Blind Hope Hits A Wall – The Mulligan Man On Day 1

Well, we knew he wouldn’t be ready on Day 1 – but, really, an oath-taking boo-boo in the very first minute?

Followed by another oath-taking boo-boo on the first full day?

Followed by Caroline Kennedy given the boot quitting?

Not to forget the wardrobe misjudgments, the Guantanamo broken promises, the latest preacher problems, and the absent celestial choirs.

And a Big Media outlet breaking ranks and issuing warnings that the celestial choirs might not sing at all?

And the television home to the Hopium addled addicts, the Daily Show, kinda sorta agreed with us that Obama is the Third Bush Term.

Oh, dear. Blind Hope hit a wall called Reality on Day 1.

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Ordinarily we would not bother to mention some new Obama boobery. But the Hopium addled addicts are really making a big deal of the Obama boobery during the inaugural oath. The Hopium addled addicts expected to produce YouTube videos by the thousands mashing the oath ceremony with computerized celestial choirs. Thwarted, they forlornly walk into walls, unable to utilize the great video moment, because it is marred by Obama boobery.

Big Media cooperated in the Obama boobery cover-up by targeting Chief Justice John Roberts as the culprit. But the video speaks for itself, and it is Obama who mucks things up. Imagine, Obama the Harvard graduate, neither his grades nor his writings available, mucked up the few words that George W. Bush, the ridiculed as a boob George W. Bush, was able to repeat – without mistakes or boobery. Oh, dear.

The Obama boobery with the oath, led to a second oath. But the Bible, like the once disdained flag lapel pin, was nowhere to be seen. Expect a third oath when bitter small town gun and Bible toting America finds out. Here’s what happened:

Don’t worry, the White House says: Obama has still been president since noon on Inauguration Day.

Nevertheless, Obama and Roberts went through the drill again out of what White House counsel Greg Craig called “an abundance of caution.”

This time, the scene was the White House Map Room in front of a small group of reporters, not the Capitol platform before the whole watching world. [snip]

No TV camera crews or news photographers were allowed in. A few of Obama’s closest aides were there, along with a White House photographer.

Roberts put on his black robe.

“Are you ready to take the oath?” he said.

“Yes, I am,” Obama said. “And we’re going to do it very slowly.”

Roberts then led Obama through the oath without any missteps.

The president said he did not have his Bible with him, but that the oath was binding anyway.

The original, bungled version on Tuesday caught observers by surprise and then got replayed on cable news shows.

It happened when Obama interrupted Roberts midway through the opening line, in which the president repeats his name and solemnly swears.

Next in the oath is the phrase ” … that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States.” But Roberts rearranged the order of the words, not saying “faithfully” until after “president of the United States.”

That appeared to throw Obama off. He stopped abruptly at the word “execute.”

Recognizing something was off, Roberts then repeated the phrase, putting “faithfully” in the right place but without repeating “execute.”

But Obama then repeated Roberts’ original, incorrect version: “… the office of president of the United States faithfully.”

Craig, the White House lawyer, said in a statement Wednesday evening: “We believe the oath of office was administered effectively and that the president was sworn in appropriately yesterday. Yet the oath appears in the Constitution itself. And out of the abundance of caution, because there was one word out of sequence, Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath a second time.”

The Constitution is clear about the exact wording of the oath and as a result, some constitutional experts have said that a do-over probably wasn’t necessary but also couldn’t hurt. Two other previous presidents have repeated the oath because of similar issues, Calvin Coolidge and Chester A. Arthur.

Such boobery reminds one of the maligned Dan Quayle spelling “potato”. As to the lack of a Bible, Obama could have called one of his many preacher friends to ask for a Bible. Obama could have gone to a hotel to get a Gideon Bible, or maybe there is a Bible in the White House library.

Perhaps, instead of an Abe Lincoln Bible, so useful as propaganda when millions were watching, Obama could have requested the Coolidge or Chester Arthur Bible.

But Obama is as cavalier with Bibles apparently as he is with documents and flag lapel pins. We usually wouldn’t mention the Bible and flag lapel pin missing but Obama makes such a display of them these days we don’t want him to think we are careless.

Obama and the Hopium addled addicts are not cavalier or careless about protecting Obama however. Big Media, continues to blame the Chief Justice and exonerating Obama. Joe Biden joined in the blame game too:

This time, the recitation jibed perfectly with the prescribed oath and took 25 seconds. Obama raised his right hand and kept his left at his side. There was no Bible, Lincoln or otherwise. [snip]

The re-inauguration came just a few hours after Vice President Joe Biden mocked Roberts for his misstep.

My memory is not as good as Justice Roberts,” Biden said at the swearing in of White House staffers Wednesday afternoon.

The staffers in the room laughed, but Obama stood stone faced and visibly annoyed.

Obama does not like to be reminded of his boobery even when someone else is blamed. Obama also almost voted for Chief Justice John Roberts but eventually cast a “no” vote instead of being absent – because it would not look good in a Democratic primary. Obama also realizes that John Roberts, as Chief Justice, is not exactly helpless nor useless. Roberts could legally hurt Obama in more ways than one.

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On Day 1 we also waited for an apology, or some sort of action from B.O., for the remarks by a preacher, not Rick Warren, at the inaugural.

The Rev. Joseph Lowery, a leader during the civil rights movement and former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, delivered the inaugural ceremony’s benediction Tuesday on the west front of the U.S. Capitol.

“We truly give thanks for the glorious experience we’ve shared this day,” Lowery, 87, said in delivering the prayer.

He asked that Americans cling to the spirit of fellowship embodied at the inauguration.

“We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right,” Lowery said.

Obama who spoke pretty words asking for an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics has yet to say a word about Reverend Lowery’s hurtful words. Reverend Lowery is a good man with a long history, but at the inaugural he was much too low. When will Obama speak out against Lowery’s petty grievances, recriminations, and patently false anti-white diatribe? On Day 2?

* * *

The Obama Drama surrounding Caroline Kennedy ended the day. It’s too painful to recount. A story published in the New York Post stated that Caroline Kennedy had been told by Governor David Paterson that she would continue to have lots of free time.

Then NBC, with its typical low standards and misinformation, informed the nation that Caroline Kennedy was still chasing the fox with her hounds. She was still in the hunt. She had not quit before getting fired. Around midnight, “for personal reasons” as believable as her ability to do the Senate job, Caroline put a feather in her cap and called it Macaroni. Caroline, in other words, drove over the bridge, quit.

* * *

The finger bowl crowd in Washington, D.C. hated the Clintons. People like Caroline and Ted Kennedy merely bided their time to stick a knife in the backs of Hillary and Bill Clinton. One favorite and silly line of attack was Bill Clinton’s love of do-overs when playing golf. A do-over in golf is called a “mulligan”. Obama on Day 1 became the Mulligan Man.

Obama was not ready to even take an oath consisting of a few words. Perhaps he should have employed a TelePrompter. Instead, a mulligan was taken. Caroline, well, it turned out she was no Roland Burris. Caroline has had plenty of mulligans in her life.

Obama is also taking a mulligan on Guantanamo. We thought so. We wrote so. The Third Bush Term. In classic doublespeak Obama is saying ‘I will shut down Guantanamo and keep it open.’ Ohhbama can’t be trusted. The Center For Constitutional Rights is wringing its hands. Reality is Reality and Blind Hope has hit a wall.

It was always to be expected it would turn out this way. Only the Hopium addled, Obama lava lamps burning, did not know.

Here are seven reasons to be skeptical of Obama’s chances — and the Washington establishment he now leads:

1. The genius fallacy

There is no disputing Obama has built a Cabinet of sharp and experienced public officials. His staff, especially on national security and economic matters, is often praised as brilliant — and that’s by Republicans.

But recent history teaches us to be wary of the larger-than-life Washington figures supposedly striding across history’s stage. Consider the economy. Everyone seems to agree Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner are smart, vastly qualified to manage and repair the economy.

Everyone was saying the exact same things about the two economic geniuses of the 1990s: Robert Rubin and Alan Greenspan. Now Rubin has been reduced to making excuses for his involvement in high-risk investments and for helping oversee the demise of Citigroup, which lost $10 billion in the past three months alone. The onetime oracular Greenspan has admitted to Congress that his once-revered economic philosophy had “a flaw,” and many blame him for turning a blind eye to the housing bubble. [snip]

The reception of the Obama economic team recalls the reception of President George W. Bush’s foreign policy team eight years ago. Many Democrats applauded the experience of Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell.

As Bush named his national security team in 2000, The New York Times editorialized: “Putting superstar players on the court does not always guarantee harmony or success.” In retrospect, that was an understatement, indeed.

Need we mention that it was two Harvard men who could not get a simple oath right?

2. The herd instinct

Some of Washington’s biggest blunders occur when the government moves to do big things with big support. Bush won the much-regretted Iraq war resolution of October 2002 with strong Democratic backing.

The current economic crisis produces similar pressure to get on board the train — never mind for sure where it’s going. [snip]

First up is the stimulus package that could top $900 billion. It is a mind-numbing number rarely contemplated in U.S. history — and yet it might not work. There are no guarantees people will spend money the government doles out or that it will be enough to offset miserable economic performance elsewhere.

The history isn’t encouraging.

Rewind just a few months back. Republicans and Democrats alike said the best of many bad options was to approve $700 billion to prop up banks, mainly to thaw the credit freeze and juice the economy. Half the money is gone now. Many banks took the cash and sat on it. Some used it increase lending. But much of it was wasted or unaccounted for. Now Washington wants to spend the rest of it.

Did we mention we opposed the bailout bills last year? Hillary Clinton knew what to do. Obama? Not a clue.

3. We are broke. [snip]

One month from now, Democrats will likely have passed the massive stimulus bill and Obama will have signed it into law. The new Treasury Department will be well on its way to spending the second $350 billion chunk of the $700 billion bank bailout fund.

After this rush of activity, the ability to spend during the balance of Obama’s first term — never mind if there is a second — will be sharply constrained.

Instead, the new administration and lawmakers on Capitol Hill will awaken to another first: the prospect of the national deficit approaching $2 trillion. For most, these numbers are simply too big to ponder. But ponder this: This country has never reckoned with deficits like these.[snip]

Social Security’s surpluses “begin to decline in 2011 and then turn into rapidly growing deficits as the baby boom generation retires,” according to one recent report. “Medicare’s financial status,” the report said, “is even worse.”

Basically, the government needs more money than ever at a time when people are losing jobs, income and confidence.

A lot of people want their pockets filled with that Social Security money that does not belong to them. Social Security is not in crisis no matter how many times Obama and Big Media say so. Stop looting Social Security and all is well. The problem is the crimelords from Chicago want that money.

