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Presidential Double-talk... Newsweek finally realizes that Obama is a typical politician
Newsweek ^ | 03/07/09 | Robert J. Samuelson

Posted on 03/08/2009 10:04:15 AM PDT by Painesright

Barack Obama is a great pretender. He constantly says he's doing things that he isn't, and he relies on his powerful rhetoric to obscure the difference. He has made "responsibility" a personal theme, and the budget's cover line is "A New Era of Responsibility." He claims that the budget begins "making the tough choices necessary to restore fiscal discipline." It doesn't.

If Obama were "responsible," he would be leading a candid conversation about government's size and role. Who deserves support and why? How big can government grow before higher taxes and deficits harm long-term economic growth? Although Obama claims to be doing this, he hasn't confronted entitlement psychology—the belief that government benefits once conferred should never be revoked—and asked whether some significant spending no longer serves any "public interest."

It is Obama's conceit—perhaps his cockiness—that he can ignore these blatant inconsistencies. Like many smart people, he believes he can talk his way around any problem.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsweek.com ...


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Honeymoon over.
1 posted on 03/08/2009 10:04:15 AM PDT by Painesright
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To: Painesright

His base doesn’t read Newsweek, so it won’t have an effect


2 posted on 03/08/2009 10:08:46 AM PDT by patriotspride
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To: Painesright

If only he were really a “typical politician”.


3 posted on 03/08/2009 10:09:17 AM PDT by ducdriver
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To: Painesright

Jive talking, tell me no lies ...

The BeeGees “Jive Talking, Obama’s theme song.


4 posted on 03/08/2009 10:10:29 AM PDT by Tarpon (It's a common fact, one can't be liberal and rational at the same time.)
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To: Painesright
he relies on his powerful rhetoric to obscure the difference.

This is going to wear thin quickly. All of his verbal Fabreeze can't cover the fecal odor of his actions.

5 posted on 03/08/2009 10:10:44 AM PDT by tbpiper (Irate and tireless....but mostly irate.)
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To: Painesright

and considering these tossers are the ones who basically sold their souls yo put the idiot in the WH


6 posted on 03/08/2009 10:10:52 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: patriotspride
His base doesn’t read Newsweek, so it won’t have an effect.

His base doesn't read - they can't.

7 posted on 03/08/2009 10:11:21 AM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: Painesright

Ouch! Lets see if Gibbs go after newsweak tomorrow.


8 posted on 03/08/2009 10:13:41 AM PDT by linn37 (a mortgage in every pot)
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To: Painesright

You are too optimistic. Samuelson is a moderate conservative economist and a columnist for Newsweek. He does not control their news and editorial policies.


9 posted on 03/08/2009 10:15:59 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Painesright
It is Obama's conceit—perhaps his cockiness—that he can ignore these blatant inconsistencies. Like many smart people, he believes he can talk his way around any problem.

Better put some ice on that....

10 posted on 03/08/2009 10:17:12 AM PDT by central_va (Co. C, 15th Va., Patrick Henry Rifles-The boys of Hanover Co.)
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To: Painesright

Welcome to the party pal!


11 posted on 03/08/2009 10:17:38 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Rockingham

xactly


12 posted on 03/08/2009 10:17:38 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Painesright

Monstrous entitlement spending is what promises to buy Dem votes for the foreseeable future. . that and a few RINOs that they need in Congress to keep the entitlements flowing so they can keep the front up of having at least a modicum of “opposition”.

IF Atlas shrugs, it may well be deserved.


13 posted on 03/08/2009 10:18:20 AM PDT by Twinkie (Obama is NOT Reagan !)
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To: Painesright

Already posted.


14 posted on 03/08/2009 10:19:33 AM PDT by Snappy1MarineMom (Don't Blame me I voted for Keyes.)
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To: linn37
Looks like all of the cerebral intellectuals who backed this Wonder Boy are having second thoughts. Hmmm... March 8th. Must have opened the 401(k) statements and come to their senses!
15 posted on 03/08/2009 10:20:46 AM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: tbpiper

” verbal Fabreeze can’t cover the fecal odor of his actions. “

LOL, love it. And so true.

Thanks.

Fabreeze, Fabaloney. Cheap perfume to cover the stink of reality


16 posted on 03/08/2009 10:21:15 AM PDT by garyhope (It's world war IV, right here, right now courtesy of Islam. VRWC. TWP.)
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To: Painesright

Obama isn’t ignoring the entitlement mentality. He’s counting on it. Newsweak still doesn’t get it.


