Did Obama use the NEA to stump for ObamaCare?

posted at 12:15 pm on September 21, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The White House has tried to campaign hard for its health-care overhaul, but now allegations have arisen that the Obama administration abused its power by pushing the National Endowment for the Arts into campaigning for it as well.  Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood publishes today the transcript of a conference call hosted by the NEA in which they push grant recipients to speak out on behalf of Obama’s top domestic-policy agenda item.  If true, the White House may have substantiated one of the arguments conservatives use for the abolition of the NEA as well as abused its power — and they have the audio to prove it:

On August 10th, the National Endowment for the Arts, the White House Office of Public Engagement, and the Corporation for National and Community Service hosted a conference call with a handpicked arts group. This arts group played a key role in Obama’s arts effort during his election campaign, as declared by the organizers of the call, and many on the call played a role in the now famous Obama Hope poster.

Much of the talk on the conference call was a build up to what the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was specifically asking of this group. In the following segment, Buffy Wicks, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, clearly identifies this arts group as a pro-Obama collective and warns them of some “specific asks” that will be delivered later in the meeting. …

What were the “asks”? They were for this pro-Obama arts group to create art on several hotly debated political issues, including health care:

  • “I would encourage you to pick something, whether it’s health care, education, the environment, you know, there’s four key areas that the corporation has identified as the areas of service.”
  • “And then my ask would be to apply artistic, you know, your artistic creative communities utilities and bring them to the table.”
  • “Again, I’m really, really honored to be working with you; the National Endowment for the Arts is really honored.”
  • “You’re going to see a lot more of us in the next four and hopefully eight years.”

The NEA supposedly is “dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education,” according to its website.  It has nothing at all to do with health care, tax policy, or the environment.  Nor should it; if it belongs in government at all, it should restrict itself to its area of expertise, not abuse taxpayer patronage by becoming a propaganda arm of the current administration.

Does this break the law?  That’s questionable, but it certainly breaks the trust of the American taxpayer.  We do not fund the NEA for it to produce Leni Riefenstahl-type art.  If the NEA wants to go into policy activism, then it should become a private foundation with private funding, and Congress should cut it loose.

The NEA was bad enough when it was using tax dollars to fund such memorable art as placing a crucifix in a jar of urine.  Congress should completely defund the NEA at this juncture and tell the Obama administration to end its attempts to build propaganda machines in the executive branch.

Update: My friend Kerry Picket at the Washington Times wants to activate an Army of Davids to get information on the teleconference’s participants (via Michelle):

We invite bloggers and other interested readers to check out the names on the list for themselves. Some individuals are more well known than others. We’re looking for solid, well-sourced information we can use to expand our coverage and generate new stories. This is an example. Here are some ideas on what to start with:

Is the information about them accurate/up to date?

Have these individuals been involved in Democratic politics?

Are they campaign donors? To whom?

Since the Aug. 10 conference call, have any of these individuals been involved in political activism related to health care, environment or education, the subjects suggested by the NEA in the call?

Are they members of any of the 21 arts organizations that endorsed health care reform two days after the call?

Are any of them involved in other arts groups funded through the NEA or through state-level arts agencies funded by the NEA?

Do they have a history of being involved with dubious causes such as 9/11 “Truther” statements?

How many of them have written for The Huffington Post (we’ve noticed a couple)?

When you’ve got something good, stick links to the supporting information in our comments or a post on your blog or email us at kpicket@washingtontimes.com . We’ll do our best to stay on top of any new information and credit the person who dug it up.

A couple quick things to keep in mind. We’ve already attempted to contact the people on the list, so there is no need to follow in our footsteps. As they respond, we’ll add an updated tally in another post on the Water Cooler. Second, the people on the list are private citizens who were asked to be on a call where a National Endowment for the Arts official went way too far in pushing for artists and arts groups to get behind the administration agenda. The people on the call didn’t neccesarily do anything controversial or wrong. The NEA and the White House are the ones who have gone too far.

Update II: Don’t miss Big Government’s post on Buffy Wicks, who participated in the call and has ties to … ACORN!  Did that background help her pimp for Obama among the artist community?


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Zzzzzz.

Daggett on September 21, 2009 at 12:17 PM

is the sky blue?

right4life on September 21, 2009 at 12:18 PM

I’m curious if people will even know what they are actually listening to.

