President Barack Obama: “I’m running to pay down our debt in a way that’s balanced and responsible. After inheriting a $1 trillion deficit, I signed $2 trillion of spending cuts into law. My opponent won’t admit it, but it’s starting to appear in places, like real liberal outlets, like the Wall Street Journal: Since I’ve been president, federal spending has risen at the lowest pace in nearly 60 years. Think about that.”
President Obama: “I just point out it always goes up least under Democratic presidents. This other side, I don’t know how they’ve been bamboozling folks into thinking that they are the responsible, fiscally-disciplined party. They run up these wild debts and then when we take over, we’ve got to clean it up.”
WH Press Secretary Jay Carney: “I simply make the point, as an editor might say, to check it out; do not buy into the BS that you hear about spending and fiscal constraint with regard to this administration. I think doing so is a sign of sloth and laziness.”
President Obama: “Now, I know Governor Romney came to Des Moines last week; warned about a “prairie fire of debt.” That’s what he said. (Laughter.) But he left out some facts. His speech was more like a cow pie of distortion.”
Barack Obama, to a group of one-percenters who paid $35,800 per head for dinner: “We’ve set a path and a target and a direction where this is again a country where everybody gets a fair shot, everybody does their fair share, everybody plays by the same set of rules. We may not even finish it in five years, but I certainly need five more years to get us locked in on where we need to go.”
Senate leader Harry Reid: “Unfortunately, it appears that Republicans’ blind adherence to Tea Party extremism is making it impossible to reach this sort of balanced agreement before the election.”
President Obama: “I think my view of private equity is that uh it is. . . it is set up to maximize profits. And that’s a healthy part of a free market. That’s uh part of uh. . . ya know. . . the role of a lot of business people.”
President Obama: “After the worst recession of our lifetimes, it’s gonna take some time for the economy to fully recover.” The president seems to say this nearly every day.
President Obama: “My opponent in this election, Gov. Romney, is a patriotic American. He’s raised a wonderful family. He should be proud of the great personal success he’s had as the CEO of a large financial firm. But I think he’s drawn the wrong lessons from his experience. His working assumption is CEOs and wealthy investors like him get rich, then the rest of us automatically will, too.”
President Obama: “We all know how difficult these past few years have been for this country. After the worst recession of our lifetimes, it’s going to take some time for the economy to fully recover. More time than any of us would like. And we’re still facing some headwinds, like the situation in Europe. But while there are certain economic developments we can’t fully control, there are plenty of things we can control. There are plenty of steps we can take – steps that we must take right now – to speed up this recovery; to help create jobs; and to restore some of the financial security that so many families have lost. It’s within our control to do all of that right now. But here’s the thing: too many of my Republican friends in Congress are standing in the way. They either want to do nothing at all or they want to double down on the same failed policies that got us into this mess. They want to cut more taxes – especially for the wealthiest Americans. They want to cut back more of the rules we put in place for banks and financial institutions. They want to wait for the housing market to hit bottom, and just hope for the best.”
The planet is on fire…
Former Vice President Al Gore: “Let me add if I could briefly…it’s the intersection of dirty energy and dirty money. And we can’t forget it’s creating dirty weather because the extreme climate events that the scientific community has been telling us are connected to global warming are getting worse. We had 12 events last year here in the U.S. that cost more than a billion dollars that were connected to climate. And it’s getting worse. And now, we have this extensive drought in big areas of the country, dramatic floods, stronger storms – completely consistent with what people have been predicting.” Don’t forget that it is also killing all of the polar bears.
The Liberal agenda:
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committees, Socialist Patrick Leahy, on the Senate floor of Chief Justice Roberts: “Do the right thing….I trust that he will be a chief justice for all of us and that he has a strong institutional sense of the proper role of the judicial branch. The conservative activism of recent years has not been good for the court. Given the ideological challenge to the Affordable Care Act and the extensive, supportive precedent, it would be extraordinary for the Supreme Court not to defer to Congress in this matter that so clearly affects interstate commerce.”
