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"Is the American dream dead for me?"

The New York Times reports on the "therapy session for disillusioned Obama supporters":

It was billed as "Investing in America," a live televised conversation on the state of the economy between President Obama and American workers, students, business people and retirees, a kind of Wall Street to Main Street reality check.

But it sounded like a therapy session for disillusioned Obama supporters.

In question after question during a one-hour session, which took place on Monday at the Newseum here and was televised on CNBC, Mr. Obama was confronted by people who sounded frustrated and anxious -- even as some said they supported his agenda and proclaimed themselves honored to be in his presence.

People from Main Street wanted to know if the American dream still lived for them. People on Wall Street complained that he was treating them like a piñata, "whacking us with a stick," in the words of Anthony Scaramucci, a former law school classmate of Mr. Obama's who now runs a hedge fund and was one of the president's questioners.

"I'm exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for," said the first questioner, an African-American woman who identified herself as a chief financial officer, a mother and a military veteran. "I've been told that I voted for a man who was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class and I'm waiting sir, I'm waiting. I still don't feel it yet."

A 30-year-old law school graduate told Mr. Obama that he had hoped to pursue a career in public service -- like the president -- but complained that he could barely pay the interest on his student loans, let alone think of getting married or starting a family.

"I was really inspired by you and your campaign and the message you brought, and that inspiration is dying away," he said, adding, "And I really want to know, is the American dream dead for me?"

The extraordinarily personal tone of the session, coupled with more substantive policy questions from the host, John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times, reflects the erosion of support for Mr. Obama among the constituencies that sent him to the White House two years ago.

The American dream is being whittled away by Obama and his ideological minions who hate the America of our Founders, the America that rewards hard work, the America that non-Americans dream of living in to better themselves.

The American dream is instead being redefined, our Founders slimed and painted as racist bigots, hard work penalized and discouraged while those in power play down the idea of American exceptionalism. 

The American dream isn't dead yet but it is dying.  To resuscitate it, we need to do what has to be done to ensure that Obama and those who think like him are swept from power.

The dream begins again in November.


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Comments (29)

I think it's an interesting... (Below threshold)
goddessoftheclassroom:

I think it's an interesting correlation that about 50% of Americans pay no federal income tax yet opportunities are decreasing while unemployment and poverty aren't getting better.

All Americans need to have some stake in our country.

I agree, so let's bring bac... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

I agree, so let's bring back the draft, only for both men and women.

Also, let's institute a War Tax. Maybe even make it a Constitutional Amendment - any time a military operation occurs, it must be paid for "as we go."

No exceptions, no exemptions.

It's no wonder we fought the Iraq War. If your kids don't have to serve unless they really really want to, and your taves don't increase to pay for it, why NOT have the government fight a war to keep oil prices low? What's the (immediate) downside?

"But it sounded like a ther... (Below threshold)
Hank:

"But it sounded like a therapy session for disillusioned Obama supporters."

Looks like the end of questions from the audience.

Looks like Obama's mini-tow... (Below threshold)
Roy:

Looks like Obama's mini-townhall ended up becoming a mini-recruiting session for the Tea Party.

Bruce, your arguments are t... (Below threshold)
epador:

Bruce, your arguments are tiresome and insulting, lack any originality (cut and paste from Code Pink) and stand up against the tide of reality like a sandcastle at the low tide mark.

Says you, Mr Epador.<... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Says you, Mr Epador.

Speaking of tiresome, I find it a little tiresome to always be characterized as "insulting" for expressing opinions.

Where's the insult?

Mr. Henry,I have m... (Below threshold)
SER:

Mr. Henry,

I have missed your comments. You are wrong, but at least you are more intelligent than our usual trolls.

As the father of a currently serving US Army 2LT, I take exception to your statement "No wonder we fought the Iraq war..." comment. I believe that you will find that "Red States" are overly represented in the military. I would doubt that there are very many liberals' children serving.

