The “Who Obama Hurts Most” Press Conference

Tonight at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Obama will oppress the nation with yet another celebrity publicity stunt. This Obama celebrity publicity stunt will be a press conference wherein Obama will presumably forsake his TelePrompter (which he loves more than he cares about his lantern-jawed, scowling wife Mary Todd Michelle).

We think Big Media should focus questions on who Obama hurts most – his supporters.

No, we are not talking about losers like Daschle, Richardson, Kerry. Nor do we refer to the those writhing under the Obama bus like Chris Dodd or Jeremiah Wright.

We are talking about young people and African-American supporters who were ever so fervent in their religious worship of Obama.

Mind, some of Hillary Clinton’s strongest supporters were African-Americans who courageously withstood the race-baiting attempts to force them to support the Mess-iah. It was difficult for these brave African-Americans to stand firm by the obvious – that Hillary Clinton has a lifetime of experience and fight for their issues which superceded the pull of a vote for skin color over content of character.

Many young people too cared about the content of character over color and supported Hillary Clinton. But many young people voted for the celebrity, do-nothing, flim-flam, unqualified, race-baiting, and gay-bashing, and woman hating, Barack Obama.

Now, the chickens have come home to roost for African-Americans and young people:

“The way people tried to explain it to me was, I was the last one hired so I was the first one out,” said Gallego, 25, who had worked there for 17 months.

Last hired, first fired: This generations-old cliche rings bitterly true for millions of Latinos and blacks who are losing jobs at a faster rate than the general population during this punishing recession.

Much of the disparity is due to a concentration of Latinos and blacks in construction, blue-collar or service-industry jobs that have been decimated by the economic meltdown. And black unemployment has been about double the rate for whites since the government began tracking those categories in the early 1970s.

But this recession is cutting a swath through the professional classes as well, which can be devastating to people who recently arrived there.

Since the recession began in December 2007, Latino unemployment has risen 4.7 percentage points, to 10.9 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Black unemployment has risen 4.5 points, to 13.4 percent. White unemployment has risen 2.9 points, to 7.3 percent.

Already the “racism” shouters are shouting “racism” in veiled “code language”, in a veiled “dog-whistle” manner (see, this “coded language” and “dog-whistle” verbiage can be turned around). But shouting “racism” only works for well connected flim-flam men like Barack Obama:

“Not saying that it’s racism,” Medley said, “but if a manager or a senior executive is looking at a slate of individuals and has to let one of them go, chances are he or she will not let the person go that they spend a lot of time with at the country club or similar places.”

The less wealth you have, the harder unemployment hits. Darity cited 2002 data that showed black households with a median net worth of $6,000, Latino households with a median of $8,000, and white households with a median of $90,000. [snip]

“When companies cut back their ad dollars, minority budgets are where they start,” said Salter, 62, who is black. “Unfortunately in this business, most clients just view (minority advertising) as an overlay or meeting an obligation that social organizations might place on them.”

Professional blacks “don’t usually start out with an inheritance,” he said. “On top of that, quite often things happen in our families to cause us stress. An unexpected child or grandchild, drug problems. When you try to set aside money to put your kids through college, all of a sudden you have to say, ‘I can’t let this family member fall and become homeless.’

It can’t be racism because we now have a post-racial, celestial choir society, where a black man lives in the White House. Right? We are aware that Barack Obama did not give a damn for the freezing black people living in tenements Obama helped obtain for Antoin “Tony” Rezko even as Rezko kept the money flowing to Obama.

“It will obviously have an effect on the crime rate,” said Maya Wiley, director of the Center for Social Inclusion, which recently issued a report stating that nonwhites are bearing the heaviest burden during the recession.

“There also are all sorts of health-related issues connected with that,” Wiley said. “We could see higher rates of everything from homicides to tuberculosis.”

As racism wanes and blacks and Latinos advance up the economic ladder, many cite this progress as proof that it would be unfair to offer race-based remedies to those left behind. Even many minorities have embraced themes of self-help and personal responsibility.

Others, like the Duke professor Darity, say that America “has never come to terms with racial economic inequality.”

The current situation,” Darity said, “is reinforcing and widening those inequalities.”

How can the “current situation” reinforce and widen “those inequalities” in this post-racial, celestial choir, Black Mess-iah in the White House epoch we live in? Unpossible.

As to all those millions of glassy eyed, Hopium snorting, Hillary hating, Big Pink attacking young people – they will pay and pay and pay the bills, the bills, the bills. Many young people supported Hillary and they will survive because they have wits and know the difference between a diamond and a piece of junk. But the Obama supporting young people? They face a grim future.

Young people who injected undiluted Chicago Hopium walked on shards of glass and into walls for the Obama Mess-iah. There are still some young people holding on to the Hopium bongs for one last hit, one last buzz. These young people still roar for Obama and do not care about silly terms like “inflation” or “deficits” or “debt”. But they are the ones who will pay the Obama bills. The Obama bills are now trillions of dollars with trillions more slated for Obama’s credit card presidency. Young people will pay.

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Some of the Hopium addled addicts are now in treatment facilities, like Big Pink, to overcome their addiction. These Hopium addled addicts admit that they alone cannot control their addiction, they need a greater power for strength, they need to examine their mistaken worship of Obama with the help of Big Pink, they will make amends for the damage they have done to the country and the attacks on Hillary supporters, they will learn to live a new life with a new code of behavior, and they will help others that suffer from the same Obama addled addiction and stupidity.

There are still a few Hopium addicts walking into walls, but like drunks walking about on a Sunday morning after a Saturday night drunk, decent citizens prefer to ignore them:

President Barack Obama’s army of canvassers fanned out across the nation over the weekend to drum up support for his $3.55 trillion budget, but they had no noticeable impact on members of Congress, who on Monday said they were largely unaware of the effort. [snip]

David Plouffe, who ran Obama’s campaign, now runs “Organizing for America” out of the Democratic National Committee. It uses the same Web-based tactics that won the presidency to mobilize public opinion behind Obama’s initiatives in a bid to redefine “business as usual” in Washington.

“The budget that passes Congress has the potential to take our country in a truly new direction — the kind of change we all worked so hard for,” Plouffe said in an e-mail alert to Obama followers last week. He asked them to rally people in their hometowns behind Obama’s budget.

Over the weekend, Obama supporters knocked on an estimated 1 million doors in all 50 states. Canvassers asked people to sign a two-point pledge saying that they support Obama’s “bold approach for renewing America’s economy,” and that they’ll ask family, friends and neighbors to back it.

“How many of these folks have read the budget?” wondered Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., a House Financial Services Committee member.[snip]

Blue Dogs were careful not to criticize Obama, but said they’ve felt little pressure from the canvassing.

Rep. Melissa Bean, D-Ill., once a coalition member but now vice-chair of the New Democrat Coalition, said she wasn’t aware of the effort and has heard no response to it from her district.

Many Hopium addicts began to de-tox back in February after only a few days of watching the Obama “stimulus” scam.

Few supporters are answering President Barack Obama’s call for nationwide house-party gatherings this weekend to build grass-roots support for his economic stimulus plan.

A McClatchy survey of sign-up rosters for a score of cities across the country revealed only 34 committed attendees in Tacoma, Wash., as of midafternoon Friday; in Fort Worth, Texas, only 54, and in Sacramento, Calif., just 78.

“Before the election, we would have had 500 to 800,” said Kim Mack, 46, a Sacramento city-facility manager who’s hosted house parties for political figures and causes since the mid-’90s.

Even in Washington, policy-wonk capital of the nation, only about 500 people had signed up.

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African-Americans hurt their own self-interests and forgot about friends Hillary and Bill Clinton during the 2008 primaries.

