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Obama Voters: Buyer's Remorse?

Anyone Obama voters out there who are ready to give voice to that gnawing little feeling that we know is starting to take root? The feeling that you may have made a big, big, BIG mistake? Anyone?

So far this morning I’ve had two folks who actually campaigned for “Old Smokey” that have completely jumped off the bandwagon. One told me she’s out becuase he’s gone from peddling ‘hope’ to predicting ‘doom’ at a time the nation needs a leader who inspires confidence.

The second told me that he’s never seen (in his 34 years in D.C.) an administration so lost when it comes to the day-to-day details of governing, yet so convinced of their own righteousness. In his words:

“They’ve not gotten anything right the first time, have gotten most of it wrong the second time, and tell the American people that THEY’VE got it wrong if they don’t think that every move this team makes is the right one!”

What’s kind of upsetting on a personal level about the latter example is that this is a black man I’ve known for many years. He’s been a dedicated public servant for most of his life. And no matter how much I opposed Obama, I was still happy for this guy and all that his election meant to him.

Quick aside: I work in government and many of us know people inside the administration and the word is that he’s still smoking, a lot, never quit, never really tried - hence the nickname “Old Smokey”. Friend of mine heard he’s around 2 packs a day now.

So! Who now realizes they were caught up in the cocktail party and wishes they’d sobered up before they cast their ballot?

[quote]ProwlCat wrote:
Quick aside: I work in government and many of us know people inside the administration and the word is that he’s still smoking, a lot, never quit, never really tried - hence the nickname “Old Smokey”. Friend of mine heard he’s around 2 packs a day now.
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So glad you explained that. I was a little concerned that “Old Smokey” was some vague ethnic slur.

Well, that’s one more thing he has in common with FDR, who was also a heavy smoker, and whose malignant hypertension contributed to his demise in office.

And to stay on topic, the only remorse I feel is that the man was elected in the first place, and that remorse will be ameliorated in direct proportion to the degree in which he fails to bring about the change he hopes to implement.

[quote]ProwlCat wrote:
Anyone Obama voters out there who are ready to give voice to that gnawing little feeling that we know is starting to take root? The feeling that you may have made a big, big, BIG mistake? Anyone?

So far this morning I’ve had two folks who actually campaigned for “Old Smokey” that have completely jumped off the bandwagon. One told me she’s out becuase he’s gone from peddling ‘hope’ to predicting ‘doom’ at a time the nation needs a leader who inspires confidence.

The second told me that he’s never seen (in his 34 years in D.C.) an administration so lost when it comes to the day-to-day details of governing, yet son convinced of their own righteousness. In his words:

“They’ve not gotten anything right the first time, have gotten most of it wrong the second time, and tell the American people that THEY’VE got it wrong if they don’t think that every move this team makes is the right one!”

What’s kind of upsetting on a personal level about the latter example is that this is a black man I’ve known for many years. He’s been a dedicated public servant for most of his life. And no matter how much I opposed Obama, I was still happy for this guy and all that his election meant to my friend.

Quick aside: I work in government and many of us know people inside the administration and the word is that he’s still smoking, a lot, never quit, never really tried - hence the nickname “Old Smokey”. Friend of mine heard he’s around 2 packs a day now.

So! Who now realizes they were caught up in the cocktail party and wishes they’d sobered up before they cast their ballot?[/quote]

Excellent thread idea.

I’d be very curious as to the answer.

Trying to get people on the internet to admit they may have been wrong?

ROFLMAO!!

I didn’t vote for the guy so I can’t have buyer’s remorse. However, I’m sure his voters will be remorseful in the years to come. I think the real question would be how much more remorseful they are than the average voter remorse for a president.

You believe McCain would have been an outstanding star of conservative values?

I’m not an American and so I couldn’t vote for Obama, but I would have and I would have no regrets today. I think he’s doing a good job, all things considered.

[quote]ProwlCat wrote:
Anyone Obama voters out there who are ready to give voice to that gnawing little feeling that we know is starting to take root? The feeling that you may have made a big, big, BIG mistake? Anyone?

So far this morning I’ve had two folks who actually campaigned for “Old Smokey” that have completely jumped off the bandwagon. One told me she’s out becuase he’s gone from peddling ‘hope’ to predicting ‘doom’ at a time the nation needs a leader who inspires confidence.

The second told me that he’s never seen (in his 34 years in D.C.) an administration so lost when it comes to the day-to-day details of governing, yet so convinced of their own righteousness. In his words:

“They’ve not gotten anything right the first time, have gotten most of it wrong the second time, and tell the American people that THEY’VE got it wrong if they don’t think that every move this team makes is the right one!”

