Obama Inspires Confidence Today in Dallas

In 2008 I had the privilege of hearing candidate Obsma at Reuinin Arena in Dallas, during the campaign. There was standing room only in the arena that held 17,000 people.  When the results of the 2008 election were final, Dallas celebrated the victory.

While most of Texas is Republican, the two most populated cities, Houston and Dallas, favored Obama.

Today our President was back in Dallas.  Much has happened since the election of 2008. America has been so focused on the economic problems that we have forgotten much of what this man has accomplished. He won the Nobel Prize.   It was under the direction of Barack Obama that we located and completed a precision raid on the compound of Osama Bin Laden.

The first bill signed by Obama was the Lily Ledbetter Act, requiring equal pay for women.

He appointed two women to the Supreme Court, one of whom is Hispanic.

Nationalized health care was passed.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed. 

He negotiated a $20 Billion fund to provide immediate help for the families affected by the Gulf Oil Spill.

Under Obama’s leadership we have begun to bring our troops home from Iraq.We still have 40,000 troops there and the war has cost over $900 Billion Dollars. 

President Obama took the heat for bailing out the auto industry. Both GM and Chrysler were bailed out of unmanageable debt by the federal government, by making loans to the companies of roughly $50 Billion Dollars. GM has already repaid almost $7 Billion dollars. GM has added shifts and rehired laid-off workers. GM is profitable. The US auto industry is growing stronger and has gained 55,000 jobs at a time when we desperately need more jobs in the country.

What would President Obama talk about in this 30 minute luncheon presentation? Would he have the courage to address the economic issues facing the country? The presentation began with a video presentation which served as a reminder of the accomplishment of his administration over the last three years, and the importance of the next four years.

He emphasized the importance of the passage of the American Jobs Bill. The need to put pressure on Congress NOW was emphasized. It is not about the 2012 election but about creating jobs NOW. He emphasized that the importance of creating new jobs can’t wait for the election of 2012.

In a brave move he addressed taxes. It was a brave move because the luncheon was a fund raiser where tickets were $500.00 each. Thus many of the people in the audience were the very people who would be in the top 1% who would realize an increase in taxes. The President explained that many Americans, like Warren Buffet, feel like an increase in taxes is necessary to get the country back on the road to recovery and to reducing the debt. Speaking to the audience in an honest and direct way the President explained that taxpayers don’t like to pay taxes, and they would never volunteer to pay more. But we have to ask! By raising taxes for the wealthiest 1% of Americans, we come closer to resolving the debt which is spiraling out of control.

The luncheon resulted in raising more than $1,000,000.00 for the President’s re-election campaign. Without doubt the economic crisis facing the United States is worse than any other in my lifetime. However the Jobs Bill is a very specific and reasonable approach towards getting people back to work.  If this plan is not accepted by Congress, it is clear the Republicans are motivated by political considerations, and not what is in the best interest of the country. Political considerations are what got us into this mess, and if we are to dig ourselves out it must be a united effort of all the politicians in office.  How absurd to oppose a bill because it might help the country which might mean that the President would receive favorable reviews in Nov of 2012 and be reelected.  Are politicians so focused on the hope for failure of President Obama, that they would refuse to vote to restore stability to our national economy?


KatieAnnieOakley sent this picture of the superheroes that you will recognize.  Thanks for sharing Katie!

18 thoughts on “Obama Inspires Confidence Today in Dallas

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    1. daisydem,
      I have tried not to make this blog too much about Obama, but I just couldn’t help myself hearing him speak today. It is so important to remember what has been accomplished, and what he inherited.


  1. I worked hard to elect President Obama in 2008 and I want to do the same in 2012. I think he is a truly remarkable man, not a perfect man, but a remarkable one – he is empathic, he is intelligent, he understands what needs to be done and he is a courageous man. That everything we grass-roots workers wanted has not yet come to fruition since Inauguration Day 2009 can be laid at the feet of the Republican Party in Congress, traitors to a person for their refusal to work with the President to restore all that had been destroyed by the eight years of the Bush administration.


