Barack Obama, Chimps, Racism, Sharpton, Pigs, Cowardice, and Lipstick

Before Part II of Guns And Butter: Barack Obama’s Moral Hazard And Systemic Failure we are once again forced to comment on race and race-baiting coming from the Obama crowd.

We always try to note in our discussions of race that African-Americans were some of the most attacked yet firmest of Hillary Clinton supporters during the primaries. We make this recognition to give credit where credit is due but also to try and penetrate the thick skulls and small minds of the Obama Hopium addled addicts who are so prejudiced they think all black people think alike, act alike, talk alike, drink alike, eat alike.

We are much more sophisticated in our consideration of African-Americans and people of all races. We recognize that some African-Americans are horrible people, scoundrels, the lowest of the low – the same can be said of people from all races. We also recognize that some African-Americans are wonderful people, honorable, the best of the best – the same can be said of people from all races.

We saw and bravely said – we are not cowards – that many white people supported Barack Obama during the primaries in order to somehow feel “cool” or “non-prejudiced” or “hip” or “advanced” or somehow “better” than those that did not support Obama. These white Obama supporters, we observed, think of black people like chia pets. They pat black people, oops, African-Americans on the head and admire themselves for being so “wonderful” and cool” and “with it” and “hip”.

During the campaign Obama and his supporters race-baited constantly. Big Media not only protected Obama in his race-baiting, Big Media advanced Obama’s race-baiting. Princeton historian Sean Wilentz wrote Race Man – How Barack Obama played the race card and blamed Hillary Clinton. Sean Wilentz was one of the most respected historians by progressives until he dared tell the truth.

This website, Sean Wilentz, and Hillary supporters were smeared as racists for calling Obama out on his race-baiting. Shouting “racist” became a fun pasttime for Obama supporters during the primary and general election campaigns -and even now. Uncovering “coded racist language” became a fun pasttime for Obama supporters. The “coded” hunt became so ridiculous that discussions of Bill The Bomber Ayres was deemed “racist” even though Bill The Bomber Ayres was and is white.

Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder called Americans a “nation of cowards” on matters of race.

Attorney General Eric Holder described the United States Wednesday as a nation of cowards on matters of race, saying most Americans avoid discussing unresolved racial issues.

In a speech to Justice Department employees marking Black History Month, Holder said the workplace is largely integrated but Americans still self-segregate on the weekends and in their private lives.

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,” said Holder, nation’s first black attorney general.

Race issues continue to be a topic of political discussion, Holder said, but “we, as average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race.”

He urged people of all races to use Black History Month as a chance for frank talk about racial matters.

“It is an issue we have never been at ease with and, given our nation’s history, this is in some ways understandable,” Holder said. “If we are to make progress in this area, we must feel comfortable enough with one another and tolerant enough of each other to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us.”

He told Justice Department employees they have a special responsibility to advance racial understanding.

Attorney General Holder is the cowardhe should discuss Barack Obama’s race-baiting during the primaries and general election. Attorney General Holder is a coward – he should discuss Al Sharpton’s current race-baiting.

Attorney General Holder does not really want an honest discussion on racial matters – he wants acquiesence to his opinions. Attorney General Holder wants Americans to discuss what he wants to discuss and for us to kow tow to his opinions. We doubt Attorney General Holder wants a discussion on race-baiting politicians from Chicago.

We doubt Attorney General Holder has said anything about Senator Roland Burris and the race-baiting his supporters engaged in. We doubt Attorney General Holder, who is African-American has ever discussed race-baiting by African-Americans, particularly race-baiting by African-American politicians and their supporters.

If Attorney General Eric Holder wants to stop being a coward he can begin immediately to discuss Barack Obama’s race-baiting and Al Sharpton’s race-baiting.

If Attorney General Eric Holder wants to stop being a coward he should denounce Obama supporters like Andrew Sullivan and John Kerry (and other Dumb White People) who supported Barack Obama because he was black not, as Dr. King said, because of the content of his character.

If Attorney General Holder wants to stop being a coward he should discuss the history of race-baiting in the primaries and explain why he himself was silent. As we wrote:

Obama, yelps “racism” or “bigotry” if any one mentions his middle name. Bill Clinton was accused of being a “racist!” for calling Obama’s Iraq history a “fairy tale”. Bill Clinton was called a “racist!” for pointing out the fact that Reverend Jesse Jackson had also won the South Carolina primary. Geraldine Ferraro? “Racist!” When Republicans poked fun at Obama’s claims to being a “community organizer” Big Media and Obama types said it was a “dog whistle” and, yup, “racist”.

Attorney General Eric Holder is a coward.

* * *

Obama enabler Al Sharpton is on the attack because of a cartoon mocking the Obama “stimulus” scam. Sharpton wildly interprets the cartoon as a slur on an African-American president.

The Rev. Al Sharpton and community activists say the image lampooning President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan is racist. [snip]

The editorial cartoon in question shows a police officer shooting a chimpanzee to death while his partner says, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.” [snip]

“Here, you have someone using race-tinged cartoons to racially offend the president,” The Rev. Al Sharpton said.

Sharpton said it’s worse than Don Imus’ derogatory comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team. The Post, Sharpton said, seems to play into the old stereotype of African Americans being monkeys.

“This inference is something that is divisive, something that is offensive and something that should not be quietly accepted,” Sharpton said. [snip]

Post Editor in Chief Col Allan issued a statement on Wednesday saying, “The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington’s efforts to revive the economy.”



We do not think the cartoon has anything to do with Obama but it is ironic to hear “it’s appalling that in America someone could, you know, write something that terrible about the president and have it published” – the whole point is that this is America and we are free to criticize the president. Bush was constantly called a “chimp”, there was/is a website about Bush called “smirking chimp”, Bill Clinton was constantly insulted in lurid ways, as was Lincoln, and every other president.

* * *

During the general election campaign Obama made a remark about “lipstick on a pig”. Many, especially Obama’s audience, believed Obama was making a not very veiled attack against Governor Sarah Palin who was successful in knocking Obama off the headlines.

“You know, you can put lipstick on a pig,” Obama said, “but it’s still a pig.”

The crowd rose and applauded, some of them no doubt thinking he may have been alluding to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s ad lib during her vice presidential nomination acceptance speech last week, “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”

Obama has a history of misogyny during the campaign which Big Media protected him from. Obama and his friends like Roland Burris and Al Sharpton consistently engaged in race-baiting and have not been called on it.

Those who do not denounce race-baiting are the cowards. Those who do not denounce misogyny are cowards.

Attorney General Eric Holder is, by his own definition, a coward.

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198 thoughts on “Barack Obama, Chimps, Racism, Sharpton, Pigs, Cowardice, and Lipstick

  1. The race-baiting and misogyny makes everyone feel dirty.

    Antidote: a tribute to Hillary who said today in Indonesia she likes the Beatles and is in the Far East; Beatles in Tokyo 1966:

  2. Thank you Admin.Your brilliant statements on cause and affect of the social and racist trap that Obama set for all who dare disagree with his legacy of reparations and restitution is a work of art.You are the voice for many of us who see what this stranger has imposed on all good and hard working people of this country.America the most charitable and compassionate people in the world.Keep up the good work while most of us have to express our disgust and fears in the cloak of anonimity.

    By ABM90 Hillary needs us 24/7

  3. Mrs. Smith Says:

    February 18th, 2009 at 7:37 pm
    Emjay-

    Have you ever heard of the government doing something on a temporary basis and later on handing it back?
    ——————————————-
    Only when the ending date is part of the originating legislation. Right now the ony one I can think of is the ‘tax cut for the rich” due to expire in the fiscal year beginning in 7 months.

    Of course, we could always find Congress has met behind closed doors, and there has been a midnight presidential bill signing on the Truman Balcony…..

  4. Our girl was on “Awesome,” a very popular Jakarta TV program, and wowed them! Also drew rock star swooning, applauding crowds out on a walk thru neighborhoods, in her continuing “reach out to the citizens too’ campaign. I hope there is video later…I only heard the radio portion on NPR. She did it just before her final goodbyes to officials before flying off to Seoul.

  5. ABM90

    Regarding the race card ploy by Meeks, Sharpton, the head of the Black Journalists, etc.

    I want them to get real. Bobo didn’t write the 1,071 monstrosity, not one paragraph of it…so they should look to “We won – we wrote it” Pelosi and her sidekick “We don’t want any more tax cuts than those I’ve already laid out” Reid.

    They are the chumps (I mean Chimps.)

  6. So there is only an elite group of political people allowed to pull the race card and get away with it, those are the ones that give race relations such a bad name.

    By the way, did anyone else have a hard time getting on to this site earlier today?

  7. http://www.politico.com/blogs/anneschroeder/0209/Bill_Clinton_counts_calories.html

    FNC’s Greta van Susteren is on a roll lately. First she interviewed Bristol Palin and Sarah Palin … and now Bill Clinton — it’s airing tonight on “On the Record.”

    She interviewed Clinton in his Harlem office this afternoon and talked stimulus and Hillary’s singing, and about Clinton’s just-announced initiative to fight childhood obesity, which dovetails with his own experience as a chubby kid. (What he does to stay fit and trim? He counts calories.)

    He’s happy Hillary Clinton is in Indonesia: “It’s the biggest Muslim country in the world, full of promise. I invested a lot of time and effort there. And now I think they’ve got a good president. They did a terrific job on that tsunami reconstruction. And I think they can play a major role in our efforts to combat climate change and to build a peaceful future in Asia.”

    But moreover, he’s worried about obesity in America: “So today we announced a program with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Aetna, the BlueCross BlueShield companies, and PepsiCo was our first anchor employer to provide health care coverage to prevent and treat obesity, including up to four trips to a pediatrician and four to a dietician a year.”

    Van Susteren: “Were you a chubby kid?”

    Clinton: “Oh, yes, but you — it’s funny. When I was born after World War II, parents were actually taught — my mother was a nurse. They were taught that children should be as heavy as possible in their first two years, that if you’re — a fat baby was a healthy baby. So I — I’m probably dealing with the aftermath of stuff that happened to me in my first four years of life. But, yes, I was.”

    Van Susteren: “Do you fight it now? I mean, you look — you look fit. I know that you’ve had heart issues.”

    Clinton: “I work at it.”

    Van Susteren: “But you look — you work at it?”

    Clinton: “Yes, I work at it all the time. I think — of course, once you get over 60, the No. 1 thing you can do to lengthen your life expectancy even more than exercise, according to the latest research, is to watch your caloric intake. So I work out, try to watch what I eat. I try to exercise more. I think it’s important. But I know that — that I ate all that Southern fried food and all that stuff when I was a kid, and I was overweight more years than I wasn’t, until I was an adult.”

  8. Great article Admin….. but you missed one

    Rep. Clyburn has strong words for Gov. Mark Sanford

    Posted: Feb 19, 2009 04:01 PM

    Updated: Feb 19, 2009 04:30 PM

    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Representative James Cclyburn held a roundtable meeting to discuss how the newly-signed stimulus package will affect South Carolina.

    He said not only would it create jobs, but also repair roads and bridges around the state.

    Clyburn also had some strong comments for Gov. Mark Sanford on why he thinks he opposed the stimulus.

    “The governor of Louisiana expressed opposition. Has the highest African-American population in the country. Governor of Mississippi expressed opposition. The governor of Texas, and the governor of South Carolina. These four governor’s represent states that are in the black belt. I was insulted by that,” Clyburn said. “All of this was a slap in the face of African-Americans. It had nothing to do with Governor Sanford.”

    Clyburn also said that the money is there, and its up to the state to use it to create the jobs.

    A spokesman from the governor’s office says, “Representative Clyburn is no stranger to playing the race card, because he has no defense for the runaway spending and the deficits contained in this so-called stimulus bil that will hurt our economy. Spending money at the federal level that we do not have represents a future tax increase on all South Carolinian’s, regardless of their color – and in the process of doing so, he’s ripping off everyone he claims to represent.”

    Posted by Jeremy Turnage
    wistv.com/global/story.asp?s=9874309&ClientType=Printable

    *******

    Texas apart of the black belt?? hmmmm I wonder what the Hispanics will think of that one ???

  9. Clyburn: Opposition to stimulus is slap in face
    International Herald Tribune – 29 minutes ago
    AP COLUMBIA, SC: The highest-ranking black congressman says opposition to the federal stimulus package by southern governors is “a slap in the face of African-Americans

    ——–

    YES….more of the AA/Race card shit from another BO bot!!

  10. FEC Investigation Confirms Obama Received Discount Mortgage
    Contact Information:
    Press Office 202-646-5172, ext 305

    Washington, DC — February 9, 2009
    FEC Dismisses Judicial Watch Complaint Alleging Northern Trust Provided Obama Special Discounts on “Super Super Jumbo” Home Loan

    Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has “closed the file” on Judicial Watch’s complaint against Senator Barack Obama for allegedly accepting a below market rate mortgage loan in 2005 not available to the general consumer. In its factual and legal analysis the FEC confirms Obama obtained a discounted loan but said no laws were violated.

    According to Judicial Watch’s original FEC complaint, filed July 8, 2008, the Illinois Senator reportedly received a home loan of $1.32 million at a rate of 5.625 percent, although the average going rate on that day according to two different surveys was between 5.93 and 6 percent. Unlike what was reportedly available for the general consumer, this special below market “super super jumbo” loan, was secured without an origination fee or discount points.

    According to The Washington Post, which first raised questions about Obama’s mortgage, the favorable interest rate would save Barack Obama $300 a month, which over the life of the 30-year loan, would be at least $108,000. Judicial Watch contends these preferential loan terms constitute an illegal corporate campaign contribution to Obama.

    As Judicial Watch noted in its complaint, Northern Trust has supported Barack Obama’s political campaigns for elected office since 1990. Moreover, Northern Trust Vice President John O’Connell essentially admitted the company provided Obama preferential loan terms because of his position in the U.S. Senate. “A person’s occupation and salary are two factors; I would expect those are two things we would take into consideration,” O’Connell told The Washington Post [emphasis added]. “This was a business proposition for us.”

    The FEC’s legal analysis dismissed O’Connell’s admission. The FEC based its decision to exonerate Obama largely on the fact that Northern Trust claims it provided preferential terms to other “similarly situated borrowers” in addition to Obama. Northern Trust’s new explanation was that eight of 14 similarly situated borrowers (including Obama) received a mortgage loan discount.

