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Americans renew lease with Obama

President Barack Obama waves as he walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha at his election night party Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

President Barack Obama waves as he walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha at his election night party Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

WASHINGTON (AP) — His lease renewed in trying economic times, President Barack Obama claimed a second term from an incredibly divided electorate and immediately braced for daunting challenges and progress that comes only in fits and starts.

"We have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come," Obama said.

The same voters who gave Obama four more years in office also elected a divided Congress, sticking with the dynamic that has made it so hard for the president to advance his agenda. Democrats retained control of the Senate; Republicans kept their House majority.

It was a sweet victory Tuesday night for Obama, but nothing like the jubilant celebration in 2008, when his hope-and-change election as the nation's first black president captivated the world. This time, Obama ground it out with a stay-the-course pitch that essentially boiled down to a plea for more time to make things right and a hope that Congress will be more accommodating than in the past.

The vanquished Republican, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, tried to set a more conciliatory tone on the way off the stage.

"At a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering," Romney said after a campaign filled with it. "Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work."

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, spoke of a dual mandate. "If there is a mandate, it is a mandate for both parties to find common ground and take steps together to help our economy grow and create jobs," he said.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky had a more harsh assessment.

"The voters have not endorsed the failures or excesses of the president's first term," McConnell said. "They have simply given him more time to finish the job they asked him to do together" with a balanced Congress.

Obama won at least 303 electoral votes to 206 for Romney, with 270 needed for victory, and had a near-sweep of the nine most hotly contested states.

But the close breakdown in the popular vote showed Americans' differences over how best to meet the nation's challenges. With more than 90 percent of precincts reporting, the popular vote went 50 percent for Obama to 48.4 percent for Romney, a businessman-turned-politician. Romney had argued that Obama failed to turn around the economy and he said it was time for a new approach that combined lower taxes and a less intrusive government.

Obama's re-election means his signature health care overhaul will endure, as will the Wall Street overhaul enacted after the economic meltdown. The drawdown of troops in Afghanistan will continue apace. With an aging roster of justices, the president probably will have at least one more nomination to the Supreme Court.

The most pressing challenges immediately ahead for the 44th president are all too familiar: an economy still baby-stepping its way toward full health; 23 million people out of work or in search of better jobs; civil war in Syria; a menacing standoff over Iran's nuclear program.

Sharp differences with Republicans in Congress on taxes, spending, deficit reduction, immigration and more await. While Republicans control the House, Democrats have at least 52 votes in the Senate and Republicans 45. One newly elected independent isn't saying which party he'll side with, and races in Montana and North Dakota were not yet called.

Votes also were being counted Wednesday in the Montana and Washington gubernatorial races.

Even before Obama gets to his second inaugural on Jan. 20, he must deal with the threatened "fiscal cliff." A combination of automatic tax increases and steep across-the-board spending cuts are set to take effect in January if Washington doesn't quickly reach a budget deal. Experts have warned that the economy could tip back into recession with an agreement.

Despite long lines at polls in many places, turnout overall looked to be down from four years ago as the president pieced together a winning coalition of women, young people, minorities and lower-income voters that reflected the country's changing demographics. Obama's superior ground organization in the most contested states was critical to his success.

Obama's victory speech — he'd written a concession, too, just in case — reflected the realities of the rough road ahead.

"By itself the recognition that we have common hopes and dreams won't end all the gridlock, or solve all our problems or substitute for the painstaking work of building consensus and making the difficult compromises needed to move this country forward," Obama said.

"But that common bond is where we must begin. Our economy is recovering. A decade of war is ending. A long campaign is now over, and whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you and you have made me a better president."

The president said he hoped to meet with Romney and discuss how they can work together. They may have battled fiercely, he said, "but it's only because we love this country deeply."

Romney's short concession — he'd only prepared an acceptance speech — was a gracious end note after a grueling campaign.

He wished the president's family well and told subdued supporters in Boston, "I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader and so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation."

Obama won even though exit polls showed that only about 4 in 10 voters thought the economy is getting better, just one-quarter thought they're better off financially than four years ago and a little more than half think the country is on the wrong track.

But even now, four years after George W. Bush left office, voters were more likely to blame Bush than Obama for the fix they're in.

Elsewhere on the ballot, voters in Maine and Maryland became the first to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote while Washington state and Colorado legalized recreational use of marijuana.

The most expensive presidential campaign in history, at $2 billion plus, targeted people in the nine states that determined the outcome, and the two sides drenched voters there with more than a million ads, the overwhelming share of them negative.

Obama claimed at least seven of those states, most notably Ohio, seen as the big prize. He also prevailed in Iowa, New Hampshire, Colorado, Nevada, Virginia and Wisconsin. Romney got North Carolina.

