Constructive Criticism

Simulposted at Daily Kos,  and soon to be at Antemedius, maybe!


Dear Mr. President,

Thank you for all you have accomplished in your time in office. I sincerely appreciate all of the many ways you are different than George Bush. Your wife and children are beautiful and vivacious and a pleasure to watch and in Michelle’s case, listen to. And by the way, that tie really brings out the color of your eyes, and the salt and pepper hair thing is looking pretty darn good on you!

Thank you for protecting us from Canadian health care and those that would close the pentagon. I am heartened to see that you are keeping your elbow tucked in when you elevate for the three-pointer. Bo looks like he is growing up nicely and you must be feeding him well, you can see it in the sheen on his coat.

And now, unfortunately, I have a few thoughts to offer that I hope you won’t find to upsetting. I trust that will be the case since as your fine and quite attractive Press Secretary Mr. Gibbs stated forthrightly the other day, “I don’t think [liberal voters won’t show up],” he said, “because I think what’s at stake in November is too important to do that. Since you already know I will vote for you no matter what you say or do, I trust any offending or insensitive remarks I may inadvertently make (as well as any thoughts or ideas that may have some small value or credence) will be thoroughly ignored. After all Mr. Gibbs nailed me, haha, you know I have no where else to go, you know you and the Dems thus have my support, why should you bother listening to what I say?

That being said Mr. President, and please pardon my effrontery for seemingly thinking I may have something to offer as a citizen and lifelong Democrat, I know you are much, much, much smarter than me and that if I really think I have a good idea or two, that I should run for office and see how far I get and how I deal with the pressures you are under…I do have one or two things I would like to mention. Hopefully they will be received as constructive criticism, and not as some drug addled Leftist bashing of you. (Btw, just for the record, I think Representative Kucinich is too short to be President, I hope that sets your mind at ease.)

But first, before I jot down my thoughts….a list of your accomplishments!

You passed a stimulus (albeit watered down due to your opposition) that quite possibly saved the worlds economic system!

You passed Financial Regulatory Reform (albeit watered down due to your opposition) that attempts to reign in the worst of the excesses of those that almost destroyed the worlds economic system!

You passed Health Insurance Reform (albeit watered down due to your opposition) when no other president has been able to do so!

And that is just a partial list of all the things you have accomplished, despite your oppositions full on war against you, for their own political gain.

Now, on to my humble suggestions, that I hope you will take in the spirit of constructive criticism.

For all of our sake, and for the sake of the Democratic majorities, for the sake of your second term, and to actually bring about the somewhat radical FDR level changes necessary to deal with the radical and unprecedented challenges we face as a nation and as a planet…..

Will you PLEASE start attacking your opposition with the same or greater fervor with which you attack those who support (even while criticizing you) you and your agenda?

Will you please Mr. President, sir, personally or through proxies, point out at every opportunity to the American People that it is the Republicans (your opposition) who wrecked the economy.

That it is the Republicans (your opposition) who took record surpluses and turned them into record deficits.

That it is the Republicans (your opposition) who have created the current devastating unemployment.

That it is the Republicans (your opposition) who are responsible for the policies that led to the housing bubble and thus the record foreclosures that are kicking Americans out of their homes in …again… record numbers.

That it is the Republicans (your opposition) who took us into two wars that we cannot afford, and that we are now scrambling to find a reasonable solution to, without causing undue harm to those who are innocents in the countries we invaded.

That it is the Republicans (your opposition) who are severely and unforgivably and in record numbers abusing the filibuster to in effect shut down government at their repeatedly stated strategy to defeat you politically.

That it is the Republicans who are unconscionably harming the American People as a political strategy, causing the suffering and hopelessness the American People are feeling. And blaming you for.

As Mr Gibbs said,  “what’s at stake in November is too important.”

Now some might say that you are already doing this, to them I offer in rebuttal your poll numbers and the confusion of the American People as to who passed TARP, etc.

Every challenge we as a nation and you as a leader face were either caused by or compounded to a state of crisis by the Republicans. They nearly destroyed the country, and according to your own economic team, that is not hyperbole or exaggeration. My constructive criticism, Mr. President, is that you are not reminding the American People of that fact every waking hour of you and your press secretaries life.

Were I not trying to be constructive Mr. President, I might point out that the biggest mistake you have made in your presidency was spending vast amounts of time, energy and political capital to try to woo people who have repeatedly, and in many and various ways so that they were crystal clear about it, openly stated for the record that their only agenda is to NOT work with you in any way in order to attempt to bring about your Waterloo, to take you down, to defeat any and all efforts you might make to actually help the American People.

