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Bad Obama Arisin’ Once Again

President Obama, avatar of hope and change, is back in real nasty mode, suggesting not too subtly that conservative Republican lawmakers are un-American.

Take a look at this excerpt of his remarks he made this afternoon to the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic group sympathetic to his message. The bolding of the last paragraph from this White House transcript is mine.

But we can’t just close our deficits by cutting spending . . .

And that’s why people from both parties have said that the best way to take on our deficit is with a balanced approach –- one where the wealthiest Americans and big corporations pay their fair share, too. (Applause.) Before we stop funding energy research, we should ask oil companies and corporate jet owners to give up special tax breaks that other folks don’t get. (Applause.) Before we ask college students to pay more to go to college, we should ask hedge fund managers to stop paying taxes that are lower in terms of rates than their secretaries. Before we ask seniors to pay more for Medicare — (applause) — before we ask seniors to pay more for Medicare, we should ask people like me to give up tax breaks that we don’t need and weren’t even asking for. (Applause.)

So, NCLR, that’s at the heart of this debate. Are we a nation that asks only the middle class and the poor to bear the burden? After they’ve seen their jobs disappear and their incomes decline over a decade? Are we a people who break the promises we’ve made to seniors, or the disabled, and leave them to fend for themselves?

That’s not who we are. We are better than that. We’re a people who look out for one another. We’re a people who believe in shared sacrifice, because we know that we rise or fall as one nation. We’re a people who will do whatever it takes to make sure our children have the same chances and the same opportunities that our parents gave us — not just the same chances, better chances, than our parents gave us. That’s the American way.

The frightening thing here is not that Obama has gone into a political mode similar to that which we saw just before Election Day 2010, when he resorted to calling Republicans enemies, suggested without proof that foreign money was funding the Chamber of Commerce’s political work, said Republicans don’t want black people to vote and that they had a master plan to keep the economy from improving in order to seize power, and so on.

The frightening thing is that he believes this, in the idea that people with different philosophies than his are evil and un-American. It’s wrong when anyone – liberal or conservative – takes such a position. It’s scary when the president of all of us does.

And how comforted are you by this?

Believe me — believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting.  (Laughter.)  I promise you. Not just on immigration reform.

Now, he followed up emphatically with “That’s not how our democracy functions,” and was clearly trying to make the point that he needs Republicans to get things done, not that he wants to govern by fiat. But I’ve never heard a president joke around in such a careless manner. It contains an unappealing dose of egotism and disrespect for the system.

Obama so easily slips into a deeply partisan, even contemptuous mode of speaking. It’s bad politics – it will bring many infuriated people to the polls without inspiring supporters.

What is inspires is hope and change. But having failed to achieve either, the slogan is cast aside.

87 thoughts on “Bad Obama Arisin’ Once Again”

  1. This is all so inaccurate and stupid-sounding, it makes my teeth grow hair. Balanced–he means UNbalanced–rich people pay more percentagewise! Corporate jet owners–yes, they live so high flying to all their companies trying to keep them afloat. Rich and super rich pay taxes–just jnot enough for him. Maybe his bud Warren Buffet’s secy needs a raise–ever think of that? If we “look out for one another,” then quit threatening old people with your thoughtless comments. You are not the nicey-pie, reasonable adult–you are the spurned bridegroom, remember.

    1. While I am at it, let me add, Mr President, that if you had spent more time on the Senate floor, you’d have more frends there and know how the “debating society” works…Also you would have brought in a professional facilitator when you saw taking people to the woodshed was not working especially well, their being adults and all. Now the clock has run out, and you have failed to look out for us and run the joint.

  2. What do you expect? He’s addressing the National Council of The Race. These are the people with whom he agees: those who want to turn about one third of the continental US over to Mexico.

    Also, if he doesn’t want or need those tax breaks, there’s a very simple method for him to not take them: take the standard deductable and don’t itemize. Then he’ll pay the full rate without the “loopholes” which will increase his tax payments.

  3. So the 800 million checks the govt sends out, according to Geitner, arent enough? Does this moron at the WH want everyone in the country on the dole? Terrifyingly, I think the answer may be yes.

      1. SS is not the dole. Neither is my brother-in-law’s disability for riding a chopper into the Vietnamese dirt. Just to clarify.

        1. Truly Star, our veterans earned every penny of the disability check and then some. We have paid into SS all of our lives. Our seniors were made promises that must be honored.

