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Obama: I Won, You Didn’t, So Shut Up!

ObamaThere have been a number of recent signs that we are in for an administration where petty is politics, and it starts right at the very top.  In a “private” (in a “transparent government” kind of way) bi-partisan meeting about his stimulus proposal, President Petulance basically told one of the members who made the meeting “bi-,” (partisan) Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) that he was going to get his way because he was president and he wanted to.  From FOX News:

During his private meeting with congressional Democrats and Republicans on Friday, President Obama ended a philosophical debate over tax policy with the simple declaration that his opinion prevailed because “I won.”

ABC News reported it this way:

On one of the issues, regarding whether the lowest individual tax rates should be cut from 15 percent to 10 percent and from 10 percent to 5 percent, Obama told Cantor that “on some of these issues we’re just going to have ideological differences.”

But Obama added, “I won. So I think on that one, I trump you.”

The Associated Press claims that the response was to Jon Kyl of Arizona:

At one point in Friday’s meeting in the White House’s Roosevelt Room, GOP Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona objected to a proposal to increase benefits for low-income workers who do not owe federal income taxes.

Obama replied in a friendly but firm way that an election had been held in November, “and I won. I will trump you on that,” according to several people briefed by participants who took notes.

So, not only can we look forward to snotty, schoolyard attitudes from the President, we can also expect continued levels of shoddy journalism.  Not that Sir Nose In The Air cares.  His “can’t I just eat my waffle, I already answered like 5 wasted questions from people I picked to talk to me in advance” peevishness was on full display yesterday when he dropped by the “worse than Middle East” White House press room to say “hi.”  News Busters asked what took the media so long to get semi-pissed about it:

NOW they get worried that Obama is not too dedicated to freedom of the press? After Obama is fairly elected, NOW the Old Media is beginning to question The One on his treatment of them?

“Fairly elected?”  Et tu, News Busters, with the KoolAid?  Anyway, seems the media is just waking up to the stage-managed nature of all things Obama, too.

It’s not exactly Watergate but Barack Obama’s inauguration was back in the dock today after it emerged that the quartet of classical musicians who ushered him on to the steps of the Capitol were faking it.

In a report headlined “The Frigid Fingers Were Live, but the Music Wasn’t”, The New York Times said that the four, including the violinist Itzhak Perlman, had already recorded their contribution two days earlier and played along just for show.

Politico proves that the press can be a bit petty, themselves, by reporting the Earth-shattering “news” that nobody likes recently appointed Senator and Hillary Clinton cohort, Kirsten Gillibrand, anyway:

“Nobody really likes her,” sniped one New York City-area member, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“She’s smart and capable, but she’s rubbed people the wrong the way,” said another.

Then, talk about petty, there’s the media and Blago.  His lawyers expect him to be removed from office, and one of them, Ed Genson, is quitting the team because Blags won’t listen and insists on mounting a public relations defense in the press instead of in the Illinois Senate, which only makes sense since that’s where he’s being tried and convicted first.  On Monday, Blagojevich will make his case on ABC’s Good Morning America and The View.

Aaaaannnnnddddd, theeeeee wheels on the bus…

*X-posted @ Cinie’s World

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183 Responses

  1. Thanks!

    I was trying to figure out what to post for an overnight thread (the old one was crashing my browser) and this is WAY better than anything I woulda done.

  2. Aw, shucks, myiq, flattery will get you everything.

  3. Cinie, thanks for this. Looks to me like it’s all Nancy and her puppetry. The staging will be all Nancy until it migrates to Rahm after he gets his sea legs.

  4. “Nobody really likes her,” sniped one New York City-area member, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    Why do they even bother reporting shit like that?

  5. Wheels on the bus, indeed.

    What an arrogant ass – “because I won”. Ugh.

  6. Oyyyyy. This is why people like Palin, because she’s not that rude snotty jerk who acts like she’s better than everybody else. There’s just no need to treat people’s representatives like that. You can think it, but you don’t have to say it. It reminds me of that meeting where he was a condescending jerk to Diane Watson and tried to explain to her how things work–she’s been there much longer than you, genius. Have some respect.

    Let’s bring in HRC to bring some diplomacy to the process.