What’s kind of upsetting on a personal level about the latter example is that this is a black man I’ve known for many years. He’s been a dedicated public servant for most of his life. And no matter how much I opposed Obama, I was still happy for this guy and all that his election meant to him.

Quick aside: I work in government and many of us know people inside the administration and the word is that he’s still smoking, a lot, never quit, never really tried - hence the nickname “Old Smokey”. Friend of mine heard he’s around 2 packs a day now.

So! Who now realizes they were caught up in the cocktail party and wishes they’d sobered up before they cast their ballot?[/quote]
This post seems a bit tone deaf, given Obama’s widespread approval and preference, as compared to say…that other party.

He is as bad as we thought he would be and it’s only been 1 month.

His approval level started high and has fell each week. His disapproval rate continues to climb. By year end I wouldn’t be suprised to see it below the generic approval rate for congress.

[quote]hedo wrote:
His approval level started high and has fell each week. His disapproval rate continues to climb. By year end I wouldn’t be suprised to see it below the generic approval rate for congress.[/quote]

Since the nation is probably 85 percent pessimistic about anything these days, the only person who’s approval rating would still be high is Jesus.

And I am being pessimistic about my percentage !

Did you really think his approval rating was going to rise ?

It did not take a month to get into this mess, so it ain’t gonna take a month to get out.

[quote]100meters wrote:
ProwlCat wrote:
Anyone Obama voters out there who are ready to give voice to that gnawing little feeling that we know is starting to take root? The feeling that you may have made a big, big, BIG mistake? Anyone?

So far this morning I’ve had two folks who actually campaigned for “Old Smokey” that have completely jumped off the bandwagon. One told me she’s out becuase he’s gone from peddling ‘hope’ to predicting ‘doom’ at a time the nation needs a leader who inspires confidence.

The second told me that he’s never seen (in his 34 years in D.C.) an administration so lost when it comes to the day-to-day details of governing, yet so convinced of their own righteousness. In his words:

“They’ve not gotten anything right the first time, have gotten most of it wrong the second time, and tell the American people that THEY’VE got it wrong if they don’t think that every move this team makes is the right one!”

What’s kind of upsetting on a personal level about the latter example is that this is a black man I’ve known for many years. He’s been a dedicated public servant for most of his life. And no matter how much I opposed Obama, I was still happy for this guy and all that his election meant to him.

Quick aside: I work in government and many of us know people inside the administration and the word is that he’s still smoking, a lot, never quit, never really tried - hence the nickname “Old Smokey”. Friend of mine heard he’s around 2 packs a day now.

So! Who now realizes they were caught up in the cocktail party and wishes they’d sobered up before they cast their ballot?
This post seems a bit tone deaf, given Obama’s widespread approval and preference, as compared to say…that other party.
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Tone deaf. Yeah…Yeah. Brilliant take. See, what you miss is that there are many out there - opinion polls not withstanding - who have expressed their disappointment with the president. I gave two examples of people who fall into that category. And these are real people. Not internet people like you. The intention of the post was poll the people on this site. But, I know…that’s tone deaf.

We should just figure he’s at 68% approval and not question his popularity. I think some may think that he’s made some mistakes…like…say…raising the cap-gains tax, even though he admits it will bring in less money and retard investment.

I’m only remorseful I didn’t have a better Republican candidate or a viable third party to vote for instead.

[quote]ProwlCat wrote:
100meters wrote:
ProwlCat wrote:
Anyone Obama voters out there who are ready to give voice to that gnawing little feeling that we know is starting to take root? The feeling that you may have made a big, big, BIG mistake? Anyone?

So far this morning I’ve had two folks who actually campaigned for “Old Smokey” that have completely jumped off the bandwagon. One told me she’s out becuase he’s gone from peddling ‘hope’ to predicting ‘doom’ at a time the nation needs a leader who inspires confidence.

The second told me that he’s never seen (in his 34 years in D.C.) an administration so lost when it comes to the day-to-day details of governing, yet so convinced of their own righteousness. In his words:

“They’ve not gotten anything right the first time, have gotten most of it wrong the second time, and tell the American people that THEY’VE got it wrong if they don’t think that every move this team makes is the right one!”

What’s kind of upsetting on a personal level about the latter example is that this is a black man I’ve known for many years. He’s been a dedicated public servant for most of his life. And no matter how much I opposed Obama, I was still happy for this guy and all that his election meant to him.

