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Amid Tragedy, Obama Bares Partisan Teeth

At least twelve people died today in an attack on a U.S. military installation. We don’t yet know if it was terrorism. It could be an attack on our country.

But this is not a time for unity. Not at the White House, that is, where President Obama, after paying brief homage to the victims, began laying into Republicans with vitriol, scare tactics, and sarcasm

The problem is at the moment, Republicans in Congress don’t seem to be focused on how to grow the economy and build the middle class.  I say “at the moment” because I’m still hoping that a light bulb goes off here.  (Laughter.)

So far, their budget ideas revolve primarily around even deeper cuts to education, even deeper cuts that would gut America’s scientific research and development, even deeper cuts to America’s infrastructure investment — our roads, our bridges, our schools, our energy grid.  These aren’t the policies that would grow the economy faster.  They’re not the policies that would help grow the middle class.  In fact, they’d do the opposite.

I cannot remember a time when one faction of one party promises economic chaos if it can’t get 100 percent of what it wants.  That’s never happened before.  But that’s what’s happening right now.

You have some Republicans in the House of Representatives who are promising to shut down the government at the end of this month if they can’t shut down the Affordable Care Act.  And if that scheme doesn’t work, some have suggested they won’t pay the very bills that Congress has already run up, which would cause America to default on its debt for the first time in our history and would create massive economic turmoil.  Interest rates on ordinary people would shoot up.

The last time the same crew threatened this course of action back in 2011 even the mere suggestion of default slowed our economic growth.  Everybody here remembers that.  It wasn’t that long ago.

You get the idea. Maybe he could have taken a day off today. There was even a hint that he is ready to use the incident to drum up usual gun control rhetoric.

We are confronting yet another mass shooting — and today, it happened on a military installation in our nation’s capital.

Just another mass shooting, right? Happens to be on a military installation. But how does he know this isn’t an attack? He’s probably wishing it away, because if this is terrorism, in the wake of Boston and Benghazi, the bad guys are really starting to get through.

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58 Responses to Amid Tragedy, Obama Bares Partisan Teeth

  1. “..I cannot remember a time when one faction of one party promises economic chaos if it can’t get 100 percent of what it wants. That’s never happened before….”

    Really Mr. President? You can’t remember back to 2009 when you rammed half a trillion dollars of political payback to your public union buds and began the process to shoving Obamacare down our throats?

    The ONLY positive for the country at this point is after you’re “if you like you plan you can keep it”, “premiums will go down” and the rest of your lies on Obamacare coupled with your complete and utter failure as a Leader (see Benghazi, Egypt, Syria, and places yet unknown) even many in your own base are seeing you for what you are: An arrogant, narcissistic ass who would rather demagogue, divide and destroy.

    • Wow, republicans acting like terrorists – if we don’t get our way, we will let everything crash and burn??? Really??? They hate someone so much that they are not even willing to TRY??? How can you even talk like that and think that your way of thinking is correct? Anything with the President’s name on it is an automatic NO – stop whining about it and work together and look at what he has done so far… The deficit has been cut in HALF! HALF!! That’s a big deal and a majority of the deficit is BECAUSE OF THE REPUBLICANS and their way of thinking – GB spent and spent saying it was for the good of America and he was a great president because he was republican and they justify everything??? MAKES NO SENSE.

      • Bill Clinton had Newt Gingrich and the Republicans and they got a lot of work done. Trouble is, the House is not pushing back as hard as they should on this poser preezy who rode into our lives on a unicorn. Obama makes me wax nostaligic for Bill, Jimmy … and even Nixon ! At least they loved their country.

        • But even for all his personal sleaze, Bill Clinton still at least was smart enough to know that a legacy of a balanced budgets using Republican principles was better than a legacy of demagoguery with nothing to show but debt and despair.

      • National debt when Bush left office: right around $10 trillion
        National debt with Obama in office: $17 trillion and not even done.

        That you could use all caps about the deficit being cut in HALF when your Dear Leader had four years of the HIGHEST DEFICITS IN AMERICAN HISTORY and then double down on that ignorance with it was all the Republican’s fault pretty much says it all.

        It’s exactly what Obama does when he brags about the stock market being double today what it was when he came into office. NEVER do you hear him compare it now to where it was in the months leading up to his taking office.

