Anybody wonder what happened to Cindy Sheehan and the anti war demonstrators now that Bush is not President? Obama has doubled the number of troops in Afghanistan and more of our soldiers were killed in Iraqi in April in more than a year. Seems odd.
Posted by hello, a resident of the Bordeaux Estates neighborhood, on May 4, 2009 at 6:12 pm
Pete...people were protesting the administration that started the war for absolutely no reason other than a vengeance against Saddam. The new adminstration has reasonable plans to exit the mess we are in. They know the war is a bad idea and are trying to get out in a realistic time frame, while not totally F**KING the Iraqi or Afghanistan people. How do you not understand that??? Come on, you must be either really bored or really confused to keep bringing up this topic.
Posted by Pete, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on May 4, 2009 at 6:27 pm
Hello, not confused nor bored but just pointing out the obvious and exposing war and wars for what they are........stupid regardless who is in charge. Bush wanted Saddam and got him and now Barack lies to us by saying he is going to remove the troops immediately and then doubles the number of troops in Afghanistan where we can never win and then play with words in saying we are going to remove combat troops from Iraq but still leave 35,000 there. It will be interesting to see how he and we react when we start taking bigtime casualties again. Hello, I bet when Bush was running the show you were dead set against all of this and now that your guy is in you are making excuses for him. They are both terrible and you know it and we need real leadership and neither of these guys have it.
Posted by Ken in South Pleasanton, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on May 5, 2009 at 8:14 am
A reply to "hello, a resident of the Bordeaux...etc". I find it interesting how liberal democrats tend to hide behind anonymous names to support the obvious situational morality of things like not protesting an ongoing war when their candidate is in charge. I seem to recall that President Obama was going to remove troops almost immediately and cut spending significantly (maybe he misread something on his teleprompter during the campaign). Anyway, if you take an objective look at this administration and the newly elected congress, the only difference is in the spelling of the president's name. If you really want change, vote all incumbents out of office and replace them with new blood. End the cycle of professional politicians who will do anything in their power to stay in power and suck us dry.
Posted by Dave, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on May 5, 2009 at 8:26 am
If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had given Tony Blair a set of inexpensive and useless (to Tony Blair's UK video formatting) DVDs, when Tony Blair had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the non-existent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?
If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current on their income taxes, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had proposed to double the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?
So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive?
Posted by SteveP, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on May 5, 2009 at 8:30 am SteveP is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Here, here, Ken. Excellent post.
Unfortunately, as we've seen in California over the past 40 years, the sheeple get sucked into believing all of the empty promises of the Democrat party and keep electing the same socialist career bloodsuckers. There's enough folks in this state that want a free ride on the backs of the working to keep these idiots in power.
Getting back to Cindy Sheehan, her notoriety was based on the kookie sentiment of Bush bashing over the past 8 years by obstructionist leftists who have no direction or plans of their own. It's so much easier to ridicule than to actualy work.......
Posted by Simon Westmoreland, a resident of the Bordeaux Estates neighborhood, on May 5, 2009 at 9:30 am
Cindy Sheehan - now there's a uber left-wing loon. She is such a loon that her family disowns her. She is like a poster child for the left-wing loons - someone that the loons can look up to a say "Oh, I wish I was as loony as Cindy Sheehan". Someone that the loons can get goose bumps over. She is so loony she runs against Nancy Pelosi, the Queen of the left-wing loons, because Sheehan believes Pelosi is not loony enough.
Pete, the reason you don't hear much anti-war stuff now, is because Obama walks on water. I expect any day now he will part the water. The left-wing loons are in a state of euphoria -- feeling their savior has arrived. In reality, itís a gang of thugs ("tough guys" as Obama likes to call them ala Rahm Emmanuel and Steve Rattner) that are running the Federal government now -- Chicago-style politics on a national scale. Ask the Chrysler bondholders - Obama (through Rattner) just made them an "offer they couldn't refuse". Since they refused the offer, lets see if any of them wind up swimming with the fishes or in the gulag.
Posted by Caroline Freeliner, a resident of the Happy Valley neighborhood, on May 5, 2009 at 9:39 am
Obama is a talking head (and one that has to have his teleprompters to avoid stepping on it). The real question is who is really in control. Is it George Soros, a consortium of left-wing billionaires, or someone even more scary? This country is in very, very deep doodoo.
