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    Re: You voted for Obama because he was in line with your beliefs...

    I voted for him because he's black.



    No, but seriously. I was generally unenthusiastic about him because of his stance on civil liberties (his motto: "**** civil liberties"), but he claimed to be more environmentalist (did alright, but not great), and I thought he would add a greater note of seriousness to the presidency than we had before him (mostly right about that despite a few trip-ups -- his handling of the Libyan and Egyptian crises was pretty bad). I think his need to consider all the angles and approach things levelly was good but desperately needed a touch of that good old W. Bush "go **** yourself" can-do approach. Without that he missed some very important opportunities that we'll probably never get for a long, long time. But back to the election, it was Palin who got me off my ass to vote for Obama in the first place. Until she was in the election I was too apathetic to want to vote.

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    Re: You voted for Obama because he was in line with your beliefs...

    I voted for Obama because he was more inline with my beliefs than McCain was. So far my feelings about him are mixed. He's done well on some things, and not as well on others. Overall, I think he has done a slightly better job than Bush did, and has done a slightly better job than McCain would have done. He's nothing special, but he's not as bad as many conservatives are making him out to be.
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    Re: You voted for Obama because he was in line with your beliefs...

    i voted for obama, and i am not disappointed because the alternative was far worse. dear god, palin as vp?

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: You voted for Obama because he was in line with your beliefs...

    I voted for "mixed feelings."

    Obama has done well on some fronts. Passing the Affordable Care Act was the biggest domestic policy accomplishment in 45 years, and took steps toward addressing the single biggest problem this nation faces (although more work will need to be done). He's drawn down our troops in Iraq. He has also done well with repairing our relationship with Russia and with Latin America countries. And while it's easy to second-guess his actions on Arab Spring, I think he's overall done a reasonably good job. He's cautiously encouraged democracy, he's prodded Israel toward a peace settlement, and he's offered to help bankroll Egypt and Tunisia to protect their newfound accomplishments until they can get back on their feet economically. And he's begin making good on President Bush's commitments to help eradicate malaria, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa; this is an often-overlooked accomplishment for which both presidents deserve a great deal of applause.

    On other fronts, I'm more disappointed. The wars in Libya and Afghanistan (and the unofficial wars in Yemen and Pakistan) were unforced errors; Obama didn't have to commit American effort to those conflicts, but he did. Ultimately it's hard for me to see any benefit of our involvement in any of those places. The long-term effect, and perhaps even the short-term effect, is to anger the local population and make them resent us more. I'm pretty angry that he extended the Bush tax cuts for two more years, since all he had to do to end them was literally sit back and do nothing.

    Overall I think he's been pretty good. He's certainly the best president of my lifetime, and I plan to vote for him again unless something major happens between now and next November.
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    Re: You voted for Obama because he was in line with your beliefs...

    Not liking a lot of things.. namely his foreign policy. For those of my fellow liberals who say he has drawn down troops in Iraq, that was also what Bush was planning. Bush and the Iraqi PM had an agreement to withdraw all US troops by 2011. Obama is keeping us in Afghanistan until 2014, in a counterinsurgency role. That is absolutely ineffective and bad for this country. He wants to nation build over there just like Bush and it needs to end.

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    Re: You voted for Obama because he was in line with your beliefs...

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Can't answer, didn't vote for him...but at least this poll seems more objective than most, regarding the poll choices...so kudos.
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    I'd have to go with mixed feelings, for the same reasons dragon listed.
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    Re: You voted for Obama because he was in line with your beliefs...

    I voted for him because he was, at the time, the lesser of the available evils. He's been as bad as I expected. Voting the other way would have been worse. When will we get to actually vote *FOR* a good candidate instead of voting against a particularly bad one?
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    Re: You voted for Obama because he was in line with your beliefs...

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    This poll needs more options.....there is a big difference between disappointed because he went too far...and disappointed that he didn't go far enough....just sayin.
    The you would vote mixed feelings... or?

    And you can explain yourself.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    He's essentially the same as Bush. Did you like Bush?
    ROTFLOL... he hasn't budged one iota from Bush's policies on national security enacted post 911, though he flapped his gums a fair bit during the campaign about Gitmo and the like. To think... Obama is walking in lock step with Bush 43, Rummy and Cheney. Now ain't that a sight!

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    Re: You voted for Obama because he was in line with your beliefs...

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    The you would vote mixed feelings... or?

    And you can explain yourself.

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    Not really mixed feelings....I'm disappointed because Obama should have gone a lot further....he had a mandate to do so....and he didn't have the backbone to stand up to the Republicans in congress and the conservative Democrats who stood with the Republicans. Obama tried to play to much to the middle and tried to compromise when it was clear that there was zero chance that the Republicans would compromise. At that point....Obama should have said 'OK....screw all of you...this is what the American people elected me to do" and then done it. We would all be better off....instead....we got watered down/half-baked solutions to problems that required a lot more substance to them.
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    Re: You voted for Obama because he was in line with your beliefs...

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I voted for him because he was, at the time, the lesser of the available evils. He's been as bad as I expected. Voting the other way would have been worse. When will we get to actually vote *FOR* a good candidate instead of voting against a particularly bad one?
    Voting for the lesser of two evils leaves you with evil. If you want to find a candidate you can vote for, you may have to turn to outside the Republocrats.

    BTW, the only think Obama hasn't done that I expected him to before he took office was invade Pakistan. Otherwise, I expected him to behave pretty much the same as Bush. And he has.
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