        Where were you when Bush and Republicans were warning of the coming housing crisis but where labeled as racists by Democrats in Congress because the fraud at Fannie, Franklin Raines was black?

        I apologize if this presentation of the facts to you is harsher than you’re used to, but after five years of watching an ill-prepared, ill-tempered, completely incompetent ASS, destroy the country I love and the ideals I’ve done my part to help sustain for the past 52 years and leaving nothing but misery for my grand-children and their children I’m no longer concerned whether I hurt your poor widdle feelings: GET THE HELL OUT OF YOUR MOTHER’S BASEMENT AND ACCEPT THE COLD HARD TRUTH THAT YOUR “DEAR LEADER” IS NOTHING BUT A DESPOTIC DISAPPOINTMENT!

        WOW, typing in all CAPS really IS a rush! Now I know why all you trolls do it so much.

        Now WHERE THE HELL IS MY 100 YEAR OLD SINGLE MALT THAT YOU WILL NEVER KNOW HOW SMOOTH AND TASTY SUCH A TREAT FOR YEARS OF HARD WORK REALLY IS.

      • Here are the numbers:
        U.S. Deficit
        2008 458,000,000,000
        2009 1,413,000,000,000
        2010 1,294,000,000,000
        2011 1,300,000,000,000
        2012 1,087,000,000,000
        2013 973,000,000,000 (Projected)
        2014 744,000,000,000 (Projected)

        I am not a professional economist, but according to my calculator, half of 458 is 229, not 744. It is easier to cut the deficit in half if you triple it first. The 2014 deficit will still be 62% higher than the 2008 deficit.

  2. Since when does this administration show any awareness of the PR optics, or what is appropriate behaviour? Most reports on MrObama’s impassioned speech about the importance of lobbing missiles on Syria noted that right after he was done he grabbed his golf bag then headed off to the golf course. A few of his most impassioned supporters are concerned and confused by his behaviour and said so in public. To the rest of us who are not blinded by partisan feelings, we have always questioned MrObama’s strange behaviour and speeches.
    MrObama’s rude, inflammatory speech about his opposition thankfully will be mostly ignored.
    In honor and respect for those wounded and killed in this attack at the Navy facility, the WhiteHouse’s Latino party should be cancelled, or at least postponed.
    The Sec of the Navy (name?) showed the kind of respect and concern for those injured and for the loved ones of those killed at his brief press conference this afternoon that one would expect from the C in C of all the military.

  3. Calling for More Gun Control – I can’t believe the number of Americans all aTwitter about the number of guns on military bases.
    PEOPLE: ALL GUNS ON MILITARY BASES ARE LOCKED UP EXCEPT FOR THE MILITARY POLICE! That makes military bases essentially gun-free zones.
    Do you really think shooters don’t know that?
    Party on, Nero and Mrs. Nero.

  4. The way he talks about the Republicans is to be expected — it is common place now and follows after Reid’s “anarchists” and the Vice President’s “neanderthal” (without even a pause for the irony as he said that) — but the way he talks about the country “yet another mass killing” as if we were a country of crazed shooters, out of control, is disgusting. He has no sympatico, no connection, no love for, no understanding of this country. We are a country that fails to live up to his expectations — such a pathetic mean spirited small man.

    • But you won’t hear a peep from the MSM about his boorish behavior. Not befitting a reasonable person, much less the president of the US.

      Instead, the MSM will no doubt follow the call that’s sure to come for gun control.

    • Grace–you’ve articulated it very well.

      “We are a country that fails to live up to his expectations.”

      I can’t remember another president in my political lifetime (extending back to Nixon) LECTURING us quite so much. we’re too in love with our guns! we’re too fat! we don’t exercise! we’re racist! we don’t love Obamacare as much as we should!

      (true, Jimmy Carter whined at us, but it was only that one time, and it was mostly about wearing more sweaters and stuff.)

      “He has no sympatico, no connection, no love for, no understanding of this country.”

      I once told a friend of mine that I had a problem with the fact that Barack Obama never sang Christmas carols. seeing as I’m Jewish, she thought that was especially weird! but what I meant was what you’re getting at.

      it is not apparent that Obama has any particular affection for his own country. I may be wrong, but I would bet that the pre-political Obama never took his kids to a 4th of July parade, or out to the country to chop down a Christmas tree. (in fact, I have trouble seeing Obama with an ax at all!)