  7. IQ, because all NYC media (the companies based in NY, not just the outlets) are taking on serious water these days. Many will drown. They are grasping for eyeballs, and the uber liberals in Manhattan become the convenient voice of the Obamarathon nationwide. It’s a really good thing that there is a Senator in NY who is not from NYC. Even Manhattan as you know is only one of five boroughs.

  8. ” Nobody really likes her,” sniped one New York City-area member, speaking on condition of anonymity.
    “She’s smart and capable, but she’s rubbed people the wrong the way,” said another.

    She is smart & capable & doesn’t have a penis. Of course nobody likes her. (Other than the people of the state of NY who actually, you know, VOTED FOR HER).

  9. The Obama admnistration’s new and evolving relationship with the NYC MSM may be one of the most consequential things happening in our politics right now.

  10. That’s 2 Obacrats down, 1 to Blago, who’s all by himself, and the other to Hillary. Obie’s plans for grasping absolute control are not working out. Imagine that.

  11. Obama is treating the media like a bar pick-up when she calls him a couple days later.

    Sorry, but he’s only charming while he’s trying to get your panties off.

  12. Cinie — exactly — Obama thought he would be able to cut off the Clinton political power base in NY — ha ha!

  13. When I first moved to Manhattan back whenever, people used to have posters on their walls that showed a map of Manhattan, the Hudson River, a little strip of land called America, then the San Francisco Bay. It was so insulting, but very very standard. Things haven’t changed much, cept for the financial stress, which has the effect of narrowing the vision even more.

  14. Myiq, like the guy in junior high who wants to take you to the bedroom, basement, garage, alley (I’m from the city) or barn, shed, woods, etc. (for the rural girls) to talk. Really.

  15. When did he ever try to charm them? It’s been a pathetically one-sided love story all along. Even the little altars they set up along the roadside haven’t moved him.

  16. Angie, Obama thought his primary/caucus arm twisting was permanent coercion, not yielding to expediency.

  17. Oh F*ck me! Did anyone read this tidbit in Newsweek re: the Gillibrand appointment:

    Some political experts worried Gillibrand’s conservative credentials won’t play well statewide, particularly in New York City. “She’s a Blue-dog Democrat,” said Democratic strategist Joseph Mercurio. “There’s some irony because this seat has been held by liberals such as Robert Kennedy, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Hillary Clinton.”

    NOW Hillary is a “liberal?” The hypocrisy! God in heaven, how can you not smite these asshats?

  18. Seriously:

    Like when a guy tells a girl she’s just a booty call but she thinks he really loves her.

  19. Uh oh, Gillibrand tried to reintroduce the ERA.

    Any hope she ever had of being accepted in O-land is now gone forever.

  20. Three Wickets, on January 24th, 2009 at 3:33 am Said:

    People in Boston have that same map — except it is “boston” not manhattan.

  21. Obama is treating the media like a bar pick-up when she calls him a couple days later.

    And I can’t think of anyone more worthy of the treatment.

  22. Obamboozle gets pissy waaaay too quickly.

  23. Myiq, most actors get pissy without a script.

  24. This haka about Gillibrand being a blue dog democrat is based solely on her position re: guns. Gillibrand supports same sex marriage & women’s rights. That is as liberal as I need her to be.

  25. When he won’t talk to you, all he does is snarl, and he won’t even smile when you tell him how you planted three fake stories about her for him….he just may not be that into you. If you always lose to the waffle, well….

  26. There is a Newsweek article that says the reporters never like Obama as much as their editors did.

  27. Brit!

  28. and, btw — I know I said it before today, but I’m saying it again in case y’all missed it — the gun issue is way, way down on my list of priorities. If that makes me “not a liberal” then sobeit.

  29. I don’t know who was dumber — older people who voted for Obama or the Media who played dead for him and now wonder why they are being cut dead.

  30. “politico sucks, so do the rest of the members of the MSM”, said me, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

  31. Gillibrand is from a conservative GOP-leaning district. If she was a flaming liberal she never would have been elected.

    Chances are she’s gonna move leftward now that she’ll be running in a statewide race.

  32. myiq — that is because the editors know who butters their bread — advertisers — hence, trying to ride the wave of Obamamania to capture the “youth” market. Too bad they didn’t figure out that the youth today don’t actually READ — especially if it isn’t on the internet.

