Say What? September 18, 2011 Edition [Reader Post]



President Barack Obama: “If you love me, you’ve got to help me pass this bill.”

President Obama to a high school audience: “Tell Congress, pass the American Jobs Act.”

President Obama: “It’s estimated that the American Jobs Act would add two percentage points to the GDP, and add as many as 1.9 million jobs, and bring the unemployment rate down by a full percentage point.”

Valerie Jarrett, White House senior adviser, to Rachel Maddow on President Obama‘s jobs plan: “The Congress should pass this plan and they should do it right this minute…there’s no reason why we can’t move forward right this minute.”

Valerie Jarrett, one minute later, to Maddow: “The president is going to draft the legislation, make the job a little easier for Congress and the Senate, and send it up there next week.”

Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, on the special election loss of NY–9, a district held by Democrats for 90 years: “It’s a very difficult district for Democrats.”

Nancy Pelosi on this election in NY: “It’s one election; don’t read too much into it.”

Far left Democrat Senator Bernie Sanders on Solyndra: “This issue is, are we picking smart winners?”

Black Panther leader Shabazz: “Our message to the State Department, our message to the CIA, our message to Homeland Security, our message to the government today, is that your enemy is not our enemy.  Our enemies are right here in the United States of America…We have to fight. Gird up your loins college students. Gird up your loins young black man and young black woman, for the hour of war is at hand.”

President Obama: “I know that, over the last couple of months, there have been Democrats who voiced concerns and nervousness about, well, in this kind of economy . . . aren’t these just huge headwinds in terms of your re-election?”

NY Mayor Bloomberg: “We have a lot of kids graduating college, can’t find jobs.  That’s what happened in Cairo. That’s what happened in Madrid. You don’t want those kinds of riots here.”

Columnist Paul Krugman on the Obama White House: “Oh, they’re good guys – and they’re smart – they’re just not as totalitarian forceful as I’d like.”

Tavis Smiley: “That’s not hating on the President, it’s defending your own flanks. And whatever happened to that notion that to the victor goes the spoils? If anybody ought to be looked out for, it ought to be the persons who represent the most significant and the most loyal part of the base. That would be African-Americans.”

President Jimmy Carter: “I’m not taking a position, but I would be very pleased to see [Mitt Romney] …win the Republican nomination.”

Carter: “I don’t think anybody’s going to beat Obama next year.”

The Compliant Obama Press Corps:

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews : “This is going to rip the scab off with all the conservatives watching. Is there room in the modern Republican Party any longer for someone who’s even slightly an intellectual? Or has the GOP become a party that celebrates ignorance? Look at how the presidential candidates in the field proudly oppose mainstream scientific thought like, well, global warming, evolution. Look at how they grow defensive when they get facts thrown about history.”

Liberal civility:

James Carville: “This may be news to you [Obama] but this is not going well. For precedent, see Russian Army 64th division at Stalingrad. There were enough deaths at Stalingrad to make the entire tea party collectively orgasm.”

Al Stephanelli of the American Atheists website: “Bigotry, discrimination, hatred, coercion, terrorism, slavery, misogyny and everything else that is part and parcel of fundamental Christianity and radical Islam should not be tolerated, and when any of these rear their ugly heads outside of the context of religion they are not….The fact is that fundamentalist Christians and radical Muslims are not interested in coexisting or getting along.  They have no desire for peace. ..They want us to die.”

Michael Moore: “They are so filled with hate for Obama, it has so blinded them — their rage, their hate and for many of them, their racism — let’s just call it out for what it is. They can’t see that they’ve all hopped on the Titanic, which I call the Tea-tanic.”

Bill Maher: “Are you watching these debates? Yes, the politicians are bad, but the people who egg them on. There are these crowds cheering for executions. Cheering for letting people without health insurance die. In today’s Republican party there’s a term for people who hate charity and love killing: Christian.”

James Carville: “As I watch the Republican debates, I realize that we are on the brink of a crazy person running our nation. I sit in front of the television and shudder at the thought of one of these creationism-loving, global-warming-denying, immigration-bashing, Social-Security-cutting, clean-air-hating, mortality-fascinated, Wall-Street-protecting Republicans running my country.”

Crazy Muslims:

Taliban spokesman Siraj-ud Din: “Anyone who supports the U.S. and Pakistani military will face the same fate.  We will target funeral processions and wedding ceremonies of those who support the U.S.”

