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Strung Out In Pittsburgh

After seventeen months of huge majorities in both Houses of Congress and a fawning press the President went to Pittsburgh today for his much needed fix and launched an attack on...George Bush and Republicans.

PITTSBURGH--President Barack Obama, his presidency bogged down in the Gulf oil spill, lashed out at Republicans Wednesday, linking their deregulatory philosophy to misdeeds by bankers, insurers and oil companies.

Congressional Republicans, he said, have a "sincere and fundamental belief" that government has "little or no role to play in helping this nation meet our collective challenges.

"If you're a Wall Street banker or insurance company or oil company, you pretty much get to play by your own rules, regardless of the consequences to everyone else," Mr. Obama said.
Republicans, he said, "gutted regulations and put industry insiders in charge of industry oversight."

For the umpteenth time let's break this down: the bankers and financiers that Obama attacks as instruments of Republican influence gave more than two to one to Obama and the Democrats in the 2006 and 2008 election cycle. The insurers have given more to Democrats in the 2010 election cycle. President Obama is the biggest recipient of British Petroleum largesse during the last decade. So how do we square these facts with the President's statements in Pittsburgh today? The answer is that the President's demagoguery and the facts can't be reconciled any more than oil can mix with water. These statements, all blatantly false, are the inevitable result of an Executive being consumed by events. Simply put, he's in Denial and completely out of touch.

President Obama predictably hit the road today to do the only thing he knows how to do: campaign. What he is campaigning for is not quite clear given the notable absence of several Democratic politicians who chose to avoid the event in Pittsburgh today. This President does not require Republican cooperation to accomplish any of its legislative goals yet he continues to run against them as the members of his own party avoid him. Has anyone seen Joe Sestak?

Clearly an intervention is in order.

November can't get here soon enough.


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Comments (43)

But don't you know? ... (Below threshold)
Maddox:

But don't you know?
To psychopaths, scam artists, the MSM, and politicians...perception is everything.

"If you're a Wall Street... (Below threshold)
914:

"If you're a Wall Street banker or insurance company or oil company, you pretty much get to play by your own rules, regardless of the consequences to everyone else," Mr. Obama said"

Oh My God! He really is delusional...Describes himself all the while oblivious to the fact he's referring to himself?

HELP!!!!!


"Simply put, he's in Denial... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Simply put, he's in Denial and completely out of touch."

When the facts are on your side, you pound the facts. When the facts are against you, attack and try to baffle 'em with bullshit!

The Obamabots will buy it. It's the other 66% that Barry has to sell. And from the polls, they're not buying the bullshit he's peddling.

Today you saw DESPERATION! That stage was not packed with local Dem leaders. Only two showed up. 8-10 others 'had prior engagements' ELSEWHERE.

Who says you have to... (Below threshold)
macofromc:


Who says you have to believe your own rhetoric. Just cast it out there and watch 'em bite. Just like a mindless bass will hit a shiny lure.

It would appear Barry is co... (Below threshold)
914:

It would appear Barry is continuing to babble incoherently more and more as the wheels come off the turnip cart..

Barry, your better suited as a shuck and jive street hustler. A real job requires integrity and honesty of which neither do you posess.

I am beginning to wonder if... (Below threshold)
retired military:

I am beginning to wonder if he is going to have have pyscological meltdown. Seriously. If things keep going against him (and they will) then he may reach a point where he flips out. Remember Hitler and his rants when the war was going against him.

Sestak is taking his cues f... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Sestak is taking his cues from Punxsutawney Phil. Far as Sestak is concerned, it's still winter and he ain't coming out again until November.

Since when do facts and log... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Since when do facts and logic even apply to Democrats??

As for the Teleprompter's nonsensical rantings in Pittsburgh, well, keep in mind the audience to which he's playing. The Dems already have lost everyone with a modicum of a brain. What Obama is trying to do is to gin up turnout this Nov. among the truly idiotic.

