Which I will be putting into my RSS feed.

Recently, it became almost impossible to say anything positive about this president. Not even if you back it up with facts and real news. So instead of just letting all that toxic to really burn me, i decided to create this little corner, where people can just share their support for the president, without being mocked and put down. It’s not a Forbidden-Obama-Criticism-Zone by any mean, and there won’t be any rules. Only one thing will be unacceptable: Disrespect towards the president or other posters. This is the president of The United States. The first black president. A terrific man who’s been a target of an awful hate machine since the day he decided to run for the presidency. And he’ll be shown the respect he deserve here. The same goes for the people who support him. There are plenty of blogs all around, where it’s almost required to insult Obama’s supporters, so if anyone wish to do that – Take it somewhere else

For those who don’t know, blackwaterdog was a regularly recommended diarist at DailyKos, who mainly posted a series of beautiful photo diaries, made up of White House photos of President Obama. ?Those diaries never failed to reinforce my pride in our president, and this country for electing him.

This week, blackwaterdog posted a fairwell diary, thanks to the poisonous environment which prevails at DailyKos these days. ?As Modern says below, the state of the DailyKos community at this moment is near toxic, so toxic, that even beautifully shot photographs from the White House staff photographer are met with near hatred. ?I’d cross post this in my account at DailyKos, if I didn’t think it might get me banned for the Nth time [UPDATE- I got banned anyway for calling out Jane Hamsher. ?Lovely.]. ?I don’t need that, especially since I was able to help convince the DailyKos community to light the blogosphere fuse for Jennifer Brunner.

The vicious demonization, by the hard right, of the first African American president in the history of the United States, is now joined by his most disloyal former supporters on the hard left. ?It was probably inevitable. ?And all over one provision, in one bill, on one issue, which if this president wanted to, he’d have been quite reasonable to ignore in the face of a calamitous economy on the verge of total inferno. ? I’ve had my battles with the hard left of our party, and I don’t shy away from it. ?I find this episode to be utterly predictable, but no less sad. ?And they will all look like a bunch of damn fools in a year or two.

Barack Obama’s genius is that he smokes out the people he can’t trust long term, without so much as lifting a finger. ?Barack doesn’t pick fights – he lets people self select the battles they want to fight with him, and then he goes about thoroughly defeating them, repeatedly, all with a smile. ?It was evident in the way his campaign handled the lefty blogosphere, it was evident in how he ran the campaign, and it is evident now in how he governs. ?When both the farthest right wing neanderthals and the farthest left of the Democratic Party both despise him, Barack’s getting somewhere.

I suspect he knows this.

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  • mvirenicus

    i'd like to see a no-confidence referendum on this administration. send him a clear message. he's shown no cajones and surrounded himself with the usual suspects. i expected this result when he was constructing his cabinet. change? not a chance.

  • maggiejean

    Happy to have received an email about this site and look forward to blackwaterdog's diaries.

  • mathgal

    What's funny to me is the “self-importance” that the bloggers sometimes have of themselves.

    DailyKos and FDL seems to think they are the end all and be all of the universe. Just as we ridicule the “teabaggers” for their delusions of grandeur that they are that influential, so too should the extreme left take care that they don't become much bigger than the cause of progress.

  • General_Washington

    I'm not sure which is more disturbing Russo.

    The way someone is treated for merely posting pictures (assuming that is actually the entirety of the matter), or the level of dedication some people have for super-gluing Obama to a pedestal?

    Black, white, polka-dotted. He's not perfect. Actually, he's just as dishonest as everyone else in Washington.

    I expected better from you Tim… Much better.

  • really? you expected “better”? this blog, and especially me, have been shamelessly in the tank for Barack from just about day one. if you expected anything less, you need to work on your reading comprehension. we've got his back. ain't gonna change.

  • mvirenicus

    well, i've gone from elated (complete with fireworks) on election day to hopeful on inauguration day to disappointed over the first ten months to downright pissed off now. we've been had by a huckster. i'll change my opinion if he gives any reason to do so, but trust me, i won't be holding my breath, or my illusions when the next prez election rolls around.