  33. Myiq, most actors get pissy without a script.

    ———-

    Love that. Btw, Gillibrand also voted against the Wall Street bailouts. They will love her downtown. (snark)

  34. Seriously!!!

    I may not have been around much, but I am always thinking of this place. Like last Tuesday when my colleagues decided to stream the inauguration on large screen in the middle of a professional conference, and them drooling over the Messiah. It was insane. I don’t know how anyone can just assume that the person sitting next to her/him supported Obama by default. I skipped the ceremonies and took a long walk.

  35. ghost2, on January 24th, 2009 at 3:44 am Said:

    LMAO!

    shallbe4 — definitely the old people — at least the msm got some ad revenue. The old people are going to be eating cat food for dinner.

  36. “politico sucks, so do the rest of the members of the MSM”, said me, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

    LOL

  37. I think that all Gillibrand hate is coming fast and furious from CK camp and those pushing her, who are now royally pissed and annoyed.

    It’d be funny if it wasn’t sad. The press is trying hard to diss both Gillibrand and Patterson. Joe Scarborough was a reasonable person, but I guess the virus affecting the brains there is contagious. Him and Andrea Mitchell were saying this morning how badly Patterson managed this!!

    Patterson was superbly cool in the face of immense pressure by Kennedy camp and the farce of the media.

    A fair warning: from now on till eternity, the media will not refer to Patterson, except to make sure to include a snide comment on how he “botched” this appointment.

  38. Oh god Brit, I know. I have had so many people assume I support Obama–big mistake. Huge! LOL

  39. ghost2 — 10 to 1 odds the snide comment includes some ridicule about his sight — since it is totally kewl & progressive to make fun of someone’s disability.

  40. Paterson never said who he was gonna appoint – he said early on he wouldn’t name anyone until Hillary was approved.

    It was all anonymous sources

  41. angie–seriously! I am going through the issues at on the issues, and I’m not finding anything.

  42. I predict a Republican Congress in 2 years. At a time when Obama should be working with both sides of Congress he treats Republicans like something the cat dragged in. This is not sitting well with Republican voters or the Republican Congress.

    There is an old saying — you catch more flies with honey than with vinegan. How do you spell Gridlock — R E L I E F

  43. Brit — my condolences — personally, I never thought I would be so happy that all my co-workers are Republicans — we hardly even mentioned the GREAT LIFE CHANGING EVENT much less live-streamed it.

  44. Well, she voted for retroactive immunity–but now, who else did? Oh yes. That’s right.

  45. Seriously — you lost me — I don’t follow what you are saying in your last post.

  46. “Nobody really likes her,”

    I remember when the London Times wrote a nice long column in May, that HRC had “no supporters”.

  47. since it is totally kewl & progressive to make fun of someone’s disability.

    They can make fun of anything or anyone they don’t like.

    Calling women c*nts and wh*res? Okay

    Making fun of a Down’s Syndrome baby? Okay

  48. Obama wants to pimp Seniors — he wants them to work for their Social Security. Mr. Prez — its called Retirement.

  49. myiq – – you are right. My bad.

  50. “Anonymous sources” = paid Axelrod Astroturfer

  51. Man, I wish I could vote in NY State for 2010, maybe I will. But Big Dawg is going to campaign bigtime for Gillibrand AND Paterson. Gillibrand in my mind will win the iterim for sure. Paterson may actually survive this. Honestly, between Spitzer and Paterson, I think I would prefer the latter. Spitzer over reacts.

    As for the unrequited media, money will play a bigger role than ideology. If the Times is any example, foreign money is coming into American media. That should be fun to watch. It’s already happened to some degree in Hollywood, and the results have been interesting.

  52. Calling CK a “princess?”

    ZOMG that is SOOOOO sexist!

  53. shallbe4 — LOL! No f*cking sh!t –all that work before retirement — you know that FICA deduction from each pay check — is the “working” for SS. Obama may want to look into that.

  54. Angie and Seriously, thanks for the sympathy. :) My colleagues are supposedly smart, brilliant people, but they don’t seem to have any clue as to what went on during the primaries and the general election. Nor do they have any idea of the real character of Obama. Unlikely Obots, but Obots nevertheless.

