Obama blames the press for criticisms of his post-beheading golf outing

posted at 2:01 pm on September 7, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Within minutes of addressing the nation following the Islamic State’s brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley, President Barack Obama had resumed his August vacation on the golf course. More than a few observers, even the president’s supporters, said that the decision to continue golfing immediately after announcing to the country that ISIS had executed what administration would later call a “terrorist attack” on the United States was unwise.

On Sunday, Obama acknowledged that he had erred, not only in seeming detached but also in failing to consider the “optics” associated with appearing callous and disinterested in the wake of that attack.

“I should’ve anticipated the optics,” Obama said on Sunday in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press. He said that he did not adequately consider how some would feel about his dispassion in the aftermath of that attack on the United States by ISIS.

“But part of this job is also the theater,” he said. “It’s not something that always comes naturally to me. But it matters, and I’m mindful of that.”

Displaying compassion for the Foley family and those Americans rocked by this gruesome affront by appearing somber and reserved – even at the expense of a whole day of vacation – is, in Obama’s opinion, just more of the burdensome performance art that the public has come to expect of their commander-in-chief.

That may be slightly more insulting than if he had just golfed away the day and never acknowledged it again.

Obama sounded a bit resentful of the fact that the media had made the post-Foley speech golf outing an issue. “I think everybody who knows me, including, I suspect, the press, understands that that, you know, you take this stuff in,” Obama said. “And it’s serious business. And you care about it deeply.”

“The possibility of a jarring contrast, given the world’s news, is always — there’s always going to be some tough news somewhere — is going to be there,” he added. In other words, one day it’s an American beheaded, another day it’s some other horrible development. There will always be something critics will point to in order to say Obama shouldn’t be golfing. What more do you people want from him?

If Obama’s intention was to convey to the public the depth of his concern over the beheading of Americans by ISIS fighters, he failed to achieve that objective.

A charitable interpretation of Obama’s remarks would allow for the possibility that he was expressing his genuine regret for the hard-edged display that followed the Foley speech in an artless manner. Obama played pundit, as he often does, and sounded callous by making an assessment of the political implications surrounding what the public saw as a lack of empathy for those wounded by Foley’s execution. But the president’s implied scolding of the media for amplifying that criticism indicates that this interpretation of his remarks may be a bit too forgiving.

Obama capped off his venting to NBC’s Chuck Todd by insisting that he needs another vacation, but this time from the Fourth Estate. “Part of what I want is a vacation from the press,” Obama said.

Todd reminded him that his permanent break from professional responsibilities begins on January 20, 2017, but does the vacation really ever end if you’ve already checked out?


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It’s always the same for Leftists. They make no mistakes, the problem is always the optics, the messaging or the evil press reporting on what they have done.

Meremortal on September 7, 2014 at 5:48 PM

You are a leftist fool. Bound to drown on your way to starvation.

Bmore on September 7, 2014 at 5:49 PM

EVENT, August 29, 1983 – Two Marines were killed and 14 wounded in Beirut.

REAGAN OPTICS, August 29, 1983 – Reagan regained on vacation at Rancho Del Cielo, California.

Politricks on September 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

EVENT, August 8, 2014 – The highest-ranking US military officer since the Vietnam War, Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, is killed in Afghanistan.

O’BAMA OPTICS, August 15, 2014 – O’bama and Biden refuse to interrupt their luxury vacations to attend General Greene’s funeral at Arlington National Cemetery.

Next?

Del Dolemonte on September 7, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Politricks is hysterical. Had to go back 33 years to find a funeral but still couldn’t find Reagan acting like a jerk. Sadat wasn’t even an American, dumbass.

Meremortal on September 7, 2014 at 5:51 PM

I just posted this so you all could wallow in your own hypocrisy.

Facts are what they are.

Politricks on September 7, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I demolished the very first “fact” you posted, about Reagan and Sadat’s funeral.

Face it, Kid, the fact that you desperately had to go back three decades shows you’ll do anything to prop up the racist empty suit who fooled you into voting for him twice.

Oh, and see my followup post.

