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11:15 AM on 02/03/2010
I wonder how the image of the president would change if the language used in news articles about him changed.
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nevergiveup
11:50 AM on 02/03/2010
I think President Obama is correct in his advice to turn off the TV—at least the fake news.

Everything is doom and gloom. Future failure. Nothing will work. We're doomed.

Is that really what you want to see, hear and believe about our President and Country?

Anyone out there capable of thinking for yourselves these days?

Guess not.
11:10 AM on 02/03/2010
So THIS President is to forego the trappings and security of office because some dolt at the Washington Post thinks he's "struggling" to connect with the middle class? Oh Really?

Funny... every event I see this President at demonstrates he fully connects with "average" Americans.

Now, if your definition of "middle class" or blue collar or "hardworking, real Americans" means tea-bag partyin', Glenn Beck lovin', Obama hatin', Palin-ese speakin' bigoted white folks.... then, you're absolutely right

And that's retarded......
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Decipherer
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11:35 AM on 02/03/2010
You nailed it, and thanks. People have got to stop believing everything they read, including clap-trap like this.
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nevergiveup
11:51 AM on 02/03/2010
Fanned for Talking Truth.
01:55 PM on 02/03/2010
talkin bs lol
11:09 AM on 02/03/2010
He may have started out middle class, but he has no intention of staying there. He wants to be rich and will do whatever it takes to get there. Making false promises to a bunch of desparate rubes is part of the price. But, he is just the current pitch man. He's much more articulate than his predecessor, but he's really no different. The top one percent intend to strip every penny they can from the rest of us so that we will be compliant serfs; willing to do whatever it takes to survive another day. This is an old play . When someone wrote "The price of freedom is eternal vigilence" they did not mean to to point guns at those in neighboring countries. The biggest threat to our freedom comes from within our own borders and they pretend to be good people. Don't pay too much attention to what they say. Watch what they do!
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11:13 AM on 02/03/2010
Yep. Don't vote republican.
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Decipherer
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11:32 AM on 02/03/2010
So, how did Jan. 2001 - Jan. 2009 work out for you? That's what Obama is trying his best to sort out.

I do not believe he is doing anything to enrich himself at your expense. He's even stated for the record that he'd rather be a successful one-term president than a mediocre two-termer.

Guess that one got by you.
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nevergiveup
11:54 AM on 02/03/2010
Agreed. Lots of that nability to think for yourself going around.

Clinton left office with a $200 billion federal budget surplus.

George W Bush left us with a 1.3 trillion dollar deficit.

And, apparently, it can't be restated often enough.

Our economic crisis, our jobs crisis, our banking crisis were all the creation of the Bush Administration and a Republican-controlled Congress.

If you can understand that fact, everything President Obama has done and is doing makes sense.
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11:06 AM on 02/03/2010
Middle Class Huh?
......Is that a Dog Whistle I hear??
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Palaver
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11:43 AM on 02/03/2010
No... but I did hear an echo.
11:05 AM on 02/03/2010
Funny how he connected with the middle-class at election time, then lost crediblity within a year of holding elected office.

My advice, Mr. President, is to do something that actually benefits the middle-class instead of Wall St., Pharma, the health insurance industry, etc.

And fire Rahm.
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Decipherer
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11:35 AM on 02/03/2010
Want fries with that?
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11:05 AM on 02/03/2010
Middle Class Huh?
......Is that a Dog Whistle hear??
11:02 AM on 02/03/2010
How the hell do you really know that President Obama is having a hard time connecting with the middle class??
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TWW0108
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11:05 AM on 02/03/2010
They don't. The right is trying to deflect from the @ss kicking that they got on Friday.
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11:06 AM on 02/03/2010
Because the Republi'cons say so.
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11:01 AM on 02/03/2010
What a pathetic article by someone who seems desperatly jealous. How is having standard presidential security detail and protocal elitist. How is having a decent education elitiest? Every President previous had about the same.
Seems to me the only one out of touch would be the author who forgot that it was a majority of the middle class that got him into office and for the most part still support him....not the top 1% (if that).
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11:08 AM on 02/03/2010
Exactly. Presidential security is essential. The h8ful repubs would like to see his security diminished, for some reason......
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TWW0108
America first! Politics be damned!!
11:12 AM on 02/03/2010
These are the same people that have no problem with carrying weapons outside places where the President is in attendance, such as there were in Phoenix. I would say something else, but of course, I would be accused of pulling the race card. ;)
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Level7
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11:34 AM on 02/03/2010
Yes, and now the republicans are screaming about his security detail. I wonder why?
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imb4me
12:46 PM on 02/03/2010
TWW0108.. you are so right, call it exactly what it is. "it is what it is" regardless if people want to admit it or not!!
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10:50 AM on 02/03/2010
Middle Class?? We're Riff-Raff. All we care about is paying our mortgage and putting food on the table.

