Some Valid Questions for Barack Obama

Melissa On Shakesville has some questions for Barack Obama in relation to his SOTU response last night. I think Melissa questions and concerns are all quite valid. Here’s a few quips from Shakes:

Responding to the SOTU address, Senator Obama concluded his remarks with the following:

Each year, as we watch the State of the Union, we see half the chamber rise to applaud the President and half the chamber stay in their seats. We see half the country tune in to watch, but know that much of the country has stopped even listening. Imagine if next year was different. Imagine if next year, the entire nation had a president they could believe in. A president who rallied all Americans around a common purpose. That’s the kind of President we need in this country. And with your help in the coming days and weeks, that’s the kind of President I will be.

That sounds awesome—truly, it does. But I’ve got a few questions.

1. Why will the Republican members of Congress rise to applaud you, and the conservative half of the nation tune in to support you, unless you pursue an agenda that appeals to them? How do you pursue an agenda that appeals to conservatives, but is also progressive?

Go read all the questions on Shakes… I hope Barack Obama responds to Melissa, because I  think her questions are questions that many Democrats, liberals and progressives would like answered from the “unity” candidate. It just seems near to fantasy to imagine that all the partisan ship will be gone with an Obama administration. Infact, one has to wonder why, Obama’s mentor of sorts, Joe Lieberman endorsed John McCain instead of Obama? Talking about ending the partisanship is dandy, but honestly I think Darrell nailed it here last night when he said the “myth” had been “exposed”.

UPDATE: Go read Greg Prince’s guest post on The Reaction: Kennedy for Obama. Greg takes off where Melissa left off and it’s an eye-opener.

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5 Responses to Some Valid Questions for Barack Obama

  1. Thanks muchly for the link, Pamela. 😉

  2. There’s a week until the big one. I would love to hear Obama say how he is going to get 60% of us on board without worrying about the reaction of the remaining 40% who just won’t listen to his version of reality (or of anyone else on the planet either). I’m serious. I think that there is an answer to this riddle, and, for our sake, I hope that Obama has found it.

  3. Melissa

    My pleasure. I think they are all questions that many of us would like answered.

  4. Here we go again, putting spin on the words of Senator Obama. He is not for politics as usual! In the seven year reign of King Bush, he has divided this country to a magnitude never witnessed before. He promised to be a, “Great Uniter” but instead was the consumate divider. Our reputation throughout the world is at an all time low!! Barack is saying that Bush’s politics of division is so bad that, “much of the country has stopped even listening.” I think all democrats agree with this. The TV ratings for Bush’s final SOTU address were an all time low. He is asking us to imagine how different next year MIGHT be if ” we had a president the entire nation could believe in.” He is again speaking the language of “The Audacity of Hope” by asking us to imagine if we had a president who , “could rally ALL American’s around a common purpose.” Then in conclusion he has the total AUDACITY to say,
    “that’s the kind of president I will be.” Is this attacking Hillary?
    I just fail to see how Melissa, or anyone, can find these hopes offensive! Why must we preach the old sermon of division by saying that a progressive president can NEVER appeal to conservatives unless he or she pursues ‘AN AGENDA WHICH WILL APPEAL TO THEM.” Can we possibly have the faith that maybe, JUST MAYBE, we could elect a president who had the ability to foster a bi-partisanship which could draw Indepedents, Republicans, and Democrats closer than they have been in decades. I am not idealistic enough tp believe that all party differences will majically disappear.
    When John F. Kennedy was assissinated on Nov. 22, 1963, I was 18 years old. I remember it as if it was just yesterday. JFK was not a saint, but he had the uncanny ability to bring this nation together as one. WE WERE ALL PROUD NOT TO BE BLACK, WHITE, DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS, LIBERALS, OR CONSERVATIVES.” JFK, like no president since, had the remarkable ability to make us see ourselves as just AMERICANS. His tragic death, set off a deep and profound sense of mourning. I was a sophmore at the University of Delaware. Young, old, black, and white, just sat on the ground crying uncontrollably! I am not making this up. IT HAPPENED!
    The entire world ground to a total halt!
    It pains me to read the comments of people like Melissa, who obviously feel that any candidate who talks about coming together, has a secret agenda to sell us out! To put Obama down for expressing a nobel vision of national unity is simply a disgrace. Can’t each of us at least have a little, “Audacity of Hope.” I am not trying to convince Hillary supporters to abandon their candidate. She too exhibits many excellent leadership qualities!! I would suggest, however, that you take the time to read Barack’s “Audacity of Hope” We didn’t put Reverend King down we he said, “I Have A Dream.” So why must we be so paranoid in 2008 to think that any candidate who expresses a faith in bringing the American melting pot closer together–is just going to be selling US out to “THEM?” Buzz

  5. Buzz

    I don’t think Melissa is spinning anything. She’s asking valid questions that a lot of progressives would like answers to. It’s not enough when this country is in such a mess to simply say we’ll have unity and it will work again. I see nothing wqrong with asking a man who wants the support of the Democratic party how he will manage to unfiy with Republicans with out alienating progressives.

    Truth be known, I’m a very idealistic person, but my profound sense of realism has made me question wall of this and thus my support of Clinton. It’s not enough to ask people to dream and believe, people deserve to know what a leader will do.

    We were asked to trust Bush on his compassionate conservatism and look where that got us.