Video: Sessions plays Stump the OMB Director by asking … about deficits

posted at 9:21 am on April 12, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Via Instapundit and the Washington Examiner, here’s another keepsake from the Barack Obama administration’s economic advisers.  Remember when Paul Ryan goaded then-Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner into admitting that the White House had no plan to deal with mounting national debt?  Yesterday, Senator Jeff Sessions got OMB Director Jeff Zients to admit that he didn’t know the dollar figure of the added deficits in the Obama budget projection he was defending.

In his defense, Zients tells Sessions, “There are a lot of numbers there.” Well, yeah — it’s a budget, isn’t it?

“Your budget increases the deficit by $8.2 trillion over ten years, yes or no?” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., asked Zients during a hearing.

“I need to check the numbers,” Zients said. “There are a lot of numbers there. What I can tell you is we should focus on — this is exactly what Bowles-Simpson does and other groups. What is the deficit as a percent of our economy? We are less than 2 percent at the end of the window, at 1.7 percent.”

Sessions pointed out that the Obama budget would raise taxes by $1 trillion and increase spending “by almost that same amount, virtually having no deficit reduction.”

This is on par with Obama’s claim that the budget addresses deficit reduction while proposing to spend more than any other budget in American history.  It’s 36.5% higher than the FY2007 budget, the last one to pass in a Republican Congress with a Republican President’s signature.  It’s 22% higher than the Democratic budget that passed for FY2008.  According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, GDP has only grown 11.8% since 2007, and 9.7% since 2008 (when the Great Recession started).  The Obama budget increases have far outstripped economic growth, even without recalculating for inflation.

Is it too much to ask that a budget director know the numbers in his own budget, and to stop using GDP gobbledygook as a cover for enormous spending deficits?  Apparently so in this administration.

This reminds me of an MTV bedtime story …

Note: In order to get the joke, you need to know the original name of the song.


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Know the numbers?–You mean like how Obamacare was gonna save the average American family $2500 per year–those kind of numbers?

hillsoftx on April 12, 2013 at 9:25 AM

This entire gang that Barry has put in charge is really a piece of work. How can anyone think that in a crisis these Keystone Cops could handle the situation?

Limerick on April 12, 2013 at 9:28 AM

First thing we have to understand…Any deficits are Bush’s Fault.

Second, if Obama says there is deficit reduction, then the problem is solved. What the hell are you looking at the numbers for?

Third, Do you think Zients perms his hair?

dirtseller on April 12, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Is it too much to ask that a budget director know the numbers in his own budget, and to stop using GDP gobbledygook as a cover for enormous spending deficits? Apparently so in this administration.

He knows the numbers, but just like the rest of this corrupt administration (which makes Grant’s look like choir boys) he isn’t willing to go on record.

rbj on April 12, 2013 at 9:34 AM

First thing we have to understand…Any deficits are Bush’s Fault.

Until tax rates returns to pre-Bush levels, this country’s fiscal policy remains permanently stuck in the past. Even with sequester spending cuts, revenue remains far below outlays.

Second, if Obama says there is deficit reduction, then the problem is solved. What the hell are you looking at the numbers for?

Entitlement reform is still required. Of course, the Medicare crisis is an inevitable consequence of rising medical costs and an aging population, while the social security shortfall was largely self-created by the government over the last 12 years (think raiding social security surplus to finance tax cuts).

bayam on April 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Impeach the jugeared Dog Eater.

platypus on April 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Third, Do you think Zients perms his hair?

dirtseller on April 12, 2013 at 9:29 AM

I dunno. It’s pretty short. How would you get a curler around it. I’m gonna go with naturally curly. Wait, what is this story about?
“Math is tough. Numbers are funny things. Want to go shopping? Okay, meet me at the mall.”

Fallon on April 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM

that guy looks smug as hell. ugh

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Like I said earlier, you couldn’t purposely find this many morons to staff an administration if you tried.

How safe do you really feel about anything in this nation, foreign or domestic, with the stone-cold dumbasses currently running the show?

Bishop on April 12, 2013 at 9:40 AM

If only we had an office that dealt with management and budget issues! /

Happy Nomad on April 12, 2013 at 9:42 AM

How safe do you really feel about anything in this nation, foreign or domestic, with the stone-cold dumbasses currently running the show?

Bishop on April 12, 2013 at 9:40 AM

About as safe as TSA protecting me from harm.

platypus on April 12, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Institutional marxists hired to implement cloward-piven.

tom daschle concerned on April 12, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Even with sequester spending cuts, revenue remains far below outlays.

bayam on April 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Ya think? $82 billion in sequester cuts while the nation spends 3 times that every day?

