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Obama Gaffes & Follies (vanity)

Posted on 12/29/2008 2:26:32 PM PST by steelyourfaith

I'm seeking to compile refutations to the Obama-is-smart mythos. Especially anything funny ... and can be verified by reference to an internet link.


TOPICS: Humor
KEYWORDS: gaffes; obamagaffe; obamagaffes
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Click image to launch "Obama Claims He's Visited 57 States".

Thanx !

1 posted on 12/29/2008 2:26:33 PM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: steelyourfaith

Do some browsing on YouTube. There are several from the campaign where he had trouble speaking...lots of ahhs & uhhs. And one where he just stopped talking - lost his train of thought & just stood there looking like an idiot. He appears lost without a teleprompter.


2 posted on 12/29/2008 2:32:38 PM PST by floozy22 (Somewhere in Illinois a village is missing a terrorist)
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To: steelyourfaith

He honestly believes that you can “tax the rich.” Isn’t that enough?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121124460502305693.html


3 posted on 12/29/2008 2:44:59 PM PST by bolobaby
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To: floozy22

Behold the Moron Messiah. Wonder if Letterman will make fun of this fool every night like he’s bashed Bush for eight years??


4 posted on 12/29/2008 2:50:37 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: steelyourfaith
Not sure if this is what you're looking for, but I compiled these "intelligent" quotes from Obama. Links to the original sources are included in the post.

Poignant Quotes From Barack Obama

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2101450/posts

5 posted on 12/29/2008 2:51:17 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan
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To: steelyourfaith

I would say the “57 States” gaffe tops them all.


6 posted on 12/29/2008 3:00:16 PM PST by TheConservativeParty ("A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not why the ship was built." by The First Gal of AK)
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To: steelyourfaith
Best one...

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"Say goodnight, Gracie."

7 posted on 12/29/2008 3:03:29 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Gloria in Excelsis Deo)
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To: steelyourfaith

When his gandmother, Madelyn Dunham, passed away Jr announced the fact at a rally he was attending in N.C. Here is what he said,

“Some of you heard that my grandmother who helped raise me passed away early this morning,” Obama said to supporters after her death. “She has gone home. She died peacefully in her sleep with my sister at her side and so, there’s great joy as well as tears. I’m not going to talk about it too long because it’s hard to talk about. I want everybody to know, though, about her. Her name is Madelyn Dunham. She was born in Kansas in a small town in 1922, which means she lived through the Great Depression, she lived through two world wars.”

His statement was widely reported by media throughout the world and they all gave him a pass at the “...she was born in 1922, which means she lived through the Great Depression, she lived through two world wars...” WWI ended Nov.11/1918, Madelyn wasn’t born until 4 years later. I wonder how he managed to receive a B - in History?

If you put his exact quote in google you will find many media sources which used the quote, but it can also be found right here at FR on a post earlier today which I will link to.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2155686/posts


8 posted on 12/29/2008 3:05:08 PM PST by Chief Engineer
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To: TheConservativeParty

I will go with his line (can’t remember the exact quote) on how the sub prime loans now allow the poor into homes they couldn’t ordinarily afford, or something near that. between hussein the muslim and plugs we are gonna have a lot of material to work with for a while, unfortunately.


9 posted on 12/29/2008 3:09:40 PM PST by bobby.223
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To: floozy22

Click image to launch "Barack Obama Sees Dead People".

Ed Morrissey wrote:

Observances of Memorial Day often lack recognition of the fact that the day honors those who died in service to the nation. When one hears, “Happy Memorial Day!”, it becomes clear that the meaning of the holiday has escaped people. That becomes particularly frustrating when politicians forget the reason, as apparently Barack Obama did yesterday (May 26, 2008) in New Mexico, and his campaign did later. Power Line highlighted the gaffe:

On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.

Does Obama see dead people? Coming from Chicago, one might be tempted to joke that they would form a natural portion of his constituency, but obviously Obama confused this with Veterans Day, which honors our living veterans of war. Unfortunately, most of the nation makes the same mistake, and small wonder when its leadership can't distinguish between the two.

Since this is an election season, Obama decided to use his time to do a lot of self-promotion and criticize the Bush administration as his way of honoring the war dead. In politicizing the holiday, Obama portrayed veterans as victims of the current administration, and used the platform to promise all kinds of new spending, helpfully reminding his audience that we spend $10 billion a month in Iraq. Obama told the audience that he wants to rely on solar power for energy independence, exclaiming “Solar! There's a lot of sun around here. I think we can use use it,” even though decades of research has yet to deliver on wide-scale solar power.

When responding to criticism from John McCain, the Obama campaign became shocked, shocked! that politics got mentioned — and again revealed their ignorance, as Tom Maguire noticed:

For most Americans, Memorial Day is a day to honor our nation's war dead. However, the Obama team has re-imagined the holiday, as made clear in this comment responding to an attack from John McCain:

Obama’s camp declined to hit back, with spokesman Bill Burton saying “Memorial Day is a day to honor our nation's veterans, not a day for political posturing.”

It hardly seems fair to ask them the purpose of Veterans Day.

One more time: Memorial Day honors our war dead. Perhaps Obama and his entire team simply forgot that after tiring themselves with all of their political posturing in New Mexico.

10 posted on 12/30/2008 4:18:42 AM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: steelyourfaith
At least what Bush tried to open was recognizable as a door ... there is absolutely no excuse for Odumbo's blunder.

I tell you this BO is a laugh-a-minute stooge, his arrogance making his ignorance more hilarious.

