Obama: Hey, no one told me Jack Ryan was going to be at that speech; Reminder: Paul Ryan was invited by WH to speech

posted at 12:01 pm on September 10, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Bob Woodward’s new book The Price of Politics might make a lot of political trouble for Barack Obama in this election.  The book looks at the leadership failures that led to the debt-ceiling and budget crises last year, and the historic downgrading of US bonds in August 2011.  One of the reasons for the intense polarization was a speech given by Obama earlier in the year that attacked the House Budget Chair’s proposals as un-American — while he sat in the office.  In interviews conducted by Woodward for the book, Obama admitted that the attack was “a mistake“:

President Obama told author Bob Woodward that he didn’t know Rep. Paul Ryan was going to attend at a major speech he delivered last year on spending and debt, and says in retrospect that it was “a mistake” to dress down Ryan and his budget plans to his face in that setting. …

“I’ll go ahead and say it – I think that I was not aware when I gave that speech that Jack Ryan was going to be sitting right there,” the president told Woodward according to audio transcripts of their conversations, provided to ABC News.

“And so I did feel, in retrospect, had I known – we literally didn’t know he was going to be there until – or I didn’t know, until I arrived. I might have modified some of it so that we would leave more negotiations open, because I do think that they felt like we were trying to embarrass him,” Obama continued. “We made a mistake.”

It’s not the only one.  Jack Ryan is either the candidate who withdrew from the 2004 Senate race that Obama won, or the fictional character in the Tom Clancy series of novels about a CIA agent who rises to the office of President, as ABC notes parenthetically:

(Jack Ryan is the name of a famous Tom Clancy character, and also the name of the Republican who was slated to run against Obama in his 2004 Senate campaign before he withdrew in the wake of a sex scandal.)

Mr. President, please let us introduce you to the House Budget Chair, and a member of Congress since 1999.

We’ll come back to this in an OOTD later this week.  However, the excuse doesn’t quite cut it, either.  Whether or not Paul Ryan attended that speech, Obama’s words were incendiary and hyperbolic.  It’s not as if Ryan wouldn’t have noticed had he not been in attendance.  Obama gave that speech to score political points through partisan attacks rather than make an argument or reach a compromise.  The Wall Street Journal wondered at the time whether the President had abandoned any pretense at seriousness with that speech, explicitly noting Obama’s attack on Ryan’s plan as un-American as the end to any hint of compromise.

The speech itself was the mistake, not the lack of attention to the guest list.  This excuse doesn’t pass the smell test.

Update: Thanks to the commenters, let’s recall what Paul Ryan said the previous time the White House tried the “gee, we didn’t know he’d be there” excuse:

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was invited by the White House to attend President Obama’s combative speech on the deficit last April, Ryan’s office said Monday, contradicting a report that he showed up unannounced.

On Monday, The New York Timesreported that the White House did not know that Ryan planned to attend the speech at George Washington University, where Obama delivered a blistering rebuke of the House GOP’s 2012 budget plan.

Before the speech began, according to the Times, then-White House Chief of Staff William Daley “spied an unexpected guest in the audience: Rep. Paul D. Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, whose budget plan Mr. Obama was about to shred.”

The story says Daley told an aide to try to warn Obama and appears to imply that Obama might have toned down his rhetoric had he known Ryan was in the audience.

The problem with this account, Ryan’s office says, is that the White House invited Ryan to the speech.

“Chairman Ryan was invited by the White House. Ryan RSVP’d in the affirmative to the White House, and he was given his seating assignment by the White House,” spokesman Conor Sweeney said.

Perhaps Barack Obama really doesn’t know Jack about this.

Update: My original tag line, “Executive decisions,” was a play on what I thought one of the Clancy titles — but that was Executive OrdersExecutive Decision was a film with Kurt Russell and Steven Seagal.  I’ve changed the tag line for another word play on a Clancy title instead.


