Palin to Obama: A little humility might work wonders

posted at 7:00 pm on August 31, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

What does Barack Obama want most when preparing for a prime time Oval Office speech to the nation?  Offhand, I’d guess one or two of Bill Clinton’s speechwriters, or perhaps these days even George W. Bush’s, but probably not advice from the Democrats’ bête noire, Sarah Palin.  That’s too bad, though, because Palin actually has good advice for the President from her Facebook platform, particularly in her conclusion:

As Americans tune in to watch President Obama, it is important to remember the facts. He opposed the surge. He predicted it would fail. He said it would make things worse even after it dramatically improved the situation. He voted to cut off funds for our brave soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines fighting in Iraq. For months he refused to accept that the surge he fought was actually a spectacular success. As President Obama usually likes to look backwards and declare the state of everything to be “George Bush’s fault,” my hope is that tonight he stays consistent and looks backwards, and in this case acknowledges that credit should be given where credit is due.

Along with the points that Bill Kristol made yesterday, I too have some suggestions for the president. President Obama, please show grace, humility and some honesty before the American people tonight. Please don’t declare “Mission Accomplished” and then saunter away with an assumption that your opposition to the Iraq strategy was key to our troops’ success. Please end the political posturing. Admit you were wrong about the surge. Recognize what our brave armed forces have achieved. Admit that the strategy long advocated by Republicans, proposed by President Bush, led by Generals Petraeus and Odierno, and executed by thousands of America’s finest – our brave men and women in uniform – brought violence under control and made responsible withdrawals possible. The more honest you are about the past, the more likely it is you will gain the support of the American people for your Iraq policy in the future. We need to be able to trust the White House war strategy, as our children’s future depends on it. Being honest with us tonight is a good starting point in building trust.

To some extent, Obama has admitted he got the surge wrong in Iraq by both implementing the same strategy in Afghanistan and assigning David Petraeus to run it.  Robert Gibbs went far enough this morning to acknowledge that the surge improved security in Iraq, while at the same time issuing a flood of nonsequiturs about how political and diplomatic efforts succeeded as well — as though Bush had never used either in his years-long rebuilding project in Iraq or had never acknowledged their necessity.  To the contrary, even when ordering the surge, Bush insisted that the solution in Iraq would take much more than a military effort — but that the surge was necessary to stabilize Iraq enough for diplomacy and politics to work.

Gibbs also claimed that the Anbar Awakening somehow played a role separate from the surge.  It’s true that a few of the Sunni tribes began to work with the Americans before the surge, but the reason why most of them got on board was because Bush committed publicly to stay until the fight was over.  If Gibbs and Obama think the Awakening would have continued while the US hotfooted it out of Iraq, they understand little about how and why those tribal chiefs switched sides in the first place.

Why not just explicitly admit that Bush got it right?  Palin correctly notes that acknowledging the obvious builds a certain level of credibility, and praising one’s political opponents gives one a sense of grace, both of which are lacking in Obama’s presidency at the moment.  While Bush steadfastly maintains his silence about his successor, Obama spends most of his time attacking Bush.  In fact, it’s not quite accurate to call Bush a political opponent of Obama, since Bush has yet to openly oppose Obama on anything.  It’s much more accurate to call Obama a political opponent of Bush, and perhaps one in perpetuity, since Obama seems interested in talking about almost no one else.

I suspect that this good advice will get ignored, just as John Boehner’s good advice to Obama to dump his economic team and start over got ignored, and for the same reason.  To listen to such advice is to be seen as admitting fault, which is seen as weakness in politics.  The real weakness, though, is in Obama’s distant connection to the electorate, which another self-serving Oval Office speech will only exacerbate rather than remedy.


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You might as well suggest that a snake try walking.

Cylor on August 31, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Wait until he figures out the umbrella puzzle first, one hard one at a time.

darwin-t on August 31, 2010 at 7:03 PM

To some extent, Obama has admitted he got the surge wrong in Iraq by both implementing the same strategy in Afghanistan and assigning David Petraeus to run it.

