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Wednesday: He thinks this is funny??

Smartass in Chief

Smartass in Chief

Dana Milbank at WaPo wrote a piece yesterday about the outrage building against the protected lifestyles of the rich and finance.  He tells of a moment in the White House when Barack Obama addressed the issue.  I won’t even go over the obvious point that Obama, Geithner, Summers and Congress should never have allowed the bonuses to happen in the first place while union workers were forced to negotiate their compensation in *their* contracts.  Here’s the thing that has me steaming:

As the president read from his teleprompter yesterday about “this outrage to the taxpayers who are keeping the company afloat,” he developed a tickle in his throat and tried to clear it. “Excuse me,” he joked. “I’m choked up with anger here.”

Hey, everyone likes a little jocularity to lighten a tense moment.  Dieing the WH fountains green yesterday was a hoot.  But faking outrage for the camera while making light of a very grim situation for the taxpayers is no joking matter.  I get the feeling that many Congresscritters are behaving similarly.  They are so removed from the hardships that average Americans are just starting to feel that they can only fake the ire for a few minutes, right before they give the finance industry everything it wants.  It’s almost like the congressional hearings are staged for the C-Span junkies and the short takes for the nightly news.  The Barney Franks and the Christopher Dodds force themselves to eat rare steaks for lunch before they take on the latest miscreant sitting before them.  Then, all of them, bankers included,  go out for cocktails in gorgeous glasses later.

This isn’t funny.  We’re talking about people’s lives.  This is our middle class lifestyle siphoned away from us by people who consider themselves somehow above all of the misery and hardship of the lower classes.  This is billions and trillions of hard earned, heavily taxed income going to people who have produced nothing and have gambled away our future retirements and children’s college educations.  There is nothing even remotely amusing about it. And we will remember in 2010 and 2012 when elections come around again.  We will remember those politicians who screwed us over.

Choke on that, Mr. President.

In other news:

  • The movement conservatives are at it again.  If you go to realclearpolitics these days, you will find an ad for Conservatives for Patients Rights warning you that you will are going to lose your right to choose your own doctor if any of the new proposals for reforming healthcare in this country go through.  Let me see, the last time I actually had a choice of doctor was about 16 years ago, right before they torched the first go around of health care reform.  That worked out so well, didn’t it?  Now, just about all of the doctors you want to see are off limit unless you pay for them yourself, even if you have health insurance.  And I’m sure the people *without* health insurance are all ears to this message.  At least they can still go to whatever doctor they want.  All Americans now have a choice of doctors!  Isn’t that great?!  Why would we want to ruin a good thing?  These people just never give up.  Let’s keep an eye on them.
  • The Obot Brigade will be out in force this weekend tracking people down and taking names. You will be required to pledge your support of Obama’s budget plans.  I’m sorry but does this remind anyone of China’s cultural revolution with scads of indoctrinated Red Guard denouncing their elders if they don’t participate in eliminating the artifacts of the old culture?  No, I’m not saying that Obama is a socialist or a communist or even has a bleeding heart.  It’s clear to me that he doesn’t.  But this idea of siccing the young and stupid on the rest of us in order for us to conform smacks of the worst kind of pernicious propaganda mixed with a form of McCarthyism.  What will happen to people who refuse to take the pledge?  Maybe we don’t have to worry too much about it.  The number of canvassing groups actually seems pretty small.  The closest meetup for me is 10 miles away and NJ is a dense state (in more ways than one).  Plus, this is district is definitely magenta.  They won’t find too many converts here but just to be on the safe side, I’m perfecting my Canadian accent.  “I don’t know aboot any pledges.  It’s a nice day for a hockey game, eh?”

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139 Responses

  1. OMG! In the photo with the Millbank article, it looks like both Obama and Geithner are smirking. This is too much!

  2. Wow! That is reminiscent of W looking for WMDs under the table…
    Of course he can’t be too angry at his own actions – after all, he pushed that non-regulated bailout – not just as a senator, but as a favored candidate.
    Tabloids are stepping up the spin for him
    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2009/03/18/tabloids-stepping-up-spin-for-obama/

    • That’s why I think all this economic crisis crap is just as engineered like the WMD faux-telligence.

      • You bet it’s engineered. They would not be laughing it up if it wasn’t. What”s real about the meltdown, THEY created with years of fraud . If they meant to have be fixed at all , Hillary would not have been stopped.
        They do not mean to “fix” it. They just want to steal everything they can before the gig is up. Now they got extra greedy with theses bonuses on top of bailouts and it’s imperiling the whole enterprise…..if they are upset about anything, it’s that the scam is under a spot light

  3. oops! Spammy got me! help!

