Obama’s AIGita

The American people are awake with anger because of the Obama blunders and calculated treacheries which continue to demonstrate Obama is too inexperienced and not qualified to be president.

The American people are awake with anger because Barack Obama continues to loot the economy on behalf of his friends just like George W. Bush looted the economy to help his friends.

Barack Obama has AIGita. Barack Obama is upset and worried because the AIG scandal woke the American people and now Barack Obama might not be able to spend, spend, spend, to save his friends and moneymen.



* * * * *

Barack Obama mocked John McCain during the general election because John McCain said the fundamentals of the American economy were sound. In January Barack Obama started trashing the American economy and that thrashing combined with his trash policies made the financial markets plunge and consumer confidence almost disappear.

Barack Obama’s polls numbers went down and Obama then began to mimic John McCain and say the fundamentas of the American economy were strong. The new language was due not to the economic problems but because Barack Obama’s poll numbers were drooping.

President Barack Obama has launched an upbeat strategy over the economy in the face of approval ratings that have dipped below those of George W Bush at the same stage of his presidency.

Barack Obama trashed the American economy in order to get his “stimulus” scam approved by Dimocrats who control congress.

Now Obama has AIGita because Dimocrats might get scared by the anger of Americans and not allow Obama to spend, spend, spend.

Barack Obama’s Big Bang Theory of Governance is starting to face its first big test among the new president’s fellow Democrats. [snip]

As Obama’s remarks echoed on Capitol Hill, it soon became clear that the skeptics are not just Republicans.

There is rising doubt among Democrats — particularly moderates already concerned about the big costs and deficits called for in Obama’s budget — that either Obama or Washington have enough bandwidth this year to stimulate the economy, overhaul the failed financial sector and move on to a far-reaching domestic agenda.

“From the standpoint of the Congress, there’s only so much that we can absorb and do at one time,” Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, told POLITICO Tuesday. “To maintain a schedule like the one we’ve got at this moment, throughout the year, I don’t know if it will be healthy.”

Not healthy? Barack Obama’s policies are murderous.

Democrats’ comments were muted, with few directly criticizing Obama for being too ambitious. But several lawmakers made clear that they have trouble with Obama’s logic that deep economic troubles make it more urgent, not less, to take on expensive projects such as health care and education reform.

“Everybody has to bring something to the table,” said Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, a leader of a 15-member caucus of conservative and centrist Democrats. “That doesn’t mean that you have to postpone your aspirations forever. But until we’re through this crisis and growth has resumed, there’s going to be some belt-tightening that’s necessary.”

These doubts reflect conflicting currents in Obama’s political circumstances just 60 days into his administration.

Democrats are smacking down common-sense-less Dimocrats. The AIG mess demonstrates the Dimocrats lack any common sense.

“You are going to see some of that happen naturally,” said Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), explaining that some of Obama’s agenda — such as climate change — may fall by the wayside because there’s not enough support for it, not because it’s too much to tackle.“This isn’t going to be an automatic ‘yes’ vote for a lot of people,” Webb added. [snip]

But many lawmakers made clear Tuesday their view that voters’ willingness to trust Obama on some subjects will be determined by their view of how well he handles the economic crisis. That judgment, in turn, will be shaped by whether the White House effectively responds to public outrage over large bonuses to executives at bailed-out American International Group.

“Unless we can instill some trust back with the American people that these people who brought on this problem, who risked our 401K funds and hard-working people’s money, aren’t going to be able to profit from their folly, I think we are at risk of losing their trust,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

Obama and the Dimocrats will try to bamboozle Americans by staging fun events like green water for St. Patrick’s Day in the fountains and drone appearances Jay Leno’s comedy show. But what this week has proven is that Obama can’t walk and chew gum – Obama can’t be a comedian and solve the economic crisis at the same time. Obama is even confused over what is obvious to Americans regarding AIG.

This week’s AIG uproar showed how the financial crisis confounded early hopes that Obama could check his crisis boxes — a banking bailout and economic stimulus bill — and then turn swiftly to the policy proposals he’d promised on the campaign trial.

Instead, the crisis continues to buffet the White House in unpredictable ways. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has struggled to present a steady public persona, produce detailed plans and even appoint senior staff. Press secretary Robert Gibbs’ daily briefing was consumed by AIG questions.

The usually wrong, not to be relied on Tom Friedman, shares Obama’s AIGita and desire to spend, spend, spend:

Let me be specific: If you didn’t like reading about A.I.G. brokers getting millions in bonuses after their company — 80 percent of which is owned by taxpayers — racked up the biggest quarterly loss in the history of the Milky Way Galaxy, you’re really not going to like the bank bailout plan to be rolled out soon by the Obama team. That plan will begin by using up the $250 billion or so left in TARP funds to start removing the toxic assets from the banks. But ultimately, to get the scale of bank repair we need, it will likely require some $750 billion more.

Tom Friedman wants Obama to overcome AIGita and live to spend again, but Americans increasingly just say “NO confidence“.

President Obama has been in power for just over 50 days, but already critics believe his plans to save America from disaster are doomed

President Obama still enjoys the popularity that comes with not being George Bush, especially in a city top-heavy with Democrats. But his initial response to the global calamity that he found on entering the Oval Office has not inspired popularity’s more sober elder brother, confidence. Large constituencies, notably business, are voicing their scepticism openly. The President’s much-vaunted $787 billion stimulus package is being widely interpreted, even by some of those (such as Warren Buffett, America’s second-richest man) who openly supported Mr Obama for the presidency, as a serious failure. And we are only just past the first 50 days.

We opposed the George W. Bush bailouts aided and abetted by Obama in late 2008. We opposed the Barack Obama “stimulus” scam. We opposed the 2009 budget. And we oppose the little of the 2010 budget we have thus far seen in the skeletal “budget overview”. We oppose these measures because they do not address the fundamental issue of the economy (It’s the economy, stupid) and are clearly political as opposed to economic proposals.

The main concern about the $787 billion package is that around $400 billion of it (estimates vary) is being used to buy off various Democratic constituencies, granting funding to local projects dear to the hearts of the congressmen whose votes were required to get the package through, and bailing out discredited banks and businesses that many feel deserved to go under. Only yesterday Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, asked for a change in funding rules to save the San Francisco Chronicle, an ailing newspaper in her own home town that has, by coincidence, loyally supported her. It is not impossible that her wish will be granted. This is what the Americans call pork-barrel politics, and there is enough pork in this scheme to keep pigs in business for decades. Another criticism of the package is that only 23 per cent of the money is expected to come on-stream this year, making a mockery of claims that the money was needed urgently to prevent meltdown.

Americans are beginning to wake up:

There is a rising consciousness here that money is being wasted, that Mr Obama is simply spraying it around, and that America is at risk of bankruptcy. [snip]

Mr Obama has shown little evidence that he has connected with the tens of millions in his country for whom hardship is not theoretical. Six hundred thousand people a month in America are going on the dole. Much of the $275 billion – perhaps as much as $200 billion – earmarked for the mortgage industry will go to shore up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac rather than provide direct support to those whose homes are being repossessed. The pawn shops, the half-finished and overgrown housing developments on the edges of towns, the roads to nowhere and the new proliferation of beggars and down-and-outs on the streets of New York (I have not seen so many here since the 1980s) are a growing testament to the President’s challenge. He has yet to prove he is equal to it.

The trouble for any politician exciting high expectations is that they can almost never be fulfilled. [snip]

The comparisons with Roosevelt in 1933 are being played down, not least because in Roosevelt’s first few weeks the stock market rose rather than plunged, as it has under this president.

We have repeatedly written that,

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

Jay Cost echoes our distrust in a mainstream, gentle sort of way:

I am worried. Not because I am enamored of bipartisanship. I like Ike – but I like “Give ’em Hell” Harry, too. I have no problem with the sharp elbows approach, even coming from the White House. I am worried because I thought partisan reconciliation was an animating force of Obama’s candidacy, a big reason why he thought he – rather than one of the 306 million other Americans – should be President. I am worried that, amidst a credit crisis, two wars, and a lack of confidence in our nation’s institutions, we have installed as President a man apparently willing to abandon a foundational premise of his candidacy not three months into his tenure.

Obama can’t be trusted. Obama certainly can’t be trusted to spend the nation’s few remaining dollars.

Obama’s AIGita is that as Americans wake up Obama and his Chicago Circus will not be allowed to continue to spend, spend, spend….

Share

189 thoughts on “Obama’s AIGita

  1. Obama will bore the nation again on March 24 at 8:00 p.m. with a national “news” conference. Big Media will fawn and swoon.

    Maybe he will discuss Fannie Mae bonuses of $611,000 for 4 and Freddie Mac’s plan for bonuses.

    And the Federal Reserve will continue to spend:

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Fed-to-buy-up-to-300B-apf-14679757.html

    The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it will inject about $1 trillion into the economy in a bold effort to help the battered housing market and lift the country out of recession. [snip]

    In a new program, the Fed said it will buy up to $300 billion of long-term bonds, a move that should boost Treasury prices and drive down their rates. That would ripple through and lower rates on other kinds of debt. The last time the Fed set out to influence long-term interest rates was during the 1960s.

    And expanding an existing program, the Fed said it will buy more mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The central bank will buy an additional $750 billion, bringing its total purchases of these securities to $1.25 trillion. It also will boost its purchase of Fannie and Freddie debt to $200 billion. [snip]

    In addition, the Fed said a $1 trillion program to jump-start consumer and small business lending could be expanded to include other financial assets.

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues are taking the new steps as the economy sinks deeper into recession.

    Since the Fed last met in late January, “the economy continues to contract,” the policymakers observed.

    “Job losses, declining equity and housing wealth and tight credit conditions have weighed on consumer sentiment and spending,” they said.[snip]

    But even in this best-case scenario, the nation’s unemployment rate — now at quarter-century peak of 8.1 percent — will keep climbing. Some economists think it will hit 10 percent by the end of this year.

    The recession that began in December 2007 already has snatched a net total of 4.4 million jobs and has left 12.5 million searching for work.

    And the economy is still sinking. It contracted at 6.2 percent in the final three months of 2008, also the worst showing in a quarter-century. Analysts believe the economy in the current January-March quarter is contracting at a pace between 5.5 and 6 percent or more. They expect the economy also will continue to contract in the April-June quarter.

  2. groan………not another speech!

    Well he can’t throw Geithner to the wolves. His batting average for filling positions is getting pretty pitiful. Slim pickings left for him.

  3. Hillary Clinton Is Passing the White House Loyalty Test

    Clinton has put to rest early concerns as she demonstrates ability at the State Department

    By Kenneth T. Walsh
    Posted March 18, 2009

    Hillary Clinton has put the concerns of President Obama and his advisers to rest about her loyalty to the man who defeated her for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, according to senior Democrats with close ties to the White House.

    “They are very happy with Hillary,” says an Obama administration insider, referring to members of Obama’s inner circle. “She is a real team player. And with her work ethic and competence at the State Department, there’s one less thing for them to worry about.”

    Another advantage is her popularity in many nations around the world—popularity that has remained strong over the years since she was first lady. “She represents America very well,” the insider says, adding that Secretary Clinton is expected to be on the road “a lot” in the coming months with a message that the Obama administration is far more interested in working with its allies than was the administration of Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush.

    usnews.com/articles/news/obama/2009/03/18/hillary-clinton-is-passing-the-white-house-loyalty-test.html

    ———————————————-

    Too bad we can’t say the same about him.

  4. Guess I spoke to soon…

    Geithner Resignation Watch: Will AIG Bonus Scandal Cost Him Treasury Job?

    By James Pethokoukis
    March 18, 2009 01:28 PM ET

    The AIG bonus-gate is a sideshow, but it’s a politically charged sideshow. Betting markets show a surge in contracts (the odds are now up to 30 percent) that wager Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner may take the fall.

    But the real danger here is that voter rage at the bonuses will put at risk the government’s response to the financial crisis. Jaret Seiberg, of the Washington research group at Concept Capital, notes that TALF participants are not covered by the executive compensation restrictions that apply to TARP participants. As he puts it
    The issue becomes whether Congress will change this. That could sink the TALF as the program depends upon hedge funds and others to seek non-recourse loans to buy the AAA-rated ABS. Just the worry about Congress extending its reach to these firms may be enough to scare investors away. … We have the same worry with the bad bank program, which is now being called the public-private partnership fund. Regardless of how the government gets the toxic assets out of the banks, it will eventually need to sell them to the private sector. The current idea is to help finance these private sector purchases. We doubt investors will participate if Congress limits their compensation. … Increasingly we hear that private equity firm and hedge funds are looking at chartering new banks to acquire failed bank assets. Fears about greater congressional interference in how much these funds could make on their investments may delay or derail these plans. That could further restrict the supply of credit and cause the FDIC to incur even larger losses on failed banks.

    usnews.com/mobile/blogs/capital-commerce/2009/3/18/geithner-resignation-watch-will-aig-bonus-scandal–cost-him-treasury-job.html

  5. I’m betting Geithner is gone within a month. And that yet another original architect of this clusterf**k is brought in to replace him.

    The meme being floated now (and dutifully parroted by Big Media) is that we HAVE to have the these jerks, because the ones who caused the problem are the only ones who understand it or can unravel it. “They built the bomb, so they know how to defuse it. We need them, unsavory though it may be.”

    BULLSHIT. When a bomb is found, we do not go find the guy who made it to defuse it. Gimme a break. In WHAT FREAKING UNIVERSE DOES THIS HAPPEN???? THE MARVEL COMICS ONE???!! No, we go find skilled, intelligent, trained, and TRUSTWORTHY bomb squad technicians to do it. Even their analogies are batshit crazy.

