Obama to GOP: Don’t demonize me, teabaggers

posted at 4:20 pm on January 29, 2010 by Allahpundit

The liveliest momoment from a consistently lively (and entertaining) takeoff on “prime minister’s questions” at the House GOP’s retreat this morning. I’m kidding in the headline, needless to say: The One would never stoop to something as crassly partisan as calling someone a teabagger. He leaves that stuff, and the endless crap about “angry mobs” and “evil-mongers” and coded racism, to progressive water-carriers like Reid and Schumer and MSNBC, all of whom are gently, namelessly chastised here with a fleeting admission that “It’s not just on your side, by the way.” The money line about health care: “If you were to listen to the debate and, frankly, how some of you went after this bill, you’d think that this thing was some Bolshevik plot.” To which I say: Nonsense. A Fabian plot, certainly — some Democrats were even nice enough to admit it — but Bolshevik? Maybe only on Glenn Beck’s show.

This wasn’t supposed to be televised, incidentally, but both sides agreed to it at the last minute in the name of showing the public how bipartisan they are. The GOP figured it’d give them a platform to prove that they actually do have policy ideas of their own, but I think the format ended up benefiting Obama more than them. He was on camera the whole time; he did most of the talking; he got to show that he’s perfectly capable of extemporaneous debate even with multiple prepared challengers lobbing questions. (Which should have been clear after 20+ debates in 2008, but the TOTUS jokes have taken on a life of their own.) Even conservatives I follow on Twitter were saying that he seemed more appealing in this format than in his thousand speeches last year. Who knows? Maybe that means we’ll see more of this.

Two clips here. The first is the bit about Bolshevik plots, the second speaks for itself. Exit question: The other big winner today — Paul Ryan? Click the image to watch.

Update: Not surprisingly, White House aides tell HuffPo they’re ecstatic with how things went while GOP aides tell NBC it was probably a mistake to let the cameras roll. Oh well.

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WashJeff on January 29, 2010 at 5:40 PM

I’m pretty sure he’s got the Polish vote in the bag and Chicago still has the largest Polish population, next to Warsaw, me being one of them even though I’m living in Chicago anymore.

Knucklehead on January 29, 2010 at 5:53 PM

The GOP shot themselves in the foot again. Right when they get to be the beneficiaries of the anger vote they give Obama new life.

He looks like the adult while the GOP looks like pouting children.

A third party can’t come fast enough.

True_King on January 29, 2010 at 5:56 PM

It’s my understanding that the Republicans requested that this event be televised.

What were they thinking?

Obama has been the underdog for a bit now.

Americans almost always root for the underdog in an open fight.

You also have the optics of face to face challenging the POTUS. You simply can’t come right out to his face and call him a liar AND anything less than that looks like you are losing the fight with him.

This was a “no win” from the get go for the GOP as a whole.

Their lame response at the end (Boehner worst, Eric 2nd worst, and Pence not so bad) made me feel like they were deserting me and I am sure many others sitting out in TVLand thinking “They are caving.”.

The only winning strategy I saw was trying to push the blame for partisanship in the House off onto Pelosi and Hoyer.

Greyledge Gal on January 29, 2010 at 5:56 PM

patrick neid on January 29, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Amen. When will these milktoats ever grow a spine and stand up to the Dems and the snake-oil salesmen?

flytier on January 29, 2010 at 5:57 PM

The GOP are so stupid. I really don’t know if they should have power again. Of course this was going to help Obama because the GOP does not have the balls to say what needed to be said, they do not have the gonads to call out the lies when Obama speaks. they want to play nice while Obama has no problems lying his ass off.

A bolsiviek coup? whatelse is national healthcare if not that. If not why does 100% of marxists and communists support the bill. Yet the GOP did not have enough testicular fortitude to say this to Obama’s face. the GOP are made of beta males and is a disgrace. the GOP if they are going into battle like this should bring the generals that are willing to fight the good fight like Palin instead of the cowards they fielded today.

unseen on January 29, 2010 at 4:55 PM

I agree! The republicans need to show that they have testicular fortitude and confront this commie bastard!

MCGIRV on January 29, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Lookit – if our guys are unable to present and defend our positions, then they deserve to lose their jobs so we can find guys (or gals) who can effectively represent our positions and principals.

That’s the problem with RINOs. They don’t really know what they stand for.

