Keith Kakugawa was a close friend of Obama’s at the Punahou School. (He appears in “Dreams” as a revised character named “Ray” who may be a composite of more than one Obama friend.) He says that Obama, being a dark-skinned kid growing up in a white household, sensed that something was amiss. “He felt that he was not getting a part of who he was, the history,” says Kakugawa, who is also of mixed race. He recalls Obama’s reading black authors —James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes—looking for clues. Keith didn’t know at first that Obama’s given name was Barack. “We were in the library and there was a Malcolm X book,” Kakugawa tells NEWSWEEK. “He grabbed it and looked at it and he’s checking it out, and I said, ‘Hold on, man. What you gonna do? Change your name to something Muslim?’ He said, ‘Well, my name is Barack Obama.’ And I said, ‘No it isn’t.’ And we got in an argument about that in the library and they had to tell us, ‘Shhhh’.”
Back in Hawaii in the 1970s, it could seem that everyone was some kind of a minority. The fact that Obama was half-black and half-white didn’t matter much to anyone but Obama, Kakugawa says: “He made everything out like it was all racial.” On one occasion, Obama thought he’d gotten a bad break on the school basketball team because he was black. But Kakugawa recalls his father’s telling the teenager, “No, Barry, it’s not because you’re black. It’s because you missed two shots in a row.” (Here, Kakugawa’s memory is different from Obama’s. The Ray character in the book is the one obsessed with being discriminated against.)
We are discussing Dumb White People not because today is the day Obama pretends to like beer, but because Chuck Todd of NBC is denouncing a cable talk show host for calling Obama a “racist”.
We don’t recall Chuck Todd full of outrage when Hillary supporters were called “racists“. We don’t recall Big Media blowhards outraged when Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton were accused, by Obama supporters (and Obama supporters in hiding like Al Sharpton and Donna Brazile, who pretended they were not Obama supporters so they could gab on behalf of Obama, on TV) of race-baiting and using “code” language.
Ben Smith of Politico fluffed for Todd yesterday. Wrote Smith, “NBC’s Chuck Todd goes off on Glenn Beck on First Read today, but his real targets are Ailes and Huffington“.
Again, we don’t recall Chuck Todd speaking out about leg tingler Chris Matthews nor all the race-baiting directed against Hillary and Hillary supporters. For that, we don’t recall Ben Smith raging against the smear of “racists” against Hillary supporters like us.
The White House doesn’t want to give Glenn Beck a bigger platform or extra oxygen — especially regarding his remark yesterday that the president has “a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture” — so they won’t comment, even off record. Beck, after all, is a radio DJ who somehow ended up getting a national platform to give his opinion on politics. What’s most amazing about this episode is that what Beck said isn’t a fireable or even a SUSPENDABLE offense by his bosses. There was a time when outrageous rants like this would actually cost the ranters their jobs. But not anymore; if anything, it’s now encouraged. [snip] Of course, Beck’s crazy language could have one unintended consequence: It could cost him bookings with any Republicans who want to be popular outside Beck’s hard-core bizarro-land viewers.
Chuck Todd should clean his own stall. Chuck Todd was not outraged with his network. The cable branch of his network, had a bald spot talker (David Shuster) accuse Hillary Clinton of “pimping” Chelsea Clinton. [N.B.: we spoke about David Shuster’s Bald Spot on February 8, 2008 when he attacked Chelsea. Recently, news reports documented how sensitive David Shuster is about his bald spot. For the record, we have nothing against bald spots, just Shuster-style creeps.]
Chuck Todd also remained silent when Tim Russert lied to Hillary at a debate. Chuck Todd kept quiet. Now Chuck Todd is outraged and yelling.
But notice the last sentence in Todd’s screed. Todd is following the latest Big Media narrative and the latest protect Obama tactic. Recall –
Recently we wrote for the very first time about the Barack Obama Birth Certificate Issue. What we noticed was how Big Media is trying to turn a clear Obama problem into a Republican problem. Now Chuck Todd is again trying to turn Glenn Beck calling Obama a racist into a problem for Republicans – AND – Chuck Todd, who is supposed to be a journalist, appears to be calling for a boycott of Glenn Beck on rival Fox News.
We are not surprised at Chuck Todd’s attempt to intimidate Glenn Beck. Chuck’s MSNBC buddies (Donnie Deutsch) are in fact calling for an advertiser boycott of Glenn Beck. The DailyKooks are publishing Glenn Beck advertiser addresses and going crazy, er, crazier.
So now, Big Media does not want the Obama Birth Certificate Issue discussed at all and if discussed Big Media yells “it hurts Republicans”. So now, Big Media does not want Obama possible racism discussed and if discussed at all Big Media yells “it hurts Republicans”. What next?
If this is the face of anti-health care reform protest, the GOP has a serious problem.
This unidentified man decided he was doing the Tea Party-anti-reform effort a real solid by hanging freshman Maryland Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil in effigy [note the creepily expert knotted noose] with a placard “Congress Traitors The American [and a word that looks like “idol”].
To Thrush, the protest tradition of hanging an elected official in effigy is not only “racist” (even though hanger and hangee are white) but also a problem – for Republicans. Everything it seems is a problem for Republicans according to Big Media – but the polls seem to say otherwise.
Glenn Thrust not only does not know a boy scout knot from a Klan style knot, Thrush was eventually forced to grudgingly concede that the “hanging” was the act of a protester who was shunned by other protesters, and the rally was not even an officially sanction protest. But it does not matter to Thrush and others at Big Media’s non-reality village – Republicans will be the ones to suffer.
When Sarah Palin was hung in effigy as a Halloween decoration, cheers came from the Dimocrats and giggles from Big Media.
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Is Barack Obama a racist? There is evidence that Obama might easily be a racist.
Whether it’s the story we related about how Obama blamed everything on race, sitting in Jeremiah Wright’s church for 20 years and listening to Wright tapes in school, calling his dying grandma a racist, or rather “a typical white person” for political profit, the Obama as “racist” question should be explored.
Is Barack Obama a racist? For sure he is a racial opportunist and a race-baiter. Crowley better watch his back (we are very glad that Crowley is going to the White House with his Union president and his lawyer). There is a long history of Barack Obama race-baiting.
But in America, as run by Big Media and the Obama Dimocrats, no one is allowed to even ask the question: Is Barack Obama A Racist?
According to a bipartisan poll released Wednesday, President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party may be putting themselves in political jeopardy with their expensive and ambitious agenda, which has yet to show benefits for the country.
“There are warning signs for Democrats heading into 2010,” Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said. “Despite trusting and supporting the Democratic agenda, majorities think the administration is spending too much and doing too many things.”
Republican pollster Ed Goeas, who conducted the Battleground Poll with Lake for George Washington University, said it showed signs of a shifting landscape that could help Republicans start rebounding from back-to-back election losses in 2006 and 2008, when they lost control of Congress and the White House.
Barack Obama’s approval ratings have suffered major declines. The president’s overall job approval number fell from 61% in mid-June to 54% currently. His approval ratings for handling the economy and the federal budget deficit have also fallen sharply, tumbling to 38% and 32%, respectively. Majorities now say they disapprove of the way the president is handling these two issues. The new poll also finds significant declines over the last few months in the percentage of Americans giving Obama high marks for dealing with health care, foreign policy and tax policy.
Three factors have likely contributed to more negative views of Obama. First, criticisms of the government’s economic policies are mounting. For the first time since Obama took office, as many say the government is on the wrong track (48%) as on the right track (46%) in handling the nation’s economic problems. [snip]
Secondly, the latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted July 22-26 among 1,506 adults reached on landlines and cell phones, finds that many of the health care proposals being debated in Congress are sparking negative reactions, especially from those following the debate most closely. By a 44% to 38% margin, more Americans generally oppose than favor the health care proposals now before Congress. Opposition rises to 56% among people who say they have heard a lot about legislation to overhaul the health care system. [snip]
Thirdly, Obama’s comments on the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. appear to have played some role in his ratings decline. [snip]
More generally, the new survey shows that since June, Obama’s overall job approval ratings dropped among most political and demographic groups. The greatest declines are apparent among Republicans and independents, poorer people, especially poorer whites, and 30 to 49 year olds. When looking at Obama’s approval ratings on specific issues, the president has lost ground, in most cases, among Republicans, Democrats and independents. Some of the larger declines are among members of his own party.
Yesterday, we made the case that Obama is no longer popular, by polling standards, and that Big Media should adjust the narrative accordingly.
We later updated our post with the addition of an NPR poll that buttressed our argument, as that poll had Obama down to a below average 53% (according to Gallup 55% is average).
We have more polls today which demonstrate that once again we were correct and the Left Talkers were off the planet regarding impressions of Obama’s stinky performances and publicity stunts:
Despite his public-relations blitz over the past two weeks to promote his plans to reform the nation’s health-care system — including holding two town halls on Wednesday — President Barack Obama has lost ground on this issue with the American public, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Pluralities now say that the president’s health care plan is a bad idea, and that it will result in the quality of their care getting worse. What’s more, just four in 10 approve of his handling on the issue.
Oh Lord! Imagine the weeping and gnashing of teeth in the Hopium dens:
The poll also finds that Obama’s overall job-approval rating has dropped to 53 percent. And it shows a public that has grown increasingly concerned about the federal government’s spending as the administration defends its $787 billion economic stimulus and supports a $1 trillion-plus health-care bill.
