In your own opinion how do you feel about our new president?In your own opinion how do you feel about our new president?

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dano7744 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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I would not care to have his job that's for sure. It has got to be an extremely hard and stressful undertaking. I think all in all he is probably doing a good job given the circumstances that he inherited from the previous administration. His plate is full with the wars and economy and environmental concerns with the oil spill etc. Even though we are certainly no where near utopia, when you stop and think about it, things could be alot worse.

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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It's too early to tell.  Obama is realizing that the political machinery of Washington is not grinding to a hault because of him.  He's lost much of his campaign momentum, and he's realizing just how hard it is to affect change in this country.

Much of the hope for change and grass roots optimism of Obama's campaign is deflating right now.  Why?  It seems the American people are pretty fickle and reactionary.

Americans don't like candidates more than they like them.  They vote against and speak out against more than they support and stick with a candidate.  So, they set them up to fail by placing unweighty expectations on them that are destined to fall short.  Case in point: Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize and gets criticized for it.  He passes a health care bill and gets criticized for it.  He's in an unwinnable position.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I think the president is a man who has to cater to all kinds of interests, particularly the ones in his party and the ones that funded his campaign and the favors he has to pay back that folks have done to get him to where he is.  In this regard Obama is no different than any other president we've had.  I have been impressed with some things and disappointed with others, but it is hard to get too emotionally wrapped up in it given the limitations that any politician has and the realization that they are simply acting as puppets of the big interests behind them most of the time.

I do have to say that I always laugh when anyone uses the phrase "real" to describe a certain group of people or a region of the country.  I suppose that since I live on the East Coast in a big city, to many people I am a "fake" person or a "fake" American.  I think I am going to see if I can't go walk through a wall or something, I just never knew that certain people were real and others were fake.  Thanks for pointing that one out!

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Despite the particular political party we support, we cannot deny that serving as president is hard. Personally, I am disappointed (and very worried) at some of the changes taking place. It’s difficult to see how our country, which is in an economic crisis (for most Americans), can support some of the changes big government, led by our President, is making. And yet, I cannot deny that changes are necessary. Perhaps President Obama needs some more transition time.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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It is hard to judge the effectiveness of any President until time has passed and we can look back at what was accomplished and whether or not it had a lasting effect. However, in my very own humble opinion President Obama trying to do what he thinks is best for the people, I think however he may be out of touch with the real people of the country.

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geosc | College Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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You stated up front that you wanted the opinions of the answerers.

During the Presidential campaign I thought Obama was a very smart man and either 1) uneducated about the effects of government actions on economy or 2) so power hungry that he was willing to impose laws and regulations and policies that placed aspects of people's daily lives under the control of government in order to have power over them.

I now think the latter exclusively.  Anyone with enough experience in government to get himself elected president, knows the economic and political and human and civil rights effects of imposed health control.  He is willing to impose it anyway as a means of controlling people and aggrandizing his power.

I voted neither Demoplican nor Republicrat during the election; I voted Libertarian.  My first inclination was to vote for the Constitutional Party, but they were not even well enough organized to fill my order for a bumper sticker, so I decided they would not do for running the country.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Ask 100,000 people and you'll get a split right down the middle about supporting or not supporting President Obama.  It is an individual decision and opinion.  I'll tell you what I tell my government students.  My opinion on the President is no one's business, just as yours is none of ours.  It is very important that you have an opinion, and one that is grounded in facts.  Develop your own criteria about what is important to you in a President.  Forget political party.  Ignore what you hear on talk radio and cable news and make up your own mind.

All of our Presidents are public servants.  They do a difficult, sometimes horrible job for a fraction of the money they could make doing almost anything else.  Their families endure endless media scrutiny and criticism of their loved one.  The pressure and hours take years off of their lives.