Barack Obama expects African-Americans and young people to help him maintain his celebrity status. But Obama will do nothing but hurt African-Americans and young people and then give them trillions of dollars in unpaid bills for them to pay.

African-Americans and young people were helped by Hillary and Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2000 when Bill Clinton was in office. Bill Clinton inherited a recession and a finance crisis and an economy in great trouble. But Bill Clinton concentrated on fixing the economy not his TelePrompter and celebrity status. The Clinton administration did not leave behind unpaid bills for young people to pay and freezing African-Americans losing opportunity. Hillary and Bill Clinton actually Put People First:

Longest Economic Expansion in U.S. History. In February 2000, the United States entered the 107th consecutive month of economic expansion — the longest economic expansion in history. [National Bureau of Economic Research and Council of Economic Advisors]

Moving From Record Deficits to Record Surplus. In 1992, the Federal budget deficit was $290 billion – the largest dollar deficit in American history. In January 1993, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the deficit would grow to $455 billion by 2000. The Office of Management and Budget is now projecting a surplus of at least $230 billion for 2000 – the third consecutive surplus and the largest surplus ever, even after adjusting for inflation. Compared with original projections, that is over $685 billion less in government drain on the economy and over $685 billion more potentially available for private investment in this one year alone. The 2000 surplus is projected to be 2.4 percent of GDP — the largest surplus as a share of GDP since 1948. This is the first time we have had three surpluses in a row in more than a half century, and it is the second consecutive surplus excluding Social Security. [Office of Management and Budget; National Economic Council, 9/27/00]

Paying Off the National Debt. In July 2000, the Treasury Department announced that the United States will pay off $221 billion of debt this year — the largest one-year debt pay down in American history. This will be the third consecutive year of debt reduction, bringing the three-year total to $360 billion. Public debt is on track to be $2.4 trillion lower in 2000 than was projected in 1993. Debt reduction brings real benefits for the American people — a family with a home mortgage of $100,000 might expect to save roughly $2,000 per year in mortgage payments. Reduced debt also means lower interest rates and reduced payments on car loans and student loans. With the President’s plan, we are now on track to eliminate the nation’s publicly held debt by at least 2012. [Treasury Department, Office of Economic Policy, From Widening Deficits to Paying Down the Debt: Benefits for the American People, 8/4/99]

More Than 22 Million New Jobs. 22.2 million new jobs have been created since 1993, the most jobs ever created under a single Administration — and more new jobs than Presidents Reagan and Bush created during their three terms. 92 percent (20 million) of the new jobs have been created in the private sector, the highest percentage in 50 years. Under President Clinton and Vice President Gore, the economy has added an average of 248,000 jobs per month, the highest under any President. This compares to 52,000 per month under President Bush and 167,000 per month under President Reagan. [Bureau of Labor Statistics]

Fastest and Longest Real Wage Growth in Over Three Decades. In the last 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased 3.8 percent — faster than the rate of inflation. The United States has had five consecutive years of real wage growth — the longest consecutive increase since the 1960s. Since 1993, real wages are up 6.5 percent, after declining 4.3 percent during the Reagan and Bush years. [National Economic Council, 6/00]

Household Income Breaks $40,000 for First Time in History. Income for median households rose $1,072, or 2.7 percent, from $39,744 in 1998 to $40,816, marking an unprecedented fifth year of significant growth in income. In 1999, the median income of African American households increased from $25,911 in 1998 to $27,910 — an increase of $1,999, or 7.7 percent, which is the largest one-year increase ever recorded. The income of the median Hispanic household, adjusted for inflation, increased from $28,956 in 1998 to $30,735 in 1999 — an increase of $1,779, or 6.1 percent, which is the largest one-year increase ever recorded. [Census Bureau, Money Income in the United States: 1999, 9/26/00]

Unemployment is the Lowest in Over Three Decades. Unemployment is down from 7.5 percent in 1992 to 3.9 percent in September, the lowest in more than three decades. The unemployment rate has fallen for seven years in a row, and has remained below 5 percent for 37 months in a row — over three full years. Unemployment for African-Americans fell to the lowest level ever recorded, and for Hispanics it remains at historic lows. [Bureau of Labor Statistics]

Highest Homeownership Rate in History. The homeownership rate reached 67.2 percent in the second quarter of 2000 — the highest ever recorded. Minority homeownership rates were also the highest ever recorded. In contrast, the homeownership rate fell from 65.6 percent in the first quarter of 1981 to 63.7 percent in the first quarter of 1993. There are almost 9 million more homeowners than in 1993. [Bureau of the Census, 7/26/00]

Lowest Poverty Rate Since 1979. In 1999, the poverty rate dropped from 12.7 percent to 11.8 percent, the lowest rate in two decades. Since President Clinton and Vice President Gore passed their Economic Plan in 1993, the poverty rate has declined from 15.1 percent in 1993 to 11.8 percent in 1999 – the largest six-year drop in poverty in nearly 30 years (1964-1970). There are now 7 million fewer people in poverty than in 1993, and over 2.2 million, or over 30 percent, of this decline occurred during the past year. [Census Bureau, Poverty in the United States: 1999, 9/26/00]

Largest One-Year Drop in Child Poverty in More than Three Decades. Under President Clinton and Vice President Gore child poverty has dropped by 25.6 percent — from 22.7 percent in 1993 to 16.9 percent in 1999. While this is still too high, it is the lowest child poverty rate since 1979 and includes the largest one-year decline since 1966, which occurred from 1998 to 1999. The African American child poverty rate has fallen 28.2 percent since 1993, and dropped from 36.7 percent in 1998 to 33.1 percent in 1999 — the largest one-year drop in history and the lowest level on record (data collected since 1959). The Hispanic child poverty rate has fallen by 26 percent since 1993, and dropped from 25.6 percent in 1998 to 22.8 percent in 1999 — the lowest level since 1979. [Census Bureau, Poverty in the United States: 1999, 9/26/00]

Families and Communities: Strengthening America’s Working Families

Tax Cuts for Working Families. 15 million additional working families received additional tax relief because of the President’s expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit. In 1999, the EITC lifted 4.1 million people out of poverty – nearly double the number lifted out of poverty by the EITC in 1993. This year, the President proposed expanding the EITC to provide tax relief to an additional 6.8 million hard-pressed working families. [Good News for Low Income Families: Expansions in the EITC and Minimum Wage, CEA, 12/98; Census Bureau]

Helping Parents Balance Work and Family. The Family and Medical Leave Act allows workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for seriously ill family members, new born or adoptive children, or their own serious health problems without fear of losing their jobs. Nearly 91 million workers (71% of the labor force) are covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act and millions of workers have benefited from FMLA since its enactment. President Clinton has proposed expanding FMLA to allow workers to take up to 24 unpaid hours off each year for school and early childhood education activities, routine family medical care, and caring for an elderly relative. [Five Years of Success: Report on FMLA, Department of Labor, 8/98 (updated number provided 7/99)]

Improved Access to Affordable, Quality Child Care and Early Childhood Programs. Under the Clinton-Gore Administration, federal funding for child care has more than doubled, helping parents pay for the care of about 1.5 million children in 1998, and the1996 welfare reform law increased child care funding by $4 billion over six years to provide child care assistance to families moving from welfare to work. Since 1993, the Clinton-Gore Administration has increased funding for the Head Start program by 90 percent, and in FY 2000, the program will serve approximately 880,000 children – over 160,000 more children than in 1993.

