President Barack Obama, for about the 100th time: “This jobs bill is fully paid for. This jobs bill contains the kinds of proposals that Democrats and Republicans have supported in the past. And now, I want it back. It is time for Congress to get its act together and pass this jobs bill so I can sign it into law.”
Valerie Jarrett “[President Obama’s] vision [is] based very deeply in values. And taking care of the least of these, and making sure that we are creating a country that is a country for everybody not just for the very very wealthy. We are working hard to lift people out of poverty and give them a better life, and a footing, and that’s what government is suppose to do.”
President Barack Obama: “If we don’t get our fiscal house in order in a way that is fair and equitable, so that everybody feels like they have responsibilities to not only themselves and their families but also to the country that has given them so much opportunity, we’re going to have problems.”
WH press secretary Jay Carney: “The president didn’t watch the [Republican] debates.” You may recall that the president has made several statements about the Republican debates, which Carney has commented on as well.
President Obama to the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights organization: “You want to be commander in chief? You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it’s not politically convenient.” This statement was based upon the most recent Republican debate.
President Obama: “We believe in a big America, a tolerant America, a just America, an equal America. We don’t believe in a small America. We don’t believe in the kind of smallness that believes that a stage full of political leaders – one of whom could end up being president of the United States – being silent when an American is booed.”
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.): “I think [Obama] got carried away. He got fired up. [Obama] got off script and got a little bit beside himself but I certainly don’t believe that he thinks the Congressional Black Caucus is sitting around in house slippers and bed slippers and whatever those things are – I don’t own them and I don’t understand the image that was described there…I think he just got a little bit of the teleprompter.”
Ex-Google employee Doug Edwards to Obama: “Would you please raise my taxes?” Edwards has given $300,000 to Democrat politicians since 2000.
President Obama on Michelle’s down-home modesty: “She always jokes about my motorcade. She gets embarrassed when she goes out with me because there’s an ambulance and a caboose and a dogsled. It trails for about a mile behind me.”
Michelle Obama at a fundraiser: “Yay to me! Yay! (Applause.) Oh, my goodness…When we talk about how this bill will give tax cuts to 6 million small businesses, we’re talking about folks who run the restaurants and the stores and the startups that create two-thirds of all new jobs each year. Two-thirds. We’re talking about people who work themselves to the bone during the day every day, then head home and pore over the books late into the night, determined to make those numbers add up. We’re talking about a tax cut that could mean the difference between providing for their families or not, the difference between hiring new employees or handing out pink slips, between keeping their doors open, or closing up shop for good. That’s what’s at stake in this election.”
Bev Purdue, Democratic governor of North Carolina: “I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make.”
Peter Orszag‘s title for a new article for The New Republic: “Why we need less democracy.” In this article, he writes: “To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.”
Film maker and millionaire Michael Moore: “[capitalism] is not American…it’s not Christian, it’s not Jewish.”
Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren: “You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”
Actress Roseanne Barr: “I do say i am for the return of the guillotine, and that is for the worst of the worst of the guilty….I, first, would allow the guilty bankers to pay back anything over $100 million (in) personal wealth, because I believe in the maximum wealth of $100 million. If they’re unable to live on that amount, they should go to re-education camps. And if that doesn’t work, they should be beheaded.”
Actress Susan Sarandon: “People who are rightfully upset about the inequality economically and all of the world developments…I mean, I don’t know that much about Wall Street, but if I was running a business and I made that big of a mistake and lost that many people’s future, I don’t think I’d get a bonus, or keep my job, so something’s wrong.” Said proudly by the actress who returned her salary when participating in a lousy movie (just a joke).
Dreadlocked 20-year-old Wall Street protestor who identified himself as Pigpen: “I actually think it’s kind of ridiculous. The only reason 500 people are here is because they think Radiohead is going to be here.”
Pamela Thompson of Anchorage, Alaska on a sign: “Wall Street makes me feel like vomiting.”
A 10-year-old girl giving her presidential platform: “I will ax the rich people to give some of their money to the government and ax the government to give the people, who really need the money.” I am guessing on the age.
The Compliant Obama Press Corps:
Good Morning America‘s John Hendren on Herman Cain’s surprise victory in the Florida straw poll: “The week’s big winner in the Republican primary is nobody.”
CBS‘s Erica Hill to Herman Cain, after his victory in Florida: “A number of the Republicans who voted in that poll…said, you know, we really don’t expect him to be able to go on and be the nominee….[Y]ou thought a couple times about dropping out, and most people would say- look, you may have something people respond to, but your chances of actually getting that nomination—pretty slim. So why stick with it then?”
