Tax Cheat Tax Hike Treachery And The Real Cash For Clunkers

To give Barack Obama, his crony Dimocrats, and enabling Republicans more money, whether in taxes or contributions, is the real Cash For Clunkers program.

Americans are beginning to fight back against their clunker representatives. In 2010 Americans will dump the clunkers in the axelgreased junkyards of American history.

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We’ll get to Tax Cheat Tim and the Tax Hikes for the Middle Class Treachery shortly (don’t miss our analysis below – it is one you will not read anywhere else and is right on target – video evidence included). Right now, let’s take a quick trip to Columbus, Ohio circa August 1, 2009 and the latest “Liber-Tea Party”.

Cheering messages of limited government, lower taxes and states’ rights, thousands rallied yesterday at the Statehouse, hoping to continue a movement that began in the spring with nationwide tea parties.

The enthusiastic crowd took aim at government bailouts, rising national debt, “socialized” health care and even Columbus’ proposed income-tax increase.

If approved, the tax would increase from 2 percent to 2.5 percent and generate $90 million to $100 million a year. City voters will decide the issue on Tuesday.

“That’s $1 billion over the next 10 years taken out of wallets and given to an institution right over there that has proven to us that they can’t manage our money at all,” City Council candidate Matt Ferris told the crowd while pointing toward City Hall.

“Say ‘no’ to this massive tax.”

Organized by the Ohio Liberty Council, people arrived by the busload and expressed anger over issues such as taxes and government intrusion. [snip]

Though there was plenty of anti-Obama sentiment in the crowd, speakers took aim at both parties. [snip]

Jason Rink of Clintonville, a member of the Liberty Council, reminded the crowd that President George W. Bush got the ball rolling by approving the federal bank bailout.

“Now that Obama is in office, all of the Republicans oppose the bailouts,” he said. “They are born-again fiscal conservatives. That’s convenient.”

George W. Bush did indeed get the ball rolling with the assistance and votes of then Senator Barack Obama who now pretends he is blameless in setting the ball in full roll, even as he voted for the Bush financial “plans”. After George W. Bush, nothing changed for the better, plenty changed for the worse – and we know that Obama is the Third Bush Term.



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As the Tea Parties gather steam, take some time to remember Tim Geithner.

We opposed Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary because the tax cheat, we felt, had lost the moral authority to head the Internal Revenue Service at the very least. We also did not believe his tax problems were not purposeful tax cheating. However, Secretary Geithner is not the problem. The problem is inexperienced and unqualified Barack Obama – the distractor-in-chief.

Big Media will misdirect on this issue but we’ve got it right: Tim Geithner along with Larry Summers yesterday did Obama’s bidding. Tim Geithner and Larry Summers were on message yesterday. Both Obama appointments began to roll out Obama’s latest treachery.

This is what happened yesterday, Sunday, August 3rd, a date which will live in infamy.

President Barack Obama’s treasury secretary said Sunday he cannot rule out higher taxes to help tame an exploding budget deficit, and his chief economic adviser would not dismiss raising them on middle-class Americans as part of a health care overhaul. [snip]

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers both sidestepped questions on Obama’s intentions about taxes. Geithner said the White House was not ready to rule out a tax hike to lower the federal deficit; Summers said Obama’s proposed health care overhaul needs funding from somewhere.

Here is the key Geithner quote which tracks what Obama said during the campaign almost exactly:

“If we want an economy that’s going to grow in the future, people have to understand we have to bring those deficits down. And it’s going to be difficult, hard for us to do. And the path to that is through health care reform,” Geithner said. “We’re not at the point yet where we’re going to make a judgment about what it’s going to take.”

What Geithner is referring to is the Obama promise during the 2008 campaign to RAISE taxes.

Here is what Obama said during the campaign which was entirely ignored by Obama’s Big Media protection squads:



In the above video, Obama declares he will “raise revenue” (translation: raise taxes) if there is half a trillion dollars in deficits. Because of Obama the budget deficit in 2009 is well past a trillion dollars. The meaning is clear: time to raise taxes.

Back then, as our video demonstrates, Obama worried about $10 billion of borrowed money from China spent per month in Iraq. Back then Obama worried about “credit card” budgets financed with Chinese money. In the same video Obama attacks John McCain because McCain allegedly “blows a hole in the budget”. But that is exactly what Obama has done.

After questioning Obama declares that he will consider raising taxes once the economy is on the road to recovery. That, we suspect, is why Obama has proclaimed “glimmers of hope” and “green shoots” and “positive economic signs”. Time for Obama to raise taxes, as he promised.

There is very little difference between what Obama said during the campaign and Tax Cheat Tim Geithner’s tax hike declarations yesterday. Here is what Tax Cheat Tim Geithner said:

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in an interview aired Sunday that the administration will do “what’s necessary” to revive the economy, and didn’t rule out new taxes as a means to do so.

“We’re going to have to look at – we’re going to have to do what’s necessary,” Geithner told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, host of “This Week.”

“Remember the critical thing is people understand that when we have recovery established, led by the private sector, then we have to bring these deficits down very dramatically. We have to bring them down to a level where the amount we’re borrowing from the world is stable at a reasonable level. And that’s going to require some very hard choices. And we’re going to have to do that in a way that does not add unfairly to the burdens that the average American already faces.”

Pressed on whether he was ruling out new revenues, Geithner said: “[W]e’re not at the point yet where we’re going to make a judgment about what it’s going to take. … I think what the country needs to do is understand we’re going to have to do what it takes, we’re going to do what’s necessary.”

Is it not exactly what Obama said? Watch the above video and compare Tax Cheat Tim Geithner’s remarks to Obama. Translation: “prepare to raise taxes”.

Here’s the full exchange:

STEPHANOPOULOS: I know you believe that passing health care is central for getting the deficit under control. But independent analysts say even with that you are going to need to find new government revenues. The former deputy Treasury Secretary Roger Altman said it is no longer a matter of whether tax revenues should increase but how. Is he right?

GEITHNER: George it is absolutely right and very important for everyone to understand we will not get this economy back on track, recovery will not be strong enough to sustain unless we can convince the American people that we’re going to have the will to bring these deficits down once recovery is firmly established. Remember we inherited a 1 point three trillion dollar deficit. The cumulative consequences of the policies this country pursued over the last 8 years left us with 6 million dollars of more debt than we would have had by making a bunch of commitments to cut taxes and add to spending without paying for those. We are not going to be able to afford to do that. And it is very important that people understand that. Our first priority now though is to get this economy back on track, make sure this financial system is repaired. Without that, we’re not going to get our deficits under control and the necessary path to fiscal responsibility, the necessary path to getting this country living within our means again is not just health care reform, to bring down those costs, but we’re going to a range of other things and that’s going to be a very difficult challenge for this country. We can do this, it just requires the will to act.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Including new revenues?

GEITHNER: Well, we’re going to have to look at – we’re going to have to do what’s necessary. Remember the critical thing is people understand that when we have recovery established, led by the private sector, then we have to bring these deficits down very dramatically. We have to bring them down to a level where the amount we’re borrowing from the world is stable at a reasonable level. And that’s going to require some very hard choices. And we’re going to have to do that in a way that does not add unfairly to the burdens that the average American already faces.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But that’s the dilemma, isn’t it?

GEITHNER: That is the dilemma.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Because when you look at health care reform again – I know you believe it’s going to bend the cost curve over time. But the Congressional Budget office says, at best, the health care reform plans out there are going to be deficit-neutral over the next ten years. So to bring the deficits down, there is not enough money in the discretionary budget, we all know that. That means more revenues. The President has said that taxes won’t go up for any Americans earning under $250,000, but it doesn’t appear that he’s going to be able to keep that promise if you’re going to bring the deficits down.

GEITHNER: George, we can’t make these judgments yet about what exactly it’s going to take and we’re going to get there. But the very important thing, and no one is going to care about this more than the President of the United States, is for people to understand that we do not have a choice as a country, that if we want an economy that is going to grow in the future, people have to understand that we have to bring those deficits down. And it’s going to difficult – hard for us to do and the path to that is through health care reform. But that’s necessary but not sufficient. We [are] going to do some other things too.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So revenues are on the table, as well?

GEITHNER: Again, we’re not at the point yet where we’re going to make a judgment about what it’s going to take. But the important thing…

STEPHANOPOULOS: But you’re not ruling it out, you can’t rule it out.

GEITHNER: I think what the country needs to do is understand we’re going to have to do what it takes, we’re going to do what’s necessary.

Geithner is saying almost word for word what Obama said during the campaign, but Big Media protected Obama. No questions were raised. Now, Americans had best prepare for the Obama Tax Treachery.

[No doubt the deficit is a massive problem made much worse by Barack Obama which we have sounded the alarm on often. We also do not think that merely taxing the “rich” is a rational response (and yes the rich certainly have benefited disproportionately during the past eight years) to funding programs.]

During the campaign, Big Media loved to show video tape of Obama cutting taxes on the middle class. Here is the dominant message from Obama and his Big Media protectors:



That video is very clear too – “Read my lips no new taxes!” Obama indeed did promise NOT to raise taxes on the middle class. “NO NEW TAXES”, said Obama.

Obama was so clear about his “No New Taxes on the Middle Class” pledge that now it is much more than revelatory. It is almost a confession of lies by Obama. Obama in the video below says Republicans will call him a “tax and spender” – but isn’t he? Already Obama has raised taxes on “sin” items which affect the poor and middle class and Obama proposes many taxes on the wealthy. And there can be no doubt that Obama loves to spend, spend, spend, – other peoples’ money.

Obama said it himself in the below video: Republicans will accuse him of wanting to spend it on all kinds of crazy pork barrel projects. Isn’t that what Obama did by pushing for and signing the “stimulus” scam?

Obama in the same video says the Republicans will say he does not pay for his spending, he borrows. Well? Does that not describe Obama to a “T”? Here’s the video:



So now the question is how to reconcile the Obama video in which Obama declares he WILL raise taxes on the Middle Class and the below video in which Obama makes very clear (then not so clear after he is questioned) he will NEVER raise taxes on the Middle Class?:



How can we reconcile Obama saying he will never raise taxes on the middle class (under $250,000), and Obama saying he will raise taxes upon economic recovery?

The answer is easy. The answer is about backstabbing and treachery and Big Media protection of the ultimate clunker: Barack Obama.

How to explain these two contradictory statements by Obama and echoed by his Tax Cheat lieutenant? Simple:

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.

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186 thoughts on “Tax Cheat Tax Hike Treachery And The Real Cash For Clunkers

  1. I knew you would see that information. I know you saw it before I did. Thanks admin. The Gov of CA will not seek another term. He did not do anything to solve the financial problems of CA. O seems determine to go down the same road. Only the media will spin it differently.

  2. Watched the local news last night. They are trying hard to make mountains out of mole hills. The car and house recovery are manufactured with the bonuses being given in those area. Don’t get me wrong, that is great, but that is a limited audience. If you start taxing the middle class, many on fixed incomes, you will see these people selling their homes and reducing their cost. The government does not seem to want to do this, but the people have to or they go into bankrupcy.

    So when the unemployed reaches 10% they will spin it as the return of jobs always follows. I think what we don’t know at this point, is where those jobs will be. They assume in the US. US corporations have been using this time to get rid of American jobs. I am not confident they will replace those with Ameican jobs tomorrow. After all, the CEOs have to keep their bonuses. And as I have stated before, we will not get back to the job level we had 1 and 1/2 years ago, as the regression in the Mortgage and financial markets will not go back to the same level. That in turn results in a lower level in many areas.

    I was talking to someone online last night who’s son is a professional photographer. Guess what, people are getting married, but they cannot affort to spend what they use to and the pictures go.

    Again, the American people have to make hard decisions, it is too bad that the legislative people do not, and continue WITH the PORK.

  3. Just back from Disney World see our ‘Goofy” ‘Dumbo” ear Prez still living in Fantasy Land. Also, was sickened to learn Paul mcCartney dedicated ‘Michelle” to MO….truly revolting.

  4. Well, they are revolting in the wrong effing direction. Damn, I’d love to know why people think subsidizing health insurance profits with their tax dollars is somehow a good idea? My God, we should be marching in the streets against subsidies for private, for-profit insurers! We should be demanding Medicare for All, cheaper health care for less. What the hell has happened to this country? Now they either want Obama’s crapatastic giveaway to the health finance sector, or they want a bunch of rich people to keep sucking our blood through a private health insurance system that is nothing but a scam? Lovely. Idiots on both sides.

  5. Looks like we will have to give Lou Dobbs some ratings

    Lou Dobbs challenges his own CNN network

    NEW YORK – He’s become a publicity nightmare for CNN, embarrassed his boss and hosted a show that seemed to contradict the network’s “no bias” brand. And on top of all that, his ratings are slipping.

    How does Lou Dobbs keep his job?

    It’s not a simple answer. CNN insists it is standing behind Dobbs, despite calls for his head from critics of his reporting on “birthers” — those who believe President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States despite convincing evidence to the contrary. The “birthers” believe Obama was born in Kenya, and thus not eligible to be president.

    Dobbs’ work has been so unpopular that even Ann Coulter has criticized him.

    Dobbs has acknowledged that he believes Obama was born in Hawaii. But he gives airtime to disbelievers, and has said the president should try to put questions fully to rest by releasing a long version of his birth certificate. He’s twice done stories on his show after the public leak of a memo from CNN U.S. President Jon Klein saying that “it seems this story is dead.”

    Klein said those stories were OK because they were about the controversy and weren’t actually questioning the facts. But critics suggest Klein is parsing words, that even raising the issue lends it credence.

    Joked The Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes: it “explains their upcoming documentary: `The World: Flat. We Report — You Decide.'”

    Dobbs hasn’t made it any easier by using his radio show to fight back at critics, who he called “limp-minded, lily-livered lefty lemmings.” He considered going on CNN tormentor Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News show to thank him (O’Reilly says the birthers are wrong, but he defended Dobbs’ right to talk about it).

    “He’s embarrassed himself and he’s embarrassed CNN,” said Brooks Jackson, a former CNN correspondent. “And that’s not a good thing for any network that wants to be seen as a reputable, nonpartisan news organization.”

    So who needs the headache?

