Published: Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Wow, I'm impressed that you guys printed this. This comment board sure is
going to be fun...
As president, Jimmy Carter was a kind and warm person - perhaps one of the most
genuine men to ever serve in that office. However, being a good guy did not
prevent him from being one of the worst presidents ever until now.By
many accounts President Obamba is a wonderful person but under his
administration constitutional law is routinely circumvented, abandoning the DOMA
opened the floodgates for the current same-sex marriage fiasco, the ACA mandates
availability of what many consider to be abortion pills, our national defense is
at its weakest in decades and our foreign policy is in shambles. Add to that
Benghazi, IRS targeting and the Taliban for Bergdahl swap to help define his
time in office. I have a hard time understanding what any Mormon or other
concerned citizen can celebrate about this administration.I'm
happy to applaud President Obama as a husband, father and man of faith but
cannot, in good conscience, find much to approve in his presidential leadership.
I have nothing against President Obama the person. He seems to actually be a
decent person, I feel. I do not approve of his policies however. This article is
clearly wriitten by someone who is skewing what the approval poll was asking.
The poll did not ask "Is Barack Obama a good man?" It instead asked
"Do you approve of President Obama?" I can very easily answer yes to the
first question and still say no to the second.
Did President O save some Mormons money with Obama Care? Perhaps. But he cost
thousands of others higher insurance premiums, so go fish. We cannot say he
saved people money without also pointing out that he cost others money.
This can not be a serious article right? I know this is an opinion piece, but
wow!! You would have thought Jay Carney wrote this. Sadly the Obama machine has
a dear friend is in a Utah hospital...without insurance...dual brain
surgeries...about to loose her home...the bill is over a million...Affordable healthcare is a joke abd so is affordable insurance, because it is
based on the most ineffective money making health "service" in the world
(most expensive per capita -even with 50 mil less- and non insured.)...another friend with severe diabetes told me the day he got his new
"affordable" insurance bill that he now pays 3600 USD more.if
Obama would care about families...he would stay at Camp David for Christmas.
instead of flying back and forth to Hawaii (hundreds of spoiled christmases to
his staff, security, Air Force etc...Sad to say, but Obama only cares for
his mandate.That is why I dislike his presidency.
Okay, Obama is a nice guy, that has nothing to do with his job performance.Under his presidency the National debt has increased by almost $7
trillion. Many Americans are still unemployed, while he and his family take
vacations around the world, costing taxpayers roughly $44 million so far. He
has spent over a half year of his time in office playing golf. His speeches
show him to be an arrogant person, I, I, I...Troop withdrawal from
Iraq is more due to Iraq Government than Obama's doing. Afghanistan is not
yet over. Had it not been for public outcry, Obama would have US troops
fighting in Syria now. They're still working on that. For a Nobel Peace
Prize recipient Obama is quite the war monger.Most LDS revere the
Constitution as a sacred document, Obama has overreached the authority granted
the president in the Constitution.Obamacare is a way to collect
revenue for a financially broke government. It is affordable for some, because
it is subsidized by taxpayers.He promised transparency and has
presided over the most secretive administration. Voted for Obama in
2008. Could not vote for him in 2012. He was not true to his promises.
I don't like the direction he has taken the country. I did not vote for a
father or preacher. His invitation was to promote his agenda in immigration. I
think his actions as President lost him 20% of his support. When you factor in
Romney, we are the same as Protestants. Maybe he needs to lead
instead of dictate.
Thank you for the incite into the President's life.
Fantastic article, I applaud the DN, give them three cheers: hip hip hurray,
hip hip hurray, hip hip hurray!!! Okay then, now it's time to turn words
into action. Support Obama, support the President including: Obamacare,
marriage equality, gun control, foreign policy in the Middle East, immigration
reform, on and on and on.
It would be more correct to say that President Obama pulled our troops out of
the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The wars rage on. He is a family
man who does not understand the true meaning of family. He promotes the
"alternative lifestyle" which, if practiced by too many, would eradicate
families. I, for one, will be happy when this democratically-elected dictator
is no longer president.......unless he is replaced by Hillary. I'm not
sure who is worse.
