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April 13, 2010

Obama: "We're still working on our democracy"

Obama said Sunday that the United States is still "working on" democracy and a top aide said he has taken "historic steps" to improve democracy in the United States during his time in office.

Foreign Policy

Obama said Sunday that the United States is still “working on” democracy and a top aide said he has taken “historic steps” to improve democracy in the United States during his time in office.

The remarks came as Obama met with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev — one of the U.S. president’s many meetings with world leaders ahead of this week’s nuclear summit.

Kazakhstan, which has been touting its record on combating nuclear proliferation, is a key player in the NATO supply network to Afghanistan and currently heads the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Some observers see a conflict between Kazakhstan’s chairmanship of the 56-nation OSCE, which plays an important role in monitoring elections in emerging democracies, and its own widely criticized human rights record.

But if the Obama administration saw any disconnect, it kept its criticism to itself.

“In connection with the OSCE, the presidents had a very lengthy discussion of issues of democracy and human rights,” NSC senior director Mike McFaul said on a conference call with reporters Sunday. “Both presidents agreed that you don’t ever reach democracy; you always have to work at it. And in particular, President Obama reminded his Kazakh counterpart that we, too, are working to improve our democracy.”

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman asked McFaul to clarify.

“You seemed to be suggesting there was some equivalence between their issues of democracy and the United States’ issues, when you said that President Obama assured him that we, too, are working on our democracy,” Weisman said. “Is there equivalence between the problems that President Nazarbayev is confronting and the state of democracy in the United States?”
“Absolutely not … There was no equivalence meant whatsoever,” McFaul said. “[Obama's] taken, I think, rather historic steps to improve our own democracy since coming to office here in the United States.”


Wild Thing's comment........

We are NOT a democracy,...WE THE PEOPLE are a REPUBLIC!

The words of America's most destructive enemy ...the "progressive." Barack Obama is a "transnational progressive," along with George Soros and a slew of others. They intend to "disrupt and destroy" America's authentic popular sovereignty, national sovereignty, and Constitutional rule of law. They must and shall be defeated, as surely as the Soviet and Nazi threats were put down.

Obama = America’s greatest enemy.

America worked just fine iuntil sleezy obama got his mitts on it.

Once again obama puts down our country, I have lost count how many times he has done this.

Posted by Wild Thing at April 13, 2010 06:49 AM


obama plans on America going from a republic, to a democracy, to a socialist nation. So far his plan seems to be working well. I hope we put the skids on this November then in 2012 get things into reverse.

Posted by: TomR at April 13, 2010 10:09 AM

Wild Thing you hit it on the head. I am not sure that Obama did not have a point though. After all the least democratic institution in America is the Democrat Party. It was a real step toward democracy when the Governor of Illinos did not award Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder no matter how much money Jesse Jackson gave Obama.

Posted by: Avitar at April 13, 2010 12:47 PM

This confuses people. It has been said for so long that we are a democracy, that people believe it, not true, We have never been a democracy. We are a Representative Republic.

What people don't realize, Russia is a democracy, everybodies equal and everybody has nothing. No matter how hard they work they have the same as their neighbor. Thats Egalitarianism, a Democracy. We have 3 branches of government, suppose to be equal but right now the Supreme court and congress have less power than the president, not the way it was designed. And right now we have someone, osambo who thinks he's the King who wants to take us down the same garden path Stalin took the Soviet Union.

Fundamentally change America, that is NOT his job. IMPEACH NOW.

He's still working on democracy, meaning he's still shredding the Constitution and people are starting to wake up.

Posted by: Mark at April 13, 2010 01:07 PM

I posted these yesterday, but linked back to my friend Joseph Wouk's site for the reasoning behind these 10 statements. He has excellent content regarding Israel, the US and the middle east that you won't find elsewhere. Unfortunately there seem to be very few comments. Take a swing over and read some of his posts.

10 reasons why Barack Obama is the most naïve president in US history

1. Obama believes unilateral disarmament will achieve a nuclear-free world

2. Obama thinks evil regimes can be negotiated with

3. Obama doesn’t believe America is fighting a global war

4. Obama believes increasing spending and raising taxes leads to prosperity

5. Obama thinks government-run health care is good for America

6. Obama doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism

7. Obama believes alliances don’t matter

8. Obama trusts Russia

9. Obama believes the UN is indispensable

10. Obama believes a federal Europe is good for America

Posted by: Bob A at April 13, 2010 01:12 PM

GREAT input, thank you all so much.

Bob A., thanks for the list and the link too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 14, 2010 03:01 AM