Obama heads to Asia while Congress handles the fiscal cliff

posted at 9:41 am on November 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

We have 52 days, according to the New York Post, to avoid the “fiscal cliff” and the consequences of last year’s budget deal.  Businesses will prepare layoff notices to deal with the consequences of sequestration.  Thanks to the complexity of the negotiations and the number of people involved, the leaders of both parties will have to work full time to get a deal in place and passed before the consequences of Taxmageddon push the country into another full-fledged recession.

Well … make that one party.  The leader of the other — the one who just won re-election — will take a tour of Asia first:

President Obama yesterday announced he’s jetting off on a victory lap around Southeast Asia, despite a new government report warning the Jan. 1 fiscal cliff will plunge the US into a recession and drive the unemployment rate up to 9.1 percent.

Obama and Congress have just 52 days to reach a deal to avoid sailing off that precipice, when a devastating double whammy of tax hikes and budget cuts will rock the economy and hit just about every American. …

But those tense negotiations won’t interfere with Obama’s boarding Air Force One for a three-day tour of Bangkok, Rangoon and Phnom Penh.

Along the way, he’ll meet with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to mark 180 years of diplomatic relations, chat with Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi and attend the East Asia Summit in Cambodia. He takes off Nov. 17.

It’s not as if Obama will take off while Congress remains on hiatus, either.  That’s after Congress comes back into session next week, when presumably they’ll be more focused on the coming tax and budget calamity than the East Asia Summit.  This isn’t exactly a shining example of leadership.

But hey, it’s not as though anything bad will happen in a leadership vacuum, right?  Er ….

Meanwhile, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released a report highlighting the economic shock that awaits America. The automatic spending cuts and tax increase will shrink the already anemic economy by 0.5 percent and cause the jobless rate to spike to 9.1 percent, the report predicted.

The average American family will pay an extra $2,000 to $3,000 in taxes after all of the Bush-era tax cuts expire Jan. 1, and about 1,200 government programs will experience spending cuts.

It seems to me that we have a State Department and a Secretary of State to attend summits like the one in Cambodia, especially with pressing deadlines on fiscal crises at home.  Obama won his election bid.  Now it’s time to act like a leader at home rather than take victory laps abroad.


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I expect that on the way home to DC on AF1, little Bammie said something like “hey kids, who’s up for Chinese food?” -and there you go.

slickwillie2001 on November 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM

a three-day tour of Bangkok, Rangoon and Phnom Penh.

I thought we were done with that business in 1975. What, AF1 is now a stealth bomber?

Who is John Galt on November 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Now that you guys have lost – BADLY – maybe you can end all these nonsensical ankle biting political cheap shots.

cornfedbubba on November 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

We didn’t lose that badly, Bubba. Your boy got just over 50% of the vote, so there are just as many people who didn’t vote for him (or stayed home) as there are those who did. Don’t say we didn’t warn you when unemployment is 10%, gas is $6/gallon, and you can’t afford to heat your home because energy prices have “necessarily skyrocketed.” Oh, and by the way, the IRS will be making sure you buy health insurance (no, it won’t be free), or else. Unfortunately, those of us who didn’t vote for the boy king and his court jester get all of this stuffed down our throats, so the “I told you so” will be bittersweet at best.

College Prof on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

What happened to Mr. Johnny on the spot with the victims of Sandy…election over move on their fine now…

oldmans on November 9, 2012 at 10:28 AM

He can watch the live feed from the drone.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

We have 52 days, according to the New York Post, to avoid the “fiscal cliff” and the consequences of last year’s budget deal.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAH………….. WRONG ANSWER…. We have already gone over the fiscal cliff, we are right now in that split second of hang time where right after going over the cliff Wiley Coyote looks down, sees where he is, and then whips out the little sign that says…. “YIKES”…

Funny thing about being in free-fall, is it doesn’t really feel like you are falling at all. Then suddenly the ground rushes up to meet you and there is a bone crushing thud as you impact the ground at 120 miles per hour.

SWalker on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Jim Cramer, of CNBC and an Obama supporter, said it best this morning, it’s starting to remind him of the Jimmy Carter “malaise”.

Tater Salad on November 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

That’s what my dear departed granny would have called a “day late and a dollar short.” In this case 3 days late.

chemman on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

You clowns cannot possibly be so stupid as to believe that nobody is working on the fiscal cliff issue – right now, in the next hour, this afternoon, tonight, tomorrow, every single day.