Increased the Minimum Wage. The minimum wage has risen from $4.25 to $5.15 per hour, increasing wages for 10 million workers. The President and Vice President have called for an additional increase to $6.15 over two years. [Good News for Low Income Families: Expansions in the EITC and Minimum Wage, CEA, 12/98]

Enacted the Workforce Investment Act. The Workforce Investment Act reformed the nation’s employment and training system so that it works better for today’s workers. The WIA empowered individuals by giving adults more control and choice over their training or retraining and providing universal access to core labor market services; streamlined job training services by consolidating a tangle of individual programs into a simple system and creating a nationwide network of One-Stop Career Centers; enhanced accountability through tough performance standards for states, localities, and training providers; and increased flexibility so that states can innovate and experiment with new ways to train America’s workers better. All 50 states are now up and running and the number of One-Stops has reached 1,200 nationwide. [PL 105-220, 8/7/98]


Expanded Investment in Urban and Rural Areas. The Clinton-Gore Administration created 31 Empowerment Zones and more than 100 Enterprise Communities, including 50 rural ECs, which have created new jobs, new opportunities and stronger communities. [National Economic Council, 11/18/99]

Encouraging Investment in Underserved Communities with the New Markets Initiative. President Clinton’s New Markets Initiative will help bring economic development and renewal to communities that have not benefited from the soaring economy by spurring more than $22 billion in new investment in urban and rural areas. On July 25, 2000, the House passed the President’s New Markets Initiative in a historic bipartisan agreement that included extension and expansion of Empowerment Zones, and an increase in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. The President has taken three New Markets Tours of underserved communities, which have helped generate more than $1 billion in private sector investment commitments. [Presidential Statement, 8/5/99]

Providing Incentives to Save. President Clinton signed legislation creating Individual Development Accounts, providing incentives for low-income families to save for a first home, higher education, or to start a new business, a key part of his 1992 community empowerment agenda. In FY 1999, $10 million was awarded to establish savings accounts for over 10,000 low-income workers in 40 communities, and an additional $10 million will be awarded in FY 2000. The President’s budget provides $25 million for IDAs in FY 2001 and proposes to allow low-income working families to use IDAs to save for a car that will allow them to get or keep a job. [FY 2001 Budget, p. 66]

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Obama is hurting America and all Americans. Why is Obama hurting his strongest supporters most of all – because they are the weakest and least informed and least likely to fight back?

That’s a good question for Big Media to ask Obama tonight.


124 thoughts on “The “Who Obama Hurts Most” Press Conference

  1. As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
    DYB: I think we can all agree that day has arrived. But Mencken failed to give credit where it is really do: big media, of which he was once upon a time a part (Baltimore Sun), part of the better part which has been severed from the corpus delecti never to be seen again.

  2. gonzotx Says:

    March 24th, 2009 at 6:52 pm
    The person who has made this point most forcefully is Eliot Spitzer, of all people. In his column for, he wrote: “Why did Goldman have to get back 100 cents on the dollar? Didn’t we already give Goldman a $25 billion cash infusion, and aren’t they sitting on more than $100 billion in cash?” Mr. Spitzer told me that while “there is a legitimate sense of outrage over the bonuses, the larger outrage should be the use of A.I.G. funding as a second bailout for the large investment houses.” Precisely.

    Ok, I am a bit dense. Could someone explain to me how the larger outrage should be the use of AIG funding as a second bailout for the large investment houses? What does that exactly mean?

  3. Bravo Admin!

    I think I am going to watch the paint dry on my walls tonight. Much more interesting than the “Who Obama Hurts Most” Press Conference and definitely safer.

  4. Geithner demands more power in attempt to avert second AIG catastrophe

    US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has called for sweeping powers to take over failing financial firms to prevent a repeat of the debacle that has been the $173bn (£117bn) government-funded rescue of beleaguered insurer American International Group.

    By James Quinn, Wall Street Correspondent
    24 Mar 2009

    Mr Geithner, receiving a grilling from a leading House of Representatives committee over his role in the AIG $165m bonus row, wants Congress to grant him the authority to take over and wind up a broad range of non-bank financial institutions that fall outside the remit of the current regulatory framework. If such powers had been available to his predecessor Hank Paulson last September, Mr Geithner argued, they could have been used to place AIG into receivership, making sure that creditors, including staff, took appropriate “haircuts”, avoiding the current situation altogether.

    Mr Geithner believes such powers should be vested in the Treasury, while Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, who was also appearing before the House Financial Services committee, suggested the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation – which has responsibility for taking over failing banks – might be more appropriate. “As we have seen with AIG, distress at large, inter-connected, non-depository financial institutions can pose systemic risks just as distress at banks can,” Mr Geithner said in support of his argument, which is likely to be the subject of legislation later in the spring.

    Congressman John Boehner, the Republican minority leader in the House, said the new authority would be “an unprecedented grab of power”, while Democrat Senator Harry Reid welcomed the proposals as “a tremendous step forward.”

    Messrs Geithner and Bernanke were questioned over their involvement in the AIG bonus row, which is beginning to dampen down after New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo disclosed $30m of the $165m has already been repaid amid signs that the Congress may back-track on a law to tax bonuses paid by government-backed firms by up to 90pc.

  5. Amazing list of Clinton administration accomplishments.

    Could it be, Could it be Actions speak louder than words, and the American people now are actually looking for Actions.

    Don’t hold your breath.

  6. Admin. in the period between the wars, there was a Spanish intellectual named Jose Ortega y Gasset. He wrote a book called The Revolt of the Masses, in which he described the rise of the “mass man” who lived only in the moment and was easily influenced by propaganda. What mass men do individually and collectively is often at cross purposes with their legitimate interests. The example he gives is that if the masses are staving they protest by burning down a bread factory. The mind of a BOT operates on the exact same principle. And we are seeing it now as they drive around with their bumper stickers. The should be mindful of the old adage: be careful what you wish for because you may have the misfortune of getting it. And they are getting it now–and dont know what hit them. If they had supported Hillary the fate would be far better than it is now.

  7. wbboei Says:

    March 24th, 2009 at 7:11 pm
    Is there ANYTHING Harry Reid has ever been right about?


    NO! Whatever Harry Reid wants, the opposite should be done. I am appalled at the corruption and ruination of our country that is occurring by these imbecils.

  8. Ok, I am a bit dense. Could someone explain to me how the larger outrage should be the use of AIG funding as a second bailout for the large investment houses? What does that exactly mean?

    Help. How are they using the AIG funding as a second bailout for the large investment houses?

  9. gonzotx: or to pull his zipper up after he is done. It is a two step process which he finds confusing when he is proccupied with other matters.

  10. gonzo, AIG is not a bank, they are an insurance company. They insured a lot of the toxic waste of the other banks. So those banks got a bailout, THEN turn around and collect from AIG (who is also using taxpayer funds) for the bad paper that AIG insured.

    It’s a double-dip in the taxpayer pocket – one a direct bailout, then another (unbeknownst to the taxpayer) being funneled to the SAME banks through AIG.

  11. Thanks for this post, admin. I have that same data saved on my computer, and gave it to many AA friends during the primary. The AA community did better, and prospered more, under Clinton than any president in history.

    Bill’s administration also did more govt contracts to, and stimulated more start-up loans to minority-owned small businesses than any president in history. It wasn’t handouts keeping people “on the plantation”, it was REAL help to give the TOOLS for AA’s to self-determine and create their own wealth and power.

    That’s why it was so hurtful that so many of these young AA’s, who were not adults during that time, didn’t realize who their true friend was.

  12. Clinton says US takes Poland seriously

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday the United States takes “seriously” its commitment to allies amid Polish concerns that the Obama administration might abandon its missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic.

    “We have a very long and deep relationship with Poland and the Polish government and the Polish people,” Clinton told reporters here when asked about concerns from her Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski. “We are going to continue to consult with them and work through the issues concerning security that are of great interest not only to the Poles but all Europeans and the United States,” the chief US diplomat said. “As members of NATO, we take seriously our alliance commitment and I am very confident that we will work through whatever issue,” Clinton said as she greeted Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd.