Why do I get the crazy idea... (Below threshold)
914:

Why do I get the crazy idea that Hussein will next takeover the energy industry? Seems to "convenient" an occurance in the gulf. The timing is eerie. Im not a conspiracy theorist ( or am I ) but after seeing him takeover other private industries, something stinks to high hell.

retired may have a point. ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

retired may have a point. The One was brought up thinking 'I'm special'. Never told he was wrong. Never corrected. Never criticized. Never expected to actually get anything done. (Alinksy was all about GETTING power, keeping it and silencing critics). Via a series of intersecting extraordinary events, Barry now finds himself as top dog. And people expecting results. So far, all we've heard is excuses why he can't get things done. Even Jon Stewart, Obamabot sycophant, can't cover him there. In his skit, Stewart says something to the effect: 'let's see, last two years, Bush was faced with a majority in both Houses from the opposition - yet he got everything he wanted. Obama has HAD a majority in both Houses from his own party and sympathetic to everything he wants - yet he has to pull teeth to get anything. And Obama says "The Republicans are the obstructionists!" - W T F ! ! !
Barry's hair is turning gray if you haven't noticed. Wonder what it will look like come November.

If Barry takes over the oil... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

If Barry takes over the oil industry, like Chavez, you'll soon experience a relic of the Carter years. Gas lines, odd/even gas days and limits on amount of purchase.

Yeah, those were GREAT times!

#11In short, the m... (Below threshold)
914:

#11

In short, the misery index. Yeah I remember. I remember Carter telling us to put on a sweater and turn down the thermostat. And I live in Minnesota. Yeah I remember...

Screw you Carter and you too Barry!

"For the umpteenth time ... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

"For the umpteenth time let's break this down: the bankers and financiers that Obama attacks as instruments of Republican influence gave more than two to one to Obama and the Democrats in the 2006 and 2008 election cycle."

Congrats. You broke it down. Now - so what?

Are you suggesting that Obama is deciding to regulate these guys harder because they donated to democrats?

That doens't make a bit of sense, now does it.

In fact, the donations were probably used in an attempt to buy influence.

And you've shown that it failed.

Republicans, on the other hand, are busily trying to protect the oil company interests...

... like writing nonsensical bits about donations that only prove the opposite - that Democrats are not in the pockets of big money donors.

Amazing. Can't say what your point was in all of this other than to give racist bigots something more to spew about as they exercise their hatred for Obama.

I mean, really -- what was your point? Seriously. These corporations donated heavily to Democrats and are getting their hats handed to them in return.

"Are you suggesting that Ob... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Are you suggesting that Obama is deciding to regulate these guys harder because they donated to democrats? That doens't make a bit of sense, now does it. In fact, the donations were probably used in an attempt to buy influence. And you've shown that it failed."

Hmmm. Barry gets donations from BP. Barry's hand-picked director at Mineral Management signs off on BP - NOT HAVING TO ABIDE BY EXISTING FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS.
Explosion, fire, death, oil spill of HISTORIC proportions.

Yeah, we've FAILED to prove a connection.

"I mean, really -- what was... (Below threshold)
HughS:

"I mean, really -- what was your point? Seriously. These corporations donated heavily to Democrats and are getting their hats handed to them in return."

You're not paying attention again, Lee.

1) FinReg did not address to big to fail, the biggest single problem in the financial industry today.
2) Nothing has changed with Big Oil.
3) Name one Obama sponsored policy that has changed the insurance industry.

As Michael Barone noted, it's the Chicago Way. Shake down the industry, demagogue against them to the public and do nothing.

You're a fool for thinking they have had their hats handed to them.

Racist bigots? Le... (Below threshold)
914:

Racist bigots?

Lee Harvey Ward do you ever use a new punchline? Your boy is up to his neck in oily corruption and is going to crash and burn very soon.

"Amazing. Can't say what yo... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Amazing. Can't say what your point was in all of this other than to give racist bigots something more to spew about as they exercise their hatred for Obama."

RACE CARD!

Hey Lee! You're supposed to be saving that one for November 2012. But keep polishing that turd. You do it so well.

The number I stumbled acros... (Below threshold)

The number I stumbled across in a quick look (I'd have to search more to pin it down) is that there were about 15,000 new regs put on the books during Bush's terms. Yup, massive deeeeeregulation.

lee weird - "Are you su... (Below threshold)
Marc:

lee weird - "Are you suggesting that Obama is deciding to regulate these guys harder because they donated to democrats?"

No I think the suggestion is/was obama is doing what he doing as a political ploy to divert attention from the admins current failings.

No larger example is obama just today approved the drilling of a NEW well 50 miles south of a wildlife refuge in the Gulf.