  55. Governor Patterson — hugs.

  56. Brittannia-I love your avatar!

  57. myiq — you know what really pisses me off about the fauxoutrage at the “Princess Caroline” thing is that everyone of them uses the Camelot terminology about the Kennedy’s, calling them the “closest thing to royalty in America” blah, blah, blah — this was NOT the first time Caroline was referred to as an American Princess — of course, the fauxgressives always meant it as a compliment.

  58. OT – There is another big blog awards thingy and even though The Confluence isn’t one of the nominees, I think we should still vote cuz Wankette and DKos are in several categories. I’ll probably post this again later when more people are here to read this:

    http://2009.bloggies.com/

    Best Web Application: I voted for WordPress since they’ve given us all a place to express our opinions.
    Best Food Weblog: Cake Wrecks is a nominee and I know many of you like that blog
    Best Gossip Blog: I prefer Dlisted but also enjoy Perez Hilton
    Best Weblog About Politics: Wankette, Dkos, HuffPo, Politico, and FiveThirtyEight are nominated so no one we like but I say we vote against Wankette and Dkos. I think Politico is the best one of the five.
    Best Group Weblog: Wankette is nominated in this category too. The rest are much better so pick one.

    There are many more categories so check it out.

  59. Brit — smart, brilliant and uninformed — like so many these days. Well, not so many, but a fair number — there is no shortage of stupid in this country either.

  60. Brit, yes, I keep saying that highly educated people apparently think that information is beamed directly ino their brains. LOL You ask them questionsa nd they have no clue what’s going on. Put some effort into it, people!

  61. myiq — what exactly are you putting in your search engine to find this crap? LMAO!

  62. Laurie, thanks. My avatar is a painting of, well, The Britannia.

  63. angie:

    We have some of the best educated stupid people in the world!

  64. Oh, puppy wanted water. Wondered why she was cooing so much.

  65. Speaking of Sheep, did everyone catch this one @ FU Penguin:

    http://fuckyoupenguin.blogspot.com/2009/01/self-satisfied-lambs.html

  66. I’m in moderation!! Myiq, let me out — pretty please?

  67. Obot dad said that if something is actually happening, it will be reported on the 6 o’clock news. If it isn’t, it isn’t actually happening.

  68. Brit, yes, I keep saying that highly educated people apparently think that information is beamed directly ino their brains. LOL You ask them questionsa nd they have no clue what’s going on. Put some effort into it, people!

    Yes, exactly, Seriously. The behavior is hard for me to fathom, though. Maybe one’s background makes one more sensitive to some realities than other people. And so some people pay more attention and exert more effort than others.

    Getting any sleep these days, Seriously?

  69. I’m tiiiiirrrred, Brit. :)

  70. I couldn’t sleep yet; SleepMD has not kicked in.

    Have any of you seen this one?

    http://www.atom.com/spotlights/inauguration_speech_generator/

  71. myiq! where are you? Let me out of moderation — pretty please with a cherry on top?

  72. Ooooh, sorry to hear that Seriously. :( I’m glad you’re still posting around here during zombie shift, though.

  73. angie, he’s toying with you. :-)

  74. I couldn’t sleep yet; SleepMD has not kicked in.

    Good! The more the merrier.

  75. Men have to pee too, just like puppies.

  76. “Seriously — you lost me — I don’t follow what you are saying in your last post.”

    Oh, masslib linked to a site called on teh issues where you can see how reps voted on a whole range of issues. I went through and looked at all teh votes they listed and couldn’t find anything objectionable aside from retroactive immunity and I admit it is pretty wacky to try and life the ban on semiautomatics in DC. But for a fiscal conservative, she has pro labor, pro public housing, pro reintegraing offenders back into society, pro social security votes. (Of course, that’s probably what the Obots object to).

  77. Cherry???

  78. Aw, thanks Brit.

  79. Is it worth $3.8 million?

  80. Britannia, are you in Britain and waking up to your morning, because that’s an unfair advantage.

  81. Fredster — swear to dog this is what I got for the last paragraph of that mad-lib Obama speech:

    Finally, I must thank my dumb family, my racist campaign volunteers, but most of all, I want to thank Obots for making this historic occasion possible. Of course, I must also thank you, President Bush, for years of fucking the American people. Without your inane efforts, none of this would have been possible.

