In an interview last night with a local news station in Orlando, President Obama claimed that America has “gotten a little soft” and lost its competitive edge.

At a time when economic crisis, ever-expanding government, rising international threats, declining civic education, and many other problems cloud America’s future, it’s hard to pin the blame for today’s challenges on the American people.

While the President may have doubts in America’s strength, at The Heritage Foundation we know our members work hard and make sacrifices. And we want to hear from you.

Tell us your story of the hard work and sacrifices you have made to make America great. The President needs to know that every day, Americans like you go to work to make America the most innovative and productive country in the world.

Post your story in the comments.

Comments (126)

sly311 - September 30, 2011

This from the blowhard-in-chief who actually went and did an apology tour as one of the first items on his break-America tour. Now he says America is soft? Really, this guy is a certifiable schizoid. And a very dangerous one at that. The only thing soft is this guy’s brain.

dave schumacher - September 30, 2011

Gotten soft?! Mr. Obama, I work twice as hard for half as much money due to the mess this economy is in! I am self employed and will not let what you are doing to this country slow me down!

Maria Kent - September 30, 2011

What I have to say about Mr. Obama is absolutely unprintable.

Gary Prescott - September 30, 2011

Maybe a little soft in the head for electing this…whatever!!

Robert Barnes - September 30, 2011

I suppose we have gotten soft from the perspective that we are no longer effectively standing up against the repressive government we now live under. We will see exactly how soft we have gotten in November 2012.

paul - September 30, 2011

Who’s soft, I’m 71 yrs old and I still work. With a loud mouth like you Mr. President you have no idea how we American work. If you ever had a real job you would know what work is.

Richard W. Gorski, M.D. - September 30, 2011

If President Obama is not blaming our past president George Bush (2) all the time he is now starting to blame the citizens of the United States of America. Why don’t you borrow the sign Pres. Harry S. Truman had on his desk in the White House….”The Buck Stope Here”.

Jack Martin - September 30, 2011

We have gotten soft but only with respect to holding blowhard-in-chief and the entire Congress directly responsible for the mess this country is in. We need term limits, no congressional retirement, and no more than one-fourth of the congressional staff they have now. Let’s clean house in the next 6 years and pass the balanced budget amendment in 2012…let’s see if that is tough enough for the blowhard.

Sandy Doren - September 30, 2011

Completed bachelor’s degree while working full time…at age 50+. Completed master’s degree while working full time…at age 50+. Completed 3000 hours supervised practice while working full time…at age 50+. Now working both jobs and reaping the rewards of hard work. It’s very satisfying and I wouldn’t trade either of my jobs for a government job.

Frank Dallahan - September 30, 2011

Mr. Obama makes one mis-step after the other. America has gotten soft? Where the hell does he get his information? David Plouff? Senator Dodd? Nancy Pelosi? Harry Reid? Chris Matthews? He is so arrogant and so wrong, it makes my head spin. People are working two and three part-time jobs to pay their bills because the federal government has screwed things up so badly. Obama talks about a jobs bill. It is a joke. His entire term of office is a joke. I only wish we had a no-confidence vote as a part of our system to get incompetents like Obama and his cronies out of office sooner rather than later.

Damon - September 30, 2011

Since 1997 I have worked in private security. Back in 2007 I, like many americans, wrote a letter to the president asking to create more jobs. The people I meet in my day to day duties all want a job or in some cases a career. So instead of sending jobs over seas. Would it be too much to ask if you can put the people to work? If they want to work.

Norman A. Schlosser - September 30, 2011

HOW DARE HE SAY we are getting soft!!! HE HAS BEEN THE ONE GOING AROUND THE WORLD KISSING ‘EVERYONE’S’ BUTT and apologizing for the dominance and power of the United States of America!! Yes, I agree that he is certifiable.

Charles Knox - September 30, 2011

Sounds like his version of Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” speech. Makes you wonder if the community organizer really wants a second term? Mr. President, we all know that you consider yourself way to important to do the job you were elected to do, so why not just pull a “Lyndon” and tell us you’re not going to run again.

sally Fama - September 30, 2011

Obama is killing any initiative to maintain a competitive edge. He has taxed businesses to death and created Obamacare which is already putting the kabosh on hiring, or any incentive to create, or look forward to a bright future. People cannot get jobs, so how can they have a competitive edge in business?
Obama is the one who is soft. He is a weak president.

Jack - September 30, 2011

You are soft in the head, Obama.
I am a failure. I am also a success. I am a high school dropout, and am the graduate of a medical school and surgical residency. I am a veteran of our armed forces. I have been embezzled, resulting in bankruptcy, and have still provided for a wife and six wonderful children. I have literally saved lives in seventeen years of surgical practice. Thank God I live in a country where I can fail and succeed, and learn from each experience. I depend on myself, without handouts from the government or others. What a rich and meaningful life I’ve had, because I live in America, where in terms of my personal results, the buck stops with me. I am a hard man when I need to be — not soft like you, Obama. I and millions of “hard” Americans will be sure to send you back to the private sector, for your first real job, in 2012.

Ronald Duthweiler - September 30, 2011

I guess I’m soft for teaching school for twenty years, buying an apartment house and giving people a decent place to live, and investing my life savings in a franchise business and losing it in the 1980’s recession, and going back to teach and losing that income and my mobile home. I am living in a rented room today AND I AM STARTING OVER AT 79 YEARS OF AGE. How soft is that “president” Obama?

J S MCELHINNEY III - September 30, 2011

I live in Reno, NV where the unemployment rate is the highest in the nation. Foreclosures are also among the highest in the nation. Without jobs, people have lost their homes as well as their medical and dental insurance. That translates into people postponing their dental care. As a dentist, I have had to postpone equipment purchases, return leased instruments equipment and cut back staff and reduce staff hours. We all do things we’d normally delegate to someone else if we could afford to hire additional staff.

There is still a great need for emergency dental care among our disabled veterans from all previous wars. Recently a local church started a program called the Adopt-a-Vet Dental Program after a local veteran died of a dental abscess because he couldn’t afford dental care. To date they have recruited about 25 dentists to provide pro bono extractions, dentures and partial dentures. The biggest hurdle is finding dental laboratories to provide pro bono services to the dentists participating in the Adopt-a-Vet Program. The dentists offer their professional services pro bono as well as paying for their office overhead including staff wages, utilities, etc. so the additional cost of paying for laboratory services is prohibitive. It’s essential that the laboratories offer to do lab work pro bono as well and some have.

I think the “take away point” is that Americans in general are hard-working, caring and generous people and the so-called “rich folks” do their share and more when necessary to help their brethren when they’re down and out. I prefer to give a hand up instead of a handout.

Jim Hodges - September 30, 2011

Mr. President:

My name is Jim Hodges, and in 1999, after retiring from the Navy, I started my own audio book business. It was going pretty good until last year. Sales were down. The cost of gas was going up, and I traveled 35,000 miles to get to homeschool conventions where I sell my recordings, so you know that hurt. Families are concerned with the economy and whether they will have a job tomorrow. But I keep plugging away, working 6 days a week, recording, editing, traveling and selling. My retirement check goes almost entirely to pay my federal taxes, so I only get to keep what I earn. This year sales are down 17% as of today. But I am an American. I will live through this. And I will be going strong long after you are replaced.

Thought you’d like to know.

With Hope in Him,
Jim Hodges

Raymond Jones - September 30, 2011

I work very hard in my own small business trying to pay all my taxes and if I get any softer I’m afraid they’ll just have to do without my money.

J T Custer - September 30, 2011

We don’t consider ourself soft at all. My husband is 75 and I’m 68. We’ve been self employed for most of the last 29 years. we’re both on social security now but we have not quite working. Our office is in our home and my husband does outside sales. Because we are still working most of our social security goes to pay our taxes. If we retire the one contract rep we have will not be able to make it on his own so we are trying to hang in until he is able to financially do it alone. I’m sad that our grandchildren will not know the america we have known. but if we can get enough people to engage and open their eyes we can still stop this fall into the Europeon Socialism that is now failing. My daily prayer is that God will expose the corruption that is going on in Washington and that we again become one nation under God.

Eddie74 - September 30, 2011

All that BHO & Dems blabb is Jobs-Jobs-Jobs, after they and their radical constituents have run half of all Private Sector Companies out of the Country.. The ONLY jobs they can offer are the parasitic government jobs that require the high taxes on the Private Sector to pay for their lucrative salaries & bennies.. Tell those Stupid Govn’t & Political Jerks they have finally “Killed the Private-Sector Goose that has been laying all the Eggs they have been Stealing all along.. Said another way, – “This Private Sector Cow can’t give no more Milk to the TooFat & Over-Bloated Govn’t-Public Sector..” Now Time they canibalize each other for their next meal..

Terrance Milligan - September 30, 2011

In November 2012 I am going to certainly due my part to show this President how I feel about his efforts of the last four years. I’ll do everything that I can to undo those efforts and get the USA back to being the USA. In God We Trust…..

