Video: Obama now pretending he doesn’t know how much the national debt is

posted at 5:21 pm on September 19, 2012 by Allahpundit

Am I giving him too much credit in thinking that he does know — rounding within, say, a trillion dollars — and is simply playing dumb to deflect an “unhelpful” question, or have we reached the point where we’re hemorrhaging money so quickly that even the president can’t keep count? C’mon. The Five Trillion Dollar Man knows.

Here’s a better question: Why did Letterman broach this subject? Partisan that he is, there were a million things he could have asked O to make life easier for him (“Tell us the story about killing Osama Bin Laden again, papa”) and yet he asked him about one of his biggest political liabilities. I’m thinking the White House must have requested the question because this was their big chance to speak directly to casual voters in rebutting one of the GOP’s strongest attacks, and that Dave somehow wandered off-script by trying to pin Obama down on the number. Or it could be that, in his own odd way, he was trying to help O out by purposely floating a much lower figure on the debt ($10 trillion) for the benefit of semi-comatose low-information voters. The problem with that, though, is that “$10 trillion” is likely as startling a figure to an LIV as “$16 trillion” given that they have no mental benchmarks on federal spending over the past decade to reference. Can’t figure out why Dave would bring it up.

No serious talk of entitlement reform here. Of course.


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He doesn’t want to be filmed saying 16 trillion.

JohnBrown on September 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Pretending… Yea, that an interesting euphemism for lying.

SWalker on September 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I cannot watch his lying face, but I really do want to punch him in the throat. And I’m not a violent person, usually. In fact, I’ve never hit anyone in my life; he just brings out the worst in everything.

MustLoveBlogs on September 19, 2012 at 5:26 PM

It’s called… LYING THROUGH YOUR TEETH!

WHY does no one else get that?!!!!!!!

UnderstandingisPower on September 19, 2012 at 5:26 PM

This man makes my blood boil. The arrogance of going on Letterman, and then BEING stupid, not PLAYING stupid. I just heard on FOX that NO other network, cable or alphabet, has played the Obama redistribution tape. That tape via a Romney commercial had better go nationwide fast. Not internet- nationwide T.V.

BettyRuth on September 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I’ll give him a hint: it’s nearly six trillion more than when you took office, you incompetent fraud.

AZCoyote on September 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Obama now pretending

faraway on September 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

He doesn’t want to be filmed saying 16 trillion.

JohnBrown on September 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Got it in one.

But like AP I can’t figure out why Letterman brought it up.

Missy on September 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Can’t figure out why Dave would bring it up.

The chooooom fumes emanating out of Hussein’s …….. nostrils made him do it ?

burrata on September 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Sorry-refuse to watch-I just can’t stomach it anymore.

PrincipleStand on September 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

That’s Valerie Jarrett’s area of responsibility…

d1carter on September 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

The GOP and Romney is should make an ad out of this and run with it, showing that obama doesn’t even know or doesn’t care how much we are in debt.

ConservativePartyNow on September 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

well at least Dave didn’t do a riff on A-Rod tip drilling Malia…

DanMan on September 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Yeah, but he’s really prepping for those debates!

While the campaign has been coy about preparations, Psaki sought to somewhat downplay expectations for Obama’s performance, acknowledging that the three October debates pose a real challenge…

She also acknowledged that the debate format – requiring short answers of less than two minutes to each question in an uninterrupted 90-minute session – might not be favorable for Obama, who likes to give longer responses.

See, there was the problem with Letterman. Show only runs 90 minutes. Thank Gaia for friendly media moderators.

de rigueur on September 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Oh you know how it is, he has people for that. The president doesn’t need to know the specific number, and more importantly should never be filmed saying a specific number. A number which is really pretty small when you consider how big the mess he inherited was. Nothing to see here.

Lily on September 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Well, that’s a change. For four years he’s been pretending that he knows anything. Nice he is finally admitting he knows nothing.

Jvette on September 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

There is no way this race should be even close with the state of the economy the way it is.

Ric on September 19, 2012 at 4:28 PM

rogerb on September 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Pretending hell. This boob doesn’t know anything about economics and it shows in everything he does. Idiot believes in Unicorns and magic to make it all work the way he dreams it will.