  4. If they DARE come to my door, ooooh, I can’t WAIT.

    I’m gonna fill them up with STFU like I did the SEIU canvasser.

    And Obama = Bush 2.0 with Reagan’s ghost. I can’t believe the hubris and gall this asshole has. Oh wait, I can.

    Regarding the conservative movement’s healthcare debacle, I think that’s a wrong fight for them to pick. There are WORSE problems right now than choosing doctors. I’m the beggar in this scenario, any doctor is better than none.

  5. I can’t help thinking that “Conservatives for Patients Rights” is the ultimate oxymoron (if a phrase can be considered oxymoronic, that is…)

  6. Barfy and Congress knew about the bonuses for months. The manufactured outrage is for the benefit of p.r. and photo ops.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090318/ap_on_go_pr_wh/aig_what_did_they_know_3

    • Obama had no trouble at all lying to the people during the entire election process. I don’t believe a word he says on any topic….especially when he is attempting to make himself look innocent in shady situations.

    • I love this from that NoBama’s link:
      “Publicly, the White House expressed confidence in Geithner — but still made it clear he was the one responsible for how the matter was handled.”

      Watch out Timmy — YoBama is priming you to be thrown under the bus….

      • I bet Geithner will be fired by the end of 2009

      • Wrong. Timmy is safe. Timmy’s father and grand-father were very connected to the financial world. Timmy knows all the players on the street and is an essential link for the money flow in 2012.

        Also did you know Timmy’s father founded Ann Durham’s project and met her in person.

        Timmy and O are very very close and share many similar experiences during their childhood.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Geithner

  7. “Dismissive” – that’s what he does, it’s his schtick…

    kinda makes me gag…

    • Also, sarcastic, contemptuous, scoffing, arrogant….there’s another word that I can’t think of, too, to describe his utter disregard for the “little” people.

      I heard one of the first clips on NPR the other day and I was furious immediately. I even posted about it on one of Monday’s threads.
      He betrays himself with his voice, who he really is. Such contempt, sarcasm. He would probably call it irony. I just do not understand how all the Obots don’t see it – his phoniness. They totally buy the image he’s built up for himself. Shows the educated left is as easily fooled as uneducated working class who believe Republicans represent their interests.

      The big problem is, as always, there’s no one left to vote for, no one to represent us. Yes, the Democrats are really screwing up, but the Republicans are still worse. They are the party of big business, while the Dems are at least pretending not to be. So at least there’s some chance there, if their feet are held to the fire. Repubs don’t have that obligation.

      Situation’s horrible, but only choice I see is viable third party candidates, or keep pushing Dems.
      Of course, we could have had Hillary.

      • I have many names for Baracks O. of the anorexic resume. But I’l like to think the most accurate could be “Empty Suit”. I see nothing of substance in that overly ambitious politico searching for an identity and using the political stage instead of a damn good therapist!
        Yes. A Third Party is needed. New Democratic Party–but it’s taken in Canada incidentally by the party that brought Canadians their Universal health care when there was a minority Liberal government. Yes. Third Parties is the key to the people’s voice being heard!
        May we suggest this to Hillary? She’s truly the one Indpenedent person in all these games played by the Bush idiot clones and the Empty Suited Barack Boys!

  8. Wow, RD, you’re post is just a little ray of sunshine this morning. The only element of humor I can see is that at least Dana Milbank is reporting that Obama needs a teleprompter to talk to the press. That is truly pathetic.

  9. Can’t decide between “No Tresspassing, OBOTS go back” signs for my front door…or maybe I should invite them in for tea and play with them a little…
    Hmmm.. this is a tough one.

    • “It is not a political campaign, where the ultimate goal is one ‘yes’ vote on Election Day,” he added, “but simply the conversation — making sure these important debates do not happen solely on cable TV among Washington politicians, but are occurring on doorsteps and diners.”

      Considering how “nice” his supporters were through the primaries and general, I don’t think I’m interested in engaging in conversation with any of them. Yikes!

    • “or maybe I should invite them in for tea and play with them a little…”

      I had a neighbor who would monopolize Jehovah’s Witnesses for hours! She enjoyed the playtime and the rest of us were spared answering our doorbells.

  10. The problem is that Americans basically believe they have only two choices at election time for Congress, the incumbent, or the opposite party. We need to vote in primaries so that incumbents are booted out and replaced by newer people, or we need to start voting for third parties and independents. But a lot of people are also unwilling to let go of senior status for their state. This is something we need to work on now. There was an alternative to Kerry, but he didn’t get picked in the Democratic primary. Of course, I left the Dems but I may have to rejoin just to vote in the primary, b/c I have Sen. Dodo.