Doctor Zhivago on September 21, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Andrew, you hyped this story way too much and then failed to deliver the goods.

meci on September 21, 2009 at 12:19 PM

I for one am not shocked. But if we can use it to use against them, use it!

thebrokenrattle on September 21, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Can’t see how this will catch the public’s interest, but I could certainly be wrong.

txmomof6 on September 21, 2009 at 12:20 PM

ACORN linked?

jp on September 21, 2009 at 12:20 PM

We’ve know about this weeks ago.

The Notorious G.O.P on September 21, 2009 at 12:21 PM

I have a vision of a fuse burning madly, towards a stack of boxes labelled TNT. The fuse burns up to the boxes, and a light ‘poof’ is heard.

Vashta.Nerada on September 21, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Andrew, you hyped this story way too much and then failed to deliver the goods.

meci on September 21, 2009 at 12:19 PM

You think this is all he has? have you not learned? He probably has more damning evidence tomorrow, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, etc.

deidre on September 21, 2009 at 12:21 PM

I really don’t see this shocking anyone, because most of America’s pretty much convinced the NEA was already doing it.

tree hugging sister on September 21, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Imagine if “W” had done this… The Elite Media would have cried like stuck pigs… Page 1 above the fold on the Old Grey Lady…

Khun Joe on September 21, 2009 at 12:22 PM

The WH link is substantial. Valerie Jarret is Buffy’s boss.

a capella on September 21, 2009 at 12:23 PM

This is not surprising, but unfortunately, will get little traction. We need something more substantial and links things closer to The One.

davek70 on September 21, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Call me when you’ve got Obama on tape saying, “Taking a cue from Stalin, I’m going to manipulate the media to promote my agenda, which is clearly against the law. And if anyone doesn’t play ball, I’ll cut their funding, so this is clearly a quid pro quo. Is this microphone on?”

Daggett on September 21, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Let me add, if Breitbart has a later call with the Precedent himself directing the execution of pretty pictures…schmaybe.

But even then, Gramma in Grand Rapids thinks the NEA’s been Communist since inception…if she even knows about it at all.

tree hugging sister on September 21, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Swish. Old story

Yephora on September 21, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Has anyone not learned from the ACORN story? I’m sure he has more in his back pocket…drip, drip, drip

deidre on September 21, 2009 at 12:24 PM

I really want a nice oil painting of health care reform to hang above my fireplace.

LASue on September 21, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Seems stupid to me. Why cheat when the refs are in the tank for you anyway? Why do you need a propaganda arm when the media have a collective thrill running up their leg already?

trubble on September 21, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Hey Ed,who hasn’t he tried to use?The great thing now is people are getting braver and speaking up!!:)Couldn’t be sweeter!!!!!

ohiobabe on September 21, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Is “abused it’s power” Ed-speak for “broke the law”?

Spirit of 1776 on September 21, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Has anyone not learned from the ACORN story? I’m sure he has more in his back pocket…drip, drip, drip

deidre on September 21, 2009 at 12:24 PM

I hope so. Because this blockbuster was a dud.

Daggett on September 21, 2009 at 12:25 PM

I was skeptical of this story having any teeth. But, there is stuff in that transcript that points to the NEA being used DURING the election.

keebs on September 21, 2009 at 12:25 PM

I would encourage you to pick something, whether it’s health care, education, the environment, you know, there’s four key areas that the corporation has identified as the areas of service.”

A-holes can’t even get their grammar correct.

bloggless on September 21, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Alinksy is rolling over in his grave with the knowledge that conservatives are now using his methods against his offspring.

That gives me a boner.

outOfElement on September 21, 2009 at 12:26 PM

I’m sure he has more in his back pocket…drip, drip, drip

deidre on September 21, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Me too.

Spirit of 1776 on September 21, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Andrew, you hyped this story way too much and then failed to deliver the goods.

Relax.

ACORN would still be well on its way to defrauding next year’s election and gleefully fleecing $8 billion from the US taxpayer if it wasn’t for Brietbart.

Now he’s exposing the behind-the-scenes skullduggery and propagandizing they planned to do with your $$$. He’s got audio and transcripts of the cockroaches doing what they do, and he’s showing what a partisan, complicit bunch the mainstream press are at the same time.