No, he hasn’t. He’s just quietly done it and hoped nobody noticed his flip flop. The MSM dutifully will protect him.

If you admit something, you admit it.

Stop covering for him, Ed.

fossten on August 31, 2010 at 7:04 PM

But… but… he’s a Super Genius. He said so. And Acme is a great company.

beatcanvas on August 31, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Palin: Your not entitled to your own facts Barry.

WisRich on August 31, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Top of the hour news has copy of Barry’s speech and they say he is going to admit the surge worked. Don’t think he will admit he was against it, but we shall see.

sandee on August 31, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Meanwhile Obama is already preparing for his speech “Me Me Me Me MEEEEEE!!!!”

Cookies Mom on August 31, 2010 at 7:05 PM

cue liberal “how dare this women who doesn’t even have a Harvard degree provide advice, why I bet she’s never even gone to Havarvd!!!!11::”

joeindc44 on August 31, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Spoiled brats don’t know what humility is.

SouthernGent on August 31, 2010 at 7:07 PM

I suspect that this good advice will get ignored, just as John Boehner’s good advice to Obama to dump his economic team and start over got ignored, and for the same reason. To listen to such advice is to be seen as admitting fault, which is seen as weakness in politics.

Pride can be very damaging.

CWforFreedom on August 31, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Our silent soldiers at Fort Bliss today.

Literal silence.

Key West Reader on August 31, 2010 at 7:08 PM

“I wont blame Bush , i take full responsibility for the success”

the_nile on August 31, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Humiliy + Obama = Snow + Hell

year_of_the_dingo on August 31, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Can’t Obama just eat his Shrimp Waffles?

portlandon on August 31, 2010 at 7:09 PM

The key to understanding Obama’s weakness is that he is the Not-Truman. While both men were liberals, Harry had a strong distaste for buck-passing. Obama does it every day in an effort to play shiny pony politics and keep his base energized and angry at Republicans.

Truman understood that at some point, elections come to an end and you have to work with the other side of the aisle. That’s how we got the Marshall Plan, by the way. That also means being willing to assume responsibility for controversial decisions. Till the day he died, Harry Truman was proud to have dropped the atomic bombs on Japan.

You don’t find Obama mentioning Health Care reform all that much, not because he doesn’t like it, but because his pollsters tell him not to.

Obama will never understand this. Partisanship is all he knows; the greatest lie sold to the American people by the Obamists and their media enablers is that Obama is somehow “post partisan”. That’s just bollocks.

victor82 on August 31, 2010 at 7:11 PM

If Gibbs and Obama think the Awakening would have continued while the US hotfooted it out of Iraq, they understand little about how and why those tribal chiefs switched sides in the first place.

They dont think , it’s a game of demagoguery for them.

the_nile on August 31, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Thank God for this woman.

She is like a shining beacon in this darkness.

One can only imagine the turmoil at 1600 Penn. Ave. when some snot-nosed intern charged with watching her facebook page screamed “Incoming!”

And it was a beauty, too. A finely honed samurai sword clean through his Achilles tendon.

turfmann on August 31, 2010 at 7:11 PM

When you’re as great as Obama, you don’t have to be humble.

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backwoods conservative on August 31, 2010 at 7:11 PM

请显示雍容谦卑和诚实

Just thought I’d translate Palin’s advice into Chinese, for all the more Obama is going to understand it.

Tommy_G on August 31, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Spoiled brats don’t know what humility is.

SouthernGent on August 31, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Yes, they do! It’s that inconvenient moisture in the air that makes our 100% organic hemp linen designer clothes get all wrinkled. So annoying! *sniff*

Buffy van Voorhees (T. Coddington’s cousin)

Mary in LA on August 31, 2010 at 7:12 PM

And it was a beauty, too. A finely honed samurai sword clean through his Achilles tendon.

turfmann on August 31, 2010 at 7:11 PM

I love that line!