    • Sen. Dodo?

    • Vote in the primaries? We did vote in the primary. We voted for Clinton. The majority of Democrats voted for Clinton. Now the second place guy is President and he and his buddy, Turbo Tax Tim, are giggling while we watch our savings disappear.

      • I meant the congressional primaries in 2010. Very few people vote in those.

        • you are right, they do not… but I always do. This year I may switch to republican to vote against Spector. I like the idea of a democrat running against Pat Toomey and winning.
          If Spector was smart he would switch parties.

    • Obama was a third party candidate. He used the very clever tactic of pretending to be a democrat, knocking out the real democratic candidate and won because of all the folks who just vote for the D.

      Remember his recent announcement, “I’m a New Democrat”. He wasn’t kidding. He’s changing the face of the USA in so many ways…and by the time he’s done, there will be a bronze statue of him outside of every Federal building, library, and military base. Every city will have a school named for him, and they’ll be naming streets and flowers after Michelle and the girls.

    • I think the key is a third party. When there is a viable third party, then people will no longer feel like they only have two choices which in turn may get these parties to live up to their core principles

      • Yes! A *Third Party* is what’s needed. In Canada if they didn’t have 3 or 5 parties, they wouldn’t have Universal Helath care for all for the last 40 years! Same program Hillary wanted to institute back in the early 90s. She had sent a team of researchers to Toronto and Ottawa to study this system. A successful system that does not allow any one to go bankrupt over Medical bills. Also, Canada spends only 6.9% of its GDP on health care. The U.S. 17.5%. No middle men. Just common sense and no insurers to deal with. Single Payer Hillary-Style. The BEST!!!!

  11. President Smartass is going to be tying up all my roads this afternoon after work when he lands at the airport in my town prior to traveling to his big campaign appearance in So Cal this evening…

    just another nightmare added to my day…

    why again isn’t this guy working in the White House instead of flying all around for appearances on Jay Leno?

    • Easy answer….he’s there for himself and only himself.

    • He’s going on Leno because it’s NBC, that is MSNBC,
      that is GE. It’s sort of like when Bush would only go to military bases….Leno’s studio will be packed with Obots screaming hosannas and Jay will kiss his ass….That’s why Barry is going. He needs worship his fix

    • what, and miss the thrill of adoring crowds? He needs his daily adoring crowds fix!!!!

  12. Oh, right.

    Well, if Dodd is Sen. Dodo then Kerry is Sen. Dildo.

    I just switched my voter registration to “Unaffiliated”-maybe that was a mistake.
    Voting against Kerry in a primary last year felt great.

    • Cat — you can still vote in primaries as unaffiliated. I think Mass. changed the Unaffiliated rules sometime in the past few years. I changed to Unaffiliated back in June and I was still able to have the extreme pleasure of voting against him in the Sept. primary. You just have to pick on party’s primary ticket or the other at the voting booth, and your registration doesn’t change, you’re still Unaffiliated afterwards.

    • I resent that. I think that’s an insult to upstanding dildos everywhere.

  13. Wish you’d take that photo off the post. That smug, smirkey face is downright stressful to look at.

  14. Just read a teleprompter blunder had the O thanking himself at teh St Pat’s Day celebration.

    I’d comment he didn’t blunder, as, after all, he’s the greatest thing evah – except we all know the teleprompter is The One.

  15. What a snide little SOB….am waiting breathlessly for his downfall…When does he begin getting booed? I see Bush was booed at his first public appearance since leaving D.C….

    Rush is saying he’d like to debate Obama’s teleprompter LOL!!!

    BTW, where is the stimulus money going? ABQ story says some of it’s going out of state…and out of country…more outrage below…

    The Scanner–Politics March 18, 2009: (Taitz-Supreme Court; Sharia Law in Minnesota re: Home Mortgages; Stimulus Money Wanders from the States; Privatizing Vets’ Healthcare)

    http://insightanalytical.wordpress.com/2009/03/18/the-scanner-politics-march-18-2009-taitz-supreme-court-sharia-law-in-minnesota-re-home-mortgages-stimulus-money-wanders-from-the-states-privatizing-vets-healthcare/

    • I heard a news blurb with Charlie Crist (my governator) saying that to PAHleeze send that stimulus money asap so FL won’t be the next CA.

      Pfft.

      Go to AIG to get your stimulus Charlie.