  82. Myiq — I’m in moderation again!

    and yes, I said cherry & I meant it! LOL

  83. Seriously — thanks — I figured it out!

  84. Far out.

  85. Feeling the sleep thingie kick in so I’m off again.

    ¡mañana!

  86. Three Wickets, no. Don’t be fooled by my username. I use it because I like ships. I’m located in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Still a bit of a time advantage there, though.

  87. How did he manage that squiggle.

  88. Angie that’s hysterical! We can probably do as good as ‘groper” !

  89. Angie, you have a cherry? I’m not sure I still have the pit.

    Okay, I’ll be quiet, now.

  90. special keyboard. ;-)

  91. I hear a pillow calling my name

  92. Night Fredster! Night Myiq!

  93. I saw a shirt that said “I lost my virginity but I still have the box it came in

  94. 3 Wickets — the ~ is the key to the left of the “1” key (right on top of tab) You need to hit Shift to type it.

  95. OK, puppy really wants to go to sleep. She’s biting the keys as I’m typing. Smart dog. Good night all. May be on tomorrow afternoon, not the evening.

  96. Cherry can also mean the you know what — not just the hymen, right?

  97. Night 3 Wickets! ~~

  98. Of course, I must also thank you, President Bush, for years of fucking the American people. Without your inane efforts, none of this would have been possible.

    That BEST explains why there exists a President Obama. Also, the voters who made Bush president were exactly the same people who made Obama president–the so-called undecideds/independents. That’s not a very flattering light for Obama.

  99. Angie, you can call it what you want to. I call it pie.

  100. Thanks angie. That makes it the third time you’ve made me feel really foolish tonight. G’night. (insert smiley face)

  101. Toodles!

  102. OK, puppy really wants to go to sleep. She’s biting the keys as I’m typing. Smart dog. Good night all. May be on tomorrow afternoon, not the evening.

    What’s puppy doing on the keyboard? Are you sure it’s not a cat you have?

  103. myiq — sweet dreams (of me)

  104. Night-night, myiq.

  105. Britania — LMAO!

  106. Cinie, I think she means further north. Now, really g’night.

  107. :-) = colon dash right parenthesis.

  108. Three Wickets, I call that pie, too.

  109. Obama’s kool-ade drinkers think everyone worships him as they do.

  110. Thank you Angie.

  111. Puppy is an incredibly agile tomboy. Puppy can get almost anywhere in the house she wants. Mommy and puppy still having territorial issues, though they love each other.

  112. :-) Fourth time.

  113. Puppy sounds like fun.

  114. 3 Wickets — hold up, what is with “Mommy & puppy still have territorial issues” You said you were a guy

  115. So, myiq goes to sleep now? He didn’t do that before.

  116. Brit — I wear him out.

  117. Angie, my turn to LMAO! I should’ve known!

  118. Yes angie, and you’re imagining my descriptions of the wife was fraudulent somehow. That I may have been astro turfing you. Wouldn’t do that to you. Absolutely not.

  119. LOL He goes and then he come back. Especially if you say hs name, which is kind of freaky

  120. Seriously — LOL!! He is waiting to see if we talk badly about him after he leaves — I’m on to your game 3 Wickets!!

  121. LOL He goes and then he come back. Especially if you say hs name, which is kind of freaky

    It is, isn’t it? I’ve always wondered how he does that.

  122. chill 3 Wickets — I’m imagining no such things — after you leave I don’t think about you at all!

    BURN!!! LOL

  123. Thank you for the masculine pronoun.

  124. D’oh — Seriously is talking about myiq –I though you were talking about 3 Wickets!

  125. We can’t talk badly about people, they’ll see it! LOL

  126. Brit & Seriously — I think myiq may be related to Candyman with that name summons thing.

  127. Alright, seriously, Seriously, I’m confused. Who’s got the freaky name, IQ or 3W?

  128. It kind of worked for both, angie. Mad Libs strikes again. :)

    Brit, last week a car in front of me had a “Vote for real change, vote spaulding” bumoer sticker with a picture of captain spaulding. Isn’t that random?

  129. Seriously — oh, I have no problem — you want to talk bad about someone? I’ll do it! The only problem is there is no one on this board about whom I have anything bad to say.