SouthernGent on August 31, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Talk to the guy with his hand inside Barry’s back.

notagool on August 31, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Coming from Miss Learjet Bendy Straws herself this is pretty funny.

Grow Fins on August 31, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Coming from Miss Learjet Bendy Straws herself this is pretty funny.

Grow Fins on August 31, 2010 at 7:15 PM

And here comes the Journ-O-Listas! Right on queue.

Key West Reader on August 31, 2010 at 7:16 PM

And it was a beauty, too. A finely honed samurai sword clean through his Achilles tendon.

turfmann on August 31, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Priceless.

GrannyDee on August 31, 2010 at 7:16 PM

What’s up with the bendy-straw fetish, GF?

Mary in LA on August 31, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Coming from Miss Learjet Bendy Straws herself this is pretty funny.

Grow Fins on August 31, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Put the lid back on your sippy cup, and stop mashing your graham crackers into the carpet.

portlandon on August 31, 2010 at 7:18 PM

This would have worked a whole lot better if *everyone* had kept quiet and let Obama shoot his foot off, pick up the bloody remains and start chowing down on camera.

Draw and quarter (figuratively speaking) after the speech, not before. He’s floated enough trial balloons to have completely rewritten the whole thing by now.

Skandia Recluse on August 31, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Spoiled brats don’t know what humility is.

SouthernGent on August 31, 2010 at 7:07 PM

You mean humility isn’t a personal quality of a person who is more worldly and sophisticated than a country bumpkin?

year_of_the_dingo on August 31, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Grow Fins on August 31, 2010 at 7:15 PM

If I want to hear the bottom of the bucket, I’ll thump it.

Inanemergencydial on August 31, 2010 at 7:20 PM

I too have some suggestions for the president. President Obama, please show grace, humility and some honesty before the American people tonight.

Stop giving him suggestions Gov Palin…you are ruining our chances. We want him to be the pompous @$$ that he is ..its a good thing.For us.

macncheez on August 31, 2010 at 7:20 PM

This would have worked a whole lot better if *everyone* had kept quiet and let Obama shoot his foot off, pick up the bloody remains and start chowing down on camera.

Draw and quarter (figuratively speaking) after the speech, not before. He’s floated enough trial balloons to have completely rewritten the whole thing by now.

Skandia Recluse on August 31, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Nah, this asks him to do the right thing. That would be defeat for him. He’s locked in.

the_nile on August 31, 2010 at 7:21 PM

I think Palin had better send Baby Barry a dictionary.

ORconservative on August 31, 2010 at 7:22 PM

New strategy: Use Obama’s failures and ideological statements as a backdrop against which you ask him to do perfectly reasonable things he cannot do because of those failures and ideological statements.

It’s a fair use of passive/aggressive tactics.

IronDioPriest on August 31, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Talk to the guy with his hand inside Barry’s back.

notagool on August 31, 2010 at 7:12 PM

This guy? http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:1HXr-4SahGo-fM:http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3292/2699713470_4f0c0b9410_o.jpg&t=1

Cody1991 on August 31, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Obama: I supported the troops by not supporting their mission.

Christien on August 31, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Palin shot a possible on that facebook. Now what did Hucky, Mitty, Newty, Timmy, and Tiny Mitch have to say about todays political event?

jimw on August 31, 2010 at 7:24 PM

I think this piece was well-placed.

It’s one of those “Sir, yes or no, have you stopped beating your wife?” questions.

Stripped of the niceties, she’s asking Obama if he’s going to stop lying. None of the possible answers shower much credibility on the President.

JEM on August 31, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Now what did Hucky, Mitty, Newty, Timmy, and Tiny Mitch have to say about todays political event?

jimw on August 31, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Give them a month or two to solidify their position.

Inanemergencydial on August 31, 2010 at 7:25 PM

To some extent, Obama has admitted he got the surge wrong in Iraq by both implementing the same strategy in Afghanistan and assigning David Petraeus to run it.

