chuck, and have a good day.

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Sharon Williams

sharonwilliams3-402492

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Chuck, I didn't vote for him either and I still have people sending me emails about what they think he will or won't do. Since he is going to be with us for a while (smile) we may as well pray that he does something that will make a positive difference for Our country. Keep the faith! Sharon Lea, The Healthy, Wealthy, Wise One http://www.myberrytree.com/bt81113

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Edwin Richmond

edwinrichmond-378832

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Chuck, base on your reasoning i have concluded that you are a mature man and you sound very wise in the position you have taken after not voting for Barack Obama. The world need more people like you. Edwin Richmond

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Rolf Kellner

rolfkellner-153832

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Sorry, but a President who wants only war and destroy our Earth can be experienced as he want, he is a Idiot like Bush !!! So for the Rainforests on our small Earth which are the lungs of you all, who dont like President Obama (if he hasnt a contract with the Lobby...) please think about your own LUNG and breath .... if you still can ! We will make the Change ! Kindest, Rolf

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Marc Shaffer

marcshaffer-273453

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

At least you are open minded. That puts you ahead of many of the Ostriches in the US. Sincerely; US DataVault, Inc. Marc H. Shaffer CEO Snail Mail: Box 33, Nashville, TN 37202-0033 Email: mhs@usdatavault.com URL: http://www.usdatavault.com Telephone: Sales: (615) 364-9442 Office: (615) 596-4898 Fax: (615) 523-4898 Your Virtual Safe Deposit Box

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vikas singh

vikassingh-104557

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

vikassingh(sd)interesting GOOD WILL AMBASSADOR OF 63 COUNTRIES WHO BORN AND BROUGHT UP IN INDIA

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Marcel Verholen

marcelverholen-398698

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I think Barack Obama has a job which is almost impossible and therefore he is the right candidate to take up the challenge. Because to become the first black President ment that he worked like hell. And that is the one thing you can expect from him. Instead days horsebackriding on a ranch in Texas. I hope that he gets the time to make some changes although It will be very hard. Beginning with changing from oil and old car (pick-up) industry to real energy alternatives and electric cars or highly developed cars which use a hack less petrol. This will result in jobs and oppertunities for growth. Good luck for him and his team to make a difference compared to the last administration. Regards Marcel Verholen

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Donn Kizzee

donnkizzee-273341

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I appreciate your willingness to approach the next 4 years at least with an open mind. It is a trait sadly lacking in many of the spokespersons affiliated with your party. I believe your party needs in order to broaden it's appeal and based as your leaders have stated need to adopt less of the dogmatic rhetoric that it evidenced in this election.

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Peggy McCoy

peggymccoy-362334

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Thank you for inviting me to your post. It is well written and thoughtful. I did vote for Obama and I am optimistic for the future. I hope that the majority of those who did not vote for him will be as open minded and supportive of our new President as you. One person alone cannot achieve the change we seek and need. It is up to all of us to make this nation strong again.

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Marie DeMaria

mariedemaria-393084

I did vote for Barak

I forgot to state I did for for Barach Obama Marie DeMaria

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John Ellis, CPA

johnellis2-69454

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

While I agree that he does not appear to be as scary as he was during the campaign and some of the spending he is proposing will go to important things like infrastructure, the amount he is going to spend is way more we can afford. I see the US making the same mistakes that Roosevelt made prior to the start of WWII in response to the depression. I am convinced as a result of the enormous deficit spending; within the next four years we will see double-digit unemployment with double-digit inflation. My concern is that it will take a long time to recover from these mistakes.

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Marie DeMaria

mariedemaria-393084

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I meant to comment earlier, but the computer would not type in this box. If experience breeds what we have all been through, my God, I am for inexperience. It does not matter your party, what we are is one nation and we should all work together to be one nation. One people. It is time now, to work to put aside our difference and be one United States. The problem that happens even with nations that are giants are that they fall from within. I agree with you as far as working as a team, don't hedge your bets just yet. I feel that better days are coming. Marie DeMaria

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Chris Maisey

chrismason1-177955

I did not vote for Barack Obama

.....as I'm the UK ...but good luck to y'all but I cant help thinking that its just a smoke screen for,if i dare say it ! Opening the door to the new world order ! We'll see ! Chris Maisey Telemarketing in Bristol

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Neil Jones

neiljones4-178084

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Because I don't get to vote in the US, I am impressed with the way he's picked his cabinet, particularly with his handling of Hilary Clinton. Let's hope he ia as good in action as in planing.

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Marilyn Meredith

marilynmeredith-308841

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I am hoping and praying for the best. I agree with whoever commented that the media was clearly one-sided when it came to how they interviewed Barak--but he's our president now--I'm praying that he will do well, and be safe. Marilyn http://fictionforyou.com

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João Casaca Rodrigues

joorodrigues-295772

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Hi all, I believe in change. I believe in Obama. I believe I'm not wrong. However if I'll be disappointed I believe that life will proceed. Best Regards, JMCR

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Mike Groves

mikegroves-43013

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I'd just like to add a completely different thrust here. George Bush had a job to do and he did superbly. It takes great skill to create that kind of a world wide mess in onlttwo terms in office, and I believe that Bush had God on his side. Note - God is not necessarilly on the side of the USA. During WW2 everybody despised Hitler, but without him, we wouldn't have the UN, Nato, or The European Union. It may be that Obama has been selected to screw it up even more completely, but it may equally be that he was chosen to become the saviour of the World Either way, it's impossible to judge history before it has happenned; all we can say for sure is that it's too soon to say. As the reality of planet Earth is to be a school for souls, what is your soul getting out of this? With Love, Mike Groves

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Marzena Melby Twin Cities Homes

marzenamelby-263211

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Hi Chuck, here's my thought: I too want Barak Obama to succeed. After all, this country has been in need of good, strong leadership for the last few years. I want us to be proud to be American again. I want us to enjoy life and to have peace in our hearts rather than to struggle and fear of uncertain future. Let's all pull together! It's time to roll up sleeves and get to work - seriously! Marzena Melby

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Terry Armstrong

terryarmstrong-376282

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Positive insights are more empowering than we sometimes perceive them to be. I too am a defender of the independent party (per se). Let us all pray that this administration stay linkedin with God as they begin to unravel the mess. Let us all be mindful that one slip-up could cause chaos amongst the citizenry.Mr. Obama has implemented a strong force of a Cabinet - they should be able to manage a degree of success for this country. Let the citizens keep the administration lifted up with our prayerful support. Terry Armstrong Dallas, Texas

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Eula Clarke

eulaclarke-84390

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Regards Eula

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Keshia Morton

keshiamorton-398976

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I'm glad he's in office. His integrity and beliefs will take us through the next years. With our hands in to help. This can't be done alone. Chuck, I respect your thoughts and for sharing with us. It really puts the race, culture, ethnicity card on the table. Lets talk about it so we can focus on the bigger goals and get away from fear. Stay positive and work hard. Keshia Morton Design Professional 302.325.2324 www.photokutz.com

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Eula Clarke

eulaclarke-84390

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I am please for Barack and for the vote for Black people to now be looked upon that we can achieve what we set out .. an YES WE Can do anything . Good luck to all the people in the USA and to everyone who want and need change... Regards Eula

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Pradeep Chakraborty

pradeepchakraborty-159706

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Great post Chuck! :) Obama is already facing a lot of challenges as he's about to start! The entire world, not only the US, will be watching him! Expecting too much too soon, shouldn't be the order of the day! :)

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Kintinou Andre Ndecky

kintinou-andrendecky-392907

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Kintinou Andre ndecky The USA is th leading country of the world. The first powerful country in economy, finance and military aera. For this reason whenever a crisis arise in this country it spreads around the entire world. Let us recognize that Obama had been elected according a clean economic and political program and that progam at least gathers 75% american citizens. Of course the bargain is heavy in accordance to the bad economic harships the U.S.A are facing. but many schemes like the famous american fighting spirit will, i think help him to overpower this situation in the scales of time . Americans themselves must unite like one person and sustain him if they do not want to perish. I want to tell you that experience you are putting stress on is useful for whoever wants to perform good things . But let me remember you that it seams to me that Obama is a wise man . And if he lets wisdom leads him ,he will surely succeed to restore hope not only to American people but to the entire world who is starring at him. As a Senegalease christian i do not have any doubt of the LORD mercy and his unsuspected and powerful help during his mandate.

