Obama says 'America's possibilities are limitless'

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  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 25, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    How are America's possibilities limitless when the big chief himself shackles us with 16 trillion in debt - headed for 20 trillion after another Obama term? The man is a liar but most who follow him are such low information citizens that they can't see the forest for the trees. America is headed for the dumpster - FAST - unless that GOD we "used to trust" intervenes. Remember folks - 20 trillion in no joke!!!Wake up!!!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 22, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    Pagan, Will Obama participate in his new health care reform?

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    Teleste, yes the debt is far too high. And, frankly, I see W Bush as far more responsible for the current debt then Obama. After all Bush came into office with a surplus and the debt on a trajectory to be paid off by now, and the republicans also had control of congress, and they are supposed to be the fiscally responsible party.

    Obama, on the other hand, came into office looking at a trillion dollar deficit on day one, left from the previous administration, as well as devestating tax cuts left to him. And a world wide financial crisis that, obviously, affected the debt.

    But never mind who is more to blame, it's a problem.

    My question to you is, were you as outraged when Reagan, and both Bushs were running up massive debt, or are you a Johnny come lately, that only now has noticed the debt? Either way welcome aboard. It's unfortunate though, if you did not care when Reagan was tripling the debt and setting us on this unsustainable path. Better late then never. I guess.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2013 2:39 a.m.

    Of course Regan and Bush spent less money than Obama.

    Regan took office in 1981.

    I was 3 years old.

    And yet Bush added to the debt.

    In fact, Bush doubled the debt.

    Now, you want to claim the Republican party will LOWER the debt?

    History has proven otherwise.

    For 32 years and counting.

    Just wanted to help your rhetoric with a thing called facts.

    You want to take credit that Obama got into office a 2nd time because Republicans have failed to deliver on..

    the Promise to America
    Contract with America
    Path to Prosperity
    and Bush tax cuts?


    Thanks again! But Obama cannot get a third term.

  • teleste Austin, TX
    Jan. 21, 2013 8:53 p.m.

    @ Pagan

    Bait and switch?

    Look in the mirror!

    Attacking previous presidents is not a way to defend, validate, or vindicate O's dismal record. It is just a way to bait...

    Then, using terms such as "Doubling" and "Tripling" is sly rhetoric...but it is merely just a path you take to avoid using *real numbers*...your switch.


    Fact: During the combined 16 years W and Reagan spent in office, they spent less money than O did in just 4 years.

    You clearly have failed to comprehend this or you are deliberately avoiding facts.

    Just wanted to help you with your rhetoric.

    You're welcome.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 8:32 p.m.

    Mr. Bean
    Ogden, UT
    Here's what you get with Obama in the White House:

    - Gallon of gas: 20 Jan 09 -- $1.84; 21 Jan 13 -- $3.26.


    I can't remember exactly what I was paying for gas 4 years ago,
    but I know you are just plain lying because I just paid $2.61,
    and CostCo set that price -- not Pres. Obama.

    In reply to the rest of your silly factless rant --
    Here's what you get with Obama in the White House:

    Troops out of Iraq,
    and withdraw date set for Afghanistan,
    The End of the Great Recession,
    Job Market rebound,
    Stock Market tripled,
    huge investments in renewable & green energy,
    increased oil pumping in domestic reserves,
    Tax rates on the 1% back to Bush term 1 era levels,
    Middle Class tax rate reductions made permanent,
    Healthcare made available to ALL Americans,
    and ya -- and Osama Bin Laden really is dead this time.

    I'm looking forward to his next term...

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 6:44 p.m.

    If Obama added ONE dollar to the debt, technically he would have added 'more' debt than any President.

    Obama, has not doubled the debt.

    Obama, has not tripled the debt.

    You are thinking of Republican Presidents W. Bush and Regan.

    Part of the same Republican party that claims they are now, financially 'conservative' after, they doubled and tripled the national debt.

    This constant 'bait and switch' by Republican rhetoric vs. action...

    is why Obama got his 2nd term.

    Thank you.

  • teleste Austin, TX
    Jan. 21, 2013 6:29 p.m.


    Your game of semantics can't hide the *facts* as you say.

    1. President Reagan added $1.412 trillion to the debt during his two terms.

    2. President Bush added $3.294 trillion over two terms.

    3. President Obama has contributed the most to the debt, with cumulative deficits totaling $5.073 trillion **in just four years.

