Quotes of the day

posted at 10:48 pm on January 24, 2011 by Allahpundit

“President Barack Obama will call for new government spending on infrastructure, education and research in his State of the Union address Tuesday, sharpening his response to Republicans in Congress who are demanding deep budget cuts, people familiar with the speech said.

“Mr. Obama will argue that the U.S., even while trying to reduce its budget deficit, must make targeted investments to foster job growth and boost U.S. competitiveness in the world economy. The new spending could include initiatives aimed at building the renewable-energy sector—which received billions of dollars in stimulus funding—and rebuilding roads to improve transportation, people familiar with the matter said. Money to restructure the No Child Left Behind law’s testing mandates and institute more competitive grants also could be included.

“While proposing new spending, Mr. Obama also will lay out significant budget cuts elsewhere, people familiar with the plans say, though they will likely fall short of what Republican lawmakers have requested.”

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“When President Barack Obama steps into the House chamber Tuesday to deliver his second State of the Union address, ambience will trump substance.

“In his speech, the president will talk about jobs, the deficit and the future of the nation’s troubled economy, but most of the attention is going to be on the theatrics in the room. It will be a night defined by the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and murder of six bystanders in Tucson less than a month ago and the highly public soul-searching that has played out since then on the need for greater civility in political debate…

“As aides have been circulating drafts of Tuesday’s address, the word buzzing around the White House has been ‘confidence’ — a reassertion that America will remain a dominant economic and international player despite the rise of China and the rate of unemployment’s hovering just below 10 percent.”

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“Some liberal lawmakers are also trying to read between the lines in Obama’s speech, looking for places where his rhetoric might not match his intent. For example, if the president uses terms like ‘investments,’ that’s an indication that Obama still believes in more government stimulus…

“A labor official, who asked not to be identified in order to speak more candidly about the president’s political situation, noted that ‘the midterm elections freed’ Obama to work independently and without regard to his party’s left.

“‘The left understands that the choice in 2012 will be Obama or somebody far worse,’ the official said. ‘They will have no choice, no matter what Obama says in the State of the Union address. No matter how much we complain, he knows that at the end of the day, we will be supporting him in 2012 — and that affects what he can do now. The choice for us will be an administration that disappointed us or a Republican administration that will be out to destroy us.’”

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“On ABC’s ‘This Week with Christiane Amanpour’ Sunday, Washington Post columnist George Will was soundly dismissive of the event, likening it to a ‘pep rally.’

“‘A, they’re overrated — the next morning, the country is still a complex continental country with muscular interests in politics as its own momentum,’ Will said. ‘Between Jefferson and Woodrow Wilson, no one delivered this in person. They sent the report to Congress in writing. But, now we’ve turned this into this panorama. In which an interminable speech, every president, regardless of party — tries to stroke every erogenous zone in the electorate and it becomes a political pep rally, to use the phrase of Chief Justice [John] Roberts last year. If it’s going to be a pep rally with the president’s supporters of whatever party standing up and bringing approval and histrionic pouting on the part of the other, then it’s no place for the judiciary, no place for the uniformed military, and no place for non-adolescent legislators.’”

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I agree with Will, the whole thing is a waste of our time.

I know it gives Obama another opportunity to wow people with his socalled oratorical skills, but I will not be watching. I might watch the rebuttal, but I refuse to watch Obama. I am so tired of that man.

Calvin Coolidge used to send his secretary over to the read the State of the Union to the Congress. That is not a bad way to do it. The advent of TV just gives these egomaniacs another venue in which to strut and preen.

And in the end, it really does not mean all that much. Governors manage to give state of the state addresses without all this hooplah..why can’t presidents?

Terrye on January 25, 2011 at 7:26 AM

Is there an acronym for B-O-R-I-N-G and P-R-E-D-I-C-T-A-B-L-E?

canopfor on January 25, 2011 at 5:24 AM

Yes, STFU !

Jeff2161 on January 25, 2011 at 5:47 AM

That is not very nice and we have entered the era of nice. Excuse me while I throw up.