If we have a "War Tax," can we have a "stupid democrat program" deduction? Based on the CBO, war spending is dwarfed by President Obama's out of control spending. http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/08/iraq_the_war_that_broke_us_not.html

I'll pay the "War Tax" and deduct the stupid program expense and you pay for the stupid programs and deduct the war tax. I think that I'll be ahead.

The article is about the di... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

The article is about the disillusioned Obama supporters.

So naturally Bruce changes the subject. Don't want to go there, do you Bruce? Not to worry, DENIAL is always the first step to recovery.

You're right, Mr Fan, and I... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

You're right, Mr Fan, and I confess I'm among the disappointed Obama voters.

I'm disappointed he didn't fight harder for things like the Public Option. I'm disappointed he hasn't closed Gitmo. I'm disappointed he doesn't call out Republicans more often for their stubborn obstinacy, hypocrisy, creepy sanctimony, and lack of ideas, not to mention their constant downtalking of the economy. Oh, there's a host of things I'm disappointed in about Obama.

However, when I feel especially gloomy, I think of what this country might have had to endure under President McCain - or, God forbid, President Palin - and I feel better about the choice I made in 2008.

And, in 2012, I'll probably have to choose between Obama and somebody like Gingrich, Pence, Palin, or Huckabee, or perhaps the Mittster. Think I'll stay the course.

"However, when I feel espec... (Below threshold)
914:

"However, when I feel especially gloomy, I think of what this country might have had to endure under President McCain - or, God forbid, President Palin - and I feel better about the choice I made in 2008."

Thanks for Obama you idiot.

No, thank YOU, sir, for Bus... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

No, thank YOU, sir, for Bush.

Mr. Henry, You sai... (Below threshold)
SER:

Mr. Henry,

You said, "I'm disappointed he didn't fight harder for things like the Public Option. I'm disappointed he hasn't closed Gitmo. I'm disappointed he doesn't call out Republicans more often for their stubborn obstinacy, hypocrisy, creepy sanctimony, and lack of ideas, not to mention their constant downtalking of the economy."

What do you mean by "fight harder?" He had more party support in congress than any Republican president has had in over 100 years. He had a filibuster proof majority in the Senate plus Specter, Snow, and Collins. If he didn't achieve exactly what he wanted, he has to be the most incompetent President in history.

What is stopping him from closing Gitmo? Who has "talked down" the economy more, President Obama or any Republican? (Remember, its not his fault, he inherited this mess).

The "Great Recession" ended last year. What we are in now is the "Obama Recovery."

"And, in 2012, I'll probabl... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

"And, in 2012, I'll probably have to choose between Obama and somebody like Gingrich, Pence, Palin, or Huckabee, or perhaps the Mittster. Think I'll stay the course."

Sniff. Boo hoo.

Fine with you not liking Bush or any number of Republicans you want to name. It is what the strict ideologue is programmed to say. It says alot about someone who would cling to a course that is clearly showing failure. So, who would you like to give your vote to instead of Obama? You can write one in you know. No need to compromise on your broad-based dissatisfaction.

Folks,I presume we... (Below threshold)
DanielD:

Folks,

I presume we're all grown-up, patriotic Americans on this blog. Times are grave. Avoid insulting and pointing fingers at each other but let's stand UNITED as after 9/11, demand honesty and transparency from both elected officials and candidates and make them pay for past treacherous behavior in November. We as a People deserve their respect; they are our Representatives, not our Rulers - lest we let them be the latter!

Bruce Henry: "I'm disappoin... (Below threshold)
Drago:

Bruce Henry: "I'm disappointed he didn't fight harder for things like the Public Option."

He did fight hard for it. But even the Dems in congress know that full blown, in your face, Gov't run socialist healthcare is not acceptable in a nominally center-right nation.

Only hopelessly-misinformed lefties like Bruce fail to recognize that.