    Klein said Dobbs does a smart newscast that explores issues that get little in-depth attention elsewhere, such as trade with China, health care funding and the stimulus plan. He suggested Dobbs’ CNN work is unfairly lumped in with his unrelated radio show, and that he’s judged on the show he did a couple of years ago, when Dobbs became a political target for his campaigning against illegal immigration.

    The two men sat down after last year’s election to make changes, aware that the anti-immigrant Dobbs’ image ran counter to the brand CNN was trying to create. CNN calls itself the network of unbiased reporting compared to conservative commentators on Fox and liberal ones at MSNBC.

    Since then, Dobbs has been doing a relatively straight newscast, Klein said.

    “He brings more than three decades of experience reporting and broadcasting the news,” Klein said, “and that’s very valuable to a news network.”

    Through a spokeswoman, Dobbs said he would not comment for this story. But he is a CNN original. Except for a two-year break a decade ago, he’s been with CNN virtually from the network’s beginning. Much of that time was spent anchoring a business newscast that made him hugely influential in the business community and immensely valuable to CNN. Old-timers say the desire of advertisers to be connected with Dobbs and Larry King essentially funded the network for years.

    Dobbs is considered among the smartest people at CNN, and also the most personally intimidating. For whatever reason — the rise of CNBC as a competitor or a sense that opinionated hosts were the future for cable news — Dobbs morphed from a business anchor to a polarizing populist.

    That version of Dobbs seemed better suited for HLN, formerly CNN Headline News, which has an opinionated prime-time lineup led by Nancy Grace. But reruns of Dobbs’ show didn’t do well on HLN, which is more female oriented. Klein said he and Dobbs determined Dobbs was more valuable as a reporter than as a commentator.

    The 861,000 people who tune into his 7 p.m. ET newscast on a typical night are down 20 percent from last year, according to Nielsen Media Research. He’s still ahead of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in that hour.

    “It’s very cutthroat,” said Janet Keefer, a Drake University journalism professor and former CNN producer. “As long as he isn’t doing anything that’s driving viewers away, they’ll keep him.”

    Fear could be another factor keeping Dobbs and CNN together.

    Dobbs has never been shy about fighting for his point of view. His feud with former CNN chief Rick Kaplan spilled out on the air in 1999 when he objected to having his “Moneyline” show pre-empted for a speech by President Clinton about the Columbine school shootings. “CNN President Rick Kaplan wants us to return to Littleton,” he said. Dobbs soon left CNN and returned after Kaplan left.

    With Dobbs hosting his own weekday radio show, the thought of him launching anti-CNN missiles every day has to be disconcerting.

    It’s also not hard to imagine Fox News chief Roger Ailes coveting Dobbs as a prize for his struggling business news network, offering reports to the main news channel as well.

    Organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and Media Matters for America have called for CNN to take Dobbs off the air; he’s proven a galvanizing and attention-getting force for his critics. At CNN, they’re hoping the controversy dies down with the heat of August.

    For that, they’ll need Lou Dobbs’ help.

  6. neetabug,

    Much to my regret, I watched Howard yesterday morning on CNN. I couldn’t believe the negative garbage he spouted about Lou Dobbs.

    Mr. Dobbs is now the only reason I tune into this comedy channel.

  7. When Specter said they have to make a judgement very fast. No wonder they can’t get anything right. The health care bill is too important. They need to take their time. Haste makes waist

  8. neeta, time is their enemy. They want to pass this boondoggle before people realize they are using our money to prop up the insurance sector, while all we get is more crappy insurance.

  9. There needs to be a report card done on how all the reps and Senators are talking to their constituents. I think they are restricting their audiences.

    Yes, they are out to get Lou Dobbs, because he speaks what everyone else keeps asking.

  10. I’m beginning to wonder if there is more to the BC issue. The bots at all levels are sure putting a lot of energy into trying to suppress any discussion of it! What are they afraid of?

    The worst case would be BO releasing all the info. Big deal. Unless….?????

  11. ADMIN…my goodness, you keep outdoing yourself…

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    gonzotx Says:

    August 2nd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    good article on Maureen Dowdie…she deserves every bit of it…

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    in the meantime what has happened to Donny Deutch? he is becoming an embarrassment to himself…he goes off for days about Sarah Palin not being smart, bla, bla and now with a rumor floating about marital discord, Deutch is going on and on about wanting to take her out, wanting to date her, he finds you “HOT, HOT, HOT” “to quote him, she is a very alluring, attractive woman” – on TV, no less…

    he was an on the record Hillary supporter and always spoke positive about Bill, but the man is a loose cannon embarrassment and is now the leader of the sexist misogynists, in my book…he is gross, plain and simple…a man who has plunged his self image to the bottom of the barrel…what a colossal disappointment he is…

  12. turndownobama

    You don’t spend like is it $1M in legal fees, and fight something tooth and nail you can so easily disprove. I still don’t know anyone who has gotten a passport, and done as much as O has that would not have a certified copy of his BC handy.

    The American people should be outraged that he has not produced it by now.

  13. # mj Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    neeta, time is their enemy. They want to pass this boondoggle before people realize they are using our money to prop up the insurance sector, while all we get is more crappy insurance.
    *********
    Exactly right…The first honest thing that Obama has said as president is calling this mess “Health Insurance Reform”. Obama has been owned by the “Health” industry since he was an IL State Senator. In IL, Obama was the “go to” guy to gut the IL State health reform. As Pres. candidate, he got >$1.4 million from “Health services/HMO”, more than 3x what McCain total. Obama doesn’t care what is in the “Health Insurance Reform” as long as the program can’t become single-payer. Otherwise he doesn’t give a sh*t, as long as he can sign something and can say that he saved Medical care. The Insurance companies and Health Industry loves the idea of 10-20 million new people in the “system” funded with tax payer dollars.

  14. # jbstonesfan Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 11:42 am

    was sickened to learn Paul mcCartney dedicated ‘Michelle” to MO….truly revolting.
    &&&&&&

    Lennon would have dedicated “Helter Skelter” to her.

    Paul is a suck up.

  15. JanH Says:

    August 3rd, 2009 at 12:57 pm
    mj,

    propping up Wall Street and the banks, the insurance industry, what next??? Organized crime?
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    We have organized crime in the WH…Chicago style!

  16. Add this video Admin to the list of Congressman feeling the heat. Austin Texas’s own Lloyd Doggett. I was very upset with him supporting the Fraud. When he first ran for office my father in law held one of the first fundraisers in Austin for him. I called his office many times to express my displeasure in his support for the fraud! Video found @ BP
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    youtube.com/watch?v=a8UjY3YDlwA&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcamille424%2Ewordpress%2Ecom%2F2009%2F08%2F02%2Fcant%2Dhelp%2Dit%2F&feature=player_embedded

  17. Nobody listened to us in the primary now look

    #1…remember all the General Electric stuff we all knew? Look at the Washington Post article today.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/02/AR2009080202045_pf.html

    The Prez, The Press, The Pressure
    Networks Grouse About Obama in Prime Time

    By Howard Kurtz
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, August 3, 2009

    In the days before President Obama’s last news conference, as the networks weighed whether to give up a chunk of their precious prime time, Rahm Emanuel went straight to the top.

    Rather than calling ABC, the White House chief of staff phoned Bob Iger, chief executive of parent company Disney. Instead of contacting NBC, Emanuel went to Jeffrey Immelt, the chief executive of General Electric. He also spoke with Les Moonves, the chief executive of CBS, the company spun off from Viacom.

    Whether this amounted to undue pressure or plain old Chicago arm-twisting, Emanuel got results: the fourth hour of lucrative network time for his boss in six months. But network executives have been privately complaining to White House officials that they cannot afford to keep airing these sessions in the current economic downturn.

    The networks “absolutely” feel pressured, says Paul Friedman, CBS’s senior vice president: “It’s an enormous financial cost when the president replaces one of those prime-time hours. The news divisions also have mixed feelings about whether they are being used.”

    While it is interesting to see how a president handles questions, Friedman says, “there was nothing” at the July 22 session, which was dominated by health-care questions. “There hardly ever is these days, because there’s so much coverage all the time.”

    Had Obama not answered the last question that evening — declaring that the Cambridge police had acted “stupidly” in arresting Henry Louis Gates at his home — the news conference would have been almost totally devoid of news. And that raises questions about whether the sessions have become mainly a vehicle for Obama to repeat familiar messages.

    Mark Whitaker, NBC’s Washington bureau chief, says Obama “is at risk of overexposure” and suggests the sessions are losing their novelty.

    “Every time a president holds a press conference there is potential for news to be made, as he did, probably to his regret, with his comments on the Gates case,” Whitaker says. Still, he says, “we would feel better” if White House officials “were approaching us with the sense that they had something new to say, rather than that they just wanted to continue a dialogue with the American people. There are other ways of continuing that dialogue than taking up an hour of prime time.”

    Sarah Feinberg, Emanuel’s spokeswoman, says that after press secretary Robert Gibbs heard that network officials had concerns about programming conflicts, “Rahm made a round of calls to network executives to discuss ways the White House could accommodate concerns.” The upshot was that the news conference was moved up an hour, to 8 p.m. — a boon to NBC, which had a 9 p.m. special featuring overnight British singing star Susan Boyle.

    Emanuel tried to create a sense of momentum — calling Disney’s Iger last, for instance, and saying he had secured agreement from the other two networks.

    Some calls had little impact. Emanuel reached GE’s Immelt, a member of Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, after learning that NBC chief executive Jeff Zucker was traveling. But Immelt told him that it was Zucker’s decision, and a subsequent call to Zucker yielded an agreement that NBC would provide live coverage.

    Tensions have been building behind the scenes. Some television executives say the Bush administration informally floated possible news conference dates in advance, while Obama officials basically notify the networks of their plans. Such an approach prompted calls between White House officials and the top executives at each network, and a meeting between Gibbs and the Washington bureau chiefs.

    But little changed. White House officials essentially dictated the timing when they decided to hold an evening session on the 100th day of Obama’s term and again on July 22. In that instance, network executives say, the White House announced the event on its Twitter feed less than an hour after informing them.

    Since the Reagan era, when cable news was in its infancy, prime-time presidential pressers have been a relative rarity. George H.W. Bush held one in 1992, but the broadcast networks dismissed it as an election-year event and refused to carry it. The following year, when Bill Clinton held his first evening news conference, CBS and ABC stiffed him; NBC carried the first half-hour; only CNN and PBS aired the whole thing. George W. Bush held four such events in eight years.

    But the networks have deemed Obama a box-office draw, featuring him on everything from “60 Minutes” to “The Tonight Show” to a 90-minute ABC town meeting on health care.

    Ari Fleischer, a former Bush press secretary, says the 43rd president didn’t like evening news conferences — “he thought they became more about the reporters than about him” — but that scheduling was crucial. Once, he says, “we scheduled something on a Thursday and NBC went crazy,” because several of its hits were on that night.

    “Frankly, it’s commercial,” Fleischer says. If it’s not a big night for the networks, he says, “they put civic duty and pride first. But you don’t go up against ‘American Idol’ — not even Barack Obama.”

    Dee Dee Myers, Clinton’s first White House press secretary, says ABC and CBS rejected her first prime-time request in 1993 on grounds that the press conference was “not news.”

    “With Obama,” she says, “everyone wants to have a relationship with the president because he’s been good for ratings. I’ve been impressed by how easily they seem to be able to roadblock an hour. No other president in TV history would have been able to do it.”

    The financial stakes are considerable. ABC, CBS and NBC have given up as much as $40 million in advertising revenue to carry this year’s East Room events. “We lose more than $3 million a show,” Moonves told Mediaweek. The Fox broadcast network has declined to carry the last two Obama sessions.

    Every president exercises considerable control over his encounters with reporters, picking on selected journalists and deflecting questions he doesn’t like. But Obama’s discursive style has also tended to depress the news value of the sessions.

    He began the last one with an eight-minute opening statement. His answer to the first question, including a follow-up, lasted more than seven minutes. All told, the lengthy responses allowed time for only 10 reporters to be recognized. And Obama’s professorial style of explaining policy at length, rather than offering punchy sound bites, may serve him well, but rarely yields dramatic headlines.

    One result: The audience is gradually dwindling. The last presser drew 24 million viewers, a significant number but a 50 percent decline from Obama’s first such event in February.

    The lingering question is how much of an obligation the networks have to carry these news conferences, given that they’re widely available on the cable news channels.

    One of the broadcast networks could demonstrate its independence, Friedman says, by breaking with the pack and refusing to air Obama’s next prime-time extravaganza. But, he says, “that would take an extraordinary amount of courage.”

  18. Confounding America’s ideals

    Cost-benefit analysis vs. American citizens’ lives

    washingtontimes.com/news/2009/aug/02/confounding-americas-ideals/

    President Obama has made his intent clear on health care: Medical decisions will no longer be made by doctors and patients, but by the omnipotent prowess of the federal government. By proposing creation of a bureaucracy to ration care and determine the cost-effectiveness of care for individuals, he has violated at least one fundamental tenet of America’s founding.

    The House version of the bill creates 53 new departments, agencies and commissions, but one stands out: the National Institute of Comparative Effectiveness. Though it may sound benign, this bureaucracy will be used to ration care.

  19. My posts are hung up in moderation. Admin, could you please embed the video posted at 3:10 PM?

    Thank you. 🙂

  20. ADMIN-you really need to embed this picture and put it as the final picture under the Bush to Fraud fearture you have on the right!
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    americanthinker.com/blog/2009/08/barack_obama_laughingstock.html

  21. fast judgment by spectre and the senators…..Spectre has been there for 30 yrs….surely he knows what is needed….not fats by RIGHT judgment is needed….for yrs he tooks a diferent stance….

  22. It’s bad enough that he thinks he has to oversaturate the North American television airwaves with his meme messages, now he wants global domination? And how much is this going to cost???

    ———————————-

    OBAMA TO LAUNCH PR CAMPAIGN TO SWAY ISRAELIS, ARABS ON PEACE

    BY BARAK RAVID
    03/08/09

    In light of the difficulties it has encountered in advancing the diplomatic process in the Middle East, the Obama administration plans on launching a public relations blitz in Israel and the Arab states. The New York Times reported on Monday that President Barack Obama plans to grant a number of interviews to Israeli and Arab television stations as part of his campaign to sway public opinion in the region in favor of his vision for peace.

