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God/ Gods bless our commander in chief, President of the USA, Mr. Barrack Hussein Obama!! Yes, I do hope nobody here is stupid enough to believe a carpet bagger like that pearly white toothed Romney, smile, smile while I MAKE THE RICH RICHER and screw screw the 99% of Americans again and again, this is the mantra of the 1% percent ditto heads who are in lust with Rush Limbaugh. They will not say it like this, they will say it more full of hate, full of lies, look at them poor folk, they are lazy, they are good for nothing, and stupid, working in factories, in hotels/motels, airports those working for a living should be happy that the rich REPUBLICANS help America what it is today!!! Oh, and what is that?? A place where the richest 1% can keep screwing the rest of hard working Americans? Those that go off to wars and give their lives for the USA to be looked down upon by these greedy parasites, the so called 1%????

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Boy I need to write to NPR and let them know that if enough Americans get out the vote for Mr.Obama maybe nice hair style Romney with millions of $$$$$ in off shore banks can stay the hell away from Washington DC?? So I guess I will write to NPR and let them know how that fat slob Rush Limbaugh is worse than Satan himself! Boy, this democracy stuff can be really exciting! Thanks JT!!

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Elbuda Mexicano: ...Yes, I do hope nobody here is stupid enough to believe a carpet bagger like that pearly white toothed Romney, smile, smile while I MAKE THE RICH RICHER and screw screw the 99% of Americans again and...

Obama is not making me rich or any richer. Obama only party out with celebrities and billionaires and multi-millionaires who donates $40,000 or more on a dinner plate for his re-election campaign. I don't make $40,000 a year. Obama only hangs out with celebrities billionaires and multi-millionaires. Obama sees himself as a celebrity and goes on talk shows.

Obama uses subsidies to outsource American jobs to China @ http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/144430

The Obama Administration has spent $1.6 billion on Chinese and other foreign wind power, notes Wintery Knight. The practical effect of these subsidies is to outsource more American jobs.

Obama Is America's Biggest Job Outsourcer @ http://news.investors.com/article/610113/201205021856/obama-accuses-romney-of-outsourcing-jobs.htm?p=full

This is also an administration that applauded the U.S. Export-Import Bank's plan to loan Brazil's state-run Petrobras $2 billion, with the promise of more to follow, at a time when Obama was railing against tax incentives for U.S. oil companies and still is.

Michelle Obama's Patient-Dumping Scheme By David Catron @ http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/03/michelle_obamas_patientdumping_1.html#.T9lZeN1KrkE.email

The First Lady helped create a notorious program that dumped poor patients on community hospitals, yet the national media ignore the story. Imagine if her husband were a Republican.

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“Let me tell you, we do not need an outsourcing pioneer in the Oval Office,” Obama said

Last year, GE decided to close a plant down in Wisconsin that had been making X-ray machines and technology for 100 years. This was a high tech manufacturing job, and required highly skilled labor. They decided to close down the plant (after Gov. Walker got tough with the unions there around that same time period) and move the production operations over to China. GE CEO Jeff Immelt said that this was a good move and would be good for the American economy and GE.

GE, the same company that last year paid no Federal corporate taxes in the USA. GE, the same company that their CEO Jeff Immelt was appointed by President Obama as a "jobs czar" to help find ways of keeping jobs in America.

If I were the Obama campaign, they should tread very carefully on trying to run with this story. There are many more cases out there where Obama has taken money from big campaign contributors while their companies ships jobs overseas.

A place where the richest 1% can keep screwing the rest of hard working Americans?

@ Elbuda Mexicano: Obama and his campaign will be in CA soon at another celebrity home to host a fund raiser where it will cost about $40,000 a plate just to enter. As in the past, he comes away with millions. So instead of bashing Romney and the GOP, why don't you go to the event, and protest at why is it that the party of the people supposedly can spend that much on one dinner. If they really meant what they said, instead of paying $40,000 for a single meal, they should all drive to the nearest economically depressed area, and give that $40,000 to the local residents. That way they are really for the people, and not just being greedy 1%ers. That is what you wish would happen right, the redistribution of wealth from the haves to the have nots. Well, the next fundraiser for Obama would be the opportune time to put that practice into place.

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“We need a president who will fight for American jobs and fight for American manufacturing. That’s what my plan will do, that’s why I am running for a second term as president of the United States.”

More Americans are out of work in 2012 than in 2009. Heh. Yep, a real "fight for American jobs".

