Dear President Obama: Stand Up, Fight Back and Stop Letting Republicans Ruin This Country

president-obama-11I don’t hide the fact that I’m a President Obama supporter. While I haven’t agreed with everything that he’s done, it’s hard for me not to get behind a president who’s created over 10 million jobs; authorized the successful mission to kill Osama bin Ladin; gotten the unemployment rate below 6%; presided over the best year for job growth since the 90’s; has set a record for consecutive streak of private-sector job growth in U.S. history; came out for marriage equality and reduced our deficits by $1 trillion.


And he’s done all of that in less than 6 years.

Though apparently this election year Democrats were too cowardly to get behind all of that.

But there is one thing I wish President Obama would do more of these next two years – fight back. 

I don’t really care what anyone thinks of the president, there’s one thing that’s undeniable: He knows how to give a speech and get his supporters fired up – when he puts actual effort into it.

And every time he decides to stand up and fight back against Republican propaganda, those who support him – and even some of those on the fence about it – come out in force and applaud his actions. I’m willing to bet if I went back and studied the times during his presidency where there’s been some national story and he’s taken Republicans head on, his approval ratings go up.

In fact, I don’t even need to research that. When it came down to the debt ceiling, raising taxes on the rich and the government shutdown (times where Obama was forceful and aggressive) the American people overwhelmingly blamed Republicans and sided with him.

But far too often he sat back, trying to play the nice guy. He’s let Republicans control the message for far too long. Even after this year’s elections Republicans kind of mocked Democrats by “thanking” them for keeping Obama on the sideline.

Even they know he’s a weapon Democrats foolishly ran away from.

So all I want these next two years, when we all know nothing is going to get done, is for Obama to end his presidency fighting. Stop holding back and stop letting Republicans bully him around in the media. We cannot let Republicans ruin all the progress we’ve made these last 5+ years. And if we let them, that’s exactly what they’ll do.


We desperately need President Obama to be the forceful opposition to every piece of right-wing nonsense Republicans will be trying to sell to the American people. When they lie, he needs to be the fact-checker calling out those lies. When they try to mislead the American people, he needs to be the one out there telling the truth they are desperately trying to hide.

But what he can’t do is waste these last two years letting Republicans control the message while he sits back trying to be the nice guy “unifier” that they were never going to let him be.

I want him to be angry, forceful, upfront and borderline pissed off. I want him to take the fight to Republicans. Because as we saw this year, if he doesn’t do it, the Democratic Party sure as heck isn’t going to.

So Mr. President, please spend these next two years dedicating yourself to relentlessly hammering Republicans on their endless stream of lies, propaganda and campaigns of misinformation. Stop trying to be someone they’ll never let you be and be the leader the Democratic Party desperately needs right now. Because at the very least, if we’re not going to get anything done these next two years, what we can do is dedicate ourselves to making sure that Republican propaganda doesn’t go unopposed.

And that starts with the president. So I sincerely hope these next two years we all see a much angrier, forceful and determined President Obama.

It’s not just the Democratic Party that needs him to lead with force, but this country needs him to prevent Republicans from doing their best to destroy everything we’ve accomplished in rebuilding this nation from the epic economic collapse that was the result of the last time the GOP controlled the White House.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Rob Banks

    The notorious GM bailout was actually started under George W Bush as emergency spending, adding to deficit, paid for with debt financing. No provisions. Just money to corporate executives. And that sucked for American tax payers.
    The second part was from the Obama administration and required Unions to make concessions, auto makers to buy American goods and services, where possible, emission standards for car, preferred stock buy backs and was actually funded by money from TARP, another Bush debt program.
    I truly hope the GOP keep underestimating this guy.

    • Guest

      Senator Roy Blunts kid was a Governor in Missouri he rejected Ford-UAW aid from state . It took a Democrat Governor to get ball rolling to save Mo auto production . George w did nothing good wasted 4 T on unjust war.

  • Mel Hughlett

    Amen !

  • strayaway

    Whatever floats Democratic boats – President Obama has veto power if he chooses to use it. Unless Democrats join Republicans in substantial numbers, his power of veto should hold. maybe his first test could be to veto the Keystone Pipeline some Democrats have switched sides on to save Senator Landrieu’s political skin in an exercise of party over principle.

