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Why Karl Rove keeps calling Obama 'arrogant' [he meant uppity]
Capital Times ^ | 4/13/2009 | John Nichols

Posted on 04/14/2009 3:59:35 PM PDT by SJackson

Former White House political czar Karl Rove has a history of referring to Barack Obama as "arrogant."

As the race between the Democratic senator from Illinois and Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain geared up last year, Rove went out of his way to attach the scarlet A for arrogance to Obama.

The man who managed George Bush into the White House -- with an assist from partisan Republicans on the Supreme Court -- said on Fox News last July: "I will say yes, I do think Barack Obama is arrogant."

ABC News reported that he had told a Republican gathering on Capitol Hill that the Democrat was "coolly arrogant."

"Even if you never met him, you know this guy," Rove reportedly told the congressional Republicans. "He's the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette, that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone."

Rove's cynical "assessment" of Obama, and the word he uses to describe the man who swept the Republicans out of power, has not changed since Obama assumed the presidency.

Commenting on Fox News -- the network that describes Obama as the president "Europe anointed" -- after the latest White House press conference, Rove told Bill O'Reilly: "I've always said that I think he's sort of an arrogant guy (who says) things that are simply not true."

No challenge came from O'Reilly, who was more interested in recalling his interviewing style when he hosted Obama last year: "I was like a cougar ... I was right there."

Obama's defenders still got upset.

After the O'Reilly/Rove session Tuesday night, Democratic National Committee communications director Brad Woodhouse griped, "If Karl Rove wants to call someone arrogant, perhaps he and Dick Cheney should look in the mirror. It was, after all, the administration he worked for and helped lead that left America entangled in two wars, tarnished our reputation abroad, squandered a budget surplus, and drove the American economy into the deepest economic crises since the Great Depression by insisting on their arrogant, 'our way or the highway' ideological approach to domestic and foreign policies. Arrogance was a staple of the Bush/Cheney/Rove approach to politics and policy -- eschewing accountability, blaming others and failing to level with the American people."

True enough.

But Rove, who never says anything casually, will keep inserting the word "arrogant" into any discussion about Obama -- not because the president is, in fact, arrogant, but because it is a word that the master of media manipulation knows is loaded.

The definition of arrogant generally goes something like this: "Having or displaying a sense of overbearing self-worth or self-importance." The arrogant individual, dictionaries tell us, display "a feeling or assumption of one's superiority toward others."

As Rove well understands, the suggestion that the president is presumptuously arrogant -- as the word "uppity" is defined -- is a disempowering reference. It suggests that Obama is out of place in the White House, that the president perceives himself as important when he is not, and that, most damagingly, Obama presumes he is superior to the great mass of Americans.

What Rove is practicing is a sly variation on class politics:

Obama, who is trying to use the power of government to aid dislocated workers and families threatened with foreclosure, who is holding more press conferences and doing more interviews than Bush, who is answering questions e-mailed to the White House by citizens, is an "arrogant" elitist. He's the guy at the cocktail party making fun of the rest of us.

Bush, who used the power of government to remove restrictions on bankers and speculators and in so doing fostered a scorching recession, who avoided the tough questions, who distanced himself from the media and citizens, is a homey man of the people. He's the guy out fixing a fence on his ranchette, er, sorry, ranch.

Of course, it is a false construct.

But, as the man they called "Bush's brain" well understands, lies repeated frequently enough become potent political tools.

Karl Rove, who has no intention of remaining long on the sidelines of the political power game, is determined to damage Barack Obama by defining him as a leader who is out of touch with the people.

The word "arrogant" is essential to this endeavor, as is the platform that Fox and other news outlets lend to his partisan manipulations.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: arrogance; arrogant; arrogantindeed; bho44; divisive2; first100days; johnnichols; karlrove; npd; rove; uppity; veryarrogant
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Well I think he's arrogant. I wouldn't have called him uppity because of potential racial overtones, but John Nichols is right, he uppity, our uppity President.
1 posted on 04/14/2009 3:59:35 PM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson
The man who managed George Bush into the White House -- with an assist from partisan Republicans on the Supreme Court -- said on Fox News last July: "I will say yes, I do think Barack Obama is arrogant."