Oh Lord! 55% is average and more and more polls show Obama at 53% and headed to below 50%. Oh Lord!
“This is a president who needs a vacation,” says Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted the survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff. “His job rating is … certainly an acceptable mark. But if you look at it over time, it has [gone] south without a doubt.” [snip]
But the poll, McInturff says, makes it clear that Obama — who had been gliding above the partisan fray — has come back down to earth. Conservatives and Republicans have moved away from him, while his numbers in the South and Midwest have declined.
“The question I asked back in February was: When does political gravity take hold?” he said. “The answer is in this survey. It is happening right now.”
Obama is now viewed as a run of the mill politician – An Unhealthy run of the ill politician:
That’s especially true on the issue of health care reform. As Congress works on its legislation and as Obama campaigns to get an overhaul enacted, 42 percent now say that the president’s plan is a bad idea, which is a 10-point increase since last month. Thirty-six percent say it’s a good idea.
In addition, 39 percent — a plurality — believe that Obama’s plan would result in the quality of their health care getting worse. That’s 15-point jump since April.
Oh Lord! We were right about the “stimulus” scam too, and we were right about the abusive spending, and we were right about the deficit... and now the public is catching up:
The public also has concerns with the progress of the $787 billion economic stimulus that Obama signed into law in February. In the poll, 43 percent believe the legislation was a bad idea, up 16 points since January. Just 34 percent say the stimulus was a good idea.
Indeed, the poll finds that the public’s top concern about Obama’s young presidency is that he has spent too much money, increasing the size of the deficit.
And now, according to the poll, Republicans find themselves with a six-point advantage over Democrats on the question of which party would do a better job of reducing the deficit. It’s the first time Republicans have led Democrats on this question since 1997.
Republicans also now have advantages on controlling government spending and taxes — which McInturff says could make Obama’s job to sell a health care bill (and the tax increases that would pay for it) more difficult.
Imagine that. Obama is such a wastrel and big spender that he makes Republicans look good. That’s impossible but true. Imagine that.
The NBC/Journal survey has Obama’s overall approval rating at 53 percent, which is down three points from last month (and which also equals the percentage he won in last November’s presidential contest).
His job approval in handling the economy is lower, at 49 percent.
Furthermore, 46 percent say they are “extremely confident” or “quite confident” that he has the right set of goals and policies, versus a combined 53 percent who say they are “only somewhat confident” or “not confident at all.”
President Obama’s ability to shape the debate on health care appears to be eroding as opponents aggressively portray the effort as a government-takeover that could limit Americans’ ability to chose their doctor and course of treatment, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Americans are concerned that overhauling the health care system would reduce the quality of their care, increase their out-of-pocket health costs and tax bills and limit their options in choosing doctors, treatment and tests, the poll found. The percentage who describe health care costs as a serious threat to the American economy — a central argument being made by Mr. Obama — has dropped over the past month. [snip]
“We need to fix health care, but if the government creates the system, I’m afraid the quality of care will go down and costs will go up: We will pay more taxes,” Mary Bevering, a Democrat from Fort Madison, Iowa, said in a follow-up interview.
She added: “It’s going to come down to regulation. What also worries me is whether we will be told what physician we can have.”
The New York Times analysis wastes many paragraphs talking about the efforts of opponents to the mish mash under consideration which is dubbed “health care reform”. The New York Times does not discuss the coordinated assaults by Obama Dimocrats and allies.
However much money is being spent on either side of the latest discussions on health care, the results have not been salutary for Obama’s political health:
There has been a 10-point drop in Mr. Obama’s job approval rating since a high-point in April.
And despite Mr. Obama’s efforts to address public misgivings — in speeches, news conferences, town hall meetings and other forums — 69 percent of respondents in the poll said they were concerned that the quality of their own care would get worse if the government created a program that covers everyone. [snip]
75 percent of respondents said they were concerned that the cost of their own health care cost would go up if the government did not create a system of providing health care for all Americans. But 77 percent said they were concerned the cost of health care would go up if the government did create such a system.
Most Americans continue to want the federal government to focus on reducing the budget deficit rather than spending money to stimulate the national economy, a new New York Times/CBS News poll finds. Yet at the same time, most oppose some proposed solution for decreasing it.[snip]
Views of some solutions to the high deficit reflect underlying political philosophies, the poll found. Democrats are the most opposed to having fewer government services – 62 percent are against it, compared with 50 percent of independents and 45 percent of Republicans. Republicans, for their part, are broadly opposed to paying more in taxes – 69 percent are, compared with 56 percent of independents and 48 percent of Democrats.
July was a bad sixth month for Obama. It was even worse for Americans who voted for Obama and only now are waking up to the reality that health care reform died at the Dimocratic convention in Denver last August.
This August will likely be even worse for Boob Obama as more Americans wake up to his boobery. Talk of health care breakthroughs will be just that: talk.
This August will be even worse for those who sowed fake Hope and Change and now reap the whirlwind.
Update: NPR, National Public Radio, has a new poll on Obama. In this respected poll Obama is now down to a shocking 53%:
President Obama has hit a rough patch this summer, squeezed between a lingering recession and rising questions about the health care overhaul he has made the centerpiece of his first-year agenda. [snip]
Those are the chief findings of the latest NPR poll of registered voters conducted nationwide Wednesday through Sunday by a bipartisan team. The pollsters found 53 percent approving of the president’s handling of his job, while 42 percent disapproved — the narrowest gap of the Obama presidency to date. Most of the approving group said they approved strongly, and an even greater majority of the disapproving group said they disapproved strongly. [snip]
In another part of the poll, respondents were asked which of two statements on the economy came closer to expressing their view. The first statement: “President Obama’s economic policies helped avert an even worse crisis and are laying the foundation for our eventual economic recovery.” The second statement: “President Obama’s economic policies have run up a record federal deficit while failing to end the recession or slow the record pace of job losses.” A plurality preferred the second statement, 48 percent to 45 percent. A majority on both sides said they agreed strongly (2 to 1 among those preferring the first statement; 3 to 1 among those preferring the second).
But if the president saw his numbers down, Congress fared far worse, with just 7 percent saying they approved strongly and 25 percent saying they approved somewhat. A 61 percent majority said they disapproved of Congress, with 2 out of 3 of them doing so strongly.
It’s official: Obama is NOT popular. Big Media, please revise the narrative.
The Gallup poll organization is very mainstream and thus far the poll numbers from Gallup have put the best light on Obama. Bad ol’ Rasmussen, measuring likely voters, has Obama circling the toilet (at 49% approval). But Gallup has been Obama friendly and labeled Obama “popular”.
But after today, Gallup will have to relabel Obama as “NOT popular”. Today the Gallup daily tracking poll calculates the percentage of Americans who approve of the job the Boob is doing at 54%.
54% is an important number in the popularity sweepstakes. This is what Gallup had to say on July 3 about the approval ratings for recent presidents and how Gallup determines who is popular and who is not popular:
Whereas presidents from Harry Truman through Richard Nixon spent an average of 26 months above the historical average 55% presidential job approval rating after they took office, presidents from Gerald Ford to George W. Bush spent an average of just seven months above this norm.
A honeymoon period has an obvious beginning — when the president takes office — but no obvious end. But given that honeymoons are characterized by above-average ratings, one way to define the end point is by marking the point at which the president’s ratings become “average.” And the historical average presidential job approval rating in all Gallup Polls is 55%. [snip]
Because Obama has been able to maintain above-average approval ratings, he is arguably still in the honeymoon phase of his presidency. Now in his sixth month in office, his honeymoon has already exceeded the durations of those for Ford, Clinton, and George W. Bush. If he can maintain ratings above 55% through the summer, his honeymoon will match the length of those for Jimmy Carter and Reagan.
Now we know that at 54% Obama will not match Jimmy or Ronnie for time spent in the honeymoon bed.
Qualms about President Obama’s stewardship of the economy are growing, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, as Americans become more pessimistic about when they predict the recession will end.
At six months in office, Obama’s 55% approval rating puts him 10th among the 12 post-World War II presidents at this point in their tenures. When he took office, he ranked seventh.
“His ratings have certainly come back down to Earth in a very short time period,” Republican pollster Whit Ayres says.
In that Gallup/USA Today poll article the growing disapproval for Obama policies was also noted and since then things have only gotten worse.
• By 49%-47%, those surveyed disapprove of how he is handling the economy, a turnaround from his 55%-42% approval in May. The steepest drop came from conservative and moderate Democrats.
• By 50%-44%, they disapprove of how he is handling health care policy.
• A 59% majority say his proposals call for too much government spending and 52% say they call for too much expansion of government power.
• Expectations of the economy’s turnaround are souring a bit. In February, the average prediction for a recovery was 4.1 years; now it’s 5.5 years.
• The administration’s stimulus package isn’t seen as a benefit by most whether viewed in the short term or the long term, in how it will impact the country or individuals. Only a third think it will help their own family’s finances in the long run.
Obama “might make the policies more popular by being associated with him,” says historian H.W. Brands of the University of Texas-Austin. “But it’s almost equally possible that it will make him less popular by linking him with those policies.”