Lee Burns - September 30, 2011

Perhaps the pearls of incompetence, ignorance, willful negligence and deliberate obtuseness aren’t an appropriate necklace for a president to wear but it does seem to be the one presently in vogue. America soft?
What have you done, Mr. President to warrant a badge of strength?

hajduke - September 30, 2011

Obama is right!….with so many entitlements there is no incentive any longer to start at the bottom and work hard. Illegals have incentive and will do the jobs U.S. citizens ignore because Americans can live better collecting government freebies than working for minimum wage.. If there are no jobs in this country why are illegals flooding the borders to come and work in the United States. America’s lack of incentive has made it soft.
This may be the only thing Obama has said that makes sense and I’m sure he didn’t know it at the time!

Thomas Berquist - September 30, 2011

Starting delivering papers at age nine. Worked three jobs one summer to get enough money to by equipment for my ham radio. Worked in store and delivered papers all through junior high and high school. Spent one hitch in Navy, year in middle east. Worked my way through college, first in my family, and graduated with Engineering degree. Worked thirty years for major telecommunications company. If Obama thinks we are soft..keep up your Marxist agenda and you’ll find out how soft we are.

David P. Payea - September 30, 2011

Had doctor tell me I had lung cancer and 1 year to live. If my left lung was removed, my chances of survival improved to 5% to live 5 years. Had lung removed. That was 37 years ago, 37 years of a gift to try to give back. Later had 3 double heart bypass operations and cardiologist said “retire” at 62. I did, but it only lasted 3 months….I needed to keep busy, so I asked myself, “What can I do with the skills I have, but wwithin the limitations I have.” I founded a 501c3 on $850 of borrowed money and started doing bath grab bars and smoke alarms for low income senior/disabled people who could not afford them. I grew the business to become a vendor for State of WA Dept of Social & Health Services. Worked 60-70 hours a week and (sometimes) paid myself $300-400.
Built wheelchair ramps, roll-in showers, railings etc.
Lasted 10+ years and would still be doing it if the economy had not taken a dive. Gave away over $30,000 of free stuff
in the final year. Finally quit at 72. Still sing classical tenor.
Cardiologist and pulmonologist both say “People with your numbers come in in wheelchairs, breathing oxygen. We don’t know what you’re doing, but keep doing it.”
“Soft ?”…….I kinda doubt it.

Pastor Wm Harpole - September 30, 2011

It seems to me that the average [whatever that means] American worker has not given up or in to softness but rather each one is having a hard time getting ahead when our government is placing obstacles in their way. What I wander is how the President can all others soft when we cannot find out how he paid for his expensive education or his high-priced life style before he became President.

valerie - September 30, 2011

Americans soft? LOL of course we are a little soft. Can you imagine if we had 3 months of no power? (electric) how many people do you know that could survie? It would be hard, but, I think barring any medical emergencies, my immediate family could do it. We certainly not the strength of the colonist who settled this country. hate to even partically agree with BO, but, that statement, although I didn’t listen to the video isn’t so far out.

Jeanne Ameye - September 30, 2011

Not my comment but a good one.

—–Original Message—–
From: BJ Rassler
To: Karen
Sent: Tue, Sep 27, 2011 9:50 am
Subject: This is a real letter

To All My Valued Employees,

There have been some rumblings around the office about the future of this company, and more specifically, your job. As you know, the economy has changed for the worse and presents many challenges. However, the good news is this: The economy doesn’t pose a threat to your job.

What does threaten your job however, is the changing political landscape in this country. Of course, as your employer, I am forbidden to tell you whom to vote for – it is against the law to discriminate based on political affiliation, race, creed, religion, etc.

Please vote for who you think will serve your interests the best. However, let me tell you some little tidbits of fact which might help you decide what is in your best interest. First, while it is easy to spew rhetoric that casts employers against employees, you have to understand that for every business owner there is a back story.

This back story is often neglected and overshadowed by what you see and hear. Sure, you see me park my Mercedes outside. You saw my big home at last years Christmas party. I’m sure all these flashy icons of luxury conjure up some idealized thoughts about my life. However, what you don’t see is the back story.

I started this company 12 years ago. At that time, I lived in a 300 square foot studio apartment for 3 years. My entire living space was converted into an office so I could put forth 100% effort into building a company, which by the way, would eventually employ you.

My diet consisted of Ramen Pride noodles because every dollar I spent went back into this company. I drove a rusty Toyota Corolla with a defective transmission. I didn’t have time to date. Often times, I stayed home on weekends, while my friends went out drinking and partying. In fact, I was married to my business — hard work, discipline, and sacrifice.

Meanwhile, my friends got jobs. They worked 40 hours a week and made a modest $50K a year and spent every dime they earned. They drove flashy cars and lived in expensive homes and wore fancy designer clothes. Instead of hitting Nordstrom’s for the latest hot fashion item, I was trolling through the Goodwill store extracting any clothing item that didn’t look like it was birthed in the 70’s.

My friends refinanced their mortgages and lived a life of luxury. I, however, did not. I put my time, my money, and my life into a business — with a vision that eventually, some day, I too, will be able to afford these luxuries my friends supposedly had.

So, while you physically arrive at the office at 9 am, mentally check in at about noon, and then leave at 5 pm, I don’t. There is no “off” button for me. When you leave the office, you are done and you have a weekend all to yourself. I unfortunately do not have the freedom. I eat, ****, and breathe this company every minute of the day. There is no rest. There is no weekend. There is no happy hour. Every day this business is attached to me like a 1 day old baby.

You, of course, only see the fruits of that garden — the nice house, the Mercedes, the vacations… You never realize the back story and the sacrifices I’ve made. Now, the economy is falling apart and I, the guy that made all the right decisions and saved his money, have to bail out all the people who didn’t.

The people that overspent their paychecks suddenly feel entitled to the same luxuries that I earned and sacrificed a decade of my life for. Yes, business ownership has its benefits but the price I’ve paid is steep and not without wounds. Unfortunately, the cost of running this business, and employing you, is starting to eclipse the threshold of marginal benefit and let me tell you why:

I am being taxed to death and the government thinks I don’t pay enough. I have state taxes. Federal taxes. Property taxes. Sales and use taxes. Payroll taxes. Workers compensation taxes. Unemployment taxes. Taxes on taxes. I have to hire a tax man to manage all these taxes and then guess what? I have to pay taxes for employing him. Government mandates and regulations and all the accounting that goes with it, now occupy most of my time. On Oct 15th, I wrote a check to the US Treasury for $288,000 for quarterly taxes. You know what my “stimulus” check was? Zero. Nada. Zilch.

The question I have is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs and serves over 2,200,000 people per year with a flourishing business? Or, the single mother sitting at home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her next welfare check?

Obviously, government feels the latter is the economic stimulus of this country. The fact is, if I deducted (Read: Stole) 50% of your paycheck you’d quit and you wouldn’t work here. I mean, why should you? That’s nuts. Who wants to get rewarded only 50% of their hard work? Well, I agree which is why your job is in jeopardy. Here is what many of you don’t understand … to stimulate the economy you need to stimulate what runs the economy. Had suddenly government mandated to me that I didn’t need to pay taxes, guess what? Instead of depositing that $288,000 into the Washington black-hole, I would have spent it, hired more employees, and generated substantial economic growth. My employees would have enjoyed the wealth of that tax cut in the form of promotions and better salaries. But you can forget it now.

When you have a comatose man on the verge of death, you don’t defibrillate and shock his thumb thinking that will bring him back to life, do you? Or, do you defibrillate his heart? Business is at the heart of America and always has been. To restart it, you must stimulate it, not kill it. Suddenly, the power brokers in Washington believe the mud of America are the essential drivers of the American economic engine.

Nothing could be further from the truth and this is the type of change you can keep. So where am I going with all this? It’s quite simple. If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, my reaction will be swift and simple. I fire you. I fire your co-workers. You can then plead with the government to pay for your mortgage, your SUV, and your child’s future. Frankly, it isn’t my problem any more. Then, I will close this company down, move to another country, and retire.

You see, I’m done. I’m done with a country that penalizes the productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs will be destroyed, and with it, will be my citizenship.

While tax cuts to 95% of America sounds great on paper, don’t forget the back story: If there is no job, there is no income to tax. A tax cut on zero dollars is zero. So, when you make decision to vote, ask yourself, who understands the economics of business ownership and who doesn’t? Whose policies will endanger your job? Answer those questions and you should know who might be the one capable of saving your job. While the media wants to tell you “It’s the economy Stupid” I’m telling you it isn’t.

If you lose your job, it won’t be at the hands of the economy; it will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this country, steamrolled the Constitution, and will have changed its landscape forever. If that happens, you can find me in the South Caribbean sitting on a beach, retired, and with no employees to worry about.

