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Sockpuppet Friday (Licking Their Chops edition)

Filed under: 2012 Election — Karl @ 6:21 am

[Posted by Karl]

As usual, you are positively encouraged to engage in sockpuppetry in this thread. The usual rules apply.

Please, be sure to switch back to your regular handle when commenting on other threads. I have made that mistake myself.

Sockpuppet comments about the Republican primary race are strictly prohibited. If you wish to use sockpuppets for that purpose, confine your comments to this thread. Same goes for any discussion that is not funny where people want to get angry at each other. Offending comments will be summarily deleted and the violators flogged.

And remember: the worst sin you can commit on this thread is not being funny.

Pres. Obama, in full damage control mode over skyrocketing gasoline prices, relied on the establishment media for part of his defense:

“Some politicians, they see this as a political opportunity. I know you’re shocked by that. Last week the lead story in one newspaper said, ‘Gasoline prices are on the rise and Republicans are licking their chops.’ That’s a quote. That’s the lead. Licking their chops. Only in politics do people root for bad news. They greet bad news so enthusiastically,” Obama said.

Although Allahpundit noted the general hypocrisy of Democrats when it comes to partisanship, It’s not like the Dems ever made rising gas prices a political issue is it?

Well, okay… maybe Hillary Clinton, Barbara Boxer and Chuck Schumer blamed the Bush administration for gas prices. But it’s not like Pres. Obama, great uniter that he hoped to be, ever made gasoline a political issue, did he?

Obama’s speech yesterday was filled with whoppers, perhaps the biggest being: “There are no short-term silver bullets when it comes to gas prices.” Obama could drive down oil prices right now by announcing an aggressive effort to boost domestic supplies, as Bush did by lifting a moratorium in 2008. Instead, as Swift Energy President Bruce Vincent says, Obama has “done nothing but restrict access and delay permitting.” Of course, the concept of an Obama speech concerned with gas prices is itself a bit of a whopper — Obama himself said during his 2008 presidential campaign that he wanted higher prices to force consumers to use less gasoline. Now gas prices are up and consumption is down, but Obama is not taking a victory lap.

It is worth noting that Obama lifted his “licking their chops” line from the media, as the press is going to help him with this issue as much as any other. Consider this gem buried in the NYT coverage of Obama’s problem:

Gas prices did not figure prominently in the Republican debate on Wednesday in Arizona, where the candidates trained most of their fire on one another.

Translation: the fair and balanced crew at CNN did not ask the GOP field about gas prices on the day Obama felt compelled to publicly defend himself on them. The establishment media is interested in painting Republicans as fixated on birth control and cheering higher gas prices? Shocka!


122 Responses to “Sockpuppet Friday (Licking Their Chops edition)”

  1. Ding!

    Karl (6f7ecd)

  2. Domestic oil production is significantly higher under president Obama than it ever got under Bush.

    Check it out.

    Morningafter (42e687)

  3. Excellent post on the lies and hypocrisy from Barcky, the MFM, and the Dems on gas prices, and energy in general. They have long advocated increasing gas prices, despite much wailing and gnashing of teeth when prices went up under Bush. Now that their actions are resulting in their stated goals, they have to rely on the MFM to provide cover for them while they point the finger at evil speculators, and even worse, Republicans.

    JD (318f81)

  4. “morningafter” did you read any of the links? Kthxby

    JD (318f81)

  5. What about inflating tires properly, that was the solution in 2008, sarc;

    narciso (87e966)

  6. Algae!

    JD (318f81)

  7. A lot of people scratched their heads when they heard Obama mention me. “What is it? What can it be?”. Well, I’m here to tell you. I am a plant-like substance.

    Algae (081489)

  8. This is a variation of the rule:

    Republican wars are bad; Democrat wars are good.

