Say What 12/15/2010 Edition (Reader Post)



President Jimmy Carter concerning our troops in Afghanistan): “I don’t think we have the capability or the will to actually prevail militarily over the Taliban. That seems to me to be an almost hopeless case.”

More brilliance from Jimmy Carter: “The richer people in America are getting richer and richer. The poorer people in America are getting poorer and poorer. And that is a case in almost every country on Earth. And it’s also the issue between rich countries and poor countries. The rich countries are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.”  This is, by the way, an ideological position not based in truth.  The poor in America have improved their lot as have the poor in the world.

President Obama speaking to news reporters: “This is a big, diverse country. Not everybody agrees with us.”  [Emphasis mine]

President Obama, who seems to love analogies, no matter how weird: “I’ve said before that I felt that the middle-class tax cuts were being held hostage to the high-end tax cuts.  I think it’s tempting not to negotiate with hostage takers, unless the hostage gets harmed. Then people will question the wisdom of that strategy. In this case, the hostage was the American people, and I was not willing to see them get harmed.”

Naomi Wolf: “This week, Senators Joe Lieberman and Dianne Feinstein engaged in acts of serious aggression against their own constituents, and the American people in general. They both invoked the 1917 Espionage Act and urged its use in going after Julian Assange. ”

Frank Rich: “Obama is suffering Stockholm Syndrome” (which is the gist of his 12/4/2010 column).

Unknown Democrat: “F___ the president.”

While Joy Behar was discussing what Sarah Palin reads with Barbara Walters, Palin had answered that she reads C.S. Lewis for “divine inspiration,” Behar then asked “Aren’t those children’s books?”  C.S. Lewis wrote both theological and children’s books.

Chris Matthews on Chris Christie: “I saw him the other day and I was amazed by it, he must be 300 plus, and that’s something he’s just gotta deal with because you’re not going to say, `I’m going to cut the budget,’ well, how about starting with supper?”

Van Jones, former green jobs czar: “We can’t just leave the federal government in the hands of our enemies and expect to go make a lot of progress. So, even if we can’t get everything done that we want to get done out of D.C., we certainly can’t let other people have the level of control in D.C.  But also, you can see right now, .D.C. can’t do much by itself. You ought to have that bottom-up movement. And that’s what’s been missing is that bottom-up sense of movement to get the best out of D.C. And what’s stopping that is the inside-out piece…So I would argue that it’s the inside-out transformation that will ignite the bottom-up transformation that will make the top-down transformation work.”

Obama’s FCC Commissioner Mignon Cliburn: “I can’t think of a more significant overarching civil rights issue than this..that every nappy headed child have the ability to connect [to the internet] worldwide”

After banning any new South L.A. fast food places, council member Jan Perry explains: “This is not an attempt to control people as to what they can put into their mouths.  This is an attempt to diversify their food options.”

Janeane Garofalo, from May 27, 2009: “The British empire is the original douchebag empire, where sh*tty Americans and sh*tty Australians come from. . .What politics does shine a big light on is human frailty. And I think what conservatism has shined a light on also is human frailty. What does it mean to be a conservative or a Republican anymore? I’m not quite sure, but it clearly shows you’ve got a lot of frailty – you’ve got a lot of flaw. That you’re arrogant as f**k about that and you’re belligerent and you have very little self-awareness.  But what does it mean to be the type of journalist who kowtows to a conservative? . . . To be a modern-day Republican or conservative, to be a George Bush type of Republican or conservative, to be a Hannity type – it’s a character flaw. It’s a character flaw or it also could be neurological. . . .I’m not joking at all. Limbic brain – seat of your emotions – something’s not working, whether it’s your private life or your literal neural anatomy, something is not working. . . . It is, I think, a neurological issue.  It is also the party now . . . for racists, for sexists, for homophobes, for closet queens. Whatever, again, is wrong with you, because a tent full of hate has elastic walls.”

Claire McCaskill walks back her pitchfork quote from last week (“I don’t know how anyone can keep a straight face and say they are for deficit reduction while they insist on a permanent tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, completely unpaid for.  If they think it’s OK to raise taxes for the embattled middle class because . . . (Democrats) don’t give more money to millionaires, it really is time for people in America to take up pitchforks.”): “Ah, it’s just a Missouri term.  There really isn’t a pitchfork army.”

MSNBC’s Richard Wolffe (formerly of Newsweek): “For two years, the Republicans have said this guy [Obama] is a socialist, he’s unacceptable, he’s a freak. And now it’s very hard for them to go back and do that because they are in bed with him – not literally – but they’re in bed with him and they’ve made the deal, and he’s now acceptable. He’s acceptable to polite company and Republicans.”


From the Ed Schultz program, which is promoted as”Where America Comes to Talk.”

