It’s on: Obama takes shot at tea parties; Update: Video added

posted at 1:11 pm on April 29, 2009 by Allahpundit

If, as ABC claimed, he was “unaware” of the parties before, he’s not anymore.

Asked about fiscal discipline and entitlements reform, Obama seemed to be repressing a smile as he jabbed critics of his spending plans.

“Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, Obama said, “let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security.”

“But,” Obama continued, “let’s not play games and pretend that the reason [for the deficit] is because of the Recovery Act.”

He’s right. It’s not the stimulus that’s going to cripple the economy. As Jay Cost noted yesterday, it’s the stimulus and the bank bailouts and the Big Three rescue and health care and increased education spending and an energy overhaul and the rest of whatever he’s got planned for Great Society II, all at the same time. Even so, emphasizing Fox News’s sponsorship of the parties is a shrewd move on Obama’s part. CK MacLeod warned us the day before the protests how that could backfire; the more corporate and partisan Obama can make the parties seem, the easier they are to discredit.

Here’s a dynamite YouTube demonstration making the rounds this morning that’ll illustrate just how serious The One is about that “serious conversation” he mentions. “I won”: Conversation over.

Update: The clip. Let’s reform government intelligently, not with … teabags.


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For fun go to whitehouse.gov and try to send The One your thoughts. The only subject line options are to congratulate The One or Ask a Question. Criticize The One is not an option.

Dingbat63 on April 29, 2009 at 9:17 PM

Oh, I *hate* this man.

Midas on April 29, 2009 at 9:17 PM

..from a thug who wont release his birth certificate. Keep talking Hussein.

christene on April 29, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Hey, Athens boy didn’t you know that Hillary taught us that dissent or “barking” is patriotic? How soon your yankness forgets. What are you going to say if BO announces an emergency and says there will be no elections anymore and will remain president for life? Are you sure this can’t happen because it has happened in countless other empires in the last two thousand years.

garydt on April 29, 2009 at 10:40 PM

lol, pimping the teaparties 24/7 fits my definition of “sponsorship”.

strangelet on April 29, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Hmm, so then in your view we should be saying the MSM is sponsoring Obama? I guess that is one way to put it.

18-1 on April 29, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Considering Obama has received 4 x the play of Bush and 2 x the play in media of Clinton I would say Super Sponsorship is in fact true based on the trolls contention.

Jamson64 on April 29, 2009 at 10:45 PM

BTW,..why is Hussein asking for answers? Before November he said he could fix everything? Where are the rainbows, free rent and tax breaks?

christene on April 29, 2009 at 10:52 PM

In 2020 caucasian becomes a minority and the chaff becomes a majority.
;)

strangelet on April 29, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Ah, you show your true colors, so to speak. What does your statement mean exactly? It sounds like race-baiting to me, the Obama-bots irrelevant straw man to evade the issues of obscene federal government spending and over-reaching control to the detriment of liberties guaranteed by the Constitution.

Get some relevant talking points…or better yet, get lost.

Thinking people don’t jump on the bandwagon of serfdom.

onlineanalyst on April 29, 2009 at 11:29 PM

Did somewhere along the line, this man—cough-cough— forget that he was the President of ALL Americans??? Not just the selct few???
Please stop the world, I really need to get off…..

Ladywolfnl on April 30, 2009 at 12:16 AM

Dear goopers, Obama just called you out,bee-atches. Guess what,when you moulies attack him, he fires back. Didn’t you genius’s learn that last fall, in the presidential election? Bark all you want, he barks back. I know thats hard to get into your thick skulls, eventually it should start to seep in. He’s the one with the bully pulpit, he’ll drown you out, loving every minute of it. Better bring your A game pilgrims, cuz he bring his everytime, dig on that.

athensboy on April 29, 2009 at 8:29 PM

Did Bernardine Dohrn write your script?