ROFL

Bishop on April 12, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Shorter Zients: Math is hard.

mchristian on April 12, 2013 at 9:46 AM

that guy looks smug as hell. ugh

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 9:38 AM

His boss is his role model.

Bitter Clinger on April 12, 2013 at 9:47 AM

His boss is his role model.

Bitter Clinger on April 12, 2013 at 9:47 AM

um, no. Obama is actually very down to earth and humble.

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

His boss is his role model.

Bitter Clinger on April 12, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Zients is fairly clean and articulate, he may have a bright future ahead of him unless he starts acting like a typical white person.

Bishop on April 12, 2013 at 9:50 AM

You’ll have to pardon the current crop of idiots running the country (into the ground). They’re pretty much ‘math challenged’.

GarandFan on April 12, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Until tax rates returns to pre-Bush levels, this country’s fiscal policy remains permanently stuck in the past. Even with sequester spending cuts, revenue remains far below outlays.

bayam on April 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Wrong again.

Raising tax rates will lead to less revenue because you’re killing any chance at growth. Economic growth right now sucks as it is due to the enormous spending and regulation of this administration (and the Bush one, too).

Bitter Clinger on April 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Until tax rates returns to pre-Bush levels, this country’s fiscal policy remains permanently stuck in the past.

bayam on April 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

The federal Treasury expects to collect a record $2.712 trillion in taxes on Americans and U.S. business this year, shattering the 2007 high of $2.5 trillion in taxes…

…More shocking in the president’s 376-page “Historical Tables,” is the projection that tax receipts will soar during the remainder of the president’s second term, reaching nearly $4 trillion in 2018, four times Uncle Sam’s take in 1989.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/revealed-obama-to-collect-record-taxes-in-2013/article/2526886

Coupled with…

…the number of working-age people employed or seeking employment – fell 0.2 percent to 63.3 percent, the lowest level since 1979, a time when far fewer women were in the workforce.

The number of Americans that are “not in the work force” (defined as any person at least 16 years old who is unemployed and has not actively searched for a job within the previous four weeks) rose to 89,967,000, with the size of the national labor force shrinking by 496,000 over the course of the month.

Out of an estimated 245 million non-incarcerated, non-institutionalized Americans over the age of 16, only 58.5 percent are currently employed.

March also saw a record number of workers receiving federal disability benefits; 8,853,614 workers collected disability payments, up 13,000 from February’s total, according to statistics released by the Social Security Administration. The number of workers on disability has risen each month since 1997.

http://bhcourier.com/663000-americans-dropped-labor-force-march-total-number-not-work-force-approaches-90-million/2013/04/05

What were you saying?

Fallon on April 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM

um, no. Obama is actually very down to earth and humble.

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Thanks. I needed a good laugh this morning.

Bitter Clinger on April 12, 2013 at 9:52 AM

“I need to check the numbers,” Zients said. “There are a lot of numbers there. What I can tell you is we should focus on — this is exactly what Bowles-Simpson does and other groups. What is the deficit as a percent of our economy? We are less than 2 percent at the end of the window, at 1.7 percent.”

How exactly do they get to that figure if they never cut any spending? Assume our economy is approximately $16 trillion in size at the end of the window he’s citing. And then assume the deficit is in fact only 1.7 percent of GDP. That’s $272 billion. That’s nearly a trillion less than it’s been each year under this regime. How the hell do we reach that mark given the growing entitlement state and stagnant economy combined with Obama’s refusal to reduce spending? And no, raising taxes is not a sufficient answer unless we’re all prepared to accept an annual trillion dollar hike.

Doughboy on April 12, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Bitter Clinger on April 12, 2013 at 9:52 AM

ummmmm….ok

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 9:53 AM

This is the kind of thing no Republican administration official could get away with. The MSM would beat the administration into some sort of admission.

It’s the MSM that is at the root of this administrations incompetence and arrogance. Obama’s people know they can do and say almost anything with impunity. No scandals. No demands for answers or accountability.

Conservatives must make a major push by acquiring existing MSM outlets and return real journalistic integrity.

Aplombed on April 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM

um, no. Obama is actually very down to earth and humble.

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Agreed. Why just the other day Bark took his private jumbo jet to Pennsylvania to assist rural folks who cling to their guns and Bibles to become less hickish.

