Obama: Scott Brown and I kinda sorta got elected for the same reason

posted at 5:20 pm on January 20, 2010 by Allahpundit

Why, one might even call Scotty B a candidate of hope and change, no? Here’s The One’s surreal attempt to coopt Brown’s victory as being not a repudiation of his agenda but as some sort of oblique affirmation of it. Ed says he’s gotten the message now about ObamaCare after spending six months trying to beg, bribe, and bully the bill through Congress, but has he? If he’s telling himself that this election was about nothing more than free-floating “anger” at D.C. business as usual?

Let’s see if the new senator from Massachusetts can help us zero in on the causes of the “anger.”

To think that a majority party would use the ability to have the super-majority to kind of push things through is leaving a bad taste in people’s mouths, especially as you noted the fact that President Obama made [changing the way business gets done in Washington] one of his campaign themes. You know he was going to be transparent, he would post all these bills on the Internet, and you’d have three days to comment on them. None of that’s happened. So people are disappointed in that regard…

[Question:] But ultimately you say that the primary objection people have here is not so much the substance of the bill; it’s the process as much as anything else.

No. The primary [concern] for the average voter — and I’ve met hundreds of thousands of people since I’ve been running — the biggest problem that I have heard is that, number one, we can’t afford it, and, number two, they don’t like how its been done behind closed doors. They don’t like the political maneuvering now.

It’s not even a conference committee. They are bouncing it back and forth pursuant to a special maneuver. That just says to people, it’s automatically “ding, ding, ding, ding, ding.” It’s raising red flags and people don’t trust it. We can bring it back to the drawing board and do it again.

A Republican pollster found last night that fully 48 percent of Massachusetts voters said health care was the single biggest factor in their vote, with 39 percent claiming they voted for Brown specifically because of his opposition to it. Axelrod lied his ass off on one of the morning shows today when he alleged that Brown never ran an ad against ObamaCare; go watch the clip at Ben Smith’s site for proof to the contrary. In fact, see if you can guess which pundit laid out this useful thought experiment on how crucial health care was to the vote:

Let’s say we had a year-long debate in the run-up to the Iraq war. Let’s say at the end of that debate, 33 percent of Americans thought it was a good idea to invade Iraq, 46 percent thought it was a bad idea and the rest weren’t sure. Then let’s say that there were a bunch of elections in places like New Jersey and Virginia in the middle of this debate and George Bush’s party lost them all badly. Let’s say at the end of this debate there was a senate race in Wyoming in which a Democratic candidate made preventing the war a central plank in his campaign. Let’s say Bush went out to Wyoming and told voters they had to support the Republican to save the Iraq invasion. And let’s say the Democrat still went on to win that Wyoming Senate seat by more than 5 percentage points.

Would you have advised George Bush under these circumstances to go ahead and invade Iraq? Would you have advised him to call a special lame duck session of Congress to push through a war resolution before the new senator could be seated? Would you have advised him to invent some legislative trick so he could still have his invasion? Or would you have said, George, I know you really want to invade Iraq. I know you think an invasion will do a lot of good for the world. But the American people are pretty clear about this issue. Maybe you should show a little doubt. Maybe you ought to listen and give this whole thing a second look.

Surprising answer here. If the big lesson gleaned by The One yesterday was that voters are just unhappy in general, then I guess he’ll need more than one lesson. And he’ll get one. Click the image to watch.

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I don’t think so, Chump.

Knucklehead on January 20, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Lame duck loser.

elduende on January 20, 2010 at 5:23 PM

I’m not watching one more second of him than I have to the next 3 years. What I’ve been forced to view this past year has been excruciating enough. Waterboarding is more fun.

I’ll just take your word for it.

tree hugging sister on January 20, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Nice try there, ZERO!!!

Fishoutofwater on January 20, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Since I didn’t vote for Pres. Obama but donated to Sen. Brown, I am struggling with the similarities.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2010 at 5:23 PM

OT: BTW, Leg Tingley is DESTROYING Howard Dean on his show.

aquaviva on January 20, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Ego.Massive.Hindenburg.

SouthernGent on January 20, 2010 at 5:24 PM

AND informative, might I add. At least you know what you’re being told stands a good chance of being close to the truth.

tree hugging sister on January 20, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Obama on TV talking, well I just never see that at all.