It’s just another incredible example of your choir being so detached from reality and so attached to foaming at the mouth over every single thing – “He’s not working on it! He’s on a jet to go party! Nobody’s working on it! That’s outrageous!”

You’re in for a real shitty 4 years and you really, really deserve it, because you’re a pissy, spiteful lot.

Dave Rywall on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

It seems to me that we have a State Department and a Secretary of State to attend summits like the one in Cambodia, especially with pressing deadlines on fiscal crises at home. Obama won his election bid. Now it’s time to act like a leader at home rather than take victory laps abroad.

Maybe he should appoint a Secretary of Foreign Trips. Perfect job for Mooch and her addiction to vacations.

Happy Nomad on November 9, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Crazed Wingnuts: This is not leadership
Barky: Why can’t I just eat my waffle dog.

CorporatePiggy on November 9, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Unbelievable.

petefrt on November 9, 2012 at 10:34 AM

SWalker on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Yep, it isn’t the fall that kills you it is the sudden deceleration when the immovable object (mass of the earth) doesn’t budge.

chemman on November 9, 2012 at 10:34 AM

But what you can’t say is that your guy is doing his job. Here’s Charlie Cook on the astonishingly little effort Obama has made to get to know and work with members of Congress — even (nay, especially) members of his own party:

Without question, Obama’s dealings with Congress are the worst in modern history, and that includes President Carter’s pitiful relationship with congressional Democrats when he was in office. In his 104 rounds of golf as president, Obama has played with only two members of Congress, according to the records of Mark Knoller, White House correspondent for CBS Radio and also the unofficial presidential statistician (Knoller is truly a national resource). These rounds were played on June 18, 2011, with Boehner at Joint Base Andrews, in what was obviously more of a photo op than a round of golf, and twice with then-House Majority Whip James Clyburn on Aug. 24, 2009, and Aug. 20, 2010, on Martha’s Vineyard. Knoller reports that of Obama’s 40 basketball games that he knows about, only one included members of Congress, when on Oct. 8, 2009, he played with 11 House members and several members of his Cabinet. It’s easier to find a liberal Democratic member who visited the White House family quarters while George H.W. Bush or George W. Bush served than under Obama.

This has nothing to do with whether you’re for or against the DREAM Act. It’s about being a leader. Hell, it’s about doing your job.

And because the press, late night TV, et al are so enamored with The One, so terrified of saying anything derogatory of Our First Black President, none of this seeps into public consciousness.

The wrong guy won.

bobs1196 on November 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Fine article, and from a liberal. Imagine how big this story would be under a Republican president.

slickwillie2001 on November 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Doughboy on November 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I saw Jim Cramer (host of CNBC Mad Money) say that and I put it in the file with the rest of that bald headed moron’s comments.

Right next to the other jerks with NBC or now, Comcast, paychecks.

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM

This guy only plays President on TV. He doesn’t know how to lead. If he had run against Honey Boo Boo or one of the Kardasians, he would have lost.

I hope he removes Chris Christie’s enormous head from his ass before the long flight or that could be uncomfortable for both! I roar with laughter everytime I hear Mojumbo’s name mentioned for 2016.

Fiscal cliff?? Bleh, I say go over that biznitch like Thelma and Louise!! Those who say America hasn’t experienced enough pain to want to change courses are right. Until their life is affected ( no cell phones, cars, Internet,big screen TV, cable, reduction in food stamps or gubmint checks) changes, then it never will.

Let it burn 2013!

Rockshine on November 9, 2012 at 10:36 AM

You’re in for a real shitty 4 years and you really, really deserve it, because you’re a pissy, spiteful lot.

Dave Rywall on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Everyone is in for more shitty years. Everyone lost. You asked for it though.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 10:36 AM

you really, really deserve it, because you’re a pissy, spiteful lot.

Dave Rywall on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

you’re the one foaming from the mouth.

Where’s the riots in the streets the lib pundit class predicted? cause we just can’t take having a black preezy?

face it, conservatives are better losers and better winners than your lot

Slade73 on November 9, 2012 at 10:37 AM

So THAT’S our problem!!?

The big post election news on FOX is Hannity changing his position on illegals.

Whoop-de-do!

Not even close.

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

You clowns cannot possibly be so stupid as to believe that nobody is working on the fiscal cliff issue – right now, in the next hour, this afternoon, tonight, tomorrow, every single day.