Meanwhile you want to strap our kids and grandkids with so much debt that they won't be considered middle class either - they will be serfs, sitting in debtor's prison.

Don't worry Mr. President, the middle class will vote you out in 2012.
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10:54 AM on 02/03/2010
And the portion of that enormous debt due to unfunded medicare expansion, tax cuts for the wealthy, and an unnecessary war which are hallmarks of Bush policy don't count?
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naschkatze
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11:08 AM on 02/03/2010
It's all Bush's fault (which I agree with for the most part) isn't going to work as an excuse. So far, Obama has not turned around any of these problems, and yes, he can't do it all in one year, but he has ignored the problems for a whole year (unemployment, foreclosures, tax inequality) while he bailed out the banks and corporations. These are the issues he should have been addressing in his first SOTU last year. And, btw, Afghanistan is his unnecessary war now.
11:08 AM on 02/03/2010
The problem with the economy is due to the housing bubble caused by the government ran housing subsidies programs – the democrats baby.. felt necessary by them because why everyone deserves to own a home – we are not going to pay any attention to whether or not you can actually PAY for it or not and of course neither are you but you deserve one and we will force the banks to loan you money. Of course the banks took advantage of those who they were forced to loan to and those who could not afford it walked away from the loans because well ---- they could not afford it. Who pays the price? The middle class and we are really really tired of it!
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10:57 AM on 02/03/2010
Don't pin the depression on Obama. It's Bush's depression. Obama is trying to clean it up all the while being yelled at that he can't use the tools he has at his disposal.
11:10 AM on 02/03/2010
Don't blame it on a president, I'd say -- if a branch of government is culpable in regards to the recession, I think it's the legislature.
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10:49 AM on 02/03/2010
When the wife is wearing $540 sneakers and $1,580 coats, it might be a little difficult to connect with the bitter clingers out there.
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10:56 AM on 02/03/2010
And all the other first ladies wore sneakers from Goodwill? Please.
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Level7
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10:59 AM on 02/03/2010
Did Laura Bush shop at W-mart for her wardrobe? Did Sarah Palin?
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11:03 AM on 02/03/2010
Actually, Sarah Palin did shop at WalMart.

So she supported the Chinese. Why does she hat.e America? I don't know.
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11:08 AM on 02/03/2010
Sarah Palin buys diapers at WalMart:

http://military.rightpundits.com/2008/10/16/sarah-palin-buys-diapers-at-wal-mart/
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Level7
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10:44 AM on 02/03/2010
Struggles to connect with the middle class? Who do you think elected Obama? The top 1%?
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naschkatze
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11:00 AM on 02/03/2010
That's just it. He acts as if the upper 1%I elected him, and there's some truth to that because the campaign finances come from there, but it took the middle class to put him in office because even though the corporations now have personhood, it's still one man, one vote. So he has two masters to please, and in his first year of office he chose to represent Wall St. over Main St. Now he has problems.
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11:04 AM on 02/03/2010
HOW does he act like the upper 1% elected him?

HOW? What specific actions has he taken? Played golf? Please.

BTW, you DO realize that Wall St. FINANCES Main st. Right? Most likely not.
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saintaug1
10:40 AM on 02/03/2010
It now evident that Obama's promises to the middle class have gone unfullfilled thus far. He's a great politician which is both his strength and ultimately will be his downfall. He thinks he can tailer his speeches and promises to the crowd at hand and they won't bother to look back to see if theres a disconnect. The American public knows when they are being husstled and I think this is exactly what Obama is doing.
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nevergiveup
12:04 PM on 02/03/2010
Geesh. The President has been in office just over a year and you want the Republican policies of four decades fixed in that time?

Gosh, I hope you are a little less demanding of your wife, kids, family and friends.