RR

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they should tread very carefully on trying to run with this story. There are many more cases out there where Obama has taken money from big campaign contributors while their companies ships jobs overseas.

True, dat. This could (and probably will) turn into another exploding cigar moment for those running the campaign for "The One".

RR

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From the Article:

CSI merged with another firm to form a company called Stream International Inc.......Stream, by 1997, operated three tech-support call centers in Europe and was part of a call center joint venture in Japan.

I suppose the word "international" might have clued in the Washington Post on this "outsourcing" of American jobs. After all what company would want to service its international customers of U.S. companies in their own local languages.

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After all what company would want to service its international customers of U.S. companies in their own local languages.

To be fair to the Washington Post, I have called tech support as a US customer and was speaking with someone in India.

This stuff happens, but what makes the Obama campaign looks bad is they are trying to make it look like Romney was actually doing this, when he had people under him doing the actual work. Sure he has responsibility for the company and should be held accountable, but what they don't want you to understand, he was looking out for his investors interests. That's how it works. Some of those investors are probably the same big donor supporters of Obama. Take a look at Buffets company. You don't think that they had income tied up in Bain Capital if they were making good money? Of course they did.

What Obama needs to do is stick to his message, and he can't really do that because so far his record is not that great.

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First, gay marriage then let Romney explain himself. Then the immigration issue and let Romney explain himself. Then job exported to overseas and then let again Romney explain himself.

Well, Romney is shown as a poor leader (didn't say he was one) by following issues thrown at him by Obama's camp. While Obama had some skeletons of his own in his closet like the GE example given above, this is a calculated risk.

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Obama is living in the White House which is also a glass house and he is throwing stones.

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Elbuda Mexicano: this is the mantra of the 1% percent ditto heads who are in lust with Rush Limbaugh. They will not say it like this, they will say it more full of hate, full of lies, look at them poor folk, they are lazy, they are good for nothing, and stupid, working in factories, in hotels/motels, airports those working for a living should be happy that the rich REPUBLICANS help America what it is today!!! Oh, and what is that?? A place where the richest 1% can keep screwing the rest of hard working Americans? Those that go off to wars and give their lives for the USA to be looked down upon by these greedy parasites, the so called 1%????

Limbaugh is not my favorite person and I don't listen to his radio show. Limbaugh talk show is base on controversy subject matters. He is a Republican so he disagree with Democrats. Last time I check Limbaugh have that right. There are other liberal personalities that is equal to Limbaugh like Bill Maher. Bill Maher fits your statement of "they will say it more full of hate, full of lies." The liberals love Maher too. There isn't much differences between Limbaugh and Maher except their political stand.

Define factory. Car factory for unons the employees wages were very high and had very good health insurance plans. There is the other car factory that are non-union and makes a very decent wage. I don't hear the employees from GM, Ford, or Toyota complaining.

People working in factories, in hotels/motels, and airports most likely don't have a college degree. If they do they wouldn't be working in those positions (in this current economy people who had a 6 digits salary or are middle class with college degrees are filling in those jobs along with public transportation and sales clerks). They are the most hard working people so where you get the idea that Republicans would say "look at them poor folk, they are lazy, they are good for nothing, and stupid" when those people may be Republicans or Democrats themselves. Unions represent factories, hotels/motels, and airports in a lot of places. Union are Democrats.

Where do you see the 1% behaved like that toward the men and women who serve in the military?

The 1% that you says screws the country includes Democrats.

It is Congress and the President that benefits from the 1% who are also their constituents. The government is suppose to work on behalf of the people that they represent, but that is no longer the case. They work for special interests groups.

Personally, there is no envy for the 1%, celebrities, the President, Congress, the multi-millionaires/billionaires, or the business owners of their wealth or lifestyle.

Well, Romney is shown as a poor leader (didn't say he was one) by following issues thrown at him by Obama's camp. While Obama had some skeletons of his own in his closet like the GE example given above, this is a calculated risk.

Romney is a businessman whereas Obama is a lawyer. Check out Judge Judy her court room is full of drama every week. Lawyers are actors (no pun intended) and even lawyers themselves knows that acting comes handy in the court room. If people on JT disagree just ask a lawyer the next time you come upon one.

Obama is an orator due to being a lawyer so making public speeches is a walk in the park. Being an orator is one advantage that Obama have over Romney.

Romney needs to hired speech writers and go from there.

