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  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 11, 2014 5:54 p.m.

    "A very misleading story recently ran that the jobs lost in the recession have all been recovered. Then why is unemployment still so high? And why are so many jobs the low wage ones? That story was a classic case of figures lie and liers figure."

    @SCfan - I will agree with you, just about everything on here is opinion with respect to the economy. One of the things that bugs me most is when people take over simplistic views on the data being presented. To you point on jobs, and how we can have more people working but not a lower unemployment rate. There are a bunch of reasons for it. One for example is that since the recession hit in 2007, the US population has grown. So while more people are working, it has not kept up with population growth.

    This is not a case of anyone lying. The numbers are what they are. There are more people working today. That is true. It is equally true that worker participation is lower - because the raw number of Americans is greater than it was in 2007... also a truism.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2014 3:33 p.m.

    @Redshirt
    "According to the latest CBO report it will add to the deficit"

    The second most recent report they said it'd cut the deficit. The most recent report they said they weren't even going to bother with long term projections because the bill keeps changing too much (heh, I'm sure you can find a joke in there).

    "So you agree that Obama's deficits are still larger than Bush's."

    Sure, and they're getting smaller every year.

    "Obama's policies have slowed the economy and have prevented recovery."

    I would disagree since the problem is a lack of demand and we haven't done enough to stimulate it or put ourselves in a position where consumer demand can bounce back high enough thanks to high income inequality.

    "based on your response, I assume that you agree that Obama has insulted our allies."

    I do not. I just figured that neither of us would convince the other that he did or didn't so I instead figured I'd point out that insulting allies is not a policy position.

    "What deregulation??? The CEOs of many major corporations report that Obama has INCREASED regulations."

    Bush deregulation. Obama regulation.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2014 2:33 p.m.

    To Kent C. DeForrest, I agree with you 100%. The DN has forgotten that there are liberal and thinking Mormons out there who agree with the Democrats. I am very proud of Harry Reid and the fact he is LDS. However the DN seems bent on publishing letters from the same people all the time. The rebukes they get on this forum should show them that people for the most part do not agree with this practice. DN, broaden your base of appeal. Please.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 11, 2014 2:16 p.m.

    Redshirt... common. The 1920 recession lost 38 percent of GDP, recouped in 10 months, then double dipped right into the 1923-24 recession that lost again 25%. That recovery lasted a grand total of 18 months until we fell into the next recession. If that is not enough, we then went into yet another recession in 1926. That is 3 recessions in a time period less than Obama has been President. Not a great example of "better".

    Looking at it another way, the last recession lasted 2 years, and recovery took 4 years - a 1:2 ratio. The 1926 recession lasted 1 year, 1 month, and took 2 years, 3 months to recover. The post WW I recession (1918-1919) lasted 7 months, and took more than 3 years 8 months to recover... a ratio far worse. The issue here is economic momentum. When the economy moves in a particular direction - velocity and depth, there is a ratio to the recovery time needed. Additionally, you have to look at the global economy. " Hyperinflation in Europe" deeply effected the post WWi recession.

    Simplistic views of data often give misleading results. You can't simply discount the global economy and its influence.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    June 11, 2014 1:47 p.m.

    To "UtahBlueDevil" but I can compare it to the 1920 recession where everything tanked more than it did for the Great Depression or the Great Recession. That was over and done within a couple of years. Historians agree that what helped was the lack of government involvement. The Depression and the current Recession lingered because of government interference. If you look at every recession over the past 100 years, the more the government is involved, the longer it lasts.

    You may not like the fact that we have had recessions that were worse and we recovered from faster, but that is historical fact. Do some research on the 1920 recession and look at what government did and compare that to today.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    June 11, 2014 1:43 p.m.