Hey, *sshole, the Supreme Court called it right, and all the major media recounts confirmed the original vote... and yes, he is both arrogant and uppity... thanks for providing the correct word to use.

2 posted on 04/14/2009 4:04:13 PM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: SJackson
Elitist really says it for me...


3 posted on 04/14/2009 4:06:26 PM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: SJackson
It suggests that Obama is out of place in the White House, that the president perceives himself as important when he is not, and that, most damagingly, Obama presumes he is superior to the great mass of Americans.

Yep, yep and yep.

Ya know, for a socialist, this editor's got some good points. : )

4 posted on 04/14/2009 4:07:32 PM PDT by HoosierHawk
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To: SJackson

""Even if you never met him, you know this guy," Rove reportedly told the congressional Republicans. "He's the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette, that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone."

5 posted on 04/14/2009 4:07:51 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: SJackson
But Rove, who never says anything casually, will keep inserting the word "arrogant" into any discussion about Obama -- not because the president is, in fact, arrogant, but because it is a word that the master of media manipulation knows is loaded.

The definition of arrogant generally goes something like this: "Having or displaying a sense of overbearing self-worth or self-importance." The arrogant individual, dictionaries tell us, display "a feeling or assumption of one's superiority toward others."

Sounds like Karl Rove is spot on when he describes That One as 'arrogant', because he truly embodies the definition of the word.

If the author of the article thinks it's code for 'uppity', it must mean that the AUTHOR thinks that about That One.;o)

6 posted on 04/14/2009 4:08:07 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SJackson

But he could not claim the title of "uppity" according to the DNC Propagand Machine.

He was a "monster."

7 posted on 04/14/2009 4:11:31 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SJackson
No, I think he means arrogant. “Uppity” is an attempt to paint Rove as a racist.
8 posted on 04/14/2009 4:15:10 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SuziQ

Uppity to me is just another but not as strong way of saying someone is arrogant.

Uppity to me is someone pretending to be what they are not and behaving in a stroppy manner.

To use a very old fashion comment someone who is above their station and assume they are entitled.


9 posted on 04/14/2009 4:17:28 PM PDT by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: SJackson

Rove You magnificent bastard!!!!

10 posted on 04/14/2009 4:19:09 PM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity

“”Even if you never met him, you know this guy,” Rove reportedly told the congressional Republicans. “He’s the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette, that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone.”

Hahahahahaha...except, in Bammy’s case, he is with a date that looks like an NFL tight end in drag...no Bawney Fwank jokes, please...


11 posted on 04/14/2009 4:20:09 PM PDT by jessduntno ("reckless speculation by bankers in New York is inflicting pain...around the world." - FUBO)
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To: SJackson
"The man who managed George Bush into the White House -- with an assist from partisan Republicans on the Supreme Court..." - John Nichols

John Nichols is a tool, ignorant of the partisan Florida Supreme Court's attempt to circumvent Florida law, and proud of it.

John Nichols is what happens to decent folks who fry their brains on college party drugs and to those who offer their backsides to any available hard ons.

12 posted on 04/14/2009 4:21:21 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: SJackson
"Of course, it is a false construct.

Not at all.

And Rove is not the first to suggest it.

In his biography of Obama, which is generally positive, Chicago Tibune reporter David Mendell, noted:

"Managing Obama's healthy ego has been one of the more trying tasks for his staff and paid consultants. As Obama himself will acknowledge, his mother went to great lengths to shore up her son's confidence..."As a consequence, there was no shortage of self-esteem," Obama told me with a wry smile.
In a politician, a show of grandiose ego can be off-putting and cost support from all quarters -- media, colleagues,  and, in particular, constituents -- and there were moments in the Senate campaign that when I found myself in the midst of the effort to reign in Obama's ego."

