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Obama Rejects Our Reality And Substitutes His Own

One of the first presidential campaigns I really followed closely was the 1992 race. As a resident of Manchester, New Hampshire, I got to see several of the candidates in person (I actually got to snub Bill Clinton when he wanted to shake my hand), and even saw that nutjob with the boot on his head.

In that election, the Democrat I found most sane and responsible was Paul Tsongas. (Hey, I was young. Gimme a break.) And his biggest attempt to break through his lack of personal charisma was when he tried to hang the nickname "Pander Bear" on Bill Clinton.

It just didn't work. Oh, it was accurate enough, but it wasn't catchy enough in and of itself to stick. If someone with more charisma and charm had pushed it, maybe, but Tsongas just couldn't pull it off.

The Senator is long gone from this world (but his widow is still in Congress, and earning a reputation as one of the bigger twits on the Hill), but I think we have a new worthy for that nickname: Barack Obama.

Hell, I'd argue that "Pander Bearack" is more entitled to the name than Bill Clinton. Obama loves going before friendly audiences and throwing out the red meat, telling the adoring crowds just what they want to hear -- even if he has to make it up on the fly. For example, he recently met with a group of public employees and commiserated with them about how the recession has hit them especially hard.

Which, of course, was an utter load of crap.

Now, to be kind, Obama might not have been simply making crap up, but a bit premature. As part of the economic slump, along with years and years of reckless spending, a lot of governments -- local and state governments, along with the feds -- are finding themselves seriously hurting financially. And one way to cut expenses is to lay off public employees. So Obama's statement might some day be true.

But it wasn't when he said it, and won't be any time soon.

Similarly, Obama was recently speaking at a fundraiser in El Paso, Texas. (Someone cue up Kinky Friedman's classic "Asshole From El Paso.") Many in attendance are in favor of "immigration reform" (that's liberal-speak for "amnesty and open borders"), so Obama naturally teed off (an apropos metaphor, I believe) on those of us who favor increased border security, boasting of how he had completed the security fence along our southern border -- but that just wasn't enough for us racist, bigoted, xenophobic, anti-immigrant white supremacists (did I miss anything there?) -- we wouldn't be happy with a moat filled with man-eating sharks with frickin' laser beams mounted on their heads.

Which, again, was an utter crock of crap.

The real fence, of course, was shot down as "too expensive" and "too inefficient," to be replaced with a "virtual fence." But even before that was close to being finished, it was abandoned as "impractical."

But will the fearless fact-checkers of our media call him on these lies? Of course not. Instead, they'll focus on his calls for unity and bipartisanship -- kind of like how a guy might insist on a fair, clean fight just before he knees his opponent in the groin.

One has to remember one thing when dealing with Obama: the man apparently has no sense of honor or integrity. He is a partisan hack, sees everything through that prism, and doesn't recognize that he has to at least show the occasional sign of integrity and responsibility.

But that just ain't the Chicago Way. And Obama is a pure creature of the Chicago Democratic Machine, showing how well he listened to his mentors and colleagues: Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, Valerie Jarrett, Richard Daley, Rahm Emanuel, Robert Gibbs, Rod Blagojevich, William Ayers, and a whole host of rogues, villains, knaves, and corrupt swine.

He spent years laying down with dogs; it's clear that he's picked up more than his share of fleas.

Update: Ten hours later, it takes Bruce Freakin' Henry to note that I screwed up the links and went to the same article for both. It's fixed now. Bruce, you have my profoundest thanks. The rest of you -- I'm woefully disappointed in all of you.

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Comments (49)

Pander Bearack? Racist!... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Pander Bearack? Racist!

/s

Jay Tea, you're implicitly ... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Jay Tea, you're implicitly coming down on the "knave" side here. I dunno. "Fool" is still in the running, IMO.

Contra leftist/liberal crap, "Barry" is no shining light. He may be just stupid enough - and ignorant enough - to actually believe that nonsense about public sector employees.

After all, this was a man who, off the teleprompter, gravely made a series of statements that are no less ridiculous, and made them for no obvious political advantage:

1. addressing the energy problem by inflating tires;

2. thinking that Austrians speak Austrian;

3. thinking that his uncle could possibly have liberated Auschwitz;

4. babbling about asthmatics using breathalyzers.

In other cases, stupidity/ ignorance are happily convolved with political expediency, e.g., saying his parents originally met a civil rights march in Selma, AL that took place when he was four.

So it's not clear. He may actually believe what he said about public sector employees.

