17
Apr
11

character

Rick Ungar (Forbes): …What the speech (last week) really did was reinforce what I continue to believe is this president’s most valuable asset – character. It is a trait of Barack Obama’s that is too often forgotten by progressives and conservatives alike … he has shown, time and again, that his decisions reflect a willingness to do what he believes is right while taking the political hits that come with courageous decisions.

This reality was never brought into sharper focus than last December when Obama elected to suffer the slings and arrows fired at him by his own supporters by swallowing hard and agreeing to the extension of the Bush tax credits.

Anyone who truly understood what was at issue in that fight – and the incredibly difficult choices available to the President – understands that Obama chose to pay the political price in order to ensure that millions of Americans who are out of work would continue to get their unemployment benefits. He was willing to take the hit from those who are supposed to be his friends so that he could protect the already suffering middle class from having to pay for the President’s political safety in the guise of the tax increases that were threatened for those who could least afford them.

That took character.

I was angry with progressives for their willingness to put someone else’s money where their mouth is .… it’s awfully easy to demand that the President stay true to his progressive roots and go to the mats with the Republicans as you sip a fine glass of wine with your friends inside a cozy bistro. Meanwhile, as you enjoy the conversation and drinks, you don’t even notice that poor fellow outside the bar who is offering to shovel driveways to make a few bucks so he can put a cheap dinner on the table for his children. He’s the one who lost his job and, if progressives had their way, would have been cut off from the only financial lifeline he had – all so that the liberals could feel more righteous in their willingness to battle the GOP using the snow shoveler’s money – not their own.

That is not progressive behavior – that is elitist behavior.

The wine drinkers were not the ones on the President’s mind last December. It was the cold guy on the outside who was the focus of Obama’s attention – and that is precisely as it should have been.

…I think the majority of Americans will agree with the President’s approach to our financial problems. Why? Because they know that character and clarity counts in a President … (last week’s) speech revealed that Obama has more than enough of both.

Read the full article here

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Thank you for sending me the link cat48, you’re a star – I adored this article


30 Responses to “character”


  1. 1 Pragmaticadult
    April 17, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Wow this is a beautiful article, made me get a little choked up.

  2. 2 Dorothy Rissman
    April 17, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Chipsticks, I want you to know I value you so much. thank you for all of your efforts. dr

  3. 5 kay360
    April 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    “I was angry with progressives for their willingness to put someone else’s money where their mouth is .… it’s awfully easy to demand that the President stay true to his progressive roots and go to the mats with the Republicans as you sip a fine glass of wine with your friends inside a cozy bistro. Meanwhile, as you enjoy the conversation and drinks, you don’t even notice that poor fellow outside the bar who is offering to shovel driveways to make a few bucks so he can put a cheap dinner on the table for his children. He’s the one who lost his job and, if progressives had their way, would have been cut off from the only financial lifeline he had – all so that the liberals could feel more righteous in their willingness to battle the GOP using the snow shoveler’s money – not their own.

    That is not progressive behavior – that is elitist behavior.”

    AMEN and Hallelujah!

    I work the blogs commenting to defend this President in response to some pretty noxious posts. Thanks, Chipsticks for providing me with another sling and arrow to do this.

  4. 6 Theo67
    April 17, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    What an absolutely EXCELLENT article – and for once, it was worth it to read the comments, too. The author continues battle in the comments area, and comes back time and again to refute the claims of the PL who are more interested in calling him an O-Bot, rather than facing the realities laid out in his article. What a lovely read, and so cleanly factual. Thank you for sharing!

  5. 7 bjw2
    April 17, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I just emailed this article to Bill Press, he ofen talks how he hate the tax deal,

  6. 8 Shirley
    April 17, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    This Is a great article, which gives our “Belove” President Obama credit, finally. Now If we can just get the Media to recognize all the good things that are being written and said about President Obama. I guess that would be asking far too much from the Media 😦

  7. 9 bjw2
    April 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I think we all should email this article to every Progressive who has been critical of the president.

    • 10 anniebella
      April 17, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      Okay Rachel Maddow should get one, Lawrence O’Donnell. Ed Schultz, those people at the Nation, Rep. Weiner, all them and most of the Progessive Left should read this.

