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It was a rare moment: Barack Obama, caught off guard by a ten-year-old boy while in the public spotlight.
The US president was taking questions at a town hall meeting in New Orleans last night when the boy asked: 'Why do people hate you?'
The president defended himself, answering: 'I'm a pretty tough guy'. But the boy was just one of several critics who forced Mr Obama into a defensive stance yesterday, with the president finally declaring he is just getting started.
Mr Obama stumbled for a moment. 'Well, now, first of all, I did get elected president, so not everybody hates me now,' he said. 'I got a whole lot of votes.'
He added: 'But you know, what is true is if you were watching TV lately, it seems like everybody's just getting mad all the time.
'And when things are going tough, then, you know, you're going to get some of the blame, and that's part of the job.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
In the year 2100 European travel books will be saying:
Americas hate-movement began with the rise of the Blogosphere where any piece of slanderous information spread like wildfire within a day. It began with the hatred of honorable and hard-working leaders such as George W. Bush and Barrack Obama but eventually turned into a violent Revolution and the Downfall of the American Empire. The ensuing wasteland North America turned into is still avoided by travellers today.
Originally posted by vor78
Oh good grief. Like he's the first one with detractors. In fact, I'd say that he hasn't come close to the hatred aimed at the three previous presidents at times while they were in office, and those are just recent examples.
This has to be the most hypersensitive administration I've ever seen.
One of our greatest challenges is to understand what it means to take personal responsibility for our own feelings and behavior. This is especially difficult when someone is behaving in a way that feels unloving to us -- attacking, blaming, lying, guilting, and so on. It is so easy to believe that our unhappy feelings are coming from their behavior rather than from our own response to their behavior.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
And the hatred is spewed not only to the president, but toward anyone who voted for him.
Originally posted by sos37
BH, when do people like YOU start taking any responsibility for your actions?
Geez - I thought you were really about caring for this country at one point, but lately you are ALL about defending your vote in the last election.