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Charles Krauthammer On Obama's Speech: "It Was A Disgrace"
Real Clear Politics ^ | April 14, 2011 | Bed_Zeppelin

Posted on 04/14/2011 11:43:50 AM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin

"I rarely heard a speech by a president so shallow, so hyper-partisan and so intellectually dishonest, outside the last couple of weeks of a presidential election where you are allowed to call your opponent anything short of a traitor. But we're a year and a half away from Election Day and it was supposed to be a speech about policy," syndicate columnist Dr. Charles Krauthammer said about President Obama's speech.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: democrats; economy; fail; government; obama; opinion; politics

1 posted on 04/14/2011 11:43:53 AM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

Is there really ANYTHING about the Vacationer in Chief which is really NOT a disgrace? He shit stains the Oval Office every single time he walks through the door.

Surely he must have ONE redeeming quality. And if anyone here knows of it, please drop me a line, because I am stumped.


2 posted on 04/14/2011 11:48:11 AM PDT by NWFLConservative
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

His media and campaign got him elected by fooling enough people that he was a cool collected level headed senator.
This was obama actually being himself.
The mask is coming off.


3 posted on 04/14/2011 11:48:47 AM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

Krauthammer challenges Zero on his substance, or lack thereof. Obama’s MSM sycophants can’t relate to or they ignore such rational commentary.


4 posted on 04/14/2011 11:49:26 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

Obama was talking to his base, which is why it sounded condescending, patronizing, emotional and childishly idiotic to any grownup.


5 posted on 04/14/2011 11:51:32 AM PDT by Spok
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

Krauthammer’s a democrat, isn’t he? If he doesn’t like O, then who’s he going to vote for?


6 posted on 04/14/2011 11:55:31 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: NWFLConservative
His laziness. Were he at all industrious he would truly be a danger.

That's all I can think of - sloth.

7 posted on 04/14/2011 11:55:59 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Hey government - hold a garage sale and pay me my Social Security money back!)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin
Obama the usurper is revealing his corrupt agenda. However, there are millions who are brain dead enough to share in his hate, lies and death. Obama the Islamo-Marxist-Chicago Gangster stands exposed. Will America save herself? Or will America slip slide down the slimy slop called Obama?
8 posted on 04/14/2011 11:57:05 AM PDT by Armaggedon
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To: Spok

His base can relate to him because he is so much like them; intellectually simple, ill-informed and spring loaded to the blame game. He tells his base exactly what they want to hear. If he told them to get off their lazy asses, don’t drop out of school, stop smoking dope, stop going out and having 5 illegitimate children by 5 different mothers and get a real job, he would become a pariah.


9 posted on 04/14/2011 11:57:18 AM PDT by NWFLConservative
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

I am old enough to remember when presidents behaved like Presidents....even if they were Democrats! If this is what the younger generation considers presidential, I shudder to ponder the future!


10 posted on 04/14/2011 11:59:32 AM PDT by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: NWFLConservative

Is there really ANYTHING about the Vacationer in Chief which is really NOT a disgrace? He shit stains the Oval Office every single time he walks through the door.

But, 1/2 the country still loves the skidder.


11 posted on 04/14/2011 11:59:35 AM PDT by Bitsy ( i)
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To: NWFLConservative

Is there really ANYTHING about the Vacationer in Chief which is really NOT a disgrace? He shit stains the Oval Office every single time he walks through the door.

But, 1/2 the country still loves the skidder.


12 posted on 04/14/2011 12:00:29 PM PDT by Bitsy ( i)
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To: Beowulf9

‘hammer’s an elitist beltway republican.


13 posted on 04/14/2011 12:01:03 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

Like I’ve said before, give a fool enough rope and he will hang himself every time.


14 posted on 04/14/2011 12:02:18 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin
As I posted earlier today to a list of friends & supporters, and a short while ago, on another thread here, this is our opportunity to really go after the Socialist premises:

By any measure, the coming battle over the Federal Budget over the next two years, is one of the most critical confrontations of our times. Fought merely as a question of how much to spend, and how to fund that spending, it has enormous significance. But the real thrust to its importance will depend on the level of understanding that Conservatives bring to the confrontation. Fought merely as a question of how much & how to, it will end in a compromise, and the final destruction of the America we have known may be delayed slightly, but will still proceed. For anything better to result, we must seize the opportunity that Obama's demagoguery offers, and win not only the immediate economic battle, but that on the second front, which goes to all the issues that have brought us to this terrible pass.

To the point! No one but demagogues has really benefitted from the social programs that Obama suggested to justify the outrageous level of Federal expenditures; no one really benefits from excessive taxation of human success; and interestingly, the real victims of the idea of making the most successful pay for the excessive medical expenditures of others, are not really those most successful. Since this is going out to friends who both understand these points and to others who may never have become so involved as to do so, let me offer a brief explanation.

