Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on July 8, 2012 by Allahpundit

President Obama’s bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania late last week offered a striking look at the evolution of a president. In 2008, Obama used soaring rhetoric and personal biography to talk about binding together a red-blue nation. His message today is about the urgent need to defeat a stubborn opposition party in order to move the country forward…

That is a change from the way he talked as a candidate in 2008. His message then was not so much about either-or choices. That was not the message he delivered when he first appeared on the national stage at the 2004 Democratic convention, nor was it the message he offered the night he scored his breakthrough victory in the 2008 Iowa caucuses that launched him toward the White House. He did not talk about elections as tiebreakers between two sides but of a country hungering for a new model for its politics…

Many Democrats say it’s about time that the president got tough, that he spent too much time trying to negotiate with Republicans who weren’t interested in negotiating with him.

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It’s nothing like the first campaign, the former Illinois state legislator and U.S. senator said — when he and his wife circulated fliers printed at Kinko’s.

It sure isn’t…

Off the 68,443 ads that Obama has run on TV (local broadcast, national network & national cable) in the 30-day period ended July 2, 52,016 had an “anti-Romney message” — 76 percent of the total, according to New York-based Kantar Media’s CMAG, which monitors campaign advertising.

Obama’s negative ads have overtaken his positive ads. Since April 10, when Republican Rick Santorum’s exit essentially made Romney his party’s presumptive nominee, Obama has run 112,202 ads, of which 58,151 were anti-Romney and 54,051 positive.

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Of the 17 TV advertisements Obama has aired here [in Iowa], eight have pummeled Romney’s resume as a governor of Massachusetts and founder of a large private equity firm. Increasingly, the ads have pressed the outsourcing hot button, although independent fact checkers have dressed down that attack as using false or thinly supported claims.

Republicans call it a smear campaign, arguing Romney was not responsible for what companies did after he left Bain Capital. Indeed, they point to Obama as an outsourcer, citing him as responsible for jobs sent overseas by companies who received federal stimulus money.

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Top Democrats repeatedly slammed Mitt Romney on Sunday for his foreign wheelings and dealings, as President Obama’s campaign continues to make the case that the presumptive GOP nominee doesn’t understand the concerns of the middle class…

“He is the first and only candidate for President of the United States with a Swiss bank account, with tax shelters, with tax avoidance schemes that involve so many foreign countries,” Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“When it comes down to his Swiss bank account, there is just no way to explain it,” Durbin added. “You either get a Swiss bank account to conceal what you are doing or you believe the Swiss franc is stronger than the American dollar.”

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Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley (Md.) hammered Mitt Romney on Sunday over a report detailing his use of offshore accounts, saying the presumptive GOP nominee had “bet against America.”

“He bet against America when he put his money in Swiss bank accounts and tax havens and shelters and also set up a secret company, the shell company in Bermuda, which, by the way, in order to avoid disclosure, he put in his wife’s name right before he became governor of Massachusetts,” O’Malley charged.

His comments come after a Vanity Fair report released last week said Romney’s financial advisers formed a corporation in Bermuda and the GOP candidate maintained holdings in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.

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“Being rich is not a problem,” said Bob Shrum, a Democratic consultant who helped Senator Edward M. Kennedy defeat Mr. Romney in their 1994 Senate race in Massachusetts. “Being rich and out of touch is a problem.”

Mr. Romney’s campaign has pushed back hard against some of the wealth-themed attacks, which have included assertions that at Bain he enriched himself by promoting the outsourcing of American jobs. Increasingly the Romney campaign is turning Mr. Obama’s attacks back on him by suggesting that the president is in denial about his record and is out of touch with the economic strains felt by most Americans.

“They just can’t come to grips with the reality of what’s happening out there and the president’s responsibility for it,” said [Stuart] Stevens, [a Romney] campaign strategist.

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Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs said Sunday that Americans simply don’t know enough about Mitt Romney’s finances to determine if he’s doing anything illegal.

“We don’t know. Nobody knows,” the former White House press secretary said on CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked if the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was skirting tax law.

“The one thing he can do, Candy, to clear up whether or not he’s done anything illegally, whether he’s shielding his income from taxes in Bermuda or Switzerland, is to do what ever other presidential candidate is done and that’s to release a series of years of their own tax returns,” Gibbs told host Candy Crowley.

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This president has already shown that he’s not who he said he was. He claimed he was going to bring everyone together, he was going to be this uniter. He’s been the most divisive, nasty, negative campaigner this country’s ever seen without running any positive ads.

