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Ask not what Obama can do for you, ask what you can do for Obama

"O-bama O-bama O-bama"

Inside the mind of a rabid Obot (no link, biohazard):

And it’s why I smile when I read people shrieking and rending their garments for him to do this or say that as if he were their servant.

Obama IS our servant you moron. Haven’t you ever heard the term “public servant?”

We don’t work for him, he works for us.

This fundamental misunderstanding of the relationship between Obama and the rest of the country explains a lot about Obots. It explains a few things about Obama too.


Both of these actions are part and parcel of the movement style campaign politics Obama favors and which is so beloved of the righteous Stevensonians. It is narcissistic and a-historical (We are the one’s we have been waiting for), refuses to acknowledge politics as they are, and antithetical to mundane, interest-based transactional governance. It doesn’t want responsibility, only obedience and adulation, and so refuses to take it when things go belly up.

Barack Obama ran for office because he wanted to BE President of the United States. He wanted the perks and privileges of power, he was on the ultimate ego trip.

Hillary Clinton wanted to be president because she wanted to USE the power of the office to do things for our country, to make our nation a better place. She could care less about the trappings of power.

Both Hillary and Bill Clinton have made public service their life’s work. And not just our nation, they have served the world. There is no higher calling than that.

Barack Obama came into office presumptuously comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln. Today is the anniversary of Lincoln’s most famous speech:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

I’m gonna make a prediction – 100 years from now schools and banks will be open on Barack Obama’s birthday.

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  1. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans had mental illness in 2009

    Young adults aged 18 to 25 had the highest level of mental illness at 30 percent, while those aged 50 and older had the lowest, with 13.7 percent, said the report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA.

    Which demographic voted for Obama? Which one voted for Hillary?

  2. Well, just reading the first quote brought out my Emily Post. Really dear, one never “rends” one’s clothes over a servant.

  3. Have you seen this? I’m speechless.
    Alan Simpson and his party are domestic terrorists.

  4. Delurking – Yes! whatever happened to the thought of “public servant”?

  5. Democrats unhappy with Obama’s tactics plot change

    Reporting from Washington —
    Frustrated by what they see as President Obama’s weakness in battling Republicans, leading Democratic donors and tacticians have begun independently plotting their political recovery — including building a network of outside fundraising and campaign organizations to compete with those formed this year by Republicans.

    This week, more than 100 wealthy Democrats gathered in a posh Washington hotel for a closed meeting in which participants repeatedly called for Obama be more aggressive in his agenda and tactical combat with the Republican right.

    “I am used to fighting losing battles, but I don’t like losing without a fight,” said financier George Soros, a longtime donor to causes on the left, in a comment confirmed by his staff as part of a call to arms in private conversations at the postelection meeting of the Democracy Alliance, an organization of wealthy Democrats that provides funding to liberal groups.

    In another sign of Democratic unrest, a dozen prominent Democrats — including longtime Bill Clinton advisor Harold Ickes, labor leader Andy Stern and representatives of influential interest groups — will meet Monday to discuss whether to form a new operation to combat the array of outside groups launched this year by Karl Rove and other Republican strategists, according to multiple participants.

    Two of the bad things that happened in 2008 were:

    1) Outside groups were co-opted to serve the Democratic party

    2) The Democratic party was co-opted to serve Obama

    So now they want to form new groups that aren’t under Obama’s thumb.


    The plans are still in flux, but one idea floated during the meeting calls for raising at least $50 million through several organizations, with a focus on reenergizing and mobilizing Obama’s base, according to participants in the talks, who hope to have a strategy in place by January.

    “There’s a strong feeling among progressives, almost to a person, that we have to fight more,” said Steve Phillips, a San Francisco activist and attorney who runs the political advocacy group PowerPAC.org, which wants to raise $20 million to mobilize African American and Latino voters. “Nobody is demoralized; they’re angry.”

    Notice the mistake in focus – they want to form groups to mobilize voters to help the party, not mobilize the party to help the voters.

    • They want the voters mobilized? They should start a 50 state Write-In Hillary movement.

      • Simpson is delusional if he thinks any congress critter, GOP or DEM, is going to commit political suicide by cutting SS.

        • I’m not so sure that it cannot pass. Those in Washington sell very cheaply and don’t care if the two parties go belly up. Once the corporate lobbies pays off those in the house and the senate, everyone will be happy.

        • Are you kidding me?? This is exactly what they’re going to do. They’ll do it by holding everyone up at gunpoint. You know, if I were Alan Simpson, I would think twice about making a threat like that. First of all, it’s tantamount to domestic terrorism and secondly, we don’t negotiate with terrorists.

        • Barbara Boxer spoke out today and said much of the Comission’s reccomondations are non-starters.

          End mortgage deduction . She said she would never let that happen.

