Democrats Say They Want President Obama to Stop Compromising

3 Sep

 

barack obama, black politics

Your Black World reports.

Democrats are now demanding that President Obama stop working so hard to negotiate with Republicans.  The statements come after President Obama gave in to House Speaker John Boehner’s request that he move the date of his jobs speech to a time other than when the Republicans are planning their presidential debates.   The president then changed the date and time of his speech.

President Obama has gained a reputation as a leader who is always seeking common ground, but ends up giving a long series of concessions to the other side.   Most recently, his debt ceiling deal with the Republicans led to criticism that he was a weak negotiator.   Democrats are now calling for the president to lay out a clear vision for America.

Simon Rosenberg, head of the think tank NDN, said that President Obama must create a clear distinction between what he wants and what the Republicans want.

"If the president is to win the election next year, he will have to first win the economic debate with the Republicans, something, to date, he has not done,” he said.

James Carville, a Democratic strategist, had even more to say. 

"The last thing that the White House needed was to appear to cave in to the speaker, and that’s what happened," he said. 

Democratic leaders and strategists have claimed that President Obama’s consistent need to compromise with Republicans has led to policies that have hurt the economy, harmed his base, and ultimately caused concern about his chances for re-election.   Obama Administration advisors claim that the president seeks compromise because he works toward policies that have a chance at success. 

White House Speaker Jay Carney said that the president plans to issue proposals that "are reasonable and … should receive bipartisan support."

High-profile Democrats are claiming that President Obama’s strategy simply isn’t working.

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11 Responses to “Democrats Say They Want President Obama to Stop Compromising”

  1. J COLEMAN September 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    President Obama should see by now these republicans/teaparty people don’t want to work toward anything but to destroy his time in office by any means necessary and to hell with our country,just as they did for 8 yrs with the bush/congress/the house.Stop trying t satisfy people who don’t care about him nor the United States of America.Just do his job and tell his so call advisors to shut up and let him do the talking/decide what we will do. No one in their right mind wants to see a republican debat instead of a football game!!!! Is the nfl going to wait till he finish the speach before they start the season opening? I doubt it.

    • Anonymous September 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

      I hear you J Coleman, but I also unerstand President Obama’s reasoning for compromising, If he doesn’t the American public gets the worst end of the deal, and if he does compromise he is called weak! catch 22 for him. But I will never under esitmate him.

      • jay September 3, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

        J. Coleman, you sound like a republican masquerading as a democrat; after all, he is giving them 98% of what they want. At first, I admired the president for attempting to compromise. But after consistently having to give in and get next to nothing in return, even an idiot can realize that republicans are out to do him harm. The republican leadership even stated that their only goal is “to see him fail”. What more does he need. I know that during his successful tenure as the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review he compromised a great deal with his conservative colleagues, sometimes going against his liberal base. However, the difference then is that both sides actually had the best interest of the publication at heart; the two sides just had different methods of reaching the same goal. That is not the case with republicans. It has been said “The definition of crazy is someone doing the same thing and expecting a different result (remind you of anyone?)
        As a black male who actually cried with happiness at his election, I am finding myself becoming disillusioned with Obama’s lack of adherence with his electioneering rhetoric. No, I won’t vote republican, I’ll simply not vote. And believe me, there are a lot of others who feel like I do. After all, if the president keeps giving in to republicans (98% of what they want), we might as well have a republican president. So it would be to Obama’s detriment to take his base for granted in pursuit of the so called independents, which he seems intent on doing. For one thing, from my many years of experience in political work the terms “independents voter” and “undecided’s” are a misnomers. The terms has become something akin to a “fashion statement” now-a-days. Most people who will actually vote in any election are partisan and have their minds made up well before Election Day. They claim to be undecided or independent because they want to be considered as more sophisticated. Also, remember a lot of “young people”, “urban blacks” and other minorities, who normally don’t vote, voted for Obama, and a lot of whites will not vote for him under any circumstances simply because he is a minority. So do the math. He shouldn’t take us for granted.

  2. Dr.Robert H. Miller September 3, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    I agree with with anonymous. Sometimes you have to look at what motivates Obama. He has put his personal feelings behind him to work for the greater good of the country,which the Republicans could care less. White Americans haven’t shed their John Wayne aura and still want their leaders to be stupid bullies, with no plan B. Just go in cuddle every head you can find and ride out before sunset. We’ve seen under George Bush,that strategy hasn’t worked and won’t work ever again. Obama works a more subtle plan, getting the job done. We need to change how we judge our heroes.