You libs making it worse is NOT working on it dearest. It is going over the mountain, and YOU get left holding the bag and I love it. I truly love it. I hope our folks help you along by following your personal messiah’s example as a senator and now president by his running away CONSTANTLY and vote Present, so all the lumps are taken by you and your brainless, gimme gimmee gimeee ilk.

For my part I am trying to get ready for things when it all hits the fan… I suggest those smarter than Rywall here, which is just about everyone, does the same.

Noelie on November 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

You’re in for a real shitty 4 years and you really, really deserve it, because you’re a pissy, spiteful lot.

Dave Rywall on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Nah, we’ll support one another as we have always done while the mooching class dissolves into riot and murder…basically OWS with more cowbell.

But hey, Bark doesn’t want to give even the impression that he’s involved so why not jet-off to Cambodia, I hear Phnom Penh has some awesome dog recipes.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I swear, as best I can tell, until a lot more people suffer more, no one is going to learn a thing. The only thing I can do is insulate myself and my family to the best of my ability.

Cindy Munford on November 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Another Amen!

Drained Brain on November 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

College Prof on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

One small quibble with your facts. If we actually calculated unemployment the same as during the Great Depression we are closer to 20% than to 10%. We might even approach 30% or higher when we finally hit the bottom of the fiscal cliff.

chemman on November 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

We have already gone over the fiscal cliff, we are right now in that split second of hang time where right after going over the cliff Wiley Coyote looks down, sees where he is, and then whips out the little sign that says…. “YIKES”…

SWalker on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

The short period that Congress has to deal with this needs leadership not vacations because all that campaigning was the closest thing to work Obama did in four years and, you know, Mooch is itching to get out of the nation she hates on one of those taxpayer-paid vacations.

But really, the President should be in with the Congressional leadership hammering away at some solution. Face it, the public is not going to get it until we implode and people start losing their jobs. Then maybe they’ll make sure that Congress and the rat-eared wonder understands that victory laps are not acceptable in the face of the incompetent bastard who ran the nation the last four years.

Happy Nomad on November 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

In times like these, all I can say is “God Bless Texas”. For all of those of you who live in blue states, I feel sorry for you, but I just can’t seem to reach you.

Texas will be fine, when gas is $6, at least we get the income. When CA runs out of electricity, we will magically not have any to spare.

At some point Greece needs to come to CA, NY, IL, MA……..

Tater Salad on November 9, 2012 at 10:39 AM

You’re in for a real shitty 4 years and you really, really deserve it, because you’re a pissy, spiteful lot.

Dave Rywall on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Oh! When the US goes over that cliff, those of you with co-dependent economies are coming along for the ride so if we’re in for a bad four years, so are you and you really do deserve it.

Happy Nomad on November 9, 2012 at 10:41 AM

We deserve it. All of it.

Gatsu on November 9, 2012 at 9:43 AM

I don’t deserve it. None of us who worked and prayed and donated and tried our best despite being slandered as racists for the last five years because they didn’t give a s*** how they treated anyone as long as they WON, deserve it.

The unborn children don’t deserve it.

The children who didn’t ask to be saddled with this debt in apparent perpetuity don’t deserve it.

And neither do we.

The progressive, compassionate, tolerant Dems sending out tumblrs of Muppets saying “this election brought to you by the letters F and U”? THEY deserve it. And I hope they like it.

Eviva on November 9, 2012 at 10:43 AM

You’re in for a real shitty 4 years and you really, really deserve it, because you’re a pissy, spiteful lot.

Dave Rywall on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

No Dave, I just sold all of my stock accounts and plan to buy back when the economy is in the tank and so I can double my money. I plan on doing better than most in the Obama recession, I just feel sorry for those like you who put their trust in the fool. (No just kidding, I don’t feel sorry for you, you voted for him twice and you get what you deserve).

Tater Salad on November 9, 2012 at 10:43 AM

At some point Greece needs to come to CA, NY, IL, MA……..

Tater Salad on November 9, 2012 at 10:39 AM

At this point… That would be an improvement…

SWalker on November 9, 2012 at 10:44 AM

It’s just another incredible example of your choir being so detached from reality and so attached to foaming at the mouth over every single thing – “He’s not working on it! He’s on a jet to go party! Nobody’s working on it! That’s outrageous!”

You’re in for a real shitty 4 years and you really, really deserve it, because you’re a pissy, spiteful lot.

Dave Rywall on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Says the pissy, spiteful, Obama lovin’ troll.

changer1701 on November 9, 2012 at 10:44 AM

You clowns cannot possibly be so stupid as to believe that nobody is working on the fiscal cliff issue – right now, in the next hour, this afternoon, tonight, tomorrow, every single day.