Queen0fCups on January 29, 2010 at 5:58 PM

The GOP shot themselves in the foot again. Right when they get to be the beneficiaries of the anger vote they give Obama new life.

He looks like the adult while the GOP looks like pouting children.

Someone is reading my mind. Who was the moron that thought or didn’t think, this up?

flytier on January 29, 2010 at 5:59 PM

BTW – IL Primaries are Tuesday – get rid of the RINOs in the primary so we won’t have to defend them in the fall, then kavetch about them for the next two years!

Queen0fCups on January 29, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Oh come on, no one is going to watch this. I mean except for political junkies how many people will actually tune into a GOP retreat with Obama yakking away like some snake charmer? I would say 99% of the people I know have no idea that any of this is even going on.

Terrye on January 29, 2010 at 4:57 PM

True, but enough soundbites are being replayed on MSM news to reinforce the idea that ObaMao’s talking points are solid refutation and that they are more examples of his golden rhetoric.

ObaMao has dazzled his media stenographers. Their job is to trumpet his brilliance.

onlineanalyst on January 29, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Obama made Republicans look pathetic.

Decider on January 29, 2010 at 6:01 PM

I think this won’t stick, but watch for his commie comment to come back and bite him. Already Rush was making fun of it because it opens the door to link him to the US Communist party which has headline after headline saying how much they love him.

Obama should know better, being an attorney, never open a door if you don’t know where it leads. Besides, his reputation of being a smooth liar is now cemented. He may have ups and downs, good days and bad, but he is now known for who he is. It’s up to the people to respond the right way.

archer52 on January 29, 2010 at 6:03 PM

I think this won’t stick, but watch for his commie comment to come back and bite him. Already Rush was making fun of it because it opens the door to link him to the US Communist party which has headline after headline saying how much they love him.

archer52 on January 29, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Even the great GOP Messiah Rush Limbaugh will not be able to cover for this debacle. If Rush really is so good why doesn’t he step into the arena instead of using Conservatives to make millions of dollars?

I can stand back and ridicule for money. Actually, stepping into the arena take guts. Rush has no guts. He is just using you people to make money.

Decider on January 29, 2010 at 6:06 PM

One of the things this shows me is that Obama looks for and knows every teeny tiny criticism about him. He knows every angle and the words used against him. There must be a couple of full time staffers that search for, catalog and brief him daily on what people are saying about him.

I bet he even regularly visits here, too.
So….

Hey, Barry, you are not the change we were hoping for.

albill on January 29, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Even the great GOP Messiah Rush Limbaugh will not be able to cover for this debacle. If Rush really is so good why doesn’t he step into the arena instead of using Conservatives to make millions of dollars?

I can stand back and ridicule for money. Actually, stepping into the arena take guts. Rush has no guts. He is just using you people to make money.

Decider on January 29, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Love getting lectures from the little college pukes that have not even been alive longer Rush has been on the air. Oh, and you know there is only one cult messiah around here so stop stealing our material.

If Obama is so smart why doesn’t he step into the private sector instead of using the government to make millions of dollars for himself and his scumbag leftist thugs?

Decider, there is only once thing that I think you can do for money and it involves drunk hobos with a fiver.

ClassicCon on January 29, 2010 at 6:16 PM

“The One would never stoop to something as crassly partisan as calling someone a teabagger”

Does teabag, anti-government people count?

OxyCon on January 29, 2010 at 6:17 PM

I think Obama came off as an elitist snob in a snit, ranting like a fool. Again he reminds us that if we don’t go along with his socialist agenda, we are not acting in a bipartisan fashion. We need to get behind his Bolshevik progressive, bloated big government solutions or we are the problem. Sorry Barry, your idea of bipartisan is warped.

Philly on January 29, 2010 at 6:17 PM

But Obama is every bit an idealogue!

Who’s he trying to kid?

Chalk another one up to the ‘Hope of Audacity’.

chalons on January 29, 2010 at 6:17 PM

This only reaffirms that the GOP remains essentially pathetic political warriors. They’ve never thought out the “Obama problem”, have never understood the Left, and have never had a strategy other than sit around and cross their fingers hoping Obama self-destructs.

On the other hand, it’s not that Obama understands the Right — but he does have the Leftist’s instinctual, predatory sense of advantage when dealing with an enemy who cares about etiquette. Obama knew that no one in the GOP would challenge him as audaciously as he could lie to them. He knew he could walk in as the guest and have his way. He knows the GOP has nobody with the balls to call him out.