    Sikorski, Poland’s chief diplomat, said in Brussels on Tuesday that “we hope we don’t regret our trust in the United States.”

    Russia was enraged by the US missile plans — which the last administration under George W. Bush said was needed to counter a threat from Iran — but has welcomed a review ordered by President Barack Obama. “When we started discussing this business with the United States, the US assured us that they would persuade Russia,” Sikorski said.
    “I am afraid Russian generals and even the Russian president continue to threaten us with the deployment of medium-range missiles,” he said.

    The United States has been negotiating with Poland and the Czech Republic to install 10 missile interceptors, which would not carry explosive warheads, and a radar system on their territories to expand its shield into Europe.

    Russia sees the system, initially meant to be in operation by 2013, as a threat to its security, but Washington says it is designed to foil future missile threats from “rogue states” like Iran.

  13. House Passes Mandatory National Service Bill

    The House passed a bill yesterday which includes disturbing language indicating young people will be forced to undertake mandatory national service programs as fears about President Barack Obama’s promised “civilian national security force” intensify.

    The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, known as the GIVE Act, was passed yesterday by a 321-105 margin and now goes to the Senate.

    Under section 6104 of the bill, entitled “Duties,” in subsection B6, the legislation states that a commission will be set up to investigate, “Whether a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people could be developed,

    and how such a requirement could be implemented in a manner that would strengthen the social fabric of the Nation and overcome civic challenges by bringing together people from diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.”

    Section 120 of the bill also discusses the “Youth Engagement Zone Program” and states that “service learning” will be “a mandatory part of the curriculum in all of the secondary schools served by the local educational agency”.

    “The legislation, slated to cost $6 billion over five years, would create 175,000 “new service opportunities” under AmeriCorps, bringing the number of participants in the national volunteer program to 250,000. It would also create additional “corps” to expand the reach of volunteerism into new sectors, including a Clean Energy Corps, Education Corps, Healthy Futures Corps and Veterans Service Corps, and it expands the National Civilian Community Corps to focus on additional areas like disaster relief and energy conservation,” reports Fox News.

    “The bill’s opponents — and there are only a few in Congress — say it could cram ideology down the throats of young “volunteers,” many of whom could be forced into service since the bill creates a “Congressional Commission on Civic Service,” reports Fox.

    “We contribute our time and money under no government coercion on a scale the rest of the world doesn’t emulate and probably can’t imagine,” said Luke Sheahan, contributing editor for the Family Security Foundation. “The idea that government should order its people to perform acts of charity is contrary to the idea of charity and it removes the responsibility for charity from the people to the government, destroying private initiative.”

    “There is even a provision in the bill for uniforms.”Of course.

    Let the indoctrination begin.

  14. Locke Confirmed as Obama’s Commerce Secretary by U.S. Senate

    By Mark Drajem

    March 24 (Bloomberg) — Gary Locke was confirmed by the Senate as President Barack Obama’s commerce secretary, handing him a job that will center largely around creating jobs and boosting exports to help end the U.S. economic recession. The nomination was approved by unanimous consent. As commerce secretary, Locke, 59, will lead a Cabinet department of about 40,000 people with a diffuse role, including compiling economic data, protecting fisheries, guiding the transition to digital television, adjudicating trade complaints and running the 2010 national Census.

    He takes over as exports have slumped at a 44 percent annual pace in the most recent six months of government data and the U.S. has lost 4.4 million jobs since the recession began in December 2007. Locke said at his confirmation hearing last week he intends to reduce the trade deficit, open new markets and direct resources to saving jobs and boosting economic growth. “We must look over the horizon and prepare for the new economy that will emerge when this recession passes,” Locke told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on March 18. “More than free trade, I believe in fair trade,” he added.

    Locke, a Chinese-American and former governor of Washington, is Obama’s third choice for commerce secretary after New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a Democrat, and Senator Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican, withdrew. Locke is filling the seat vacated by Carlos Gutierrez after Obama took office in January.

    Locke also pledged to conduct a Census free of political interference.

  15. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, testifying before lawmakers still fuming about big bonuses for executives at bailout recipient AIG, called on Congress for new powers to take over big non-bank financial firms that run amok.

    Something’s up. This smells like a set up. It’s been reported that some members of Congress and both Administrations knew about the bonuses and that the payouts were going to happen. Now they’re riding the outrage to give the Executive Branch more control over the banking system.

    I don’t know enough to know if this is good or bad in the short run and I know that the greed on Wall Street put them in the position they find themselves in, but I’m just not comfortable expanding the power of the Executive Branch to act without effective checks and balances. This really smells like the financial equivalent of an AUMF to me.

  16. “Locke also pledged to conduct a Census free of political interference”


    Is the Census going to be moved back to Commerce?

  17. I’m just not comfortable expanding the power of the Executive Branch to act without effective checks and balances. This really smells like the financial equivalent of an AUMF to me.

    Ding ding ding! You got it!

  18. NYCMax Says:

    March 24th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    It sounds like the fox guarding the hen house to me. The system is so utterly corrupt, that it stinks to high heaven.

  19. The Obama flood of words news conference has begun. Big Media is prepared, not with questions, but with pillows.

  20. Is the Census going to be moved back to Commerce?
    The Administration talk about controlling the census out of the White was sh*t talk by a bunch of ignorant people. The why/how/ who of the census is a matter of US law and not administrative directive.

    See US Code title 13

  21. Chip Reid has good question about Obama creation of so much debt. Obama blames Bush. Obama hemming and hawing.

  22. Quick, get him a TelePrompter – he’s making a mess of the Chip Reid deficit question. Obama is blaming everyone but himself while saying he is going line by line to get rid of waste.

    Chip Reid hits back with “the deficit goes up, up, up…”

  23. how can he go line by line to get rid of waste when he and pelosi are the ones who inserted the waste in the first place?

    Oops I forgot. This is all Bush’s fault.

  24. Toothpicks required to keep the eyelids open while watching this drivel. Lots of “uhs” and “ums”. The answers drone on without actually answering the question.

    Ed Henry asks why Andrew Cuomo took action against the bonuses but Obama said there was nothing he could do. Ed Henry also says that Obama is dumping debt on children.

    Obama answers like George Bush “This is hard.” Unbelievable but true. “It’s hard work.”

  25. Obama just insulted Cuomo. Asked why he took so long to fight the bonuses unlike Cuomo who acted rapidly Obama said: “It took long because I like to know what I am doing before I talk.”

  26. LMAO

    asked why it took him so long to talk about AIG etc.

    Obama: “it took us a couple of days because i like to know what i am talking about before i talk about it”

    everyone in the room broke out in loud laughter

    i shit you not!! LMAO

  27. I didn’t like BO’s “NOW LOOK” comments during the debates and the campaign.

    Now my skin crawls everytime I hear Mr. Giggles with his condesending, “Now, look…”

  28. I guess the village idiot is on TV now, by the comments, but I have a question about this new service act the House just passed. When are the kids and at what age do they have to enlist and what exactly are they going to be doing? My guess is this is a cover by which they will re-introduce the draft. I think they whole thing is a cover up for this legislation!

  29. Some less worshipful questions tonight.

    Obama disputes charities who think his budget would hurt them badly.

  30. Ann Compton asks a truly stupid question about whether Obama is having problems because he is black. Or half black. Or whatever. Nothing about his lack of character.

    John Ward of Washington Times asks about stem cell funding and if Obama really thought about the issue. Obama of course self-agrandizes – he solves only Big problems.

  31. admin, how do they pick which questions will be asked? It seems he is looking at a list and letting those people ask the questions. I think it is completely fixed!

