President Barack Obama on meeting Mickey Mouse: “It’s always nice to meet a world leader with bigger ears than me.”
Jay Carney: “The President…spends a relatively small amount of time campaigning.”
President Obama, in a letter to supporters: “I’m writing because our FLOTUS, Michelle, turns 48 on Tuesday, and I know I’m not her only fan out there…join me in wishing her a happy birthday. This fall, Michelle and I will have been married 20 years. The next 10 months will be harder than any we’ve experienced together, and I couldn’t do it without her. I know she’d love to hear from you today.” Send us your money.
Possible Obama 2012 election slogan: “Change is.” It’s not official yet.
President Obama on being thought cold and aloof: “My suspicion is that this whole critique has to do with the fact that I don’t go to a lot of Washington parties and, as a consequence, the Washington press corps maybe just doesn’t feel like I’m in the mix enough with them, and they figure, well, if I’m not spending time with them, I must be cold and aloof.”
Obama campaign ad: “Secretive oil billionaires attacking President Obama.”
The Hill on the House Democrats “windfall tax” bill: “According to the bill, a windfall tax of 50 percent would be applied when the sale of oil or gas leads to a profit of between 100 percent and 102 percent of a reasonable profit. The windfall tax would jump to 75 percent when the profit is between 102 and 105 percent of a reasonable profit, and above that, the windfall tax would be 100 percent. The term `reasonable profit’ means the amount determined by the Reasonable Profits Board to be a reasonable profit on the sale.”
President Obama: “I’ve been hearing a lot of these Republicans talking about, oh, that’s class warfare, and he just wants to redistribute, and doesn’t believe in work, and he’s trying to create an entitlement society, and this and that and the other. Let me be absolutely clear, I should pay more taxes, and folks in my income bracket should pay more taxes, and certainly folks who are making billions of dollars should pay more taxes, not because I want to take their money and just give it to somebody else.”
White House Press secretary Jay Carney: “The economic policies that contributed to the great recession were supported by and are being proposed by I believe all the [Republican candidates].”
Jay Carney on the Keystone pipeline that President Obama rejected over environmental concerns: “Even prior to the signing of that legislation (extending payroll tax cut), the State Department, which again reviews this process, made clear that setting an arbitrary deadline through this purely political effort would put the State Department in a corner. [It] would severely hamper their ability to review an alternate route and a new pipeline route in the proper way, a way that has long been established by precedent and that would take into consideration all the criteria that are so important in decisions like this. Economic impact, national security impact, environmental impact, the effect on the water that our children breathe – rather, the water our children drink and the air that they breathe.”
Jay Carney on Obama being the food stamp president: “Well, you know as well as I do that that’s crazy. The fact of the matter is this, country is emerging from the worst recovery since the great depression. When this president took the oath of office in January 2009 this economy was in free fall . . . [resulting in] a dramatic increase in the number of people who needed assistance.”
Vice President Joe Biden: “The [S.F.] Giants are on their way to the Super Bowl.”
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: “This is a Congress that has done such a disservice to our country. Bless their hearts. They do what they believe, these Republicans. They do what they believe. And they do not believe in a government that has any role in clean air, clean water, food safety, public safety, public health, public education, Medicare, Medicaid.”
Nancy Pelosi: “The very idea that the country had to undergo the juvenile behavior of the Republicans this summer, when they were willing to jeopardize the full faith and credit of the United States of America to such an extent that our credit rating was downgraded, to such an extent that our reputation for seriousness was questioned.” Huge debt and deficits apparently had nothing to do with it.
Nancy Pelosi: “As opposed to the tea party which was a wholly owned subsidary of the Republican party, we [Democrats] don’t really have much of a connection with the Occupy.”
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: “Barack Obama, as a community organizer, as someone who’s been in there fighting to make sure that people who do live on the real streets of America have a fair opportunity to be successful in this country, he’s the one who gets it.”
Senate majority leader Harry Reid: “In spite of the conservative obstructionism, we’ve been able to get a lot of good things done. [According to congressional scholar Norman] Ornstein said it was the most productive Congress in the last 75 years.”
