Archive for the ‘Barack Obama’ Category

Apparently Some Israelis are Really Mad at Barack Obama

These guys have taken jabs at him before, but never this vicious (skip ahead to 4:08):

One Reader’s (In)sincere Plea on Behalf of Barack Obama

I never really got this blog going, it’s been five months since I posted anything, and the first thing I do is reblogging.

Sigh…

I need to change the tone of my blog, make it more about honest discussion and reasoned opinions. Then I need to post more often. In the meantime, here’s something that I find very disturbing:

In recent days, a letter defending Obama has appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout the country — all signed by an “Ellie Light.” In the letters, which all use identical language, Ms. Light explains that Obama never promised to fix all our problems quickly or painlessly. She declares:

Today, the president is being attacked as if he’d promised that our problems would wash off in the morning. He never did. It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything.

Editors all over the country found Light’s message strangely compelling. It was reprinted at The Politico; the Philadelphia Daily News; the San Francisco Examiner; the Washington Times; and a USA Today blog. In addition, the letter has appeared at literally dozens of small-town papers across the country, with names like the Los Banos Enterprise, the North Adams Transcript, and the Danbury News-Times.

Ms. Light always claims to be a local in these letters. Her real estate holdings are apparently prodigious, as she has claimed residences in Philadelphia, PA; Daly City, California; Mansfield, Ohio; Waynesboro, Virginia; Algoma, Wisconsin; Bangor, Maine; and dozens of other places. Who said Obama supporters were all downtrodden?

What I find most disturbing is not just that this is obviously either a) a fake letter to the editor, or b) a real letter being passed around like a chain email and updated to make it fit each community. No, what disturbs me is the thought that each of the editors who published it likely (to my mind, at least) did so knowing it was not from a genuine reader of their paper. Such blatant and obvious disregard for journalistic integrity from the people who control how Americans get their information should disturb everyone.

USA Today Corrects Obama’s Speech for Him

It’s in a sidebar to a story about how terrible the opposition to the current health care reform bill is, but here are the highlights:

  • “10 million workers could lose employer-provided benefits and would have to find other insurance” if the bill passes.
  • Medicare Advantage covers about 10.2 million Medicare recipients and “provides additional benefits, such as vision, dental and hearing, to seniors and helps coordinate health care for those with chronic conditions.”
  • Senator Johnny Isakson had nothing to do with the so-called “death panel” provision included on this House bill.
  • The AARP has not endorsed the current bill nor anything like it.

H/T Ed Morrissey

Obama Outraged Over Executive Bonuses at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Obama goes nuclear against the two lenders for issuing huge retention bonuses to their executives using bailout money:

Now before I talk about the new steps we’re taking to get credit flowing to small businesses across our country, I do want to comment on the news about executive bonuses at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I think some of you have heard a little bit about this over the last few days. These are corporations that find themselves in financial distress due to recklessness and greed. Under these circumstances, it’s hard to understand how mortgage lenders at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac warranted any bonuses, much less $210 million in extra pay. I mean, how do they justify this outrage to the taxpayers who are keeping these companies afloat?

In the last six months, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has received substantial sums from the U.S. Treasury. And I’ve asked Secretary Geithner to use that leverage and pursue every single legal avenue to block these bonuses and make the American taxpayers whole. I want everybody to be clear that Secretary Geithner has been on the case. He’s working to resolve this matter with regulator James Lockhart.

But I think Mr. Lockhart and certainly everybody involved needs to understand this is not just a matter of dollars and cents. It’s about our fundamental values. All across the country, there are people who are working hard and meeting their responsibilities every day, without the benefit of government bailouts or multi-million dollar bonuses. You’ve got a bunch of small business people here who are struggling just to keep their credit line open — that they are foregoing pay, as one of our entrepreneurs talked about, they are in some cases mortgaging their homes, and doing a whole host of things just in order to keep things afloat. All they ask is that everyone, from Main Street to Wall Street to Washington, play by the same rules. And that is an ethic that we have to demand.

Yeah, I don’t expect he’ll be saying anything like this anytime soon either.  I’m pretty sure demanding the ethic that everyone play by the same rules is reserved for those corporations that haven’t contributed huge sums of money to Democratic party leaders, including Obama himself.

In case you didn’t figure it out already, the above quote was simply an edited part of Obama’s speech about AIG bonuses. We all watched as outrageously outraged citizens were whipped into a frenzy by Democrats, threatening to bus demonstrators to AIG executives’ homes and to execute them with piano wire, yet the world remains strangely silent over automatic government pay increases and retention bonuses for the very organizations that got us into the mess we’re in right now.  Go figure.

Ed Morrissey reminds us that he pointed out this bonus plan 2 weeks ago and adds a little extra about Geithner’s qualifications.

Seton Motley warns to not hold your breath waiting for the pitchforks and torches from the media.

The More Things (Hope and) Change…

The Daily Show notices that politicians are politicians, regardless of how they run their campaigns;

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H/T John