Stop covering for him, Ed.

fossten on August 31, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Yeah, I’ve been seeing that phrase too many times today.

BigWyo on August 31, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Coming from Miss Learjet Bendy Straws herself this is pretty funny.

Grow Fins on August 31, 2010 at 7:15 PM

She is right, and you got nothing. Pathetic loser.

Brian1972 on August 31, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Our silent soldiers at Fort Bliss today.

Literal silence.

Key West Reader on August 31, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Whoa! The silence was deafening. The body language was pretty grim too. Someone must have “forgotten” to give some orders.

katy the mean old lady on August 31, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Stop giving him suggestions Gov Palin…you are ruining our chances. We want him to be the pompous @$$ that he is ..its a good thing.For us.

macncheez on August 31, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Reverse Psychology.

Palin says Go, Barry says Stop.
Palin says Run, Barry says Walk.

portlandon on August 31, 2010 at 7:27 PM

.

Oh, No!

NoNails on August 31, 2010 at 7:27 PM

President Obama, please show grace, humility and some honesty before the American people tonight

….You will see Nancy Pelosi winning the Miss Universe Contest before you will see any honesty or humility out of Obama.

I am still waiting to see what justifies all of Obama’s faux superiority.
He is a liberal epic failure.

Baxter Greene on August 31, 2010 at 7:28 PM

nice piece Ed…spot on as usual…

cmsinaz on August 31, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Key West,

Thanks for posting that. It should be titled “Ignorance at Ft. Bliss.”

Christien on August 31, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Palin shot a possible on that facebook. Now what did Hucky, Mitty, Newty, Timmy, and Tiny Mitch have to say about todays political event?

jimw on August 31, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Nothing! Not a thing.

gary4205 on August 31, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Grow Fins on August 31, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Wow, the reports on how bed Toilet Bugs are building up an immunity to pesticides is not exaggerated.

BigWyo on August 31, 2010 at 7:30 PM

I think it was Prof. Sabato, but this afternoon one of the talking heads said that it might be good for The Won to lose the House because then he would have a “villain”. I bet W would be amazed to find that he hasn’t had one already.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2010 at 7:31 PM

This Palin woman will never amount to anything.

faraway on August 31, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Top of the hour news has copy of Barry’s speech and they say he is going to admit the surge worked. Don’t think he will admit he was against it, but we shall see.

sandee on August 31, 2010 at 7:05 PM

For full effect, read the following in a clipped, purse-lipped nasal and condescending tone:

“Initially, as was my constitutional duty as a United States Senator presented with talk of a strategy change in Iraq, I questioned those who promoted the idea of a surge. When my concerns were addressed and some of my suggestions were implemented, the surge received my full support and has more than acheived it’s objectives, which have been my objectives also, from the beginning.”

tigerlily on August 31, 2010 at 7:31 PM

the_nile on August 31, 2010 at 7:21 PM
IronDioPriest on August 31, 2010 at 7:22 PM

One can hope, eh? That would really be something to see after all the trial balloons.

Obama blaming the EVIL BUSH for unnecessarily going into Iraq with falsified intel, botching it, sending in more troops, and still botching it as there doesn’t appear to be a functioning national government.

But how would he justify total withdrawal of all US forces?

Skandia Recluse on August 31, 2010 at 7:31 PM

The real weakness, though, is in Obama’s distant connection to the electorate, which another self-serving Oval Office speech will only exacerbate rather than remedy.

Kind of given up expecting Obama to grasp any idea or point of view that he didn’t have coming into office. It was said here frequently that he would have a very steep learning curve–but even the most pessimistic among us never realized that he would have no learning curve at all!

jeanie on August 31, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Top of the hour news has copy of Barry’s speech and they say he is going to admit the surge worked. Don’t think he will admit he was against it, but we shall see.

sandee on August 31, 2010 at 7:05 PM

thank you Gov palin for giving Obama no other option.

