Valerie Jarrett: Maybe we should try talking to tea partiers in simpler terms

posted at 1:49 pm on February 23, 2010 by Allahpundit

In fairness, although the questioner asks specifically about TPers, she seems to think that talking to everyone in simpler terms would be a good idea. Which is a standard lefty dodge. Just as Obama’s supposedly going down the tubes because he hasn’t been aggressive enough in building Great Society II, the ObamaCare meltdown is due not to public antipathy to the bill on the merits but to the failure of our American Pericles to properly explain it the first 8,000 times he talked about it on camera. It’s a teachable moment — everything is — and he simply hasn’t taught yet. No worries, though. He’ll get it through our thick heads one of these days.

As for her point about tea partiers preying on people’s economic anxiety in their own “extreme” way, compare and contrast with what she said about Palin’s mild “hopey changey” joke on Obama supporters a few weeks ago as being not “constructive.” Enjoy a few minutes of constructiveness.


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Drrrrr.

lorien1973 on February 23, 2010 at 1:51 PM

What do you expect from someone with PlayDoh hair?

Punditpawn on February 23, 2010 at 1:51 PM

That’s DC-speak for: “the voters are stupid”.

Vashta.Nerada on February 23, 2010 at 1:51 PM

I don’t need a lecture from Professor Valerie Jarrett.

SouthernGent on February 23, 2010 at 1:52 PM

As for her point about tea partiers preying on people’s economic anxiety in their own “extreme” way,

Didn’t Obama at one point, tell us that the country would go bankrupt if we didn’t pass his health care deform bill, like, immediately?

MarkTheGreat on February 23, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Good gosh!

No word more than six alphabets. That should do it.

Sir Napsalot on February 23, 2010 at 1:52 PM

It plays along Obama and The Democrats’ theme of “We didn’t explain it well enough to you stupid people.”

kingsjester on February 23, 2010 at 1:53 PM

And to think Obama was a professor.

Queen0fCups on February 23, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Not lying would go a loooooong way. I have no hope that they will stop but it would help.

jukin on February 23, 2010 at 1:53 PM

We all know what Rahm would say.

Queen0fCups on February 23, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Leftist world view:

Giggles: Government takeover of healthcare.
Voters: Don’t like it.
Giggles: But it’s government takeover of healthcare.
Voters: Still don’t like it.
Giggles: But it’s government takeover of healthcare.
Voters: Still don’t like it.
Giggles: But it’s government takeover of healthcare.
Voters: Still don’t like it.
Giggles: But it’s government takeover of healthcare.
Voters: Oh. It’s government takeover of healthcare. OK, sign me up!

crazy_legs on February 23, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Duuuuuuuuh I dunt git it valery.

The eltist jerks, who think they are so above everyone, and need to explain things to us, as if they’re reading The Pokey Little Puppy to a bunch of 2 year olds.

It gets my dander up, and turns me even further away. If that’s even possible. I’m so sick of that crap. The problem Valerie is………WE DO GET IT!!!

capejasmine on February 23, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Obama has “The burden of being so bright”? WTF?

Key West Reader on February 23, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Can someone explain what she said to me? It was a little complicated.

darwin on February 23, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Hey, is this simple enough Jarrett: $%^# YOU!!!!!

search4truth on February 23, 2010 at 1:55 PM

I can’t stand Valerie Jarrett.
I refuse to be lectured by a slum lord of the worst kind. It doesn’t matter if she speaks slum lord simple or educated elite.
She turns my stomach and exemplifies Barry’s friends who we should indeed judge him by……………. disgusting woman.

ORconservative on February 23, 2010 at 1:56 PM

What do you expect from someone with PlayDoh hair?

Punditpawn on February 23, 2010 at 1:51 PM

ROFLMAO!!!

Now I have this image. Press her arm down, and it comes squeezing out of her scalp. LOL

capejasmine on February 23, 2010 at 1:56 PM

See, it’s these kind of threads where I really miss Knucklehead. Sure hope she is having fun on that cruise.

OmahaConservative on February 23, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Me no understand nuance. Me scared of nuance. Me want to smash nuance.

Mr. D on February 23, 2010 at 1:56 PM

crazy_legs on February 23, 2010 at 1:54 PM

haha, excellent

clearbluesky on February 23, 2010 at 1:56 PM

The part of the burden of being so bright??!!!

Come on Big O, take ye a rest… please!!

ttime500 on February 23, 2010 at 1:57 PM

When I think of Valerie, any number of “simple terms” come to mind.