  • you should have kept your illusions in check, mv. this problem of high expectations was identified as such in real time. i suspect you'll be coming around. some of us have been around this block a few times…..

    my advice is to hold your fire, and see how this looks in a couple years. barack plays a long game. he's no huckster, and if you think he is, take your seat in the back with the teabaggers.

  • mvirenicus

    i've been around this block of holding out hope for the dems more times than i can count. the largest truly progressive segment of the democratic power base, organized labor, has been successfully decimated over the last few decades. all that's left to the dems now is a mealy-mouthed faux intellectualism (e.g. human rights) that falls into the hands of bankers, insurers and all the other multi-national corporations every time. i have no hope for america. any progressive change will come to america by force due to external circumstances, such as the rest of the world deciding enough is enough with this pig-headed country.

  • if you have no hope, than you're reading the wrong blog, commenting on a post written by the wrong blogger, proving my point in every word you write.

    but as i said, i'm glad that the internet has allowed for pressure from the left, because there wasn't any prior to the internet. so keep pressuring. but you're off in loonie land right now, where the only other people around you are the same people in my youtubes.

  • mvirenicus

    if you think it's i who is off in loonie land, wait for the 2010 election results and then for the absolutely devastating capper, 2012. the dems could have avoided this outcome by behaving in a progressive manner. it's what the people wanted, even if most are unable to put such a label to it. what are they getting? guano. your youtubes will then be known as a quaint relic from a period of false hope.

  • yes, you are off in loonie land. you just advocated for an invasion of the country. there are other blogs for that crap, i'm sure you'll be welcomed there, most of them are populated by the likes of pam geller.

    and i'll see your 2012 bet, and raise you an electoral landslide. whether or not you participate in it, at this point, i don't actually care.

  • mvirenicus

    oh, so it's okay for america to invade countries without justification and then whine when the people of those countries dare to fight back. where does this american exceptionalism come from, tim? loonie land, that's where. besides, i never advocated any such thing. there's a difference between predicting and advocating. maybe you should brush up on the reading comprehension you oftentimes accuse others of lacking.

  • “any progressive change will come to america by force due to external circumstances, such as the rest of the world deciding enough is enough with this pig-headed country.”

    sounds like advocating an invasion to me.

  • mvirenicus

    there's that reading comprehension problem again on the face of it, tim. but i'll play along. how about economic force? how about diplomatic isolation? how about abandoning capitalism entirely? would any of those things force change in america, progressive or otherwise? all of this is beside the fact that the only reason america has avoided invasion to this point is its geographical isolation. despite the fact that canada has amassed 90% of its population along our borders, i don't think they pose a serious threat. something might be brewing from the south in the not-too-distant future, however. one never knows.

  • Cleopatra Jones

    I am mad at both Dailykos and Huff. post
    I am glad to join you. i will post comments as soon as i get enough time. But i will be here, and I will have barack's back. I will give constructive critism when due but ALSO GIVE CREDIT WHEN DUE.

  • really? you expected “better”? this blog, and especially me, have been shamelessly in the tank for Barack from just about day one. if you expected anything less, you need to work on your reading comprehension. we've got his back. ain't gonna change.

  • mvirenicus

    well, i've gone from elated (complete with fireworks) on election day to hopeful on inauguration day to disappointed over the first ten months to downright pissed off now. we've been had by a huckster. i'll change my opinion if he gives any reason to do so, but trust me, i won't be holding my breath, or my illusions when the next prez election rolls around.

  • you should have kept your illusions in check, mv. this problem of high expectations was identified as such in real time. i suspect you'll be coming around. some of us have been around this block a few times…..

    my advice is to hold your fire, and see how this looks in a couple years. barack plays a long game. he's no huckster, and if you think he is, take your seat in the back with the teabaggers.

