Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on August 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

“President Barack Obama is getting hammered on all sides for a stumbling U.S. economy and his uneven response to it, raising pressure on him to take steps to create jobs or risk being ousted in next year’s election…

“He received negative reviews from pundits for a speech on Monday that offered no new policy ideas and failed to cushion a steep sell-off on Wall Street…

“David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, said a host of problems is playing on Americans’ minds, from weak job growth, and slumping markets to the recent deaths of 30 American troops in Afghanistan, a war that is increasingly unpopular.

“‘There’s that feeling, that things are out of control, that we’re not on top of this anymore,’ Yepson said.”

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“Gary Pearce, a Democratic strategist in North Carolina, a swing state Mr Obama is likely to struggle to retain in 2012, said: ‘Democrats are worried. He looks weak, he doesn’t say anything that grabs you, and people are looking for some kind of magic.’

“He said some activists were asking ‘do we need someone tougher to fight the tea party?’ ‘You see a yearning for a Bill Clinton-type approach and Hillary would reflect that. Obama is just a different political animal, he is a low-key guy,’ he added.”

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“All that remains of the great hopes Americans and the world had pinned on Obama, inspired by his stirring campaign speeches about change and renewal, is a battlefield of unsatisfactory and contradictory compromises. Obama, who just turned 50 and was once a symbol of youthful change, suddenly seems old and worn out, as gray as his hair has become…

“The clash with the Tea Party has highlighted Obama’s shortcomings. His opponents have everything he seems to lack. They are loud, confident and uncompromising, sticking to their principles while he repeatedly hesitates and delays. In the US midterm elections, dozens of Tea Party candidates managed to get elected to Congress by capitalizing on the rage of people who Obama had failed to connect with…

“It is now clear that Obama is simply not the man to help conflicting parties out of entrenched positions or give new impetus to an alliance. He instinctively leans toward measured, often delayed reactions, leaving his promises of change to fall by the wayside.”

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“‘We just wish he’d be more of a fighter,’ said one influential Democrat with a grimace. Another agreed: ‘You can’t blame him for everything. I just wish he would come across more forceful at times, but that is not the dude’s style. Detached hurts you when things are sour. You need some of Clinton’s ‘I feel your pain’ compassion.’…

“Obama’s response on Monday to Friday’s Standard & Poor’s downgrade and to the 22 Navy Seal commandos and 8 other soldiers killed by a Taliban rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan was once more too little, too late. It was just like his belated, ineffectual response on the BP oil spill and his reaction to the would-be Christmas Day bomber; it took him three days on vacation in Hawaii to speak about the terrorist incident when the country was scared about national security, and then he spent the next week callously shuttling from the podium to the golf course…

“His withholding and reactive nature has made him seem strangely irrelevant in Washington, trapped by his own temperament. He doesn’t lead, and he doesn’t understand why we don’t feel led.”

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Via Ben Howe.

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and people are looking for some kind of magic.’

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Those people saw what they wanted 2.5 years ago… Can they stop looking for childish fairy tales please?
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RalphyBoy on August 11, 2011 at 2:52 AM

We seen some of what this “man” is capable of. What will we see next summer and then after he loses in November? What is this obamanation really capable of?…

Gohawgs on August 11, 2011 at 3:05 AM

Gohawgs on August 11, 2011 at 3:05 AM

Short answer: UK style Flash Mobs inspired by Barry’s Twitter spam.

Geochelone on August 11, 2011 at 3:33 AM

Landlord Pimp

Schadenfreude on August 11, 2011 at 1:40 AM

in other words now the govt is into the real estate business, this stuff is disturbing…I wasn’t aware that the govt onwns so many foreclosed properties…and Freddie and that ho own or guarantees half the mortgages in this country…I am sorry, but if people here are afraid that this country is becoming socialist, you have nothing to fear, socialism is here already, it’s even worse than Europe, past and present. The only difference is that back then, under the communist/socialist regimes people could only rent from the state/govt, they were not allowed to buy and own property…The state was the owner of all residential properties there and the national landlord…here the govt basically owns or guarantees half the mortgages, but as we can see the state is becoming a big, fat landlord here too, who is gradually acquiring more and more of the foreclosed properties…this is the definition of insanity to me (well, and of socialism, but then they are pretty much synonymous and can be used interchangeably)…

jimver on August 11, 2011 at 3:48 AM

So, ACORN moving from voter fraud to housing fraud?

