Inauguration: A day to celebrate America

  • Article by: NANCY BARNES , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 19, 2013 - 6:39 PM

There's much that's right about this country -- but what's best is that we can say what's wrong.

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briechersJan. 19, 13 7:33 PM

Ms. Barnes seems a little misty eyed for the inauguration of a re-elected president. Columns such as hers are usually saved for the times where we peacefully change presidents. We are broke, divided and without a leader for half the country because half the country doesn't trust him. He certainly has the power of the presidency, but lacks the multiplying power of a leader. He can manage without trust, but he can't lead without trust. I don't see anything positive to reflect on.

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johndontJan. 19, 1311:19 PM

He has a 52% approval rating, a 61% likeability rating, but a 29% "think he can work with congress in a positive manner rating." That 3rd one is the most important to our country.

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goldengoph3rJan. 20, 13 1:34 AM

"He certainly has the power of the presidency, but lacks the multiplying power of a leader. He can manage without trust, but he can't lead without trust. I don't see anything positive to reflect on."-------------The President beat back a ferocious conservative effort to unseat him in 2012, so the above opinion is demonstrably false. Certainly, he's made--and continues to make--mistakes. He hasn't done enough to rein in Wall Street casino gambling. He compromised needlessly with the GOP on tax rates. Guantanamo is open and spying on Americans is still allowed. But President Obama has blunted the worst impulses of conservatives, and presided over a recovery which was not assured when he took his first oath of office. I'll be in DC for the inauguration and I'm looking forward to it.

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cstoney48Jan. 20, 13 7:27 AM

johndont said: "but a 29% "think he can work with congress in a positive manner rating." That 3rd one is the most important to our country." Its hard to cooperate with "the just say no fanatics" who will not compromise, submerge themselves in conspiracies and call the opposition communists, fascists and worse. Its like arguing that it is difficult to work with the Taliban or al Qaeda--true believers all!!! Bye the bye, what are the favorability ratings of congress and its ability to work with the president to address the nation's problems these days???

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ontherecordJan. 20, 13 7:48 AM

briechers: "We are broke, divided and without a leader for half the country because half the country doesn't trust him." The exact same thing could have been said about Bush. But the left never said that Bush was not their President. The right decided from Day One to discredit Obama without one whit of justification. It is they who have divided the country, not the President.

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davehougJan. 20, 13 8:43 AM

Excellent points in the article. Just take a look in countries where it is NOT true.

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briechersJan. 20, 13 8:53 AM

Ontherecord...please read posting more carefully. I didn't say he wasn't our president. In fact, I emphasized that he is our president with the powers that come with it. Beyond that I don't see how anyone on the Left can characterize the rhetorical war on President Bush as consistent with acknowledging him as their leader. It is a simple fact that people don't defer to people they don't trust. When conservatives agree with President Obama, we will lead the people who trust us in that direction. The key point is that we won't defer to his vision of the future over ours. Why would we? This is basic stuff that you can get some insight on by reading the Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey or the Inspiring Leader by John H. Zenger, Joseph R. Folkman and Scott K. Edinger.

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mondaveauJan. 20, 13 8:59 AM

ontherecord-"But the left never stated that Bush was not their President."-Yes they did. I recall watching an interview with Alec Baldwin who stated precisely that. Of course not everyone on left made such comments. Some just called him Hitler.

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thankbhoJan. 20, 13 9:45 AM

So much to celebrate after Obama's first term. Where to begin? I guess we could celebrate the six plus trillion additional dollars added to our deficit, or maybe our first ever credit downgrade. Say, what about 50 million people on food stamps? I don't know Nance, so many options........ Popcorn anyone?

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propagandistJan. 20, 1310:30 AM

We've fallen a long ways in my 40+ yr lifetime. Yes, we should be thankful for what we have. So should North Koreans. We can say what's wrong, huh? Where's the outcry about Guantanamo? Where's the outcry about $1 trillion spent on 2 wars that we started against countries that didn't attack us. Zero accountability. Obama had the opportunity to reverse the previous administration's egregious acts. Warrantless searches. Indefinite detention without trial. Targeted assassinations with disregard of bystanders. Obama has further entrenched these practices. He's got a lot of people fooled. Talk is cheap.

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