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Lionel Basque

lionelbasque-384069

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

For now Obama could be the only one who could get things done because he doesn't do what the others are doing which is to be no action at all when times come. He is not afraid to be himself and being different. He will represent the minority ( balcks, asian, mexicans... as well as the white people of America and will not make any or at least less discrimination as others did before him. He has the magnetism effect to attract people together for common actions. I am not american but canadian and follow my neighbour closely, their actions will have some effects on us. May God help him and the people of America to be more friendly with other nations. best regards to all of you lio Lionel Basque Instructeur CCNB PA Paquetville, NB Canada E8R IJ7 tel: (506) 764 2509

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Kevin Hodge

kevinhodge-317292

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

It also makes the rest of the world feel at ease that we have our 1st Afro-American President. No more stogey, lecherous white guy.

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Mark Wiggins

mdwiggins-31191

For those who wish for a George W 3rd term

Let us reflect on these words of wisdom from the great leader... "There's an old saying in Tennessee -- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee -- that says, fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again," -- Nashville, Tennessee, September 17, 2002 "I want to thank my friend, Senator Bill Frist, for joining us today ... He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me," -- Nashville, Tennessee, May 27, 2004 "I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office," -- to Israeli journalists in Washington in an interview published May 12, 2008. "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we," -- Washington, August 5, 2004 "For a century and a half now, America and Japan have formed one of the great and enduring alliances of modern times," -- Tokyo, February 18, 2002 "Thank you, Your Holiness. Awesome speech," -- Washington April 16, 2008 to Pope Benedict XVI. "I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office," -- Washington, June 26, 2008 "I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully," -- Saginaw, Michigan, September 29, 2000 "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country," -- Poplar Bluff, Missouri, September 6, 2004 "It would be a mistake for the United States Senate to allow any kind of human cloning to come out of that chamber," -- Washington, April 10, 2002 "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" -- Florence, South Carolina, January 11, 2000 "Those who enter the country illegally violate the law," -- Tucson, Arizona, November 28, 2005 "I want justice. There's an old poster out west, as I recall, that said, "Wanted: Dead or Alive," -- Washington, September 17, 2001 "Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists," -- Washington, September 20, 2001 "My fellow Americans: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended... The tyrant has fallen, and Iraq is free," -- USS Abraham Lincoln at sea off the coast of San Diego, California, May 1, 2003 "There are some who feel like -- that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring them on," -- Washington, July 2, 2003

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Helene M Silverstein

helenesilverstein-384068

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Welcome to the bright/right side of politics, Chuck. I was a Hillary person all the way, so Barack had to really prove himself to me as I was not originally sold. In fact, to this day I still hold Oprah responsible for turning the Democratic party from Hillary to Barack. But with all that being said, I am proud of what I've heard and seen so far, from not only Barack, but also his wife and children. They give all Americans something to aspire to and I have a great deal of hope in his promise to turn America around. However, as we all know, it usually takes an incoming president 3 years to undo all the screw-ups from the previous administration -- and as Bush has been pushing through all of his executive orders -- right up until the very end -- that only hurt the middle class American, Barack really has a great deal to overcome, and undo, before he can really begin to institute his initiatives to better America. All the best- Helene helenems@embarqmail.com

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Karlene Anderson

karleneanderson-285872

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

I'm sure a lot of people are thinking the same thing as you, but you are actually saying it which is good. The more viewpoints out there the better. I did vote for Barack Obama, which was a difficult choice as I am a younger woman and for the first time had the choice of voting for a woman. I'm just glad there are those choices period. "I sometimes wonder if it's true, that who is what and what is who." A A Milne

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Nick Braak

nickbraak

I DID vote for Obama!

As a light snow swirls around the hi-rises here in Manhattan things are fairly quiet. In a good way. Change is in the air. I can feel it, you could to, if you were here. Tomorrow we shall watch, embrace each other and be inspired. Yes some are bitter, some feel excluded, some are scared. Scared for their country, their way of life, themselves and their loved ones. One can only hope that they too will embrace change, and become fearless. Nick Braak In New York City

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Stephen B. Henry, PhD.

stevehenry-227508

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but... A fiscal conservative, s

Well said. And it obviously reached the hearts and minds of a few... no doubt many more than have posted here. And, as much as good leadership is needed at this critical juncture, equally so is good, open, and fair, communication between those on both sides of the numerous issues to which we must now attend or fail, otherwise, as a nation. The attitudes and opinions expressed here represent a first step, hopefully, in the right direction. Steve/wiz Rev. Stephen B. Henry, PhD. Our Hutch Web Services Main Street Mall Online

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Dan Schlemeier

danschlemeier-393135

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I believe that many Americans voted for him thinking that he can have a major impact on our economy. Many of the things that he wants to accomplish and that everyone would like him to accomplish will not be possible. Many naive voters voted for him placing too much hope in a man that will not be able to deiver. Our country has an interesting next four years ahead of it and I don't believe the same Americans will be running out to vote for him again in the year 2012. God help our country and the next four years of politics here in the United States!

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Jim Willet

jimwillet-240141

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

no comment.... Jim

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Jenny Stone

jennystone1-241162

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Jenny's VA Services Mobile: +27 83 677 5356 E-mail: jennystone@vodamail.co.za As a South African, neither did I vote for him although I would have if I were American. Not because I know all that much about politics, but I liked his face. He is always smiling and very open. The little I have seen of his family is that of a happy, caring family. I saw his wife paying attention to their little one last night at the Concert. She was looking right at her and you could see that this little one had her mom's full attention, never mind everything that was going on around them, which says a lot to me as a mother. I wish Mr Obama all the very best and I hope and pray everyone gives him the support he deserves.

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Karen Hanson

karenhanson1-328743

Going Forward ...

Interesting statements from someone who didn't vote from Obama. Good to know that there are those that know their candidate didn't win, but who are positive about everyone working together and having a positive attitude going forward. _______________________________________ Karen Hanson VMdirect Independent Affiliate Virtual Media Consultant www.NewMillenniumBroadcasting.com

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Nicole Rees

nicolerees-220267

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Hi Chuck, Thank you for sharing your thoughts and reaching out. In my opinion the crisis not only in the US is not only to be measured down to the governments. Certainly Obama has internationally made a good impression with non-irritating and a more diplomatic tone towards the areas of war and crisis in which the US was / is involved. Alot of the money went to those expenses. It is good to support your president and the campaign for change .. it is time to get the US back to the true dream and not the misery where it is currently in and a lot of dissilusioned Americans sense that more responsibility lays to focus on the domestic problems as well as carefully interoperating with partners and allies to a better world economic and environmental climate. My best wishes and may God bless, Peace and true effort in this sense.. Nicole

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Irina Bulanowa

irinabulanowa-122054

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Where is the hope, there is the way! So God bless those who gives others a chance and trust their good will.

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Soualiho TOURE

soualihotoure-389078

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Hi Chuck, I did not vote for him either, but...because I was just not entitled to. I am African. I do really appreciate your way of handling the matter because political subjects are often very sensitive and people easyly lose their temper and control. What I'd like to say is that in my opinion, Barack Obama's presidency could put an end to the more or less overt civilian war between American related to racial issues. I hope he will be able to give hope to every american. I don't care the racial origin. And besides the political chapels, may he be able to bring in economic relief to this great country of yours. And give a deap and refreshing meaning to the timeless worlds of Martin L. King...I HAVE A DREAM... Let then all the people of goodwill land a hand to help him and the American people. Anyway, you did a great job with this thread. Soualiho TOURE http://www.eLearningEdge.c.la http://www.awaken-the-leader-in-you.blogspot.com http://anything-fast.c.la

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Mack Perry

mackperry-277317

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

William M "Mack" Perry Atlanta Real Estate While I did not vote for President Elect Obama, enough people did so the he will be inaugurated tomorrow. I have no ill will toward him and I certainly wish him well. May God bless him and may God bless the United States of America.