4. Words, words, words

Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, though starkly different men, both viewed the presidency as pre-eminently a decision-making job. Clinton often waved away speech drafts bloated with lofty language by saying: “Words, words, words.”

Obama seems to have a different view of the presidency. He thinks that the right decisions can be reached by putting reasonable and enlightened people together and reaching a consensus. He believes his job as president is to educate and inspire, largely matters of style. [snip]

We don’t know yet how justified Obama is in his self-confidence — or how naive.

But he is almost certain to face many tests, probably imminently, in which the test will be Obama’s ability to act quickly and shrewdly — and not merely describe his actions smoothly or impress people with nuance. And an unlike a governor — who must decide what’s in a budget and what gets cut, or whether a person to be executed at midnight should be spared — Obama has not made many decisions for which the consequences affect more than himself.

Now they tell us that Obama has only done for himself; that Obama just might be naive; that he has never done anything but talk, talk, talk.

5. He rarely challenges the home team. [snip]

In fact, there are few examples of him making decisions during the campaign or the transition that offended his own party’s constituencies, or using rhetoric that challenged his own supporters to rethink assumptions or yield on a favored cause.[snip]

This is not a good sign. By Obama’s lights, the national interest usually coincides with his personal interest. Back to you, Church Lady.

Now they tell us. It’s what we have been writing since April 2007 and getting attacked for saying. Now they echo us.

6. Everyone is winging it.

No matter how much confidence Obama or other politicians project, the reality is the current economic crisis has totally scrambled the intellectual assumptions of almost every policymaker. People who used to bemoan deficits want to spend like crazy. Improvisation is the only proper response. But the chances that improvisation will take the country to exactly the right destination — without some serious wrong turns along the way — seem very slight.

Did we mention Obama is not qualified to be president, does not know what he is doing; that Obama is a flim-flam man who brings with him the looting crimelords of Chicago?

7. The watchdogs are dozing.

The big media companies that once invested in serious accountability journalism are shells of their former selves. The Tribune Co. — in other words, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune — has slashed its Washington staff by more than half. Newspaper chains such as Cox are fleeing D.C. altogether.[snip]

Think back eight years to the pre-Iraq war reporting and consider the words of Scott McClellan in his otherwise humdrum book.

“The collapse of the administration’s rationales for war, which became apparent months after our invasion, should never have come as such a surprise,” McClellan wrote. “In this case, the ‘liberal media’ didn’t live up to its reputation. If it had, the country would have been better served.”

Rigorous reporting is even more important when you have one-party rule in Washington. Democrats, like Republicans, are simply less likely to scrutinize a president of their own. The end result here: Don’t expect the Democratic Congress to investigate the Obama administration or hold a bunch of tough oversight hearings. That means the only real check on Obama is the same one it’s always been — the voters.

Big Media will not investigate their tool – Barack Obama. The economy will be looted. Obama will be the Mulligan Man forever.

The voters will eventually fight back.

But for the next few months, the rats will loot and feed.

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179 thoughts on “Blind Hope Hits A Wall – The Mulligan Man On Day 1

  1. What does anyone mean when they say that Obama is “reaching out” to people — like Rick Warren. Is he saying that you’re OK because we have “some differences”? Would he say that about someone who called blacks the ‘N’ word? Does he plan to meet with the yahoos who put up that noose in the schoolyard? Or with misogynists?

    Just what is beyond the pale? Is it everything but homophobia?

    Is this like Reagan ‘reaching out’ to Nazi SS troops at Bitburg?

  2. Admin — BBC America led its news broadcast with the re-do oath. Obama’s now a world-class mulligan man.

  3. Freckles, associating with bigots in Obamaland is “reaching out”.

    This one is for someone whose calendar just cleared up:

  4. “The president said he did not have his Bible with him, but that the oath was binding anyway”

    retaking oath without the Bible really bother me. I do think B. Hussin Obama is not comfortable with the Bible.

  5. Caroline Kennedy Drops Out of NY Senate Hunt
    Share January 21, 2009 10:35 PM

    ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Eloise Harper report: Caroline Kennedy has dropped out of consideration for Hillary Clinton’s vacated U.S. Senate seat from New York, citing “personal reasons.”

    After rumors and conflicting reports swirled for hours Wednesday evening, Kennedy issued a statement saying: “I informed Governor Paterson today that for personal reasons I am withdrawing my name from consideration for the United States Senate.”

    Caroline Kennedy’s sudden decision to drop out of consideration for the Senate seat came as a shock to family members and political advisors who expected Paterson to offer her the seat and her to accept.

    Several Kennedy family members tried to convince her to change her mind even after she told Paterson on Wednesday she was no longer interested in the seat.

    “He was offering her the seat,” said one confidant. “There’s no doubt about that.”

    Kennedy advisor Josh Isay would not specify what “personal reasons” caused Caroline to bow out, referring to her written statement.

    The surprising decision comes after her uncle Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., suffered a seizure Tuesday during the inaugural lunch for President Barack Obama. He was diagnosed with brain cancer last year.

    Paterson has said he will name a replacement for Clinton soon.

  6. I was channel-hopping last night to find decent coverage of Hillary’s confirmation/swearing in. That venture was a bust, but I did come across this gem at PBS News Hour:

    Service Obama attended at National Cathedral:

    Message by Rev. Sharon Watkins (first woman in this position) who cited Cherokee wisdom of the two wolves inside each of us; one revengeful, … angry and the other wolf compassionate, … truth, love. Grandson asks his grandfather which wolf wins, and grandfather responds: the one you feed. Rev. Watkins then goes on to speak directly to President Obama in this way: Feed the good wolf … by your example encourage us to do the same … stay centered on the values that have guided us in the past.

    LOL

  7. “Obama to Close Guantanamo and Foreign Prisons, Limit CIA Methods
    Obama is expected to sign “several” executive orders Thursday, directing the CIA to close secret foreign prisons and Guantanamo Bay, and limiting detention and interrogation methods. ” and retakeing oath without bible make me uneasy.

  8. What is going on with Dick Morris? Whose side is he on now? He worked for Obama not too long ago; has Obama fired him too?

    h…../realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/01/the_obama_presidency_here_come.html
    The Obama Presidency: Here Comes Socialism
    …. He will begin by passing every program for which liberals have lusted for decades, from alternative-energy sources to school renovations, infrastructure repairs and technology enhancements…..
    But it is not his spending that will transform our political system, it is his tax and welfare policies. …. In the process, he will create a permanent electoral majority that does not pay taxes, but counts on ever-expanding welfare checks from the government. ….
    Reagan cut taxes and increased the deficit so that liberals could not increase spending. Obama will raise spending and increase the deficit so that conservatives cannot cut taxes. And, when the economy is restored, he will raise taxes with impunity, since the only people who will have to pay them would be rich Republicans. ….
    In the name of stabilizing the banking system, Obama will nationalize it…..
    So Obama’s name will be mud by 2012 and probably by 2010 as well. And the Republican Party will make big gains and regain much of its lost power.

  9. If someone was offering you the senate seat your uncle held, you’d be taking it, not going, “no I dont want it now” its to save face.

    Another on of Obama’s primary fellator under the bus. There is a pattern here, you endorse Obama, you blow him, he blows you off.

    Dean blew Obama hard = No Job, got sacked as DNC chairman
    Kerry blew Obama hard = No Job, job he wanted went to his rival
    Kennedy blew Obama hard = No Job, didnt get the job she wanted
    McCaskill blew Obama hard = No Job, left in the Senate
    Teddy blew Obama hard = No Job,barely left alive. Given open bar tab.

  10. I’m not thinking that yesterday went at all as obama and his handlers had hoped. Media tried to limit the damage, but alas the negatives are what we remember.

    His re-do (which only became news when a CNN reporter accidently overheard a conversation about it; the ck
    “did she or did’t she,” stymied confirmation hearings for I believe 8? Miscommunicated messages from obama to the generals that needed so much spin afterwards to put him in a good light…and on and on…

    Hence I say…life is good!

  11. As they say, its entirely probable that Obama and his friends couldnt organize an orgy in a whorehouse if they tried.

  12. If someone was offering you the senate seat your uncle held, you’d be taking it, not going, “no I dont want it now” its to save face.

    Another on of Obama’s primary fellator under the bus. There is a pattern here, you endorse Obama, you blow him, he blows you off.

    Dean blew Obama hard = No Job, got sacked as DNC chairman
    Kerry blew Obama hard = No Job, job he wanted went to his rival
    Kennedy blew Obama hard = No Job, didnt get the job she wanted
    McCaskill blew Obama hard = No Job, left in the Senate
    Teddy blew Obama hard = No Job,barely left alive. Given open bar tab.

    edit …………………

    Richardson blew Obama hard = No Job, sacked, going to jail probably
    Edwards blew Obama hard = No Job, lost all credibility, became a joke, adulterer, all round slimeball

    Anyone else want to add, keep the list going

  13. I was just laughing yesterday about all the “blowhards” who have been not only thrown under the bus but actually ran over.

    Hillary didnt kiss his ass and he actually wanted her for vp. Bill didn’t kiss his ass and I expect SOON to hear that he wants Bill as some sort of big ambassador overseas.

    Nancy Pukeface and Reid are finding out that their ass kissing and dick sucking ain’t working out so well either…they are gonna get karmaed too.

  14. Could be through all his faults, Obama knows never to trust an asslicker like the above list because they eventually go off with the next best thing, they are untrustworthy. Maybe he is smarter than i give him credit for….Nah.

  15. moon,

    I hope you’re right. I rather expected Paterson to reject CK, because of the way he had been talking about her and about the media pushing her. Do you mean that Obama could have forced Paterson to accept CK?

    …. Oh, I guess you’re kidding. Obama caused TK’s brain tumor? Phoned him too much on his blackberry? (NRF – not reallly funny.)

  16. CK is the Maaaat Dammmmon character in Team America World Police. If you dont know what I mean i’m sure we can find a clip.

  17. moon,

    Biden doesn’t blow hard, he gets a VP.
    Emanuel doesn’t blow hard, he gets chief od stuff.

  18. moon,

    Okay, I get it. I can’t play clips and stuff anyway.

    Does seem a little odd, TK collapsing at the INaugaration. (What about Byrd?)

  19. Good Morning All

    Who would have thought one day after we would have so much to talk about. Economics is a historical study, not a predictive one. Therefore, I don’t care how many experts you bring in, the present situation is new, and they will fly by the seat of their pants. Really makes you feel confident, doesn’t it.

    I wonder how the Supreme Court feels about O blaming their main man? After all, they are the protectors of the constitution, and we know how worried O is about that.

    I keep watching our disaster in this state. It is amazing how fast things have declined. I actually got a call the other day from a Dim, who wanted to explain the situation here in NM. I stopped him quickly, and told them what they had done to HRC, and that I was finished with them. I don’t take my name off their list, as I am beginning to enjoy these opportunities to express my opinion to the people who are still volunteering here. I really don’t want them to think they have gotten away with this. In fact, I look forward to their next call.