It’s just another incredible example of your choir being so detached from reality and so attached to foaming at the mouth over every single thing – “He’s not working on it! He’s on a jet to go party! Nobody’s working on it! That’s outrageous!”

You’re in for a real shitty 4 years and you really, really deserve it, because you’re a pissy, spiteful lot.

Dave Rywall on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

You are sooo wrong on soooo many levels, but I’ll try to stick at the major point, which is that a ‘leader’ needs to focus his/her attention on the most important issue to let everyone in the org. know what’s important.

We are in for a rough 4 years…everyone is…but especially the working class (who are, ironically, the ones that Dems claim to care about the most), because they are going to bear the brunt of the burden caused by Obama’s lask of managerial skills. Buckle up.

Deafdog on November 9, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I always love the English subtitles.

“When the going gets tough…..”

Classic.

NoPain on November 9, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Tater Salad on November 9, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Arizona supplies a fair amount of California’s electricity from Coal Fired plants. Hopefully the EPA will make them too expensive to run and Californians can blown on their “Poindexter” hats to power their homes and goodies.

chemman on November 9, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Demand his damn birth certificate to get back in the country.

cane_loader on November 9, 2012 at 10:45 AM

President Obama yesterday announced he’s jetting off on a victory lap around Southeast Asia

I hear that Dog is really fresh over there this time of year. Real reason for the trip.

Rockshine on November 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

…the tough git teh hell out of the continental 57

Slade73 on November 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I don’t deserve it. None of us who worked and prayed and donated and tried our best despite being slandered as racists for the last five years because they didn’t give a s*** how they treated anyone as long as they WON, deserve it.

The unborn children don’t deserve it.

The children who didn’t ask to be saddled with this debt in apparent perpetuity don’t deserve it.

And neither do we.

The progressive, compassionate, tolerant Dems sending out tumblrs of Muppets saying “this election brought to you by the letters F and U”? THEY deserve it. And I hope they like it.

Eviva on November 9, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Yep. They do indeed. They voted for it, they wanted it, and they deserve what’s coming. It’s a shame a lot of others who don’t will be going along for the ride.

changer1701 on November 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I always love the English subtitles.

“When the going gets tough…..”

Classic.

NoPain on November 9, 2012 at 10:44 AM

……..the tough leave town?????

Tater Salad on November 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Tater Salad on November 9, 2012 at 10:43 AM

DR is a Canadian who lives in Australia. Unlikely he voted. Then again, maybe he committed Voter Fraud in a number of states. Who would have thought it DR a felon.

chemman on November 9, 2012 at 10:47 AM

You clowns cannot possibly be so stupid as to believe that nobody is working on the fiscal cliff issue – right now, in the next hour, this afternoon, tonight, tomorrow, every single day.

You’re in for a real shitty 4 years and you really, really deserve it, because you’re a pissy, spiteful lot.

Dave Rywall on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

DR, I agree with you that A LOT of people are working on the issue as we bicker.
My problem is that I do not believe that they are doing this work with any direction to reach a compromise. Reps go there way, Dems go theirs. Additionally, House and Senate will do their own work, their way.

Boehner has come out and said he can make some sort of concession. Reid has not. Those two will NEVER get anything done.
If Obama has gained any political capital from his re-election, he’d be wise to use it to generate a fiscally responible solution. He gains the most in the end.

Jabberwock on November 9, 2012 at 10:48 AM

You’re in for a real shitty 4 years and you really, really deserve it, because you’re a pissy, spiteful lot.
Dave Rywall on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I generally do not like people like that.

Pssst…I have it on good authority that those qualities have the Congress of the Unites States terrified of cooperating with the jug eared America hater. Honest.

Something about Don’t Tread On Me!

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Sorry about the spelling.

Jabberwock on November 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM

At some point Greece needs to come to CA, NY, IL, MA……..

Tater Salad on November 9, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Since the dopes out here in California have made the dems a super majority out here, meaning the can do whatever the hell they want, Greece may seem like a picnic.

BallisticBob on November 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM

This apparently worked well for him with the hurricane.
Did Christie Kiss him goodby?
forest on November 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

No, but Christie will be there at arrival to carry Obama’s bags to his hotel room!
;-)

albill on November 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM

does anyone really care if there’s one less Kenyan and three less pairs of mom jeans in the country?