    **This is why people might just be upset.

    I actually agree with your criticisms of Bush and Reagan...I don't know where you get the gall to act like Obama is doing a good job though. In half the time...he has added more to the debt than W and Reagan COMBINED.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 5:47 p.m.

    Ronald Regan tripled the national debt.

    W. Bush doubled the national debt.

    President Obama has factually done neither.

    Why are some people only upset about the debt, now?

    What makes Obama different...?

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    JoeCapitalist, I'm a rather productive person and I haven't been affected by any new regulations. What specific regulation is it that is affecting you?

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    @miss piggy
    CHS is right your comments are at best a boorish example of a school yard bully and nothing more. I am sorry you have such a chip on your shoulder about our current president and so little faith in our country.

  • Elk Hair Caddis Sandy, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 3:50 p.m.

    @ironyguy... your commments are strange to me. I am a Mormon and I do not hate Obama and I back national health Care. Most of my neighbors are Mormons and while most did not vote for Obama I do not know of any of them that hate and resent him. We can all have different opinions without hatred. I feel more hatred and contempt towards Mormons from your comments than I have ever felt from any of my non-Mormon neighbors that I have known as friends for over 25 years.

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 3:05 p.m.

    Unfortunately these days the only "limitless" things appear to be the amount of debt our federal government can rack up, the number of new taxes and regulations put on everyone who tries to be productive, and the amount of rhetoric coming out of the mouth of our president.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 2:52 p.m.

    Piggie, what is your preoccupation with this guys middle name? I mean really, who cares? You added thousands to your taxes because you didn't sign up for "obamacare"? Really? Hokay. . .

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    Mitt, where are you? Re-count, please.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Jan. 21, 2013 2:16 p.m.


    "Regardless of your political persuasion this was a great speech filled with hope and belief in the greatness of America."

    I think you just nailed the problem: People are tired of great speeches filled with hope and belief followed by inaction, broken promises, and increased burdens on the middle class.

    Sorry Fred...I can't feed my family with great speeches.

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    We as decent human beings need to help the poor and elderly - the US government needs to stay out of it, because government help has been a miserable failure when it comes to charitable acts.

    While climate change may or may not hamper our children's future, the financial burdens of the Bush and Obama generation absolutely will harm their future.

    How are we doing in fixing those immigration problems? Ending wars, torture, illegal detentions? Getting people to work and be productive rather than collect an unemployment check for 99 weeks?

    Why can this man not focus on any real problems? Perhaps because rather than solving problems in term one, he found out that non-stop pandering was an easier path to re-election. Why not keep that up for term two, perhaps his wife will then be elected to really finish what they started?

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 2:04 p.m.

    Miss Piggie, you are not telling the truth. You did not have to pay any penalty on your 2012 tax return for not "signing up" for Obamacare. Telling lies is a big no no, or didn't your mama teach you right?

  • Miss Piggie Ogden, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    "@Miss Piggie. Since today's swearing in was not official and yesterday's was (as required by the constitution,) you may be reassured that he did, indeed, include his middle name, Hussein, in the oath of office."

    I guess this means sometimes he likes it and sometimes he doesn't.

    "Get informed before you write."

    My bad... Didn't watch. Tuned in but... I don't know... started feeling brackish and queasy. Don't know why. Besides, I had to spend the time working my tax return where I had to add a couple of $thou in penalty as I didn't sign up for Obamacare.

    I did catch the part where he says he wants to finish what he started... Socialism, wealth redistribution, etc.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 21, 2013 12:57 p.m.

    This forum is a microcosm of why the republican party continues to slide from prominence in this country. Regardless of your political persuasion this was a great speech filled with hope and belief in the greatness of America. Why can those on the right not bring themselves to admit that this man has done anything right ever? Is it racism, or just a complete lack of tolerance by the right for anyone who disagrees with them or both? The President has an approval rating around 50% the republicans in congress have a single digit approval rating. Other than the far right, the rest of America is tired of continuous hate and obstructionism of the republican house. I hope that the republicans will come to the table work with the President to solve problems, otherwise we will have to wait till the midterm elections and see another major defeat for the far right in the house and the senate.

  • metisophia Ogden, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 12:52 p.m.