President Obama continues to do an excellent job of turning our failing country around to create a better life for ALL Americans. He's sought advice from economists from both sides and done what they recommended to stop the free fall of our economy. He keeps proposing solutions that Republicans fillibuster—and then vote for.

The Republicans are the ones destroying the promise of change--NOT President Obama.
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copestir
10:39 AM on 02/03/2010
The President and all of Congress is not connecting with the middle class. It is about JOBS. At this point it is offensive to us folks in the middle class to hear about banking bailouts. We want to work for a living wage, and then afford to be able to pay for health care. Just stop talking and work on getting us jobs for the professional as well as the factory worker.
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geejai54
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10:56 AM on 02/03/2010
What factory worker jobs?. At the start of the last century the US was changing from a Agricultural nation to a industrial one, thus the name the Industrial Revolution. At the beginning of this century we are in the midst of another big shift, this to technology. This idea that we are going to bring factory jobs back for rural America is just not grounded in reality. As an aside when all of the auto and steel mills closed up in the urban areas back in the 70's and 80' and hundreds of thousands of blue collar workers, primarily minority lost their jobs , I saw no outrage from the rest of the country. I don't remember any Major pressure put on President Regan about producing jobs, yet if you look at the numbers, this recession looks very much like that one. And from what I see on the infomercials all we seem to be producing is junk that you can buy for $19.95. Many of the job issues are local so why aren't you harassing your local representatives about bringing in new and emerging technology jobs?
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copestir
11:11 AM on 02/03/2010
I remember demanding jobs from Reagan. Lots of Trolls on Huffington post lately.
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Roye Barber
10:37 AM on 02/03/2010
Middle Class is code for "rural white people". WAPO and other MSM act like the only people that count in the "Middle Class" are white, and rural. Obama had no problems connecting with the Middle Class when it came time Election time. Not all Middle Class folk live in "middle america." and live in the rural areas across this Country. A lot of us live in the major Cities and the Suburbs and judging by the Election map, Obama didnt have any problems winning a majority of those areas.
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saintaug1
10:42 AM on 02/03/2010
Your problem is you see everything through a racist prism. Middle class is an economic moniker and has nothing to do with being white, black or other.
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geejai54
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11:00 AM on 02/03/2010
This was not a racist comment. When people say middle class they are not picturing minority although there is a large minority middle class in this country. If you were to drill down into these numbers you would find that the President is not having a problem with all of the middle class just a certain segment.
11:15 AM on 02/03/2010
There is no "racist prism" in what was said.

Even during the primaries, the media, Hillary Clinton and HP pushed the notion that "blue collar Americans, you know, the real, hardworking Americans, white Americans" were the rural white Appalachians.

When (white) people talk about "blue collar Americans" they are not talking about people like Michelle Obama's father -- who held a hardworking, blue collar job all of his life, working for the city of Chicago's water treatment plant.

You need to take the blinders off.
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10:48 AM on 02/03/2010
But.. but.. according to Palin, those are the REAL Americans!

I'm being facetious, naturally. Your post brings to mind a question. Is "middle class" being used as a euphemism for "conservative" here? I don't know. Maybe.
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copestir
11:14 AM on 02/03/2010
I hope middle class is not being used as a euphemism for conservative. I am middle class, professional liberal with an advanced college degree. So it still is about JOBS.
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CBella
10:36 AM on 02/03/2010
To Eli Saslow, @ the Washington Post

Your entire article is beyond absurd. Most of your assertions as to why the President is not connecting with the middle class is based on his security detail. Which by the way, is standard protocol for EVERY president. Then you site that he is too intelligent and/or intellectual, and you assert that there is not enough "plain speak". Are we to assume you are afraid of intelligence?
Considering all that this country faces these days, I must question your real motives for writing such garbage. After all, I thought the Washington Post was a "NEWS" paper. Apparently, I am wrong.

So what is it? Are you just a columnist who could not think of one important issue to talk about? Or are you a political hack, who would just like to draw attention away from the real issues? Maybe you're just missing the good ole plain speak boy. You know, the one who helped get us in this fine mess? If it is the latter, please by all means, buy a ticket to Texas and have a beer while the rest of us focus on the real issues of the day. Preferably one way.

You and your assertions sound juvenile.
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11:24 AM on 02/03/2010
Bravo! Excellent smackdown. I agree wholeheartedly.