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President Obama finds himself in the center of a political storm that is wreaking havoc on this country and its society. Nothing of substance is getting done, problems are not being solved and millions of Americans, instead of living the American dream, are living in a state of misery and hopelessness.

We all are sick and tired of hearing that this government is dysfunctional, that it is caught up in a state of gridlock; one in which the use of congressional filibusters is rampant and obstruction of legislation is the name of the game being played by Republicans. Yes we have heard that time and again; but what Americans want to know is when something really positive and meaningful is going to be done about it? Who and what will get these totally corrupted politicians off their butts and do their jobs?

There's a ton of blame to go around and, in my view, there is no question that the pathetic Republican obstructionists are responsible for the largest share of this gridlock. But the Democrats must also share the blame for letting this situation continue to fester because of their often spineless and cowardly behavior. And there is no doubt but that President Obama has also been a major contributor to this nation's ongoing political crisis because of his own policies and actions, or lack of them.

O.K. so it's a terrible dilemma for America but how exactly are we going to get out of this mess? We know that we have a president who isn't much of a fighter and readily backs down when confronted by Republican obstructionists. Americans want a fearless, courageous president who will relentlessly attack this nation's many problems but that's just not who he is.

The question is if he, with less than three years remaining in office, can somehow turn his presidency from one of a defensive nature into one that takes the offense and gets positive things done? To do that he would have to shift his energy level and performance into high gear by taking swift and strong actions to do what was right for this country regardless of the reaction and opposition he might receive from those who are working to bring about his destruction. He needs to finally stand up and fight for what's right. But how to do it?

He would have to follow the example of Theodore Roosevelt: a human dynamo, driven to be the best at anything he did, fearless, courageous and totally dedicated to his country.

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He would have to strive to be like John F. Kennedy, a truly inspirational leader who commanded the respect and the admiration of the American people.

He would need to emulate Lyndon Johnson: an unrelenting, very clever politician who would not stop until he accomplished what he set out to do.

And, lastly, he would have to follow the political strategy of Franklin D. Roosevelt who knew how to connect with people, a master motivator and a shrewd politician who knew exactly how to get things done.

Now with that in mind what does he need to do specifically in the next three years to jumpstart his presidency and prove to the American people that he is the president they thought he could be? If I were his chief political adviser at this point in his presidency here is what I would tell him to do with his remaining years in office:

It's way past time to bring the hammer down hard on the Republican political thugs and their agenda of legislative obstruction. For every issue that they have attempted to destroy or obstruct he should to launch an intensive media attack and show the American people in explicit details just how Republicans are severely damaging this nation. These kinds of thugs and bullies respect nothing but force so it's time to use the full force of the American people against them.

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Use the presidential Bully Pulpit to hammer the GOP relentlessly every time they do something that is diametrically opposed to the wishes of the American people; such as slashing food stamps, refusing to create jobs and extending unemployment benefits, or attempting to make cuts to Social Security.

Being articulate and eloquent is one thing but connecting with and inspiring people with a message that they want to hear is quite another. He must motivate, he must inspire and energize. And if he connects with the American people and they trust in his words they will respond and support him with the massive power that only they possess.

He needs to say "Yes we can" and "It's time for change" and really mean it this time by outlining specific directions and objectives for this nation; not just use lofty rhetoric and worn out platitudes. And, of greatest importance, he has to immediately stop alienating many of his staunchest supporters including liberals, progressives and independents who have become so disillusioned with his current centrist positions.

He has to regain the trust of Hispanics who do not like what they see as he sets new records for deportations of unauthorized immigrants, over 2 million so far, easily surpassing those made under the G.W. Bush administration. This deportation program is adversely affecting the strong support that Hispanics have always given the Democratic Party.

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There has to be a way out but what might that be?... by michael payne on Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 11:54:45 AM
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Robert: Politics, American style, is very stra... by michael payne on Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 5:27:02 PM
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Robert: Pardon me for upsetting you but unless I'm... by michael payne on Friday, Jan 31, 2014 at 8:52:13 PM
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