Just an aside: The goobers sitting in the bleachers listening to Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers didn’t seem too enamored with his message.

onlineanalyst on April 30, 2009 at 12:23 AM

No worries! The One has a plan. The supereducated kids from the NEA run schools will design the wunderkind green products that we sell to China and India and everyone else who now love us. Meantime, we have the government running the corporations with grester efficiency while putting Wall Street in check and Daley and Biden (three letter word — jobs) putting everyone to work while Rezko rehabs our stuff since nobody can quite build new, what with the taxes and all. This new economic powerhouse will easily take care of the debt. Like his dad saved Kenya.

It will work like a minimum wage worker paying off a Ferrari (if I said Cadillac it would be racist despite the fact that I own one) or — or….our future economy will be like people who couldn’t afford to pay for the homes they were buying..to bloat our GNP..but THAT all worked out. Didn’t it?

IlikedAUH2O on April 30, 2009 at 12:48 AM

it is just amazing, here is this dufus that is now the president. Ran on this big “post-partisanship” platform, then without a telemprompter, at the first opportunity, slams average hard working Americans that protest his policies. What a f@hking ass this clown is! I can’t stand this anymore. I want out!

long_cat on April 30, 2009 at 3:05 AM

Needs a teleprompter probably because his short recall memory has been hindered. Thats why we don’t smoke that sh*t BO.

johnnyU on April 30, 2009 at 5:18 AM

Obama to tea parties:

Your roots are not grassy enough and cannot compare to ours! We have spent generations getting our roots grassy and have smoked many tons of grass to accelerate the effort. Our grassy roots have resulted in dozens of powerful organizations being created to further fund more grassy roots. So the tea parties are not about grassy roots, they are about tea, and stuff.

Hawthorne on April 30, 2009 at 8:37 AM

the president is a traitoe and here is the proof

ON 01/27/2009 HE SIGNED FOR MEMBERS OF HAMAS, A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION, 20 MILLION DOLLARS TO HELP THEM IMMIRGATE TO THE USA. THAT IS AIDDING AND ABETTING AN ENEMY OF THE USA THAT IS TREASON AND ALL OF THE CONGRESS IS GUILTY FOR ALOWING THIS AND NOT IMPEACHING HIM WE ARE GOVERERNED BY TRAITORS ” BEWARE OF AN ANGRY AMERICA”

rone5847 on April 30, 2009 at 8:49 AM

taking shots at those that have the right to free assembly and take a deaf ear to those that ask for his leadership and to be heard and this bozo has the audacity to make fun of American citizens that disagree with his policy is just plain wrong.

He has no respect for Americans.

workingforpigs on April 30, 2009 at 9:09 AM

Way to go, Comander Zero. You just insulted half of the United States population with your arrogance..People that are questioning your inexperience and being beholden to Soros,Unions, and anyone else that needs payback for buying the political process for you..It’s our money you’re pissing away, maybe people want accountability. This having fun at the opposition’s expense is straight out of Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”. You’re too easy to figure out, TOTUS…………..

adamsmith on April 30, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Well, I for one went to one on Tax Day. I will go to one on July 4th and I am making plans to be in DC for the one on 9/12. He should just keep running his mouth. The attendance at these things is going to explode. Let him try to ignore it as it grows to monumental proportions.

TXMomof3 on April 30, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Me thinks the poor man is running low on afternoon liquid refreshment. Time to send in more. I don’t think he got enough on Tax Day!

BetseyRoss on April 30, 2009 at 9:19 AM

Jay Cost puts the words to what annoys me about Obama, too. It’s false argumentation, and it wouldn’t fly in upper-level college classes. Yet, he uses these techniques constantly, and nobody calls him on it.

AnninCA on April 30, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Independence Day Tea Party participation is on.

bloviator on April 30, 2009 at 9:51 AM

There he goes again, “we tried that ??????? for the last 8 years”, no focus on the future always a focus on the past and focusing on 8 years indicates a very short attention span.