  32. Didn’t I read somewhere that telebobo was being programmed to send answers to obama during his recent town halls in California?

    And he’s still having problems answering???

  33. O cannot stand the ahs all the time, when the teleprompter is not on. It is hard is getting old as an excuse. You should not ask for the job if you did not like hard. I don’t understand that lame line.

  34. Asked about the difficulties of Middle East peace (blaming the Israeli leaders) Obama says during St. Patricks day he entertained former enemies. Obama does not mention that it was Bill Clinton that brought peace to Northern Ireland due to lots and lots of hard work. Obama does not do hard work – just parties.

  35. Camp David last weekend must have been question and answer prep time…….. you know he needs to know what he’s talking about before he talks about it

    so he ADMITTED that he doesn’t know anything at all until he get’s FED THE ANSWERS FOR 2-4 DAYS PRIOR TO SPEAKING WITH THE PRESS??



  36. there was a great shot of all the Presidents men. Emmanuel was looking rather pensive. I bet they were wondering if he was going to be able to pull more crap over the eyes of the American people!

  37. Very long answers, very little substance. Obama thinks words are actions.

    End of tedious presser. 13 questions in 57 minutes.

  38. Obama: “it took us a couple of days because i like to know what i am talking about before i talk about it


    No kidding!!!! TOTUS is COTUS (copycat of the united states)……he watches and then steals the idea since he does not have original idea himself….that is how he gotten where he is….taking it from everybody!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Ann Compton asks a truly stupid question about whether Obama is having problems because he is black.

    What a complete ASS she is!

  40. If he has to take 2 to 4 days to think about a problem. What happens if the answer is needed rigt away?

  41. neetabug Says:

    March 24th, 2009 at 9:01 pm
    If he has to take 2 to 4 days to think about a problem. What happens if the answer is needed rigt away?

    he calls hillary

  42. alcina Says:

    March 24th, 2009 at 9:04 pm
    neetabug Says:

    March 24th, 2009 at 9:01 pm
    If he has to take 2 to 4 days to think about a problem. What happens if the answer is needed rigt away?

    he calls hillary

    Right On

  43. btw – when the presser ended, the first thing fox pointed out was the use of BO’s centrally located teleprompter screen. they showed it and noted how he must have been under pressure not to be seen with the teleprompters at his side.

  44. alexis14a // March 24, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    “i dont believe there is a need for a global currency”….. thats how you respond to something that could break the dollar?!

    Found that comment on Bitterpollitiz. Please don’t tell me it’s true….

  45. For the nations sake, I hope he knows where she is at all times, and has her on speed dial for the 3 a.m. phone call.

  46. djia Says:
    March 24th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    I wonder how many 3am phone calls hillary has had so far ???


    Maybe that’s why she took Sec of State, so she could be in a better time zone.

  47. one thing is for sure……. the GOP has plenty of material for their campaign ad’s in 2010 & 2012 😀

  48. alexis14a // March 24, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    “i dont believe there is a need for a global currency”….. thats how you respond to something that could break the dollar?!

    I found this comment @ Bitterpolitiz, pleas tell me he didn’t answer it this way.

  49. “i dont believe there is a need for a global currency”….. thats how you respond to something that could break the dollar?!
    I found this comment on Bitrerpolitiz, is this true, he answered it this way?


    I’m In!

    But you won’t see my screens tonight. They’ve set up the East Room, and Big Boy said he’d feel more comfortable having lots of friends around him. So, you’ll see the White House press corps and a few surprise guests sitting up close to him.

    Me? I’ll be flying solo tonight, as a screen in the back of the room out of most camera shots.

    Some of you Friends of Teleprompter (FOTs) or do you prefer FOPs? (trademark and copyright pending for both, by the way) may take umbrage at this perceived slight. But it’s just an honor to be a part of this historic night.

    Not historic, you say? I beg to differ. One of the White House press corp in the front row is going commando tonight on a double-dare bet with new Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to be the first such high-profile media person to do so during a Presidential press conference. Guess away.

  51. djia Says:

    March 24th, 2009 at 9:10 pm
    one thing is for sure……. the GOP has plenty of material for their campaign ad’s in 2010 & 2012

    they had plenty in 2008 and did nothing, NOTHING with it…

  52. O

    Hello Hillary?

    Um um this is O

    Um Um I have this big problem. Can you please, please help me. I don’t know what to do. um um nor anyone in my cabinet. crying.

    Jeez O. You have called me a zillion times. This time it is NO. You are on your own.

  53. neeta

    what will it take for hillary to walk away? BO didn’t have the decency tonight to mention her name once when discussing foreign policy. it’s as if she doesn’t exist.

  54. alcina

    Of course that is a sign of insecurity, when you don’t give credit to the person that really does the accomplishment.

  55. NewMexicoFan Says:

    March 24th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Of course that is a sign of insecurity, when you don’t give credit to the person that really does the accomplishment

    He has always been insecure. Ask his teleprompter

  56. Gonzotx…….. but with a new GOP leader (hopefully) they should run a different game to regain power.

    and hopefully it’s with Palin at the top of their ticket with full GOP support…….she would definitely hit him with AD after AD

    I believe the GOP LET THE DIMOCRATS IN TO TAKE ON THE MESS BUSH MADE AND TAKE THE FALL FOR EVERYTHING HAPPENING NOW……..then plan to come back “REINVENTED” in 2010 and 2012 with a much more unified base and hit the dimocrats extremely hard.

    I don’t think we will see a weak GOP next time around.

  57. There really is no fair and balanced media anymore…MSNBC treats his every word as Moses did the Ten Commandments(Tweety tonight, to paraphase, saying he does not preside over us but is leading us). Fox has O’Riley with Rove and they give their negative spin. CNN “best political team” lost me during the primaries.
    Then you have the printed press ….At one time I took as gospel what the NYT and Washington Post printed….Sadly, also during the campaign I learned the old adage”Don’t believe all you see, and only half of what you hear… ”
    I am grateful for this site and it’s administrator whose thoughtful analysis is needed at times like these.
    As far as the press conference, another uninspiring , boring, and detasil “lite” exercise. However, BO knows that there are still tens of millions of people who will follow whatever he says, without any questions asked. In my opinion, he uses the media well to keep his popularity with the masses high which enables him to get away with so many blunders so soon in his tenure as POTUS. If any other man or woman was POTUS, and made these blunders so early, it would be doubtful that he/she could ever get the support needed to accomplish anything, let alone, BO’s amazingly big plans to change the basic fabric of our democracy.

  58. djia Says:

    March 24th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Unfortunately I don’t trust the Repubs to cut out Federal control once the Fraud gets everything in place. Power, like the Ring in the Trilogy, is all corrupting. If we don’t curtail this soon, we are sunk.

  59. jbstonesfan Says:

    March 24th, 2009 at 9:28 pm
    There really is no fair and balanced media anymore…MSNBC treats his every word as Moses did the Ten Commandments(Tweety tonight, to paraphase, saying he does not preside over us but is leading us).
    Right off a cliff…

  60. Telebama put me to sleep again tonight.How much longer are we going to allow this stealth president to lead this country down the road to destruction.Are there any true patriots in this once great country that can come forward and start the drive to remove him from office before we become the worlds most prominent and pitiful “Banana Republic”.
    We must remain a strong force behind Hillary and somehow,some way,legally place her in the role of CIC.
    We have no other choice as time is running out and we will soon reach the point of no return.

    By ABM90 Listen to the leaders of many countries and keep her in the news as the one person they want to meet with and discuss world problems as no one else can.

