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White House fires back at Christie's 'bystander' claim (+full Christie speech videos)
WashTimes ^ | 9-28-11 | Dave Boyer

Posted on 09/28/2011 2:18:16 PM PDT by STARWISE

The White House hit back Wednesday against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's contention that President Obama has been a "bystander" to the nation's problems.

"There were no bystanders in the Oval Office," presidential press secretary Jay Carney said. "In the past two and a half years that Barack Obama has been president, it has been one of the most substantial periods in our history."

Mr. Carney went on to cite the "enormity" of the challenges that faced Mr. Obama when he took office, including a deep recession and global financial crisis. He said Mr. Obama made "a series of incredibly challenging decisions" to solve those problems.

Mr. Christie, in a speech Tuesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, said Americans "continue to wait and hope that our president will finally stop being a bystander in the Oval Office."

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


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bystander; chistie; chrischristie; election2012; jaywalking; obama; potus; reaganlibrary
Gov Chris Christie Gives Keynote Address at Reagan Library - Part 1

Part 2

Separate Q&A after speech


1 posted on 09/28/2011 2:18:26 PM PDT by STARWISE
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To: STARWISE

He said Mr. Obama made “a series of incredibly challenging decisions” to solve those problems.

and failed


2 posted on 09/28/2011 2:20:14 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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To: onyx; RedMDer; Lady Jag; The Cajun; tubebender; musicman; trisham; DJ MacWoW; vox_freedom; ...

.. Ping!


3 posted on 09/28/2011 2:21:15 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

Obama’s prickly.


4 posted on 09/28/2011 2:22:22 PM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: STARWISE

You know he hurt them if they had to respond that fast.

Christie’s slam dunk posterized them. :)


5 posted on 09/28/2011 2:25:02 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: STARWISE

I have notified Attack Watch of Christie’s comments.


6 posted on 09/28/2011 2:26:25 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: STARWISE

I’ll tell you what. I’m a die hard Palin supporter but if Christie somehow got the nomination Obama’s so done. I said IF he got the nomination, that would be the tough part for him. If you’re the GOP nominee and you can pull in some of the northeast like NJ or NY or even a couple of smaller ones it’s over.


7 posted on 09/28/2011 2:28:20 PM PDT by toddausauras
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To: STARWISE

Lame comeback. The equivalent of ‘Oh yeah????”

Talk about tone deaf—this White House has apparently decided that the American people haven’t heard enough bitching, whining and lecturing from the know-nothings in charge. Yeah, keep doing that.


8 posted on 09/28/2011 2:29:52 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (undecided)
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To: STARWISE

The GOP does not need another sh’t slinger as much as it needs a solution thinker. The nation needs solutions. Obama promised change which was a waste in terms of solutions. The country does not need another Obama running on empty.


9 posted on 09/28/2011 2:33:03 PM PDT by ex-snook ("above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: Retired Greyhound

“I have notified Attack Watch of Christie’s comments.”

I am so glad you did...I mean Crissy stated several times the lack of leadership and all.... LOL I am sure the left was turning red from anger on that speech last night! Best speech I have heard in a really long time! Go Christy Go


10 posted on 09/28/2011 2:34:38 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Retired Greyhound

“I have notified Attack Watch of Christie’s comments.”

I am so glad you did...I mean Crissy stated several times the lack of leadership and all.... LOL I am sure the left was turning red from anger on that speech last night! Best speech I have heard in a really long time! Go Christy Go


11 posted on 09/28/2011 2:34:38 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Retired Greyhound

“I have notified Attack Watch of Christie’s comments.”

I am so glad you did...I mean Crissy stated several times the lack of leadership and all.... LOL I am sure the left was turning red from anger on that speech last night! Best speech I have heard in a really long time! Go Christy Go


12 posted on 09/28/2011 2:35:01 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: toddausauras

He’s got his minuses, fersure ..very mixed bag:

2nd Amendment

Immigration (although, getting the border closed
is what he says is #1)

(killer for me) Ground Zero Mosque

However, he sure does pack a wallop when he’s fired up
and fighting for HIS convictions.

Listen to The Great One, Mark Levin:

http://rope.zmle.fimc.net/player/player.html?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpodloc.andomedia.com%2FdloadTrack.mp3%3Fprm%3D2069xhttp%3A%2F%2Fpodfuse-dl.andomedia.com%2F800185%2Fpodfuse-origin.andomedia.com%2Fcitadel_origin%2Fpods%2Fmarklevin%2FLevin09272011.mp3

.

http://www.youtube.com/results?suggested_categories=25&search_query=mark+levin+chris+christie%2C+this+month


13 posted on 09/28/2011 2:40:25 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: ari-freedom
If I may add to your comment.

He said Mr. Obama made “a series of incredibly challenging decisions” to solve those problems.

And failed on purpose.

14 posted on 09/28/2011 2:43:42 PM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: STARWISE
"In the past two and a half years that Barack Obama has been president, it has been one of the most substantial periods in our history."

Mr. Carney, I'm from Texas and I know bull ca-ca when I hear it. And you, Mr. Carney, are full of bull ca-ca.

15 posted on 09/28/2011 3:05:17 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: ari-freedom

WOW!
They took the bait!

Christie set it up as “Either Obama was a bystander, OR?”
White House declares “Obama NOT a bystander!”

Well then...
THAT MAKES HIM RESPONSIBLE!!!
Obama’s ACTIVE MANAGEMENT FAILED!!!


