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President Obama's reelection doesn't give him a 'mandate'

The Sun portrays the defeat of George Bush's immigration reform bill as due to the fact that he "failed to get [it] past his own party" ("Obama's mandate," Nov. 7). In fact, 15 Democrats in the Senate failed to vote for the bill; it would have passed with their support.

Why not mention that as a reason why the bill failed, rather than blame it on Republicans? I thought all Democrats were for immigration reform.

Perhaps President Obama should "start talking about climate change," but he should do nothing. Anyone that thinks the U.S. can have an impact on climate change by spending more money is smoking some good stuff. We might impact climate by 1 percent as we continue down the path to a Third World economy.

We all fervently hope that Mr. Obama can step up and be a leader and a manager who makes things happen. But his first term and his woeful lack of experience say we shouldn't expect too much.

Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville

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