Quotes of the day

posted at 10:46 pm on August 8, 2011 by Allahpundit

“President Barack Obama said on Monday he inherited much of the country’s problems with high debt and deficits when he entered the White House, sounding a theme likely to dominate his 2012 re-election campaign…

“‘We do have a serious problem in terms of debt and deficit, and much of it I inherited,’ Obama said. The financial crisis, he said, made the problem worse.”

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“Barack Obama is not a skillful strategist like Bill Clinton. He is not a gifted rhetorician like Ronald Reagan. Nor is he a bold and inspiring leader like Abraham Lincoln. And he can’t seem to shake himself loose from the strings that attach him to the trial lawyers, to big labor, and, surprisingly, to the standard banker-economists who got us into the mess we are in now. But he is an honest man. He is intelligent, analytical, and knowledgeable. And he tries hard to think through the dilemmas which confront us and to tell us clearly and straightforwardly what he wants to do and why he wants to do it.

“But it doesn’t seem to work…

“Where can we find leadership that fits today’s circumstances, as Obama’s cool, rational approach and clear-headed rhetoric apparently do not?”

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“The real conundrum is why the president seems so compelled to take both sides of every issue, encouraging voters to project whatever they want on him, and hoping they won’t realize which hand is holding the rabbit. That a large section of the country views him as a socialist while many in his own party are concluding that he does not share their values speaks volumes — but not the volumes his advisers are selling: that if you make both the right and left mad, you must be doing something right…

“The most charitable explanation is that he and his advisers have succumbed to a view of electoral success to which many Democrats succumb — that ‘centrist’ voters like ‘centrist’ politicians. Unfortunately, reality is more complicated. Centrist voters prefer honest politicians who help them solve their problems. A second possibility is that he is simply not up to the task by virtue of his lack of experience and a character defect that might not have been so debilitating at some other time in history. Those of us who were bewitched by his eloquence on the campaign trail chose to ignore some disquieting aspects of his biography: that he had accomplished very little before he ran for president, having never run a business or a state; that he had a singularly unremarkable career as a law professor, publishing nothing in 12 years at the University of Chicago other than an autobiography; and that, before joining the United States Senate, he had voted ‘present’ (instead of ‘yea’ or ‘nay’) 130 times, sometimes dodging difficult issues…

“Or perhaps, like so many politicians who come to Washington, he has already been consciously or unconsciously corrupted by a system that tests the souls even of people of tremendous integrity, by forcing them to dial for dollars — in the case of the modern presidency, for hundreds of millions of dollars. When he wants to be, the president is a brilliant and moving speaker, but his stories virtually always lack one element: the villain who caused the problem, who is always left out, described in impersonal terms, or described in passive voice, as if the cause of others’ misery has no agency and hence no culpability. Whether that reflects his aversion to conflict, an aversion to conflict with potential campaign donors that today cripples both parties’ ability to govern and threatens our democracy, or both, is unclear.”

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“But even if Obama can win, the crucial question is, Can he win big enough to change the GOP? The single factor most contributing to American decline is the Republican Party’s theological opposition to raising taxes, a theology with Ronald Reagan as its patron saint, even though Reagan himself raised taxes several times as president…

“Obama’s real challenge, therefore, is not merely to win, but to win convincingly enough that he provokes a reassessment on the other side of the aisle, a Republican version of the Democratic Leadership Council that challenged liberal orthodoxies in the wake of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush’s victories in the 1980s. Unless that happens, Americans may be living with the politics of decline for a very long time.”

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“Many commonsense Americans like myself saw this day coming. In fact, in June 2010, Rick Santelli articulated the view of independent Tea Party patriots everywhere when he shouted on CNBC, ‘I want the government to stop spending! Stop spending! Stop spending! Stop spending! STOP SPENDING!’ So, how shamelessly cynical and dishonest must one be to blame this inevitable downgrade on the very people who have been shouting all along ‘stop spending’? Blaming the Tea Party for our credit downgrade is akin to Nero blaming the Christians for burning Rome. Tea Party Americans weren’t the ones ‘fiddling’ while our country’s fiscal house was going up in smoke. In fact, we commonsense fiscal conservatives were the ones grabbing for the extinguishers while politically correct politicians and their cronies buried their heads in what soon became this bonfire…

“Be wary of the efforts President Obama makes to ‘fix’ the debt problem. The more he tries to ‘fix’ things, the worse they get because his ‘solutions’ always involve spending more, taxing more, growing government, and increasing debt. This debt problem is the greatest challenge facing our country today. Obviously, President Obama doesn’t have a plan or even a notion of how to deal with it. His press conference today was just a rehash of his old talking points and finger-pointing. That’s why he can’t be re-elected in 2012.”