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “Israel cannot do whatever it wants in the eastern Mediterranean. They will see what our decisions will be on this subject. Our navy attack ships can be there at any moment.”

Liberals making sense:

Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana on the president’s jobs bill: “I have said for months that I am not supporting a repeal of tax cuts for the oil industry unless there are other industries that contribute.”

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin III: “I have serious questions about the level of spending that President Obama proposed.”

Moderates/Affiliation Unknown:

Peter Lynch describing the poor business model of Solyndra: “The price was over $6 a watt to produce the product; um, they were selling it at about $3.  But, when you looked at the numbers, it just didn’t work.”

Howard Rosen, from the Peterson Institute for International Economics: “This is not just a jobless recovery, it’s a recovery-less recovery.”  [Many people have been quoted as saying this]


MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: “Does that mean that the president has a plan for passage here?  Has he met with the individual committee chairmen or is he planning to meet with the individual committee chairmen, is he planning on doing a full-court press to lobby for this passage?”

Valerie Jarrett: “The president plans to do a full-court press with the American people, so we’ll be in Virginia tomorrow, he’ll be in Ohio next week, as he said this evening, he intends to take this message all over the country.  The reason why he wanted to do the speech this evening before Congress was not just to speak to the members of Congress—yes, it’s important that they hear the message—but it was also important that he have a chance to speak directly to the American people.”

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA): “My understanding is that Solyndra applied for this loan in 2006 when Bush was President.”

Jonathan Silver of the Energy Department: “That’s right.” arguing that the groundwork for the Solyndra loan was vetted before President Obama took office.

Waxman: “All this took place during the Bush Administration.”

Did they mention that Bush’s administration rejected giving Solyndra any money?

President Obama: “We still have a fiscal situation that arises not only from this most recent crisis, but also some long-term trends, where those of us in this room do very well, while folks who are struggling don’t do quite as well. And there’s, I think, an innate sense among the American people that things aren’t fair, that the deck is stacked against them – that no matter how hard they work, their costs keep on going up, their hours are longer, they’re struggling to make their mortgage, and somehow nobody’s paying attention.”

President Jimmy Carter (from his term in office, trying to explain the mess that he had made of things): “[We are undergoing] a crisis of confidence. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation . . . we are losing our confidence in the future [and] we are also beginning to close the door on our past.”

Joy Behar (liberal talk show host): “What about these politicians who use Christianity to make their point? That bothers me.”

Kristin Chenoweth (broadway performer): “You know, there is a reason.”

Behar: “Any religion. Any religion.”

Chenoweth: “I agree.”

Behar: “It doesn’t have to be just Christianity. I mean, you can talk about these terrorists who used Islam to kill 3,000 people on 9/11, it’s the same syndrome.”


Senator Rand Paul: “If you’re for job creation, don’t attack job creators.”

Rep. Timothy Murphy to a bureaucrat who would have probably had the say on whether or not the Solyndra loan was approved: “No one in the government is responsible for a half a trill—half a billion dollars of taxpayer’s money?  This is phenomenal.  What do you do for a living?  If you don’t know  what’s happened and everyone else is to blame, what do we go back and tell our constituents who have to work hard?”

David Webb, founder of the TEA Party 365: ‘This [Obama] is a president who said, ‘I’m going to fundamentally transform America.  He has a set ideology of a centralized government control.  He wants legislation by fiat—if I can’t get it through Congress, I will up the EPA’s budget by up to 89% in some areas and let them go to town [passing regulations].”

Charles Krauthammer: “In the last debate, Ron Paul argues against a [border] fence…on the grounds that it might be used to keep Americans in.  Now that is simply weird.”

Republican candidate Rick Perry: “Look, when all the answers emanate from Washington, D.C., one size fits all, whether it’s education policy or whether it’s health care policy, that is, on its face, socialism.”

Senator Mitch McConnell of Warren Buffett, who has complained that he is not taxed enough: “With regard to his tax rate, if he’s feeling guilty about it, I think he should send in a check.”

Greg Gutfeld about Columbia University having dinner for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: “Every student should be gay and they would be hitting on him constantly.”

