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Michelle Obama fires up students, supporters




GREENVILLE — Thousands stood in line for hours to get inside Minges Coliseum at East Carolina University in Greenville, only to go inside and wait again.

But all of the waiting didn’t stop the excitement building inside the stadium as the crowd anticipated the arrival of first lady Michelle Obama.

"Fired up and ready to go,” the crowd chanted.

When that chant would subside they chanted "four more years.”

Obama was making a swing through North Carolina Wednesday talking to voters about why her husband, President Barack Obama, should be reelected to office.

Speaker after speaker got up to encourage those who were there to register and vote and to get others registered and to the polls.

Wilson resident Pat Fitch, who also attended the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, said she didn’t get to see Obama’s speech there. Wednesday, Fitch was determined to hear her close up and personal.

"I am so excited,” Fitch said. "I’m very interested in the message she will bring to keep us fired up. She, of course, is not the policy maker and she isn’t elected to office, but she can reassure us, while we are up close and personal that her husband, President Barack Obama, is working hard to make this country better — to help restore this country to its greatness. I believe she is going to say just that.”

Wilson County resident Alice Freeman was also in Greenville to hear the first lady speak.

"I am just here living in the moment,” Freeman said. "What a wonderful moment it is. I’m so excited about it.”

The screams drowned out all of the sound of Stevie Wonder’s song, "Higher Ground,” when Obama walked in the stadium. Some people stood the whole 30 minutes she spoke.

Obama told the group that she and her husband identify with working-class families because they grew up in ordinary working-class families.

"Barack had great respect for his mother,” Obama said. "I saw how proud he was that she put herself through school while supporting him and his sister as a single mom. I saw the tenderness he felt for his grandmother. I saw how grateful he was that long after she should have retired, she was still waking up every morning catching the bus to her job at the community bank.”

Obama said Barack Obama watched as his grandmother was passed over for jobs because she was a woman. She reminded the crowd that the first bill he signed was to give women equal pay for equal work.

Obama reminded the crowd of what was going on when her husband took office and took time to remind them of what she believes has been accomplished during his administration.

"Our economy was on the brink of collapse, you hear me?” she said frankly. "Newspapers were using words like melt down and calamity, an economy in shock.”

Obama talked about home foreclosures, an auto industry that was in crisis and jobs ending.

"The economy was losing 800,000 jobs every single month,” she said. "A lot of folks wondered if we were headed for another Great Depression. That is what Barack Obama faced on day one as president. That’s where we were as a country. But instead of pointing fingers, instead of placing blame, Barack Obama got to work.”

Obama said her husband was thinking of people like his family when he cracked down on lending abuses.

"So now today, when you apply for a mortgage or credit card, you know exactly what you’re getting into,” she said. "That’s why he cut taxes for small businesses and working families. He believes that in America teachers and firefighters shouldn’t pay higher tax rates than millionaires and billionaires.”

Obama credits her husband with getting the auto industry back on its feet.

"Today, new cars are rolling off the line from proud American companies like G.M.,” Obama said to the roaring crowd. "And yes, we have a long way to go to rebuild our economy. We have had 30 straight months of private sector job growth. A total of 4.6 million new jobs, good jobs, right here in the United States of America.”

Obama told the crowd health reform was the right thing to do.

"Because of health reform our parents and our grandparents on Medicare are paying hundreds of dollars less for their prescription drugs. Today our young people, like many of you here, can stay on your parents’ health insurance until you’re 26 years old.”

Then she told the cheering crowd that she nor her husband would have been able to attend college without financial aid.

"When we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bill was actually higher than our mortgage,” Obama said. "Believe me, when it comes to student debt, we’ve been there. And that’s why he’s fought so hard to double funding for Pell grants.”

She asked North Carolinians to take advantage of early voting.

"I want you to remember what we do for the next 48 days will absolutely make the difference,” Obama said. "This will be a close race. We will have to work.”

She told the crowd that in the last election North Carolina chose her husband by 14,000 votes. She said that amounts to five votes per percent. Obama said voting for her husband boils down to having hope for the future.