You should be grateful for both. You can’t expect BG and BH to hit a grand slam at every at-bat, but the stuff they’ve uncovered so far is far more than most conservative blogs have done. One of the complaints about the rightosphere is that there wasn’t enough “original reporting.”

This is what original reporting looks like. It isn’t always sexy, but now the Administration is on record and it’s out there for you to shove in the left’s collective faces.

Brietbart and Co. have done you a great public service here.

Good Lt on September 21, 2009 at 12:26 PM

The art community is leftist!?!

mankai on September 21, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Ed, look at Buffy Wicks words…

* “I just first of all want to thank everyone for being on the call and just a deep deep appreciation for all the work you all put into the campaign for the 2+ years we all worked together.”
* “We won.”
* “I’m actually in the White House and working towards furthering this agenda, this very aggressive agenda.”
* “We’re going to come at you with some specific asks here.”
* “I hope you guys are ready.”

She thinks she is talking to partisans that worked with the Obama campaign… that’s not really pointed out well in the original post at Big Hollywood..

ninjapirate on September 21, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Is “abused it’s power” Ed-speak for “broke the law”?

Spirit of 1776 on September 21, 2009 at 12:25 PM

“Broke the law” is a pretty specific allegation; I’m not aware of any laws that got broken. Big Hollywood specifically reports that they’re not aware of laws being broken by this. On the other hand, this is clearly an abuse of power and trust, and the manipulation of an agency that Congress had every reason to insist not be used for political purposes. It’s important to make sure one does not overshoot.

Ed Morrissey on September 21, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Congress should completely defund the NEA at this juncture and tell the Obama administration to end its attempts to build propaganda machines in the executive branch.

Indeed. First banks, housing, cars, then healthcare, energy tax, then newspapers, the itnernet, art…and this is not Lenin? This bunch wants only one thing – the destruction of the U.S.A. as we know it and redistribution of wealth, to the detriment of all things productive.

Schadenfreude on September 21, 2009 at 12:28 PM

And here is Yosi Sergant

* “This is a community that knows how to make a stink.”
* “…this is just the beginning. This is the first telephone call of a brand new conversation.”
* “We are just now learning how to really bring this community together to speak with the government. What that looks like legally?”
* “So bear with us as we learn the language so that we can speak to each other safely…”
* “I would encourage you to pick something whether it’s health care, education, the environment, you know, there’s four key areas that the corporation has identified as the areas of service.”
* “My ask would be to apply artistic, you know, your artistic creative community’s utilities and bring them to the table.”

We need to get their words on TV and radio…

ninjapirate on September 21, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Actually isn’t this an impeachable offense?

Politicians are normally removed from office when they misuse government funds for personal use – and we’ve caught Obama dead to rights here.

18-1 on September 21, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Socialist realism:

Socialist realism is a teleologically-oriented style of realistic art which has as its purpose the furtherance of the goals of socialism and communism. Although related, it should not be confused with social realism, a type of art that realistically depicts subjects of social concern.

rbj on September 21, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Glen Beck has already covered most of this. The potential WH connection is interesting but is there a big media connection as well? Couric, B. Williams, Pinch?

d1carter on September 21, 2009 at 12:29 PM

I really want a nice oil painting of health care reform to hang above my fireplace.

LASue on September 21, 2009 at 12:24 PM
A demonstration of Obama’s healthcare savings in action!

jhffmn on September 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Limbaugh is playing it…

ninjapirate on September 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Brietbart and Co. have done you a great public service here.

Good Lt on September 21, 2009 at 12:26 PM

exactly; In politics you take what you can get.

Janos Hunyadi on September 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Limbaugh is talking about this now, specifically Buffy Wicks.

Hellrider on September 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Is this the big bomb Breitbart has been promising to be released today?

Knucklehead on September 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Would this be covered by the Hatch Act?

BardMan on September 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM

ninjapirate on September 21, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Yeah, she made it clear that these are long-standing relationships. Now that they have their guy in, they are ready to go to the next step and get his agenda passed.

keebs on September 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Yeah, she made it clear that these are long-standing relationships. Now that they have their guy in, they are ready to go to the next step and get his agenda passed.

Not anymore, and that’s whole point of this expose.