/sarc

Obama: “Oh, by the way you are still getting health care”

Oil Can on January 20, 2010 at 5:25 PM

We should call him “half term” barry from now on, but that would be too charitable because he’s a lame duck in less than a year.

elduende on January 20, 2010 at 5:25 PM

If the big lesson gleaned by The One yesterday was that voters are just unhappy in general, then I guess he’ll need more than one lesson. And he’ll get one.

New Obama Regime catch-phrase:

Hope and Change and Happiness.

BobMbx on January 20, 2010 at 5:25 PM

So Brown’s election was about how much he’s like Obama? It’s all so clear now.

thomasaur on January 20, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Uhhhh.. NO!

Juno77 on January 20, 2010 at 5:26 PM

And don’t forget that Scott Brown won due to the anger at DC that has been building for the last eight years.

WashJeff on January 20, 2010 at 5:26 PM

For the One’s tone-deafness, I give him a rating of B flat.

ICBM on January 20, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Is this the same interview where he basically blamed the common folk for not understanding what the policies he was pushing were really all about?

Yep, that’s the one. However, I sincerely hope he continues to believe this.

Youngs98 on January 20, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Maybe he’s taking Rush’s advice. Keep on truckin’ along democrats.

SouthernGent on January 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Nice way for Obama to try and steal Brown’s thunder. “Gosh, fellas, we are the same, got elected because folks are mad”… yeah, he got elected because people are mad at YOU, Barack.

Warner Todd Huston on January 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

He’s either pandering to those still guzzling kool aid drinkers, who buy anything he has to sell, or he’s completely delusional. I’m going to go with the latter, in most respects.

I do think he’s fully aware of why Brown won, but he’s gonna play the stubborn barat, and keep up the facade that he’s still the messiah, inspite of everything else. His ego can take no less.

capejasmine on January 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Well of course it is all about him… only not the way he thinks. This guy’s obsession with himself is megalomaniacal, and that is really a scary thing for all of us.

singlemalt_18 on January 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

“And we’re both brown”..

the_nile on January 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

When Obama spins this fast, his ears actually make a nice breeze.

portlandon on January 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

We should call him “half term” barry from now on, but that would be too charitable because he’s a lame duck in less than a year.

elduende on January 20, 2010 at 5:25 PM

I prefer “gooney bird”.

BobMbx on January 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

B.O.: Scott Brown and I kinda sorta got elected for the same reason.

No, no you didn’t.

pilamaye on January 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Don’t stop believing. He ought to be really creative come November 3.

JammieWearingFool on January 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

It is very hard to teach a narcissistic empty suit a lesson. This may take a peaceful r@volution…I think it started yesterday.

d1carter on January 20, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Here is the link for the last eight years comment from Obama. Here is the money paragraph:

Here’s my assessment of not just the vote in Massachusetts, but the mood around the country: the same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office,” the president said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “People are angry and they are frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years.

WashJeff on January 20, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Obama grabbing Brown’s coattails now… that’s funny

gatorboy on January 20, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Ego.Massive.Hindenburg.

SouthernGent on January 20, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Seriously. Damn.

anniekc on January 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

BobMbx on January 20, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Obama to the American citizens. Smile, and be happy dagnabbit, or it’s re-education camp for you!

capejasmine on January 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

It’s Booosh’s fault!

(This one deserved the Facepalm, AP…)

Bruno Strozek on January 20, 2010 at 5:30 PM

I prefer “gooney bird”.

BobMbx on January 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

I love it! a long eared gooney bird whose Marxist agenda just imploded.

elduende on January 20, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Yes Barry, you’re brilliant.

The voters of Massachusetts still hate Bush so much they put the GOP in control of Ted Kennedy’s seat thats been blue for over half a century.

Chuck Schick on January 20, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Pretty sad when the POTUS has to cling to the coattails of a newly elected junior senator.

Bishop on January 20, 2010 at 5:31 PM

WashJeff on January 20, 2010 at 5:28 PM

I don’t recall the teaparty movement during the Bush years? LOL

This guy is such a tool. If this weren’t so serious, it’d be dang funny!

capejasmine on January 20, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Oh the humor! Not just from HotAir comments, but this Obama guy is cracking me up too! So silly.

redwhiteblue on January 20, 2010 at 5:31 PM

BO doesn’t think much of the American people. Does he expect anyone to believe him?