"It’s the same hope I saw on my father’s face as I crossed the stage to get my diploma,” she said. "The hope that Barack’s grandmother felt as she cast the ballot for the grandson she loved and raised. The hope of all those men and women in our lives who worked that extra shift, who saved and sacrificed and prayed so that we could have something more. The hope so many of us feel as we look into the eyes of our own kids and grandkids today.”

She said it is important to give the next generation a solid foundation to go after their dreams.

"We want to give all of our kids in this country opportunity worthy of their promise,” Obama said. "You see all of our kids are worthy. We want to give them that sense of limitless possibilities and belief that here in America, the greatest country on the planet, there is always something greater out there if you’re willing to work for it.”

Fitch, after hearing the speech, said Obama delivered the speech she was expecting.

"I am fired up and ready to work,” Fitch said.

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luchie said...

I am not proud that our first lady michele obama . she look like she is always angry. is she scared that if her husband will not be reelected she won't be able to have alavish vacation that the tax payers pay for it?

Friday, November 02, 2012 at 5:01 AM
twindad said...

To "Pat who?",
Did you read the article, sir or ma'am?! The article quotes Pat "People Skills" Fitch -- not just once, but twice -- hence, the question in my post: WHY bring "People Skills" Fitch into the equation?! Hence, the statement in my post: It's enough to make you vote Republican!

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Pat who? said...

Who said anything about someone named Pat Fitch?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM
twindad said...

I personally believe President Obama is a far better choice than the alternative, Mitt Romney.
Having said that...why in the world bring Pat "People Skills" Fitch into this equation? Lord have mercy, that's enough to make a person vote Republican!!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 4:00 PM
@just saying said...

Exactly! She has no class and should not be a first lady. She probably is a good person and has good intentions, but she looks like she could spike a volley ball not be a proper First Lady.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 8:40 AM
Ann R,control freak said...

Stop!!!!!! Just stop!!!!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 10:10 PM Just sayin' said...

She really does look "fired up." Wonder what she'd been smoking? All of her photos looked kinda wild. Wonder how much her outfit cost us taxpayers? Please let's send her back to Chicago...or Hawaii, or Kenya, or wherever Barack REALLY comes from!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 4:06 PM @re:OhNo said...

Who said anything about you being or not being a Christian or your principles? The challenge was to avoid putting your faith in a label and your intelligence. I found there are those who have a certain label but actually don't carry the same beliefs as many in their party. Hence why I've NEVER voted straight ticket. Pull out all the scripture you want, but God never said anywhere in the Bible to vote straight ticket. Don't cloud the debate with religion...It was not mentioned. Of course your next rebuttal will be about race, right?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 3:38 PM To:@re:Oh No said...

I am a Christian first. I would vote for a democrat if the candidate was against abortion, believed in workfare, believed in marriage between one man and one woman. But if they held these same beliefs they would not be a true democrat would they. And before you criticize my Christian principals, let me point out that all of my views can be supported with Scripture!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM to "@ $4 gas" said...

Excellent points, all.
As far as referring to my education, my point was that even those who are well educated don't fully understand all of the nuances of foreign policy. Yet we expect 17-25 year old, unemployed and uneducated youths in these countries to understand the complexities of what's going on around them? We see the protests on TV and assume they know exactly why they're acting as they are? My point, if you cared to notice, was exactly what you said: Unless we're there, we don't understand. Yet we immediately judge them and say "THEY" hate America. No they don't. Not all, and not all for the same reasons. many in these protests are being fed propaganda from various factions both within and without their countries, including the United States.
So... my point is not that a. you're an idiot or that b. I'm brilliant. My point is that when we start using words like "Them" and "they" we, as you rightfully implied, show our ignorance. It's nice that you point that out in my comments, but do you recognize your bias in your statements too?
And to your point about travel... I'd be glad to compare passports, and I am old enough to remember Vietnam. It'd be nice to see a few less assumptions from commenters in this forum and a little more listening to counter-conversations.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 8:56 AM @re:Oh No said...

