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More challenges for the cheerleaders

Obama proposes slashing heating aid to the poor.

fucking disgusting.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/02/09/1336…

Anyone want to defend him on this?

One adds context

2. this just a few weeks after extending the tax cuts for the wealthy

did I misread that ballot? Is this really a Dem?   Permalink

followed by

I can’t say what I’m thinking about Obama.

Slashing LIHEAP (Low Income heating Assistance Program) by BILLIONS. That’s his idea of budget cut. Making poor people suffer and likely die.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20…

One comment

1. Every day, a new disgust.

And indeed, a new day comes

LIHEAP is the tip of the iceberg. Obama to cut Head Start, community block grant funding

And I do mean ice, as in what may form in poor folk’s houses with no heating oil. How much, again, were those bailouts for Goldman-Sachs, AIG, etc?

 

But some know who the enemy is

Do Republicans Want To Repeal The Obama Presidency?

and some know just what makes life worth living

Photos: Regis and Kelly …. and Michelle … and her yellow shoes. (The Obama Presidency Day 751)

 

 

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From Democracy Now comes this interesting interview with Harry Belafonte – where Amy Goodman asks him about Obama

He recounts that Obama asked :

“Why don’t you and Cornell West cut me some slack?”

To which he answered:

“What makes you think we didn’t already?”

To make things even interesinger, here are the Os being outraged

Harry Belafonte on Obama: ‘He Plays the Game” – Democracy NOW!

 

8. IIRC, Belafonte was a Clinton supporter?
Do you think he’s still bitter that Hillary lost?  Permalink

Actually, in December 2007, Belafonte had endorsed Edwards.

and another

2. SHAME ON HARRY!

 

He sounds like a bitter old man. He doesn’t know Obama. Does he consider the fact that Obama is surrounded by people who are serious about ptotecting their money? Does he consider that Obama doesn’t have backup in the congress to pass the laws he would like to? Does he, like many other “RADICAL LEFTIES” realize that Obama is not a “KING”, and just can’t make these problems go away? People with this “magical thinking are part of the problem. They just can’t face reality, so they use their voice to put people down.And does that help us? No. It just takes people away from the fight. Permalink



Oh, noes!

Well DU has become quite the Obama bash fest….

what the hell happened to DU, seems to have merged with freerepublic.

Only one breaks the chorus of approval

24. I know

Having people criticize the president on here for accepting republican narratives absolutely makes this message-board the equivalent of an insane bigoted far-right message board. 

Its like they say, if you criticize a democrat from the left that means you are a secret republican operative.   Permalink

The loyalty train  is chugging along however

***Check in if you’re proud of President Obama and his SOTU tonight***

Not 100% agreement from me, but very good.

William Pitt is not aboard

Is this as bad as I think it is?

I have been known on more than one occasion to defend the President even when he didn’t necessarily deserve it. I’ve also kicked him in the ass more than once.

This is an excellent Republican speech. There were a few belly-rubs – new energy policy, and oh we love the children – but he has been kissing GOP ass from beginning to end.

Please tell me I’m just an insane person. Been writing all day, maybe I’m addled.

But Jesus God…what is this crap?

Best Republican speech I’ve ever heard.

Total poop grenade.

Shit everywhere.

Ugh.

answering to a cheerleader saying Obama is doing right

10. He hasn’t lit the podium on fire or thrown up or anything
but I wouldn’t call this “doing great.”  Permalink

There were plenty of articles, material for this one in 2008 too, but they ignored it

Time Magazine Cover of Obama: Why Obama Hearts Reagan



Some excerpts from the article

Since the November elections, Obama has brought corporate executives into the White House, reached out to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and made compromise his new watchword. He signed a surprise $858 billion tax cut that would have made Reagan weep with joy and huddled with Reagan’s former White House chief of staff Ken Duberstein for lessons learned when the Gipper governed amid economic troubles.Over the Christmas break, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs tweeted that Obama was reading a Reagan biography, and just to confirm the bond, Obama recently wrote an homage to Reagan for USA Today. “Reagan recognized the American people’s hunger for accountability and change,” Obama wrote, conferring on Reagan two of his most cherished political slogans.