Slade73 on November 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM

But hey, Bark doesn’t want to give even the impression that he’s involved so why not jet-off to Cambodia, I hear Phnom Penh has some awesome dog recipes.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Maybe he will visit the killing fields , inspiring him when he ads to the kill list.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I really really tried to believe women aren’t pretty and stupid…then they voted for their “lady parts”

Slade73 on November 9, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Fox News, Cramer, Hannity, Cook, Boner, the whole lot….screw ‘em.

Cramer…..malaise, my arse. Here’ a guy that was cheering for Obama and 440 EVs in the WaPo. He’s just singing a different tune just to keep the sheeple tuned in. But here’s the secret……

They.All.Are.

They gotta stir it up to stay relevant….keep us engaged…..keep us agitated.

We’ll I’m done. I am tired of tuning in, staying glued to news thinking that it was a fair game. I’ve been agitated for over 4 years and I’m exhausted. On Tuesday, the mask of this nation was pulled off. The takers now outnumber the makers. And for you wishful thinkers out there saying that the bad guys only got 50% of the vote and we were close and midterms are right around the….hogwash. Here’s the thing:

They got 50% of the vote. Once the masses cross the rubicon into taker-land, we’re done, they will not return to our side. Have you actually tried to reason with a mid-30s female with apparent traditional values who believes the GOP would outlaw abortion? Those people voted for Obama and are lost….and that is what happened Tuesday.

I’m not a doom and gloomer but I am a realist. The math no longer works…..on an electoral level or a fiscal level. This country and the moochers need to feel the pain. Let the January 1 fiscal cliff come…..I hope the GOP doesn’t fight it. Obama and his lot own this mess and we all will need to suffer the consequences until the rebuilding can begin.

Focus on God, family, what you do for a living and maybe spend a little extra time at the range.

TheAdmiral on November 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

This guy only plays President on TV. He doesn’t know how to lead. If he had run against Honey Boo Boo or one of the Kardasians, he would have lost.

The BIG issue for the Oprah crowd was high gas prices and the unemployment numbers on TV screens. Then there was silly Beck, FOX and commercials selling gold and folks buying guns.

He he he

If the program of our POTUS goes the way it seems, those imbeciles who were so thrilled about the election will remember those numbers like the “shark theme” in the Jaws! movies.

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

The president’s job is to come it at the end and twist arms when it counts (as he did with health care).

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 10:11 AM

The president’s job is vision and leadership. Unfortunately, he sucks at both, and his sycophants give him a pass.

stvnscott on November 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Zero goes half way around the world to meet with a Burmese dissident and made the Dali Lama come in the back door by the garbage cans at the WH. Up is down fits.

Kissmygrits on November 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I hope not many of youare in the Blue States, because when you see the voting percentages between the Red and Blue states it’s astronomical; it was basically 60-40 in TX and even worse for Obama in others.

The real issue (and potential Constitutional crisis) Obama is going to face is the financial failure of many of the blue states and the demand by the Red state citizens not to help them out. Why would a Senator or Congressman from TX, OK, LA, NE, UT…… vote to help them out when their citizens overwhelmingly voted against Obama?

Tater Salad on November 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Who would have thought it DR a felon.

chemman on November 9, 2012 at 10:47 AM

It’s only a felony if you are a Republican or a conservative. Drywall is neither.

SWalker on November 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Maybe he will visit the killing fields , inspiring him when he ads to the kill list.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Mooch always wanted to see Ankor Wat.

Seriously, 3 nations who couldn’t be farther off our national radar and Bark chooses NOW to visit them? 24 hours flight time to visit places that half the people in America couldn’t find on a map.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

They weren’t happy just destroying Chicago, Detroit and California.

Like Jim Cramer and Wall Street, the slow ones begin to catch on when it is too late. The Communists stayed home and destroyed themselves. This time we had Alinsky’s around to get the vote out. They weren’t happy destroying Chicago.

The dumbest righty poster here has more prescience than the entire army of media Mandarins.

I wonder if Rove has any money left.

A nice collage of our problems of the last decade with the election highlights would be great with the right soundtrack. Like Jaws.

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

keep Obama in president. e’rybody in Chicago got Obamaphone

Slade73 on November 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Hot Air should be happy

this way they remain somewhat relevant, rather than becoming boot licking Mitt sycophants

Slade73 on November 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Meanwhile, the lefties refer to the new layoffs as REVENGE

They are sooooo predictable.

pambi on November 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Obozo and family are going to SE asia so they can kick back

Eat some dog

Worship at the altars of Ho Chi Minh and Pol Pot

And Bammie and his security detail can get some sex tourism in while Michellda Marcos and the kids buy a metric ton of taxpayer-paid shoes.

theflyonthewall on November 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Slade73 on November 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Whoa!