  130. I know! myiq is teh candyman!

  131. 3 Wickets — you are supposed to be in bed — go to sleep like you promised so we can talk about you.

    myiq is the one who always magically appears when you say his name. I got confused there for a second because YOU keep popping back in. LOL

  132. I know, we have no one to talk about! I love you guys! *sobs*

  133. Seriously — if only candyman was a clown I would TOTALLY believe that.

    and I do think that spaulding bumper sticker was myiq’s car. (or had been at one point in time & the new owner did not/could not take the sticker off)

  134. Brit, last week a car in front of me had a “Vote for real change, vote spaulding” bumoer sticker with a picture of captain spaulding. Isn’t that random?

    More freakiness!

  135. Seriously — yeah, I know — of course, we could totally start rumors. :-)

  136. GOODNIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (hugs symbol which he’ll learn tomorrow)

  137. 3 Wickets — good night for real this time –if you come back I will ignore you.

    and hugs are represented by {} as in {{3 Wickets}}

  138. I know, we have no one to talk about! I love you guys! *sobs*

    Aww, we love you, too, Seriously!

    Yes, let’s start rumors.

  139. (or had been at one point in time & the new owner did not/could not take the sticker off)

    LOL He kept trying to take it off…it kept reappearing….

    We could talk about Cinie–she’s hilarious. I’m so glad she’s posting here now. We also need to get Reg to slack off from school and do more front page posts, it’s been ages.

  140. Yeah–angie has put you on ignore! Drama on the zombie shift. If you come back, we’re all going to imply you’re female and really upset you.

  141. Poor Regency — I remember being so jammed up with school work — of course, I’m jammed up with work work, but I took my school work much more seriously! LOL

    I do miss her writing though. Hey, maybe she is dating someone & that is what is really interfering with her front page posts. (see how easy it is to start rumors) :-)

  142. FYI:
    Caroline Kennedy in 2016?
    Basically, it says Caroline for President . Written by Steve Clemons who is supposed to be a serious guy.

    As I wrote on another site, dynasties were cool before they were uncool before they became cool again. Although to be fair, Steve Clemons always admired Hillary’s intellect and AFAIR was fair to her.

  143. Seriously! LMAO!!

  144. ghost2 — my theory was that the plan was always that CK was going to put 2 years in @ the Senate (ala Obama — not really doing much), then be Obama’s VP in 2012, 4 years as VP (which as we all know, doesn’t require much work either) and then run for President in 2016. The plan to have her was the as the FIRST woman president was behind the whole Ted & CK support of Obama & their determination to get Hillary out of the way.

  145. oh, and let me tell Clemmons et al ONE MORE F*CKING TIME — spouses do NOT & CANNOT constitute dynasties. For crying out loud, doesn’t anyone own a dictionary any more?

  146. Reg is already dating the Clintons, we don’t want to mess with their happy home.

    “dynasties were cool before they were uncool before they became cool again”

    That’s the good thing about Obots, they don’t have to be consistent. Inexperience is good, no bad, no good, no bad…

    Is it evil that I’d like to see caroline go up against sarah? lol

  147. Seriously — ooh, I hadn’t thought of a Caroline/Sarah match up — how can you be so cruel? I LOVE it.

  148. I honestly don’t think she would have run, anyway. Politics isn’t for someone like her. She wanted to have the Senate seat handed to her, she didn’t want to run for it. She wouldn’t have lasted one day.

  149. LOL Sarah would eat her alive. Even hypothetically, I almost feel sorry for her. :)

  150. Yeah, CK doesn’t strike me as a tough cookie. She might not even have the will to stand on three-inch heels for a 90-minute debate and be charming all the time while poking at the opponent.

  151. Seriously — you are so right about that.

    Lord have mercy — it is 5:09 a.m.! I need to go to bed.
    Night Seriously, Brit, CInie & anyone else who is here (3 Wickets — I’m looking at you!)

    Take care!! XOXO

  152. Night Angie!!!

  153. LOL Night angie.

    Brit she seems so unfocused. I don’t think she could be charming or prod at anybody, she’d have a hard enough time just plodding through it.

  154. Brit she seems so unfocused. I don’t think she could be charming or prod at anybody, she’d have a hard enough time just plodding through it.

    You mean like Obama? :giggle: Silly me—what I think of as attractive traits for a successful politician are just unreal. Hey, maybe CK has a chance, after all!