Signed, Your boss,

Michael A. Crowley, PE
Crowley, Crisp & Associates, Inc.
Professional Engineers
1906 South Main Street, Suite 122
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Phone: 919.562.8860 x22
Fax: 919.562.8872
Location: This is a real letter

Martin Rugroden - September 30, 2011

Soft? This from a man who has never worked a real job in his life, who has never met a payroll, had to lay someone or wonder where the business is going to come from to pay the bills and TAXES! I’d love to expand my business. But, if my potential customers have more of their income taken away from them in the form of taxes or the ridiculous fines and fees of Obamacare I’ll have to close the doors. I’ve had to double my advertising budget just to break even. My employees make more than I do and if it wasn’t for the fact that my wife works 50 hours/week I would have had to close the doors 2 years ago. I work six days a week and have for years. Soft? Live in the real world Barry and see how soft you are.

Dick Coulter - September 30, 2011

I don’t think America has gotten soft. Perhaps, complacensy has left us a bit stupid. I spent 24 years in the military, serving my country. My wife, God bless her, was an Army brat, and she stood right there beside me. We never made much money, but we never complained. We were happy serving our country.

Now, our Commander-In-Chief, uses us as leverage. If you don’t do what I say, the military won’t get paid, or Social Security will be delayed. In the meantime, no one mentions Medicaid or Welfare. Those seem to be sacred cows, even though the recipients have not paid a dime into the programs.

There is a sickness in Washington. Our political representatives are only interested in furthering their own agenda (getting re-elected). They must go.

Now I hear there is discussion of postponing the 2012 elections – there’s just too much hostility in the nation. Well, let me tell you, you have not seen hostility yet. We are tired of this government, and we are fed up with their antics. Obama thinks he has a handle on things. Think again. He ain’t seen nothing yet.

I’m a proud American. I will not give up easily.

God bless America

Dick Coulter
LTC (R) US Army

Karen - September 30, 2011

I was raised in a very tough military family. A family that believed firmly in American values and exceptionalism. I spent 20 years serving my country all over the world, often at the expense of my own family. I now teach civics at a charter school in northern Idaho. I teach my students the REAL meaning of the Constitution. The Constitution that our Founders created for posterity. I will die teaching my students how GREAT this country is. I am NOT afraid to reference “Our Creator” or even God in my classroom. My classroom is a PC-free zone! I embrace capitalism and I encourage my students to stand up for themselves, be self-reliant, do not depend on the government, and NEVER be afraid to speak the truth! Nov 2012 can’t get here fast enough.

Leslie Hetsler - September 30, 2011

As I have had to do many times, I once again had to ask myself what American he is talking about. It must be the one he has been appologizing for the past 3 years.

Virginia Clark - September 30, 2011

Soft?!?! I’ve worked 55 years to support my family, my country, my church and our servicemen. I’m still working to make ends meet even though I’m 70 years old because of the terrible things this President and this Democratic Congress have done to America. I raised my children to work hard and love the same things. Now, this President spits in our face every time he opens his mouth. He is the President that never should have been (is he even American–I know he hates America) and I pray to God that he never will be again. Please wake up Americans! Or have the Americans that only want a handout given our country and freedom away?

Patrick Eller - September 30, 2011

In 1949 I was born to hard working parents. My dad was wounded in WWII, my mom worked. At 14yrs. of age I took a paper route and covered about 15 blocks. My sister worked as a hair dresser.
Thats been the whole of our lives, too work at whatever we were capable of doing to earn money. I don’t remember the Government telling us we were poor, because we didn’t feel that way. We were glad for what we had and still are.
I’ll tell you whose soft…our President!

Wayne Adamson - September 30, 2011

I am retired but feel like I am working full time. I am head of a Guatemala ministry that makes annual trips to a Mayan village where we have done everything from constructing a school room, building a fence around the school, providing money for a community building to be constructed, constructed over 200 wood stoves in place of ground fires in individual homes, funded public health training, provided scholarships for 20 secondary and 80 primary children in the local public school. In the last election I helped to deliver literature door to door for a candidate in the local legislature. In my Rotary club I park cars at the Navy Marine Corps stadium as a fundraiser to provide grants to local nonprofits that benefit our community. In addition, I have done part time work this year for the company that I used to work for. I volunteer my time in my church to the choir and also to an environmental committee that has replaced most of the incandescent lights with CFLs (created by the government requirements). As preparation for my trips to Guatemala, I take Spanish lessons once a week. I volunteer my time each week to help a former classmate take care of her spouse who is an invalid. I cook meals and clean our house so that my wife can continue to work at a private university where she puts in probably 60 hours a week for what I would consider rather poor pay, considering that she has a doctorate and has many years of experience. Please don’t tell me this country is soft. Many others are working just as hard and doing a lot more than our President has ever done to make this country what it is today.

Walt - September 30, 2011

65 now. Raised in ww2 housing project. One semester college. God gave me willingness to work hard.
Earned and saved and had three new car stores.
Retired 9 yrs. Thank God and free enterprise.
In laws swam up ( kidding) from puerto Rico at 17.
F in L worked as many as five jobs at one time.
Raised 3 great kids retired at 57. Still kickin’ at 82
What a country

FELI REYES - September 30, 2011

I have been retired from my job as a social worker in a drug rehabilitation industry. What I have been doing now is to attend conferences, meetings and participate in discussions on the state of the economic and social affairs of our country. Most of us if not all agree that this current administration is on the wrong track of running the country. We must work hard to change this in the coming 2012. Should they continue (God forbids) we will not see the light of day; our country will be ruined. We will become socialist republic and this is the hidden agenda of the Obama admin. The problem is that Obama is very racist and he thinks he will help the blacks by turning the country into socialism, the reason also he is for illegal immigration to capture them so he can stay in power. Soft? those who are pro-Obama, naturally. He should put the blame on those dumb bells who want to show off as neutrals and non-racists.

JW Estes - September 30, 2011

Gee Whiz, how do you think that happened? Everything was fine (apparently except the economy) until the community organizer/gubment disorganizer took control. This country desperately needs to restore our stature in the world and bring back the honesty and dignity of the office of POTUS Obuma has undermined.

Walter Cable - September 30, 2011

Seven years ago, on borrowed money, I started my own business. For over four years, my wife and I worked six & 1/2 days a week, up to 18 hours a day. During that time we took 3 long weekends (3 days each) off. My wife retired one year ago today. I still work six days a week. Not quite as many hours each day, but 10 – 12 hour days are not uncommon. The last three years we have taken vacations. The loan has been paid off for some time now. I can now see a time when I will be able to retire (4 – 6 years)

If I had taken as many vacations and golf days as the “gentleman” in the White House, I would be bankrupt and starving!

Soft? I am 59 years old, and I will out work that community organizer on my worst day.

gregg lambert - September 30, 2011

Life could be worse, but it would be nice to be able to start a concern of my own. Horror stories abound of small businesses struggling to meet kafkaesque government regulations and costs. Hardly encouraging and enough for me to cling to a job in an industry which I I find mind-numbing and exhausting.
I know this makes me lucky in today’s economy, but I seem to recall something about “the pursuit of happiness” somewhere. Any clues, Barack?

David Papandrew - September 30, 2011

He makes it sound like more stimulus money is the cure to getting “soft.” I say it’s the cause!

Semperfimom - September 30, 2011

My son lost both his legs in Afghanistan fighting HARD! Not soft. He has fought HARD, not soft, since then to walk, get over PTSD, get his own apartment, enroll in College and recieve entry into the honor society, and become a Med. Tech at the same time. He works HARD at NMCSD and is an inspiration to new amputees as he cares for them. He’s working HARD to attain his PA and even has a Harley Trike. He will play the piano at the Kennedy Center this Dec. for a military Christmas Concert. That sounds HARD too don’t you think Mr. O.? I’m just thankful you were too busy(?) to give him his Purple Heart. Now that would have been HARD for us to take! Proud mom of a US Marine,

David Carpenter - September 30, 2011

I work for a fortune 500 company. I look at the President’s comments and it demonstrates how out of touch he is with the average American. I pay my taxes, pay off my debts. My wife and I bought a home and in our own way stimulated the economy by hiring a contractor to renovate our new home. He speaks of shared sacrifice. I have sacrificed by not taking my wife on a vacation, so I could make sure the mortgage is paid and the lights stay on. Understand this, I am not complaining these have been my choices. But, I do feel it is sad when we have a leader pointing out our faults as a people, while not taking a long look in the mirror.