    UtahBlueDevil

    What you say is still something of an "opinion". The Carter Recession of the late 70s had some things much worse than this one. Interest rates very high. Oil shortages, causing gas lines. And do you even take into account that Obama may well have caused this recession to go longer than necessary BECAUSE of his policies? In other words, using your medical analogy, he may not be a very good economic doctor, which is my opinion. A very misleading story recently ran that the jobs lost in the recession have all been recovered. Then why is unemployment still so high? And why are so many jobs the low wage ones? That story was a classic case of figures lie and liers figure.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 11, 2014 1:08 p.m.

    "The Recession was over in July 2009, yet the effects of the recession remain a drag on the economy 5 years later. Typically recessions are gone in less than 2 years. Obama's policies have slowed the economy and have prevented recovery."

    This would be a very accurate statement if this had been an ordinary recession. But alas it wasn't. It was the largest and deepest event in capital destruction since the great depression. More jobs were lost from 2007 to 2009 than any other recession. You can't compare an event that was twice as bad as the average, and expect recovery to be average.

    It like saying someone recovering from major surgery should have the same recovery time as someone who had minor surgery. Logic tells you there will be a difference. Problem is logic has been completely lost, and this is all about emotion... and hate.... not logic.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2014 11:05 a.m.

    Imperial presidents don't live by the constitution.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    June 11, 2014 8:36 a.m.

    To "Schnee" I don't think you pay attention to the news.

    Obamacare is not paid for. According to the latest CBO report it will add to the deficit.

    Actually Egypt is our fault, according to the Huffington Post article "Can America Take Credit for the Arab Spring?" Obama takes full credit for the Arab Spring.

    So you agree that Obama's deficits are still larger than Bush's.

    The Recession was over in July 2009, yet the effects of the recession remain a drag on the economy 5 years later. Typically recessions are gone in less than 2 years. Obama's policies have slowed the economy and have prevented recovery.

    Yes it isn't policy to insult our allies, but based on your response, I assume that you agree that Obama has insulted our allies.

    Lets see tax cuts, Obama added more loopholes and made the tax system worse with Obamacare. What deregulation??? The CEOs of many major corporations report that Obama has INCREASED regulations. Actually Obama never tried to close Gitmo. Bush never did anything for or against the LGBT community just like Obama. Bush gave us CFL bulbs for the environment. According to the CBO Obama has increased military spending.

  • Mikhail ALPINE, UT
    June 11, 2014 8:08 a.m.

    @Curmudgeon Do you realize that delay is built into the system of legislation. Delay causes consensus because it requires people to come to an agreement - which requires people to convince people of the value of doing something (or, Heaven forbid, doing nothing). No past president has acted as frequently to substitute his judgment in the place of the legislature on what needs to be done. This ignores the very system created to represent the people as a whole. Yes, Congress is a good representation of the "people." Consensus on what needs to be done, or not to be done, is difficult.

    This President, along with his administration, has arbitrarily chosen to substitute its judgment as to what laws are worthy of defense (DOMA) and what laws are worthy of enforcement - rather than to let the judicial system have the benefit of sorting out facts through the legal system. This is another system that advocates delay in the interest of getting it right.

    When one person (and his administration} = regardless of political affiliation - substitutes their ego and philosophy upon a system, the people are meant to be protected by that system no longer have the benefit of those protections.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    June 11, 2014 7:37 a.m.

    I long for Americans who will see the flaws in the politicians of their OWN party and admit it when they are wrong. But today we have in the Democrat party many who will never admit the mistakes of Obama. Only attack the messengers. Being a good patriot is not about defending the indefensible just because it is of your own party. As One Vote pointed out, a mistaken war by Bush, true, but the torching of the economy is of Obama. Bush has not been President for the last 5 plus years. And yet so many still want to hang the economy on Bush. Why not Clinton? The economy went sour back in 2000 at the end of Clinton. Bushs' economy was pretty good during his 8 years, especially after having to deal with 911. You guys never give him credit for that do you. Why don't you liberals at least take Harry Reids lead and try to blame it all on the Koch Brothers. At least you'd be living in real time liberal talking points.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    June 11, 2014 6:32 a.m.