OldEnglish on August 11, 2011 at 4:20 AM

I think all those stories and quotes can be broken down into one common thought among those writers and speakers:

“Even WE are going to have a hard time lying enough to keep this guy in the White House.”

TugboatPhil on August 11, 2011 at 6:20 AM

Obama wanted to start his campaign early!

He is losing to a group where they haven’t even figured out what the field is or which one of them will run against him. Even the Far Left has figured this one out – by being a staunch ideologue and ripping up agreements made with the leaders of the House and Senate there is NO ONE that will trust him now. Not the Left. Not the Right. Not the muddle in the middle that isn’t Left nor Right. It isn’t if you ‘like’ or ‘approve’ of him, it is can you TRUST HIM? That answer is coming up NO.

This is the end of the social welfare state. Not just in the US but in Europe as well. The payments for sustaining it could not go on forever and whatever cannot go on forever will fail at some point. Better now than for our children and grand children. In an age where the life expectancy climbs and is added on to by one year for every three to four years, you have a group of people who are old who are healthier than their forebearers in the 1930′s and will expect to live much longer into old age than those same forebearers as well. Medicine can only make those positive changes when we do not expect the goods to be evenly distributed so that the well off can pay for the first treatments and then, as manufacturing and automation come into play, those same treatments can be made more cheaply and in far larger amounts. For doing this those companies are VILIFIED.

The Left is having to face up to the fact that they aren’t being ‘nice’ nor ‘compassionate’ or ‘pro-environment’, but they are being cruel, heartless and anti-human by trying to break the human spirit via handouts and make people beholden TO government. That is what we now see today, and the lovely world the Progressives want is nearly here. And it is filled with barbarians, terror and autocrats. You cannot make a ‘deal’ when that is your FUTURE, but you can STEP AWAY from that path and start walking it back to someplace where we don’t have these insane ideas of government doing ‘good’. Soon, very soon, that will be the only reasonable option left to us… unless you are one of those people willing to stick to ideology just to see the world burn.

ajacksonian on August 11, 2011 at 6:48 AM

He looks weak, he doesn’t say anything that grabs you…..

welcome to the real world…

cmsinaz on August 11, 2011 at 7:18 AM

they’re still going to vote for this maroon…

cmsinaz on August 11, 2011 at 7:20 AM

OT: photo op

sad…no other media except for his photographer…

cmsinaz on August 11, 2011 at 7:25 AM

Somehow I cannot trust the media driven polls. How in heavens name could 47% of Americans think he should continue doing what he has already done to America? Beyond any reasonable person’s ability to fathom.

wepeople on August 11, 2011 at 7:29 AM

My take.

kingsjester on August 11, 2011 at 7:30 AM

So..Democrats are finally coming to realize that they helped usher an incompetent demagogue into office.

zoyclem on August 11, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Oops. Misfire.
My take…again.

kingsjester on August 11, 2011 at 7:32 AM

Slightly O/T, but did you know that on the official White House web site, if you click on “contact” you get an information screen to capture your information and it actually includes a box for you to enter your “class”? The options are “home”, “work”, and “school”. Tiy want to know my “class?”

Trafalgar on August 11, 2011 at 7:35 AM

kingsjester on August 11, 2011 at 7:32 AM

a good take at that…good for king to go after this, shame the lsm continues defending this…there was a lot of outrage from the left that W could not use 9/11 for his campaign, remember that?

cmsinaz on August 11, 2011 at 7:39 AM

Excuse me if I’m repeating, but when you’ve lost Maureen Dowd, you’ve lost…nothing of consequence. Like cmsinaz said, they’re still going to vote for him (if they bother to vote at all).