    Obama’s special envoy to the region, George Mitchell, told the newspaper that a misconception has taken hold according to which the U.S. is leaning solely on Israel to halt construction in West Bank settlements. “It is completely inaccurate to portray this as, ‘We’re only asking the Israelis to do things’,” Mitchell told the Times. “We are asking everybody to do things.” Mitchell granted a rare interview to the Times at a time in which the administration has come under criticism for its perceived policy of only making demands of Israel.

    The former Maine senator added that, contrary to popular belief, Arab states have not rejected President Obama’s request for good-will gestures toward Israel. “We’ve gotten, over all, a very good response, a desire to act, some public statements to that effect from the crown prince of Bahrain, the president of Egypt,” Mitchell told the Times.

    The envoy said the statements on Israel that he has heard from Arab leaders in closed-door sessions significantly differ from the public pronouncements reported in the press. Mitchell told the paper that the Arab states are ready to undertake new measures. Although Mitchell did not specify which measures the Arab governments would adopt, observers speculated that they may include the opening of Israeli commercial interest offices in Arab states and vice versa; granting travel visas to Israelis; permitting El Al planes to fly over Arab countries en route to destinations in Asia; and granting interviews of Arab leaders to Israeli media outlets.

    The Saudis, Mitchell said, “want to be helpful. They, like everyone we’re talking to, want a peace agreement that will lay the foundation for the end of this conflict. I truly believe that’s what they want.” Mitchell added that a compromise has yet to be reached with the Netanyahu government over the issue of settlements, though he did add that any eventual deal will likely not be one which “everyone is going to stand up and cheer about.”

    “The phase we’re now engaged in is a means to an end,” Mitchell told the Times. “It is not an end in itself. The end is getting a peace agreement.

    sanfranciscosentinel.com/?p=37325

  23. The White House is backtracking like crazy on the comments by Geithner about middle income taxes. So either this was just speculation on Geithner’s part, a way to change the conversation from health care, or it was really on the table and the idiots didn’t realize how viral it would get.

  24. I just got a call from my County Dem party. I told them the 4 adults living here were no longer Dems as the Dem party ceased to exist 5/31/2009 and to remove our names from their logs.

  25. I am afraid that the DNC and BHO have destroyedthe Dim party that I have supported most of my life.I also fear for Hillary that another attempt to ru again,will be very difficult.We need to rally both parties to support her and put their country ahead of party loyalty.If we remove him from office then Biden or Pelosi will be the next in line.Way to go is impeachment for all three for malpractice in office and then We can have Pres.Hillary Rodham Clinton and save America and perhaps the world.

    By ABM90 Let’s do it friends

  26. JanH Says:

    August 3rd, 2009 at 12:31 pm
    neetabug,

    Much to my regret, I watched Howard yesterday morning on CNN. I couldn’t believe the negative garbage he spouted about Lou Dobbs.

    Mr. Dobbs is now the only reason I tune into this comedy channel.

    Me too. Dobbs is the only show I watch on CNN

  27. When you fear something, you try to distroy it.

    They fear Lou Dobbs bring this matter to Prime Time. THE WHOLE COUNTRY SHOULD BE ASKING WWWHHHYYYY!!!!!!!!!!

  28. How the mighty have fallen…

    —————–

    August 2, 2009

    Obama’s ratings fall back to earth

    Tony Allen-Mills in Washington

    OFFICIALS insisted it was not a crisis meeting, but President Barack Obama and members of his cabinet had plenty to worry about as they ended a two-day retreat devoted to discussions of the administration’s faltering progress.

    Plummeting opinion poll ratings, divisions among Democrats about healthcare reform and distracting rows about Wall Street bonuses, economic stimulus programmes and racial politics all cast a shadow over the beginning of Washington’s summer recess.

    Obama and vice-president Joe Biden left the White House on foot on Friday evening to spend four hours at Blair House, a government guesthouse across the road, where all 22 cabinet members and several senior aides discussed policy over dinner.

    “It’s not a mid-course correction or a report card,” insisted Robert Gibbs, the White House spokesman. Obama, who later departed for a weekend at Camp David, said the meeting “went fine” but gave no details.

    Despite mounting evidence that the US economy is beginning to recover from the recession, Obama has been in no mood to celebrate as popular concerns about the cost and effectiveness of his fiscal and healthcare policies continue to take a toll on his approval ratings.

    New polls last week showed that only 51% of Americans now believe it likely that Obama will bring “real change” to US government.

    The president acknowledged that signs of an upturn in economic activity had yet to benefit millions of Americans who have lost their jobs and homes to the recession. Vowing to “continue to work every day” until unemployment figures improve, Obama said he was “guardedly optimistic” that recovery was on the way.

    Administration officials insisted that there was no mood of panic, and that Obama had long expected that his once stratospheric approval ratings would quickly sink back to earth in a tough recession.

    “His personal attributes are still very high,” said a White House aide. “People think he wants to do the right thing.”

    timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6736043.ece

  29. Donald Lambro
    Tuesday, August 4, 2009

    Republicans closing gap in polls

    Nine months after Republicans suffered their worst political defeat in decades, President Obama and the Democrats are slipping in the polls and the Republican Party is expected to make gubernatorial and congressional gains in the 2009-10 election cycle, according to pollsters and election analysts.

    Six months into his presidency, Mr. Obama’s approval ratings have fallen from the 70s to the low 50s or less and the Democrats’ once-muscular lead in the polls also has shrunk. Republicans are leading in this year’s two governorship races, in Virginia and New Jersey, and analysts say they likely will capture several more governor’s mansions next year.

    “It would be hard to envision a political landscape as tilted against Republicans as it was in 2006 and 2008. There is now a body of polling data to suggest that the generic congressional ballot has closed. In the NBC/Wall Street Journal, Democrats have a seven-point advantage, the smallest it’s been since April of 2006,” said Jennifer Duffy, senior elections analyst at the Cook Political Report. “That is all good news for Republicans,” Ms. Duffy said.

    Even in the Senate, where campaign analysts say five open Republican seats give Democrats more to shoot at, Republican recruiting and missteps by Democrats are putting some unexpected seats into play.

    • In Connecticut, five-term Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, weakened by charges that he received low-interest mortgage loans from a Countrywide executive, is running behind or is tied with two of his potential Republican challengers in the latest polls.

    • In California, former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina was trailing three-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer by just 4 percentage points, according to a recent Rasmussen poll.

    • In Illinois, Republican chances of filling Mr. Obama’s former Senate seat improved significantly when state Attorney General Lisa Madigan turned down White House pleas to run. The Republican Party is fielding its strongest candidate, Rep. Mark Steven Kirk, who has crossover appeal to Democrats. The race is being called a tossup.

    • In Pennsylvania, early surveys suggest voters may be cooling to Sen. Arlen Specter’s party switch from the Republicans to the Democrats. A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed that he is in a dead heat with former Rep. Pat Toomey, the expected Republican nominee.

    Pollsters say the shift in voter attitudes is fueled by rising unemployment that economists say will hit 10 percent before year’s end, unhappiness with the administration’s economic stimulus bill, growing concern over sharply higher federal spending, a mushrooming budget deficit expected to hit $1.8 trillion this year and a divisive debate over the trillion-dollar costs of government health care legislation pending in Congress.

    “Democrats still have more opportunities than does the GOP, but the public’s growing nervousness about the economy and the deficit could develop into a problem for Democratic candidates next year, particularly in open seats such as Missouri and Ohio,” said the Rothenberg Political Report, which tracks election campaigns.
    “But the tide may be shifting slightly away from the Democrats,” veteran analyst Stuart Rothenberg reported last week.

    The Rasmussen daily presidential tracking poll showed late last week “that 28 percent of the nation’s voters now strongly approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent strongly disapprove, giving Mr. Obama a presidential approval index rating of minus 12. That’s the lowest rating yet recorded by President Obama,” the pollsters said.

    There is also growing disapproval of the Democratic Congress, which has begun to erode the Democrats’ political support in next year’s elections.

    The Gallup poll reported late last week: “If the elections were held today, 50 percent of U.S. registered voters say they would vote for the Democratic candidate in their district and 44 percent for the Republican candidate.” The Democrats’ shrinking margin of support “suggests the 2010 election could be quite close if it were held today given low turnout in midterm elections and the usual Republican advantages in turnout,” Gallup said. “Thus, at this early stage, 2010 does not look like it is shaping up to be as strong a Democratic year as 2006 was, and that could make it difficult for the party to hold onto the gains it made in the 2006 midterm and 2008 presidential elections,” the polling organization said.

    Democrats outraised Republicans in House and Senate races last year, but the Republican Party, with some exceptions, appears to be doing better on the fundraising front this year as it stakes out bedrock conservative positions on spending and taxes.

    The Republican National Committee beat the Democratic National Committee in fundraising by almost $7 million a month last year, but the money race is much tighter in this election cycle, Republican officials said. The RNC, in a strong fundraising performance, reported that it had raised $8.9 million in June, with a total of $23.7 million in cash on hand, compared to $6.8 million for the DNC, which had $13 million in the bank.

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said it raised $30.8 million in the first two quarters, compared to $17.5 million at the National Republican Congressional Committee.

    The National Republican Senatorial Committee, chaired by Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, has improved fundraising significantly over its dismal record last year, raising more than $20.1 million in the first two quarters, virtually matching the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s $20.9 million for the same period. But the DSCC had $46.3 million in cash on hand in June, compared to $24.6 million for the NRSC.

    washingtontimes.com/news/2009/aug/04/republicans-closing-gap-in-polls/?feat=home_headlines

  30. His personal attributes are still very high,” said a White House aide. “People think he wants to do the right thing
    ———————————

    And exactly why do they think that? If he wants to do the right thing, produce his BIRTH CERTIFICATE!

  31. Bill Maher is on HBO on the East Coast now. (repeat) Also at 10pm as well.

    Your BP will rise 20pts but you will, however, see Maher’s lips
    attached to BO’s a**..

    You will see an explanation of “The Family” The Christian Conservative Mafia, a new conservative cult. Explained by the author Jeff Sharlett.

  32. Admin:

    I LOVE the cutting edge stuff you are able to produce in such timely way. The public needs to know the news they aren’t getting from mainstream.

    Thanks for posting it!

  33. Okay, I’m going to go off on one of my rants, here. This whole healthcare debacle is just ticking me off. Not just Obama’s plan (which is horrible), but what is passing for public discourse on this very important issue.

    I tend to get it from both sides, because I maintain that ALL systems, here or elsewhere, have their share of problems. That is just the blunt truth.

    Those shouting that our system is perfect and needs no changes are ignoring the uninsured, the intrusiveness and OBSCENE profits of the health insurance industry, and many other things. On the other hand, those who want UHC shout down any suggestion that waits and bureaucracy and inefficiency are REAL and genuine concerns in countries that have govt programs.

    You can’t get anywhere trying to talk with people on EITHER side of this issue who stubbornly believe that “their way” is an automatic utopian dream. Our system has problems, and many European systems have problems. It would be wise of us to study this closely, look at every combination of public/private or hybrids thereof, and try to AVOID making major mistakes, here – and especially repeating ones that have already been made and backed away from by others.

    We need to look at all of our options and examine them HONESTLY. I want UHC, myself. But some countries have done it better than others, and ALL have had to trade off this or that to get it. Some countries have made mistakes in going too far, and have moved to a little more “free market” input correct those missteps, while still keeping UHC. There is no free lunch, not even in our current system. We need to be wary of slogans and demagoguing, and take a realistic look at the trade-offs inherent in any approach, and decide what upside is worth what downside to us.

    We get the emotion-inducing horror stories from BOTH sides of the debate, and very little head-to-head comparison of various systems benefits and costs and drawbacks (and yes, every system has drawbacks, even ours.) How much is freedom from govt intrusion worth to us? How much intruding does the insurance industry already do? And how do we stop EITHER ONE from dictating to us excessively, and still get healthcare for all?

    I guess the politicians think we are all too stupid to make comparisons and be rational, or be willing to give up THIS to get THAT, and vice versa. Some honesty would be nice, and I’ve seen precious little of it from either Dems OR Repubs.

    Instead, both sides seem to in a major battle of who can scare us more, or make us feel more guilty (either for the poor uninsured and pre-existing condition folks here, or for the poor hapless “socialism” victims who are evidently dying in droves on the streets from 5 year waits there.)

    I am SICK of the hyperbole. Can we have a rational discussion about healthcare in this country? Please? Can we please stop running around like chickens in a rush to cross the road, and take the TIME and effort to do that?

  34. I agree with you wholeheartedly, Hillary for Texas. It becomes very tiresome when everything devolves into a political game, a sound bite, a product of payola on a grand scale, or just sheer stupidity and carelessness. Why can it never be done with knowledge, research, and integrity? It is nerve-wracking and even boring to sit through this crap, not to mention tragic and unforgiveable. I’m with you.

  35. ADMIN, PLEASE EMBED.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOLs7Cybnqw

    Another town hall gets ugly, this time in NY with Rep. Tim Bishop. At about 3 min in to this video, he made a mistake when he brought up the VA as an example of a well-run govt system. An old veteran got up and incredulously said, “Have you ever BEEN there????!” Bishop, of course, has not.

    It got ugly, and it was very obvious how clueless Bishop was about the VA. That old vet was PISSED.

  36. ADMIN, PLEASE EMBED.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOLs7Cybnqw

    Another town hall gets ugly, this time in NY with Rep. Tim Bishop. At about 3 min in to this video, he made a mistake when he brought up the VA as an example of a well-run govt system. An old veteran got up and incredulously said, “Have you ever BEEN there????!” Bishop, of course, has not.

    It got ugly, and it was very obvious how clueless Bishop was about the VA. That old vet was PISSED.

  37. ADMIN, PLEASE EMBED.

    youtube.com/watch?v=UOLs7Cybnqw

    Another town hall gets ugly, this time in NY with Rep. Tim Bishop. At about 3 min in to this video, he made a mistake when he brought up the VA as an example of a well-run govt system. An old veteran got up and incredulously said, “Have you ever BEEN there????!” Bishop, of course, has not.

