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More and more headlines there remind me of the good ol’ days of the primaries  the same mix of entitlement and panic – only now they are in the process of peeling of a new layer of disappointed former supporters as opposed to those who saw through Obama from the start

The ONLY message you will be sending by not voting is that Republicans have won.

Okay — Don’t vote if you disagree with some things Obama and the Democrats have done.

this one is a gimmick headline – the OP will label you a right winger if you do so

You agree that America is a Christian nation and laws should be adjusted to reflect this.
You agree that America is a white nation and laws should be adjusted to reflect this.
You agree that evolution is a myth and bible stories should be given equal or more emphasis.
You agree that helping the poor should not be an aspect of government. etc

This one is more direct

Even if you’re not pro-Obama, you still need to vote Democratic this year

Must be the latest polls…


I think this one belongs here, in the “attack, gloat” mode:

If Obama went for Single Payer and failed,

and went for a 100% green energy plan and failed,

and reversed all the bailouts so that the economy crashed, the Big 3 failed, and millions more people lost jobs…

Would he get your vote? Would that be considered success?

The argument could almost make sense had Obama not be quoted back in June 2009 as saying  that

The goal of the Obama White House is to come up with a health-care plan that can attract bipartisan support. The president has told visitors that he would rather have 70 votes in the Senate for a bill that gives him 85 percent of what he wants rather than a 100 percent satisfactory bill that passes 52 to 48.

In other words, he failed by design to get single payer, public option, 100% green energy plan etc.

Or, he really doesn’t want 100% of what you think he wants..

On the topic that brought us such hits as “I never campaigned on the Public option” and “Obama shames the centrists” come…several twists at once.

As the tabloid covers show, Obama now is not so much into healthcare, in fact he actually predicted its demise

Obama admits health care overhaul may die on Hill

No, maybe he can’t.. . President Barack Obama, who insisted he would succeed where other presidents had failed to fix the nation’s health care system, now concedes the effort may die in Congress.

On the other hand, his political henchman, the one who puts words on TOTUS was declaring at the same time

Asked about health-care reform, Axelrod said: “We want to move rapidly on that. The president feels as great a sense of urgency as every about this.”

the context being his retort to Al Franken’s complains of lack of leadership – of which he made light

“At the end of it, as I was watching Senator Franken, I thought to myself: However this turns out, I’m good, I’m smart, and doggone it, people like me.’ So I was OK with it.”

It’s a good thing he’s OK with it, while telling the press the opposite thing Obama reads from TOTUS. I don’t blame democrats in congress for being somehow lost or, as Politico puts it, “chaffing”

And some Democrats feel that every time they look to White House for clarity, they hear something different, as though the strategy is whatever the president or his top advisers said that day.

Take the past two weeks. Since Democrats lost the Massachusetts Senate race, Obama or his top advisers have suggested all of the following: breaking the bill into smaller parts, keeping it together in one comprehensive package, putting it at the back of legislative line and needing to “punch it through” Congress, as Obama himself said Tuesday.

Maybe that is a good moment to reminisce the good ol times, when Obama was invincible, unlike that horrible, horrible Bill Clinton.
Tom Daschle had declared “opposite day” on anything Clinton did:
Remember the good ol’ times when Daschle was advising Obama to do “Anything but Clinton” to succeed on HCR?

Now as Obama’s point-person on health care, Daschle’s approach is a simple philosophy of ABC – Anything But Clinton – that he’ll start to lay out at his confirmation hearing Thursday for secretary of health and human services.

Daschle wants an overhaul plan moving on Capitol Hill by spring. Clinton waited almost a full year. Daschle wants lawmakers to take the lead in drafting it. Clinton kept the job inside the White House.

They called it “Hopenhagen” – was it for Mr Hope and change?

