Skip to comments.Helen Thomas: "Obama: A Better Day Is Coming" [STANDARD GRAPHIC IMAGE WARNING]
Posted on 03/25/2009 8:16:38 PM PDT by seanmerc
It takes a lot to motivate the American people but they are hopping mad over the bonus payments to Wall Streeters from their tax money.
I havent seen this much "people power" since the grass-roots protests against the Vietnam War riled the nation.
This anger is highly justified, but it hasnt slowed the Obama administrations peculiar drive to bailout Wall Street by buying banks toxic assets (bad loans and mortgage-related securities) to the tune of possibly up to $2 trillion dollars to stabilize the banks and to jump-start the credit industry.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner Monday unveiled the plan amid the continuing furor over $165 million in bonuses paid to executives of American International Group after the taxpayers put up $173 billion to bailout the company.
At a prime time news conference Tuesday night, President Barack Obama used his bully pulpit to strike an upbeat note about the economy, a dramatic change from his past practice of issuing scary predictions. Those past dire comments apparently were to put heat on Congress to pass his economic legislation. That gambit worked. So now he can sing a cheery tune that happy days are just around the corner.
"Were beginning to see signs of progress," he said, and called for renewed hope that "a better day will come."
"Weve put in place a comprehensive strategy designed to attack this crisis on all fronts," Obama said. "Its a strategy to create jobs, to help responsible homeowners, to restart lending and to grow our economy over the long term."
He spoke of his own capacity for "persistence" and said the "road to prosperity is still long.
Im as angry as anybody," he declared. "Were all in this together."
The key to boosting the economy is more consumer confidence. Unemployment is skyrocketing and people who still have jobs are nervous that they may join the ranks of the jobless. Those consumers have scaled back their spending -- adding another downward spiral to the economy.
For Obamas recovery plan to work, it is going to take plenty of lenders, borrowers, buyers and sellers. Obama may have to echo his predecessor, who right after the 2001 terrorist attacks gave this advice: "Go shopping."
And his new peppy go-get-em tone is designed to give confidence to those shoppers that the economy is on the mend.
What irks Americans is the fact that the outrageous payment of AIG bonuses was known months beforehand by Geithner.
In a rare show of anger, Obama defended his lack of action for several days after he learned about the AIG bonuses, saying coldly: "I like to know what Im talking about before I speak."
He urged his audience "to look toward the future with a renewed sense of common purpose, a renewed determination."
Meanwhile, we shouldnt forget the infamous Merrill Lynch bonuses worth $3.6 billion that were paid last year to executives of the faltering brokerage firm, right before it was bought by Bank of America in a government-arranged shotgun marriage and right after Merrill wracked up massive operating losses.
Anna Burger, head of the liberal advocacy group Change to Win, said: "American taxpayers are tired of repeatedly seeing corporate excess rewarded, but adding insult to injury they are now being asked to reward corporate failure. Enough is enough." Burger said, "It is absolutely obscene for those responsible for our nations financial crisis to walk away with millions in bonuses while Americas hard working families struggle to pay their mortgages, health insurance, and childrens education."
Proposals for a punitive surtax on bonuses do not seem to be going anywhere in Congress to retrieve the money for the taxpayers. Obama is decidedly cool toward that effort. Obama is in the dubious position of having to play cheerleader for the economy -- and for Wall Street, whose support he needs for his bailout programs.
If the unemployment rate doesnt improve later this year, the president will be facing a depression in his political standing. And if that happens, he can kiss goodbye to his other agenda items.
/barf with a ninja kick to my own head at seeing Helen yet again.
Oh great...now I will have nightmares.
I’m going to print that out and make a Halloween mask. Scary stuff!
QUIET! PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO SLEEP!
How old is the *itch from HELL?? Ain’t she dead yet!!!??? UGH!
That’s Butt Ugly, FUGLY, gross, gag, yuk, puke!
I KNEW I shouldn’t have peeked just before going to bed. Now I will lay awake afraid to fall asleep because of nightmares.
The inside is worse than the outside
That first picture on the thread wasn’t NEARLY as scary as
this one! LOL!
Obama bonus is the same strategy as:
Holy CRAP! Makes this dog look beautiful next to the viper from HELL!!
Should have read “Obama bonus outrage is the same as:
DANG!! It didn’t let me post the picture....SHOOT!!
My nuts fell off on that one...My lawyer will be contacting you...
Sheesh! On what planet is that hair okay? It’s as dry, wispy, thin, and tousled as her thoughts!
Aaaargh Matey! Draws me another ration o Rum!
That’s just how I think Helen should sound.
I thought her to be more of a chihuahua. :D
yowza, that’s even bigger
zOMG! Is that what I think it is? How very ‘Georgia O’Keeffe’!!! LMAO!
AAAAIIIIIEEEE, STOP, I’LL TALK! DON’T MAKE ME LOOK!
darn it, i made the same mistake opening this thread with a mouth full of dr. pepper, which is now over my screen.
will i ever learn?
Killer Chihuahua! ROFL!
I think I just lost 5 years off my lifespan.
“I havent seen this much ‘people power’ since the grass-roots protests against the Vietnam War riled the nation.”
Oh, you mean when, like, one half of one percent of the American people were up in arms? Those were the days.
There’s probably more people sitting at home playing Grand Theft Auto right now than protested on a regular basis in the bad old days.
“In a rare show of anger, Obama defended his lack of action for several days after he learned about the AIG bonuses, saying coldly: “I like to know what Im talking about before I speak.”
Translation: I can’t speak until the teleprompter knows what it’s supposed to display to me
Now that right there is FUNNY!
I’m calling 911. You should be arrested for that.
do you think that being liberals makes them ugly, or because they are ugly they choose to be liberals??
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there, does it make a sound?
These are the probing questions of the ages.........
HEY! That’s a Collie! (Or is that an Aussie?)
They’re beautiful! Pick some ugly dog to beat on, like a Basset or Bloodhound or Bulldog....