Candidate Obama about his political future in 2012: “I don’t mind. I’m used to being an underdog.
President Obama: “We’re not going to wait for Congress. So my instruction to . . . all the advisers who are sitting around the table is, scour this report, identify all those areas in which we can act administratively without additional congressional authorization, and just get it done.”
President Obama at a fundraiser: “I was mentioning to some of the basketball players who were here that this is like the second quarter, maybe the third, and we’ve still got a lot of work to do. But I want everybody to know I’m a fourth-quarter player.”
President Obama, after his jobs bill went down in the Senate: “Tonight’s vote is by no means the end of this fight. Independent economists have said that the American Jobs Act would grow the economy and lead to nearly two million jobs, which is why the majority of the American people support these bipartisan, common-sense proposals.” 2 Democrats also voted against this bill.
Jim Messina, in an email blast to Obama supporters: “Their [Republican] strategy is to suffocate the economy for the sake of what they think will be a political victory. They think that the more folks see Washington taking no action to create jobs, the better their chances in the next election. So they’re doing everything in their power to make sure nothing gets done. There’s still time for principled Republican senators to declare their independence from this kamikaze political strategy.”
Representative Maxine Waters: “The Tea Party has so rigged the law that regardless of whether the supercommittee fails or succeeds to meet its goal, it is likely that the end result will be draconian spending cuts to critical programs.”
Liberals Show Love to the Wall Street Occupiers:
Email in “Occupy” archive: “Re: Can OWS be turned into a Democratic Party Movement?”; “We’re in this for the long haul. There are no “solutions” that can be presented quickly to make us go away. And so there will be moments where our presence is no longer an uncomfortable and unknown variable, but rather is normalized and integrated. It’s in those moments that we have to push the envelop [sic], pry open the space of possibility even farther. We go as far as we can to destabalize [sic], but maintain momentum. And when that’s the new “normal” then we go farther. That’s how change happens, how we shift the terrain and the terms of the game.”
Sign of occupier in Britain: “RICH BEWARE YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED.”
Occupy L.A. Speaker: “One of the speakers said the solution is nonviolent movement. No, my friend. I’ll give you two examples: French Revolution, and Indian so-called Revolution. Gandhi, Gandhi today is, with respect to all of you, Gandhi today is a tumor that the ruling class is using constantly to mislead us. French Revolution made fundamental transformation. But it was bloody…So, ultimately, the bourgeosie won’t go without violent means. Revolution! Yes, revolution that is led by the working class. Long live revolution! Long live socialism!”
Wall Street protester chant: “You can become immortal…you can have sex with animals or whatever.”
Occupy Wall Street in Los Angeles protester Patricia McAllister (employee of Los Angeles Unified School District) “I think that the Zionist Jews, who are running these big banks and our Federal Reserve, which is not run by the federal government. . . . they need to be run out of this country.”
Wall Street protester sign: “We demand sweeping, unspecified change.” I don’t know if this was real.
Cindy Sheehan in Cesar Chavez Park in Sacramento to the Occupy Sacramento movement: “I’m happy that this movement is leaderless, but I think it’s dangerous for it to be directionless…Obama has proven to be the president of the one percent, if he or Democrats were the answer, then guess what? We wouldn’t have to be here today,” Sheehan said. She urged the crowd of several hundred to keep their revolution non-partisan, free of influence from the left or the right. There’s millions of us and a handful of them – we can’t be afraid. We can’t. How can 99 percent live in fear of one percent?”
Members of the radical left-wing Jewish Voice for Peace passed out flyers in Chicago, which read: “Be a Passivist (sic), be a Nonviolent Activist, Refuse to Pay Taxes, Destroy Israel!”
Classify under, get a clue, Donna Brazile explaining the origins of the Wall Street protesters: “I do believe that it’s a legitimate movement that grew out of the public outrage over the debt ceiling debate when many Americans saw members of congress basically sitting on their hands doing nothing.”