Of course, the defense team is ready this time as well

7. The full article is pretty interesting. OP’s excerpts are kind of misleading.
It isn’t about how “Obama is just like Reagan”. Nor is it that “Obama Admires Reagan’s Policies” which he doesn’t. It has more to do with using Reagan’s style to counter R meme that “government is the problem”  Permalink

and one of the cheerleaders nails it

9. We knew this since the primaries. Did you vote for Obama? n/t   Permalink

Another subversive idea

How to fix Social Security in one graph



Here’s an interesting view on civl rights, and very likely the DUdie

Obama administration demands Dan Choi pay $2500 for DADT discharge

To which cheerleading O responds

2. Shame on Choi – easier for him to be a perpetual victim, apparently
Grandstanding to try and embarass the administration that has done so much for this cause.  Permalink

Found this on DU:

Jared Lee Loughner was not a “teabagger,” but that hardly matters

t is very possible (likely, in fact) that the shooting in Arizona was not, in the truest sense, a political act. The shooter might have been responding to the voices in his head more than anything else. Sometimes nutty people turn their rage against folks in the public eye for no reasons that make sense to anybody else. That is probably the case here.

However, that does not let folks like the Tea Partiers, Sarah Palin and others off the hook.

…….
Sometimes, though, I think they really ARE sending out dog whistles to the unknown nuts out there.

Because who would let go of such a sweet opportunity to feel superior?

So what if the shooter started his Gifford fixation long before the Tea Party existed or  Palin was known nationally?

So what if the shooter was registered independent and didn’t bother voting in 2008?

So what if Sheriff Dupnik who started the finger pointing craze is an anti-immigration  nut who advised people to buy guns?

(In fact, as local media notes, the good sheriff is responsible for not acting on the many reports of death threats from the shooter it received)

Jared Loughner has been making death threats by phone to many people in Pima County including staff of Pima Community College, radio personalities and local bloggers. When Pima County Sheriff’s Office was informed, his deputies assured the victims that he was being well managed by the mental health system.

It was also suggested that further pressing of charges would be unnecessary and probably cause more problems than it solved …

We have decided that crazy people no longer get their messages from outer space but from Sarah Palin only, via dog whistles! So there.

Some don’t even want to concede it wasn’t political – like the resident freeper

5. If you shoot a member of Congress in public, it is political.

Every time. What his precise motivations were remains to be seen, but it was patently a political act.  Permalink

You shoot a politician, it’s political. I wonder if that made John Lennon’s assassin a musician?

Some say it was political, but maybe not partisan, while some won’t even concede that point

12. Okay, I’ll Bite

Can you show us his political platform and how it differed from the teabaggers?

The one thing I know is that he was a “gold standard” kind of guy…just like Beck!  Permalink

So, don’t let the facts get in the way of a good fund raiser!

And don’t forget to…get in their faces!

Like the Bushies before them, they are knowingly manufacturing reality to suit their agenda (which is limited to “get the other guys”) and let the sane people worry about logic. They have a score to settle!

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They found out about Obama reading Raygun

On Hawaii vacation, Obama reads up on Reagan

The defenders are in overdrive. One ironically sporting a union avatar:

21. Well, well, well…

Look at this contingent of wailers & gnashers of teeth who have gathered to denigrate & vilify. It would serve you well to remember the words of Sun Tsu, who recognized 2,500 years ago that one should ‘know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.’ In the case of Barack Obama, it appears that not a mother’s one of you ‘know your enemy’ – which in this extremely sad instance is the Democratic president – since you believe that he worships Reagan. The quote in the OP shows not a scintilla of evidence that Barack Obama approves of Reagan’s policies, but rather his ability to inspire optimism and effect change. ermalink

but some start seing a pattern

27. First it was Lincoln and now Reagan?

What’s with this Republican worship? He needs to read up on Harry Truman who did face his adversaries and told them the truth they didn’t want to hear. Permalink

and  having beefed up on Raygun, Obama starts describing himself as better than Clinton

Obama bans … “Triangulation.”

In fact, several advisers confirmed, the word “triangulation” has been banned by Mr. Obama because he does not believe it accurately describes his approach.

