Video: Press corps now openly laughing at Obama’s backtracking on taxes

posted at 7:26 pm on June 29, 2009 by Allahpundit

It’s a laugh riot, isn’t it? Actually, they might be laughing more at Gibbs’s feeble way of ducking the question than The One’s looming broken promise, but in Gibbs’s defense, what’s he supposed to say? Obama pounded McCain for wanting to pay for health care by taxing benefits, rode into D.C. promising Change, and now he’s going to eat a crap sandwich by reversing himself because it turns out personal charisma doesn’t work on hard economic numbers. So Axelrod and company have to go out and face the firing squad and “explain” via stuttering half-answers why Barry O lied about this last year. It’s a political microcosm of Obama’s economic M.O.: They borrowed political capital by pledging “no new taxes” to win the election and now down the road the bill’s finally come due.

Elsewhere today, Gibbs declared that it’s okay to start judging the success of the stimulus. Over to you, Innocent Bystanders!


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“Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.”
- Barack Obama

I keep quoting him over and over. This is just like Bush 41 saying “No new taxes”

Sink Obama with his backtracking on the no tax increases pledge

El_Terrible on June 29, 2009 at 7:29 PM

‘…..not one single dime’…..right!/sarc

cmsinaz on June 29, 2009 at 7:30 PM

They borrowed political capital by pledging “no new taxes” to win the election and now down the road the bill’s finally come due.

That worked out great for George H.W. Bush.

…..Let’s hope it works out the same for Obama.

Hawkins1701 on June 29, 2009 at 7:31 PM

They borrowed political capital by pledging “no new taxes” in order to win the election, and now down the road the bill’s finally come due.

I have to wonder how libs have any credibility at all when it comes to taxes. Gullible public, I guess.

ddrintn on June 29, 2009 at 7:31 PM

scum

bill30097 on June 29, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Laugh j*ckasses, laugh.

kg598301 on June 29, 2009 at 7:31 PM

I HOPE to get some CHANGE in my paycheck!

Second Look at tEh FrEd!

broker1 on June 29, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Young Reporters to themselves: “Hey?? I make under $250,000 a year.”

Caper29 on June 29, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Who do you think yells at Gibbs more? Axelrod or Rahm???? He’s such a tool that I almost feel bad for him…not really

WhatsRight on June 29, 2009 at 7:32 PM

They borrowed political capital by pledging “no new taxes” to win the election and now down the road the bill’s finally come due.

Wait, I thought Colin Powell told us that Americans want to pay more taxes?

El_Terrible on June 29, 2009 at 7:33 PM

Why is Bernie Madoff in prison while Barack Obama is playing golf?

Madoff only scammed a billion. That’s rounding error to Obama.

jeff_from_mpls on June 29, 2009 at 7:33 PM

I keep quoting him over and over. This is just like Bush 41 saying “No new taxes”

My first presidential betrayal…definitely not the last.

“Read my lips, No New Taxes!”

ProudPatriot on June 29, 2009 at 7:34 PM

The corruption speaks for itself and now even the American Pravda cant ignore it with a straight face.

doriangrey on June 29, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Who do you think yells at Gibbs more? Axelrod or Rahm???? He’s such a tool that I almost feel bad for him…not really

WhatsRight on June 29, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Gibbs reminds me of Scott McClellan… wonder how long until Obama tosses him under the bus.

El_Terrible on June 29, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Obama is a stooge for Chavez.

therightscoop on June 29, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Obama lied. The economy died.

pearson on June 29, 2009 at 7:35 PM

I was going to laugh too…but then I remembered that it’s MY taxes Obama wants to raise.

Yossarian on June 29, 2009 at 7:35 PM

looks like we are approaching the unemployment singularity.

negentropy on June 29, 2009 at 7:35 PM

“Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.”
- Barack Obama

Now just hold on a second here!!

Everyone knows that this entire statement was made in the new language of “Austrian”….

Translated into English: “I’m going to tax the living hell out of all you proles…suck on it…I won”

BigWyo on June 29, 2009 at 7:35 PM

Does the 52% who elected him give a sh*t about the lies and the rank dishonesty of Obama and his administration? Because if not Obama will be elected again and the complete ruin of America will be complete. Ignorance is the worst thing that has happened to the citizens of this country…

CCRWM on June 29, 2009 at 7:36 PM

“Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.”
- Barack Obama

I keep quoting him over and over. This is just like Bush 41 saying “No new taxes”

Sink Obama with his backtracking on the no tax increases pledge

El_Terrible on June 29, 2009 at 7:29 PM

2012 campaign commercial, like they did for Bush `41.