Bishop on April 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM

To those that lie about the low level of income taxes the fed is taking in……..apparently understanding numbers is a challenge for you.

http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxfacts/displayafact.cfm?Docid=200

David in ATL on April 12, 2013 at 9:55 AM

After that Bark then flew on his private jumbo jet to Iowa to show solidarity with Iowans who may have suffered the indignity of paying higher prices for arugula at Whole Foods.

Bishop on April 12, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Zients is what’s wrong with our government…

d1carter on April 12, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Until tax rates returns to pre-Bush levels, this country’s fiscal policy remains permanently stuck in the past. Even with sequester spending cuts, revenue remains far below outlays.

The Treasury is expecting a record haul of 2.7 trillion in taxes. Obama wants to spend 3.8 trillion.

You do the math.

Plus are you saying you want to raise taxes on the middle class and low income? Because there’s only so much you can squeeze out of the evil rich. Take too much and the economy plummets.

Second, if Obama says there is deficit reduction, then the problem is solved. What the hell are you looking at the numbers for?

Obama’s deficit reduction is smoke and mirrors. It comes from tax increases. Spending isn’t curtailed.

Entitlement reform is still required. Of course, the Medicare crisis is an inevitable consequence of rising medical costs and an aging population, while the social security shortfall was largely self-created by the government over the last 12 years (think raiding social security surplus to finance tax cuts).

bayam on April 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

We take in about 1 trillion in social insurance taxes. For 2013 total entitlement spending is about 2.3 trillion. That leaves 400 billion … or about enough to run the government for 39 days. Obama borrows the rest.

Great plan huh?

darwin on April 12, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Aplombed on April 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Agreed. Until this happens America will continue to decline.

d1carter on April 12, 2013 at 9:58 AM

And finally, Dog Eater flew back to D.C. on his private jumbo jet and repeated to Harry Reid not to worry about pending legislation because Bark would give a speech and that when it comes to speeches, “I have a gift”.

Bishop on April 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

um, no. Obama is actually very down to earth and humble.

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Of course, all Marxists are.

darwin on April 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

These guys aren’t morons. They all know the economy is doomed. They’ve chosen the gigantic disaster later over the merely huge disaster today. I suppose they think they can skim and scam enough wealth and build connections for themselves to survive when it all goes supernova.

Drop by John Williams’ http://www.shadowstats.com sometime if you want to see how government concepts like inflation and GDP, etc… have been reformulated to look much better than they actually are. Have Pepcid close at hand.

ROCnPhilly on April 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM

um, no. Obama is actually very down to earth and humble.

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

True. Only a humble man spends over a billion dollars in one year on vacations for himself and his family. Only a down-to-earth individual like Obama golfs with Tiger Woods and sings “Hey Jude” onstage with Paul McCartney(the latter while the BP oil spill was still ongoing). Only a man of the people like our President jets off to a Vegas fundraiser the morning after a terrorist attack left 4 Americans dead, including the Libyan ambassador.

Doughboy on April 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Budget numbers directly from the White House Office of Management and Budget (in % of GDP)

Table 1.2—SUMMARY OF RECEIPTS, OUTLAYS, AND SURPLUSES OR DEFICITS (–) AS PERCENTAGES OF GDP: 1930–2017 (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet)

For any given session of Congress, look at which party controlled the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Presidency, and then give the majority of the credit or blame to the party which controlled a majority (2+ out of 3) of the House, Senate, and Presidency at the time that budgets and appropriations bills were passed.

When you do that, what do you find?

———————————-

DEMOCRATS are majority responsible for the TOP 9 BIGGEST DEFICITS as a % of GDP.
Five (#1- #4, & #9) were WWII-related, and Four (#5-#8) were 2009-2012.

While on the other hand…

REPUBLICANS are majority responsible for the TOP 2 BIGGEST SURPLUSES, and 6 of the TOP 10 SURPLUSES, as a % of GDP.
(FY 1948, 2000, 1999, 2001, 1930, and 1998)

ITguy on April 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Even with sequester spending cuts, revenue remains far below outlays.

bayam on April 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Let’s straighten the vocabulary first.

Revenue = TAXES
Outlays = SPENDING

Now, I’ll fathom a guess: perhaps spending is the problem?

Archivarix on April 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

um, no. Obama is actually very down to earth and humble.

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Kinda like his vacations?

Aplombed on April 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM

The Treasury is expecting a record haul of 2.7 trillion in taxes. Obama wants to spend 3.8 trillion.

darwin on April 12, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Why the budget isn’t tied to the last year’s tax receipts is beyond me. In my house, we don’t spend more than we take in. Funny how easy it is for politicians to spend other people’s money.

