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Does This Guy Even KNOW How To Stop And Think?

Last April, when Cambridge police arrested President Obama's old friend Henry "Skip" Gates at his home, our Commander in Chief showed that he is a master of the snap opinion:

"Now, I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That's just a fact."

Now, over the weekend, he was asked by George Stephanopoulos about the recent scandals involving ACORN:

STEPHANOPOULOS: How about the funding for ACORN? OBAMA: You know, if -- frankly, it's not really something I've followed closely. I didn't even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money. STEPHANOPOULOS: Both the Senate and the House have voted to cut it off. OBAMA: You know, what I know is, is that what I saw on that video was certainly inappropriate and deserves to be investigated. STEPHANOPOULOS: So you're not committing to -- to cut off the federal funding? OBAMA: George, this is not the biggest issue facing the country. It's not something I'm paying a lot of attention to.

Let's see... he hasn't followed it closely, didn't know that ACORN got a lot of federal money, says there's only one video of them acting "inappropriately, and isn't paying a lot of attention to the matter.

As Roger Simon noted, this almost Fisks itself. A guy who spent years as a community organizer (including working closely with ACORN early in his career, and accepting their help in getting elected) is NOT familiar with the funding for THE biggest group of "community organizers?" He thinks that there ought to be investigation, but has he mentioned that to his Attorney General?

OK, so the Cambridge guy is a friend of his, but did he really think it was worth focusing the attention of the White House on the story?

On the other hand, here's a group that he has a lengthy and substantial history with having some serious trouble with the federal government, and he's not paying much attention to it?

I call bullshit.

I'm not going to ask for Obama to be honest with us. He's too set in his ways to change now.

But could he please, please, please, learn to get at least most of the facts on a situation before he starts shooting his mouth off? Is that too much to ask of the president of the United States?


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Comments (21)

In a word, NO! W/o a telep... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

In a word, NO! W/o a teleprompter, he is incapable of speaking rational, cohesive, coherent thoughts.

Where's Joe Wilson when you... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:

Where's Joe Wilson when you need someone to shout, "YOU LIE."

It's for sure Stephie did not have enough nuts a-hanging to raise an eyebrow.

It's not Barry's fault! It... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

It's not Barry's fault! It's George Bush's fault! Bush made the job look so easy that even "a community organizer could do it".

(Apologies to GEICO)

I second that "bullshit".</... (Below threshold)
Brian:

I second that "bullshit".

OBAMA TRAINED ACORN LEADERS FOR YEARS.

"Since [1992] we have invited Obama to our leadership training sessions to run the session on power every year, and, as a result, many of our newly developing leaders got to know him before he ever ran for office." - Toni Foulkes, Social Policy, 2003

(Toni Foulkes is a Chicago ACORN leader and a member of ACORN's National Association Board.)

Article as pdf here, size = 971kb
http://www.capitalresearch.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/chicago-the-barack-obama-campaign.pdf

Social Policy journal web site here:
http://www.socialpolicy.org/index.php?id=838

I am not suggesting that Obama, when he tought ACORN's "power" sessions, condoned or taught ACORNers to engage in illegal activities.

I am saying that his history with ACORN runs deeper and further back than most people know. So much so, that I believe this White House has a conflict of interest and is compromised in addressing the ACORN scandal, i.e. having the Justice Department open an investigation. The President's comments to Stephy, and Press Secretary Gibbs' statement last week condemning ACORN's actions, are merely rhetorical cover. They'll likely sit back and let Congress handle this; they won't lift a finger.

Well I can see how Obama co... (Below threshold)
914:

Well I can see how Obama could overlook a mere $5 Billion dollars that he stuffed in his ACORN re-election fund.. I mean at the rate he's spending our money, trillions upon trillions, how could He be expected to remember 5 bill anymore than recalling anything Jeremiah GD America US of KKK A Wrong said?

He did use the teleprompter... (Below threshold)
Roy:

He did use the teleprompter. He just was punked by Biden who added some ad-libs.

Jay,Facts don't ma... (Below threshold)
Kenny:

Jay,

Facts don't matter to a democrat, it's all about feelings and whatever they think is right.

In the Gates case Obama just knows that cops are inherently racist, his friend could do no wrong. And as for Acorn, since they are all about helping the poor they can get a pass if commit fraud. After all, their intentions were good.

Like a good little liberal, he's gonna side with his friends, facts be damned.

Jay, your last two sentence... (Below threshold)
Andrew X:

Jay, your last two sentences are rather amusing.

Allow me with your permission, to re-write them....


"Dude, if you're gonna f####n' lie to us, could you at least not be so damn stupid about it when you do?"

Your problem with ACORN isn... (Below threshold)
JC Hammer:

Your problem with ACORN isn't that you think it's corrupt. It's that it exists and that it doesn't support Republicans. That's reason enough for you to try and kill it. Because you can't actually point to any actual systemic corruption in ACORN.

If ACORN, in your mind, deserves to be stripped of funding for what a few individuals did, then you should have no problem in stripping the funding from the RNC for what people like Senator Ensign, Senator Vitters and others did. Should you?

JC, you're a dumb ass.... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

JC, you're a dumb ass.