Florida was too close to call Wednesday morning. The unofficial count had Obama with a 46,000-vote lead, but Florida historically has left as many as 5 percent of its votes uncounted until after Election Day.

Overall, Obama won 25 states and the District of Columbia. Romney won 24 states.

It was a more measured victory than four years ago, when Obama claimed 365 electoral votes to Arizona Sen. John McCain's 173, and won 53 percent of the popular vote.

Preliminary figures indicate fewer people participated this time. Associated Press figures showed that about 118 million people had voted in the White House race, but that number will rise as more votes are counted. In 2008, 131 million people voted, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Obama was judged by 53 percent of voters to be more in touch with people like them. More good news for him was that 6 in 10 voters said taxes should be increased, and that nearly half of voters said taxes should be increased on incomes over $250,000, as Obama has called for.

Obama's list of promises to keep includes many holdovers he was unable to deliver on in his first term, such as rolling back tax cuts for upper-income people, overhauling immigration policy and reducing federal deficits.

A second term is sure to produce turnover in his Cabinet. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has made it clear he wants to leave at the end of Obama's first term but is expected to remain in the post until a successor is confirmed. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama's rival for the presidency four years ago, is ready to leave. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta isn't expected to stay on.

To the end, the presidential race was a nail-biter. About 1 in 10 voters said they'd only settled on their choice in the last few days or even on Election Day, and they were closely divided between Obama and Romney. Nearly 1 percent of voters went for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, who was on the ballot in 48 states.

In an election offering sharply different views on the role of government, voters ultimately narrowly tilted toward Obama's approach.

"We have seen growth in the economy," said 25-year-old Matt Wieczorek, a registered Republican from Cincinnati who backed the president. "Maybe not as fast as we want it to be, but Obama has made a difference and I don't want to see that growth come to an end."

Notwithstanding his victory, Obama will lead a nation with plenty of people who were ready for a change.

"The last four years have been crap," said 73-year-old Marvin Cleveland, a Romney supporter in Roseville, Minn. "Let's try something else."

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 11 months ago

Can't say that I am surprised by the outcome.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Looked like a repeat of the last election, same states won and lost. If they went by the popular vote, the results might have been different. Actually glad it's over. I was getting tired of hearing about this election. Time to move on.

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1d2ec 1 year, 11 months ago

Hope you can still laugh 4 years from now when Obama has to pay up to the Clinton's without who's help you would't laughing now.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 11 months ago

Obama is the man!!!! VSU is the Vomit.....

hahahahaha!!!!!

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Threat removed. hell the Threat just got voted in.

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rightasrain 1 year, 11 months ago

Obama will consider this his confirmation of being the "anointed one", savior, messiah; lock 'n load folks, we are headed into hell under the dictatorship of this evil. He will continue his support of Islam over the U.S., will continue to destroy our economy, and now has his 2008 "mandate" to "fundamentally change this country". Obviously a lot of blind folks "leaned forward" which is just political speak for, "I'm going to screw you for four more years." All you Obama suckers enjoy the feeling.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 11 months ago

Obama is not leading you to hell. With all the hatred you harbor for Obama and African Americans, you're well on your way.

I definitely will enjoy these 4 extra years of Obama, "cause I' am an Obama Sucker! lol

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

You are right about one thing. You are a sucker.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 11 months ago

And you are as ignorant as anyone can get. Remember...They have plane waiting on all of you Obama haters to take you away from Obamanation! lol

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Be quiet coach Dee!

Dee Dee Dee Doo Doo Doo Da Corch has been eating too much Poo.

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TheMember 1 year, 11 months ago

AuntieDee you could not be further from the truth. Not once has anyone in this platform called Obama any racial names. The fact is, blacks are far more racist than any group out there. Over 95% of black Americans voted for Obama, why? Color of skin!!! Nobody can tell me different. It is a crying shame that the people, black and white do not have enough sense to see the direction he is putting us in over the last 4 years. Racist? Look at his supporters in Chicago last night, very few blacks, mostly ignorant whites who have no idea what the big picture looks like, they are only concerned with their own little agenda, such as: abortion, gay marriage, etc. Don't try to tell us we are racists when the fact is clear, blacks are the most racist group ever.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Great point Member! But if you are familiar with coachjohnson42 aka bubbasmithredneck and his childish trash talk, well Auntie Dee is just another person under coachjohnson42. That explains the ignorancy.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 11 months ago

Y'all are just too funny (and stupid). Bush really got y'all messed up. Call me racist if you want too. Yes, I voted for Obama. It's my choice, my prerogative.