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 7:34 PM

OOPS! Do not know what I did wrong above but will strive to do better in future. lol!!

jeanie on August 31, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Coming from Miss Learjet Bendy Straws herself this is pretty funny.

Grow Fins on August 31, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Yea…to bad she isn’t more like John “Where’s my yacht” Kerry or the Clinton’s throwing 2 million dollar weddings in the “worst economy since the Great Depression.”
Maybe she could tag along with the Obama’s on one of their big money date nights.

Great point genius.

Baxter Greene on August 31, 2010 at 7:35 PM

OT: photos of the RENEWED Oval Office

pambi on August 31, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Our silent soldiers at Fort Bliss today.

Literal silence.

Key West Reader on August 31, 2010 at 7:08 PM

I tried, I really did. But 20 seconds after clicking, you know what happened.

Could you describe for those of us who can’t look at/listen to Mr. Soetoro, what went down on the video?

tigerlily on August 31, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Coming from Miss Learjet Bendy Straws herself this is pretty funny.

Grow Fins on August 31, 2010 at 7:15 PM

At least she isn’t a lying stalker who makes sexual innuendos towards girls she shouldn’t like you are and do.

cozmo on August 31, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Palin to Obama: A little humility might work wonders

That’s rich.

Palin to Brick Wall: A little listening might help.

That’s okay. We get the point. Get ‘em, Sarah!

petefrt on August 31, 2010 at 7:38 PM

pambi on August 31, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Wonder how much that cost us and it’s ugly to boot!

gophergirl on August 31, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Wonder how much that cost us and it’s ugly to boot!

gophergirl on August 31, 2010 at 7:38 PM

You mean the house or the lady of the house ?

macncheez on August 31, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Ego is the enemy, look how much of it liberals have and how much of a rabid response they have to criticism and see how much of a success the humble Glenn Beck had this last Saturday with people who are anything but egotistical.

Individuals, not collectives.

Speakup on August 31, 2010 at 7:41 PM

macncheez on August 31, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Well now that you mention it…..

gophergirl on August 31, 2010 at 7:42 PM

tigerlily on August 31, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Barry kept going on and on and on. It is, basically, him trying to imitate George and Laura at the airport welcoming home troops.

Christien on August 31, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Admit you were wrong about the surge.

Admit you were wrong about the surge.
Admit you were wrong about the surge.
Admit you were wrong about the surge.
Admit you were wrong about the surge.
Admit you were wrong about the surge.

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Palin is a relentless female warrior princess.

If she is the GOP nomineee in 2012 you know Palin will draw blood and pummel Obama to a pulp. If she doesn’t beat Obama it will not be because she bowed down to the Messiah and kissed his feet compared to you know who during the 2008 campaign.

technopeasant on August 31, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Humility is not your goal, when arrogance is your gaem

Count the number of times the nose hoists into the upright position.

tarpon on August 31, 2010 at 7:45 PM

“Initially, as was my constitutional duty as a United States Senator presented with talk of a strategy change in Iraq, I questioned those who promoted the idea of a surge. When my concerns were addressed and some of my suggestions were implemented, the surge received my full support and has more than acheived it’s objectives, which have been my objectives also, from the beginning.”

You want to know how far the Democratic Party has fallen as an institution?

Imagine Harry S. Truman or John Fitzgerald Kennedy uttering a complete pile of soft, steamy puppysh*t like that last paragraph.

You can’t, can you?

I mean, I can even forgive Jack for blowing the Bay of Pigs after reading this steaming pile of self-serving merde.

victor82 on August 31, 2010 at 7:47 PM

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 7:43 PM

You can forget that..It is not happening!