      I can’t see him ever getting misty-eyed at hearing the national anthem, or had his heart set thumping by the Blue Angels screaming along in their F-16s.

      not everybody has to live like they’re in a Norman Rockwell painting, but shouldn’t the president at least LIKE the country a little?

      • I remember seeing Jimmah on TV – in his sweater explaining what temperature our thermostats should be set on and that, yes, the house would be cooler…but we could just wear sweaters! We would save so much energy! LOL! In retrospect, he was fairly harmless, wasn’t he? I met a man who attended the Academy with Jimmah…he said, “I don’t know what happened to him after he went to Washington.” And now the current WHO (white house occupant) is not nearly as harmless. Well, perhaps he is – but his handlers aren’t. And I have never meant anyone who knew the current WHO – but we know plenty about his handlers…and those folks deserve our “laser focus.” They are the 60s activists who wanted fundamentally change the world. Remember?

    • Excellent summary of our current catastrophe in the Oval Office. And did you notice ZamAN? She did it all without one all caps word. That sir/ma’am is called articulating your point, I suggest you look it up.

  5. The weakest, most thin-skinned, tone-deaf “leader” this country has known. Can’t say a comforting, concilliatory word to the families of 13 dead because he needs to take out-of-place shots at the Tea Party, whom his buddy Dingy Harry says is now in charge of the Senate.

    I don’t see why anyone rates Obama as a “great communicator.” Communicators have strong messages and they convey them in such a way that people hear and grasp the message. Obama simply harps on the same few talking points speech after speech, year after year. It’s really tiresome.

  6. Okay, I didn’t want to jump to conclusions but Drudge is linking to a video of two newspaper reporters from Ft. Worth who say they knew this guy from a Thai restaurant they frequent. In their shock and disbelief that such a nice guy would do such a thing they mention he went off to Thailand for a 6 month period while he was working there. Since when can a restaurant worker afford a 6 month vacation in Thailand? Something doesn’t smell right here…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxTp8Oh7wVs&feature=youtu.be

    • My misunderstanding. The reporters mentioned about 6 months ago Aaron Alexis spent more than a month in Thailand. Still questionable how he was able to swing a month long vacation in Thailand on a restaurant employee’s salary.

  7. I am simply incapable of commenting at length today and still keeping Keith’s site not rated “XXX”. I am beyond appalled that he elected to swipe and bash ‘the usual suspects’ in light of today’s tragedy. He could have – SHOULD HAVE cancelled the spiel. He could have – SHOULD HAVE cancelled tonight’s soiree. He did neither.

    He’s a bad seed. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048977

  8. Mr. Obama will bring ‘Unity, Economic Growth, Transparency and
    Justice” to the entire Planet……..After he has finished walking on water………………

  9. USA Today and AP announce that the White House will postpone the Latino musical that was scheduled for tonight.

    Somebody must have shamed them into doing something appropriate for once.

  10. If Obama wants to comment on ” gun violence “, why not about the 1 shot & killed, and 10 wounded this weekend in Chicago.? (FRI. 12 p.m./MON. 6 a.m.)
    Maybe a few words about the year total to date, shot & killed 266, shot and wounded 1378. http://www.heyjackass.com/
    Pretty quiet there Barry.

    • He doesn’t care about us, or the inner city violence. I think it was Stephen Colbert who quipped (paraphrased) “If Obama cared so much about dead children (Syria) why hasn’t he lobbed a few bombs at Chicago?”

  11. I watched as much as I could of the speech (I can’t stand to hear Obama’s voice anymore). is this the same guy who was wooing the Republicans last week when he needed them for the Syria vote? doesn’t he understand that he may need them again, and that it might not be such a great idea to be so nasty?

  12. This is exactly why he is a failure as a leader. He can’t bring the U.S together in tragedy. He despises the Republicans and does not view them as Americans or people. The constant comments do nothing for the country. This is going to be a long 3 years getting him out office.

    My question is why Boehner and Cantor are willing to work with him on anything? The fact they are willing says a lot about them as leaders as well. They need to go!

  13. Immediately after Putin threw Obama a lifeline I predicted that he (Obama) would accelerate his ‘strikes’ against America and Americans. He would lash out at all of us – Congress, the media, and the People for ‘making him look bad.’

