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The Hypocrisy of Obama in His Own Words

Hypocrisy, thy name is Obama:

Here's a full transcript of the video:

Obama on November 2, 2004: "My understanding of the Senate is, is that you need to need 60 votes to get something significant to happen, which means that Democrats and Republicans have to ask the question, uh, "Do we have the will to move an American agenda forward, not a Democratic or a Republican agenda forward.""

Obama on September 25, 2007: "The bottom line is, is our health care plans are similar. The question once again is, "Who can get it done? Who can build a movement for change?" This is an area where we're gonna have to have a 60 percent majority in the Senate and the House in order to actually get a bill to my desk. We're gonna to have to have a majority to get a bill to my desk that is not just a 50 plus 1 majority."

Obama, October 9, 2007: "We've gotta break out of what I call the, sort of, 50 plus 1 pattern of presidential politics. Maybe you eke out a victory of 50 plus 1, then you can't govern. You know, you get Airforce One; I mean, there are a lot of nice perks, it would be impressive. But you can't, you can't deliver on Health Care. You ca..., you ca..., we are not going to pass Universal Health Care with a, with a 50 plus 1 strategy."

July 12, 2006- "Those big ticket items, fixing our health care system. Um, you know one of the arguments I sometimes get with my fellow progressives, um, an, and some of these have flashed up in the blog communities on occasion, uh, is this notion that we should function sort of like Karl Rove where we, we identify our core base, we throw 'em red meat, we get a fifty plus one, uh, victory. See, Karl Rove doesn't need a broad consensus because he doesn't believe in government. If we want to transform the country, though, that requires a, a, si-, si-, a sizable majority."

I wonder what Senator Obama would have thought if President Bush wanted a simple "up or down vote" on a bill. Can he get any more hypocritical?

Cross-posted at Jumping in Pools


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Comments (22)

The absolute WORST Preceden... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

The absolute WORST Precedent EVAH!

Thanks 52% for believing the media's lies that this radical Marxist ideologue was a blank slate.

I can't wait for government workers to start losing their jobs since tax revenues continue to fall and fall as the private sector shrinks and flees to other business friendly countries.

a more worthless piece of c... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

a more worthless piece of crap POTUS we could not imagine!

2012 cannot come soon enough!

Obama wouldn't know the mea... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Obama wouldn't know the meaning of the word hypocrisy. By Alinsky standards, the end justifies the means. Or as our Democratic friends like to say, "It's all in the nuance."

The ludicrous jug eared foo... (Below threshold)
914:

The ludicrous jug eared fool strikes again! What a joke, if we didn't have to pay so much for his assinity this would be hilarious.

If the House passes the HC ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

If the House passes the HC bill untouched there is no need to send it back to the Senate ..... it goes directly to the (P)residents desk to be signed into law.

Reconciliation is a head fake to distract the public.

Evidently the majority in t... (Below threshold)
914:

Evidently the majority in the U.S. are against socialism Barry.. Go sell it in Timbuktu..

NRO's indispensable Jim Ger... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

NRO's indispensable Jim Geraghty said it best in early 2008: "All of Barack Obama's statements come with an expiration date - ALL of them."

This particular old statement lasted a lot longer than most of his pronouncements before turning into a disgusting, fetid, rotting curd of month-old milk.

In all my life I have ne... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

In all my life I have never seen one man contradict himself so often and on so many issues. Never. If he's not dodging the question with doublespeak, he's simply saying what he thinks people want to hear.

And WTF was that interjection about Air Force One?

I can't wait until the medi... (Below threshold)
Saterp:

I can't wait until the media call him on this!

Oh, wait...

Liar, thy name is Obama.</p... (Below threshold)
MichelleIndependent:

Liar, thy name is Obama.

Hey, did you see the pic of Jay-Z
sitting in Barry's big chair in the
Situation Room?

I kid you not.

Go to HotAir for the photo.

We have a child as POTUS.


Reconciliation ... (Below threshold)
Reconciliation is a head fake to distract Pelosi and the House Democrats
FTFY.

Any House Democrat who falls for the reconciliation bait should be disqualified from holding public office due to a single-digit IQ.

Oh please. What hypocrisy?<... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Oh please. What hypocrisy?

Back in 2007 it wasn't so painfully clear that the Republicans would refuse to negotiate in good faith when it comes to healthcare. When the issue was actually joined, they, and their RIABN lackey Lieberman, kept moving the goalposts. Single-payer? Off the table. Public option? No way. Employer mandates? Nope. Individual mandates? Nosiree.

No, the GOP decided that it was more important to score political points than to, you know, actually DO anything to reform the healthcare system.

And don't give me that "Republican ideas aren't being listened to" crap. If the GOP HAD any ideas for healthcare reform, why wasn't there ANY ATTEMPT to implement them when THEY held the majority? They spent the years 1995-2007 doing absolutely nothing on healthcare, then scream "slow down!" when somebody tries to do something.

Since there was such an animal as a "moderate Republican" in 2007, and there is no such animal today, Obama's tactics are not hypocritical; they're realistic.