A president’s standing after his first six months in office doesn’t forecast whether he’ll have a successful four-year term, but it does signal how much political juice he’ll have for his second six months in office.
That’s the lesson of history.
Barack Obama, who completed six months in office Monday, has a 55% approval rating in the USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, putting him 10th among the dozen presidents who have served since World War II at this point in their tenures.
The great Mess-iah it turns out is below average and since those numbers were charted things got only worse as hope for celestial choirs for change vanished.
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For Obama, July was the cruelest month, stuck in the wasteland which he inhabits.
The Obama administration, which was flying high a month ago after pushing through a climate change bill in the House, has since been dealt a series of setbacks and is struggling to regain its footing.
After the climate bill passed 219-212 on the afternoon of June 26, there was a feeling that the White House could get much of its agenda through Congress in 2009.
A month later, there are doubts that President Obama will even achieve his No. 1 priority of healthcare reform, much less cap-and-trade, immigration reform and a regulatory revamp of the financial sector.
The lack of experience is showing:
Many centrist Democrats are worried that Republicans will have the upper hand in the 2010 elections.
Paul Light, an expert on the presidency and a professor at New York University, said the president’s problems with Capitol Hill reflect “a miscalculation by the Obama administration on how political capital gets spent in Washington.”
Light said that capital, even for a president who enjoys immense personal popular support like Obama, is spent a bit at a time on each initiative or piece of legislation.
“I think the Obama administration has been spending political capital at roughly the same rate the federal government spends money,” Light said. “Eventually, it runs out.”
Light quoted President Lyndon Johnson, who said that “if you don’t get it done in six months, you’re not going to get it done.”
And, as we have said all along to the fawners and the Hopium addled, Obama stinks – as a speaker:
The other misstep that has bogged down the administration on healthcare specifically is Obama’s inability to communicate effectively to the American people, Light said.
While it is shocking to consider that Obama is anything less than one of the best communicators in modern political history, when it comes to healthcare, he simply has not been able to make the sell to people who do have health insurance.
And Wednesday night’s primetime press conference was a “disaster,” Light said.
Update: Updated with video (at end) of several Cambridge police officers (African-American police officers too) speaking out in support of Sergeant Crowley.
Here at Big Pink we have never ever never posted an article discussing the Obama Birth Certificate Issue.
On occasion some comments are posted in our comments section discussing the Obama Birth Certificate Issue. But there are so many Obama flim-flams, lies, boobery and scams that we have to pick and choose among them and cannot cover every Obama controversy (for instance we have never never ever discussed Larry Sinclair nor the famous “whitey” tape controversy).
Some Hillary supporters websites will not allow any discussion whatsoever of the Birth Certificate Issue for various reasons, none of which we will explore here.
But today, the Birth Certificate Issue has hit a high water mark and we will comment on one aspect of the controversy.
What has struck us today is how Big Media is covering the Obama Birth Certificate issue.
According to Big Media and the narrative Big Media is now fully engaged in pushing – the Birth Certificate Issue is now a very big problem – for REPUBLICANS!!!!!!
That’s right, according to Big Media an Obama problem which grows daily and has now busted full out on broadcast news, cable news, and at White House press briefings is now magically a Republican problem. UNbelievable. The Big Media protection of Obama continues.
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Ben Smith at Politico is not a stupid man but he acts stupid in order to protect Obama. Ben Smith is not alone in acting stupid with reporting that can only be described as dishonest. Ben Smith and other Big Media Obama protectors well know, they must know because they are not stupid, that the Birth Certificate Issue is about the thus far unseen Obama Birth Certificate.
Ben Smith and the Obama Big Media protectors are not stupid and they must know that there is a difference between a Certificate of Live Birth and a Birth Certificate. But the Obama Big Media protectors act dumb in order to deceive and protect Obama by pretending they do not understand the difference between a Certificate of Live Birth and a Birth Certificate.
Ben Smith and other Big Media Obama protectors then pretend that Obama is being transparent and open by not producing the document that is at the center of the controversy – the Birth Certificate.
Ben Smith today continues to act stupid using the insulting term “Birthers”. He does ackowledge that the Birth Certificate Issue is a growing presence on the political landscape:
The wave of publicity for the Birther movement hasn’t yet crested, with the dentist who’s the movement’s leading legal light, Orly Taitz, saying she’s taping the Colbert Report tomorrow, and popping up elsewhere in the mainstream media.
Sorry about all the Birther chatter on this site today, which may have something to do with the fact that I spent an hour this morning on NPR’s “On Point” talking about the subject this morning. (The segment is worth a listen, if only for Birther leader Orly Taitz, DDS, ESQ, calling me a “briownshirt.”)
The other two guests had more to say, though, and made interesting points about the dangers the movement poses.
The conservative talk radio host Michael Medved defended the conservative movement from blame for the conspiracy theories, noting the theorists’ overlap with 9/11 conspiracy theorists, and that its roots aren’t particularly in the organized Republican Party. But he also warned of the danger to the right from embracing this line of argument, and criticized Liz Cheney specifically. [snip]
That danger is being realized at the moment, as various Republican legislators express, when asked, some degree of sympathy with the discredited theory. Mike Stark easily got several House Republicans to express some doubts. (Video below.)
On NPR, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Heidi Beirich suggested that the movement, and its encouragement on talk radio, also poses a more serious, physical danger.
Mike Stark, whose video Ben Smith posted, is a DailyKooks poster who now works for Arriana Huffington’s pro-Obama slimesite. Earlier in the day Ben Smith had noted in an unrelated piece that Huff n’ Puff is one of the leading shock troops for Obama’s Brownshirts:
Last month, Arianna Huffington took offense at my writing about the “symbiosis” between Huffington Post and the White House, suggesting (gasp!) that HuffPost is “left leaning” and part of “the new partisan media,” and writing that “what’s good for the Huffington Post is good for the White House, and vice versa.”
Arriana and her Obama website and Ben Smith and Politico are clearly trying to shift, unconvincingly, the Birth Certificate problem from Obama to Republicans. Today it was the lead propaganda effort at Politico with even more Politico writers acting dumb:
When lawmakers return home for recess in August, they can expect to hear tough questions from constituents on the economy, health care and government spending.
But Republicans are preparing for something else: the birthers.
As GOP Rep. Mike Castle learned the hard way back home in Delaware this month, there’s no easy way to deal with the small but vocal crowd of right-wing activists who refuse to believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States.
At a town hall meeting in Georgetown, a woman demanded to know why Castle and his colleagues were “ignoring” questions about Obama’s birth certificate — questions that have been put to rest repeatedly by state officials in Hawaii, where the birth certificate and all other credible evidence show that Obama was born in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961.
In that dishonest report Politico once again acts dumb by pretending they do not understand the difference between a Birth Certificate and a Certificate of Live Birth.Thus far no Birth Certificate has been produced for Barack Obama and that is what is fueling suspicion and anger.
Instead of asking why no Birth Certificate has been produced by Obama (remember he made all those promises to be “transparent”) Big Media prefers to act dumb and deceive news consumers.
[Larry Johnson at NoQuarter has some interesting video on the differences between Birth Certificates, Amended Birth Certificates and a Certificate of Live Birth along with a batch of other theories for those wishing to explore those issues.]
Again, Big Media is acting dumb, pretending not to understand the arguments made by those demanding to see the actual Obama Birth Certificate. Lou Dobbs tried to explain the issue in the best way we have thus far seen, but Obama lover Roland Martin went nuts (as the youtube demonstrates):
The Lou Dobbs “Birthers” saga may be coming to a close. This morning, the President of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a major civil rights group, wrote a letter calling on CNN President Jon Klein to remove CNN host Lou Dobbs from the air. The request stems from a segment on Dobbs’ radio show this past Tuesday where Dobbs did his part to keep alive the conspiracy theory that President Obama is not an American citizen (AKA the “birther” theory). On air, he speculated: “I’m starting to think we have a document issue. You suppose he’s un… no, I won’t even use the word undocumented, it wouldn’t be right.”
CNN tried to shut Lou Dobbs up, but that did not go so well. Most of Big Media continues to act dumb and not ask the simple question: Where’s the Birth Certificate and why has it not been produced?
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Should we be surprised that Big Media continues to protect Obama? No. Big Media will continue to deceive and protect.
Recall the latest Obama race-baiting to protect his friend from Harvard, Henry Louis Gates. Remember how Gates denied he was yelling and in fact could not yell because of a throat condition? Remember how Gates race-baited yet denied he was racially motivated but that the cops were bigots? Remember that Obama called the Cambridge cops “stupid”?
Today, some tapes on the Gates saga were released. Gates was yelling (therefore lying). There was no mention of race initiated by the caller in the 911 call. Gates was “not cooperative” when he should have been grateful.
“As always, whitey now sits in judgment of me, preparing to cast my fate. It is your decision either to let me blow with the wind as a nonentity or to encourage the development of self. Allow me to prove myself.”
Gates race-baited and Obama race-baited.
Big Media protected them both.
Big Media continues to protect Obama even if it has to act stupid and dumb to do so.
On his sixth month anniversary in office Barack Obama proved yet again he is not ready on Day 1, Week 1 or Month 6.
Governor Sarah Palin today takes the target off her back in Alaska and begins a 3 year effort to vanquish the sexists and misogynists in the Republican Party and eventually confront the sexists and misogynists in the Dimocratic Party.