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran on the Wall Street protesters and America: “[The U.S. is built upon a] corrupt foundation has been exposed to the American people…They (U.S. government) may crack down on this movement but cannot uproot it. Ultimately, it will grow so that it will bring down the capitalist system and the West.”
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez: “This movement of popular outrage is expanding to 10 cities and the repression is horrible, I don’t know how many are in prison now…Poverty’s growing, the misery is getting worse,” he said, referring to the causes of the US protests. “But that empire is still there, still a threat … [President Barack] Obama is on his way down, for lots of reasons. He was a big fraud.”
FoxNews correspondent Malia Lazu on what system of government she wants: “When we figure out that system, we’ll let you know…we’re tired of that foot on our necks.” (Quoted from memory)
Former White House green jobs czar Van Jones: “Early this morning in New York, faced with the threat of eviction, the protesters at Occupy Wall Street were joined by union members, by community organizers, and by thousands of other New Yorkers standing in solidarity with them. And because they refused to back down, the park’s owners had to. This victory in New York shows how powerful we can be when we all stand together.”
President Obama: “At this moment, when our politics appear so sharply polarized, and faith in our institutions so greatly diminished, we need more than ever to take heed of Dr. King’s teachings…If he were alive today, I believe he would remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there. Those with power and privilege will often decry any call for change as divisive. They’ll say any challenge to the existing arrangements are unwise and destabilizing. Dr. King understood that peace without justice was no peace at all.”
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.): “I don’t know whether [House Majority Leader] Mr. Cantor (R-Va.) watched any of the town meetings that we had in August of 2009, [but] they were much more confrontational in many respects than these [Wall Street] demonstrations are.”
DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) on the Wall Street protesters: “We understand their frustration, we applaud their activism and hopefully they’re going to help get the Republicans in Washington’s attention so we shift the Republican’s focus from just Barack Obama’s job, to everyone’s job,”
President Bill Clinton on how the Arab Spring is similar to the Wall Street protesters: “They wanted to build a modern, inclusive state, including for the fundamentalist Islam – Muslims, who wanted to live in their own way. But they had a vision – they had no program and they had no organized political party. That’s the problem the Occupy Wall Street people have.”
Al Gore: “With democracy in crisis, a true grassroots movement pointing out the flaws in our system is the first step in the right direction. Count me among those supporting and cheering on the Occupy Wall Street movement.”
Elliot Spitzer: “What the NYPD did with the arrest of 700 protesters on Brooklyn Bridge was the single best public relations for the protesters because suddenly people stood up and said, `Wait a minute, I agree with these protesters. I’m with them emotionally, viscerally. In my bones, I know they are right.’ ”
From the website of the Communist Party of the USA: “This is an exciting time! Thousands of mainly young people have been occupying Wall Street for three weeks already, and the “Occupy Movement” has spread to more than 200 other cities. On Oct. 6 the actions spread to our nation’s capital.”
The Official statement of the American Nazi party: “Many racialists are unsure about, and even against, these Occupy Wall Street protests all around the country. It has been pointed out to me that many protesters are non-white and/or “communists.” Well my answer to that is: “WHO CARES?!” They are against the same evil, corrupted, degenerate capitalist elitists that WE are against! Instead of screaming, “6 million more!” The pro-white movementites should be JOINING this Occupy movement and supporting it!”
NY Times editorial writer Paul Krugman: “What the protests are doing is they’ve changed the conversation already, and they’ve changed it onto, we’re actually talking about the right things. I mean, the story of where we are now as a nation is we had a monstrous failure of the existing system, followed by an monstrous injustice, we had an enormous, you know, a financial industry that ran wild, crippled the economy, which remains rippled to this day, was bailed out, and the players who bear some responsibility faced virtually no consequences, and more important, there’s been very little real reform, some from the Obama administration side, but not as much as we’d like, and the other party’s busy trying to tear it down. And somehow the conversation that we’ve been having about all these issues, is basically not about these issues. We’ve spent almost two years now with the parties arguing who’s got the more convincing fiscal austerity and who can do the most to remove restrictions on business. And now, again, big difference between the parties, don’t ever claim there is an equivalence. But the Democrats have to a large extent followed the Republicans off into this blind alley….That’s right. And so, all of a sudden, we’re now talking about, hey, what about Wall Street, what about these people who made such a mess? How are we going to make sure that the general public shares in whatever economic gains we have, that we have rules in effect that prevent the kind of catastrophe that overtook our economy in 2008. That in itself, even if it ends right there, that’s a huge success. But I think the explosion of this movement really suggests that there were an awful lot of people who were just waiting for somebody to say it, and here we are, and it’s a wonderful thing.”