    AZ Bob (1c9631)

  9. What about all this kudzu down here in the South. Surely it would work as well as algae.

    Jimmah Carter (2c3538)

  10. One thing the empty suit forgot to mention in his list of alternative fuels…fairy dust. After all, there’s plenty of it floating around DC. It’s easy to find too. Just look around the typical politician, especially if he or she is a Democrat.

    Joseph Brown (ac3339)

  11. Jospeh – you forgot unicorn farts.

    JD (318f81)

  12. So what if I took the girls skiing. We didn’t stay in a hotel or eat at restaurants. How much could it cost for the plane (which is already at my disposal), SS, law enforcement, multiple vehicles, etc. Just a pittance. And I deserve it.

    Memechelle MaBelleO (2c3538)

  13. “Domestic oil production is significantly higher under president Obama than it ever got under Bush.”

    Morningafter – Due to actions taken before Obama took office. OMG!!!!!

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  14. I’m significantly higher under president Obama than I ever got under Bush.

    Morningafter (7c3d5b)


    There is a buzz feed clip at that link of Teh Won running against $3.50 gasoline

    JD (318f81)

  16. Funny how the MFM did not seem to call out Teh Won for lifting the substance of the Politico article, nor for blaming Team R for what Politico said.

    JD (318f81)

  17. Either “drill, baby drill!” all by itself, is a viable solution to the problem of rising gas prices – or it isn’t.

    Apparently the math is in and lo and behold it isn’t much of a solution. Just empty rhetoric, go figure.

    Also, some if you may have heard that crude oil is largely fungible. Y’all might want to go look up the implications of that on the inter tubes while you are here.

    [Not funny. Deleting your other comments. — P]

    Morningafter (e9719a)

  18. Now that you have proven your idiocy, you can run along, “morningafter”.

    JD (318f81)

  19. Actually I was for higher gas prices before I was aginst them.

    Barky O Bama (0687cf)

  20. Man, I’m getting tired of Valerie Jarrett’s hand up my ass.

    Jay Carney (5ab3ea)

  21. Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg is out with a must-read polling memo this morning, which offers some eye-opening advice to President Obama and his re-election team. After testing several of the president’s economic messages, he finds the argument that the economy is back on the right track polls miserably – and “produces disastrous results.”

    Neo (d1c681)

  22. Morningafter: Try clicking on some links, like the one for “whoppers”:

    New exploration and drilling technologies have uncovered vast amounts of recoverable oil.

    In fact, the U.S. has a mind-boggling 1.4 trillion barrels of oil, enough to “fuel the present needs in the U.S. for around 250 years,” according to the Institute for Energy Research. The problem is the government has put most of this supply off limits.

    Karl (f07e38)

  23. “When your family or friends cannot explain why they voted democrat, give them this list and they can pick a reason from this “TOP 12″.

    12. I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t.

    Neo (d1c681)

  24. You know what I find disturbing, is that Obama lifted “Licking their chops” from a headline. As in, this was not a direct quote from some Republican or even a direct quote from the article. It was some editor’s way of drawing attention to a rather bland article.

    It’s stupider than reviewing a movie solely by analyzing the Peter Travers blurb on the poster.

    Chop licker (072b6d)

  25. Morningafter @18, are you a Maureen McGovern fan too! And what do you mean about “fungible,” is that like algae?

    Joe Biden (dd1bdb)

  26. Don’t worry, my fellow Americans, we’ll use the moss growing on my long-dormant brain as a biofuel!

    Joe "Deputy Fife" Biden (805720)

  27. High gas prices under a Republican President destroy people’s lives. High gas prices under a Democrat President improve our lives, or something (I can’t believe I’m saying this with a straight face).

    Diane Sawyer (f3fbb0)

  28. p.s. Does anyone remember if I was wearing pants when I walked in here?

    Joe "Deputy Fife" Biden (805720)

  29. None of the current GOP candidates have a good answer to the President’s criticism of their plans to get gas under $2/gal.

    We need a brokered convention!

