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Querent
I say the things that have to be said.
02:09 PM on 07/25/2011
"why are Democratic leaders so willing to cut him out?"

Maybe because he keeps offering to give away things that he has no right to give? Or maybe because they know he's going to cave, if they let him.
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John D Rachel
Expat living in Japan writing a new novel.
07:47 PM on 07/25/2011
Reality is painful sometimes. Idols fall hard and crush their adoring fans.
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Robin08
02:04 PM on 07/25/2011
Agreed. Our president is a lousy negotiator. I say yes, yes, yes, keep him out of the room. Not to mention the fact that he seems to be the main person pushing to keep cuts to the big 3 social programs in the mix. Obama has proved to be more of a hinderance than a help.
06:30 PM on 07/25/2011
Obama is not just a lousy negotiator. He is a lousy president.
02:01 PM on 07/25/2011
President Obama is not a slow learner and he doesn't need cover from anyone.

Craig, find something else to write about.
08:19 PM on 07/25/2011
today someone used the term "bamazombie". I thought it was even better than Obamabot.
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ntr721
Democrat for the people.
01:41 PM on 07/25/2011
Graig Crawford I don´t know where you got your journalistic training´but what i do know it hasn´t kicked in yet. Your article is bullsh$t, and your conclusions are 2nd rate at best. Go back to writing for the food column
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Querent
I say the things that have to be said.
02:11 PM on 07/25/2011
"Journalist training". Oh yeah, you mean that major that people who can't handle a degree in English choose.
08:22 PM on 07/25/2011
and your insults are the kind of one size fits all generic low level snottitude that passes for smart on DU. Some specifics please.
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01:13 PM on 07/25/2011
The bottom line is Obama is being left out of the process because he has nothing useful to contribute, and he can't be trusted by leaders of either party. He is only out for himself, and his only focus is his own re-election.
Obama is incapable of leadership, but it is spun as his being above the fray, the only adult in the room, the cool headed intellectual, etc. He is nothing more than a poseur as President.
Also, the more Obama talks, the less likable he becomes. He gets pissy, and his lack of leadership skills becomes even more obvious.
Worst President EVER!
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Querent
I say the things that have to be said.
02:12 PM on 07/25/2011
You're thinking of Bush when you talk about the worst president ever. Obama is no prize, but Bush is the one who destroyed the economy. Simple fact.
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02:49 PM on 07/25/2011
The housing market based financial meltdown was decades in the making and can be pinned directly on liberal politicians' push for "affordable housing." Concurrent with that was the ease with which banks could off-load risk to tax payers via Wall St and gov't. guarantees, and a generalized, credit based consumerism.
I was no fan of Bush's big government spending initiatives, but Obama's policies have killed off any chance of a sustained recovery. He is the proverbial man in a hole with a shovel who only knows to keep digging.
06:33 PM on 07/25/2011
From which comic book did you read that in?
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07:14 PM on 07/26/2011
Sorry Mr BUSH already has received that award.
blakewelding
Marine Vet, Republican
12:25 PM on 07/25/2011
Reid desperately wants this "deal" to go past 2013 because he realizes he will become the MINORITY leader in the Senate if it doesn't.
blakewelding
Marine Vet, Republican
12:14 PM on 07/25/2011
The Bush tax cuts(for EVERYONE) expire next year. There is your tax increase,libs.
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Marine Vet, Republican
12:10 PM on 07/25/2011
Hahahahaha...even democrats have no faith in the community organizer. Love it.
12:10 PM on 07/25/2011
Obama has been marginalized to an unprecedented degree. Here we are in the midst of a national economic crisis and his day will be spent meeting with the illegal alien supporter group and a baseball team.

Run Hillary run. We need a leader.
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Schalaine
We are women. We vote.
12:46 PM on 07/25/2011
Good lord, you are like a child that believes in the Easter bunny. Please accept the fact Hillary Clinton will never again run for president.
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Steve Rockett
12:07 PM on 07/25/2011
Perhaps this author has not heard of the telephone.
11:54 AM on 07/25/2011
"they see him as a talented public communicator"