  16. Bitter Maureen Dowd must have lost some of her investments because she is angry 😉

    His lofty team of economic rivals is looking more like a team of small forwards and shooting guards. At the White House on Monday, the president read reporters some tough talk from the teleprompter about the chuckleheads at A.I.G., accusing them of “recklessness and greed.”
    ———-

    At first, on the nutty bonuses, Team Obama thought it could get away with the same absurd argument used to justify the nearly $8 billion in unnecessary earmarks it allowed Congress to jam into this year’s overdue spending bill: It was written last year; we’re just signing off on it; we’ll do better in the future.

    What President Obama should have said to the blood-sucking bums at A.I.G., many of them foreigners who were working at the louche London unit, was quite simple: “We stopped the checks. They’re immoral. If you want Americans’ hard-earned cash as a reward for burning up their jobs, homes and savings, sue me.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/18/opinion/18dowd.html?_r=2

    • ooooh, MODO is not down with teleprompter Jesus? Maybe she should have found some of her feminist/populist roots and supported Hill……..opps how foolish of me, she has no such roots.

    • MODO the dodo mentions his Olinesses telepromtper too. Can’t be good for him that it’s becoming a joke.

      According to the Dodo

      “Obama even needs a teleprompter to get mad”.

      That line, I suspect is gonna leave a mark.

      • “That line, I suspect, is gonna leave a mark.”

        If only. Nothing ever sticks to him, and so much should.

        Also, ‘foreigner’ seems to be a bad word these days.

        I love travelling, occasionally working in foreign countries so I can experience more of the country and its culture. London, my home now, is full of people from all over the globe and it makes it an amazing place in which to live.

        • Take me with you!!!!!

          • *g* I’m already here! – heh, but if you’re ever coming my way, more than welcome to use me as a tour guide.

            ….. as long as I can show you off to my mum – I’ve been telling her about Party Unity My Ass etc etc etc and I’m pretty sure she thinks I’m crazy and making you all up.

            By the way, this year, off to China, Canada, and India, for over 6 weeks at a time 🙂

        • Yeah, foreigner is a dirty word too — just like in Germany pre-WW2. Can’t think of a better way to get nationalism riled up.

          • So many things setting off the warning bells.

            When we wonder how they ever let x or y happen? Seems so incredible. Well, I think we’re getting a glimpse as to the how.

        • London is great! Wonderful city.

          I have heard that it is incorrect that these were so-called foreigners. These were Americans working in the AIG London office.

  17. my only question is “will they be wearing brown shirts or carrying blue plastic garbage bags?”.

  18. Remember that smiles & champagne picture of Nancy, Barney and Harry celebrating the first bailout bill? (the one that got voted down, before they added another 100mill in earmarks)? We’re sucking 700 billion in taxpayer money to make our banker friends whole! Woohoo! That’s what Obama’s little jokes remind me of.

    That’s what the smirking is all about, from the whole group of them. Because to them, it isn’t about saving the economy, it’s about winning the fight. Unfortunately, the fight is not for their constituents, but for fully-funding their banker-friends. I’d be smirking too, if I’d just managed to trick most of the country into securing limitless funds and perpetual job security for me and all my pals. (well, and if I was the kind of person who didn’t give two beans about anyone besides myself).

  19. Kirsten Gillibrand will fight for the Paycheck Fairness Act

    Kirsten Gillibrand Picks up Clinton Fight, but Some Dems. Looking to End Her Career

    Kirsten Gillibrand, who took over Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat when she moved to the State Department, seems to be picking up where her predecessor left off.

    The lawmaker confirmed yesterday that she’ll fight for the Paycheck Fairness Act, a federal measure that would allow female employees to look at their male peers’ paychecks and make sure they’re being equally compensated. It was one of former Sen. Clinton’s main priorities.

    Said Gillibrand on the Act, according to WNYC, “It’s such a travesty for our family, because when our families don’t have access to that income that’s deserved, it literally translates to quality of child care, quality of health care, quality of education.”

    The act goes further than the recently passed Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This new measure would protect employees who want to know their colleague’s salaries and would allow punitive damages, rather than just compensation for dollars withheld.

    http://tinyurl.com/cfjkh7

    • YES, yes and YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I’ve been saying it & saying it, without Paycheck Fairness, Ledbetter is just garnish.

    • Go girl! I knew we could count on you to carry that torch.

      See? *points to her* She’s clearly headed for Hillary-like greatness. Count on it.

