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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm
    Link: Barack Obama`s Book Of The Week - Whatcha reading there, Barry. Oh.......
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    TheShgn2 Male 13-17
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm
    I don`t hate on him, but I expected him to have shopped into reading Mein Kampf.
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm
    What`s the problem?
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    LillianDulci Female 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm
    Judging a book by its cover, aj?
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm
    Also nothing wrong with reading Mein Kampf, it`s an interesting read.


    Books are knowledge. Regardless of their subject.
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    herpaderp062 Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm
    Zakaria, the author, is a respected foreign policy analyst and I am happy that our President is keeping informed of intelligent opinions about the geo-political landscape.

    The book itself is actually about the rise of developing nations and the ways in which those nations will exert influence in a globalized society.

    Auburnjunky: troll fail.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm
    Wiki Link!

    Amazon Link!

    Zakaria is an anti-American idiot.

    Obama is doing his very best to destroy the USA, small wonder he reads crap like that.
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    Agent00Smith Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm
    aaaaaaaaand we`re phuked
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    Idlerlee2 Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm
    Pointless post, seconding what herpaderp said
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    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm
    "Zakaria is an anti-American idiot."

    Wrong.
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm
    5Cats, Load of rubbish mate.

    I`m not going into whether he;s anti American or not, it`s irrelevant.

    Have you read it? I`m guessing you haven`t. As AJ also hasn`t. Typical right wing fingers-in-ears-singing-LALALALA I CAN`T HEAR YOU to the world around them. Guess what, America`s time is ending. As Germany`s did, as Britain`s did, as France`s did. Perhaps he`s reading it to see if there`s anything he can do to prevent/stave off the inevitable?
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    HolyGod Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm
    At least he READS. Bush would have been carrying a kid`s activity place mat from Dennys and the coloring would have been outside the lines.
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm
    Obama reads lots of books, because fancy book lernin` is for liberal elites. Whereas Dubya got all his ideas about foreign policy from the Bible.

    Introduction

    Has similar themes to The Rise And Fall of the Great Powers by Paul Kennedy, though with more focus on the United States in particular.
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    WheresMyGoat Male 18-29
    36 posts
    March 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm
    Someone send him a copy of Liberty Defined...country fixed.
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    I-IS-BORED Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm
    All the critics clearly have no idea what the book is actually about...
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    evanbartlett Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm
    Yes, yes, of course Obama has every intention of destroying America. It has nothing to do with being pragmatic about the state of the world.




    <sigh>
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    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm
    "Facts have a well known liberal bias."
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    wake_n_bake Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm
    Only fools and tyrants will tell people not to read a book just because they disagree with it.
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    Rhythmdvl Male 40-49
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm
    "Of the week"? This was trotted out during the election (and probably liked by the OP).

    Weaksauce then, weaksauce now.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm
    Guess what, America`s time is ending. As Germany`s did, as Britain`s did, as France`s did. Perhaps he`s reading it to see if there`s anything he can do to prevent/stave off the inevitable?

    Or reposition the USA as a solid second-tier economy, i.e. minimise the downgrade. Think "decline of the British empire" rather than "decline and fall of the Roman empire".

    China and India beat you hands down in resources and have much cheaper workers. Your lead in technology is shrinking rapidly (not least because they`re ripping yours off) and your lead in research is also shrinking rapidly. They will overtake you.

    Dumb politics of the day: Indian companies are buying UK companies. The joke is "when you left India, I bet you didn`t think we`d be following you back!". The dumb politics part is that the UK sends huge sums of aid to India every year.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm
    If you want to see an indication of the future, look at Chinese cars ~20 years ago, then look at Chinese cars today. 20 years ago, they were a ridiculous joke, inferior to the cheap end of European and American cars from before WW2. Now, they`re not much worse than modern European and American cars (and frequently look exactly the same because they are ripoffs). 10 years from now, they`ll be as good and much cheaper.
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    Profworm Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm
    I didn`t like Bush either, but like it or not he was also an avid reader. Google it.

