President Barack Obama waits in the Lower Press Office of the White House before the start of his press conference, Dec. 7, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  1. 1 Carol
    December 8, 2010 at 8:24 am

    For those who want to let Obama and Congress know that we support the deal, I have a few contacts. Right now the poutragers are tying up the phones.

    White House Contact Page, has both the address and a contact form:


    202-456-1414 Switchboard

    I have a petition:

    According to this site, these petitions go straight to Congress and are read. Don’t know how true it is, but it can’t hurt to try this.

    I have an idea. Can we send supportive Christmas cards to the White House as well, not to mention postcards? The address is on the White House Contact page.

    I have discovered you site thanks to blackwaterdog’s. Up until last week or so, I never thought we needed a pro-Obama site, but with nearly the entire left blogistan aflame this week, there needs to be voices of reason here. I don’t know what everybody was thinking-I always knew Obama was a moderate pragmatist who would rather have results than symbolism. Being a community organizer means that you focus on the results you can get for the people you serve, not on things you can’t get right now. Obama went to a depressed neighborhood and worked with the laid-off steelworkers and others to get some results. These are (and were) people who needed good results, not rhetoric. And he’s also one of those people as well. He knows what it’s like not to have much-a child of a single parent, a single parent who apparently didn’t get much, if any support from Barack Sr. Living like that means that you are oriented towards results that really help.

    I’m not thrilled about rich people not paying more now, but frankly I would rather have this than people being charged an extra $3,000 at a time when times are hard enough. We can revisit all of this at a time and a place where we could have a substantive debate and perhaps a comprehensive reform plan put on the table. That’s one more thing. Last summer, the Democrats saw this coming. At that point, Congress could have crafted a solution that would have taken effect as soon as these cuts expired, but they punted the discussion until after the election, when it’s hard (no matter which party held Congress) to get something going before the end of the year. So now Obama has to come up with something at the last moment to keep people from freezing to death in their cars over the Winter.

    Many would do this-some are barely holding on to houses and apartments as it is with the unemployment they were getting, and if this lapses, it will be at least a month before Obama and Congress can take it up again. Can we really afford that month because of hurt pride?

  2. December 8, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I support the president’s decision and position in the latest deal he made, with the party who refuses to deal for anyone but the very wealthy..My son is out of work through a failure of business.. and it would be sad if for no reason of his making he would have to lose his house, car, and feeling of self worth..I would hope we would face reality, and work to improve conditions– Dottie

  3. December 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you for the link to that petition; it makes it easy to send emails and/or letters to all my reps. I’ve been signing everything I can find to support. After I sent it, it told me I was the 8th person in Illinois to send. I certainly hope there are more soon.

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