Hillary Clinton today displayed why the United States made an historic mistake in allowing the Dimocrats to gift Obama the nomination and deny ourselves a president of great quality.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that Iran will never achieve its goal of obtaining a nuclear weapon, declaring to Tehran: “Your pursuit is futile.”
“What we want to do is to send a message to whoever is making these decisions, that if you’re pursuing nuclear weapons for the purpose of intimidating, of projecting your power, we’re not going to let that happen,” Clinton said.
“First, we’re going to do everything we can to prevent you from ever getting a nuclear weapon. But your pursuit is futile, because we will never let Iran — nuclear-armed, not nuclear-armed — it is something that we view with great concern, and that’s why we’re doing everything we can to prevent that from ever happening. … We believe, as a matter of policy, it is unacceptable for Iran to have nuclear weapons.”
The clear words were meant for the current leaders of Iran. To the people of Iran, Hillary spoke the words they needed to hear, the words they expected to hear, from an American president.
“I have been moved by the … cries for freedom. … People that go back millennia, that have such a great culture and history, deserve better than what they’re getting.”
Listening to Hillary speak Americans realized that we too “deserve better” than what we are getting.
To North Korea’s rulers, Hillary again spoke with clarity:
“They’ve engaged in a lot of provocative action in the last months. … It’s not going to work this time.”
“It’s not only that North Korea has, against the international norms … proceeded with this effort, but they also are a proliferator,” she said. “We know that for a fact. So it’s not only the threat they pose to their neighbors, and eventually beyond, but the fact that they’re trying to arm others.” [snip]
Clinton began by saying: “What’s important here is the clear message that we’re sending to North Korea. … North Korea must change their behavior, and we have to get back to moving toward verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner. … We’re imposing the most stringent sanctions we ever have. We have great cooperation from the world community.
“We still want North Korea to come back to the negotiating table to be part of an international effort that will lead to denuclearization. But we’re not going to reward them … for half-measures. They now know what we and the world community expect.
“We want to make clear to North Korea that their behavior is not going to be rewarded. In the past, they believed that they have acted out — doing things which really went against the norms of the international community—and somehow then were rewarded. Those days are over.”
Hillary also taught Vice President Joe Biden how to speak with wisdom and deal with adversaries on the world stage:
Asked whether this meant that the U.S. would now act as if it possessed the upper hand, Clinton responded, “No, I don’t think that’s all what the Vice President meant.”
She added that the US still views Russia “as a great power.”
“Every country faces challenges,” Clinton said. “We have our challenges. Russia has their challenges. And there are certain issues that Russia has to deal with on their own. We want to make clear as we reset our relationship we are very clearly not saying that Russia can have a 21st century sphere of influence in eastern Europe. That is an attitude and policy we reject. We are also making it very clear that any nation in eastern Europe that used to be a part of the Soviet Union…[can] choose whatever alliance they want to join.”
Clinton acknowledged that Russia has been “very helpful” in its support of the U.S. efforts to deal with North Korea, and that the nations continue to work together on matters of nuclear arsenals, loose fissile material and violent extremism.
“There is an enormous amount of work to be done between us and Russia,” Clinton said.
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Today is Governor Sarah Palin’s last day as Alaska Governor. Governor Palin is ready for the next stage of her political career. We assume, because she is the freshest and most dynamic voice thus far that the Republicans have, that Governor Palin will likely run for president – but in any event Palin will be instrumental is creating and communicating the eventual Republican Party message.
But Sarah Palin really has only one decision to make: to confront sexism and misogyny or not.
Advice to Palin to get a unified team (not the SarahPAC team fighting the Governor Palin team), study up on foreign, economic, and domestic policy, fund-raise, organize in all 50 states, etc. are all well and good but ultimately not the problem. Sexism and misogyny are the problem.
We Hillary supporters have witnessed in the past few years the deep, pervasive, and entrenched, sexism and misogyny in American society. We Hillary supporters have witnessed that in many instances, particularly with women, the sexism and misogyny are so entrenched that it is not even recognized, nor acknowledged, by many women and men.
Sarah Palin will have to confront the many Republican sexists and misogynists as well as rivals for the presidency who will utilize sexism and misogyny to destroy her. Palin will do a great service if, by running, she brings an anti-sexism and anti-misogyny message to Republicans who have previously seen that struggle as a ‘Democratic sissy boy’ concern.
A Sarah Palin candidacy for President would be a new twist to the culture wars if she educates Republicans on these issues and shames Dimocrats for the sexism and misogyny they luxuriated in with their attacks on Hillary Clinton.
We Democrats are not in agreement with Governor Palin on many issues. But Governor Palin has the potential to created a unified front with Hillary supporters, who are aware of and want to end the applause sexism and misogyny receives from Obama Dimocrats, with Republicans who in their self-interest will finally accept that sexism and misogyny are indeed a big problem in American society.
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Obama will take another Bush-style vacation in August. Obama will not go to Republican Texas, but rather to the lovely and wealthy precincts of Martha’s Vineyard. Obama will send a clear message to Americans: “I’ve got great health insurance, a Rezko house, and tens of thousands of dollars to spend on a vacation house – and screw you unemployed, unhealthy, uninsured, bitter and clingy Americans.”
George W. Bush went on vacation in August 2001, just before the planes hit, instead of implementing Bill Clinton’s recommendations on Bin Laden. Now Obama will vacay in the Vineyard while Americans burn.
Congress’s failure to deliver major health care legislation by President Barack Obama’s deadline next month transforms the traditionally sleepy August recess into what could be the decisive moment in the battle to win support for the legislation, especially from conservative Democrats considered crucial to its fate.
The recess, scheduled to begin August 7, will put to the test Obama’s vaunted, high tech political machine and the coordinated network of progressive groups that has been quietly preparing for months for this battle. They face, on the other side, a bruised Republican camp hoping to revive itself through a winning campaign against their opponents’ top priority.
That has made what was supposed to be a respite from the hand-to-hand combat of Washington politics into, perhaps, the most crucial month of Obama’s first year. And it will bring the battle over key elements of health care reform into dozens of targeted congressional districts.
August, will be a fake or break month for Obama and his Hopium addled Dimocrats. Obama will either have to bamboozle to an extraordinary degree, even for him, or he will be broken. July has not been particularly good either.
Barack Obama will look to rebound from one of the most difficult weeks of his six-month presidency, one in which his legislative priority, healthcare, stumbled and he got caught up in a racial controversy. [snip]
A Gallup poll released on Friday said only 41 percent of those surveyed wanted legislation approved this year, and the poll was done on Thursday night, one day after Obama’s healthcare-dominated news conference.
Other poll results paint a picture of an apparent rough patch for the president, as he tries to steer the country out of a lingering recession while pushing an ambitious agenda of making healthcare more affordable and accessible and addressing global warming.
Dimocrats are becoming Democrats again; the bamboozled are debamboozling:
But Americans are beginning to sour on his economic policies. A USA Today/Gallup poll last week said that by 49 percent to 47 percent, those surveyed disapprove of how he is handling the economy, a turnaround from his 55 percent to 42 percent approval in May.
The poll said the biggest drop came from conservative and moderate Democrats.
Fifty-nine percent said his proposals called for too much government spending, the poll found.
Obama also had Harvard egghead problems. But we wondered, is there a country, a country without Black/White problems, in which a citizen could insult a cop’s mother, or yell at a law enforcement officer, and the police would not be upset and effect an arrest?
Put another way, can anyone think of a country or a situation, where the Black/White racial dynamic is unquestionably absent, in which a cop would take punk talk from a prof’? We can’t think of such a place other than “stupid” Obama-egghead-friend-world:
The remark intensified the controversy and eventually forced Obama to back down in a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room on Friday in which he said he regretted the remark.
The White House hopes a planned meeting over a beer between Obama, Crowley and Gates in the near future will defuse a contretemps that Obama admitted had become a distraction.
“I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but nobody has been paying much attention to healthcare,” he told reporters.
In a rational world, Hillary would be helping Americans from the White House, Sarah Palin would be enjoying a vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, and Barack Obama would be hanging out with flakes and counting snowflakes in Alaska. But it is not a rational world.
Instead we have Hillary deflecting politically about her future while stepping up on the foreign front, Sarah Palin getting set up for the biggest moves of her life and for the Republican Party, and Obama packing his bags for another vacation and even more glorious opportunities to screw up.
Update: HWC in the comments has provided a very useful video link HERE. The video is located at the right hand column at the link and is an interview with Sergeant Crowley. Crowley answers many questions we have all had about what happened on the day he arrested Henry Gates. The video is about 22 minutes long. Crowley appears to be a very responsible and decent man.
Race-baiting Barack Obama and his race-baiting friends accused Bll Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Hillary supporters of being racists. Even the many brave African-Americans who dared advertise themselves as for Hillary, and not the Rezko pal from corrupt Chicago, were assaulted unfairly as “racists”. Hillary supporters know how outrageous the charge of “racism” is.
A black police officer who was at Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s home when the black Harvard scholar was arrested says he fully supports how his white fellow officer handled the situation.
Sgt. Leon Lashley says Gates was probably tired and surprised when Sgt. James Crowley demanded identification from him as officers investigated a report of a burglary. Lashley says Gates’ reaction to Crowley was “a little bit stranger than it should have been.”
