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11/8/2009

Healing the Healer

Filed under: Health Care,Obama,Politics — DRJ @ 10:10 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

Before the health care vote, President Obama reportedly rallied the Democratic House members with this description of Americans who are leery of health care reform:

“Mr. Obama, during his private pep talk to Democrats, recognized Mr. Owens election and then posed a question to the other lawmakers. According to Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, who supports the health care bill, the president asked, “Does anybody think that the teabag, anti-government people are going to support them if they bring down health care? All it will do is confuse and dispirit” Democratic voters “and it will encourage the extremists.”

The more things change, the more things stay the same. Here’s how candidate Obama described Americans who were leery of Hope and Change:

“You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them,” Obama said. “And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Obama the bipartisan healer needs some healing.

— DRJ

24 Responses to “Healing the Healer”

  1. When Obama talks about anti-government extremists, is he referencing that guy in his neighborhood, Bill Ayers?

    I guess those tea parties have to start bombing some government buildings to get Obama’s respect. Or talk about the KKK of USA. Anything but peacefully protest. Can;t have that no siree!

    MU789 (897b57)

  2. As more and more of the details of PelosiCrap become known, especially in the Senior community, it will be fun to watch the interaction of voters with their elected representatives.
    Or, if not, it will allow us more time for planning on how we can minimize the impact of the coming destruction of the U.S.Economy on our personal lives.

    AD - RtR/OS! (7df9d7)

  3. If the republicans ever hope to retake congress and later the presidency they better campaign on the root and branch repeal of all of these current and proposed monstrosities being forced on us by this axis of evil. And if given the chance, to do so with speed and ruthlessness. And while they are at it repeal the Wagner and Davis Bacon Acts along with the excesses of the last eighty years with the goal of returning this country to a more economically competitive state and the restoring lost liberties. Otherwise why vote for them?

    cubanbob (409ac2)

  4. </blockquote“Does anybody think that the teabag, anti-government people are going to support them if they bring down health care? All it will do is confuse and dispirit” Democratic voters “and it will encourage the extremists.”

    If any of those involved in the tea movement who are independents or registered democrats have any illusion that the democrats or Obama have any respect,interest or consideration for you and your views here is your wake up call. The communist are calling you extremists. Now the moment truth has come. There is right now no other viable alternative to the republicans. The thing to do is to find a republican to run for every safe democrat seat and to find a real fiscal conservative with libertarian tendencies to run as a primary challenger for every moderate republican. The only good elected democrat is the unelected democrat.

    cubanbob (409ac2)

  5. </blockquote“Does anybody think that the teabag, anti-government people are going to support them if they bring down health care? All it will do is confuse and dispirit” Democratic voters “and it will encourage the extremists.”

    If any of those involved in the tea movement who are independents or registered democrats have any illusion that the democrats or Obama have any respect,interest or consideration for you and your views here is your wake up call. The communist are calling you extremists. Now the moment truth has come. There is right now no other viable alternative to the republicans. The thing to do is to find a republican to run for every safe democrat seat and to find a real fiscal conservative with libertarian tendencies to run as a primary challenger for every moderate republican. The only good elected democrat is the unelected democrat.

    cubanbob (409ac2)

  6. Obama the bipartisan healer needs some healing.

    He requires a lot more — way more — than that.

    Strip away the layers of what he’s all about and what makes him tick, and it gets worse and worse.

    Sort of analogous to what I observe in the following piece from a British newspaper. Even in commentary that describes Obama negatively — in particular criticism of his speech about Fort Hood on a day “when most of the basic facts were available” — the writer omits a part that reveals how much darker the situation actually is. IOW, Obama, in a reversal of his response to Henry Gates and a cop in Massachusetts, said we should not jump to conclusions.

    That statement is even more galling because it was made following his original publicly aired words about the massacre, which he must have known had already been slammed by many for being preceeded by his inappropriate 2-minute, “shout out” pitter-patter.

    I’m beginning to think that the Illinois state Lottery coming up with the winning number of “666” the day after Obama landed the presidency last year is becoming more and more fitting and not just wryly symbolic or slyly ironic.

    telegraph.co.uk, Toby Harnden, Nov 7, 2009:

    In a sign that the Obama honeymoon truly is over, I began to hear this week the first stirrings of a wistfulness about Mr Bush. “I never thought I’d hear myself say it,” one Democrat told me. “But Obama makes you feel that at least with Bush you knew where he was on something.”

    When Mr Bush’s Republicans were defeated in the 2006 mid-term elections, it was the President himself who stepped up and declared that his party had received “a thumpin'”. The Democratic defeats on Tuesday were not on anything like the same scale but Mr Obama acted as if nothing at all had happened.

    …More serious perhaps was Mr Obama’s strange disconnectedness over the Fort Hood massacre of 13 soldiers by an Army major and devout Muslim who opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, had praised suicide bombing and shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire.

    Maybe Mr Obama had been reading the American press, much of which somehow contrived to present the atrocity as a result of combat stress due to soldiers going on repeated war deployments (though Major Nadal Hasan had not been on any) and therefore, no doubt, Mr Bush’s fault.

    When the television networks cut to the President, viewers listened to him spend more than two surreal minutes talking to a gathering of Native Americans about their “extraordinary” and “extremely productive” conference, pausing to give a cheery “shout out” to a man named Dr Joe Medicine Crow. Only then did he briefly and mechanically address what had happened in Texas.