Quick aside: I work in government and many of us know people inside the administration and the word is that he’s still smoking, a lot, never quit, never really tried - hence the nickname “Old Smokey”. Friend of mine heard he’s around 2 packs a day now.

So! Who now realizes they were caught up in the cocktail party and wishes they’d sobered up before they cast their ballot?
This post seems a bit tone deaf, given Obama’s widespread approval and preference, as compared to say…that other party.

Tone deaf. Yeah…Yeah. Brilliant take. See, what you miss is that there are many out there - opinion polls not withstanding - who have expressed their disappointment with the president. I gave two examples of people who fall into that category. And these are real people. Not internet people like you. The intention of the post was poll the people on this site. But, I know…that’s tone deaf.

We should just figure he’s at 68% approval and not question his popularity. I think some may think that he’s made some mistakes…like…say…raising the cap-gains tax, even though he admits it will bring in less money and retard investment.[/quote]

But, dems and independents are liking him more, his popularity seems to be growing—like the opposite of what you said, hence tone deaf.

The people who like him less, are not surprisingly easily misled wingnutters, the kind of folks who think the stimulus is giving billions to a mouse or acorn or other fabrications.

[quote]ProwlCat wrote:
Anyone Obama voters out there who are ready to give voice to that gnawing little feeling that we know is starting to take root? The feeling that you may have made a big, big, BIG mistake? Anyone?

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theres probably only 2 or 3 people in the PWI forum that voted for him fyi, or at least say they did. the entire front page of threads should be a pretty big indicator of this for you.

oh and nothing good will come of this thread…

Voted for him, no remorse. It’s a bit too early to say much else. So far, his administration has been going about like I expected it to. I haven’t been at all shocked by his liberal policies, nor by his more moderate ones.

[quote]PB-Crawl wrote:
ProwlCat wrote:
Anyone Obama voters out there who are ready to give voice to that gnawing little feeling that we know is starting to take root? The feeling that you may have made a big, big, BIG mistake? Anyone?

theres probably only 2 or 3 people in the PWI forum that voted for him fyi, or at least say they did. the entire front page of threads should be a pretty big indicator of this for you.

oh and nothing good will come of this thread…
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No good will come from it? Shit. I was so hoping for good things. I mean, most of the threads here are forces for good in the universe. I’m not sure I can accept that I won’t be contributing to all the goodness here on T-Nation PWI.

[quote]milod wrote:
Voted for him, no remorse. It’s a bit too early to say much else. So far, his administration has been going about like I expected it to. I haven’t been at all shocked by his liberal policies, nor by his more moderate ones.[/quote]

Cool. Good answer.

[quote]G87 wrote:
I’m not an American and so I couldn’t vote for Obama, but I would have and I would have no regrets today. [/quote]

Shouldn’t have let that stop you. I imagine lots of people who aren’t Americans voted for him.

[quote]Varqanir wrote:
ProwlCat wrote:
Quick aside: I work in government and many of us know people inside the administration and the word is that he’s still smoking, a lot, never quit, never really tried - hence the nickname “Old Smokey”. Friend of mine heard he’s around 2 packs a day now.

So glad you explained that. I was a little concerned that “Old Smokey” was some vague ethnic slur.

Well, that’s one more thing he has in common with FDR, who was also a heavy smoker, and whose malignant hypertension contributed to his demise in office.

And to stay on topic, the only remorse I feel is that the man was elected in the first place, and that remorse will be ameliorated in direct proportion to the degree in which he fails to bring about the change he hopes to implement.[/quote]

But he (Obama) makes great speeches! The trillions upon trillions of debt are still there and Americans still feel entitled to live off of their neighbors, but he makes great speeches!

Jesus, we are so fucking doomed… And the irony in all this is that its just exactly what we deserve.

[quote]therover wrote:
hedo wrote:
His approval level started high and has fell each week. His disapproval rate continues to climb. By year end I wouldn’t be suprised to see it below the generic approval rate for congress.

Since the nation is probably 85 percent pessimistic about anything these days, the only person who’s approval rating would still be high is Jesus.

And I am being pessimistic about my percentage !

Did you really think his approval rating was going to rise ?

It did not take a month to get into this mess, so it ain’t gonna take a month to get out.

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I disagree. Obama supporters would give him a far higher approval rating then Jesus.

Jesus preached personal responsibility for one’s actions. Obama preaches the Republicans are responsible for everything.