Richard Epstein, UofC law professor, widely respected Constitutional expert, and former colleague of Obama, as quoted in the Chicago Tribune:

"Obama, he says, is very good at listening respectfully and articulating all sides of an issue, but usually only as the lead-in to adopting a predictably liberal position. He describes his former colleague as an unreconstructed New Dealer who "has never met a mandate that he would vote against.So whatever free-market truth and wisdom Obama may have absorbed during his years on the University of Chicago campus, Epstein doubts we will be seeing much of it in the new Obama administration."
"Obama comes from the tradition that thinks you can get your way on social justice and economic issues without affecting productivity very much—and that's simply living in a dream world," he says. Obama and his economics team "are very smart, but the problem is these high-IQ guys always think they can square the circle; they always believe they can beat the system with a cleverer system, and they always fail."

Arrogance.



13 posted on 04/14/2009 4:21:37 PM PDT by browardchad
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To: SJackson
It suggests that Obama...presumes he is superior to the great mass of Americans.

Why do we need incredibly tortured parsing of Karl Rove's language to reach this conclusion when Obama pretty much stated it during the campaign? He believes the great mass of Americans are bitter, cling to guns and religion out of fear and frustration, and nurse an antipathy for people who aren't like them. He said so. Sure seems arrogant, dismissive and contemptuous of Americans, their character and their values to me.
14 posted on 04/14/2009 4:23:13 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: SJackson

Well I think he’s arrogant. I wouldn’t have called him uppity because of potential racial overtones, but John Nichols is right, he uppity, our uppity President.
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You can have arrogant and uppity — I will take authoritarian, oppressive, ultra-radical, anti-Constitutional and fanatic. As witnessed beyond question with his recent directive to the DHS to alert law-enforcement agencies to ANYONE who opposes his position and actions as “right-wing extremist and potentially terrorist”. That of course was his very “American” response to the Tea Parties. It all speaks LOUDLY for itself.


15 posted on 04/14/2009 4:23:13 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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Of course he is arrogant. Why is this even being discussed?
16 posted on 04/14/2009 4:24:14 PM PDT by Godwin1 (Cthol)
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To: SJackson

He is a hateful, vindictive racist.


17 posted on 04/14/2009 4:24:22 PM PDT by gitmo (History books will read that Lincoln freed the slaves and Obama enslaved the free.)
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To: SJackson; potlatch; devolve; ntnychik; MeekOneGOP; Grampa Dave; BOBTHENAILER; dixiechick2000; ...

John, John--Hussein is arrogant.

You're shooting his colonoscopy as an homage.

18 posted on 04/14/2009 4:26:20 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: SJackson

I think the derogatory comments that Oshama made behind closed doors about people who cling to guns and religion show that he IS supremely arrogant.


19 posted on 04/14/2009 4:29:21 PM PDT by what's up
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To: SJackson
Of course, there's also one simple two-word statement that proves Rove's point:

Obama to Republican lawmakers objecting to the stimulus package: "I won."

20 posted on 04/14/2009 4:30:47 PM PDT by browardchad
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To: SJackson
“Bush, who used the power of government to remove restrictions on bankers and speculators and in so doing fostered a scorching recession, who avoided the tough questions, who distanced himself from the media and citizens, is a homey man of the people. He's the guy out fixing a fence on his ranchette, er, sorry, ranch.”

Where has this guy been? What a screaming lie.

It was Bush on over 10 occasions tried to regulate the mortgage catastrophe. And Bwarney and Cwis stonewalled them.

21 posted on 04/14/2009 4:31:52 PM PDT by golfisnr1 (Democrats are like roaches - hard to get rid of.)
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To: SJackson
Oh, no...that scumbag Obama isn't arrogant or anything.


