Posts Tagged ‘fox news’
I feel sort of sad for people who have their hearts so invested into Barack Obama’s presidency that they can’t break free and see the truth when the truth is undeniable and feel compelled to keep trying to defend the president’s statements when they’re indefensible.
In a rare moment off the teleprompter, we got a glimpse of the true Obama when he made the infamous “you didn’t build that” insult against the business owners and job creators of America. Here’s a typical attempt by a typical O-bot trying to defend Obama’s comment:
source: Chauna Lawson
(You ever notice how the Obama-lover feels compelled to make at least one Fox News reference in every comment they post on the Internet?)
What Obama said was:
If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.
I’m sorry, but there’s no way to misinterpret that, and yet, realizing what a devastating glimpse his words were into the real, unscripted Obama, the Obama campaign tried to fight back by creating a commercial in which they claim the quote was taken out of context.
Like the good parrots they are, the Obama supporters mindlessly began repeating it: *squawk* out of context *squawk* out of context.
The funny thing is, when you look at the context of the full quote, Obama’s comments are even more insulting!
Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hard-working people out there.
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.
Here we have the president of the United States mocking the people who have succeeded in America by telling us how he’s always struck by people who think they were successful because they were so smart and because they worked so hard!
Can this guy be any more condescending towards the people who built the businesses that made America the wealthiest nation on Earth? Far be it for any of you to pat yourselves on the back! Put it in context and his comments are even more insulting.
Moving back to the “you didn’t build that” part, I cannot believe the Obama supporters can say it with a straight face when they try to tell us that Obama was referring to “roads and bridges” when he said “you didn’t build that.”
Seriously? Wasn’t this guy supposed to be like, the smartest president ever or something? Wasn’t he supposed to be the editor of the Harvard Law Review? Do you really think the former editor of the Harvard Law Review is going to refer to “bridges and roads” as “that?” If he was referring to “bridges and roads” he would have said “you didn’t build those.”
Barack Obama’s argument is that all the things which allowed successful people to prosper were created by the government, but has he ever stopped to consider who paid for these things? Those roads and bridges weren’t paid for by a magic government fairy waving it’s magical fairy wand – who the hell do you think paid for this unbelievable American system that we have?
(I’ll give you a hint – it wasn’t the 47% of America who don’t pay taxes.)
Those roads and bridges were created by the blood, sweat and tears of the people who built the businesses which paid the taxes which funded those projects. Every single dime that funded our infrastructure was either paid for by the businesses and business owners of America or from the taxes on the income from the jobs those business owners created.
A lot of people theorize that Obama’s problem is that back side of a paycheck is the only side he’s ever signed, but all my life, I’ve either worked for someone else or worked independently, so I’ve never employed anyone or signed the front of a paycheck either and yet I have no problem admitting who the wealth creators are in America.
Why is it so hard for Obama to admit that everything that’s great about America was either created by or paid for by the private sector and that it’s the people who sign the front of the paychecks who have had by far the greatest share in making America the wealthiest nation on Earth?
Obama’s comments about the business leaders of America are so offensive it would be like if I were to look at the millionaire professional athletes in America living their lifestyles of the rich and famous with their incomes up in the top of the 1% and respond bitterly by saying, “They didn’t earn that, they were born with those abilities, someone gave them those genes.”
How bitter and petty would I have to be to suggest there isn’t anything special about the tiny fraction of Americans who manage to make it as professional athletes? What kind of jerk would anyone have to be to look at these great athletes who were smart enough to avoid the all pitfalls along the way and who worked hard enough to earn their spot in the 1% and try to minimize their accomplishments by saying, “There are a lot of smart people out there, there are a whole bunch of hard-working people out there?”
What kind of asshole would try to deny the greatness of our professional athletes and the fact that they are indeed special? And yet it’s no more offensive than denying the greatness of the business people who sign the front of those athletes’ paychecks and who create the leagues and the stadiums and the arenas that made those athletes’ careers possible in the first place.
