Two days ago Barack Obama exploited U.S. Military Academy at West Point cadets as stage props for a publicity stunt. As of today confusion reigns over Obama’s escalation to retreat speech. Yesterday, testifying before the Armed Services Committee, Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates (as well as Admiral Mullen of the Joint Chiefs) stated that the troop draw down Obama proclaimed to start on July 2011 was less definite than advertised. Hillary Clinton specifically stated “I do not believe we have locked ourselves into leaving.”
Senator Lindsey Graham stated after the hearing, “Secretary of State Clinton said we’re not locked into withdrawing, which is music to my ears and I think will be bad news for the enemy. I hope that’s the final answer.” Senator Graham’s hopes were immediately dashed.
Chip Reid of CBS News, having heard the testimony by Hillary Clinton and Bob Gates as well as the “not locked in” that Senator Graham heard, asked Robert Gibbs at a White House briefing “if senators were incorrect calling the date a ‘target'”.
After the briefing, Gibbs went to the president for clarification. Gibbs then called me to his office to relate what the president said. The president told him it IS locked in – there is no flexibility. Troops WILL start coming home in July 2011. Period. It’s etched in stone. Gibbs said he even had the chisel.
Lindsey Graham will not be happy.
Two days after a major speech and confusion reigns supreme. Obama needs to lose his job.
Instead of having the decency to resign from a job he is neither qualified nor experienced for, Barack Obama will instead today hold another publicity stunt. This time the jobless will be the stage props for the Obama publicity stunt. Anyone who doubts this “jobs summit” is anything but a publicity stunt should lose his/her job:
The White House forum comes just one day before the government releases the official unemployment figure for November. Expectations are that the job loss picture will remain grim: Outsourcing firm ADP Employer Services estimated Wednesday that 169,000 jobs were lost last month.
By scheduling its event for Thursday, the White House ensures that headlines about the administration’s unemployment-fighting efforts will dominate the Friday morning newspapers, just as Americans wake up to the bad news.
Publicity stunt Obama should immediately lose his job.
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Unqualified and inexperienced Barack Obama is not the only one who should lose his job.
Valerie Jarrett, should lose her job too. For many earlier reasons and now for defending Desiree Rogers (who should lose her job too) and stating there is no need for Rogers to testify before the House Homeland Security Committee investigating the breach of security at the State Dinner for the Prime Minister of India, Valerie Jarrett should lose her job. That is only the latest reason why Jarrett should get the heave-ho. The Secret Service should not take a bullet for the incompetence of Desiree Rogers.
The Chicago Reader reminds us that Alexi Giannoulias (we’ve written about him since 2007) should not be denied the Senate nomination to replace Obama he now wishes to buy. In addition Alexi Giannoulias should lose the job he has now. The Chicago Reader knows, and publishes that Giannoulias is a friend of Obama and a probable crook:
Four years ago Giannoulias was a 29-year-old officer at the bank, and known in political circles—if at all—as the guy who’d helped Barack Obama raise lots of money in the Greek community. Then Obama paid Giannoulias back, endorsing him in TV spots that propelled him to a come-from-behind win in the 2006 Democratic primary for treasurer. Victory transformed him into a promising young progressive with big prospects—until the media began reporting that Broadway Bank had given a series of loans to figures involved in organized crime or political corruption. Even as Giannoulias triumphed in the 2006 general election, critics accused him of being inexperienced, slick, and “ethically challenged.”
Now, after serving as treasurer for less than three years, Giannoulias thinks he’s ready to move up to the Senate…. [snip]
Among the recipients of loans while Alexi worked full-time at the bank were: Michael Giorango, a Florida developer who’s been convicted of running bookmaking and prostitution rings; Boris and Lev Stratievsky, a father-son team later convicted of laundering money for Ukrainian drug dealers; and Tony Rezko, the developer-businessman-political fixer who was eventually convicted of fraud and money laundering for his role in pay-to-play schemes during the administration of Governor Blagojevich. Giannoulias and current bank officials have said all of them were creditworthy when the loans were issued.
Another loan, for $1 million, was issued in 2002 to a woman whose family claims she was suffering from dementia—and that both Alexi, as the loan officer, and his brother Demetris, then the bank’s CFO, knew it but gave her the loan anyway. [snip]
That was true—but Giannoulias himself had overseen a couple of loans to Giorango in 2005, and the Tribune soon dug up records of those. The paper reported that one of those loans had been used to take out a mortgage on a marina in South Carolina that was home to a casino boat. One of the companies with a stake in the boat had been led by a Greek immigrant named Konstantinos Boulis, who’d been murdered in an apparent hit in 2001. The company was then sold to investors that included Jack Abramoff, the Washington lobbyist convicted on federal corruption charges in June 2006, before being sold back to Boulis’s nephew, Spiros Naos—who had donated $5,000 to Giannoulias’s campaign in December 2005.
Alexi Giannoulias should lose his job and lose the senate nomination race in Illinois. The Chicago Reader is to be complimented for the courage to publish this story. The Chicago Reader quotes a banking expert:
“Remember: when you take out a loan for a house or a car, they call your employer. They check your payroll records. When you take out a business loan, you are supposed to verify that this person has the financial wherewithal to pay them back. A good bank will go out and the loan officer will visit the borrower at the site, ask who their top customers are, talk to the top customers, see what the bill cycle is like. That’s what you’re supposed to do when you lend. If you don’t, and you just take someone’s word, that’s poor underwriting.”
Alexi Giannoulias should lose his job and join Antoin “Tony” Rezko in the court system.
Chris Dodd should lose his job and it looks as if 2010 will be pink slip day (we love pink).
No major Democrats back home in Connecticut have publicly come out in favor of easing Dodd out, but a handful of local pols and pundits are raising the possibility — a topic that would have seemed inconceivable a few years back when Dodd’s popularity impelled him to a presidential run. [snip]
He trails Simmons by 49 percent to 38 percent, while clocking an abysmal 54 percent disapproval rating with Connecticut voters, according to a Nov. 12 Quinnipiac poll.
But the really bad news, political professionals say, is that the five-term Democrat is simply too well-known ——and mistrusted — to move his numbers much more than he already has.
Chris Dodd is not the only Dimocrat who will lose his job soon. Other elected officials see the pink slips (we love pink) coming. Gary Ackerman, a Long Island New York Congressman, fears a loss to Republicans too and communicates that fear in an email:
This past Election Day brought a number of troubling omens for 2010 right here in Queens and Nassau:
· Republicans came away with both Queens City Council seats in my District
· Democrats lost control of the Nassau County Legislature
· The seemingly invincible Democratic Nassau County Executive lost what was viewed as unwinnable seat for the Republicans
Outside of New York, Republicans replaced progressive Democrats as Governors in New Jersey and Virginia. They’ve shown they can win in our community.
Gary Ackerman will have lots of Obama enabler company in 2010. Dimocrats finally know that 2010 will be the year of pink slips (we love pink). Now come the early, unexpected, “retirements”:
Tennessee Rep. John Tanner’s decision to step down at the end of his term has Democrats worried that a trickle of retirements will turn into a flood.
Democrats won their majority in 2006 — and built on it in 2008 — in large part by running conservative Democrats in Republican-leaning districts. But with Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.) and Tanner now heading for the exits, there’s growing concern that the party’s strategy may be unraveling just in time for 2010.
“It’s the beginning of an avalanche on our side,” one Democratic strategist said. “Morale is bad, and we’re seeing guys in their 50s and 60s, who have some time left, who can make some money and have a phase two in their careers.”
Dimocrats who enabled Obama, Dimocrats who supported Obama in the primaries should lose their jobs.
In 2008 the New York State Democratic Party raised massive amounts of money from the gay community with the promise that if they finally took control of the New York State Senate they would pass a gay-marriage bill. Yesterday the New York State Senate decisively defeated such a bill. Every Dimocratic New York State Senator as well as every fundraiser of the New York Dimocratic Party who exploited the gay community and failed to deliver should lose their job.
Now that Comcast has purchased the network of General Electric – every host of MSNBC along with the “personalities” of the News Division at NBC should lose their jobs. Chris Matthews should lose his job immediately for his slur against West Point.
Treasury and Federal Reserve officials who enabled, who demanded, bailouts for Citibank should lose their jobs.
That had to be what Citigroup, with its firsthand expertise with bailouts, must have been thinking when it lent $8 billion to Dubai last year. Oh, and here’s an interesting fact: Citigroup made the loan to Dubai on Dec. 14, 2008. Take a look at the calendar — that’s after it received tens of billions in TARP funds. Citigroup’s chairman, Win Bischoff, said at the time, “This is in line with our commitment to the U.A.E. market in general, and reflects our positive outlook on Dubai in particular.” Good call.
Win Bischoff should lose his job too.
Obama Health insurance scam artists should lose their jobs. Obama economic scam enablers should lose their jobs:
“One of the worst consequences would be if the U.S. government promises 300 million people health care reform and health coverage for everyone – and then can’t pay for it,” said Ralph Neas, head of the National Coalition on Health Care, a group of business, labor and other groups. “There is going to be a considerable public backlash.”
Worse would be the economic effects. “It’s not just the health care system at stake,” Neas said. “It’s our economic system writ large. We cannot have a situation where costs continue to grow at this rate.”
Why is the Los Angeles Times sitting on a videotape of the 2003 farewell bash in Chicago at which Barack Obama lavished praise on the guest of honor, Rashid Khalidi — former mouthpiece for master terrorist Yasser Arafat?
Is there just a teeny-weenie chance that this was an evening of Israel-bashing Obama would find very difficult to explain? Could it be that the Times, a pillar of the Obamedia, is covering for its guy?
ACORN leadership should all lose their jobs, if not their liberty.
The Dimocratic Party enablers of Obama should all lose their jobs. It will happen.
Forget about today’s Obama job summit publicity stunt. What we want to see is more pink slips (we love pink), and more job losses – for those that enabled Barack Obama.