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Chris Aguilar

chrisaguilar-397268

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I would have if I was a US citizen because he seemed like the best candidate for the job. I am a Jamaican and our Jamaican motto is "Out of Many One People". I grew up accustomed to being one, regardless of skin color, or race, or religion or any other label. It seems as if the US has suddenly taken one almighty leap forward. Every American, regardless of political opinion or any other factor, needs to unite behind him in what is a time of crisis. No matter how good he is, one man by himself can not turn everything around. But he is sure going to lead in the right direction, and if the people of the US unite behind him he will be very, very successful. Chris Aguilar chris.aguilar@breezeemail.com http://www.breezeworld.com/tour/cama

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Graham Hunt

grahamhunt1-182003

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Wow I have only read the first dozen or so comments because I suspected that my sides could not stand any more from laughing. This one has brought out a few of the nutjobs hasn't it? I like your original post Chuck, it is good to admit things and stand up and be counted like you have, but some of the noise in here is horrible. From a UK/Spain perspective I certainly hope that Obama is successful because you have had a litany of presidents who have done nothing to add to the States' worldwide reputation whilst at the same time allowing your country to be destroyed inside through rampant fundamentalist capitalism of the worst sort. If you don't believe me take a look at the country around Detroit and the rust belt and see what it can do to a place and then go a bit further south and see how New Orleans has not recovered from Katrina and Florida is bearing up under the hurricane that is the credit crunch. The States doesn't like big government perhaps but it has certainly needed some recently rather than being left to drift and fail in major parts. Hopefully the infrastructure improvements, the emphasis on a society rather than laissez faire individualism and the new wave of hope you have will get the country going again. However, I fear for his government as the situation they are inheriting is horrendous and it might take a lot more than four years to get out of it. Would he get the blame for Bush's failures and fail to secure a second term? Good luck to all of you, even the most extreme who have shown themselves to be really incoherent on this thread.

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Sar Soejadi

sarsoejadi-369963

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I am Indonesian, but I like Obama

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Greg Drozd

gregdrozd-389107

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Wow Chuck...lots of response on this. I simply want to echo your sentiments. I too voted for Jimmy Carter when I was too young to have an informed political view, but since then I have voted on what I believed to be the merits of the presidential candidates. It just so happens that has always been Republican. I have never seen such a vicious or biased media and those who would support it in my entire life, but be that as it may, one president retires while the next takes his seat. It's pretty amazing. I want Mr. Obama to succeed, and I am confident that he will in many respects, but I also believe his idealism will eventually erode and give way to the pragmatic and it will be business as usual in DC - not that that is a good thing, we need reform. I don't know what his policies will be, but he has proven that he can motivate a group of people to do some extraordinary things - especially in raising funds. That's the calling of a "community organizer".He should then look at this squarely and say, if these folks can donate $150 million to sponsor a celebration, could they not donate so much more for the benefit and the welfare of the needy, impoverished or disenfranchised? How do we justify such an historic expense without realizing it could be better spent? Like a hollywood celebrity selling their baby pictures, this amount of celebratory money is almost obscene. Don't get me wrong, I think people like Oprah do a world of good for those not as fortunate, but I also can never understand - even if I could afford it - the vanity of $10,000.00 designer purses, when managed properly that same money could be well spent helping a single mother or a family struggling to keep their home. even $1 spent on such vanity is too much when there is such great disparity. So I call on Mr. Obama to cap his "party" spending at $50 Million and turn the rest of that money over to the federal government or charitable organization. Oops, too late. Putting my rhetoric aside, President Obama will have to do better than this if he is a true champion of change. Withsome thoughtful reflection, I'm sure he will. God Bless America, and my president, Barack Obama. I will be cheering for him.

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Ari Casper

aricasper-388700

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

We all are optimistic about the new set of eyes to look at the nation's problems. Mr Obama is no fool. His election was not a sweeping mandate to move the country to the far left. He has to be the President of the USA, not just the Democrat party. If the Congress pushes too far to the left, and too close to socialism, they will not be able to hold the Congress for more than two years. I am fully optimistic because the American system works. If the banks start lending for comercial development again, the economy will turn around. If the banks don't start lending soon, the country won't be able to come out of the depression it is sliding toward without a big war. History repeats itself. I am hopeful that he will do a wonderful job of governance. He has a chance to become a great man. I sincerely hope that he is able to accomplish that lofty goal. Ari Casper, MFA, PhD, CIPS Candidate Designated Realtor,Broker Petro Business Services, Inc www.PBSGA.com Ari@PBSGA.com

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Doug Picirillo

douglaspicirillo-103372

Leadership and Hard Work

Absolutely agree, Chuck, "we need leadership that inspires the rest of us to do the hard work ahead." To fix the mess we are in, we all have to roll up our sleeves and think about what the slogan "Yes, we can" means and how we means everybody.

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Dale Furtwengler

dalefurtwengler-382860

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Dale Furtwengler Chuck Z, I am a proponent of Brack Obama even though, like you, I've voted republican in most elections. My reasons were number one, that experience is an often overrated measure of success. If you'd like more information that thought I wrote a piece entitled "Give me experience or give me???" and posted it on my blog at www.furtwengler.com/theinvaluableleader/ The second reason that I came to like Obama is that he's open to talking to anyone. His philosophy is how can we find a solution if we're not talking. This is significantly different than the approach in recent administrations and one to which I personally ascribe. He also had the personal strength to tell the American people what he believed despite the fact that it wasn't popular. When Hillary Clinton and John McCain were suggesting cutting gas taxes during the summer months to make it easier for Americans to go on vacation, Obama was the one who said that the approach was not what America needed. Finally, during the debates he aluded to trouble spots like Iran and shared some insights into how we might approach them to get them to stop their nuclear efforts. The suggestions were simple, practical and could be implemented quickly. Those are my reasons for liking President-elect Obama. I share your good wishes for him in his new role. Best wishes, Dale Furtwengler

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Tammy & Jeff Bowers

tammybowers-303657

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Tammy & Jeff Bowerswe did not vote for President Obama, but feel that things are already starting to change! You can feel it ...the spirit of the country is being moved and shifting, standing beside him and support him because he is OUR President is what we all need to be doing at this point. I also agree that I think that Bill may have been a better candidate than Hillary though I admittedly was hoping to see a woman President in my lifetime so I still have time to see one, though Hilary is smart I think her attitude needs adjustment at times. And I also agree that Bill Clinton, was an incredible speaker, engaging and uplifting...and I am seeing that with President Obama too... I hope and pray that all that he believes and how he can change the nation will come to fruition. I also hope that his cabinet and the other parties can all come together and agree its time to come together. Its time to show other Countries that we can work together as one. Reality is Its all going to take time, he has already admitted he will make mistakes, letting us know is a step, that no one is perfect so we have to assume there will be some, but hopefully not as many as before, though for most Presidents its the information that is given which helps make decisions, so hopefully no one will be crazy enough not to provide truth. There comes a point where whether you are Democrat of which we are or Republican to come together as one! Reality again is hey We are ONE Country and should show other Countries that we can stop all of our quarreling with each other and that what we are versatile, caring, supportive, thriving, growing, improving people and rich in hope! He is our President and this is history not because he is black & white but because the young people are now caring about politics and have an interest in their Country, because change can be good and agree its something for all of us to what, wait and see but be supportive during this time too! I have to say the Robin Williams video was great! Have an incredible week, enjoy the day tomorrow and lets all come together and pray for our country...we will achieve, we will become better and we will unite as one!

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Alan Edwards

alankelsky-46076

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Chuck, It's great that even though he wasn't your candidate, you will support him and hope for Obama to succeed. I don't think that in the history of the United States, any president has come into office under more difficult times. While he and his team have been trying to lower our expectations of what can be done and how long it might take, I fear that we the people, who are for the most part wanting him to succeed, are setting him up for a perceived failure. Most of America is suffering from economic and/or war fatigue. While we say now we will give him the time he needs, he warns us that things may get worse before they get better. If this is so, I wonder if our patience will wear thin and partisan politics will rear its ugly head. Alan E Kelsky

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Stacey Chadwell

staceychadwell-383650

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Very nice! Well written and thought out. thank you for sharing your thoughts with us! Kind regards, Stacey

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Chuck Zdrojowy

charleszdrojowy-128575

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Every candidate in recent history moves towards the center once nominated. What I find interesting is that he has continued to do so now that he has been elected.