ThePrez on June 29, 2009 at 7:37 PM

If he raises any taxes, direct or indirect, on the middle-class, he is gonna get hammered on it.

I’ve never seen a politician so QUICKLY commit such foolish stupid naive acts to make himself a one-termer.

It’s baffling.

Sapwolf on June 29, 2009 at 7:37 PM

How are we going to pay additional taxes if none of us have a job???

ProudPatriot on June 29, 2009 at 7:37 PM

CCRWM on June 29, 2009 at 7:36 PM

I don’t think they have a clue…He is THE One!

cmsinaz on June 29, 2009 at 7:37 PM

Joe the Plumber was right. Barry LIED AGAIN.

Geochelone on June 29, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Can somebody help me out here? Outside of busting the budget and ramming through socialized medicine and the crushing energy tax…what promises has this liar ever kept? I’m just trying to think of couple (I’m sure there’s a one-off here somewhere).

Has anything he’s said or predicted or promised actually happened or happened the way he said it would?

AUINSC on June 29, 2009 at 7:38 PM

It’s baffling.
Sapwolf on June 29, 2009 at 7:37 PM

Maybe he is The Manchurian President.

kingsjester on June 29, 2009 at 7:39 PM

“Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Cap & Trade will not raise your taxes, you will just have to pay out the wazoo when your electric bill comes each month, but it is not a tax.”
- Barack Obama

izoneguy on June 29, 2009 at 7:39 PM

The GOP already has enough ad material to shellac H in 2012.

WisCon on June 29, 2009 at 7:39 PM

Its a bummer when your web of lies starts to unravel. One GD lib after another makes these asinine promises and they don’t come through on any of it. And yet people never learn…

echosyst on June 29, 2009 at 7:39 PM

How are we going to pay additional taxes if none of us have a job???

ProudPatriot on June 29, 2009 at 7:37 PM

Obama the Chicago mobsters say’s…. If you love your knee caps you will find a way…

doriangrey on June 29, 2009 at 7:39 PM

Oh, please. Nobody believed his stupid promise.

JohnJ on June 29, 2009 at 7:39 PM

It’s the insider laugh, not the critical laugh.

TheBigOldDog on June 29, 2009 at 7:40 PM

WisCon on June 29, 2009 at 7:39 PM

the question is will they use it?

cmsinaz on June 29, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Heeee!

blatantblue on June 29, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Obama lied, Gibbs was snide.

RobCon on June 29, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Yeah, Obama is a joke alright. Really funny. But I don’t mean funny ha ha. I mean funny weird.

Terrye on June 29, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Excuse me while I let the process work it’s way through.
The country gets the first national colonoscopy.

fourdeucer on June 29, 2009 at 7:41 PM

“Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Cap & Trade will not raise your taxes, you will just have to pay out the wazoo when your electric bill comes each month, but it is not a tax.”
- Barack Obama

izoneguy on June 29, 2009 at 7:39 PM

Hmmmmm, if the price of Gasoline dropping was… Just like a Tax Refund, then why isnt a increase in the price of gasoline just like a tax increase???

doriangrey on June 29, 2009 at 7:41 PM

They borrowed political capital by pledging “no new taxes” to win the election and now down the road the bill’s finally come due.

That’s a large part of how Bush 41 was voted out of office in 1992.

The_Real_JeffS on June 29, 2009 at 7:41 PM

To me Gibbs is the perfect Whitehouse Press Secretary. He comes off like Melman(?) in Office Space. You can’t get past his stupidity and think about his boss Obama… I think this is exactly why he got the job. He doesn’t even know he comes off as an idiot and he seems impervious to insults… Where did he come from?

CCRWM on June 29, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Obama lied

Gibbs was fried

Obama lied

Gibbs was hog-tied

blatantblue on June 29, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Press corps laughing….. Great.

Now will one of you so-called “journalists” (besides Jake Tapper that is) PLEASE START ASKING REAL QUESTIONS AND DEMANDING STRAIGHT ANSWERS of Mr. Gibbs’ Royal Clown Show ?