  6. Everybody has to bring something to the table,” said Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, a leader of a 15-member caucus of conservative and centrist Democrats. “That doesn’t mean that you have to postpone your aspirations forever. But until we’re through this crisis and growth has resumed, there’s going to be some belt-tightening that’s necessary.”
    ———————–
    If Hillary were in the Senate today, I am 100% certain that is what she would be saying.

  7. Hillary Clinton Is Passing the White House Loyalty Test
    —————————
    I hope we do not reach the point where Hillary has to decide between being loyal to the White House and being loyal to the American People. It is not clear to me that the two objectives will always coincide.

  8. I’m betting Geithner is gone within a month. And that yet another original architect of this clusterf**k is brought in to replace him.
    —————————–
    Hillary: No bet. I think you are right. He will be the fall guy for AIG.

  9. The meme being floated now (and dutifully parroted by Big Media) is that we HAVE to have the these jerks, because the ones who caused the problem are the only ones who understand it or can unravel it. “They built the bomb, so they know how to defuse it. We need them, unsavory though it may be.”
    ————————-
    Abolutely right it is bullshit. There are qualitifed honest people out there like Donaldson (Donaldson, Luftken, Jenerette) who could come into that role and straighten things out.

    I would hire Hank Greenberg as a consultant. He holds the key to the secrets of AIG, is looking for a way to reclaim his reputation and call the game on his replacements. The right incentives are in place.

  10. I pulled all this over from the end of last article because of the content and also because I missed Admin’s notice of “New Article Up” — again.
    —————————————————

    # Emjay Says:
    March 18th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    basil

    So Dodd says he didn’t do it?

    The original provision to prevent the bonuses to that division was written by Olympia Snowe and Ron Wyden for the legislation wih lots of support. On Feb 11 the the bill came out frm behind a closed door WH session and their provision was gone, replaced by one written by Sen Dodd, allowing bonuses that had been contracted for before 2-11-09. I will find the story. Just read it this morning.
    ——————————————————————
    basil9 Says:
    March 18th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    SHV, 12:29,

    I just read your post. That’s where I was going but I didn’t have knowledge of the chain before Geitner.

    So you agree it’s a cover-up, a shell game for real money paid out on virtual information, another ponzi scheme like Bernie Madoff’s?

    ‘Geithner “negotiates the payout and bonuses for AIG…Obama gets the most $$$/year from AIG….Geithner and Summers now calling the shots’ at Treasury..etc…etc..

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

    Pls remember that Geithner was being set up as a bad guy — and Axelrod as a good guy! — by the usual ‘anon sources’ at Obama’s admin — in a NYT puff piece in Feb iirc. REcently posted it again.
    # wbboei Says:
    March 18th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Dodd is a good culprit. But Bambi is a better one.
    ———————————————————-
    # Emjay Says:
    March 18th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    basil

    From this morning:

    Analysis: White House, Dems backpedaling on AIG

    By David Espo, Ap Special Correspondent – Wed Mar 18, 11:01 am ET

    Obama himself has been vocal on the need to do everything possible to recoup the money paid out in bonuses, and so far, no Democrats in Congress have tried to hold him to account.

    But the Treasury Department isn’t immune, even from Democrats.

    “I’m outraged by this,” said Baucus in a statement. “At one point the Treasury was in a position to stop these bonuses. Those were the terms of TARP, terms that I helped draft.”

    But talk of legislation only leads to more uncomfortable questions for Democrats.

    Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., won passage of a provision earlier this year that they said would have prevented the type of payments now at the center of a storm.

    It was dropped without explanation in the final compromise on the economic stimulus measure, replaced by a less restrictive set of conditions backed by Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., and accepted by the White House.

    “The president goes out and says this is not acceptable and then some backroom deal gets cut to let these things get paid out anyway,” said Wyden.
    —————————————————————————————

    # Emjay Says:
    March 18th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    There is a lot of net chatter in the last 2 hours by Dodd supporters that it was not Dodd, someone else must have done it, even as there are contemporary blogs from 2-11 and 2-12 saying that Dodd did it.

    I think Dodd people, including Bobo, are going to let Geithner take the fall, for that as well as a ton of the other stuff.

    —————————————————————–
    # turndownobama-com Says:
    March 18th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Emjay Says:
    March 18th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    There is a lot of net chatter in the last 2 hours by Dodd supporters that it was not Dodd, someone else must have done it, even as there are contemporary blogs from 2-11 and 2-12 saying that Dodd did it.

    I think Dodd people, including Bobo, are going to let Geithner take the fall, for that as well as a ton of the other stuff.

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

    Yes, and if they succeed, HIllary will have one less ally to help her with the international economy.

  11. just now on glenn beck

    wants to know who gave the orders for the US ARMY to take over civilian policing in a alabama City …..sampson AL,
    after their was a shooting spree there……….by the way this breaks the law big time!!!!

    so who sent them in??? glenn can’t find out…but is working on it!

    what he knows so far:

    Army confirms that 22 military police troops sent

    Alabama governor has no clue who called them in to his state

    Justice dept, said it didn’t matter…….no big deal

  12. wbboei

    Totally agree about Hank Greenberg – a couple of years ago I saw a 1 hour Charlie Rose interview with him (they are longtime friends.) Hank was at first just assertive and brutally honest about where his formerly wonderful company was going and why he wasn’t letting them push him out of the company altogether. then he got mad, then he let his rage out.

    He talked about how he had built that company, what it meant to him, that it wasn’t the money…it was his honor and reputation.

    I bet now that he has lost more than $100 on each share that he took upon retirement, he is even more energized.

    You’re right, they should bring him in as a consultant, let him pick the forensic accountant team, and give him carte blanche. That would be terrific to watch.

  13. Basil: that Greenburg interview is a treasure trove of important stuff of how an exective team set up a heads I win tails you lose compensation scheme.

    But one thing that I particularly noticed was the rhetorical question he asked which is why did the government give this firm cash rather than a guarantee? Why did they take a 79% equity position, rather than a 15% position so it would reamain a private company and could do a public offering to secure the necessary funds.

    Seems like the USA Today article answers that question. Our govenment wanted to funnel taxpayer money through AIG to the foreign banks who were at risk of collapsing under the weight of the mortage instumements they had purchased.

    A government guarantee alone would not allow them to do that. They needed a huge sum of cash immediately. A govenment loan would not have given them goverment control over AIG. For some reason unique to that entity they wanted that as well.

  14. Bambi’s “on the road” again and “on the tv” again I see. Anytime the tough gets going he does this stuff. He’s a bigger dissapointment that I EVER dreamed of. God, he’s only been in 50 odd days and look at the shit thats happening. I don’t think the country can take a whole term.

  15. dija, I saw that segement and I think the Justice dept KNOWS what happened. I can’t believe that this was not reported elsewhere.

  16. Bambi’s “on the road” again and “on the tv” again I see. Anytime the tough gets going he does this stuff. He’s a bigger dissapointment that I EVER dreamed of. God, he’s only been in 50 odd days and look at the shit thats happening. I don’t think the country can take a whole term.
    —————————–
    Moral courage is the character attribute of a leader. When most of us hear gunfire we run in the opposite direction. A leader runs toward it to protect us and to bring the situation under control. Hillary is a leader. Barack is like most of us. Hillary approaches the problem with the firm intention of solving it. Barack turns tail and runs in the opposite direction. And big media sits there fixating on his abs and writing about he is really attacking from the reverse.

  17. dot and H4T

    it is scary…….especially if you couple that with this that i posted here some time ago
    Iowa Guard ends urban war exercise amid outcry
    desmoinesregister.com/article/20090224/NEWS10/902240390

    and this that was posted last year at info wars.com but i just recently found

    Gates Memo Announces Final Assimilation of National Guard and Reserve

    infowars.com/gates-memo-announces-final-assimilation-of-national-guard-and-reserve/

  18. “Alabama governor has no clue who called them in to his state

    Justice dept, said it didn’t matter…….no big deal”

    ———————————-

    What?????????????

  19. Clinton not planning Iran meeting at conference

    Wed Mar 18, 2009
    By Sue Pleming

    WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has no immediate plans to meet separately with Iran’s delegation at a March 31 international conference on Afghanistan, the State Department said on Wednesday. Clinton proposed the conference while at NATO headquarters in Brussels earlier this month and the meeting is set to be held in the Hague under U.N. auspices.

    The Obama administration, in a shift from President George W. Bush’s isolation policy towards Iran, has said it would be prepared to engage Tehran on a range of issues. The invitation to the conference was seen as the first public overture to Iran, which Bush famously described as being part of an “axis of evil” along with Iraq and North Korea.

    Iran’s government spokesman said on March 7 that Iran would consider an invitation and was willing to help in Afghanistan. It is not yet clear which officials Iran would send to the meeting.

    State Department spokesman Robert Wood did not rule out a possible meeting with the Iranians but he said no bilateral talks were planned between Clinton and her counterpart from Tehran.
    “I will not rule out the fact that there could be some kind of a, you know, a greeting of some type, but there’s no plan, as far as I know, for there to be a meeting between the two delegations,” Wood told reporters. He said the goal of the Afghanistan conference was to help devise a “coherent international policy” in dealing with the situation on the ground in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the United States and allies are fighting militant groups like al Qaeda and the Taliban. “This conference is more than just the U.S. and Iran. It’s — as I said, it’s about Afghanistan and the situation in the region. And that’s where we need to keep our focus,” said Wood.

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice attended several conferences aimed at stabilizing Iraq, where Iran was also invited. Rice exchanged pleasantries with Iran’s foreign minister at those events but never had a substantive conversation with him.

    The United States is at loggerheads with Iran on a range of issues, from its support for militant groups to a nuclear program which Washington says is aimed at building an atomic bomb. Tehran says its program is for peaceful power purposes. Wood said the Obama administration was in the midst of a full review of its strategy towards Iran and he could not give details of how engagement with Iran might ultimately unfold. “Before we engage in a real dialogue with Iran on a number of these issues, we need to finish our review. And I think that’s only fair,” said Wood.

    Clinton plans at the Hague conference to give details on a U.S. review of its strategy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan, which is expected to be rolled out in the next week. Clinton, with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband at her side, told reporters on Wednesday she would have a “thorough discussion” with allies leading up to the March 31st meeting in the Hague on how to move forward on Afghanistan.

    reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed1/idUSN18432943

  20. Everybody has to bring something to the table,” said Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, a leader of a 15-member caucus of conservative and centrist Democrats. “That doesn’t mean that you have to postpone your aspirations forever. But until we’re through this crisis and growth has resumed, there’s going to be some belt-tightening that’s necessary.”
    ———————–
    If Hillary were in the Senate today, I am 100% certain that is what she would be saying.
    ———————–
    I say that with confidence. Notwithstanding the fact that Bill is saying okay for BO to focus on economy, jobs, health care simultaneously.

  21. India says US-Indian relationship transformed

    Wed., March. 11, 2009

    WASHINGTON – India’s foreign secretary says his country is working to lay groundwork for U.S. companies to enter India’s nuclear market in the aftermath of last year’s landmark U.S.-Indian civilian nuclear deal. Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon told reporters Wednesday that the deal has transformed a once shaky relationship and allows officials to move to a “new level” of cooperation.

    He met with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other top officials and lawmakers during his three-day trip to Washington. He says the two countries are working to expand cooperation in clean energy, agriculture and other areas.

    He says Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hopes to meet with President Barack Obama at April world economic meetings in London.

    msnbc.msn.com/id/29643810/

    ——————————–

    Hillary’s accomplishments are going to be far and wide in this position. Obama’s will be nil.

  22. White House abandons vet-care proposal

    March 18, 2009

    The White House on Wednesday backed off a controversial plan that would have dramatically altered the way the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) handles insurance claims, after veterans groups staged an all-out fight against such a proposal.

    President Obama will not pursue a proposal that would have allowed the VA to charge private insurance companies for the treatment of veterans with service- and war-related injuries. The proposal raised the ire of prominent Democrats on the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs panels. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was the first to announce Wednesday afternoon that the president won’t pursue such a proposal.”

    blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2009/03/18/white-house-abandons-vet-care-proposal/

  23. Obama heads out of town as AIG controversy boils

    Wed Mar 18, 2009
    By Ross Colvin and Jeff Mason

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama headed to California on Wednesday to make the case for his budget and financial rescue plans, leaving behind a capital irate over bonuses paid to executives at bailed-out insurance giant AIG.

    At a brief White House news conference before his departure, Obama criticized the $165 million handed out by AIG as an “inappropriate use of taxpayer funds” and expressed confidence in Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and his economic team to deal with the financial crisis. “I think people are right to be angry, I’m angry,” Obama told reporters about the bonuses given to top officials at American Insurance Group Inc, which accepted $180 billion in government aid to keep it from going under. “Just as outrageous is the culture that these bonuses are a symptom of, that have existed for far too long — a situation where excess greed, excess compensation, excess risk-taking have all made us vulnerable,” he said.

    The growing firestorm over AIG and its business-as-usual bonuses threatens Obama’s image as a crusader for change and could undermine his efforts to pull the economy out of a deep recession and pass his record $3.5 trillion budget.

    Obama said the administration was developing a proposal to create a “resolution authority” with powers over institutions like AIG, similar to the FDIC’s ability to shut down insolvent banks. Obama’s comments came shortly before AIG’s chief, Edward Liddy, appeared at a Capitol hearing before angry lawmakers who have been hearing for days from incensed constituents.

