Saturday, January 19, 2013

Frontline presents: Inside Obama's Presidency.

Watch Inside Obama's Presidency on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

You know I typically do not post videos that are five minutes or more, because I realize that most people do not have time to watch them.

However THIS report is absolutely excellent, and well worth the fifty three minutes and thirty nine seconds it takes to watch it.

Personally I came away with a deep appreciation of what this President has accomplished and an even more negative perception of the Republicans and some real anger at how hard they worked to destroy Obama at every turn.

I do have to admit that I cringed more than a little during the report on drone strikes, but overall this is a very informative and fascinating look at the last four years of our country's history.

P.S. If for some reason this video does not play please click here and watch it over at PBS.


  1. Anonymous3:04 AM

    Why insist the drone strikes are somehow irrelevant or bad reporting (you didn't say so but the wording suggested such). It makes you look like a hypocrite. It brings down my high regard for you, particularly as a humanistic atheist, someone who I thought was like me. Admit that his record isn't 100% clean. He's done wrong. You can say he's done some (limited) right things but you're joking to ignore the rest. If it were a republican you would hit the roof.

    Stop being a hypocrite! I know you are better than that.

    1. Anonymous5:03 AM

      Oh shut the fuck up, really, I mean it.

    2. "I do have to admit that I cringed more than a little during the report on drone strikes..."
      I took this to mean that he is not at all comfortable with the drone strikes. I didn't interpret it him thinking the drone strikes were irrelevant or that he cringed because it was bad reporting.

      "It brings down my high regard for you, particularly as a humanistic atheist, someone who I thought was like me."
      So are you saying that a secular atheist who is not like you in every opinion and thought is therefore someone who you will not regard as highly as you regard yourself?

      Fundamentalist atheist is more like it.

    3. Anonymous8:32 AM

      Anon at 5.03, you're an absolutely disgusting person. Pure evil.

      Nefer; if you're a regular reader you are flat out lying. If not a regular I have to tell you, Gryphen DOES NOT question Obama on any of his civil liberty issues, including drone strikes in which innocents and children are killed and as well as that the unlawful detention of Bradley Manning, in which his rights have been time and time again trampled and abused by the president.

  2. Anonymous3:45 AM

    No other President in our history has been disrespected as President Obama has. And as a Black citizen of this country, and for all of us Blacks it is very personal. Blacks have been listening, seeing, and paying attention, and we made sure we went to the polls in large numbers to vote for our beloved President Obama once again in November.
    The record shows that Blacks turned out to vote in November, in a larger number than has ever been seen in history. We listen, we see, and we FEEL how the first Black President of our nation is belittled and disrespected, not only by civilians, but by other politicians, and we turned out in historic droves to support our President Obama in November.
    We love him, and we will ALWAYS have his back.

    1. Anonymous5:06 AM

      White person here. Ditto on EVERYTHING you said. It's stomach churning the level of disrespect and hate leveled at this lovely man and his family. Sickening. He does not deserve any of it. I will ALWAYS have his back as well, he's the best thing that has happened to this country in a long, long time.

    2. Anonymous6:02 AM

      To: Anonymous5:06 AM

      Sweet comment. Thank you. :)

  3. Anonymous5:03 AM

    I watched this the other day and found it fascinating and deeply informative. Yes, this man has been up against brutal forces to bring him to his knees, and yet he still stands...and with dignity, power and grace. WELL worth the time to watch/listen, I agree.

  4. I voted for Obama both times. I realize he was often between a rock and a hard place during his administration, particularly when it came to dealing with the Republicans.

    However, I was and am deeply disappointed that he did not hold the feet of those 13 top bankers to the fire when he had the chance.

    Some of his advisors wanted to nationalize those banks. Some wanted the banks to fail outright. At the very least, many banksters should have gone to jail.

    Perhaps, given Obama's scant background in economics, it is better that he did not nationalize the banks. Perhaps it is also better that he did not let the banks fail.

    But he certainly could and should have attached conditions -- stringent conditions -- to the banks that were bailed out. Those conditions could and should have included lending to Main Street at low interest rates, claw backs of all bonuses, and prosecutions of the banksters who so cavalierly traded junk derivatives -- what they themselves called "pieces of shit" -- which fomented the meltdown.

    That missed opportunity on Obama's part is far more devastating to America than any of the good things he has done or might do.


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