    I wonder how long it will take for our investigation here to be complete.

  20. Dreams do come true and it happened to me and many of the true believers in SOS Hillary Rodham Clinton. Our ship of state is in good hands with her at the helm and she is familiar with the many ports of call that she has charted for a wise and careful course to attain world peace.Meanwhile Capt.Qweeg is in his new quarters playing with those steel balls to the tune of of anoldie
    “Roll and bowl the ball a penny a pitch”.The time is here the time is now to look back and say over and over.”Thank God For Hillary”

    By ABM90 Steady as we go Hillary the Stage is yours now

  21. Admin, as I woke up, I was thinking somebody should write about the re-oath, somebody like you, of course.

    Lowery apparently mangled the context of the word “right” to his own convenience..

    From Melanie Phillips’s blogpost in the Spectator:

    What makes this even worse is that this passage was apparently taken from an old civil rights chant – but in which the word ‘right’ has an entirely different meaning:

    This little song that i’m singin’ about,
    People you know it’s true
    If you’re black and gotta work for a living,
    This is what they will say to you,
    They says, ‘if you was white, should be all right,
    If you was brown, stick around,
    But as you’s black, hmm brother, get back, get back, get back’

    So when it came to the reference to white people, Lowery changed the context of the word ‘right’ from one that was innocuous to one that was poisonous.

  22. Admin and PM, I agree that Lowry’s race baiting was wholly inappropriate, but entirely consistent with Obama’s MO to date. The idea that there should be a majority in the electorate that do not pay any taxes is very troubling. But, if he takes a page from the Chicago book, expect BO to also throw many bones to the racist side of the black community. His cheap words of unity have just about the same meaning as “I’m a uniter, not a divider.” Remember that? People hungered for unity eight years ago, too, and didn’t get it. “Just words? Just words?” Exactly. Perhaps our movement will revive an important traditional American value – actions speak louder than words.

  23. My feelings about the reason why Caroline bowed out of taking the Senate seat is very simple:

    Teddy is the one who was pushing her in the first place. Caroline doesn’t know anything about how legislation is written or passed. Ted promised her he would coach her through it. He is just too ill to keep his promise. The End.

  24. I am feeling wicked today. Are the big media going to “clean up” the oath blooper from the video of the Inauguration ceremony? I don’t think they can hush it up or rewrite that easily. Indian newspapers are putting the blame on both for the fiasco. It bugs me though that there were no TV cameras or press photographers for the do-over. I feel bad for the Obots, their perfect moment was marred by their own messiah. I knew it was inevitable but did they?

  25. moononpluto Says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 am
    If someone was offering you the senate seat your uncle held, you’d be taking it, not going, “no I dont want it now” its to save face.

    Another on of Obama’s primary fellator under the bus. There is a pattern here, you endorse Obama, you blow him, he blows you off.

    Dean blew Obama hard = No Job, got sacked as DNC chairman
    Kerry blew Obama hard = No Job, job he wanted went to his rival
    Kennedy blew Obama hard = No Job, didnt get the job she wanted
    McCaskill blew Obama hard = No Job, left in the Senate
    Teddy blew Obama hard = No Job,barely left alive. Given open bar tab.

    edit …………………

    Richardson blew Obama hard = No Job, sacked, going to jail probably
    Edwards blew Obama hard = No Job, lost all credibility, became a joke, adulterer, all round slimeball
    ————————————————————————–

    Moon: You are priceless. Good ones!

  26. Mrs. Smith Says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 9:47 am
    My feelings about the reason why Caroline bowed out of taking the Senate seat is very simple:

    Teddy is the one who was pushing her in the first place. Caroline doesn’t know anything about how legislation is written or passed. Ted promised her he would coach her through it. He is just too ill to keep his promise. The End
    ————————————————————————————————————

    Exactly. Teddy was most likely pushing her, and she really was not up to the task. I think the seizure TK had the other day, is an indication that the tumor is growing. He looked good, but I would surmise that his time is limited.

  27. Yesterday, one of my patients told me that many people feel that BO is a miracle worker. She is AA. I asked her, if she thought he was a miracle worker, and she shook her head no. She was very proud that BO was sworn in, but realizes that he is human and will make mistakes.

  28. Here’s a link from ABC on Carter’s denial that he snubbed the Clintons. Just thought I’d pass it on. BTW, anyone see Hillary’s talk at the State Dept. this morning? Someone said it was carried live?

    “President Carter disputes there was any snub and says any suggestion there was is ‘erroneous.’ Through a spokesperson at the Carter Center in Atlanta, the former President told ABC News that he had earlier spent a half hour talking to the Clintons and therefore wanted to use the opportunity to say hello to the Bushes while he could. According to the spokesperson, cameras only caught the later encounter.”

  29. Carter must think people are BLIND. When you walk by someone with no eye contact, not even a nod or anything, it speaks for itself.

    Now CK says its a “pressing” personal matter. She’ll most likely come out with some “health” issue. She probably was going to have a nervous breakdown over not being annointed

  30. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/22/secretary-of-state-clinton-arrives-at-foggy-bottom/?hp

    Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived for her first day of work at the State Department Thursday, assuming the mantle of the nation’s chief diplomat and preparing to name a pair of renowned diplomats to serve as special emissaries to the Middle East and South Asia.

    The morning after she was easily confirmed by the Senate, Mrs. Clinton was greeted by a crowd of more than a thousand State Department employees, cheering and whooping like a campaign gathering.

    “This is going to be a great adventure,” Mrs. Clinton said to employees in a lively 10-minute address, as people craned to see her from a balcony in the flag-lined lobby of the State Department.

    Mrs. Clinton said she sought a “sense of openness and candor in this building,” and invited people to “think outside the proverbial box,” which drew a yelp from a man in the crowd. She promised “robust diplomacy” and “effective development” to restore America’s standing overseas.

    Mrs. Clinton walked into the building just after 9:15 a.m., to a hail of camera flashes. She was met at the door by Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William J. Burns, the top-ranking career diplomat, who introduced her as the nation’s 67th secretary of state.

    Speaking for the employees, Steve Kashkett said, “As you can tell from the enthusiastic welcome, so far, we are thrilled to have you here.” Noting that Mr. Kashkett had shown wise caution in adding the words “so far,” Mrs. Clinton said, “This is not going to be easy.”

  31. I have nothing against Biden, but you can tell he is very jealous of the attention Hillary shall receive and I hope he does not become a back stabber….Likewise, when reality sets in, and in this case it is occurring fairly quickly, watch for negative stuff to come out of the Obama camp from unnamed sources trying to deflect blame from the Messiah and impute it to Hillary. Kennedy, as we knew all along, is an incompetent opportunist who with her Uncle Teddy, back stabbed the Clinton’s to revive the “Camelot” myth. Thankfully, said plans took off like a Led Zeppelin the minute she opened her mouth.

  32. Clinton takes charges at State Department
    By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer Anne Flaherty, Associated Press Writer
    23 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton took charge of the State Department on Thursday, proclaiming the start of a new era of robust U.S. diplomacy to tackle the world’s crises and improve America’s standing abroad.

    Before a raucous, cheering crowd of about 1,000 people, the nation’s 67th secretary of state pledged to boost the morale and resources of the diplomatic corps and promised them a difficult but exciting road ahead.

    “I believe with all of my heart that this is a new era for America,” Clinton said to loud applause in the main lobby of the department’s headquarters, which President Barack Obama will visit later Thursday to underscore his administration’s commitment to diplomacy and announce the appointment of a Middle East envoy.

    “This is going to be a challenging time and it will require 21st Century tools and solutions to meet our problems and seize our opportunities,” she said. “I’m going to be asking a lot of you. I want you to think outside the proverbial box. I want you to give me the best advice you can.”

    “I want you to understand there is nothing that I welcome more than a good debate and the kind of dialogue that will make us better,” Clinton said. “We cannot be our best if we don’t demand that from ourselves and each other.”

    In her spirited 10-minute pep talk, she spoke of the importance of defense, diplomacy and development — the “three legs to the stool of American foreign policy” — and noted that the State Department is in charge of two of them.

    “We are responsible for two of the three legs,” said the former New York senator and first lady. “And we will make clear as we go forward that diplomacy and development are essential tools in achieving the long-term objectives of the United States.”

    Clinton’s mandate from Obama is to step up diplomatic efforts and restore the nation’s tattered image overseas. She has vowed to make use of “smart power” to deal with international challenges.

    “At the heart of smart power are smart people, and you are those people,” she told the assembled throng. “And you are the ones that we will count on and turn to for the advice and counsel, the expertise and experience to make good on the promises of this new administration.”

    Clinton takes over an agency that was often sidelined during George W. Bush’s eight-year presidency, particularly in his first term over the decision to go to war in Iraq. Although former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice restored some of the department’s influence, diplomats still complained of a lack of access to the top and funding.

    In introductory remarks, Steve Kashkett, vice president of the union that represents diplomats, noted that Obama and Clinton had both “decried the neglect that the foreign service and the State Department as a whole have suffered in recent years.”

    Clinton, meanwhile, sought to reassure frustrated diplomats that they will be heard.

    “This is a team, and you are the members of that team,” she said. “We are not any longer going to tolerate the kind of divisiveness that has paralyzed and undermined our ability to get things done for America.”

    She predicted her team would experience “a great adventure. We’ll have some ups and some downs. We’ll face some obstacles along the way. But be of good cheer and be of strong heart, and do not grow weary, as we attempt to do good on behalf of our country and the world. … And now, ladies and gentlemen, let’s get to work.”

    After her remarks, Clinton made telephone calls to foreign leaders, toured some of the department’s key offices and received briefings before hosting Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and national security adviser James Jones. They are to meet in a closed-door session before Obama addresses the diplomatic corps.

    The president is expected to name former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell, D-Maine, to be a special envoy for the Middle East, the first of several new State Department posts Clinton intends to create to deal with particularly vexing problems abroad. Other special envoys, notably for South Asia and North Korea, are also to be appointed.

    After being confirmed 94-2 by the Senate on Wednesday, Clinton delivered letters of resignation to Vice President Joe Biden, as president of the Senate, and New York Gov. David Paterson, who will chose her replacement.

    Link to follow.

  33. Admin: Ordinarily we would not bother to mention some new Obama boobery. But the Hopium addled addicts are really making a big deal of the Obama boobery during the inaugural oath. The Hopium addled addicts expected to produce YouTube videos by the thousands mashing the oath ceremony with computerized celestial choirs. Thwarted, they forlornly walk into walls, unable to utilize the great video moment, because it is marred by Obama boobery.
    ———————————-
    Admin: they still can. The title can read.

