Obama: I could get a lot more done with Pelosi as speaker, you know

posted at 12:01 pm on April 4, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Obama’s “you’re on your own”-attitude toward the DCCC and the DSCC during the 2012 campaign cycle was not particularly appreciated by his very vexed fellow Democrats, but he’s already starting to make good on his Lone-Ranger-no-more promise to help them with the 2014 midterms — he is going to need a fully Democratic Congress to have any hope of securing his legacy, after all.

During the first of the at least fourteen promised Democratic campaign swings this year, the president paid the usual lip service to sincerely wanting to work with Republicans (“Look, my intention here is to try to get as much done with the Republican Party over the next two years as I can, because we can’t have perpetual campaigns… I am looking to find areas of common ground with Republicans every single day,” blah blah blah), but made no secret of the fact that he’s looking for a Democratic takeover. Via Roll Call:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $3.25 million Wednesday evening at fundraising events that President Barack Obama headlined in San Francisco.

It was the first of eight DCCC fundraisers the president has committed to in the 2014 cycle. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., attended the events — cocktails at one home and then dinner at another — and Obama stressed the importance of returning her to the speakership.

“I am here because there are very few people in public office who I am more fond of and respectful than the person who just introduced me, Nancy Pelosi,” Obama said in his remarks.  “She is thoughtful, she’s visionary, she’s as tough as nails. She is practical. She never lets ideology cloud her judgment.”

I just tried to repeat that last line out loud with a straight face. I couldn’t do it.

And the major topics of concern du jour for these particular wealthy Obama and Democratic donors? Exactly what you’d expect, of course:

President Barack Obama used fundraisers on Wednesday to assuage supporters’ concerns about a transnational oil pipeline and his commitment to tackling climate change, while urging them to drive Republicans out of power in Congress in 2014. …

“Despite a very aggressive agenda on the other side to block action, we’ve been able to double fuel-efficiency standards on cars, we’ve been able to take mercury out of our air, we have been able to reduce carbon emissions in this country,” he said at the first of two fundraisers on Wednesday night.

That fundraiser, a cocktail reception priced at $5,000 a person, was held at the home of Kat Taylor and her husband, billionaire former asset manager Tom Steyer, an ardent opponent of the pipeline project. …

Obama did not mention Keystone during his remarks, but he came back repeatedly to the topic of global warming, a clear nod to the concerns of his host.

It all makes sense. President Obama’s reasons for holding off on the Keystone XL pipeline before the election were obvious — why make a controversial major decision when you can easily stall until your second term is set in stone? His reasons for continuing to delay after the results were in were less clear, but for him of course, the perpetual campaign isn’t over. His second term is going to be pretty lame-duck if the Democrats don’t take Congress, and while a full two-thirds of Americans approve of the Keystone pipeline, there’s a lot of campaign cash yet to be squeezed out of the righteously greenie-inclined 23 percent who oppose it. Not need arousing their ire before he’s hit them up for all the money he can muster.


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Enough damage has been done already!

22044 on April 4, 2013 at 12:02 PM

I hope she brings back the oversized gavel.

happytobehere on April 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Knowing what we know now, having Pelosi again as Speaker would be suicidal

Philo Beddoe on April 4, 2013 at 12:04 PM

The same way Kim Jong-Un could get a lot more done with advanced nukes and accurate long range missiles.

The Rogue Tomato on April 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Dictators tend to prefer one party rule.

CurtZHP on April 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Juxtaposed between where he is and what he’s doing, this would be humorous were it not so nauseating and ruinous to the United States.
SSDD *sigh*
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on April 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

She’s going to need a bigger airplane

Roy Rogers on April 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Knowing what we know now, having Pelosi again as Speaker would be suicidal

Philo Beddoe on April 4, 2013 at 12:04 PM

The Obama followers are no different than the suicidal followers of Jim Jones….
The only difference is that Obama pays his followers.

redguy on April 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Well if that statement by bho isn’t proof enough to keep/increase the house, I don’t know what is? Now if bho would just make the same statement about dingy ding dong harry?