That’s pretty harsh.

avagreen on November 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

We didn’t lose that badly, Bubba. Your boy got just over 50% of the vote, so there are just as many people who didn’t vote for him (or stayed home) as there are those who did. Don’t say we didn’t warn you when unemployment is 10%, gas is $6/gallon, and you can’t afford to heat your home because energy prices have “necessarily skyrocketed.” Oh, and by the way, the IRS will be making sure you buy health insurance (no, it won’t be free), or else. Unfortunately, those of us who didn’t vote for the boy king and his court jester get all of this stuffed down our throats, so the “I told you so” will be bittersweet at best.

College Prof on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I am a person driven by numbers. If you can’t face reality in numeric form you are in plain English, a loser. We lost. Now is the time to figure crap out.

YOU ARE NOT HELPING WHEN YOU LIE.

Obama beat Romney by the same margin that President Bush beat Mr. Teresa Heinz Kerry.

A lot of Republicans need to face reality but are unwilling to do so.

Obama is not my boy. Even if I did claim him I would probably avoid calling him “my boy.” Most Republicans would revel in that type of dig. That’s a big part of the problem.

George P Bush might bring some civil tones and decent outreach toward Latinos. I’m hopeful but doubtful of his prospects. Rick Perry and Jeb Bush are the best advocates in this dept.

Capitalist Hog on November 9, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Since the dopes out here in California have made the dems a super majority out here, meaning the can do whatever the hell they want, Greece may seem like a picnic.

BallisticBob on November 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Yep, and the food producers are the ones who are going to get the heavy end of the hammer.

Enjoy the increase in your food bills, Obamacrites, it’s what you voted for.

Left Coast Right Mind on November 9, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Seriously, 3 nations who couldn’t be farther off our national radar and Bark chooses NOW to visit them? 24 hours flight time to visit places that half the people in America couldn’t find on a map.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

First, it never takes me that long and I was told a lot of Wall Street have second home there.

More to the point, those places are NOT that unimportant or alien to him. Or me for that matter.

We both experienced them and drew separate, opposite conclusions.

Of course, I am not black or a follower of Islam.

I am not sure about him.

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Arizona supplies a fair amount of California’s electricity from Coal Fired plants. Hopefully the EPA will make them too expensive to run and Californians can blown on their “Poindexter” hats to power their homes and goodies.

chemman on November 9, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are co-owners of Arizona’s Navajo Generating Station, a coal-fired plant. They get nearly 510 megawatts from that facility. They get nearly 3,500 Megawatts from ownership in out of state coal plants. The California legislature has called on California utility companies to drastically reduce the energy derived from coal-fired plants. Which means that it won’t be the EPA forcing California’s hand – but their own legislature.

Hill60 on November 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

[quote]I hope not many of youare in the Blue States, because when you see the voting percentages between the Red and Blue states it’s astronomical; it was basically 60-40 in TX and even worse for Obama in others.

The real issue (and potential Constitutional crisis) Obama is going to face is the financial failure of many of the blue states and the demand by the Red state citizens not to help them out. Why would a Senator or Congressman from TX, OK, LA, NE, UT…… vote to help them out when their citizens overwhelmingly voted against Obama?

Tater Salad on November 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM [/quote]

This.

There as something on the news in my home state of Oklahoma that Okieland is the reddest state in the union political leadership wise.

Makes me kinda proud to be painted as a dumb okie hick. ;)

theflyonthewall on November 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

avagreen on November 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

lolz

I suppose so, but I’m bitter!

Slade73 on November 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Hot Air should be happy

this way they remain somewhat relevant, rather than becoming boot licking Mitt sycophants

Slade73 on November 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Somewhat relevant is what you might be if anybody knew you. But you remain unknown and obscure. Enjoy nothing douchenozzle.

Capitalist Hog on November 9, 2012 at 11:13 AM

The dumbest righty poster here has more prescience than the entire army of media Mandarins.

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Well thank you!

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM

ruh roh

I ruffled Cap Hog’s reathers

Slade73 on November 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM

What a surprise. Showing off his leadership skills from the get go!

scalleywag on November 9, 2012 at 11:15 AM

George P Bush might bring some civil tones and decent outreach toward Latinos. I’m hopeful but doubtful of his prospects. Rick Perry and Jeb Bush are the best advocates in this dept.