Doorgunner on February 23, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Can someone explain what she said to me? It was a little complicated.

darwin on February 23, 2010 at 1:55 PM

You would never get it anyway. Just remember to vote for the person with a D next to their name.

Joe Caps on February 23, 2010 at 1:57 PM

uhhhh, i not so shure, butt I tink she just sed dat I aint so smert…

JamesLee on February 23, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Valerie, want things in simpler terms? I’ll boil things down to two words… “fark” and “you”.

teke184 on February 23, 2010 at 1:58 PM

“part of the burden of being so bright”?

Lordy, these people really see themselves as part of the greater nobility!

sharrukin on February 23, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Say, Valerie, when you hear the word *NO* in response to your explaining something, don’t assume its because they don’t understand you. Folks DO understand you.

That is your problem.

You refuse to accept the answer.

ajacksonian on February 23, 2010 at 1:59 PM

All these terms like “cloture” and “reconcilitation”, I don’t know what any of that means…

I am just a simple unfrozen caveman lawyer.

ttime500 on February 23, 2010 at 1:59 PM

You would never get it anyway. Just remember to vote for the person with a D next to their name.

Joe Caps on February 23, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Ok thanks! That’s pretty simple … I think.

darwin on February 23, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Mongo like Barry. Mongo like Valerie. Mongo like socialism.

Mongo like. Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.

turfmann on February 23, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Obama has “The burden of being so bright”? WTF?

Key West Reader on February 23, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Definitely the most amusing part. The guy is so bright he cannot get a major bill passed, sans spending $800B of other peoples money.

WashJeff on February 23, 2010 at 2:00 PM

I guess translating that means they have to learn to lie better. Make the lies easier to understand and believe.

darwin on February 23, 2010 at 2:00 PM

O/T: Megyhn just reported VP Cheney had a minor heart attack (confirmed by family).

kingsjester on February 23, 2010 at 2:00 PM

crazy_legs on February 23, 2010 at 1:54 PM

+1

John the Libertarian on February 23, 2010 at 2:00 PM

It begs the question, why did they not follow through on putting everything on C-Span? Apparently the public is too stupid to understand what is being done in D.C. anyway. Must be those big words.

Cindy Munford on February 23, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Hmm. Flattering.

JKahn913 on February 23, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Valerie Jarret deserves to spend a day – hell, an hour – in any communist “re-education” camp.

Maybe then she might have a better understanding for what America is all about and in VERY simple and stark terms.

Commie fool.

J.J. Sefton on February 23, 2010 at 2:01 PM

I think that’s why ‘Hope and ‘Change’ was so catchy, because it was really very simple, and it was something that everyone understood the definition of.

Uh, no Val. It’s precisely because it was undefined and each silly Obama voter could convince themselves it meant whatever they individually wanted, and it’s likely no two people had exactly the same expectations, that when “Hope and Change” has been on the table in terms of real governance that some are finding it isn’t what they thought it was. And lo and behold, Obama’s approval drops.

When he’s defined by his actions and not an ill defined platitude he’s a heck of a lot less popular. Same goes for the Healthcare plan. If you think people are unhappy with it now, imagine it enacted.

trubble on February 23, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Everyone who doesn’t like it is mean and stupid. Everyone who understands it likes it. Only smart people can understand it.

You like it, don’t you?

ROCnPhilly on February 23, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Doesn’t need to be simpler…The feds are twelve trillion in debt and spending like there is no tomorrow…Pass Obamacare and watch 30 year T-bills become radioactive…Only Timmy Gheitner will be lining up to buy our bonds…So easy a Caveman could do the math. Valerie Jarrett, not sure!

Nozzle on February 23, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Par for the course. Those that disagree are too stoooopid to understand the awesomeness they wish to bestow on us. We just don’t know what’s good for us.

I haz to go lern hows to ty mye shooz now.

changer1701 on February 23, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Awesome. They think we’re stupid. Keep on thinking that.

forest on February 23, 2010 at 2:02 PM

If people under 30 are such dopes that they need to be told in ‘simpler terms’, blame government-run education! But I digress…

People tend to break arguments down to the empirical; only liberals go off into esoteric meanings and arguments. Like last week–a lib on an abortion thread here asked, “What about the babies killed in Afghanistan by American bombs?” as if it’s somehow ‘wrong’ to oppose abortion while not mentioning the accidental deaths over there. Or, to remove this a little from a hot political issue, the lib;’s argument was basically, “And people die in car accidents all the time. So, no one should oppose abortion.”

