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Why I am voting for Barack Obama
Union Leader [Manchester, NH], by Ken Burns

Original Article

Posted By:nhchemist, 10/19/2012 1:00:34 PM

One of my favorite movies of all time is Frank Capra's “It's A Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart. (Snip) Like FDR, Obama has walked us back from the brink. He averted a depression, ended one war and put us on the path ending the other, rescued the auto industry, slowly building the sound footing necessary to have a sustained recovery — better, smarter regulation of those that brought this upon us, tax breaks to save a dwindling middle class,

LCom Staff, sorry about the early (Snip) but Burns is too verbose.

Barf alert! Read this to see how the liberal/progressive mind works. The factual errors in this opinion piece show that Burns is no historian.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: heneverlies, 10/19/2012 1:05:49 PM     (No. 8945827)

Metrosexuals unite! Here is just one more example of a stupid person who thinks he is wise and perhaps smart too!

I wonder if he knows what a metrosexual may be?

Reply 2 - Posted by: cmardh, 10/19/2012 1:05:53 PM     (No. 8945829)

Stupid, squared!




Reply 3 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 10/19/2012 1:06:03 PM     (No. 8945833)

Well, why would I read this article? I know why Ken Burns is voting for Obama. He is voting for Obama because he supports government control over every aspect of our lives.

Reply 4 - Posted by: mickturn, 10/19/2012 1:06:26 PM     (No. 8945834)

Well if you had your facts straight all you say never happened, it's a figment of the Libs immagination. Vote Romney and save yourself for another day...after you learn to read!

Reply 5 - Posted by: JHSMom02, 10/19/2012 1:06:51 PM     (No. 8945836)

Mr. Burns, are you aware that one of your favorite movies of all time "It's a Wonderful Life" is perhaps one of the most poignant and clear measures on why we should all be pro-life? Tell me how Obama would feel about destroying the life of George Bailey if George's mother wanted an abortion.

Reply 6 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 10/19/2012 1:08:57 PM     (No. 8945845)

Hear, hear, #5!! Well done!

Reply 7 - Posted by: horacer, 10/19/2012 1:09:06 PM     (No. 8945846)

So Mitt Romney is Mr. Potter and without George 'Obama' Bailey we'd all be out of work, on food stamps, welfare, disability. Grow up Kenny.




Reply 8 - Posted by: CzndCitzen, 10/19/2012 1:09:37 PM     (No. 8945848)

I love how libs say that it wasn't possible because the Conservatives wouldn't work across the aisle. Obama had the house and senate majority for two years.... they sure didn't work across the aisle when they rammed Obamacare down our throats. Obama shoulda, woulda, coulda but he didn't!

He failed all of us and he doesn't deserve another term.

Reply 9 - Posted by: spark29, 10/19/2012 1:13:06 PM     (No. 8945860)

What a poor, weak argument for voting for Obama.

The fact that Mr. Burns never held a private sector job (or not in decades) has polluted his thought processes.

And while Mr. Burns is for government support of PBS all of his projects are underwritten by one of the world's largest oil companies; what a hypocrite.

Reply 10 - Posted by: reilly, 10/19/2012 1:16:33 PM     (No. 8945871)

Big Bird's little PBS brother.

Reply 11 - Posted by: michellewsc2, 10/19/2012 1:18:46 PM     (No. 8945880)

Didn't read article but is this the same Ken Burns who did the baseball documentary?

Reply 12 - Posted by: tobias, 10/19/2012 1:18:50 PM     (No. 8945882)

Read the comments following the article. Very enlightening.




Reply 13 - Posted by: batchief, 10/19/2012 1:20:39 PM     (No. 8945887)

By all means don't look at the facts. He hasn't walked us back from anything, rather he has walked us right into the storm.

Reply 14 - Posted by: oriton, 10/19/2012 1:20:43 PM     (No. 8945888)

Who is Ken Burns and why should we care who he votes for?

Reply 15 - Posted by: jalo1951, 10/19/2012 1:22:39 PM     (No. 8945896)

Your documentary on Abraham Lincoln will always be one of my favorites. But, you sir, are a dumb ass when it comes to analyzing obama's four years in office. And I would have no problem watching that documentary again on PBS with commercials being shown.

