AP Fact Check: “Obama has not apologized for America. What he has done, in travels early in his presidency and since, is to make clear his belief that the U.S. is not beyond reproach.”
President Barack Obama: “Chrysler has repaid every dime and more of what it owes the American taxpayer from the investment we made during my watch.”
Vice President Joe Biden: “All in all we’re going to be creating somewhere between 100[,000] and 200,000 jobs next month, I predict.”
Senate Majority leader Harry Reid: “I am encouraged that the private sector is continuing to grow and add jobs.”
Jemu Greene: “Slow growth is still growth overall.”
Thomas Friedman: “Netanyahu, look, he can get a standing ovation in the U.S. Congress if he reads the D.C. phone book just like the Palestinians can get a standing ovation at the UN if they read the New York phone book. What kind of ovation do you think he’d get at the University of California, University of Minnesota? That’s what matters to me.”
Bill Maher: “I think anybody could be president in this dumb f**king country”
Barney Frank (and you will think that I made this up): “I don’t care for Seinfeld. I’m bothered by the character of Kramer. I find it hard to watch shows where there is one character that is so obnoxious that no one would hang out with him. That’s also my problem with Will & Grace. I don’t understand why Jack was his best friend. He’s unpleasant and dishonest. Why would anyone want to put up with a Jack or a Kramer? It’s discordant for me to think about.”
Bill Maher: “I think, first of all that, he [Anthony Weiner] wants ot be mayor of New York; I think he’d be a great mayor of New York. I happen to be a big fan of Anthony Weiner.”
Father Clete Kiley: “The sky is falling on poor people in this country. The sky is falling. This time it really is. In the past, when we’ve done deficit reduction – and we’ve done it before – we’ve done poverty reduction at the same time. You can do both together. And every previous attempt there has been a bipartisan agreement to a given, a principle, that poor and low income people are not the ones to make hurt more when you’re making tough decisions. . They don’t bear the brunt of our fiscal irresponsibility because they didn’t cause it. We did not get into fiscal trouble because of poor people. . The poor didn’t cause this. Let’s not make them pay for it.”
Afeel Kahn on Ayatollah Khomeini: “Khomeini was a breath of fresh air.”
Adam Gadahn, a highly influential al Qaeda figure born in America, has issued a call to arms for U.S. Muslims: “Do not rely on others, take the task upon yourself. What are you waiting for? America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms.” He calls for Muslims in the West to stockpile assault rifles and “target major institutions and public figures.”
In case you wonder, why do I list Muslims in with liberals—Muslim Americans vote about 90% or more with Democrats.
Fareed Zakaria: “Whenever we have a problem, we tend to think that our constitution is the best in the world. The people who wrote the Constitution were demi-gods, it never needs to be changed. Our political system is the best in the world. The truth is we have a pretty complicated, antiquated system that’s grown pretty dysfunctional.”
Newswoman Katie Couric tweeted: “I’m curious if anybody thinks this Anthony Weiner Twitter scandal is a legit news story or just fodder for late-night comedians…thoughts?”
Randi Rhodes: “Then she goes to New York City— suddenly, she’s a Jew. Did you see she was wearing a giant, diamond star of David around her neck?”
Richard Gere on Barack Obama: “Overall, I think he’s done an extraordinary job. I think he’s going to go down probably as one of our great presidents.”
Sigourney Weaver: “You might think that a force as sweeping as global warming would be an equal opportunity threat: that it would endanger men and women alike. But the fact is climate change exacts a heavier toll on women…Studies have found that women are 14 times more likely to die as a result of storms and other extreme weather than men.”
Joy Behar: “Well, somebody is out to get him [Anthony Weiner], apparently, ’cause they don’t like his politics.”
Bill Maher: “Between the Bush tax cuts when he was in office and now the extension it’s something like $2.8 trillion to the richest one percent who don’t feel that at all.” It is estimated that Maher is off by about $2 trillion. However, even if we accepted his figure, that would almost cover 2 years of Obama deficits.
Liberals being civil:
Randi Rhodes: ”Sarah Palin is one of those people that does not want to talk to the media…because she can’t answer a question about anything that people need to hear a solution for—she has no solutions for anything.”
Liberals making sense:
Howard Dean on Sarah Palin: “I think she could win. She wouldn’t be my first choice if I were a Republican but I think she could win.”