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Via Mediaite.

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Via the Daily Caller.

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Debt man walking…

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2011 at 4:19 AM

Debt man walking…

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2011 at 4:19 AM

I am definitely going to listen to Rush on Tuesday. He was bringin’ it to Barry big-time.

Geochelone on August 9, 2011 at 4:39 AM

I am definitely going to listen to Rush on Tuesday. He was bringin’ it to Barry big-time.

Geochelone on August 9, 2011 at 4:39 AM

So glad I have a micro-AM/FM radio. I will be able to listen at work…

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2011 at 4:44 AM

So glad I have a micro-AM/FM radio. I will be able to listen at work…

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2011 at 4:44 AM

Not really allowed to use them…

OmahaConservative on August 9, 2011 at 4:52 AM

But Sarah Palin came through today with a Facebook post that strikes the right tone and is at once simple, direct, and comprehensive.

Check out the Greenroom post Palin knocks it out of the park by J.E. Dyer.

It seems SP has become the Great Pragmatist. No time for florid prose. We are in an American crisis.

Her latest Face Book post is an enunciation of a platform crafted around some very practical solutions to our present problems and I urge everyone to consider this well formulated remedy.

Geochelone on August 9, 2011 at 5:59 AM

“President Barack Obama said on Monday he inherited much of the country’s problems with high debt and deficits when he entered the White House, sounding a theme likely to dominate his 2012 re-election campaign…

“‘We do have a serious problem in terms of debt and deficit, and much of it I inherited,’ Obama said. The financial crisis, he said, made the problem worse.”

Whenever he screws up, you see him use “I”, “Me” and “My/Mine” a lot less.

Of course, context is different too: “I inherited the problem.”, “They won’t let me implement my solutions.”, “They are holding me back.”, “This isn’t my fault.”, “I didn’t start this/make it worse.”

Ladies and gentlemen, the product of 40 odd years of social engineering into creating a victim class, playing itself out in the highest office in the land.

See, when you grow up- a term that really can’t be applied to Barack Obama in any sense other than the physical- in a culture that constantly tells you “It’s never your fault, it’s [insert other person/group of persons name here, usually: "whites", "conservatives", "tea party", etc...] fault when you fail, you become totally incapable of accepting any responsibility at all for your failures. Used to be, libs could keep this travesty hidden in the inner cities, where, you find people just like Obama, but what they do usually (not always, but usually) doesn’t directly impact the fate of the nation, so people kept ignoring it.

Obama threw the curtains open and exposed this socially engineered mindset to the whole world.

Can’t ignore it when it’s destroying the rest of the country in weeks, not generations.

But he is an honest man. He is intelligent, analytical, and knowledgeable. And he tries hard to think through the dilemmas which confront us and to tell us clearly and straightforwardly what he wants to do and why he wants to do it.

No way Fried wrote this with a straight face with first going completely insane.

The real conundrum is why the president seems so compelled to take both sides of every issue

Obama only takes one side in any argument: HIS side.

He’s not as complicated as some people try to make him out to be, he’s actually very easy to understand: He’s a spoiled brat driven by a simple philosophy of “I, Me, Mine” and completely devoid of any sense of responsibility or accountability for his actions.

SuperCool on August 9, 2011 at 6:06 AM


“…blah, blah, blah Unless that happens, Americans may be living with the politics of decline for a very long time.”

Obama and the New Left Dems are the very definition and wellspring of American decline.

The author of that drek is living in some serious denial.