It’s only the people who have put up resistance to the Left, who have stood tough. We are the fighters, for now. And Obama fears us, far more than he fears that roomful of nervous twits.

rrpjr on January 29, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Obama couldn’t find any ‘independent’ economists or health care professionals to support the republican plans or who disputed his own democrap ideas. Yeah, that’s the ticket. It’s a sorry state if the House GOP doesn’t have a single individual who could weasel whack this pathological liar.

eaglewingz08 on January 29, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Many of us have been warning for years now that the leadership of the Repub party is not qualified. They are guaranteed to say or act the wrong way at the right time. Worse still they stand in the way of the Paul Ryans in the party.

The repubs will surely pick up seats in Nov as that is the historical odds. The problem is they won’t know what to do with them. They are and remain incompetent when it comes to fashioning a public personae that speaks of leadership.

patrick neid on January 29, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Even the great GOP Messiah Rush Limbaugh will not be able to cover for this debacle. If Rush really is so good why doesn’t he step into the arena instead of using Conservatives to make millions of dollars?

I can stand back and ridicule for money. Actually, stepping into the arena take guts. Rush has no guts. He is just using you people to make money.

Decider on January 29, 2010 at 6:06 PM

do you have a problem with this message ? or the fact that he has a large audience ? or that he makes money ?
your rant about “the arena” is pathetic, since he has been in the arena every day for several decades being watched and listed to by millions of people. that takes courage and he does a great service

runner on January 29, 2010 at 6:24 PM

What I saw mainly from Obama were more excuses along with his usual defensiveness. In short, he’s still trying to control the message rather than really listening to alternative ideas.

However, I appreciate both the president and the GOP for agreeing to televise this with the hope that there will be more in the future.

Hopefully, the more Obama opens dialogue with conservatives, the less pompous his attitude will be.

The Ugly American on January 29, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Speaking of Glenn Beck – He can be really annoying sometimes, but his show tonight was awesome.

Buy Danish on January 29, 2010 at 6:30 PM

I disagree that the venue suited Obama. As usual, he was arrogant, condescending, and evasive. I was surprised at one point that he didn’t pat Mike Pence on the head, as if the guy isn’t a U.S. Congressman that ‘We The People’ sent to represent us. He always seems to forget that when he’s talking to one of our representatives… he’s talking to US.

What a jerk. Seriously. You’d think he’d been raise by wolves with manners that poor.

Murf76 on January 29, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Sorry, someone who seeks out “structural feminists” and “Marxists professors” as friends is a radical ideologue. And claiming ObamaCare is a centrist piece of legislation is another delusion. I would hate to see him propose a Liberal piece of legislation if he’s only been proposing centrist ones thus far.

Blue Collar Todd on January 29, 2010 at 6:31 PM

“If you were to listen to the debate … you’d think that this thing was some Bolshevik plot.”

Figures that rat-bastard marxist would know the difference between flavors of communists.

/Bloody Splitter

rayra on January 29, 2010 at 6:33 PM

This is the kind of thing I’d love to see more of. I think the vast, vast majority of the American people are sick and tired of the vitriolic and divisive wailing between the far left and right wings. It’s tedious and counterproductive. Let’s talk ideas and solutions in a civil and productive manner.

dakine on January 29, 2010 at 6:34 PM

I saw that Luke Russert tweet, too, and don’t believe it.

Not surprisingly,right on its heels The Note tweeted this:

@thenote House GOP aides say they feel good about #questiontime. feel like they answered party of no critique

KittyLowrey on January 29, 2010 at 6:34 PM

patrick neid on January 29, 2010 at 6:22 PM

You really should watch the entire thing on C-Span tonight instead of relying on these couple of clips. The GOP members who were asking questions and making comments to Barry, pounded him and he looked like a fool trying to make excuses.

Knucklehead on January 29, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Rush tore Obama apart while it was going on, pointing out it was more of the blaming what he inherited, impugning the GOP while decrying partisan politics.

I heard soundbites then and have since seen clips. He was peevish.

That even some MSM called to mind “I am not a crook” to Obama’s “I am not an idealogue” tells the tale and THAT will be the take away quote, said derisively as it’s quite clear he is an idealogue.