22 posted on 04/14/2009 4:32:31 PM PDT by Lancey Howard (America is dead. Every man for himself.)
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To: jessduntno; Salamander; All
"He’s the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette,

More like a drag queen, coke spoon and a doobie.
23 posted on 04/14/2009 4:36:17 PM PDT by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: browardchad
"Obama comes from the tradition that thinks you can get your way on social justice and economic issues without affecting productivity very much—and that's simply living in a dream world," he says. Obama and his economics team "are very smart, but the problem is these high-IQ guys always think they can square the circle; they always believe they can beat the system with a cleverer system, and they always fail."

Ah, the curse of the central planner. "We'll just be smarter and do thing better and everything will work out just great!"

Such foolishness is not only unbecoming but incredibly dangerous for the rest of us when the fool holds such power. Sounds like he's Woodrow Wilson incarnate. We're in seriously deep doodoo unless we cut him off at the pass in 2010.

24 posted on 04/14/2009 4:36:30 PM PDT by Swing_Thought (Become a free market capitalist. Accept no substitutes.)
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To: SJackson

“He’s the guy with the beautiful date........” Huh??? Doesn’t account for the wife........


25 posted on 04/14/2009 4:36:52 PM PDT by phoenix07
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To: SJackson

As we recall the well-known and regarded political science professor and commentator pointed out back during the presidential primaries that the One was “arrogant.”


26 posted on 04/14/2009 4:37:52 PM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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To: SJackson

Because he is. It doesn’t mean he acts above his station as a black man. It means he acts above his station as a member of the human race.


27 posted on 04/14/2009 4:38:01 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: SJackson

Funny how the election is over, Bush and Rove are out, Palin lost and they still can’t stop being terrified of them. I love that the lib filth keep looking over their shoulders. They KNOW, the pit bull will eventually catch them.


28 posted on 04/14/2009 4:38:45 PM PDT by sappy
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To: SJackson
Dear president obama:

If the adjective fits, wear it!

Main Entry: arrogant
Part of Speech: adjective

Definition:
having exaggerated self-opinion

Synonyms:
aloof, assuming, audacious, autocratic, biggety, bossy, bragging, cavalier, cheeky, cocky, cold-shoulder*, conceited, contemptuous, cool*, disdainful, domineering, egotistic, haughty, high and mighty*, high-handed, imperious, insolent, know-it-all*, lordly, on an ego trip, overbearing, peremptory, pompous, presumptuous, pretentious, proud, puffed up, scornful, self-important, smarty, smug, sniffy, snippy*, snooty*, snotty*, stuck up, supercilious, superior, swaggering, uppity*, vain, wise guy*

Antonyms: humble, meek, servile, unconceited

Thanks to dictionary.com!

29 posted on 04/14/2009 4:42:29 PM PDT by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: SJackson

Versus all the slanderous things that the DemoPerverts call Governor Palin, when they really mean “uppity”...


30 posted on 04/14/2009 4:47:18 PM PDT by DGHoodini (God's gonna getcha!)
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To: Vaquero

Yep, it has nothing to do with color. He is arrogant and he has nothing to be arrogant about. He’s a loser.


31 posted on 04/14/2009 4:56:41 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: SJackson
The “journalist” who wrote this crap in defense of Obama, was unquestionably influenced by the Obama DNA all over his chin.

He has a record of wild eyed Leftist hate mongering....
He blames Bush for the crimes of the Democrat controlled Congress and the Democrat driven Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac redistribution of taxpayer dollars to the Black Congressional Caucus's constituency...

Clearly, he is at best a self delusional liar, Leftist and Obama “organ grinder”.....

32 posted on 04/14/2009 5:07:45 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: PhilDragoo; potlatch; holdonnow; ntnychik; MeekOneGOP


33 posted on 04/14/2009 5:10:03 PM PDT by devolve ( - - - - - - - - - - - - - It is just another Pansy Scheme! - - -)
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To: devolve

Always very impressive graphics devolve!