William R. Messner - September 30, 2011

I’m reading this article as I’m just getting done with the things that need to finished here in the office. I’m “kicking back” as I’m waiting for the last service technician to get in. Oh I forgot to mention that it is 8:00 pm and we started at 7:00am. (most of our guys get here 15 to 30 minutes before start time) Maybe in your circle of friends, america is soft. Not in mine. You know what? I wouldn’t have any other way

Gordon Johnson - September 30, 2011

My wife and I have both worked hard to earn a living; and I am still working p/t as a Piano Tech. Guild graduate at Piano Tuning-going on 25 yrs./after semi-retiring from Pharmacy in both retail and Hospital work. I will be 82
tomorrow and plan on working as long as possible, even though I have slowed down somewhat. My wife takes care of the bookwork for me, as she took Accounting in our local Junior College. She worked at a Bank, in retail clothing for an upscale line of clothes, for the County in the County Clerk’s office and at H & R Block, plus we have three grown children who are working and four wonderful grand-children who understand the value of working to make this country better and live the American Dream which right now is shattered due to a Reverse Reagan in the White House, and a racist at that, who had completely tried to divide the country, to his utter shame. Go back to Kenya, sir.

Chasalz - September 30, 2011

The emperor is a complete idiot. Can’t wait till 2012 to oust this incometent boob.

Allen Cocks - September 30, 2011

What has gotten soft is the President and others with his liberal view that the American people are not and cannot “make it on their own” and need government to support them, decide for them and provide for them every step of the way. Most of us want his vision of government to be overcome by the hard work and individual efforts that we know we are capable of. There is nothing soft in wanting people to be accountable for their actions, rewarded for their work, and left alone (by government) to live their lives freely. Obama is becoming irrelevant and his words are insulting.

Mary Langford - September 30, 2011

I have worked since I was 16 yrs old as a waitress, helping to pay my way through school and as a nurse, long hours 12 hr shifts and was able to go back to school with 2 small children and working full time. I continue to work now into my 60’s and paid for my children’s college and weddings. I am not “soft”. I am disgusted with my president and the democratic party and the soft republicans on capitol hill who thikg my vote does not matter and they can do what they want with my government and sack the precious Constitution. I am a Constitutional Republican and proud of it. I intend to throw the bums out of office.

William P - September 30, 2011

America has not gone soft, Mr. Oblunder. Americans have not lost their way. You have suddenly thrown them into a briar patch and you are throwing rocks all around at them, and they are just uncertain what to do in this unnecessary turmoil of socialist regulations and threatened confiscation of their incomes. Get out of the way and stop this nonsense, and you will see that Americans are not soft or malaise.

okiejim - September 30, 2011

The only people gone soft in this great nation are our leaders in Washington. I served my country in the military for 22 years. Both my sons served their country, and one still is. My daughter became a teacher. My children were raised under the concept that you can be any person you want to be if you are willing to work for it. The administration in Washington has practically opened our borders to illegals. redefined marriage into an abomination, created a majority that had not learned the value of work because politicians take care of them. As a result, the uneducated and ignorant have become the majority at voting time.
No Mr. Obama, we are not soft. You are soft in the head if you think we are, as you shall see in November 2012.

Jacqueline Jetton - September 30, 2011

Obama has made Christians and all people who believe
in doing good, and in a higher power than man, pray more
and pray with Divine Power, because we in the U.S. are
Americans who want to stay Americans–to Pledge Allegiance
to the flag of our country with our hands over our hearts,
to say the least. We want the constitution and the Golden
Rule to rule all. Obama has not shown that he is an
American in any way. He should have the decency to
leave the office of the U.S. of America, and find his
calling elsewhere.

Gerardine Reed - September 30, 2011

When people look to the government for their every want and need, isn’t that being “soft”? And, isn’t that the president’s goal? I’m surprised he didn’t say we’re not soft enough!

Alison - September 30, 2011

I’m an American and I have not gotten “soft”. My husband and I started a company in 2008 and have created 4 jobs since. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but took us 50+ work weeks for the last 3 years as well as our our entire savings invested in our company to get it off the ground. We’d hire more people and plan to expand our operations, but what’s the point if we’re being force fed policies we don’t agree with and it’s so blatantly clear that the current administration has no respect for honest, hard-working, tax-paying people like us?

Chleo Brown - September 30, 2011

Mr. President I could set back and gripe that my social security isn’t enough tp,pay the bills and your high taxes and help fund obama care —but I didn’t I go to work everyday –drive a school bus and then janitor at school and then drive the kids home –I leav home at 6:15 am don’t get back untill 5;00pm –I have had enough of this guy as president –I wouldn’t hire him to slop pigs –let alone be president-and I am going to work as hard as I can to make Him a one term president

Brad Sanford - September 30, 2011

America has become soft.Would I exspect that statement coming from this President.Why,yes ofcourse.The Americans I know,besides myself are anything but soft.What we have is a President that is soft in the head.Myself and millions of others that are fourtunate to be working get up early and go to bed late.I resent this man and his comments every waking minute and cannot wait till he and his gaggle of marxist are gone in 2012.Soft my a..

Patricia Moore - September 30, 2011

America has gotten soft? I don’t think so Mr. President!! The only thing that has gotten soft is you & your wife. You don’t work—-All you do is play golf, play basketball, & take vacations, all paid for by the American people & our tax money. Oh Yes, I forgot, you do alot of campaign speaking so you can raise money for your 2nd term as President. Sorry Mr. President, youe are done!!!

Michael D. Mann - October 1, 2011

I’m a social conservative and devote Catholic. Over the last couple of decades American’s have gotten more than ” a little soft” a lot of America has gotten downright decadent. Pick up the New York Times for a week and read it. I think this immorality is leading to the competitive failures. Many people don’t care if their doing the right thing or doing what’s best for the country. There is still much great in America and everyday I try to contribute to it . But denying her problems just creates a bigger riff that makes matters worse. I think America’s leadership is failing America.

peggy segura - October 1, 2011

We are a small business owner. In 2008 we achieved a dream and built a new shop on land we owned.. With the Election of 2008 our excitement became a nightmare.Our once growing business of 50 employees has now dropped to 18 employees and we are struggling to keep our doors open !! Please Help stop the NIGHTMARE and bring Honesty and Truth to America again !! GOD BLESS AMERICA.. Thank You Heritage for all you do !

Cathy Nordhagen - October 1, 2011

I am currently retired – sort of, but my career was working with people with developmental disabilities. I moved individuals from huge institutions, where they were basically rotting away, into their own homes; and provided them with support, education, and training to help each one attain their own personal goals and to become as independent and productive citizens of their communities as they were capable of. Many became quite independent, worked at jobs, took care of their personal needs, transported themselves via the transit system, made lasting friends, and generally became less dependent on government support and content with their lives and proud of their accomplishments. As for me, I could not ask for a more satisfying job seeing lives change for the better. These people were once written off as needy, dependent, and incapable of achieving any kind of productive status in their communities; and, above all, unhappy and unmotivated. Giving them opportunities, education, and the respect any human being deserves changed all that for them and me!

[email protected] - October 1, 2011

I am an average, ordinanry American. I work as the manufacturing manager in a small, private aerospace company in CT. Since 2008 we have grown our business, put young high school graduates to work, paid bonuses and helped others with tuition. We recently closed a business deal with a major, global energy company; the project manager there had lost his job in the incandescent light bulb factory he once ran. We make sacrifices every day, we focus hard on keeping our costs down and our people give up major chunks of time with their families in order for us to deliver to our customers. All of this in spite of the ridiculous regulations. We are exhausted at the end of each and every work day and this work hardens us Mr. President, it makes us stronger, it creates jobs and opportunities, and it reinforces within all of us the ideals of a free America.

Elaine Mattingly - October 1, 2011

As most narcissists will do, Obama is self-deluded in believing that America has gotten “soft.” In truth it seems that it is he who is soft on preserving our nation as “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” he is soft on knowing how to preserve our economy as it once was, he is soft on standing up for the past greatness of our nation and its contributions to nations around the globe, he is soft on the defense of our military might, and he is soft on being able to know and execute his role as president but doesn’t mind taking on the role of a dictator. He is in fact “hard” at work in exceeding his Constitutional boundaries set by our “founding fathers” in overriding his limits as president. He is hard-working and manipulative on turning this nation into a socialist country. He is hard-working at praising our enemies more than he does America, a nation in which he didn’t grow up and was not educated in during the formative years of his youth where he ingested Muslim doctrines. He is hard at work in promoting more racial divides by his rhetoric. However, he is most “soft” on accepting the blame for the current state of our economy and nation as a whole since his ego must find the blame placed elsewhere besides on his, on his corrupt, anti-American czars (as in Russia-types??) and his ultra-liberal administration’s shoulders.

Rafael - October 1, 2011

The American people is not soft, but divided by races and classes the progressive and liberal syndrome had corrupted the society. The American dream is to be one people united by the work of the founders, the constitution and guided by God. I’m a proud American born in Puerto Rico. Obama is time for you to go, I had worked to hard for you to come and give my income to people that what they need is to get up from their sofa and go to work, just like I did. Ask anyone that had realized the American Dream. The government is not the answer or solution.