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I don't hear the employees from GM, Ford, or Toyota complaining.

The comment was made in reference toward GM before the bailout. After the bailout the GM stocks took a dive.

Irate GM Shareholders Say They Aren’t Seeing Any Return on Their Investment by Becket Adams @ <irate-gm-shareholders-say-they-arent-seeing-any-return-on-their-investment>

“I received common shares paying absolutely no dividends at $32/share and they have since deteriorated,” Richard Wills, a GM investor who’s frustrated with the lack of return on his investment, said at GM’s annual meeting.

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who are obama's handlers kidding? there are no jobs left to outsource.

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I MAKE THE RICH RICHER and screw screw the 99% of Americans again and again, this is the mantra of the 1% percent ditto heads who are in lust with Rush Limbaugh

people like elbudamexicano never seem to realize that in demonizing the mythical one percent (half of whom would statistically be obama supporters) and setting yourself and your fellow leftists up as the honorable 99 percent you are also basically saying totalitarianism is now warranted and the mob must rule.

limbaugh, btw, is generally regarded as reaching between 15 and 20 million listeners.

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@skipbeat

GE, the same company that last year paid no Federal corporate taxes in the USA. GE, the same company that their CEO Jeff Immelt was appointed by President Obama as a "jobs czar" to help find ways of keeping jobs in America.

If this is true, Obama did a bad thing...

I'm NOT in-love with Obama, but I do like him, although he has plenty of flaws. I think he did just as bad as Bush, if not worse with nearly all of his Cabinet picks. Napolitano, Panetta, Holder...? Come on now...? There's nobody better than a these guys..? We've got 28 million people without jobs, and these are the most qualified people for the job..?

But you've got to look at the facts, (I didn't like Clinton) but when Clinton left office, The U.S. was starting to pay down the debt, and we were actually in the Red.

This current economy is none other than George Dubya's Doing... 180% George Dubya Bush.

And I hope that Eric Holder is Found guilty of Contempt of Congress.

I am soooo sick of Administrations throwing around this "Executive Privilege" like it's a catch all. I think Bush and Cheney should have went to jail over it, and I'll be the first one to call for any Obama administration official who blow's off congress, that they should go to Jail too!

Obama has a lot of room for improvement, but he's better than any republican, except maybe Ron Paul.

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To be fair to the Washington Post, I have called tech support as a US customer and was speaking with someone in India.

Alpha,

I hope all is well. The Washington Post did a lousy job on research for the article or its bias is showing again. Stream International changed its name to Stream Global recently. I took the time to do a little research that is available to anyone (with the exception of the Washington Post) on the net. Stream operates tech support services tailored to the global economy. They highlight as their strongest point the fact they can support 35 languages across 49 locations in 21 countries. They mainly help American computer companies break into foreign markets and if the customer in Germany needs tech support for his American software he gets it in German from a German based Stream call center located in Berlin. The American company that is trying to get into the German market or any other foriegn market this type of company can be the difference between success or failure with the cultural gaps. They aren't stealing or outsourcing American jobs, they are supporting them by selling American products across the globe and greasing the skids with the foriegn markets by be able to speak the local language.

Stream blends individualized services with a global, standardized delivery model and sophisticated technologies via a highly-skilled multilingual workforce of 33,000 employees supporting 35 languages across 49 locations in 21 countries.

http://www.stream.com/about-us.aspx

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This current economy is none other than George Dubya's Doing... 180% George Dubya Bush.

nonsense. hanging the economy on the head of one politician is like saying one politician can also fix it. there are many factors in play - the fed's interest policy, the banks, the massive weight of entitlement spending, vulgar keynesianism and, though no one dare speak of it, the moral decay in America.

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If this is true, Obama did a bad thing...

@ Ch1n4Sailor: The news broke around August of 2011.

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Also, Obama needs again to be careful and trying to place all the blame for jobs going overseas after Bain recommended them just because Romney was the CEO. If they are going to say that the "buck stops with him" then they leave themselves very open to the current situation we have now with Obama invoking "Executive Privilege" for Eric Holder in the Fast and Furious case. Saying that one person is responsible for the actions of a company is fine, if you are willing to be held by the same standards. And right now, I don't thinnk Obama is willing to do that.

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people like elbudamexicano never seem to realize that in demonizing the mythical one percent (half of whom would statistically be obama supporters) and setting yourself and your fellow leftists up as the honorable 99 percent you are also basically saying totalitarianism is now warranted and the mob must rule.