That some conservatives charitably give him high marks speaks to their generous spirits, but really, there was one line that I believe garnered that praise but certainly does not apply to the entire performance.

KittyLowrey on January 29, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Haven’t ya’ll achieved Obamafatigue? Us working shlubbs have. He is just white noise now.

khacha on January 29, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Proving my point…just now, after I posted my previous comment Fox opens their panel with “I am not an idealogue”.

:)

KittyLowrey on January 29, 2010 at 6:40 PM

He looks like the adult

True_King on January 29, 2010 at 5:56 PM

He never looks like the adult.

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2010 at 6:40 PM

I can not understand why the r’s had this bho put his face before them after the sotu. If a rattlesnake bites you once do you put your hand out again to see if he really meant it?
L

letget on January 29, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Stephen Hayes says the “idealogue” comment ridiculous as his first year shows that’s exactly what he was.

He said it benefited both.

KittyLowrey on January 29, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Over at redstate,a guy who was actually there ,is reporting that actually he thought both sides got what they wanted out of this,and actually it is going to make it harder on pelosi because she refuses to work with the gop at all.After reading his take,I feel somewhat better.

ohiobabe on January 29, 2010 at 6:44 PM

IMO, the best takeaway line from today’s gathering was from Rep. Mike Pence…

“Now we know you’ve come to Baltimore today and you’ve raised this tax credit…which was last promoted by President Jimmy Carter…[long pause]“

Can’t believe that bit of brilliance didn’t cause at least one audible chuckle.

The Ugly American on January 29, 2010 at 6:46 PM

In all seriousness, can anyone here imagine Bush pulling this off? Or, let’s say….Palin? It’d be a train-wreck.

crr6 on January 29, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Sorry to bust your pimple, but Chimpy was the first sitting President to do so.

What channel was it on?

crr6 on January 29, 2010 at 5:50 PM

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=121901&page=1

What is a Republican president doing meeting behind closed doors with 50 Democratic senators? It’s only the latest maneuver in George W. Bush’s “charm offensive.”

This morning, Bush became the first president to attend a private policy retreat of the opposing party, mingling for half an hour with Senate Democrats as they gathered at the Library of Congress for their ritual strategy session.

‘Boy, He’s Really Good’

One Democratic source present at the meeting described Bush as “charming” and “funny” as he shook hands and engaged in lighthearted banter with the group. In brief remarks, Bush said he “loved” being president and was “honored” to have been elected, conceding that he did not win the contest in a landslide. He also spoke about his close friendship and working relationship as Texas governor with Bob Bullock, the late Democratic lieutenant governor.

“Boy, he’s really good,” the source said.

You’re dismissed.

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Kitty, WTF are you talking about? Maybe review and edit your comments prior to posting so they somewhat resemble the English language?

dakine on January 29, 2010 at 6:47 PM

If Rush really is so good why doesn’t he step into the arena instead of using Conservatives to make millions of dollars?

Decider on January 29, 2010 at 6:06 PM

If you weren’t so afraid of Rush and actually listened to his show, you would know the answer.

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2010 at 6:50 PM

This is the kind of thing I’d love to see more of. I think the vast, vast majority of the American people are sick and tired of the vitriolic and divisive wailing between the far left and right wings. It’s tedious and counterproductive. Let’s talk ideas and solutions in a civil and productive manner.

dakine on January 29, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Sorry, We’ve tried that before. All it has produced for us is a one way ratchet action towards ever increasing government spending, growth in the size and scope of government, and loss of freedoms and liberty.

chalons on January 29, 2010 at 6:51 PM

seriously – where is the coverage of the Paul Ryan interchange with Obama? Can you link it for us, A.P.?

kscheuller on January 29, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Great point by Hensarling w/vid and clarification:
http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZjZmOWU0MGUxMDRkNWU4ZDI1Nzc5MWY2ZGY3ZTM4YmQ=

The point about deficits is quite telling in the sheer magnitude of the contrasts.

onlineanalyst on January 29, 2010 at 6:55 PM

why not mention that meetings with GOP are transparent, and meetings with the Democrats are BEHIND CLOSED DOORS?? why NO questions about it from the GOP?? Why did the GOP sit there and let the NObama chastise them?? WHY??

mathewsjw on January 29, 2010 at 6:56 PM

If you weren’t so afraid of Rush and actually listened to his show, you would know the answer.

