Quotes of the day

posted at 10:01 pm on July 19, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

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The Mitt Romney who spoke in Bowling Green, Ohio, on Wednesday wasn’t robotic or stilted. Speaking without a teleprompter, he paced the stage, jabbing at the air with an index finger, shirtsleeves rolled up, surrounded on all sides by an amped-up crowd. There seemed to be a new fire in his belly, an unaccustomed passion. For Romney’s stumbling campaign, an adrenaline injection may have come from the most unexpected precinct: the famously uninspiring candidate himself. …

“What he’s saying,” Romney told the crowd in Bowling Green, “is that if someone has succeeded, if they built something, he’s saying they didn’t really build it — no, it was the government, it was the government that takes responsibility. So for the student in school that works hard to get on the honor roll, that’s not really them — it was their teacher that did that, and the government that paid for it. And if somebody came here across the border legally and brought their family seeking a better life, their success is not due to them — no, no, they didn’t build it; the government gets credit for that. And if a person in their job says, ‘You know what, I’m going to work hard an get more skills, and I got a promotion’ — that promotion, oh by the way, that’s not yours, that’s thanks to government. That’s where this leads.”

It was the vehemence with which Romney delivered these lines that was surprising — a forcefulness usually absent from his bland recitation of a stump speech calculated first and foremost to offend as few people as possible. By (arguably) dissing free enterprise, Obama, it seems, struck at the core of Romney’s being, arousing at long last the passion beneath his buttoned-up exterior.

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Mitt Romney made an impromptu swing by a Massachusetts body shop Thursday afternoon to again hammer President Obama over the president’s suggestion last week that the success of private enterprises in the United States were dependent on public infrastructure and programs. …

It wasn’t a gaffe. It was instead his ideology,” Romney said. …

“The president does, in fact, believe that people who build enterprises like this really aren’t responsible for it,” Romney said. “But in fact it’s a collective success of the whole society that somehow builds enterprises like this. My view, we have to celebrate people who started enterprises and employ other people.” …

“If you attack success, you’ll continue to see what we’ve seen over these past three and a half years, and that’s less success … I don’t think the president by his comments suggests an understanding of what makes America such a great nation,” Romney said.

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I think Obama has made the gaffe of the year when he said if you created a business, you didn’t build it. That phrase, ‘you didn’t build it’ should be hung around Obama until the end of his presidency.

I read the totality of the statement and it’s worse if you read it all. Essentially, he has a view that is antithetical to view that the majority of the Americans have, which is that enterprise, initiative of the markets are what drive American wealth and excellence and achievements. Government is parasitic on that and lives off the excess wealth in the form of taxation.

Obama has view at the heart of American excellence and achievement is government. not enterprise. And I think what Romney ought to do is take the headline in today’s lead editorial in the Wall Street Journal, ‘Solyndra versus Staples.’ And he has to have a simple slogan, Romney, which is, ‘Obama and his administration gave you Solyndra, using your money incidentally. I and my colleagues in the free enterprise system gave you Staples with all the jobs and all the wealth and all the accrued wealth it gave to the foundations with the pension and the universities that invested with us in those enterprises.’

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These defining moments take hold most devastatingly when they confirm what a large portion of the electorate already believes. Taken alone, it seems unfair that a single moment, an unguarded remark or a slip of the tongue can carry such weight. They’re often dismissed as “gotcha” moments, but when voters are able to nod and say, “I knew it,” these moments stick and do terrible damage. We have witnessed such a moment.


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Keep an open mind.

CW on July 20, 2012 at 7:21 AM

UPDATE: 9 News reporting the 3 month old is a patient at one of the hospitals.

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Thank God it sounds as if the baby is still alive…

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 7:17 AM

gun control now
/

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 7:22 AM

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 7:20 AM

I’ve started getting up before the rest of the mob so I can have some quiet and read my Bible in peace.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 20, 2012 at 7:22 AM

And the media narrative has begun…

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 7:17 AM

You know the gun control advocates will make this political. I won’t be surprised to see Palin dragged into this one. They always have to blame some conservative for the actions of a lone lunatic.