    On his two-day trip to California, Obama will hold two town hall meetings with voters to hear their concerns and pitch his plans for economic recovery. “We’re going to be answering questions from voters about a whole host of issues,” Obama said before leaving for the trip. Geithner, who has come under heavy criticism over the AIG bonuses, and other members of Obama’s economic team were at his side.

    Obama also will appear on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” the first appearance by a sitting U.S. president on a late-night TV talk show that will give him a high-profile stage to explain his economic proposals. Obama has intensified efforts to sell his record-high budget proposal in recent days as Republicans and some Democrats complain the plan, much of it aimed at lifting the economy out of the recession, would cost too much.

    Obama and senior administration officials have tried to rebut criticism that he is doing too much by launching initiatives to expand healthcare, reform education and combat climate change while working to fix the economy and stabilize the financial sector. Obama will hold his first town hall meeting in Costa Mesa, a suburban town of about 113,000 in Orange County, which has been hammered by the recession despite a median income of more than $70,000.

    Orange County is strongly Republican and voted for Obama’s Republican opponent, Senator John McCain in the November election.

    reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed7/idUSTRE52H6GX20090318

    ———————–

    He’s going to hold townhall meetings? Oooh…um…ah…um…ah…how brave of him…lol…

  24. Hillary’s accomplishments are going to be far and wide in this position. Obama’s will be nil.
    ——————————
    Jan–absolutely right.

    Ben Hogan was was a golf champion in the 40s and 50s. He remains a cult hero to many of us. He was a perfectionist. He built a company called the Ben Hogan Golf Company. And one day he sold it.

    At the public ceremony he turned to the new owner who was full of himself as corporate executives sometimes are. He turned to the new owner and delivered one of his characteristically terse statements: Now, I have just handed you the crown jewels. Something I have put my heart and soul into. Dont fuck it up!

    Hillary has forged new relationships with old adversaries and wary allies during the same 50 day period that the Messiah has lost control of the economy. When the time comes for Obama to meet the head of India, Ben Hogans words will echo in the celestial choir.

  25. just googled ” us army deployed in alabama”

    Results 1 – 10 of about 220,000 for us army deployed in alabama

  26. wbboei Says:

    March 18th, 2009 at 5:11 pm
    Hillary Clinton Is Passing the White House Loyalty Test
    —————————
    I hope we do not reach the point where Hillary has to decide between being loyal to the White House and being loyal to the American People. It is not clear to me that the two objectives will always coincide.
    ************************
    That was always my fear with her support of the Fraud as we all knew, and God knows she knows much more, that the nomination was stolen and that he would be a disaster for America.

    I am still clinging to the hope she took the SOS to try to say us all…

    Do you think BC’s support of the Fraud trying to push his agenda thru all @ once, is tongue in cheek?

    I am not so naive to think it is his complete agenda by the way…

  27. JanH Says:

    March 18th, 2009 at 6:28 pm
    White House abandons vet-care proposal

    March 18, 2009

    The White House on Wednesday backed off a controversial plan that would have dramatically altered the way the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) handles insurance claims, after veterans groups staged an all-out fight against such a proposal.
    —————————————————————————————-

    I am so glad to hear this. It is unbelievable that someone would even propose such a thing.

  28. Obama also will appear on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” the first appearance by a sitting U.S. president on a late-night TV talk show that will give him a high-profile stage to explain his economic proposals.
    —————————
    I started to say surreal. But then I realized it is a comedy show. Go on Jay Leno to explain economic plan??? Still campaigning. When will he learn how to govern??? Governing is not speeches and schmoozing. It is planting your posterior on that chair in the White House and immersing yourself in the problems. That is what the job is about.

    Damned near anyone can read a speech written by the little goper. Get your sorry ass to work. Stop slacking. Action–not more words. People are losing their jobs and their life savings while you run around like a chicken with its head cut off. Lead, follow or get out of the way Mr Obama!!!

  29. wwbboei: He really is not providing any effective leadership. It is even worse than I had ever imagined.

  30. Town meetings with the “Telly”…

    Admin, can you post the u-tube town hall meeting during the Dem nom where he appeared to have Dementia? I would love to view his performance sans “telly” once again. Might be good for a few laughs!

    I tried to find it on u-tube but either my comp is freaking out or it has been erased, the screen is blank. I know i save it but am having trouble locating it. I sent it everywhere. Do you all remember the one where I really think he is freaking out.

  31. obama must think his presidency is going to be one big photo shoot complete with adoring slaves peeling grapes for him and media flocking to hear his every stumbling word.

    This is getting more bizarre by the day.

  32. Apparently, he is giving a town hall meeting and forgot to invite the district rep. Oh, and Telebama is using his teleprompter.

  33. BO flying off to do Leno reminds me of GWB dawdling at the Florida school and reading ‘My Pet Goat’ to 2nd graders as the WTC disaster unfolded.

    He’s running away and leaving it to others to solve the mess he created.

  34. Dodd admits the bonus loopholes came from him.

    Move over, Timmy and make room for one more under the bus.

  35. Notwithstanding the fact that Bill is saying okay for BO to focus on economy, jobs, health care simultaneously.

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

    I’m not sure that’s wrong. ‘The economy’ and for that matter ‘jobs’ consist OF health care, road building etc etc.

  36. Oh Brother!!!!!!!

    For those who can stomach hotair here’s a complete transcript of Dodd’s weasly squirmy slippery responses to questioning by Cnn regarding his involvement in bonus-gate.

    hotair.com/archives/2009/03/18/dodd-you-know-now-i-remember-adding-that-bonus-language/

  37. djia,

    I’m just waiting for the day the First Teleprompter rises up in protest and insists BO is misrepresenting what it’s telling BO to say!

    BTW, I saw that story about the military being called in to Alabama.

    The beginnings of martial law?

  38. Gonzotx I appreciate your positon on this and have reflected on it a number of times since you first expressed it.

    I know she wanted this job, and I knew the country needed her services where they could do the most good and the reception she received when she returned to congress was not what one might call encouraging. Therefore I advocated it, while people like you and I believe admin urged caution for the very reasons we are seeing now.

    I think she sought the sos position because she wants to prevent the country from failing. She knows who Obama is, what the job of president entails and that east is east and west is west and ner the twain shall meet.

    But now that she is sos, she must reckon with the possibility that he will do something which is not in the best interests of the United States, and that aggravation of self Adams spoke of as the effect of power will assert itself in such a way that he will refuse to listen to reason.

    When and if that happens she will have to decide what to do. At this point that is an imponderable. I simply wanted to red flag it, so we can watch for the telltale signs.

    She would never support a policy harmful to this country. She would resign befor that. But what is harmful can be subject to interpretation and definitions could differ.

    I had a good idea of who she was in the primary. I am not as sure who she is now, except a patriot and a great leader. Life is full of ambiguity. Why should it be any different here?

  39. Dodd admits the bonus loopholes came from him.
    ———————
    First liar doesnt have a chance.

  40. birdgal Says:

    March 18th, 2009 at 6:54 pm
    wwbboei: He really is not providing any effective leadership. It is even worse than I had ever imagined.
    ————————-
    Agreed.

  41. “I’m just waiting for the day the First Teleprompter rises up in protest.”

    ———————

    LOL…I could see a cartoon coming out of this! The adventures of obama the bozo and his best friend…tele…

  42. Dodd is saying he did it at the behest of the Bambi Administration. He’s not ready for tire tracks across his face just yet. OMG, what a farce. TeleBOBO and his band of stupid henchmen. God have mercy upon us PLEASE. And can I just say I despise Maureen Dowd and I’d like to personally put a pie in her face.

  43. I thought I saw contrary evidence upthread.

    However, the real issue here is not the bonuses. The real issue is that the taxpayers are being forced to bailout the international banks. Thats where the big money is being wasted.

  44. wbboei Says:
    March 18th, 2009 at 7:44 pm
    birdgal Says:

    March 18th, 2009 at 6:54 pm
    wwbboei: He really is not providing any effective leadership. It is even worse than I had ever imagined.
    ————————-
    Agreed.

    I was actually hoping for best case scenario – Bambi plays teleprompter man, and lets other competent people do all the work
    That would have been bad enough. But this is even worse, because he is not LETTING people who know what they are doing do the work, nor is he appointing them – he’s delusional.

    I had a new boss like that once. Unqualified and incapable, but without the good sense to just be a figurehead and let those who knew the ropes get stuff done. He couldn’t do the job himself, but neither could he stand to sit back and let us do it. So he kept making us do all his lame ideas and worthless solutions, trying to be the “big man in charge”. It was a huge mess.

  45. Breaking News, Obama is dis arming pilots.

    webmail.aol.com/41921/aol/en-us/Suite.aspx

    h stuff no ws.

  46. Dodd is saying he did it at the behest of the Bambi Administration. He’s not ready for tire tracks across his face just yet. OMG, what a farce. TeleBOBO and his band of stupid henchmen.
    ————————-
    Its the prisoners dilemma.

    If we both keep our mouths shut we both walk.

    If I stay mum and he sings I get life and he gets 10 years.

    If I sing and he stays mum I get 10 years and he gets life.

    If we both sing, we both get life.

  47. Breaking News.

    Ms Natasha Richardson has died. My sincere condolances to her husband Illam Neeson and her two sons.

  48. ” Dodd acknowledged his role in the change after a Treasury Department official told CNN the administration pushed for the language.
    Both Dodd and the official, who asked not to be named, said it was because administration officials were afraid the government would face numerous lawsuits without the new language.
    Dodd, a Democrat, told CNN’s Dana Bash and Wolf Blitzer that Obama administration officials pushed for the language to an amendment designed to limit bonuses and “golden parachutes” at those companies.
    “The administration had expressed reservations,” Dodd said. “They asked for modifications. The alternative was losing the amendment entirely.”
    ww.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/18/aig.bonuses.congress/index.html
    ********
    It’s damn hard to keep track of the lies. Sounds like Dodd wrote the original amendment to restrict bonuses, the WH busted his balls and he changed the language. Sh*t storm happens, Obama tries to throw Dodd under the bus..Dodd calls BS on that..I suspect there were some very heated telephone calls going on. For a Senator, Dodd is probably the average POS…For Obama to try and throw a Senator under the bus like he has done with so many other people may prove to be a huge mistake. 60 days in office..I thought it would be a year for the wheels to start falling off.

  49. I think I would believe Dodd. Remember, when the guidelines were coming out, and there was supposed to be a limitation on executive compensation? But, the administration said that they couldn’t do that? I would bet ten bucks, that it came from the BO administration. They are slimey enough to do that, and it is the Chicago Way.

  50. Will this be another of those times when obama and his henchmen make one excuse after another after another after another?

    Remember how he did that during the campaign. He is looking like an idiot. His believability is going downhill. Other countries are shaking their heads at his buffoon-like behavior. And worst of all, he seems to think basketball and movie stardom top his list of huge priorities.

  51. NewMexicoFan Says:

    March 18th, 2009 at 8:06 pm
    Breaking News.

    Ms Natasha Richardson has died. My sincere condolances to her husband Illam Neeson and her two sons.

    ———————————————————————————————-

    This is very tragic and sad. It is also surreal. Jeez, a fall on a bunny slope.

  52. I want to add my condolences to Natasha Richardson’s family…so sad, I was hoping against hope that she was in an induced coma and might, by some miracle, come out of it…

    life really is so fragile…

  53. telebama…
    maybe pbs should create a new teletubby-prez with a teleprompter screen sticking out of his head.
    pbskids.kids.us/program-teletubbies.html

  54. by denying over and over again that the dims had anything to do with changing the wording re: bonuses, etc… one wonders if they actually think people are so stupid they are going to believe anything they say anymore.

    obama cannot be trusted.

  55. # birdgal Says:
    I think I would believe Dodd. Remember, when the guidelines were coming out, and there was supposed to be a limitation on executive compensation? But, the administration said that they couldn’t do that? I would bet ten bucks, that it came from the BO administration. They are slimey enough to do that, and it is the Chicago Way.
    **********
    This is what Dodd originally put in the bill re:compensation
    4) a prohibition on such TARP recipient paying or accruing any bonus, retention award, or incentive compensation during the period that the obligation is outstanding to at least the 25 most highly-compensated employees, or such higher number as the Secretary may determine is in the public interest with respect to any TARP recipient;
    (a) In General- Notwithstanding any other provision of law or agreement to the contrary, no person who is an officer, director, executive, or other employee of a financial institution or other entity that receives or has received funds under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (or ‘TARP’), established under section 101 of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, may receive annual compensation in excess of the amount of compensation paid to the President of the United States.
    The WH was not pleased.. made him change it and take the fall. Looks like Obama is winning the spin…”Dodd put language in bill”… yea.. with a fuc*ing gun held to his head. (I can’t believe that I am defending Dodd but it looks like he tried to do the right thing.)

    (b) Duration- The limitation in subsection (a) shall be a condition of the receipt of assistance under the TARP, and of any modification to such assistance that was received on or before the date of enactment of this Act, and shall remain in effect with respect to each financial institution or other entity that receives such assistance or modification for the duration of the assistance or obligation provided under the TARP.

  56. The WH was not pleased.. made him change it and take the fall. Looks like Obama is winning the spin…”Dodd put language in bill”… yea.. with a fuc*ing gun held to his head. (I can’t believe that I am defending Dodd but it looks like he tried to do the right thing.)
    That is supposed to be my comment at the end!!