So you ASSUME the people you vote for have your same goals, morals, ethics, stance on major issues, etc as you just because of their label?? Oh my god. Again i say voting straight ticket is showing someone's ignorance to the democratic process. Sorry.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM @re:Oh No said...

So, you vote Republican because you support less government involvement in your self-centered life. If someone chooses to marry someone you think is wrong for them, you'd like government to intrude in their lives to make you feel good. If a woman or a couple want the freedom to make reproductive health choices that disagree with what you believe is right, you want the government to step in and intrude in their lives to make you feel good. In truth, you like Very Big government in others' lives to make you happy. In truth, you want very big government in my life, not yours. Which is why I'm voting Democrat.

Monday, September 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM To :re: Oh No said...

No, I vote with the party that most closely reflects my morals and values. And that has led to me more times than not voting straight republican! I support workfare, not welfare. I support lower taxes. I support government having less involvement in my life. I support the right to bear arms. I support marriage defined as a union beetween one man and one woman. I do not support abortion. This means 99% of the time, I vote republican because most democrat candidates are the exact opposite of everything that I believe and stand for!!!

Monday, September 24, 2012 at 1:53 PM re: Oh No said...

Anyone who pulls the straight ticket lever is doing your "right to vote" an injustice and those who defend our freedoms. You should look at each and every person and look at what is important to you and your family and select based on the best person to do the job and represent you as a citizen. In my 40 years of voting, NEVER have I found everyone on my party to be who needs to be in office. Voting on labels is not very smart IMO.

Monday, September 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM @responding to black said...

Never mentioned "race" and the Whitehouse, but it was related to crimes as someone else was suggesting. Its a fact; dispute it with your facts please to prove me wrong. As far as Michele Obama, she is not classy based on seeing her and hearing her in person and on TV. I don't know you, so I can't comment on your class. But having a four year degree or accepting welfare has nothing to do with class but I guess you felt the need to give us those facts because you stereotyped your own race. And as "white lady" said, most discrimination today is reverse discrimination.

Monday, September 24, 2012 at 12:43 PM @ $4 Gas said...

Well let me say I am willing to bet you've never spent time in country in the Middle East. I have on more than one occasion so you only know what you read and what you see on television I am quite sure. Until you've spent time there you cannot possibly understand the people or the complexities of the region. As far as your don't ask don't tell stance do you really think if you spend time with someone in as close a quarters as you sometimes are in combat you do not know their sexual preference. My wife's oldest brother did four years on boomers in the Navy. Your personal space is about 3' x 3'. You share a rack with someone else while you are on watch they are asleep and vice versa when you are off. Everybody in the military knows who and who is not heterosexual. This is strictly a political appeasement to garner votes from those that are gay or extremely liberal. When the bullets start flying over your head you do not care who is gay and who is straight. In the last 12 years a little over $550 billion has been spent on the war in Afghanistan. Of that amount do you realize that over 350 billion of that was spent by the Obama administration in the last four years? Of the roughly 2100 casualties the US has suffered in the last 12 years over half of those have been in the last four years under Obama. Since you love to talk about how well educated you are you can take some of that vast knowledge that you have acquired and put it to use in researching what I have just told you. You see I am retired from the military so I have a unique perspective on that part of the world. I too have an advanced degree beyond high school also. If it was not for people like me people like you would be speaking German or possibly Japanese. As far as your comments about occupying their lands or drone strikes let me inform you that we keep over 20,000 troops on the demilitarized zone in South Korea. If that's not occupation I don't know what is. We have also for years had thousands of troops in Europe particularly Germany to front the aggression of the Soviet Union. I don't remember any of these countries rioting and burning our flags or beheading innocent civilians. I guess you don't remember the women's rights issues such as stoning or flogging that took place in some of these countries before we “occupied” them. What you do not understand is that there are people in the world that just don't like us because we are Americans. You blame global unemployment and poverty for the reaction in the Middle East? Do you realize it is a fact that the average fighter in Afghanistan survives off of less than 1100 cal a day and it has been that way for decades? I'm pretty sure you're not old enough to remember Vietnam or possibly not even the overthrow of the Shaw. I say this because in your posts you say your children have not gotten their college education yet so you're not old enough to remember some of the things I've talked about and why we do what we do around the world as a nation. When Obama was first elected he went to Cairo and apologized for everything so if your theories were correct about how we treated people that we should all hold hands and sing campfire songs. Contrary to popular belief things such as indecisiveness or hesitation is looked upon as weakness and an opportunity to exploit. Just turn on your television I think you'll see what I'm talking about. One more thing in your post you also said we should be more tolerable and accepting of their anger. I think it is fair to say that we are the most tolerable nation on earth you would know this if you have ever traveled abroad. My suggestion to you is take some of that money you've earned with your vast knowledge that you acquired through your extended education and travel. Just because your neighbors are from Africa doesn't make you a Rhodes Scholar and it certainly doesn't make you an expert in foreign affairs.