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2010 at 6:50 PM
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How many of the people who don’t like Rush,have actually listened to him regularly?Usually their answer is, well,I don’t listen much but what I have heard I don’t like.If you come into his program in the middle of a topic and maybe never have listened,you can’t really understand what he is talking about.

ohiobabe on January 29, 2010 at 6:58 PM

I’ll respectfully disagree chalons. Pragmatism, reason, logic, civility, etc…these concepts have always been central to solving problems in this country. It’s the wailing ideologues on both sides with an agenda who get in the way of individual liberty and GOOD government.

dakine on January 29, 2010 at 6:58 PM

I also give Obama credit for doing this. I’ve read that it hasn’t been done in the past. I also give them both credit for allowing it to be televised.

Jimbo3 on January 29, 2010 at 4:47 PM

GWB went to the Dem retreat in ’07.

KittyLowrey on January 29, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Why in hell did they invite this ass to their retreat? Narcissistic personalties never compromise and never admit fault. Attempting to reason with this dolt is futile. Challenge him, expose him and give him no quarter.

rplat on January 29, 2010 at 7:05 PM

why not mention that meetings with GOP are transparent, and meetings with the Democrats are BEHIND CLOSED DOORS?? why NO questions about it from the GOP?? Why did the GOP sit there and let the NObama chastise them?? WHY??

mathewsjw on January 29, 2010 at 6:56 PM

They did. Watch the entire thing instead of tidbits offered up by AP.

Knucklehead on January 29, 2010 at 7:05 PM

What Would Cuda Do?

Philly on January 29, 2010 at 7:05 PM

FWIW – I add this link to Paul Ryan’s website. Obama is the only one on screen and you can hear Ryan in the background. How impressive, Obama actually read Ryan’s plan. A lot easier to do when it isn’t 2000 freakin’ pages long.

kscheuller on January 29, 2010 at 7:20 PM

How many of the people who don’t like Rush,have actually listened to him regularly?Usually their answer is, well,I don’t listen much but what I have heard I don’t like.If you come into his program in the middle of a topic and maybe never have listened,you can’t really understand what he is talking about.

ohiobabe on January 29, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Rush himself regularly tells new listeners that they need to listen every day for at least 6 weeks to “get” what he’s talking about.

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2010 at 7:25 PM

You can play the entire event at the C-Span library.

Knucklehead on January 29, 2010 at 7:26 PM

I also give Obama credit for doing this. I’ve read that it hasn’t been done in the past. I also give them both credit for allowing it to be televised.

Jimbo3 on January 29, 2010 at 4:47 PM

GWB went to the Dem retreat in ‘07.

KittyLowrey on January 29, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Earlier than that, actually. Be sure to read all 3 pages of the story.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=121901&page=1

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Why didn’t a conservative retort: “Please show me one part of your healthcare bill that isn’t bolshevik.”

The GOP completely lacks today a Rooster Cogburn character or spirit. Too corporate, stiff, anal.

The Weekly Standard like a lot of Washington conservative denizens is simply floored and flattered when a liberal seems to act reasonable and gives them the time of day. Forget them.

The thing about Obama is how dependable a liar he is. He simply CANNOT not lie. Watching him is strenuous, draining, because at every step what you’re watching is not a process of discourse but a torqueing of truth. Constantly.

rrpjr

Grow Fins on January 29, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Earlier than that, actually. Be sure to read all 3 pages of the story.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=121901&page=1

Del Dolemonte

“Bush on Charmhimp Offensive at Democratic Retreat

Grow Fins on January 29, 2010 at 7:33 PM

I think the substance wasn’t important. Who won? Isn’t important. Obama and the entire Republican House membership held a meeting and it was televised. The next time Obama meets with the Dems of either chamber and it isn’t televised people will be asking “why not?” And rightly so.

jdp629 on January 29, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Of interest for those who think this public “retreat” was a mistake:

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=OWRlMzg0MGJmODBlYjI4YWI0YmUwZTM0ODg3OTg0YTQ=

Lockstein13 on January 29, 2010 at 7:38 PM

As I’m reading comments I’m pretty surprised how many people are characterizing the Republicans as being too nice. Clearly those people haven’t read about or heard about the whole thing. I didn’t watch the whole thing but have heard many clips.