    @Cougsndawgs
    West Point , UT

    You've never served in the Military - have you.
    We never pray more, than when we are soldiers.

    Truth be known -- I prayed more a soldier,
    than I ever did as a LDS Missionary.

    Big difference of praying for investigators,
    and praying for your life, or lives of your buddies.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 10:27 p.m.

    This was an insult to the Deseret News. Why print such hatred towards our duly elected President when other letters are not published as illustrated by several writers on this blog. You need to step up and be more responsible. This letter was an insult and not worthy of publication.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    June 10, 2014 9:30 p.m.

    Irony Guy:
    You are wrong. He kept correspondence, letters to continental congress, and his writings about strategy and combat together with a journal that are all found in the Washington Papers in the library of congress. He even had a specific soldier that he put in charge of protecting said papers. Multiple times he refers to "invoking providence" for the continental army and the leaders in the continental congress.. He also kept a prayer journal which it would seem ludicrous to carry if he weren't actually going to use it, don't you think? All of these are at anyone's disposal to read. Nothing "made up" about it.

    Whether he knelt or not isn't the point...though I appreciate your insight on that. The fact he prayed both as a soldier and as a president without concern for how anyone else would deem it (including wearing his Mason Apron) was the point.

  • Mr. Bean Phoenix, AZ
    June 10, 2014 8:29 p.m.

    one vote:
    "Long for a President that starts a war on a mistake?"

    I long for Senators who would vote against a war in Iraq War rather then those who voted for it such as Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Joe Biden.

    I long for a president who will promise over and over that you can keep your doctor and healthcare plan.

    I long for a president who will not enforce the laws of the land such as our immigration laws.

    I long for a president who will release five hardened terrorists fro jail in exchange for a deserter.

    I long for a president who will tell Congress... 'What difference does it make' when trying to explain why four Americans died needlessly in Benghazi.

    The Real Maverick:
    "And why doesn't she think Obama doesn't love the country?"

    A president who loved this country will not try to destroy it... such as what the current president is doing, in spades. And he only has 2 1/2 years left to do it. So little time. So much to do.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    June 10, 2014 8:22 p.m.

    Cougsndawgs, you are simply making stuff up. George Washington did not keep a journal at Valley Forge. There is no record anywhere of George Washington praying at Valley Forge. The picture you and Linda have in your mind was created by Arnold Friberg nearly 200 years after the fact. I'm sure George Washington as a Mason said standing prayers often, but he himself often said he would never kneel for any reason.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    June 10, 2014 7:08 p.m.

    Continued...

    To both Maverick & LDS Liberal
    Why are you two attacking me as if I've taken a conservative or liberal stance? My comment called for more morality and reason from both parties. Or do you both assume it's only the right side of the aisle with all the wrong ideas and behaviors? Anyone who believes one side is more moral, honest, or without scruples is naive and you both know it. I am a registered republican and voted for bush the first time around...I openly criticized many of his actions and didn't vote for him a second time. Why is it so difficult for liberals to call their own president on the carpet for his incompetence and malfeasance?

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    June 10, 2014 7:02 p.m.

    Real Maverick & LDS Liberal:
    I couldn't understand why you both were hounding me about the possibility of Obama praying. I read my post and realized that it may have sounded like I was suggesting he doesn't. Let me clarify, what I was saying was that a president can't openly pray in today's climate without someone taking issue with it.

    LDS Liberal:
    Now that I've clarified the above let me address the rest of your comment. I have extensively read and studied George Washington's history including his NUMEROUS references to prayer in his journal while at Vally Forge. I am well aware that the painting is a depiction of those prayers, but appreciate your patronizing way of pointing out the obvious to me. Nowhere in my comments do I make reference to a "National Rameumptum".