SKYFOX on August 11, 2011 at 7:41 AM

cmsinaz on August 11, 2011 at 7:39 AM

Thank you, ma’am. I remember all of the outrageous outrage over Boooosh. Of course, this is “the lightbringer”. Normal rules do not apply.

kingsjester on August 11, 2011 at 7:44 AM

Some kind of Magic? What the…

That is the problem…dems and some republicans really are waiting on magic.

tomas on August 11, 2011 at 7:46 AM

Normal rules do not apply.

kingsjester on August 11, 2011 at 7:44 AM

of course

*sigh*

cmsinaz on August 11, 2011 at 7:49 AM

Something has been dangerously off about this guy. We are told he is beyond brilliant, but I’ll bet dollars to donuts he does not spend one spare minute of his time (nor ever has), reading papers by Socrates, Voltaire, or Shakespeare’s Hamlet. or even the sonnets, or Shirley Jackson. My feeling is that he grew up on Marxist propaganda brochures, with outlining objectives, in bold type. Other than that, it is football, basketball, man.

betsyz on August 11, 2011 at 7:54 AM

Good news for the DOTUS?………

It’s August 2011……..not November 2012.

PappyD61 on August 11, 2011 at 8:06 AM

Buck up, moonbats! Barry’s Tragical Misery Tour is bound to turn things around next week!

Naturally Curly on August 11, 2011 at 8:30 AM

If the left is starting to look at Hillary and thinking she’s looking good, it must be closing time. The dems and pubs both want some magic so they can keep their train running down the track. They have both lost sight of how this country is supposed to be run and it’s been going on for 70 years or more.

Kissmygrits on August 11, 2011 at 9:06 AM

jimver on August 11, 2011 at 3:48 AM

The foreclosures the govt rents would all basically be Section 8 Housing, with rent subsidized by Uncle Sam. It has ruined home values in some Baltimore suburbs I’m aware of, where denizens of projects have been plopped into regular neighborhoods, basically paying no rent in a $150k house and generally conducting themselves as one might imagine.

You got a foreclosure in your neighborhood? If Uncle Sam’s the “landlord” and decides to rent it out, it’s possible that a “family” formerly living in a high rise project could move in at tax payer expense. If they trash it, the govt pays for repairs for the next family/group that moves in.

Try selling your home with a couple of those on your block. I know people who have given up trying to sell. All the original residents of those neighborhoods are now prisoners in them who at best can rent to other beneficiaries of govt largess, or sell to the govt.

Akzed on August 11, 2011 at 9:12 AM

I-M-P-E-A-C-H. What does that spell?

RDE2010 on August 11, 2011 at 9:41 AM

betsyz on August 11, 2011 at 7:54 AM

And eventually golf. Wonder when Barry first fell in love?

RDE2010 on August 11, 2011 at 9:43 AM

How in heavens name could 47% of Americans think he should continue doing what he has already done to America?

This is much easier to understand if you look at the percentage of Americans that pay US income tax

.These two numbers are very related.

If you have no skin in the game, why do you care if the game is unfair?

katablog.com on August 11, 2011 at 10:17 AM

The foreclosures the govt rents would all basically be Section 8 Housing, with rent subsidized by Uncle Sam American taxpayers.

FIFY

katablog.com on August 11, 2011 at 10:18 AM

For crying out loud America, Obowma gave us hopeandchange.

What more do we need?

A sound fiscal policy, tax cuts, lower corporate tax rates, less fed and state regulations, repeal Obowmacare, gut the EPA, gut ACORN, gut NPR, gut the NEA, gut the welfare state, reduce unemployment benefits to 9 months, end ethanol subsidies, end bailouts, end green enery programs that are heavily subsidized, drill for domestic oil…..

dthorny on August 11, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Try selling your home with a couple of those on your block. I know people who have given up trying to sell. All the original residents of those neighborhoods are now prisoners in them who at best can rent to other beneficiaries of govt largess, or sell to the govt.

Akzed on August 11, 2011 at 9:12 AM

unbelievable…and his argument is that he’s trying to ‘stabilize’ the house market :-)…how laughable (if it weren’t sad and outrageous) this is…this man is a hybrid between Stalin & Machiavelli…Stalin had the same kind of evil genius, the difference between him and Machiavelli was that the latter was theorizing it, while the former actually carried that kind of evil in practice….this man does both…

jimver on August 11, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Test!..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2011 at 9:29 AM

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