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In an interview broadcast Sunday morning, Ann Romney said her husband Mitt Romney has been “demonized” by critics as “being heartless” and sought to push back with examples of the Republican presidential candidate empathizing with other people in times of need.

“I know that people are suffering right now. And for people to think that we don’t have empathy just because we’re not suffering like they’re suffering is ridiculous,” said Ann Romney in an interview on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

She added that she is grateful for the opportunity provided at the Republican National Convention to draw attention to instances in which Mitt Romney has shown that he cares.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/09/09/ann-romney-says-mitt-romney-has-been-demonized/

That’s what it was all about??…….AND NO ONE OWNS “CARES” like the Democrats.

Because in our culture you care WITH GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS!!!

PappyD61 on September 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Knowing the content of the speech, and that the WH invited Ryan, is such a perfect illustration of the kind of hardball Obama tries to play, and fails at. The reason he fails so completely at negotiation is that he’s utterly unbelievable as a tough guy. I’d bet Ryan was composed through the entire speech, and that it ended up throwing Obama off balance–to the point he’s admitting later having made a mistake. It’s the same deal with Boehner not returning his call–Obama was the one left hanging.

TexasDan on September 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM

ABC notes parenthetically:

(Jack Ryan is the name of a famous Tom Clancy character, and also the name of the Republican who was slated to run against Obama in his 2004 Senate campaign before he withdrew in the wake of a sex scandal.)

Now, if the party affiliations had been reversed, ABC would have noted, and a bit more than parenthetically:

(Jack Ryan is the name of a famous Tom Clancy character, and also the name of the Republican who was slated to run against Obama in his 2004 Senate campaign before he withdrew after candidate Obama’s campaign had the private divorce records for Mr. Ryan unsealed and widely publicized.)

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Incendiary language like that could plunge America into a thousand years of darkness.

plewis on September 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu blasted President Barack Obama’s economic leadership Tuesday while also saying he wishes the president “would learn how to be an American.”

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/ballot-2012/2012/07/17/romney-surrogate-calls-obama-un-american

plewis on September 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Ann Romney said her husband Mitt Romney has been “demonized” by critics as “being heartless”

That’s a feature, not a bug.

Mittens better start campaigning like a heartless bastard, too, instead of meek bunny.

Bruno Strozek on September 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM

So it would have been ok if Paul Ryan wasn’t there? That’s how you negotiate?

Our brave President (who personally killed Osama bin Laden, don’t you know?) always likes to bad-mouth the opposition when they’re not in the room to respond. Actually confronting the opposing party in a face-to-face discussion — or facing up to the hard facts of a situation, for that matter — is simply not part of his character. He’s much more comfortable having underlings deliver his message, or, better yet, knifing the opposition in the back when they least expect it. Just look at how he handled the real Jack Ryan in Illinois. Or Ulmer Lynch, Raymond Ewell, and Gha-is Askia.

Socratease on September 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I’d be worried about pissing off Jack Ryan too, so I agree with the President. Jack Ryan kicks butt and chews bubble gum and he’s always out of bubble gum.

Illinidiva on September 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Rep. Mike Coffman, Colorado Republican Congressman, Says Obama Is ‘Not An American’

“I don’t know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don’t know that. But I do know this, that in his heart, he’s not an American. He’s just not an American.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/16/rep-mike-coffman-colorado_n_1523147.html

plewis on September 10, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Sarah Palin spoke at a “Tea Party Express” rally on Boston Common today, where she said that the policies being put forth by President Obama and other Democrats had “un-American” consequences.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20002464-503544.html

plewis on September 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Patriot Games Anti-Patriot Headgames

dont taze me bro on September 10, 2012 at 1:03 PM

This book would cause trouble for Obama is the msm acknowledged there is such a book.

marnes on September 10, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Paul Ryan was invited by WH to speech

…when JugEars lies…whatever comes out of his mouth IS a fact…don’t believe me?…ask the MSM!

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Mittens better start campaigning like a heartless bastard, too, instead of meek bunny.