    We`re all entitled to our own opinions, we are not entitled to our own facts.
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    Edgarska19 Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm
    Is the average American so ignorant that they find the fact that the president reads books shocking?
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    QueenZira Female 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm
    This isn`t half as damning as when we saw W, The Boy King, reading "See Spot Run" sometime in 2006.
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    bataleon27 Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm
    so you don`t think it`s a good idea for the American president to read up around other peoples thoughts on the US`s position in the world. It`s exactly what he should be reading.

    Better that than Bush, who probably hasn`t read a book in his life.
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    Altaru Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm
    Guys, this is typical of these two (5Cats and AJ, I mean), and many of the other die-hard conservatives on this site.

    They suffer from what I call "Selective Comprehension."

    It`s kind of like selective hearing, only it encompasses ALL forms of information intake.

    They pick and choose what facts they want to accept or ignore, completely disregarding reality if it doesn`t conform to their own worldview.

    We can`t help them, especially not in the advanced stages like they display. All we can do is humor them and move along.
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    Kleion Female 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm
    Say what you will about the guy, but if you seriously find the fact that he`s reading this your biggest problem, you have issues. :P Although I suppose that the intention of this pic is to be funny, which is moderately successful. I did manage a chuckle.
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    lukeforv123 Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm
    Don`t be so mean bataleion27, George W read books. I once saw him read both Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham...in the same day! So :P
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    March 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm
    @Altaru: ME? Selective comprehension?

    "Better that than Bush, who probably hasn`t read a book in his life." - @bataleon27. But Bush`s SATs and grades were higher than Obamas?

    "I didn`t like Bush either, but like it or not he was also an avid reader. Google it." @Profworm. So I did, on Bing anyhow:

    Here`s Proof!

    ""Facts have a well known liberal bias."" @FoolsPrussia:

    BWAAA! AHAHAhahahaha! You so funny!
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    March 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm
    "But President Obama, unlike Bush, gets plenty of credit for being "caught reading," as the popular ads have it, while Bush`s choices have rated little more than contempt. Despite the fact that Bush is an avid reader, devouring 95 books in 2006 alone, Obama is hailed as the hero of the literati."

    Yeah, them "facts" you speak of...
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    drworm2002 Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm
    This pic is years old...jesus...let it die
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    PvtDeth Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm
    This is old and it`s photoshopped.
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    Dad4Life Male 50-59
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    March 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm
    Obama can suck my left one. He`s dumb as a stump without the teleprompter.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm
    It`s a good thing he`s reading such a book.

    Those of you who think it`s a problem are morons.
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    RobSwindol Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm
    The last time George W. Bush read a book, the world trade center buildings were bombed.
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    HolyGod Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm
    "Obama can suck my left one. He`s dumb as a stump without the teleprompter."

    Yes the guy with degrees from colombia and harvard that was president if the harvard law review is "dumb".
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    March 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm
    @HolyGod: The Harvard Law Review picks it`s `president` in a popularity contest. Obama remains the ONLY HLRP to NOT PUBLISH anything in it!
    He got into one of those schools on the "race card" through a program for "gifted coloured folks whose SAT`s aren`t high enough".

    Wait, what? Obama`s grades and SATs were LOWER than Bush`s? We`ll never know because "the most transparent President ever" has them all sealed.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm
    Just trying to incite discussion. It worked.

    I know it`s 4 years old, and I know it doesn`t mean anything.

    It`s good to have information from all facets.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    March 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm
    Obama Kills Atlantic Drilling For 5 Years
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    randomxnp Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm
    HolyGod

    How can you not realise this guy is dumb? He might have attended good universities, but never released his grades which is unusual for modern presidential candidates. He also has a history as a low achiever. He attains positions then does absolutely nothing. This extends from editing the Harvard Law Revue to his rubber-stamp presidency.
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    mcboozerilla Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm
    I really hope Obama wins just because it will piss off all the people I really hate.
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    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm
    randomxnp - You do remember the person that was before him, right? "I believe that people and fish can coexist peacefully." "fool me once, shame on... shame on you. Fool me... You can`t get fooled again." "Do you have blacks, too?" Pretty much anyone would seem smart after him.
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    Xh8FYHnG Male 40-49
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    March 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm
    Now we can see the destructiveness of affirmative action right here.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    March 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm
    Obama "Punch Above Their Weight"
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    skine Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm
    The book wasn`t written by Ayn Rand.