          1. What promises? SS was intended to help the indigent who otherwise would have nothing, not as a retirement fund for the populace-at-large. You shouldn’t receive it unless absolutely necessary, no matter how much you put in.

          2. Not so – Social Security was proposed as a retirement fund and PAID INTO for our entire adult working lives – The fact that government spent the money that should have been saved and invested and left a bunch of IOU’s in the “lock box” doesn’t relieve them of the obligation to those of us who have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars into this ponzi scheme. It was never said to be just for “indigents.”

  4. The GOP is the enemy of the United States of America and they certainly don’t want black people to vote. I need a poll here: is the author more naive or stupid?

      1. What author? You mean Keith? You know, this reminds me of the 60s–They would ask us if we recommended the overthrow of the govt by subversion or violence–and we would jokingly say, “Let’s see–violence?”

  5. He said something similar at the MD townhall in response to a question about the 14th amendment:

    ” But I’m sympathetic to your view that this would be easier if I could do this entirely on my own. (Laughter.) It would mean all these conversations I’ve had over the last three weeks I could have been spending time with Malia and Sasha instead. But that’s not how our democracy works. And as I said, Americans made a decision about divided government. I’m going to be making the case as to why I think we’ve got a better vision for the country. In the meantime, we’ve got a responsibility to do our job.”

    1. There was a time when I thought he subscribed to a Wilsonian view of how the government should work, but it’s now clear that he subscribes to a Stalinian view of how the government should work.

        1. You are probably right Laurie. Before becoming active on the internet, I thought everything was just hunky dory. I always entrusted our government to do the right thing for America. Nowadays we the people are nothing more than the ignorant sheeple they have to corral in for a shearing every April 15th.

          1. That’s Ann Althouse’s blog. It is terrific. Followed her all during the Wisconsin teacher’s union battle and still keep up with her.

  6. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that he even understands what it means to be an “American”. Americans don’t have bigamist absentee African fathers, weren’t raised as Muslims in Indonesia, didn’t socialize with hippie/marxists and don’t espouse wealth redistribution. We believe in fairness and that every man should have a chance to make good on his own.

    We respected our military before MrsO discovered them, we honored our elderly and wanted them to have the best medical care available, we were Scouts, LittleLeaguers, members of social clubs, the VFW, and pitched in whenever a neighbor needed help without waiting for the government to show up.

    As a multi-millionaire and with an unusual background, his concept of how America lives is skewed by his lavish and priviledged lifestyle. He thinks we resent or dislike those who made good and want to punish them by taking their hard-earned gains.

    We have an exceptional person in the WhiteHouse, unlike any man elected before him. His thinly veiled socialist leanings and his attempts to further polarize different factions are frightening to those of us who know what our President should be.

    1. You are exactly right srdem. Although I believe he ripped off that thin veil a while back. The only people who don’t see him for what he is are his cult followers who adore him, the clueless who still have their head in the sand, and the minority groups who have come to believe that America owes them reparations for the sins of her forefathers.

  7. Barry is looking less and less confident and more and more unstable emotionally. My hunch is that the “internals: show he is on the losing side of the debate and he is grasping at straws to try to reframe the conversation. Of course in this case he has a sympathetic, marxist audience and a compliant media who will report the enthusiastic response from the crowd, even if it is in direct contradiction to their own polls that say Americans in the broader context are not in favor of what the WH is lobbying for in the way of solution to the deficit/debt ceiling debate.

  8. He was a trash mouthed agitator, with 140 “present” votes, as the State Senator from the Peoples Republic of Hyde Park, Illinois.

    Trash mouthed as a U.S. Senator (for all of his ten minutes on the job.)

    Trash mouthed campaigner/class warfare demagogue as President of The United States, and resurrector of Jimmy Carter, from top ranking as the worst leader in our American History.

    So what’s new?

  9. I wonder what the media would do if a Republican president gave a speech before a group called “National Council of The Race.”

  10. This is Mon. night “OGWUKHPBB” night: (old guys who used to know how to play basketball night) We might be at bar in time to hear Mr. Whipple.

    And we’ve all seen BHO play. -wouldn’t last 5 minutes.

    1. Mr Whipple…I laughed. I don’t really like name calling, although I do think of Reid as The Cryptkeeper and Obama as Aunt Blabby…but you know, privately. Kinda.

  11. Thomas Sowell in his book” Vision of the Anointed”, gives a great in depth description of the psychology of liberals who believe they know better than the rest of us how we should live. Obama is a character study in Sowells thesis.

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