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Buyer's Remorse on Obama

By Letter from "Karen" · Oct. 18, 2012

[Editor's Note: This letter from “Karen” is representative of many we receive at The Patriot Post, from people who supported Obama in '08, but are now having second thoughts. It is interesting to note that in most of these letters, the individuals are not having sudden changes of allegiance, but rather indicate they have a sense that something that clicked for them in '08, is no longer clicking. Also interesting is that many of these correspondences do not indicate they will vote for Romney, but rather they will not vote for Obama again – which may mean they will not vote at all. If you think the sentiments expressed in this letter would be beneficial to those you know who might reconsider voting for Obama again, you are welcome to copy it and forward it to them, or send them a link to this page.]

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I am sick and tired of politics!

Over the last couple of years, there has been a lot of tension over politics, and that division has intruded into my relationship with family and friends – particularly now with the upcoming election.

In 2008, I voted for Obama. That was my right – I am a good person and I voted for him for good reasons. But that decision has created stress between some of us, and that has been hurtful. Yes, sometimes I have thrown Obama in your face and I am sorry about that – I truly am.

Here is the thing. I don't think you are stupid because you voted for McCain in '08, and I'm not stupid because I voted for Barack Obama. We both want our country to go in the right direction, but we just have a difference of opinion as to what that direction is, and I'm entitled to my opinion.

I didn't vote for Obama because of all the “hope and change” stuff. I voted for him because I could relate to him on so many levels and I trusted him. If this guy were my neighbor, I would give him the key to my house. I admire the fact that from his very difficult childhood and struggles rose a candidate for president of the United States – and an African-American with an unusual name!

I could relate to his desire to help people who most need it, to help the poor and elderly, children without medical care, and women in need. It seems like Republicans want to cut the important things people need most, and help the rich get richer. I feel like Republicans think Obama supporters are stupid.

I was excited that Obama was going to end the policies of George Bush. I have to tell you, I really didn't like George Bush, and though I still feel that way about him, after four years it's not as clear to me why.

But Obama against McCain, that was easy. Obama is more like me, energetic, young, loves his family.

I got a glimpse of the Obama motorcade on arrival for the debates here in Denver, and that was cool – though it held up a lot of traffic, which was not cool.

I watched this year's first presidential debate closely and was disappointed in Obama. I found him depressing.

However, the Barack Obama I saw in the second debate the other night is the Obama I voted for in '08!

I woke up Wednesday morning feeling invigorated. I had a chance to talk about the debate with friends, and some agreed with me. That was “the real Obama” seemed to be the consensus, but my two best friends didn't share my enthusiasm.

Later in the day, I ran into some friends who agreed that Obama won the debate – but they had some harsh criticism. One of my colleagues at the University said to me that she felt betrayed, like she had been tricked into voting for Obama the first time. A guy friend was much more callous, saying that he was now convinced that Obama was a phony and a liar.

These two people were Obama's biggest fans in '08. Did they watch the same debate I watched Tuesday?

Last night I had the uneasy feeling that something wasn't right, something was out of place. After all the good vibes with the debate, I now find myself wondering if Obama was sincere, or if what I heard was just talk aimed at “emotional women,” like I'm not smart enough to vote on what I think rather than how I feel.

And the more I think about all his comments Tuesday night, against the backdrop of the reality that things have gotten much worse in the last four years, not better as he seemed to claim, I'm not sure I trust Obama anymore. I'm more concerned now than I was in '08.

I think that Obama is still a good person and he wanted to do good things, but I'm bothered by the fact that he didn't take responsibility for where our economy is now. That troubles me the most. It seems like he hasn't grown into the job and hasn't done much of anything he said he would do, and he's still blaming George Bush. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed citizens and poor families has grown a lot.

So why am I writing you?

I know Mitt Romney is a genuine person who really does love his family, who really does care about people from all walks of life. Part of me doesn't like the fact that part of me likes Romney! I am conflicted. I'm not writing to say that I am voting for Romney, but I have decided not to vote for Obama.