Global warming enthusiast, Elizabeth Moon: “If I were empress of the Universe I would insist on every individual having a unique ID permanently attached – a barcode if you will; an implanted chip to provide an easy, fast inexpensive way to identify individuals. It would be imprinted on everyone at birth. Point the scanner at someone and there it is. Having such a unique barcode would have many advantages. In war soldiers could easily differentiate legitimate targets in a population from non combatants.”
It’s all about racism…
Black crowd, when Romney visits inner city school: “Go home, Romney, go home.” Romney was there to speak about school choice, something that Barack Obama opposes and most Blacks support.
Kristen Hinman, a Bloomberg associate editor, tells about Obama fund-raising events: “Let’s break that down: On the same day that his campaign unleashed a brutal media blitz attacking Romney’s background in private equity, the president showed up for a fundraiser hosted by one of the country’s most successful private equity executives. Before the president delivered his remarks, his staffers didn’t ask people to turn their cell phones off. They confiscated the phones of the people who had paid $35,800 apiece for the privilege. … That way nobody could Facebook or tweet or, presumably worse, videotape the president’s statements for a public airing. This wasn’t a one-off. It was one fundraiser among others where the handlers enforced the check-your-phone-at-the-door policy.”
Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, speaking to both of Current TV viewers on Tuesday evening about voter identification laws: “Efforts to suppress voting are not just selfish, there not just short-sighted. Voter restriction laws, that lead to an outcome based upon process instead upon merit, might be labeled – and I imagine even by our founding fathers – as treasonous.”
Staci in Wisconsin: “In 2004, I was watching the Democratic Convention with newspaper in hand. Suddenly, this man started speaking to my heart. My paper came down slowly, and my husband and I hung on every word of then-Senator Obama’s speech. My husband turned to me and said, `We just saw the first African American President of the United States.’” As the song goes, “I love him, I love him, I love him, and where he goes, I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow; I will follow him.”
Joe, selling it on the stump:
Vice President Joe Biden: “Your job as president is to promote the common good. That doesn’t mean the private equity guys are bad guys. They are not. But that no more qualifies you to be president than being a plumber. And, by the way, there are a lot of awful smart plumbers.”
Joe Biden: “Imagine where we’d be if the Tea Party hadn’t taken control of the House of Representatives. They have one overwhelming goal: prevent President Obama from a second term, with no – apparently no care of the consequences to the economy.”
Joe Biden quotes that could have been used for this poster:
1) “I have a beautiful home and you pay me a lot of money”
2) “You all look dull as hell. . . pretend you like me”
3) “I promise you the president has a big stick”
4) “We want to create a global minimum tax”
5) “This guy’s got a backbone like a ramrod”
From Weasel Zippers.
Joe Biden critiques Romney: “They begin to sound a little like the horse that just won the Derby and the Preakness, I’ll Have Another, except the horse is a real winner…folks, we’ve seen this movie before, and we know it doesn’t end very well.” Even in context, this speech is somewhat confusing.
Joe Biden: “I was raised as a middle class kid! The fact that I don’t have a savings account, don’t have any stocks or bonds or anything. . . doesn’t mean. . . I put everything I have in my house because I thought that would eliminate conflicts of interest. So, I just kept buying up houses. . . My house, the one I live in. . . And I have a beautiful home and you pay me a lot of money.”
The War on Women continues…
Pro-abortion feminist, writing about her shirt that she wore onto a plane: “[O]n the plane of the first leg of my flight home, I spent the majority of [time] sleeping, using my shawl as a blanket. Right before we were set to land the flight attendant from first class approaches me and asks if I had a connecting flight? We were running a bit behind schedule, so I figured I was being asked this to be sure I would make my connecting flight. She then proceeded to tell me that I needed to speak with the captain before disembarking the plane and that the shirt I was wearing was offensive. The shirt was gray with the wording, ‘If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d ___ a senator.’ ” There was no blank on the shirt.
Michelle Obama, of the President tucking her into bed: “He’s like, `Ready to be tucked?’ I’m like, `Yes I am.”