Del Dolemonte on September 7, 2014 at 5:54 PM

In his mind, nothing is every his fault.

sadatoni on September 7, 2014 at 5:56 PM

EVENT, August 29, 1983 – Two Marines were killed and 14 wounded in Beirut.

REAGAN OPTICS, August 29, 1983 – Reagan regained on vacation at Rancho Del Cielo, California.

Politricks on September 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Oh, and Skippy, what is “regaining on vacation” mean in English? None of us speak Austrian so you will have to translate for us.

Take your time.

Del Dolemonte on September 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM

I’m watching the interview with Chris Wallace and Mitt Romney on Fox and he’s bringing up the poll that 81% of the people thought Barack Obama cared more about them than Mitt Romney. Wow, after these events, that poll couldn’t be more wrong. It would have been obvious, if the press wasn’t in the tank for Obama, that Romney was much more caring, if only because of his religious beliefs, than Barack Obama.

It’s going to take a long time before I personally trust the MSM to be the ones protecting the country and vetting Democrats. They’ve failed at their responsibility and are, in no small way, responsible for what we’re going through now.

bflat879 on September 7, 2014 at 6:17 PM

What I truly resent, is that he has made this conversation all about HIM. again. We should have our focus on the people who were, and are, being brutally murdered. Instead I am seeing his maniacal mug everywhere. Grinning like some kind of Superman villain. Does this bother anyone else?

CrimsonFisted on September 7, 2014 at 2:57 PM

It bothers me too. Never in my life have I seen so much of any president. Used to be, we never saw or heard from the president unless some kind of crisis or war was happening, or he was giving some kind of important speech.
I attribute this first of all to his NPD, second to the media that still, after 6 years, can’t seem to get enough, and third to the idiots in this country who hang on his every word.

“But part of this job is also the theater,” he said. “It’s not something that always comes naturally to me.

BS. Obama made theatre part of the job. He can’t stand not to be noticed.

leftamark on September 7, 2014 at 6:32 PM

This came to me via email (the source unknown). It belongs anywhere that the what-me-worry party talks or behaves.

The definition of the word conundrum is:
“Something that is puzzling or confusing.”

Here are six conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:

1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.

2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.

3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.

4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.

5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about and a lot of people in our country can’t afford..

6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

Think about it! That, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st century. Makes you wonder who is doing the math?

These next three, short sentences tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment:

1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but WE ARE ENCOURAGED TO JUDGE ALL GUN OWNERS BY THE
ACTIONS OF A FEW LUNATICS.

Funny how that works.

And here’s another one worth considering…?

2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money.
How come we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money?
WHAT’S INTERESTING IS THE FIRST GROUP “WORKED FOR” THEIR MONEY,

BUT THE SECOND DIDN’T. Think about it….?

And last but not least,

3. Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans, no pay raises for our military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII, but WE ARE NOT STOPPING THE PAYMENTS OR BENEFITS TO ILLEGAL ALIENS.

Am I the only one missing something here?

onlineanalyst on September 7, 2014 at 6:42 PM

“But part of this job is also the theater,”

It’s theater when you don’t care about the country or the families of the fallen. This man is truly disgusting.

Herb on September 7, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Obama said in 2011 that all he had to do was win the next election and his job was done. We just did not think he meant literally. His job is farmed out to his staff; the “we” he speaks of that refers to those who do the work for him while he plays at being president. Remember his shock the first day when he sat down at his desk first time that there was actually work for him to do on it. That little nasty surprise was probably gone be the end of the day and on someone else’s desk. The only thing arriving at the official president’s desk is settling dust.

He more or less said it all with his view of this, that it is just a game, a play at theatrics and photo ops, retreaded speeches at democratic fund raisers that merit the back to back vacations after he had spent enough time putting around the white house. His only job is to campaign to select audiences who want to give him their money and sign the bills that the “we” tell him to sign.

What he should have been doing was returning to the White House, sitting down at his desk and calling other world leaders to see where they stood and express his concerns, discuss with them the options he was considering, getting with the pentagon to see what the situation was at the moment, talking to congressional leaders and others that needed to be consulted. Of course that would have been what a president, who understood his job, was actually doing his job, might have done. Obama is so far out of the loop and clueless about what is going on around him that his morning briefing is over after the social calendar for the day is read to him. Saying he is semi-retired is an understatement.

Franklyn on September 7, 2014 at 7:07 PM

This happened Wednesday night. No mention in the national news, certainly no comment from Dear Leader, Al Sharpton, or Jesse Jackson. I guess it wouldn’t be good for optics, it doesn’t fit their agenda.

Officer Darryl Pierson was 32. He leaves a wife, a three month old daughter, and a 4 year old son whose very first day of school was the day his Daddy was murdered.

Oh, and the community isn’t rioting. We are mourning the loss of a good man.

http://rochester.twcnews.com/content/news/766470/man-arraigned-on-murder-charge-in-shooting-death-of-rochester-police-officer/

dtb on September 7, 2014 at 7:08 PM

What this country needs is a permanent break from this ass.

vnvet on September 7, 2014 at 7:08 PM

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5712511

The Nerve of Obama….Regan would never do anything like that!!

O wait!!!!

EVENT, October 10, 1981 – The funeral of assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

REAGAN OPTICS, October 10, 1981 – Reagan went horseback riding at Camp David.

EVENT, August 29, 1983 – Two Marines were killed and 14 wounded in Beirut.
REAGAN OPTICS, August 29, 1983 – Reagan regained on vacation at Rancho Del Cielo, California.

EVENT, September 1, 1983 – Reagan was still on vacation in California when the Soviets shot down Korean Airlines Flight 007.

REAGAN OPTICS, September 1, 1983 – According to Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace, as well as contemporaneous accounts, Reagan planned to remain on vacation until he was photographed horseback riding and was convinced to return to the White House.

The Washington Post, 9/4/83 — At this point, [Press Secretary Larry] Speakes was interrupted and asked if Reagan was going back to Washington. He ignored the question and read a statement on the Middle East. Asked again if Reagan was going back to Washington, Speakes answered, “There are no plans for the president to return to Washington earlier than anticipated.”

FOX NEWS CHANNEL’S CHRIS WALLACE: I was covering Ronald Reagan at that time. He was in Santa Barbara at his ranch when that happened, and quite frankly he didn’t want to leave. And his advisers realized how terrible this looked, and eventually persuaded him he had to fly back to Washington and had to give this speech to the nation, but it did take him four days.

EVENT, October 22, 1983 – The administration began planning its military incursion into Grenada.

REAGAN OPTICS, October 22, 1983 – Reagan remained on vacation at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Repeat: golf resort. Here are three strikinglypresidential photos from Augusta — the golf resort! First, Reagan in his jammies being briefed on the Grenada plans, then, later hitting the links. Where were the Republicans of 2014 to scold him?

President Reagan was still on vacation at the GOLF! resort the next day when the Marine barracks in Beirut were bombed, killing 241 Marines.

EVENT, July 18, 1984 – 21 people were killed and 19 wounded when a gunman entered a San Ysidro, California McDonald’s and opened fire.

REAGAN OPTICS, July 21, 1984 – On the day when many of the gun massacre victims were to be buried, Reagan wenthorseback riding at Camp David.

EVENT, April 2, 1986 – Four Americans were killed in a terrorist attack at a TWA counter at the Athens Airport, Greece.

REAGAN OPTICS, April 4, 1986 – Two days later, here’s Reagan’s uber-presidential optics, while on vacation (!!) at Rancho Del Cielo:

EVENT, September 5, 1986 – The Pakistani military stormed the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73. Twenty-two people were killed, including two Americans, and 150 were injured.

REAGAN OPTICS, September 6, 1986 – Again, while on vacation at his California ranch, Reagan went horseback riding with the First Lady and was photographed with a “Just Say No” sign.

Presidential optics! Any questions?
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Taken from HuffPost

Politricks on September 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

 
Now do the one about the IRS hard drives and Blackberries, Politricks.

rogerb on September 7, 2014 at 7:26 PM

“But part of this job is also the theater,”

There’s no business like show business, right, punk?

onlineanalyst on September 7, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Unfortunately, Barry’s whole life has been theater.

He even admitted it in his book. He’s been playing the role of someone who is actually competent while coasting on his color.

That he says he doesn’t think of such things shows he’s a pathological liar or a complete hypocrite.

Or both.

formwiz on September 7, 2014 at 7:44 PM

(First link didn’t work)

WestVirginiaRebel on September 7, 2014 at 7:50 PM

I just posted this so you all could wallow in your own hypocrisy.

Facts are what they are.

Politricks on September 7, 2014 at 5:47 PM

The hypocrisy you’re imagining are just that; imaginary.

The facts you’re citing aren’t facts; they’re distortions.

Stop parroting the worthless garbage that your idiot professors are feeding you. They have no wisdom to offer you.

Star Bird on September 7, 2014 at 8:03 PM

politricks, may I offer you a tractor to pull your head out of your backside. Come up for air, it is not good to remain in the dark and without air for long periods.

crosshugger on September 7, 2014 at 8:21 PM

How many other presidents had to have a Marine hold an umbrella over his precious head. clinton and this president have a total disregard for our Warriors and the countries Veterans. Pray for those under this jackasses so called command because we won’t hear about the body bags like the left did with Republican presidents. There will be more with this administration. Check the numbers for Afghanistan since he took over. Do we hear about that? politricks talks about hypocrisy. Look in the mirror you brain dead lefty troll. We haven’t forgot our oath to protect and defend this country but we know someone in the white house that has. The hypocrite and chief and those that support him are traitors.

crosshugger on September 7, 2014 at 8:28 PM

A deeply abnormal amoral, truly frightening person.

Mason on September 7, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Can’t help but think that’s what you meant.

Cleombrotus on September 7, 2014 at 9:26 PM

I just posted this so you all could wallow in your own hypocrisy.

Facts are what they are.

Politricks on September 7, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Must suck being you. Fooled twice by an empty suit!

After Saying “I Should’ve Anticipated the Optics” of Golfing After Foley Beheading Speech… Obama Goes Golfing

Obama went golfing at nearby Ft. Belvoir, Virginia right after he taped the Saturday interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd at the White House, Politico reported.

SUCK-

Del Dolemonte on September 7, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Taken from HuffPost

Politricks on September 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Now do the one about the IRS hard drives and Blackberries, Politricks.

rogerb on September 7, 2014 at 7:26 PM

What’s so hilariously desperate is that HuffPo had to cite Faux News to try and smear Reagan. Too much LSD in their cornflakes this morning?

Del Dolemonte on September 7, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Politricks on September 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Yeah, remember when Reagan kept telling everyone he didn’t have a strategy to deal with all those events? Oh, right…
When obama comes up with a strategy for responding to the beheadings, or Benghazi or any of those other things that interfere with his optics, he can get away with golfing. No one gave a rat’s ass if Reagan went horseback riding because they knew the Soviets and the other terrorists were going get theirs. Back then it wasn’t all theater in the White House.

Ronnie on September 8, 2014 at 1:23 AM

Actually that’s worse. I gave him the benefit of the doubt before, now he’s saying caring about a snuff movie beheading (not to mention the 150 $ Yazidi girls etc, though don’t worry, Michelle is working on a hashtag for that), is just theatre? He really thinks juxtaposing that with golfing is just bad kabuki? Does the guy have Aspberger’s?

Esperanza on September 8, 2014 at 3:59 AM

I’m watching the interview with Chris Wallace and Mitt Romney on Fox and he’s bringing up the poll that 81% of the people thought Barack Obama cared more about them than Mitt Romney.
bflat879 on September 7, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Yet, Romney and RNC are culpable. Romney as the cold technocratic RINO who couldn’t be trusted and the RNC — neither one would play hard-ball against the Democrats. That’s reserved for Republicans who are in touch with Main Street.

For Romney to emerge now, saying I told you so, is really irksome. Did he? The RNC establishment continues to play its little games while the world falls apart. Ragging to Chris Wallace about the state of things is no substitute for holding the presidency, LOSER.

Don’t misunderstand — I voted for Romney, but it was with my nose held.

What they need to understand is there was electoral mental breakdown from them playing the same old game of vote for us, we’re not as bad. Mr. RomneyCare got what he deserved, but at what cost?

Old joke from the from way back: Democrats propose to burn down the Library of Congress; Republicans propose to phase it in over 5 years.

Feedie on September 8, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Barry – “If they just wouldn’t follow me around…. “

snoozinglion on September 8, 2014 at 7:40 AM

“But part of this job is also the theater,” he said. “It’s not something that always comes naturally to me. But it matters, and I’m mindful of that.”

Irony abounds…

Gatsu on September 8, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Feedie on September 8, 2014 at 6:15 AM

People let it burn in 2012.

They can even let it burn in 2014.

But the RNC still isn’t going to give you Ted Cruz in 2016.

HikaruKitsune on September 8, 2014 at 7:59 AM

My 3 1/2 year old grandson is staying with us while his dad is overseas serving his/our country. The little guy takes responsibility for what he does wrong. We’re still working on the obediance thing. He’s way ahead of this pResident.

TerryW on September 8, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Optics? That’s what Obama’s all about–all looks, ZERO substance. What about the feelings of sorrow that every American should have felt concerning the beheading? Golfing (and laughing) is not something you should ever do while mourning the dead, Mr. President.

Armyspouse on September 8, 2014 at 8:08 AM

>callous and disinterested
Should be ‘callous and uninterested’.

nimbus on September 8, 2014 at 8:24 AM

One thing you can always depend on from this Faggocrat,
It is always somebody elses fault!

Nat George on September 8, 2014 at 8:37 AM

GOP’s Obamacare Nightmare Is Coming True: It’s Working

The politics of the health care law have undergone a sea change since its disastrous rollout last fall, when many conservative operatives were salivating at the prospect of a GOP wave in the midterm elections due to an Obamacare “train wreck.”

But the train never wrecked. The law rebounded, surpassing its signups goal and withstanding a flurry of attacks. The issue seems to have mostly lost its power as a weapon against Democrats, and a growing number of Republican governors — even in conservative states — are warming to a core component of Obamacare, the Medicaid expansion.

To get a sense of why this is worrying for Republicans in the long run, look no further than conservative strategist Bill Kristol’s 1993 memo — “Defeating President Clinton’s Health Care Proposal” — warning that reform would paint Democrats as “the generous protector of middle-class interests” and strike a “punishing blow” to the GOP’s anti-government ideology.

“But the long-term political effects of a successful Clinton health care bill will be even worse — much worse. It will relegitimize middle-class dependence for ‘security’ on government spending and regulation. It will revive the reputation of the party that spends and regulates, the Democrats, as the generous protector of middle-class interests. And it will at the same time strike a punishing blow against Republican claims to defend the middle class by restraining government,” Kristol wrote.

In other words, the real fear back then was that health care reform would succeed.

Two decades later, Kristol’s prophecy is haunting Republicans. Obamacare has provided a lifeline by providing coverage to 8 million people on the exchanges, 7 million under Medicaid expansion and 5 million people who bought insurance outside the exchanges but benefit from new regulations for heath insurance like banning coverage to those with preexisting conditions. Even Republicans in deeply conservative states are suggesting that the popular new benefits cannot be taken away, even if the Obamacare brand still struggles.

“Ensuring that people with preexisting conditions have access to coverage has long been a popular policy, and one where there is bipartisan agreement. It’s the the entirety of ObamaCare that remains EXTREMELY unpopular,” Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for the Senate GOP’s campaign arm, told TPM in an email.

Conservative health-policy experts have argued that Obamacare cannot be repealed without a viable alternative to fix broken parts of the system, but Republicans have failed to come up with one that the party can unite behind.

These are signs that Obamacare is weaving into the fabric of American culture and that the dream of repealing or unwinding it is fading. The massive health care industry is adapting to the post-Obamacare world and fears of double-digit hikes in premiums are fading: early data suggest the prices for benchmark “silver” plans in 2015 are poised to decline slightly.

“We don’t yet have data for all states, but from these 15 states plus DC I think we can start to see a pattern emerging,” Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, said in an email. “In general, changes in premiums for the low-cost plans in the marketplaces are quite modest, and actually decreasing in many places.”

Stability in premiums means “government costs for premium subsidies … are under control, which is good news for taxpayers,” Levitt said.

In the courts, an ongoing conservative lawsuit to cripple Obamacare suffered a major setback last week when a federal appeals court vacated a ruling that would have blocked subsidies in 36 states. Legal experts say the full court is likely to uphold the subsidies when a panel with a majority of Democratic-appointed judges re-hears the case.

For Democrats, the dream scenario was that Obamacare would eventually join Social Security and Medicare as an unassailable feature of the American safety net. Like those other major programs, Obamacare won’t be without its share of problems — cost uncertainties for automatically-renewed plans among them. But after more than 50 House votes to repeal or dismantle the law, few could have predicted that Republicans would start warming up to central pieces of the law within a year of its rollout.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obamacare-is-working

Ned Pepper on September 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Prez O’BoutMe speaks and this song pops into my head…

Don’t hate me ’cause I got it goin’ on
It’s just me, I’m hot never cold
I can rock it anyway that I choose
I’m so good (Oh yeah)
I make up all the rules

I can’t help it if I set all the trends
Everybody wants to be my best friend
It’s infectious, come on don’t you be jealous
Just join in this love fest
You know that…

It’s all about me
It’s all about me (Oh yeah)
Me, myself and I
It’s all about me
It’s all about me [You know it’s all about me]
It’s all about me, me, me me me
Everybody knows i’m fly [You know it’s all about me]
it’s all about me

WestTexasBirdDog on September 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Our current President is one who will never accept responsibility for anything that he knows he is obviously responsible.

Therefore, we the people should not believe anything this administration puts forth and have solutions standing by to implement via other methods authorized via our Constitution.

MSGTAS on September 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

We don’t expect burdensome performance art, we expect sincerity. We expect that when someone tells us they are appalled at an American being beheaded, that they show more than a passing moment of belief in their words. The whole world is not your stage. We know that you are not sincere so why not just skip the address altogether.

Kissmygrits on September 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Ned Pepper on September 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Hilarious!

You know Ned, propagandist spin won’t change what people actually experience first hand.

Star Bird on September 8, 2014 at 9:01 AM

I’m watching the interview with Chris Wallace and Mitt Romney on Fox and he’s bringing up the poll that 81% of the people thought Barack Obama cared more about them than Mitt Romney. Wow, after these events, that poll couldn’t be more wrong. It would have been obvious, if the press wasn’t in the tank for Obama, that Romney was much more caring, if only because of his religious beliefs, than Barack Obama.

It’s going to take a long time before I personally trust the MSM to be the ones protecting the country and vetting Democrats. They’ve failed at their responsibility and are, in no small way, responsible for what we’re going through now.

bflat879 on September 7, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Sickening and a damn lie. Until the msm starts reporting the truth, this poll will never change.

Redford on September 8, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Nothing is ever the golden child’s fault.

ConstantineXI on September 8, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Ned Pepper on September 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Yes, people love paying more for less. It’s working wonderfully. I love my health care costs exploding just so the government can control it. It’s effing wonderful.

I pray your parent or child is denied a life-saving procedure thanks to the wonderful Obamacare. Call me. I’ll help you dig the grave and then pi$$ on it. You hack.

tyketto on September 8, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Ned Pepper on September 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Care to tell us why the black unemployment rate under O’bama is 11.4%?

It was 7.5% under Bush.

Take your time.

Del Dolemonte on September 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Ned Pepper on September 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Ned, my dad was a result of “single payer”, he being a vet.

Two years ago he was told he wouldn’t get the pacemaker he needed to save his life, and was told to consider “other methods”, none of which were specified.

Six months later, my dad’s heart stopped at a rural hospital. An alert EMT saved his life by passing a wire through my dad’s vein into his heart and it acted as a temporary pacemaker.

Dad’s life was saved when he was flown to a Catholic hospital who never looked at his wallet, just put in the pacemaker.

The moral of this story is, you lowlife scum, is that while you sit there cutting and pasting bullsh!t stories made up for fawning acolytes such as yourself, real people are dying in the name of politics.

Please spread your stupidity around, don’t just visit here. Your gift deserves as wide an audience as possible.

itsspideyman on September 8, 2014 at 9:33 AM

“But part of this job is also the theater,”

uh-huh…theater of the absurd…

PatriotRider on September 8, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Ned, my dad was a result of “single payer”, he being a vet.

Two years ago he was told he wouldn’t get the pacemaker he needed to save his life, and was told to consider “other methods”, none of which were specified.

Six months later, my dad’s heart stopped at a rural hospital. An alert EMT saved his life by passing a wire through my dad’s vein into his heart and it acted as a temporary pacemaker.

Dad’s life was saved when he was flown to a Catholic hospital who never looked at his wallet, just put in the pacemaker.

The moral of this story is, you lowlife scum, is that while you sit there cutting and pasting bullsh!t stories made up for fawning acolytes such as yourself, real people are dying in the name of politics.

Please spread your stupidity around, don’t just visit here. Your gift deserves as wide an audience as possible.

itsspideyman on September 8, 2014 at 9:33 AM

One hell of a post right here.

ToddPA on September 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Poor Ned..too fvcking stupid to even understand the crap he posts.

HumpBot Salvation on September 8, 2014 at 10:18 AM

I got $10 that says Obama will state something like:

“I’ll have more power after my election” in reference to the 2016 campaign.

BobMbx on September 8, 2014 at 10:48 AM

“But part of this job is also the theater,” he said. “It’s not something that always comes naturally to me. But it matters, and I’m mindful of that.”

I speak Obama lingo, let me translate:

Oh, crap. Someone trying to do something in the mid-east did something to get himself killed. Now I have to go make a show about this being some sort of travesty and make it seem like the CIC of the “leader of the free world” is upset. Fine… I’ll do it. But if this interferes with my tee time, heads are going to roll.

Chitownmom on September 8, 2014 at 11:23 AM

King Obama is a Narcissistic Megalomaniac, period.

JungleCogs on September 8, 2014 at 11:37 AM

He needs a vacation from the press, what a self serving hypocrite. We need a vacation from him.

Sven on September 8, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Ned Pepper on September 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

heehee.

You might want to hold on to that column for the updates to come. The subsidy lawsuit is going to the SC regardless where whatever Anthony Kennedy decides it will be – regardless of democrat sponsors plainly stating the subsidies were for state exchanges only.

Increases are being held down by the bribes – errr,.. loss reimbursement payments coming from HHS to the insurance companies. Connecticut I believe made their insurers figure those receipts in their rate applications.

The enrollment figures are about to go down on two points – one the subsidies for which people applied apparently were based upon fraudulent earnings information for about 10% of enrollees – in addition, almost 30% of people either did not pay or quit paying.

Its crashing – everyone in the know is aware of it.

Dream on Ned.

Zomcon JEM on September 8, 2014 at 12:08 PM

How did this loser, excuse me, how did this presidential loser get through school? Or get through as an employee? He should have been filtered out, as an under acheiver, non competitor, no nothing, but instead he was given a free ride to the top. He now deserves every mocking disrepect we can lay on him. He has gamed the system and the system is in shambles because of him.

steveracer on September 8, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Its crashing – everyone in the know is aware of it.
 
Dream on Ned.
 
Zomcon JEM on September 8, 2014 at 12:08 PM

 
+1, and you don’t have to look any farther than who our own (D)s are trying to pin it to:
 

I agree with you partially, though. Obama did screw up by embracing a right-wing, Heritage Foundation/Mitt Romney approach when a decent single payer plan with the option to buy private insurance on top of basic care would have been simpler and cheaper.
 
urban elitist on April 1, 2014 at 6:44 PM

When the opportunity for health reform came up he pushed the GOP plan from the 90s.
 
