Get Off Obama’s Back: Second Thoughts From Michael Moore

posted by GeoT

Thanks to Michael Moore for articulating so well what many of us here @ 44-D have thought and argued for quite some time…

Michael Moore writes today in The Huffington Post and DailyKos


Friends,
Last night my wife asked me if I thought I was a little too hard on Obama in my letter yesterday congratulating him on his Nobel Prize. “No, I don’t think so,” I replied. I thought it was important to remind him he’s now conducting the two wars he’s inherited. “Yeah,” she said, “but to tell him, ‘Now earn it!’? Give the guy a break — this is a great day for him and for all of us.”

I went back and re-read what I had written. And I listened for far too long yesterday to the right wing hate machine who did what they could to crap all over Barack’s big day. Did I — and others on the left — do the same?

We are weary, weary of war. The trillions that will have gone to these two wars have helped to bankrupt us as a nation — financially and morally. To think of all the good we could have done with all that money! Two months of the War in Iraq would pay for all the wells that need to be dug in the Third World for drinking water! Obama is moving too slow for most of us — but he needs to know we are with him and we stand beside him as he attempts to turn eight years of sheer madness around. Who could do that in nine months? Superman? Thor? Mitch McConnell?

Instead of waiting to see what the president is going to do, we all need to be pro-active and push the agenda that we want to see enacted. What keeps us from forming the same local groups we put together to get out the vote last November? C’mon! We’re the majority now — the majority by a significant margin! We call the shots — and we need to tell this wimpy Congress to get busy and do what we say — or else.

All I ask of those who voted for Obama is to not pile on him too quickly. Yes, make your voice heard (his phone number is 202-456-1414). But don’t abandon the best hope we’ve had in our lifetime for change. And for God’s sake, don’t head to bummerville if he says or does something we don’t like

Thank You Kathleen!!

Thank You Kathleen!!

**44-D Note: Michael, buy your wife a huge vase of flowers, dinner out, do the laundry for a week, and thank her for being so wise. And thank you, Michael, for listening to her.

And thank YOU Kathleen!

Read the full article here: Huffington_Post_Logo

Michael Moore’s First Thoughts

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One response to “Get Off Obama’s Back: Second Thoughts From Michael Moore

  1. audiegrl

    Thank you Kathleen!

    It was a bit dumbfounding watching some Democrats jump on the same “Obama doesn’t deserve it” bandwagon with the right-wing yesterday.

    That is probably one of the rare times a Nobel Peace Prize recipient’s own countrymen tried to persuade him NOT to accept the award. I expected that from the Repubs, but not from our own people.

    From what I researched yesterday, this award was chosen within strict guidelines of what Alfred Nobel noted in his will. If they are satisfied with the unanimous decision, then why should ‘we’ question it? What exactly are ‘we’ trying to say?

    In the end, it only solidifies the perception that President Obama is well respected around the world, but ridiculed by his own countrymen.

    What people expect from Obama in this country (DOMA, DADT, health care, Gitmo, ect) has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that his election and performance in the last nine months, have been a game changer in how we are viewed around the world. He has changed the tone of rhetoric regarding the rest of the world.

    We always think that the last eight years of Bush has been bad for us. But some people forget that the last eight years have been a nightmare for other countries too. Just the fact that they don’t have to deal with anymore ‘my way or the highway cowboy’ diplomacy is a huge relief to many people.

    Just the fact that the US has risen to the top of the list of countries most admired, from the 7th place rating we had last year, tells the whole story. Even the pollster said, he has never seen such a jump in one year and that it can only be attributed to the election of Barack Obama.

    That is how other countries view us now. Say it slowly… the United States is the most admired country in the world.

    Feels good saying that, doesn’t it? Now was that so hard? 🙂

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