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Chuck Zdrojowy

charleszdrojowy-128575

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I can promise you it is not all we need. What we need leadership that inspires the rest of us to do the hard work ahead. What I have seen so far leaves me cautiously optimistic. The current conflicts and financial crises provides a great environment in which to cultivate a change from the status quo to something better. I don't think a return normalcy is what we should be looking for but rather a new direction. What was brought us to where we are did it not?

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Doug Picirillo

douglaspicirillo-103372

I did vote for Barack Obama, but...

As a Republican, he was the first democratic presidential candidate to receive my vote. Jimmy Carter was almost the first, but I couldn't do it and at the last moment chose to vote for Gerald Ford. I shared many of your misgivings Chuck, but I decided to vote for Obama after reading his book, "The Audacity of Hope" because I believed it revealed a man who will listen to the opinions of others and change course when a good case is presented. Every American should support their President as you do, including white, more-conservative-than-liberal, Republicans like me. Even though we have many definitions of success, we must all wish Mr.Obama nothing less than "fabulous success." As a religious person, I would add that we have to do more than wish. We need to pray for our President, all of our leaders and all of our people, today, tomorrow and every day.

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Jacqueline McCarthy

jacquelinemccarthy-342783

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Well Chuck...the important thing is that you are in support of Obama, non support or complaining never accomplishes anything and no one will win. I personally was going to vote for the person who did not vote for the bail out. Apparently, the did not leave me much of a choice. Obama may not have experience, I am not really convinced the experienced politicians are always making the best choices. As they are politicians not economists, financial experts or have run large corporations. Lets be supportive and I am sure Obama will rise to the occasion.

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Ralph Westerberg

ralphwesterberg-348021

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Chuck, I could not have said it better my self. He was basically elected by the media. All their hype was similar to John Kennedy but John was experienced...this guy is not. I am not a racist, but I hated it when the race card was pulled from the deck. There are a couple of other things that really bothered me.1. He refuses to wear an American flag on his lapel, and 2. In a public ceremony and with other dignitaries present, he refused to place his hand over his heart while citing the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag. Ralph

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Michael Murray

michaelmurray1-369965

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I, too, did not vote for my home state senator, didn't vote for the Arizona senator either. I am a political conservative (not a religious conservative) - talk about conflicted.... The USA for better or worse is a representative form of government and I fully support my country. I wish Mr Obama great success. He certainly has some great expectations to fill. I hope people aren't too upset when like all politicians, he just can't deliver them all. Michael G Murray Michael G Murray CPA Your Virtual Bookkeepers, Inc 1641 N Milwaukee Ave Suite 10 Libertyville, IL 60048 847-362-4421 Fax 847-362-4469 mmurray@yvbinc.com www.yourvirtualbookkeepers.com

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Chuck Zdrojowy

charleszdrojowy-128575

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

You are right, it is about leadership. The kind of leadership that inspires us all to do more and to be better. BTW it was your lovely wife that said I was conflicted. ;-)

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Kent Anderson

kentanderson1-149762

I did vote for Barack Obama,

I Voted for him I Like Obama He repesents Both people , He is a people person I saw this in Him , Like to see people happy , look at all the press media , people who like him , Ive emailed him meny times ,hes a Friend on linked in . I hope he will open the doors to all people all countries ,vist with any one . bring down those walls that seperate us. It would be an honer to be invited to DC vist with him about 12 Years of my life ideas For people Global FUTURE , FUTURE word shared helps all people all countries uniting nations countries people and their ideas To work together for a Global cause helps all . I belive in the indivdual Ideas FUTURE Global Voice vs monopliles -want to own the word FUTURE so no one in the worrld can use it see more about me lot of info seasrch kent G anderson see my space ,and my web page www.futurevisionaries.com

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Lucas Wyrsch

lucas_wyrsch

Barack Obama is the first open-source President!

Dear Chuck, Thank you for sharing, thank you for having invited me to comment your excellent blog!President Barack Obama is neither influenced by Adam Smith nor by Adam Weishaupt!He is the first global open source President, global N°18 on LinkedIn, followed and following far over 160,000 user on Twitter, Barack Obama is indeed different! He is the first President who understands the importance of the wisdom of the crowds, wikinomics, the strength of weak ties and is open for crowdsourcing! In 1950, William Edwards Deming introduced to Japan the notion of KAIZEN or continuous improvement, Barack Obama is the first US President who has understand the importance of continuously improved quality, PDCA and change! I believe in cycles and add a strong focus on Nikolai Kondratiev's 60 years cylces we also call Kondratiev waves or Supercycles, surges, long waves or K-waves, also described as regular, sinusoidal cycles in the modern capitalist world economy. Averaging sixty years in length, we also call Sexagenary cycles in Chinese astrology, the cycles consist of alternating periods between high sectoral growth and periods of slower growth. 60 years after Harry S. Truman has launched the fair deal, Barack Obama will continue Truman's fair deal and Franklin D. Roosevelt's new deal together! And he will succeed, like Harry S. Truman has succeeded, as you can see on this graph that shows you the Dow Jones Industrial Average 60 years ago between 1949 and 1952! Get inspired! I wish President Barack Obama and the American people all the success to create wealth and good LUCK! All the best - Lucas Join The Swiss Business Club - Join the GuanXi Game Club - Join the Risk Consulting Club - And Join Doing Business Virtually!

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Barbara Haynes

barbarahaynes-60387

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

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Zweder MoneyCoach Sluijter MSc FFP CMA

zwedersluijter-403218

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

We will see what happens. Owner TeamPlaza MoneyCoach: Financial Planning & Coaching for individuals and organizations: Yes You Can! (Invite Me)

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Chuck Zdrojowy

charleszdrojowy-128575

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

As if the pressures of the office were not enough.

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Chuck Zdrojowy

charleszdrojowy-128575

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

"But the real challenge he faces is for Main Street to stop thinking their job is to wait and see what he will do to save them. To quote another famous US president, "Ask not what your country can do for you ..ask what you can do for your country"" Bravo Judy, Bravo

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Carter Hoyt

carterhoyt-271012

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Well said, Chuck. I was an Obama supporter and I'm delighted to see a bright, inspiring, seemingly very ethical and all-embracing individual in the White House. It is in the best interest of all of us to pray for him and his administration and family and to support him. What do we have to gain as a nation if he fails? And if he can inspire a new generation to value education, country and public service, we all have a winner.

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Gerard Dupin [Stop GM Food !]

gerarddupin-48346

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Always hard for me to understand how people could vote for Bush and Mc Cain .. Best Gerard

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Chuck Zdrojowy

charleszdrojowy-128575

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

The Loyal Opposition is an important role in any true democracy

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Phil Murphy

philip-brendan-murphy-34091

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

As an Englishman I think America as a whole should be proud. The people have spoken. Only seven years after 911 they have elected a man that is half Nigerian with an arabic middle name. Although manifestly inexperienced he has been chosen because America has resisted the more tradtional option and faced down prejudice in search of something better. It feels to me tonight as if the world now has a chance of becoming a better place.

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Chuck Zdrojowy

charleszdrojowy-128575

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I don't think any US election has captured the interest of the world the way this one has. I had a friend in Pakistan tell me that he did not understand why Obama was so popular because he said he would bomb Pakistan ;-)

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Luis Blas Mendez (Architect)

luis-blasmendez-139141

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Well Chuck, if Obama comply to what you expect, I don't see how you won't be a Obama-Republican as what happen with the Reagan-Democrats. Happy honey moon. Regards, Luis Blas Mendez

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Nikki Leigh

nikkileigh1-270098

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Nikki Leigh - Author of the Book Promo 101 Series Award Winning Fiction and Non Fiction Author & Publicist Virtual Blog Tour Coordinator - www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com "Coastal Suspense with a Touch of Romance" - www.nikkileigh.com

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Chuck Zdrojowy

charleszdrojowy-128575

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

You do fit in here, I thought you told me once you were only here for the Music connections ;-) Please Chime in! Chuck Z

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Gerrick Busl

gerrickbusl-355395

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

...now I am seeing people that are too caught up in political correctness and the fear of being accused of racism to even be objective in their analysis of Barry. The media have given him an unbelievable free pass. Sarah Palin got more hard questions in a couple of months than Barry got in two years. Clearly he has less relevant executive experience than even Palin, but beyond that, WHAT do we know about the man? Nothing! If Barry is, in fact, successful, we will become a socialist country. Do you REALLY want that? I think it is very interesting that much of the EU is moving away from its socialim and toward more democratic, free market societies, having decided that their experiments with Marxism were dismal failures, while the US is moving inexorable down the path toward overt socialism. I believe the next four years are going to be like a bad TV tragicomedy - "Welcome Back Carter." Carter was the worst president in our history, but we survived and then wised up enough to elect Reagan. I am not sure we can survive Barry and his ignorance and naivete in these even more dangerous times. If his re-racking of Cinton's cabinet and FOBs is any indication of his ability to change this country as promised, he can keep the change! I hope he fails miserably in his plans to make us the USSA, I hope he especially fails in socializing medicine, I hope he fails miserably in making it easier to kill unborn babies, I hope he fails miserably in liberalizing the Supreme Court, I hope he fails miserably in changing the definition of marriage. I hope Barry survives the next four years and I hope the great democratic Republic of these United States survives his term in office.