Rev. Al Sharpton: “It seems like they [Republicans] act as though, some wiping out of people, some of the right-wing, is all right, it’s not all right to do to any innocent people. If you had war and people that’s one thing, but to wipe out innocent people just because of who they are like what was done in Hitler’s Germany or what was done to Native Americans is not justifiable.”
The Compliant Obama Press Corps:
MSNBC‘s Dylan Ratigan, when guests began to talk about Solyndra: “Alright, let’s just stop it. Stop it. If you want to argue about roads and Solyndra, do it on another TV show. Seriously. I have so much limited amount of time to be here and there are so many other things that I’d rather talk about. I don’t care about those things.”
The Washington Post: “That President Obama lost roughly 40 percent of the vote in Democratic primaries in Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia over the last two weeks has drawn massive national headlines…[some] argue that conservative white Democrats – particularly those in the South and Appalachia – don’t want to vote for an African American for president and, therefore, are willing to cast a ballot for almost anyone else up to and including an incarcerated felon.” However, WaPo said that this could not be proven, but they do give some stats in order to try to prove it.
Katie Couric of Sarah Palin to guest on her forthcoming daytime talk show: “She has an open invitation to come talk to me.”
MSNBC‘s Hardball Monday, host Chris Matthews, of the suit many Catholic institutions have filed against the Obama: “Do you think they’re all Republican, the bishops?” At least he is covering this story, albeit in a warped way.
MSNBC’s Martin Bashir on Cardinal Dolan: “It strikes me as just not very Christian, if I can say so, to get out there and say, `We will not be providing services if you force us to do these things – or if there’s a mandate. Would Jesus take his fish and a loaf and go home?”
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: “And the only problem with Republicans trying to paint President Obama as a reckless spender is it is not true at all…I have heard so much about how government federal spending has been spiking every year. And you look at the ad that Rove put out and you’d be lead to believe that every year it is ticking upward. It is incredibly flat, government spending, federal spending.”
David Letterman, sad because he and others made fun of Bill Clinton on TV: “Poor Bill Clinton. No president that I’m aware of got hammered harder than Bill – President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky situation. We beat up on him. We still use him as a reference.”
Actor Alec Baldwin: “You wanna go back? To Bush? Cheney? Paulson? Rumsfeld? Unfunded wars? Death of U.S. soldiers and innocent civilians for oil?”
Baldwin tweet: “You wanna go back to lying thieves in the White House who make war under false pretenses in order to make $ for their friends?”
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.): “We had a new kind of spirit that came into the Congress and it was not a good one, they kinda called themselves [the] Tea Party. I don`t know what party they’ve been to, that must have been some bitter tea. They came with a mean spirit, and now they want to cut the food stamps. They don’t want to fund education. They want to give all the tax breaks to the richest people. And then they’re trying to do away with the health care reform that we worked so hard for.”
Small union crowd, when South Carlina AFL-CIO President Donna Dewitt beats a pinata with SC governor Nikki Haley’s visage on it: “Wait till her face comes around; whack her.” “Hit her again!” “Yaaa!”
Dewitt later, on her actions: “I don’t regret it.”
New Black Panther leader: “I love black people, and I hate the ___ white man, woman, and child, grandma, aunt, uncle, Pappa Billy Bob, and whoever else. Redneck Tom and Blueneck Robert, and whoever else you wanna name. I hate the white man. I hate the very look of white people. I hate the sound of white people. ___, I hate the smell of white people. I hate the oppression of white people, I hate the murder and the rape and the torture and the taking away of our names, our culture, our God, our music and damn, I hate this cracker for everything he has done to us. You should be thankful we’re not running around here hanging crackers by nooses and all that kind of stuff, yet, yet, yet.”
President Obama‘s former green czar, Van Jones: “At this point in this struggle, it’s the so-called patriots who are the ones who are smashing down every American institution. It’s the so-called patriots, the ones who come out here with their Tea Party and the flags and call themselves patriots – they’re the ones that are smashing down our unions, smashing down public education, smashing down every American institution that we built, and our parents built, and our grandparents built to make this country great.”
