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Published: Monday, Sept. 10 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

Inviting Paul Ryan to sit in the front row and then blasting his plan is just pathetic if you ask me. Calling him "Jack Ryan" is just hilarious. Oh President Obama what would we do without you.

Actually I do know, we might have a realistic plan to do something about the national debt instead of sticking our head in the sand and hoping the problem goes away. It's only 16 trillion dollars, no big deal.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

obama's leadership gap has lasted 44 months. the guy can't spell leadership, let alone act in that roll.

Centerville, UT

This is the administration where the phrase "leading from behind" has become popularized.

Las Vegas, NV

The sad part is you don't really need a book to tell you how incompetent the Obama Administration is. It's so transparent that the guy at the top is clueless, makes you wonder why millions of Americans were fooled. enuff of this mr speech in chief!

Salt Lake City, Utah

Obama failed to "cultivate congressional relationships"? Really!! Obama has that old Chicago mentality that "We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back".

Obama has only himself to blame for his inability to play well with others.

Meadow Lark Mark

Please Please Please we have got to get rid of Obama.

Kaysville, UT

In a government or any relationship, one has to have trust, not limited trust, but full trust. After the President misled the Senate and House leaders and members, in both parties.

The President from his vast experience in community organizing, which is not leadership, but getting other people to be leaders in their communities, he did not learn that you cannot have limited trust. When the Obamacare process was forced onto those leaders and Nancy Pelosi didn't even keep up with the language in the bill because it was changing second by second due to outside interests and the President forcing his will upon the group.

People won't trust you after that type of affair. Leaders lead by example and at his age and after his short time in the Senate he hadn't learned leadership. He believes he can have some people around him to do that for him but when it comes down to the hard things the VP Biden mentioned were the hard decisions, the auto bailout and killing Bin Laden, the President didn't have to use his leadership. Things happened, with and without him.

You have to have trust in everything and LEAD.

Sugar City, ID

Woodward wrote. "The last president to fold was George H.W. Bush, who gave in to Democrats' demands that income taxes be raised in a 1990 budget deal. And Bush was a one-term president."

Another example of the blind leading the blind. President Bush attempted to break from the stranglehold of the Norquest faction and was punished for it. What a conflicting message - saying that a President has to lead by getting both sides to work together and then blaming President Bush for caving in as opposed to "my way or the highway."
You added nothing beneficial, Mr. Woodward.

Somewhere in Time, UT

I just read the book,"Leading From Behind" by Richard Miniter. It outlines time after time how Obama has no idea how to be a leader. He had to be pushed by Hillary and Panetta to make a decsion about the Bin Laden raid. He dragged his feet and cancelled the raid three times before finally agreeing to it. He pulled the rug out from under congressional leaders after having agreed to deficit reduction deals. Most of the time when being pressed for a decision on anything, he'd get up and walk out of the room in the middle of the meeting rather than make a decision.

Miniter used only Democrats and White House insiders as his sources. He only used Republicans when they were actual witnesses to events at some meetings.

Obama is a weak leader and who has no idea how to work with people and make executive decisions.

It's time for an actual executive who has actual executive exerience.

Othello, WA

Oh Oh, but the community organizer and chief is so awesome! Can't we just overlook all this other "leadership" stuff? He is the first black president. He likes to golf, and play basketball with the boys. He is a good teleprompter reader, most of the time. He theoretically can make nice, nice with ALL the nations of the world, like no other president before him. He is beloved by Chris Mathews and almost all other national news media figures. Dare I go on, the list is so long, but I doubt the pop culture crowd who supports him, has the capacity to read any further!

Cowboy Dude

Woodward wrote. "The last president to fold was George H.W. Bush, who gave in to Democrats' demands that income taxes be raised in a 1990 budget deal. And Bush was a one-term president."

If you compromise in Washington, you are considered "folding". After the Democrats got what they wanted, they played H.W. Bush famous line over and over and over again until it cost him the election.

