2008 Presidential Election in hindsight

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Kestrel452, Feb 20, 2011.


How do you feel about the way you voted at this point?

  1. I voted for Obama and still would have.

    40 vote(s)
  2. I voted for Obama and regret it.

    3 vote(s)
  3. I voted for McCain.

    12 vote(s)
  4. I refused to vote for either candidate.

    10 vote(s)
  1. Kestrel452 macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2008
    Please take the time to submit your answer in the poll. Thanks!
  2. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    this will get moved to PRIS soon.
    But I said it then and I will say it now. Both candidates suck and I voted 3rd party all the way.
    In the 2010 election I voted pretty heavy third party. I made my voice heard that I hate the status quo (dem or GOP) and want them both out of office.
  3. Kestrel452 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2008
    I could have sworn i posted this in the politics section, sorry about that.
  4. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    As a Brit I didn't vote, but on behalf of the rest of the Western World thank you all once again for not electing McCain/Palin.

    You'd probably be at war in Egypt now if you had, trying to prop up another Bastion Against Terrorism.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Living in Massachusetts which has the mandatory healthcare, and how its bankrupting the state and keeping small businesses from hiring. I voted for McCain. I can see the same thing happening now with Obama's unrestrained spending. We're borrowing 40 cents on very dollar spent and adding on the huge bureaucracy of the healthcare bill, the increased costs to small businesses is going to prevent the economy from picking u momentum.
  6. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Voted for Obama. Not thrilled with him in the least. Would never vote for a McCain/Palin ticket. Would have voted for McCain in 2000.

    Quite frankly, given the incredible obstructionism from the Reps., he's not done a bad job. Not a great one either.
  7. Ugg macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2003
  8. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
  9. citizenzen macrumors 65816

    Mar 22, 2010
    Voted for Obama.

    But now I think Hillary might have been the stronger choice.

    Latest example: Obama: "Wisconsin Gov's Plan Seems Like Assault On Unions"

    Seems? SEEMS?! How about IS an assault on unions, workers and the middle class, you bloodless capitulator?!

  10. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    As a Canuck I didn't vote, but on behalf of the rest of the Western World thank you all once again for not electing McCain/Palin.

    Although, the outright laughter that would have generated, might have been worth the risk. LOL
  11. ender land macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2010
    Wait what?

    Hasn't obama had democratic controlled senate/house for much of his term?
  12. citizenzen macrumors 65816

    Mar 22, 2010
    Obama has done less... fought less... while possessing the most political capital and resources than any president I can recall.

    "Change we can believe in" turned into "Slow down! I see a speed bump."
  13. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    With 60 votes needed in the Senate to advance any legislation, it didn't matter.
  14. 184550 Guest

    May 8, 2008
    I voted for Obama and still would.

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I've been pleasantly surprised with his foreign policy. That was the one thing in 2008 I was unsure about when voting for him.
  15. Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2008
    I thought Hillary was probably a better choice but knew she couldn't win the general election.
  16. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I think that people were tired enough of Bush that any Dem would have won. As for me I voted 3rd party, but in retrospect I'm glad Obama won, but I think Hillary would have done a better job.
  17. Sydde macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2009
    Didn't want those grapes anyway. Bet they were sour.
  18. quagmire macrumors 603


    Apr 19, 2004

    Especially when the Democrats were not united because some of them were in conservative areas so they had to worry about reelection.......

    I voted for Obama and I don't regret it. I am unsure though who I will vote for in 2012, but I am leaning towards the Stewart/Colbert ticket. :) :p
  19. neko girl macrumors 6502a

    neko girl

    Jan 20, 2011
    For this man:

    Because he's a Mac user, of course :)
  20. Xeperu macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2010
    The 2008 election was in essence an election for 2 negative choices. If you voted Obama and still stand by it you must have fallen on your head with serious force.

    Yes, I'll be the first to say that the man has had a very hard job, but keeping promises? Not bloody likely.

    I could pretty much go on for ages why I dislike Obama, but that would just feed the trolls too much. If Gramps McCain could have done a better job? I cannot say, the economy would have looked better probably. Liberalism and socialism are killer for economies that are not going well.
  21. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    I think he's an essentially cautious man who is a career coalition builder, not the kind of politician who habitually makes use of arbitrary executive powers.

    I agree that he made less use of his early mandate than perhaps he should, but I applaud his desire to build consensus when possible. Presidents must learn their trade quickly.
  22. 184550 Guest

    May 8, 2008
    I agree, I think this is a good summary of how Obama has tried to transition from campaign promises/ rhetoric to actually dealing with the situations he's encountered as President.
  23. fivepoint macrumors 65816


    Sep 28, 2007
    In 2008 I was skeptical of the 'change' Obama was marketing and suspected then that what he really meant by this change was actually more of the same... more endless wars in the middle east, more government expansion, more destruction of personal liberties, more growth of bureaucracies, more massive growth of our deficit, more growth of entitlements and the further growth of anti-personal-responsiblity attitudes of American culture.

    All of my fears have proven to thus far be 100% correct, with a bit more anti-American foreign apologetic groveling, and blatant wealth redistribution thrown in for good measure. Obama has been a DISASTER of a president... in my humble opinion.

    In 2012, I hope that people will come to their senses and vote for REAL change. Hopefully they'll vote for someone who WILL bring the troops home, someone who WILL eliminate our deficits, someone who WILL get the government's noses out of every aspect of our lives...
  24. fivepoint, Feb 20, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2011

    fivepoint macrumors 65816


    Sep 28, 2007
    Who am I to argue with such fabulous political reasoning... that being said, this criteria is bound to deliver some very wide-ranging results... Rush, after all is much more of a known 'Mac Guy' than Obama. ;)

  25. CaptMurdock Suspended


    Jan 2, 2009
    The Evildrome Boozerama
    Whatever. Not that you can point to a single case of "personal liberties" infringed upon...

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