    “Now we know for sure that Obama received a discounted mortgage. For the FEC to base its decision to excuse Obama on the fact that a few other unnamed borrowers also received sweetheart mortgages seems irresponsible. Look no further than Countrywide, which doled out corrupt mortgages to numerous public officials, to see the massive hole in that logic,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The fact is Northern Trust’s president admitted Obama received the loan, in part, based upon his position. This is improper and almost certainly constitutes an illegal campaign contribution (or gift). The FEC’s response is inadequate and does not serve the public’s interest.”

    judicialwatch.org/news/2009/feb/fec-investigation-confirms-obama-received-discount-mortgage

  11. posted this in the last article yesterday and it didn’t seem to get any notice….but I know with as fast as posts happen here things do get easily missed; but seeing as this forum has been steadily calling for a INVESTIGATOR ….this should be of great interest to this forum. so i am reposting it here.

    The RAT hiding deep inside the stimulus bill

    By Byron York
    Chief political correspondent 2/19/09
    The far-reaching — and potentially dangerous — provision that no one knows about.

    You’ve heard a lot about the astonishing spending in the $787 billion economic stimulus bill, signed into law this week by President Barack Obama. But you probably haven’t heard about a provision in the bill that threatens to politicize the way allegations of fraud and corruption are investigated — or not investigated — throughout the federal government.

    Photographers take pictures of the economic stimulus bill after President Barack Obama signed the document during a ceremony at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Denver, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    The provision, which attracted virtually no attention in the debate over the 1,073-page stimulus bill, creates something called the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board — the RAT Board, as it’s known by the few insiders who are aware of it. The board would oversee the in-house watchdogs, known as inspectors general, whose job is to independently investigate allegations of wrongdoing at various federal agencies, without fear of interference by political appointees or the White House.

    In the name of accountability and transparency, Congress has given the RAT Board the authority to ask “that an inspector general conduct or refrain from conducting an audit or investigation.” If the inspector general doesn’t want to follow the wishes of the RAT Board, he’ll have to write a report explaining his decision to the board, as well as to the head of his agency (from whom he is supposedly independent) and to Congress. In the end, a determined inspector general can probably get his way, but only after jumping through bureaucratic hoops that will inevitably make him hesitate to go forward.

    When Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, a longtime champion of inspectors general, read the words “conduct or refrain from conducting,” alarm bells went off. The language means that the board — whose chairman will be appointed by the president — can reach deep inside a federal agency and tell an inspector general to lay off some particularly sensitive subject. Or, conversely, it can tell the inspector general to go after a tempting political target.

    “This strikes at the heart of the independence of inspectors general,” Grassley told me this week, in a phone conversation between visits to town meetings in rural Iowa. “Anytime an inspector general has somebody questioning his authority, it tends to dampen the aggressiveness with which they pursue something, particularly if it’s going to make the incumbent administration look bad.”

    I asked Grassley how he learned that the RAT Board was part of the stimulus bill. You’d think that as a member of the House-Senate conference committee, he would have known all about it. But it turns out Grassley’s office first heard about the provision creating the RAT Board last Wednesday, in a tip from a worried inspector general. It wasn’t until Friday morning — after the bill was finished and just hours before the Senate was to begin voting — that Grassley discovered the board was in the final text. “This was snuck in,” Grassley told me. “It wasn’t something that was debated.”

    Snuck in by whom? It’s not entirely clear. “I intend to get down to the bottom of where this comes from,” Grassley vowed. “And quite frankly, it better not come from this administration, because this administration has reminded us that it is not about business as usual, that it is for total transparency.”

    Maybe not this time. When I inquired with the office of a Democratic senator, one who is a big fan of inspectors general, I was told the RAT Board was “something the Obama administration wanted included in this bill.” When I asked the White House, staffers told me they’d look into it. So for now, at least, there’s been no claim of paternity.

    The RAT Board has all sorts of other things wrong with it. For one thing, it’s redundant; there is already a board through which inspectors general police themselves, created last year in the Inspectors General Reform Act. For another thing, it could complicate criminal investigations stemming from inspector general probes. And then there’s the question of what it has to do with stimulating the economy.

    But none of that matters now. It’s the law.

    Last Friday, when he learned the RAT Board was in the final bill, Grassley wanted to voice his objections on the Senate floor. But there was no time in the rush to a vote, so Grassley’s statement went unread. “It’s fitting that the acronym for this board is RAT,” he was prepared to tell the Senate, “because that’s what I smell here.”

    Byron York, The Examiner’s chief political correspondent, can be contacted at byork@dcexaminer.com. His stories and blogs can be read daily at examinerpolitics.com.

  12. admin Says:

    February 19th, 2009 at 5:55 pm
    —————[snip]
    Antidote: a tribute to Hillary who said today in Indonesia she likes the Beatles and is in the Far East; Beatles in Tokyo 1966:
    ==================================

    Admin, you must have a magic wardrobe trunk – you always have JUST the right little bon-bon for your readers.

  13. Al Sharpton simply has no shame. After that Tawana Brawley incident several years back it was obvious that Al would do absolutely anything to exploit racial sensitivities and get himself some ink. Now Clyburn, Meek, Holder and the growing crowd of black people are certainly smart enough to know that what they are doing is dishonest and selfish, but it is a surefire way to get mega publicity and smother any sort of opposition.

    We’ve shown that a black person can be elected to the highest office – even if he is a transparent liar and a cheat. Let’s be done with all this racial bullshit and start acting like we are all in this together. The cartoon in the Post was not a slur against black people – it was just a golden opportunity for unscrupulous black folks to get themselves in the news while practicing their flagrantly phony righteous indignation. They are smarter than that and so are we.

  14. djia,

    Thanks for reposting. So who stuck that section in, and why in such a clandestine way?

    Far from being a new form of government transparency, the house of dims has brought conspiracy and skullduggery to a whole new level.

  15. I hate to say it, but I told you so. I knew long ago that they would slap the Race card up one side of our faces and across the other at EVERY opportunity. The AG is there to serve ALL the people of the US, not just the AA’s.
    It was on the local news here in Central Florida that the Huckster has very close to the same high favorability rating and approval rating that our Governor, Charlie Crist does. Now, if there are people who think everything is going alright with this administration in FL and that many of them, I have not seen them. Methinks they play with those figures like they do with the statistics on polls – whichever way you want the wind to blow you place the fans just so to make it happen.
    Governor Crist deserves the ratings, the Huckster does not.

  16. JAN:

    Snuck in by whom? It’s not entirely clear. “I intend to get down to the bottom of where this comes from,” Grassley vowed. “And quite frankly, it better not come from this administration, because this administration has reminded us that it is not about business as usual, that it is for total transparency.”

    Maybe not this time. When I inquired with the office of a Democratic senator, one who is a big fan of inspectors general, I was told the RAT Board was “something the Obama administration wanted included in this bill.” When I asked the White House, staffers told me they’d look into it. So for now, at least, there’s been no claim of paternity.

  17. djia,

    Thanks for reposting. So who stuck that section in, and why in such a clandestine way?
    ———————————-
    djia

    Even Grassley says he doesn’t know who did it, but claims he is going to find out.

    He’s on one of his “listening tours” right now, unfortunately not in this county…but he tries to hit each county twice a year. I always go see him, and I promise you I will ask him.

  18. Emjay

    grassley did say he didn’t know, but the next paragraph is this:

    When I inquired with the office of a Democratic senator, one who is a big fan of inspectors general, I was told the RAT Board was “something the Obama administration wanted included in this bill.”

    so he spoke to a un-named democrat as well who stated it was the obama administration

  19. djia

    I read that as a statement by the writer of the article, as part of his digging around and asking questions.

    I will reread and reconsider though, cause I have made three similar errors today.

  20. hey ya’ll

    Kevin Bacon just on PBS with a great new ad for Antiques Roadshow…

    It is great, funny too… his tagline is “PBS is my source… for Antiques Roadshow.”

  21. BMERRY HAS THIS TODAY ON THE “RAT” BOARD…

    therealbarackobama.wordpress.com/

    A SNIP: FROM END OF LONG SUMMARY POST

    POGO (the Project on Government Oversight) expressed its approval of the bill’s language in the House Press Summary on January 15 — which included the info about the RAT Board.

    Let’s be perfectly clear. The RAT Board provision was NOT tacked on, stuck on, snuck into or in any other way introduced by little green men wearing tin foil hats into the bill during the Conference Report. It was written into the appropriation language in both houses of Congress, anticipated and announced — as early as January 15. Others besides POGO had this knowledge on that date.

    Who drafted the language? That we don’t know — yet. Maybe it was Obey; maybe it was Inouye. Maybe someone in the White House asked them to do it. But what is certain is that this was NOT a stealth move — this time.

  22. JanH

    I keep forgetting to tell you how much I enjoy As It Happens. Have listened for years and years and years.

    Smart women journalists, smart topics, smart interviews too. Sometimes touching and sometimes funny too.

  23. OK…… i have continued to read on this RAT board at bmerry’s………SO MUCH INFO!!!!!

    too much to repost it all here…… please go read yourself

    therealbarackobama.wordpress.com/

  24. BMerry

    Bless your detective instints…

    And dammit anyway – who exactly is planning, and implementing, this sheet ?

  25. Great article as usual. My friend forwarded me a link to a T-shirt which stated “Dissent is not racism” and it was very timely and on point. Holder’s comments were way out of line and I am stunned that BO, the candidate who supposedly “transcends race” allowed said remarks.
    Unfortunately, we saw former President Clinton and Hillary, LIFE LONG supporters of civil rights, who unlike BO, actually tangentially improved both the quality and condition of African Americans “tarred and feathered” as racists for innocuous and truthful comments about the Kennedy/Johnson record on civil rights. We saw it when Hillary dared to suggest that she would not have CHOSE to remain a member of Rev. Wrights congregation for 20 yrs. if he had made those remarks.
    Particularly disappointing was the treatment of the Clintons by respectable writers like Bob Herbert, Eugene Robinson, Frank Rich, Maureen Dowwd, as well as by the voices on TV like Olberman, Mathews, Blitzer, Borger, Martin, and mnay others. And least I forget Ms. OOprah Winfrey, who made a career and billions of dollars with the support of millions of white working class woman, whom she chose to ignore because “he is the one”.

  26. ‘ . . . . that many white people supported Barack Obama during the primaries in order to somehow feel “cool” or “non-prejudiced” or “hip” or “advanced” or somehow “better” than those that did not support Obama.”

    Bingo!!!!!!
    And NONE of those white POS would ever work in cities and neighborhoods with high AA populations. They’re such friggin hypocrites. I think one of the reasons this racist BS has infuriated me is coz i spent 2 decades in the urban trenches, not with kids headed for Harvard but with kids who’d be lucky if they made it through HS.

    Do you all realize we’ve been hearing non-stop BM race-baiting for a YEAR!!!!!!!! This time last year we were approaching the infamous South Carolina Bill Clinton is a racist for calling BO’s Iraq remarks a fairytale incident. It’s been all downhill since then. i still think HRC should have stood up to the race baiting. WTF did keeping her mouth shut get her – or US????????

  27. Another one bites the dust!

    ‘The New York Times Co. suspended dividend payments to shareholders on Thursday for the first time in four decades as a publicly traded company, another in a series of concessions to sharply lower newspaper revenue.’

  28. JEEEEZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!

    Clyburn’s at it again. Now anyone who QUESTIONS the stimulus package is also racist.
    He says;
    “The governor of Louisiana expressed opposition. Has the highest African-American population in the country. Governor of Mississippi expressed opposition. The governor of Texas, and the governor of South Carolina. These four governor’s represent states that are in the black belt. I was insulted by that,” Clyburn said. “All of this was a slap in the face of African-Americans. It had nothing to do with Governor Sanford.”

  29. She did not have a snow balls shot in hell fending off the piranha feeding on the “race bait”. I truly believe, for the first time in their political careers, team Clinton was stunned, shocked, devastatingly hurt, and NOT prepared in any means or fashion to fight back these loathsome attacks. I also believe that President Clinton will NEVER forget and NEVER forgive BO for tarnishing his great legacy with the African American community. Bill has endured pain with fortitude to help Hillary achieve greatness as SOS-but make no mistake, both Bill and Hillary fully understand, unfortunately way too late, what BO is all about.

  30. Thank you for reminding us of Clyburn…It turns my stomach to see him always in the back round when Pelosi (equally repulsive) and Hoyer are announcing something in front of the press.

  31. ‘She did not have a snow balls shot in hell fending off the piranha feeding on the “race bait”.’

    I guess we’ll never know. The final straw for me was when she didn’t hit back on the Robert Kennedy remarks being twisted into a racist statement against BHO.

  32. Please don’t make me relive the entire South Carolina nightmare….In all candor, that’s where Hillary lost the election. You are correct , however, in that by failing to be prepared to fight back and counter said allegations, it was all but over. I am sick just thinking about this again.

  33. Sharpton has the morals of an ally cat, and is inclined to find a red under every bed when it comes to racism–except for his own bed.

  34. jbstonesfan Says:

    February 19th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

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    I couldn’t agree more! After everything that President Clinton did to support the AA’s during his tenure and afterwards, the idea that this was all dismissed by both media, bots, and dims in obama’s corner infuriates me. The race cards they pulled on Hillary were shameless and unwarranted. The games and tricks played were beyond corrupt.

    I could go on but it just makes me see red!

  35. Feb 20, 2009
    Hillary Clinton in Asia
    Stop it, Clinton tells N.Korea

    SEOUL – US SECRETARY of State Hillary Clinton warned North Korea on Friday to stop provocative actions, saying it would not improve relations with the United States by insulting the South and refusing talks. Speaking after talks with her South Korean counterpart Yu Myung-Hwan, she urged the communist state to live up to previous commitments and dismantle its nuclear weapons programme.

    ‘We maintain our joint resolve to work together and through the six-party talks to bring about complete and verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula,’ she told a joint press conference in Seoul. She also announced the appointment of Stephen Bosworth, a career diplomat, as the new US envoy for North Korea.

    Mrs Clinton, who is on the third stop of a four-nation tour of Asia, said the development of democracy and prosperity in South Korea was ‘in stark contrast to the tyranny and poverty across the border to the North.’ Adding to tensions fuelled by its reported missile launch preparations, the North’s military said on Thursday that an armed clash with the South could break out at any time. Mrs Clinton reassured Seoul, a key US ally and host to about 28,500 US troops, that ‘there is no issue on which we are more united than North Korea.’ She went on to hail Seoul’s ‘calm resolve and determination in face of the provocative and uphelpful statements and actions by the North.’