    Every Liberal Pundit on MSNBC (734350)

  30. Karl – that is silly talk. If they approved new drilling today, it would take 10 years to bring it to market.

    JD (ec7f41)

  31. It’s a good thing we didn’t open up ANWR to oil exploration 10 years ago, or else that oil might be coming into the market today. Then I wouldn’t have my dream of skyrocketing gas prices.

    Time for Solyndra II.

    B. H. Obama, President for Life (734350)

  32. And algae.

    JD (ec7f41)

  33. Obama has found the source of high oil prices.
    Hint: It’s us.

    Koch Brothers (081489)

  34. Soylent Green is people,(that’s the next step)

    charlton heston (87e966)

  35. We are thinking about doing a national ad buy about how evil Super Pacs are.

    SEIU (081489)

  36. My three-step plan for meeting America’s energy needs:

    Step 1: Pond Scum
    Step 2: ???
    Step 3: Profit!

    B. H. Obama, President for Life (805720)

  37. 29. July 14, 2008 the day Shrub reversed Daddy’s EO providing a moratorium on Offshore Drilling, prices turned down and kept going under $2 at the pump.

    Neutron’s promise is a safe bet and people who say otherwise are less evolved.

    Pond Scum(MN#6, Anabaptist) (1de2db)

  38. Everybody move closer to where you work, and buy scooters!


    [note: fished from spam filter. –Stashiu]

    Dog Trainer (c2d1be)

  39. Why does everyone keep looking at me whenever the president talks about this new form of alternative energy?

    Rahm Emanuel (c2d1be)

  40. Either “drill, baby drill!” all by itself, is a viable solution to the problem of rising gas prices – or it isn’t.

    It isn’t, of course, since the main solution to rising prices is to balance the federal budget instead of quantitative easing that makes the dollar worth less and less.

    And this administration doesn’t even pass a budget, let alone balance one. They have no idea what they are doing.

    Dustin (401f3a)

  41. Beats me, Rahm.

    Saul Alinsky (87e966)

  42. After the President’s speech yesterday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics is modifying the employment statistics models to include single-celled employment in the National unemployment numbers.

    Therefore, I can proudly announce today that yesterday the President created BILLIONS of new jobs in the energy sector.

    Jay "Carnie" Carney (f9642a)

  43. U like what u like ’cause ur alike — dig?

    Tony Stewart (c2d1be)

  44. as bad as those are, let’s remember the videos where obama pretty much said he wanted energy prices to rise. if you click on my name, you will go to a post showing those videos.

    That is more damning than obama complaining about $3.50 a gallon gas, imho.

    Aaron Worthing (73a7ea)

  45. You want pond scum? Here in Florida we got — corrupt politician mothers and self-hating Joo constituents aside — your pond scum!

    AND we also have Alan Grayson!

    [what do you mean “that’s redundant”?]

    Washerwoman Schultz (c2d1be)

  46. Oil is heavy. It costs money to transport. That’s why the US gets most of its oil from Canada, Mexico, and Venezuela.

    Even though stuff that happens in the Middle East affects the world price.

    For example, the pipeline from Canada that Obama vetoed like an idiot means a three-dollar difference in a barrel of oil coming from that area of Canada – the difference between sluicing it along a pipe or sending it by tanker truck.

    If you can make better money off of that margin, you will send the oil elsewhere. And you will.

    luagha (72a2e7)

  47. It is not fungi, it is algae.

    JD (ec7f41)

  48. We will now be counting all aquarium owners as a “green job saved or created”.

    Obama Green Job Czar (081489)

  49. In addition to counting them as jobs created or saved, we will be giving pond scum the right to vote, and replacing Sheriff Joe on the ballot.

    Obama/Pond Scum 2012

    Jay "Carnie" Carney (f9642a)

  50. And remember: the worst sin you can commit on this thread is not being fungible.

    Karl (c2d1be)

  51. We are proud to announce that the majority of single-celled organisms have voted to join our organization.

    SEIU (f9642a)

  52. We put the “fun” in “fungible!”

    Random Troll (f9642a)

  53. Karl, one word. Fungible.

    Look it up.