          We’ll see.

      • I swear to god, just when you think things couldn’t get any crazier, crap like this comes out. The whole idea is cuckoo for cocoa puffs.

        You know what else? He looks like the kind of asshole that would be salivating over something so vile.

      • I know this is serious issue, but one of the comments on that article cracked me up:

        Turns out Obama brought a chessboard to a knife fight.

      • We are witnessing the fall of Rome.

        Hillary 2012

    • The plans are still in flux, but one idea floated during the meeting calls for raising at least $50 million through several organizations, with a focus on reenergizing and mobilizing Obama’s base, according to participants in the talks, who hope to have a strategy in place by January.

      I don’t know who’s going to be stupid enough to vote for him again. African Americans haven’t done well under Obama. Middle class people haven’t done well under Obama. Women have been doubly screwed by Obama on the economic AND the reproductive rights fronts. Are we talking about the delusional Creative Class? Are there enough of them to elect him all by their lonesomes?

      Democrats can win in 2012 but not with Obama. I would really rethink this strategy, if that’s what it’s called.

  6. I do not like to say that I hate people. But I fucking hate people who have never read (or are too stupid to comprehend) 20th century American history. I am convinced that Obama and his minions skipped every history class or cheated to get their legacy Harvard degrees or from some other do nothing lazy ass college. Did they even show the hell up in high school. I doubt it.

  7. Alan Simpson and his party are domestic terrorists…
    Obama and his hand picked domestic terrorists and the reality of the dying middle class. More economic reality:

    “The US House of Representatives on Thursday failed to obtain the two-thirds vote required under a fast-track procedure to extend long-term jobless benefits for an additional three months. The federally funded benefits for people out of work for more than six months expire November 30. Thursday’s House vote makes it virtually certain that the benefits will not be extended by that time, cutting off cash assistance for an estimated two million workers by the end of the year.”
    On Thursday, the first day GM shares were publicly traded since the company’s forced bankruptcy last year, the share price closed at $34.19, rising 3.6 percent.

    Big banks and investors, including the United Auto Workers union, pocketed billions in the deal, the profits based almost entirely on the destruction of jobs and benefits and the halving of wages for newly hired workers dictated last year by the Obama administration’s Wall Street-run Auto Task Force.
    A grim indicator of growing social distress is the report released Thursday by the Mortgage Bankers Association showing that foreclosures of homes financed by prime fixed-rate mortgages reached a record high in the third quarter of this year. The trade group said prime fixed rate and Federal Housing Administration loans, i.e., those taken out by credit-worthy homebuyers, as opposed to sub-prime borrowers, now account for more than half of foreclosures started in the third quarter, compared to 39 percent a year ago.

    This means that the worsening foreclosure crisis is now being driven directly by high unemployment, which is slashing working class incomes and making it impossible for families to keep up their mortgage payments.
    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York issued a similarly grim report Monday on manufacturing activity in the New York region. The Fed’s Empire State manufacturing survey fell to a reading of negative 11.1 for November, compared to a positive 15.7 in October. Economists had expected a positive 15 reading. Monday’s report was the first negative level since July 2009.

    Mass layoffs continue to be announced on nearly a daily basis. Just over the past several days New York City announced the elimination of over 10,000 jobs, the pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG said it will cut 4,500 jobs worldwide by 2012, and the Swiss pharmaceutical group Roche said it will slash 4,800 jobs in 2011 and 2012, the bulk of the layoffs coming in the US.”


    2008 was a turning point for this country and “We” blew it. The excesses of the Robber Barons and Trusts were countered by T.Roosevelt; the excesses of laissez faire were reversed by F. Roosevelt, the excesses of Reaganomics are accelerated by Barack Obama and will be worsened even further by the Theocratic Rethug elected in 2012.

    • I’m frontpaging this. Is most of this your original work and not lifted from another source? If so, we have to link attribution and trim.

    • I was at the Mall of America last weekend. Mpls news said the Mall hired 159,000 seasonal workers this year. Many are probably filled by people working well below their worth on other jobs, and most are likely minimum wage or barely above. But, these seasonal jobs are keeping the reality of layoff numbers hidden from the general public. Then, come December and January, the layoff numbers will be shrugged off as just the end of the seasonal employment and expected by those who held them.

  8. The economic news is abstracted from the linked citation WSWS…the comment is generated from random thought going to sleep last night. :>)

  9. Is this a typo?

    I’m gonna make a prediction – 100 years from now schools and banks will be open on Barack Obama’s birthday.

    Surely that should read:

    I’m gonna make a prediction – 100 years from now schools and banks will be not open on Barack Obama’s birthday.

    And +1000 to narcissistic. Remember “[T]he big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me”? Yeah, that’s why things are so much worse.

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