Posts Tagged Barack Obama

Poorly Phrased Question

Interesting interview with one of the mini-Mitts:

BILL LUMAYE: I’m going to ask something I think a lot of people want to know, or at least I do. What is it like for you to hear the President of the United States call your dad a liar. How do you react to that?

TAGG ROMNEY: Jump out of your seat and you want to rush down to the debate stage and take a swing at him. But you know you can’t do that because… Well, first there is a lot of Secret Service between you and him but also because this is the nature of the process.

You know another question we could ask Tagg or Catch or Hula Hoop or whatever his name is? How about “how does it feel to hear the President call your dad a liar, and then have the fact checkers back it up?” We could also phrase that as ‘how does it feel to know your dad is a liar and pathetic sack of shit?’”

But then Foursquare or whatever his name is is the same quality jerk. What is his worry about taking a swing at a guy for being right? Oh yeah, the secret service.

They sure raise those Romney’s to be classy.

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The Internet. The Present and Future of Politics

Nixon, Kennedy, JFK, 1960 Presidential Election, Richard M. Nixon, John F. Kennedy, Presidential debate 1960It was 1960 during the Presidential election between Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy. The polls were running neck and neck and there was no clear-cut winner until one event that changed politics forever.

It was the first ever televised presidential debate.  It was not so much the substance of the debate that had such a profound impact, but rather how each of them appeared on the new medium of television.

On one side you had Richard M. Nixon the sitting Vice President who sported a slight five o’clock shadow which, against the black and white picture, made him appear brooding. Along side was a young and photogenic JFK that the camera took too immediately. This event catapulted then Senator Kennedy into the White House and into history.

John Mccain, Barack Obama, Presidential election 2008Fast forward to the 2008 Presidential Election, again we had cross generational candidates. Both Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama were very adept at television so there was no real advantage there like in 1960, but what made the difference for Barack Obama was just as profound if not more than television was for Nixon and Kennedy. It was the internet, and it made all the difference in the world to who now occupies the White House.

Obama’s campaign took a page out of Howard Dean’s 2004 campaign and built up an army of supporters by using social networks, blogs, and websites to raise millions from small donations solicited on the Internet.

The Republican Party must learn from this and meet the Democrats internet advantage head on. The internet is the future of politics and the party that uses it most effectively will be the ones who raise the most money and win elections.

Right now we, as Republicans, are the scruffy faced Richard Nixon and the Democrats are the JFK. It need not be that way. Conservatives and Republicans dominated the Internet till around 2006. We can take it back, and must get it back to stop Barack Obama from making this country no longer the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.

Reposted from a blog article I wrote on the Emery County Republican Party website.

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Disrespect of President by Fox News’ Brett Baier, Felt Racist

Fox disgusts me. Obama should have walked out. His adept handling of Baier reflected a lifetime of experience dealing with White folks who can’t muster an ounce of respect for a Black man of superior intelligence and authority.

Fox News’ Bret Baier interrupted President Obama so many times during Wednesday’s interview that Newsweek described the encounter as a “interrupt-a-thon.” – Huffington Post

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I remember eight long years of listening to Hannity, O’Reilly et. al. tell us how unpatriotic is to show disrespect for the President of the United States.

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Obama Wants to Privatize WHAT?

Thanks to Steve Murray of West Bountiful for bringing this to my attention with his pointed letter to the sltrib.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that “Obama wants to outsource future space flights to private companies.” This hits me close to home, because I have a brother-in-law who works for a rocket engineering firm. I am, of course, concerned about his job security. Rob Bishop and Bob Bennett (Rob and Bob), on the other hand, have much larger concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Letter to President Obama

I concur.

This is a letter written on the day that Obama brought down the hammer on banks and the day after Ted Kennedy’s seat went to a nobody who posed naked for Cosmopolitan magazine.

Re-posted from Posted Without Comment a DailyKos diary.

Dear President Obama,

As someone who has been active in Democratic politics for decades and as someone who supported and worked to elect you both to the Senate and the presidency, I cannot begin to tell you how disappointed I have been by your performance.

From your selection of staff (Rahm Emanuel), and cabinet members and advisors (Geithner, Summers, et.al.), you have chosen to surround yourself with those with deep histories of favoring corporations and Wall Street over the average citizen.

The result is now clear to see: a year of work on your claimed biggest priority, health care reform, going down the drain. How sad and embarrassing, not to mention devastating, to those millions needing health care and to the Democratic Party and our hopes for 2010.
Your lack of leadership on the health care effort came back to bite you in a very big way. And your lack of urgent response to a banking and financial system run amok — a system that has consistently favored big money interests over those of the average citizen — may prove to be the undoing of both you and the party.

Your rhetoric today on breaking up the big banks may be too little, too late. You surrounded yourself with Wall Street sycophants who, apparently, insulated you from the anger that has been bubbling up from the streets for months.

It makes me sad to have to write this letter to you, but my disappointment is profound.

I hope you begin to understand the real pain people are experiencing in our country. And I hope you begin to see that the average citizen needs a voice — and an advocate — in our government.

The big money interests have increasingly dominated the policy machinery of government, much to the detriment of our democracy (made only worse by today’s Supreme Court decision granting additional campaign money powers to corporations).

And instead of stepping up and stopping this malignant spread, you and your team have embraced and even encouraged it.

I guess I’m not only sad and disappointed, I’m disgusted.

Count me out of your corner for 2012. If I had wanted more corporate-centric Clintonism, I would have worked to elect Hillary.

Perhaps you’ll change. But I’m not holding my breath…

Bob Johnson

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Haiti, rightwing paradise

aka, the Tea-bagger quake.

