Obama Re-Election Campaign Doesn't Need You to Agree With Him

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Barack Obama Re-electionPresident Obama is running for re-election in 2012. If you're thinking, "Tell us something that is news," here you go. Even in his campaign video, he's saying it's OK if you don't love him. The president is openly allowing people to criticize him in his own campaign video.

In a video dubbed "It Begins With Us," a host of supporters are driving home the message that he's got a country to run, so it's up to US to get him re-elected. But the one voice that stands out is a man named Ed from North Carolina. Because Ed is an Obama supporter, but he's no puppet. And the Obama campaign is completely OK with that. Says Ed:

I don't agree with Obama on everything. But I respect him and I trust him.

There. That's what we look for in a politician. Not a yes man who stands in front of us and tells us what we want to hear so we can agree with him (or her) on every single issue. No, the politicians who make us happy 100 percent of the time are lying to us and lying to themselves. Because it's human nature to cultivate opinions based on personal experience, and no two people have the same personal experiences -- not even identical twins.

In the past two and a half years, President Obama hasn't made me happy every day. There have been days when I've been downright pissed off. When he appointed Ben Bernanke and Tim Geithner to "watch over" our money, I did the typical American unhappy with her president grumbling about moving to Canada. Then I got over it. Because according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 311,102,692 Americans. He serves all of them, not just me. He has to try to make all of them happy at least some of the time, not just me.

Unfortunately, as Americans, we've lost the ability to balance our views and allow for disagreement. Between pundits screaming at us on TV and Internet debates that devolve into vicious, hate-filled rants, the death knell for civil discourse seems to have sounded sometime in the late '90s. And that goes for our politicians too. You're either with them or against them. Disagree, and you're branded unpatriotic, a terrorist. You can't simply be an American, with the Constitutionally-protected right to free speech.

That hive mindset has compromised one of the most valuable of American rights: our ability to cast a vote for our politicians. It's left us feeling too often like we vote against someone rather than for them, that we are picking the lesser of two evils.

But here's what you can take from Barack Obama's campaign video. There are no perfect politicians. You won't agree 100 percent of the time. And that's OK. He didn't promise to make me happy all of the time. He left room for disagreement:

It's too early to tell if he'll get my vote in 2012, but President Obama did something greater than securing votes with this video. He reminded me it isn't about ME; it's about WE, the entire country, and some compromise.

What do you think of the video? Were you surprised the announcement came now?

 

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angel... angelachristine

He may not need people to agree with him but he does need their votes and I can tell you right now he won't be getting mine or my husbands. 

PonyC... PonyChaser

He leaves room for disagreement? Really? The man who, during one of his first meetings with leaders of both parties over his economic policies, looked at the Republicans and said, "I won"?  The man who said that the "Republicans can come along for the ride, but they'll have to sit in the back seat"?


No. He does not leave room for disagreement. He trashes those who disagree with him, calling them his "enemies" and worse.


Further, the man is a liar. A blatant liar who spins them as easily as my grandmother spun wool into yarn.


The only time he told the truth was when he said that he wanted to "fundamentally transform" this country, and when he told Joe the Plumber that he "wanted to take your wealth and spread it around." He is a socialist, by his own words, and as far as I'm concerned, he's overstayed his welcome in OUR house.


He will not be receiving my vote in 2012. If our country makes it that long.

lazyw... lazywench

Um, there are a lot of people in this world that I respect and trust but no way in the world would I vote for them to be president.  While those are very good qualities to have, they are in no way indicative of how well an individual will do the job.  Also, it's very naive to look at it from a standpoint of "well he can't make everyone happy all the time so let's cut him some slack".  The man has a job to do and he's not been doing it very well at all.  That is what matters.

JAFE JAFE

He won't be getting any votes from anyone I know. The two people I know that voted for him last time were sorry in under 6 months.

Shanin22 Shanin22

You're absolutely right... elected officials are going to make hard decisions that we won't always agree with. But I'm only willing to stick with an elected official when they're making those decisions AND benefiting our country. I won't agree with all decisions that any president makes... but I need to know that they're making those hard decisions to improve foreign relations, health care systems, and the economy. I don't feel that Obama has made any improvement and I question the motives for many of his decisions. Thank god we live in a country that allows us to get rid of ineffective presidents after 4 years.

sgr123 sgr123

PonyChaser, you need to pay closer attention to what is going on in DC as your spin on things certainly isn't the whole truth.  But that seems to be the way repubs like to do things.  And contrary to what you think, socialism works very well in other countries.  The reason it wouldn't work here is because everyone is out for themselves.  Nobody wants to really help their fellow man.  Not to mention, you have no problem using social programs in this country, do you? 


He will receive my vote in 2012.  He is not a bad president, however, the politicians fighting his every move are not good reps for our country and need to be taken out of office.  McConnell is one that comes to mind.  They are the ones keeping Obama from being an effective president.  I wish I knew why they didn't have term limits like other officials.  If so, maybe something could actually get done.

bills... billsfan1104

So we are reminded by his followers that he has a country to run.  When does he run it?  Between the vacations and the NCAA basketball pics??  And as for the hateful rhetoric, all you have to do is look here on how hateful people are when you dont agree withObama.  You get called racist, ignorant, and a whole host of other words.  theStir bloggers including the one that wrote this, has a host of hateful blogs against republicans, Sarah Palin and her KIDS, and just in general if you do not agree with the republicans.  So if you guys want the heated rhetoric to stop, maybe you need to look at yourselves as well, instead of blaming us ALL the time.

hotic... hoticedcoffee

Nobody is keeping Obama from being effective except Obama.  His path is a socialist one, which is not an effective model in a country of people who are capable of working for a living, making their own decisions, and succeeding on their own merit.  Obama's goal is to have every American nursing off a big, bloated government teat....except of course for the "rich", since he'll need their money to fund all the entitlement programs.  I'm thrilled to see so many people who reject this man in particular and the Democratic party in general ---- there's no way for America to work it's way back to a respectable, successful country with democratic/socialist idealist running the show.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Sgr, what did I say that was "spun"?  I simply repeated things that Obama himself has said.

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