Dire Straits on August 31, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Wonder how much that cost us and it’s ugly to boot!

gophergirl on August 31, 2010 at 7:38 PM

I am a bit color blind, so excuse me if I am mistaken…

What three colors appear absent in the renovated Oval Office?

turfmann on August 31, 2010 at 7:49 PM

“Initially, as was my constitutional duty as a United States Senator presented with talk of a strategy change in Iraq, I questioned those who promoted the idea of a surge. When my concerns were addressed and some of my suggestions were implemented, the surge received my full support and has more than acheived it’s objectives, which have been my objectives also, from the beginning.”

tigerlily on August 31, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Then please show us Mr. Obama where you came out to the American public and announced your full support of the surge…….you know….after all of your phantom suggestions were implemented.

Please show us where you came out and made suggestions on how the surge could be more successful.

..this is from Obama’s own website…his plan…his words.
His message was clear….in 2007….Obama called for an immediate withdrawal…..not the “implementation of his suggestions”.

http://www.barackobama.com/2007/09/12/remarks_of_senator_barack_obam_23.php

I opposed this war from the beginning. I opposed the war in 2002. I opposed it in 2003. I opposed it in 2004. I opposed it in 2005. I opposed it in 2006. I introduced a plan in January to remove all of our combat brigades by next March. And I am here to say that we have to begin to end this war now.


Let me be clear: there is no military solution in Iraq, and there never was. The best way to protect our security and to pressure Iraq’s leaders to resolve their civil war is to immediately begin to remove our combat troops. Not in six months or one year – now.

Even as late as November 2007….when the success of the surge was very well documented…..even after Gen. Petraeus had testified to it’s success,Obama said it was a failure..


On November 11, 2007, two months after General David Petraeus told Congress that the surge was working, Obama doubled down, saying that the administration’s new strategy was making the situation in Iraq worse:

Obama:“Finally, in 2006-2007, we started to see that, even after an election, George Bush continued to want to pursue a course that didn’t withdraw troops from Iraq but actually doubled them and initiated a surge and at that stage I said very clearly, not only have we not seen improvements, but we’re actually worsening, potentially, a situation there”.

Once again….no mention of Obama’s “suggestions” or his “concerns”….

This is a blatant lie that only the ignorant liberal sheep of the left will believe along with the journolisto crowd.

Show us Obama where you made these suggestions about the surge and which suggestions you had implemented.

Typical liberal lies and spin.

Baxter Greene on August 31, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Our silent soldiers at Fort Bliss today.

Literal silence.

Key West Reader on August 31, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Interestingly, this is one time when he didn’t use a teleprompter and was actually pretty effective (not stumbling all over the place, etc.). Too little, too late, I guess.

DrMagnolias on August 31, 2010 at 7:49 PM

“Initially, as was my constitutional duty as a United States Senator presented with talk of a strategy change in Iraq, I questioned those who promoted the idea of a surge. When my concerns were addressed and some of my suggestions were implemented, the surge received my full support and has more than acheived it’s objectives, which have been my objectives also, from the beginning.”

tigerlily on August 31, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Then please show us Mr. Obama where you came out to the American public and announced your full support of the surge…….you know….after all of your phantom suggestions were implemented.

Please show us where you came out and made suggestions on how the surge could be more successful.

..this is from Obama’s own website…his plan…his words.
His message was clear….in 2007….Obama called for an immediate withdrawal…..not the “implementation of his suggestions”.

http://www.barackobama.com/2007/09/12/remarks_of_senator_barack_obam_23.php

I opposed this war from the beginning. I opposed the war in 2002. I opposed it in 2003. I opposed it in 2004. I opposed it in 2005. I opposed it in 2006. I introduced a plan in January to remove all of our combat brigades by next March. And I am here to say that we have to begin to end this war now.


Let me be clear: there is no military solution in Iraq, and there never was. The best way to protect our security and to pressure Iraq’s leaders to resolve their civ%l war is to immediately begin to remove our combat troops. Not in six months or one year – now.

Even as late as November 2007….when the success of the surge was very well documented…..even after Gen. Petraeus had testified to it’s success,Obama said it was a failure..