(I actually got to snub ... (Below threshold)
Chico:

(I actually got to snub Bill Clinton when he wanted to shake my hand), and even saw that nutjob with the boot on his head.

Vermin Supreme? Actually, he sounds more and more reasonable, especially after I've read the stuff here. I'm sure Bill Clinton's mood was shattered by the young nerd who would not shake his hand, either.

http://www.verminsupreme.com/

Funny how illegal immigration only seems to be an issue when there's a Dem in the White House. Somehow Bush never got the Berlin Wall built on the border, either, but I don't remember much ranting over it during his term. It's kind of like abortion - an issue to whip up people with, then do nothing about when you're in office.

Truth is, both parties are happy with some illegal immigration - the Dems for "diversity," and the Reps for surplus labor keeping wages down.

I guess if you're a "partisan hack" you would not see it that way, though.

It would be fantastically expensive to build an impermeable but non-lethal fence (as the East Germans knew, it's a lot easier to build a wall if you can mine it), and staff it with guards 24/7.

Chico's almost as good at r... (Below threshold)

Chico's almost as good at rejecting reality as Obama. Who was in the White House when Lindsey Graham got his "Grahamnesty" nickname? What was one of the many dings McCain had as nominee when he ran in 2008?

But there's a fairly simple answer why immigration becomes more of an issue during Democratic administrations -- because Democratic presidents are far more likely to back amnesty programs than Republicans. So it's more likely to come up when there's an illegal-alien-friendly resident on Pennsylvania Avenue.

So simple, even an idiot like Chico can understand it. But will he be honest enough to admit it?

J.

The the real world, where p... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The the real world, where people remember the facts GW Bush lost the conservatives with his move to immigration reform. It was stopped by conservatives. Conservatives also parted with GW Bush on the spending. Then when McCain ran, there wasn't a chance in hell conservatives would come out in mass to vote for him.

It is nice to know that only republicans run businesses. It explains alot about the left not caring about taking others money.

I do not think Obama's intellect is even close to what the MSM would have the mind numbed public to believe. He is an orator. That is the only thing he excels at. If it isn't obvious now to most, then what's the point. He lies with impunity. He contradicts himself in the same speech. He vacillates all the time unless it involves race and then he moves quickly. To get whitey. It has been said before, but Obama makes Jimmy Carter look good. ww

"Obama is a pure creature o... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Obama is a pure creature of the Chicago Democratic Machine"

Nailed it!

As for Barry's 'off teleprompter' speechifying; the more the merrier as those are taped and can be used later to prove his stupidity when examined in the light of day.

Well there is one thing tha... (Below threshold)
Stan:

Well there is one thing that I can say with some certainty, is that Barry does not have a clue about how the real world works. For that matter, neither does Chico. Both are mired in the hope that sane thinking Americans will abandon the principle of right and wrong and follow them to the edge of the cliff and beyond. Both of them are spouting off talking points that were published for that day on the Stink Progress and Daily Loser Kos websites.

But there's a fair... (Below threshold)
Chico:
But there's a fairly simple answer why immigration becomes more of an issue during Democratic administrations -- because Democratic presidents are far more likely to back amnesty programs than Republicans. So it's more likely to come up when there's an illegal-alien-friendly resident on Pennsylvania Avenue.

So simple, even an idiot like Chico can understand it. But will he be honest enough to admit it?

Funny, because in my world, the last amnesty was signed by Ronald Reagan, in 1986. He was a Republican, did you know that, Jay? Republicans controlled the Senate then, too. And didn't Bush try an amnesty during his last term? Democrats support amnesty, but so do Republicans, there's always a substantial pro-business - Cato Institute Wall Street Journal - lobby in favor of immigration amnesty and more open borders.

http://washingtonindependent.com/55152/cato-institute-finds-180-billion-benefit-to-legalizing-illegal-immigrants

Chico @#3 If you d... (Below threshold)
gladius:

Chico @#3

If you don't remember conservetives complaining about Bush's amnesty and his lack of boarder security then you had your head where the sun don't shine. I suggest you call your proctologist...he found you head.

Chico you are right Reagon ... (Below threshold)
Gladius:

Chico you are right Reagon did sign an amnesty bill which if I recall included 5,000,000 ...one time only. The Dems did not hold up their end of the bargan which was to vote to secure the boarder. Well, we learned from our mistakes.

Being protected from illega... (Below threshold)
Bob:

Being protected from illegal immigrants by a "virtual fence" is like trying to cure your cancerous tumor with psychic surgery. Obama's speech was full of lies. He was, in effect, saying: "We've made the borders so secure that only someone totally unreasonable - someone who wants the border protected with an alligator-filled moat - would object."