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Roger Cummiskey

rogercummiskey-320454

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

This is the Last Chance Salon for America. Credibility is down the toilet thanks to the worst ever president that all will be glad to see the back of. As the Republican passes on the poison chalice of an economy gone down the tube. A couple of wars that were needless and are unsolvable/unwinnable Over 100 military bases around the World propping up a military armaments industry given a last minute callous boost by Israel. Human rights problems blatant in the form of Guantanamo. American credibility at an all time low, internationally. America can be self sufficient but it needs change. It needs to conduct itself in a strong and fair manner and not as a bully. However, there is another World outside the territory of the USA. There are plenty of people elsewhere. There are plenty of places other than America. There are many, many cultures of a higher moral standard than that of the USA. God bless America? God is invoked by others also and I am happy that it is the same God but don't devalue him or try to claim him as your own. You may be sorry see the back of a Republican but the new guy is in and everybody wants him to succeed. He will. Nobody could be quite as inept as his predecessor. Obama will make positive and good changes in American interests. That will not be difficult. But, he must captain a team that has been in free fall for 8 sad years and an economy that will ensure that all peoples savings are taken from them or lost, if not already, then during the balance of 2009. I am sorry for Obama. I would like to witness him succeeding. I am not American. I do not vote Republican or Democrat. http://www.flickr.com/photos/artroger/3156234224/sizes/o/

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David Ruckno

davidruckno-365884

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

If he does fail, god bless us all. George W. Bush was not a fiscal conservative. He grew government like a democrat. If it continues under Obama, we will become a loose federation of states and US $ will be worthless. I pray for his success. God Bless America! Dave

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Robin Winnett

robinwinnett-54983

Us British has the same feeling about Tony Blair...

Hi Chuck, I applaud your willingness to share the fact that Obama has done a very good job at uniting America. Just one word of warning, many people woke up the day after Tony Blair won the election in the UK convinced that it was the start of a brand new era. The reality proved to be a lot different and eventually hugely disappointing, in my opinion. (Definately a feeling of 'missed opportunity in my opinion) I really hope Obama proves to be as good as he promises to be. As you say, so far the actions he has taken so far are very impressive and maybe in a bizarre way he may benefit from the number of major problems he will have in his 'In Tray' - I think the majority of people appreciate these problems can not be resolved overnight. So hopefully he will get the time he needs and he will stick to his principles and follow through with his vision for change - rather than after a year or so in office, start following a strategy to ensure he gets elected for a 2nd term... Rob Rob Winnett Business Intelligent Software - Driving Your Business 07778 194 842

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Chuck Zdrojowy

charleszdrojowy-128575

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Jude, That is potentially the other side of the coin. I agree with you about Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. The next round of congressional elections will be very interesting. I think that the vast majority of the electorate on both sides are extremely ill informed and form their opinions from mere sound bites. As I said I am cautiously optimistic but that does not mean I have on rose colored glasses. I voted for George Bush 2x but I would not want him at the helm trying to navigate this crisis. Would you?

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Okeyode Samuel Olayinka

okeyodesamuel-olayinka-367862

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

okeyode. Let us trust the God of univers and pray for Mr President Obama. He will be the best President so far in Jesus name. Yours in Christ. Pastor Okeyode Samuel Olayinka.

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Ralph Brown

ralphbrown-244239

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Change for the sake of change in never good. The grass is Always greener on the other side of the fence. Bush was handed a terrible situation, and in spite of the falling apart of our economy we did pretty well. Six out of Eight years we had good growth, in fact too much growth, so we had to have an correction. Unfortunately we send all of our jobs overseas, a process that has been going on for years, this will delay our correction. I believe the economy will recover under Obama, really it would recover under any president unless they are really stupid and stop our drilling for fuel. Or they put too much emphasis on burning food for fuel. That is one thing that is really stupid. Don't burn our food for fuel we have pleanty of oil, just drill it, drill it now, drill it where ever possible and then lets look at alternative fuels. By the way I am going to Cross The Atlantic Ocean in a gasoline powered boat but because of our technology we will use less fuel than any gasoline powered boat in the history of the World that crossed the Atlantic. Check it out at http//www.CrossTheAtlantic.Com Ralph

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Zweder MoneyCoach Sluijter MSc FFP CMA

zwedersluijter-403218

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I would have if I was allowed to (as European) because I want to believe that he will deliver the promisses. The USA is very important in the world economy. Positive news and drive is also essential for spending and investing in the rest of the world. So let the succes happen! Owner TeamPlaza MoneyCoach: Financial Planning & Coaching for individuals and organizations: Yes You Can! (Invite Me)

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Lawrence Manion

lawrencemanion-397242

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Chuck, Well written and thought out. I agree with your comments. Larry

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Vic Uzumeri

vicuzumeri-143885

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Vic Uzumeri Chuck, Welcome to the club. Trust, but verify. (and I very strongly supported Obama). To me, however, the moment is not really about Obama. He is an amazing vessel at a timely moment. I'm more impressed with the sentiment that seems to run through many messages in this thread. We can't wait for Obama to save us, we have to dig in, get out our shovels and save ourselves. He can help us be better organized and he can try to help us maintain our spirits and optimism, but ultimately it's up to us - in America and around the world. Everyone is going to have to work a little longer and a little harder. Everyone is going to have to feed some work (even a little bit) to someone that needs it - a small company here, a struggling big company's service there, a part-time worker for a week or two, restructuring a job to keep an employee 'on the bubble'. We are going to have to work smarter to cut out the non-value added waste. We are going to have to economize on the things that are frivolous. We're going to have to reach out and help the helpless - because they need help and because our government is broke. We are going to have to support our transformational investments in energy, infrastructure, healthcare and education. If it's a promising new energy technology, go out on a limb and buy some of it - even if the ROI isn't what you're accustomed to. Give the inventor, the risk-taker a chance. We are going to have to mentor our next generation. Where the schools have failed, all of us need to step up and be there for them. Have patience. Stick with them. Push them, prod them, support them, praise them, reward them. Take a chance. Take a risk. Take heart. Now stop messaging and get back to work :-) Vic Uzumeri

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Matt Bovell

mattbovell-319944

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Good post Chuck. I did vote for Obama but I'm always pleased to encounter conservatives who are willing to give him a chance. Matt Bovell

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tony lago

tonylago-332729

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Chuck, well said. I think you will find many of us feeling the same way. Bottom line, this is our country, our future, our children that will need to endure and succeed and at the end this is our planet that we will need to protect. I think our new president will bring new ideas and a change that we all hope will bring back the America we know and love. It will be a rough road to travel as the economy and lack of jobs will get worse before it gets better and the loss of manufacturing in this country made us dependable on other countries that have flourished in the last few years and now own a portion or our country. I'm optimistic and supportive of Barack and hope he will take us out of this current down spiral to a better way of life for us and our children. Thank you for your opinion and thoughts.

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Stan Pope

stanpope-301797

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I'm real and serious,so make sure you have your end in place first if you're coming forward that's all I ask..

