President Obama: “It’s been a long, tough journey. But we have made some incredible strides together. Yes, we have. But the thing that we all ought to remember is that as much as good as we have done, precisely because the challenges were so daunting, precisely because we we were inheriting so many challenges, that we’re not even halfway there yet. When I said `change we can believe in,’ I didn’t say `change we could believe in tomorrow.’ Not change we can believe in next week. We knew this was going to take time because we’ve got this big, messy, tough democracy.”
President Barack Obama: “So, when Congress gets back in September I want to move quickly on things that will help the economy create jobs right now. Extending the payroll tax credit to put a thousand dollars in the pocket of the average American worker. Extending unemployment insurance to help people get back on their feet. Putting construction workers back to work rebuilding America.”
WH press secretary Jay Carney: “The White House doesn’t create jobs.”
Obama: “My singular focus is the American people. Getting the unemployed back on the job.”
Chris Matthews: “If Boeing doubled its contract with Air Force planes, that would be great news in Seattle and some other areas where they’re operating. In Houston, it’s space. In the southwest of Virginia, it’s Bobby Byrd! Jack Murtha in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Why do people have this disconnect? They know that the government creates jobs. Every time in our life, we know that WWII saved us economically. All our experience locally and historically is the government creates jobs. And then you hear Eric Cantor, with this new cant of his, this religious notion of some kind, that somehow this belief in small business means that government shouldn’t do anything. Small business is the area of the economy that does best when government spends money. What’s he talking about? …We studied this in school, we learn it from history.”
White House press secretary Jay Carney: “Over the past weeks and months the President repeatedly called for substantial deficit reduction through both long-term entitlement changes and revenues through tax reform, with additional measures to spark jobs and strengthen our recovery. That is why the President pushed for a grand bargain that would include all of these elements and require compromise and cooperation from all sides.” The key word here is revenue; I don’t recall any specifics from Obama about entitlement reform, apart from him mentioning that he might look at means testing.
Christine Romer, President Obama’s first chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, on the credit downgrading of the U.S.: “[The U.S. is] pretty darn f___ed.”
Claire McCaskill: “There is a philosophical difference between Democrats and Republicans and it is pretty simple: they have voted to keep giving tax check to billionairs while they voted to convert medicare to a voucher system. How can you be more willing topush money—public money—to the most profitable corporations and, at the same time, you are willing to dismantle medicare.”
Senate majority leader Harry Reid: “It`s been a pretty hard work period we’ve had. The last two weekends, working late. And I think the Senate deserves to be able to go home as soon as we can. If there was ever a time we need to work with our constituents, it’s now. And for me personally, I’ve been here for a long time. I have a home in Nevada that I haven’t seen in months. My pomegranate trees are, I’m told, are blossoming – there’s pomegranates on them, I have some fig trees, roses and stuff that I just haven’t seen. So I have constituents that I’m anxious to see, friends I’m eager to visit with, relatives I need to visit with. So as soon as we can complete our work, I would like to move as quick as I can to the summer recess period.”
Joe Biden to Gabby Giffords: “Now we’re both members of the `Cracked Head Club.’” Ms. Giffords had been shot in the head in Arizona and had come to the House to vote on the compromise bill.
Former presidential candidate John Kerry: “And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely. The media in America has a bigger responsibility than it’s exercising today. The media has got to begin to not give equal time or equal balance to an absolutely absurd notion just because somebody asserts it or simply because somebody says something which everybody knows is not factual. It doesn’t deserve the same credit as a legitimate idea about what you do. And the problem is everything is put into this tit-for-tat equal battle and America is losing any sense of what’s real, of who’s accountable, of who is not accountable, of who’s real, who isn’t, who’s serious, who isn’t?” So, it is the news’s job and moral duty to see that some viewpoints are not given much air time. You never hear a conservative say this. In fact, I feature more liberals than anyone else on this Say What? column. I want everyone to know what they say; I want liberals I know to hear what they say.
Justin Ruben, executive director of MoveOn.org: “It’s hard to see how we avoid a Tea-Party recession if the president who has the biggest megaphone in the country is not willing to speak clearly on the issue.”
Actor Matt Damon: “I really don’t mind paying more taxes.”
Hillary Clinton: “Like it or hate it, it is really effective. In fact, viewership of Al-Jazeera is going up in the United States because it is real news. You may not agree with it, but you feel like you’re getting real news around the clock instead of a million commercials and, you know, arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do on our news that is not particularly informative to us, let alone foreigners.”
Open letter from the patriotic millionaires: “Dear Mr President
We are writing to urge you to put our country ahead of politics.