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wjm in Colorado said:

Karen (and all who voted for the One),
Obamao has done exactly what he set out to do, destroy America. He hates this country and seeks to Transform and Change it into a marxist utopia. You were used by this traitor and fooled completely, with fancy teleprompter delivered messages of lofty generalities, while the true agenda was hidden. It was all there to see to those of us who held our noses and voted for the worst Republican candidate ever to be nominated, in his books, his associations, and his radical voting record. If you bothered to get to know Obamao, you would have discovered then, as you seem to have now grasped, that the man of questionable origin is hoping you fail, and are force to share misery equally as he destroys the economy and the Country. He is not a nice man, but the embodiment of evil. Better that you now see him as he is, and vote accordingly. I hope there are millions of Karens out there who have similarly awakened to the treason and corruption of Obamao.

Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 2:36 PM

David S. in Baton Rouge, LA said:

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time"
~ Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 2:37 PM

p3orion in Midland, Georgia replied:

The problem is, they have only have to fool a plurality every four years.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 10:38 AM


Karen - please vote with your conscious - I can't vote for someone who blatantly lies to my face! I think of how Ambassador Steven's family must feel - and it shames me to know no one is being held accountable. I am going to vote for the person who will hopefully bring our country back from the abyss and make me proud to be an American again! PLEASE VOTE!

Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Meg in O'Fallon, IL said:

I received this email today and "Googled" the email address, finding some website where someone stated it originated from Patriot Post. I certainly hope this is not where it came from initially, because obviously if I subscribe to the Patriot Post and have at least half a brain, there's no way in hell I'm voting for Obama. So, Patriot Post, if you somehow sent this email out to your subscribers, please come clean and admit to it instead of making it look like either a) I've been a victim of yet another SPAM email or b) somehow, somebody I don't know somehow got my email address (possibly from your list of subscribers). The last thing I need is more junk email cluttering my email box-- especially politically-motivated ones!

Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

brick man in CA said:

the obama you voted for has not changed he is still a communist at heart and will always be a communist

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Frank in Croatia, EU said:


I do not know who you are whether you are a man or a woman but one thing I DO know from my experience, namely, when I came out of my mothers womb - the first air I sucked in or my first breath, so to speak, was communist. It was communist since my given country was deeply immersed into the thick blood-red evil like death, full of poverty guided by brutality, murder, hate, letting the innocent blood of us all and keeping us within the borders of our miserable country, beating us and confiscating all of our property and possessions - everything belonged to the Party and nothing to us. We were SLAVES forbidden to travel - the money we used was inflated money to the third heaven - one needed 250 BILLION of our Dinars to buy just one pound of sugar in their stores (no other stores existed but theirs) and that is IF you are lucky enough to find one pound of sugar some place..and so on.

As soon as I saw Comrade Ob(s)ama for the fist time and heard him speak when he run for office - my heart froze. I collected my stuff and my family and left all of my belongings including my house in Anderson In. and fled the country for Europe where I am even now (I am a European). My intuition about the intent of the intelligent young black man gave me goosebumps all over my body - I knew there will be the letting of blood as America grows poor for ever. And I was right - and am still today right.

You are a communist at heart therefore you could not give a final blow to the young black communist even after his 4 years of performance but you stopped half way being halfhearted. This time America will get what America deserves - heaving been the beacon of the world, prosperous and the hope and refuge for the poor and the persecuted all over the Globe. American communist government will persecute its citizens , Americans will become poorer by the minute and unfortunately many will be killed by the US communist government therefore doing the same thing to its citizens just like any other communist government had done - no difference...I pity you!

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Teresa in Nevada said:

we share the same story. me too in all of it! except that i had been sliding against obama since the summer. mitt isn't exactly my cup of tea either, but as has been since the day i was legally allowed to vote . . . we have to try to choose the lesser of 2 evils. or so it seems.
good luck
and i do love that we are allowed to choose who we would vote for in this country and that no one should be blasted for choosing a side.

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Hamilton in IL replied:

You've got it wrong. Listen up and grow a backbone. We aren't just "allowed" to vote; it is our right. And anyone, or any group that tries to take that away, should be destroyed. The right to vote is that precious. It is fundamental. But at the same time, voting is much more than just being entitled to one's opinion. Voting isn't like rendering an opinion, say, about a bird's feather colors - no, it's an action step. There are dire consequences to "feeling" your way to a decision and choosing the wrong person. Maybe you don't deserve to be blasted for your bad choice, but you deserve a good tongue-lashing - and moreover, you owe it to the country to get it right the next time, and each and every time after that.

