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Ideas Welcome, But No Criticism Allowed (Updated)

Filed under: Obama — DRJ @ 10:24 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Barack Obama today on the economy:

“I love those folks who helped get us in this mess and now say, ‘This is Obama’s economy.’… That’s fine. Give it to me … So I welcome the job. My job is to solve problems. Not to stand on the sidelines and carp and gripe.

That’s a far cry from Obama’s position in January 2009 when he said he “welcomed new ideas” about the economy. In addition, Obama hasn’t shied away from carping and griping himself. He leveled repeated criticism at the Bush Administration, both as a candidate and as President-elect.

For instance, in January 2008, Obama had “harsh words for President Bush’s stimulus plan,” criticism that continued throughout the year and culminated in December 2008 with an attack on the Bush response to the housing crisis and the economy:

“Several media accounts are describing President-elect Barack Obama’s statements over the weekend as an indictment of the current President’s handling of the economy since the election. Obama said on NBC’s Meet the Press, “I’m disappointed that we haven’t seen quicker movement on this issue by the Administration.” Obama’s comments about the economy led all three network newscasts last night. ABC World News reported Obama “took the unusual step of criticizing the outgoing president.”

On a different topic, Obama claimed two years ago he was one of Bush’s fiercest critics on Iraq:

“Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said President Bush has made massive policy blunders, but impeaching him or calling him a war criminal is a waste of time.

I have been one of the fiercest critics of the Bush administration policies in Iraq … but we have to reserve terms like war criminal to behavior that goes beyond initiating a foolhardy war,” Obama told Iowa veterans during a conference call Tuesday evening.”

I guess some carping and griping is more acceptable than others.

UPDATE 1:Thinly-veiled threats?” in response to criticism by Arizona Senator Jon Kyl?

UPDATE 2 on 7/15/2009: The Arizona Senators respond to the Obama Administration.


14 Responses to “Ideas Welcome, But No Criticism Allowed (Updated)”

  1. Mark this day down folks…

    Obama said it, not Gibbs, Axelrod, or Rahm…

    So as his cult members followers often say or paraphrase:

    O! said it, I believe it and that settles it…

    He ownz it!

    Fire at will…

    Bob (99fc1b)

  2. Copy much? Not smart to tick off a top quality lawyer. Better to copy some schmuck.

    Don Meaker (9ceac6)

  3. “Thinly-veiled threats?” in response to criticism by Arizona Senator Jon Kyl?

    Seems to me that this would be a rallying call for the Republicans to start presenting a united front in opposition to whatever harmful actions or policies Obie tries to push upon the population. Normally, a person’s reaction to being pushed is to push back.

    Unfortunately, the Republican Party isn’t called the “Stupid Party” for nothing….

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (1641e7)

  4. Obama’s thin skin is starting to show wear. This is just the beginning.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  5. Think this is bad, wait until the Supreme Court orders Obamassiah to produce the vault copy of his Original Birth Certificate, not the “Dan Rather” copy of a Certification of Live Birth.

    PCD (02f8c1)

  6. Carping, griping, and dissent used to be the highest forms of patriotism.

    JD (ff5612)

  7. “Thinly-veiled threats?” in response to criticism by Arizona Senator Jon Kyl?

    Oh, Gawd, the Obama cultists are going to wish they hadn’t opened this door. Sen. Kyl is going to have some unusual friends he never expected if Obie persists in this sort of behavior.

    Brad S (9f6740)

  8. In a coordinated response to comments made by an Arizona Republican senator calling for a the stimulus bill to be halted, the Obama administration this week coordinated a series of letters to the governor of Arizona…”

    Ah yes, the good old Chicago way at work once again…

    And the mask slips revealing O!&Co’s underlying thuggish nature once aagain…

    Anyone still that Obama is a good man?

    Bob (99fc1b)

  9. If you’ve watched Kyl over the years on the Sunday morning gabfests, just watch how he responds to this idiotic intimidation tactic – they have no idea what’s coming now.

    Dmac (e6d1c2)

  10. Comment by Mike K — 7/15/2009 @ 6:32 am

    It would seem that The One is encapsulated by the thinnest membrane known to science.
    Dare say that it could only be one-electron thick.

    I wonder if our President was known to Forrest Gump’s mother?
    He certainly seems to be the poster-child for her famous saying:
    Stupid is as stupid does.

    AD - RtR/OS! (002e28)

  11. Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO7] inserted a provision into the recently passed House climate change bill that would drum up business for “green” banks, such as the one he has invested in and his family and a political donor helped found in San Francisco.

    Neo (46a1a2)

  12. “Donovan said that if the $73 million in HUD funds headed her way were canceled, “the following awards would not be made: $14 million in Community Development Block Grant money; $22 million in Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing; $32 million in the Tax Credit Assistance Program; and over $3 million in Project-Based Rental Assistance. Much of this funding is scheduled to be obligated in the next 10 days.”

    This “little bit” of bucks seems to be going to welfare and/or illegals. So as far as I’m concerned, this isn’t needed. And no, I am not racist.

    This whole thing really ticks me off. Senator Kyl is our best Senator. Let ’em have it, Jon.

    PatAZ (9d1bb3)

  13. He is a very hateful president.

    happyfeet (c75712)

  14. History will look back on the Obama administration as a throwback of almost 5 decades to greater corruption in government.

    SPQR (26be8b)

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