"Funny, because in my world... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Funny, because in my world, the last amnesty was signed by Ronald Reagan, in 1986."

Yeah. Funny but you fail to mention that is was "bipartisan". You know, that word you progressives love to use when you're about to hose the country and need political cover.

I'll even quote for you "There will be no more amnesty, we will secure our borders."

Well the bastards (on both sides) didn't. So to put a point on it, FUCK THEM! NO amnesty or even any discussion of it until the borders are secured.

Obama is a lightweight. Not... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

Obama is a lightweight. Not only does he take a public position at odds with what most Americans believe, he tries (pathetically) to ridicule that position. At the same time he makes sure to show that he and the GOP are opposites on this issue. The GOP only has to run his El Paso speech to show how out of touch he is.

Our regular liberal posters want to claim that there's no difference between the GOP and the dems on immigation, but I can prove otherwise--Obama has said so.

I'm not sure Obama laid dow... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

I'm not sure Obama laid down with dogs ... I think he IS the dog with fleas ... always has been a con-man, always will be

Liberal ideas and policies ... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

Liberal ideas and policies only work in fantasy land or now Lala land. No where else. Hence Obamalala.

Funny but you fail to me... (Below threshold)
Chico:

Funny but you fail to mention that is was "bipartisan".

Isn't everything passed by Congress bipartisan in some way? Nobody ever has the 60 votes in the Senate to stop debate.

The point is, Jay Tea writes a piece saying "Obama Rejects Our Reality and Substitutes His Own."

Then he says "Democratic presidents are far more likely to back amnesty programs than Republicans."

Even though Reagan signed the last one with a Republican Senate majority, and Bush II tried to push one through in his last term.

Who's "rejecting reality?" Who's a "partisan hack?"

I'm not even talking about whether amnesty is right or wrong, just pointing out that the Big Business/free-market libertarian wing of the Republican party supports amnesty and open borders, because it means cheap labor and growth in consumer markets.

And the globalist Big Business wing of the party is the one that runs the party and sets policy while in power. Not nativist nationalist "conservatives" like you.

The political hacks stir up the rabble about illegal immigration when the party's not in the White House, then the Party opens the gates to let cheap labor in when there's a GOP president. It's been that way for years - which is why Reagan and the Bushes supported amnesty.

You guys are being played for suckers. That's reality.

Nobody ever has the 60 v... (Below threshold)
Evil Otto:

Nobody ever has the 60 votes in the Senate to stop debate.

(cough)

Yeah, Chico, no one ever has that. Ever.

Who's "rejecting reality?" Who's a "partisan hack?"

You. And, err, you.

Chico, you would have a rat... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Chico, you would have a rational, cohesive argument IF you could demonstrate that the people commenting here the GOP. Good luck with that!

Chico: .... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

Chico:

. . . the Big Business/free-market libertarian wing of the Republican party supports amnesty and open borders, because it means cheap labor and growth in consumer markets.

Someone is mistaken, either you or Obama. Obama thinks that the Republicans want a moat and alligators. Unless either you or Obama is lying.

Obama thinks that the Re... (Below threshold)
Chico:

Obama thinks that the Republicans want a moat and alligators.

No, Obama says that the Republicans want a moat and alligators. And some Republicans do, but not the ones who run the government when the GOP is in power. Those are your Heritage, Cato, and Hoover people and business executives.

Obama is playing the issue to his base, too. The truth is that both parties are run by big business and academic globalists, who spend their money riling up the rest of the country on issues like abortion, school prayer, mosques in Manhattan and immigration. None of which the elites GAF about.

That's why we have cheap labor flowing across the border, NAFTA, the WTO, three wars, and a global network of bases. All of which you are paying for.

Thanks for confirming that ... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

Thanks for confirming that Obama does not mean what he says.

...and once again Chico man... (Below threshold)

...and once again Chico manages to avoid addressing the actual points of the post:

1) Obama said "the fence is finished."

2) Obama said there have been massive layoffs in the public sector.

THAT is the reality in question here, Chico. I can't blame you for wanting to change the subject to what Reagan did 25 years ago, but I'm talking about just what Obama has said in the past couple of days.

Which nobody, not even Chico, can defend.

J.

chico said'All of ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

chico said

'All of which you are paying for.
"

Yes Chico we know you are a true demcrat as you are paying no taxes.

ChicoCorrect me if... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Chico

Correct me if I am wrong here but from 2008 didnt the dems have a large majority in the house and 60 seats in the Senate. I think I read that somewhere.