  57. so sad for natasha..prayers to her family..

    and This Obama On TV Again ..as toe sucker just said to much overexposure he is dipping in the polls…this President is covering up
    his Bad behavior..trying to make the America People go off gauard..
    with this traveling and Campaigning still all over the Country..and using OUR MONey instead of setting at that deak in tht OVal Office and solve these Problems…
    He is not capable His Pooularity is suffering and People ARE waking up NOW…very good news for the America People who want OUR COUNTRY Back it is not CONgress or the goverments cOUNTRY ITS OUR COUNTRY.
    and Laura Ingram said this Presidnet is a TENNIs Match..because your head goes back and forth…she hit it right on the NAIL .
    good for Laura .

  58. HillaryforTexas Says:
    I was actually hoping for best case scenario – Bambi plays teleprompter man, and lets other competent people do all the work
    That would have been bad enough. But this is even worse, because he is not LETTING people who know what they are doing do the work, nor is he appointing them – he’s delusional.

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

    Yes. I was hoping he’d be Reagan but he is Bush 2.

    At least so far he is staying out of HIllary’s way.

  59. wbboei said:
    She would never support a policy harmful to this country. She would resign befor that. But what is harmful can be subject to interpretation and definitions could differ.

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

    She could privately go on strike and tell Obama what he thinks, threatening to resign if he meddles.

  60. JanH Says:

    March 18th, 2009 at 8:08 pm
    Will this be another of those times when obama and his henchmen make one excuse after another after another after another?

    Remember how he did that during the campaign. He is looking like an idiot. His believability is going downhill. Other countries are shaking their heads at his buffoon-like behavior. And worst of all, he seems to think basketball and movie stardom top his list of huge priorities.

    I wouldnt even give him a book deal,or anything what has he done ZIP ZIP=Lazy President..that was suited up for people behind the Curtains,
    exactly jan Looking like a Big Liar Idiot.

    admin said it long ago Obama Cannot be trusted ever.
    do not ever believe this man.fake smile fake everything,he is up to his eyeballs in Lies.

  61. SHV Says:

    March 18th, 2009 at 8:26 pm
    The WH was not pleased.. made him change it and take the fall. Looks like Obama is winning the spin…”Dodd put language in bill”… yea.. with a fuc*ing gun held to his head. (I can’t believe that I am defending Dodd but it looks like he tried to do the right thing.)
    That is supposed to be my comment at the end!!

    —————————————————————————————

    Thank you for your post. I thought I had read/heard something to that effect. Now, Dodd is under the bus. I don’t like him, but he is taking a fall for this hypocritical administration.

  62. I have not watched Jay Leno even once since he took over for Johnny Carson(a angry, lonely, but helluva funny guy may he rip). I don’t plan on starting tomorrow. The “one” is so far over his head, that if this country was not in such horrific shape, it would be laudable. Everything Hillary stated about him “not being ready” on day one has come to fruition. Off course Hillary and Bill will tow the party line, as they made that decision when she chose to not fight the cheates, thugs, and turncoats at the convention. Rest assured, however, when she and Bill go to sleep at night they to either must laugh or cry watching this inept buffoon attempt to govern.
    As I have said many times, BO was the greatest ruse the American people ever fell for with the aide and abetting of the far left kooks, MSM, and a despicable back-stabbing DNC. How Hillary, or McCain lost to this “perpetual” candidate will be studies 100’s off years after our deaths in a lesson on the down fall of American Civilization.

  63. Thank you for your post. I thought I had read/heard something to that effect. Now, Dodd is under the bus. I don’t like him, but he is taking a fall for this hypocritical administration.
    ***********
    The spin is working..people are calling for Dodd’s scalp and Obama skates by again.

    Here is what the WSJ had to say about the original Dodd amendment:

    ” The most stringent pay restriction bars any company receiving funds from paying top earners bonuses equal to more than one-third of their total annual compensation. That could severely crimp pay packages at big banks, where top officials commonly get relatively modest salaries but often huge bonuses.

    As word spread Friday about the new and retroactive limit — inserted by Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut — so did consternation on Wall Street and in the Obama administration, which opposed it.”

  64. Thursday, March 19, 2009Obama brings buzz back to Washington St Patrick’s bash

    THE WAITERS carrying trays of green champagne at the White House on Tuesday evening had to run a treacherous obstacle course as they dodged pipers, drummers and hundreds of guests crammed into the East Room and the State Room. It was a far cry from the stilted, mid-morning receptions favoured by the teetotal former president George Bush, even if it didn’t quite match the raucous sprawl of the parties of the Clinton years.

    President Barack Obama initially hoped to make his St Patrick’s Day party a fairly intimate affair, small enough for him to greet everyone individually. The pressure for tickets from congressmen and senators, Democratic Party donors and the high and mighty in Ireland was so great, however, that the guest list grew to almost 400.

    rest of this ridiculous article can be found at:

    irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/0319/1224243068325.html

    —————————-

    and just how much did this ill-timed extravaganza cost???

  65. SHV Says:

    March 18th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    The spin is working..people are calling for Dodd’s scalp and Obama skates by again.

    Here is what the WSJ had to say about the original Dodd amendment:

    ” The most stringent pay restriction bars any company receiving funds from paying top earners bonuses equal to more than one-third of their total annual compensation. That could severely crimp pay packages at big banks, where top officials commonly get relatively modest salaries but often huge bonuses.

    As word spread Friday about the new and retroactive limit — inserted by Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut — so did consternation on Wall Street and in the Obama administration, which opposed it.”

    ————————————————————————————————

    There really isn’t any good way to spin this story. If one uses critical thinking skills (I know, seriously lacking in the media), both parties are to blame. Dodd may have inserted the passage, on the behest of the administration, which makes them both culpable. If the administration states that they didn’t know that the passage was in there, then they are sorely lacking in reading comprehension skills. The president should always know what he is signing. They are both to blame. Ignorance does not fly at this level of government. It is inept, which this administration is turning out be.

  66. “The president should always know what he is signing.”

    ————————–

    yeah Mr. President (and I use the term lightly for this clown)…where does the buck stop again???

  67. Crook Obama Crook Dodd Crook Pelosi Crook reid Crook geitner Crook axelgrease Crook kennedy Crook Barney F. Crook Kerry Crooks they are all Crooks do not or hope to heck ya never vote for these people ever again,they need to b removed from office..immediatelyIMPEACHED They have RUINED OUR COUNTRY.Along with Bush Cheney Cronies.

  68. We really ned to toss out Congress and start fresh with all new people and all new adminstration in 2010 and 2012…This Adminstration is robbing us and will be in the streets …And we need people who can read .

  69. Big Media television networks are not happy with Bumbles Obama now that he is costing them money. American Idol will be competing with the NCAA because of Bumbles.

    http://www.thrfeed.com/2009/03/obama-speech-networks.html

    Obama will take to the air next Tuesday evening on four broadcast networks and bump the most popular series on television, Fox’s “American Idol.”

    Fulfilling their scheduling civic duty is starting to seem increasingly cumbersome to broadcasters, however. Between a struggling economy and ratings sagging in midseason, every interruption costs networks advertising dollars and momentum.

    “At a time when we’re struggling not only financially but to build audiences, this doesn’t help on either front,” one network executive said. “These repeated interruptions — and the rumor of even more to come — really make it difficult to build audience flow and loyalty. We will all lose one or two million dollars for this.” [snip]

    For the White House to request another primetime slot, during sweeps and right after several shows dropped to new lows in last night’s ratings, has some executives exasperated.

    I believe in the president and his policies, and as broadcasters we have a responsibility to provide the airtime,” said another network insider. “But these frequent primetime requests are wreaking serious havoc with our schedule and our advertisers. Ratings are down everywhere and the airtime is costing us all significant dollars when we can least afford it.”

  70. admin Says:

    March 18th, 2009 at 11:25 pm
    ——————————————————————————————————

    A true narcissist and sociopath. Totally out for himself. His song is “Me, Me, Me, and only Me.”

  71. Admin

    Do you think they are trying to help him stop his over exposure? Others have said he is over exposed. When you have to explain everything, people quit listening. I am getting leary now. The media might really be trying to help him look better by suggesting he reduce his visits.

  72. Gag me!!!!!

    “EXCLUSIVE: Obama’s $500,000 book bonanza
    Deal reached 5 days before he took office”

    ww.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/19/obamas-500000-book-bonanza/

  73. wbboei Says:
    March 18th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

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

    That Bill is such a kidder! He would be a better replacement for Jay Leno’s 11:30 spot than Mike Myers. I wish he’d consider doing a “State of Pink” Blog Talk Radio Show. The beauty of the format, it’s portable, like a cell phone. Give us a weekly Politically Pink Riddle to interpret and air the results the following week. It would be a hit, much better than the Jaywalking AllStars. They’re dumber than a box of rocks.. the (?) the parenthetical college generation.

  74. I suppose thats more stimulation for the economy is bama terms huh?>

    Jan H
    “yeah Mr. President (and I use the term lightly for this clown)…where does the buck stop again???”

    Well Jan I guess if its not his money why should he care. He can create a deficit the size of the China and not have to worry about paying it off or balancing a budget, he’ll be leaving that to future presidents and generations. As admin wrote he is only concerned with taking care of his interests and im sure his campaign debt of promises to weathy contributers will be taxing him for sometime.

  75. Im sure there will be many instances where obama will be backtracking and sounding like John Mc Cain. John Mc Cain was ready and able to lead this country and with countless years of experience had proved that.

  76. “The administration had expressed reservations,” Dodd said. “They asked for modifications. The alternative was losing the amendment entirely.”
    —————————
    That is a fabrication.

  77. “At least so far he is staying out of Hillarys way.”

    I hope he will continue to do so….we shall see I have my doubts Im sure he will get jealous when her success coupled with his mediocre performance will prove to be a stark contrast.

  78. # wbboei Says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    “The administration had expressed reservations,” Dodd said. “They asked for modifications. The alternative was losing the amendment entirely.”
    —————————
    That is a fabrication.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Dodd was squirming like a worm in a fat suit when his mouth couldn’t move fast enough to run around the question. Did you hear what he said at the end? “It’s a good thing we added a provision in the Bail-Out to recall the bonuses if we need to.”

  79. As word spread Friday about the new and retroactive limit — inserted by Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut — so did consternation on Wall Street and in the Obama administration, which opposed it.”
    ———————
    Is this what happened?

    1. the original Dodd bill contained a cap on executive bonuses

    2. Wall Street objected to that cap and contacted the Obama Administation

    3. the Obama Administration told Dodd to remove the cap because of Wall Street objections

    4. Dodd removed the cap– at the behest of the Administration and delivered the bill to President

    5. Mr. Obama signed the bill–without reading it

    6. The executives received the bonuses, did high fives and said Obama is the chump we have been waiting for

    7. Then the public expressed outrage that at this looting of the treasury and Obama panicked

    8. Mr. Obama jumped to the opposite side of the line and criticized the bonuses in the bill he signed in withering tones–because he is a populist!

    9. When public ire focused on Dodd he said he removed the caps at the behest of the White House

    10. So they concoct the sanctity of contracts defense and close ranks as the reason they looted the treasury

    Change you can believe in! Yes he can (loot the treasury for his cronies–and he will continue to do that).

  80. I have commented before on Dodd’s pedigree. He has the profile, sagging neckline and the darting tongue of a lizard–leaping lizards its the heilamonster from Connecticut!

  81. Did anyone see Obama’s Town Hall Meeting? He was surrounded by a handpicked gallery of supporters thanking him and telling him how wonderful he is. There weren’t any teleprompters. It was pretty obvious he was out of his element as to what bizarre story he could come up with to keep the crowd entertained. He chose a metaphor of keeping his thumb pressed on the pin of a hand grenade as it relates to the financial crisis.

  82. 7a. before obama panicked Summers asserted the sanctity of contracts defense and when that did not work Obama panicked

  83. That Bill is such a kidder
    —————————
    Very perceptive Mrs. Smith. It is the please don’t throw me into the briar patch sort of response. Yes, no, maybe?

  84. The problem is Obama is the one who pulled the firing pin in the first place. If this thing crashes he owns it lock stock and barrel. The non-leadship he has shown in the past 50 days has set us back 10 years in dealing with this crisis. Again, he is not the one saving us from financial ruin, he is the one causing it. Dont let big media slip that one by you.

  85. I will never forgot Dodd dissing Hillary as unelectable because of her high negatives. I wonder what his are now, her are great and to set the story straight she really did win the nomination, she was cheated out of it by the likes of Dodd and his cronies. So like my mom always said, ” what goes around comes around” and I think Dodd is about to receive his. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy, LOL!!!

  86. Confloyd: I agree. First he gets all the Wall Street loot. Second, he gets special loan terms from Countrywide whom he regulates as banking chairman. Third, he loots the treasury to pay fat bonuses to his supporters–the same ones he supposedly regulates. Only this time he had help.

  87. wbboei, Looks like the unraveling may start. Watergate started slow and it never quit until Nixon was gone. This may happen to Obama, but the Bilderburgs will try and keep him in charge. Have you seen the “Obama Deception”, what do you think of it??

  88. Dodd’s pedigree (and description).

    I love it! Thanks wobboei for all your commentary and humor.

  89. # wbboei Says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Confloyd: I agree. First he gets all the Wall Street loot. Second, he gets special loan terms from Countrywide whom he regulates as banking chairman. Third, he loots the treasury to pay fat bonuses to his supporters–the same ones he supposedly regulates. Only this time he had help.
    ***********
    All of these politicians thought they were playing a game that they knew; a favor here and there for a few bucks. They didn’t realize that the financial boys had changed the rules with all of the unregulated derivatives. There are an estimated $60 trillion in credit-default swaps and God knows what other toxic financial “products” polluting the world’s financial structure. The politicians are starting to realize what is going to happen and they are scared sh*tless about keeping their pathetic, little elected positions.