John Magin/ New York - October 1, 2011

At the age of 64 having worked my entire life I decided to start my own business. I am a moldmaker who never made the leap into CNC machining, but still had a lot of experience. I already had a couple of ancient machines, and an uninsulated barn. I struggled thru a couple of cold winters trying to work and insulate, while I made molds. My business has grown every year and I continued to make improvements in my shop updating my machines. I am outraged that this”man” has the balls to call us “soft” when he has never worked a day in his life.

Dave T. - October 1, 2011

This guy is a bozo and has to go. So we’re getting soft, are we? Listen, blockhead, you don’t even know when you’re insulting us! As one of the providers paying taxes and working hard for 38 years, I really have had enough of your community-organizing stupidity. You’re on your way out and I don’t think you know it…..which is also pitiful. But I forgot, we’re just supposed to shut up, quit bitchin’, and keep providing. So long, Barry.

Paul - October 1, 2011

What qualifies him to make such a statement? It has become very clear that he has never run a business, made a payroll, employed others. Does he understand the basics of a free enterprise system? Instead of celebrating our success, he has chosen to go around and apologize for it. Yet every day, Americans continue to pursue excellence in the face of the massive headwinds blowing out of the White house. To the contrary Mr. President, Americans are stronger than ever!

Gran28 - October 1, 2011

Those of us who started working after school, weekends and summers aren’t soft. It’s those able to work who have not been taught responsibility for self who are soft. And our “you’re entitled” mentality perpetuates the dependence. You’ve missed the greatest opportunity to lead by teaching the rewards of self improvement that require the challenges of that four letter word “work” to better yourself. The availability of education must be
utilized, it requires using what is there for you but you must be the one to reach out and grasp it.

Phil Galang - October 1, 2011

Let’s focus on the American people “being soft having lost the competitive edge” in the context of your program for more jobs. Your policies as legislator and president have been to increase dependence on government – that lessens the desire and drive for basic independence or reliance on people’s ability to be productive and much less innovative. This a huge subject that is demonstrated by your emphasis on economic and race warfare to increase the control of your party and your “gangs of dependents” such as race groups and unions and all sorts of vested interests! It’s obvious you’re just blaming the bigger population for your own weaknesses.

Ric Tauson - October 1, 2011

Yes, America has gotten soft, and the blame rests squarely on the doorstep of a government that has fostered a sense of entitlement while diminishing opportunity and initiative and has offered comfort and security in exchange for rights and responsibilities. My father, a Russian immigrant refugee of the Bolshevik revolution, was dogged by the FBI during the McCarthy era. He was, nevertheless, an American’s American. He knew and taught us (my brothers and me) American values, American work ethic, and American independence.
He also knew Marxist – Leninist Communism for what it is and, were he still with us, would abhor what he would see in our government today. The real question is, “How do we get America back?” We certainly can’t turn back the clock, but we must reverse the tide of “nannyism” and remove the fetters that bind what was the Great American Experiment.

Sanford Olnhausen - October 1, 2011

We started as a self employed petroleum distributer for 25 years and now in a small family self storage business for the past 26 years. My wife and I just celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary. We never took a salary of more than $50,000 per year. This past 2 years has been a living hell for our small business with much less income and higher taxes. Our only wish is to get rid of this mad man who is intent on destroying our great country.

Lloyd Scallan - October 1, 2011

Haven’t we yet learned what is Obamat Most of all the bad things that are happening today are because of Obama’s policies, yet he blames in all on someone or something else. Regardless of what we expect or suggest, Obama is a socialist ideologue that thinks he is far surperior to everyone.

Kansas Guy - October 1, 2011

If in fact Americans are “getting soft,” it’s primarily due to the government promising to do too much for folks with other folks’ money. We can cite numerous examples of leeches taking advantage of offerings of government agencies originally intended to help the really needy. I also work hard (physically) in “retirement” at age 70 to keep our family finances afloat, to afford some of the nice things and to still pay taxes. My customers seem to appreciate the services. I could sit on my rear, drink beer and deteriorate, but we still have choices. Time to remove much of the “government safety net” and all its inefficiencies.

Leon Ives - October 1, 2011

During high school I had part-time jobs and when I was 18 I joined the Army to earn an education and profession. While in the Army I worked a few part-time jobs to earn extra money for our family. I also went to school in the evenings. When I left the Army, after 10 years, I took a job in the federal government working my way up to a management position. However, I remained in the Army Reserve knowing I could earn another pension at age 60 and continue to serve my country. My federal job was high risk and took up 60-80 a week away from my family, but I retired with a good pension and future. I continue to work and will do so for several more years. My career fields have always been law enforcement and intelligence…serving and keeping our country safe. My wife and I donate a lot of money to our church and various charities. We rasied three good children who are responsible and hard workers. We, the People, all know there are millions of leaches out there taking advantage of our welfare system and I for one get tired of those who refuse to acept responsibility. The liberal politicians are breeding a lazy society dependent on government assistance. Obama just said so, didn’t he. He said we are getting soft. It is not the government’s right to tax us and then take our money to support millions of others who refuse to work and millions or illegal aliens they refuse to deal with. And, it is not the government’s right to use our tax dollars to support luxurious lifestyles for the 545 members of Congress and the President, who also use our tax dollars for wasteful spending and pork barrel. Our Congress and Presidents are nothing more than thieves. You have failed at your job yet you still get paid, not to mention your outrageous benefits. You should all be ashamed. It should only take several dozen good members of Congress to expose the bad ones. Why don’t you do it?

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Kenneth Schaufelberger - October 1, 2011

America has lost much of it’s competitive edge through the gradual loss of preparing our youth for entrance into the workforce. Schools have eliminated their Industrial Arts and Mechanical Drafting/Design training courses thus depriving America’s manufacturing companies with a starting workforce equipped with basic skills and understanding. The Federal Government has legislated the extinction of company sponsored and funded apprenticeship programs. Tech Schools have done nothing to encourage highschool students to pursue education which would equip them for Industry. Schools have dropped teaching US History and any course or acts which may promote US Patriotism. Contrary to what many would have us believe, normal Histogram distribution will confirm that not all people are capable of college education! Our governmental bodies have led the exodus in pride, faith, and the commitment to succeed. May God help us back to the road of our forefathers!!

PaulUnderwood - October 1, 2011

My story concerns my wife of 33 Years who was an Executive Assistant . She was laid off by her employer, a French owned firm as a cost savings move. Her salary at the time she left was $52,000/ Year.
She went on unemployment. We paid $18,000 from our savings to obtain training in a new field of endeavor in the medical coding field. She graduated with honors and was given employment at the place she interned immediately after he internship. The salary she is currently paid yields $48 a month more than she was receiving on unemployment.
She told me that the reason she took the job as to free up the funds she was being paid by the unemployment people so that someone in need could get the money.
She of course is looking for a better paid position but on our nickel, how many freeloaders out there will go back to work until they really have to? How many are a civic minded as she? Far too few I fear.

Karen A. - October 1, 2011

Soft!!!!!!!!! If you want to see soft, Mr. Obumbl, go look in the mirror. You are the one man, that has went forth to and fro, to apologize for the greatest nation under God’s Son. You seem to be determined to bring this great nation lower than any third world country. You strengthen and support our enemies, by your actions. You have signed the death warrants of millions of unborn children. Instead, you encourage the influx of illegal aliens to take our jobs, while you increase and encourage laziness among Americans, with your so called welfare and entitlement programs. It is becoming rapidly evident, that without them, you have no vote. And no law abiding, hard working, true, legal ,tax paying citizen, would ever vote for you, or any member of your weak and cowardly administration. There is nothing weak about the American people. The hard working business men and woman have been crushed under the weight of tax burdens, and UNBELIEVABLE E.P.A .regulations. Then the jobs that could be done in America are sent overseas. Who are you calling soft, Mr. Obama? My husband maybe? A man of 55 years old, who gets up at 1:00 A.M. or 4:00 A.M., according to his work schedule, to spend 12 or 14 hours a day, at a job that GOD has BLESSED him with. For this we are very thankful! What really hurts is, hard working Americans, just like my husband, are a very small percentage paying for the ones YOU have made soft. I believe it was Hitler who said, I quote, “lucky for leaders that people don’t think,” but you have well under estimated the American people. Americans have been well informed and educated. We are taking notice! Your softness, Mr. Obama, has awakened a sleeping giant. We are called,PATRIOTS! We will never apologize for our great nation, but we do repent to God for the sins that we have allowed to enter here. And instead of saying, God bless America, I say, America, BLESS GOD! I end with Proverbs 20:28, A king will remain in power, as long as his rule is HONEST, JUST and FAIR. God will be the judge.

Dave Zornes - October 1, 2011

America is not soft, but sure got stupid when they elected Obama.This is a great least it was until the democrats got control of the house ,senate, and white house.We have the angel of death running the country, destroying America from the inside.No one could from the outside, so they did it from inside, like a rotting cancer, a tumor on our country.People came to this country the right way to make something for themselves and their families.Now, they are bad?The achievers are evil, the lazy bums are good?GOD help us get back our Republic from this communist president(in name only) and this propoganda media which should all lose their jobs for lying to the American people all these years.They disgust me.This is the greatest country in the world, we have helped everyone and we have more enemies now than ever thanks to the worthless bums we put in charge.May GOD deliver us from this vermin.