On November 11, 2007, two months after General David Petraeus told Congress that the surge was working, Obama doubled down, saying that the administration’s new strategy was making the situation in Iraq worse:

Obama:“Finally, in 2006-2007, we started to see that, even after an election, George Bush continued to want to pursue a course that didn’t withdraw troops from Iraq but actually doubled them and initiated a surge and at that stage I said very clearly, not only have we not seen improvements, but we’re actually worsening, potentially, a situation there”.

Once again….no mention of Obama’s “suggestions” or his “concerns”….

This is a blatant lie that only the ignorant liberal sheep of the left will believe along with the journolisto crowd.

Show us Obama where you made these suggestions about the surge and which suggestions you had implemented.

Typical liberal lies and spin.

Baxter Greene on August 31, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Barry kept going on and on and on. It is, basically, him trying to imitate George and Laura at the airport welcoming home troops.

Christien on August 31, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Berri couldn’t pull that off in a million lifetimes.

Thanks for answering my question, Christien. When I saw that the open thread was starting, I figured everyone had scampered over there and that would be that.

tigerlily on August 31, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Baxter Greene on August 31, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Ouch!….sorry about the double post…first try did not go through originally.

Baxter Greene on August 31, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Obama is way too classless to ever give George Bush credit for Iraq. Grace isn’t in his DNA. Mark my words.

Cicero43 on August 31, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Dear Liar: “I’m the most humble person in the world. All my other best qualities are exceeded only by my awesome humbleness.”

rbj on August 31, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Well now that you mention it…..

gophergirl on August 31, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Strange isn’t it that a few thousand dollars and that house will get back its patriotic image
On the other hand…..

macncheez on August 31, 2010 at 7:54 PM

This is equivalent of Hitler justifying his backtracking of invading England because it was more important to invade Russia.

Obama opposed the surge because the surge strategy needed to be improved and if it were not for the WH taking Obama’s suggestions, the surge strategy would have failed miserably.

Delusional doesn’t even begin to explain this specious reasoning.

technopeasant on August 31, 2010 at 7:55 PM

I was going to clean the carpets in the family room but now the kids are parked in there watching a movie. I’m think I will hang here for the insightful and witty interpretations.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2010 at 7:56 PM

OT: photos of the RENEWED Oval Office

pambi on August 31, 2010 at 7:37 PM

It looks like a rec. room that’s missing a wide screen TV and popcorn maker and billiard table.

Cody1991 on August 31, 2010 at 7:57 PM

The ‘cuda has been on fire since Saturday.

huckleberryfriend on August 31, 2010 at 7:59 PM

If she is the GOP nomineee in 2012 you know Palin will draw blood and pummel Obama to a pulp. If she doesn’t beat Obama it will not be because she bowed down to the Messiah and kissed his feet compared to you know who during the 2008 campaign.

technopeasant on August 31, 2010 at 7:44 PM

true but she can not be seen as the attack dog once running. she must pivot at some point and lead the entire nation not just the GOP. I think she can do it. I think her approval numbers will be in the 80% because she is going after the establishment which is 20% of the country. Main street will love her.

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Baxter Greene on August 31, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Baxter!! I don’t know whether to congratulate myself or be worried. I made up the quote below, that I posted earlier as a tongue in cheek illustration of how obama would be his usual lying, arrogant self in the speech tonight:

“Initially, as was my constitutional duty as a United States Senator presented with talk of a strategy change in Iraq, I questioned those who promoted the idea of a surge. When my concerns were addressed and some of my suggestions were implemented, the surge received my full support and has more than acheived it’s objectives, which have been my objectives also, from the beginning.”

Your fabulous and rapid response was great, but for me to be able to impersonate obama so well is kind of spooking me.

*Must remember to use this power only for good*

tigerlily on August 31, 2010 at 8:01 PM

unseen On August 31, 2010 at 8:00 PM

In my opinion, you cannot beat Obama by meek and mild. McCain should us how terrible that strategy was.

Because Obama will own the MSM in 2012, Palin needs to take the attack to Obama to demonstrate to the American people she has the intestinal fortitude to be POTUS. Regardless of how she treats Obama, the MSM will savage her anyway.