    It got ugly, and it was very obvious how clueless Bishop was about the VA. That old vet was PISSED.

  38. The VA has some of the best approval ratings in the country, as do Medicare and particularly tricare. These people are republican idiots. If he was an old man, he’s on Medicare, would he like to opt-out of Medicare? I don’t think so.

    Further, there is an excellent LA Times piece today about how we already have the problems of the Canadian system and it has nothing to do with their payer system.

  39. Report: Bill Clinton heading to North Korea to free journalists.

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090804/ap_on_re_as/as_nkorea_journalists_held

    I hope this is true.

  40. Thanks, H4T-

    The video is yet another indication of the country’s discontent with the current leadership…

    People are putting it together more quickly than I thought…

    If the rats are cornered, they will opt for Plan B…

    voting electronically because some catastrophe will prevent them from being there physically .

  41. The VA has some of the best approval ratings in the country, as do Medicare and particularly tricare. These people are republican idiots. If he was an old man, he’s on Medicare, would he like to opt-out of Medicare? I don’t think so.

    Amen.

  42. Paula,

    Apparently it is the South Korea newsgroups who are reporting that he is on his way to North Korea. There hasn’t been any confirmation from anywhere else including the U.S. State Department.

    I hope it is true as well but…

  43. mj, the VA system has serious problems. Sorry, but they do. I worked a VA PTSD unit, and there are SERIOUS issues with the VA. The man was not necessarily a “Republican idiot”, he was speaking the truth. And he specifically said he had used the VA for many years, so perhaps it was BEFORE he went on Medicare.

    A study done in 2007 by the Harvard School of Public Health found that 41% of military families thought the VA gave worse care than other hospitals.

    As I said above, denying that problems do exist in govt run programs is not helpful. Because people know better. If we want to convince people to go for UHC, then we are going to have to convince them that we can do a better job, and eliminate those problems. Denying those problems even exist is going to get us nowhere

  44. H4T, I’m not denying jack crap. But all three government programs have better approval ratings than private for-profit insurance. Further, as I said, the problems with canadian health care is not due to the way it finances health care.

  45. ALL systems, here or elsewhere, have their share of problems. That is just the blunt truth……Can we have a rational discussion about healthcare in this country? Please?
    *********
    Exactly…The Insurance Industry is spending $1.4 million dollars a day to prevent UHC. All the negative crap about single-payer, “Public option” are propaganda by these corporations in order to save their $600+ billion a year cash flow. The govt will take away choice of medical care, wants to euthanize the “old” people, etc. fits right into the right wing fear industry that is funded in order to screw the average American. My “single-payer” government health plan (Medicare) gives me more choice and economic protection than did my private insurance group policy.

    The health care issue is very simple. If you believe that every American should receive health care without bankrupting the treasury then the insurance companies have to be eliminated as the primary mechanism for providing payment. There is no other way.

  46. “The health care issue is very simple. If you believe that every American should receive health care without bankrupting the treasury then the insurance companies have to be eliminated as the primary mechanism for providing payment. There is no other way.”

    Amen.

  47. Oh how I hope and wish Bill Clinton all the luck with North Korea. Hillary must have sent him. She said she would use him in the Primary as a roving Ambassador. No one can talk to someone like Bill can. He is absolutely the best. Godsped Bill Clinton!!

  48. I have seen breaking news on Bill going to North Korea, so I am assuming it is true.

    I wonder why they are using Bill. After all, every mistake O makes he counters with a BC mistake. So if BC succeeds, what does that say. Giving BC this visibilty will be interesting.

  49. Please god give the journalists to bill…… I would love to see a picture of bill getting on a plane with them. please please please.

  50. What puzzles me is why private sector competition has NOT worked, at least to some extent.

    The HMOs have had since mid-90s and are apparently all about the same. The credit card companies can compete across state lines and are still all about the same. Same with supermarkets, most gasoline companies.

  51. I have to say that I am totally disgusted about our govt. I have been reading recent histories of LBJ, Kennedy and Nixon. When talking about people in the Senate and House, alot of the same corrupt people are still there since the Kennedy administration. Arlene Specter was on the Warren Commission. Nothing has changed folks, our govt is,was and will still will be unless we vote out these people and make term limits. Some of the seats are now held by the children of the people who served under Eisenhower. OMG, its like walking back in time and seeing corruption in every part of our govt. from the Senate/House to the FBI and the CIA. Its time for a REAL CHANGE that we can believe in. Vote these suckers out.

  52. What puzzles me is why private sector competition has NOT worked, at least to some extent.
    ************
    For the same reason that there was S&L scandal, Wall Street fraud, Bank Fraud, our food make us sick, etc. This “go round” started with Reagan and “big gubmint” is bad. What he and future Republicans meant was that government programs that protected the American people from corporate greed, were bad.

  53. “Equal protection under the law” is meaningless these days. It is no wonder….that in the course of a nations existence there will be a constant struggle between the powers exercised by “it” -the government- and that of the personal freedoms and liberties of the people “it” is supposed to serve. And if the people allow “it” to take on more and more responsibilities, “it’ will have to grow in order to satisfy that demand…and so “it” will naturally need more revenue.

    If in the course of a nation’s existence it adopts a policy of placing a large portion of the tax burden on it’s wealthiest citizen’s and the rest on it’s middle class, leaving almost 48 percent of it’s citizens free of any tax burden (other than a sales tax from a State) then it is no wonder that in the course of a nation’s existence those who pay the most, will be the most interested in running the government. A “hey, if we’re going to have to foot the bill for everything, then we should be the one’s calling the shots.” Of course, a millionaires idea of going without, is much different the rest of the people…isn’t it?

  54. SHV said:
    What he and future Republicans meant was that government programs that protected the American people from corporate greed, were bad.

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

    I’m wondering if it’s worse than that. Have the big corporations got the government protecting themselves from legitimate competition?

    McCain/Palin opposed the laws that keep insurance companies from competing across state lines.

  55. What I am now convinced of is that our govt. is being run by the mafia and has for a long time. There just happens to be mafia’s in this country, lets just say they are called the blue mafia or the red mafia. They are both corrupt and self serving.

  56. Are the little people of American waking up that this President does not really respect or represent them? Or is it as Lenoa Helmsley said, Taxes are for the little people.

    That is what the Tea Parties were all about, TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.

    So exactly what do you think you have now.

  57. BBC now has video of Bill Clinton arriving in North Korea. I’m glad it has been confirmed.

    —————————–

    Bill Clinton on N Korea mission

    Former US President Bill Clinton has arrived in North Korea on a surprise visit, apparently to discuss the fate of two jailed US reporters. He is the highest-profile American to visit since his own secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, went there in 2000.

    No official reason for his trip has been given, but analysts say he will try to free Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were recently jailed for 12 years.
    He may also try to ease the deadlock over the North’s nuclear ambitions.

    The last visit to North Korea by a former American president – Jimmy Carter in 1994 – led to an important step forward in nuclear negotiations during an otherwise tense period.

    Tensions are also high now. In addition to the reporters’ detention, North Korea has recently conducted a string of nuclear and missile tests in defiance of repeated calls from the UN Security Council.

    Flowers

    Mr Clinton landed in Pyongyang in an unmarked jet and was greeted at the airport by North Korean officials, including chief nuclear negotiator Kim Kye Gwan and Yang Hyong Sop, vice president of parliament. As he stepped down from the plane, a little girl came forward to present him with a bouquet of flowers.

    No information was given before the visit, and neither the US nor North Korea have released an itinerary. An American official travelling to Africa with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – Bill Clinton’s wife – said there would be no comment “while the mission is in progress”. But, he added, “our interest here is the successful completion of the mission and the safe return of the journalists”.

    South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted a source as saying: “As soon as [Bill Clinton] arrives, he will be entering negotiations with the North for the release of the female journalists.”

    There is speculation Mr Clinton might see leader Kim Jong-il, whom analysts say is eager to improve relations with Washington as he prepares to name a successor. Mr Kim is thought to have suffered a stroke a year ago, and also has chronic diabetes and heart disease. Analysts say his third son is already being lined up to take over power one day.

    Political pawns?

    Laura Ling and Euna Lee were found guilty of entering North Korea illegally across the Chinese border in March, and sentenced to 12 years’ hard labour. They were arrested by North Korean guards while filming a video about refugees for California-based internet broadcaster Current TV.

    According to North Korea’s state news agency KCNA, the two reporters have admitted entering the country illegally. The journalists were arrested while working on the China-N Korea border. But the women’s families have always claimed that Lee, 36, and Ling, 32, had no intention of crossing into North Korea. They fear the two reporters may become political pawns in negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, amid growing tensions over North Korea’s nuclear programme.

    Last month Mrs Clinton requested an amnesty for the women asking that they be allowed to return home.

    Former releases

    This is not the first time a senior US statesman has gone to North Korea to negotiate for the release of American citizens. In 1994, then-congressman Bill Richardson – now governor of New Mexico – helped negotiate the release of Bobby Hall, one of two pilots of a US army helicopter shot down after straying into North Korea. Two years later he negotiated the release of Evan Hunziker, who was detained on suspicion of spying after swimming the Yalu river border.

    The last former US president to visit Pyongyang was Jimmy Carter, who visited Kim Jong-il’s late father Kim Il-sung in 1994 under Mr Clinton’s presidency. That visit is credited with helping push through a breakthrough accord a few months later.

    news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8182716.stm

  58. 🙂 Happy Birthday, Helen Thomas – Champion Watchdog of Democracy! 🙂
    Today is Helen Thomas’s 89th birthday.
    —————From Wikipedia: Intro paragraph:
    Helen Thomas (born August 4, 1920) is an American news service reporter, a Hearst Newspapers columnist, and member of the White House Press Corps. She served for fifty-seven years as a correspondent and, later, White House bureau chief for United Press International (UPI). Thomas has covered every president since John F. Kennedy. She was the first female officer of the National Press Club, the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents Association, and, in 1975, the first female member of the Gridiron Club. She has written four books; her latest is Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public.
    ——————
    Typical Helen Thomas:

    July 1, 2009 (CNSNews.com)
    – Following a testy exchange during Wednesday’s briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas told CNSNews.com that not even Richard Nixon tried to control the press the way President Obama is trying to control the press.

    “Nixon didn’t try to do that,” Thomas said. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try.

    “What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said. “They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.”

    Thomas said she was especially concerned about the arrangement between the Obama Administration and a writer from the liberal Huffington Post Web site. The writer was invited by the White House to President Obama’s press conference last week on the understanding that he would ask Obama a question about Iran from among questions that had been sent to him by people in Iran.

    “When you call the reporter the night before you know damn well what they are going to ask to control you,” Thomas said.

    “I’m not saying there has never been managed news before, but this is carried to fare-thee-well–for the town halls, for the press conferences,” she said. “It’s blatant. They don’t give a damn if you know it or not. They ought to be hanging their heads in shame.”

  59. Below are the 70 people being targeted by the Reps. I noticed NM has two freshmen on the list. One of which is going to hold town halls with space limited to 18 people. Article below h stuff and ws

    politicsdaily.com/2009/08/03/republicans-target-70-house-democrats-for-2010/

    AL-02 Rep. Bobby Bright
    NM-01 Rep. Martin Heinrich

    AL-05 Rep. Parker Griffith
    NM-02 Rep. Harry Teague

    AR-01 Rep. Marion Berry
    NV-03 Rep. Dina Titus

    AR-02 Rp. Vic Snyder
    NY-01 Rep. Tim Bishop

    AR-04 Rep. Mike Ross
    NY-13 Rep. Mike McMahon

    AZ-01 Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick
    NY-19 Rep. John Hall

    AZ-05 Rep. Harry Mitchell
    NY-20 Rep. Scott Murphy

    CA-11 Rep. Jerry McNerney
    NY-24 Rep. Mike Arcuri

    CA-47 Rep. Loretta Sanchez
    NY-25 Re. Dan Maffei

    CO-04 Rep. Betsy Markey
    NY-29 Rep. Eric Massa

    CT-04 Rep. Jim Himes
    OH-01 Rep. Steve Driehaus

    FL-08 Rep. Alan Grayson
    OH-15 Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy

    Fl-22 Rep. Ron Klein
    OH-16 Rep. John Boccieri

    FL-24 Rep. Suzanne Kosmas
    OH-18 Rep. Zack Space

    GA-12 Rep. John Barrow
    OK-02 Rep. Dan Boren

    HI-01 Rep. Neil Abercrombie
    OR-01 Rep. David Wu

    IA-03 Rep. Leonard Boswell
    OR-04 Rep. Peter DeFazio

    ID-01 Rep. Walt Minnick
    OR-05 Rep. Kurt Schrader

    IL-11 Rep. Debbie Halvorson
    PA-03 Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper

    IL-14 Rep. Bill Foster
    PA-04 Rep. Jason Altmire

    IN-08 Rep. Brad Ellsworth
    PA-07 Rep. Joe Sestak

    IN-09 Rep. Baron Hill
    PA-10 Rep. Chris Carney

    KS-03 Rep. Dennis Moore
    PA-11 Rep. Paul Kanjorski

    KY-06 Rep. Ben Chandler
    PA -12 Rep. Jack Murtha

    LA-03 Rep. Charlie Melancon
    SD-AL Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin

    MD-01 Rep. Frank Kratovil
    TX-17 Rep. Chet Edwards

    MI-07 Rep. Mark Schauer
    UT-02 Rep. Jim Matheson

    MI-09 Rep. Gary Peters
    VA-02 Rep. Glenn Nye

    O-04 Rep. Ike Skelton
    VA-05 Rep. Tom Perriello

    MS-01 Rep. Travis Childers
    VA-09 Rep. Rick Boucher

    NC-08 Rep. Larry Kissell
    VA-11 Rep. Jerry Connolly

    ND-AL Rep. Earl Pomeroy
    WI-03 Rep. Ron Kind

    NH-01 Rep. Carol Shea-Porter
    WI-07 Rep. Dave Obey

    NH-02 Rep. Paul Hodes
    WI-08 Rep. Steve Kagen

    NJ-03 Rep. John Adler
    WI-01 Rep. Alan Mollahan

  60. Happy Birthday, Helen Thomas – Champion Watchdog of Democracy!
    Today is Helen Thomas’s 89th birthday.
    –From Wikipedia: Intro paragraph:
    Helen Thomas (born August 4, 1920) is an American news service reporter, a Hearst Newspapers columnist, and member of the White House Press Corps. She served for fifty-seven years as a correspondent and, later, White House bureau chief for United Press International (UPI). Thomas has covered every president since John F. Kennedy. She was the first female officer of the National Press Club, the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents Association, and, in 1975, the first female member of the Gridiron Club. She has written four books; her latest is Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public.
    ——————
    Typical Helen Thomas:

    July 1, 2009 (CNSNews.com)
    – Following a testy exchange during Wednesday’s briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas told CNSNews.com that not even Richard Nixon tried to control the press the way President Obama is trying to control the press.