    ‘North Korea is not going to get a different relationship with the United States while insulting and refusing dialogue with the Republic of Korea,’ she added, using the official name for South Korea. Mrs Clinton said the North’s behaviour ‘presents a number of important foreign policy challenges for the US, the region and the world,’ and that Mr Bosworth was ‘up to the task.’ North Korea conducted its first ever nuclear weapons test in October 2006.

    It later agreed to disable its atomic programme in return for energy aid and diplomatic concessions. However six-nation talks, which group the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the United States, have been stalled for months amid arguments over how to verify the denuclearisation process. — AFP

    straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/Asia/Story/STIStory_340793.html

  36. I think Hillary lost the nomination in Iowa because after that she was pretty much on the defensive and Obama began to start outraising her badly. But it’s a moot point now.

  37. Obama’s Stimulus Bill Leaves Out Aid for Katrina Repairs

    Democrats who routinely criticized President George W. Bush for not sending more money to the Gulf Coast appear to be giving Obama the benefit of the doubt in his first major spending initiative.

    WASHINGTON — The economic stimulus signed by President Barack Obama will spread billions of dollars across the country to spruce up aging roads and bridges. But there’s not a dime specifically dedicated to fixing leftover damage from Hurricane Katrina.

    And there’s no outrage about it.

    Democrats who routinely criticized President George W. Bush for not sending more money to the Gulf Coast appear to be giving Obama the benefit of the doubt in his first major spending initiative. Even the Gulf’s fiercest advocates say they’re happy with the stimulus package, and their states have enough money for now to address their needs. “I’m not saying there won’t be a need in the future, but right now the focus is not on more money, it’s on using what we have,” said Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who has criticized Democrats and Republicans alike over Katrina funding.

    It’s a significant change in tone from the Bush years, when any perceived slight of Katrina victims was met with charges that the Republican president who bungled the initial response to the disaster continued to callously ignore the Gulf’s needs years later. Just last summer, Democrats accused Bush of putting Iraq before New Orleans when he sought to block Gulf Coast reconstruction money from a $162 billion war spending bill. Bush was pilloried for not mentioning the disaster in back-to-back State of the Union addresses.

    Former Rep. Jim McCrery, R-La., who helped lead the fight for Gulf aid before retiring last year, said he was surprised by the lack of Katrina money in the bill, but figures lawmakers may be granting Obama leniency due to the magnitude of the country’s current economic challenges. “Any new president is going to have a little honeymoon,” said McCrery, who is now a lobbyist. “I’d like to think that the tone would have been the same with any new president.”

    Thomas Langston, a Tulane University political scientist, said Democrats may be “playing nice” to keep in good favor. But dire needs remain, he said. “Hopefully they’ve gotten some promises behind the scenes about longer-term commitments,” Langston said. “Like most people down here, I would hate for anybody to get the impression that, ‘We’re good, thank you.”‘

    Katrina was blamed for more than 1,600 deaths and $41 billion in property damage. Critics say the Gulf Coast remains vulnerable to similar devastation without significantly strengthened levees and other flood controls. The federal government has devoted more than $175 billion to the region since Katrina ripped through New Orleans in 2005, and billions remain unspent. It’s unclear how much more money will be needed, but nearly everyone agrees the federal government should continue investing heavily in the region’s levees and other infrastructure to prevent a repeat of Katrina’s devastation.

    Under the $787 billion stimulus bill, states will share more than $90 billion in infrastructure money. Gulf states such as Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama can use their funds for Katrina-related projects, but they’ll get the same formula-based share that other states receive. There was hardly a complaint as Obama and other Democratic leaders pieced together the package. Members of the all-Democratic Congressional Black Caucus, who have called Bush’s Katrina funding a moral failure, said they were thrilled with the stimulus bill. Landrieu won several provisions that do not allocate new money but are aimed at cutting through red tape to free up existing funds.

    “I think people looked at how generous Congress has been in the past,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee. “(The states) have to demonstrate that they can be good custodians of the money.” Thompson and others say new funding wasn’t necessary in the stimulus largely because billions of federal dollars remain bogged down in bureaucracy or tied up in planning. As a result, they said, Katrina funding doesn’t fit with the quick-spending purpose of the stimulus bill, which is aimed at kick-starting the economy.

    Ironically, Bush made similar arguments in recent years as Gulf advocates latched onto nearly any legislation they could find to pursue reconstruction money. For example, he routinely argued that Katrina funding didn’t belong in war spending bills and that new funding wasn’t urgent because unspent billions were already in the pipeline. In part, the lack of criticism this year could reflect a stronger trust by fellow Democrats that Obama will follow through with his campaign pledge to rebuild levees and “keep the broken promises” to the Gulf.

    Whether the grace period continues could hinge on how Obama addresses the issue in future spending bills. Without discussing specific funding plans, White House spokeswoman Gannet Tseggai said Obama is “dedicated to rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and looks forward to working with Congress to ensure they get the help they so desperately need.”

    foxnews.com/politics/2009/02/19/obamas-stimulus-leaves-aid-katrina-repairs/

  38. My speculation–and that is all it is at this point–is that Mr Obama will push a grand bargain of reparations to blacks and amenesty to illegal/undocumented hispanics as a political strategey. That is an explosive compound at a time of economic uncertainty. Let us hope I am wrong about that. But I can sure see it as a dimocratic strategy.

    The Republican strategy will fall into place as time goes on. The probable failure of this bill and the deepening recession will give them an opening. They must be prepared to argue that the remedy he chose which all but 3 republicans voted against was counterproductive.

    Part of their argument should focus on the massive decline in the earning power of the dollar. For example if at the end of his term the dollar has lost 50% of its purchasing power as a result of this benighted economic program–the non stimulus stimulus and the leave no billionaire banker behind bailout, then they must be prepared to argue that through errors of commission and omission, Mr Obama has singlehandly reduced the net worth of every working American and has made the economic situation even worse.

    And then they must look the American People in the eye and say where pray tell are the 5 million new jobs he promised and you paid for. In additon they must develop a ground game and a scorched earth litigation approach vis a vis pattern abuses by organizations like ACORN which are connived and caluculated to disenfrancise lawful American voters–an endangered specie.

    scorched earth approach to ACORN type illegalities.

  39. Emjay Says:
    February 19th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Mrs. Smith Says:
    February 18th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Have you ever heard of the government doing something on a temporary basis and later on handing it back?
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    Emjay says:

    Only when the ending date is part of the originating legislation.

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

    yeah, like the sunset clause in the PATS Act? Give it up, theres no such thing with the government! Obama will extend the Tax Cut for the Rich. Vegas Odds?

  40. BTW- The Canadian PM left Obama red-faced today after Obama’s statement regarding NAFTA! I guess Obama decided on the spur of the moment he should go to a foreign country Canada(?) because Hillary has been stealing his thunder ALL week long.

    Obama picture and video here:

    http//pumasunleashed.wordpress.com

  41. Mrs Smith

    I saw that too, and when I played it, I didn’t hear the PM’s come uppence. Did you notice that MSNBC cut the video real short after Chuck Todd had his say? We never got to see the deer in headlights gaze. MSNBC protective cutting methinks.

  42. Okay–Mr Obama has laid down another marker by which his performance will be judged. In additon to promising to create 5 million new jobs in the US in the next 2-3 years, he has insisted that the labor protective provisions which Canada wants to be in a side agreement by inserted in the main agreement, and the Canadian minster pushed back–something about the US living up to its agreements, which I take to mean he will not agree to assert them in the NAFTA treaty. Question: is this another Goolsbee scenarion, where Obama whispers in the Canadians ear–dont worry that was just for a domestic audiece, or will he stand his ground and get them in the bill. Dont kid yourself he has the bargaing power to insist upon it. Therefore, if those provisions are not included in the treaty, then this will be another case of failure to live up to what he promised. Accountability.

  43. Admin,

    Thank you for always having the courage to say what needs to be said. Please, don’t ever stop.

    I’m so sick of their race baiting I could scream. I have a feeling this is what we are going to be in for, for the next four years, unfortunately.

  44. I do not think Hillary lost the nomination at all. I think it was stolen. First, by the DNC district formula overweighted to AA areas. Second, by the Rove Brazil conspiracy. Third, by the DNC machinations on Michigan and Florida. Fourth by the Big Media campaign of bigotry, racism and misogyny. Fifth, by the DNC threats to primary black superdelegates who supported Hillary. Sixth by the DNC threats at the convention. Seventh, by Soros, Wolfe and a cabal of globalists who planned his campaign and raised money well beyon what legitimate voters did.

    Granted, Hillarys campaign made some mistakes along the way too–every campaign does. But she never lost. In fact, she won more popular votes in the primary, and more popular votes in the general election based on exit polling.

    It therefore follows that the election was stolen and if that is the case then how can the mandate be legitimate.

  45. It’s like our entire world has been turned upside down. I can’t believe we are still being race baited. I can’t believe I watch Fox and LOVE Hannity and Greta. She is on a roll and I love it. I can’t believe after 8 years of Bush that I actually voted for John McCain instead of a Black Democratic. WTF?

    Admin: You have the most incredible sense of humor. Thank you for being here.

  46. If they followed him for three miles then it is more probable than not that they called headquarters before they stopped him and were given authorization of permission to do so. The captain makes it sound like the officers made the decision but I doubt that is true. Headquarters thought it was serious enough to bring in the secret service which he also passes off as routine. My surmise is there is heightened security for some reason or combination of reasons. Oklahoma is a conservative state but it is also where McVeigh launched his attack so the reaction is perhaps understandable.

  47. Puma-SF Says:
    It’s like our entire world has been turned upside down. I can’t believe we are still being race baited. I can’t believe I watch Fox and LOVE Hannity and Greta. She is on a roll and I love it. I can’t believe after 8 years of Bush that I actually voted for John McCain instead of a Black Democratic. WTF?

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

    Me too. Eight years ago the Supreme Court gave Bush the White House and we thought they would do it from then on, permanent GOP; Pres selects the Court, Court selects the Pres. At that point another Dem President and anything that looked like a long-term Dem majority would have looked great.

    Never can tell what will happen. Next time something might turn out better than we expect now.

  48. I want to be sensitive to the point made above about South Carolina because it is profound. The invocation of the race card by the Obama campaign and MSNBC was as Mark Anthony put it the unkindest cut of all. . . to Bill Clinton.

    President Clinton was born into the racially segregated south and like many white southerners who lived through that era he fought hard for the cause of civil rights. He was called the first black president and when he needed support he turned to them and vice versa. His decision to locate his offices in Harlem is further evidence for the respect and affinity of black people. He knows they are an important part of what we are as a people.

    The worst thing in the world you can ever do to a white southerner like Bill Clinton is to call him a racist. It is the ugliest slander. It is patently false and morally reprehensible. That he was shocked and stunned by the strategy connived by the Obama campaign and the NBC organization is hardly surpising.

  49. Never can tell what will happen. Next time something might turn out better than we expect now
    ————————
    Iff (if and only if) Hillary becomes President. As the tagline says “accept no substitutes”.

  50. wbboei – Did you add in the cheating and fraud in the primaries?? I saw it first hand and was amazed that in spite of pulling every trick in the book, Hill eked out a small win here. She must have been wa-a-a-ay ahead.

    Where is the bill to outlaw primaries? We should never go through that anti-democratic exercise again, incl Iowa.

  51. wbboei – Did you add in the cheating and fraud in the primaries?
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    Freckles: how could I forget that! Two thousand (2000) complaints filed by Hillary supporters against Obamabot thugs. They were filed with the Brazille of the DNC. Number of complaints investigated by the DNC: zero (0); number of cases resolved by DNC: zero (0). Reason: Brazille conspired with Rove to rig the primary to favor Obama. Source: City Edition.

  52. Clinton lands in China looking to broaden ties

    by Lachlan Carmichael, Agence France-Presse 02/20/2009

    BEIJING – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in China on Friday for potentially the most difficult leg of her Asian trip, with the economic crisis, climate change and security issues on the agenda. After flying in late on Friday from South Korea, Clinton was scheduled for a hectic day of meetings on Saturday with the Chinese leadership to kickstart her efforts to build a new, more comprehensive Sino-US relationship.

    One issue set to be in focus when she meets President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao will be North Korea, whose leaders she warned while in Seoul to stop being provocative and not to go ahead with a threatened missile launch. China, regarded as North Korea’s closest ally, is host of the six-nation talks that also involve the United States and are aimed at ending the reclusive Stalinist regime’s nuclear ambitions.

    Clinton said before she began her journey to Asia that she wanted to broaden ties between China and the United States beyond the primary focus on trade fostered under the administration of former president George W. Bush. “We need a comprehensive dialogue with China,” Clinton said. “The strategic dialogue that was begun in the Bush administration turned into an economic dialogue, and that is a very important aspect of our relationship but it is not the only aspect.”

    China and the United States have traded some barbs in recent weeks on trade issues, highlighting the inevitable tensions between them. US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner accused China of manipulating its currency to gain a trade advantage, while Chinese officials warned of rising US trade protectionism amid the global economic crisis.
    But there have also been signs of increasing willingness to engage, such as the announcement this week that the two nations would resume their on-off military dialogue in Beijing shortly after Clinton leaves.

    And in what is expected to be one of the most important issues discussed this weekend, both sides have said they want to work more closely on tackling climate change.
    “Strengthening cooperation on climate change is in the interest of the two countries,” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said this week.

    Clinton has said global warming would be high on her agenda in Beijing, and she has brought her special envoy on climate change, Todd Stern, on the trip. Soothing the trade tensions before arriving, Clinton emphasised the need for the world’s first and third biggest economies to work together amid the global economic downturn. “The way I am looking at China, and anticipating our talks there over the next two days, is that the rise of China is not, in and of itself, threatening to the United States,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN.

    “It’s how China decides to act with whatever assets it has. But that’s up to how we cooperate together. I think that the Chinese economy is incredibly dependant upon the American consumer.” One perennially sensitive issue between China and the United States is human rights but analysts believe Clinton is unlikely to risk antagonising her interlocutors by raising the issue too forcefully.

    Aside from talks with Hu and Wen, Clinton will meet with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Saturday, then visit a General Electric power plant that runs on natural gas to highlight potential co-operation on clean energy.
    On Sunday she will attend a church service and meet with some civil society leaders before flying home. Clinton began her Asian sojourn, her first overseas trip as secretary of state, in Japan on Monday, then visited Indonesia and South Korea.

    abs-cbnnews.com/world/02/20/09/clinton-lands-china-looking-broaden-ties

  53. Clinton discusses her love for Bill in SKorea
    2 hours ago

    SEOUL (AFP) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, taking a break from nuclear disarmament issues, discussed women’s rights and her love for husband Bill during a visit Friday to a South Korean women’s university.