  • mvirenicus

    i've been around this block of holding out hope for the dems more times than i can count. the largest truly progressive segment of the democratic power base, organized labor, has been successfully decimated over the last few decades. all that's left to the dems now is a mealy-mouthed faux intellectualism (e.g. human rights) that falls into the hands of bankers, insurers and all the other multi-national corporations every time. i have no hope for america. any progressive change will come to america by force due to external circumstances, such as the rest of the world deciding enough is enough with this pig-headed country.

  • if you have no hope, than you're reading the wrong blog, commenting on a post written by the wrong blogger, proving my point in every word you write.

    but as i said, i'm glad that the internet has allowed for pressure from the left, because there wasn't any prior to the internet. so keep pressuring. but you're off in loonie land right now, where the only other people around you are the same people in my youtubes.

  • mvirenicus

    if you think it's i who is off in loonie land, wait for the 2010 election results and then for the absolutely devastating capper, 2012. the dems could have avoided this outcome by behaving in a progressive manner. it's what the people wanted, even if most are unable to put such a label to it. what are they getting? guano. your youtubes will then be known as a quaint relic from a period of false hope.

  • yes, you are off in loonie land. you just advocated for an invasion of the country. there are other blogs for that crap, i'm sure you'll be welcomed there, most of them are populated by the likes of pam geller.

    and i'll see your 2012 bet, and raise you an electoral landslide. whether or not you participate in it, at this point, i don't actually care.

  • mvirenicus

    oh, so it's okay for america to invade countries without justification and then whine when the people of those countries dare to fight back. where does this american exceptionalism come from, tim? loonie land, that's where. besides, i never advocated any such thing. there's a difference between predicting and advocating. maybe you should brush up on the reading comprehension you oftentimes accuse others of lacking.

  • “any progressive change will come to america by force due to external circumstances, such as the rest of the world deciding enough is enough with this pig-headed country.”

    sounds like advocating an invasion to me.

  • mvirenicus

    there's that reading comprehension problem again on the face of it, tim. but i'll play along. how about economic force? how about diplomatic isolation? how about abandoning capitalism entirely? would any of those things force change in america, progressive or otherwise? all of this is beside the fact that the only reason america has avoided invasion to this point is its geographical isolation. despite the fact that canada has amassed 90% of its population along our borders, i don't think they pose a serious threat. something might be brewing from the south in the not-too-distant future, however. one never knows.

  • Cleopatra Jones

    I am mad at both Dailykos and Huff. post
    I am glad to join you. i will post comments as soon as i get enough time. But i will be here, and I will have barack's back. I will give constructive critism when due but ALSO GIVE CREDIT WHEN DUE.

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  • Obama Supporter

    I miss blackwaterdog terribly, and am excited to find another place to view her inspiring photos.

  • Flintz

    Why is it necessary to keep referring to him as the “first African-American” president? Isn’t it enough to respect him because he’s the president, period?

  • christian

    The Daily Kos has become what that phony Markos always hoped for – a site to dismantle the Democratic movement.

    And the trolls over there! Obama = Chamberlain = Nixon = Stalin = GOP Talking Points.

  • http://deblite.blogspot.com

    Wow. It’s news that Daily Kos has turned full tilt on Barack Obama. I’ve never been a reader there much, but I always thought it was a firmly progressive site.

    I suppose Obama is making strieds, but where exactly is he getting? For every step he takes forward with the economy, he takes two steps back in civil liberties, which I find untenable. And every time he says bipartisanship, progressives roll their eyes and sigh, knowing that it’s impossible to work with people who are determined to say “no” at the outset for everything he proposes. It’s long past time for Barack Obama to do with the entire GOP what he did to John Kasich & Scott Walker over the transportion funding: Force them to get on his train or miss the ride.

  • Anonymous

    We don’t live in that world yet Flintz. For African Americans this is HUGE. for America this is HUGE. We just don’t realize it yet. This could be the start of race not mattering 50-80 years from now. We have a generation that will grow up and the earliest memory of a president will be a black man. That will forever change how they look at African Americans; and as such could make a paradigm shift in race relations in this country. this all has the potential to elevate us back to a super power because we’re finally taking advantage of EVERYONE’S intellectual power.

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