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Jan202010

Obama Says Brown's Victory In Massachusetts Is 'Bush's Fault'

ABC News

In an interview today with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, President Obama had this to say about Scott Brown's win over Martha Coakley yesterday;

"Here's my assessment of not just the vote in Massachusetts, but the mood around the country: the same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office...People are angry and they are frustrated. Not just because of what's happened in the last year or two years, but what's happened over the last eight years."

I would have thought that Coakley would have won had that been the case.

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Obama is classless, ignorant and style challenged. Barry please pull up your socks when you cross your legs to do an interview. One year into his presidency and Obama has all the cool quotient of a nipple ring.

January 20, 2010 at 17:36 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

"Buffett Can't See Rationale for Bank Tax"

"Look at the damage Fannie and Freddie caused, and they were run by the Congress,” said Buffett. “Should they have a special tax on congressmen because they let this thing happen to Freddie and Fannie? I don’t think so.”

Obama has lost Buffett. One term.

January 20, 2010 at 18:06 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Us drunks call that "DENIAL." Dream on obambi. Thing is, he has made himself believe that it's true.

January 20, 2010 at 18:13 | Unregistered CommenterTijuana

“Should they have a special tax on congressmen because they let this thing happen to Freddie and Fannie?"

No, They should all go to prison. But these fools in the WH actually expect us to believe they had nothing to do with this economic mess we're in. It's all Bush. Yeah, tell me another one you damned lying a**hole.

January 20, 2010 at 18:22 | Unregistered CommenterTijuana

Obama is a one-trick pony. How long is he going to keep lying and blaming everything on his predecessor? Doesn't he realize how ineffectual this makes him look?

January 21, 2010 at 03:45 | Unregistered CommenterSergeantJack

A person who consistently blames others tends to be viewed as one who cannot assume responsibility for his or her own actions. Using Bush as a scapegoat for every misstep his own adminisstration makes is going to hurt Obama and the Democrats.

And off topic: welcome back, SergeantJack.

January 21, 2010 at 07:31 | Unregistered CommenterZoy Clem

Paul Krugman had an interesting piece the other day talking about how Ronald Reagan spent the first 3 years of his administration blaming everything on Carter and how he was so effective in doing so that Carter's name still hasn't recovered. If anything Obama hasn't invoked Bush enough, and Republicans certainly aren't going to voluntarily take responsibility for anything.

January 21, 2010 at 07:57 | Registered CommenterkwAwk

Carter didn't need help in failing--he did it all on his own.

January 21, 2010 at 08:03 | Unregistered CommenterZoy Clem

The terms "Paul Krugman" and "had an interesting piece" are mutually exclusive.

And....HOLY CRAP....is that THEEE SergeantJack??

January 21, 2010 at 08:24 | Unregistered CommenterPublicSchoolMissionary

I like how Obama convieniently omits the fact that he was part of Congress for four of those eight Bush years, the last two of which were under Dem leadership.

January 21, 2010 at 08:51 | Registered CommenterMachiavelli

Well, he's right in one sense...people are still incredibly ticked off about the last eight years, and they elected the guy who said he'd change things, but he and his party haven't changed things quickly enough - thus, the disgruntled swing their support to the "other side."

In the bigger picture, quite frankly, I would have expected a LOT of incumbent losses in the next round of Congressional elections, but many of them are retiring on both sides of the aisle.

January 21, 2010 at 08:53 | Registered Commenterwesmorgan1

Zoy - Economically the worst years in that time period came during the Reagan administration not in the Carter administration.

January 21, 2010 at 09:19 | Unregistered CommenterkwAwk

"Zoy - Economically the worst years in that time period came during the Reagan administration not in the Carter administration."

I would like to see a reputable economist back-up that claim.

January 21, 2010 at 09:45 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Funny, I did better financially under Reagan than Carter.

January 21, 2010 at 11:14 | Unregistered CommenterZoy Clem

Reagan left a legacy behind as being a great president.

Carter... not so much

January 21, 2010 at 15:23 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

Reagan's legacy loses its luster with each passing year. What is actually an endearment to the man by a lot of people is confused as having a positive legacy.

January 21, 2010 at 16:58 | Unregistered CommenterkwAwk

Hard to see the luster of a legacy when you've got your eyes closed. Reagan made us proud to be Americans. Of course, I admit, it was not that hard of a job after the miserable failure that was Carter. Still, in my lifetime, there has been none better.

January 21, 2010 at 23:53 | Unregistered CommenterPublicSchoolMssionary

"Well, he's right in one sense...people are still incredibly ticked off about the last eight years, and they elected the guy who said he'd change things, but he and his party haven't changed things quickly enough - thus, the disgruntled swing their support to the "other side."

You and obama have a lot in common wes. Talk about being out of touch.

He's changed things alright, just look at his appointees, and how about the SEIU, Van Jones et al and all the buy offs. He say's today he's not going to allow the banks, who are to big to fail, to put taxpayer money at risk again. Well the taxpayers did a good enough job of that on their own when they elected this fool.