    I have read the Book of Mormon but you've painted a picture that is far too simplistic of the demise of the Nephites. It wasn't just war for gain that cost them. To presume war is never necessary is to denigrate Captain Moroni, Helaman, Mormon, and Moroni. The argument between liberals and conservatives is WHEN is it necessary.

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 6:45 p.m.

    Mikhail:

    If the current president seems to be moving faster, it is probably only in comparison to Congress, which is at a virtual standstill. It looks to me like he has had little success in asserting power over Congress.

    And how is Obama increasing his power over the judiciary, when he can't even get the Senate to vote on his judicial nominations (you do realize that he has the Constitutional right and duty to nominate judges, right)?

  • Mikhail ALPINE, UT
    June 10, 2014 4:44 p.m.

    Many of these comments reflect the assumption that because people are not happy with the current POTUS, they must have been happy with the previous POTUS. Not true. Based upon the principles that I believe the Constitution is based upon, I believe that there are complaints that would be valid against both of these administrations. However, the current POTUS seems to want to accelerate - at an even greater speed than the previous three presidents - the growth of the Federal government and to specifically increase the power of the executive office over the legislative and judicial bodies. Where the Constitution requires a balance of powers, this administration has accelerated the centralization of the executive powers at a greater rate - moving to imbalance. That does not mean that the previous presidents did not do the same thing. However, the rate at which this seems to happen and the extent of the hubris involved is truly unprecedented.

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    June 10, 2014 4:29 p.m.

    @ George F.
    What exactly do you speak of? Your comment is without explanation or validity.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 4:29 p.m.

    @Redshirt
    "Bush gave us an expanded Medicare with subsidies for people on fixed incomes. Obama gave us subsidies for healthcre for the poor."

    Obamacare is paid for, Medicare Part D was not (that was the liberal issue with it).

    "Bush gave us Afghanistan and Iraq, Obama gave us Libya, surges in Afghanistan, military action in Africa, and destabilized Egypt."

    Starting two land wars is not the same as cleaning up a mess and an air campaign. Egypt isn't our fault.

    "Bush gave us $400 billion deficits, Obama gave us $1.2 Trillion deficits."

    Bush's 2009 budget (his last, it starts Oct 2008 so it overlaps) was projected to be a trillion. Obama's 2014 budget is projected to be below 600 billion.

    "Obama gave us the Great Recession"

    Inherited.

    "Bush angered a few of our allies, Obama has insulted any remaining allies"

    Not policy.

    "I am not aware of any major policy that Bush had that Obama has not pumped up and made bigger and more intrusive."

    Tax cuts, economic deregulation, Guantanamo (Congress blocked Obama's attempt at closing it), abortion restrictions, LGBT opposition, environmental policy rollbacks, defense spending.

  • Billy Jack Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 10, 2014 4:20 p.m.

    Great job Linda!

  • Billy Jack Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 10, 2014 4:10 p.m.

    Great letter Linda.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    June 10, 2014 3:30 p.m.

    To "Schnee" your view of Obama is quite limited.

    Bush gave us an expanded Medicare with subsidies for people on fixed incomes. Obama gave us subsidies for healthcre for the poor.

    Bush gave us Afghanistan and Iraq, Obama gave us Libya, surges in Afghanistan, military action in Africa, and destabilized Egypt.

    Bush gave us $400 billion deficits, Obama gave us $1.2 Trillion deficits.

    Bush was away at his ranch, Obama spends his time on the Golf Course.

    Bush had a recession to deal with that lasted 2 years, Obama gave us the Great Recession that is still lingering on 5 years later.

    Bush bailed out home owners, Obama bailed out GM.

    Bush angered a few of our allies, Obama has insulted any remaining allies that we had.

    Bush was accused of not being open, the Obama administration is the most secretive in recent history.

    I am not aware of any major policy that Bush had that Obama has not pumped up and made bigger and more intrusive. Just think back to anything that you hated about Bush, now look at Obama, has it changed or is it just bigger?

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 2:15 p.m.