Asked if Gates should have been arrested, Lashley said supported Crowley “100 percent.”
Gates has said he was the victim of racial profiling.
President Barack Obama says the officers “acted stupidly.” Lashley called Obama’s remark “unfortunate” and said he should be allowed to take it back.
Officer Crowley teaches racial profiling at the Lowell Police Academy. Crowley was personally selected by the African-American (former) police chief, Commissioner Ronny Watson, to teach the course on racial profiling. But now Crowley has been accused of being a racist. How is Crowley going to continue to teach that course now that the mighty Henry Gates of Harvard University has called him a racist (aided and abetted by race-baiting Barack Obama)?
Where will Hillary supporters Crowley go to get back his good name and repudiate the charge of racism? We hope he files a defamation of character lawsuit against Harvard’s Henry Gates. We hope for a full investigation of this incident.
Crowley has been trashed by Obama and his race-baiting friends. The reprehensible Michael Kinsley in today’s Washington Post praises Henry Gates as credible and makes the absurd claim that Gates “nobly but unconvincingly frames his anger in nonracial terms”. Really? Gates is “noble” and “nonracial”?
“It is the fault of the policemen who couldn’t stand a black man standing up for his rights, right in his face,” Gates said on CNN.
It appears that Gates is confirming that he was “in his face” and it is Gates who is not so “noble” but rather attacking Crowley in very ugly race-baiting and very racial terms.
Perhaps Kinsley will run away from his stupid remarks in defense of Henry Gates in the same way that Obama is running away from his own “stupid” remarks.
There are Left Talker attorneys who think Obama is “brilliant” and that being “black” is somehow exempt from common sense when dealing with authority and especially when interacting with a police officer who is responding to a report of breaking and entering. For these Left Talkers it is enough to hear “racism” and the Pavlov response is immediate.
Left Talkers who think Obama is brilliant, who surrendered to Big Media and said “vote for the Media darling” along with assorted race-baiters ignore the class ramifications of their Obama world.
Left Talkers who trashed Sarah Palin and laughed as David Letterman made clear class based attacks on Palin as a “slutty” stewardess type will take sides with their arrogant brethren rather than with a lowly working class cop.
Gates includes among his friends the Mayor of Cambridge (who is black), the Governor of Massachusetts (who is black), a well known thug from Chicago who occupies a white house (who is black) and the entire faculty of Cambridge’s Harvard University. But he is black so the Left Talkers immediately take his side and ignore that the entire power establishment of Cambridge are also black and friends of Gates.
Gates, unlike the poor or middle class, had the entirely justifiable charges against him dropped almost immediately without so much as a hearing. Does that happen to anyone but the best connected in the United States?
We certainly are not saying that police power and the abuse of same is not a problem. Indeed, the abuse of police power is extremely frightening. Abusive police, racist officers are a very real problem. What is disgusting however is that a poor or middle class person without connections who falls victim to a problem cop does not have the resources and power of the powerful Henry Gates and will now have genuine claims of racism devalued because of the false claim by Henry Gates. If there has been an abuse of power it is from Gates and his high powered friends, like Barack Obama who dares to speak without knowledge of the facts.
Americans can recall when Mayor Rudolf Giuliani of New York would automatically defend the police and deride the defendants in controversial incidents. How the defense bar of lawyers would howl and denounce the Mayor for talking sides or tainting ongoing investigations. It was right to denounce Giuliani for using his megaphone as the Mayor to prejudge an investigation. It is right to denounce Obama too.
Barack Obama, like Henry Gates, spattered race into a situation which reeks of class “you don’t know who you are messing with” arrogance. Prepare for lectures by the Hopium addled on how this is all code language for calling Gates “an uppity negro” because we all know that it is 100% impossible for black people to be arrogant. Black people, like Hillary supporters can be “racist” if they don’t support Obama but black people, even Ivy League Mussolini-types like Barack Obama and Henry “you don’t know who I am” Gates can never be arrogant.
Another line of defense by the Hopium addled is that the cop, Crowley, should have walked away because he eventually found out that Gates was indeed the resident of the house he had just broken into. This line of defense means that if you are in the right you have permission to insult law enforcement officials. Imagine that lovely world with people who are not committing crimes able to insult and denounce and ridicule police at will. If you are innocent of violating the law but a cop comes to your house on a call, or stops you for whatever reason you then have the right to call him/her a racist or insult their mothers or whatever simply because you have not violated any law.
Al Sharpton race-baited on the Tawana Brawley case. The race-baiting by Al Sharpton diluted the genuine claims by others who have indeed been made the victims of police misconduct if not outright racism.
Henry Gates shouted “racism” while abusing a police officer. The fake Gates “racism” cry now hurt the poor and the powerless who are genuine victims of police misconduct or genuine police racism.
Barack Obama proved once again he will race-bait.
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Obama is so so brilliant we are told by Left Talkers and the Hopium addled. He was not so brilliant in his most recent publicity stunt however.
Does anyone remember health care, or rather, health insurance? Obama is no longer alleging he is concerned about health care reform, now it is only about health insurance reform.
Obama killed his own publicity stunt message on health care.
Health care itself can be located at Saint James Infirmary – at the mortuary slab.
House healthcare negotiations dissolved in acrimony on Friday, with Blue Dog Democrats saying they were “lied” to by their Democratic leaders. [snip]
The seven Blue Dogs on the Energy and Commerce Committee stormed out of a Friday meeting with their committee chairman, Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), saying Waxman had been negotiating in bad faith over a number of provisions Blue Dogs demanded be changed in the stalled healthcare bill.
“I’ve been lied to,” Blue Dog Coalition Co-Chairman Charlie Melancon (D-La.) said on Friday. “We have not had legitimate negotiations.
“Mr. Waxman has decided to sever discussions with the Blue Dogs who are trying to make this bill work for America,” Melancon said.
Although those Blue Dogs were supposed to be headed back into another meeting of the Energy and Commerce Democrats, their anger was visible.
If the two sides cannot reach an agreement, the only hope for passage of the bill in the House will be to go straight to the floor, an option leaders shied away from endorsing but said was an option.
But the Blue Dogs issued dire warnings to leaders contemplating that approach.
“Waxman simply does not have votes in committee and process should not be bypassed to bring the bill straight to floor,” Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), the lead Blue Dog negotiator, said on Friday. “We are trying to save this bill and trying to save this party.”
Melancon said there would be 40-45 “solid no” votes from the 52-strong Blue Dogs, among other problems throughout the caucus. And Melancon said there are more Democrats who will vote against the bill.
“If they try to bring it to the floor, I think they’ll find out they have more problems than the Blue Dogs.”
On Wednesday Obama held a nationally televised publicity stunt and on Thursday he scheduled another publicity stunt “town hall”. Also on Thursday the Dimocrats in the Senate gave Obama a massive slap in the face as they told him “see ya later”.
Senate Democratic leaders on Thursday abandoned plans for a vote on health care before Congress’ August recess, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama’s ambitious timetable to revamp the nation’s $2.4 trillion system of medical care.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., delivered the official pronouncement on what had been expected for weeks, saying, “It’s better to have a product based on quality and thoughtfulness rather than try to jam something through.”
His words were a near-echo of Republicans who have criticized the rush to act on complex legislation that affects every American.
It is very likely that the August long delay, and the issuance of new economic reports will kill the Obama “reforms”. It is very likely that when constituents get to express their hostility towards the Obama “reform” to their elected officials during the August vacation the Obama “reform” will be killed.
The most famous black professor at Harvard lives in a very safe neighborhood because, in part, residents look out for and report suspicious activities, and because cops respond quickly to reports of possible break-ins. Yet that’s not how Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, took it when cops showed up at his door after a neighbor reported two black men (Gates and his driver) seemingly pushing into a vacant residence, which turned out to be Gates’ home.
He was arrested for disorderly conduct, and the rest is now histrionic history. (The charges have since been dropped, but the incident is not going away.)
Gates was returning from a trip to China, and he couldn’t get in through a jammed front door, so he apparently went around the back, shut off an alarm and worked with his driver to get the door open.
In any neighborhood – especially one of the safest in America – that kind of behavior would be cause for suspicion and a call to the cops, no matter the color of the guys “breaking” in.
But when police showed up, the “he said, he said” has Gates indignant and, according to the cop, refusing to present himself and his ID, then complying and at some point getting loud – with Gates saying, according to the police report, “Why, because I’m a black man in America?”
Had I been the cop, I would have probably gotten suspended for saying to Gates: “No, stupid, because I need you to step outside so that I may do my job. I need to know that you are who you say you are.”
Michael Meyers makes many additional points about those who profit from shouting “racism”. But Meyers makes an even more important point about how to interact with cops:
The cop’s job is not the most famous black professor at Harvard’s concern. Yet Gates’ automatic reflex was racial – that of a victim rather than a property lessee. The man with all the brains did not have the common sense of the average citizen who appreciates good and effective police work.
Calling the cops when one sees suspicious activities underway is exactly what good neighbors do. It is what a woman who works nearby did – and all indications are she acted in good faith. When cops follow up on such a report by asking suspicious persons who’ve seemingly gained entry to a vacant house to present ID, they are doing their jobs.