    • garry lafferty

      She not a real Democrat she in a red state, Her vote to often red. Her and that whore monger Vitter.

      • strayaway

        The House voted in favor of the Keystone Pipeline as follows:
        Voting yes were 31 Democrats and 221 Republicans.
        Voting no were 161 Democrats and 0 Republicans.

        House Democrats voted 16% in favor of the pipeline.

        If 16% of Senate Democrats similarly voted in favor of the pipeline, President Obama could still veto the pipeline vote.

    • patriot 86

      his veto won’t hold ‘ keystone is going through .

  • garry lafferty

    I could not agree more.

  • Jim Bean

    It’s easy for ANYBODY to get behind this President if you can fool yourself into believing that he deserves the credit for all, or any of those things except bin Laden. If you look back through history EVERY economic indicator ALWAYS begins to improve after a recession/depression has bottomed out. That happens regardless of who is President.

    • Except that if President Obama hadn’t stemmed the tide with the ‘too small’ stimulus where everyone could take a quick breath, we’d still be waiting for the ‘recovery’ to start.

      • Edwin

        You don’t know that. All of their projections they used to sell the stimulus were way off. Now looking back, somehow liberals claim it’s remarkable that ‘it’ happened in only six years.

        And if Dems actually felt that they only needed to do a better job of selling Obama’s so-called accomishments, then why isn’t Mary Landrieu doing just that? Why isn’t the Democratic Party getting her to do that?

      • garry lafferty

        Landrieu voting for pipe line NO matter what that’s her voters. Minchin did not get this nor NRA-GOP Gun back ground check.correct ether. He spoke on senate floor in favor of pipeline with Landrieu. She kept refer to some Republican who says it a good idea who had just left chamber. Lady your not a Republican.

      • patriot 86

        Speculation ; that’s all it was.

      • Because any Democrat not falling all over these accomplishments, decrying the fact that Congress has provided absolutely no help but actually HINDERED the President and his accomplishments shouldn’t be in office either. It is time for the people of America who actually provide the backbone of the country to stop standing idly by and get into the fight.

    • garry lafferty

      Indicators said we were losing 600.000 jobs a month hardly a business cycle dip shit. 4 T wasted on unjust war a fascist regime of George w Bush. His criminal buddy’s Enron etc. wall street paying off banks to big to fail BS. Autos were crashing. Autos are back and more Jobs then a long time. Jobs still not fixed but the indicators are all good thanks Obama. The indicator prove he is the best president in a generation. On foreign and domestic issues. Not to mention social change of equality. Lets see if China believes Global warming is real. I think it is .

      • Jim Bean

        History is not going to yield to your emotions. Under Obama, the worst recession since the 1930s has been followed by the slowest economic recovery in the history of the republic. Lets carve him into Mt. Rushmore, why don’t we?

      • Rob Bailey

        Hey, dolt. Which way do you want it? Giving Obama credit for the recession (he inherited) or not giving him credit for anything that happened under “his watch”. Oh, I get it.
        You bore me.

      • Jim Bean

        No, you don’t get it. The recession wasn’t his fault, it was Clinton/Bush’s. And the recovery wasn’t his doing either. It was the natural cycle of things. He DID, however, have a lot to do with slowing down the speed of the recovery by discourage private investment in the economy (higher taxes, oppressive regulations, etc.)

      • patriot 86

        Yup he definitely help put the brakes on.

      • Mhizz

        Recession is inevitable… it’s a cycle, especially if you are going to bail out the people that cause the recession. IF YOU DID ANY RESEARCH, you will find that the banks put policies in place that allowed stupid ppl to get loans they can’t afford. The banks knew that whole cluster f*** would happen. It is no presidents fault, it’s corporate greed and selfishness…

      • patriot 86

        If they do i’lle blow it to hell.

      • patriot 86

        The indicators prove you are a moronic liberal and believe everything coming from obamas ass.

      • Mhizz

        who initiated the giving of money to the private sector……It wasn’t wall street you dumb ass…. it was our horrible, incredibly non American nobama. And your personal opinion on non existent indicators is just as stupid as your comments here.