Guest host in for Hugh Hewitt right now is playing long excerpts. Which reminds me, she just played the fairly long question from a Congressman named Jeb that Obama kept calling “Jim” (the guest host doesn’t refer to this). Reporters were taken aback live by this but it’s dropped into the memory bucket already.

But it did happen and we can remind of it. Not only did he call the man by the wrong first name he gets aggravated and interrupts the man to say he knows there’s a question in there and complains how the guy is taking so long and “I have to sit here and listen to it”. Then when the question gets asked in full he is pretty “snippy” as Hewitt’s guest host calls it and includes the whole “before I came into office” spiel, too.

Hello? On what planet do people on our side reside that they grant this type of behavior with high marks?!

KittyLowrey on January 29, 2010 at 7:40 PM

“Bush on Charmhimp Offensive at Democratic Retreat

Grow Fins on January 29, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Our chimp can kick your monkey’s as$ any day.

thomasaur on January 29, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Obama is counter to all that is American. Couple this with our very own pansy arsed sorely lacking Republican leadership and it makes me want to throw up. You Republicans had Obama on your own turf in this little rare candid get together and invited him over for lunch where he ate his and then yours too. Good Gawd.

We need a list of those Republicans in this meeting. I’m done with this. You didn’t come out swinging for us especially within the context of the rarity of this event?

When is your next shot at this? Precisely…never.

This should have been an assertive polite slaughter but seems you folks didn’t have the brains enough to prepare for such an event then wanted it televised? If you didn’t think you had enough ammunition then we need representatives who understand what it is they actually have.

Republican response to this: Well, Barack reached out to us pooky, pooky. BS! The democrats have shut each of you out of every negotiation thus far this year and now you gave him a chance and this one single demented politician shuts you down collectively spanking your widdow bottoms on TV no less? There is nothing in his agenda that resonates with now the majority of Americans and this was a rare chance to see you guys in action on our behalf and all you did was shoot blanks at each others tanned faces, pinky rings and quaffed hair..

In November? You. Are. Out….EOM

Tina

Tangerinesong on January 29, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Still the Stupid Party.

Sapwolf on January 29, 2010 at 7:47 PM

The next time Obama meets with the Dems of either chamber and it isn’t televised people will be asking “why not?” And rightly so.

jdp629 on January 29, 2010 at 7:37 PM

More to the point IMO is the visuals. Yes Obama got most of the camera time but there are many idiots out there that believe the propaganda that the GOP is the “Party of No” without providing any solutions. This is at least an opportunity to break through some of the stupidity that is the Democrat party.

highhopes on January 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM

You’re dismissed.

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2010 at 6:46 PM

So he didn’t take questions, and it wasn’t televised.

Next.

crr6 on January 29, 2010 at 7:55 PM

“If you were to listen to the debate … you’d think that this thing was some Bolshevik plot.”

Figures that rat-bastard marxist would know the difference between flavors of communists.

/Bloody Splitter

rayra

We know that Obama uses his words very carefully. So the question becomes if he is not a Bolshevik, is he a Menshevik?

Blue Collar Todd on January 29, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Tangerinesong on January 29, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Good work.

rrpjr on January 29, 2010 at 8:02 PM

In all seriousness, can anyone here imagine Bush pulling this off? Or, let’s say….Palin? It’d be a train-wreck.

crr6 on January 29, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Your problem is that Obama and his agenda are already a train wreck. this won’t help either. Next.

ddrintn on January 29, 2010 at 8:02 PM

“Bush on Charmhimp Offensive at Democratic Retreat

Grow Fins on January 29, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Heh. That’s so 2004. Think of a better name douchebag.

NathanG on January 29, 2010 at 8:03 PM

A third party can’t come fast enough

NO. We need to take back the GOP.

P.S. I’m a former Democratic-voting independent.

visions on January 29, 2010 at 8:04 PM

In all seriousness, can anyone here imagine Bush pulling this off? Or, let’s say….Palin? It’d be a train-wreck.

crr6 on January 29, 2010 at 5:45 PM

By the way, I’d loooooooove to see a free-form debate between Obama and Palin. Would LOVE it.

ddrintn on January 29, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Actually, stepping into the arena take guts. Rush has no guts. He is just using you people to make money.