    • Thanks for posting that Downticket. I’d also like to add that I do not know if non-New Yorkers are aware of the highly objectionable campaign launched by other NY reps to undermine Gillibrand for their own self-interest and ambition. I am sad to say, Carolyn Maloney has been at the forefront of the smear campaign against Gillibrand. I know that Kirsten has reached out to Carolyn directly twice, and has been met with icy responses. They have created whisper campaigns and planted inaccuracies about her voting record and positions in the press so they can exploit any vulnerability to run on their own for the Senate seat in 2010. Apparently, the downstate contingent is still furious and jealous that they were not chosen. I’m amazed that the woman who wrote, “Rumors of our Progress Have Been Greatly Exaggerated” could so actively undermine a young, talented, intelligent colleague. Gillibrand is having to spend a lot of energy fending off attacks, as she works hard to meet new constituent groups, master a complex array of new issues very suddenly, and deal with the economic crisis and its impact on NY. They have been working from a cramped office with limited resources in DC because it took Hillary’s staff two months to move out. Nevertheless, she is already co-sponsoring legislation (like the one above), aggressively pursuing bail out funds for NY, and traveling all over the state to meet people and hear their concerns. I am SO OVER women turning against other women.

      • According to the NYT (take it or leave it) most of Hillary’s people stayed on board to help, so she shouldn’t be having so much difficulty with staff transition.

        *headdesk* They see her picking up Hillary’s reins and they’re scared she’ll literally pick up where Hillary left off with the attention to match. I think it’s a valid fear. Just as Hillary is still regarded as the woman who nearly (and should have) became president, Kirsten is regarded as the woman who is taking her place. Maybe eventually in more ways than one.

      • Is there a link to the stuff about Hillary’s staff taking two months to leave because from what I read, most of them stayed.

  20. This is too funny

    The Obama era brings boom times for lobbyists
    Increase of 21.7 percent

    http://www.dcexaminer.com/politics/41403587.html

  21. I am in moderation

  22. It is starting to look like Obama is throwing Chris Dodd under the bus to cover his own sociopathic ass. No wonder Dodd is pissed.
    (snip)
    ” The accusation against Dodd is that there is nothing the Obama administration can do about the AIG bonus payments because Dodd inserted a clause into the stimulus bill which exempted executive compensation agreements entered into before February, 2009 from the compensation limits imposed on firms receiving bailout funds. Thus, this accusation asserts, it was Dodd’s amendment which explicitly allowed firms like AIG to make bonus payments that were promised before the stimulus bill was enacted.

    That is simply not what happened. What actually happened is the opposite. It was Dodd who did everything possible — including writing and advocating for an amendment — which would have applied the limitations on executive compensation to all bailout-receiving firms, including AIG, and applied it to all future bonus payments without regard to when those payments were promised. But it was Tim Geithner and Larry Summers who openly criticized Dodd’s proposal at the time and insisted that those limitations should apply only to future compensation contracts, not ones that already existed. The exemption for already existing compensation agreements — the exact provision that is now protecting the AIG bonus payments — was inserted at the White House’s insistence and over Dodd’s objections. But now that a political scandal has erupted over these payments, the White House is trying to deflect blame from itself and heap it all on Chris Dodd by claiming that it was Dodd who was responsible for that exemption.”
    (snip)
    http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/03/17/dodd/

    • must*protect*the*PRECIOIUSSSSSSS****

    • Those assholes! I think Dodd should be under the jailhouse for his duplicity in this whole morasse, but not for the stuff he didn’t do.

      This is bullshit.

    • They’re gonna need a bigger bus. Just when I think this sh*t can’t get any worse. They actually expect people to believe that with Summers and Geithner so opposed to the proposal initially, that none of these three brought it up with the POTUS? Especially with all the bloviating BO did on capping salaries and bonuses a few weeks ago. Give. Me. A. Break.

    • At least Greenwald is reporting it on Salon…their hypocrisy and cowardice is limitless.

    • what a mindblower this is. There is no limit to the lies and BS with this bunch.

  23. and here’s the OBOT set-up (FROM FDL Jane’s article on them dumping on Dodd) http://firedoglake.com/2009/03/17/treasury-attempts-to-blame-dodd-for-aig-bonuses/

    “Summers and Giethner are going to be the ruin of the Obama administration.

    If President Obama doesn’t get smart and dump the plutocrats’ praetorian guard pronto, his presidency is all but dead”

    yeah, right, it’s EVERYONE else’s fault

    MUST PROTECT THE PRECIOUS

    • “Summers and Giethner are going to be the ruin of the Obama administration.