    Some 2,000 students at Seoul’s Ewha University gave Clinton a standing ovation as she entered the hall and frequently interrupted her speech with applause. “No country has yet achieved full equality for women. There is still a lot ahead for us to make sure that gender equality becomes reality,” Clinton said in her speech.

    “Part of my mission as the secretary of state is (making sure) the United States is committed to enhancing the rights of women.”
    Clinton said society still makes it very hard for women to balance family and work, and called for more flexible working hours.

    She recalled her own experience working for a law firm when male colleagues pretended not to know she was pregnant. When she gave birth to Chelsea, she received a call from a colleague asking when she was coming back to work. Instead, she said, she proposed maternity leave and he failed to understand the concept.

    Asked how she knew that ex-president Bill was and is her one true love, Clinton responded: “How does anybody know about love? If you can describe it, you may not fully be experiencing it. “My husband is my best friend,” she added. “We have an endless conversation…we never get bored.

    “I just feel very fortunate…that I have a relationship that’s been so meaningful to me in my adult life.” Clinton urged the students to pursue love, saying “personal relationships are really what’s important in life.”

    She recalled how a scientist friend who was dying had summed up her life. “I’ve loved and been loved. And all the rest is background music,” she quoted her friend as saying.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hRW4EE9MSIXXbJoC2k_WC6Y1TQhQ

  54. Emjay Says:
    February 19th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    We never got to see the deer in headlights gaze. MSNBC protective cutting methinks.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    A wily photog caught it. It’s posted in the left hand corner of the post. ya gotta be quick!

    Ck out today’s http //pumasunleashed.wordpress.com

    Tutu says, “Obama should apologize for the Iraq War! heh!

  55. Clinton arrives for Chinese talks

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Beijing for wide-ranging talks with China’s leaders. Topics for discussion are expected to include the economy, human rights, climate change and North Korea. Mrs Clinton is on the final leg of her inaugural Asian tour, which has included visits to Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.
    Speaking earlier in Seoul, she urged North Korea to holds talks with the South and end its nuclear ambitions.

    The BBC’s James Reynolds, in Beijing, says people are waiting to see if Mrs Clinton will publicly raise the thorny issue of human rights. In the past, US officials have kept discussions on the topic behind closed doors, for fear of embarrassing their hosts.
    However, Mrs Clinton openly criticised Beijing’s record on women’s rights when she visited China in 1995, during the presidency of her husband, Bill Clinton. Our correspondent says it remains to be seen if her new role will mean a change of tone.

    On the economy, Mrs Clinton is expected to raise US concerns that China has artificially lowered the value of its currency to gain an advantage in exports to the US – its biggest market. Also of concern to the new US administration of President Barack Obama are figures showing that China has become the world’s largest single producer of carbon emissions. Beijing says that as a developing nation, it cannot accept a cap on its emissions.

    The outcome of talks between Chinese leaders on one hand and Mrs Clinton and US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern on the other, could affect the outcome of December’s UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Mrs Clinton is also due to discuss North Korea and attempts to get six-party talks on the North’s nuclear programme back on track. China is seen as Pyongyang’s closest ally and the country most likely to influence the hard-line communist country’s rulers.

    Speaking in the South Korean capital, Seoul, she said the North should follow through on its commitment to get rid of its nuclear programme. She said that South Korea’s prosperity and democracy stood in stark contrast to “the tyranny and poverty across the border to the North”. “North Korea is not going to get a different relationship with the United States while insulting and refusing dialogue with the Republic of Korea,” she said. Shi Yinhong, Professor of International Relations at the People’s University in Beijing, said that the two sides won’t make demands on the other over conflicting issues but there will be discussions on differences.

    “Both sides are prepared for this,” he said. “The US’s eager attitude to reduce the global economic difficulties and tackle global climate change issues will leave an impression on China but as to what measures China will take, that cannot be decided in one meeting.”

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7901235.stm

  56. JanH Says:
    February 20th, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Clinton discusses her love for Bill in SKorea

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    Hillary proves the Rule: “Theres no substitute for Class!”
    Plus the fact, she just melted the heart of every living man reading that article.

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

    Bill had better put in a call to Tiffanys and order something special to commemorate her Asian trip. suggest an engraved gold lock on a long gold chain with pics of Bill and Chelsea inside.

  57. I recieved the information below from a friend. Has anyone else see this? It is supposes to be on snopes.com

    Military to Pledge Oath To Obama, Not Constitution

    Michele Chang
    Wednesday, January 28, 2009

    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is extremely frustrated with orders that the White House is contemplating. According to sources at the Pentagon, including all branches of the armed fo rces, the Obama Administration may break with a centuries-old tradition.

    A spokesman for General James Cartwright, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, states that the Obama Administration wants to have soldiers and officers pledge a loyalty oath directly to the office of the President, and no longer to the Constitution.

    “The oath to the Constitution is as old as the document itself.” the spokesman said, “At no time in American history, not even in the Civil War, did the oath change or the subject of the oath differ. It hasalways been to the Constitution.”

    The back-and-forth between the White House and the Defense Department was expected as President George W. Bush left office. President Obama has already signed orders to close Guantanamoand to pull combat troops from Iraq. But, this, say many at the Defense Department, goes too far.

    “Technically, we can’t talk about it before it becomes official policy.” the spokesman continued. “However, the Defense Department, including the Secretary, will not take this laying down. Expect a fight from the bureaucracy and the brass.”

    Sources at the White House had a different point of view. In a circular distributed by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, the rationale for the change was made more clear.

    “The President feels that the military has been too indoctrinated by the old harbingers of hate: nationalism, racism, and classism. By removing an oath to the American society, the soldiers are less likely t o commit atrocities like those at Abu Ghraib.”

    “We expect a lot of flak over this,” the classified memo continues. “But those that would be most against it are those looking either for attention or control.”

    The time frame for the changes are unknown. However, it is more likely that the changes will be made around the July 4th holiday, in order to dampen any potential backlash. The difference in the oath will actually only be slight. The main differences will be the new phrasing. It is expected that the oath to the Constitution will be entirely phased out within two years.

    “Beware of the enemy from within!!!”

  58. “We expect a lot of flak over this,” the classified memo continues. “But those that would be most against it are those looking either for attention or control.”

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    What a croc! The only one looking for supreme obedience here is “his royal pain in the butt” obama.

  59. “suggest an engraved gold lock on a long gold chain with pics of Bill and Chelsea inside.”

    Better than a “lock”, a small one, a “locket”!

  60. NMF:

    a quick google check on that article {pledging to obama not constitution] got me many articles that say it was a satire post , first being posted at the jumping pools blog site.

    But….. how long before fiction becomes fact??

  61. djia

    That is why I asked. I am never sure what is being floated on the internet and in emails. Thanks for checking

  62. Oath to Obama now, my little great-grandson being forced to march in Farrankan’s army in the future – and heaven only knows what is in-between!!!
    Can we spell TOTALITARIANISM?
    The Huckster is using the Old Razzle Dazzle and using it well and that is to throw everything at the wall and see what he can force to stick. He knows that the populace is too lazy, and too self indulgent, and too complacent to care for any length of time at once.
    Where is the outrage????? I would think that if no one else gives a sh!t, that mothers would as they would fight like a tiger to protect thier little ones.
    Hillary and women’s rights – just what she promised she would do and I am lovin it. The video and photos of her in red were spectacular. And as someone above said and I reword here, the Clinton’s don’t get mad [at least not publicly], they get even….or don’t let them see you sweat the small stuff.

  63. An even better analogy just came into my mind. The American people are in the process of being so abused by the politicans and others’ initiating this financial and economic debacle that collectively they are like an abused wife. The abused wife will defend herself as best as she can against violence on her person, more often than not with little success. But, let that s.o.b. turn the violence on her kids, and watch her go for the gun, the big gun, the repeating rifle and take notice of the accuracy of her aim. It is now at the point that the government [Huckster] has abused the little woman into a greasy spot on the floor, and is now coming at the kids with a sledge hammer in hand.
    And it comes to mind that what the Huckster mean by redistribution of wealth was that everyone [except the cheaters] will be as poor as the shiftless among them.Oh yeah, he is the great equalizer.

  64. This above article suggesting that military leaders will be required to take an oath to Bambi seems a little far fetched even for him. If it were true, it would be greeted with a sunumai of criticism from generals who as MacArthur said owe their duty of loyalty to the Constitution they are sworn to support and defend and not to these temporary occupants of the White House.

    Obama is naiive as hell, but surely he is smart enough to know he needs the military and with the exception of defective military officers like General McPeak they are highly suspicious of him for good reason. I think it was ABM 90 who suggested that Afganistan may turn out to be his Viet Nam.

    As for Tutu if he wants to say something relevant for a change, he needs to get off this apology for Iraq nonsense, and say something relevant for a change provided he is capable of that. For starters let him tell the Messiah to get of of Afghantistan whereas now he is expanding the US presence and repeating the mistakes of the old USSR.

    Since Tutu fancies himself a moral force on the world stage, he would put himself in the position of demanding action as opposed to just words. He could wonder aloud how someone like Obama who ran on ending the war is in fact expanding it.

    If you encounter a bot, and find that you must speak to him you might inquire why he supports a warmonger like Obama who is turning Afghanistan into Viet Nam, and whether he realizes now that he was deceived.

  65. A birght and lifting event – and by the youth of America. DeKalb, Ill., High School basketball team did a wonderful and most honorable thing in thier basketball game; they ‘gave away’ free throws that were imposed when a grieving son on the other team joined the game. This brought back the memory of my grandson who initiated the idea to ‘let Travis bat’ at one of his little league games. Travis was a team mate, just for show, that was rendered unable to run because of his cerebral palsy. Travis went to bat and the ball was thrown just so, and Travis hit it, but not too far. The kids were sllllllooooow in retreiving the ball and Travis wobbled with a big grin on his face all the way to make a home run. That was when I knew that my grandson was a GOOD MAN, even though he was just ten years old or so. These athletes at DeKalb are GOOD MEN, and America needs more of them.

  66. birdgal

    Yes, it does sound like a satire, but think at how convenient that would be if the SC asked for a BC, and it proved to be from outside the US. Of course, it is beyond me why the SC continues to not represent their conscience, the consititution and the voters in this Democracy. We all know that the SC was invented to be beyond politics.

    The other lesson we are learning here is that deep within the bowels of this country’s organization, people can slip things into huge packages like the stimulus package, and either it is found just too late or not until much later.

  67. Main Canadian papers have headlines of obama saying he LOVES Canada. Too bad he fumbled on the name of Ottawa…started to call it Iowa and then caught himself.

  68. Politics Home

    TRANSCRIPT: FOX News Interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by James Rosen

    The following is a transcript of an interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton conducted by James Rosen in Seoul, South Korea on Feb. 20, 2009.

    FOXNews.com
    Friday, February 20, 2009

    JAMES ROSEN: Madame Secretary, thank you for this honor. I want to begin by asking how it’s going in terms of securing me a better seat on the airplane. Are we making any headway with that?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: You know, James, you all decided on a lottery system.

    JAMES ROSEN: Mmm.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: You know, I believe in empowering people to make their own decisions. That’s part of smart power. And so we gave you all the opportunity, and you drew the middle seat.

    JAMES ROSEN: This is very encouraging.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Next time I’m going to wish for bigger seats for you.

    JAMES ROSEN: Okay. Let’s talk about Afghanistan, to begin with. At the NATO defense ministers’ conference, our allies only agreed to contribute an additional 1,400 troops. That’s got to be a disappointingly low figure.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, we are only at the beginning of that process. Secretary Gates knew that there were some who were ready to commit now, and [he] obviously made the ask. But we are in the midst of our policy review, and I think that a number of countries are waiting to see more specifically what our plan is, why we think their contribution of troops would be helpful. But also, it’s important, James, to point out that we want their civilian help as well. We want their help training the Afghan army; we want their help training the Afghan police. So there’s going to be a number of ways people can contribute.

    JAMES ROSEN: I want to ask about North Korea. And in doing so, I want, because you’re an attorney, to use a legal term of art. I want to stipulate in advance that it is the plutonium reprocessing operations in North Korea that are of paramount concern. However, to the extent that highly enriched uranium programs are of intrinsic concern to American policymakers, I hope that we can discuss it solely on its own merits.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Mm-hmm.

    JAMES ROSEN: I’ve been following your statements closely and — without parsing words or splitting hairs, taking them quite literally — your statements on this issue have progressed, just in the last few days. At the Senate confirmation hearing, you said it was “never quite verified” that that program “exists.”

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Mm-hmm.

    JAMES ROSEN: En route to Elmendorf Air Force Base, you said “there is a debate within the intelligence community” as to the “extent” of the program. And then yesterday, en route to Seoul, you said that one day you look forward to inspectors being able to determine “what, if anything, existed.”

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Mm-hmm.

    JAMES ROSEN: Now, it’s one thing to say we don’t know if it presently exists. It’s another thing to say we don’t know the extent of it, or how far it’s progressed. But you’re not in any doubt as to whether, quote, “if anything existed” at any time? You do believe that there was a program at some time?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: James, I am going to be as, as, as clear as I can be about this. I think that there is a, a sense among many who have studied this that there may be some program, somewhere. But no one can point to any specific location. Nor can they point to any specific outcome of whatever might have gone on, if anything did. Now, I hate to be so parsing but I think it’s important to underscore this point again. Do I believe that the North Koreans, if they could engage in producing highly enriched uranium, would attempt to do so? I mean, that seems to be their nuclear ambition. I don’t have any doubt that they would try whatever they possibly could. Have they? I don’t know that, and nobody else does, either. And I think what’s important is to remember why this debate is still going on. Clearly, there was some reason to believe that something having to do with highly enriched uranium — whether it was happening in North Korea, whether it had been imported into North Korea — was part of the information derived once we got inspectors into North Korea. But I do believe it was an error to tear up the controls we had on the plutonium. Because what we do know for sure is that they went and reprocessed plutonium. So we do have to work hard to figure out what, if anything, there is about highly enriched uranium; but that should not — that debate should not detract from our continuing emphasis about disabling their capacity to reprocess more plutonium. And sometimes those get — it’s like, “Well, if we can’t figure out one and do them both, we shouldn’t do the other.” I just don’t agree with that.

