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AP: Is it too much for the 20 somethings to be responsible citizens after the election?

CHICAGO – Young Americans showed their collective power when they helped vote President Obama into office. Inspired by his message of "change," they knocked on doors, spread flyers, voted for him by a 2-1 margin, and partied like rock-the-vote stars when he won.

Since the election, though, that fervor has died down — noticeably. And while young people remain the president's most loyal supporters in opinion polls, a lot of people are wondering why that age group isn't doing more to build upon their newfound reputation as political influencers.

"It's one thing to get excited about a presidential candidate. It's another thing to become a responsible citizen," says Jennifer Donahue, political director for the New Hampshire Institute Of Politics. She and other political analysts thinks they have yet to prove themselves.

 
grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 1:55 PM on Sep. 23, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • "Responsibility" had nothing whatsoever to do with this. Kids naturally fall for the latest fad. That's all that happened here. They got into the campaign, it made them feel good about themselves, like they were a part of something....then the election came, Obama won.."Horray--we helped make history!"

    Then the campaign was over, and life went back to normal....

    lori9878

    Answer by lori9878 at 6:40 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:56 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • Everybody should be responsible citizen of the USA!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:57 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • It's the school system. They aren't teaching us how our government truly works. Americans are lazy
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:00 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • I'm wanting to know why ALL of the citizens won't role model being responsible citizens of the USA and SUPPORT President Obama!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:18 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • I'm wanting to know why ALL of the citizens won't role model being responsible citizens of the USA and SUPPORT President Obama!


    Again with the lack in understanding the concept, FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE... You can respect the office of the Presidency, but you don't have to support the elected politician who sits in that office.

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:22 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • It is because they have the "we won" attitude. What they neglected to tell these liberal dimwits is Obama being in Office doesn't give him free range, there still is Congress. I guess their balding pony tail wearing Marxist professors forgot to tell them in order to maintain power you need to be the majority in senate. But that is good for us Conservatives, makes it 10x easier to take it back in 2010.
    Crissy1213

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 2:25 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • Ummm....yeah. The rah rah party is over - It could be argued that they weren't "being responsible" in the first place - just cheering for someone because it was the popular thing to do...I am glad they are giving up the political gamut...we don't need a bunch of kids that know next to nothing about politics...or the Constitution or the Bill of Rights helping people that destroy those very things...
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:27 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • Oh, for the love of everything that is holy....so you're telling me that every 20-something in America are not being "responsible"? Get over yourself.

    With articles like this, is it any wonder they would bother at all? Grow up, get your own life.
    AMom29

    Answer by AMom29 at 3:51 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • It was just a bandwagon they all jumped on anyway. Most of them don't know jack about politics or the real world. I was sickened every time I saw a microphone stuck in a college kid's face while he spouted off "hope" and "change" and "historic" while obviously knowing nothing.

    The voting age should be raised to 25. Americans are just too damned immature before then. Before someone gets her panties in a knot, I know there are exceptions to the rule, but I think for the sake of all, a raised voting age would be best. Gullible, starry-eyed, no real world experience children should not be choosing our nation's leaders.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:53 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

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