Webrider on September 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Why did Letterman broach this subject? Partisan that he is, there were a million things he could have asked O to make life easier for him (“Tell us the story about killing Osama Bin Laden again, papa”) and yet he asked him about one of his biggest political liabilities.

Actually, dingleBarry’s non-stop boasting about killing bin Laden has become a political liability for him too. (Obama, Obama, we’re all Osama now!).

He can’t keep crowing about that without risking inflaming (further) the Muslim hordes. Apparently they didn’t get that they were supposed to lay down their guns and missiles, genuflect, and kiss the hem of his garment on the day The One was inaugurated. Those couple of years Barry lived in Indonesia as a grade-schooler weren’t quite as soothing to the Islamofascist beasts as Barry assured us they’d be.

AZCoyote on September 19, 2012 at 5:35 PM

JohnBrown is spot on. He doesn’t want to be filmed saying that number, but if he really doesn’t know it, he’s too ignorant and unaware to be President. It’s practically an admission that he ought to be defeated in this election.

flataffect on September 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Fine Mr. President, ignore then 5 trillion you added to the national debt..i guess that 4 trillion dollars Bush added was unpatriotic but yours is just fine? You sir are the biggest hypocrite in the history of hypocrites..

and Obama, the national debt sits at 16,041,031, the rest of the numbers in hundreds of thousands are piling up as i type this ! thank you sir for being patriotic!!!!!

sadsushi on September 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

for the great mass of unwashed peasants, he really seems to have it under control.

he said we needed to have 1T deficit during his first year…obviously no challenge about the 5T total deficit.

he lies about the bush administration shamelessly…the deficit was something like 200B in 2007. And what with the two wars? So he didn’t want to go into AF along with Michael Moore?

so lie layered upon lie…16T, 1.3T deficit per year, we spend 300B and take in 200B…each and every month.

and he will continue until he gets his VAT…and if more downgrades are on the way, well, no biggy until i get my massive tax increase

but this is what is so trashy about prezy…

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/beyonce_jay_host_ny_bam_ba_5wud17kNBMEiV8wim9YYJK#ixzz26vEnv4Wv

they don’t want you to know about the 18 foot ‘art’ made of campaign glasses

r keller on September 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kuTG19Cu_Q unpatriotic! you are a disgrace Obama and i’m ashamed that you are the president

sadsushi on September 19, 2012 at 5:39 PM

The President very likely in my opinion has no idea what the debt level is and couldnt care less if he did know because in his mind it has nothing to do with the fundamental transformation of the US which is his stated goal.

I suspect however that Obama he is keenly aware of exactly how many seiu, afscme and nea dues paying members there are, and knows to the penny how much each union gave to his campaign in 2008 and exactly how much is expected from them this time around.

Sacramento on September 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM

She also acknowledged that the debate format – requiring short answers of less than two minutes to each question in an uninterrupted 90-minute session – might not be favorable for Obama, who likes to give longer responses.

de rigueur on September 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Show of hands. Who thinks the moderators will actually cut the boy king off?

BTW Even his low information supporters had to think something was wrong about those answers….Maybe not

HoustonRight on September 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM

It’s not really a debt, anyway. It’s an investment in fairness , so everybody can have a shot.

/bs

Curtiss on September 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Like poison I loathe him.

Naturally Curly on September 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Atleast Hussein didn’t he is running a surplus !

burrata on September 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Atleast Hussein didn’t say that he is running a surplus !

burrata on September 19, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Huh. I remember that gasoline was $1.83 on the day Obama took office.

portlandon on September 19, 2012 at 5:44 PM

if he says “fair share” one more time…

Sachiko on September 19, 2012 at 5:44 PM

BTW, Just saw a new Obama commercial here in NEW JERSEY on the Fox News Channel. With a banner across the bottom begging for a $ 10 donation. Barack Obama approved this message.

He’s in deep doo-doo. Thank God.

Naturally Curly on September 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

He doesn’t want to be filmed saying 16 trillion.