Sure, professional athletes were also blessed with God-given talent just the same as some successful business owners have had opportunities many of us never had, but there are almost as many rags to riches stories in the business world as there are in the world of pro sports.
How disappointing it is to see the same man who once spoke so endearingly of the UNITED States of America become a president who goes around the country downplaying the intelligence and work ethic of those people who built the businesses which made this country great.
Barack Obama sold himself as a uniter, but he is a divider the likes of which we’ve never seen. Even worse, these comments reveal the true Barack Obama, the Barack Obama who speaks lovingly in his memoirs of his mentor “Frank,” who turns out to be the card-carrying communist Frank Marshall Davis.
In Barack Obama’s world, all good things start with government. Listen, they already tried that. There’s a reason they had to build a wall and put up sniper towers to keep the people of East Germany from fleeing to the West. Why Barack Obama would try to drag us back over that wall to a world where everything begins with government is beyond me.
You would think Barack Obama would be happy to have every other news network outside of Fox News running a full-fledged propaganda machine for his administration, but no sir, when it comes to the way Obama sees things, one channel daring to question his administration is one channel too many.
The thin-skinned president’s first press secretary, Robert Gibbs, started the White House’s War on Fox by citing two OPINION SHOWS on Fox News as evidence of the news organization being “illegitimate,” with senior advisor David Axelrod going so far as to call on all the other media outlets in the Obama State Media to join the administration in declaring Fox News as “not a news organization.”
(Of course, while Obama, Gibbs and Axelrod are outraged by opinions expressed on Fox’s opinion shows, they seem to be just fine with opinions passed off as “news” on MSNBC.)
After two years of the White House’s War on Fox, the administration finally surrendered with Robert Gibbs raising the white flag.
(It never seemed to dawn on the administration that their petty little vendetta against a single news network was far beneath the dignity of the office. Perhaps it came down to Team Obama realizing that Fox News had just pulled ratings of literally ten times the viewers over CNN, with fully one-third of them being Democrats. If you can’t beat ‘em, at least try to play nice with them.)
It was only a matter of time, however, before the White House brought in a new press secretary and re-engaged in their War on Fox, resuming with the cheap shots and the snide remarks and culminating in Jay Carney (allegedly) making an angry and threatening phone call to Fox News’ executive vice president Michael Clemente for his network daring to air a piece the administration took exception to.
Can you imagine how low Obama’s poll numbers would have sunk by now if it wasn’t for his cheerleading squad of ABC-NBC-CBS-PBS-NPR-CNN-MSNBC working so hard to keep him afloat? If only it wasn’t for that damn, pesky Fox News . . .
My guess is that Barack Obama will only be happy when all dissent is outlawed.
So I’m reading over the latest at US American Freedom and there’s a post about potential GOP vice presidential candidates and how Fox News was discussing (albeit jokingly) the possibility of Tim Tebow as a vice presidential candidate (and yes, they did mention that pesky little detail that he doesn’t make the age requirement) and it got me to thinking . . .
Could we really be doing any worse than what we have? We have a president who threatened America by telling us that if his Democrat-controlled Congress didn’t rush through the $787 billion “stimulus” package, that unemployment could rise to as high as 8%, only to see him get his wishes and then see unemployment rise even higher than 10%! Now here we are, over three years later, and in a single term that’s still unfinished, Obama has racked up more debt than all presidents from George Washington up to the Bush presidency combined and we’re still above 8% unemployment???
Think about Obama’s “signature achievement”, Obamacare. Outside of a few closed door meetings with union leaders, the president was almost entirely disconnected from the process. He just left it up to Congress to sort out the details, not even putting up a fight to make good on two of his most important campaign promises: that the bill would have a single payer option and that he would never sign a bill with an individual mandate. If you think about it, “signature achievement” is an apt description for it because Obama’s greatest contribution to Obamacare was simply putting his signature on it.