Capitalist Hog on November 9, 2012 at 11:10 AM

The last thing the GOP needs to get into is identity politics, our policies should reflect good conservative, Constitutional values, if so we will be fine.

Tater Salad on November 9, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Now THIS is real f**king leadership, America, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart and my dark soul for giving us 4 more years of negligence, dismissal, and teenage amateurism so you could feel good about keeping a Mormon out of office and a black dude in.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Yeah, good thing you’re bunkered up, it’s time for that. Wish I was nearby.

Who is John Galt on November 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Well the GOP 2016 challenger will have 8 years of Bush Obama to blame for the ruin of our nation.

portlandon on November 9, 2012 at 11:21 AM

The dumbest righty poster here has more prescience than the entire army of media Mandarins.

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Well thank you!

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM

LOL

ShainS on November 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM

The dumbest righty poster here has more prescience than the entire army of media Mandarins.

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Well thank you!

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Not so fast, Bishop….we all think of ourselves as the dumbest righty poster….we can’t all possible be correct.

Deafdog on November 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM

The last thing the GOP needs to get into is identity politics, our policies should reflect good conservative, Constitutional values, if so we will be fine.

Tater Salad on November 9, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Agreed. But we have to do better at actively going after the Black and Latino vote. The Dem’s policies are destroying those folks and they are too-brainwashed to vote democratic to even notice.

Deafdog on November 9, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I wonder what country the great “leader” will be in when America goes over the fiscal cliff?

scalleywag on November 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I wonder what country the great “leader” will be in when America goes over the fiscal cliff?

scalleywag on November 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I wonder what country we’ll end up as…

Kraken on November 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Now would be a great time to put the House into recess until a new House can be sworn in.

Really, the President is setting the example of not taking the Nation’s problems seriously, then why should the House? Have a fine, last, happy Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years and then let the next House deal with the crater.

Obama wanted the fiscal cliff, everyone agreed to the fiscal cliff and so the fiscal cliff should go into place. This is what the electorate wanted, apparently if you take the Leftists at their word, so give it to them. Fully. Without remorse.

ajacksonian on November 9, 2012 at 11:28 AM

My county is a red one inside of a very blue state. I sarcastically say to friends that we ought to form a county militia to defend us against the state and federal governments. What is scary is that people acknowledge that if our economy collapses, we just may have to do that when there is a revolution.

I suspect that our freedoms will be further whittled away in the name of economic or societal security and few will do anything about it. I say that because so many of our fellow citizens so vividly showed that with what happened in Staten Island, NY. After cries of we are going to die, no electricity, the FEMA office closed due to weather, looting and lawlessness, major damage with next to no city, state, federal or even Red Cross assistance they voted for Obama. You couldn’t make this up and think people would believe it.

amr on November 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM

24 hours flight time to visit places that half the people in America couldn’t find on a map.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Half the people? That’s very charitable. I doubt even 20%. America has become a nation of morons. The results on Tuesday were just the latest verification.

DarkCurrent on November 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Nah, we’ll support one another as we have always done while the mooching class dissolves into riot and murder…basically OWS with more cowbell.

Had to bring it down here Bishop. That is classic.

DanMan on November 9, 2012 at 11:35 AM

No Dave, I just sold all of my stock accounts and plan to buy back when the economy is in the tank and so I can double my money. I plan on doing better than most in the Obama recession, I just feel sorry for those like you who put their trust in the fool. (No just kidding, I don’t feel sorry for you, you voted for him twice and you get what you deserve).

Tater Salad on November 9, 2012 at 10:43 AM

He’s a f’n Canadian, none of this matters to him.

slickwillie2001 on November 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Actually it is just as well Obama is in Asia…

He causes less harm to America there than sitting in the White House.

William Eaton on November 9, 2012 at 11:55 AM

President Obama yesterday announced he’s jetting off on a victory lap around Southeast Asia, despite a new government report warning the Jan. 1 fiscal cliff will plunge the US into a recession and drive the unemployment rate up to 9.1 percent.

The September and October BLS Household Survey results were BOTH outliers.

Put together, these two outliers claimed an increase of 1.283 MILLION employed in just those two months.

Had the Household surveys for September and October been average months (i.e. equal to the average increase in employment per month from November 2011 to August 2012) rather than extreme outliers, there would have been an increase of only 360 thousand newly employed, not 1.283 million (1,283 thousand, over three times the average), and the current unemployment rate would be 8.5%, rather than the reported 7.9%.