    @Redshirt1701
    "why is Obama good for taking Bush's policies and making them bigger?"

    I can't think of any examples of that other than domestic surveillance type stuff, and that's one of the main qualms liberals have with Obama.

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    June 10, 2014 1:44 p.m.

    Good letter! Me too!

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    June 10, 2014 12:44 p.m.

    To "LDS Liberal" I keep asking you this, and you never seem to respond with anything coherent.

    If Bush and his policies were so evil and bad, why is Obama good for taking Bush's policies and making them bigger?

    Obama is the SAME as Bush. The only difference is the magnitude of their programs.

    What you forget about the Nephites is that their civilization collapsed when they abandoned God and looked to create a strong central government that was run by a few Kings. They gave up their freedom for a king, that is when the disparity occured. Much like today, we have people looking to make the governmetn stronger and strong with more authority over the people. Things will get worse until we break the bondage that the government imposes and allow all people to be free.

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    June 10, 2014 12:32 p.m.

    LDS Liberal nailed it.

    As long as the Nephites cared for the poor and sick, and weren't overwhelmed with trickle down economics (giving the rich all the wealth and waiting for it to trickle down onto everyone else) they were protected. They worshipped god more than money. In battle, they could not be defeated in self defense. However, as soon as they started a pre-emptive war and invaded the Lamanites, they were destroyed.

    I see today, a rush of prideful people. They desire wealth as quickly as they can. They don't care if they have to lie, cheat, gouge, or treat their employees as slaves.

    I see today, invasions performed by our country against countries that never attacked us.

    I hear soothsayers on the radio talk about how living in gluttony is acceptable and desirable. It's his money, he can do whatever he wants with it!

    I fear that the lessons taught in scripture have been lost. Remember, when much is given much is required. Heaven help us

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    June 10, 2014 12:15 p.m.

    @Cougsndawgs
    West Point , UT

    I long for a nation and a president that, like Washington at Vally Forge, will get on his knees to offer supplication and ask for direction and protection without concern at who might be offended at such action.

    11:26 a.m. June 10, 2014

    ======

    1. Do you live at the WhiteHouse? How do you know Pres. Obama does in not praying?
    Prayers are given in private.

    BTW -- That painting of Washington praying at Valley Forge is just that, a PAINTING. By LDS artist Arnold Freiberg. Accurate? most likely, but any President could be painted praying.

    And he is portrayed as praying by himself.

    I never recall Washington climbing upon a National Rameumptum as you imagine him.

    2. And if you are wo4rried about America -- Read the Book of Mormon.
    It was the once righteous Nephites - who ignoring their prophets about tending to the poor, the sick, and the needy -- became a War-thirty people who wanted nothing more than to wipe out and destroy their enemies. For GAIN.

    They were lovers of War, more than lovers of Peace.
    IMHO, the GOP seems is more in-line with that prophecy.

    I wish Pres. Obama well.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    June 10, 2014 12:15 p.m.

    "I long for a nation and a president that, like Washington at Vally Forge, will get on his knees to offer supplication"

    How do you know that Obama isn't that President? How do you know that he isn't on his knees in supplication every single night?

    I think what's questionable are the religious convictions of people like this letter writer. How can you pray to the master on your knees and then write such hateful words about one of your fellow brothers and sisters? How can you enter the house of The Lord with such feeling like those expressed in this letter?

    We definitely need to be a humbled people. Slow to anger. Full of kindness and understanding.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 10, 2014 11:57 a.m.

    I long for a day when ideology didn't blind so many to what we have.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    June 10, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    @Mike Richards
    So which president falls into that category for you? So Obama is a no(i'm making the assumption based on your comments, Bush(please, justify if you disagree) Clinton didn't, HW Bush didn't, Regan didn't.........Which presidents actually followed their duties, and didn't stray even a little bit, for 100% of their presidency. Please lets hear it. Because I can't think of a single one(that was in office for over a year)

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    June 10, 2014 11:26 a.m.