JohnBrown on September 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

This. It would be in a Mitt ad within 24 hrs. But, I conclude it should still run in one as “Clueless” or “Leaderless”…

hillsoftx on September 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

This got mixed in the cue cards by a mischievous staffer. The original question was about his favorite color (again).

pat on September 19, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Heh. This guy’s a pos I mean a piece of work.

CW on September 19, 2012 at 5:49 PM

He doesn’t want to be filmed saying 16 trillion.

JohnBrown on September 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

This. It would be in a Mitt ad within 24 hrs. But, I conclude it should still run in one as “Clueless” or “Leaderless”…

hillsoftx on September 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

And close with a shot of the ginormous debt clock.

Naturally Curly on September 19, 2012 at 5:49 PM

This. It would be in a Mitt ad within 24 hrs. But, I conclude it should still run in one as “Clueless” or “Leaderless”…

hillsoftx on September 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Two problems with that:

1. Romney’s ad team is incapable of doing a hard-hitting personal attack ad.

2. Romney for some reason is not spending much on ads.

Norwegian on September 19, 2012 at 5:50 PM

He knows, just doesn’t give a rat’s behind. Forward!

Charlemagne on September 19, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Am I giving him too much credit in thinking that he does know — rounding within, say, a trillion dollars — and is simply playing dumb to deflect an “unhelpful” question, or have we reached the point where we’re hemorrhaging money so quickly that even the president can’t keep count? C’mon.

C’mon? This guy thinks you can pay down the deficit. He also thinks you can reduce the cost of something (insurance) by 300%.

Pretending or genuinely doesn’t know?

Here’s your answer

Basilsbest on September 19, 2012 at 5:51 PM

thanks for the screw up Letterman! you know you weren’t supposed to bring that subject up!

burserker on September 19, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Lots of people apparently like having their grown kids and even their own parents moving in with them. Ahhh the new normal.

Bringing the family closer. -There’s a new slogan for Obama.

CW on September 19, 2012 at 5:52 PM

He doesn’t want to be filmed saying 16 trillion.
JohnBrown on September 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

We have a winner!

conservative pilgrim on September 19, 2012 at 5:52 PM

I don’t think he gives a rat’s backside . . . his only objective is to take everything from productive Americans and give it to his parasitic constituents and socialist supporters.

rplat on September 19, 2012 at 5:53 PM

OT, but did anyone see PPP poll with obama up 8 points. I saw it on weekly standard.

earlgrey133 on September 19, 2012 at 5:56 PM

So the doctor says “you have cancer.” And then adds “but you don’t have to worry about that in the short term… just go ahead and party, like it’s 1999!”

Don’t worry, be happy. What about China? China is holding much of our debt. And Romney needs to play up this scary but true point in ads.

anotherJoe on September 19, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Nice pant crease!

Wigglesworth on September 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM

How many ambassadors were killed recently in Libya, Mr. Bark, can you answer that one?

Bishop on September 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Just round it to the closest TRILLION, champ.

Joe Mama on September 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Obama now pretending he doesn’t know how much the national debt is

…is that a divot or a slice or something?…is a bunker involved?

KOOLAID2 on September 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Bet he can’t balance a checkbook, either.

Joe Mama on September 19, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Insane Clown Posse! Wait a minute, I don’t think I spelled that right.

onomo on September 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM

“Obama Can’t Remember the National Debt on Letterman”
…of course, who wouldn’t be distracted while a degenerate, misogynist perve (and reject from the Hair Club for Men) fondly kisses one’s nether region.

TeaPartyNation on September 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Letterman, to his credit, went on to ask Obama how much the national debt actually is. Obama evidently knew that if he said $16 trillion his audience would be horrified, so, incredibly, he pretended not to know!

The ad writes itself!

Only a presidential campaign run by complete hapless doofusses could blow this one!

Oh…

Never mind.

Bruno Strozek on September 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM

It’s not really a debt, anyway. It’s an investment in fairness , so everybody can have a shot.

/bs

Curtiss on September 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

LOL. An “investment” that’s going to work out just as well for taxpayers as all Barry’s other “investments” with our money.

AZCoyote on September 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM

…cripes!…he’s got that over the vaginaleg-crossing thing going again!… we talked about that yesterday …nothing ever gets in the way there!…I know JugEars likes mom’s pants…but does he HAVE to cross his legs like her?