What follows is a collection of accounts about what went on after “Te bestest speech on climate”

When the President, in an unyielding speech, said that without international verification “any agreement would be empty words on a page”, that was too much for Mr Wen. He left the conference in Copenhagen’s Bella Centre, returned to his hotel in the city, and responded with a direct snub of his own – he sent low-level delegates to take his place in the talks. A high-level source told The Independent that the US President was amazed when he found who he was negotiating with, and clearly regarded Mr Wen’s absence as a major diplomatic insult. He snapped: “It would be nice to negotiate with somebody who can make political decisions”

So, bestest speech sends China out of the talks.

An earlier – before redacting Politico article as preserved in a commentary at the Confluence gives us what went on

At about 730 pm Denmark time – the president was supposed to have left an hour before — he learned that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, with whom he was supposed to meet, was meeting with the leaders of India, South Africa, and Brazil – the main players holding up any sort of political agreement.

The president heard about this and said he wanted to go to the meeting.

“Four against one,” an official said to the president.

“No problem,” he replied.

A senior administration official says the president “barged into the meeting,” where he joined China’s Wen, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma.

The reporters’ pool note from that time said that President Obama walked into the room and called out from the door, “Mr. Premier, are you ready to see me? Are you ready?”

They talked for roughly 45 minutes and emerged with a non-binding political accord”

Here’s the version I found on Politico today

I, got into the multilateral room we’ve now figured out why we can’t get into that room: because that room has Wen, Lula, Singh and Zuma. They’re all having a meeting. … The President walks in … [T]here aren’t any seats, right, I mean, I think if you’ve seen some of the pictures, there were basically no chairs. And the President says, ‘No, no, don’t worry, I’m going to go sit by my friend Lula,’ and says, ‘Hey, Lula.’ Walks over, moves a chair, sits down next to Lula. The Secretary of State sits down next to him. … I want to make clear, we did not break into what we thought was a secret meeting, okay? … We were walking to meet our 7:00 p.m. appointment.”

and then a cleaned up version in Politico that ends up with a “meaningful agreement” and a really propagandized version in NY Times with diplomatic language from Brazil

Sergio Serra, Brazil’s senior climate negotiator here, confirmed that Mr. Obama had joined a meeting of Brazilian, Indian, Chinese and other officials, although he did not say that Mr. Obama walked in uninvited.

NYT also gives the illusion that something meaningful came out of this.

Todays’s  Politico account has the comment of the chief negotiator for the developing nations

“Squarely the blame is on President Obama. When you look very carefully and dig into what happened, you find that there is no difference whatsoever between President Obama and President Bush, except one of them tells it as it is,”

Umm- I don’t think he meant Obama.

Comparisons with Bush abound in every source I check

Having spurned Europe and the poor countries of the world, he will reap domestic political benefit. George Bush couldn’t have done this—the reaction would have been too great. Obama has taken the mandate that progressives worked their hearts out to give him, and used it to gut the ideas that progressives have held most dear. The ice caps won’t be the only things we lose with this deal.

The Independent also talks about Chavez’s performance

Hugo Chavez, fired off a string of insults at Mr Obama from the podium, saying he had been awarded “the Nobel Prize for war” and referring to his “Yankee Empire”.

But ice caps aside, the “unprecedented” event in Hopenhagen – “bestest speech on climate” got panned! In a headline!

Barack Obama’s speech disappoints and fuels frustration at Copenhagen

Totus must be hiding his screen in shame

Chavez of course had his own special review

Many reactions were strongly critical of Obama. Hugo Chávez, the president of Venezuela, described Obama’s speech as “ridiculous” and the US’s initial offer of a $10bn fund for poor countries in the draft text as “a joke”

but previously B0bot Guardian didn’t disagree much

The lacklustre speech proved a huge frustration to a summit that had been looking to Obama to use his stature on the world stage – and his special following among African leaders – to try to come to an ambitious deal.

B0bots cheer

Give em hell Barack!! Herding tigers comes to mind..

This agreement probably wont help much but its a start..

Indeed, hell he gave them!