Tlaloc on September 4, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Obama served up the Heritage health care reform plan on a silver platter for you guys…
 
Tlaloc on July 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Which GOP plan?

Chuck Schick on September 4, 2014 at 5:38 PM

The one written by heritage enacted by your last presidential nominee at the state level and championed by Newt Gingrich.

Why do you think you can duck responsibility for it when your fingerprints are everywhere on it?
 
Tlaloc on September 4, 2014 at 5:44 PM

ROMNEY: Oh, OK. That’s what I’m saying. We got the idea from you and the Heritage Foundation.

GINGRICH: OK. A little broader.

ROMNEY: OK.
 
verbaluce on November 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM

The closest the GOP ever came to even thinking of solutions to what everyone at least acknowledges is a problem – they basically offered ObamaCare. So there’s plenty of irony to go around.
 
verbaluce on November 14, 2013 at 11:22 AM

I only made predictions about the popularity of Obamacare, not its efficacy. It’s Heritage Foundation policy come to life.
 
libfreeordie on June 4, 2014 at 4:52 PM

oh yah we wrote it on a plan developed by MITT ROMNEY and outlined by the HERITAGE FOUNDATION is all.
 
brushingmyhair on July 31, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Single payer would’ve been simpler, the Administration’s use of Heritage Foundation and conservative logics to write this bill were a bad idea then and they are a bad idea now.
 
libfreeordie on March 14, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Except that this is precisely the model for nationalized healthcare proposed by the heritage foundation and advocated by Newt Gingrich and that 90s Republicans… Well you got what you wanted, and are still complaining.
 
libfreeordie on May 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM

rogerb on September 8, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Has there ever been a bigger Baby in the world?

His diapers are overflowing.

Schadenfreude on September 8, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Obama blames the press for criticisms of his post-beheading golf outing

No kidding. Barry blames the press? Since when did he take responsibility for anything?

cat_owner on September 8, 2014 at 1:21 PM

He doesn’t care that he is callous and uninterested. He’s only concerned that he appears callous and uninterested.

cheeflo on September 8, 2014 at 3:30 PM

rogerb on September 8, 2014 at 12:45 PM

The Collective always speaks as One.

Star Bird on September 8, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Obama blames…

…always blames…someone else for everything.

Affirmative action in action.

farsighted on September 8, 2014 at 9:20 PM

The buck stops somewhere else.

— Comrade O

farsighted on September 8, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Politricks on September 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

What does Reagan’s behavior have to do with it? Or Bush? Clinton? George Washington? Your efforts at deflection are pathetic. You’re an idiot.

S. D. on September 8, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Dude, you can take the rest of your term off and have a great vacation, all expenses paid. It would be a cheap alternative to the mayhem you make and would give the country a chance to lessen the extent of corruption you are so intent on expanding.

geezerintraining on September 9, 2014 at 9:55 AM

THE trio has spoken: me, myself and I need a break from the 4th estate. He has NO CLUE as to how rough a REAL press can behave. He’s had nothing but shuttlecocks tossed at him.

MN J on September 9, 2014 at 10:13 AM

“Part of what I want is a vacation from the press,” Obama said.
Quick call 0bama a WAAAAAMBULANCE!

RedManBlueState on September 9, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Two phrases that are, in my narrow biased opinion the mark of a chronic victim:

1. “Now, LOOK what you made me do!”
2. “Yes, I did that to (him, her, them, you), but can you blame me?”

Uttered not infrequently by my former spouse, and Dear Leader.
I hold them in equal regard.

orangemtl on September 9, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Not checked out, but a selfish man.

Fleuries on September 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Top pic.

Obama’s prominent mole doesn’t even like Obama.

Wants to leave his face.

What would Austin Powers say?

Sherman1864 on September 10, 2014 at 8:52 AM

http://youtu.be/QEExYuRelbg

Sherman1864 on September 10, 2014 at 8:56 AM