Defending Obama's pragmatism

Over the last week, liberal politicians and commentators took to the airwaves and op-ed pages to criticize the debt deal that Congress reached. But their ire was directed not at the Tea Party or even the Republicans but rather at Barack Obama, who they concluded had failed as a President because of his persistent tendency to compromise. This has been a running theme ever since Obama took office.
I think that liberals need to grow up.
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by Fabrice Florin - Aug. 15, 2011

Good insights about the recent backlash against President Obama from Time editor/CNN host Fareed Zakaria, who invites liberals to "grow up." With a factual and well-reasoned argument, Zakaria provides a useful follow up to Drew Westen's critique of Obama in the NYTimes and Jonathan Chait's rebuttal in the New Republic. (see links)

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by Patricia L'Herrou - Aug. 17, 2011

mr zakaria, in his typical reasoned, rational style of thinking and speaking, here defends pres. obama's pragmatism over ideology, currently being criticized by so many of his supporters, in and out of the media. the article is short, to the point, and mentions a number of specific factors which pertain to his argument. if only the public were one which also uses reason and rationality for judging, this would be the argument which changes perceptions..

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by Bob Herrschaft - Aug. 15, 2011

...a cogent argument from Fareed Zakaria, chastising liberals for frequent attacks on Obama's "persistent tendency to compromise".Zacaria correctly reminds us that compromise is an essential part of the democratic process. When it comes down to what is compromised and when to stop,an observer from the left may have a distorted perspective, especially when so much is yielded to the right, but there is a lot to be said for calling the president back to his base. It would be as foolhardy for the president to ignore his base, as it would be for liberals to abandon the president because they disapprove of his pragmatism.

Obama is, I believe, keenly aware of history. We know he has read Goodwin's "Team of Rivals"and that he is aware that Lincoln would never have signed the Emancipation Proclamation had it not been for the Abolitionists. Perhaps Zacaria is ignoring the possibility that Obama privately welcomes critics from the Left to push him where he needs to be.

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by Randy Morrow - Aug. 15, 2011

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Aug. 15, 2011

Reflects CNN right wing bias.

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by Author Raymoni Love - Aug. 17, 2011

yes, because the president need to stop compromising and the journalism reveals that.

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