But above you stated

"Nobody ever has the 60 votes in the Senate to stop debate."

So that means that you umm lied.

Who's "rejecting reality?" ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Who's "rejecting reality?"

Given the sentiments of the country the last time amnesty was seriously broached (remember Bush? - you're always bringing him up Chico) - a majority indicated they were AGAINST it.

Read any blog comment sections re: Amnesty? Other than DK, DU, HuffPo or LaRaza? - again a MAJORITY are against it.

So is Barry living in fantasy land, or not?

OR is Barry just PANDERING again to a specific ethic group? As noted, Barry had the votes in the House and Senate as late as last year. So what happened?

JT:2) Ob... (Below threshold)
Stan:

JT:

2) Obama said there have been massive layoffs in the public sector.

Those new jobs numbers that have posted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics are all people running out of unemployment benefits, thus are not counted. The private sector is not hiring. They are laying more off every month. Pretty soon, there won't be enough people working to be taxed. Then where will Barry and Chico be when the money runs out? Oh that's right, they will just borrow some more money from China.

This is the most divisive, ... (Below threshold)
Ken D. :

This is the most divisive, partisan, political hack that we have ever had as President. He's brought the office to an all time low.

Ken: "He's brought the o... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Ken: "He's brought the office to an all time low."

Dude, he ain't nearly finished!!

Obama has singlehandedly se... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Obama has singlehandedly set back African American progress in politics 20 years. I sincerely doubt we will see another african american President in at least that long.

retired military,L... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

retired military,

Let us hope he has killed AA instead.

Rodney, I'm going to presum... (Below threshold)

Rodney, I'm going to presume you mean "Affirmative Action" and not "African Americans," and DEFINITELY not "Alcoholics Anonymous."

'Cuz we get into enough trouble around here on purpose...

J.

chicos gets whooped again..... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

chicos gets whooped again...

JT,Are you accusin... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

JT,

Are you accusing me of troll baiting via ambiguity?

Both of your links are the ... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Both of your links are the same, about immigration, not public-sector layoffs or the alleged lack of them.

Obama loves going before... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

Obama loves going before friendly audiences and throwing out the red meat, telling the adoring crowds just what they want to hear -- even if he has to make it up on the fly.

Said it before, no doubt will say it again many times: Not for naught do I call him "Barry Lackwit."

Or 'lackswit'. Bruce for sh... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

Or 'lackswit'. Bruce for short.

cheeco-"You guys a... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

cheeco-

"You guys are being played for suckers. Thats reality."


You wouldn't know 'reality' if it crawled right up Barry's butt and bit you on the ASS!

bwuce @ 34 whines:<bl... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

bwuce @ 34 whines:

Both of your [JT's] links are the same, about immigration, not public-sector layoffs or the alleged lack of them.

At the considerable risk to being accused of only providing link/information as to Public Sector employment (since the goal posts are never static with our leftards)...

President Obama, Completely Wrong on Reason for High Unemployment May 12, 2011 9:29 A.M. By Jim Geraghty

CBS’s Mark Knoller, covering a town hall on the economy with the president this morning, reports: “President Obama blames high unemployment rate on ‘huge layoffs of government workers’ at federal, state and local levels.”

This is completely wrong. Extremely and mind-bogglingly wrong. Epically wrong.

First, let’s look at the numbers for private-sector employment. All figures come from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Recent peak of private-sector employment, June 2007: 116,603,000.

Total private-sector employment in the month Obama became president, January 2009: 109,084,000.

Recent low of private-sector employment, January 2010: 104,933,000.

Total private-sector employment, April 2011: 108,494,000 (Seasonally adjusted: 108,862,000).

So note, we are about 8 million away from the most recent peak in private-sector employment.

Now, let’s look at total government employment (at all levels) for those four months:

June 2007: 22,176,000.

January 2009: 22,471,000.

January 2010: 22,376,000.

April 2011: 22,594,000 (preliminary).

As you can see, in terms of total number of Americans employed in government, there has been no real discernible recession. In fact, the number has increased slightly.

Now let’s look at the number of people employed in state government during these months:

June 2007: 4,918,000.

January 2009: 5,116,000.

January 2010: 5,053,000.

April 2011: 5,253,000 (preliminary).

Again, not only pretty stable, but slowly climbing.

Now let’s look at employment in local government:

June 2007: 14,514,000.

January 2009: 14,583,000.

January 2010: 14,478,000.

April 2011: 14,492,000 (preliminary).

Again, the numbers are stable, and even indicate that local government employment is increasing, not decreasing.