Are you suggest... (Below threshold)
Are you suggesting that Obama is deciding to regulate these guys harder because they donated to democrats?
He's throwing them under the bus because now they're a liability -- a tried and true part of the Obama pattern.
Lee WardI mean, re... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Lee Ward

I mean, really -- what was your point? Seriously. You donated heavily to Democrats and are getting your ass handed to return in return.

BTW Lee

Where is your rant about racism? How about calling Bill Maher a racist since he said that THE ONE wasnt acting like a black president. How does a black president act anyway Lee? Surely you liberals know since republicans never seem to mention the fact that Obama is black but you bring it up quite often.

Lee will be right back folk... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Lee will be right back folks. The comment will begin along the lines of.........

'Well Bush/Cheney/Haliburton did.......'

"BTW LeeWhere is y... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"BTW Lee

Where is your rant about racism?
"

Damn Lee, Sorry I didnt bother reading all of your nonsense. I missed the nonsensical racist rant.

My bad.

Isnt it amazing the gall B... (Below threshold)
914:

Isnt it amazing the gall Barry the fresh prince of con air has to open a new well in the gulf the same time he decides to throw a back pocket contributor under the submersible bus?

"Gee wally? I think the "Won" has some vested interest in chinese? oil lease stock speculation investing of stimulus dollars?" No beav, hes an enviromentalist! He'd rather burn down a capitalist society then see it prosper and make him feel inadequate". Ohh, ok wally..

"Barry's hair is turning... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"Barry's hair is turning gray if you haven't noticed. Wonder what it will look like come November."

It'll look worse, Garandfan. I think he really ran not expecting to win, and now finds himself in the unfortunate situation of the barking dog chasing the car... that catches it.

I think this comment over at Morris: Obama doesn't have a clue - TheHill.com
pretty well nails it.

President Obama has no skill set with which to manage, no knowledge base with which to lead, and no ideological base that is consistent with a republic and capitalism. To make this sad state of affairs worse, he believes the rabid press image that he is able to bring together anyone or anything. As anyone could predict, he has only looked foolish in his vain attempts to be the world's healer. This administration has no enemies, except for those that make Obama look bad or when they need a scapegoat. Hence BP is an enemy, not Iran. Banks are the enemy, not Fannie May, Freddie Mac or those trying to linejump to the American dream, habitually consuming beyond their means. Insurance companies and doctors are the enemy, not lawyers who force the practice of unnecessary defensive medicine. Obama promised the most transparent administration ever, and he had kept his promise. It is completely obvious that his administration is in over its head and is governing in an immature and thoughtless manner.
When he was elected, I was hoping I was going to be wrong about him - that he was going to be at least competent as President and consistent with our past foreign policy stances.

No such luck. At this point, I think we're setting a stage up for something that's going to be a lot worse than 9/11, and I really don't think Obama's got the stones to handle it when the shit hits the fan.

"I really don't think Obama... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"I really don't think Obama's got the stones to handle it when the shit hits the fan."

Yep, and 'the smartest man in the world' can't understand WHY foreign despots keep pushing his buttons and the envelope to see what they can get away with next. Having thrown allies under the bus when politically convenient, he then wonders why they're starting to align themselves with those who wish us no good.

Current example: Turkey

It's interesting times, to ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

It's interesting times, to be sure - Garandfan. I could wish they weren't quite so interesting, actually...

"Clearly an impeachment is ... (Below threshold)
91414:

"Clearly an impeachment is in order."

JL - we'll know for sure wh... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

JL - we'll know for sure when Barry pushes an educational initiative for our kids to all learn to speak/read Chinese. For years the educational standards by preference were French, Spanish, and optionally German.

French was the language of diplomats. Guess it scores extra points when you diplomatically say 'stick your head up your ass' in French. Spanish because a large portion of the world speaks it. German was old school. They ran rough-shod over Europe so many times, it came in handy when the Teutons dropped by every 30-40 years for a visit.

Don't think many realize that "May you live in interesting times" is actually a curse.

Actually, I'm surprised he ... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Actually, I'm surprised he hasn't blamed Nixon for his problems.

Democrats won control of BOTH House and Senate in 2006, in 2008 consolidated that to a filibuster-proof margin (at least until Uncle Ted's liver gave out). Obama spent well over $1 TRILLION in his first two bills, and sets us up for more deficit spending under his budget projections than every previous President of the United States combined.