On the opposite side: 1. He has record setting spending deficits. We cannot
sustain the current deficit spending. The church doesn't believe in that.
2. His views on same gender marriage is in conflict with A Proclamation to the
World. 3. The help to the military is contradicted by the out of proportion
sequestration burden the military has had to bear. 4. Should we include
tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis use?
This is one of the weakest articles I have ever read. Come on DN you can do
Amen Brother, Amen!Now -- Que the Obama haters, in 3...2...1...
Thank you Professor Davis, for this thoughtful assessment that I hope all
members of my church will consider regarding their president. It's
interesting that our current president, as you describe, has all the qualities
of character - family values - that everyone was clamoring for just two decades
ago and yet people seem to look past those qualities when making their
judgments. In his time in office the economy has turned from hemorrhaging
900,000 jobs a month to now growing 150,000 per month and the stock market has
more than doubled in size. We were able to capture and kill our number one
enemy and our troops are coming home from a decade long csmpaign on foreign soil
- all good things.I don't expect everyone to embrace everything
he has done as being perfect. Certainly he is not. And I know there are sharp
differences in where we all want the country to go but the things you describe
are worth considering as we make our overall judgement of the man.
This is a very thoughtful opinion piece. Even though I am not LDS, I believe
that the nuclear family is the center of the world's social structure.
President Barack Obama is a great father, husband, and President in my eyes. His
willingness to reform healthcare is the main reason I voted for him twice. Now
we have improving prenatal and postnatal care for babies and expectant mothers
and families that may no longer go bankrupt for medical reasons. President Obama
is now fighting for gay and transgender families. His AG is fighting for their
rights to get married and adopt kids. I was also ignorant of the struggles that
gays and lesbians faced in their daily lives until I took the time to know them
personally. My wife and I are now allies in their cause. I have seen how
successfully a gay couple has raised their adopted son and now their adopted
daughter. What a beautiful thing to see in this world. Their smiles and laughter
from being loved by such caring parents. Thank you President Obama for all you
The three reasons you posted here are not sufficient for voting for a person for
the highest office in the land. I personally know hundreds of men who are good
fathers, friendly to the LDS church, and are devout in their religious
practices. But none of them would make a good president. My issues with Obama
stem from his policies, his penchant for blaming others (he and his supporters
have wandered far from "the buck stops here" philosophy of Truman), and
his general incompetence.He might have made a great president some
day but he just wasn't prepared to be president yet. His victories were an
artifact of a celebrity mentality among young voters and a racist mentality
among minority voters. I wish he had been up to the job. His premature grasp for
the presidency has, I'm afraid, diminished the legacy he could have had if
he had been more patient and waited until he was a little more seasoned before
seeking the highest position in the land.
"This suggests that Utahns’ disapproval goes beyond the job Obama is
doing to the person himself."Ya Think?The seething
hatred for Obama from many of those on the right is palpable and is very evident
in some of the comments in this newspaper.I find it sad that people
(left and right) cannot differentiate the person from various politics that you
disagree with.As the article points out, Obama is a fairly likeable
person and a good father and husband. It's too bad that even
staunchly "Christian" people become so un-"Christlike" when
politics are involved.
You have got to be kidding with this article. This President is destroying the
country and dismantling all the institutions we hold dear. He is destroying
religious freedom or at least trying to.( see Hobby Lobby case)As a state
Senator he voted three times in favor of a law that would allow a doctor to find
a live baby who survived an abortion and murder it. You want us to support this?
He represents a philosophy that feels America needs to be "fundamentally
transformed" into a nation none of us would recognize. His "family
values" you claim he represents by being " a good father" and his
"christian values" are more likely based on political expediency than
anything else. He tramples on the constitution almost daily. His administration
is involved in more scandals than we can even count anymore and is clearly
involved in covering them up any way they can. That is why Church members
don't support him, not because he defeated Mitt Romney in the election. An
election by the way that was rife with voter fraud and IRS intimidation on the
part of his campaign.
Thanks Mr. Davis your article proved a catalyst to show just how uninformed the
opposition to the President is.
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