    Comment by Morningafter

    You’re going to to have to explain this better. You’re saying if the supply of oil goes up here, the price will go down in many places, because oil is oil. That doesn’t seem to support Obama’s policies.

    Something else happened in 2008 that had an immensely more significant impact on gas prices than reversing any moratorium on drilling ever could.

    Can you guess?

    Comment by Morningafter

    Yeah, I sure can guess. Obama was elected, and together with democrats has spent enormous amounts of money driving the value of a dollar down, making everything cost much more.

    Dustin (401f3a)

  54. Karl, you need to look up the word “dissemble” while you’re at it.

    Mourning After (401f3a)

  55. The U.S. government has offered to help India get alternative supplies for Iranian crude as it looks to squeeze the Persian Gulf producer’s oil revenue, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.

    The U.S. may help broker deals with suppliers such as Iraq and Saudi Arabia, the people said, declining to be identified because the information is confidential. Saudi Arabia has already offered to replace Iranian oil supplies if needed, two of the people said. The U.S. is in talks with countries around the world on reducing their dependence on Iranian oil, Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman at the State Department in Washington, said in an e-mail yesterday.

    Neo (d1c681)

  56. We are proud to announce that the majority of single-celled organisms have voted to join our organization.
    Comment by SEIU — 2/24/2012 @ 10:03 am

    Didn’t this happen years ago?

    There's got to be a hate-filled troll here (c2d1be)

  57. There’s no “I” in “team” but there is in “fungible.”

    Random Troll (5b57a1)

  58. Didn’t this happen years ago?

    Comment by There’s got to be a hate-filled troll here — 2/24/2012 @ 10:17 am

    Up until now, they were only in SEIU management positions; now they’re included in the dues-paying worker drones.

    SEIU (5b57a1)


    Barack Obama, who has finally figured out a way to make the oceans recede -- by harvesting all (c2d1be)

  60. “by harvesting all of the icky green stuff out of it”

    Stupid iPhone!!! (c2d1be)

  61. Fungible. It’s a thing, now.

    Morningafter (7c3d5b)

  62. Speaking of icky green stuff, I just spent another truckload of yours.

    Me-it'sallaboutme-chelle Obama (c2d1be)

  63. Simple question, why did the price of gas drop to $1.81 in 2008?

    Comment by Morningafter

    The oceans suddenly stopped rising? Is that it?

    I tend to find those arguing by “you tell my argument for me, or you’re ignorant” are saying something they realize isn’t actually relevant to the topic.

    To answer your question, there was a massive financial industry recession and collapse of commodity prices. You can thank Barack Obama and Barney Frank for this, and it’s too bad we didn’t heed Bush’s warnings about Fannie Mae and ACORN’s lobbying for stupid mortgage policies.

    Since then, the attitudes of kicking the can down the road and praying for the best have taken over currency policy too (the attitude was there before, but this reckless march forward has actually taken over). So nothing seems to have been learned.

    What’s this got to do with “Fungible”? Not much. What’s this got to do with Obama’s wish for expensive gas? Not much. I guess that’s why you argue that way. As I’ve said, that’s what it usually means when someone doesn’t just lay out their argument and connect it to the topic.

    Dustin (401f3a)

  64. Any aquarium owner in the State of California will now be considered a “Home Algae Worker” and must begin paying SEIU dues immediately.

    Oh, it's happened before (081489)

  65. What do you mean “they’re gonna burn you for fuel”?

    Michael Moore (c2d1be)

  66. We used to be big in the algae business but the scientific consensus shifted on us. Now we are part of the great uncounted single-cellular workers that have been left behind by this economy.

    Prokaryotic Cyanobacteria (7c3d5b)

  67. Those millions of dollars in earmarks that me and Barack funneled into Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium?