    1. God doesnt like this, or-

    2. Oaths should be obsolete, or-

    3. Entrapped by the Chief Justice, or-

    4. Nobody tells ME what to say, or-

    5. Wrong cd in teleprompter, or-

    6. Uhhh, Doenst Michelle look lovely, or-

    7, Other than that Mrs. Lincoln (How was the play), or-

    8. Ask not what your country can do for you ask what I intend to do with your with your money, or

    9.Are we still auditioning or is it showtime? or as you say Admin

    10. Mulligan Man

  34. OK, the only person he is showing any respect to is HRC. Which of course makes sense as bullies respect other strong people that stand up to them, and step on their own people.

    The headline reads today, he is turning his attention to Foreign Affairs. Of course he is, as HRC is in charge, and she will not screw up. Even her speech taking over as SOS is more memorable than his.

    However, the American Voter’s #1 priority is the Economy, and HRC cannot help him there. If the American people do not see stability shortly, and progress coming, it is going to be interesting to see their reaction. You can talk patience, but the new generation is not that patient.

  35. Admin,

    Thanks for your hilarious videos. “Mrs. Otis won’t be able to lunch today” is my favorite.

    Moononpluto,

    Outstanding list of back-stabbers of the Clintons not getting what they wanted or might have wanted. I’m very happy about the blowhards going down, though ya gotta admit, John Edwards totally did it to himself. I never trusted him, ever, and neither did my husband. We weren’t sure why, but now we know. Narcissistic opportunist with no conscience.

    Why did Howard Dean go down? I’m very happy about it, but why? It’s a puzzlement. He was totally in the tank for Obama and helped assure his election!

  36. Truly a “ground hog day”administration coming, huh admin?

    I seriously don’t care about any of these people, but what I’m concerned about is the effect this administration is going to have on me, my family, friends and neighbors.

    Ordinary folks are paying the hard price for failed government oversite and accountability. So far I’ve only seen whipped topping on burnt cake, and no promise that the heat in the oven will be turned down.

    And more than anything I wish the news outlets would just stick to the news and let the entertainment people do the entertainment.

    …..
    by the way, what do you tell a hairdresser that totally fvks up your hair? I went to get a hair cut yesterday and I’d let it get just a bit too long so I tell the lady cut off the excess and make it so I can feather it back and fluff it with some mousse and a hair dryer…
    I”M BALD!!!!!!! All the anger in the world won’t change it, so should I have taken my anger out on her or just leave it alone and vow not to go back? Serious…I can’t even look at myself in the mirror it’s that bad.

  37. Why did Howard Dean go down? I’m very happy about it, but why? It’s a puzzlement. He was totally in the tank for Obama and helped assure his election!

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    Not sure, but he is a true liberal.

  38. Found this video from an Indian newspaper. It is not the video of the re-oath but a picture and audio.

    timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videoshow/4015395.cms

  39. Best post ever:
    # moononpluto Says:
    January 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 am

    If someone was offering you the senate seat your uncle held, you’d be taking it, not going, “no I dont want it now” its to save face.

    Another on of Obama’s primary fellator under the bus. There is a pattern here, you endorse Obama, you blow him, he blows you off.

    Dean blew Obama hard = No Job, got sacked as DNC chairman
    Kerry blew Obama hard = No Job, job he wanted went to his rival
    Kennedy blew Obama hard = No Job, didnt get the job she wanted
    McCaskill blew Obama hard = No Job, left in the Senate
    Teddy blew Obama hard = No Job,barely left alive. Given open bar tab.

    edit …………………

    Richardson blew Obama hard = No Job, sacked, going to jail probably
    Edwards blew Obama hard = No Job, lost all credibility, became a joke, adulterer, all round slimeball

    Anyone else want to add, keep the list going

  40. Dean when down because he is no longer useful, he not a threat, does not want to cater to him, or have him around, and he knows throwing him under the bus will not harm him.

    He back down to Blog, because he know he is too strong. I still think Blog is a smart enough crooked politician that he has something on BO, which he could use if he wants to. But he will not use it unless he has to.

  41. NMF, The State Dept. will be involved in global economic issues under Hillary, so there will be a lot of overlap between domestic and foreign policy.

  42. Paula

    That is true, but she does not make the directing decisions for the economy. Her emphasis will be on a global sense. He has a big national problem, not an international problem. At least that is the way I see it.

  43. “Obama Snubs Nation’s Heroes, Becomes the First President to Skip Ball Honoring Medal of Honor Recipients in Over 50 Years”

    “The Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball was begun in 1953 for President Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration. The event recognized recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award. There were 48 Medal of Honor recipients in attendance, who were undoubtedly disappointed by the Commander-in-Chief’s failure to show. Over the past 56 years and 14 inaugurations, no President has skipped this event – until now.”

    w.clevelandleader.com/node/8627

  44. SHV

    Could it be another boo boo. Surely not. The heros keep track and remember. However, I am sure the Staff has a perfectly logicial reason as to why this was someone elses fault.

  45. ADMIN. What a superb anaylysis you have given us here. This article today, and the one yesterday. This is a highly intelligent, logical and precedent based example of why Obama is so likey to fail. Brilliant work. I am saving this because it gives us the framework we need to understand future events and a harbinger of what 2012 is likely to mean.

    Regarding Kennedy. The real story floating around Washington right now is that Caroline tried to play hardball with Patterson–would not disclose her finances and would not complete a questionaire which might disclose things she did not want disclosed. Theres more but that is the gist of it. This will probably come out in the press and the first part already has.
    But I am not an insider so I cannot say.

  46. I hate to say it but this may be an example of the Peter Principle–promoted beyond the level of his competence. The proper level may have been community organizer. Could it be that the reason he was the President of the Harvard Law Review but did not write so much as an article was because he bamboozled them, and had backing from big money interests who saw him as their tool? I hope I am wrong because if true no good can come of it.

  47. Regarding Kennedy. The real story floating around Washington right now is that Caroline tried to play hardball with Patterson–would not disclose her finances and would not complete a questionaire which might disclose things she did not want disclosed. Theres more but that is the gist of it. This will probably come out in the press and the first part already has.
    But I am not an insider so I cannot say.

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    I thought that disclosing financial matters was a stumbling block for her. I guess, she doesn’t want people to know, how many millions she has, or what companies she holds stocks in.

  48. admin Says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 11:24 am

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/22/secretary-of-state-clinton-arrives-at-foggy-bottom/?hp

    “Mrs. Clinton said she sought a “sense of openness and candor in this building,” and invited people to “think outside the proverbial box,” which drew a yelp from a man in the crowd. She promised “robust diplomacy” and “effective development” to restore America’s standing overseas.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Yes, I hope she listens to us now that we were right about something smells rotten within her campaign staff during the Primary. Please keep your eye on us, Admin. My voice tends to get drowned out with the gossip and speculation around us. Because we ‘always think’ outside the box…and have a great track record because of it.

  49. Admin and all,

    Thanks for the transcripts…like MoonPluto, I can’t get vid clips where I am right now either.

    I was drawn to this article by the title- it’s from Political I think, via Yahoo News Service, also an “I think” proposition.
    (A little long, but an easy read)
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    What We Don’t Know About Obama

    Jim VandeHei, John F. Harris Jim Vandehei, John F. Harris – Thu Jan 22, 4:44 am ET

    We know a lot more about Barack Obama than we did on Election Day. He wastes little time making big decisions. He was serious about surrounding himself with seasoned people, even if they are outsized personalities likely to jostle one another and unlikely to salute on command. He intends to move quickly to put his personal stamp on government and national life.

    Yet much about how the 44th president will govern remains a mystery—perhaps even to Obama himself.

    The stirring rhetoric witnessed on the campaign trail and in Tuesday’s inaugural address is laced with spacious language — flexible enough to support conflicting conclusions about what he really believes.
    Only decisions, not words, can clarify what Obama stands for. Those are coming soon enough.

    Until then, here are the questions still left hanging as the Obama administration begins:

    DOES HE REALLY THINK AFGHANISTAN IS WINNABLE?

    The new president has strongly signaled that he thinks the answer is yes. But neither his rhetoric nor his policy proposals so far have fully reckoned with the implications.

    If he intends to win in Afghanistan, he is not going to be a Peacemaker President. To the contrary, he is committing himself to being just as much of a War President as George W. Bush, certainly for the first term and very possibly for a potential second.

    Most military experts think a decisive win in Afghanistan — as opposed to a muddle-through strategy leading to a gradual withdrawal —will involve a major surge in troops and a willingness to tolerate high costs and high casualties.

    In any event, the country and its unruly neighbor, Pakistan, will quite likely dominate Obama’s attention much more than Iraq.

    Obama advisers say one of the biggest surprises of recent secret briefings on trouble spots around the globe was how unstable, exposed and dangerous Pakistan is. A nuclear neighbor that harbors terrorists injects all the more danger and uncertainty to the war on the other side of its border.

    Joe Biden’s first trip abroad as vice President-elect included a stop in Afghanistan. When he returned home, he told Obama: “The truth is that things are going to get tougher in Afghanistan before they’re going to get better.”

    If that’s true, Obama may in the end find muddle-through more attractive than victory.

    DO DEFICITS MATTER?

    In the short-run, Obama and his advisers believe, just like Bush and his advisers, that pumping up the economy is the top priority —budget deficits be damned.

    But when does the short-run become the long-run?

    Obama has said long-term, trillion-dollar deficits are “unsustainable.” His inaugural address warned about the need to cut programs that don’t work and make “hard choices.”

    Does he really mean it? If so, the second half of Obama’s first term likely will be marked by austerity just as much as the first half is going to be marked by massive spending in the name of economic stimulus.

    Embracing balanced budgets would also mean embracing steep cuts in weapons systems and entitlement programs, as well as curbing his ambitions for new initiatives in health care and energy. Tax hikes would also be part of the remedy.

    With unpleasant medicine like this, Obama may instead find common cause with Democratic liberals and with Dick Cheney, who, according to former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, once dismissed GOP deficit hawks by saying that Ronald Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter.

    HOW FAST IS TOO FAST IN IRAQ?

    The president says he still wants U.S. troops out of Iraq in 16 months. Tellingly, he always adds caveats that conditions and advice from commanders will dictate the pace. Defense Secretary Gates recently made this clear: “He also said he wanted to have a responsible drawdown. And he also said he was prepared to listen to his commanders. So, I think that that’s exactly the position the president-elect should be in.”

    What if conditions change for the worse? Violence is way down and many of the most troubled areas are showing signs of stability. But this remains an extremely volatile region that could erupt in new bloodshed. Will Obama still cling to a speedy pull-out if it means the country could implode?