    “Nixon didn’t try to do that,” Thomas said. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try.

    “What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said. “They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.”

    Thomas said she was especially concerned about the arrangement between the Obama Administration and a writer from the liberal Huffington Post Web site. The writer was invited by the White House to President Obama’s press conference last week on the understanding that he would ask Obama a question about Iran from among questions that had been sent to him by people in Iran.

    “When you call the reporter the night before you know damn well what they are going to ask to control you,” Thomas said.

    “I’m not saying there has never been managed news before, but this is carried to fare-thee-well–for the town halls, for the press conferences,” she said. “It’s blatant. They don’t give a damn if you know it or not. They ought to be hanging their heads in shame.”

  61. Happy Birthday Mrs. Thomas

    In doing some reaseach in the last year, I found a person I was research that happen to be close friends with Helen Thomas. They were both women ahead of their times.

    Thank You Helen. Am I wrong, or did Helen ask about the BC at a recent Press conference, and the Press Secretary said that the President had much more important issues to deal with, and the 89 year old came back with MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE CONSITUTION.

  62. I understand the NKoreans requested Bill as the negotiator not Hillary.

    Fortunately, the WH didn’t object or obstruct the process. One of the captives is Lisa Ling’s sister. Oprah is close to Lisa Ling. I’m sure she helped Lisa make her case to Obama.

    We all know how Obama reacts to people upstaging his impeccable stupidity.

  63. HAPPY BIRTHDAY HELEN!
    and many happy returns to come~

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

    Here is what I don’t understand about someone like Bishop. He was elected to REPRESENT the people in his district. That entails bringing their message to Washington. Why is he arguing with them and continuing to try selling them on Obama’s HC plan? What part of his job doesn’t he understand. His mission couldn’t be any simpler. Represent the Will of the People.

  64. news.aol.com/article/the-ann-arbor-news-hitting-the-presses-a/584550?icid=sphere_newsaol_inpage

    h stuff no ws

    This story starts out talking bout the Ann Arbor newspaper, but you can page thorugh other publications that have folded. Many are being replaced by online additions.

    The impact of the internet, and the explosion of electronic books (which I think is on the horizon), of course will change this area forever. People now have access to information for free, internationally, and they can be selective.

    So the news (TV, hard copy) will have a major overhaul, and lost of jobs.
    Finance and mortgage arena will have the same
    Manufacturaing is disappearing from the country
    Real Estate is trying to make a comeback
    Who knows what will happen to the Car Industy
    All of the areas have down the road impacts with other jobs.

    So where does my internet tell me they are hiring, Verizon (yet they came out later and said they were laying off), Pizza Hut, McDonald (less than minimum wage as they hire part time), no big industry listed at all.

    I have 14 hours os economics, and I am by no means an expert, but I just don’t know how this economy in the US is going to replace all of those jobs, and at the same level. For instance, the electronic books does not pay the author at the same level (Lower I understand), as a hard copy published book.

    The Real Estate agents that did not have supplimental incomes were on unemployment and food stamps this last year. The salesmen were sitting in the parking lot begging for business. We had one hanging onto our car as we drove away rejecting their offer.

    Please, some one, anyone explain to me where we are going to expand to gain these jobs back, the medical field? What will the health care reform do to that industry, if you have a committe focused on reducing cost, especially with the over 55 group.

    I keep seeing banner saying these companies are hiring? However, we are talking low level jobs.

  65. gonzotx-

    I think you are right. Hillary has been working for the journalist’s release. She may have put the bug in their ear to request Bill.

    I hope BO’s insecurities will not result in bad press for the Clintons. His pride is more important to him than results.

  66. Wishing you ‘Much Luck and Success’ Bill Clinton…if anyone can do this, you can!

    and a wonderful Happy Birthday to Helen Thomas!

  67. “I hope BO’s insecurities will not result in bad press for the Clintons. His pride is more important to him than results.”

    ———————————-

    My thoughts exactly. And of course he’ll be as condescending and full of himself when/if this diplomatic action works, take all the credit, and talk down to everyone like he usually does.

  68. JanH, let him take the credit. BC has a large fan group, and they will know who to credit and they will resent O’s takin the credit.

  69. NMF,

    It will be interesting to see how his media maggots report this event. Their hatred for the Clintons is so rabid that I am sure they are full of anger and disgust that he was chosen.

  70. JanH

    I am sure they are upset also. They thought they were rid of the Clintons, and they were wrong.

  71. President Bill Clinton to the rescue…(again!)

    …just watching him get off that plane has probably made so many Americans wish and wonder about what could have been with reasoned, experienced, smart leaders like Bill and Hill at the helm leading during such difficult times…and there is Hill on the international stage in Africa…two for the price of one…what a team…

    …love that man…and woman…

  72. Clinton Seeks U.S. Africa Gains as China Expands Oil Purchases

    By Janine Zacharia

    Aug. 4 (Bloomberg) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shifts to economic statecraft this week on an African tour that stops in major oil and mineral exporters as she seeks advantages for U.S. investors in a market where China is making inroads.

    After six months of dealing with North Korean provocations, Iran’s election unrest and a coup in Honduras, Clinton will turn to issues of trade and energy in sub-Saharan Africa. She will spend time in Nigeria and Angola, two of the biggest suppliers of crude oil to the U.S.

    China has boosted investment commitments in Africa, especially in mining, and Chinese oil purchases are expanding from countries such as Sudan. In 2007, China was the largest individual exporter to the region with a market share of 9.8 percent, the U.S. Commerce Department reported in July. The U.S. market share in 2007 fell to 5.3 percent in exports. “China’s influence is increasing at the moment and, to some extent, African policy makers are looking to see what the American response will be,” said Derek Scissors, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington who tracks Chinese investment on the continent.

    Johnnie Carson, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, said any suggestion that Clinton is making such an extensive trip to counter China’s rise in Africa “is a Cold War paradigm, not a reflection of where we are.”

    Clinton is going to Nigeria and Angola “because we have serious political, economic and hydrocarbon interests in those countries,” Carson told reporters July 30 in Washington.

    Trade Summit

    Clinton’s seven-nation trip begins with an Aug. 5 free- trade summit in Kenya, followed by visits with peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and talks with the new South African leadership. She also stops in Liberia and Cape Verde.

    The Africa trip is an early example of Clinton’s stated intention to strengthen economic outreach as part of U.S. foreign policy, a goal she articulated to the Council on Foreign Relations last month. The State Department’s attention to energy in Africa is reflected in its appointment of a coordinator on energy issues, David Goldwyn, who had been running a consulting firm focused on Africa.

    Nigeria is the fifth-largest supplier of crude to the U.S. and Angola is the sixth, according to the U.S. Energy Department. Those countries combined supply about 12 percent of U.S. imports. In July, Angola pumped more oil than Nigeria, traditionally Africa’s biggest producer.

    ‘Enormous’ Potential

    Angola “has enormous economic potential,” Carson said. San Ramon, California-based Chevron Corp. is leading the development of liquefied natural gas exports from the country.

    Clinton, 61, will press Nigeria on corruption, which Carson blamed for stifling international investment. International observers concluded that Nigeria’s April 2007 presidential election of Umaru Yar’Adua was a sham. The country, ranked as one of the most corrupt by Berlin-based Transparency International, is weighing anti-graft measures. Yar’Adua set up a panel in April to investigate the alleged bribery of state officials by foreign companies including former Halliburton Co. subsidiary KBR Inc.

    KBR and Halliburton, both based in Houston, agreed to pay $579 million in February to resolve U.S. criminal and regulatory charges stemming from payments made to Nigerian officials between 1994 and 2004 in connection with a $6 billion construction contract. KBR pleaded guilty to conspiracy and violating the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

    Violence in Delta

    Of immediate concern for the energy industry is violence and abductions in the southern Niger Delta. The acts against oil installations have disrupted Nigerian production. Irving, Texas-based Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron pump more than half of Nigeria’s oil and have been hit by some of the attacks. Yar’Adua may seek support through the U.S. military’s Africa Command to tackle the threat from armed groups to oil production in Nigeria. Nigeria is also dealing with religious unrest. In northeastern Nigeria, at least 600 people have died since fighting erupted on July 26.

    Such an expansive Africa tour is unusual for a U.S. secretary of state, especially so early in a new administration. The effort is “laudable” because “many people would have predicted that Africa was going to get a pretty short shrift given all the other pressing business,” said J. Stephen Morrison, senior director of Africa research at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

    Exports Measure

    Clinton will explore ways of strengthening the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act at the Kenya forum. The 9-year-old measure is designed to encourage African exports by giving duty- free access to the U.S. market. Yet oil dominates the commerce: Petroleum products accounted for 92.3 percent of the $66.3 billion in U.S. imports under AGOA in 2008. Supporters of the law lament that a lifting of quotas on apparel imports in 2005 shifted manufacturing to Asia just as Africa was starting to take advantage of the initiative.

    “AGOA is a litmus test of are we serious about helping Africa, or are we not serious,” said Rosa Whitaker, formerly the first assistant U.S. trade representative for Africa and now a consultant. Whitaker said she hopes President Barack Obama will make AGOA permanent and offer tax incentives to encourage U.S. investment.

    Political Violence

    In Kenya, Clinton will press for prosecution of the perpetrators of last year’s post-election violence. About 1,500 Kenyans were killed and another 300,000 displaced in two months of fighting triggered by accusations of vote-rigging in a December 2007 election. Obama, whose father came from Kenya, expressed concern last month that political paralysis is preventing reconciliation. While in Kenya, Clinton will also assess the staying power of the embattled transitional government in neighboring Somalia when she meets with its president, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, to discuss battles with militant Islamists in the Horn of Africa.

    “The problems in southern Somalia have started to bleed regionally and internationally,” Carson said, pointing a finger at Eritrea for funneling weapons and funds to the militants. The U.S. has shipped 40 tons of arms and munitions to Somalia since fighting broke out May 7.

    Kenya Ties

    Clinton travels from Kenya to South Africa to repair a relationship that frayed under President George W. Bush, especially over former South African President Thabo Mbeki’s refusal to criticize Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. She will visit Pretoria and Cape Town, which will host the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament. After South Africa, she heads to Angola and then to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country rich in minerals like coltan which is critical for mobile phones and fuels violent conflict among militias in the eastern areas of the country that Clinton will visit.

    Congo’s minerals have attracted companies including China’s state-owned Sinohydro Corp. and China Railway Engineering Corp., which seek to develop copper and cobalt deposits. London-based Rio Tinto Group, the world’s third-largest mining company, is exploring for diamonds and iron ore. While in Congo, Clinton will make a push to strengthen the Congolese security forces and speak out about violence against women, Carson said.

    Congo’s record on human rights has worsened. On July 23, Congolese authorities detained Golden Misabiko, a human rights leader partnered with the U.S.-funded National Endowment for Democracy, after he wrote a report critical of the government’s handling of mining concessions to foreign companies. “Congo is such a chaotic behemoth, it’s a wrecked state, whose instability, when it’s not functioning, kind of radiates throughout the continent,” Morrison said.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Janine Zacharia in Washington at jzacharia@bloomberg.net

    bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601116&sid=ac7YAtStWmfo#

  73. Big Dawg has arrived in North Korea to get those two journalists home – with PICS!

    reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSSP47880420090804

  74. …for what is worth…I heard on tv that the WH wanted to first send Al Gore and the Koreans rejected, then wanted to send Bill Richardson, and the Koreans rejected…they asked for and wanted President Bill Clinton as the person they would release the two female journalists to…

    no matter what his petty critics say…Bill Clinton commands the respect and admiration of the world…and in addition, he is revered and loved worldwide…

    I always ask myself “and just what have all his (Bill’s) critics accomplished and done for mankind?” who will remember them? history and the ages will remember Bill and continue to benefit from his good works and deeds…there will never be another Bill Clinton…

  75. AUGUST 4, 2009

    White House Isn’t Concerned by Health-Care Protests Article Comments more in

    By HENRY J. PULIZZI

    WASHINGTON — The White House isn’t concerned that increasingly vocal protests around the country are frustrating its push for health-care legislation.

    Briefing reporters Tuesday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs suggested that the opposition is being organized by a small group seeking to create “manufactured anger.”

    “I hope people will take a jaundiced eye to what is clearly the AstroTurf nature of so-called grass-roots lobbying,” Mr. Gibbs said.

    In recent days, administration officials and Democratic members of Congress have been shouted down by angry protesters at town halls in Pennsylvania and Texas, an uproar that could grow when lawmakers return to their districts for the August recess.

    Mr. Gibbs compared the protesters with the “Brooks Brothers Brigade” that he said appeared in Florida after the 2000 presidential election.

    “I seem to see some commonality in who pops up at some of these things,” he said, without elaborating. “You can see quite a bit of similarity between who shows up where.”

    While protests intensify, the White House also has stepped up its response. It reacted early Tuesday to one online video featuring clips of President Barack Obama appearing to suggest that his health-care plans would eventually replace the private insurance sector, producing its own video shooting down the claim. In the White House’s video, its main health-care spokesperson, Linda Douglass, accuses opponents of taking old footage and using it out of context as a scare tactic.

    “They simply cherry-pick and put it together, and make it sound like he’s saying something that he didn’t really say,” Ms. Douglass says in the video, which can be seen on the White House’s Web site.

    Asked why the administration decided to respond, Mr. Gibbs said, “There’s a tremendous amount of misinformation floating around on health care.”