Cheers !

Kenny Solomon
Locked and loaded in South Flori-duh.

E T Cartman on June 29, 2009 at 7:42 PM

I can’t wait till gibbs is seeking gainful employment again.

If the american public doesn’t throw the clowns out in midterms and the One CLown out in 4 years, they ARE the stupid dumbsh!ts that obama believes them to be.

BillaryMcBush on June 29, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Elsewhere today, Gibbs declared that it’s okay to start judging the success of the stimulus.

Fine. It’s an abject failure and all the shovel ready projects in the world won’t help the white collar workers who have lost their jobs since Barry’s fraudulent “recovery” act passed.

Buy Danish on June 29, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Stimulus?

Judge?

Judge we will. The sweetest part is that the judge will come from the left side of the tracks. Cap n Trade electric, clothing, and transportation costs will see to that. Nothing like a jilted lover starting a prairie fire.

Limerick on June 29, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Let’s see. Last week it was a dunking machine.
Maybe Gibbs and the camp counselor in Chief will arrange a petting zoo for the Press corp with some pretty rabbits.

RobCon on June 29, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Read my lips,no new taxes!

Me heard this somewhere before!!

canopfor on June 29, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Excuse me while I let the process work it’s way through.
The country gets the first national colonoscopy.

fourdeucer on June 29, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Yeah, it does sound like a gastrointestinal reference…and we get what comes out the other end.

AUINSC on June 29, 2009 at 7:43 PM

balantblue:

Obama lied

Gibbs was tonguetied.

Terrye on June 29, 2009 at 7:43 PM

“I’ve always been consistent in saying that no family making less than $250 a year will see any form of tax increase. Where did you media dimwits get this 250 grand number, I never said that?”

Bishop on June 29, 2009 at 7:44 PM

That worked out great for George H.W. Bush.

…..Let’s hope it works out the same for Obama.

Hawkins1701 on June 29, 2009 at 7:31 PM

The reason it didn’t work for HW is that HW had a political base that actually cared about that crap and would vote for Perot and split the party. Obama doesn’t have that problem.

Lehosh on June 29, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Young Reporters to themselves: “Hey?? I make under $250,000 a year.”

Caper29 on June 29, 2009 at 7:32 PM

If you pay for electricity then your bills will “necessarily skyrocket” but it won’t be a tax. Cap & Trade will be something you can report on for years. You can do reports like why did the travel industry crater? Why is gasoline $9 a gallon? Why is a loaf of bread $12? What happened to the fruit? But of course these higher prices are not a result of Cap & Trade. Hey America is reducing it’s CO2 emissions and exporting jobs to China but at least you are not paying higher taxes.

izoneguy on June 29, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Limerick on June 29, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Obama lied

Gibbs just cried.

Obama lied

Gibbs is a moron.

blatantblue on June 29, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Has anything he’s said or predicted or promised actually happened or happened the way he said it would?

AUINSC on June 29, 2009 at 7:38 PM

His first act in office was to eliminate Bush’s ban on funding foreign abortions… Sickening priorities…

CCRWM on June 29, 2009 at 7:44 PM

I quoted Limerick

I meant to quote Terrye

blatantblue on June 29, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Bishop on June 29, 2009 at 7:44 PM

LOL

cmsinaz on June 29, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Hey Obama voters, we’re barreling toward a fascist, socialist nation pedal to the metal, and WE WILL ALL see our taxes increase!

Are you happy? Or are you ready to admit you voted in someone bent on destroying our economy and nation?

Daggett on June 29, 2009 at 7:45 PM

blatantblue on June 29, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Terrye is smarter so tis’ ok.

Limerick on June 29, 2009 at 7:46 PM

It’s not a tax. It’s a fee, just like the ATM fee, or the annual fee with a credit card. It’s simply not a tax. And it’s voluntary. If you don’t want to pay the fee, you don’t have to. You can always light and heat your home with whale oil or coal gas or wood. Voluntary.

Just ask Harry.

BobMbx on June 29, 2009 at 7:46 PM

No new jobs!

$3 Trillion down zee drain!