"Your problem with ACORN isn't that you think it's corrupt. It's that it exists and that it doesn't support Republicans."

Yeah, only supports DEMOCRATS with TAXPAYER money.

"...then you should have no problem in stripping the funding from the RNC.

The RNC doesn't get TAXPAYER funding.

See the difference you freaking moron?

JC, Please explain the cond... (Below threshold)
Andrew X:

JC, Please explain the conduit by which the RNC directly and specifically receives millions upon millions upon millons of yours and my tax dollars, taken from directly from us by threat of the force of the state and handed directly over to the coffers of the Republican National Committee.

Please lay that out to us, that we may start to believe that you have some coherent point to make.

I always thought JC was a l... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I always thought JC was a little lite in the depth department but his last post demonstrated how detached he really is. ww

Mr. O also has a problem wi... (Below threshold)

Mr. O also has a problem with Merriam-Webster and what a "tax" is (or isn't, in his not-so humble and annoyed opinion).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFxomW3RqYY

On the positive side of the ledger it's nice to see somebody--dear God, anybody--in the MSM putting the screws to Mr. Cool.

JC, to put a nail it it:</p... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

JC, to put a nail it it:

ACORN - 40 state offices. ACORN members, under investigation and/or indictment for VOTER FRAUD in FIFTEEN STATES. That's almost 1/2.

Democrats were all about "connect the dots" after 9/11. Well, JC, CONNECT THE DOTS!

Or do you propose ONE PARTY RULE like E.J. Dionne? "Just like China".

Brian - "The President'... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Brian - "The President's comments to Stephy, and Press Secretary Gibbs' statement last week condemning ACORN's actions, are merely rhetorical cover. They'll likely sit back and let Congress handle this; they won't lift a finger."

Ah, but obama will have to "lift a finger" if and when one of the congressional bills defunding ACORN hits his desk.

It will be interesting to see where his sentiments lay. Remember this is the guy that loudly proclaimed ACORN would "have a seat at the table" in his administration.

Will he pull that seat out?

I have my doubts.

To borrow from an old favor... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

To borrow from an old favorite Saturday Night Live skit, "JC, you ignorant slut..."

ACORN is legally prohibited from partisan campaigning and derives its not-for-profit tax status from IRS regulations and its own charter. Even ignoring the embezzlement cover-up, the accounting fraud by which they accepted "restitution" to be drawn out over a 30 year period, multiple voter fraud indictments and the Superfly soap opera, they are in flagrant violation of the law. For this reason alone, they are ineligible for federal funding.

The only people in America who do not see through their naked partisanship is Congress, because it's politically convenient, and, apparently, you. And maybe Obama.

"Your problem with ACORN is... (Below threshold)
914:

"Your problem with ACORN isn't that you think it's corrupt. It's that it exists and that it doesn't support Republicans. That's reason enough for you to try and kill it. Because you can't actually point to any actual systemic corruption in ACORN."

No ASSHAT, I dont think its corrupt. I know! See post 14

"If ACORN, in your mind, deserves to be stripped of funding for what a few individuals did, then you should have no problem in stripping the funding from the RNC for what people like Senator Ensign, Senator Vitters and others did. Should you?"

What did the good Senators and others do ASSHAT?? They did not recieve tainted community organizing funds you pathetic liar. So You can cut the nonexistent funding all you want. Just make sure "Your guy", pays back every damn dime with interest to the taxpayers.

I think we pretty much rece... (Below threshold)
Steven M:

I think we pretty much received what was advertised on the outside of the box. Empty Rhetoric.

Thank God we have a ethical and responsible Media to thoroughly vet our candidates for high office, BEFORE they can cause real damage.

(alarm clock rings, I awaken to face another day of our National nightmare )

Is it any surprise that Ser... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Is it any surprise that Serve.gov scrubs ACORN listings/links from its site?

To the idiot that said this: "That's reason enough for you to try and kill it. Because you can't actually point to any actual systemic corruption in ACORN."

So, what do you think, that five separate offices that are separated by thousands of miles in a couple cases independently offered to help as they did? These brainiacs all came up with this scheme with no conversation between them or from an outside and higher source within the org.

Nitwit, at best, all the ACORN offices in the country were given little to NO directions in how to deal with people asking for housing info. In that case it shows gross incompetence on their part.

At worst someone above these five offices specifically directed to aid and assist EVERYONE no matter what they were doing with ANY potential home loans or their ability to pay tazxes or how they pay them, if at all.

You,. myu friend, should apply for an ACORN job because as the head of this corrupt org said Sunday, they on occasion hire "stupid people."

If anyone thinks that House... (Below threshold)
Marc:

If anyone thinks that House vote to defund ACORN has any teeth in it, you better ask Asshat Hoyer about it.

"That amendment was [passed] to make a point, but there were no funds in that bill to go to ACORN," said Hoyer.

And in that moment George S... (Below threshold)
Greg:

And in that moment George Stephanopoulos came to an awareness he could no longer make excuses for. The President of the United States Of America is a shameless bald faced liar. So George, will you continue to pimp your profession to cover for this scoundrel or will you return to some semblance of true journalistic standard and start investigating this Democon Diva's assault on America's Liberty and Freedom?




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