Rosie O’Donnell [of anti-gay statements made by Republican presidential candidates]: “We’re a backward nation in many ways, and that’s one of the ways that’s most evident.” These anti-gay statements are apparently the support of one-man/one-woman marriages (President Obama’s official position) and the restoration of don’t ask, don’t tell in the military.
Rev. Jesse Jackson: “[Gingrich has] disdain for the poor [and he shows] total lack of understanding” about the country’s youth who are desperately looking for jobs….Janitorial work is very serious work and risky work. Mopping the floors, using the washing machines and working close to boilers and whatnot is very challenging work,”
Rev. Jesse Jackson: “if Dr. King was alive he would have welcomed the Occupy Movement…He would embrace it. His last campaign was the poor peoples campaigns to go to Washington, occupy the mall and setup resurrection city.”
Occupy leader Larry Holmes: “This is just a sign that this movement is growing, that it has no end. It had a beginning but it has no end and it’s going to get more powerful. Tea Party, watch out – that’s a thing of the past, those racists and bigots. Occupy Wall Street is the future.”
Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett from a church pulpit: “Teachers, and firefighters, and policemen, whose jobs are now in jeopardy because Congress, well let me be specific, because the Republicans in Congress. . .”
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. “The federal government should directly hire workers…we could take $600 billion to jumpstart the economy by hiring 15 million workers at an average salary of $40,000.”
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) Tweet: “Why shouldn’t 16-year-old vote? They can drive. Some have jobs. Let’s empower our youth.”
Washington D.C. Rev. Graylan S. Hagler on the Occupy movement: “This is the continuation of the [civil rights] movement. It was the economic movement that King was killed for.”
Occupy Congress attendee, in between tokes off a joint: “Man, there’s no job security, there’s no living wages, there’s no, there’s no future, man.”
Michael Moore: “It’s not envy, it’s war, it is a class war, it’s a war that’s been perpetrated by the rich on to everyone else. The class war is one they started. The mistake they made to deal with the racial part of this, is, um, their boots have been on the necks of people of color since we began. This is a nation founded on genocide and built on the backs of slaves, alright, so we started with a racial problem.”
Liberals—it’s all about race:
MSNBC’s Martin Ashir: “But yet we find candidates like Newt Gingrich who simply want to throw fuel and matches and fire to develop sort of an explosiveness in this country that is unnecessary. To suggest President Obama is the food stamp president has underlying suggestions…”
Texas Rep. Shirley Jackson Lee on Newt calling Obama the Food Stamp president: “Let me say that the code words, as far as I’m concerned words that generate and signify race.”
Former President Jimmy Carter: “I think (Gingrich) has that subtlety of racism that I know quite well, that Gingrich knows quite well, that appeals to some people in Georgia.”
Piers “Really? That’s a pretty serious charge to level at Newt Gingrich, that he’s being racist.”
Carter: “I’m not saying he’s racist, but he knows the subtle words to use to appeal to a racist group.”
Rev. Joseph Lowery: “People who are so bitterly opposed to the Obama administration are not only concerned about issues that they claim to be concerned about, but they are against Obama. There is some racism involved in this. I have never seen the kind of vicious assault on a president. They’d sacrifice anything to defeat Obama and a part of that’s racial, and I don’t care whether they like it or not, I think it is true.”
Rep. James Clyburn: “People who are poor are not suffering from any kind of a (poor) work ethic. I grew up pretty poor. But I got up at 4 o clock in the morning to deliver milk from a milk truck before going to school at 8:30. I don’t need Newt Gingrich what it is to have a work ethic. What he is talking about stratifying people. He is saying that the poor children in their schools ought to be the janitors in their schools. So that other people in the schools who are not so poor can see them as their servers. That is what we get from what he is saying. And to talk about what his daughter may have done. His daughter was never a janitor in the school she attended. That to me is a double standard. I understand what he is saying and most African Americans understand what he is saying. And we are not going to stand for it.”
Clyburn on the increase of poverty and food stamp use since Obama has become president: “This man inherited an economy that was going into the ditch. You know that, everybody knows that. And what he had to do was stabilize a very sick economy before he could initiative any kind of recovery.”