Crazy…

No, Ms Jarret, we’re at the bottom line: We don’t want what you’re offering and we have valid, cogent reasons why. Is that simple enough for you?

Liam on February 23, 2010 at 2:02 PM

I’m amazed by how little this administration has actually communicated. He has so dumbed it down that he’s said practically nothing for months now.

When he HAS allowed questions, which is rarely, he seems to wander off into unrelated topics, which is not really a sign of great intellect.

AnninCA on February 23, 2010 at 2:02 PM

kingsjester on February 23, 2010 at 2:00 PM

More prayers ascending.

OmahaConservative on February 23, 2010 at 2:02 PM

You know … those people, those tea party people. They’re stupid. You gotta explain it to them so they’ll understand that what Obama is trying to do is good for them.

darwin on February 23, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Valerie “Ratface” Jarrett is just repeating the new mantra of the left and the media(I know, I’m being redundant). If their agenda fails, it’s because the public was too dumb to understand how wonderful it would’ve been for us. It’s a very dumb political strategery, but I hope they continue down this road.

Doughboy on February 23, 2010 at 2:03 PM

TPers

What? Are we going around the country TPing politician’s houses now?

Don’t be lazy. Type it out.

Tea Partiers

uknowmorethanme on February 23, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Maybe this November’s election will give her a simple message.

I’ll give her a hint: Hulk smash!!

DrAllecon on February 23, 2010 at 2:03 PM

part of the burden of being so bright?

Wow, Valerie. If you think he is so bright, maybe that might be a clue that you are not…. just saying.

ORconservative on February 23, 2010 at 2:03 PM

That’s DC-speak for: “the voters are stupid”.

Vashta.Nerada on February 23, 2010 at 1:51 PM

That’s what they say before elections when they’re still trying to court votes. After a bad election, it’s “the voters are angry” or even “the voters are throwing a tantrum.” As for me, I’d rather be called angry than stupid.

jwolf on February 23, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Didn’t Obama at one point, tell us that the country would go bankrupt if we didn’t pass his health care deform bill, like, immediately?

To be fair that actually is happening :(

But not for those reasons.

WitchDoctor on February 23, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Who am I? Why am I here?

I’m too stoopid to know fings like this.

Abby Adams on February 23, 2010 at 2:03 PM

And let’s all refer to Valerie Jarrett in simpler terms as well.

How about…..QUEEN OF CHICAGO SLUMS?

pilamaye on February 23, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Soetoro was never a professor – he was a guest lecturer. Don’t believe the hype.

BHO Jonestown on February 23, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Pardon me…Only Ben Bernanke will be buying our bonds before long.

Nozzle on February 23, 2010 at 2:04 PM

“Hope and Change”…so simple even a caveman can get it.

dont taze me bro on February 23, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Maybe Valerie should head back to Chicago first to clean up the slums (Algren Gardens?) that she left in the dumpster before she tries to destroy the American economy with more do-gooderism.

onlineanalyst on February 23, 2010 at 2:04 PM

They can’t fathom how anyone wouldn’t share their worldview, so they can only conclude that we’re ignorant of the facts, incapable of understanding the facts, or unwilling to understand the facts.

For the true blue progressive, those three things are the options.

Anybody who doesn’t believe like they do is ignorant, stupid, or corrupt.

TheUnrepentantGeek on February 23, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Elitist’s view.
When we do not accept their insanity & bufoonery, we are labeled the simpletons.
Projection at its very highest level, indeed.

Badger40 on February 23, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Grove Parc. Grove Parc. Grove Parc = Valerie Jarrett. Tony Rezko. Allison Davis. Connect the dots. I fail to understand how this Jarrertt bum remains employed by the government. She should have been in federal cell by now but with Obama/Holder in charge ……..

MayorDaley on February 23, 2010 at 2:05 PM

“Hope and Change”…so simple even a caveman can get it.

dont taze me bro on February 23, 2010 at 2:04 PM

LOL!
+10!!

Badger40 on February 23, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Is Valerie Jarrett promoting Ebonics? Obonics?