    Obama met with his military commanders on Wednesday. But it’s anyone’s guess whose advice he’ll be listening to most closely, and which members of his heavyweight foreign policy team – within which there are significant disagreements over the Iraq war – will really have his ear.

    WHAT’S IN THE FILES?

    Any time someone criticized their policies on use of force, covert surveillance, or detention or interrogation of terrorism suspects, Bush and Cheney had an answer that was impossible for any outside critic to fully contend with: You don’t know what we know.

    What they said they knew was top-secret intelligence showing how many people with murderous designs on the United States are roaming the planet, how imminent the threats are, or how effective controversial anti-terrorist programs had been in averting another attack. Since no one else could see the files, no one else could be on equal footing in deciding whether the administration was right or wrong.

    Since Tuesday, Obama has all the same files, and all the same access to the nation’s top secrets, that Bush and Cheney ever did.

    How will Obama react when he gets a constant morning diet of dire warnings? The president today moved to shut down the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay and end torture – and has surrounded himself with critics of both who are unlikely to tolerate backsliding. But it is not unfathomable that Obama has a “Few Good Men” moment and has to tell liberals and civil libertarians they can’t handle the truth – and that drastic steps sometimes need to be taken to avert disastrous consequences. What’s more, it is hardly a given that any president—no matter his philosophy—would wish to give up the expanded executive power that Bush claimed in the name of national security.

    DO UNIONS WEAR WHITE HATS?

    Obama, for the entire campaign, said all the right things when it comes to keeping peace with Big Labor. He praised the power and fairness of unions. He expressed skepticism about free trade agreements like NAFTA. Most of all, he proudly sponsored legislation to make it much easier for workers to unionize.
    Lately, he sounds like a man rethinking his enthusiasm.

    In a recent interview with the Washington Post, he suggested he would not aggressively push for legislation to free workers to easily unionize (the bill is known as the Employee Free Choice Act. “If we are losing half a million jobs a month, then there are no jobs to unionize.” Even Nancy Pelosi seems inclined to cut him some slack for a while on this one – but at some point the pressure will intensify and we will learn if this is truly a pro-union White House.

    CAN U.S. POWER SAVE DARFUR?

    Darfur will be the first test case – but almost certainly not the last one – in which we will learn just how strongly Obama believes his stated view that the United States should act aggressively when it can use its military power to stop genocide or other humanitarian catastrophes.

    There is powerful momentum inside the Democratic Party to come to the aid of the suffering people of Darfur. Among the biggest advocates are two of Obama’s top advisers: Biden and U.N Ambassador-designate Susan Rice.

    But with the military stretched thin, and with many others in his administration more skeptical about the use of force on problems that don’t directly threaten national security, nothing is likely to happen unless Obama puts his own influence and reputation strongly behind an intervention.

    During the campaign, he signaled a willingness to intervene, but also cautioned: “There’s a lot of cruelty around the world. We’re not going to be able to be everywhere all the time.”

    HOW MUCH DOES HE HAVE TO PLACATE THE LEFT?

    In his inaugural speech, Obama spoke of tired ideologies and a time to think anew about policy and politics. That is easy to do if he simply means rejecting Bush’s idea. But he has suggested this rethinking will hit the left, too – that’s trickier.

    Some times, Obama has been wiling to tick off the left. He picked Rick Warren, a Christian conservative, to deliver Tuesday’s opening prayer and filled his cabinet and staff mainly with centrists. Other times, he seems to bend to liberal frustration.

    Obama nixed John Brennan’s appointment to be CIA director after anti-torture advocates expressed outrage over Brennan’s involvement in Bush-era interrogations. Brennan’s going to be working in the White House anyway, but not in any position that requires Senate confirmation. Obama also quickly moved to give a prime role to Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, an openly gay religious leader from New Hampshire, when liberals protested the choice of Warren to deliver the inaugural prayer.

    Politically savvy liberal activists are an important reason Obama beat Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic nominating contest, and a big reason he blew through all fund-raising records. It will be hard for Obama to govern without their enthusiasm, onthe other hand, it will be tough to reinvent politics if Obama is forced to routinely throw bouquets to the various factions of the Democratic Party.

  50. # birdgal Says:
    January 22nd, 2009 at 10:40 am
    Exactly. Teddy was most likely pushing her, and she really was not up to the task. I think the seizure TK had the other day, is an indication that the tumor is growing. He looked good, but I would surmise that his time is limited.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I agree. Her decision to shelve her quest for the Senate seat definitely had something to do with Teddys health. The announcement came AFTER his seizure…I’m sure his physicians are upset the way he is carrying on as if there is nothing wrong with his health and have prescribed home and bed rest for him just about permanently.

    New Yorkers just got Lucky today! Or the Gods are frowning at Mr Obama…. Big Time.

  51. shop.cafepress.com/hillary-clinton?cmp=knc–g–us–pol–electmi–b–hillary_button&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=hillary%20button&utm_content=search-b&utm_campaign=pol–election%202008%20misc%20-%20us

    Someone on the blog wanted that great button of Hillary (I think it was the black and white photo with her signature and 2008 on it). The above link is selling that button. It might have been JanH, but I am not sure.

  52. Mrs. Smith Says:
    January 22nd, 2009 at 9:47 am
    My feelings about the reason why Caroline bowed out of taking the Senate seat is very simple:
    Teddy is the one who was pushing her in the first place. Caroline doesn’t know anything about how legislation is written or passed. Ted promised her he would coach her through it. He is just too ill to keep his promise. The End.
    ===================

    Very sensible. IN a health crisis family plans change.

  53. Well, after Admin’s newest moniker for Waffles, “Mulligan Man,” a stream of consciousness led me to the old commercial, “Hey, Culligan man!” (I’m sure I’m not the only Big Pink reader who remembers that!)

    But, then I searched You Tube on “Mulligan” – just for fun and found the perfect vid of Billy Holiday (an all time favorite) with Gerry Mulligan. Has nothing to do with “mulligans” or even “Culligan” – but coincidentally, it could be adopted as the new ‘bot theme song. I know you’ll love it! (Admin, would you please embed?) Enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPXl0BZt4ko

  54. Now that’s an idea I can fully support — Obama speaking to the State Departmemt employees:

    “I have given you an early gift: Hillary Clinton”

    Very nicely put.

  55. Imo piloting an airliner is a good metaphor for Treas Sec.

    Because of the weather conditions in the 90s, Clinton’s team chose a course and altitude etc that worked for those conditions and got us to safety: biggest surplus etc.

    Because of different conditions now, the same team will choose a different course, perhaps correcting for the previous bearing which Bush continued and got us in trouble.

    But it’s the same airplane, same dashboard. THey know where all the knobs are.

  56. What We Don’t Know About Obama

    Jim VandeHei, John F. Harris Jim Vandehei, John F. Harris – Thu Jan 22, 4:44 am ET
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    Just about everything since he is a flip flopper.

    But the 800 lb gorilla (other than a possible terrorist attack) is the economy. Kevin Phillips insights on that subject are instructive. This stuctral problem created by all this intellectually fashionable tripe about a post industrial economy by some I have met (Thurow) are really just buzzwords to cover up the wholesale abandonment of manufacturing which through unions managed to more equitably distributed the wealth of the economy. That is working against him and the prospects for a second term.

    No president can promise the sun moon and stars and deliver a tarpit. And to coin an expression he is familiar with, you cannot put lipstick on that pig– meaning in this instance the economy.
    Peoples lives need to change for the bette. he promised they would but he never answered the key question of how. Now that he is forced to deliver the how will emerge and it is the same as it always was–tradeoffs and lets us hope the cure is not worse than the disease.

  57. The real reasons

    The New York Post’s Haberman and Dicker pin down the subject of much buzz in New York today, with the airbrushed version of Kennedy’s withdrawal having survived some four hours:

    In a stunning revelation, a source close to Gov. David Paterson insisted this afternoon that the governor “had no intention” of picking Caroline Kennedy for New York’s vacant senate seat – because she was “mired” in an issue over taxes, her nanny and possibly her marriage.

    Kennedy was “mired in some potentially embarrassing personal issues,” the source said, citing tax liabilities and worker compensation liabilities connected to the employment of a nanny.

    The source also said the state of her marriage may have presented a problem as well.

    “She has a tax problem that came up in the vetting and a potential nanny issue,” the soruce said. “And reporters are starting to look at her marriage more closely,” the soruce continued, refusing to provide any specifics.

    Gossip columns have reported for more than a year that Kennedy’s marriage to Ed Schlossberg is essentially over, and the gossip site Gawker.com has reported rumors that she’s been linked to New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger.

    The spin, recall, was that she had the job in her pocket, then withdrew over her uncle’s illness.

  58. Now that’s an idea I can fully support — Obama speaking to the State Departmemt employees:

    “I have given you an early gift: Hillary Clinton”

    Very nicely put.
    ————————
    obviously, he did not rely on the 27 year old for that one.

  59. Gossip columns have reported for more than a year that Kennedy’s marriage to Ed Schlossberg is essentially over, and the gossip site Gawker.com has reported rumors that she’s been linked to New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger.
    ———————————
    Makes you wonder what the attraction i$. He need money, she has it and they are probably negotiating over the pre nuptial. This may also explain why NYT turned on Hillary–the Kennedy-Chicago-Sulzberger connection. I wonder why she refused to disclose financials–the way Hillary and Bill have done. I am to say the least suspicious.

  60. Paula Says:
    January 22nd, 2009 at 12:54 pm
    NMF, The State Dept. will be involved in global economic issues under Hillary, so there will be a lot of overlap between domestic and foreign policy.
    ==============

    Very much so! It’s been said that so much ‘globalization’ has already happened that the way to heal the US economy is to heal the world economy, of which we are now a sub-set.

    However of course the US is a major player in the world economy. So whatever Bill and Hillary think will help the world, the US Treasury needs to go along with it. (And Hillary will need advice from her old allies now hopefully running the Treasury again.)

  61. wbb – obviously, he did not rely on the 27 year old for that one

    _____________________________

    wbb – what 27-year old? Did I miss something?

  62. bitch Caroline Kennedy mired in TAX problems, NANNY problem and MARRIAGE problems

    KARMA,KARMA,KARMA,KARMA,KARMA

    on other note … Hillary actually made the first important speech of this administration

  63. A friend told me today was that the reason the oath got screwed up was because Chief Justice Roberts tried to recite his full name which is Barack Hussein Obama, and he broke in to eliminate the recitation of his middle name. On the other hand, if he had not done that Rick Warren might have called him an infidel so it was really Hobsons choice.

    The speech was a different matter.

  64. freckles Says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 3:17 pm
    Now that’s an idea I can fully support — Obama speaking to the State Departmemt employees:

    “I have given you an early gift: Hillary Clinton”

    Very nicely put.

    —————————————————————————————-

    Did he really say that?