11 posted on 01/29/2009 9:29:20 AM PST by steelyourfaith (ObamaNation: Tax cheat sworn in as Treasury Secretary --- you can't make this stuff up !!!)
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To: steelyourfaith
Will Farrell's website skewered BOs inauguration blunder with "Obama Swears in ... Faithfully".
12 posted on 01/31/2009 4:53:24 AM PST by steelyourfaith (ObamaNation: Tax cheat sworn in as Treasury Secretary --- you can't make this stuff up !!!)
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To: steelyourfaith
BO
13 posted on 02/01/2009 6:12:32 AM PST by steelyourfaith (ObamaNation: Tax cheat sworn in as Treasury Secretary --- you can't make this stuff up !!!)
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Feb 9, 2009


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Obama Bumps Head on Marine One, Obama Hits Head Hard!
(exclusive audio)

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2009/02/09/vo.obama.bumps.head.cnn

14 posted on 02/11/2009 12:45:43 PM PST by steelyourfaith (Hope + Change = PORKULU$)
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To: steelyourfaith
Omama stumbles through oath of office.
15 posted on 02/16/2009 3:31:35 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Hope + Change = PORKULU$)
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To: steelyourfaith
Obama's first executive orders:
"Some of you in this room will be appected (sic) by the pay freeze..." (at 2:17 showing B.O. the wordsmith, coining a new word --- he's a genius).


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Obama Sets New Executive Orders

16 posted on 02/16/2009 3:43:18 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Hope + Change = PORKULU$)
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B.O. has to consult his underling, Greg Craig, for simple details of his own first Executive Orders.


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Obama Signs Executive Order to Close Gitmo

17 posted on 02/16/2009 3:52:40 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Hope + Change = PORKULU$)
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To: steelyourfaith
February 10, 2009, just 3 weeks after taking the inauguration, --- John Stwart of Comedy Central busts on B.O. ---- --- proving Chris "Obama is a comedian's worst nightmare because he's too inspiring to make fun of" Rock wrong again. (7:52 video)
18 posted on 02/16/2009 4:03:23 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Hope + Change = PORKULU$)
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To: steelyourfaith
Bush unsuccessfully tried to open a locked door and the MSM has a field day.

B.. tries to walk through a White House window and the MSM ignore it.


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"Obama Tries to walk through White House Window"

19 posted on 03/18/2009 7:06:42 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Most bad government results from too much government." - Thomas Jefferson)
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Welcome to Obamaland


20 posted on 03/18/2009 7:14:10 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Most bad government results from too much government." - Thomas Jefferson)
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Tony Harnden's compilation of the "Top 10 gaffes by Barack Obama and Joe Biden" from 11/4/08 through 3/20/09.

View the videos:


21 posted on 03/23/2009 4:21:15 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Most bad government results from too much government." - Thomas Jefferson)
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Steve Kroft on "60 Minutes", during a March 22, 2009, interview with Obama, asks Obama if he is "punch drunk" because of Obama's constant chuckling while discussing the nation's financial predicament. Excerpt:

OBAMA: I just want to say that the only thing less popular than putting money into banks is putting money into the auto industry, so ...

KROFT: Eighteen percent are in favor.

OBAMA: That’s ...

KROFT: Seventy six percent against.

OBAMA: It’s not a high number.

KROFT: You’re sitting here, and you’re -- You are laughing about some of these problems. Are people going to look at this and say, “I mean, he’s sitting there, just making jokes about money.” How do you deal with -- I mean, explain the ...

OBAMA: Well ...

KROFT: ... the mood and your laughter.

OBAMA: Yeah, I mean, there’s got to be ...

KROFT: Are you punch-drunk?

22 posted on 03/24/2009 5:14:34 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Most bad government results from too much government." - Thomas Jefferson)
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How difficult is it to pronounce "Orion"? During a March 23, 2009 speech on green energy, Obama manages to mispronounce it several times --- despite the fact that the firm using the name (Orion Energy Systems) had just finished a presentation to Obama a few minutes earlier. Here's a clue for Obama: the teleprompter should have phonetic spellings.


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"Barack Obama mispronounces Orion"

23 posted on 03/24/2009 7:55:37 PM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Most bad government results from too much government." - Thomas Jefferson)
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Obama's "Profit-Earning Ratio" Gaffe

Rush Limbaugh, March 6, 2009:

"There is no confidence in the American market right now. But let's go back to something else President Obama said on Tuesday. President Obama suggested that the time was right for Americans to start investing in the stock market again because profits-to-earning ratios were good now, but you gotta have a long-term view here. Well, there is no such thing as a profit-to-earnings ratio. It's price-to-earnings ratio. Now, admittedly, I don't know if it was a rhetorical mistake or if he really doesn't know. He's admitted he doesn't know much about the stock market. Why would he? It's a citadel of capitalism, and he's not interested in capitalism, nor are any of the people who have mentored him, who have influenced him or taught him at Harvard or wherever he's gone to school."


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"Obama's Profit to Earnings? Funny!"

24 posted on 03/26/2009 4:31:36 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Most bad government results from too much government." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: steelyourfaith

Obama's Stumbling,Bumbling Redo with the NYTimes

Rush Limbaugh, 3/10/09:

RUSH LIMBAUGH:"...Obama, as you know, had an interview with the New York Times on Air Force One last Friday, flying back from Columbus, Ohio, to the nation's capital. And in that interview, the Times asked him about socialism.