Reply 16 - Posted by: Newtsche, 10/19/2012 1:22:51 PM     (No. 8945897)

"As a student of American history..." :rollseyes:

Burns' Civil War doc got appropriate attention and, of course, race was an overriding element. Everything he's done since is tunnel-visioned race driven/leftist sop.

This endorsement is in keeping and, yes, as noted above, grow up, Ken.

Reply 17 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 10/19/2012 1:23:45 PM     (No. 8945901)

In that movie, the Bailey Savings and Loan helped keep the town afloat and allowed the citizens to purchase/maintain their homes and businesses. When there was a run on the banks, it wasn't Government Man who came in with a wad of cash, it was one of their own - George Bailey. And the people didn't line up and demand their "fair share", they requested just enough to keep them afloat. There is an overt thread of personal responsibility that runs through this movie especially seen in the character of George Bailey. To compare our president to this character indicates to me that Mr. Burns has not really watched this movie.




Reply 18 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 10/19/2012 1:24:20 PM     (No. 8945903)

#12 is correct, if the comments are anywhere near a representation of voters, count NH in R&R's column.

Reply 19 - Posted by: bwebb, 10/19/2012 1:25:10 PM     (No. 8945904)

I like Ken Burns and really liked his " Civil War " masterpiece but I plan on voting for Romney-Ryan since I want a Pres. Romney to select the next two Us Justices for the US Supreme Court...Justices likely to be moderate to slightly conservative...a good thing !

Reply 20 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 10/19/2012 1:25:33 PM     (No. 8945907)

Delusional piece that regurgitates BO's talking points without any variance. BO saved us from a depression? He saved the auto industry? Give me a break. And poor BO has been blocked by nasty Republicans? Except for the first two years when dems had full control of the government and fixed .....NOTHING.

It's no surprise that Burns cites FDR, a liberal hero, who's policies have been proven to actually have deepened and prolonged the depression.

Yup, you are right Ken. BO is acting like FDR ... and getting similar results, deepening and prolonging the recession. And like FDR, BO is attacking and demonizing business, which is the ONLY real vehicle to get us out of the economic mess. It took a world war to pull out of the FDR's depression. Hopefully we can fix our current problems simply by getting rid of the cause in a couple weeks.

Thanks for the confirmation that liberals are programmed robots Ken. I'm pretty sure that most New Hampshire citizens are not.

Reply 21 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 10/19/2012 1:27:22 PM     (No. 8945911)

Burns made what may be the best documentary of all time - "The Civil War." He's been living off those accolades and trying unsuccesfully to repeat that success ever since. I wonder where he would be without his CPB grants - probably teaching at Pottersville High. I'm betting that's really why he's supporting Soetoro - to keep those grants a'coming.

Reply 22 - Posted by: msjena, 10/19/2012 1:28:00 PM     (No. 8945912)

Dang those Republicans--they wouldn't let Little Barry fix things. But oh wait--LB had a majority of Democrats in the House and Senate when he was elected. Why didn't he fix things then? And there was also the pesky problem of those voters who took away his majority in the House in 2010. If it wasn't for them, we would all be on Easy Street!



Reply 23 - Posted by: woodsman, 10/19/2012 1:28:01 PM     (No. 8945913)

#12 nails it....If you have any doubt that New Hampshire is not going Romney take a look at the comments that follow the article

Reply 24 - Posted by: Proud American, 10/19/2012 1:28:17 PM     (No. 8945916)

I will be sure that my family and I boycott anything this nerd comes up with in the future....

May he go the way of PBS & Big Bird

Proud American

Reply 25 - Posted by: Paral04, 10/19/2012 1:29:46 PM     (No. 8945923)

What tax breaks? The Income Tax rates and deductions are the same as when Bush was president. Also, we are still in Iraq, have more dead in Afghanistan then in the Iraq war, we have 30% m
ore people getting food stamps, we are in a depression and we are $6 trillion in more debt. Ken Burns must be living in an alternate universe.