Bruno Strozek on September 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM

During the primaries, he certainly showed that he is capable of doing so. His campaign cared little whether it destroyed the careers and reputations of his fellow Republicans nor whether the attacks mounted damaged the Republican brand. Therefore, I want to see him do no less to the Jugeared marxist. We don’t need McCain redux; we need to see the same ruthless SOB that campaigned against his fellow Republicans.

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM

plewis on September 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

You’re off-topic, Troll.

kingsjester on September 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Obama’s (Un)American Auto Bailout
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2012

http://michellemalkin.com/2012/09/05/obamas-unamerican-auto-bailout/

plewis on September 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Speaking of Tom Clancy novels, the novel “Red Storm Rising” was probably my favorite. “Rainbow Six” was pretty good as was “Cardinal of the Kremlin.”

ted c on September 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM

..doncha just love what happened to those eco-nazis at the end of RB6, Ted?

The War Planner on September 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Posted this up in the Headlines — thought I would repost here:

I dunno. I’m kind of liking this. For those of you who haven’t read all of the Clancy novels, Jack Ryan had a very colorful and successful career in the military / government. He then became successful on Wall Street, but was pulled back into the government when the current VP became embroiled in a scandal. Minutes after being confirmed as VP, a 747 took out the Capitol during a joint session, killing almost everyone in every branch of government. (Keep in mind this was written in 1994 — long before 9/11.) Suddenly, he finds himself President of the United States, and he has to rebuild the entire government from the ground up. He does a damn good job of it because he surrounds himself with good people, and he takes a no-nonsense approach to the work that needs to be done. If you haven’t read Debt of Honor and Executive Orders, these are two must-reads. I’d give anything to have a Jack Ryan presidency!!

Lan Astaslem on September 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM

plewis on September 10, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Obama said Bush was un-American for allowing the debt to get as high as it was. Obama made it higher, therefor he is un-American. Why do you have a problem with people pointing it out?

Night Owl on September 10, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Rep. Mike Coffman, Colorado Republican Congressman, Says Obama Is ‘Not An American’

“… But I do know this, that in his heart, he’s not an American. He’s just not an American.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/16/rep-mike-coffman-colorado_n_1523147.html

plewis on September 10, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Umm, OK, your point is? Obama’s actions pretty much back up that assertion. If you think that is somehow incendiary or damaging to the conservative cause, you are pretty well fluked. It’s kind of baked into everything the marxist in the White House has been doing for the past 3 1/2+ years.

Let’s put it another way; please demonstrate to us how Obama is American in the liberty loving, freedom embracing sense of the word. What has Obama done that has helped make America stronger, what has he done that has made Americans freer, what has he done that has not added regulatory burdens and choked the ability of Americans to live their lives as free from government intrusiveness as possible?

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 1:14 PM

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 1:14 PM

I don’t think he’s going to answer either of us. I wonder how long we would last if we went to the Huffington Post and posted links to the CBC talking about how Republicans want to lynch black people, or that lady in Obama’s campaign team who said Romney supporters are racist, that we can’t stand having a black man in the White House. The faux outrage is just so one-sided.

Night Owl on September 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Jack Ryan was also the name of the pre-Alan Keyes 2004 Illinois Republican Candidate for Senate against Obambi.

osogrande on September 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM

He is somebody, the one who makes the One extremely nervous.

You are still an utter fool.

Schadenfreude on September 10, 2012 at 12:42 PM

You are still utterly hyperbolic.

verbaluce on September 10, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Obviously, the WH staff got his name right when issuing the invitation. Looks to me like the Lightworker is lying about knowledge of his attendance, and, pulled a Biden, unless there is a Representative Jack Ryan who has put forth a budget plan.

a capella on September 10, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Maybe he meant Paul Bunyan?
Both of them carry big axes.

verbaluce on September 10, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Also love how he threw a junior staffer under the bus. Although since the junior staffer invites fictional characters to speeches, I guess he needs new staff.