    • patriot 86

      Yup ‘ they said the same for clinton and he was just the recipient of a rising economy and lucky enough to be in office during the boom.

  • Mark Stone

    I hope he does as that is our only hope the repubs don’t repeat the recent historical cluster F of the bush years.

  • CobrayRPB

    17 trillion national debt. Period, end of story. If you didn’t abort all your children their children will still be paying for his amazing leadership. How many part time employees are there? How many people were made part time thanks to a health care scheme a majority don’t want but are too stupid to know it is good for them. Most Transparent Administration in the History of Everything is another legacy of this dangerously unqualified person. Bengahzi, Fast and Furious, weaponizing the IRS, ISIS taking huge swatches of territory, China flexing its muscles in the region, Russia doing the same. Let us not forget so many red lines drawn that the Middle East looks like a crossword puzzle. Ignoring a long term ally, Israel, and all the anti Semetic left wing demonstrations that followed. So many soured relations with long term allies it is sickening. Ruling by fiat and the whole pen and phone dictation. Yeah Mr. Prezzy, you have done enough. Domestically he is a nightmare and internationally he is dangerous. How the rank and file liberals can still back this joker is nothing short of amazing. Every media outlet says how secretive he is going back to him spending millions sealing his college records. Nothing to see here, please move along!

    • jodybie

      Obviously Fox “News” is your only souce of information, judging by your ridiculous claims. Who is responsible for the huge national debt? Presidents Reagan and Bush junior. Democratic presidents have done a much better job managing the economy. Look it up. Your other claims are even more tiresome and ridiculous. Benghazi? Give it a rest. Weaponizing the IRS? Get real. We did have an unqualified president in the White House, and President Obama is still trying to clean up that mess.

      • CobrayRPB

        If you say it enough times it will become true! Obama is not qualified to run a lemonade stand. Being a community organizer is not a prerequisite for a job that requires comprimise. 17 trillion, my dear. More than all presidents combine up to his reign. Show me how i am wrong please. Benghazi is very important and just because your short attention span thinks otherwise you are wrong. Barry is a bully and a petulent little child who should never have gotten to this position. Im not a huge fan of Bush but Gore and Kerry would have fared far worse but that is just speculation. I don’t have the time go point by point over why Obama is a horrible president but history will not be kind to him. You and your kind just hate to admit you are wrong so you blindly go along with whatever Barry says. If you can truly and honestly say you and this nation are better off after 6 years of his ineffectual leadership then i would recommend your doctor ups your dosage s tad

      • jodybie

        I challenge you to go “point by point over why Obama is a horrible president,” but you must cite legitimate news sources, which leaves out Fox “News” because they frequently play fast and loose with the truth to advance their right-wing agenda. I bet you can’t make a single point stick using legitimate sources. I further bet that you’re a racist, because President Obama is held to much higher standards than any president ever has been and lies are told about him so often (birth certificate, religion, guns, Benghazi, IRS ad nauseum) that the feeble-minded accept them as truth. As to meds, I’m very healthy and don’t take any, partly because I don’t swallow the lies and vitriole (sorry for using a big word you’ll probably have to look up) that Fox spews out every day.

      • CobrayRPB

        Ah the race card! You truly are scraping the bottom of the barrel now. Define legitimate sources m’am. Even left wing news sources say the man is secretive. He was caught lying about the Obamacare pitch. You got duped but critical thinkers saw through that nonsense. I could have a handwritten letter by that charlatan outlining his socialist agendas but hysterical people like you will say it was the same vast right wing conspiracy that haunted serial philandering Clinton. You are adorable though with your fervor and self righteous idignation. Maybe you will find a nice beta male to occupy your time instead of spending it with your cats and faceless online entities.

      • jodybie

        Yes, I call out racism when I see it. You didn’t take me up on proving your claims, so I’m finished with this silly game you’re playing. P.S. If you’re an example of a “beta male,” I prefer cats.