And for some reason, when the plane landed, Obama, or somebody, said, "You know, I think you're a little flippant on that socialist stuff." Obama thus thought it necessary to call the New York Times back and go for take two -- which they granted him the opportunity to do, of course. Go for take two on what he thinks about socialism. I have that. It is about two minutes and 11 seconds. Now, we normally have a sound bite policy here of not playing a sound bite any longer than a minute, but in this case, I want to play the whole sound bite, as found on the New York Times website. Because what I want you to notice here, is listen to the stuttering, bumbling mannerism as he talks his way through this phone call -- this backup, follow-up phone call to the New York Times. There is no teleprompter here. It is cringe inducing. And then to claim that Bush is the real socialist while he, Obama, is the free marketeer. So here it is, Barack Obama unplugged, including the prompter unplugged."


OBAMA: "See, uhhh, I -- I -- eh -- Just one thing that, uhh, I was thinking about as I was, uhh, -- as I was -- getting off the, uhhh, copter 'cause, I -- uhhh -- you know, it was hard for me to believe you were entirely serious about that socialist question.

JEFF ZELENY, NYTimes reporter: Mmm-hmm!

OBAMA: Uhhhh, I -- I -- I did think it might be useful to point out that, uh, it wasn't under me that we started, uh, buying a whole bunch of (pause) shares of banks. Wasn't on my watch. And it wasn't on my watch that we passed, uhhh, a massive new entitlement, uhh, the prescription drug plan without a source of funding. Uh, and so I think that, uh, it's important just to note, uhh, when you start, uhh, hearing folks, uhh, throw these words around, thaaat (pause) .. Um, uh, we've actually been operating, uh, in a way that, uh, is entirely consistent with free market principles, uh, and that, uhhh, uh, some of the same folks who are throwing, uh, the word "socialist" around can't say the same.

ZELENY: Right. So whose watch are we talking about here, sir?

OBAMA: Well... Uh, heh, heh, heh. I -- I -- I -- I just think it's c-clear that by the time we had, uhhhhh. By the time we, eh, uh, got here, uhhh, ummm, there already had been, uh, an enormous infusion of taxpayer money into the financial system, aaand, eh, eh, eh, y-y-yuh-y-y-yuh.... The thing I constantly try to emphasize to people is that, if coming in the market was doing fine, nobody would be happier than me, uh, to stay out of it.

ZELENY: Right.

OBAMA: Uh, you know, I -- I -- I have more than enough to do, uh, without having to worry about the financial system. Uh, and the fact that, uh, we've had to take these extraordinary measures, uh, and intervene, uh, is, uhh, not an indication of my ideological preferences --

ZELENY: Mmm-hmm!

OBAMA: -- but an indication of the degree to which, uhhh (pause) lax regulation, uh, and extravagant risk taking, uh, has precipitated a crisis.


Audio from LiveLeak.com, "Obama Asks For a Re-Do With the New York Times"
25 posted on 03/26/2009 4:54:36 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Most bad government results from too much government." - Thomas Jefferson)
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Obama: 60 Days, 64 Mistakes

Don Surber, March 20, 2009:

So many errors by President Obama, so little time. Maybe he should take a little time off.

I mean when your present to the British prime minister comes up “wrong region,” well…

Jules Crittenden is calling it the Special Olympics presidency.

This started out as 52 days, 52 mistakes.

People called for giving him a pass on screwing up the oath, blaming Chief Justice John Roberts instead. Well, I want to be fair. Not really, but after going over the list and removing some weak sisters from it, and adding the suggestions from readers, um, there are more mistakes now than days.

The new updated list, again in no particular order.

1. Most expensive inauguration. Ever.
2. Appointing tax cheat Tim Geithner.
3. Appointing under investigation Bill Richardson.
4. Appointing tax cheat Tom Daschle.
5. Appointing Marc Rich and terrorist pardoning Eric “Nation of Cowards” Holder.
6. Appointing Janet “Man Caused Disasters” Napolitano.
7. Appointing Hilda Solis (OK, her husband has the tax liens).
8. Appointing anti-Semitic Charles Freeman Jr.
9. Appointing tax cheat Ron Kirk.
10. Appointing fund-raising cheat Gary Locke.
11. Appointing under investigation Adolfo Carrion.
12. Bumping his head on the Marine One helicopter.
13. Banning offshore oil again.
14. Funding abortions overseas.
15. Using the word “crisis” 25 times in a speech, then later complaining that people are too negative about the economy.
16. Letting Nancy Pelosi write the $787 billion “stimulus’ plan.
17. Relying on Tim Geithner to explain it.
18. Putting Joe Biden in charge of making sure the stimulus money is not — wink, wink, nudge, nudge — misspent.
19. Setting the Oval Office thermostat at 80.
20. Going to a press conference without a TelePrompTer. I… Uhh… Umm… Could you repeat the question?
21. Using a TelePrompTer at a press conference. Big boys don’t need training wheels.
22. Opening a press conference with: “Good evening, everybody. Please be seated. Before I take your questions tonight, I’d like to speak briefly.” 1,228 words later he took his first question.
23. Ethics waivers.
24. Going after Rush Limbaugh.
25. Going after Rick Santelli.
26. Going after Jim Cramer.
27. Trying to run the Census out of the White House.
28. Adopting the motto: “Never waste a good crisis.”
29. Writing a love letter to Vlad and Dmitry.
30. Throwing Poland under the bus.
31. Throwing Tibet under the bus.
32. Throwing Israel under the bus.
33. Taking Cuba out from under the bus.
34. Ticking off Switzerland by having his tax cheat go after the tax cheats in Switzerland. Cognitive dissonance.
35. Saying: “Karzai has a bunker mentality.”
36. Reaching out to the Taliban.
37. Iran has plans to Marine One helicopters.
38. Explaining his refusal to work with Republicans with the words: “I won.”
39. Having a BlackBerry that can easily be hacked by the Chinese.
40. Saying to the people of Peoria: “If Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off.” CEO: No. There will be more layoffs.
41. He gave a gift to the “wrong region” to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
42. Making the president of Brazil change his meeting so O’Bama could celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
43. Telling the American people: “You can’t take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers’ dime.” Vegas convention bookings nosedive.
44. Serving $100-a-pound wagyu — on the taxpayers’ dime.
45. Sending a “reset” button to Russia, presumably to diss the last 70 years of America standing up to communism.
46. Having the “reset” button say “overcharged.”
47. Taking a 4-day holiday weekend before signing “emergency” legislation.
48. Stiffing Chicago for nearly $2 million for that Election Night party.
49. Telling Caroline Kennedy she would, you know, make, um a good, you know, senator.
50. Bombing Pakistan.
51. Sending the bust of Sir Winston Churchill back to the British.
52. Telling reporters privately: “President Obama has accomplished more in 30 days than any president in modern history.”
53. Walking into a White House window thinking it was a door.
54. Signing an order that doctors must perform abortions, in violation of the Hippocratic Oath.
55. Signing earmarks while denouncing them.
56. Adding signing statements while denouncing them.
57. Quadrupling the deficits, while denouncing them.
58. Considering having the VA charge veterans for service-related injuries.
59. Thanking himself in a Teleprompter malfunction.
60. Heckuva job, Tim.
61. Trade war with Mexico over 97 trucks.
62. Saying his bowling is “like the Special Olympics.”
63. Saying he didn’t know the AIG bonuses were included in the bailout package he signed.
64. Banning the press from covering his acceptance of a press association award.