Nevertheless, Gates and the race industry spokesmen who’ve rushed to his defense have leaped to the fast conclusion that this was an incident of racial profiling – and that one of America’s most famed black academics was a victim of police misconduct. Choice reaction by the Rev. Al Sharpton: “I’ve heard of driving while black, and I’ve heard of shopping while black. But I’ve never heard of living in a home while black.” [snip]
The real truth is that Gates did not get arrested for being black or even for being suspicious or for breaking into his own home. He was arrested for disorderly conduct – for failing to do what civil rights activists and race experts always advise innocent black men, and all others who come into contact with the police, to do: cooperate.
It makes sense to repeat this message now, especially for the benefit of young black men. If the police confront you, don’t go demanding badge numbers and reading the cops the riot act. Be courteous and calm. Explain yourself and, if asked, present ID.
If there has been a constitutional violation of some kind by the cops, that can be taken care of once the police have left you alone, moving on – let’s hope – to investigate other suspicious behavior.
Michael Meyers (gasp!, a black man) is Executive Director of the New York Civil Rights Coalition.
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We all have cop stories. We all want cops to be ruthless, sticklers for the law, maintainers of strict law and order, and taking no guff from lawbreakers, and to be suspicious and demanding of proof – as long as it is cops versus someone else, the “them”.
When it comes to us and our friends we all want cops to exercise common sense, restraint, polite courtesy. These are hypocrisies we all share.
We also all know to be respectful of cops, be very polite, do not make fast moves, answer questions directly, keep your mouth shut even if you are very angry at “disrespectful” behavior by cops. And by all means use the word “officer” not “cops” when speaking to law enforcement officers. Yelling and acting tough or wise-assey is not a particularly effective strategy for interacting with men and women whose jobs are to hunt out bad guys and sniff out bad behavior.
If you get stopped by cops law enforcement officers while driving a car or walking in the street or even in your home, understand they have a job to do and they will get the job done whether you approve of their demeanor or not.
If you have just forcibly broken into your own home, if you have visibly broken a door in order to enter, if cops then appear in response to a break-in report – do not act as if the cops have no right to be there and throw the cops out. Cops, er, law enforcement officers, know of many cases where the bad guys break into a house, make themselves at home, cook food, go to the bathroom, and even turn on the TV. If there is a police report of a break-in being investigated the cops will want to satisfy themselves that the person in that house is indeed the property owner and not just a law breaker with a perverse sense of property rights.
In short, the police are not perfect, but don’t mess with them.
And yes, some cops are racist and some are rotten, and some are corrupt – but do not call them out with abuse while they are on duty. While cops are on duty they are acting with the full force and authority of law. If you have a problem with a cop or a cop’s behavior, wait until they have departed, then call your lawyer or an agency charged with police monitoring.
The above common sense rules apply to Harvard professors of all races and creeds as well as all citizens of all races and creeds.
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Did we mention that there were black cops on the scene of the Gates arrest? Did we mention that the arresting officer (who will not apologize) appears to be a very smart and good guy – not a racist.
President Barack Obama said Wednesday he didn’t know what role race played in the incident but added that police in suburban Boston “acted stupidly” in arresting Gates even after he offered proof that he was in his own home.
“I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry,” Obama said. “Number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. And number three – what I think we know separate and apart from this incident – is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement
Last night Obama channeled his mentor Jeremiah Wright and protected his abusive friend Henry Gates.
The cop at the center of the storm says “I am not a racist.” In this case, it does not appear that Police Sergeant James Crowley is anything but a cop doing his job.
When Sergeant James M. Crowley climbed the front steps of Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s house last week and unexpectedly placed himself in international headlines, it was not the first time he had a memorable encounter in the line of duty with a prominent black man. Nearly 16 years ago, as a Brandeis University police officer, Crowley desperately tried to save the life of Reggie Lewis after the Boston Celtics star collapsed while practicing in the school gym.
“It bothers him terribly that he couldn’t save him,’’ Crowley’s 74-year-old mother, Verina Crowley, said yesterday, speaking of her son and the famous basketball player.
Yesterday, as President Obama condemned the Cambridge Police Department during a prime-time White House news conference and Crowley steadfastly refused to issue the apology that Gates has sought, a fuller picture began to emerge of the 42-year-old sergeant who arrested the Harvard scholar last week on a charge of disorderly conduct on the porch of Gates’s Cambridge house.
Crowley was a certified emergency medical technician when he performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Lewis, to no avail, after the player’s heart stopped on July 27, 1993. In a Globe interview later that day, Crowley said he rushed to the university’s Shapiro Gymnasium, confirmed that Lewis had no pulse, and frantically tried to revive him.
“I just kept on going,’’ he said. “I just kept thinking, ‘Don’t let him die – just don’t die.’ ’’
Now, 16 years later, he stands accused of racism by Gates, one of the foremost scholars on race in America. Gates had just arrived home to his Cambridge house from a trip abroad to find his front door stuck shut. As he and the driver who brought him from the airport tried to push it open, a passerby called police with a report of a possible break-in. Crowley arrived and demanded that Gates, now inside, show him identification. Crowley’s police report said Gates behaved belligerently when he questioned him, which Gates denied. Authorities dropped the charge Tuesday after it ignited accusations of racism.
But people who know Crowley were skeptical or outright dismissive of allegations of racism. A prominent defense lawyer, a neighbor of Crowley’s, his union, and fellow officers described him yesterday as a respected, and respectful, officer who performs his job well and has led his colleagues in diversity training.
“He’s evenhanded and, in the cases I’ve had with him, he’s been very much in control and very professional,’’ said Joseph W. Monahan III, a criminal defense lawyer in Cambridge and former Middlesex County prosecutor. Monahan has represented several defendants arrested by Crowley for domestic assaults and for drunken driving.
Having possibly smeared Sergeant Crowley, Henry Gates has still not filed a complaint. Gates should file a complaint and we can then get the testimony of the other cops, including an African-American cop which can be clearly seen in photos of the incident. Let’s have an full investigation. Hillary supporters, black and white, know what it is to be called “racist”. Let’s have an investigation.
The city’s Police Review and Advisory Board, which is independent of the Police Department, has set a meeting July 29 to decide whether to launch a formal inquiry into the incident, according to board investigator Joseph Johnson. He said Gates had not filed a complaint with the board and that no one has filed a complaint against Crowley in the last 12 months. [snip]
His neighbor Ed Shagory, a retired lawyer, was less reticent. He said he has been friends with Crowley for more than 17 years, and “I think the world of him and his family.’’
Shagory said he was upset by the criticism leveled against the officer and questioned Gates’s statement that the confrontation had inspired the Harvard professor to consider making a documentary about racial profiling.
“I think the idea of him already planning a documentary is very premature, and a very unnecessary thing to say before all the facts are even in,’’ Shagory said.
Crowley joined Cambridge police around 1998, according to Sergeant James DeFrancesco, an aide to police Commissioner Robert C. Haas, who was unavailable for comment.
Verina Crowley said James is the third of her four sons, all in law enforcement. Two brothers, Jack and Joseph, also work for the Cambridge police. The fourth, Daniel, is a Middlesex County deputy sheriff.
Verina Crowley said her sons were raised mostly in the Fresh Pond neighborhood where she still lives, attended racially diverse Cambridge public schools, and graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, where she worked for 26 years.
“He is not a racist,’’ she said in the hallway of her home. And Gates “is not the first black person he ever met in his life.’’
Her children, she said, had black friends over to their home while growing up. James Crowley is still friends with one of those youngsters, now a Cambridge firefighter, she said.
“They grew up with black kids, white kids, kids who didn’t have parents, kids who had two parents – everything you can think of,’’ she recalled. Tolerance “wasn’t something you taught,’’ she said. “You just lived it.’’
Gates’s lawyer and Harvard colleague, Charles Ogletree, said what angered his client was that the police officer stepped inside Gates’s Ware Street house, uninvited, to demand identification and question him.
Gates showed his Harvard identification and Massachusetts drivers license with his home address, Ogletree said, adding, “Even after presentation of ID, the officer was still questioning his presence.’’
Said Bobo: “The whole interaction should have ended right there, but I guess that wasn’t enough. The officer felt he hadn’t been deferred to sufficiently.’’
The Cambridge police report describes a chaotic scene in which the police sergeant stood at Gates’s door, demanded identification, and radioed for assistance from Harvard University police when Gates presented him with a Harvard ID. A visibly upset Gates responded to the officer’s assertion that he was responding to a report of a break-in with, “Why, because I’m a black man in America?’’
“Gates then turned to me and told me that I had no idea who I was ‘messing’ with and that I had not heard the last of it,’’ the report said. “While I was led to believe that Gates was lawfully in the residence, I was quite surprised and confused with the behavior he exhibited toward me.’’
When the officer repeatedly told Gates he would speak with him outside, the normally mild-mannered professor shouted, “Ya, I’ll speak with your mama outside,’’ according to the report.
Gates was arrested after “exhibiting loud and tumultuous behavior’’ toward the officer who questioned him, the report said. [snip]
When the front door would not open, even with the driver’s help, Ogletree said Gates walked around to the back door, unlocked it, shut off the alarm system, and tried to open the door from the inside. It still did not work, so he went back outside and, with the driver, pushed it in.