Terrye on January 25, 2011 at 7:27 AM

Obama is setting up what he thinks is a no-lose for him. He proposes a “jobs bill” (actually Stimulus II). He doesn’t think it’ll get through the House, but then he can blame the high unemployment rate on the GOP in 2012. (If it did get through, he’d take the credit for any temporary drop in unemployment from Stimulus jobs.)

Any questions of what happened to Stimulus I would only be raised on Fox News and by the GOP in campaign ads. The MSM and Dems would drop promises of keeping unemployment below 8% with Sitmulus I down the Memory Hole.

“I’m sorry the unemployment rate is so high, but the GOP has been a barrier to creating jobs.” The old “it’s not my fault, it’s Bush…the GOP….Palin….whatever..” Look for it.

Wethal on January 25, 2011 at 7:34 AM

“I’m sorry the unemployment rate is so high, but the GOP has been a barrier to creating jobs.” The old “it’s not my fault, it’s Bush…the GOP….Palin….whatever..” Look for it.

Wethal on January 25, 2011 at 7:34 AM

yepper….guaranteed

cmsinaz on January 25, 2011 at 7:39 AM

If this bozo had targeted spending for jobs…Why has he waited until now to unveil it?

The Congress should trade him some infrastructure spending for repeal of O’BozoCare, elimination of DoInt, DoE, DoEd, EPA, HHS and DoHS, and Built the Damn Fence. That would make an excellent trade-off.

belad on January 25, 2011 at 7:48 AM

If this bozo had targeted spending for jobs…Why has he waited until now to unveil it?

belad on January 25, 2011 at 7:48 AM

Because of Booooooosh. Boooooosh got us in such a deep hole that it’s taking this long to get out.

s/ off

Wethal on January 25, 2011 at 7:50 AM

We do not doubt the sincerity of his concern about the nation’s precarious fiscal state. But we remain unpersuaded, and increasingly concerned, about the seriousness of his resolve to do something about it.

via wapo editorial….

cmsinaz on January 25, 2011 at 7:51 AM

SOTU sophistry.

kingsjester on January 25, 2011 at 7:55 AM

So he will regurgitate all of his talking points of the last 2 1/2 years. Investments, shovel ready, roads and bridges, infrastructure, green energy, create jobs, blah blah blah.

Where did the $1 trillion go, Barry? You spent all that in a year and have nothing to show for it. Tool.

Key West Reader on January 25, 2011 at 7:57 AM

kingsjester on January 25, 2011 at 7:55 AM

good one KJ

:)

cmsinaz on January 25, 2011 at 8:00 AM

cmsinaz on January 25, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Thankyaverymuch.

kingsjester on January 25, 2011 at 8:02 AM

This is totally out of context, only for an American president, if M. Obama was holding such knowledge, it could bring weight to the discourse about ”material things”:

What this tells me is that some thick walls are tumbling down. In particular there has been a wall that shut science away from consciousness. For many reasons it was the last wall to be breached: science abhors subjectivity and enshrines objectivity, it depends on data rather than experience, and experiments require theoretical models, whereas there is no model of mind that anyone can agree upon. These were valid reasons for hundreds of years. Yet two simple facts were being overlooked. Fact #1: Everything in existence is experienced through our consciousness, including subatomic particles and distant galaxies. The universe exists in our consciousness. There is no proof of an objective universe, which is taken on faith, as pure assumption. Fact #2: If there is a universe outside our consciousness, we can have no knowledge of it.
You can perform thousands up thousands of experiments while still ignoring these two facts. But eventually there’s a limit, and when you reach it, you have to ask some key questions: Is the universe conscious? Is everything happening in the mind of God? Does the mind exist outside the brain? Once preposterous, these questions seem to hold the key to the future, in both physics and biology. There is much more to say on the subject, but for the moment, we can at least afford a smile at the notion that DNA can teleport itself and that water can remember things. Out of delight and imagination most of the world’s great ideas were born.

Deepak Chopra

Monas on January 25, 2011 at 8:21 AM

PBHO 2010 SOTU:

Ozymandias
by Percy Bysshe Shelley
I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

The president is a profligate destroyer, enamored with his own image.

onlineanalyst on January 25, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Ever wonder why Arabs walk behind their camels?

tarpon on January 25, 2011 at 8:35 AM

That guy just doesn’t learn, does he?…lolol

He’s going to go out to the podium and tell us that our economy sucks because government hasn’t spent enough. That’s AFTER the wasted Porkulus bill and the 14 trillion-dollar debt mark.