34 posted on 04/14/2009 5:19:44 PM PDT by potlatch (A burden shared gets lighter)
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To: PhilDragoo; devolve

Lol, his chin can’t get any higher - and the dems don’t note that???


35 posted on 04/14/2009 5:21:42 PM PDT by potlatch (A burden shared gets lighter)
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To: SJackson

Anyone who has watched Obama speak knows he is arrogant the way he throws his head back and looks down at everyone there is nothing else to call it.


36 posted on 04/14/2009 5:33:01 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: potlatch

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Thanks potlatch -

The returning combat Vets in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families and friends must be thrilled that Neo-Nancy Hussein Junior is labeling them all as the next Tim McVeighs


37 posted on 04/14/2009 5:52:35 PM PDT by devolve ( - - - - - - - - - - - - - It is just another Pansy Scheme! - - -)
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To: devolve

[Neo-Nancy Hussein Junior]
Who are you referring to? I just had to print out a bunch of stuff and had printer problems.


38 posted on 04/14/2009 6:09:10 PM PDT by potlatch (A burden shared gets lighter)
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To: potlatch

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The One

He is a Neo-Nancy.....


39 posted on 04/14/2009 6:17:00 PM PDT by devolve ( - - - - - - - - - - - - - It is just another Pansy Scheme! - - -)
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To: devolve

I can’t keep up with all these strange names anymore.


40 posted on 04/14/2009 6:19:32 PM PDT by potlatch (A burden shared gets lighter)
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To: SJackson
But Rove, who never says anything casually, will keep inserting the word "arrogant" into any discussion about Obama -- not because the president is, in fact, arrogant,

There you go Mr. Nichols. Edited for accuracy.

No charge.

41 posted on 04/14/2009 6:23:20 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (When you're spinning round, things come undone. Welcome to Earth 3rd rock from the Sun!)
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To: potlatch

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The One has many many aliases and secrets

“Show me a real birth certificate!”


42 posted on 04/14/2009 6:24:15 PM PDT by devolve ( - - - - - - - - - - - - - It is just another Pansy Scheme! - - -)
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To: SJackson
The man who managed George Bush into the White House -- with an assist from partisan Republicans on the Supreme Court --

Yeah, all seven of them, since the vote was 7-2.

43 posted on 04/14/2009 6:24:54 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (You're either in or in the way.)
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To: golfisnr1

The repeal of the Glass/Stegall Act allowed banks to expand to insurance and other financial products and was done during the Clinton administration at the urging of Robert Rubin. That is the only deregulation of the banking industry that I know of despite the bleatings of the Democrats and the media. There was a severe lack of oversight by Congress and the SEC but no deregulation.


44 posted on 04/14/2009 6:27:10 PM PDT by csmusaret (http://www.aipnews.com/)
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To: devolve

Most aliases’ are easy to figure out.


45 posted on 04/14/2009 6:27:49 PM PDT by potlatch (A burden shared gets lighter)
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To: SJackson
"I won (and it turns out i'm pretty good at it)"

Are the 100 days up yet?

46 posted on 04/14/2009 7:33:59 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Obama water dog don't swim)
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To: snugs
To use a very old fashion comment someone who is above their station and assume they are entitled.

Precisely!

47 posted on 04/14/2009 8:02:34 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: RichInOC
It doesn’t mean he acts above his station as a black man. It means he acts above his station as a member of the human race.

Well said!

48 posted on 04/14/2009 8:09:18 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: PhilDragoo; ArrogantBustard

Yep!

What an arrogant bustard !!


49 posted on 04/15/2009 5:32:08 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (2008: The year the Media died. --Sean Hannity, regarding Barack HUSSEIN ObaMao's treatment ...)
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To: devolve

bumpity! bumpity!

bump! bump! bump!


50 posted on 04/15/2009 5:51:52 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (2008: The year the Media died. --Sean Hannity, regarding Barack HUSSEIN ObaMao's treatment ...)
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