Not CHANGING THINGS FAST ENOUGH??????????????? Say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa? Somebody's been listenin to howard dean, EEEEeeeeeeeyah!

Hey Jack, hope you hang around a while, good to see you back.

January 22, 2010 at 11:12 | Unregistered CommenterTijuana

And how about that eric holder putting our soldiers on trial for making a terrorist go, "OUCH" but releasing black panther thugs who intimidated voters with clubs outside a voting booth. Treating enemies of the state like drug pushers, and consulting no one in his decision making process. Do you really think we are missing any of this shit. DUDE!!

January 22, 2010 at 18:02 | Unregistered CommenterTijuana

Best said by Rich Lowry, NRO,,
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ODhhZjVmOWZmOGI1MzU4NGY1YWU1MzY5MTQ2YWE0MjM=&w=MA==

The liberal articles of faith may seem strange and implausible to the outsider, but they give comfort to the believer in these times of trial.

They go like this:

We believe that the 2008 election wasn’t a reaction to a concatenation of unrepeatable circumstances (a financial crisis, an unpopular war, etc.), but a vote for nothing less than social democracy in America.

That if Democrats had already rushed through Congress a health-care bill on a partisan vote, a grateful nation would have showered them with huzzahs — delighted by the hundreds of billions of dollars in Medicare cuts and tax increases.
That the public is bristling with impatience to see a bill passed that won’t fully take effect until 2014.

That the public rejection of health-care reform as reflected in almost every single public-opinion survey is just so much statistical noise.

That nefarious special interests oppose the bill, even though practically every special interest from PhRMA to the AMA is actually on board.

That Massachusetts is a swing state.

That President Obama was winning and deft in his put downs of Scott Brown for driving a truck — who cares if a pickup truck, the Ford F-150, is the most widely sold vehicle in America?

That the people of Massachusetts didn’t send a message on health care — all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, including the fact that 56 percent of them said health care was the most important issue to them.

That any populism that doesn’t endorse a greater concentration of power in Washington deserves contempt as an unworthy faux populism.

That the GOP is a Southern rump party, even if it has such new, remote outposts as the governor’s mansion in New Jersey, the county executive offices of Nassau and Westchester counties contiguous to New York City, and Ted Kennedy’s former Senate seat.

That Barack Obama has irresistible powers of persuasion. All that is troubling his presidency is that he doesn’t explain himself enough. The record-setting 158 interviews in his first year in office were a woefully inadequate mustering of his rhetorical mastery.

That Obama’s failure to boost Democratic candidates in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts with highly touted personal appearances was a fluke signifying exactly nothing.

That Obama is a centrist because he didn’t nationalize the banks.

That he’s a pragmatist because he dropped the public option, which couldn’t possibly pass the Senate.

That he’s a sellout for delivering on his pledge to properly resource the Afghan War.

That deficit spending is the best of all economic programs, and Obama badly erred by not supporting more of it. If people have recoiled from a $787 billion-stimulus program, they would have basked in the glory of a $1.7-trillion one.

That Rachel Maddow has her finger on the pulse of America.

That Obama can safely dispense with his promises on transparency because when he made them in 2008, everyone really understood him to mean, “I’ll endorse any dirty deal that suits my purposes.”

That, with unemployment at 10 percent, what Americans really care about is working to keep carbon dioxide in the atmosphere beneath 350 parts per million.

That if Obama attacks the banks, then taxing, spending, and Washington backroom deals will become more popular than ever.
That independent voters haven’t been turned off by Obama’s policies. They have merely been, as liberal columnist E. J. Dionne noted, “confused about his goals.” If President Obama only explained forthrightly why he’s tripling the national debt over the next decade, surely he’d win the ready assent of independents everywhere.

That polls showing conservatives outnumbering liberals 2 to 1 in America can be steadfastly ignored.

Such is the new liberal orthodoxy. If you encounter someone repeating it, don’t be alarmed. Nod affably and avoid sudden movements. Back off slowly and wonder at the awesome power of willful self-delusion.

January 22, 2010 at 18:38 | Unregistered CommenterTijuana

And how about that eric holder putting our soldiers on trial for making a terrorist go, "OUCH" but releasing black panther thugs who intimidated voters with clubs outside a voting booth. Treating enemies of the state like drug pushers, and consulting no one in his decision making process. Do you really think we are missing any of this shit. DUDE!!

The AG had nothing to do with the SEAL court-martial; that decision was made wholly by the SEAL's chain of command; if you want to go bash someone, I'm sure you can find the Admiral's name with a bit of research.

As far as the Black Panther thing, I agree that something went seriously wrong in DoJ on that one; those clowns should have faced the full penalty of the law. If Holder overruled the career prosecutors, as has been alleged in the media, then he screwed up plain and simple.

January 24, 2010 at 01:42 | Registered Commenterwesmorgan1

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