Indeed, in light of those statements and the success of their strategy, your list of accomplishments is indeed very, very impressive.

Just think though, if I may be so bold, what you might have accomplished, and might accomplish still if you would just tell the goddam truth about your opposition, the Republicans, instead of continuing in your rhetoric to pretend that they are reasonable people acting in good faith.

Mr. President, the Republicans have declared war on you. They have declared war on the American Middle Class, the American Working Class, and on the poor.

My humble suggestion, offered in the spirit of constructive criticism and acknowledging all you have accomplished despite the fact that the Republicans are, it must be said, trying to destroy the American dream and cause immense and unwarranted suffering to the American People (and let’s not forget trying to bring about the destruction of the earth’s atmosphere for their short term profit) through their dishonest destructive and incredibly selfish agenda is that you…


And that you use your bully pulpit to shout from the rooftops, so that all of America and the world can hear, HOW and WHY you are fighting back.

So that the beleaguered American People whose lives have been, and are being, destroyed by the Republicans know, in no uncertain terms, that there IS indeed someone fighting on their behalf.

As Mr. Gibbs said, “what’s at stake in November is too important.”

Indeed. Too important for half measures. Too important for comity, collegiality and “bi-partisan consensus.” Too important for anything less than an all out exposure and assault on what is REALLY wrong with this country. On what is REALLY causing the suffering of the American People. On who is too blame for the mess we are in and who is stopping you, us, and the Congress from fixing that mess.

The Republican Party.

They are at war with you Mr. President, and they are waging that war on all of us. I humbly beseech you, sir, to FIGHT BACK. With every weapon, strategy and tactic at your disposal.

It is my deeply held belief, and the belief of my friends and neighbors, that we desperately need someone to fight for us in the Halls of Power….in a way that is apparent, clear, unmistakable, and not subject to spin.

Show us you are fighting for us, Mr President, and we will have Hope again.

This will, I feel, help to close the “enthusiasm gap” in the upcoming midterms. And have a salutary effect on American politics in general.

Fight for us, Mr. President, please.

Thank you.

(Btw, I like those shoes, too.)


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    • Mu on August 12, 2010 at 10:27 pm


     I can only imagine the wilding you’ll get from the young ‘uns over at Orange.  

     Something I wrote at/on HuffPo yesterday; this was my comment, in its entirety:


                                              “Cave less. Fight more.”

     I’d go over to Orange and put in a good word or three for you, but MB won’t let me until I “admit” to a lie of his, which, well, I’m not willing to do.

     So it goes.

     Anyway, yes to what you say, x 10,000.



    • rb137 on August 12, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    I hope all is well with the ponies.

    • Mu on August 12, 2010 at 11:59 pm


     Just thinking, would y’all support a Facebook Page (meaning, sign up and get your friends to and all) entitled:  Mr. President:  Cave Less, Fight More.  With appropriate accompanying text?

     Now if the bloody thing went viral, well, you know it’d garner some attention.



  1. wow, buhdydharma, you are soooooo right! Ive seen the light! Cut the man some slack fer petesake! Constructive criticism, laced with flattery and subtle reminders that we are on the same side as him. Wow. Just wow. You’re on to something here. This is a sure fire strategy that all us lefties should adopt.

    Not to be negative or come down on you or anything, but you did leave out, okay theyre minor but, a few things got left out.

    Ya know, all that 11th dimensional chess people used to talk about? Remember?  And how so many of us were so intent on YELLING LOUDER about the war crimes and all? Well. I was skeptical, I admit. I mean, I know the man is smart, Con Law Professor and all, but, oh. my. gosh, this is just sheer wizardry, I tellz ya. GUESS WHAT!? He IS pursuing trials for War Crimes after all!!!  Wrong guy but…. who cares about such trivial details…? The man is a frikking genius.

    Bloody hell. What was I thinking?

  2. I just give up.  

  3. at Feinstein’s East Coast Condo like you did after your nomination back in 2008. I’m sure those two great democratic beacons will restore your confidence in professional liberals again. Also, check out LBJ’s televised speech after the New Hampshire primary in

    1968. Some good advice there.

  4. Because the proof is in the pudding.

    The American people, really, are quite intelligent, mostly — especially as individuals rather than mobs.