For the fiscal health of our nation and the well-being of our fellow citizens, we ask that you increase taxes on incomes over $1,000,000.”
Al Gore on those who do not believe in global warming: “They pay pseudo-scientists to pretend to be scientists to put out the message: `This climate thing, it’s nonsense. . .’ Bullshit! `It may be sun spots.’ Bullshit! `It’s not getting warmer.’ Bullshit!”
California Gov. Jerry Brown: “I would say that the Republicans are gearing up to destroy the president, that the president will have to respond in a very powerful way, and the result for the country could be calamitous.”
The Adoring Obama Press:
NY Times columnist Paul Krugman: “On one hand, there is a case to be made that the madness of the right has made America a fundamentally unsound nation. And yes, it is the madness of the right: if not for the extremism of anti-tax Republicans, we would have no trouble reaching an agreement that would ensure long-run solvency.”
Chris Matthews: “You know I’m pretty pro-Obama in many ways. I sort of like the spirit of his administration. I like the whole direction its taken in terms of responsibility and what it stands for in our country’s history”
Good Morning America had on Mellody Hobson, a regular ABC “financial contributor” and former host of her own ABC financial-advice show: “Now they [Standard & Poor’s] come in, and they flex. As if they’ve been, you know, this bastion of, of correctness, when they’ve completely been wrong. So now, everything that they do is suspect, in my view.” ABC never mentions that “financial expert” Hobston was an Obama fundraiser in 2008.
Yahoo Finance economics editor Daniel Gross: “In downgrading the U.S.’s credit rating, S&P points out what has long been obvious: Washington’s inability to come to an agreement on how to close the large fiscal gaps that have emerged since the recession began is troubling. Recent events have sapped the agency’s confidence that the government can and will do what is necessary to align revenues with spending commitments. And it’s difficult to escape the conclusion that America’s credit rating was intentionally sabotaged by Congressional Republicans. It has long been obvious to all observers — to economists, to politicians, to anti-deficit groups, to the ratings agencies — that closing fiscal gaps will require tax increases, or the closure of big tax loopholes, or significant tax reform that will raise significantly larger sums of tax revenue than the system does now. Today, taxes as a percentage of GDP are at historic lows. Marginal rates on income and investments are at historic lows. Corporate tax receipts as a percentage of GDP are at historic lows. Perhaps taxes don’t need to rise this year or next, but they do need to go up in the future.”
Liberals from the past:
FoxNews Interviewer Peter Barnes: “Is there a risk the US could lose its AAA credit rating, yes or no?”
Tim Geithner: “No risk of that”
Barack Obama, In his State of the Union address on Jan. 25, 2011: “We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.”
Liberals being civil:
John Kerry on the TEA party types and those who want to balance the budget: “These people have been irresponsible, and reckless and absolutest. And what we need are people who are prepared to negotiate in good faith and protect certain interests of our country. We’ve got to invest in jobs.”
Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) at a closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting, “We have negotiated with terrorists. This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”
Steven Rattner, “Morning Joe” economic analyst: “It’s like a form of economic terrorism. I imagine these Tea Party guys are like strapped with dynamite standing in the middle of Times Square at rush hour and saying either you do it my way or we’re going blow you up, ourselves up and the whole country up with us. So you tell me how those kinds of standoffs ends.”
Michael Eric Dyson, sociologist professor: “Once having been successful at blindfolding the American public, putting a gun to the president’s head, forcing him to read into law or to sign into law this extraordinary act of, I think, unpatriotic and irrational frenzy, I think that now they are emboldened.”
Former Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean: “This is a tea party problem. They are totally unreasonable and doctrinaire and not founded in reality. I think they’ve been smoking some of that tea, not just drinking it.”
Van Jones, Center for American Progress: “Any faction in America that would put a gun to the head of 310 million people and say if you don’t do it our way we will blow your dreams away, we will blow a hole in the American economy, that is un-American.”
New York Times columnist Joe Nocera: “The country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people. Their intransigent demands for deep spending cuts, coupled with their almost gleeful willingness to destroy one of America’s most invaluable assets, its full faith and credit, were incredibly irresponsible.”
Bernie Goldberg on the Obama media complex calling TEA party members terrorists: “These are people who won’t call real terrorists, terrorists.”
Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver called the compromise legislation a “sugar-coated Satan sandwich.”
London Islamist Abu Waleed: “What is the nightmare on Downing Street? The nightmare on Downing Street, my dear brothers, is when the door of 10 Downing Street is kicked down by one monotheist, and the Caliph walks in and establishes the shari’a,”
Audience member: “Say: Allah Akbar.”
Audience: “Allah Akbar!”
Abu Waleed: “The nightmare on Downing Street, my dear brothers, is when one monotheist pulls a rope, and raises the banner of “There is no god but Allah” above the Big Ben. The nightmare on Downing Street is when one monotheist flies a helicopter all the way to the top of the Big Ben. He removes those numbers, and replaces them with Arabic numbers. That is the nightmare of Downing Street, my dear brothers. As you all understand, we, as Muslims, are not those types of coconut-chocolate moderate Muslims – the ones who bow their heads down to the government. Rather, we are the ones who want to work for the sake of Allah, to establish the manifestation of Islam, and make sure that David Cameron comes on his hands and knees, and give us the jiziya – yeah, that’s right – and cover up all the women and put a niqab on their faces, including Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton, the whore, the fornicator.”
Liberals making sense:
NYT Op-Ed Columnist, Joe Nocera: “I wrote a column comparing the Tea Party Republicans to terrorists. The words I chose were intemperate and offensive to many, and I’ve been roundly criticized. I was a hypocrite, the critics said, for using such language when on other occasions I’ve called for a more civil politics. In the cool light of day, I agree with them. I apologize.”
China’s official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary: “The U.S. government has to come to terms with the painful fact that the good old days when it could just borrow its way out of messes of its own making are finally gone. To cure its addiction to debts, the United States has to re-establish the common sense principle that one should live within its means.”
Obama: “We’ve gotta make sure that Washington lives within its means, just like families do.”
George Will: All of the people comparing the Tea Party to suicide bombers, one of whom is Steve [Rattner] here.
Christiane Amanpour: I don’t think he said that, did he?
Steve Rattner, MSNBC economic analyst and former obama administration car czar: No.
Roberts: Terrorists are suicide bombers.
Will: I can read you the transcript from the morning show.
Rattner: I was there. I was there.
Will: I understand, I was watching.
What Rattner said on MSNBC: “You know, the problem with this is it’s like a form of economic terrorism. I imagine these Tea Party guys are like strapped with dynamite, standing in the middle of Times Square at rush hour and saying, ‘either you do it my way, or we’re going to blow you up, ourselves up, and the whole country up with us.’ So you tell me how those kinds of standoffs end.”
Hitler: “Was the teleprompter guy out of town or something?”
Congressman Allen West (Fl-22) released this statement: “Happy 50th Birthday Mr. President! While surprises are for birthdays, it is no surprise to the American people that your failed economic policies – from TARP to your health care bill – have resulted in disaster for our economy. Since taking office, unemployment has remained at or near 9 percent for 28 months, America has added $3.4 trillion in debt in 29 months – the equivalent of about $4 billion per day – we have an anemic housing market with record foreclosures, and an average price of nearly $4 for a gallon of gas. Even your budget did not receive one single vote in the United States Senate – and the icing on the cake – a stock market slide of nearly 800 points in the last 5 days. While it may be hard to hear the American people’s frustration over the pop of the champagne corks and R&B bands at your $30,000/person birthday party, the citizens of this nation are suffering under your failed leadership. The best present you can give the American people will be for you and your failed economic policies to be defeated in November of 2012.”
Charles Krauthammer on why President Obama won’t let overseas money travel back into the U.S.: “When he sees a trillion dollars over there untaxed, it gives him pain.”
Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty: “My goodness, it’s his [Obama’s] economy; he’s been president for 3 years. He’s inept.”
Neil Cavuto, when going to commercial, after explaining to a liberal Congressman the percentage the rich pay in taxes, and have him come back with “the rich need to pay their fair share”: “I beg you to stop.”
Nicolle Wallace: “Only in Washington is a lesser increase in spending called a cut.”
Michelle Malkin: “You can’t conduct a stealth, carefully -organized campaign the way you used to anymore; if you just go on twitter anytime of the day, Mitt Romney’s habit of issuing statements about the importance policy debates of the day, hours after these things have been decided—days, weeks, months—has become a running punch line. This is going to be a continuing chronic problem for him.”
Peggy Noonan: “[Obama] is not a devil, an alien, a socialist. He is a loser. And this is America, where nobody loves a loser.”
Amilya Antonetti (a small businesswoman): “He’s not going to be known as the first Black president; he’s going to be known as the president to have a downgrade.”
Mary Katherine Hamm (tongue-in-cheek): “That stimulus [law] was super-awesome.”
Texas Governor Rick Perry, at the prayer-fest: “He’s a wise, wise God, and He’s wise enough not to be affiliated with any political party.”
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal: “It pays to be stubborn. The press is constantly urging compromise. They root for it like it is the highest possible virtue, the sign of true maturity and achievement in life.”