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Does Barack Obama Have a Mandate?

Speaking about uncertain economic times at a press conference today, President-elect Barack Obama said one thing's for certain: He has a mandate. Obama explained:

We had, I think, a decisive win, because of the extraordinary desire for change on the part of the American people. And so I don't think there is any question that we have a mandate to move the country in a new direction, and not continue the same old practices that have gotten us into the fix that we're in.

Despite his confidence that he has the political capital to change the country's course, Obama also said he realizes a large portion of the country voted for John McCain and that "wisdom is not the monopoly of any one party." Do you agree with Obama's bold statement that Americans support his agenda for change?

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True-Song True-Song 7 years
>Most of America voted for a personality not a politician. Most of America doesn't really understand the issues. Agreed. That's why so many people voted for McCain.
kh61582 kh61582 7 years
Unfortunately, this question is irrelevant. Whether he has a "mandate" or not he thinks he does. 58 million people voted AGAINIST Barack Obama and I am proud to be one of them. Most of America is stupid! Most of America voted for a personality not a politician. Most of America doesn't really understand the issues. Most of America believed what the extreme left leaning press told them to believe. It all says very sad and scary things about the future of this country.
kh61582 kh61582 7 years
Unfortunately, this question is irrelevant. Whether he has a "mandate" or not he thinks he does. 58 million people voted AGAINIST Barack Obama and I am proud to be one of them. Most of America is stupid! Most of America voted for a personality not a politician. Most of America doesn't really understand the issues. Most of America believed what the extreme left leaning press told them to believe. It all says very sad and scary things about the future of this country.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I have a wait and see attitude at the moment, so far his "transition to power" as CNN calls it isnt impressive.
kranky kranky 7 years
Jill- Admittedly, I do not know much about the folks that Obama has appointed. I will be more interested when they actually get working. I did read an article the other day about how Obama's plans for big spending and fiscal restraint were not mutally exclusive and that literally made my blood curdle. His statements about putting deficit concerns on hold until he spends us out of a recession about did me in. The fact that he has Rubin on his team and Citigroup just received a bailout almost sent me to my room in protest with a really loudly slamming door. I have also been boning up on his stimulus package and fail to see how public works and encouraging a new Green Industry are going to stimulate the economy. (Public works take literally years to see fruition - especially after environmentalists hold up all new construction, and the green sector will mostly employed skilled laborers, like engineers.) I also do not consider 'unemployment insurance' to be a stimulus at all. I think its wonderful that other people are excited about Obama's cabinet and that he is planning budget cuts. (Not being sarcastic, I swear.) But as a fiscal conservative, it does not make me feel any better about his policies.
kranky kranky 7 years
Jill-Admittedly, I do not know much about the folks that Obama has appointed. I will be more interested when they actually get working.I did read an article the other day about how Obama's plans for big spending and fiscal restraint were not mutally exclusive and that literally made my blood curdle. His statements about putting deficit concerns on hold until he spends us out of a recession about did me in. The fact that he has Rubin on his team and Citigroup just received a bailout almost sent me to my room in protest with a really loudly slamming door.I have also been boning up on his stimulus package and fail to see how public works and encouraging a new Green Industry are going to stimulate the economy. (Public works take literally years to see fruition - especially after environmentalists hold up all new construction, and the green sector will mostly employed skilled laborers, like engineers.) I also do not consider 'unemployment insurance' to be a stimulus at all.I think its wonderful that other people are excited about Obama's cabinet and that he is planning budget cuts. (Not being sarcastic, I swear.) But as a fiscal conservative, it does not make me feel any better about his policies.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