    • jay September 3, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

      At first, I admired the president for attempting to compromise. But after consistently having to give in and get next to nothing in return, even an idiot can realize that republicans are out to do him harm. The republican leadership even stated that their only goal is “to see him fail”. What more does he need. I know that during his successful tenure as the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review he compromised a great deal with his conservative colleagues, sometimes going against his liberal base. However, the difference then is that both sides actually had the best interest of the publication at heart; the two sides just had different methods of reaching the same goal. That is not the case with republicans. It has been said “The definition of crazy is someone doing the same thing and expecting a different result (remind you of anyone?)
      As a black male who actually cried with happiness at his election, I am finding myself becoming disillusioned with Obama’s lack of adherence with his electioneering rhetoric. No, I won’t vote republican, I’ll simply not vote. And believe me, there are a lot of others who feel like I do. After all, if the president keeps giving in to republicans (98% of what they want), we might as well have a republican president. So it would be to Obama’s detriment to take his base for granted in pursuit of the so called independents, which he seems intent on doing. For one thing, from my many years of experience in political work the terms “independents voter” and “undecided’s” are a misnomers. The terms has become something akin to a “fashion statement” now-a-days. Most people who will actually vote in any election are partisan and have their minds made up well before Election Day. They claim to be undecided or independent because they want to be considered as more sophisticated. Also, remember a lot of “young people”, “urban blacks” and other minorities, who normally don’t vote, voted for Obama, and a lot of whites will not vote for him under any circumstances simply because he is a minority. So do the math. He shouldn’t take us for granted.

  3. Eric Moore September 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    Dear President Obama
    Mr. President we need you to be stronger in the face of the racist diatribe that you face from Fox News, the tea party and other right wing pundits. We elected you because we expected that you would fight for the rights of everyday hard working Americans. Many of us have watched you cave to the Republicans on issue after issue. Whether it be the tax cuts for the wealthy, the healthcare bill or something simple as the scheduling of a jobs speech the week of Labor Day 2011. It is frustrating to watch a man that millions of us support allow himself to be treated as a waiter in his own house. You earned the office that you hold. We need you to publicly come out and call out these racists that oppose you on every piece of legislation that you support. They do not have the interest of the country at heart. Quite simply they have no heart to begin with. These rethuglicans only care about making you an unsuccessful one term president. If proof is what you need see the comments attributed to both talk show host Rush Limbaugh and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. These people do not respect you and have no desire to see you succeed. If the economy falls off the cliff they will make sure you are the person blamed for it. This is an unacceptable set of circumstances. They see you as capitulator and chump instead of commander and chief.
    We are hurting out here in this country. Millions of people are unemployed and underemployed. Prices on necessities such as gas and groceries are sky high. Who do we have to turn to? Those of us that support you pray to God that you will be successful because we know that your success is intertwined with the country’s success. The people that are so passionately against you are praying to God that you fail. The same God that they feel only cares about gay marriage, abortion, weapons of mass destruction, wealth hoarding and war. The God I serve cares about those issues, but those are not the only issues that matter to him. When Jesus came to earth his main concerns were that we loved one another, and made sure the less fortunate were covered. These rethuglicans have shown time after time that they do not care about the poor, healing the sick or finding a way to let minorities and poor whites get a piece of this country’s economic pie. Most of all they do not care about you. Neither do the so called independents whose support you seek to garner. An independent is going to lean either center left or center right. They will either vote for you or vote against you. They are not your support group. We the people who desire to see progress are your support group. People like Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Keith Olbermann, Representative Maxine Waters and millions of other Americans just like me.
    When the tea party says that they would like to take their country back, it is code for, get this black face out of office and restore a white protestant man to the presidency. They call you Obama or Mr. Obama instead of Mr. President. Your citizenship is questioned; your religious preference is questioned. Has any other president faced these challenges? Would Hillary Clinton or John Edwards have faced such flagrant disrespect? They must deal with the fact that they lost and you must deal with the fact that you deserve your position as President. You are worthy and qualified for your position. You are not a butler in your own house.
    The American people deserve a strong leader. Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, and Merrill Lynch have their own leaders and own agenda. News Corp has a leader Rupert Murdoch and we both know what their agenda is. The Republican Party has their leaders and their agenda is also well known. The United States has a leader and he is Barack Hussein Obama. We need you to articulate your agenda in laymen’s terms and back it up with swift action. We need the audacity of action from you and a spirit of boldness, strength and confidence. Unfortunately, at this time in history we live in a sound bite society in which people seek answers expeditiously. Time is not on your side but we still have your back.
    If James Brown were alive he would tell you to say it loud I am Barack and I am proud. Your adopted home of Chicago is known as the city of broad shoulders. It is time that you stand up straight look the right wing domestic terrorists in the face and make sure they understand that like President Theodore Roosevelt you also carry a big stick and are unafraid to use it. Mr. President you have played defense for too long and have continued to show your cards to people who do not care if you live or die as long as you fail as President. Every time they push you backward, millions of us hold you up. We can’t fight for you if you refuse to fight for us. I understand that you have a good heart and are a nice man but we have come off of a Bush Presidency where he was never afraid to use the bully pulpit and now we have you a man who seems afraid to use it. Don’t be afraid of the big banks, don’t be afraid of James Crow Esquire and don’t be afraid to do what you know is in the best interest of the American people, especially those who voted for you seeking hope and change.
    I understand that Congress is bought and sold by international banks, corporations and lobbying firms. Members of Congress spend their time doing the business of these entities instead of the will of the people. I know that you are one man without the power to change those circumstances. We just need you to change your approach to the circumstances. The time has come for you to speak truth to power. It may put your life in jeopardy just as it cost Dr. Martin Luther King and others thruought history. It may cost you your reputation just as it cost Dr. Jeremiah Wright. Hopefully it will cost you neither of those options. I hope it causes you to gain success as a President and International admiration for our nation once again. I know that you have a brilliant mind; please stop letting people who do not respect you back you into corners. When they have you backed into a corner it leaves us no room to stand behind you and leaves the spirit of God no room to stand beside you. God Bless you and remember that you have our support. The more pressing question is will you support us in the face of gutless racism and heartless capitalism? I ask that you show us better than you have told us thus far.