El_Terrible on January 20, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Massive order for more popcorn and Samuel Adams just placed.

Fishoutofwater on January 20, 2010 at 5:32 PM

He’s a buffoon.

Cicero43 on January 20, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Obama’s in such bad shape, Ayla Brown just challenged him to a game of HORSE.

JammieWearingFool on January 20, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Yes, people are angry, and you ran on a platform of cleaning up Washington…

of being Post Partisan.

Of being Post Racial.

Of being a Fiscal Moderate.

Of OPEN Government.

Of getting rid of earmarks.

Of Transparency.

Of getting rid of Special Intersts (like SEIU?).

I have a feeling that Brown did not lie as much as you to get elected.

Romeo13 on January 20, 2010 at 5:32 PM

And don’t forget that Scott Brown won due to the anger at DC that has been building for the last eight years.

WashJeff on January 20, 2010 at 5:26 PM

He leaves out the fact that GWB was re-elected.

tastes like chicken on January 20, 2010 at 5:32 PM

It took 8 years for people to get completely fed up with George W Bush.

Obama did it in 1 year.

Another first for Honolulu Barry.

This is “Unprecedented”.

portlandon on January 20, 2010 at 5:33 PM

He leaves out the fact that GWB was re-elected.

tastes like chicken on January 20, 2010 at 5:32 PM

And drove a truck.

Knucklehead on January 20, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Even Scott Brown’s election, a direct repudiation of the marxist president, is all about him.

We are going to have to come up with a new word, narcissist just isn’t cutting it.

turfmann on January 20, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Is he still around and talking? Oh that is right, he has not explained it well enough so another interview might do it, since the hour specials on Prime Time did not do the trick.

WoosterOh on January 20, 2010 at 5:34 PM

I don’t recall the teaparty movement during the Bush years? LOL

capejasmine on January 20, 2010 at 5:31 PM

No, but we should have started one. Dems might never have regained power in 2006 & 2008 if Bush would have got the message early about spending.

Obama jsut cannot stop blaming Bush. He is going blame Bush in the 2012 campaign.

WashJeff on January 20, 2010 at 5:34 PM

There were ads by Coakley that said Brown would kill ObamaCare. Then the following ad by Brown would say that he would vote against ObamaCare.

You gotta wonder.

MrX on January 20, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Put the throttle on high and push that yoke as far forward as possible, Champ.

Caper29 on January 20, 2010 at 5:35 PM

“And we’re both brown”..

the_nile on January 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

*lol*

mwdiver on January 20, 2010 at 5:35 PM

I think the guy really believes this. Scary.

JusDreamin on January 20, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Unprecedented Failure!

PappaMac on January 20, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Next he’ll send his aides out to find him a gun and a Bible to cling to for his next photo op.

Cicero43 on January 20, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Barack H. Obama – SOOOPER-NARCissist

catmman on January 20, 2010 at 5:36 PM

then I guess he’ll need more than one lesson

leadership for dummies

cmsinaz on January 20, 2010 at 5:37 PM

He’s right. In both cases, people were voting to put a stop to the politics of old – the lobbyists and the corruption in D.C.

Hey-oooOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

LibTired on January 20, 2010 at 5:37 PM

you are right allah

Obama is still in denial, can’t face up to the fact that the worm has turned

classic tell when O sez “one thing I know for sure, Brown must be seated first blah blah blah….he’s furious having to say this and just can’t face the reality that he’s blown his presidency and that maybe he’s not all that smart

windansea on January 20, 2010 at 5:37 PM

I think the guy really believes this. Scary.

JusDreamin on January 20, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Nah, Axelrod just told him it was the best bullsh!t he could come up with.

rockmom on January 20, 2010 at 5:37 PM

I think the guy really believes this. Scary.

JusDreamin on January 20, 2010 at 5:35 PM

I don’t. He knows better. This is spin for his devoted O-bots to lap up.

ddrintn on January 20, 2010 at 5:37 PM

David Brooks: “I only have one thought, which is that the Democrats should pass the health care bill now. “

They said that 10 months ago.

