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Is the current state of politics in the U.S. due to the race of our president?

Many conservatives who held certain positions before Obama was elected had taken the opposite view when he took those same positions. For example, the Affordable Care Act was modelled after Romney's health care law when he was governor. Currently they have tried to repeal it 37 times. In recent times this much acrimony has not been seen, and never before have we had a president with African ancestry. Is there a connection? I am especially interested in answers based on documented facts.

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  • Jun 22 2013: It is my fim belief that Obama's "fall from grace" stems more from our collective hopes being dashed when we see that his administration truly never changed any basic fundamentals, as we had hoped. I think people are slowely recognizing that we are increasingly being ruled by a small, selfish plutocracy rather than our intended democracy. The racial issue only becomes conveniently adopted by these plutocrats as a diversion from far deeper problems.
    • Jun 22 2013: I disagree with your statements about Obama's accomplishments. He got health care reform passed and no other president did. He saved the auto industry and the economy that the previous administration and congress bashed. He got the Lilly Ledbetter fair pay act. He ended the war in Iraq. In short, he cleaned up a lot of issues he inherited.

      I do agree that Obama has not met the expectations he set, the rhetoric did not match the intentional inertia set up by the Republicans, and the inherent inertia that is Washington D.C. He was naive in that respect.
      • Jun 24 2013: Out of curiosity, has any president met with every expectation he set? Isn't every president at the 'mercy' of the segregation and fundamentally different views and beliefs of the Republican and Democratic parties?
        • Jun 24 2013: I think any presidency is viewed differently and more objectively after some time has passed, i.e. Lincoln, Roosevelt. Only then can we view a president as a man rather than as leader of a party. Conversely, I think many recent former presidents do some of their most valued work after they leave office and they no longer have the endless interruptions of the position. I.E. presidents Carter and Clinton. History will tell.
      • Jun 24 2013: That's a good point, M-L, we often realize the true value of someone's pursuit after they leave office. Is it a case of, 'You don't know what you've got, till it's gone'? Or, perhaps we can only appreciate what that person has done in the past, based on what is going on in the present?
        • Jun 24 2013: I agree Lizanne. In the days immediately following 9/11 President Bush had, I would say, close to 100% of the American people with him. History showed, however, that there were no WMD's and from that point on Bush lost credibility with many Americans. From there politics took over, an African American got elected, and here we are.

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