CALLER: Couple points I’d like to make, I have to disagree with you on a couple things. First thing is, you said that conservative Republicans are trying to destroy the country, which I think is totally absurd. And the second thing is, you said that tax cuts won’t create jobs and there’s two points I’d like to make on that. And the first thing is, raising taxes definitely won’t create jobs. And in the past, other presidents have cut taxes and created jobs, the most recently was George Bush (who) created, you know, 24 straight quarters of positive job growth after he cut taxes.

SCHULTZ: Wrong. See ya, Darren. I can’t reason with you folks. Kevin in Asheville, you’re on the Ed Schultz radio show, thanks for calling …


Craig Ferguson: You’re a Democrat, aren’t you?

Richard Wolffe: I am a journalist.

Ferguson: A journalist?   Much the same thing, isn’t it?


From Huffington Post:
“Hi. I’m Barack Obama. I’m not the real President but I play one on tv.”

Our best hope turned out to be totally ignorant regarding the history of certain facts and it doesn’t seem possible he actually had a top notch education. There appears to be a grave concern at this point that he actually might have a serious brain disorder.

Exactly right, and exceedingly strange when you consider the fact that President Obama considers himself a scholar. The conclusion is that he has to believe what he’s saying is true, which suggests more about his mindset than his ignorance of history.

We all thought Obama was supposed to be so much smarter than Sarah Palin but there’s just no evidence to support that.

I’m a progressive democrat who is disgusted and dejected. The president can begin the lashings now because I’m not shutting up.

Peter Combs
as time goes on he gets more like Biden. gaff after gaff

Kitten Kramer
Mr. President you are losing it. Time to regroup and be quiet for a long time.

He either needs Seroquel or a freaking vacation in A SPA FOR A MONTH. He seems to becoming unhinged – heck who wouldn’t but still, you signed up for the job, show some back bone man good god.

He’s a sellout. And to this day he doesn’t get it. I suppose when he leaves office in 2 years he still won’t get it. Believe in something Barack. Anything. And then fight for it. Chicago politics is overrated.

This is why we Democrats can’t keep the White House, let alone Congress in 2012.

Jerry Lammers
This President is so lost, its hardly worth the effort to criticize his policies and pronouncements.

Watching this administration celebrate its Pyhrric victories just saddens me. We could do so much better than this. This is not the guy I voted for.

Lets admit it to ourselves. If Bush set the house on fire Obama has poured gasoline on it.

We lost our home and all our retirement savings in this recession. My husband found a job, out of our home state, making 1/2 of the income he made before. NO THANK YOU, we’ve already given our votes to you Barack, we have no more to give.

.a genius in all 57 states.

Taken from:


Dana Perino on Obama’s hostage speech: “What he looked like was a sore loser.”

Newt Gingrich: “You have a private first class who downloads a quarter million documents, and the system doesn’t say, `Oh, you may be over extended?’ I mean, this is a system so stupid that it ought to be a scandal of the first order.  This administration is so shallow and so amateurish about national security that it is painful and dangerous.”

Future Speaker of the House John Boehner: “I’m going to cut my budget, my leadership budget five percent. I’m going to cut all the leadership budgets by five percent. I’m going to cut every committee’s budget by five percent.  And every member is going to see a five percent reduction in their allowance. All together that’s $25-$30 million and it likely would be one of the first votes we cast.”

Frank Luntz: “In all of my time doing focus groups, this year has been the most contentious, the loudest, and this [particular group] may be the worst yet.  I just hope that this isn’t a sign of things to come.”

Charles Krauthammer: “When you get praise from President Clinton and you are from my side of the aisle that means that my career is done, I mean, I’m toast. Maybe NPR will take me”


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Jimmy Carter the peanut farmer. Do I recall that peanut farmers were given special protection from competition and government subsidies? Did Little Jimmy suck off the government Tee ts? Yo becha.
Typical prog.

James Earl Carter, Second Worst President Ever. Listening to Him is Truly taking Counsel of a Fool. 😛

As Reagan would say, “There he goes again.” Carter has been wrapping himself in that blanket of malaise known as socialism/communism for as long as I can remember. He’d strangle us all with it if he could. He’s an embarrassment to the nation and the world. A bigger ego in a smaller man would be hard to find.

Will somebody PLEASE get Jimmy his meds. Also, please keep the cell door locked this time. Jimmy has been delusional for a heck of along time. He actually thinks he matters. 😆

Now that Obama has surpassed ‘Ole Jimmy as the worst US President ever, we can say he has been “Carter-ized.” 🙄 😆 🙄 😆

I really believe that your best president to date is Ronald Reagan. He won the Cold War and liberated hundreds of millions. Reganomics expanded the money supply with real equity. In Canada, he was our president also. Your present precedent is a mainstream media sham, highlighted by styrofoam pillars and empty rhetoric.