Salamishah Tillet, Professor University of Pennsylvania on (what else?) MSNBC: “So I think Newt Gingrich is clever in using this strategy in this strategy of racebaiting in getting more GOP voters on his campaign.”
Raphael G. Warnock at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where King preached from 1960 until his death in 1968: “[Gingrich's comments about Obama being a food stamp president are] sickening and insulting.”
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) of Newt Gingrich‘s food stamp president comments: “It is not a dog whistle or code anymore but plain as day. I think the American people get this, and we don’t want to take a 50-year step back in history. That’s what these Republican candidates are doing. I think frankly that they’re doing it because they want to take us off the fact that there is great income inequality in this country and they’d rather divide poor white people and poor black people and middle income black people and middle income white people instead of focusing on the fact that we need to create jobs in this country and opportunities because far too many people are on food stamps because of the bad policies and the dangerous policies of the Republican Party.”
The Rev. Jesse Jackson on requiring a photo ID to vote: “What they found in South Carolina and across the South, they want to remove Section 5, which is like removing the troops from the South after the Civil War, which makes it more difficult for students and seniors and immigrants to vote. And so, why tamper with what’s working?”
Joy-Ann Reid, MSNBC contributor about Mitt Romney giving a Black woman $50 cash for her electric bill: “As an African American woman it galls me. I don’t even like to watch it. I felt like it plays into every sort of patronizing stereotype of black people. Oh, here is this little lady let me give her 50 bucks. I mean this is a guy who offered a bet of ten thousand dollars on stage to another candidate but you know, hey let me lay off 50 bucks to this woman. I think it plays into that conservative meme, that you don’t need actual programs that the government puts in place to help people in need, we’ll just give them charity, I’ll just give him 50 bucks.”
Bill Maher: “But watching these last couple of debate, all of them, but especially recently, the Tea people, who really kind of wag the dog there in the Republican Party, they finally see somebody they like. I mean, Newt Gingrich, I’m sorry, but he does mirror who they are: mean, snarling, borderline racist.”
The Compliant Obama Press Corps:
DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “I think that it’s over the line to suggest there is a partisan tilt to a question from a network interviewer.”
Lee Siegel of the NY Times: “The simple, impolitely stated fact is that Mitt Romney is the whitest white man to run for president in recent memory.”
Newsweek Magazine cover headline “Why Are Obama’s Critics So Dumb?”
Former CNN correspondent Bob Franken on MSNBC: “These seem to be appeals to the extreme white wing of the Republican Party. That is to say that there continues to be among many conservatives a real resentment against blacks….I think this is very intentional, it is pandering, there’s sort of a wink-wink that this base should be reminded that Barack Obama, President of the United States, is one of them, an African-American. Yes, I think this is very intentional. I think it is part of a hateful campaign that is being very methodically run in the hope it’s going to appeal to voters who would love to see us return to the good old days of Jim Crow.”
Ann Curry to Gingrich on NBC‘s Today: `In South Carolina, where a Confederate flag still waves on the front lawn of the state capitol, largely because of the efforts of the state GOP, it remains good primary politics to stir up racial animosity and then link it to President Obama.’ Are you intentionally playing the race card to win votes?”
Nina Totenberg, NPR: “You know, Newt knows how to play this game. And as Charles said, he is in his own backyard, right next to Georgia, and he is incredibly glib. It doesn’t matter that, you know, that there were more people on food stamps under George W. Bush. It doesn’t matter that his suggestion is that minorities are the ones who get food stamps, that far more white people get food stamps. It doesn’t matter that working people get food stamps in order to feed their families. Facts don’t matter to him and it makes for great, it makes for great talk.” She’s wrong, of course; but why let the facts get in the way of opinion radio?
ABC‘s David Muir: “They were at a polling place in Manchester, the governor and his wife, holding a baby. Very much an image you’d expect from the front-runner. But if you rewind the tape and play up the sound:”
Man’s voice: “Are you going to fire the baby? Are you going to fire the baby?”