Oakland occupy person to city council member, when finding out he could not carry a gun in his demonstration: “I want to tell you Pat Kernighan that I could walk up to you and kill you with a F_ pencil. Are you going to outlaw pencils?”
Little girl on Palestinian television: “Where is my weapon? I found it – a stone. I took it and threw it at the enemies of destiny. I taught the world that the Muslim in the name of Allah cannot be defeated…They [Christians and Jews] are inferior and smaller, more cowardly and despised. They are remnants of the [Christian] crusaders and Khaibar (i.e., Jewish village destroyed by Muslims in 629).”
Liberals making sense:
New Black Panther Party Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz: “Black peoples are the whores and prostitutes of the Democratic Party, and mistreated mistress that is courted in the late of night, but left hanging when it is time for real change in the light of the post election day. Vote for Revolution. The black community is at large no better off that (sic) before he was in office. We are curious as to what his agenda is for Black people in America and if he even has one.”
NBPP publication editorial written by the paper’s editor, Chawn Kweli, entitled “4 years and a Bucket of Hope: The Change That Never Came” From the article: “Mr. Obama’s policies have not corrected the economic troubles of America, they have gotten worse. The debt continues to expand [into the trillions], and the administration’s handling of international relations has hardened dialogue with foreign nations. Mr. Obama’s policies have been especially harsh to us the Black community. He [Obama] bailed out Wall Street and the auto makers but kept us at the top of the unemployment ladder.”
Liberals being honest:
Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick: “Look, the question is whether Mitt Romney has what it takes – the preparation and the experience and the empathy – to serve as president of the United States. It’s not about whether Bain is good or bad. I have friends at Bain; I have friends who supported the other candidate in my own campaigns. I respect what Bain does and its role in the free market system.”
Former Democratic governor Ed Rendell: “I think they’re [Bain capital attack ads] very disappointing. I think Bain is fair game, because Romney has made it fair game. But I think how you examine it, the tone, what you say, is important as well.”
The President himself gets a lot by way of contributions from Bain Capital, as do a number of Democrats. In fact, Bain Capital, along with other private equity firms, prop up problem areas in the economies of cities and states, so many have deserted the President’s rhetoric on this one.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan: “They tell us if you’re really going be considered a church, if you’re going to be really exempt from these demands of the government, well, you have to propagate your Catholic faith and everything you do, you can serve only Catholics and employ only Catholics. We’re like, wait a minute, when did the government get in the business of defining for us the extent of our ministry.”
Short biography of Obama in 1991 booklet: “Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. The son of an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, he attended Columbia University and worked as a financial journalist and editor for Business International Corporation. He served as project coordinator in Harlem for the New York Public Interest Research Group, and was Executive Director of the Developing Communities Project in Chicago’s South Side. His commitment to social and racial issues will be evident in his first book, Journeys in Black and White.” Obama’s literary agent claims that Obama was responsible for this bio.
Meghan McCain, John McCain’s daughter: “Many people in the Republican party treat me like I’m a freak.” Really, this girl needs to be afforded an emoticon of respect.
Cliff Aness to John Stossel, when Stossel suddenly presented him with a lot of mobility stats (listed under By the Numbers): “I must say it’s rude when you come here with more facts than your guests.”
Radio personality Ed Schultz: “He’s not an American! In his heart! There is a Republican congressman out there who is going to take PAC money, who is going to take money from supporters across this country, because he said that. There will be people that fund his campaign because he had the guts to stand up and say that President Obama is not an American. And the people of Colorado, did they know that he was this kind of person? That he would attack the commander in chief verbally? This is treasonous for him to say that he is not an American in his heart.”
Republican Congressman Coffman: “I don’t know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States or not. I don’t know that. But I do know this, that in his heart he’s not an American. He’s just not an American.”
President Barack Obama: “The job of a president is to lay the foundation for strong and sustainable broad- based growth — not one where a small group of speculators are cashing in on short term gains.”
Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney: “There’s no question but that he’s attacking capitalism, in part, I think, because he doesn’t understand know how the free economy works.”
Paul Krugman, New York Times: “This is hard to get people to do, much better, obviously, to build bridges and roads and healthcare clinics and schools. But my proposed, I actually have a serious proposal which is that we have to get a bunch of scientists to tell us that we’re facing a threatened alien invasion, and in order to be prepared for that alien invasion we have to do things like build high-speed rail. And the, once we’ve recovered, we can say, ‘Look, there were no aliens.’ But look, I mean, whatever it takes because right now we need somebody to spend, and that somebody has to be the U.S. government.”
Fox News’ Wendell Goler: “The President has voiced support for the Occupy folks in the past, or at least their goals, did their actions in Chicago sour his support?”
WH press secretary Jay Carney: “Well I think you’re making broad comparisons between . . . uh . . . uh . . . different groups, what the President has said in the past is . . . uh . . . he has understood . . . uh . . . the frustrations Americans have about (pause) the (pause) failure in particular of Wall Street in some cases to . . . uh . . . uh, (pause) well obviously Wall Street’s role in the financial crisis that precipitated the worst recession since the Great Depression.”
Elizabeth Warren, Senate candidate: “I am proud of my family and I am proud of my heritage.”
Reporter Andy Hiller: “Does it include an Indian background?”
Hiller: “How do you know that?”
Warren: “Because my mother told me so. This is how I live. My mother, my grandmother, my family. This is my family. Scott Brown has launched attacks on my family. I am not backing off from my family.” She also claimed to be a woman of color when teaching at Harvard.
George Will: “It would be fair for Romney to say, ‘look at Solyndra, they laid off 1,100 people with no pensions, no severance, nothing else. And that’s the result of the president’s idea of green energy.’ ”
Kimberly Strassel, Wall Street Journal: “…the president…said the rap on private equity and Bain and Romney is that somehow this is profit-driven; free enterprise is ruthless; and that the job of the president should be much more than that and that’s why Romney is unqualified Actually, what’s interesting here is you’ve had an example of how the president actually does view capitalism and how he would do it, because he’s done it over the past three years with Solyndra, with Detroit. And what you have are examples of — what that proves is that, even when the government is running business, which it seems to be his idea of how you do it, you still get bankruptcies; you still get layoffs. What you also get is tens of millions of dollars of lost taxpayer money and subsidies and mandates and political favoritism of the sort you saw in the bailouts, for instance, United Auto Workers being put ahead of corporate bond holders. And so this is what he prefers. This ought to be a contrast that Romney‘s out there making.”
Jodi Miller: “NBC has picked up a sitcom written by a former Obama speech writer. Big deal. Everything that is on NBC is written by Obama speech writers.”
Art Laffer: “We are in a depression. This has been the longest worst recovery ever. It’s just terrible. And that decline while it’s not as bad as the Great Depression as far as down as we went, the recovery is really rotten. But I don’t think we have to do it by spending, government spending. My view is I’ve never heard of a poor person spending himself into prosperity. The government doesn’t create resources, the government redistributes them. And it redistributes them from workers to people, they get the resources based upon some characteristic other than work effort.”
FoxNews’ Joe Ragu as to what should be put into medical insurance: “This is government-knows-best paternalism.”
Mike Huckabee on news blackout of Catholic organizations filing suit against the Obama administration: “It’s like not covering the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech by Martin Luther King in 1963. It’s like missing the Roe v. Wade decision and not thinking that’s significant. It’s like somehow missing Brown versus Board of Education. This is one of the most significant historic lawsuits in the past 100 years because what you have are the major diocese and the most significant parts of the largest Christian body in the world suing the President of the United States. That is not small potatoes.”
The Ninth Circuit Court wants to conference in Hawaii; John Tamny’s opinion: “The idea that they need to go to Hawaii to contemplate constitutional issues is hurl-inducing.”