MSNBC host Martin Bashir: “John Boehner and his Republican majority decided to gut the food safety and inspection service….Cut, cut, cut. Now the results are in. 16 people have lost their lives.”
Washington Post column by Al Kamen speaks about Chris Christie‘s “girth” and cites the “weight stigma” specialist Rebecca Puhl of Yale: “ ‘There are so many negative weight-based stereotypes – people think overweight and obese people are lazy, out of control, or lacking in discipline and willpower’ ”
On the same day, liberal columnist Eugene Robinson writes: “I’d just like to offer him a bit of unsolicited, nonpartisan, sincere advice: Eat a salad and take a walk.”
Interviewer on the Keiser Report, after Roseanna Barr spoke of her desire to bring back the guillotine: “You’re singing to the choir here; we’ve been advocating the guillotine for years now.”
Liberals from the past:
Vice President Joe Biden in 2009: “I’m really happy to announce today that we’ve closed a $535 million loan guarantee for Solyndra, more than half a billion dollars. This is the first in what the Secretary is going to be announcing the Dept. of Energy will be making available for more than $30B in loan guarantees the Recovery Act is providing and will provide to American companies that are leading the way to a new, clean energy future. The loan to Solyndra will allow you to build a new manufacturing facility and with it almost immediately generate 3000 new well paying construction jobs”
Joe Biden again in 2009: “This announcement today is part of the unprecedented investment this Administration is making in renewable energy and exactly what the Recovery Act is all about. By investing in the infrastructure and technology of the future, we are not only creating jobs today, but laying the foundation for long-term growth in the 21st-century economy.”
Joe Biden when announcing the Solyndra jobs: “These jobs are gonna be permanent jobs. These are the jobs of the future. These are the green jobs. These are the jobs that won’t be exported.”
The NY Times, Oct. 19, 2001: “They are among the most influential voices of Muslim America, a diverse and sometimes fractious community that was often openly critical of the United States. Now these same spiritual leaders are calling on their colleagues to tone down the incendiary anti-American messages that have long been a staple at some Muslim events. Some have gone so far as to retract their own hard words. ” One of this new generation? “Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki, spiritual leader at the Dar al-Hijra mosque in Virginia, one of the nation’s largest, which draws about 3,000 worshipers for communal prayers each Friday.”
Evan Thomas, Politico: “[Chris] Christie would be a very appealing candidate except that he weighs too much. I mean, it’s an issue that everybody is uncomfortable with but it’s really an issue. [...]”
Colby King, Washington Post: “He’s a guy that I would love to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner with at the same setting.”
Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg: “Yeah, the all you can eat. [...]”
Mark Shields, PBS: “Now, the weight thing is a problem, and I can say that when you sit in the bathtub, and the water level in the toilet does rise, it’s a pretty good indication that you probably ought to cut the second dessert. And I think that’s a problem with the Governor.”
Did you notice that these are all “newsmen” making fat jokes about a possible presidential candidate?
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka about Governor Scott Walker: “Would I support going after Lucifer? Of course we’re going to be there [in Wisconsin]. I mean, the guy has overreached, he’s been a bad governor. He tried to use a contrived deficit to take people out.”
Bill Maher: “So then they dropped her and convinced Rick Perry to run. Oh, yes, finally the conservative they were all looking for, but then something horrible happened: Rick started talking, and he sounded so dumb that now they’re even considering voting for a black guy.”
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria: “[Obama] keeps getting beat up lately because there’s such an extremist movement happening and it’s a very dangerous- For me, it’s very dangerous because it’s not the character of America. It’s really under attack. And he’s been governing in, like, a state of emergency since the time he went into office so we haven’t really seen him do what he can do.”
Janeane Garofalo: “Herman Cain is probably well liked by some of the Republicans because it hides the racist elements of the Republican party. Conservative movement and tea party movement, one in the same. People like Karl Rove liked to keep the racism very covert. And so Herman Cain provides this great opportunity say you can say ‘Look, this is not a racist, anti-immigrant, anti-female, anti-gay movement. Look we have a black man.’”
Van Jones about Republicans who oppose giving money to Solyndra: “These are not patriots; these are not patriots.”
Dr. Salah Sultan, a member of Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: “Every Zionist who enters Egypt–tourist or not–should be killed.”