Decider on January 29, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Limbaugh’s been in the arena for more than 20 years. It’s not exactly like making anonymous postings on a blog, you know. There’s harassment from the IRS, for one thing.

ddrintn on January 29, 2010 at 8:07 PM

By the way, I’d loooooooove to see a free-form debate between Obama and Palin. Would LOVE it.

ddrintn on January 29, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Agreed.

crr6 on January 29, 2010 at 8:08 PM

By the way, I’d loooooooove to see a free-form debate between Obama and Palin. Would LOVE it.

ddrintn on January 29, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Agreed.

crr6 on January 29, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Nah, you know your messiah would have to have his preconditions.

ddrintn on January 29, 2010 at 8:11 PM

I’m watching the Obama-GOP session on CSPAN. I am not impressed with The One so far. He’s already bashing Boosh and his predecessors in the first comment but claiming he is not trying to “re-litigate the past”. Yeah, right. The One does not get that the GOP wants to accomplish growth by cutting taxes and helping businesses, not subsidizing and taxing.

He just made the “I’m not an idealogue” comment. LOL. He knew no one bought that line, because he said “I’m not, really”. SNORT. Barry says he will be happy to embrace GOP ideas. YOU LIE!

Philly on January 29, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Actually, stepping into the arena take guts. Rush has no guts. He is just using you people to make money.

Decider on January 29, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Snort. At least he knows how to use “those people” to make money. What happened to Air America again? Oh yeah. THEY WENT BANKRUPT.

NathanG on January 29, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Unbelievable. The One now says he wants to make sure that bipartisanship can lead to each side blaming the other for failure in the next election. Good attitude there, Barry. Says he wants to tax the bank industry. Captain Job Killer.

Philly on January 29, 2010 at 8:15 PM

You seem to have missed the fact that he pulled his little finger trick, again (scratching his temple with his middle finger) as he was addressing the GOP.

neurosculptor on January 29, 2010 at 8:16 PM

I’m sorry, I meant won’t lead to each side blaming each other. So he’s against the idea already.

Philly on January 29, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Nah, you know your messiah would have to have his preconditions.

ddrintn on January 29, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Dude. Katie Couric got the best of your messiah.

crr6 on January 29, 2010 at 8:17 PM

LOL. Flipping the bird is so presidential.

Philly on January 29, 2010 at 8:18 PM

I’m watching the Obama-GOP session on CSPAN. I am not impressed with The One so far. He’s already bashing Boosh and his predecessors in the first comment but claiming he is not trying to “re-litigate the past”. Yeah, right. The One does not get that the GOP wants to accomplish growth by cutting taxes and helping businesses, not subsidizing and taxing.

He just made the “I’m not an idealogue” comment. LOL. He knew no one bought that line, because he said “I’m not, really”. SNORT. Barry says he will be happy to embrace GOP ideas. YOU LIE!

Philly on January 29, 2010 at 8:14 PM

I saw that. I snickered at that one. EVERY president has been an idealogue. He’s so full of it.

NathanG on January 29, 2010 at 8:19 PM

I’m watching the Obama-GOP session on CSPAN. I am not impressed with The One so far. He’s already bashing Boosh and his predecessors in the first comment but claiming he is not trying to “re-litigate the past”. Yeah, right. The One does not get that the GOP wants to accomplish growth by cutting taxes and helping businesses, not subsidizing and taxing.

Philly on January 29, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Yeah, I don’t see where it’s some sort of huge dazzling display from Obama. He didn’t change any minds; it’s pretty much the same ol’ same ol’.

ddrintn on January 29, 2010 at 8:19 PM

LOL. Flipping the bird is so presidential.

Philly on January 29, 2010 at 8:18 PM

It was just on the clip that O’Reilly played (though he made no mention of it).

neurosculptor on January 29, 2010 at 8:19 PM

In all seriousness, can anyone here imagine Bush pulling this off? Or, let’s say….Palin? It’d be a train-wreck.

crr6 on January 29, 2010 at 5:45 PM

No need to imagine, they’ve done it and honestly, too, which is more than we can say for Obama’s petulant performance today.

But I do give him points for showing up. Desperate times, etc.

KittyLowrey on January 29, 2010 at 8:20 PM

GOP returns to form. Their own media outlet, eg Fox, declared it a BIG WIN for Obama. Just when the country finally gets it and figures out that Maobama is hardcore left, the GOP nitwits jump in and bail him out.

I know, they did it to refute the charge from (from lefty media outlets) that they are the ‘Party of No.’ But guess what? Even Fox led with the story as ‘Obama Reaching Out to the GOP.’ The Fox Allstars? In Love Again, with Maobama. (its like Charles turned back the page to August, 2008).