    Thus, it will obviously be scorned by Republicans.
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    sdgregkjer Female 40-49
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    diylobotomy Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm
    How dare he insult the illiterate population of this country by reading books?
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    RedOnTheHead Male 50-59
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    March 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm
    I once read that you could give Teddy Roosevelt a 300 page book in the afternoon before a Whitehouse dinner party and he would be able to discuss the entire book in great detail with you the next morning. I`m going to have to remember where I set that book down three years ago and finish it.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm
    Im shocked the spammers on the thread didnt take notice of the content
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 8:05 pm
    Roosevelt was one of our few great presidents.
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    inversegrav Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm
    i have no idea wht the book is about so I have no way to make a good judgement.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    March 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm
    i have no idea wht the book is about so I have no way to make a good judgement.
    From the reviews on Amazon (all positive reviews written by well-known liberals) it`s about the end of American exceptionalism. America will soon be no better than any other country -- no freer, no richer, and no stronger militarily. That`s the liberal wet dream, and it`s perfectly consistent with Obama`s vision. He literally hates this country as it was founded, and he wants nothing more than to take us down a peg or two.
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    rickbub Male 40-49
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    March 30, 2012 at 8:58 pm
    OOOOLLLLDDDDDDDDDDDDD.
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    Altaru Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm
    Roosevelt was one of our few great presidents.
    In everything I have read about the man, I have yet to find anything I disagree with him about.

    It would be interesting to hear his perspective on the issues of the modern era...

    Ollie, you`re the kind of idiot that`s half of what`s slowing America down. Stuck in the old ways, you refuse to acknowledge that the global landscape has changed and that we need to adapt with it to remain relevant.

    You can be a store full of interesting things, but if you`re selling antiques in a mall full of future tech, you`ll be nothing but a novelty soon enough.
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    markust123 Male 40-49
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    March 30, 2012 at 9:25 pm
    He is so cool looking. And from the looks of this picture the rumor about black men is true.
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    FoolsPrussia Male 30-39
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    March 30, 2012 at 9:31 pm
    "Obama Kills Atlantic Drilling For 5 Years"

    Excellent.
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    simbha Male 30-39
    412 posts
    March 30, 2012 at 10:00 pm
    It`s funny how the same story in the hands of partisan media organizations can result in two distinct interpretations. Namely:

    5Cats: "Obama Kills Atlantic Drilling For 5 Years" (link)

    versus...

    "Obama allows Atlantic Drilling Exploration" (link)

    Having been an economic consultant in the oil and gas industry for 10 years, and the head of industry analysis for a major market intelligence firm in the offshore industry for four, I tend to (superficially) agree with the interpretation of the second article, but... my point is really more a critique of the state of our market for media, rather than a comment on the interpretation.
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    TheShgn2 Male 13-17
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    March 30, 2012 at 10:04 pm
    From the reviews on Amazon (all positive reviews written by well-known liberals) it`s about the end of American exceptionalism. America will soon be no better than any other country -- no freer, no richer, and no stronger militarily. That`s the liberal wet dream, and it`s perfectly consistent with Obama`s vision. He literally hates this country as it was founded, and he wants nothing more than to take us down a peg or two.