Lourdes on February 23, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Sometimes I feel embarrassed for people that buy Obama’s hype. They seem so sincere but haven’t the foggiest idea that Obama is about to plunge a knife in their back.

darwin on February 23, 2010 at 2:05 PM

They think you’re stupid. They think all freedom loving Americans are stupid. They think patriotism is stupid. They think churchgoing is stupid. They think flag-flying is stupid. They despise families with more than two children. They are sure that where we live-anywhere but near or in a few major cities-is an insipid cultural wasteland. –Laura Ingraham

Abby Adams on February 23, 2010 at 2:06 PM

The Tea Partiers are by and large productive citizens…Valerie Jarrett and the Obama road show steal from the productive to squander on the non-productive…We get it!

Nozzle on February 23, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Valerie, there is a very simple, short word that describes you: c#nt. I hope that was constructive.

PimFortuynsGhost on February 23, 2010 at 2:06 PM

I am not anti-government, I’m just for Constitutional government.

GardenGnome on February 23, 2010 at 2:06 PM

For a ‘highly educated’ person, here is some gigantic stup*d b*tch.

Sir Napsalot on February 23, 2010 at 2:06 PM

When you get to the point where you think your argument is perfect and it should convince anyone who listens, yet they remain unconvinced, you can do one of three things: 1) Assume you are not communicating well and try it again, or 2) Assume your audience is not bright enough to understand your point or 3) Come to the realization that maybe the audience has a point of view that disagrees with yours.

They’re stuck on 2. 3 requires you to give your audience the benefit of the doubt that they have the same level of intellect that you do, perhaps more in the aggregate, and also their common experience may be different than yours.

The fact that we disagree, Madam Secretary, doesn’t mean we are stoooopid, it means that we honestly and forthrightly have an opinion of the facts that is different from yours. Furthermore, we are right and you are not.

Tennman on February 23, 2010 at 2:07 PM

“Part of the burden of being” the Shining City on the Hill is that we have a Marxist at the helm and a lot of Maoists surrounding him.

Is Jarrett Barack Chavez’s parrot?

onlineanalyst on February 23, 2010 at 2:07 PM

I’m suggesting Valerie Jarrett stop speaking Communism and try taking a few classes in Capitalism and Americanism instead, which might result in Jarrett experiencing less stress when “trying to communicate” with millions of Americans who would love nothing more than for Jarrett and others in her coven to go away or straighten themselves out.

Lourdes on February 23, 2010 at 2:08 PM

When he HAS allowed questions, which is rarely, he seems to wander off into unrelated topics, which is not really a sign of great intellect.

AnninCA on February 23, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Typical of libs, Ann, which you see all the time. And the Left sees that as some sort of genius. I don’t about you, but I’m amazed at the permutations liberals will go through to make a point. Then change the rules.

Liam on February 23, 2010 at 2:08 PM

I’m amazed by how little this administration has actually communicated. He has so dumbed it down that he’s said practically nothing for months now.

AnninCA on February 23, 2010 at 2:02 PM

It’s not dumbed down, but intentionally vague and ethereal. Like a child with a stick, his messages are whatever one wishes them to be.

ROCnPhilly on February 23, 2010 at 2:09 PM

FU valerie and the big eared jackass you rode in on.

Jvette on February 23, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Along with Rachel Maddow, Jarrett is flamer alum of Stanford University, which keeps turning out these jerks in competition with Harvard and Yale.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 23, 2010 at 2:09 PM

If “smart” means persistently insulting and antagonizing the very people whose support you’ll need to accomplish your goals, then I’ll stay stupid, thank you.

Cicero43 on February 23, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Pleez drawer me a picher of ObamaKair. I dunt unnerstan it.

JimP on February 23, 2010 at 2:10 PM

So it’s not that we understand their ideas and reject them… it’s that we don’t understand their ideas in the first place.

Hmmmm. Interesting idea. If they only had some kind of camps where we could be go to be reeducated on important issues. Pity.

29Victor on February 23, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Halp us Valary Jar-et. We r stuk in a Tee Partie.

crazy_legs on February 23, 2010 at 2:10 PM

This is like Chinese water torture…

It wont be the proposal which wins on merit. It’ll be the population so utterly flabbergasted, exhausted from the incessant liberal word vomit that we prefer tyranny over torture. “If we just talk more, and slower!”

;-)

Diane on February 23, 2010 at 2:10 PM

The arrogance of this Chicago gang is astounding.

FireBlogger on February 23, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Listen bee-atch, show me your college transcripts and those of your boss, then we’ll talk about who needs to talk slowly to whom. But you won’t, will you? Because that would be embarrassing as hell — all those C’s and D’s in sociology and women’s studies courses, not to mention the rare math or science course that was foisted upon the two of you. I can only imagine what your intellectual performance was there. Save your slow talk for your like-minded friends at cocktail parties; there is no one dumber to have a conversation with than a liberal. Ask yourself: Which large group of American people fell hardest for the global warming scam? Got the answer? Good. Now tell yourself this: They were convinced of this embarrassing scam by…Al Gore. Sound like a bunch of smart folks to you? Enough said.