This was true for both George W. Bush and Barack Obama.  I always try to keep these things in mind when I decide to give or withhold my support as well.  I wish you wisdom in making your decision.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The previous posts were very strong.  I think that the overwhelming consensus is that one cannot answer this question with any sense of authority because of its individual nature.  You might have to gauge what is here and use that as a guide to formulate your own response. I did like the idea of generating a web search on such elements to see what others feel about the President and use that as a good guide to develop an understanding of sentiment towards the President.  The divergence of opinion here could certainly be found also on the web to a greater extent.   At the same time, it might be real interesting to see how the wording of the question is played out in other forums.  The idea of assessing the President and how one "feels" about him is an interesting blurring of the lines of constructive political dialogue to personalized forms of expression.

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Its  hard to answer the question fairly, especially from one like me who did not vote for him precisely because I disagreed with his action plan and the strategies he wanted to use in complying with it.

People who did agree with his action plan and support his vision seem to be pleased and continue showing his support. As for me personally all I want is that our Constitutional rights continue to be preserved and that the hard work that our ancestors did in building this country does not go to waste.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It is really quite difficult to be President these days.  The political climate is so bad with the Republicans and Democrats hating each other so much.

Given how tough the situation is, I think that the President is doing a pretty decent job.  He managed to get Congress to pass his health care bill, which was the main thing he has been trying to do early on in his term.  We don't know if it's a good deal yet, but at least he got it done.

He has also managed to make this arms reduction treaty with Russia.

Finally, the economic situation has not gotten any worse, although it is hard to know if that is really due to anything he has done.

Overall, it will be hard to tell if Obama was right until we see how this health care bill affects things, but he seems to be doing okay so far.

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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You will have to decide how you feel about this one yourself. I assume you are referring to President Obama. The problem with your question, though, is -- do you really want to know how you "feel" about him or do you want to know if he is doing a good job? That is, are you wanting to evaluate his performance as president, or do you want to evaluate whether or not you think he is a "good guy"?

If you want to merely express how you feel about him, that is your call. If you want to evaluate his job performance, you will have to do some research. If you do an online search and type in "Evaluate Obama" you will find all sorts of resources. Some of them are scholarly, written by journalists, professors, etc., and some are blogs, written by every-day people. Remember that there will be bias in all of these opinions. You have to make up your own mind. Think about:

  1. What have been his accomplishments since he has been in office?
  2. What did he promise in his campaign? Did he come through on these promises?
  3. What is the state of the economy?
  4. How did he do on healthcare?
  5. How is he doing in foreign relations?
  6. What is he doing with regard to the wars?
  7. What type of people has he appointed to his cabinet and key posts? How are THEY doing?

He has not been in office very long, so that will be a factor.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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My opinion of this president is a million light years ahead of my opinion of the last one. 

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subrataray | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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In your own opinion how do you feel about our new president?

In your own opinion how do you feel about our new president?

The new president ,-Mr . Barrack Obama is a man of pleasing personality .I have painted my feelings on him in a poem , and the poem has been published in American. poems .com .Here I am giving the poem :

Obama ,-The Captain by Ray Subrata

Hello loving president ,
A fusion of heart and brain ,
The present captain of America ,
Worthy to be called a living liter aria

With you , faith steps to restore ,
Democracy spreads its glory ,
The world waits to read a new story .

Go on Captain go on ,
The sun is in a new morn .
Peace and unity ,
Yours treaty ,
The advent of Lincoln ,
Go on Captain go on.

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subrataray | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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In your own opinion how do you feel about our new president?

In your own opinion how do you feel about our new president?

The new president ,-Mr . Barrack Obama is a man of pleasing personality .I have painted my feelings on him in a poem , and the poem has been published in American. poems .com .Here I am giving the poem :

Obama ,-The Captain by Ray Subrata

Hello loving president ,
A fusion of heart and brain ,
The present captain of America ,
Worthy to be called a living liter aria

With you , faith steps to restore ,
Democracy spreads its glory ,
The world waits to read a new story .

Go on Captain go on ,
The sun is in a new morn .
Peace and unity ,
Yours treaty ,
The advent of Lincoln ,
Go on Captain go on.

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sfg13165 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 2) Honors

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this is a real difficult topic, i think he could be doing better, and i hope that the healthcare reform will go through as it should.. im happy we have a black president, because its nice to know that african americans can do anything if they put their mind to it.ill be praying for obama..

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