Monday, September 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM Responding to @Black said...

I'm not sure if roughly 10% of the US population (black people) commit most of the crime in the country. How about white collar crime that steals billions each year? Did you count that or did you just focus on black people? Ugh!! I hate when the conversation turns to race.

Monday, September 24, 2012 at 8:57 AM OH No! said...

I am a conservative and typically vote straight republican. This year will be an exception. I just saw an ad for Pat mcCrory starring none other than Wayne Gay. He says, once a sheriff always a sheriff. This truly sickens me! I guess McCrory does not know about the insensitive remarks Wayne made after he lost his race about the black community. I guess he does not know about all of the controversy surrounding Gays term as sheriff. Guess Wayne is trying to get a nice appointment in Raleigh. I betcha McCrory does not win Wilson County! Maybe someone should contact the Dalton campaign and fill them in on all of Gay's skeletons! I could see that in an ad!


Monday, September 24, 2012 at 11:36 PM @black said...

The reason it fits is because (white lady) looks at everything through the lens of racial injustice against black people in the past. Today the majority of injustice against all people in the USA white or black is committed by blacks. (White Lady) wants apology for past wrongs but could care less about today's injustice.

Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 9:33 AM Responding to "Black" said...

I hate when these comments turn to race. I'm a black woman, work hard, have a 4 yr college degree, own a home, don't steal, and definitely pay taxes (no, I do not receive government funding). So, what class would you put me in? Just wondering.

Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 1:49 AM black said...

Sorry, but its a proven point that the majority of crimes are committed by black people in NC. sorry, it is just the facts. Not sure how that fits in to this story, but that aside..anyone who votes for Obama just simply has their head in the sand or they simply do not understand economics. And as someone else said, yes we need CLASS in the whitehouse. Michele just is not a First Lady anyone will remember or want to remember.

Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM @PHD said...

As a white woman, I stand by my comments - sorry they make you sick. I've had neighbors who had trashy yards, cars in the yard, etc - both black and non-black. I've had my purse stolen by black kids; a relative's home was broken in to by black neighbors; and I've been threatened by people who happen to be black and people who happen to be non-black. Fact is, there are millions of people in this country with living memories of being denigrated, shamed, discriminated against, etc for no other reason than the color of their skin. White power is a fact and I don't blame people of color for their anger one bit. I understand where Michelle Obama is coming from. And yes, it is 2012 and she is proud to be an American, as I am...but there's always room for improvement. Deal with your anger.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM $4 Gas said...

P.S.
I didn't comment about the terrorism, protests or the death of our ambassador because we're still learning more about what happened and who is responsible. As far as the protests, global unemployment and poverty is much more to blame than our American President. It's looking like the anti-American sentiment displayed in these protests is largely in part to a. ignorance b. fear. c. valid concerns about drone strikes, military provocation and a decade of Americans with guns occupying their lands. I'm pretty well educated and I don't understand it all. Maybe we should't rush to judge their anger as much as respond with honesty and acceptance. What do you think?
My next door neighbors in Wilson are from Africa, and they've taught me a lot about inclusion and acceptance. They've also helped me see the world through a wider lens.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 7:13 AM $4 Gas said...