Fallon on April 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM

darwin on April 12, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Maybe you could get a job at OMB.

Institutional marxists hired to implement cloward-piven.

tom daschle concerned on April 12, 2013 at 9:43 AM

By the time that happens, the USA will resemble Allende’s Chile more than Mamie and Ike’s America. We are clearly on that path but try getting anyone to see it.

I have also noticed that the programs and commentators that talk about that have no solution other than you sell you stuff like gold and generators. When have you heard one talk a reasonable game about deporting illegals? See what I mean?

IlikedAUH2O on April 12, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Until tax rates returns to pre-Bush levels, this country’s fiscal policy remains permanently stuck in the past. Even with sequester spending cuts, revenue remains far below outlays.

Until spending rates returns to pre-Bush levels, this country’s fiscal policy remains permanently stuck in the past. Even with sequester spending cuts, revenue remains far below outlays.

munseym on April 12, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Doughboy on April 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM

unlike you, I don’t begrudge the President the perks of his office. Isn’t that quite marxist of you to envy his success?

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Why the budget isn’t tied to the last year’s tax receipts is beyond me. In my house, we don’t spend more than we take in. Funny how easy it is for politicians to spend other people’s money.

Fallon on April 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM

What???? Only spend what you take in?????

What about the children!!!!!!!????????

darwin on April 12, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Obama is actually very down to earth and humble.

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

No, that’s Wilbur.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m1nw5gR2qL1qfyuo0o1_500.jpg

Fallon on April 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Doughboy on April 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM

When you control the idiots in the media, you can party like you rule North Korea or old Soviet Russia and the peasants fight to the death for you!

IlikedAUH2O on April 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM

unlike you, I don’t begrudge the President the perks of his office. Isn’t that quite marxist of you to envy his success?

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Those aren’t perks … they’re extravagant excesses using taxpayer money while he’s closing down WH tours and grounding USAF squadrons.

darwin on April 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Zients is your typical car salesman. While your talking the price of the car he’s talking monthly payments.
Don’t worry you can’t afford this car, we’ll just spread the payments over 12 years and then your payments will be managable on your income.

Ufdaubet on April 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

What about the children!!!!!!!????????

darwin on April 12, 2013 at 10:08 AM

They were cleaned, fed, clothed and educated to the best of our ability. Wait, that was rhetorical, right?

Fallon on April 12, 2013 at 10:12 AM

How exactly do they get to that figure if they never cut any spending? Assume our economy is approximately $16 trillion in size at the end of the window he’s citing. And then assume the deficit is in fact only 1.7 percent of GDP. That’s $272 billion. That’s nearly a trillion less than it’s been each year under this regime. How the hell do we reach that mark given the growing entitlement state and stagnant economy combined with Obama’s refusal to reduce spending? And no, raising taxes is not a sufficient answer unless we’re all prepared to accept an annual trillion dollar hike.

Doughboy on April 12, 2013 at 9:52 AM

How? By projecting unrealistic economic forecasts for 10 years, that’s how.

It’s amazing what you can do with budgets when your not bound by reality.

WisRich on April 12, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Obama is actually very down to earth and humble.

partisan on April 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

As evidenced by his Winter White House, which is a $15 million estate located on the priciest water frontage on O’ahu, where waterfront rentals start at $1,000 a night with a 30 night minimum stay. His neighbors include Cameron Diaz and Michelle Pfeiffer.

F-

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2013 at 10:12 AM

unlike you, I don’t begrudge the President the perks of his office. Isn’t that quite marxist of you to envy his success?

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Success for a business owner and a politician are two different things.

The public purse should be sacred to a normal leader let alone a social justice or class warfare champ.

But our POTUS is not the worst.

Look up hypocrite. See Gore, Biden and others fighting to have their photo mounted there.

IlikedAUH2O on April 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Doughboy on April 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Hold on there, bigot, would a non-humble man use 3 different jumbo jets including one just for his dog to reach the same vacation destination?

Quit being a homophobe and let the man enjoy his perks of office.

Bishop on April 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Isn’t that quite marxist of you to envy his success?

so when Obama claimed Bush’s deficits at $170 billion were unpatriotic is it also Marxist to point out Obama’s have never been less than 7 times higher than that? Y’all get that? Now the libs have changed hypocrisy to Marxism. Gonna need a babblefish to communicate with these idiots.

DanMan on April 12, 2013 at 10:17 AM

unlike you, I don’t begrudge the President the perks of his office. Isn’t that quite marxist of you to envy his success?

partisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

His “success” has been based on Affirmative Action, Racism, and Lies.