Don C Wood Jr - October 1, 2011

I flew 51 bo9mbing missions as first pilot of B-17’s in WWII a;nd then was in the Aair Rescue Service during the Korean War. I went to Dental School and practiced Dentistry for 50 years, then retired and have served as an Or;d;inance Worker in the San Diego Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for athe past 18 1/2 years.
Don C. Wood, Jr., D.D.S., Ph.D.

Jim Carlyle - October 1, 2011

America got soft, indeed, when they believed this character and elected him president. We can’t dispose of him soon enough, he is destroying and disparaging our country as fast and as best as he and his sponsers can.

Rod - October 1, 2011

I’m a self employed building contractor for 28 years and like many other ,are struggeling to survive this economy.
Since 2006 we are suffering the affects of political manipulation, over taxation, government mandates and
extream regulation. It is time for a 180 degree turn in our
governments strangle hold on small business.

Don Lawler - October 1, 2011

For someone who has never had a real job, Obama shows his ignorance and arrogance to all the workers in America.

BlkAkRepublican - October 1, 2011

I guest reading from an telepromter is hardwork and working 12 or more hours a day with your hands, are what making American working class soft. President Obama those who voted from are the whinning non-working, put your marching (speaking to CBC) shoes on, but you don’t have to work; just vote for me in 2012 is whats making AMERICA SOFT.

J. Manning - October 1, 2011

Once we get rid of the Socialits in Washington the American people will be fine.

Charles Nystrom - October 1, 2011

Neither I nor the overwhelming rest of Americans are soft. It is Obama who is soft. His comment does not deserve a response. .

Mary DeGroot - October 1, 2011

I have plenty to say! For 20 years my husband was an AF fighter pilot. He was an A/A pilot on 9 /11. I have been nurse since 1968, raised 5 children on my own, volunteered at church, school and community. I am NOT a puck. I have been out there every selling America and what we can do. Flush this guy!! Mary

KevHead - October 1, 2011

I am retired and watching my investments go into the tank. Yet I have just started my own business doing computer repair. I am taking a chance, but I am working hard to make go of it.

Richard Parker - October 1, 2011

Of note, I must point out that Pres. Obama curiously used the work “had” gotten soft. Not “has” gotten soft. He indicated that it was the past couple of decades, insinuating before he arrived on the scene. Yet another instance of narcissistic traits. A lack of humility is a dangerous trait. He is not schizoid. He simply evidences an unhealthy degree of narcissism and is so very taken by himself that he is likely only able to hear and comprehend those that agree with him. Those with other views are disdained by the president and he would perceive their differing points of view as an attack upon him, rather than just a different opinion. This is not good for our nation and he shows inflexibility when faced with changed conditions.

Ronnie Yeary - October 1, 2011

I spent two years of my life crawling through muddy rice fields, fighting in a war watching friends die, that this country later abandoned. I received my College degree from a local university by attending night classes for over 17 years while I worked 40-60 hours per week.
I’m currently a Lab worker for a large diesel engine corporation.
At age 65, I’ve had Coronary bypass surgery and a discectomy. I currently suffer from degenerative disc disease. Yet I still drive 120 miles per day round trip to get to work. I ‘m up at 4 AM and usualy home by 5 PM, 5 days a week. I’ve never been on public assistance, food stamps or welfare my entire life. I don’t believe in taking something I didn’t earn.

Some clown, who had sponsors to pay his way throgh college, now wants to tell me that we’re getting soft while he plays another round of golf?
As if I could give a damn what he says any more… ZERO’s largest problem isn’t what he say’s, it’s his total lack on knowlege of what this country is going through.

I have never understood what any one see’s in this man. His claims and his speeches are as transparent as cellophane, and there’s cow dung on the other side.

Jim – retired deputy sheriff - October 1, 2011

My Representatives and Senators from Washington State have over-spent, have given up many of our liberties, and have feathered their own nests at the expense of free men and women for 50 years. Now, the great apologist wants to blame working and patriotic citizens for their/our sins. Without immediate change we can look forward to the results outlined in history as written in the 48 page booklet “The Road to Serfdom” by Friedrich A. Hayek. Thanks heritage for your work, and sending us the information.

Jane Boyce, Board member of LACC - October 1, 2011

The LACC is only one year old and we have increased our membership three fold. We sponsored a Constitutional Day Dinner to celebrate the constitution. SEveral of us write articles in the local paper ( and can be heard on KRMS at the Lake. This organization has really taken off. The paper has received a lot of attention due to our efforts to bring conservative views to current events and issues. This organizaiton was created to meet the needs of those who wanted to do more than just meet for rallys. We wanted to create website and generate conservative view points that reflected the views of the People.

Larry White - October 1, 2011

How soft is it? Johnny?
President Barack Hussein Obama said“…the way I think about it is…aah…you know…tha…this …ah…ah…you know…ah..this is.. aah..a great…ah.. great country that..ah..had gotten a little soft…ah ..and we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed…ah…over the last…couple a decades we need to get back on track!”
It only took 21 pauses,(count’em; I did) 10 aahs, 2 you knows, 2 stutters andin 22 seconds BOH told us what he…aah…aa..thinks…ahh.. of..a..ah…America.

Over the last “couple of decades” , twenty years right?…In 1991, I founded a company, Golf Centers of America. Innovative high quality golf learning and practice centers; one of which was used to spring board the UNLV Golf Team to NCAA National Championship. Centers cost millions to build and employed hundreds. Entrepreneurs’ work hours and risks are beyond the understanding of bureaucrats and community organizers- 12 to 14 hour days, commuting to locations for 5 years and had not good friends and good business partners stepped up, I would have lost all! But Free enterprise was alive and well.
I would not even consider that now!
A merger that was violated from moment one, required two years and half my net worth in legal fees to collect.
My wife and I took the proceeds; bought a 40’ catamaran, earned our USCG Masters License and, over the next 4 years, taught more than 600 Boy Scouts of America how to love sailing.
We re-settled in NE Florida in 2005; traded the boat for one house; used our good credit and 20% cash to buy another…at the peak of the (continuing) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fraud. We don’t have our good credit and we worry everyday about the Short Sale Tax obligation. We know the facts of that massive crime perpetrated by the Democrat Congress and Presidents Carter and Clinton.
My wife, a marriage and family counselor, worked for $27.00/hour, 4 hours/day in a Grant program “Fresh Start” for women in need- divorced, widowed, recovering from other family trauma. The local campus “lost the funding” in December 2008, a time when the Obama/ Bush administration had funded $500 billion and then another $800billion. The program still has a full administration staff but no teachers, no students!
There’s much more, including my trading / money supply knowledge.
We are being betrayed by the Obama Administration.
We must elect Conservative Leaders and Congress in 2012; if The Republic lasts till then.

Michael Greer - October 1, 2011

I’m going to turn 70 next month and I’m still working. I raised my two daughters as a divorced mother and they both graduated with honors from college. No one, NO one has worked as hard as we have. Speak for yourself, Mr. Obama.

Margaret Spencer - October 1, 2011

This is very close to “the straw that broke the camel’s back!” I worked at one company for 43 years, missing very few days in all those years. I was paid well considering my lack of formal education, invested the maximum amount allowed in the company 401K, while raising my family in a small house on a strict budget. My financial insecurity made it difficult for me to retire and trust that I had saved enough for my retirement; however, I announced my retirement in August 2007. Fast forward to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign wherein he announced that he planned to REDISTRIBUTE the wealth of America. I would wager all I own that I’ve worked harder during my lifetime than Barack Obama could ever imagine of matching. He IS redistributing my “wealth”…allthough my “wealth” is actually the funds that need to last me for the rest of my life. He believes the government is entitled to the money I earned; I DO NOT!

T C Frierson - October 1, 2011

Obama saying “America has gone soft in the last two decades” is a deja vu moment tantamount to the infamous remark by America’s heretofor worst President pronouncing his diagnosis that America is suffering a “malaise.” Obama just messed up “big time,” as VP Dick Cheney would say.This remark, evidently made outside the controlled script of his famous teleprompters (and handlers) will haunt him formore than the next two decades. Obama has just spoken from the heart and mind, much to the anguish of his handlers, and just made history. He will rue this unedited observation. Americans are dismayed because this quote demonstartes that, having blamed everyone from the automibile industry to successful entrepreneurs for America’s recession, he has finally come around to blaming the citizenry of this great land. Not to compare them, but only to make note of the fact that the last time Hitler Zddressed his countrymen from his bunker before taking his own life, Hitler blamed his people for failing him, failing his grand vision of the glorious third reich. Obama is not a Hitler, let me be clear, but one must wonder if he is not a vainglorious narcissist whop cannot bring himself to see his own principal failure. He cannot accept the reality that government cannot create jobs. Sociologists seem to concur that people like that must prject their failures onto someone else – they cannot face their own darkness. Some call this a megalomaniac disorder. He must be the first President to tell an audience, “If you still love me, you will make them pass this bill.” Think about it; we have elected a warpoed man, not just an inexperienced, extreme liberal. Surely he will be replaced in 2012.

john uhrhammer - October 1, 2011

A man who has never produced a product but has been salaried from tax dollars dares to call those who pay him soft? If he drove a car into a ditch, he’d blame the car! Nothing is HIS fault! (Just ask him) The world is full of us escape goats. He is without integrity – enough said!