Friday, November 2, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Ron in Nevada said:

I disagreed strongly with President Bush on the war in Iraq and said so from the pulpit before he ordered the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. I disagreed with him also on the prescription drug program being introduced in a time of growing deficits and no plan to pay for it. However, I voted for McCain in ’08 because I believed that he had a unique perspective as a former POW and the only real potential to get us out of Iraq and Afghanistan in a way that that would not just give Islamist extremists control of the region as we are now seeing. I believed then as I do today that every person on the face of this planet is as valuable as any other person and I believed that Obama would abandon the region thrusting the region into chaos justifying his actions based on the supremacy of American lives being saved.

I personally am very disappointed with President Obama not as much for, as you say, what he does not taking responsibility, but for what he does take responsibility for- the increased use of drones and the killing of Bin Laden. I find the conflict of a Nobel Peace Prize winner ordering increased drone attacks and invading a sovereign country without their consent to kill anyone egregious. His drone policy has made 1000’s hate the US and has become the major recruiting tool of Al Qaida.

As a former business person I was responsible for moving perhaps 200-400 manufacturing jobs overseas. I know very well that the current tax law and the future plans of President Obama will continue to increase the reasons why companies will move jobs overseas and further crush the middle class of America. It is my hope and expectation that because Romney knows why companies move jobs and he knows how to reverse the tax and business restrictions that create the motivation to move jobs overseas.

Yes, I will be voting for Romney even though I believe President Obama is a good person, honest and sincere. I will not vote for President Obama because I realize that his having the desire to help and his having the background and talent to succeed are not the same. I am also voting for Romney because the trillion dollars a year in deficit spending (largely to buy government union votes and support the unemployed that he has failed to provide jobs for) will be a huge anchor around the neck of my grandchildren. If changing that direction means I get less Social Security and less Medicare, than I am willing to make that sacrifice.

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Brian in Newport News replied:

Yes, Obama is honest and sincere.... at pleasing himself. The truth is, he is as corrupt as they come. Read more on Obama here:

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Wumingren in Minneapolis replied:

Why do you say he's a nice person? He most certainly is not! He is spiteful, arrogant, narcissistic, conniving, dishonest, short-tempered, resentful, conceited, selfish, stubborn, vain, unable to take criticism, unable to accept blame, unable to admit error, and the list of character flaws goes on. Obama is not a nice person.

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Anonymous in new york said:

Most people don't know the real Obama and most democrats don't want to know the real obama. I know the real Obama and he isn't a
very nice man. He is a con man. And most con-men have a smooth tongue and easy manner. That's how they are able to over come
your resistance and accept him. And you must admit that Obama has a smooth tongue and easy manner, after all he sucked youi into
his realm. Nothing is wrong with falling for a conmans' act once in a while, but to continue to fall for his line, then you would
have to want to be suckered in. I'm glad that you have woke up at last, even if you have a hangover and buyers' remorse.

But now you must act or rather it appears that your first step toward redemption was sending out your email. I hope others will
see themselves in your email and wake up as you have and spread forth the new message that you have received. Thank you for
waking up at last.

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM

John in IL said:

I have always been a registered democrat from Chicago. There was never a republican to vote for as even the republican election judges were democratic job holders. The problem I had with Obama was the people he had around him. I worked for the mayor's office under two mayors as an investigator and I knew many of the players. Emanuel, Axelrod, the Daley brothers (Bill and Rich along with the silent brother, Mike) Emil Jones (Obama's mentor), Rev Wright, Madigan, Rezko and several others were always in the back rooms making deals and none were for the betterment of the people. They only enriched themselves and their families. I feel they used Obama, who did not have the experience to notice with whom he was aligned but a man who had the desire to get ahead. Everything fell into place and he was pushed into the Presidential race without experience in business or politics. He is a likeable man and many that knew and know him like him as a person. The good thing about this country is we can be on different sides, argue about politics and decisions but we are all for what's good for the country. I just hope we can stop the problems we face with unemployment and people losing their homes and businesses and needing assistance just to survive. I know to many who lost their businesses, houses and jobs and I what that to stop.

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:02 AM

OneMoreVote in maine said:

what you told is that you are not going to vote. If you don't vote that is a vote for Obama.. Just ask yourself, our we better off after four years of Obama? Case closed.