  90. SHV, I watched the fiasco on TV today, the questioning of a crook by another crook, it was quiet funny to watch. True theatrics, lets hope the American people realize all those congressmen and senators were showboating for the TV. They are just as much crooks as those in AIG or any of the other companies we’ve bailed out. I think its time all those guys get a real job! We need new people in Washington!

  91. All of these politicians thought they were playing a game that they knew; a favor here and there for a few bucks. They didn’t realize that the financial boys had changed the rules with all of the unregulated derivatives. There are an estimated $60 trillion in credit-default swaps and God knows what other toxic financial “products” polluting the world’s financial structure. The politicians are starting to realize what is going to happen and they are scared sh*tless about keeping their pathetic, little elected positions.
    ————————-
    SHV. The dimensions of this problem are staggering. No one seems to know exactly how to solve it.

    Responsible politicians are worried. They know the probem is serious and if they cannot solve it the public will have their heads on a pole–like good old Vlad the Impaler.

    Other politicians seem oblivious to the dicontinuity which has occurred. Instead of dealing with it responsibly,
    they say stupid things like never let a good crisis go to waste, or they use
    it as an excuse to raid the treasury or they try to bamboozle us.

  92. There are an estimated $60 trillion in credit-default swaps and God knows what other toxic financial “products” polluting the world’s financial structure.
    ———————————–
    SHV: I wondered what 60 trillion looked like compared to world GDP. Just eyeballing it quickly without a calculator it is roughly equivalent to the total GDP of the top 59 countries. Here is that list:

    Gross domestic product 2007
    (millions of
    Ranking Economy US dollars)
    1 United States 13,811,200
    2 Japan 4,376,705
    3 Germany 3,297,233
    4 China 3,280,053
    5 United Kingdom 2,727,806
    6 France 2,562,288 a
    7 Italy 2,107,481
    8 Spain 1,429,226
    9 Canada 1,326,376
    10 Brazil 1,314,170
    11 Russian Federation 1,291,011
    12 India 1,170,968
    13 Korea, Rep. 969,795
    14 Mexico 893,364
    15 Australia 821,716
    16 Netherlands 754,203
    17 Turkey 657,091
    18 Belgium 448,560
    19 Sweden 444,443
    20 Indonesia 432,817
    21 Poland 420,321
    22 Switzerland 415,516
    23 Norway 381,951
    24 Saudi Arabia 381,683
    25 Austria 377,028
    26 Greece 360,031
    27 Denmark 308,093
    28 South Africa 277,581
    29 Iran, Islamic Rep. 270,937
    30 Argentina 262,331
    31 Ireland 254,970
    32 Finland 246,020
    33 Thailand 245,818
    34 Venezuela, RB 228,071
    35 Portugal 220,241
    36 Hong Kong, China 206,706
    37 Malaysia 180,714
    38 Colombia 171,979
    39 Czech Republic 168,142
    40 Romania 165,980
    41 Nigeria 165,690
    42 Chile 163,915
    43 Israel 161,822
    44 Singapore 161,347
    45 Philippines 144,129
    46 Pakistan 143,597
    47 Ukraine 140,484
    48 Hungary 138,182
    49 Algeria 135,285
    50 United Arab Emirates 129,702
    51 New Zealand 129,372
    52 Egypt, Arab Rep. 128,095
    53 Peru 109,088
    54 Kazakhstan 103,840
    55 Kuwait 102,095
    56 Slovak Republic 74,932
    57 Morocco 73,275
    58 Vietnam 71,216
    59 Bangladesh 67,694

  93. Obama team missed an opportunity to prevent the public relations meltdown earlier this year. “It’s absolutely partly their fault,” said Peter Morici, a professor of international business at the University of Maryland. As Congress did with the automakers, the administration should have conditioned its aid to AIG on renegotiation of its labor contracts, he argued.
    ———————————–
    The writer makes a good point: the AIG bonuses were labor agreements and the administration should have insisted that they be renegotiated as a pre condition to receipt of bailout monies, just as congress did with the collective bargaining agreemets of auto companies.

    Surely this was obvious to a thoughtful man and constitutional scholar like Obama. Well then why did it not happen. Could it have had anything to do with the campaign contributions paid to candidate Obama? Put differently, would an honest man like Obam sell out his constituents for cash? Think of Rezko. Think of Excelon.

  94. The White House is openly working to delegitimize Republican challenges to the President’s proposals, effectively to argue that the GOP is not a loyal opposition. Recall that the White House endeavored to label Rush Limbaugh the leader of the Republican Party; that this “message war” to paint Republicans as “reflexively political” continues; that one of the first White House officials to mention Limbaugh was the President himself; and that the President has also misrepresented the Republican position on big issues like the stimulus.
    ——————————————-
    This is what happens when you get a guy like Emanuel run the show. Bitter partisanship. There will be no good will left when Mr Obama needs it. More evidence that he fails to understand the difference between campaigning and govening.

  95. The above is why I said the Republican strategist should have been fired. When he bought into the media line that they were trying to weaken the president he walked his own party into Emanuels trap. The way you handle a situation like that is tell the big media shill you dont agree with his question. Then say all you are trying to do is hold the president accountable for the promises he made to the American People which is the essential role of the opposition party in any democracy.

  96. Sixty days in office and Telebama is back on the campaign trail for 2012.He turned the the oval office to his so called experts as he promised and then he realized he made a very dangerous decision to make Hillary the SOS and suddenly she is center stage in the world and there is nothing he can do to change that fact.His flights from reality are costly to the taxpayers and he could care less.To him “life is a Caberet”
    and the campaign trail is his refuge.Hail to the theif.
    By ABM90

  97. In the ongoing matter of DC connections, I’ve read elsewhere that SOT Geithner’s father and Obama’s mother had a professional connection in Indonesia. Has anyone here come across a similar concept?

  98. “and im sure his campaign debt of promises to weathy contributers will be taxing him for sometime.”

    ——————————-

    Brandon,

    This is what worries me most. What backroom deals did he make? How much of America’s soul did he sacrifice to get elected?

  99. Bloomberg to Meet Obama at White House

    By Melissa Russo

    News 4 New York has learned Mayor Michael Bloomberg will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House this Friday.

    On the agenda: How to get more federal dollars to places like New York City for infrastructure projects that in turn create jobs.

    Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell will also attend. The two governors and Bloomberg formed a coalition called “Building America’s Future,” designed to trigger national infrastructure investments. Aides to the mayor and governors have expressed concerns that the stimulus package was “not a cure all,” saying additional investments will be necessary.

    msnbc.msn.com/id/29756679/

  100. Realizing that I am often late to the party, I still wonder if it is quite correct to come down so hard on B. Frank. Is he really a crook? Other than supporting Obama, if and when he did, has he behaved that badly?

    Just asking. I’m sure I’ll be educated by some of you.

  101. feckles, I had always liked Barney Frank, but he was up to his eyeballs in the Fannie and Freddie fiasco. Lots of video out there of him getting livid and insisting that they did NOT need to be regulated, and resisting like mad those house members who tried for a couple of years to rein them in. No, no, Barney insisted, they are solvent and fine and no danger whatsoever in their balance sheets – keep making those bogus loans to people who can’t afford ’em, all will be dandy!

    Barney went to the wall over the past couple of years trying to protect Fannie and Freddie, REFUSING to have them looked at or regulated or hampered in any way.

  102. # confloyd Says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 1:55 am

    Looks like the unraveling may start. Watergate started slow and it never quit until Nixon was gone. This may happen to Obama, but the Bilderburgs will try and keep him in charge. Have you seen the “Obama Deception”, what do you think of it??

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

    The Bilderburgs are what they are… but it’s basically the World Banks who are supporting Obama. They bought themselves a president who is so corrupt and I know it’s hard to believe, anti-American, He is their dream come true. Obama has no allegiance to America. How could he, he isn’t an American, and was raised at the knee of a very disturbed mother..

    If you want to know this person, Barack Obama. This article spills the beans and explains why we identify so little with Michelle Obama. It has nothing to do with skin color as much as it is to do with mindset and mission.

    Obama’s women reveal his secret

    By Spengler

    “Cherchez la femme,” advised Alexander Dumas in: “When you want to uncover an unspecified secret, look for the woman.” In the case of Barack Obama, we have two: his late mother, the went-native anthropologist Ann Dunham, and his rancorous wife Michelle. Obama’s women reveal his secret: he hates America.

    We know less about Senator Obama than about any prospective president in American history. His uplifting rhetoric is empty, as Hillary Clinton protests. His career bears no trace of his own character, not an article for the Harvard Law Review he
    edited, or a single piece of legislation. He appears to be an empty vessel filled with the wishful thinking of those around him.

    But there is a real Barack Obama. No man – least of all one abandoned in infancy by his father – can conceal the imprint of an impassioned mother, or the influence of a brilliant wife.

    America is not the embodiment of hope, but the abandonment of one kind of hope in return for another. America is the spirit of creative destruction, selecting immigrants willing to turn their back on the tragedy of their own failing culture in return for a new start. Its creative success is so enormous that its global influence hastens the decline of other cultures. For those on the destruction side of the trade, America is a monster. Between half and nine-tenths of the world’s 6,700 spoken languages will become extinct in the next century, and the anguish of dying peoples rises up in a global cry of despair. Some of those who listen to this cry become anthropologists, the curators of soon-to-be extinct cultures; anthropologists who really identify with their subjects marry them. Obama’s mother, the University of Hawaii anthropologist Ann Dunham, did so twice.

    Obama profiles Americans the way anthropologists interact with primitive peoples. He holds his own view in reserve and emphatically draws out the feelings of others; that is how friends and colleagues describe his modus operandi since his days at the Harvard Law Review, through his years as a community activist in Chicago, and in national politics. Anthropologists, though, proceed from resentment against the devouring culture of America and sympathy with the endangered cultures of the primitive world. Obama inverts the anthropological model: he applies the tools of cultural manipulation out of resentment against America. The probable next president of the United States is a mother’s revenge against the America she despised.

    //atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/JB26Aa01.html

  103. Senate confirms former Dallas mayor as trade chief

    The Senate voted 92-5 to confirm Kirk as U.S. trade representative, setting aside a tax problem revealed after he was nominated and concerns raised by some Republicans that the Obama administration was putting the country on a path to protectionism.

    Kirk, at his confirmation hearing, said he would work to expand trade but did not come to the job with “deal fever.” He said he would try to help American workers hit by the negative aspects of trade and would put more effort into ensuring that trade partners aren’t violating existing agreements on open trade. That would signal a shift from the Bush administration, which championed the benefits of free trade and endeavored to negotiate new bilateral agreements.

    “Many feel that our trade policy has veered off course,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., pointing out that many feel the government has not protected workers or enforced trade agreements. Kirk, he said, will “chart the right course” by looking out for American workers and shining a spotlight on trade violations.

    On the other side, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he was voting for Kirk “with some reluctance.” He said that while Kirk supported international trade in a broad sense, he “has also made comments suggesting that protectionism might not be so bad after all.” McCain cited Kirk’s opposition to a negotiated trade agreement with South Korea and his objections to a pending agreement with Colombia. Kirk has said that a third negotiated trade deal left over from the Bush administration, with Panama, could be ready for a congressional vote soon. McCain took aim at a “buy American” provision in the economic stimulus bill and a provision in a just-passed spending bill killing a NAFTA program allowing Mexican trucks to operate in the United States. Such measures, he said, invite retaliation from trading partners and “send a signal to the world that America is going down a path of protectionism.”

    Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said she was confident Kirk, a fellow Texan, would resolve the trade dispute with Mexico. “He knows how important free trade is with Mexico.” Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., a frequent critic of free trade agreements, said the merchandise trade deficit last year was $800 billion — $256 billion with China alone. “I hope this trade ambassador understands that our country stands for trade, stands for open markets, but we ought to, for a change, stand for fair trade agreements and we ought to stand for balance in trade.” he said.

    Kirk’s nomination was momentarily in jeopardy when it was revealed that he had underpaid the IRS by some $10,000 earlier in the decade. But Baucus declared it was an honest mistake and the issue was largely overlooked.

    usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-03-18-kirk-trade-confirmed_N.htm

  104. Wbboei, I know I am late to the discussion, but did you see the Obama deception?? It has a lot about what you and I discussed during the primary.
    I agreed with the film for the exception of Hillary, I think she wasn’t chosen because she would be too head strong for the puppeteers. I do however think she was threatened in some way. IF they can kill JFK, she and her family would be NO different!
    Time to go to bed, catch you answer after 3 pm.

  105. Obama takes responsibility for AIG bonus fiasco
    1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Barack Obama has accepted responsibility for bailed-out insurance giant AIG’s huge bonus payments, as the company’s boss said he has ordered employees to return part of their payouts. “Listen, I’ll take responsibility. I’m the president,” Obama said at a “town hall” meeting in Costa Mesa, California, where his bid to sell his economic revival policies was swamped by news coverage of the bonus fiasco for a fourth day. “We didn’t draft these contracts. We’ve got a lot on our plate — but it is appropriate when you’re in charge to make sure that stuff doesn’t happen like this,” he added, amid outrage across the United States. “So we’re going to do everything we can to fix it,” the president vowed, after earlier expressing his “complete confidence” in Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

    The bonuses, amounting to 165 million dollars, were doled out to the American International Group division at the heart of the company’s near collapse and whose intricate dealings with banks worldwide helped ignite the global financial crisis.