    JAMES ROSEN: You’ve led me to my next question. You have been fairly explicit at various points along the way on this trip in stating that it was a mistake for the Bush administration to jettison the Agreed Framework. And to a Japanese interviewer on this trip, you stated that the Bush administration changed its policy over time and that you believe that the ending policy was where they should have started out. Yet when one of my colleagues in the traveling press corps at the Japanese foreign ministry the other day asked you if it was a mistake for the Bush administration to de-list North Korea in the absence of any more tangible concessions from the North, you said: “I’m not going to get into an analysis of the past.” Now you’re clearly content to analyze the past on some occasions, so I think it’s fair to put the question to you again: Was that a mistake?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: I’m not going to comment on that, because that is part of the process that we’re engaged in right now. So this is still an open effort on our part, to get the North Koreans back to the Six-Party talks. The role that that decision did play and might play in trying to engage them once again is of, you know, paramount concern to me right now. So I guess we could slightly amend what I said. And the immediate past, I think we should [laughs], you know, look on going forward! But I do think that we, we could have gone after the North Koreans based on whatever evidence we have of highly enriched uranium without giving up the control that we had established over the plutonium.

    JAMES ROSEN: I have less than a minute left and I want to pursue a topic of extreme importance to me. Now you mentioned on the Indonesian television program your love of The Beatles. Two questions, number one —

    SECRETARY CLINTON: [Laughs]

    JAMES ROSEN: Are you more partial to the irrepressible melodies and hand-clapping of the “Please Please Me” era or to the world-weary, drug-fueled existentialism of their later work?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: [Laughs] Well, like so many Beatles fans, it depends both on mood and stage of life. I have to confess, since I am older than you, that the hand-clapping mode was what I first was captured by. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” was an anthem, as you might imagine. But then, as I went through my angst period —

    JAMES ROSEN: [Laughs]

    SECRETARY CLINTON: — and, you know, struggled with the challenges of living in the real world, the more existential message struck home.

    JAMES ROSEN: Do you have a favorite Beatles song?

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, it, it sort of is on the, you know, more existential side. I’ve always loved “Hey Jude.” Now don’t ask me why — because that’s almost Biblical in meaning, as you know.

    JAMES ROSEN: I do know.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes. And I know that you’re a collector —

    JAMES ROSEN: [Laughs]

    SECRETARY CLINTON: — of memorabilia. And I always have been sort of moved by the range of emotion in The Beatles. But at the end of the day, I think, you know, Lennon and McCartney were geniuses. And I’m just glad I got to live through that period.

    JAMES ROSEN: I suppose it was too much to expect that the American secretary of state, on her first trip overseas, would advocate on behalf of “Revolution.”

    SECRETARY CLINTON: No. In fact, you understand the reasons why that might not be appropriate. [Laughs]

    JAMES ROSEN: Madame Secretary, thank you.

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you, James.

    foxnews.com/politics/2009/02/20/transcript-fox-news-interview-secretary-state-hillary-clinton-james-rosen/

  69. NewMexicoFan Says:

    February 20th, 2009 at 10:45 am
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    Agreed. I wonder what else is lurking in the “stimulus” package??? I shudder to think.

  70. Clinton queries utility of China rights debate
    By MATTHEW LEE – 2 hours ago

    BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that the debate with China over human rights, Taiwan and Tibet cannot be allowed to interfere with attempts to reach consensus on other broader issues. Shortly before arriving in Beijing on the last leg of her inaugural trip abroad as America’s top diplomat, Clinton told reporters accompanying her that she would raise those contentious issues, but noted that neither side is likely to give ground on them.

    Instead, she said it might be better to agree to disagree on long-standing positions and focus instead on U.S.-Chinese engagement on climate change, the global financial crisis and security threats. Her comments will likely disappoint human rights advocates who were hoping for a repeat of the stance she took nearly 15 years ago when she was first lady and publicly took on and angered the Chinese government in a tough speech on this issue. But in surprisingly candid remarks, she said each side already knows the other’s long-standing divergent positions on those matters and progress might be more achievable by concentrating on other areas where Washington and Beijing can work together.

    “There is a certain logic to that,” Clinton said in Seoul, South Korea immediately before leaving for Beijing. “That doesn’t mean that questions of Taiwan, Tibet, human rights, the whole range of challenges that we often engage on with the Chinese, are not part if the agenda,” she said. “But we pretty much know what they’re gonna say.”
    “We know we’re going to press them to reconsider their position about Tibetan religious and cultural freedom and autonomy for the Tibetans and some kind of recognition or acknowledgment of the Dalai Lama and we know what they’re gonna say,” Clinton said. “I have had those conversations for more than a decade with Chinese leaders and we know what they’re going to say about Taiwan and military sales and they know what we’re going to say,” she said. “We have to continue to press them,” she said. “But our pressing on those issues can’t interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crises. We have to have a dialogue that leads to an understanding and cooperation on each of those.”

    Clinton stressed she has never shied away from bringing up human rights issues with China, recalling her 1995 speech to the U.N. Conference on Women in Beijing that so angered authorities that they pulled the plug on live television coverage of it. “I made a speech about women’s rights and human rights,” she said. “I have had firsthand experience with some of the reactions” to criticism. Clinton will be in Beijing for two days of meetings with senior Chinese officials with a focus on climate change, the financial crisis and efforts to bring North Korea back to disarmament talks. She said that she wanted to find a way to best achieve results with the Chinese.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gUop4tPRyc6GuqJXiHqVNdXuwPgQD96FB8NO0

  71. I saw part of the presser with the Canadian PM. It looked like he was lecturing 0bama and 0bama didn’t know what to do. Instead he complained about the number of questions (though in jest but it is becoming old). He offered the PM to go first (so he can repeat what he said?!). I wrote a post couple of days ago for NQ entitled Intellectually Challenged President and at one point thought the title was a bit harsh and provocative but I feel vindicated every time he comes on TV.

  72. pm317 Says:

    February 20th, 2009 at 11:22 am

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    It was one of the few times I have actually cheered Harper on…lol… obama is so out of his element.

  73. A few days ago I posted something which was obvious to many of us but seemed to elude the messiah.

    I refer to his fire and brimstone on the economy. It was the wrong message, at the wrong time, to the wrong audience.

    The subsequent roiling of financial markets and air of gloom and doom in the public reflected in a recent poll confirms that this was a big mistake.

    Now President Clinton offers some similar advice to The Omniscent One.

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    Bill Clinton to Obama: Speak Hopefully

    Friday, February 20, 2009 8:30 AM

    Article Font Size

    WASHINGTON — It used to be gospel in the nation’s power center: Presidents didn’t talk publicly about what the markets were doing. The notion was that anything a president said on this subject could be too easily misinterpreted, sending Wall Street into a dive.

    Now, former President Clinton says he thinks President Barack Obama should talk more optimistically about the prospects that the nation will recover from its current deep economic woes.

    Clinton said he wants Obama to assure the people that America will surmount this problem. But at the same time, the former president said in an interview broadcast Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that “I like the fact that he didn’t come in and give us a bunch of happy talk.”

    He also said he believes “you will see some good economic news form the stimulus fairly soon.”

    For his part, Obama has said he thinks the country will get past the recession, but that it will be a long slog.

  74. For his part, Obama has said he thinks the country will get past the recession, but that it will be a long slog.

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    I wonder, how long a “long slog” is?

  75. wbboei

    Words are cheap, but they do have an impact on a nervous economy. However they must be chosen carefully. Too hopeful, too gloomy, and some of the areas you need for recovery will react with the wrong proportions. Obviously, his inexperience is showing again.

    I guess the neighborhood organizer stuff, limited law experience, degree, short stints in state and federal legislative branches failed to give him that experience.

    I voters who put him in office, unfortunately, had too much faith in hope and change, and did not look at his lack of background with the right understanding.

    If I am on a plane going down, I want the most expereinced pilot possible, not someone who has seen or had any experience with the economy we are now facing. Oops, I made a mistake again, just does not hack it for the people collecting unemployment. If we lose 5000,000 in the next year, I don’t know how we will handle it.

    We are car shopping, and the Ford dealer here looked really good with his Hybrid SUV. I am determined to give American products the best chance possible.

  76. Moreover, his gloom and doom message was gratuitous since he already had the votes needed for passage. This does not mean he should hide the problem, but he should have been in the business of building confidence rather than the reverse. Lest we forget, he was the one who preached hope in the campaign, so perhaps he should practice a little of what he preaches–for once in his life.

  77. And what great things could have been accomplished by having round two of the Clintons in the White House…just saying.

  78. Month of BO:

    Lowest down in last 7 yrs…maybe will back to 1997 levels…

    Technically, Americans have had Obama since nov elections and looks like “NO CONFIDENCE” for the “FRAUD PRES”

  79. When I saw that MSNBC clip it reminded me of what a bunch of sewer rats they are and why I will return to that channel nevermore.

  80. And what great things could have been accomplished by having round two of the Clintons in the White House…just saying.
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    I think we will still have that. I honestly do. What I find tragic is the pain our country will endure under the benighted leader the elites forced down our throats. The problem will be much harder to solve after four years of missteps, following eight prior years of missteps. That is my agina.

  81. I think his speeches reflect his depressed personality, which I had talked about on this blog before. Pres Clinton has an upbeat personality. In these times you need someone preaching reasonable hope. Does not look like he believes his campaign speeches.

  82. The following entre to a stock market assessment which provides an inflation adjusted comparison of Obamaeconomics to the New Deal, World War II and the Marshall Plan puts puts the whole matter in perspective.
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    The federal government is about to begin spending more money than it ever has in history. Barack Obama’s proposal for an $819 billion fiscal stimulus plan is 70% bigger than the inflation-adjusted cost of FDR’s New Deal — and eight times what the U.S. spent on the Marshall Plan. When you add in the cost of federal bailouts to banks, the government is even spending more than it did fighting World War II

  83. neetabug Says:

    February 20th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

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    She was hosting a very very very boring political roundtable discussion on Saturdays on CNN. Not sure if she still is.

  84. speaking of Donna, whats going on with her?
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    hi Neetabug. One rumor was that she has been appointed Vice Chairman of the Democratic National Committee under Kaine. If so it confirms the state to which that organization has fallen. That someone who was a Benedict Arnold to the party would accede to that position is shocking. Another rumor is that she will be a conduit for federal money to black communities, and will take her share of the vig along the way. I cannot confirm either of these rumors. The only thing I can say with certainty is she is a traitor.

  85. wbboei,

    one term and he’s out? Or even earlier?
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    That is how I see it, even though it would seem counterintutive to most people right now. There is a school of thought that holds he is not even interested in a second term because his real goal is to move on to something bigger and who needs the headaches. ABM 90 may comment on that possibility at some point. Since there will be no immediate improvement in the economy from the looks of things, and mid term losses are likely the normal pressure by colleagues to run again may be less of a factor that it would be otherwise.

  86. # JanH Says:
    February 20th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Main Canadian papers have headlines of obama saying he LOVES Canada. Too bad he fumbled on the name of Ottawa…started to call it Iowa and then caught himself.
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    Too Funny, JanH. hahahaha! What a dufus!

  87. djia Says:

    February 19th, 2009 at 7:33 pm
    posted this in the last article yesterday and it didn’t seem to get any notice….
    &&&&&

    I noticed that one, it was a good find. RAT Board. Nice.

    Thanks!

  88. OMG- just talking to a friend that said, they are setting up a tent city under the overpass of 95 and 1-95 …. portajohns and all.

    She said there were mothers there with little children pushing them in shopping carts draped with blankets trying to keep them warm. Unbelievable!

    I think we’re headed toward Mad Max and the Thunderdome!

  89. wbboei Says:

    February 20th, 2009 at 12:50 pm
    wbboei,

    one term and he’s out? Or even earlier?
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    That is how I see it, even though it would seem counterintutive to most people right now. There is a school of thought that holds he is not even interested in a second term because his real goal is to move on to something bigger and who needs the headaches.
    &&&&&&&&&

    What’s “bigger” than the Most Important Job on Earth? (At least for now, if/when the US slides toward the fate of the Roman Empire).

    But I can believe that he is not happy that there’s all this work (unless he can delegate it off a la Bush) and responsibility (unless he’s goes by the anti-Truman “the buck stops somewhere else; try Hillary”).

    Oh, to be a just a carefree Junior Senator with nothing to do except campaign.

    Hey, wait a minute. That’s what he’s doing now, again!!!

  90. Thanks, JanH, for posting the interview Hillary did with Fox. It had me laughing out loud.

    BTW, if you all didn’t read the article I linked, it talks about how Hillary is really in her element on this trip, combining a charm offensive with her expertise in diplomacy. It’s also clear to me that people in the countries she visits have so much respect for and fascination with her because they haven’t been subjected to all the garbage the MSM and other media outlets have spewed about her over the last 17 years.

    In other words, they’re open to seeing the real Hillary.

  91. Jan- I am not being coy but there are others on the blog who have thought this thing through more clearly than I had. One clue I can give you however without stealing someone else’s thunder: think about him less as an American politician and more as a social movement which is global in scope which brings together the common elements of race, religion and geography–namely Africa. Think about him as well in the context of Aaron Burr who is best remembered for the duel which ended Hamiltons life but it is the aftermath of that incident which I find somewhat analogous. Maybe it is just the fact that both have enormous egos.

  92. The same question which vexed big media with respect to Hillary–what will she do now that the campaign is over applies in greater measure to him. What will he do when his term in office is over. Rest assured he has this in mind. I cannot say with certainty what the end game is but I do believe there is one. Normally with presidents it is a question of what their legacy will be. Here however it seems to be a bit more. And remember he is only 47 years old.

  93. Paula Says:
    February 20th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    In other words, they’re open to seeing the real Hillary.

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    They’re seeing the Democrats picked the wrong person for the nomination. Where Obama’s team is trying to ween him off of the teleprompter onto a small notebook on the podium; now he looks like a bobble-head glancing down every 10sec at the mini-puter for what to say next!

    I’m sure the Canadians noticed it too!

  94. I think that we have also had discussions on the blog that when a fraud stays in one job too long they are liable to find out he really does and knows nothing. Therefore, if he move onto the world stage after one term, he can claim he did such wonders in his one term, and that the world wanted him.

    Problem with that is where does he go after the world.

    These sort of people always have to have a clean up crew to follow after them.

  95. AOL is running the story on B Clintons wanting more hope from O.

    The vote is interesting right now.

    news.aol.com/main/obama-presidency/article/clinton-obama-hope/352610

    It only requires the h stuff no ws. in front of it.

  96. I get a kick out of AOL’s headline “Clinton Calls Out The New President”. The negative spin on Bill and Hillary’s comments , albeit going on for decades, never ceases to amaze me.

  97. JanH Says:

    February 20th, 2009 at 12:41 pm
    wbboei,

    one term and he’s out? Or even earlier?

