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Why do people blame the president?

So I was on facebook and I saw the picture of president obama and below it said something about failed promises. I mean do people not know how the system works? Congress, not the president makes the laws and votes on the laws and changes the laws. The president can suggest a bill but not make one or present it before the house or the senate. He can turn down a law, but then congress can over throw that. So why do we blame the president for only being able to do speeches and pencil pushing?

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    Jan 22 2014: Why do people blame the president? ... to read some of these responses, one would think that the oath of office for the president begins " Since I drew the short straw, I guess I am stuck ....
    Promises were made and promises where not kept. Of course, the failure for him to keep these promises where beyond his control, someone or some other group foiled his attempts to succeed. My response is: why did he make these promises if he didn't have the wherewithal to be successful? He did not draw a short straw. He sold the American public false hopes.
    Now, the President has taken some notable actions and made some laudable decisions, but the good he has done, I am afraid that he will not be remember for those actions only the failure of his promises.
    Yes, he fooled me once.... not twice.
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      Jan 23 2014: Mike,
      I agree with you...."the failure for him to keep these promises were beyond his control, someone or some other group foiled his attempts to succeed".

      I'm sure you are aware of the chaos in our government, and the inability to cooperate in the house and senate. If we are ever to move forward, that dynamic has to change, and it begins with us as part of the system. Bad mouthing, or trying to discredit someone because s/he is a member of the party which one does not support, does absolutely no good.

      As Justin Baskall insightfully points out in the introduction to this conversation...."do people not know how the system works? Congress, not the president makes the laws and votes on the laws and changes the laws. The president can suggest a bill but not make one or present it before the house or the senate. He can turn down a law, but then congress can over throw that. So why do we blame the president..."

      Those who want to blame one person, are doing so because of political reasons. If you want to cast blame, go back to the previous administration, where most of the chaos began.
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        Jan 23 2014: Hi Colleen,
        Do I cast blame on the previous administrations? Sure, and we can go back any number of administrations and find one that was any less contentious between the political parties? No.
        My disappointment is based upon his pronouncements and his non delivery.
        If, he had said that he would hold down Government spending to keep the debt at the level he inherited and did that. He could have developed low cost or free healthcare centers for people needing care. He could have done so much not to make things worse. I can not think of a less competent presidency including the one whose administration only lasted 6 weeks...
        You may think that I am being too judgmental, but as I said for every good thing I have seen accomplished, there are so many failures. Worse, his recent comments about doing things by fiat because he can't deal with congress.... our Constitution "suggests" that Presidents deal with opposing congresses and Supreme Courts that may not see the wisdom of his presidency. To me, the fact that he can't or doesn't want to "deal" is the admission that he is incompetent as president.
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          Jan 23 2014: Exactly Mike.....we can go back any number of administrations and find things that we do not agree with, or are disappointed about.

          I am sorry that you feel disappointed Mike, but life moves on, and we can be part of the problem, or part of the solution. Rehashing your disappointment doesn't seem to serve any useful purpose except to remind us of how disappointed you are.

          Obama did not have the cooperation of the house or senate to do some of the things he was trying to do.....that is very clear to a lot of people. You say....he could have done this....he could have done that......HE DOES NOT MAKE THE LAWS BY HIMSELF, AND HE DID NOT HAVE COOPERATION FROM THE HOUSE AND SENATE.

          You, of course are welcome to your own beliefs and perceptions, and I sincerely hope you can get over your disappointment and move on:>)

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