Good Lt on September 21, 2009 at 12:31 PM

I’m not sure if any laws were broken, but it’s sure skirting the edges of the Hatch Act.

Slublog on September 21, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Limbaugh just played Buffy Wicks’s words… I didn’t hear him play this though “I just first of all want to thank everyone for being on the call and just a deep deep appreciation for all the work you all put into the campaign for the 2+ years we all worked together.” Um, she’s talking about the Obama campaign…

ninjapirate on September 21, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Ed Morrissey on September 21, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Okay. Thanks for the response. Without law-breaking, I don’t see what the real teeth marks are, as with ACORN which is clearly outrageous. But I’m not going to underestimate Breitbart, so I’ll watch it play out.

Spirit of 1776 on September 21, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Geez. You guys really think that this is all Breit and Co. have on this story? Did you learn nothing from watching ACORN respond right into the trap they baited?

LibTired on September 21, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Actually isn’t this an impeachable offense?

Politicians are normally removed from office when they misuse government funds for personal use – and we’ve caught Obama dead to rights here.

18-1 on September 21, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Naw, he has too many cut outs between himself and the evil deed doers. Too many layers and a great big bus, although Valerie is safe. Not too sure about Buffy.

a capella on September 21, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Obama and his radical liberal supporters have gotten into every area of our society. One reason to be optimistic is that more outrageous actions by those liberals in government are becoming known to the American public, thanks to the new media. That will swell the ranks of the outraged and keep the outrage going, all of which increases the odds of a major voter shift in November 2010.

GaltBlvnAtty on September 21, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Seems stupid to me. Why cheat when the refs are in the tank for you anyway? Why do you need a propaganda arm when the media have a collective thrill running up their leg already?

trubble on September 21, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Because the leftist art community isn’t good at politics. Sure they’d make pro-Obama art even if he wasn’t offering quid pro quo for it. But they would make things based on their interests and views, not based on polling and voter analysis.

18-1 on September 21, 2009 at 12:33 PM

“Culture of Corruption” meets “Corrupt Culture”

regal on September 21, 2009 at 12:33 PM

We need buffy under oath. Oh and buffy stay away from aspirin.

tim c on September 21, 2009 at 12:33 PM

I think the bigger story is Buffy Wicks using a government-funded website to push well-meaning citizens toward “service projects” with ACORN and in “health-care advocacy.”

There has got to be a secret document somewhere that spells out the radicals’ plan to use all the levers of government and the Obama campaign apparatus to propagandize for the Administration’s policy agenda. This stuff isn’t just being made up as they go along, nor is it just following Alinsky’s simple rules – it’s a well crafted plan, which includes personnel (Van Jones, anyone??) as well as implementation steps. THAT is the document that we need to get.

rockmom on September 21, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Well, not that big, but good. Keep up the pressure and the MSM will have to respond some day.

They are exposing the Acornization of America.

PattyJ on September 21, 2009 at 12:33 PM

OMG!

I am like

Soooo shocked!

This is so surprising!

OMGGG!!~

REALLY?

This is unreal!

/no.

blatantblue on September 21, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Um, she’s talking about the Obama campaign…

ninjapirate on September 21, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Yup.

keebs on September 21, 2009 at 12:33 PM

“Obama Announces Creation of Royal Arts Patronage Program” http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/08/obama-announces-creation-of-royal-arts.html

Mervis Winter on September 21, 2009 at 12:34 PM

“I don’t really pay that much attention to the NEA”.

“This is not the most important thing our country faces today, George”.

–Naked Teenage Emperor, behind the courtain, the marionette, controlled by masters seeking power over us

Schadenfreude on September 21, 2009 at 12:34 PM

We need buffy under oath. Oh and buffy stay away from aspirin.

tim c on September 21, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Heh.

Vashta.Nerada on September 21, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Naw, he has too many cut outs between himself and the evil deed doers. Too many layers and a great big bus, although Valerie is safe. Not too sure about Buffy.

a capella on September 21, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Well, you are presuming that an independent prosecutor wouldn’t find a paper trail and that Buffy wouldn’t roll over if facing hard time. Both are possible, but Obama hasn’t been known for his competence in anything other then reading a teleprompter.

18-1 on September 21, 2009 at 12:34 PM

and we’ve caught Obama dead to rights here.