UPDATED (Day 63): 65. Skipping the Gridiron Club dinner.

66. Picking a special economics board to help him in the “emergency” that did not meet.

26 posted on 03/26/2009 5:03:50 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Most bad government results from too much government." - Thomas Jefferson)
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Enter the Plasmaprompter

Obama dispenses with his trusty dual side teleprompters for a (camera hidden) full size plasma screen at the back of the room from which to read his remarks for his March 24, 2009, televised press conference.


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"Teleprompter"

27 posted on 03/26/2009 5:42:03 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Most bad government results from too much government." - Thomas Jefferson)
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Obama, in Teleprompter SNAFU, Thanks Himself -- Video remains MIA

March 17, 2009:
Bush Blunders, Media Thunders - Obama Stumbles, Media Mumbles

28 posted on 03/26/2009 6:06:49 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Most bad government results from too much government." - Thomas Jefferson)
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29 posted on 03/27/2009 4:50:55 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Most bad government results from too much government." - Thomas Jefferson)
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"Obama Asthma Teleprompter Gaffe"

30 posted on 03/30/2009 3:43:55 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("All current government programs are bad, and all future ones are good." - Dr. Milton Friedman)
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To: steelyourfaith
For comparison purposes only, consider an extemporaneous speaker (no teleprompter necessary) with a brain undamaged by drugs, not stuck in stealth socialism, no affirmative action required:


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"Daniel Hannan MEP GORDON BROWN BUGGER OFF GORDON BROWN!"


31 posted on 03/30/2009 3:56:16 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("All current government programs are bad, and all future ones are good." - Dr. Milton Friedman)
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To: steelyourfaith

SATIRE


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"Obama Hits the AIG Spot: SuperNews"

32 posted on 04/01/2009 7:19:06 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (What new from the Thief-in-Chief?)
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Obama Bows & Scraoes to Saudi King Abdullah

April 2, 2009


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"Obama Scrapes & Bows To Saudi King Abdullah"

Malkin's take

See Miss Manners on the protocol. Americans do not bow to foreign monarchs because that act signified the monarch's power over his subjects.

33 posted on 04/03/2009 2:55:26 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (What new from the Thief-in-Chief?)
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In Europe, B.O. trashes America.

In America, Charles Krauthammer dispatches B.O. in 106 seconds.

April 3, 2009


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"Krauthammer On Obama's 'American Arrogance' Comment: 'Europe's Been Sucking On Our Tit For 60 yrs'"

34 posted on 04/06/2009 9:16:48 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (What new from the Thief-in-Chief?)
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To: steelyourfaith

TOTUS
Barack Obama's Teleprompter's Blog


35 posted on 04/09/2009 6:36:24 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (What new from the Thief-in-Chief?)
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Obama: Fighting 'rise of privacy' (piracy)

April 13, 2009

by Mark Silva

President Barack Obama is taking a stand against "the rise of privacy'' in the Indian Ocean.

Say what?

The president clearly meant the "rise of piracy,'' but his brief statement on the rescue of the American container ship captain held hostage by Somalian pirates came so quickly today that he didn't stop to correct himself. He did note, however, that those "who commit acts of piracy'' must be "held accountable'' for the crime.

Obama, calling the safety of the captain "our principal concern,'' started by saying that he is committed to fighting the "rise of privacy'' in the region.

More...

( Thankfully, we are not told to disbelieve our lying ears with this gaffe ... still one is left to contemplate the Freudian competence of those loading words into the teleprompter. )

36 posted on 04/13/2009 2:33:06 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (What new from the Thief-in-Chief?)
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To: steelyourfaith

FReeper Notoriously Conservative has created a funny Obama gaffe video:


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"Lipstick is Off the Pig:
Obama Without His Teleprompter'"

37 posted on 04/15/2009 5:28:36 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (What new from the Thief-in-Chief?)
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Crass v. Class


38 posted on 04/19/2009 7:14:29 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money" - Lady Thatcher)
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Just How Smart is Barack Obama?