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Isabel Aimee Berkeley

isabelaimee-berkeley-169521

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Isabel Aimee @ INSPIRITION Seeing as it is never the president who rules the world- but the people behind him, his flaws are more or less irrelevant- the big guys get their policies through by hook or by crook ( usually the latter.) We just heard today that if the government were to take the money they are handing out to the UK banks today and pay off everyone's personal debts and mortgages, this would cost them less than what they will be giving to the banks- so, really there is little point in doing anything with these people..... the revolution has to be soular.....x isabel

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Terrence Olson

terrenceolson-322255

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Well I can see that years of listening to a nation being lead like sheep is overwhelming, and when the gate is open then step through. I cannot for the life of me understand why those two military actions, have so many people in the dark..Neither are necessary, and both have cost us more than we will ever gain from anything they give back. It's also a shame that "republicans" have no clue how we got there and who did it?...Like the POW's in Vietnam and why they were not returned, ask GWB senior, he signed off on them , so . As far as spending with the new administration, anything would be better than what we have today, ignorance is no excuse for not doing a job, I'll be glad when GHWB, goes away. it was long overdue.

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Sarah Rahman

sarahrahman-119171

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Interesting post. We certainly have a lot of expectations from him and do hope that he brings a needed change.

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W. Earl Allen

w-earlallen-178761

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I didn't vote for Barry either. But Johnny was just as bad. So I voted Libertarian, which is what all good fiscal conservative/social liberals should do. Don't let the politicians raid either your pocketbook or your bedroom. If more people voted Libertarian, we wouldn't get the same old stuff from the same old politicians all the time.

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Tranh Nguyen

tranhnguyen-298822

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

The mortgage debacle was cause by greed and dishonesty of mortgage brokers, and lack of supervision. Therefore those dishonest people deserve to fail. The economy depends on output of the people. They have no economic woe in Idaho where they have plenty of potatoes to eat. Consumer states and people will suffer. Greedy busimen going for short term profit went to China to have their goods manufactured. They're the real traitors of local US economy. They export jobs to China. Jobless people can't buy. Therefore peddlers for foreign goods can't sell enough to cover their cost. The vicious circle is thus closed. Most goods inside Circuit City are China-made. That didn't prevent them from going under, because all other retailers also carry China-made goods so no store has inherent competitive advantage. Cramer in a show in May went mad in front of Maria Bartolomy because money managers are insane to him. He was right. People play too much the money changer game and few produce real things. I hope Obama is a man of substance. He seems to be highly intelligent and idealistic. But it's the people who will make differences in the economy. People need to produce more substance. Tranh Nguyen

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Donald Teague

donaldteague-377480

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I did not vote for Obama - principally for lack of experience running anything of significant consequence and for his rhetoric about pulling out of Iraq. I saw him as a far left sympathizer willing to do anything contrary to President Bush - regardless of the consequences. Now - I find myself buying in to Obama. I like what I have seen so far with exceptions. I still haven't bought in to his bail out plan even though I know that something significant has to be done. But as he has gained insight - he is becoming more tolerant of many of the needs that Bush put into play on the foreign scene. For those (me including) see 'hope' from this change - I must remind us all that in the end it is not hope that will make things better - it is the real world and how he - and perhaps more so - Congress addresses things in a way that helps and does not move us closer and closer to socialism. I'll settle for cautious optimism for the moment - but in a short while I will take a real hard look at where we are being lead. Donald Teague Austin, Texas

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Steven Giles

stevengiles1-333548

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I am British. Good luck to him, from the comments of the U.S. citizens that I met in Cancun last July he can only be an improvement.

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William Bateman

bateman-194688

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Good points Chuck. As far as the repairing of our nation's infrastructure goes - that takes money. Our government has none - we, the people do. So, where do you expect all this funding to come from? Obama himself, is powerless to change anything per se. He, as has every President in our nation's brief history - has been the public icon to the rest of world but, only a figurehead to our United States Congress. The ones Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and Independent voters (like me) should be watching - is our local State Representatives and State Senators. It's their convictions, morals, apathies, affiliations and priorities in partnership that dictate the direction we as a nation, take. And, based on what I see... our country is running on borrowed time; and has become built on a deck of cards. I am not being cynical but realistic. I have spent 35 years raising my family of 16 on a single source income; have never enjoyed health coverage, don't have a savings account and three old vehicles. No government agency has ever given me a dime for all the young people we have taken in to our home (they all came from fatherless homes with no clothes, money or hope) and we have never demanded our government do so. As hard as this may be to comprehend - their are families like mine all over America; but, nobody ever hears of them. What is my and my wife's financial future consist of? Let me give it to you straight. Our beloved politicians robbed social security blind and left it with I.O.U.'s. I have paid well over 100,000 dollars into a fund that is already bankrupt. With no health insurance, we will have to rely on our children to take care of us in twenty years (we are both 50 now). Shoot fire, my wife and I have never enjoyed a Honeymoon because we were full time parents to kids that never even seen what a family looks like! Do I sound bitter. Nope! Just realistic enough to observe our political leaders are in a fantasy cloud of unrealistic expectations. As far as I am concerned, our government can "keep all their social programs, initiatives and stimulus packages to themselves." We will simply continue mentoring our young people to social responsibility toward one another, community and country... we may pass off this earth with calloused hands and broken backs - but, we will die rich indeed! This is something very few political elites will ever comprehend nor ask wisdom of.... William Cody Bateman

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Cathi Boswell

cathiboswell-228332

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I couldn't have said it better myself. I am also, as you describe yourself, a fiscal conservative and a social moderate. Now that Obama is our president, we must stand by and support him. I hope he doesn't get the same disdain and treatment from those that oppose him that the intolerant liberals (who embrace diversity & tolerance??) gave George Bush. You can't put the blame of all the country's problems square on the shoulders of one person. Going forward, I believe if we all want to change our country, we must start at home. If you're in debt, then pay it off and never go back there again. If you're barely making ends meet, then find a way to increase your income. If you're not saving money for your future well-being, then cut back your lifestyle and/or increase your income. Easier said than done? Yes, if that's how you choose see it, but we live in America where one has the opportunity to create their reality a whole heck of a lot easier than if one lived in any other country. Let's support our new president, but not sit back to see what he does. The power to change is in your own hands, and your tools are your own mind and self-determination.

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HO SOO KIT Jeremie

hosoo-kit-jerome-283417

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

20 Jan 2009, Happy Martin Luther Kings' Day. It's a new beginning in U.S.A History with a First Black President. Congratulations and God Bless America.... regards, Jerome Ho [www.bni-excellence.sg ] Investment in Property [ Alexis ...urban City Living ] and Lands [ Pontian, Johor, West Malaysia ] 'e' mail: sookitjerome@yahoo.com.sg

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Elaine Gold

elainegold-78945

Thanks for starting this thread Chuck

You demonstrate maturity and flexibility in your thinking, which I respect. Certainly the whole world will be hoping for a better performance from the new President, but wow, what expectations are being heaped on him! Elaine Trevena Here as Me, not my job!

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William S. Wilkinson, P.A.

william-s-wilkinson-373457

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I did not vote for Barack, I don't trust his background. Now that he is president he is talking a different story....but is that to get the money he needs to try to fix the economy? I too pray that he can pull it off. William (Bill) S. Wilkinson,P.A., Florida Keys Realtor Marathon- The residential waterfront capital of the world" Realtor of the year 1975 and 2008 Website: Email: wswilkinson@remax.net 305-743-2300 Skype: No. 305-600-4711 or ID:"billwilkinson"

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Ross Wolfson

rosswolfson-363240

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Interesting perspective, even if you were not for him. I can only hope his presidency is all we need and helps pull us out of the dire circumstances this country has found itself in. I am pretty middle of the road politically, but George Bush has done more things to harm our standing in the world than any other president in my lifetime. We can all hope things change and we return to normalcy, whatever that may mean to you or the rest of the world.

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Fred Thompson

fredthompson-398798

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Fred B Thompson Chuck, Your candor is refreshing in such a politically charged atmosphere. It is just such honesty that is needed if we are to create a non partisan agenda that can be completed as needed by the times we currently are facing at home and abroad.