    Rahm "might as well fit (c2d1be)

  68. Those millions of dollars in earmarks that me and Barack funneled into Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium? It’s time to reap the rewards. Pond scum subsidies, baby! All right!!!!

    Rahm "might as well fit me for my prison jumpsuit right now" Emanuel (c2d1be)

  69. Ponder the meaning and motives of this:
    President Obama, “Americans aren’t stupid”.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  70. Me and Barack are going to propose the Aquatic Species Protection Act, to protect the rights of single-celled organisms from ruthless capitalistic exploitation.

    Joe Biden (dd1bdb)

  71. Look at all of this scum!

    Sloe Joe Biden, speaking to a room full of unionized algae-harvesting workers at a government subsidized green energy startup, three years from now (c2d1be)

  72. Stand up!

    JD (ec7f41)

  73. Impressive spin

    I find this spin to be fungible with other spins.

    Mornin' Afta' (401f3a)

  74. I messed up the link


    Mornin' Afta' (401f3a)

  75. American Woman, stay away from me-ee.

    HalliBurton Cummings (447f50)

  76. Algae is fungible.

    But don’t we need to worry about peak algae?

    Blender (7c3d5b)

  77. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy – than in the Department of Energy’s algae project.

    Obi-wan Biden, to his padawan Barry Skywalker (5b57a1)

  78. The public should be grateful for my hard work promoting objective journalism.

    Michael Hiltzik (1927ed)

  79. President Obama says he is not to blame for gas prices,
    but he got the blueberry pie all over his face.

    A. Sharpton (b90e17)

  80. President Obama says he is not to blame for gas prices,
    but he got the blueberry pie all over his face.

    Please hold your calls, we have a winner!

    Monty Hall (402a09)

  81. I fixed the link to the other thread. Take it over there.

    I am going to start deleting comments now.

    Patterico (17e5f6)

  82. I wonder how well Candidate A would do in a debate if he turned to Candidate B and said, “Let me prove your point for you.”

    Tony Stewart (who still is NOT Justine) (c2d1be)

  83. I am going to start deleting comments now.

    Comment by Patterico

    I cross posted with this. Obviously you’re going to have to delete my comment too. I was doing my best to respect your thread’s rules.

    Dustin (401f3a)

  84. Trade d.c. asses for gasses

    t bone pickens (44de53)

  85. I added a sentence to the post and fixed the link. Here is how it reads now:

    Sockpuppet comments about the Republican primary race are strictly prohibited. If you wish to use sockpuppets for that purpose, confine your comments to this thread. Same goes for any discussion that is not funny where people want to get angry at each other. Offending comments will be summarily deleted and the violators flogged.

    I’m not trying to squelch discussion, please note. I just don’t want nastiness on this thread. Take it to the link above.

    Patterico (17e5f6)

  86. IF we can figure out how to make energy out of that [algae] . . .”

    The science is settled!

    Barack Obama, ahead of the curve (c2d1be)

  87. Sockpuppet comments about the Republican primary race are strictly prohibited.

    Indeed, plenty of other things make fun of here.

    If someone asked Siri (on their iPhone), “What did President Obama really mean when he said ‘Americans aren’t stupid’ while acting as if Americans are stupid?”, would it bring the network to a grinding halt??

    "Americans aren't stupid- they elected me!" Obama (3d3f72)

  88. Down here in Nawlins we been lightin’ algae saturated by swamp gas on far (that’s “fire” for you non-Cajuns) for long time, I guar-UN-tee. Now if y’all wanna slide me 500 million dollah to develop this into a ‘viable source of energy’, ah promise to get right on that . . .

    Cooter Leroux (c2d1be)

  89. New campaign slogan:


    It’s all about the collective!

    Barack Obama (c2d1be)

  90. when newt’s good, he’s good. heard a clip of him raising the issue as to just who is an extremist, and why can’t i get on the list for pushing infanticide. i mean, really, it’s one of the few times I bothered voting for anything when I was in the Ill. Senate.