March 26, 2009
Rush Limbaugh, E.I.B.

RUSH: You remember, they got all those jokes about how dumb George W. Bush is.  In fact, I hadn't seen this.  I was channel surfing around last night looking to see if I could find a movie worth watching, and I started with HBO because it's the first movie channel on DirecTV, channel 501; and I saw the stage show Will Farrell is doing, Good Night with George W. Bush or A Last Day or whatever. It was just outrageous, portraying this guy as the biggest boob, Looney Tune, stupid idiot on the face of the earth. It made me sick watching this stuff, and I realized, you know, that the theater wherever it was taking place was loaded with people laughing themselves silly.  And we would never, ever get anything like that about Obama -- and this guy is truly, truly dangerous.  I don't know how smart he is.  You know, education is one thing.  Common sense smart is another.  

But let's talk about it.  Bush: how-dumb-is-he jokes.  We heard 'em all over the place.  How about if we take the other tack with Obama?  How about we start talking about how smart he is.  Let's do some bits on how smart Obama is.  He is so smart that he can increase the national debt by $9 trillion and brag that he's cutting spending by $4 trillion!  He's so smart, he can say he wants us out of Iraq in 16 months and he can say that for the next 27 months.  He's so smart, he can still say that today.  He's so smart that he can say that he'll get the world to love us again, while Poland and England and France and Germany and the European Union are furious with us, not to mention the ChiComs.  And he's going to work with Iran to stop nukes.  All of this stuff is happening.  The jokes are on us.  When Bush was president, the jokes were on him.  With Obama it's a total joke and the joke is on us, and it actually isn't funny.  Hang on a minute.  Where did I... I... I... (muttering). Oh, goody.  Oh, here, as a prelude, grab audio sound bite 25.  Can you find it in four seconds?  Play it.

OBAMA:  We could set up systems so that everybody in each house have their own smart meters that, uhh, will tell you when to turn off the lights, when the peak hours are, can help you sell back energy, uh, that you've generated in your home through a solar panel or through, uh, eh, other mechanisms.  All this can be done, but it also creates jobs right now.  Our biggest problem, we don't have enough electricians to lay all these lines out there.

RUSH:  (laughing) The joke's on us!  This is from his Internet town meeting just moments ago.

Read the Background Material...

New York Times: Obama's Interactive Town Hall Meeting
National Review: Obama and Philosophy 101
Heritage Foundation: The Obama Budget: Spending, Taxes, and Doubling the National Debt

39 posted on 04/25/2009 2:51:08 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." -Lady Thatcher)
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B.O., never good with numbers, exaggerates Kansas tornado death toll (12 becomes 10,000), 5/8/07


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40 posted on 04/26/2009 7:33:47 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." -Lady Thatcher)
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Clown Town act on the road in Springfield, Illinois 8/22/08


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Barack America and President Biden? Ooops…

41 posted on 04/27/2009 4:07:23 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." - Lady Thatcher)
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Obama loses place on teleprompter

April 27, 2009, during a speech at the National Academy of Sciences ... on the same day that an airplane from the Air Force One fleet, with F-16 fighter escort, buzzed low over lower Manhattan frightening many.


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42 posted on 04/27/2009 4:36:44 PM PDT by steelyourfaith ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." - Lady Thatcher)
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Obama Admits Muslim Faith

"This Week" with Stephanopoulos, 9/7/08


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Washington Times coverage.

43 posted on 04/28/2009 3:50:18 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." - Lady Thatcher)
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British Press mock "The Great Orator"

April 1, 2009, in London on the occasion of the G20 summit, Obama is sharing a joint press conference podium with PM Gordon Brown of the UK. Obama is asked a question by BBC political editor Nick Robinson. The response amused John Crace of the left wing Manchester Guardian, inspiring him to publish the piece below, The Question that Flummoxed The Great Orator:

Rush Limbaugh also commented on Obama's response on his radio program of April 7, 2009. The text of this is archived on his website as The "World's Greatest Orator" Concludes His World Apology Tour. Rush's comments, given extemporaneously as he played the actuality of Obama's response, have been added here in red to Crace's piece.

 

The Question that Flummoxed The Great Orator

Barack Obama, the World's Greatest Orator (™all news organisations), didn't exactly cover himself in glory when the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson asked him a question about who was to blame for the financial crisis. Normally word perfect, Obama um-med, ah-ed and waffled for the best part of two and a half minutes. Here, John Crace decodes what he was really thinking ...

Nick Robinson: "A question for you both, if I may. The prime minister has repeatedly blamed the United States of America for causing this crisis. France and Germany both blame Britain and America for causing this crisis. Who is right? And isn't the debate about that at the heart of the debate about what to do now?"

Brown immediately swivels to leave Obama in pole position. There is a four-second delay before Obama starts speaking [THANKS FOR NOTHING, GORDY BABY. REMIND ME TO HANG YOU OUT TO DRY ONE DAY.]

RUSH: ...This goes two-and-a-half minutes. We have a limit here. Normally I put a restriction on the sound bite length. I don't want any longer than a minute. If it goes longer, cut it up into two or three sound bites. In this case, we have made an exception to the rule. This goes on for a full two-and-a-half minutes. Here is Obama basically (responding to): How do we assess blame? Is the United States really responsible for the crisis, and what do we do about it now?

Barack Obama: "I, I, would say that, er ... pause [I HAVEN'T A CLUE] ... if you look at ... pause [WHO IS THIS NICK ROBINSON JERK?] ... the, the sources of this crisis ... pause [JUST KEEP GOING, BUDDY] ... the United States certainly has some accounting to do with respect to . . . pause [I'M IN WAY TOO DEEP HERE] ... a regulatory system that was inadequate to the massive changes that have taken place in the global financial system ... pause, close eyes [THIS IS GOING TO GO DOWN LIKE A CROCK OF SHIT BACK HOME. HELP]. I think what is also true is that ... pause [I WANT NICK ROBINSON TO DISAPPEAR] ... here in Great Britain ... pause [SHIT, GORDY'S THE HOST, DON'T LAND HIM IN IT] ... here in continental Europe ... pause [DAMN IT, BLAME EVERYONE.] ... around the world. We were seeing the same mismatch between the regulatory regimes that were in place and er ... pause [I'VE LOST MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT AGAIN] ... the highly integrated, er, global capital markets that have emerged ... pause [I'M REALLY WINGING IT NOW]. So...

RUSH: Stop the tape. Remember, now, the question here is: Who's right? Who's really responsible for this, and isn't the debate about that? Who is responsible for it, at the heart of the debate about what to do now?

... at this point, I'm less interested in ... pause [YOU] ... identifying blame than fixing the problem. I think we've taken some very aggressive steps in the United States to do so, not just responding to the immediate crisis, ensuring banks are adequately capitalised, er, dealing with the enormous, er ... pause [WHY DIDN'T I QUIT WHILE I WAS AHEAD?] ... drop-off in demand and contraction that has taken place. More importantly, for the long term, making sure that we've got a set of, er, er, regulations that are up to the task, er, and that includes, er, a number that will be discussed at this summit. I think there's a lot of convergence between all the parties involved about the need, for example, to focus not on the legal form that a particular financial product takes or the institution it emerges from, but rather what's the risk involved, what's the function of this product and how do we regulate that adequately, much more effective coordination, er, between countries so we can, er, anticipate the risks that are involved there.

RUSH: Are you following this?

Dealing with the, er, problem of derivatives markets, making sure we have set up systems, er, that can reduce some of the risks there. So, I actually think ... pause [FANTASTIC. I'VE LOST EVERYONE, INCLUDING MYSELF] ... there's enormous consensus that has emerged in terms of what we need to do now and, er ... pause [I'M OUTTA HERE. TIME FOR THE USUAL CLOSING BOLLOCKS] ... I'm a great believer in looking forwards than looking backwards.

RUSH: So here we have a stumbling, bumbling two-and-a-half minute answer to the question, and you need to remember this bite each time you hear what an impressive trip Obama had and what a great orator he is. Because he basically mumbled and jumbled through a non-answer, and if you want to try to ascertain any substance in this, actually, it is that, "Yes, I think the United States is to blame, but I'm not gonna look back. We're going to look forward to, and we're gonna find ways to punish the United States. I'm just telling you here in a way that you can't understand."

Video of Obama Press Conference Response of 4/1/09

The best that a YouTube search for video documentation of this response could produce was segments on two different videos with an intervening phrase missing.

The first 1:22 of the response can be found on the following video beginning at 0:12 with Nick Robinson's question. It mysteriously edits out the remainder.


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44 posted on 04/29/2009 5:31:58 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." - Lady Thatcher)
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Obama's 100 Mistakes, Misstatements and Missteps in Firt 100 Days

SunHerald.com

April 29, 2009

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Bauer Notes Obama's 100 Mistakes, Misstatements and Missteps in His First 100 Days

Former presidential candidate Gary Bauer on Wednesday, Barack Obama's 100th day in office, noted a series of mistakes, misstatements and missteps for an administration which has received little comprehensive media coverage.

Bauer, chairman of the Campaign for Working Families, said that he released this list to provide a more balanced picture of the first 100 days of the Obama Administration. Bauer observed, "The media coverage has been so glowing from the Washington Press Corp that it is important to remind Americans about a number of bad decisions from policy to personnel from the most left-leaning administration in our nation's history."

The following is a top 100 list of Mistakes, Misstatements and Missteps for the Obama Administration, as released by the Campaign for Working Families.

Undermining Our Values

1. Calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act on the White House website.
2. Listing on the White House website a call for an expansion of the definition of federal hate crimes to include homosexual behavior.
3. Calling on the White House website for policies like the "Fairness Doctrine" that could silence conservative and Christian talk radio.
4. Repealing limitations on taxpayer-funding of human embryonic stem cell research.
5. Repealing limitations on taxpayer-funding of abortions overseas.
6. Pledging $50 million to the United Nation's Population Fund, which supports China's draconian one-child policy.
7. Proposing new rules to gut conscience clause protections for pro-life doctors and other medical personnel who don't want to be forced to perform abortions or other procedures that violate their values.
8. Proposing increased funding for the nation's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.
9. Calling on the White House website for "a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year," (mandatory volunteerism).
10. Inviting homosexual families to the White House Easter Egg Roll.
11. Allowing his attorney general to call for the reinstatement of Clinton-era restrictions on the Second Amendment.
12. Breaking his promise not to appoint lobbyists to his administration. He hired 17 in his first two weeks.
13. Breaking his promise to sign legislation only after a five-day period of public comments.
14. Asking that the monogram for Jesus Christ be covered up during a televised speech at a Catholic university in which Obama quotes the Sermon on the Mount.