17 posted on 03/08/2009 10:21:16 AM PDT by dr_who
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To: Painesright

His ideal of responsibility:

You are responsible for His actions (or inactions)!


18 posted on 03/08/2009 10:21:30 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Twinkie
IF Atlas shrugs, it may well be deserved.

What do you mean IF, Dagne?

19 posted on 03/08/2009 10:21:41 AM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Painesright

Robert J. Samuelson’s views don’t represent Newsweek’s editorial slant. Bad title for post. George Will used to write for Newsweek and maybe still does.


20 posted on 03/08/2009 10:22:07 AM PDT by kabar
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To: patriotspride
His base doesn’t read Newsweek, so it won’t have an effect

His base reads 'People Magazine.'

21 posted on 03/08/2009 10:23:41 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

” His base reads ‘People Magazine.’”

And the National Enquirer , etc....


22 posted on 03/08/2009 10:24:34 AM PDT by patriotspride
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To: central_va
Like many smart people, he believes he can talk his way around any problem.

As long as it's there on the teleprompter screen...


23 posted on 03/08/2009 10:25:01 AM PDT by DJ Frisat (I don't run in the Special Olympics and I don't try to reason with liberals.)
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To: Oatka

” His base doesn’t read - they can’t. “

Agree, they let Oprah, View, do their thinking and talking for them


24 posted on 03/08/2009 10:25:36 AM PDT by patriotspride
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To: ducdriver

Welcome to the party Newsweek. You know know what we felt at first. Obama is and was all smoke and mirrors.


25 posted on 03/08/2009 10:25:44 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Painesright

Newsweek may actually be trying to survive by being honest, unlike the NY Times.


26 posted on 03/08/2009 10:26:03 AM PDT by alrea (4% profit on a gallon of gas is obscene but over 15% tax isn't)
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To: Painesright
This is the worst case of media bias yet!

“Like many smart people, he believes he can talk his way around any problem”

BS. Obama believes he can read off a teleprompter to get around any problem (Only half /s).

27 posted on 03/08/2009 10:26:44 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: patriotspride

The National Enquirer did a service to the nation when it exposed John Edwards’ affair.


28 posted on 03/08/2009 10:28:10 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Painesright

This was in Newsweek??


29 posted on 03/08/2009 10:28:56 AM PDT by cardinal4 (Dont Tread on Me)
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To: patriotspride

I think the only places that subscribe to News Week are doctors and dentist’s offices.


30 posted on 03/08/2009 10:30:08 AM PDT by BBell
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To: Painesright

Don’t get our hopes up. Newsweek occasionally runs a token non-liberal article. The majority of stuff they print will continue to have a liberal leaning.


31 posted on 03/08/2009 10:31:24 AM PDT by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

They don’t read People magazine, they just look at the pictures.


32 posted on 03/08/2009 10:31:45 AM PDT by BBell
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To: Painesright

Samuelson is probably the only sane voice at Newspeak. The rest of the leftists there haven’t lost their support for The Grand Distributor. They’re cheering most of what he’s doing.


33 posted on 03/08/2009 10:32:08 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Painesright
Ya but now even Newt Gingrich is saying those of us who want Obama to fail are "irrational". If the GOP had some balls Obama would be at 40% by now.
34 posted on 03/08/2009 10:32:22 AM PDT by exist
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To: Painesright

This isnt the Newsweek I’ve known.

Under the bus!!!!


35 posted on 03/08/2009 10:35:56 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (Conservatives see untapped potential. Liberals see Tapped-out hopelessness.)
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To: Painesright
The honeymoon between Obama and the liberal media will never be over. The liberal media supports Obama more than he supports himself, it is that simple. Please do not confuse on opinion writer criticizing Obama in a liberal publication as being the opinion of the liberal media, far, far, far from it.

The media has so much interest in Obama and liberals being in power to the point that they are ready to bankrupt and sacrifice their own companies to support the socialist and liberal cause. For them the implementation of the socialist liberal agenda and is their only reason to exist.

36 posted on 03/08/2009 10:39:16 AM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: Painesright

Bambi learned double-talk at Harvard in Community Organizing 101 class.


37 posted on 03/08/2009 10:48:12 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

they would have done a service if they got him the VP nod first


38 posted on 03/08/2009 11:03:10 AM PDT by wiseprince
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To: central_va

“It is Obama’s conceit—perhaps his cockiness—that he can ignore these blatant inconsistencies. Like many smart people, he believes he can talk his way around any problem.”

Of course, intelligence is not a measure of one’s ability to lead, make the right moral decisions and speak without a teleprompter.