    Write to Henry J. Pulizzi at henry.pulizzi@dowjones.com

    online.wsj.com/article/SB124939676158504833.html

  76. “no matter what his petty critics say…Bill Clinton commands the respect and admiration of the world…and in addition, he is revered and loved worldwide”

    —————————————–

    As it should be.

  77. I’ve noticed no recent coverage of ME-chelle, kids and grandma. Assume they are undercover.
    Considering recent articles that BO may (???) have had too much exposure, I’m wondering if he’s about to go undercover as well.
    This would leave the media to bury the Clinton hatchet (temporarily of course) and report of the Clintons’ truly wondrous current missions. It is a great story, and they could really hype their respective accomplishments.
    Once Bill/Hill missions were accomplished, and the healthcare vote became imminent, BO could resurface and with strong media help, transfer the glow of Clinton successes to himself.

    I hope this does not happen. Problem is, BO is sleazy enough to comply. Seems his statement at one of the debates: I’ll accept help from anybody. Even Hillary… has never received proper attention. But it does explain why he has aligned himself with Rezko, Ayers, Wright….. The man really did mean anybody.

    Admin’s continual warning that O is not to be trusted was vaild in the past, is valid now, and will be valid forever. Scary.

  78. I am assuming Bill had some pretty strong assurances that he would get their release and not look like he came back empty handed like Obama has after kow-towing to every Arab/Muslim dictator…at least I hope so.

  79. JanH

    Stiffing Richardson is a surprise, they have always had such a love fest. (But then he stiffed HRC, so maybe they thought, why not,he is of no use to us now anyway). I wonder what the rational was for asking for BC.

  80. BTW I had occasion to access some real astroturf yesterday – over at my dot barackobama.com. The site is now financed by DNC and powered by (gag) HOPE. I skipped over the registration stuff which looked required (but turned out not to be) and got to a search box for events. One held yesterday at Chris Carney’s Clarks Summit Office was entitled: Welcome Home Carney and Hold his Feet to the Fire.
    Some attitude there. Sounds like they’re suggesting strongly that Chris is not free to make up his own mind. Which we know is quite true; yet they are arrogant enough to make it this public.
    There are ongoing events at a Farmers’ Market in Wilkes Barre. Three petition-signing shifts each Thursday for the foreseeable future. There’s a house-to-house drive in support of health care on August 6th in Henryville PA.
    Expect the Obamites are very busy growing grass roots.

  81. NMF, I read on one blog that “sources say” it was actually the North Koreans themselves who requested of Hillary that she send Bill. Not sure if that is true, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

  82. News Release

    Issa to Emanuel: Back Off!
    August 4, 2009

    republicans.oversight.house.gov/media/letters/20090804EmanuelStimulus.pdf

    EDOLPHUS TOWNS, NEW YORK
    CHAIRMAN
    DARRELL E. ISSA, CALIFORNIA
    RANKING MINORITY MEMBER
    ONE HUNDRED ELEVENTH CONGRESS
    Tbouse of ßepr esmtstibts
    COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM
    2157 Rnyaunn House Orrlce Bullolttc
    Wnsnrrucroru, DC 20515-6143
    Majority {202) 225-5051
    Minority (202) 225-5074
    August 4,2009
    The Honorable Rahm Emanuel
    White House Chief of Staff
    The White House
    Washington, D.C. 20500
    Dear Mr. Emanuel:
    As you know, Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) recently raised questions about the failure
    of the stimulus and suggested on a national television show that stimulus money
    scheduled to be spent in futut. years ought to be returned to the American taxpayers.l
    Following Senator Kyl’s remarks, according to Politico, you coordinated an “assault” on
    Senator Kyl and other critics of your policies by directing four cabinet secretaries to write
    to Jan Brewer, the Governor of Arizona, asking pointedly if, in light of Senator Kyl’s
    remarks, Governor Brewer wished to forfeit taxpayer money directed to Arizona by the
    stimulus. 2 These tactics have been characterized as “a hit to the nose” and a message to
    “Back off.” 3 While this type of scare tactic may work in Chicago, it will not work to
    intimidate me or other Members of the United States Congress.
    At the risk of adding to the “weeks of frustration” you’ve reportedly felt in
    response to criticism of the Administration’s ineffective and wasteful policies,a please
    allow me to bring the facts about the stimulus to your attention. In selling the stimulus
    package, the Administration promised the Congress and the American people that the
    legislation would create or save 3.5 million jobs and prevent the U.S. unemployment rate
    from rising above 8.5%.
    I
    See Transcripl, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, ABC News, July 12,2009 . Available at
    http//abcnews. go.corn/print?id:8063029.
    2 See Jonathan Martin, “The White House strikes back,” Político, Iuly 16,2009. Available at
    o Id. çThe coordinated assault against Kyl came after weeks of frustration in watching GOP members of
    Congress trash the stimulus as ineffective . . . “)
    ) See Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein, “The Job Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment
    Plan,” (January 9,2009), qvailable at

  83. July 28, 2009
    No, I Don’t Want to Interview Obama
    By Richard Cohen

    When the Pulitzer committee called to say that I had won the Prize for being the only syndicated columnist, or for that matter touch-typist, who had not had an exclusive interview with Barack Obama, I was shocked. I had to check to see if indeed I had not exclusively interviewed the president and, if I had, what he had said and, if I hadn’t — which turned out to be the case — how it had happened.

    I checked my records and diaries and discovered that I had been offered many opportunities to exclusively interview the president but only after he had been exclusively interviewed by all the other columnists, bloggers and of course the anchors of all the networks including cable, basic as well as premium. A review of the record showed that the president usually said nothing or nearly so, and indeed things have gotten to the point that when I see Obama on TV, I hurry on to another channel, even one with a Maury Povich rerun. I recently came across Anderson Cooper, who was interviewing Obama in Africa or some such place, and after noticing how they were both so trim, I quickly channel-surfed my way

    Cohen has the answer to the healthcare situation

    SNIP-
    Now it is health care. As a single (actually, divorced) payer, I cannot for the life of me figure out why Obama did not simply expand Medicare, lowering the eligible age until everyone was covered. This would take one House committee and one Senate committee and one news conference. It would both provide your average patriotic American with health insurance and keep Obama off TV. This is known as a win-win.

    Lucky for me, this has not been done and so I have been ducking that call from the White House, inviting me to exclusively spend the day with the president, exclusively interview the president or — this would be really hard to turn down — exclusively sneak a smoke with him in the Situation Room. My Pulitzer is coming because I alone have not interviewed the president. It turns out, that’s an exclusive.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/07/28/an_exclusive_97650.html

  84. HillaryforTexas Says:

    August 4th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    ———————————–

    If that’s true, then I bet bambi wet his pants when he heard.

  85. politico.com/news/stories/0809/25775.html

    coverage of Bill’s Korean trip and a good video clip compilation from multiple newscasts of his mission

  86. thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/04/bill-clintons-novel-role-the-spousal-envoy/

    Bill Clinton’s Novel Role: the Spousal Envoy

    By Derrick Henry
    For all Bill Clinton’s experience sitting down with world leaders, his trip to North Korea to negotiate the release of two American journalists is an intriguing deployment of the spouse of a sitting Cabinet member. But it is not without precedent in the delicate sphere of foreign diplomacy.

    In fact, when Mr. Clinton was president, his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, made a big splash by speaking out on China’s poor human rights record in September 1995 during a speech at the Fourth World Conference on Women assembled in Beijing.

    “It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food, or drowned, or suffocated, or their spines broken, simply because they are born girls,” Mrs. Clinton said, or “when women and girls are sold into slavery or prostitution for human greed.

    Mrs. Clinton’s remarks drew wide attention at a time when the United States was trying to tone down its public criticism of human rights abuses in favor of a more private dialogue that had few results. Relations had also been strained by a summer of tumult over a visit to the United States that June by the president of Taiwan, Lee Teng-hui.

    During the 2008 presidential campaign, Mrs. Clinton and her advisers often alluded to that address in arguing that she had the foreign policy experience to be president. She of course failed in that bid and today is Secretary of State under President Obama.

    And Mrs. Clinton was not the first spouse to take such a forward role internationally. Eleanor Roosevelt often drew bitter criticism — and praise — for going beyond her role as the spouse of President Franklin D. Roosevelt by delving into the social issues of the day. But during her later years — after Roosevelt’s death in 1945 — she garnered almost universal respect for her work in the early days of the United Nations, particularly in the drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    Mrs. Roosevelt got along well with the State Department until the question of Palestine arose. In February and March of 1948 she publicly opposed the American policy of the time, which maintained an embargo on the shipment of arms to Israelis. She also came out in favor of partitioning Palestine into Jewish and Arab states.

    It is uncertain if Mr. Clinton’s trip is the beginning of a series of trips that will similarly increase his post-presidential profile. As The Times’s David Sanger pointed out in today’s article about the visit, there may be wider issues at play than just the release of the journalists.

    The big unknown of this trip is whether Mr. Clinton, in addition to talking about the release of the two journalists, can also jump-start the broader relationship, at a time of apparent succession struggle in North Korea. It seemed questionable that the North Koreans would allow him to meet the “Dear Leader,” Kim Jong-il, who suffered a stroke last summer and appears to be in continued poor health.

    Among the more interesting questions with Mr. Clinton’s trip are what role — if any — did Mrs. Clinton play in the decision to deploy her husband? And how much leeway will he have to negotiate with the North Koreans?

    The jailing of the women, Laura Ling, 32, and Euna Lee, 36, happened amid a period of heightened tension between the North Korea and the United States after Pyongyang tested a nuclear device in May and then launched a number of ballistic missiles, issues that could also theoretically be on the table.

  87. Thanks S,

    For the most part great coverage. Hillary did not “fail”, she was first tarred and feathered, and then cheated. I wonder when the kool aid media are going to own up to their crimes.

  88. THE CLINTON TEAM working for Americans…

    usatoday.com/news/world/2009-08-03-hikers_N.htm

    Clinton presses Iran about missing Americans

    By Donna Leinwand, USA TODAY

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday urged the Iranian government to “help determine the whereabouts” of three American freelance writers missing since a Saturday hike on the border of Iran and Iraq.
    Clinton said U.S. officials had not confirmed whether the Iranians were holding the Americans. She said Swiss officials in Tehran had asked the Iranian government about the Americans’ status. The Swiss Embassy represents U.S. interests in Iran.

    IN NORTH KOREA: Bill Clinton negotiates release of jailed journalists

    “We want this matter brought to a resolution as soon as possible,” Clinton said. “We call on the Iranian government to help us determine the whereabouts of the three missing Americans and return them as quickly as possible.”

    Iranian government-controlled television has reported that Iranian border guards arrested the Americans after they crossed the border into Iran.

  89. shenanigans Says:
    August 3rd, 2009 at 3:08 pm
    *******
    …had this excerpt:

    &&&
    Dee Dee Myers, Clinton’s first White House press secretary, says ABC and CBS rejected her first prime-time request in 1993 on grounds that the press conference was “not news.”

    “With Obama,” she says, “everyone wants to have a relationship with the president because he’s been good for ratings. I’ve been impressed by how easily they seem to be able to roadblock an hour. No other president in TV history would have been able to do it.”

    The financial stakes are considerable. ABC, CBS and NBC have given up as much as $40 million in advertising revenue to carry this year’s East Room events. “We lose more than $3 million a show,” Moonves told Mediaweek.
    &&&&

    So that’s the cost, the dollar value, for being a “state mouthpiece”.

  90. JanH…the critics and so called journalists can spin Bill and Hill any way they want…but when the chips are down and when serious gravitas, experience, intelligence, negotiating and the human touch are needed…the American people and the world knows who the people are that get the positive results…

    …here at Big Pink…we have known this all along…thru all the Hill and Bill peaks and all the valleys…

    I have been reading the comments to many of these articles and so many are questioning how much better things would have been with Bill and/or Hill…

  91. Louisville is flooding. They had 6 inches in 75 minutes. If anyone on the blog is near that area, be careful, as more rain might be coming through.

  92. Among the more interesting questions with Mr. Clinton’s trip are what role — if any — did Mrs. Clinton play in the decision to deploy her husband? And how much leeway will he have to negotiate with the North Koreans?
    ***********************

    Really, they are so profoundly ignorant to put this in writing?

    How about everything….

  93. I agree S.

    And then you have that opinion piece on Washington Post by Bolton ( I think) spinning his trip as negatively as possible. It was just a matter of time. Already hearing that the release was already planned previously by the WH and the Bill is just there for a kodak moment. Didn’t take them long to twist the news.

  94. S Says:

    August 4th, 2009 at 1:46 pm
    THE CLINTON TEAM working for Americans…
    ***********************

    And we can thank God after all they have endured, that they continue to do so. Imagine neither of them being there…imagine if you dare….

  95. Found this @ BP and it is very funny.
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    New GOP video out – I’m Not Really a Doctor I Just Play on TV

    “Like the old joke goes, President Obama isn’t a doctor, but he plays one on TV — giving Americans a discomforting glimpse of life under ObamaCare, with government leaders and bureaucrats dispensing medical opinions that are better left to doctors, medical professionals, and patients,” said House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH). “This is a lighthearted video, but it underscores a serious point that Congressional Democrats are going to hear throughout August as they travel outside of Washington: Americans want lower health care costs not a trillion-dollar government takeover of health care that increases costs and lets Washington bureaucrats make decisions that should be made by doctors and patients.”

  96. New GOP video out – I’m Not Really a Doctor I Just Play on TV

    “Like the old joke goes, President Obama isn’t a doctor, but he plays one on TV — giving Americans a discomforting glimpse of life under ObamaCare, with government leaders and bureaucrats dispensing medical opinions that are better left to doctors, medical professionals, and patients,” said House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH). “This is a lighthearted video, but it underscores a serious point that Congressional Democrats are going to hear throughout August as they travel outside of Washington: Americans want lower health care costs not a trillion-dollar government takeover of health care that increases costs and lets Washington bureaucrats make decisions that should be made by doctors and patients.”

    gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/08/new-gop-ad-mocks-dear-leader-im-not-dr.html

  97. Just heard on the radio that the Gov is very upset with the clunkers program because people are not buying American cars, over 60% are buying Toyota. Honda.