      • CobrayRPB

        I’m just teasing you. I’m sure you are a kind and decent person. I think most liberals have their hearts in the right place, it is just the implementation of their plans that fail. I like older women by the way and I’d buy you a drink if I saw you at a bar. Take care!!

      • Mhizz

        The only time people use the absolutely over-used and pitiful “race card” is when they have nothing else to spew out of their flapping lips and don’t know what they are talking about. Nothing he said was racist… lmao

      • jodybie

        Your online stalking and personal attacks are pretty creepy. Doesn’t say much for you as a person.

      • patriot 86

        Yup when a liberal loses a argument they go to their ace in the hole and play the race card .Typical libtard ‘all braindead.

      • CobrayRPB

        You sound like you have a schism with reality and as a caring Republican I would advise you to seek help. You have a paranoid fixation with Fox News. You talk about it an awful lot and use it as a ctutch in your arguments. It sounds a little crazy and I’m concerned. If you get carted away who will change your children’s littler boxes and water dishes? I will have your copies of Mother Jones and Hummel Figurine Aficionado sent to whatever drooling academy takes Obamacare.

      • Jeff Clauser

        Fox news has a long history of making false and misleading statements…. more than any other news source. Therefore it makes sense for someone to question the legitimacy of its content.

      • patriot 86

        Let’s see lie no1.IF YOU LIKE YOUR HEALTHCARE PLAN YOU CAN KEEP IT .Lie no2 MY ADMINISTRATION WILL BE THE MOST TRANSPARENT IN HISTORY.Need any more .

      • jodybie

        #1 was a mistake, not a lie, and #2 is open to interpretation. No president is perfect, and all of them make mistakes. Why is it that the ACTUAL lies and huge mistakes of George W. Bush didn’t receive as much of your scrutiny and condemnation?

      • patriot 86

        You libs are so amusing ‘ A mistake ‘ they only mistake he made was being dumb enough to say it with a straight face and expecting all of us to buy it.

      • Mhizz

        Jody is hopeless, everything she has said to this point is just what she and nobama’s supporters wishe was true. They are just too lazy and ignorant to look into these things called FACTS / the TRUTH.

      • Mhizz

        Benghazi is no lie..lmao. I didn’t realize people were so stupid and ever thought it was a lie. I can name one way in which nobama has failed…again. The military cuts he has made. I am in the Army (reserve) and his cuts have made OUR military, which absolutely without question defends OUR country CONTINUOUSLY, the weakest it has been in…… decades. There’s one point, which you have no clue about i’m sure, you will never be able to fight back against. A weak military for what our country stands up for and fights for is not acceptable, and he has weakened it and showed his lack of care for like no president EVER has. YOU are the one that needs to look into and research things, so go ahead and find this information for yourself as I have personal experience with it and have done MY OWN research into.

      • Guest

        Yours wrong because that 17 trillion has been accumulating since Eisenhower and most of it is interest compounding on interest.

      • patriot 86

        What ‘ hahahahaha another loony tune liberal.LOL

      • patriot 86

        It’s pointless talking to jody’ she obviously takes everything from the liar in chiefs mouth as gospel.What a dolt.

      • patriot 86

        Really so like obumbler you could’nt give a shit about the four americans who died on his watch ‘ while he watched and did’nt lift a finger .You disgust me you POS.

      • jodybie

        Of course those four lives lost on President Obama’s watch were important, as were the over four thousand soldiers lost on President Bush’s watch, plus three thousand lost at the World Trade Center, plus the people lost in the botched Katrina rescue. All lives are important. I don’t understand how your ridiculous claims about President Obama and you calling me names helps or changes that in any way. I’m a veteran, by the way. Did you actually serve your country or do you just sit at your computer and spew lies and insults?

      • patriot 86

        THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE ‘ BUT THAT DON’T CHANGE THE FACT THAT OBAMA HAS COVERED UP BENGAZI TO SAVE HIS SORRY ASS .

    • Jeff Clauser

      The 17 trillion in debt has been accumulating since the Eisenhower administration and most of it is interest that cannot be controlled by any president. Pointing at Obama is therefore both silly and obtuse.

      • patriot 86

        wELL YOU ARE BOTH .