16 posted on 09/28/2011 3:11:04 PM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: ari-freedom

“Leadership from Behind”


17 posted on 09/28/2011 3:12:11 PM PDT by twister881
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To: STARWISE; ari-freedom; Rudder; Nachum; Retired Greyhound; toddausauras; Darkwolf377; ex-snook; ...

I was a big fan of Christie, IN NEW JERSEY, talking down a smarmy teacher at a town hall, etc.

But I listen to this speech at Reagan’s Library and he scares me the way Obama did with his Greek columns.

“Leadership and compromise” are NOT necessarily good! Obamacare was “leadership” beyond what Hillary proposed and “compromise” between the leftists and the far-leftists!

“Action” is NOT what all Americans expect. As a conservative, I WANT **LESS** ACTION FROM GOVERNMENT!

It strikes me, and maybe some fans of this guy can help me see the light differently, but I think he’s got the meaning of Reagan potentially all wrong.

He focuses on Reagan’s “fairness” in acting decisively. Obama acted decisively on Obamacare, and decisively by standing behind Eric Holder, and decisively on shutting down drilling in the gulf...because he thinks it’s fair!

Reagan’s decisions were based on fairness, ok, but WITHOUT COMPROMISE on principles such as “government is not the solution!” Reagan never compromised this principle and said, “Wha-ell. Oh. Kay. Yes. Today voters want action, so it’s not really true that government is the problem. Government is part of the solution in a balance bipartisan nonbickering way so that we can DO something. Ah. Anything. Something.”

This is far, far, far away from what Christie is talking about here.

And the fact that so many ideologically thirsty and Reagan starved conservatives are lapping it up because they are desperate for someone, anyone to say anything flattering about what America once was....is just as scary as how Obama shepherded his liberal sheep to slaughter with the same kind of misleading rhetoric.


18 posted on 09/28/2011 3:13:15 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: STARWISE

Dems immediately sense that Christie is the alpha male in the room and they lamely try to take back dominance.


19 posted on 09/28/2011 3:20:47 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: ari-freedom; STARWISE

I heard this and I thought Christie was all wrong.

Bambi has actually managed to achieve an enormous amount of what his handlers wanted (socialism and the extending of Islam), although it’s true that he didn’t really have to do anything himself. All he had to do was get elected as the figurehead to get them into power and then go on vacation, emerging once in a while to give a rabble-rousing speech to blacks or union members, and then go back on vacation again because his dominance of these two groups has the rest of the country scared silent.


20 posted on 09/28/2011 3:25:51 PM PDT by livius
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To: La Enchiladita

“Dems immediately sense that Christie is the alpha male in the room and they lamely try to take back dominance.”

Christie would absolutely destroy Obama in a debate and leave him whimpering in a fetal position. The Dems’ worst nightmare is Obama being exposed in public for the empty suit that he is.


21 posted on 09/28/2011 3:48:45 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: Darkwolf377

No Kidding...And how many times did the Bush White House “fire back?”


22 posted on 09/28/2011 3:58:28 PM PDT by maxsand (teapot)
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To: STARWISE

“Presidential press secretary Jay Carney?”

He should change his title to be more accurate. Maybe something like:

Presidential Chief Propaganda Officer Jay Carney


23 posted on 09/28/2011 4:03:51 PM PDT by FatherFig1o155 (Still fighting the fight: njconservative.wordpress.com/)
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To: ari-freedom

It was the Democrats in Congress that wrote from scratch “obamacare” because the Bystander-in-Chief could not.

It was the Democrats-in-Congress that wrote from scratch the pork-stuffed stimulus because the Bystander-in-Chief would not.

The only budget he’s proposed is “Last Year plus 8%” whcih was so dumb not one Senator would vote for it.

Maybe he can’t write anything. Except Bill Ayer’s “Fugitive Days” which is stylistically quite good.


24 posted on 09/28/2011 8:09:18 PM PDT by cookcounty (2012 choice: It's the Tea Party or the Slumber Party.)
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To: STARWISE

The Obummer is incredibly thin-skinned. He’d be better off just ignoring such comments, rather than whining about them. It just makes him sound all wee-wee’d up.


25 posted on 09/28/2011 9:59:20 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: livius

Yeah, I don’t know what Christie was thinking. Obama has been like a whirlwind, at least domestically. It’s been one thing after another. Socialist healthcare, the Stimulus, the buyout of GM, EPA to regulate CO2, appointment of a big time lefty to SCOTUS, ending of DADT, then you’ve got a surge in Afghanistan and a drawdown in Iraq, the Libya thing, the killing of Osama bin Laden, that stupid missile deal with the Russians...all of this in only three years.


26 posted on 09/28/2011 10:21:58 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Yardstick

Christie, for whatever reason, seems very reluctant to criticize Obama in any substantive way. Making Obama sound simply inept is perhaps as close as he will get to criticism, but I think it misses the whole point.

Obama is a ruthless person who wants to impose an entirely different system of government, economy and even belief on the US, and while he is not bright enough to figure out how to do this himself, he doesn’t need to be - there are people behind him, ranging from Bill Ayers to Jeremiah Wright who can do that. But at the same time, they couldn’t do it without him: He is an egomaniac whose very self-obsession makes it possible for him to roll over law and custom to achieve those goals.


27 posted on 09/29/2011 2:44:05 AM PDT by livius
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To: STARWISE

What a perfectly blue-state criticism from Christie. Liberals wish Obama would only do and have done more.


28 posted on 09/29/2011 3:36:12 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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