Why don’t we just say no to all these people who make it their lives’ ambitions to become career politicians? Why don’t we just give in completely to our national obsession with pop culture and start electing a bunch of celebrities with zero experience in politics. I mean, think about it – could a President Kim Kardashian really have done any worse than what we have?
People might wring their hands and say, “But, but, but . . . but what about EXPERIENCE???” Don’t even talk to me about experience when in 2008, we elected a president who had only landed in the Senate four years earlier and who flat-out admitted he was too inexperienced to run for president.
First, get rid of that archaic age requirement of 35. If you’re old enough to vote, you should be old enough to vote for yourself.
Next, ban anyone who has ever held an elected office. Bam! In one fell swoop, you’ve eliminated the most corrupt segment of society from even being able to run for president.
Finally, turn the election into more of a Dancing with the Stars format. Ditch the old lingo of “candidates” for president and call them “contestants” for president. Make it something people would actually want to tune in to and watch, a competition, something like Survivor meets Wipeout. Who wouldn’t want to see a presidential contestant covered in mud, trying to navigate those big red bouncy balls, slipping and doing a face plant?
Imagine the excitement of tuning in each week and knowing that one presidential contestant was going to get voted off the show that very night! Oh my God, who’s it going to be?
Imagine how many more people would get involved in the process if you could just phone in your vote instead of having to suffer the undue burden of travelling to a polling place. Ah yes, the modern day convenience of phoning your vote in, and really, doesn’t it make sense that the more excited you are about a candidate, the more votes you should be able to phone in? Yeah, that’s right, vote early and vote often. Why not? The Democrats have been doing it since the days of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall.
Imagine the ratings. Imagine all the money we could put towards paying down the debt with the advertising revenues!
I’m sick and tired of all these prefab presidential candidates. What we need is pop culture celebs, baby! Forget presidential candidates, we need presidential contestants!
It was nearly eleven hundred, and in the Records Department, where Winston worked, they were dragging the chairs out of the cubicles and grouping them in the centre of the hall opposite the big telescreen, in preparation for the Two Minutes Hate.
The programmes of the Two Minutes Hate varied from day to day, but there was none in which Sarah Palin was not the principal figure. She was the primal traitor, the earliest defiler of the Party’s purity. All subsequent crimes against the Party, all treacheries, acts of sabotage, heresies, deviations, sprang directly out of her teaching. Somewhere or other she was still alive and hatching her conspiracies: perhaps somewhere beyond the sea, under the protection of her foreign paymasters, perhaps even–so it was occasionally rumoured–in some hiding-place in America itself.
Before the Hate had proceeded for thirty seconds, uncontrollable exclamations of rage were breaking out from half the people in the room. The self-satisfied beauty queen face on the screen, and the terrifying power of the Tea Party protesters behind it, were too much to be borne: besides, the sight or even the thought of Palin produced fear and anger automatically. She was an object of hatred more constant than either the Republican Party or Fox News, but what was strange was that although Palin was hated and despised by everybody, although every day and a thousand times a day, on platforms, on the telescreen, in newspapers, in books, her theories were refuted, smashed, ridiculed, held up to the general gaze for the pitiful rubbish that they were–in spite of all this, her influence never seemed to grow less . . .
In its second minute the Hate rose to a frenzy. People were leaping up and down in their places and shouting at the tops of their voices in an effort to drown the maddening hockey mom voice that came from the screen. The little sandy-haired woman had turned bright pink, and her mouth was opening and shutting like that of a landed fish. Even O’Brien’s heavy face was flushed. He was sitting very straight in his chair, his powerful chest swelling and quivering as though he were standing up to the assault of a wave. The dark-haired girl behind Winston had begun crying out ‘Swine! Swine! Swine!’ and suddenly she picked up a Newsweek magazine and flung it at the screen. It struck Palin’s nose and bounced off; the voice continued inexorably. In a lucid moment Winston found that he was shouting with the others and kicking his heel violently against the rung of his chair. The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but, on the contrary, that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge-hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic.
“1984″, George Orwell, written 1948, updated 2011