Such as his “literary agent” lying for nearly 15 years about him actually being born in Kenya.

And his being named head of the Harvard Law Review solely because of the color of his skin.

I’m certain you didn’t begrudge the previous President’s many vacations in Texas. Did you?

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2013 at 10:17 AM

His “success” has been based on Affirmative Action, Racism, and Lies.

Such as his “literary agent” lying for nearly 15 years about him actually being born in Kenya.

And his being named head of the Harvard Law Review solely because of the color of his skin.

I’m certain you didn’t begrudge the previous President’s many vacations in Texas. Did you?

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2013 at 10:17 AM

no, i never begrudge bushes vacations

and for you to claim that obama got to where he is due to AA is laughable (and Im someone whos against AA)…but its clear Obama did not need AA

he is one of the smartest presidents we’ve had, behind maybe only clinton in the last 50 years

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

while the social security shortfall was largely self-created by the government over the last 12 years (think raiding social security surplus to finance tax cuts).

bayam on April 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

12 years? LBJ started raiding that cookie jar to fund the Vietnam war and his “Great Society”. The looting has continued pretty much unabated since then. Bill Clinton hit it hard to make it appear that we actually had a deficit just before election time. Your assertion about tax cuts is pure fantasy.

Oldnuke on April 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

So smart that he learned to speak Austrian in only a few weeks, and without a trace of English accent; incredible, really.

Bishop on April 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

That’s not what his college records say… ;)

Fallon on April 12, 2013 at 10:25 AM

he is one of the smartest presidents we’ve had, behind maybe only clinton in the last 50 years

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

^^^ The power of propaganda and the media is frightening.

May I ask what specifically tells you Obama is so smart?

darwin on April 12, 2013 at 10:26 AM

and for you to claim that obama got to where he is due to AA is laughable (and Im someone whos against AA)…but its clear Obama did not need AA

he is one of the smartest presidents we’ve had, behind maybe only clinton in the last 50 years

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

And it’s laughable for you to claim that he’s one of the smartest presidents we’ve had.

Unless you’ve got something evidence-wise to support that assertion.

bigmacdaddy on April 12, 2013 at 10:26 AM

It’s time to stop thinking of Obama and his administration as incompetent. They know exactly what they’re doing. The question is what are Americans going to do to stop it?

RobertE on April 12, 2013 at 10:26 AM

So smart that he learned to speak Austrian in only a few weeks, and without a trace of English accent; incredible, really.

Bishop on April 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

And schooled us all on the correct pronunciation of corpsman …

darwin on April 12, 2013 at 10:27 AM

he is one of the smartest presidents we’ve had, behind maybe only clinton in the last 50 years

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Now if Obama would just release those college records. That would supposedly prove your point. But he will not do that. Hmm, I wonder why..

Aplombed on April 12, 2013 at 10:28 AM

he is one of the smartest most criminal presidents we’ve had, behind maybe only clinton in the last 50 years

Both should be executed on the capitol steps.

tom daschle concerned on April 12, 2013 at 10:29 AM

It’s time to stop thinking of Obama and his administration as incompetent. They know exactly what they’re doing. The question is what are Americans going to do to stop it?

RobertE on April 12, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Well, typically nations that go this route have to endure the misery, poverty and brutality until it collapses.

The US citizenry is so well armed that makes “what will happen” unpredictable.

Of course that’s why the liberals are so hot to take guns away.

darwin on April 12, 2013 at 10:31 AM

May I ask what specifically tells you Obama is so smart?

darwin on April 12, 2013 at 10:26 AM

you can gauge the intellect of someone by the way they speak, debate, etc…and I’ve seen enough from Obama to convince me that he is a toptier intellect

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Now if Obama would just release those college records. That would supposedly prove your point. But he will not do that. Hmm, I wonder why..

Aplombed on April 12, 2013 at 10:28 AM

did bush release his academic records?

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Sock #3

tom daschle concerned on April 12, 2013 at 10:33 AM

you can gauge the intellect of someone by the way they speak, debate, etc…and I’ve seen enough from Obama to convince me that he is a toptier intellect

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Have you ever seen him speak without a teleprompter? It’s a disaster. How about that first debate? Yeah, that “think on your feet” intellect really shone through huh?