Mitt Romney: “I think there will be things that we think are nice programs, and we’ll say to ourselves, is this program so critical it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it? I like PBS. I’d like my grandkids to be able to watch PBS, but I’m not willing to borrow money from China and make my kids have to pay the interest on that, and my grandkids, over generations, as opposed to saying to PBS, look, you’re going to have to raise more money from charitable contributions or from advertising.”
Romney: “I happen to believe that having been in the private sector for twenty five years gives me a perspective on how jobs are created – that someone who’s never spent a day in the private sector, like President Obama, simply doesn’t understand…You learn through life’s experience. The President’s experience has been exclusively in politics and as a community organizer. Both of those are fine areas of endeavor, but right now we have an economy in trouble, and someone who spent their career in the economy is more suited to help fix the economy than someone who spent his life in politics and as a community organizer.”
South Carolina governor Nikki Haley of video where pinata with her face on it is beat by an AFL-CIO leader: “It’s creepy. I still hurt every time I see it. This is not typical of South Carolinians. This is typical of union thugs.”
Rush says it all:
Rush Limbaugh: “Forty-three Catholic diocese and organizations sue the regime over Obamacare over religious freedom, the First Amendment. It’s unprecedented. And nary a mention on most of the networks. It’s a great illustration, folks, of not just the bias, but something else about the news. It’s what they don’t report that is oftentimes as instructive about what it is do as what they do report and how.”
Rush Limbaugh: “One of the toughest things I had to do was learn to psychologically accept the fact that being hated was a sign of success.”
Rush Limbaugh: “The purpose of a corporation is not to create jobs. The purpose of private equity firms is not to create jobs. The purpose of a business is not to put the community first. This theory is so simple to understand.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Obama said, ‘My job as president is to make sure everybody gets a fair shot.’ What does that mean? Who defines a ‘fair shot’? And what kind of power must the government have to do that? What kind of power must the president, Obama have to do that?”
Rush Limbaugh: “Welcome to real life! Not everybody wins in every investment. Not every one pays off. People who understand capitalism, free markets, and risk-taking know that.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Yesterday on this program I made a point of saying that Barack Obama is the first president in the modern era, in all of our lifetimes and maybe ever (it’s a toss-up by the time you throw Woodrow Wilson in there)… But for the most part Barack Obama is the first president to ever run for election, run for office running against capitalism.”
Rush Limbaugh: “The country may be in trouble, and we may be far gone, but we’re not that far gone where a campaign of anti-capitalism wins the White House. Isn’t gonna happen.”
Rush Limbaugh: “If socialism was so popular, it wouldn’t have to be imposed and maintained at the point of a gun all over the world. If socialism was so popular, it wouldn’t require dictatorship to enforce it.”
Rush Limbaugh (when Christine Romans on CNN tried to explain private equity): “Christine, I’m gonna tell you: If it keeps up, CNN‘s gonna need a private equity firm to come in and bail it out and save it. Your job, Christine, may depend on a private equity firm down the road.”
Rush Limbaugh: “When you start off as The Messiah, there’s nowhere to go but down.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Whether it’s during the next ten years or 20 years, we, the United States, are going to be the world’s leading supplier of carbon-based energy. Whether Obama knows it or not, this is a reality Obama cannot escape.”
Rush Limbaugh: “The real deficit of $5 trillion, if every household would just send all of its income to Washington. Not just the rich. Every household based on this median number of 49,000, you send every dollar every household earns to Washington and you balance the budget for one year. You would not reduce the national debt.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Democrats have not proposed a budget in the Senate or the House for three years. Obama’s budgets have all gone down to embarrassing defeat. I think every Obama budget’s gone down with not one vote in favor.”
Rush Limbaugh: “If they want to try to make the case that the stimulus bill is George W. Bush’s, then shouldn’t George W. Bush get all the credit for the stimulus that Obama and Biden are claiming for it?”
Snarky comments from Weasel Zippers:
Proposed backup name in case Martin’s mother sues, “St. Skittles Day.”
Not sure if Tingles realizes this or not but his explanation actually makes it more creepy, not less.
But . . . but . . . but . . . war on women!