If that 1% is innocent, then sure. But that is up to debate.

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There must be a psychological term for those who turn mild criticism into blanket condemnation. Say I complain that the day is a bit hot; this type would turn on me and spit, "Well, I suppose you'd prefer it to be ZERO DEGREES KELVIN!" No, actually; I'd prefer it to be 25°C instead of 38°C. Similarly, bemusement at how a person manages to accumulate $43 billion in one lifetime leads to accusations that you HATE THE WEALTHY AND ARE A GRASPING, ENVIOUS SOCIALIST. No, actually; I love the wealthy, particularly those who produce cool products and then use their wealth to give back to society, what with public works or social foundations or crazy stuff like building rockets. Of course, not all of the wealthy do this (hello, Koch brothers?), but many do. Still, a society that allows average executives at Fortune 500 companies to earn over 400 times the average wage tends to raise questions amongst those who think: the guys who design and produce the very products that are making these executives rich will never see even in their lifetimes on year of these guys' income. That is a fact. If it does not raise questions in your mind, you have a very poor imagination.

Regarding Obama and his criticism of Bain: Don't confuse politics with reality. Mitt's biggest gun was to be his business experience and acumen, and a most effective and common strategy is to attack your opponent's major strength. It will be difficult for Mitt to extol his experience now that it evokes in the minds of many people such negative connotations as layoffs, offshoring, and pockets stuffed full of cash. Fair or not, this is not a game of patty-cake. Romney could try to push back, but I don't see how.

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This is nothing more than one dirty bird saying the other dirty bird is a dirty bird.

Vote third party.

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Citing documents filed with U.S. regulators, the Post said Bain Capital, the firm Romney founded and headed for 15 years, invested in companies that led in establishing call centers and manufacturing facilities in other countries.

If WaPo had bothered to do just bit of checking it would have discovered Bain has offices in every part of the world; investing in businesses hardly means they have the prerogative to dictate where they do business.

It's total BS by WaPo to say Bain moved jobs overseas. They expanded overseas just like Ford, GM, Coca Cola and thousands of other American industries.

RR

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Laguna,

If you think Obama should attack Romneys biggest perceived strength as his business sense and the success he had leading Bain.

Let's make this simple

How are those green energy companies going for for you under Obama, besides filing bankruptcy that is.

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It's total BS by WaPo to say Bain moved jobs overseas.

No, RR, it is not TOTAL BS to say so - companies Bain invested in specialized in greasing the wheels for either shifting procurement from domestic to foreign suppliers or for shifting entire operations such as phone support overseas. Again, that in itself is not necessarily a bad thing, and the WaPo article acknowledges that:

... outsourcing has been a powerful economic force. It has often helped lower the prices that American consumers pay for products and created a global supply chain that has made U.S. companies more nimble and profitable.

It does, though, contrast his business strategies with his rhetoric as presidential candidate, as per this quote:

(The Chinese) have been able to put American businesses out of business and kill American jobs. If I’m president of the United States, that’s going to end.

Again, this is a political campaign. Circumstances have forced Obama to argue his success in preventing further economic deterioration in the US in a rather complex fashion that many unsophisticated people have difficulty grasping. That's too bad, but that is his reality. Romney now faces the same challenge: he must, in effect, argue how he was for offshoring before he was against it. Clearly, the responsibilities of a CEO and of POTUS are quite different and thus their actions are dictated by very disparate drivers - but try to explain that in a simple soundbite. Welcome to the campaign, Mitt.

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nonsense. hanging the economy on the head of one politician is like saying one politician can also fix it. there are many factors in play - the fed's interest policy, the banks, the massive weight of entitlement spending, vulgar keynesianism and, though no one dare speak of it, the moral decay in America.

Facts: When Clinton Left office in 2000, The U.S. was actually paying down on the debt, and the Fed Gov't was taking in more money than they were paying out....

These are facts.

If you don't think this crappy economy is Bush's doing, you need to put down that crack pipe.

Sure, Obama probably could have done some things to speed the recovery, I don't doubt that.

Like I said before, I'm NO big Obama lover, and was never a Clinton lover, but George Dubya drove not only the U.S. economy into the ditch, but took the rest of the industrialized world with him.

Just the facts mam....

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Let's make this simple. How are those green energy companies going for for you under Obama, besides filing bankruptcy that is.