    I was actually thinking about this yesterday and wondered if they had put a stipulation on it to be only American but they were too stupid apparently to do that so they are purposely holding back data for the program. And they want to run our health care. No thanks

  98. NewMexicoFan Says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 9:33 am

    news.aol.com/article/the-ann-arbor-news-hitting-the-presses-a/584550?icid=sphere_newsaol_inpage

    h stuff no ws

    People now have access to information for free, internationally, and they can be selective.

    THANK GOD. THAT COULD, EVENTUALLY, CHANGE EVERYTHING.

    So the news (TV, hard copy) will have a major overhaul, and lost of jobs.
    Finance and mortgage arena will have the same
    Manufacturaing is disappearing from the country
    Real Estate is trying to make a comeback
    Who knows what will happen to the Car Industy
    All of the areas have down the road impacts with other jobs.

    So where does my internet tell me they are hiring, Verizon (yet they came out later and said they were laying off), Pizza Hut, McDonald (less than minimum wage as they hire part time), no big industry listed at all.

    I have 14 hours os economics, and I am by no means an expert, but I just don’t know how this economy in the US is going to replace all of those jobs, and at the same level.

    ———————

    McCain keeps talking about a high percentage of the new jobs of the last few years coming from small businesses vs the big businesses losing jobs. The figures seem suspiciously high, so I’d be curious if anyone has looked closely at that. Where exactly does McCain draw the line between small and big?

    For one thing, most new small businesses fail, so is he talking about jobs that prove viable, actually last several years?

    Still it makes sense. A small business owner needs to make his business succeed. Big business owners/execs can sell stock short and have other personal gains even with a failing business, or get hired by some other big business.

  99. Fox Breaking news alert – Fox confirms that President Bill Clinton has met with the two journalists – they report that he is scheduled to fly out tonight and they all may already be in the air however they are only confirming now that he has met with the journalists…

  100. You know how this will all play out. Anything Hillary said about the “one’, she was a racist, bitter, “bitch”. AOL has a poll about LOU and he is behind go support him

    aol.com/article/lou-dobbs-birther-coverage-is-challenge/599964

    Matters Firing up Anti-Birther Machine

    .americanthinker.com/blog/2009/08/media_matters_firing_up_antibi.html

    This just in my email box from those leftist guerrilla warriors over at Media Matters. They are launching an ad campaign to attack Lou Dobbs for mentioning the birth certificate controversy.

    From the announcement email, really a shakedown for funds (Is George Soros starting to lose money now too?):

  101. Just heard on the radio that the Gov is very upset with the clunkers program because people are not buying American cars, over 60% are buying Toyota. Honda.
    ************
    Of course, many of those “Japanese” cars are build in the US with US labor and many have as much or more US labor “content” than do the American cars. The Ford focus is the top “American”brand and it only has 50% American parts content. The Honda Civic has 70% domestic content. In a brief look at a content list, the American brands with high domestic content are trucks, SUVs and other gas hogs.

  102. SHV Says:

    August 4th, 2009 at 2:52 pm
    *************************

    I am aware of that but it is the American co’s were are bailing out!

  103. This is hilarious

    drudge ette obama| 8.3.09 @ 7:21AM
    The question is what to choose to eat from the Obama White House Menu?

    Fixed Price Menu:

    $20 Cash For Clunker Soup
    Stimulus Sauted Beef Tips
    Roasted Middle Class Carrots
    Progressive Apple Pie (ice cream $5 extra)

    $40 Geitner Wilted Dollar Salad
    Michelle’s Leftover Lobster and Kobe Beef
    White House Garden Vegetables
    Pelosi Pumpkin Bulge Eye Pie

    Stock Tips Accepted.

    Washington Prowler
    Too Poor to Pay
    By The Prowler on 8.3.09 @ 6:09AM

    Recently, high-profile visitors to the White House, including senior corporate executives, have found themselves paying for their own meals when sitting down with President Barack Obama, something unheard of in previous White Houses, according to former aides to President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.

    Thus far, there have been at least three instances — the most recent coming last Friday — where CEOs or other non-political guests were asked before arriving to the West Wing to provide credit card information so that their meals could be billed to them. According to one source, the meals cost between $20 and $40. “That’s not including tip,” the current White House aide quipped.

  104. In the meantime, This was reported in a Canadian Newspaper — not a PEEP in our press !
    It’s done with your tax dollars – – the First Lady requires more than 20 attendants – – –
    and Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salary for her own personal secretary.

    1. $172,2000 – Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)
    2. $140,000 – Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and
    Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)
    3. $113,000 – Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President
    and White House Social Secretary)
    4. $102,000 – Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President
    and Director of Communications for the First Lady)
    5. Winter, Melissa E. (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy
    Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
    6. $90,000 – Medina , David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First
    Lady)
    7. $84,000 – Lelyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to
    the First Lady)
    8. $75,000 – Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance
    for the First Lady)
    9. $70,000 – Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Projects
    for the First Lady)
    10. $65,000 – Burnough, Erinn J. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social
    Secretary)
    11. Reinstein, Joseph B. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
    12. $62,000 – Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and
    Events Coordinator For The First Lady)
    13. $60,000 – Fitts, Alan O. (Deputy Director of Advance and Trip
    Director for the First Lady)
    14. Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First
    Lady)
    15. $52,500 – Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy
    Press Secretary To The First Lady)
    16. $50,000 – Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special Assistant for Scheduling and
    Traveling Aide To The First Lady)
    17. $45,000 – Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of
    Correspondence For The First Lady)
    18. Tubman, Samantha (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)
    19. $40,000 – Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of
    Staff to the First Lady)
    20. $36,000 – Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social
    Secretary)
    21. Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)
    22. Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence
    for the First Lady)

    There has never been anyone in the White House at any time that has
    created such an army of staffers whose sole duties are the
    facilitation of the First Lady’s social life. One wonders why she
    needs so much help, at taxpayer expense, when even Hillary, only had
    three; Jackie Kennedy one; Laura Bush one; and prior to Mamie
    Eisenhower social help came from the President’s own pocket.

    Note: This does not include makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Miles, 49, and
    “First Hairstylist” Johnny Wright, 31, both of whom travelled aboard
    Air Force One to Europe .
    Copyright 2009 Canada Free Press.Com
    canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/12652

  105. Jan H…yes, we know the O WH will try to claim credit – would not put it past them to have a photo opp with O doing all the talking (or reading ) about the mission…they can say what they want but the actions speak for themselves…

    it is like the Master (Bill) teaching the kids (O and Gibbs)…step aside kiddies and learn…

    …and meantime Hill is on mission in Africa

    *********************************
    Former U.S. President Bill Clinton met with detained journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee in North Korea today in what was a very emotional meeting, a government source told ABC News.
    ***************************************
    you can just imagine how happy and thrilled those two young women were to see President Bill Clinton come to get them…BEYOND DREAM COME TRUE…

    ************************************

    MSNBC is falling over themselves…they cannot believe how amazing this story is…ha, ha!

  106. Recent Posts Log in Sign Up Call For Informants: If You Oppose Obamacare, Even in ‘Casual Conversation,’ the White House Wants to Know About It

    Posted by Jeff Emanuel (Profile)

    Tuesday, August 4th at 1:45PM EDT

    16 Comments

    If you see anybody publicly opposing President Obama’s plan to implement a government-centric overhaul of the health care system, the White House wants you to report that person (or persons) ASAP.

    From the White House website:

    There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.

    Emphasis added. Of course, as we’ve seen in the health care debate to date, the term “disinformation” is used by the Obama White House as a catchall to describe any opposition to the President’s push for single-payer, government-run health care — meaning the White House wants to be informed of any forwarded emails or blog posts or any “casual conversations” that could be taken as opposition to their health care overhaul plan.

    The White House has, as yet, offered no explanation of what it is they plan to do with the tips on policy opposition they hope to receive from citizen informers.

    Interestingly, as Jake Tapper pointed out on Twitter this morning, the title of that post on the White House is a quote from John Adams’ 1770 “Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials.”

    http://www.redstate.com/jeff_emanuel/2009/08/04/call-for-informants-if-you-oppose-obamacare-the-white-house-wants-to-know-about-it/

  107. Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been granted a special pardon and will be leaving and flying out with President Bill Clinton tonight

  108. Thanks Gonzo. Lou Dobbs is my hero. For anyone not watching him this week, yesterday he started a very timely series on the health care issue. He has his reporters checking health care internationally, pros and cons, best practices, etc… Yesterday he showed Denmark who apparently has the highest rated health care system in Europe.

    This is what I call responsible reporting.

    As far as the birther issue goes, I can’t believe how rabid bambi’s cult have gotten over possibly two shows that covered this event. It wasn’t as if Dobbs was taking sides, he just wondered like the rest of us here why bambi didn’t just produce the damn birth certificate and shut the naysayers up. He questioned why the certificate that had been produced didn’t have the doctor’s name on hospital on it. I don’t see that as being a crime worthy of the death penalty.

  109. S Says:

    August 4th, 2009 at 3:15 pm
    Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been granted a special pardon and will be leaving and flying out with President Bill Clinton tonight

    ————————

    Bravo!!! Bill Clinton saves the day once again!!!

  110. August 4, 2009

    North Korea visit demonstrates Bill Clinton’s value to Barak Obama

    Tim Reid: Analysis

    Bill Clinton’s surprise visit to North Korea was not only an extraordinary return to high-profile diplomacy for the former Commander-in-Chief but also an acknowledgement by President Obama of what a uniquely helpful role he can still play for the present Administration.

    The trip demonstrates Mr Obama’s belief that Mr Clinton is still an important figure who at certain times can be used to help him advance his agenda in a way that no other US figure could.

    Much has been written about mutual antipathy, caused by last year’s volatile and bitterly contested Democratic primary campaign between Hillary Clinton and Mr Obama, but the truth is that by the time of the November election, the former President and the new one had forged a constructive working relationship.

    Indeed, Mr Clinton campaigned tirelessly on Mr Obama’s behalf. There was then a period of renewed tension when Mr Clinton had to undergo significant vetting by the Obama transition team into his foreign business dealings when his wife was picked to be Secretary of State. That was resolved and is now all in the past.

    Mr Clinton is a hugely respected figure on the world stage — more so than his wife — and Mr Obama, a very pragmatic politician, knows this.

    He would never let past misgivings get in the way of what he wants to achieve. And Mr Clinton, despite his bursts of temper, is not a man who bears a grudge.

    One other figure was pivotal in the North Korea trip: Al Gore, Mr Clinton’s former Vice-President. He co-founded the company that employs the two jailed American journalists and he has lobbied hard for his former boss to get involved.

    timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6739269.ece

  111. Indeed, Mr Clinton campaigned tirelessly on Mr Obama’s behalf. There was then a period of renewed tension when Mr Clinton had to undergo significant vetting by the Obama transition team into his foreign business dealings when his wife was picked to be Secretary of State. That was resolved and is now all in the past.
    *******************************

    Ya, right

  112. Gore did shit just like Richardson…notice how they still have to stick Hillary. We could have had Hillary and Bill together again but we was robbed-and the nation irreperably damaged.

  113. Jan H…tears in my eyes…what a humanitarian – tsnuananis (sp) relief – middle east peacemaker – bosnia peacemaker…rescues americans from north korea…leaves our country in surplus…everyone working…bridges racial discord…and then creates multiple projects for future good deeds with his global initiatives

    and all the while Hillary out there handling Africa…

    thank god for these two…thank god…

  114. Funny, on “Drudge” it states” Clinton delivers” whereas on MSNBC and CNN the headline is N. Korea pardons..” and then mentions Bill…laughable.

  115. yes jbstonesfan, msnbc is raving about Bill’s success but still trying to slip in some digs…like he is outshining Hillary (oh, she’s only in AFRICA) and playing up those comments the Koreans made about Hill…but even republican pundits are impressed

    and Huffy Post finally came up with the big headline…almost a half hour after the news broke…

    bottom line…the critics are just petty little people next to a great man and a great woman who get real positive RESULTS…not just talk, talk, talk…and all without any teleprompters…

  116. August 5, 2009

    Clinton is ‘feisty’ secretary of state

    Hillary Clinton, a 1973 Yale Law School graduate, former senator and former first lady, now serves as the 67th Secretary of State. She’s America’s third female secretary after Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright.

    Now 61, Clinton is fourth in line of succession to the White House after the vice president, the speaker of the House, and the president pro-tem of the Senate.

    The Harris Poll reported that out of 11 first ladies, Americans see Clinton as “the most intelligent first lady,” ahead of Eleanor Roosevelt, whom Americans view as “the best first lady” in U.S. history.

    Clinton spent three days late last month in Thailand, a country she had told Fox News earlier as “the center of a lot of what we do in so many important areas.” She attended the high-profile 16th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum with representatives from 26 countries and the European Union, at the well-guarded Phuket island resort in the south. ASEAN members include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

    Arriving in Bangkok on July 21, Clinton declared, “The United States is back!” She said on Thai television the following morning, “President Obama and I are giving great importance to this region.” Her mission was to implement her boss’s foreign policy of re-engaging the United States in Asia.

    Dubbed in a magazine as “America’s feisty secretary of state,” Clinton was outspoken about North Korea, referring to North Korean leaders as “unruly” small children, and to Pyongyang as having “no friends.” The angry North Koreans at the conference fired back: “Sometimes she looks like a primary-school girl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping. … We cannot but regard Mrs. Clinton as a funny lady as she likes to utter such rhetoric.” But as Asia Times Online reported, the “funny lady” told reporters, after her meetings with four other members to the six-party talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear buildup, that Washington, Beijing, Moscow, Tokyo and Seoul remain a “united front” for an “irreversible denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula.

    She said Washington takes “very seriously” North Korea-Burma “military cooperation,” possibly over nuclear weaponry, as “destabilizing the region” and a “direct threat to Burma’s neighbors.” Acknowledging that the U.S. review of its policies regarding Burma has been put “on hold” due to the ongoing trial and jailing of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Clinton used the carrot-and-stick approach.
    The release of Suu Kyi is “very important (and) so critical” to bring to Burma “a lot of opportunities for engagement (which) includes investment and other forms of exchange” — a statement with which the Wall Street Journal disagreed editorially.