  65. I read somewhere, in the past few weeks, about rumors of an affair, but I didn’t want to spread rumors. Ms. Kennedy has her own issues.

  66. Re Obama muddling through and out of Afganistan, he may have already signaled this. Didn’t he say that we didn’t need to kill bin Laden, we had already boxed him in?

  67. wbb – obviously, he did not rely on the 27 year old for that one

    _____________________________

    wbb – what 27-year old? Did I miss something?

    ——————————-
    his speechwriter–the horny drunk.

  68. freckles said: what 27-year old? Did I miss something?

    ================

    See fire-jon-favreau.blogspot.com

  69. Well lets face it, you and I both know, Obama is going to have Hillary running this administration while he sits back and relaxes like we knew he would.

  70. I gave you an early gift: Hillary Clinton.

    It was Obama’s opening line and it got an ovation.

    He also said she had his full confidence. It was a very nice meeting. George Mitchell has always been a hero of mine — I used to write him to urge him to run for president — He wrought a miracle in Ireland.

    He had an amazing speech about that. Something like: They just got a coalition govt in Ireland. It’s been 800 years since the conflict began. 89 years, when British imposed their rule. 38 years, something about the war. 11 years since negotiations produced an agreement, 9 years since it was signed. That’s a rough estimate by memory, not a literal recap.

    Now he’s going to the Mid-East. Let’s hope he can pull off a second miracle.

  71. So Geithner was approved 18 to 5 in the senate committee.

    So just remember folks when you dont pay your taxes, you can “pull a Geithner” and say the treasury secretary and senate said it was ok not to pay your taxes for 4 years.

  72. Haha ha now we know what derailed Caroline and what those personal reasons were

    stuckon-stupid.com/2009/01/22/no-go-for-princess-caroline-as-tax-and-household-employee-problems-hinder-senate-bid/

    Kennedy was “mired in some potentially embarrassing personal issues,” the source said, citing tax liabilities and worker compensation liabilities connected to the employment of a nanny.

    The source also said the state of her marriage may have presented a problem as well.

    “She has a tax problem that came up in the vetting and a potential nanny issue,” the soruce said. “And reporters are starting to look at her marriage more closely,” the soruce continued, refusing to provide any specifics.

    Gossip columns have reported for more than a year that Kennedy’s marriage to Ed Schlossberg is essentially over, and the gossip site Gawker.com has reported rumors that she’s been linked to New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger.

    The Princess is no angel. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out Caroline.

    Must be that she used the same Turbo Tax program as Geithner.

  73. It’s interesting to speculate as though there was one single factor that caused CK to withdraw. But how many people really make decisions on just one factor? (Of course one factor may be the last straw that triggers a decision.)

    There were many strikes against CK here. She was unpopular and damiging her image by a clumsy campaign. Paterson had said many discouraging things publically. Suddenly TK may have proved unable to mentor her through the job (or even help her get it). Providing confidential info when she was probably not going to get the job anyway, may have been one of the last straws.

    By the timing, another straw may have been the simple human family thing of wanting to spend her uncle’s last days/weeks at home with him, instead of both of them straining to hold down two Senate seats.

    (Prayers for the family. Thanks to them for abandoning a bad project before it was too late — and to Paterson for keeping his options open till the last minute also.)

  74. This administration is a clinton administration in all but name, seriously may as well have Bill or Hillary in the WH because its obvious Obama aint running the show.

  75. I have to say that when I read the admin post about the tunnel where all of the bambi worker bees were trapped I felt a connection as I remember how it felt when Hillary chose to support waffles. Trapped.

  76. moononpluto Says:
    January 22nd, 2009 at 4:09 pm
    So Geithner was approved 18 to 5 in the senate committee.
    So just remember folks when you dont pay your taxes, you can “pull a Geithner” and say the treasury secretary and senate said it was ok not to pay your taxes for 4 years.
    =============

    I certainly hope so! That’s the kind of common sense and compassion we need in charge of the IRS.

  77. Ms. Kennedy was part of the vetting process for VP. Doesn’t that seems hypocritical? No wonder, Richardson’s difficulties seemed manageable.

  78. BTW, CNN and maybe Fox carried the whole thing at the State Dept. Hillary was wonderful, and clearly in charge.

    I make a prediction that very soon, Joe Biden will get some ‘special’ assignments and will not be in the room for this kind of stuff. He should get a t-shirt sayng “I’m relevant”.

  79. henry Says:
    January 22nd, 2009 at 4:16 pm
    I have to say that when I read the admin post about the tunnel where all of the bambi worker bees were trapped I felt a connection as I remember how it felt when Hillary chose to support waffles. Trapped.
    ================

    I’m sorry you felt trapped. Thanks to Riverdaughter’s blog poster, a lot of us broke the tunnel wide open shouting “Party Unity My Ass!”

  80. moononpluto Says:
    January 22nd, 2009 at 4:14 pm
    This administration is a clinton administration in all but name, seriously may as well have Bill or Hillary in the WH because its obvious Obama aint running the show.
    ================

    Oh, Lord, I certainly hope so!

  81. As a gay man who supported Senator Clinton to the bitter end I do feel that her backing bambi placed me in the same position as those in the tunnel. She must chose her battles unfortunately mine was not one she adhered to.

  82. Henry — I think you have a serious case to be made.
    Obama betrayed you at every turn.

    As for Hillary, would it be any better if she had refused to go along? Maybe. But this way she and you will live to fight another day. Successfully, I should think.

  83. Let us keep our eye on the press. Remember when the press deserted Clinton because they shut the door between the press room and the WH offices?

    These sensitive flowers are furious again that there was no rep at the 2nd swearing in. Any more goofs like that and they will strike back.

    The new Admin has not had a polished performance so far. They started listing the mistakes and just now as I am typing this, a Republican on CNN has declared, “The honeymoon is over”!!!

  84. The admin is going to have a problem because, unlike Hillary, Obama and esp. Biden think they are so smart, they can wing it.

    Biden’s time on center stage looks shorter and shorter now, as in: what time is it?

  85. I bet Biden makes a huge screw up somewhere, he is going to be credibly destroyed and never seek the Presidency again, he’ll be like Cheney a guard but not a future Pres.

  86. Jill Biden is happy, who cares about Joe, right? As she said on the Oprah show, she can live in that big house next to the naval Observatory and have her kids go to events and such.. Notice nowhere there is a mention of what they can do for the country with the privilege they have been given.

  87. Henry, I feel some of your pain, but Senator Clinton did the best that she could do, under very dire and difficult circumstances. She has zero support from the SD’s to take the fight to Denver. If she did, she may have done it. The primary was rigged. Tough to fight that. She did wonderfully, under the circumstances, and actually won.

  88. birdgal

    I am with Henry. I will always support her, but I would have preferred she would have taken this to the floor of the conventiion and fractured the party, becauser I know that she would have healed it. As it stands right now, I don’t think it will ever be healed. He has in now way stretched out his had to women and other groups. She would have been working all the angles.

  89. Honeymoons over – Media pissed (we warned you news people, Obama would turf you out asap)

    http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/obama_news_photos/2009/01/22/173929.html?s=al&promo_code=783F-1

    Media refuses picture of President Obama

    NEW YORK — Three news agencies refused to distribute White House-provided photos of President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Wednesday, arguing that access should have been provided to news photographers.

    The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse said the White House was breaking with long-standing tradition in not allowing news photographers to capture the president at work in the Oval Office on his first day.

    “We are not distributing what are, in effect, visual press releases,” said Michael Oreskes, managing editor for U.S. news at the AP.

    The news agencies have used White House-provided images in the past for areas in the White House where media access is generally not permitted, such as the Situation Room or the private residence. But they contend that the Oval Office is the public office of the president and photographers should have access rather than rely on a government handout.

    “Using these photos would be a major break with established precedent and would compromise the long-held tradition of independent photo coverage of the president and the White House by the major news agencies,” said Courtney Dolan, spokeswoman for Thomson Reuters.

    There was no immediate reply to e-mail and phone messages left with Obama representatives.

    The White House later released a photograph of the president retaking the oath of office with Chief Justice John Roberts, which the AP also rejected.

    Vincent Amaluy, director of photography for North and South America for AFP, said he suspected first-day confusion was more at play than an attempt to clamp down on access.

    “We are hopeful of negotiating an amicable solution,” Oreskes said.

  90. NMF: I think she wanted to maintain a political life, and if she fractured the party, she would have lost it. The SDs told her, they would not support her. How can you take something to the floor of the convention, if one does not have any delegates or support?

    Am I angry? Hell yes. My vote did not count for squat, because of the rigged rules. Madame Secretary has moved on.

  91. Hi, All: was checking my Yahoo mail and found a very nice slide show of Hillary’s pictures at State and Senate confirmation – including quite a few from today.

    PS – still in moderation, but I posted a nice Billie Holiday number upthread. (And, I think I mispelled her name – sorry.)

    Link to follow – will go to moderation, I’m sure.

  92. birdgal

    You are right in that I don’t think she could have quit the party. But to be truthful with you, I wish she had. I want a party that really represents women, and while I think she is going to do her best to do that, I don’t feel like we should have to do that through a man that is inferior to her. I know that she went the only way she could, but I wish she had stepped out of the party.

    For me the Democractic party died the day the scrXX HRC.

  93. Want a feel-good, no, a feel-really-good interaction with Hillary?

    Honest to goodness, it feels like last spring’s campaign…

    24 minutes long and from this morning. They love her already.

    h t t p :/ / w w w.state.gov/video/

  94. NMF:

    For me the Democractic party died the day the scrXX HRC.

    ——————————————————————————

    ITA, with that statement. The party left us.

  95. moononpluto Says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 5:44 pm
    what is this moderation about, surely, we have been here long enough not to be moderated.

    ——————————————————————-

    Links get caught in the spam filter (I think).

  96. I’m posting a link to the video of Hillary’s remarks as her first morning as Secretary of State.

    Link to follow, next post (will get caught – please Admin, would you embed?)

  97. Over here they call Obama

    Obama Orospu which for those of who don’t speak turkish, orospu is the turkish word for bitch, slut or whore or prostitute, all of which do actually apply to Obama.

    It rhymes so well. he’s hated here over his whole Armenian stance.

  98. When you look at the video of Hillary’s remarks this morning – no notes! No teleprompter! No “uhhs,” “umms” – nothing. What a superstar!

  99. moononpluto Says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 5:49 pm
    Over here they call Obama

    Obama Orospu which for those of who don’t speak turkish, orospu is the turkish word for bitch, slut or whore or prostitute, all of which do actually apply to Obama.

    It rhymes so well. he’s hated here over his whole Armenian stance.

    * * * * *
    Moon, isn’t he supposed to the the bridge to the Muslim world? Don’t they like his ties to Islam?