As for the second comment re. what has Obama done.
I don't need to give 5 or 10 or 100. I'll give the ones that matter most to me.
1. Repeal don't ask, don't tell. Anyone who has had to lie about who he or she is, in order to hold a job, especially one as dangerous and important as a military one, understands, deeply, how important this was.
2. Affordable Care Act. On the personal level, I have kids in college (which eliminates me from the other posters' "young and impressionable" lunacy). The fact that my child can stay on my insurance for the duration of his college career is a significant savings for my family.
3. Pell grant expansion. My graduate degree is partly due to the grants I received as a student. So, too, President Obama's expansion of this program will allow my children to receive an excellent education.
Use of tax money on domestic programs like education, infrastructure, and affordable health care seems much more valuable to me than spending it on foreign wars we never even put into the federal budget, much less had money to pay for.
I liken the last 12 years to a parent (President Bush), running up his child's credit cards, and then asking his brother (President Obama) to take care of the mess.
The list of proposals you offer from Mitt Romney as to why you're voting FOR him... are there details to these plans, or are they propositions he'd like to see happen? As far as repealing "Obamacare," what is it about low-cost insurance that bothers you? Is it the deficit? Perhaps President Clinton's surplus shouldn't have been squandered by the Bush / Cheney white house?
Without the details of these Pro-Romney policies, and the political ability to move them through congress, these seem to be nothing more than political persuasion to rally votes. That's my opinion, and the reasons why I hold it.
Sincere best wishes to your family of 8. Whether we acknowledge it or not, we're all in this together.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 7:06 AM $4 Gas said...

To "@ $4 Gas"
CNN=Kool Aid comment. Really? When journalists say something with which conservatives disagree, the go-to response is always "look at the source." It's unbelievable that so many buy into the myth of the liberal media and have the audacity to doubt the credibility of EVERY journalist with whom they disagree. The fact that it happens in the local media, ie. the paper whose platform we are now using, is preposterous, but it happens all the time.
There is now, and has always been in the United State, bias in the media. If anything, in our current climate, this bias is for advertising large corporations and the inundation of useless infotainment, not anti-conservatism or pro-liberal propaganda. So don't give the "kook-aid" bull. That's a cop out for feeble minds.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 6:56 AM @ PHD said...

I enjoyed your aphorism, and reading your later posts, agree with it entirely. I'll be looking forward to more misinformation, ignorance, and bitterness the coming weeks/months/years.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 4:18 AM PHD@said said...

I would respond to your comments but I don't think this room I'm in would hold the vomit. It's 2012 for heavens sake!!!! I have had three neighbors murdered by blacks,two neighbors held up at gunpoint by blacks and a neighbors house broken into by blacks and I could mention more, all in recent years,haven't heard any apologies yet!!!! Look at the mug shots in this paper!!! We are talking about 2 priviledged people here, wake up lady.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 9:45 PM @PHD@said said...

As a white woman, I understand Michelle Obama's comment. I know that in this community, a little black child was not that long ago tapped on the shoulder in a downtown store by white police officers who proceeded to take her to the police station. At that point, her parents were called in and told their child had failed to open the door to a white woman who was entering Roses. They were told to take their child home and teach her how to treat white people. This is tjust one example of the kind of intimidation black people like Michelle Obama faced growing up in this "Christian, under God" country. The little girl I spoke of in Wilson is now less than 50 years old. Her parents were denied entrance to Barton College (when it was segregated Atlantic "Christian"). When white folks have even a smidgeon of empathy for the experiences of African Americans, they get Michelle Obama's comments. I'm proud of Michelle Obama and so are millions of Americans of every stripe. The majority of women in this country support Obama and think highly of Mrs. Obama. Some folks, however, don't have the heart to get it (they may have brains, but alas, no heart). To my knowledge, the Wilson Police Force has never apologized for their acts of fear and intimidation toward African American citizens in our community. I am not proud of America's past.