The Guardian again

Low targets, goals dropped: Copenhagen ends in failure

another quote from the G77 negotiator:

Lumumba Di-Aping, chief negotiator for the G77 group of 130 developing countries, said the deal had “the lowest level of ambition you can imagine. It’s nothing short of climate change scepticism in action. It locks countries into a cycle of poverty for ever. Obama has eliminated any difference between him and Bush.”

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Bush the Smarter, whose wife famously called Hillary “something that rhymes with a witch” is decrying the lack of civility in politics.

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While he seems to remember his times as “the good old days”, he is feeling sorry for the Whiner in Chief

President Obama “is entitled to civil treatment and intellectual honesty when it comes to critics.”

Then ironically

While he said he does not believe in personal name-calling, he singled out MSNBC personalities Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow calling them “sick puppies.”

“The way they treat my son and anyone who’s opposed to their point of view is just horrible,” Mr. Bush said.

And then came the best line:

With a chuckle, Mr. Bush said his son’s critics “weren’t singled out as much as they should have been.”

Like the guy who is now the only memorable thing from Obama’s wishy-washy healthcare speech. He got singled out to the tune of 4.4 million! (of course you need to carefully read several paragraphs of the CNN story to find out that Joe Wilson raised 2.7 of it while his Democratic opponent only 1,7! No wonder Michelle Obama is punishing the state with a no show!

While Poppy Bush mentioned he had his differences with Obama which he won’t express, it’s interesting that he was found for this interview, hosting Mr. Obama at a volunteerism event on the Texas A & M campus.

Which is one sighting of the official meme to be executed by Hollywood according to this

“from October 19-25, more than 60 network TV shows [will] spotlight the power and personal benefits of service,” and that this “unprecedented block of TV programming is the first wave of a multi-year ‘I Participate’ campaign.”

I noticed a weird reference in “Flash forward” – when a woman asks a priest for  help to atone for something she didn’t do yet, and is given some information on volunteer groups.

I personally volunteered and support the concept, but the idea of deliberate message peppering from the White House is a creepy deja vu.

Ceausescu was doing it as well – not through memos – but outright through speeches. He would spout some specific slogans, the directive that they be spread, and the next day they were out there – in poems, short stories, movies and books.

Oh, and his critics didn’t get “singled out”. They got – disappeared.

For those Yidish impaired, the definition of chutzpa: someone who kills his parents then asks the court’s mercy for being an orphan

Incredibly, the man who shouldn’t even have a role in the government now that the campaigning is should be over, made this mind boggling statement

Top White House adviser David Axelrod says “politics” played a key role in the International Olympic Committee’s decision to reject President Obama’s appeal in support of Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics.

I guess when Obama’s politics prevail, it’s called “ponies”, when they lose it’s called “politics”

In the past Obama accused the GOP of playing politics. Now, this coming from Axelrod is even richer somehow.

Of course, the “politics” gimmick was to cover for his client

“I don’t view this as a repudiation of the president or the first lady. I think that there are politics everywhere, and there were politics inside that room.”

I guess everyone should be happy no racism accusations were thrown. In fact, upon CNN digging for it, the answer was

“I’m not suggesting anything nefarious…I’m not suggesting anything untoward happened.

And a Chicago pol would know what he is speaking about.

Illustration: Afrocity Brown


I couldn’t miss this Politico headline

All the rquivocation that follows can diminish that

The agony of Obama’s defeat

and some hillarious spin I wasn’t aware of

Earlier this week, The White House flatly rejected the notion that Obama’s Chicago ties played any role in his decision or his support for the U.S. bid for the games.

“If it had been Los Angeles, I think the notion that the President would have done less because it was a different U.S. city just doesn’t hold a lot of water,” Press Secretary Robert Gibbs insisted earlier this week.

Some analysts find that claim impossible to believe.

For once in my life, I agree with “analysts”

Also, h/t to Butters, back in June, Obama had opened an Olympic Office in the White House

here’s the headline in Chicago Tribune

President Barack Obama to open White House Olympic Office

Announcement timed before Chicago’s presentation to IOC members

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