  155. Brit you still here? I’m coming down with something, I’m going to go lie down. It was so awesome seeing you here, please come back soon!

  156. Seriously, sorry to hear about that. Yes, definitely get plenty of rest! And drink plenty of water! Yes, I’ll come back, thank you!

  157. Britannia – long time no see!

  158. Hey, scrubs! Good to see you again! Yeah, I know, I disappeared. I guess I was trying to escape the realities of the election outcome. I figure, now that the Messiah has taken his oath of office, that it’s time to start keeping close track of his actions. Since I don’t want to watch or listen to him, I’ll come here for my news. And, Hillary as Secretary of State—I must say I’m excited about that, even though I didn’t want her to take the job at first.

  159. You sound as if you have processed it the same as most of us have. We are definitely going to keep our eyes on PBO – more and more of the press will eventually wake up and do their job as they see the way he is.

    I’m happy seeing a lot of the old gang coming back here, especially you.

    And I’m totally with you on the excitement of watching Hillary in action. She will make PBO look good and he’ll claim all credit for putting her in that position but we will know better, won’t we?

  160. I feel badly for Barack Obama and the waffle story. The guy is skinny and if he was that hungry, let the man eat.

    As a democrat, I got to admit that I like that Barack Obama is going na na na na na to the republicans. It was the republicans that used to go around saying “rule of law” “rule of law” and “obstruction of justice” during the Clinton years. It was the Republicans that ignored concern over George Bush’s ability to just ignore anything that related to inquiries and hearings into stupid and questionable actions by his administration.

    Well, the republicans did lose the election, so maybe they should shut the f up and give the democrats some room to hang themselves.

  161. Was Obama saying anything about “putting away the childish things” at inauguration? I guess it never applies to him. Not even W did this.
    As for Gillibrand, I’ll be very happy to vote for her and for Paterson, Manhattanite that I am. So, at least one person likes her.
    As to the so called liberalism of Patrick Moynihan – he was part of Reagan’s committee on privatizing Social Security – and it was hardly his fault they didn’t go and do it.

  162. You sound as if you have processed it the same as most of us have. We are definitely going to keep our eyes on PBO – more and more of the press will eventually wake up and do their job as they see the way he is.

    Oh dear, I hope so, and not just the press but the rest of the USA. I’m glad that the senate dems are pushing back against Obama’s economic bailout plan. It seems like times ahead are going to be interesting. We know that Obama falters badly if things go off-script. And to him, the script is, worship me.


    I’m happy seeing a lot of the old gang coming back here, especially you.

    Thanks, scrubs, that’s very kind of you. This place is a refuge.


    And I’m totally with you on the excitement of watching Hillary in action. She will make PBO look good and he’ll claim all credit for putting her in that position but we will know better, won’t we?

    Ah, but let’s not underestimate the Clinton savvy. I hope she shines brighter than Obama.

  163. Teacher proclaims Twain, Lee and Steinbeck irrelevant in Obama age

    An American English teacher has called for novels which use the word “nigger” to be removed from the high school curriculum now that Barack Obama has been elected president.

    John Foley, who teaches at Ridgefield High School in southern Washington, believes classics of American literature such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men should no longer be required reading for students. “The time has arrived to update the literature we use in high school classrooms. Barack Obama is [president] of the United States, and novels that use the ‘N-word’ repeatedly need to go,” he wrote in an opinion piece for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “Some might call this apostasy; I call it common sense. Obama’s victory signals that Americans are ready for change. Let’s follow his lead and make a change that removes the N-word from the high school curriculum.”

    The three books – Huck Finn, Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird – regularly make the American Library Association’s list of titles the American public has objected to most frequently.

  164. I found two articles on Teh speech – before and after – and put hem side by side for fun

    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2009/01/24/that-speech-expectations-and-reality/

  165. The blowback against the s-election of Obama continues. Within his own party.

    Two sitting governors have now bucked “The One” on their Senate appointments.

    Blago and Paterson are but the tip of the proverbial iceburg.

    If Obama wants to accomplish ANYTHING at all he had better do it soon. Because he is racking up enemies, on both sides of the aisle, as fast as he can.