The United States, when they allowed their citizens maximum personal freedom & minimum crutches--and no idea that we owed it to each other to pay each other's medical bills;--when education was local, without layers of meddling bureaucracy trying to force a non-existent, imaginary equality of all children; when families, not bureaucrats, neighbors not leftwing lobbyists, stepped in to help family members and neighbors cope with the unexpected disaster; provided a social background, which permitted so much real growth, that we became the single most powerful collection of people on the face of the earth. The industrial marvel, created before the Welfare State start up in the 1930s, won World War II for the allies; even coasting after the War, arrested the international Marxist threat, and won the Cold War in Europe.

On the other hand, our proportionate share of human achievement has been slipping since World War II; and increasingly slipping since the "Great Society" in the 1960s. Our immigration policy, since then, which--even apart from the undefended Southern border--has deliberately favored those with the fewest earlier ties to Americans during our era of increasing success, is one factor. For every high IQ Asian, who has helped our productivity, there have been several from other regions, who simply increase the percentage of our population who lower the standards in the public schools--not through their own fault, but through the fault of the compulsion driven Leftists who insist on pretending that all children have equal potential--a cruel hoax, that again helps no one--least of all the child with a sub-90 IQ, who is often humiliated, even as it squanders wealth. Anyone who believes that the decline of American school performance, relative to the other advanced peoples, is not related both to this phenomenon, and the equally destructive Federal subsidy that has paid those at the bottom of our society to have children out-of-wedlock, should be challenged as how else to explain it. (And insulting parents, who lack the same aptitudes that their children lack, for not doing more to push their children ahead, is akin to looking to Government to solve all the problems that life has to offer. Both are based on a misunderstanding of the dynamics of normal human action.)

The Welfare State, anti-mainstream immigration policy, a progressive tax system, coupled with burdensome regulations, which reflect the imagination of politicians seeking to make names for themselves, but which make it more difficult for the middle class to accumulate wealth, and generate the dynamic factors that once drove our prosperity; all contribute to America's current decline. The supposed clients of the Leftist bureaucracy do not benefit--not in any way a moral people would value--being stripped both of a large measure of their self-respect (difficult to retain, if not coupled with self-reliance); while the soaring costs of health care in America, reflect the avalanche of Federal money bidding up costs, while replacing the once sacred moral code of practicing physicians, that would not allow them to refuse treatment to one who could not afford to pay, with a more purely materialistic attitude--and an army of file & billing clerks--all of which raise cost. (Everywhere you look, the Leftist mantra is the cause, not the amelioration of human failure.)

In all of this, the least actually afflicted are the high earners, whom Obama seeks to scape goat. Why is that? Because, generally, we are talking about a class that can pass their tax costs on to other people--those who have positions that play major roles in the passage of materials into goods & goods to markets. The struggling middle-class, burdened with all that the Left has provided, cannot pass on their burdens; but the super rich can.

(This is not a reason to excessively tax them; rather, if the moral principle of not taking away the fruits of any honest labor is not enough; it is an additional reason for not taxing them at a higher rate than others--taxes that they will in fact pass on. The Founding Fathers, one must remember, put a provision in the Constitution that forbade any personal taxation that was not per capita--not equal on each. Who will not grant that both their moral fiber & understanding of how a people prosper, was infinitely superior to those in Washington today? Doubt the point. Try reading the Federalist Papers or the correspondence between Jefferson & Madison or Adams, and try to imagine any of the contemporary clown band in positions of power, even trying to explain what the Founders were discussing!)

The final point: The purely budgetary fight needs to be waged with clarity. But all of the "bleeding-heart" appeals need to be confronted directly--never avoided--and the Leftist arguments exposed as the sham, serpentine appeals to all that is base in the human character, which they really are; exposed as premised upon clearly demonstrable fallacies, that will not stand the light of critical analysis. The time has come, when we must bring down the whole rotten edifice of Socialism in America, or watch the destruction of everything we love & value. The financial crisis is our opportunity. We must not neglect it.

Flax [http://www.truthbasedlogic.htm/debate.com]

We must not allow this demagogue, now profaning the office once defined by the immortal Washington, to successfully implant his false premises into the debate.

15 posted on 04/14/2011 12:04:29 PM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Texas resident

About 90% of those who voted for him still worship him. They have no idea what he stands for but they still worship him.


16 posted on 04/14/2011 12:05:40 PM PDT by Terry Mross (Only a SECOND party will get my vote.)
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To: Armaggedon

“However, there are millions who are brain dead enough to share in his hate, lies and death. “

The premise of the movie “Idiocracy” is coming to be.