BTW, bho saying there needs to be a stop to campaigning is the laugh of the day! bho has been campaigning since he was last elected!
L

letget on April 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Thank whichever deity you want, but thank one.

cozmo on April 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

It’s easier to rule in china than it is here as well.

VegasRick on April 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

His second term is going to be pretty lame-duck if the Democrats don’t take Congress

I’ve asked this before, but it’s worth mentioning again. What exactly is Obama’s plan if the GOP retains the House after 2014? And what if they retake the Senate as well? Is he just gonna stew for the final 2 years of his Presidency?

Doughboy on April 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Obama: I could get a lot more done with Pelosi as speaker, you know

Didn’t Barky O’Dogeater also once lament that he could get “So much more done” if the United States were a Communists hellhole like China?

SWalker on April 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I would rather chew on a roll of aluminum foil while standing barefoot in a tub of live crabs and listening to the sound of fingernails running down a chalkboard before I would want to endure another term of Pelosi as House Speaker!

pilamaye on April 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I hope she brings back the oversized gavel.

happytobehere on April 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM

She passed it from her bony withered fingers to John Boehner’s hands.

Happy Nomad on April 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

We were soooooo Botoxed-out-of-luck the first time. He wants to make sure that we are, AGAIN.

Resist We Much on April 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Yes, the workings of a republican democracy are not ultimately friendly to tyrants.

Imagine that…

Marcus Traianus on April 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM

It figures. An idiot wants another idiot to help him.

Webrider on April 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM

“… but made no secret of the fact that he’s looking for a Democratic takeover.”

But he still obfuscates his contempt for the Constitutional limits on his powers.

Lip service is Obama’s specialty.

Dusty on April 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

You could also do a lot more with Reggie Love as your wife husband, but sorry lad, you’re stuck with the Beast.

Archivarix on April 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Yes, the workings of a republican democracy are not ultimately friendly to tyrants.

Imagine that…

Marcus Traianus on April 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM

To bad there’s nobody in Mordor on the Potomac capable or willing to explain to Barky O’Dogeater that the whole purpose behind the Separation of Powers was to specifically prevent wannbe dic-tasters like him from getting anything done.

SWalker on April 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM

in the big picture, we need to get some honest information about how the economy works before the public. We need serious conversation about foreign policy. We need to do all we can to insure that Obama’s vision for America will never come to pass. So let’s talk about gay marriage instead.

thuja on April 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM

It figures. An idiot wants another idiot to help him.

Well, of course. She back in the speakers seat, can deal directly with the obstinate GOP minority leaders to browbeat and insult them, rubberstamp WH approved legislation without the need to read any of it, and Barry won’t have to waaste time and energy dealing personally with the GOP in Congress, allowing him to focus on more important pResidential matters.

hawkeye54 on April 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM

She passed it from her bony withered fingers to John Boehner’s tear drenched, nicotine stained hands.

FIFY

hawkeye54 on April 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Granny McBotox and Zero: Two people who can look into a camera and lie like no one else. They are positively…well…sociopathic in their twin ability to lie with nary a flutter of facial muscle nor a blink of the eye. It’s like watching Jeffrey Dahmer recite recipes.

Rational Thought on April 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Mordor on the Potomac

SWalker on April 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM

I like that.

thuja on April 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

“Botox One, clear for takeoff”…

hillsoftx on April 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Come on trolls and defend him!

22044 on April 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM

I could get a lot more done with Pelosi as speaker, you know

Crazy me, I thought she was still speaker, pretty hard to tell some days.

fourdeucer on April 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Well, maybe God will have mercy on us and the Norks will nuke San Fransicko while Nazi Peosi aka The Wicked Witch of the West is there.

SWalker on April 4, 2013 at 12:28 PM

“Botox One, clear for takeoff”…

hillsoftx on April 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Can ATC pick up a broom on radar?

CurtZHP on April 4, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Obama: I could get a lot more done destroy this capitalist pig of a country a lot quicker with Pelosi as speaker, you know

Fixed It For You.