It won’t take long at all to be back above 9% unemployment.

ITguy on November 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Not so fast, Bishop….we all think of ourselves as the dumbest righty poster….we can’t all possible be correct.

Deafdog on November 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM

But, he WAS the FIRST !!
In his contract.

pambi on November 9, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Lots of hungry little stray dogs where he is going.

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 12:01 PM

You’re We’re all in for a real shitty 4 years and you we really, really deserve it, because you’re we’re a pissy, spiteful lot.

Dave Rywall on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

FIFY

College Prof on November 9, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Does anyone actually know WHEN he’ll be giving his econ address, today ??
Only see that he will, but no idea when, nor to whom. ??

pambi on November 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

You’re in for a real shitty 4 years and you really, really deserve it, because you’re a pissy, spiteful lot.

Dave Rywall on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Hey look….a liberal calling people names. Boy, that’s a first. /sarc

search4truth on November 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

It won’t take long at all to be back above 9% unemployment.

ITguy on November 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

We ARE above 9% IRL. You know that, right? The U6 isn’t right either, but it’s closer to reality.

However, there is a rather long list of companies announcing layoffs.

I have seen several articles about that today. A number of these companies design and manufacture medical equipment.

http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/grusbf5/good-morning-america-heres-those-layoffs-you-voted

dogsoldier on November 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

He’s bringing his basketball and golf clubs.

hepcat on November 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM

A victory lap in Asia?

That’s the answer to my question as to why would Obama camp buy ad space on VN’s news sites and put up campaign donation soliciting ads through out 2012 there.

Also, clearly China’s fat cats and ruling billionaires put a lot of money in O’s camp.

vnohara on November 9, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I hope Obama enjoys his suite at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok… unless they rent the top floor of the Peninsula Hotel…

Nice town… y’all should visit Bangkok (and Thailand) sometime…

Me? 24 times and counting…

Khun Joe on November 9, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Expect more of this…

… and to the victims of Sandy, your on your own.

Seven Percent Solution on November 9, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Hey, America: BOHICA

mojo on November 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Now that you guys have lost – BADLY – maybe you can end all these nonsensical ankle biting political cheap shots.

cornfedbubba on November 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

We didn’t lose that badly, Bubba. Your boy got just over 50% of the vote, so there are just as many people who didn’t vote for him (or stayed home) as there are those who did. Don’t say we didn’t warn you when unemployment is 10%, gas is $6/gallon, and you can’t afford to heat your home because energy prices have “necessarily skyrocketed.” Oh, and by the way, the IRS will be making sure you buy health insurance (no, it won’t be free), or else. Unfortunately, those of us who didn’t vote for the boy king and his court jester get all of this stuffed down our throats, so the “I told you so” will be bittersweet at best.

College Prof on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Lose badly? Everything is status quo ante. Obama is still in the White House, Rpublicans still control the House, and the Senate is barely controlled by the Democrats. Only a liberal could look at an unchanging political landscape and interpret it as the other side “losing badly.”

Regardless, we all lost this time around. Nothing was resolved. We’re still headed for a fiscal cliff. Sequestration is still happening. The unemployment rate is still going up. Dodd-Frank is still choking the life out of any business that wants to start up or grow. The Fed is still trying to ease the suffering in the ecomomy by inflation, which destroys the value of the dollar. Obamacare is still forcing every man, woman, and child to pay more for healthcare under the guise of freebies. Obama is still playing class warfare while shrinking the middle class and spiking the unemployment rate for all minorities.

Children sometimes learn that getting their own way is actually a negative result. I wonder if that will ever get through to progressives.

Probaby not.

tom on November 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Now that you guys have lost – BADLY – maybe you can end all these nonsensical ankle biting political cheap shots.

cornfedbubba on November 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

We didn’t lose that badly, Bubba. Your boy got just over 50% of the vote, so there are just as many people who didn’t vote for him (or stayed home) as there are those who did. Don’t say we didn’t warn you when unemployment is 10%, gas is $6/gallon, and you can’t afford to heat your home because energy prices have “necessarily skyrocketed.” Oh, and by the way, the IRS will be making sure you buy health insurance (no, it won’t be free), or else. Unfortunately, those of us who didn’t vote for the boy king and his court jester get all of this stuffed down our throats, so the “I told you so” will be bittersweet at best.

College Prof on November 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Thanks College Prof, I could not have stated it as well as you did.

patch on November 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM

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