Obama isn’t stupid, but he’s no gifted intellect. Everything he does is staged and prepared. Why do you think he controls press access so rigidly?

darwin on April 12, 2013 at 10:35 AM

I’ve seen enough from Obama to convince me that he is a toptier intellect

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Right. I hear Leonardo Da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Galileo, Albert Einstein, etc., were the best teleprompter readers of their time.

Aplombed on April 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

did bush release his academic records?

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Why? No one was claiming Bush was an intellectual giant like you claim Obama is.

darwin on April 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

did bush release his academic records?

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:33 AM

No. But I don’t recall anyone ever saying he was the smartest president EVAH.

So, where’s your evidence?

bigmacdaddy on April 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

unlike you, I don’t begrudge the President the perks of his office. Isn’t that quite marxist of you to envy his success?

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

There’s a difference between enjoying the perks of the office and abusing them. Camp David is a perk of the office. The White House and all its features are perks. Air Force One is a perk.

Spending over a billion taxpayer dollars on lavish vacations for himself and his family is abusive and gratuitous. As is hosting a bunch of parties at the White House with A-list actors and musicians. And flying your dog on its own private plane. And having your wife and kids take a separate jet instead of waiting a few hours so the entire family could fly together. And having a staff of 22 assistants for Moochelle. And flying all over the country all throughout his Presidency on the taxpayer dime to raise money for himself and the Democrat Party.

The President is not a king. It’s not ok that he lavish himself and his family and friends in this manner while the rest of the country is pinching pennies to make ends meet and at the same time attempt to portray himself as understanding and caring about the plight of the American people.

Doughboy on April 12, 2013 at 10:37 AM

And schooled us all on the correct pronunciation of corpsman …

darwin on April 12, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Some of those corpsemen could have come in handy in that Kansas town where 10,000 people were killed by a tornado.

Bishop on April 12, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Why? No one was claiming Bush was an intellectual giant like you claim Obama is.

darwin on April 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

yeah, but bush also wasnt president of harvard law review or a constitutional law professor at a top law school, now was he?

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Just look at the raw data at the Census website. The unadjusted data is absolutely damning. These pseudo-intellectual marxists are destroying purchasing power at a Mugabe-like rate.

tom daschle concerned on April 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Doughboy on April 12, 2013 at 10:37 AM

You forgot the all-time record setter of Mr. Humble, the act which set the stage and gave a clue as to exactly how he and the First Grifter were going to conduct themselves:

Taking AF1 from D.C. to New York for date-night, because you know, he promised he would.

Yep, nothing says humble that like first glimpse of our new preznit.

Bishop on April 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM

I think you need to take the beer goggles off… There are deviously smart people behind him, but he is just good enough looking politician who can memorize read scripts and use the ever convenient “racism” charge against his opponents at the drop of a “g”.

Fallon on April 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

yeah, but bush also wasnt president of harvard law review or a constitutional law professor at a top law school, now was he?

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

You might want to check that “Constitutional Law Professor” claim there cupcake.

bigmacdaddy on April 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2013 at 10:17 AM

no, i never begrudge bushes vacations

and for you to claim that obama got to where he is due to AA is laughable (and Im someone whos against AA)…but its clear Obama did not need AA

he is one of the smartest presidents we’ve had, behind maybe only clinton in the last 50 years

partisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

1. You’re not fooling anyone here.

2. Occidental College transcripts show that O’bama claimed to be from Indonesia in order to get a scholarship there. O’bama did not release those transcripts voluntarily, a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit got them released.

3. How do you know he’s one of our smartest Presidents? He refuses to release his academic records. Bush DID.

BTW, if Clinton was so smart, how come he managed to make himself the first elected President to ever be impeached, and how come he left his successor the 9/11 attacks, which bin Laden later said were supposed to happen on his watch?

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

So smart that he learned to speak Austrian in only a few weeks, and without a trace of English accent; incredible, really.

Bishop on April 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

And schooled us all on the correct pronunciation of corpsman …

darwin on April 12, 2013 at 10:27 AM

And told us the State he claims to have been born in is located “in Asia”…

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

yeah, but bush also wasnt president of harvard law review or a constitutional law professor at a top law school, now was he?

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

He never published as president of the HLR. The only ever to not do so I believe. Also, Bill Ayers, his terrorist wife, former Black Panthers and other members of the Wetaher Underground are also “professors”. He fits right in.

darwin on April 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM

did bush release his academic records?

partisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Yes, they came out in 2004.

And they showed that he actually had better college grades than his Democrat “opponent” that year, who is now our Secretary of State.

BTW I’m sure you think that Lurch from MA has a “toptier intellect” as well…

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2013 at 10:48 AM

This entire gang that Barry has put in charge is really a piece of work. How can anyone think that in a crisis these Keystone Cops could handle the situation?

