Obama II

Monday, November 12, 2012

DNC 2012 Radio Row: Jodi Kantor (Jody Avirgan)

Jodi Kantor, The New York Times Washington correspondent and the author of The Obamas, looks at what's ahead for the next Obama administration.



Jodi Kantor

Comments [26]


My Hopes for an Obama Change? For a good outcome from his reelection?

All the good, liberal stuff listed below. Preparing for the changing climate is absolutely necessary. We have so much carbon already in the atmosphere it will take a century --centuries?-- to bring things down to what we once had. So, given that there will be irregular, unpredicatable, and chaotic weather incidents, we must begin to figure out how to live with these massive storms, weather pattern changes.

And, for short term, enact the great things to do immediately suggested by Missy (11:41) and Rooney (11:44). FDR set of the WPA, iirc, via executive order. Obama has not been shy in using executive power to kill both foreigners and American citizens, so why would he not create jobs for so many who desperately need them?

I love Andrea's suggestion that music, singing, dancing, all kinds of arts be emphasized in schools. We do our children a disservice to not teach to move to the joyful sound of music, to let them feel that they can lift their voices in song. Every voice can be beautiful.

Also, maybe Obama might consider an actual liberal appointment to the Supreme Court. The nation is changing, moving away from the current Republican approach to society and governing, but the Repub appointed Supremes will remain in power for a long, long, long time. We don't need more Corporatist leaning judges of either party. We need people leaning justices.

Nov. 12 2012 01:00 PM

Based on what Obama has been saying, publicly and privately, since 2007, he is deteremined to "change" SocSec and Medicare. Jodie Kantor's observations only serve to underline that Obama luvs him that austerity stuff.

And just doesn't seem to get that during a deep recession, stimulus is imperative.

I think he wants to out Reagan St. Ronnie (the myth of St. Ronnie, not the reality) -- and by doing the things he thinks are of importance for reducing "the debt" and not paying attention to those who elected him, he can truly achieve iconic status.

Infamous iconic status, at that, by DESTROYING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BASE's belief in the meaning of the Democratic Party.

I don't think the party faithful, those facing unemployment, lowered standards of living since the days of St. Ronnie, lowered expectations for the future of their children and future generations...I don't think the 99% can take another big sell out by this president. It's not nice to con the citizenry.

And then the 2014 election will be a reprise of the 2010 election, when disappointment with Obama was taken out on the Democratic candidates for Congress, governorships, state legislatures.

Obama has not been all that good for down ticket candidates; he concentrates on his own success. He has been great for Wall Streeters, for Big Bidness, for the MIC businesses. But, us little people? Not so much.

I will be utterly delighted if I have to eat these words. But I wrote the same thing back in '07 and '08 when I was warning Democratic primary voters that Obama was not a liberal, was not a progressive, and was not a true Democrat -- unless it's the Corporatist, NeoLib part of the Dem Party.

Nov. 12 2012 12:00 PM

The speech which ends the term "environmentalist" and constitutes "self-preservationist."

Nov. 12 2012 11:55 AM
Carlos Sandoval from weehawken

Obama should end the two party system in Washington. Let the democrats and republicans compete with other parties. That would make the country more moderate and unify us under common interests.
For example change the 15% rule the CPD requires for access to the debates.
Also, end the partisan redistribution of voting districts all over the country.

Nov. 12 2012 11:54 AM


Get your vicarious, Petraus-affair rocks off over at Fox® or pick-up The Post, today.


Nov. 12 2012 11:52 AM
lcruz from brooklyn

he is also the first president to overtly sign off on the killing of us citizen without trial of jury, not that big a deal, you think ?

Nov. 12 2012 11:49 AM

Ed from Larchmont ~


if that's what you want to incorrectly call it!

Nov. 12 2012 11:48 AM
Andrea from Rockland

Every child should learn to play a musical instrument, sing and dance. Music and dance teachers will be employed and the rest of the population will benefit from the positive energy generated by music and learned movement. Fun and in-person communication should be the emphasis of music and dance, not celebrity. Imagine kids in public schools playing music, singing and dancing instead of screaming at football games, sustaining injuries and using their energy to perpetuate sports that are reminiscent of ancient battles.

Nov. 12 2012 11:48 AM
Jim B

The middle class has been decimated over the past 30 years, and I consider the Tea Party a cry for help. I think the president should use the bully pulpit not to exhort but to reassure, that the solutions to our problems are long-term, and to move away from extremism and hyperbole.