MSGTAS on April 30, 2009 at 10:01 AM

It is beyond sad to see the president openly and deliberately drive another wedge between two news organizations, CNN and FoxNews, for the purpose of promoting his own popularity. The last thing the country needs is more divisiveness. But Obama seems to enjoy stoking it.

tartan on April 30, 2009 at 10:09 AM

The spending cuts visualization video is great. Well done there.

tartan on April 30, 2009 at 10:14 AM

It is beyond sad to see the president openly and deliberately drive another wedge between two news organizations, CNN and FoxNews, for the purpose of promoting his own popularity….
tartan on April 30, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Sorry, my bad. He didn’t single out CNN. I was influenced in my response by the fact that this was a CNN clip. He suggested FoxNews indirectly and set them against others. Still, the comment was meant to alienate a specific news organization.

tartan on April 30, 2009 at 10:30 AM

adamsmith on April 30, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Amen! Obama’s dismissive reference to “waving around teabags” is an attempt to trivialize what happened on April 15, and to trivialize the REASONS why so many people assembled on that date.

He says Porkulus is a “small part of the problem.” Is there anything at all about Porkulus that is “small”?!?!? (Other than to describe the minds of all who drafted it and voted in favor of it?) For anyone to use that word to describe that monstrosity, which itself stands to put us in generational debt, defies imagination. The guy is completely out of touch with fiscal realities.

OneVision on April 30, 2009 at 11:24 AM

The very fact that our Socialist-in-chief is upset by the tea parties makes me want to attend another one right now!!!

I can hardly wait until July 4!!!

Despite their protestations to the contrary, I think that the Washington crowd is beginning to understand that the “tea parties” are NOT a Republicans-only event. Ours was well-attended by Democrats, Libertarians, and self-described “Independents”. The only estimate I’ve seen of the percentage of attendees who were not Republicans was 25%: that would put the number of non-Republicans at 2500 just for the one tea party I attended. Nobody rounded them up: they heard about the tea party and wanted to come on their own.

I hope Washington DC crowd’s fear of tea parties spreads faster than the swine flu. They have reason to fear for their jobs in retribution for their profligate waste and obscene spending of our national treasure for generations to come. Its time our elected/selected economic morons in DC learned that it’s NOT “Government on the People”, it’s “Government OF the People!!”

landlines on April 30, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Able to dodge questions of substance, like Neo dodged bullets from the Matrix.

Able to leap, and trounce on private industry, and tax payers, like he was the champion leap frogger.

Faster than a speeding bullet, and destroying anything, he gets his hands on.

It’s Stoopermanchild!!!

capejasmine on April 30, 2009 at 2:02 PM

taking shots at those that have the right to free assembly and take a deaf ear to those that ask for his leadership and to be heard and this bozo has the audacity to make fun of American citizens that disagree with his policy is just plain wrong.

He has no respect for Americans.

Did somewhere along the line, this man—cough-cough— forget that he was the President of ALL Americans??? Not just the selct few???

With Specter and Franken giving 60 seats in the senate, it is going to be really painful to watch government ignore the conservatives as a result of the GOP’s political impotence. Protest and teabag all you want, but your leaders aren’t listening to you and they do not care what you think. A different group is driving the bus now, and you are simply along for the ride. No backseat driving requested nor accepted.

maleman on April 30, 2009 at 2:46 PM

IF President TelePrompter really wanted to end bi-partianship, he wouldn’t make such snarky remarks.

TOTUS just brushed off 250,000 voters and millions of FNC viewers, some of whom, voted for him!

TN Mom on April 30, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Did not know that the “Tea Party” grass roots had held elections for people to meet with the One. This would be a mistake because they do not speak for all of us. There are so many issues that we all care about. One of the major ones is, the direction this country is headed due to the spending and policies that this “know-it-all” has taken.

hillbilly on April 30, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Obama is getting his talking points re: Terrorism, various entertainers on the Right, Fox News, and the Tea Parties from the formerly respectable, turned fearful C. Johnson of the rapidly devolving blog “Widdle Strained Green Peas” (all of the views that are safe to parrot). It’s a real shame when a entertaining person turns into a such a pussy.

trl on April 30, 2009 at 4:21 PM

For the president to make poor comments about any class of people in our nation shows a lack of respect for our nation. He should be impeached.

workingforpigs on April 30, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Sounded like “Let them eat cake.” to me…

Scoff at The People all you want oh “Great Uniter”!

Scoff at enough people long enough, they’ll start unite…against you.

SuperCool on May 1, 2009 at 7:08 AM

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