    Someone, I think it was Mandy Manners, compared it to ‘beating your wife (Congress) and kicking the dog (the People)’ – the best analogy yet.

    Well, today – in the midst of a mass killing – he proceeded to do just that. Words can’t express the disgust I have for this tyrant. He is, and always was, unfit to serve. Character counts – and this guy is void of any human instincts/emotions.

    Benghazi….and now the Navy base shootings. Ft. Hood – and his ‘shout-out’ to the Indian chiefs. His cowardly “I didn’t set those red lines; the world set the red lines”. These are the words of a coward – a malignant narcissist who will do or say anything to make himself look good. WHY IS HE STILL IN OFFICE???

    • Because 40 years of leftist control of our public education system created a crop of just enough mush heads to believe in the lights, the columns, the grandiose empty promises.

      I’m gonna get into a lot of trouble here, but the last time such theatrics mesmerized such a large percentage of a national population will to overlook every lie, every atrocity, every empty, hollow word, the Thin Man series of movies was being released in Hollywood, and Churchill was still in political purgatory for daring to speak the truth of what was to come.

  14. This happened at a military installation. Sir Golfsalot is the Commander In Chief. He can’t escape all culpability for this incident.

    There have been a dozen shootings at US military installations since Obama took office. (Source)

    At what point will the blame for all the violence on military installations in the past 4 and a half years be assigned to the commander in chief?

  15. Blacks and Muslims back at it again, along with the continued destruction of America from within the White House. Blacks and Muslims; Muslims and Blacks. See a pattern here? Nope, Republicans are the real enemy.

  16. SECRET CLEARANCE?

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/suspected-u-shooter-had-secret-clearance-employer-says-010927653.html

    Suspected U.S. shooter had ‘secret’ clearance, employer says
    Reuters –

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Aaron Alexis, the 34-year-old suspect in Monday’s shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, had “secret” clearance and was assigned to start working there as a civilian contractor with a military-issued ID card, his firm’s chief executive told Reuters.

    “He did have a secret clearance. And he did have a CAC (common access card),” said Thomas Hoshko, CEO of The Experts Inc, which was helping service the Navy Marine Corps Intranet as a subcontractor for HP Enterprise Services, part of Hewlett-Packard Co.

    Alexis, of Forth Worth, Texas, is suspected of opening fire at the Naval Sea Systems Command building in the Washington Navy Yard in a shooting that left 13 people dead, including the shooter.

    Asked when Alexis was supposed to start work, Hoshko said in a telephone interview: “That’s what I got to find out, if he was supposed to start today … It’s not clear to me.”

    Hoshko said he was unaware of any issues with misconduct involving Alexis or any possible grievance that could have led to the shooting.

    Alexis had previously worked for The Experts in Japan from September 2012 to January 2013, he said.

    “We had just recently re-hired him. Another background investigation was re-run and cleared through the defense security service in July 2013,” Hoshko said.

    Hoshko said he believed that Alexis’ “secret” security clearance dated back to 2007.

    The Navy said Alexis enlisted as a full-time Navy reservist in May 2007. He was discharged in 2011 after a series of misconduct issues, a Navy official said.

    (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by David Brunnstrom and Eric Walsh)

  17. I would expect that fairly soon Obummer will conduct his partisian “speeches” by walking down the street with his “peeps” while rapping sticks against trashcan lids! His lack of character, leadership and integrity are showing as strong as ever.

  18. Our Partisan Pres is simply focused on baiting the GOP to shut down the government in the vain hope that it will swing the tide in 2014, the Dem super majority will be reestablished in both House and Senate and Obama can impose: (i) wealth redistribution through seizure of 401k balances and even larger taxes on capital and investment; (ii) the most restrictive gun control ever contemplated; (iii) the continuing politicization of the various agencies of government as tools of the left/Dems; (iv) “open borders” and complete amnesty to boost the Dem voting rolls so as to ensure a permanent super majority; and (v) the final push to create the federal data hub for O’Care to ensure the feds run our lives from crib to grave. Look at what California is doing through their Democrat super majority there – it is a liberal fantasy camp – they are passing everything they can conceive, even transgender bathroom facilities for children in public schools. This is a glimpse of what Obama/Pelosi/Reid will do if they can replicate a super majority for Obama’s last two years. They do not care about accomodating those who disagree – only steam rolling them and labelling them as candidates for “reeducation camps”.