Limerick on April 12, 2013 at 9:28 AM

And who should be judged more incompetent? The Keystone cops or the Republican RINO’s who can’t wait to be lead by them?

The amount of hypocrisy, corruption and incompetence sitting out there for all to see is staggering. It is like overly ripe fruit hanging low from the tree and the Republican leadership does nothing.

I hate to keep repeating the same things… but imagine if Pelosi caught Bush selling high powered assault weapons to drug cartels in Mexico? Bush would be impeached and facing criminal prosecution. And rightly so. Just that alone… ignore every other scandal and it is still incredible!
Our President sells high powered assault weapons to Mexican drug cartels… many of which are used in crimes and murder… an American law enforcement officer is gunned down by one of those weapons… thousands of the weapons have disappeared now… and still.. Boehner says and does nothing. Romney said and did nothing. McConnell says and does nothing. McCain says and does nothing. Chris Christie says and does nothing. But Chris Christie will attack the NRA before making a single statement about Fast and Furious.

As far as I am concerned.. the whole government should shut down until the crime of selling assault weapons to drug cartels is accounted for. Nothing else should be discussed.

And yet here we are having this same President lecture us on gun violence? And Republicans are the ones out in front helping him push the message? Like American citizens are untrustworthy? And yet they are the ones who sold guns to drug cartels that murdered God knows how many people? Thousands of those guns are lost!

You could not make this stuff up. It sounds like a freaking B rated movie. The same Prez who started his political campaign in the home of an unrepentant domestic terrorist… and who has sold guns to drug cartels is now having the GOP assist him in sweeping new gun control.

Let one Senator or congressman point out this obvious truth on the floor in the Capital and that person would be called an extremist by the likes of McCain and Chris Christie.

JellyToast on April 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

yeah, but bush also wasnt president of harvard law review or a constitutional law professor at a top law school, now was he?

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

No, Bush only attended Yale and Harvard and received an MBA. BTW, Obama never published a single thing as President of Harvard Law Review and he was a part-time lecturer, not a Constitutional law professor.

Doughboy on April 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

bush also wasnt president of harvard law review or a constitutional law professor at a top law school, now was he?

partisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

With each and every post you prove that your screen name is a total joke.

Oh, and O’bama wasn’t a “constitutional law professor” as the University of Chicago itself gave him the formal title of “Senior Lecturer.”

You really need two shovels. One for each hand.

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM

“I need to check the numbers,” Zients said. “There are a lot of numbers there. What I can tell you is we should focus on — this is exactly what Bowles-Simpson does and other groups. What is the deficit as a percent of our economy? We are less than 2 percent at the end of the window, at 1.7 percent.”

I’ve “checked the numbers”, and the FY 2007 budget, the last one to pass in a Republican Congress with a Republican President’s signature, had a deficit that was 1.2% of GDP.

THAT is what Democrats (including Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and then-Senators Obama, Biden and Clinton) “inherited”.

Democrats inherited a low deficit and low unemployment (4.4% in December 2006, the last month of the Republican majority).

And just two years later, the FY 2009 budget, passed by the Nancy Pelosi House, the Harry Reid Senate, and signed by pResident Obama on March 11, 2009, had a deficit that was 10.1% of GDP
the biggest deficit as a % of GDP since 1945!

Both deficits and unemployment skyrocketed after Democrats took majority control of Washington, D.C.

FY 2007 deficit (Republican House, Senate, and President): 1.2% of GDP

FY 2009 deficit (Democrat House, Senate, and President): 10.1% of GDP

10.1% is more than 8 times the size of 1.2%

ITguy on April 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Basically, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid took the deficit they inherited and:
1) Roughly tripled the deficit in their first budget (FY 2008)
2) Roughly tripled the deficit AGAIN in their second budget (FY 2009)
3) Blamed it all on Bush

ITguy on April 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

By the way, in 2008 the one making the most noise about O’bama’s lie about being a “Constitutional Law Professor” was…Hillary Clinton.

2008:

In a March 27 conference call with reporters, Clinton spokesman Phil Singer claimed:

“Sen. Obama has often referred to himself as “a constitutional law professor” out on the campaign trail. He never held any such title. And I think anyone, if you ask anyone in academia the distinction between a professor who has tenure and an instructor that does not, you’ll find that there is … you’ll get quite an emotional response.”

