Skip to comments.Our White House Bully Problem
Posted on 09/28/2011 3:03:27 AM PDT by Kaslin
Spin, baby, spin. Throughout his frenetic jobs tour across the West this week, President Obama tried to seize the narrative. Republicans, he told champagne-sipping, tea party-trashing Hollywood moguls and tech titans, are intolerant bigots, know-nothings and thugs. They've made his hair "grayer" and left him "all dinged up."
But who's battering whom? Since Day One, Obama has been the Chicago bully in victim's clothing. The mask is wearing thin.
On Tuesday, Detroit News reporter Daniel Howes reported that White House officials leaned on Ford Motor Company to yank a popular TV and Internet ad critical of competitors who took federal bailout money. According to Howes, "Ford pulled the ad after individuals inside the White House" questioned the firm's CEO Alan Mulally (who had earlier supported the bailout despite his company's refusal to participate). Howes concluded: "You're not allowed, in Obama's America, to disparage the Auto bailout, or -- indirectly -- Obama. Especially during the election cycle."
Both Ford and the White House officially deny any political pressure received or applied. But White House press flack Dan Pfeiffer refused to answer when I asked him whether anyone at the White House had ever contacted anyone at Ford to complain about the bailout ad. Ford's social media director told me he personally "had no knowledge" of any contacts. While he disputed the gist of Howes' report, the Ford official would not call for a correction or retraction.
Chris McDaniel, the real-life Ford customer who starred in the offending ad, told BigGovernment.com editor Larry O'Connor that he was exasperated when he heard about the Ford fiasco: "Now we have the federal government butting their nose into this TV ad. Another example of them getting involved in things they have no business getting involved in. Where is the free speech of American citizens?"
He better watch out for the Obama campaign's official snitch brigade at AttackWatch.com. After a curious hiatus, the online speech monitors are up and running again. Coincidentally enough, the site (run by several George Soros-trained operatives) targeted conservative auto bailout critics just two weeks ago.
A left-wing Washington Post writer immediately scoffed at concerns about the administration's heavy hand because the Ford fiasco "is being denied by the parties on both sides." Must be nice to mainline White House talking points for a living. For the rest of us, reality intrudes.
This is the administration that threatened health insurers for candidly tying Obamacare mandates to rising premiums.
This is the administration that pummeled companies such as Deere, Caterpillar, Verizon and AT&T for speaking out about the cost implications and financial burdens of Obamacare -- and then cheered from the sidelines while Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman attempted to haul the firms up for a congressional witch-hunt inquisition.
This is the administration that has seized Gibson Guitars' instruments and has threatened whistleblowers who exposed bloody corruption and incompetence behind the Operation Fast and Furious gun-walking racket.
And lest they need a reminder, this is an administration that has clamped down on mainstream media reporters, too.
The Pleasanton (CA) Weekly was bullied by the White House press shop over a benign article that irked the administration because it made Michelle Obama look snooty.
The San Francisco Chronicle was punished by the White House because a print pool reporter used a cellphone to record video of protesters at an Obama Bay Area fundraiser.
A WFAA-TV Texas reporter was dressed down by the president for having the audacity to interrupt.
The Boston Herald was spanked by the White House for running a front-page op-ed by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The White House denied any pressure in all those cases, too.
Before his campaign finance-grubbing swing ended, Obama met the pop singer Lady Gaga. She lobbied him to combat bullying across America. It was a little like Red Riding Hood lobbying the Big Bad Wolf to promote vegetarianism.
As a general rule, whenever liberals make accusations against against their opponents, it is because they are already guilty of it themselves.
Of course, and everyone knows that
You hired this sociopathic street thug to lead you.
He promised to fundamentally transform America.
You now have tyranny and lawlessness from the top down.
You got what you deserve, suckers.
Censorship, chilling affect.
This is really going beyond just the typical MSM bias. Now they are ‘cracking down,’ on anything they don’t like. I often wondered what form government censorship would take place in a free speech society.
Some things are the standard fare of ‘reporting.’ What is intersting is we don’t have a report of exactly how the bullying is getting these people and compnay’s to ‘hush up.’
We see terms like like leaned, spanked, and even punished...how? What were the threats exactly? An IRS witch hunt? Being hauled before a congressional investigation on some trumped up charges?
Which I often question what those are all about...don’t we have a court system? And yes, I am wondering why that solar company is in front of congress instead of being frog marched to court? Why will congress get to determine guilt or innocence? A congress that none of us would approve to be a jury for anyone.
Oh what a tangled web of corruption has been woven.
Assuming there actually IS another election............
Ballot box——Bullet box; which one will it be??
I Dunno, do you?
YES. . . . . . . .
There will either be an election or an execution then an election. . . . . . . . . Guaranteed. . . .
Its called projection, and it goes hand in hand with the gross hypocrisy of liberals.
They must tear others down in a pathetic attempt to justify their lies.
It depends on how many NBPs are out next November, but a well timed economic crash would get the election suspended due to civil unrest.
They would probably deputize NBPs as federal marshals.
Poor baby!!! Then do the right thing, BARACK, and resign. In over our head are we????
He may have threatened Ford for the ads, but he cannot make a large enough threat to stop Americans from buying Ford’s.
American are voting with their dollars and they are buying Ford and not GM.
“As a general rule, whenever liberals make accusations against against their opponents, it is because they are already guilty of it themselves. Another great quote. So true.
“Chris McDaniel, the real-life Ford customer who starred in the offending ad, told BigGovernment.com editor Larry O’Connor that he was exasperated when he heard about the Ford fiasco: “Now we have the federal government butting their nose into this TV ad. Another example of them getting involved in things they have no business getting involved in. Where is the free speech of American citizens?”
Now, wouldn’t that make a great ad against the hussein reign? When are conservatives going to start using sound bites like that?
Poor kenyan is all “wee wee’d up”.