17 posted on 04/14/2011 12:06:21 PM PDT by brownsfan (D - swift death of the republic, R - lingering death for the republic.)
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To: Beowulf9

Charlie is NOT a Democrat. Where did you even get that idea??


18 posted on 04/14/2011 12:10:25 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

Clinton stained a dress, Obama stained the constitution.


19 posted on 04/14/2011 12:13:36 PM PDT by OregonRancher (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints)
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To: Paperdoll

Have you seen the movie ‘Idiocracy’?

If not, and if you do not mind movies with REALLY bad language and stupid, crude humnor, you might want to hazard a look at it.

Be forewarned, though, ‘Idiocracy’ is ‘very’ R-rated (what I would call a ‘hard’ R). It is extremely crude, VERY low-brow, and contains a LOT of foul language and graphic sexual references.

It’s an ‘over-the-top’ satire/black comedy that depicts one possible devolved, degraded and debauched future for America.


... and, unfortunately, every time I watch the news lately, this movies’s outrageous premise of a bleak, hopelessly stupid and godless American society seems closer and closer to reality.


20 posted on 04/14/2011 12:16:45 PM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin
last couple of weeks of a presidential election where you are allowed to call your opponent anything short of a traitor

Unless you're a Democrat, in which case calling your opponent a traitor is where you START. I.e. Al Gore on George W. Bush: "He BETRAYED this country...He PLAYED ON OUR FEARS..." et cetera.

21 posted on 04/14/2011 12:19:59 PM PDT by Argus
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To: NWFLConservative
"If he told them to get off their lazy asses, don’t drop out of school, stop smoking dope, stop going out and having 5 illegitimate children by 5 different mothers and get a real job, he would become a pariah."

Bill Cosby said this a few years ago and got hammered for it.

22 posted on 04/14/2011 12:21:15 PM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin
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To: NWFLConservative
Is there really ANYTHING about the Vacationer in Chief which is really NOT a disgrace? He shit stains the Oval Office every single time he walks through the door. Surely he must have ONE redeeming quality. And if anyone here knows of it, please drop me a line, because I am stumped.

Narcissists have NO redeeming qualities, they are all out for themselves, they don't care who they hurt, who is in their way & they have no capacity for empathy for anyone but themselves!

23 posted on 04/14/2011 12:24:26 PM PDT by blondee123 (TRUMP=WINNING OBAMA=YOU'RE FIRED!!!)
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To: All

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24 posted on 04/14/2011 12:27:21 PM PDT by Maverick68
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

Because his comments were diametrically opposed to the poverty pimp’s “blame dat raciss ass whitey fo’ all yo’ prob’ems” mantra, which has made millionaires out of all three of them at the expense of black people in this country.

Now it seems Cosby is reversing himself again, playing the race card over the birth certificate issue.

He was a big time, anti-whitey racist during the early 70’s. Like a cancer (which racism always is) his racism went into remission until the Mulatto in Chief got elected, upon which it re-presented and he is back in the full blown disease.


25 posted on 04/14/2011 12:31:57 PM PDT by NWFLConservative
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To: NWFLConservative

Eventually he’ll have to die of old age. That’s the only redeeming quality I can think of.


26 posted on 04/14/2011 12:34:15 PM PDT by Soothesayer (smallpox is not a person)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

There are even leftists who call Bill Cosby racist for saying it. Yes they ARE that moronic!


27 posted on 04/14/2011 12:38:50 PM PDT by Soothesayer (smallpox is not a person)
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To: Ohioan

Obama’s budget plan:

1)Extract money from private sector through taxes.

2)Grow government union jobs.

3)Unions fund Democrat (re)election.

What a plan!


28 posted on 04/14/2011 12:38:55 PM PDT by wayoverontheright (The Democratic Party is trying to end "the private sector as we know it".)
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To: Sacajaweau

“Charlie is NOT a Democrat. Where did you even get that idea??”

I was told that by a friend and for the longest time was trying to figure it out, because he always has a conservative view.

Gad, what a maroon I am. Heheh.


29 posted on 04/14/2011 12:44:57 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

a HUGH and SERIES MAROON!


30 posted on 04/14/2011 12:53:51 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

Is it the same Krauthammer that 0b0z0 recommended listening to as a “very smart man” when Krauthammer agreed with 0b0z0 once?

I guess it is. 0b0z0 is like Dutch weather; wait 5 minutes and it’ll change.


31 posted on 04/14/2011 12:56:51 PM PDT by melancholy (.Papa Alinsky, Enslavement Specialist)
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

BO has no understanding of economics. Did he not take a course in economics in college? Did he not pass said course?