Muir: “Those shouts there, `Are you going to fire the baby?’ These are words that are going to follow Mitt Romney beyond New Hampshire right into South Carolina.”
Politico‘s top columnist Roger Simon: “[the audience of Monday night's GOP debate had a] kind of blood lust in the air.”
Appearing on Tuesday’s “Hardball,” Simon sneered at “that audience, with that kind of blood lust in the air, an audience that was way over the line, way over the top.”
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: “That use of the name `Juan,’ the way he [Gingrich] did it. You can’t argue these things. You either see them or you don’t. It’s just the way he did that. I sensed a little applause when he said `Let me help you’ when he answered the Juan question. It’s in the eye of the beholder. And, by the way, calling someone a racist is the worst way to get them to stop being racist because everyone gets defensive. . So it’s stupid to say it but, honestly, if you notice it, you sort of ought to blow the whistle. Because there is a dog whistle going on here.”
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: “I wonder how the lemmings in the Republican electorate, they’re not all lemmings, but the ones who are will say, ‘Wait a minute. I’m supposed to vote for the guy whose turn it is, who has won the first two, but wait a minute, he didn’t win the first two? How am I supposed to vote for him? Do I still vote for the guy who won the first one and the third? And if I don’t vote for him in the third one’ – as you point out, Mark – `he will have lost two or three.’ They get very confused in terms of this automatic, robotic kind of voting here of voting for the guy simply because he got voted for.”
MSNBC‘s Alex Wagner: “Booing a black journalist on an issue affecting not just black Americans, but white Americans, poor people on MLK day is a really telling moment, I think in this Republican race.” This was when Juan Williams was booed for continuing his liberal line of questioning about Obama being a food stamp president.
Former president Bill Clinton: “I also think that the diffusion of the media has complicated things. For example, I was just watching – I don’t know if you heard what I said in the other room – I was just watching MSNBC, and they had a woman that used to work for me and a couple of other people on there, and they were talking about the Republican primary. And I was laughing. I said, `Boy, it really has become our version of Fox.'” He apparently has forgotten that his wife claimed to get fairer coverage on FoxNews than on any other news station.
New York Times public editor (or ombudsman) Arthur Brisbane: “I will agree in the broad sense that, taken together, it is clear that this community of opinion-based writers — as distinct from news reporters producing material for the main news sections — clearly share a worldview that is liberal and antithetical to the Koch brothers’ political perspective. That they find ways to lace their writing with these views is perhaps unfortunate. I would be happier if The Times had a more diverse mix of such writers, leading to perspectives that are not universally of one political persuasion. But we are talking here about The Times, and as you note others have deemed it a liberal newspaper. I have not yet written a piece pronouncing on this issue broadly (a couple of my predecessors did so, and perhaps I will do so before I am done). With that caveat, I have no problem stating here that in the domain where opinion writers ply their trade for The Times, the liberal view is overwhelmingly dominant. The Times is within its rights to contract for such material, as the opinion sphere is distinct from the news sphere, and there can be little doubt that the Times ownership and editorial page ascribe to a liberal perspective.” This was in response to Melissa Cohlmia, spokesman for Koch Industries, who noted that there had been 50 negative stories on the Koch brothers written by 41 different newsmen and editorial writers and no positive stories on them in the NY Times.
Liberals from the past:
Barack Obama, 2008 campaign promise: “When I am President I am immediately going to direct the full resource of the American government and the full energy of the private sector to single overarching goal – in ten years time we are going to eliminate the need for oil from the entire middle east and Venezuela.”
President Obama in 2011: “We’re still going to have to import some oil. And when it comes to the oil we import from other nations, obviously we’ve got to look at neighbors like Canada and Mexico that are stable and steady and reliable sources.”
Obama, 2011: “For those – just to give background to folks, there are these tar sands in Canada that can produce oil. There is talk about building a pipeline into the United States to import that oil. I will make this general point, which is that, first of all, importing oil from countries that are stable and friendly is a good thing.”
Nancy Pelosi on the Occupy movement, October 2011: “I support the message to the establishment, whether it’s Wall Street or the political establishment and the rest, that change has to happen. We cannot continue in a way this is not relevant to their lives.”