In all seriousness, this points to a pettiness in how Barry treats opponents. Barry knew that Ryan was going to be there and it was payback for Blair House. If I were advising Barry, I’d point out that rather than offending Ryan, Barry might want to cultivate a relationship with him. Ryan seems like a reasonable guy, and both men share interests in fitness, etc. Ryan’s district is just north of the IL border.

Illinidiva on September 10, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Maybe he meant Paul Bunyan?
Both of them carry big axes.

verbaluce on September 10, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Or maybe Obama is just a stupid, petty little man.

Night Owl on September 10, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Ryan seems like a reasonable guy, and both men share interests in fitness, etc. Ryan’s district is just north of the IL border.

Illinidiva on September 10, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Are you trying to say that they could be…friends?
That they could treat each other with mutual respect?
That they could…get along?

Maybe…maybe…
But Boehner and McConnell would never stand for it.

verbaluce on September 10, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Or maybe Obama is just a stupid, petty little man.

Night Owl on September 10, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Stupid and petty, you say?

verbaluce on September 10, 2012 at 1:35 PM

….and polls come and go that’s true but the scary part?

…….That Obama can come back after just a speech by the toned-arms and the blue dress stainer and that psycho Joe Biden and a flat speech by the WON.

And now we hear Romney talking about what he likes about ObamaCare and Ann Romney saying the convention was all about making Mitt seem like he has a heart (not ideas, not conservatism).

We can’t survive another four years of this. OBAMACARE is truly Americas’ Death Panel. Once the taxes start and private insurance starts closing, etc. It will be an explosion in federal spending LIKE NOTHING YOU’VE EVER SEEN IN YOUR LIFE.

And here we go, Voters are liking it apparently. Buying the razzle-dazzle and the apologist gop Candidate.

THAT is what is depressing.

PappyD61 on September 10, 2012 at 1:35 PM

plewis on September 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

You’re off-topic, Troll.

kingsjester on September 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM

BAM!

Tenwheeler on September 10, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Maybe he meant Paul Bunyan?
Both of them carry big axes.

verbaluce on September 10, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I’m sure that sounded good in your head before you typed it.

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Stupid and petty, you say?

verbaluce on September 10, 2012 at 1:35 PM

And dorky looking. And lazy. And arrogant. Funny how often stupid and arrogant are found in the same person. And a liar. And un-American. (that’s for plewis)

Night Owl on September 10, 2012 at 1:39 PM

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 1:38 PM

I’m glad someone else thought that missed the mark.

kingsjester on September 10, 2012 at 1:40 PM

In a depressions’ 7th year…..

The United States presidential election of 1936 was the most lopsided presidential election in the history of the United States in terms of electoral votes. In terms of the popular vote, it was the third biggest victory since the election of 1820, which was not seriously contested.

The election took place as the Great Depression entered its eighth year. Incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt was still working to push the provisions of his New Deal economic policy through Congress and the courts. However, the New Deal policies he had already enacted, such as Social Security and unemployment benefits, had proven to be highly popular with most Americans. Roosevelt’s Republican opponent was Governor Alf Landon of Kansas, a political moderate.

Although some political pundits predicted a close race, Roosevelt went on to win the greatest electoral landslide since the beginning of the current two-party system in the 1850s, carrying all but 8 electoral votes. Roosevelt carried every state except Maine and Vermont.

By winning 523 electoral votes, Roosevelt received 98.49% of the electoral vote, the highest percentage since 1820. Roosevelt also won the largest number of electoral votes ever recorded at that time, so far only surpassed by Ronald Reagan in the 1984 election, when 7 more electoral votes were available. In addition, Roosevelt won 60.8% of the national popular vote, the second highest popular-vote percentage won since 1820.

You don’t think American voters fall for Big government?

You think weak gop nominees don’t turn off voters?

PappyD61 on September 10, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Shut up already, you belong to the Government and Obama and his propaganda organ will tell you what you are allow to think or say. Welcome to 1984…

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM

THIS.