I also should point out that the Senate bill did indeed pass with the 60 votes Obama spoke of. If the same bill passes again with 218 House votes and 60 Senate votes, will that still be evidence of hypocrisy? 60 votes is not, after all, 50 + 1.

"Back in 2007 it wasn't ... (Below threshold)
914:

"Back in 2007 it wasn't so painfully clear that the Republicans would refuse to negotiate in good faith when it comes to healthcare"

I wouldn't negotiate with a bunch of crooks either.

BH "Oh please. What h... (Below threshold)
Marc:

BH "Oh please. What hypocrisy?"

Classic, BH.

First you feign ignorance of the post topic, or relevance,, than launch into a full-on finger-pointing assault.

Classic.

Classically, asshatted.

So, you're discovering that... (Below threshold)
josil:

So, you're discovering that Obama is a politician; namely, that anything he says is a matter of momentary convenience. I do admit he is fluent and talks smoothly...but, in the end, he is just another politician. And Washington is full of them.

josil "So, you're disc... (Below threshold)
Marc:

josil "So, you're discovering that Obama is a politician; "

No, the vast majority that read and or write here knew that before he left the IL. senate.

The people just now learning that are the moonbeams, lemmings and clearly delusional who voted for this empty suit.

Marc, there is no hypocrisy... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Marc, there is no hypocrisy in saying, "We ought to have 60 Senate votes for healthcare reform," and then GETTING 60 votes. I'm not feigning anything.

Nor am I "delusional", a "lemming", a "moonbeam", or (strange that you don't recognize the irony) "pointing fingers."

Is SIXTY VOTES not enough of a Senate majority to qualify as non-hypocritical for you guys?

BH "Marc, there is no... (Below threshold)
Marc:

BH "Marc, there is no hypocrisy in saying, "We ought to have 60 Senate votes for healthcare reform," and then GETTING 60 votes. I'm not feigning anything."

Excuse me? No you attempted to foist this shit-pile

I also should point out that the Senate bill did indeed pass with the 60 votes Obama spoke of. If the same bill passes again with 218 House votes and 60 Senate votes, will that still be evidence of hypocrisy? 60 votes is not, after all, 50 + 1.
as something related to the real world or how Congress works.

BH "Nor am I "delusional", a "lemming", a "moonbeam", or (strange that you don't recognize the irony) "pointing fingers.""

Considering that remark wasn't pointed at you, go screw yourself, but hey at least we know by a self admission who you voted for.

BH "Is SIXTY VOTES not enough of a Senate majority to qualify as non-hypocritical for you guys?"

No that qualifies as a non-issue at this point considering that 60 was only one half of Congress, AND what was voted on has now been presumably changed by dingy harry at least once (to the tune of about 700 pages).

NOW, if you wanna talk 51 votes lets talk, but (WARNING) before you drag out the demturds talking point about how those EVIL rethuglians have used 51 votes in the past you better make 2 valid points 1. when did they ever use it on a bill that was so soundly disliked by the US populace and 2. when did they do it for a bill that effected not only the entire population but every future living soul FOREEVER.

'Til you accomplish those 2 points STFU

"The bottom line is, is ... (Below threshold)
Speller:

"The bottom line is, is our health care plans are similar. The question once again is, "Who can get it done?
~Obama

"Similar" means like or as-ie. "the same".
Either this is a lie to make the Republicans "the same" as the Democrats or the Republicans need to hammer on the important differences.

Actually, if the Republican plan is different, the Republicans need to make those differences clear instead of just talking about the problems they have with what the Democrats propose.

That said, in support of the idea that Obama is lying here, it should be noted that until now, Obama and the Democrats have been pretending that the Republicans don't want healthcare reform.

Baby steps, inasmuch as the lie, repeated as recently as last week, that Republicans don't want healthcare reform is now becoming salted earth for the Democrats.

Marc, one of the options av... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Marc, one of the options available to pro-reform forces is for the House to pass the senate bill exactly as it was approved by 60 votes. That, with the President's signature, would make it law.

Now, that may be unlikely, but it would still be "passed by 60 votes", not 50+1, and so not hypocritical.

I don't think I'm required to make any points you demand I make or STFU, but I will say this: I don't think healthcare reform is unpopular unless you poll people a certain way. Most people support all the individual facets of the President's plan, but when pollsters ask, "Do you support government bureaucrats deciding to socialistdeathpanelyadayada," they say no. Most people actually support a public option, which Obama, unwisely in my opinion, caved on.

In any case, Obama has said,"Let's do this and that's what elections are for." Obama and the Democrats were elected largely on the promise to reform healthcare. If the people don't like what they come up with, they can turn them out. Don't you like democracy?

Appears the goal for the... (Below threshold)
MF:

Appears the goal for the democrats is to pass this because they know once passed rarely is anything ever backed out or improved.

To be a hypocrite, one has ... (Below threshold)
clearmind:

To be a hypocrite, one has to know what he's saying. This president only reads the words without caring what they say.

And stop the crap about him being bright. We only have the PR releases as evidence he completed undergraduate and law school. This guy is the true Manchurian Candidate.




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