    Edward Liddy, AIG’s government-appointed boss, told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that he was asking the 418 executives who received more than 100,000 dollars each in bonuses to repay half the amount. “We’ve heard the American people loudly and clearly these last few days,” Liddy told a packed hearing of the House subcommittee on capital markets. AIG was saved from bankruptcy with an 85-billion-dollar US government lifeline in September. The bailout has since more than doubled to 180 billion dollars. The insurance giant was rescued because the US government believed its intricate web of ties with banks worldwide posed an imminent risk of financial collapse not just for the United States but globally.

    AIG informed the US Federal Reserve three months ago that it would pay the bonuses on March 15, but the Fed failed to notify Treasury or White House officials for months, the Washington Post reported Thursday. Geithner told the Post that he had not been aware of the size of the bonuses and the timing of the payments. “I was stunned when I learned how bad this was on Tuesday (March 10),”Geithner told the Post. “I shouldn’t have been in that position, but it’s my responsibility and I accept that.”
    Geithner then briefed a senior White House aide, who informed Obama on March 12, the day before they were paid out, the Post reported.

    Liddy, a former CEO of the Allstate insurance company who took over at AIG in September, said the financial products unit blamed for the group’s fall from grace would be shut within four years. He said the unit is still sitting on 1.6 trillion dollars in shaky investments that need expertise to unwind — so the company had to accept “the cold realities of competition” and honor the retention bonuses for senior staff and traders.

    That argument was unacceptable to lawmakers, who gave vent to their constituents’ fury at a time when millions of Americans are living in dread of losing their jobs, homes and health care. Congressman Paul Hodes said AIG now stands for “Arrogance, Incompetence and Greed.” His fellow Democrat Gary Ackerman spoke of “a tidal wave of rage” sweeping the recession-hit United States.

    After the day-long grilling, Democrats announced late Wednesday plans to slap a 90-percent surtax on bonuses like those given to AIG staff. The House of Representatives could vote as early as Thursday on such a measure. Liddy got a measure of sympathy from Republican Spencer Bachus, who noted the new AIG boss was installed by then Treasury secretary Henry Paulson for a token salary of one dollar a year. But for most Republicans at the hearing, the real target was secretary Geithner, and by extension Obama, as they railed against plowing billions of taxpayer money into a series of bailouts — begun by the last, Republican, administration.
    Republican members demanded full disclosure of Geithner’s involvement with AIG in his previous job as head of the New York Federal Reserve, and House Minority Leader John Boehner said the Treasury chief is “on thin ice.”

    Geithner and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke are to appear before the House financial services committee Tuesday on the mess at AIG, which is now controlled 80 percent by the US taxpayer.

    “They have much to explain not only to us, but also to the American people,” subcommittee chairman Paul Kanjorski, a Democrat, said at the hearing with Liddy.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5idvMLOnA_jUu6j5DwVkM_K_E18Qg

    ———————————————————-

    As usual, you are a day late and a dollar short, mr. president. Did you smile for the media? Did they get your good side?

  106. With our benighted media the right questions never get asked.

    However, he has admitted yet again that he screwed up. Sane people would do well to take notice.

    This is not the kind of individual any sane person would trust with the family jewels, as in the Ben Hogan vignette.

    Instead of wasting his time dodging bullets, what is his answer to our economic mess.

    Specifically, if the value of these bad derivatives is roughly equal to the gdp of the world, how say ye prescious.

    Stop the campaigning, stop the apolologizing, get off your ass, get on your camel and lead us to the promised land.

    With him it is a case of sit on your ass, light up your camel, this is the promised land–but not for long.

  107. “Stop the campaigning, stop the apolologizing, get off your ass, get on your camel and lead us to the promised land.”

    —————————————

    This flippant, I don’t care unless I am happy, attitude of his is driving me nuts. He is not Cary Grant and he is certainly not Bill Clinton. He is a slimy wannabe who thinks he just has to smile and everyone will drool.

    Body language and polygraph experts would have a field day with him.

  108. As usual, you are a day late and a dollar short, mr. president. Did you smile for the media? Did they get your good side?
    —————————–
    Absolutely. Did the little groper give him those lines. Dont ever believe it was the outrage of the people that moved him to acknowlede his errors. It was the media–and it was the inability to throw dodd under the bus publicly with the rest of congress watching. It isnt that dodd is some kind of protected specie although he does have seniority and key committee position. Rather it is the fact that if he makes him the fall guy everyone in congress will be saying there but for the grace of god goeth I. So he took the path of least resistance which was itself only a half measure. He took back part of the taxpayer loot but let them keep the rest. As you say a day late AND a lot of dollars short.

  109. Kirk, at his confirmation hearing, said he would work to expand trade but did not come to the job with “deal fever.” He said he would try to help American workers hit by the negative aspects of trade and would put more effort into ensuring that trade partners aren’t violating existing agreements on open trade.
    ——————————
    If he means it he will be the lonliest man in the administration. If he doesnt mean it, and that is more likely the case then this is yet another example of just words. I like the text of what he said. That is one of the things Hillary said. But Obama lacks the guts to go nose to nose and toes to toes with China. He is a moral coward, as we have seen many times before. He would no more say no to China than he would say no to Rezko. Whoever has the money calls his tune.

  110. Realizing that I am often late to the party, I still wonder if it is quite correct to come down so hard on B. Frank. Is he really a crook? Other than supporting Obama, if and when he did, has he behaved that badly?

    Just asking. I’m sure I’ll be educated by some of you.
    ——————————-
    I think Hillary for Texas is correct. If there is to be any accountablity for this global disaster which we have to trace the mistakes back to their source. As SHV pointed out the ultimate mistake here was on Wall Street, and people like Barney hounded regulators who tried to put the brakes on the lack of underwriting that was going on, for political reasons. He was ignorant of what was going on, and for someone in his position that is inexuseable. That makes him culpable.

  111. From a poster on Riverdaughter.wordpress.com If this gets coverage, the people are going to FLIP OUT. Email it to every talking head and contact you have!

    sm77, on March 19th, 2009 at 9:27 am Said:

    HA! More populist rage, in 5,4,3,2…:

    13 firms receiving federal bailout owe back taxes

    WASHINGTON – Thirteen firms receiving billions of dollars in federal bailout money owe a total of more than $220 million in unpaid federal taxes, a key lawmaker said Thursday.
    Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, chairman of a House subcommittee overseeing the federal bailout, said two firms owe more than $100 million apiece.

    The House Ways and Means subcommittee on oversight discovered the delinquent taxes in a review of tax records from 23 of the firms, Lewis said in remarks prepared for a hearing.
    Banks and other firms receiving federal money were required to sign contracts stating they had no unpaid taxes, Lewis said.

    But the Treasury Department did not ask them to turn over their tax records, he said.
    The revelation is sure to spark outrage on Capitol Hill, where the House is expected to vote Thursday on a bill that would impose steep taxes on employee bonuses at firms that have received bailout money.
    To date, the Troubled Asset Relief Program has paid out more than $300 billion to private companies, with billions more on the way.

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090319/ap_on_go_co/bailout_delinquent_taxes

  112. How Timothy Geithner’s Bailout Plan Created the AIG Bonus Scandal

    Posted by Chris Bowers, Open Left at 6:42 AM on March 19, 2009.

    In order to protect its bailout plan, the Obama administration protected the bonuses.

    Back in January and February, there were some votes to try and block excessive employee compensation at financial institutions receiving bailout money. In the Senate, this took the form of the Snowe amendment, which was supported by all 58 Democrats, and also by three Republicans. In the House, it took the form of the TARP Reform Act, which was favored by 242 Democrats and 18 Republicans. Overall, across the House and the Senate, only 10 Democrats, compared to 193 Republicans, voted against legislation that might have stopped the bonuses.

    Unfortunately, despite overwhelming Democratic support for limiting executive compensation, in order to save their public-private partnership bailout plan, the Obama administration worked against these limits. As word spread Friday about the new and retroactive limit — inserted by Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut — so did consternation on Wall Street and in the Obama administration, which opposed it.

    The administration is concerned the rules will prompt a wave of banks to return the government’s money and forgo future assistance, undermining the aid program’s effectiveness. Both Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Lawrence Summers, who heads the National Economic Council, had called Sen. Dodd and asked him to reconsider, these people said.

    This story is widespread now: Dodd weakened the language at the urging of Treasury officials. It has leaped from the blogosphere to places like CNN. Tim Geithner’s public private partnership plan caused the AIG bonus scandal. This is because Geithner’s plan needs voluntary private participation and, as many of those private investors and institutions have made clear, they won’t join in if their compensation packages are threatened:

    Officials at the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department are increasingly worried that the controversy could discourage investors from joining a new government effort to revive consumer lending as well as a separate plan that relies on private money to buy toxic assets from banks, sources familiar with the matter said.(…)
    A senior executive at one of the nation’s largest banks said he had heard from several hedge funds that they would not partner with the government for fear that lawmakers would impose retroactive conditions on their participation, such as limits on compensation or disclosure requirements.

    As such, on behalf of the Obama administration, Tim Geithner and Larry Summers joined with congressional Republicans to block legislation that would have retroactively blocked the bonuses. This was done in the hope of securing more private participation in the administration’s public-private partnership bailout plan.

    This scandal is the direct outcome of Geithner’s bailout plan. Because the Obama administration is pursuing a public-private partnership bailout strategy, and because Wall Street wouldn’t participate in this plan if their bonuses were threatened, the Obama administration blocked legislation that would have blocked Wall Street bonuses. They really should have pursued temporary nationalization instead.

    alternet.org/blogs/workplace/132421/how_timothy_geithner’s_bailout_plan_created_the_aig_bonus_scandal/

  113. Obama in Trouble

    At his bizarre town hall last night, President Barack Obama joked that “Washington is in a tizzy” over AIG and the $165 million in bonuses to be paid to its executives. The New York Times yesterday quoted White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel complaining that the whole affair was a “distraction.” At Tuesday’s press briefing, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs could not even provide a rough timeline of the administration’s handling of the AIG affair.

    Yes, it’s true that the bonuses represent less than one percent of the total bailout money that has gone to AIG. And yes, there are legitimate points to be made about retention bonuses in general and (though less persuasive) retention bonuses for these AIG employees. But it has been clear for a while that something — an event, a comment, a cable news tirade, a speech — was going to focus the growing public anger over bailouts and government giveaways.

    This is it.

    And if the White House doesn’t understand that, Congressional Democrats certainly do. “I think in general the administration is underestimating the rage and frustration that people are feeling about the shenanigans on Wall Street,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told Politico. “I think they need to be more aggressive in standing up to Wall Street and representing the taxpayers.” Other Democrats are taking shots, too.
    Paul Kanjorski, a Pennsylvania Democrat who chairs the relevant subcommittee on the House Financial Services Committee, suggested the administration isn’t being honest about its knowledge of the bonuses. He said yesterday: “I’m sick and tired of hearing the administration and the secretary of the Treasury say, ‘I just found out about it.’ That’s not true, and if he did just find out about it on Thursday or Wednesday then he better get to his mail department and to his telephone people because we communicated with the Treasury at least six or seven times.”

    Chris Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, is scrambling mightily to avoid having the entire bonus mess laid at his feet. He blamed Treasury department staffers for inserting language into the stimulus bill that protected the bonuses. Dodd warned about the consequences of further mistakes, telling CNN: “The public confidence in our ability is being adversely affected — not just mildly, but seriously.” Charles Rangel, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, complained that the White House isn’t offering thoughts on how to recover the bonuses.

    Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, faulted the White House for sending “mixed messages.” Mixed messages, indeed. As his economic team is full meltdown, President Obama is holding campaign-style town halls in California, filling out NCAA brackets on ESPN and doing “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.

    I had lunch yesterday with Senator Johnny Isakson, from Georgia, who said that his office is seeing an unprecedented level of voter outrage. The only thing close was the outcry over immigration reform, but that came largely from one side of the political spectrum. This is everybody. Voters are looking for someone to blame. At the town hall last night, Obama seemed to accept responsibility. “I’ll take responsibility,” he said. “I’m the president.” It was enough for some in the media to give him credit for stepping up. But it was phony. The very next sentence out of his mouth: “We didn’t draft these contracts.” And later he added: “My job is to make sure we fix these messes, even if I don’t make them.”

    But the bonuses are almost entirely a mess of his own making. Dodd says that someone from Treasury inserted the language that would protect the bonuses. And, of course, had Obama not fast-tracked the stimulus bill — insisting on a vote before it was even possible to read it — perhaps more members of Congress would have raised questions about that odd provision. With just three exceptions, Republicans voted as a bloc against the stimulus and complained loudly — remember John Boehner slamming the bill on the floor? — that they hadn’t had time to read it. And yesterday, AIG CEO Edward Liddy said in congressional testimony that Timothy Geithner had known about the bonus issue for a least a week before the White House said he did. And Liddy further said that Geithner, as head of the New York Federal Reserve when that institution gave AIG its first bailout last fall, participated in AIG board meetings.

    President Obama, we are told, still has confidence in Timothy Geithner. He might be the only one. The furor over the White House’s handling of AIG is likely to increase as we learn more. What about the bailout money to AIG that has been regifted to counterparties overseas? Is it possible that U.S. taxpayers will be, in effect, paying the bonuses of European bank executives? How would that go over with Johnny Isakson’s constituents? Or Chris Dodd’s?

    AIG means big trouble for Obama’s big agenda. Does he understand that?

    weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/03/obama_in_trouble.asp

  114. HillaryforTexas Says:

    March 19th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    “Banks and other firms receiving federal money were required to sign contracts stating they had no unpaid taxes, Lewis said.

    But the Treasury Department did not ask them to turn over their tax records, he said.”

    ————————————————————

    Outrageous! Incompetent! A sign of more “dirty scandals” to come.