Paul Latour - October 1, 2011

I agree that Americans are soft; they have become sedentary, lazy, obese, dumbing-down education, and mediocre in performance while demanding more income, more benefits, more service from others (and sue if not received), cocky, and quite wrapped-up in the idea “we are the greatest”. I agree very little with our president’s philosophy, attitude and performance, but on this one, “the truth hurts”.

Alicia Williams - October 1, 2011

Excuse ME, SOFT? My husband and I are now retired, We ALWAYS lived below our incomes so we could save for this time. We worked hard for 40 years and now have (had?) what we considered an sufficient saving and income, between our pensions and social security, to live comfortably and when we needed (or wanted) to dip into our IRA’s to travel or improve our house, on which we owe nothing! NOW we see our IRS savings being destroyed by inflation and the Socialist Obama Administration even talking about taking over ALL our 401K’s and IRA’s and then ‘generously giving us 3% of that a year and if we die – guess what? The Government will take whatever is left! Don’t tell me I AM SOFT! No! I have several ideas for patents, but will not I start a business at this time, under this administration? Not on my life! Why should I give the government MY brain, only to have it taxed and regulated out of my reach and then so one of ‘his’ cronies can take over the patent and simply steal it (look at the new laws for patents). Not in my life! I am NOT SOFT – I am angry!

Mike P - October 2, 2011

I have been working for myself for about 15 yrs. There are times of feast and famine. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication and sacrifice. During times of feast I pay down my accumulated debt accrued during times of famine. There have been times when I had no work for stretches of 3 months or more. I do not and will not have every other taxpayer pick up my slack with unemployment compensation, welfare, or handouts. I am an american with strong work ethic and only envy the ones I love, my mentors and myself. I respect those who get out and make there own way and pull there own wagon. I fly our flag proud. My ancestors came here with nothing over 100 years ago and they made there way through improvising, ingenuity, and a lot of courage. All they had was legal entry into the U.S. and an opportunity. So I must say that I am glad to have opportunity too. I am sure there many like me who get up everyday and go to work or get up and go find work if there is currently no work. Mr. President you need to wise up and respect the american people you think are in need of your insults. You better start looking for another job.

Russ - October 2, 2011

If it has gotten soft it’s because of the people who would rather not work and expect the government to pay for it all. And he is the original mr. Softee!!!

Dr. Henry D. Sinopoli - October 2, 2011

American citizens are not soft, they are ignorant. After years of progressive education, we have engendered a society of entitlement. This has been fed by the life-long Republican and Democratic politicians supported by socialist elites in journalism. Our core values have been depleated from the 10 Commandments to, now the 10 Suggestions.

InGodWeTrust - October 2, 2011

In God I trust. As our government grows ever larger and corrupt, I thank God He will always remain bigger and so much more wiser. A family member has served 24 years in the Navy and is now working hard to eek out a modest retirement: Father served in one of the worst fronts during WWII: He suffered horrendous, purple-star nightmares until his passing at 85. WE LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS. We shop at the Salvation Army and pinch pennies for groceries so we can contribute to those who need help. Aiding a family member who turned 90 in June. Worship each Sunday. Pray always. Everyday choices, everyday freedoms to make those choices. Our soldiers paid and are paying the highest price for our freedoms, and we try to hold up the responsibilities that come with those freedoms. We can do no less. . . unless our freedoms are whittled away.

Diane Coddington - October 2, 2011

I make our nation great by raising 3 high school children and reminding them daily about the virtues of hard work, self reliance and respect for our God and our nation.

Gene Gordon - October 2, 2011

I’m sure many people will write in and tell you their stories, but the point is that the american people are getting soft. 47% don’t pay any taxes, 20% or so on welfare and the graduation rate of Obama’s favorite constituency is 40%. That’s soft and for you to patronize us conservatives with story telling is off the mark. For once I agree with Obama but we need to tell him how to fix it. He should go to work on “his people” and get them to quit blaming the white people for their softness and start fixing their problems. And that don’t mean more welfare, etc.

Michael Mangano - October 3, 2011

Briefly, from the time my great grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Italy, NO ONE in my entire family (my children included) has ever considered taking a handout, in good times and some very bad times. I am now facing retirement, and in the few years this “one man wrecking crew” has been our President, OUR NESTEGG HAS ALMOST DRIED UP! THIS IS MUCH BIGGER THAN MY SITUATION. THIS IS THE VERY EXISTENCE OF THE U.S.A . WAKE UP AMERICANS!!!

Anthony Landry - October 3, 2011

When I look back on life, I never new I was poor until I got into college. I grew up on a Sugar cane planttion, my dad worked in the mill, we did not own it, my whole time growing up, I don’t thing my dad made more than three dollars per hour. I had a delivered newpapers in the morning and worked at a gas station on the weekend. In college I had a part time job and work the summers. I know, I only know work, but I believe it has made a batter man out of me and my children and my country is better for it. Both my children have college degrees and good jobs. That mean we pay taxes. I am 66 still work and pay taxes. Do I wont to pay taxes, no, but I do not mind work. This is what I feel I have giving to my country and family, the ability to work for what you have not try to get it free, there is nothing FREE, some one has to pay for it.

Lauren - October 3, 2011

There are so many forces “reining in” the economic powerhouse of this country it astounds me. If America is soft it is because the two-party system has synthesized into one . The Republicans want to nation build, give our tax money away to countries that hate us through foreign aid, and give our jobs away under the auspices of “market efficiencies”. Even if you bring corporate tax rate to zero (which I support by the way), labor is still cheaper overseas. The no tariff stance makes our products more expensive overseas and makes us non-competitive. The huge trade deficits with just about every country is nothing more that “foreign aid”. And no, devaluing our currency is not the answer Timothy Geithner
The Democratic Socialist Party wants to Unionize all our jobs, doctors included (gasp!), build massive government beauracracies that create regulatory concrete barriors to our economic engine. Both parties claim they want to be “fair” whatever that means. Fair to whom? Everyone matters more than the US and its citizens. The international thinkers are killing our country all in the name of “fairness”. How does George Soros put it? “America needs to find its rightful place among other nations…” BS to that!
We do more good than bad and the globalists will rue the day when America is no longer the world leader because some other global power will emerge and I will guarantee it will not be as benign a super power as the US and no it will not mirror the Democratic Socialist view.
Someone needs to unleash this country again the sooner the better. I hold a BA in Health Admin and Policy from University of MD and a certificate in Medical Coding and I’m working in retail because I cannot find a job in my field. I am not the jobless statistics because I am underemployed. I am the daughter of a Czech immigrant who escaped Communism in World War II and my deceased father would haunt me endlessly if I went on welfare! I was taught to educate myself and work hard and to give charitably to others directly. Kindest regards to the Heritage Foundation and those who posted in reponse to this incredibly infuriating story.

Var St. Jeor - October 3, 2011

America getting soft…Well, I would like to know what Pres. Obama has ever done to “produce” or “build” anything? All he has ever done his entire working(?) life is destroy, belittle and embarrass America and the privet sector.
When I lost my job as a Scientist at Dow Chemical, I was out of work for 5 years. The first thing I did was arrange for the selling of our 1st home of two years. From our savings we paid off all our bills, and then we owed no one anything. We were still independent, I received no government assistance, and I did not renege on a single loan or bill. We met every one of our commitments. I substitute taught Jr. High and High School, I ran an almond huller, I did remodeling of homes, I found employment as a finish carpenter, I did what ever had to be done to keep food on the table. Until, finely, five years later I was able to reenter the workforce as a scientist once more.
America getting soft? Maybe Obama backers, and those that believe in his so-called “hope and change,” and those that want everything given to them from the government (our tax money). But not us, we believe in and embrace self-reliance, self-responsibility and good-ol’ American ingenuity in the private sector.

Larry White - October 3, 2011

How Soft is it, Johnny? #2
Thank God we live in the age of cell phone cameras, internet, You Tube! “A couple a decades” ago, Obama probably would have gotten away with this MOST UN-AMERICAN STATEMENT an AMERICAN PRESIDENT has ever made …IN PUBLIC.