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Ann Robinson Wright

annrobinsonwright-59754

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

http://politicalirony.com/2008/11/30/robin-williams-on-obamas-election It wonderful..lolololol!!! Thank You!! Introducing The World's First Video Social Network VidEngageVidEngage.com

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Nancy Herold

nancyherold-358260

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

NANCY HEROLD I AM A CONSERVATIVE AND DO NOT BELIEVE IN KILLING INNOCENT BABIES! I HATE THE PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION ( FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DONT KNOW WHAT THAT IS, THEY MAKE YOU GO INTO LABOR WHEN YOUR ANYWHERE FROM 5-9 MONTHS PREGNANT AND STAB SCISSORS IN THE HEAD AND SUCK OUT THE BRAINS! ) THAT TO ME IS LEGAL MURDER ! I HOPE HE DOES A GOOD JOB , BUT THERE ARE MANY THINGS I QUESTION! THANKS www.nancy.mynusystem.com

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Cecile Moseley

cecilemoseley-376843

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Chuck, You were very brave in a world full of liberals that seem to be taking over our country at a very rapid pace! I too am a conservative that does my homework (thanks to my husband) and it is WAY to early in the ballgame for me to be optimistic, sorry:(. I do hope for the best and pray with everything in me that Obama sticks by his word so that this wonderful country we call "The Land of the Free" remains just that! Cecile H. Moseley, MBA

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irene kats

irenekats-334985

I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

we need to pray for God's directives in all of our decisions. We need to tell our representatives and our congressmen and congresswomen our votes and hopefully this will bring all of together more in this free country. We all need to pray for that above all. Our true freedom and that belief in it needs to be a priority. I also did not vote for him but since he was chosen by the majority of Americans then my prayers will be that he is led to do and be the kind of President to the best of his God-given abilities and that this not be a political decision on keeping our country-the land of the free and the land of the brave.

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Tom (THE HARRIER!) Brown

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I would have voted for him if I was an American but I'm fortunate to be British and live outside UK (thus avoiding the puppet ( muppet) politics of both countries!) I hope he does well, at least he talks a good job, for me GW was a very poor individual let a lone poor president. Tom Brown I.Eng, FIET, MInstLM www.ConceptPromotions.com

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Geary Jaco

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I voted Repulbican since 1980 until Barack. I knew we needed change, He made sense. Being educated I thought his statements about the change to our economy were well though out. He at least had thoughts about the environment and what to do about it. We had no policy in place by the past adminstrations. He will, as Chuck says put people to work on that with out a free handout at Walmart. He achieved what he has through hard work and not through a free hand out. I look forward to his leadership. Geary Jaco, Owner Benchmark For Your Health Benchmark Painting and Contracting,LLC Benchmark Painting Green

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Nikki Leigh

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

"I was now concerned that if he screwed it up his election could do more harm to the cause of racial equality."- This is a point that I plan to talk about on my radio show this afternoon with political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson and it came up on a Pre Inaugural Bash he did on his LA radio show Saturday. There is an awful lot riding on Barack Obama - including the future of this country. Nikki Promo 101 - Create and Promote Radio - www.blogtalkradio.com/nikkileigh - Monday January 19th - 3 pm EST Nikki Leigh - Author of the Book Promo 101 Series Award Winning Fiction and Non Fiction Author & Publicist Virtual Blog Tour Coordinator - www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com "Coastal Suspense with a Touch of Romance" - www.nikkileigh.com

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Thomas Ashford

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I did'nt vote for Barack Obama and i didnt vote for Tony Blair or George Bush or Gordon Brown........I think Amaricans are so lucky, from this side of the ocean it looks like new and exciting times for them all.......Personally? As a mixed race male I cant tell you how delighted that Obama is in the Whitehouse, I hope, with all my heart that it works for everyone.

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Kaoutsar Entifi

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I did not vote for Obama.....because I am a Moroccan citizen and a French resident :). Otherwise I would have been the first to stand in line in the arly voting process. Obama not only brings together Republicans and Democrats, Whites and African Americans, he also brings together the whole world. His Kenyan roots, "White" upbringing with his grand-mother, childhood in predominantly Muslim Indonesia, Christian religion, African American wife, make of him the personification of the melting pot. Besides he is brilliant, articulate, and hard working. I wish him every succes in his endeavor as President of the US. By helping him Americans will help not only be helping his own success of that of Democrates, they will be helping their own country ride the toughest economic crisis in decades. Best wishes Barak Obama. Kaoutsar Entifi Travel & Network International www.travelandnetwork.com Your Business Gateway to Morocco

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AMOA BOURAHIMA OUATTARA

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

don't vote for MISTER OBAMA is your view and democratic style! but be sûr , that the vote of obama is the end of impossible(mental slavry)! my phylosophia is challenge the impossible! OBAMA for me is the tablets of psychologia! warm reagrds! amoa bourahima ouattara web trader...................................................................

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Judy Berg

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Hi Chuck I did not vote for Obama either - but only because I am a Canadian. Obama, the man, is a refreshing vision to many outside your country. I am impressed with his" Citizens Briefing Book", his calm demeanor, his wife's recognition that he is the President, so she will take on the critically important role of raising healthy children in the complex environment her husband will be facing...and, for all those of you who might be feminists - I don't see that as a sellout to the cause of women. It is the dance that professional, loving couples do to keep their lives in proper balance - without ego. But the real challenge he faces is for Main Street to stop thinking their job is to wait and see what he will do to save them. To quote another famous US president, "Ask not what your country can do for you ..ask what you can do for your country" And what better day for the reminder ,"I have a dream.." - I think Obama has a dream - that is ego-less - what he needs is a rally of support from people who will be prepared to see dramatic changes in their lifestyle expectations and - who are ready to take those changes for the good for the whole. Is the country up to making sacrifices? "All that you are is a result of all that you have thought." (Buddha) - What are your thoughts for today? Bless Bless Judy Berg

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Douglas Buchan

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I have to admit I know nothing about American Politics, the scene here in the UK is bad enough with our idiotic Prime Minister Gordon Brown. But I have to admit that Barack Obama is a very different type of person from any that have been President before, and it is not just that he is an African American. This world is changing and a new President will mean change, how it will work out only time will tell. It is easy to tell people what you would like to do but a very different thing when it comes to doing those things. Everything changes so fast that what was a good idea a few months ago cannot be considered today. Good Luck to him and everybody in the USA.

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Sybil Fowler

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

As a native of the UK I didn`t get an opportunity to vote ! But I know I will be glued to the television coverage tomorrow as regardless of our political view point this is a momentus occasion.

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Maria del Pilar Diez Calderon

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Inexperienced and liberal

are 2 characteristics that go together with flexibility, strength and energy to deal with the goverment issues in a fresh, unconventional, innovative way. Sunlit, mdp Tel. 01483 202581 View my page on Carrot

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Nilojan S

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Hi chuck. You know that i am from india. Here so many of us liked his speech and the way he committed things. Anyway everything happened let us see whats going to happen. With Regards, Nilojan.S

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Stan Pope

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

I did vote for Obama,so I don't fit here..and i get tired of hearing how he might spend too much.when Bush has spent the country into the recession we're in.and taken away some of our freedoms.

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Stephen Cadley

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Chuck, As someone who did vote for Barak and worked on his campaign, I would have to agree with the other commentators here that your post is very well said. As something of a Politico, an under graduate, B.S.in Political Science (always thought is appropriate that I have a BS in Polical Science) and having been campaign manager for several State wide races, including Gary Hart's 1988 race, then Dukakis after that (between Hart with Monkey Business and Dukakis sticking his head out of a tank..it just wasn't a very good year in my political career) I consider myself something of a Political Scientist more so than a Democrat or Republican (I did vote for Regan in 1984) And while I am probably a bit less cautious in my optimism than you Chuck, I am tempering my enthusiasim. And I will agree that Obama has put forth some great long term ideas and initiatives, which show a great deal of foresight and strategic insight. I am however concerned that we as an American people will put to much upon one man...or administration to fix everything. My hope is that he and his administration excite and incite this country of, how many millions, to all stand up and take action and not just sit back and what for this new president to "Fix" things. For truly I beleive that only standing in Unity can we fix the mess that we currently find ourselves in. And the more Unified and energized we become the faster we can collectively improve this country, and the world. Cool! Again great post and Tally Ho. Steve Cadley Cadley Consutling Group A Sales Performance & Social Media Consultancy Office 770-569-5553 Cell 770-335-0141

