Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 decade ago

Why does Obama say he wants to reach out for those who didn't vote for him?

Doesn't he respect their position of not wanting him as their president?


Obama Ranked Most Liberal Senator in 2007

It may or may not be a trophy that he wants to pick up right now.

The National Journal is out with its 27th Annual vote ratings and it ranked Sen. Barack Obama as the most liberal Senator in the entire Senate. (His first year he was 16th, and last year he was 10th.) But he wasn't alone in his shift to the left. Sen. Hillary Clinton was 16th herself in 2007 after being 32nd in 2006.

And there really wasn't much room between them. The Journal notes of the 267 measures on which both senators cast votes in 2007, the two differed on only 10.

16 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Standard rhetorical fare expected of him. Now all the news pundits will laud the emperor for being all-inclusive.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because he wants to reach out to those who didn't vote for him and try to work with everyone to help solve our nation's problems, as a good president ought to.

    Why did Bush say, in 2000, that he wanted to be a uniter and not a divider, and that he wanted to reach out to those who didn't vote for him? Why do all good presidents do this?

    Good Americans may not have voted for someone who gets elected, but support their government. The 45% or 49% of people who don't get their way in presidential elections mostly wind up supporting their president, not spending 4 years wishing he'd go away.

  • 1 decade ago

    Who cares what they want and don't flatter yourself by thinking he will waste a second on the cry babies he is just being noble in saying that he wants an opportunity to prove himself so what if u didn't vote for him obviously we didn't need your vote cause yes we can. the fact that u and others like u didn't want him as President is irrelevant as he is your president. I didn't want and thank God I didn't get Mcsame. So fix that Purty mouth to say President Barrack Obama. hope won. Change has arrived.

  • 1 decade ago

    The fact is he is everyone's president now. At least he will be come January. He is trying to bring the people of America together to solve the problems this country has.

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  • Judith
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    He wants the people who didn't vote for him to know that he'll be looking out for their interests as well. He hopes to do what is best for America and everyone in it. That being said, no one man (or woman) can please everybody all of the time. We should try to be open-minded and give him time in office to see what kind of effect he'll have here and abroad.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You may not like him or his politics but unless you move out of the country and renounce your citizenship he is indeed your president. What happened to the, "My country right or wrong" BS you people love to spout? I have found that there is nothing more un American than a conservative who's guy has lost.

  • 1 decade ago

    10 Ways to Pray for Barack Obama

    Whether you are happy about this week's election results or not, all Christians must unite in prayer for our new president. Please don't forsake this responsibility.

    It's over. We've reached the end of the longest, angriest and most nerve-wracking presidential campaign in American history. Finally the "I approved this message" ads have ceased. The endless robot phone calls have stopped ringing. The debates, and the annoying post-debate comments from "experts," are history—until the next election cycle.

    More than half the nation is celebrating today while others are mourning. We are a divided nation, split into unhappy fragments by abortion, gay marriage, global warming, a failed economy and an unpopular war. Those who voted for Barack Obama have claimed a historic victory; some on McCain's side are already looking for scapegoats. Politics is politics.

    But when I got up this morning, I turned all my attention to the fact that Jesus Christ is still on the throne. His government is what is most important. Regardless of who sits in the Oval Office, the Bible says "the nations are like a drop from a bucket" to God (Is. 40:15, NASB). That includes the United States. We may boast about being "the greatest nation on earth," but He who sits in heaven has a different perspective. Let's take a big sigh of relief now and remember that God is sovereign.

    I'll admit this election did not turn out as I had hoped. I supported McCain primarily because I am pro-life and I prefer his small-government mindset. But now that the election is over, I'm not going to harbor bitterness toward Obama supporters or go into attack mode. Obama has been elected president of this country, and that means I have a biblical responsibility to support him in prayer—even if I challenge his policies.

    Whether you voted for Obama or not, you need to pray for him. Here are 10 ways I plan to intercede for him regularly:

    1. Pray for Obama's protection. We already know that some weird, neo-Nazi fanatics in Tennessee plotted to kill Sen. Obama during his campaign. Let's pray that racist hatred is not allowed to spread. Let's cancel every assassin's bullet in the name of Jesus. May civility triumph over bigotry.

    2. Cover his wife and daughters in prayer. It is not easy to live under constant media scrutiny. Pray for Obama's wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, Malia and Natasha, as they face invasive cameras, nosy reporters, maniacal fans and dangerous enemies. Obama is not only a politician but also a husband and a father.

    3. Pray that Obama will govern with God's wisdom. God rewarded Solomon because he asked for wisdom instead of wealth, long life or vengeance on his enemies (see 1 Kings 3:11-12). Pray that Obama will order his priorities like that. Despite Solomon's tragic character flaws, his legacy was wisdom. We can ask God to give our president the same grace.

    4. Ask God to keep our president humble. Many great American leaders became corrupt after they moved to Washington. The fatal attraction of fame, wealth and power proved irresistible. The only thing that will guard a man or woman from this pitfall is humility. May God deliver President Obama from the curse of pride.

    5. Pray for wise and righteous advisers to surround him. Godly leaders cannot do their job alone. Even the best leaders have failed because they trusted the wrong people. Pray that Obama will not select his counselors based on party, race, pedigree or political cronyism but on godly character and proven wisdom. Pray also that he will not allow secret traitors into his inner circle.

    6. Ask for the spirit of reconciliation. Some segments of our deeply divided society want nothing to do with Obama now that he has won the presidency. Even some Christians will be tempted to harbor resentment and nurse political grudges throughout his term in office. Pray that God will grant forgiveness and healing so that leaders on all political levels can have constructive dialogue.

    7. Pray that Obama will adopt pro-life convictions. Many politicians have changed their views on key issues while in office. In the 1800s some leaders who favored slavery later denounced it. In the 1950s some who opposed racial integration later became champions of it. Even though Obama won approval from many voters because he sanctions abortion, God could soften and change his heart.

    8. Bind all evil forces assigned to manipulate our president. The specter of Islamic terrorism looms over the United States, and dark forces are ready to infiltrate. Our only hope lies in prayer to the God who is able to expose and outwit the schemes of the wicked. This is truly a time for spiritual warfare, and intercessors must not come off the wall in this hour! Pray that no foreign government, terrorist organization or demonic principality will use Obama as a tool. We must stand strong against the spirit of antichrist that pr

  • 1 decade ago

    If he is sincere he wants everyone to work together. He can respect their right to not want him as president but still work toward a common goal.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Lamijos - To quote a different poster in response to a similar "question":

    "For now, we have a new president-elect. In the spirit of reaching across the aisle, we owe it to the Democrats to show their president the exact same kind of respect and loyalty that they have shown our recent Republican president, which was none."

  • 1 decade ago

    It does not matter if they don't want him as president. He will be the President of the UNITED States. That means he works for all of us, even those too rigid to open their minds.

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