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gibbsy-
release the tax returns!

senor- I wish would say release his college transcripts…

DEFLECTION!!!

gibbsy is an a$$

cmsinaz on July 9, 2012 at 7:26 AM

Flora Duh on July 9, 2012 at 7:25 AM

SSDD

he’s trying to collect voters one pigeon hold at a time…..

cmsinaz on July 9, 2012 at 7:28 AM

@BretBaier Former PA dem gov RT @Mosheh: Ed Rendell: No need to play up Mitts wealth. FDR and JFK were rich guys who did good things @CBSThisMorning

Flora Duh on July 9, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Flora Duh on July 9, 2012 at 7:38 AM

la la la, i can’t hear you
-obama campaign

cmsinaz on July 9, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Plus, the fact that the Obamas are millionaires.

kingsjester on July 9, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Plus, the fact that the Obamas are millionaires.

kingsjester on July 9, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Isn’t it “funny” how HA’s lib trolls always seem to over look the Obama’s wealth? And Nancy Pelosi’s. And John Kerry’s. And Harry Reid’s. And Diane Feinstein’s, etc., etc.

Flora Duh on July 9, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Flora Duh on July 9, 2012 at 7:51 AM

funny indeed

gop wealth-evil
dem wealth-meh

cmsinaz on July 9, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Plus, the fact that the Obamas are millionaires.

kingsjester on July 9, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Yeah, I’ve been wondering where rich Dems keep their stash. I thought about asking UES yesterday but for me there’s no point in engaging drunks or crazies.

Eren on July 9, 2012 at 8:02 AM

“You either get a Swiss bank account to conceal what you are doing or you believe the Swiss franc is stronger than the American dollar.”

LOL. How ironic, coming from the Obama campaign. Obama has made everybody’s dollars worth less, and vastly increased the possibility that they will some day be worth nothing.

But he’s deeply offended that Romney has enough sense to hedge his bets. And we all know the only reason Obama hasn’t done the same is because he’s not nearly as smart as Romney.

AZCoyote on July 9, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Eren on July 9, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Good morning Eren. Nice to see you here.

Flora Duh on July 9, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Um can y’all explain whats up with Joe Walsh? http://www.suntimes.com/news/sweet/13576014-452/walsh-hints-duckworth-not-a-true-hero.html

libfreeordie on July 9, 2012 at 8:21 AM

And we all know the only reason Obama hasn’t done the same is because he’s not nearly as smart as Romney.
AZCoyote on July 9, 2012 at 8:04 AM</

Oh? And how do we know that?

My money says Obama's is safely backed by the Bank of Riyahd.

Cleombrotus on July 9, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Whats kind of crazy about conservatives is that when Chris Hayes, a media guy, asks a provocative questions about heroism yuo all go to war and force the guy to apologize. When an actual elected GOP Congressman attacks an honored military vet who sacrificed her limbs in American wars there is absolute silence. Nothing on Hot Air, was this covered on Fox, will Rush or Mark Levin cover it? The partisan hackery is ripe and you should be ashamed.

libfreeordie on July 9, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Flora Duh on July 9, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Mornin’ Flora! As usual I am juggling cats, grandkids and web sites… how’re you?

Eren on July 9, 2012 at 8:26 AM

“”As Colorado Springs battles a rash of robberies after a wildfire that still licks at its boundaries, it does so with fewer police and firefighters and a limited tax base that may hamper its rebound. The place where the Waldo Canyon fire destroyed 346 homes and forced more than 34,000 residents to evacuate turned off one-third of its streetlights two years ago, halted park maintenance and cut services to close a $28 million budget gap after sales-tax revenue plummeted and voters rejected a property-tax increase…”.”

Go Tea Party Go!

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2018585203_firestaxes03.html

libfreeordie on July 9, 2012 at 8:30 AM

libfreeordie on July 9, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Let’s talk about Obama not buying any more tanker planes…you know, the planes that carry the water to put out the fires?

kingsjester on July 9, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Let’s talk about Obama not buying any more tanker planes…you know, the planes that carry the water to put out the fires?

kingsjester on July 9, 2012 at 8:37 AM

1. The President recently signed a bill in order to do just that, not sure what information you’re relying on.

2. Isn’t there a massive irony in Colorado Springs, one of the most tea party friendly parts of the country, one of the most anti-federal government parts of the country reaching out for aid to the federal government after their own unwillingness to fund public safety through local taxes has screwed them?

libfreeordie on July 9, 2012 at 8:43 AM

When an actual elected GOP Congressman attacks an honored military vet who sacrificed her limbs in American wars there is absolute silence. Nothing on Hot Air, was this covered on Fox, will Rush or Mark Levin cover it? The partisan hackery is ripe and you should be ashamed.

libfreeordie on July 9, 2012 at 8:26 AM

pssst, hey dimwatt!

FOX News: Rep. Walsh faces campaign backlash over comments on double-amputee rival

Hot Air: “All she does, guys, is talk about her service”

Now what’s that you were saying about somebody should be ashamed?

Flora Duh on July 9, 2012 at 8:45 AM

libfreeordie on July 9, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Recently signed? As in, after the fact?

kingsjester on July 9, 2012 at 8:46 AM

From foxnews.com, 6/15/12 –

President Barack Obama signed a bill this week hastening the addition of seven large tanker planes to the nation’s rundown aerial firefighting fleet, at a cost of $24 million. The same day, two C-130 military transport planes designed for that very purpose sat on a tarmac in Cheyenne, shrouded in an eye-watering haze from a raging Colorado wildfire just a 15-minute flight away.