    On July 22, Clinton said on Thai television that ASEAN should consider expelling Myanmar (Burma), a member since 1997, if the ruling military junta failed to release Suu Kyi from prison. Her suggestion to kick Myanmar out of ASEAN was rejected the following day by ASEAN’s chairman, Thai Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva: ASEAN and the U.S. may “have the same goal, (but) we cannot implement the same policy. … We are still insisting on our policy of constructive engagement and hope that the U.S. will understand.” On the same day, Clinton urged free and fair elections in Burma in 2010, as well as the release of more than 2,100 political prisoners, and said the junta has “more to gain by joining the international community, … and putting Burma on the path to democracy.”

    Most significantly, Clinton signed, on Obama’s executive authority, ASEAN’s Bali 1976 Treaty of Amity and Cooperation, “to promote perpetual peace, everlasting amity and cooperation among their peoples … guided” by six fundamental principles: “Mutual respect for the independence, sovereignty, equality, territorial integrity and national identity of all nations; The right of every state to lead its national existence free from external interference, subversion or coercion; Non-interference in the internal affairs of one another; Settlement of differences or disputes by peaceful means; Renunciation of the threat or use of force; and Effective cooperation among themselves.”

    While the world, especially the region, has reason to applaud the United States’ move to re-engage in Asia, the re-engagement tempered by the stipulations of the Bali Agreement harkens back to the doctrines of Peaceful Co-Existence, Pancha Shila, and Non-Interference advocated by Asian powers during the Cold War: to abide by the principle of a state’s “right” to “national existence free from external interference.”

    Clinton also met with the group of Lower Mekong officials from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam to discuss status of the region’s education, environment and public health. “There is no ignoring that the star of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Phuket … was Hillary Clinton,” wrote Thai Commentator Thongbai Thongpao on July 26. Then Thongpao devoted half of his commentary to how one can learn from Clinton, who said America’s “years of democracy” teach that “politicians come and go, people win and lose elections.” He quoted Clinton: “In many countries, the hard-fought political competition continues” post-election; competitors “don’t look, they don’t talk to each other; it’s very personal, lines are drawn.”

    In America, after the election is over, “policy disagreements” can still continue, “as is obvious,” she said. “But we should try to get along and we should try to pull in the same direction for the good of the country.”

    “Full marks for her on this,” wrote Thongpao in “Sound advice from Hillary Clinton on overcoming rivalry.”

    A. Gaffar Peang-Meth, Ph.D., is retired from the University of Guam, where he taught political science for 13 years. Write him at peangmeth@yahoo.com.

    guampdn.com/article/20090805/OPINION02/908050317/1014/OPINION

  117. S

    Can you believe this? They have the Judas speaking.

    I am so glad Bill Clinton got them release especially on O’s birthday.

    Knocked him out of the news

    GO BILL MY GUY

  118. neetabug…I am just so thrilled for BC…but that Richardson is a whore…talking about himself and acting like he is SOS…so slimy…

    …no matter what anyone says…they cannot take this amazing coup from Bill Clinton…(ever creepy David Schuster was screaming ‘Bill Clinton is back’)

    clue to the MSM…Bill Clinton never left…whether you all like it or not!

    great day…

  119. I guess bambi thought his birthday warranted a day off from being potus. How does this make his leadership efforts any different than usual?

  120. Exactly! Bill’s been doing tremendous humanitarian work ever since he left the WH – not that anyone in the media here would actually report that or anything.

  121. This is gonna be interesting if it gets around:
    BBC reports: Washington had made no announcement of Mr Clinton’s trip prior to his arrival on Tuesday, but later stressed it was a private visit.
    (//)news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8184583.stm

    I myself heard on early morning TV (FoxNY) that Clinton arrived in an unmarked charter plane.
    On early morning NBC, no mention was made of either of the Clintons’ travels today.

  122. just reading some of the comments over at CNN re: Caffertyfile question ‘why did bill clinton succeed in NK where US govt failed?’ typical convoluded cafferty question but the comments are so gratifying…so much love and appreciation for Bill and Hillary out there today…so many of us coming out of the woodwork with the same sentiment…We want them back…

    caffertyfile.blogs.cnn.com/2009/08/04/bill-clinton-succeeded-in-n-korea-where-u-s-govt-failed/#comment-1060886

  123. holdthemaccountable

    He probably wanted him to fail

    I thought i heard Richardson say differently about the plane. S correct me if i am wrong

  124. Looks like Bill C did a 1-2 punch on Gore and Richardson!!!!!

    down Gore! down Richardson…what the hell have these two done recently…nothing, nada, zilch! just sucking the air!

  125. neetabug: yes. This must be embarrassing.
    Main headline at Drudge right now is “Clinton Delivers”
    Will hang around for further info on plane, etc. to see how it all shakes out.

  126. GO, BIG DAWG!

    *sigh* Have I mentioned that I love that man to bits? The best there ever was, my Bill.

  127. Clinton’s visit had to be OK’ed by the Obama administration. I’m guessing they’re calling it a private mission so the impression isn’t given that he’s negotiating on bigger issues, which I doubt he is. I believe this was strictly humanitarian, though it may open the door to a thawing of relations.

  128. CNN reports that Bill Clinton is being hailed as “an absolute hero” on twitter…the girl reporting said the heading ‘Bill Clinton is a Superhero’ sums it up…

  129. Lets see if that witch Ophra will say anything nice about BC. The two big O’s should say thanks instead of trying to hog the spotlight.

  130. S,

    From twitter:

    Damn – you go with your bad self Bill Clinton. Can anyone say no to that man Seriously!
    less than 20 seconds ago from web

  131. North Korea reports Bill has left the country. No confirmation on whether the journalists are with him, but I can’t imagine they aren’t.

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090804/ap_on_re_as/as_nkorea_journalists_held

  132. FYI, CNN is covering this well while MSNBC’s Hardball is talking about Pa. politics. Heaven forbid they give Bill any positive publicity.

  133. In conflict with the BBC content posted at 4:46. Time says:
    The misson was the former President’s first high-profile assignment for the Obama Administration
    w w w dot time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1914475,00.html

  134. Once again, the Clintons show how diplomacy works, makes Ohole look like a total inept amateur and how Obama’s administration are not fit to lick Bill and Hillary’s boots.

  135. European news is reporting that the WH is saying that this was a “private visit” and nothing to do with the administration, that just makes Bill an even bigger champion and Obama an even bigger chump.

    Bill Clinton suceeds where Obama failed. Stick that O-hole, I bet Obama sent and expected Bill Clinton to fail and i furious about right now.

  136. I think hardball was pre taped as there was no mention at all of the story…. I tuned in because I wanted to see Chris spin this.

  137. I reckon the reason that Obama said nothing was he was expecting Clinton to come home empty handed and he could then have sidelined both Clintons as failures except Clinton suceeded where Obama intended him to fail.

    Sorry but I think Obama tried to set Bill and Hill up and failed miserably.

  138. holdthemacountable, Bill Cohen did a good job on CNN explaining what’s going on here. Bill Clinton’s on a mission for the administration, but the WH is calling it a private mission so it’s clear this was not about anything other than releasing those two women. That’s fine with me.

  139. Thanks Paula.
    However I am a stickler (too much so, at least sometimes) and I’ve read somewhere that he may have played a role in easing what is to come next.

  140. Is it just me or are the Clintons basically running rings round Bambi, he seems perplexed that he can’t get a headline and its Bill this, Hillary that.

    I mean Obama basically is starting to look like a puppet President who could spoon in his hand if he tried.

    I’d laugh if Bill basically said this was a joint effort from him and Hillary, that would make Michelle scowl like never before.

    Obama take notes, this is how you run on the international stage and look, no teleprompter, no grandiose speech needed.

  141. Paula, Bolton said that it was a win win for NK. It was not complimentary to Hillary. I think he is a Hillary and Bill hater anyway.

  142. confloyd, He is. Bolton’s a neocon of the worst order. Pay him no mind.

    holdthemaccountable, I agree. We’ll have to see what develops with NK from here on out.

  143. Bolton is a full on republican, of course he has to throw some red meat to the rabid conservative anti clinton voters. What else would we expect.

  144. I think that the NK sent a message to the world. First they insisted on who they were going to negotiate with, and then they gave him the brass ring.

  145. So much for the hope and change, in the end the world stage prefers the Clintons over Obama, how ironic.

  146. confloyd,

    I mentioned Bolton quite a bit earlier up on the thread. His opinion piece in the Washington Post was full of hate and negativity.

  147. On local news just now: A representative for Chris Carney (D-PA 10th) held a meeting today at the administration building in Milford, Pike County. [From what was shown, the audience consisted of older, average people.] They wanted to talk about Obama’s HC legislation but initially were prohibited from doing so. Then Carney’s spokesperson relented and allowed them to vent (those were the words the reporter used). And vent they apparently did. One woman interviewed after the meeting, and who is in my age range (60 something) said she was tired of the government putting it’s fingers into everything….

  148. If I were to speculate about why the White House labeled this a private affair it would lead me to the following conclusion:

    They wanted to cover their asses if it went wrong. I’m sure now they will be all over themselves to take credit where credit isn’t due.

  149. Congratulations, President Clinton!!

    HillaryforTexas, your reaction to the Healthcare food fight are right on. I am interested if Lou Dobbs can actually furnish us with some facts and figures and then intelligently debate the possible solutions with their assets and drawbacks. At least he’s starting with the view that there are questions that nobody is asking.

    One that occurs to me is privacy. It will save oodles of money to computerize medical records but there goes privacy. Why should they all be shipped in Washington? Aren’t there steps that could protect them? Also, what happens when they are lost? (They haven’t found my citizenship papers for three years!)

    I recommend again a wonderful documentary I saw last year comparing 5 other systems and why they chose what they chose. I now forgot the name and think I saw it on PBS. We should all see it.

    The only thing that makes me madder than this political-rushed-ineffective bill is the claim tht “we have the best health care system in the world”. We don’t.

  150. Hillary Clinton Threatens to Cut Intelligence Sharing With UK
    Posed: 08/4/09iled

    Under:Hillary Clinton, Terror, Well, so much for that famed “special relationship” between the United States and Great Britain. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has threatened to end intelligence sharing with Britain if its High Court publishes findings that would implicate the United States in a high-profile torture case.

    At issue are seven paragraphs in the testimony of one Binyam Mohamed. Mohamed is a U.K. resident who was detained by the United States government on suspicion of terrorism shortly after 9/11 and spent 6½ years in prison in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Morocco and Guantánamo Bay. The contentious seven paragraphs are a summary of 42 CIA documents, which are said to include American admissions that the CIA tortured Mohamed while he was in its custody. Mohamed has also claimed that British intelligence agents knew about and were complicit in his torture in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Morocco.

    The British judges were so astonished by Clinton’s threat — as conveyed to them by Foreign Secretary David Milliband’s attorney, Karen Steyn — that they actually sent Milliband a transcript of their hearing with Steyn over the weekend. They wanted him to confirm whether he really meant that the United States government would consider cutting off crucial intelligence-sharing with the U.K. — thereby placing British citizens’ lives at risks — in order to keep this information out of the public domain.

    In the judges’ view, the seven paragraphs do not pose any national security threat to the United States. They “merely” confirm criminal acts of torture. As such, Secretary Clinton’s request is — as one judge put it — nothing short of “an exercise of naked political power.”

    And it’s not only the judges who are a bit miffed by this latest round of American muscle-flexing. After 10 years in which Tony Blair was not-so-affectionately described as George W. Bush’s “poodle” (for Blair’s unwavering support of the war in Iraq), commentators and human rights groups are livid that the U.K. is once again appearing to buckle to American pressure. As one columnist noted cynically when the Mohamed case first broke: “Our Government was prepared to fabricate threats posed by Saddam Hussein to justify America’s invasion of Iraq and our own involvement in the war. Helping America to question terror suspects is small beer by comparison.”

    Yesterday, the Parliament’s cross-party Committee on Human Rights called for a formal inquiry to investigate allegations that British intelligence and security agencies have been complicit in torture. Indeed, the Mohamed case is but one of several active cases in which British intelligence officials are accused of complicity in the detention and torture of citizens and residents while abroad.

    In short, just as the clamor continues to grow in the United States for a bipartisan torture probe, so too are Brits eager to ask of their own government: “What did you know and when did you know it?”

    Ironically, all of this comes just when President Obama finally seems poised to make good on his promise to close down Guantánamo. Last week, Ireland agreed to accept two Gitmo detainees. And administration officials are reportedly exploring bringing hundreds of the remaining detainees to a civilian-military prison in the United States to be held and tried.

    I’m afraid that Guantánamo is proving to be the gift that just keeps on giving — on both sides of the Atlantic. But don’t despair. There’s good news here too. The North Koreans may have mocked Hillary for her schoolgirl/pensioner ways. But over here in Britain, this latest move leaves no doubt that she’s a full-fledged grown-up.

  151. freckles

    Great to see you Post.

    I agree with your last line. They keep telling us we have the greatest health care system in the world, but I don’t buy it any more.

  152. it is amazing how the MSM is WORKING for this administration…cnn, msnbc, etc they go on and on attacking and feeding the stories of blogs, drudge, birthers, tea baggers, (even the independents and moderates) etc ANYONE who has the nerve to criticize O is disputed by the networks and cable

    Linda Douglas, that former’ journalist’ turned hack getting into debates with bloggers to tell them that they cannot believe what they hear obama saying for themselves – because he did not mean what he said…

    wow, for someone who was a community organizer and to quote MO – someone who worked to get people involved, they do not want people involved unless they are falling into obedience…chicago hard ball at work big time!

    they have a coordinated strategy with the WH to just demonize and ridicule any critics as ‘fringe’ and then the dems in congress come out and attack any protestors…

    I have never seen an admin that needed so much protection in my life…the MSM defends them all day long…where are the objective journalists? the media is without a doubt, with the exception of fox, just an arm of this admin…one well oiled big propoganda machine

    and then durbin and schmer come out and insult all these protestors – what a farce- the WH has the drug companies (Tauzin, the traitor, has been to white house for drug co) and insurance companies to the WH for private meetings and then the Congress and WH goes out and complains about angry protestors…what kind of a democracy are they running?

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