Unbelievable. They will never, ever learn.

james23 on January 29, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Now he tries to deflect the line item veto issue off onto Congress by asking them to use more restraint. Does not answer the question. Says he wants to have a discussion about it.

Philly on January 29, 2010 at 8:22 PM

In all seriousness, can anyone here imagine Bush pulling this off? Or, let’s say….Palin? It’d be a train-wreck.

crr6 on January 29, 2010 at 5:45 PM

The only other President to address the opposition retreat was Bush, who did it twice.

In addition to that, The Precedent accomplished nothing other than giving the GOP the finger. Wow! He’s good ….

neurosculptor on January 29, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Shelly Capito (WV) asks about job-killing cap and trade. OMG. Barry says he enjoys listening to their governor, who is shady at best. That says it all. This dope is trying to cover up his bankrupting coal companies by claiming he is a proponent of clean coal technology, which experts says is economically infeasible anytime soon. What a liar. He claims he says he is for nuke as well (BARF!).

Philly on January 29, 2010 at 8:24 PM

The only other President to address the opposition retreat was Bush, who did it twice.

How many questions did he take? What channel was it on?

crr6 on January 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM

He wants to work with WV to figure out the future, which means there will be “transition”. That’s a code word for putting coal mines out of business and paying a huge federal unemployment package. Doesn’t mean we will be putting the old “out of business right away” – WTF?!? So he will put them out of business, but not as fast as he had planned? IMPEACH NOW!

Philly on January 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM

He’s on CSPAN now. Jason Chaffetz is asking a question now.

Philly on January 29, 2010 at 8:27 PM

I think the conference was more of a lecture from Obama than an exchange of ideas. He’s a good talker, but not much else. I love the part, “I’d accept your suggestions if you made them” or something along that line. Bullsh*t. He doesn’t care what they think, and I don’t mind that at all. What pisses me off though is the fact that he can’t own up to his own partisanship, along with the partisanship of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.

NathanG on January 29, 2010 at 8:29 PM

I will give GOP critics of this meeting props – I cannot believe that Capito or anyone else there did not respond to Barry’s comment that he indeed planned to obsolete coal mining. That is shocking.

Philly on January 29, 2010 at 8:29 PM

In all seriousness, can anyone here imagine Bush pulling this off? Or, let’s say….Palin? It’d be a train-wreck.
crr6 on January 29, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Yes, I can. Bush was honestly bipartisan. He never cast aspersions on his predecessor, regularly reaffirmed the prerogative of partisan opposition, and tipped his hat and even reached out to democrats quite often.

As for Palin, she’s an excellent executive and I’ve no doubt would excel at this sort of affair.

rrpjr on January 29, 2010 at 8:31 PM

How many questions did he take? What channel was it on?

crr6 on January 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM

LOL. How many hard questions has THe Indonesian imbecikle ever taken? Your pathetic Precedent couldn’t last for even half of a Bush Press conference. Your Indonesian crumbles under anything less than adoration, fawning and expressions that his 78 IQ seems more like 130.

If a Republican had ever said anything even nearly as stupid as “profit and earnings ratios” he would have been laughed out of office immediately. With your Indonesian imbecile, people just ignore it. LOL. Your Precedent shows that he has the mathematical sophistication of a retarded 8th grader and you idiots are still trying to say he’s smart. Get a brain, man. And teach your Precedent how to correctly use the indefinite article. Please. It hurts to listen to the fool mangle English whenever he’s off the TOTUS. He gets all wee wee’d up.

neurosculptor on January 29, 2010 at 8:31 PM

He just used the word transparency. Why, because there isn’t any. About having lobbyists in this administration, he backpedaled on saying he had none in the administration to saying that he had been more strict than others about hiring them or letting them make high-level decisions. YOU LIE.

Philly on January 29, 2010 at 8:32 PM

I think the vast, vast majority of the American people are sick and tired of the vitriolic and divisive wailing between the far left and right wings.

dakine on January 29, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Democrat talking point. The polls say exactly the opposite.They can’t stand your guy and do not want anything to do with his socialist legislative agenda.

james23 on January 29, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Thanks, Del!

I meant to look it up because I thought I remembered that.

KittyLowrey on January 29, 2010 at 8:34 PM

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