Comments on: Obama: You don’t have to talk tough to be tough http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/ Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: karela http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/comment-page-1/#comment-355320 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 07:50:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/#comment-355320 Right on Barack! I would so much rather have a reasoned statesman for my president then a junk yard fighter. Hillary has failed to bring home the bacon a lot of times–think 90’s+healthcare+presidential husband+democratic House and Senate+alienated EVERYBODY—and almost always it’s been because she doesn’t know when to stop fighting and start negotiating. She used the word fight continually. It just makes me worry about what she might do to the world. You know, like likening the Prime Minister of New Zealand to a cockroach and threatening to obliterate the men, women and children of another country with a nuclear bomb if they bother any country at all. When she tried to explain, it just got worse. She’s suggesting that America dole out punishment to everybody for everybody. I didn’t sign on to be the guy that wields the whip for other countries. We take too much on ourselves. Ron Paul has that right when he says we ought to mind our own business and butt out of the business of others.

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By: Sean http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/comment-page-1/#comment-355273 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 04:46:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/#comment-355273 There is no no need for Barack to go negative. He can counter any charge, but he must not be Clintonian. If he gets angry he is done. Ask Harold Ford, Jr. about the “Memphis Meltdown”.

He must inspire with specific economic plans and a vision for the nation and its middle class. Obama must come out and say to middle America, “I have what it takes to make Washington work for middle America”.

He must redefine patriotism as loving this nation enough to change it for the better. How patriotic is it for people to wage political war against the hope of change?

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By: Boomerang http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/comment-page-1/#comment-355142 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 02:23:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/#comment-355142 Yes, exactly right, Sen. Obama!

As it stands, the US is viewed as a bully who doesn’t listen. Why make it harder on ourselves by proving many right?

Poor judgment from Clinton with regard to foreign and military policy:

She’s the one who voted to authorize the Iraq war without reading the NIE report.

She’s the one who’s been engaging in economic saber-rattling of sorts with regard to China, to the extent that her campaign’s China policy adviser finally resigned in protest. Richard Baum resigned in light of what he called “grossly misguided accusations” made by Clinton about China. “As a lifelong Democrat, it saddens me that Sen. Clinton has chosen to take the low road in her effort to gain our party’s presidential nomination.”

She’s now said this: “I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran….In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.”

Whatever happened to speaking softly and carrying a big stick?

Finally, just a gaffe, but considering she claims to be so ready for Day 1: Clinton recently referred to Helen Clark as the “former” Prime Minister of New Zealand. She’s the current PM.

And then in a Newsweek interview, Clinton recounts a rather lame joke political opponents tell about about Clark. She says that, “in the event of a nuclear war, they say the two things that would emerge from the rubble are the cockroaches…and Helen Clark.”

Great–make fun of other world leaders….
C’mon, people, Obama needs our help–donate or volunteer or speak the truth when you see or hear lies. Let’s do our part!

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By: Cliff http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/comment-page-1/#comment-355100 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 01:43:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/#comment-355100 Obama is the class of the presidential campaign. He has defended himself but it must be tough to do so against such inane accusations. We should be discussing issues not what his pastor said, not who he was on a charity board with, not whether he is muslim, not whether he is black but whether he has the ability to be president. I personally think he is the best candidate we have had since the Kennedys. He has proven he is a leader by just the way he has run his campaign. One doesn’t need experience in many of the things a president faces as a good leader will have good advisors and will make good decisions. He deserves to be the democratic nominee and if he is, I believe he will win against John McCain.

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By: Jean in Alaska http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/comment-page-1/#comment-355061 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 00:07:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/#comment-355061 I just can’t stand the sound of her voice anymore! It doesn’t matter what she says — even if it’s “I just love you so much.” There is a real fakiness to her, and I know I’m not the only one picking up on that.

It’s really true — the way they run their campaign is the way they will run their presidency. Can you imagine President Hillary Clinton talking tough, shaking her fists … and in her shrill, pushy manner being able to make ANY headway in foreign relations? The few allies we have left would drop like flies.

Keep it up, Obama. You’re the only one showing any good sense. But don’t let them walk all over you either!

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By: S Scott http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/comment-page-1/#comment-355036 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 17:34:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/#comment-355036 At this point both candidates (Clinton and Obama) are too polarized to succeed in winning the 2008 Presidential race. This race should have been an easy win and the Democrats have chosen to destroy themselves before the race even begins. Yes, I am a Democrat and this really irritates me.

I would like to see the super delegates take a long hard look at who can win this election and choose a third party other then either Clinton or Obama. I think the best chance the Democrats have at securing the election at this stage would be to bring back John Edwards. So far the only negative about him is that his staff hired an image team to spruce him up and the cost of the haircuts made it into the press.

I could care less how much he pays for a hair cut as long as he can do the job and do it well.

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By: chris http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/comment-page-1/#comment-355035 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 16:43:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/#comment-355035 Obama should definitely continue to hammer Clinton on her frightening statement that she would obliterate Iran. Obama stands for peace, I voted for him in PA (I’m a 57 year old woman).

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By: Docb http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/comment-page-1/#comment-355029 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 13:36:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/#comment-355029 BULLIES threaten to fight/ pound their fists/ shake their fingers/ turn red in the face—but it is always about them –never about anyone else. They have a tendency to whine when faced with a counter punch- verbal or otherwise.
The clinton’s are the Bullies in the schoolyard but they have fewer and fewer real fighters to back them up now. Hollow to the core.
Obama’s big stick is his character and honesty–and the faith people see in him. His decency is what has kept him from hitting where it would be most effective but there are those out there that a willing to go the distance to put the clintons under …Watch and see. Richardson began on Carville last night on LKing…he did not let him get away with repeating his clinton spin….Casey was too reserved when battling the street fighter Rendell but their are others coming that are less than shy and disgusted with the clintons.

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By: linda in cincinnati http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/comment-page-1/#comment-355028 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 12:23:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/#comment-355028 History matters especially with regard to future action and YES actions do speak louder than words.

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By: Asmallperspective http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/comment-page-1/#comment-355027 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 11:48:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/04/23/obama-you-dont-have-to-talk-tough-to-be-tough/#comment-355027 for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction… in this case, we have such a positive ’uniting’ force coming out of the Obama movement AND ON THE OTHER HAND we have a dividing ’fear invoking’ negative force coming out of the Clinton camp.

which would you like for leading the country… a proven liar that uses fear tactics to scare you into voting for her who can’t write her own speeches nor even appear to be a compassionate human being much less a WOMAN… yes, i want her as president too!!!! thank you for voting for hillary clinton i think we need another person like her representing all of american people…. because we are all a bunch of uneducated workers that thinks the world revolves around ourselves and can’t see any farther than our own dismal view of reality…. or maybe not, maybe we are better…. I have faith that we can break the cycle…

The American people remind me of girls I know that date guys who abuse them either physically or mentally…. these poor girls always end up being the ’victim’ but then they just go back out there and attract another abusive guy into their life. In this case, Hillary is that crooked politician we just can’t seem to get away from… and then in four years we’ll all be the victims again! great fun living the illusion

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