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In the Crossfire: Obama's legacy
November 20th, 2013
04:38 PM ET

In the Crossfire: Obama's legacy

Today, a tribute to a President whose killing affected a generation. Later, the Medal of Freedom awarded to another. Is there a chance to learn from legacies past? Or has Washington changed too dramatically since the Kennedy and Clinton presidencies?

In the Crossfire: Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Tim Scott (R-SC).

They'll debate President Obama's Washington with hosts Newt Gingrich and Van Jones.

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  1. unc dig

    his legacy will be that of one of the most lies

    November 22, 2013 at 8:23 am | Reply
  2. California

    We have the blatant LIES, Blame the VIDEO and just need a SEX incident to have sex, lies and the video tape.

    2 for 3 with 3+ years left.

    November 22, 2013 at 12:00 am | Reply
  3. REGinAZ

    The following response to one poster has wider applicability:


    Whoa ... slow down, lets get honest here. I haven't insulted you; you are the one that reverted to being crude and then just because I didn't agree with you; my response to that likely was not congenial. Also, no one is against the constitution, as a Marine I also swore allegiance to it but I don't try to wear that like a badge. When you get all hung up with the propaganda on "constitutional" values, it could be something like going to a lecture, criticizing the speakers semantics and totally missing the message. Get over it and get off the insulting rant.

    I compliment you on your political openness and on your research and I accept that you believe you are doing it the right way; now allow me the benefit of the doubt that I am also conscientious and being true to my own moral and ethical values, which could be slightly different than yours. I really wish politically things were different; all of politics literally stinks and it really needs reform but that will never happen without first getting money out of politics, so that good people can run without having to sell out to the money. Then we possibly could see more “moderates” and even a strong third party dedicated to the people, the majority, including the total middle-class. Adding term limits, to eliminate career politicians with their constant concentration on reelection, and stronger controls over lobbyists, especially limiting their ability to move in and out of political positions, would be a tremendous help. Nice objectives but unlikely to occur anytime soon as “the money” will fight aggressively to maintain their strong control.

    I actually have no political loyalty; I was a long term registered Republican that became totally turned off by Bush-Cheney and ever since by the Republican / Tea Party and their concentration on serving “the money”, their strong supporters and masters, while together just trying to con the people and manipulate public opinion. With my background and education I put emphasis on their serving the people, the majority, and on quality of character, being completely alienated by arrogance, cockiness, stubbornness, obnoxiousness, self-serving behavior and especially dishonesty (all seen on both sides but with the GOP making that an obvious standard). I wish the Democrats were better, with more strength, unity, poise and better fiscal responsibility. I just don’t see the Libertarian position as I think they need to better understand how much government is really necessary to avoid allowing exploitation by the privileged and to have some aid for those needing temporary assistance. I wish the current Republican / Tea Party wasn’t controlled by “the money” but it is and to ignore / deny that, is detrimental to the average American’s status. There is no doubt that the GOP concentrates on serving “the money” and on duping, using and abusing the people, jointly with “the money”, with their propaganda. Because personalities and character are very important to me, the likes of Cruz, Palin, Paul, Perry, Ryan, and just literally on and on including the likes of Limbaugh and others, just totally turn me off. I’m not in love with Pelosi, Reid and Obama but there is a difference, not only in numbers but also in quality, or at least in what quality, with the self-serving arrogance and dishonesty, the cocky confidence (likely in “the money’s” support) being far more prevalent in the GOP ranks. I may be more sensitive to those things then most but I personally have no doubt as to the accuracy of that evaluation.

    I feel we do need to cautiously reduce the deficit, accomplishing it but without crashing, and while we can look at adjusting entitlements and other programs, there really is a lot we can do responsibly with revenue and with not just protecting the wealthy and things like billion dollar concessions to the oil companies. These goals can be achieved with political cooperation, with compromise and mutual respect and contribution, the way our government is suppose to work. Healthcare reform should have been handled that same way. Now here is possibly where you and I differ, with me seeing the stumbling block to all of this being consistently and stubbornly the GOP and their unbudging position to pursue “the money’s” goals, and their political ambitions, no matter what it costs the people. ... Can we now just leave it at this with both of us understanding and, while not agreeing, respecting each other’s position? I don’t need to change you and I hope you can feel the same.

    November 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Reply

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