    "Americans aren't stupid- they elected me!" Obama (3d3f72)

  91. Obama 2012: That didn’t work, so let’s try it again!

    David Axlerod (5b57a1)


    This is just a coincidence, and you are racist, and it was an accident that he listed a company that he hadn’t been with in almost a decade.

    JD (318f81)

  93. “Greater Together” is the real 2012 campaign slogan, BTW.

    Icy (c2d1be)

  94. Greater Together. Except for the 1%; we hate them!

    B. H. Obama, President for Life (402a09)

  95. “Greater Together”


    Dustin (401f3a)

  96. Greater misery, deficits, taxes, unemployment, hateful rhetoric, etc Together!

    B. H. Obama, President for Life (5b57a1)

  97. The people that answer my phones are indoctrinated not educated.

    Sen.Ed Markey (44de53)

  98. I am a minority, therefore, I am not part of the 1% that I would otherwise be part of if I weren’t a minority.

    B. Hussein Obama, President Forever If Possible (2c3538)

  99. I was part of the 1% before I was against it.

    Senator John Kerry (734350)

  100. I loved the part where Jug Ears Von Odimwit told us about Miami City Hall running on solar panels.

    $535 million dollars worth???

    Gym Hoft (694db4)

  101. No, we aren’t going to vote on any jobs bill from the Republican House. I am not going to make my democratic collegues in the Senate look bad by voting against something very reasonable.

    Harry the Reid (a1fcca)

  102. Is SOYLANT GREEN ,,,,,,algae??

    Grandma may have a use afterall!!!

    Gym Hoft (694db4)

  103. Greater Together. Now, let me tell you about those mean Republicans who are going to lie to you, and those dirty, filthy rich people who are hoarding all the wealth, and those greedy oil companies who are making obscene profits while taking tax “subsidies.”

    Yep, we’re Greater Together!

    B. H. Obama, President for Life (5b57a1)

  104. We have trillions of barrells of oil available to us HERE and NOW. Our cars use oil/gasoline.
    Is Comrade Obama saving all of that for his Supreme Leader ONE jet??

    Gym Hoft (694db4)

  105. We’re going to put the 1% in the grater together.

    President O'Blameless (bf33e9)

  106. I have never met William Beavers. I do not know who William Beavers is. In this country we have a presumption of innocence.

    “A day after he was indicted on federal tax evasion charges, Cook County Commissioner William Beavers had a message for U.S Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

    “F— him,” Beavers said.

    Beyond saying he doesn’t “give a f—” about the federal prosecutor, the outspoken Beavers also insisted he has done nothing wrong and said he will not step down from public office.

    “I’ll be right in there at next week’s meeting and intend to stay — I’m not going nowhere,” Beavers told the Sun-Times Friday, referring to next Thursday’s County Board meeting.

    That could get interesting.”

    Barack Obama (bf33e9)

  107. I won

    Barack Obama (401f3a)

  108. Leave it to Beavers.

    Barack Obama (bf33e9)

  109. Justin Beavers could not be reached for comment.

    Gus (694db4)

  110. I will vouch for any Democrat indicted for anything in Illinois. They are deemed innocent by me. Well, except for that crazy Blago guy. He didn’t want to be a team player.

    B. Hussein Obama, President Forever If Possible (2c3538)

  111. Why doesn’t Patterico put more beavers on this site?

    That would be news!

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  112. My AG has a habit of recommending people for pardon, so let’s just save some time and money and drop it before we bother with a prosecution i’ll just nullify, anyway.

    hey, if I can determine when the Senate is in recess, I can determine when fed prosecutors are on vacation. Patrick Fitzgerald is on vacation indefinitely in ireland looking for his roots. they probably look like potatoes.

    "Americans aren't stupid- they elected me!" Obama (3d3f72)

  113. “IF we can figure out how to make energy out of that [algae] . . .”

