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Remember Obama’s pledge “I will not rest until the spill is contained“?
I think I’ll pick USA Today as cover of the day for putting the two stories side by side – you see Obama not resting as the hurricane “may may spill worse ”
.but Rahm Post
.and Obama Times aren’t that far behind
.And the oil spill gets its dose of spin too – it’s good for tourism one Fla paper reveals – as the others just don’t cover it today
.In other news – Vive la France! DC Express seems critical of France’s decision to outlaw the burka
In NY, it seems it’s in poor taste now to flaunt it (much)
.and Long Island is upstate with state budget cuts
Dick Morris: Hillary Clinton Is Throwing Obama Under The Bus For A 2012 Run
Oh, that poor, poor Obama! Oh that evil, evil Hillary!
suggesting the remarks, coupled with her silence on health care reform, were a deliberate attempt to undermine the President building up to 2012.“I think there is a subtle distancing going on, and it began over health care,”
You mean the one advanced by the Heritage Foundation? The image I’d love to remove from my brain but can’t?
Not much more to comment, except to underline that this was the engine that pulled in the foold for the Gldman Sachs candidate. CDS worked so well, it is still being flogged
Oh and some of the comments are priceless. Loved ex-political media hack’s
oh lord do i wish dick morris was sane and that this idea really was true!
Sadly hes not and its not.
the crazed Obots (see Roxsteady for a easy crazed example) actually believe that obama really is doing a good job and that every problem he has is because of something Fox news said…..these fools still really hate the Clintons for daring to take obama to the end of the primaries (and beat the pants off of him) and if she ran theyd totally completely freak and turn all their race baiting teabag yellin’-palin loathing hate right at both Clintons.
No folks – you cant expect the clintons to clean up obamas mess. Thats the responsibility of the twits that elected him.
i mean just imagine what chris matthews and Frank rich would say.
Obama Times and the rest of the media reports victoriously
The problem with that headline is that is a lie. Who worked on this? Anderson?
At the very best, employers added 192,000 jobs, the other 188,000 were added by some accountant on a guess
The birth/death adjustment (guess) added 188,000 jobs,
Yes, the word “guess” is from the report, which is nothing more than a survey – a more extensive poll. It leads to ridiculously self-contradicting headlines such as this one
Second, there is a number of jobs the economy has to add monthly just to keep up with population growth. Looking at Robert Reich’s analysis for the March report
Second, since the start of the Great Recession, the economy has lost 8.4 million jobs and failed to create another 2.7 million needed just to keep up with population growth. That means we’re more than 11 million in the hole right now. And that hole keeps deepening every month we fail to add at least 150,000 new jobs, again reflecting population growth.
A census-taking job is better than no job, but it’s no substitute for the real thing.
In other words, 150,000 is the number needed to just keep stagnating rather than further sinking. And the rest of the 42.000 is less than the number of census jobs.
If Jake Tapper’s facebook entry is based on solid facts
More on job numbers — 65k of those new jobs are govt jobs, such as census, 231k private sector, including 44k in manufacturing
then indeed, the actual number of jobs created (not adjusted by technicality) is under the maintenance level.
Which is why the unemployment is at 9.9 and there’s a more interesting number buried in the actual report
The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) con-
tinued to trend up over the month, reaching 6.7 million. In April, 45.9 percent
of unemployed persons had been jobless for 27 weeks or more.
As the spill blackens the Atlantic coast, the news of Obama’s pay-off from BP made it out
During the 2008 election cycle, individuals and political action committees associated with BP — a Center for Responsive Politics’ “heavy hitter” — contributed half a million dollars to federal candidates. About 40 percent of these donations went to Democrats. The top recipient of BP-related donations during the 2008 cycle was President Barack Obama himself, who collected $71,000.
.It wasn’t BP, silly, it was BP-s employees, B0botland offered. How many times do we have to explain this one – we already did with Goldman Sachs!
By the time the headline hit Politico as well
.the Obama media had to spring in action. (or to use my recent lesson – not the media, silly, the B0bots in the media)
Here’s what New York Magazine had to say yesterday about it – note the quotation marks around “answer for”
they hand Politico a dose of righteous South Park snark
Now he and “members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign contributions they’ve taken from the oil and gas giant over the years,” according to Politico. Why did you take money from a company whose oil rig was going to explode two years later, Obama?!? Bastard!