If I recall correctly, Carter was never really a farmer. He had some kind of business in which he bought and/or warehoused peanuts. The farmer thing was just more image rehab to make him seem more wholesome. Like everything from the left, it was false propaganda.

I love Craig Ferguson. It also doesn’t hurt that he loves America. He became a citizen and talked about it on his show.

DaNang —

You are wrong, as usual. Jimmy Carter’s family has been in the peanut farming business for more than 100 years and he was farming full time when he was elected governor of Georgia. But if you REALLY want to describe him, he is probably best described as a nuclear engineer, since he spent years with Admiral Rickover creating the US nuclear sub corps.

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If I recall correctly, Carter was never really a farmer. He had some kind of business in which he bought and/or warehoused peanuts. The farmer thing was just more image rehab to make him seem more wholesome. Like everything from the left, it was false propaganda.

That sounds about right.
Remember how John Edwards (before we all knew he was a philanderer) used to say that his daddy worked in factories?
Ever hear what his daddy did in those factories?
Not from John, you didn’t.
His daddy was a ”time/motion,” expert who figured out ways to get more done with fewer employees.
He’d come in and study the factory and when he left about 1/4 of the workers would lose their jobs as his ”improvements” were implemented.

The amount of ignorance from people in positions of power is truely staggering. It makes you wonder what deals and promises were made to get half these people the roles they now play in our every day lives.

The other truely staggering notion is the amount of effort it takes to get them out of those jobs.


You are wrong, as usual. Jimmy Carter’s family has been in the peanut farming business for more than 100 years

That’s right … They raised Billy Carter …!

Jimmy Carter’s claim of being a nuclear engineer is blatant resume inflation – fraud, actually. He did not have the training, and played no part at all in the nuclear navy.

After he’s pulled crap like that, I want proof he did any peanut farming before I believe it.

thanks wm t sherman, that is new information to me and i read the links. carter continues to disappoint.

@Wm T Sherman #13: The information provided in the links explains a lot. I’ve always suspected that Carter did not do nearly as well in the Navy as we were led to believe. The fact that his handlers created a myth that he continues to support tells you all you need to know about this man’s ego versus his integrity.

@Wm T Sherman – BAM!!! You shut Braindead Rob down! LOL Way to go.

Silly Bob said:

DaNang –

You are wrong, as usual. Jimmy Carter’s family has been in the peanut farming business for more than 100 years and he was farming full time when he was elected governor of Georgia. But if you REALLY want to describe him, he is probably best described as a nuclear engineer, since he spent years with Admiral Rickover creating the US nuclear sub corps.

From the links you provided, Wm T:

I would guess that somewhere north of 90% of the people who know who Jimmy Carter is would tell you that he was a nuclear submarine officer. Some who have watched a PBS show called The Presidents: Jimmy Carter might even say that he served as the engineer officer of the USS Seawolf, the second US nuclear submarine. If the person being questioned is a real buff who has taken a Pentagon tour and seen the wall displays that celebrate the presidents who have served as Naval Officers, he might even tell you that President Carter received a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Jimmy Carter could not have been a nuclear engineer based on his college degree program; he graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1946 with a general Bachelor of Science, before that school offered any designated degree programs.

According to the Naval Historical Center, LT Carter was honorably discharged from the US Navy on October 8, 1953 so that he could return home to care for the family farm. He had only started his nuclear power training on March 1, 1953.

The PBS documentary is quite misleading with regard to Carter’s service, since it states that he served as the engineer of the USS Seawolf, the second US nuclear submarine. That statement is made with a backdrop of the USS Seawolf in operation. Unfortunately, that would have been impossible. The keel laying for the Seawolf took place in September 1953. That means that the construction process started just one month before Carter left the Navy to return to Plains. His service record indicates that he was assigned to the crew that would eventually man the USS Seawolf, but that is certainly not the same as serving as the engineering officer of an operating submarine in terms of the opportunity to absorb nuclear technical knowledge.


In November 1952, he began a three month temporary duty assignment at the Naval Reactor branch. He started nuclear power school (a six month course of study that leads to operator training) in March, 1953. In July 1953, his father passed away and he resigned his commission to run the family peanut farm. He was discharged from active duty on 9 October, 1953. According to an old friend of mine who served as Rickover’s personnel officer at Naval Reactors, LT Carter did not complete nuclear power school because of the need to take care of business at home.

Wow, lol. Wrong again, Silly Bob! That’s GOTTA be embarrassing. 😳

When I see the term “nuclear engineer,” I interpret that as a full four-year engineering degree, essentially a mechanical or chemical engineering degree with a minor in nuclear. “Nuclear technician” is how I would describe the product of a training course that takes a year. And, Carter didn’t even have that.

Nothing embarrasses braindead bob. 🙄