And,its another Perception/Deception Campaign,
from Team Hopey,that is nothing more,than liars
lying,about lies!

canopfor on June 29, 2009 at 7:47 PM

Are you happy? Or are you ready to admit you voted in someone bent on destroying our economy and nation?

Daggett on June 29, 2009 at 7:45 PM

No, they are worried that patriotic American’s might hear them and stop their socialist workers utopia before it arrives.

doriangrey on June 29, 2009 at 7:48 PM

He should have just said “Hey, jackass, the isn’t it obvious the president is breaking his promise?” It would have gone over better.

boomer on June 29, 2009 at 7:49 PM

it won’t matter to the brain-washed democRAT masses…they follow the leader…look at detroit, they keep voting democRAT…no matter how bad it gets…they BELIEVE!!

right4life on June 29, 2009 at 7:49 PM

oh man I can’t type.

boomer on June 29, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Come on guys, isn’t the tax credit helping you? Haven’t you noticed the difference in your paycheck?

deidre on June 29, 2009 at 7:50 PM

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124631002610270209.html
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/352e9666-64c9-11de-a13f-00144feabdc0.html

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, cast aside her image as European champion of fiscal discipline on Monday as she launched her re-election bid with a manifesto calling for higher public investments and €15bn in tax cuts over four years.

“The question is: How can we ensure Germany emerges stronger once the crisis is over and the cards have been reshuffled in the world,” she told delegates of her Christian Democratic Union gathered in Berlin to endorse the manifesto. “The answer is we need growth.”

With Germany’s September general election now 90 days away, Ms Merkel’s focus suggests the CDU candidate will be a different character from the chancellor who spent much of this year fending off calls from abroad urging her government to spend more to combat the crisis.

Guess this means she had flipped Obama the bird!

Keemo on June 29, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Nah…..it won’t be us law n order types that stop utopia. It’ll be the left’s own mob. Just like France, they’ll eat their own. When Meg in Detroit, and Bill in East LA can’t afford their MTV they’ll start burning cars in the street.

Limerick on June 29, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Come on guys, isn’t the tax credit helping you? Haven’t you noticed the difference in your paycheck?

deidre on June 29, 2009 at 7:50 PM

I bought a soda with mine!

A-a-a-and that was about it!

blatantblue on June 29, 2009 at 7:52 PM

AUINSC on June 29, 2009 at 7:38 PM

They predicted Climate Change. And it is getting colder. So they were right.

Geochelone on June 29, 2009 at 7:53 PM

Laughter curve?

the_nile on June 29, 2009 at 7:53 PM

“Put a guy in a dunk tank for 1 day and he loses ALL credibility.”-Gibbs

Gibbs pants were wet, but it wasn’t because he was in the dunk tank again.

portlandon on June 29, 2009 at 7:54 PM

And,its another Perception/Deception Campaign, from Team Hopey,that is nothing more,than liars lying,about lies! canopfor on June 29, 2009 at 7:47 PM

You had me at deception.

I think there’ll be the voting block that will re-vote for bho but I believe (hope) that all the experimental votes that we cast for him will shift to the Republicans this next time. Okay, you had your chance, now let’s give it to the other group of complete morons for a while.

Mojave Mark on June 29, 2009 at 7:54 PM

I won’t rule out cheating on my taxes.

THE CHOSEN ONE on June 29, 2009 at 7:54 PM

It’s so sad when press secretary is above your pay grade.

txag92 on June 29, 2009 at 7:54 PM

I bought a soda with mine!

blatantblue on June 29, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Well the CO2 in your CARBONATED beverage will cause great harm to our Earth. Thanks for ruining the future of all mankind.

Geochelone on June 29, 2009 at 7:56 PM

Why do those reporters simply take in what Gibbs says?

“A follow up to that, Mr. Gibbs? What ‘process’ are you referring to?

“And if, at the end of the process, it turns out that there will be a tax increase on people making $250K or less/yr., then what?

“Are you saying Barry will veto any bill that increases taxes on the middle class?”

Fed45 on June 29, 2009 at 7:56 PM

BobMbx on June 29, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Well, in that case I’m not voluteering this year.

boomer on June 29, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Well the CO2 in your CARBONATED beverage will cause great harm to our Earth. Thanks for ruining the future of all mankind.