Now lets talk about who represents a racisit. What about the caucasian person who is mad with other caucasians for voting for Obama. You talk out of both sides of your mouth. Just hush! Your ignorancy is shining through.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

You voted for Obama? Well Golly, good for you, never would have thought that. What do you want a cookie? You didn't give a reason why you voted for Obuma. Not mad at the white people for voting fror Obuma, just saying Obuma would not have won without the white vote. Which shows the whites are not racist. How many black people voted for Romney? Yeah, thought so. I voted for Romney because I don't think Obuma did a good job, lied to the people and did not keep his promises. Said he would lower the dept, instead all he did was raise the debt. You can't add $5 to 10$ and lower it to zero. I don't feel safe with Obama as president. He dropped the ball on the Libya attack by Al Qaeda trying to convince everybody it was just a backlash on that film, then he went to sleep to get up the next morning to campaign for his re-election. He has not shown that he cares about this country and the country will only become weaker. I am sure Al Qaeda is glad Obuma got re-elected. they can continue to rebuild and get stronger and get ready for their next move. I gave my reasons but you did not give me your reasons, but don't bother, because we know you only voted for Obuma because he was black.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 11 months ago

Oh...Now I see. It's okay that blacks voted for whites in past years. We were not raciest then. I guess we were Uncle Toms. Now that a strong and smart black man steps up to plate we are all racist because we voted for him. How stupid and ridiculous you sound! Shirley Chisolm ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 1972. We could have voted her in if we were racist. We coukd have also voted for Jesse Jackson. There is a time and a season for everything. This is Obama's Season. So for what reason did 100% of whites vote for Tricky Dick (Nixon) or "I Can't Recollect Reagan'?

Now what was the reason you voted for Romney? I know, becasue Obama is a black man. That's your reason. You see, Romney is only for the rich and well-to-do. But you too stupid to realize that you, like me, are part of that 47%. You'd better be thanking God that Obama is your President and not Romney. But again, you too ignorant to do thank. You probably thinking, God is black man too cause he allowed Obama to be President...AGAIN!

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TheMember 1 year, 11 months ago

So wrong, Romney showed he can run a business, which tells me can improve the economy. Let me know how many of the 47% creates jobs, they, you are too busy taking in from the rest of us.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 11 months ago

Romney a good business man? You have got to be kidding! Employees were laid off at three companies that went bankrupt after being taken over by Bain Capital. The private equity group owned by Romney took over the company, fired its workers, then invited them to reapply for jobs with lower benefits. When Romney and Bain took over the mill, they loaded it up with millions in debt and within months, they used some of that borrowed money to pay themselves millions. Within a decade, the debt kept growing and was so large the company was forced into bankruptcy. So that's good business to you? You proved my point...Bush got y'all messed up and now Romney just put the seal on your ignorance.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

And a lot of people lost jobs under the Obuma administration as well. Yeah, they replaced some, while at the same time others were losing their jobs. Obama stopped that pipeline from Canada that could have brought us oil and made us less dependent on other countries, but Obama stopped that causing several people to lose their jobs.

If you want to stare ignorance in the face, go look in your closest mirror. Coach Dee!

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TheMember 1 year, 11 months ago

You are killing me with your ignorance and entitlement mentality. He bought and sold businesses, some (most) he saved and some, well they could not be saved. The employees were part of the fallout and would have lost their jobs either way. They are not entitled to a job. We don't have money machines and just get what we want for nothing. So, now that the entitlement generation continues, please provide me with your pointers on how to get one of those credit cards with the peaches on them and the free cell phone and let me know how I get more than 1 because I know I will talk more than 250 minutes while sitting on my rear end. I think we can double the entitlement program if we all sit together. Thanks for nothing, idiot.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

The blacks voted for whites in the past because they were the only ones running, they had no choice but to vote for them or not vote at all. Duh! With the exception of Jesse Jackson & Al Sharpton, but they never made it past the first round. And the whites who voted for Obuma is the main reason he got voted president. How many black people voted against Obuma? Duh again!

And god is a black man, we knolw you've been smoking too much of that stuff now.Using your logic, perhaps the devil is black and he is the one that put Obuma there.

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TheMember 1 year, 11 months ago

Also, show me Allen West for President and I will show you a vote from me, but he is a little too honest for you, I guess.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 11 months ago

Mu business will be taken out of Doughtery Co. I have unfriended all the Democrats. Republicans do not have to spend their money in know Democratic businesses. I will give to no one who sends money to NY, NJ or watch any of the morning or night news channels again. My life my be alot duller, but it is my life and we can all have our say.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 11 months ago

Let me know where you move your business to...I will be more than happy to use your services (whatever they are).

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Jimboob 1 year, 11 months ago

Canada is nice this time of year... It's called a democracy. You don't always get what you want. But you can get over it.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 11 months ago

Actually, JimBOOB, and notice I say BOOB, the United States is a constitutional republic not a democracy. This is basic high school government class stuff. I guess by your statement that you failed government class.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

If canada is so nice then what is stopping you from going over there?