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    Jan i agree.

    I have been hearing some people say the same thing.

    They are not happy with him. Now the blinders are off.

  98. If that’s the case, I’m sure the dims are already grooming his successor and I’m sure it’s not Hillary. The hate goes very deep.

  99. wbboei,

    Re slandering Bill in NC, I agree. It was a terrible, destructive, evil thing to do.

    I am never in any way defending Obama or his own campaign staff. Obama is an evil, slimy puppet. Many different factions are pulling his strings in different directions. When I say neutral things about ‘the administration’, I mean the good faction/s that are pulling their strings in a good way (such as HIllary).

  100. The knew the could not control Hillary and have been greatly disappointed that they same applies to their Manchurian candidate “waffles”.

  101. AOL is notorious for anti-Clinton bias in its headlines. Leave it up to them to be as inflammatory as possible. BTW, if you click on the link to the AOL story the headline there reads “Clinton Wants Obama to Offer More Hope,” which is much more accurate.

  102. “Activists ‘shocked’ at Clinton stance on China rights.”

    news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090220/pl_afp/usdiplomacyasiachinarights

    Um, how about waiting till she actually visits China, and see what she does there, before jumping all over her? Of course, we all knew the China leg of her trip would be the toughest …

  103. Am I the only one that believes that he is grooming MO to succeed him as POTUS? If not, what is he doing having her introduce herself to all the departments? She is not staying home baking cookies.

  104. I get a kick out of AOL’s headline “Clinton Calls Out The New President”. The negative spin on Bill and Hillary’s comments , albeit going on for decades, never ceases to amaze me.
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    I am seeing it a little different right now perhaps, and if I am right then there is some cause for cautious optimism.

    I do not dispute for one moment the fact that they are still picking on Bill. In fact, I think they are redirecting their residual wrath which they would normally direct toward Hillary at him.

    These narrow minded screeds attack anything anyone in power says about Mr Obama however helpful that could be construed as critical. There are two reasons for this.

    First, the media people I have in mind are evil people but they are not delusional. They know he is shaky as hell as a world leader, and they understand how the public can turn on him–and them once they realize the ecomomic situation is not improving in a systemic–as opposed to episodic way.

    Second, this past week of nearly uninterrupted good press for Hillary, and the outpouring of good will from the center of gravity of the 21st century namely Asia is what they feared most when they learned she would be SOS. They knew they no longer controlled the dialogue, that the foreign press liked her, that they could no longer portray her as the figure from Fatal Attraction.

    So I think they have been forced to change their tune. As soon as I say that another critical article from some scumbag like Michael Crawford is sure to crop up to refute my premise if it is too narrowly construed. What I am talking about here is the “thrust” of their message. The faux tribute by Matthews illustrates what I am saying.

    Dont you think though that they are backing off a bit on Hillary and redirecting all of their wrath toward Bill instead?

    redirecting their bitter irrationa think it is toning down toward Hillary. They know they cannot control the chessboard. She has moved to a world stage, foreign media likes her

  105. birdgal Says:
    February 20th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    It sounds like the article is satire.

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    WEll, there could be a scientific test of readers. See how far each reader got before suspecting it was satire, and how far before being sure of it.

    I suspected when Gibbs was quoted by name, but am still not sure.

  106. Interesting analysis…I am interested, as well, as why Bill has chosen to speak out at this time knowing everything he says will be twisted by the press. I even wonder this was part of the “deal” with BO to get Hillary SOS-namely praising Obama ‘s 1st month as an “A” and supporting , by and large, the stimulus package. The “hope” part is just the real Bill coming through, as we all love a place called “hope”.

  107. wbboei: Right on.I appreciate your wisdom and awareness of the sleeping giant that is biding time until his demoralizing and constant use of fear statements has totally engulfed a confused and stunned populance
    fighting the effects of this spreading and growing Depression.Wihin this first term a swift and clean explosion of worldwide d
    imensions will occur and global politics will
    change forever.
    Best advice is to stay focused,alert,wary and above all fight back.Just remember that we hold the ACE card,HILLARY waiting in the wings.

    By ABM90 Mr.Obama,EZE-passes have an expiration date.

  108. Basically what Hillary has said is that she would continue to press China on issues such as human rights and Tibet, but she also said that pressing on those issues can’t interfere on the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crisis.

    So she isn’t dissing human right issues, she’s just prioritizing and I think she’s right on the mark.

  109. Am interesting comment I heard on talk radio is that BM is spinning BHO’s bumbling as the result of him being the first CIC since Washington to ‘step down’ in life!

    Iin this case, BHO ‘stepped down’ from his role as leader of a ‘vast movement’ to that of just a lowly executive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m also hearing that people think BHO is deliberately tanking the market.

    I wouldn’t be surprised. Now hearing a Matt Lauer remark that the gov’t has to bail out those with mortgage problems coz they sold people on the message it was patriotic for them to buy a house!

  110. Jan–that is exactly right. Amnesty International wants to subordinate the agenda of the United States vis a vis China which is broad enough to cover all the issues you mention, to the singular cause which they espouse. If it were up to them she would go to the bargaining table and declare at the outset of negotiations unless you agree to everything Amnesty International believes and accuses you of rightly or wrongly, we will be unable to make any progress on the global economy, defense, terrorism, global warming, etc. Of course that would produce instant impasse, but that would be just fine with Amesty International because it was the moral thing to do–in their narrow minded opinion.

  111. wbboei, I agree with your analysis. And I love watching and reading Hillary’s interviews now because the MSM pretty much has to ask her substantive questions since she’s SoS (except for that fun little exchange she had with James Rosen of Fox).

  112. I’m also hearing that people think BHO is deliberately tanking the market.

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    Do you really think, he knows enough to do this? perhaps the people pulling his strings, but not BHO.

  113. Hillary Clinton’s Global Listening Tour
    Washington Post: On Her First Trip In New Role, Secretary Of State Shows How She’ll Attempt To Repair U.S. Image

    SEOUL, Feb. 20, 2009

    Hillary Clinton In Indonesia

    Hillary Rodham Clinton travels to Asia for first overseas trip as secretary of state.

    written by Washington Post Staff Writer Glenn Kessler.
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    Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new campaign and message: The United States wants to listen. To that end, on her first overseas trip as secretary of state, Clinton is talking a lot. Her schedule is packed with so many town halls, ceremonial events, television shows and meetings with community leaders that it has the feel of a presidential visit — or even a presidential campaign. Before departing tropical Indonesia on Thursday for snowbound Seoul, Clinton carved out an hour to chat with the Muslim nation’s president. But she also appeared on a highly popular youth television show, “Dahsyat” (“Awesome”), met with a group of Indonesian journalists, answered questions on a radio program and went on a campaign-style walk through a lower-middle-class neighborhood, where she studied recycling efforts as hordes of Indonesians gathered around her. “I love your hat,” she called out to a man in a New York Yankees baseball cap.

    “There is a hunger for the United States to be present again,” Clinton told reporters as she flew to Seoul. “Showing up is not all of life — but it counts for a lot.” To a large extent, this is Clinton’s new campaign — repairing the U.S. image abroad. Her boss, President Obama, has helped ease the way simply by not being former president George W. Bush. But it is unclear whether all this public outreach will yield much beyond a few extra lines in the foreign news media, especially when America’s policies — and how they are viewed around the world — are largely responsible for its image.

    Everywhere she has gone in Asia, Clinton has tried to highlight some of the tangible ways that the Obama administration hopes to be different from its predecessor: a commitment to address climate change, the appointment of a Middle East peace envoy, a refocusing on Afghanistan and an effort to reach out to longtime U.S. antagonists such as Iran, North Korea and Burma. The administration is so new that many of these shifts are still wisps of ideas, not fully formed policies. In some areas, such as relegating human rights in China to a side issue, it is uncertain whether Obama’s team will do things much differently than Bush’s. But as every politician knows, the tone can make all the difference. Clinton has emphasized that she is looking for partnership — or better yet, a “comprehensive partnership” — on these issues.

    Her pitch is that the problems of the world — the financial crisis, climate change and extremism — are so overwhelming that no country can handle them alone, certainly not the United States. Remember, she’s saying, how the Bush administration went to war in Iraq virtually by itself (with Clinton’s vote of approval)? That’s in the past. We need help. And we want to listen. “My trip here today is to hear your views, because I believe strongly that we learn from listening to one another,” Clinton told students at Tokyo University on Tuesday. “And that is, for me, part of what this first trip of mine as secretary of state is about.” Clinton has made a big deal of her choice to go to the Pacific rim of Asia for her first trip, rather the standard European or Middle Eastern tour. Yet in many ways that has made her job easier: The U.S. image is pretty good here.

    The Chicago Council on Global Affairs conducted a survey last year in the four countries Clinton is visiting this week — China, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia — and found that the United States outperformed China in political, diplomatic, economic and human capital “soft power,” a favorite Clinton buzz phrase. Indeed, the survey concluded that the view of the United States in these countries, even majority Muslim Indonesia, is “largely positive.” My trip here today is to hear your views, because I believe strongly that we learn from listening to one another. Still there are few better ambassadors for a listening tour than Clinton. And not because she has already conducted one — the famous trip through New York state a decade ago when she contemplated a run for the U.S. Senate — but because the world stage fits her like an old shoe.

    She may still be mastering the finer points of arcane foreign policy issues — a question about U.S. base logistics in Japan stumped her — but she has quickly demonstrated that her many years in the public glare have left her with a politician’s touch and a BlackBerry full of contacts. After landing in Tokyo, she went to see Hirofume Nakasone, whom she first met 18 years ago, when he was a parliamentarian, and who laughingly pulled out a photo of the two of them looking much younger. As it happens, Nakasone is now Japan’s foreign minister. And she had tea with her old friend Empress Michiko, who almost never meets mere diplomats at her residence nestled in a forest in the center of the city. Yet the empress rushed out to clasp Clinton’s hand and chat animatedly when the motorcade arrived.

    Clinton’s operating style differs significantly from those of her immediate predecessors. Colin L. Powell, a former general, surrounded himself with former military aides and spoke like he was giving a PowerPoint briefing. Condoleezza Rice, a wonky former professor, gathered around her a mix of deep foreign policy thinkers and savvy press aides, and delivered her messages in a blizzard of modifiers, caveats and subordinate clauses. Both Powell and Rice were very-early-to-office types who kept their schedules timed to military precision. Clinton’s immediate staff members are political operatives drawn from her Senate and first lady years. Traveling with her on this trip are Huma Abedin, a longtime aide who silently will hand Clinton a glass of water when her voice rasps during a briefing, and Kiki McLean, who once worked as a press aide for then-Gov. Bill Clinton at the Democratic Leadership Council. The new secretary arrives at 8 a.m. at the State Department, where her office is stocked with a steady supply of New York state apples. Her schedule, even on the road, has a loose feel, with events never quite starting on time. She appears to be enjoying herself immensely on her trip, despite a punishing pace from early in the morning to late at night. During a 9 p.m. dinner with community leaders in Indonesia, her exhausted aides were surprised at the constant laughter that burst out from her table.

    She doesn’t always talk with diplomatic nuance at this point, acting more like a senator as she answers questions. She generated headlines in South Korea with remarks on the succession question in North Korea, a topic that Rice probably would have avoided. But Clinton has a politician’s knack for words and a well-honed human touch. She told one of Japan’s female astronauts that she had always wanted to be an astronaut when she was a little girl. She declined an invitation to sing on the Indonesian youth show, joking that she would drive the audience from the room. She roars with laughter, her head tilted back, when she hears something funny. And she speaks in simple and direct sentences, creating perfect sound bites.

    It helps that she is already a world-famous figure, someone who is instantly greeted with awe and respect. “It is glorious to meet you,” exclaimed a Japanese student.
    An Indonesian journalist burst out, “We love you both,” referring to Clinton and Obama. And in a front-page article, the Jakarta Post reported that “journalists held their breath” when Clinton arrived for a news briefing with the foreign minister. “She looks more beautiful than on TV,” declared a reporter quoted in the article. In Indonesia, a young democracy, people seemed especially intrigued that she was so quickly able to bury the hatchet with her once-bitter rival, Obama. When you are in politics, Clinton joked, “you have to have a high threshold for pain.” She “was very surprised” when Obama offered her the job, Clinton told a small group of Indonesian journalists who had covered the U.S. election. “It was not anything I had reason to expect or thought about,” she said, and it was a “hard decision,” but “President Obama was very persuasive in our conversations.”

    “President Obama is so focused on our problems at home,” Clinton added. “He’s not going to be able to travel as much as he wants to.” So, she said, it is important “that I get out and do as much travel as possible to send a message that he wants the world to hear.” In other words, she’ll be listening everywhere.

    cbsnews.com/stories/2009/02/20/politics/washingtonpost/main4815167.shtml

  114. “President Obama is so focused on our problems at home,” Clinton added. “He’s not going to be able to travel as much as he wants to.” So, she said, it is important “that I get out and do as much travel as possible to send a message that he wants the world to hear.”
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    I agree with this in toto. But I wonder if the right word is focused–or trapped. He needs to stay home and keep campaigning, and campaingning, and campaigning . . . the only thing he knows. It should be noted that he did spread his wings in Canada and it generated a disagreement with the government there on NAFTA. We shall see if he holds his position or caves in. If past is prologue it will be the latter.

  115. Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new campaign and message: The United States wants to listen.
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    Brilliant. This is a strategic extension of the listening tour she perfected in New York left the safe confines of the democratic city, wandered into the republican in upstate. and successfully wooed those voters.

    Hillary is well suited to this task and there is a certain magic to her. I believe it comes from her gracious nature and problemsolving commitment. By contrast those attributes were conspicous by their absense in the case of Her Royal Highness Caroline Kennedy.

  116. wbboei, He IS trapped but obviously Hillary can’t say that, lol.
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    Paula: absolutely right. She is saying it the way it should be said.

  117. BTW, I realize Hillary’s schedule on foreign trips will vary depending on where she goes and what issues are predominant, but I’d love to see her keep intermingling with the public as she’s doing now.

  118. JanH Says:

    February 20th, 2009 at 2:58 pm
    Hillary Clinton’s Global Listening Tour
    Washington Post: On Her First Trip In New Role, Secretary Of State Shows How She’ll Attempt To Repair U.S. Image

    SEOUL, Feb. 20, 2009

    Hillary Clinton In Indonesia

    Hillary Rodham Clinton travels to Asia for first overseas trip as secretary of state.

    written by Washington Post Staff Writer Glenn Kessler.

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    What a lovely article.