Obama is not even a little bit right. Will anyone call him out on this?

Rodney, not a whine, just p... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Rodney, not a whine, just pointing it out. Unlike some people, Jay Tea can accept being corrected with grace and humor, as he showed in his update.

You, on the other hand, behave like a thin-skinned bullyboy who, like your apparent mentors DJ Drummond and Rick, simply HATE to be contradicted. I don't know why you post on a site that has such a tolerant comment policy since any criticism obviously angers and flusters you so. Hell, it even pisses you off when SOMEONE ELSE with a similar ideological bent is, no matter how gently, admonished for a mistake.

That's the reason for your laughably ridiculous and bogus "Graves' Law." It ain't that some criticism using the "R" word isn't valid sometimes, it's just that you just don't wanna hear it. Ever.

That's also the reason for your overuse of your "editorial privileges" to alter and delete comments made by Chico and others. And, I suspect, for your use of a feminine dismissive term for a presumably male commenter, as well as calling people schoolyard names like "chicka the chickenshit." What are you, ten years old?

Thats right... Bruce now de... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

Thats right... Bruce now decides 'editorial privilege' around here. Don't forget it!

I don't decide anything, Se... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

I don't decide anything, Sep. Rodney can do whatever he likes with his editorial privileges. I'm just pointing out that what he's done in the past with them can be described as cowardly dick moves a bully would pull.

"What are you, ten years ol... (Below threshold)
419:

"What are you, ten years old?"

Yup.

For the record, Bruce did m... (Below threshold)

For the record, Bruce did me a good turn here, politely pointing out my mistake. And it wasn't the first time he's done that sort of thing. Plus, generally, he's a decent sort. Terribly wrong a lot, and occasionally butt-headed in several senses, but he's got my respect and gratitude.

He's also correct in noting that different editors have different ways of dealing with critics. I don't particularly appreciate the way he uses his praise of me to back-hand my colleagues, but I can't argue with the facts.

And that's all I'm going to say on that matter publicly. I got some other "dirty laundry" I'm tempted to air, 'cuz it's pretty funny, but that is so much the exception.

J.

Bruce"It ain't tha... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Bruce

"It ain't that some criticism using the "R" word isn't valid sometimes"

Whereas I agree with your premise, at least a little bit, care to point out in the last 2 years where the racism critique has been justified against someone who was complaining about Obama's policies.

bwuce,Cry me a riv... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

bwuce,

Cry me a river.

Note that I provided a link and the content you were unable to find yourself.

I must confess error in my prognostication about what the carping would be about.

As regards Graves law, tough. Throw the racist card without a strong case in support (you threw it thrice in the the comment that earned you a time out) and you will get slapped.

Since you have somehow managed to avoid further violations of Graves law since being slapped and placed in time-out, you obviously can adhere to the standard.

Case in point, Schoolyard B... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Case in point, Schoolyard Bully L'il Rodney calls me "bwuce." What a tool.

I didn't say, you crybaby, that I couldn't find it myself. I just pointed out to Jay Tea that he had inadvertently screwed up the links on his piece. Once the link was provided, I didn't argue with it, did I? And he THANKED me for it, while you characterized it as "whining."

Why? Because you're unprofessional, perpetually angry, and apparently an adolescent. You don't argue with people, you insult them with ridiculous demeaning (you wish) taunts that your average ninth-grader has outgrown. Then, because you weary of defending yourself from "unjustified" charges of racism, you simply declare such charges, or indeed ANY MENTION of racism or race, out of bounds, fashioning a bogus "Graves' Law" as if it had some rational, intellectual validity. It is to laugh, sir.

But, as you say, I won't deliberately violate your little taboo. And, for the most part, I'll probably avoid commenting on threads on your articles. Not promising that, you understand, but that's my inclination right now.

And so, RM, I'm lamentably unable to respond to your challenge. Might cause a bully to have a hissyfit.

.... Buraq Hussayn Rejects ... (Below threshold)

.... Buraq Hussayn Rejects Our Reality And Substitutes His Own ....

Every Psychopathological-Narcissist Rejects Reality And Substitutes His Own ....

Buraq Hussayn is a classical Clinical Psychopathological-Narcissist.

Jay Guevara forgot that the... (Below threshold)

Jay Guevara forgot that the world's most-dangerous-ever dullard has also "been to 57-58 states and is looking forward to getting" ... to the rest of them!

What do you mean 'nutjob', ... (Below threshold)

What do you mean 'nutjob', skippy?
VERMIN SUPREME 2012 OR ELSE.




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