Pelosi, Oct 2011 on OWS: “God bless them for their spontaneity. It’s young, it’s spontaneous, it’s focused and it’s going to be effective.”
Pelosi, 2011: “The level of civic engagement [from OWS, not from the TEA party] we’ve seen from ordinary Americans in recent months has strengthened our democracy. Americans must come together to demand the change they want to see in their lives. Women have always been agents of change, or what I like to call ‘magnificent disrupters.’ They are unsatisfied with the status quo, and always demanding progress – on behalf of their children, their families and their communities.”
Pelosi, Oct 2011: “It’s very hard to explain to Wall Street protesters that you need 60 votes in the Senate.”
Pelosi, Dec 2011: “Our statement is we are reigniting, Democrats are reigniting the American dream, building ladders of success, removing obstacles to opportunity to all who work hard and play by the rules. We have work to do. We think that important to that is enhanced by what’s happening in the Occupy [movement], which is the 99 and one. They really emblazoned that in the minds of the American people. That’s what we dedicated our lives to, but they gave it that clarity. People say they didn’t have a message. They may not have a message, but they have a statement. And the statement is the status quo is unacceptable – 99 and one.”
Pelosi statement inter-cut with actual OWS footage.
Anthony Difiglio, 2009 statement to the police, who is being tried for voter fraud: “This is an ongoing scheme and it occurs on both sides of the aisle…What appears as a huge conspiracy to non-political persons is really a normal political tactic.”
Deborah Howell, Post ombudsman from 2005 through 2008, in 2008: “some of the conservatives’ complaints about a liberal tilt [at The Post] are valid.”
Newsweek’s Andrew Sullivan: What he said, I just won’t print. But here’s the link, with a vulgarity warning.
Legislative Director Corey Sayolor in a statement representing the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR): “[Gingrich is] one of the nation’s worst promoters of anti-Muslim bigotry…Newt Gingrich’s vision of America segregates our citizens by faith. His outdated political ideas look backward to a time when Catholics and Jews were vilified and their faiths called a threat…The time for bias in American politics has passed and Newt Gingrich looks like a relic of an ugly era.” Just in case you needed a reason to vote for Gingrich.
Tariq al Dhahab, the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander who just took control of a town in central Yemen, urges Muslims “to unite and be patient…the Islamic Caliphate is coming.” Seems like just 6 months ago, Glenn Beck was being called a crazy man for suggesting an Islamic caliphate was in the workings.
Liberals making sense:
Valerie Jarrett: “It’s very important that we shrink government, it’s very important that we streamline it, it’s very important that we make it friendly to both business and consumers who want to use government.” However, what she is selling is a reduction of pro-business groups in government; and this will save about $3 billion over a period of 10 years. Our deficit spending on 1 day is more than $3 billion.
Arianna Huffington: “I’d love [Michelle] to be more [like] Eleanor Roosevelt right now, because the country needs an Eleanor Roosevelt who’s going to go around and at the same time that she’s doing fundraisers in Beverly Hills and Bel Air, she should go to South Central [Los Angeles], I mean, if I were Michelle Obama right now, I would not go anywhere for a fundraiser without going and seeing the places where there is pain, where there is struggle, where there is homelessness, where there is unemployment.”
ABC’s Jake Tapper: “If you look at 2008, Barack Obama had everything going for him. His opponent did not run a great campaign, picked a running mate that alienated some key voters, you had an economic crisis as opposed to a national security crisis. Everything going for him. You had the media, perhaps, tilting on the scales a little bit.”
Maureen Dowd: “The portrait of the first couple in Jodi Kantor’s new book, The Obamas, bristles with aggrievement and the rational president’s disdain for the irrational nature of politics, the press and Republicans. Despite what his rivals say, the president and the first lady do believe in American exceptionalism – their own, and they feel overassaulted and underappreciated. We disappointed them…They still believed, as their friend Valerie Jarrett once said, that Obama was ‘just too talented to do what ordinary people do.’”