Shaykh Abu-Ishaq al-Huwayni on the Egyptian satellite television station al-Hikma on 7 July 2011: “Whoever insults the Prophet (PBUH), if he later comes and apologizes, and kisses the shoes (of the ruler), and says, “I want all Muslims, every one, to return and strike me with the soles of their feet”-does the ruler have the right to accept this? I bring up this question, as it was asked of me. The answer is that it is not permissible for anyone to accept this. Then what do we do with him? We kill him! But he told you that he repented. We still kill him, even if he repents!”
Popular Egyptian Salafi Shaykh Muhammad Hassan explains in this video clip posted on YouTube: “If there are two men, and one of them is stronger spiritually, while the other is stronger physically, (the latter) is more beneficial to that nation. In war, for example, the strong man offers his courage, even if he is immoral or licentious. The weak man (only) offers his impotence, even if he is faithful.”
Egyptian Shaykh Sa’id ‘Abd-al-’Azim: “I want to say that democracy is a bad idea. We should not feel ashamed to say it. It is a bad, backward, and retarded idea, which is taken from Greece. Democracy is spoken of like it’s a modern discovery, but it’s not.”
Hamas leader Khaled Meshal: “Palestinians must resort to resistance no matter how costly it is, until Palestine is free and Israel is destroyed.”
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaking at the same conference: “Palestine spans from the river (Jordan) to the sea (Mediterranean), nothing less.” Khamenei claimed that a two state solution would mean “giving in to the demand of the Zionists” and that it would “trample the rights of the Palestinian people” to live on their land. He also called Israel a “cancerous tumor” that should be removed.
Statement from the Dar Al Hijrah mosque, where Al Awlaki was an imam: “[Al Awlaki] was known for his interfaith outreach, civic engagement and tolerance in the Northern Virginia community.”
Hassan Mohamed, 62, worshiper at Dar Al Hijrah: “I don’t know why he should be killed. I don’t approve of my government going around the world to kill innocent people.”
Liberals making sense:
Newsweek editor Tina Brown: “Actually, I just hope he doesn’t, because in the end, you know, his tremendous misgivings, maybe he is right. I mean, We had this with Obama. He wasn’t ready, it turns out, really.”
Kirstan Powers: “Yeah, they’re hypocrites” about those on the left who threw a fit over waterboarding, but don’t seem to have any problem with Obama’s kill orders on high-ranking Al Qaeda members.
Joe Biden: “What’s relevant is we’re in charge [of the White House]. And right now, we are the ones in charge and it’s gotten better but it hasn’t gotten good enough and in states like Florida it’s become even more stagnant because of the real estate market.”
Mary’s Pal from Hershey, PA with regards to the Wall Street protests: “99.9% of the people who work in the financial industry are NOT these so-called elite. They are hard working people who struggle to support their families and, heck, just to keep their jobs.”
Larry King: “It would be great — the one thing good about it if Romney or Huntsman got it is a Mormon against a black, what does the South do? What do they do? You`re in Alabama, oh, my gosh.”
Joy Behar: “There would be mass suicides in Mississippi.”
From Bill O’Reilly’s talking points:
Unidentified male: There are some members of the Tea Party who are black, some prominent members: Allen West, Herman Cain.
Unidentified female: You know what we call them?
Unidentified male: What do you call them?
Unidentified female: Oreos.
Unidentified male: Oreos?
Unidentified female: Black on the outside, white on the inside.
President Obama: “This is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades. We need to get back on track.”
Charles Krauthammer: “[Obama is] having trouble governing, he is seen as not having good stewardship or the ability to govern and he blames America? …He is seen as someone who is compounding condescension, incompetence and narcissism all in one sentence.”
Dennis Miller: “If you were running [for president], I’d be in the VEEP slot.”
Bill O’Reilly: “You’d be ambassador to Tonga.”
Bill Maher, Host: “No, I know why you’re happy tonight. President bad ass has done it again. A predator drone killed Anwar al-Awlaki. You can applaud that if you like. [Applause] He is Al-Awlaki, is the, well United States citizen is what he is. He was living in Yemen, became the world’s most wanted terrorist. And it just shows once again do not f–k with Obama.”
Back in Feb. 2010, Maher favored trying terrorists in New York:
Bill Maher: “– we have to — you have to — many — any of them. They were all tried in courts in America and all put away. You know, I, if I was a criminal or a terrorist, whatever you want to call them, yes, I would fear the most a prosecutor — a seasoned federal prosecutor in our system, you know, like Eliot Spitzer was, those kinds of guys.”