    @Miss Piggie. Since today's swearing in was not official and yesterday's was (as required by the constitution,) you may be reassured that he did, indeed, include his middle name, Hussein, in the oath of office.

    Get informed before you write.

  • Mr. Bean Ogden, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 12:49 p.m.

    Here's what you get with Obama in the White House:

    - Obama's 1st-term approval rating among lowest of post-WWII presidents... Only Carter, Ford Fared Worse...

    - Unemployment rate same today as it was when Obama first took office...

    - Gallon of gas: 20 Jan 09 -- $1.84; 21 Jan 13 -- $3.26.

    - National deficit -- $1 trillion per year.

    - National debt -- up by $5 trillion... More than all other presidents put together.

  • Miss Piggie Ogden, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    @CHS 85:
    "Maybe because he is tired of people like you commenting about his given name."

    Nothing wrong with 'Hussein.' Other important guys were named Hussein such as Saddam Hussein. It's of Arabic origin, means 'good, small handsome one' and is a prominent name in Shiite Islam.

    "He didn't choose his name..."

    Well, he certainly did choose to not us it in the ceremony, for some strange reason.

    "Sounds like a 4th grade bully on the playground to make fun of someone's name."

    Take the chip off your shoulder. Hussein is a good name representing well the Muslim religion. What's so wrong with that? However, I don't think Obama countenances what Islam adherents have been up to in the world these days. Perhaps he's merely trying to remove himself from all that. We can only guess. In any event, he dropped the name in the ceremony and it's certainly within his rights to do so.

  • teleste Austin, TX
    Jan. 21, 2013 12:17 p.m.

    @Irony Guy

    Figuratively throwing stones at your Mormon neighbors for their shortcomings isn't very neighborly. Ironic, isn't it, that you can do that while being moved by the "dignity" of Obama's speech.

  • teleste Austin, TX
    Jan. 21, 2013 12:10 p.m.


    Obamacare was (and is) opposed by the majority of Americans...and it does not solve America's healthcare/financial woes. In fact, the CBO estimates that the bill adds to the burden.

    It makes me laugh that you tout the bill as a good thing.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    @Miss Piggie

    Maybe because he is tired of people like you commenting about his given name. He didn't choose his name, just as I'm pretty sure you didn't choose yours. Sounds like a 4th grade bully on the playground to make fun of someone's name.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 21, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    I was genuinely moved by the dignity and power of Obama's inaugural speech. Congratulations to a great American and a great president. I'm genuinely puzzled by my Mormon neighbors whose hatred and contempt for this fine man are boundless. Ironic, isn't it, for people who claim to be followers of the gentle Christ?

  • Miss Piggie Ogden, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    Well, we see that Obama has dropped 'Hussein' from the Inauguration Ceremonies. What's with that?

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 11:43 a.m.

    I think it's wonderful that the Deseret News provides a forum for unpatriotic sore-losers.
    It really helps cement the poor reputation that Utah has amongst intelligent Americans.
    On this day I couldn't be more proud to be American, and I couldn't be more embarrassed to be a Utahn.
    Thanks Deseret News for showing "The real Utah"!

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Jan. 21, 2013 11:34 a.m.

    America's possibilities ARE limitless...unless you're trying to keep a small business afloat in post-Obamacare America. Then you'll quickly see how limited you really are.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 11:34 a.m.

    The decline of our nation people keep talking about.

    End of the Iraq war.

    Healthcare reform.

    Exit date for Afghanistan where before there was none.

    Jobs bills denied in the House.

    And the death of Osama Bin Laden.

    I do not think that word means, what you think it means.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 11:27 a.m.

    Help the middle class? Well, Mr. Obama, they need jobs. J.O.B.S. And you don't create jobs by hoisting Obamacare mandates on business owners and raising payroll taxes.

    But, how would you know that?

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    Obama is absolutely truthful when he states "America's possibilities are limitless."

    However the possibilities for evil acts to continue the destruction of our country are more likely than a miraculous course change away from his destructive policies back to the road of fiscal responsibility, a strong defense and a bright future for our children.

    Some may celebrate, but today is a sad day in the decline of our nation.

    However, there is cause for celebration today. After all, it IS "National Squirrel Appreciation Day," as with every January 21s since 2001, courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation.