Barack Obama: “There’s more than one way to mortgage America’s future. We mortgage that future if we don’t get a handle on our deficit and debt, but we also mortgage it if we’re not investing in those things that will assure the promise of the American Dream for the next generation. I’m not going to sacrifice investments in education. I’m not going to make scholarships harder to get and more expensive for young people. I’m not going to sacrifice the safety of our highways or our airports. I’m not going to sacrifice clean air and clean water. I’m not going to sacrifice clean energy at a time when we need to free ourselves from dependence on foreign oil, and folks are getting killed at the pump.” Emphasis mine.
Reporter Justin Farmer: “I took in the man himself, this man, President Barack Obama. Regardless of one’s political leanings, there’s no doubt this is a gifted and complex man. Think about what he ponders in any given day?”
Justin Farmer: “I admit as he was answering one of my questions, I did look carefully at his face. (Our chairs were oddly placed almost uncomfortably close.) I pondered the responsibility, the challenges this one man bears.”
Farmer: “It is the President’s job to preserve and protect a nation of laws that affords all of us a fair shot in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Being in the building that houses the man required to carry out that grand task was a thrill.”
NBC newsman Brian Williams: “Let’s be candid here. When you and I go home, you see friends and family, you get e-mail from people you know. People ask the same question: What’s going on here? Is this something we have done? What has happened to the climate because it seems so much of what we cover is relentless weather-related tragedy?” Emphasis mine.
CBS news anchor Katie Couric: “It was an extraordinary moment, President Obama went on national television today and did what no other president has ever even been asked to do, prove he’s a natural born U.S. citizen.”
ABC newsman Sam Champion: “You know, all winter long, Diane, we’ve been talking about the fact that the leaky Arctic fence, that unusual cold polar air, the melting sea ice, the thing is, there’s no coordinated effort to study what that looks like on climate change compared to severe weather, so we don’t know the answer to that.”
MSNBC newsman Chuck Todd: “I guess what I’m confused about, how is this an administration – what is it that the president could have done about the price of gasoline?”
MSNBC reporter Andrea Mitchell: “I mean, people who want to raise these conspiracy theorists – theories – and there is no other explanation other than, you know, sort of pure racism, because it’s never been raised about a white president.” Both of the previous 2 statements are false.
The Washington Post: “The White House is warning that catastrophe will strike if Congress fails to raise the limit on the national debt: With too little cash to pay creditors, the US government would default. Interest rates would skyrocket. And the economic recovery would collapse.”
Politifact (an Obama shill truth site): “According to the report, 39 shallow-water permits for new wells have been issued since June 8, 2010.”
Nation magazine’s Washington editor Chris Hayes: “The issue of the president’s origins is one thing. The reality is global warming quite another. There seem to be the same dynamics at play in both.”
Rosario Dawson: “I will just say immigrants pay more taxes than Exxon!”
Robert DeNiro (about Donald Trump questioning Obama’s birth certificate): “Go get the facts before you start saying things about people. It’s like a big hustle. It’s like being a car salesman. Don’t go out there and say things unless you can back them up. How dare you? That’s awful to do. To just go out and speak and say these terrible things?”
Letter to the editor of the OU Daily: “[Paul Ryan’s] Budget plan will destroy Medicare.”
Riverwood Elementary School children in Tennessee sing the following rap:”Boycott, petition, let the big business know / that if we mess it up here, there’s no else we can go.” The videos of little children singing this have been removed from YouTube; I could not find any of them (although I have heard this sung by a 6-year-old child from there).
Julian Epstein: “If we extracted every ounce of oil in the United States, according to the Department of Energy, we wouldn’t have an impact on our dependency on foreign oil…until the year 2030, when the dependency upon oil would go down by 2.5%…when people say, ‘We need to do more drilling;’ that’s not going to have an impact for 15 to 20 years.”
Randi Rhodes: “Now that we’re done with the birther thing, and we have insulted an entire population of the American people . . . we’ve wounded an entire population of the United States of America in a way that I don’t think the Ku Klux Klan ever even aspired to
Liberals from the past:
White House adviser David Axelrod said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” show: “No additional drilling has been authorized and none will until we find out what happened here and whether there was something unique and preventable here. No domestic drilling in new areas is going to go forward until there is a adequate review of what’s happened here and of what is being proposed elsewhere.”
President Obama upon signing his healthcare law: “So after I signed the bill, I looked around. I looked up in the sky to see if asteroids were coming. I looked at the ground to see if cracks had opened up in the earth. But you know what? It turned out to be a pretty nice day. Birds were still chirping. Folks were strolling down the street. Nobody had lost their doctor. Nobody had pulled the plug on Granny. Nobody was being dragged away and forced into some government-run health care.”
Liberals being civil:
Rosie O’Donnell: “Sarah Palin has ushered in a whole new level of ignorance as a consumerable quantity.” Imagine if Sarah Palin had used the word consumerable. She was given enough grief for using the words blood-libel in a legitimate way.
Joy Behar: “I give Sarah Palin credit. She’s out of favor. She’s out of the limelight. And then, suddenly, she’s back like jock itch, and just as snarky as ever.”
On the same show, Josh Gad: “I miss her anti-Semitic jokes so much.” No idea where this point of view comes from.
Laura Flanders to Andrew Breitbart: “It’s just an opinion, but you’re not a journalist or a commentator. You’re a con man, and that’s your job.”
The Washington Post ran a story on the devastation of the tornadoes; some of the comments were as follows:
arewedoneyet: God’s Wrath for all that Christian Right, Teabaggers & GOP mean spirited behavior toward their fellow man.
Hritewing: I don’t want to hear of no Teabagger accepting federal money. They can make a way for there-self or go to the Koch brothers and ask them for a handout…
Talkingheads: Pledge as little as possible, so the rednecks who always demand spending cuts are satisfied.
This goes on and on and on.
Liberals making sense:
Barack Obama: “I continue to believe that domestic oil production is an important part of our overall strategy for energy security. But I’ve always said it must be done responsibly for the safety of our workers and our environment.” The President says a lot of things which sound sensible.
Democratic Representative Dan Boren: “President Obama is completely uninformed about the oil and gas industry. The industry is not made up of just major companies. It is made up of small independent firms like those in Oklahoma that produce a vast majority of our domestic production. For every CEO of a major company, there are literally thousands of blue collar jobs that are affected by his administration’s energy policy. It is a policy that is very inadequate and has left so many on the gulf coast unemployed. Americans are tired of empty rhetoric on both sides and want a real plan. If the President doesn’t want to stand up and be a leader, then his silence would be appreciated from people who are trying to find solutions.”
Dan Boren: “We have a 100 year supply of natural gas [in the United States].”
Donald Trump: “I’d like to know, how does he get into Harvard, how does he get into Columbia, if he isn’t a good student?
Chris Matthews: “Uh, how do you take that, Clarence?”
Clarence “I think he has his presidents mixed up. He’s talking about George Bush.”
Chris Matthews: “Questioning his application to Harvard, to Harvard Law and to Columbia, that he really didn’t deserve to get in; he would never say that about a White person.”
Jonas Max Ferns: “I think it would be good in the sort run to increase drilling…in the long run, it’s not a great policy…here’s why: you’ve just talked about the dictators and all that—you want to go through their fuel first, you wanna go through Saudi’s oil first, you wanna hold the last oil left in 20 or 30 or 40 years, because it’s going to be $30/gallon of gas, and we want to have that here, secure…we want to make sure our future is secure first, and the way to do that is to go through everybody’s fuel first.”
Jonah Goldberg: “The administration is just being dishonest about the idea that somehow we’re gonna default on our debt if we don’t raise the debt limit immediately. In 1985, we took three months, in 2002 it took four-and-a-half months. In 1995, we took four and a half months. We always take a lot of time to figure out how to do the debt ceiling thing. It doesn’t mean automatic default. And why have a debt limit at all if you’re not gonna have strings attached to it. Why not just raise it to 100 quadrillion dollars, right? And if — the limit is supposed to have some sort of disciplining effect. And I see nothing wrong if you’re spending wildly to cut up someone’s credit cards and put them on a payment plan.”
Eric Bolling: “We’ll be lucky if it stops at $5/gallon this time.”
Michele Bachmann: “Let’s look at the number one. Number one. That’s the number of new drilling permits under the Obama administration since they came into office.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Trump’s not a conservative, folks. You do not promise to raise tariffs on the ChiComs 25%. That’s not conservative, that’s protectionism, and protectionism is Smoot-Hawley — it’s a death wish.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Fearless, core beliefs are such that you don’t need to read a memo before you go out and make a speech, that you don’t need a teleprompter. You believe it. You believe it to the point where every media event is an education opportunity.”
Rush: “If you’re a columnist at the New York Times and you actually write that you are mesmerized by the crease in some politician’s slacks, and then you say that because of that crease he’s going to be a damn good president, I submit you are a fool and the essence of star-screwer. But that’s David Brooks.”
Rush: “It’s a dirty little secret about Haley Barbour, but one of the reasons he pulled out is because he doesn’t have the hair to compete in this Republican field. I mean, you have Michele Bachmann out there, Sarah Palin, Romney, and Trump… It’s tough hair competition.”
Rush: “Obama says there’s no silver bullet to lower gas prices, but there is. It’s called boosting production, and it’s worked every time it’s tried.”
Rush: “David Brooks in the New York Times recently had a piece saying that Obama is so brilliant and so hard to keep up with because there are so many wonderful aspects to him. Folks, I don’t have a word for how silly and stupid that is.”
Rush: “We have a president who is excusing sloth, who wants to reward it, and who wants to convince everybody that the people who are working and paying taxes are the problem.”
Conservatives not making any sense:
Donald Trump talks about gas and oil prices, and drops the F-bomb several times in Las Vegas. Nothing that he said required this.