      • 11 Yardarm756
        April 17, 2011 at 10:42 pm

        Anniebella you beat me to it. Oh yes, don’t forget Stephanie Miller too. i’m gonna send this to some of my snooty friends too.

  8. 12 kay360
    April 17, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Also, please read the comments. Rick fitfully defends his argument with readers throughout. I love it when bloggers get into the nitty-gritty of the debate with their readers. It really adds a new dimension to the discussion.

    • April 17, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      You were right about the comment section. I just read his posts though because the left is soooo predictable. I knew what the other comment was just by reading his answer. He hit on some points that I’ve been thinking for months like their total focus on rhetoric and how these guys are willing to hurt the American people just to win some ideological war.

  9. April 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    this is a good one…thank you.

  10. 15 Sonjia Duncan
    April 17, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Excellent article. We must spread it around the media know but they are not going to print anything like this. Just the opposite, watch the white house press conference and check out the questions they ask.

  11. 17 hgerhard
    April 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you, Chipsticks, for posting this article. I just forwarded it to Facebook and also emailed it to a number of “progressive” friends. I agree that this should be spread far and wide. It absolutely reflects the reality in which the President has to operate and I am thrilled that there are now some voices that give credit to him for superior character and clarity. Just love this – thanks so much. It made my day.

  12. 18 kelly
    April 17, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    The first time I read this article I had to stop and print copies of it and start following this guy. Now, days later reading it again, it still remains perfection. He put into words exactly what needs to be addressed.

    The truth yet the irony of this part…..

    “However, he also had a few Blue Dog Democrats who knew that a vote with Obama was a nail in the coffin containing their own political futures. ”

    The irony of course being most of those blue dogs (who helped to make the road to every legislation including HCR so difficult for out president) were voted out. 😀

  13. 19 anniebella
    April 17, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    I want to give this man a big hug. He tells it just like it is. We here know that we have a dam good President and I am so fed up with the ones who suppose to have supported him turning their back on him. Why can’t they see what we see? This is a dam good man and a dam good President. We need to email this article to afew friends or co-worker, or family member.

  14. 20 anniebella
    April 17, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Please excuse my language.

  15. 21 Asher in Boston
    April 17, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Simply excellent.

  16. 22 LunarSea
    April 17, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Egads That was great! I am so thrilled to see more and more people, writers, journalists etc speaking out more and more. Especially when their words echo my sentiments to precisely.

    Thanks a million. I’m just catching up on all these wonderful posts. They are a wonderful ending to what has been a nice spring day.

  17. 23 cat48
    April 18, 2011 at 12:18 am

    I’m glad you liked it Chipstick. I sorta knew you would so I sent the link! 🙂 It’s sad the way he’s attacked w/PL talking points……Good nite everyone, Carole

  18. 24 hopefruit2
    April 18, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Rick Ungar speaks for me – this article is spot on. Thanks Chipsticks and everyone on this lovely blogsite. Have a good night and I look forward to the rest of week with my Obamadiary and BWD family.

  19. 25 EDP4BHO
    April 18, 2011 at 12:26 am

    I’m printing this article and framing it. Rick rocks.

    • 26 anniebella
      April 18, 2011 at 6:19 am

      EDP4BHO, get that article to some of your family and friends. Frame it yes, but we need as many people as we can to see this article. Specially any who maybe having second thoughts about the President.

  20. 28 HZ
    April 18, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Thank you for this great article, Chipsticks. Thanks to all of your for your comments.

  21. 29 Andogriff
    April 18, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Excellent article Ms. Chips, I just took the liberty of sharing it with everyone I could. You do good work!

  22. 30 Carol Fairweather
    April 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I hate seeing articles that continue to separate us instead of trying to bring us together. Characterizing progressives as wine-sipping elitists (i.e. different from US) is as wrong as most other generalizations. We need to stand together for OUR president to be re-elected in 2012. We came together to elect him and now we need to stand together or we will lose. This is the time for concentrating on what we have in common. No group members will agree on everything, but if we insist on marching in lockstep, we will lose at a time when it is critical for us to win. GO OBAMA!


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