Be careful what you snark, New York Magazine. How many ways did those money pay off for BP? Let me count the ways:
We know that since his campaign, Obama changed his mind (flip-flopped – if this were a regular candidate) on off shore drilling. But as NY Magazine said he couldn’t know their rig was going to explode two years later, right?
Not quite. It seems that before he was to embark on this disastrous policy, there were inklings
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration officials last fall warned the Department of Interior, which regulates offshore oil drilling, that it was dramatically underestimating the frequency of offshore oil spills and was dangerously understating the risk and impacts a major spill would have on coastal residents.
And what else did BP money buy? WaPo has another headline
.So, after being warned by their own agency of the potential consequences
The Interior Department exempted BP’s calamitous Gulf of Mexico drilling operation from a detailed environmental impact analysis last year, according to government documents, after three reviews of the area concluded that a massive oil spill was unlikely.
So the recent empty promise that future leases will be given under further scrutiny merely meant :no more preferential treatment? (knowing there were no scheduled future leases).
And yet, the only headlines connecting Obama to the spill are
I bet he does. But he still didn’t change the off-shore drilling policy. Because as New York Magazine says
Why did you take money from a company whose oil rig was going to explode two years later, Obama?!? Bastard!
because as Condoleeza Rice famously said, “nobody expected planes to fly into towers”..
While doing a search for something different, I have found this remarkable Daily Kos entry (yeah, I have to link to it) which introduces Senator Obama’s diary on the Daily Kos. Yeah, the courtship started THAT early.
The context of Obama starting this diary is the forced vote against Roberts for SCOTUS – only in the very last second did he calculate that it’s better for his career
I shared enough of these concerns that I voted against Roberts on the floor this morning. But short of mounting an all-out filibuster — a quixotic fight I would not have supported; a fight I believe Democrats would have lost both in the Senate and in the court of public opinion;
In the featured entry, B0 waxes rhetorical about compromising and the relativity of principles. Here’s a small sample
A pro-choice Democrat doesn’t become anti-choice because he or she isn’t absolutely convinced that a twelve-year-old girl should be able to get an operation without a parent being notified. A pro-civil rights Democrat doesn’t become complicit in an anti-civil rights agenda because he or she questions the efficacy of certain affirmative action programs.
It was all there. Gays and women, you have been warned way ahead of the game. B0bots too:
Let me be clear: I am not arguing that the Democrats should trim their sails and be more “centrist.” In fact, I think the whole “centrist” versus “liberal” labels that continue to characterize the debate within the Democratic Party misses the mark.
Yeah, we know now. The real mark: retards vs Republicans.
To be sure this is a masterpiece of ambivalence: democrats should be “bold” but also “flexible”, he draws no moral equivalence between the right wingers and progressives, but how can we ask the “R”s not to be beholden to theirs when “D”s are to their retards
But to the degree that we brook no dissent within the Democratic Party, and demand fealty to the one, “true” progressive vision for the country, we risk the very thoughtfulness and openness to new ideas that are required to move this country forward.
Note that when saying that, Obama uses “We” as he was one of the progressives.
Mind you this diary from 2005 contains exactly 2 entries but then B0 was never accused of having too much staying power. The money did the rest.
Anyway, the theme of this is “tone” (read “be nice”) and I’ll close with the paragraph that sounds the funniest today – as I am sure it did in 2008
A polarized electorate that is turned off of politics, and easily dismisses both parties because of the nasty, dishonest tone of the debate, works perfectly well for those who seek to chip away at the very idea of government because, in the end, a cynical electorate is a selfish electorate.
and for reality check, here’s WaPo on his comedy routine
Except for a mild joke pegged to his falling approval ratings, Obama mostly spared Obama during his 14-minute stand-up routine. Palin, he said, calls Twitter and Facebook “the socialized media.” He dubbed Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican Party, “the Notorious G.O.P.” The newly enacted health-care law, the president joked, has “hundreds” of secret provisions, such as one covering people in Massachusetts who’ve suffered “short-term memory loss” about the state’s own efforts to reform health care. “So good news, Mitt!” Obama said of Republican critic and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. “Your condition is covered!”
So, I guess, “nice” is for the retards and the rest of the commoners
Oh, and I spare you the reading of the comments at the Orange Cheeto: it’s when B0bots were born! Universal adulation. In case you wonder who are the people OK with 2 wars, Heritage Foundation HCR, NCLB, coastal drilling, conscience rules and Social Security privatization.