  61. Admin.: within the universe of voters who consider themselves INDEPENDENT, do we know what percentage watches:

    1. FOX

    2. CNN

    3. MSNBC

    4. NBC

    5. ABC

    6. CBS


  62. Obama to answer questions on White House Web site this Thursday

    By Associated Press
    6:11 PM EDT, March 24, 2009

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is planning an online town hall-style meeting on the White House’s Web site this Thursday.

    The White House says Obama will answer questions about the economy and other topics at Visitors to the Web site can determine what questions the president will answer.

    During his campaign, Obama used the Internet to connect with voters, mobilize supporters and raise a record-shattering amount of money. He has used that online approach during the first months of his presidency.

    President George W. Bush’s administration also took questions online at the White House’s Web site.,0,4151755.story

  63. Alcina: when he spoke about foreign policy and the actions of the Administration did he use the word we or I to describe the party acting on behalf of the United States?

  64. White House gifts: it’s the snub that counts

    Anne Davies, Washington
    March 24, 2009

    One of the most carefully watched moments of Kevin Rudd’s visit to Washington will be the exchange of gifts at the start of his meeting with President Barack Obama, scheduled to take place overnight Australian time.
    Usually this protocol nicety goes unremarked and unreported. This time, though, it will excite the scrutiny of the entire British media corps, which has been in a lather for nearly a month over a perceived slight to their leader, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, inherent in the gifts the Obamas gave him.

    Prime Minister Brown clearly went to trouble. He gave President Obama a first-edition, seven-volume biography of Winston Churchill and a pen holder carved from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet. The sister ship, the HMS Resolute, was in 1880 turned into the desk for the Oval Office, where it sits today. In return, Mr Obama gave Mr Brown a box set of 25 Hollywood movies. The titles included The Wizard of Oz, Casablanca and Star Wars.

    “Barack Obama, the leader of the world’s richest country, gave the Prime Minister a box-set of 25 classic American films – a gift about as exciting as a pair of socks,” said the Daily Mail.

    Since then there have been reports that Mr Brown cannot play the DVDs because they are coded for zone 1 (for playing on machines sold in the US) and Europe is zone 2. But the gifts were only a fragment of the perceived snubs that were meted out by the new President to Mr Brown. The British media noted the absence of a state lunch, something Mr Obama seems to avoid since coming to office and spending most of his days trying to stop the world lurching into a depression, with the exception of a St Patrick’s Day bash, attended by Irish dignitaries. Then, horror of horrors, there was no formal press conference. Instead, the British travelling press and the US pool press were mustered into the Oval Office where they were permitted to ask questions – several more than initially scheduled.

    Mr Rudd certainly isn’t getting a state lunch and apparently doesn’t care as he regards this as a strictly working visit. He has about an hour and a bit with the President, followed by a working lunch with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
    Press arrangements for the Australian visit mirror the Brits’, which should also help placate London. As for the gifts? The White House and Mr Rudd’s people were not saying ahead of this morning’s giving and receiving. Why spoil the surprise?

    If the past is any guide, Mr Rudd usually favours books as his gift to foreign leaders.

    The White House faces a trickier decision. If it gives a much better gift to Mr Rudd than the DVD set, it will be time for the Brits to replay their White House woes.

  65. BTW, someone on uppity woman pointed out that there WERE knowledgeable business/economic/financial reporters in that room, and 0bama called on none of them for questions.

  66. Admin,

    You are a bastion of sanity. †hank you for being here and I hope you can keep up for a few more years. You made me laugh this time, presenting this site as a meeting house for the formerly addicted.

    I am a true blue Democrat and I love my party. I want very much to rescue us from this school for scandal in the White House.

    thank you for continuing to put the information out there. It will catch on one day.

  67. HillaryforTexas Says:

    March 24th, 2009 at 10:13 pm
    BTW, someone on uppity woman pointed out that there WERE knowledgeable business/economic/financial reporters in that room, and 0bama called on none of them for questions.

    Because it was important to call on Ann to ask the question they planted, “Is your Administration being judged more harshley…are you ready, all together now, ‘because you are BLACK?

  68. Paula:

    TOTUS name was birthed by our genious Admin….”TELEPROMPTER OF THE UNITED STATES”….for “THAT ONE”

  69. yep, gonzo, he had one of his lapdogs drag out that tired old race card just for old times sake. I don’t think it is going to work anymore. We (they) elected him, and now they are worried about the GREEN, not the black or white.

  70. obama is not going to let the “race” issue go as long as he can get some “poor me I’m being picked on” moments out of it. The race card forbids anyone to even look at him cross-eyed.

  71. Blagojevich Fills In As Radio Host as Criminal Case Heats Up


    Blagojevich’s two-hour gig hosting Wednesday’s “Don Wade & Roma Morning Show” on Chicago’s WLS-AM comes as his criminal case is poised to heat up. Federal prosecutors have less than two weeks to obtain a grand jury indictment or seek more time.

    Blagojevich, who previously has been a guest on the radio show, will take calls from listeners, tell stories and talk with guests from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m.

    U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald has until April 7 for a federal grand jury to indict Blagojevich, but it’s possible his office could seek a deadline extension. Blagojevich was arrested Dec. 9 on corruption charges that accused him of, among other things, trying to sell President Barack Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat.

    In recent weeks Blagojevich has blasted Gov. Pat Quinn — the lieutenant governor before his ouster — for proposing an income tax increase. He has also called state lawmakers drunkards and adulterers who don’t know how to do their jobs.

    It’s anyone’s guess what he’ll say when he has the radio mike to himself.

    He has at least one good reason to seek publicity. He has a book due out in October and attention — good or bad — can drive sales. Selig, his publicist, has promised that the book will expose the seamier side of politics.


    1. Did Obama ease your concerns about the economy?

    No………………. 73% (WOW!)


    Not worried……… 6%

    2. Do you think Obama is taking the right steps to improve economy?

    No…………………68% (WOW, WOW, WOW)


    3. The Inescapable Conclusions

    a. the public does not trust him

    b. they think he is on the wrong track

  73. Headlines on drudge:


    We’ve run out of money, no more stimulus…

    VIDEO: Obama Staff Pass Around Blackberries During Press Conf…

    Obama skips major papers: No NYT, WASHPOST, WSJ, USATODAY…

    SOURCE: Reporters were told in advance if president was going to call on them. Senior Administration Officials notified reporters from Stars & Stripes, Univision and other news outlets that they should have question ready. Several reporters moved up in assigned seats as result…


    BEING BORING: goofy pic of un-prez

    Sen. McConnell: Budget makes USA worse than Cuba…

    GEORGE WILL: The Toxic Assets We Elected…

  74. Good evening ALL-

    I watched a just a few minutes of Hussein’s unconvincing press conference. You’re right Admin- Chip Reid certainly did a stellar job toasting Hussein’s (toes) clay feet. Why waste such an opportunity? Clone them, dip them in glaze for reSale as priceless souvenirs in the White House gift shop also doubling as last minute gift giving to visiting dignitaries.

    BO almost bungled his opinion of (oops,) “morality”/science of Stem Cell usage.. He seemed to be retrieving information spoken to him via his cochlear implant.. the long pauses and ahhhs..came fast and furious and definitely a topic seeing him short on facts and a thorough understanding of the subject matter.

  75. So the public is beginning to realize that Talk is Cheap. But when you are in a battle for your life and livelihood, action is better. They are beginning to not believe in the hope and change he promised. Because you cannot eat, or live in hope and change.

  76. djia Says:
    March 24th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Headlines on drudge:

    Good one, dija. He means STOP hemorrhaging money. Where Obama has taken ads out in every overseas newspaper touting the advantages of join the Global Union for solving the financial crisis, joining hands with another toxic asset. Another one for the Top #10.