Michael Moore pleads with the NY police: “The police need to join us in the same way the Egyptian army joined the people in Freedom Square there in Cairo. This is my appeal to the New York Police Department.”
Stephanie Miller: He [Marcus Bachmann] could hire a lot more de-gayers at his de-gaying clinic.
Ward: I think someone should feed her (Michele Bachmann) some listeria-filled cantaloupe.
Former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi: “When Republicans vote for this bill today, they will be voting to say that women can die on the floor and healthcare providers do not have to intervene if this bill is passed. It’s just appalling.” The bill in question is the Protect Life Act, H.R. 358, which would amend President Obama’s Affordable Care Act to reflect the Hyde amendment by prohibiting taxpayer dollars from funding any health plan that includes coverage of elective abortions.
Now that Herman Cain is the Republican frontrunner; or at least in the top 2, a few liberals had things to say about Cain (whom they previously ignored).
Princeton University professor Cornel West about Herman Cain: “I think he needs to get off the symbolic crack pipe.”
Dr. Boyce Watkins: “Herman Cain has become, in many ways, the perfect racist. America lives under the interesting premise that a racist can’t be black. “
Goldie Taylor, writer for a website called The Grio: “That’s exactly what I’m saying. What I’m saying is that if he could shed his ethnicity today, if he [Herman Cain] could become what I would call the color of water, he would do it. He would do it in an effort to prove that he, and people just like him could fit in anywhere and have the same level of success no matter what their race, ethnicity, or gender happened to be. That just doesn’t happen to be the case. And so would he shed it? I think he would.”
Nia-Malika Henderson on MSNBC: “Well, I think, if we could focus a little bit on Herman Cain. I think Herman Cain is on one hand saying we’re in a post-racial country, but at the same time he seems to play the race card when it comes to talking about African-Americans. Talking about in the ways in which they vote for Democrats. It’s not something that he would, for instance, say about white evangelicals who vote in overwhelming numbers for Bush. Something like 75 or 80%. And for McCain, something like 73%.”
Quoted before, but a gem of an observation by Janeane Garofalo: “Herman Cain is probably well liked by some of the Republicans because it hides the racist elements of the Republican party. Conservative movement and tea party movement, one in the same. People like Karl Rove liked to keep the racism very covert. And so Herman Cain provides this great opportunity say you can say ‘Look, this is not a racist, anti-immigrant, anti-female, anti-gay movement. Look we have a black man.'”
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) about Republicans: “These are not patriots, people who love this country want to see jobs created….I don’t think they love this country. They’re not concerned about the economic well being of the country as a whole.”
Sean Penn: “You have, what I call, ‘Get the n-word out of the White House party;” the TEA party…If you ask a representative of the Tea Party, `OK Social Security, socialist. Get rid of it?’ They’re going to get very confused. At the end of the day, there’s a big bubble coming out of their heads saying, you know, ‘Can we just lynch him?’ ”
The Compliant Obama Press Corps:
Anderson Cooper: “But by his own admission not having the facts doesn’t always stop Herman Cain from saying what’s on his mind…Some [things Cain says] are contradicted by facts, some seem barely tethered to reality. Others though, are matters of opinion, not fact, and have stirred up such controversy they become news.”
ABC‘s Diane Sawyer: “We thought we would bring you up to date on those protesters, the occupy Wall Street movement: as of tonight, it has spread to more than 250 American cities, more than 1000 countries, every continent except Antarctica.”