Reply 26 - Posted by: MattO, 10/19/2012 1:30:06 PM     (No. 8945924)

Key quote from article >>> "As a student of American history, let me give some perspective. Much like Franklin Delano Roosevelt (one of the subjects of a new documentary series we are working on — if Romney doesn't get his way and PBS isn't eliminated"

Reply 27 - Posted by: markinalpine, 10/19/2012 1:31:09 PM     (No. 8945927)

Young man,
You are voting for the obysmal won, again no doubt, in order to keep all those "Free ObamaBucks" coming.

Reply 28 - Posted by: mitzi, 10/19/2012 1:43:16 PM     (No. 8945955)

(one of the subjects of a new documentary series we are working on — if Romney doesn't get his way and PBS isn't eliminated),

Romney never said anything about eliminating PBS. But - even if it were - there's always Al Gore's Current TV and two History channels.

Reply 29 - Posted by: lazyman, 10/19/2012 1:43:27 PM     (No. 8945956)

No one in America has as much White guilt as this guy.

Reply 30 - Posted by: squid, 10/19/2012 1:46:26 PM     (No. 8945971)

Not surprising, if you have paid close attention to his documentaries.

Reply 31 - Posted by: pineledger, 10/19/2012 2:00:04 PM     (No. 8946016)

Right, 30. Especially the baseball one.

Reply 32 - Posted by: artman1746, 10/19/2012 2:04:31 PM     (No. 8946034)

An example of what we see so often with those talented individuals producing entertainment; talent does not produce intelligence or the ability to discern logic. I wonder why these elite media stars so enamored with government and confident of their knowledge don't offer medical advice. There is no shortage of blockheads ready to turn over the leadership of government to some nut who can play a convincing role in a movie. Maybe they wish to trust their medical care to them as well.

Reply 33 - Posted by: gdub2, 10/19/2012 2:10:47 PM     (No. 8946059)

Why I am voting for Barack Obama
Because you can't fix stupid.

Reply 34 - Posted by: pros7767, 10/19/2012 2:28:41 PM     (No. 8946102)

# 17 is correct. The movie, my all time favorite, deals with self sacrifice and consistently doing the right thing even when it is not what you want to do.

George Bailey is given the opportunity to see what the world would be without his kind, generous, self-sacrificing presence in it. George saves the life of his brother who goes on to shoot down a plane before it crashes into a troop transport killing everyone on board. He saves the life of a pharmacist who makes a mistake with medication that would kill a little boy. He gives up his dream of college after his father dies to run the business and gives the money to his brother. All the while, Potter is trying to destroy him to get a hold of everyone's money and control their future.

When he needs help, the whole town comes running to his side, grateful for his kindnesses over the years.

No Mr. Burns. Mitt Romney is not Mr. Potter. Obama is as he steals our children's futures and tries to dictate our way of life. He lies, cheats and steals to get whatever he wants and takes our money to give it to his rich supporters.

Mitt Romney has led a life of quiet service. That is why the country is rallying around him in his and our time of need.

Mr. Burns if you truly love your daughters, you will open your eyes and vote for the true George Bailey, Mitt Romney.

Reply 35 - Posted by: wlit22z, 10/19/2012 2:29:13 PM     (No. 8946103)

Why should anyone care who Burns votes for? Does he represent some unseen group that matter to the rest of us? He's probably a lib who wants to keep his cushy income from PBS and who knows what.

Reply 36 - Posted by: amylu, 10/19/2012 2:37:45 PM     (No. 8946120)

I have no idea who Ken Burns is, but after reading the article, I have a label for him: He's just another dime-a-dozen Obama "psychophant".

Reply 37 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 10/19/2012 2:39:42 PM     (No. 8946124)

Go ahead and vote for him. My vote will wipe yours out.

When I read any article, I always read the comments after it. It worries me that so many are dumbed down and could not possibly think for themselves. The anger expressed is not good for this nation. We must change our education system and media sooner rather than later. They would believe anything a so called TV star or fast food chain said. Propagana works.

Reply 38 - Posted by: msjena, 10/19/2012 2:40:30 PM     (No. 8946127)

The liberals keep talking about tax breaks for the rich. What about Obamacare's taxes on the middle class? Here are two examples: next year health care deductions are limited to the excess of 10% of adjusted gross income. This year it is 7.5%. The lower your income, the more likely it is that you will exceed the threshold. This hurts middle class families with big medical (or dental) expenses. And another is the lowering of the limit on contributions to flex spending accounts, from $5,000 to $2,500. This raises taxes by $625 a year for people who previously contributed $5,000 and are in a 25% bracket.