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Bob in CO said:

I'm not an Obama fan and didn't vote for him in 2008. However, he was elected and I was hoping that he would change things and make America better. But he has not made America better. There are others who were Obama supporter in 2008 such as the newspaper in Orlando, Flordia who have come out in support of Romney because they have become disalusioned with Obama. There have been other democrates who voted for Obama and now have changed their minds. Did you know that Bill Clinton in 2011 in a meeting with others told Hillary that she needed to run against Obama in 2012, because the country needed her and didn't need another 4 years of Obama. This is a fact. If Hillary was running I would vote for her. I would have voted for her in 2008 had she not been bought off and dropped out of the race.

The thing you have to ask yourself is where did Obama come from. I'm not talking about the birth certificate thing. What has he done before becoming President. He has not really held any type of job other than being a community organizer. Did you know Michelle was going to divorce him when they were in Chicago? There are too many unanswered questions regarding his past. Why has Obama spent millions of dollars to keep his school records, etc., from being published or reviewed?

He does speak to many people and what they want to hear, but as the indians say, He speak with forked tongue.

Again I do respect your opinion and we will just have to wait ffor November 6th to roll around to see who wins and what the next four years will bring us.

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Brian in Newport News replied:


This article may answer some of your questions about Obama:

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 12:57 PM

John in georgia said:

We make less than $50k / year, we are the face of the middle class, and we’re terrified of another four years of Obama.
Honestly, it feels more like he’s a liar, an obfuscator, a blame shifter. He and his staff are termites – weekly we learn of new ways they’ve plundered the U.S. Treasury for their campaign donors forming “green” companies with billions in taxpayer loans – each and every one going bankrupt. Where did all the money go? Right back into the donors’ bank accounts as “executive salaries.” And that’s just the tippy, tippy, tip of the ice berg.

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:43 AM

gary in Okla. City, OK said:

All these words and you failed to address a single important issue, the most important of which is the economy which is failing under B. Hussein Obama. Why are you voting for trillion dollar deficits year after year forever with nothing good to show for it?

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Joann in Oregon replied:

I was beginning to think it was just me...I saw nothing of value from her letter certainly nothing I would pass on to anyone who is even remotely in the middle...what is her point...that even now she will not vote either way?

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Sharon in DE replied:

Thank God I saw your comment b/c I was of the same mindset. All I will add is she/he is a product of the communist school system and all common sense has been "educated" out. Yeah follks ---let the the state and feds keep throwing more tax dollars, at the p---poor school system that teaching NOTHING of value!!

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Wumingren in Minneapolis replied:

Gary and Joann, I had the same reaction. There is nothing of value to pass along to any idiot undecideds. The most that could be hoped for from that letter is that the idiots might decide to sit out the election, because if they don't understand what Obama has done and intends to do to this country, then they are too stupid to reason with. They don't have enough brain power to vote for Romney against Obama, and they might just tick the ballot for Obama if they get behind the curtain. Better to keep them as far away from the voting booth as possible.

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Brenda in California said:

I did not vote for Obama in '08. I won't be voting for him in '12. Not for any of the reasons you mentioned--but I am a senior citizen and I don't like the fact that he apologized to the world for the USA, I don't like his youthful friends who have, in my opinion shaped his way of thinking, I don't like the fact that he has not fulfilled any of his "promises". I think he has lied to us, I know he has spent millions trying to hide his background from us. I have been witness to his lack of facts and letting his mouth get him in trouble by jumping in where he isn't needed, and not jumping in where he IS needed. I am scared to death of his health plan and his cutting Medicare and Social Security.

Our country is in worse shape 4 years later, in greater debt, higher unemployment than at any other time in history, more people on welfare, people losing their homes, jobs going overseas I could go on and on-but I think you know all this without me listing it here.

The difference in our age is indicated by what you see as wrong with America. You come from a youthful place, where I see things from the greater distance of age. I have known America in it's greatest years and it's leanest years. But this is the first time in all my years that I have been afraid of my America being lost forever. These are the things we must look at if we intend to save her for future generations.

I do however like Mitt Romney, I like his family values, the fact that he is a successful business man, I think he shoots from the hip and is truthful. I could be proven wrong--but I have been proven right about Obama.

I don't think this election h

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM