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WH Press Corps Goes Seven Weeks Without a Question

by Keith Koffler on August 6, 2012, 9:28 am

President Obama has not taken a serious question from the White House press corps in nearly seven weeks, a remarkable string that points to a campaign-style White House operation that is seeking to insulate the candidate from tough cross examination.

The last substantive question Obama took from a White House reporter was during a June 20 press conference following the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. Obama allowed only six questions during the event, which was nearly guaranteed to keep him out of political hot water as the focus was on foreign policy.

Since then, Obama has held no press conferences, given no interviews to White House reporters, and taken no questions at the White House events he has held where reporters have been present.

After a July 26 Cabinet meeting, Obama actually laughed off the prospect of taking a serious question about gun laws.

From the White House transcript:

Q    Mr. President, can you tell us, if what the Colorado shooter did was entirely legal, how do you do more on this subject without any new laws?

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  I’m sure we’ll have more opportunity to talk about this.

Q    This afternoon is fine.  I’m available.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thanks.  I’ll ask Jay for your number.  (Laughter.)

During his recent trip to Europe and Israel, Mitt Romney’s failure to take many questions from the frustrated reporters traveling with him sparked an uproar in Washington, even though Romney did in fact hold a press availability during the trip.

Obama’s silencing of the White House press corps has drawn no similar protest.

To the contrary, Daily Caller White House reporter Neil Munro was derided by his colleagues when he interrupted Obama’s remarks in the Rose Garden June 15 to try to ask about immigration. Munro said he thought Obama had finished.

It turns out that was one of the last questions any White House reporter has asked the president.

Obama has done some interviews with local TV reporters during the interim. But, though they occasionally yield some news, these sessions tend to be easy home runs for the president. Obama is facing reporters less versed in national issues and politics than the White House press corps. And they are more likely to be intimidated by the trappings of the White House, where they suddenly find themselves sitting down with the president of the United States.

Obama and Michelle also swatted away mainly softballs during a July 12 interview with “CBS The Morning” anchor Charlie Rose.

Obama did get one feeble question from what appeared to be a White House reporter during his June 29 tour of the fire damage in Colorado Springs. Obama was quizzed, “What do you think when you see just this stuff right here?”

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RickW August 6, 2012 at 9:34 am

Keith, isn’t it more efficient to just publish talking points and stop those silly questions? How is a man to do all the fund raising needed if he has to be bothered with minutae? :>)

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charles August 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

You don’t get a Drudge link if you flatly admit your bias.

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Canof Sand August 6, 2012 at 10:09 am

I’m not sure whether it went over your head or in one ear and out the other, but I definitely heard a “whoosh” there.

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pk August 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

Kind of funny because you don’t get an interview with the president either unless you flatly admit your bias…..

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Jrr August 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

HAHA, good retort!

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aggietx2 August 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm

…and that admission must be done in private so as to not alert the mouth-breathing masses.

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swalt August 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

Or he might not have time for another round of golf. 104 rounds since he took office, but I haven’t heard whether he played yesterday or not, so it could be 105 by now.

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UyeahU August 6, 2012 at 10:32 am

The new campaign slogan: Fore More Years

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Foudini August 6, 2012 at 11:04 am

LOL……”Fore more years”…… Good one. I needed a good chuckle today. Thanx.

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Logo4245 August 6, 2012 at 11:24 am

New presidential golf gear – Entitleist

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Rich August 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Love it, great one. How about adding the number, such as in: “Entitlist 1.”
Rich in New Mexico.

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AZJ August 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I just peed a little bit after reading that….

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Marcturus August 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Be careful. Keep this up and POTUS just might get a little teed-off.

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Joe Heller August 6, 2012 at 11:10 am

How about Foreward

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Craigo August 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Or simply Fore get it!

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Justin Thyme August 6, 2012 at 11:18 am

Yep,

He’s asking for a “Mulligan” on the first four ;)

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aggietx2 August 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

…and Americal is teed off.

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Rich August 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm

His whole first term has been “Winter rules”. Rich in New Mexico.

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Art House August 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

That’s funny no matter who you are!

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Chukkal August 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Fore-gotten!

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kaizen66 August 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm

He defitely DOES NOT deserve a mulligan!!!

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mike feehan August 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm

WHEN IS THE LAST TIME THE EMPTY SUIT FUCKING MUSLIM ATTENDED SERVICE????

I LOVE HOW HE PRETENDS TO BE A CHRISTIAN (WHAT A FUCKING JOKE THAT IS–WHEN IS THE LAST TIME THAT HE WENT TO SERVICE, ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO????—HAS HE PICKED OUT A CHURCH AS OF YET?????

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LoneStar August 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Barack Obama worships no one but himself.

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lel2007 August 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

“Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.” ~ Michelle obama

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gman August 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

GFY Moochelle

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TSmith August 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Just an observation…but can anyone really “change…our history” as Michelle claims must be done? It seems to me that rewriting history is one way of attempting to convince the masses that they have always done things in the way that the current powers desire.

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Skip Allen August 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm

You change history by changing the textbooks to read the way you think that history should have been written and convince the children that it is the way it really happened. “Barack Hussein Obama…. mmm mmm mmm…. ” *I think i threw up in my mouth a little bit.*

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C.D. August 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm

But we have ALWAYS be at war with Eurasia.

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jaydi August 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Under the spreading chestnut tree
I sold you and you sold me
There lie they, and here lie we
Under the spreading chestnut tree

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muaddib333 August 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Oranges and lemons,
Say the bells of St. Clement’s.

You owe me five farthings,
Say the bells of St. Martin’s.

When will you pay me?
Say the bells of Old Bailey.

When I grow rich,
Say the bells of Shoreditch.

When will that be?
Say the bells of Stepney.

I do not know,
Says the great bell of Bow.

Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
And here comes a chopper to chop off your head![1]

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Stasheck August 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.” ~ Michelle obama

And THAT is exactly why this clown has to be defeated in November!

How did we become so stupid to elect this joker?

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Bob Suyak August 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I didn’t vote for the marxist, so why did you use “I”?

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Ron Esteppe August 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Amen!..I didn’t either and apparently those that did are realizing how stupid they are. I won’t vote for him this time either…so when he doesn’t get my vote, he’ll know it was me!

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StaticKlingon August 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm

No, there is no regret for the Obamites. They were voting for more taxpayer funded benefits. They knew what they were doing then, and they know what they’re doing now.

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Stephen August 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

70 years of government schooling.

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SweetOlBob August 7, 2012 at 5:41 am

How did we become stupid ? By being black racists and proud of a black man running for president. By being “in on it” and knowing he was not vetted. By being idealistic and stupid enough to buy “Hope & Change” without a hint of what. By being liberal and proud of actually voting for a “Negro”. By chanting “Yes We Can” without knowing what we can. By strict party line voting because Grandpa did it. By folowing the biased fluffput out by the Manure Stream Media.
Etc. Etc. Etc.
DON’T DO IT AGAIN !

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Klue August 7, 2012 at 11:04 am

It came about due to the Democrats creating their voterbase.

By Democrat voterbase I mean 47% of the population that pays no taxes but takes up the majority of the government’s services while demanding more taxes on those who do pay taxes with their hand ever out and grasping for more and more handouts.

It’s in the interests of the Democrats to keep people poor and on gov-aid, that is how they keep power and maintain it – that is their voterbase, it is detrimental for the American populace to move up in wealth as they tend to leave the Democrats and vote GOP as the tax burden settles down upon them.

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Rich August 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Why?

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ce August 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I’ll consider making sacrifices voluntarily when barack & michelle begin to make even the smallest level of sacrifice. Their message of sacrifice is lost on the publich when they, themselves, live like monarchs and treat us like their peasants.
BTW, michelle, history is history – you can’t change it. You can re-write and induce everyone to pretend that events unfolded the way you dictate but you can’t actually change it.

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JAHC August 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Or Michelle, you, Obama and Company could leave the country then liberty, freedom and Consitution loving people will save these United States. Of course that is not the goal is it? Just curious, purchased any $6800.00 jackets lately? Will your clothes be a deduction on your tax return–under Obama’s deceased person’s Social Security Number?

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greyfox August 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm

We could all just move to China.

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Logo4245 August 6, 2012 at 11:27 am

You made my day, Rick. : )

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Donna Jean August 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Ohbhahma is kleary a kommunistical sloopstick he must be stooped as soohn as posshibel. Your wrohng if youh dount unndeerstand. GOO BHACK!

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Lukas August 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm

So very clever of you! What a creative individual you have revealed yourself to be!

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Donna Jean August 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

LUKAS I AM YOUR FATHER!

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bill "gettinthescoop" joe August 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm

@RickW — You are truly a silly little goose aren’t you? It’s so funny. Basically, what you have done here is rectify the uneerectable. You have risen the unriserable. You have decomplished the undecomplishable. BRAVO.

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Lali Danube August 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

totally off subject, love your puppy pic! It’s so cute. God Bless you for your work. May you be blessed abundantly

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Logo4245 August 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I’m sorry – did he ever take questions? Was I asleep that day? The last question I heard the press ask was “What has been the most enchanting part of your first month as president?” I stopped listening after that – completely gave up on Lame Stream Media.

Seriously Rick, I love your comment – made me laugh out loud. : )

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greyfox August 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I agree give him more time to raise more money so he can screw the American public with more finesse.

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Cipher August 7, 2012 at 6:26 am

And don’t forget the golf! He’ll have more flexibility in answering tough questions after he’s re-elected. For now those National Security Fnd Raisers and Job Creating Golf Outings must take priority!!

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lc southern August 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

Must keep him on script or he might say what he really feels…you didn’t build that yourself…

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maryJo Kopechne August 6, 2012 at 9:46 am

Or “The people CLING to their guns and religion’ !!

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NYGUY30 August 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

or…” thats how the white man will do ya”

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Tankette August 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

Or…”spread the wealth around…”

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UyeahU August 6, 2012 at 10:33 am

Or his crowning oratory: “You didn’t build that!”

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DaPicayune August 6, 2012 at 10:49 am

Or… “the private sector is doing FINE!”

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Dan August 6, 2012 at 11:04 am

Or how beautiful Islam’s call to prayer sounds…

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Jack Kennedy August 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

but, I released MY birth certificate……….

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sue gonzalez August 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Or, I’ve been to almost all 57 states”

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Stasheck August 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

The most beautiful sound will be next January when the plane that takes this clown president, Moochie and the Obamaetts back to Chicago takes off!

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Dave August 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Na na na na…hey hey hey…good-bye!

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elm August 6, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Hopefully I will be in DC to see it. The Right to Life march this coming year will be huge, colossal, and fired up. Making plans to watch the new president take the oath, and the new generation of adults take to the streets to bring about an end to Roe v Wade.

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Craigo August 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

“Shovel-Ready Was Not as Shovel-Ready as We Expected……Hahahahaha”

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YES WE CON! August 6, 2012 at 11:41 am

Barry is right.
He didn’t build his Birth Certificate on a computer by himself. Nor did he build his Selective Service Registration;
Obama Fraud Exhibit #168: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHAM3hRI8_Y

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gobnait August 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

or “…But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby….”

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cyborg August 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm

It’s such a shame that his mother didn’t feel that way when he was first conceived.

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Mr. Kelly August 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

“Just a typical white woman” when refering to his Grandma.

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Just2old August 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

My guess is that his handlers are too afraid of what he might say if asked some real tough questions. “the private sector is doing just fine”; “if you have a business, you didn’t build that!”

When I was in line at Chick-fil-A last Wednesday, I was reminded of Adm Yamamoto’s famous words after the bombing of Pearl Harbor:
“I’m afraid we’ve awakened a sleeping giant” We can only hope that the election reflects that.

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Joe M August 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

We can only hope but deep down inside I fear that his type will get him elected again by hook or by crook.

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AFVET August 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Enough is enough Joe.
The liberal media will have you believe that.
Don’t listen to the siren’s song.

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Dave August 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

‘Crook’ is the all important word.

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AFVET August 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

You are correct.
The sleeping giant is the Tea Party Movement.
It didn’t exist until after Obama was elected.
It took an invasion on Hawaii to awake a giant.
It took Obama’s election to re-awaken it.

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whodat1 August 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

On your last line, didn’t you mean;
It took a Hawaiian invasion to re-awaken it.

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FreeKirk August 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Sorry to disappoint you, but the first 2 Tea Parties I went to were in July 08, before the nomination of Body Odor. The “original” Tea Party sprang from the Ron Paul Revolution. We were sick and tired of the spending of Bush with the D’s elected to congress in 06 and you can’t forget No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, The Patriot Act which brought about the “Brown Shirt” TSA, et.al.

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mike feehan August 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm

HOW ANY FUCKING MORON COULD VOTE FOR THIS FUCKING EMPTY SUIT MUSLIM, YES I SAID IT, FUCKING MUSLIM, IS ABSOLUTELY MIND BOGGLING

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SweetOlBob August 7, 2012 at 5:50 am

If you really want to know what Obama thinks, just ask the man behind him. Valerie Jarrett.

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DeniseVB August 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

This does not bode well for the debates. We all know Obama’s pillows will be fluffed and Romney will have darts thrown at him.

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RWC August 6, 2012 at 9:48 am

That, or “now is not the time for debates when the economy is struggling.”

I’ll be surprised if he actually does the debates.

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Susan August 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

Think you are right. He can’t handle a debate without being fed the answers. His Friday the 13th off TOTUS “You didn’t build that” speech was supposed to help prepare him for the debates. Seems like any time he is off TOTUS he bares his soul. From the looks of it, his soul is rotten to the core.

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greyfox August 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Obama now wants the suburbs to pay for urban blight caused by
people leaving the cities and taking their tax dollars with them. The communists has a different solution they billeted the poor in the homes of the wealthy, of course the homes were ruined in the blink of an eye by their new tenants. Did the flight cause the blight in the cities or did the blight cause the flight. Obamas idealogy is not to make the poor producers but to make the producers poor. There must be one or two people in America, besides the super rich, who are happy with their lives but old Barry will fix that, just give him another term.

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elm August 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Like Pruitt Igoe in St. Louis, the government did build it and it lasted a whole 15 years. What a waste.

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Tankette August 6, 2012 at 10:28 am

That is a good point. He could just go on the talking shows of the media networks that love him and talk away w/o interruptuion…

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PamM August 6, 2012 at 10:56 am

Obama’s pillow is not the only thing that will be fluffed.

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Steve August 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm

LOL! Almost shot tea out my nose. Gives a whole new meaning to Turkey Fluffer doesn’t it? :)

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Jubal Harshaw August 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

How many of you honestly think that there is going to be an election? IF there were to be a “Republican Sweep,” on of the first items on the agenda would be a real analysis and probable prosecution of BO, et al, for fraud and conspiracy. Their house of cards for 4 years would be declared null and void, and lots of people would be facing jail time. The libs simply cannot allow that to happen. Better to see a few million American Citizens as casualties…

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Lou August 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

Our clown president makes fools of the liberal press! You are all clowns!!

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RickW August 6, 2012 at 9:44 am

Lou, lets exempt Keith from that assessment, OK?

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Bob USAFRET August 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm

He should not be classified as clown, he needs to study to go that high. How about a.. hole.?

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Diver Bill August 6, 2012 at 9:44 am

“If you have a Nobel Prize, you didn’t earn that!”

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NoFear August 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

You can’t say that.

That would be telling the truth and that is not allowed in this administration.

To make things fair I think everyone should be given a Nobel Prize too.
We need to spread the wealth.

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Bob USAFRET August 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm

That is true, Barry got it just for being the first “affirmative Action”
president.

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Jim's BBQ August 6, 2012 at 9:44 am

Questions? Are they even serious? The Obumbler has golf, vacations, fund raising and lying to the American people to do! The press (LMAO, right) corp should start interviewing the Teleprompter, it is the one with all the answers anyway.

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Krusatyr August 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

….press corpse, lips pursed in coffins, died suffocated in the poser’s arse.

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tedrocole August 6, 2012 at 9:49 am

No surprise here… the press corp already knows all they think they need to know about Obama… they feel that Romney is the new enemy and they need to excoriate him at every possible opportunity. Lets keep in mind that the media took no time to vet the current POTUS and look what happened. The country has not recovered because of hope and the change we made was for the worse. With the right choices Romney can steer us out of the hole that Obama expanded… listen… its not all Obama’s fault but he did very little to right the ship and many of his policies pushed us farther into the hole. A new direction that lessens the force of government on us at every turn will help this economy change directions.

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Lizzy August 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Scary thought what if the media did vet him and liked what they saw?

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Steve August 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm

If W got us in the ditch, O has been sitting in the ditch making car noises.

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Eric August 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

2012 Democratic National Convention Schedule — Charlotte , N.C.
4:00 PM Opening Flag Burning Ceremony sponsored by CNN
4:05 PM Singing of “God **** America ” led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright
4:10 PM Pledge of Allegiance to Obama
4:15 PM Ceremonial ‘I hate America’ speech – Michelle Obama
4:30 PM Tips on How to keep your man trustworthy and true to you while you travel the world Hillary Clinton
5:00 PM Great Vacations Ive Taken on the Taxpayers Dime Travel Log – Michelle Obama
5:30 PM Eliot Spitzer Speaks on “Family Values” via Satellite
5:45 PM Personal tribute to Joe Biden – Joe Biden
6:00 PM Sen. Harry Reid – 90-minute speech expressing the Democrats appreciation of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and to George Soros for sparing no expense to unify the country, improve employment, and boost the economy
8:30 PM Airing of Grievances – by the Clintons
9:00 PM Bias in Media How we can make it work for you too Tutorial sponsored by CBS, NBC, ABC, and the Washington Post and the New York Times
9:15 PM Tribute Film to the Brave Freedom Fighters incarcerated at GITMO Michael Moore
9:45 PM Personal Finance Seminar – Charlie Rangel
10:00 PM Denunciation of gun owners and Bible readers – Charlie Rose
10:30 PM Ceremonial Waving of White Flag for Iraq and Afghanistan
11:00 PM Obama Energy Plan Symposium / Tire Gauge Demonstration / How you too can get rich with Green Investment bankruptcies
11:15 PM Free ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich rally
11:30 PM Obama Accepts Oscar, Tony, and Latin Grammy Awards
11:45 PM Feeding of the Delegates with 5 Loaves and 2 Fish Obama presiding
12:00 AM Official Nomination of Obama by Bill Maher and Chris He sends a thrill up my leg Matthews
12:01 AM Obama Accepts Nomination as our Lord and Savior
12:05 AM Celestial Choirs Sing

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HotrodConservative August 6, 2012 at 10:08 am

Classic Post my friend…Classic post!!!

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Lkweirgal August 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

Eric – love your post! It’s funny even though it’s sadly representative of the Dems.

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A.A. Gabiel August 6, 2012 at 10:28 am

EPIC! …but you left out the air drum sticking (“Team building” hedonist style) and the Macarena!

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DaPicayune August 6, 2012 at 11:43 am

And… the Anarchist antics of Barry/Nancy’s Bolshevik Occupiers outside the BOA Stadium/Convention Hall.

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Susan August 6, 2012 at 10:39 am

Well done! If I may suggest one little addition to your 9:00 PM schedule. The LA Times deserves honorable mention for hiding that tape of King Kardashian honoring PLO radical Rashid Khalidi. He would lose all his Jewish support if that video was released…

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barney fife August 6, 2012 at 10:50 am

May I copy this ? Thank You.

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glacialhills August 6, 2012 at 10:52 am

What, are you guys saying this is not the REAL schedule?

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Mike4rest August 6, 2012 at 10:54 am

You forgot theinvocation by the local Imam!

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Rodica August 6, 2012 at 11:21 am

The best ever! Hysterical :))) Thanks Eric

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aleph cheth August 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

Absolutely dead-on. I applaud you.

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DonnieB August 6, 2012 at 11:29 am

Great Job Eric! You might want to see if Mitt can use you as a speech writer.

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leslie August 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

Eric, Brilliant post! So sad but all the true.

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Jeff August 6, 2012 at 11:53 am

Loved it Eric

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Lizzy August 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Does the 5pm MO event have slides? Is the 12:05am sing song bilingual?

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Judy August 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm

This is the funniest thing I’ve seen. Made me LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mind if I share?

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deek August 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Good stuff………. but you didn’t write that…. sombody else did.

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bossmechanic August 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

The Wizard of Oz president.
I am the One. Do Not question Me.
All talk from a tiny bombastic man.
Nothing real behind the curtain.

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Barb August 6, 2012 at 10:29 am

The difference is that Oz, while not great, did offer wisdom and insight to all. He was able to see the inner strength of each and encouraged them to use their strength to gain what they wanted. Obama discourages people from finding their inner strength and using it. Thus he becomes the caretaking and daddy.

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docbogie2 August 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

Mr. President will you be visiting the same 57 states you visited in 2008?
Will you also be looking for a corpseman??

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Lizzy August 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

There must be at least 60 by now after all more votes especially from the dead, invisible and imaginary.

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Steve August 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm

He sees dead people voting.

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Anthony August 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

The most ignorant, arrogant occupant of the White House in history.

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markit8dude August 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

As if Obama WOULD take a question that WASN’T a softball-like question.

From the ‘Unexpected, lower than anticipated unemployment numbers..’ for the umpteenth time to, ‘..the President did not elaborate on (insert issue)..’ – the cover for this blowhard is pitiful and quite insulting to those with an I.Q. at/above room temperature, tbh.

-Independent who drinks no one’s kool-aid.

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glacialhills August 6, 2012 at 10:58 am

Glad to see that not everyone that labels themselves “independent” is not just a liberal marxist in hiding.

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jen anderson August 6, 2012 at 9:57 am

What is obama hiding?

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Xenophon10 August 6, 2012 at 9:58 am

He gets nothing but softballs from the Media anyway, so this is no change.
But the crease in his trousers is remarkable.

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Sheldon August 6, 2012 at 9:58 am

Would you talk to the press without a teleprompter if you were the village idiot?

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docbogie2 August 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

Q. Mr President who will you bow and apoligize for America to next??

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florida guy August 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

Questions are for the little people wo don’t copunt and the 1%ers who pay the bills. The Monarch could care less about either

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Bob A August 6, 2012 at 10:02 am

Its hard to talk when you have a big racist, anti-American foot in your mouth!

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Pouncekitty August 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

What a laugh! He’s NEVER had a serious question from his lapdog press. Only Fox News asks him hard questions, you know, the kind EVERY president has received, except Obama. Obama has always shows pure contempt for the press and public. This entitled incompetent needs to go.

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djh August 6, 2012 at 10:04 am

And this is exactly why the media continues to lose credibility, viewers and why Americans more and more are turning to other sources. barry, the media and dems will say it’s because evil conservatives just want their ideology reinforced but the reality is I’s and D’s are turning away from the media more and more. If you engage in a debate with friends or colleagues and you’ve been getting your ‘news’ from abc/cbs/cnn/nyt et al YOU HAVE LOST, not only that you hurt your own credibility and integrity.

It’s only a matter of time before the American people start to hold the media accountable for their treasonous behavior. The utter lack of integrity, the lack of professionalism, the blind adoration… pretending as if you have ‘ethics’ that are somehow hiding your obvious bias is only fooling YOU and the relatively few Americans who are liberal and choose to be ignorant and slaves to their ideology.
What I don’t get is the giddy willingness of so called ‘journalists’ who seem absolutely oblivious to their waning credibility. You have to look yourself in the mirror – are you honestly able to look right past the fact that you have LIED, DECEIVED and MISINFORMED the American people to our detriment for the sake of a politician and party? Its amazing what passes for integrity in journalism circles. It’ll be interesting to see what happens – I wonder if the intellectual cowards in the media will cover the backlash against them?

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docbogie2 August 6, 2012 at 10:04 am

Just for the idiot Obama lovers out there, I have a business and if he gets his way and raises my taxes guess what? I am not going to take the hit, I like this life style, I am going to pass it on to the consumer that buys my product. So will every other astute business man or woman.

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Tom August 6, 2012 at 10:05 am

Heaven forbid this asshole get stumped on any questions he’s not groomed for. Fuck Barry Seotoro.

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huckleberry Muckleroy August 6, 2012 at 10:07 am

How astute you are to recognize that Neil Munro’s question was the last. Munro is lying when he says that he thought the President was finished. Anyone can review the tape and see that. The Press Corps should be self-regulating. When they are not; when a right-wing jerk like Munro interrupts the President to push his own agenda, then they certainly deserve the silent treatment until they prove that they can behave in a civil manner.

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markit8dude August 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

As per the commenter regarding reporter Munro’s ‘interruption’ – do you TRULY believe this isn’t done on a near-constant basis for YEARS..?

Take off your blinders, my friend.

Not to mention we have a CiC who RARELY provides answers to, let alone encourages questions.

Unless they’re a complacent, lapdog-like press corps.

-Independent who drinks no one’s kool-aid.

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The Bunks August 6, 2012 at 11:06 am

Huckleberry- I hope you don’t believe that. The purpose of Freedom of the Press is to protect the Press while the Press protects us. It wasn’t designed to allow the Press to be free from asking tough questions of the politicians they like. We ALL (Democrats and Republicans) need to step back from our personal ideologies and recognize the threats facing our nation transcend either political party.

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pk August 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm

It’s amazing how easy it is to blame the Right for everything this president does. So let me see – one conservative press corp member is rude to the president in asking a question so he stops taking ANY questions from ANY press member??? Amazing. Even W just refused to acknowledge that racist Helen Thomas during press conferences, but he still took questions from an obviously hostile press corp.

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greyfox August 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Attention suburbanites! You’re next on the list. You left the blighted cities
and now I’m coming after you to pay for you desertion. Pay attention folks it’s getting more and more obvious, just pay attention. The cities are blighted because you left and took your tax dollars with you and ow it’s soon going to be time to pay…Just re elect me and I’ll make it happen.

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driveby_poster August 6, 2012 at 10:07 am

No reason to get excited over the press corps reaction to the Obama snub.

It’s not like they would ever abandon their messiah, they have no where else to go.

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Defund NPR August 6, 2012 at 10:09 am

The Kenyan teleprompter is probably on a multi week coke and male hooker bender. Between that and rounds of golf, watching hoops with NBA players and planing the next exotic vacation, the man is clearly too busy.

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satch August 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

The MSM doesn’t mind though,their busy keeping an eye on Romney just waiting for him to make a slip up no matter how small so they can go 24/7 on him.After all protecting Obama is the MSM’s main function right now.

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Jim August 6, 2012 at 10:11 am

So he isnt talking to the press now, just as well he never said anything anyway except lies. At least now i don’t have to hear that nauseating voice

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whodat1 August 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm

It probably explains why the stock market is coming back up too. I’ve noticed that when he goes on vacation, the market rebounds.

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Owen_Kellogg August 6, 2012 at 10:11 am

His sycophants among the White House Press ‘Corpse’ have become as lazy as the President himself. Hypocrisy is now the norm.

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Jennifer Granholm August 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

“… if what the Colorado shooter did was entirely legal, how do you do more on this subject without any new laws?”

What an incredibly stupid question. Murder is illegal, as well as bringing a gun into a “gun-free” zone, let alone shooting it.

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DaPicayune August 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

That Aurora theater was a “Sitting Duck Zone”, not a gun-free zone, as Holmes has now proved.

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Jubal Harshaw August 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Um, kids, nutjobs and criminals have something in common: they really don’t care about ‘laws.’ That’s why law-abiding citizens always suffer.

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TXnBud August 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

I really don’t want a President whose actions spark questions that he runs from or doesn’t have the balls to answer. I still want to know why Obama tries to redirect any criticism of Obamacare that Republicans have by telling them they need to focus on jobs, when his capricious decision to allow amnesty for 800,000 illegals increased unemployment, and ushered in what Obama believes to be 800,000 votes in the coming election.
Seriously, what kind of snake in the grass who would sacrifice anything sacred and has no allegiances to our country or the people in it?

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False Hope August 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

Please sir Mr. Obozo can I have some more of your hope and change!!

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Donato Dominguez August 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

Ha-ha-ha. What a joke. The clown in chief has never taken any questions that were not planted by Valarie or Axey with some toady so called reporter.
Typical: Mr President, how does it feel to wake up in the morning knowing that you are the most wonderful President ever?

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srdem65 August 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

Good grief, someone might ask him to name the capital of Israel, or to explain how his “you didn’t build that” was quoted out of context, or to affirm his former Chief of Staff Emanuael’s claim that Chicago has “values”.
So many word mines could explode at a non-teleprompter event that avoiding a meeting with the WH press corp should be avoided at any cost.

The opposition gets plenty of information from MrO’s campaign speeches and even from the bunny-puff interviews by friendly newspeople. He just can’t help himself from revealing his true agenda and his actions are just as bad.

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Ernest Baker August 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

Why should he take a question? No one is supposed to question the King! Obama may have to answer or dodge a question about his birth, his education, his religion, etc. For the “Most Transparent Administration in History”, the current one has been the most secretive, dodging, untruthful gang of crooks that we have ever seen. We are getting a true picture of the corruptness of the “Chicago Way”. Unfortunately, the voters of this country believed the lies in 2008 and gave the White House to an unprepared, immoral, unethical, conceited, bunch of Chicago thugs. The Media is responsible for never vetting Obama….and giving him such positive press that the masses believed they were voting for a true leader, not the empty suit that Obama is.

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jeffery August 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

As long as Obama doesn’t open his mouth he won’t show his hateful and racist true self. Folks this man admitted to smoking and snorting cocaine and pot only he inhaled.

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J.D. August 6, 2012 at 10:17 am

Barry will get a chance to (try) answering all sorts of questions in the debates. I can’t wait — no teleprompter, no Jay Carney to run interference, just Barry “deer-in-the-headlights” Odrama and his brain, all alone. It should be as entertaining as it is edifying.

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greyfox August 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Sorry to disappoint you J.D. The debates will be tailored by the Media, the questions will be scripted in Barry’s favor and the moderator will enforce a “stick to the script” rule. That is if there ever are any debates.

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Flyoverman August 6, 2012 at 10:20 am

The only purpose of the daily press get togethers is to allow the MSM reporters to worship and adore their beloved President. God forbid they would ever ask him or his press secretary anything that could be difficult or embarrassing.

They want to be the first person on their block to be officially declared a slave of the People’s Regime.

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DaPicayune August 6, 2012 at 11:58 am

Why even run this charade of Carney’s WH Pressers,… just Email the talking points to the stenographic press corps, like Jarrett does bright and early every morning to Bimbo Meeeeka at AM Joe.

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BayAreaBill August 6, 2012 at 10:20 am

I’d noticed that over the past few months, the press corps was getting increasingly hostile and frustrated with Press Secretary Jay Carney. He’s given strict talking points and is not allowed to deviate from them one inch. Ask him a tough question and he changes the subject to a talking point. Makes him look like a fool and a shill.

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Barbara L Espinosa August 6, 2012 at 10:20 am

No surprise>> Obama administration has gone over 1,050 days ago, way back in 2009 was the last time Congress passed a budget. So you press guys are lucky it’s only been seven weeks.

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Joe Doakes August 6, 2012 at 10:20 am

After this? I wouldn’t take any questions even from the “stripper” media . . .

:)

“You didn’t build that . . .”

- President Obama

July 27, 2012

Dear Mr. Obama,

Normally when you utter something so colossally idiotic I tend to see what everyone else does and if its all been done I’m not going to throw out my opinion on the matter. The “Obama Depression” is about to claim the last bit of my 401K and I’m trying to get this new idea off the ground so I’m a bit busy. This little letter writing gig is a voluntary effort, with all due respect to those who seem to think I’m a some famous writer grand standing their true self, or some rich guy doing this because I need to vent. I’m none of that. If I did make that claim I would be as bad as you. Because through out these reactions to that utterance I realized something.

You, Sir, did not build you. Please allow me to explain. Every step of your life has been prepared for you. Every moment you were pampered and buffed for the next phase like some kind of imaginary character in a television program. From your mother to your girlfriends to your job history and your lack of real world skills. It’s frankly miraculous that you kept the facade up for so long. To repeat; you did not build you, someone else did that.

Well, us common folk “Joe Doakes’s” out in the hinterland don’t have that option. We don’t have the safety net of a group of rich socialist friends that are going to protect us at every turn. We are on our own. And for every improvement we make in our lives there is someone out there, thanks to all of your class rhetoric, that thinks they have a legitimate claim on my labor or my dwindling wealth.

You never felt blame. You never had to stare back at your wife and explain why that second mortgage isn’t getting paid. You never had to live with less so others could have more. You never had to sacrifice what you wanted so someone else could have a shot. You never built a life on merit and exposure to risk nor attempted to serve the public good in the vain of politicians like Henry Clay. You never did that.

There’s this guy running for office. His name is Mitt Romney. He has done nothing but that. No one told him when to “zig” or “zag.” No one told him to do what when. He just did it. Mr. Romney is a “Do the right thing” machine. That’s what he does. He’s like one of those perpetual motion machines that you could buy. You can just count on it. That’s what America needs, someone it can count on to relieve it from the madness that is Washington D.C. by any means necessary. Because if you haven’t noticed you didn’t build that city.

We did.

Respectfully,

Joe Doakes

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rld77 August 6, 2012 at 11:01 am

Joe— Good to see you’re still at it. Haven’t seen you lately–cheers-rld

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Susan August 6, 2012 at 11:27 am

Well said, Joe. Hope you are keeping a journal of your letters. They tell the story of America’s four year ordeal with tyranny. After we quash this socialist revolution in November, you should publish your letters as a warning and inspiration for future generations.

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Joe Doakes August 6, 2012 at 11:38 am

Apparently other people are . . .

:)

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Lizzy August 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I’d love to make Obama and Michele have to live for a month on what the average family of four do if they are still employed. He’s not
only never made a payroll both Obama’s couldn’t do it they’ve had
everything handed to them so to try and pay bills, buy food sorry
Michelle can’t afford organic or budget for a month. No trips no
pricey private schools maybe only one non hybrid car uses gas you
have to pump it yourself Barry and Michelle the next trip to Target
won’t be for a photo op it will be the place you get the entire families
clothes that means yours I doubt they have a $7000 top but you
can’t afford to go out anyway.

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Joe Doakes August 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

It’s amazing what you can purchase with other peoples money when you are willing to prostitute your soul.

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WilliamPenn August 6, 2012 at 10:21 am

Don’t you get it? Dear Leader is never to be questioned.

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greyfox August 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm

There is a lot more behind this than just not being questioned. No one questioned Stalin and fewer questioned Hitler, who had the nerve to question Saddam or Omar Quadaffy. See where I’m going with this?

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John Bissell August 6, 2012 at 10:21 am

“If what the Colorado did was entirely legal.”? Are all “journalists” idiots? What a muddled question and per usual BHO gets a pass from our “Watch Dog” Press. Is it to much to ask that the Washington Press Corps take it’s role seriously of holding ALL elected officials accountable.

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UyeahU August 6, 2012 at 10:37 am

Some of the Brit papers have real journalists; we have lapdogs who like their bellies rubbed.

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Rohan August 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

That’s cause when he opens his mouth in an uncontrolled forum, he says stuff like “you didn’t build that” or “lets spread around the wealth.” The liberal controlled media has made this guy out to be some articulate, intellectual heavy weight, when in fact he’s nothing more than a affirmative action Harvard grad who was poised for a career in community organization. But as luck would have it, he became a US senator and now POTUS. Hopefully he will be forced to retire from his current position in Nov.

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dan'l August 6, 2012 at 10:23 am

Puppet in Chief with puppet media. No self respect, integrity with any of them, just empty headed marionettes performing their meaningless roles. No one trusts them or takes them seriously except the mirror.

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A.A. Gabiel August 6, 2012 at 10:24 am

WHEN did he start taking questions? The last non-canned, non-rehearsed question I heard was from Joe The Plumber back in 2008!

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Susan August 6, 2012 at 10:24 am

“What do you think when you see just this stuff right here?”

Where do these “folks” get their journalism degrees? From a Cracker Jack box? Critical thinking certainly isn’t one of the subjects taught. No wonder the LSM has gone to the dogs…

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ALAN PHILLIPS August 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

TIME FOR A PLAN

The health reform bill is now owned by the administration and congressional democrats. It’s provisions and the subsequent national analysis will occupy debate and produce controversey for months to come even with the Supreme Court’s decision.. This bill’s efficacy, function and control of one sixth’s of the nation’s economy is not the real issue. The true issue is the subject that has been effectively shoved from the American political stage, the jobs debacle. Millions of unemployed or underemployed workers, the loss of their income, hope, vision, and individual loss of self esteem . An administration unwilling to confront this disaster in a direct or substantial way, now focuses on other issues like health care.

For an example, currently, between the state of Iowa’s tax levy and that of the federal rate, businesses must pay 41.6 percent to government. This type of excessive business taxation has given the U.S. the dubious distinction of being the world’s leader in corporate taxes and regulations. This “jobs killer” has yet to be dealt with to improve the competitiveness of America.

The administration provides no incentives at all for corporations to retain or create jobs in this country. Ireland’s overall rate on companies is 12.5 percent, Singapore has just introduced a program for start up businesses with the first three years almost tax free, China at 25 percent features special districts minimizing rates even further. We are in an economic trade war for the jobs provided by our companies. With two hands tied behind our back we passively surrender our American workers pay to other countries by failing to provide our companies with freedom from burdensome tax rates.

This must be stopped now and American jobs must come first.
Past proposals, from various members of Congress of a five or ten percent cut on federal taxes have not make a difference for companies in this competition for jobs with foreign countries. We need to take action to bring the jobs back for the 18 million jobless or underemployed workers. Specifically,

Corporate round tables to meet with the new President after the 2012 elections on federal and state tax reductions for businesses, and to establish monthly goals for corporate job restoration-creation in the U.S.
In the interim period between now and then, I would strongly insist that both presidential nominees recognize that the they must make job restoration-creation a 24/7 number one priority. Its not too late for any program to be examined. Programs that increase the deficit and are unnecessary should be immediately curtailed, that also includes propsed healthcare non-essentials.

The Federal government should make initial cuts in the corporate tax rate to 10 or 15 percent prior to any state’s review of their taxes for reduction.

There is a need for fiscal studies to determine how increased job growth would through the normal payroll tax, prevent deficit growth due to tax reductions at the federal and state levels.

Years past, the tax foundation stated: “The key to improving America’s tax competitiveness is a partnership between federal and state law makers to work toward the common goal of lowering the overall business tax burden in the U.S. Otherwise, America, will continue to fall behind in the global tax race simply by standing still.”

In summary, the above plan, albeit simple in thrust, will work if the nation has the resolve to put it into action. We simply cannot wait much longer to start down the path to real economic recovery. Although, I have written and published this concept for months, I have yet to experience any interest from the administration in Washington. Hopefully, many meaningful ideas will be considered in the weeks ahead, unless the jobs summit is once again merely a manufactured photo op or public relations ploy; if that’s the case the employment problem will worsen and the nation could plunge into a full fledged depression.

We await the plans of both candidates to address these matters in the coming Presidential debates. To date Obama has let almost four years pass without advocating a plan. Hopefully Governor Romney will do so.

Alan G Phillips, Sr

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Jabberwocki August 6, 2012 at 11:01 am

You make a great deal of sense. This President doesn’t care about job growth. Romney had a 59 point plan that covers most of these points plus others that are necessary to turn our job creation machine around after the damage done to it by this president. The only answer is to elect Romney.

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jeffery August 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

Our president is a black racist and ex drug addict. His comments when he doesn’t have a pre-programmed script on his teleprompter shows how racist and hateful he truly is. He has proven himself a liar and his sweet heart deals he gives his handlers proves he’s a crook. My only hope is we can change this in Nov.

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A.J. August 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

EX?

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Walter W. Charles August 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Jeffery: Please cite your source that Obama is an “ex” drug addict! I have never seen or heard that! Is there any proof?

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Bob USAFRET August 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Didn’t he admit using drugs in his autobiography? Of course , that book and been proven to contain at least 30 lies.

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greyfox August 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Why does he have to prove it? You don’t seem to have any problem with Harry Reid dropping bombs and inuendo, How come?

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Jim August 6, 2012 at 10:27 am

He’s obviously run out of lies. And must realize the press knows exactly what he would say to any question they might ask. So. Being the good sheep they are for Obama. They will just make something up. Like Harry Reid, to distract attention from NO FED BUDGET for almost 4 years, and more lies Obama plans to tell…when the next STATE OF THE UNION address happens…IF HE’S STILL AROUND TO LIE MORE.

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