      If President Obama doesn’t get smart and dump the plutocrats’ praetorian guard pronto, his presidency is all but dead”
      *********
      That is pathetic… Jane has become a concern Tr0ll

      • that’s not Jane’s comment, comment by GREGB on her thread

        • here’s jane:

          “As Geithner tries to get out of the way of the AIG bonus train wreck, it looks like the designated sin eater is going to be Chris Dodd:

          The administration official said the Treasury Department did its own legal analysis and concluded that those contracts could not be broken. The official noted that even a provision recently pushed through Congress by Senator Christopher J. Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat, had an exemption for such bonus agreements already in place.”

          • Thanks..I should read the primary source before throwing rocks…but reading FDL is painful…

          • Ok, I have to butt in here real quick & then get back to work. Yes, those contracts could have been broken — and not “willy nilly” as that idiot Summers said — for good and valid consideration (i.e., you want this bailout money? waive getting bonuses with it). Point.blank.period. Anyone who argues that ANY contract can’t be broken is a liar, a fool or both.

          • Yep, they’re throwing Dodd under the bus, and starting to give Timmy suspicious looks as well…

            Geithner & Dodd under the bus! (It’s NEVER Obama’s responsibility)

            WASHINGTON – If not distancing itself from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, the White House is placing firmly on his shoulders responsibility for how the government handled the $165 million in bonuses paid to about 400 executives and traders at American International Group Inc.

            Not just a president’s confidence, but his “complete confidence” can be a well-worn political signal that the person allegedly enjoying it should start circulating a resume.

            http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090318/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/whither_geithner_analysis

          • I heard on the news this morning that 11 (ELEVEN) of the over $1M bonus checks (RETENTION bonuses, remember) went to people who no longer work for AIG.

      • I don’t care who made the comments.
        Obama picked Summers and Geithner.

        What happened to his SUPERIOR JUDGEMENT?

  24. sm77, on March 18th, 2009 at 10:01 am Said:
    YES, yes and YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I’ve been saying it & saying it, without Paycheck Fairness, Ledbetter is just garnish.
    **********
    Ledbetter was just another cynical photo-op for Obama. “Paycheck Fairness” was the act that would help women and of course was the one pullled by Obama. Obama pulled the same crap with the exec order re: stem cell research…two days later he signs the funding bill that contains the “Dickey Amendment” that prohibits Federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

  25. The AIG outrage in the media has now become over-to-top comical. Can it, Whoopi, we were getting upset months ago. We’re outraged about other stuff now. Keep up.

    • She’s way behind. We will laugh the day she finally figures out what ticked the rest of us off about the Precious.

  26. Even Dowd takes Bambi to task (sort of):

    No Boiled Carrots

    Barack Obama even needs a teleprompter to get mad.

    What President Obama should have said to the blood-sucking bums at A.I.G., many of them foreigners who were working at the louche London unit, was quite simple: “We stopped the checks. They’re immoral. If you want Americans’ hard-earned cash as a reward for burning up their jobs, homes and savings, sue me.”

    [But she can’t help WORMing for him, finding an acceptable excuse]
    The president needs to brush back the arrogant, greedy creeps who kneecapped capitalism, rather than cosseting Wall Street for fear of looking like an avatar of socialism.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/18/opinion/18dowd.html?_r=1

  27. When, oh when, are they going to finally reveal who his true patrons are?

    AIG’s $43.5 billion in payments to Wall Street banks that gave to the president’s election is lost in the ruckus being made over the executive bonuses.

    While $58 billion of your tax dollars — or more accurately, your children’s tax dollars — are being used to pay foreign banks, a substantial portion of that money ($43.5 billion) is being used to pay American banks, including Goldman Sachs, Merill Lynch, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wachovia, Morgan Stanley, AIG International, and JP Morgan.

    The following recipients of President Obama’s trickle-down-to-my-donors bailout plan rank among his top 20 contributors to his 2008 presidential election campaign, according to Open Secrets:

    Goldman Sachs: $955,473

    Citigroup: $653,468

    JP Morgan Chase & Co.: $646,058

    Morgan Stanley: $485,823

    Three other banks that were significant contributors to Obama received money through AIG:

    Bank of America: $274,493

    Wachovia: $214,151

    AIG: $112,170

    Lehman Brothers, which did not survive long enough to join the list of banks leaching off the work of the American taxpayer, also gave the Obama campaign $276,088.

    Individuals identifying themselves as working for the banks above gave Barack Obama’s presidential campaign $3,617,724. In other words, more than 3.6 million reasons for the president to help focus the media’s glare on the relatively minuscule $165 million in AIG executive bonuses, and away from their $43.5 billion portion of $100 billion of taxpayer dollars the administration, by design or incompetence, filtered to other banks through AIG.