Why does the concept of ‘instant gratification’, and its unintended consequences, always seem to be opaque to the McDonalds crowd?

Learning disability is my guess.

.

percysunshine on January 20, 2010 at 5:38 PM

This is the best an empty suit and empty headed narcissist can do with many resounding failures. Its amazing he can deliver this stuff with a straight face.

The writing was on the curtain at the middle school gym.

dogsoldier on January 20, 2010 at 5:38 PM

catmman on January 20, 2010 at 5:36 PM

How about….Barat Hussein Obama. Mmmmmmmmm Mmmmmmmmm Mmmmmmmmmoron! :D

capejasmine on January 20, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Obama likes to shift blame for the bad and take credit for the good, but he had better watch it. It won’t be long before his vaunted “personal popularity” plummets along with that of his policies. That’s the way it happens for them all.

We should just call him Ozymandias from here on out.

Missy on January 20, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Obama’s attitude would be hysterical if we weren’t facing such serious problems. He’s either being obtuse or he is being fed very incomplete information by his inner circle.

Meremortal on January 20, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Obama’s as tone-deaf as Jimmy Carter ever was.

jaime on January 20, 2010 at 5:39 PM

You keep telling yourself that.

thmcbb on January 20, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Scott Brown won because of white liberal guilt?

Did voters see that his last name was “Brown” and just figure they’d play it safe?

Good Solid B-Plus on January 20, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Not really. Brown got elected because you lied.

Vashta.Nerada on January 20, 2010 at 5:39 PM

One HUGE difference Mr Obama, Scott Brown LOVES this country, you Mr Obama, and your wife have a huge chip on your shoulder and you mean nothing but malice towards the American people, and our military that provides the protection of the constitution and people.

Mr Obama you clearly hate Americans, you clearly can not stand being in the White House looking at the portraits of past Presidents. For you know deep within your soul you do not deserve to be there. For you know this when you look in the mirror each morning, and the reflection of your wife’s face.

pabo on January 20, 2010 at 5:39 PM

It took 8 years for people to get completely fed up with George W Bush.

Obama did it in 1 year.

Another first for Honolulu Barry.

This is “Unprecedented”.

portlandon on January 20, 2010 at 5:33 PM

And considering that the media had an 8 year long hate relationship with Bush as opposed to a teenaged crush on O’bama, the fact that it happened so quickly is even more amazing.

“Honolulu Barry”? I must remember that one lol.

Del Dolemonte on January 20, 2010 at 5:40 PM

I say redo the $1 bill and put Obama’s picture on it. It just doesn’t go well with the other ones.

Teh One… get it?

Either that, or put him on the Trillion dollar note. Because that’s what he’s going to necessitate with all his BS.

SnowSun on January 20, 2010 at 5:40 PM

portlandon on January 20, 2010 at 5:33 PM

+100

cmsinaz on January 20, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Oh yeh little boy king, you got it.

People were pissed at Bush and elected you and they are even more pissed at Bush now and elected Scott Brown.

Yeh, that’s the ticket.

What a moron.

And on a more serious note, when will the political middle start to realize that the anger at Bush was created by a relentless 8 year campaign to discredit every breath the man took.

Some serious people and good communicators need to do a rational retrospective of what that man did, good and bad, and show people a balanced perspective, instead of 100% relentless f*king lies from the fringe left of the political spectrum. (I know otherwise mature, intelligent, rational people who literally go crazy when Bush’s name is mentioned. It’s insane.)

notagool on January 20, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Good grief. Is the NIC able to talk about *anything* without relating it to his Oneness? SHEESH.

Sarjex on January 20, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Narcissism is a personality disorder. Logic and reason can’t touch it.

John the Libertarian on January 20, 2010 at 5:41 PM

What a leech this guy is.