When it comes time to PAY our creditors what will we pay them with?

PappyD61 on September 10, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Obama lies, and then he lies about his lies. Next will come the lies about his lies about his lies. Ad infinitum.

Jim Treacher on September 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Obama lying again. That was no “mistake”. The Chosen One likes attacking others to their faces when they’re not in a position to respond (other than to get up and walk out).

Just ask SCOTUS.

And the idiot couldn’t even get the Citizens United decision right!

GarandFan on September 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Presidentin’ is hard.

What this whole episode says to me is that Obama had no freaking idea what to do after the Democrats lost control of the House. He was told coming in to office that there would be no heavy lifting and no math. All he had to do was leave everything up to Harry and Nancy, make a few speeches, wait for the inevitable economic bounceback, and take all the credit as revenues went back up and the deficits shrank.

So, when he was challenged by Paul Ryan actually putting together his own budget after the Simpson-Bowles commission collapsed, he reacted the way only a good community orgainzer would: he attacked and demonized.

rockmom on September 10, 2012 at 2:02 PM

make a few speeches, wait for the inevitable economic bounceback,
rockmom on September 10, 2012 at 2:02 PM

… and then he went and supported actions that pretty much destroyed that economic bounceback with policies that encouraged businesses to put their cash on the sidelines or elsewhere so that the bounceback was more like a staggering lurch.

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 2:05 PM

I’m sure that sounded good in your head before you typed it.

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Well so goes for all of us.

verbaluce on September 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Okay. Obama claims not to know Ryan (whatever his name is) was there when he gave that speech. What about the Supreme Court Justices when he gave his SOTU speech, castigating Citizens United? Did he not know they were there either?

I’m ashamed of this president. My toddlers used to tell better lies.

RebeccaH on September 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

“Are ya gonna believe me or your lyin’ eyes…” Obama MO

workingclass artist on September 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

What about the Supreme Court Justices when he gave his SOTU speech, castigating Citizens United? Did he not know they were there either?

RebeccaH on September 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

No, he knew they were there.

verbaluce on September 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM

No wonder Barkey prefers ” the way they do things in China”…none of this stuff would EVER get out to the public there (even though, much to their chagrin, the Marxist-Media here in the US tries it’s damnest to surpress anything factual about Barkey, it STILL has ways to “leak” here…for now)…

Strike Hornet on September 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM

But Boehner and McConnell would never stand for it.

verbaluce on September 10, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Hey! Maybe they could take a lesson in “getting along” from Nanzi and Dingy…remember how well they got along with “Bush-Hitler”?

Strike Hornet on September 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Posted this up in the Headlines — thought I would repost here:

I dunno. I’m kind of liking this. For those of you who haven’t read all of the Clancy novels, Jack Ryan had a very colorful and successful career in the military / government. He then became successful on Wall Street, but was pulled back into the government when the current VP became embroiled in a scandal. Minutes after being confirmed as VP, a 747 took out the Capitol during a joint session, killing almost everyone in every branch of government. (Keep in mind this was written in 1994 — long before 9/11.) Suddenly, he finds himself President of the United States, and he has to rebuild the entire government from the ground up. He does a damn good job of it because he surrounds himself with good people, and he takes a no-nonsense approach to the work that needs to be done. If you haven’t read Debt of Honor and Executive Orders, these are two must-reads. I’d give anything to have a Jack Ryan presidency!!

Lan Astaslem on September 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM

This is OT, but…
I was rereading this series in 2001. I read the end to Debt of Honor on September 10.

The next morning, I thought I was dreaming. I tried to continue the series, but just couldn’t.

cptacek on September 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Perhaps Barack Obama really doesn’t know Jack about this.

The empty chair doesn’t know jack or squat. He proves once again how petty and small minded he is.

Kissmygrits on September 10, 2012 at 3:00 PM

You are still utterly hyperbolic.

verbaluce on September 10, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Nah, they truth hurts you.