Rational Thought on February 23, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Sorry. Didn’t mean to elevate Ms. Jarrett to the level of a secretarial position. I should have said, “Madam Senior Advisor and Assistant to the president for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Obama administration.”

My error.

Tennman on February 23, 2010 at 2:11 PM

The Tea Partiers are by and large productive citizens…Valerie Jarrett and the Obama road show steal from the productive to squander on the non-productive…We get it!

Nozzle on February 23, 2010 at 2:06 PM

In Valerie Jarrett’s and Barack Obama’s specific cases, their entire lives have been waged at the expense of others. Both of them are two persons who have been extensively supported in exceptionally indulgent circumstances by others. Jarrett’s father, a Communist and a Communist activist, as also Obama’s grandparents and his notorious “mentor” or enablers, have supported these two respectively in a highly vain and well-padded, well-funded environment. Neither of them are self-made, both are entirely spoiled, over indulged and exceptionally ugly people.

Lourdes on February 23, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Save me, Obamasiah, I’m stuck on stupid.

Jvette on February 23, 2010 at 2:11 PM

I wonder if these people (Libs in power) ever consider that some of us who disagree may actually be SMARTER than they are. (or at least smarter than they give us credit for)

Of course they don’t…..they know better.

omnipotent on February 23, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Didn’t Obama at one point, tell us that the country would go bankrupt if we didn’t pass his health care deform bill, like, immediately?

MarkTheGreat on February 23, 2010 at 1:52 PM

And then he spent like a gazillion dollars and raised the debt ceiling twice! Brilliant!

scalleywag on February 23, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Lourdes on February 23, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Not a quote ^^.

Lourdes on February 23, 2010 at 2:12 PM

How come all them dumb people ain’t stuck in Iraq?
/John Kerry

Chip on February 23, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Allow me to properly format this:

The Tea Partiers are by and large productive citizens…Valerie Jarrett and the Obama road show steal from the productive to squander on the non-productive…We get it!

Nozzle on February 23, 2010 at 2:06 PM

In Valerie Jarrett’s and Barack Obama’s specific cases, their entire lives have been waged at the expense of others. Both of them are two persons who have been extensively supported in exceptionally indulgent circumstances by others. Jarrett’s father, a Communist and a Communist activist, as also Obama’s grandparents and his notorious “mentor” or enablers, have supported these two respectively in a highly vain and well-padded, well-funded environment. Neither of them are self-made, both are entirely spoiled, over indulged and exceptionally ugly people.

Lourdes on February 23, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Lourdes on February 23, 2010 at 2:12 PM

They are smart. They make things go.

Drill_Thrawl on February 23, 2010 at 2:13 PM

maybe we tea partiers should try talking to the white house clowns in ebonics….

jbh45 on February 23, 2010 at 1:55 PM

very nice

The Race Card on February 23, 2010 at 2:13 PM

For a ‘highly educated’ person, here is some gigantic stup*d b*tch.

Sir Napsalot on February 23, 2010 at 2:06 PM

It’s long been said that no one can be more ignorant than an intellectual.

Liam on February 23, 2010 at 2:13 PM

“Tea Partiers do not like government” (per Valerie)
Obama and Valerie help make up the government.
Tea Partiers don’t like Obama and Valerie.
Simple words.
Next topic

Guest1.1 on February 23, 2010 at 2:13 PM

It begs the question, why did they not follow through on putting everything on C-Span? Apparently the public is too stupid to understand what is being done in D.C. anyway. Must be those big words.

Cindy Munford on February 23, 2010 at 2:01 PM

I firmly believe that were they to do this the mask of intellgence would be lifted at a faster rate than it is anyway.

thomasaur on February 23, 2010 at 2:13 PM

crazy_legs on February 23, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Always a goodie.

Abby Adams on February 23, 2010 at 2:14 PM

jbh45 on February 23, 2010 at 1:55 PM

See, now, that’s how the tea party movement gets tarred with “racism” charges. What does “ebonics” have to do with the White House, or Valerie Jarrett?

notropis on February 23, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Question? How many members of the Obama admin are also members of academia?

BKeyser on February 23, 2010 at 2:14 PM

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