Larry King, host: “Yes.”
Maher: “Julie, Giuliani himself, I think, was that.”
Maher: “Yes, tough. And there’s a reason they’ve put them all away and a reason they will — they will never get out of prison, because if there’s one thing we can still do in this country, it’s put people in prison and keep them there.”
King: “So you favor a civilian trial for the guy responsible for 9/11?”
King: “In — in Manhattan, where it happened?”
Maher: “In Manhattan.”
What could account for the change? Could it be that, this was the approach of the Obama administration in 2010?
Newt Gingrich: “[Obama] doesn’t learn, he doesn’t listen, he doesn’t understand America.”
Newt: “[Obama has] given up being president and he runs around campaigning all the time.”
Herman Cain: “Many African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open-minded, not even considering a conservative point of view. I have received some of that same vitriol simply because I am running for the Republican nomination as a conservative.”
Herman Cain: “I still worship in the ‘hood in Atlanta.”
Texas Radio talk host Lores Ripscalla: “We conservatives in Texas know that [Perry] ’s not a true conservative.”
Charles Krauthammer on the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki: “It’s the ultimate term-limit.”
Rush Limbaugh on ABC doing an honest story on Solyndra: “It is possible that ABC practiced a random act of journalism.” [quoted from memory]
Conservative newsman Byron York: “The definition of a gaff in Washington is when you accidentally tell the truth.” (Quoted from memory).
Populist newsman Bill O’Reilly: “I think everybody understands that black Americans vote for the Democrats because of entitlement spending.”
Marco Rubio: “While there has been some good documentation of this [human rights violations in Iran] by a few in the media and in the human rights arena, there has unfortunately been a cowardly silence by the UN and most of the international community in this case and others.”
Former Vice President Dick Cheney: “The thing I am waiting for is for the administration to go back and correct something they said two years ago, when they criticized us for quote overreacting to the events of 9/11. They in effect said we had walked away from our ideals, taking policy contrary to our ideals when we had enhanced interrogation techniques. They have clearly moved in the direction of taking robust action when they feel it is justified. In this case, it was. They need to go back and reconsider what the president said in Cairo [in 2009].”
Daughter Liz Cheney: “He slandered the nation, and I think he owes an apology to the American people. those are the policies that kept us safe”
Herman Cain’s communications director Ellen Carmichael has just resigned, but she said: “I am incredibly fond of Mister Cain. I think he’s a fantastic candidate and a great person of the highest character. And I think he has an important voice and an important message. My decision to leave is not a reflection of any sort of displeasure with Mister Cain.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Do they have to send the First Lady to Target for Lysol for the White House? What a phony-baloney plastic banana good time rock and roll photo op this was.”
Rush Limbaugh: “We are rooted in the truth here. We are engaged in a relentless unstoppable pursuit of the truth. The left’s only hope is to blur the truth.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Does anybody stop and think that maybe we can’t afford to be a player in ‘the global clean energy race’ if it’s $16 million a job?”
Rush: “Nothing in the Republican Party is different today than it was in ’76 or 1980. A conservative nominee is considered a threat to the Republican establishment and must be done away with.”
Rush: “State and local governments collect another $3 trillion a year from us. This is a grand total of $6 trillion in taxes per year. Why isn’t $6 trillion a year enough to fix potholes and bridges and the sort? We ought to be able to fill ‘em up with diamonds and platinum for that money.”
Rush: “This is not a jobs bill; it’s a tax increase bill, and the president wrote it specifically so that it would not pass.”
Rush: “You want to know why Herman Cain won the straw poll in Florida? ‘Cause you can’t find one example of Herman Cain, at any point in this campaign, not being a conservative.”
Rush: “The Constitution is an obstacle to the Democrat Party.”
Rush: “There’s nothing unifying about socialism. Socialism has to be imposed on people. Freedom doesn’t.”
Rush: “The pro-choice position is pro-abortion, but they can’t survive being known as pro-abortion. It’s never been the case that the majority of people in this country are for abortion on demand as a means of birth control. And as a result of that show, we now have ‘Choose Life’ license plates.”
Rush: “In a sane world states would be rewarded for lowering the food stamp rolls. In Oregon a 60 percent increase in food stamp usages in four years and they’ve promised to work even harder to keep getting the awards.”
Rush: “There’s no way the prices are going down when a liberal is in charge of the program. It’s just not humanly possible.”