“Many commonsense Americans like myself saw this day coming. In fact, in June 2010, Rick Santelli articulated the view of independent Tea Party patriots everywhere when he shouted on CNBC, ‘I want the government to stop spending! Stop spending! Stop spending! Stop spending! STOP SPENDING!’ So, how shamelessly cynical and dishonest must one be to blame this inevitable downgrade on the very people who have been shouting all along ‘stop spending’? Blaming the Tea Party for our credit downgrade is akin to Nero blaming the Christians for burning Rome. Tea Party Americans weren’t the ones ‘fiddling’ while our country’s fiscal house was going up in smoke. In fact, we commonsense fiscal conservatives were the ones grabbing for the extinguishers while politically correct politicians and their cronies buried their heads in what soon became this bonfire…

“Be wary of the efforts President Obama makes to ‘fix’ the debt problem. The more he tries to ‘fix’ things, the worse they get because his ‘solutions’ always involve spending more, taxing more, growing government, and increasing debt. This debt problem is the greatest challenge facing our country today. Obviously, President Obama doesn’t have a plan or even a notion of how to deal with it. His press conference today was just a rehash of his old talking points and finger-pointing. That’s why he can’t be re-elected in 2012.”

Now, HERE, in the above quote, we find exactly what the author of the second QoTD claims to be looking for:


“Where can we find leadership that fits today’s circumstances, as Obama’s cool, rational approach and clear-headed rhetoric apparently do not?”

To answer his question:

Wasilla, Alaska.

I’ve heard she does a lot of stuff on FaceBook and Twitter too…

SuperCool on August 9, 2011 at 6:12 AM

There is plenty of blame to go around when you think about…and some of it goes to the American people themselves. The very people who make it virtual political suicide to do the sort of things that might save the country.

I do not blame the Tea Party..that is crazy. They are just a symptom of the problem…at the same time I don’t think someone like Michele Bachmann has shown the capacity to deal with this problem either. The idea that if we just did not raise the debt ceiling all of our problems would be solved is every bit as much wishful thinking as is the idea that we can just continue on as we are. There was never a chance that they would not raise the debt ceiling. There were only about 100 Tea Party people in the House and in the end the majority of them voted to raise the limit…because the alternative would have been even worse downgrades than this, and from other agencies as well..together with a cut of 40% in spending and economic collapse. There was no way Congress was voting for that.

We need a long term policy that includes both spending cuts and some kind of revenue increases. These increases could come from tax reform and increased economic growth. We did not get into this overnight and we will not get out of it overnight either.

But the answer is not in speeches or fake promises, it require time and sacrifice and Americans need to understand that.

Terrye on August 9, 2011 at 7:06 AM

The idea that if we just did not raise the debt ceiling all of our problems would be solved is every bit as much wishful thinking as is the idea that we can just continue on as we are.
Terrye on August 9, 2011 at 7:06 AM

Terrye, don’t fall into the trap. Obama and the Dems kept pushing the position that the ONLY remedy was a increase in the debt limit and MORE taxes. Obama NEVER, EVER mentioned cutting entitlements as a possible solution. You can’t take 2/3′s of the budget (interest and entitlements) off the table. To say that Bachmann and the Tea Partiers only wanted to keep the debt limit the same is disingenuous.

BigAlSouth on August 9, 2011 at 7:14 AM

My take.

kingsjester on August 9, 2011 at 7:15 AM

willie giest put mika in her place…paraphrase—’yea, we get that he inherited this mess, but it’s been 3 years, get over it and be a leader’

cmsinaz on August 9, 2011 at 7:16 AM

“President Barack Obama said on Monday he inherited much of the country’s problems with high debt and deficits when he entered the White House, sounding a theme likely to dominate his 2012 re-election campaign…

acknowledge and move on for cripe sakes…he’s got nothing but personal attacks and blame bush…will the kool-aid drinkers actually wake up and see the light?

cmsinaz on August 9, 2011 at 7:18 AM

He is intelligent, analytical, and knowledgeable. And he tries hard to think through the dilemmas which confront us and to tell us clearly and straightforwardly what he wants to do and why he wants to do it.