Bruce Henry: "I'm disappointed he hasn't closed Gitmo."

He couldn't just "close Gitmo" because it is full of militant and murderous islamic-supremacists who would like nothing more than to kill every non-muslim in the west.

Only hopelessly misinformed and perpetual adolescents like Bruce fail to understand that. Even obambi, once he bacame responsible for the nations security, had to confront this "uncomfortable reality". Bruce of course, like all good li'l libs, is still whining from his political playpen.

Bruce Henry: "I'm disappointed he doesn't call out Republicans more often for their stubborn obstinacy, hypocrisy, creepy sanctimony, and lack of ideas, not to mention their constant downtalking of the economy."

There is simply too much material in this one sentence provided by bruce to do it justice.

The important thing to note is that Bruce is simply parroting the standard non-sensical and moronic talking points put out by his political masters without any thought at all.

Which is why you will lose this November brucie.

And not by a little.

By alot.

Which just 19 months ago you and your pals would have said was impossible since you were dreaming of a James Carville-inspired "40 years of dominance".

That "40 years" sure went by quickly, didn't it?

An intelligent person would ask "why did this happen?"

But the left is not "intelligent".

Thats why they still revere Mao.

"A 30-year-old law schoo... (Below threshold)
alanstorm:

"A 30-year-old law school graduate told Mr. Obama that he had hoped to pursue a career in public service -- like the president -- but complained that he could barely pay the interest on his student loans, let alone think of getting married or starting a family."

I wonder if this guy will ever realize he was conned? He's got part of it, but hasn't quite made the stretch yet.

Bruce you're full of it. Th... (Below threshold)
John:

Bruce you're full of it. The Republicans have offered several ideas, the problem is they are all focused on the out of control spending not raising taxes, so to you they offer nothing. But just because you and the other liberals say that doesn't mean it's true.

It's a shame he couldn't se... (Below threshold)
Jason:

It's a shame he couldn't see what Obama was about BEFORE the election like so many of us could. People were trying to warn you kid, you didn't listen and you probably assumed you were smarter. What a fool, elections have consequences. At least Carter will die happy knowing he wasn't the worst president of all time.

Yes that will be the end of... (Below threshold)
Jason:

Yes that will be the end of unscripted questions from us commoners and groundlings. Obama doesn't like to be upstaged.

Re # 17Have you se... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Re # 17

Have you seen any interviews with Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, or their ilk? Just let the interviewer ask them for SPECIFIC cuts they would make, whose SPECIFIC ox they would gore; they duck, dodge, and spin like Vince Vaughn in "Dodgeball."

Quote me one Republican leader naming a specific program they plan to eliminate. I'm not talking about some ludicrous study or museum of teapots - I mean a PROGRAM they say they will eliminate.

"Focused on out of control spending" my ass. How focused were they when they last held control? What makes you think they've changed? As soon as they regain power they'll start again, shoveling pork with the best of 'em.

Mr. Henry,So, you'... (Below threshold)
SER:

Mr. Henry,

So, you're saying that they will act like democratic party?

Again Bruce you're full of ... (Below threshold)
John:

Again Bruce you're full of it, how about specific recommendations to cut all spending to 2008 levels, that not specific enough? Why don't to you take a look at some of the specific things that people like Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan are suggesting. The simple fact is that in your view the only solution is more taxes no matter how that effects the overall economy. It's been done time and time again, cut taxes increase real revenue. I offer you this from your guy Obama, when asked point blank why he would support raising capital gains taxes when it's been shown time and time again that raising that tax DECREASES revenue, he answered fundamental fairness. What is fair about raising a tax that lowers revenue leaving the governement with less to distribute to those in need?
Do you remember when GWB was president and there was an effort to address Social Security, at that time the Dems said "oh nothing to worry about no need to address this" They did exactly what you're now accusing the republicans of doing. Raising taxes is a short sighted solution that might increase revenue until the unintended consquence of hurting the economy kicks in then what?