MSNBC news analyst Donny Deutsche: “Obviously everybody is saying, they need to kind of clarify, they need policy issues — ‘this is what we want’ as opposed to…. The other thing it needs, and I don’t want this to come out the wrong way. If we think — not needs but will happen — if you think back to the late ’60s, what is the most stirring image of all of the rebellion that happened. What do we remember? Kent State. Now, I’m not saying somebody has to get killed. What will happen, there will be a climax moment of class warfare somehow played out on screen that I think will — the same way ‘9-9-9’, if you will, kind of simplifies a message — that articulates this clash. So, both the real clarification in terms of policy and unfortunately some imagery says to America, and I think those are the two things…”
Liberals from the past:
Eric Holder, February 2009: “As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons…I think that will have a positive impact in Mexico, at a minimum.”
From a Washington Post editorial, when the details of Operation Fast and Furious began to become known: “Lawmakers should give the ATF the tools it needs to fight illegal gun trafficking. They should enact stronger penalties for straw purchases and craft a federal gun-smuggling statute; close the gun-show loophole, which allows buyers under certain circumstances to purchase weapons without a background check; resuscitate the ban on assault weapons; and give the ATF the authority to collect data on multiple sales of long guns in border states. The Senate should move quickly to confirm a director for the long-leaderless bureau.”
Van Jones in 2008: “We cannot drill and burn our way out [of our energy problems]…People who say we could drill and burn our way to a good environmental and energy outcome have had their turn. It’s our turn now.”
Seattle Times editorial 2008: “We can’t drill our way out of oil dependency”
Obama, May 2010: “We can’t just drill our way out of the problem. If we’re serious about addressing our energy problems, we’re going to have to do more than drill.”
What is Canada doing right now? Drilling their way to prosperity as the second leading exporter of oil to the world and the largest provider of oil for the United States. China wants this oil.
Unemployment in Nebraska? 4.2%. Why? Oil.
Unemployment in North Dakota? 3.5%
Unemployment in South Dakota? 4.7%
Chart is Canadian Oil production
There are so many problems drilling would solve…
President Lyndon B. Johnson: “I’ll have those n***rs voting Democratic for the next 200 years” Obviously, this is a very damaging quote, not out of line with LBJ’s vocabulary. Google researched this quotation:
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: “The corruption of the capitalist regime has become evident for these people. This movement [of Wall Street occupiers] will soar to completely mark the downfall of the West and the capitalist regime.”
ESPN’s Mike Lupica: “Say this about the state of the country nearly three years into the Obama administration: If this President didn’t create this economic mess, he hasn’t done very much to get us out of it. At a time when there is this amazing shout from the streets – and even as those on the right sneer about “these people” down in Zuccotti Park as if their dissent is a form of dirty terrorism – Obama and his people will raise a billion dollars if they have to so they can keep him in office. At a time when the protesters, and God bless them, put big money and big corporations on notice, how long before they go after the corporation that is the Obama campaign, just so they don’t look like part of it?”
Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL): “So in your experience of 28 years, plus being the chief financial officer, can – have you ever heard of taxpayer money being subordinate to outside commercial firms?”
Treasury Department Federal Financing Bank CFO Gary Burner: “No sir, I have not.”
Rep. Stearns: “Never, in your entire – that’s 28 plus 5 so that would be 33 years..”
Burner: “I’m involved in a limited supply but yes, sir.”
Rep. Stearns: “So 33 years experience – in your-”
Burner: “It’s 28 total, not 33.”
Rep. Stearns: “28, total. In 28 years total, you have never seen taxpayer money subordinated?”
Burner: “No, sir.”
Reporter to Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky marching with the Wall Street occupiers: “Is this a patriotic rally tonight?”
Schakowsky: “I believe that it is.”
Reporter: “Where are all the American flags, if it is a patriotic rally?”
Schakowsky: [no answer]
Reporter: “Any reason why there isn’t any American flags here at a patriotic rally?”
Schakowsky: “I didn’t ask anybody; I’m dressed in red, white and blue.”