Reply 39 - Posted by: Kerryman, 10/19/2012 2:40:34 PM     (No. 8946128)

The recession that didn't become a depression was officially over 8/1/2009 before the President's first budget wnet into effect on 10/1/2009. We already know that the "Stimulus" failed because "Jobs weren't as shovel ready as I thought they were". So how was this depression stopped?

Semper Fi

Reply 40 - Posted by: mollyb0122, 10/19/2012 3:18:01 PM     (No. 8946221)

Please, President Romney, please cut the funding to PBS.

Reply 41 - Posted by: Freedom First, 10/19/2012 3:37:44 PM     (No. 8946257)

I think Burns is a talented artist and story teller, but like so many others in the entertainment world, he has created in his mind a world that does not exist. The blue state model that Obama represents and he is so in love with is responsible for creating hopelessness and decline all over this country.

Reply 42 - Posted by: Penney, 10/19/2012 3:45:36 PM     (No. 8946273)

Burn's skewed logic, as exposed in this article, demonstrates why he can't be relied on for accurate portrayals of events in American history. ...His statist bias always creeps through.

Defund pbs/npr!!!

Reply 43 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 10/19/2012 3:52:30 PM     (No. 8946286)

Sentimental mush - and more proof that people should stick to what they know best. There is no reason to attach any more significance to Ken Burns' political opinions than to anyone else's. There is, indeed, probably less reason to do so. It is almost always a mistake to try to capitalize on celebrity or success in one area to peddle personal political opinions.

Burns' simplistic, indeed childish good versus evil film-inspired vision of politics is naive and embarrassing. He does not seem to know any more about FDR than the liberal establishment wants him to know. His notions about the supposed virtues of compromise, when it is other people doing the compromising of their beliefs, are laughable. He is free to vote as he pleases - but he has not added to his reputation by this incredibly superficial plug for Obama.

Reply 44 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 10/19/2012 3:58:21 PM     (No. 8946300)

I'll tell Burns what I'd tell the very few neighbors sporting Obama/Biden lawn signs: Obama is a traitor out to destroy America; what does that make you?

Reply 45 - Posted by: bob913, 10/19/2012 4:10:52 PM     (No. 8946324)

Does Ken Burns still have that stupid haircut? If so then why?

Reply 46 - Posted by: TexasRed, 10/19/2012 4:11:11 PM     (No. 8946325)

Can you imagine what would happen to Ken Burns if he were to announce he was going to vote for R&R. He would be shunned, excoriated, cursed, reviled, mocked and expulsed from the film industry. He would be a pariah with whom no important progressive could associate. In other words, he would taste cultural death.
Burns does not have enough intellectual or ethical strength to risk such repudiation. He is a weakling, bound and shackled to his progressive culture. Sadly, he is lost!

Reply 47 - Posted by: AltaD, 10/19/2012 4:21:01 PM     (No. 8946359)

The only good thing about the Civil War series was the music and I despised every moment of the baseball series. I assume he's still making sleep inducing mini-series on our dime and that's why he needs Barry in the WH.

And another thing -- why does he still have a 1970's Twyla Tharp haircut?

Reply 48 - Posted by: Japanorama, 10/19/2012 4:28:40 PM     (No. 8946385)

Why I never buy anything associated with KB and I avoid PTV.

Reply 49 - Posted by: vesicant, 10/19/2012 4:28:49 PM     (No. 8946386)

I have a bridge I'd like to sell you, Ken. The pink unicorns don't use it very much at all. BTW, Dave Barry rocks that haircut better than you.

Reply 50 - Posted by: King of all trolls, 10/19/2012 4:29:21 PM     (No. 8946387)

Note to self, avoid this dummy's documentaries, not only because they move at a glacial pace.

Reply 51 - Posted by: Stopstoreload, 10/19/2012 5:40:47 PM     (No. 8946571)

Why in Heaven's name woukld ANYONE vote for Brack Obama?

Reply 52 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 10/19/2012 6:11:54 PM     (No. 8946624)

What Obama would say to George Bailey about his 'Bailey Park':

"Mr. Bailey - that's a real nice housing development there. But you didn't build that."