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 6:45 PM PHD@said said...

Was it not first lady Obama that said when her husband was elected ," it is the (FIRST)time I have ever been proud of my country"? Was it first lady Obama who said "all this for a damn flag"? Our America,after all this country has done and sacrificed to keep all people free and this woman has been proud of it 1 (one) time. The lives that have been given under that flag and she says (damn flag). Her preacher say's "God damn America" her husbands radical bomb planting friend (Bill Ayers) says "I wish I had done more".These people (THE OBAMAS) are not America, they are both bitter,subversive,anti-American socialist and the case is easy enough to prove. Mr. Obama says people "cling to their guns and bibles", given his way he will eliminate both. These people (THE OBAMAS) have lived the American Dream at the expense of the American Dream for others. They may not be done,but if elected for four more years America sure as hell will be! There were those in Nazi Germany who refused to call Hitler Mien Furer (and to their credit). There are those of us in the USA who refuse to ever recognize this pair as a (First Couple). We don't care if he was born in Washinton D.C. on the 4th of July and was as white as George Washington....History will look back one day and ask the question "How was this man elected president"?

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM Yep...Kool-Aid said...

The only folks infatuated with either Obama are the young, impressionable generation. They are too naive to know that they are being manipulated by unrealistic promises geared to appeal to their immature ideas about life. Some of them know no other life than being supported by the government, and they don't want the gravy train to stop. The Obamas don't The only folks infatuated with either Obama are the young, impressionable generation. They are too naive to know that they are being manipulated by unrealistic promises geared to appeal to their immature ideas about life. Some of them know no other life than being supported by the government, and they don't want the gravy train to stop. The Obamas don't come from poor backgrounds like they'd have us believe. Pretending to understand the struggles of average Americans is underhanded and blatantly manipulative, something the younger generation is too inexperienced to see. The American dream centers around capitalism and the belief that hard work is rewarded. Barack's dream for America is not. His dream scares the crap out of me! He cannot impress the average hard-working American who doesn't want 1/3 of his paycheck going to help those who are able to work but won't. We need to send the Obamas back to Chicago for many reasons, one of which is to save ourselves millions of dollars we've paid for Michelle's expensive outfits and 50-car entourages whenever she takes trips. That's how absurd it is to believe that the Obama family understands average American families!

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM PHD@PHD said...

It appears to me that you are intelligent enough that I should not have to argue with you at all but alas a fool convinced against his will, remains of the same opinion still. I concur with and repeat your closing line, TIME WILL TELL.

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM @ $4 Gas said...

You wanted 3 I will give you 5
Repeal Obamacare
Impose a regulatory cap of zero dollars on all federal agencies.
Amend NLRA to guarantee the secret ballot in every union certification election.
Eliminate Title X Family Planning Funding.
Eliminate taxes for taxpayers with AGI below $200,000 on interest, dividends, and capital gains.
I have more if you need more. These are important to me and are easy to understand if you know the issues. I believe that it should be about individuals not mass government. Just so you know there are 8 votes in this family so we will be voting for Mitt.
Now you tell me what has O done (3 things please) that makes you want to vote for him. Also you commented on the gas not the other things I said. I wonder why??

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 10:31 AM @ $4 Gas said...

Easy CNN= Kool-Aid. I noticed you have nothing to say about his Mideast policy. So here it is for you.
White House spokesman says deadly attack on US Consulate in Libya was an act of terror, but President Obama seems to backtrack, appearing to stick by story anti-Islam film is to blame, as Pakistan holds national day of protest.

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 9:42 AM $4 Gas said...