Undermining Our National Security

15. Apologizing for America in Europe and Latin America.
16. Bowing before the Muslim king of Saudi Arabia.
17. Pledging to base America's foreign policy toward Iran on "mutual respect" in a video to the Iranian people and Iran's Holocaust-denying dictator.
18. Returning the bust of Winston Churchill given to George Bush after 9/11 by our British allies.
19. Giving British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the leader of America's most loyal ally, a box of DVDs that don't work in British DVD players.
20. Ordering Guantanamo Bay closed without any idea of where to send the terrorist suspects held there.
21. Suggesting that some of those terrorists now at GITMO may kill again, but may also be released onto U.S. soil and set up with welfare benefits.
22. Caving to communist Cuba by relaxing travel restrictions and remittances for Cuban Americans before any Cuban political prisoners have been released.
23. Shaking hands with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez.
24. Sitting silently though a 50-minute anti-American diatribe by Nicaragua's communist president, Daniel Ortega.
25. Releasing Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the suspected mastermind the 2000 suicide bombing of the U.S.S. Cole.
26. Releasing classified CIA memos outlining our interrogation techniques.
27. Telling our CIA agents not to be discouraged when he acknowledges their "mistakes."
28. Declaring a new openness to "truth commissions" and prosecuting intelligence officials involved in enhanced interrogations of terrorists.
29. Proposing to send a $900 million foreign aid package to Palestinians in Gaza.
30. Asking Congress to relax the law so that some of that money could go to the terrorist organization Hamas.
31. Calling for the U.S. to eliminate its nuclear weapons.
32. Telling Russian President Demitri Medvedev that America's commitment to missile defense is negotiable.
33. Dropping the term "enemy combatants" for GITMO detainees.
34. Dropping the term "terrorism" for "man-made disaster."
35. Dropping the term "Global War on Terror" for "overseas contingency operations."
36. Giving his first interview as president to the Arab language network Al-Arabiya.
37. Telling the Muslim world that his "job" was to communicate "that the Americans are not your enemy," when it's Muslim extremists who have declared war on us.
38. Proposing that military veterans use private insurance for the cost of a service-related injury before they would be eligible for coverage through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Undermining Free Enterprise

39. Signing the trillion-dollar plus so-called "stimulus" bill, which the Congressional Budget Office said would actually hurt long-term economic growth.
40. Saying Caterpillar wouldn't lay off workers if his trillion-dollar stimulus bill passed Congress. Obama signed the bill on Feb. 17th. On March 17th, Caterpillar laid off nearly 2,500 workers.
41. Hosting a "Fiscal Responsibility Summit" one week after signing the trillion-dollar "stimulus" bill.
42. Railing against "outrageous recklessness and greed" of AIG bonuses that were legally protected in the so-called "stimulus" bill he signed four days after it passed, not five as he promised.
43. Breaking his promise on earmark reform by signing the $410 billion "omnibus" spending bill with billions in earmarks.
44. Proposing a $3.6 trillion budget that doubles the national debt in five years and triples it in ten years.
45. Proposing a "carbon cap and trade" scheme that will raise energy taxes by hundreds of billions, even trillions, of dollars.
46. Burning more than 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to fly to Iowa for Earth Day to promote "wind power."
47. Proposing $634 billion in higher taxes for socialized health care.
48. Proposing to raise taxes on small business owners.
49. Saying the White House is open to the idea of taxing employer-sponsored health care benefits as income.
50. Signing a massive expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, calling it "a down payment on my commitment to cover every single American."
51. Establishing the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research to give bureaucrats the power to ration health care and tell your doctors what care you can and cannot have.
52. Signing the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act, which the Sierra Club praised specifically because it "will safeguard millions of acres ... from oil and gas leasing."
53. Suggesting he has found $1.5 trillion in bogus "savings" by not spending money in Iraq that we were not planning to spend years from now.
54. Ordering his Cabinet to "cut" $100 million in spending in 90 days, after proposing nearly $5 trillion in spending in his first 90 days.
55. Proposing to limit tax deductions for home mortgage interest.
56. Proposing to limit tax deductions for charitable donations.
57. Refusing to allow banks to repay TARP money.
58. Bailing out AMTRAK with a 10% increase in its taxpayer subsidies.
59. Bailing out the United Auto Workers Union with billions of taxpayer dollars to GM and Chrysler.
60. Bailing out the United Auto Workers by giving it a majority ownership stake in Chrysler. Yes, the union will own the company.
61. Bailing out Big Labor by issuing an executive order mandating that infrastructure projects paid for with "stimulus" funds must use union labor, guaranteeing higher costs for the taxpayer.
62. Bailing out Big Labor again by repealing regulations requiring the disclosure of how union dues are spent. So much for "transparency."
63. Saying, "The United States government has no interest in running GM," then vowing that the government will back auto warranties.
64. Saying, "The United States government has no interest in running GM," then firing the CEO of General Motors.
65. Allowing states to set their own fuel efficiency and emissions standards, making it harder for struggling auto makers to compete.