KOOLAID2 on September 19, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Not sure how being unwilling to state the number helps him. This answer now becomes the next Romney campaign commercial. “Ran up the debt to $16T and ‘doesn’t have the number’ when asked”. Yeah, that just oozes confidence. There are certain high-level pieces of information a leader should have at his immediate recall. If my director were to ask me the value of one of my contracts and how much is left in my budget, if I couldn’t immediately state, to a reasonable degree of precision, the amount; I would be deemed irresponsible and incompetent.

Come on sport, you can at least make an appearance of trying.

AZfederalist on September 19, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Obama just filibustered Letterman because the questioning was getting too hot for him.

forest on September 19, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Maybe Obama hasn’t authenticated the debt yet. It could be something as simple as that.

Curtiss on September 19, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Mr President, tell me again, what are you going do with the $40 billion that you want from the ‘rich families’ that make +200k? How will $40B put people back to work?

Can you explain to me how the House and Senate are supposed to ‘compromise’ in the Budget Reconciliation process if the Senate doesn’t pass a budget? How many votes does the Senate need to pass a budget? Why don’t you just round up your pals in the Senate and pass a budget with your tax hike attached?

Will you kiss me?
Will you kiss me?
I like to be kissed when someone is doing sex to me!

Do I look like Mrs. Obama?
Do I look like Mrs. Obama?
Then why are you trying to do sex to me!

Remember when SNL was actually funny??

RedManBlueState on September 19, 2012 at 6:08 PM

This would make a very powerful and very damaging against Obama… Also as damaging as not knowing the value of our debt, he said that increasing debt is OK for a short term? Really?… Oppose this with saying that the Bush debt increase was unpatriotic and we get the perfect ad…

mnjg on September 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Pretending hell. This boob doesn’t know anything about economics and it shows in everything he does. Idiot believes in Unicorns and magic to make it all work the way he dreams it will.

Webrider on September 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Indeed. Everything we needed to know about Obama’s grasp of basic economics was revealed when he doubled down on Ca$h 4 ClunkerZ: A ridiculous, unnecessary piece of “feel good” legislation that “unintentionally” harmed lower income car buyers and did zilch to help the economy.

visions on September 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM

$10 Trillion, $15 Trillion, what’s the difference? It’s not like it’s his money, it’s just numbers on a piece of paper to him, what’s the big fuss? He’s never had to do anything to earn any of it, just like his Nobel Prize.

Socratease on September 19, 2012 at 6:11 PM

“Never use your opponent’s language…. Never repeat ideas that you don’t believe in, even if you are arguing against them.”

– Chairman Lakoff

Dusty on September 19, 2012 at 6:12 PM

The reason he doesn’t know is definitely because he is dumb. The POS certainly can’t count to 16 (trillion or otherwise). After he’s booted from office he needs to take the remedial math courses offered in Federal Prison.

NOMOBO on September 19, 2012 at 6:13 PM

We live in a completely false political un-reality created by the left. The people of the Soviet Union were probably better informed than the American people are. They will happily prop up their “celebrity” president while the United States goes down the tubes.

TarheelBen on September 19, 2012 at 6:13 PM

it’s just numbers on a piece of paper to him, what’s the big fuss? He’s never had to do anything to earn any of it, just like his Nobel Prize.

Socratease on September 19, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Hey, and 1.5 sounds a whole lot better than 450 or 500. Only problem is, his 1.5 is $1.5 Trillion and that 450 is $450 Billion. 1/3 the amount of deficit spending under Bush than under the Light Bringer.

AZfederalist on September 19, 2012 at 6:14 PM

OT BREAKING on Fox News:

The leader of the raid on the Benghazi compound was a released GITMO detainee with ties ti 9/11.

stefanite on September 19, 2012 at 6:15 PM

He doesn’t care how high the debt is – he wants it HIGHER. That’s why he pretended it was so unimportant to him that he doesn’t even bother to know about it. Obama wants to force a debt-driven economic collapse – Cloward/Piven “crisis” to happen ASAP, and I think he wants it before the election. That’s a crisis that he won’t let go to waste.