  166. Did anyone else notice that the MSM buried US air strikes against Pakistan yesterday? I caught it for a brief nano-second on CNN; and it was not repeated anywhere, at any other time, on any of the MSM networks. Instead the propaganda machine was cranking out larger than life images of That One “dealing with” economic issues. Not one word of comment about the air strike. Shouldn’t a transparent president have held, at the very least, a news conference after ordering an air strike on his 2nd day in office?
    I’m just sayin’.

  167. Well, apparently, regular bombings (courtesy of the CIA) of Pakistan started this past summer, and these latest ones are just continuations of what Bush started. I guess Obama now sanctions the bombings, too, since he is not stopping them. I read that about 100 have died from these bombings, 20 from the recent ones.

  168. Hi, Britt — as commander in chief he’d have to do more than passively sanction them, wouldn’t he?is that right? he’d have to have ordered the strike.

    and then refused to comment on it and placed a gag-order on the media about it.

  169. staunchwoman, oh yes, I believe the continued bombings definitely required explicit go ahead from BO. Here’s just one of the buried articles on the bombings:

    http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=6718124&page=1

  170. The fact is he won. The race is over. The winners make the rules and that’s where we are now. I think the republicans just needs to say their piece, then sit down, shut their pieholes and deal with the fact they no longer run the country, and we can thank God for that.

  171. JJ, Obama’s “I won” belies his post-partisan position. It reinforces the “sham only” nature of his bringing everyone to the table.

    Sure, he won and he gets to decide. Perhaps he would be better served making proclamations rather than holding meetings. Save everyone’s time and the taxpayers money.

    Perhaps, saying “I won” is a form of Obama’s transparency in government. End of discussion.

  172. Juan Jimenez, on January 24th, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Yeah, enough of this democracy stuff! Glad that’s over and we have a king now…. So that’s how he was going to solve every problem!? Now we know! Just say “I won” He’s amazing! /snark

  173. Yes he won Mr Jimenez, but he is our employee and was sent to DC to work with the other two branches of government. He was not coronated nor appointed dictator for life. As citizens we expect our leaders to show a modicum of civility. If he has to speak like a 8th grade jerk he is going to run into difficulty. We do not pull our forelock nor bow from the waist. If he cannot keep a civil tongue I can assure you that the assh&%$ Republicans will not either.

  174. Someone needs another vacation. The biggest problem for Obama’s handlers in all this as always been Obama and his fragile ego. Day three and he’s reduced to saying , ” I won, na na na . ” If this keeps up, a tantrum will get on tape and be U tubed shortly. It’d exactly because he “won” that he has to work with people. Obots think “winning” ends a conflict. That’s only true in happily ever after land….which, in case you haven’t noticed, we aren’t in

  175. Wow, I hadn’t expected to be able to say, “I told you so!” to the media this quickly after that one got into office.

  176. I am totally disgusted by the Obots in my family ~ they think this is great! What next ~ an end zone dance where he spikes W’s official white house portrait….

    every day I think I could not possibly despise this man more, and then he proves me wrong.

  177. “She’s smart and capable, but she’s rubbed people the wrong the way,” said another.

    Gee, who does that also sound like? She’s probably really “pushy,” and “strident,”” because she’s one of those “strong” women who don’t know their place.

  178. There is also information in one of those pieces about the press interactions that explains a conflict over images. The Obama campaign only wants the press to print images they have selected, and will not allow the news agencies to take their own. Big Brother anyone?

    Transparency, my a*s.

  179. It’s all a carefully, crafted commercial, and has been from the beginning. Have you seen the new Pepsi add that plays off of the similarity between their logo and BO’s? It talks about “hope,” and “yes we can.”

    So who/what is the product?

    It’s all Axelrod driven, just like it was Rove driven.

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

  180. (The other Sheri; not Sheri Tag): Shall we go over the traits of Narcissistic Personality Disorder? The One’s comment of “I won” falls in line with the disorder. So do all of his comments and treatment with the media room visit. He is special in his eyes; he is above everyone else. Other’s ideas are unimportant. This is only the beginning of the narcissistic traits – there will be many to come. It could get really dangerous.

  181. man i wish they would tell me what is going on, becuase there is a big difference between spending and a stimulus, I wish somebody would Gimme $785 Billion

  182. If Obama is saying that the post-partisan schlock he’s been selling is going to go out the window in order to give increased benefits to low income individuals, then I say, good for him.

  183. yeah right! dream on Emma

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