    In receiving $43.5 billion for their investment of just over $3.3 million, it looks like the banks that gambled on Wall Street certainly got their money’s worth out of their investment in Barack Obama.

    http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/contributions-to-obama-campaign-track-bailout-money/

  28. Is it true AIG holds the pensions for Congress? If that is the case, then Congress is invested in keeping AIG afloat at any cost (cost to taxpayers of course). If Congress was in danger of losing their pensions, like real Americans, they would be thinking and acting differently. Obama does not care about anything or anyone but himself. He seems to be a true narcissist and I have yet to see love of this country. He seems to care about basketball.

    If Hillary were the president, she would be working working working to get the economy on track. She is a workhorse who loves a challenge and would not take this situation as lightly as Obama & Co. seem to be doing. America lost out when the DNC and MSM kicked Hillary under the bus and Obama became the Chosen One.

    • You explained very well exactly why Hillary was not allowed to be President. She would fix it long before the last trillion was stolen and there for had to be stopped

    • AIG is involved with a lot of pension funds. That is a big problem. Not sure about Congress, It would be the same as federal employees. Federal employees have both a defined benefit plan, and, if they wish, a defined contribution plan called the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Barclay’s manages some of the funds in the TSP, and I’m sure they have exposure to AIG or Goldman Slacks.

  29. fif, on March 18th, 2009 at 10:32 am Said:
    ……[But she( Dowd) can’t help WORMing for him, finding an acceptable excuse]
    The president needs to brush back the arrogant, greedy creeps who kneecapped capitalism, rather than cosseting Wall Street for fear of looking like an avatar of socialism…..

    What part of Barry doesn’t do anything don’t they get??

    Figure it out….Barry doesn’t DO anything!! Can anyone show me where he did something beside party ,shoot hoops and get tired?? Who is Mo talking about?

    Barry doesn’t do

    • They don’t “get” or acknowledge that BO IS one of the “arrogant, greedy creeps.”

    • rofl – paper doll – lol! Is this guy America’s president, or its idle, high maintenance, spoiled, expensive mistress?

  30. I have become a lurker. I read these posts and am so infuriated that anything I say will be seen as a rant.

  31. TheRealKim, on March 18th, 2009 at 10:40 am

    There is nothing wrong with a healthy rant. Go ahead. let it all out.

  32. Tapper is also dutifully WORMing for Bambi:

    Jake Tapper Desperately WORMing for BO & Co. Re: AIG Bonuses: They didn’t know until March 2009!

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/03/obama-adminis-1.html

    • I don’t how the Obots can rationalize this — is it supposed to be better that he DOESN’T KNOW WTF IS GOING ON???????

      • It’s so obvious when something like this happens–something so glaringly corrupt or inept–that they will use ANY rationalization available, no matter how lame, to shield him from responsibility. We’ve seen it all year. Sitting in a pew with a blatant bigot for 20 years? No problem! He’s like his Uncle (until he wasn’t anymore).

  33. Angie wrote: Point.blank.period. Anyone who argues that ANY contract can’t be broken is a liar, a fool or both.

    I agree, and Dowd notes in her column linked above:

    As Andrew Cuomo pointed out on Tuesday, 11 of the A.I.G. executives who received retention bonuses of $1 million or more — including one who received $4.6 million — were not even retained. They’re no longer working at A.I.G. Bonuses were paid to 52 people who have left the company.

    At first, on the nutty bonuses, Team Obama thought it could get away with the same absurd argument used to justify the nearly $8 billion in unnecessary earmarks it allowed Congress to jam into this year’s overdue spending bill: It was written last year; we’re just signing off on it; we’ll do better in the future.

    Cuomo, who seems far more intent on transparency than Mr. Obama, and Tim Geithner, the Treasury secretary who reluctantly signed off on the bonuses, issued subpoenas for the names of the bonus babies. Cuomo started an investigation of whether the payments were fraudulent because the company knew it did not have the funds to cover them.

    Again, we are back to perjurer or pinhead: were they corrupt or incompetent, those are your choices Bam. And no, you cannot keep blaming Bush and everyone else around you for these glaring mistakes. Then again, he’s too busy watching March Madness to focus on the boring economy.

    • p.s. Cuomo has also stated publicly that the contracts could have absolutely been broken.

      • Good — I said that upthread (not that Cuomo said it, but that contracts can ALWAYS be broken). This is why I hate the nesting.