    1. Beaglemom,
      I’m with you! I had never been involved politically until the 2008 election. Obama said after the election that he was scared of what he had to deal with upon taking office, and any intelligent person facing what he had to face would be petrified! He has accomplished so much and could do so much more if he didn’t have to deal with so much opposition. I’ll be with you campaigning in 2012. Malia


  2. The answer to your question, is yes. The hate that some of the republicans have for Obama is difficult for most of us to understand.
    The night Obama won the election and most of cried at the renewal of our countries promise there were an equal number of haters that vowed to do anything to make sure that Pres. Obama failed.
    His opposition will not come around to reasonableness, they will fight with everything they can muster to replace him. No matter how many people suffer!
    I live in the red part of Florida and I see the hate being displayed every day. We’ll have to really work hard to get Obama elected again.


    1. bc,
      It is so amazing to me that the opposition is willing to sacrifice the best interest of the country for political gain. Obama is going to need a lot of help, but the country will need even more if one of the Republicans should be elected. None are strong enough to weather the storm ahead. Obama is.


    1. KatieAnnieOakly,
      Loved it!!! I’m going to add it right now to the post just to make sure everyone else sees it. Thanks! Malia


  3. Thanks for this post Malia.Our president never gets enough credit for what he has been able to accomplish.There is none ending criticism from the republicans who don’t care about the country and their only agenda is to make Obama a one term president.And then we have the right wingers and the tea baggers who just critcize with no apparent aim and the fakes like palin and Beck and Limbaugh who seek to line their own pockets at the expense of our duly elected president.I suspect none of these idiots has heard the old saying of united we stand divided we fall.Let me close by saying God bless President Obama and God bless America.


    1. Neil,
      Thanks for your support. I know the economy is a mess and most of the country blames him. I don’t agree with everything he’s done, but who could have done better? Certainly all the remarkable things he has accomplished in three short years is remarkable. We just need Congress to do their job and help him pass the Jobs bill, and I predict the economy would be much improved by next November.


    1. Sarah Palin has a serpent’s heart,
      He is an amazing speaker! He was personable, down to earth, adapted his talk to his Dallas audience, and got his message across. It was inspiring!


  4. Beautiful post, Malia. I am so impressed with President Obama. As a gay, disabled veteran who personally fought the VA for + 5 years for VA disability based on PTSD/MST, I publicly thank the president for what he has done for those in my circumstances. Thanks to changes in the rules, many deserving veterans are now receiving benefits who would not have otherwise done so. And what the president has done for gay active duty military members is a spectacular achievement – long overdue.

    President Obama is smart, competent, a great thinker and debater and a respected world leader. To me it is unthinkable that the US would turn to a Republican, especially someone like Perry or Bachman to lead us through the present fog.

    I also believe that given the way the political parties operate in the US – in Congress – there is no president of any party who can be our savior. President Obama is a gem. He could become a great president like FDR and a great world leader if only the party of No would understand that they are blocking the welfare and survival of the American people and the nation itself (One change that would work – it was just discussed on “Morning Joe”- is for the Senate to adopt the 51` vote rule).

    Thank you, Mr. President. I honor you and have the utmost respect for you.


  5. Malia, thanks for another excellent post. In spite of all of the obstruction he dealt with, Obama has accomplished a lot. One of the most amazing things is his war on terror. We listened to 8 years of schoolyard threats and taunts followed by a waste of trillions of dollars with minimal results. Over the past three years, Obama has been quietly removing the management of the terrorist movement. He’s been exponentially more effective and efficient than the Republican leaders in defending us.


    1. aj,
      He doesn’t get enough credit for his war on terror! When we are NOT the victim of an attack, nobody notices. Protecting the country should be his #1 priority,and he has done a great job at that!


    1. Wireless internet keyboard,
      Thanks for reading, and I hope that the comment that was deleted wasn’t on this blog! thanks, Malia


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