Triangulation just isn’t Obama’s style, and his scolding of liberals seems to be rooted in genuine frustration with them for disagreeing with him about what’s politically possible, given today’s realities.

Finally, hard to deny it any longer

Gibbs: Obama ‘likely’ to seek re-election – and cooperate with GOP on entitlement reform & deficit

Funny how he was “cooperating” since he named that commission

Some get it

7. He’s 100% Wall Street, just like any replacement would be.

The only meaningful political divide in this country isn’t “right and left” but “have and have-not”. Unless the general population gets angry enough or smart enough to see that, and stops being so easily manipulated with silly social wedge issues, we’ll just have one Wall Street-groomed corporate servant after another. It’s like giving the mascot a makeover every few years. Permalink

and some campaign promises do not sell very well

Obama Wants Tax Cuts for Wealthiest Americans Ended in 2012, Jarrett Says

“That’s something he is willing to fight for,” she said in an interview taped for broadcast on NBC’s “Meet the Press” today. “He is going to fight very hard when those two-year extensions expire” to end the breaks for top earners.

Some of the comments

10. “Obama wants…” Oh, please. Stop already. Just go away and stop bothering me with your nonsense. Permalink

and

12. My gut reaction: When pigs fly!

The President knows and is signaling through Jarret what we WANT to hear. I like to believe the President recognizes the importance of ending the tax cuts for the rich but whatever monster has grabbed his soul won’t allow that to become reality. Permalink

And what monster would that be? And when did the grabbing took place?

16. Obama promises future broken promises.

I know, “wants” is a long way from promise. And perhaps even further from “will.” Though I do recollect the latter being sold like a promise during the campaign and into the presidency. If that recollection is correct, and considering the outcome, I have no hope for what he “wants” to do. Permalink

Here’s a fun one to defend

Obama applauds Eagles for giving Vick second chance

President Barack Obama recently called Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to congratulate the team for giving quarterback Mike Vick a second chance.

President Obama explained that a level playing field rarely exists for prisoners who have completed their sentences. Vick’s success gives all of them hope.

One defends

9. Redemption

I do think that Vick should have been given a shot at redemption…. my disappointment is that the focus of redemption seems to be on how he works harder and has made himself a better football player. Admirable.. sure.. but not true redemption IMHO… Permalink

another illustrates

4. Has Obama picked up the phone to call Best Friends Animal Sanctuary…

to thank them for taking care of Vick’s prize dog (and many others)?

while another gets the picture

5. wrong, Obama… wrong…

To equate greedy Eagles NFL team owner’s hiring Vick with the very real difficulties non-athlete, non-celebrity (and yes, non-horrific dog killers) have in finding employment is just disgusting. Somehow all the millions of unemployed, who will never have the kind of opportunities Vick has had– will surely take no comfort that Obama understands THEIR plight. How out of touch this statement shows Obama to be. Sadly….. :shrug: Permalink

and there’s a hilarious follow up

WH responds to furor from Obama’s comments re: Vick

The Obama administration confirmed on Monday afternoon that the president, in a call with the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, expressed gratitude for the team’s decision to give a second chance to quarterback Michael Vick.

But the nexus of the call, spokesman Bill Burton told The Huffington Post, was on the team’s plans to use alternative energy sources at their stadium. And while the president was thankful that Vick was given a career do-over, he still thought that the actions committed by the QB — the orchestration of an illegal dog-fighting ring, the killing of animals and the deceiving of investigators looking into the matter — were condemnable. (full statement from his PR person at link)

Some comments

85. could I ask

why it was necessary for Obama to comment on this bastard at ALL? THAT decision falls into “DUMBER THAN A BAG OF HAMMERS” category Permalink

but the cheerleaders re unwavering

52. The pres is entitled to his opinion and doesn’t have to justify it to anyone. nt Permalink

and the DUdie

f_9000006m_299a146.gif picture by Edgeoforever

goes to

Photos: Hugger in Chief (The Obama Presidency, Day 705)

and this comment vies for DUdie

2. I just love that this family thinks of others even while

on a personal vacation. Thanks for the great pix! Permalink

Didn’t W call himself that once?

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This concludes today’s DUies

come back next year!

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