Fletch54 on January 20, 2010 at 5:42 PM

The SOTU speech ought to be a doozy. Not sure he wants to make it “all about me”. Am eagerly anticipating the GOP response when he references health care reform. Do they have the guts to sit on their hands?

a capella on January 20, 2010 at 5:43 PM

capejasmine on January 20, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Heh.

catmman on January 20, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Axelrod lied his ass off on one of the morning shows today when he alleged that Brown never ran an ad against ObamaCare

White House Festivus Card List:
AllahPundit

ted c on January 20, 2010 at 5:43 PM

As John McLaughlin would say: WRONG!

ncborn on January 20, 2010 at 5:43 PM

The con-artist in chief. There will only be one word needed to describe Obama in the history books: LIAR.

javamartini on January 20, 2010 at 5:44 PM

a capella on January 20, 2010 at 5:43 PM

he can’t help himself…it will be I, I, I, I…

cmsinaz on January 20, 2010 at 5:44 PM

We are going to have to come up with a new word, narcissist just isn’t cutting it.

turfmann on January 20, 2010 at 5:34 PM

I call him a high-functioning incompetent. I’ve seen guys like him my whole working life. Nice suit, nice vocabulary, firm handshake, strong belief in their own superiority…nothing upstairs and no executive ability. Yet they always manage to talk their way into bigger and bigger jobs until they finally reach one that is completely over their heads. And even then, they just spin and spin that “I didn’t have the right team around me”
or “the company didn’t put me in a position where I could use my skills properly to succeed.” Guys like this always jump to take credit or try to share the glow of someone who actually is successful, while running away from their own failures or those of their team. They never come up with their own ideas but try to make everyone think other people’s ideas are theirs

People like this can actually be hard workers, but they work hard mostly at hiding their own inadequacy for the job, undermining others who might show them up, distracting their boss from their failures and screwups, and whining about how they have been set up to fail.

rockmom on January 20, 2010 at 5:44 PM

ted c on January 20, 2010 at 5:43 PM

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

cmsinaz on January 20, 2010 at 5:45 PM

What President Chicago said is that he still wants Congress to JAM HEALTHCARE THROUGH…only he wants them to wait until Scott Brown is sworn in!!! Furthermore, everything is still George Bush’s fault.

redwhiteblue on January 20, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Keep fcuking that chicken, big Zero.

GnuBreed on January 20, 2010 at 5:45 PM

When Obama spins this fast, his ears actually make a nice breeze.

portlandon on January 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM

+ 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000!

driver on January 20, 2010 at 5:45 PM

I ain’t watching, I’ll take your word for it AP. I vote for more lessons. Apparently a JD from Harvard Law means that you know what you don’t know and need others to spoon feed to you.
.
Let’s get a bigger spoon.

ted c on January 20, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Ahem ….

doe … rey … ME!, ME!, ME!, ME!

Dusty on January 20, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Oh well, more power to the people. We aren’t going away, Obama, no matter how much the media carries your water for ya.

bridgetown on January 20, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Pretty lame there, Messiah. I don’t think Chrissy Matthews could get a tingle now if you hit him with a taser.

Patrick S on January 20, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Slimy pryck, America see`s right thru you mr president!…did I mention he`s slimy?

NY Conservative on January 20, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Pathetic buffoon.

johnsteele on January 20, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Next: brace yourself to see Obama driving a pickup truck.

paul1149 on January 20, 2010 at 5:48 PM

So Brown’s election was about how much he’s like Obama? It’s all so clear now.

thomasaur on January 20, 2010 at 5:26 PM

The Ego is strong with this one.

uknowmorethanme on January 20, 2010 at 5:48 PM

By the way, anyone notice how badly Obama is aging?

He’s going to look like Morgan Freeman by 2013.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 20, 2010 at 5:48 PM

The SOTU speech ought to be a doozy. Not sure he wants to make it “all about me”. Am eagerly anticipating the GOP response when he references health care reform. Do they have the guts to sit on their hands?

a capella on January 20, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Since a majority of Americans will likely be yelling LIAR at our televisions, it would be good to have our representatives join along.

redwhiteblue on January 20, 2010 at 5:49 PM

NY Conservative on January 20, 2010 at 5:47 PM

slick willy II

cmsinaz on January 20, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Obama’s as tone-deaf as Jimmy Carter ever was.

jaime on January 20, 2010 at 5:39 PM

LOL

I picture Obama sitting on the floor, eyes pinched shut, fingers in ears , singing over, and over again….la la la la la la la la la la la

capejasmine on January 20, 2010 at 5:50 PM

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