39 posted on 03/08/2009 11:10:18 AM PDT by Edgewood Pilot
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To: Painesright

“he would be leading a candid conversation”

WRONG! Without a teleprompter, I strongly suggest that he has trouble holding a candid conversation with even his daughters.


40 posted on 03/08/2009 11:17:59 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: patriotspride

his base doesn’t read. period. they watch tv. the ones that do read, are the 5% elite liberals who will be part of the oligarchy.


41 posted on 03/08/2009 11:20:51 AM PDT by Invisible Ninja (Welcome to the Parallel Universe, where good is evil and evil is good.)
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To: Painesright
Typical socialist politician my arse. He's an extremist. Most of our crooked politians are cooked moderates in at least one area. Not O.
42 posted on 03/08/2009 11:23:24 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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To: jveritas

The more these morons ignore reality, the more people will get fed up. It is important to remember that they are no longer the sole guardians of the news. There are so many grassroots movements and with more people unemployed and increasingly disgruntled with pretty much everything PC and racial, that Obama is going to be tossed out like Carter, but in a much more long lasting way in the public mind because of the wealth of stories and the record high drop in employment and the war he’s throwing under the bus.

Carter was supposedly so bad with the Iran hostage crisis (I wasn’t born yet) and left in disgrace, with two wars to manage Obama will end up killing a lot of our troops, but his disgrace will be all the worse because he was supposed to be ‘historical,’ and ‘the moment in time.’ No one can live up to that hype, but he isn’t even trying to do anything substantial. He’s partying right in the middle of mass economic collapse is bad enough, but his throwing everything away is worse because there is so much more on the line.

When Clinton presided over a good economy (bubble or not) people were more forgiving of his peccadilos because things were good and politicians aren’t really considered (with rare exceptions like President Bush) to be all that moral anyway.

With Obama pretty much covering himself in laurels while the economy falls to pieces is a different story. He’s having Hollywood people at the White House, (bad enough) but literally in his office discussing Darfur of all things, treating them like they are people trained in this thing. Bonking Angelina doesn’t mean he’s educated, only more of an idiot to leave Aniston for that freak show.

Citizens got angry enough at Hollywood in 2004 over their antics and now Obama is making it worse. With these celebutards being taken seriously, it’s my own personal nightmare coming true. If the economy were booming I’d still be ticked over it, but since it’s in the dump I’m livid.


43 posted on 03/08/2009 11:26:47 AM PDT by Niuhuru (Fine, here's my gun, but let me give you the bullets first. I'll send them to you through the barrel)
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To: Earthdweller
There's going to be such a thorough cleansing when 2010 rolls around. Congresscritters are going to be shoveled out into the dungheap and Obama will face a very, very hostile Congress, Democrat or Republican dominated. I hope they vote for his impeachment. If not the citizenry will deal with him.
44 posted on 03/08/2009 11:28:24 AM PDT by Niuhuru (Fine, here's my gun, but let me give you the bullets first. I'll send them to you through the barrel)
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To: patriotspride

“His base doesn’t read Newsweek, so it won’t have an effect.”

I know one of them who subscribes to it. He believes that Newsweek is for lefties; Time for centrists, and U.S. News for the right-leaning. He goes back to Newsweek & MSNBC when he’s feeling threatened by reality & wants to sooth himself with liberal fantasy.

Look at the comments to the article on their site - the hippie communists are holding onto 50% of the posts. (I’m not saying they read the article, but they do realize that Newsweek published something tarnishing B0’s halo.)


45 posted on 03/08/2009 11:30:23 AM PDT by Belle22
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To: linn37

Which one of the Bee-Gee’s was this Gibbs?


46 posted on 03/08/2009 11:31:51 AM PDT by postalx
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To: Niuhuru

You know - if it gets so hot that Democrats turn on him then you can bet they will be THE reason that his citizenship becomes a legitimate issue.

They will bring that one out to rid themselves of a stealth Communist who is at War with American Capitalism.


47 posted on 03/08/2009 11:34:34 AM PDT by R0CK3T
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To: Niuhuru

Excellent post.


48 posted on 03/08/2009 11:40:26 AM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: R0CK3T
You know - if it gets so hot that Democrats turn on him then you can bet they will be THE reason that his citizenship becomes a legitimate issue.

Nice dream!

Regards,
GtG

49 posted on 03/08/2009 1:56:48 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

” The National Enquirer did a service to the nation when it exposed John Edwards’ affair.”

Lets hope they start questioning the Messiah soon........


50 posted on 03/08/2009 2:17:14 PM PDT by patriotspride
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