    I long for peace where liberals and conservatives can see past the propaganda they both circulate, and work for and take care of this great nation. I fear the Lincolns and Jeffersons are gone, replaced by those with riches and influence and a lust for power that our forefathers feared would be the outcome of a government without proper balance. I pray every day for this country that I love...unfortunately God no longer matters to most in this country because he's been tossed asunder by the cries of being offended or psychologically hurt by uttering his name. I long for a nation and a president that, like Washington at Vally Forge, will get on his knees to offer supplication and ask for direction and protection without concern at who might be offended at such action. This nation was a model and beacon of how a free republic can prosper...no other nation rose to power so quickly. I fear it may fall just as quickly when undermined by dishonesty and bereft of morality on both sides of the aisle.

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    June 10, 2014 11:20 a.m.

    Re: Kent DeForrest

    Again your answer is yes! you hit the nail on the head! That having been said, the liberal side gets a pretty fair shake in the other local newspaper and to be fair they have their agenda also. It pays to read them both and also any unbiased, although they are few and far between! coincidentally I read yesterday on Politico that Jon Huntsman Sr. is interested in buying the Trib. in an effort to keep a forum for both left as well as right wing opinions! Kudo to him! Truely a man of character and class!

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    June 10, 2014 10:20 a.m.

    Good grief.

  • George F Salt Lake , UT
    June 10, 2014 10:16 a.m.

    I am bewildered and dumb founded that any sane, right minded person can defend what this president has been doing to our country.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 10, 2014 10:03 a.m.

    @ Kent C. DeForrest, the answer to your question is yes.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    June 10, 2014 10:01 a.m.

    I do what our Prophets and Apostles have told us to do --

    I pray and WISH President Obama the very best for our Country, Thank you.

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    June 10, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    You have just such a president now, and will also for the next 2 terms in Hillary Clinton.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 10, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    I long for a nation of people who can think for themselves and not be herded into a corral of hate and misinformation.

    I long for a professional media of information not owned and controlled by business interests.

    I long for the truth about why we have a military and what it is being used for.

    I long for a president that would represent the people of the U.S. giving more emphasis to their wishes for the good life rather than the phony life imposed by others.

    I long for a president who loves the people of this country.

    I long for an economic system that serves all the people and not just the rich and powerful.

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    June 10, 2014 9:42 a.m.

    Well, Linda, you know what they say? What goes around comes around!

    For 8 years we suffered under the worst administration in the history of our country. A man completely inept for the job but desired it so he could resolve some childhood issue with his father (who also had been President). A quick google search reveals that who were conveniently silent, writing zero letters complaining about that President and the abuses practiced by his regime. He wasn't even elected by the majority of Americans!

    Therefore, because I had to deal with that you then need to deal with Obama. If you are tired of Democrat rule, then be accountable and find better GOP candidates. The current 2016 crop of Rubio, Santorum, and Bush, don't stand a chance against Hillary. When you see 16 years of Democrat rule in the White House, don't blame them, blame your own party.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    June 10, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    Everything necessary has already been said about this ridiculous letter. But I would like to raise a beef with the Des News opinion page editors. I ask in all seriousness why you willingly print this sort of obnoxious Faux News type of hate speech about the president but you refuse to print the far more cogent "My View" piece I submitted recently. Is it because I directly addressed the irrational stands the GOP has taken on nearly every possible issue? Is it your editorial mission to protect the Republican Party from valid criticism?

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    June 10, 2014 9:12 a.m.

    Anyone can read Obama's list of authorized duties. Article II of the Constitution lists his duties and the limit of his authority. Obama refuses to accept those limits; instead, he demands the authority to replace Congress's authorized duty to legislate with a self-appointed duty to write his own legislation. He refuses to listen to the Court and decides for himself whether laws are Constitutionally legal or not.

    He tells us whatever he wants us to hear, never-mind that most of what he tells us is opposite of the facts.