Good luck with that.

Murf76 on January 25, 2011 at 8:51 AM

I can’t imagine listening him speak for four minutes let alone forty-five.

If I ever take hostages at the post office or whatever, the authorities need only play an Obooba speech through a megaphone and I’ll surrender post haste.

Akzed on January 25, 2011 at 9:17 AM

The message from the next President needs to be simple: this government will be on an austerity budget that only funds things the Constitution mentions. Things Congress would like to have are luxuries, and this Nation cannot afford them now or in the future.

Then that is sent every few months to remind Congress of the simple facts of life, that income must equal or exceed outgo and we do pay off our debts.

ajacksonian on January 25, 2011 at 7:04 AM

I couldn’t agree more.

Bob Barr for POTUS. (I don’t impress easily.)

This guy has global life experience; he personally knows people around the world, lived with them, speaks their languages, and as ever holds more firmly to the US Constitution than any other conservative politician today.

The opposite of Obama whose entire rearing was Marxist where ever he lived, Bob Barr grew up around the world with his civil engineer father and traditional mother family as Americans with solidly conservative American values. Barr’s transcripts are impeccable, and his student activities range the legitimate political spectrum (not of the SDS/Weathermen though definitely a Democrat student protesting the premise for the “domino effect” Vietnam War that required the federally prosecuted/jailed national draft, not at all the current all-volunteer military). By educated choice after reading Ayn Rand, Barr joined with student Republicans. Regardless of political party affiliation and execution of administrative/congressional policy, Barr has consistently held to First Principles, fiscal strength, and CIVIL RIGHTS, the ultimate constitutional “constructionist”. Upon graduation from Georgetown Law, Barr became an intelligence analyst (CIA, Latin America) before Reagan appointed him Federal Prosecutor, after which as Georgia’s constitutional conservative Barr became the R-Georgia Congressman in the 1994 “Republican Revolution” (the opposite of the opportunistic Newt Gingrich). After several congressional re-elections, during terms in which he refused to conform with the rising progressive revisionist tide of GOP opportunistic corruption, Georgia state Democrats redistricted Barr out of Congress. He then organized a legal foundation working to sustain constitutional rule of law and civil rights.

After a lifetime of work experience fighting the war on crime, the war on drugs, to the war on terror, and given Bush’s completion of the progressive GOP reformation, Barr knew then what Americans are yet loath to recognize. As things go, the Republican Party is NOT going to represent core constitutional First Principles. Even Fred Thompson last Friday expressed his doubts that the American revolt against government corruption (aka Tea Party movement) will effect a cleansing of federal abuses, given the progressive powers that be and that remain prevalent within the GOP leadership, membership and RNC. The GOP is a lost cause because as a whole, its “big tent” is reserved for elitist progressives to run the circus show along with pawns (regardless of intent).

Bob Barr’s potus campaign was First Principles along with Fred Thompson’s potus campaign, and was the Tea Party after 9/11/01 realizing and fighting Bush’s complete conversion that officially reformed the GOP into another political organization enforcing abusive and corrupt authoritarian federal governance.

Bob Barr was and remains the fly in the authoritarian ointment. The irony for so-called Republican conservatives is that Bush sold all conservatives down the river, while Bob Barr stood and stands against sabotage of the Constitution being the Supreme Law of the Land.

Barr’s never been wrong on principles, and is man enough to realize where political policy, strategy and tactics inhibit and corrupt constitutional governance, with the intelligence to identify what is effective and what effects result from policy. That was another point Fred Thompson repeats, that the long-term effects of Policy must determine which policy a leader selects. Barr works ceaselessly to uphold the Constitution in his efforts to correct our nation’s ingrained course to ruin.

Barr does not distract from purpose. And unlike any other politician, Barr is the strongest conservative and best prepared American to actually be the strong American POTUS to answer our dire and immediate needs. Through each of his life experiences, his core values are as ever consistently based upon the US Constitution strictly observed and applied without revisionist conveniences.