CBS This Morning reporter Sharyl Attkisson: “We identified 11 green energy companies beside Solyndra that, together, got billions of tax dollars then declared bankruptcy or are suffering other serious financial issues.” Attkisson appears to be the only remaining true journalist on this earth.
National Center for Science Education director Eugenie Scott: “Climate change education is where evolution was 20 years ago.”
Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan: “In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences.” Catholic institutions are being required to include things in their healthcare plans that they believe to be sins.
From Westlaw: “Carbon taxes also would not guarantee a specific amount of GHG reductions; as they would merely raise the price of burning fossil fuels”
George Stephanopoulos (of Obama’s upcoming State of the Nation speech): “What do you expect to hear? What do you want to hear?”
Katrina Vanden Heuvel, of the Nation: “I expect to hear — and I want to hear — themes that he sounded in his speech at the end of last year in Kansas, where he spoke about how this is a make-or-break moment for the middle class in this country, and began to lay out a blueprint for how we build a different economy and a vision for this country that is one that is forward-looking, that is tackling not just the fundamental income inequality — that, again, movements have brought to the fore — but lays out a vision for a different economy, one that is not about crony capitalism, but is about a democratic capitalism that lifts all boats. And I think Matt is right that we’re looking at a debate and a campaign and an election that could be about two fundamentally different visions of this country. We have a Republican Party that wants to take this country back, literally peddling recycled policies that brought us to the financial crisis we’re still living through, millions living in economic trouble and pain…”
Stephanopoulos: “George Will?”
Vanden Heuvel: “The president needs to speak to that and lay out a vision.”
George Will: “When Barack Obama comes out against crony capitalism, his slogan will be, what, “No More Solyndras”? I want to hear that.”
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell: “There’s a tremendous amount of cynicism in Gingrich’s use of food stamps because of what he actually know that his Republican debate audiences do not know. His Republican audiences do not know that most people on food stamps are white. His Republican audiences don’t know that most people use it temporarily, and, most importantly, his Republican audiences don’t know what Newt does know which is there would be no food stamps in America were it not for Republican Senator Bob Dole who held the key to making the food stamp program happen.”
Noel Sheppard of Newsbusters: “If O’Donnell knows that most people on food stamps are white, why do he and his liberal colleagues think calling the current White House resident The Food Stamp President is racist?”
Newt Gingrich: “I believe this campaign comes down to do economics, including jobs, economic growth, balancing the budget, the value of money. It comes down to national security–what threatens us, what we have to do about it. But the centerpiece of this campaign, I believe, is American exceptionalism versus the radicalism of Saul Alinsky. “
David Stockman: “The word [exceptionalism] is neo-con speak, code for an aggressive foreign policy. It’s for more Bush, with even more aggressive intent. It’s about beating the war drums in Iran. It’s about keeping the military establishment–which is vastly greater than we need–fully in place. That’s what exceptionalism is about. It’s not about our economic problems or jobs or the fact that Main Street is falling behind or that we’ve done nothing about Wall Street or that we have a Fed out of control or all the other issues that we could mention. That is code for an aggressive foreign policy that I think is the most dangerous thing we could do at the moment. “
MSNBC host Alex Wagner: “In opening up Romney’s record at Bain, are you at all concerned at the fact that President Obama has just named as his acting director of the OMB a former Bain, grand poobah at Bain. Does that concern you at all as we sort of dissect what Bain did, that someone in the administration was in fact employed there?”
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “Mitt Romney is running for president of the United States and hanging his record at Bain as the reason that voters should elect him. So his record, his role as the CEO at Bain Capital — in which, even his partner acknowledged that he never looked at their role as job creation but rather as creating wealth for their investors . . . [is what he should] be held accountable for.”
MSNBC host Alex Wagner has no follow up question, even though Wasserman-Schultz dodged the question.
AL SHARPTON: Let me show you, one of the most contemptible statements to people that are struggling around these working-class issues was made by Willard Mitt Romney. Let me show you what he said the night he won the Iowa caucuses. He kind of dismissed the drive to close the income gap and to deal with economic inequality like people were just jealous or envious of the rich. Watch this, congressman.
