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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Mesa, AZ

Thank you.

clearfield, UT

"there was a time when America united behind the President....." What country has Mr. Davis been living in, because I've never seen anything close to that in my 60+ years. The only time I've seen that kind of uniting behind a President is when when a tragedy like 911 happens and that only lasts a short time. Why is it that now Democrats are asking us to be behind Obama, after we Republicans listened to almost 8 years of Bush being called everything up to Hitler or the Devil. And I for one did not think they were wrong for not liking Bush and his war policies. Democrats and liberals had a right and duty to voice opposition to a Presidents policies they disagreed with. Welcome to freedom. Hope it lasts. Now, please, you Obama supporters just give us anti Obama types the same courtesy when we disagree with your President and his policies. If Obama were a conservative Republican he would be my hero. But he is not and I think he is destroying the country.

Far East USA, SC

"Of course the “birthers” cannot admit that Obama is president because someone born outside of the United States, as they claim President Obama was, cannot be president."

We certainly KNOW that line of thinking will change.

Ted Cruz openly admits he was not born in the United States. His birth certificate proves it (unless it is fake, lol) He was born in Canada to a US citizen mother and a Cuban Citizen father.

Exactly the same type of scenario that the birthers have "claimed" about Obama (but have had zero proof)

With all the birther uproar, one would expect that they will staunchly opposed Cruz based on his Canadian birth.

What a conundrum. What a show it will be if Cruz runs in 2016.

Salt Lake City, UT

"We need to return to the way past generations respected the presidency and the person who held it by banishing from our speech the phrase “not my president.”"

The "banishing" of "not my president" is working very well in North Korea.

Murray, UT

So if we just talk nicer about the president, will he uphold and enforce the laws, as he is sworn to do? Will he stop trying to spend the money our great-grandchildren might someday make? Will he stop insulting and demonizing those with different beliefs?


Maybe if the president, as a leader and an example, would talk civilly about those with different viewpoints than his own, the country would follow.

Orem, UT

I just wish that President Obama would start acting like he is EVERYONE's president instead of just his supporter's.

Yes, he won the election even if it was just by a couple of percentage points. But that does not mean that he can get his way 100% of the time, reject any and all offers of compromise from conservatives, and constantly demonize everyone who has a vision for this country that is different from his.

He is the most divisive president in modern history. He is constantly pitting one group against the other. He rewards his friends and punishes his opponents. He refuses to even listen to what the other side has to say, let alone throw them a bone once in a while.

When the American people see him actually make an attempt at being a leader of the United States instead of just the "blue" ones, then some of this rhetoric will diminish. There will always be crazy people out there who will never be anything but purely partisan, but we should expect more from the President.

Far East USA, SC

"So if we just talk nicer about the president, will he uphold and enforce the laws, as he is sworn to do? Will he stop trying to spend the money our great-grandchildren might someday make? Will he stop insulting and demonizing those with different beliefs? "

No. But if you take off the partisan blinders, and stop watching media that seeks to demonize him 24/7, you will find that this president is not much different than the other presidents before him.

This goes for both right and left. And applies to many aspects of life.

If you want to find only the bad, you will find only the bad. The same applies to the good.
I suggest looking at reality and do your best to honestly evaluate what you find.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

George Bush Sr. was the last president to be accepted as legitimate by both sides. The right never accepted Bill Clinton as the legitimate president and they did everything in their power to undermine him. For the left, it was payback time with Bush Jr. Under Obama though, the level of vitriol has reached new heights, exceeding anything we saw under Bush Jr. or Clinton.

Although I thought Bush Jr. did serious damage to the country that we are still paying for and will continue to pay for for a long time, I never thought that he wasn't my president. I also defended him from time to time when I thought accusations against him were ridiculous.

Fruit Heights, UT

The Whitehouse has likened negotiating with duly elected representatives of the people as negotiating with terrorists. Thus our president seeks to de-legitimate political opposition from a co-equal branch of government as enemies of the state. Richard Davis should be more concerned about what our president thinks of his fellow citizens than the other way around. Davis is blind to his own partisanship.

Hayden, ID

A "president" that calls those with whom he disagrees derogatory names, accuses them of being terrorists, lies to them continually and demeans them is not my President either! A "leader" that purposely destroys and divides the country he is supposed to lead is not my President. He neither leads me, inspires me nor represents me! Therefore, I have no President!

Far East USA, SC

"The Whitehouse has likened negotiating with duly elected representatives of the people as negotiating with terrorists."