  100. Question
    Will the extremists not be more upset about an individual who turned his back on the faith than someone who had never been there??

  101. i doubt the omission of the bible was due to anything but waffles not wanting it there. Someone help me out, did a freshman senator from Illinois meet with the then president bush?

  102. emjay, thanks for the video reminder. She should have been President, we’ll never forget that. Now she has to share the credit with that boob.

  103. Emjay – yes, thanks for the video! I’ve been scouring the internet for video – and it’s right there! I guess our new Hillary home is state.gov.

  104. Want more of our girl being in charge in her new home?

    The contrast w/ Prez and VP is glaring:

    George and Dick and Hillary were outstanding.

    c-span.org/Watch/watch.aspx?MediaId=HP-R-14580

    Put the ht== and w’s first, as usual.

  105. I just have to say Hill is a much better woman than I would have been. She has took so much shit. I watched her today at the SOS Speech and I noticed when she first had to say the words “president” that I think it was hard for her. She has agreed to take the hardest job in history however and I support her 2000 percent. I want her to succeed and for her efforts to be the only sucess in his administration. I don’t want to live any harder but its obvious to me that barky doesn’t have sense enough to get us out of this mess…this economic plan is going to make things worse and in one year he’ll be tanking.

    I think it means that most likely he’ll be a one termer.

  106. anyone besides me think that a few of the Faux news reporters are also barky supporters?

    Shep Smith and Megan Kelly spring to mind.

  107. I think Madame Secretary is glowing with pride. She’ll be great, and it seems that she has a wonderful staff behind her.

    Bo was nice to say: I have given you an early gift: Hillary Clinton (or something to that effect).

  108. So nice to be back online after several days hard at work offline. Hillary was outstanding in her un-teleprompted speech as always and expected. I love and admire her so much – though SHE SHOULD BE PRESIDENT.
    Admin, I have yet to catch up but this article was up to the par that I have learned to expect from you, whoever you are.
    I agree with all the sentiments here. Nice to hear about Princess Caroline wanna be won’t be Senator. I just could not have stomached that on top of all the other piles piled on.
    Is there a source to find who voted which way in the Rules & Bylaws Committee meeting by those Dimocrats who did not believe in Fair Reflection on May 31, 2008? I am writing an article and wanted to include the names and their votes.

  109. dot48 Says:
    January 22nd, 2009 at 6:56 pm
    If VP Biden were forced to resign would he be replaced or would bitch face Pelosi step in?
    ======================

    Nixon’s VP Agnew resigned and Nixon appointed Ford to replace him. Dunno whether there was a confirmation process.

  110. Any VP that steps down, the president can nominate who they please but that VP must be confirmed.

    The 25th Amendment, ratified in 1967, solved the problem of how to replace a vice president. If Biden resigned, Bambi would select a nominee for the vice presidency. Then the nominee would have to be approved by majority votes in both the House and the Senate.

  111. However, (this makes me shudder) If Biden dropped and a new VP had not been confirmed and something happened to Obama before a new VP, then you’d get Pelosi. It was on the West Wing.

  112. Hillary Rodham Clinton
    — Secretary of state
    — In the right place
    — At the right Time
    –Co-President until called upon to take charge as CIC

    It is going to happen folks.Today we saw the start of big things for her in this new role.She has made so many right decisions and this will keep her in the international spotlight.I logged onto the senate session today and it appeared old tired dark boring useless and pitiful.Truly a good old boys money grubbers society wasting our very scarce money and time.Her first day on the job and her reception and performance I believe out shines even Bill.
    Our new CIC tried to look happy but could not hide the pain of being marginalized upstaged and second in command.

    BY ABM90 Life has suddenly turned exciting and optimistic.Thank God for Hillary.

  113. CJ Says:
    January 22nd, 2009 at 8:00 pm
    kirsten g. is meeting with patterson tommorrow at 11 am ..he called her and tv said she might be the choice
    ==============

    Paterson has talked about merit, ‘balanced’ ticket (she’s upstate), someone who can be re-elected longtern for seniority (she’s young and has won several elections). He’s also mentioned 17% women. Apparently he’s been listening to some people we know. /gloat/

  114. Looks like its her, she wouldnt be meeting unless she was the choice. It would create speculation otherwise.

  115. Confirmed: Kirsten Gillibrand Chosen to Fill Clinton’s Senate Seat

    http://www.wpix.com/landing/?Confirmed-Kirsten-Gillibrand-Chosen-to-F=1&blockID=193155&feedID=1404

    PIX NEWS is being told that Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand is the reported choice of Governor David Paterson to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton. Two Congressional sources say members of the New York delegation have been invited to join Governor Paterson for the announcement in Albany at noon tomorrow.

    Two members of that delegation, agreeing to speak without attribution, confirmed to reporter Marvin Scott that the Governor has telephoned New York’s Democratic members of Congress for their views after Caroline Kennedy withdrew herself from consideration. One of the contenders, longterm Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney canceled a scheduled appearance on “PIX News Closeup” tomorrow because of a “conflict,” which she did not disclose. She too will be in Albany. According to the sources, Gillibrand, now in her second congressional term, was favored by Secretary of State Clinton herself. Paterson has been under pressure to select a woman.

    With most Democratic leaders in Albany coming from the New York City area, one source said this would be an important move for the Governor to have a Senator from upstate. Sources say Gillibrand would be an asset to Paterson in any bid for election in 2010.

    While some insist Gillibrand is the Governor’s choice, another New York Congressman cautioned tonight that “It’s not a done deal.” He claims there is some political in-fighting and ongoing conversations with the Governor. There appears to be some challenge to Gillibrand’s voting record. She’s now serving her second term. Reached for comment, the Dean of New York’s Congressional delegation, Charlie Rangel, would say nothing more than that he’s been invited to join the governor for an announcement tomorrow morning.

    Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who is considered the candidate with the most experience for the Senate seat, had been considered a frontrunner. But the Congressional sources told Scott, “appointing him would present the Governor with a problems in the selection of a successor,” one that could lead to a potential political battle in Albany. Combative Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and the legislature would have to approve the state’s next Attorney General.

    As one source noted, “in politics you never know,” but based on the information they have heard and shared with PIX News, Governor Paterson is poised to name Kirsten Gillibrand as New York’s next Senator at a noon news conference Friday in Albany.

    Gillibrand was sworn into office in January 2007 and serves as U.S. Representative to New York’s Twentieth Congressional District, which stretches across the upstate counties of Saratoga, Dutchess, Columbia, Rensselaer, Washington, Warren, Delaware, Greene, Essex and Otsego.

    Gillibrand, who resides in Hudson, New York, is married and has two children, a four-year-old and an infant.

  116. LOL. HillBuzz has a pic of CK with Uncle Ted and a thought bubble above her saying, “This is so boring. I want to, you know, go to Bergdorf’s and, like, buy stuff.”

  117. From what I understand, it is Hillary who has selected her successor if its Gillibrand, it was her choice.

  118. I have no sympathy for CK, she’s a Kennedy she stuck herself out there when she injected herself into the Preisdential election and knifed Hillary and into the selection of the new NY senator. If she didnt want muckraked, should have kept her nose out of it, she’s part of the reason we have dumbo in the WH. I’ll never forgive her for sticking her nose in where it was not wanted or required.

  119. Hopefully this will be the nail in the coffin of the Kennedy’s politically, there arent really anymore out there is there except for the decent side that supported Hillary this year..

  120. moononpluto Says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 9:01 pm
    ——————————————————————

    AMEN, AGAiIN. HALLELUJAH!

    There may be karma, afterall.

  121. Rather hypocritical for CK to have been on the vetting committee for VP. Vetting others, when she should of been looking in the mirror.

  122. moononpluto Says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 9:01 pm
    Hopefully this will be the nail in the coffin of the Kennedy’s politically, there arent really anymore out there is there except for the decent side that supported Hillary this year..

    —————————————————————-
    There is a Kennedy in Chicago, and they are scattered in NY and MA. Someone will probably come out of the woodwork.

  123. From what I understand, it is Hillary who has selected her successor if its Gillibrand, it was her choice.
    ——————————
    It that is true, then it is a victory for Hillary, the State of New York, and American.

    At the same tim,e it is a defeat for the Kennedy Machine and the Chicago Mob and Media Whores–if they ever get their story straight.

    At long last, the perceptive members of the public are starting to wake up to the lies and deception of the media whores.

    People of substance are now starting to talk about them and shake their heads about what a bunch of con men they are.

    If that is the case then it will be harder for big media to continue to make a market in hopium.

  124. birdgal Says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Right Maritialgate

    Gotta watch those who vet doing the vetting.

  125. I have no sympathy for CK, she’s a Kennedy she stuck herself out there when she injected herself into the Preisdential election and knifed Hillary and into the selection of the new NY senator. If she didnt want muckraked, should have kept her nose out of it, she’s part of the reason we have dumbo in the WH. I’ll never forgive her for sticking her nose in where it was not wanted or required.
    ——————————–
    Exactly right.

  126. She would have fit right in with Geitner, and the atty general guy cant think of these mobsters names so many of them with problems and let’s not forget pay-to-play Richardson all of them stabbed Hillary in the back.

  127. wbboei Says:
    Your right with her (gonna get me a new job)endorsement.

    And she did not want to disclose her finances.

  128. Greta talking about it

    Say the Gov has picked Kristen Gilebrand dont know if I am spelling her name right.

    The Gov felt your highness wasnt ready for prime time.

    Media interviews were disastrous.

  129. you are right marie …The Gov felt your highness wasnt ready for prime time.she is really not smart ya know ..she might be a lawyer.. has the lady ever worked hard labor..hell NO..
    I just wanna know why she wanted that seat,She embarressed her whole family name and I bet her Father is turning in his grave..
    But no more kennedys they always want something for nothing because there famous Bull crapp

  130. I thought TK wanted his wife to take over for him. I wonder if he made a new deal with Caroline? What do you think?

  131. NMF: I sincerely doubt that CK will attempt to take TK’s seat. Her credibility, judgement, and reputation have taken a hit. TK did say that he wanted his wife to take over for him. Who knows, if that still stands.

  132. As for what the real Muslims think about Obama, back in 2007 when he was talking about invading Pakistan, I looked at some of their forums. They were making fun of him. They were calling him an ‘ex-Muslim atheist’. It wasn’t threatening, they were just not taking him seriously.

  133. I understand the tradition of honoring the person’s wife, but really think we would be better off with someone that has more political experience.

  134. # birdgal Says:
    January 22nd, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    NMF: I sincerely doubt that CK will attempt to take TK’s seat. Her credibility, judgement, and reputation have taken a hit. TK did say that he wanted his wife to take over for him. Who knows, if that still stands.
    **********
    More power to her if she can win the special election. She is going to have a lot of competition.