Still in love, Ken? Fool.

Reply 53 - Posted by: FormerDem, 10/19/2012 7:59:12 PM     (No. 8946781)

I started to watch one of Burns's documentaries but got bored because it was one Authority interviewed after another, so I decided he must have made his career on flattering the Authorities. Maybe I was wrong. If I ever have a month where I haven't got anything else to do, I'll give him another try.

Reply 54 - Posted by: Sully, 11/2/2012 3:05:37 PM     (No. 8982877)

Thank mercy! I find this to be very affirming of my judgment to vote for Romney.

Bowl cut wearing, subsidy grabbing, ivory tower lurker.

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Obama cancels meeting with
Putin amid Snowden tensions

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/7/2013 9:28:50 AM     Post Reply
In a rare diplomatic snub, President Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month. The decision reflects both U.S. anger over Russia´s harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow´s stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights. Obama will still attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but a top White House official said the president had no plans to hold one-on-one talks with Putin while there.

Obama administration using
housing department to compel
diversity in neighborhoods

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Fox News, by Doug McKelway    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2013 9:58:01 PM     Post Reply
In a move some claim is tantamount to social engineering, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is imposing a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America’s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory. The policy is called, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing." It will require HUD to gather data on segregation and discrimination in every single neighborhood and try to remedy it. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan unveiled the federal rule at the NAACP convention in July. "Unfortunately, in too many of our hardest hit communities, no matter how hard

Exclusive: Gen. Wesley Clark,
68, dating 30-year-old fashion
entrepreneur Shauna Mei

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New York Post, by Emily Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/8/2013 3:51:07 PM     Post Reply
Retired 68-year-old US Army general and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley K. Clark has won yet another esteemed decoration — he is dating 30-year-old Shauna Mei, the founder of online retailer AHAlife.com. Clark, who was married to Gertrude Kingston Clark for 45 years before filing for divorce last year, is spending time with the young New York-based entrepreneur, who graduated from MIT and worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker before launching her luxury e-commerce site. Clark and Mei were spotted together recently in the Hamptons,

Obama to give speech 50
years after ´I Have a Dream´

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2013 8:43:45 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is slated to deliver a speech later this month commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Obama will deliver his speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial — the same place where King spoke 50 years ago. The Let Freedom Ring ceremony will be held Aug. 28. "It’s obviously a historic, seminal event in the country. It’s part of my generation’s formative memory and it’s a good time for us to do some reflection,"

Obama´s Russia reset unravels
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Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2013 4:57:48 AM     Post Reply
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden extended his 15 minutes of fame Wednesday, as headlines tied his saga to President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel a planned summit meeting in Moscow next month with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But analysts said the talk of Snowden’s role in the cancellation obscured a more basic reality: The U.S.-Russia relationship is now so frosty that it didn’t appear the two presidents would actually accomplish enough to merit such a high-profile meeting. After four years, the much-vaunted reset in U.S.-Russian relations has devolved into a chilly standoff over issues like the Kremlin’s support for Syria

Does White House Want To Say
Who Lives Where In America?

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 8/8/2013 7:19:22 PM     Post Reply
Nanny State: If any question remained about the Obama White House´s appetite for running everyone´s life from Washington, it should be settled now. This administration even wants to dictate neighborhood makeup. Like your neighborhood? Don´t get used to it. The Obama Department of Housing and Urban Development might decide it wants to dictate changes. HUD is, according to Fox News, considering "a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America´s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory." The proposed rule, disclosed last month by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan at

‘Didn’t Know It Was This Bad’:
McCain, Graham Warn Egypt ‘Days,
Weeks Away From All Out Bloodshed’

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Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/7/2013 11:22:38 AM     Post Reply
Speaking from Egypt Tuesday night, where they are hoping to broker a peaceful transition period between the country’s ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi to its next phase of nascent democracy, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham warned that concessions on both sides needed to begin immediately or Egypt’s government would “fail.” “I didn’t know it was this bad,” Graham said. “These folks are just days, weeks away from all out bloodshed.” “There is only one way that we can bring about a peaceful Egypt, and that is a process of negotiation and reconciliation between major players,” McCain said.

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