Posted by Pete, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on May 5, 2009 at 9:42 am
Good comments all and making my point. How do we get term limits on our elected officials so that we do not get the same old same old year after year. You cannot convince that we are getting anything out of Robert Byrd afterall he cannot even know what is going on and how about Kennedy and his illness? There should be no more than 2 terms allowed for a senator and no more than 3 for a representative. Now as alluded to Obama cuts a deal with the UAW making them a secured lender which they are not and giving them 55% of Chrysler with nothing in and at the same time screwing the secured lenders by giving them nothing and then denouncing them on national television. This is against the law and is the opposite of what took place in all previous bankrupcies. How about United Airlines and what happened to their employees?
Posted by rockstar, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on May 5, 2009 at 10:53 am
Where is this "Obama walks on water" stuff coming from. The same could have been said about Bush for many people. I don't think most democrats think Obama walks on water.. Sure, around his actual election time many people were emotional as he is the first black president and that symbolized something big for the country and civil rights. That does not mean that people don't realize he is a person and makes mistakes. The big difference between him and Bush seem to be that Bush was so arrogant and pig-headed. He would never admit mistakes...and wouldn't go back and change anything after being further educated. I think it is actually a good thing that Obama is not afraid to change the date of troop withdrawal as things change and progress. He and his administration can't predict everything, wouldn't you rather have him do it right? Isn't that how life is? At least he is moving in the right direction. But no, he certainly isn't perfect, it would be great to get rid of the politicians and start over, but obviously none of us know how to do that, since sitting around typing on the computer certainly isn't helping anything. It's a matter of choosing from the less evil, and Bush was truly evil hiding behind a bible.
Posted by Pete, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on May 5, 2009 at 11:06 am
Rockstar, you don't really believe Bush was evil regardless of what you think of his policies no more than you could think that Obama is evil because he is against pouring some water down a terrorists throat but ok puncturing the skull of a baby and killing it when it is half out of the womb which is the legislation he authored?
Posted by rockstar, a resident of the Bordeaux Estates neighborhood, on May 5, 2009 at 2:52 pm
Wow, what a personal attack about our IQ's. You must really be a fan of Bush to resort to that. Clearly we "misunderestimated" you. Bush is well known for his brilliance. At times, I miss hearing him speak as well, Obama isn't nearly as funny. (in a bumbling village idiot kind of way)
Posted by Bob, a resident of the Bonde Ranch neighborhood, on May 5, 2009 at 3:12 pm
Rockstar, Pete, and John, you 3 seem as if you are just making a joke out of the direction the country is headed. Clinton, Bush, and now Obama were and are terrible and the rest of the world is laughing at us and you 3 make fun of them even though all of your combined IQ's are probably half of any of them and they are terrible. Good luck with the path we are on as I am to old to be impacted by it but I suspect the 3 of you will .
Posted by John, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on May 5, 2009 at 5:36 pm
We were headed nowhere fast with Bush. This country could not have survived another term with Bush. All kidding aside if bush didn't have an I.Q. issue, then he certainly had some major comminication problems. I go with both of the above. If I had voted for him I would have been embarrassed to admit it. I can't believe so many people couldn't see the vacant look in his eyes. I don't know if Obama is the answer to our problems but he can't (nobody could) make things worse.
Posted by Bob, a resident of the Bonde Ranch neighborhood, on May 5, 2009 at 5:44 pm
John in all seriousness I did not like Bush and do not like this guy either. I believe we need to remake our government as we are headed down a very slippery slope and if not careful it might be impossible to recover from 8 years of Bush and now maybe even worse from Obama. We cannot spend our way out of debt and fight two wars at the same time. I have never seen a country so divided and neither have the america haters. 41% love him, 39% hate him, and the other 20% are either ignorant or do not care. John I apologize for the IQ comment but real concerned as we all should be about where we are going.