18-1 on September 21, 2009 at 12:29 PM

This isn’t the Buffy Wicks I knew.

Seriously, you don’t have Obama dead to rights on anything unless you catch his hand in the cookie jar. He’s very good at using other people’s hands to raid the cookie jar.

NeighborhoodCatLady on September 21, 2009 at 12:35 PM

I’m not sure if any laws were broken, but it’s sure skirting the edges of the Hatch Act.

Slublog on September 21, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Not to mention the towering hypocrisy — this is the stuff the Left constantly accused Karl Rove of doing with conservative groups, without any proof.

rockmom on September 21, 2009 at 12:35 PM

“The tapes and transcripts have been edited and doctored”

Statement coming from the NEA in 5….4…..3

Knucklehead on September 21, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Ah, so the artists are dependent on NEA funds and the Administration is making these funds contingent on specific requests – namely art-progaganda for health care etc. I can see how that can fester over a week to cause some outrage.

At first blush, I was thinking all these artsy types would Bill Clinton him for free anyway…

Spirit of 1776 on September 21, 2009 at 12:37 PM

I’ll await crr6′s and other lefties response that ‘This is what the Nazis did’.

Yeah….

SteveMG on September 21, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Rush Limbaugh is talking about it right now. Expect a full court blitz from talk radio and Fox News on this.

This is good stuff but it lacks the immediate shock value of the ACORN videos. Those videos sold themselves. These audio tapes suggest some shady and possibly even illegal behavior, to be sure, but lack the open sleaze of the ACORN employees dishing out advice on covering up underage sex slavery. It’ll be a tougher sale to the general public, IMO.

rsrobinson on September 21, 2009 at 12:37 PM

If anything, it may lead to the disbanding of the NEA. One down, how many to go??

I hope the ongoing “reveal” will explain this better. I’m not sure what extent my outrageous outrage should reach.

jdpaz on September 21, 2009 at 12:37 PM

is the sky blue?

right4life on September 21, 2009 at 12:18 PM

no…..its pretty gray

alexraye on September 21, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Um, she’s talking about the Obama campaign…

ninjapirate on September 21, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Yup.

keebs on September 21, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Ok , so it’s slow releases of hints.

the_nile on September 21, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Actually isn’t this an impeachable offense?

Politicians are normally removed from office when they misuse government funds for personal use – and we’ve caught Obama dead to rights here.

18-1 on September 21, 2009 at 12:29 PM

I think u are on the right track. My bet is that the White House directed stimulus money to be spent on this campaign specifically with the intent of it being used to produce propaganda for his policies.

That would take this to a different level.

Joe Caps on September 21, 2009 at 12:38 PM

She needs to be fired for converting “ask” into a noun.

It’s not an “ask”, it’s a “request”.

The Monster on September 21, 2009 at 12:38 PM

How fortunate that conservative taxpayers were also able to participate financially in the election of Obama. Ain’t taxpayer money great?!

Socmodfiscon on September 21, 2009 at 12:38 PM

The WH link is substantial. Valerie Jarret is Buffy’s boss.

a capella on September 21, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Jarret is the fish’s head that I’d like to seen cut off–figuratively, of course.

BuckeyeSam on September 21, 2009 at 12:38 PM

It’s important for the govt to have money for art and voter registration. Really. What could go wrong?

Haunches on September 21, 2009 at 12:40 PM

This is good stuff but it lacks the immediate shock value of the ACORN videos.
rsrobinson on September 21, 2009 at 12:37 PM

I know! I wish they were ordering them to create porn for Obama or something!

Caper29 on September 21, 2009 at 12:40 PM

This isn’t the Buffy Wicks I knew.

Seriously, you don’t have Obama dead to rights on anything unless you catch his hand in the cookie jar. He’s very good at using other people’s hands to raid the cookie jar.

NeighborhoodCatLady on September 21, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Well, there are two levels of “dead to rights” true. Is there any serious question that Obama was behind this, namely that at some point he requested this or agreed to it? No. And that should be enough to start the impeachment process.

OTOH, if we are going to treat this like a standard prosecution, yes, we’d need Buffy to roll over or a paper trail. Considering Obama’s competence and general cluelessness, I would guess there is a paper trail.