    Converting algae to fuel has been done on a small scale. The challenge is doing this on an industrial scale, for a competitive price. Scaling up will take decades. And whether the price will be competitive is still uncertain.

    So algae-to-fuel is a promising technology, but far from being a realistic alternative to fossil fuels.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (b0ba11)

  114. Converting algae to fuel has been done on a small scale. The challenge is doing this on an industrial scale, for a competitive price. Scaling up will take decades. And whether the price will be competitive is still uncertain.

    What’s annoying is Obama is among those annoying folks who said (years ago) it would take years for ANWR’s production to be sufficient to make a dent. Now he presents and much less plausible solution with a much longer wait required.

    Not that I have a problem with this fuel solution. But let the private sector handle it.

    Dustin (401f3a)

  115. Biomass and algae have been converted to fuel for eons. It’s called coal and oil. So, we’re going to burn coal to make electricity to run the plants that make fuel out of algae, and out of algae we’ll make fuel to run the generators that make electricity to charge up the electric cars which use batteries made from rare earth metals that are shipped around the world after mining.

    Just like people had “Victory Gardens” to grow their own vegetables in WW II, it will be patriotic to have your own algae pond in your back yard. With all of the mosquitos, no one will dare go outside to drive their cars anyway.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  116. Power of Beaver
    frisky and industrious
    try one on for size!

    Colonel Haiku (53a725)

  117. If the muzzies get this upset about burning trash, I say burn baby burn.

    Sen.Ed Markey (44de53)

  118. If the muzzies get this upset about burning trash, I say burn baby burn.
    Sorry for the repeat. I forgot who I was.

    Smokey the Bear (44de53)

  119. Friend –

    As you may have noticed, we’ve asked you for a donation a few times now.

    But according to our records, you haven’t yet made an online donation to this campaign at this email address.(If our records are wrong, I apologize and thank you!)

    I’m not writing to ask you for money again. I’m actually writing to ask your opinion about why you haven’t given, and what you think would inspire you or other Obama supporters like you to decide to take the leap and donate.

    We have two quick questions for you. Can you take a minute to answer them?

    There’s a good reason we’re asking for your feedback: The kind of organization we all decided to be a part of only works if people like you pitch in to build it.

    It’s also the reason no other candidate has been able to match our level of grassroots support. This isn’t the easiest way to run a campaign — but we know it’s the right way.

    That’s why we want to know what you’re thinking.

    Please take a minute to answer these two questions today:

    Thanks so much,


    Rufus Gifford
    National Finance Director
    Obama for America

    P.S. — Of course, if you’d like to become one of our million-plus grassroots donors today, by all means, please make a donation of $3 or whatever you can afford.

    Obama for America (401f3a)

  120. One of the fundamental errors that we have as human beings is greed, which is manifested mostly in terms of money or monetary value. Greed, by its very nature, is a striking against the riches within oneself because it appears that there is never enough here in the world. Our eyes are always “hungry.”

    We can help to break the greed pattern by donating to Obama for America. When we support Obama, two levels are activated — a level here in this world and, at the same time, a mystical, invisible level. The mystical is a communication saying “You are abundant and handle abundance well, so here’s some more.” The other level, in this world, is when we look at our abundance and contribute joyfully through donating to Obama. We are actually cheerful about it. This action sets up a countenance that is a form of glory in the human being, and that glory attracts more abundance.

    When one person becomes free of materiality, it’s like an infection going the other way. Instead of greed affecting honest people, honest people start affecting the greedy. You let go and give to Obama, joyfully and unconditionally.

    It’s simple to Donate to Obama: you just give back 10 percent of what you earn to the source of your political teachings. It’s done for the joy of giving. When you lovingly give in this way, the abundance starts to come to you in many ways.

    Donating to Obama is actually a moral law: to give back to the source of your political teachings. When you commit to doing it, something inside you works differently from that day forward. Conditions may or may not immediately change in the physical world, but inside, it can work wonders.

    Obama for America (401f3a)

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