And I assume that you are totally unaware of these "duly elected representatives" who liken Obama to Hitler, or say that he "hates America" or that he "wants America to fail" or that he is a "liar" or that he "hates white people" or that he "is not an American" or that he is a "muslim"

And of course, no "duly elected representative of the people" would ever "seek to de-legitimize" their opposition either, right?

Geez, you are talking about politics. And unfortunately, it is played by both sides.

m.g. scott
clearfield, UT

Joe Blow

You should have seen it yesterday. Speaker Bohener goes on TV for about 3 minutes and says we are trying to do what is best for the American people and to reach an agreement. Then Pelosi goes on TV a few minutes later and starts calling the Republicans every name in the terriorist hand book and goes on and on about how bad the Republicans are. And now we are to expect the Republicans to want to work with that??? Right now the worst vitriol is coming from the Democrats, and because the mainstream media agrees with them, there is no criticism of their very harsh words. Any with no blinders at all I think this President is MUCH different than those who have gone before him. He said he wanted to fundamentally transform this country. I don't want that to happen.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

Badgerbadger's comment was predictable, including the all-caps yelling.

Mntnmn's comment was also predictable, and disappointing.

But the latter illustrates the problem Richard is trying to point out. Repeating blather you hear on talk radio and accusing the president of "purposely" destroying and dividing the country is a symptom of the illness we need to heal in this country. Ugliness and hate and blindness will not solve anything, and I invite Mntnmn and others like him to tone it down. More than half the time you don't even have your facts right.

m.g. scott
clearfield, UT

Roland Kayser

"the vitirol has reached new hights under Obama?" Beg to differ. Even now read what Pelosi and others are saying about Republicans. Plus Bush was called the worst things a human being can be called. There may be some anti Obama sentiment close or even equal, but new heights are impossible with what Bush, and Reagan had been called, and what Reid and Pelosi are doing today.

Lew Scannon
Provo, UT


I am unaffiliated politically, and for some reason what you say just doesn't ring true. The most divisive president in modern history? He is probably the most embattled president in modern history, but that is because the Republican Party announced at the outset of his presidency that they would do all in their power to destroy him. What I have seen since then is a well-intentioned but imperfect man trying his level best to do what is best for the entire country (not just his supporters), but being opposed at every turn, even when he proposes ideas that originated with his opposition. That is how determined and irrational the GOP is. But in the end, all they will accomplish is their own destruction, because people get fed up eventually with hate and bitterness and obstruction and recklessness. If the Republican Party would come together behind some realistic ideas, they might have some success. But where have the ideas been? Bobby Jindal, a Republican governor, has called his own party the stupid party. I must say, I agree with him.

Hayden, ID

@ Kent C. Deforrest. The facts you don't like disturb you don't they? Only "your" facts matter and all others need to tone it down, right? I invite you to consider the possibility that your ideology has blinded you to some other obvious facts.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

I oppose almost everything coming from the current misadministration. I think BO is the most divisive, least qualified, and worst president in our history. I refer to him by his initials, or as potus, but never as “your president” despite my personal feelings for him.

BO won re-election in part by being divisive.

And of course BO was not born in Africa – after watching his fiscal activities, we KNOW he had to have been born in Greece! (joke)

Do you think BO saying, “the republicans can come along if they want, but they’ll have to ride in the back of the bus” or calling the GOP “terrorists” has ANYTHING at all to do with the vitriol leveled against him? What has BO, nancy, or harry done to encourage bipartisanship?

Did Boehner say those things, or are you attributing others’ comments to Boehner? As for BO lying, we can cite numerous instances.

Quoting nancy is not repeating talk radio. Are you also encouraging nancy and harry tone it down? I didn't think so.

Well intentioned? What he has done despite GOP opposition indicates otherwise.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

The things his opponents said about George Washington are unprintable. It's an old American tradition to hate the President. Is this a great country or what?

clearfield, UT

Irony Guy

Yes, this is a great country and you are right that the worst things have and are being said about Presidents since Washington. It's just that now that the liberals have as President a man they believe is somehow special and should be treated differently than any other President, they are having fits when he is criticized. And as I pointed out above, when Bush was in they sounded like the right does now. Good for them. Good for us. As Hillary said when Senator, they have a right to criticize a President. We anti-Obama people are just doing what Hillary herself said we should do. This is all so normal for American politics. Why does the left think it now should be different? I think when the dust settles on this President, he will have been a Salieri in a world of Mozarts.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

I didn't vote for him last time, I don't support him and he doesn't support me.

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