        • I hear there’s a new front-pager in town who writes about bankrupcy stuff. Hoping she’ll organize a nesting revolt..

        • That’s why I quoted you at the beginning of this comment Ange. You da’ boss!

          • its one of the bummers of blogging-we can’t form a human chain, chant, and block doors.
            but I have faith that angie will come up with something
            😛

  34. “N.Y. Attorney General Investigates AIG’s ‘Staggering’ Bonus Mess” Link to Cuomo’s letter to Barney Franks regarding AIG’s bonus payments.

    By lying to the public and refusing to admit that AIG bonus contracts could have been broken as many lawyers now state, Obama, his administration, and democratic politicians have admitted their complicitity in this debacle.

    Why is Obama blaming Chris Dodd and putting a democratic seat in the Senate at risk?

  35. About nesting – I noticed upthread a commenter misunderstood a reply by someone, but by that time either the commenter was gone or didn’t see the misunderstanding and someone else had to point it out. Another problem with nesting.

  36. FWIW, I hate the nesting. If I wanted to reply to a specific person, I could always say “@ whoever @ 1pm” or whatever.

    I am missing informative and pithy and witty comments! Nesting sucks. Just sayin’.

  37. Wasn’t Biden supposed to be overseeing this mess?

  38. I wonder why my comment at 11:13 jumped back to before 3 earlier comments.

  39. While these a$$es stand around making jokes about bonuses and bailouts and pointing their fingers at everyone except themselves, Americans are losing their damn jobs and homes. People are wondering where they are going to live next week and if they can feed their families.

    So f&cking what if AIG gets sued over the contracts about the bonuses, that is NOT the taxpayers problem. Let them get sued, I do not give a rat’s a$$.

  40. South Carolina’s unemployment rate is at 10.4% and climbing. Just a few months ago, the state did not even have the money to pay out all the unemployment claims that are coming in.

    I have a friend who took a 10% pay cut to keep her job and was forced to take on the responsibilities of four other employees who had been laid off. Two weeks later, her company announced that they had acquired several new properties. These companies are using fear of losing your job to make you do twice the work for half the pay and then profiting from it.

    We are nearing panic level in SC, and it is not going to be pretty.

    • Same here in FL. When I have my relatives in Dom Rep offering ME to move there, you know shit sucks here.

  41. Obama is trying to throw Dodd and Geithner under the bus. It’s getting crowded! Great coverage.

    Here’s mine:

    http://dissentingjustice.blogspot.com/2009/03/misdirected-outrage-public-should-bash.html

  42. Pul-sleeze! WaPo is so in the tank for Obama that they will never directly point the finger at him. The Sunday paper made me want to vomit. Every other story was about Obama. Yet, what did they report about Hill? The movie about her that is trying to get blocked.

    WaPo: SN
    (Wash Post: Sleeze News)

  43. […] Wednesday: He thinks this is funny?? (by riverdaughter at The Confluence) Dana Milbank at WaPo wrote a piece yesterday about the outrage building against the protected lifestyles of the rich and finance.  He tells of a moment in the White House when Barack Obama addressed the issue.  I won’t even go over the obvious point that Obama, Geithner, Summers and Congress should never have allowed the bonuses to happen in the first place while union workers were forced to negotiate their compensation in *their* contracts.  Here’s the thing that has me steaming: “As the president read from his teleprompter yesterday about ‘this outrage to the taxpayers who are keeping the company afloat,’ he developed a tickle in his throat and tried to clear it. ‘Excuse me,’ he joked. ‘I’m choked up with anger here.’” […]

  44. I loved this post! And may Riverdaughter’s Canadian accent act like a mosquitoe repellent to ward off those Obotic bloodsuckers!

    “You don’t know that we Canadians got our Universal health care Act together 40 years ago, eh?….Come back in aboot a year’s time when Barack’s got his own act together, eh?! And, hey you, boy, wanna see Hillary’s universal plan? It’s same as the one we got up North. Great stuff. Now bug off, ’cause I’m missing my daughter’s hockey practice, eh?!!!”

  45. “……Let me see, the last time I actually had a choice of doctor was about 16 years ago, right before they torched the first go around of health care reform. ……”

    Yep. I wonder how many millions of us could say this……

    As for the Red Brigade?
    pretty sick.

    may the honest politicians win — there must be some of those I hope.

    SOON.

    Coming to the fore.

  46. […] the recent rip roaring joke about the anger over the bonuses, Politico decided to do a 3 pages piece cataloguing the instances in which – they maintain – Obama […]

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