However , I am startled by the accuracy of those here who have agreed with him. Since LBJ we have softened our education expectations. High school graduates read at 8th grade level . We have softened the requirements for taxpayer provided welfare, medicare, and food stamps, And if you think two years of unemployment doesn’t SOFTEN THE WILL TO BE EMPLOYED…I can’t help.
What about our PC language and our SOFT SUPPORT of our military who are paid 50% less than bureaucrats for risking their lives , sometimes everyday!
We are soft, but not the way Obama means it. We have been soft on Democrats, that became Liberals, that became Socialists, that became Marxists…and they are not the greatest threat to our Republic; THAT IS… “Bureaucratic Despotism that is more dangerous than socialism.” as Dr. Larry P. Arrn , President, Hillsdale College stated.
Thank you President Barack Hussein Obama for jolting us.
Where is Bill Cosby when we need a good twist of humor or maybe the best American quote we can call out…
Thanks Heritage.

Bonita Coombs - October 3, 2011

I have 3 children and worked 2 jobs to save enough money to put 20% down on my home so my payment would fall within my budget. You are making people soft with your welfare mentality. You and your entire staff need to go. I will work day and night (as a precinct delegate) to get rid of you!! We will see who is soft!!

Dana McKee - October 3, 2011

I disagree that America’s private citizens have gone soft. Americans work hard and want to succeed – and want others to succeed. I work hard being a wife, mom, and grandmother. I study on my own and with my kids; I care for our home and teach the kids to care for their homes. My husband and I pray for them, counsel and encourage them, stress the importance of communication between us and them, and wait for God to show Himself strong in their lives even when they are not sure He is there. We have six kids, four children-in-law, and nine grandchildren. We hope for good things for them all. At one point we brought infant foster children into our home. (May do foster care again!…)
My husband works hard as a salesman; I work at home and in our home business. We trust God’s grace, though our government – at different levels – has become greedy predators, gobbling up the wealth and shutting down initiative of many Americans… We must rebuild the walls around our families and jobs, and keep faith in the true God Who made heaven and earth.

Howard - October 3, 2011

Received doctorate degree 20 years ago. Worked for private company for 10 years before starting my own consulting business that services privately owned businesses, not the gov’t. Finished school with small amount of school loans, all paid back in 2 years. My parents were not able to assist me with my college education. Now, I have no debt, except for paying the gov’t taxes. Own my home, cars, etc.. I work hard everday to assure I will not have debt and care for my family.

Dave Kolanek - October 3, 2011

Working thirty-plus years so far, making a great American product of cabinetry, we here in this great country have one of the most “green” products imaginable. Our profits literally grow on trees.!!

Robert Pascarella - October 3, 2011

Why should any freedom loving American feel the need to justify his or her contributions to the work ethic in this great nation. The truth is, I don’t believe this president would appreciate the millions of stories of hard working people who strive to live up their own expectations. Someone once said, there are three kinds of people: “Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder, what happened”. Each of us have the opportunity, and whatever path we take, we will determine own own destiny.

Paul - October 4, 2011

I’ve always lived by the slogan “lead by example”. I haven’t taken a vacation in two years Mr. President. How many have you?

Dirk Baumann - October 4, 2011

I believe each true Christian American works with the idea and belief that their work and talents they use each day are God given, and are essential to fulfilling each days tasks. We all need each other and each other’s talents and abilities to keep our great sovereign nation going strong.
When I perform each day’s tasks whether working 10-14 hours/day for Coca-Cola, or working at home for my mother, it is a priviledge to work and enjoy each day here in such a blessed nation – The United States of America. I thank God and Jesus my Lord for giving me the work to do for His Glory!
We each can positively influence our friends, neighbors, co-workers, customers, and family, or God forbid negatively influence one another. Only by God’s grace and His word will our nation continue to be great, and as men and women seek God daily in prayer. God help our nation to seek a renewed relationship with Him.

miguel-son, soldier, husband, father, veteran - October 4, 2011

4 Oct 2011
Started working in 5th grade. Worked my way through high school and college. On Active Duty (Army) during Vietnam War. Continued in Active Army Reserve, without pay, for 26 years. Married, five children (all college graduates). Worked all my life to support family; many sacrifices; many struggles with government agencies. I’m sure there are millions of other Americans with similar stories. This country has NOT gotten soft, just many of elected officials.

Maredy Hanford - October 5, 2011

I am working very hard to make sure Mr. Obama retires on Nov 2012. I am not angry at him, I am angry at the ignorant Americans who voted for him in 2008 and whom, in spite of all the destruction Mr. Obama has done, will still vote for him a second time. The ignorant electorate is the danger, not Mr. Obama or his administration. AMERICANS NEED TO BECOME INFORMED. MANY OF THEM ARE IDIOTS.

Chas. Miller - October 5, 2011

When I took my oath I said I would defend the Constitution against all enemies, FORIGN and DOMESTIC. I never understood the domestic part until now, ABOIW- A bad oder in Washington. ABO- Anybody but OBAMA.

paul simon - October 5, 2011

I retired a couple years ago, but decided I needed to help out someway….so decided to drive a school bus..After stressful training and CDL license and finding my way around the route…I now have my own route…Paul

Laurie and Vic Gorham - October 6, 2011

My husband and I have worked so hard at our business for many years (54 years to be exact) and for the first time we are not able to make a decent living. We are both in our early 80;s and we expect to continue to work until the good Lord takes us home. It will be a happy day in November 2012 when the phone rings again and people have money to use our services and the services of many other professionals. My husband has two college degrees and our hope and prayer is that we can get rid of the people like Obama and friends who are trying to destroy our wonderful country and who are causing so many people such trouble.

L&V – October 7, 2011

Leo L. Wincheste - October 6, 2011

simplyMr. President, While reading of your comments yesteray
about Americans becoming soft angerf strarted swellingv inside me. w hy? Simply because it seemsto me that you totally mistaken about some od theAmerican people, especially me in particular. I am now 76 years of age and retired from the Henderson County Pblic School District. Even after being etired for mtwenty years I still work hard trying to keep my head
abve water caused by officicials like yourself and other members of Congress who keep jockeying with federal
laws and regulations that mae people feel insecure
about their futues. All of you do hese kinds of things not
knowing anything,or obviously caring how the makority of working Americans feel. Why this uncaring attitude__
well because it is obvious not any of you have ever had to work hard to make ends meet/ou guys are the
softies in this coiuntry and that is sad because so many of you have never done a good, hard day’s work.
But know something I have had to work hard all mhy
of you are congregated in Washington making laws for people you know nothing about, For example how many current members of Congress had to work their way through college. I did at Berea College. tHE REASON mydad died with a hart attack when I ws barely seven yeArs old. My mom had to leave home each day and work for $15 per week and that money was needed to feed us little guys still at home. So the opportunity to get a college education I was glad to be accepted .at Berea College to work my way through college. \And thank goodness for an institution like Berea College. And as a student while at Berea I worked every summer and saved money to pay my expenses. That my mom did not have to pay any of my college costs. If that is soft I guess I do not understand what the word mesn|

Kathy Benninger - October 9, 2011

Getting soft? I think not. I am 60 years old. Never in my wildest thoughts did I ever think I would have to work a second job just to “maybe” squeak by. Well, I’m doing just that – working 52 hours a week to keep my home out of foreclosure and to not have to go on the public dole. I support the tea party movement and do my best to spread the word to all – even knowing that I face ridicule, and even termination from my job because I work in a union house.
I am a law-abiding patriotic citizen and now I have the president of the United States calling me soft, a person who’s lost her competitive edge. Well, mr. president, thank you for awakening me to my most honored duty to this country – I will definitely be voting you out of office.

Brenna Peabody, RN - October 10, 2011

I was working as a nurse making a good living when my elderly parents both got ill. I quit my job, and for the next two years, took care of them at home until they passed away six months apart. They did not have to go on welfare, they did not become a burden on the “system”, they maintained their dignity and independence until the bitter end. I am 61 years old, now. My husband and I are ready to retire, and now our home is not worth even what we paid, I am going to have some trouble finding a job, and I will be happy to work til I am 75 to be able to supplement my husbands SS income. We don’t want to be dependent on the government for anything, but we want our fair share of money that we put into the “system” over all the years that we worked. The government needs to take some of the billions of dollars that we spread out all over the world helping other countries, and spread some of it right here in America. Put people back to work, and stop giving our hard earned money to illegal aliens. We citizens could take better care of our families and neighbors if we had more of our own money to make donations and contributions to charities of our choosing. The government needs to take a hard look at who’s soft.

Stephanie Grable - October 12, 2011

It saddens me to think that the President of this great country believes we’re soft. Government has proven, beyond any doubt, over the past few decades that throwing money at a problem doesn’t solve it (e.g. education, unemployment). Government and possibly unions are responsible for manufacturing leaving this country. I believe that career politicians who worry about the next election have gone soft and should be replaced and have their terms limited.

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