18-1 on September 21, 2009 at 12:41 PM

How will we ever achieve the New Soviet Man without Socialist Realism in the arts?!?!!

Akzed on September 21, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Didn’t Glenn Beck cover this like three weeks ago?

CrankyTRex on September 21, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Well, there are two levels of “dead to rightsrites” true

As in “bring over the priest and give this guy his last rites”.

The Monster on September 21, 2009 at 12:42 PM

18-1 on September 21, 2009 at 12:34 PM

I rate the chances of an independent prosecutor being appointed as slightly better than my being picked by the Yankees to pitch the opening day of AL playoffs. Best thing to hope for here is a knee jerk, silly response from Jarret, and she’s way too smart to put her head under that blade.

a capella on September 21, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Gee, imagine if they could get into the schools with that stuff….oh…wait…….

bloggless on September 21, 2009 at 12:42 PM

These questions all point to an innate racism inside of right wingers

blatantblue on September 21, 2009 at 12:43 PM

As he noted in his September 7 article and the post yesterday, Breitbart is watching all the networks, cable, the New York Times, and the Washington Post to see who covers the story.

Will Gibbs be asked about the story at today’s White House press gaggle?

slp on September 21, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Since when is the word “ask” a noun? Did that happen when “office” became a verb? The english language just gets uglier by the day.

Spectreman on September 21, 2009 at 12:43 PM

To those who say its an old story, you’re right.

The purpose of this transcript and audio is to prove what the phone call was about, countering the “out of context” and “not what I said” rebuttals since this story first broke.

Full disclosure cancels those excuses.

BobMbx on September 21, 2009 at 12:43 PM

What a coincidence! I just got an NEA grant to fund my latest masterpees.

It’s called “Peaberry.” I got 44 varieties of peaberry coffee beans, put them in a glass jar, and slapped a “Yes, We Did!” sticker over it.

Art!

/OK, I couldn’t find 44 varieties of peaberry.

Christien on September 21, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Investigation. Either Buffy lies to protect Jarrett or Jarrett gets dragged in and has to lie to protect Michelle and/or Barry.

marklmail on September 21, 2009 at 12:44 PM

As Joe Biden would say…..”one word”…Special Prosecutor!

R Square on September 21, 2009 at 12:44 PM

He reminds me of a 4 year old who wants a pony.

“Can I have a pony? Can I? Can I? Can I PLeeaaaaaseeee???”
“Mom, a pony. Pony Dad. Give me a pony NOW.”
“You’ll never even know we have a pony. I will clean up his poo. I will give him my food.
Having a pony will SAVE US MONEY.”

“WHY CAN’T I HAVE A PONY????”

“You and Dad are racists and you hate ponies.”

Elizabetty on September 21, 2009 at 12:44 PM

What would you expect from a fascist marxist like ogabe?

You people that voted for him REALLY didn’t expect him to act like a president of a free and democratic country, did you?

no, didn’t think so. You got what you voted for.

Spiritk9 on September 21, 2009 at 12:44 PM

I get it and it is important, but no hookers, 12 yr old sex slaves or young pimp/congressman…it probably won’t catch the eye or ear of most of America

Alden Pyle on September 21, 2009 at 12:45 PM

If the Left had got hold of a similar audio from conservative groups consorting with the govt., they’d make such a huge fuss they’d even bring down the govt. Whereas our crowd is so wimpish, it cribs about shock value and other aesthetics. Why aren’t we joining the big pile on? Why aren’t simulating huge outrage? Why aren’t we collecting heads as trophies?

promachus on September 21, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Investigation. Either Buffy lies to protect Jarrett or Jarrett gets dragged in and has to lie to protect Michelle and/or Barry.

marklmail on September 21, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Michelle Obama is mentioned in the transcripts.

Key West Reader on September 21, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Oops – had two windows open and meant the above comment for a different thread.

MY BAD.

Elizabetty on September 21, 2009 at 12:46 PM

The problem is now when they send 6 activists to demonize Walmart, a 1000 Tea Party patriots will meet them on the green.

The Jokers gig is up.

tarpon on September 21, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Oops – had two windows open and meant the above comment for a different thread.

MY BAD.

Elizabetty on September 21, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Amateur hour on HotAir!

:P

blatantblue on September 21, 2009 at 12:46 PM

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