We sure wouldn’t be having no stinkin elections then, would we?

Harbingeing on September 19, 2012 at 6:15 PM

How many ambassadors were killed recently in Libya, Mr. Bark, can you answer that one?

Bishop on September 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM

It depends on what the meaning of “in” is

burrata on September 19, 2012 at 6:16 PM

i confess i haven’t watched the entire vid (or at least that which was not cut)…but i’m surprised that i have heard more about this quote from Romney

i mean, no, i’m not surprised that the trashy glitterati of our third world media/political class hasn’t mentioned it…but the conservatives

Romney: [The] former head of Goldman Sachs, John Whitehead, was also the former head of the New York Federal Reserve. And I met with him, and he said as soon as the Fed stops buying all the debt that we’re issuing—which they’ve been doing, the Fed’s buying like three-quarters of the debt that America issues. He said, once that’s over, he said we’re going to have a failed Treasury auction, interest rates are going to have to go up. We’re living in this borrowed fantasy world, where the government keeps on borrowing money. You know, we borrow this extra trillion a year, we wonder who’s loaning us the trillion? The Chinese aren’t loaning us anymore. The Russians aren’t loaning it to us anymore. So who’s giving us the trillion? And the answer is we’re just making it up. The Federal Reserve is just taking it and saying, “Here, we’re giving it.” It’s just made up money, and this does not augur well for our economic future. You know, some of these things are complex enough it’s not easy for people to understand, but your point of saying, bankruptcy usually concentrates the mind.

i know that the country is mostly run by some unholy combo of the Karadashian fanboys and fangirls…and the members of a choom-gang, dreaming about the good old days where they could spend their afternoons high

throw in a little gangster rap, and you’ve pretty much got it.

r keller on September 19, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Sadly, I don’t think the man has a clue what the debt is. Even if he did, he doesn’t have a plan to reduce it, other than to cut it in half in his first term. He’s got 3 months. Hopefully.

scalleywag on September 19, 2012 at 6:18 PM

The evasive debt rambling isn’t what should be making news from this clip.

He starts it off by saying in a condescending tone that we “decided to launch two wars on a credit card.” And he does this in the city of 9/11.

We didn’t decide to invade people, Mr. President. We took action against those who took action against us.

Nethicus on September 19, 2012 at 6:18 PM

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/what-mitt-romney-also-said-glimpse-endgame

link to the every interesting ZH

r keller on September 19, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Can you even imagine the outcry if President Bush had not known the answer to such a question? Or Sarah Palin? Or (fill in the blank with whatever Republican you choose)?

Also…maybe it’s just because of the terrible way Obama has handled the murders of our people in the Middle East, but the way he glossed right over 9/11–by jumping from the “surplus” under Bill Clinton to “we decided to start two wars…”–was totally disgusting and infuriating to me.

butterflies and puppies on September 19, 2012 at 6:19 PM

For the first time ever on Letterman, I didn’t hear the Jackass-in-Chief get interrupted by thunderous applause when he patted himself on the back.

Are even the anti-logical libs starting to take his incompetence seriously?

Or did they just save all their butt-kissing cheering to the end of the next clip?

rwenger43 on September 19, 2012 at 6:24 PM

I’m pretty sure it’s above his pay grade to know what the national debt is.

mpthompson on September 19, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Cut him some slack. That’s like asking Wilt Chamberlain precisely how many women he’s slept with. I mean, that’s like asking Cheech and Chong exactly how many joints they’ve smoked. I mean, I mean, it’s like asking Rosie O’Donnell exactly how many twinkies she’s devoured. Ted Kennedy…bottles of Chivas Regal he’s emptied.

Okay, I’ve had my fun.

Buddahpundit on September 19, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Scum.

FlatFoot on September 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM

He starts it off by saying in a condescending tone that we “decided to launch two wars on a credit card.” And he does this in the city of 9/11.

Nethicus on September 19, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Ahhhh. There you go.

That’s why the butt-kissers withheld their applause.