LoganSix on April 4, 2013 at 12:30 PM

“She is thoughtful mad, she’s visionary hallucinates, she’s as tough as nails. likes to kill unborn children. She is practical must have her bottled water. She never lets ideology cloud her judgment would kill Republicans if she could.”

FIFY Preezy.

LetsBfrank on April 4, 2013 at 12:30 PM

“Botox One, clear for takeoff”…

hillsoftx on April 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Can ATC pick up a broom on radar?

CurtZHP on April 4, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Hmmm, let me check with my buddy who works for the FAA….

OK… He says officially, no…. Unofficially they can pick up two fruit flies doing the tango 15 feet off the ground… O_O

SWalker on April 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

$5,000 a plate? Wow, that’s almost in range of those who make an average salary.

Who says Barky is an out of touch rich dude who only hobnobs with other rich people, not I.

Bishop on April 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

“Despite a very aggressive agenda on the other side to block action, we’ve been able to double fuel-efficiency standards on cars, we’ve been able to take mercury out of our air, we have been able to reduce carbon emissions in this country,” he said at the first of two fundraisers on Wednesday night.

Really? It’s easy to vote feel-good fuel-efficiency standards through a Congress controlled by your party. Has anyone thought of the engineering effort and money needed to really build cars that go twice as far on a gallon of gasoline? Not even hybrids can do that, and pure-electric cars use fossil fuels at the power plant.

Talk is cheap, but that’s all O-bomb knows how to do.

Remember how he said he would stop the seas from rising? Tell that to former Jersey shore residents whose houses floated away in Sandy!

Good luck trying to get a House majority for Pelosi, if 2/3 of the people want the Keystone pipeline built.

Steve Z on April 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

The Azzhole in Chief hasn’t worked a day in his life.

Campaigning is all he knows how to do, and that he can’t do well, prompter et all.

May the House stay the same and may he lose the Senate.

Wake up America, or perish!!!

Schadenfreude on April 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM

It’s so sad that the Obamateurims feature is gone.

This is the Insulter in Chief.

He and Michelle are dumber than rocks.

Schadenfreude on April 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Granny McBotox and Zero: Two people who can look into a camera and lie like no one else. They are positively…well…sociopathic in their twin ability to lie with nary a flutter of facial muscle nor a blink of the eye. It’s like watching Jeffrey Dahmer recite recipes.

Rational Thought on April 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

It’s not a lie if you believe it. And they are true believers.

Lily on April 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

She never lets ideology cloud her judgment.”

The thing is, they actually believe that.

Cleombrotus on April 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM

$5,000 a plate? Wow, that’s almost in range of those who make an average salary.

Who says Barky is an out of touch rich dude who only hobnobs with other rich people, not I.

Bishop on April 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Meh, what’s 5 grand compared to the destruction of the racist, homophobe, bigoted, gun toting rubes here in the USA./

VegasRick on April 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Slightly red districts can only be won by Democrats who play Joe Machin’s game pretty well. Obama will never be invited to most of the “swing districts.” He may lose the Senate as well let alone having any shot of reclaiming the House.

mwbri on April 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM

He and Michelle are dumber than rocks.

Schadenfreude on April 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Legal counsel for Rocks hereby notifies you that a cease and desist order has been issued against you requiring you cease all comparisons between the intellectual capacities of the O’Dogeaters and Rocks, as the Rocks find any and all such comparisons to be degrading, insulting, demeaning and offensive. O_O

SWalker on April 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I’ve asked this before, but it’s worth mentioning again. What exactly is Obama’s plan if the GOP retains the House after 2014? And what if they retake the Senate as well? Is he just gonna stew for the final 2 years of his Presidency?

Doughboy on April 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Golf. Demagoguery. Speechifying. Vacations.

stvnscott on April 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

“Despite a very aggressive agenda on the other side to block action, we’ve been able to double fuel-efficiency standards on cars, we’ve been able to take mercury out of our air, we have been able to reduce carbon emissions in this country,” he said at the first of two fundraisers on Wednesday night.

Thanks to the brain dead zombies of the green movement and their curly lightbulb hype there is more mercury in the average home than at any time since civilization began.