  119. BTW, I realize Hillary’s schedule on foreign trips will vary depending on where she goes and what issues are predominant, but I’d love to see her keep intermingling with the public as she’s doing now
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    Yes/ all to the good/ it makes the contrast between Hillary and her predecessor visible to the world.

  120. birdgal Says:

    February 20th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

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    And very surprising given it’s source.

  121. birdgal and Jan

    Well for what it is worth, Kessler the Great did manage to get a WaPo dig in…

    I was just getting ready to post this:

    Hillary Rodham Clinton travels to Asia for first overseas trip as secretary of state.

    written by Washington Post Staff Writer Glenn Kessler.

    JUST COULDN’T HELP HIMSELF: from his article – “Remember, she’s saying, how the Bush administration went to war in Iraq virtually by itself (with Clinton’s vote of approval)? ”

    Just another boob who never did his job in the first place, or has forgotten Secretary Clinton’s floor speech before she cast her vote in 2002 regarding sending troops to Iraq .

  122. I think Hillary has a tough mountain to climb especially with 0bama at the helm. Pakistan is going to present enormous challenges in the new couple of years and 0bama is being experimental. Already his vague “can’t we get along” premise is being challenged by the Pakistanis. They just gave up a large swath of land to Taliban in a truce. What is not known is Pakistan’s real agenda. Are they trying to scare US and others with this move or are they really succumbing to Taliban? To me it is the first one. Pakistan is up to its dirty tricks. Anyway I wrote a post for NQ which is coming up after 5 if anybody wants read what is going on in that part of the world. Melanie Phillips has the Middle east angle on 0bama.

  123. new = next

    We need tough love and even a kick in the rear for some of the bad state actors. We will see if 0bama can develop a policy of strength to kick the terrorists in their face. They are not going to listen to reason.

  124. pm317
    what happens when we are 3 trillion dollars in debt and another action is taken on American soil. Are we crippled?

  125. If Barky nominates Gov. Sebelius for HEW I will be just a little bit more depressed. My choice would be either Blago or Burris – both because they are funnier than Sebelius. Probably Burris because Blago will shortly be in the slammer – at least before Burris.
    Isn’t this American Political Comedy a glorious thing? How do we keep surviving these imbeciles??
    What a great country.

  126. Updated Feb 20, 2009 22:27

    Netanyahu: ‘Let’s join hands in wide unity government’
    By ELIE LESHEM

    After the failure of his last-ditch effort to muster Kadima leader Tzipi Livni’s support for a unity government on Friday, President Shimon Peres formally entrusted Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu with the task of building a coalition. Netanyahu arrived as Beit Hanassi on Friday afternoon and received the president’s official letter of appointment.

    Earlier, after emerging from a meeting with Peres, Livni announced that she had no intention of joining a broad coalition under Netanyahu, despite the Likud chairman’s assertion that he was willing to “go to great lengths” in order to induce Kadima to join his government. “For decades we have not withstood so many challenges at the same time. To face up to these challenges we need to join hands and unite all the forces within the people. I call on all parties, those who recommended me and those who didn’t. I turn to [Kadima leader Tzipi] Livni and to [Labor leader Ehud] Barak – let us join hands and pledge for the future of Israel. I hope to meet with you first and discuss a wide unity government.”

    “It appears that the coalition which has been formed in recent days lacks diplomatic vision,” Livni said after the meeting. The Kadima leader rejected the president’s plea that she reconsider joining a coalition comprised of the three largest parties – Kadima, Likud and Israeli Beiteinu – and asserted that a “broad coalition is worthless if it is not governed by values.” Netanyahu, who met with Peres shortly before Livni, said that Kadima would be the first party he turns to after receiving the nod from Peres. “I am willing to go to great lengths in the negotiations needed to establish such a government,” the Likud leader said after his meeting with Peres, echoing assessments that he would be willing to give Kadima several senior portfolios in his cabinet.

    Despite Livni’s comments, later Friday it was reported that Netanyahu telephoned Livni and the two would meet on Sunday. Livni however said she was not likely to change her mind. In closed circles, Kadima members reportedly criticized Livni’s staunch refusal to even consider joining Netanyahu. Netanyahu said repeatedly during the campaign that not forming a national-unity government when he was prime minister from 1996-99 was his worst-ever political mistake. But Livni left him no choice but to repeat it when she vowed to remain in the opposition.

    “Today, the foundations of a right-wing extremist government under Netanyahu were set,” Livni wrote in a cellular phone text message sent to some 80,000 Kadima members Thursday. “The path of such a government is not our own and we have nothing to look for there. You didn’t vote for us in order to provide a kosher certificate for a right-wing government, and we need to provide an alternative of hope from the opposition.” Livni’s associates said she knew she could have received an unlimited number of portfolios from Netanyahu, but she was not willing to sacrifice her ideology, which she believes is far removed from that of the Likud.

    jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1233304835900&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  127. blue,

    I heard she was at the top of the list for HEW. Blago’s wife just got indicted so I don’t think his troubles are going away very soon. Burris has troubles of his own trying to spin why he didn’t originally admit that he was asked to fundraise for Blago.

    LOL…I don’t know who is the lesser of the three evils.

  128. I don’t know Jan. I am beginning to believe the bad and or lazy and or egoistic are going to be permanently unreliable.

    Right now, many are just trying to hold onto their present positions or find new ones in a hurry as papers go down…as in NYT suspending payments to current stockholders while it is impossible to get anything for the stock because of the bankruptcy filing, or as in MSNBC, falling ratings, and derision from their comrades.

    Wbboei and I discussed this right after the election… it is a game of musical chairs among members of the MSM, and two chairs at a time are being pulled everytime the music stops. Too few paid chairs and too many so-called “journalists. They are all scrambling to cover their asxes

    So now they are becoming even-handed just in time to try and save their jobs.

    But I don’t care how much they put on an act. I will not forget. They, like Obama, cannot be trusted.

  129. Obama’s sky-high popularity dips in first month
    1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Barack Obama’s job approval rating dipped in his first month in office amid ongoing economic woes and partisan battles over government spending plans, polls published Friday showed. Obama, who entered office on January 20 amid high expectations prompted by his positive election campaign, saw his star dull in a CNN and Opinion Research Corporation survey conducted between February 18-19 that said 67 percent of Americans approved of his handling of the job. The approval is down nine points from 76 percent 11 days earlier. Almost a third of those polled disapproved of Obama’s handling of the job, while 23 percent said he had fallen short of expectations.

    Another poll by Fox News and Opinion Dynamics poll showed that Obama’s job approval rating stood at 60 percent on February 17-18, down from 65 percent three weeks earlier. The president’s personal favorability rating also dipped according to the survey, with 68 percent of Americans holding a favorable opinion of him compared to 76 percent a month ago. While Obama’s approval ratings do remain relatively high, politicking over the 787 billion dollar stimulus plan passed by Congress on February 13 appears to have eaten into his previously stratospheric popularity.

    Faced with strong Republican opposition to the plan, which cut taxes and increased government spending, Obama was forced to pin his name to the bill — launching campaign style rallies around the US to urge its passage. But while lawmakers in Washington were almost completely split along party lines — with just three Congressional Republicans backing the plan — Americans appear more positive.

    According to the CNN poll 60 percent were in favor of the bill, while 39 percent were against. Almost half of the 1,047 people polled said its passage constituted a major victory for Obama, despite little evidence that respondents thought it would benefit them directly.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iYcP2wDlup7NVi9_Op-s8gvb_P5A

  130. Emjay,

    A few of my friends and I discussed this as well the other night. Wondering if some media are testing the waters to see if a more positive slant on Hillary will boost their depleted ratings.

  131. Glenn Kessler (born 1959) is a Washington Post diplomatic correspondent. Kessler is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy. Kessler was called to testify in the trial of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.

    Prior to joining the Washington Post in 1998, Kessler was a reporter with Newsday for eleven years, covering the White House, politics, the United States Congress, airline safety and Wall Street.

    At Newsday, he shared in two Pulitzer Prizes given for spot news reporting. He is a graduate of Brown University and holds a master’s degree in international relations from Columbia University.

    Kessler lives in McLean, Virginia. with his wife and three children
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    Guys like him who come from Ivy League institutions, live with like minded people in places like McClean Virginia, work at shops like WashPo that live on what they were as opposed to what they are, fancy themselves as foreign policy experts because they have a masters degree proving that they can take tests well are members of the Georgetown Social Club who always get their facts wrong and never give us the full story. His mischaracterization of Hillarys position on the Iraq War is a perfect case in point.

  132. Henry, you mispoke. We are already well past $10 trillion in debt. We will add several trillion dollars to the debt with this years deficit. The federal government also has tens of trillions of dollars in obligations.

    Your question is a good one. What happens if there is an attack or a natural disaster? How do we respond financially when we have few financial resources left?

  133. JanH Says:
    February 20th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Emjay,

    A few of my friends and I discussed this as well the other night.
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    They better start bacing off Sarah Palin as well…there has been little if any letup, and it is raising the hackles, again, of many Repubs, and many women.

  134. I was speculating the other night on how the republican party will counter Mr Obama, and this is in line with what I thought they might do.
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    Obama’s 3 Big Lies
    His Plan to Destroy the GOP

    Dear fellow American:

    Let me tell you the real reason Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid pushed through the biggest spending bill in history – without proper debate, without Republican input, and without any public scrutiny at all.

    Simply, they are trying to turn the United States into a one-party country and to put the Republican Party out of business once and for all.

    The massive appropriation called a stimulus – some $787 billion of your money – is really a political war chest for the Democrats.

    They want to change the face of American politics forever, and they want to use your taxpayer money to do it.

    They want to use billions from our treasury to reward their political friends – and have huge amounts of cash to dole out before the 2010 and 2012 elections.

    Some people have wondered why, if the country is in dire need of emergency “stimulus,” most of the money appropriated by this law will not even be spent this year.

    Instead, spending will go on for five to 10 years.

    There is no mystery here, as the answer is simple: These billions in taxpayer funds will fund the Democratic political machine for many years to come.

    Chicago Machine Takes over Washington

    You must remember – the media won’t tell you this – that Barack Obama is a product of the corrupt political machine in Chicago headed by Mayor Richard Daley.

    Chicago is run as a one-party city. The Democratic political machine and the government are one in the same.

    Just like we saw recently in Congress, there is no real debate in Chicago. Deals are brokered in the back rooms among the ward leaders, the mayor and their cronies.

    What the political machine decides, the public has to accept it. The city council serves simply as a rubber stamp – much the same way the Congress just acted for Obama.

    And public money in Chicago is used to protect and serve the interests of the machine.

    Obama – as I will reveal to you with the stimulus plan – is simply replicating the Chicago machine in Washington.

    It is a frightening thought because our freedoms depend on a vibrant two-party system.

    But that’s what you believe, not what Obama and his crew believe.

    Barack Obama and his Chicago gang, which includes his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, also a congressman from the Chicago machine, have a starkly different view.

    They want a one-party system headed by a strong man.

    We at the National Republican Trust PAC are deeply troubled not only by how much the stimulus plan spends but also the way it was implemented.

    We just witnessed how the basic and open democratic process of our republic was flouted.

    We fear that the actions by Obama and Congress that we just witnessed threaten the very foundation of our republic.

    Consider that we have long believed America is the greatest democracy in the world.

    Yet Congress passed the largest spending bill in its history – by essentially suspending vital democratic processes, including debate and public examination of the pending law.

    We know that the Democrats, working late into the night, secretly agreed to a “compromise” bill among themselves – and then refused even to share it with Republicans or the public until just hours before the bill went to the floor for a vote.

    The final stimulus bill was 1,079 pages long. We know Barack Obama never read the bill.

    Many members of Congress have admitted not one senator or congressman even read the bill before they voted for it!

    The Democrats say they suspended normal procedures because the country so desperately needed to avoid what Barack Obama said was an economic “catastrophe.”

    The bill apparently was so urgent that the Democrats even excluded Republican leaders from any involvement in negotiations on it.

    When, in our republic, does Congress simply vote on a bill when its members have no idea what it says?

    And, how could congressional leaders like Pelosi and Reid, as well as President Obama, present a monumental law but not allow even one day of scrutiny by Congress, its staffs or the public?

    Help us fight the takeover of Congress and Washington – Go Here Now

    Big Lie No. 1: The Emergency

    They told us that the country is in such a dire situation that it was an emergency.

    That was Big Lie No. 1: The bill was not an emergency measure.

    This was a ruse. They falsely claimed it was an emergency bill to cut off all debate.

    The lie about the urgency was made clear when President Obama, rather than immediately signing the bill, went on vacation to celebrate Valentine’s Day with his wife in Chicago. [Amazingly he had been in Washington less than a month before he took his first vacation!]

    In fact, Obama took almost four days to sign this “urgent” bill.

    Big Lie No. 2: Immediate Stimulus

    And then there is Big Lie No. 2: The bill offered immediate help to our ailing economy.

    The truth: The bill does not offer significant, immediate stimulus.

    Most of the stimulus money won’t even be spent this year, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office!

    And the CBO has warned that the bill actually will hurt long-term economic growth.

    Infrastructure programs, including items such as $8 billion for a high-speed train between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, will take a decade or longer to complete – if environmentalists ever let the project begin.

    Republican traitor Arlen Specter, who backed the stimulus bill, got more than $6 billion in the bill for “medical research” – another lulu that has nothing to do with immediate economic stimulus.

    Big Lie No. 3: Bipartisan Support

    Then there is Big Lie No. 3: This bill was a bipartisan effort to save the economy.

    It was anything but.

    Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham said bluntly: “If this is going to be bipartisanship, the country’s screwed.”

    Indeed, every Republican in the House voted against the bill, along with six courageous Democratic congressmen.

    In the Senate, almost every Republican opposed the bill except three liberals: Sens. Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and Arlen Specter.

    Obama promised he would change the “old politics” of Washington. Instead, he is playing hardball partisan Democratic politics of the Chicago type.

    He has used the weakening economy as his Reichstag fire event to get to pass an incredible amount of money so he could funnel huge amounts of pork and political payoffs to his Democratic cronies and allies.

    And now, he is even talking about a second stimulus program! Why not? Congress just passed his first bill without even reading it! What a joke . . .

    Help us expose Obama’s Big Lies – Donate to Our Campaign – Go Here Now

    The Real Purpose: Abolish the GOP

    I have no doubt what the real purpose of the stimulus bill was.

    Simply, it was to lay the ground work of the remaking of America’s political system into a one-party system.

    Yes, a one-party socialist state that destroyed countries like Mexico.

    We have seen what one-party rule has done to cities like Cleveland, Detroit, other cities – and corrupt Chicago.