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AuntieDee 1 year, 11 months ago

Ummm....How soon are you leaving? Bon Voyage!

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AuntieDee 1 year, 11 months ago

Russia is accepting all Obama Haters! Send us a postcard to let us know you arrived safely.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

I heard hell was accepting all Obama lovers. Why not take the first plane out coach.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 11 months ago

Da corch would be a great in flight missile repair man. Da Corch, BSR and BVR should be familliar with hell because that is all he gets in this forum. :)

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

If we are lucky, maybe the missile will blow up in his face.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 11 months ago

Naw, they say you got the last ticket. Sorry.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

We know you are sorry, now apologize and get back on that plane to hell.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 11 months ago

And China will grant citizenship to all who don't go to Russia--better start learning Mandarin!!

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ittybittyme 1 year, 11 months ago

Four more years and this joke of a president is gone....can't wait!!!

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GG126 1 year, 11 months ago

Hillary Clinton for President 2016!!

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fcarroll 1 year, 11 months ago

Not only can we bend over and kiss our ass goodbye but so can the ones that elected him. We better hit the gas pumps early this morning before the prices goes even higher than ever. And FlunkyMoney you are once again right, the Americans, true one that is did not elect him again.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 11 months ago

You give rednecks a bad name....No wonder people think a redneck is ignorant. You prove it daily

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

He is not a redneck, he is that stupid assed coachjohnson42 posting as BSR.

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billybob 1 year, 11 months ago

What makes you think gas will go up overnight based on who won the election? That doesn't make any sense.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 11 months ago

The only asses that are bending this morning are Mitt's, yours and the rest of the Obama Haters. Tuck your tail, get a grip, and stop whining!

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Why not stop trash talking? You are only proving you are poorer sports then those that wanted Obama to lose.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 11 months ago

AuntieDee is awesome!!!!! Go Auntie!!!!

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Shut up coach, only dumbasses pat themselves on the back. It's sad you can't get no one to agree with you, so you have to post as other people to agree with yourself. You are a sick lonely puppy that needs mental help.

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lynn227 1 year, 11 months ago

Congratulations, Mr. President! The saddest part of the evening? It was watching a grown man who couldn't lose, graciously. I wouldn't think Romney would want to be remembered for pouting instead of out there making an immediate concession speech. At least McCain had more class.

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 11 months ago

You obviously didn't watch Romney's concessions speach. I thought he showed a lot of class. "Pouting?" You've got to be kidding me.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

You're delusional! Romney showed more class than Obuma ever has.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

lynn227 is probably coachjohnson42 as well.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 11 months ago

I guess everybody who is a winner and smarter than you is coachjohnson42........hahahahaha

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Shut up coach! No one is dumber than you.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 11 months ago

The people have spoken!!!! Thank you Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and other awesome states that elected our man Barack Obama!!! FOUR MORE YEARS!!!!! YEA!!!!!!!!!

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 11 months ago

Heeeey, Sister Ruby!!!!! Where are you??????? Guess who ......

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fcarroll 1 year, 11 months ago

Elected by blind people that had someone putting their finger on the vote to cast. I had to show proof of who i am, they did not. News showed a woman 106 yrs old that had never voted before with the aid of a friend placing the womans finger on the vote. True americans did not vote this man in again. Look at the victory parties. And when i saw Romnery lose, he was very gracious about his loss. He made a very nice concession speech.

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billybob 1 year, 11 months ago

Oh please. Obama won more than half the popular vote as well as the electoral vote. You have the right to be disappointed, but the outcome is not disputed.

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GG126 1 year, 11 months ago

I voted for President Obama and I am just as much an American as you are.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 11 months ago

His speech was nice. I was happy he made that concession speech......

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badheavychevy 1 year, 11 months ago

Where is Donald Trump now???? I wonder what he is saying now. All that money spent to defeat the president is down the toilet. That money could have been used to invest in more jobs in this poor economy.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Another version of the troll.

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fcarroll 1 year, 11 months ago

That is what Obama promised to do 4 yrs ago and has not fullfilled one of his promises yet.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

And he won't fulfill any of his promises this time either. Last time he promised to lower the dept, but instead raised it, and he told the same lie again this time in his campaign.

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badheavychevy 1 year, 11 months ago

This is a time to reflect on the election.......what was the deciding factor???

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Don't leave out The Dumb, Dumber & Dumbest.

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GG126 1 year, 11 months ago

Comments like this is the main reason the GOP lost the election and is dying a slow death.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

And I suppose those stupid asinine comments made from coachjohnson42 aka bubbasmithredneck and his other usernames is the reason Obama got elected. That theory of yours holds no water.