The problem, of course, is that Obama isn't, really. He is a great public speaker, but has proven to be a lousy communicator. That Reid, himself a prickly negotiator, is willing to cut him out of the discussions only highlights this.
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Schalaine
We are women. We vote.
04:15 PM on 07/25/2011
....lousy communicator. Really? I always understand him perfectly. You don't?
08:37 PM on 07/25/2011
No one said he didn't have good diction.
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Sunil Weliwitigoda
11:46 AM on 07/25/2011
Ok,let's be realistic. Obama has sidelined himself as usual. Let the Congressional Leaders of both parties get together and solve the issue, before it is too late. Let Congress give the leadership to the nation, now that the President has flunked out.
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posie Di Sesa
11:38 AM on 07/25/2011
what nonsense! the president doesn't make the laws, set the budget or raise the debt ceiling. combined with the fact that after the futile friday meeting, he told both parties to go to their caucuses and come up with a deal that could be agreed upon. the president only got involved in the house of representatives' responsibilities after cantor left the biden group and begged the president to participate, mostly to gain cover for the republican house members.
02:45 PM on 07/25/2011
Yeah, but his noninvolvement reveals just how marginally effective he is as a leader. The President doesn't make the laws, but Presidents have always been involved in the process of submitting budgets and negotiating final deals. This is the first President in my life who has sat back and let Congress do it all. Who drafted "Obamacare"? Not Obama!
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posie Di Sesa
04:45 PM on 07/25/2011
non-involvement? where have you been the past month? after eric cantor basically said the house of representatives can't its job and asked the president to lead talks, president obama was there every day and more. as far as the healthcare bill is concerned, he presented a framework to the legislators and then left it up to the lawmakers to draft a law. how absurd!

but you're correct in one aspect: he wasn't as involved as george w. bush'a plan to go to war and his lying to the world about the need to invade iraq.
wheeljc
Lover of America
11:33 AM on 07/25/2011
SMART MOVE on the part of Reid and Boehner. The only thing Obama is interested in is .... OBAMA AND HIS REELECTION!

A growing number of folks are simply tired of hearing him; seeing him; and putting up with his FUMBLE BUMMING! He would do the Country a lot more good by going on a permanent vacation for the next 18 months. For a guy with so much promise, he has been an unmitigated DISASTER!

He reminds me of something Lincoln once said:

'He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.'
- Abraham Lincoln
09:02 PM on 07/25/2011
nobody says nothing like Obama......
wheeljc
Lover of America
07:55 PM on 07/26/2011
GOOD ONE!!!
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11:33 AM on 07/25/2011
The opposite of Mr Crawford's opinion is the truth I think. The president has said, in effect: Go away and don't come back without something that reduces the debt and raises revenues.
He has repeatedly said that publicly and, from what I read, he has been similarly consistent with Congress.
Obviously, Republicans want Obama to 'own' any revenue increases which they will brand as new taxes. Democrats are maneuvering to gain revenues by rescinding the GWB tax cuts, which hugely benefited the wealthy, and they will crow about that.
This entire scenario...including the red herring that is the debt ceiling babble...is about the 2012 elections. Both sides realize that it is how pundits spin the outcome of this heavily publicized 'negotiation' that will likely determine who wins the WH, and other important elections.
I think Obama is doing the right thing by stating what he will/will not accept (which he has done) and staying out of the actual gutter scrambling. Frankly, that is how our federal govt is supposed to function. The POTUS sets goals with broad outlines and Congress debates how best to make it happen. With totally politically-biased objectives, Congress gives us what we have seen...bitter partisan fighting and no result.
Obama should not get involved in that debacle. His best role is to give guidance, and the occasional hard shove, but stay above the fray.
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ntr721
Democrat for the people.
01:44 PM on 07/25/2011
The writer of this article is not savvy enough to figure that out.
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09:27 PM on 07/25/2011
Mr Crawford has figured it out, I think. But his affections are with those who oppose Obama and will do anything to defeat him next November.
If not that, then Mr Crawford, like so many other media willies, simply finds it easier to crank Obama than to get deep into the relevant heart of an issue. It's easy to criticize with words and tone that would indicate the critic actually knows something. Want proof? Watch Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity or Keith Olberman or Chris Matthews...or any of the silly tv talking heads who pretend to be journalists. They are nothing but entertainers who use drama to get eyes and ratings. But they really don't 'report' anything of relevant substance. They talk because they have to. In the same way, Mr Crawford writes because he has to.
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Robin08
02:08 PM on 07/25/2011
Man please. Ain't this about the 4th or 5th time Obama has given them 24-36 hours to come back with a plan he can sign?

As much as it hurts my heart to say it -- Obama is just out of his depth at this level of leadership. He simply does have the skill set we need of a president at this moment in our history.
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John D Rachel
Expat living in Japan writing a new novel.
07:43 PM on 07/25/2011
Or a vision for the PEOPLE of the country -- the majority who end up victims for the elitist policies in Washington -- represented by a core of principles he is unwilling to compromise.

He is such a intelligent, charming talented and charismatic man. So many personal gifts gone to waste at a time, as you say, our history requires a visionary leader to turn this mess around.