Glad you're trying to keep it simple - that seems to work better with you. In that case, we can dispense with discussing how economic nexus are created, how technology and production centers interact, the role of the global economic crisis in the collapse of green technology sales, and other issues that are a bit complicated.

Let's make this simple: the military loves green energy. It is buying a lot of it, and it prefers to buy from American companies. If these companies did not exist, the military would have to buy from, say, China, or not buy at all. The military is something even GOPers can relate to; it is also the simplest, stablest form for the government to subsidize industries. Forbes has the dirt here:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/amywestervelt/2012/02/06/why-the-military-hates-fossil-fuels-part-two-alternatives/

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Romney's experience as an asset stripper applying for a job to control a bankrupt entity is foreboding, if not a little ironic.

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Let's make this simple: the military loves green energy. It is buying a lot of it, and it prefers to buy from American companies

When your forced to.

Demonstrating a commitment to lead by example, President Obama signed an Executive Order (attached) today that sets sustainability goals for Federal agencies and focuses on making improvements in their environmental, energy and economic performance. The Executive Order requires Federal agencies to set a 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target within 90 days; increase energy efficiency; reduce fleet petroleum consumption; conserve water; reduce waste; support sustainable communities; and leverage Federal purchasing power to promote environmentally-responsible products and technologies.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/President-Obama-signs-an-Executive-Order-Focused-on-Federal-Leadership-in-Environmental-Energy-and-Economic-Performance

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Madverts,

Romney's experience as an asset stripper applying for a job to control a bankrupt entity is foreboding, if not a little ironic.

he sorta resembles Bush also in his photos doesn't he.

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"he sorta resembles Bush also in his photos doesn't he"

If you think so. I don't think the comparisons are visual. Heh, they're both Freemason's too - but then again so is Mr Obama.

One big difference is George Dubs was on the fundie right - Romney has merely sold out to them.

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but George Dubya drove not only the U.S. economy into the ditch, but took the rest of the industrialized world with him.

Bush did away with civili liberties. Bush can be blame for the Iraq war and even the US economy because he was the President at the time the economy tank.

All the signs were there and it is called globalism. Companies were migranting to China, India, and Thailand etc. to cut cost on labor. Greed and bad policies caused the housing bubble, GM bubble, and the financial institution bubble. Bush had nothing to do with how banks were giving loans to unqualified people, GM building gas guzzler, the financial institution losing investors money.

Obama has a lot of room for improvement, but he's better than any republican

Obama did away with civil liberties and increased it more than Bush. There are still American personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq. Obama spent hundreds of millions on start ups that went bankrupt or outsourced jobs to China.

Obama didn't deliver on his 2008 campaign that he was voted for. Obama didn't even showed up in Wisconsin and support the Democrats and the unions. Obama have broken his promise to them. When people supported and elected him he should have at least supported the people of Wisconsin by showing up. Whatever the reason to not show up was a selfish reason.

Are you saying Obama has a lot of room to improve in doing away with civil liberties and wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, and Israel etc. ??? How is Obama better than any republican???

For those who are getting married and want to support Obama, here is your chance along with your friends to give money to Obama re-election campaign fund.

Getting married? How about a gift for Obama, campaign suggests By Olivier Knox @ http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/getting-married-gift-obama-campaign-suggests-191823673.html

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In that case, we can dispense with discussing how economic nexus are created, how technology and production centers interact, the role of the global economic crisis in the collapse of green technology sales, and other issues that are a bit complicated.

I would have say this green jobs outsourcing by Obama is to complicated to be easily explained.

Taxpayers invest 529 million.........The cars get built in Finland.

With the approval of the Obama administration, an electric car company that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work.

Vice President Joseph Biden heralded the Energy Department's $529 million loan to the start-up electric car company called Fisker as a bright new path to thousands of American manufacturing jobs. But two years after the loan was announced, the company's manufacturing jobs are still limited to the assembly of the flashy electric Fisker Karma sports car in Finland.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/car-company-us-loan-builds-cars-finland/story?id=14770875#.T-Xil_XcC3c

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If you don't think this crappy economy is Bush's doing, you need to put down that crack pipe.

bush did not dictate to the fed what interest rates should be. carter and clinton imposed lending quotas on our banks. you know zero about my country.

Like I said before, I'm NO big Obama lover, and was never a Clinton lover, but George Dubya drove not only the U.S. economy into the ditch, but took the rest of the industrialized world with him.

translation: i wanted so badly to believe in obama. now i look like a fool...

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