This is not a post, it is a mere footnote.
President Obama cannot give in to a call for negotiations from extremist Republicans. If he does, his credibility will be adversely affected. This is, I believe, the most important moment in his presidency so far. Not only is he being blackmailed, but so is the entire nation. If there is any way of communicating with him, please encourage him. It may help if he and his opponents saw “Cheers Obama” signs or something to that effect.
It would also be my view that, at this point, President Obama should not enter a room unless the room has been searched as well as everyone entering the room. I doubt that he is at risk, but why take chances? When right-wing Republicans cause a shutdown of the Government, one has to be cautious, not paranoid, that’s extremism, just cautious! What Æsop would teach.
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