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tywebb 1 year, 11 months ago

the country is getting soft and not as many people take responsibility for their own lives and decisions (wonder where they get that from). Too many people are getting more and more by doing less and less. I guess it's just self-pride. it's tempting to some (obviously more than anyone thought), but my pride would never allow me to mooch off of everyone else. I feel that if I want food, shelter, health care, that I need to work for it myself. The deciding factor is that, now, in America, there are more people who want the government to provide more and more for them while they are not willing (and yes, i know some are not able) to work for their own interests.

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Spike 1 year, 11 months ago

My fellow Americans. The election is over. The people have spoken. Lets do what we've done for 237 years. Time to roll up our sleeves and regardless of which side you WERE on the race is over and we have work to do TOGETHER. While my choice for president did not materialize I respect our laws and our country's process as better than any other in the world. I invite those who voted with me for Romney to accept the results and work together with our fellow Americans. We have 4 years ahead of us before we have another election. We can waste them complaining or give it our best and show the world that DEMOCRACY is the best choice.

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tywebb 1 year, 11 months ago

Great day for Socialism, though!

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billybob 1 year, 11 months ago

Why? How is our country more socialist because Obama was re-elected?

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 11 months ago

Invest in jobs? Why? So the tax dollars generated can be used to support those so damned lazy they won't wipe their own butts? I fully intend to pay off as many bills as I possibly can so that by the end of next year, I will be able to quit work. I'll be damned if I am going to support another bastard child of a woman who can drop one every year just to get food stamps....or the illegal who is crying because they can't get seen in an emergency room fast enough...or the child of an illegal who is going to school FREE while a student born in this country is scratching their heads wondering how in the hell they are going to pay for college. BE WARNED.....YOU HAVE ONE MORE YEAR TO LIVE FREE OFF MY TAX DOLLARS...use it wisely for the buck will stop in 12 months!

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USTPC 1 year, 11 months ago

I love the thought and I hate to burst the bubble but unless you sell all your property, buy no food, service or material items, use no electricity or other utilities, walk or ride a bike everywhere you go you will still pay taxes to the government.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 11 months ago

Yea but with all the freebies I will be getting, it will offset....

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Bulldawg 1 year, 11 months ago

I think that Obama should thank everyone that voted for him by just spending his voters tax dollars instead of spending OUR money. I think it only fair that his voters should pay for his agenda. After all, Obama continually says that we need to pay our fair share. Let the stupidity spew from BSR, CJ42 and BSR in three..., two... one.....

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billybob 1 year, 11 months ago

Would you have felt the same had Romney won? He should have governed using only his voters' tax dollars?

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Jax 1 year, 11 months ago

Romney voters make up the majority of the tax base anyway. Many Obama supporters just voted to stick their hands in the pockets of the those that pay taxes.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 11 months ago

I am so glad that you finally realized that. It's another form of socialism. The have nots taking from the haves and doing nothing to contribute to society in the process. The are too many people in the wagon and not enough people pulling the wagon.

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Jax 1 year, 11 months ago

"I'm so glad you finally realized that."? I know you don't mean "you" as in "Jax." I've realized the inherent dangers of democracy long before you and VSU split up and started commenting as two people. I have no idea what on earth I may have said that would indicate I don't understand the concept of voting for a living.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Me and Bulldawg split up and started commenting as two people? You must be coachjohnson under yet another name cause he is the only one that comments under various names. The other day I was accused of being the same person as Ty webb, now me and bulldawg are the same people. Too many people smoking that stuff. I am sure it is not the first time you've been wrong and I am sure it won't be the last. I am a bulldog fan and I respect Bulldawg, but we are not the same person. Better luck next time.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 11 months ago

My whole point is that Romney would not frivolusly spend our hard earned money. So, no, I would not feel the same way because Romney believes like most smart people that you cannot spend your way out of debt. This is econ 101. I assume by your misguided comment that you like the other half of confused America voted for Obama.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Another good point Bulldawg.

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billybob 1 year, 11 months ago

What makes you think Romney wouldn't spend money frivilously? He is the architect of the healthcare law as it is based on the one he implemented in Massachussetts. I'm assuming you are against the new healthcare law.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

Our Scripture passage for today comes from Romas chapter 1:18-26 -- For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools.....For this reason God gave them over

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B4it 1 year, 11 months ago

Amen Sister_ it is truly a sad and depressing day to see these results for BHO. The foolish and shallow thinking "dumb masses" have been lied to for so long they don't even realize what they have done. Watch this dictator want-a-be try to change the rules so that he can run again in 2016.

However, it was good to see so many in Dougherty County support Lane Price for the School Board. Now it is time for them to fire Murfree, and get rid of June Bug.

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 11 months ago

I cant believe America is this stupid! Maybe we dont deserve to exist, cause after the next four years, we may not.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

When the dumb people outnumber the smarter people, what else could you expect. Look at the stupid posts above written by CJ42 & co. This is a prime example of the mentality and intellect or should I say lack of intellect of Obuma's voting base.

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Dino58 1 year, 11 months ago

You and your followers have spoken with such hatred throughout this process. Now you fall back on scripture at you convenience. You should be ashamed!

What about the scriptures that speak to some of the negativity and hate that you have spread about your fellow man?

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B4it 1 year, 11 months ago

Dino - How dare you accuse those in disagreement with the policies of this admin for speaking "hatred" and trying to chastise others for quoting scripture. This is your own form of "hatred". See it for what it is. Just because someone disagrees, does not mean they hate. Now is the appropriate time to be quoting scripture so that others can see and hear the TRUTH of what God has said.

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billybob 1 year, 11 months ago

All of this nonsense in the bible never seems to workout. If you truly believe that god has a hand in everything (he doesn't because he doesn't exist) then it was his will that Obama win.

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billybob 1 year, 11 months ago

The devil is more powerful than god? Weren't millions of Christians praying for a Romney win? They're prayers went unanswered, I guess. Oh wait, I got it... If Romney won, it would have been because it was god's will but Obama winning meant it was Satan.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

I believe you meant "their prayers" Based on all the sin going on today, and with god being taken out of everything, prayers taken out of school, it looks to me that the Devil has taken over and was smiling up at the people last night..

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B4it 1 year, 11 months ago

Billybob = Just curious. Why is it so important to you to try to convince believers that there is no God? When you compare believers in God and their peaceful way of trying to live their lives within a society, why would you want to take that away from them. When you compare believers with say, the radical muslims in this world whose mission is to KILL people like you and me, why would you want to discourage those who do believe in God to provide a peaceful way of living?

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 11 months ago

Because blah blah blah he was a Christian once blah blah blah he did his research blah blah blah he is convinced there is no God.

He makes contentious statements to get a reaction out of Christians. Don't be confused, he is just another atheist with unresolved issues who thinks he is an intellectual because he doesn't believe in a god.

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billybob 1 year, 11 months ago

Muslims are believers too. They just believe in a different version of god. The same for Hinuds, Krishnas and on and on and on. I point out the fallicies of Christianity because I think society will improve when people realize god is imaginary and use intellect and reason instead of relying on an invisible being for which there is no evidence to solve their problems.

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B4it 1 year, 11 months ago

What a lame response. I did not say muslims were not believers. Radical muslims however have a mission to KILL us. Why would their god want to eliminate a human just because they do not believe the same way? This is not a peaceful way of living. So if Christians believe there is a God, and those teachings are the basis for living in a society in a peaceful and lawful way, again, why would you want to take that away? What in society do you think will improve if there is no higher authority? Who then makes the rules - man, or radical muslims, or Heaven forbid, You?

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 11 months ago

You took the bait...I tried to warn you. He is as bad as CJ42...

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billybob 1 year, 11 months ago

Is a Christian society more peaceful than a Hindu society? Or one based on Buddhism? As far as punishing people for not believing the same way you want them to believe... have you even read the Old Testament? And doesn't the bible say eternal damnation awaits those who don't follow the Christian faith? And yes, man makes the rules now. That should be obvious as laws and customs vary from nation to nation.

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 11 months ago

I missed you so much Sister_Ruby! So glad you are back. Atleast I have something to be happy about today. :)

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outtabany 1 year, 11 months ago

Sista Ruby, Question! You whether vote in a man who deny JESUS CHRIST as LORD, than to understand "free will" in which Jesus endorsed. Listen, people have choice and base on that choice, it's determined whether they will reap consequences or rewards. Moreover, Mormonism is a cult!!!

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

We would rather have a mormon than a muslim. That incident in Libya was just a new beginning. Where will the next attack take place?

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Dino58 1 year, 11 months ago

Well, we don't have either!!!!!

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

But he is a muslim sympathizer, kissing the asses of All muslims. Ignoring the Libya attack and pushing it aside as if it was just a matter of boys will be boys.

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USTPC 1 year, 11 months ago

Last time I checked we were not voting for a pastor to lead our church we were voting for the CEO of our country. Therefore the fact that Romney is LDS is a mute point and has nothing to do with his abilities to lead this country. Abilities I might add that Obama has shown he does not possess.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 11 months ago

A very fitting passage sister ruby.

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waltspecht 1 year, 11 months ago

Now let us all pray nothing happens to Obama. If something does we could end up with Biden and Polozi if she plays her cards right.

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billybob 1 year, 11 months ago

I'm assuming you meant Pelosi? Why would she be in line for the presidency? She hasn't been the Speaker of the House for a couple of years now.

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waltspecht 1 year, 11 months ago

I said if she plays her cards right. One never knows what evil stalks the Corridors of Congress. Never could spell worth a dam anyway. Just a product of a poor Brooklyn School System

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Citizen_A 1 year, 11 months ago

I agree with "Spike"....while my vote, let alone Georgia's electoral votes are not the ones that put Obama back in the White House, we shouldn't give up. The divisive attitudes, and criticism will only compound the issues we all face.

The best revenge we can give is to live our lives as God wants us to do...

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outtabany 1 year, 11 months ago

"Ann would have made a great first lady". Sorry LOSER, we have a beautiful, intelligent and humble FIRST LADY, MICHELLE OBAMA! Congratulations!!

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Bulldawg 1 year, 11 months ago

Only a loser would call another lady a loser. Have some class.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Since when does Obuma supporters have any class? I don't think Michelle is all that beautiful. She needs to lose a few extra pounds. She probably weighs more than the president himself does.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 11 months ago

she looks a hell of a lot better than Barbara Bush!!!!! eeeuuuuw

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

And Barbara Bush is a lot older too. Michele will probably look eeeuuuuw when she reaches that age. I am sure Barbara Bush looks better than you do though.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 11 months ago

Is this why she found it necessary to compare herself to Jackie Kennedy? Sorry, Jackie was grace personified...Michelle Obama is self-serving and pompous simply by making the statement. If she was truly gracious and humble, someone would have noticed the qualities and pointed them out thus negating her necessity to CRY OH LOOK AT ME,,,I AM AS GOOD AS JACKIE KENNEDY. NOT

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tywebb 1 year, 11 months ago

That's what certain people do........gotta have everyone looking at them.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 11 months ago

You clowns should have voted for Ron Paul to be the GOP candidate. The shapeshifter just couldn't pass muster. Now look what you've done. It's your fault Obama was re-elected.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Get out of here, Ron Paul would not even be on the map. Obama would have won every state. (According to Obuma, all 57 of them).

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Spike 1 year, 11 months ago

Again I appeal to folks on my side of the fence to get over the loss......

To include those who like to quote scripture to their own liking.

Ironically, Romans 13:1-7 tells us to submit....

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

Come on folks. Lets get over our little pity party and do what we are called to do.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

Did this apply to Adolph Hitler? If so, what would that look like in your world?

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Already the stock market is dropping and a global recession is just around the corner. Better get your bills paid & spend your money wisely. I know I will be.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

You are a very sick puppy!

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ittybittyme 1 year, 11 months ago

Auntie Dee is the Coach, BSR, BVR... What's the matter coach! Can't further your demented agenda without switching out fake names?! Definitely not too bright!!

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

I call her/him/it Coach Dee. You can add badheavychevy and Jax to that list as well.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 11 months ago

Oh No VSU hiding under another name, ittybittysillyditty;

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

"Beep" "Beep" Troll Alert "Beep" "Beep" Troll Alert

coachjohnson42 aka bubbasmithredneck aka Auntie Dee aka Jax aka badheavychevy etc etc etc

"Beep" "Beep" Troll Alert "Beep" Beep" Troll Alert

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Wrong again Corch.. I guess next you will say that me and shinedownfan are the same person.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Da corch has been accused of many things, being smart was not one of them.

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ittybittyme 1 year, 11 months ago

Fryar has been drinking the spiked Koolaid this early in the day.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

That was left over from yesterday when he was having his early Ron Paul victory party.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

They need to rename this story because not all Americans renewed the lease.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 11 months ago

Yeah but your in the boat with the rest of us. I tried to tell you last Christmas and Spring. But noooo! You guys had to have a warmed over liberal from Massatoosits with a purdy harecut and a home with a car elevator in the garage. So here we sit with the Europeeing debt driving us down. Thank you, Romney supporters.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Well believe you me, Ron Paul would have gotten beat much worser than Romney did, so that is the end of that.

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doingwhatisright 1 year, 11 months ago

All day I've heard nothing about Obama's accomplishments but only his race. How said for America that we have, as a nation, voted for a person based on his race and not his character. Martin Luther King would be disappointed In that we've taken his fight for equality in a direction that goes against everything he died for. His struggle was for all mankind not just for one race, blacks. I worry for our futures, not economically nor politically, but as a nation that has been racially divided by an individual that is neither black nor white...but ironically a mixture of both races. We as a nation must stand together or we will all perish together.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

What has Obuma accomplished? If one has not occomplished anything there is nothing to talk about on that subject.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

I hate to say it, but I do find it funny that Romney lost his home state. That is bad!

As they say on the pre-game show of ESPN MNF....C'mon Man!