I’m guessing even the Jackass-in-Chief realized his blooper, since his tone changed from “I know you love me!” to “It’s too bad I have to be so serious about all this.”

rwenger43 on September 19, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Did I imagine this, or did Brett Bair just say that they think the mastermind of the embassy attack was a prisoner at Gitmo that we let go? Did I hear that? I was doing some other stuff, but I thought he said it was a prisoner that we released to Libya on the “promise” that he would be incarcerated there? and of course, wasn’t.

wow.

BettyRuth on September 19, 2012 at 6:31 PM

JohnBrown is spot on. He doesn’t want to be filmed saying that number, but if he really doesn’t know it, he’s too ignorant and unaware to be President. It’s practically an admission that he ought to be defeated in this election.

flataffect on September 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Now he’s filmed not knowing or caring about it instead.

the_nile on September 19, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Doesn’t looking down and to the right mean someone is lying? Actually, the empty chair could look up, down, right or left and still be lying. Also, does his answer make him look out of touch with the nat debt?

Kissmygrits on September 19, 2012 at 6:33 PM

He doesn’t want to be filmed saying 16 trillion.
JohnBrown on September 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

And you think that not knowing how much is our debt is Less Damaging than saying it is 16 trillion?… In fact is vastly more damaging for a President saying he does not know our debt when he has increased our debt by more than other President…

mnjg on September 19, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Dang – why didn’t someone in the audience yell out the answer. That would have been great.

gophergirl on September 19, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Is debt growth what they mean by “Forward”?

Obama needs a new slogan for the economy

“Forward at a snail’s Pace”

CW on September 19, 2012 at 6:35 PM

He just couldn’t concentrate with all that champagne to drink and all…
What do you want from him, can’t a guy just drink his $800 a bottle bubbly?

MontanaMmmm on September 19, 2012 at 6:36 PM

For the first time ever on Letterman, I didn’t hear the Jackass-in-Chief get interrupted by thunderous applause when he patted himself on the back.

Are even the anti-logical libs starting to take his incompetence seriously?

Or did they just save all their butt-kissing cheering to the end of the next clip?

rwenger43 on September 19, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Don’t get too excited. The show director most likely just fell asleep at the console and he missed hitting the ‘Applause’ button to inject the pre-recorded applause and adulation as well as light up the gigantic APPLAUSE sign in the studio during the relevant show segment(s).

It will never happen again — Valerie Jarrett will make sure of that.

FlatFoot on September 19, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Obama hasn’t had a press conference since June. About time don’t you think?

Maybe then he could remember the number.

petunia on September 19, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Huh. I remember that gasoline was $1.83 on the day Obama took office.

portlandon on September 19, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Under the administration of President George W. Bush, gasoline bottomed out at $0.89 a gallon.

slickwillie2001 on September 19, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Like most adult Americans, I am not surprised when my government lies to me. It is what they do. I expect it. There are times when, in the words of the poet Col Nathan Jessup, “I can’t handle the truth.” I expect my government to lie to me about things that I am unable to process. Sometimes it is because the government’s business is so messy and complicated that we can’t understand why this industry needs a tax incentive, but that one doesn’t. Sometimes it is because we all need our government to do things that, as individuals, we can’t do. As the Texas Ranger once said, “some men just need killin’,” and we have given that job to the folks in uniform. If you tell me that Bin Laden is living with some folks on a nice farm, that is good enough for me.
But, when my government lies to me, I expect them to be professional about it. I expect them to go to a little effort. If you are going to lie to me, make the lie plausible. Make the lie compelling. Make sure that it is internally consistent. Don’t tell me a lie that is demonstrably false based on proof easily located in a YouTube video. I need to be able to repeat your lie without being hooted out of the room. If you show me so little respect as to give me a story I can’t repeat, you are telling me you don’t like me. If that’s the way you feel about it, I will go get someone who will give me more plausible lies.
Our current President and those who support him care so little about us as citizens that they refuse to spend the effort to come up with believable lies. You don’t have to be a rocket surgeon to believe that the Islamist absolutists hate us and would use 9-11 as a perfect time to stage a hootenanny. No one believes that an obscure, poorly produced video which had been slowly getting views on YouTube would suddenly create a spontaneous, but well planned and organized, series of attacks on US embassies around the arab world. No one except for US Ambassador Rice and the servile court jesters of the major media. All the rest of us, including the President of Libya, know this is horse hockey.
Some of us remember when Richard Nixon was the leaseholder at 1600. He became famous for lying to the public. But he only became known as a liar because a group of very aggressive and resourceful journalists made it their passion and goal to prove that he was a liar. They worked hard and at some risk to make their point. Today, all we need do is compare today’s video to yesterday’s. Don’t we deserve a president that makes it a little harder to prove that he is lying to us? I think so.

