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5/21/2014

Oh, But We Are Serious, Mr. President

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:26 am

[guest post by Dana]

On Monday night, President Obama attended yet another fundraiser. This time it was held at the home of a doctor in Potomac, Maryland. Before the 60 guests in attendance, the president declared that the ongoing debates over Obamacare and Benghazi are pointless.

“The debate we’re having now is about what, Benghazi? Obamacare? And it becomes this endless loop. It’s not serious. It’s not speaking to the real concerns that people have,” said Obama.

At the fundraiser, Obama explained that Republicans are “trying to figure out how they can make people sufficiently cynical, sufficiently angry, sufficiently suspicious that they can win the next election.”

Obama added, “I hate to be blunt about it, but that’s the play.”

–Dana

24 Responses to “Oh, But We Are Serious, Mr. President”

  1. Oh, yeah, that’ll leave a mark.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  2. “a third-rate burglary”

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  3. “trying to figure out how they can make people sufficiently cynical, sufficiently angry, sufficiently suspicious that they can win the next election.”

    Kettle ……..uh…….never mind.

    Rich (ddc02c)

  4. Well the Bamster is doing a fine job on his own of making people cynical, angry and suspicious. Of course unless he decides it’s time to get up on his White Horse and become Caudillo of a Banana Republic, he’s not going to run again. So the damage is done to his cohorts who will face the public in the next polls.

    But yeah Obama–you know what you can do, and they’ll do it to the horse you rode in on as well.

    Skeptical Voter (12e67d)

  5. I love it when Obama accuses others of fostering cynicism.

    JD (675235)

  6. it kind of is hard to take Republicans seriously when they have a special committee to investigate the deaths of a couple mercenaries and a useless whore ambassador but not a special committee to investigate the wholesale corruption of the Internal Revenue Service

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  7. Don’t forget the riff on the ‘intercontinental railroad’

    narciso (3fec35)

  8. Well he’s right about one thing. I am pretty cynical.

    elissa (b8196a)

  9. me too

    happyfeet (91574a)

  10. Obamacare? Is that the unpopular healthcare thingy that the people don’t want and 80%+ of the provisions of which have been extended or waived by executive fiat? Benghazi? You mean the investigation that the Administration has stonewalled for 18 months, just like Fast and Furious and the IRS targeting?

    Meanwhile, spending a year on gun control and demagogeuing nonexistent global warming is really what people want Barcky. Heckuva job!

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  11. Yeah, he’s all about “doing the People’s business”. In truth, he’s all about GIVING the people the business.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  12. “The debate we’re having now is about what, Benghazi? Obamacare? And it becomes this endless loop. It’s not serious. It’s not speaking to the real concerns that people have,” said Obama.”

    Well, the proles have to do something, Mr. President — because you’re not addressing the “real concerns” that people have, i.e, the VA, Fast and Furious, Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS, the Secret Service, executive orders, drone killings of Americans, the budget deficits, the higher education bubble, the innumerable bailouts, the QE2 and QE3 and whatever number we’re on now.

    J.P. (bd0246)

  13. He’s seen the enemy and it’s half the country. Until Obama was elected I was proud of this country.

    East Bay Jay (a5dac7)

  14. I can’t watch him anymore. As soon as he comes on tv I turn the station. I never saw one Clinton speech after his “I never inhaled” remark. Why bother? You know you’ll never get the truth.

    Hadoop (f7d5ba)

  15. The most dis-serious person in Government today resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
    Now, where’s that outline for next year’s Super Bowl.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  16. Accountability?

    Obama doesn’t do that unless it’s to blame Bush and Republicans.

    Obama did get bin Laden. You know that, right?

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  17. elissa @75 in the Lefty Fact-Checkers thread:

    In the business world we conduct what are known as “post mortems” when something goes terribly, embarrassingly, devastatingly awry. It can be an engineering catastrophe, a marketing catastrophe, a product catastrophe, etc. It’s especially critical to do this if there has been loss of life. The point of the post mortem is to determine and understand what happened–all the myriad contributing things that happened– so that process changes can be made to (hopefully) assure it will never happen again. These sometimes lengthy post mortems can be both brutal and comical as people (employees, department managers, contractors, consultants) try to point fingers and cover their own butts.

    But if the company’s upper management and especially if the Board of Directors in fact do care and want to know, then at least a close proximity version of the truth usually eventually comes out and most often some people lose their jobs. “Mistakes were made” does not cut it.

    This never happens in the Obama Administration, not even with acknowledged failures, like healthcare.gov.

    Nobody even gets fired. They may get reassigned, or, possibly, retire a bit early.

    Sammy Finkelman (7e7e58)

  18. V.A. Accusations Aggravate Woes of White House (NYT front page May 21, 2014)

    Inside the White House, officials said that there was no political panic but that the issue was of serious, substantive concern — unlike, they said, a previous Republican uproar over extra scrutiny given to Tea Party groups by the Internal Revenue Service.

    White House officials described Mr. Obama as eager for the results of an investigation into the allegations by the department’s inspector general and a separate review of hospital practices being conducted by Mr. Nabors and Eric Shinseki, the secretary of the department. Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, declined to say when Mr. Obama might address the situation again publicly.

    “He is not at all pleased with some of the allegations and will be extremely unhappy if some of them prove to be true,” Mr. Carney said.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  19. I can’t wait for King Putt to pronounce the deaths of scores or hundreds of veterans placed on phony waiting lists for care in VA hospitals a “phony scandal” and some weird obsession.

    Then as former Preezy saying the same thing about the thousands killed by the same stunt by Obamacare.

    “It’s not speaking to the real concerns that people have,” said Obama.

    Says the guy who gave us a health care system we didn’t want, still don’t want, won’t build the keystone pipelince which just about everyone except his hardcore leftist base actually does want, and now insists we pivot to address his great concerns which nearly all Americans can’t give a rat’s @$$ about.

    Income inequality, which ranks dead last according to Gallup. And Glo-bull warming, which didn’t even make the cut to be on the list of concerns.

    Steve57 (c8cb20)

  20. The Empty Chair would have been a better President.

    Clint Eastwood deserves even more praise for pointing this out years ago.

    htom (412a17)

  21. If only the post-Benghazi response had been like the post-Beirut one.

    joelk (bc90e7)


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