  135. Shorttermer

    The vote was 19-8

    From demconwatch.blogspot.com/2008/04/rules-and-bylaws-committee-membership.html

    Here is the list:

    Co-Chairs – no endorsement
    Alexis Herman (co-chair, Washington , D.C. )
    James Roosevelt, Jr. (co-chair, Massachusetts )

    Members – Clinton supporters (13)
    Hartina Flournay (DC)
    Donald Fowler (SC)
    Harold Ickes, Jr. (DC)
    Jaime Gonzalez, Jr. (TX)
    Alice Huffman (CA)
    Ben Johnson (DC)
    Elaine Kamarck (MA)
    Eric Kleinfeld (DC)
    Mona Pasquil (CA)
    Mame Reiley (VA)
    Garry Shay (CA)
    Elizabeth Smith (DC)
    Michael Steed (MD)

    Members – Obama supporters (8)
    Martha Fuller Clark (NH)
    Carol Khare Fowler (SC)
    Janice Griffin (MD)
    Thomas Hynes (IL)
    Allan Katz (FL)
    Sharon Stroschein (SD)
    Sarah Swisher (IA)
    Everett Ward (NC)

    Members – no known endorsement (7)
    Donna Brazille (DC)
    Mark Brewer (MI)
    Ralph Dawson (NY)
    Yvonne Gates ( NV)
    Alice Germond (DC) – DNC Secretary
    David McDonald (WA)
    Jerome Wiley Segovia (VA)

    The following has interesting real time blogging where you can pick up where the members were toward the end-
    thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/31/the-dnc-deliberates/

    I’ll try to find the actual vote poll later.

    I think many here will know at least one turncoat. I know Don Fowler voted most foul on the MI give-away.

  136. NewMexicoFan Says:
    January 22nd, 2009 at 11:06 pm
    I understand the tradition of honoring the person’s wife, but really think we would be better off with someone that has more political experience.
    ================

    Imo the spouse is likely the best replacement for the person the voters chose. Likely the spouse agrees with the elected person and is familiar with his current legislative projects. It gives the voters more of what they chose, and makes a smoother transition till the next election, when the voters can choose someone with more experience if they wish.

  137. Dear Shorttermer,

    The vote was 19-8

    From demconwatch.blogspot.com/2008/04/
    rules-and-bylaws-committee-membership.html

    Here is the list:

    Co-Chairs – no endorsement
    Alexis Herman (co-chair, Washington , D.C. )
    James Roosevelt, Jr. (co-chair, Massachusetts )

    Members – Clinton supporters (13)
    Hartina Flournay (DC)
    Donald Fowler (SC)
    Harold Ickes, Jr. (DC)
    Jaime Gonzalez, Jr. (TX)
    Alice Huffman (CA)
    Ben Johnson (DC)
    Elaine Kamarck (MA)
    Eric Kleinfeld (DC)
    Mona Pasquil (CA)
    Mame Reiley (VA)
    Garry Shay (CA)
    Elizabeth Smith (DC)
    Michael Steed (MD)

    Members – Obama supporters (8)
    Martha Fuller Clark (NH)
    Carol Khare Fowler (SC)
    Janice Griffin (MD)
    Thomas Hynes (IL)
    Allan Katz (FL)
    Sharon Stroschein (SD)
    Sarah Swisher (IA)
    Everett Ward (NC)

    Members – no known endorsement (7)
    Donna Brazille (DC)
    Mark Brewer (MI)
    Ralph Dawson (NY)
    Yvonne Gates ( NV)
    Alice Germond (DC) – DNC Secretary
    David McDonald (WA)
    Jerome Wiley Segovia (VA)

    The following has interesting real time blogging where you can pick up where the members were toward the end-
    thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/31/the-dnc-deliberates/

    I’ll try to find the actual vote poll later.

    I think many here will know at least one turncoat. I know Don Fowler voted most foul on the MI give-away.

  138. “But no more kennedys they always want something for nothing because there famous Bull crapp”

    Amen on that one. I am thrilled sweet caroline is OUT!

    “As for what the real Muslims think about Obama, back in 2007 when he was talking about invading Pakistan, I looked at some of their forums. They were making fun of him. They were calling him an ‘ex-Muslim atheist’. It wasn’t threatening, they were just not taking him seriously.”

    Still will never forget the controversy over the muslim woman in traditional attire who was not allowed to stand behind the messiah at a rally. Campaign crafting that image after the Dear Reverend Wright exited the scene and the muslim rumors had eliminated by the campaign. The story of the woman being told she could not stand behind him in full view of the camera was barely covered by his cult following media.

  139. However, (this makes me shudder) If Biden dropped and a new VP had not been confirmed and something happened to Obama before a new VP, then you’d get Pelosi. It was on the West Wing.
    ————————————
    A horror story beyond all comprension. There is only one answer.

    If Biden were to fall off the barstool, clunk his head on the foot bar, roll over and kiss the blarney stone we must resist the tempation to give him a good christian burial and wake, tempting though it might be.

    Instead, we must summon Anthony Perkins to the rescue, pump embalming fluid into his veins and prop him in a chair so people believe he is still alive. Like Mrs. Bates in the Alfred Hitcock thrilller Psycho. And people would believe it as long as we put some of his better gaffs on a tape recorder.

    And while this may seem harsh, cruel and a waste of good liquor I can tell you for a fact that it is be better that turning the vp position over to a real alcoholic who is next in the line of succession. Modesty prevents me from mentioning her name. But if you are looking for a clue, she was the one standing at the podium, calling herself co-chairman, shaking like a leaf and proving Lord Acton was right that absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  140. want another clue? Her initials are NP. She answers to the name Poopsie.

    All kidding aside, this country will be in deep trouble if Pelosi rises to that level. She is a disaster where she is now.

  141. I think many here will know at least one turncoat. I know Don Fowler voted most foul on the MI give-away.
    ——————————–
    Don Fowler . . . now there is a name from the past . . .

    This guy is another Judas for turning on Hillary on Michigan when he was a Clinton member. I can only assume he was one of those who was bribed or coerced.

    Also he is the one who tried to make a joke that the monster hurricane which was expected to hit New Orleans (MSY) during the Republican Convention proved that God was on the Democats side.

    Hacks like him are the ones who control the fate of our country? Amazing.

  142. Turndown: we wonder at times, at least I do, who are these editors who are responsibe for directing so much hatred toward Hillary, lust for Obama and distortion censorship and lies. Well, here is one of the key players in this web of evil. In his photo he bears a striking resemblance to a drowned rat. I started to reach for the d-con until I realized it was only a picture. (Note: last paragraph is yet another lie). He’s not Harvard but CCNY.
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    Michael Oreskes, Editor of IHT, to Leave Times Company for A.P.
    by John Koblin | 6:27 AM May 15, 2008 | Tags: MediaAssociated PressBill KellerHowell RainesInternational Herald TribuneMichael OreskesNew York Times Company

    AFP/Getty ImagesThe Media Mob has learned that longtime New York Times editor Mike Oreskes is leaving the company for the Associated Press.

    Mr. Oreskes, who is currently the editor of the Times-owned International Herald Tribune, has been working in one capacity or another under the Times umbrella for the past 27 years. Before he took his position as executive editor of IHT in 2005, he was the deputy managing editor of The Times for Bill Keller, and an assistant managing editor under Howell Raines before that.

    At the AP, he’ll become the managing editor of the wire service’s U.S. News department, a newly created department there.

    Update! AP has confirmed our report with a press release. Here it is:

    AP names Michael Oreskes Managing Editor for U.S. NewsThe Associated Press today named Michael Oreskes, executive editor of the International Herald Tribune in Paris, to be AP Managing Editor for U.S. News.

    In the newly expanded position, Oreskes will oversee all U.S. news from The Associated Press, from state bureaus to national political coverage, for both U.S. and world audiences.

    “We’re delighted to have an editor with Michael’s breadth take up this important new position in the AP,’’ said Kathleen Carroll, executive editor. “His experience at every level of coverage, in every format for audiences in the United States and across the globe, makes him uniquely suited for this position.”

    Oreskes, 53, has served as executive editor of the International Herald Tribune since 2005. Previously, he was deputy managing editor of The New York Times, supervising television and Internet content. During this period, he won three Emmy awards and a DuPont award for documentary television.

    The appointment was announced Thursday by Mike Silverman, senior managing editor, to whom Oreskes will report. He joins AP in July and will be based at AP headquarters in New York.

    “With his background as metro editor and statehouse bureau chief, he will be a strong advocate for the strong state reports that make AP unique,” Silverman said. “And with his Washington experience added in, he can help our journalists connect the dots between the federal government and the states and citizens it serves.”

    Oreskes will oversee the work of AP’s bureaus in the 50 states, which will be reporting up to him through four regional operations being created in 2008 and 2009. He’ll also supervise the work of the Washington bureau, the news service’s largest domestic bureau, and AP’s national feature, beat and investigative reporters.

    Oreskes will be one of four managing editors, joining John Daniszewski, in charge of international coverage; Kristin Gazlay, in charge of business news and training, and Lou Ferrara, in charge of sports, entertainment and a merged multimedia and graphics department.

    From 1997 to 2001, Oreskes was Washington bureau chief for the Times, and previously served as metropolitan editor and city editor. He started with the Times in 1981, as a metropolitan correspondent. Before that Oreskes worked for the Daily News in New York City. He is a graduate of City College of New York.

    About The AP

    The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world’s population sees news from AP

  143. George Mitchell has always been a hero of mine — I used to write him to urge him to run for president — He wrought a miracle in Ireland
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    I agree with you Freckles. A workhorse not a show horse. And perhaps that is why he gets results– like in Ireland. Another diplomat of that quality is Dennis Ross. I am glad they will be working for Hillary and the nation.

    I can tell you for a fact there is ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD in working with quality people. There is focus, collaboration and tangible results. Without that the simplest problems become complex and the mission gets lost. Hillarys team is world class–like her. Success will follow. Her speech today was motivational–just what they needed to hear because I sense a real motivational problem in Foggy Bottom under Condeleesa Rice.

  144. Wbboei, Michael Oreskes is learning Obama can’t be trusted. Oreskes is one of those that led the rebellion against Obama today due to the closed 2nd oath boobery not being open to Big Media and the distribution of White House pictures instead of photographers of Big Media taking the pictures.

    A lot of this is about money and Obama is not giving Big Media a chance to make money so they are telling him who is boss.

  145. NewMexicoFan,

    Thanks for answering my question about Howard Dean. Thanks also for keeping us informed on what’s going on with Gov. Bill Richardson and the grand jury. I always thought he was way too puffed up about his successes and gave the Clintons no credit at all for giving him those jobs that he could brag about.

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