    Yes, because Obama is so insane that he wants to lead a poor, weak country, so he gets elected and destroys the country. No, the country has been going to hell since we invaded the Middle East, and while Obama isn`t a great president, he didn`t destroy the economy, as the roots of the problem stretch long before his presidency, nor is he a supervillan. Now if you want a supervillan as a president, vote for Sharia Santorum.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    March 30, 2012 at 10:29 pm
    ...and Altaru and TheShgn2 are too stupid to realize that they just proved my point.
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    ivran Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 10:35 pm
    Why does everyone think that just because someone dislikes Obama, that means they`re a hardcore conservative. I think Obama is a terrible president who hasn`t done poo other than pass a half-assed healthcare bill, but that sure as hell doesn`t mean that I want the likes of Santorum as our next president either. That`s the problem with American politics, it`s always choosing between the lesser of two evils. How am I suppose to get proper representation if I don`t support any of the candidates running for the position?
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    som-tam Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2012 at 10:57 pm
    Why does everyone think that just because someone dislikes Obama, that means they`re a hardcore conservative. I think Obama is a terrible president who hasn`t done poo other than pass a half-assed healthcare bill, but that sure as hell doesn`t mean that I want the likes of Santorum as our next president either. That`s the problem with American politics, it`s always choosing between the lesser of two evils. How am I suppose to get proper representation if I don`t support any of the candidates running for the position?

    that is an excellent point there ivran, most western democracies give us the illusion of choice with a 2party system (it might be 3 in some countries)where both parties are becoming increasingly similar in their actions.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    March 30, 2012 at 11:39 pm
    Yea, Democracy!

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    ivran Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2012 at 12:02 am
    @OldOllie
    Great episode.
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    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2012 at 12:15 am
    Definately turd sandwich. The other guy is a giant douche.
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    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2012 at 12:20 am
    "America will soon be no better than any other country -- no freer, no richer, and no stronger militarily."

    Olie Olie Olie. Let met guess - your answer is FREER, RICHER, STRONGER ALWAYS AAARRRGHHH!!!

    How can you answer questions until you`ve asked them? That one reads an idea doesn`t mean they agree with it - and the entire point of learning is to constantly test your beliefs and assumptions and, when proven wrong, ADJUST.

    To a liberal, the conservative mind is closed - DON`T LEARN ABOUT ISLAM, BECAUSE THEN YOU ARE A TERRORIST! No. Learn about Islam to understand it.

    DON`T TEACH ABOUT SEX EDUCATION BECAUSE THEN KIDS WILL HAVE SEX. No. Teach kids about sex because they have genitals that want it and should know what will happen when you do this with that.

    Liberals will trust you with information. Conservatives are AFRAID of it.

    Oooooooo, he`s reading A BOOOOOOKKKKK!!!!!!
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2012 at 12:21 am
    Obama allows for Atlantic oil exploration.

    Oil company: Hey President Obama! Thank you for the permit to explore for oil! We found a reserve that is big enough to last us for thousands of years! Now we need a permit to drill!

    Obama: No.

    Oil Company: What? Why did you let us explore for it?

    Obama: Because it was an election year. I needed those swing votes! You didn`t think I wanted you to find anything did you?! We need $10 gas like the English have! That way, we can force the electric car that we aren`t ready for and that is prohibitively expensive, down the American consumer`s throat! They really need to adopt alternative fuel, or else. There`s no way we can have both ya know?
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2012 at 12:22 am
    "FREER, RICHER, STRONGER"

    ...and why the drat not?
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    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2012 at 12:23 am
    AAAAAAAAAA BBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!
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    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2012 at 12:24 am
    "...and why the drat not?"

    Do you get there by hoping it to be true or by trying to understand your weaknesses?
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2012 at 12:26 am
    No. We get there by positioning ourselves favorably economically. Something that we have not been able to do for quite a while now, seeing as how we have good working conditions and we care about each other.
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    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2012 at 12:27 am
    "Let met guess - your answer is FREER, RICHER, STRONGER ALWAYS AAARRRGHHH!!! "

    That`s parady by the way. You don`t just close your eyes, plug your ears, and insist over and over loudly that you are the best until it is so. Until you are honest about your faults, you can`t improve, in anything in life. When you`ve convinced yourself you are "exceptional," you see nothing to improve.
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    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2012 at 12:28 am
    "that we have not been able to do for quite a while now, seeing as how we have good working conditions and we care about each other."