Oh yeah, I forgot, we don’t know what he took in college. We don’t even know what name he used to get into college.


32 posted on 04/14/2011 1:02:53 PM PDT by Lucas McCain
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To: NWFLConservative
Surely he must have ONE redeeming quality.

He's thin. But, I'll call him a traitor anyway.

33 posted on 04/14/2011 1:07:20 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: WayneS

I am not much of a movie goer, but I am a reader (thanks to my large font kindle)and it already seems to me like we are where your movie depicts us. As a reader, I recommend for starters, “The Light and the Glory”, by Peter Marshall and David Manuel. It tells the thorough researched history of our country from l492 to shortly after the Revolutionary War. So beautifully written that you swear you are there! Every American should read where we actually came from and what God had to do with it all. I think He is withdrawing His grace from America because we have turned our backs on Him in every imaginable way. As a saved Christian, I have watched and warned about where I saw we were going since I was old enough to vote (and that has been six decades), all to no avail, for few would listen. So God, in order to discipline His children, has unleashed a storm to temper us. There is but one path back to the country He designated for us, and that is to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. Unless that path is taken by the American people, we are lost.


34 posted on 04/14/2011 1:23:00 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: NWFLConservative

he keeps his ugly ass wife away from me and i appreciate it


35 posted on 04/14/2011 1:27:32 PM PDT by turdhopper
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To: Beowulf9

If it’s any consolation, when I first heard Charles Krauthammer I tuned him out assuming he was another liberal elitist. However, I finally noticed on Fox that when he spoke, others LISTENED. So I tried it, and found his analysis of the topics to be very thought out and realistic. While I still don’t agree with him on everything, I make it a point to listen to him when he has a comment, as I have learned a few things from listening to his point of view...


36 posted on 04/14/2011 1:29:37 PM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: Paperdoll
I have not read “The Light and the Glory” but based on your description I will seek out a copy and read it.

This is totally off the subject of saving America (or maybe not) but if you enjoy reading books about the history of Christianity and Christians in the United States, I highly recommend “The Man Who Moved A Mountain” by Richard C. Davids.

It is the life story of Rev. Bob Childress, who was born and grew up in the hills of Virginia (Buffalo Mountain in Floyd County). It is a fascinating and VERY inspirational story of an amazing man of faith who overcame great obstacles to ‘save’ himself, and who set as his mission convincing the mountain people of southwest Virginia to change their moonshining and feuding ways.

I first read the book when I was in college in the 1980s, and I reread it every few years or whenever I need to be reminded what one person can achieve through God, hard work and unshakable determination.

37 posted on 04/14/2011 1:43:29 PM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: NWFLConservative

His sister thinks he is Cool!


38 posted on 04/14/2011 1:55:36 PM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: Spok
Obama was talking to his base, which is why it sounded condescending, patronizing, emotional and childishly idiotic to any grownup.

Which would explain, in part, why the speech was given in front of a bunch of students at GWU. He doesn't have the guts to face a room full of actual "grown-ups" ... not just in age, but in intelligence, integrity, decency and honor, etc.

39 posted on 04/14/2011 2:01:44 PM PDT by nfldgirl
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40 posted on 04/14/2011 2:06:07 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Dubh_Ghlase

Well stated.
No doubt that Charles Krauthammer is the Dean Witter of the pundit world.

I think he is doing his best to redeem his shaky past.
He worked for the Carter administration ( to direct planning in psychiatric research ), and he wrote for the New Republic, and he is still associated with NPR I believe. He got his Pulitzer Prize when with the Washington Post.

I don’t know many commentators who come better prepared to discuss the issue at hand whether you agree with him or not.


41 posted on 04/14/2011 2:48:55 PM PDT by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: WayneS

Thank you. I’ll see if amazon has it. “The Light and the Glory” will probably have to be ordered in book form. I ordered one for each of my grandson in laws, who are both in Seminary.


42 posted on 04/14/2011 3:41:41 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: WayneS

Thank you. I’ll see if amazon has it. “The Light and the Glory” will probably have to be ordered in book form. I ordered one for each of my grandson in laws, who are both in Seminary.


43 posted on 04/14/2011 3:41:49 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: NWFLConservative

His one redeeming quality is that he’s honest about what he wants. He openly calls for more and more government control, rather than trying to pass it off as capitalism like the RINOs do.


44 posted on 04/14/2011 3:44:13 PM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: Bed_Zeppelin

The fact that 1/3 of the voters still like this guy illustrates how deluded and ignorant 1/3 of the electorate is.

Obama’s speech was disgusting. I think Krauthammer is correct when he calls it disgraceful.

Step aside, Barack, while the grown-ups deliver us from your mess.


45 posted on 04/16/2011 2:49:24 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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