Gates immediately called Harvard’s real estate office to report the broken door. While he was on the phone, police Sergeant James Crowley arrived and asked Gates to step outside, said Ogletree. Gates, indignant, refused, telling the officer that he lived there and that he works at Harvard.
When Crowley asked for proof, Gates initially refused, according to the police report. But Ogletree said Gates cooperated fully, walking into his kitchen for his wallet. The officer followed.
Gates “did ask him some pointed questions, like: ‘Is this happening because you’re a white cop and I’m a black man? Is this why this interaction is still taking place?’ ’’ Bobo said. “Who’s not going to feel upset and insulted when a police officer won’t accept the fact that you’re standing in your own living room?’’
Gates asked the officer several times for his name and badge number to file a complaint as the officer left the house. The police report said that when Crowley walked out of the home, Gates followed and continued to accuse the officer of racism. Crowley then handcuffed him.
Gates initially resisted, according to police, asserting that he was disabled and would fall without a cane. The officer reentered the home to fetch a cane. Gates was then taken in a police cruiser to department headquarters, where he remained for four hours, Ogletree said.
Gates was arrested last week on a charge of disorderly conduct after a confrontation with an officer at his home, according to a Cambridge police report. [snip]
According to his lawyer, Gates told the officer he lived there and showed him his Massachusetts driver’s license and Harvard University identification card. The officer followed him into his house and said he had received a report of a possible break-in, the lawyer said. Gates grew frustrated that the officer was continuing to question him in his home and asked for the officer’s name and badge number, Ogletree said.
The police report offers a different account of the incident.
Gates refused to step outside to speak with the officer, the police report said, and when Crowley told Gates that he was investigating a possible break-in, Gates opened the front door and exclaimed, “Why, because I’m a black man in America?” the report said.
“While I was led to believe that Gates was lawfully in the residence, I was quite surprised and confused with the behavior he exhibited toward me,” he said, according to the report.
The report said Gates initially refused to show the officer identification, but eventually produced a Harvard identification card, prompting Crowley to radio for Harvard University Police
Gates followed the officer outside and continued to accuse him of racial bias, the report said. After Crowley warned the professor twice that he was becoming disorderly, the officer wrote he arrested Gates for “loud and tumultuous behavior in a public space.”
Ogletree said the professor was “very frustrated” but never touched or pointed at the officer.
Large picture of Gates screaming, African-American cop clearly visible in the photograph (he must be racist too), and a story of Gates denying he screamed – with a special appearance by race-baiter James Clyburn who race-baited Bill Clinton with charges of “racism” – from the Boston Globe:
Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. chastised a Cambridge police officer today and demanded an apology after authorities agreed to drop a disorderly conduct charge against the renowned African-American scholar.
Gates accused the officer who arrested him at his Cambridge home of having a “broad imagination” when he summarized last Thursday’s confrontation in police reports, and he denied making several inflammatory remarks.
“I believe the police officer should apologize to me for what he knows he did that was wrong,” Gates said in a phone interview from his other home in Martha’s Vineyard. “If he apologizes sincerely, I am willing to forgive him. And if he admits his error, I am willing to educate him about the history of racism in America and the issue of racial profiling … That’s what I do for a living.”
Gates, 58, was handcuffed and booked last Thursday following a police investigation into a suspected burglary at his Ware Street home near Harvard Square. A passerby spotted Gates and his driver, who had dropped him off from the airport, trying to push the front door open and called the police. The door had been jammed. Police responded and arrested Gates after they said he became belligerent. [snip]
The imbroglio elicited reactions from across the country about race relations and profiling. Representative James E. Clyburn, Democrat of South Carolina, said today on MSNBC that even though “we’ve elected an African-American president … these kinds of profiling do, in fact, take place.”
“We’re a long way from putting this issue behind us,” said Clyburn, a Democrat and former chairman of Congressional Black Caucus.
This afternoon in an interview, Gates said he never yelled at the officer other than to demand his name and badge number, which he said the officer refused to give. The officer, Sergeant James Crowley, said in the police report that he did state his name. He also said Gates unleashed a verbal tirade, calling him racist, telling him that he did not know who he was messing with, and threatening to speak to his “mama” outside.
“The police report is full of this man’s broad imagination,” Gates said in response to a question on whether he had said any of the quotes in the report. “I said, ‘Are you not giving me your name and badge number because I’m a black man in America?’ . . . He treated my request with scorn. . . I was suffering from a bronchial infection. I couldn’t have yelled. . . I don’t walk around calling white people racist.”
Gates continued, “I’m outraged. I shouldn’t have been treated this way but it makes me so keenly aware of how many people every day experience abuses in the criminal justice system … No citizen should tolerate that kind of poor behavior by an officer of the law. . . This is really about justice for the least amongst us.”
Because of his arrest, Gates said he plans to make racial profiling and prison reform central intellectual and political issues he wants to explore. He’s also considering a new documentary on racial profiling.
“Because of the capricious whim of one disturbed person . . . I am now a black man with a prison record,” Gates said. “You can look at my mug shot on the Internet.”
Look at the picture, who do you think is telling the truth? Who is the yelling racist race-baiter?
Hillary supporters who fought for Hillary as the best vehicle to get universal health care now oppose health care – who’da thunk it? How can it be explained? What’s going on here? How can this be?
Think of it this way: A hungry person gets two invitations for dinner. The first invitation is from Julia Child. The second invitation is from Jeffrey Dahmer.
With the first invitation from Julia Child (a.k.a. Hillary Clinton) the hungry person is sure to get a delicious nutritious dinner from an experienced and knowledgeable and trustworthy cook who knows the pitfalls of the kitchen. With the second invitation from Jeffrey Dahmer (a.k.a. Barack Obama) the hungry person will be on the table as the dinner.
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During the primary campaigns of 2008, Hillary supporters regularly listed universal health care as priority number one. Here at Big Pink we wrote repeatedly in support of Hillary Clinton’s American Health Choices Plan (read the reviews of Hillary’s plan to see what might have been). We have understood always how absolutely important universal health care is for Americans and for the American economy.
Here at Big Pink we have commentors like Basil9 who desperately need quality health care and we understand the perils of the current thin ice situation. Basil9 is not alone in the damnation which is the current health care system for have-nots and even health care haves. We recoil at the many horror stories we have witnessed and the horror stories heard from those in need of health care for themselves or their family. We know that even for some with health care plans, at the moment of need, the system aggravated rather than soothed.
But we also understand that universal health care died when Hillary was denied the Democratic nomination.
We will write at some point during the upcoming health care debate a comprehensive review of why Obama is the enemy of health care reform. Some might remember the warnings we issued, starting in 2007, about why Obama is the enemy of health care reform and why Obama Won’t Be There When We Need Him.
Some will remember the attacks by Barack Obama on Hillary Clinton’s health care plan. Obama, we remember very well, trashed Hillary. Obama, we remember very well, trashed Hillary’s ideas (and John McCain’s ideas) which would now save his about to be euthanized schemes.
I’d add, however, a further concern: the debate over mandates has reinforced the uncomfortable sense among some health reformers that Mr. Obama just isn’t that serious about achieving universal care — that he introduced a plan because he had to, but that every time there’s a hard choice to be made he comes down on the side of doing less.
Hillary knew it would require strong leadership and a hell of a big fight to pass universal health care.
Obama? Obama just wanted the celebrity publicity stunt rush that comes from the spotlight.
Universal health care died when the Dimocrats gifted Obama the nomination.
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With Obama you always have to go back to first principles:
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.
Tonight Obama will try to bamboozle again with yet another televised publicity stunt at 8:00 p.m. (ET). Big Media personalities attending the publicity stunt would do Americans a great service if they would ask Obama to state exactly what is in the current House and Senate proposed legislation, what he likes in each and why and which he supports. Does Obama understand what is happening or is he holding publicity stunts for legislation he does not understand? The possibility that Obama has no idea what he is pushing is not entirely to be dismissed:
During the call, a blogger from Maine said he kept running into an Investors Business Daily article that claimed Section 102 of the House health legislation would outlaw private insurance. He asked: “Is this true? Will people be able to keep their insurance and will insurers be able to write new policies even though H.R. 3200 is passed?” President Obama replied: “You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you are talking about.” (quote begins at 17:10)
This is a truly disturbing admission by the President, especially considering that later in the call, Obama promises yet again: “If you have health insurance, and you like it, and you have a doctor that you like, then you can keep it. Period.” How can Obama keep making this promise if he is not familiar with the health legislation that is being written in Congress? Details matter.
For those who care, details matter. For showboating flim-flam men, only the drug rush of adulation and publicity matters. Hard work? that is for others, not for showboaters. Perhaps that is why Blue Dogs and Yellow Dogs, moderates and liberals are “concerned”. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer:
The majority leader also conceded that concerns about the current House bill are not limited to a group of conservative “Blue Dog” Democrats who have publicly stated their opposition to the bill.
“It’s not just Blue Dogs. I want to make it very clear — progressives, Blue Dogs and everybody in between has expressed concerns, and we’re working on that,” Hoyer said.
Obama has been too busy with other publicity stunts, which involve a great deal of travel to fun locations and big crowds, to notice the mess he wants others to deal with. Now, facing a disaster that will expose him as the useless clown he has always been – a man with zero accomplishments and a zero logo to match – Obama is scrambling to appear interested.