  115. Was it B. Frank who some weeks ago wanted to start an investigation of how the banks were using the bailout money — but Obama blocked that saying it would cause paperwork!?!

    Imo what fits the facts, is that Obama delayed and caused confusion so his fat cat friends would have plenty of time to skim lots of money. Now they’re getting caught, so he’s trying to scapegoat Geithner (and Summers) who are allies of Hillary. Usual win/win for Obama: his friends get the money, and Hillary’s friends get the blame.

  116. AIG means big trouble for Obama’s big agenda. Does he understand that?
    ———————–
    I wish neocon Bill Kristol (The Billy Crystal of right wing politics) would stop bothering the Messiah, he is too busy campaigning to be bothered with the petty details of governing. And by the way during the campaign, Kristol was an enemy of Hillary and a supporter of Obama. He has zero credibility in my book.

    I had a great deal of respect for his father Irving who was one of the founders of the American Enterprise Institute. But the pup–I could never stand him, up to and including now.

    However, I am willing to give the little bastard his due, in this limited case he does have a point, but only if he and his colleagues are willing to push it forcefully and repeatedly.

    In case you havent noticed, the conservative republican have a bad habit of abandoning some of their strongest positions because they get bored with them and move on. Right now they are being outmaneuvered.

    When you are dealing with a judge or jury it is usually a good idea to present the key point at least three times before it really sinks in-subtly or blatantly as befits the circumtances.

    With the disinterested public I think the magic number is about ten.

  117. Mrs. Smith Says:

    March 19th, 2009 at 1:10 am
    Did anyone see Obama’s Town Hall Meeting? He was surrounded by a handpicked gallery of supporters thanking him and telling him how wonderful he is. There weren’t any teleprompters. It was pretty obvious he was out of his element as to what bizarre story he could come up with to keep the crowd entertained. He chose a metaphor of keeping his thumb pressed on the pin of a hand grenade as it relates to the financial crisis.
    ********************************

    They never show the teleprompters, I would be shocked if they were not there

  118. holdthemaccountable Says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 7:59 am

    In the ongoing matter of DC connections, I’ve read elsewhere that SOT Geithner’s father and Obama’s mother had a professional connection in Indonesia. Has anyone here come across a similar concept?

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

    I’ve seen that in reliable sources, so there’s probably something to it, though I doubt the connection is as close as some people suggest. They both had some dealings with IMF iirc. Has anyone said that they actually met?

  119. wwoebi,

    I too have little respect for Kristol. In this case I made an exception…lol…because it was eloquent and nasty.

  120. From Bitterpolitiz
    *******************
    Talking about releasing Gitmo prisoner’s, possibly in your home town
    ************************************************

    From what this article at Reuters is saying, I’m reading that they could be released into the population.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSN18379487

    Holder told reporters at the Justice Department that the administration’s review, made on a case-by-case basis, would determine whether the prisoners need to be put on trial or whether they can be released.

    “For those who are in that second category, who can be released, there are a variety of options that we have. Among them is the possibility that we could release them into this country,” he said.

  121. So, he has said he is sorry again. Unfortunately, it is not like their was no warning. But then the Teflon O has a habit of saying he is sorry and being forgiven. Next comes something that HRC has done to indicate, see she does it. But then, she is not President who could lead from day one. But that will not make a difference. It is like he is still running against her.

    I really cannot understand this crap.

  122. Imo what fits the facts, is that Obama delayed and caused confusion so his fat cat friends would have plenty of time to skim lots of money. Now they’re getting caught, so he’s trying to scapegoat Geithner (and Summers) who are allies of Hillary. Usual win/win for Obama: his friends get the money, and Hillary’s friends get the blame.
    ————————-
    Turndown, in some respects we may be beyond that dynamic. Here is why I say that.

    There have been a couple of articles in the last several days indicating how Hillary is carrying his water now, and how pleased they are with how much of a team player she is. Specifically, I am referring to the catty Times On Line article about Hillary and MO, and the more recent article in USA Today.

    I must tell you that is not at all what I have observed. I asked a a friend of mine who is a student of political coverage shares my sense of sceptism. These may well be planted stories to futher the meme that Hillary has finally surrendered to Obama.

    But what is really happening here is much more sophisticated for their childish minds to understand. It is about governing, not campaigning. These media screeds are as confused on that point as Mr Obama is.

    In the govening process of the Administration there needs to be a unified command, just like in any army. But when you have a weak leader, and a machiavellian chief of staff and a first lady of hate who is a clueless control freak such unity is a challenge.

    As Secretary of State she is no longer candidate Hillary. To be effective in this role she has to walk a line between being a supporter of the administation on the one hand, without becoming a pawn in their larger scheme.

    She is brilliant, yes, but that is not always a bright line in the moment, and becomes obvious only at a later time. For all the reasons discussed, I am pretty sure this Administation will be a failure, and that the problems we see now will get worse not better and in the public mind he will own them.

  123. Natasha Richardso had a rare zest for, and love of, life.

    She gave a fairly long interview on NPR several years ago, after it was clear her husband was going to recover quite well from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident. His pelvis was smashed, every bone either crushed or broken.

    Natasha was one of his full-time caregivers. She spoke of her admiration for him, and how she had learned about the value of life and the place of joyful love in that life.

    She said the accident and the family partnership that grew out of the painful recovery period was a gift and she woke every day since with a love of life, with gratefulness for that life, and with zest for that life. She added that Liam and her sons also embrace those same attitudes, now.

    I am sad she has died, but celebrate how she lived these last nine years.

  124. I too have little respect for Kristol. In this case I made an exception…lol…because it was eloquent and nasty
    ————————
    Jan–it was a good posting. I was just sounding off.

  125. As far as Hillary is concerned, she is the only one achieving consistent and positive results in obama’s otherwise lacklustre cabinet. He needs her and will use her as long as she continues to shed those positives.

    How the tables have turned. Hillary was so very smart to become SOS. For those who argued that she had no legislative experience to become Potus, unlike obama who had less than no experience…they can never say that about her again.

    And Hillary’s legacy will be outstanding because of it!

  126. I must tell you that is not at all what I have observed. I asked a a friend of mine who is a student of political coverage shares my sense of sceptism. These may well be planted stories to futher the meme that Hillary has finally surrendered to Obama.
    ************************************************
    wbboei

    Exactly what I have been thinking!

  127. So, he has said he is sorry again. Unfortunately, it is not like their was no warning. But then the Teflon O has a habit of saying he is sorry and being forgiven. Next
    ———————
    I think this was an early defeat for him and it will be revisited at a later time as more defeats roll in. His approval rating now is about where Bush was-or lower. There will come a point where his lies catch up to him. Put differently, he committed an infraction, got a verbal warning, and when he commits further infractions the level of punishment will escalate. We may be willing to ring down the curtain on this ridiculous man after 60 days, but this is only Act I. When it comes to blunders, my sense is you aint seen nothing yet.

  128. I would suggest that Admin replace the morphed photos of bush/huckster with a BIG GINORMOUS HUGE, tick tick ticking, countdown clock for Geithner, Dodd, and the Huckster!!! Now that would be a Kodak moment and let bells and whistles go off the second it happens……..
    Layers like an onion, there are so many things being thrown at the wall, it is a test of the ocncentration powers of the best of the best. You just can not be alert to them all and that is what the Huckster is counting on!!!!!!!!!!

  129. JanH Says:

    March 19th, 2009 at 12:46 pm
    ***************************************************

    I fear she may very go down with the ship in this Titanic disaster…all will be blamed by association regardless.

  130. gonzotx,

    I hope not. I think she and Bill are very smart. She has distanced herself from the rest and that just may save her.

  131. turndown at 12:13 pm:

    The article I’ve seen contains the following paragraph; the wikipedia link does state they met at least once.

    …A simple peek at Wikipedia’s TTTG,tc entry will tell you about his childhood, education, his DaDa’s relationship with Obama’s mama, his own cozy relationship with Lawrence Summers and Robert Rubin, as well as his position on the Council on Foreign Relations and membership in the Group of 30, all good places to start on the Yellow Brick Road of TinFoilia. While we’re in town, stop by Logistics Monster’s place and have a good look around, see if we’re in the right place.

    ( no w’s) cinie.wordpress.com/2009/02/27/the-obama-geithner-connection/

  132. The thing that troubles me at the moment is not just the obama administration, but the corruption of the dnc which has spread like the AIDS virus through the party organization. Over time is becoming a party that no longer represents the middle class, and to the extent that proves true, it is no longer a party which deserves the support of the American People. I have the same problem with the other party.

  133. wbboei, that is why I will never again affiliate myself with EITHER party; now a registered Independent.

    Charles Manson will call out any minute now to President Obama and demand a BailOut!!!!

  134. holdthemaccountable Says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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

    The blog article quoted is obviously slaanted, and wikiipedia is unreliable. Any history of Geithner (and Summers) should also mention their cosy relationship with the Clintons in the 90s, and that Hillary wanted Geithner to work with her on hte world economy now.

    I have cites on Summers’ background with the Clintons at pumaforsummers.blogspot.com (h / no w’s).

    Somewhere I have links to a good profile of Obama’s mother, and a Chicago Tribune profile series that covers his early life — both written before the koolaid set in.

  135. wbboei Says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

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

    In haste. Those stories sound like the sort of thing I don’t read, and I certainly have not read them.

    I agree with everything you said about Hillary’s motives, but I don’t see where it contradicts what I said about Obama’s motives (ie that his fat cat friends get the money and Hillary’s friends get the blame).

  136. Okay, this is TOO FREAKIN HILARIOUS! Obama’s teleprompter (the TOTUS) has started his own blog.

    baracksteleprompter.blogspot.com/

    It’s Time
    Well, last night didn’t go well. What can I say? I was tired. By the time Barack and the Irish PM stood up, the President and I had already done two major policy speeches, three nomination announcements, and light dinner banter for a table of twelve. And by the way, that “ad lib” last night about Guinness? Mine.

    So why am I going public now, when for the past two years I’ve let others do the talking? Well, this is a thankless job, and I sure don’t want to take the fall for communications missteps. But more important, I expect you’ll be seeing a lot more of me over the next few months and years. Barack and I don’t go anywhere without each other; we even complete each other’s sentences … well, more mine than his, but let’s not split hairs.

    I sense new text being loaded now, so I’ll have to be going.

  137. Heckuva job, Timmy” – Barack Obama on Timothy Geithner

    Toby Harnden
    Mar 19, 2009

    It’s never good when a top politician is forced to say that he has “complete confidence” in a key lieutenant – indeed, it often comes just before the lieutenant resigns or is summarily booted out. That’s not likely to happen with Timothy Geithner any time soon because that would entail President Barack Obama admitting that rather than picking the only man in the world who could be an effective Treasury Secretary, he’d actually chosen a compltee dud. And that would reflect as badly on Obama himself as on Geithner. But Obama’s latest words about Geithner sound ominous and could eventually become a political epitaph on a par with President George W. Bush’s “Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job” endorsement of the hapless FEMA chief Michael Brown in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. “Well, I have complete confidence in Tim Geithner and my entire economic team,” Obama said as he departed the White House for California yesterday. “Understand, as I said before, Tim Geithner didn’t draft these contracts with AIG. “There has never been a secretary of the Treasury, except maybe Alexander Hamilton, right after the Revolutionary War, who’s had to deal with the multiplicity of issues that Secretary Geithner’s having to deal with, all at the same time.

    “And, you know, he is doing so with intelligence and diligence. Nobody’s working harder than this guy. You know, he is making all the right moves in terms of playing a bad hand. And what we need to be doing is making sure that we are providing him the support that he needs in order to work through all these problems so that we’re able to deal with them more effectively in the future.” Granted, that’s a lot more fluent than Bush on Brownie but does it amount to much more in terms of substance?

    The thing about “nobody’s working harder than this guy” is a bit wet. Actually, I’m sure there are some single mothers in the mid-West working two jobs to make ends meet who are working harder. They probably pay all their taxes on time too. It’s not the first time that the Obama administration has pleaded that they’re working “long hours”. They even signaled it before they came into office – partly, of course, to draw a distinction with the early-to-bed and supposedly lazy Bush. But Americans will never feel sorry for politicians or White House officials because of the hours they keep – let’s face it, there are a few other perks to make up for it.

    As Obama was expressing his confidence in Geithner, he was also pulling the rug from under his feet by ordering him to explore all legal avenues to stop the AIG bonuses being paid. That was because Obama had realised it was politically untenable for him to stick to the weekend line that Geithner had decided the bonuses could not be stopped. Geithner’s problems are stacking up. His tax issues meant that he only just squeaked through the Senate confirmation process 60-34. Then, after Obama said that “I’m going to make sure that Tim gets his moment in the sun tomorrow”, Geithner stepped up the next day to deliver a thoroughly unconvincing and thin-on-details speech about the new bank rescue plan.

    Now, people are rightly asking when and what Geithner knew about the AIG bonuses. After all, as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, he was in on the original AIG rescue at the tail end of the Bush administration. On AIG, he’s in that impossible situation of seeming like a fool if he didn’t know what was going on with the AIG bonuses and an incompetent (not to mention, er, a liar) if he did know and did nothing about it. Of course, it’s only fair to acknowledge that US Treasury Secretary must be one of the least enviable jobs in the world at the moment – perhaps it’s impossible for anyone to make a success of it.

    As Newsweek’s Holly Bailey points out, there’s a degree of goodwill towards Obama – and, to a lesser extent, towards Geithner by extension – but the “grace period won’t last forever”.

    blogs.telegraph.co.uk/toby_harnden/blog/2009/03/19/heckuva_job_timmy__barack_obama_on_timothy_geithner

    ———————————————

    “The thing about “nobody’s working harder than this guy” is a bit wet. Actually, I’m sure there are some single mothers in the mid-West working two jobs to make ends meet who are working harder. They probably pay all their taxes on time too.”