Schadenfreude on September 10, 2012 at 3:08 PM

plewis on September 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

You’re off-topic, Troll.

kingsjester on September 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Hey, d-bag, the point of the excerpt is that the Republicans got miffed because Obama said Ryan’s policy was un-American. Read something other than blogs.

plewis on September 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

plewis on September 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Who invited the parrot?

CycloneCDB on September 10, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Careful, Kingjester. Tough guy will tell you he’d beat you up if he saw you in person.

MNHawk on September 10, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Let’s put it another way; please demonstrate to us how Obama is American in the liberty loving, freedom embracing sense of the word. What has Obama done that has helped make America stronger, what has he done that has made Americans freer, what has he done that has not added regulatory burdens and choked the ability of Americans to live their lives as free from government intrusiveness as possible?

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 1:14 PM

What freedom of yours has Obama restricted? I don’t watch Fox and must have missed it.I ticked through the Bill of Rights and couldn’t come up with anything. Obamacare? – hey according to CJ Roberts the Framers say “O K”. This regulatory argument is horsesh*t spread by hysterical conservative drama queens.

plewis on September 10, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Liars! Not only did they invite Ryan but they intentionally sat him right upfront for his “dressing down”. Pathetic.

Buttercup on September 10, 2012 at 3:30 PM

plewis on September 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

I do. Thats why I know how to write on-topic posts, Skippy.

kingsjester on September 10, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Hey, d-bag, the point of the excerpt…
 
plewis on September 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

 

This regulatory argument is horsesh*t spread by hysterical conservative drama queens.
 
plewis on September 10, 2012 at 3:29 PM

 
Republican war on women.

rogerb on September 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Romney’s Super Pacs need to turn up the heat. And really big donors need to cough up a lot of bread, quickly, both to the campaign and the Super Pacs. A purported $60 million cash-on-hand advantage for Romney is not sufficient.

Yes, I’ve given plenty to the Romney campaign, I have done my part. People with a lot more money than I have can do better. If we want a return to any semblance of capitalism, Obama must go.

We are fighting the MSM every day, hour by hour. We have to go over their heads.

matthew8787 on September 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Short Answer from The Won:

I didn’t mean to give Ryan the finger, my nose itched.

Another Drew on September 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM

(Jack Ryan is the name of a famous Tom Clancy character, and also the name of the Republican who was slated to run against Obama in his 2004 Senate campaign before he withdrew in the wake of a sex scandal.)

Hey, LSM, there was no sex scandal.

Nutstuyu on September 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

I guess Obama didn’t know the Supreme Court would be attending his SOTU speech when he dressed them down either. I guess that Obama guy is really ignorant.

Christian Conservative on September 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM

And speaking of the SOTU speech, we should have a statue to Joe Wilson in Congress with the accolades for calling it right. Mr. President, YOU LIE!

Christian Conservative on September 10, 2012 at 4:17 PM

What freedom of yours has Obama restricted? I don’t watch Fox and must have missed it.I ticked through the Bill of Rights and couldn’t come up with anything. Obamacare? – hey according to CJ Roberts the Framers say “O K”. This regulatory argument is horsesh*t spread by hysterical conservative drama queens.
plewis on September 10, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Considering the government owns you, I dont’ expect you would know what it means to be free. He’s restricted my freedom of living outside a totalitarian regime for one. The freedom to pay less than $4 for a tank of gas. The freedom to ensure honest elections by requiring picture ID’s. freedom from voter intimidation by pipe wielding thugs, freedom not to have healthcare if I don’t want it, freedom from using my tax money to take over the auto, banking and insurance agencies. Freedom from paying for other peoples student loans and mortgages, freedom from funding abortions, freedom to see Maobamas college transcripts, freedom to confirm Obama’s role in F & F, freedom to succeed without punishment. King Husseins tax polices, regulations and the ACA are detrimental to business and are indeed killing our economy and job market.
Maybe if you didn’t get your news from comedy central you wouldn’t be such an ignoranimous.