Where Barr is austere, WE NEED THAT! He requires no further testing to prove his abilities, record and purpose.

Aside from FIRST PRINCIPLES constitutional conservative Republican Fred Thompson, and aside from the “unreconstructed Neo-conservative” John Bolton, better yet, Bob Barr has what it takes to credibly face down the massive conflict of interests from Hu, Kim, Putin, Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Castro, Cameron, etc.

maverick muse on January 25, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Just a prediction:

He’s realized that despite the Left’s (and some on the “Right” – i.e.- Mitt and Jeb) numerous attempts to tarnish Reagan’s legacy that Reagan remains a powerful inspiration to many Americans especially now as we reminisce of a stronger, more unified America.

He will try to cloak himself in Reagan’s ideological clothing and co-opt/modify Reagan’s ideas and beliefs as his own.
By doing so, he hopes to accomplish two things:
Project an image of moving to the center and
Preemptively strike at one of Palin’s strongest
qualities and neutralizing the passing of Reagan’s
torch to her.

While I’m fully prepared to hear the pundits fawn over the greatest SOTU speech ever, if I hear just one of them say, as I fear I will, that it was “Reaganesque”, I’ll probably act like a deranged Dancing With the Stars fan and shoot my TV.

singer on January 25, 2011 at 9:40 AM

…Deepak Chopra

Monas on January 25, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Never in history has any man been more full of bullsh!t than this loon. I think he did enormous quantities of LSD as a young man.

slickwillie2001 on January 25, 2011 at 9:51 AM

What this tells me is that some thick walls are tumbling down. In particular there has been a wall that shut science away from consciousness. For many reasons it was the last wall to be breached: –Chopra

Monas @ 8:21

Consciousness exists, yes, I agree.

Regarding walls falling down, recall that grassroots Marxist activist Barry Obama taught urban black youth the Jericho lesson mantra to tear down all walls that resounded beyond Obama’s senate campaign throughout Obama’s potus campaign, Berlin Weltkaiser campaign, and this dissolution of the USA administration.

/…a wall to segregate science from consciousness…

Liberals can’t fault Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI for that one./

On destroying all walls, the Liberal Leftists global warming hoax proves that beyond walls that separate distinctions for evidential identification, the fundamental foundation of “the scientific” has shifted. In our contemporary neo-Medieval New Age of Authoritarian Feudalism, institutionalized dogma falsely substantiates preferential opportunistic fabrication for profitable power at the paramount expense that destroyed the status of empirical science within its own realm of consciously gathering evidence.

maverick muse on January 25, 2011 at 9:57 AM

slickwillie2001 on January 25, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Eastern philosophy (ancient India’s heritage) needn’t be smeared because Chopak became his own pimp/whore for profitable opportunistic prestige, selling out principle for comfort and power proving again the human experience: Vanity, vanity! All is vanity.

maverick muse on January 25, 2011 at 10:03 AM

From time to time recently we have heard that so-and-so BELIEVE??? that Obama was born in Hawaii. WE DO NOT NEED OBAMA’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO KNOW THAT OBAMA IS NOT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN. Obama’s father WAS NOT a citizen of the United States; therefore, OBAMA IS NOT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN. The propaganda from Hawaii’s governor and recently from others is an attempt to end the debate. But like the Tea Party, the “Birthers” will not cease and desist from insisting that Obama be removed for failure to qualify according to our Constitution.

What is incredible is that ALL of those who have uttered that Obama is qualified have been sworn to uphold the Constitution. Like the repugnant and corrupt Nixon, Obama should be removed immediately and jailed.

I posted this comment on the DailyMail.com yesterday and today the comments section says, “We are no longer accepting comments on this article.” They chose not to post this comment. There is no wonder that radical leftist news media are helping Obama hide his birth certificate and keeping people from learning the falsehood that is Barrack Hussein Obama.

Article:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1348916/Hawaii-governor-says-Obamas-birth-record-exists-produce-it.html

AdrianS on January 25, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Oh, god, the tape works now…the afternoon will be ruined.

Lisa has no sense of the absurd.

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2011 at 4:29 PM

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