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM

It’s 36.5% higher than the FY2007 budget, the last one to pass in a Republican Congress with a Republican President’s signature. It’s 22% higher than the Democratic budget that passed for FY2008. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, GDP has only grown 11.8% since 2007, and 9.7% since 2008 (when the Great Recession started). The Obama budget increases have far outstripped economic growth, even without recalculating for inflation.

And median households ($50-something K) have lost 4K of income… and the value of wealth of households…equity in homes, savings etc. has lost about 25%.

And yet the government and the debt grows faster than people’s ordinary income.

Fleuries on April 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Basically, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid took the deficit they inherited and:
1) Roughly tripled the deficit in their first budget (FY 2008)
2) Roughly tripled the deficit AGAIN in their second budget (FY 2009)
3) Blamed it all on Bush

ITguy on April 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

ITguy, what would the data look like if the real “non-adjusted” GDP numbers were used? The current GDP calculation includes a lot of whacky anti-math to make it look much higher than it is. Check out http://WWW.SHADOWSTATS.COM for the explanation. No affiliation. Just want everyone here to realize that GDP, inflation, and unemployment numbers are cooked charcoal black before they are released to the public.

ROCnPhilly on April 12, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Sessions got it wrong too. The deficit is the difference between spending and revenue in a year. The deficit adds to the debt. The Obama budget would add $8.2 trillion to the debt. But a real Budget Director would know that.

Brutus on April 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM

he is one of the smartest presidents we’ve had

Maybe on how to become President. But being President, he is the most incompetent.

TexAz on April 12, 2013 at 11:17 AM

um, no. Obama is actually very down to earth and humble.

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

ROFLMAO! Obviously, after your one cogent statement yesterday, you had to give your two brain cells a day off. LOL!

GWB on April 12, 2013 at 11:41 AM

um, no. Obama is actually very down to earth and humble.

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

LOL!

‘I’m LeBron, baby!’

- Senator Barack Obama

‘I have a gift!’

- Senator Barack Obama

‘I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.

- Senator Barack Obama

‘I truly believe that the day I’m inaugurated, not only does the country look at itself differently, but the world looks at America differently.’

- Senator Barack Obama, 2007

The Competitor in Chief: Obama Plays to Win, in Politics and Everything Else (Democrats worry about his ‘cockiness’)

You are a parody, but what else should we expect from the person who wrote this:

you could tell at the end that [Obama] was missing [the basket] on purpose…prob to connect by seeming more ordinary

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Resist We Much on April 12, 2013 at 11:42 AM

he is one of the smartest presidents we’ve had

David Maraniss, is that you?

How the bloody hell do you know that he is one of the smartest presidents we’ve had?

Have you ever seen his transcripts?

Have you ever seen his IQ test results?

No. You have not.

The fool doesn’t even understand basic economics.

Resist We Much on April 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM

he is one of the smartest presidents we’ve had, behind maybe only clinton in the last 50 years

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I would say he’s about as smart as Clinton’s behind…….

GWB on April 12, 2013 at 11:45 AM

bush also wasnt president of harvard law review or

partisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Spoken by someone, who has NO idea about law reviews and how the president is chosen. It is political. It’s not based on an academic record.

BTW, Bush went to Harvard, too, and he had better grades than both Gore and Kerry; yet, I bet you think he’s stupid and the other two are smaaaht!

a constitutional law professor at a top law school, now was he?

And, neither was Obama.

Resist We Much on April 12, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Obama never published a single thing as President of Harvard Law Review and he was a part-time lecturer, not a Constitutional law professor.

Doughboy on April 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

He did write one note for HLR.

TORT LAW – PRENATAL INJURIES – SUPREME COURT OF ILLINOIS REFUSES TO RECOGNIZE CAUSE OF ACTION BROUGHT BY FETUS AGAINST ITS MOTHER FOR UNINTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF PRENATAL INJURIES
, 103 Harv. L. Rev. 823 (1989 – 1990)

It was unsigned, but the authorship was confirmed by the Obama campaign.

It is HIGHLY unusual for the President of a Law Review to have contributed a mere ‘unsigned’ note.

Resist We Much on April 12, 2013 at 11:50 AM

you can gauge the intellect of someone by the way they speak, debate, etc…and I’ve seen enough from Obama to convince me that he is a toptier intellect

nonpartisan on April 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Ahhh yes – the incredible intelligence of “the 57 states”, “corpsemen”, “here in Asia”(Hawaii actually), and on and on..
He’s only appears intelligent next to Biden – or in general to low information libtard voters.

dentarthurdent on April 12, 2013 at 11:51 AM

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