MITT ROMNEY: President Obama wants to put free enterprise on trial. And in the last few days we’ve seen some desperate Republicans join forces with him. This is such a mistake for our party and for our nation. The country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy.
SHARPTON: Bitter politics of envy, like there’s no legitimate concern for what you and I have just talked about, the overwhelming increase in the richest’s income while the stagnation of working-class and poor people. But the problem is we’re just envious. How do people talk about they believe in the American Dream, less known [sic] King’s dream, when they have a public policy of taking away from those that already have the least and act as though if they say something about it, they’re engaged in the politics of envy?
JAMES CLYBURN: Well, you know, that’s a little bit like saying to Rosa Parks, that you are just jealous, envious, of that man who’s got a seat on this bus because you want a seat on the bus.
Newt Gingrich: “I believe every American of every background has been endowed by their Creator with the right to pursue happiness, and if that makes liberals unhappy, I’m going to continue to find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn how to get a better job, and learn someday to own the job.”
Ron Paul: “We want to have a $1 trillion cut in spending in one year.”
Author and talk show host Mark Levin: “We’re smart enough to elect our own leaders but we’re not smart enough to pick our own light bulbs.”
Email to Washington Post’s Patrick Pexton: “See, you liberal media nincompoops, this is all your fault, you treated Obama like a saint when he was running in 2007 and 2008 and you didn’t vet him, investigate him, report on him skeptically. You were so fawning (and adoring of his blackness), you missed that he was a (pick your adjective), radical, socialist, Muslim, inexperienced, dangerous, corrupt, weak Chicago politician with no track record of accomplishment, whose only talent is giving speeches.”
Newt Gingrich: “President Obama has been historically the most effective food stamp president in American history…I would like to be the best paycheck president in American history and I want to go into every neighborhood of every ethnic background in every part of the country and say to people very simply, if you want your children to have a life of dependency and food stamps, you have a candidate as Barack Obama.”
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on President Obama: “He is playing class warfare, and I have been really hurt for America as I’ve seen our president basically take a page out of the playbook of Darth Vader’s leader, the evil Emperor, when he was saying, `Yes, feel the hatred,'” Ghomert said in a phone interview published on the conservative site. This president says, `Look around, see things you want, You ought to be jealous of what they have. Help us push legislation that takes their money away and gives it to you.'”
Congressman Allen West: “Mr. President, your very in office demonstrates Dr. King’s dream has indeed come true. But how devastated would Dr. King be to know the Americans who are still fomenting racism at the highest levels are the very people for whom he fought for and died?”
Speaker of the House John Boehner: “President Obama expedited approval of the Solyndra loan project, but won’t approve a project that’s been under review for over three years. President Obama is destroying tens of thousands of American jobs and shipping American energy security to the Chinese.”
Former VP candidate, Sarah Palin: “But I do think that Newt is the one who won the debate…if I had to vote in Souther Carolina, in order to keep this thing going, I’d vote for Newt.”
Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, after being asked if he could ever support a Muslim American for president: “[it would] entirely depend if they give up sharia. I am totally opposed to sharia law. ..[the] rising Islamization of Turkey has been accompanied by a 1,400 percent increase in women being killed. When you look at the application of Shariah in places like Iran, when you look at churches being burned in Nigeria and Egypt, and that the decline of Christians in Iraq from a million, 200 thousand when the Americans arrived to about 500,000 today…[therefore] I think it depends entirely on the personIf they are a modern person integrated into the modern world and prepared to recognize all religions that’s one thing; If they are the Saudis who demand that we respect them while they refuse to allow either a Jew or Christian to worship in Saudi Arabia, that’s something different…I think we need a president who stands up, tells the truth, and rejects any kind of effort to impose on us a sense of guilt because we believe in our religion and we are prepared to tell the truth and I am totally opposed to a State Department meeting a week ago with the organization of Islamic countries who are seeking to censor any comment about Islam because I think it is a fundamental violation of our right of free speech as Americans.But within that framework a truly modern person who happened to worship would not be a threat. A person who belonged any kind of belief in sharia, any kind of effort to impose that on the rest of us, would be a mortal threat.”