Someone below said, "Hey Obama, You see the Middle-East on fire and a dead ambassador plus $4 a gallon gas YOU BUILT THAT!!"
I have a question: If you believe the President is responsible for $4 gas, how do you explain this news story: (From CNNMoney.com, April 29, 2011) -- "The first three months of 2011 were good to the oil industry -- although American drivers and their elected leaders are not offering congratulations. This week, the world's six largest publicly traded oil companies reported a combined $38.1 billion in first-quarter profits. The windfall stems from a surge in the price of oil, which jumped 16% in the first quarter, rising firmly above $100 a barrel in March. But the spike in oil prices has been a blow to consumers, with gas prices rising near record highs across America. As a result, the oil industry has come under fire from lawmakers in Washington for reaping billions in profits while U.S. drivers get squeezed." The same was true for all of 2011 and now in 2012.
We, you and I as taxpayers, give the oil companies subsidies from our tax dollars, while they make ridiculously large profits. I'm not a "bleeding heart" or a "tax and spend" liberal. Anyone can see this is not a healthy system, and blowhards like you who perpetuate the myth that this President is to blame for high gas prices just make it worse.
It strikes me awfully funny that I see as many "vote against Obama" stickers as I do "Romney 2012" stickers on cars in Wilson. If you can't vote FOR someone, what does that say about your empty values as a party? Can you tell me 3 things Romney has said he would do, with facts and figures, and why that matters to you and your family? If not, perhaps you need to reconsider your vote?
Count our family (3 voters) in the President's column for sure.

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 7:57 AM said...

Some people cannot see how ridiculous they sound and call others haters. Just read your words and you will see where the hate comes from. This was a great article by Janet Conner-Knox about our and I repeat our First Lady. How very sad that you haters jump at the chance to put down our President and the First Lady. And as far as putting some class in the White House, you all certainly do not represent anyone with class by the constant hating remarks you put in the paper. If people like you continue to watch and believe Faux or excuse me Fox News, our country surely is doomed. Obama 2012. I can't believe anyone would even think about voting for Romney, you must not be in the 47%.

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 5:19 AM @ PHD said...

First off, you're mistaken in your first statement--Obama did not say that to Putin but to Medvedev, and the remark was made in response to Russia's displeasure about the impending missile shield going up in Poland. What NATO forces see as a defensive installation appears instead like a threat to Russia, since theoretically the missiles could invade and hit Russian cities. As I recall, America seemed to have a similar concern/problem back in the 60's when missiles were being transported to Cuba. So while that comment would indicate to you that Obama's a chameleon, I look at it and see foreign policy and attempts at diplomacy at work. However, I find it rather ironic that you would label Obama a chameleon, when the current Republican candidate is well documented as being among the most wishy-washy of them all. As others have correctly said before, all it takes is a look at his senatorial campaign 15+ years ago against Ted Kennedy to see what I mean. Look at his tenure while governor of Massachusetts and contrast it with his current campaign. He's been forced to abdicate his signature achievement (Romneycare), because of the current stance Republicans have taken on it (never mind the fact of its effectiveness in Massachusetts or the satisfaction of citizens with it). Or maybe you still think my head is in the sand (of course, I happen to have another opinion entirely). As for the recent Muslim uprising, I would suggest you read the article in the latest issue of Time to follow the course of events leading to uprisings. Despite your weak attempt to pin everything on Obama, you'll see that religious extremists (on BOTH sides) contribute to and conflagrate the problem, and the poorly made video is a prime example. The refusal to respect each other's beliefs is what leads to the violence, and how can we ever hope for peace when we refuse to accept each other for what we are? As for what I relate to you, you may try to label me as part of the 47%, but in looking at the choice before me in November, I look at the candidates and see Obama as the better of the two. Everybody touts Romney's 'business' experience, but nobody stops to question whether his 'experience' is really what we need. Private equity exists in the financial sector and focuses not on jobs but PROFIT. Despite what people may think, these two words are NOT synonymous, and it would serve all of us well to make that distinction. His ideas are largely the same as those of Bush back in 2000, and we can see where those policies led us. At the end of the day, Obama is a better candidate for President than Romney, which is why he will win re-election, and until the Republicans can actually nominate somebody with some solid ideas and a more moderate attitude, they will remain on the outside looking in. The truly interesting thing in all this will be how Republicans handle the defeat in November--will they learn from it and move more to the center, will they become even more reactionary and obstructive, or will they fragment into smaller sub-segments based on their core values (Tea Partiers/fiscal conservatives vs. social conservatives vs. RINO/moderate Republicans)? Time will tell...