In all, eight workhorse C-130s stand ready to fight destructive wildfires around the country — but all are grounded due to rules governing the use of the nation’s aerial firefighting resources. The new purchases, meanwhile, won’t help firefighters battling destructive blazes in Colorado, New Mexico and elsewhere in the West for weeks, if not months.

“Getting into large, multiple wildfire scenarios, there’s just not enough (aircraft) to go around in the current state,” said Chuck Bushey, past president of the International Association of Wildland Fire, a professional association of people who fight wildfires.

kingsjester on July 9, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Recently signed? As in, after the fact?

kingsjester on July 9, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Mmmhmmm. But remind me, why is it the feds job to solve this problem? Don’t they just ruin things? Can’t local people take care of themselves? Its just more of the same right wing hypocrisy, you all hate the federal government until you desperately need the federal government. Suddenly your need matters and anyone who suggests you don’t need the federal government is a “scumbag.” Even though a huge part of the reason CS needs federal aid is there utter failure to make responsible local decisions, this act of personal irresponsibility is to be shoved under a rug and, once again, the entire thing is Obama/The Feds fault. How can your brain work with such cognitive dissonance?

FOX News: Rep. Walsh faces campaign backlash over comments on double-amputee rival

Hot Air: “All she does, guys, is talk about her service”

Now what’s that you were saying about somebody should be ashamed?

Flora Duh on July 9, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Did you see those comments? Also a Hot Air headline vs a n actual blog post?

libfreeordie on July 9, 2012 at 8:54 AM

kingsjester on July 9, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I’m not sure what that proves? Oh I get it, Obama was supposed to anticipate the wildfires and ask Congress for money on these planes. In a time of austerity panic. Gotcha.

libfreeordie on July 9, 2012 at 8:57 AM

libfreeordie on July 9, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Wow. We’re in a deflecting mood today, aren’t we, perfesser?

Here, let me give you a lift up, after my Google Fu knocked you on your keister.

kingsjester on July 9, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Did you see those comments? Also a Hot Air headline vs a n actual blog post?

libfreeordie on July 9, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Yeah, I did on O’Reilly. And though I didn’t see it, an issue like this sounds like something Megyn Kelly would feature with her panel, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t on America Live.

Also a Hot Air headline vs a n actual blog post?

Oh no, no, no no. That’s not what you said, is it?

Nothing on Hot Air

Sorry genius, you don’t get to revise your comments after you’ve been proven wrong.

Flora Duh on July 9, 2012 at 9:13 AM

i’m not sure what that proves? Oh I get it, Obama was supposed to anticipate the wildfires and ask Congress for money on these planes. In a time of austerity panic. Gotcha.

libfreeordie on July 9, 2012 at 8:57 AM

when one gets pwnd its best to keep your mouth shut.

renalin on July 9, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Did you see those comments? Also a Hot Air headline vs a n actual blog post?

libfreeordie on July 9, 2012 at 8:54 AM

So it doesn’t count ’cause you didn’t like the comments? Are you in Chicago? Have you seen Jesse Jackson Jr?

Fallon on July 9, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Are y’all familiar with Janet Mefferd?

libfreeordie on July 9, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Nope and I doubt you had heard of her either until Raw Story found this one person saying this, but it’s fun to be outrageously outraged, isn’t it?

Fallon on July 9, 2012 at 9:27 AM

So it doesn’t count ’cause you didn’t like the comments?

Fallon on July 9, 2012 at 9:17 AM

What? The professor was asking me if I saw the comments on the story at FOX’s website?

I thought he meant had I seen Walsh’s comments.

Hey professor! No, I didn’t read the comments at FOX.

1.) That had nothing to do with your original question, “was this covered on Fox,” did it?

2.) Unlike readers of HuffPo, WaPo, and The NY Times, I don’t let what’s said in the comments of an article dictate how I should react to a story.

Flora Duh on July 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Flora Duh on July 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Everytime you score a touchdown, he tries to move the goalpoasts.

Fallon on July 9, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Never heard of that Janet person, but at least she didn’t diss Jon Horton unlike someone I know.

McDuck on July 9, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Never heard of that Janet person, but at least she didn’t diss Jon Horton unlike someone I know.

McDuck on July 9, 2012 at 9:35 AM

I know, its not that I’d throw him out of bed. I’m just saying, with those other 4 around he’s the slightly less attractive younger brother who kind of gets ignored a little. Its killing me that we disagree on this, KILLING me :)

libfreeordie on July 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM

…or, goalposts, lol. I gave you an extra “A” today.

Fallon on July 9, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Everytime you score a touchdown, he tries to move the goalpoasts.

Fallon on July 9, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Yet he’s still getting his azz kicked. :-) Notice how he’s now changed the subject?

Hey kj, *high five* sir. It looks like between the 2 of us the “professor” is the one getting schooled this morning.

Flora Duh on July 9, 2012 at 9:43 AM

libfreeordie on July 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM

You are aware, Morehouse, does’t dig the whole gay thing. Right?

Bmore on July 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

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