Last night, invitations to former Obama campaign workers were sent from the DNC/B.O organization to “plant” questioners in later “town hall” events (we specifically heard of these invitations to a Chicago “town hall” publicity stunt). But no amount of publicity stunts are going to help the mish mash mess which is the Obama “plan”.
Not only are Republicans honing their opposition, but some Democrats in both chambers are voicing doubts about moving such complex and costly legislation too quickly.
“No one wants to tell the speaker (Nancy Pelosi) that she’s moving too fast and they damn sure don’t want to tell the president,” Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., a key committee chairman, told a fellow lawmaker as the two walked into a closed-door meeting Tuesday. The remark was overheard by reporters.
Obama has scheduled a prime-time news conference Wednesday, expected to focus on health care. It’s turning into a major test of his leadership. One Republican senator says if the party can stop Obama on health care, it will break him.
Now Obama is scrambling, seizing the opportunity for publicity stunts and more travel for additional publicity stunts, instead of the hard draft legislation work which health care reform required. After wasting trillions on election year slush funds, Obama is now forced to retire to Waterloo or finally get to work:
President Barack Obama is significantly raising his personal stake in the effort to overhaul America’s health-care system, as Democrats and the public express growing unease about the costs.
After weeks of allowing allies in Congress to shape the emerging bills, the White House signaled its intention to start spending more of Mr. Obama’s political capital. “We’re going to have to wade in a little deeper into the nitty-gritty to keep the process going,” White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said in an interview. “We know that and accept that.”
On Tuesday — exactly six months into his presidency — Mr.Obama did just that, diving into an intraparty dispute over the cost of health-care legislation in a long meeting with conservative Democrats. And for the eighth time in nine days, the president delivered an impassioned pitch for Congress to pass an ambitious bill, urging lawmakers to “insist that this time it will be different.” Mr. Obama plans a prime-time news conference Wednesday as well.
Only now, is Obama worried. Obama is worried for his own future, not the health care needs of Americans:
Mr. Obama has faced criticism from some quarters for being too removed from the health debate, and he may have little choice but to get more deeply involved. Core Obama supporters still are clamoring for passage of legislation by August, and House leaders signaled yesterday that they will attempt to hold a vote there by the end of this month.
Yet polls show growing doubts among Americans about the effort, and conservative Democrats in the House are pushing for more cost-containment provisions and protesting the current House plan to finance the effort with about $500 billion of taxes on the wealthy. House conservatives said Tuesday night they made progress in addressing their concerns in the White House meeting. Meanwhile, though, the Senate Finance Committee is days behind schedule in coming up with its own plan for funding a health system.
The time for the legislative hard work was in January, not July. Now Obama is facing his Waterloo (as Senator Jim DeMint has been quoted as saying).
Americans needed, desperately, the Hillary Clinton universal health care program. Hillary cared about health care and Americans and she could be trusted to do what is right.
Obama? Obama never cared. To Obama health care, not universal, but a mish mash plan, was a get votes scheme.
Enough! The boob started six months ago with a mangled oath and every day since has been worse.
Very recently the boobery reached such heights that the Obama TelePrompter committed suicide. Expect a short life from the new TelePrompter. Yesterday, the ever-reliant-on-TelePrompters-Obama, was tripped up yet again while reading his remarks:
“The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system,” Obama said in remarks after a health care roundtable with physicians, nurses and health care providers.
To presume boobery is a kindness on our part. More likely it is malefaction.
How else to explain the actions aforethought?
For a long time we wrote that Obama was a flim-flam confidence man who ran constantly to keep one step a head of the law. Obama is still running from the law. Obama is still flim-flamming.
The latest flim-flam regards the closed/not closed Guantanamo Bay terrorist prison and why the task force plan for closing the prison will be “put off” and the deadline missed:
Yet the task force has not been able to reach a consensus on key issues—among them whether indefinite detention will only apply to detainees currently at Guantánamo or whether new prisoners captured in counterterrorism operations around the world can be similarly held without trial. Even more troublesome is where to imprison future detainees. Administration officials acknowledge they will almost certainly have to be brought to a facility within the United States—most likely a military prison. But recent protests by members of Congress about transferring some current Gitmo detainees to the United States—and amendments already passed by Congress requiring notification of any such moves—has made that option far more difficult than it was only a few months ago.
Obama will keep the Guantanamo report “on ice” until he is through with his latest flim-flams on Congress and they all go on vacation. On January 12 we wrote about Guantanamo:
The third George W. Bush term – starring Barack W. Obama – will be just as exciting, more corrupt, inept, dangerous and debilitating.
It is not only the Guantanamo report that is kept secret. An even bigger flim-flam is to keep news about the economy secret until Obama does the “stimulus” scam rush-rush on the joke called his health care plan/plans:
The administration’s annual midsummer budget update is sure to show higher deficits and unemployment and slower growth than projected in President Barack Obama’s budget in February and update in May, and that could complicate his efforts to get his signature health care and global-warming proposals through Congress.
The release of the update – usually scheduled for mid-July – has been put off until the middle of next month, giving rise to speculation the White House is delaying the bad news at least until Congress leaves town Aug. 7 on its summer recess.
The administration is pressing for votes before then on its $1 trillion health care initiative, which lawmakers are arguing over how to finance.
From the Hopium addled, who did their best to ignore our Obama Budget analysis, expect new rationalizations and new chanting and incense burning when they hear the likely contents of the suppressed economic report:
Any downward revision in growth or revenue projections would mean that budget deficits would be far higher than the administration is now suggesting.
Setting the stage for bleaker projections, Vice President Joe Biden recently conceded, “We misread how bad the economy was” in January. Obama modified that by suggesting the White House had “incomplete” information.
The new budget update comes as the public and members of Congress are becoming increasingly anxious over Obama’s economic policies.[snip]
A Washington Post-ABC News survey released Monday shows approval of Obama’s handling of health-care reform slipping below 50 percent for the first time. The poll also found support eroding on how Obama is dealing with other issues that are important to Americans right now – the economy, unemployment and the swelling budget deficit.
The Democratic-controlled Congress is reeling from last week’s testimony by the head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Elmendorf, that the main health care proposals Congress is considering would not reduce costs – as Obama has insisted – but “significantly expand” the federal financial responsibility for health care. [snip]
Citing the CBO testimony, House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Monday accused Democrats of “burying this budget update until after Congress leaves town next month.” He called the budget-update postponment “an attempt to hide a record-breaking deficit as Democratic leaders break arms to rush through a government takeover of health care.”
Financial reports must be suppressed if the flim-flams are to continue. Obama lover Karen Tumulty at Time magazine assesses the damage when the truth is actually told and not suppressed or ignored:
Read this quote, from Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf, testifying before the Senate Budget Committee. You are going to hear it repeated often by opponents of the health reform bills that have been unveiled thus far.:
“Dr. Elmendorf, I am going to really put you on the spot, because we are in the middle of this health care debate — but it’s critically important we get this right,” Mr. Conrad said. “Everyone has said, virtually everyone, that bending the cost curve over time is critically important, and one of the key goals of this entire effort. From what you have seen, from the products of the committees that have reported, do you see a successful effort being mounted to bend the long-term cost curve?”
Mr. Elmendorf was unequivocal. “No, Mr. Chairman,” he replied. “In the legislation that has been reported, we do not see the sort of fundamental changes that would be necessary to reduce the trajectory of federal health spending by a significant amount. And on the contrary, the legislation significantly expands the federal responsibility for health-care costs.”
How damaging is this assessment? It could be devastating. We have talked before about how crucial it is to make the numbers work for health reform. (And Jon Cohn has a must-read piece here.) Under the budget rules, the legislation will be scored not on how it affects health care spending overall, but rather, how it affects the federal bottom line. Harry Reid’s dismissive comment notwithstanding, CBO is the arbiter of this. And as the story notes, arguing with its estimates is about as useful as challenging the balls and strikes called by the umpire in a baseball game.
The truth-telling Elmendorf/CBO report is the reason why Obama will oppress the nation with yet another insufferable televised appearance on Wednesday. The problem for Obama however is that he has already been talking constantly about health care but the polling numbers drop the more Obama talks. A Michael Jackson style “This Is It” tour for Obama will end with as much success as the 50 concert Jackson effort: failure.
Meanwhile the woman who could have passed health care, the woman with the experience to do what needed to be done, is in India.
Obama had only two necessary jobs to do in light of the economic crisis. The first was to pass a Hillary Clinton Home Ownership Loan Corporation program and the other was to pass the Hillary Clinton Universal Health Care Program. Instead Obama bamboozled the nation with his “stimulus” scams and TARP scams and fake budgets loaded with pork and funny Mafia style numbers.
The Obama administration’s $50 billion program to curb foreclosures isn’t working, and the White House knows it.
Administration officials blame the mortgage servicers charged with carrying out the mortgage modifications and refinancing under the federal program. Many of their Democratic allies on Capitol Hill back them up, but others are criticizing the White House for fumbling the execution. Whatever the reason, the program hasn’t stopped the rising tide of foreclosures: Experts predict that at least another 2 million homes will be lost this year, and the administration’s plan has so far reached only about 160,000 of the 3 million to 4 million homes it was supposed to protect over the next three years.
That’s bad news for the economy — and bad news for the Democrats.