Dopes.

Lily on April 4, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Obama: I could get a lot more done with Pelosi as speaker, you know

Hitler could’ve gotten more done with more gas chambers too,
so there’s that….

ToddPA on April 4, 2013 at 12:45 PM

“get a lot more done” = another $10 trillion in debt.

tommyboy on April 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Barry might get more done with Pelosi in charge…..yet she is the reason she won’t be.

GarandFan on April 4, 2013 at 12:50 PM

SWalker on April 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I profusely and sincerely apolgize to all rocks.

Schadenfreude on April 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Oaf does’t realize that she’s not in charge because he/her overstepped.

Schadenfreude on April 4, 2013 at 12:57 PM

I’ve asked this before, but it’s worth mentioning again. What exactly is Obama’s plan if the GOP retains the House after 2014? And what if they retake the Senate as well? Is he just gonna stew for the final 2 years of his Presidency?

Doughboy on April 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Personally, I hope he goes into permanent vacation mode and gets none of his shit agenda done. Permanent vacation…..hmm…kind of what he’s doing now.

msupertas on April 4, 2013 at 12:58 PM

I think I also remember that he said it would be easier for him to be the leader of China.

22044 on April 4, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Obama’s “you’re on your own”-attitude toward the DCCC and the DSCC during the 2012 campaign cycle was not particularly appreciated by his very vexed fellow Democrats, but he’s already starting to make good on his Lone-Ranger-no-more promise to help them with the 2014 midterms — he is going to need a fully Democratic Congress to have any hope of securing his legacy, after all.

…..ANY HOPE OF KEEPING OBAMACARE FROM BEING REPEALED!!!

PappyD61 on April 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Gee…Maybe Barry and Nancy can pass more laws like this?

“California Congresswoman, Rep. Jackie Speier CA (D), wants to federalize a state law to prohibit counseling to change a person’s sexual orientation. That doesn’t sound that extreme, but pedophilia is a sexual orientation according to this bill as well…

“Sexual orientation change efforts’ means any practices by mental health providers that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation,” the bill says.

Republicans attempted to add an amendment specifying that, “pedophilia is not covered as an orientation.” However, the Democrats defeated the amendment. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) stated that all alternative sexual lifestyles should be protected under the law, and accordingly decided that pedophilia is a sexual orientation that should be equally as embraced as homosexuality…”

http://www.rethinksociety.com/government/pedophilia-is-a-sexual-orientation-under-ca-bill/

workingclass artist on April 4, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Obama stressed the importance of returning her to the speakership.

“I am here because there are very few people in public office who I am more fond of and respectful than the person who just introduced me, Nancy Pelosi,” Obama said in his remarks. “She is thoughtful, she’s visionary, she’s as tough as nails. She is practical. She never lets ideology cloud her judgment.”

Obama and Pelosi are both liars.

I think we need to take every opportunity to highlight what the Democrats said about deficits and deficit spending during the 2006 and 2008 election cycles.

Democrats including Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama were very, very vocal in criticizing Bush (both cycles) and the Republican Congress (in the 2006 cycle) for “piling trillions of dollars of debt onto our children and grandchildren” and “the four worst deficits in the history of America”. The largest deficit of any Republican-majority Fiscal Year was less than $413 Billion in FY 2004.

The annual deficits actually decreased in FY 2005, 2006, and 2007.

The last Republican-majority defict, in FY 2007, was less than $161 Billion.

It was not until Pelosi and Reid took majority control of the budgeting process that the annual deficit roughly tripled (in FY 2008) and then tripled AGAIN (in FY 2009).

The Democrats won the 2006 elections by promising “Fiscal Discipline” and “no more deficit spending”, and then did the EXACT OPPOSITE of what they promised.

2006:

Over the past decade, the Republican controlled Congress took our nation in the wrong direction. Too many Americans are paying a heavy price for those wrong choices: record costs for energy, health care and education; jobs shipped overseas; and budgets that heap record debt on our children. For millions, the middle-class dream has been replaced by a middle-class squeeze…

Democrats are proposing a New Direction for America…

With integrity, civility and fiscal discipline, our New Direction for America will use commonsense principles to address the aspirations and fulfill the hopes and dreams of all Americans. That is our promise to the American people….