  77. Just saw O walk to the podium tonight. He has that same over bold swagger, like he is King. He looks and pretends the part, but is an empty shell. He knows none of the problems nor the answers in detail.

  78. Djia,

    That GIFT bill supposedly seeks to enlist 5,000 per state, which doesn’t sound like a lot until you realize that’s almost twice the army we have in Iraq.
    Bill also supposedly mention force involvement when it comes to “civil unrest”.

    In other words, a private army, one likely to legally be accountable to no one except the executive branch.

    Also could even find the language in that bill the other night online.
    People were complaining someone had altered the Google algorythms for it.


    ‘Chia Obama’ grows faster than national deficit
    Company rolling out presidential version of plant with hair grown from seed

  80. BLUE DEM

    I see this whole GIFT thing as a back door to the draft as someone else had said up thread

    and as a mother with 5 children this GIFT bill can go to hell……my kids will not be involved nor will I

    i am very close to yanking the youngest two (only ones left in school) out of school and start home schooling them!

    but i am doing a darn good job raising them to be rebelious minded… like me LOL! they are being educated about our government here at home on a daily basis……kinda hard not too when mom has fox news on 24/7 and hear me RANTING on and on daily LOL!

    but i do here the occasional…..”mom this isn’t a foot ball game ya know!” comment LMAO!!

    I say……..give me liberty or give me death!!

  81. This concept of an army operating under the authority of the president within our borders sounds too much like the waffen ss. It should be rejected.

  82. I have been reading the TOTUS blog every day, and it is freaking hilarious!

    TOTUS had better be careful of that bus. Next thing you know 0bama will be on TV all sincere, saying that he was never there when those words were on the screen, and “this is not the teleprompter I knew”

  83. wbboei Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    This concept of an army operating under the authority of the president within our borders sounds too much like the waffen ss. It should be rejected
    Bush had Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act changed in 2006 in order to allow the President to order out US armed forces for national police keeping. These changes were repealed by Congress in 2008. The ban on use of US military for domestic police action was prohibited by Posse Comitatus but it is a weak barrier for the situations that worries you.

  84. That SNL skit is a classic. I’ve been actually looking for it for some time. NBC has scrubbed it off the net for a long time. I did every imaginable search and all I ever found were newspaper references to it, but not the actual skit. It’s nice to see NBC post it back. I guess they felt it was safe to do it since Obama isn’t doing so well.

    I only saw one acquaintance post something about the press-conference on their Facebook status updates. This speaks volumes to me. They used to wax poetic about his every fart.

  85. Wbboei, I am beginning to believe that by the end of April of 09′ we will have a different monetary system. I wonder how long it will take from the collapse of the govt. to the circulation of the new money it will be?? Should be stock up on food now??

  86. I just read on Drudge that Julienne Moore is playing Hillary in a up and coming movie about the Lewinsky affair and Dennis Quaid will play Bill. It is to begin filming in July in the UK and US. WTF, are they doing, hasn’t she been thru enough?OMG, I don’t know if its the nasty left doing this or the nasty republicans. Probably both. I knew it would not last long, the dimwit is probably pist that she looks better and is precieved as doing her job better than him. She is also well liked in foriegn countries. We just can’t let her get more kudos!

  87. Hillary Clinton hails Australia friendship during Rudd tour

    March 25, 2009
    Australian Associated Press

    THE US had no better friend in the world than Australia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said during Kevin Rudd’s visit today. At a working lunch in Washington DC, Ms Clinton and the Prime Minister discussed a range of issues affecting the two countries.

    At a later media conference in the Benjamin Franklin room of the US State Department both reaffirmed their commitment to close co-operation on foreign policy. “America doesn’t have a better friend in the world than Australia, a friend through good times and hard times on so many of the historic and difficult challenges that have faced the United States and Australia, both singly and together,” Ms Clinton told reporters.
    “We have reaffirmed our commitment to working closely on the range of difficult problems, but also exciting opportunities that lie ahead.”

    Mr Rudd said Ms Clinton was “a genuine friend of Australia” and that her recent visit to east Asia had sent “a very strong positive signal to our part of the world about this administration’s engagement in the Asia-Pacific. A spokesman for Mr Rudd later said the two reaffirmed the importance of close foreign policy cooperation between Australia and the US and they also discussed the future of the Asia-Pacific region.,25197,25239739-5013871,00.html

  88. He never answered the questions. He danced around about health care and how he got “handed” this stuff. Well he knew the country was in bad shape but the turd wanted this job.

    ATTN: GONZO: Just so you know the reason I’m not at bitterx anymore. She banned me cause I said I’d like to beat the shit out of Maureen and that I might consider starting a fund. NO SHIT. I’m not board dragging but I’d hope you let NJ and a few more know. Miss you guys.

  89. NZ FM to meet U.S. secretary of state in Washington


    WELLINGTON, March 25 (Xinhua) — New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when he visits Washington on April 6-8.

    “The United States is one of New Zealand’s oldest friends. We share common values and interests, as well as a commitment to promoting a free, democratic and secure world,” McCully said in a statement released here on Wednesday. He said he will discuss with the U.S. secretary of state the bilateral cooperation in the Pacific, the global financial crisis, the role of international trade, New Zealand’s involvement in Afghanistan, and the U.S. role in the Asia Pacific region.

    During his stay in Washington, McCully will chair a session of a ministerial meeting of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting. The Antarctic Treaty is 50 years old this year and up to 30 foreign ministers are expected in Washington to mark the anniversary.
    McCully will also meet members of the U.S.-New Zealand Council, which will host the next Partnership Forum between New Zealand and the United States in October, and he hoped to meet with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

  90. Clinton Visits Mexico to Discuss Drug Violence, Economics, Trade

    By David Gollust
    24 March 2009

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flies to Mexico Wednesday for a two-day visit aimed at showing support for Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his government’s crackdown on drug cartels. On the eve of the trip, the Obama administration announced new steps to curb border traffic in drugs, illicit money and weapons.

    Secretary Clinton will be the first in a parade of senior administration officials to visit Mexico to lay groundwork for President Obama’s two-day visit in mid-April for talks with President Calderon.

    The two neighbors have a heavy load of problem issues including trade disputes and illegal immigration. But the agenda has recently been dominated by drug-related violence mainly in Mexican towns along the border spurred by a crackdown on drug gangs by the Calderon government. Clashes between traffickers and security forces and internecine fighting among rival gangs has killed an estimated seven thousand people since the beginning of last year and spurred concerns by some analysts about the overall stability of Mexico.

    Administration officials say a principal aim of the visits, and the new U.S. efforts along the border, is to underscore support for Mr. Calderon and dispel concern about Mexican stability.

    At the White House roll-out of the border program Tuesday, Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg said the new administration sees relations with Mexico as a critical partnership and one that requires as much high-level attention as any relationship the United States has. “The President has already developed his own ties with President Calderon, the fact that he will be making an early visit himself to Mexico before the Summit of the Americas, really represents the importance that we attach to it. And the Secretary [Clinton] really wants to stress that while we have a critical set of issues that we need to deal with in terms of law enforcement, counter-narcotics, guns and the like and the violence problem, that we really value Mexico as a partner across-the-board and the leadership that President Calderon has shown in courageously taking on this challenge,” he said. The administration plan announced Tuesday calls for the deployment of more federal agents, experts and equipment to the Mexican border region to curb drug shipment headed into the United States and weapons and drug payments going the other direction.

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who will visit Mexico with U.S. Attorney-General Eric Holder next week, says the United States will provide $700 million worth of aid this year – including helicopters – to help Mexican forces apprehend and prosecute drug criminals.