Herman Cain to Neil Cavuto: “No one talks about the youth vote and the college vote. With all due respect, they believe the mainstream media is boring.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on U.S. sanctions against Iran: “As long as there will not be effective sanctions on Iran’s central bank and oil industry, there won’t be any effect on its nuclear program.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (as reported by Steve Linde): “You know, Steve, we have two main enemies; It’s The New York Times and Haaretz. They set the agenda for an anti-Israel campaign all over the world. Journalists read them every morning and base their news stories . . . on what they read in The New York Times and Haaretz.”
Rush Limbaugh: “They are not offering to raise your taxes. They are not offering to deny you cheap energy at affordable prices and in plentiful supply. Gingrich, Romney, Santorum are not taking over automobile companies and making ‘em buy pieces of crap that nobody wants.”
Rush Limbaugh: “No matter what kind of shame you think they suffer in a contest like that — no matter how much money they lose, no matter how many of them get fired, no matter how many magazines or TV stations or newspapers get shut down — they are not gonna change. They are hard-core, leftist radicals right out of the White House. That’s where they get their marching orders. That’s why I call them the State-Controlled Media.”
Rush Limbaugh: “What nobody mentions here is that Obama’s all-in on green energy. That’s where the crony capitalism is, that’s where his donors are being repaid.”
Rush Limbaugh: “I have always respected the intelligence of those of you in this audience. You make up your own minds. You are your own thinkers. This program validates what you believe. I know that we’ve had a lot of liberals, former liberals that we persuaded here, but you’re not mind-numbed robots.”
Rush Limbaugh: “For Obama, winning the White House was a path to wealth. For the Republican nominees all except Santorum, now, it will be a pay cut.”
Rush Limbaugh: “The Keystone pipeline, potentially a hundred thousand jobs down the road, from a man who claims to be laser-focused on jobs. If there was ever an illustration that the man does not tell the truth, and that his objectives are not the furtherance of this nation’s real interests, this is it.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Now, who would you rather have as president? Do you want somebody who earned their money and spent their money legally, invested their money legally, paid their taxes legally. Or, do you want a guy who buys a house at below market price with the help of a guy who later came to be a convicted felon, Tony Rezko?”
Rush Limbaugh: “What breaks our hearts is to look at conditions in black America and see how they haven’t improved under the tutelage of Democrats for 50 years. And it breaks our hearts because there are people who have better ideas for making those people’s lives better, and they aren’t Democrats.”
Rush Limbaugh: “The cultural divide is as much a matter of principle to the left as anything else. They’re not gonna give up their principle on this. They believe people are inferior. They believe people are incompetent.”
Rush Limbaugh: “We’re sick and tired of being called racists and bigots and sexists, when all we want is the best for everybody. We are sick and tired of this categorization, when in fact it is the people leveling the charge who are the racists; who look at these people and see no possibility; who see no potential; who see them only as voters; who want to dumb them down; who want to keep them poor; who want to keep them dependent.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Average, ordinary Americans do not do anything but get harmed by a central planning, big government that thinks it’s got all the answers rooted in its phony, fake compassion.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Government doesn’t improve anybody’s life, other than if you own Solyndra or if you’re a big donor to a Democrat and they pay you back with government money, but that’s it.”
Rush Limbaugh: “The government does not make people prosperous. The government makes people dependent, and seeks to make people satisfied on a subsistence rather than an existence.”
Ed Henry, FoxNews, to Press Secretary Jay Carney: “I don’t know how many years, maybe you do, George Romney released of his college transcripts but Republicans like to complain that the President has not released his college transcripts, what is the stated reason for that?”
Mary Anastasia-O’Grady: “What is the purpose of taxes? Is it to make us all equal?”
Paul Gigot of Mitt Romney: “Why can’t he close the deal?”
Dorothy Rabinowicz on Rick Santorum: “He’s a snarling alley fighter and people feel it.”
Greg Gutfeld on Obama: “He’s got everyone in the media working for him—that’s what makes him dangerous.”
Sean Hannity: “The guy that ran in 2008 on hope and opportunity and yes we can, that guy is long gone. This is a whole different candidate, a whole different person.”