Geochelone on June 29, 2009 at 7:56 PM

!!!! http://talkingheadtv.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/ht_shock_060727_ssv.jpg

NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blatantblue on June 29, 2009 at 7:57 PM

“Are you saying Barry will veto any bill that doesnt increases taxes on the middle class?”

Fed45 on June 29, 2009 at 7:56 PM

Had to fix that for you and yes I believe it is now correct…

doriangrey on June 29, 2009 at 7:59 PM

So barry’s going to raise taxes on everyone.

….and this is a surprise because…?

EMR on June 29, 2009 at 8:00 PM

I think that hollow promise was a major reason he won the election. And breaking it should be reflected in 2010.

ProfessorMiao on June 29, 2009 at 8:00 PM

I bought a soda with mine!

A-a-a-and that was about it!

blatantblue on June 29, 2009 at 7:52 PM

I’m saving up for some non-fluorescent light bulbs!!!

deidre on June 29, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Cue up Joe Biden saying it is patriotic to pay taxes.

ICBM on June 29, 2009 at 8:00 PM

it turns out personal charisma doesn’t work on hard economic numbers

That’s why the numbers need to be hopenchanged!

Weird seeing the lefty WH press corp calling a lefty Prez on his BS.

infidel4life on June 29, 2009 at 8:00 PM

there’s a whole lotta mo-fo’s out there with the i told you so syndrome…and we were right. i hope they never get rid of gibbs, he’s my laughter medicine.

SHARPTOOTH on June 29, 2009 at 8:01 PM

Gibbs reminds me of Scott McClellan… wonder how long until Obama tosses him under the bus.

El_Terrible on June 29, 2009 at 7:34 PM

McClellan is a little luckier. The liberal media gave him a month’s worth of prime-time promtion for his book.

Gibbs’ tell-all may get five minutes on Good Morning Tulsa.

sherry on June 29, 2009 at 8:02 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blatantblue on June 29,2009 at 7:57PM.

blatantblue:

I see you found a picture of Nancy Pelosi,but it also,
looks a tad like Cindy Sheehan!!hehe:)

canopfor on June 29, 2009 at 8:03 PM

William Amos on June 29, 2009 at 7:51 PM

I just can’t bring myself to be concerned for the illegal alien community. To many law abiding citizens have been ruined by Obama already. If there were any silver lining in any of this, it would be if the illegals went back across the border.

fourdeucer on June 29, 2009 at 8:03 PM

I think that hollow promise was a major reason he won the election. And breaking it should be reflected in 2010.

ProfessorMiao on June 29, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Prof, I usually admire the way you think, but sadly on this one I am starting to think the brainwashing of America done through the enforced public indoctrination system into stupidity/socialism has worked it’s evil black magic.

doriangrey on June 29, 2009 at 8:03 PM

My judgement on the stimulus? I just got laid off. Sure is working for me. /sarc

aikidoka on June 29, 2009 at 8:04 PM

I’ve never seen a politician so QUICKLY commit such foolish stupid naive acts to make himself a one-termer.

It’s baffling.

Sapwolf on June 29, 2009 at 7:37 PM

I’ve been thinking about this a fair bit. I can’t decide whether he’s soooo arrogant that he actually thinks he will be able to survive this politically, or whether he is such a rank ideologue that he’d rather ram through a lot of structural changes that will be irreversible than have a second term.

ProfessorMiao on June 29, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Cue up Joe Biden saying it is patriotic to pay taxes.

ICBM on June 29, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Wasn’t that Tim Geithner ?

the_nile on June 29, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Told ya!
bitter/sweet.

christene on June 29, 2009 at 8:04 PM

If there were any silver lining in any of this, it would be if the illegals went back across the border.

fourdeucer on June 29, 2009 at 8:03 PM

+100…..

doriangrey on June 29, 2009 at 8:05 PM

The GOP already has had enough ad material to shellac H in 2012 2008.

WisCon on June 29, 2009 at 7:39 PM

FIFY.

AnotherOpinion on June 29, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Prof, I usually admire the way you think, but sadly on this one I am starting to think the brainwashing of America done through the enforced public indoctrination system into stupidity/socialism has worked it’s evil black magic.

doriangrey on June 29, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Hey dorian, please don’t dump on my tiny glimmer of hope.

ProfessorMiao on June 29, 2009 at 8:06 PM

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