Jonah Goldberg, Fox commentator on Rick Perry’s debate performance: “Rick Perry was shockingly unprepared for the grief that he got.  He doesn’t seem to have a presidential strategy other than to be really awesome at being Rick Perry.”

Rick Perry: “It was a mistake to agree to the Palestinians’ demand for indirect negotiations conducted through the US, and it was an even greater mistake for President Obama to distance himself from Israel and seek engagement with the hostile regimes in Syria and Iran.”

Rush Limbaugh: “What Obama is doing is converting middle-class families into poor families.”

Rush Limbaugh: “Obama and the Democrats, aren’t these the same people who want us to squander billions of taxpayer dollars on combating manmade global warming?  If this bunch of clowns from Solyndra could dupe them, who the hell else has been duping them?”

Rush: “How do we think we can fix 153 bridges Obama says are at risk when after ten years we still haven’t rebuilt the World Trade Center?”

Rush: “When I die, which is going to be a long time from now, I want my last check to be written to the IRS, and I want it to bounce.”

Rush: “Obama does not know the first thing about turning a profit.  He doesn’t know the first thing about a balance and loss sheet.”

Rush: “The idea that Barack Obama or the Democrat Party have any altruistic aims or interests in any of their legislation is something that can be disapproved by the results of any liberal program that’s come to pass prior to today.”

Rush: “Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul need to quit the Republican Party, join the Democrat Party, and run against Obama.”

Rush: “The left doesn’t want to be judged on the results of anything they do.  They only want to be judged on their good intentions.”

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“Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana on the president’s jobs bill: “I have said for months that I am not supporting a repeal of tax cuts for the oil industry unless there are other industries that contribute.”
Funny how politicians sway in the breeze. Mary will not get re-elected and she is feeling the pressure. She usually waits until 6 months before the election to veer right but we’re PO’d and she knows it so she’s trying to veer back to the center sooner than usual. But not to worry, you can’t change the spots on a leopard, and she will fall in line with her democratic leaders when necessary…like healthcare, bailouts, debt ceilings, etc. And she will vote for the “bill” even though there is no bill just Obamaspeak.

This regular feature of FA never ceases to amaze me.
It brings to mind the late columnist Art Buchwald. Art finally gave up satirizing the Nixon Administration. He is alleged to have said that he could no longer satirize Nixon, as Nixon was doing such a good job of satirizing himself.
You really can’t make this stuff up.
It is a field day for boobs and twits who get air and media time. Debbie Blabbermouth is so over the top that she cannot be satirized. She is a SNL skit all by herself, every time that she blovates.
You can see the drool when Chris Matthews defends King Putt.
Personal question: how do your FA people avoid spewing on your keyboards while you collect this stuff?

NY Mayor Bloomberg: “We have a lot of kids graduating college, can’t find jobs. That’s what happened in Cairo. That’s what happened in Madrid. You don’t want those kinds of riots here.”

Don’t worry, Mayor B.
The ”official” unemployment rate in the USA is 9.1%.
The unofficial is 16%.

But in Egypt the official unemployment rate is only 11% while the unofficial is 40%.
THAT’s why they rioted.

Mathman, I miss Art B. too.
Him, and Mort Sahl.

Don’t where to post open, but my dog Gracie died yesterday. The vet was supposed to meet me at his office and she bled to death internally by the time it was over. I had to take her to a second vet because this one kept telling my wife on the phone that he was there, but he was not.

My heart is broken beyond description.

She was a 5 year old Golden Retriever and the greatest comfort in my life with my wife being sick all the time. Now I have no one.


I am so very sorry to hear about your dear Gracie. As a fellow dog lover, my heart aches for you.

Our very special friends have a way of filling spaces in our lives and in our hearts that our fellow men often cannot.

May the memories of those twinkling eyes, that wagging tail, and that smiling face comfort you as you look back on better times.

“If you have a dog, you will most likely outlive it; to get a dog is to open yourself to profound joy and, prospectively, to equally profound sadness.” – Marjorie Garber

@mathman: King Putt? Is that original with you?

When are we going to read this as: NY Mayor Bloomberg: “We have a lot of kids graduating college, can’t find jobs. creating jobs….?

@jlfintx: @#4 -Jlfintx – So sorry to hear about your Gracie. I am sorry for your loss… From the way you sound, it seems you gave your “Gracie” a wonderful life, and cared very much for her, I hope you find some comfort knowing this….