    The media will never tell you this, but that’s the real agenda behind the Obama stimulus bill.

    This is why so little of the stimulus is spent now, but spread out over several years.

    This means Obama and Democrats will have hundreds of billions to disburse to their supporters, creating a new party cadre that will help them win re-election in 2010 and 2012.

    Don’t believe me?

    Well, we all know the fraud perpetrated by groups like ACORN to register Democratic voters.

    In the run-up to the 2009 election, millions of new “voters” were registered – and it clearly helped elect Obama – and gave the Democrats big majorities in the House and Senate.

    Their game plan for 2008 worked. Now they want to use public funds – our tax dollars – to pay for more of their political activities.

    For example, the final stimulus bill gives $3 billion to groups like ACORN.

    Consider that, in 2008, Obama claimed that he raised $750 million for his campaign. Compared with that amount, ACORN’s $3 billion is staggering.

    No doubt, these billions will help ACORN in its political work of “community organizing” – a euphemism for Democratic activitism.

    We don’t have billions – we need your help to fight – Go Here Now

    But it’s not just ACORN who is getting “stimulus.”

    The bulk of the Obama stimulus goes directly to the powerful government employee unions that helped get Obama elected and are the backbone, the shock troops, of the Democratic Party.

    Amazingly, it’s been estimated that half of the stimulus appropriation directly benefits government employee and service employees union that played key roles in Obama’s election.

    Second, the bill gives tens of billions to state and local governments to dole out to their cronies. This means there will be even less accountability by Congress.

    And then there are massive payoffs to the special interests to the Democratic Party, with giveaways such as $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, $300 million for new cars for government bureaucrats, $1.2 billion for “youth activities,” tens of billions for “green, environmental and energy programs” — they even include $3.7 billion to help “green” military bases and another $125 million to restore “abandoned mines.”

    Shockingly, the bill creates 33 new government programs!

    The stimulus money will give the Democrats the opportunity to become the dominant political party for the next generation.

    Counter the Democratic machine by helping us today – Go Here Now

    Our Plan to Stop Obama

    Despite the massive political payouts Obama, Reid and Pelosi are funneling to their allies across the country, they can still be stopped.

    The polls show Americans want a two-party system. They don’t want corrupt, Chicago-style politics in Washington.

    They don’t want their taxpayer funds used for political shenanigans and payoffs.

    We at the National Republican Trust PAC want to expose the incredible rip-off the stimulus bill will be to the taxpayers.

    If Americans knew that the bill would place an additional $9,400 in debt upon each household in America, they would be appalled.

    If Americans knew the extent to which this bill is going for political payoffs to groups like ACORN, they would be outraged.

    We know that Americans will wake up to what Congress has perpetrated on them with this stimulus.

    But we also know we can’t rely on the media to tell the facts.

    This is why we want to keep up our media efforts to expose Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

    We now know they have a radical plan for the nation.

    There are already calls among Democrats for a new Fairness Doctrine to close down talk radio and hosts like Rush, Hannity, Boortz, Beck, Savage and others.

    The Democrats are already talking about legalizing 12 million illegals, making them citizens and voters overnight.

    They know that, if they do this, they will instantly change the political landscape in the nation for a generation or more

  135. I am now pist at this President and the leftist communist that are at the helm of this country. I read an article that now they want to tax the mileage that a person drives. WTF, are the people in rural areas going to do?? Its 20 miles to buy a loaf of bread, 80 miles to the movies and most of us live 100 miles from our workplace?? What the hell are we are going to do, Canada maybe??

  136. admin
    my bad
    Having lived in NYC for almost 20 years I am simply aghast that such a threat is not utmost in every citizens mind. We were hit in the knees and barely able to walk last time,what if we are are broke how can we respond? I used to be a screaming heart liberaL, HOWEVER NEVER A BOT. Yet I learned on that day that the best defense is a great offense. Bambi has increased spending pretty much everywhere but has cut defense. How ? We were attacked. I lack the intelligence and ability to express myself as well as so many of you here but I think it should be pretty basic that following the line of attack(civilian places) that we cannot let our defense suffer any cutbacks. In fact I think they should be excereated,

  137. Henry, I don’t know the answer. Bush has done very damaging things to this country. 0bama is not up to the enormous challenge. With Pakistan (and Afghanistan) what we need from the US is tough leadership and we need to get China and Russia and Iran to deal with Afghanistan and Pakistan responsibly.

  138. Monty Hall for President!

    We’re in a “Let’s Make a Deal’ era and who ever did it better than Monty.

    Door #1: The Governorship, Door #2: Jail, Door #3: Democratic bounty hunter.

    Door #1: Cabinet post, Door #2 Jail, Door #3, unrepentant lobbyist

    Door #1: President, Door #2, Jail, Door #3 muddled Messiah

  139. About 3 weeks ago I was going to predict an overseas trip for BO. I thought that as he started to get criticized he would need to find another adoring audience like the Germans.

    Now with Hillary receiving such acclaim, jealousy will drive him to the next conference-ceremony-meeting he can find, even if he has to create an award that he can go accept.

  140. If my family had been attacked and afterwards I engaged a home security firm to protect my home then a few months or years go by and nothing happens perhaps I think I cannot not afford to protect my family so I let go of the security. But then duh I get hit in the head and realize they are what I work for and I continue to provide them with security. 55 billion reduction in military spending when everything else is going up– and lets not forget that 90% of military spending is spent here. I despised Bush and yet I have to acknowledge that after 9/11 there was not another instance on American soil. I’d like to keep it that way!

  141. A poll aired by MSM today is an insult all Americans that believe in our democratic system and are ready to defend it as its moral fabric is being unravled by this new kid on the block,bent on total control of our lives.Polling was no doubt taken in a large inner city with a large Obama cult population.

    Most famous figure in the world

    # 1 Barrack Hussein Obama

    #2 Jusus Christ

    #3 Martin Luther King

    Shocking ? Dangerous ? You had better bet your welfare checks it is.

    By ABM90 I repeat a statement that I made several weeks ago.

    ” Buy a DOG and Lock your doors ”
    Ask any holocaust survivor or their family.

  142. Am listening to an interview of Susan Rice by Nichelle Norris on NPR – –

    FROM her “new office IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT ”

    I thought they were going to keep her around the table for cabinet meetings, and otherwise — at the UN, in NYC !!

    Whot happened ??

  143. Am listening to an interview of Susan Rice by Michelle Norris on NPR – –

    FROM her “new office IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT ”

    I thought they were going to keep her around the table for cabinet meetings, and otherwise — at the UN, in NYC !!

    Whot happened ??

  144. ABM90, let’s not go there, dude. Kool-aid is strong stuff (and almost everyone had a sip, not just folks in the inner-city) and we are just going to have to wait out their delusions. I’m more inclined to just roll my eyes when these polls come out or when someone compares Obama to FDR, MLK or God himself. It’s all just a farce.

    Anyways, the “activists” who are “shocked” can’t seem to understand that China technically owns America. We are in a precarious economic crisis wherein we just do not have the leverage to demand that China does anything. As JanH stated, Madame Secretary has to prioritize. While I agree that China’s human rights record is atrocious, preventing a global economic meltdown has to take precedence. You can’t sit at a casino gaming table unless you’ve got chips to spend. Right now, I think we’ve only got enough chips for a $.99 hot dog.

  145. Chris Dodd- you shoot your mouth off re “temporary” bank nationalization and the DOW drops 200 points – at which time Robert Gibbs is pushed forward to mumble some words about the White House not supporting nationalization, and it recovers 100 points.

    Are you a day trader Mr. Dodd?

  146. For those sharing in the boycott of GE: click your heels and clap your hands…the stock was as low as $8.98 today, closed around $9.28…lowest in 6 years.

    Bring them down. BTW, it’s time to write NBC, MSNBC, Mathews and Olbermann and say NAH NAH NAH NAH NAH.

  147. filbertsf: The farce you mentioned is real and an ongoing attempt at mind control to keep the deck stacked.I go there I because I have right to be alarmed with what is happening to our democracy.Subversion is in motion as we seek answers for our dilemna.It is a broad net and affects us all.

    By ABM90 THank God we have Hillary

  148. Emjay: I wish I could be certain about the poll taker,the network but I just caught a snipit as I was on the phone.My best recollection is it was Norah O’Donnell on MSNBC.mid afternoon.Other details escape me.

    By ABM90

  149. White House pushes Burris for explanation
    3 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday called on embattled Illinois Sen. Roland Burris to take the weekend to think about his future. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs would not go so far as to call on Burris to resign from the Senate, as Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn did on Friday. Nor would Gibbs say that Burris has lied about the circumstances surrounding his appointment to the seat, previously held by President Barack Obama.

    But Gibbs said Burris needs to “come up with an explanation that satisfies” questions about the conflicting statements he has made. Gibbs said Obama supports “an investigation that would get some full story out.”

    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed Burris to the seat despite a scandal over whether the state leader tried to sell the job for campaign cash or a plum post for himself. Blagojevich was later impeached and removed from office. Burris now faces accusations that he lied to an Illinois House committee in January when he testified that he hadn’t had contact with key Blagojevich staffers or offered anything in return for the seat.

    Amid revelations Burris had attempted to raise money for Blagojevich and had multiple conversations with his advisers, Quinn urged Burris to step down.

    “The appointment of Senator Burris was — and his taking the Senate seat — was based largely on the representations that he’d made, factual representations that he’d made to the people of Illinois through interviews and through his testimony to the impeachment committee,” Gibbs said. “We know that — and has been reported extensively — that there seemed to be — some of those stories seem to be at variance with what’s happened.”

    The issue has been an extraordinarily sensitive one for Obama, and his usually smooth-spoken press secretary appeared at times to be struggling with what to say. “I think it might be important for Senator Burris to take some time this weekend to either correct what has been said and — and certainly think of what lays in his future,” Gibbs said.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iBLdHsnNCKPCI4SziLu29LZz3PMwD96FHL8O2

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    Does anyone else find it extremely hard to take the dim White House seriously when they ask for full disclosure from others and not themselves, i.e. obama?

  150. WOW! Lou Dobbs Show supporting Bill Clinton’s statement that obama talk more positively about economy. Says they’ve been suggesting that for weeks.

  151. Can anyone explain to me (wbb????) why, if banks have no money or will to loan money for homes or cars or businesses, I am seeing a dozen Ditech and Lending Tree ads every day with the same old “When banks compete for your business……..”)??

    Banks are competing to give loans?? Is this when you pay Lending Tree a non-refundable fee and then they say, “Sorry, couldn’t find a bank to loan you money”. ?? Please explain.

  152. The rhetoric and the heat of the battle are in high gear as we carry on our fight to see our star Hillary through these bitter times that
    her detracters have imposed on her and our great Bill clinton.WE are at a crossroads in our History.Time is short,the situation grave,the dangers countless and we must take a stand and fight for wounded country’s
    survival.

    By ABM90

  153. wbboei Says:
    February 20th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I was speculating the other night on how the republican party will counter Mr Obama, and this is in line with what I thought they might do.
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    Obama’s 3 Big Lies
    His Plan to Destroy the GOP

    Dear fellow American:
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    wbboei

    Is this from the latest Newsmax Letter? I deleted mine so can’t check and can’t remember any of the actual text.

  154. Today, Bill Clinton laid this economy at Obama feet. Obama said he was more than capable of hitting the ground running and would end the War with Iraq, turn the economy around, put an end to global warming, extend an invitation to rouge world leaders, create 2.5 million jobs over the next two years, pay everyone’s mortgage and car payments.

    Then he crammed Obama’s words of HOPE down everyone’s throat, saying we’re not hearing about this “HOPE” that Obama promoted over the last two years. (in such a skillful way..said tongue and cheek, the interviewer never picked up on it.) He said, “We need to hear more in a hopeful way Obama is going to get us through this time…” (seeing Obama is getting a little too comfortable blaming the economy for not getting things done that will actually help people.)

    Bravo, Bill… Bravo for running the minefield and surgically blowing up Obama’s message of HOPE and CHANGE as the biggest hoax perpetrated on the public, in the history of the World in a single interview.

  155. Paula

    Turndown and/or blue have a couple of newspaper aggregation sights that I sent them and it has all that info and more.

    Mine went away in the great hard drive meltdown so I am operating on human memory power for now.

    I will look around later.

  156. The honorable Matthew Lee has a real talent for provoking a negative response in most people. Biggie Rat must go through the Washington DC sewers to find one like Matt. Here is the reaction from some his unappreciative readers to one of his prior pet causes:
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    -He’s baaaack! AP reporter with monthly whine about Iraqi refugees

    Posted by acorcoran on October 2, 2008

    We wondered where AP reporter Matthew Lee, the pet of the International Rescue Committee and Refugees International, had gotten to. I hadn’t seen his monthly sob story for awhile about how we weren’t bringing enough Iraqi refugees to the US. Here he says the Bush Administration actually surpassed its goal for FY 2008, but Bush continues his stinginess for only increasing the goal for upcoming FY09 by only 5000 to a total of 17,000.

    “Now that systems are finally in place to process greater numbers of vulnerable Iraqi civilians, an increase of only 5,000 next year seems particularly meager,” the International Rescue Committee said in a statement late Tuesday.

    His buddies in the refugee industry want the US to resettle 100,000 Iraqis HERE!

    This particular link to Lee’s AP story comes to us from a Charleston, WV newspaper, which I thought was kind of amusing because I bet most West Virginians have never even seen a refugee. West Virginia is one of a handful of states that takes only a tiny number of refugees—in fact WV took NONE in FY 2006 and 2007! And from 1983-2005 the state took 404, yes 404, when we brought millions to the US in that time frame. (Numbers available here) Could senior DEMOCRATIC Senator Bobby KKK Byrd have some say in this?

    It’s kind of like Senator Joe Biden who sponsored the original Refugee Resettlement Act of 1980 with Senator Ted Kennedy. Biden is also advocating for bringing more Iraqis to the US, but NOT to Delaware! Delaware ranks in the bottom three states for number of refugees resettled.

    If you would like to see our archive of Matthew Lee’s indepth (NOT) reporting on refugees go here.

    P.S. None of these refugee advocacy groups pushing more Iraqi refugees, or Lee, ever mention the truly vulnerable Christian Iraqis. I wonder why that is? Not politically correct to point out that Muslims are persecuting Christians?
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    jim said
    October 2, 2008 at 2:32 pm
    It would be very interesting having a separate section devoted to the backgrounds of these biased reporters. For instance where do they come from? What radical groups do they possibly associate? What is their political affiliation?

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