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 11 months ago

The election is over so lets celebrate, Our President is back, because he is great, The squawkers look silly with egg on their face, America has chosen, to keep the faith, Obama is back for 4 more years, Repubs have a tissue, for your tears, Romney lost because he was not right, That 47% kicked his butt last night, Victory is sweet, as I spike the ball, so nice to see Mitt Romney fall, The best man won and we are glad, They lied and lied, and now they sad, Lets turn to Fox-News and watch them complain, I bet Donald Trump is going insane, and Rush Limbaugh might need a medic, and give My President all the credit, Don’t cry Repubs, its not all bad, you still got me to make you mad......

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! OBAMA WINS!!!!!!

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

You are the only one that is insane.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 11 months ago

loser!!!! loser!!!! you lost again loser!!!! hahahahahaha

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

You were born a loser, living the life of a loser, and will die a loser.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 11 months ago

as long as Obama won, I am happy......and you are sad.....have a tissue!!!

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

I'm not sad, you are the one that is sad...sad and delusional.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 11 months ago

awww, you mad at Coach again???? poor baby!!! hahahaha

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

No one is mad, just wondering if you could possibly be more stupid that you act.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

America has chosen to flush the future down the toilet. Why? I don't know.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 11 months ago

Romney got flushed down the toilet.......hehe

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

"Americans renew lease with Obama"........USING MONEY BORROWED FROM CHINA.

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Now there is a nice pic sister. that's the best picture of Obama yet and fits him to a T.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 11 months ago

The best Socialist President I ever had!!!! hahahahahahaha!!!!

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

At least you are admitting we have a clown as president. I give you credit for that.

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badcompany 1 year, 11 months ago

My fellow Christians remember this is a part of GODS plan. Many things the BIBLE considers blasphemy are now public policy. This nation has turned away from HIM so HE is turning away from this nation. HE has NOT turned away from CHRISTIANS,so WE must not turn away from HIM. . Keep your faith in HIM. HE knows exactly what HE is doing and we as Christians must rely on his guidance.

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TRUTH101 1 year, 11 months ago

LMAO @ "he is is a Muslim...he is an atheist" So is he an atheist or Muslim....."He is all of them",,,,,LOL...none of them stated any valid reason why they did not vote for the President....another good one..."The Buddhist have taken over" LMAO....This is what happens when poor whites forget that they are POOR whites..... Gotta Love IT!!!!

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TRUTH101 1 year, 11 months ago

The couple at the 1:32 mark...FACEPALM......cant forget they young guy @2:10.....GOD BLESS AMERICA

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 11 months ago

they dont know squat!!!! they sound so stupid!!!!! what in the world?????

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 11 months ago

Another great point!!!!! I am officially a TRUTH101 fan!!!!!! GO TRUTH GO!!!!

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

Great point? What point? I couldn't understand a thing he said through all that jiberish mumbling. Not a complete sentence in the whole post. I guess it takes idiots like you coachjohnson to understand idiot language.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 11 months ago

threat removed!!!! (Romney is outta here) and we are going FORWARD!!!!! Where is my OBAMACARE??????

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 11 months ago

"I'm proud to be a American....where at least I know I'm free......."

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

But America is not proud of you. If Obama knew there were idiots like you supporting him, he would probably deport you out of the country.

Obama - "This coachjohnson clown is even dumber than my vice president, and Biden is as dumb as dirt, that's why I chose him as VP"

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DaneGlesak 1 year, 11 months ago

We did not vote Obama back in, no group of people did. Tell me how they could say he won that quickly when an entire state, Florida, had not turned in a single vote yet.??? The prophecy has gone to the point where they don't even care if we can see clearly what they are doing. They know there is nothing we can do to stop it from coming. He was put in that position by a force that will be exposed when the time is right. Obamacare and many other things are tools, each a brick in the building of what our future has in store. It's all Biblical, spelled out in whtie, black and red. But don't listen to me, go read it for yourself. Another tool being used can be seen right here on this website. Division. From the very first squawk 95% of those who posted comments, no matter what the issue or article was quickly turned it into the "us and them" racist based arguments spouting hate is many ways. A country, a world divided is a world easily taken over by powers that have one main agenda, complete control. People, you can say I'm a doomsdayer, say what you will but it will not change or effect what is to be sooner than you could ever dream. May God have mercy on us all.

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stc1993 1 year, 11 months ago

Doctor Seuss on Barack Obama:

"I do not like Barack Obam, I do not like his health care scam. I do not like that big eared look, or how he lies and cooks the books. I do not like it when he steals, I do not like his secret deals. I do not like that metro man, I do not like his 'YES WE CAN.' I do not like his spending spree, don't he know that nothings free? I do not like his smug replies, I do not like his constant lies. I do not like his kind of hope. I do not like it. Nope, nope, nope."

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

Outstanding prose, stc1993. I wish you could have worked in "helicopter and teleprompter".

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