    He diverts attention from his follies by creating even larger follies.

    The Democrats in office flee from his presence. They don't want him anywhere near their States and districts. They want us to forget that they voted for ObamaCare. They want us to forget the lies that were told, the "deals" that were made, the rules that were changed, and the fact that everything promised was one lie after another.

    We will not forget Obama's lies nor will be forget the lies told by those in his administration.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 8:42 a.m.

    The transcript of President Obama's D-Day speech is readily available online. It was a moving, non-partisan, thoughtful speech. That speech could have been read by any American, including any current Republican with aspirations to the presidency, and not have raised a single eyebrow.

    But because President Obama spoke those otherwise completely appropriate words, the right wing chooses to make a stink about. Nothing speaks more powerfully to the deep irrationality of today's conservatives than this criticism of the president's D-Day speech.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 10, 2014 8:27 a.m.

    Gosh, Linda, we have exactly what you want. Only a lot smarter and principled than the prior Administration.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    June 10, 2014 7:33 a.m.

    More sour grapes from the right because of Romney's loss?

    Isn't it about time Linda gets over it?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 10, 2014 7:33 a.m.

    Was this letter lost in the mail for about seven years?

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 6:53 a.m.

    "I long for a president who would make us feel proud."

    How could he/she do that? I know, let's invade a country which has not invaded us.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    June 10, 2014 6:51 a.m.

    8 of the worst years in U.S. History under GW and nothing...
    yet now we get 5 1/2 years of this dribble daily...

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    June 10, 2014 6:22 a.m.

    Re: Linda D. Wagstaff

    Linda, you write "In hearing President Obama delivering D-Day comments, I was flooded with these thoughts:

    I long for a president who understands the need for a strong military and acts accordingly

    I long for a president who honors his oath of office and would uphold (and live by) the constitution.

    I long for a president who would strive to create opportunities for U.S. citizens, and not have created a system that encourages dependency.

    I long for a president who would make us feel proud.

    I long for a president who loves this country write "

    Linda this is your lucky day! I have found just the man, and he just happens to be the present POTUS. Whats more you get even luckier! He will be followed by Hillary, your longing days are over. Enjoy!

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 6:19 a.m.

    The incumbent is the president you long for, but your right-wing, partisan blinders prevent you from seeing that he has all the qualities you describe.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 10, 2014 6:06 a.m.

    Linda... my recommendation then to you is to turn off the radio.... change channels on the TV.... or do something productive with your life. Why do I say that? Because you have obviously been listening to the wrong sources of information. If you make the claim that the sitting President doesn't love this country, then you are listening or reading to sources of information that is propaganda, or being said for shock only.

    There is a huge difference between someone not loving this country, and someone who doesn't share you policy choices. People can completely disagree on how to deal with health care, taxes, defense spending, and equally love this nation. To presume one must think like you as evidence of their love of country shows an amazingly narrow view of the world and nation we live in. Our histories are not the same. Or regions are not the same. People are not all the same. They don't have to be just like to - to love this country.

    Find something virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy to fill your mind with - rather than the entertainment based news sources. Their whole is to make you angry...

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    June 10, 2014 5:45 a.m.

    Wait, our military is weak? Since when?

    Apparently Linda wants us to spend 4 times as much on defense as the rest of the world rather than just 2 times.

    And why doesn't she think Obama doesn't love the country? What's different about Obama than all the other presidents? There's something, I know, could someone please tell me?

  • ECR Burke, VA
    June 10, 2014 5:04 a.m.

    Apparently Ms. Wagstaff didn't listen to the president's D-Day message. Because if she had she would realize that we have in office today a president that meets every standard she longs for.

  • PeanutGallery Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 4:05 a.m.

    Great letter. I agree wholeheartedly.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 12:30 a.m.

    Long for a President that starts a war on a mistake? Long for one that torches the economy and creates financial chaos?