    I don’t need any reminders about how bad the Republicans are, because I already know how bad they are.

    What I don’t know is how any of the aforementioned accomplishments actually mean squat in the long run.  And that is the essential factor missing from all of these debates.

    How does it matter if a President “passed health insurance reform” when no one could do it before, if the entire exercise is a meaningless chinese fire drill of moving money around while mostly all the same people still suffer and die?

    Is this an accomplishment that means anything?  Truly?  As opposed to just forked tongue words from a politically self aggrandizing worm?

    Here’s what I want to see .. less talking about how bad Republicans are to the public, while negotiating with and praising them in Congress, and more actual opposition to Republicans.

    When people talk about the crazy insane Republicans who will rape your sister for a buck, it may be all true, but one truth is true above all others:  No matter what, they will take power again, if not this year, the next, or the next after that.

    And, on issue after issue, this is what I and the American people, who are not as easily fooled as some might suppose, want: Less talk, more doing.  Don’t have Barack Obama talk to me or the American people about how bad the Republicans are, if the self same Barack Obama caves into their every demand.

    It just, in the end, makes the President and the Democrats who do this look like fools.  “The Republicans will rape your sister!” The Democrats Scream.  “Yeah?  Then why do you tell them they’re good Americans and have good ideas and you want to work with them in a spirit of bipartisan cooperation?” would be my too-obvious rejoinder.

  5. it is so convoluted and illogical. Fear the lunatics who are waiting in the wings and support us, and we will follow their agenda and policies, cause otherwise they will get power. Yikes. The excuses for not doing what they were elected to do are so pathetic and lame it is laughable.  

  6. and why Gibbs can dismiss you so easily.

    He knows that all you’ll do is compose a vapid ‘constructive’ stern letter, or blather about ‘primarying’  someone, somewhere, sometime, maybe, and carry on as if you live in a Democracy, when you don’t.  

    For the one hundredth time: It’s a one party oligarchy.

    I think you actually do know that, which makes this doubly frustrating.  

    Show us you are fighting for us, Mr President, and we will have Hope again.

    This will, I feel, help to close the “enthusiasm gap” in the upcoming midterms. And have a salutary effect on American politics in general.

    Fight for us, Mr. President, please.

    That’s just pathetic.

    What you’re asking for from your unitary executive is exactly what you got-fascism light, becoming heavier- every single day.

    ‘Please give us Hope again’

    If you want Hope. Make it. Take it. Force it. Do something yourself.

    But you don’t want the responsibility that comes with action, you want to pay at the office and ‘Hope’ for someone appointed by the system you claim to oppose, to tear down the very thing that gives him a beautiful house, a beautiful wife that can play with the King of Spain, and all the other fun stuff.

    What happened to:

    ‘They only call it class war, when we fight back”

    Was that your slogan, or the other  bi-polar poster?


    Fighting back entails action. Something I have little hope that what passes for a left in America will do. Anything.

    At least the fat idiots in the Tea Party get off their asses.  

  7. work for democracy. There are plenty of freedoms for people with some mojo but democracy and freedom are not the same thing.

    I include all politicians from the politics industry as defacto fascists who  dominate the American scene. A democratic political system is not going to arise as a result of the present way politics are conducted. It will come from the necessity to govern after people rationally organize themselves in their own communities. Get working at home. Spend your time and money there instead of on the culture of for profit party politics.

    As people demand their party to be more oppositional, they complain about a government that does not work. It takes more imagination than people are willing to invest in their own fate. Politically active partisans are unable to resist the hype generated to lure them into the mock battles.

    Keep cheering for your party to win partisans, as if it is a Texas high school football rivalry because the tornado of political opposition depends upon partisan hot air to keep twisting.

  8. It’s premature to share it widely, though.

    FWIW, I think it’s much more promising than making rich guys mow their own lawns (not that I have a clue on how to do that), and such.

    If your house is not in danger of being lost, would you be willing to use it to educate your neighbors? Instead of MoveOn, we could have an organization called MoveOut  (as in “move out of the veal pen”.

    • jamess on August 14, 2010 at 3:04 am

    how novel, and insightful,

    and most likely,

    destined to be ignored,

    by the President’s news hounds.

    to all our detriment.

  9. If this were truly addressed to Mr. President, it might be quite touching.  However, it is not, Obama will not read this.  It is rather addressed to the readership of Docudharma, and is a plea for them to chill out on their criticisms of Obama.  In that regard, I am much less touched.

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