“But it doesn’t seem to work…

“Where can we find leadership that fits today’s circumstances, as Obama’s cool, rational approach and clear-headed rhetoric apparently do not?

there’s an obvious disconnect here. Someone can be simultaneously knowledgeable and thoughtful while also being malevolent and vengeful. That’s the purpose here with Mr. O–they tout his ‘good qualities’ while discounting his true intentions. He came to harm and inflict pain on his opponents. They merely want him to look thoughtful while doing that./

ted c on August 9, 2011 at 7:20 AM

My take.

kingsjester on August 9, 2011 at 7:15 AM

good one KJ….

cmsinaz on August 9, 2011 at 7:21 AM

good one KJ….

cmsinaz on August 9, 2011 at 7:21 AM

Thank you, ma’am.

kingsjester on August 9, 2011 at 7:23 AM

He is intelligent, analytical, and knowledgeable.

LMAO! The leftist garbage out there just doesn’t give up, do they?

MNHawk on August 9, 2011 at 7:30 AM

willie giest put mika in her place…paraphrase—’yea, we get that he inherited this mess, but it’s been 3 years, get over it and be a leader’

cmsinaz on August 9, 2011 at 7:16 AM

They are turning on him, and it’s putting Mika in a snit.

Naturally Curly on August 9, 2011 at 7:33 AM

Naturally Curly on August 9, 2011 at 7:33 AM

yepper, she has not been a happy camper lately…

cmsinaz on August 9, 2011 at 7:42 AM

My take.

kingsjester on August 9, 2011 at 7:15 AM

Loved it, KJ!

Naturally Curly on August 9, 2011 at 7:52 AM

Naturally Curly on August 9, 2011 at 7:52 AM

Thankyaverymuch!

kingsjester on August 9, 2011 at 7:54 AM

as BHO said himself; the presidency is not a place for on the job training.

pgrossjr on August 9, 2011 at 8:05 AM

This poor weak, pathetic excuse for a president is lost in a thick fog without a compass and is beginning to sound redundant and incoherent. God help this poor sick Republic because he’s all we have left.

rplat on August 9, 2011 at 8:07 AM

he is an honest man. He is intelligent, analytical, and knowledgeable.

In the time since he rose to natonal prominence, I haven’t seen a single shread of evidence to back this up.

crazy_legs on August 9, 2011 at 8:18 AM

What’s amazing is a guy on national TV when asked if we are strong financially now than 5 year ago, says yes, with a straight face, and he actually believes it…amazing, utterly amazing.

right2bright on August 9, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Santelli’s segment is awesome. That dude needs to run for President.

Good Lt on August 9, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Hmmm… A modern retelling of the Emperor’s New Clothes, where the child, who points out that the emperor is naked, is called a racist and verbally abused by the emperor’s henchmen and the crowd, and is ludicrously blamed for the emperor’s lack of clothing.

Heckova job, Barry.

Fallon on August 9, 2011 at 8:51 AM

J.E. Dyer’s Greenroom post Palin knocks it out of the park is excellent.

This post has been promoted to HotAir.com.

Comments have been closed on this post but the discussion continues here.

Ed Morrissey on August 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Only problem is, I don’t see it on the main page.

The link Ed provided leads to the archives section and a 404 not found error.

What gives?

Where is it?

Brian1972 on August 9, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Only problem is, I don’t see it on the main page.

The link Ed provided leads to the archives section and a 404 not found error.

What gives?

Where is it?

Brian1972 on August 9, 2011 at 9:19 AM

I was thinking the same thing. I couldn’t even post a comment on the thread. I initially though that was due to it being moved (despite the lack of the customary “this thread has been moved post), but it is nowhere to be found.

Hey management, can we get some help over on Karl’s greenroom post about Palin?

Pattosensei on August 9, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Pattosensei on August 9, 2011 at 9:30 AM

I am not understanding this. Must be a mistake.

Brian1972 on August 9, 2011 at 9:35 AM

There it is!

Brand new post on the main page.

Thanks Ed.

Brian1972 on August 9, 2011 at 10:10 AM

It seems SP has become the Great Pragmatist. No time for florid prose. We are in an American crisis.

Geochelone on August 9, 2011 at 5:59 AM

Or in 0bama’s case, flaccid prose.

UltimateBob on August 9, 2011 at 11:31 AM

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