    Exactly! Stop whining already!

  138. Some Guantanamo prisoners could be released in US
    Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:58pm EDT Email | Print | Share| Reprints | Single Page[-] Text [+]
    By James Vicini

    WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) – Some of the Guantanamo Bay prisoners could be released into the United States while others could be put on trial in the American court system, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday.

    Holder, who was chosen by President Barack Obama to lead the administration’s efforts to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba within a year, said the review of what to do with each of the prisoners had begun.

    About 240 terrorism suspects, including suspected planners of the Sept. 11 attacks, are being held in the prison. Many have been detained for seven years without charges and some were subjected to interrogation techniques denounced by critics as torture.

    The administration faces intense political resistance to the idea of bringing the prisoners to the United States as part of closing the detention camp. The administration seeks to transfer some detainees to Europe or other countries while freeing others.

    Holder told reporters at the Justice Department that the administration’s review, made on a case-by-case basis, would determine whether the prisoners need to be put on trial or whether they can be released.

    “For those who are in that second category, who can be released, there are a variety of options that we have. Among them is the possibility that we could release them into this country,” he said.

    Holder said it was possible the 17 Chinese Muslims who have been held for years at Guantanamo, and two or three others prisoners, could be freed in the United States.

    The 17 members of the Uighur ethic group have been cleared for release but have nonetheless remained at Guantanamo while the United States tries to find a country willing to take them. The U.S. government has said it cannot return them to China because they would face persecution there.

    “We’ve been trying to come up with places for them,” Holder said of the Uighurs. Their lawyers have asked Obama to bring them to the United States.

    Holder met earlier this week with European Union leaders, and urged them to take some of the Guantanamo prisoners. They questioned why they should take some of the detainees if the United States does not make similar efforts to take some.

    The European leaders asked for the information the United States has on the prisoners, including details about their backgrounds.

    Holder called that a reasonable request and said making the information available to the European countries could help ease their concerns.

    He said the administration was looking at the possibility of putting some of the Guantanamo prisoners on trial in U.S. courts. “My guess is that some of those people would be tried in” the U.S. court system, he said. (Editing by Deborah Charles and Cynthia Osterman)

  139. holdthemaccountable Says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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

    As for Wikipedia’s reliability, there have been several reports lately of them scrubbing Obama’s entry, removing all references to Wright,Ayers, birth certificate, etc. Wikipedia is a volunteer project controlled by various cliques — prime bot territory.

  140. I agree with everything you said about Hillary’s motives, but I don’t see where it contradicts what I said about Obama’s motives (ie that his fat cat friends get the money and Hillary’s friends get the blame).
    ————————
    Turndown: you are right. It does not contradict what you said.

  141. I had coffee this morning with the Arbitrator. He reported something which I believe is a Guiness Book first.

    When the telebambi got the Irish Officials speech and his own mixed up–an easy thing to do when you don t know what is in them because someone else writes them for you, Morris gave the following counter-example:

    When Bill Clinton was president, and gave his State of the Union address, someone failed to put the right script in front of him, he delivered the speech brilliantly and without a hitch.

    The reason for Bills success and Bambis failure is crystal clear: Bill wrote his own speeches, which means they were his thoughts, his words, and he did not need a script.

    With Bambi however it is different. He does not write his own speeches, so what he says is not his thoughts or his words. Rather, his speeches are based on the wit and wisdom of the Little Groper whose sobriety, self restraint and wisdom are a matter of record.

    Which leaves us with only one question. Why would anybody with any maturity listen to this deluded meglomaniac lip sink the words of a 27 year old whose his wisdom and experience is sorely lacking. Oh, I keep forgetting, Big Media and our benighted elites believe that experience is immaterial.

  142. Wikipedia on wikipedia
    h t t p://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia

    ” Wikipedia’s 12 million articles (2.77 million in English) have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world, and almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone who can access the Wikipedia website”

    Great concept but wow what a huge potential for abuse.

  143. If Bill Clinton was our first African American president, because home is where the heart is, then Telebambi is without question our first Big Media Talking Head President. The thoughts are not his, the words are not his, but he is perfectly content to be a talking head. They dine together, they pal around together and they watch sports events together, Bambi and Big Media. Co-conspirators in this fraud on the American People. They will not attack him because they are whores and he is one of them.

  144. The other thing the Arbitrator told me is that the teleprompter (tellie for short) feeds Telebambi answers to questions so Telebambi can read the answers to the news people. They of course do the same thing and have no problem with it. Watch Anderson Cooper Vanderbilt some time and you will see what I mean. Between their fraud on the airways, and ACORN fraud on the ground what chance is there for a real democracy. Slim to none. But the trump card is the economy. No one can put lipstick on that pig. Even when the voting procedures are corrupted, public outrage will register the result.

  145. Rush is playing exerts from Jim Cramer’s show last night and he has done a complete 360 and now loves Obama. Feels he has listened and his polices have changed.
    I guess Cramer’s other rant, that Obama was responsible for the destruction of the American economy just a few days ago was just a psychedelic dream…

    My question is who got to Cramer. What a fool, what a sham…

  146. Kramer is a lunatic. The head of his network told him that he was frightening financial markets by speaking the truth about Obama. Do I have any proof of that? Only the rule of probability.

  147. “the teleprompter (tellie for short) feeds Telebambi answers to questions so Telebambi can read the answers to the news people.”

    WOW! The potus is a robot. “Danger Will Robinson! “Danger Will Robinson!”

  148. wbboei
    hadn’t read the article in I guess 11 years but your reference to WJC above caused me to dig it up. So if you are interested here is Toni Morrison’s piece referring to him as first black president.

    h t t p://ontology.buffalo.edu/smith/clinton/morrison.html

    Have to confess that the woman who taught me so much when I read the Bluest Eye so long ago went onto express a certain level of inexcusable racism herself

  149. Such is the state of our congressional leadership today, that our estimable Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was standing in front of a urinal in the mens room this week and forgot to unzip his zipper, which cause him to wet his pants. They say he was sober at the time but preoccupied with more important thoughts like the state of our economy. Of course we have only their word for that part. What we do know for sure is this: Harry has managed to trump the late president Gerry Ford, whom they said could not walk and chew gum at the same time.

  150. WOW! The potus is a robot. “Danger Will Robinson! “Danger Will Robinson!”
    ————————
    Yes Jan that is what he is. And worse, that is all that he is.

  151. “Obama’s teleprompter launches a website and Twitter accounts”

    features.csmonitor.com/politics/2009/03/19/obamas-teleprompter-launches-a-website-and-twitter-accounts

    —————————–

    Too funny!

  152. wbboei, that is why I will never again affiliate myself with EITHER party; now a registered Independent.
    ————————–
    Shortermer, it is not impossible to find kindred spirits at the local level of political parties. I know that because it has happened to me at various times when I have been in one political party or the other. And you believe you have found truth, until you understand the larger picture and then it all goes blatto.

    George Bernard Shaw said something which has stuck with me in that regard: Every profession is a conspiracy against the laiety.

  153. Gonzo, concerning my comments about Harry Reids embarrassing . . . mishap, please be advised that I did not witness this unseemly event myself.

    However, that said I have it on the best of authority that this actually happened–namely the Arbitrator.

    Therefore, I am predisposed to accept its truth and veracity because as you know arbitrators do not lie and their pronouncements are final and binding as a matter of law.

  154. I thought Sugar put it very well…with disgust because of WH website and basketball brackets, Jay Leno, frolicking all over the place and his cavilier, grinning, snooty, arrogant smirk…in a few words she says:

    Obama is a fool and he is using this presidency like a plaything

    …sure feels that way…Teleobama, Mr. Stand-In Prez…

  155. Well as much as I despise Reid, I do feel embarrassed and bad for him. That must have been a nightmare.

  156. Henry,

    How sweet of you – and the lyric about Elsie–“but when I saw her laid out like a queen. . . she was the happiest corpse I’d ever seen.”

    Not appropriate on my part. . .but apropos – and quoted with admiration for her approach to life.

    Thank you.

  157. JanH Says:

    March 19th, 2009 at 3:54 pm
    Well as much as I despise Reid, I do feel embarrassed and bad for him. That must have been a nightmare.
    *******************************************

    Can you imagine what they would have done to Hill is she walked out with a wet bottom! Not a peep. I really don’t know how you forget to unzip unless you are indeed drunk or, I wonder, if the man is beginning to have Alzheimer’s sx’s.

  158. The defense de jour of the Obama Administration is that the fed failed to tell them about these bonuses. Do they really want to hang their hats on that defense? I mean do they have no duty of due diligence when they go handing out hundreds of billions to that firm. If this is their defense, then praytell how does this absolve them of all the other missteps, from my comment here last night:

    Is this what happened?

    1. the original Dodd bill contained a cap on executive bonuses

    2. Wall Street objected to that cap and contacted the Obama Administation

    3. the Obama Administration told Dodd to remove the cap because of Wall Street objections

    4. Dodd removed the cap– at the behest of the Administration and delivered the bill to President

    5. Mr. Obama signed the bill–without reading it

    6. The executives received the bonuses, did high fives and said Obama is the chump we have been waiting for

    7. Then the public expressed outrage that at this looting of the treasury and Obama panicked

    8. Mr. Obama jumped to the opposite side of the line and criticized the bonuses in the bill he signed in withering tones–because he is a populist!

    9. When public ire focused on Dodd he said he removed the caps at the behest of the White House

    10. So they concoct the sanctity of contracts defense and close ranks as the reason they looted the treasury

    Obviously this is coming from the pathological lying cable news network aka msnbc. Therefore the excuse that the fed forgot to tell them carries no weight. If you examine the entire sequence of events, it is periperal not central to the serial administation failures.

  159. March 19th, 2009 at 3:54 pm
    Well as much as I despise Reid, I do feel embarrassed and bad for him. That must have been a nightmare.
    ——————–
    Dont feel too bad for him. It is only one example of his inconstinance as a leader.

  160. Can you imagine what they would have done to Hill is she walked out with a wet bottom! Not a peep. I really don’t know how you forget to unzip unless you are indeed drunk or, I wonder, if the man is beginning to have Alzheimer’s sx’s.
    ——————————
    I read it differently. You can find out alot about a man from what goes on in the mens room. Ask Larry Craig. What this proves to me is that he is preoccupied with the problems of the country. It also shows how effective he will be in dealing with them.

  161. wbboei Says:

    March 19th, 2009 at 3:14 pm
    Such is the state of our congressional leadership today, that our estimable Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was standing in front of a urinal in the mens room this week and forgot to unzip his zipper,
    &&&&&&&&

    Well, it’s better than other congressmen who seem to have their zipper open too often.

  162. Two years ago I remeber reading about a pilot which had, I believe, been sold. It was a reality program based on American Idol in which the public chose the POS from a show akin to American Idol. It had a green light and then was shelved without any hoopla before the primaries. Never heard about it again(unless of course we consider the last election) but I cannot seem to find anything on it. I am interested in seeing who devoloped the show and who pumped money into its developement and then dropped it. Cannot for the life of me remember were I read it and as I don’t have a membership to any trade papers cannot search archives. But I would love to know how such a show got squashed.

  163. I wanted to catch up with BMerryfield’s new blog spot, at:

    therealbarackobama.wordpress.com/

    and there I came across this extremely cool/funny web site, a blog spot hosted by Obama’s Teleprompter, complete with the inside skinny of what it’s like to work with a POTUS who can’t live without his teleprompter addiction:

    baracksteleprompter.blogspot.com/

    I believe this is the first entry:

    It’s Time
    ————–
    Well, last night didn’t go well. What can I say? I was tired. By the time Barack and the Irish PM stood up, the President and I had already done two major policy speeches, three nomination announcements, and light dinner banter for a table of twelve. And by the way, that “ad lib” last night about Guinness? Mine.

    So why am I going public now, when for the past two years I’ve let others do the talking? Well, this is a thankless job, and I sure don’t want to take the fall for communications missteps. But more important, I expect you’ll be seeing a lot more of me over the next few months and years. Barack and I don’t go anywhere without each other; we even complete each other’s sentences … well, more mine than his, but let’s not split hairs.

    I sense new text being loaded now, so I’ll have to be going.

    Posted by Tele Prompter
    at 12:29 PM 47

    &&&&&&&&
    Here’s a later one from i think yesterday:

    Tension in the White House

    I don’t think I’m breaking any confidences here by saying that things are a bit tense around here. Ever since the White House announced that Big Boy was going to do another prime time presser next week, people have been waiting for the backlash. Sure, we could’ve done it during the day, but then we wouldn’t get any attention. We couldn’t do it on Thursday night, because that would cut into our watching the NCAA tourney. So instead we cut into “American Idol.” If you ask me that sucks … me needs what only Ryan Seacrest can bring.

    What really blows is that there are some folks in this place who are pushing for Barack to go out there alone. Sans me. With no wing screens.

    Are they insane? With this rabid press corps constantly looking to pin Him down for every friggin detail about obscure legislation like the TARP funding? Or the economic stimulus bill? All that kind of detail can’t be fit on little note cards. Or even 5x7s. Sure, He rehearses, but nothing can compare him for those white, hot interrogation-room-style kleig lights, or those razor-sharp questions from the likes of Ed Schultz and that bag lady in the front row. Believe me, this is going to be a knock down, drag out fight worth monitoring over the weekend.

    Posted by Tele Prompter
    at 5:55 AM 59 comments

Comments are closed.