TxAnn56 on July 20, 2012 at 7:24 AM

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2012 at 7:21 AM

not being insensitive but why bring a baby to the movie house? just curious

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 7:25 AM

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 7:05 AM

thanks big C

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 7:09 AM

cmsinaz:

Boy are we O/T,looks like were all in da same boat,haha,ahem!:)

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 7:25 AM

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 7:25 AM

yup

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 7:26 AM

not being insensitive but why bring a baby to the movie house? just curious

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Agreed darlin’
Esp at a midnight violent movie? My/our generation would have been home asleep with the babe…

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2012 at 7:27 AM

President Obama:

‘Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado’

- White House Statement

Submitted 8 mins ago by editor

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/aurora-colorado-dark-knight-rises-shooting

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 7:27 AM

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2012 at 7:27 AM

yepper

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 7:28 AM

gun control now
/

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 7:22 AM

cmsinaz:

And more…REGULATIONS,like TSA at your local movie theatre!:)

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 7:29 AM

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 7:25 AM

One of my initial reactions, too. Without ear protection ?
Yikes ! I have to wear earplugs for any movies in a theater anymore, myself.
Probably too expensive to get a sitter ? Happens, but, still.
.

pambi on July 20, 2012 at 7:30 AM

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 7:20 AM

I’ve started getting up before the rest of the mob so I can have some quiet and read my Bible in peace.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 20, 2012 at 7:22 AM

annoyinglittletwerp:I hear ya,my little grandson,is due up soon!:)

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Wondering if it will be Ed or a Greenie who blogs this story..

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2012 at 7:32 AM

not being insensitive but why bring a baby to the movie house? just curious

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 7:25 AM

cmsinaz:Yup,common sense says,the baby should be at home,
in the safety of its crib,having wonderful dreams!:)

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 7:34 AM

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 7:29 AM

just wait

pambi on July 20, 2012 at 7:30 AM

perhaps, just seems curious

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 7:35 AM

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Ain’t no tellin’. Unfortunately.

kingsjester on July 20, 2012 at 7:35 AM

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2012 at 7:32 AM

betcha its Ed, with green room additions

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Wondering if it will be Ed or a Greenie who blogs this story..

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2012 at 7:32 AM

FREE AP!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 20, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Fox and Friends just related that the FBI is saying that there is no indication at this point to suspect the shooting is linked to terrorism.

bayview on July 20, 2012 at 7:36 AM

Ok, now I think I know why the media is already busy at work to set a narrative.

Some are reporting the gunman was a 24 yr old white male, possibly from TN. I’m also hearing people in the area of the shooting say the theater is in a predominantly black community.

Am I being too cynical?

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 7:36 AM

And more…REGULATIONS,like TSA at your local movie theatre!:)

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Most of our local theaters prohibit carrying firearms in the building. Obviously ineffective with scum like that, but it makes me wonder how many otherwise-armed, law-abiding citizens left their own guns at home or in the car. I choose to defy those rules because, on the list of potential negative consequences, being thrown out of a theater is small potatoes.

Extrafishy on July 20, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 7:36 AM

nope, right there with ya FD

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 7:36 AM

Sincerely hope this is not a racially driven atrocity.

bayview on July 20, 2012 at 7:39 AM

bayview on July 20, 2012 at 7:39 AM

I gather that there was a shooting in a CO movie theatre. What happened?

annoyinglittletwerp on July 20, 2012 at 7:40 AM

just heard they are revising the death toll down to 12….

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Swing state opportunity for Obama to be the comforter-in-chief.

Should we ban Midnight movies?

Should Christian Bale or Anne Hathaway be banned from further movies?

And really should violent movies be banned? Aren’t they a “clear” danger to public health?

Should canisters be banned?

Should lines at theaters be eliminated?

Should Rush Limbaugh or democrat operatives be banned from talking about Batman?

Will Obama Biden now be able to call themselves the “dynamic duo” in light of this shooting (like they had planned on doing)?

BAN BATMAN!!!!

PappyD61 on July 20, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Sincerely hope this is not a racially driven atrocity.

bayview on July 20, 2012 at 7:39 AM

If there was even one non-white person in the theater, the media will turn it into one.

TxAnn56 on July 20, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Sincerely hope this is not a racially driven atrocity.

bayview on July 20, 2012 at 7:39 AM

I doubt it is, but that won’t stop the media from setting their own narrative.

Tucson and Zimmerman come to mind.