Spike72AFA on September 19, 2012 at 6:45 PM

To be fair, Obama had other things on his mind:

Letterman Tells Obama ‘You Haven’t Seen Me Naked,’

mrt721 on September 19, 2012 at 6:46 PM

BettyRuth on September 19, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Yes, FOX is reporting on this.

esr1951 on September 19, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Letterman sucks, but still, he’s asking the President tougher questions than most journalists these days.

Bobby Shandy on September 19, 2012 at 6:50 PM

The Progressives are still making the argument that “America isn’t bankrupt as long as she can sell T-bills.” Well, I think we can now declare that “America is an eyelash away from bankruptcy.”

From the Mother Jones tape:
Romney: Yeah, it’s interesting…the former head of Goldman Sachs, John Whitehead, was also the former head of the New York Federal Reserve. And I met with him, and he said as soon as the Fed stops buying all the debt that we’re issuing—which they’ve been doing, the Fed’s buying like three-quarters of the debt that America issues. He said, once that’s over, he said we’re going to have a failed Treasury auction, interest rates are going to have to go up. We’re living in this borrowed fantasy world, where the government keeps on borrowing money. You know, we borrow this extra trillion a year, we wonder who’s loaning us the trillion? The Chinese aren’t loaning us anymore. The Russians aren’t loaning it to us anymore. So who’s giving us the trillion? And the answer is we’re just making it up. The Federal Reserve is just taking it and saying, “Here, we’re giving it.’ It’s just made up money, and this does not augur well for our economic future.

The Fed is buying 3/4 of the US federal budget deficit at the Treasury T-bill auctions.

Frankly, except for the heretics over at zerohedge.com, there has been virtually nothing in the press about this, except by the standard market “doomsayers.”
I began to believe it when I read that China had reduced it T-bill holdings, and nothing seemed to happen. The newly issued T-bills have to be going somewhere, but who wants to buy even a 6 month note with a yield near 0% ?

J_Crater on September 19, 2012 at 6:56 PM

To anyone who watched this episode of Letterman, what else did Paris Hilton Hussein do ?
Did he dance to ” Single lady” on the show ?
Did he talk like a pimp , a minister as well as a thug all within 10 minutes?

burrata on September 19, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Obama hasn’t had a press conference since June. About time don’t you think?

Maybe then he could remember the number.

petunia on September 19, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Liar! (said in my best radical leftie voice) ;0

Don’t you remember the August 20th debacle when he “popped into” the daily press briefing as if he just had the time and not because he had been taking heat since the last question he answered was in June when he was challenged about letting all those illegals get in front of Americans for college and jobs? And that was more of a lecture because he was angry that anybody would dare question him while he was in full pander mode in front of the media.

On Aug. 20th he actually said that nobody in his campaign had called Romney a felon just days after Stephanie Cutter called Gov. Romney a felon. But it is important to note that he hasn’t held one since and took no questions when he came out to spin the twin lies that Libyans were just taking our dead Ambassador to the hospital and there was no planned attack.

Happy Nomad on September 19, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Bill Kristol just on Special Report very proud of the fact that Obama campaign has picked up his attack on Romney. What a tool!

He’s also a dwarf. He was two people ahead of me at the TSA gates at Reagan National a few months ago. I’m guessing he must be in a booster seat on the FNC set.

Happy Nomad on September 19, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Yes, FOX is reporting on this.

esr1951 on September 19, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Thank you! I’m not at a place where TV is available to me right now, I thought I was losing my mind! If this is factual, Romney needs to wrap this around Barry’s neck until he chokes.

BettyRuth on September 19, 2012 at 6:59 PM

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