"Read my lips, no new taxes."

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

the libs convention tells us all we need to know about the C.O. (contraceptive organizer) and his inability to lead. with all the problems the country has, he allowed the convention to be focused on a subject that means very little to most americans, contraceptives. it was absolutely a joke. barry is incapable of making decisions and continues to allow everyone else to do that for him. i actually feel sorry for a guy that is so far over his head and yet does not understand that he is.

salt lake, UT

So the bases for your argument is a book written by a man not smart enough to even notice he contradicts himself several times. Its was 2009 it was 2010 it was....... he cannot even get his basic time lines right why would we give any credence to his other claims?

As for woodwards book I guess we will have to wait and see how accurate his claims turn out to be, given the recent rash of inaccuracies claims lately I am not holding my breath.

Cedar Hills, UT

It would be good if the majority of Obama disciples were informed citizens - they are not! It would be great if the pro Obama crowd actually read books, watched documentaries, and tried to understand things such as our national debt crisis but again that is not the case. By and large most of the very pro Obama crowd are part of the entitlement bound, don't ask, don't care crowd that think Alexander Hamilton and James Monroe are MTV stars. Obama-mania feeds off of this ignorance- sadly but true.

salt lake, UT

what would be helpful is if the far right would spend less time watching and reading propaganda and spend more time getting informed.

spring street

get informed through such propaganda films as Obama 2016 that you like to espouse the virtues of. Let s take a look at how well informed we can get.

'Souza says Obama is "weirdly sympathetic to Muslim jihadists" in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He does not mention that Obama ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and the drone strikes that have killed dozens of other terrorists in the region.

D'Souza wrongly claims that Obama wants to return control of the Falkland Islands from Britain to Argentina. The U.S. refused in April to endorse a final declaration on Argentina's claim to the islands at the Summit of the Americas, provoking criticism from other Latin American nations.

D'Souza says Obama has "done nothing" to impede Iran's nuclear ambitions, despite the severe trade and economic sanctions his administration has imposed on that country to halt its suspected nuclear program. Obama opposes a near-term military strike on Iran, either by the U.S. or Israel, although he says the U.S. will never tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran.

spring street


More great misinformation from Obama 2016

D'Souza says Obama removed a bust of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill from the Oval Office because Churchill represented British colonialism. White House curator William Allman said the bust, which had been on loan, was already scheduled to be returned before Obama took office. Another bust of Churchill is on display in the president's private residence, the White House says.

In Hawaii, D'Souza asserts with no evidence that Obama sympathized with native Hawaiians who felt they had been marginalized by the American government when Hawaii was becoming a state. D'Souza also asserts – again with no evidence – that Obama had been coached to hold those views at Punahou, the prestigious prep school he attended.

spring street


and then comes the illogical stretches

The assertion that Obama's presidency is an expression of his father's political beliefs, which D'Souza first made in 2010 in his book "The Roots of Obama's Rage," is almost entirely subjective and a logical stretch at best.
D'Souza interviews a NYU psychologist who Postulates about Obama’s motivations without having ever actually meeting Obama yet alone assessing him.

Getting informed patriot does not mean watching and reading propaganda that simply reinforces the assumptions you already have about the world.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Tolstoy salt lake, UT
"what would be helpful is if the far right would spend less time watching and reading propaganda and spend more time getting informed."

At least the typical mainstream Republican has enough incentive to obtain valid IDs need when going to the voting booth here in Utah. Sheeesh!!!

Scranton, PA

It's pleasing to me that more and more of the mainstream media, such as The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, and others, are finally publishing the truth aboout the real Obama. Just as when Nixon was trying to live in that river called "Denial" by saying, "I am not a crook!", Obama is also in a complete state of denial - or self-delusion - that our country is better off. The truth has a way of floating to the top, despite the liberal media's exceeding efforts to hide it. Thanks, Mr. Woodward, for once again nailing a public official who by his performance has "earned" the right to be downsized right out of office!

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