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Sounds like the three month old baby is still alive…

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Ban and blame EVERYTHING……….but the actual SHOOTER!!!!!!

PappyD61 on July 20, 2012 at 7:44 AM

bayview on July 20, 2012 at 7:39 AM

I gather that there was a shooting in a CO movie theatre. What happened?

annoyinglittletwerp on July 20, 2012 at 7:40 AM

I have no idea what is the motive of the shooter, just responding to what FD said. The country is as deeply divided politically, by income and by race as it is, just hoping this is not another thing that makes things worse.

bayview on July 20, 2012 at 7:44 AM

I gather that there was a shooting in a CO movie theatre. What happened?

annoyinglittletwerp on July 20, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Aurora, CO, Century 16 Theater, Midnight Showing – Batman movie

Gunman sets off smoke device, stands up and starts shooting.

Long gun, one hand gun on him another secreted in theater.

Multiple casualties, deaths. Police investigating car outside theater and apartment with equipment to check for bombs/IEDs/booby-traps.

Theaters were packed for the premier showing.

ajacksonian on July 20, 2012 at 7:45 AM

@piersmorgan: Horrendous details from this Colorado cinema shooting. America has got to do something about its gun laws.

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 7:46 AM

How far is Columbine HS from the theater?

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2012 at 7:46 AM

I gather that there was a shooting in a CO movie theatre. What happened?

annoyinglittletwerp on July 20, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Live stream from 9News in CO.

http://www.9news.com/video/9newsonline.aspx

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Heres a face,of one of the victims!

Jake Tapper ‏@jaketapper

RT @natalietejeda: My friend Jessica Ghawi killed in #Aurora shooting-an aspiring sportscaster, she’ll be missed http://yfrog.com/oc7ruuhj

https://twitter.com/jaketapper

My friend Jessica Ghawi was killed in the #Aurora Shooting-she was an aspiring sportscaster-she will be missed

http://yfrog.com/oc7ruuhj

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 7:46 AM

the libs never let you down do they

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Heres where I got Jake Trappers tweet!

Live Text
*********

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18922685

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 7:50 AM

I read the totality of the statement and it’s worse if you read it all. Essentially, he has a view that is antithetical to view that the majority of the Americans have, which is that enterprise, initiative of the markets are what drive American wealth and excellence and achievements. Government is parasitic on that and lives off the excess wealth in the form of taxation.

There is no such thing as excess wealth.

There is regulated theft known as ‘taxation’. It is not made ‘good’ because it is regulated but is a necessary artifact to pay for the few things that are necessary for society that cannot be allowed to be done by individuals.

That wealth is in no way, shape or form ‘excess’.

ajacksonian on July 20, 2012 at 7:50 AM

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 7:47 AM

How terrible.

bayview on July 20, 2012 at 7:50 AM

@piersmorgan: Horrendous details from this Colorado cinema shooting. America has got to do something about its gun laws.

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Apparently one more law on top of the existing 30,000+ would have kept this from happening.

Bishop on July 20, 2012 at 7:50 AM

I’m waiting for the Bain-Romney connection to appear, I just know the freaks at KOS will find a way to blame this on Rombo.

Bishop on July 20, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Mom would have had a melt-down fit if we took babies and kids to the theater at midnight. I don’t care if it was summer. She’d still whupped us as adults…

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Obama, Romney statements on movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Unless Romney has a correct updated number of people killed, look for the libs and media snickering that Romney got it wrong in the statement. Nothing is too low for them to get a dig in.

bayview on July 20, 2012 at 7:57 AM

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2012 at 7:56 AM

tru dat

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 7:57 AM

bayview on July 20, 2012 at 7:57 AM

ain’t that the truth…

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Unless Romney has a correct updated number of people killed, look for the libs and media snickering that Romney got it wrong in the statement. Nothing is too low for them to get a dig in.

bayview on July 20, 2012 at 7:57 AM

At one point during the night it was reported that 15 had died.

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 8:02 AM

@piersmorgan: Horrendous details from this Colorado cinema shooting. America has got to do something about its gun laws.

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 7:46 AM

I agree. A tiny handful of national regs that no state could add to, amend, or subtract from should be the setup. Denying guns to convicted felons and loony-bin occupants is not infringement, but there’s a whole lot more that is.