Obama has been getting rave reviews for his appointments from Republicans. The ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Judd Gregg called the nomination of Peter Orszag to OMB Director "another positive choice by President-elect Obama as he unveils his new economic team this week." In a written statement issued this afternoon, Gregg went on to call Orszag "an excellent choice."Gregg said the earlier selection of Tim Geithner and Larry Summers "assures that we will continue to see a clear commitment by the federal government and the new administration to do whatever is needed to ensure the solvency and orderly functioning of the credit markets and key institutions."The Senate Finance Committee's top Republican, Charles Grassley (R) said about Obama's economic team, "They saw up close how the tech bubble developed. They also responded constructively to pressure from the Republican-led Congress to restrain spending and put in place pro-growth and pro-family tax relief policies."McCain had praise for Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) potentially as Homeland Security secretary.Lieberman, independant, said: "Everything that President-elect Obama has done since election night has been just about perfect, both in terms of a tone and also in terms of the strength of the names that have either been announced or are being discussed to fill his administration."Also, Obama has stressed that there would need to be lots of budget cuts in certain areas, and I would think that would be something that fiscal conservatives would support.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
Obama has been getting rave reviews for his appointments from Republicans. The ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Judd Gregg called the nomination of Peter Orszag to OMB Director "another positive choice by President-elect Obama as he unveils his new economic team this week." In a written statement issued this afternoon, Gregg went on to call Orszag "an excellent choice." Gregg said the earlier selection of Tim Geithner and Larry Summers "assures that we will continue to see a clear commitment by the federal government and the new administration to do whatever is needed to ensure the solvency and orderly functioning of the credit markets and key institutions." The Senate Finance Committee's top Republican, Charles Grassley (R) said about Obama's economic team, "They saw up close how the tech bubble developed. They also responded constructively to pressure from the Republican-led Congress to restrain spending and put in place pro-growth and pro-family tax relief policies." McCain had praise for Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) potentially as Homeland Security secretary. Lieberman, independant, said: "Everything that President-elect Obama has done since election night has been just about perfect, both in terms of a tone and also in terms of the strength of the names that have either been announced or are being discussed to fill his administration." Also, Obama has stressed that there would need to be lots of budget cuts in certain areas, and I would think that would be something that fiscal conservatives would support.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
*cabinet, no Sec. Gates is not locked in a cabin somewhere, lol.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
skb9850 unless I'm on another planet and watching different news he has been meeting with republicans including Sen. McCain. Hell he's even keeping Sec. Gates from the Bush administration in his cabin. I call that a good effort never the less it takes two to tango so let's hope the Republicans have on their dancing shoes.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
If I have a job after Obama has been in office for 6 months, I'll take another look at him. His policies on health care reform will put many insurance companies out of business, unless he backpedals from that as well.
Mykie7 Mykie7 7 years
I don't think what you call "extreme right wingers" will do that at all Stephley. I believe they will embrace the "aisle crossing". I personally WANT to see that happen. I truly believe that if the two parties can work TOGETHER we are going to wind up with a much better plan than if BO tries to do it alone. He's going to have to draw on the wisdom and experience of MANY people to be successful. I hope that he draws from the entire pool, and not just a few select individuals.
stephley stephley 7 years
Obama can reach out to republicans on a number of issues, but the question is, who's a REAL republican these days? If he works with Olympia Snowe or Arlen Spector will he get credit, or will extreme right-wingers simply write them off?Personally, considering the state of the nation when Bush became president in 2000 and the state of the nation now, I don't feel any urgency for Obama to work with any republicans.Sorrowja - I LOVE that baby's picture! Always makes me happy to see it.
stephley stephley 7 years
Obama can reach out to republicans on a number of issues, but the question is, who's a REAL republican these days? If he works with Olympia Snowe or Arlen Spector will he get credit, or will extreme right-wingers simply write them off? Personally, considering the state of the nation when Bush became president in 2000 and the state of the nation now, I don't feel any urgency for Obama to work with any republicans. Sorrowja - I LOVE that baby's picture! Always makes me happy to see it.
sorrowja sorrowja 7 years
At the end of the day I don't think he will be any worst than who we currently have in office. "I hope and pray that he can be the great leader that everyone with blinders on seems to think he will be" - I am hoping and praying for the same thing for all the people who think "we've won the war" and that our current president is not at fault for the current state in which our country is in.
sorrowja sorrowja 7 years
At the end of the day I don't think he will be any worst than who we currently have in office. "I hope and pray that he can be the great leader that everyone with blinders on seems to think he will be" - I am hoping and praying for the same thing for all the people who think "we've won the war" and that our current president is not at fault for the current state in which our country is in.