    Unemployment is dropping. It has been a warm year. Wait to see how productive people are going to be. The auto bail outs worked.

    Note that austerity in Europe has failed. American stimulus in the heart of the recession has been fruitful.

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    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2012 at 12:30 am
    The stock market is improved. Lending has resumed.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2012 at 12:34 am
    "The auto bail outs worked."

    They still aren`t paid off, and GM is failing. Fiat bought Chrysler. Ford is turning a profit, but they didn`t accept a bailout, so that only benefits them. (and us slightly, by keeping some jobs available).

    The only reason unemployment is going down, is because people are losing their unemployment benefits. That`s how the government measures unemployment after all.
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    _Verbatim_ Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2012 at 1:05 am
    Actually GM is turning profit, granted it was the first time in an extremely long time but they did, and there are actually six different factors that go into measuring unemployment, do your research before you go making a fool out of yourself on a public forum.
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    markust123 Male 40-49
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    March 31, 2012 at 1:06 am
    I feel for the conservatives. I was there with Kerry against Bush. I know about bad candidates. Mit will be your nominee and you will forced to take his side, but you know that you have a loosing horse. It will suck. Mit and Kerry are pretty much the same.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2012 at 2:13 am
    "do your research before you go making a fool out of yourself on a public forum."

    Or you could do yourself a favor and not be a total drating tool. Say hello to your mother for me.
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    simbha Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2012 at 5:20 am
    AJ: "The only reason unemployment is going down, is because people are losing their unemployment benefits. That`s how the government measures unemployment after all."

    Incorrect. U6 unemployment, which measures total unemployment - including marginally-attached workers and workers who are part-time for economic reasons - is also down over the past 26 months. And, while it`s still high, it`s not just U-3 unemployment that is down, as you state.
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    simbha Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2012 at 5:27 am
    AJ: "FREER, RICHER, STRONGER"

    ...and why the drat not?

    Well, this doesn`t guarantee an optimal standard of living. A society which focuses on being the strongest, for example, must spend to maintain that strength, which can significantly hamper the economy - something which has happened for years in the US.

    The solution to this isn`t reducing our military strength and doing nothing else. It`s to focus on our national defense and encourage allied nations to spend on their own military interests so we`re not in a position of policing the world. If we were to do this, we could easily reduce military spending by up to 40% - approximately USD 300 billion per annum - and maintain a high quality of life and security.

    That`s not everything, though - long-term entitlement obligations such as SS and Medicare/Medicaid are much more significant in magnitude.
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    Altaru Male 18-29
    3483 posts
    March 31, 2012 at 5:33 am
    Ollie, lack of flexibility and an unwillingness to move forward and adapt does not make one "exceptional," it makes them a one-hit wonder and an evolutionary failure.

    We had something amazing once, but the rest of the world is quickly catching up because we refuse to accept that things change, and the same solutions don`t always work forever.

    If you want to be another relic of a lost age, like those people who still worship the Confederacy, then that`s fine. But don`t try to drag everyone else back to the stone age with you.
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    vegascartman Male 30-39
    735 posts
    March 31, 2012 at 6:16 am
    The only reason he`s reading this book is because he left his copy of the Communist Manifesto back on the plane.
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    GhettoNinja Male 30-39
    886 posts
    March 31, 2012 at 6:17 am
    *gasp* the president was reading? For shame for shame.

    Lord knows the President has to be as ignorant as the majority of Americans are right?

    Reading a book about the rise of the rest of the world and is non fiction is just horrible. The gaul of the man to enlighten himself and his view.

    Anyone who has a problem with his reading a book should be put on the next haitian raft to come on shore and shipped out.