Bruce you're doing what the... (Below threshold)
John:

Bruce you're doing what the president likes to do, the only way to cut any spending is to cut programs like social security that's complete BS. You do realize that in DC they consider not raising a budget by the same amount as the previous year a cut, right? How about we put an end to that non sense. Are you also convinced that there no crappy programs that could be cut? Do you really think it's not worth it to cut a billion dollars here or there? You know a billion here and billion there next thing you know you're talking about real money. Look I don't blame the democrats for this mess, they are the party of tax and spend you expect it from them. I blame the republicans they are the party that is supposed to represent smaller government and less intrusion, they failed to hold the government in check.

Yes SER,and the rest of you... (Below threshold)
rich K:

Yes SER,and the rest of you, This henry bloke is a cynic. And also a fine contrarian. And you folks should also know that feeding folks with a cynical contrarian tapeworm is useless folly. Please stop.

You caught me, Mr K. That i... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

You caught me, Mr K. That is, indeed, how I might describe myself, as a cynic and contrarian. What's wrong with that? I think it has value.

Now, John, you seem to admit that Republicans are at least partly to blame for the over-spending of recent years, as evidenced by the last two sentences of comment # 23. Which was my point when I wrote the last paragraph of comment # 20. See where I was coming from there?

Now, Paul Ryan, unlike others in the GOP, has indeed proposed a "Road Map," one of, in my opinion, draconian, anti-poor, pro-good-ol'-boy nonsense that would drive the economy the rest of the way over the cliff. His bandwagon isn't exactly being swarmed with Republican support, though, because sensible Republican leaders know these are proposals sure to lose.

He's the only one that I've seen who proposes ANYTHING specific. Cantor, Boehner, McConnell, McCain - you name the "leader" and here's video of him refusing to name anything specific they'll cut, unless they trot out some study of snail darters that cost a quarter million bucks. They know if they propose turning Social Security over to the same sharks who ruined the economy in 2008 they'll lose, so they talk vaguely about "reforming entitlements" without any specifics - and a certain percentage of rubes will swallow this BS whole. Not me.

Oops, "there's" video, not ... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Oops, "there's" video, not "here's" video.

Mr. Henry,I don't ... (Below threshold)
SER:

Mr. Henry,

I don't know if I can qualify for "leadership" of anything - I'm leader of my home when Mrs. SER is not around, but I can name many programs / agencies that should be eliminated. How about:

Department of Education (K12 education has gotten worse since its inception)
Department of Energy (see dept. of Education)
National Endowment for the Arts (A role for government? really?)
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (let them beg for their money - oops, they already do that).

In fact, go here: http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/All_Agencies/index.shtml
and start shooting the useless agencies. You'll run out of ammo before you get to the end of the list.

Now send me a link to video... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Now send me a link to video showing Cantor, McConnell, McCain or any other purported "leader" of the GOP calling for these cuts. Or, I'll settle for a link showing how legislation to make these cuts has been introduced and has serious GOP support.

Got any links showing McCain calling for raising the retirement age? Or reducing benefits? Or taxing salaries over $106K? Cantor? McConnell?

See, my point here is that these guys are politicians - some would say demagogues - who are glad to throw bombs but aren't serious about real reform. And if and when they regain power this year, they'll go right back to the ways of 1994-2006, shoveling money to their pet industries and their home districts just like always.

Or am I wrong about that? If I am, what makes you think so?

"The American dream is bein... (Below threshold)
Michael:

"The American dream is being whittled away by Obama and his ideological minions who hate the America of our Founders, the America that rewards hard work, the America that non-Americans dream of living in to better themselves."

But the GOP will change everything Huh? Buy are you deluded. Th GOP has consistently placed the party above the needs of this country, and bears great responsibility for destroying the poor and middle class, while shifting this countries wealth to the economic elite. If you think voting Republican will change things you deserve a good tea-bagging!




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