Posted by Right Wing Extremist, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm
All of you have the opportunity to continue with your freedom of speech - no matter how stupid you sound - because Bush moved the war to THEM. I don't care what you say, write or delusionally believe. The thing is, W, MY PRESIDENT, kept us safe. Let's see what wing-nut who only has "textbook theories" and can't speak without a telepromter can do to keep us safe. Our enemies are laughing at us and are becoming emboldened with his stupid unicorn fantasies about "one world peace". At least with W, they weren't laughing at him to his face, they were laughing at him from afar and keeping their head down knowing the Sheriff was on duty with a loaded rifle pointed at them. The glee club is now protecting our nation because of the ridiculous and baseless character cuts of a man who history will revere as honorable. Historians will gasp at the chance we had to maintain our culture and will see all of you as the reason Islam extremists spread and infected the US. Wake up and realize the only 'change' YOUR president wanted was two fold: the free market principles that have made our country great, and the money in your pocket. I'll take my apology in advance since you'll be apologizing to the rest of us who STILL support President George W. Bush when the full realization of just what you have done comes to fruition. Keep cheering for a loser. Keep letting go of your true liberties in exchance for government control. Keep it up - you're about to get what you never thought you would.
Posted by Good to hear, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 5, 2009 at 6:03 pm
Thank you RWE for your comments.
I agree with you. No one is perfect and Bush never said he was. He was humble, didn't "strut", was willing to poke fun at himself and never threatened to shut down people who didn't like him.
He protected us and I would prefer that than any silly upholding of "virtue" in war. Kill the one responsible for killing our countrymen on 9/11 and the greater war on terror, end it and live peacefully. I get it. Why can't others??
Posted by eleni, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 5, 2009 at 6:23 pm
"Kill the one responsible for killing our countrymen on 9/11 and the greater war on terror, end it and live peacefully. I get it. Why can't others??"
Who have we killed exactly that was responsible for 9/11?? Saddam Hussein certainly was not. This is the whole problem with this war. It is not a country that is responsible.... it is a very small pocket of people who have been successfully hiding in multiple countries. It is obviously not won in the traditional way. I mean come on, Osama Bin Laden is still out there sending TV messages, how humiliating is that. I find it hard to believe that Al Qaeda is so scared of us when "Sherriff" Bush never even found his #1 man. The war (bush and his administration) has gotten us absolutely nowhere. All it has done is completely screwed up the economy...
Posted by new yorker, a member of the Foothill High School community, on May 5, 2009 at 6:29 pm
RWE--- wow, I don't even know what to say. You are so paranoid. Have you been taking your medication? I'm a New Yorker. Was in the city for 9/11. People who were there do not have the PTSD that you seem to. Maybe you should move to middle america where you can be safe from those islamic extremists trying to "spread and infect the US".
Posted by Franklin, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on May 5, 2009 at 7:00 pm
Cheers to RWE and right on as you are 100% correct and for that we should forever be greatful. His only mistake was not being conservative enough in terms of spending but he looks like a piker next to Obama. If anyone has travelled abroad and especially in the middle east you would know that we are hated by the muslim world and they will not stop until they think we are finished either from within by the likes of Obama or by terrorist activities. I do not think we will be hit as I find it hard to believe that they could do more damage to our culture, economy, and society than being done currently by Obama and the liberal left. The left is nervous as they have nobody to blame now as it is all them. President, house, senate, california all democrats and now we will see true damage. We elected a guy as president with no executive experience, never had a job, and only held an office for 1.5 years and campaigned most of that time. Get him away from a teleprompter and he is lost. Yes we did a nice job with this guy and I just hope the next conservative president can fix the mess he leaves us in. Just look at what the liberals have done to our wonderful state. Debt up the you know what, no industry as it has been chased out, no tax revenue, all the rich leaving the state, highest state in the nation, highest sales tax, poor services, immigration problems. Yep just a sample of what they will do to the US.
Posted by Franklin, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on May 5, 2009 at 9:13 pm
Sorry Huh,never met RWE but sounds like a great guy but I suspect there are at least 48,000,000 million of us as we could not stomach voting for a Maxist and the reality of it is that our numbers are going to grow as people will get fed up with being unemployed and overtaxed and time is on our side. Remember that in the last 40 years the most popular president after 100 days was Jimmy Carter and he led to long revolution of conservative ideas which always work and high tax and high unemployment never do. By the way I do not drink.
Posted by RWE OH, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 5, 2009 at 10:03 pm
Well said, Franklin. It's good to know we have a friend in town. RWE is actually a great gal -- I should know as her Other Half. And we enjoyed a couple of cans of Sprite over dinner tonight :-). As my favorite talk show host puts it in one of his books, and the current administration proves over and over, "Liberalism is a mental disorder".