Buttercup on September 10, 2012 at 4:32 PM

“this is obviously some conservative newspaper purposely misquoting our President!!!!!”
~DWS

Strike Hornet on September 10, 2012 at 4:34 PM

This is flagrant abuse of the red font. If Drudge busted out the siren every time he forgot something, we wouldn’t really take the siren seriously.

Lawdawg86 on September 10, 2012 at 5:12 PM

That’s why Ryan hasn’t been to the WH in over a year. They keep inviting Jack Ryan and Clancey keeps replying that Jack is busy.

ironked on September 10, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu blasted President Barack Obama’s economic leadership Tuesday while also saying he wishes the president “would learn how to be an American.”

plewis on September 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM

And? I really wish Obutthead would learn how to be an American too. So far he has more than amply demonstrated his anti-American feelings. He said he wanted to “transform” America. Doesn’t sound like he much appreciates how America is supposed to be. Kinda makes him Anti-American, no?

NOMOBO on September 10, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Bob Woodward’s new book The Price of Politics might make a lot of political trouble for Barack Obama in this election.

Well, you mean it would if anyone outside of the conservative blogosphere even heard about it.

You think MSNBC, ABC, CBS et al are going to run with this enough for it to cause any ‘trouble’ for BO?

Step away from the bong, ffs.

Midas on September 10, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Also love how he threw a junior staffer under the bus. Although since the junior staffer invites fictional characters to speeches, I guess he needs new staff.

In all seriousness, this points to a pettiness in how Barry treats opponents. Barry knew that Ryan was going to be there and it was payback for Blair House. If I were advising Barry, I’d point out that rather than offending Ryan, Barry might want to cultivate a relationship with him. Ryan seems like a reasonable guy, and both men share interests in fitness, etc. Ryan’s district is just north of the IL border.

Illinidiva on September 10, 2012 at 1:29 PM

One day, in the medium future, 0bama will have to kiss Ryan’s bum and call him Mr. President, to be allowed back in the White House.”

Karma rules….

cane_loader on September 11, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Woodward’s book is a cover. Barry was pleased as punch when we were downgraded.

bob77 on September 11, 2012 at 9:18 AM

The man holding the office of president is such an idiot that he doesn’t even know the difference between Jack Ryan (a fictional Tom Clancy character) and Paul Ryan, the congressman. That pretty much says it all for me.

sherrimae on September 11, 2012 at 3:37 PM

It is worth recalling the response to Obama’s April 13, 2011 speech at George Washington University (from the April 2011 section of The Obama Timeline):

At Politico, Roger Simon called it a “reelection speech” in which Obama “told liberals he still shares their goals and Democrats he is still one of them.”

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said, “I thought it was a disgrace. …I’ve rarely heard a speech by a president so shallow, so hyper-partisan and so intellectually dishonest, outside the last couple of weeks of a presidential election where you are allowed to call your opponent anything short of a traitor. But, we’re a year-and-a-half away from Election Day and it was supposed to be a speech about policy. He didn’t even get to his own alternative until more than halfway through the speech. And when he did, he threw out numbers suspended in mid-air with nothing under them with all kinds of goals and guidelines and triggers which mean absolutely nothing. The speech was really about and entirely an attack on the [Congressman Paul] Ryan plan. …It was a speech that was quite remarkable in how demagogic it was and I say that with all due respect.”

Author and columnist Mark Steyn wrote, “There’s something sad about a man so carelessly revealing himself as entirely inadequate to the moment. Government spending is an existential threat to the United States. Whether or not anyone at the White House knows this, the viziers decided to shove the sultan [Obama] out on stage with a pitifully unserious speech retreating to all his lamest tropes—the usual whiny, petty, and unpresidential partisan snippiness, and the ponderous demolition of straw men even he barely bothered to pretend he believed in.”

Colony14 on September 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM

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