    Clinton will meet President Calderon and Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa in Mexico City Wednesday and visit the industrial city of Monterrey near the U.S. border before returning to Washington late Thursday. A senior State Department official said she added the Monterrey stop to highlight Mexican high-tech companies and research on renewable energy and show that the bilateral relationship should not be pigeon-holed (defined) by the media focus on issues like drugs and crime.
    Clinton and other administration officials are aiming to resolve, before President Obama’s visit next month, a simmering dispute over access to the United States by Mexican truckers that has prompted a retaliatory set of Mexican tariffs on U.S. goods.

  91. Brain-Dead Economic Reporting: If Wall Street Approves of Obama’s Plan, It Must Be a Winner!

    By Brad Reed, March 25, 2009.

    The corporate media’s coverage of the administration’s bank rescue plan comforts the comfortable. Our press corps has discovered an important scoop: Rich people approve of using taxpayer money to help rich people.

    Immediately after the Obama administration unveiled its cunning plan to help the titans of Wall Street avoid the hit that should result from their bad decisions, members of our national press corps fanned out across the land to ask investment bankers, hedge-fund managers and stock traders whether Obama’s plan went far enough in lining their pockets with taxpayer cash.
    Setting the tone for the rest of our media, CNBC dutifully dubbed President Barack Obama’s plan a potential “game-changer” because it got a big thumbs-up from people like Quincy Krosby, the chief investment strategist at the Hartford Financial Services Group. Krosby said that the investment community’s response to the plan will likely be “positive,” although she cautioned that the government would have to provide “written guarantees” that it wouldn’t do anything silly — such as, say, heavily taxing the undeserved bonuses of executives living on corporate welfare.

    Politico’s Eamon Javers similarly declared that Geithner had “cleared the bar” with his new bailout scheme because it had received an “important endorsement from the Financial Services Roundtable,” which deemed the government’s plan to help Big Finance artificially inflate toxic assets above their market value a home run. Who would have thought? Similarly, Javers discovered that the CEO of a hedge-fund trade group — whose members stand to make a killing by using government cash to subsidize and insure their purchase of the assets — also thought the plan was a swell idea.

    There was some trouble in paradise, however, as Javers also reported that a few members of the investment community opposed the plan because it didn’t do enough to benefit the banks. Patriarch Partners CEO Lynn Tilton told Javers that while she was pleased to see the government willing to pay the banks cash for their worthless assets, she was worried that banks would not “share in the upside” if their worthless assets ever somehow regained their value.

    Elsewhere in Media World: Fox Business reported that Geithner’s plan to bribe investors to purchase trash had “removed a huge cloud of uncertainty hanging over Wall Street” by offering “clarity over how the government will help banks get rid of up to $1 trillion of their toxic assets.” Reuters, meanwhile, boasted an “exclusive” interview with Bill Gross, the founder and co-chief investment officer of the PIMCO bond fund, who called the Geithner plan “perhaps the first win-win-win policy to be put on the table” and said that his company was “intrigued by the potential double-digit returns as well as the opportunity to share them with not only clients but the American taxpayer.” And CNBC analyst Marc Chandler said that there was “a sense of relief” that private assets managers who bought toxic assets “will not face the compensation limits of other Fed programs.”

    In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a common thread throughout all of this coverage, which is that Geithner’s plan cannot be successful unless it wins the enthusiastic endorsement of the very rich people who drove the broader economy into the ground in the first place. Our press corps’ primary gauge of measuring rich peoples’ happiness is the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which it uses as a general substitute for actual economic statistics.’s_plan,_it_must_be_a_winner!/

  92. Pelosi un-American

    March 24, 2009

    It has been reported that House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, was invited by Illinois’s own Representative Luis Guitierrez to speak before a group of immigrants gathered in San Francisco.
    There she praised the group, a large portion of who were in the U.S. illegally, as “very, very patriotic.” She then went on to make assertions, not supported by the facts, that Internal Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials were engaging in inappropriate conduct toward these immigrants and she condemned ICE for enforcing U.S. laws by rounding up the criminals in their homes or workplaces.

    In Pelosi’s view, the enforcement of U.S. laws by an agency of the federal government must be stopped. “It must be stopped…what value system is this? I think it’s un-American. I think it’s un-American.” Mrs. Pelosi represents California, a state overrun by illegal immigrants who are sucking the life’s blood out of state resources. And Pelosi must not have read the story that appeared in the Chicago Tribune about the illegal immigrant who stole nearly $600,000 in medical services from taxpayers by producing fake identity that showed she was a U.S. citizen. Had she read it, I doubt that she would care. We can see from her authorship of the idiotic stimulus bill, and from her flagrant use of corporate jets at taxpayer expense that she has no interest in and zero capability for protecting the fiscal health of our nation.

    Illegal immigration has been a problem for years. Congress has no interest in solving the problem. They can write and pass legislation in 24 hours to limit corporate executive bonuses, but they can’t ever quite get around to enacting and supporting laws that would better protect our borders, our national safety and our financial resources.

    In my view, Pelosi is un-American–as are those who agree with her position. Further, she is a walking advertisement for the need to have a competency test for anyone taking a seat in congress.,0,4142914.story

  93. Former ACORN Employee: More Than Half Voter Registrations Invalid

    Thursday, March 19, 2009 11:00 AM

    By: Ronald Kessler Article Font Size

    More than half the voter registrations turned in by ACORN canvassers during the last election were not valid, according to testimony to be presented before a House Judiciary subcommittee.

    The testimony is from Anita MonCrief, a former employee of an affiliate of the Association of Community Organizations. MonCrief, who was fired for improperly charging personal expenses to the ACORN affiliate, originally testified under oath as part of a request by the Republican State Committee in Pennsylvania for an injunction against ACORN. The request was denied. The FBI has been investigating the liberal community organizing group for possible voter registration fraud.

    MonCrief will appear at the congressional hearing Thursday with Heather Heidelbaugh, who represented the Republican committee in the civil suit and is on the executive board of the Republican National Lawyers Association. She will provide a legal analysis of MonCrief’s testimony.

    “We will be presenting evidence that ACORN is engaged in voter registration irregularities and fraud,” Heidelbaugh tells Newsmax,

    According to MonCrief, ACORN considered 40 percent an acceptable level of accurate voter registrations turned in by its workers. She said ACORN barely trained its workers in how to register voters properly and would fire employees if they did not meet a quota of 20 new voter applicants daily. If the registration cards turned in did not meet the quota, supervisors were told to “fire them right there; don’t let them waste your money for the day.”

    If a canvasser was caught committing fraud, ACORN threw the individual “under the bus,” MonCrief said. ACORN employees were briefed on how to deny that voter registration fraud existed, she said.

    According to MonCrief, the Obama presidential campaign called her in October 2007 asking for coordination in soliciting donations from people who had already made the maximum contribution to Obama allowed by election laws. MonCrief testified that she was given a massive database of Obama donors who had already reached the limit. Her task was to cull it for potential donors who would then donate to Project Vote, an ACORN affiliate which targets individuals and entities to solicit donations.

    If true, MonCrief’s allegations constitute violations of the Internal Revenue Code, federal campaign finance laws, and laws against voter registration fraud, according to a memo by Cleta Mitchell, co-chairman of the Republican National Lawyers Association.

    MonCrief said she worked as a development associate from 2005 until early 2008 for Project Vote. Project Vote was so closely aligned with ACORN that they were essentially one and the same, she said.

    Project Vote national spokesman Michael McDunnah has denied that the donor list MonCrief worked on came from the Democratic nominee or his campaign. The Obama campaign has denied the allegation.

    Two ACORN officials from Pennsylvania have insisted that the group has policies in place to train new employees and to spot and flag applications that appear to be fraudulent.
    It therefore follows that we should be giving this organization billions in taxpayer money under this stimulus plan? Only to a criminal mind like Obama.

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