PBS‘s Mark Shields: “What the hell is a member of Congress, who wants to be mayor of New York, having portrait galleries of his crotch available for distribution?”
Barack Obama: “Adam Smith’s central insight remains true today: there is no greater generator of wealth and innovation than a system of free enterprise that unleashes the full potential of individuals—men and women.”
Thomas Friedman: “The worst thing in the world would be if Israel permanently controls the West Bank and basically because of demographics in a very short time, you’ll have a Jewish minority ruling over an Arab majority.”
CNBC: “It’s apartheid.”’
Friedman: “That’s what it will be called in the world. And that would be what we call on college campuses and all over the world. That is a fundamental threat to the Israel. I didn’t fall off a turnip truck last night. I get the region. Okay?”
Former Congressman Rick Lazio: Mitt Romney unlike Barack Obama has 25 years of private sector experience. I think when you’re looking at an economy.
Melissa Harris Perry, MSNBC contributor: And that worked out, Wall Street’s doing great.
Lazio: …that just created 15,000 jobs. If you compare this, this, this recovery compared to the last ten recoveries, we would have created, if we went to the same average, we would have created about 14 or 15 million more jobs. If we went back to ’82, in 1982 Reagan inherited a ten or eleven percent unemployment rate. Coming out of that recession, they ended up creating about 14 million jobs.
Melissa Harris Perry: I’ll put my Obama deficit next to your Reagan deficit any day of the week. Right, so.
Lazio: I will too, because it’s about a trillion and a half dollars this year alone for Obama.
Brett Baird, playing a tape of what Barney Frank said years ago: “Fannie and Freddy are not in danger of going under?”
Barney Frank: “Yeah, that was a mistake.”
Donald Trump: “…if they (the GOP) “put up a stiff, if they do I would certainly consider running in a three person race where I would probably do better than in a two person race.” I am pretty sure Trump is referring to Romney.
Sarah Palin: “The truth is that President Obama is lying. He’s not just misstating. He’s not just misconstruing some facts or some data. No, he’s lying when he says that those with Down Syndrome, that those with autism, those that need that safety net will be left on their own if the Republicans have their way. That is not true.”
Marsha Blackburn: “I am deeply disturbed by the revelations of collusion between the FCC and Free Press on the net-neutrality issue. The FCC has moved against the will of the people, the wisdom of Congress and the order of the courts, to nationalize our most productive marketplace.”
Geert Wilders: “…the Netherlands is under threat of Islam. As I have argued many times, Islam is chiefly an ideology. An ideology of hatred, of destruction, of conquest. It is my strong conviction that Islam is a threat to Western values, to freedom of speech, to the equality of men and women, of heterosexuals and homosexuals, of believers and unbelievers.”
Sarah Palin on Romney’s burden of Romneycare: “I think that he’ll have maybe a bit more challenges with independents who make up the tea party movement, wanting to make sure we are not going to — we won’t have any excuses or perceived political reasons to grow government. In my opinion, any mandate coming from government is not a good thing, obviously, and I am not the only one to say so. But obviously there will be more explanation coming from Governor Romney for his support of government mandates.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Okay, the Memorial Day weekend is over, ladies and gentlemen, which means that we are now officially in our third Summer of Recovery, and the question is: How many more Recovery Summers can our economy stand before it all goes kaput?”
Rush Limbaugh: “The status of the US economy, to me, is proof positive that we can’t afford not to change horses in midstream. The status of the US economy means that we must change horses in the middle of the stream. Whatever Obama is doing, that horse ain’t working.”
Rush: “If Keynesian economics worked, if pumping government money into a faltering economy worked, there would never be a faltering economy.”
Rush: “We were told during the campaign that Obama would fundamentally change the way the US economy works — and he has. We are getting to see exactly what he meant.”
Rush: “There’s not a single person living in the real world who believes we have been in a recovery.”
Rush: “Even knowing the biases and knowing what State-Controlled Media is, I am still surprised they are so willing to make fools of themselves by trying to act and speak as though there has been an economic recovery in the last two and a half years.”
Conservatives from the Past:
Frank Borman: “Capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without hell.”
Conservatives not making any sense:
Mitt Romney at a town hall in New Hampshire: “The world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that…It’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors.”