I would rather see Palin go down fighting that trying to place nice with the Messiah.

technopeasant on August 31, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Obama will be crushed in 2012. We could run Bugs Bunny and win.

Mojave Mark on August 31, 2010 at 8:07 PM

I am a bit color blind, so excuse me if I am mistaken…

What three colors appear absent in the renovated Oval Office?

turfmann on August 31, 2010 at 7:49 PM

I don’t know what colors are missing, but like the purple- tied SEIU shout outs, and the red and black colors worn by obama’s entire family on election night, (red and black are the colors of the Weather Underground), I expect there will be a few hidden messages in OUR Oval Office, dedicated to those who hate America, both near and a-far.

tigerlily on August 31, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Record deficits are your fault Barack.

technopeasant on August 31, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Coming from Miss Learjet Bendy Straws herself this is pretty funny.

Grow Fins on August 31, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Unlike the Obamas’ large living, it’s not funded by the taxpayers. Thanks for playing, though.

ddrintn on August 31, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Dear Baxter Greene,

I have to go for an hour or two. Please post back to me on our little posting comedy of errors. It’s too funny!

As I said, if I can write something that sounds so much like obama that it fools a savvy poster like you, then maybe it’s time for me to start drinking. Like, every day.

tigerlily on August 31, 2010 at 8:15 PM

I would rather see Palin go down fighting that trying to place nice with the Messiah.

technopeasant on August 31, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Not saying meek and mild. but Palin can fight for her policies and positions and beliefs instead of say attacking Obama. It’s a fine line I know but I think Palin can and will do it. she is doing what is needed now. Being the anti-obama and holding him to task. during the campaign she will have to lead America not just the GOP is all I’m saying. More like Glenn Beck rally then this lastest facebook post is what I imagine. She is up for the job

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 8:24 PM

*Must remember to use this power only for good*

tigerlily on August 31, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Wow, I bought that! Scary indeed…

Maquis on August 31, 2010 at 8:36 PM

The real weakness, though, is in Obama’s distant connection to the electorate, which another self-serving Oval Office speech

Gee, pretty much exactly what he did!

bluemarlin on August 31, 2010 at 9:02 PM

Miller, Joe REP 52360 50.71%
Murkowski, Lisa REP 50891 49.29%

unseen on August 31, 2010 at 9:10 PM

[quote]To some extent, Obama has admitted he got the surge wrong in Iraq by both implementing the same strategy in Afghanistan and assigning David Petraeus to run it.[/quote]
Oh for crying out loud, Ed…

Kensington on August 31, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Why not just explicitly admit that Bush got it right?

Such an admission would shatter the Donks carefully constructed narrative of lies, deceits and falsehoods.

It’s what holds their psyche together. Without it, there’d be no “there” there.

Bruno Strozek on August 31, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Humility?
I actually went to a talk sponsored by a pharmaceutical company where the hired speaker was an Asian college-pal of Mr. Obama who didn’t fail from the beginning to let our little room full of Texas physicians know this and not only were he and his buddy geniuses but his wife was, too, and his daughter to boot. It was insufferable and boy did we hear the mea-culppas from the drug reps today. Monumental disaster on their part. There are indeed pockets of the North East where they think their ….well, to keep it clean for Sarah Palin, they know no humility.

Marcus on August 31, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Our silent soldiers at Fort Bliss today.

Literal silence.

Key West Reader on August 31, 2010 at 7:08 PM
I tried, I really did. But 20 seconds after clicking, you know what happened.

Could you describe for those of us who can’t look at/listen to Mr. Soetoro, what went down on the video?

tigerlily on August 31, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Was certainly amazed by 0bama’s string of non-teleprompted string of syllables. But he’s obviously no student of body language. Even this slow thinkin’ Texan could’ve read the target audience and realized this was not the place to be…

cbmpire on August 31, 2010 at 10:02 PM

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