    • patriot 86

      Spot on cobray ‘ this asshole is finished come january and once the republicans start digging into Fand F and Bengazi ‘ he and hilary better find a rock to crawl under.

  • Kenya Cagle

    Not only did our president beat them twice, he would do it again if a third term was legal. He beats them at every trick they throw art him. He will go down as the most successful president in history according to the facts.

    • patriot 86

      HAHAHAH YOUR A LOON .THEY HAVE YOUR RUBBER ROOM READY BY THE WAY THIRD TERM ‘ BEST PRES ‘ WOW YOU ARE OUT THERE.

    • Mhizz

      Kenya….. you do realize that the OVERWHELMING majority of America is tired of and just plain done with nobama….? Look at some polls, do some research, I know it takes time out of your sad life but stop following the blind…cause you are. I guarantee if you look at the facts you would hate nobama too, but you are too ignorant and lazy to do any type of research.

    • 1rocketcharger

      Kenya !
      Successful at destroying your country and even your proud african american race relations within this country ?
      Succesful in putting our country in major debt ?
      Or successful in shaking hands with our nations enemies and disrepecting our long standing allies ?
      Yeah i dont think so !
      Hes out !
      Think for yourself not what others tell you

  • one proud republican

    This Is Such A Crock! First Off He Did Not Sent Ppl Solders Out To Kill Ben Laden! Our Solders HappenTo Find That Ass Hole And Killed Him! It Had Nothing To Do With Obama! If It Was Up To Him He Let Him Go Free Cuz He Supports Terrorists! Second The Government Shut Down N A Fight Against “Obama Care” not Taxes! The Only Reason They Caved Is Cuz The Republican Party Actually Cares About The Ppl! And They Didn’t Want Ppl To Go Longer Then They Had To W/o The Things They Needed! Republicans Aren’t Ruining Our Country He Is! We Have Impeached Other Presidents For A Lot Less! idky That Ass Hole Hasn’t Been Impeached Yet! I Couldn’t Even Read The Rest Of This Article Cuz Out Made Me Sick The More I Read!

    • Rob Bailey

      If this isn’t sarcasm/snark you’re the stupidest person on earth. If it is snark, keep up the good work!

      • one proud republican

        Keep Drinking The Democratic KoolAid Buddy!

      • patriot 86

        Oh he will.I’ts free

      • garry lafferty

        I see Benghazi sticking out your ass GOP.

      • sour_sadie

        You sure that’s Benghazi, I see shit sticking outta there. Fitting since they are full of shit.

      • sour_sadie

        You want to use a classless reference to the Jonestown Massacre that took place almost 37 years ago, get your drink mix names correct. It’s Flavor-Aid, not Kool-Aid.

    • patriot 86

      Hear you proud one .The people telling these lies should all be rounded up and put in prison.Obama got osama ‘ bullshit ‘ the seals found him and were going in with or without his order to do so.He no more got osama than bill clinton fixed the economy when he became president .If these idiots would look at what the economy was doing shortly before he was elected they would see it was on the rise and the only thing i’lle give SLICK WILLIE is he was smart enough not to f**k with it or start any wars.Obama is out to ruin america and obamacare is the clusterf**k that will do it if not repealed.Why he has not been impeached or shot yet is beyond me cuz many other much better men have had that done to them for far less tyranny .

      • garry lafferty

        Obama had to order it idiot that’s why seals had special training above normal Seal training . Obama a hero, seals also face it. Seals don’t move without Obama orders, Reagan started all this shit with Taliban turn Ben Lauden who attacked us on 911. Took a Democrat to fix it.

    • garry lafferty

      Ben Lauden was a priority from day one in office for President Obama. Bush w had NO priority. It took BIG balls to do what Obama ordered.

      • 1rocketcharger

        Osama bin laden
        Not ben lauden dude !
        Why would anyone listen to you if you cant even spell bud !
        And the record is fact that democrats failed to get him in the first place and did nothing about until after 911 !
        And the previous administration had already taken measures .
        Republicans :
        The party that cares about you not just your vote !

      • garry lafferty

        iiiiiiiiiiiii

      • 1rocketcharger

        Ok ?
        Whatever that means dude