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Jude Sutton

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Hi Chuck, I am a conservative, registered Republican. That is my primary reason for not voting for Obama. There were, and are to many unanswered questions about him as an individual. By his own admission he is far left leaning, and indications are he will lead this country into a socialistic form of government. That along with the control of congress gives him the blanket ability to do whatever he wants on a fiscal level as well as legislative. He along with Nancy Pelosi. Reid, Franks, and others will do damage to this country which will take decades to repair, if ever. Jude Sutton http://tex-mexfood.usa.cagora.com/overview/intro/ http://salsafood.usa.cagora.com/overview/intro/ http://mexicanfood.usa.cagora.com/overview/intro/ http://sandwiches.usa.cagora.com/overview/intro/ http://wylie.cagora.com/overview/intro/

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Bill Kovach

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Hello Chuck - Two sayings come to mind - 1 The king is dead! Long Live the King! - George II spent about a trillion dollars a year on crap that could never help the economy - it was all export dollars. He toook the economy from potentially healthy to a cancerous mess where we are borrowing dollars from China to spend in the ME for oil. We have subsidized the ME almost to the point of bankrupting this once great country of ours. We were buying oil at over $100/bbl and selling wheat at $16.00 - where is the economic sense to that? 2 Keep your friends close and your enemies closer - Obama has all the promise of bringing this once great nation together again in common cause. It WILL not happen overnight, it will not come without a price and it will not be the solution to end all solutions. What it will do is serve as a platform to reunite all of us again, have us spending money HERE where it matters and will give all of us a single point of focus. I believe that he knows exactly where the old guard is lurking and I believe that he already has traps set for their attempts to sabotage his course. All from a man who is certainly not perfect, certainly not the brightest bulb in the bunch and certainly not the most experienced person we have. Why did we elect him? Perhaps because we are all sick and tired of being sick and tired. . . We, as a nation, are better than what we've been fed by the Bush condoned Madoff's of this world, we are better than bridges collapsing because we're spending all our money in nations that don't want us there and we are better than what we have become in eight unbelieveably LOOOOONG years. If anything, this new administration represents hope and open communication and it is certainly time for that! Will we once again rise to past glory and status as a world leader? I'm not sure. One thing I am sure of is that we, as a nation, deserve better than what we've been getting. Right or wrong, Barack Obama is soon to be the commander and chief of these United States. He is now at the helm and in this malestrom that he's inherited, is deserving of all the support and prayer we can muster. My 20 bucks - [used to be 2 cents] Bill Bill Kovach YourTradeshowPro www.kovachcommunications.com

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Larry Boyer

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Hi Chuck, I'd like to applaud you for coming out and offering your words of encouragment and optimism. I'll disclose that I didn't start out as a Barak Obama support, but after hearing him speak a few times I felt that he was different than anyone else who's run for president in my lifetme. Experience for me was not so much a concern because, aside from being the VP I can think of no other job that prepares you for the position. From what I have seen Obama is bring with him hope and positive message that our country and the world needs more than ever. And people are responding. I can't count the number of people who are strong conservatives who did not vote for him, but still feel connected with him and hopeful form him and his presidency. I don't think there was anyone, Democrat or Republican, who was capable of bring our country back together. I hope that this will last and he will be able to rally America around a plan to get back on our feet in a number of ways, similar to what Reagan was able to do. I heard he wants to have a Financial Responsibility Summit. This is exactly what our country needs on every level from the individual to the family to the city, state and nation. He's going to have to rally people to make tough choices and sacrifice. Now is probably our best time to tackel entitlement problems like Social Security and Medicare. From what I can see here in DC, there is a tremendous shift in energy from fear and dread to hope for the future. Let's all hope that this is long lived and 4 years from now we're in a great place. Larry

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Cindy Hutchins

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Cynthia "Cindy" R. Hutchins OK, I'll confess... I DID vote for Barack Obama, and I don't feel a need, or requirement, to justify it. Evidently, the majority of the voting public agrees with me that Obama was the best choice available. No president comes into office for a first term with presidential experience. It is the highest profile On-The-Job Training ever. Personally, I do not agree that being a state governor is adequate, or in any way, equivalent to being President of the most influential country on the planet. God Bless America and God Bless our President(s). May we all find a New Beginning in these historic times.

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Debbie Kessler

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Ima High Yellow Tips on how to get to know me better Be flexibleBe quick pacedBe positiveBe openBe generous with your praiseBe supportive of my ideasHave fun! Well said, Chuck. I did not want to be forced to face this blog or anyone else's comments on Mr. Obama. But, I will relent. Time will tell. I would encourage everyone to take note of the next four years. History books do not always tell the truth. So, pay attention. Time will tell happens. The Holy Bible teaches that there isn't a man in office or high leadership that God Himself did not allow. Let us not be foolish to put Mr. Obama down or find fault. We must get on our knees, humbly ask God to give Mr. Obama wisdom to do what is right. Color should not be a choice. Doing what is right is the choice. May God bless Mr. Obama to make the right choices for our country. Mr. Obama, do what is right because it is right to do right. Debbie Kessler

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Barbara Haynes

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

He can't do it alone...it takes team work...ALL of us!!! Barbara

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Monica Skraly

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Monica Skraly coolintensity1@aol.com Obama is nothing more than a puppet for globalist corporate alliances (Bilderberg, CFR, etc.) seeking to break the US economy and national sovereignty, as well as individual liberties, and install a fascist form of neo-feudalism. Anyone who would take 5 minutes to review his voting record alone could draw this conclusion - voting for FISA, Patriot Act, etc. - it's immediately obvious he is big on undermining individual rights in favor of the criminal cabal that has taken over this government. Yet no one actually takes the time to become educated on the issues. They are all happy to ride pure hype. And it's going to be the ruin of this country unless people don't start waking up.

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Vikram Chari

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Hi Chuck, Like you I am also a fiscal conservative and a social moderate, but Obama has got something (not charisma but something else I can't put my finger on at this moment). There was a time when people with odd names could not be drafted as a pick for running for the Presidency of the U S of A. But times have changed and the world certainly has changed. This is a historic moment in more than one sense (black African American, and in the current world context with an odd name including a middle name of Hussein, etc ....), who would have thought that he would become the Democrats Presidential Candidate let alone be elected as the 44th President of the U S of A. I think the new demographic of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Blogs, You Tube, etc....dictated the outcome of the election BIG TIME. Let all future potential leadership candidates be warned - be web-savvy and wired or die politically and socially. Having said that, the weight of expectattions I believe is too high for a person today facing major internal and external issues that America and the world faces. This leads me to conclude that - if we don't help him and his administration succeed, Obama will be either a spectacular success or a dismal failure. So in order to see the former as a possible outcome all Americans and world citizens must help Obama succeed, if not, we all risk facing a disquieting future. Vikram.

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Jean Nicolaï

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Hi America, I believe the whole world is hoping that Obama is a success. E-mail: jean.nicolai@steppingstone.be website: www.steppingstone.be ________________________

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Toby Hickman

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Toby Hickman Your summing up of the situation is very good; however, it is a pity he chose Hilary Clinton as Secretary of State, which I feel was a grave mistake; it gives Bill Clinton the opportunity to be a power in Washington again. I wish him well,as the whole world waits to see how he handles this financial crisis As a conservative, and if I was an American I would support him. Best wishes Toby Hickman

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Suhad Jarrar-Browne

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

nicely and sensibly written Chuck Good luck :-) 'Manuscripts dont burn' visit my book website at : www.globalibrium.org and www.globalibrium.net

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Stacey Seuferer

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Change is good. I know that people dwell on experiance but it isnt always what it is cacked up to be as most people with high levels of experiance are not willing to promote change. But you are talking to a person who votes Independant.

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Mark Wiggins

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The reign of George II is over

Robin Williams has the last laugh here: http://politicalirony.com/2008/11/30/robin-williams-on-obamas-election Enjoy.

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Steve Thomson

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I did not vote for Barack Obama, but...

Well said Chuck. I hope many more Republicans will be as open and as clear thinking as you. It would be a sad thing if Obama were to fail to reach his and your country's potential because of party political small-mindedness. Steve Thomson www.profile-training.com Communication Training for Professional People Follow me on Twitter: thespeakercoach

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