    On Friday, when most of the basic facts were available, Mr Obama tried again. It was scarcely any better. He began by offering “an update on the tragedy that took place” – as if it was an earthquake and not a terrorist attack from an enemy within – and ended with a promise for more “updates in the coming days and weeks”.

    Completely missing was the eloquence that Mr Obama employs when talking about himself. Absent too was any sense that the President empathised with the families and comrades of those murdered.


    [From] Obama’s full statement:

    Good morning. I want to begin by offering an update on the tragedy that took place yesterday at Fort Hood.

    This morning I met with FBI Director Mueller and the relevant agencies to discuss their ongoing investigation into what caused one individual to turn his gun on fellow servicemen and women. We don’t know all of the answers yet, and I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all of the facts.

    Mark (411533)

  7. you can’t heal, or fix, stupid.

    that’s what Ear Leader is: mind numbingly stupid.

    i could carve a better brain out of congealed bacon grease that what’s in the vacuum holding those ridiculous and tone deaf ears apart.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  8. This President jumped the shark before he was elected. At this point I just hoping to wake up from Pam Ewing’s dream.

    Corwin (ea9428)

  9. Isn’t he the most post-partisan healer EVAH?!?

    /sarc

    Techie (482700)

  10. This stuff is slowly accumulating. He is going to disillusion his remaining supporters outside the radical left. His personal numbers are still over 50% because of who he is, the first black president. That symbolism will hold a long time but he is making it harder for them.

    Mike K (addb13)

  11. So Barcky is using the teabagger slur. Nice. Post-partisanship run amok. Remember when the Leftists used to get the vapors when Cheney cussed at Leahy? But now, using sexual slang to refer to political opponents gets repeated on the national media networks.

    JD (88ca98)

  12. If the republicans ever hope to retake congress and later the presidency they better campaign on the root and branch repeal of all of these current and proposed monstrosities being forced on us by this axis of evil. And if given the chance, to do so with speed and ruthlessness. And while they are at it repeal the Wagner and Davis Bacon Acts along with the excesses of the last eighty years with the goal of returning this country to a more economically competitive state and the restoring lost liberties. Otherwise why vote for them?

    Current and proposed monstrosities, yes. After that, to avoid overreach, I recommend holding some sort of public vote on each of the remaining targets. The “Progressives” are fond of saying that their programs are popular, let us put them to the test.

    While we’re at it, a public case can be made for impeaching certain Supreme Court justices, over Kelo, et al.

    LarryD (feb78b)

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  14. All he needs is a little ponytail, and he could be the everymen Mr. Poli Sci Professor at Podunk State University.

    Patricia (b05e7f)

  15. “the teabag, anti-government people”

    Not only does he set up a straw man with his terminolgy (“anti-government”), but he (purposefully?) slams at the same time, referring to them as “teabaggers” (I thought it was “tea-party” extremists- maybe tea-bagger is being used, I guess I haven’t been paying attention to the unimportant)

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  16. But – but – he’s so eloquent when he’s reading from a Teleprompter!

    steve miller (0fb51f)

  17. His campaign rhetoric told us how Obama views everyday Americans but his recent quote tells us what Obama thinks about how representative government works: Get them before they get you.

    DRJ (dff2ca)

  18. It’s the Chicago Way!

    AD - RtR/OS! (7c0a4b)

  19. could Obama have possibly gained a single vote by using that teabag slur? Anyone out there who is motivated positively by it is already going to vote for Obama, and there are a lot of middle of the road folks who heard Obama promise tax cuts an deficit reduction, and are now going to hear Obama use disgusting language to describe people who want limited government.

    Are they really extremists? For what?

    Dustin (bb61e3)

  20. MD in Philly, “teabagger” is an insulting label, which references a slang term for a sexual practice. Its the liberals favorite way to show their utter lack of class and tendency for name calling in place of debate.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  21. Teabag = when the dominate male sticks his testicles into a submissive sexual partner’s mouth.

    Sounds insane, but that’s what Anderson Cooper meant when he said “It’s hard to talk when you’re teabagging”. This, combined with CNN’s reporter on the scene of a TEA party screaming at the protestors, led to a lot of irritation by protestors that instead of a debate, they were getting attacked with disgusting insults by a press that had abandoned impartiality.

    Some of the left smelled a button they could press to get a chuckle out of die hard leftists and anger out of conservatives. So MSNBC picked it up, KOS picked it up, and even a few psycho democrats picked it up. Obama must surround himself with nothing but liberals if he didn’t realize he has absolutely nothing to gain from this level of discourse.

    Then again, I am familiar with Obama’s book, Audacity (the one he probably had a hand in writing), and familiar with Obama’s preacher and chosen mentor for Obama’s daughters. Obama loves divisive, hateful, sexual rhetoric. He delights in chauvanism. He hates the right. He likes cocaine and racism. This is the kind of person you would expect to say ‘Teabag anti-government extremists’. Many democrats have apologized for using this term without understanding it. Months ago. Obama knows what he was saying.

    He knew what he was saying when he said Palin was a lipstick wearing pig, and flipped off Hillary. This is the change they were waiting for, for some reason.

    Dustin (bb61e3)

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  23. Well, among the many terms and behaviors I have encountered over time, that is one I had missed.

    So, it is not that he is being doubly insulting in one statement, but triply so. Indeed, quite audacious.

    As said above, the gesture to Clinton was at the level of a teenage boy not worthy of respect. That an adult would do it, in public, ought to be seen as embarrassingly uncouth.

    I feel sorry for his daughters, knowing what they will have to confront in future years.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)


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