It isn't that he "couldn't get anything done," because he could and did. The problem everything he has done has been 100% wrong - the only exceptions being those cases where he has taken exactly opposite actions which nullify each other (most recently yesterday, when SoS Clinton condemned Israel for enforcing its Gaza blockade while Biden made a passionate defense of Israel to Charlie Rose).

Oh - the late word is the terrorists are working on another boat to run the blockade, perhaps terrorist supporters like Lee Ward will join in the "peace demonstration" with their fellow Jew-hating terrorist pals.

Wasn't it Lenin who said th... (Below threshold)
Mike G in Corvallis:

Wasn't it Lenin who said that the greatest fool of all is the revolutionary who believes his own propaganda?

Am I talking about Barack Obama, or am I talking about Lee Ward? The answer is: Yes.

The clinically narcissistic... (Below threshold)

The clinically narcissistic sail-eared simpleton is in full-blown pathological denial. The occupant of the vice-president's quarters is an every-bit-as-dangerous even dopier dullard and the house speaker is but another bloody moron.

And we are, as the consequence, in for the worst experience our nation has ever been delivered. Whose repercussions will be felt for decades to come -- if not for ever.

God save us, every one -- and God save our beloved fraternal republic.

"...the bankers and fina... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"...the bankers and financiers that Obama attacks as instruments of Republican influence gave more than two to one to Obama and the Democrats..."

You just don't get it. It's the fault of Bush and the Republicans that Democrats were enticed into cashing in on deregulation.

When will you ever learn?

GarandFan says he doesn't b... (Below threshold)

GarandFan says he doesn't believe that many realize that "May you live in interesting times" is actually a curse.

Methinks even fewer realize that "ancient Chinese curse" is an urban myth and was invented by a white man. (But then, wasn't everything else, too?)

"Don't think many realize t... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"Don't think many realize that "May you live in interesting times" is actually a curse."

Yep - it's a 3-part curse.

"May you live in interesting times."

"May you come to the attention of those in high places."

"May you get what you say you want."

Supposedly Chinese, but it's apparently not from China.


Well, we're living in interesting times, trying to AVOID coming to the attention of those in high places... and we're going through a fun time that's been generated by the 'hope and change' crowd.

Congrats, guys - you're getting what you said you wanted - how's that working out for you, eh?

Well, Foo! Jim beat me to ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Well, Foo! Jim beat me to it. Guess that's what I get for letting a post sit for an hour before hitting the "Submit" button!

I'm beginning to think that... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

I'm beginning to think that Obama should be diagnosed as a borderline personality. (Look it up if you don't know what that is.)

Nah Big Mo, we been through... (Below threshold)
epador:

Nah Big Mo, we been through this before. Narcissistic Personality Disorder fits the bill much better. Even if he was a high functioning borderline, its doubtful he'd be in a stable marriage and able to command a campaign staff.

Seems to me the only "ancie... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Seems to me the only "ancient Chinese secret" not debunked was the laundry additive - was it Woolite, or Cal-Gon, or Agent Orange? I get them all confused, which is why I'm not allowed to do laundry.

Those "ancient Chinese curses" were actually all written by Mel Scheinberg, from Brooklyn, NY, on commission from Rice Krinkles cereal. Kids just didn't get it and it never caught on . . . neither did the cereal, which was like frosted Rice Krispies, and very tasty to sugar-craving children. Mel later worked with Bobby Kennedy to help perfect his Bugs Bunny impersonation, and moved on to work as a consultant for Jerry Brown. He was also the only person to appear in both the 1971 Coke commercial "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" AND the 1985 "We Are The World" group hits, although uncredited in either.

Tell me again why we need t... (Below threshold)
Neo:

Tell me again why we need this Obama fellow

"Tell me again why we need ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Tell me again why we need this Obama fellow"

Well everyone occasionally needs a 'perfect bad example' as a way to compare to a good example.

I just want to know one thi... (Below threshold)
retired military:

I just want to know one thing.

How the hell did the ancient Mayans know that Obama was going to be President in 2012?

They had to have known. It is the only explanation on why they predicted the end of the world then.

"Tell me again why we need ... (Below threshold)
914:

"Tell me again why we need this Obama fellow"


To remind us all how pathetic life gets.. When your married to a Wookie.




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