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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
    10722 posts
    March 31, 2012 at 6:58 am
    People already have enough ammo to criticize Barack Obama yet we have to bring up the books he reads? Come on conservatives, you aren`t THAT desparate.
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    Keyh Male 18-29
    226 posts
    March 31, 2012 at 7:26 am
    "The solution to this isn`t reducing our military strength and doing nothing else. It`s to focus on our national defense and encourage allied nations to spend on their own military interests so we`re not in a position of policing the world. If we were to do this, we could easily reduce military spending by up to 40% - approximately USD 300 billion per annum - and maintain a high quality of life and security. "

    ^ This. While I tend to see most of Ron Paul`s ideals as a little over the top, his isolationism ideas would help greatly in getting back on track.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
    10722 posts
    March 31, 2012 at 7:30 am
    From the reviews on Amazon (all positive reviews written by well-known liberals) it`s about the end of American exceptionalism. America will soon be no better than any other country -- no freer, no richer, and no stronger militarily.

    Hmmm gee, I thought the grand purpose of this nation on the world stage was to set an example for the rest of the world. So that every nation can be just as free, rich, and have a strong military. On top of which you`re conflating "exceptionalism" (or more accurately known as American`s Pax Brittanica) with the wolrd markets. Irony much?
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
    10722 posts
    March 31, 2012 at 7:42 am
    In everything I have read about the man, I have yet to find anything I disagree with him about.

    Oh, oh, oh!
    So he didn`t lock up Japanese-Americans in concentration camps? (FDR)
    He didn`t spearhead the movement that allowed congress to have such an overbroad intrepetation of the Commerce Clause (keep in mind that this precedent was behind the majority decision in Gonzales v Raich)? (FDR)
    On top of which the whole notion of an overbroad was started by Teddy.

    Some great presidents.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
    10722 posts
    March 31, 2012 at 7:43 am
    his isolationism ideas would help greatly in getting back on track.

    IT`S CALLED NON-INTERVENTIONISM!!!
    And of course it`s a good idea.
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    Samsquanch Male 30-39
    792 posts
    March 31, 2012 at 7:49 am
    Come on conservatives, you aren`t THAT desparate.

    They`re just jealous that Obama could read, but Baby Bush couldn`t.
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    Altaru Male 18-29
    3483 posts
    March 31, 2012 at 8:28 am
    Cajun, I was talking about Teddy.

    FDR was a prick.

    Besides, what`s wrong with the belief that freedom should be tempered by responsibility?
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    31771 posts
    March 31, 2012 at 10:00 am
    "Obama allows Atlantic Drilling Exploration"
    @simbha: huh? Obama (& the White House) have ignored a court order for years now! So they trot out this `review` to avoid it. You seriously think NEW oil production will occure before the 5 year "review" is up? @davymid! Where are you!?!
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    ivran Male 18-29
    599 posts
    March 31, 2012 at 10:23 am
    "To a liberal, the conservative mind is closed"
    Oh, the irony.
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    Qwertyuiop95 Male 18-29
    215 posts
    March 31, 2012 at 10:52 am
    To conservatives, the liberal mind is closed. To the liberal, conservatives have a closed mind. Look, both sides hate the other and for no good reason, so why don`t you two stop bickering and start solving things for once instead of just sticking with your party and doing nothing but insulting the other side? Maybe once we grow out of the elementary school playground and accept that different people have different opinions, we`ll be able to work on the economy and other issues that are ACTUALLY important.
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    DingDingDong Male 30-39
    1511 posts
    March 31, 2012 at 11:29 am
    I`m socially liberal (government should legislate moral issues, legalize drugs etc.) and fiscally conservative (less governmental spending). So I`m both liberal/conservative, ie: libertarian.
    Ron Paul 2012!
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    QueenZira Female 18-29
    2228 posts
    March 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm
    Ignoring some of the other brouhaha here because frankly I`m too tired to go grab my red correction pen at the moment- Kerry isn`t exactly like Mitt Markust. I mean sure Kerry was long winded and sleep inducing, but at least he was consistent. ;-)
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    dannyseven Male 18-29
    71 posts
    March 31, 2012 at 11:01 pm
    Photo taken and released in 2008, pre-election. Still won. FYI.
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    ivran Male 18-29
    599 posts
    April 1, 2012 at 12:57 am
    @Qwertyuiop95
    That won`t ever happen because it involves someone admitting they are wrong.

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