Personnel Is Policy

66. Nominating Timothy "The Turbo Tax Evader" Geithner as Treasury Secretary to oversee the IRS.
67. Nominating as attorney general Eric Holder, who urged Bill Clinton to pardon tax evader Marc Rich and 8 FALN terrorists.
68. Nominating David Ogden, a prominent attorney for the pornography industry, to be Deputy Attorney General.
69. Nominating Tom Daschle, who owed more than $140,000 in back taxes, as Health and Human Services Secretary.
70. Nominating Kathleen Sebelius, who is ardently pro-abortion and owed $8,000 in back taxes, to be HHS Secretary.
71. Nominating Janet Napolitano, who said, "crossing the border is not a crime per se," as Homeland Security Secretary.
72. Nominating Steven Chu as Energy Secretary. Last September, Chu said, "Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe," which at that time were roughly $8.00 a gallon.
73. Nominating Ron Kirk, who owed more than $6,000 in back taxes, as Trade Representative.
74. Nominating Bill Richardson, who was embroiled in an ethics scandal, as Secretary of Commerce.
75. Nominating Nancy Killefer, who also owed back taxes, to be the government's "Efficiency Czar."
76. Nominating Rosa Brooks, a leftwing acolyte of George Soros, as an advisor to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.
77. Nominating Harold Koh, an ardent supporter of using international law in the interpretation of our Constitution, to be the top legal advisor to the State Department.
78. Nominating Carol Browner, who was a member of the Socialist International, to be "Climate and Energy Czar."
79. Nominating John Holdren, an environmental extremist and advocate of population control, as the White House Science Advisor.
80. Nominating Dawn Johnsen, who is so pro-abortion she once compared pregnancy to slavery, to direct the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department.
81. Nominating Charles Freeman, an anti-Israel, pro-Arab apologist, to be head of the National Intelligence Council.
82. Nominating Tony West, who represented American Taliban John Walker Lindh and exposed the Bush Administration's terrorist surveillance program, to the Justice Department's Civil Division.
83. Nominating Annette Nazareth to be Deputy Treasury Secretary, who withdrew after a month-long probe into her taxes.
84. Trying to nominate pro-abortion Catholics to be ambassador to the Vatican, a move even John Kerry opposed.
85. Appointing Ellen Moran of the pro-abortion group Emily's List as his White House communications director.
86. Appointing Melody Barnes, a board member of Emily's List and Planned Parenthood, as his director of the Domestic Policy Council.
87. Appointing Harry Knox of the Human Rights Campaign (the largest homosexual rights lobbying group) to the White House's Faith Based Advisory Council.
88. Appointing Adolfo Carrion as Director of White House Office of Urban Affairs, even though he is under investigation for kickbacks in a scandal nearly identical to one that cost GOP Senator Ted Stevens his election.
89. Nominating David Hamilton as his first appointment to a federal appeals court. Judge Hamilton has issued a number of controversial rulings, including prohibiting the Indiana House of Representatives from opening sessions with prayers in the name of Jesus.

Other Obama Outrages

90. Telling congressional Republicans to stop listening to Rush Limbaugh.
91. Coordinating attacks on Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santelli and Jim Cramer out of the White House.
92. Hosting weekly parties at the White House, serving up $100-a-pound Waygu beef during what Obama called, "the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression."
93. Laughing it up on 60 Minutes as the country is mired in a recession.
94. Allowing Air Force One to buzz the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan, creating panic in New York City.
95. Disparaging Special Olympians on the Tonight Show.
96. Allowing his Department of Homeland Security to issue a report accusing pro-life, smaller government conservatives and returning Iraq/Afghanistan veterans of being "rightwing extremists."
97. Promising to push for comprehensive immigration reform, i.e., amnesty.
98. Killing the school voucher program in the District of Columbia, while sending his two daughters to an elite private school, rather than D.C.'s public schools.
99. Moving the Census out of the Department of Commerce and into the White House.
100. Relying too much on his teleprompter.

SOURCE Campaign for Working Families

45 posted on 05/01/2009 4:17:22 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." - Lady Thatcher)
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Air Force One Photo Op

April 27, 2009

Cost to the taxpayers: $328,835

Jimmy Kimmel comedy quips, 0:47 video

46 posted on 05/01/2009 4:42:49 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." - Lady Thatcher)
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Obama the Food Critic

In this August 2001 "lost episode" of Check, Please!, then Illinois state back-bench senator Barack Obama moonlighted as a food critic and reviewed Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop restaurants in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.


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47 posted on 05/03/2009 4:32:56 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." - Lady Thatcher)
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Offering two related Obama gaffes:

(1) Obama celebrates “Cinco de Cuatro”

May 4, 2009, at the White House, in what appeared to be Obama's attempt to note they were celebrating on the fourth of May (instead of the fifth of May) the Mexican holiday which commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Obama: “Welcome to Cinco de Cuatro - Cinco de Mayo at the White House....”

Sadly, cinco de cuatro means “five of four” in Spanish.

(2) Obama Thinks That Austrian Is A Language

April 5, 2009, Palaiz de la Musique et Des Congres, Strasbourg, France


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Rather like claiming "American" is spoken in all 57 states.

48 posted on 05/06/2009 1:17:46 PM PDT by steelyourfaith ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." - Lady Thatcher)
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Obama's uncle was in the Red Army in WWII?

May 25, 2008, Las Cruces, NM, at the same Memorial Day speech where he acknowledged the dead people he saw in the audience (see post 10 above, Obama recounts the exploits of his uncle (apparently serving in the Russian army) who liberated Auschwitz.


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Actually, Auschwitz was liberated by the Russian Army on Jan 27 1945.

It's always a treat when Obama starts flapping his gums off-teleprompter.

Michelle Malkin's comments.

Newsbusters' take.

49 posted on 05/10/2009 10:44:33 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." - Lady Thatcher)
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Obama recognizes Secretary of Defense "William" Gates

May 21, 2009, Obama's National Security speech

Which Gates? Obama flubs defense chief's name
President Barack Obama sees his secretary of defense just about every day, but he still flubbed Robert Gates' name on Thursday. Gates is a holdover from the Bush administration, and therefore this gaffe by Obama is clearly Bush's fault. Besides, governing 57 states is hard word and gaffes are bound to happen.

Robert Gates was in the crowd for Obama's national security speech. Pointing him out, the president said "William Gates" was on hand. Perhaps the ordered mind of Obama was thinking of Bill Gates, billionaire founder and chairman of Microsoft.


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50 posted on 06/02/2009 11:17:00 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money" - Lady Thatcher)
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