Nov. 12 2012 11:48 AM
Ed from Larchmont

He's the first president to put in place restriction on religious liberty, on the Catholic Church in particular. (Is that an accomplishment?)

Nov. 12 2012 11:47 AM
Steve from LIC

Jobs, climate change, gun control, racial equality, close Gitmo and out of Afghanistan, social justice

Nov. 12 2012 11:46 AM
Tom Crisp from UWS

Some of what must be done is to RE-think solutions. Include the GOP offers to eliminate deductions and "loopholes" in a way that targets the wealthiest, but is shared by all.

For instance, graduate the tax increase for the wealthy. Over $250K, an additional .5% - over $350K an additional 1%. Continue at 100K increments of 1/2% until reaching a 3% increase at the top.

Find a formula to cap the mortgage interest deduction. And continue to target tax advantages to the wealthy.

For the sake of progress, invite small business owners to talk about their real needs, as well as small business experts. Win their faith by deserving it.

Progress, not perfection.

Nov. 12 2012 11:46 AM
Rooney from Brooklyn, NY

Obama needs to stop the war on public education and teachers and, relatedly, start a true (as opposed to in-name-only) war on poverty! Race to the Top is clearly not working and teachers cannot solve the ills visited upon much of society by poverty and wealth inequality.

Nov. 12 2012 11:44 AM
Missy from Jackson Heights, NY

Shovel-ready WPA projects! We know about the ones discussed in the past, infrastructure, etc. But now, a great WPA project would be to work to put power lines underground in Sandy-affected areas. We'll need lots of shovels for that!

Nov. 12 2012 11:41 AM
David from NYC

Gun control anyone ?? and hey climate change ?
But wait these issues will never get traction since
rich people don't care and he doesn't have the guts to attempt.

Nov. 12 2012 11:41 AM
Dan Volpe from Midtown

President Obama's view of how History is written is starkly different from President George W Bush in that President Bush believed his presidency would be vindicated by history while President Obama is taking an activist approach to posterity.

How will Obama's approach affect Bush's independent legacy?

Nov. 12 2012 11:41 AM
Rebecca from Rockland County

I never really hear the press discussing the fact that the Republicans outwardly admitted after Obama was elected the first time (remember Mitch McConnell's statement, e.g.) that their main goal was to make him a "one-term President." Does the fact that they failed at this help the President to push forward his "mandate"? Or was that statement so heartfelt by the Republicans, just a blowhard opinion?

Nov. 12 2012 11:40 AM
Mary Faith Chmiel from Tinton Falls, NJ

Having reformed health care in his first term, I expect him to solve global warming in his second term!

Nov. 12 2012 11:40 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

If it were Hillary Clinton running, with the exact Obama record vs Romney - this would have been a blow-out in both the electoral and popular vote.

Nov. 12 2012 11:34 AM
Concerned from Edison NJ

I'm a bit concerned about this

I don't recall the losing voters of 2000 and 2004 threatening this. Why are the losing voters for this one so quick to make such threats?

Nov. 12 2012 11:12 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

I'm surprised that there is no segment on Petraus.

Nov. 12 2012 11:01 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

dyob = backward boy

Nov. 12 2012 10:59 AM

Chizzlewit = irrelevant

Nov. 12 2012 10:48 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

"Martin" (I'm a registered democrat) Chuzzlewit says: "but that isn't a huge mandate in anyone's imagination."

The right has been saying for months that this election will be a mandate "on the direction of America"

Now that Obama has been elected in spite of:

Karl Rove's 300 million dollar machine, "Socialist Obamacare," "the highest unemployment since FDR," "having no US birth certificate," "being black," and "Martin"'s favs - "Hating Israel" & "not releasing his college records"

Now you are saying it's not a "huge" mandate? Is it a "small" mandate?

What does that mean? It's either a mandate or not.

Nov. 12 2012 10:20 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Obama II?

A repeat of Obama I.

I predict that Hillary Clinton will depart Obama II = soon.

Nov. 12 2012 09:54 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

"Opinion: Whatever the Right Says, Obama Has a Huge Mandate" (posted above over comments section))

LOL .... what about Slate ? "In the popular vote, the latest numbers suggest an Obama victory of 50.4 percent."
("How Close Was This Election? Very close." link below)


Put your fingers in your ears, Lefties, and pretend that the number doesn't exist, but that isn't a huge mandate in anyone's imagination.


Nov. 12 2012 08:05 AM

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