Say What? 4/20/2011 edition [Reader Post]



Barack Obama: “We contribute to programs like Medicare and Social Security, which guarantee us health care and a measure of basic income after a lifetime of hard work; unemployment insurance, which protects us against unexpected job loss; and Medicaid, which provides care for millions of seniors in nursing homes, poor children, and those with disabilities.  We are a better country because of these commitments.  I’ll go further – we would not be a great country without those commitments.”

Obama: “I don’t need another tax cut.”  The President lives rent-free with no out-of-pocket costs to be paid toward food, transportation, staff, vacations.

Obama: “Obviously, I have very different views from many in the TEA party.”

“Newswoman” Andrea Mitchell: “Obviously the White House feels very good right now….it’s sort of like a tar baby situation where they’re loving the fact that the Republicans are now voting on Medicare cuts.”

David Plouffe, a senior White House adviser: “I saw Donald Trump kind of rising in the polls.  Given his behavior, and the spectacle of the last couple of weeks, I hope he keeps on rising.”

Arianna Huffington: “The lawsuit filed Tuesday by Jonathan Tasini is so utterly without merit, and has been so thoroughly eviscerated in the media — including being ridiculed as the dumbest lawsuit ever. ”

Liberals from the past:

President Obama 2009: “I refuse to leave our children with a debt they cannot repay.  We cannot and will not sustain deficits like these without end. . . . We cannot simply spend as we please…that’s why today I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office.”  Nearly every story carried this headline (or it is in the first paragraph): President Obama pledged Monday to cut the nation’s $1.3 trillion deficit in half by the end of his first term.

Candidate Obama in 2008 concerning President Bush’s signing statements: “That’s not part of his power, but this is part of the whole theory of George Bush that he can make laws as he goes along,  I disagree with that. I taught the Constitution for 10 years. I believe in the Constitution, and I will obey the Constitution of the United States. We’re not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end-run around Congress.”  President Obama will continue this 150 year tradition of signing statements.

In 2008 Planned Parenthood Illinois CEO Steve Trombley said “I like to think of Planned Parenthood as the LensCrafters of family planning,”

Liberals being civil:

Bill Maher: “[John Kyl is] an evil liar who insults the intelligence of all living things including mushrooms and mold.”  Earlier in this same program, Maher claimed that 75 percent of the deficit would be wiped out if Congress and the President just allowed the Bush tax cuts to expire (which is completely ridiculous; or a lie).

Guest Ed Schultz of MSNBC quickly added: “What compares to that? The only thing I could think of would be Sarah Palin about Russia from her backyard, that kind of thing, seeing it.”  Which she never said.


Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fl.) Said Congressman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) budget was “a death trap for some seniors.”

Or Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) said that freshmen House Republicans came to Washington to kill women.

Or Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said shutting down the government is “the functional equivalent of bombing innocent civilians.”

Or Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Mary.) said, “This entire debate has involved throwing women and children under the bus.”


And, of course, Jonathan Alter claiming that, in proposing to issue Medicare vouchers, Republicans voted “to throw granny into the snow.”

Leftists Protesting Tea Party Rally: “I wipe my a** with the American flag.”

This was the least offensive thing said on this tape (look at the bottom of the screen for subtitles; language warning):

Liberals making sense:

Doug Schoen (on the Obama budget speech): “Rather than seeking to bring the country together this week with his speech on deficit reduction, the president opted instead to propose specific tax increases that he knows will have no hope of winning broad-based support.  This is unfortunate, unconstructive, and unhelpful.”


President Obama at the GOP House retreat, January 2010:  “We’re not going to be able to do anything about any of these entitlements if what we do is characterize whatever proposals are put out there as, `Well, you know, that’s — the other party’s being irresponsible. The other party is trying to hurt our senior citizens. That the other party is doing X, Y, Z.”

President Obama today: “One vision has been championed by Republicans in the House of Representatives and embraced by several of their party’s presidential candidates.  This is a vision that says up to 50 million Americans have to lose their health insurance in order for us to reduce the deficit.  And who are those 50 million Americans?  Many are someone’s grandparents who wouldn’t be able afford nursing home care without Medicaid.  Many are poor children.  Some are middle-class families who have children with autism or Down’s syndrome.  Some are kids with disabilities so severe that they require 24-hour care.  These are the Americans we’d be telling to fend for themselves.”

(From Jake Tapper’s column)


David Plouffe, White House Senior Adviser: “Well, there are some cuts and there are still a lot of investments. The president said Friday night, any compromise — and, by the way, “compromise” is not a dirty word. Even with a lot of your viewers, it shouldn’t be. We’re not going to move forward on anything –“

Chris Wallace: “What do you mean a lot of our viewers?”


From the View:
Joy Behar: “You know what else he said? He said that the first book “Dreams from my Father” was written by this guy Ayers, this guy that they hate, that made a big to-do-da, and that the second book that Obama wrote was written by like a high school graduate or something. President Obama went to Harvard Law School and Columbia University, okay? He is a very intelligent guy.”

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: “Then doesn’t that make President Bush very smart as well then? Yeah?”

Behar: [silence]


Congressman Joe Walsh (R-illinois): “Christiane, you raise revenue by growing the economy, and everything this president has done the last two years has gone against that. You get taxes and regulations off the backs of businesses so that revenues can increase.”

Paul Ryan on the Obama budget/budget speech: “The President was excessively partisan, dramatically inaccurate, and hopelessly inadequate. Instead of building bridges, the President is poisoning wells.”
Ryan: “Exploiting people’s emotions of fear, envy, and anxiety is not hope; it’s not change. It’s partisanship.”

Ryan: “So I am sincerely disappointed that the president had a moment when we were putting ideas on the table, trying to engage in a thoughtful dialog to fix this country’s economic and fiscal problems, decides to pour on the campaign rhetoric, launch his re-election, and pass partisan broadsides against us, making it that much harder for the two parties to come together with mutual respect of one another to get things done.”

Speaker of the House John Boehner: “It is 18 months before the election and the president is out there giving a campaign speech as opposed to saying something serious about how we deal with the debt limit and how we deal with the fiscal crisis that we face.  I can’t tell you how disappointed I was in what the president had to say.”

Donald Trump “[Obama has] been a horrible president. I always said the worst president was Jimmy Carter, guess what? Jimmy Carter goes to second place. Barack Obama has been the worst president ever. [In] the history of this country, Barack Obama is number one.”

Bill Kristol: “Paul Ryan is leading and Barack Obama is following.”

Andrew Breitbart: “Class warfare is not American.”

Andrew Breitbart: “[Sarah Palin] saw that Barack Obama was not a uniter; he was a community divider.”

Breitbart: “You know what you are seeing on the periphery here?  The death of community organizing.”

Michele Bachmann (the quote you probably did not read in context): “Well, I think one thing that we can do, quite simply, is to withhold funding from Planned Parenthood.  It’s the largest provider of abortion in the United States. They are a billion-dollar industry. As a matter of fact, the head of Planned Parenthood in Illinois said that Planned Parenthood wants to be the Lens Crafters of big abortion.”  That is much different than I read .

Noelle Nikpour: “Clinton reaped the benefits of Reaganomics.”

Elizabeth MacDonald: “No tax breaks, no tax credits for these new green vehicles; let them stand on their own 4 wheels.”

Dennis Miller: “Here’s how it plays out with liberals; if you mention Christ on this side of the aisle, they bring up Darwin.  If you then say, I believe in Darwin’s survival of the fittest, he’ll say you have to be more Christ-like.”

Dennis Miller on Muslim garb: “Who dresses women like this?”

Rush Limbaugh: “Obama would rather increase the number of bureaucrats than promote private sector job growth. He would rather fund more abortions than pay US military members their salaries — and, by the way, I will never understand why in the world we were afraid of that debate last week.”

Rush: “Given the election results of November, where is it written that we can’t win a PR fight with a bunch of people who are unwilling to pay the troops but want to make sure abortionists continue to get paid? Elmer Fudd could win that fight.”

Rush: “If you are productive, if you work, if you are successful, if you create wealth, if you earn wealth, if you create jobs, then you are Obama’s target.”

Rush: “Did you see where Obama claims he wants to be anonymous? Not get up early, not have to shave and look presentable. He’d just like to sit in Central Park and tax people as they walk by.”

Rush: “Can you imagine what the word ‘syllabic’ sounds like to people in Rio Linda? What do they think I’m referring to?”

Rush: “We have people who want to fundamentally transform this country and turn it into a welfare state where people will forever vote for big government. Well, what a lousy future for your kids and grandkids.”

Rush: “Unemployment is still at 9%, gasoline’s heading up to five bucks, the housing market is a disaster, people can’t find work, and the opportunity for prosperity is dwindling. So these Democrats are getting everything they want.”

Conservatives from the Past:

Milton Friedman: “Inflation is taxation without legislation.”

Conservatives not making any sense:

In an email to chiefs of staff sent Thursday morning, Pete Meachum, Kevin McCarthy‘s director of member services, forwarded a link to a Weekly Standard post praising the continuing resolution and wrote:  “For the handwringers out there, buck up.  For those seeking other office please campaign at home, not on the backs of your colleagues.”  The final 4 words were linked to photos of Hanoi Jane.  He apologized in an email sent out an hour later.

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I loved this one:
Elizabeth MacDonald:
“No tax breaks, no tax credits for these new green vehicles; let them stand on their own 4 wheels.”

Arianna Huffington: “The lawsuit filed Tuesday by Jonathan Tasini is so utterly without merit, and has been so thoroughly eviscerated in the media — including being ridiculed as the dumbest lawsuit ever. ”

No, Arianna, the lawsuit against McDonald’s by the woman who complained her coffee was too hot still holds that honor. It also holds the honor of being the dumbest lawsuit ever to be found in favor of the plaintiff.