Mykie7 Mykie7 7 years
I hope and pray that he can be the great leader that everyone with blinders on seems to think he will be. He has my support as the President of the United states, but that doesn't mean he still doesn't scare the ever loving s**t out of me with his policies.
kranky kranky 7 years
And em - I totally agree about Obama stepping it up. I don't like some of the stuff he's doing, but I was nervous about his lack of executive experience, so IMO there's a good side to him taking the lead. He's projecting confidence.
kranky kranky 7 years
em - Just curious... what issues do you think Obama would extend an olive branch to Republicans on (other than trying to get their support behind his initiatives)? I'm not being sarcastic, I just can't come up with anything right now and I'm interested in what other people think. I do have a non-link realted question: what's up with the President-Elect sign? Did others do that in the past, or is that a new thing? It really jumps out at me, but it could be because I'm still seeing Obama election posters all over the place.
kranky kranky 7 years
em - Just curious... what issues do you think Obama would extend an olive branch to Republicans on (other than trying to get their support behind his initiatives)? I'm not being sarcastic, I just can't come up with anything right now and I'm interested in what other people think.I do have a non-link realted question: what's up with the President-Elect sign? Did others do that in the past, or is that a new thing? It really jumps out at me, but it could be because I'm still seeing Obama election posters all over the place.
em1282 em1282 7 years
I'm going to wait until he actually gets sworn in and starts doing actual "presidential" work to see how he tries to reach across the aisle (or insert your own buzzwords here :)) with Republicans. I have faith that he will make a good effort, though. This isn't related to anything here, but I find it funny that I keep hearing news reports talking about "Why is Obama looking so presidential already and doing so much work?" Uh, because he's gonna be in office in January? :) If he wasn't doing all of this work, he'd be called lazy and uninterested. I'd rather have him actively working right now and commanding peoples' attention than sitting back on a vacation somewhere.
em1282 em1282 7 years
I'm going to wait until he actually gets sworn in and starts doing actual "presidential" work to see how he tries to reach across the aisle (or insert your own buzzwords here :)) with Republicans. I have faith that he will make a good effort, though. This isn't related to anything here, but I find it funny that I keep hearing news reports talking about "Why is Obama looking so presidential already and doing so much work?" Uh, because he's gonna be in office in January? :) If he wasn't doing all of this work, he'd be called lazy and uninterested. I'd rather have him actively working right now and commanding peoples' attention than sitting back on a vacation somewhere.
kranky kranky 7 years
True confession: my initial reaction to this post was not fit to print. I don't like Obama's policies and I tend to disagree with his statements about what is wrong with America, so I think my reaction was pretty normal. I do think it's important to distinguish between wanting a new direction and liking Obama - they are mutually exclusive.However, his is our new President, and I can hardly expect him to reverse his agenda. So yeah, after a couple of deep breaths I'll admit that Obama does have a mandate to fill based on what he presented to his supporters. That doesn't mean I have to like it, though. And I find it amusing that Obama keeps talking about working with Republicans. Based on everything he has done so far, all he stands for politically, and the fact that Congress will be so heavily weighted in his favor I don't see why he would. What is he going to work with Republicans on... decreasing entitlement programs and creating tax cuts? I really don't see where his political agenda intersections with the Republican platform at all, so I wish he'd give it a rest. (If anyone can enlighten me, then please do!)
kranky kranky 7 years
True confession: my initial reaction to this post was not fit to print. I don't like Obama's policies and I tend to disagree with his statements about what is wrong with America, so I think my reaction was pretty normal. I do think it's important to distinguish between wanting a new direction and liking Obama - they are mutually exclusive. However, his is our new President, and I can hardly expect him to reverse his agenda. So yeah, after a couple of deep breaths I'll admit that Obama does have a mandate to fill based on what he presented to his supporters. That doesn't mean I have to like it, though. And I find it amusing that Obama keeps talking about working with Republicans. Based on everything he has done so far, all he stands for politically, and the fact that Congress will be so heavily weighted in his favor I don't see why he would. What is he going to work with Republicans on... decreasing entitlement programs and creating tax cuts? I really don't see where his political agenda intersections with the Republican platform at all, so I wish he'd give it a rest. (If anyone can enlighten me, then please do!)
skb9850 skb9850 7 years
"He may present liberal ideas but just remember that many of the detailed nuances that make up those ideals may have come from conservative advisers." Which conservative advisers would those be? So far it seems everyone he's appointing is from the democratic party. :shrug:
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