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 4:28 AM @Lord help us said...

Bring class back to the White House? With foot-in-mouth-diseased-Mitt Romney? More than a few Republicans are distancing themselves from his less-than-classy elitist remarks.

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 11:12 PM PHD@PHD said...

My dear fellow, Mr Obama said to Mr. Putin "I can't do much for you now but after the election I'll be able to help you". Mr Obama is a chameleon,he changes colors and principals at the drop of a hat. The other lizards of the world have grown to hate the chameleon because they can not trust him, therefore the other lizards are burning him in effigy and shouting death to the chameleon (Obama). This film you refer to had nothing to do with this episode except to serve as an excuse much like renegade Americans use victory in a football game as an excuse to riot and plunder. This uprising was planned well in advance to commemorate 9/11. Even muslims don't show up at a spontaneous riot with grenade launchers and heavy arms. If you sir would get your head out of the sand and pay attention to facts you would know these things. The Obama administration sent there flunkies out wit a lie and now it's coming back to bite them, check me out on this!The only respect Mr. Obama is getting is from those sucking on the goverment teat, a goverment job or a handout. Oh I forgot,and those like you who will blindly follow the lizard no matter what. You who follow and support him will fair no better than those who oppose him, he is the classical lose/lose candidate!

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM @ Hey Romney said...

Hey Obama
You see the Middle-East on fire and a dead ambassador plus $4 a gallon gas YOU BUILT THAT!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 3:20 PM Hey Romney said...

You see the new lead Obama has over you in the polls? You Built That!

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM Lord help us said...

Its time to bring some class back into the Whitehouse. I don't care which side of the aisle you sit, it has to be better than what we had the last four years. One thing is 100% certain...He blamed Bush for what he inherited long enough....if he gets reelected just think of the mess he'll inherit this time! Writing checks is about all I remember him doing. What was it he promised? "I'll reduce the deficit in half during the first three years in office" Obama. It was 1.4 trillion when he took office, it was 1.3 trillion last month. Time for a "real" change this time with someone who really knows how the economy functions vs a socialistic handout.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM @@ PHD said...

If you believe that you have need to get off the kool-aid. You know nothing about what you are talking about. A mindless Obama follower.Turn the TV from MSNBC. This was a attack on the US. Yes Obama must take some of the blame because it took place on his watch. You do not get it. They do not and will not ever like us because who we are and what we stand for in their eyes.It has nothing to do with color or political party. It is because we are AMERICANS!!! The quicker you come to terms with that the better off you will be!

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM @ PHD said...

Are you actually blaming Obama for the protests going on in the Muslim world right now? Did you not see/read about the source of their anger, that bad joke of a short film 'The Innocence of Muslims'? With such a lopsided, uninformed comment, I would be surprised if you could spell your own name, much less hold a degree of that caliber. As for November's election, better luck next time--America will be fine and continue adding jobs under Obama, despite the obstruction and frustration of the Republican Party.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM corrupting young people said...

These young people have no clue and that's why he targets them and promises things that will never happen...wake up people.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM said...

Love me some first lady Michelle!

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM @the "saids" said...

What did Michelle Obama do to you???????? You republicans (im assuming) are so critical of everyone but your own.. smh

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM @said said...

Only if across the street was another country and they had to stay there!

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 10:14 AM PHD. said...

If Barry is working hard to help America and restore it to it's greatness please somebody tell him to stop, take another vacation, chill out! If he continues with his help we simply will not be able to contain the wealth and greatness he is producing. Who is responsible America's loss of greatness in the first place? America is the target of most of the world right now because of this inept empty suit, empty chair, president. If you believe there is a God, for His sake get over your (block vote) (racist self) notions and open your eyes to the truth. You can't be so blind that you can not see The Long Legged Mack Daddy for what he is. AND....You call yourself Christian...Whats Wrong With YOU! You will give an account!

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 10:09 AM said...

I would not walk across the street to see her.

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