George Stephanopoulos: We actually got a great question on Twitter about 2008. It’s from Gale Glover, and he asks, “If hope and change define the 2008 campaign, what two words are going to make– are going to define 2012?”
President Obama: I– you know, I haven’t quite boiled it down to a bumper sticker yet. But I think what’ll– define 2012 is– you know, our vision for the future. That’s three words. Four.
George Stephanopoulos: It’s five, actually.
President Obama: …Vision for the future. Four. There is– going to be a contest of values and– and vision in 2012.
Senator Mitch McConnell, in a statement about Obama’s jobs bill: “Everyone who votes for this second stimulus will have to answer a simple but important question: why on earth would you support an approach that we already know won’t work?”
Herman Cain: “[Obama’s] never been a part of the black experience in America.”
NeoAnderthal post on the Wall Street occupiers:
“Gimme, gimme, gimme. The cry of the dirtbag hippy left.”
Darrell Issa in a letter to Eric Holder: “Instead of pledging all necessary resources to assist the congressional investigation in discovering the truth behind the fundamentally flawed Operation Fast and Furious, your letter instead did little but obfuscate, shift blame, berate, and attempt to change the topic away from the Department’s responsibility in the creation, implementation, and authorization of this reckless program.”
Jeff Foxworthy on the Wall Street occupiers: “They’re on their iPads and on their iPhones protesting capitalism. Capitalism gave your dad the money to buy that for you.” (Quoted from memory).
Steve Forbes about the Wall Street occupiers: “This proves a college education doesn’t make you smarter.” (Quoted from memory and I think it was Forbes who said this)
Caller to the Joe Pags show on the Wall Street occupiers: “The people who want a totalitarian government are mad because the police are pushing them around.” (Quoted from memory)
Rush Limbaugh: “These protestors are the product of liberalism. They’re not the product of compassion and good-heartedness and tolerance and all that other bogus stuff that supposedly attaches to liberals. This is nothing more than the success of ideological brainwashing — mind bending, programming, propaganda.”
Rush Limbaugh: “These protestors are walking zombies. These are Obama Zombies. These are the kinds of people that totalitarians dream of.”
Rush Limbaugh: “This Occupy Wall Street is not an intellectual movement; it’s a temper tantrum by a bunch of spoiled rotten kids who don’t know anything.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Have you ever wondered why Wall Street’s being targeted now? Because blaming Bush has had its day. No longer works.”
Classify under, brevity is the soul of wit; Matthew Dowd: “Mitt Romney’s problem isn’t about a cult, it’s about a core.”
Rush Limbaugh: “It’s always amazed me that universities can raise prices with impunity. Nobody ever does anything about it, Big Education. And the reason why is that’s where the brainwashing takes place.”
Rush: “So half a billion dollars in stimulus money, Porkulus money is supposed to go to jobs training for so-called green jobs. Three years later, only a third of that money has been spent, only 40% of the people who were to be trained have been trained, and only 15% of those trainees have gotten jobs, and only 12% of those people have kept the job for six months.”
Rush: “You can’t even get your whole brain around the massive misuse of federal money that we have going to the guys in green energy. It’s one of the biggest slush funds that has ever been created by a politician for himself.”
Rush: “Conservatives run around the country, campaign, and get elected on conservatism; then go to Washington, get corrupted and co-opted by the culture there.”
Rush: “If 80% of the American people think that the country’s on the wrong track — why is Obama at 40% in the polls or 42% in the polls? Some of this stuff just doesn’t make any sense to me.”
Rush: “The Washington elite, the New York Times, and the media love a Republican elite that understands its place is number two in the pecking order. So the New York Times is now worried the ‘wrong’ people might get control of the GOP — and you know how concerned the New York Times is about the well-being of the Republican Party.”
Rush: “When it comes to out of the mouth of a Democrat, my first reaction is to think that it’s absolute poop.”
Conservatives not making any sense:
Ann Coulter: “We have to run a governor.”
A retired math teacher who spends most of his time exegeting the Old Testament and, once a week, puts out an ezeen.