democracy. now.

WH: In video-taped remarks, President Obama sent an important and very clear message today to President Alassane Ouattara, Laurent Gbagbo, and the people of Cote d’Ivoire:  the United States recognizes President Ouattara as the rightful leader of Cote d’Ivoire and calls on Laurent Gbagbo to step aside in the best interests of the country and its people…

The United States is not alone in standing by the people of Cote d’Ivoire.  The international community is united in recognizing President Ouattara as its duly elected leader…


AFP: Hundreds of Liberian “mercenaries” have gone on a rampage of rape, murder and looting in the western Ivory Coast region of Guiglo, a virtual lawless zone, the UN refugee agency says.

Spokesman Jacques Franquin told AFP on Friday the mercenaries are an opportunistic “third force” taking advantage of post-election clashes between troops loyal to strongman Laurent Gbagbo and those supporting internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara.

“They loot, they rape, they kill,” said Franquin, of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Abidjan.

11 Responses to “democracy. now.”

  1. 1 bonkers
    March 26, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Whoa, Michelle or his daughters have got to make sure he gets some rest. Judging by his eyes, he looks really tired. We’ve got to keep this man fresh and firing on all cylinders!

  2. 2 NewCenturyWoman
    March 26, 2011 at 12:52 am

    I am so glad the President has made a statement about this. I ran across a criticism on the internet the other day suggesting that the U.S. was turning a blind eye to what is happening now on the Ivory Coast. I knew that couldn’t be true under our President. Thank you, again, President Obama. You’re changing the world in ways we could have never imagined.

  3. 3 anniebella
    March 26, 2011 at 4:43 am

    We all can pray for all people who want a chance to live in a free and just society.

    • 4 Ladyhawke
      March 26, 2011 at 8:05 am

      I am constantly reminded of the Dr Martin Luther King quote that President Obama referenced in his speech after Mubarak fell. It just explains what is happening in the Middle East perfectly.

      There is something in the soul that cries out for freedom.

  4. 5 lisa
    March 26, 2011 at 8:25 am

    You know what I dislike intensely? Polls about what we(not really, because much like Andi Rooney, I’ve never been polled),think of our leader. Whenever I see a new poll, I always wonder, what’s his poll on us? I mean, according to many moderate observers, the Prez has fulfilled 85% or more of his campaign promises, pulled us out of what could have been another great depression, has had to contend with disasters not of his own making, all while rebuilding our image and keeping us safe. So the question to me is, not if we as the American people are disappointed in him and his job, but if he is disappointed in us? From the get go, he’s talked about how change doesn’t happen overnight, it takes hard work, there are set backs, compromises must be made. We’ve been warned about not endowing him with special powers because he’s just a man who has a vision of our future and he wants that future for his children and us. And yet, after all his cautious optimism,people who voted for him are now turning their backs on him because instead getting 100 of what they wanted on health care, he got them 85-90%, a damn good deal in any brokering. Instead of digging in and retaining the hope, so called ‘supporters’ are now, (pardon the disgusting term, don’t like to use it anywhere near any reference to the prez, but…)stabbing him in the back. I think sometimes, at the end of an exhausting day, after dinner with the family and putting his girls to bed, he thinks: what the fuck am I doing here? and if he does that, it’s a mark of his courage and strength that he goes to bed and wakes up the next day to do it all over again. I also think, we as a whole, out of everything he has to contend with, are his greatest disappointments. But again, sometimes, just sometimes, when we are able to, we show him that, though others have turned from and against him, his staunchest allies, his fiercest supporters have been right there with him, all the time.

    • 6 Gloria Powell
      March 26, 2011 at 10:18 am

      Lisa, you articulate what has been an ache in my heart since ACA was passed into law. Too many Americans are so not ready for this visionary, transformative President. I pray that he can draw enough strength and support from the rest of us for the way forward.

    • 7 BIGFan
      March 26, 2011 at 11:06 am

      lisa, your statement is profound. You have given me lots to think about. What an interesting thought: what is his poll on us?

    • 8 Theo67
      March 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      Lisa – you hit the nail on the head. The faith that both President Obama and the First Lady have in the American people is often cited by both of them as the source for their strength. But, I agree with you, too many of those in the American people group give one pause. The lust for war, the incredible level of hatred thrown at this couple, the purity trolls who can’t be grateful for the awesome work that this Administration has accomplished in very little time and against all odds. You captured the sadness of the situation. The President fought for success in his campaign to become president. He won fair and square. Nobody is saying that he can’t be criticized, but what we’re seeing is beyond constructive or simply criticism. It’s hate filled in many ways, and it surely must make him question the character of those he leads, and the country he wakes up every day to fight for. Especially at a moment like this – when the US did something right, and it’s still portrayed as something very wrong. So sad.

    • 9 Sue in Minnesota
      March 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm

      Poignant and achingly true.

      PBO has always attempted to engage us beyond the position of arm chair quarter-back, a position that is hard to dislodge Americans from. One beneficial aspect of the situations going on in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, et al, is that confronted with reality, more and more people are awakening from their stupor, getting off the sidelines and engaging directly in civil protest, activism, and the direct efforts required to affect change. I find this both encouraging and disquieting. I do not have as much faith in the level of awareness and resolve of Americans as our President does. None of this is short haul….takes determination, dedication, conviction, a willingness to persevere, and patience. If only we could bring about change with the flick of a switch, but without the struggle and effort most of the lessons of change would be lost on us. And lord knows the complacency of the arm chair is forever calling to us.

  5. 10 anniebella
    March 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    lisa…Thank you for your words. I couldn’t have said it better. Every chance I get I let people know, family, friends, whomever, that I still support my President 100%.

  6. 11 HZ
    March 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Oh, Lisa, thank you for those profound thoughts. You spoke my heart in your words. Thank you. This is what I just discussed with some friends on Thursday evening. I hope and pray each day that he will not give up and stay fit in his mind, soul, and faith that he will make the difference in the world. I know everytime he holds a little baby, he must feel that his work is not in vain. “This is for your future, little one.” Everytime he says goodnight to Sasha and Malia, he must say, “Yes, I am tired sweethearts, but daddy must do this for you and Sasha and all the children in this country and around the the world.” I know that he must feel this, and it keeps him going each and everyday. It has to because certainly if he had to feast on the hate and bitterness that is spewed at him every minute of the day, he would just go away. But President was raised by three very strong people in his life from what I have read. His DNA is very strong. Now we just have to start pulling from our good DNA and perform the job that our Maker has created us to perform. Do good to ALL mankind. Help someone to have a better opportunity even than some of us have had in our lives. All of you are so point-on let us stand up and support him daily. Let him know that we have his back, believe in him, and want the things that he sees and believe that we can accomplish together as a country. Leave the naysayers on the sidelines and let us move forward with our President for the goodness of all mankind. I am 66 years of age, and I have NOT seen this type of man serve in that Oval Office with such a sincere passion, compassion daily(and we can see it daily because of technology), and focus, an determination to make us a greater nation and bring hope and peace to the world in such a way that is to be so appreciated. He sees what hope and hardwork can bring us into the future as a great nation of people. I hope we will not miss our opportunity to work with him in good faith. Thank you all for your vision to go with your President.

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