The Fox “news” coverage of Haiti has been very informative so far. Several blogs have noted that while all the other news outlets on earth have been flooding the airwaves, cable broadcasts and “inter-tubes” with “all Haiti all the time” over the last couple of days, Fox has had a very different track. As mediamatters notes:
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Prizes Just Aren’t What They Used to Be.

When I was a kid I loved the prizes we got in cereal boxes. When we opened a box of cereal we would excitedly dig down deep to find the prize. Back then we got cool stuff like Matchbox Cars and Hot Wheels, Army Men, yoyos, puzzles, games, iron-ons, temporary tattoos, action figures and stuff you had to put together. Now days if there is anything at all in the boxes it’s just crap. Nope, prizes just aren’t what they used to be. Just like Nobel Peace Prizes.

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Obama Snubs the Dalai Lama

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In a move that would make Neville Chamberlain proud President Barack Obama has become the first President to snub the Dalai Lama to appease Communist China. The Dalai Lama is visiting Washington and was scheduled to meet with the President but in a stunning move The White House, under pressure from China, abruptly canceled the visit. This from a President who has bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, shook hands with Hugo Chavez, counts among his admirers as Daniel Ortega, Moammar Kadafi, and Fidel Castro.

From the BBC Obama ‘snubs’ Dalai Lama meeting

US President Barack Obama has been accused of bowing to Chinese pressure by delaying a meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Mr Obama has said he will not meet the Dalai Lama, who is currently in the US, until after visiting China in November.

China is becoming our largest creditor and Obama needs their money to help fund his pet projects, particularly health care. China is buying our treasury notes in the trillions putting the United States in bondage to a country who abhors freedom and human rights. China has become a super-power and the United States is the only thing standing in its way to becoming the dominant super-power. Many in this country dream of the day when the United States loses its super-power status, but do you think the cause of human rights and freedom will be advanced with China being the dominant power? Our growing dependency on China will hasten this disastrous scenario.

The White House says they are only delaying the visit till after Obama meets with the Chinese Government but the fact he postponed the visit at the bidding of the Chinese Government speaks volumes about who is in charge.

Do we dare say the Manchurian President?

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My Teddy Story

Watching the coverage of the passing of Ted Kennedy, I am overwhelmed by the simple stories of his impact on the personal lives of so many people. So I shall tell mine.

I’ve rarely told my story to anyone because it is relatively insignificant but for the fact that it was Ted Kennedy. Ted taught me how to tie a flying bowline one early evening at the end of a private dock in the Vineyard Sound in 1974, I think.

If the setting puts me in elitist territory, it by circumstance. It wasn’t my choice, I was 14ish. Some of the Kennedy/Schriver clan had sailed over in the Maya from Hyannisport, as they did sometimes several times every summer. They always stayed next door at the Styron’s and invaded the small detached house house that was our primary hangout.

I was the summer of poker. There were a group of us, all 14-years old. We played poker into the wee hours of the morning, every night with a vengeance. That was also the summer I first met James Taylor and Carley Simon. Tommy and I were sitting on the green steps of the front porch of the main house when Carley strode down the lawn with this straggly, skinny guy wearing nothing but gym shorts. I recognized Carley immediately. As they continued toward us, I asked Tommy, “Who’s the straggly guy with Carley?”

Things like that happened at the Styrons all the time. Ted rarely came over on the boat. He seemed to show up out of nowhere and disappear as fast, as was the case that day.

So there I sat, alone at the end of the dock at dusk when Ted Kennedy came walking out. I held a piece of line in my hand. He sat next to me and offered to show me how to tie a flying bowline. I thought to myself, “sure, old man. Lets see what you got.” Of course, I could already tie a bowline in my sleep. But he did it faster than anyone I had ever seen. I was impressed. He knew it.

Then he showed me in slow motion how to do it. I practiced a few times until he approved. Then we sat for a while and looked out at the Mya anchored a hundred yards off. He said “nice to meet you,” and walked back.

I have taught this technique to many people since. That was my only encounter with Ted.

As you listen and watch to stories, histories, and postmortems, you will hear one single word more than any other; Justice. For all the Kennedy’s justice was the litmus test. The standard. The bold clear line. It was never a thin one for any of the Kennedy’s, and justice is not a thin line for me or any of the millions of progressives for whom the Kennedy’s were the standard bearers.

Many in conservative America cannot understand how such a liberal man could be so powerful for so long. The answer is justice. Justice prevails over righteousness and ‘freedom’ every time. This is the essence of America. Justice must win every time and in each case where justice meets freedom, justice must always prevail.

Teddy Kennedy’s passing leaves a gaping hole in The American Psyche that I fear may never be filled.

But, “The Dream lives on.”

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“Even Backwards Hicks” Love Obama

I hate country music, but there is something sickly optimistic in this music video parody. This is for the ages.

When Toby Keith came out in support of Obama it proved that even backwards hicks think he’s the better candidate. Source

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Video: Obama nominates Huntsman for ambassador

“This ambassadorship is as important as any in the world.” I think Utahns who have criticized Huntsman for his moderate positions should be impressed and proud that our governor has the sensitivity and diplomacy skills needed for this post. Even though I did not vote for Huntsman, I do think he has been a good governor and he will represent our state well in this new role.

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The art of diplomacy

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Again, we get a stark comparison in styles between President Obama and the previous administration.

To me that handshake with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez symbolizes one of the things I like so much about Obama. He doesn’t avoid the face to face meeting, but walks right up to an adversary and says, “Let’s talk.” The old American arrogance has been replaced with strength and confidence. The first step in diplomacy is establishing an environment where discussion can take place. Obama has opened the door.
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