  4. Chere September 4, 2011 at 1:39 am #

    All I can say is, “he’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t”. He’s in a no win situation so he might as well do what he thinks is right and the “Right” be damned.

  5. Anonymous September 4, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    The country was in grave economic trouble when he took office, to which there should not be any disagreements. Thus, since no one knows what will or will not work, to solve the problems, the best thing to do at this time is to seek compromise that may work, not for the Democrats or the Republicans but, for America. The Republicans cannot say that the President thinks that he knows it all and did what he wanted. However, the President can say that he tried to work with the Republicans to solve the problems of America, but that the Republicans put obstacles in his way at every opportunity, playing politics.

  6. PghRich September 4, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    To jay and anyone else that think that staying home and NOT voting in Nov is making a statement you are dead wrong.

    Jay makes an intelligent comment/responses to Your Black Worlds attempt to turn Black Folks against President Obama. He than make the asinine statement “No I won’t vote republican. I’ll simply not vote”.

    Hear me Sir and to any other thinking BLACK person that voted for the President and would vote for him in 2012.

    If you stay home and do not vote in Nov. 2012 you ARE VOTING for the republican by your no-vote.
    Please tell me this ! Who do you suggest as an alternative to President Obama. Other than the thirty pieces silver those who try to un-seat the president will receive, what benefits will Black folks received by make Obama a one term President

  7. Anonymous September 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    The problem for my perspective is that our President try to hard to reason with unreasonable namely the republican party who only want to undermind him at every turn.

  8. Anonymous September 5, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    As a life long Democrat, I envision President Obama, beginning his historic address on Thursday Sept. 9, 2011 like this, “Good evening, as your elected President I want the to reduce the 9.2% unemployment rate by putting people to work on repairing bridges and roads in the great state of (insert John Boehner’s district).” Repairing and upgrading the 15 schools (this is just an example) in (Eric Cantor’s district or Michelle Bachman’s district) In other words call the republicans out. Then end with asking the American People to ASK their federal, state and local officials will they support the funding of these programs that will create jobs and reduce the unemployment rate. I think he should avoid the word infrastructure and be very specific.

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