MelonCollie on July 20, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Unless Romney has a correct updated number of people killed, look for the libs and media snickering that Romney got it wrong in the statement. Nothing is too low for them to get a dig in.

bayview on July 20, 2012 at 7:57 AM

bayview:Oh they will!:)

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Aurora victim Jessica Ghawi was tweeting just before her death

Incredibly, her final blog post was about a shooting at Eaton Center in Toronto in early June.

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Drudge finally has some reports up.

pambi on July 20, 2012 at 8:06 AM

I’m also hearing people in the area of the shooting say the theater is in a predominantly black community.

Am I being too cynical?

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 7:36 AM

The short cell phone clip from the theater showed many of the people wandering around were white. Let’s hope that there is no racial angle to the atrocity.

bayview on July 20, 2012 at 8:07 AM

FBI says 24 yr old shooter had 3 weapons, car he was driving had TN plates but he currently lived in the Aurora area.

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 8:08 AM

I’m waiting for the Bain-Romney connection to appear, I just know the freaks at KOS will find a way to blame this on Rombo.

Bishop on July 20, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Bishop:And was the shooter,egged on,my the Democrats making
the insane connection of Bain/Bain and Romney!!:)

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Name released!!

2 federal officials say suspect in Colorado movie theater mass

shooting is James Holmes, born December 13, 1987
*************************************************

– @NBCNews

Submitted 3 mins ago by editor

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 8:10 AM

RT @emzanotti: Dear CNN, blaming the shooting on “anti-government groups” seems a bit presumptive and irresponsible, eh? D*cks.

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 8:11 AM

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 8:10 AM

That must be false.
All mass murderers have a middle name ! Hey !!
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pambi on July 20, 2012 at 8:12 AM

James Holmes, 24, of North Aurora, was apprehended at the scene clad in a bullet-proof vest and riot helmet.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/mass-shooting-colorado-movie-theater-14-people-dead/story?id=16817842#.UAlLCqCneSo

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 8:13 AM

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 8:10 AM

That must be false.
All mass murderers have a middle name ! Hey !!
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pambi on July 20, 2012 at 8:12 AM

pambi:Interesting:)

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 8:15 AM

What is James Holmes race?

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2012 at 8:15 AM

MelonCollie @ 8:04
Yes, you are correct, the shooting in Canada one example. Tougher gun laws, don’t mean a thing to nut cases……….So sad……….;-(

angrymike on July 20, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Drudge finally has some reports up.

pambi on July 20, 2012 at 8:06 AM

pambi:I hear ya,Drudge has the news feeds,but has to post them!:)

canopfor on July 20, 2012 at 8:18 AM

All mass murderers have a middle name ! Hey !!
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pambi on July 20, 2012 at 8:12 AM

And quite a few assassins, too.

Most common middle name for deranged mass murderers? Wayne.

Yeah, unlikely in this case… but if he does have a middle name…

ajacksonian on July 20, 2012 at 8:23 AM

FBI says 24 yr old shooter had 3 weapons, car he was driving had TN plates but he currently lived in the Aurora area.

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 8:08 AM

From a very brief helicopter shot of suspect car, plates looked like they could be CO plates.

davidk on July 20, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Omaha conservative
24 year old white man……….

angrymike on July 20, 2012 at 8:26 AM

The number of people murdered there had been revised to 12 by CNN and Fox.

bayview on July 20, 2012 at 8:29 AM

I’ve started getting up before the rest of the mob so I can have some quiet and read my Bible in peace.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 20, 2012 at 7:22 AM

4 chapters a day? Whaddya read this morning?

Cleombrotus on July 20, 2012 at 8:57 AM

A pity there was no Mr. Williams onsite this time.

Cleombrotus on July 20, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Anybody else listening to 9 News live stream just hear that azzhole claiming to be the the police chief?

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 6:32 AM

No, what did he say?

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2012 at 6:33 AM

Didn’t catch it that closely but he started to say that someone else had died and something about Goldman Sachs. That’s when the anchor realized what was going on and cut the call.

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 6:38 AM

@hmfearny: Howard Stern’s guy prank called the Colorado station posing as a cop & lied about deaths: http://t.co/Mzc03VqO

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Flora Duh on July 20, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Bring them up on charges. Now!

kingsjester on July 20, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Has ABC News identified Palin as the shooter?

PappyD61 on July 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

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