Our federal budget should be a statement of our national values. One of those values is responsibility. Democrats are committed to ending years of irresponsible budget policies that have produced historic deficits. Instead of piling trillions of dollars of debt onto our children and grandchildren, we will restore “Pay As You Go” budget discipline.

Budget discipline has been abandoned by the Bush Administration and its Republican congressional majorities. Congress under Republican control has turned a projected $5.6 trillion 10-year surplus at the end of the Clinton years into a nearly $3 trillion deficit– including the four worst deficits in the history of America. The nation’s debt ceiling has been raised four times in just five years to more than $8.9 trillion. Nearly half of our nation’s record debt is owned by foreign countries including China and Japan. Without a return to fiscal discipline, the foreign countries that make our computers, our clothing and our toys will soon be making our foreign policy. Deficit spending is not just a fiscal problem – it’s a national security issue as well.

Our New Direction is committed to “Pay As You Go” budgeting – no more deficit spending.

2007:

After years of historic deficits, this 110th Congress will commit itself to a higher standard: pay-as-you-go, no new deficit spending. Our new America will provide unlimited opportunity for future generations, not burden them with mountains of debt.

- New Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 01/04/2007

2008:

“The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents – #43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.

- Barack Obama July 3, 2008

The Democrats have held majority control (holding 2+ out of 3 of the House, Senate, and Presidency) since January 3, 2007.

After 6.25 years of Democrat majority control, the total national debt is now over $16.8 Trillion.

Obama said adding $4 Trillion in debt was irresponsible and unpatriotic.

Pelosi promised, in writing and from the Speaker’s rostrum on C-SPAN, “no more deficit spending”.

But Pelosi and Obama added $7.8 Trillion in new debt, and now claim that we don’t have a debt problem. LIARS.

In their view, $5 Trillion –> $9 Trillion: BAD (when it was Bush),
but $9 Trillion –> $16.8 Trillion: GOOD (when it was themselves doing it).

Pelosi promised “no more deficit spending” and then added more debt than any Speaker in history.

We need to remind people of this any time Pelosi’s name is mentioned.

ITguy on April 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM

I think I also remember that he said it would be easier for him to be the leader of China.

22044 on April 4, 2013 at 12:58 PM

If only.

msupertas on April 4, 2013 at 1:17 PM

In the last 2 years of Bush’s Presidency the Democrats had control of both the House and Senate…and what they accomplished – the damage they accomplished – was credited to bu8sh/the Bush administration. (Yes, Bush had his own issues, but his Congress his last 2 years were DNC-CONTROLLED, & Pelosi led the House.

In the 1st 2 years of the Obama administration Democrats held a MAJORITY in the House, Senate, & WH! Pelosi led the Democrats dismally to the point where they lost the House…yet they declare they want her as House Majority Lead again.

WHY? They know the damage they were able to inflict, the agenda they were able to shove down our throats with her in that position. With Pelosi back on her throne & the DNC once again in control of all 3 pieces again Obama could ram the last pieces of his plan (required to finish ‘fundamentally changing the US’ into something we no longer recognize) before he leaves office.

easyt65 on April 4, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Why seek a Pelosi again Obama? Certainly Lenin or Alinsky or Chavez must have a descendent hanging around to finish off the silent revolution? Go for it–bring a bonafide commie to the knife fight.

Don L on April 4, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Is that an erection in your pocket or is that Pelosi?

Can’t wait for full on Cloward Piven again?

Speakup on April 4, 2013 at 1:56 PM

And if he were Supreme Emperor Of The World For Life, just imagine all the good things he could get done.

Socratease on April 4, 2013 at 2:20 PM

B.O. could get a lot more done if there were no Congress or Supreme Court.

JackM on April 4, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Oh Yeah How about a Republican Senate

Natebo on April 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM

He misspoke. He meant he could get a lot more done with Putin as speaker.

NoPain on April 5, 2013 at 12:05 AM